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Wednesday August 3, 2011

Volume 124, Issue 157

WVU falls out of top 5 party schools By Charles Young City editor

West Virginia University has fallen below the top five on the Princeton Review’s list of top party schools in the nation. Ranked fourth last year, this drop may reflect the efforts of administrators to distance the University from its “party school” reputation. The Princeton Review, a guidebook for colleges and universities, released its annual

lists of rankings across dozens of categories on Monday. WVU ranked the number six party school, 16th for best library, fifth for “lots of beer,” 15th for “lots of hard liquor,” 16th for student attendance at sporting events, 13th for students who study the least and 12th for best athletic facilities. “If you look at that list, many are large, public universities with major athletic programs, but also major achievements in academics and research,” said

Becky Lofstead, a University spokesperson. “Some of the nation’s top universities find themselves on this list because they, like WVU, enjoy a campus life rich with both academic and social opportunities.” Lofstead said instead of focusing on where it ranks among party schools, the University prefers to count its other accomplishments. These include have the highest number of Rhodes Scholars of any Big East school, record

numbers in donations and sponsored research dollars and recently making the “Top 20 Places to Work in Academia” list in The Scientist magazine. Megan Callaghan, Student Government Association vice president, said she viewed the drop in the party schools ranking as an opportunity for students to step up and take responsibility for the image of their school.

WVU’s Princeton Review rankings: 6th Party Schools 16th Best College Library 5th Lots of Beer

13th Students Study the Least

15th Lots of Hard Liquor

12th Best Athletic Facilities

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Augusta turned Vandalia Blue, Gold

City council approves urban deer hunt By Charles young City Editor


The two buildings of The Augusta on the Square, named Vandalia Hall Blue and Gold by the West Virginia University Board of Governors, sit at a five minute’s walk from the Mountainlair.

WVU purchases the Augusta on the Square apartments for $13.1 million, $2.1 million above the original offer by the BOG by joshua clark staff writer

West Virginia University officially purchased the Augusta on the Square apartments on July 21. The final purchase cost $13.1 million. After the price was raised by a last-minute bid from Texas-based Fountain Residential Partner Inc., the University purchased it for $2.1 million more than the initial offer. The WVU Board of Governors approved the purchase of the buildings in April. The BOG renamed the Augusta to Vandalia Hall, Blue and Gold in June. The University had 60 days, starting July 21, to close a deal with the trustee in the Augusta bankruptcy case. The property is slated to become housing for graduate

and international students. Affordable options such as these are constantly sought by WVU administration to enhance the downtown campus, said Vice President of Administration and Finance Narvel Weese. “WVU evaluates real estate options surrounding or near the campus on an ongoing basis, and when WVU officials were approached about purchasing the property at an affordable price, we felt it made good sense in terms of filling a student housing need,” Weese said. “We took the matter to the Board of Governors and the Higher Education Policy Commission in the spring, and both gave conditional approval to purchase the property for $11 million.” Matt Sunday/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM The complex itself will stay The Augusta on the Square, recently purchased by West Virginia University, will be renamed to Vandalia Hall Blue and Gold. The name change was approved on June 3 by the West Virginia University Board of Governors. see augusta on PAGE 2

Mayor Manilla willing to go ‘the extra distance’ By Charles young City Editor

Jim Manilla, the Morgantown City councilor who was elected to represent the second ward, was nominated by third ward councilor Wes Nugent and elected by a roll-call vote to serve as Mayor of Morgantown for the 2011-12 year during the July 5 council meeting. Manilla described himself as a “centrist” and said he is willing to go the extra distance in order to facilitate compromises which are in the city’s best interest. “I like to get things done, and that means you have to compromise,” he said. “I’m that type of person.” Manilla is a life-long Mor-

gantown resident who attended Morgantown High School before attending Potomac State College and West Virginia University. His family opened The Adventure’s Edge, an outdoor sports and camping supply store on Pleasant Street, in 1920. Manilla owned and operated the store until 2000 when he chose to sell it. Manilla was first elected to City Council in 2001 and served until 2007 when he moved away from the area for almost a year. Upon his return to Morgantown, Manilla found himself being encouraged to run again and serve his community. After his re-election in 2011, Manilla was chosen by his peers

on council in a split 4-3 vote to become the city’s mayor for the 2011-12 year. First ward councilor Ron Bane was also elected by a split 4-3 vote to serve as deputy mayor. During the course of his term, Manilla said ensuring the city is fiscally responsible will be a main priority. “We’re going though hard economic times right now, we’re in a recession. I just want to make sure the city is fiscally sound,” he said. In order to strengthen community bonds and open lines of communication, Manilla said he will work on improving the relationships between City Council and various en-

tities in the area. These include the Monongalia Board of Education, officials with the University and the County Commission. Manilla said he would also like to work on the connection between students and their local government. He said the inclusion of a City Council Liaison on last years Student Government Association executive board was a step in the right direction and is something he would like to see continued in the future. “I think the most important thing is to be a good listener and to hear what students have to say,” he said.

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Members of Morgantown’s City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance allowing the creation of a new section with its general offenses code authorizing urban deer management during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. This ordinance, which would allow for regulated bow hunts within city limits in an attempt to curb the population of deer, was approved based on the findings of the Urban Deer Committee. The Urban Deer Committee, headed by Dave Samuel, a West Virginia University professor of wildlife and biology, studied the problem of excessive deer numbers and submitted their findings and recommendations to members of council. Samuel, who spoke during the public hearing held for the issue prior to the vote, said of all the evaluated options, an urban deer hunt was the most economic and humane. Samuel said he would like the public to know of the precautions and regulations in place to ensure the safety of such a hunt.

“In hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of cities they use the same rules we have adopted,” he said. “And there has never been one accident involving a nonhunter during an urban deer hunt in modern history.” Councilor Jennifer Selin said she supported the ordinance only after considering the input of residents. “We really have thought about this and everything the citizens have said on both sides of the issue,” she said. Councilor Bill Byrne said although he supported the issue, he greatly respected those citizens who had voiced their opposition on ethical grounds. Members of council also approved an ordinance amending the 2011-12 budget, an ordinance approving the adoption of an amendment to the general offenses code relating to property and authorized the transfer of 294 square feet of city property, commonly known as “Hogback Turn” to the West Virginia Division of Highways. This was done in order to widen the turning radius within the roadway to reduce traffic hazards.

WVU increases bandwidth, improved connectivity to benefit research, students BY emily smith Correspondent

West Virginia University has recently upgraded its campus core network to support 10 gigabits per second, instead of the previously supported one gigabit per second. The change was made using Cisco Systems’ new Cisco Nexus 7000 platform. This upgrade will allow internet-connected devices around campus to perform and access data more quickly. The cost of the upgrade was less than $2 million. The project was funded by the WVU Office of the Provost, grants from the National Science Foundation and a donation from Cisco Systems themselves. “The core network upgrade supports the academic, research, health care and public service goals outlined in the WVU 2020 Strategic Plan,” said Rehan Khan, the associate provost and chief information officer at WVU. Khan said as the number of internet-connected devices and the need to transport large data sets increases, the greater

the network capacity is required. WVU’s Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development Mridul Gautam said the upgrade was necessary because current and future research at WVU will result in dealing with large amounts of data. “Over the past five years, research at WVU has become significantly more dependent on computer intelligence because our research results in large amounts of digital data that must be captured, stored, moved, analyzed and shared,” he said. “The entire process of discovery depends upon those functions.” Gautam said the upgrade will greatly benefit research efforts in national security, defense, nanoscale science, genomics and proteomics, energy, carbon capture and sequestration, climate change, health care, engineering and education. “Improved computing power and infrastructure provides a platform for

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JUST LIKE OLD TIMES West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins wants his team to play an up-tempo style like Cincinnati played. SPORTS PAGE 7


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mostly the same in terms of amenities despite the change of management. Vandalia Hall will include full furnishings with stainless steel refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers, and also private bathrooms. Other services such as controlled access, laundry facilities and wireless access make the five-story building similar to other traditional WVU housing options. The rooms will likely be leased as 20 one-bedroom apartments, 69 two bedroom units and 69 three bedroom units, which equals about 360 beds. Those already living at Augusta on the Square will be honored their 2011-2012 leases, after which growing populations of upperclassmen and international students will

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“We have serious students here who want to better themselves through education, and that’s exactly what were doing,” she said. “This has given students a new way to be proud to be a Mountaineer.” Callaghan said she applauded students who took advantage of the many opportunities offered by the University instead of partying and drinking. To compile their list of rankings, the book’s authors interviewed 122,000 students at 376 colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences.

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development of innovative scientific theories and knowledge by expanding areas of scholarly inquiry and collaboration,”he said. Researchers are not the only ones who will be affected by this change. WVU’s increased bandwidth will open new doors in the classroom and present new and efficient learning opportunities. The network capacity allows

inhabit the property. Faculty may also be included in that number. All normal facilities for WVU locations apply as well, including security and maintenance. Corey Ferris, director of housing for WVU, said the University has not had enough housing on the downtown campus. “Students want an apartment-style resident hall close to campus,” Ferris said. “Graduate students and international students can enjoy the 12-month leases where they don’t have to be interrupted during summer and winter breaks.” The official website for Augusta’s original owners went down Monday. Some WVU students have reported receiving spam emails from the Augusta, regarding discontinued email service.

Ohio University of Athens was named the nation’s top party school, while Brigham Young University topped the list of “Stone Cold Sober” schools. Robert Franek, one of the book’s authors and Princeton Review senior vice president, said in a press release the intention of the lists was to help potential college students narrow down their choices. “We tally lists of the top-20 schools in 62 categories based entirely on what students at these schools tell us about their campus experiences,” Franek said, “Our goal is not to crown one college ‘best’ overall, but to help applicants find and get in to the college best for them.”

the use of applications such as learning management systems, lecture capture, high-definition video conferences, telemedicine and virtual learning. “This significant upgrade gives WVU researchers, faculty and students access to cyber-resources needed to promote and enhance scientific productivity and support continued collaboration and engagement with colleagues worldwide,” Gautam said.

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Debt is a done deal, but RepublicanDemocrat peace truce already fades WASHINGTON (AP) — With scant time to spare, President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday to avoid an unprecedented national default that he said would have devastated the U.S. economy. But the truce with Republicans that defused the crisis seemed to be fading already. Wall Street crumpled, dismayed by reports of new economic weakness and unimpressed by Congress’ prescription. The Dow Jones industrial average sank by 266 points, its eighth straight losing session, and biggest. The compromise deal to persuade GOP lawmakers to raise the federal debt limit U.S. borrowing was to collide with it at midnight - will cut federal spending by $2.1 trillion or more over the next decade. But Obama immediately challenged Republicans to accept higher taxes on the wealthy in a second round of deficit cuts this fall. They adamantly refused to accept that idea during the past months’ dispute. A stern-faced Obama said at the White House that action to raise the debt limit had been essential but more - and different - steps were badly needed. “We’ve got to do everything in our power to grow this economy and put America back to work,” the president said, arguing forcefully for including revenue increases as well as spending cuts in the next round of efforts to trim huge government deficits. It was the same call the GOP successfully resisted in the bill just approved, and there was little evidence of a change in position. “The American people agreed with us on the nature of the problem. They know the government didn’t accumulate $14.3 trillion in debt because it didn’t tax enough,” said the party’s leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Obama placed his signature on bill in the privacy of the Oval Office less than two hours after a bipartisan 74-26 vote in the Senate. The House approved the measure Monday night on a 269-161 roll call that also reached across party lines and was sealed by a rap of the gavel by Speaker John Boehner. The bill allows a quick $900 billion increase in borrowing authority as well as a first installment on spending cuts amounting to $917 billion over

a decade. Without legislation in place by day’s end, the Treasury would have been unable to pay all the nation’s bills, leading to a potential default for the first time in history. Administration officials warned of disastrous consequences for an economy that shows fresh signs of weakness on a near-daily basis as it struggles to recover from the worst recession in decades. The White House and congressional leaders said legislation was important to reassure investors at home as well as overseas, and also to preserving the nation’s AAA credit rating. Following passage of the debt deal, Moody’s Investors Service, one of the three main ratings agencies, said it was retaining its triple-A rating on U.S. bonds but with a negative outlook to show there is still a risk of a downgrade. This week’s peace pact between the two parties is unlikely to be long-lived. The bill sets up a powerful 12-member committee of lawmakers with authority to recommend fresh deficit savings from every corner of the federal budget. Politically sensitive benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare will be on the table as the panel of six Republicans and six Democrats works against a Thanksgiving deadline. So, too, an overhaul of the tax code. Congress will have until Christmas to vote on the recommendations without the ability to make changes. As an incentive for Congress to act, failure to do so would trigger $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts, affecting the Pentagon as well as domestic programs. Even before the president signed the legislation, he and Republicans were maneuvering for political position on the next stage. “We can’t balance the budget on the backs of people who have borne the biggest brunt of this recession,” the president said, renewing his call for higher taxes on the wealthy. “Everyone is going to have to chip in. It’s only fair.” Senate Republicans say it will not happen. “I’m comfortable we aren’t going to raise taxes coming out of this joint committee,” McConnell said in an interview with Fox on Monday. In a speech shortly before the vote, he predicted instead

a renewal of the most recent struggle over spending cuts. The debt limit will have to be raised shortly after the 2012 election, he said, predicting that no president of either party will be “allowed to raise the debt ceiling without ... having to engage in the kind of debate we’ve just been through.” He conceded that Republicans got only part of what they wanted in the deal, and he pointed to next year’s elections with control of the White House and Congress at stake as a chance to gain greater clout. “Republicans only control one half of one third of the federal government, but the American people agree with us,” he said. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the period immediately ahead “is going to be painful,” particularly if Republicans insist they will not raise any taxes. Numerous Democrats have complained about the concessions Obama accepted in the deal, and Reid and other Democrats sought immediately to change the subject. “We now have the chance to pivot away from budget battles to jobs,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “We can reset the debate, and that’s what we intend to do.” Obama spoke in less partisan terms at the White House. “Both parties share power in Washington, and both parties need to take responsibility for improving this economy,” he said. This week’s legislation ratified an agreement that took shape slowly. For months there had been partisan flareups and internal disagreements within each party, then suddenly things changed last weekend when McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden bargained by telephone. The immediate impact is to raise the debt limit by $400 billion, giving the Treasury what it needs to avoid exceeding the current $14.3 trillion cap. An additional $500 billion increase will be available, subject to disapproval by Congress. In exchange, spending is to be cut by $917 billion over a decade from Cabinet-level agencies and the thousands of federal programs they administer. The bill’s second phase begins with the creation of the special committee of lawmakers. Depending on its success in recommending savings that

Congress ratifies by Christmas, the nation’s borrowing authority will rise by $2.1 trillion or as much as $2.5 trillion. Either way, it is estimated to be enough to avoid a rerun of the current crisis before the 2012 elections. That was Obama’s bottomline demand in a negotiating endgame, and while Republicans ridiculed him over it, they consented. Yet Boehner and McConnell were able to wring key concessions of their own. The maneuvering began hours after Congress convened last January, the House under control of Republicans for the first time in four years. At a news conference then, Boehner announced the administration had notified him an increase in the debt limit would be needed, and he said any change must include “meaningful action” to cut spending. Initially, the White House resisted the linkage, then relented. On May 9, Boehner laid down a second condition — any debt limit increase must occur in tandem with spending cuts that were greater in size. Obama wanted a balanced plan that included both spending cuts and higher revenues, and for a brief time, it appeared that might be in the offing. Months later, he and Boehner sought a sweeping agreement that would have trimmed deficits by $4 trillion or more, possibly including curbs on the rise on Social Security benefit checks and an increase in the age for Medicare benefits from 65 to 67. By Boehner’s own account, he agreed to consider an overhaul of the tax code under which government revenues would rise from current levels. It was carefully framed the increase would result from assumed greater economic expansion. Then a group of bipartisan senators unveiled a plan of their own, calling for even higher additional revenues. In response, Obama raised his demand, and Boehner announced a little more than two weeks ago he was calling off those talks. That set the stage for a partisan endgame in which House Republicans and Senate Democrats drafted rival bills - then watched them rejected by the other side - before McConnell and Biden worked out a final deal.



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Princeton Review rankings are misleading This past week, the Princeton Review released its annual college rankings. The Princeton Review claims this list is designed to guide prospective college students in their search for the school that best fits their personal interests and professional goals. Every year, the Review ranks colleges in a number of categories, ranging from top party schools to schools with the most religious students, and every year, the rankings dominate headlines across the

country. Everyone scrambles to see how his or her respective college fared in the poll. To the dismay of school administrators and any students or alumni who value the prestige of their degrees, West Virginia University continues to make the list for all of the wrong reasons. According to these rankings, WVU is a school that only sets itself apart as a “top party school,” a school with “lots of beer” and “lots of hard liquor,” and a University where “stu-

dents study the least.” This negative characterization of WVU should concern the University’s administrators, however, it should not be mistaken for a factual representation of the school. However, WVU did prove that it offers students things other than partying and alcohol by placing 16th best college library, 16th in “students pack the stadium” and 12th best athletic facilities. The Princeton Review says these rankings are based on

student surveys and information provided by colleges, however, they do not describe the methods they employ in formulating these lists. It’s unfortunate their lists are taken so seriously, as it is clear they are not compiled in a scientific manner. In fact, the Princeton Review has admitted these surveys are not scientific. Their reluctance to reveal how they come up with these characterizations makes it even more baffling that these polls are taken seriously.

How exactly does one rank which school is the “top party school” or the college where “students study the least?” These generalizations are impossible to make, but they have a huge impact on how schools are perceived by everyone, from prospective students to potential employers. Everyone needs to understand these rankings are not based in fact and should thus be taken with a grain of salt.

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Republican ‘roadmap’ is best solution for debt crisis harold hedrick central florida future uwire

The next time you go to a football game, imagine the entire field covered with $100 bills stacked as high as the Statue of Liberty. That is roughly $14 trillion, or the size of our national debt. Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf recently wrote that “under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path, because federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run.” This, along with an economy that isn’t growing, is our generation’s greatest challenge. With the baby-boomer generation getting older, health care costs will increase while the taxpayer-to-entitlement recipient ratio will fall below sustainable levels. With this reality, we will have to increase annual deficits to cover the costs, and increasing interest rates will consume more and more taxpayer dollars. Currently, we borrow $4 billion a day, and half of that debt is held by foreign investors, mostly China. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimates, the cost of these entitlement programs will continue to grow at a rate that makes this problem get even worse the further into the future we look. The CBO estimates by 2020, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will make up a combined 45 percent of all federal

spending. It also predicts defense spending will make up 16 percent of the 2020 federal budget. This really starts becoming a problem when you look 40 to 50 years down the road. According to the CBO, sometime around 2060, spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone will exceed the total of all money the government takes in. Even if the federal government would be able to forgo all other spending, it would still reach a point where it is unable to raise the revenue needed just to pay for the big three entitlement programs. The federal government spends trillions of dollars a year in defense and discretionary spending. This means out of control entitlement spending is likely to lead to a financial crisis well before 2060. All together, this creates an unsustainable future for our generation. Without significant change, we will be paying a lifetime’s worth of higher taxes and fees only to see a reduction in benefits. As then-Senator Barack Obama said in 2006, “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.” This deficit problem is an iceberg, and we’re headed right for it. But Obama’s agenda does nothing to turn the steering wheel. Instead,


Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. gestures during a news conference on the debt ceiling in Washington on Monday. it chooses to slam down the accelerator. Fortunately, the Republican house has offered two plans to put on the brakes and move us back from the deficit cliff. One is “Cut Cap and Balance” and the other proposal is from Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). Ryan’s plan, also known as the “Roadmap for America’s Future,” is just that – a comprehensive method for righting the balance sheet and mak-

ing sure our generation is put on a path toward financial stability. To give you an idea of what the Republicans’ plan for deficit reduction looks like, let’s take a look at the Ryan Plan. The all-encompassing roadmap tackles everything from health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid, to the tax code. The plan would freeze all discretionary spending, except national defense and veteran’s health care for

five years. It would also simplify the income tax code by creating a two-tiered flat tax – 10 percent for incomes up to $100,000 and 25 percent on higher-income earners. Corporate income taxes, which are currently the world’s second highest, would be replaced with a consumption tax of 8.5 percent. The plan would also overhaul Medicare to give seniors premium support through vouchers for private

insurance to draw more people into a competitive market. It would index the retirement age for Social Security to today’s life expectancy and make the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 permanent. We are the ones who stand to lose the most if entitlement reform is not enacted. These programs face a future of insolvency. Unless something is done, we will pay a lifetime’s worth of higher taxes for reduced benefits.

University should not make student contact information available to public iman hasan Guest columnist

On Monday morning, a number of students received an email from The Augusta on the Square, an apartment complex near the downtown campus which West Virginia University has recently purchased. The email was a monthly reminder about residents’ subscription information and how to change it or unsubscribe from the mailing list. Following that email were 11 messages from students wishing to unsubscribe from the list and other students expressing annoyance at receiving multiple group messages. It seemed as though the peo-

ple responding to The Augusta’s email kept hitting the “reply all” button. However, it turns out this wasn’t the case. Instead of emailing the management’s address, students kept sending messages to the mailing list’s address. The outcome was that instead of just emailing the management like they wanted to, students were essentially sending their complaints to The Augusta’s entire mailing list. All of this would not be such a big deal if not for three things. The first is that the mailing list is impossible to unsubscribe from. Emails from The Augusta contain a link to a page where one can update his or her account settings and/or unsubscribe from the mailing list. Unfortunately, the link is

a dead end. The Augusta’s website doesn’t work, either and emailing the “Requests” address provided yields no results. The second problem is that a large number of people on the mailing list are not residents of The Augusta and have never signed up for the mailing list in the first place. Lastly, The Augusta’s mailing list is available to all. It’s listed in the signature of every email they send, so it’s really open for anyone to abuse. Of course, these problems are by no means difficult to solve. The Augusta’s new management—the University— simply needs to take some steps to improve their customer service. They can start by doing something about the fact that it

seems like no one took care of The Augusta’s affairs after they purchased the apartments. This includes responding to people’s emails expressing their wishes to unsubscribe and actually removing their email addresses from the mailing list. It would also be incredibly helpful if the University would put a stop to the monthly subscription emails, since The Augusta’s mailing list continues to be woefully exposed to potential abusers. But despite the University’s very recent purchase of the The Augusta, there is still the underlying issue of students’ privacy. Students’ information is available at WVU’s directory website, where anyone who knows how to use a search engine can find a given student’s

full name, email, department, home address and phone number. Students’ information is also at the mercy of Universityowned businesses such as the apartments formerly known as The Augusta. The University’s current policy is that any information a student has put on record with WVU is public by default. The only way one can remove his or her information from the directory is to contact Admissions and Records and request confidentiality. While having everyone’s information out in the open like this is convenient for some, what many don’t realize is that spam email from apartment complexes isn’t the only consequence from such a lack of privacy, nor is it the worst. Details such as a person’s

name and home address can leave one susceptible to fraud such as identity theft, among other dangers. With this latest influx of spam, it is only rational to consider that the University change its directory policy so that students’ information is private by default. The current lack of privacy is reckless and simply a nuisance to deal with. As for The Augusta, hopefully the University will take measures to settle its affairs and properly deal with its leftover presence on the Internet. To request confidentiality, contact Admissions and Records or sign this petition to convince the University to change its privacy policy at http://www.petitiononline. com/wvupriv/petition.html.

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BORN TODAY This year, decide to manage your less-comfortable emotions. In time, you will be clued in to whether you are suppressing your feelings. You could develop health problems, which might be a side effect of stress and holding your feelings in. If you are single, your unusually charming way attracts many people. You have quite a choice as to whom you want to date. Visualize the type of bond you want. If you are attached, your sweetie will help you see what you are not conscious of. Don’t develop an attitude. LIBRA can charm even you.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH You could be overwhelmed by everything that is occurring. Because you are unsure of certain choices, it could be difficult to make a decision. A key person might be emotionally cold and rigid in his or her thinking. Tonight: Happy to be at home.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHH Note a change in the air, especially in your energy and how you feel. Know that this is just a passage. Express your feelings rather than hold them in. Discuss them if you are unsure about what you are feeling. The unexpected occurs when you least anticipate it. Tonight: You have much to choose from. TAU R U S ( A P R I L 20 - M AY 20 ) HHHHH You are vibrant and full of energy. You could come off much stronger than you realize. Don’t hesitate to tell someone how you feel. Anger could mark a decision. Tonight: Go for something relaxing. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Let your mind roam, and share pertinent ideas. Brainstorm away with a friend or associate. You’ll get results. Your vagueness of late doesn’t help clear out a problem. Try to be direct.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH You have a lot to say. In the next few weeks, your anger level could change. You could be more easily triggered if you are suppressing those feelings. Unexpected news from a distance could make all the difference. Tonight: Catch up with a friend. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Honor what is happening with a friend. This person could go on a wild diatribe about his or her feelings. It might be smart to help this person find a solution or avenue of self-expression. Tonight: Treat yourself on the way home. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHHH You know what to do and you know when to do it. Someone in authority might have the opposite opinion and lets you know it. This could be a bone of contention for the next few weeks. Be smart; focus on something else. Tonight: Whatever knocks your socks off. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH You might want to rethink a choice or a move in another direction. Today, time is an ally. Take your time figuring out what to do. Let go of being

such a type-A personality -- just for a day. Honor the process. Tonight: Vanish while you can. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH You could be taken aback by an associate’s reaction, which isn’t his or her normal response. Indeed, this person could become far more assertive than you are aware or realize in the next few weeks. Tonight: Where your friends are. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH Take the lead and know what you want. Others could choose to back out, but you need a certain amount of self-expression or control. Make decisions that you are comfortable with. Do expect some flak. Tonight: Till the wee hours. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Detach and observe, especially if you keep hitting a wall. Your fatigue with the situation could be quite high. Rather than lose your temper, go out for a walk and, for now, veer in a new direction. Tonight: Use your imagination. P I S C E S ( F E B. 19 - M A R C H 20 ) HHHHH Togetherness is the natural outcome of a problem if you handle it properly. You are full of energy. You will tend to become more playful or at least more lively. Realize you don’t need to fight with someone you don’t agree with. Tonight: Respond to an invitation. BORN TODAY Actor Martin Sheen (1940), director John Landis (1950), quarterback Tom Brady (1977)


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Wiz Khalifa to end tour in Pittsburgh


Wiz Khalifa performs in front of a packed Coliseum at West Virginia University on February 25. The artist’s current tour, Rolling Papers Tour, concludes Saturday at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.

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Wiz Khalifa, one of Pittsburgh’s hottest singing sensations, is ending his national tour in his hometown this Saturday at the Trib Total Media Amphitheatre. With opening performances from Big Sean, Chevy Woods and DJ Bonics, the concert sold out in just days and is looking to be a huge success.

Pittsburgh native and promoter Brian Drusky has been following Wiz for a few years now and is excited to promote his progress. “I’ve done Wiz before, before he blew up, and it’s exciting to follow an artist that gets that big,� Drusky said. Although most of the loyal fans attending are also Pittsburgh natives, some diehard fans will be making the trip from miles away. 2 1 - y e a r- o l d C h r i s t o -

pher Fils-Aime and three of his closest friends will be making their voyage from Queens, N.Y. south to Pittsburgh for the event. “The way I look at it,� FilsAime said, “It’s seven hours of driving for a lifetime of memories.� Fils-Aime is just one of the countless young people enamored by Wiz Khalifa’s unique and inspirational genre of music. Khalifa has been involved

with music his whole life and began making a name for himself in 2006. Over the past five years his popularity and fame have increased exponentially. He has become one of the faces for not only Pittsburgh, but hip-hop as a whole. Drusky said he is still amazed and proud to see how successful Wiz has become. “It’s nice to see someone from Pittsburgh get some no-

toriety,� he said. Drusky said he is certain this upcoming concert will be nothing short of successful. He said that his homecoming concerts are always more than a success; they are something of a phenomenon. Like so many of Khalifa’s concerts, this one is sold out. There is, however, still one way to obtain tickets to what is may be a legendary performance. Pittsburgh radio station,

96.1 Kiss FM, has the remaining available tickets. They will be giving them away to lucky callers until the date of the concert, so there is still a chance for fans to see the show. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Trib Total Media Amphitheatre. Fans who still need tickets can call 412937-1441 for a chance to win from 96.1 Kiss FM.

‘25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ will spell out a good time for fans A&E Writer

West Virginia Public Theatre marked the end of its summer season with the Tony Awardwinning musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.� This gut-busting comedy features five extremely geeky – albeit intelligent and driven – youngsters all trying to win big at the bee and continue on to Nationals. Directed by Joe Deer, “Spelling Bee� was a very special musical and unlike anything I’ve seen before. Prior to the production, several audience members were selected to participate in the bee with the rest of the cast. Hilarity ensued as the conductor of the bee would ad lib random facts about each of the participants before his or her turn.

One of my favorite moments was when one of the audience participants was asked to spell cow. When he asked for it to be used in a sentence, the conductor said, “Please spell cow.� What makes “Spelling Bee� such a unique musical is that it’s so dynamic. It changes each time it is put on. Not only are audience participants always different, but the jokes are changed so they remain current and relevant. This particular production poked fun at Rich Rodriguez and Anthony Weiner. While humor drove the musical, it was an altogether heartbreaking and uplifting production. These quirky kids had real-life situations anyone could relate to. Some had absent parents or parents who worked too much. Another girl had a same-sex parent household. They all faced extreme pres-

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Morrison’s ‘Supergods’ isn’t as super as it should be


Grant Morrison’s ‘Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero’ focuses on the history of characters such as Batman and Superman, both of whom Morrison has written comic books about.

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While an interesting thesis, writer Grant Morrison’s latest book “Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero” fails to maintain the simple structure that most would deem necessary. It proposes a 400-some-page exploration of what superheroes as a concept can teach us ordinary, earth-walking humans about, well, being human. The book attempts such a thesis by traveling across a concrete time line of comic book history. Morrison’s writing details different decades, titles, artists and fictional characters, and it even intermixes some of Morrison’s own biography. Morrison maintains most of his professional identity as a comic book writer – And a damn good one, if I may say. He is considered one of the alltime greats, up there with Alan Moore, Jack Kirby and Frank

Miller. His style and public persona, though, are known to instigate controversy among traditional readers. Why? Morrison is the holder of many non-traditional thoughts on comics, and the comics he writes tend to lean on ambiguity, pushing readers to ask, “What was that about?” “Supergods” is certainly a winner on a conceptual level, but objectively speaking, the book is a slight mess. Well, OK, it is a huge mess. The book works its way across the comic book history time line, allowing Morrison the opportunity to provide facts, context and his interpretations on the beginnings of Superman, Batman and comic books as we know them. It is a fine beginning, and even to someone already familiar with the historical details, these passages work because of Morrison’s interpretations. The book steadies itself on

this path for about 100 pages, but after that mark, numerous tangents and a sense of misdirection start to fly. At this point, the book seems to be having an identity crisis. Morrison starts to interweave his own personal details along with the comic book history. It provides an interesting personal reflection on the material, but the writing has little structure to guide these shifts into focus. The book begins to read like the ramblings of once-caged man now allowed to speak his mind. Morrison must say it all, and the book twists and turns to spotlight every comics-related thought he can write. It even sacrifices a consistent chronological order or fact to do so. You honestly have no clue where this book is going to go, and that is terrible for what is essentially a 400-page research paper. It is both fascinating and annoying. Many of Morrison’s

observations are well worth reading. The man is brilliantly intelligent. As a reader of comics and someone interested in the form, Morrison’s opinions on the Silver Age or the Image boom are must-reads. The book can work for the general audience as well. When you break up the tangents and subjects into their own, realized “mini essays,” a reader with a base knowledge of comics gains a lot. Morrison helps the reader realize the power and art in fictional, entertainment beacons like “Spider-Man.” For those tidbits, “Supergods” wins some of my favor. The book does contain a major flaw, though. A flaw more major than simple lack of structure. The book contradicts itself by way of its own context. A major idea conveyed in “Supergods” is that these characters exist without us. Meaning, Superman was created by man, but once put to paper exists in his own two-dimensional plane. He

holds meaning, is bigger than all of us and lives in a real world. Not “real” in the sense we normally believe, but on paper, the comic book universe has acquired its own history as well as mechanics of time. It, like our universe, functions on its own. This belief puts across to the reader that these characters are not, and cannot be, owned. That these characters become beyond copyright. Ideas too powerful they manifest as a living organism and float across our culture. The idea resonates wonderfully, and I happen to personally agree with it. The problem arises in the book’s partial acceptance of corporate ownership. Morrison does work currently for DC Comics, whose parent company is Warner Bros., so I understand the need to keep tight-lipped and gloss over the issue. This excuse does not create a well-crafted book, though. When a piece of your subtext reads “superheroes are un-

owned and free” and you fail to instigate any question of corporate control, I suddenly feel your book is either lacking or afraid to go there. There is a contradiction in the work. It is an interesting contradiction, yes, but it keeps the work from answering a question. For Morrison fans or comic readers, I would suggest this book. There are problems, but there are also informative bits planted in the text worth knowing. Morrison’s writing about his own comic book work is especially worthy of time. For the outsider, pursue Grant Morrison, but do not allow this to be your first exposure. Might I suggest a documentary? “Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods” is currently streaming on Hulu for free. Watch that if you’re interested in the man.

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‘From Dust’ lets gamers control elements for the sake of the little guy Jamie Carbone A&E Editor

When I play video games, I usually become attached to the characters. Be they the main characters or nameless guy in a red shirt, I am going to go out of my way to make sure they survive if possible. However, there is one type of game in which I do the exact opposite. Games such as “Swarm,” “Lemmings” and “Sim City” are

games that I honestly don’t care what happens in, even though it is the goal of the game itself. Yet Ubisoft’s “From Dust” may be the first of these games to make me care about the ones I’m responsible for. The brainchild of Eric Chahi, “From Dust” puts players in charge of a god-like entity as they work to find new homes

for the nomadic tribe who summoned them. Besides that, players must also keep their tribe alive through their special ability to grab chunks of materials such as water or sand and use them accordingly. For example, the tribe may be stuck on an island, so it is up to the players to grab some sand and build a bridge over which the tribe can traverse to their next goal. The better players do, the more trees and brush appears, making what was a desolate, yet beautiful, area become full of life. Along the way players will also have to use their elementgrabbing powers to help the tribesmen become more powerful themselves, helping them learn to fight off a tsunami and other natural disasters. Each level has a number of

goals players will have to complete before they can move on to the next piece of paradise, each level more challenging than the one before it. While the tribe members you are in charge of look human, each wears a mask that makes them look like they come right out of a cartoon. These very masks are the reason I became so connected to them and felt bad when they would die due to my own careless actions. Each new environment will have new challenges for the players to overcome, such as having to find an alternate way for a waterfall to empty so it won’t destroy a bridge or surviving a volcanic eruption. Players with an evil streak can also destroy their tribe, be it through burying them in sand or rerouting a waterfall to empty directly into a village.

Once players complete a level, they can return to it later to see just how much work has gone into creating each realm for players to experience. It is nice to be able to enjoy the developer’s hard work without having a specific goal to complete. The way each element moves seems very natural and shows that Ubisoft has done the research, although you may come curse water as it washes away all of your hard work time and time again. While “From Dust” is a very beautiful game, it doesn’t seem to go very deep into its world’s mythology. Why is this tribe able to summon a god to assist them and when does this game take place? I would have loved to learn more about the game’s world, but that doesn’t keep this from being a solid game in its own right. “From Dust” is the second game released as part of Microsoft’s 2011 Summer of Arcade and, like “Bastion” before it, gamers should check it out. For those without an Xbox 360, the game will be released on Steam later this month and Playstation 3 later this year. It is definitely a world worth exploring if you have the chance.


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Many tests await WVU this season Last season, an underachieving West Virginia football team fell to Louisiana State, 20-14, in a loss that could be blamed on two key first quarter turnovers, a special teams meltdown in the second quarter and the all-too-familiar scene of a stagnant offense late in the game. The Mountaineers clawed their way back into the game with a third quarter score, but the offense couldn’t get anything going in the fourth, gaining a measly three yards in its final two drives to miss out on beating one of the nation’s premiere programs. This year, the newly retooled Mountaineers will try to avenge that loss in a Sept. 24 matchup with the Tigers that could have National Championship implications. WVU has played in just two BCS bowl games since the inception of Bowl Championship Series in 1998 and have yet to appear in the National Championship Game. But if the Mountaineers can pull off an upset victory they are on the fast-track to a third BCS appearance, and possibly the National Championship game, if things work out in their favor. But beating the Tigers will be anything but easy. The Tigers are considered by many to be a top-three team in 2011 and a favorite to win the SEC. However, new head coach Dana Holgorsen’s “Air Raid” offense is something unfamiliar to the SEC. Add in the loss of all-American cornerback Patrick Peterson, and all of a sudden the playing field is evened a bit. If Holgorsen can confuse the LSU defense, West Virginia could definitely escape with a win. And, not only would the Mountaineers get the ever-elusive “signature win,” but it will also give them the confidence and momentum they would need to complete a national championship-caliber season. But, beating LSU is not enough to secure a berth in a BCS game. In fact, beating LSU does not even secure anything but a win over a marquee opponent. The Mountaineers will also need to win the Big East Conference title to earn the automatic bid. Like beating the Tigers, that is also easier said than done. Nothing goes as planned in conference play, as WVU has learned before, but this is an incredible opportunity for the Mountaineers. The Big East has been on the decline in recent seasons, and WVU is the cream of the crop. The 2011 team has the ability to become the third team to complete the regular season undefeated. An undefeated season will, without a doubt, at least put the Mountaineers in the conversation for the National Championship. Aside from its most notable matchup with LSU, WVU will face other opponents that will give it a tough time. One week before LSU, WVU will travel to Maryland. Of late, the Terrapins haven’t really been synonymous with success, but former Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall has proven he can motivate players and turn programs around. What is a better motivator than taking down a team like WVU early in the season? His players will be hungry, that is certain. The next big test for the Mountaineers will be an Oct. 21 prime-time mathcup with an up-and-coming Syracuse team on ESPN. Last season, WVU fell to the Orange 19-14 in an embarrassing home loss. Not only has Syracuse improved since that meeting, but the Mountaineers will have to travel to the Carrier Dome this year. WVU should be able to handle the pressure, with the LSU game surely getting national attention, but it will be important for the Mountaineers not to overlook the Orange.

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Huggins wants WVU to adopt fast-paced style of play in 2011-12 by michael carvelli sports editor

For the last few years, the West Virginia men’s basketball team has been known to play a very distinct style of basketball. It was a grind-it-out game where the Mountaineers wouldn’t have to score many points in order to come away with victories. Two times last season – against Big East opponents South Florida and Seton Hall – West Virginia scored just 56 points, but was still able to be victorious. There were four more times last season the Mountaineers scored 65 or fewer points and were still able to win. One of those was a lateseason win at home over Connecticut, another a win on the road against a thenNo. 13 Georgetown team. So, the style’s been working, but it’s not what head coach Bob Huggins is used to. Think back to the Hugginscoached teams at Cincinnati. Almost all of them were successful because of the way they were able to get up and down the floor and put a lot of points on the board. This season, the veteran head coach thinks his team will be able to start getting back to that. “We’re more athletic,”

Huggins said. “We were doing transition drills the other day, and there were two or three guys trying to dunk over top of guys, which we haven’t had. We’re normally trying to go underneath them.” One thing that has helped the team become more athletic heading into this season has been the additions of this year’s recruiting class, which is the largest since Huggins has been at West Virginia. It is also considered a class full of talent that could come in and contribute immediately, thanks to that athleticism and the fact that WVU will be returning just four players from last year’s team that lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Huggins said the added depth, especially at the guard positions, will be vital in allowing the Mountaineers to run the floor more, which they haven’t been able to do in the past. “It’s hard to run when you can’t run,” Huggins said. “I just didn’t see Cam Thoroughman filling the lane. I love Cam to death, but that was not his forte.” With freshmen like Jabarie Hinds and Gary Browne and Dayton transfer Juwan Staten – who won’t be able to play in 2011-12, but will


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Junior quarterback Geno Smith and the West Virginia football team were picked to win the Big East Conference on Tuesday. The Mountaineers received 21 of 24 first place votes.

WVU picked to win Big East finish last in the Big East with just 33 points. West Virginia will open The expectations have preseason camp on Friday, been set for West Virginia in Aug. 5. Dana Holgorsen’s first season as the Mountaineers’ head Former Mountaineers coach. signed by NFL teams On Tuesday, WVU was With the NFL lockout over, picked to finish first in the free agency was in full swing Big East Conference in 2011. last week and a lot of former The Mountaineers re- West Virginia football players ceived 21 of the 24 possi- received their chance to suit ble first place votes in a poll up professionally. decided by members of the After reports said he was media. signing with the Atlanta FalWest Virginia received one cons, former WVU running second place vote, one vote back Noel Devine signed with for third and received a total the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. Just of 188 points. Pittsburgh received two four days later, Devine was first-place votes and was waived by the Eagles. picked to finish second in the Former linebacker Anleague with 162 points, while thony Leonard also got his the predicted third-place NFL chance when he was finisher, South Florida (151 signed by the New England points), received the other Patriots. first place vote. Like Devine and the EaTwo points separated Syr- gles, Leonard’s time with the acuse and Cincinnati for Patriots was brief, as the team fourth and fifth place, as the announced Leonard had two teams received 98 and 96 been cut just a few days later. points, respectively. Wide receiver Jock SandDefending Big East cham- ers, who has the most catches pion Connecticut (76 points) of any WVU receiver in school was picked to finish sixth in history, was signed by the the conference this season Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The St. Petersburg, Fla., after the departure of head coach Randy Edsall and Big native is looking to see some East Offensive Player of the playing time at wide receiver Year Jordan Todman. for the Buccaneers and has Louisville was picked to been spending time with the finish seventh with 60 points and Rutgers was picked to see notebook on PAGE 10 sports editor

be good for us,” said senior Truck Bryant. “Pressing, getting up and down and getting a lot more easy buckets than we had in the past. “That’s something I grew up with. I played high school with four guards, so we used to get up and down, and that’s how I’m used to playing.”


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had two point guards. Then he got hurt and Joe became the only point guard,” Huggins said. “It’s just been hard not having two guards.” Switching the styles isn’t just something Huggins wants to get back to, it’s something that has his returning players excited. “We’re long and athletic at every position, and that’ll

In 2010, West Virginia brought in a highly touted junior college pass rusher in defensive end. This season, a similar player will be joining the team – linebacker Josh Francis. Much like Irvin, Francis comes to Morgantown after solid seasons in the junior college ranks, where he put up big numbers and became known as one of the best defensive players in the nation. In his career at Lackawanna College (Pa.), Francis compiled 95 tackles and 13 sacks. As a sophomore last year, he earned first team all-America honors after finishing the season with 49 tackles and seven sacks. Also like Irvin, Francis has athleticism not many people on this year’s WVU team have

seen before. “He has the raw tools to be a great player,” said sophomore linebacker Doug Rigg. “Athletically, I’ve never seen a linebacker like him, and it’s great to have him on this defense.” But, while Francis’ athletic ability will be something that can help him find the field, that’s not good enough for him. If he wants to start and stay on the field for a long time, he knows he’ll have to pick up the intricacies of the Mountaineers’ 3-3-5 stack defense. One thing that should help Francis along with that part of things will be the fact he was able to be in Morgantown for spring practice, which gave him the opportunity to work out some things he was going to struggle with when it came to learning the scheme. “In spring, you just come in, and you’re put right in the situation where you’ve got to

learn the defense and you’ve got high expectations because I’m a junior,” Francis said. “But this defense is so complex, and the linebackers are the core of the defense and everything is pretty much ran off of us.” He admits, it was definitely tough to grasp at first, but getting through the tough learning experience that was the spring has made the summer heading into his first camp with the Mountaineers much easier. “Coming straight into it (in the spring) can be frustrating, but now (in the summertime) it’s a lot easier for me, and I feel like it’s coming to me faster,” Francis said. “I was spinning a little bit in the first couple weeks of summer, but you’ve got to keep going at it and keep having a lot of repetitions.”

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New head coaches will add twist to 2011 Backyard Brawl by tony sotelo sports writer

When November 25 rolls around, throw all the records and stats out the window. Any time the Pittsburgh Panthers visit Morgantown, the mood changes from that of a football game to a “Backyard Brawl.” There will be no love lost during this season’s 104th edition of the rivalry, as both teams will enter the matchup led by a new head coach. This offseason, former Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt resigned after failing to reach a BCS game after five seasons. In 2011, former Tulsa head coach and one-time Mountaineer assistant Todd Graham takes over for the Panthers. Last season at Tulsa, Graham’s offense put up outstanding numbers, averaging 41.4 points per game (sixth in FBS), 289 passing yards per game (13th in FBS) and 217 rushing yards per game (15th in FBS). The difference between the two coaches last season was the fact that Holgorsen’s offense faced Big 12 competi-

tion, while Graham’s offense competed in the Conference USA, where only three of the 12 teams in the league posted winning records. This season, Graham’s offense will benefit from the return of junior quarterback Tino Sunseri. Last season Sunseri threw for 2,572 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions while guiding the Panthers to an 8-5 season, and a BBVA Compass Bowl win over Kentucky, 27-10. During last season’s edition of the Backyard Brawl, Sunseri was able to throw for 284 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in a 35-10 loss to the Mountaineers. Not returning for the Panthers is their leading rusher from a season ago, Dion Lewis. Stepping in to fill that void will be junior Ray Graham, who got a lot of carries last season when Lewis was sidelined with injuries. In Lewis’ place, Graham ran the ball 148 times for 922 yards and eight touchdowns. Returning for the Panthers defensively is second-team all-


New Pittsburgh head coach Todd Graham spoke to the media during Big East media day on Tuesday. Big East Conference selection from a season ago, Jared Holley. In 2010, Holley made 54 tackles, intercepted five passes and forced a fumble. Brandon Lindsey will anchor the interior of the Panther defense. Lindsey earned second-team all-Big East honors last year, while leading the conference in tackles for loss. If things go as planned for both teams up to this point in the season, this matchup is sure to have BCS implications.



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Tiger to end 3-month layoff at Firestone JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods finally gets back to golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11week break to heal injuries to his left leg. Woods used his website to announce his return on Thursday. He posted on his Twitter account he’s “feeling fit and ready to tee it up at Firestone next week. Excited to get back out there!” It marks the third-longest layoff of his career, only this time Woods returns with as much uncertainty about his future as ever. Along with questions about the strength of his left knee and Achilles’, Woods embarks on his latest comeback with a different caddie, and without guarantees he will be eligible for more than two weeks. Woods last month fired Steve

Williams, who caddied for Adam Scott at the U.S. Open, then angered his boss by working for the Australian again at the AT&T National without seeking permission. The Golf Channel reported Thursday night that Bryon Bell, a childhood friend and president of Tiger Woods Design, would caddie for him at the Bridgestone Invitational. Bell has caddied for Woods three times – a win at the 1999 Buick Invitational, a tie for second at the Buick Invitational when Woods gave him a chance to help defend and a tie for second in 2003 at the Disney Classic when Woods gave Williams the week off for a car race in New Zealand. Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management, declined to confirm Bell would be on the bag, saying in a text message that “no long term





After not playing golf for three months, Tiger Woods will return for the Bridgestone Invitational this week. been discussed yet as he just decided tonight he was fit and ready to go next week.” Bell would bring a level of familiarity to Woods, although Bell was implicated during Woods’ sex scandal as allegedly arranging travel for one of his mistresses.

Woods has plunged to No. 21 in the world – his lowest ranking since Jan. 26, 1997 – and has gone more than 20 months since last winning the Australian Masters on Nov. 15, shortly before he was exposed for having multiple extramarital affairs that led to divorce.

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Like a lot of other members of the Mountaineer team this summer, Francis has bought into the idea of commitment and sacrifice to the team in the summer months. The workouts they’re doing aren’t mandatory, neither are any additional hours they’ve put in to work on their craft. But Francis and his teammates are doing anything it takes to accomplish the lofty goals they all have this season. “When you go out there on Monday, you’ve got to sacrifice sleeping in. You’ve got to

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Hogan fails physical with Carolina Panthers Former West Virginia cornerback Brandon Hogan signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers, but he failed the team’s physical. Hogan is still recovering from surgery after tearing his ACL late last season. The injury kept him from playing in the Champs Sports Bowl against North Carolina State in December. Hogan was the first of four players from a talented Mountaineer defense to be taken in


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Should WVU make it to this point of the season unscathed, two more tests remain. First, the Backyard Brawl. This year, WVU will host Pittsburgh on Nov. 25 in a game that could be used to send a statement to the rest of the country. Although the BCS ranking system is formulaic and isn’t supposed to take into account how games are won, it will be a golden opportunity to assert dominance in the Big East. And, finally, the Mountaineers close out the season on the road in a Thursday night meeting with South Florida. The Bulls could spoil the season for WVU.

sacrifice maybe wanting to do something else other than weight lift,” Francis said. “But, if you want to win a championship, you have to sacrifice and be committed.” If Francis is able to learn everything he needs to with the defense, the sky’s the limit for what he can do. “You could be the biggest, strongest guy in the world, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, then you’re going to struggle in this system,” Rigg said. “If Josh picks it up, he’s going to be a scary player in this defense.”

the 2011 NFL draft when the Panthers took him with the 98th overall selection in the fourth round. He was the first WVU player taken in the top 100 picks since Pat White. In April, Hogan said his knee wasn’t at 100 percent yet, but he was focused on getting it healthy so he could contribute for the Panthers as quickly as possible. “I’m just trying to go in there to work hard and rehab my knee,” Hogan said after being drafted. “I just want to contribute and help the team as much as I can. “Getting to get in and work with those guys will help me change from being a college corner into a pro corner.”

Skip Holtz’s team will boast one of the conferences best offenses with a ton of talent. USF quarterback B.J. Daniels struggled at times last year, but certainly showed some flashes of ability, and will only be better in 2011. If WVU passes these tests it will leave little doubt that it can play with the best, but will the computers come to the same conclusion? Some teams do everything in their power to get there but don’t always get the benefit of the doubt – think Boise State, TCU and Utah. If the opportunity arises, will WVU have done enough to earn its spot? There will only be one way to know for sure – win.

Wednesday August 3, 2011


Randy Moss to retire after 13 years MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Randy Moss dominated when he wanted to dominate. He scored when he wanted to score, cooperated when he wanted to cooperate and acted out when he wanted to act out. Moss spent 13 seasons doing things on his own terms, which is why perhaps the loudest career the NFL has ever seen – both in terms of the roars he induced on the field and the aggravation he caused off it – ended so quietly on Monday. No farewell speech from maybe the most physically gifted receiver to don a helmet. No tearful goodbye from a record-setting performer who changed the way defense is played in the NFL. Just a onesentence statement from his agent saying one of the most colorful careers in league history was over. “Randy has weighed his options and considered the offers and has decided to retire,” Joel Segal said on Monday. It was vintage Moss, a revolutionary talent who was never very much interested in doing things the conventional way. Fans were awed by his oncein-a-generation blend of size, speed and intelligence. Teammates were charmed by the charisma he showed behind closed doors and coaches were often infuriated by his boorish antics and lack of respect for authority. “I don’t know if anybody can totally pin down who Randy Moss is,” said Tim DiPiero, one of Moss’ first agents said last year. If this indeed is the end for Moss, he leaves the game with some of the gaudiest statistics posted by a receiver. His 153 touchdowns are tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career list, and he’s also fifth in yards (14,858) and tied with Hines Ward for eighth in receptions (954). “In a lot of ways, he was the Michael Jordan of offenses in our league,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “He was a special player for a long, long time.” Those numbers, and his status as perhaps the best deep threat in NFL history, will make him a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame. But voters will

also be weighing those achievements and his six Pro Bowl seasons against a history of mailing in performances and a reputation as a coach killer. As Moss himself famously said: “I play when I want to play.” And when he wanted to, there was no one better. And when he didn’t, there was no one more destructive. Trouble off the field in high school prevented Moss from attending Notre Dame or Florida State, so he landed at Marshall and scored 54 touchdowns in two electrifying seasons with the Thundering Herd. The character questions hurt Moss in the 1998 draft. He fell to the Vikings at pick No. 21 and he spent the next seven years making every GM in the league who passed on him regret it. He scored 17 touchdowns to help the Vikings reach the NFC title game, a season so overpowering the rival Packers used their first three picks in the following April’s draft on cornerbacks to try to slow him down. Didn’t do much good. Moss scored at least 10 touchdowns in all but one season in his first tour with the Vikings. “The things I’ve seen him do, I don’t think I’ll ever see another player do the things he did,” Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser said. “Great career. Tough to see him not playing because I think he had a lot left out there that he could have done for somebody.” He also got into several controversies along the way, bumping a traffic cop in downtown Minneapolis, squirting a referee with a water bottle during a game and leaving the field early in a game against Washington, just to name a few. Sensing a change of scenery was needed, the Vikings traded Moss to Oakland in 2005, where he spent two quiet seasons before his career was revived in New England. He reemerged as a force with the Patriots, hauling in a single-season record 23 TD passes from Tom Brady to help the Patriots reach the Super Bowl. Vikings fans were euphoric at the news of his return last season, but things soured in a


Randy Moss announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this week after playing for four teams in his 13-year career. hurry. He caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in four games back in purple, clashed with coach Brad Childress in the locker room and brought embarrassment to the organization when he berated a caterer at team headquarters. He hugged former Patriots teammates after a Vikings loss, and then bizarrely stepped to a podium to fawn over the Patriots, criticize the Vikings for ignoring his strategic advice and announce his plan to interview himself the rest of the season instead of letting reporters do it. An enraged Childress unilaterally decided to cut Moss shortly after, a decision that helped seal his fate with Vikings ownership. Moss finished the season with eight games in Tennessee, but only caught six passes. Segal said earlier this summer the receiver was training hard and determined to prove to the doubters he could still dominate the game like he had in the past. Ochocinco traded to Patriots FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Chad Ochocinco’s next stop is New England after an offseason in which he had a soccer tryout, rode a bull, took a spin in a race car and waited to be traded. That wait ended on Thursday when the outspoken wide receiver was dealt to the Patriots, a team coached by Bill Belich-

ick, who closely monitors, and tries to control, his players’ public comments. A person with knowledge of the trade said the Patriots obtained the colorful Ochocinco from Cincinnati and that he agreed to a new three-year contract. It was not known what the Bengals received in return. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the trade. The deal was first reported by ESPN. It was the second major move by the Patriots, who earlier in the day obtained Albert Haynesworth, the disgruntled Washington Redskins defensive tackle, for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013. The relationship between Belichick and Ochocinco, with extremely different public personas, is unexpectedly warm. “I like Chad,” Belichick said before last year’s season opener between the teams. “I like him as a player. I like him as a person. I like his enthusiasm and the fun he has with football, and I like how he competes on the football field. I have a lot of respect for that.” They grew closer during Pro Bowl practices. “It became a relationship beyond just a football player and a coach,” Ochocinco said. “He became a friend of mine. He has a lot of respect for me in my game and I have a lot of respect for him in everything he’s done as a coach.”

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