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Tuesday October 18, 2011
Volume 125, Issue 42
Maniacs discuss basketball ticket policy by michael carvelli sports editor
The West Virginia University Mountaineer Maniacs are considering a new loyalty-based student ticketing policy for men’s basketball games that would resemble the method used for football games. Executive Director of the Mountaineer Maniacs Steve Staffileno said the policy could be in effect as soon as the 201213 season, and it would have the ability to eliminate fan behavior problems that have plagued the student section in
the past. “Fan behavior would be better controlled and just improved overall,” he said. “Negative fan behavior only happens during games against big opponents. You never see the people that go to every game do anything bad like that. It’s always the people that come to one or two games a season that cause the havoc.” It has not been determined yet whether the new policy will be a lottery system like the football distribution method, Staffileno said. However, a similar system
is being considered since it would benefit the fans who are the most loyal and dedicated to go to games outside of the marquee matches when West Virginia plays Big East Conference opponents like Pittsburgh and Syracuse, Staffileno said. Staffileno hopes a loyaltybased point system will help increase attendance for smaller non-conference games at the start of each season, too. “The goal is to reward the most loyal fans. Hopefully it would drive the number of fans up for those smaller games,” he said. “From a safety standpoint,
there won’t be as many crowd rushes at the door to be able to get in and get a seat.” Staffileno has been pushing the idea on members of WVU’s Student Government Association, as well as the University’s Sports Marketing Department. Matt Wells, director of Sports Marketing, worked with the school when student ticketing changes were made prior to the 2004 football season, and said he knows what it takes to get an idea like this to come to fruition.
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The student section cheering on the Mountaineers during last year’s game against Purdue.
WVU Roundtable to address diversity across campus by mackenzie mays city editor
WILL IT HAPPEN AGAIN? WVU 1, UCONN 0
When then-No. 1 Connecticut came to Morgantown in 2007, the Mountaineers handed the Huskies a 1-0 loss. West Virginia will get a chance to do it all over again tonight when it hosts No. 1 Connecticut. ON SPORTS PAGE 7
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No. 18 WEST VIRGINIA vs. No. 1 CONNECTICUT TONIGHT AT 7:00 at dick dlesk soccer stadium
International Festival promotes cultural awareness by joshua clark staff writer
The International Festival, sponsored by the Office of International Students and Scholars, showcased different international cultures and customs in the Mountainlair Monday. Maria Lopez, staffer for the OISS, said the festival was a school assignment and learning experience for roughly 900 children from counties around the state. “I love to hear from all these different cultures,” Lopez said. “People, especially students, need to try other foods and hear other languages. We do this to meet people from outside our own cultures. We also like to have a fun time.” Children also visited the Student Recreation Center and the Gluck Theater to watch an international movie after the day’s events. Participants were able to sample international foods and visit various informational booths from international student groups. “There was a good turnout this year,” said Ahmad Alashi, president of the International Student Organization. “The
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Booths representing different countries were set up in the Mountainlair ballrooms for an international festival held Monday. Regional elementary schools filled the rooms to learn about cultures from around the world. best kind of diversity is a mix of students with an open world view.” Alashi said he and the ISO have been busy working on the Mini World Cup, an annual soccer competition hosted by the ISO, and compiling more recipes for an International Festival Cookbook. The ISO asks for recipes weeks before Diversity Week and sells the compilation during Diversity Week, he said. “We had new schools and
new information booths that have never come before,” said Grace Atebe, assistant director for the Office of International Students and Scholars. “Tae Kwon Do club put on a presentation for the first time; the Brazillian Music Ensemble performed a few songs; and the WVU Anime Club represented Japan for the first time. We had everyone from elementary school and up.” Atebe said it is important for
children to be exposed to different cultures from an early age. “What we don’t realize sometimes is how similar cultures can be, “ Atebe said. “We need to teach children how to interact with each other, and they can’t learn that if they think there’s a large culture gap. We need to promote associations between children, because the world is really very small.”
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ON THE INSIDE West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen said his team didn’t miss a step during the bye week and is ready for Friday’s game. ON PAGE 10
West Virginia University students and administrators will come together today at the Diversity Week Roundtable. The discussion will address issues facing diverse populations within the University, with a main focus on veterans; students of color; international students; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. “This is a way of reaching out to populations we feel are very important contributing factors to the diversified environment here on campus,” said Will Turner, a graduate assistant for the Undergraduate Advising Services Center, who helped form the event. Although the University continues to promote diversity through a variety of events, Turner said the Roundtable was designed to be different from the rest. “The whole goal behind this was to involve a variety of stakeholders from around campus, from the student level all the way up to the administration level,”
DIVERSITY WEEK ROUNDTABLE WHEN: TODAY, 6 P.M. WHERE: MOUNTAINLAIR BALLROOMS Turner said. “This way, you get a cross-sectional prospective. It’s a fresh take on the University’s very visible diversity efforts. It’s something different.” WVU Provost Michele Wheatly will speak at the event, while a panel of experienced facilitators will address each diversity issue, including Associate Vice President for Academic Planning Nigel Clark, who lead the University’s 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future. “We’re pulling together a lot of people that don’t often sit at a table together, and that’s an interesting component,” Turner said. Turner hopes the conversational atmosphere will lead to positive changes for the University community. “We think that through this really diverse and influential group of stakeholders, we’ll be able to get a great conversation going, and it’ll be something that lasts,” he said.
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MindFit program helps treat students with ADHD by jessica lear staff writer
The MindFit program at West Virginia University helps diagnose and treat students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other learning disabilities. The goal of the program is to help students with ADHD and other learning problems cope with the disorder while still excelling in the classroom. “Our greatest hope is that we can better educate students – not only about the disorder itself, but also to inform them of the various treatment options that exist for ADHD,” said Dr. Daniel Long, the program’s coordinator. Approximately 30 percent of students’ concerns presented to the WELLWVU Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services over the past year involve ADHD, Long said. Students can receive medication from the program; however, MindFit also treats students by utilizing tools such as cognitive training and neurofeedback, which do not require medication. “There was a time when people heard the label ‘ADHD’ and thought of it as a medical disorder for which only a medication could treat,” Long
said. “There has been substantial research in this field over the past decade or so, and what we have learned is that attention and impulsecontrol are brain skills that can be developed and cultivated like any other.” Although these methods may seem unconventional, Long insists they’re worth trying. “Just like medication, it doesn’t work for everybody. But, for many people, the effects can be just as good as medication,” he said. Since its start in 2009, the program has seen an increase in demand from students. “At first, we just saw a few students to pilot the program,” Long said. “When we saw that it could be effective, we opened the doors to serve a greater number of students.” The program first uses cognitive training to improve the attention span of students with ADHD by presenting them with mental exercises that are set up like a game. These mental exercises try to get students to improve working memory and executive functioning skills in addition to attention span. All of these things have
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SENIOR LEADERS Seniors Truck Bryant and Kevin Jones know they have to step up and lead a young West Virginia men’s basketball team. SPORTS PAGE 10
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Educators studying year-round schools NPS investigates Bridge (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Education has formed an internal committee to study whether year round school would work. Betty Jordan, executive assistant to the state superintendent, said the group is reviewing literature and research to determine what concerns would be raised if this schedule were implemented. The group is addressing one frequently expressed complaint by calling the schedule a balanced calendar. “There’s a misnomer that year round school automatically means that we’re going to add more days to the school calendar and that kids are going to go to school all the time and that they’re going to have any time off,” Jordan said. “We believe that balanced calendar more accurately reflects the work and the direction in that we take our existing 180 days and we create a
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“It made sense in 2004 given the circumstances that were in place to make that change for football, and we’ve been evaluating the basketball system to see what makes the most sense given our current circumstances.” Wells said a variety of groups within the University are working to find the policy that best suits students. “You have to have a system that gets the support of everyone involved, like the student government and the Maniacs and other student organizations,” Wells said. “There’s no one group dictating what the system’s going to be. There’s a lot of different groups across campus that have input and are involved in the decisionmaking process for this, and they all need to be on the same page.”
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shown to be impaired in patients with ADHD and can greatly hinder a student’s ability to perform well in class. “ADHD is a disorder that can cause clinically significant impairment in academic functioning,” Long said. “For example, students that we see often report difficulty paying attention in class, during exams, and when reading or doing homework.” Neurofeedback teaches students how to adjust brain wave activity to find their peak attention span and cognitive functioning. Studies have shown that patients who used cognitive train-
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calendar that really does balance the amount of instructional time and then time when students are in breaks so that it’s more evenly distributed throughout the year.” With the current calendar students are out of school about eight to 10 weeks in the summer. That creates a learning slide where they forget some information. Jordan said about 60 percent of West Virginia’s children live in poverty and the slide is even bigger for them. “The data indicates that for most children of poverty that they experience a learning slide of about three to four months of progress in mathematics and two to three months in reading,” Jordan said. “What that means is from the time that they finish school in June and then when they re-engage in school in August, September they have lost Staffileno said the Maniacs are confident a new policy will make basketball games more enjoyable for students. “The hope is that, since people are already familiar with a process like this for football, it will be easier for people to accept this,” Staffileno said. “You’re always going to have people who dislike something. You’re never going to have a consensus, but I feel like this will continue to get a lot of support like it has so far. “We want students to come to the games and enjoy the games, and if it’s something that helps everyone enjoy the game, then we’re all for it,” he said. “With the point system, it puts a little bit of a hook to some of those early-season games that our numbers aren’t great at. That’s probably the strongest thing about this system.” firstname.lastname@example.org
ing and neurofeedback together have made great improvements on the problems associated with ADHD, Long said. “Our MindFit interventions do not have side effects, and unlike medication, the symptoms return after medication is discontinued. There is research that demonstrates that improvements incurred from cognitive and neurofeedback training remain even after training has ended,” Long said. Long said the program has made a difference in the lives of students coping with ADHD. “We have a number of really exciting success stories of students who tell us that our services have really made a difference in their lives,” Long said. email@example.com
“Students are often disengaged from important initiatives. This is a way for our students to see that our leaders are engaged and very committed,” he said. “We really hope that students do a lot of active listening and take what they’ve learned with them to their day-to-day activities.” The event will be held in the Mountainlair Ballrooms at 6 p.m.
“These are groups we’d like to focus more on, but there is a multitude of important diverse groups and topics. So, we’ve gathered involved members of the community to start here.” Students are encouraged to attend the event, and Turner said the opportunity to address such issues in a personable setting is rare. Back
about three or four months of learning.” Students at Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston are already used to year round school. Sixteen years ago Principal Steve Knighton spearheaded the effort to implement the calendar as a way to improve academic achievement. The concept wasn’t popular at first with teachers or parents. “Even some of the teachers said ‘I think this is a great idea for kids, but I have kids that are in public school. They’ll be on a different calendar: I don’t know if this will work for me,’” Knighton said. Piedmont parents were also of the same mindset, Knighton said, expressing concerns about having children in other school without a year round calendar, or with their child’s ability to participate in activities like bible school, little league and cam.
The first year Knighton started year round school parents could choose to participate. He says only half the children took part. The second year 80 percent of the parents agreed to the alternate schedule and the third year Piedmont officially adopted a year-round calendar for all students. Piedmont starts school in July. Sessions run nine weeks with a three week break in between. Students have about five to six weeks off in the summer. It’s a schedule that Knighton says makes more sense. “It’s crazy, we’re the only country in the world that has a calendar that looks like this and our public school year, 180 days, is dead last,” Knighton said. “Western Europe 210, China 240, Japan 230, nobody goes as few days as public education as the United States which just boggles my mind.”
Day parachute accident FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating a parachute accident that injured a Florida man during West Virginia’s Bridge Day celebration. Christopher Ryan Brewer, 27, of Pensacola, Fla., was among hundreds of BASE jumpers who parachuted from the New River Gorge Bridge during Saturday’s annual festival. Emergency officials said Brewer’s parachute didn’t fully open and he plunged into the New River. New River Gorge National River chief ranger Jeff West said Brewer suffered a pelvic fracture, lung injuries and a spine injury. Brewer remains in stable condition at a Charleston hospital. The National Park Service
is investigating the incident. The Register-Herald reports emergency responders estimate Brewer struck the water at a speed between 60 and 80 mph, and that his wingsuit, designed to allow a jumper to glide forward instead of falling straight down, may have helped slow his descent. Emergency responders indicate Brewer was conscious and responsive when he was rescued from the river and was loaded for transport by helicopter within 15 minutes of the incident. Chull Noll of the National Park Service said eight others were transported to area hospitals with jumping-related injuries. BASE jumping from the 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge is only permitted on Bridge Day.
Boston fire may have been suicide attempt BOSTON (AP) — An explosion and fire at an apartment building early Monday may have been the result of a failed suicide attempt, according to a preliminary police investigation. Firefighters rescued at least 15 people, including a 6-yearold boy who was dropped from a third-floor window of a large apartment building in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood. A man, Mohamed Abdul Jabar, was arrested after he showed up at Boston Medical Center with burns and claimed he started the fire, police said. Jabar, 28, was transferred to the burn unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was being treated in intensive care with second-degree burns to his arms, hands and face. His injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening, police said. Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said a preliminary investigation indicates that Jabar, who’s from suburban Medford, set the fire as part of a failed suicide attempt. Jabar is expected to face a list of charges, including arson and attempted murder. No address or home telephone number could be found for Jabar, who wouldn’t be contacted at
the hospital. Ten people were taken to the hospital, most with smoke inhalation. Two firefighters and a police officer were treated for minor injuries. Herbert and Judith Lamb were forced to drop their 6-year-old grandson from the window of their third-floor apartment into the arms of a waiting firefighter. The boy told WCVB-TV that smoke was coming into his mother’s room shortly before his grandparents dropped him into the arms of fire Lt. Glenn McGillivray. He said he told the firefighter “thank you for saving me.” McGillivray said firefighters knew Judith Lamb wouldn’t be able to hold onto the boy until more help arrived, so they told her to drop him. “Thank God I caught him,” McGillivray told The Boston Globe. “I’ve never had to do that before, and I hope I never have to do it again.” Firefighters then used a ladder to rescue the grandmother. Residents who escaped said they heard an explosion at about 1 a.m. A short time later, a man showed up at Boston Medical Center with burns and said he started the blaze, fire department spokesman Steve
A predawn fire rages at a large apartment building in the Roxbury section of Boston Monday. Firefighters rescued at least 15 people in the fire that police say may have resulted from a suicide attempt by one of the residents. MacDonald told The Associated Press. Police said Jabar doesn’t live in the building but may have been in a relative’s apartment. MacDonald said the windows and frame were blown out in one corner of the building and bricks littered the
street. More than two dozen apartments were damaged or destroyed. All residents were accounted for, firefighters said. About 160 firefighters were called to the scene. A temporary shelter was set up for residents displaced by the fire.
Weapons stolen from LA SWAT training site LOS ANGELES (AP) — Redfaced police officials worked Monday to downplay the theft of dozens of weapons from a SWAT training center, stressing the guns had been altered and could not fire live rounds. The 15 MP-5 submachine guns and 15 Colt .45-caliber handguns had been adjusted to fire training rounds tipped with plastic instead of lead. Police said it would require specialized parts that are not available to the general public to convert them back to regular weapons. “Right now these weapons are inert. They don’t fire bullets,” said Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andy Smith. “It takes significant skill and significant parts to reconvert these back.” The weapons were stolen early Thursday from an inconspicuous, rundown-looking exfactory downtown, about a mile from SWAT headquarters. SWAT members were scheduled to train at the facility that morning and arrived to find the building had been burglarized.
The back of a building used by the Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT training is seen Monday in Los Angeles. Dozens of police weapons, including submachine guns, were stolen from this unguarded building by thieves who cut through a series of locked doors, police said. A series of metal doors had been broken and the robber went through a roll-up door, got into a secured storage area and took the weapons. “It is embarrassing,” Smith
said. “With 10,000 officers, with thousands and thousands of guns, .... unfortunately stuff’s going to get lost once in a while. This is a particularly bad one.” Firearms experts said chang-
ing the guns back to their original form would be difficult for any criminal because their barrels, firing pins and other components had been altered. “The amount of money it would take to convert them back to being actual weapons would cost more than going out and buying an actual gun,” said Amy Driver, a firearms expert witness. “It’s not something these crooks are going to be able to do,” said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives firearms coordinator Ken Tomlinson. Forensics experts and police detectives were looking at all possibilities, including if the theft was an inside job. “You wonder if this was a planned operation, what information they had, whether they were conducting surveillance,” Deputy Chief Michael Downing told the Los Angeles Times. Since the theft, “appropriate measures” have been taken, Downing said, without providing details.
Woman dials 911 from facial room during shooting SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Locked inside a facial room at the back of a hair salon, a woman dialed 911 and pleaded with dispatchers to send someone to help the people who screamed and cried as gunfire raged outside the door. Hiding with two others, she
spoke in a soft, muffled voice, fearing someone might hear her as she described the gunman and said he had a problem with one of the stylists at Salon Meritage. “I think a lot of people might have been hurt,” the caller said, according to a police tran-
script of the 911 call released Monday. “Do you think somebody is hurt?” the dispatcher asked in the difficult-to-hear recording. “Yes. Please hurry,” the woman pleaded. “People are screaming and crying,” she later said. The recordings were made in the chaotic and terrifying moments after the gunman barged into the salon and opened fire, killing eight people and leaving one wounded. Seven people called police in the minutes after the Wednesday afternoon shooting began, including the woman inside the facial room and six others who phoned from nearby businesses and the parking lot. Scott Dekraai, the ex-husband of one of the salon work-
ers, was quickly arrested nearby and charged with eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old former tugboat operator was seeking revenge against the stylist in a custody dispute over their 8-year-old son. The Orange County district attorney intends to seek the death penalty if Dekraai is convicted. Some callers had locked themselves in bathrooms and refused to come out until police arrived. Others tried to remain calm and gave orders to lock doors while rattling off a quick description of the suspect to dispatchers fielding calls for the Seal Beach Police Department.
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Accused Halle Berry stalker ordered to stand trial LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that a man charged with stalking Halle Berry should stand trial on two charges filed after he was repeatedly seen on the actress’ property earlier this year. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Melissa Widdifield issued her ruling after hearing from two witnesses called during a preliminary hearing to show some of evidence against Richard A. Franco, who has pleaded not guilty to burglary and stalking charges. He was charged after police arrested him outside Berry’s home in July after he was seen on the property three times in three days. Los Angeles police Detective John Gregozek testified
that when Franco was caught, he was carrying a key to Berry’s guesthouse, where the Oscar-winning actress has her beauty salon and some of her wardrobe. Gregozek said Franco apparently obtained the key on July 10, when he entered the house for about 20 seconds after Berry left the salon area to go to her kitchen. Franco was standing outside her kitchen door when Berry spotted him and locked the door and called police. Berry did not attend the hearing, but Gregozek told the judge the actress is still afraid of Franco. The following night, after Berry had hired private security, Franco was seen climbing over the actress’ gate and coming onto her property.
Joseph Vach, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, was working as private security and helped detain Franco. The man was carrying a notebook that included references to Berry and entering her home, Vach testified. Franco, who was dressed in a jail jumpsuit, will remain jailed on $150,000 bail, Widdifield ruled. He returns to court on Oct. 31 for arraignment. Berry obtained a civil restraining order against Franco after his arrest. “This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have, and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me or those I love,” she wrote Halle Berry’s accused stalker, Richard Franco, is being ordered to stand trial Oct. 31. in her July petition.
Early Paul McCartney letter offers drummer a tryout for The Beatles LONDON (AP) — Somewhere, an aging drummer (identity unknown) is probably still kicking himself. A newly-discovered letter found folded in a book at a Liverpool yard sale has shed new light on the Beatles’ early days, revealing that Paul McCartney offered an audition to a mystery drummer in 1960- just a few days before the band left for a formative two-month gig in Hamburg, Germany. The letter, to be auctioned next month by Christie’s auctionhouse, has surprised Beatles scholars. It was written two years before the band bounced drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, who arrived just in time to help the Beatles’ conquer first England and then the world, earning untold millions along the way. The Aug. 12, 1960 letterhandwritten by McCartney offers an audition to someone who had advertised their availability in the Liverpool Echo newspaper four days earlier. The unsigned ad said simply: “Drummer-Young-Free.” McCartney, who was then playing guitar in the band while the late Stuart Sutcliffe handled bass guitar, offered the drummer an audition with the caveat that if he joins the band he must be ready to travel almost immediately to Ham-
burg. The Beatles honed their musical chops playing at lowrent clubs in the German city’s famed red-light district. “Expenses paid 18 pounds per week (approx) for two months,” McCartney writes. “If interested ring Jacaranda club.” The letter is signed, “Yours sincerely, Paul McCartney of the BEATLES.” It is not known if the drummer came for an audition, and failed to impress McCartney and the others, or if he simply didn’t follow up. McCartney addressed the letter “Dear Sir,” assuming the drummer was a young man, as there were very few female drummers on the Liverpool rock scene at the time. Bruce Spizer, author of “Beatles For Sale” and other books about the band, said the Beatles were desperately looking for a drummer to take to Hamburg and eventually chose Best, in part because Best “had a drum kit” and because his mother ran a nightclub where the group had played. “This shows that Pete wasn’t the only person they were interested in,” Spizer said. “They needed a drummer and Pete was convenient. It makes sense that they would have responded to some drummer in Liverpool looking for work. My
speculation is that two months in Hamburg intimidated him, maybe he didn’t want to go and never replied. If he had responded, and if he was good, it might have changed everything.” Christie’s spokeswoman Leonie Pitts said the auction house’s Beatles experts are certain that the letter was not an early feeler to Starr, who was a successful drummer with a rival Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, before he joined the Beatles. She said auctioneers had not contacted McCartney to ask if he knew anything about the drummer who had placed the ad. “We think he’s on his honeymoon,” she said. McCartney married U.S. heiress Nancy Shevell eight days ago. His representatives did not immediately return a request for comment. Christie’s auction house said Monday the letter would likely draw more than 7,000 pounds ($11,000) when it is sold Nov. 15 along with other pop memorabilia. The letter was discovered by a man from Liverpool who has asked to remain anonymous. The auction house said he is a devoted collector of antique coins who regularly checks The letter, above, offered the drummer position to another individual before Ringo Starr took over as the band’s drummer. yard sales.
Michael Jackson doctor’s defense looms in trial’s 4th week LOS ANGELES (AP) — The trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician will enter a new phase this week, with the doctor’s attorneys trying to counter three weeks of damaging testimony and attempting to show that the singer somehow caused his own death. Lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray have told jurors that the involuntary manslaughter case will hinge on the science of what killed Jackson in June 2009. They will call their own experts to counter prosecution witnesses who have repeatedly told the panel that Murray was reckless and beyond the fringes of medicine when he administered the anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep. It was not clear when the defense would get to start its presentation. Monday’s testimony was canceled because the government’s final witness, Dr. Steven Shafer, will be unavailable. Court spokeswoman Mary Hearn said Sunday the trial’s resumption would be announced when more information becomes available. The Houston-based cardiologist has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys continue to maintain that Jackson somehow gave himself the fatal dose of medication. They have abandoned the theory that Jackson died after swallowing propofol, but now contend he was killed after taking several pills of the sedative lorazepam and possibly giving himself a shot of propofol after Murray left the singer’s bedroom. Before the defense lays out its case — expected to consist of 15 witnesses and last until the
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end of the month — it will have to contend with Shafer. The Columbia University researcher and professor helped write the warnings and directions included with every vial of propofol — warnings a prosecutor said in opening statements that Murray ignored. Defense attorney Nareg Gourjian declined to say Friday who Murray’s team would call to testify, but told the judge they would include police officers, experts and some character witnesses. He was not asked, nor did he mention, whether Murray would testify in his own defense. It seems unlikely that Murray will testify. Jurors have already heard his more-than-two-hour interview in which he laid out his version of events before Jackson’s death to a detective who acknowledges he wasn’t conducting an interrogation. If Murray takes the stand, he would undoubtedly be asked by prosecutors about several unanswered questions, such as why he never told paramedics or ER doctors about giving Jackson propofol, why he never told police he was on the phone for long stretches of the morning Jackson died, and why he recorded the singer when he was impaired, stumbling his way through his plans for a children’s hospital and cementing a legacy larger than those attained by Elvis Presley or The Beatles. In his opening statement to jurors, lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff said Murray’s team would try to answer two fundamental questions: “First, how did Michael Jackson get to this point, this desper-
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ate point,” Chernoff said. “And second, what happened when Dr. Murray was out of the room?” Prosecution witnesses have acknowledged that only Jackson and Murray know what really happened, but two medical experts testified last week that Murray was grossly negligent. Even if Jackson somehow was able to give himself medication after Murray left the room, the doctor should have been closely monitoring the singer and should have never left any medications within arms’ reach, the doctors said. Ellyn Garofalo, who last year won an acquittal for one of Anna Nicole Smith’s doctors charged with improperly prescribing pain medications, said Murray’s team should focus on their expert testimony and not start calling character witnesses. “If they start to call character witnesses, they don’t have a great deal of faith in their defense,” she said. She said the experts should be able to show that the case isn’t as simple as prosecutors have claimed, and that it is filled with “all kinds of shades of gray.” Murray’s attorneys should also try to argue that prosecutors should not be second-guessing medical decisions. “Do we really want the DA’s office making medical decisions for doctors,” she asked. Murray’s case, she noted, differs in one major respect from the case against her client, who was never accused of causing Smith’s death. Garofalo said Murray’s case will be harder to win, and prosecutors so far have done a solid
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job of showing that the doctor shouldn’t have been giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid in the superstar’s bedroom. “It’s a strong case because you have somebody dead after somebody did something that is unheard of,” Garofalo said. Murray’s defense strategy also appears to involve calling hostile witnesses, including police officers who prosecutors did not call during their case. The defense scored some points early in the trial by getting a coroner’s investigator to acknowledge that she moved some evidence around in Jackson’s bedroom before photographing it and that she didn’t keep all her notes. The officers would likely undergo the similar harsh questioning about their decisions. They may also call doctors who previously treated Jackson but have never been formally accused of wrongdoing. They are
barred from calling one doctor whose name has been repeatedly mentioned during the trial — Jackson’s longtime dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein. Murray’s team may also call Jackson’s hairdresser, Karen Faye, who they have said will testify that the singer was distraught at the prospect of performing 50 comeback concerts at London’s O2 arena. Such an account
would be in contrast with several other witnesses who said Jackson was excited about the concerts and that his three children would see him perform. The trial, which is entering its fourth week, has moved rapidly, with 33 witnesses so far and both sides presenting more than 250 pieces of evidence. At its current pace, jurors should receive the case next week.
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Basketball ticket process must change The current student ticket procedure at West Virginia University basketball games may finally be improved. In truth, the current ticketing process isn’t much of a procedure. It is on a firstcome, first-served basis, which is more or less the students making a chaotic dash to the gate. The Mountaineer Maniacs are hoping to revamp the system by the 2012-13 season, making it similar to the cur-
rent football ticketing system. Although the football ticketing system has been recently ridiculed by students, it is a much better system than the current system for the Coliseum. It is ridiculous that students are put at risk when they are forced to rush the gate with only hopes of obtaining a ticket. And then they face the inconvenience of showing up hours before the game unsure
if a ticket is available. With the new system there will be students who can’t get tickets to every game, but at least they will know that well in advance. By making the new system loyalty-based, it will give more students the incentive to attend non-conference games that otherwise would be ignored. Executive Director of the Mountaineer Maniacs Steve Staffileno said he hopes the system will create a better at-
mosphere and improve fan behavior. It is unsure whether or not that will work, but it is at least worth a shot. In the past, behavior at basketball and football games has been a disgrace. From shouting obscenities at the opposing team to throwing objects – we have seen the worst. Some will argue the new system may be unfair, as it will be impossible to assure all students will be able to attend ev-
ery game – the Coliseum only seats a total of 14,000. But using a loyalty system will be the most fair way. In order to attend the most desired games, you must attend the ones that are not. If the new system doesn’t work with the students and is a bust, then try something else. It is clear the current system is inefficient and must be changed.
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US prisoner population is at an unacceptable level david ciarolla columnist
The United States boasts the highest gross domestic product in the world and the thirdhighest population in its aim to be “the land of opportunity.” Yet, it holds more of its population in prisons than any other nation – civilized, free or otherwise. What kind of society would reasonably accept, or champion, 1 percent of its adult population imprisoned? A more astounding 3.1 percent of adults in the U.S. are under some correctional supervision – whether prison, parole or probation – according to the International Centre for Prison Studies. England and Wales have a higher incarceration rate than most of Western Europe, but they still maintain only one-fifth as many prisoners per capita as the U.S. On a personal level, the attitude toward imprisonment here reflects fighting fire with fire. The only sufficient explanation for supporting such dreadful levels of imprisonment seems to be an excessive appetite for revenge. Punishing poor behavior with more undesirable behavior, like a petulant bully without foresight, does not correct anything or improve our society. The Bureau of Justice Statistics shows a stark increase in imprisonment from relatively average levels before 1980 to the exceedingly high levels today. Are modern humans too inferior to behave according to the standard of a livable society, or are expectations too high for fallible, fixable people? Or, is the legal system guided by a code that never should, or will, be achieved by an honest civilization? Clearly, our culture lies in a troubling and unacceptable state to require 1 in 31 adult citizens burdened under correctional supervision (including parole) and especially to hold such a portion of our populace on punishing leashes. If we are interested in happier lives for our 307 million citizens, we must steer away from
Sacramento Co. Deputy Sheriff Chris Carroll opens a cell at a formerly closed housing unit at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, in Elk Grove, Calif. consistently denying 7 million or more important freedoms, whether through correcting the criminals or the legal system. If we care about the lives of countless people who have made mistakes against the law, rehabilitation should absolutely supersede punishment or containment in our reaction to their errors. Rehabilitation creates a culture that faces crime as a reality and works to improve it, as opposed to fighting an endless battle to silence and deny what naturally occurs when humankind interacts in competitive groups. On the surface, U.S. prisons claim correctional aims, but a quick review of prison conditions and the 60 percent recidivism (re-imprisonment) rate show no effective strides are taken toward rehabilitation.
Alternately, horrid consequences could serve as a deterrent for the crimes we wish to avoid. This sound motive certainly works to some degree, but the time has come to accept that unfamiliar negative incentives in the future do not sufficiently affect human motivation. People will still engage in criminal behavior with punishments intact, and we must face this reality instead of punishing lawbreakers further for not behaving according to our unrealistic guidelines. More punishment can never correct impulsive disregard for punishment. Many claim delinquents without regard for legal consequences should be kept off the streets, but this argument applies to a very small minority of extremely dangerous individuals.
No one truly recognizes how bad spending years or a lifetime in prison can be until they’ve experienced it. More importantly, the prison population is now comprised of a significant portion of citizens whose lives we care about improving. Rounding them up for “the greater good” no longer serves its cause when their numbers reach the millions. Perhaps examining the specific crimes leading to this widespread denial of life would provide a more revealing critique. The Federal Bureau of Prisons lists sundry and unremarkable prisoner contributions from each crime category, save violent weapon use at 15.2 percent of prisoners. Only one offense category towers over all other, largely more serious crimes.
Illicit drug use has caused 50.6 percent of incarcerated citizenry in the United States. We maintain more than half of the $74 billion a year prison system to lock up compatriots testing their bodies with particular vices that happen to lie beyond the arbitrary threshold of which pleasing indulgences harm us too much to tolerate. It often seems we have lost sight of the goal behind corrective deterrents, which should always remain achieving better lives for all citizens. As the incarceration rate has reached an alarming and abhorrent level over the past two decades, surely we must reconsider the value of lives and partial lifetimes sacrificed against the ever-moving goalpost of a conflict-free society. Rehabilitation must become the guiding principle in
what we call “correctional institutions,” not neglectful punishment as they largely have become. In a pipe dream as unlikely as authoritarians’ risk-free dream society, our legal system would deregulate pleasurable indulgences in all but the most toxic drugs and accept the risks of freedom over their selectively mild world. In a more realistic step, drug offenses that account for over half of our incarceration problem could have fiscal deterrents instead of imprisonment. Fines would still steer our culture away from drug use – perhaps more effectively than prison does – and it would turn our focus to compassion with corrective economic policies instead of brutally punishing whatever – or whoever – threatens us.
It’s time to permanently reform political lobbying doug walp correspondent
Many people in America have felt as though they are not being proportionally represented by those whom they elected. On the surface, this isn’t necessarily an outrage: One of the congenital problems of democracy within such a massive population is being able to effectively produce legislation that best serves everyone. When everyone refers to more than 300 million unique situations and perspectives, there are bound to be complications in reaching truly mutual conclusions. However, as enormous corporations and other vastly
wealthy entities continuously take legislative precedence over the majority of middleclass citizens, it’s apparent that everyone’s interests are not equal in this country. This happens because of political lobbying – an evergrowing cancer in American politics. Some may disagree and quickly reference the First Amendment, which is notorious for declaring American citizens the right to free speech, but it also includes a clause that deems it necessary for citizens to be allowed to petition the government to redress grievances. I don’t think anyone would argue against allowing citizens to publicly address what they believe to be governmental injustices. In fact, this ideology has been a cornerstone of democracy since the establishment of our own federal
government. The real problem is that lobbyists for many immense enterprises have been able to seek shelter under the First Amendment while simultaneously expending billions of dollars to influence Congressional legislation. In 1946, Congress passed the Lobbying Registration Act which required lobbyists to register with the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate to “establish a genuine measure of public opinion.” Several other policies were instituted throughout the last 50 years that broadened and lessened the scope of these required registrations, and, 18 years ago this month, Congress passed the Lobbying Disclosure Bill, which not only greatly expanded upon whom was required to officially register as a lobbyist, but decreed
that lobbyists must report all gifts given to lawmakers. Wait a second. Report gifts are given to lawmakers? I cannot be the only person in this country who thinks there is something inherently wrong with the extravagantly wealthy being able to influence Congress’ decisions through these means of fiscal persuasion. And the word gift just sounds so conveniently innocent, too. When I think of a gift, I think of something like a sweater or maybe a new winter coat. The political contributions tracking website www. opensecrets.org reports that lobbying “gifts” in America equaled $14.82 billion over only the last five years. That’s a lot of sweaters. Lobbyist advocates, however, will be quick to exclaim
that these “gifts” are really just contributions for the lawmakers or political groups that share the same political ideology as the contributor. For example, if a West Virginia coal corporation gave government representatives millions of dollars to ensure they would continue to vote for legislature that would favorably affect the company or the industry in general, all the involved parties would have to claim is that the “gift” came because they share a common political outlook – not to sway vote in any particular direction. And apparently most voting Americans are naive enough to think the aforementioned billions in gifts are used for nothing more than supporting a candidate’s election campaign. It’s tough to completely blame them.
The contributors have become increasingly efficient at convoluting the paths of their donations, and as I mentioned, it’s complicated trying to find a means to directly prove which “gifts” influenced whom. But the fact that it is even a possibility to be able to bribe a member of Congress with financial benefits, so long as you are officially registered as a lobbyist, has to see some kind of reform. I don’t ever want to see the right of free speech – or more specifically, the right to petition the government – ever be infringed upon by new laws: That’s one of the most critical foundations of our nation. But to adequately assert that everyone’s interests are being weighed evenly in America, these “gifts” must be absolutely eradicated from our nation’s political sphere.
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THE CLOTHESLINE PROJECT: T-SHIRT MAKING BOOTH takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Vandalia Lounge of the Mountainlair. The Clothesline Project is a vehicle for people affected by violence to express emotions by decorating a T-shirt, which is hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence. Supplies will be provided. THE WVU AFRICAN DANCE ENSEMBLE presents an ensemble concert from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mountainlair Commons area. THE JOURNEY SERIES presents Ethel Perez from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Ekrem Kocaguneli from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Laurel Room of the Mountainlair. Perez will share her journey from Columbia to Morgantown, W.Va. while Kocaguneli will share an exciting but challenging university experience. “THE HEADSCARF. WHO WEARS IT? WHY DO THEY WEAR IT? IS IT OPPRESSION?” is an open discussion panel and presentation on the reasons and beliefs behind the headscarf. It takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Rhododendron room of the Mountainlair. “MUSIC WITHIN” is a documentary of a brilliant public speaker who returned from Vietnam severely hearing-impaired and found a new purpose in his landmark efforts on behalf of Americans with Disabilities. It takes place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Gluck Theatre in the Mountainlair. THE SAFE ZONE is about fostering an atmosphere of support and a celebration of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals on the WVU campus, takes place for faculty and staff from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room of the Mountainlair. THE DIVERSITY WEEK ROUND TABLE focuses on four groups that impact the diverse environment of WVU – veterans; students of color; international students; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students – from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. *For more information on any Diversity Week events, call 304-293-7470 or email sharon. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.mountaineersforchrist.org. 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 email@example.com. ECUMENICAL BIBLE STUDY AND CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING is
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held at 7 p.m. at the Potters Cellar of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 www.well. wvu.edu/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 www.well.edu.wvu/medical. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets nightly in the Morgantown and Fairmont areas. For more information, call the helpline at 800-766-4442 or visit www.mrscna.org. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets daily. To find a meeting, visit www. aawv.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-599-5020. CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING SERVICES are provided for free by the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. A walkin clinic is offered weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples and group counseling. Please visit www.well.wvu.edu to find out more information. WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN needs volunteers. WIC provides education, supplemental foods and immunizations for pregnant women and children under five years of age. This is an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for class requirements. For more information, call 304-598-5180 or 304-598-5185. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, a United Way agency, is looking for volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its one-on-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs. To volunteer, contact Sylvia at 304-983-2823, ext.
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104 or email email@example.com. 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 304-598-6094 or email rfh@ wvuh.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.m-snap.org. 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 email@example.com. edu. 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 http://retention.wvu.edu 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 morgantownnewcomers.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year your community and/or professional image increases. Whatever your activity might be, it takes a lot of time and patience. You will feel pressured often and will need to reorient your plans and thinking accordingly. A partnership plays a significant role. If you are attached, your sweetie adds to the dimension of your life. You could develop a newly discovered closeness. If you are single, you need to decide what type of relationship you want. The right person will surface. CANCER often gives you additional responsibilities. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You visualize the possibilities, but to act on them might mean a change in your view and perspective. Don’t think that anything is impossible. Develop greater security. Start telling yourself what you do well, as opposed to what you need to work on. Tonight: So many invitations. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH Keep communication flowing, though you could hit a boulder in a relationship. You could get stuck and decide to think in terms of accepting this person as he or she is. Communication flourishes and allows you to gain financially and emotionally. Tonight: Catch up on a friend’s news. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHH Listen to your instincts with a controlling individual. Push comes to shove. Your sense of well-being expands. You are more willing to take a risk right now. Think about your long-term desires. Also, be sensitive to others. Tonight: Time for a treat!
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHHH You share a lot of feelings. A controlling individual in your life could push you away or attempt to stop you from emoting. Everyone’s style is different. Your feelings are your own. Many people cannot tolerate feeling that deeply -- hence their reaction. Tonight: The world is your oyster. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Rethink a personal matter. You could choose to say little but think a lot. Reflect, test out an idea and perhaps use detachment in order to gain understanding. Though you are passionate, there are times to be cool and logical. You encounter one of these periods. Tonight: Know that you don’t need to be busy all the time! VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHHH A meeting -- whether with a group, several friends or one person -- sets the tone for the day. Recognize that if you can think of something, it probably is possible. Enthusiasm is contagious. Go ahead and share your excitement; others will join in. Tonight: Where people are. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH You could push paper around into little piles on your desk, or you could dig in and resolve some of the issues. Return messages and answer questions. Remain open to a partner. This person makes you laugh and loosen up sometimes. Tonight: Burning the midnight oil. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH Others have a different vision from you. They also might not have the ability to understand what you want to present. Learn from how each individual communicates. When speaking to each person, try to
think and communicate like him or her. You might get better results. Tonight: Follow the music. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH Deal with each individual directly. You could be surprised by what happens. Most people flourish with personal attention. Someone reveals a lot more than usual. At this point, an important discussion can happen. Communication blossoms. Tonight: Be with a favorite person. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH You might schedule a meeting, but you could be surprised by someone with the same idea. People are unusually innovative and open. Communication will flourish if you resist controlling games and power plays. Caring abounds as well. Tonight: Where the fun is. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Be willing to cancel a get-together in order to complete a certain amount of work. You could be too tired to cover all the bases, nor do you need to. Be willing to defer or eliminate. You will want to be 100 percent present. Don’t allow yourself to settle for less. Tonight: Put your feet up. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHHH Your creativity emerges no matter which way you turn. A romance or loving relationship could become more intense or rewarding. Funnel your unusual ingenuity into what makes a difference for you. Open up a conversation. Reveal your feelings. Tonight: Midweek break. BORN TODAY Writer Fannie Hurst (1889), Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau (1919), Zac Efron (1987)
Pearls Before Swine
by Stephan Pastis
by Tony Carrillo
by Darby Conley
Cow and Boy
by Mark Leiknes
PUZZLES DIFFICULTY LEVEL EASY
Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk.
MONDAY’S PUZZLE SOLVED
ACROSS 1 Leap of __ 6 Anesthetize 10 Cager O’Neal, to fans 14 Prefix with red 15 Melville novel 16 Ginormous 17 Negro Leagues legend Buck 18 Red planet 19 Mimicked 20 “Go jump in the loch!” 21 SFO posting 23 The other guys 25 Locations of some scenes in 61-/64-/66-Across 28 Creatures of habit? 31 Le Carré character 32 1998 British Open champ Mark 34 E. Coast ocean 36 “Queen of Country” McEntire 38 On topic 40 Song from 61-/64-/66-Across 43 With 54-Across, 61-/64-/66-Across composer 44 Get far ahead of 46 Kazakhstan border sea 47 Hobbyist’s buy 48 Big-time brat 50 Alter unfairly 52 Baseball’s Sandberg 54 See 43-Across 57 It’s spoken in Karachi 59 Equi- equivalent 60 Attempt to win over 61 With 64- and 66-Across, film that premiered in New York City 10/18/1961 64 See 61-Across 66 See 61-Across 68 Freeway off-ramp 69 Lena or Ken of Hollywood 70 In unison 71 Shaped like Hummers 72 Editor’s “leave it” 73 Long-extinct birds DOWN 1 “Shrek” princess 2 Chronological records 3 Song from 61-/64-/66-Across 4 Bi- plus one 5 “Roots” writer Alex 6 Polite refusal 7 Thurman of “Gattaca”
8 Comedian known for political humor 9 “Balderdash!” 10 SeaWorld orca 11 Drillmaster’s bark 12 Census statistic 13 Proof-ending letters 22 Small, as farms go 24 Win over 26 Watchful ones 27 “Is it soup __?” 29 Co-star of 61-/64-/66-Across 30 Begin to move 33 Gains again, as trust 35 Watch readout abbr. 37 Like the taste of aspirin 39 “Excellence is __ won by training and habituation”: Aristotle 40 Just ducky 41 Conservationist on California’s state quarter 42 Lacking a solid foundation 45 Opposite of post49 Get situated 51 Day, in Roma
53 Off one’s trolley 55 “What a pity” 56 British poet Alfred 58 RAF decorations 61 Spider’s lair 62 Prefix with morph 63 HBO’s “__ Feet Under” 65 Vegas roller 67 Chinese menu general
Upstanding and Loyal, He Has No Peer. We Know He‛d Be A Great Mountaineer!
MONDAY’S PUZZLE SOLVED
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Perc. Ensemble features marimba pieces by Ali Sultan
The West Virginia University Percussion Ensemble delivered marimba-infused symphonies to a large audience at the Creative Arts Center Friday night. The show was based around highlighting the marimbas, while other percussion instruments followed their lead to deliver a performance of mostly well-known symphonies with unique arrangements. Seven symphonies were performed, including “Pieces of Eight” by David Reeves and “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber. The ensemble also delivered a galvanizing performance of “Ionization” by Edgar Varese. The ensemble was led by
George R. Willis, director of percussion studies at WVU. Since 2004, Willis said he has worked to improve the studies of percussion orchestra at the University by using his duel roles as director of percussion studies and associate professor of music. Aside from performing with the Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wheeling Symphonies, Willis is part of an ensemble called the Willis Duo, in which he partners his wife Ellen-Maria’s violin with his marimba. “Some of the pieces are a little hard to listen to, as they contain a good amount of minimalism,” Willis said. “They’re almost never on the radio, but the whole show was great and every piece solicited a great response from the audience.” Willis was assisted by Mi-
chael Zellers, a percussion graduate assistant at WVU. The audience was also introduced to the work of Travis Nestor, a senior music education student. Nestor performed a solo during the performance of “Plasma Cannon Predicament” by David Newcomb, a WVU alumnus. The marimba brought a relaxed feel to the pieces and the rest of the percussion ensemble. Its melodies were accompanied with effervescent sounds from xylophones, chimes and, of course, drums. “I think the students did very well overall,” Willis said. “They’ve worked very hard to put all of it together, and that was only half a semester’s worth of work.” Kristen Basham/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM
Members of the West Virginia University percussion ensemble perform a concert in the Creative Arts Center on Friday.
Local brothers offer musicians professional recording studios by Hunter Homistek A&E Writer
Two local brothers, Jimmy and Tommy Bailey, have taken it upon themselves to offer local musicians the opportunity to preserve their work. The Bailey brothers own and operate Bebop Studios, a full-scale, professional recording studio located on Morgantown’s Highland Avenue. “The studio is still growing, but we’re looking to the future,” Jimmy Bailey said.
“We’d love to have our own venue, keep expanding and eventually have our own record label.” While a record label may be a future plan, there is no denying the present capabilities of the brothers’ studio. Their journey to this point has not been an easy one. Jimmy said he often thinks of their success in terms of a “rags-to-riches” story. “This is definitely the most ‘pimped’ location we’ve had,” Jimmy said. “We started in the
lower level of a comic book store in Beckley, W.Va., with cobwebs all over the place, so we definitely love this spot.” A quick look around the studio, where Tommy and Jimmy have amassed their top-of-the-line recording equipment, exemplifies their hard work and commitment to recording. “We’ve been doing this for about six years, and we’ve had our troubles like anybody else,” Tommy said. “We feel very confident in our abili-
ties now, though, and we can tackle pretty much any genre and style requested.” The production value of their recordings is top-notch, and even though their pricing is budgeted, the quality surpasses any other local options in their price range. “I can’t really comprehend the multi-million dollar recordings by major labels,” Jimmy said. “Is their stuff really that much better than ours, which is a fraction of a fraction of the cost?”
Bebop Studios’ work serves as an example of those times when price does not necessarily reflect quality. This will certainly come as a relief to students or independent artists looking to record. “We’re up to pretty much any challenge,” Tommy said. “We’ve recorded a lot of different stuff, and we’re always looking to help out the student body and anybody else who wants to record with us.” For local musicians on a budget looking for a high-
quality, low-stress recording environment, look no further than Bebop Studios. Bebop Studios offers rates of $30 per hour to record and $50 per song for mixing. They are also honing their skills in the field of mastering so they can be a “one-stop-shop” for bands and musicians. For more information, email Bebop Studios at email@example.com or online at www.bebopstudios.net. firstname.lastname@example.org
Night of the living dead: sights from Morgantown’s fifth annual Zombie Walk Morgantown residents of all ages took the streets Friday night dressed as the walking dead to participate in the fifth annual Morgantown Zombie Walk. The walk was hosted and sponsored by The Illusive Skull
Costume Castle, Four Horseman Comics and Gaming and 100.1 WCLG. Each zombie was asked to bring canned goods to be collected for local food pantries – just in time to help others for the approaching holiday season.
After the zombie walk, the sponsors hosted the first ever “Zombie Prom” at Bent Willey’s. The prom featured food, drinks and a DJ spinning some music for all the dancing zombies. —cdy
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Participants in the fifth annual Morgantown Zombie Walk stagger down High Street Friday night.
Students dressed as zombies pass by Subway on High Street Friday night.
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Freshman forward Andy Bevin says No. 18 West Virginia’s game against No. 1 Connecticut Wednesday night could define their season.
No. 18 WVU ready for matchup against top-ranked Connecticut at Dick Dlesk by alex sims sports writer
The top-ranked team in NCAA men’s soccer is coming to Morgantown. No. 23 West Virginia (7-5-1) will host No. 1 Connecticut (130-1) Tuesday at 7 p.m. WVU is focused on moving forward after a tough loss to Big East conference leader Marquette in its last game. A late goal sunk the Mountaineers, but earning a positive result against the top team in the country would certainly wash away that taste of defeat. “We’re looking at it as something that can define our season,” said freshman forward Andy Bevin. “There’s nothing better than playing the No. 1 team in the nation.” The Huskies are sitting in second place in the Big East standings, but they top every poll in college soccer and are one of only three undefeated teams remaining in the country. Their lone tie came on Oct. 8 at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish controlled the ball, outshooting UConn 21-16, as well as taking the advantage in corner kicks 7-1.
If the Mountaineers expect to get the win, they will need to generate a large number of offensive opportunities and limit the Huskies’ chances— much like the Irish did before them. Converting opportunities into goals will not be easy against Connecticut, which is led by an outstanding freshman goalkeeper in Andre Blake. The Jamaican native has recorded 54 saves and played in all but nine minutes as UConn has shutout 11 of its 14 opponents this season. Blake has only allowed three goals, good for a .21 goals-pergame average. Meanwhile, the offense has certainly done its part in Connecticut’s dominant season, accounting for 23 goals. The Huskies have been paced by Senegal native Mamadou Diouf’s eight goals and 2010 Big East offensive player of the year and first team allAmerican Tony Cascio’s six assists. Eight different players have found the net for the deep UConn squad, and 11 Huskies have recorded either a goal or an assist. Historically, the Mountaineers have struggled against
Win over UConn would look great at tournament time alex sims sports writer
Tuesday’s 7 p.m. matchup between No. 1 Connecticut and No. 23 West Virginia is a huge game for the Mountaineers. A win against UConn would put WVU’s destiny into its own hands to eventually earn a first-round bye in the Big East Conference Tournament. West Virginia needs to pick up points on the Huskies to keep pace in the rigorous blue division of the Big East. Only the top two teams in the standings receive a firstround bye and home-field advantage in the quarterfinals.
WVU currently sits in a tie for third place in the division with No. 20 Georgetown at nine points. Ahead of the Mountaineers are UConn and Marquette, both of which are undefeated in conference play. The Golden Eagles just defeated WVU in Milwaukee, Wis., to improve to 5-0 in Big East play with 15 points. Right behind them are the Huskies, which will come into Morgantown with 13 points in the Big East standings. A coveted first-round bye almost always ensures both Big East and national success. Since the new Big East tournament format was imple-
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Connecticut, defeating them only one time before head coach Marlon LeBlanc arrived in Morgantown. LeBlanc has seen more success than his predecessors, compiling a 3-1-1 all-time record against the perennially strong Huskies. Two late goals by Cascio and Carlos Alvarez were the difference in LeBlanc’s lone loss to UConn last year in Storrs, Conn. Two years ago was the last time the Huskies came to Morgantown. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. This year’s game invokes memories of 2007, when UConn visited Morgantown while rated No. 1. On the mid-October night, WVU took down the Huskies at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in front of 1,773 fans. LeBlanc is hoping for a similar atmosphere Tuesday night. “There’s no doubt we play our best football against the best teams,” LeBlanc said. “It’s one of those games where you just don’t want to miss it. I think it’s going to be one of the better games in college soccer.” email@example.com
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Mountaineers struggle against Georgia by robert kreis sports writer
The West Virginia women’s tennis team faced its toughest competition of the season over the weekend, competing in the Bulldog Tennis Invitational in Athens, Ga. The tournament featured some of the top players from the upper echelon of college tennis programs like Georgia, Virginia and Michigan. On the first day of competition, the Mountaineers faced off against the hosting Georgia Bulldogs in singles play. Although no Mountaineer was able to post a victory on the first day of action, head coach Tina Samara was happy with the effort her team put forth. “The competition was so much tougher than what (the team) has seen; they had to do things out of their comfort zone,” Samara said. “I think it showed them that they are capable of doing different things that they never would have
thought of trying.” West Virginia took on Virginia in doubles action on Friday. They did not fare any better in the win column, but the team was competitive in a number of matches. Sophmores Melis Tanik and Mary Chupa teamed up to battle Marjorie Baker and Molly O’Koniewski. Chupa and Tanik fell short in a tough battle losing to the Cavaliers duo 8-6. In the tournament’s second day of competition, West Virginia continued to fight against the tough competitors. Junior Emily Mathis took No. 62 Brooke Belander of Michigan to three sets, but was unable to finish the upset, losing 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3. “Emily taking the No. 62 player to three sets – I don’t know if she ever thought she could do that,” Samara said. “It shows (Emily) that she can upset one of these kids, and she still has not done everything she can to be the best
player she can be.” In day two doubles, the Mountaineers fought hard against stiff competition from Georgia and Michigan but could not post a victory. On the final day, the Mountaineers battled Virginia in singles matches. Tanik took her first set against No. 18 Lindsey Hardenbergh down to the wire, but lost 7-5. In the second set, Tanik could not muster up any of the magic from her first set and fell to Hardenbergh 6-0. Chupa had a rematch against O’Koniewski Sunday, this time taking her on in singles. Chupa lost her first set to O’Konieski 6-1, but she battled back in the second set. Chupa’s efforts were not enough, as she eventually fell to O’Konieski 7-5. The only other Mountaineer to play Sunday was freshman Ikttesh Chahal who lost in straight sets to Caryssa Peretz 6-0, 6-4. Although West Virginia
was not able to post a victory over the weekend, the tournament had a larger meaning. Samara wanted to show her team what the atmosphere at the top of Division-1 programs is like. After getting the opportunity to play against a team like Georgia, West Virginia’s second-year head coach hopes her team now understands just how much hard work and determination it takes if they want to live up to their goal of being one of the best teams in the nation. She said that was the reason the Mountaineers made their trip down to Georgia over the weekend. “The idea of this trip was to expose them to the highest level (of competition),” Samara said. “And to hopefully walk away with an understanding of how far away we are in some ways, and how we are not that far away in some ways.” firstname.lastname@example.org
WVU earns three medals at Head of Kanawha by cody schuler
to be a short day of competition at the inaugural Head of the Kanawha on the Kanawha The West Virginia rowing River in Charleston, W.Va. Due to high winds on the team earned three medals Saturday in what turned out Kanawha River Saturday afternoon, the later sessions of the contest were canceled. West Virginia had three crews scheduled to run in the womDon’t just go to the movies, GO HOLLYWOOD! en’s varsity four race, but due STADIUM 12 to the adverse weather conUniversity Town Centre (Behind Target) ditions, they were unable to Morgantown • (304) 598-FILM compete. $6.00 $5.75 Bargain Matinees - All Shows Before 6PM Despite the canceled races, $6.50 Student Admission with Valid I.D. $6.25 ALL STADIUM SEATING - ALL DIGITAL SOUND the Mountaineers found great FOR Shows Starting Friday ( ) PLAYS FRI. & SAT. ONLY 50/50 [R] The Thing [R] success early in the day in both 1:40-4:20-7:25-9:50 1:15-1:45-4:15-4:45-7:15-7:459:45-10:15 the women’s singles and the What’s Your Number [R] 1:55-7:35-10:00 The Big Year [PG] varsity eight races. 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:30 Moneyball [PG-13] Senior Shannon Gribbons 1:10-4:05-7:05-9:55 Footloose [PG-13] 1:30-4:30-7:30-10:00 Dolphin Tale 3D [PG] took first place in the wom1:25-6:45 Real Steel [PG-13] 1:05-1:35-3:55-4:25-6:50-7:20en’s singles with a time of Dolphin Tale 2D [PG] 9:35-10:05 4:10-9:20 22:29. In third place was sophIdes of March [R] Abduction [PG-13] 1:50-4:40-7:10-9:40 omore Courtney Schrand, who 4:35 Dream House [PG-13] crossed the finish line with a Lion King 3D [G] 9:25 1:20-3:50-6:55 time of 23:15. NO PASSES NO PASSES OR SUPERSAVERS The varsity eight boat took www.gohollywood.com first place with a time of 19:14, sports writer
nearly a minute better than second-place Eastern Michigan (20:02) and more than two minutes faster than host University of Charleston (21:46). The champion varsity eight crew was comprised of freshman Kelly Kramer; sophomores Christina Mehrtens, Jessica Hurlbert and Karen Verwey; juniors Hilary Meale and Rachelle Purych; seniors Jessica Kelly and Jenelle Spencer; and senior coxswain Sarah Cartwright. The Mountaineers will race again Oct. 29 when they compete in the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa. The Head of the Schuylkill is a two-day regatta that takes place annually on the Schuylkill River. With more than 5,800 athletes scheduled to compete, it will be an event much greater in scale than Saturday’s first-ever running of the Head of the Kanawha.
West Virginia head coach Jimmy King acknowledged that until the Head of the Schuylkill, the results and composition of his crews aren’t necessarily a sign of what is to come in the future. “Results later in the fall at the Head of the Schuylkill should be more telling,” he said. “By then everyone will have had substantial time on the water, and the Schuylkill is one of those regattas where most schools typically boat faster lineups.” The West Virginia novice team did not race this weekend, but it did take advantage of its day off to get involved in the community. The novice team participated in Saturday’s “Making Strides for Breast Cancer” walk that took place at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park. email@example.com
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Mourners look over items left at a memorial for race driver Dan Wheldon.
Wheldon mourned in Britain EMBERTON, England (AP) — Struggling to hold back tears, Clive Wheldon’s voice quivered as he spoke about his son, “a true champion and a gentleman.” “Daniel was born to be a racer and yesterday left us doing what he loved to do,” he said Monday outside the family home in the village of Emberton, a far cry from the high-powered world of auto racing in which his son became one of Britain’s most famous exports. News of Dan Wheldon’s death at 33 following a massive and fiery crash at the Las Vegas Indy 300 dominated newspaper headlines and broadcasts in Britain on Monday. Two victories in the Indianapolis 500 established him as one of the few Britons to master auto racing across the Atlantic. But Wheldon was far from a household name in Britain, where Formula One is the top motor sport and IndyCar receives little coverage. Wheldon’s loss was felt most sharply Monday in the auto racing fraternity, which has long recognized his talent starting from his youth as a kart driver, and in Emberton, a village in Buckinghamshire a county just north of London where he grew up and where parents Clive and Sue still live. “The family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming outpouring of sympathy,” said Clive, reading slowly from a statement and flanked by sons Austin and Ashley. “He was a true champion and a gentleman on and off the track.” A floral tribute was placed in the heart of the village. “R.I.P. Dan. You’ll be missed champ,” read one of the messages. “I follow motor racing and it was a terrible shock when I put the television on this morning and saw what had happened,” retired Emberton resident Sylvia Croxen said. “From what I know, he was very well liked.”
Continued from page 7 mented in 2005, five of the six champions had first-round byes. WVU has only earned a first-round bye once – in 2006. That year was also, not coincidentally, the Mountaineers’ most successful run in the Big East tournament. They advanced all the way to the finals before losing to St. John’s. All of those five champions who earned byes went on to earn a first-round NCAA tournament bye and home-field advantage as well. Four of them won their second-round game at home, advancing further in the tournament. West Virginia’s best NCAA tournament finish came in 2007 when it advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Wake Forest in Cary, NC. As top-ranked Connecticut comes into Morgantown, memories of that year begin to surface. On its journey to the 2007 Sweet 16, WVU went through then-No. 1 UConn on a midOctober night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in front of 1,773 fans. The Mountaineer Maniacs are aiming to build an atmosphere similar to that Tuesday night. WVU will need that kind of palpable excitement in the air to take down the undefeated Huskies. West Virginia head coach Marlon LeBlanc has recruited the type of team that almost always shows up ready for its
A winner of eight British karting titles after taking up the pursuit as a 4-year-old, Wheldon left Emberton for the U.S. in 1999 after failing to secure financial backing for his career in Europe. Quickly embracing the American lifestyle, he soon got his chance in the IndyCar series. Titles and fame soon followed. In 2005, he became the first English driver since Graham Hill 39 years earlier to win the Indy 500, helping him capture the overall IndyCar championship that year. He went on to win the Indy 500 again this year after taking the lead for the first time with only seconds remaining. “He was an extremely talented driver,” said British driver Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 Formula One champion. “As a British guy who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500, he was an inspirational guy, and someone that every racing driver looked up to with respect and admiration.” Beyond the U.S., though, there was precious little coverage of Wheldon’s exploits on the track. Even in Emberton, residents knew of him as simply a successful driver rather than a longtime star of the IndyCar circuit. “We all knew he was a good racing driver ... but he moved to America a few years and we didn’t see much of him after that,” said George Cheney, 73, who has lived in Emberton for 10 years. Wheldon was much better known in racing circles. “Two victories in the Indy 500 put him in a very select group of drivers,” British Racing Drivers’ Club president Derek Warwick said. “Dan was a true professional and a great ambassador for the sport. He was highly focused in the way he approached his racing and a real perfectionist. “With his film-star good looks and athletic prowess, it was no wonder that the American public took him to their hearts.”
biggest games, particularly against UConn. LeBlanc is 3-1-1 against the perennially powerful Huskies, and the average attendance during that time is 2,713. The only loss came last year in front of the smallest crowd WVU has seen in Storrs, Conn. The last time Connecticut made the trip to Morgantown was in 2009, where only 663 fans watched the teams fight to a draw. A lousy atmosphere provided for very little offensive production that night. In every one of the last five meetings between West Virginia and Connecticut, the loser has been shut-out, and in the end, one offense always finds a way to feed off the voracious crowds and turn that energy into goals. Earlier this season, Notre Dame provided the blueprint to steal points from UConn. 1,943 fans were on hand to see the Irish fight the Huskies to a draw, as Notre Dame controlled possession, outshot its opponent and truly earned a positive result. Look for WVU to do the same on its field – spread out UConn, keep the ball away from the Husky playmakers, and keep the pressure on their defense. LeBlanc and his Mountaineers will be ready to play giant-killer on Tuesday night. The question is: Will Mountaineer Nation show up in droves – like they should – and provide them with an electric atmosphere? firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tuesday October 18, 2011
Seniors Bryant, Jones excited to lead team in 2011-12
Seniors Kevin Jones, left, and Truck Bryant during the game against UConn last year. Jones and Bryant are the only seniors returning to this year’s squad.
by michael carvelli sports editor
It feels like just yesterday Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant began their careers for West Virginia. “Time goes by really quick here,” Jones said. “I’ve enjoyed my (first) three years here, and I’m looking forward to having a great senior year here – me and Truck and the whole team as well.” With just four returning players from last year’s roster, they will both need to adopt more of a leadership role than they have in the past. That will especially be important with six freshmen playing in their first season with the Mountaineers. “This is a great opportunity for us, and I feel like we’ve got a lot of young new talent,” Jones said. “If we come together and we bond at the right time, I feel like this could be a real special team.”
But since it’s such a young team, it’s expected there will be some growing pains – especially early in the season. “It’s different coming in here and you’re playing like you played in high school,” Bryant said. “The freshmen will be fine offensively; it’s just defensive-wise (where they need to improve). “I believe in them. I know they can do it. The first few games it’ll be easy, but when they get into the Big East, it’ll be tough.” Things have changed for Bryant and Jones now that they have to lead. The biggest change for Jones so far has been the need to be more vocal with his teammates. “That’s been my problem the last couple of years,” Jones said. “I wasn’t as vocal as I should be, and it’s my last year. So I want to make it a good one, and me and Truck are going to do everything we can to go out there and make sure we’re successful
as a team.” With being more vocal comes along with being a little tougher on some of his younger teammates, something Jones feels the freshmen have dealt with well. “At times, you can’t always be that encouraging figure. Sometimes you’ve got to seem like the bad guys,” Jones said. “They might not like you at the moment, but it’s for their betterment. You’ve got to get through to them and go over certain things they’re doing wrong and at the end of the day, it’s up to them to accept it.” For the past three seasons, the two Mountaineer seniors have been used to going to the older players on the team when they need help with things they’re not doing well. It’s been a welcomed change so far now that they’re the ones younger players are coming to for advice. “It feels good for me when they make mistakes and they come to me and ask me for ad-
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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is introduced to the crowd at Mountaineer Madness Friday night. you are. It’s about how guys buy willing to do that and that me into philosophies and that ev- and Truck, as seniors, will make erybody does their part,” Jones sure of that.” said. “I’m sure everyone will be firstname.lastname@example.org
WVU prepares for Orange by ben gaughan
associate sports editor
Dana Holgorsen and the No. 11 West Virginia football team will get back to work Friday against Syracuse after having a bye last week. The Mountaineers had high confidence going into the break in their schedule. The offense was clicking on all cylinders, and the defense played its best game of the season during the 43-16 win against UConn. Holgorsen believes the Orange bring some of the same challenges that Connecticut brought. Holgorsen said he had not been up to Western New York to play Syracuse. “I asked the team how many guys had been up there, and there were probably 35 or 38 guys,” Holgorsen said. “A lot of guys on the team that have been up there know a little bit more about it than I do.” Holgorsen said he and his team are focused their next opponent and have worked hard in practice to not miss a beat after the bye week. The offense was impressive in practice this week, according to Holgorsen, as junior quarterback Geno Smith appeared to be almost perfect whie completing passes to his receivers. The coaches are not too concerned that the timing of the offense will deteriorate because of the week off. “I don’t think so,” Holgorsen said about the offensive rhythm. “That’s what I was a little concerned with. That’s your job as coaches, is to get
vice about what they’re doing wrong,” Bryant said. “We were always the young guys, and now we’re telling them when they don’t know where to go. It’s going to take them a while. You can’t push them. You’ve just got to let them know what they need to do.” Since they’ve been playing with their new team, there’s been one thing Jones has told them they’ll need to do. “You have to learn to play every second hard, and it doesn’t sound like that’s a hard concept right now, but coming in as a freshman, you’re used to taking plays off and being the main guy on your high school team,” Jones said. “Coming in and accepting a new role is going to be difficult for some guys, and some guys will be able to accept it right away.” Even with such a young and inexperienced team, anything can happen if they work hard enough. “It doesn’t matter how young
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Junior quarterback Geno Smith and senior cornerback Keith Tandy walk out of the locker room during the game against UConn. concerned with something. We had a good two, three days last week, and then we came back last night and Geno completed 94 percent of his passes.” The West Virginia defense put on a clinic against UConn, allowing only 275 yards of total offense, recording five sacks and seven tackles for loss to help the offense blow the game open. WVU did not allow the Huskies to have a play of longer than 20 yards the entire game. “Coach (Jeff ) Casteel and the defensive guys have been doing the same thing around here for years and have recruited players to fit the system and I feel like we’ve got guys to fit the system.” “It takes time to get it together,” Holgorsen said. “I cer-
tainly agree they played there best game last week (against UConn) and are continuing to get better as a group.” The team is focused on the important things, such as what they need to do to beat a Syracuse team that beat them at home last season and not on how high they’re ranking right now in the BCS or AP polls. “We haven’t talked about that,” Holgorsen said. “We want them to play with confidence, and we feel like we’re a good football team, but that’s our job as coaches is to make sure their heads are focusing on specific stuff and preparing for your next opponent. I think we’ve done a good job here in the last week and a half.” email@example.com
Mountaineers get first win of season by ethan rohrbaugh sports writer
The No. 19 West Virginia cross country team notched its first team win of the season Friday, as the Mountaineers captured five top 25 finishes to claim the victory at the Penn State National in University Park, Pa. Redshirt senior Kate Harrison took first place individually, leading the pack with a 6-kilometer time of 20:50. Junior Kaitlyn Gillespie arrived just three seconds later to secure the top two spots for WVU. Redshirt junior Sarah-Anne Brault rounded out the top-10 performances for West Virginia, finishing in sixth place overall. “Kate, Katie, and Sarah all had excellent races at the front of the field,” said head coach Sean Cleary. “I was a little nervous this weekend, because our girls still had a very hard training week. It is nice to emerge having accomplished as a group exactly what we needed to do.” The Mountaineers finished with a score of 45 to hold off conference foe Connecticut, who came in second at the meet with a score of 70. Host school No. 20 Penn State took third with a score of 77. Cleary was happy with his team’s win and the fashion in which it won in its first team victory of the year. The team did not dominate, but did more than enough to defeat the competition. Also scoring for the Mountaineers were redshirt seniors Ahna Lewis and Kaylyn Christopher, who finished the race in 11th and 25th
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Redshirt senior Kate Harrison takes first place to lead WVU in the Penn State Invitational last weekend. overall, respectively. Juniors Stephanie Aldea and Jordan Hamric went for 35th and 59th, respectively. “We have secured a very strong fourth runner in Ahna Lewis,” said Cleary. “Ahna came out and changed the potential of our group with her performance. The great thing is that I feel that she will only continue to improve.” Cleary said in terms of his squad’s depth, the Mountaineers are fortunate to have a couple of strong runners who are getting more fit by the day, but he added over the next two weeks a few things will need to happen for the group to reach its potential. “We need the gap from our top three back to Ahna to close by 10 seconds, and we need Kaylyn and Aldea to be with Ahna,” Cleary said. “Should this happen, we
would have three more weeks until the national championships for everybody’s individual goals to become a reality. I feel very confident that this can and will happen.” With the Big East championships just two weeks away, the Mountaineers look to be hitting their stride at the right time of the schedule, something Cleary has stressed since before the season began in early September. The coach added that peaking is as much mental as it is physical and that “a group needs to really believe in themselves.” “Their role can and does change at times during the year based on a number of factors,” Cleary said. “As they change, they must be embraced. Our group is doing this very well.” firstname.lastname@example.org