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Monday April 11, 2011
VOLUME 124, ISSUE 133
BOG to consider alcohol sales Approves WVU purchase of Augusta apts. By DEVON Unger STAFF WRITER
The West Virginia University Board of Governors is considering changing its policies to allow controlled beer sales at certain athletic events.
BOG Chair Carolyn Long said the proposal would alter section 4.1 of BOG Policy 18, prohibiting the sale of “beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages to the general public during athletic events.” The Athletic Department recently completed a review of the Milan Puskar Stadium’s operations and wants to implement three changes, said WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck in a press release. Beer would be sold in the stadium, reentry would no longer be allowed and smoking would be banned in the
TAKE OUR ONLINE SURVEY Take our quick survey about stadium alcohol sales at www.thedaonline.com concourses and moved to designated smoking areas. “We believe we can improve fan behavior with the controlled sale of beer inside the stadium, which would require BOG approval,” Luck said. “With responsible serving practices and proper vendor training coupled with the elimination of stadium reen-
try, we can control the consumption of alcohol.” He said stopping reentry would keep fans from drinking in the parking lot during halftime. Most other Big East Conference members do not allow reentry and all other Big East schools sell beer at their stadiums. Luck said the beer sales would provide extra revenue for the Athletic Department and the elimination smoking in the concourses would improve the environment for
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Fans cheer at last season’s game against Coastal Carolina.
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Judicial Board fines candidates for violations BY CHARLES YOUNG STAFF WRITER
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SOWETO Street Beat, a professional South African dance troupe based out of Atlanta performs at Africa Night in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.
Africa night showcases diversity with music, dance by CONOR GRIFFITH Correspondent
More than 200 people attended the African Student Association Night Renaissance celebration in the Mountainlair Ballrooms Saturday night, concluding Africa Week at West Virginia University. Africa Night’s theme, “Celebrating the African Renaissance” focused on presenting a positive image of the conti-
nent while educating non-African members of the audience. “It has always been a time we enjoyed,” said Edward Brenya, a member of the WVU ASA. Brenya expressed the importance of having Africa Night to show cultural diversity among WVU students. “Here we have unity in WVU, one WVU,” he said. Brenya, a resident of Ghana, was joined by Mohamed Ali,
an Egyptian resident. They are both members of the ASA. “We cannot collectively make barriers among ourselves,” Ali said. “We must educate ourselves and embrace cultures not just of Africa but of the whole world.” Kombe Kapatamoyo, ASA President and Zambia resident, was responsible for organizing her third Africa Night event. Jennifer McIntosh, the executive officer for Social Justice
has organized the event for 19 of the last 20 years. “Imagine a world without the continent of Africa. You can’t,” McIntosh said. “We are creating a lot of cultural changes on campus.” Kwame Boateng, Ghana resident and associate professor of political science and international relations at West Virginia Wesleyan College, spoke
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Walk draws 22 men for sexual assault awareness By Charles Young Staff Writer
Men from the Morgantown area donned high heels while participating in a mile-long walk to raise awareness for victims of rape and domestic violence on Sunday afternoon at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park. The second annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, sponsored by the Rape and Domestic Violence Center in Morgantown, hopes to help men empathize with victims of domestic violence, said Cassandra Rice, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s really important that men get involved in this because prevention and awareness of violence against women has historically been seen as a women’s issue, but it’s really more then that,”
Rice said. “It’s a human rights issue, a public health issue and a community wide issue.” The event featured 22 local men from all walks of life. Some men chose sensible, low high heels to help them endure walking, while others chose flamboyant stilettos for style. Anthony Anderson, a senior advertising major, said he was participating in the event with his pledge brothers from the Beta Theta Phi fraternity. Anderson said he and his pledge brothers went shopping together and picked out identical heels. “It’s very difficult to find ladies shoes this large, and these are still about three sizes too small,” Anderson said. Judy King Smith, the executive director of the RDVCC,
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said all the money raised from the walk will go toward funding programs for the center. “Most men are well meaning and want to help. This provides a funny way to show their support,” she said. Smith said the RDVCC serves Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties by offering education and assistance to men and women who have been victims of domestic violence. The center also offers a 24-hour hot line to provide emergency assistance and advice to victims, she said. “We do as much community education as possible in all levels of the school system, but also in the community,” Smith said. “CommuKristen Basham/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM nity education is the way to Participants sit down at an event called Walk do prevention.” a Mile in Her Shoes at Hazel Ruby McQuain email@example.com Park on Sunday.
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INSIDE THIS EDITION With a new offense in 2011, the West Virginia wide receivers will have to get used to new roles. ON PAGE 10
More than eight candidates for the Student Government Association elections at West Virginia University received fines Saturday for minor campaign violations. A meeting will be held Tuesday to address the more severe violations. Candidates faced SGA’s Judicial Board on Saturday for various violations such as illegal poster placements, not having authorized campaign materials and campaigning within the residence halls. SGA Vice President Ron Cheng pled guilty to violating the SGA Elections Code for using the SGA office computer to produce campaign posters for the Fusion Party. He was fined $60 for violating Appendix Four, Section One of the code. Gov. Josh Snyder filed the violation. “You know, I’m going to plead guilty to that,” Cheng said. “I did make posters on that computer.” Cheng said he used the computer in an effort to save on election costs. When asked
if he was aware of the specific section of the elections code he was accused of violating, he said, “it completely slipped my mind to be absolutely honest.” He said he purchased and installed the design software and did not feel the computer he used mattered. Julie Lippman received a $30 fine for “dorm storming” in Brooke Tower. It is forbidden for any candidate to campaign within any residence hall, according to Elections Code. Brooke Tower resident advisors reported seeing supporters of the Pirate Party writing “Vote Julie Lippmann and the Pirate Party” on more than 100 whiteboards on resident’s doors, according to the violation. The report also stated residents of Brooke Tower were bribed $20 to write on the whiteboards. “I never went to any Tower dorms; I’ve been to one dorm this entire year. I didn’t pay anyone to do that,” Lippman said in rebuttal to the charges. David Small, a candidate
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Students carry buckets, raise money for cleaner water projects in Africa BY JOEL MORALES STAFF WRITER
More than 300 people lived a day in the life of the average Tanzanian citizen while carrying orange buckets of water during Amizade’s annual Water Walk Sunday. Participants donated between $7 and $25 to raise awareness about global water issues while carrying a water bucket from the Mountainlair Green to the Monongahela River and back. “This is our fourth year doing the water walk, and we’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years and built dozens of water tanks,” said Brandon Blache-Cohen, executive director of Amizade Global Service-Learning. According to Blache-Cohen, last year’s event raised more than $8,000, and he predicted this year’s event to surpass $5,000. “We held the water walk to raise awareness and funds
to instill clean water tanks in the areas so the towns can have clean water access,” said Becky Davis, Amizade’s outreach and marketing public relations representative. “Last year, we instilled seven clean water tanks, which is equal to clean water for 300 people to drink.” Brett Bullock, a sophomore sports and exercise psychology major, and Jake Boeckel, a social worker for the Salvation Army, participated in the walk. “You turn your knob, you get your water. We have water and waste water,” Bullock said. “I am a very fit person, and there are some people who are carrying two or three babies in Africa to get water while we sit here with all the water at our fingertips. It’s something I just had to do.” Boeckel agreed, feeling very passionate about the cause and the great things it was doing. “I heard about the walk, and I was thinking about
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BASEBALL SWEEPS HOYAS The West Virginia baseball team beat Georgetown 6-4 to finish a three-game sweep of the Hoyas this weekend. SPORTS PAGE 10
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Monday April 11, 2011
WVU to host Greek Week fashion show Fraternities and sororities at West Virginia University will be participating in events this week. A talent show will be held today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. A blood drive will take place Tuesday between 1p.m.
and 7 p.m. The Greek Games will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the Mountainlair Green. Airbands will take place Thursday at 4 p.m. on the Mountainlair Green.. The talent show will be
held today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Throughout the week, canned food donations are being accepted. â€” jam
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Community members fill the Mountainlair Ballrooms for Africa Night on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event included a guest speaker, dinner, a fashion show and musical performances, Rotimi, an R&B singer of Nigerian descent and SOWETO Street Beats.
Continued from page 1 about the African Renaissance and their fight to overcome recent problems. â€œBecause we are here, we have the opportunity to let others know what Africa is all about,â€? Boateng said. â€œWe have problems, but if you look at how some of our countries were 200 years ago, we are doing pretty good.â€? Boatengâ€™s speech was followed by a dinner with cui-
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for the Pirate Party BOG, received a $10 fine for posting signs inside a classroom in Woodburn Hall. SGA Elections Chair Tasha Frazie said by posting signs in a classroom, Small was in violation of Article Four, Section B, Number Five of the elections code. Small said he did not place the signs there. â€œWhatever the actions were, I think thereâ€™d be two words: spineless and also hurtful for the actions of Iâ€™m not really sure who,â€? Small said. Charles Reidpath, a candidate for the Pirate Party BOG,
sine from many different African countries. Members of the WVU African Drum and Dance Ensemble performed during the meal, followed by a fashion show featuring colorful and distinct clothing styles worn across Africa. After the fashion show, Rotimi, a rhythm and blues singer from Chicago, with Nigerian heritage, performed for the audience. A dance performance by the South African band Soweto Street Beats followed. The
members performed what they called the Zulu Dance and later invited many members of the audience to join them. Saturdayâ€™s event, which was held as part of The Presidentâ€™s Office for Social Justiceâ€™s Spring Diversity Days and Africa Week, was sponsored by the WVU office of Student Affairs, SGA, Center for Black Culture and Research and the Presidentâ€™s Office for Social Justice.
received a $10 fine for hanging posters without an authorization stamp in Braxton Tower. Also during the meeting, Zach Redding and George Weaver of the Fusion Party, and Philip Berry and Courtney Bertol of the Pirate Party received $10 fines for minor violations. Berry, Bertol, Redding and Weaver did not attend the meeting. Frazie said fines from election violations are billed to their student accounts and are payable online. If a candidate fails to pay their fine, they will receive a hold on their account and will be unable to register for classes or graduate. Judicial Board Chair James Bailey said the meeting was
held to address the less severe campaign violations. There will also be a meeting held Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Law School to address the status of the election and more severe violations, he said. â€œWe are currently under an investigative period where we are getting information from Votenet,â€? Bailey said. Votenet is the WVU-purchased voting system that cost about $5,500 and is used for Homecoming and SGA elections. The Judicial Board will receive and evaluate the information on Monday and make an announcement during Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, he said.
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