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Obama: Recovery will take Depression-level effort


Delegates recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday.

life to volunteer for the yetto-be-proven Peace Corps,” Martin said. Now a first-time author, Martin also has a passion for making the effort to stop mountain top removal and an interest in coal mining. “I am almost a West Virginia nationalist. I love it here, but I don’t favor the mountain top strip mining and the destruction caused by Marcellus shale drilling,” Martin said. Martin has decided to stay in West Virginia and continues to be involved with many organizations and promoting his book. Throughout all of his accomplishments, Martin quotes Thomas Jefferson in saying that he has learned, “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” “My advice for students is to make their life more than making money and to remember that the love of money is the root of all evil,” Martin said. To learn more about Martin’s life and his book visit http://wildwonderfulwv. us/julian or purchase his book at

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sor of the Year was West Virginia University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Marcello Napolitano. Although the program receives nominations from the majority of public and private institutions in West Virginia, WVU has produced winning professors eight times since the program’s debut in 1985. “WVU is always very competitive,” he said. Napolitano said he was honored to be nominated for the award last year; however, he hadn’t expected to win. “It felt great, deep inside – I needed time to digest it before I could speak about it. I’m proud – proud of myself, my students and WVU,” he said. The board judges nominees based on a point system with categories, including teaching, student counseling, research and publications, and overall impression. The board, which is

3 in Denver. Wall Street hit a four-year high a few hours before Obama’s speech after the European Central Bank laid out a concrete plan to support the region’s struggling countries. Convention planners shoehorned a few more seats into the Time Warner Cable Arena for Obama’s remarks, pushing capacity to about 15,000. Even so, the decision to scrap plans to hold the night’s session in a 74-000-seat football stadium meant a far smaller crowd than the president’s campaign hoped would hear him speak and present an enthusiastic show of support on television. The economy is by far the dominant issue in the campaign, and the differences between Obama and his challenger could hardly be more pronounced. Romney wants to extend all tax cuts that are due to comprised of members of the public, selects finalists based on application information and interviews with the candidates. “We look from the standpoint of the public,” Sullivan said. “We are representatives of the business industry – the kind of people who would hire graduates, and so we are looking at who has educated our future employees.” The winner of the award will receive a $10,000 cash award as well as a unique trophy designed specifically for the program. Smaller rewards will also given to four runners up. A banquet for the winners will be held in Charleston in early 2013. Nominations are to be turned in to the Humanities Council by Nov. 2. All nominees will be notified of the board’s decision in late December. Nomination forms and instructions can be found at http://wvhumanities. org. For more information, contact Ken Sullivan at 304-346-8500.


expire on Dec. 31 with an additional 20 percent reduction in rates across the board, arguing that job growth would result. He also favors deep cuts in domestic programs ranging from education to parks, repeal of the health care legislation that Obama pushed through Congress and landmark changes in Medicare, the program that provides health care to seniors. Obama wants to renew the tax cuts except on incomes higher than $250,000, saying that millionaires should contribute to an overall attack on federal deficits. He also criticizes the spending cuts Romney advocates, saying they would fall unfairly on the poor, lower-income college students and others. He argues that Republicans would “end Medicare as we know it” and saddle seniors with ever-rising costs.


Continued from page 1 options and more features,” he said. “This would be the best approach to meet the needs of the WVU community.” WVU students said they are excited about the change, as it will better fit the needs of their fastpaced lives. “I can keep all of my Gmail accounts in one now on my iPhone. It’s really a lot easier for me to have it this way instead of having to go home and log onto MIX from my computer,” said sophomore public relations student Allison Heller. “I love the new features, too. I can have a chat with anyone in my contacts right there on a side panel, which is very beneficial. This is just better organized.” Sophomore landscape architecture student Elizabeth Decker said she is excited to eliminate the hassle that the MIX system has caused her. “It was a hassle to access my email through MIX on my iPhone,” she said. “So I’m happy that we are finally able to send and receive emails that way.” For more information on the switch, email oithelp@

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Martin taught chemistry and coached the track team at Abbot Boys Secondary School. “Before the Peace Corps, Africa was a mystery to me,” Martin said. “Our training program at UCLA was excellent, but nothing could have prepared me for my first night alone or my thirdclass train trip.” Martin served in the Peace Corps from September 1961-November 1963. “When I came back from Nigeria, I was a better-educated person with what was going on in the world and especially the so-called third world,” Martin said. He also learned that West Virginia and Nigeria suffer common effects of absentee land ownership and exploitation of natural resources. “I also discovered that people are basically the same everywhere you go,” Martin said. Once Martin adjusted to his environment and his approach to teaching in Nigeria, he realized how fun it actually was.

“One student, Peter Okeke, was a pleasure to have in class – always happy and smiling,” Martin said. The phrase “Imagonna” in the title of the book came about during a misunderstanding one day in Martin’s class. “Although the students and I thought we were speaking English, there was still a language barrier,” Martin said. “Peter stayed behind after class one day and said there was a word I used that no one could understand.” It turned out that “Imagonna” is what it sounded like when Martin said, “I am going to.” “My West Virginia accent and my students, Igbo ears, (which are) familiar with Irish-accented English ,made for some confusion,” Martin said. Martin said the Peace Corps was a great experience, and he encourages any individual thinking about volunteering to do so. “While reading my book, you will travel with me and take a look back at what motivated me to leave a wellpaying, although dangerous, job and comfortable

James Taylor and rocked by R&B blues artist Mary J. Blige as they awaited Obama’s speech. The hall erupted in tumultuous cheers when former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt, walked slowly onto the stage to lead the Pledge Of Allegiance. The cheers grew louder when she blew kisses at the crowd. Delegates also cheered when video screens inside the hall showed the face of Osama bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind killed in a daring raid on his Pakistani hideout by U.S. special operations forces, approved by the current commander in chief. The campaign focus was shifting quickly – to politically sensitive monthly unemployment figures due out Friday morning and the first presidential debate on Oct.

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will create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy built to last.” He added, “The truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over a decade.” The evening also included a nomination acceptance speech from Vice President Joe Biden, whose appeal to blue collar voters rivals or even exceeds Obama’s own. Delegates approved his nomination to a new term by acclamation as he and his family watched from VIP seats above the convention floor. First lady Michelle Obama, popular with the public, was ready to introduce her husband, two nights after she delivered her own speech in the convention’s opening session. Delegates who packed into their convention hall were serenaded by singer



With unemployment at 8.3 percent, Obama said the task of recovering from the economic disaster of 2008 is exceeded in American history only by the challenge Franklin Delano Roosevelt faced when he took office in the Great Depression in 1933. “It will require common effort, shared responsibility and the kind of bold persistent experimentation” that FDR employed, Obama said. In an appeal to independent voters who might be considering a vote for Romney, he added that those who carry on Roosevelt’s legacy “should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.” His campaign said the president would ask the country to rally around a “real achievable plan that


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward solving the nation’s economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, “Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met.” “The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place,” Obama said in advance excerpts of a prime-time speech to delegates and the nation. The president’s speech was the final act of a pair of highly scripted national political conventions in as many weeks, and the opening salvo of a two-month drive toward Election Day that pits Obama against Republican rival Mitt Romney. The contest is close for the White House in a dreary season of economic struggle for millions.

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The DA 09-07-2012  

The September 7 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.

The DA 09-07-2012  

The September 7 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.