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Thursday November 8, 2012

Volume 126, Issue 58

SGA honors outstanding professor By Lacey Palmer Staff writer

Members of West Virginia University’s Student Government Association honored an outstanding professor for his efforts in service to the University. Governor Aziz Alshammari read a proclamation during Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting and presented Sam Ameri with an Outstanding Faculty Award. Ameri was recently

named an outstanding faculty member in the petroleum and national gas engineering department. “For me, as a governor in the Student Government Association and the Society of Petroleum Engineering president, it’s an honor to present this award to Professor Sam Ameri,” Alshammari said. “Professor Sam puts his heart and soul into his work, his students and his University.” Ameri serves as the chair

of the petroleum and natural gas engineering department, and has more than 30 years of distinguished service in both industry and academia. He is also active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a 1973 graduate of West Virginia University. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and appreciation to you, all the governors and everyone involved in this association,” Ameri said.

New student org to provide global aid by lacey palmer staff writer

A recently formed student organization at West Virginia University is looking to support people in need on a global scale. MedLife is a national organization that strives to provide aid in the form of health care and community service projects for free to the people of Peru, Ecuador and Panama. The club will have their first meeting Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Room 122 Ming Hsieh Hall. Sophomore premedical studies student Cody Mullens wanted to form the first West Virginia University MedLife chapter, because he recognized the health care issues in these countries and does not believe there are enough organizations for prehealth care students on campus. “ The organizations that do exist are directed more towards students planning to go to medical school rather than nursing, pharmacy, dentistry or physical therapy students,” Mullens said. The group will partake in mobile clinics, where they will travel to one of the three countries and work with the health care professionals there to provide health care for the needy. One day during the week-long trip, participants will participate in a community service activity – anything from helping construct a staircase to helping build a school. Although Mullens admits forming an organization as a sophomore was intimidating at first, he realized it would be incredibly beneficial for the university, as well as the citizens of Peru, Ecuador and Panama. “There are over a billion people in the world that don’t have health care access,” Mullens said. “The more organizations we can establish, the more we can help those people and impact that number.” As Mullens began

to get the word out for the organization and saw the excitement in interested students, he only became more eager to start the organization. Though there are a few existing organizations on campus that aim to similiar goals, there are a variety of unique opportunities that are exclusive to MedLife. “I think it will be a humbling experience for all of us when we get to go to some of these countries,” Mullens said. “Being able to leave an organization behind when I graduate that is doing great things like this and helping people worldwide with health care is just the most fulfilling thing to me.” WVU’s MedLife chapter will be the first MedLife organization in the state of West Virginia. According to Mullens, the first goal is to get a good turnout at the meeting and start planning fundraisers. “Through those fundraisers, hopefully we will prove our competency to the national organization and become an established chapter,” Mullens said. The group will also be planning their first mobile clinic trip for the upcoming summer. Mullens believes students should come out to the meeting if they have any interest in health care and community service abroad. “Students that are pre-health care at WVU and all over the country may not understand how large of a problem it is worldwide that these people don’t have access to health care,” Mullens said. “Being able to come to that realization and make a contribution to that will help make anyone going into the health care field a better health care professional in the future.” The first meeting of MedLife will take place in 122 Ming Hsieh Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

Students donate $1 to arthritis research for a chance to pie someone in the face.


by madison fleck staff writer

Alpha Omicron Pi’s (AOII) chapter at West Virginia University hosted their annual “AO Pie in the Face” event yesterday on the Downtown Campus. At the event, students paid one dollar to have the pleasure of throwing a whipped cream pie at one of the sister’s faces. “People come in between classes and everyone is loud and having fun, so more people will stop by,” said AOII’s philanthropy chair Hadley Lawrence. “We’ll tell the fraternities to come and it’s fun to pie people, so everyone really enjoys it.” The money collected from the event will go to the Arthritis Foundation to help fund research for juvenile arthritis – one of AOII’s philanthropies. “Juvenile arthritis is like any arthritis; it doesn’t have a cure,” Lawrence said. “So it’s very important to raise money for research.” AOII’s president Kelsey Young said juvenile arthritis is especially heartbreaking. “It really is sad because these children can’t play sports, they can’t have a normal day at school because they can’t hold a pencil, and they can’t get dressed in the morning,” she said.

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Freshman nutrition student,Caitlin Warner, left, is pied in the face to benefit arthritis research.

Graphic designer to talk ‘social change’ by madison fleck staff writer

Nationally recognized graphic designer Andrew Shea will lecture at the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts School of Art & Design today. In his lecture, “Designing Social Change: Stories, Strategies & Habits,” he will discuss how students can become socially involved in their community. “Students interested in having a positive impact in

their community and neighborhood but who don’t know how to take that first step will really enjoy the lecture,” Shea said. The lecture will last about 45 minutes, and there will be a question and answer period after. Shea is a multidisciplinary graphic designer and writer who lives in New York City. His projects have involved designing identities, motion graphics, web sites, exhibition graphics and publications. He teaches design courses



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ery basketball game in the Coliseum, the concourse will have to be completely renovated to provide facilities for the beer to be sold, she said. Jessica Harris was approved as the co-director of arts during Wednesday’s meeting, and a grant for $500 was approved for Alpha Phi Omega Lambda Omicron to fun a national convention in California.

Alpha Omicron Pi raises funds for arthritis in a tasty, fun way


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“We did a trial run of beer sales at the women’s soccer game this past week, and although the weather was bad and attendance was low, the sales went well,” she said. Rosnick also said beer sales will also be initiated at the new baseball stadium when it is built, and also in the Statler Lounge of the Coliseum for basketball games. Before beer sales can be implemented into ev-


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“You certainly give me a shot in the arm just to do better and I’m very grateful for you,” he said. “Tonight is one of the best evenings of the year for me. Thank you.” Athletic Council member Stephanie Rosnick also announced a new plan to implement beer sales at a variety of WVU sporting events. “I met with Oliver Luck this week, and he had a lot of good news for me,” Rosnick said.

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at Maryland Institute College of Art, Fordham University and Parsons The New School for Design, and he is looking forward to speaking with WVU students. “I’ve heard good things about the design program at WVU,” he said. “I also understand that there’s a class at WVU that uses my book, and I am interested in talking with them about how they are using the book and what projects and strategies they gravitate toward.” His recent book, “Design-

ON THE INSIDE The West Virginia defense had success against TCU after making some critical changes during the bye week. SPORTS PAGE 8

ing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design” was published by Princeton Architectural Press and includes strategies to help communitybased graphic design projects become more effective. It includes 20 projects that come from around the country. Shea says he stays very busy but finds himself in need of inspiration at times. “Whenever I need inspiration I usually get away from

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Thursday November 8, 2012

New storm bears down on Sandy-battered NYC, NJ


Waves crash into a seawall and buildings along the coast in Hull, Mass., Wednesday. NEW YORK (AP) — A nor’easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness, stopping commuter trains again, and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy’s blow more than a week ago. Under ordinary circumstances, a storm of this sort wouldn’t be a big deal, but large swaths of the landscape were still an open wound, with the electrical system highly fragile and many of Sandy’s victims still mucking out their homes and cars and shivering in the deepening cold. Exactly as authorities feared, the nor’easter brought down tree limbs and electrical wires, and


Continued from page 1 my computer and take a walk, go for a run or flip through a book,� he said. Shea said has not gotten to where he is today by merely thinking inside the box.

utilities in New York and New Jersey reported that some customers who lost power because of Sandy lost it all over again as a result of the nor’easter. “I know everyone’s patience is wearing thin,� said John Miksad, senior vice president of electric operations at Consolidated Edison, the chief utility in New York City. As the nor’easter closed in, thousands of people in low-lying neighborhoods staggered by the superstorm just over a week ago were urged to clear out. Authorities warned that rain and 60 mph gusts in the evening and overnight could swamp homes all over again, topple trees wrenched loose by Sandy, and erase some of the hard-won progress made in restoring power to

millions of customers. “I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next,� New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. “We may take a setback in the next 24 hours.� Ahead of the storm, public works crews in New Jersey built up dunes to protect the stripped and battered coast, and new evacuations were ordered in a number of communities already emptied by Sandy. New shelters opened. In New York City, police went to low-lying neighborhoods with loudspeakers, urging residents to leave. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t issue mandatory evacuations, and many people stayed behind, some because they feared looting, others because they figured whatever happens couldn’t be any worse than what they

“Don’t be afraid to wander, take risks and experiment,� he said. “Say ‘yes’ to more collaboration, work hard and be patient.� He will speak at 5 p.m. in the Creative Arts Center’s Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A), and the event is free and open to the public

For more information about the lecture, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4359. To view some of Shea’s work, visit and http://designingforsocialchange. com/.

have gone through already. “We’re petrified,� said James Alexander, a resident of the hard-hit Rockaways section of Queens. “It’s like a sequel to a horror movie.� All construction in New York City was halted – a precaution that needed no explanation after a crane collapsed last week in Sandy’s high winds and dangled menacingly over the streets of Manhattan. Parks were closed because of the danger of falling trees. Drivers were advised to stay off the road after 5 p.m. Airlines canceled at least 1,300 U.S. flights in and out of the New York metropolitan area, causing a new round of disruptions that rippled across the country. The city manager in Long Beach, N.Y., urged the roughly 21,000 people who

ignored previous mandatory evacuation orders in the badly damaged barrierisland city to get out. Forecasters said the nor’easter would bring moderate coastal flooding, with storm surges of about 3 feet possible Wednesday into Thursday – far less than the 8 to 14 feet Sandy hurled at the region. The storm’s winds were expected to be well below Sandy’s, which gusted to 90 mph. By evening, the storm had created a slushy mess in the streets in the metropolitan area. Eight-foot waves crashed on the beaches in New Jersey. The Long Island Rail Road, one of the nation’s biggest commuter train systems, suspended all service again after struggling over the past several days to get up and running

in Sandy’s wake. The early-afternoon high tide came and went without any reports of serious flooding in New York City, the mayor said. The next high tide was early Thursday. But forecasters said the moment of maximum flood danger may have passed. Con Ed said the nor’easter knocked out power to at least 11,000 homes and businesses, some of whom had just gotten it back. The Long Island Power Authority said by evening that the number of customers in the dark had risen from 150,000 to nearly 187,000. Similarly, New Jersey utilities reported scattered outages, with some customers complaining that they had just gotten their electricity back in the past two day or two, only to lose it again.


Allie Bliss, a sophomore public relations student, poses after participating in AO-Pie-in-the-Face Wednesday.


Sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi take donations for the chance to pie a sister in the face.


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According to AOII’s website, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability, and 1 in 5 Americans have one of the more than 100 types of arthritis. The disease is more prominent in women, as arthritis affects two times more women than men. AOII chapters around the region are working to raise funds for research. “We have a local chapter in Pittsburgh, and they just had a run for the cause. They have something

called ‘Jingle Bell Run’ in December, which a lot of us are participating in,� Lawrence said. AO-Pie-in-the-Face is one of many events the sorority is promoting this week to help fund research. There will be a coin collection in the Mountainlair Thursday to help send money to the Teddy Bear Pain Clinic, which helps children with arthritis. There will also be a dodgeball tournament to help raise money. “Our dodgeball tournament is one that all fraternities participate in. They pay $200, so with that, we make about $2,000 if they all participate,� Lawrence said.


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The sorority also has a charity for which they raise money in the spring – the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, located in Morgantown. For this, they have a “Battle of the Sexes� event. Young said people love raising money for the sorority’s philanthropy, and people have fun while also contributing to a cause. “The fraternities get really into it, and everyone gets excited to pie someone in the face,� Young said. For more information about WVU’s chapter of AOII, visit www.wvuaoii. com.

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Fox has no problems with Rove a day later NEW YORK (AP) — The on-air spectacle of Fox News analyst Karl Rove publicly questioning his network’s call of the election for Barack Obama happened because Rove and Fox’s decision desk both had pieces to a puzzle that the other wasn’t aware of, a network executive said Wednesday. Far from an embarrassment, the incident proved Rove’s value to the network as more than an analyst, said Michael Clemente, Fox News Channel executive vice president of news editorial. Rove, former top advisor to President George W. Bush and a prominent fundraiser for Republican Mitt Romney, suggested Fox had prematurely declared Obama the winner in Ohio and thus for the election as a whole. “I’d be very cautious about intruding in this process,” Rove said. It led to Fox anchor Megyn Kelly getting up from her desk and marching down a hallway to question the off-air analysts responsible for the network’s election calls. The incident was “an odd civil war,” noted Tampa Bay Times news analyst Eric Deggans. Rove “finally had to concede to the arithmetic, but not before creating a defining image of a partisan, and a network, at war with the very reality it could not avoid reporting,” wrote Time magazine critic James Poniewozik. Fox declared Ohio for Obama because its decision desk knew that the uncounted vote at that time in the evening was in areas with overwhelming Obama support. Rove didn’t know that, Clemente said. Through his own reporting, Rove saw the actual vote count narrowing to a margin below 1,000 - information the decision desk didn’t know at the time. “It all came out at once,”

Clemente said. “It would have been easier if it had all come out in some linear fashion, but it didn’t.” Rove’s information explains why it took the Romney campaign some time after the network declarations to eventually concede the race, he said. The day after the election resulted in the usual round of post-mortems, reevaluations and recriminations. NBC was also in an awkward spot with a feud between its top news anchor, Brian Williams, and Donald Trump, star of its longtime reality series “The Apprentice.” Trump sent out a series of angry tweets Tuesday night after it became apparent that Obama had earned enough electoral votes to win the presidency, but before it became clear that he would also win the popular vote. “We should have a revolution in this country!” the real estate mogul tweeted. He called for a march on Washington, said the country was in serious trouble and said Congress “shouldn’t give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare.” Williams, during NBC’s election night coverage, noted the comments and said Trump had “driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something close to irresponsible.” Trump retaliated with tweets on Wednesday, bragging about his television ratings. “The only thing more boring than (at)bwilliams’ newscast is his show Rock Center, which is totally dying in the ratings. A disaster,” he wrote. Trump is filming a new season of “The Apprentice” due to air in the spring. The sting of defeat was apparent on Wednesday within media that appealed to conservatives and Romney supporters. After Steve Doocy on


Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to President George W. Bush, leads a panel discussion, the Politics and Policy of Growth, at The 4 percent Project, Driving Economic Growth conference at SMU, in Dallas. “Fox & Friends” praised Obama for saying nice things about Romney, his broadcast partner, Brian Kilmeade, said, “it took awhile.” Kilmeade also didn’t understand an exit poll result that found 42 percent of the electorate considered the president’s response to superstorm Sandy an important factor in their vote. Polls generally gave Obama praise for his actions. “We’re the shallowest country in the history of man,” Kilmeade said. “One photo-op, walking over a two-by-four, and all of a sudden he’s handling a storm, which, by the way, hasn’t been handled well.”

The website poked fun at Obama’s “Forward” theme with a headline: “Downward: Stocks crash after Obama win.” A columnist, Ben Shapiro, urged Republicans not to bend to Obama’s will. “The war begins now,” he wrote. The day after Obama was elected, Fox News radio reporter Todd Starnes tweeted that the first order of business should be a full investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11 killing of Americans in Libya, “followed by impeachment proceedings.” Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the watchdog Media Research

Center, said there is likely to be a lot of anger among conservatives, particularly given the closeness of the election. The same would have been true of Democrats had Obama lost, he said. “If you watch a football game and your team is down by three touchdowns, you’re more angry at your team,” he said. “If it’s a two-point game, you’re mad at the referees. There’s going to be a lot of anger at the media.” Wednesday’s immediate target for criticism was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for comments saying he was “glad” for Sandy because it turned out to be good politically for the president.

Matthews clarified himself later to make clear he wasn’t talking about the storm’s horrific damage to life and property, and was glad it led to bipartisan cooperation between Obama and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. One conservative columnist, Matt K. Lewis of The Daily Caller, suggested that conservative media figures should also look inward. “It’s time for conservative talking heads - many of whom misled their readers and audiences the last few weeks - to think more about the future of conservatism than about their own personal popularity,” he wrote.

Celebrities express their post-election feelings online LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mariah Carey was so excited about President Barack Obama’s re-election that she released a new song in his honor. Beyoncé popped up on Instagram with a rebuke for Mitt Romney, while Romney supporter Elisabeth Hasselbeck sent out a disappointed but conciliatory tweet urging a divided United States to become one. Celebrities, who voiced their opinions loudly during the election, continued to speak their minds after the ballots were counted. Cameron Diaz, promoting her film “Gambit” in London, said she was worried about the election as she fell asleep. “I was terrified that I was going to wake up to a total embarrassment for our country and that today would be a very different day for me,” she said Wednesday. “But I was so thrilled.” Romney supporters Donald Trump and Ted Nugent ranted on Twitter after the election that the country is doomed, while Spike Lee and Russell Simmons celebrated Obama’s victory and the diverse electorate behind it. NBC News anchor Brian Williams called attention to Trump’s series of tweets Tuesday while covering election returns, saying the real-estate magnate and reality-TV star had “driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible” with his posts. “This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” Trump tweeted. “Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.” Nugent was similarly upset – and expressive – Wednesday morning. “Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav a president to destroy America,” he wrote. “Goodluk America u just voted for economic & spiritual suicide. Soulless fools.” He concluded with: “I cry tears of blood for The Last Best Place & the warriors

who died for this tragedy.” Hasselbeck shared a more measured response, tweeting, “(Hash) momentofpeace: You cannot love the game only when your player wins. We remain to be the greatest nation and (at)BarackObama is OUR President.” Mark Cuban, meanwhile, extended a virtual olive branch to Trump, writing, “I know it was a rough night for u,” and inviting Trump to join him in raising funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Spike Lee was among the most vocal Obama supporters online after the election, using his Twitter feed to blast the Republican party. “Great Lesson. This Is Not Ike’s 1950’s USA. Complexion Of This Great Country Has Changed-A True Melting Pot. The GOP Is Stuck In A Time Warp. YO,” the filmmaker wrote Wednesday. “GOP WAKE UP. This Is Not” LEAVE TO BEAVER. FATHER KNOWS BEST OR MAYBERRY R.F.D.” THE 21st CENTURY. And Dat’s Da 2nd Term Truth, Ruth. YA-DIG??” Beyoncé also gloated a bit, posting a photo on her blog that read, “Take that Mitches.” It was accompanied by another photo of the singer wearing a “Texans for Obama” T-shirt. Carey released a new song, “Bring It On Home,” online Wednesday to celebrate the president’s victory. She first performed the song at an Obama fundraiser over the summer, said Carey publicist Cindi Berger. The pop star also shared her support on Twitter. “Congratulations to our beloved President Barack Obama, our spectacular First Lady Michelle Obama & the adorable Malia & Sasha. We love you!” Carey wrote. “INCREDIBLE SPEECH!!!!!! Watching in a room full of diverse people-all truly moved. Thank you America for President Obama-4more yrs.” Rapper Young Jeezy released an election-inspired song of his own Wednesday called “We Done It Again.” He recognized Obama’s 2008 election with a track

called “My President Is Black.” Russell Simmons also acknowledged the diversity of Obama supporters in a blog post Wednesday called “Forward!” “This is no time for triumphalism, because we are still in an economic crisis and we still have deep social divisions that must be dealt with,” he wrote. “But we have to absorb, as a country, as a NATION, that first and foremost, AMERICA IS CHANGING... We cannot fight demographics by ignoring women, Latinos, blacks, young people, and gays who gave their lives for our country. “The middle class and poor need support,” he continues, “and every politician who is not ready for this change should wake today and realize that minorities will wait in line into the early hours of the morning to vote them out of office. Forward, we go.” Scores of other stars - including Tony Bennett, Cher, ap Shakira, Lady Gaga, Jessica ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ host Donald Trump arrives for the NBC network upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall,in New Alba and Samuel L. Jack- York. son- celebrated Obama’s victory on Twitter. Others, including filmmaker Ron Howard and actors Rob Lowe and James Van Der Beek, say it’s time to move past the election toward mending the nation. “To all the winners (and losers) tonight: Politicians run campaigns. Leaders strike compromises,” Van Der Beek wrote. “Time for everyone to shift gears now (hash)please.”

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OPINION Legalizing marijuana

Thursday November 8, 2012

The presidential election and the various congressional and state races were not the only issues settled by voters Tuesday. In two states, Colorado and Washington, voters passed measures that legalized marijuana, making them the first states to go beyond legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes and allow its recreational use by adults. These measures are being hailed by many as the beginning of the end of marijuana’s prohibition. However, at least for now,

these victories for those who wish to see marijuana legalized are purely symbolic, as federal laws, which supersede state statutes, continue to designate marijuana as a Schedule I drug. It remains to be seen how the federal government will respond. Initial statements from the Department of Justice were not clear about whether the federal government would sue the states to prevent the sale of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. For

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this reason, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper memorably cautioned would-be pot users not to “break out the Cheetos or the Goldfish too quickly.” Hopefully, these measures are an indication of what’s to come for the entire country. The “War on Drugs” has been an absolute disaster, filling our prisons with individuals guilty of nothing more than smoking a substance studies have shown is significantly less harmful than alcohol.

Our current president has admitted to his own use of marijuana, as have many of his predecessors. Had they not been in their privileged positions, they would very possibly have found themselves in the same precarious position as many whose lives are unfairly ruined due to the simple possession of cannabis. In addition to ending an illogical, enduring injustice, legalizing marijuana also makes financial sense. States will take in billions

of dollars in increased revenue if they legalize and tax the substance, which can be used to fund schools, fire departments and health care. Moreover, all the money currently wasted on law enforcement efforts to crack down on marijuana use can be put to a much more productive use. At a time when states are struggling to balance their budgets, which has led them to slash spending on things like education and health care, this extra money could pro-

vide a much-needed boost. It’s time our government stopped worrying so much about what people are doing in the privacy of their homes – what they are smoking or who they are sleeping with – and focused its energies on resolving the real, potentially catastrophic problems our country now faces (such as dealing with the oncoming “fiscal cliff” or ending the longest war in our country’s history).

Obama’s victory guarantees change is coming ben levin the university of missouri

Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney to retain the presidency of the United States. Of course, you know this. Everyone knows this. But I want to dwell on it, because although the election in 2008 was in many ways a more dramatic affair, the 2012 election might one day be considered more important. The election of 2008 was an election about hope. The election of 2012 will be about change. For a law passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president, Obamacare has had an awfully hard time

sticking around. Obama’s lawyers had to pass it a second time in front of the Supreme Court. Mitt Romney, with the aid of a stubbornly Republican house, had promised to block its implementation. He was the last roadblock, the one man standing between every American’s access to affordable health care. He has been swept aside. If you are a college student, congratulations. Your America will join the rest of the world in having a modern health care system. American tax policy has always been at the heart of America’s debt crisis. Obama was elected on a promise to lower taxes for most Americans. As president, he has passed tax cuts for middle

and low income Americans. But he has also resisted giving those same cuts to the rich – a clear difference from not only Bush-era tax policy but also Gov. Romney’s promise to reduce the tax burden even further for the wealthiest among us. Thus far, Obama’s quest to raise rates on the rich has been thwarted. But no longer – at the beginning of next year, the Bush-era tax cuts will expire. Rates assessed on income above $250,000 will rise from 35 percent to Clinton’s 39.6 percent. Will this tax hike impede our economy? Will our “job creators” just pack up and go home? Or will new revenue prove at last a viable path to ending our government’s

gaping deficit? For now, answers to these questions will be shaded by speculation and self-interest. Because of Obama’s victory, we will soon know for sure. Another thing known for sure is that this nation’s Supreme Court will soon change. Currently dominated by a 5-4 conservative bloc, the liberals of the court have suffered defeat after defeat on issue after issue, Obamacare being the (notable) exception. In these next four years, three justices stand a real chance of resigning. From most likely to least: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer. Whereas Romney had promised to nominate justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clar-

ence Thomas, Obama gives liberals their first chance in a generation at reclaiming our nation’s jurisprudence. The importance of the Supreme Court nominations cannot be overstated. The desegregation of schools, the ability of women to have abortions, the right to sleep with whomever you love – so many rights viewed as fundamental now were at one point guaranteed, not because of the popular will, but only because the right people at the right time held in their hands the ability to shape the life of our Constitution. Obstacles will present themselves. John Boehner will remain the implacable opponent of the president’s policies. The debt ceiling ap-

proaches as the House Republican Conference laments modern-day social welfare spending. The ocean inches ever upward as our politicians look ever elsewhere. The fight to restore civil liberties continues, independent of any victorious night or resurgent presidency. On a cold day in February 2007, Obama began his first presidential campaign in Springfield, Ill. He told us people who love and work for their country can change it. More than five years later, our country remains besotted by problems. Yet his fundamental point was, and is, correct. His re-election gives Americans a chance to prove it. Let the work continue. Let the results begin.

Discovering West Virginia University

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riley perroots Guest columnist

A year ago, I chose to travel 3,000 miles from home to the green mountains of West Virginia; to trade in the fast pace of the Bay Area for the slower pace of Monongalia County. To many on the West Coast, West Virginia University is pretty much an unknown commodity outside the sports page and the annual perfunctory top 10 party school articles. I chose WVU not because I have had family attend for three generations, but be-


cause when these family members spoke about their college years, they talked about great friends and a great environment, of glorious springs and beautiful mountains and feeling part of something. I wasn’t sure what all that meant, but it sounded good, gloriously new and different; just the ticket for a girl longing for the change of seasons and change in general. A month after committing to WVU, I came down with a serious case of buyer’s remorse, or at least the freshman jitters. My high school friends, who wanted me to go to school closer to home,

teased me about the freezing winters I would face, the accent I would have to learn to decipher, and the neverending parties that would doom my studies. I heard it all the summer before my freshman year, and, honestly they started to get to me. Before I came to school here I had only visited once for a brief time, so I got a bit of a feel for the place but still had gaps in my knowledge. I began to worry I would be really out of place. I grew very worried, and by the time I came to Morgantown I was pretty much scared to death. How different would these new people be? Would I find

friends that I could be comfortable with? I soon learned how quickly one can come to fall in love with WVU and the city of Morgantown. The gorgeous buildings took my breath away every morning as I sprinted to class. The incredible atmosphere at the sporting events, which proves the entire state stands behind, and cheers for, our University. Everything about this area and this school was new and exciting to me, and I fell in love. The transformation of High Street: A cute street of food and shopping by day and a vibrant colorful center of the WVU nightlife

after dark. I was born and raised on the West Coast, and everything on this side of the country was new to me. When deciding where to go to college, the one thing I knew I wanted was a change. Coming from a city of one million people, I love the new feeling of unity with the school and the entire state. The atmosphere of Morgantown is different than anything I have ever experienced. I came here looking for a change, and what I found in WVU was certainly a change for the better. When I was choosing a school, I considered a big private school in the Mid-

west. The campus was beautiful, almost as pretty as WVU, but in my short visit I learned that the townsfolk had nothing but animosity for the school and its students. Contrast that with the way folks from Morgantown, and for the most part the whole state, love this school. Now well into my sophomore year, I have come to realize how special Morgantown really is. I spent most of my freshman year in awe of everything I saw around the University and the city. I look forward to the rest of my years here at WVU where I will really be able to enjoy the city of Morgantown.








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DAILY HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you seem to be able to lasso in nearly anything you can dream of. Be sure that you really know what you want, as you could be lured in by something you’ll later discover you do not desire. It might be a good idea to scan your list of goals several times a year, and revise it if need be. If you are single, you’ll meet that special someone through a friend. You will know it when you see this person for the first time. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You have a sense of what you want to accomplish. The question is whether you actually will go for it. You have a lot of energy, but the problem lies in prioritizing your responsibilities, which means saying “no” to certain people. Remain focused, and you will be on point. Tonight: Take it easy.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Keep conversations moving, but know that you might need to clarify facts and ask questions if you feel confused. Your instincts will tell you what direction to head in. You could be overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Tonight: Meet up with a friend. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Sometimes you don’t realize how much you have to offer. In fact, you could be overwhelming to others who actually might be intimidated by you. Listen to your instincts with a financial matter. Perhaps you need to say less and see what others want to do. Tonight: Treat a friend to dinner. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH There could be some initial confusion in the morning, but you’ll cut through any misunderstandings right away. Later, the situation could become more complicated. Be willing to say “enough” to a family member or even to a rebellious pet. Tonight: All smiles.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH Your creativity surges, and you feel great, no matter what you do or which direction you head in. Listen to news with a bit of cynicism. Someone easily could misrepresent what you or another person is trying to say. Worry less about what is happening. Tonight: Fun and games.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH Sometimes your observational skills are more important than you think. Step back and listen. You might pick up on what someone is not sharing, and that exclusion could be significant. A friend will come forward and let you know how much he or she cares. Tonight: Not to be found.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHH You are more anchored than you have been in a while. You’ll seek out some important answers, and you won’t be happy until you have them. Follow your instincts, and you will find yourself on the correct path. Indulge a loved one. Tonight: Head on home.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH Keep an eye on what is going on with a friend. Though everything could seem fine, it might not be. Listen more carefully, and let this person know that you are there for him or her. Meanwhile, deal with your finances and a need to reorganize. Tonight: Whatever puts a smile

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on your face. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH Do not push too hard with someone who could cause you a lot of trouble. In the long run, you will be much happier. Follow your intuition, as long as it bypasses this issue. Clarify a confusing situation by asking questions. Tonight: Indulge a loved one. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH Keep reaching out for new ideas. You will like experiencing the world in a different way. When you land, you’ll see how you might have been restricting yourself. Communication could become excessive. Screen calls. Tonight: Listen to a favorite CD, then decide. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Build an important relationship, if you really care to do so. Tending to one’s bonds helps nurture not only the relationship itself, but both parties as well. Make a point of sharing an important secret or news with your best friend. Tonight: In the mood for a celebration? Go for it. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH You might be confusing to a loved one. It isn’t that you are unclear, but rather that you haven’t quite conceptualized a new perspective yet. Assure this person that you will try to explain it the best you can, but there still is no guarantee that he or she will get where you’re coming from. Tonight: Choose a stressbuster. BORN TODAY Singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt (1949), novelist Bram Stoker (1847), author Margaret Mitchell (1900)

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When thinking of great classic cult movies, the first that comes to mind is the 1994 comedy “Clerks.” It is the film that skyrocketed Kevin Smith’s career and introduced one of America’s favorite stoner duos – Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith). The film’s plot follows store clerk Dante (Brian O’Halloran) through a normal day at work at the Quick Stop convenience store. Dante’s friend, Randal (Jeff Anderson), works at the neighboring video store, although he regularly neglects his duties to hang out inside the Quick Stop. The day begins with Dante being called in on his day off. Even though he has a hockey game with friends that day, Dante fulfills his duty as a clerk. As the day progresses, Dante is confronted with various unruly customers and is consumed with the thoughts of leaving his current girlfriend to rekindle his high school relationship. Randal, while he is his friend and means well, creates more trouble for Dante. Randal even sells cigarettes to a young girl, an act which gets blamed on Dante. While Dante is working inside the Quick Stop, Jay and Silent Bob are also working outside dealing pot. While their characters really provide nothing for the plot, they are hilarious and have become the staple behind Smith’s film success. Although it was filmed in black and white, and it only had a $27,575 budget, Clerks is an absolutely hilarious movie. The movie was actually shot at a store in which Smith worked. While Smith has made many more movies, including “Mallrats,” “Dogma” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” he has the success of “Clerks” to thank for all of it.

The definition of a cult classic film is one that has gained popularity over time and is now popular with a specific group of people. Some of the most popular over the years have been “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Clockwork Orange.” However, there is one that exemplifies the ‘80s and that is “Labyrinth.” “Labyrinth” is a 1986 British-American fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas and based on conceptual designs by Brian Froud. Although Henson, Lucas and Froud were all incredible artists in the movie business, “Labyrinth” was not a great representation of their genius. It was regarded as a failure at the box office, but since then it has gained an extensive cult following. The plot of “Labyrinth” revolves around a girl who loses her brother to the King of Goblins while she is baby-sitting him. The rest of the movie documents her quest to save her brother. The movie had stars like David Bowie and the puppetry of Jim Henson, but it still turned out to be a pretty bad movie. It had decent costuming, makeup and visual effects for its time, but the writing was less-than-stellar in comparison. For what he was given, David Bowie played the King of Goblins well. It was all very cheesy and very ‘80s. Its main redeeming quality was that it was so bad, it was funny. It is now shown as a cult movie, with the likes of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It will continue to have an excellent cult following for many years to come and will stand beside other great cult films. In terms of actual quality, “Labyrinth” gets 2 out of five stars. However, its cult rating is five out of five stars.


With ‘Skyfall,’ Daniel Craig puts his stamp on Bond NEW YORK (AP) — If you just looked at the cast and crew of “Skyfall,” you could easily confuse the assembled talent for a prestige costume drama. Director Sam Mendes, actors Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes, and cinematographer Roger Deakins might just as easily be mounting a Shakespeare adaptation. But “Skyfall” is, of course, a James Bond film, and not only that, it’s the 23rd installment in a blockbuster franchise marking its 50th anniversary with only slightly less fanfare than the Queen’s Jubilee. “Skyfall” is a touch more highminded than those previous 22 films, but it’s also arguably the best crafted movie in Bond history. Those involved in the 007 empire overwhelmingly credit the higher trajectory for Bond to one man: Daniel Craig. “Daniel was like, `Everyone said yes! Look at this incredible cast!’” says Mendes. “I’m like, `Mate, it’s because of you.’” Now in his third film as 007, “Skyfall” is Craig’s most emphatic statement yet on how he’ll define his stewardship of the beloved British spy. What’s clearest on “Skyfall” is that Craig has taken full ownership of Bond, not only filling out a tux, but molding the entire production. “That was an ambition

of mine,” says Craig. “They give us a lot of money to make these films. If we can spend the money in the right way – it’s not just me, it’s the collective thinking but I’m very much behind it – if we can spend the money in the right way and on the right people, then we’re going to create something that’s very special.” The result is the best-reviewed Bond film yet, one that’s already made a whopping $287 million in its first 10 days of international release. “Skyfall” is the culmination of The Daniel Craig Years, a chapter in Bond history that’s proving a resounding success. Craig’s first Bond film, 2006’s “Casino Royale,” was a visceral introduction to his version of 007. Less successful was 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” which was marred by script problems partly caused by the writer’s strike. The film’s heavy somberness disappointed many and fueled the correction in tone on “Skyfall.” After the postmodern deconstruction of “Quantum,” “Skyfall” puts Bond back together, restoring many familiar elements, albeit with certain twists. Ben Whishaw inherits the role of Q, Naomie Harris settles in as Moneypenny and Fiennes comes aboard as the new head of MI6. Bardem plays a flamboyant, effete former MI6 agent whose cyber destruction is moti-

vated by a past with M, the role Judi Dench has memorably inhabited for seven films. Overall, “Skyfall” is set in a more realistic world - particularly situated in London – where MI6’s activities are answerable to government and where the threat of terrorism has firmly displaced Cold War fears as the dominant concern. It was Craig who, on a sudden instinct over conversation at a party, asked Mendes – better known for his stage direction and dramas like “American Beauty” and “Revolutionary Road” than action movies – if he wanted to direct. The two had previously worked together on 2002’s “Road to Perdition,” before Craig’s stardom swelled. “It mattered that it came from him,” says Mendes. “I don’t think I would have done it without Dan. It’s much easier going to Javier or Ralph knowing they’re already into the franchise because of Daniel. He’s made it cool in a different way.” Craig also approached Bardem, a selective actor whose performance in “Skyfall” is already being considered among the best Bond villains. “I asked him as well,” Craig confesses sheepishly. “Overstretching my job description. You’re an actor! Stick to f——— acting! You can’t go hiring people.”

This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, ‘Skyfall.’ But producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who years ago inherited control of the franchise from their father Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, have been quite content with Craig’s initiative. The 44-year-old actor is signed for two more Bond films, but Broccoli would have it be longer. “We’re not going to let him get away,” says Broccoli. “We want him to keep making these films as long as he’s willing.” “Daniel gives you more opportunities,” Wilson adds. “He is definitely the main reason people want to

be in these films.” Mendes credits another inspiration: Christopher Nolan, whose “Dark Knight” trilogy of Batman films, Mendes says, “made B movies into A films.” “It’s very important in an environment now where you can only make very big movies or very small movies, that very big movies are not robbed of meaning,” Mendes says. “I’m not saying they all have to be treatises on the future of the world or humanity, but they can carry something that’s not just escapism.” “Skyfall” has plenty of that too: the gadgets, the


chase sequences, the oneliners. But Craig and company believe they’ve now successfully recalibrated Bond for a new era. After “Quantum,” Craig says, he had no idea where the films could go. Now, he’s clearly energized by the foundation they’ve laid with “Skyfall.” “I want an exploding volcano with a base underneath it,” Craig says. “Why not? I think we’re allowed. We’ve set the tone. The tone’s good, it’s a good tone. It’s a serious tone, but it’s funny and all those things. “The stories,” he says, “now seem endless.”



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mentally. “It comes down to the effort being there. (Oklahoma State) play(s) with tremendous effort, so we have to play with tremendous effort,” he said. “I don’t want to put it all on the players. You can’t put it all on the players. Our job is to get them in the proper mindset to play determined, motivated and with tremendous effort and to get the right people out there and try to put them in the right situation,” he said. “At that point, hopefully we’ve coached our guys to be able to pull the trigger and make a play.”

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Mountaineer offense ready to get back on track against Oklahoma State by cody schuler managing editor

If there’s one thing West Virginia knows for sure, it’s that losing three games in a row is tough. This week, as the team travels to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oklahoma State, there is once again an emphasis on the mental aspect of the Mountaineers’ game plan. Senior quarterback Geno Smith knows that things haven’t been going well lately, but it doesn’t mean he or his teammates can allow past transgressions to become future problems. “It’s just about focusing on getting better (and) not losing focus on what

the goal is, which is to win each and every game – not looking ahead and not looking behind and just getting better from week to week,” he said. Smith said that there’s no witchcraft key to overcoming a poor performance, only an increased desire to want to work harder. “My only tactic is to get back to work, and that’s after a win or loss,” he said. “Once the game is over, it’s over. There’s nothing you can do about it; you can’t go back.” Smith alluded to the team’s early successes and said that he is confident in the Mountaineers’ ability to score, and that mental assurance will go a long way toward earning a win Saturday.

“We just have to go out there on Saturday with the mentality that we are going to score. We have to be confident. We have to play fast, and we have to play hard,” he said. “Things haven’t changed for us. I still think that we have a really good offense. “We are making progress – working guys in and out of the rotation as far as receivers, backs and offensive linemen. We are going to have fresh bodies out there and are going to be ready to play,” he said. Head coach Dana Holgorsen stayed in line with the sentiments of his quarterback, adding that the coaches have to put the players in a position to win, both physically and


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Mentality must change on WVU defense After West Virginia’s latest defeat at the hands of unranked TCU, some of the Mountaineers’ coaches and various members of the media practically gushed about how impressed they were with the improvements last week on defense, but the struggling unit still has a lot to prove heading forward, in my opinion. Sure, the Mountaineers’ efficiency in regard to getting off the field on third downs dramatically improved Saturday. In fact, the Horned Frogs converted on just four of their 17 third down attempts, a dramatic improvement from WVU’s season average. But in reality, the defense’s performance eventually boiled down to nothing more than another painful defeat for West Virginia, one the Mountaineers’ defense ultimately could have prevented. West Virginia was indeed able to hold TCU‘s quarterback Trevone Boykin to just 254 yards passing, the first time WVU has held an opposing FBS-level quarterback to less than 300 yards passing all season. But in the end, the Mountaineers still couldn’t get the big stops on the most important plays, a lingering and significant problem. Yet again in Saturday’s game – with a win seemingly in hand and only a few minutes remaining – the unthinkable occurred. Actually, that may not be the best way to describe what happened next,

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Senior quarterback Geno Smith and the West Virginia football team has lost three-straight games for the first time since 2004.

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Head coach Craig Turnbull and the West Virginia wrestling team will take on North Carolina State in the Wolfpack Open.

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Last weekend’s loss to No. 15 Maryland has inspired the West Virginia wrestling team. The Terrapins came into the match heavy favorites and at the end of the day came out with a marginal victory. Head coach Craig Turnbull adopted the mindset that being able to take such a lopsided matchup and make it so close says a lot about his team. This thinking has trickled down to his team, and everyone seems to be buying in as the Mountaineers prepare to take on North Carolina State this weekend in the Wolfpack Open. “It says a lot about the character of the team,” said freshman wrestler Ross Renzi. “It says that we are willing to battle with anyone. We are always going to fight and try to win.”

Renzi, who wrestled for West Virginia for his first time, won both matches at last weekend’s dual match. “I am ready to go out there and leave it all out on the mat. Now that I got my first couple of matches out of the way, I feel like I can go out there and be more confident,” Renzi said. “I’m going to get the points for my team to help them win.” Renzi is back in the gym this week to prepare for the upcoming tournament as they travel to Raleigh, N.C. “Practice is going well this week. I’m continuing to get better with setting up and trying to take more shots. I’m also just trying to get focus on my weight,” Renzi said. Coach Turnbull will take last weekend’s loss to Maryland and make it a message for his team. He wants everyone to realize when such opportunities are present and make use of them.

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“I think after the match they realized it was a very winnable match. There are going to be times where we won’t be able to get the top ten guys we want out there, and we have to able to compete without him,” Turnbull said. Earlier tournaments allow wrestlers to get experience, which Turnbull thinks is the most important part about of the schedule. On tournament days, there will be some athletes who hit the mat several times throughout the competition. “If we get some experience in these guys I feel like it will really excel their learning curve. It will help get everyone to their full potential. We hope to get good wrestling out of these early tournaments; it will help us start to peak when things start to pick up,” Turnbull said.

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West Virginia co-defensive coordinator Joe DeForest moved to the box against TCU after spending the first seven games of the season coaching from down on the field.

by michael carvelli sports editor

It was clear to see something needed to be done before the West Virginia defense’s game against TCU Saturday. Coming off their 55-14 loss to Kansas State, the Mountaineers were allowing 53 points per game against Big 12 Conference opponents, and they were ranked last nationally in pass defense. And during its bye week, WVU made those changes, and for most of Saturday’s game, the changes worked. “They responded to all the criticism and scrutiny they’ve been under,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. “They practiced hard and got better. They

did everything we tried to accomplish over the course of the past two weeks.” Perhaps the biggest change came when co-defensive coordinators Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson switched places. After spending the first seven games up in the booth, Patterson coached from on the field while DeForest moved up to the press box. “I loved it. In 23 years of coaching I had never been up in the box before, and I don’t think I’ll ever leave,” DeForest said. “I could see the big picture. I was calm making calls, and I think that had a lot to do with how we played tonight. “We gave up some plays we shouldn’t have, but in the big picture we got better. And that’s all you can

ask for.” West Virginia also made a couple of personnel changes on the field that had a big impact on the way the defense played. Cecil Level and Ishmael Banks received their first starts in the secondary and responded well, finishing with five and four tackles, respectively. Level, who switched from cornerback to safety, also forced a fumble. “(Level) gave great effort every day,” DeForest said. “As long as you give effort and you play hard and you attack the football, then you can play here.” Of the 31 points they scored in regulation, TCU got seven from a fumble recovery for a touchdown after a bad snap on a WVU

punt deep in its own territory and scored again on a quick strike after the Horned Frogs got a good field position after a Geno Smith interception. The biggest blow to the WVU defense came at the end of regulation when TCU struck for a 94-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to Josh Boyce to send the game into overtime. It was the third time the Mountaineers had given up a long touchdown at the end of a half. “A lot of things happened in that game that could have swayed it either way. We had an opportunity to win the game several times, and we didn’t. We had the game won, all we’ve got to do is stay in coverage,” De-

Forest said. “It’s a lack of focus. We’ve got to do a better job of getting them to understand the situation and it was something we had done right the last two weeks (in practice). That’s on us for not harping on it even more. But they’ve got to do what they’re supposed to do,” he said. Even with the loss and the amount of struggle, this is a good game for the young defense to build. “We probably played our best defensive game of the year,” DeForest said. “We played with great passion, we played with energy. “If they can look at the tape and say, ‘Look how well we played in certain areas.’ That’s huge. And they can also look and see

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that you need concentration throughout an entire game or else it could cost you.” But even with how well the personnel changes worked against TCU, the Mountaineers understand that there are no moral victories, and a loss is a loss no matter how you look at it. “All the stats that we came up with as a unit is good and all, but if you don’t come out with the only stat that counts, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got to hate to lose more than we love to win, so we’re going to go into next week with even more excitement and even more drive to win,” said redshirt freshman Isaiah Bruce.


Former Texas coach Darrell K. Royal dies at age 88 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A son of Depression-era Oklahoma, Darrell Royal came to Texas to take over a sleeping giant of a football program. Over 20 years, his folksy approach to sports and life, his inventive wishbone offense and a victory in the “Game of the Century” – where a U.S. president declared his team national champion – made him an icon of college football. Royal, who won two national championships and turned the Longhorns program into a national power, died early Wednesday at age 88 of complications from cardiovascular disease, school spokesman Bill Little said. Royal also had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Royal didn’t have a single losing season in his 23 years as a head coach at Texas, Mississippi State and Washington. Known for their stout defenses and punishing running attacks, his Texas teams boasted a 167-47-5 record from 19571976, the best mark in the nation over that period. “It was fun,” Royal told The Associated Press in 2007. “All the days I was coaching at Texas, I knew this would be my last coaching job. I knew it when I got here.” It almost didn’t happen. Royal wasn’t Texas’ first choice. Texas was coming off a 1-9 season in 1956 – still the worst in program history – and wanted a highprofile coach to turn things around. The Longhorns were rebuffed by Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd and Michigan State’s Duffy Daugherty, but both coaches encouraged Texas to hire the 32-yearold Royal, who was lying in bed the night he got the call summoning him to Austin. “Edith, this is it, this is the University of Texas,” Royal told his wife. Royal led the Longhorns to a 6-3-1 record in his first season, but he was so sickened by Mississippi’s 39-7 thrashing of his team in the Sugar Bowl that he gave away the commemorative bowl watch he received. Under Royal, Texas won 11 Southwest Conference titles, 10 Cotton Bowl championships and national championships in 1963 and 1969, going 11-0 each time. The Longhorns also won a share of the 1970 national title, earning him a national stature that rivaled that of Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant and Ohio State’s Woody Hayes. Royal was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced, but Royal will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, an honor typically reserved

for the state’s military and political leaders. Saturday, the Longhorns will honor Royal at their home game against Iowa State by wearing “DKR” stickers on their helmets and by lining up in the wishbone formation, which Royal used to such great success, for their first offensive snap. “Today is a very sad day. I lost a wonderful friend, a mentor, a confidant and my hero. College football lost maybe its best ever and the world lost a great man,” current Texas coach Mack Brown said Wednesday. “His council and friendship meant a lot to me before I came to Texas, but it’s been my guiding light for my 15 years here.” As a player at Oklahoma, Royal was a standout quarterback, defensive back and punter, and he credited hard work and luck for his success on the field and later as a coach. He had a self-deprecating style and a knack for delivering pithy quotes – or “Royalisms” – about his team and opponents. “Football doesn’t build character, it eliminates the weak ones,” was one of Royal’s famous lines. “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” was another. “He was a guy who was so strong and so determined and so direct about things,” said former Texas quarterback James Street. “He was that way to the very end.” Royal and assistant Emory Ballard changed the football landscape in 1968 with the development of the wishbone, which features a fullback lined up two yards behind the quarterback and a step in front of two other backs. The innovation nearly flopped. After a tie and loss in the first two games that season, a frustrated Royal inserted backup Street to take over. “Coach Royal grabbed me and he looked for a minute as if he were having second thoughts about


Former President Lyndon B. Johnson congratulates University of Texas quarterback James Street and coach Darrell Royal, center, in the dressing room after the Longhorns defeated Notre Dame in the 1970 Cotton Bowl in Dallas. putting me in. Then he looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘Hell, you can’t do any worse. Get in there,’” Street said Texas won its next 30 games. Soon, rival Oklahoma and other schools started using the wishbone as well. “The University of Oklahoma joins the rest of the nation in celebrating the life’s work of Darrell Royal,” said Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione. “We’ve truly lost an icon - a champion, an innovator and an educator.” The national title season in 1969 included what was dubbed the “Game of the Century,” a come-frombehind, 15-14 victory by the top-ranked Longhorns over No. 2 Arkansas to cap the regular season. In Texas lore, it ranks as the greatest game ever played. President Nixon, an avid football fan, flew in by helicopter to watch. Afterward, Nixon greeted Royal with a plaque in the Texas locker room proclaiming Texas the national champion. The Longhorns also were named national champions by United Press International in 1970, a year in which Texas lost its final game to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and finished 10-1. Royal faced criticism over the lack of black play-

ers on his first 13 Texas teams, although he had coached black players at Washington and in the Canadian football league. At the 1960 Cotton Bowl, Syracuse accused Texas of hurling racial barbs at Syracuse’s black players, which Royal denied. Texas became the first SWC school to announce it would fully integrate the athletic program in 1963, but the football team didn’t have a black letterman until Julius Whittier in 1970. Royal, who acknowledged being unconcerned about racial discrimination for much of his life, credited former President Lyndon B. Johnson with turning around his viewpoint. Johnson, who attended Texas football games after his presidency ended, was close friends with Royal. “I’m not a football fan,” Johnson once said. “But I am a fan of people, and I am a Darrell Royal fan because he is the rarest of human beings.” In 1972, former Texas lineman Gary Shaw published “Meat on the Hoof,” a searing critique of the Texas program that accused the coaches of having a class system within the program and of devising sadistic drills to drive off unwanted players. Royal tried to distance himself from the claims, saying in interviews he had

“never heard” of the drills Shaw described. “I want to be remembered as a winning coach, but also as an honest and ethical coach,” Royal said in 1975. Royal was among the first football coaches in the nation to hire an academic counselor – sometimes referred to as a “brain coach” in that era – to ensure athletes went on to graduate. He also set aside a fund for a special “T’’ ring, which players received upon graduation. Royal also served as Texas athletic director from 1962-1979. The youngest of six children born to Katy and B.R. “Burley” Royal, he grew up in tiny Hollis, Okla., where he chopped cotton as a young boy for 10-cents an hour to help his family through the Depression. His mother died before he was 6 months old, and he lost two sisters to a fever epidemic. In 1938, Royal’s father took the family from the Dustbowl to California to look for work. Homesick for Oklahoma, Royal soon packed his bags and hitchhiked his way back. Royal is survived by his wife, Edith, and a son, Mack. The couple had two other children, daughter Marian, who died in 1973, and son David, who died in 1982.




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Thursday November 8, 2012

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Izzo-Brown quietly establishing a legacy at WVU by shea ulisney sports writer

In her 17 seasons at the helm, Nikki Izzo-Brown has turned the West Virginia women’s soccer team into one of the elite programs in the country. The Mountaineers have won fewer than 10 games in a season just once since Izzo-Brown became the school’s first head coach in 1996, and she recently guided the team to a Big 12 Conference regular season championship during its first season in the league. And for her team’s success, she was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. “I never want to disappoint (the team),” she said. “It means the world to me that we have that mutual respect, and they feel that strongly for what I do. “I hope that they know and they feel that I always give them my best, and if they’re feeling that, I know I got my job done. “That’s what I set out to do every year is give them my best, and if it means that they’re reflecting on that, then I’m pretty happy.” In 1995, WVU reached out to Izzo-Brown – who was coaching at West Virginia Wesleyan at the time – about the possibility of building the WVU women’s soccer program from the ground up. She took the challenge and never looked back. During Izzo-Brown’s first season as head coach of the Mountaineers, the team finished their season with a regular season re-

cord, 10-7-2. The team of mostly freshmen was expected to finish last in the Big East but finished 4-4-1. Their success stunned many, and Izzo-Brown began her legacy. “Izzo has done a great job with the team and everything she’s done here,” said senior defender Bry McCarthy. “She has built this program from the ground up. She started with nothing, and now she has everything at her fingertips” To date, Izzo-Brown has led the Mountaineers to an impressive 235-91-41 overall record that includes six regular season titles and three tournament championships. West Virginia has defeated a team ranked in the top 10 in seven of its last eight seasons. Izzo-Brown has never had a losing season as head coach and has led WVU to 13 consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins. But what makes Izzo-Brown a great coach? According to her players, she’s honest, supportive, caring and motivated. “She doesn’t do anything for herself; She does it for our team,” said senior forward Bri Rodriguez. The modest coach said she gives all the credit to her staff and team. “Any time you get Coach of the Year, it’s a reflection on how hard your staff has worked and how hard your team has worked,” Izzo-Brown said. “For me to receive that award, not

only is it a privilege to represent all the quality coaches in the Big 12 but more importantly, how hard my team and staff have worked.” What makes her a great coach is that her staff and team have the utmost respect for her. They believe the award is well-deserved and could not be happier for her about her recent title. “I think it was well-deserved,” said sophomore forward Kate Schwindel. “She is a great coach, and she got us this far. I think me and the rest of the team owe a lot of credit to her, because she’s really pulled us through everything.” In her previous 16 seasons, Izzo-Brown coached 11 players who went on to play professionally, 14 All-Americans, 10 Academic All-Americans and 10 Big East Players of the Year. The Mountaineers made an appearance in each of the last 12 NCAA tournaments, the country’s ninth-longest streak. WVU will be given another chance at an NCAA title this 2012 season, drawing Princeton University for this weekend’s opening round. “I think there is no one more deserving than Izzo for this award,” McCarthy said. “Year in and year out she’s always done so much for the team. “She does a great job recruiting girls here and molding them into great players. She’s very deserving, and I couldn’t ask for a better college coach.” photographer

Nikki Izzo-Brown is the only head coach in the history of the West Virginia women’s soccer program.


Continued from page 7 That additional boost of willpower is something offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said has to be present during the game. “We have to be fired up to play the game, and we have to play with a little more desire and effort than we’ve been playing with,” he said. With the plethora of information that exists today, Dawson said there really is no fooling an opponent in college football, as both teams have a solid idea of what the other will do before taking the field. Dawson acknowledged the predicament of execu-

tion and how, despite having a proper game plan, a lack of execution at the point of attack can be fatal. “There might be a few wrinkles here and there on both sides. But as far as the course of the game goes, once the game settles in, it’s going to be no different than any other Big 12 game in my opinion,” he said. “There are certain factors and keys that give away stuff that everybody has, but in my opinion, all that stuff is just thrown out the door.” “The game of football – it’s still football. We can sit there and know everything we’re doing, but we’re still playing with 18-22 year old kids.”


Continued from page 7 because it was actually the third time this season that an opposing Big 12 receiver was able to break free downfield for an enormous gain through the air to erase a critical West Virginia advantage as time waned. Nearly the exact same thing happened twice against Baylor, once in the first half and again just before the end of the game. It’s also very important to keep in perspective just what team the Mountaineers were finally able to slow down Saturday, because it wasn’t a seasoned senior like Texas Tech’s Seth Doege or Kansas State’s Collin Klein. Although Boykin has indeed shown flashes of potential as a dual-threat quarterback in his limited time as the starter, he’s still only a redshirt freshman who was thrust into the starting role only after the previous starter was suspended for an alcohol-related arrest. The Horned Frogs also came into the game against WVU without their star running back. I understand the Mountaineers’ defense has set a disappointing standard this season, to say the least, but congratulating yourself after allowing 39 points to a team marred by injuries on offense, led by a freshman quarterback in his fourth career start, that had only won a single conference game? That’s not exactly setting the precedent for success. As a fellow sports writer pointed out in a question posed earlier in the season, in previous years at WVU the senior leadership on defense simply forced the entire group to have a different mentality. They wouldn’t be satisfied with the job even if they had held their opponent to just a field goal if the outcome wasn’t ultimately in the Mountaineers’ favor. Players from that Mountaineer team would stew for

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Freshman safety Karl Joseph has emerged as one of the leaders of the West Virginia defense this season. days – weeks, even – until they were absolutely positive they completely fixed any problems plaguing the defense. This year’s defense simply doesn’t seem to have that same mentality. I’m not saying the Mountaineers need to sit around and stew in disappointment for weeks on end. But it might not hurt to see the beleaguered unit establish the collective energy needed to start making some more measurable strides, instead of practically gloating after allowing 39 points and a win to a conference bottom-feeder. The true litmus test of whether the defense has actually improved will come the next two weeks though, in Stillwater, Okla., against the Cowboys and then at home the following week against the refurbished offense of Oklahoma. If the Mountaineers can show real progress against these proven Big 12 offenses, it will be a much bigger statement by the defense than their performance against lowly TCU.

The DA 11-08-2012  

The November 8 edition of The Daily Athenaeum.

The DA 11-08-2012  

The November 8 edition of The Daily Athenaeum.