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Monday November 5, 2012
Volume 126, Issue 56
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“We had plenty of opportunities to win the game, and we failed to do so on all three sides of the ball.” — West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen
Honorary member joins WVU family by madison fleck staff writer
During halftime in the West Virginia University vs. Texas Christian University football game Saturday, an honorary member was inducted into the Mountaineer family. Nefeterius McPherson, a fifth-generation Texan who survived a debilitating disease thanks to a liver transplant from Taitlyn Hughes, a 12-year-old girl from Martinsburg, W.Va., was given the title of Honorary Mountaineer. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and the press secretary for United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk with the Obama adminstration, McPherson came to WVU to honor Hughes for her lifesaving donation. McPherson recalls when she was diagnosed with her liver disease. “I was referred to the Mayo Clinic and was diagnosed with secondary sclerosing laryngitis, which is a very rare bile duct and liver disease,” said McPherson. She was in law school at the time of her diagnosis and was able to graduate on time despite her illness. “I think it was my tenacity that got me through it,” she said. “I moved to DC in February 2009, and I started having a great life. I was traveling internationally, but when I came back from trips, my body
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TCU senior tight end Corey Fuller crosses the goal line after catching a 25-yard touchdown pass in double overtime.
TCU tops WVU 39-38 in double overtime thriller
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Today at noon, the Association for Women in Science will host an informal networking luncheon at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. AWIS is an international network that helps achieve equality for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). AWIS offers support, advice and a bevy of other resources to members. Additionally, the luncheon is a beneficial opportunity for networking with experienced researchers in various fields of study. Amy Keessee, president of the AWIS chapter in West Virginia, said the purpose of the networking luncheon is to get several women together who are at different levels of their research and provide them with an opportunity to share ideas, as well as discuss any issues they may be
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Key members of the West Virginia Democratic Party were in attendance for a rally held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building near the Downtown Campus.
by kaity wilson staff writer
Local and state democratic candidates gathered Sunday afternoon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in downtown Morgantown to continue to push for last-minute voters. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin were in attendance, as well as Attorney General Darrell McGraw, WV State Treasurer John Perdue, WV Supreme Court
candidate Tish Chafin, Auditor Glen Gainer and many others. Tomblin became governor of West Virginia in October 2011, filling the space left by Manchin’s election to the U.S. Senate. He is running for re-election as governor. In his discussions, Tomblin said he is a proponent of higher education, and he hopes to meet the needs of college students in the upcoming years.
One of the ways he hopes to do this is by continuing to create new scholarships and encouraging students to complete college. “We often find that students are dropping out of college over as little as $700,” he said. “We can’t allow that to happen anymore.” Tomblin is competing for re-election against republican Bill Maloney Manchin is a junior Senator from West Virginia who is
running for re-election. After Senator Robert Byrd died in office in 2010, Manchin won the special election to fill the opening. Manchin said his job is one of public service, not self-service. “Our priorities are based around our values,” he said. “In West Virginia, it is our children and our education.” Manchin said he promises to uphold these values for West Virginia if reelected
and to continue to take care of what is essential to West Virginians. Tomblin is competing against Bill Maloney, the republican candidate for governor who narrowly lost the 2011 special election by less than 8,000 votes. Those who spoke at the rally were thankful for all the early voters but aimed to persuade those who are waiting until Tuesday to vote forDemocrats in West Virginia.
Continued from page 1 experiencing. “Individuals get a chance to vent their frustrations or just take a break from what they’re doing during the day,” she said. “Also, people have the opportunity to talk to others and get their advice about how they’ve dealt with similar situations and hopefully learn about what other people are doing in their research.” Keessee said during the luncheon, members will discuss a wide range of topics. The event provides a nice, informal chance to meet with each other and talk about what is important to the members. “It’s really beneficial for anybody. We are always welcoming new people to come join us,” she said. “We currently have a set of regulars that come each time.” Keessee said the AWIS Networking Lunch happens about twice a month, so interested parties can always attend the next meeting. “It’s something we try to do on a regular basis, and we move it around so we can accommodate people’s schedules. For instance, occasionally, the AWIS-WV luncheon will be held on the Evansdale Campus,” she said. “We just have a few students that come right now, but we’re always looking for more students. It’s a great chance for people, wherever
they are in life, and if they are encountering any problems in their research, or if they just want to describe their research to others in different fields and practice their ability to communicate that,” she said. AWIS also offers an outreach program for middle school girls interested in STEM fields. “We are currently planning our outreach event for the spring. We generally go somewhere in the state and do a bunch of hands-on projects with middle school girls, so if any students or faculty are interested in volunteering or attending the workshop, we are always looking for volunteers,” she said. Keessee said although the association is geared toward women, it does not discriminate against men attending the luncheon, because one of the main purposes of the AWIS is to promote equality for everyone. “We welcome men and anyone who supports women, diversity and science. It’s a nice place for people to have a supportive environment sometimes,” she said. AWIS Networking Lunch will be held today at a table toward the back of Hatfields, which will have a yellow AWIS sign. For more information about the AWIS visit http:// www.hsc.wvu.edu/awis or contact Amy Keessee at Amy.Keessee@mail.wvu. edu. email@example.com
Continued from page 1 wasn’t recovering as quickly as it used to.” McPherson was in and out of the hospital frequently and was put on the liver transplant list May 18, 2011. She waited only 172 days for her transplant. “I get to Georgetown University hospital in DC, and the transplant team comes in and say the words that I will never forget: ‘Ms. McPherson, we need to get over to the children’s hospital,’ and it was at that point that I realized my donor was a child,” she said. McPherson said she had a difficult time dealing with this – it was difficult for her to be excited. “It was bad enough for me to know someone was going to die for me to have the gift of life, but it’s a completely different thing when you realize that it’s a child who has saved your life,” McPherson said. Before being released from the hospital, she was able learn more about who
her organ donor was via Facebook. McPherson was able to keep in contact with the Hughes family and has visited them on numerous occasions. “Darian, Taitlyn’s older sister, texted me the other day and said, ‘I can’t wait to see you.’ That, to me, is just amazing,” she said. “I feel like they’re my family.” Nefeterius was able to identify with Taitlyn through her Facebook page and stumbled across a picture of Taitlyn sporting a WVU shirt. “Its my favorite picture of her. She has the camera pointing down at her, but it’s like she’s looking up toward heaven,” said McPherson. Taitlyn’s mother, Nicole, gave Nefeterius the shirt to remember Taitlyn. McPherson said at first she didn’t know what to do with the shirt, but when WVU played Texas University, she wanted to wear the shirt for her donor. “Not only were WVU and UT playing in Austin, but they were playing on my 11-month transplant anniversary. I had to go to the
CORRECTION Due to a reporting error in the Oct. 31 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, the name of a representative from the Center for Civic Engagement who spoke at Wednesday’s SGA meeting regarding the Gold Rush T-shirt sale was printed incorrectly. Emily Vasile can be reached at (304) 293-8761 or via email (Emily.Vasile@mail.wvu.edu) for further information on the Gold Rush, which will benefit the WVU United Way Campaign. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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Former Mountaineer Mascots, as well as current Mountaineer Mascot Jonathan Kimble, surround Nefeterius McPherson on Mountaineer Field Saturday.
The group continued their final campaign efforts in Harrison County and Marion County later that day. Election Day is Tuesday, and the University will not be open for classes. Essential services such as dining and residential support will continue to operate. More information can be found at www.wvdemocrats. com.
game,” she said. “I’ve never been prouder to say that I am from Texas, but I am now a West Virginia University fan.” McPherson posted a picture on Facebook of her wearing the shirt and of Taitlyn wearing the shirt. As soon as she posted the picture to Taitlyn’s wall, it went viral. “I would refresh my page, and it would have a hundred something notifications,” she said. “I had to close my laptop; I was just like, ‘I cannot deal with this right now.’” McPherson said Taitlyn had wanted to change the world, and McPherson is helping her do it by making people aware of the importance of organ donation. “Organ donation is one of those things that renews your faith in mankind. You see so much horrible, negative news, and to see the media grab hold of this story and be passionate about it has baffled me,” McPherson said. According to McPherson, there are 116,000 people waiting for a transplant
right now. “One person can save up to eight people, and if they donate tissue, they can save up to 50 people,” she said. It has been a year since Nefeterius McPherson’s transplant, and she is doing well, she said. “I was just told by my doctors that I don’t have to see the transplant team for another six months, which is a blessing,” she said. “The only thing I can’t do yet is run. I’m only a year out, so I guess in time, that will come.” She said she not only found comfort with the Hughes family, but she found it with the Mountaineer family. “People talk about the West Virginia family, and I feel that that’s the epitome of this school, of this city and of this state,” she said. “I feel at home here, and I feel like I’ve brought a piece of Taitlyn home.” For more information on organ donation, visit http:// donatelife.wv.gov or http:// donatelife.net. firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans breakfast set for Nov. 12 A veterans appreciation breakfast will be held at the Erickson Alumni Center Nov. 12 from 8-9:30 a.m. The President’s Office for Social Justice and the Division of Human Resources are hosting the event. WVU veteran students and veterans are invited. The breakfast will feature the national anthem, the presentation of the colors and a variety of speakers. Professor Emeritus Forest “Jack” Bowman will be the head of the ceremonies. The Adjutant General for the West Virginia Joint Forces, Major General James A. Hoyer, will also attend. The presentation of colors will be done by the WVU Air Force and Army Cadets. Col. Douglas L. Flohr, U. S. Army for Operations, will lead a prayer for the soldiers. Dr. Keith Jackson will lead the WVU Trombone
Choir, and Jamie Summerlin will attend on behalf of the Running for Wounded Warriors assignment. West Virginia University recognizes Veteran’s Day as a “Day of Recognition.” This allows WVU veteran and military students to miss class to participate in veteran-related events. Staff has been asked to be lenient with veteran students who may miss class to attend the breakfast. WVU employee veterans and student veterans will be provided with transportation to the breakfast. The Mountainlair will run buses to and from the event, with the buses departing at 7:40 a.m. to arrive for the breakfast. Wednesday is the deadline for registration. Registrations can be made of http://employment.hr.wvu.edu/veterans_appreciation_breakfast_2012.\. –crp
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Divisions emerge at Syria opposition conference
Burhan Ghalioun, leader of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), left, shakes hands with an attendee of the meeting of the General Assembly of the Syrian National Council in Doha, Qatar, Sunday. DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Sharp disagreements arose Sunday on the first day of a Syrian opposition conference meant to forge a more cohesive leadership that the international community says is necessary before it will boost its support for those trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad. The main opposition group in exile, the Syrian National Council, balked at a U.S.-backed plan that would largely sideline it to make room in a new leadership council for fighters and activists inside Syria. However, with international pressure mounting, the SNC also suggested it is willing to negotiate a compromise that would give the SNC more influence in a new leadership team. The international community has long urged the SNC, widely seen as dysfunctional and out of touch, to broaden its base and include a greater spectrum of Syrian society, especially those fighting inside the country. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was unusually harsh, suggesting the SNC’s leadership days are over. Failure to reach a deal in Doha could further heighten tensions between Syria’s political opposition and the international community. Opposition leaders feel abandoned by the U.S. and other foreign backers, saying they are not providing the money and weapons the rebels need to defeat Assad in a stalemated civil
war. Washington and others say they can’t step up aid unless the opposition stops bickering and establishes a more representative – and unified – leadership. The conflict erupted nearly 20 months ago as a peaceful uprising that escalated into a civil war and has claimed more than 36,000 lives, according to a tally by activists. At the conference in Doha, the SNC will have to decide whether to accept a plan proposed by a prominent dissident, Riad Seif, to set up a new leadership group of about 50 members. The SNC would get some 15 seats, meaning its influence would be diluted, while military commanders and local leaders in rebelheld areas would win wider representation. Seif said his plan has broad international backing and portrayed it as a stepping stone to more robust foreign aid. SNC chief Abdelbaset Sieda dismissed Seif’s optimism, saying he and others in the SNC no longer trust promises of international support that are linked to restructuring of the opposition. “We faced this situation before, when we formed the SNC (last year),” he told The Associated Press. “There were promises like that, but the international community in fact did not give us the support needed for the SNC to do its job.” The SNC is to decide Wednesday whether to ac-
cept Seif’s plan. Sieda said the SNC believes it deserves at least 40 percent of the seats, should it decide to join the new group, suggesting the group may have decided it’s under too much pressure to reject the plan entirely. In Cairo, Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, but they differed in their assessments. Brahimi called the situation “deplorable,” adding, “The solution will either be a political one that all sides agree on, or the future of Syria is very bad.” Lavrov blamed the Syrian opposition for not accepting a cease-fire proposal that left the door open for a transitional period with Assad still in power. The Arab League scheduled a special session of its Syria committee for Nov. 12. As opposition leaders haggled in Qatar, activists said rebels captured an oilfield in eastern Syria on Sunday after three days of fighting with government troops, and shot down a Syrian warplane in the area. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels overran the Al-Ward oilfield in the province of Deir el-Zour near Iraq. Oil was a major source of revenue for Assad’s regime before the U.S. and the European Union imposed an embargo on Syria’s crude exports last year, in response to Assad’s brutal crackdown on the uprising
against him. Syrian officials have accused rebel units of targeting the country’s infrastructure, including blowing up the oil and gas pipelines. Syrian state media, meanwhile, said rebels detonated a car bomb near the Dama Rose hotel in the capital, wounding several people. The hotel has been used in the past by U.N. observers visiting Syria. The reports also said rebels were behind the assassination of a leading member of the ruling Baath party in northeast Raqqa province. The Syrian opposition leaders met at a luxury hotel in Doha, the capital of the small Gulf state of Qatar that has emerged as a major backer of the Syrian rebels. Organizers said more than 400 delegates are attending four days of internal SNC meetings and will choose new SNC leaders on Tuesday. A day later, the SNC is to vote on Seif’s plan. On Thursday, Seif will attempt to form the new leadership group with the backing of the SNC. If he is successful, the Friends of Syria, an alliance of countries backing the rebels, is to convene in Morocco, he said. The 66-year-old Seif, who left Syria few months ago after having been detained by the regime, said that if his plan is accepted, “the whole world will be behind” the new opposition leadership. At the Morocco conference, “maybe 100 countries will recognize this new leadership as the legitimate and
only representative of the Syrians,” said Seif, who suffers from cancer and is not seeking a leadership role. He did not say what kind of practical support the opposition could expect, but suggested the Morocco gathering would be a launching pad for a transitional government. A senior U.S. official has said the Washington did not want to attend another Friends of Syria conference unless the opposition comes up with a new, more representative leadership. Many of the current SNC leaders live in exile, and appear to have little say over the course of the rebellion inside the country. Sieda bristled as the criticism, saying that “it is unfair to say that the SNC represents (those) outside Syria.” The SNC argues that it represents several dozen groups, including a number based in Syria. Abdel-Rahman al-Haj, a spokesman for the group, said the international community’s criticism of the SNC is meant to deflect from the world’s failure to stop the bloodshed in Syria. “The international community ... did not give us any help, support and weapons,” he said. “We just hear talking.” Al-Haj, a 41-year-old Syrian exile in Malaysia, said the SNC is considering the possibility of setting up its own transitional government if it decides to reject Seif ’s plan. However, he said everything is still open
to debate. The disagreements at the conference reinforced doubts in the opposition’s ability create a new structure the U.S. and its allies can work with. The U.S. hopes a more representative body can provide a reliable partner, buffer against interference by extremists and help bring Syria’s allies Russia and China on board with change. However, divisions among political leaders are not the only concern. Rebel fighters are split into small largely autonomous groups, some led by local figures little known outside Syria. Most nominally belong to the umbrella Free Syrian Army, but their ties to it are often just lipservice. In many hotspots, fighters from a radical Islamic group inspired by the al-Qaida terror network have taken on prominent roles. In his opening speech at the conference, Sieda said the SNC is trying to unify all military groups under one leadership, in part to prevent “any extremism, mistakes or atrocities” from being committed. Earlier this week, a video appeared to show rebel fighters killing a group of unarmed, captured Syrian soldiers execution-style, prompting an international outcry. Sieda urged all commanders and rebel fighters to respect human rights and said those violating them on the rebel side would be brought to justice.
Russian nationalists protest Putin, eye mainstream MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of nationalists marched through Moscow on Sunday chanting slogans such as “Russia for the Russians” to protest President Vladimir Putin’s government, which they accuse of lavishing privileges on migrants and minorities while ignoring ethnic Russians. The anti-Kremlin tone of the nationalists, who once backed Putin, comes as the movement’s leaders try to broaden their base in the wake of last winter’s historic opposition protests against the Russian leader. Some nationalists are even denouncing violence and racism, moves many mainstream opposition activists view with suspicion. Sunday’s march took place on Unity Day, a national holiday established in 2005 to replace commemorations of the Bolshevik Revolution. It has become associated with the nationalist “Russian March,” which has taken a stridently antiKremlin tone. More than 40 Russian Marches were held throughout the country during the day. Putin marked Unity Day by laying flowers at a monument in Red Square commemorating the expulsion of Polish-Lithuanian occupiers from the Kremlin 400 years ago in 1612. It was his first public appearance since speculation about his health rose sharply last
week. Putin walked slowly but without assistance, and his condition was unclear. His spokesman has said he has pulled a muscle but has denied it occurred during a widely publicized September flight in a motorized hang-glider. The protesters were strident in their criticism of the Russian leader. Putin is “scared of us. He feels his time is coming to an end, because the future belongs to us,” Alexander Belov, leader of the nationalist group Russkie, told the marchers in Moscow. The Levada Center, an independent Russian survey agency, says its studies indicate that nearly half of Russians resent government subsidies to the res-
tive, mostly Muslim Caucasus republics and dislike migrants from both the Caucasus and the former Soviet Central Asian states. Such sentiments often overlap with the opposition movement that dramatically rose up last December after parliamentary elections tainted by fraud claims. Prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny has called on the Kremlin to “stop feeding the Caucasus,” particularly Chechnya, and was one of the Russian March’s organizers until this year. Nationalist leaders believe many ordinary Russians share their concerns but that they are put off by their movement’s more radical members. As a re-
sult, some nationalist leaders have denounced racism and violence and some are even trying to set up a more mainstream political party. “You hear it all the time: ‘I’ve really had it with the darkies, but I’m still not a nationalist,’” nationalist leader Konstantin Krylov told The Associated Press last week. Although they make up a small part of the broad antiPutin protest movement, nationalists are among its most visible members, thanks in part to their experience organizing Russian Marches. Nationalists have spoken at rallies alongside major opposition figures and ran for the opposition movement’s elected governing council last month.
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Time to head to the polls
Tomorrow, Americans across the country will head to the polls to finally cast their ballots and elect our country’s next wave of leaders. For many, this day will be highlighted by the comforting fact that we will all no longer constantly be bombarded by a ridiculous volume of campaign advertising. However, the importance of this date cannot be understated. Throughout the past several months, candidates from both sides of the aisle have
made their case to the American people. We’ve tuned in to the debates, registered to vote, researched the issues (hopefully), and now all that’s left is to head to the ballot box and fulfill our civic duty. This is a duty none can justifiably neglect, and it’s as important as it has ever been that we all take advantage of our privilege as citizens of a democracy and make our voices heard. With a series of historic
problems – including the lagging economy, our failing public schools and the longest war in American history – that need to be dealt with, Americans must decide how they want these problems addressed. Standing on the sidelines is simply inexcusable. Unfortunately, college-aged students are notorious for their traditional lack of participation in the political process, despite their growing ability to influence the outcome. As
of last year, 18-29-year-olds comprised 24 percent of the electorate. Although the youth voter turnout was higher in 2008 than it has typically been, it was still lower than the overall percentage of eligible Americans who cast their ballot. This behavior is irrational, as our leaders are a lot less likely to respond to the needs and desires of young people if this demographic does not vote in large numbers.
Thankfully, the University is closed tomorrow. Enjoy your day off, but set aside the brief period of time required to vote. Many lives were lost to earn you the right to vote, and millions of people across the world can only dream of similarly participating in the political process in their own countries. Don’t take this opportunity for granted. email@example.com
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South Floridians mark their ballots during the last day of early voting in Miami Beach, Fla., Saturday. ing ideas such as “rock the to 18. vote” and getting celebrities But while our country Molly robinson to endorse this message; it’s does try to get more indicolumnist obvious that the youth vote viduals to vote, is that really is an important factor in this such a good thing? Depending on whom you year’s election. I will be the first to admit ask, Nov. 6 has a lot of differBut does that necessarily that I don’t know a thing ent meanings. For some, it’s mean that everyone eligible about politics. I am utterly a day we have off school. For should vote? ignorant when it comes others, it’s simply a Tuesday. Initially, voting was lim- to foreign policy, and my But for a select few, next ited to the “upper eche- knowledge on the current Tuesday is Election Day – lon” of society. In our na- national debt, health care, the time of year when we, tion’s youth, only white tax reforms and other big as citizens of the United male property owners 21 ticket issues is laughable. States, are given the power and older were allowed to However, I have just as to choose our next presi- participate. This later ex- much right to vote as any dent, and thus, decide the panded to all white males 21 other college student 18 and future of our country. and older, then to all males, older. I even have a voter’s Many commercials, ad- regardless of ethnicity, 21 registration card. But this vertisements and other and older and eventually year, I will not be exercismass media sources are ac- to women 21 and older as ing my right as an American tively encouraging younger well. Finally, in 1971, the le- citizen. I will not be voting, people to vote, by promot- gal voting age was dropped and I don’t believe every in-
dividual with a voter’s card should be, either. Why? Because not all of us are politically involved. Not all Americans watch CNN or Fox news for updates on the campaigns. Not everyone researches the candidates and their issues. Some of us don’t even watch the debates or read about politics in the newspaper (guilty as charged). All of this adds up to an uninformed choice. It’s not that the resources aren’t out there – it’s that if you don’t have the time or the desire to make an informed decision about where you think our country should be headed, don’t head out to the polls this Tuesday.
In other words, leave it to the professionals. Let those who genuinely understand the state of our nation and want to decide on the issues we are facing go out and “rock the vote.” They can make the most informed decisions, and they care the most about who lives in the White House next year. Don’t vote for Obama just because he seems like a cool guy or Romney because he always looks so pulled together. Vote because you truly believe, based on what you have learned from a variety of sources, that what you are doing will help our country. And if you don’t know the
issues, or the candidates’ opinions, or even your own opinions, please don’t pick up a ballot. I am not completely ignorant when it comes to Nov. 6. I know that whoever our next president will be will have more than enough on his plate, and I know there will be people who do and do not like him. I know there will be some people who will vote for the wrong reasons, but I also know there will be even more who will choose our next president for the right reasons. I also know I have a biology exam next week, and a day off on Tuesday sounds like a great day to spend in the library.
A new sense of engagement is needed in digital age micah conkling columnist
When the Kony 2012 video was published in March, it received more than 50 million views within five days of being posted. Alongside the video, the ideas behind Kony 2012 were broadcast almost interminably for about a week around the rest of the Internet. Currently, the video has a little more than 93 million views on YouTube. I haven’t read a tweet about Kony in months, except for the occasional “Hey, whatever happened to that Kony guy?” from a wisecracking friend. If you need a refresher, the idea behind Kony 2012 was that Joseph Kony, leader of
a Ugandan guerilla group known for enlisting child soldiers and slaying many people, had to be captured and stopped. The video was supposed to incite an intervention. Remember Occupy Wall Street? How about Trayvon Martin? Bradley Manning? These three instances, each culturally and globally important issues, have died out in the media and conversation, exhibiting a phenomenon in our media and society that needs further examination. One of the scourges of being a consumerist society driven by the need for entertainment is our ravishing appetite for the new. This, combined with the convenience of social networking and news, allows us to not care
about things anymore – at least not deeply. Wendell Berry once wrote, “Leadership without membership is a terrible thing.” I think today we can add that membership – real belonging to a society, culture, and country, without appropriate participation and a sense of permanence – is a dangerous thing. What I mean by this type of citizenship being precarious is that our minds and hearts are so fleeting. When situations such as Kony, Trayvon, and Wikileaks strike, they only matter to us for a little while. Do we think Darfur is completely saved? What happened from our turning Twitter avatars and Facebook profile pictures green during the Iranian revolution in
2009? It came to me that maybe the same type of ailment I’m talking about might be plaguing West Virginia University and the issues it has had with couch burning and excessive partying after football games. When it’s fresh and students are getting tear-gassed, it’s a hot-button topic, but since the Texas win, nothing major has happened.Thus, no progressive steps have been taken to nip it in the bud if it occurs again. Sure, there have been subsequent emails from the mascot and the SGA about being polite, but there have been no substantive actions taken to curb the problems that made our University look so terrible to the public. We react, and then if nothing happens for a while, we
forget and hope it doesn’t reoccur, if we remember at all. As students who belong to a university – and more broadly as citizens of a larger community – we need to rethink membership and our level of involvement. This doesn’t mean to simply join extracurricular activities. It means to view ourselves as participants in world events, not simply as consumers or spectators. We need to be people who dig in and partake – not just critique. There is a danger of our generation being labeled eternally as apathetic. Sure, it’s not all our fault, but we can’t blame a lack of jobs for our discontentment, and we can’t let indifference or disappointment mar the opportunity for social change and commitment to community
responsibility. We also can’t let the ease and accessibility of proclaiming our opinions or pleas for social justice on a social networking platform substitute real membership. Maybe a day will come when we’re all plugged into computers and conversing digitally, and all problems can be solved with the touch of a button or a few clicks. Today is not that day. Until then, and I hope this never comes, let’s participate and be real members. We can do more with actions and a sense of stewardship than we ever will be able to with fleeting statuses and comments. Our memories might be short, but the calamities and struggles of our world are often not. Do them and yourself more justice.
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Music professor James ‘Doc’ Miltenberger played a piano at halftime of Saturday’s football game between West Virginia and TCU as part of the College of Creative Arts’‘All Keyed Up’ campaign.
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FEATURES OF THE DAY AFROJACK, one of electronic dance music’s major icons, will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Morgantown Events Center. The Dutch DJ has become a multiaward-winning and platnium-selling producer in just two years.
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DAILY HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year your family and love life become even higher priorities. You set the tone in everyday situations, and you’ll be a role model to others. Your ideas will be deemed good for the most part. Sometimes you might want more privacy, but because of your increasing popularity, this could become a burden. If you are single, you manage to meet people with ease, and you could meet someone of significance this year. If you are attached, do your best to include your significant other in a few of your many activities.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Your sharpness and ingenuity are increasing multifold. Your communication style also excels, as you seem to say the right words at the right time. You often might find yourself stumbling into brainstorming situations. Tonight: Ever playful.
are entirely sure of yourself. Tonight: Talk up a storm.
if an obstacle is in your way. Tonight: A force to be dealt with.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Use the morning well, when you are a powerhouse and feel close to invincible. You could be overserious and not willing to take a risk. The unexpected works for you -- just remember to slow down if you become upset. Tonight: Treat time.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH Keep reaching out to someone at a distance. A conversation in the morning points to how important this person is to you. He or she understands you better than many people do in your life. An important discussion could occur as a result. Tonight: Where there is music.
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Honor your desires, and remain sure of yourself. Someone could push you beyond your limits. Incoming news opens your eyes to a different perspective. The words of an expert or someone in the know will surprise you. Tonight: All smiles. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHH Use the daylight hours to the max in order to accomplish tasks that involve others. Be aware of your innate limits. You might want to understand more. Pull back and listen. You could be surprised by how much is revealed. Tonight: Have a chat with a friend.
TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH Know what you want regarding a personal matter. Try to clear up problems, hassles and misunderstandings by noon. You might want to know more of what is happening behind the scenes with a child. Ask the right questions, and everything will come out. Tonight: Stay centered.
LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHHH Zero in on what you want, whether it is professionally or personally. You’ll want to take care of your finances, so try not to get overcommitted. A risk at this point could backfire. You might feel centered, until someone acts in a strange manner. Tonight: Where your friends are.
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH You have a lot to say, and you will say just that. Investigate your alternatives more thoroughly. You might be quite verbal once you grasp the depth of an issue. Perhaps the wise action would be to say little until you
SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH Take a stand and remain secure when dealing with others who you believe have more experience and/ or knowledge than you. You could feel quite jittery about everything that is happening. You might feel as
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH You finally can relate to one person directly and discuss your authentic feelings; now you both can drop the act. A friend or loved one continues to jolt you with his or her behavior. Know that this individual might be coming from a slightly depressed perspective. Tonight: Where your friends are. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Let others seek you out -that is, if you have enough patience. You will hear much more if you allow them to initiate interactions instead of you. Though you might have a naysayer very near to you, just ignore this person. Tonight: Say “yes” to an invitation. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH Your creativity dominates the morning, while your concentration rules the evening. If you can blend the two together, you will succeed. What you accomplish as a result could be awesome and unusual. You might decide to go off and choose a fun happening. Tonight: Not in the mood to stop.
BORN TODAY Actress Tatum O’Neal (1963), musician Ike Turner (1931), actor Roy Rogers (1911)
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George Lucas’ filmmaking rooted in rebellion LOS ANGELES (AP) — There’s no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire George Lucas is the hero he created, Luke Skywalker. His filmmaking outpost, Skywalker Ranch, is so far removed from the Hollywood moviemaking machine he once despised, that it may as well be on the forest moon of Endor. That’s why this week’s announcement that Lucas is selling the “Star Wars” franchise and the entire Lucasfilm business to The Walt Disney Co. for more than $4 billion is like a laser blast from outer space. Lucas built his film operation in Marin County near San Francisco largely to avoid the meddling of Los Angelesbased studios. His aim was to finish the “Star Wars” serieshis way. Today the enterprise has far surpassed the 68-year-old filmmaker’s original goals. The ranch covers 6,100 acres and houses one of the industry’s most acclaimed visual effects companies, Industrial Light & Magic. Lucasfilm, with its headquarters now in San Francisco proper, has ventured into books, video games, merchandise, special effects and marketing. Just as Anakin Skywalker became the villain Darth Vader, Lucas -once the outsider- had grown to become the leader of an empire. “What I was trying to do was stay independent so that I could make the movies I wanted to make,” Lucas says in the 2004 documentary “Empire of Dreams.” “But now I’ve found myself being the head of a corporation ... I have become the very thing that I was trying to avoid.” After the blockbuster sale announcement Tuesday, Lucas expressed a desire to give away much of his fortune, donate to educational causes and return to the experimental filmmaking of his youth. Still, the move stunned those who’ve followed him. He’d contemplated retirement for years and said he’d never make another “Star Wars” film. Dale Pollock, the author of the 1999 biography “Skywalking,” said Lucas disdained the Disney culture in interviews he gave in the 1980s, even though he admired the company’s founder. “He felt the corporate `Disneyization’ had destroyed the spirit of Walt,” Pollock said. Lucas said through a spokeswoman on Saturday that he never said such a thing. But his anti-corporate streak is renowned. In the Lucasfilm-sanctioned documentary “Empire of Dreams”,
George Lucas, director of the Star Wars series poses at Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, Calif. Lucas says on camera that he is “not happy that corporations have taken over the film industry.” Growing up in the central California town of Modesto, the independent streak was strong in young Lucas. The family lived on a walnut ranch and Lucas’ father owned a stationery store. But, like his fictional protege Luke, George had no interest in taking over the family business. Lucas and his father fought when George made it clear that he’d rather go to college to study art than follow in his father’s footsteps. Lucas loved fast cars, and dreamed that racing them would be his ticket out. A near-fatal car crash the day before his high school graduation convinced him otherwise. “I decided I’d better settle down and go to school,” he told sci-fi magazine Starlog in 1981. As a film student at the University of Southern California, he experimented with “cinema verite,” a provocative form of documentary, and “tone poems” that visualized a piece of music or other artistic work. The style is reflected in some of the short films he made at USC: “1:42:08” focused on the sound of a Lotus race car’s engine driving at
full speed and “Anyone Who Lived in a Pretty How Town,” inspired by an e.e. Cummings poem. In later interviews, Lucas described his early films as “visual exercises.” Lucas’ intellectual explorations led to an interest in anthropology, especially the work of American mythologist Joseph Campbell, who studied the common thread linking the myths of disparate cultures. This inspired Lucas to explore archetypal storylines that resonated across the ages and around the world. Lucas’ epic battle with the movie industry began after Warner Bros. forced him to make unwanted changes to an early film, “THX 1138.” Later, Universal Pictures insisted on revisions to “American Graffiti” that Lucas felt impinged on his creative freedom. The experience led Lucas to insist on having total control of all his work, just like Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney in their heyday. “In order to get my vision out there, I really needed to learn how to manipulate the system because the system is designed to tear you down and destroy everything you are doing,” Lucas said in an interview with Charlie Rose. He shopped his outline for “Star Wars” to several studios before finding a friend in Alan
Ladd Jr., an executive at 20th Century Fox. Despite budget and deadline overruns, and pressure from the studio, the movie was a huge success when it was released in 1977. It grossed $798 million in theaters worldwide and caused Fox’s stock price at the time to double. In one of the wisest business moves in Hollywood history, Lucas cut a deal with distributor Fox before the film’s release so that he could retain ownership of the sequels and rights for merchandise. He figured in the 1970s that might mean peddling a few T-shirts and posters to fans to help market the movie. Over the decades, merchandising has formed the bedrock of his multi-billion-dollar enterprise, resulting in a bonanza for Lucas from action figures, toys, spinoff books and other products. Industrial Light & Magic, the unit he started in a makeshift space in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys, moved to the ranch in northern California and lent its prowess to other movies. It broke ground using computers, motioncontrolled cameras, models and masks. Its reach is breathtaking, notably among the biggest science fiction movies of the 1980s: “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Poltergeist,” “Back to the Future,” “Indiana
Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and more. “Between him and (Steven) Spielberg, they changed how movies got made,” said Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief of movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. These days, the talent at ILM has spread around the globe, and many former employees have become top executives at other special effects companies, said Chris DeFaria, executive vice president of digital production at Warner Bros. “You meet anybody who’s a significant executive or artist at a company, they’ve spent their time at ILM or got their start there. That’s probably one of George’s greatest gifts to the business,” DeFaria said. Lucas helped make the tools that were needed for his films. ILM developed the world’s first computerized film editing and music mixing technology, revolutionizing what had been a cut-andsplice affair. Pixar, the imaging computer he founded as a division of Lucasfilm, became a world-famous animated movie company. Apple’s Steve Jobs bought and later sold it to Disney in 2006. But the goliath Lucas created began to weigh on him. Fans-turned-critics felt the
“Star Wars” prequel trilogy he directed fell short of the first films. Others believed his revisions to the re-released classics undid some of what made the first movies great. Giving up his role at the head of Lucasfilm may shield him from the fury of rebellious fans and critics. He said in a video released by Disney that the sale would allow him to “do other things, things in philanthropy and doing more experimental kind of films.” “I couldn’t really drag my company into that.” Still, Lucas is not planning on going to a galaxy far, far away. Speaking on Friday night at Ebony magazine’s Power 100 event in New York, Lucas said: “It’s 40 years of work and it’s been my life, but I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things. I have a foundation, an educational foundation. I do a lot of work with education, and I’m very excited about doing that.” This week he assured the incoming president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy that he’d be around to advise her on future “Star Wars” movies -just like the apparition of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi helps Luke through his adventures. “They’re finishing the hologram now,” he told Kennedy. “Don’t worry.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor and outspoken liberal John Cusack is developing a movie about conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, Cusack’s production company said Friday. The working title is “Rush,” Cusack’s New Crime Productions confirmed, offering no other details. Hollywood director Betty Thomas, who’s set to ap work on the film, said the Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference production company is in Honolulu. putting finishing touches on a script that will star the actor. Production is set for
next year, Thomas said. Limbaugh is in the front ranks of colorful and provocative media figures. Earlier this year, Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” on air for arguing to Democrats in Congress that health plans should pay for contraception. This week, the host mocked Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his “bromance” with Obama after Christie praised the president’s response to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Cusack as Limbaugh isn’t typecasting, politics aside. Cusack is a slender, darkhaired 46-year-old, while Limbaugh is 61, balding and portly. But Hollywood’s makeup experts have probably had greater challenges. A publicist for Limbaugh said Friday he would check with the host for comment. The agency representing Cusack, Creative Artists Agency, declined comment on the project. Cusack’s credits range from the teen flick “Sixteen
Candles” to offbeat films like “Being John Malkovich.” He attended President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration but has criticized Obama over his military and civil liberties policies. Thomas is a former actress (“Hill Street Blues”) and an Emmy-award winning director (“Dream On”) whose big-screen films include Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” and “The Brady Bunch Movie.” Thomas’ latest project is an online series, “Audrey,” that is showing on the YouTube channel WIGS.
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Katy Perry wears dress with Obama slogan at rally MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pop star Katy Perry is sporting a skin-tight minidress with President Barack Obama’s campaign slogan “Forward” emblazoned across it at the president’s rally in Milwaukee. Perry came on stage at Saturday’s event initially wearing a red, white and blue dress and holding a microphone shaped like the Statue of Liberty’s torch. But after her first song, a cover of Al Green’s soul hit “Let’s Stay Together,” she tossed aside the dress to reveal the bright blue minidress. Obama’s slogan “Forward” is also Wisconsin’s state motto. Perry paused midway through her set to make a pitch for donations to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Obama’s rally with Perry comes before he’s set to be in Madison on Monday with rocker Bruce Springsteen.
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Lamar performs at the Metropolitan Theatre by jack lake a&e writer
The Metropolitan Theatre hosted a different sort of show Friday, when rappers Kendrick Lamar and D-WHY performed for a sold-out crowd. The show came after the Oct. 26 show featuring Gym Class Heroes and Kendrick Lamar was cancelled. Opening for Lamar was West Virginia native and former Mountaineer David “D-WHY” Morris. D-WHY kicked things off with an energetic set, using his signature style of designer digs and wayfarer shades and dancing around the stage. With his parents in the audience, the rapper performed original tracks such as “2000 Miles” and “Ballad of an Asshole” while DJ ETrayn scratched and mixed the music. Though on his home turf, D-WHY took a harsh heckling as a mob booed and shouted during his set from the safety of the balcony. Despite the disrespect, D-WHY pressed on, acknowledging his fans and disregarding the critics. He brought everyone in ending the show with a singalong rendition of “Country Roads.” “I think they were not having a good time. I don’t think he deserved it, because he did a good job,” said senior engineer student Ibrahim Alhajji. “I respect him for that; he didn’t care about the people and kept going. He was focusing on the people dancing and having fun and ignoring the people that were booing him. He handled it well.” As Lamar finished up his set and exited the stage, the audience instantly filled
the air with applause and cheering, quickly syncing up to chant the rappers name, bringing him back on stage for an encore. “I think it was great. One thing that surprised me was there were a lot of real Kendrick Lamar fans. I feel like the whole theater was into it, and the vibe was really good,” said West Virginia University engineering student Ben Kiruthu. “He has great songs. I am so happy he did his old songs to and he didn’t just stick to the new ones everyone likes.” “I’ve been a Kendrick Lamar fan for about a year or so now. He’s the complete package – his lyrics are great ... he is complex; there isn’t just one Kendrick Lamar. He is something completely different,” Kiruthu said. The air inside the theater was saturated with a strange blend of cologne and marijuana smoke as the rapper rhymed about the usual drinking, women and drugs. Lamar performed a number of his hits including “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and he blessed the crowd with a few original freestyles. It was apparent true fans were in attendance ,as the show proved to be one long sing-along. Lamar kept the fans engaged, taking requests, shouting instructions and cutting the music to let fans sing along without missing a beat or lyric. “I thought that it could have been louder, but I thought it was pretty tight,” said senior Logan Noll. “I thought he killed it. (I) Definitely (like) his lyrics – it’s just the way he puts it all together and tells stories.” Matt Sunday/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM
Kendrick Lamar raises his microphone to the audience during his show at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown Friday night.
Foxx, Wonder among stars honoring Eddie Murphy LOS ANGELES (AP) — However riotous the Eddie Murphy stories from Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Adam Sandler and Russell Brand, the highlight of Spike TV’s tribute to Murphy was the comedian’s duet with Stevie Wonder. Murphy joined the subject of one of his most classic impressions for a rousing rendition of Wonder’s 1973 hit “Higher Ground” during the taping of the Spike TV special “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” which is set to air Nov. 14. The Roots served as the house band. Jamie Foxx, Tyler Perry, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and Keenan Ivory Wayans were also among those paying tribute to Murphy Saturday at the Saban Theater. Accompanied by a pretty blonde, Murphy beamed throughout the two-hour program, saying he was touched by the tribute. “I am a very, very bitter man,” he said with a beguiling smile. “I don’t get touched easily, and I am really touched.”
Morgan called Murphy “my comic hero” and came onstage wearing a replica of Murphy’s red leather suit from his standup show “Delirious.” “He set the tone for the whole industry a long time ago,” Morgan said before taking the stage. “He inspired me in a fearless way.” Sandler was still in high school when he first saw “Delirious,” which he described as “one of the most legendary standup specials of all time.” “Ever ybody on the planet wanted to be Eddie,” he said. “He funnier than us. He’s cooler than any of us.” Samuel L. Jackson said Murphy “changed the course of American film history” by giving Jackson his first speaking role on the big screen, in 1988’s “Coming to America.” “If it weren’t for Eddie, we might not have all the wonderful films that I’ve made,” Jackson quipped. “He is a true movie star,” Jackson continued, lauding Murphy’s performance in “48 Hours” and “Bev-
erly Hills Cop.” “You became an inspiration for all young African-American actors.” The program featured clips of Murphy’s standup shows, his film appearances in “Shrek” and “Nutty Professor” and his work on “Saturday Night Live.” Murphy insisted before the tribute that he is retired from performing. “I’m just a retired old song and dance man,” he said, adding that he only makes rare appearances these days. “That’s what you do when you’re retired: You come out every now and then and talk about the old days.” The 51-year-old entertainer took the stage at the conclusion of the tribute to say he was moved by the honor. “This is really a touching moving thing, and I really appreciate it,” he said. “You know what it’s like when you have something like this? You know when they sing happy birthday to you? It’s like that for, like, two hours... and I am Eddied out.”
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Paris Winfrey named 2012 Mountaineer Idol
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Paris Winfrey holds up his Mountaineer Idol trophy after winning this yearâ€™s competition and $1000.
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The 2012 Mountaineer Idol, Paris Winfrey dances with his fellow contestants during an encore performance Sunday.
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The three Mountaineer Idol finalists stood handin-hand onstage Sunday as they anxiously waited for the moment they had all worked toward. The final round of competition had come to a close, and when the moment of truth came, it was Paris Winfrey who won the crown and was named the 2012 Mountaineer Idol. â€œ(Iâ€™m) overwhelmed right now; itâ€™s been crazy â€“ this last thirty seconds of my life,â€? Winfrey said. â€œI was freaking out; I just had so many thoughts running through my head.â€? The final round consisted of three rotations in which each contestant performed a song from a previous round, a song of their choice and a song selected by the hosts, respectively. Before the first contestant took the stage alone, a group rendition of Queenâ€™s â€œSomebody to Loveâ€? was performed by all three contestants and former Idol hopefuls. Alexa Gonzalez began the competition by singing â€œWhat Hurts the Mostâ€? by Rascal Flattrs, followed by Scott Linkâ€™s lively performance of â€œWalking in Memphis.â€? Winfrey took the stage accompanied by the Cherry Street Band, and performed â€œSuperstitionâ€? by Stevie Wonder. â€œI think it went really well. I was happy with all of my performances and had my quick changes that went smoothly,â€? Gonza-
lez said. â€œIt really wasnâ€™t about the money for me. Itâ€™s about singing and having a good time, and I am so happy for Paris and Scott.â€? The trio of finalists were not the only ones to take to the stage; several of the previous contestants were invited back to perform, including Paige Madden, Capri Salas and Patrick Garcia. Gonzalez began the second round with a soulful cover of â€œHallelujah,â€? gaining favor and applause from the audience. Determined to raise the bar, Link followed with a strong performance of â€œFaithâ€? by George Michaels, walking down the aisles and interacting with the audience. â€œEveryone did so great, and I felt like I did a good job,â€? Link said. â€œThere were a lot of people that auditioned and, like I said before, week one, everyone was great, so to make it here I was really proud of myself.â€? Closing out round two, Winfrey sang a smooth cover of â€œOrdinary Peopleâ€? by John Legend. Before the final round began, 2011 winner Chelsea Malone took the stage for the last time as the reigning Mountaineer Idol singing â€œSomewhere Over the Rainbow.â€? The â€œcohostâ€™s choiceâ€? round began when Gonzalez turned up the heat with her version of â€œBaby One More Timeâ€? by Britney Spears, accompanied by members of the Cherry Street band, including
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West Virginia drops third straight in double overtime thriller vs. TCU By Cody Schuler Managing Editor
It took two overtimes and a gutsy two-point conversion, but visiting TCU was able to erase a sevenpoint deficit with 1:28 remaining in the fourth quarter and escape Morgantown with a 39-38 victory Saturday. On the Horned Frogs’ first play in the second overtime, sophomore wide receiver Brandon Carter took a wide receiver reverse and threw a 25-yard pass to senior tight end Corey Fuller for a touchdown, bringing the Horned Frogs within one point of West Virginia’s 37-36 lead.
Instead of kicking the extra point, TCU opted to go for the two-point conversion and on the ensuing try, redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin hit junior wide receiver Josh Boyce in the end zone to deliver the victory. TCU head coach Gary Patterson said the hostile road environment was one of the reasons he elected to go for the win and not the tie. “I’m one of those people who believes when you play someone on the road, you have to go take ball games. If you try to just play around, you see what happens – like with
the punt return,” he said. “The two-point play was the same one we used at the Boise game, where we isolate Josh (Boyce), and we’re fortunate enough we made a play.” Boyce finished the game with six catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, and his most important catch came before overtime. With less than 90 seconds left to play in regulation, Boykin eluded a near sack and connected with Boyce for a 94-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 31-31. It was a play West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said dampened
the Mountaineer defense’s improved efforts. “It’s sad to see them get that long pass – 80 or 90 yards for a touchdown – after they played so well. That was tough to see,” he said. This loss marks the first time since 2004 West Virginia has lost three consecutive games and the first time since 2001 the Mountaineers have dropped three straight games in conference play. “Well, the season is not over. We’ll get back to work tomorrow,” Holgorsen said. “(The players) have approximately 20 hours to digest the TCU game before we move on.”
Senior inside receiver Tavon Austin put West Virginia in position to win after he returned a fourth quarter punt 76 yards for a touchdown, pushing the Mountaineers in front 3124 with 3:19 to play. Austin led West Virginia in receiving, finishing with 11 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Junior wide receiver Ivan McCartney started in place of redshirt junior Stedman Bailey, who saw limited action due to what appeared to be a lower leg injury, but that didn’t stop Bailey from making one of West Virginia’s most important plays.
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After a 1-0 shutout victory against Bowling Green, the West Virginia men’s soccer team earned a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament. The Mountaineers won their first road game of the season in what turned out to be a crucial match in terms of making the MAC tournament and potentially the NCAA tournament. Although it was a scoreless affair for the majority of the game, WVU was able to put it away late to improve to 9-5-2 on the season. The Mountaineers improved to 4-2-1 in conference play. The Falcons fell to 8-8-3 overall and 3-3-1 in MAC play. With the win, West Virginia earned the No. 3 seed for the MAC Tournament. It will take on No. 2 Northern Illinois Friday at 4 p.m. The top-seeded Akron squad will host No. 4 Bowling Green. The Mountaineers earned a goal from senior defender Eric Schoenle in the 84th minute. His teamleading sixth goal was a header off of a corner kick by senior Travis Pittman. With such a crucial match taking place in the finale of the regular season, West Virginia’s All-American was able to provide a potential spark for WVU leading into the postseason. “It was a big win for us,” Schoenle said. “Our whole season was basically on the line. We’re in survive-andadvance mode right now, so we knew coming in that it was a must-win.”
The Mountaineers held a 5-3 shot advantage and a 5-0 corner kick advantage heading into halftime. Both teams finished with an equal 10 shots, and WVU had the advantage in corner kicks at the end of the game (6-1). Senior goalkeeper Pat Eavenson had two saves on the night in his fifth shutout of the season. The shutout couldn’t have come on a better night for a struggling West Virginia team. “I thought our performance was excellent,” said head coach Marlon LeBlanc. “We got a pretty good team effort tonight in tough conditions, in a tough place to play and against a team that was as committed to winning as we were. We did a good job of showing our character and class when it mattered the most.” The victory helped WVU clear its two-game hurdle against MAC opponents. A strong showing in the MAC tournament could secure
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Offense failed to pick up defense in loss to TCU For as much heat as the West Virginia defense has taken over the past few weeks following bad performances against Texas Tech and Kansas State, Saturday’s loss was a major step forward for the unit. With the exception of the 94-yard touchdown at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime, West Virginia came in and – for the most part – looked like a completely different team from the defense ranked among the worst in the country in just about every statistical category. Sure, it allowed more than 400 yards of offense again, but WVU also forced seven three-and-outs against the Horned Frogs after forcing just 14 through the first seven games of the year, while TCU also committed three turnovers. Time and time again, when they needed to step up and make a play, the Mountaineers seemed to find a way to get stops defensively to give the ball back to the offense. But for the third game in a row, the offense couldn’t make the plays it needed to in order to give the Mountaineers a chance to win the game. And until that happens, West Virginia will continue to struggle. There were multiple times throughout Saturday’s game when the offense had a chance to take over the momentum and put the Horned Frogs away but just didn’t do it. With a three-point lead in the third quarter, the Mountaineer defense was pinned deep in its own territory, and it appeared they were about to lose the lead until freshman linebacker Isaiah Bruce intercepted a Trevone Boykin pass in the end zone. Three plays later, the West Virginia punt team was back out on the field to give the ball back to TCU. The way this offense has gone downhill since the Texas game is truly remarkable. WVU has gone from averaging close to 600 yards per game and scoring whenever it wanted to an offense that has scored just seven touchdowns in the last three games. On its eight possessions in the second half, West Virginia punted four times, missed two field goals, lost a fumble and scored three points on senior Tyler Bitancurt’s only made field goal out of five attempts. The only points WVU
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Mountaineers fall to West Virginia defeats Oklahoma in three sets Cincinnati over weekend by austin seidel sports writer
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Saturday’s match against Oklahoma continued a losing trend for the West Virginia Mountaineer volleyball team as the Sooners swept WVU in three consecutive sets at the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers have lost 12 in a row and have yet to record a victory against a Big 12 Conference opponent this season with only five games remaining on the schedule. “It’s always tough,” said West Virginia head coach Jill Kramer. “I know they haven’t given up; they show a great work ethic every day in practice, and they show up to play every game.” After losing a tight first set to the Sooners, West Virgina struggled mightily in the second set as they saw Oklahoma march out to an early 13-4 lead. The lead would not change hands as the young Mountaineer team failed to keep the set close, losing 25-10. “There are areas of our game that need to improve
drastically,” Kramer said in a post-game interview with WVUsports.com. “We have to figure out what is going on between the first and second set and why we are not putting it together in the second set.” Junior outside hitter Arielle Allen led the way for the Mountaineers with eight kills, three service aces and a set of block assists to aid the defensive effort. Allen’s .583 hit percentage contributed greatly to a WVU run in the third set, in which the Mountaineers climbed back from down 12-5 to eventually draw within one point, at 20-19 Oklahoma. The Sooners’ Grace Whitley recorded a kill to put Oklahoma up 21-19. Whitley’s kill was the first of a five-to-one run that would give Oklahoma the 25-20 set victory, ending the match. Kramer praised her team’s performance in the middle attack as she noted the Mountaineers greatly increased their hit percentage, specifically the .375 hit percentage, which fueled a third-set comeback attempt for WVU.
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The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams returned home Friday night with another victory on the season after sweeping Cincinnati by a combined score of 340-251. Following their victory, the Mountaineers progressed to 3-1 on the season as they dominated the Bearcats, despite a difficult road trip in which the West Virginia team bus broke down while en route to Cincinnati. “I am very proud of how the team responded today,” said West Virginia head coach Vic Riggs. “I know that seven-plus hours on a bus is not something that helps, but our men and women responded well and raced with a lot of determination.” For the women, veteran performance was at its peak as the senior trio of Rachael Burnett, Kata Fodor and Mandie Nugent each took first-place victories. Burnett led the women with first-place finishes in the 200-meter and 500-meter freestyle events, in which she posted times of 1:54.07 and 5:02.38. Conversely, the men’s team claimed victories on the strength of their
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scored in the final two quarters of regulation came thanks to a Tavon Austin punt return with a little more than three minutes to play. In a Big 12 Conference in which offenses constantly put up points, performances like that won’t win games – even if you have the best defense in the conference. And with a defense as young and inexperienced as WVU’s, things need to turn around as quickly as possible. Yes, the Mountaineers made a ton of progress on the defensive side of the football. It was a performance that will give them a muchneeded confidence boost
WVU will continue to struggle until it finds a way to put together a complete game on all three sides of the ball. Because if the Mountaineers expect to win performing the way the offense has in the past few weeks, that’s not going to happen.
quarterback Geno Smith made a 25-yard pass to BaiContinued from page 9 ley for a score, giving the Mountaineers a 38-31 lead. On the first play of the Smith completed second overtime, senior 32 of 54 passes for 260 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the loss. Holgorsen called Smith’s play “very average” and said he played “probably as bad as he’s been since he’s been here.” The Mountaineers’ offensive attack figured to be bolstered by senior Shawne Alston’s return. However, West Virginia could only muster 78 yards on the ground at a pedestrian 2.2 yards per rush. TCU outgained West Virginia 405-338 in the game with Boykin throwing for 254 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the win. The Mountaineers seemed to be in control after taking a 21-14 halftime lead, extending this to 10 points by way of a career-long 52-yard field goal from senior kicker Tyler Bitancurt at the 12:14 mark in the third quarter. On West Virginia’s ensuing possession, however, the Horned Frogs forced a fumble, and redshirt senior defensive end Domi-
nic Merka returned it for a touchdown. Bitancurt would miss his next two tries and finished the game 1-of-5 on field goals. It was the fifth time ever – the first since 2006 – West Virginia tried five field goals in the same game. After Cooper tied the game at 31-31, West Virginia drove to the TCU 38-yard line and seemed to have a shot to win the game before overtime. On a fourth-and-10, the Mountaineers sent Bitancurt out for a 55-yard try, but the kick missed wide left. In overtime, Bitancurt had a second chance to finish the game – this time with a more manageable kick. After the West Virginia defense held TCU to a missed field goal try on its first possession, the Mountaineers set up for a 36-yard try, but junior cornerback Jason Verrett got a hand on the kick, knocking it to the ground and giving the Horned Frogs the boost they needed to make it to a second overtime, and ultimately, a win.
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The West Virginia relay members also provided a set of strong performances as the men’s and women’s 200-meter medley squads each claimed firstplace victories. The men’s 200-meter freestyle relay squad also claimed a victory as their female counterparts claimed second place with a 1:37.41 time. Despite several strong performances by the West Virginia swimmers, the men’s and women’s divers stole the show for the Mountaineers, claiming each of the top three places in both board events. Sophomore diver Haily VandePoel added to her NCAA Zone “A” championships bid with firstplace victories in the oneand three-meter boards for the women while the men’s Liam McLaughlin and Christian Parker took first place in the oneand three-meter boards, respectively. McLaughlin’s victory in the one-meter board qualifies him to compete in the NCAA Zone “A” Championships in March. Moving forward, the Mountaineers will take time to train for the Pitt invitational Nov. 16-18, after four consecutive weeks of racing.
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freshman and sophomore swimmers as sophomores Christopher Brill and Julian Vialette and freshman Chase Williams claimed two victories each in an excellent showcase of what is to come for the Mountaineers. “I was very satisfied with how our men performed,” Riggs said. “They came out very strong today and did what they had to do. Against a program of Cincinnati’s caliber I expect us to be competitive, and both teams went out and did just that.” S ophomore sw immer Daeton Davenport added to the Mountaineers’ victory total later in the day, claiming first place in the 1,000-meter freestyle event. Hugh Simmonds also claimed a first-place finish, as he recorded a 1:41.93 time in the 200-meter freestyle event to provide the veteran presence for the West Virginian men. “I saw a lot of improvements against Cincy,” Riggs said. “I was glad to see the younger swimmers post some strong times and claim a few victories. A lot of these men and women are planning for the NCAA (championship tournament) and they need to be focused on their individual performances.”
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THE DAILY ATHENAEUM
12 | SPORTS
Monday November 5, 2012
WVU defense makes changes, improvements vs. TCU By Nick Arthur
Associate Sports editor
After allowing an average of 53 points in its first four Big 12 Conference games leading into Saturday’s matchup against TCU, many assumed a quality performance logged by the No. 21 West Virginia defense would lead to a Mountaineer victory. And, after allowing just 24 points during the first 58 minutes of Saturday’s contest, it appeared the Mountaineer defense was set to seal the win. But broken coverage on a 94-yard Horned Frog touchdown pass forced overtime and opened the door for an eventual TCU victory. Despite the bad taste left in the mouths of all members of the West Virginia football team, apparent improvements were made on the defensive side of the ball. “I can’t say enough about what our defensive staff has accomplished over the last two weeks,” said West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. “We stayed the course, and we got a lot of things corrected. You know – just didn’t get much help from the offense.”
Co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, who was moved from the press box to the sidelines for the game, was also pleased with the performance. “I saw drastic improvements. I thought our kids played extremely hard. We did a great job of communicating,” Patterson said. “You just got to build on the positives. College football gives you no time to sit and dwell on it. You have to move on and figure out how to win next week.” Defensive coordinator Joe DeForest, who was moved from the sidelines to the press box to call plays for the tilt, also saw progress from his aerial perspective. “If you look at the big picture, we got better on defense. We made plays when we needed to. We pressured when we needed to,” DeForest said. “The open week came at a great time. We went back to fundamentals, and it showed.” DeForest calling plays from upstairs was just one of a few changes made of the West Virginia coaching staff this week. Redshirt sophomore safety Ishmael Banks moved to cornerback and played most of the game,
and senior cornerback Cecil Level moved to the starting safety position. The decision to insert the two into the lineup proved beneficial. “They brought a lot of the excitement to the game,” said freshman linebacker Isaiah Bruce. “They’re always running to the ball. They’re always pushing as hard as they can go. And we need that on a defense.” The defensive performance has been overshadowed by the heartbreaking loss suffered by West Virginia, which has now lost three-straight games for the first time since 2004 and back-to-back home games for the first time since 2001. “I know it (the loss) hurts our kids and our coaches and our fans, but we showed improvement,” Patterson said. “Hopefully, we can build on what we did positively today and take it on to the next game.” Bruce admits it’s difficult to take positives from a loss. “As of right now, I’m looking a lot at the scoreboard,” he said. “If we don’t come up with the only stat that counts, then it doesn’t matter.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Two members of the West Virginia defense attempt to recover a fumble by TCU Saturday.
WVU beats Johns Hopkins, Mountaineers place falls to No. 15 Maryland two boats in top 10 by jon fehrens sports writer
The West Virginia wrestling team took part in the first dual meet of the season during the weekend. It was a long Sunday for the Mountaineers, but the team managed to split meets between Johns Hopkins and No. 15 Maryland. It was a day full of competitive matches, and it was a solid way to begin the year. In its first match of the year, the wrestling team looked sharp shutting out Johns Hopkins 430. Senior veteran Shane Young came out first and earned a lastsecond take-down against Paul Bewak, leading Young to claim his first victory of the season. Junior Nathan Pennesi started his season with two huge victories in both matches. Both Pennesi and head coach Craig Turnbull already notice a lot of confidence in the way he started of the season. “This year is going to be a long and really challenging year,” Turnbull said. “But he is already wrestling with a lot of confidence. This could be a very positive year for him.” In order for Pennesi to carry that confidence into next weekend’s tournament, he knows he needs to continue to execute and work hard in practices. “I believe in myself this year. I
just need to stay confident, execute what needs to be done and believe in my technique.” Pennesi said. WVU came into its second match of the day as huge underdogs against the No. 15 Terrapins, and they dropped the meet 2410. The team believes they could have pulled out a win, but dropping several matches and not having Young compete left points on the mat that could have propelled the upset. “You have to wear two hats in this kind of situation,” Turnbull said. “You just have to find ways to win. It is a huge disadvantage not having Young out there – it is a nine-point swing with him there. But you have to step beyond the loss. It is challenging but it is the sport. “This match will be good for us later on, though. If we take these matches and a month later we do it again, I believe we can take them.” Many teams shrink when they are faced against a monster favorite, but Turnbull is pleased with how his group came into the match ready to fight. “This was a hard-fought match against a hugely favorited team, and we managed to turn it into a competitive fight. We took down some nationally ranked guys, and we will learn from this. Next time we get this opportunity, we will
BY Shea Ulisney Sports writer
Head coach Craig Turnbull and the West Virginia wrestling team started its season this weekend against Johns Hopkins and No. 15 Maryland. make it count,” Turnbull said. West Virginia will take a week to get better in practice and at the gym before taking part in the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md. email@example.com
The West Virginia University novice rowing team placed in the top 10 in the women’s novice four event and the women’s novice eight event Saturday at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta on the Occoquan River in Fairfax Station, Va. “Because this was our novices’ first real test, we went into this race not really knowing what to expect,” said assistant coach Grace Doepker. The novice four “A” crew of Caroline Mullins, Sue Hartlove, Mary Beth Bulriss, Summer Socha and coxswain Allison Arnold finished with a time of 22:14.12 for a fourthplace finish. The novice four “B” crew of Alison Coates, Tiffany Hatcher, Erin Close, Kendra Welker and coxswain Sarah Dodd finished with a time of 22:28.69, earning them a sixth-place finish. The novice four “C” crew of Katie Cook, Alison Pytlak, Sarah Taylor, Ali Burns and coxswain Jana Simpson finished in ninth place with a time of 22:45.63. The Mountaineers’ novice eight “A” crew of Caroline Mullins, Sue Hartlove, Alison Coates, Summer Socha, Mary Beth Bulriss, Erin Close, Katie Cook, Tiffany Hatcher and coxswain Sarah Dodd finished with a time of 20:41.36, earning them a placed seventh out of 26 total crews. The novice eight “B” crew of Sarah
Taylor, Emily Smith, April George, Kendra Welker, Allison Arnold, Alison Pytlak, Carrie Moran, Ali Burns and coxswain Brittany James finished with a time of 22:09.53, placing them 17th. Both assistant coach Grace Doepker and head coach Jimmy King were pleased with the outcome of the Regatta and see room for improvement. “I’m pretty pleased with the effort they put forth, and I think we’re leaving with a good understanding of what we need to work on and improve,” Doepker said. “It was a challenging day against tough crews, and most of our rowers raced in both the novice four and novice eight events.” “The novice squad had a solid debut at the Occoquan,” King said. “The grouping of our three fours within 30-35 seconds was certainly good to see from those crews. As is usually the case this early in the year for novice crews, there is much room for growth and improvement, meaning there is more speed to come.” The Mountaineers will return to the water Nov. 10, when the varsity and novice squads will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta on the Cooper River. “This week, we’re going to keep up the intensity and keep moving forward as we prepare for our next race,” Doepker said. firstname.lastname@example.org