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Friday April 29, 2011

Volume 124, Issue 145

Changes force RFLs to leave positions BY TRAVIS CRUM Staff Writer

Job description changes of West Virginia University’s resident faculty leader program will relieve all current RFLs from their duties this Fall. The new descriptions limit RFLs to a five-year term. They have all currently surpassed that mark and are unable to

keep their positions. In addition, RFLs will no longer oversee Residence Hall Coordinators. In September 2010, the RFL program moved to the Office of Academic Affairs from the Office of Housing & Residential Education. The move was made to increase undergraduate retention rates, said Elizabeth Dooley, associate provost for Undergraduate Academic

Affairs. RHCs will continue to be part of the Office of Residential Education. University Provost Michele Wheatly said the imposed limits are not WVU’s way of phasing out the program; instead it was designed to “refresh” it. “Change is actually good. Without (the limits) we would never be able to get them out,” Wheatly said. “This way we

can get young, dynamic people in (those positions) who are in touch with a younger generation.” She does not believe the term limits will discourage new RFLs from applying. University President James P. Clements said he does not get too involved in the provost’s work and did not know details of the RFLs job descriptions.

“The RFL program was a great thing, and it is something we will continue to do in the future,” Clements said. “It was something that was put into place in the 1990s, and it is healthy to look at the structure to see if any changes can be made.” Patricia Cendana, director of Residential Education, said she does not believe it was a bad de-

cision to have two departments managing the dorms. If a RFL has a problem with an RHC, the two offices will communicate with each other. Each of WVU’s 15 residence halls has a RFL and an assistant RFL. They are often married and live in a designated room within residence halls or

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Maniacs to focus on men’s b-ball ticket system By Joel Morales Associate City Editor


WVU football team ends spring practice with Gold-Blue Game by michael carvelli sports editor

They’ve waited patiently for this moment since December. On Friday, West Virginia football fans will finally get to take their first look at this revamped Mountaineer team at the Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium. One of the more anticipated Spring Games in recent memory, the WVU Athletic Department is expecting the scene at Mountaineer Field on Friday to be unlike any it has seen before. WVU Director of Sports Marketing Matt Wells said there have already been more than 3,200 tickets sold for the game, and attendance is expected to be close to what it was last season when 21,029 attended the game. With more hype surrounding this year’s game, Wells is hoping for a better environment than in years past. “I think there has been a different feel leading up to the game over the last few weeks or so,” Wells said. “There’s a lot of buzz, so I think it’s pretty exciting.”

WVU’s GOLD-BLUE SPRING GAME When: Friday at 7 p.m. Where: Morgantown, W.Va. (Milan Puskar Stadium, 60,000) Coverage: Check out The Daily Athenaeum’s Twitter (@dailyathenaeum) for in-game updates. Read Monday’s edition for a full recap of the scrimmage.

Part of bringing that different environment around the game will be due, in part, to all the events leading up to the game. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., fans are invited to go to the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility for a Mountaineer gear sale. At the sale, fans can purchase a number of authentic WVU apparel items, including complete Pro Combat uniform sets and graphic displays from the Milan Puskar Center.

Then, starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be a free concert featuring the Davisson Brothers Band with special guest former West Virginia fullback and current Philadelphia Eagle Owen Schmitt. The concert will be located in parking lot K-4 of Milan Puskar Stadium, and concessions will be sold. “Everything we’re doing is to try to generate a little more buzz and some more hype,” Wells said. “We want to get more people talking about the overall festivities of the Gold-Blue Game.” While there will be plenty to keep fans busy outside Milan Puskar Stadium, the main attraction will start inside at 7 p.m. More than 250 former Mountaineers will be at the game to take part in the Old Timer’s Game, which will run from 7 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Notable alumni such as former quarterbacks Pat White and Major Harris, former coaches Don Nehlen and Bobby Bowden, as well as current Athletic Director Oliver Luck will be taking part in the game.

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Freshman celebrate successful first year By Charles young city editor

Almost 350 West Virginia University freshmen marked the completion of the first year of their college career Thursday in the Blue and Gold Room at Bennett Tower. The Office of Student Affairs hosted its second annual “Sophomore Celebration” to honor the hard work and dedication of first-year students, said Interim Dean of Students Corey Farris. “It’s a lot of hard work that students have put in, and we don’t want that to go unrecognized, because freshman year is so hard,” he said. Students received a WVU sophomore T-shirt as they entered the celebration, which included free food, a DJ, raffle

prizes and informational booths. The booths were used to provide students with the necessary information to transition into their second year of school, Farris said. Representatives from West Run Apartments and The Ridge answered students’ questions about off campus housing. The Condom Caravan, which provides condoms to students in an effort to make contraception convenient, accessible and affordable, educated students about sexual health. Students could also participate in a “bartending” class, where they were informed of the dangers of alcohol abuse. Most students said they did not plan on taking advantage

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Students fill out forms for a chance to win a free iPad courtesy of The Ridge Apartments as part of the Sophomore Celebration held in the Blue and Gold Room in Towers on Thursday.

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INSIDE THIS EDITION The West Virginia men’s soccer team will face the New York Red Bulls of the MLS to end its spring season this weekend. ON PAGE 5

The Mountaineer Maniacs are looking into changing the way West Virginia University students are seated during men’s basketball games next season. The Maniacs want ticket allotment to be based on section and loyalty points, like football games. The Maniacs are trying to limit the amount of time students wait for entry and improve student behavior inside the Coliseum. “A ticketing system would eliminate how long people are waiting for entrance,” said Steve Staffileno, director of the Mountaineer Maniacs. “There will still be people at the doors because a ticketing system would do sections like in football, but it obviously would be much less time.”

The Mountaineer Maniacs are the official student section for WVU sports, supporting the athletic teams while promoting good sportsmanship, Mountaineer pride and tradition. “When I was a freshman or sophomore, I’ve spent the night outside the Coliseum more than once,” Staffileno said. “Everybody wants that first row, not the fifth row, so people will still be waiting in line, but they won’t be over night anymore and fewer classes will be missed.” The loyalty ticketing system will also improve fan behavior, because the true fans who attend all the games will get the best seats, Staffileno said. “The regularly attending fans, the big WVU fans that are at every single game

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Latest iWVU brings new features by david ryan A&E WRITER

A new update is available for West Virginia University’s official iPhone application. iWVU 4.0 was made available in the Apple iTunes App Store Tuesday with a variety of new updates. The application is available for free. Existing users can upgrade from their iTunes application on their phone or through the iTunes program on their Mac or PC. “Users will use it even more with the new features,” said Jared Crawford, a senior computer engineering major. “Especially reading the DA – it’s just a natural use for the iPad.” iWVU currently provides PRT status updates, various calendars and information on athletics and libraries. New features in iWVU 4.0 include dining hall menus, background streaming of U92, high-resolution dis-

plays for the day’s PDF edition of The Daily Athenaeum and support for the iPhone 4 and iPad. The iPad is “more and more becoming a device students are using,” Crawford said. “For some things, like reading The DA, it’s really nice. It’s an always up-to-date version of the paper.” Erin Fitzwilliams, editorin-chief of The Daily Athenaeum, was excited for the updated PDF reader. “It’s great that people can access the paper through the iPad,” she said. “I hope to see more people using the application and reading the paper.” The tablet computer is quickly proving itself popular among students, Crawford said. “I think we’re going to continue to make gains among students, because they see it as an alternative to carrying

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HIS TIME TO SHINE West Virginia redshirt senior linebacker Casey Vance has waited four years to compete for a starting job with the Mountaineers. SPORTS PAGE 5


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Continued from page 1 The real show starts at 7:45 p.m., as the 2011 Mountaineer football team will take the field to give everyone in attendance a first look at new offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen’s offense. And the fans aren’t the only ones excited for the Spring Game, many of the WVU players and coaches share that excitement to hit the field on Friday night. “I’m looking forward to the game, and I have a lot of people coming up from home,” said inside receiver Tavon Austin. “We’re finally going to get out there and hopefully we can get a couple good balls. If everyone gets a couple balls, then we can show everyone what we can do.” It’s very likely that Austin and the rest of the receivers will have a good chance to catch quite a few balls on Friday night, just like they have all spring under Holgorsen’s new “Air Raid” offense. Even though a lot of fans are excited to see what this newlook offense can do, the Mountaineer defense could possibly



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be the most interesting thing to watch in the game. After losing seven starters from last season’s top-five defensive unit, including many of the team’s best leaders, the players on the defensive side of the ball are looking to prove there won’t be much of a dropoff in what will take place. “We still have a good chunk of (last year’s defense),” said redshirt senior linebacker Najee Goode. “And with the younger guys coming up, we’ve still got great athletes and we can be as good, we’ve just got to work at it.” Even though the Gold-Blue Game is thought of as a more relaxed game, and as a chance for the fans to have fun and get to see a sneak peek at this year’s Mountaineers, the team still knows when it steps in between the lines on Friday night, it’s still a game, and they all still want to win. “I think you should perform the same way every time,” said junior quarterback Geno Smith. “If fans are what motivates you, then so be it. I just want to win. That’s what motivates me.”

Garrett Ford luncheon

Old Timers’ Game

When: Noon What: A luncheon honoring Mountaineer great Garrett Ford is presented by Chesapeake Energy. There will also be a roast of Ford.

When: 7 p.m. What: Former WVU football players (including coaches Don Nehlen, Frank Cignetti, Bobby Bowden and Jim Carlen and former players like Patrick White, Major Harris, Oliver Luck, Jeff Hostetler, Amos “Chalk Talk” Zereoue, Mike Logan, Aaron BeaWhen: 3 p.m. (autograph session); sley, Anthony Becht, Rasheed Mar4 p.m. (“Chalk Talk” session) shall, Grant Wiley, Adam Lehnortt, What: The WVU Varsity Club and Tommy and Terry Bowden, Owen the Mountaineer Athletic Club Schmitt, Pat McAfee, Dan Mozes are hosting a former Mountainand Keilen Dykes) will compete in a eer Coaches “Chalk Talk” event pre- touch football game. sented by Charleston law firm, Parking: The yellow lots above are Bucci, Bailey & Javins, LC. The event open to fans for general parking. features a Mountaineer greats auto- Tickets: Fans can purchase tickets graph session. Tickets are required for $10 to the Old Timers’ Game and to attend the autograph session. The Gold-Blue Game. Tickets can be For tickets call the Mountaineer purchased at the stadium today beAthletic Club at 1-800-433-2072. ginning at 5 p.m. WVU students will be admitted free with a valid ID.


Mountaineer Gear Sale When: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. What: West Virginia fans can purchase authentic gear and other items. Items range from a $1 DVDs to a $600 Nike Combat uniform.


Davisson Brothers Band Concert When: 5:30 p.m. What: A free concert that includes former WVU football player Owen Schmitt. Lawn chairs are permitted at the concert but not inside the stadium for the game. Concessions will be sold at the concert.

Gold-Blue Game When: 7:45 p.m. What: The game is presented by Kroger. Tickets will be available at Milan Puskar Stadium beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the ticket office outside the north gate and at the west gate. How the game will go: The offense (white) and the defense (blue) will battle each other in a simulated scrimmage. There will be four, 10-minute quarters. Points will be awarded to the offense for touchdowns, field goals and extra points, etc. The defense will earn points for three-and-outs, turnovers and scoring plays, among others. If you can’t make it: The Spring Game will be televised by your local West Virginia Media affiliate (WBOY) or online at The game will also be broadcasted live over the radio (101.9 FM WVAQ). Coverage: For live updates of the Spring Game, follow The Daily Athenaeum on Twitter (@dailyathenaeum). In addition, you can read a full recap of the game following the contest tonight. Check out Monday’s print edition for additional coverage, including commentary and photos from the day’s events.

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Huggins to be keynote speaker at graduation by Amy Rogers Correspondent

Jeffrey Core has the tall task of opening for Bob Huggins at this semester’s graduation ceremony. Core, who won the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences National Association for Sports and Physical Education Outstanding Major of the Year award in 2011, will speak to fellow graduates next month. He will introduce WVU’s men’s basketball coach who is the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. “Just knowing his background in being a very successful coach, I would imag-


Continued from page 1 aren’t the ones that cause the problem 95% of the time,” he said. With this system, students who go to the games at the beginning of the season against unranked opponents will be rewarded when Big East games are played, Staffileno said. Stephen Orlowski, Student Government Association athletic council, will help Staffileno on improving student behavior at athletic events. Orlowski is working on a new program, C.H.E.E.R.WVU, which will help organize cheering sections and promote the use of positive cheers, Staffileno said. C.H.E.E.R.-WVU is an acronym for character, honor, energy, ethics and respect. “Because of events in recent years, we truly believe as an organization this will create a positive atmosphere for WVU,” Orlowski said. C.H.E.E.R.-WVU would also work to incorporate new,


Continued from page 1 a laptop around campus,” he said. Crawford first developed the application for use among students to help guide them through WVU with building locations, calendar access and more. Shortly after its release, WVU acquired the application, and Crawford has been working on new versions ever since. “The app has grown a lot, obviously, with the things it can do,” he said. In its latest update, iWVU now supports the higher resolution display of the iPhone 4 and the larger screen size of the iPad. Suggestions from WVU community members have helped Crawford implement features useful to them, including PRT downtime. Seeing students using

ine what we hear from him will be something quite motivational,” Core said. Huggins, who has a self-proclaimed “effervescent” personality, is one of 17 speakers that will speak at WVU’s graduation ceremonies. “Coach Bob Huggins is charismatic and full of personality,” said Dana D. Brooks, dean of the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. “Huggins is the most appropriate candidate for this year’s commencement after he did such a wonderful job last year.” It will be a great opportunity for students to listen to Huggins at commencement, havpositive cheers with the Pep Band at games. “If you give students incentive and provide cheers for them ahead of time and tie them into the Pep Band, it will influence the students to cheer positively,” he said. Staffileno said the break between the student section and the court is keeping WVU’s student section from reaching its full potential. “If (the student section) could be more unified, we would be a more hostile environment and a tough place to play,” he said. “One of our main goals is to create the best environment for our team and the worst environment for the other team because we want our team to win.” The WVU Athletic Department moved the student section further from the court, making room for court-side seats which they collect revenue from, he said. There are three different memberships the Maniacs offer. The basic membership costs $20 and includes a Tshirt, invitations to watch parties and 20 percent off on ap-

it around campus is great, Crawford said. “I’ve had people ask me questions about it, not knowing I developed it,” he said. Other schools have also taken the open source application and tailored it for their own needs, including Marquette and St. Louis University, as well as some in England. “It’s really become a part of the open source community, which is great for me,” he said. In two weeks, Crawford will graduate and move on to law school – limiting his time available to the application. However, he and the University are looking for a student to pick up the mantle and take over development of the application. “If someone wants to get in contact, I’ll set them up with what they need,” he said.


HPEC to vote on Clements’ contract West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission will vote on West Virginia University President James P. Clements’ new contract Friday. The WVU Board of Gov-

ernors approved the new contract at its February meeting. Clements’ original contract paid him $450,000 a year for two years. — jam

ing graduated from the college himself, he said. There are many other notable people speaking at this semester’s commencement. Senator John Unger is the speaker for the Honors Convocation. Unger is WVU’s 24th Rhodes Scholar and has degrees in liberal arts and biology. Dominique Dawes, a threetime gold medalist in gymnastics, will be speaking for professional programs in the School of Medicine. Personalized speakers with distinguished careers and personal wisdom to share who can relate to graduates, are chosen by the dean of each school or college.

“We have lots of great speakers lined up for this year. Each college does a great job selecting a speaker with something to share with their graduates,” said Stephanie Ballard Conrad, director of University Events. The commencement ceremonies will take place among various locations on campus, such as the WVU Coliseum, the Creative Arts Center and the Morgantown Event Center. For more information on the speakers and events, visit http://commencement.wvu. edu/ for updates on the commencement ceremonies.


West Virginia fans cheer during last seasons game against Coastal Carolina. parel at The Book Exchange. The Gold Gridiron membership includes the basic features, but guarantees football tickets for $30. The Maniacs added a third membership this year. The True Blue membership costs $30, is limited to 500 students, and gives members a 24-hour


Continued from page 1 a WVU-purchased house near their assigned dorms. The RFLs, who are also professors, serve as mentors and peace keepers to dorm life. Shortly after the department change, Dooley began holding meetings with RFLs to discuss their new responsibilities. The RFLs now coordinate academic programming within the halls. Assistant RFLs no longer teach University 101 sections. WVUe 191 will replace University 101 this Fall. The course

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of the educational materials and were only interested in the prizes being given out. “I figured it’s free dinner and I got a free T-shirt,” said Bryce Johnson, a freshman business and economics major. Allie Zaccarelli, a freshman pre-forensic and investigative science major, said she came for the prizes but was also using the event to celebrate the com-

first priority period for trips to away football and basketball games. Any students interested in joining can do so at the Mountaineer Maniacs office in the Mountainlair during the summer and fall semesters.


will be taught by resident faculty leaders and their teams, which consist of RHCs and graduate resident assistants. Prior to the change, RFLs were rehired on a year-to-year basis, following a performance review. WVU’s RFL Program began in 1996 under former University President David C. Hardesty as part of an initiative known as “Operation JumpStart”, which puts structures in place to help students adjust to college.

pletion of her first year. “It’s scary to be finished with my first year. It went so quickly; I never expected that,” she said. Farris said he hopes the event reminds students the University is proud of their accomplishments. “If the students look at themselves, they saw their persistence paid off. They worked hard, stayed at it, and here they are,” he said. “They have just completed their first year.”

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Stay on task for finals over the weekend The recent spring of warm weather has been a great mood-booster for us all. But don’t let the thought of the upcoming summer become a distraction from studying for finals. The key to a successful finals week is getting a balanced amount of study time and rest. Weekend warriors of High Street should tone it down for a few days - don’t cram everything on Sunday night.

While most West Virginia University students will have a full plate over the next week, it is counterproductive to study through all hours of the night, get little to no sleep and then take an exam that will make or break a hard-earned GPA. It is understandable to do what is necessary, but using the weekend for studying will allow for a more relaxed finals week. True, many friends will be departing from Morgantown

directly after their finals are finished, and this may be the last weekend to spend with them. But remember – the point of college is to get an education, so put finals before anything else. Utilize resources the University has to offer. As it was during dead week, the Downtown and Evansdale libraries will be open 24 hours next week, so if late night-studying is a must, there

will be an appropriate place. Again, concentrating with having little sleep is difficult for anyone, so keep the allnighters at a minimum. The Weather Channel is calling for a beautiful Saturday, 70 degrees with plenty of sunshine. Use the day to have a relaxing study session outdoors. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, make sure to choose a destination that is not only

comfortable, but distraction free. Plans for study time can be broken very easily when around the wrong company. Make sure to be surrounded by others with similar a goal – ones who want A’s. If that can’t be arranged, then go solo. Just have priorities in line. Stay focused all weekend; crunch time is now.

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Republican-appointed justices only care about corporations michael levy columnist

American consumers hold too much power over corporations. Big businesses are being swindled by middle-class Americans. If justice is your goal, you should fight for the rights of multinational companies. Ridiculous, right? Not according to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday the contracts we have to sign to do business with corporations can prohibit us from filing class action lawsuits against those corporations if they do us harm. Furthermore, the court ruled state law cannot prohibit such clauses. In another twisted perversion of conservative ideals versus modern American Republicanism, all five Republican-appointed justices ruled for the augmentation of federal power over states’ rights. The vote was 5-4, with all five justices appointed by Republican presidents ruling in favor of the corporations, and the four justices appointed by Democrats dissenting. The case at hand concerned a couple from California against AT&T. When the couple signed their cell phone contract, they thought they were getting a free phone. It turns out AT&T led them to believe the phone was free but later charged them $30.22 for it - shocking, isn’t it? So the couple hired a lawyer to bring a class-action lawsuit against AT&T for false advertising on behalf of all the people who were similarly deceived. But, in the contract AT&T made each of them sign to get the phones, there was a clause

that said they couldn’t bring complaints to the court as a “class.” Instead, they would each have to arbitrate their complaints individually. I think lawyers commonly get around 40 percent of damages in a case like this. So, if the couple won, their lawyers would be sitting on a sweet payday of around $12. If their firm bills services at $240 an hour, that would give one lawyer three minutes for the case. The power of the class-action suit is it provides consumers an avenue to band together to make pursuing claims like this a reasonable proposition. The Supreme Court just took that power away from us, which will encourage companies to be more negligent and deceptive. The fundamental problem is an imbalance of size and power. Let’s say I’m sick and tired of being pushed around by big businesses, so I start thinking about how I can protect my rights. I take play from the companies’ playbooks and decide to make a contract of my own. Of course, I’m not a lawyer, so I head over to Student Legal Services and they help me draw up a contract that says in order to do business with me, my right to bring class-action lawsuits must be preserved. Of course, there are some other protections I want to hang on to, so by the time we’re done we have 20 dense pages of legalese. Then I call Comcast Cable and say, “Hey, I’d really like broadband internet in my apartment, and you’re the only provider in town, so could you come over and hook it up?” Their technician shows up a couple of days later and, as he comes into my living room, we exchange pleasantries, he hands me Comcast’s contract and I hand him mine. Is there any doubt what would happen?

First, he’d laugh at me. Then, on the off chance he took me seriously and didn’t just take off, he would eventually acknowledge that he’s not authorized to sign a contract on Comcast’s behalf. Who would be? The contract would have to go through the company’s legal department to be reconciled with their own contracts. Perhaps there are a few ex-

ecutives who could sign such a document, but that would never happen. I belabor the story to demonstrate how futile it would be to try to preserve my rights in dealing with a big corporation. Every time we request the services of a large organization – whether it’s an internet or phone company with a near-monopoly on the market, an emergency health care provider with ser-

vices we need or a business for which we want to work – we sign away our rights. We have to, because they insist upon it, and they hold all the cards. Comcast is the only broadband provider in town. I am just one of their thousands of clients. They can easily tell me to get lost, but it doesn’t work the other way. Class-action lawsuits provide

a way to remedy that asymmetry when something goes wrong. The Supreme Court, specifically the Republican appointees to the Supreme Court, just took that protection from us. We all know corporate influence is corrupting Washington. If we are serious about meaningful democracy in America, limiting corporate influence in Washington should be our first step.

Charlie Sheen is snorting his drugs in, who Suri Cruise is wearing – and I want to read the newest obnoxious quote from Gwyneth Paltrow on why we should all be rich. And I don’t want to have to search for those articles. I should be able to just go straight to the Yahoo! homepage and see them as headlines. Don’t the editors know what is important? If I see another italicized or pastel-colored royal wedding headline, I am going to dump all of my English Breakfast tea into Lake Houston. I might even do the same with all of my commonwealth teas. Regina Spektor provides a perfect critique of the royal wedding hysteria on her Facebook

page. Since her name means “Queen,” she is a credible source on these matter. “Perhaps royal people everywhere should apologize for the years of pretending they were somehow chosen by a higher power to rule, enslave and colonize,” Spektor said on her Facebook page. “Instead of holding a deja vu wedding – a strange costly neurosis playing out on the world’s psyche, they could just admit they aren’t any closer to the top. They can’t pull some strings where it matters.” Amen. I will love Regina Spektor until the day I die – until her glottal stops become a natural result of her senility and inability to remember words, and are no lon-

ger just a part of her singing style. She makes a valid point. The British royal family doesn’t have any real power anymore – and this is rightfully so. Their chief jobs are waving, wearing hats, collecting flowers from well-wishers and looking approachable at pancake-flipping marathons. Apparently Prince William and Kate Middleton are very promising in these areas, especially in the area of waving. They have decided to use an open palm wave – how progressive of them. According to The Mirror, an English online publication, “The open palm display signals openness and approachability that is only slightly tempered by the fact

it is very similar to the signal for ‘Stop.’” Do we really need articles published about the body language of these people? There has even been a phenomenon lately of people finding the likeness of Middleton in random objects. A British couple apparently found her face on a jellybean and is trying to sell it online. I’m sure they will fetch quite a few pounds for it. I found myself a victim of this subliminal royal wedding advertising the other day as I was unconsciously finding Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales’ face in lattes, sidewalks, dirty napkin, and ashtrays. Fortunately, after getting a solid eight hours of sleep I was healed

of my royal wedding psychosis. If there comes a time when it is impossible to fight the royal propaganda, maybe UH could just cash in on the neurosis. Maybe we could “accidentally” incorporate Kate Middleton’s face into a new sidewalk, or possibly into the layout of an entire building. We would have people transferring in from all over the country to see, not only James Franco, but Kate’s likeness as well. Let us hope all of this dies down soon, and the royals go back to their charity work and walking their Corgis. I hope this happens sooner rather than later, because I’m not sure how long I can go without a cup of Twinings tea.


A detail of the West Facade of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Monday, March 7.

Royal wedding is causing unnecessary global hysteria DANIEL RENFROW THE DAILY COUGAR UWIRE

Are you waking up at 4 a.m. on Friday to watch the royal wedding? I’m not. I am experiencing royal wedding burnout that is rapidly developing into British culture burnout. I yearn for the days when I could procrastinate for hours online and not be assaulted by endless side-by-side pictures comparing the style of Princess Diana and Kate. I’m sorry, “Catherine.” I want to hear more about Snooki’s weight loss, what bathroom

Letter to the editor Thank you to those with big hearts On April 25, my husband and I were driving on University Avenue. going through Sunnyside. There were a lot of college kids on the street and sidewalk, as they were returning from Easter vacation. I was not going fast, but I lost my brakes and could not stop the car. I knew I didn’t want to hit any of the students, or anyone else. I didn’t panic, even though this was my very first accident. I knew I had to go over into the other lane where there was a tele-


phone pole, and I headed for it knowing that my husband and I would probably be hurt – better us than anyone else. Of course we crashed into the pole and totaled the car. We had some pretty good injuries, but we live to tell about them. However, there was a guy in a yellow car coming up the road, and several college guys got out and came to help us. They called 911, and the one young man said he would stay with us until the ambulance arrived. My husband was bleeding very badly, but the young man took care of him. I want to thanks those young

men, and especially the one who stayed with us. I know his parents would have been proud – he was great. They could have driven off like a lot of other people, but instead chose to help an elderly couple who was in real need. I just want them to know they did a very good deed and it was so much appreciated. I do not know their names, but they know who they are. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


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Friday April 29, 2011

tony Dobies sports writer

Make sure to attend Spring Game I hope you’ve made plans to attend tonight’s Gold-Blue Spring Game. It’s going to be an event. For years, the West Virginia University Athletic Department has missed the opportunity to make the Spring Game the biggest show in town in April. It’s been a lackadaisical game between the offense and the defense, and few people made the trip up to Morgantown to see the action. Despite that, the Mountaineers’ solid fan base has shown up and filled nearly one-third of Milan Puskar Stadium over the last two seasons. The record attendance at WVU’s Gold-Blue Spring Game is more than 22,000 fans. Last year, 21,029 fans watched the game. This year, though, West Virginia has put together a day full of events to keep fans occupied and make sure to have a record-setting spring game attendance mark. There will be a luncheon and roast of Mountaineer great Garrett Ford at noon, a Mountaineer Gear Sale from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., an autograph and “Chalk Talk” session with former Mountaineers like Bobby Bowden and Don Nehlen starting at 3 p.m., a Davisson Brothers Band concert at 5:30 p.m. and an Old Timers’ Game at 7 p.m. This is all before the GoldBlue Spring Game which will kick off at 7:45 p.m. For more information on those events, check out The Daily Athenaeum’s detailed schedule on page three. Nearly 4,000 tickets were pre-sold according to the Athletic Department’s Director of Marketing Matt Wells. As is the case every year, there are thousands of fans who buy tickets on gameday, as well. As usual, the weather could be the biggest factor in the number of fans who make the trip. It looks like it will be raining in Morgantown throughout the day, but the sky should clear up prior to the start of the actual game. It should be a record-setting day for spring game attendance – something that has become a trend at top programs across the nation. Alabama had 92,310 fans at its spring game earlier this month, which was the nation’s highest total. Outside of the Crimson Tide, Nebraska (66,784), Florida State (53,818), Auburn (53,209) and Florida (51,000) are among the tops in the country in spring game attendance. That’s no surprise, of course, as those schools are national powers. Fans at those programs have learned to enjoy the spring game, because it might be the only chance they have at attending a game without paying a huge chunk of money to go themselves and bring their children or family members. It’s an experience. It adds another element of a fan base that doesn’t take into account the season-ticket holders or big donors. The Big East Conference has had weak attendance this year. Syracuse had the most fans at its spring game (4,206), and no other conference school had more than 2,500 fans in attendance. Some of this could be weather – but I’d bet it was more so because of the fact that spring games aren’t made into the event they should be. It’s nice to see West Virginia buck that trend a bit. The Athletic Department is taking the Spring Game as seriously as it should. This is a money-making opportunity. It’s a chance to give fans a gameday-like atmosphere, as well. We’ll see how many fans show up tonight. But, make sure you’re one of them.

HIS TIME TO SHINE After years on scout team, Vance ready to step up, make plays as linebacker BY MICHAEL CARVELLI SPORTS EDITOR

Standing at just 5-foot-9, Casey Vance isn’t the prototypical linebacker. But West Virginia’s redshirt senior isn’t letting that barrier hold him back this spring. As the Mountaineers prepare to play in tonight’s GoldBlue Spring Game, Vance is the favorite to take over as one of the starting linebackers, along with senior Najee Goode and sophomore Doug Rigg. “I’m not your typical 6-foot-2 linebacker,” Vance said. “But there’s ways to overcome that. You just try to play a little harder and a little more physical.” While he might be in line to be a starter now, it hasn’t been an easy road for him to get to this point. Vance, a Seneca Rocks, W.Va., native, spent his first three seasons at WVU on the scout team and didn’t see any action in real games. He saw his first game action last season as a junior, and did what he could to make the most of his opportunity. He finished the year with eight tackles and forced a fumble in the Backyard Brawl against Pittsburgh. “I just kept progressing year by year, getting more reps,

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West Virginia redshirt senior linebacker Casey Vance performs a drill during practice as defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel watches. learning more and doing better,” Vance said. “I was thinking eventually I would break through and be able to contribute in a big way.” Like every linebacker on this year’s WVU defense has said over the course of the spring, Vance said a big reason for his continued improvement during his career was thanks, in part, to former linebacker J.T. Thomas. “J.T. was a lot of help for me, especially last spring and

this past year,” Vance said. “(Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel) would tell us stuff on the blackboard, but playing (the position) is different than being coached by it. He would just kind of show you little things that coach couldn’t tell you.” Now that he is one of the older players in the linebacker room, Vance hasn’t just had to adjust to a possible role as a starter in his senior year; he’s also had to begin to be that

leader for the younger guys who are still trying to learn the ropes. “I try to help them out as much as I can and help them along,” he said. “They can get a little confused, a little down, and you just take them aside and say, ‘Try to do this, and don’t make the same mistake twice.’” While he is beginning to assume more of a leadership role on the team, Vance said he understands there are other

players on the WVU defense who will take more of that vocal leadership role Thomas had last season. After so many years of having great leaders on it, he doesn’t think there should be too many players trying to step into those shoes at the same time. As of right now, he thinks the guys stepping into that role are junior cornerback Keith Tandy and another senior linebacker, Goode. “You don’t need a whole lot of chiefs out there,” Vance said. “(You don’t want) too many chiefs and not enough Indians, but those guys will get on you if they see you not working.” With spring practice winding down, Vance realizes he’s on the verge of getting to suit up and be a starter for West Virginia, just liked he dreamed about when he was a little kid. But he also knows if he wants that dream to come true, there’s a lot of work left to do before it actually happens. “Watching film is the biggest key,” Vance said. “Watching film, learning what you’re doing and just working on the small fundamentals, so whenever we come back for the fall, we don’t have to start over. “We can build on this spring and try to keep on going.”

Men’s soccer to face MLS’s NY Red Bulls By Brian Kuppelweiser Sports Writer

The West Virginia men’s soccer team will finish up its spring soccer schedule on Saturday with an unusual opportunity. This game will be unlike any other spring game. That’s because the Mountaineers will be taking on Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. The final spring tilt for WVU, which is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start, will write a new chapter in team history, and it is something head coach Marlon LeBlanc and his squad are very excited about. “There’s not too many programs that get the opportunity to play against an MLS team,” LeBlanc said. “It certainly speaks highly of our program status that the Red Bulls would want to play us. The coaching staff is looking forward to it, and the guys are looking forward to it.” The Red Bulls were one of the MLS’s top teams last season, as they finished the year with the best record in the Eastern Conference and are currently atop the conference again with the top record. “This is an opportunity for our guys to play in one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference,” LeBlanc said. “They are going to get

the chance to play against a good group of professionals.” Although the Mountaineers won’t get to face the likes of Thierry Henry or Juan Agudelo in the matchup due to the team’s matchup against Sporting Kansas City that evening, LeBlanc does expect his team to put up a good fight. “Coming in, I don’t think confidence is going to be our shortcoming,” LeBlanc said. “It will be the technical level of players. Their shots and passes are going to be on point. They are going to do a better job of making us pay for our mistakes.” The confidence WVU carries into the contest is something LeBlanc attributes to the current state of youth soccer in the United States. Some players on the Mountaineers’ roster played at academies, which allowed them to hone their skills with some of the best players in the MLS. “They have been exposed to the big names,” LeBlanc said. “In particular, our D.C. United guys have trained with D.C. United’s first team when they were youth players.” Aside from the obvious experience that will be gained from the matchup, LeBlanc feels the game will benefit some of his players who have a chance to go pro in the future. “We have some guys that

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are capable of playing at that level in the future,” LeBlanc said. “It will give them an opportunity to showcase that in front of one of the better organizations in the MLS.” Lastly, LeBlanc is looking at the matchup as a nice endcap to an otherwise productive spring season. “We have used the spring as a chance for some young guys to get some playing time,” LeBlanc said. “It has been a hard-working spring for us. The guys have been in a lot of effort, and there has been some fantastic development. It is showing that we are going to be a team to reckon with come this fall.”

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Members of the West Virginia men’s soccer team celebrate after scoring a goal earlier in the spring season.

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HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY You often experience insights out of the blue. These same insights force you to stop and think. At times you will be uncomfortable with a new perspective, but know that something better lies ahead. You grow past former restrictions, allowing many more positive happenings. If you are single, check out a new friend and/ or suitor carefully. Not everyone is the person he or she seems to be. If you are attached, your sweetie often surprises you. Perhaps you have put this person in a box and have not seen his or her growth. ARIES makes a good healer for you. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Give yourself time, and you will manifest that dynamic and creative energy associated with your sign. How you handle the same issue in the morning as opposed to the afternoon could be substantially different. Tonight: Don’t be shy. Just ask for what you want. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH Use the daylight hours to the max. You might not feel very expressive or good in the afternoon. Use that period to wind down from a relatively strong workweek. Recognize everything that you have accomplished lately. Tonight: Make plans to go home or be with a friend. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH You move from being the demanding leader of the gang to more relaxed and easygoing. Your sense of direction is pivotal to others right now. A meet-

ing in the afternoon can solidify recent gains. Tonight: Let work become play. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHH Investigate in the a.m. and do additional research. In the afternoon, an important discussion happens with ease. You need to understand all the different dynamics. Note what a key party decides not to reveal. Tonight: Leader of the gang. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHHH You seem to be able to turn a situation in your favor. How you handle an upcoming situation could be dependent on forthcoming information. Do some research in the afternoon, especially if you feel that someone might not be coughing up all the facts. Tonight: Try a new spot. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH You might want to accomplish a lot quickly. How do you say “no” to people needing feedback or simply a few words from you? You might opt to take on the pressure. A surprise statement or situation involving a partner could toss you in a new direction. Tonight: Chat and dinner. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHHH Investigate a situation more openly. Others might be unusually challenging and act in unanticipated ways. Act on a challenge. Listen to news more openly. Try to avoid personalizing what you hear, even if it involves a dear loved one. Tonight: Just don’t be alone. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH Funnel your creativity and energy into a project, which might be work-related, but not necessarily. Your ideas seem to

open up a new set of opportunities. Brainstorm with the people who are on the same page as you. Tonight: Do what you want. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH You might be too involved to notice much. Your creativity and interest weave together. Whatever the project or interest, it can only benefit from this intensity. An element of the unexpected runs through a discussion. Tonight: Christen the weekend. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH Realize you can and will do whatever you need to do, especially regarding family, the workplace or a loved one. You tend to protect the people you value and won’t permit any problems to emerge. Tonight: As late as you want, but your home is your castle. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Your determination to have a situation work out is admirable. The unexpected tosses you off track. Your laughter and sense of humor emerge when dealing with those in your day-to-day environment. Tonight: At a favorite hangout. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH You cruise into the day full of energy. You have a lot to offer, which becomes quite clear. Many people value what to you seems innate, like your people skills and/or ability to communicate. Tonight: Treat a friend. BORN TODAY Conductor Zubin Mehta (1936), tennis player Andre Agassi (1970), newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (1863)


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Cow and Boy 

by Mark Leiknes


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ACROSS 1 Put one’s hands at ten and two 6 Aptly named lotion 10 1970 NBA expansion team 14 Poet Neruda 15 Affect, in slang 16 Reed in a pit 17 Entrance exam study guide? 19 Jim Davis pooch 20 Parlor treat 21 “Break a leg” 23 Mediterranean high spot 25 Dazes 26 They go nowhere 30 Lead singer Michaels of Poison 31 Sphere 32 American patriot Deane 34 Legally prevent 37 Game with a Ural territory 39 Only part of Egypt in Asia 41 “Ditto” 42 They’re tucked in a cannonball 44 Suisse capital 46 Selfish sort 47 Russian refusal 49 Squash relative 51 Flanders city 54 Sink or swim, perhaps 55 Cross, often 57 Title for Bovary 61 Man __ 62 Behar’s home? 64 John __, the Lone Ranger 65 Atty.-to-be’s exam 66 Maternally related 67 Six-sided rooms 68 Guidelines: Abbr. 69 Battle of the __ DOWN 1 Mudbath offerers 2 House of Dana perfume 3 “By a swan’s __ bill”: Keats 4 Gave the runaround 5 Spins 6 Back 7 Throat trouble 8 Card worth a fortune? 9 Engross

10 Snoopy-wearing-shades trait 11 Steal office supplies? 12 Declare 13 Looks for 18 Menace with a blond cowlick 22 Schoolyard pressure 24 Stage surprise 26 Doofus 27 “__ Brockovich” 28 Missing letters? 29 Less fruity? 33 Wrap around a wrap, maybe 35 Drop 36 Identifies 38 Googling elements 40 Net __ 43 8-Down user 45 Puts on a par (with) 48 Olympic qualifying events 50 Incomplete 51 Martin’s “That’s __” 52 Staircase support

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Friday April 29, 2011



WVU to compete in Big East Championships by cody schuler

sports correspondent

With the tumultuous water conditions the West Virginia rowing team has experienced over the past three weeks, it would be understandable if the team felt a bit rusty heading into this weekend’s Big East Conference championship at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. After all, on race day, it will be 21 days since the team’s last official contest. During that time, it’s been hard to get in regular practices. After adding in the additional stress caused by dead week and final exams, could be

hard pressed to focus solely on winning the team’s first conference title. Yet, redshirt senior captain Kate Brownson is upbeat, positive and even excited about going out with her team, which includes seven other seniors, and competing. “For me, personally, I always like having people turn heads and not expect us to pull the rug out from underneath them,” she said. The Mountaineers are seeded seventh overall going into the meet. “We feel that we have good momentum at this point,” said junior Sarah Cartwright. “There is a definite buzz throughout

the team. This is what we’ve been working for all year. It’s our main goal.” The Mountaineers are used to being seeded low and exceeding expectations in the Big East Championship. Last year, the team was predicted to finish eighth. But, with the help of a third-place finish from the varsity four boat, it finished sixth. “One of our annual goals is for each crew to place higher than its seed entering the championship,” said WVU head coach Jimmy King. “Unless you’re the top seed, you should be striving to exceed the expectations of others.” Those expectations, however, are beginning to rise. The

team, in particular the varsity eight boat, has been steadily improving throughout the season. The varsity eight raced its way into the grand final of the Knecht Cup Regatta this season, something it has never done before. “Going into races, and on race day, we’re doing better than we have in previous years,” Brownson said. “We definitely have improved each year I’ve been here.” Brownson hopes the varsity eight boat will qualify for the grand finals for the first time in program history. “Other (teams) look at WVU and realize we are bringing

competition and they have to fight for it a little more,” she said. “We don’t mind being the underdog and going out and making other teams work harder, tearing confidence from them and making them earn it.” Brownson noted how important putting forth a team effort in rowing is to the success of a boat. “If you aren’t rowing together in the boat, the boat won’t move fluently and fast,” she said. “You understand each other and how each person moves.” While King expects a “top performance” from the varsity eight boat, he also believes the second varsity eight boat has a

chance to surprise and exceed expectations. “They are a mix of experienced and novice rowers, and the spotty water time has hindered their development more so than our other crews,” he said. “They had a solid row (Wednesday) morning, showing yet again what’s possible from this crew.” The Mountaineers will race two varsity eight boats, a varsity four and a novice four, all with coxswain. The weather forecast for this weekend is expected to be partly cloudy with a small chance of rain and a high of 65 degrees.


Mountaineers face Ohio St. to end spring season by sebouh majarian sports writer

matt sunday/the daily athenaeum

West Virginia freshman pitcher Marshall Thompson delivers a pitch during a baseball game earlier this season. Thompson will start the second game of the Mountaineers’ weekend series against Villanova.

Baseball faces ‘Nova in Big East road series by ethan rohrbaugh sports writer

The West Virginia baseball team will look to claim its fourth consecutive Big East Conference series this weekend, as the Mountaineers hit the road for a three-game series against Villanova. WVU (24-16, 10-5 Big East) enters the weekend in fourth place in the conference, trailing Connecticut by just three games with 12 conference games remaining. Head coach Greg Van Zant says that the team’s mission hasn’t changed as it enters the final stretch of games, adding that the squad’s focus is solely on winning the next game on the schedule. The Mountaineers are third in the Big East with a .303 batting average and lead the conference with 26 home runs but needed solid pitching performances to take 2-of-3 from Seton Hall last weekend in Morgantown. The series’ first two games were split as WVU took the first game 6-3, and the Pirates claimed a 5-3 victory in game two. Senior Andy Berry took to the hill for West Virginia in the final game of the set, working 8 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs on six hits. Berry (6-2), who is tied for third in the conference in wins, was name the Big East Pitcher of the Week for his effort against Seton Hall. The Mountaineers, as a staff, are 11th in the conference with a 4.90 ERA and have allowed the second-most walks in the league (157). The staff has given up 218 runs, which is the Big East’s third highest total. The only Big East team that ranks worse than the Mountaineers in those categories is Villanova (15-24, 2-13 Big East). The Wildcats’ pitching staff has struggled all season, and has given up the most hits and walks in the conference. “In baseball, your defense is your pitcher,” Van Zant said. “We’ve been able to cut our walks down in the second half of the season, and our defense has been doing a good job at stopping the ball and getting outs when we can get outs.” Offensively, the Mountaineers boast three of the Big East’s top ten hitters, as redshirt senior Grant Buckner (.349), sophomore Brady Wil-

son (.342) and redshirt senior Jeremy Gum (.341) have been consistent all season. ‘Nova was swept by Cincinnati last weekend to bring the team’s current winless streak against league competition to nine games, The sweep moved the Wildcats into a tie with Georgetown at the bottom of the BIG EAST standings. Mid-week wins over nonconference opponents Temple and Delaware halted the Wildcats’ losing-skid, as Villanova won 9-8 and 7-6, respectively, on its way to claiming the Liberty Bell Classic title. Nova’s poor pitching hasn’t gotten much help from the bats this season either, as the team’s run total of 131 ranks next-tolast in the conference. Junior outfielder Matt Fleishman and junior shortstop Marlon Calbi are the only hitters in Villanova’s lineup batting over .300, as the pair has

gone for .331 and .308 marks, respectively. Fleishman along with senior third baseman David Koczirka account for 56 of the team’s 139 RBI. West Virginia will send junior Josh McCauley to the hill in game one of this weekend’s series. It will be the third start of the season for McCauley and his first against a conference foe. Game two’s starter for WVU is slated to be redshirt freshman Marshall Thompson, who is coming off of his first loss of the season, and the series finale will feature Berry as he looks to continue his dominance of the strike zone. In last year’s edition of the conference matchup, WVU was able to bounce back and take the set 2-1 after suffering a series-opening loss to the Wildcats at Hawley Field.

The West Virginia women’s soccer team will conclude its spring season Sunday when the Mountaineers host Ohio State. WVU faces a tough opponent in the Buckeyes, as they won the Big 10 Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Final Four last season. “Ohio State is a Final Four team, so we’re excited to see from start to finish where we’re at this spring,” said WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. The Mountaineers split their matches against Tennessee and Ohio in the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Soccer Invitational on April 16. After dropping a 2-1 match against the Volunteers and shutting out Ohio 1-0, the team’s spring record stands at 3-2-2.

“We have to finish our chances and make sure to limit their opportunities, because they are very dynamic,” IzzoBrown said. The Mountaineers have had a short bench this spring with only three reserves. Fatigue had caught up to them late in games, but after a 15-day break between games, the team is well-rested and ready to play. “It was good to get refreshed, get after it and play this weekend, so having the time off was good,” Izzo-Brown said. “I just have to make sure that everybody learns the culture of West Virginia soccer, so I’m looking forward to seeing the girls really pull it all together.” In order for the team to have the success that led them to a Big East Conference championship last season, the players will need to continue making strides into next year. “The girls need to maintain

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The West Virginia women’s soccer team talks in a huddle during a game this spring. their focus on fitness and their individual play and bring that into the summer months and into preseason,” Izzo-Brown said.


West Virginia falls to Rutgers in first round of Big East Championships by derek denneny sports writer

The West Virginia tennis team was defeated in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament on Thursday, falling to Rutgers 4-0. The Mountaineers were sent down in four straight matches, and the match was ended due to early decision. “We competed hard but just didn’t have enough to win,” said WVU head coach Tina Samara. “We definitely improved from the beginning of the year, and we could see that today. We just couldn’t get a win today.” The match started off bad for the Mountaineers when fresh-

man Anna Rodionova lost her match in the No. 6 spot to Vanessa Petrini, 6-3, 6-0. Things didn’t get any better, as junior Veronica Cardenas fell to the Scarlet Knights’ Maryana Milchutskey 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 4 matchup. The Mountaineers’ No. 1, freshman Melis Tanik, lost in straight sets as well, falling 6-3, 6-3 to Amy Zhang. The Scarlet Knights officially put the match away when No. 5 Stefania Balasa defeated WVU senior Ashley Pilsbury 7-5, 7-5. West Virginia will have a chance to make up for its performance today, as it will take on St. John’s in the loser’s bracket. This will be the first time this

season the Mountaineers have faced the Red Storm. After the loss to Rutgers, Samara stressed how important it will be for her team to be able to bounce back and have a good performance when it takes the court against the Red Storm. “We have to win this one against St. Johns,” Samara said. “Its our last chance. We’ve worked hard all season, so we don’t want to go home just yet. “Regardless of the outcome, we have shown a lot of improvement this season, and this is good experience.” The match against St. John’s will start at 3 p.m.



NFL Draft

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Zobrist has 8 RBIs as Rays rout Twins


Cam Newton greets NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the stage after being selected with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

Cam Newton drafted No. 1 overall by Carolina Panthers NEW YORK (AP) — Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is the first pick of the 2011 NFL draft, going to the Carolina Panthers. The Heisman Trophy winner was projected as the player most likely to be called first – and he was, by Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was repeatedly booed by fans at Radio City Music Hall. Goodell told them "I hear you" as fans, reacting to the current labor dispute, chanted, "We want football." Newton led Auburn to an undefeated season and it first national championship since 1957. Carolina was 2-14 last year, using four quarterbacks, two of them rookies. "Man, it's a great feeling to be up here," said Newton, the third straight quarterback taken first overall. "It's a great feeling to be a Carolina Panther." Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, who is suing the league, was the second pick, selected by Denver. Miller, a plaintiff in the antitrust lawsuit players filed to block the lockout, strode across the stage with tears in his eyes and hugged Goodell. "I didn't have a clue about what would happen," Miller said, referring to winding up with the Broncos. Buffalo selected Alabama nose tackle Marcell Dareus, who gave Goodell an even bigger hug. Of course, Dareus weighs 308 pounds, about 70 more than Miller – and at least 100 more than Goodell.

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Cincinnati, perhaps calling the bluff of quarterback Carson Palmer, who is demanding a trade, instead took the top receiver in this crop, A.J. Green of Georgia. Arizona, also in need of a quarterback, selected the top cornerback available, Patrick Peterson of LSU. The labor strife caused speculation not many trades would be made Thursday. But just six picks in, Atlanta cut a deal with Cleveland and moved up from No. 27 to grab Alabama receiver Julio Jones – the fifth Southeastern Conference player in the first six. Goodell booed at draft NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was booed by fans when he opened the NFL draft and again when he announced Cam Newton as the first overall pick by Carolina. Goodell welcomed the fans packing Radio City Music Hall and said, “Let’s get back to some football. The 2011 NFL draft is officially open.” Fans responded by chanting, “We want football!” Before the draft Goodell mingled with some fans in the lobby, chatting and posing for pictures. Even before he officially got the draft started, he was greeted by boos by many of the fans and the “We want football!” cries. Goodell smiled and said, “I hear

you.” As the chants grew louder, Goodell said, “I agree. I’m with you.” A few seconds later, Goodell asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the storms that ripped through the South on Wednesday. He also singled out Alabama coach Nick Saban and Auburn coach Gene Chizik, who were on stage, as well as several players from the states hit by the storms, including Newton and Alabama’s Marcell Dareus. Other than the boos, the announcement of Newton as the top pick looked like draft business as usual for the commissioner. He greeted the Auburn quarterback with a handshake and a hug, and the two had their photographs taken while holding a Carolina Panthers jersey with the No. 1 on it. The boos continued for Goodell with the second pick, when he announced the Denver Broncos had selected Texas A&M’s Von Miller, the lone draft prospect who is a plaintiff in the players’ antitrust lawsuit against the league that has led to the lifting of the lockout by a judge. Miller said Wednesday he was going to give Goodell a big hug when he got on stage with the commissioner – and the linebacker was true to his word. Goodell clapped as Miller walked on to the stage, gave a big smile and the two embraced in a bear hug that last about 10 seconds.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Finally healthy, Ben Zobrist is hitting the way he did during his breakout 2009 season. Zobrist set a Tampa Bay record with eight RBIs, hitting a home run and two doubles Thursday as the Rays routed the Minnesota Twins 15-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Zobrist went 4 for 6 and scored twice. He hit an RBI single in the first inning, a three-run homer in the sixth and added two-run doubles in the seventh and ninth. Zobrist broke the team RBIs record of seven set by Carlos Pena in 2007. He's the first player to drive in at least eight runs in a game since Toronto's Adam Lind on Aug. 31, 2009. "Anytime you have that many RBIs it's because your teammates are on base for you every time," Zobrist said. "That was what it was about today. We hit well up and down the lineup. Everybody hit and hopefully we saved a few for the second game." Zobrist hit .297 with 27 home runs and 91 RBIs in 2009, then signed a four-year, $18 million contract. He played through a sore neck last year and his numbers dropped across the board, down to .238 with 10 homers and 75 RBIs. But Zobrist has been healthy this spring and it shows. He's driven in 16 runs over his last four games to take over the league lead in RBIs with 23. "That's hot," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "Ben's just not missing. He's getting his opportunities and the at-bats have been working and he's done a great job with it." With Zobrist leading the way, Tampa Bay has won four in a row and 12 of 15. "Anytime you are healthy, then you can do the work you want to do to get prepared for the game," Zobrist said. "When you're not healthy, you can't do that. That's the biggest difficulty of not being completely healthy, just being able to get that work in. So, it's been nice being able to do that this year. Especially lately, trying to make adjustments where I need to make adjustments." B.J. Upton had three hits and scored three times for the Rays, who matched a season high with 19 hits. Johnny Damon extending his hitting streak to 15 games while getting three hits, including an RBI triple. Jeremy Hellickson (2-2) pitched 6 1-3 innings for the victory. Nick Blackburn (1-4) was chased in the fourth. Tampa Bay's hitters might be starting to catch up with their pitchers. The Rays started the day with the AL's third-best ERA, but was last in the majors with a .228 batting average. The Rays have outscored the Twins 23-5 through the first two games of the series. Zobrist hit his sixth home run and Casey Kotchman hit his first. Tampa Bay has scored in the first inning of each of the five games of the road trip. "I'll sit in there as long as they want to hit," Hellickson said of the long pauses in the dugout while his team scored. "I'll just put on my jacket and sit on the bench." Hellickson allowed just two hits before Michael Cuddyer homered with two outs in the fourth. The rookie right-hander then retired seven of the next eight batters. "We're not playing with some fire," Cuddyer said. "We've got to play with some fire. We've got to play with some emotion. Right now we're not. Blackburn stumbled through 3 1-3 innings. He allowed seven runs, five of which were earned, and gave up eight hits and four walks. The walks might be the biggest concern for the Twins. Perennially among the stingiest teams

in handing out walks, they've had control trouble all season. "I just couldn't throw strikes," Blackburn said. "Everything I was throwing was going straight in the dirt. It was just one of those days. It's not very often I have to try to convince myself to get the ball up. I couldn't find the strike zone today." Damon walked in the first, stole second base and scored on Upton's single. Matt Joyce followed with another walk and Zobrist had an RBI single. Tampa Bay missed an opportunity for even more when Sean Rodriguez put down a squeeze bunt, but Joyce was tagged out at the plate. "You throw that game out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It was not very good for anybody except Tampa." Pirates lose to Giants 5-2, shut down by Vogelsong PITTSBURGH (AP) — Neil Walker was the only one who could solve Ryan Vogelsong, and that was hardly enough. Vogelsong tied his career high with eight strikeouts and won while making his first big league start in almost seven years, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Thursday. Walker had three of the Pirates’ four hits, including their only extra-base hit – an RBI double in the first inning. But he also had one of their season-high four errors. The Pirates made two errors each during the two innings San Francisco scored its runs. “We beat ourselves today,” first baseman Lyle Overbay said. “If we are going to be where we want to be, we can’t do that kind of stuff.” Vogelsong (1-0) was making his first start since Sept. 29, 2004, when he was with Pittsburgh. He spent three seasons in Japan after last appearing in a game for the Pirates in June 2006, then spent last season playing for the TripleA teams of the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels. Vogelsong signed a minor league deal with the Giants this past offseason and had his contract purchased from Triple-A Fresno on April 17 when Barry Zito went on the disabled list. Vogelsong had made two relief appearances since, covering 4 2-3 scoreless innings. He won for the first time since Sept. 14, 2005. “He did a good job of keeping guys off-balance,” Walker said. “I was fortunate enough to hit a couple of barrels on him, but for the most part he was down in the zone and threw a lot of good pitches today.” Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his seventh save. San Francisco had lost five of its previous six. Aaron Rowand had three RBIs and stole home as part of a double steal. He hit a two-run double during the Giants’ four-run third. The 33-year-old Vogelsong gave up two runs on four hits and two walks. He was making his 34th career start and 123rd appearance in the majors. After Walker’s two-out double that drove in Overbay in the first, Vogelsong went through a run of retiring 14 of 16 batters before sixth, during which he was lifted after allowing an RBI groundout by Ryan Doumit. Vogelsong had about 25 family and friends on hand. A native of eastern Pennsylvania, he met his wife in Pittsburgh. “It was a sense of accomplishment for me before the first pitch had even started,” Vogelsong said, adding that he “thousands of times” wondered if he ever would pitch in the majors again. “I was fighting it a little bit not to find myself getting too relaxed, you know? “It feels really good,” he added. “That was my main focus today was just to go out there today

and put up a good start, give us a chance to start swinging the bats and guys came big through for me today.” The Giants rank 13th in the National League in runs and were coming off a shutout loss Wednesday. Their big inning Thursday came while not getting many hard-hit balls during the third off Jeff Karstens (2-1). Mike Fontenot singled to lead off the inning and Eli Whiteside followed by getting hit by a pitch. Vogelsong reached when Karstens unsuccessfully tried to get the lead runner on a bunt, loading the bases. That set up Rowand’s double just inside the third base bag. “I know that there are going to be days where I get out there and I get my butt kicked and things don’t go our way,” Karstens said. “In that situation, I was trying to minimize the damage, and I made a mistake to Rowand and he made me pay for it.” With one out and after an intentional walk, Pablo Sandoval grounded to short, but Pittsburgh was unable to turn a double play, so Vogelsong scored. Rowand made it 4-1 when he came across as part of a double steal with Sandoval. Doumit’s throw went into center field on the play. “We got a couple breaks in the big inning, that’s what helped us today,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “But it’s good to get those breaks and get a big number. “When you’re not swinging the bat, you try to think of ways you can create runs.” Only two of the five runs charged against Karstens in his 6 2-3 innings were earned. Patterson’s bunt pushes Jays to 5-2 win at Texas ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Patterson dragged the ball into the perfect spot for the Toronto Blue Jays. Patterson, who two days earlier took a big swing and homered on an 0-2 pitch at his shoulders, bunted home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning Thursday as Toronto won its first series in three weeks with a 5-2 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. “It definitely worked out for us. I wanted to put the bunt in the right location,” Patterson said. “I would have been fine even if they would have thrown me out.” Darren Oliver (1-2) fielded the ball but nobody was covering the bag with first baseman Chris Davis charging to also try to get it. “He bunted it into no man’s land,” the 40-year-old Oliver said. “I was surprised I got to it.” Patterson got credited with a single and John McDonald, who held at third base until the ball was safely in play, scored the goahead run. “Safety squeeze. (Patterson) did an excellent job. It’s one of the things we worked on extensively in spring training,” manager John Farrell said. “In that situation, left on left, first and third, good pitcher on the mound who’s good on left-handers, Corey did an excellent job with the execution and the placement and a good read by McDonald to score.” The Blue Jays, who took three of four games in the series, then added two more runs when Texas made two errors on the same play. Adam Lind homered again for Toronto, his third in the series and fourth of the season. Frank Francisco (1-0), who played his first six major league seasons in Texas before being traded in January, got the final four outs. The right-hander struck out Mitch Moreland after taking over with two on and two outs in the eighth before a perfect ninth. “I don’t really look who’s in there. I just face who I got to face,” he said. “I feel great.”



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WVU hosts second Short Film Festival by mackenzie mays a&e editor

The second West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival begins Saturday at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center and will feature 90 independent films by filmmakers around the world. The festival is an international competition based on five categories: documentary short, narrative short, animation/experimental, student production and energy themed. “We’ve tried to make an event where we’ll have this international presence and expose the community to a whole world of indie filmmaking most of us don’t get a chance to experience,” said Gerald Habarth, professor of electronic media at the Division of Art and Design.

For the 2010 festival, 60 filmmakers submitted work and 200 submissions were received for this year’s event. The submissions were narrowed down by a six person film jury, which rated films based on quality of concept, craftsmanship and production value, according to Habarth. “The films competing are really organic in terms of style and genre,” Habarth said. “We want to expose students to indie films and enrich their lives as a result. We’re bringing interesting and different work from all over the world.” West Virginia filmmaker Jordan Freeman’s “Low Coal” is the only feature length-film in the festival and is dedicated to the mining industry. “It takes a look at the lives of individuals who are directly impacted by the coal

industry and features those who are politically for and against the practices of the industry,” Habarth said. “It really shows a cross-section of that culture and that community and gives viewers a glimpse at what life is like for those people.” Habarth said the energy themed category was chosen to highlight issues surrounding the Appalachian region and raise awareness about the state’s critical role in U.S. energy production and the effects it has on the environment. “This year we wanted to combine ideas of respecting the state and covering issues specific to West Virginia and the energy crisis, which obviously is an issue prominently important to local residents,”

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A scene from the film ‘Checkpoint,’ which will be featured in the WV Mountaineer Short Film Festival Saturday.


Fashion Design & Merchandising program showcases student work by megan puglisi a&e writer


The Creative Arts Center will host the production of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

‘Beauty and the Beast’ to bring the Disney’s timeless classic to CAC in May by jesse tabit a&e writer

The Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to the Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University this May. The Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre will host the production, which is based on the Academy Award winning Disney film released in 1991 (directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise). The show includes songs by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” is Broadway’s eighth-longest running production in history with 5,464 performances between 1994 and 2007. “This is the first time Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has been to Morgantown, so we’re doing three great shows so that everyone has a chance to see it,” said said Ali Daly, Public Relations Specialist for WVU Arts & Entertainment. “This musical appeals to all ages - those who loved the movie, those that love the songs, and those who just love colorful and powerful theater productions.” The story focuses on the relationship of a young woman named Belle, from a French village as she is imprisoned by Beast, who was once a hand-

some prince before he was transformed. His menacing, wolf-like demeanor is what the audience sees for most of the movie’s runtime. The curse was placed on the prince after he turned his back on an old beggar woman who offered him a rose in exchange for a night of shelter. The woman also turned the prince’s servants into furniture and household items, such as a candle stick and a tea pot. In order for the spell of Beast’s transformation to be broken, he must love Belle and charm her into loving him too. “Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. Also, the film was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound for the several songs it featured. Ultimately it took home two Oscars, one for Best Original Score and one for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”). Jen Betcher, who plays “Madame de la Grande Bouche,” or the wardrobe, in the production is excited to be bringing “Beauty and the Beast” to Morgantown. “It’s a great show for every single age, and it’s got fun, glitz and glamour,” Betcher said. She said the production features a lot more singing and dancing than the animated film.

She also said since “Beauty and the Best” opened last February, 400 shows have been performed this year, and the musical is booked thorough 2012. The production lasts around two and a half hours, Betcher said. “We’re really excited to be able to bring a show of this caliber to town, and we hope that our audience will enjoy it just as much,” Daly said. “Beauty and the Beast is such a timeless and beloved musical that spans generations, so there’s no better way to end our University Arts Series season.” The musical can be seen Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Mountainlair or CAC box offices for $44, $49 and $55, depending on seat location. Tickets are $30 for WVU students. “The live experience of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Betcher said.

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West Virginia University’s Fashion Design & Merchandising program will be displaying work designed by fashion merchandising and interior design majors on May 5 in the Erickson Alumni Center ballroom. The event will follow a Rio Carnival theme accentuated by an atmosphere reflecting a vibrant and colorful Brazilian festival. Designs on the runway will range from freshman classes of basic construction and graduating senior’s final collections. Although students have already been graded on their designs, the show’s true purpose is to allow students to showcase their hard work to the community and fellow students. “It’s a chance for people to come out and see how incredible the Fashion Design & Merchandising and Interior Design programs at WVU really are,” said promotion coordinator and WVU student, Lindsay Bailey. “I hope the audience is inspired by the designs and appreciate the amazing program that WVU offers students.” On the day of the show there will be interior design students’ displays in the Alumni Center lobby all afternoon as well as fashion merchandising displays. The fashion design students’ work will be showcased on the runway. Holly Lentz is the professor instructing the class but has given students the challenge to produce the majority of the show on their own. “She has definitely let us be hands-on through this experience and to learn to be pro-


The Fashion Design and Merchandising program on a study trip. They will be hosting a fashion show at the CAC. active in event planning,” Bailey said. This is Bailey’s first year being involved with a fashion show, and she is excited to be a part of the third annual Fashion Design & Merchandising fashion show. “I cannot wait to see how the completed garments will look on the runway and see the merchandising and interior design displays in person,” Bailey said. “We have been planning this event throughout the entire semester. I’m excited to see how great everything looks when it’s all put together.” Senior public relations major and director of the fashion

show, Margy Grow, is honored to be apart of such a major production. “Being able to organize and delegate a team of 22 students has given me a better sense of what it takes to execute a successful event since I am looking to go into the event planning industry,” Grow said. “This experience has been a great opportunity for myself and all of the students involved.” Although the designs are unavailable for purchase, guests have a chance to not leave empty handed. During intermission there

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CLEAN, QUIET, 1BR $475 + ELECTRIC & garbage, available 4/15. LG 2BR $625 +electric & garbage, available 5/15, lease/deposit off st parking upper Willey 304-612-3216

ONE BEDROOM, TWO BEDROOM EFFICIENCY Apts. Central air, off street parking, near law school. No smoking, no pets. Call 304-319-0863.

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1-3 BR APTS AND HOUSES. SOME include utilities and allow pets! Call Pearand Corporation 304-292-7171. Shawn D. Kelly Broker 74 Kingwood St.

NOW LEASING 1BR Apartment. Available May 15th. Prefer Graduate Student. No Smoking. No Pets. 304-288-0817


150 WELLEN AVE. 1BR. W/D. Utilities included. $650/mo. lease and deposit. 304-290-6951 or 304-599-8303.

BIG CLEAN 3BR APT FOR 3. Available 6/1/11. $855/month. 509 Clark St. Parking/NO PETS. 304-292-7272/304-376-7282. Dave Lingle. See it now!

INCLUDES ALL UTIL, WD, NO PETS 2BR Apt $800, 1BR efficiency $470/mo, 1BR attic apt $500-no WD, AC, 1BR/living room $600. Available May16. 304-983-8066 or 304-288-2109.


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Writers are required to report two stories a week and cover a variety of entertainment beats.

Available May 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments & Townhouses

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2 BR Starting @ $325 3 BR Starting @ $370

The Daily Athenaeum Arts & Entertainment section is currently looking for writers.

2 Min. From Hospital and Evansdale Bus Service NO PETS

BEST LOCATION IN TOWN. OFF CAMPUS housing on campus location! Call us before you sign that lease. Newly remodeled 2 and 3BR, C/A, WD, private patioparking available. 304-598-2560.

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2BR, 1BATH DOWNTOWN ON STEWART STREET. Recently remodeled. Off-street parking, DW, laundry facilities. $700/month +electric. Pets considered. 304-290-7766

3/BR FOR RENT. WALKING DISTANCE to downtown campus. $1200/month plus utilities. Off-street parking. No pets. Available May 15. 304-919-0086.


ATTRACTIVE 1 & 2/BR APARTMENTS. Near Ruby and on Mileground. Plenty of parking. 292-1605

2-3-4-5/BR APARTMENTS. SPRUCE and Prospect Streets. NO PETS. Starting in May/2011. Lease/deposit. For more info call 292-1792. Noon to 7pm.

3/BR, LARGE FREE W/D, Short walk to town & campus, Off Street Parking, No Pets, $335/person, Avail May or July, call 304-290-3347.

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4BR HOUSE utilities included, W/D, paved offstreet parking, close to campus. Available in August. Contact Ben 304-826-6000

2,3/BR APT w/off-street parking. Laundry facilities. Close to downtown. 15/min walk to WVU campus. $550, $700 plus electric. Available 5/15/11.No Pets. 579 Brockway Ave. 304-282-2729.

2BR, LARGE TOWNHOMES, FREE WD, short walk to town and campus. Free off-street parking. $425/person. Avail. July. Call 304-290-3347.

Office Hours Mon-Thursday 8am - 7pm Friday 8am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday 12pm - 4pm

1-2-3BR, (3/BR HAS 2/BA.) WD close by. CA/C. DW. Close to downtown. NO PETS. Available now. 304-276-0738. 304-594-0720.

A screenshot from the short film ‘Shoot me.’

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APARTMENTS NEAR STEWART ST. Studio and 1BR from $480 per Month and up, including utilities, No Pets. 304-292-6921


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Continued from page 9 Habarth said. He said the film festival is a representation of the storytelling and folklore that is an important part of Appalachian history and culture. “It’s all about the art of narratives: issues specific to what constitutes one, strategies to use and studying the approaches that have been used for a long time,” Habarth said. “Filmmaking has always been about telling stories, and we’re interested in cultivating that art form through this event.” Habar th wants students in particular to come out for the event to get an opportunity to see different types of film, as opposed to the typical social media they’re exposed to. “In this day of age with sites like YouTube, people are more likely to be more informed and exposed than ever before – but there’s nothing like a film festival,” Habarth said. “There’s something about being in a theater and having that experience with a group of people. It gives viewers a different kind of connection with the maker of the film. It’s what makes festivals special.” The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival will begin Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall of the CAC and will con-

PARKING- 1/2 OFF NOW THRU JULY. Also, Discount for leases for fall and spring signed by May 1. Four Blocks to Mountainlair. 304-292-5714.

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GILMORE ST. APARTMENTS: 3/BR apts. Available in May. Large kitchens, A/C, W/D. Pet Friendly. Off Univ. Ave. near top of 8th St. Call or text: 304-767-0765.


2/BRs. AVAILABLE. WD. DW. Big porch. Parking. NO PETS. $700/mo plus water/electric. Westover. Lease/dep. 304-826-0002. 2BR 2FULL BATH NEXT STADIUM AT 910 Don Nehlen Dr. (above the Varsity Club). DW/WD, microwave, Oak cabinets, ceramic/ww carpet, 24hr maintenance, CAC, off-street parking. $395/person +utilities. Close to hospitals. Some pets/conditional. For appt. call 599-0200 2BR/2BTH. Available July. Stewartstown Rd. $650/month. Garage, no pets, W/D, A/C 304-288-6374 or 304-594-3365 3BR ALL UTILITIES PAID. PARKING, DW/WD, Walking distance to campus. 304-680-1313.

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Friday April 29, 2011

Local bands come together at 123 for end of year concert by alex mcpherson a&e writer

The Brew Pub. Brews, a pub and open mic night. Six years ago, Aaron Hawley and Adam VanScoy began frequenting the establishment to reap the fame and fun of playing their hearts out. Soon they began picking up members, and before they knew it, they had a band. That band is the ‘85 Flood. “It evolved into a weird punk/ bluegrass band for a while before going electric and settling into the sound we have now,” Hawley said. That sound is an experimental folk/rock that has produced two albums and a host of Morgantown love. With a strong fan following and a dedication to getting down, they’ve been playing a host of events between recording some new tracks. “We’ve been recording at Zone 8 and have an EP pretty much done,” Hawley said. “The songs that Adam and I have

written for this one I think represent big steps forward for both of us, song-writing wise.” In addition, they’ve spent more time adding additional instrumentation not found in their live shows. From steel guitars to keyboards, they’ve beefed the EP up, without packing it with unnecessary bells and whistles. “It feels like we’ve made a more mature recording that stands on its own merits, as opposed to simply being our songs, as we play them,” Hawley said. Their goal is to get the EP on their Bandcamp page,, by Saturday May 7, in correlation with a show at 123 Pleasant Street. During their upcoming show they’ll be performing alongside Square the Circle, winners of WVU’s 2011 Battle of the Bands, and legendary Morgantown band Moon. Moon’s been around since 1989 and shows no sign of stopping. Mark Poole, brainchild of

the group, has been addicted to music since after his first concert (Cheap Trick) at the age of 14. Now the owner of Zone 8 Studios, he still performs, while helping other bands achieve their dream of recording. “We couldn’t be happier to playing with them,” Hawley said. “We have limitless love and respect for Mark. We’ve been over at Zone 8 working on the new EP, and we’ve spent a lot of time just hanging out lately, that it just seemed perfect to have them on the bill for this show.” Currently made of a lineup of Morgantown’s finest musicians, Moon is no band to shrug off. Billy Matheny and Clint Sutton are in the rhythm section, and have put out their own albums with their own bands. Woody O’Hara is regarded one of Morgantown’s best drummers, and he merely plays tambourine. “Moon is, pound for pound, Morgantown’s finest rock’n’roll band,” Hawley said. “I mean, it’s Mark’s band, but the dudes he has with him are some of the

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Lead singer of Square the Circle, Ken West, performs at the 2011 WVU Battle of the Bands. The group will play at 123 Pleasant Street May 7. best musicians around. I think it’s a testament to how much respect people around here have for Mark.” With the combination of

Moon, ‘85 Flood and Square the Pleasant Street on Saturday, Circle, there’s no better way to May 7. The show starts at 10 end the semester than with an p.m. and cover is $5. excellent show. Catch the whole gang at 123

‘The Office’ bids farewell to Michael Scott, welcomes new manager Dave Ryan A&E Writer

Attention: May contain spoilers. Michael Scott, regional manager of Dunder Mifflin-Sabre, is putting on his shoes after going through airport security. Leaving his world for a new life in Colorado with girlfriend Holly, Michael (Steve Carell), removes his mic for the show. “Will you guys let me know if this ever airs?” he asked. It’s a brilliant moment and a nice in-joke for an audience who has followed Michael’s frequent foibles leading a regional paper supply company. Michael leaves the show after 148 episodes of cringe-inducing bad jokes, social awkwardness and depression. In “Goodbye, Michael,” the show gives one of the nation’s most lovable misfits a great exit. In the episode, Michael is acting strange. He’s being incredibly open to other people’s wants for his going away party. He’s giving away trinkets of his career during his time at the office – including an important folder full of important clients to Andy. “You know I’m going to lose these, right?” Andy said. And sure enough, he does, mere moments later. Perhaps the funniest of the scenes: Giving Oscar a scarecrow Michael made himself. Oscar, trying to be nice and takes it. “He has the lowest opinion of anyone in the office,” Michael said in hysterics, finally in on the joke. Carell has brought a childlike innocence to a character that, in all seriousness, would have needed psychiatric inter-


Steve Carell plays Michael Scott in ‘The Office.’ vention years ago. Throughout the series, Michael has always been a truly depressing character. As a child, he appeared on a TV show saying one day he’ll have 100 kids so he’ll have 100 friends to play with. He’s had troubles with women and becoming too attached. However, under the veneer of “a friend first, boss second,” Michael is a shrewd businessman with a lot of time for the people he cares about (even if they often don’t care for him). For Michael, it was a great farewell. Despite how annoyed he makes his employees with pointless meetings, awkward exchanges and forced friendships, it’s clear they’ll miss him. However, the episode was pointlessly interrupted by the derailment of DeAngelo Vickers (Will Ferrell). For the past few episodes, I’ve come to like Ferrell’s shortlived character.

However Thursday’s episode made him a food-craving, ex-obese lunatic – a complete role reversal that seemed too forced. His role is important to segue to the next chapter of “The Office.” A big name is important to keep viewers interested without their main character. The ensemble comedy has enough likable people with funny backstories to keep it going – but without Michael to keep it together, I’m worried. The season finale – May 19 – sees the introduction of potential new candidates for the top job, including Jim Carrey, James Spader and Ricky Gervais. After 3,324 minutes of awkwardness, “that’s what she said” and fights with the warehouse guys, fans have plenty to laugh about with Michael Scott.

Worship Directory THE MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST meets at 361 Scott Avenue (near the Ramanda Inn). Sunday bible study is at 9:30. worship begins at 10:30. Sunday evening college church is at 6:00 p.m. at our christian Student Center (2923 University Avenue) next to the Evansdale Residential Complex. For further information call 599-6151, 296-3736 or 216-9100. or email

St John’s University Parish The Catholic Parish for WVU 1481 University Ave. (One block south of the Lair) 304-296-8231 MASSES - Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 6:30 PM and *8:30 PM * When WVU is in session. Daily Mass, Monday - Friday 4:30 PM Reconciliation, Monday-Friday 4:00 - 4:20 PM Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 PM

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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP SERVICES every Sunday morning at 10:45am, located in the A-frame building at 429 Warrick Street at University Avenue, opposite Grand Central Station. The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is to create an open, compassionate, religious community that supports intellectual, ethical and spiritual growth and encourages social consciousness, respect for diversity and thoughtful involvement in the larger community. We are a “welcoming congregation”. Contact Rev. Michael O’Kelly at 599-8040. For more information: Beth Houseknecht (292-1604) &:


A screen shot from the latest ‘Ghostbuster’s video game ‘Sanctum of Slime.’

‘Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime’ fails to keep up with game series fun jamie carbone a&e writer

For awhile there, it seemed like the Ghostbusters franchise was back on the right path. 2009’s “Ghostbusters: The Video Game” reunited the original quartet for what was a truly fun game, and rumors are constantly flying of the cast getting together for another film. Yet with good comes bad, with film production having yet to start and the latest video game based on the franchise, “Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime,” dishonoring the profession. The game puts players in the shoes of four generic rookies, as the original four have decided they need a vacation. As one of the four, players can, in both single mode and co-operative, travel from haunted location to location, busting ghosts, discovering Stay Puft Marshmallow Man collectibles and zapping Slimer. The gameplay itself relies on players using the two control

sticks on the console controller; one controls movement, and the other controls where their proton stream is aimed. Players are granted multiple types of ghostbusting weaponry to attack with, each a different color. Why a different color? Because when that type of energy hits a ghost of that same color, it does the most possible damage. In that sense, it is comparable to games such as “Ikargua,” only with more colors and less fun. Players will be constantly attacked by multiple ghosts of different colors, relying on either friends or the game’s AI to save their butts. Odds are, whoever is watching their back won’t be doing a good enough job and vice versa, so expect to die a lot. Outside of the bosses, the ghosts players will encounter are generic, helped by the fact they’re only one solid color. To be fair though, a floating head ghost has been done so many times it has lost any possible interest. The rooms players will have to exorcise, regardless of their

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Worship 11:00AM Worship 8:30 8:30 && 11:00 AM 304-599-6306

First Baptist Church of Morgantown 432 High Street 292-3323 Pastor Al Cooper BCM Leader Tim Gray Sunday School (all ages) 9:45 am Worship Service 11:00 am Fellowship 10:30 am and after Worship Service

current location, is generic as well, with only two or three per level having anything unique or memorable about them. The gameplay is also repetitive, having players enter one room, remove ghosts, enter another, remove ghosts, etc. While it does this kind of gameplay very well, that doesn’t keep it from inevitably becoming a bore. Players will spend all of their time in the game collecting money, but it cannot be used to buy or upgrade weapons, instead acting as a point system of sorts. The game would’ve been less misleading if they just made it a standard points system. It also doesn’t give the fans what they really want, to be the proper Ghostbusters. No Venkman, Ray, Egon or even Winston is there to possibly redeem this game in any fashion. Ghostbuster fans only need apply, everyone else can find something better to play.



Fellowship & Bible Study, College House-Wed. 7:30 PM College Lunch, Sunday - Noon

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will be gift baskets and gift cards raffled away that have been donated by sponsors Damon’s Grill, Garcia’s Latin Market, Lavish Boutique, Vance’s Blues, Alumnus Farai Simovi, TJ Maxx, Gabriel Brother’s, Colasante’s Ristorante & Pub, and Altered Ego Boutique. Niko’s Hair Studio will also be donating their time by doing all of the models’ hair and make up for the show. The WVU Dance Program and designs by 8th grade students from Suncrest Middle School will also be performed during the show. Admission and a chance at winning a raffled prize are free.

GNMG is funded by the WV Dept. of Health & Human Services

It’s easy to donate your car, truck, van or fleet vehicles and help a West Virginia family get back on the roads to work. Good News Mountaineer Garage

Donors Receive a federal tax deduction

Car Drop-off Day May 7 10am to Noon

WVU Safety &Health Office 128 Tower Lane, Westover All we need are your keys and the title to the vehicle.


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