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“Little good is accomplished without controversy, and no civic evil is ever defeated without publicity.”


Wednesday December 7, 2011

Volume 125, Issue 72

New reality show follows W.Va. teens by mackenzie mays city editor

MTV has picked up a new reality series called “Buck Wild,” which will follow the lives of recent high school graduates in rural West Virginia. The show will revolve around a group of friends who “share a deep pride in contemporary small-town American life and a passion for living it to the fullest, while

making up their own rules as they go,” according to a press release. “Buck Wild” is scheduled to premiere late this summer and will feature a “Jackass”like element as the show’s characters take part in activities like mud racing, squirrel hunting and rope swinging, according to TV Guide. “The series is really about following a group of friends in West Virginia and exploring their own personal stories

as they navigate life post-high school,” MTV told The Daily Athenaeum Monday. “Everyone has been great, and we’re excited to have this dynamic group of friends’ stories evolve over the course of the series.” But, not everyone is excited for the new series. State officials denied MTV state tax credit for the program out of fear the show would cast the state in a negative light, and Jinny Turman-

Deal, a West Virginia University doctoral student, said their doubts are legitimate. Turman-Deal has a masters degree in Appalachian studies and is working on a dissertation that focuses on stereotypes within the state. She said the media has shaped a negative perception of West Virginia for years, pointing to films like “The Dancing Outlaw” and “The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.” “Honestly, I think peo-

ple have a reason to be concerned. The characters of these shows are usually the most eccentric and don’t represent the whole population. I know a lot of people from New Jersey who resent ‘Jersey Shore,’” she said. “But, hopefully there’s something deeper to this show, and it doesn’t simply reinforce a stereotype.” The most popular West Virginia stereotypes include inbreeding, unnecessary violence and illiteracy, Tur-

man-Deal said, and most stem from the media’s coverage of historical events like the Hatfield-McCoy feud and Eleanor Roosevelt’s establishment of the Arthurdale community. “There’s this existing idea that the people are violent, uneducated and fatalistic without any aspirations to improve their lot in life,” she said. “A hoard of media cameras produced pictures of impov-

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University’s Toy Mountain helps local children


SustainU, located at 63 Wharf St. in Morgantown, is an American clothing company that produces apparel made from 100 percent recycled materials.

wvu graduate’s eco-friendly store offers 100 percent recycled apparel by bryan bumgardner staff writer

For West Virginia University alumnus and SustainU founder Chris Yura, living green isn’t just about recycling – it’s about creating jobs. That’s why his company, SustainU, is a leading producer of 100 percent recycled apparel made domestically by American workers. On Nov. 29, Yura brought the business home and opened SustainU’s first retail store in the Wharf District of Morgantown. The Waterfront location sells exclusive, environmentally friendly WVU gear – all of which is made from recycled cotton, plastic bottles and textile waste. Yura said he believes recycling is a smart business choice, not just a responsible one. “For me, being sustainable means caring for what we have, both in human capital

and in resources,” he said. Global crop shortages have made recycled cotton cheaper than raw cotton. These shortages and job outsourcing overseas have drastically reduced American textile production, Yura said. “People were buying recycled cotton because they had to. I think that’s a sign of things to come. When resources run low, you look for alternatives,” Yura said. Yura’s company successfully utilizes those alternatives. All SustainU apparel is printed with eco-friendly ink. For every pound of recycled yarn produced, SustainU saves half of a gallon of gasoline. One ton of recycled cotton saves 1,200 gallons of water, 500 kilowatts of electricity, and it prevents the release of 1,700 pounds of non-biodegradable waste. “It’s kind of a holistic approach to sustainability,” said Anne Bowling, a WVU gradu-

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The West Virginia University Extension Service and AmeriCorps, a national service program, are sponsoring Energy Express, a statewide program that promotes education for children in rural communities. Applications are now being accepted for positions as a mentor or community coordinator in the program, which helps 3,000 children across the state maintain, and improve their reading skills. AmeriCorps is seeking 500 individuals to fill these positions. Energy Express is a six-week summer program promoting the school success of chil-

dren living in rural and lowincome communities across West Virginia. Kim Liston, AmeriCorps coordinator for the WVU Extension Service, said Energy Express has been an AmeriCorps program for years now. “AmeriCorps is a national service program, and Energy Express is a great way for students to get involved in a statewide and a national program,” Liston said. During the program, students receive a learning experience based on reading to prevent the student from falling behind over the summer months. The students also eat nutritious, family-style meals and have fun, Liston said.


SustainU, located at 63 Wharf St. in Morgantown, is an American clothing company that produces products made from 100 percent recycled materials.

“Basically, what we do is try to make the book they read that day reflect on every other activity during the day, as well, such as art projects, dramas and things like that,” Liston said. “This helps them remember the book and actually have fun doing it.” Mentors are college or college-bound students who help the participants of the program learn, and guide them through their day. “The mentor works handson with the students in the program by doing reading, writing, art, drama and non-competitive or cooperative play with the students,” Liston said. “The ratio of mentors to students is one to eight, so it’s a relatively

small group.” In addition to helping students learn with these activities, mentors also talk to families of the children, complete a community service project, design activity plans and learn many other skills they can take with them after this experience, she said. Community coordinators who train and manage the volunteers for the program also assist students in their daily activities, Liston said, and are connected to the community. “Community coordinators are learning how to do press releases, work with community agencies, promote the program



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West Virginia University’s Students Helping Other People organization is gearing up to make young spirits bright this Christmas season through its 25th annual Toy Mountain event. Toys collected will be distributed to local organizations Christian Help and The Salvation Army and will benefit those who are less fortunate this holiday season. “We want to make sure the kids within the Morgantown community have a little bet-

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ter Christmas,” said James Bailey, Toy Mountain and SHOP coordinator. In conjunction with Toy Mountain, SHOP will also host its annual SHOPping trip on Dec. 10. Eighty children from the Morgantown community, through monetary donations made by various WVU groups and organizations, will have the opportunity to travel to Super K-Mart and purchase gifts for themselves and their families. WVU President James P.

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City Council opposes rezoning lot on Willey St.

Summer program to aid education in rural communities by lacey palmer


Ron Justice, left, director of Student Organizations; James P. Clements, center, WVU President; and James Bailey, right, SHOP/Toy Mountain coordinator look at the toys at the Mountainlair.

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COMING NEXT WEEK After a first-round exit in the NCAA tournament, the WVU women’s soccer team is using the win as motivation for next year. SPORTS PAGE 7

Members of the Morgantown City Council discussed zoning regulations for a lot on Willey Street during their regular meeting Tuesday. The lot is located next to Trinity Church on Willey Street and is currently zone B-1, which prevents businesses from being built on the property. Should the property be rezoned as B-4, businesses such as retail or grocery stores could be built on the area. Some members of the community feel the rezoning would be a mistake. Reverend Mike Hadaway of Trinity Church said the rezoning would prevent fair use of the lot’s 44-space parking lot. “What happens if a business is put next door, and I can’t park people on Sunday morning?” Hadaway said. Many members of the community feared the zoning change would lead to the destruction of other historic buildings in the neighborhood. Rodney Pyles, a local

member of the Knights of Columbus and Monongalia County Assessor, argued for the maintenance of current zoning laws for preservation reasons. He said the zoning law threatened the historic Walter House and the Masonic Temple. “We believe approval of this zoning change will eventually lead to the demolition of both buildings,” he said. Terri Cutright – executive director of Main Street Morgantown, an organization devoted to caring for the High Street area of the city, said she felt the zoning change is justified. “Main Street is a lot like any other neighborhood. Sometimes, people are going to do things that their neighbors don’t like,” she said. After the public portion, City Council voted to deny the possibility of rezoning. The decision was made due to lack of city laws on the subject of historical preservation. Bill Byrne, sixth ward councilor, said he used to

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WOMEN HEAD TO SYRACUSE Fresh off a win, the West Virginia women’s basketball team will travel to Syracuse for its Big East opener tonight. SPORTS PAGE 7


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Obama sets campaign theme: Middle class at stake OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) — Declaring the American middle class in jeopardy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a populist economic vision that will drive his re-election bid, insisting the United States must reclaim its standing as a country in which everyone can prosper if provided “a fair shot and a fair share.” While never making an overt plea for a second term, Obama’s offered his most comprehensive lines of attack against the candidates seeking to take his job, only a month before Republican voters begin choosing a presidential nominee. He also sought to inject some of the long-overshadowed hope that energized his 2008 campaign, saying: “I believe America is on its way up.” In small-town Osawatomie, in a high school gym where patriotic bunting lined the bleachers, Obama presented himself as the one fighting for shared sacrifice and success against those who would gut government and let people fend for themselves. He did so knowing the nation is riven over the question of whether economic opportunity for all is evaporating. “Throughout the country, it’s sparked protests and political movements, from the tea party to the people who’ve been occupying the streets of New York and other cities,” Obama said. “This is the defining issue of our time,” he said in echoing President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous speech here in 1910. “This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and all those who are fighting to get into the middle class,” Obama said. “At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home and secure their retirement.” For Obama, saddled with a weak national economic recovery, the speech was a chance to break away from Washington’s incremental battles and

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking about the economy Tuesday. his own small-scale executive actions. He offered a sweeping indictment of economic inequality and unleashed his own brand of prairie populism. He spoke for nearly an hour to a supportive audience, reselling his ideas under the framework of “building a nation where we’re all better off.” Billed as an important address that would put today’s economic debates in context, Obama’s speech seemed a bit like two packaged into one. The first was that of the campaigner, full of loft and reclamation of American values. The second was the governing Obama, who recited his familiar jobs agenda, his feud with Congress over extending a Social Security tax cut, even his fight to get his consumer watchdog confirmed. Obama tied himself to Roosevelt, the president and reformer who came to this town in eastern Kansas and called for a “square deal” for regular Americans. Roosevelt said then the fight for progress was a conflict “between the men


who possess more than they have earned and the men who have earned more than they possess.” It is a theme Obama is embracing in a mounting fight for re-election against Republicans who, regardless of the nominee, will attack his stewardship of the economy. One of the leading contenders for the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney, ridiculed Obama for comparing himself to Roosevelt. Obama “said that he is like Teddy Roosevelt,” Romney said at a campaign event in Paradise Valley, Ariz. “And I thought, ‘In what way is he like Teddy Roosevelt?’ Teddy Roosevelt of course founded the Bull Moose Party. One of those words applies.” Kirsten Kukowski, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said, “Maybe instead of trying to be like other presidents, Obama should try being president.” Obama took aim at the Republicans, saying they would only return the same structures

that led to America’s economic downturn. “Their philosophy is simple: We are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules,” Obama said. “I’m here to say they are wrong.” The president conceded that the country is in the midst of a consuming re-examination on his watch, prompting national movements against both government spending and an economy that many feel disproportionately favors the elite. Obama went on the offensive about income equality, saying it distorts democracy and derails the American dream. Responding to those who want to cut taxes and regulation in the belief success will trickle down, Obama said: “Here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It’s never worked.” Obama noted that Theodore Roosevelt was called a “radical, a socialist, even a communist” for putting forth ideas in his last campaign such as an eight-hour work day, a minimum wage for women, unemployment insurance and a progressive income tax. Left unsaid: Roosevelt’s Bull Moose campaign in 1912 failed to return him to the White House. Obama attempted to sum up the pain and peril for a society where the middle class is struggling. But he also called for individual responsibility. “In the end,” he said, “rebuilding this economy based on fair play, a fair shot and a fair share will require all of us to see the stake we have in each other’s success.” Obama also challenged he big banks that took bailouts from American taxpayers, pointing to “a deficit of trust between Main Street and Wall Street.” He said banks that were bailed out had an obligation to work to close that trust deficit and should be doing more to help remedy past mortgage abuses and assist middle-class taxpayers.



Continued from page 1 ate who joined SustainU in retail management. SustainU has partnered with organizations such as National Industries for the Blind to generate jobs and promote local growth. The company also contracts textile producers in North Carolina, Tennessee and neighboring states, keeping the industry and the money in the United States. “Sustainability is important, but the real challenge is maintaining local business,” Bowling said. Revitalizing the U.S. textile industry is an important element of SustainU. “Reinvesting in the manufacturing sector is actually reinvesting in America itself. If we do that, we can start to grow our markets and be a player in the global economy,” Yura said. In the early 20th century, America’s industry was one of the most powerful in the world. Now, the U.S. imports twice as much as it exports. Bowling said SustainU hopes to breathe life into still-capable American textile

Mountain Line to offer more transit options to Pittsburgh In preparation for the approaching holiday break, the Mountain Line Transit Authority will offer additional Grey Line busing to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Dec. 10, 17 and 24. Buses will depart from Morgantown at 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and return trips from Pittsburgh will occur at 3:00 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. The Grey Line Station will pick up riders at the Downtown Pittsburgh Greyhound


Continued from page 1 in the community and other skills throughout this program,” Liston said. The program also serves to foster a sense of community for the children involved, she said. “The kids, of course, get these wonderful role models that they look up to, but the self-esteem aspect really works on both levels – the mentors and community coordinators learn a lot of skills they never thought they’d ever do and become more confident in them,” Liston said. “Of course, it looks great on a resume as well.” In return for their 300 hours of service, mentors and community coordinators receive a $1,850 summer living allowance and a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college tuition or loans. “As a firm believer in getting any experience that you can, Energy Express is a perfect way to have fun for the summer, see if you enjoy working with kids, see if education is a


Continued from page 1 erished miners during JFK’s campaign here without explaining the circumstances, and every generation sees its own renewed attention to Appalachia projected through the media, which doesn’t attempt to analyze or understand the state.” WVU students voiced their thoughts on the upcoming reality series. “I’ve dealt with people who question the intelligence of the people here or make jokes about being inbred and ask if we’re married to our cousins,” said Christopher Lopez, a social work graduate student from Clarksburg, W.Va. “It just comes down to ignorance on their part, and I can’t do anything about that.” Lopez said he hopes “Buck

Continued from page 1 Clements spoke Tuesday in the Mountainlair about the importance of WVU students and faculty giving to others this holiday season. “This mountain needs to be bigger,” Clements said. “I know there will be a lot of really happy kids when they get these gifts.” Bailey encouraged students to get involved in volunteering on the SHOPing trip by making a monetary contribution or by donating a new toy to Toy Mountain. Bailey said the organization hopes to exceed its goal for donations this year. “There are so many ways to give back. I encourage everyone to step forward,” Bailey said. Clements said the Toy Mountain and SHOP events speak volumes to the giving nature of WVU students. “This reflects the commitment students have to this community, the commitment they have to outreach and the commitment they have to helping others,” he said. Toy and monetary donations may be made at the Coliseum during the Dec. 10 WVU men’s basketball game

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SHOP’s Toy Mountain is made up of hundreds of toys that will be donated to local families in time for the holidays.

or by mailing checks, made Morgantown, WV 26505 by in helping each other,” Clempayable to WVU S.H.O.P to Dec. 8. ents said. Sue Henry, Student Organiza“Remember the Mountaintions Services, PO Box 6444, eer spirit this holiday season Back

own the building located on the disputed lot. “The problem is that we don’t have any regulations preventing the destruction of these historic buildings,” he said. Byrne said such laws would prevent further argument on the subject.

terminal and Pittsburgh International Airport. Riders must make reservations online at Special discounted rates apply. A roundtrip ticket for one person is $25, and two tickets purchased with the same credit card can be bought for $35. For more information about these special holiday trips or the Grey Line services, please call 304-296-3869. – lan

good career option for you or see if you’d rather work with the community,” Liston said. Energy Express has about 80 different sites in 40 different counties all over the state, and students can also volunteer with the program. Liston encourages students and community members to get involved and pass the word on to others as well. To apply to be a mentor or community coordinator, students can visit or call 304293-3855. Applicants must be 18 years old by June 7, 2012, but positions are not limited to college students. The selection process begins March 1, and Energy Express will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled. “It’s truly amazing to watch a child participate in this program,” Liston said. “The past volunteers, mentors and coordinators really love the program, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for students to get involved, get good experience and earn some money for college at the same time.”


Wild” will allow the country to see what West Virginia is really all about, but has his doubts. “I hope these characters represent the state well, but I doubt that they will. They’re going to pick something that sells, and that usually involves stereotypes,” he said Megan Green, a psychology student from Charleston, W.Va., said she fears the new show will only worsen the country’s already negative perception of the state. “The ‘redneck’ stereotype that pollutes the public’s ideal of West Virginia is ignorant and repulsive. I’ll be mortified if MTV only zones in on a specific area of West Virginia and promotes a very narrow view of Appalachia. We’re so much more than four-wheelers and shotguns,” she said.

City Council also presented Certificates of Recognition to the WVU women’s cross-country and soccer teams. The cross-country team placed eighth at the NCAA Championship last Monday, while the women’s soccer team won its second consecutive Big East Conference championship.


companies. “In this time of economic uncertainty, everybody is wondering how we can bring the United States back to being a powerhouse. Manufacturing things here and creating jobs are the two most important factors,” Bowling said. SustainU has its headquarters in Morgantown and is a successful graduate of the WVU Business Incubator, a program that supports new businesses through professional consulting and resource allocation. Yura said when he was inspired to start SustainU, he knew he wanted to bring his company back to Morgantown. Now that his business is growing, he hopes to inspire others to think sustainably. “Even if you have a little idea, you have to think big,” he said. “All of us have the ability to impact other people’s lives and the planet, and some of us don’t realize it.” To learn more, visit SustainU online at or visit the store, located across from Oliverio’s in the Wharf District.



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Garage rocker Ty Segall to play solo 123 show in January by Emily Meadows a&E WRITER

Garage rocker Ty Segall will be welcomed to Morgantown in Jan. for a live show presented by West Virginia University’s college rock station, WWVU-U92FM. The former Epsilons front man will be playing an entirely solo show, where he will play both the guitar and drums himself, at 123 Pleasant Street on Jan. 4. The show will be opened by Shepherdstown’s, W.Va., The Demon Beat and Morgantown band Best Friends. The much-anticipated show, which was booked and organized through U92 and independent booking agencies, has all those involved thrilled to bring Sefall’s big talent to such a small town venue. Disc jockey Nicole Welty, primarily involved in the organization of the show, said she is “ecstatic” U92 was able to work everything out to get Segall to travel to play for his

fans in West Virginia. “I’m extremely excited to see him live, especially because it is a special solo show,” Welty said. Segall, a native of Laguna Beach, Calif., kicked off his recording career in the underground alternative scene of San Francisco as a member of several different acts, and is best known for his work with the Epsilons before their disbandment in 2008. An alumnus of San Francisco University, Segall attributes much of his early success and sprouting popularity to his airplay and involvement with the University’s own station KUSF 90.3FM, exhibiting his ties and loyalty to the world of college radio. He has, in addition, collaborated with other popular college rock acts including Mikal Cronin and Three Oh Sees. WVU Music Director Derek Rudolph, said he is anticipating seeing him for the fourth time. “I’m looking forward to talking to him about his mu-

sic, and how I appreciate it,” Rudolph said. “I listened to him a ton all summer long.” “Goodbye Bread,” Segall’s most recent album released earlier this year under Drag City Records, was extremely well-received by fans and critics and given overall positive reviews. A compilation of singles from 2007 to 2010 was also released following “Goodbye Bread” this year under former label Goner Records and features some of Segall’s shortest but most beloved works, including “My Sunshine” and “Caesar.” With the welcoming of a talent such as Segall who hassuch enthusiasm, Welty said she hopes this will help open the doors for more popular alternative artists to take notice and add Morgantown as a stop on their tours. The show will start at 10 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2012. Tickets are on sale now on 123 Pleasant Street’s website for $10. daa&

Garage rocker Ty Segall will perform a special solo show at 123 Pleasant Street on Jan. 4.

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Top Girl Gifts: A college girl’s guide to holiday gift giving cHRISTINA GUTIERREZ a&e writer

As the holiday season approaches, sales become harder and harder to resist. For so many of us, however, we get blinded by low prices and only think to shop for ourselves. Do you need some last minute ideas? Or just need to get

that last name checked off your list? Or maybe get that just-in-case gift that looks like you spent hours searching for? If so, check out these easy and cheap gift ideas guaranteed to warm any girl’s heart this season. Circle scarf, $20, Urban Outfitters: These newly popular staples are both attractive and serve a purpose. Both pretty and practical, these collar accessories are the latest trend in

winter wear. They are guaranteed to become your new favorite cold weather accessory. Eye shadow palette, $15, This incredible palette makes the perfect gift for any girl. The compact includes 144 different hues of eye shadow. Though the price is low, the quality of this product is high.’s standing for eyes, lips and face has become hugely popular amongst

makeup artists and gurus alike. Snooki Signature Slippers, $30, After four years of letting Snooki and the guys of “The Jersey Shore” into our homes, why not have a little piece of her too. These slippers are warm and fuzzy and Jersilicious. Surely you know someone who thinks that is a good thing and can’t wait to be Snook-ified. Sonia Cashuk makeup

brushes, $14, Target: These designer brushes just became recently available at Target stores. According to an unnamed Sephora representative, they are just as good asmore expensive ones. Mani-Pedi, $20-30: You can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned gift certificate for a manicure and/or pedicure. Every girl loves to be pampered, and this is an easy, cheaper way to give the gift of indulgence. It is also a great

last-minute gift that won’t have you waiting in those dreadful department store lines. Beauty gift set, $5, Walmart: The set includes an array of bathing and beauty products that will please any girl. These inexpensive gifts sets are a great way to get everyone on your Christmas shopping list. It makes a great stocking stuffer or token gift. daa&

Top Comics: This year’s best releases in comics, graphic novels Alec Berry Web editor

Whether you know a comic book fan or just someone who may actually take the time to sit with a book, you can give comics as a gift. So, to help you out, here are a few suggestions I can make. “Sleeper: Season One” From the team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips comes this spy thriller about identity, trust and losing it. Originally published in 2003, the comic ran for 24 issues and marked the second collaboration for the writer and artist duo. “Sleeper” is dark, sexy, visceral and in some ways, encapsulates everything these creators are about. This is the work that meshed Brubaker and Phillips together and made them the Ateam comics-making machine they are today. Sleeper is thematically engrossing as well as just a solid espionage story. Anyone can pick this up and fall in. A trade paperback collection offers the first 12 issues and can easily be found at you local comics store or online. “100 Bullets: Volumes 1 and 2” Another modern classic. Writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso commenced this 100-issue journey in late 1999 and didn’t complete it until April 2009. “100 Bullets’” plot spans many layers as does its themes, but this first volume starts out

simply by way of a catchy high concept: what would you do with a suitcase of untraceable bullets? A masterpiece of a crime story, “100 Bullets” emphasizes structure as well as excellent collaboration in comics. Azzarello channels Raymond Chancellor, and Risso pumps in the visual life. If you give this as a gift though, I suggest coupling it with Vol. 2. While Vol. 1 is good, it doesn’t supply the necessary hints of the bigger picture that really hook a reader. “Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies” For some light fun and a wonderful, welcoming look at alternative comics, “Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies” makes the best option. This is a book of short, carefree stories are combined with unique visual styles and experimental methods of storytelling. Edited by Michel Fiffe and riffing on Erik Larsen’s long stay “Savage Dragon,” this book sits as one my favorites from the year. It’s comics at their best and most ideal. “Uncanny X-force: The Apocalypse Solution” Superheroes and comic books go together, so why not give this tale of heroes crossing the line for favor of the greater good? “Uncanny X-force” spotlights the talents of writer Rick Remender and artist Jerome Opena, and it’s easily one of the best superhero comics of the year. “X-force” takes place in the X-men camp of things, but if


‘100 Bullets: Volumes 1 and 2’ will make a great holiday gift for the comic-book lover. you’ve seen any of the movies, you’ll understand this. The book takes the meaning of “epic” to another place as Remender and Opena channel all different ages of X-men comics into this one, beautiful, climatic celebration. With artwork in the family of Moebius and “Heavy Metal Magazine,” this book will keep

your eyes glued. Thematically, it focuses on the notion of the greater good, and the book explores such a thing through the base concept of heroes who kill as well as larger plot mechanics. In some ways, this comic questions the entire idea of super heroes as well as progress. “Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods”

It’s not an actual book, but the subject of this documentary is entirely comics. The film explores the life and career of writer Grant Morrison, and it discusses just how he has impacted comics. From director Patrick Meaney and Respect Films, this documentary does a nice job of explaining Morrison for both the outsider as

well as the seasoned comics reader. On top of that, the documentary portrays comics as an actual art form rather some slum, and it even manages to capture some of the cultural nuances. You’ll watch this a few times.

More viewers tune in for Rudolph special than Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show NEW YORK (AP) — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has more juice than the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but the lingerieclad runway models trump Santa Claus. It’s the holiday season, mixing in old and new traditions with typical prime-time television fare. Holiday specials can earn Nielsen ratings company bragging rights, too. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was the mostwatched special of last week, with more than 12 million viewers, with the advantage of being on CBS’ powerful Tuesday night. The Victoria’s Secret special, also on CBS on Tuesday, was second with 10.4 million viewers. The Christmas tree light-

ing ceremony in Rockefeller Center had 9.4 million viewers, one of NBC’s strongest shows for the week. Specials highlighting the Grinch and Santa Claus, both on ABC, each had fewer than 8 million viewers. The most-watched primetime show of the week wasn’t really a show. Fox calls it “The OT,” but it’s really just football highlights shown when Sunday’s late afternoon game runs long, and in this case it was a gripping finish between the New York Giants and the unbeaten Green Bay Packers. The Packers beat the Giants 38-35 on a last-second field goal to move to 12-0. CBS won the post-Thanksgiving week, averaging 9 million viewers (5.6 rating, 9 share) in prime time.

A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show. Fox had 8.6 million viewers (5.1, 8), NBC had 7.3 million (4.6, 7), ABC had 6.5 million (4.0, 6), the CW had 1.6 million (1.1, 2) and ION Television had 1.2 million (0.8, 1). Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.4 million average in prime time (1.7, 3), Telemundo had 1.3 million (0.7, 1), TeleFutura had 630,000 (0.3, 1), Estrella had 260,000 (0.1, 0) and Azteca had 240,000 (also 0.1, 0). NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts

with an average of 9.7 million viewers (6.4, 12). ABC’s “World News” was second with 8.1 million (5.4, 10), and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.6 million viewers (4.5, 8). For the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “The OT,” Fox, 19.39 million; NFL Football: Detroit at New Orleans, NBC, 18.9 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 14.79 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 13.37 million; “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer,” CBS, 12.64 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.88 million; “Football Night in America,” NBC, 11.21 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.052 million; “Survivor: South Pacific,” CBS, CBS 11.047 million; “The X-Fac- More than 12 million viewers tuned into see a re-run of the Christmas classic ‘Rudolph tor” (Wednesday), Fox, 11.045 the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ while only 10.4 million watched the annual Victoria’s Secret million. Fasion Show.



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Be prepared for dangerous winter roads We are all lucky to be in a place that experiences all seasons. From the smell of lush springtime air to the colorful fall leaves blowing in the wind, the essence of the seasons can almost be overwhelming. But, along with the beauty comes the dangers – such as hazardous winter road conditions. It is best to prepare for the winter months long before

they become a problem. For one, make sure that your vehicle is ready for icy conditions. Check your tires to make sure they have proper tread and inflation. During cold weather tires naturally lose air pressure. If your tires are not up to par, then get new ones. Even though tires can be expensive, it is much cheaper than repairing damages to your ve-

hicle after an accident. Be sure that your windshield wipers are in working condition and the blades are in good shape. During a snow storm, visibility is crucial. Also, it is a good idea to use windshield de-icer instead of normal windshield washer fluid. When taking trips during wintertime, carefully plan your route and make sure you stay on it. You don’t want to

get lost during a snowstorm. Keep items such as a flashlight, jumper-cables, an ice scraper and a blanket in your vehicle in case of an emergency. If you get stuck on the side of the road, stay in your vehicle where it is warm, and wait for help. Always pay attention to the road, especially when roads are slick. Many accidents happen simply because the driver

failed to keep his or her eyes on the road. If the roads are already unsafe, the best option is to stay indoors. Only drive when absolutely necessary. Winter driving is dangerous, and drivers should be well-prepared. Don’t wait until the snow falls before you make your vehicle ready for winter.

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Arts play crucial roles in modern advertising campaigns sam viggiano columnist

During the holiday season, we (the consumers) are subjected to mass amounts of TV, radio and paper advertisements for products we don’t really need but really want. What makes up this “want” these commercials invent, and what effective marketing skills have businesses established in order to sell their product? What is more prevalent to the holiday season – and should be applied to the entire year – is the use of the arts in advertising. From a logistical standpoint, the arts involved in advertising have lead to successful studies being conducted by universities nationwide. For example, the MIT Comparative Media Studies program advocates the use of arts in advertising that encourages all media forms, theoretical domains, cultural contexts and historical periods. Their course work primarily provides bridging the gap between advertising theory and modern practice. Consulting regularly with the arts, business leaders in industry have advanced the fields of public policy, journalism, education and nonprofit sectors through the contemporary use and development of arts in media. In layman’s terms, the arts provide a personal and empathetic but aesthetic relationship between the product and the consumer. Recent research, according to Alan Chapman, a successful self-help business author, proves that, “where responses are required, the best adverts are those which offer an impressive, relevant benefit to the (consumer).” In his AIDA approach – Attention, Interest, Desire and Action – Chapman builds an impressive benefit of consumer satisfaction by closely relating to the consumer, prompting the latter’s emotions to purge on the product. Because the arts provide a vocabulary and language unknown to scaffolding and paper handouts, which are historically successful advertising


The members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company. tactics, the younger generations who seek instant satisfaction need to be gratified by a slightly creative and digital method, according to consumer psychologist David Lewis Thus, high energy, short and recognizable jingles produce the most successful advertisements. What is the snack that smiles back? Eat’n Park is the place for what? Double your pleasure, double the what? It is these succinct songs that act has ear worms, nesting in our brains until we are hungry for goldfish, feel the need to eat at Eat’n Park, or want a piece of Doublemint Gum. Research conducted by Radio Recall Research, Inc., has established that people respond to and remember thoughts that are colored by feelings. Thus, not only bright colors or beautiful people are

necessary to promotional ads, but the same part of the brain that responds to imagery will respond to music. Jingles are inherently short rhythmic and melodic patterns that stimulate the right brain, although the left brain responds to reason and step-bystep logic, therefore determining should I want a snack that smiles back, goldfish are an attainable source of food. Continued studies show the most effective commercials utilize a combination of left and right brain stimulation. Effective memory recall was increased by 23.6 percent when a popular song was used in an ad, but 43.6 percent increase in memory recall was attained through the use of the popular song with new lyrics. An overall 54 percent more effective recall through origi-

nality rather than through the use of a pop song is linked to the outstanding improvement of 77.6 percent more effective recall of slogan and brand name through jingles. And, while songs will be in the air, another important component to advertising can be founded in an art form unrelated to commercialism. The esteemed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will be promoting the HIV fighting pharmaceutical drug, “Reyataz.” Bristol-Myers Squibb holds an annual contest soliciting stories of survival called Fight HIV Your Way. The involvement of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will be telling the stories, through dance, of survivors and the social stigma that follows of HIV and AIDS patients and survivors.

The commercial takes place in a New York City club, where anonymity is secured, but the one dancing by herself – the one ostracized by her peers – appears to be conflicted with the HIV and or AIDS virus. Loneliness in conjunction with fear are feelings that empathize. But a conclusion of hope, health and knowledge are promoted by the end of the commercial. Although this commercial is not catchy, it takes a moment to process the everyday performance and dramatization of these dancers depicting real life. Because the arts are a depiction of our interpersonal and intrapersonal humanity, it is easy to apply their studies efficiently. Chapman also writes one should “ensure the ethics and philosophy of your organiza-

tion are good and sound ... Today, what truly matters is ethical and philosophical quality – from the bottom to the top – in every respect across every dimension of the organization.” The arts are the purest form of human emotion and can depict a range of emotion through various media sources. From dancing around shopping malls advertising lower prices to dancing about human prosperity, to jingles that remind what to eat and where, the arts are an important aspect to advertising. Although their production can range from the avantgarde to the simplest songs, their depiction of everyday life with catchy brain stimulation inspires and reminds the consumer that a product is more than a price tag, but a life choice.





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THE FORENSIC AND INVESTIGATIVE SCIENCE CLUB meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 208 Oglebay Hall. For more information, email wvufisclub@


ENGLISH 418, the capstone class for undergraduate creative writing students, will host a reading in Room 130 of Colson Hall from 10 a.m. to noon.


AN INFORMAL DANCE CONCERT, performed by students in the WVU dance program, takes place at 7 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. in the Antoinette Falbo Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. For more information, call 304-293-7469 or email TOMCHIN PLANETARIUM, located in 425 Hodges Hall, will present their annual holiday show “‘Tis The Season” at 7 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 304-293-4961. Tomchin Observatory, located on the 4th floor of Hodges Hall, will be open at about 7:30 p.m. for viewing on the same night if the sky is clear, and the moon and Jupiter should be visible.


WVU FIRST BOOK ADVISORY BOARD meets at 7 p.m. in the Kanawha Room of the Mountainlair. Students and faculty are welcome to attend and get involved with First Book and the WVU Advisory Board. For more information, email CYCLING CLUB meets at 8 p.m. in the Bluestone Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, visit THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION meets at 7:30 p.m. at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. For more information, stop by the SGA or SOS offices in the Mountainlair. WVU ULTIMATE CLUB/TEAM meets at 5 p.m. at the WVU Intramural Fields and is always looking for new participants. Experience playing ultimate frisbee isn’t necessary. For more information, email Zach at wvultimate@yahoo. com or visit WVU-ACLU meets at 6 p.m. in the Monongalia Room of the Mountainlair. TAI CHI is taught from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Other class times are available. For more information, call 304-319-0581. CATHOLICS ON CAMPUS meets at 8 p.m. at 1481 University Ave. For more information, call 304-296-8231. ESL CONVERSATION TABLE meets at 6 p.m. at the Blue Moose Cafe. All nationalities are welcome. The table is sponsored by Monongalia County Literacy Volunteers, a member of the United Way family. For more information on Literacy Volunteers, contact Jan at 304-296-3400 or WVU FENCING CLUB hosts advanced fencing practice from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Stansbury Hall Gym. For more information, email or visit AIKIDO FOR BEGINNERS is at 6 p.m.

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at Lakeview Fitness Center. There are special rates for WVU students. For more information, email STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY meets at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of Woodburn Hall . For more information, email CHAMPION TRAINING ACADEMY offers free tumbling and stunting from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for those interested in competing on a Coed Open International Level 5 Cheerleading Team. For more information, call 304-291-3547 or email CTA at ctainfo@ WVU’S GENDER EQUALITY MOVEMENT, formerly the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, meets in the Cacapon Room of the Mountainlair at 6:30 p.m. For more information, email


WELLNESS PROGRAMS on topics such as drinkWELL, loveWELL, chillWELL and more are provided for interested student groups, organizations or classes by WELLWVU: Wellness and Health Promotion. For more information, visit WELLWVU: STUDENT HEALTH is paid for by tuition and fees and is confidential. For appointments or more information, call 304-293-2311 or visit NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets nightly in the Morgantown and Fairmont areas. For more information, call the helpline at 800-766-4442 or visit ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets daily. To find a meeting, visit www. For those who need help urgently, call 304-291-7918. CARITAS HOUSE, a local nonprofit organization serving West Virginians with HIV/AIDS, needs donations of food and personal care items and volunteers to support all aspects of the organization’s activities. For more information, call 304-985-0021. SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT HOUSE, a local outreach organization, needs volunteers for daily programs and special events. For more information or to volunteer, email or call 304-599-5020. CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING SERVICES are provided for free by the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. A walk-in clinic is offered weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples and group counseling. Please visit to find out more information. WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN needs volunteers. WIC provides education, supplemental foods and immunizations for pregnant women and children under five years of age. This is an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for class requirements. For more information, call 304-598-5180 or 304-598-5185. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, a United Way agency, is looking for volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its one-on-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs. To volunteer, contact Sylvia at 304-983-2823, ext. 104 or email ROSENBAUM FAMILY HOUSE, which provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU, is looking for service organizations to provide dinner for 20 to 40 Family House guests. For more information, call 304598-6094 or email LITERACY VOLUNTEERS is seeking volunteers for one-on-one tutor-

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ing in basic reading and English as a second language. Volunteer tutors will complete tutor training, meet weekly with their adult learners, report volunteer hours quarterly, attend at least two in-service trainings per year and help with one fundraising event. For more information, call 304-296-3400 or email CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. THE CONDOM CLOSET is held in the Monongalia room of the Mountainlair from 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. THE CONDOM CARAVAN is held in the Mountainlair from noon to 2 p.m. every Tuesday. The caravan sells condoms for 25 cents each or five for $1.00. MOUNTAINEER SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is an all-volunteer nonprofit that promotes spay/ neuter to reduce the number of homeless pets that are euthanized every year. M-SNAP needs new members to help its cause, as does ReTails, a thrift shop located in the Morgantown Mall. For more information, visit THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of every month at noon at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. All students and faculty are invited. For more information, email amy.keesee@ THE CHEMISTRY LEARNING CENTER, located on the ground floor of the Chemistry Research Laboratories, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. FREE STUDENT SUCCESS SUPPORT presented by the WVU Office of Retention and Research, helps students improve on time management, note taking reading and study skills as well as get help with the transition to WVU. Free drop-in tutoring is also available every night of the week in different locations. For more information, visit or call 304-293-5811. THE M-TOWN MPOWERMENT PROJECT, a community-building program run by and geared toward young gay or bisexual men 18 to 29, is creating an environment in the Morgantown community where young men can feel empowered to make a difference in their lives. MPowerment also focuses on HIV and STD prevention education. For more information, call 304-319-1803. COMMUNITY NEWCOMERS CLUB is a group organized to allow new residents of the Morgantown area an opportunity to gather socially and assimilate into their new home community. For more information, visit NEW GROUP THERAPY OPPORTUNITIES are available for free at the WELLWVU: Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. The groups include: Get More Out of Life, Understanding Self and Others, Insomnia Group, A Place for You, Sexual Assault Survivors Group, Adult Children of Dysfunctional Parents and Transfer Students: Get Started on the Right Foot. For more information call 304293-4431 or email tandy.mcclung@ THE FRIENDS OF THE MORGANTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY are seeking new members and volunteers for weekly book sale inventory. For more information, inquire at the front desk on Spruce St., downstairs during sales every Tuesday and the first and third Saturday of every month or call 304-292-7579.

HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you declare that you need more efficiency in order to live your life to the fullest. Think before you get involved in anything new or different. The quality of your life becomes even more important. You mix activity and caring in a relationship. Your sweetie might have to adjust to your new concerns. If you are single, you will look for someone who adds to your life, as opposed to trying to “save” another person. You have a lot to smile about. TAURUS helps you in any way possible. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Good suggestions and bright ideas seem to happen naturally, especially when communicating with a loved one or dear friends. The good news remains -- you have the energy to act on the situation as well. Tonight: Treat yourself well. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH You feel good; act accordingly. Do you do different activities when you are on top of the world? Charge! If you’re feeling less than great, see what is going on. Consider eliminating certain factors in your life that put you in a downward spiral. Tonight: All smiles. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Listen to a friend you really care about. His or her advice right now might be more grounded than in the past. You feel tired and drawn, as you have gone out of your way for others. Now go out of your way for yourself. Tonight: Get some extra zzz’s.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH You might want to rethink a decision that is taking you in a new direction. Actions taken right now might not work out instantly, but point to the correct direction. You have made an enormous effort and need to see the responses. Tonight: Where people are. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Others naturally gravitate toward you, but is this what you want? Sometimes you might be happier assuming a low profile. Feeling a little suffocated is one of the outcomes of so much publicity. You can handle it. Tonight: A partner needs attention, too. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Take an overview. Be willing to dig into an issue more deeply, or detach more to understand what is happening, or check to see that you have a full perspective. Tonight: Let your mind wander. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHHH Relate on a one-on-one level with others. That type of attention always makes someone feel important. Your caring comes back in multiples like you never expected. You might need to reveal frustration about a key issue. Tonight: Find time for a special friend. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH You might be taken aback by everything that happens around you. The issue might be that you have some strong opinions and want to proceed in a key direction. You also need to let others follow through on what they feel is the right way. Ac-

cept what is happening. Tonight: Sort through ideas and invitations. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH Maintain an even pace, and clear out your errands. You have the ability to accomplish a lot. You mobilize your feelings and get the job done. There is an awkwardness between you and someone you really care about. Tonight: Squeeze in some exercise. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH You could be overwhelmed by all the ideas that are coming forward. News from a distance sets you in a new direction. Make no judgments. You don’t have all the news and information. Trust that more is coming in. Tonight: Let the fun begin. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHH Stay centered on your personal patterns. Realize what is going on behind the scenes with what you want to bring forward. You also can choose to ignore what is happening and give yourself some space. Tonight: Where the action is. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH Clear your desk and answer calls before making a key decision. Recognize what you are feeling and what is going on behind the scenes. You might decide to say little and observe more. Make an important call; don’t keep putting it off. Tonight: Visit with a friend as soon as you can. BORN TODAY Actor Ted Knight (1923), singer Aaron Carter (1987), baseball player Johnny Bench (1947)


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Motown’s got talent: Landau to perform by Caitlin Graziani a&E correspondent

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. will be performing tonight the Lyell B. Clay Concert theater at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. Murphy, a native of Logan, W.Va. will also be signing autographs at the Morgantown Mall today at 3 p.m. in FYE, according to Murphy’s

website. Murphy also signed autographs in Charleston Tuesday and will perform in Charleston, Princeton, Wheeling and Parkersburg later this month. Murphy has been on a whirlwind rise to fame since winning “America’s Got Talent” on Sept. 14. More than 14 million viewers watched to see Murphy take home the win after his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My way.”

Murphy began performing professionally after his girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Carter, bet him he could win a talent show at a local artsand-craft show in 2003. He did win, and the fair invited him back to sing each following year. From there, he was also hired to perform at local charity events such as the We Can Program, the Chamber of Commerce and the Children’s Home Society of West

Virginia. This is not Murphy’s first performance in Morgantown. In September, Murphy sang the National Anthem prior to kick-off at the WVU vs. LSU football game. Prior to “America’s Got Talent,” Murphy was not as fortunate with money and fame. ”In the past, I was homeless,” Murphy said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “I lived in my car. I just struggled like everyone else

out here, trying to provide for my family. “A whole lot of people make promises. They promise everything, but, everyone is out for their own.” On Nov. 21,Murphy released his first album, “That’s Life,” to CD and digital copy. The album features Murphy covering songs originally by Frank Sinatra. “That’s Life” also contains Murphy’s winning song, “My Way.” “Me and my roommates

watched ‘America’s Got Talent’ together. It is cool that someone from West Virginia not only competed, but won,” said Chelsey Greaser, a nursing student at WVU. Tickets for both of Murphy’s Morgantown performances are sold out. For more information on Murphy’s future tour dates, visit his website at

WVU Chamber Winds have a small ensemble, big sound by Hunter Homistek a&E writer

The West Virginia University Chamber Winds performed Tuesday at the Creative Arts Center to an intimate and delighted crowd. A small group consisting solely of wind instruments including flutes, clarinets, bassoons, oboe and French horns the Chamber Winds displayed a unique and relaxing listening experience. “Chamber Winds is different than other ensembles because it is made up of just woodwinds and horns,” said music education student Morgan Shepherd. “The parts in chamber music are much more exposed than the parts in a concert band.” Among the pieces performed by Chamber Winds were Mozart’s “Fantasie in F minor” and Brahms’ “Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.” Such complex and beautiful arrangements are an intense challenge for the members of Chamber Winds, but the experience is worthwhile after extensive practice and rehearsal. “It takes a lot of individual

effort to be ready to play in a Chamber Winds concert,” said Jamal Davidson, music education student and oboe player in Chamber Winds. “You have to practice to the point where you can play it (the music) memorized.” With finals week right around the corner, finding the necessary time to practice is oftentimes a challenge and only adds to an already stressful time. To this end, students in Chamber Winds find the music a great break from the pressure of classwork. “It is always nice to go to rehearsal because the music sounds really good, and it helps relieve stress,” said Emily Norwood, music education student and horn player in Chamber Winds. Learning the music is only half the battle, though, and the performance itself can be a strenuous experience. Because of the small size of Chamber Winds, each part needs to be executed to perfection. A small mistake by any one member could be disastrous for the performance. “It’s a smaller group and much more solo-based,” said clarinet player Julie Hollis.

“It’s only one on a part and very exposed.” Despite the pressurecooker the musicians were subjected to, Chamber Winds performed brilliantly and showcased each member’s immense talent for the audience to enjoy. Each of the three numbers played was absolutely spot-on and Chamber Winds expertly captured not just the notes of the music, but the mood of each piece. While only eight to 10 members played a given piece of music, the sound created was nonetheless huge and enveloped the audience. This serves as a testament to the hours of rehearsal and preparation put in by the group’s members, and the results were indeed stellar. For those who enjoy a relaxing listen to some of the all-time classic works of music, I highly recommend attending a future performance by our Chambers Winds. For more information on The WVU Chamber Winds and other musical ensembles, you can visit the CAC website at Kristen Basham/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM


The West Virginia University Chamber Winds perform at the WVU Creative Arts Center on Tuesday.

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Three in a row?

michael carvelli sports editor

Win at K-State would be huge for young WVU

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West Virginia players applaud from the bench during the team’s win over Boston University Saturday.

West Virginia travels to Syracuse looking for its first three-game winning streak of season by ben gaughan

associate sports editor

The West Virginia women’s basketball team looks for its first three-game winning streak of the season when it travels to upstate New York, to take on Syracuse tonight. The Mountaineers (5-2) are coming off of a 78-53 win against Boston University, showing good balance with four players scoring in double figures.

West Virginia head coach Mike Carey was pleased with the play he saw against Boston, but feels the team still has a lot to work on as the games get more difficult – starting with an unusual December Big East game against the Orange tonight. “I prefer not to (play a league game this early in the season), but they did the same thing last year,” Carey said of West Virginia’s schedule. Junior center Asya Bus-


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Junior Petra Zublasing shined yet again on the West Virginia rifle team’s trip to Anniston, Ala., over the weekend in the first stage of the United States Olympic Trials for air rifle. Former West Virginia shooter and current U.S. national rifle team coach (Major) David Johnson invited the Appiano, Italy, native to compete this weekend with a challenge to shoot two 400-point rounds. After a long weekend, Zublasing came up just one shot short, posting a 399 on the first and a 400 on the second day. On the international stage, males take 60 shots per round while females take 40 shots. Zublasing was the only competitor, regardless of category, to shoot a perfect round over the weekend. Her two-round aggregate score, 799 out of 800, was the highest two-round score of all female competitors. The Italian national team member competed only as a visitor, as she has already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Despite her visitor status, she was able to talk to the psychologist for the U.S. national team about overcoming her fears and anxiety while on the range. “The first day I was really

Orange is on a small skid, having lost two games in a row after winning their first six of the season. They have four players averaging more than 10 points per game and seven players averaging at least 18 minutes per game. Junior center Kayla Alexander leads the Orange with 20 points per game and 8.9 rebounds. The 6-foot-4 center was named to the Big East conference first team in 2010 and is

having another all-conference type season so far this year. The Mountaineer front court will have to make sure they communicate well on defense in order to slow down the Orange big center. Carey has lost five times to Syracuse in his 11-year career, and West Virginia has a 12-9 advantage in the overall series. But, WVU has lost its last two meetings in the Carrier Dome

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women’s soccer

Zublasing stands out at Olympic trials by alex sims

sie was more involved in the Mountaineers’ last game against Boston, leading with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Carey is continuing to try to run the offense through players like Bussie and redshirt junior Ayana Dunning on the inside. “We have to get her going,” Carey said of Bussie. Bussie is averaging 11.7 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Syracuse (6-2) returns all five starters from last season. The

nervous, as if I were shooting a World Cup,” Zublasing said. “The second day I just got into a flow. At the end, the thought would come up, ‘Oh, you’re about to shoot a 400,’ but then I would tell myself ‘You aren’t allowed to think that!’ Once I got to my last shot I said, ‘Just show them how to do it.’ Then I shot a 10.6.” Joining WVU’s star junior was senior Justin Pentz, freshmen Amy Bock, Thomas Kyanko, Meelis Kiisk, Taylor Ciotola and redshirt Matthew Martin. Bock, who shoots for the Puerto Rican national team, shot the No. 4 highest score among female visitors and No. 14 highest overall score in the female open class. She set her personal best on Saturday with a score of 391 and broke it the very next day, shooting a 392 for an aggregate score of 783. Kiisk attained the best score among all visiting males as a representative of the Estonian national team, using a 589 and a 585 for total score of 1,174, good for No. 14 in the male open class. “It was really good experience and showed me that I’ve been working in the right direction,” Kiisk said. “During this semester, I’ve made so much progress it’s unbeliev-

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First round loss still hurts Izzo-Brown, players by Nick Arthur Sports Writer

Nearly a month has passed since the West Virginia women’s soccer team was upset by Virginia Tech in the first round of the NCAA tournament. No matter how much time passes, the loss will still linger in the minds of the Mountaineers. “It’s still pretty bitter, because nobody ever wants to lose. But, at the end of it all, you need to go back and reflect,” said West Virginia head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We were a team that went 13-1 in Big East Conference, won the regular season title and won Big East Championships backto-back years – you really need to look at that.” As Izzo-Brown alluded to, the team finished the 2011 season with a 17-5 record and reached the top 10 in the national ranks. “There’s no question that it was a very successful season, it was just unfortunate how it ended,” Izzo-Brown said. “But, you can’t look at just one game. You have to look at the body of work, and that’s what I keep trying to do while reflecting on some of the special moments.” Due to NCAA policy, IzzoBrown isn’t able to currently coach her team. But, the

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West Virginia players react after losing to Virginia Tech in the first round of the NCAA tournament Nov. 12. Mountaineers have decided to condition voluntarily. “Our battle cry is, ‘let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again’, and it’s time to rebuild and make us stronger,” Izzo-Brown said. “The girls have decided that they want to get after it and start working on their conditioning again.” This could be beneficial for the team next season. “Any time an athlete is trying to get to a different level physically and they’re ready to fight mentally, that can only help us,” Izzo-Brown said. Six seniors played their final game against Virginia Tech ;

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four of them were starters. Despite the amount of experience departing, the Mountaineers will still return plenty of talent for the 2012 season. So, will Izzo-Brown’s expectations remain the same? “Oh, absolutely,” she said. “The team has set the bar, they want to make sure that we don’t fall short and that we’re winning championships.” The road to winning championships may be different for the Mountaineers next season. With the possibility of West Virginia joining the Big 12 Con-

At this point in his career, Bob Huggins knows how important quality non-conference wins can be when March comes around. That’s exactly why he has been known to give his West Virginia teams one of the toughest out-of-conference schedules in the country since he took over in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are currently in what is undoubtedly their most difficult four-game stretch before they reach Big East Conference play. It started with an impressive victory over Akron, a team considered to be one of the best mid-major programs in the country and continued over the weekend when West Virginia fell on the road to No. 24 Mississippi State. As WVU prepares to enter its final two games in this part of the schedule, it’s crucial that it come away with at least one more victory. And getting one in Wichita, Kan., Thursday night against the Wildcats would look very nice on the Mountaineers’ tournament resume. “Everybody says, ‘Play a great schedule and you’ll be rewarded,’” Huggins said. “You’re rewarded when you win. There’s nothing rewarding about losing.” With a team as young as Huggins’ has, wins against a talented Kansas State team in what is going to be a difficult road environment would not be a good resume win for them. It would be an instant confidence boost for an inexperienced group that is in need for a signature win over a team from one of the major conferences to help them continue to get better heading into Big East play. But, with that said, a win would look great come March. You’ll have a tough time finding a lot of teams deeper than Kansas State. The Wildcats come into the game with eight different players who play at least 15 minutes per game and seven who average at least 7.5 points – and that includes four in double figures. A quality win here, with the confidence to go on the road and beat a good team, will go far with the Mountaineers, and it could even end up giving them the momentum moving forward with their game against Miami, Fla. at the Coliseum, and then even more when they head to Las Vegas for their most difficult non-conference game of the season Dec. 23 against No. 7 Baylor. Gaining any confidence they can – especially coming off of a loss to Mississippi State that left a bitter taste in their mouths – is going to be crucial. “All the teams that we play like Akron, Mississippi State, Kansas State and Miami – all those teams are going to end up being top-100 RPI teams,” said junior forward Deniz Kilicli. “We should get those wins right now so you’ll make it easier to go to the NCAA tournament.” It will prove this young team is tougher than we’ve seen up to this point in the year. It will show they can handle adversity and bounce back like they will need to do when the Big East teams come around. And, if the Mountaineers can win, it could prove they might be worthy of being rewarded with an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament in March. But, like Huggins said, you can’t be rewarded if you don’t win.

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Team wants win for Huggins By John Terry managing editor

When West Virginia head basketball coach Bob Huggins returned to Cincinnati in 2009 for the first time since departing in 2005, his team fell in the final minutes. Senior Truck Bryant, who said the team tried too hard, doesn’t want that to happen again when Huggins plays Kansas State Thursday for the first time since leaving in 2007. “I want to go there and get him a win,” Bryant said. “That’s definitely something I’m looking forward to. It still means something to him.” Huggins said Thursday’s game will be nothing like the reunion at Fifth Third Arena in 2009, during which Cincinnati played a pregame tribute

Saturday’s 75-62 loss against Mississippi State. He said the experienced guys didn’t do what they were supposed to do. He was talking about the poor shooting from Bryant and fellow senior Kevin Jones. The two shot a combined 11-for-31 from the field, including a 1-of-12 mark from 3-point range. “My dad told me a long time ago that a good shot is one that goes in,” he said. “We had open shots. We didn’t shoot contested shots at all.” Bryant took responsibility for the poor shooting and said it’s something he and Jones must improve on. “We had the shots; we just have to make them now,” he Not all on the freshmen Huggins also said the fresh- said. “Honestly, we just really men couldn’t be blamed for need the game to come to us video that brought Huggins to tears. “This is going to be in Wichita, which is 130 miles from Manhattan,” Huggins said. “It’s not playing at (KSU on-campus basketball arena) Bramlage (Coliseum).” West Virginia junior Deniz Kilicli said Huggins has been more fired up leading up to Thursday’s game. “When we played Cincinnati, he would always be more fired up and everything,” Kilicli said. “He had a three-day preparation time. We would just go so hard because he would make us go really hard. He would be nervous. It’s the same way right now.”

and make open shots. That’s what all the good teams have going.” NCAA Tournament on their minds Huggins said, unlike some coaches, he talks to his team about the NCAA tournament every day. Why? He wants his team to know where they’re at and what has to happen. Huggins also said scheduling tough teams doesn’t do anything if you lose. “I might rethink that after this week,” he said. “Everyone says, ‘play a great schedule, you’ll be rewarded.’ You’re rewarded when you win. There’s nothing rewarding about losing.”


Seven WVU swimmers participate in winter nationals in Atlanta by robert kreis sports writer

The top level of international swimmers joined West Virginia swimming head coach Vic Riggs and seven Mountaineers at the AT&T Winter Nationals in Atlanta, Ga., this weekend. “The French were there, some Brazilians were there, a lot of the Canadian teams were there – so internationally, the level of competition (winter nationals) was the top meet for that level,” Riggs said. WVU junior Rachael Burnett was the star of day one of the three-day Winter Nationals. After a 10th-place finish in the preliminary swim of the 400 free, Burnett jumped up a spot in the finals to finish in ninth place (4:14.96). Junior Mandie Nugent joined Burnett in the 400 free, finishing in 46th place with a time of 4:23.29. The only other female swimmer to compete on day one

was junior Breanna McCann, who posted an 87th-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:23.22. On the men’s side, junior Jake Querciagrossa raced in the 400 and finished 78th with a time of 4:12.53. Day one ended with sophomore Tim Squires finishing 82nd in the 50 free (24.07) and senior Taylor Camp following in 87th place (24.14). Day two saw Burnett, Nugent and McCann once again representing the West Virginia women’s swim team. Burnett continued her fantastic meet with a 22nd-place finish in the 400 IM (4:54.07) and a 31st-place finish in the 200 free (2:03.97). For the men, Querciagrossa finished 61st (4:41.27) in the 400 IM, while Camp took 31st (55.19) in the 100 fly, an in season best time for the senior. The only other Mountaineer to see action on day two was junior Bryce Bohman. Bohman

finished 34th (57.70) in the 100 back, while getting his first taste of nationals. “(Bohman) was so nervous about going to nationals last summer, we made the decision of not going and using this as his first exposure, and I think he did really well,” Riggs said. On day three, Burnett continued to shine for the Mountaineers. The junior capped off the three-day invitational with a sixth-place finish (8:47.44) in the 800 free. “(Burnett) making finals in three events and having those opportunities to learn and understand what it takes to step up and compete against some pretty talented people— I just think she did really well throughout the weekend,” Riggs said. Nugent added a 10th-place finish in the 200 fly (2:14.38), while McCann ended the meet for the women with a 57th-place finish (2:41.41) in the 200 breast.

Camp had a solid day three on the men’s side, finishing 23rd (2:02.91) in the 200 fly and 79th (52.47) in the 100 free. Squires joined Camp in the 100 free and finished in 83rd place (52.52). Bohman was the last Mountaineer to race, finishing 39th (2:08.00) in the 200 back. With the completion of Winter Nationals, the men and women’s swim teams now have nearly a month before their next event, the Deerfield Beach Relays, in Deerfield, Fla. Riggs said he will make sure his teams continue to train over the long break between competitions, and take care of their coursework before anyone jumps into the pool. “We have an abbreviated schedule as far as training over the next week and half with finals,” Riggs said. “We will continue to work, (and) the training intensity will be the same.”

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According to head coach Zach Sonnefeld, the No. 24 West Virginia Men’s Hockey team can win a National title if it puts itself in a good position. “I mean, you go in, and review the tape of last Saturday’s game, and just nod your head at the kind of plays they make. They don’t know how good they can be,” Sonnefeld said. That was the problem early in the year when they got off to a slow start. After a gritty loss to No. 5 Delaware, WVU (12-10, 6-2) finally realized its potential and rattled off 10 straight wins. After last weekend’s wins against Washington & Jefferson and the University of Pennsylvania, the team is really starting to hit their stride. “I think we are peaking at just right the time,” Sonnefeld said. “When we are playing to our standards – that’s when


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Continued from page 7 against the Orange, both by more than 20 points. “We’re going to Syracuse, our past history doesn’t show that we play too well in Syracuse,” Carey said. “They lost to Arizona their first game they lost. They’re very good. They’ve got everybody back from last

we can win like last weekend.” Sonnefeld went back to the drawing board and came back with a totally revamped power play scheme, which the team caught onto quicker than he ever imagined. “The new power play was designed for long-term instead of short-term, and they caught onto this faster than any other play,” he said. “Earlier in the year when they got on the power play, they felt pressed. With this new scheme, they are now just focused on getting it in the net.” The new power play worked so well the team went six for 12 on it— a 20 percent increase from their previous games. This helped the Mountaineers reach a 12 -2 Friday and then a 10-2 win Saturday. Matt Mager was the highlighted player of the weekend, scoring not only his first goal but netting in his first career hat trick. WVU’s next opponent is

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ference for the 2012 academic year, Izzo-Brown and her team would play unfamiliar foes. But, a lawsuit has left everyone uncertain of what conference the Mountaineers will com-

year – big, strong, athletic. They play the 2-3 zone. We’ll probably see some box-and-one on (freshman point guard) Taylor Palmer. We’re going to have to go there and be ready to play. It’s going to be a tough place.” If West Virginia can force Syracuse to shoot from the perimeter, it may have an advantage. The Orange have only shot 25 percent as a team from three-point range this year.


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Wednesday December 7, 2011

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1st team Defense

QB Geno Smith, West Virginia* RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati* RB Lyle McCombs, Connecticut* WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers* WR Kasif Moore, Connecticut TE Nick Provo, Syracuse* OL Jeremiah Warren, South Florida OL Moe Petrus, Connecticut OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse OL Lucas Nix, Pittsburgh OL Mike Ryan, Connecticut UTIL Tavon Austin, West Virginia* KR Nick Williams, Connecticut



Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati* Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh* Trevardo Williams, Connecticut Julian Miller, West Virginia J.K. Schaffer, Cincinnati* Sio Moore, Connecticut* Najee Goode, West Virginia Khaseem Greene, Rutgers Duron Harmon, Rutgers Keith Tandy, West Virginia Philip Thomas, Syracuse* Ty-Meer Brown, Connecticut Dave Teggart, Connecticut* Pat O’Donnell, Cincinnati*



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The DA 12-07-2011  

The December 7 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.