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Tuesday March 1, 2011
VOLUME 124, ISSUE 110
New city police chief to start in March by devon unger staff writer
Morgantown has hired a new police chief. Edward Preston, currently deputy chief of police in New Bern, N.C., will officially begin his tenure in Morgantown on March 21. He has spent the last 18 years as a member of the New Bern Police Department including the last four as deputy chief. Prior to joining the NBPD, Preston served as a squadron legal officer for the Marines in Cherry Point, N.C., and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf
War. He received a degree in criminal justice administration from Mount Olive College in New Bern and received his Juris Doctorate from the Concord Law School of Kaplan University. Preston’s salary will be $89,000 per year, according to City Manager Terrence Moore. He said Preston’s credentials were impressive, and this salary is consistent with the market value to retain an individual like Preston. “To secure an individual in that type of capacity, that’s about what one would pay, if not even more,” Moore said.
“That’s simply consistent with the marketplace for a community of our size, scope, needs and desires. Given Mr. Preston’s educational and professional background, it’s definitely worth the commitment.” Originally from Huntington, W.Va., Preston moved to Florida to attend high school after his parents divorced and his mother remarried. She has since returned to Huntington, where she and several other relatives are excited for his return to the state. “My mom, my cousins, grandmother – happy would be an understatement,” Pres-
ton said. “My mom and stepdad moved back to West Virginia after Hurricane Charley, and they take care of my grandmother now. She’s over in Mingo County.” Preston said his first goal upon arriving in Morgantown would be to assess the department to see what needs to be done. He doesn’t expect to make any major changes initially. “I’m not a big fan of fixing things that aren’t broken. After I make an assessment and I see where I think improvements can be made, then I will set some goals for improve-
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ments that need to be made,” he said. While he does not have direct experience administering a town with a large, seasonal student population, he said his familiarity with Greenville, N.C., home of East Carolina University, has given him some idea of how a large university can impact a municipality. “I’m very familiar with Greenville, North Carolina, and have assisted in Greenville during certain states of emergency or other things that have happened over the years,”
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Univ. to hire 30 new faculty by semester’s end BY TRAVIS CRUM CITY EDITOR
Ray Young, a junior multidisciplinary studies major, shares his thoughts at the smoking task force meeting on Monday evening.
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WVU community discusses possible smoking ban by erin fitzwilliams associate city editor
The smoking task force at West Virginia University held a town meeting Monday to offer faculty, staff and students an opportunity to speak about potential changes to the University’s smoking policy. The primary topic of the evening was whether or not it would be feasible for the entire campus to be smoke-free. The Health Sciences Campus was the first to do so in 2009. C.B. Wilson, associate provost for Academic Personnel and task force chair, presided over the discussion. “We’ve not finalized anything. We want to take comments into account as we move forward,” Wilson said. “We’ve ran focus groups prior to get further ideas.” About 20 smokers and nonMallory Bracken/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM Catherine Whitworth, a WVU staff member, speaks at the smoking task force meeting smokers made up the crowd who discussed the policies Monday evening in the Mountainlair Ballroom.
with the task force. Since University President James P. Clements implemented it in December 2009, the task force has established two goals: to reduce the exposure of tobacco in the campus community and to respect everyone’s rights and opinions. Catherine Whitworth, program coordinator for community medicine, suggested if the task force changes the policy and the campus is made smoke-free, they should announce a date and move forward. “Those interim policies are not such a good idea. It would be much better to simply decide what we’re going to do, announce the date, and go for it, rather than invest the time and energy and expense in establishing temporary policies that would possibly have to change,” Whitworth said.
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Mr., Ms. Mountaineer partner with Red Cross by melissa candolfi staff writer
To increase the awareness of blood donations to the Morgantown community, Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer have decided to join forces with the American Red Cross Blood Services. Dave Slusarick and Macy Miller are using their titles and connection to West Virginia University to get the word out to the students, faculty and community to help the American
Red Cross. “We need their help,” said Adam Reaves, donor resources field representative for the American Red Cross. “If it is on or off campus, they are still donating blood or if they are just volunteering.” Slusarick and Miller said they felt passionate about helping the American Red Cross due to its lack of blood supply. “They had to cancel a lot of drives in January due to inclement weather,” Slusarick said.
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“This is the lowest the blood supply has been in a decade; we saw a need here, and we wanted to fill it.” Slusarick said 35 percent of people are eligible to donate blood, but only 5 percent actually donate. Slusarick and Miller said because of the close community and willingness of students to help that the University can help the lack of supply in Morgantown. “Many students do not do-
nate because they said they were not personally asked,” Slusarick said. “Consider this your invitation.” Slusarick and Miller have started a Facebook group called “Mountaineers Donate Blood,” to generate awareness for the cause. The Facebook group will also be a central location for pulling donors and volunteers. “Students who want to donate can get information here,”
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INSIDE THIS EDITION The West Virginia baseball team faced Wake Forest on Monday. Could the Mountaineers end a threegame losing streak? SPORTS PAGE 10
West Virginia University is preparing to hire up to 30 faculty members by the end of the academic year to keep up with peer institutions. Search committees for the hiring of the faculty will most likely be forming by the end of March, said University Provost Michele Wheatly during a Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting Monday. The 2020 Plan set the goal of hiring more than 70 faculty members in the next few years, she said. The type of faculty hired would be established by herself and the deans of the colleges who need them, Wheatly said. It was discussed whether or not the University should hire more research-driven faculty or those who focus primarily on education in their fields. “People ask me, if I announced the hiring of 100 faculty and we only get 90, we failed,” said University President James P. Clements. “No, that just means we have 90 more than we did. This is something that we have to do on a regular basis just to
keep up.” The timetable for hiring the faculty would vary based on the hiring cycles of the various colleges, Wheatly said. Ruth Kershner, Faculty Senate Executive Committee member, asked about the University’s goal to hire married faculty into the 70 new positions. The University plans to advertise the new positions for each college along with its benefits in hopes of attracting a couple, Wheatly said. Wheatly said gay couples would not be discriminated against during hiring just because West Virginia does not provide benefits to same-sex spouses, such as other states with domestic partner rights. The WVU Legal Council was working on a benefits package that would cover same-sex couples, she said. “We want to make sure everyone has benefits while we wait on progress for the things that are harder to change,” she said. Also during the meeting, Robert Griffith, Faculty Senate liaison to the Board of
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Police, SGA discuss campus safety issues BY CHARLES YOUNG STAFF WRITER
Members of West Virginia University’s Student Government Association met with students Monday night to discuss issues with safety and transportation during SGA’s monthly Speak Up event in Ming Hsieh Hall. Speak Up events encourage students to share their thoughts and opinions about possible campus improvements with University administrators and local officials. Corey Farris, director of housing and interim dean of students; Lt. Sperringer of the Morgantown Police Department; and Sgt. Peggy Runyon of the University Police Department fielded the students’ questions and helped provide insight into their concerns. Daniel Brummage, SGA chief-of-staff, introduced the online PhotoVoice project and shared photos from the recent safety walk, which assessed potential safety hazards in the downtown and Sunnyside areas. “The idea behind it is that
students can go online and upload photos, which will be compiled into an album. That album will be taken to University police, City Hall and University administrators,” Brummage said. The project is being headed by SGA Gov. Tracy Speilman, who was absent from the forum due to an illness. The project lets users upload photos of areas that could be dangerous for students in hopes of getting the problems fixed. David Small, SGA intern, raised concerns about the safety of the area surrounding the Willey Street Dairy Mart. Small suggested improving the area’s lighting to provide greater nighttime visibility for students. The Dairy Mart parking lot was the scene of a Nov. 7, 2009, attack on former WVU student Ryan Diviney. The attack allegedly involved 10 to 12 people attacking Diviney. He remains in a coma-like state in his Ashburn, Va., home. Sperringer said the parking lot adjacent to the Dairy
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WVU FACED ST. JOHNS The West Virginia women’s basketball team took on St. John’s Monday night at the WVU Coliseum. Could the women pull out the victory on senior night? SPORTS PAGE 10
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Brandon Beacom, president of Tobacco Free Mountaineers, said he agreed with the possibility of a smoke-free campus and offered suggestions from Oklahoma State University, which imposed a smoking ban in 2008. He said enforcement of a ban should not be in effect for the first six months to a year. “They handed out cards. Whenever they would notice someone smoking, they would educate. They would inform them and ask them to be courteous of the policy and what it’s about,” Beacom said. After the first year, Beacom suggested citations be given out, and if these $10 to $20 tickets are not paid off in reasonable time, a hold would be placed on their accounts, similar to parking tickets. Whitworth suggested clear and ample “no smoking” signs would be key to enforcement. She said she works at the HSC and said most people comply with the rule.
Mart is private property, and it would be up to the lot’s owner to improve lighting. “I’ve been here for 20 years, and it (the parking lot) has been the same for 20 years,” he said. Sperringer also said the parking lot is one of the city police’s highest priority areas. Also during the event, some students raised concerns with
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“I do encounter people that don’t comply, every few days,” Whitworth said. “As long as I have a sign to point to and say ‘did you realize this campus was smoke-free?’ They usually stop.” Another proposed scenario, would be smoke-free zones which could be implemented instead of a campuswide ban. Kolby Sutphin, a freshman geology major, said he did not
think the smoking ban would work and that smokers would still find ways around the policy. He suggested shelters be made for smokers in designated areas instead of not allowing tobacco completely. “We would like to smoke somewhere where we can’t bother anyone,” Sutphin said. “Give us a shelter, and we would smoke there.”
“The worst is when people say I didn’t know about it,” he said. “The Facebook page will really help the students and community figure it all out.” Reaves said he believes the partnership with Slusarick and Miller as Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer will help the American Red Cross recruit more donors. “We are here one or two
times a week doing blood drives,” Reaves said. “So letting people know we are here and where they can go is a huge help.” The next blood drive will be on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center.
“As a result of that level of interest we were able to identify a person who will serve us very well. I think the community should be appreciative of the fact that we’re bring such a high-caliber individual on board.”
in a will, would leave land to the University, sometimes all the way out in ‘the sticks,’” Griffith said. “Sometimes Governors, said the Univer- word of that doesn’t seem sity is conducting an audit of to get to the University, and there is land we own that we the land it owns. “People, from time to time don’t even know about.”
He said the University was made aware of the properties when a Marcellus Shale company called it asking if they could dig under land WVU owns.
Preston said. “Mount Olive College has a satellite campus here in New Bern, and we have a community college here in New Bern. Is it 28,000 students? Absolutely not.”
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the price of parking in the Mountainlair parking garage, wait times for the PRT and issues of isolated vandalism around campus. “This is not where the discussion ends,” said Matt Boczanowski, SGA outreach director and the forum’s moderator. “Please utilize the PhotoVoice page and get familiar with that. Also the SGA website features a comment box; please feel free to use it.”
CORRECTION Due to an editing error in Monday’s edition of The Daily Athenaeum, it was incorrectly stated that Morgantown residents donated 3,000 cookies to food banks. They were actually donated as a dessert for the Empty Bowl Luncheon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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Members of the President’s smoking task force, (right to left) Alan Stolzenberg, Art Jacknowtiz, Randy Hudak, Adam Brown, Jon Bond and C.B. Wilson, listen while community members share their opinions at the smoking task force meeting Monday evening.
Moore said the city received 31 applications for the position, and he was glad to see such interest in Morgantown. “What that tells me is Morgantown is a well-regarded community. There are a number of people who have an interest to come and serve here in that capacity,” Moore said.
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Tuesday March 1, 2011
Buckles, last WWI doughboy, dies at 110 in West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — He didn’t seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who’d served in World War I, he became what his biographer called “the humble patriot” and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict. Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month after his 110th birthday. He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades, prodding politicians to support a national memorial in Washington and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography. “We were always asking ourselves: How can we represent this story to the world?” DeJonge said Monday. “How can we make sure World War I isn’t forgotten.” Buckles asked his daughter, Susannah Flanagan, about progress toward a national memorial every week, sometimes daily. “He was sad it’s not completed,” DeJonge said. “It’s a simple straightforward thing to do, to honor Americans.” When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last survivor, Buckles said simply,
“I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me.” Only two known veterans remain, according to the Order of the First World War, a Florida group whose members are descendants of WWI veterans and include Buckles’ daughter. The survivors are Florence Green in Britain and Claude Choules in Australia, said Robert Carroon, the group’s senior vice commander. Choules, who served in Britain’s Royal Navy, was born in that country but now lives in Australia. Green turned 110 on Feb. 19, and Choules turns 110 in March, he said. Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States in April 1917 entered what was called “the war to end all wars.” He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18. More than 4.7 million people joined the U.S. military from 1917-18. By 2007, only three survived. Buckles went to Washington that year to serve as grand marshal of the national Memorial Day parade. Unlike Buckles, the other two survivors were still in basic training in the United States when the war ended, and they did not make it overseas. When they died in late 2007 and 2008,
In a May 26, 2008 file photo Frank Buckles receives an American flag during Memorial Day activities at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement that Frank Woodruff Buckles died early Sunday of natural causes in his home in Charles Town, W.Va. Buckles became the last socalled doughboy – and a softspoken celebrity. He got fan mail almost every day, DeJonge said, and had enough birthday cards to fill several bushel baskets. DeJonge had visited Buckles late last week and was driving back to Michigan with about 5,000 letters to organize and answer when he got the call telling him his friend had died.
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WVU alum to star in Syfy original series by david ryan A&E editor
Edward Borman is a typical office worker. After another average day, he attempts to make his way home – only to be stopped by mysterious alien invaders in the “Mercury Men,” a new Syfy.com original series debuting later this year. Borman (Mark Tierno), an employee who spends most of his days trying to avoid helping anyone, is suddenly thrown into a world helping stop evil aliens’ deadly plot. Of course, he can’t do it alone. In comes Jack Yaeger, an aerospace engineer and hero-of-the-moment, played by West Virginia University alum Curt Wootton. Together, the two must un-
cover the mystery surrounding the aliens – creatures made entirely of “solid” light that can shoot laser beams from their bodies – and stop them from using their deadly “gravity machine.” Wootton, who graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in theater and acting, said the series is a throwback to cliffhanger-of-the-week adventures that once dominated television and radio. “It’s got the feel of the retro series of the past,” he said. “Every episode will leave you with a cliffhanger. We’re trying to recreate the golden days of serials.” Yaeger is a former U.S. Air Force pilot and member of the Daring League, a group tasked to explore alien worlds and life forms.
“He’s got a lot of ‘Indiana Jones’ in him,” Wootton said. “He’s got a lot of adventure qualities in him.” The action hero role has always been an ambition for Wootton. “I’ve always wanted to play that type of character since I was a kid,” he said. “Getting this chance was almost a dream come true.” Yaeger – like the alien invaders – is shrouded in mystery. “You don’t really find out a lot about him in this first season, but as time goes on, you’ll learn about him more and more,” he said. Wootton became involved with the series after filming the film short (and later Web series) “Captain Blasto” with series creator Christopher
Preksta. After filming a smaller version of “The Mercury Men,” it was decided to expand the universe and flesh out the characters. “The Mercury Men” short film was featured at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, the 2008 Brainwash Movie Festival and the Action on Film Festival. Wootton said the series was shot and filmed without the backing of any particular home. The Web series offers opportunities for anyone wishing to break into acting, he said. “The best part about living in today’s world is you can get any type of camera and make
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WVU alum Curt Wootton stars as Jack Yaeger in ‘The Mercury Men.’
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Local band seizes opportunity to open for national acts at Coliseum by alex mcpherson a&e writer
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Jason Sudekis, JB Smoove, Larry Joe Campbell, Owen Wilson, Stephen Merchant and Daniel Murphy star in the comedy ‘Hall Pass.’
Plenty of laughs in comedy ‘Hall Pass’ michael carvelli sports writer
What would you do if your significant other gave you a week to do whatever you wanted? That’s the question the Farrelly Brothers’ new film, “Hall Pass,” tries to answer. The movie stars Owen Wilson (“Wedding Crashers”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”) as Rick and Fred, a pair of affable best friends whose wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) grow tired of their childish jokes and immature antics and give their husbands a week off from marriage so they can relive their days as eligible bachelors. From there, Rick and Fred – flanked by a couple other friends, who are just there to enjoy the show – head out for seven days of debauchery the two hadn’t enjoyed since their single days. But soon, they find out that meeting women to hook-up with might not be quite as easy
as they originally thought it would be. While the movie does show shades of what the Farrelly’s were able to do with their hit comedies like “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary,” unfortunately, this one could end up being compared to some of their less-popular films they’ve been making over the past couple of years (“Stuck On You,” anyone?). Most of the gags were laughout-loud, but there were also a lot of moments where the film dragged. Some of the dialogue between characters seemed forced – an unfortunate side effect to mostly hilarious dialogue. Wilson and Sudeikis both gave solid performances and had adequate on-screen chemistry. However, a lot of the other characters – in particularly, Rick and Fred’s friends – seem to fall into some stereotypes. With the exception of a few moments, none of the characters were very entertaining. If you’re a fan of raunchy sex
‘HALL PASS’ Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Larry Joe Campbell, Daniel Murphy comedies with non-stop gags, “Hall Pass” could be the perfect way to spend 90 minutes of your time.
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“The moment we started walking up the ramp to the stage, it was like that’s where we needed to be,” said Mitch Marozzi, West Virginia University senior mechanical and aerospace engineering major and drummer for The Hide and Seek Effect. Marozzi said he never expected the band to get a call from local rapper and fellow student Huey Mack to help him open for the Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert Friday at the WVU Coliseum, but when they did, they knew it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. “Ross (Justice) and I did a track on his first mixtape,”
said Corey Orban, junior secondary education major and the band’s keyboard and synths. “Then he asked to be featured on one of our songs. It’s just a really good energy, and we get good vibes together.” Once Huey Mack got the call to play the show, he looked to The Hide and Seek Effect to be his backing band so he could collaborate again on his song “My Own Way” and add some extra juice to his own tunes. Making the transition from pop/rock to hip-hop was not a painless task for Morgantown natives Justice, Orban, Marozzi, Ryan Dalton and Ben Brady, but it was a great chance to grow and gain some new experience.
“As a band, we’d never tried anything outside the reaches of music from our genre, so playing hip-hop beats seemed like a foreign concept,” Marozzi said. “We practiced rigorously in the past few weeks to make sure that we were ready to bring at least our B+ game.” Preparing for a sold-out Coliseum show was no small feat either. Where most of The Hide and Seek Effect’s shows had been gigs with around 80 people, this major show was new territory. Yet, once they reached the stage, the crowd’s energy fed into every chord and before they knew it their moment
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Poor attendance hinders smoking forum The West Virginia University community had the opportunity Monday night to tell the University how they felt about potential amendments to the smoking policy. And they blew it. The WVU smoking task force held a public forum in the Mountainlair’s Gold Ballroom on Monday in order to gauge public opinion on the possibility of new amendments to the University’s smoking policy. Students and community members failed to make an impact and let the few who did attend speak on their behalf. The
number of students present didn’t reflect an honest opinion of the WVU community. In fact, media personnel outnumbered students who were in attendance. Smoking on campus is, and has been, a controversial topic for some time now; President James P. Clements assembled the smoking task force in 2009 to address the issue. The policy, which was created under President Bucklew in 1990, is standard in regards to what it includes: no smoking in any WVU building unless it is an exempt residential es-
tablishment with a designated smoking area, no smoking in any WVU vehicles, and all WVU buildings must have clear signs indicating there is no smoking inside. This is an issue that affects everyone in this campus community. Everyone breathes the air that circulates throughout this campus, and everyone has an opinion on it. However, the community has a chance to influence this decision and is instead choosing to exercise the right of complacency. The task force discussed the
possibility of creating “smoke free zones.” Along with this came talk concerning potential tobacco-free zones, which would be around PRT stations, curb cuts, ramps, high-traffic walkways and handicap-accessible areas. Those are used by most, if not all, WVU community members at some point. Therefore, changing them to smoke- or tobacco-free zones would have a positive effect on some and a negative one for others. Freshman geology major Kolby Sutphin was among the few who did speak his opinion.
He said smokers would not have a problem conforming to changes in the smoking policy as long as a comfortable area was available for smokers. He suggested the task force supply benches, picnic tables or some kind of amenity for smokers. The WVU community has another chance to let their voices be heard Thursday at the Erickson Alumni Center at 5:30 p.m. In order for the smoking task force to make a decision that reflects the needs of the community, a dramatic increase in
input is needed. The task force also encourages comments on its website: http://wvufaculty. wvu.edu. It is important that students, faculty and staff attend these forums and voice their opinions on the smoking policy. The task force was created to ensure everyone had a say in any new changes that came about, so it should not be taken for granted. This is a decision that will affect each and every person at WVU – not just the dozen or so who turned up at the forum. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearing Social Security insolvency, we need backup plan tom dilling the daily Campus uwire
Throughout President Barack Obama’s push for health care reform, the common portrayal was that health care reform was the equivalent of entitlement reform. All Congress would need to do is pass the Affordable Care Act to see long term solvency for all of America’s entitlement needs. Obama’s budget director, Peter Orszag, very bluntly propagated this falsehood in the Washington Post, in which he is quoted as saying, “Let me be very clear: Health care reform is entitlement reform.” While medical inflation is problematic, at double the rate of overall inflation, it is not the primary driver in the expected expenditure growth – population aging is. While the budget director was factually incorrect in implying that the Affordable Care Act would curb entitlement spending, the bigger misrepresentation is the implication that Social Security expenditures are not a problem that must be addressed. This is simply incorrect, insofar as every year that goes by without Social Security reform, reforms will hurt more in their implementation. Both the 2009 and 2010 Social Security Trustees Reports mark 2037 as the date for insolvency. The date is very simple to decipher when looking at the projections for revenue and expenditures. It is based on there being very high cash flow surpluses from the mid 1980s until the mid 2000s, averaged with the projected cash flow deficits from 2015 onward. Clearly, this is not sustainable. But the true fiscal problem is even worse. In determining the solvency of Social Security, the
trustees count the surpluses as if the government is holding the physical assets in an account, even though this is not the case. The surpluses are used to buy bonds from the Treasury, and the bonds pay off other government spending. The assets in what is commonly called a “trust fund” are simultaneously liabilities. So long as there isn’t a surplus on the general budget, there isn’t a true surplus being saved for Social Security. Quite the opposite, America is currently facing the largest budget deficits and highest public debt in history. If America was amassing national debt all those years, while also having surpluses from Social Security, imagine the fiscal scenario in the upcoming years as Social Security becomes purely an addition to that deficit rather than a mitigator. The bond-rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, projected that by 2017 rising debt levels could cause Treasury bonds to lose their triple-A rating, falling to junk status by the late 2020s. Now, factor in that our Social Security deficit only begins as our bond rating is expected to be lowered. Furthermore, Social Security is not an individual retirement account that workers pay into, and never was intended as one. Rather, it is a program intended as a transfer of wealth from the currently working to the currently retired, with the government promising the “investors” that future generations will do the same for them when they retire. This should sound awfully suspect. After all, if there is a decrease in the growth of the working population or an increase in the retired population, people will get a bad deal. In fact, according to Social Security’s trustee, the only difference between Social Security and a ponzi scheme is “one of intent” with
President Barack Obama speaks to a crows about his health care plan on Feb. 28. no difference in the financing. If Social Security benefits remain at the same levels, students will inherit a bad deal. They will be forced to pay a greater portion of their wages to Social Security for current beneficiaries. Those wages could otherwise have been saved in private investment for retirement. In
this way, keeping current benefits at current levels detracts from current students’ retirement. If reforms took the opposite course and limited benefits, current and upcoming beneficiaries would get a worse deal. Either way, reform will have to be made because the current path is unsustainable. Office of Management
and Budget Director Jacob Lew,recently tried to dismiss this reality in an interview with The Christian Science Monitor, saying, “Social Security does not contribute to the deficit in the median term…2015-2020, so there is no need to deal with Social Security.” Factual error aside, this is an admission by Obama’s admin-
istration that they will not touch the benefits of the entrenched interests currently receiving Social Security, or those who will receive Social Security in the near term. Rather, the administration will put further jeopardy on the retirement of our generation of students. To this, students ought to be opposed.
Having faith is more useful to mankind than logical thinking DAVID CIAROLLA coRRESPONDENT
Strict rationalists mock the notion of faith. What reason do we have to trust anything that requires us to believe it … to believe it? Circular reasoning practically defines the concept. Hypocrites clutch logic as a security blanket for controversial views and follow their feelings in private. The honest person realizes people grow only with faith, for one must approach every new idea with a blind trust that it is something worth his time. The Greeks have four words
for love - agape, eros, philia and storge. Eros defines the deep, passionate love one feels in romantic relationships. Young teenagers have no concept whatsoever of this kind of love, but no one calls them illogical for believing in it. Common wisdom says love requires trust. Why? Because being right is not as important as being happy. Any romantic alive would trade a lifetime of logic for what the poet Silvia Plath calls the “fierce brief fusion, which dreamers call real, and realists, illusion.” I have faith in heartfelt music, lose myself in fantasy novels and believe in connections with strangers who may not feel the same way.
I have faith in my imagination, which takes me down more roads to joy and creativity than science ever will. And I do not argue for light imagination akin to children’s games, but for radically liberated imagination. David Bowie had the right idea in wholly immersing himself in imagined personalities. Soldiers and mythical heroes are deemed noble for following their duty without hesitation. Where would Harry Potter be if he constantly halted his crusade to reexamine evidence? His unjustified impulse both saved his friends’ lives and made his own far more interesting. Renowned atheist Richard Dawkins ridicules faith as
“the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.” He finds the virtue of faith fundamentally dangerous, but I find the demand for evidence unrealistically forbidding. Evidence-based decisions are the ultimate authoritarian telling people what to do, for they must adhere to the truth of the universe. This Orwellian approach to behavior is both undesirable and unworkable. It denies beautiful characteristics of human nature such as rebellion and autonomy. People need to spend the majority of their lives under the illusion of independence. Evidence happens to exist showing many of the risks in life as worth taking, but no
one considers this evidence before making decisions. People simply have faith in the imagined future they want. Militant rationalists mistakenly target this faith as the culprit for religious violence and scientific retardation. Dogmatism and disregard for evidence cause these problems, not faith alone. Religious people do not cause problems for society. Dogmatists who arrogantly impose their beliefs on others, with claims of universal knowledge unavailable to most of humanity, cause disasters like the Sept. 11 attacks. In the same vein, those who refuse to consider evidence that challenges their beliefs should not argue for the wellbeing of the public.
Their selfish, protective agendas impede scientific curricula in schools and tether rational thought in children. People can reconcile faith with public opinion by willingly exposing themselves to objective evidence, for then their religions will not deny the Earth’s orbit around the Sun or the evolutionary history of modern species. One can demonstrate most unjustified beliefs to be impossible or unlikely. So far I have not made any major life-changing decisions about faith. I certainly revere the right to do so, though, because impulsive dreams make life worth living. Faith may be illogical at times, but it is not wrong.
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Tuesday March 1, 2011
Forget those angered birds: Word games offer plenty of entertainment
‘All-Star Superman’ acts as grand finale from late author McDuffie james carbone
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“It’s all about the wordplay.” Jason Mraz had it right – and that’s seldom said. Word games are perhaps the most entertaining of all available for smart phones. They don’t require you to concentrate on multiple factors: Do I have enough powerups? Can I stop Sonic the Hedgehog from falling onto a spike if my finger is too greasy? Word games simply require us to put on our thinking caps – the perfect remedy for a class that seemingly won’t end or a movie that was grossly misadvertised and has you pondering your departure. The following are the best available for your downloading pleasure.
Players put tiles of letters on a board, making words from letters of others, often on tiles that offer double or triple points for words and individual letters. See? Nothing like “Scrabble” at all. Of course, what makes “Words With Friends” so addictive is its online gameplay – users can challenge random opponents or even friends. There’s no rush to complete a game, with moves often taking a few hours or even days to complete. “Boggle” The game is available Electronic Arts may have on iTunes and Android contributed to my academic Marketplace. demise. “Text Twist 2” After making the game free on the iTunes store for 24 hours, Unlike “Boggle” and “Words “Boggle” has consumed my life With Friends,” this game has a for the past few days. limit to your creativity. The game deals players a few Like its board-game equivalent, “Boggle” forces players to letters. Like the previous two, come up with as many words as users must come up with words possible from a selection of 12 – but only a certain number. letters in a 4x4 grid. Points are awarded for each Points are awarded for var- word, with advancements to ious word lengths: Two- and the next level possible through three-letter words are one a certain amount of words point, four words are two or finding the largest words points, etc. possible. The game is addictive with Players know how many a challenge element – you can words they need and how many e-mail from your smart phone letters they have, with boxes and challenge other users with corresponding to the level on the top of the screen. your high score. There’s no direct competiUnlike the other games, tion – you can only e-mail chal- there’s no multiplayer option, lenges, not see direct action on leaving playability extremely limited. -screen. The game’s simple premise is However, that could be a stunningly addictive: Make as good thing – something to do many words as you can. while waiting for your friend The official app is on iTunes; in sociology class to make variants are available on An- their next move on the board droid Marketplace. in “Words With Friends” while you do your best to stay awake “Words With Friends” in math. You’ve probably heard of this (Not that I’ve ever played game. At some point, you’ve such games in class, professors.) probably even been forced to This game is available in play it. both the iTunes and Android “Words With Friends,” Marketplace. though deceptively similar to “Scrabble,” is entirely different. firstname.lastname@example.org
Local group The Hide and Seek Effect opened for headliners Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at the WVU Coliseum concert Feb. 25.
Continued from page 3 had come and gone. “The crowd was far more accepting than we ever could have dreamed. They understood we’re a group of kids who were just trying to live the rockstar dream for a day,” Marozzi said. “The support from not only the fans who were there, but the people who had no idea who we were made that night the best moment of my life.” The band doesn’t see this show as the end or its last chance but a new beginning to take their experience and push themselves even further. The band’s current six-song
EP, “Ready or Not” has made waves on Indie-Music.com, and its single “On Your Mind” won a Gold Auddy Award from uplaya.com. The next chance to catch them will be April 16 at the WVU Track for the WVU Relay For Life. “This thing just happened so fast we were forced to enjoy it,” Orban said. “We all felt so comfortable up on stage, and it’s really reassuring that maybe we are meant to do this thing.” The group’s EP and more information about it’s upcoming shows can be found on www.thehideandseekeffect.com. email@example.com
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Once again, DC Universe Animated Original Movies knocks it out of the park with its latest adaptation, “All-Star Superman.” Based on the miniseries of the same name written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Frank Quitely, “All-Star Superman” tells one of the most critically acclaimed tales of the Man of Steel. The story starts with Superman (James Denton) rescuing Dr. Leo Quintum, a researcher who has taken a team to explore the sun, from Lex Luthor’s (Anthony LaPaglia) latest criminal attempt. While Superman saves the day, his cells are overloaded with solar radiation: Superman is now dying. Although Luthor is arrested and given the death sentence for his crimes against humanity, his plan succeeded, and he seemed happily resigned to his fate. Besides Luthor and Quintum, nobody else knows about Superman’s fate, so he decides to do what he can for Earth before he passes on, as well as show Lois Lane (Christina Hendricks) just how much he loves her. The story focuses on Superman’s attempts to make the world a better place without him, his urge to truly re-
deem Luthor and his relationship with his intrepid reporter girlfriend. The story captures the main themes of the original graphic novel, and, while it does cut out the importance of Superman’s “12 Labors” and most of the relationship with his father, what it does get are the most important elements of the original tale. The writer of this film was late author Dwayne McDuffie, who died earlier this week; This was a proper final note on an illustrious career. Denton’s performance as the Man of Tomorrow shows the necessary elements of Superman as necessary, but isn’t very memorable in the role. LaPaglia’s Luthor, however, is probably up there with Clancy Brown’s time in the role, portraying the cunningness and wit, as well as almost dripping with evil in every syllable. Hendrick’s performance of Lane is also quite good, and fans would be lucky if she returned to the role. Also of note were Linda Cardellini as Lex’s niece, Nasthalthia, and Alexis Denisof as Quintum. If only there was as much Quintum in this movie as there is in the trade. Also, while the film seems to try hard to capture Quitely’s unique art style from the original comic, it falls just short of the goal. That isn’t to say the art style of the film isn’t good, it just
Dwayne McDuffie poses in Los Angeles Feb. 17. McDuffie, who wrote comic books for Marvel and DC and co-founded his own publishing company before crossing over to television and animation, died at the age of 49. wasn’t as good as it could have been. The best part about this movie is just about anyone can pick it up and watch a Superman adventure. So many already know about the Man of Steel and the eternal rivalry with his bald antagonist. Just knowing the
barest of details will still keep viewers in the know. Superman fans, comic book fans and animation fans everywhere: This film is for you.
Continued from page 3 a movie,” he said. “Shoot something, edit it and put it out there.” Only after the series was complete did it eventually find a home on Sydy.com, where it will debut in 10, seven to eight minute episodes. Wootton didn’t rule out the possibility of the series moving to the main Syfy network, depending on the reaction it receives online. “You’ll watch the episodes and you’ll be at the edge of your seat,” he said. “You can’t go wrong with ray-guns and mercury.” firstname.lastname@example.org
A scene from the Syfy.com series ‘The Mercury Men.’ The series will debut online later this year.
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HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year, you move in a new direction. Many people might not have planned for a new start, but suddenly, you are on an unforeseen path. Be open to groups, meetings and people in general who support your concerns and demonstrate caring. Use care with those who project their issues onto you. Your finances could improve. Still, be careful with spending. If you are single, you could meet the right person through a friend. Use care if you’re meeting someone on your own. This person might not be all that you think. If you are attached, the two of you experience more closeness if supported by frequent outings as a couple. AQUARIUS demonstrates his or her caring through loyalty. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHHH A meeting brings forth surprising information. Your instincts tell you which way to go with a friendship. The unexpected draws strong feelings. A friendship builds because of your ability to flex. Tonight: High energy marks your actions. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH Manage a need to move forward until you have connected all the dots. Your instincts encourage you to find information. Reach out to someone at a distance. Feelings need to be expressed at this point. Tonight: Could be late but enjoyable. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH Keep reaching out for others. The unexpected jolts the community or your workplace. A partner supports you as you become more spontaneous. Meet-
ings, discussions and actions draw very positive results. Do you know what you want? Tonight: Feed your mind. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Others play a significant role in your choices. Still, you might want to have an intense discussion with someone whose judgment you respect. Accept a compliment gracefully, even if you are uncomfortable. Tonight: Follow another’s suggestion. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Others seem to be running around changing the lay of the land, so to speak. Your plans might be subject to disruption. You see what is happening. Start discussing what you see. It is important for others to put in their two cents. Tonight: Accept an offer. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Juggle and accomplish as much as you can. You could be taken aback by someone’s unpredictability. Be honest -- is this manifestation new? An associate or partner pitches in, making a big difference. Tonight: Squeeze in some exercise. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHHH Your playfulness and directness when dealing with others will make all the difference. Laughter surrounds a child or loved one. You find interacting to be quite fun and a stress-buster. Express your feelings to key people. Tonight: Light your fire! SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH Stay steady and centered. You might have too much energy for many people. Funnel it where you can make a difference. A personal matter or an investment might look very good. The operative word here
is “look.” Remember that. Tonight: Head home. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH Return calls. Squeeze in some networking. Make time for creative problem-solving with several other people who you enjoy input from. Say more of what you feel more often, even if you feel vulnerable. Tonight: Hang out with friends. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH You are savvy when dealing with your finances. Still, an unexpected demand or perhaps an expenditure causes a regrouping. Play Ralph Nader with any potential repairs or necessary purchases. Buy a card for a loved one to let him or her know you appreciate what he or she does. Tonight: Pay bills first. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHHH You see what many people don’t. Communicate what is on your mind in a fashion in which others will care. If you must complete a task, you might need to screen your calls. You might not believe how overwhelmed you could be. Tonight: Do what you want. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH Think before spouting an idea or making a purchase. An element of misrepresentation could be present at the moment. Use care as well with anyone you meet out of the blue. Someone might not be the person he or she projects. Tonight: Take some much-needed personal time. BORN TODAY Director Ron Howard (1954), wrestler Booker T (1965), singer Justin Bieber (1994)
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Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk.
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ACROSS 1 Rollicking good time 6 “Pipe down!” 10 The man’s partner, in a Shaw title 14 Western neckwear 15 Leer at 16 “Tr s __!” 17 Screw-up 18 Fuzzy image 19 Jedi guru 20 Cop’s often-unreliable lead 23 Apostropheless possessive 26 Start of a Latin I conjugation 27 Snack for a gecko 28 Retailer’s private label 32 Milne hopper 33 Caroline Kennedy, to Maria Shriver 34 Three-layer snacks 36 Clerical robes 37 “The Bachelor” network 38 Laundry 42 Martial arts-influenced workout 45 Chewed like a beaver 47 RR stop 50 Facetious name for a school cafeteria staple 52 Checkers demand 54 Glutton 55 Lic.-issuing bureau 56 “The Gong Show” regular with a paper bag on his head, with “the” 60 March Madness org. 61 Passed with flying colors 62 Up front 66 Former U.N. leader Waldheim 67 Row of waiters 68 Dweebish 69 Evian et al. 70 WWII carriers 71 Swap DOWN 1 Air gun pellets 2 Chaney of horror 3 Chicken-king link 4 Davenport, e.g. 5 West Coast ocean concern 6 Mingle (with) 7 Like an extremely unpleasant situation 8 Inner city blight 9 Jane Eyre, e.g. 10 Deep fissure
11 Tear gas target 12 Sawbones 13 Shape up 21 Harbinger 22 Reverse 23 Machu Picchu architect 24 Home Depot buy 25 Cold shoulder 29 Right hand: Abbr. 30 Mechanical worker 31 Circumference part 35 Performed in an aquacade 37 “Washboard” muscles 39 Astounded 40 Fabric joint 41 Rec room centerpiece 43 1-Down, e.g. 44 Cyclone’s most dangerous part 45 Harsh 46 NFLer who used to play in Yankee Stadium 47 Striped stinkers 48 Costner/Russo golf flick
49 Anatolian Peninsula capital 51 Some Horace poems 53 Pesky fliers 57 “JAG” spin-off 58 Penny 59 “Moonstruck” Oscar winner 63 Memorable time 64 Total 65 Color, in a way
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THE DAILY ATHENAEUM
Tuesday March 1, 2011
WVU’S FAB FIVE GO OUT ON TOP
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Samara disappointed in effort following loss By Derek Denneny Sports Writer
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West Virginia junior Natalie Burton, right, hugs senior Liz Repella as freshman Jessica Harlee looks on following the Mountaineers’ win over St. John’s Monday.
BY MICHAEL CARVELLI SPORTS WRITER
It’s never easy to say goodbye to a senior class. That’s especially true for the West Virginia women’s basketball team this season. Monday night marked the final time that the Mountaineers’ five seniors – Madina Ali, Liz Repella, Vanessa House, Korinne Campbell and Sarah Miles – would make a trip down the Old Gold and Blue carpet. And, it’s an experience they will never forget. “It didn’t really hit me until the start of pregame talk,” Campbell said. “I got a little teared up, and once I came off the floor for the last time, I was just like, ‘I’m going to miss this so much.’” The win over the Red Storm marked the group’s 94th win in a WVU uniform, the most for
any group of seniors in school history. And not only are they the winningest, this year’s group of seniors may be more crucial to their team’s success than any others have been. “This is a great group,” said West Virginia head coach Mike Carey. “I just hope that I can have another group like them.” Averaging a combined 45.6 points per game, the five seniors have been responsible for more than 71 percent of the Mountaineers’ offensive output this season. That impact on the court was felt once again on Monday night. Led by Repella’s 22 points, the West Virginia seniors accounted for 62 of the Mountaineers’ points in the game, including the first 24 of the game. And the impressive performance by the group came just at the right time, as the Moun-
taineers were in need of a win to help jumpstart another possible run throughout the Big East Conference and NCAA Tournaments. “We needed to win, no doubt about it,” Carey said. “And (the seniors) deserve it. They’ve done a lot of stuff on and off the floor. I’m proud of them. “And I would’ve told them that after the game, I still would’ve been proud of them, win or lose.” Outside of Repella’s 22 points, the other seniors also had solid nights against the Red Storm. Miles had 16 points and five assists, and Ali nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine assists. In limited action, House had two points. But the most encouraging performance of the night came from Campbell. The Princeton,
N.J., native has struggled to be consistent on offense this season. On Monday night, she finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. “It’s good to have (Korinne) scoring. It gives us another option on offense,” Carey said. “If we can have her going, Sarah going and Liz going, we can score some points.” While Monday night’s Senior Night was the final chapter in the five seniors’ career at the WVU Coliseum, they all agreed their story is nowhere near close to being over. “Our season was filled with a lot of disappointment ... You can’t dwell on that, especially now,” Repella said. “We have to take this win and build on it. That’s what I was telling them in there. “It’s not over yet.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio State takes back top spot in AP Top 25 poll COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After getting through their toughest stretch of the season, Ohio State is back at No. 1. Marking the third week in a row The Associated Press Top 25 poll has had a new team on top, the Buckeyes climbed a spot over Duke, which lost at Virginia Tech on Saturday night. The Buckeyes welcome their return to the top. “I tell our team all the time we want to be No. 1 at the end of the season,” coach Thad Matta said on Monday. “We want to be playing our best basketball in March. Moving to No. 1 is a tribute to how hard our guys have worked all year. We appreciate the recognition and our guys certainly deserve it.” The Buckeyes were No. 1 for four weeks after reeling off a 24-0 record. Then came losses at Wisconsin and at Purdue in a span of nine days, sandwiched around a win over Michigan State. Coming off two wins, and with two regular-season games remaining, the Buckeyes have a quick turnaround after Sunday’s 8261 home win over Indiana with a game at Penn State on Tuesday night. Then comes a showdown at home with No. 10 Wisconsin on Sunday. The Buckeyes (27-2, 14-2) need one win to clinch at least a share of their fourth Big Ten championship in six years. Two wins, and they’re assured of their third outright title in that span. David Lighty, a fifth-year senior who is the Buckeyes’ defensive specialist and third-leading scorer, said the immediate concern is winning the conference title. “It means a lot. That’s our No. 1 goal right now,” he said. “That’s our
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He has had to replenish the cupboard several times, after losing freshmen stars Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos and Byron Mullens to the NBA draft after just one season. Also, imagine how good the Buckeyes would be if Evan Turner – last year’s consensus national player of the year and the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft – had returned for his senior season. Matta is 285-87 in 11 years as a head coach – an average annual record of 26-8 – during stints at his alma mater, Butler, along with Xavier and Ohio State. Now the Buckeyes play in big games on national television all the time. He and his players have gotten used to the glare of the spotlights. “I always tell our guys, for me ap to say, ‘Today’s a big game’ would Ohio State’s Aaron Craft dribbles the ball up court as Indiana’s Victor Oladipo gives chase be wasting my breath,” Matta said. during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. “They have a very good sense of Ohio State won 82-61. what it’s about. I can remember many, many years ago as an assisfirst step to reaching our second shows them to his teammates. goal. So you’ve got to take care of “It’s big for us; everyone wants a tant, I’d call my buddies and say, ‘You’re not going to believe this, the task at hand. It’s like coach alring,” he said. “So hanging another but we’re going to be on ESPN toways says, it’s one game at a time. banner up would be great.” night. Now, it’s a midnight tipoff, When we do that, everything else Matta is a sterling 183-56 in his but it’s the only time we could get just falls into place.” seven years at Ohio State, where on. Make sure you stay up and Lighty already has two Big Ten he has become known as an elite check me out.’ Now it’s, we’re on championship rings. He said he recruiter. television again. It is what it is.”
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The struggling West Virginia tennis team lost again this weekend, getting shut out 7-0 by Syracuse. The Mountaineers move to 2-7 on the year after the loss. “We really looked like we didn’t want to play this weekend,” said head coach Tina Samara. “We had no intensity, and we just didn’t show up to play. It’s not fun for me; I can’t imagine it’s fun for (our players).” WVU’s No. 3 doubles pair of Ashley Pilsbury and Melis Tanik registered the lone victory for the weekend, beating Syracuse’s Jacquelynn Tang and Aleah Marrow 8-3. The Mountaineers’ only other close match came in the No. 1 doubles match, when Mary Chupa and Veronica Cardenas were defeated 8-6 at the hands of Syracuse’s Maddie Kobelt and Emily Harman. “They played harder than us in just about every match,” Samara said. “We just didn’t look like we wanted to be there. It looked like we were just going through the motions and handing them a win.” WVU was also slated to face Big East Conference foe Villanova, but the match
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A bye would mean the Mountaineers would only have to win four games to clinch their second-straight Big East Championship, instead of winning five games in five days – a nearly impossible task. The team’s chances of repeating as champs are unlikely, of course, given the team’s scoring struggles, size disadvantages and depth issues. Yet, if the Mountaineers were able to reach the Big East quarterfinals, it would help the team’s seeding in the NCAA Tournament tremendously. Since the Big East first implemented the double-bye bracket format in 2009, only one team that played a firstround game has ever made it to the quarterfinals. That was Cincinnati last season, which upset Louisville 69-66 before falling to West Virginia. But the Mountaineers
was canceled after inclement weather conditions kept the Wildcats from completing the trip. “We’re going to have to come out with a new attitude the rest of this season,” Samara said. “We can’t win like this. We just can’t do it. As a coach, there really isn’t much more I can say. Hopefully something clicks in practice. Sometimes that is all it takes.” The Mountaineers will look to bounce back March 9 when they travel to Duquesne to battle the Dukes. Samara said she will use the 10-day break to try to bring out the intensity the team has shown at times this season. “It starts at practice. We have to work hard in practice as hard as we would in a match,” she said. “We have to treat every situation with match-like intensity.” Samara also said she is waiting for a few individuals to step up and turn things around this season. “We have a chance to bounce back and turn it around,” Samara said. “The (Big East) Conference Tournament keeps getting closer. We have to make some improvements to compete.” email@example.com
look to keep the morale high this weekend when they travel to Elon, N.C., for the Elon Invitational. “Its a rollercoaster season,” Van Zant said. “We’re going to have our ups and downs, especially this early in the year. We have a talented group; once we really get rolling things will work themselves out.” firstname.lastname@example.org
have to worry about upsetting Connecticut and Louisville, first. Finishing the season on a three-game winning streak – a feat the team hasn’t accomplished since early January – would make WVU the team with the most momentum entering the Big East tournament, outside of St. John’s. The last two times the Mountaineers have won at least two-straight entering the conference tournament, the team at least finished in the Big East semifinals and in the Elite Eight. The pressure is on West Virginia. It has been all season. If this team could somehow ignore it and finish in the top eight of the conference standings, it would be quite a feat. An impressive showing in the Big East Tournament would be even more eye-opening. All of that, though, depends on how the Mountaineers finish this week. email@example.com
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Six former West Virginia football players have been spending the last few days working out for NFL scouts at the 2011 NFL Combine. On Monday, defensive lineman Chris Neild and linebacker J.T. Thomas worked out and had solid performances. Neild had the 10th best bench press number for defensive lineman with 30 reps. Thomas had the seventh best 40-yard dash time (4.68 seconds) and the ninth most bench press reps (23) out of the linebackers. Former WVU running back Noel Devine didn’t run because of an ankle injury, but he did have 24 bench press reps. He came in weighing 179 pounds, which was 19 more pounds than he weighed-in at the Senior Bowl in January. He had an interview with the Atlanta Falcons this week. Former WVU slot receiver Jock Sanders measured in at 5-foot6, two inches below his height in the 2010 WVU football media guide. He ran a 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, which was in the middle of the pack for receivers. Most of his numbers were near the middle, but he finished 10th in the 20-yard shuttle (4.13 seconds). WVU cornerback Brandon Hogan and safety Robert Sands, who was measured at 6-foot-4, participate in drills today. Sands said to cbssports.com he would be comfortable playing linebacker at the next level. “At West Virginia I was going against short, speedy guys every day like Noel Devine, Jock Sanders and Tavon Austin,” Sands said in the interview. “That would be nothing new to me. I’m just working on my craft, so I can do the little things right.” No top 25 for WVU For the first time this season, the West Virginia men’s and women’s basketball teams find themselves out of the top 25 at the same time. After being in the top 25 since
the start of the season, the WVU women’s team fell out of the ranking for the first time this year, after losing seven of its last nine games. West Virginia’s men’s team received votes in the AP top-25 poll. It received the 30th most votes. It’s the first time since the final poll of the 2008-09 season both teams have been unranked. WVU finished the regular season last year both in the top 10. WVU drops out of top 25 The West Virginia gymnastics team, despite posting a seasonhigh score in a win over North Carolina, fell out of the top 25 after coming in at No. 24 last week. The Mountaineers (9-5, 6-1 East Atlantic Gymnastics League) dropped to No. 17 on vault and No. 24 on floor with respective 48.98 and 48.885 regional qualifying scores. The Mountaineers’ overall RQS is 194.675. Freshman Hope Sloanhoffer is nationally ranked in each event in which she competes. The Cornwall, N.Y., native ranks No. 11 on beam (9.855), No. 20 on floor (9.85) and No. 40 on vault (9.84). Senior Amy Bieski ranks No. 27 in the all-around (39.0) and No. 35 on floor (9.84). Junior Tina Maloney ranks No. 46 on vault (9.83). Regionally, the Mountaineers continue to rank No. 3 in the Southeast, behind No. 1 Florida and No. 6 Georgia. WVU also ranks No. 3 on vault, bars (48.67) and floor, and No. 4 on beam (48.38). Sloanhoffer owns three topfive regional rankings: No. 2 beam, No. 3 floor and No. 5 vault. Bieski checks in at No. 5 in the all-around and on floor, No. 11 on vault (9.825), No. 13 on bars (9.765) and No. 17 on beam (9.705). WVU owns a combined 15 individual rankings on bars, floor and vault.
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Tuesday March 1, 2011
brian gawthrop associate sports editor
Crucial week ahead for WVU The Big East Conference Tournament will start early for the West Virginia men’s basketball team. After all the Mountaineers have been through this season, so much of their potential postseason success will come down to their last two games of the regular season this week against No. 16 Connecticut and No. 11 Louisville. Both games are at home and are against two of the top teams in the Big East. Both have standout players, and both opposing coaches are future members of the hall of fame. It is undoubtedly the most important week of the season for the Mountaineers, and the two most vital games for the team’s success in the postseason. No, not because they need to secure a bid in the NCAA Tournament – they likely already did that with their win over Rutgers Sunday, which guaranteed the team won’t have a losing season in the Big East Conference. But more so, the next two games will determine whether the team will receive the important first-round bye in the Big East Tournament next week, and will also set the tone for how WVU will perform in the tournament. Currently, the team is in a four-way tie for seventh place in the conference standings. With the league’s current format, teams that finish at least eighth in the conference standings earn a first-round bye.
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WEST VIRGINIA 69 | ST. JOHNS 49
SUCCESSFUL SENIOR SENDOFF Mountaineers top St. John’s 69-49 to end regular season By Matthew Peaslee Sports Writer
The five seniors from the West Virginia women’s basketball team walked off the WVU Coliseum floor for the final time. With just seconds to go in the Mountaineers’ 69-49 victory over St. John’s, the fivesome of Madina Ali, Korinne Campbell, Vanessa House, Sarah Miles and Liz Repella shared in a joyful embrace as the final horn blared for the last time. “It was hard,” Repella said as she tried to keep her emotions in check at the podium following the game. “I don’t think it’s hit me yet.” It was a fitting finish to their regular season career at the Coliseum. The first 24 points for West Virginia (22-8, 8-8 Big East Conference) were scored by its five seniors. An ESPN, national television audience witnessed the Mountaineers attempt to prove themselves worthy for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers, however, will have to play in the first round of the Big East Tournament Friday against Cincinnati at 6 p.m. “Needless to say, we needed that one,” said WVU head coach Mike Carey. “I wanted these seniors to go out as a winner on the home court. That was just as important as playing for our life right there.” It wasn’t until a layup from sophomore center Asya Bussie with 3:02 left in the first half that an underclassman got on the board for the Mountainchelsi baker/the daily athenaeum eers. She was the only underWest Virginia’s five seniors – Madina Ali, Korinne Campbell, Vanessa House, Sarah Miles and Liz Repella – hug after being taken out classman to score in the game for WVU. for the final time during the Mountaineers’ Senior Night win over St. John’s Monday.
The first half was a back-andforth struggle between WVU and the Red Storm (20-9, 9-7). The Mountaineers couldn’t quite pull away, with their largest lead being seven with 6:46 to go in the opening half. St. John’s cut it to within two late in the first half, but WVU walked into the locker room with a six-point halftime lead, 30-24. WVU put it together in the second half, building its lead to 17 within the first seven minutes of the half. The Mountaineers created 20 turnovers in the contest, which led to 21 points. “When we started getting up the lane, especially in the second half, we created some turnovers,” Carey said. Three of WVU’s five seniors scored in double figures. Repella led all scorers with 22 points and added nine rebounds. Carey was cautious with how he played Ali and Campbell in the first half. Both players had two fouls apiece in the first 20 minutes, but each ended with only three. “I kind of sat (Ali) out the second half. Lord knows the way our games and teams cut in,” Carey said. “I didn’t want her to pick up her fourth and not play, so I kind of sat her out a little longer. But, when she came back in and got a couple buckets, it really helped us.” The Williamsport, Pa., native finished with nine points and nine rebounds; eight came on the defensive glass. The Mountaineers hit 14-of29 field goals in the second half, while limiting the Red Storm to just 10-of-28 from the field. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountaineers not letting winless weekend get the best of them By Derek Denneny Sports Writer
After starting the season 2-1 in its first weekend, the West Virginia baseball team had a disappointing weekend, going 0-3 at the Hughes Bros. Challenge. The Mountaineers made it a goal to come out Monday and end the losing streak against Wake Forest. They, however, were unable to do so, because the game was canceled due to inclement weather. “We were looking to bounce back after a rough weekend and come home with a win,” said WVU head coach Greg Van Zant. “Unfortunately the game was canceled, so we weren’t able to get a win, but I think we looked a little better in the first inning, but it’s so hard to really gauge anything on one inning of baseball.”
Weather was a concern prior to the first pitch, but the game started as scheduled before being canceled in the top of the second inning due to heavy rain that left the field unplayable. After WVU’s leadoff hitter Brady Wilson flew out to right field, second baseman Dan DiBartolomeo punched a base hit back up the middle in the first inning. Shortstop Grant Buckner followed by reaching base on an error, advancing DiBartolomeo to second. Left fielder Matt Frazer advanced the two runners with a sacrifice bunt, moving both runners into scoring position, but they were stranded when back-up catcher Matt Malloy struck out swinging. “I’m not really going to worry about leaving guys on (base) in just one inning of play,” Van Zant said. “But, our pitcher Mar-
shall Thompson looked pretty impressive. He had a lot of zip on his fastball and really had some good stuff. It’s still early, so we’re going to try to use our positives more than negatives right now.” Despite the tough weekend, Van Zant made it clear the team morale was still as high as it was on opening day. “Our pitching struggled, and we faced North CarolinaWilmington’s ace,” he said. “Even when we struggled, everyone showed great enthusiasm, and the morale was never down. These guys don’t let things bother them and really try to pick up anyone that is struggling.” Van Zant said he just keeps reminding the team to stay positive. “We have to realize it’s early,
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