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Thursday September 29, 2011
Volume 125, Issue 29
Expansion of reading program in works by josh clark staff writer
The West Virginia University Student Government Association discussed a program to distribute national newspapers for free to University students during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Ian Dryburgh, regional marketing manager for USAToday, spoke about expanding WVU’s collegiate readership program during the meeting.
First introduced in 2001 in Arnold and Boreman halls, the program has given free copies of USAToday, the New York Times and Morgantown’s Dominion Post to students. The program has since expanded to serve all residence halls. Newspaper copies were also available in the Mountainlair during March Madness last year. “Part of our mission is to promote civic engagement and really give students a chance to understand what goes on out-
side the college walls,” Dryburgh said. “There’s been 1.3 million newspapers picked up in the last 10 years and an average of 1,000 per day. It’s a tremendous readership.” Other colleges allow student governments to take ownership of collegiate readership beyond the residence halls, Dryburgh said. Seventeen percent of WVU students have access to the program. Dryburgh said the program is designed to make newspa-
pers available to every student, including those who live off-campus. The biggest issue is limiting access to non-students, Dryburgh said. “On other campuses we have displays only students are allowed to access,” Dryburgh said. “They’re called swipe-card machines. It doesn’t charge students, but gives them access to newspapers inside it. There are ways to keep out non-students.” Dryburgh said expanding the
program is not without cost, however. “We know where our budget stands in comparison to other schools that have sponsored these programs,” said SGA President Jason Bailey. “We can’t do this alone. Transportation offices could give up some money to put papers at bus stops and PRT stations so people forget how long they’re waiting.” SGA also addressed scheduling activities for the student recreation fields. Students can
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Jewish students and community members sit down for apples, honey and challah to wish for a sweet new year at the Chabad House’s Rosh Hashana celebration Wednesday evening in the Rhododendron Room.
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Members of West Virginia University’s Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah in the Rhododendron Room of the Mountainlair Wednesday evening. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, involves contemplation and introspection of an individual’s life throughout the past year. “It’s a time for you to consider the value of what you’ve done in the past year,” said James Friedberg, faculty adviser for the Hillel House, a WVU Jewish student-led organization. Mallory Bracken/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM Services and a special dinner were Rabbi Zalman Gurevitz, of Morgantown’s Chabad House, leads a held in the Mountainlair, while the reading during the Jewish Student center’s Rosh Hashana celebra- Hillel House provided transportation tion Wednesday evening in the Rhododendron Room. to synagogue for students.
“It’s a holiday where we begin to ask forgiveness, essentially. We try to make amends with people we may have hurt,” said Deva Solomon, WVU alumnus and co-director of the Hillel House. Rosh Hashanah, which began Wednesday at sundown, means “head of the year” in Hebrew. It marks the beginning of a 10-day process towards the Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur. “Yom Kippur is the day one becomes inscribed in The Book of Life – sort of like a last chance,” Solomon said. Friedberg said the Hillel House strives to create an atmosphere students can feel comfortable in if celebrating the holiday away from family.
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Geology & Geography Dept. hosts open house by julia nass correspondent
The West Virginia University Department of Geology & Geography will host its Alumni Event and Open House today through Friday in Brooks Hall. The event was planned to coincide with Homecoming in order to bring the alumni, current students and faculty together and to showcase the developments and progress the department has made. Presentations during the event will include assistant professor of geography Bradley Wilson’s “One Cup of Coffee: Taste, Place and Develop-
ment in Central America” at 9:10 a.m. and Peter Sullivan’s “Energy Geology of Webster County, W.Va.,” at 11:10 a.m. Current WVU graduate students and alumni from across the country, some of which are members of the department’s Visiting Committee, will also attend the event. There will also be a public demonstration of Schlumberger Petrel Software in 416 Brooks today as part of the event. The software is estimated to be worth $8 million, said Steven Kite, department chair of Geology & Geography. The department anticipates showing the alumni and
current students what this software can do to enhance the experience for geology students because of its use for energy exploration and geophysical tools, Kite said. “Our students have had great benefits from it because they get to learn how to use this software, which is stateof-the-art at the leading gas companies and oil companies,” Kite said. “They learn it here, so when they are out in the job market they really have a leg up on competitors from other schools who don’t have this resource available to them.” Kite said the department produces “plug-and-play”
students who are ready for the real world and appealing to recruiters. “They can put them on the job, and they know what to do with very little training because they’ve had to do it in their coursework here,” Kite said. The event also includes the “Professional Development Seminar: Grant Writing for Graduate Students” at 2 p.m. Friday. Geography demonstrations and laboratories will be going on during the event, including some work with virtual reality. The use of technology has
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‘Bonnie’s Bus’ spreads breast cancer awareness
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schedule recreation field activities at http://webviewer.wvu. edu/recfield. Any WVU student can access the program using their MasterID. The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences asks for scheduling a week in advance so they can approve the use, said Governor Allison Rollins. “The more they know about your event, the more likely
ON THE INSIDE The No. 25 West Virginia men’s soccer team lost to JMU 2-0 Wednesday night on the road to remain winless away from home. ON PAGE 10
The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University is making mammograms more accessible to women in West Virginia. “Bonnie’s Bus,” a mobile digital mammography screening unit, travels across the state year-round to ensure women receive an equal opportunity to be tested for breast cancer. “We don’t turn anyone away,” said program Director Sara Jane Gainor. The 40-foot-long pink bus is equipped with state-ofthe-art equipment, a waiting room, a patient education area and a restroom. More than 1,100 women received mammograms from Bonnie’s Bus in 2010. Gainor said its main mission is to reach out to women who may not have convenient access to a specialist. “The main difference between our program and a regular program located in a medical building is that we can travel to any area that doesn’t have a mammography center available,” Gainor said. “This way, women don’t have to drive 50 or 100 miles to have a mammogram completed.” Bonnie’s Bus was launched in 2009 through a donation made by Jo and Ben Statler
to the WVU Cancer Center in honor of Jo’s mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson, who died of breast cancer. In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness month coming up in October, spreading awareness is a top priority for the organization because detecting breast cancer early can save lives, Gainor said. “We mainly spread awareness by word-of-mouth and our close partnerships with various breast cancer screening programs in West Virginia,” she said. The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 years and older should have annual mammograms, and Gainor said all women should take advantage of the opportunity for a mammogram, even if they doubt it’s necessary. Bonnie’s Bus accepts bill insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. In addition, the outreach program works with The Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and other organizations to help cover the costs for uninsured women. To learn more about Bonnie’s Bus and when it is visiting a location near you, visit www.wvucancer.org/bonnie or search “Bonnie’s Bus” on Facebook. firstname.lastname@example.org
Student creates wildlife conservation project by carlee lammers correspondent
For as long as Tina Dow can remember, she’s had a passion for wildlife. Dow, a West Virginia University student, is pursuing her passion through an organization she and her husband formed – Wildlife Research and Conser va- Dow tion. “I don’t ever remember a time not being interested in wildlife,” Dow said. “As a kid I always felt more at home outside with the creepy crawlies than I did inside.” During her doctoral studies at WVU, Dow’s focus has been on elephant captivation and the effects it has on the species’ fertility. Though Dow is unsure where she’ll end up after graduation, she knows she’ll always follow her passion for wildlife. “It’s so exciting that this is
a platform I’ll have no matter where I go professionally,” Dow said. “I’ve always wanted a platform to continue my research.” The mission of Wildlife Research and Conservation is to promote and support wildlife conservation through research and education. Dow has visited several scouting groups and classrooms to promote the organization and share her passion with others. “So many people aren’t aware of what’s going on in their own backyard,” she said. “I love sharing with somebody something new and then seeing their faces light up.” Dow’s organization has partnered with Eco-Cell, an e-recycling company, in efforts to protect gorilla habitats for its project “Answer the Call.” In parts of The Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa, miners in search of the rare mineral Coltan are destroying gorilla habitats, allowing them to become more easily exposed to poachers, Dow said.
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TAKING ADVANTAGE West Virginia freshman running back Dustin Garrison is taking advantage of the playing time he is receiving in his first year. SPORTS PAGE 7
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KayCee Hill, a junior occupational therapy student, receives a larger-than-expected bottle of Coca-Cola from a vending machine Nikki Peterson, a senior marketing student, plays a game of Twister she ‘wins’ from the Coca-Cola machine in the Mountainlair in the Mountainlair. Wednesday.
Continued from page 1 Coltan may also be found in the batteries of cell phones and other hand-held electronics Through “Answer the Call,” participants are encouraged to donate their used hand-held electronics to aid in providing miners with the mineral and
eliminating the destruction of gorilla habitats. Along with the conservation of wildlife, Dow’s organization works to alleviate human-animal conflict all over the world. Dow said in some parts of the world, elephants are not viewed as the magnificent creatures that they are in the U.S. Some cultures live amongst the elephants and are fearful of
the species due to previous negative experiences. Wildlife Research and Conservation aims to work with those individuals around the world experiencing conflicts with animals to alleviate their fears. “You always have a human component,” Dow said. “It’s more like helping animals and helping people.”
Dow said she hopes West Virginia residents will do their part and realize her organization’s impact on their lives. “ I’ve traveled all around the world – West Virginia is still one of the most beautiful places I have seen,” she said. “We want to conserve what we have for generations to come.”
Continued from page 1 they are to grant it,” Rollins said. “You should be as specific as possible, with headcount, sponsoring association, etc. You can always come back and check the calendar page at any time to see what’s pending, and what’s approved.” The grants proposed to the SGA governors Wednesday were all passed unanimously. Programs that received fund-
Continued from page 1 been steadily increasing in the field since the departmental move to Brooks Hall in 2007, Kite said. These demonstrations are scheduled to occur between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday. This year, 10 new members have been added to the geology & geography faculty, and the alumni event and open
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“We try to prepare a meal that will make Jewish students who are away from home feel more at home,” Friedberg said. Julie Winegard, a sophomore landscape architecture student and treasurer of the Hillel House, said the organization has done just that for her. “My favorite thing about Rosh Hashanah is getting together as a big family and celebrating something we all share,” Winegard said. “There are really great people who are always there for you.” The celebration is a WVU Day of Special Concern and requires faculty members to make reasonable accommodations for those involved. Friedberg said though most professors are understanding of students’ obligations, he hopes
ing included the Indian Students Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and International Student Organization. Grants are open to any recognized student organization to apply for up to $500, which may be used to fund an educational trip, advertise for a speaker or conference or any other purpose deemed worthy by the Board of Governors, according to the SGA grant application.
house serves as an additional welcome to these new members of the community. “The alumni who come back will definitely see some familiar faces, but they should also see some new ones, too,” Kite said. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www. geo.wvu.edu. email@example.com
there is more awareness about the holiday on campus. “Generally, there aren’t many problems getting professors to understand,” he said. “But, the University could be a little bit better at making professors aware of the holiday so that Jewish students don’t find themselves in an awkward position.” The Hillel House provides other opportunities for WVU students throughout the year. Students are invited to participate in weekly Friday night dinners for the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath. Hillel also hosts bagel brunches for students on Sundays. Friedberg said that students do not have to be of Jewish faith at attend Hillel events, and that the group provides a “welcoming atmosphere.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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The flavors of fall bring warmth to a chilly campus Leighann McClurg a&e Writer
Summer went out with a bang and took with it the longer days and the stifling heat. Now the temperature is dropping and the leaves are falling. Along with the shift in seasons comes a shift in tastes and flavors. We may have begun to say so long to summer, but we can still enjoy the sweet treats from places like Coldstone Creamery because has it offers a little seasonal flair. Coldstone will remain open throughout the winter months from Sunday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. “Our feature flavor for the fall season is our pumpkin cheesecake ice cream,” said Amanda Ramsey, general manager of the Coldstone Creamery. The pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen is popular among students on cam-
pus, which will remain open weather permitting. Just across the street from Dairy Queen is Tutto Gelato, known for their many varieties of flavors of the creamy Italian ice cream. Sarah Straface, general manager, said they’re offering a few new flavors for fall. “We are now serving pumpkin, caramel and cinnamon flavored gelato, among the current flavors,” she said. They will remain open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until the end of October. After the seasonal closing in October, Tutto Gelato will be relocating to the Suburban Plaza near the sports bar Kegler’s. Of course there is more than just ice cream around town to enjoy for fall. At Panera, the cafe style bistro restaurant across the street from the Book Exchange near the Evansdale campus, many different types of soups are available on a chilly day including their original broccoli cheddar soup.
The macaroni and cheese is a good option too, but just ignore the calorie and fat content. Panera also serves their roasted turkey harvest salad with turkey, pears, dried cherries, pecans and gorgonzola cheese. It looks like fall on a plate! Looking for a sandwich? The turkey artichoke panini will sure to warm you up while you’re curled up in a booth studying for midterms. The cranberry orange smoothie they offer will brighten your mood. The Cupcakerie on Willey Street also will serve a fall inspired “pumpkin pie” cupcake that screams comfort on chilly day. And who can pass up a warm drink when it’s rainy and cold outside? Starbucks is featuring their pumpkin spice latte and a salted caramel mocha to keep you and your spirits warm while walking to class in the rain. email@example.com
Tutto Gelato, located on High Street, will be offering new flavors for fall.
Lady Gaga’s stylist disappoints fans again during Paris fashion week PARIS (AP) — The alchemy was off at the house of Mugler, where Lady Gaga’s stylist, Nicola Formichetti, again failed to live up to his reputation as a sort of Generation Y Midas who turns everything he touches into gold. Formichetti’s second effort as Mugler creative director fizzled Wednesday, as the label fielded a less-thanconvincing spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection of willfully wacky scifi garb in neutral shades. It was as if the show, which garnered only a tepid round of applause before fashion insiders fled into the hot Paris night, had been tailormade to drive home a crucial point: That buzz does not a fashion house make. No one knows that better than Dries Van Noten, the modest and affable Belgian designer who, working quietly over the past quarter century, has built an empire on the quality of his clothes alone. Van Noten delivered another tour de force Wednesday, with a collection of sculptural skirts and jackets printed with cityscapes by night. It looked as if Damir Doma were following in Van Noten’s footsteps, not aesthetically - the designers have radically different visions but by allowing his clothes to mature naturally and to speak for themselves. Rochas’ Marco Zanini held fast to his chaste vision of early 1960-era glamour with a slight patina of nerdiness, and big, bold retro-futuristic glamour was in the air at Brazilian wunderkind Pedro Lourenco’s polished show. Zippers to nowhere embellished the peppy sportswear numbers from Portugal’s Felipe Oliveira Baptista, and models were encased in cages and plastic masks at the day’s most disturbing display, by soft-spoken British bad boy Gareth Pugh. Par is’ nine-day-long
ready-to-wear extravaganza moves into day three on Thursday with shows by California-born designer Rick Owens, coveted Paris label Balmain and Indian madcap Manish Arora. DRIES VAN NOTEN Romantic, boulder-strewn landscapes and anonymous cityscapes - their neon lights shining in the dark - were the dreamscapes of Van Noten’s haunting spring-summer collection. The Belgian critical darling projected these topos onto the ladylike shapes of 1950s-era couture, sending out classic bell-shaped shirts and ample cocoon coats illuminated by urban lights or covered in dramatic black and white etchings of mountains and waterfalls. Suddenly, the mothballladen retro air that clings to these shapes evaporated, replaced by a crisp, of-the-moment freshness. These were the kind of clothes that you would never suspect you could want, but once you see them, you can think of nothing else. MUGLER Whether he dresses her in meat or swathes her in a gown made entirely out of stuffed animals, Formichetti can do no wrong when it comes to outfitting Lady Gaga. But at his day job as Mugler creative director, the stylist has yet to hit on the winning formula. After his widely panned debut at Mugler last season with a collection that was all about plastic pants and other garments normally sold at sex shops, Formichetti was back Wednesday with a radically different but no more successful - approach to spring-summer 2012. Gone were the bustier dresses in transparent latex, replaced by what could only be described as the wardrobe of a sophisticated Trekkie with a penchant for demure neutral shades. Taupe
catsuits were riddled with oblong cutouts, and futuristic pointy-shouldered jackets in camel were hung with a complicated web of useless bands. A step up from last season? Undoubtedly. But did it feel like Mugler? Sadly, no. Relaunching a storied fashion house is no easy task, particularly with a label with as strong an identity as that of Mugler. But it increasingly feels like Formichetti and the brand’s ready-to-wear designer, Sebastien Peigne, are grasping at straws, trying to come up with an outrageous new look that can become the brand’s new identity instead of finding a way to update its historical legacy. The label continues to be oriented away from its past and its rich archive and focused nearly exclusively on its new muse, Lady Gaga, the trump card that Formichetti pulls out again and again. Though not present in the flesh as she was last season when she walked the catwalk in a sheer black tip and painted-on pencil skirt - the pop sensation was there in spirit on Wednesday night: The show opened with a video showing the singer, fitted out with two glow-inthe-dark buck teeth, praising Mugler. But having a video of the world’s biggest star is simply not the same thing as seeing strut her stuff on the catwalk, and the show fell flat even before it started. ROCHAS “Mad Men” has been off the air for months, but Rochas’ Zanini is betting on the enduring popularity of the ladylike retro styles the hit show helped to relaunch. For spring-summer, Zanini delivered sober sheath dresses and demure Vnecked gowns with full skirts and skinny belts in ivory, powder pink and seafoam green that felt like they’d
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been plucked straight out of the first two seasons of the AMC series. With its modest lines, Wednesday’s collection was more demure housewife than va-va-voom secretary, or in “Mad Men” terms, more Betty Draper than Joan Holloway. You could almost picture the sullen Ms. Draper skulking around her kitchen in one of the poofskirted shirtdresses. A certain frigidity infused the whole collection: Taupe pencil skirts were worn with plain-fronted blazers that stood stiffly out from the models’ bodies, and knit sweaters and skirts shot with Lurex had a prudish bulkiness about them. The models’ hairdos - towering beehives topped off with organza handkerchiefs - did nothing to ramp up the sexiness factor, nor did the eyewear, pointy hornrim glasses. Still, not all clothes have to ooze sex appeal, and Zanini’s sober, almost nerdy, styles have plenty of other attributes to recommend them. DAMIR DOMA Like a stone tumbled and polished into a gleaming gem, Doma buffed his signature raw, hermetic aesthetic until it shone with understated sophistication. For spring-summer, the Croatian-born, Germanraised designer delivered Wednesday simple-lined dresses in supple washed silks, their raw edges embellished with flashes of hammered gold hardware. The heavy raw fabrics and bulky shapes that Doma has
built his name on were still there, but in more refined incarnations, as if he’d taken a buffer to his signature stonehewn silhouettes. And whereas his previous collections have felt earthy - their nubby fabrics heavy and almost loamy - Wednesday’s collection was more connected to the air. Whisper-light trench coats that billowed like capes were worn over shorts in gleaming gold lace, and square-cut pillowcase dresses were fitted out with panels like floating tails. Doma also branched out from his usual palette of somber shades and neutral tones, delivering fetching pairings of navy and ocher that were themselves a breath of fresh air. It was another strong showing from one of Paris’ most unique new talents. PEDRO LOURENCO With a spring-summer collection that seemed drawn from the same well of retro-futuristic cool as the ne plus ultra of Paris labels, Balenciaga, Lourenco underscored his status as one to watch. Lourenco, a Brazilian who was just 19 years old when he made his impressive Paris debut a year and a half ago, ratcheted it up a notch with Wednesday’s collection of colorblocked dresses and low-slung skirts and cropped trousers that couldn’t have been cooler if they’d tried. A-line skirts hung with long leather fringe, like straw, were paired sheer tank tops and punctuated at the waist by oversized rectangular panels in shiny sil-
ver lurex. Sleeveless vests with sculptural collars were worn with oatmeal-colored pants that had just the right dose of slouch. Though Lourenco’s collection felt fresh, the sweet spot he hit between a kind of hokey but appealing retro look and something sleek and futuristic was not uncharted territory: Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere has been mining it for seasons. GARETH PUGH If Yves Saint Laurent was widely hailed as a feminist for freeing women from pinching bustiers and nipwaisted dresses, what does that make Pugh, who sent models out in convict stripes, leather cages and head-englobing plastic tears? Pugh’s artistry is easy enough to appreciate: From a purely aesthetic point of view, his abbreviated sheath dresses made out of vertical strips of black or white leather were indisputably beautiful. But as clothing, meant to be worn by women, there was something deeply disturbing about the cage garments - particularly when fitted with matching cage muzzles, as they were at Wednesday’s ready-to-wear show. Pugh’s misogynistic message didn’t end there, though. The show’s finale saw models clad in layers of gleaming gray robes and jackets that looked as if they’d been fished out of an oil spill, their heads completely encased in elongated plastic masks.
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Take part in WVU’s Homecoming traditions “Come on you old grads, join with us young lads, it’s West Virginia now we cheer!” West Virginia University’s Homecoming celebrations are this weekend, and there’s tradition and school spirit to be had. WVU Homecoming is about traditions, alumni and students getting together to celebrate being a Mountaineer – just like “Hail, West Virginia,” urges us to do. There are special events this weekend that students
and alumni can partake in. It’s a time to meet and greet those who walked through this school before us and share our experiences. Take a second to meet some alumni at the Homecoming parade Friday or at the game Saturday. Voting for the homecoming court voting began Wednesday and will end today at 7 p.m. Voting booths are available at Towers, Mountainlair and the College of Law. The king and
queen will be crowned at halftime of Saturday’s football game against the Bowling Green State University Falcons. The court is chosen by WVU’s own study body and will represent the University as an embodiment of success, character and school spirit. Royalty is just one small part of the larger Homecoming traditions. WVU celebrated its first Homecoming in 1910, but its first queen was not crowned until 1939.
Attend the Homecoming parade which will march down High Street starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The “Pride of West Virginia,” the Mountaineer Marching Band will be marching along with the WVU Alumni band, which will perform a version of the traditional pregame before the WVU Band takes the field on Saturday. Da’Sean Butler, a first-team, All-American and the winningest player in WVU history, is
returning this weekend to serve as the 2011 Parade Marshal for the Homecoming celebration. Help keep Mountaineer tradition alive and participate in Homecoming celebration. Vote for the 2011 Homecoming court and attend Saturday’s game with energy and enthusiasm. Get to know some alumni and ask them about their experience at WVU, after all they walked through this campus too.
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Higher academic standards will improve behavior tomas engle columnist
While much of it was washed away by the holiday that was ESPN’s College GameDay coming to Morgantown last weekend, the run-up to the event was dominated by one issue – student fan behavior before, during, and after games. West Virginia University’s concerns ran the gamut, from couch burning to lewd chants from mistreatment of visiting fans to profane T-shirts. All shared one unique characteristic though; they were all distractions from the main problem affecting the university – namely, lack of academic standards. Are couch burnings dangerous? Of course they are with regard to liability and property damage, but that’s an issue for our city’s fire department, not our school. Our school should be more worried about why only 55 percent of students end up graduating. Instead of having profane Tshirt buyback programs, which are bizarrely reminiscent of inner-city gun buybacks, the University should be finding out why only 25 percent of students graduate with a bachelor’s degree after the standard four years. Maybe the provost should have freshmen divided into groups of four during their commencement ceremony in the Coliseum to see who will be the lucky one to graduate. And don’t worry about chants like “f--- you, LSU” or “eat s---, Pitt”, because with the addition of one more year to finish their bachelor’s degrees, WVU student graduation rates nearly double to 48 percent! That’s a two-for-one value that even famous late WVU dropout Billy Mays would be proud of. Of course, blame for not going to classes on time or even doing homework is ultimately on the student, but the University should be to blame for putting many of them in this position in the first place. The theory behind accepting
West Virginia University graduates wait to receive their diplomas. in-state residents with a GPA as low as 2.0 is that the University is a shining beacon of egalitarianism and second-chances for the working poor of this state. In reality, the University, in conjunction with student loan programs, is all too eager to take their money and boost their overall numbers with ever- increasing freshmen classes to be eligible for everincreasing federal funding. It’s funny how increased federal funding never translates into lower or even stable tuition rates – only continually rising ones. The same is true for accepting out-of-state residents with a
GPA as low as 2.5 – the University is setting them up for failure, taking their college loan money they probably shouldn’t be taking out in the first place and then feigning shock when so many of them burn out in this environment. What is not surprising is that these lax standards have created an atmosphere of extremely short-term time horizons. Since students have no incentive to do well or excel and are instead only expected to meet the minimum amount of work that got them in here in the first place, they have a large amount of free time on
their hands. In addition to this, many of them feel they have nothing to lose with no expectations in life other than to party and live in the moment. With no orientation toward the future, these students’ high time preferences will lead them into risky situations another person seeking a college degree from an academically rigorous school would never dream of attempting. The University will continue to have problems with high time preference behavior like destruction of property and unruly behavior if they continue to appeal to those who
think only so far into future as their next party. All of this can be easily avoided by having what many of our peer institutions – large public land-grant universities – have, a tiered academic system. By having those with a lower-than-desired GPA go to two-year institutions like Potomac State or even community college first before they are accepted into WVU, both the University and the students will benefit. Those with a low GPA in high school will get their second chance without blowing the bank on general education courses, while those with no
desire to work hard will be filtered out. The University should benefit to the point where they no longer have to deal with a student body that they have to remind to not burn down the entire city. Unfortunately for us, money talks, and I don’t see the University anytime soon relinquishing their cash cow of being a haven for misfits. But in the meantime, we should all be aware the University’s problem is a self-fulfilling one, and just bide our time until we can be the lucky one in two to graduate from this hypocritical institution.
Humanity’s morals are selfish and completely honorable david ciarolla columnist
Morality lies at the core of what it means to be a good person. People become especially concerned with where this originates when trying to improve their behavior toward others. Religions hold popular claims to moral authority in this country, but selfishness is the true authority, and it’s a very respectable one. Often arguments emphasize serial killers, rapists and other terrible individuals as clearly irreligious and thus drawn astray from morality. The fact that overtly immoral people oppose a reli-
gion means nothing because they would have to oppose any moral doctrine. This only testifies that a particular religion has some tenets of good ethics. I could invent a religion right now that claims a magical dragon exists who will ultimately condemn those who kill. All who oppose my religion’s morals are essentially killers. It remains absurd to say that they killed because of their lack of belief in the religion I invented 10 seconds ago. They killed because of their own motivations, and their immorality contributes nothing to the veracity of my religion. Their actions simply restate the wickedness of murder, which generally diverges from proper morality.
Adding a god to enforce morality only makes a religion useful for social control. It does not change or determine what good and poor behaviors toward humans are. Man has created countless religions to explain and enforce his moral understanding. Taken without the religious rulebook, would any of these morals remain worth pursuing? Of course they would, and these are the only morals worth pursuing. Purely selfish behavior quickly turns to moral behavior because humans can understand desirable behaviors toward others through empathy, experience and consideration of possible consequences. Clearly, supporting the poor, gay rights and racial
equality makes sense, even for wealthy citizens of the majority. We selfishly want a society with indiscriminate concern for others’ well-being. Even without the hopes of others returning the favor if you fall into a weaker political class, a normal person can’t help caring for others, and selfishly indulging in this care again aligns with good morals. Who would say we care for a significant other in order to be moral? We would indulge our selfish desire to make them feel better whether it made the list of morals or not. Selfish behavior creates morality because helping others is the best way for a rational person to be selfish in the long run. Religions do not explain a source of morality. The evi-
dent existence of morals adds nothing to the argument “Because god exists, morals exist.” In fact, adding a more complex cause leaves a much larger gap in understanding. “Where do morals come from ... a god. Where does god come from?” Somehow the weasels of religious persuasion have less concern for explaining the cause of their infinitely more complex divinity. Morals do exist – so do mathematics, art and trees. One cannot use these facts to create a god who is especially concerned with mathematics or any other discipline. These concepts exist in our minds before the god or religion one may create to explain them. Why must we feel so uncomfortable accepting the
honest limits of our knowledge? Why invent an ultimately powerful imaginary friend who knows the answers to everything? Why accept this historical monster called God exists until one finds an alternative explanation for the world? Morality exists. Only humans can decide what constitutes desirable behavior toward others in a collective effort to be selfish. Only our legal system has ever had rights to steer behavior by force. Countless religions untidily attempt to assign the origin of these morals, and as always, they retain no right to authority and no stronger voice as other magical fables. Being selfish and at all reasonable will lead to the best system of morality.
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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 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 304293-4117. For more information, visit www.caritashouse.net. 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 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@
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HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year, you might exhibit a tendency to be possessive or insecure. Stop and ask yourself what that is about. Is it habit, or is it insecurity? Rebuild your sense of well-being and work on a more authentic presentation. Go out more often and volunteer for community projects. If you are single, you easily could meet someone through an interest or through a commitment. One or more suitors could emerge. Be careful not to be manipulative or passive-aggressive. Be real. If you are attached, have your mate point out when you are being possessive. The two of you can work this issue through if you remain open. Choose activities and make the choice of perhaps a little self-help to rebuild your security. Some of you might opt for some personal work with a therapist. It never hurts to address feelings that seem difficult. Internalizing or acting out can only lead to problems. SCORPIO might understand more about finances than you think. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Be direct in expressing your thoughts and ideas. You have a way and style that attract many different people. Anger could bubble up from out of nowhere. Stop and use care when expressing your less-amenable feelings. Opportunities abound. Tonight: Think “weekend plans.” TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHH You might need to defer to others and not get stuck in feeling that you are losing control. You really aren’t, because you never had control. The only control you have is over yourself. A serious discussion is in-
evitable. Tonight: Talk through a problem with a friend or loved one. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH You can deal with a situation using your ability to transform the interaction within a partnership. Both of you want your interaction to be effective, even if it is just professional. You are buoyant and full of energy. Tonight: Put your feet up and relax. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Your creativity and ability to work with a changeable situation come from your own moodiness. Choose your words with care. Extremes mark the moment. Maintain your perspective and sense of humor. Tonight: Time to let your hair down. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Make sure you are coming from a grounded position before initiating a conversation. You convert a boring project or situation into an exciting, dynamic happening. Your creativity flows. Ignore someone’s critical attitude. Tonight: Order in. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHHH Return calls and schedule meetings. Express that efficiency for which Virgo is known. Others speak directly to you. Express your discomfort with a situation. New information keeps coming in, forcing you to regroup. Tonight: Chatting up a storm. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH Be sensitive to other budgets around you. Know what is possible and what is no longer feasible, and move forward rather than express frustration. Don’t close down unnecessarily. Curb any sarcasm. Tonight: Your treat.
SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH Push to accomplish what you want. The “play bug” will emerge at some point, and you will want to toss responsibilities to the wayside. For once, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do just that? Tonight: Try the role of free spirit. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH You might want to see a situation for what it offers. Somehow make time to pull back and absorb a clear look. At that point, figure out what is going on. Vanish while you can. Integrate financial information and choose to stay steady. Tonight: Get feedback. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH Dealing with difficult people could become a specialty, especially with a little more practice. Someone near you cares a lot but has an intrusive manner. Creativity creates a warmer interaction, especially in a meeting. Tonight: Find your friends. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Be willing to accept more responsibility. You could feel that someone is pushing too hard to go in another direction. Trust your ability to juggle different interests. Don’t get triggered, and you will maintain control. Tonight: Could be late. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHHH Keep reaching out for new answers, especially as the traditional ones don’t seem to be working. You have a way of drawing people out. Suddenly, more activity and solutions become possible. Tonight: Brainstorm away. BORN TODAY TV journalist Bryant Gumbel (1948), actress Greer Garson (1904), cowboy Gene Autry (1907)
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Greeks to hold Airbands competition on Green By Hunter Homistek A&E Writer
her sorority posted a secondplace finish in last semester’s competition. Winning isn’t everything though, as competitors also look forward to seeing the other teams perform and enjoying their routines and outfits. “I also like to see all the fun costumes all the other teams come up with,” Churchey said. The Greek teams of 12 are working with “video games” as the Homecoming week theme. “They do everything themselves – create the routine, make the costumes and cut the mix they’ll perform to. And the routines are always so skillful and awesome and just really fun to watch,” Hooper said.
The appealing element of the Airbands competition has been the teams’ ambition to step up their performances, according to Hooper. The teams have been up late, practicing late into the night preparing for this competition. Airbands is certainly shaping up to assume annual role as a highlight of Homecoming week, and teams have been hard at work in preparation for tonight’s event on the Green. The performances are open to all. Starting at 4 p.m., each Greek team will have their opportunity to perform for the audience.
Homecoming week will once again be featuring the popular and entertaining Airbands competition today at 4 p.m., on the Mountainlair Green. All are invited to watch as teams comprised of fraternity and sorority members face off in a competition that blends elements of cheerleading and dance to determine WVU’s grooviest squad. “Airbands is probably the most popular event during both Homecoming and Greek Week. It’s a fun sort of cheerleading and dance competition,” said Courtney Hooper, senior international studies student and president of WVU’s Panhellenic council. While Homecoming week provides artsy competitions like painting the most creative banner or building a float, Airbands is a perfect way for those who want to help their Homecoming week teams compete on a level other than craftiness. “My freshman year I wanted to be involved in Homecoming week, and I’m awful at painting banners and building floats. Airbands was perfect for me because I did gymnastics for 14 years and cheered for three,” said Kayla Churchey, junior history student and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Churchey, a veteran of the Airbands scene, said she and Airbands will be returning to the Mountainlair’s green tonight.
The Airbands competition will be returning the Mountainlair Green today.
Blink 182’s newest album ‘Neighborhoods’ doesn’t trek far from beaten path madeline carey a&e correspondent
One of the most popular punk bands of our generation, Blink 182, came out of hibernation to release their newest album, “Neighborhood,” Tuesday. After eight years away from the studio, Blink 182’s “Neighborhoods” has the chance to hit a whole new demographic of listeners while also touching those who have stuck with the Southern California native band since their inception in the early ‘90s.
The band’s two vocalists, Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge, take turns on the mic throughout the album. Hoppus also plays the bass guitar and DeLonge, the guitar. Travis Barker, who joined the band after the release of their first album, replaced original drummer Scott Raynor. Blink-182 has developed a loyal following which is as diverse as the music the band produces. Anyone from listeners of Top 40 hits to those who pride themselves on being “punk” can enjoy the music which Blink-182 so spectacularly and joyously creates.
Though the band is mostly known for their upbeat, fastpaced and sometimes humorous songs, they also have a deeper, darker side. “Up All Night,” the song released as a single for the new album in mid-July, contains a progressive intro that builds up to an irresistibly head-bang-worthy chorus. However, the song bares a very close resemblance to that of “The Adventure” by Angels and Airwaves, Tom DeLonge’s very successful side project. With age, Blink-182 has grown out of their more humorous lyrics and have transformed their
music into songs that hold a lot more heart and meaning. “Natives,” the second song on the album, disguises dark lyrics such as, “We’ll have the time of our lives although we’re dying inside” with a countering mixture of strong drums and a catchy chorus. “Heart’s All Gone Interlude” is definitely a surprise coming from the band. The song is a beautiful mix of hypnotic instrumentals accompanied by a void of vocals. It’s not only a switchup for Blink-182 but also very different from any music coming from other bands of their kind. In the case of “Kaleidoscope”
the ingenious ninth track on the album, Hoppus and DeLonge take turns switching from the band’s usual sound to a soft serenade type of singing. Though the album shows a side of Blink-182 their fans aren’t necessarily used to hearing, it cannot be denied that “Neighborhoods” serves the music industry with both a fresh and somewhat reminiscent sound today’s radio has been lacking since the band’s last album in 2003.
Neighborhoods After several years away from the studio, Blink’s newest album doesn’t stray far from their beaten path.
Brad Pitt hits homerun in new film ‘Moneyball’ ali sultan a&e correspondent
Brad Pitt’s newest film, “Moneyball” released into theaters last week, exceeding expectations of critics and audience members alike. Based on the book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” the film tells the true story of how the Oakland A’s managed to turn themselves into the most cost-effective top-level team in the country with the help of Beane and his newlyrecruited assistant, Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill). Beane becomes frustrated after losing the final game of the series to the New York Yankees – shown in the very beginning of the film – and starts making radical changes to how the team is managed. He turns to Brand’s unorthodox “sabermetrics” approach – where players are rated solely on statistics such as on-base percentages. After rebuilding the team following the departures of three key players, Beane exposes himself to heavy criticism from every corner of the baseball world. Soon enough though, his new management style sees the Oakland A’s achieving the longest winning streak in Major League Baseball history: 20 consecutive wins. To Beane’s ultimate disappointment though, they lost the first game of the postseason once again – this time to the Minnesota Twins. The story focuses on how the Athletics’ season came to this ending and what Beane had to go through in order to achieve the record-breaking streak. Overall, the production of the film, combined with the sublime performances of its frontline cast (Pitt, Hill and
Philip Seymour Hoffman), relives the 2001 story of the Athletics in a very moving and awe-inspiring manner. It gives viewers a behind-thescenes look into what really turned the underdog lineup into a winning team that entered the baseball history books. For those of you reading this review thinking, “I’m not really into baseball, or sports in general for that matter,” fear not. This is far more than your typical sports-epic genre film. It is a dramatic retelling of a man’s mission to not only prove his team’s winning potential but to prove himself after a lifelong battle with bad luck and poor career decisions. I find it really hard to imagine someone who has no interest in sports whatsoever – let alone baseball – to come out of the theater unsatisfied after watching this movie. Within 133 minutes, the film managed to give its viewers moments of happiness, sadness, irony, laughter and most importantly, inspiration – that swimming against the stream can still take you forward with the right amount of determination and belief. Billy Beane’s real-life story is certainly a moving one so you can only imagine how far Pitt’s talent on camera can take you and how much emotion it can squeeze out of you. There are no “perfect” movies out there,but anything less than this rating would make me feel like a star-greedy critic since it is no more than what the film deserves.
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WVU must take advantage of chances The ultimate goal of the No. 22 West Virginia men’s soccer team is to win a national championship. After encouraging early season performances on the road against still-unbeaten No. 2 Maryland and No. 7 UC-Santa Barbara in front of a combined 7,765 fans, there is little question that this team is talented enough to achieve that goal. The WVU coaching staff has assembled a talented blend of youth and experience, both foreign and domestic, that can compete with any team in the nation. The Mountaineers’ abundance of skill was apparent in their 2-1 loss during their Big East Conference opener against No. 15 South Florida on Sunday. They controlled the action throughout the game, winning the shot battle 14-5, as well as having a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Despite the opportunities it created, WVU is now 0-1 in Big East play. Shooting 7 percent did not – and will not – cut it, especially with a visit from No. 1 Connecticut looming on the schedule. This team will need to take better advantage of its opportunities as it will continue to face top competition now that it is in conference play in one of the nation’s most difficult leagues. Even easy victories over lesser opponents in Binghamton, Richmond and Duquesne left much to be desired. This team knows what it is capable of and it knows it will have to be better in the future. Team captain Eric Schoenle put it simply after a lessthan-impressive victory over Duquesne. “We can’t have these lapses in games where we take our foot off the gas,” Schoenle said. “We need to start putting our foot on people’s throats.” This statement will become increasingly true as the Mountaineers head deeper into Big East play. Three ranked opponents, three home games, and five road games still stand between WVU and Big East tournament play, so there is still time to improve. Unfortunately, at this point, nothing is going to come easily. A 3-1 performance against Duquesne can become a 2-2 draw against No. 23 Georgetown, which could easily result in a drop in the standings of the highly competitive conference. More importantly, it will mean a drop in RPI, which could diminish West Virginia’s NCAA tournament resume. As the season continues, opportunities will continue to pass and each action the Mountaineers make will become increasingly important, and they will need take advantage of breaks that come their way. The Mountaineers’ have almost a 2:1 advantage in corner kicks over their opponents on the season. Despite having almost two times the number of chances from the corner, they have only two goals off corner kicks on the season, matching that of their opponents. In addition to having a corner advantage on the season, WVU has outshot its opponents 97-73 on the season, yet have only netted two more goals than its opponents. The bottom line is that this team is far too talented to be 4-3-1. This Mountaineer squad has the potential to reach their goals – it’s just a matter of execution. I will end my rant with a call to action. Mountaineer nation, only three home games remain on the regular season schedule. Two ranked opponents and a third receiving votes in this week’s polls are all that is left. Go and support one of the best teams in college soccer, who happens to be playing in your own back yard. Help them achieve their goals. Besides, they’re better when they have a lot of people to play in front of. email@example.com
Seizing the moment Garrison made most of chances against LSU by ben gaughan
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Freshman running back Dustin Garrison waited for his chance to show his full Mountaineer nation his full capabilities in the West Virginia backfield. On prime time Saturday night, in front of a full Milan Puskar Stadium and millions of viewers across the country, Garrison proved to the country he has the potential to be a legitimate force in the West Virginia offense. He finished with 10 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown, which got WVU within six points of LSU, right before the dreaded kick return. “Through this whole season, I feel like I never really had my opportunity to show everybody, running the ballwise,” Garrison said. “It just took the opportunity for me to get in the game and run the ball to show them that I’m serious, and I’m able to do things,” he said. “I’m still working hard, I’m still running brooke cassidy/the daily athenaeum full speed and things like that. Freshman running back Dustin Garrison led West Virginia with 46 rushing yards on 10 Whenever the game comes, carries against LSU Saturday night. things change.”
Garrison did impress his coaches, something the freshman back will look to do on a weekly basis from here on out. “Dustin (Garrison) came in last week and gave us a half of really good football,” said West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, at his weekly press conference Tuesday. “His production in one half of football was as good of a performance we’ve had in one half this year.” The Pearland, Texas, native knew his time would come, he just had to be patient and keep working hard every day in practice to get the opportunity to showcase his running ability on the field. “You just have to be patient,” he said. That’s what I’ve been doing the past few games, just waiting my turn. Whenever my turn does come, I have to execute to the best of my ability.” The coaches knew he had good hands, and they made use of his catching abilities in the first few games more than giving him a greater amount of carries. “I know Holgorsen is impressed with my hands, and
he throws me the ball a lot,” Garrison said. “I feel like I didn’t have my opportunity to show my ability to run (until LSU).” The more games Garrison has been in, the more he has gotten comfortable diffusing each situation and letting the game slow down a little bit so he doesn’t have to think as much. He can let the play come to him and hit the holes when he needs to. But, it is still a learning process. “You just have to go and practice with the attitude that you have to learn and that you’re going to make yourself better,” Garrison said. When Garrison scored his 1-yard touchdown against LSU, he looked up to the screaming fans and saluted them, something that dates back to his high school state championship days. “I just kind of brought that back out just to do it,” Garrison said. “I don’t know about (doing it) every time, I might switch it up a little bit, but whatever it takes.” firstname.lastname@example.org
McCarthy, left leg enjoying successful season by nick arthur sports writer
Many of the best athletes in history are known for having a defining strength. For boxer Mike Tyson, it was his uppercut. For pitcher Nolan Ryan, it was his devastating fastball. For West Virginia women’s soccer defender Bry McCarthy, it is her booming left leg. “She’s an unbelievable player with a lot of talent,” said WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. When McCarthy takes a free kick, players – including her teammates – run for cover. The 5-foot, Ajax, Ontario, native has an uncanny ability to boot a soccer ball extreme distances. Last Friday, McCarthy’s left leg outscored Seton Hall all by itself, netting two goals. Pirates’ players were so enamored with McCarthy’s left leg they gave it a nickname. “I was about to take a free kick, and they were calling me ‘tree trunks,’” McCarthy
said. Even McCarthy’s head coach has joined in on the antics. “Izzo-Brown sometimes says ‘unleash the cannon,’” McCarthy said. But, McCarthy doesn’t pay too much attention to all of the nicknames. In fact, she refuses to join in on the games. When asked what she would nickname her left leg, her response was simple. “Lefty? I don’t know. I would never name my left leg,” she said. The compliments have been coming in for quite some time. McCarthy recalls another example from late last season. “Last year in the Big East tournament against South Florida, they asked me how many steroids I had taken,” she said, assuring all that she has never taken a steroid in her life. Over the past couple of weeks, McCarthy and her natural strength has helped lead the Mountaineers to six
straight victories. The team defeated two Big East opponents over the weekend behind great play from McCarthy. Her impressive performances helped her earn Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors. Recently, McCarthy has been attacking more from her defender position. It is apparent that her offensive pushes have helped create scoring opportunities for the Mountaineers. “When you have a back that can not only defend but attack, you have to game plan around that,” Izzo-Brown said. “She put the pressure on Rutgers. I was really impressed with her efforts.” The effective play from McCarthy allowed her to score her first two goals of the season on Friday. Going this long without a goal had been in the back of McCarthy’s mind for a while. “All season, it’s just been forced in me to keep going, keep going,” she said. “Fi-
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Junior defender Bry McCarthy scored two goals in West Virginia’s win over Seton Hall.
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Bowling Green ready for challenge by nick arthur sports writer
Saturday will bring the third meeting between Bowling Green State University and West Virginia University. The Mountaineers have won both of the two previous. Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson enters his third season as the head coach of the Falcons. Clawson has led Bowling Green to a 3-1 record this season, but has yet to play a team as talented as West Virginia. “They’re an excellent football (team),” Clawson said. “It starts with their quarterback Geno Smith. He’ll be playing on Sundays at some point. He has great arm strength and plays with great poise.” In addition to Smith, Clawson is also impressed by the Mountaineer wide receivers. “Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey – they just have a collection of speed at the wide receiver position,” Clawson said. “It makes them a very difficult matchup.” The team speed and playmakers for West Virginia could cause problems for Clawson’s squad on Saturday. “We’re going to have (to) do a great job of making plays in
Bowling Green running back Anthon Samuel takes a handoff during the Falcons’ game against Wyoming. space and covering,” Clawson said. “Not just their personnel is excellent, but they pose some real schematic challenges as well.” Bowling Green is coming off a 37-23 road victory over MidAmerican Conference foe Miami University. The Falcons won behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Matt Schilz. Clawson was also proud of the play by his young defen-
The wide receiving position is the most experienced and talented unit on the offensive side of the ball. Seniors Eugene Cooper and Kamar Jorden have been the go-to-guys early in the season. The group has combined to catch 47 passes for 640 yards and 10 touchdowns. Cooper is a JUCO transfer and is the Falcons’ deep threat, while Jorden is the more possessionstyle receiver. Grade: B
Quarterback Redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt Schilz has had an impressive start to the 2011 season. The Falcons offensive is averaging nearly 40 points per game through four outings. Schilz has thrown for 1,169 yards and 14 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He started 10 games last year during his freshman season and is beginning to get more comfortOffensive Line able at the position. The Falcon offensive line was terrible in 2010. The unit gave Grade: Bup 34 sacks and was plagued with injuries throughout the Running Backs The Falcons have a very season. Through four games young and inexperienced back- this season, the pass blockfield, but the group has shown ing doesn’t look much better. playmaking ability. Freshman Bowling Green quarterbacks running back Anthon Samuel is have already been sacked 10 averaging seven yards per carry times. The run blocking has this season and has six rush- shown glimpses of success, but ing touchdowns in four games. Matt Schilz hasn’t had much Sophomore Jordan Hopgood is time in the pocket. the short yardage back. HopGrade: Cgood has a touchdown in every Defensive Line game but one this season, deSenior defensive tackle Chris spite only recording 51 carries. Jones is the most experienced Grade: Bplayer on the Falcons’ defenWide Receivers/Tight Ends sive line. Jones had six sacks
sive backs. “On Saturday, I was really pleased with how our secondary played,” he said. “We ended up starting three freshman, and not only did they hold up, but they made plays.” The best player on Bowling Green’s defense is its linebacker Dwayne Woods. Woods was sixth in the nation in tackles last season with 134 tackles. He has forced two fumbles, made
29 tackles and recorded an interception already this season. “Dwayne had a great year for us last year. Now he’s a year older,” Clawson said. “He’s a big -time player for us, and we expect him to play at that level.” Woods will need plenty of help from his teammates if the Falcons will be able to pull the upset this weekend. email@example.com
and 11 tackles last year. Sophomores Jarius Campbell and Ronnie Goble will start to either side of Jones, and both have recorded one sack this season. Grade: C Linebackers Junior linebacker Dwayne Woods is the Falcons’ best defensive player and arguably the best player on the BGSU team. Woods had 134 tackles last season, a number that ranked him sixth in the nation. He already has 29 tackles and two sacks through four games this season. Sophomore Paul Swan seems to be solidifying himself as the second best linebacker to Woods. Swan is fourth on the team in tackles with 20 in 2011. Grade: C+ Secondary Bowling Green’s pass defense has been solid this season. The unit is allowing less than 200 passing yards per game and has recorded four interceptions. Sophomore Jerry “Boo Boo” Gates has established himself as a young leader in the secondary. Gates is second on the team in tackles with 22, including two tack-
les for loss. Senior Keith Morgan also has two tackles for loss. The unit will be tested on Saturday. Grade: C Special Teams Kickers Kyle Burkhardt and Stephen Stein have each attempted two field goals this season. The two are a combined 3 of 4, but field goal kicking was a big problem for the Falcons a season ago. Sophomore punter Brian Schmiedebusch has been impressive this season. He is averaging 49.1 yards per punt with eight punts going for 50+ yards. Grade: BCoaching Dave Clawson enters his third season as head coach of Bowling Green State University. Clawson has compiled a 12-17 record as head coach of the Falcons. Bowling Green is Clawson’s first stop at the FBS level. He coached at Richmond and Fordham at the FCS level and was twice named the Division I-AA coach of the year. Grade: C+ firstname.lastname@example.org
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The West Virginia women’s tennis team travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., this weekend to participate in the Wake Forest Invitational. This tournament is the first action the Mountaineers have scene since traveling to Wilmington, N.C., to play in the UNC- Wilmington Invitational. Although the Mountaineers did see some success, particularly sophomore Melis Tanik. Head coach Tina Samara was not happy with the team’s performance overall. “Melis competed very well,” Samara said. “She worked really hard. There is no surprise why she did well – it’s because she is more committed, and she did not give up when things got tough.” Samara hopes that everyone on her team will model Tanik’s mindset. “I think that once each kid on this team realizes that they have a lot more to improve and that they aren’t perfect and they have to make changes, then that is when they are going to start doing well,” Samara said. “Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you play well.” Samara is not disappointed in the way her team practices or prepares for matches but in the way certain members of her team responded to adversity on the court. The coaching staff wants to see the Mountaineers figure out what is going wrong in a match and fix the problem. Instead, Samara feels her team has a sense of entitlement just because they had a good week of practice. “If you ask the top players in the world how many times a year they play really well
No. 19 Mountaineers head to Louisville by ethan rohrbaugh sports writer
The No. 24 West Virginia cross country team will get a look at this year’s Big East championship course this Saturday as the Mountaineers will travel to Louisville, Ky., for the Greater Louisville Classic. WVU fell five spots in the national rankings after last weekend’s secondplace showing at the InterRegional Bubble Buster. H e a d coach Sean Cleary says t hat t h e drop in the rankings should spark a fire Cleary in his team throughout the rest of the season. “Although we do not obsess on these numbers, we do not have goals to be the 24th-best team in the country,” Cleary say. “Our girls feel they are capable of more and will work very hard to reach the heights that they feel they are destined for.” This weekend, Cleary said, will be a great opportunity for the team to find out how much progression it has made. The coach said that West Virginia will go with a similar lineup to the one used in the season-opening meet for Saturday’s race. That lineup, which was comprised of some of the Mountaineers’ younger talent, will provide what Cleary calls a “look into the future.” “We are in great need for a few from this group to step
they probably say five to 10 tops, and they play 35 weeks a year,” Samara said. “What some of the best players do is win when they are not playing well. It is pretty easy to win when you are having a good day.” Samara knows her team has the talent to compete with any other division one program – what they are missing is the commitment to competition “We want to walk away (from matches) at least being proud of the effort,” Samara said. “They are wearing (West Virginia) colors. They are wearing the WV. There is a commitment to how they compete when they are wearing (blue and gold).” One major reason Samara is having trouble connecting with her team is that she inherited most of them. It is Samara’s second year with the team and she has only been able to have one recruiting class. It also does not help that her first recruiting class is a depleted one. One member has left the team due to personal reasons. London native Jade Allen has to sit out a year due to NCAA rulings, and Washington St. transfer Lea Jansen is unable to participate in singles matches due to a foot injury. That leaves freshmen Ikttesh Chahal from Chandigarh, India as the loan team member Samara recruited. “I think (not having my own recruits) has a lot to do with it in every aspect“ Samara said. “Some of the kids that are not going in the direction we want were not recruited for those qualities. ” Play in the Wake Forest Invitational begins Friday Sept. 30 and concludes Sunday Oct. 2.
up and emerge as potential top five runners on next years squad,” Cleary said. “I believe that each and every one of these young ladies has the ability to help this program in 12 months at a level that they have only dreamed about.” Redshirt junior Hallie Portner led the group that took to the course in Princess Anne, Md., back on Sept. 3. Fellow redshirt junior Aubrey Moskal along with redshirt sophomores Sarah Martinelli, Jordan Hamric and Chelsea Jarvis all finished the 5-kilometer race under the 20-minute mark to help WVU to a second place showing at the meet. While the Mountaineers’ former all-Americans did not run in that meet, they did get a chance to preview the course which will host this season’s NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet. This weekend will provide a similar opportunity, as this year’s Big East championships will be held in Louisville on the same course WVU will take on Saturday. “Our season has been set up to take a look at both the Big East and Maryland Eastern Shore for Regionals all the while preparing through training for our championships,” Cleary said. “We have a few pieces not quite in place with this group,” Clear said. “I feel very comfortable with where we are with the time remaining to be at what I consider to be full strength. “The group knows exactly what needs to be done in order to reach our potential. I have great faith in them.” email@example.com
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Freshman Andy Bevin and the No. 25 West Virginia men’s soccer team lost to James Madison Wednesday night.
No. 25 West Virginia upset by James Madison 2-0 by amit batra
Coming off of a tough loss against the South Florida Bulls, No. 25 West Virginia men’s soccer team fell to James Madison 2-0. The Mountaineers weren’t able to stop their road woes, as they’ve won just one game away from Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium this season. James Madison continued its strong home play with this win. They improved to 5-0 at home. WVU now dropped two in a row for the first time since
its loss on the road to South Florida and Connecticut last season. West Virginia dominated on almost every side of the game. They controlled the pace and had the advantage of corner kicks at 6-4. The Mountaineers had their opportunities though. Junior midfielder Shadow Sebele had a shot that hooked right at the JMU net. Junior forward Peabo Doue had a header that went wide right as well and finished the game with four shots. His aggressive play of late has really established him as a
leader in the group. Goals from James Madison came from senior Patrick Innes and junior Paul Wyatt. The Dukes got an assist from Christian McLaughlin. Innes continued his resilient play with his fifth goal of the season. He rocketed a free kick from 30 yards out under the crossbar. Wyatt hit his third of the year off a left-footed shot 18 yards away. Fouls haunted the game with JMU having 20 to WVU’s 10 and four yellow cards were issued. The Mountaineers had hoped for a win to boost their confidence before they con-
tinue Big East play this weekend at Cincinnati. West Virginia fell to 4-4-1 and James Madison improved to 5-1-1. JMU scored on its only two shots of the game. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Justin Epperson completed the game with two saves, making this win his fourth shutout of the season. West Virginia will need to bounce back quickly, as it goes on the road to face Cincinnati this weekend and then will be off a week prior to hosting Georgetown. brooke cassidy/the daily athenaeum
Junior midfielder Shadow Sebele had a shot on goal against JMU Wednesday.