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Thursday September 22, 2011

Volume 125, Issue 24

Program discourages vulgar shirts by mackenzie mays city editor

West Virginia University student leaders are working to put an end to the controversial “West F----- Virginia” T-shirts in time for Saturday’s big game against LSU. The Mountaineer Maniacs have introduced a T-shirt am-

nesty program, which offers students a $20 voucher in exchange for the vulgar apparel. “This is a way to promote positive sportsmanship and give students some incentive to get rid of the shirts,” said Mountaineer Maniacs Director Steve Staffileno. The voucher can be used to buy an officially licensed

T-shirt at the WVU Bookstore, Book Exchange or the Team Shop in the Coliseum. With ESPN’s College GameDay broadcasting live from Morgantown Saturday, the hype surrounding the game is an opportunity to showcase WVU pride at a national level, said Student Government Association President Jason Bailey.

“It’s important for students to realize this is a huge game for us. It’s going to be viewed by millions, and we want the country to know what an energetic spirit and intimidating atmosphere we have here,” Bailey said. However, Bailey said he hopes the renowned energy of Mountaineer fans still shines through.

WELLWVU to offer discounted flu vaccines by jessica lear staff writer

WELLWVU: The Student’s Center of Health for West Virginia University, is preparing for flu season. The program will offer discounted influenza vaccines to students Oct. 11 and 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the WVU Rec Center for $15. “Every year we encourage everybody to get their flu vaccine,” said Dr. Jan Palmer, director of WELLWVU. “That will certainly decrease the number of people who get the flu.” Palmer said because the flu can produce a variety of symptoms, it’s important for individuals to get vaccinated every year. “One of the characteristics of the influenza virus is that it mutates easily, meaning the virus this year is different than last year, so you have to get a new vaccine every year,” he said. Palmer said the amount of students who seek vaccinations varies with each year, depending on the severity of flu season. In 2009, WELLWVU administered about 5,000 vaccinations to students. “With H1N1 a lot of people got vaccinated, and it ended up not being too bad,” Palmer said. “It wasn’t too bad – at least partially due to the precautions everyone took.” Only about 1,500 students

were vaccinated last year, Palmer said. “Last year was a very light year for influenza and very few people were vaccinated because they had gotten it the year before and there wasn’t much flu,” he said. Flu season officially begins in November and lasts through March. Palmer said these months are high for flu cases because people switch from outdoor to indoor environments while breathing the same air. Although flu season hasn’t officially started, a few cases have already been reported in the state. Palmer said WELLWVU hopes to keep students as healthy as possible this season. “We want the students to be healthier and more successful in classes. The more students who get vaccinated, the healthier the campus will be,” he said. Because most college students live in such close quarters and are in constant contact with each other on campus, they are at higher risk to catch the flu, Palmer said. “It spreads through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing,” Palmer said. “If you’re in a classroom, a dormitory, the Rec Center, or anywhere where there are a lot of people around, the virus can

“We have a reputation of having an enthusiastic crowd, and we want to keep that,” Bailey said. “By no means are we saying that our fans are bad. We’re just asking them to treat LSU fans – and the University – with respect.” The T-shirts can be exchanged for vouchers in the Mountainlair today and Friday

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Members of the Student Government Association met Wednesday to discuss a new login system for students and faculty at West Virginia University. “We’re launching a new project that will combine all the current IDs into one ID called MyID,” said Cara Pietrowski, director of Support Services for the Office of Information Technology. “This is the one that will solve all your problems. Everything is separate, and it’s frustrating, so every one of your passwords will be the same.” Like MasterID, the system will require users to change the password every 90 days, and the three recovery challenge questions will be casesensitive. When one account password is changed, all the passwords for every academic account will change. This includes wireless, emails, parking and everything else a MasterID is used for at WVU, Pietrowski said. When the program is implemented at the end of the month, students will get a notification to visit the MyID site

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Teapots and tea accessories are on display for sale in The Tea Cupboard, a store in the Seneca Center.

Specialty tea shop moves into Seneca Center by lydia nuzum

associate city editor

A recipe for natural teas is brewing in the newest addition of the shops at Morgantown’s Seneca Center. The Tea Cupboard specializes in fine loose teas and tea accessories. Loose tea carries several health benefits and is more flavorful than store-bought, processed teas, said Bob Thompson, co-owner of The Tea Cupboard. “Loose tea is every bit as easy and cost-effective as prepackaged tea, and it’s much more flavorful,” Thompson said. “Once people try it, it’s hard to go back.” Bob and his wife, Andee Thompson, opened the first Tea Cupboard more than four years ago in Cumberland, Md., as a spontaneous business venture. The Cumberland shop now carries more than 120 varieties of loose tea and has an adjoining tea room where customers can order courses of tea in the shop. “We’ve always wanted to have our own business somewhere, and it was just the perfect fit,” Andee said. “We’ve just grown from there.” The Morgantown Tea Cupboard offers the top 50 best-selling varieties of tea from the original store. Any tea not available in the Morgantown store can be requested by customers and brought from the

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at to set up an account. Colleges within the University that did not utilize MasterID before will not change over to the new system. “We have begun an IT strategic planning endeavor here at WVU,” said Chief Information Officer Rehan Khan. “We really want to see student participation. This will happen over the next six months. We want to hear what students are thinking and what students want. We don’t want to make decisions all by ourselves.” OIT is also launching an initiative to replace both the MIX and GroupWise email systems. This will possibly integrate Google or Windows Live for a more dynamic email experience, Khan said. SGA governor Allison Rollins, one of the most senior members of SGA, was nominated and elected to position of vice chair. “I nominated Governor Rollins because she is very experienced,” said Governor Ray Zane. “There are only two members with this much seniority. I believe she can be a great asset as our newest vice chair.”


SGA governors meeting introduces MyID system by Josh Clark

from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “I have a little sister and brother at home, and I don’t want them seeing vulgar shirts on TV, but I do want them to see what Mountaineer pride is about,” Bailey said. “We want so show the country how great our fans are.”


The Tea Cupboard, a new store in the Seneca Center, displays teas and tea accessories in its windows.

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Univ. welcomes more than 50 FFA chapters by brian aluise correspondent

More than 50 junior high and high school Future Farmers of America chapters will travel to West Virginia University this week for the 88th annual Career Development Events. The national FFA organization is an American youth organization that encourages and supports agriculture education. The FFA is one of the largest youth organizations in

the United States, with over 520,000 members. For 88 years, West Virginia students have come to WVU to compete in the week-long events sponsored through FFA. The events were organized by the faculty and staff of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design. The contest features a variety of subjects, and each test and contest is agriculturally related. The format of each contest depends on the topic. Some contests are test-based,

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and others expect the students to identify various animals, including different types of poultry and livestock. Harry Boone, associate professor at the Davis College of Agriculture, is one of many staff members coordinating this event. Boone said he believes it is important for students to compete in contests like the Career Development Events. “The contests do a number of things,” Boone said. “For one, it allows young students to demonstrate the knowledge

and skills they’ve learned in their high school laboratories. Plus, it allows them to explore new avenues relative to the activities they’re already involved in.” The events are also a great recruitment tool for WVU. With almost 950 students competing, it is the largest single group of junior high and high school students present on campus during any similar sponsored event.

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CONFIDENCE BUILDER After last year’s loss to LSU, the West Virginia football team is confident that it can win on Saturday night. SPORTS PAGE 7


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Erin Dailey

Julie diamond

emily dill

Hometown: Danville, Pa. Major: Marketing

Hometown: Morgantown, W.Va Hometown: Scott Depot, W.Va. Major: Elementary education Major: Biology & Mathematics

“I strive to be a better student, person and Mountaineer every day. Being a part of the Mountaineer family has made me realize how much I love this beautiful state and the people here. WVU has made me a well-rounded person, and I’m so grateful for that.”

“Interacting with such diverse groups of people makes me a great representative of what WVU stands for. It’s about bringing people together from different backgrounds to collaborate in bettering the community through service, education and research.”

“I want to create more opportunities for community service throughout Morgantown and the state and encourage students to get involved. Find what makes you a happy Mountaineer.”

“I want to spread the message of the great opportunities WVU represents for all children in the state. They just need to listen to their parents and teachers, read, ask questions, keep an open mind, study hard and work their way forward, step-by-step.”

“Armed with my experiences and lessons learned along the way, I am ready and willing to represent and serve as a role model for WVU. Being born and raised in a small town in West Virginia not only allowed me to grow up a mountaineer, but afforded me experiences and taught me lessons that shaped me into who I am today.” “I want to inspire others to remain in school, graduate high school and pursue their college degree. I want WVU to expand its notoriety across the states and world.”

ellie mccoy

kathryn pappa

Hometown: Charleston, W.Va. Major: Secondary education

Hometown: Wheeling, W.Va. Major: Public relations

“A homecoming queen, to me, is involved on her university’s campus, takes an active role in the community and is caring and genuine. During my time at WVU I have strived to lead organizations to great accomplishments and have enjoyed getting to know the community.”

“I’m a true Mountaineer. I was born and raised on WVU football and blue and gold. I think it’s all about remembering tradition while still striving for innovation, and those are qualities that I possess. I would be so honored to represent the university as Homecoming Queen.”

“My main goal for the University is to keep it moving forward – going to and actively participating in class, getting involved on campus and helping out in the community are great ways to do so.”

“WVU has shaped me into the smart, driven and confident young woman I am today. The opportunity for leadership roles in my sorority, Alpha Phi, and community involvement has prepared me for being a leader in the real world.”

Coal exec to share mining experiences


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Cumberland headquarters. Andee said she and her husband chose to expand their business to Morgantown because of the culture and opportunities the city provides. “Bob and I lived in Morgantown in the late ‘70s when we were first married. So, it was really neat to be able to come back here,” Andee said. The Tea Cupboard carries several types of tea, including white tea, green tea and black tea, and takes orders for oolong tea, a variety of traditional Chinese tea, and rooibos tea, a caffeine-free herb found in Africa with a naturally sweet flavor. The shop also carries tea accessories, including traditional teapots, tea sets and tea diffusers. Andee said they plan on opening a tea room in the shop soon and hope to serve tea to customers, as well as offer lunch and party specials similar to those offered at their Cumberland shop. “The sooner the better as far as we’re concerned, but we do have to follow things through the way we’re supposed to,” Andee said. The shop offers several unique flavors and varieties of loose tea, including Organic Jasmine Gold Dragon, Blue Sky Blend, Vanilla Chai, Flor-

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Different types of tea are displayed for sale in The Tea Cupboard, a store in the Seneca Center, Monday. ida Orange Rooibos, Pomegranate Madagascar White and Strawberry Fields. “In this store, my favorite tea is Star of India,” Andee said. “Second up for me is the Scottish Breakfast, and

Bob’s favorite is a flavored black called Peach Melba. It’s peach, raspberry and vanilla, and it’s wonderful.” The Tea Cupboard is located at the upper floor of the Seneca Center on Beechurst

Avenue and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Raymond Bradbury, former president of Martin County Coal Corporation, will speak today during the annual William N. Poundstone lecture in Grand Hall C of the Erickson Alumni Center. Bradbury’s lecture, “My Last and Best 23 Years in Coal” is at 5 p.m., and Bradbury will dicuss the mining industry and his experience as a coal and mineral expert in the state of West Virginia. The event is headed by Christopher Bise, Robert Murray Chair of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Poundstone, the engineering consultant and WVU graduate for which the lecture series is named, will also be in attendance. “He’s a West Virginia University alumnus of the late 1940s,” Bise said. “He left an endowment several years ago to have various guest speakers come in and talk to students interested in careers in the mining industry. It’s a big thing for the engineering department.” This year Bradbury, who attended Penn State with Bise

and is an alumnus of WVU, will be featured during the event. “He’s very knowledgeable on mine safety and production,” Bise said. “I expect that to be a running theme throughout his presentation. What impressed me all those years ago about him was how he really has a great management perspective on what’s needed to run a great mining operation.” The College of Engineering teaches the importance of leadership, health, safety and environmental stewardship, Bise said. Assistant Professor Dr. Brijes Mishra said the event will last an hour, and lectures are designed to present a professional viewpoint to University students. “The event is organized while keeping in mind important members of the mining community,” Mishra said. “The topics are always something which is in high demand among engineers. “ Coal is an important product that provides energy and job employment, Mishra said, and he hopes lectures like this will lead to more students entering the industry.


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Briar Arrington has been a member of the FFA for four years and competed in the Agricultural Mechanics contest. Arrington said the experience of the contest will help him in his future career. “I joined the FFA for a life on the farm,” Arrington said. “That’s what I plan on doing after high school.” Students competed in several categories Tuesday, including Agriculture Mechanics, Agribusiness, Floriculture, Entomology, Dairy Products and

Meats. And Wednesday, students competed in Livestock, Poultry, Forestry, Agriculture Mechanics, Agronomy, Nursery and Landscape, Plant Pathology and the seventh and eighth grade Agriscience contests. Today students will attend the awards ceremony at the WVU Coliseum. Certificates, plaques and medals will be given to the top three teams as well as the top nine individuals in each category. Special guests will include the Davis College Administration and the West Virginia State FFA Officer Team.


Continued from page 1 spread easily.” Palmer said some college students’ lifestyles can make them more susceptible to the flu, too. “People who smoke, don’t get much sleep, don’t eat well and don’t take good care of themselves have a diminished immune response, and that can make them more likely to get influenza,” Palmer said. One way the campus community can help prevent spreading the flu in addition to getting the vaccine, is frequent hand washing. “Hand washing is probably the single most important, simple preventive measure that everyone can do,” Palmer said. “Hand washing and good sanitation will help.” Local pharmacies will also be offering the flu vaccine for about $20-25. WVU Employee Wellness will also administer vaccinations in October for $20 to employees and their families.




Thursday September 22, 2011


Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ commemorates 20th anniversary emily meadows a&e correspondent

Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” the critical and commercial smash hit which helped bring the 1990s grunge rock movement into the mainstream, will receive the deluxe re-issue treatment to commemorate its twentieth anniversary. On Tuesday, DGC Records will reissue the 1991 alternative classic in a variety of musthave collector’s editions. The ultimate Nirvana fan can purchase the Super Deluxe Edition, which includes a 1-DVD/4-CD set of the album’s classic remastered tracks, previously unreleased tracks, obscure B-sides, rarities, BBC radio appearances, rare live recordings and alternative mixes. Other versions up for grabs are the 2-CD deluxe edition, which will feature the entire remastered album, B-sides, boom

box rehearsals and BBC sessions. A vinyl edition will also be available featuring the same material. Referred to as one of the best rock albums of all time by countless music publications, such as Spin magazine, key tracks from the album such as “Smells like Teen Spirit,” “Come as You Are” and “Lithium” still receive heavy play on alternative and college rock stations nationwide. Originally not expected to become a commercial success, “Nevermind” has sold over 30 million copies worldwide to date. The album, which undoubtedly paved the way for mainstream alternative success, will introduce longtime fans to a world of Nirvana rarities. This includes a live performance of “Polly,” an in-studio smart session recording of “In Bloom” and the softer “Something in the Way” boom box rehearsal. The rough cuts emphasize

the loudly unorganized, bass shouting, lyrically ear-catching and uncommercialized sound the trio strived to create in the early ‘90s, both before and after its widespread and unexpected success. Nirvana’s influence on music is still prevalent, and is reflected in many albums today. It would be no surprise to see this album invite and captivate an audience of new, younger fans. Those who were too young to experience the uniqueness and brilliance of the album’s original release can now enjoy it in all of its glory. The grunge icon’s multi-disk re-release will occur exactly twenty years from its original release under DGC Records and seventeen years after the untimely death of lead singer Kurt Cobain. “Nevermind” Deluxe Editions will be released in stores on Tuesday and can also be preordered now through iTunes. daa&

Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind’ will be reissued to commemorate the 20-year anniversary.

R.E.M. calls it quits after three decades of rock’n’roll history NEW YORK (AP) — R.I.P. to R.E.M.. The alternative rock group that shook up the music world with its experimental, edgy sound and then earned multiplatinum success and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced on its website Wednesday that it has “decided to call it a day as a band.” “A wise man once said- ‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it,” frontman Michael Stipe said in a statement on the website. “I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.” The Grammy-winning group, now composed of Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills, released its debut album “Murmur” in 1983; at the time it was a quartet, with drummer Bill Berry. He left the group in

1997, two years after he suffered symptoms of an aneurysm onstage. The group got its start in Athens, Ga., coming out of the region’s flourishing indie-rock scene. The band was credited for helping launch college radio with songs such as “Radio Free Europe.” Later, the mainstream caught on, and R.E.M. became charttopping rockers, selling millions of albums with hits like “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” ‘’Losing My Religion” and “Everybody Hurts.” Stipe, the band’s chief songwriter, crafted songs that were atypical of the standard rock fare. “Man on the Moon” was about the late comic Andy Kaufman. “Losing My Religion” was not about religion at all, but about trying to relay the feelings of a crush. The band’s videos also became staples on MTV in the 1990s, including the eye-catching “Losing My Religion” and

the stark “Everybody Hurts,” which had Stipe walking through a highway traffic jam. R.E.M. became one of the more forceful voices of 1990s rock, and came along around the same time as another rock quartet- U2. But whereas U2 managed to maintain (and even increase) its popularity over the years, R.E.M. stumbled commercially in recent years, and their hits dwindled. The band continued to create music that resonated with critics and their core group of fans; the group’s last album, “Collapse into Now,” was released in March and a greatest hits retrospective is in the works. But Mills said the band was running out of ideas. “During our last tour, and while making ‘Collapse Into Now’ and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, ‘What next?’” he said. “Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We re-

alized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.” Buck said the band parts as “great friends” and thanked fans for their support. “One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us,” said Buck. “It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.” Warner Bros. Records chairman and producer Rob Cavallo said, “To call R.E.M. one of the greatest bands in contemporary music is an understatement. They leave behind a body of work whose breadth, honesty, creativity and power has not only inspired millions of fans around the world, but also has influenced — and will continue to influence — generations of songwriters and performers for years to come.” After 31 years of performing, the members of R.E.M. have decided to call it quits.

‘New Girl’ soars, ‘Glee’ tanks in ratings for FOX NEW YORK (AP) — Fox had a classic good news-bad news scenario in Tuesday night’s television ratings. First, the good: Actress Zooey Deschanel’s new sitcom, “New Girl,” had a strong series debut. The Nielsen Co. said Wednesday that “New Girl” was watched by just over 10.1 million people. It was the most popular show of the night among young viewers. The sampling on television came despite Fox offering a stream of the first episode on iTunes for the past two weeks. The popular indie film actress Deschanel plays a schoolteacher who moves into an apartment with three single guys after she catches her boyfriend cheating. The bad news: Initial viewership for the season debut of

“Glee” was down 35 percent from its second-season premiere last September. Its audience was 8.9 million on Tuesday, compared to 12.5 million for its season debut last year. New Girl” was aired after “Glee” to try to draw some of the established show’s audience and wound up outshining it. “Glee” actress Jane Lynch was also host of Sunday’s Emmy Awards. Fox points out that the beginning of last season was the hottest point for “Glee,” and its average audience was around 9 million toward the end of last season. Fox said more than a third of the show’s fans regularly record “Glee” on their DVRs and watch it later, viewers that aren’t picked up immediately by Nielsen’s overnight ratings.

The dramatic comedy about a high school glee club features Matthew Morrison as club director, Lynch as the bullying cheerleading coach and Lea Michele as the self-absorbed singing standout. There was a clear age divide in Tuesday’s viewing. Nielsen said CBS’ “NCIS,” seen by nearly 20 million people in its season debut, had a 25 audience share among people ages 50 and over. That means 25 percent of people in that age group watching TV at the time was tuned in to “NCIS.” The “New Girl” audience share among 50-plus viewers was 5. Even though its audience was half the size of the “NCIS” audience, it had higher ratings among the young demographic Zooey Deschanel’s new show “New Girl” sky-rocketed in FOX’s ratings in their debut. Fox tries hardest to reach.

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West Virginia is a solid player in academia West Virginia University is a great school for academics and shouldn’t be underestimated professionally. In the past week, conference alignment talks have discredited West Virginia’s academic prestige. West Virginia is well on its way to standing with the country’s most prestigious schools and it is an injustice to label WVU’s academics as poor or not as good as the rest.

WVU has the sixth most Rhodes Scholars of public higher learning schools with 25 Rhodes Scholars to study at University of Oxford. WVU has more Rhodes Scholars than any other Big East Conference school. The University is a public land-grant institution and is currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Morrill Act, which made WVU a land-grant school. WVU was designated as a

Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. West Virginia has gone from being almost unnoticed academically by national news, to being ranked No. 89 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, rising eight spots from last year. The University has come a long way. Just three years ago, WVU wasn’t ranked at all on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings.

WVU was also ranked in the 2011 top 20 “Best Places to Work in Academia” by The Scientist magazine. Regardless of the sometimes negative view of WVU fans, the school’s positive and growing academic standings will continue to shine wherever new conference alignments place the school. WVU offers less expensive out-of-state tuition than the surrounding states, which gives students from other

states a chance to get a college education from a school that has 191 degree programs and offers plenty of opportunities to learn and gain experience. Even if WVU isn’t a member of the Association of American Universities, as so many other big conference schools are, WVU is clearly catching up on growth and academic standing with the help of President James P. Clements’ 2020 Strategic Plan. The value of your diploma

falls on the individual to strive to excellence in matters related to your University. Whether it’s cheering on the football team, respectfully celebrating a win or studying hard for your degree – you represent your University, which is a great institution. Live up to that reputation. Be proud of WVU not just for its athletics, but its academics as well.

Bachmann should think more about science and fact jarrod barry columnist

During last week’s Republican debate, Michele Bachmann scored huge points when she called out Governor Rick Perry for his stance on school vaccinations. Perry had signed an executive order mandating that all middle school-age girls in Texas be given the HPV vaccine, and Bachmann’s attack against Perry earned her a huge round of applause. She could’ve stopped there, but the next morning she went on the “Today” show and made a claim that baffled many observers. “A woman came up to me after the debate … She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result of that vaccine,” Bachmann claimed. And with that comment, Bachmann has reopened a debate I had hoped was already dead and buried. This comment is bewildering in a few different ways. For one, there is no connection whatsoever between the HPV vaccine and retardation, as backed up by virtually all doctors and health agencies, including the Center for Disease Control. The fact that a presidential candidate would relate something she heard from some random woman in a crowd as a medical fact is just plain ignorant. Bachmann’s statement is factually wrong, but worse, it’s irresponsible because it’s playing into a long-standing rumor that seems to have gained traction in recent years among a group of people who are increasingly distrusting of the government – that vaccines are dangerous and people need to avoid them. The debate over vaccines isn’t a new one. Back in 1998, British doctor Andrew Wakefield authored a study that claimed to find a link be-

tween autism and the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine – short for measles, mumps and rubella – is a standard vaccination given to all children in the U.S. and The U.K.. In the first half of the 20th century, all of these diseases were rampant. It was considered strange if someone hadn’t gotten measles by their 16th birthday. All three of these diseases are highly contagious, strike fast and can kill if not treated quickly, especially in infants and people who have immune system deficiencies. Thanks to the vaccines, though, they’ve been virtually wiped out in the Western World. Wakefield’s study, though, set off a panic. MMR vaccines in Britain dropped, from 92 percent in 1996 to 83 percent in 2005. This was distressing to British health officials, since to ensure head immunity against measles, the immunization rate needs to remain between 90 and 95 percent. Not surprisingly, cases of all three diseases shot up drastically. It doesn’t matter that other studies, including one done by The New England Journal of Medicine and another by Columbia University, couldn’t back up Wakefield’s claims. It doesn’t matter that his coauthors all retracted their names from the study, or that the journal that published it retracted the study. It doesn’t matter that Wakefield was, at the time, accepting money from a group involved in a class action lawsuit against the MMR drug manufacturers – a conflict of interest he never disclosed. It doesn’t matter that Wakefield had his medical license stripped over the issue, or that last February, the British Medical Journal called the study a “deliberate fraud,” adding that there was “clear evidence of falsification of data”. None of it seems to matter.

Republican presidential candidate, from Minnesota Michele Bachmann, speaks to the media following a plant tour at Amend Packing Co., Tuesday. Despite the mountains of evidence, many parents are still resistant to getting their children vaccinated. According to USA Today, 40 percent of parents say they have deliberately skipped or delayed vaccines for their children. We’re already beginning to see the effects. For example, the CDC has reported 193 cases of measles so far this year – three times more than all of last year. And quite expectedly, areas with low vaccination rates are seeing higher infection rates. Vashon Island, near Seattle, only has a vaccination rate of about 85%, a fact no doubt connected to the recent out-

breaks in whooping cough the area has seen. The anti-vaccine drive is due, in part, to the fact that many of the diseases we’re talking about have been all but eradicated, making the vaccines appear obsolete. Of course, the fact the vaccines are what caused the diseases to disappear in the first place seems to be lost on many. In addition, the rise of the Tea Party has made a lot of people less trusting of the government. Many people are more sensitive these days to any government action they see as “intrusive,” such as manda-

tory vaccinations. The fact that they’re so adamantly opposed to something proven to make their children healthier, out of an unfounded concern that it will make them sicker, is nothing short of ironic. So when people like Bachmann go on TV and baselessly decry that such-and-such vaccine causes retardation, it undermines public opinion of vaccinations in general. As less people vaccinate their children, national immunization falls and diseases that were once considered virtually extinct begin to make a comeback. I don’t understand how this


is a debate. When did we come to the point in this country where we started questioning something so medically supported as vaccinations? Why do people like Bachmann question science and be given some kind of credibility? There’s an outbreak in this country. And if you think that refusing a vaccine for yourself or your child is going to make you healthier, then you probably have it, too. It’s called stupidity. Unfortunately, for people like Bachmann there’s no cure for that.

Greeks can rise above the stereotypes by presenting a higher standard tomas engle columnist

With sorority formal recruitment last week, and fraternities following suit this week, Greek life on the West Virginia University campus is in full swing. But amidst all the activity there exists an unspoken divide among the student body: One stridently pro-Greek life and another equally antiGreek life. The truth is that fraternities and sororities are just like any other organization made up of people – a mix of good and bad ultimately defined by the individual members within each one. The negative stereotypes that are associated with Greek life are numerous – hazing, poor academics, binge drink-


ing, questionable sexual health, paying for friends, etc. Many of these, however, speak not volumes about Greek life, but about the demographic that make up fraternities and sororities – college students. Blaming behaviors that are not only endemic to our college age group, but especially to students on our campus in particular, on an entire system of organizations is wrong to say the least. A more proper criticism of Greek life should be that for all our talk on “brotherhood” and “sisterhood” we fail to combat these common college pitfalls. This goes back to the fact that the problems of Greek life are not indicative of the system as a whole, but of all groups of people especially when put together. Group-think, the tendency to agree at all costs in order to maintain social cohesion, easily leads to a culture of en-

abling and abetting, where third parties get blamed for poor personal behavior. This process continues on into abetting, where poor behavior spreads in the group due to a lack of punishment or other disincentives. While Greek organizations were established to provide the structure and group accountability often found lacking in these young environments full of new found freedom, they have ironically fallen victim to these traits as they invariably have to draw their members from the same environment. Hazing, in varying degrees, falls into the same category. The pack mentality of groups has often unfortunately led to this crime in many organizations – from the seemingly benign “initiation ritual” to outright abuse most often highlighted. This is an activity that can infect any and all organizations as the ability to abuse

others is ever-present in humans, needing only the lack of proper procedures and safeguards – as seen in the Stanford Prison Experiments and Abu Ghraib prison scandal – to flourish. While many stereotypes of Greek life are true to a certain extent, as they are prone to all organizational problems, some are false on their face due to a lack of familiarity with the system itself. Statements like “Don’t you pay for your friends?” and claims of conformity are often thrown at Greek life, but are easily understood once moving past the sound bite. One of the main draws of people organizing themselves into groups is they not only pool resources to better achieve their goals, but also find others with the same interests and goals that much more easily. Paying dues to an organization accomplishes this as

resources are pooled and allocated to activities – sports, philanthropies, socials – that all members will find enjoyment in taking part. And through voluntary association, as humans are prone to doing, several different groups form among common cultures, majors, languages, religious ties and even common community service goals. This is why events like Meet the Greeks and house tours are so important – potential new members get to meet all the active members of every Greek organization on campus and decide for themselves which one appeals to them the most. It’s why there are several different fraternities and sororities on campus instead of just one fraternity and one sorority – the diversity accommodates all backgrounds and interests. The boastful talk and hypocrisy of a few should not deter anyone from considering Greek life anymore than a

lone jerk should not speak for any other whole club or sport on campus. It is up to those outside of Greek life to give those of us within the system the benefit of a doubt and not stereotype individuals and their organizations based on crude caricatures unfortunately pervasive to college life. In the same vein, it up to those of us within Greek life to forever banish the negative stereotypes that fairly and unfairly plague us by continually recommitting ourselves to our core values, whatever they may be. By living up to the standard we hope to instill in others we will be presenting the standard we wish to achieve. To borrow a phrase, the forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true leader.





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A LECTURE BY SCULPTOR THADDEUS MOSLEY will begin at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall at the Creative Arts Center.


TOMCHIN PLANETARIUM, located in 425 Hodges Hall, will present “Ultimate Universe” at 8 p.m. and “It’s About Time” at 9 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required and can be made at 304-293-3422, ext. 1443. Tomchin Observatory, located on the 4th floor of Hodges Hall, will be open at about 8:30 p.m. for viewing on the same night if the sky is clear.


CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS, a 12-step program to assist participants in developing healthier relationships of all kinds, meets at 7 p.m. in the conference room of Chestnut Ridge Hospital. For more information, call Mary at 304-296-3748. LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE COLLEGIATE CORPS meets at the Lutheran Chapel at 8 p.m. The LDRCC responds to regional and national disasters. No experience is necessary. For more information, visit MUSLIM STUDENTS ASSOCIATION hosts a weekly Islam and Arabic class at 6:30 p.m. in the Monongahela Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, contact Sohail Chaudhry at 304906-8183 or THE MORGANTOWN CHESS CLUB meets from 7 p.m. in the basement of the First Christian Church at 100 Cobun Ave. Meetings will not be held the last Thursday of every month. For more information, visit CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST holds its weekly CRU meetings at 9 p.m. in Room G24 of Eiesland Hall. People can join others for live music, skits and relevant messages. For more information, email or visit UNITED METHODIST STUDENT MOVEMENT meets at 7 p.m. at the Campus Ministry Center on the corner of Price and Willey streets. For more information, email WVU CLUB TENNIS practices from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Ridgeview Racquet Club. For carpooling, call 304906-4427. New members are always welcome. THE WVU YOUNG DEMOCRATS meets at 7 p.m. in the Blackwater Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, email WVU WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE team meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shell Building. No experience is necessary. For more information, contact Sarah Lemanski at sarah_lemanski@ TRADITIONAL KARATE CLASS FOR SELF-DEFENSE meets at 9 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION meets at 8 p.m. at the International House on Spruce Street.

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FREE ARABIC/ISLAM CLASSES is hosted by the Muslim Students’ Association from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kanawha Room of the Mountainlair. To register, email schaudhr@mix.wvu. edu. BISEXUAL, GAY, LESBIAN AND TRANSGENDER MOUNTAINEERS meets at 8 p.m. in the Laurel Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, email CHESS CLUB meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the food court of the Mountainlair. Players of all skill levels are invited to come. For more information, email THE CATALAN TABLE will meet at 4 p.m. at Maxwell’s restaurant. All levels welcome. For more information, call 304-293-5121 ext. 5509.


WELLNESS PROGRAMS on topics such as drinkWELL, loveWELL, chillWELL and more are provided for interested student groups, organizations or classes by the WELLWVU Wellness and Health Promotion. For more information, visit WELLWVU STUDENT HEALTH is paid for by tuition and fees and is confidential. For appointments or more information, call 304-293-2311 or visit NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets nightly in the Morgantown and Fairmont areas. For more information, call the helpline at 800-766-4442 or visit ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets daily. To find a meeting, visit www. For those who need help urgently, call 304-291-7918. CARITAS HOUSE, a local nonprofit organization serving West Virginians with HIV/AIDS, needs donations of food and personal care items and volunteers to support all aspects of the organization’s activities. For more information, call 304-985-0021. SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT HOUSE, a local outreach organization, needs volunteers for daily programs and special events. For more information or to volunteer, email or call 304-599-5020. CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING SERVICES are provided for free by the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. A walk-in clinic is offered weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples and group counseling. Please visit to find out more information. WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN needs volunteers. WIC provides education, supplemental foods and immunizations for pregnant women and children under 5 years of age. This is an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for class requirements. For more information, contact Michelle Prudnick at 304-598-5180 or 304-598-5185. FREE RAPID HIV TESTING is available on the first Monday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Caritas House office located at 391 Scott Ave. Test results are available in 20 minutes and are confidential. To make an appointment, call 304-293-4117. For more information, visit BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, a United Way agency, is looking for volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its one-on-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs. To volunteer, contact Sylvia at 304-983-2823, ext. 104 or email ROSENBAUM FAMILY HOUSE,

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which provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU, is looking for service organizations to provide dinner for 20 to 40 Family House guests. For more information, call 304598-6094 or email LITERACY VOLUNTEERS is seeking volunteers for one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and English as a second language. Volunteer tutors will complete tutor training, meet weekly with their adult learners, report volunteer hours quarterly, attend at least two in-service trainings per year, and help with one fundraising event. For more information, call 304-296-3400 or email CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. THE CONDOM CLOSET will be held in the Monongalia room of the Mountainlair from 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. THE CONDOM CARAVAN will be held in the Mountainlair from noon to 2 p.m every Tuesday. The caravan sells condoms for .25 each or 5 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, go to THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of every month at noon at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. All students and faculty are invited. For more information, email amy.keesee@ THE CHEMISTRY LEARNING CENTER, located on the ground floor of the Chemistry Research Laboratories, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. FREE STUDENT SUCCESS SUPPORT, presented by the WVU Office of Retention and Research, helps students improve on time management, note taking reading and study skills as well as get help with the transition to WVU. Free drop- in tutoring is also available every night of the week in different locations. For more information, visit or call 304-293-5811. THE M-TOWN MPOWERMENT PROJECT, a community-building program run by and geared toward young gay or bisexual men 18 to 29, is creating an environment in the Morgantown community where young men can feel empowered to make a difference in their lives. MPowerment also focuses on HIV and STD prevention education. For more information, call 304-319-1803. COMMUNITY NEWCOMERS CLUB is a group organized to allow new residents of the Morgantown area an opportunity to gather socially and assimilate into their new home community. For more information, email NEW GROUP THERAPY OPPORTUNITIES are available for free at the Carruth Center. 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 contact

HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year, a relationship or partnership could gain in importance. You value this tie, but this person seems to be changing right in front of you. Learn to flex. Education, travel and meeting people from various cultures could open your mind and change your perceptions. If you are single, you could meet someone very different while pursuing a spiritual or educational interest. Unpredictability could add to the excitement that exists between you. Focus on friends and expanding your immediate circle. Success will greet you this year if you can surround yourself with the right people. LEO reads you cold. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Your ability to identify with a close friend or loved one could determine the quality of the interaction. You also gain even more insight because of your willingness to read between the lines. Be willing to work with the situation. Tonight: Your fiery spirit returns. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH Stay on top of communication, even if you are taken aback by what you hear. Take your time digesting information until you gain clarity as to what you really have heard. Others seek you out and prove to be full of information. Tonight: Tap into your creativity. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Remain sensitive to the costs of a situation or decision. Others appreciate your awareness of the stress they

might be under. Be willing to head out alone. A friend exhibits a lot of unpredictability. Tonight: Balance your checkbook. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHHH You have a style and way of handling issues that allows others to feel comfortable and open. A boss or authority figure acts in a way that might cause you to wonder how well you know him or her! Tonight: Ready to go. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HH Take your time before jumping to a conclusion. A personal matter or an issue in general could have your mind working overtime and might be impacting your decisions and actions right now. Slow down; get feedback. Unexpected news heads your way. Tonight: Nap, then decide. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Key into a meeting. Your priorities become clear vis-a-vis the priorities of others. New information comes through a partner, whether in words or in action. Yes, your plate is full. Tonight: Make weekend plans that suit you. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH Take a stand and understand that others might be reactive. You will see their reactions. You can choose not to react so that the focus is on their responses and how they might be inappropriate. Tonight: A force to be dealt with. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH Reach out for more information. You might not like your knee-jerk reaction, so stop and find out more. Your abil-

ity to do that is based on your ability to detach. Take a walk -- a change of scenery works. Tonight: Working late. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH Continue making time for a key person in your life. An unexpected development involving a child or new friendship could force you to stop and think. Remember, people change and are multifaceted. Tonight: Wherever you are, make sure there is music around you. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH A boss, parent or another authority figure cannot help but be unpredictable. Listen to what is revealed, but choose not to react. Take an overview of a conversation. Understand what is happening. Tonight: Make time for a special person. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Stay mellow and direct. Others could be unpredictable or could see you as unpredictable. Run your errands, clear out paperwork and start thinking “weekend.” You’ll need a break if you continue to dive into work. Tonight: Return calls; make plans. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH Tap into your creativity, but say “no” to a risk. Even if you can survive the loss if it doesn’t work, is this effort really worth it? Buy a lottery ticket, but keep financial risking to little to nothing. Tonight: Get a good night’s sleep. BORN TODAY Singer Joan Jett (1958), actor Tom Felton (1987), singer, songwriter Nick Cave (1957)


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WVU, LSU raise game stakes with art exhibit by ashley hite

a&e correspondent

The West Virginia University Mountaineers vs. Louisiana State University Tigers. Two undefeated teams are coming together this weekend to go head-to-head, inevitably ending one team’s undefeated streak. With a record-breaking number of tickets requested from the WVU students, along with an appearance of ESPN College GameDay in the Mountainlair Plaza, the stakes of this game are higher than any other of the regular season. Joyce Ice, WVU’s Art Museum Director, and Thomas Livesay, LSU’s Art Director, agree. To make the results of the game a bit more interesting, both museums have agreed to an unusual bet. Along with bragging rights, the winning school will display a piece of art from the losing school’s collection. WVU’s contribution, should the worst happen, will be a Rockwell Kent oil painting dating back to the World War II era. For LSU, losing this weekend would mean handing over a 19th century tea and coffee

service created by a silver smith in New Orleans prior to the civil war. Ice has already acquired a location for the five-piece set, which will be held at the Erickson Alumni Center if LSU loses to WVU. The oil painting up for grabs was commissioned in the ‘40s by the Bituminous Coal Institute and is one of 10 paintings by American artist, Rockwell Kent. The series consists of 10 different paintings, all with one striking similarity. “A Greek god-like figure appears in every painting holding a piece of coal in his hands,” said Ice. The oil painting depicts a god-like man reaching out from the mountains and the night sky like an architect over a blueprint. In one hand he clutches a glowing chunk of coal, while his other hand points out areas on a blue earth depicting a layout for a subdivision. The coal beams light onto the already built homes and illuminates the golden lines of the future houses. “It’s a notion of progress,” Ice said. “The GIs are coming home and the war is over, so they’re working and building families.”

The art being offered by LSU will be a 19th century tea and coffee service set.

Louisiana State University’s 19th century silver tea and coffee service is in no way lacking its own history. The five-piece set was crafted by Adolphe Himmel, a silver smith, between 1855 and 1861 in New Orleans. LSU proudly boasts the largest public collection of New Orleans made silverware including pieces ranging from the 1770s to the late 20th century, although Louisiana doesn’t have any silver mines. The silver pieces were created by melting down old coins and outdated or damaged silver pieces to create coin silver. This unique coffee and tea service set includes a coffeepot, teapot, sugar bowl, creamer and bowl. The stakes are high this weekend with a sold out game between two currently undefeated teams and two prized art pieces on the line for a sixweek loan. Who will lose and sacrifice their undefeated title and art work after this Saturday’s game? The WVU Mountaineers versus the LSU Tigers game and its wvutoday outcome will be broadcast on WVU’s offering to the bet is a 1940s oil painting depicting a Greek god holding a piece of coal called ‘To Make Dream Homes Come True.’ ABC at 8 p.m. on Saturday. daa&

Game Rebellion to bring punk, hip-hop fusion to 123 Pleasant Street



Yohimbe, left, and Netic, middle, of Game Rebellion perform at 123 Pleasant Street in February. The band will perform at 123 tomor-

By Charles young Associate A&E Editor

Game Rebellion, the Brooklyn, N.Y.,based five-piece band will bring their high-energy live show and fully loaded musical arsenal to 123 Pleasant Street’s “Music for your Ears Birthday Bash” Friday night. Combining elements of punk rock, metal and hip-hop, Game Rebellion defy all conventional categorization and genre titles to create a raucous, unique hybrid. The band formed six years ago while its members were honing their skills and working on other projects in New York’s underground music scene. Guitarist Yohimbe and vocalist Netic, childhood friends who grew up skateboarding together and bonding over a mutual love of punk and hip-hop, began performing together at open mike nights. “I would bring him on-

stage with me and we’d do impromptu freestyles with the guitar,” Netic said. After generating a great deal of hype and attention from their improvisations, the group was formed and Game Rebellion began to take shape. Netic said although the group had its roots firmly embedded in hip-hop, they were disheartened by the lack of aggression and angst in contemporary rap music. “Hip-hop was very polished, it went from being a rebel music to being a very commercial music,” Netic said. Drawing inspiration from rap-metal forerunners like Rage Against the Machine and hip-hop luminaries like Tupac, the group set out to create a sound fully their own. A sound which incorporates the attitudes and anger of punk rock with the political consciousness and street smarts of old school hip-hop. “The hood loves us, the sub-

urbs love us and the trailer parks love us,” Netic said. Since their inspection, Game Rebellion has relentlessly toured across the country spreading their dangerously clever rhymes and headbanging rifts to the masses. The group has shared the stage with some of rap’s royalty including Nas and Talib Kweli as well as having graced the pages of The Source multiple times. Tomorrow the group will take 123’s stage for the fourth time. Netic said each time the group visits Morgantown the shows get bigger and the audience becomes more responsive. “It’s a good time, and we always manage to win over new fans,” he said. Game Rebellion will be supported by Ground Up and The Greens. Doors open at 10 p.m.



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A confidence boost

Junior quarterback Geno Smith, left, and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Stedman Bailey celebrate after a West Virginia touchdown last week against Maryland.

john terry managing editor

Behavior needs to be perfect this weekend

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Last season’s game against LSU gives WVU confidence heading into this weekend by michael carvelli sports editor

Last year, the West Virginia football team lost to LSU 20-14 in Baton Rouge. WVU struggled to get things going offensively in that game, and even though it didn’t give up a lot of points, the defense gave up just enough big plays to the Tigers’ offense and special teams that they were able to earn the victory. What that game did for the Mountaineers was extremely important moving forward, though— it proved to them that they could compete with any team in the country. “I felt like last year we let one get away,” said senior inside receiver Tyler Urban. “We made two crucial mistakes and they

came back to bite us in the end, but we’re ready to take full advantage of it this year though.” The Mountaineers understand that, like last year, they will have their hands full with a dangerous LSU team. But they know they can’t focus too much on them, they can only worry about the things they can control while making their game preparations. “I’m pretty sure the whole nation will doubt us being that these guys are the No. 2 team in the nation and they have a great defense and things like that,” said redshirt sophomore wide receiver Stedman Bailey. “It’s going to be a big task for us and we’re going to just rise to the occasion and go out there and play our game and hope we come out with a win.” While both teams have some

similarities, neither will be able to look too much at the things that happened in last year’s game for a few different reasons. The most obvious one is that West Virginia looks much different offensively now that head coach Dana Holgorsen has arrived. LSU even looks a little different on that side of the ball this season. Even though things have changed a little bit, Holgorsen still expects the Tigers to be the fast, powerful team they have always been under head coach Les Miles. “(Miles) is where their physical style of play comes from. He’s done a good job with that,” Holgorsen said. “When he was at Oklahoma State back when I

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Former LSU defensive back Patrick Peterson returned a punt for a touchdown last season against West Virginia.


While most West Virginia students were nothing but excited to hear that ESPN’s College Football GameDay was coming to Morgantown for the first time, I was nervous. I hope I’m wrong, but my fear is that the historic foulmouthed, ill-tasted West Virginia students are going to show up in full force. And unlike most games when students have just the three hours during the game to shed a negative light on the University, they now have three hours of on-camera time in the national spotlight during College GameDay Saturday morning. It makes me cringe just thinking about the consequences of inappropriate student behavior. Not only might it give College GameDay a reason to never come back, but in the midst of college realignment, with major uncertainty where WVU will end up, it’s absolutely necessary to shed a positive light on the University. So, instead of dwelling on the past, here’s what not to do this weekend: zz Don’t wear “West F----Virginia” shirts. Not only has Athletic Director Oliver Luck has asked students not to wear them, the shirts make the University and the state look horrible. Regardless of your intentions while wearing the shirt, there’s no reason you can’t leave the shirt at home and put on another one of your many WVU shirts. If you don’t have on another WVU shirt, go buy some gold paint. zz Let’s try to stay away from the “Eat S--- Pitt” chant. I feel like it’s kind of a given, but chanting foul language on national television isn’t a good idea. It makes the University look trashy, and it makes the students look immature and ill-humored. It will also

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opponent scouting report

Kearney making impact as freshman by sebouh majarian sports writer

For most freshmen, transitioning to the collegiate level after high school is not an easy task. The game play is faster, the competition is better and the pressure is higher. West Virginia head volleyball coach Jill Kramer landed a gem when Halle Kearney signed her letter of intent to play at WVU. What Kramer knew that most people didn’t was that Kearney would make an impact immediately. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter has become the focal point of the Mountaineers offense, leading the team in kills through the nonconference part of the season with 86. “I see her doing a lot of great things here, and there is things we can do with her offensively that we haven’t even started yet,” Kramer said. Kearney is an intimidating presence and has been giving opposing defenses fits with her southpaw swing. She considers herself an opposite hitter and unique because of her ability to play the right side as a left-handed hitter which is something most defenses aren’t used to. “I’m comfortable now,” Kearney said. “It’s just a matter of repetition with the same people and being comfortable with your teammates and the more we play together the easier it will be.” From a coaches perspective, there isn’t much more you could ask from a freshman in terms of doing and saying the right things. The pre-dental major has earned the respect of the upperclassmen on the team. “She’s up for the challenge of earning her spot and she’s making it happen,” said senior Kari patrick gorrell/the daily athenaeum Post. “She’s been working on evFreshman Halle Kearney, right, goes up for a block during a West Virginia volleyball game. ery aspect of her game, not just

hitting which is going to make her a better player in the long run.” Kearney puts in that hard work because she wants to make sure she can live up to the standards she sets for herself on the court. “I have high expectations for myself and for a freshmen not being used to this level of play yet, I’m doing a good job but the biggest thing is that I keep working hard and keep getting better,” Kearney said. The Mountaineers caught a break along the way in recruiting the Cleveland, Ohio, native. Kearney withdrew from her verbal commitment to play at the University of Georgia after then head coach Joel McCartney was relieved of his duties. Kearney couldn’t wait for a replacement to be named, while Kramer couldn’t wait for Kearney to sign her letter of intent to be a Mountaineer. “I came here specifically for the volleyball program and because the energy Jill [Kramer] brought in recruiting me,” Kearney said, “I never felt pressured by her which was cool because you could tell she had really good intentions with her recruits.” Kearney’s huge passion for sports hasn’t gone unnoticed by the team as Kramer complimented her freshman by calling her a sports encyclopedia. In high school Kearney played basketball in addition to volleyball, but turned her focus to volleyball after basketballs physicality led to injuries. “I love how [in volleyball] you can be really aggressive and competitive, but at the same time there is a net separating you so you can keep your aggression on your side,” Kearney said. Kramer has put an emphasis about her team focusing and being mentally tough this year, and

see kearney on PAGE 8


LSU running back Spencer Ware has run for 226 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Lee, Ware lead LSU by nick arthur sports writer

Quarterback Throughout preseason camp, Jordan Jefferson was the clear starter at quarterback for the Tigers. But after a bar fight incident on campus, Jefferson was suspended indefinitely. Senior backup quarterback Jarrett Lee was forced into the starter role immediately. Lee responded well, leading LSU to victories over No. 3 Oregon and No. 25 Mississippi State. Lee is surrounded by talent at every position and doesn’t have to post big numbers to ensure a Tigers victory. Grade: BRunning Backs Two sophomores have split time at running back for LSU in 2011. Spencer Ware has had most of the carries and has posted 226 rushing yards with three touchdowns in the first three games. Michael Ford has tallied 218 yards and four touchdowns. Both backs weigh more than

215 pounds and have shown ability to run between the tackles. Grade: A Wide Receivers/Tight Ends The Tigers have been runoriented in the early going of 2011, but this may change with the return of junior wide receiver Russell Shepard. Shepard was second on the team last year in receptions but did not play in the first three games this season due to ineligibility. Junior receiver Rueben Randle has been the go to guy. Randle leads the team with 229 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Grade: B+ Offensive Line The 2011 LSU offensive line is big and experienced. They return four starters at that position and none of the members weigh less than 290 pounds. Left guard Josh Dworaczyk is the most experienced player on the offensive line. Dworaczyk has appeared in 38 games

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West Virginia junior Katie Gillespie will be running in her first meet of the season for the No. 19 WVU cross country team.

by ethan rohrbaugh sports writer

The No. 19 West Virginia cross country team will send four All-Americans out onto the course this Friday, as the Mountaineers will headline a field of eight schools at the Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in Toledo, Oh. Junior Katie Gillespie, redshirt junior Sarah Brault, and redshirt seniors Kate Harrison and Kaylyn Christopher, all of which are former All-Americans and past NCAA Championship competitors, will see their first action of 2011 at the Bubble Buster, as this weekend’s race will be the first to impact the selection process for the NCAA Championships. “From here on out everything we do will be factored into potentially being chosen to run in the National Finals,” said head coach Sean Cleary. Also running for the Mountaineers will be redshirt juniors Stephanie Aldea, Hallie Portner and Aubrey Moskal, redshirt sophomores Jordan Hamric, Sarah Martinelli and Chelsea Jarvis and redshirt freshman Allison Pettit. Aldea will be running in a Mountaineer uniform for the

first time as she sat out last season after transferring from Houston. The Windsor, Ontario, native was named Conference USA’s rookie of the year and qualified for the NCAA Championships during her freshman campaign at Houston. West Virginia has been idle since a second place finish at the Maryland-Eastern Shore Lid-Lifter Invitational, but has still been able to climb five spots in the rankings heading into this weekend. “We want to get better each and every week of the season,” Cleary said. “The last three weeks have been very good to the group and I am very pleased with the steps we have taken,” continued the coach.” Also running in the Bubble Buster on Friday will be Arkansas, Baylor, Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State, San Francisco and host-school Toledo. “Our spirits are good – we are excited to inject a few more into the line up,” Cleary said. [This meet] will show us a little more about who we are and what we need to do to get to where we aspire to be.”

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in his career. At center, P.J. Lonergan returns as one of the best centers in the country. Right guard Will Blackwell and right tackle Alex Hurst are the two other returning starters. Grade: A

was at Texas Tech, they were one of the more physical teams that we faced. He brings a physical nature to the offense.” Although the Tigers come into the game ranked second in the country, the Mountaineers don’t think they will be intimidated at all when they step on the field with them Saturday night. Much of that is thanks to the way they were able to play with them on the road last season and, even though they struggled, they still had a chance to win the game. “We played against them before,” Urban said. “We were down in their territory, so there’s that confidence that we have matched up against them.

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Defensive Line The defensive line is the most impressive position on the Tigers’ team. It is a struggle to even know where to begin to describe their talent. LSU can go eight guys deep on the defensive line and all those who see playing time produce. Keep an eye on freshman defensive tackle Anthony Johnson. Johnson is 6-foot-3 inches tall, 310 pounds and amazingly runs a 4.8 forty-yard dash. He has drawn comparison to former LSU great Glenn Dorsey. Grade: A+ Linebackers Much like its defensive line, LSU has depth at the linebacker position this season. Senior Ryan Baker is the leader and has patiently waited his turn. Former LSU great Kelvin Sheppard graduated, which forced Baker to fill his spot. Baker will be joined by last year’s starting safety Karnell Hatcher. Hatcher made the transition to linebacker during the offseason. Expect the Tigers to go seven or eight deep at this position. Grade: ASecondary The LSU secondary is young but extremely talented. Sophomore cornerback Tyrann Mathieu returns after being named to the 2010 Freshman All-Southeastern Conference. Mathieu leads the team in tackles after three games. Junior cornerback Morris Claiborne has already drawn comparisons to last year’s LSU great Patrick Peterson. Claiborne had two interceptions in the Tigers’ last game against Mississippi State. Grade: A

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LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee leads a talented offense into Morgantown this weekend. place one of the best placekickers in the country in 2010, Josh Jasper. Junior kicker Drew Alleman has the responsibility to do so. Through three games, Alleman has connected on 12 of 13 extra points and 6 of 7 field goals. Freshman punter Brad Wing has an interesting way of punting. In fact, Wing can punt with either his left or right leg. Wing has been injured for the past two games but should return against West Virginia. The Tigers shuffle multiple players out as punt and kick returners. Grade: B+


Coaching Head coach Les Miles enters his seventh season as head coach of the Tigers. Miles has compiled a 62-17 record in Baton Rouge, La., including a 2313 record versus top 25 teams. He led LSU to the 2007 BCS National Championship and his team has finished in the top 10 in four of his first six season seasons. The resume is as impressive as any coach in college football. Grade: A+

Special Teams The Tigers are forced to re-


Continued from page 7 Kearney seems to have picked up on it very quickly. ”I try not to make volleyball a mental thing,” Kearney said. “In college there is a lot of nerves and so many more components.” Kearney is excited about her first taste of Big East action as the


Continued from page 7 guarantee College GameDay won’t ever come back to town. zz Everyone knows signs are one of the biggest parts of ESPN College GameDay, and nothing will be different on the Mountainlair Green Saturday morning. But if you do bring a sign, keep it classy. The best signs are the one’s that are funny and appropriate. One of the biggest things, however, that you can do as a student to protect the reputation of your school is by holding fellow students accountable. Last weekend at the Maryland game, I saw a student tell another student in passing that he should take off his West F---- Virginia shirt. Did the guy

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Senior inside receiver Tyler Urban said last year’s game against LSU will help them Saturday night. “We’ve done a lot of negative, so we’re just focusing on the positives this year and it’s our time to shine.”


Mountaineers will begin conference play this weekend against Rutgers on Friday and Seton Hall on Sunday. “I think we’ve improved a lot over a short period of time and I can’t wait to get out there and play this weekend,” Kearney said. “It’s going to be a big weekend for the university and for our program.”

take off the shirt? Absolutely not. But do we need more students policing students? Yes. If someone starts an inappropriate chant, call them out. If someone is wearing one of “those” shirts, call them out. And if someone has an inappropriate sign, call them out. It’s the duty of all the students at this University to make sure we shed a positive light when we’re in the national spotlight. This weekend has a lot of potential. For the first time, Morgantown will play host to the biggest college football television show in the country, and West Virginia will go up against the No. 2 team in the country. The atmosphere is going to be fantastic— let’s just make sure it’s appropriate.


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Miles ready for NBA union staff to meet Wednesday SEC atmosphere in Morgantown NEW YORK (AP) — Representatives for NBA owners and players will meet twice this week, perhaps only days before training camps would have to be postponed without a new labor deal. Staffs from both sides will meet Wednesday without leadership from either side, a person with knowledge of the plans said Tuesday. Commissioner David Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, union executive director Billy Hunter, president Derek Fisher of the Lakers and other top negotia-

by nick arthur sports writer

In one of the most anticipated games in West Virginia program history, the No. 2 Louisiana State Tigers will travel to Morgantown to face the No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers. Last season, the two schools faced each other for first time. LSU defeated West Virginia by a final score of 20-14. This season, LSU has already played two games against ranked opponents, with neither being played in Baton Rouge, La. The early road tests will help the Tigers in the long run. “There are guys that understand big games, loud crowds and big stadiums,” said LSU head coach Les Miles. “It is a nice opportunity to start the season with some quality experiences that will lend us to the remainder of the schedule.” Miles and the LSU Tigers have never made the trip to West Virginia, but Miles plans on taking in the experience. “West Virginia is a very good football team. I’ve been looking forward to this because I’ve been told Morgantown is a wonderful place to play,” he said. “Their game day experience is a lot like an SEC game. They have a crowd that is into their team and makes a lot of noise. Our guys enjoy that type of environment.” Expect the West Virginia crowd to be a bit more enthusiastic for this matchup. Last Saturday night, ESPN’s College GameDay announced they would be attending the game. This will mark the second time this season that the weekly special will be at a game LSU has been a part of. However, it will be the first time GameDay has ever been to Morgantown. “They tell me that College GameDay will be there and it is also another primetime nationally televised game,” Miles said. “Our guys love that. It speaks to us in an environment like that. It is another challenge.”

tors would rejoin the talks for another meeting Thursday. Without a breakthrough then, the NBA would likely be out of time before being forced to make changes to the calendar. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the meeting details are supposed to remain confidential. Camps have been expected to open Oct. 3. During the 1998 lockout that reduced the season to 50 games, camps that were sched-

uled to begin Oct. 5 were postponed on Sept. 24. The Nov. 1 start of the regular season could even be in jeopardy with the sides still fighting over the salary cap structure. Players were planning to make what Hunter called a “significant” financial concession during a full bargaining session last Tuesday, but that fell through when owners rejected the union’s insistence that the current cap system remain intact as a condition of their money move.

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LSU head coach Les Miles expects his team to do well in front of a loud crowd this weekend at West Virginia. Following the hiring of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, Les Miles understands that the style of football in Morgantown is different from years past. “(Last season) they had Noel Devine and a number of guys that operated differently,” he said. “They still run the ball effectively and throw the ball very well. As much as it is different, it is still very productive.” Facing a team that will spread the ball out and throw often is not an easy task. “It is a very different challenge and one in which you have to give view to,” Miles said. “Rushing the passer is generally the same, but the combinations in how they get it off and put their passing game together is much different. It requires some adjustment.” Even with the rowdy atmosphere awaiting the Tigers, don’t expect coach Miles’ squad to fold under pressure. “The good news is that we’ve been on the road and understand it,” Miles said. “We’re getting to a point where our road character is established, as is our personality.”

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