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Tuesday October 11, 2011

Volume 125, Issue 37

Clements aims for innovation, growth by lydia nuzum associate city editor

President James P. Clements addressed the goals and accomplishments of West Virginia University for its 150-year anniversary as a land-grant, public institution to faculty and students in his State of the University address Monday. “Our goals are clear,” Clements said. “The need to advance is urgent. Throughout our history, it has never been more important to develop practices and discoveries that will advance our state

and our innovation, education, diversity, global engagement and quality of life.” Clements said WVU, as a landgrant institution, is poised to advance its research and improve education in the fields of engineering, law, science and the arts, as well as to expand its efforts to improve the economy and quality of life in West Virginia. “This is a pivotal moment for our University, for West Virginia, for the land-grant system, for the nation and for the world,” Clements said. WVU was created through the

Morrill Act of 1862, which established large, public land-grant institutions for higher learning in the United States. The goal of the Morrill Act was to provide accessible education to the working class and provide practical education, Clements said, and WVU is redefining the traditional landgrant mission with a focus on technology and innovation. “Not since the era of the Morrill Act has the need for landgrant leadership been more urgent,” Clements said. “As we honor our heritage, WVU is ready to lead the country in redefining

land-grant innovation in the 21st century.” WVU is ranked second in the nation among public universities for the best places to conduct research. The University is planning to construct a new Agricultural Sciences building on the Evansdale Campus, a project estimated to cost $88 million, as well as to launch a School of Public Health, Clements said. Other projects in the WVU 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future include a new Student Wellness

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President James P. Clements addresses faculty, staff and students at the State of the University address Monday afternoon.

Mountaineer hosts beard-growing contest


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Julia Hall, left, senior physics student, ‘marries’ Sara Middleton, right, senior exercise physiology student, in front of the Mountainlair Monday afternoon to kick off the WVU Queer Student Union’s Pride Week celebration.

WVU Queer Student Union hosts mock weddings to celebrate Gay Pride Week by lacey palmer correspondent

Mock same-sex marriages were held in the Free Speech Zone outside of the Mountainlair Monday as part of Gay Pride Week. The West Virginia University Queer Student Union sponsored the event to spread awareness of support for marriage equality. “The most important thing for us is to be ‘out.’ It’s not easy to be ‘out’ in West Virginia, so what we have to do is normalize the atmosphere,” said Sam Umbaugh, faculty outreach mackenzie mays/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM director for the QSU. Umbaugh said the mock marriages, and Gay Pride Two West Virginia University students exchange rings and vows during a ‘marriage ceremony’ outside of the Mountainlair Monday afternoon. The ‘weddings’ took place as part of the WVU Week as a whole, is a way for the lesbian, gay, bisexual Queer Student Union’s Pride Week.

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Professor’s study focuses on sleep patterns of new mothers by jessica lear staff writer

West Virginia University Associate Professor Hawley Montgomery-Downs is conducting research about the effect of sleep deprivation on new mothers. “We expect women to care for an infant and contribute to society, yet our public policies do not encourage safe, healthy families,” Montgomery-Downs said. Montgomery-Downs and a team of students have been working in the Department of

Psychology’s Sleep Research Lab to find out if sleep patterns of new mothers improve from when the child is a few weeks until they are two years old. This study follows an initial research project, which examined the sleep patterns of new mothers for 12 weeks right after their first child was born. “Our previous work shows that postpartum women’s sleep is sufficient in length, but highly fragmented or chopped into short bits,” MontgomeryDowns said. “To get the maximum benefits from sleep, it should be consolidated into

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one continuous period.” This study proved that brand new mothers get an average of 7.2 hours of interrupted sleep over about 10.5 hours. While this may seem like a sufficient amount of sleep, the study showed new mothers are not having proper sleep cycles. “Each cycle is 70 to 110 minutes long,” MontgomeryDowns said. “If you don’t get all of the stages, you miss out on their health and cognitive benefits.” This initial study proved that new mothers get an inadequate night’s sleep, which decreases

daily function. “Sleep is not like a book, you can’t wake up and then go back to sleep and start up where you left off,” Montgomery-Downs said. “When we are awakened at night, we have to start the sleep cycle over again.” The group’s new study is trying to figure out if the sleep cycles of new mothers improves as children get older. The goal is to see when and if the mothers’ sleep cycles improves and how these sleep patterns affect their daily

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Mountaineer Mascot Brock Burwell is asking students, “Are you scruff enough?” The West Virginia University annual beard-growing competition begins with a group shave Wednesday in the Mountainlair. No preregistration is required for the event. From there, contestants will have nearly a month to grow their finest beards in anticipation of Mountaineer Week, a celebration of Appalachian culture. “When you think about someone with a beard, you think of a guy that’s strong, healthy and hardy,” Burwell said. “It’s no coincidence that those traits can also be found within the people of West Virginia.” This week-long ode to the state of West Virginia was first conceived in 1947 as an effort to arouse more school spirit, and the first beard-growing competition was held in 1949. Burwell said the event’s main goal is to get Mountaineers together for a friendly competition of who’s got the most spirit. “For the most part, people have an idea of how fast their beard will grow, so it’ll be pretty competitive on Wednesday,”

Burwell said. “You can expect a little bit of trash talk, but that’s what makes it more exciting.” A beard enthusiast himself, Burwell has some advice for fellow beard growers hoping to win the competition. “I’m assuming everyone who’s competing is a man. So, I’d recommend doing manly things,” Burwell said. “Watch football, eat some chicken wings and go hunting – basically anything that’ll get your testosterone pumping. “ Taylor Richmond, chair of the event, said it’s a way for outof-state students to experience a piece of Appalachian culture. “Our student population is almost split 50/50 between instate and out-of-state students,” Richmond said. “So, I think it’s a great opportunity for not only in-state students to celebrate their heritage and their culture, but it’s also a way for outof-state students to learn about all the great aspects of Appalachian culture too.“ Richmond said the judges score the beards according to a variety of categories, including creativity. “A few years ago, people etched the Flying WV into their beards. Ingenuity like that can definitely sway the judges in

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College of Law introduces First Amendment series by bryan bumgardner staff writer

The West Virginia University College of Law hosted its first annual C. Edwin Baker Lecture for Liberty, Equality and Democracy Monday. The collected works of the late C. Edwin Baker, a renowned attorney and First Amendment scholar, were recently donated to the University, and the event was established to preserve his legacy. A panel of officials focused on topics such as free speech, democracy and civil rights. “This lecture represents the legacy of one of the most important constitutional law scholars of the 20th Century,” said Anne M. Lofaso, a professor of labor law at WVU. “We are honored to be asked to provide a home for this significant body of work preserving professor Baker’s legacy for current and future legal scholars. This endowment helps keep Ed alive.” Lofaso, who studied under Baker and became his good friend, said she wanted WVU students to have the same opportunities she did as a

student. “I wanted Ed’s archives here so I could ensure the special kinds of conversations Ed and I had might be available to future scholars who care about liberty, democracy and social justice,” Lofaso said. Speakers also included Vincent Blasi, a professor of civil liberties at Columbia Law School and James Weinstein, an attorney and professor of constitutional law at Arizona State University. Throughout his lifetime, Baker wrote dozens of published works that tackled topics like free speech, gay rights and media literacy. “Baker asked the tough questions and brought real passion and commitment,” Blasi said. “Not because he was creative, but because it’s what his thought led him to be.” Documents of Baker’s, from high school assignments to original transcripts of his books, were donated to the George R. Farmer Jr. Law Library by his family.

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2 Americans win Nobel Prize in economics PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent have no simple solutions to the global economic crisis. But the work that won them the Nobel Prize in economics Monday is guiding central bankers and policymakers in their search for answers. The two Americans, both 68, were honored for their research in the 1970s and ‘80s on the cause-and-effect relationship between the economy and government policy. Sims is a professor at Princeton University. Sargent teaches at New York University and is a visiting professor at Princeton. Among their achievements, the two Nobel laureates – working separately for the most part over the years – devised tools to analyze how changes in interest rates and taxes affect growth and inflation. Their work doesn’t provide prescriptions for policymakers to solve today’s crises. Rather, their achievement has been to create mathematical models that central bankers and other leaders can use to devise policy proposals.


Continued from page 1 Center, new outdoor recreation space, an art museum with a large-scale exhibition space, a new engineering research building, a new building for physical activity and sports sciences and a greenhouse laboratory. “Nearly every academic area will see renovations or expansions,” Clements said. The University has launched a search to find its next vice president for research, and two candidates for the position have visited the University. Clements said the new vice president for research will need to be prepared to support the University in its goals for the future. “We will require vigorous leadership and vision to seek external funding for scholarships from new sources, and we will team with new external part-


Christopher Sims, left, looks on as Thomas Sargent talks about winning the Nobel Prize for economics during a news conference on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. Their research sheds light on the cause-and-effect relationship between the economy and policy instruments such as interest rates and government spending. “We’re just bookish types that look at numbers and try to figure out what’s going on,” Sargent said in an interview on the Nobel website. Sims said he had no surefire advice to offer policymakers in the U.S. and Europe: “If ners,” Clements said. Clements said WVU attracts opportunities to the state and University with its strength in research and innovation. Katherine Bomkamp, a sophomore political science student, spoke as the first WVU inductee into the National Gallery of America’s Young Inventors. While in high school, Bomkamp developed the “Pain-Free Socket,” a product attached to a prosthetic limb that uses thermal-bio feedback to eliminate phantom pain in amputees. Bomkamp said she chose to attend WVU for its commitment to research and exploring and supporting the ideas of its students. “West Virginia University is such an exciting place to be,” Bomkamp said. “The faculty and students are truly creating and changing the future. Before coming to WVU, I thought of my project as just that - a project. Now it

I had a simple answer, I would have been spreading it around the world.” Still, Sims said, “I think the methods that I have used and Tom has developed are central to finding our way out of this mess. I think they point a way to

try to unravel why our serious problems develop, and new research using these methods may help us lead us out of it.” Sargent and Sims have been friends since the 1960s, when both were Harvard graduate students. They later taught at the same time at the University of Minnesota. This semester, they are teaching a graduatelevel macroeconomics course together at Princeton. Their awards extend Americans’ dominance in the Nobel economics category. Thirteen of the 15 most recent winners of the prize in economics have been Americans. Robert Lucas, a University of Chicago economist who won the Nobel in 1995, said the work of Sargent and Sims is timely now that policymakers are debating whether to do something to stimulate the U.S. economy. “We want to know what happens if we do it, what happens if we don’t, what are the long-term consequences,” he said. Sargent and Sims “got their hands dirty, using data, trying to forecast, trying to see what works, what doesn’t.”


Audience members applaud West Virginia University student Katherine Bomkamp, center, after she speaks at the State of the University address Monday afternoon. has become a business opportunity with unlimited potential.” The University is working to double its number of nationally ranked colleges, Clements said. The College of Business & Economics is ranked in the Top 100

Business Schools in the Nation in Bloomberg Businessweek, and the College of Law is ranked in the Top 100 Law Schools by News and World Report. The School of Medicine is ranked seventh in the nation for rural medicine,


Continued from page 1 functioning. Interrupted sleep cycles can cause new mothers to have reaction impairment similar to an intoxicated person, causing their daily functioning to drastically decrease, MontgomeryDowns said. Interrupted sleep can also make mothers more at risk for developing postpartum depression and other mental health problems. So far, the study has suggested that daily function decreases as the child gets older and parents return to work. “Although women’s sleep improves across the first three postpartum months, their daytime functioning worsens across this same period,” Montgomery-Downs believes this study shows a need for major reforms regarding

when parents have to return to work after a child is born. Mothers involved in the study wear a device called an actigraph, which is similar to a wristwatch. The device detects sleep cycles, movements and moods of the mothers for one week. The actigraph also detects the reaction time of the participants by seeing how fast the mother’s hit a button after a bull’s eye is flashed on its screen. Participants also spend a day at the WVU sleep lab where they take four naps two hours apart. The study is currently ongoing and looking for participants 18 and older who have one child, are not pregnant and do not have sleep disorders. For more information about the compensated study, call 304-216-6667.



ceive $50. Winners will be selected on Continued from page 1 Nov. 2 by a panel of judges consisting of female faculty and your favor,” he said. staff. The growers will be competThe event begins Wednesday ing for a first-place prize of $100. at noon in the Mountainlair. The second-place winner will receive $75 and third-place will and in the top 50 for primary care. “It is important to emphasize that it takes all of our disciplines to advance the University and to advance the goals that foster innovation,” Clements said. Clements announced an initiative that will allow faculty to submit proposals for interdisciplinary projects funded through the University to serve the needs of West Virginia. An initiative already being developed is the STEM Pipeline, a project promoting education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields for West Virginia K-12 students. “We will help to build Pipeline, and we will prepare the next generation of West Virginians to thrive in the new economy,” Clements said. The University will hold several roundtable meetings to discuss the goals and initiatives outlined in the Strategic Plan.


Upcoming roundtables will include a Global Engagement Roundtable, a Research Roundtable, a Quality of Life Roundtable, a Lifelong Learning Roundtable, a Diversity Roundtable and an Economic Opportunity Roundtable. “They will strengthen our commitment to engagement and outreach with energized extension services and participation by faculty, staff and students,” Clements said. He believes WVU is geared toward educating and developing engaged students supported by faculty dedicated to research, innovation and service. “Every person that we inspire with the joy of learning does have a chance to change the world,” Clements said. “We can see the future in their eyes, and we all know that the future is in their hands.”



Continued from page 1 and transgender community to rally support from their peers. “The only way to combat bullying and homophobia is not to put it in people’s faces exactly, but to make people realize that we’re just like them,” Umbaugh said. The faux marriages kicked off Gay Pride Week, and the QSU will continue to host events throughout the week including a LGBT health lecture, a Gender IdentiTEA Party and a Queer Theory and History event. “We’ll be hosting booths in the Lair, handing out literature and making students more aware of the issues all week,” said Will Unger, treasurer of the QSU. Today, students will celebrate National Coming Out Day with a Coming Out Party outside the Mountainlair from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event is dedicated to encouraging anyone in the LGBT community to be open about their sexuality, whether it’s for the first time or as a second coming out. The QSU also encourages students to become allies for their peers who may be struggling with their sexuality. “Gay Pride Week is always our biggest event here at QSU. We have events planned all week long. Showing QSU as a new, revamped organization that we’re


Umbaugh marries Myron Comstock, a senior studying history, Monday outside of the WVU Bookstore to kick off the group’s Pride Week celebration. passionate about is also important for this week,” said Myron Comstock, co-mediation officer for the QSU. Julia Hall, a QSU meeting officer, said Gay Pride Week is all about celebrating the community’s accomplishments while spreading awareness about the issues they’re still fighting for. “Pride Week is really a dual purpose of celebration within the community – it’s also a visibility event,” Hall said. “We want to let people know that we’re here.” The Queer Theory and His-

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Literary magazine Calliope to collect student works by elizabeth finley a&e correspondent

The time of year has come for the West Virginia University Department of English to start building its staff and taking submissions for its annual publication of, Calliope, the undergraduate literary magazine. This will be the English Department’s 23rd edition. The original issues began printing in the 1980s.

Every year, Calliope receives a multitude of submissions from undergraduates at the University. Any undergraduate student, full or part-time, can submit their best fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and or artwork. Students can submit up to three pieces of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction), with each piece having no more than 2000 words. Students may also submit up to five poems that are less than 500 words each.

If you’re interested in submitting artwork, you can submit up to three of your photographs. Calliope has received two awards of recognition over the years from the AWP’s National Writing Program Director’s Contest for Literary Magazines. The undergraduate literary magazine is edited, designed and produced entirely by students in WVU’s Department of English. The first meeting for students interested in working on this

year’s Calliope staff last Tuesday. There were approximately 20 people in attendance. Mark Brazaitis, Director of West Virginia University’s Creative Writing Program, appointed Natalie Carpini as editor-in-chief of this year’s magazine at the meeting. “Natalie served as managing editor of Calliope last year, and I know she will do a terrific job,” Brazaitis said. “I’ve worked with it for four years and I think it’s a great experience. What’s most fun for me is

seeing what the students come up with. I like to see their creativity; it’s a true student publication.” Calliope’s staff puts a lot of work and effort into producing the magazine. “It is all worth it in the end however,” Brazaitis said, “because there is a reading at the end of the year.” At the end of the year, Calliope authors and staff come together to celebrate the publication of that year’s edition. “The authors are happy to

have their work published in the magazine. There is a really nice spirit to the reading - it’s a real highlight of the experience,” Brazaitis said. Students can send in their work as email attachments to For more information, visit http://creativewriting.wvu. edu/undergraduate_program, or contact Creative Writing Program Director Mark Brazaitis at 304-293-9707. daa&

‘Vietnam: Then and Now’ brings Vietnamese culture to University by rebecca lebherz a&e correspondent

The West Virginia University Cultural Attaches Program is hosting “Vietnam: Then and Now” in the Mountainlair Ballrooms Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. to bring food, music and Vietnamese culture to Morgantown. Guest speaker Tung Nguyen, the deputy chief of mission for the Vietnamese Embassy, will give a 30-minute presentation on the state of Vietnam and present a slideshow of photo-

graphs from the country. “A lot of what we are trying to do is build an exchange between Vietnam and WVU,” said Neal Newfield, associate professor in the division of social work at WVU. According to Newfield, who will be one of the masters of ceremonies at the event, Vietnam is trying to increase the number of people in their country with college degrees and would like to send students to WVU. Newfield is part of a team that studies abroad in Viet-

nam once a year. Students interested in participating in this month-long excursion are eligible to receive 3-6 credit hours and can apply through the Office of International Programs. “It’s a good opportunity for students to go to Southeast Asia,” Newfield said. The trip helps to better internationalize the University, a goal WVU President James P. Clements strives to improve, according to Newfield. Spotlight, a Vietnamese band, will be performing at

“Vietnam Then and Now.” “A live rock band should be something students find interesting,” Newfield said. Spotlight will play traditional Vietnamese music with modern instruments as well as Vietnamese rock music, Newfield said. According to Cecilia Orrego, WVU special program coordinator for international visits, each event has a different committee that specializes in the exploration of the country. The committee has put together a menu and is working

with a WVU chef in order to serve authentic Vietnamese cuisine, Orrego said. Many people attending the event will wear an ao dai, an iconic form of dress that has become a symbol of Vietnam. Most commonly made for women, the ao dai are modest and beautiful, Newfield said. There will also be a portfolio of black and white photographs from Vietnam displayed in a gallery walk around the Ballrooms, which attendees can browse during the event.

According to Newfield, the photos try to communicate the diversity of the country through images of the environment and native people. “It’s important students at WVU be exposed to different forms of cultural diversity,” Newfield said. “People don’t have to travel internationally to get global experience, they can get it from these events.” The event is from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and is free and open to the public. daa&

West Memphis 3, locked up 18 years, together in New York for screening NEW YORK (AP) — Now living scattered across the country, three men released nearly two decades after they were convicted of killing three Arkansas boys reunited in New York on Monday for a movie screening about their case. The men, known as the West Memphis Three, traded stories about obtaining a learner’s permit to drive, getting used to cellphones and the Internet and even learning how to use a fork again as they adjusted to life on the outside after being in prison since they were teenagers. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley needed a judge’s approval to attend a screening of the film “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” at HBO and at the New York Film Festival. It’s the third HBO film about the case, after the first two ignited a

movement to free the men, who have proclaimed their innocence. “I’m just living life, trying to enjoy it and pick up the pieces,” said Baldwin, who has moved to Seattle and is working on a construction crew. He held up a copy of his learner’s permit for an audience at HBO, although he said he hasn’t gotten behind the wheel yet. Echols, the only one of the three who had been on death row, is living in New York after taking a trip to Disney Land. Misskelley is back in West Memphis, Ark. “In a lot of ways it feels like every day is a week since we have gotten out,” said Echols, who said he kept stumbling in the days after his release because he wasn’t used to walking without shackles. The men were freed in

August after their convictions for the 1993 murders of 8-year-olds Michael Moore, Steve Branch and Christopher Byers were set aside. They pleaded guilty to lesser charges to be released immediately instead of going through a lengthy trial, even though there was a strong chance new DNA evidence would have established their innocence. “We should be fully exonerated,” Baldwin said. “The governor should grant us a pardon based on the knowledge of our innocence.” Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has said he doesn’t plan to issue pardons unless evidence is established showing someone else was to blame. The HBO film discusses possible DNA evidence that could implicate a stepfather of one of the victims but stops short of

calling him a suspect. Baldwin says he’s reluctant to point fingers at anyone else given what happened to him. Still, prosecutors maintain they convicted the right men. But Echols said he thought authorities knew who killed the boys and “they don’t care. ... What they were doing was doing anything they can to win the next election. That was their first priority.” He said he tries not to think about who committed the crime. “If you had to think of someone being responsible for 18 years of your life,” he said, “it would drive you insane.” A judge in northeast Arkansas had to permit the three men to appear together. Misskelley was initially barred from associating with felons except for his immedi-

ate family. Echols and Baldwin were prohibited from associating with felons except for each other. The complex deal to release them concluded the movie. Baldwin clearly found the idea of having to plead guilty and having his sentence reduced to time served distasteful; he wanted his innocence established. But he has said he did it for Echols, not wanting to take the chance that the verdict was not overturned and Echols faced execution. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger said it’s “not the happy ending we hoped it would be.” “We’re happy that the men are out of prison,” he said, “but it is a bittersweet ending.” The film is set to air on HBO in January. Celebrities such as musicians Eddie Vedder, of Pearl

Jam, and Natalie Maines, of the Dixie Chicks, had campaigned for the release of the West Memphis Three, but Monday’s screenings still had to seem like culture shock to them. They talked in an auditorium at HBO’s headquarters while network employees applauded them and were served a catered lunch after the event. As teenagers, the boys were said to be involved in a satanic cult, and part of the case against them in public opinion was Echols’ penchant to dress in black clothes. He wore a black shirt, black pants and dark sunglasses to Monday’s news conference. Still, he said, it was difficult to talk about the case. Misskelley, appearing agitated, left the news conference only a few minutes after it started.

‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ Elvis impersonator dies in skydiving accident with grandmother LAS VEGAS (AP) — It was supposed to be a special birthday gift to a grandmother - a family skydiving adventure with a veteran instructor who was one of the Elvis Presley impersonators who jumped from an airplane in the movie “Honeymoon in Vegas.” But the tandem skydive ended in tragedy Sunday near the Nevada-Arizona border when two parachutes failed to open, sending 75-year-old Claudette Porter of North Las Vegas and instructor James Fonnesbeck to their deaths. Porter’s husband, Jim Porter, said his wife had talked about skydiving for at least 20 years. Their granddaughter arranged the outing to celebrate Claudette Porter’s birthday last month. “Things like that happen once in a while, and there’s just not a whole hell of a lot you can do about it,” Jim Porter said. During the jump, the main parachute attached to Fonnesbeck and Claudette Porter did not fully deploy, and a backup chute became entangled with the main chute when the instructor deployed it, Mesquite WWW.TRB.COM police spokesman Jeffrey Smith A skydiving instructor and Elvis impersonator featured in the movie ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ said. The backup chute had only and a 75-year-old passenger died in a skydiving incident in Las Vegas.

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partially opened before Fonnesbeck and Porter hit the runway at Mesquite’s airport, Smith said. Fonnesbeck died at the scene, while Claudette Porter died at a hospital. Fonnesbeck, 60, was from Weston, Idaho, but moved to St. George, Utah, with his wife and became a skydiving instructor. He worked for Skydive Mesquite in Mesquite, Nev., about 40 miles from St. George. Skydive Mesquite owner Brad Jessey said Monday he was still trying to figure out why the parachute malfunctioned, especially given Fonnesbeck’s nearly 11,000 jumps and his decades of experience as a diver and instructor. Jessey said Fonnesbeck had successfully jumped with other customers Sunday before going up with Claudette Porter. “It just baffles me that it could happen to him,” Jessey said. “I mean, the one thing we all said about him was, `You know, he won’t die skydiving.’ Well, somehow it happened, and I have no idea how.” Jessey noted Fonnesbeck was among the team of skydiving Elvis impersonators in the 1992 film “Honeymoon in Vegas,” starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker. The movie shows Cage and members of

the “Flying Elvises” skydiving at night onto the Las Vegas Strip. Fonnesbeck’s Facebook profile page features photos of him and his wife jumping from a plane, holding hands in midair, and together on the ground with a deployed parachute. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus in Renton, Wash., said investigators were looking into whether the parachutes had been properly inspected before the jump, and were also checking on the Cessna 206 airplane and its fly-

ing route. He said federal rules require chutes to be inspected every six months. Backup chutes are required to be packed before jumps by an FAA-certified parachute rigger, while main chutes must be packed with at least the supervision of a certified rigger, Fergus said. Jessey said the tandem jump was designed to last nearly seven minutes, with as much as 40 seconds of freefalling and five to six minutes of gliding over the Mesquite airport before landing.

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Strategic Plan helps move WVU forward Since the implementation of West Virginia University President James P. Clements’ 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future last spring, the University has continued to progress. At Monday’s State of the University address, Clements said the University was in a “unique” position because other universities had to make budget or salary cuts, while WVU continues to do the opposite. He said the University is re-

cruiting 23 new faculty members which are to help STEM research. A main point of Clements’ speech was the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which paved the way for WVU in becoming a land-grant institution. The Morrill Act made it easier to attain a college education by reaching out to the community and making research more available. Clements said the Uni-

versity has strived to match the level of research quality similar to that of Ivy League schools but still maintain its agriculture and the local community involvement. Clements also announced the University will enter the conversation about Marcellus Shale through creation of the Marcellus Shale Initiative, an issue he said was one of the most important in West Virginia. Clements announced lead-

ers of some of the roundtable groups, which are in place to help facilitate the objectives of the Strategic Plan goals, which are: zz Engage undergraduate, graduate and professional students in a challenging academic environment. zz Excel in research, creative activity and innovation in all disciplines. zz Foster diversity and an inclusive culture. internazz A d v a n c e

tional activity and global engagement. zz Enhance the well-being and quality of life of the people of West Virginia. While the 2020 Strategic Plan attempts to tackle broad goals, Clements addressed each of the goals and how WVU is moving toward them. With the help of the Strategic Plan, the University is still moving forward.

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Anti-socialist speech is damaging to economic progress jeremiah Yates opinion editor

There was a time in this country when sacrificing one’s wealth, business or freedom was considered to be an act of patriotism. In World War I, the federal government not only instated the first military draft – it also organized the War Industries Board, which controlled every aspect of the economy – including the control of pricing, production, rationing and raising taxes for the wealthy. Every American was forced to make some sort of sacrifice. The country was in need and the sacrifices were for the greater good, so the measures taken by the government were vastly approved by the people. Even in WWII, Americans were asked to sacrifice for the war effort – which they proudly did. Now, when the wealthiest one percent of Americans are asked to pay higher taxes for the greater good of the nation, it is considered class warfare and socialism. Americans must toss out all the hateful political rhetoric and push toward progress. During the 2008 presidential election, the Republican Party stressed to the American public that Barack Obama’s ideas of universal health care and his wanted repeal of the Bushera tax cuts (for those making over $250,000) branded him as a socialist. Even though Obama won the presidency, the dispute over socialism continues to be out of hand. The majority of Americans do not even seem to understand the true meaning of socialism. But what they do know is they are scared of it – which is enough for Republicans. Since Obama’s election, there have been multiple comparisons between Obama and Adolf Hitler – from Tea Party protestors to conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh to country music star Hank Williams Jr.

A child holds a sign protesting President Obama’s policies. The Nazi Party of Germany was a socialist society, but inferring that someone has similar views to that of Hitler because they believe the powers of government can be used to help those in need is simply ridiculous and offensive to many. Williams’ recent comment compared Obama’s golf outing with Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu (the Israeli Prime Minister).” Although his comment was declaring that Obama and Boehner are enemies, and not necessarily speaking of their ideologies, the implications were the same. Williams’ claim that the po-

litical parties are “polar opposites” is true, however. But criticizing them for meeting together and potentially making a compromise is absurd. It is the job of Congress to work with all other branches of government and create solutions to the nation’s problems. No elected official is an enemy to another. This column is not attempting to defend socialism, but to advance the notion that antisocialist speech is harming the progress of our nation. We as Americans must get back to the roots of patriotism and pride of our nation. Attacking our leaders and caus-

ing more separation is not the way to achieve progress. It is well known around the world that the U.S. is in both financial and political trouble. The time has come (it has been here for a while) for all Americans –including the wealthy – to once again step up for the greater good of the nation. It is time for politicians to stop accusing one another of socialism and instead enact legislation that will benefit us in the long run. Asking the wealthiest to pay more will do just that. During WWI, Americans were glad to have “meatless Mondays” and “wheatless

Wednesdays” so that the nation would overcome hard times. Taxing the rich has proved to be successful. In the ‘90s, the economy steadily rose when President Bill Clinton raised taxes for the top three percent of Americans. And it is a fact that the economy has declined since President George W. Bush instated tax cuts for the same wealthy Americans. There is no coincidence. The middle and lower classes are the engines of America’s economy. Giving them a tax break will allow them to purchase more goods, which will in turn cause a need for the production of more goods. Since the rich are the ones

who own the companies producing goods, they will be able to make a larger profit. Giving tax breaks to the rich will only make them richer; it will not trickle into the economy. The ones who live paycheck-to-paycheck will give the money right back to the economy, making it stronger. This concept is very simple, but is complicated because of the political rhetoric of today. Any politician who will attempt to instate a higher tax on the rich will be damned as a socialist. The American people must see it as patriotism, not socialism.

America should invest in reusable energy found at home aaron applbaum the daily princetonian uwire

Since 1981, a moratorium against offshore oil drilling has been renewed by every Congress. There has been almost constant debate and concern over the moratorium in recent years as direct result of rising gas (petroleum) prices and political pressure by (mostly) Republican politicians from oil-rich states. Proponents often argue that offshore drilling is an important element of the potential economic health and national security of the United States and can be accomplished with minimal environmental impact. Those in favor of maintaining the moratorium argue that offshore drilling ignores more fundamental problems such as unsustainable levels and growth of American energy consumption, rising gas prices or decreasing energy-independence and is most importantly not worth the environmental risk.


In March 2010, the debate intensified when President Obama agreed that allowing some offshore drilling could be part of his administration’s energy bill. This was a compromise to gain votes for a cap-and-trade mechanism that would limit greenhouse gas emissions. Before the energy bill ever came to a vote in the Senate, an explosion in April 2010 caused a massive oil leak from a BP-operated deep-water oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. For four months innumerable gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf. It inflicted massive environmental damage and economic harm upon U.S. Gulf states. Members of the Princeton community fall out on both sides of this issue, in very meaningful ways. Princeton students including Eleanor Elbert have been working to spread the message of offshore drilling’s negative impacts. Elbert spent her time researching the environmental, legal and economic impacts of offshore drilling. She led a team of nongovernmental organizations to Belize to “raise

awareness of the issue and call on the government to ban offshore drilling.” On the other end of the spectrum, Robert Saltiel was appointed president and chief operating officer of the international offshore drilling contractor – Atwood Oceanics – and took the reins on Dec. 15, 2009. These very different efforts remind us that Princeton has a tremendous ability to impact the world and its events. There are very poignant arguments that have caused me to question the viability of lifting the offshore drilling moratorium. The Energy Information Administration claims that offshore drilling could, in time, supply 18 billion barrels of crude oil. This increased production could lower gas prices for American consumers. On the other hand, oil prices are largely set by worldwide supply and demand; recent rises in prices reflect increasing energy use in rapidly growing economies such as China. The oil generated from offshore drilling in the United States may not impact world oil

markets in any significant way. Furthermore, oil exploration and rig construction take years to complete – according to the EIA, offshore drilling would not produce any change in oil prices until 2030. But the debate is not confined either to issues environmental protection or the economy – national security is pertinent as well. Currently, the United States must buy much of its oil from authoritarian and often unfriendly states such as Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Iran, or from unstable places like Nigeria. The oil estimated to exist in untapped offshore reserves could help distance America from anti-democratic regimes by decreasing their importance to the U.S. economy. However, as America only has 3 percent of the globe’s oil reserves and it consumes 25 percent of the international oil supply, the United States will have to continue buying oil from hostile nations. The cost of oil is placing a serious strain on the American economy and on household budgets, and available methods should be used to combat the

problem. Perhaps offshore drilling is a small, necessary part of a broader energy strategy, including energy-usage consciousness and greater usage of renewable energy sources. However, offshore drilling is a “Band-Aid” solution: Opening America’s coastal waters to offshore drilling does not address the underlying problems of underutilization of greener resources and general overconsumption. Also, the environmental consequences of offshore drilling may not be worth the potential financial gain. The Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 showed, and continues to show, how devastating a massive oil leak can be. Fish, marine mammals and seabirds were killed in droves by a slick extending across hundreds of square miles. As the oil reached the shore it destroyed valuable coastal wetlands and beaches, harming the animals that rely on these habitats. Even without catastrophic failure, oil rigs release toxic chemicals into the surrounding waters, transporting oil from

these rigs is harmful, seismic waves disorientate sea-animals; and installing rigs erodes the ocean floor, which worsens the impact of hurricanes and tropical storms. Apart from the terrible environmental damage caused by the Gulf spill, the economic costs have also been grievous. Fishing and tourism are the economic mainstays of coastal communities and both can be damaged by a major oil spill, causing considerable unemployment. BP has promised to compensate those directly affected by the loss of coastal jobs in this instance, but what if BP, or a future polluter, were unable to pay? Shutting down coastal industries has effects on suppliers, retailers, transport firms, etc., which damages the wider economy. Regulation might never be able to remove the risk from the dangerous enterprise of offshore drilling. The only path to true energy independence and greater national security is to decrease American energy consumption and to invest in homegrown renewable energy.





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WVU COLLEGIATE 4-H CLUB meets in the Greenbrier Room of the Mountainlair at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own topping for ice cream. For more information, call 304-615-4959. WELLWVU FLU VACCINE CLINICS will be held at the Student Rec Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $15 for WVU students while supplies last. Payment is by cash, check, or to the student’s account. Students must register for a time. For more information, call 304-293-6974.


THE WVU AMATEUR RADIO CLUB meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 849 of the Engineering Sciences Building. Anyone interested in wireless is invited to attend. For more information, email matthew.


INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP meets at 7 p.m. in 316 Percival Hall. For more information, call 304-376-4506 or 304-276-3284.


A WVU PERCUSSION CONCERT will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased from the Mountainlair Box Office or by calling 304-293-7469. TOMCHIN PLANETARIUM, located in 425 Hodges Hall, will present “Ultimate Universe” at 7 p.m. and “It’s About Time” at 8 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required and can be made at 304-293-3422, ext. 1443. 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.


THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION meets at 8:30 p.m. at the International House at 544 Spruce St. For more information, call 304-777-7709. MOUNTAINEERS FOR CHRIST, a Christian student organization, hosts free supper and Bible study at its Christian Student Center. Supper is at 8:15 p.m., and Bible study begins at 9 p.m. All students are welcome. For more information, call 304-599-6151 or visit SIERRA STUDENT COALITION meets at 7 p.m. in the Blackwater Room of the Mountainlair. The group is a grassroots environmental organization striving for tangible change in our campus and community. For more information, email Kayla at FEMINIST MAJORITY LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE meets in the Women’s Studies Lounge of Eiesland Hall at 6 p.m. For more information, email ECUMENICAL BIBLE STUDY AND CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING is held at 7 p.m. at the Potters Cellar of

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Newman Hall. All are welcome. For more information, call 304-288-0817 or 304-879-5752. MCM is hosted at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Center at 293 Willey St. All are welcome. BCM meets at 8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on High Street. THE CARRUTH CENTER offers a grief support group for students struggling from a significant personal loss from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Student Services Building. AMIZADE has representatives in the commons area of the Mountainlair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions for those interested in studying abroad. WVU WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE meets from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Shell Building. No experience is necessary. For more information, email Sarah Lemanski at sarah_lemanski@ BRING YOUR OWN BIBLE STUDY AND PIZZA NIGHT is at 6 p.m. at Newman Hall. WVU SWING DANCE CLUB will meet at 7:45 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center. No partner needed. Advanced and beginners are welcome. For more information, email wvuswingdance@


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 wellness. 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 vc_srsh@hotmail. com 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, contact Michelle Prudnick at 304-598-5180 or 304-598-5185. FREE RAPID HIV TESTING is available on the first Monday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Caritas House office located at 391 Scott Ave. Test results are available in 20 minutes and are confidential. To make an appointment, call 304-293-4117. For more information, visit BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, a United Way agency, is looking for vol-

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unteers 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 tutoring 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 304-293-4431 or email

HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY You could find this year unusually challenging in the relationship department. You will go through many ups and downs, as others seem to always say no when you say yes, and vice versa. Consider the possibility that you both could be right. This type of situation will arise with different people. See if there is a common theme connecting them. If you are single, you could attract many different types of people. You might want to date until you are sure of yourself. If you are attached, let your sweetie have at least equal say if you want to keep the peace. ARIES is direct, if nothing else. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Your sense of well-being can only add to your situation, multiplying the good vibes. Others seem unsure of themselves as they go through quite a swing, deciding what is right for them. If someone waivers, you could feel insecure. Don’t. Tonight: All smiles. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH Confusion surrounds nearly anything you take on. Others respond to today’s Full Moon by swinging from one thought to another. Stay centered, knowing this, too, will pass. Fatigue might be the result of the instability around you. Tonight: Vanish while you can. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Zero in on what you want. Clearly, an issue surrounds a decision. Do you really know what you want? Others seem to have

difficulty finding clarity and could be affected by their last conversation. Tonight: Where the crowds are.

tion later. You can encourage others without doing their work. Tonight: Do what is best for you.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHH If you must take a stand, do so. Remember that others wonder how well you can express yourself. Are you clear about your choices? In the long run, the path of diplomacy might be the only one to head down. Tonight: Could be late.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH You are full of energy and charisma. You have the drive to complete any task you take on. Others might be unusually challenging or touchy. If someone rains on your parade, know that it is only for a limited time. This person will change his or her tune. Tonight: Living it up.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Keep reaching out for new information. Your fiery spirit helps you find your way through a lot of drama and feelings. The Full Moon causes high emotional frequency from many different people. Respond accordingly. Tonight: Reach out for another person. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Relate to a partner directly. You might have difficulty understanding him or her. Fatigue could be a factor, as there is so much stress around you. Try to be indulgent and understand what is happening with a key person. Tonight: Be a duo. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH The Full Moon could be a problem as you attempt to deal with others’ energy. The best idea is to allow them to expand their horizons. You want feedback, and you will get it. You might want to temper your words. Tonight: Go with a suggestion. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH Focus on what you can do -- the possibilities. You might need to help others get their job done. Don’t take on more than your fair share. Others will resent that ac-

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH Do check out a real estate investment with care. You don’t need to know the hows and whys of a situation, just whether it is a good investment for you. Realize what is happening behind the scenes. Tonight: At home. Keep the door open. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH You could be more positive than you have been in a while. Others toss their issues on you. Keep smiling, knowing when enough is enough. Just politely end a conversation and walk away. Communication could get flubbed up. Tonight: Catch up on another person’s news. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH Be sensitive to not only your budget but also to others’. Understanding opens up a former impasse with a partner. You know where you are going. Push comes to shove over money. Remember that everyone sees money differently. Tonight: Your treat. BORN TODAY Novelist Elmore Leonard (1925), quarterback Steve Young (1961), first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884)


Pearls Before Swine

by Stephan Pastis

F Minus

by Tony Carrillo

Get Fuzzy

by Darby Conley

Cow and Boy 

by Mark Leiknes


Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit


ACROSS 1 Windy City paper, familiarly 5 Baroque musical family 10 “__, can you see ...” 14 Like molasses 15 “Snowy” bird 16 Nevada gambling city 17 Visit the local watering hole 20 Honda Accord, e.g. 21 In concert 22 San Diego attraction 23 “I can’t remember it, Miss Ilsa. I’m a little rusty on it” speaker 25 Give a barbiturate to 27 Breaks, as in a wall 30 Lambs’ moms 32 Arctic dwellers of Scandinavia 35 Shortened, as a dict. 36 Yaks 37 Lovers’ lane pace 38 “Let’s try a different approach” 41 Ship with rich cargo 42 Feature of many Viking helmets 43 Immigrant’s subj. 44 Longtime senator Thurmond 45 “What __ got here is a failure to communicate”: Cool Hand Luke 46 Private’s group 47 Draw out 49 Smidgen 51 Hef’s party garb 53 Mother-of-pearl 55 Smidgen 59 “Pay attention” 62 From the U.S. 63 Implied 64 Rain hard 65 Neat as a pin 66 Signed 67 It may follow You online DOWN 1 Distribute the dressing on 2 Mechanical learning 3 Polo rival 4 Detour 5 Affleck of “The Town” 6 Belgium-based imaging company 7 What one does after observing reminders that start 17-, 38- and 59-Across 8 Parade honorees

9 Witness’s place 10 Bruin great Bobby 11 Successfully stage a coup 12 __ Domini 13 Beatle bride 18 Words with pickle or jam 19 Traded, as goods 24 Substantial 26 Hold hands? 27 Dance balls, e.g. 28 Call off the launch 29 Got somewhere 31 Teens conflict: Abbr. 33 Proto- finish 34 With cunning 36 Tea-flavoring flower 37 Rip to pieces 39 Smoke with menthol 40 “Mazel __!” 45 Certain goddess worshiper 46 Sudden 48 “Pleeease?”

50 Justice Dept. raiders 51 Land map 52 Guitarist Hendrix 54 Spooky-sounding lake 56 Baseball family name 57 Night spot 58 Bronte‘s Jane 60 Take a stab at 61 JFK update


As we start a riddle, ‘bout a friend from your past, Keep watching this space, Semesters go fast!



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Joe Buck Yourself brings country, punk to 123 by Charles Young Associate City Editor

Joe Buck Yourself, the punk and bluegrass project from legendary musical outlaw Joe Buck, will invade the stage at 123 pleasant Street tonight. Buck and his group will be supported by the “GothicCountry” trio Those Poor Bastards and local garage and punk band High 5’s and Hell Yeahs. The show is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $7. Jim Finkley, better known by his stage name “Joe Buck,” has been floating around country music’s underground for the better part of two decades. With his “take-no-prisoners” stage presence and his trademark devilock hairstyle, Buck has been blending the aggression and rage of punk rock with the swagger and twang of outlaw country in bars, clubs and dives across the country.

Buck got his start playing bass and guitar for the Chicago-based roots and rockabilly band Gringo in the late ‘90s. Playing lead guitar, double bass and drums, Buck next lent his considerable talents to Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, a Nashville, Tenn., based manic country and rock ‘n’ roll band. Buck and the Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers split ways after Buck spent time on the road with kindred spirit Hank Williams III, playing bass in his Damned Band. Buck also collaborated with Williams on his hillbillypunk-metal project, Assjack and shared co-producer duties on William’s 2006 album, “Straight to Hell.” Half Merle Haggard and half GG Allin, Buck has proven himself to be an electrifying performer and an unstoppable force in independent country music. Those Poor Bastards, who

are joining Buck for six dates of his current East Coast tour, will perform second tonight, warming up the stage before the main event. Consisting of Lonesome Wyatt on guitar and vocals, The Minister on banjo and bass and Vincent Presley on drums and synthesizer, Those Poor Bastards combine elements of blues, country and traditional folk to create a unique gothic perspective on rural music. Morgantown’s own Hell Yeahs and High Fives will kick off the show at 10 p.m. After forming in 2007, Hell Yeahs and High Fives have relentlessly toured the Morgantown area and have released one well received EP. For a disorderly, beersoaked evening of outlaw country and gothic blues, make sure and come down to 123 Pleasant Street tonight at 10 p.m.


Outlaw country and punk rock legend Joe Buck will perform tonight at 123 Pleasant Street with his band Joe Buck Yourself

Save Point, local video game parlor, marks one-year anniversary by ali sultan

a&e correspondent

Save-Point, a Morgantown video-gaming center, celebrated its one-year anniversary last week as a hotspot for gamers living near the downtown campus. Located at the bottom of High Street, the center mostly attracts West Virginia University students as well as high school and middle school school students. Owners Sara Balcum and Owen Raudenbush started the business 12 months ago with the idea of offering students in the area a chance to “come in, hang out and use an alternate (video gaming) from drinking to get away from the stress and worry of studying too hard.” Video game enthusiasts and casual gamers alike can visit Save Point for a recreational evening of gaming on the highend computers and gaming consoles offered at the center. Aside from Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, the owners have 20 computers handbuilt for the optimal gaming

experience. Gamers can go in and enjoy many of the games available such as ‘League of Legends,’ ‘Gears of War’ and ‘Super Smash Brothers’ – the most popular of the games played at the center. For the past year, Save-Point has hosted a number of special events, the most recent being their one-year anniversary celebration in the form of an allnight gaming session. “The past year has been great. We’ve attracted mostly students from WVU as well as some younger kids that have been coming in every now and then,” Raudenbush said. “Last Saturday we had an all-night session where we all played our games and stayed up until 8 a.m. the next morning. We gave out cupcakes and offered discounts to everyone – it was pretty packed.” Apart from the occasional social events and celebrations held at the center, some of the best-selling games are immediately released at Save-Point depending on the availability of

game units, as demonstrated during the release of “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Gamers were able to play it immediately after its midnight release, leaving out the hassle of having to wait in the long lines at the bigger stores. Dave Dombeck, senior communications student, visits the gaming center to blow off steam and play his favorites such as ‘League of Legends,’ ‘Soul Calibur II’ and ‘Super Smash Brothers.’ “I come in here a couple of times a week and meet my friends,” Dombeck said. “Wednesdays are always cool because they offer discounts to anyone who tags them on Facebook on that day.” For many students who enjoy playing video games, laptops which don’t offer the best quality in graphics or processing speeds, are their only option. Save-Point is located at the bottom of High Street, neighboring Little Caesar’s Pizza and South High Station. daa&


Thomas Barr, left, a sophomore journalism student, and Christopher Hammack, right, a Morgantown resident, wait in queue to play a match of League of Legends at Save Point on High Street.

Sturm writer-in-residence Carol Frost kicks off workshop with public reading by Ashley Hite

A&E Correspondent

Carol Frost, West Virginia University’s 2011 Sturm Writerin-Residence, read from her work of poetry in the Gold Ballroom in the Mountainlair Moday evening. Director of the WVU Creative Writing program Mark Brazaitis started the show by announcing the 12 students who would be in Frost’s Sturm Workshop. “It’s a real honor to get into the workshop,” Brazaitis said. The students were selected via a campus-wide competition in which the contestants submitted their works of poetry to be reviewed by a panel of judges. The panel was comprised of staff from the creative writing department. The 12 students selected to participate based on their outstanding submissions are: Melissa Atkinson, Lisa Beans, James Bishop, Evan Blake, Melissa Ferrone, Micah Holmes, Sara Kearns, Rachel King, Matthew London, Christina Seymour, Isabelle Shepherd and Jacqulyn Wilson. Brazaitis also announced the recipient of the 2011 Virginia

Butts Sturm Creative Writing Award is Emily Isaacs. Frost has taught at Hartwick College, Washington University and Wichita State University, where she founded and directed the Catskill Poetry Workshop at Hartwick College. She is currently a professor of English at Rollins College where she directs the Winter with the Writer’s Program each year. Frost read mostly from her latest collection of poetry, “Honeycomb,” in which she focuses on her mother’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease. “The book is for my mother, as well as the people who live with her now,” Frost said. Frost’s poetry in “Honeycomb” focuses on the connection between the mind and memories. She said she was interested in “how the mind falls apart in pieces,” and it is a common theme throughout her works. Frost explained that “Honeycomb” had a specific project behind it, which made writing her poems both “easier and harder”. An element included in each of Honeycomb’s poems, is the presence of bees or a beehive.

Frost explained that the beehive was representative of the human brain. “The bee hive is the brain with all of the cells and the bees are active and then they’re gone,” said Frost. For Frost, the bees were like her mother’s memory, slowly leaving the hive and making its cells empty one by one. When these bees left, they took away her mother’s personality as well. The poems are so serious in nature that Frost believes she would have been incapable of writing the Honeycomb poems at an earlier time in her life. “I couldn’t have written these when I was 20 or 25,” Frost said. Brazaitis agreed that hearing the poet read her works was a much stronger experience than reading them on paper alone. “It was great. There’s nothing like hearing a writer read their own work,” Brazaitis said. Frost eagerly read her works and entertained the packed ballroom. The evening ended with a book signing with Frost and a small reception. daa&


Carol Frost, the Sturm Writer-in-Residence, reads selections of her poetry at a reading presented by West Virginia University’s Department of English Monday evening in the Gold Ballroom.

Hank Williams Jr. writes new song calling out ‘Fox & Friends,’ ESPN NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hank Williams Jr. is about to have his say. Williams’ has cut a new song, “Keep the Change,” calling out “Fox & Friends” and ESPN after an interview last week on the Fox News talk show led to the end of his association with the sports network and “Monday Night Football,” long home to his “Are you ready for some football?” theme. “I’ve been recording for five decades, and I knew that old over-the-fence feeling on this one,” Williams said in an interview Monday afternoon. He’s also scheduled to

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Change” when he woke up around 4 a.m. Friday. He borrowed a guitar once owned by George Jones to write the melody and was in a studio with a group of musicians by 4 p.m. The song was done by 5:30 and was being mastered Monday morning. “It’s got to be one of the fastest (I’ve recorded),” Williams said. It’s now available for free for 48 hours at Williams’ website. There also are new “Hank Jr. for President” Tshirts for sale. In the song, Williams, son of country music icon Hank

Williams, says “Fox & Friends” hosts twisted his words: “So Fox `n Friends wanna put me down/Ask for my opinion/ Twist it all around.” He finishes the verse: “Well two can play that gotcha game you’ll see.” Early in the song, he says the U.S. is “going down the drain” and says it’s becoming “The United Socialist States of America.” He mentions keeping “Fox & Friends” and ESPN out of your home toward the end of the song. Asked to elaborate on how he felt about “Fox & Friends,” Williams said: “All you gotta do is listen to the song, folks.”

Williams’ comments last Monday drew unlikely reactions with many commentators and comedians coming to his defense, claiming ESPN was infringing on his right to free speech. His defenders included the left-leaning Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar of “The View” and Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” and on the other side of the political landscape Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. Of his appearance on “The View,” he said: `It’ll be pretty simple. I’m really looking forward to it. I guess it’s kind of like back to John Adams and Johnny Cash and The First

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Senior defensive end Bruce Irvin had 1.5 sacks against Connecticut. He now has 3.5 for the year after finishing with 14 as a junior.

No. 13 WVU sacked quarterback five times against UConn after slow start in 2011 by michael carvelli sports editor

No. 13 West Virginia had just three sacks in its first five games of the 2011 season. It wasn’t the start the Mountaineers, who ranked third in the nation with 48 sacks in 2010, had hoped for. “The last five games, I’ve been getting good pressure. I just haven’t been taking the quarterback down,” said senior defensive end Bruce Irvin, who finished last season with a Big East Conference-best 14 sacks. “(Defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich) and (defensive coordinator Jeff ) Casteel just told us to keep going at it, keep working hard and it’s going to come.” Irvin and the WVU defense

finally had the breakout game it was looking for in Saturday’s 46-13 win over Connecticut. UConn quarterback Johnny McEntee met the turf of Milan Puskar Stadium a lot on Saturday as the Mountaineers finished the game with five sacks. “We just have to continue getting better,” Casteel said. “It doesn’t just happen overnight. You have to work and you have to push yourself to do things, but it was good to see them make plays. Now we just have to turn around and make some more plays in two weeks.” The big game was especially a relief for Irvin, who hadn’t recorded a sack since he took down Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato in the season opener Sept. 4. On the Huskies’ second

drive of the game Saturday afternoon, Irvin got to the quarterback without much difficulty and delivered a bone-crushing hit on McEntee. “Bruce was able to line up, pin his ears back and go,” said senior linebacker Najee Goode. “I know a lot of people were confused about what was going on because we hadn’t been getting a lot of sacks earlier, but after (Saturday’s) performance, you could see it’s still the same old Bruce running around.” The Atlanta native got credit for another half a sack in the third quarter when he and redshirt freshman linebacker Jewone Snow were able to take McEntee down for a safety. When asked what happened to allow him to get to the UConn signal caller on that

play, Irvin’s answer was pretty simple. “They didn’t block me,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a mess up or what, but he didn’t block me and I saw red, so I went and got (the quarterback).” Getting to the quarterback more consistently was partly due to the fact the Mountaineers were able to slow down a steady Connecticut running game, forcing the Huskies into more long passing downs. “The key was that we were able to knock down the run a little bit better than what we had done – a little bit more consistently than what we had done in the first five games and that allows us to get into

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Redshirt freshman linebacker Jewone Snow finished with 0.5 sacks, seven tackles and a fumble recovery against Connecticut.

Fans shouldn’t be worried about offense’s slow starts ben gaughan associate sports editor

In three of six games this year, the West Virginia offense has failed to score more than 10 points in the first half. Those games were Norfolk State (12-10), LSU (27-7) and Connecticut (10-9). But as Big East play is under way, head coach Dana Holgorsen and his team isn’t too worried about the slow

starts – and Mountaineers fans shouldn’t be either. West Virginia is outscoring its opponents 89-23 in the third quarter this season, including 23 against UConn. Saturday marked the third time this season the Mountaineers have put up 20 or more points in a quarter. That says something. Whether it’s Holgorsen giving a monumental halftime speech every game or the scheme just finally coming in sync once the players get in a good rhythm is unknown.

But it doesn’t really matter as long as the Mountaineers continue to win games by scoring a ton of points, which should be relatively easy given the competition in the Big East this year. Junior quarterback Geno Smith finished with 450 yards and four touchdowns Saturday against UConn. All four touchdowns came in the second half, and three of them came in the third quarter. That’s complete domination. Scoring at will like that will take just about any team

(with the exception of LSU) out of the game completely. Smith has found great chemistry with receivers Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney, which is not surprising since Bailey, McCartney and Smith all played on the same team in high school. Holgorsen did admit he might have given up on the run game a bit too early against the Huskies, causing the offense to seem to be a step behind, but it’s not like offense faltered because of it,

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Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Stedman Bailey caught seven passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns against Connecticut. He is the first Mountaineer to record four-straight 100-yard receiving games.

Stedman Bailey named Big East Offensive Player of the Week by ben gaughan

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After No. 13 West Virginia’s 43-16 win over UConn Saturday, the Big East Conference handed weekly awards to three WVU players. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Stedman Bailey received Offensive Player of the Week after catching seven receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns. It was Bailey’s fourth straight game with over 100 yards receiving. His second half touchdown catch for 84 yards was the second longest touchdown reception in school history, and the longest since Pat White’s touchdown throw to Tito Gonzales for 79 yards in the team’s 2008 win over

Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Bailey leads the Big East in receiving yards with 105.7 per game. Junior quarterback Geno Smith and redshirt freshman linebacker Jewone Snow got on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for their efforts Saturday. Smith went 27 for 45 for 450 yards and four touchdowns on the day, moving his career total of 5,231 passing yards past Major Harris for sixth-place in program history. Snow, making his second true start for the Mountaineers, recovered a fumble and returned it for an 83-yard touchdown in the third quarter to spring the game open. He also had seven tackles and recorded half of a sack on a

safety. Gear sale to be held prior to Mountaineer Madness Basketball season is not far away, which means Mountaineer Madness is back and will be held on Friday. The University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is conducting a Mountaineer Madness gear sale Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Shell Building directly next to the WVU Coliseum. Authentic gear will be sold to the general public featuring a limited number of Nike and Champion basketball jerseys, women’s Nike and Champion basketball jerseys, shorts, shooting shirts, baseball jerseys, DVDs and

former pictures and displays from facilities including football, basketball and wrestling. The Coliseum doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and oncourt activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins and women’s coach Mike Carey will address the crowd beforehand, and the players from both teams will be introduced. The men’s team will compete in a slam dunk contest and scrimmage. A one hour autograph session will follow with all players and coaches on the court.

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Big East looks at 12 teams for football NEW YORK (AP)—Big East schools gave a go-ahead Monday for the conference to expand to as many as 12 teams for football, a move that could involve adding six members. The schools’ presidents and chancellors gave approval for the league to talk with outside schools. The Big East said in a statement that it’s “considering moving to a model that includes 12 football playing schools.” The Big East has been ravaged in the ongoing conference shuffles, losing longtime members. The move on Monday is the Big East’s first formal attempt to make up for its losses. Syracuse and Pittsburgh started the exodus by deciding to leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The governor of Connecticut has said UConn also is interested in the ACC, and there has been speculation that Rutgers, too, could leave the Big East. The league thought it had strengthened its football status by adding Texas Christian. But TCU reversed course and was expected to formally accept an invitation to join the Big 12 later Monday. TCU would have to pay the Big East a $5 million fee to leave without ever playing a league game. Without TCU, the Big East would be down to six football schools: West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Rutgers and Connecticut. The league also includes DePaul, Marquette, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, Providence and Notre Dame for sports other than football. East Carolina has applied for membership to the Big East. Conference USA members Central Florida and Memphis also have been looking to join a conference with an automatic bid in the Bowl Championship Series. Former Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian said over the weekend that Notre Dame could be forced to join a conference for football if the move toward a few super conferences

The West Virginia tennis team hosted the Martha Thorn Invitational tournament this weekend. The Mountaineers showed success throughout the weekend in the only home event of their fall season. Sophomores Melis Tanik and Mary Chupa were impressive, winning the Flight B doubles championship. “Obviously it is important (Tanik and Chupa) won,” said West Virginia head coach Tina Samara. “More importantly, we are finding they have good chemistry on the court.” On day one of the tournament, all Mountaineers who saw action posted at least one victory. Junior Emily Mathis played in Flight A singles and beat Cleveland State’s Maria Lazaris 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Mathis continued her success later in the day when she beat Pitt’s Gabrielle Catanzariti 6-2, 6-4. Tanik lost her first match of the day in Flight A singles to Pitt’s Jocelyn Lu 7-5, 6-4, but she bounced back and beat Youngstown State’s Carolyn Jesco 6-0, 6-0 in crushing fashion. Freshman Ikttesh Chahal, the only other Mountaineer to play Flight A singles, split her two matches on Friday. Chahal won her first match, beating Duquesne’s Megan O’Sullivan, and then she lost in her second match of the day, playing the No. 1-seeded Isel Martinez-Marcos out of Virginia Tech 6-7, 6-2, 6-3. The only singles action of the day to take place in the Flight B draw featured senior Veronica Cardenas beating Pitt’s Amanda Wickman 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Chupa lost her first match to Paul Gruber of Duquesne

6-4, 6-4, but bounced back to beat Gruber’s teammate Judy Li 6-4, 6-3. The only Mountaineers to participate in doubles action on Friday were senior Catie Wickline and Cardenas. The tandem beat a Duquesne duo 8-1. The Mountaineer success continued on the second day of competition. Mathis started the day beating No. 1-seeded Martinez-Marcos 6-4, 6-4 to move on to the Flight A Singles Championship on Sunday. Mathis was one of three Mountaineers to advance to the championship rounds of the tournament. Tanik and Chupa advanced to championship round after beating Pitt’s Amanda Wickman and Molly Wickman 8-4. On the final day of competition Tanik and Chupa sealed the deal, winning the Flight B doubles championship. The tandem beat Pittsburgh’s Kimmy Borza and Gabrielle Catanazariti 8-3 to take the final match. Mathis was not as fortunate in her championship match though. Mathis lost to the tournaments No. 2 seed Noelle Malley of Ohio State 6-3, 6-3. “Emily has been out for almost a month with injuries,” Samara said. “What is important with what Emily did, is that she did it out of pure will and heart. Every match she wins out of pure heart and desire.“ West Virginia will return to action next weekend when Samara returns to her alma mater of Georgia for the first time as a coach. Play in the Georgia Invitational will begin Friday Oct. 14 and conclude Sunday Oct. 16.


Continued from page 7 passing situations,” Casteel said. “It all begins with us stopping the run.” More sacks also meant better field position for the dynamic West Virginia offense. “Once we get momentum and the offense starts scoring, it’s hard (for opponents) to come back,” Irvin said. “That’s the biggest thing we ask the offense is to just go up a couple touchdowns and make the team play catch up. “Once they’re in that situation, that’s our game. That’s the game we like to play.” The Connecticut game was the third time this season the WVU defense has held a team an entire game without scoring an offensive touchdown. While they aren’t putting up the staggering defensive numbers they did in 2010, the Mountaineers have been able to hold teams to field goals or turnovers enough to give the offense the chance to get on the board. “We’re not No. 2 in the coun-

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Junior safety Terence Garvin after WVU’s safety on Saturday against Connecticut.

try like last year, but we bend and we don’t break,” Irvin said. “You keep holding them to three, with the type of offense that we’ve got, we’re going to go down and put it in the end zone. We just need to keep holding teams to three and getting off the field and we’ll be alright.”



Big East Conference commissioner John Marinatto speaks with members of the media. continues. TCU to announce move to Big 12 FORT WORTH, Texas (AP)— TCU, the BCS-busting school with the defending Rose Bowl champion and alumni including such stars as LaDainian Tomlinson, Sammy Baugh and Davey O’Brien, scheduled a “major announcement” for Monday night that was expected to be a move to the Big 12 Conference. TCU did not disclose details of the announcement, though a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press that TCU trustees were scheduled to meet and likely accept an invitation to join the Big 12. The person spoke on condition of anonymity late Sunday because the university was not prepared to publicly reveal its plans. The move could provide some much-needed stability to the Big 12, which lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) over the summer and will lose Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference next year. Missouri is also exploring a move to the SEC.

The Horned Frogs, which went 13-0 and finished No. 2 last season, also went undefeated in the 2009 season, then lost in the Fiesta Bowl to Boise State. TCU has a storied pigskin history that includes celebrated athletes from the 1930s – including Heisman Trophy winner O’Brien and All-American Sammy Baugh, who both played in the NFL. More recent alums include Tomlinson and rookie Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Several Big 12 coaches welcomed the idea of having TCU in the league. “TCU has earned that right. They’ve won as much as anybody. I think they are very deserving,” Texas coach Mack Brown told reporters Monday in Austin. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, whose staff recruits heavily in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, echoed those sentiments. “I think it’s great, you know? They’re an excellent program,” Stoops said. “You see what they’ve been doing throughout the year. I love the proxim-


ity for the fans. It’s another game that’s relatively close and in this region, so I think it’s great. It’s going to work out well.” TCU currently competes in the Mountain West Conference and was set to join the Big East next July. Instead, the Big 12 went public with its interest in TCU last week and set the stage for TCU to stay closer to home. Because it isn’t yet a Big East member, TCU wouldn’t be required to give 27 months’ notice to leave, though it faces a $5 million exit fee. SEC leaders met Monday for their regularly scheduled fall session but took no action on expansion. The league will have 13 members once Texas A&M joins in July, leading to speculation about whether Missouri or other schools will be added to balance things out. As for the Big 12, adding TCU would give it 10 members going into next season without further changes. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he has “always been in favor of a Big 12 Conference with 12 teams, and two divisions and a championship.”

Continued from page 7 a tough game for both teams, but the Mountaineers play in Morgantown, and Pitt has been as inconsistent as Tiger Woods’ golf game this season. The final game of the season against USF could be the decisive factor game in WVU’s season. The Mountaineers have struggled mightily in the past in Tampa versus the Bulls, losing two out of the three games they have played down there and being outscored 64-60. The offense has scored more than 50 points twice already this season – imagine how well the offense could be scoring by the last game of the year. There’s no need to fret over the lack of high scoring in the first half this year because the coaches and players

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Junior quarterback Geno Smith and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Stedman Bailey celebrate after scoring a touchdown. know what they’re doing, and their play can only get better as Holgorsen’s system continues to grow.

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WVU seniors make most of weekend in last home games by robert kreis sports writer

It was senior weekend for the West Virginia women’s soccer team, and two seniors who are not always in the spotlight stepped up in helping the Mountaineers seal two Big East victories. The Mountaineers beat St. John’s Friday 3-0 with senior Chelsey Corroto leading the charge. Corroto was thrust into the starting lineup for the match because of a controversial red card that was given to senior Meghan Lewis in the team’s previous match against Villanova. Although Corroto did not record any points in the victory over the Red Storm, she did enough to catch the eyeWest Virginia head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I think a player like Chelsey Corroto is so invaluable,” Izzo-Brown said. “I told the team that Chelsey was my MVP tonight because she stepped in, and we did not miss a beat.” Corroto’s versatility and experience helped the Mountaineers pitch their seventh shutout of the season. Corroto filled in for Lewis, who is a key member on the team’s biggest strength— its backline. “(Lewis) has a big role on this team,” Corroto said. “Just

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Senior midfielder Chelsey Corroto dribbles the ball in the game against St. John’s Friday night. Corroto got the start due to a red card in the previous game by senior defender Meghan Lewis. being able to step up to the plate and fill her shoes was really important in regards to getting this win tonight.” On an emotional senior night, senior forward Morgan

Betscher scored her first goal since her freshman year. Betscher received the ball from junior midfielder Caroline Szwed at the 35-yard line. She took a high looping shot

just beyond the goalkeeper’s fingertips that fell in the back of the net. “I am very proud of (Morgan Bestcher),” Izzo-Brown said. “You have to give her

credit for how she battles every type of adversity and she is still standing.” Bestcher attributed her goal to Izzo-Brown. “Coach always says have

good pace, bend the ball, and it is hard for defense and keeper to read it, and the ball happened to go in,” Betscher said. “It is all from (Coach Izzo-Brown’s) training.” Izzo-Brown knows how much role-players like Betscher and Corroto mean to the Mountaineers’ success. “I do not think role-playing is ever easy, but what they do with their role and how they execute was critical,” IzzoBrown said. “(Betscher and Corroto) are two seniors who are unselfish and will give their heart and soul and do whatever it takes – even if they are not starting – to win.” Betscher knows their roles on the team are crucial if they want to continue having success in an exceptionally tough Big East Conference. “I think (Corroto) and I do a really good job of coming in off the bench and settling the team down when we need to, but also getting the enthusiasm up if that is what we need,” Betscher said. Betscher knows the experience that comes with having two seniors on the bench is a huge factor for what they bring to the table. “It helps having that experience— knowing what coach wants without her having to yell it out to us,” Betscher said.

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Holgorsen pleased after win over UConn Molinari shines in first start as punter by michael carvelli

how to handle them. “I feel like we’ve got a good plan and it comes at a good time.”

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Following his team’s 4316 victory over Connecticut to start Big East Conference play, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was pleased with the effort he saw. “You don’t ever take a win for granted, obviously, it’s hard to win games, and it’s hard to win a conference game,” he said. “UConn came in and was ready to play. They came out and matched us play-for-play for an entire half.” Once again, the No. 13 Mountaineers started the game slowly, scoring only 10 points in the first half before breaking out with a big third quarter. But the slow starts and inconsistency at times isn’t something Holgorsen is too worried about. “If we’re consistently good all the time, then that’s probably unrealistic expectations. If we’re consistently bad all the time, then we’re going to lose every game,” Holgorsen said. “The fact that we’re good in spurts is better than the alternative, I guess. What we’re preaching to them is going to be the same stuff that we preach to them the rest of the year— we’ve just got to keep focusing on getting a little bit better each week.”

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West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, top, and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, bottom, yells on the sidelines during his team’s 43-16 win over Connecticut Saturday.

is excited to use the week off to get a lot of things done before the Mountaineers hit the road to take on Syracuse. The biggest thing is just making sure there isn’t any regression from where the team is right now. “There’s a timing aspect when you throw the ball as much as we do that you’ve got to stay on top of, or otherwise Keeping rhythm the key in you kind of start over,” Holgorsen said. “We’ll take two or bye week As the Mountaineers head three days and just play footinto their bye week, Holgorsen ball to the point where we

maintain our focus on the task at hand and start to prep for Syracuse.” WVU’s first-year head coach said he would rather have his team actually get out on the field and play this week. “Games are a whole lot more fun than practice or spending time with nine or 10 coaches out on the road recruiting,” Holgorsen said. “The realities of our job are that, due to the season being so long, there’s going to be off weeks and you’ve got to learn

WVU ready for road-heavy second half of season Through West Virginia’s first six games of the season, it has only had to travel away from Milan Puskar Stadium once. The Mountaineers came away with a 37-31 victory against Maryland in their lone road game of the year. After the bye week, four of WVU’s final six games will be on the road. “It’s just reality. Every team’s got to do it,” Holgorsen said of playing away from home. “If we want to win a championship and accomplish the things that we want to accomplish, not only do we have to play good at home; we’ve got to learn how to travel and go into somebody else’s place, which we’ve handled that perfectly.” Holgorsen added that up to this point in the season, he’s happy with where his team is as it heads into the bulk of its Big East schedule. “We’re getting better every week,” he said. “The only way we’re going to win the championship is if all three sides of the ball are improving every week. “We’ve faced some adversity. We’ve overcome it and we’re pretty excited about where we are right now.”

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Life is all about making the most of opportunities. When No. 13 West Virginia faced Connecticut on Saturday, former backup punter Michael Molinari was given his first shot as a starting collegiate punter. Due to ineffectiveness from once-starter Corey Smith, Molinari was named the starter before the game. “Corey had the job in the beginning and wasn’t very consistent, so we replaced him,” said West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. “He’s no different than any other person on the team. If they’re not doing their job and we’ve got somebody to put in there behind them, then we’re going to do it. “We were proud about how (Molinari) got in there and got it done.” With 13:53 remaining in the second quarter, the Wood County native trotted onto the field for his first career punt. How did it feel? “Like a dream,” Molinari said. “I’ve dreamt about that opportunity my whole life, and just to come out and live it it’s amazing.” After Smith was the clear front-runner as the starter in preseason camp, it appeared Molinari may never get his chance. But, Molinari had a feeling his time would come. “I knew I’d get my opportu-

nity one day. And when you get that opportunity, you’ve just got to take full advantage of it,” he said. Michael Molinari Punting in front of 56,179 sets of eyes is just as difficult as it seems. Molinari admits he had butterflies on his first punt. “I had a little bit of nerves going into that punt,” he said. “I kept my momentum going and had a good day.” As for the results, Molinari was extremely effective. He had five punts – three of which were pinned inside the 20 yard line – for an average of 43 yards per punt. “I expected all week that I was going to have a great game, and sure enough I did,” Molinari said. With the impressive numbers, one would assume Molinari would get the nod as the starter again next week. But Molinari understands nothing is guaranteed. “It’s always a competition, you can’t let off the gas at all,” he said. “I just have to stay focused and go out there and perform.” Smith has handled the depth chart realignment well despite his playing time going down, thanks in part to the relationship between him and Molinari. “Corey and I are good friends,” Molinari said. “He’s my roommate too, so that helps the friendship. He supports me through these times.” Effective punting was something the Mountaineers lacked through the first five games – particularly in their loss to LSU. West Virginia’s opponents were consistently handed great field position, making the West Virginia defense’s job much more difficult. Senior linebacker Najee Goode thought Molinari’s punting was very beneficial. “That helped out a lot,” Goode said. “Pinning them back the way we did, it helps out our defense. We know we’ve got momentum on our side and (the opponents) are scared to do certain things on offense.” The punting may have been partially responsible for the five sacks recorded by the Mountaineer defense – their best performance of the season. One thing was clear on Saturday, Michael Molinari embraced the moment as the starting punter. He had solid performance that led to a West Virginia victory. “You hope that your dreams become reality one day, and today they did for me,” Molinari said.

The DA 10-11-2011  
The DA 10-11-2011  

The October 11 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.