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Friday November 9, 2012
Volume 126, Issue 59
Four SOP students eye gift for future by caroline peters correspondent
Four School of Pharmacy students are working to raise money for the next generation. The students are working to create a scholarship for future students coming to the School of Pharmacy. “Students are really developing that idea of philanthropy so it continues. That’s the whole idea,” said Anna Rittenhouse, the director of development for
the School of Pharmacy. The leaders of the fundraisers are four female School of Pharmacy students who will graduate in 2014: Sara Mallow, Cara Milburn, Victoria Mathews and Stephanie Perkins. “Our past classes haven’t donated a gift to the school yet so I thought it would be cool,” Milburn said. “We are the centennial class and this will leave our mark.” The students have been granted piggy banks for the
fundraiser. All 80 students in the class of 2014, along with faculty, have decorated piggy banks, which serve as an abstract reminder of the fundraiser. “Don’t let your piggy starve over Christmas break,” Rittenhouse said. The students will be dumping out their piggy banks and counting the contents. They are hoping to raise $25,000 in order for the money to be endowed as a scholarship at WVU.
Spanish club hosts seasonal celebration bY ALYSSA PLUCHINO CORRESPONDENT
The West Virginia University Spanish Club celebrated a unique piece of Mexican culture with students Thursday. El Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as “The Day of the Dead,” is typically celebrated Nov. 1-2. This holiday has been a prominent part of Mexican culture for nearly 3,000 years. The Day of the Dead focuses on honoring friends and family members who have passed away. Traditionally, the first day of the celebration focuses on deceased infants and children, while the second day is dedicated to adults. The Spanish Club transformed Oglebay Hall into a honorary celebration for those who have passed and gave students a firsthand glimpse into Mexican culture. Those who attended were able to treat themselves to unique delectables not typically seen in the United States such as “Agua de Jamaica,” a purple drink made from hibiscus leaves, and “Pan de Muerto,” bread made especially for the hol-
This will ensure the students leave behind their legacy. “We’ve been doing this since September and so far we have $4,050,” Mathews said. The kickoff for the fundraiser began on September 26th and will continue for the year. “In addition to collecting change, the students have a commitment to a corporate identity that will match what they have raised this year,” Ritten-
house said. The students haven’t decided who will be granted the scholarship yet. “Someone in good academic standing and with leadership positions would be taken into consideration,” Perkins said. The students plan to raise enough money to ensure that the scholarship continues at WVU. “We are planting the seed in other students minds by doing this,” Mallow said. “After we grad-
West Virginia University was recently introduced to a new “miracle drug” that has already served as a practiced home remedy for years in India: curcumin. Not only is curcumin the yellow pigment found in the curry spice turmeric, but a WVU professor said he has all the answers to any health problem with just one ingredient. Rajesh Naz, Professor of obstetrics and gynecology and Vice Chair for Research, said he believes curcumin has immense biological effects. Naz said he came to WVU in 2005 and began researching in 2009. Today, there are currently 40 clinical trials
iday. The spread of traditional Mexican food was so elaborate it consumed the entire length of a classroom. Students who participated had the opportunity to create homemade sugar skulls with their peers and faculty members. Jennifer Noori, president of the Spanish Club, said she was excited for the opportunity to introduce students to true Mexican culture. “I hope students gain knowledge of what Day of the Dead is all about. I’ve heard it used out of context very often, so I hope students can take a bit of Mexican culture from celebrating this event,” she said. Along with religious gatherings and prayer, participants of this festivity also decorate private altars dedicated to their loved ones. With embellishments that include sugar skulls, marigolds, old photos, memorabilia and favorite foods of the deceased, this memorial is unique from anything seen in the United States. However, it appears many people in Morgantown are celebrating Day of the Dead as well.
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being conducted in humans for various diseases worldwide. “It’s a yellow pigment, but it’s not really a ‘spicy’ spice,” Naz said. “It’s antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antimalarial, anticancer and now anti-Alzheimer’s and possibly a contraceptive.” Naz said most recently, his research discovered that curcumin can be used to combat STDs and as a contraceptive. This was the first time in the world curcumin had been studied as a contraceptive, he said. “There are approximately one million new cases of STDs found everyday, and 45 percent of women will have at least one type of an STD,” he
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uate, we plan on having incoming School of Pharmacy students pledge a certain amount of money toward the fund.” At the end of the academic year the girls are going to pool their funds and have a ceremony to celebrate the scholarship. To donate to the scholarship fund, contact the School of Pharmacy or visit http://pharmacy.hsc.wvu. edu.
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Travel constraints keep ‘Pride’ on sidelines by bryan bumgardner associate city editor
At every home Mountaineer football game, the West Virginia University marching band – known officially as “The Pride of West Virginia” – performs their unique halftime show for thousands of fans. But for this inaugural Big 12 season, The “Pride” might not be able to join the football team at away
games. Due to traveling costs and a limited budget, “The Pride” may have to stay local. “While the University and the Athletic Department provide financial support for the band, our travel expenses exceed the band’s budget,” said Jay Drury, the band’s director, in a release. “We rely on private support from our alumni and friends to enable us to travel.”
The “Pride” Travel Fund, established by the WVU Foundation, raises money from donors to offset the band’s travel costs. These donations allowed the band to travel to Washington, D.C., for the match against James Madison University in September. “We are very humbled by the outpouring of support from the many alumni and fans of the WVU marching band,” Drury said.
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This year, the band plans to travel to several regional exhibitions. However, WVU’s problematic distance from other Big 12 schools means the band can’t afford to travel – even with record-breaking donations topping $103,000. Senior drum major Katie Demyan serves as one of the student conductors of the
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“The Pride of West Virginia,” the Mountaineer Marching Band, performs during halftime of West Virginia’s home opener against Marshall.
Continued from page 1 band and had hoped to see The “Pride” travel this year. “Normally we like to go to one or two of the bigger away games, to show our conference what WVU is all about,” she said. “Our director tried really hard, but the University just didn’t have the funding to send us anywhere.” Demyan said she hoped to bring the band’s halftime show to Big 12 stadiums. “We were really bummed about that,” she said. “The travel fund is awesome, and really helps us offset the costs of taking the band somewhere, but it’s not nearly enough,” she said.
Continued from page 1 Victoria Garrett, a Spanish professor, said she was surprised to discover Morgantown residents celebrating the holiday outside the Spanish Club. Garrett said in preparing for the event, she had a difficult time finding supplies. Several stores in the area told her Day of the Dead items
“It’s a drop in the bucket of the total costs.” Anywhere between 350 and 400 students are in the band each year. In order to send them all to an exhibition or football game, the University must rent nine charter buses and rent out more than 100 hotel rooms. Some of the Big 12 stadiums are too far to drive to, meaning the band would have to fly – a virtual impossibility. Representatives from the University, including Athletic Director Oliver Luck, have lobbied to allocate more money to travel expenses. “They do want to send the band and help us travel,” Demyan said. “Unfortunately, there wasn’t any
money to send us anywhere this season.” According to Demyan, the halftime show isn’t the only reason the band travels. “Whenever we go somewhere we do the best we can to represent WVU,” she said. “We get to not only perform for another team’s home crowd, but we get to reach out to the community, as well.” When The “Pride” travels, they often stop at high schools along the way and give exhibition shows to spread awareness about the program. She knows The “Pride” is a valuable recruiting tool – it was one of the reasons she chose to attend WVU. “I can’t tell you how many
were in high demand, and they sold out quickly. “It was nearly impossible to find molds to make our sugar skulls; almost everywhere I went to was sold out,” she said. Matthew Cardinal, a member of the Spanish Club, said he believes the Day of the Dead event is a great kickoff to the club’s various other events throughout the school year. “If you have any interest in
foreign language, it’s a great club to be involved in; everyone should come out to our next event in December,” he said. Cardinal said the club regularly holds dances and encourages students to come out and participate. For more information on the WVU Spanish Club, visit www.spanish.worldlang. wvu.edu/club-de-espanol.
other members can say the whole reason they came to WVU was to be in the band, and the first time they were exposed to our band was during one of those performances,” she said. She recalls the WVU vs. Rutgers football game last year, where a freak snowstorm covered the field – and the band – with snow. At halftime, Drury directed the band to play “Country Roads,” – a move Demyan said made a change in the fans and the players. “It was so cool to fill the stadium with ‘Country Roads,’ and hear our fans singing along,” she said. “It made a change in our players, too. It reminded them: ‘All of Mountaineer nation
is watching and supporting you, and we know you can win this,’ and they did.” Caroline Bailey, piccolo section leader and rank leader in the band, feels The “Pride” serves a deeper purpose. “When we get to go out and travel, we feel like we have a very important job,” she said. “We feel like we are ambassadors of this state, and it’s very humbling for us.” She explained the title of “The Pride of West Virginia” was not self-proclaimed. “Our name was given to us by our fans, and we know we have to live up to that every day,” she said. “By traveling west, we would be showing ourselves to people who have never seen
us perform before, and we want them to be just as willing to say: ‘Yeah, that’s the Pride of West Virginia.’” For her, being in the band isn’t just a privilege – it’s a way of life. “Some people (in the Big 12) may not know very much about West Virginia, and we want to show them this is what we’re all about,” she said. “Once you’re in ‘The Pride,’ you’re in it for life, even if you can’t stay involved.” To learn more about the WVU marching band, visit http://theprideofwestvirginia.org. To donate to “The Pride” Travel Fund, visit http://pridetravelfund. com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rachel Whitehair, a senior biology student, decorates a skull at the Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead celebration Thursday evening.
Continued from page 1 said. “It can cure so many health issues,” Naz said. “So many students are already catching on because it doesn’t have any side effects.” Not only can curcumin help arthritis, infections and headaches, but Naz said it can help individuals get rid of a cold, give them more energy and possibly help them lose weight. “People generally take it to help arthritis, cancer, inflammation, infection and numerous other diseases because it all starts with inflammation in the body,” Naz said. He said curcumin can be mixed with milk or water for a daily dose, and individuals should feel results within one week.
A curcumin paste is also made in India to prevent wrinkles for the face and as a toothpaste. “I’m very excited about this,” Naz said. “Some things you do for academics, but some things you do because you really want to it to be continued and to be constant.” Naz and other students have been working on the nano-curcumin to be taken as a single dose for thirty days. “By creating the nanocurcumin, it will increase its half-life,” Naz said. “The idea of developing this into a capsule is being worked on, as well.” The three diseases that are common in America, but not in India are cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons. By traveling around the world, Naz said he has been able to teach individuals about curcumin and
encourage everyone to at least give it a try. “Traveling and teaching is very fulfilling and exciting,” Naz said. “It’s great to reach out to young minds and continue to study more about curcumin itself.” Next week, Naz will meet with 35 other professionals and experts on contraceptives and curcumin. “Curcumin is something useful and cheap for individuals to afford,” Naz said. “My target is for something very usual, simple and less expensive for women to use.” Naz also said by introducing curcumin into one’s life, they will immediately live and feel healthier. For more information on Naz’s research and curcumin, visit www.medicine.hsc.wvu.edu. email@example.com
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Obamaâ€™s big Hispanic win worries Republicans
Spanish language election campaign signs promoting President Barack Obama hang on the windows at Lechonera El Barrio Restaurant in Orlando, Fla. DENVER (AP) â€” Omayra Vasquez blinks and does a double take when asked why she voted to re-elect President Barack Obama. The reason for her was as natural as breathing. â€œI feel closer to him,â€? said Vasquez, a 43-year-old Federal Express worker from Denver. â€œHe cares about the Spanish people.â€? Millions of Hispanic voters seconded that emotion Tuesday with resounding 71 percent support for Obama, tightening Democratsâ€™ grip on the White House and putting Republicans on notice that they must seriously court the nationâ€™s largest minority group if they want to win the presidency again. According to initial exit polls, Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who backed hard-line immigration measures, came away with 27 percent Hispanic support, less than any presidential candidate in 16 years. It also was a sharp drop from the 44 percent claimed by President George W. Bush in his 2004 re-election after he embraced immigration reform.
â€œWe could have won this election if the party had a better brand name with Hispanics,â€? said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union. â€œI donâ€™t believe thereâ€™s a path to the White House in the future that doesnâ€™t include 38 percent to 40 percent Hispanic support.â€? Cardenas said Hispanics were only a large part of a worrisome trend in the electorate, which is increasingly comprised of younger and minority voters who traditionally do not back Republicans. If the 1980 electorate looked like the 2012 version, he added, Jimmy Carter would have defeated Ronald Reagan. Matt Schlapp, who was political director of George W. Bushâ€™s 2000 campaign, drew parallels between the GOPâ€™s standing with Hispanics and the partyâ€™s troubles with African-Americans, who now routinely back Democrats by 9-1 margins. â€œThe idea that we would somehow copy that with the Hispanic community is troubling,â€? he said. Hispanics have long fa-
vored Democrats. But they have been trending even more sharply toward that party since Republicans stymied Bushâ€™s immigration proposal and favored hardline immigration measures that critics decried as racially motivated. Romney tapped an author of Arizonaâ€™s controversial immigration law to advise him during the GOP primaries and called for â€œself-deportationâ€? to lower the number of illegal immigrants. Obama, meanwhile, announced in June that immigration authorities would grant work permits to people brought here illegally as children who graduated high school or served in the military. The directive energized a Hispanic electorate that had been disappointed by Obamaâ€™s inability to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Interviews with voters as they left their polling places this week found that Hispanics gave Obama his winning margin in Colorado, Nevada and Virginia. They also account for his narrow lead in Florida, where votes
were still being counted on Thursday. Even before the races were called, some Republicans took to the airwaves and social media to call on the party to pull back from its hard-line stance and embrace certain immigration reforms. Itâ€™s unclear whether the results would change the partyâ€™s opposition to legalizing the status of some illegal immigrants. In a conversation with the Des Moines Register last month, Obama predicted that GOP opposition could crumble after Hispanics delivered the White House to him. The conversation was initially off the record but later published with the presidentâ€™s consent. â€œAnd since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt,â€? Obama said. â€œShould I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.â€?
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would introduce immigration legislation next year and that Republicans would reject it â€œat their peril.â€? Opponents of an immigration deal warned that Republicans should not take the Democratsâ€™ bait. Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies noted that Hispanics have reliably backed Democrats for decades, even after President Ronald Reagan signed an immigration amnesty law in 1986 that gave many of them legal status. Those new American citizens, Camarota said, turned into Democrats. Camarota and other supporters of immigration restrictions contend that Hispanics lean Democratic because they favor government social programs and higher taxes on the wealthy. The GOP changed the national electorate through the 1986 law â€œand now they have to move with the electorate,â€? he said. â€œFor 30 years that we have data, Hispanics have been voting
Democratic. Thereâ€™s no reason to think thatâ€™s going to change unless the Republican Party moves away from its low-tax, low-regulation position.â€? NumbersUSA President Roy Beck, whose group advocates reductions in immigration levels, argues that Republicans like Romney need to explain to Hispanic voters why immigration restrictions are in their interest. â€œHe should have talked about Hispanic unemployment and how much high immigration hurts Hispanic employment.â€? Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., an immigration hawk, agreed and said economic issues, not immigration, are key to winning Hispanics. â€œYou should never sacrifice your core beliefs for political reasons,â€? he said. The debate is nothing new for the GOP. Mario H. Lopez, president of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Fund, said heâ€™s heard arguments like that before â€“ after every election in which Hispanics lean more Democratic and Republicans suffer.
Claims about flood-damaged cars arenâ€™t true â€œItâ€™s not anything near what weâ€™re talking about in the Katrina situation,â€? said James Appleton, president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, a statewide association of more than 500 dealers. Frank Scafidi, a spokesman for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, an insurance company group that monitors fraud and other trends, concurred, saying insurers monitored by his group are logging far fewer claims than they did with Katrina. â€œIt doesnâ€™t translate to thereâ€™s going to be 2, 3, 400,000 cars out of this thing just because this is such a huge geographic storm,â€? Scafidi said. Because many communities are still cleaning up from the superstorm, more claims are bound to come in. But 10 days after Sandy, the rate is already starting to slow. And many of these cars will have relatively minor damage unrelated to water. Theyâ€™ll be fixed and returned to their owners. About 14,000 new cars
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DETROIT (AP) â€” In the days since Superstorm Sandy, an alarming prediction has flashed across the Internet: Hundreds of thousands of flood-damaged vehicles will inundate the nationâ€™s used-car market, and buyers might not be told which cars have been ruined. Not true, according to insurance-claims data reviewed by The Associated Press. The actual number of affected vehicles is far smaller, and some of those cars will be repaired and kept by their owners. The dire predictions are being spread by a company that sells vehicle title and repair histories and by the largest group representing American car dealers. They claim the number of cars marred by Sandy could be larger than when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 and damaged more than 600,000 vehicles. But an AP analysis of claims data supplied by major insurance companies shows the total number of damaged cars is a fraction of that. The companies â€“ State Farm, Progressive, New Jersey Manufacturers and Nationwide â€“ have received about 31,000 car-damage claims.
risk of purchasing a flooded car. The company charges $39.99 for a single report, although it also contracts with dealers and manufacturers, so many reports cost less. About 170 million reports are viewed each year. Carfax, a privately held subsidiary of the R.L. Polk & Co. automotive data firm, put out a news release Tuesday speculating that Sandyâ€™s toll on cars would exceed the damage left by Katrina. In an interview, company spokesman Larry Gamache said early indications were that more vehicles could have been damaged in the densely populated Northeast than were damaged by Katrina in 2005 along the more sparsely populated Gulf Coast. He estimated that half of them, more than Ap 300,000, would find their way back onto the market A vehicle is submerged on 14th Street near the Consolidated Edison power plant, in New York. as used cars.
OPINION Preparing to face the fiscal cliff 4
Friday November 9, 2012
It’s all over – all (well, most) votes have been tallied, every state has chosen its favorite color from a host of options (well, two), and America has chosen the leader of the free world for the next four years. If it seems like a long time, it is – 1,460 days, to be exact. That’s 208 weeks to enact policy, 48 months to interact with foreign diplomats and 34, 944 hours to find the time to respond to asinine requests from idle billionaires.
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In that time frame, however, is a much smaller one – approximately 53 days. That is the window of time before the Bush-era tax cuts expire, the Budget Control Act goes into effect, a number of tax cuts end, and taxes related to the Affordable Care Act begin. It’s what most political pundits, mainstream media organizations and doomsday prophesiers refer to as the “fiscal cliff.” Almost makes you wish
the Mayans were right, doesn’t it? The results of the election don’t inspire much of a hope for change, either. The U.S. House of Representatives remains in Republican control, while the Senate is now very decidedly Democratic. While this will ultimately make for more interesting inter-office softball games, it also means another potential gridlock on the nation’s most polarizing issue: the
economy. The fiscal cliff is fast approaching, and lawmakers must compromise quickly to avoid derailing the economy or launching the nation into another recession. Simply put, we have a few options: Congress could do nothing, allow the Bush tax cuts and the payroll tax holiday to expire while simultaneously enacting the health care tax and austerity measures. It
would cut the current deficit by almost half. What’s not to love? Nothing, if you’re a fan of recessions and skyrocketing unemployment. There are two sides to every coin. Washington could also opt to cancel most, if not all, of the scheduled tax increases while maintaining the cuts. This option will make absolutely no one on The Hill happy and will serve to further burden the national deficit. An attractive op-
tion if you’re an insatiable masochist. The third option is, of course, the unthinkable: a compromise that would extend the Bush cuts and cancel the automatic spending cuts, resulting in a modest level of economic growth. Or we could all move to Canada like we’ve been threatening to for years. That’ll show them. firstname.lastname@example.org
Where does the Republican party go from here?
Standing with their families, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann Romney, left, stand with Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, second right, and his wife Janna, third right, as they wave to supporters after Romney gave his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston.
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For the past few years, we have seen a few economic gains, but mostly just tepid growth. Growing unemployment has caused strain for many American families and forced them to make tough financial decisions. In 2008, we were promised change, but not much has changed for those people still out of work. In such an election, one would expect Obama and many congressional Democrats to lose. As we now know, Obama won, and Democrats ended up gaining two seats in the Senate, assuming Maine Senatorelect Angus King caucuses with the Democrats. With such anti-incumbent sentiment, something must be said about the strength of President Obama and the Democratic ticket. However, extremism in the Republican Party is just as much to blame for these losses. This
was most apparent in the Senate races. In Indiana, Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee and Tea Party favorite, led the Senate race in early October. A poll from Rasmussen Reports showed a lead of five points on his opponent Joe Donnelly. In a debate on Oct. 23, Mourdock responded to a question about abortion by stating the only exception should be when the life of the mother is in danger. He said, “Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” This comment drew national attention and attacks from women’s rights groups. Before long, Donnelly had taken an 11-point lead on a Nov. 1 poll. In the case of the Missouri Senate race, Senator Claire McCaskill was fighting off another Tea Party candidate, Representative Todd Akin. Akin maintained leads in every independent poll from early March through
mid-August. On Aug. 19, Akin was asked whether women who were victims of rape have a right to abortion. Akin first explained that these cases are very rare. The Guttmacher Institute has found that rape is responsible for about 1 percent of all abortions. But before explaining his opposition to rape in this case, the member of the House Committee on Science said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” As one would expect, many women were not flattered by a politician who made uneducated distinctions between what is legitimate rape and what is not. Akin suffered a 15-point loss, while Mourdock lost by more than five percent. While national Republicans repudiated the comments and distanced themselves from them, many female voters began to see a trend. These views are certainly not representative of those of the Republican
Party, but the Republican Party has allowed itself to nominate more leaders with views like these. Republicans have often quoted popular economic concepts paired with social views popular among conservatives to get elected. These social views include increasingly restricted women’s abortion rights and continued calls for amendments banning gay marriage. The problem with these social views is they are becoming less popular among the general population. A CNN poll in August found 83 percent of respondents support abortion in the case of rape. Almost every major poll released this year showed that either a majority supported same-sex marriage or a plurality did. In the election, three states approved same-sex marriage, while Minnesota voted down an amendment to make it illegal. The prevailing opinions on social issues are changing, and the Republican Party has the option of putting these issues on the back burner or getting
left behind. This Republican Party, the one of 2012 which nominated numerous candidates who openly bashed homosexuals and made inflammatory comments toward women’s rights, is not the historical Republican Party. Moderate Republicans have been increasingly pushed out in recent years, evidenced by Senator Arlen Specter’s move to the Democratic Party in 2009, Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision to not seek re-election this year and the numerous House and Senate primaries voting out moderate Republicans in favor of more conservative or Tea Party Republicans. Many young people I have spoken with share the Republican Party’s core economic values; they want balanced budgets so we can eliminate the crushing debt that will affect our bank accounts down the road. They don’t believe government is the only answer during economic crises, and the private sector sometimes needs to correct itself. But the Republican Party
has emphasized outdated social views for too long. Many of us simply disagree on abortion, which is perfectly fine. Problems arise when Republican candidates distinguish between what is and what is not “legitimate rape” and call something as awful as a pregnancy resulting from rape the will of God. The Grand Old Party can only separate itself from those beliefs for so long. Once these statements are echoed by other candidates, it is time to stop giving these candidates support. As much as I disagree with many of my Republican friends, their opinions are vital to the success of this country. A single viewpoint should never dominate the political arena. Rather, politics should involve a continuous exchange of ideas with qualified and reasonable representation from all sides. The Republican Party must learn from their losses. It’s time to rethink their approach to social issues during the coming months and years. Our success as a union depends upon it.
Obama’s second term may mean stronger hand in foreign policy Kal Raustiala UCLA
President Barack Obama did not win overwhelmingly Tuesday night, but he did win decisively. And while foreign policy was a minor factor for many voters, polls suggest that most favored Obama’s foreign policy over former Gov. Mitt Romney’s and generally approved of the job the president has been doing abroad. Historically, second-term presidents become increasingly focused on foreign policy. Former President George W. Bush was an exception because Sept. 11 thrust foreign policy to the forefront right away. Former President Bill Clinton’s experience is probably more suggestive. I expect Obama to increase his focus on foreign policy in the years to come. One issue in particular,
mentioned in his acceptance speech but largely ignored over the last couple of years, is climate change. Obama came into office with a strong focus on the climate crisis, but domestic political realities forced, or at least encouraged, a retreat. Climate change was also almost entirely absent from the campaign. But we may see more attention to it in the next few years, and we should. While Hurricane Sandy cannot be clearly attributed to climate change, it is undeniable that storms like Sandy will become more common as the planet warms. And that is but one aspect of the growing and alarming climate problem. American leadership on this issue will not solve it. But without American leadership, little can be accomplished. President Obama may also intensify his “pivot to Asia.” For the last 11 years, the Middle East has domi-
nated American foreign policy. While there are many important reasons for the U.S. to remain active in the region – not least the great turmoil there in the wake of the Arab Spring – there is no question that the world’s center of gravity is elsewhere. Asia is far more economically dynamic, has a huge population and is the home of several great powers – most significantly, the second-largest economy in the world, China. The U.S. physical and diplomatic presence in Asia is large and meaningful, but many friendly Asian states have felt for years that the U.S. does not devote enough time and energy to Asia. That may change further during Obama’s second term. There are other areas in which Obama may devote more energy. He came into office with strong rhetoric on human rights; his record has been much spottier. But Obama may use his bully
pulpit – and his much freer hand on foreign policy – to be more active in the area. That said, Obama is also clearly comfortable deploying American power and is no dove. Will that mean a more aggressive stance on Syria? That seems unlikely at the moment given geopolitical realities. But in general, he has shown a willingness (see Libya) to override congressional prerogatives and has several top advisers, including his possible new secretary of state, with strong commitments to humanitarian intervention. As in domestic policy, of course, the president does not hold all the foreign policy cards. But areas such as these are largely in the hands of the president, and we can expect Obama, having completed his last electoral camAP paign, to be more active, more engaged and perhaps President Barack Obama, with his arm around daughter Sasha, and first lady Mimore daring in the four years chelle Obama and eldest daughter Malia exit Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. to come.
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DAILY HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year opportunities fall into your lap, with Lady Luck cheering you on. You will have so many chances to achieve an emotional goal that it would be hard for people to believe if you were not to follow through. If you are single, you’ll meet someone through your immediate circle. If you are attached, you socialize more as a couple. You will find yourself even more content in your relationship.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH The words “abundance” or “excessive” will be attached to whatever you do or experience. Finding a middle ground with anyone could be difficult at best. Still, you do not need to lose your temper. Give yourself and others space to gain a new perspective. Tonight: Nice and easy. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHH Your creativity could peak, especially in a brainstorming session. As a side benefit, there will be many ways to gain financially from your ingenuity. Do not allow a partner to be difficult or touchy with you. Establish limits. Tonight: Use your imagination when making plans. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH You might be needed in one place but want to be somewhere else. This conflict immediately causes tension. See how you can find a solution that works for both sides; think outside the box. Tonight: Find a friend who always comes up with strange yet effective ideas.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH You are not in the mood to mind your words. Yet if you don’t, you could discover that an argument could develop. People can accept much more if you are sensitive to their feelings. Listen to your inner voice -- it is guiding you through any unusual situations. Tonight: Hang out. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Be more discreet than usual when dealing with money and others’ funds. The less said the better. Not everyone needs to know about an investment that surrounds a key relationship. Curb a need to go to extremes. Tonight: Go for some overindulgence. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHHH Just be yourself, and nothing really can go wrong. You have a way of getting caught between obligations and your desires. You probably can juggle it all right now. Be careful with a loved one. He or she could push you beyond your limits. Stay cool. Tonight: Avoid harsh words. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH You can’t imagine what is going on behind the scenes. If someone pretends not to notice your efforts, it could mean that you are trying too hard. Do yourself a favor: pull back and watch that person come forward with a little time. Tonight: Avoid a disagreement. SCORPIO (OC T. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH Zero in on a meeting or a gathering of like-minded people. You could feel your morale rising. After having conversations with others, you’ll feel much surer of yourself. Still, lie low for now, and let others
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reveal their thoughts first. Tonight: Where your friends are. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH Curb your anger, or you might be sorry. A close associate could lose his or her temper when you least expect it. Others come toward you with only the best intentions. You might not quite believe that you are so fortunate. Tonight: The lead player as the weekend begins. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH Keep reaching for another point of view. Make calls, seek out experts and get feedback. Meanwhile, make every attempt to distance yourself from someone who might be involved with you in a difficult situation. Tonight: Go where you’ll find music and all sorts of people. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH You work best with one other person right now, rather than with a group. You could be going overboard by sharing every idea that pops into your head. Others might feel overwhelmed. Pick and choose how much you want to share. Tonight: Go off with a special person. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH You come from a place of security, which makes it easier to deal with any situation. The wise Fish would back away from an explosive situation. Opportunities come through a partner or someone you care a lot about. Be careful with a person who seems to be out of sorts. Tonight: Join friends for drinks.
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WVU to host Princeton in NCAA tournament By Robert Kreis Sports writer
What more can a coach who has an overall record of 235-90-36, has won six regular season conference titles and three conference tournament championships in her 17 years at a program she started from scratch want? “There is no question, for me, personally, winning a national championship has always been my ultimate goal,” said head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Along the way I have individual goals, team goals, long-term (and) shortterm for both of those. For me, personally, to win a national championship would definitely be something that I’ve always wanted to fulfill and want the team to experience.” For the 13th-consecutive season – a testament in itself – Izzo-Brown will lead the West Virginia women’s soccer program to the NCAA tournament in the hope of reaching her ultimate goal. The Mountaineers will face Ivy League champion Princeton to kickoff the journey. “Obviously, Princeton won the Ivy League. They have a winning streak go-
ing on right now,” IzzoBrown said. “It’s going to be a very tough game, but every game now in the NCAA tournament it tough.” Princeton enters Saturday’s match at 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on an 11-game winning streak. During that streak, the Tigers are scoring nearly four goals a game, while holding opponents to a measly 0.8 goals per game. “I expect Princeton to come out, be organized, be ready for battle,” IzzoBrown said. “They’re a championship team with special players. It’s going to be a big game.” The Mountaineers were on a streak of their own – and then the Big 12 tournament arrived. Before West Virginia’s 2-0 loss to TCU in the opening round of the conference tournament, Izzo-Brown and the Mountaineers went 13 games without losing. The coach is confident her team will rebound by the time the Tigers come to town despite its first loss in two months. “I think the big thing that I’ve always respected from the character of this team is anytime we’ve made mistakes, or anytime we’ve faced adversity, we’ve responded,” she said.
“We made some mistakes against TCU that I know we can fix.” Izzo-Brown and the Mountaineers have been correcting those mistakes as they prepare for the NCAA tournament. “The thing I’ve always said to the team is, ‘look, if we make mistakes we just have to learn from them, and turn them into positive,’” Izzo-Brown said. “I’m really looking forward to just seeing this team learn from some of our mistakes, turn it around and take it to Princeton.” To help Izzo-Brown correct those mistakes before the opening match of the NCAA tournament against Princeton, she will rely on her seniors’ leadership. “It’s hard when you are a coach and you are constantly preaching and saying this is what can happen,” Izzo-Brown said. “It’s so valuable to have seniors who have been in the position and players who have been in the position before to reinforce thing internally. “It’s one thing to get up there and preach it, but it’s so much more important to have players that can confirm what I’m saying,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Senior defender Bry McCarthy will be playing her final game at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium Saturday night.
West Virginia to open season against UNC Wilmington By Amit Batra Sports writer
After a dominating 10228 home exhibition win, the No. 17 West Virginia women’s basketball team opens up the regular season against UNC Wilmington tonight. The Seahawks will come to Morgantown following a 52-38 exhibition win against UNC Pembroke Saturday. UNCW is coming off a 20-13 season and an 11-7 conference record. The Seahawks were able to advance to the WNIT for the second consecutive time, but could not get past Appalachian State in the first round. Leading UNCW will be senior forward Karneshia Garrett this season. Last year, Garrett was able to average 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She also earned 10 blocks on the season. In the first meeting between the two schools, the Mountaineers will look to open up the season in a strong fashion. West Vir-
ginia returns nearly 80 percent of its team with only senior Natalie Burton graduating. The Mountaineers return five starters and 98.4 percent of the scoring from last season. WVU will look to use the depth it has, as every player should receive time on the court this year. West Virginia is 30-9 alltime in home openers at the Coliseum. It has won 12-straight home openers, including 11 straight under head coach Mike Carey. After a home exhibition game, a closed scrimmage against Virginia Tech and through film-viewing, the Mountaineers feel as though they’re ready to go in the season opener. “I think we realized some of the things that we needed to work on and get better in,” said junior guard Christal Caldwell. “I think we’ll be ready. I know they (UNC Wilmington) are really athletic; they get after it on the boards and they shoot a lot of three’s, so we’ll have to get back on transition defense.” Carey has emphasized
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Head coach Mike Carey and the West Virginia women’s basketball team open their regular season tonight. getting up the lane and getting easy transition points off turnovers. Junior guard Taylor Palmer realizes that getting easy baskets against solid opponents such as UNCW will be key. “He (Carey) always tries to emphasize the easiest ways to get points,” Palmer said. “He wants us to push the ball, run the floor and get easy baskets.” While there are always jitters and nerves with the first game, the players and coaching staff couldn’t be more excited for the new journey. “I’m always excited for season to start. It’s hard to believe the season’s here already,” Carey said. “We play Friday and turn around and play on Monday at Boston University. We’re excited to
get it started. As a coach you’re never ready to get it started because you want to have more practice, but I think we’re ready to go out there and see where we’re at right now.” The Seahawks will bring some challenges to Carey’s squad tonight. WVU will see a lot of 2-3 zone and some very aggressive forwards who are capable of double-figure rebound numbers. For Carey, it all starts with taking care of the ball and continuing the defensive pressure. During the scrimmage and exhibition, the team played 13 players, and Carey said they will continue to do so until they have their best rotation. The team also has too many turnovers, they are looking to reduce it to prepare for conference play.
“We’re having too many turnovers because we’re being too unselfish. I want us to be a little more selfish. If you turn it over, it’s usually a layup on the other end. We’re going to play several people, and it’s going to look sloppy at times, but that’s the only way we’re going to be ready for conference play,” he said. At this point in the young season, Carey said it’s all a learning process, especially for the younger players. Once the freshmen learn the system, the Mountaineers can be a very deep team, even without center Asya Bussie. Along with Caldwell and Palmer, the projected starters will be sophomore forward Averee Fields and guard Linda Stepney and senior center Ayana Dunning. The action gets underway at the Coliseum at 7 p.m tonight. email@example.com
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WVU needs your help Saturday The Big 12 Conference regular season champion needs your help this weekend. The football team will be out of town and your West Virginia women’s soccer team will host the first round of the NCAA tournament against Princeton Saturday at 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers are entering post season with an 11-4-4 record. Sophomore forward Kate Schwindel leads the team in points and junior forward Frances Silva has scored 10 goals on the season. The Mountaineers also have three All-Big 12 First Team selections in senior defender Bry McCarthy, senior midfielder Bri Rodriguez and Schwindel, as well as one All-Big 12 Second team selection in Frances Silva The Mountaineers also landed two All-Big 12 Newcomer selections with freshman defender Leah Emaus and junior midfielder Kara Blosser. Princeton (13-3-1) is led by senior forward Jen Hoy, who has 17 goals on the season. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the nation in total goals and are on an 11game winning streak, including an undefeated record in conference play. This streak is the longest it’s had going into the NCAA tournament in the history of the program. West Virginia is led by head coach Nikki IzzoBrown, who was recently awarded Big 12 Coach of the Year for guiding the Mountaineers to a Big 12 regular season title in the team’s first year in the league. My head coach has also has never posted a losing season in her career at West Virginia University. Her passion and relentlessness have never been questioned throughout her history with the program, and the win against Texas to end the regular season puts her at 248 wins at the helm. As a team, the Mountaineers are pushing to help Izzo-Brown reach 250 wins this season, moving her into the top-15 winningest active coaches in Division I women’s soccer ranks. The Mountaineers will also face the pressure to do well in what will most likely be the senior’s last game at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Seniors Bry McCarthy, Mallory Smith, Bri Rodriguez and Nicolette DeLaurentis have been the core of this team throughout their careers and this season. It is crucial that everyone comes out to support the WVU women’s soccer team, rain or shine. We are asking everyone to dress up warmly, and bring your cheers and chants and help the team take on the Tigers! Bring your friends, family members and classmates, as we want the loudest and best crowd of the season for our seniors! Please come support the WVU women’s soccer team Saturday at Dick Dlesk! Bring your game face as the Mountaineers face the Tigers in the first round of the NCAA tournament. We love our fans, and we will see you there!
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No. 1 West Virginia to take on Ole Miss, N.C. State By Robert Kreis Sports writer
The West Virginia rifle team has made few mistakes in the first month of the season. It has won all five of its matches, including two conference wins, and is ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll while consistently shooting a team score of around 4,700 each time it has taken to the rifle range. It is more of that consistency that coach Jon Hammond wants to see this weekend when the Mountaineers take on two Great American Rifle Conference foes in Ole Miss Friday and NC State Sunday. “We just want to continue what we’ve been doing,” Hammond said. “We’ve shown really good consistency so far, and I think
Mountaineers on a crosscontinent trip to AlaskaFairbanks Nov. 17. To make sure his team will stay mentally strong over the next 10 grueling days, Hammond will take a stern approach with his team. “I think (I) have to be pretty hard on them really. Probably sometimes I’m quite hard on them just keeping the intensity there in practice,” he said. “Really challenging them all as individuals to keep improving and keep getting better. It’s one of those sports where there’s always something to work on. Always something to improve.” But on a team like the Mountaineers, it is not always the coach looking over your shoulder that allows you to flourish. Hammond attributes the inner-
we’ve really raised the bar from last season.” With a season that stretches from October to March, the Mountaineer rifle team has reached the equivalent to baseball’s dog days of summer, but it is important West Virginia continues to grind until its Thanksgiving break. “It’s getting toward the end of the semester, so everyone is starting to feel the effect of class and getting tired with everything that is going on,” Hammond said. “We have quite a long season, so sometimes it’s a bit of a grind to keep going through that and be ready mentally for all the matches. “We are going to have a lot of matches in the next 10 days, so we’ll get a lot of match practice.” After taking on Ole Miss and NC State this weekend, Hammond will lead the
squad rivalries to keeping the team focused. “There’s some good competition within the team on a daily basis in practice,” Hammond said. “We’ve really just got a final push of the last 10 days until Thanksgiving.” There is no reason to believe the Mountaineers will not grind out these final days before Thanksgiving break. Between the culture Hammond has instilled on the program and the elite skill level of the team, consistency just seems to be the nature of the Mountaineers. “I think a lot of them have really taken a lot of strides from this year to last year,” Hammond said. “They’ll continually be learning things for matches and practice, and they just have to keep doing that.” Matt Sunday/The Daily Athenaeum
Senior shooter Petra Zublasing takes a shot last season.
Mountaineers looking for first Big 12 win vs. Baylor By Austin Seidel Sports writer
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West Virginia head coach Jill Kramer looks on during a match earlier in the season.
The West Virginia volleyball team will take on the Baylor Bears Saturday for the first of its final two home games of the season. The Mountaineers will aim to end the season on a high note. In addition, the Mountaineers will also attempt to break their 0-12 Big 12 conference record as they take on the Bears for the second time this season. The Mountaineers will be much improved from last weekend as freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos returns to the starting lineup yet again after making her first start in three weeks against Oklahoma Saturday. P a n a g i o t a k o p o u l o s’ presence in the back line has been significant for the young West Virginia team as the Phoenix, Ariz., native has accumulated 257 digs on the season to put her in a tie for first overall on the team. “Having (Anna) in the lineup is always huge for us,” said West Virginia head coach Jill Kramer. “She’s everywhere on the court, and
she’s just a very active person in general to have out there. The team is excited to see her back.” Despite losing to Oklahoma in a three-set sweep, the Mountaineers appeared much stronger offensively than in previous matches, recording 37 kills and hitting an impressive .375 during their third-set run at a comeback. During the match, junior Arielle Allen recorded eight kills on 12 attempts and only one error to finish the match with a .583 hit percentage. Allen has been a significant contributor for the Mountaineers this season as her versatility has proven useful at the outside hitter, right side and middle blocker positions thus far in the season. “Arielle’s a great player,” Kramer said. “She’s very versatile, and she fits anywhere we put her. That’s something a lot of teams really wish they had, and I’m glad we have her here to work with.” Headed into their second matchup against Baylor, West Virginia will look to improve on their first impression in which the Bears defeated the Mountaineers in a three-set sweep in Waco,
Texas. The Mountaineers have recorded two losses to four different Big 12 teams so far this season and hope to escape this trend Saturday in the West Virginia Coliseum against the Bears. Baylor comes off a weak stretch in which the Bears have recorded just one win in their past four matches. However, the Bears do carry a 17-10 overall record, including four Big 12 victories and have proven that they are anything but pushovers. Baylor’s biggest win of the season came Saturday when the Bears defeated No. 23 Kansas 3-1. During that Nov. 3 matchup, Baylor relied heavily on its defenders, who responded well as the Bears saw four different players record double-digit digs at a time where defense was a top priority. To defeat Baylor, the Mountaineers will need to match the Baylor’s defensive strength in to provide time for the offensive front to find their spots and record kills. The action gets underway Saturday at 1 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum. firstname.lastname@example.org
West Virginia to compete at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta By Shea Ulisney Sports writer
The West Virginia rowing team will return to the water Saturday at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta on Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. Last weekend, only the novice crews participated at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta, earning top-10 finishes in the women’s novice four event and women’s novice eight event. Varsity crews stayed home to continue training. “At this time of the year, every week of training is a plus,” said head coach Jimmy King. “We’re about a third of the way through our year, so each week builds on the previous week of training.” According to King, this week’s practice was focused on higher stroke rates in preparation for the week’s sprint racing. The sprint style of racing will give King and the Mountaineers a new look in Philadelphia. For this weekend’s race, the Mountaineers have entered in both novice and varsity events - the open double, novice fours, varsity fours, novice eights and varsity eights events. This will be the first race this season that the entire West Virginia team will travel and compete together. Last year at the 2011 Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta, the Mountaineers finished with three medals. In women’s open doubles, the “A” crew finished in first place with a time
of 7:59.39. In the varsity open four the “A” crew finished ahead of Drexel and George Mason with a time of 7:50.05. The Mountaineers took a first and second place with the “B” crew finishing with a time of 8:13.17. “Drexel and George Mason are regular competitors for us at the Frostbite,” King said. The Mo u n t a i n e e r s competed against Drexel crews at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta two weeks ago in Philadelphia. The Dragons had seven boats finish in the top five in their events and claimed
the overall team point title for the third consecutive year. West Virginia competed against George Mason in last week’s race at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta. The Patriots performed very well while entering nine boats and recording five top-10 finishes and D a varsity four first-place finish for the third consecutive year. “The Frostbite is a fun way to wrap up the fall racing season,” King said. “It’s a 2k race instead of the usual longer fall head races. We get to line up alongside some of our
spring foes to see how we compare at this point of the year. No absolutes will be drawn from this weekend, but it gives us another opportunity to gauge our progress in working towards the spring racing season.” The weather forecast for Saturday’s race will be seasonably warm for this time of year. Expect mostly sunny skies, with a high of 59 degrees, winds from the southwest at 5-10 mph, breezy with a zero percent chance of rain. email@example.com
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West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen looks on during a game against Baylor earlier in the season.
Holgorsen makes return to Stillwater as Mountaineers take on Oklahoma State by michael carvelli sports editor
For the second time this season, West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen will lead his Mountaineers into familiar territory as they travel to his old stomping grounds to take on Oklahoma State. Holgorsen served as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator for one season before leaving to become West Virginia’s offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting at the end of the 2010 season. “I felt that in order to get a job like the one I’m fortunate enough to have now, it would take being a coordinator at a higher level,”
Holgorsen said. “I took that opportunity (at Oklahoma State). I wasn’t going to go there for a year and leave for the same job. It was going to take a job like this for me to leave the situation I was in.” The Mountaineers will look to get back in the win column against the Cowboys after losing three straight games for the first time since 2004. After two straight blowout losses to Texas Tech and No. 2 Kansas State, West Virginia went down to the wire with TCU last week when it lost 39-38 in double overtime. “It’s a tough loss,” Holgorsen said. “It was tough in the locker room after the
game. We got together at 3 (p.m.) on Sunday and told them we have three more hours to be upset. I don’t know how else you deal with it.” West Virginia looks to use Saturday’s game as its chance to return to the form it was in through the first five games of the season. The Mountaineers started the year as one of the most dangerous offenses in the country, averaging 52 points and more than 570 yards per game. Since then, senior quarterback Geno Smith and company have struggled to continue that momentum. In their three losses this season, the Mountaineers are scoring 22 points
per game, and they have scored just six touchdowns in their 39 possessions in regulation during their three losses. “Trust in the system and trust in people being in the right spots are a big thing,” Holgorsen said. “We have to execute, and it’s harder to execute when you play tougher defenses. “You have to elevate your game, and that’s coaching. We have to get it out of them. When things get harder, we have to play better.” West Virginia will take on another tough defense this week, as the Cowboys are currently ranked No. 38 nationally in total defense. On the other side of the
ball, the Mountaineers will prepare to take on an Oklahoma State offense that has continued to run a similar system. “It hasn’t changed much at all. Just looking at it on tape, there are some specific things that they do better than what we do,” Holgorsen said. “It’s the same offense. If you look at it the very closely, it’s called the same, and a lot of the routes are the same.” That could be beneficial to a West Virginia defense run by co-defensive coordinator Joe DeForest, who spent the last 11 seasons as a coach in the secondary in Stillwater. The Mountaineers are looking to carry over the
momentum they gained against TCU. They forced seven three-and-outs and three turnovers against the Horned Frogs in what DeForest and fellow co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson called “one of the most impressive performances of the season.” “It comes down to the effort being there. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountaineers open MAC tournament vs. Northern Illinois By Doug Walp sports writer
After securing a bid to play in the 2012 Mid-American Conference tournament Saturday night, the West Virginia Men’s soccer team will take on Northern Illinois tonight at 4 p.m. at First Energy Field in Akron, Ohio, in the first overall game of the tournament. Tonight’s contest will be the first MAC tournament match in school history for the No. 3 seed West Virginia Mountaineers (9-5-2). “It’s no different than any other game,” said West Virginia head coach Marlon LeBlanc. “We expected to be here. We expected to be in a situation where we’re getting to compete for championships.” Patrick Gorrell/The Daily Athenaeum Northern Illinois (6-9West Virginia senior midfielder Travis Pittman dribbles the ball earlier in the season. 3), meanwhile, is the de-
fending MAC tournament champion. The Huskies defeated Buffalo and Western Michigan to claim the title in November 2011 and dropped Western Illinois 3-0 in 2011’s NCAA tournament before being shut out and eliminated by Creighton in the second round. The Huskies also dropped the Mountaineers 1-0 in the only meeting between the two schools in the last week of the regular season this year. Both teams battled fiercely in the first contest, with Northern Illinois just slipping past in the closing moments via forward Isaac Kannah’s game-winning goal in the 84th minute. “It’s a great chance for us to get another shot,” said senior midfielder Travis Pittman. The Mountaineers benefitted from a deep and balanced offensive attack all
season, scoring 26 total goals by 13 different players so far in 2012. Senior center back Eric Schoenle led the team in both total points (12) and goals scored (6) for the Mountaineers in the regular season, while senior Uwem Etuk and freshman Majed Osman tallied 10 points each with two and three goals scored, respectively. Northern Illinois’ contributions have been a bit more exclusive, with only eight different players combining for 15 total goals – three fewer than they’ve allowed their opponents this season. But according to the Huskies’ No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, their 15 goals have all come at just the right time. Gael Rivera leads the Huskies with 9 total points and four goals scored. James Stevenson is right behind him with 8 total points on three goals and two assists, and the aforementioned Kannah rounds out the list of NIU players who have found the back of the net more than once for the Huskies in the regular season, with two goals of his own. Both teams in the tournament’s first semifinal lost to the Akron Zips in their only other match at First Energy Field this season, but Northern Illinois has been the stronger team away from their home pitch this season overall, accumulating three road wins compared to just one lone road victory for West Virginia.
The Mountaineers have played to some close results on the road, but LeBlanc told reporters Thursday morning before the team left for Akron it was going to ultimately take more than moral victories for the Mountaineers to prove they not only belong in the MAC conference tournament, but also deserve to be picked for the 2012 NCAA tournament, whose selection committee will meet Monday to render their final decision on which 48 teams will have the chance to compete for this year’s national championship. “We’ve played very well at times and not gotten results, but at the end of the day, as I tell our guys all the time, the results are the only things that matter,” Leblanc said. “We’re a good team. Are we one of the top 48 teams in the country? Absolutely. Are we capable of winning a national championship? Absolutely. “But at the end of the day, I’ve got to convince my boys that it’s not about what it looks like; it’s what it says on the scoreboard.” The winner of Friday’s match will advance to face the winner of the other tournament semifinal, which features the No. 4 seed Bowling Green against the No. 1 seed Akron, which is undefeated within the MAC this season and was recently named the No. 1 overall team in the country by the latest NSCAA Coaches’ Poll.
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Improv act to perform at Monongalia Arts Center
‘Comedy for a Cause’ comes to Morgantown’s Monongalia Arts Center to benefit the production of J.T. Arbogast’s latest work, ‘Angel’s Perch.’
by emily meadows A&e writer
Laughter and philanthropy are set to be combined for an anticipated comedy show tonight in Morgantown. “Comedy For A Cause,” a benefit performance featuring New York City’s critically acclaimed National Comedy Theatre will take the Monongalia Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. All of the show’s proceeds will benefit “Angel’s Perch,” a West Virginia feature film produced by J.T. Arbogast and Kimberly Dilts, in conjunction with the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The all-ages comedy show received national attention for its highly energetic, and interactive pieces, and is often recognized for its unique delivery of clean and appropriate comedy. Mirroring the format of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”, the cast doesn’t prepare a script and performs a series of games and scenes based on audience suggestions and interactions. Their distinctive delivery makes each show diverse and personalized to the crowd’s taste. Arbogast, who performed with the improv group for six years in New York, said he had a successful run with the vibrant comics, when he traveled coast to coast and overseas for U.S.O. and military tours. “It’s a show that’s accessible for audiences of all ages, and I have yet to find anyone who didn’t have a great time at a show,” Arbogast said. “It seems logical to find a way to do an event that’s fun and helps continue to raise money for the film.” The audience will also get the chance to take a sneak peek at the upcoming film. “Angel’s Perch,” currently in post-production, focuses on the story of a successful Pittsburgh architect, Jack, who returns to his small hometown of Cass, W.Va., to help his grandmother, Polly, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Arbogast said he created
the film to shine light on the disease which affects nearly 5.4 million Americans each year, and he hopes to project a more positive image for the Mountain State. “One of the things that’s inspiring for me about West Virginia is both the sense of community found throughout the state and the strong sense of family that goes beyond bloodlines,” Arbogast said. “There is such a strong sense of pride that I don’t think exists in many other places.” Although it is a fictional film, Arbogast said it is loosely based on accounts of his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and he said that many personal memories played an integral role during the writing process. “My whole family is from Pocahontas County and it has always been home for me,” Arbogast said. “I always knew I would try to find a way to share this place with the world.” Arbogast said he also tried to stray West Virginian culture away from the negative stereotypes that are so often connected with the state through film and television. “Finding a way to celebrate the community and family that make up West Virginia was also important to me in this film, and I think we’ve done a great job with that,” Arbogast said. “People outside of the state tend to have this very typical view that’s not the community that we know, so we worked hard to make sure the true pride here came through.” The film is set to be completed by spring 2013. Tickets for the event are $25 for general admission or $75 for the date night package, which includes two tickets and an open bar during cocktail hour. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information on ticketing and the event in general, visit www.angelsperch.com. email@example.com
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The Soul Miners to play Lira Restaurant and Lounge
Lira Restaurant and Lounge offers a classy, upscale take on the downtown bar scene.
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The city of Morgantown boasts an expansive and diverse nightlife which leaves patrons with plenty of options for a night on the town. There are so many bars, clubs and events to pick and choose from each evening, sometimes it can seem overwhelming. You may wonder who will have the right atmosphere or the best drink specials. Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect place to spend the night with a group of select friends, enjoying good food and wine.
While the rest of the city offers its usual crowded, loud venues where you can yell at your friends over the blasting music while sipping a watered-down cocktail, one of High Street’s brightest gems offers a bit of class to Morgantown’s party style. Lira Restaurant and Lounge, located at 343 High Street, is known for its martinis and excellent wine selection. But West Virginia University students may not realize its potential as a casual dining location and bar. “Our bar atmosphere is a really nice change from the typical Morgantown venue,” said James Craw-
ford, head bartender at Lira. “Loud bars are great, but every once in a while you really want to enjoy your cocktail and your friends.” The way Crawford describes it, Lira almost seems like an open dinner party, in which diners can sit down to enjoy an international, a la carte food selection, as well as drinks until later at night, when the tables are cleared and the party truly begins. Some students may be initially apprehensive of the location’s somewhat more refined atmosphere, but Lira is actually a very affordable option for students on a budget.
Each week features various drink specials, and single restaurant entrees can be purchased for as little as $6. Lira has been around for almost two years, but just recently began to offer more to the city in the form of live entertainment. Saturday night, Crawford and executive chef Janet Ferraro will be hosting Morgantown favorites The Soul Miners in Lira’s first live music event. The Soul Miners are a local band known for consistently putting on good show. They feature a nostalgic mix of ‘60s and ‘70s cover songs that will immediately
bring a crowd to its feet, dancing and reliving the best of decades of music. The group has played at a number of Morgantown venues, such as Gibbie’s Pub and Eatery and 123 Pleasant Street, but this will be their first visit to Lira. “I’m a huge fan of The Soul Miners, and I’m really excited to host them,” Crawford said. “They always give a great show.” Although the venue is usually a more low-key atmosphere compared to some of Morgantown’s clubs, Saturday night will be a change from the norm. When the band is ready
to perform, tables will be cleared to form a dance floor, and the restaurant/lounge will transform for a night of exciting, live entertainment. Lira will also feature a variety of drink specials for the event, including $2 domestic beer and Crawford’s personal specialty, Lira Limoncello Martinis, for $5 and a $5 cover. The Soul Miners’ show will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday. For more information on Lira’s menu and drink offers, or to view photos of the venue, visit liralounge.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Qiet, Staggering Cardoons to invade 123 Pleasant Street by hunter homistek associate A&e editor
Huntington, W.Va., based indie rock group Qiet brings its caravan of rowdy musicians to 123 Pleasant
Street tonight at 10 p.m. Opening the night’s festivities will be Morgantown-based ska outfit Black Action Cop and Irish folk crowd favorites the Staggering Cardoons.
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Qiet’s sound is distinctly Appalachian, a product of the members’ Mountain State roots. The group is proud of this heritage, and each song is laced with undertones of the country roads and crisp mountain air that bred their musical interests. “From our instrumentation to the way we interact with people, our music is strictly Appalachian,” said Mike Waldeck, Qiet accordian and toy piano player. “When we write and perform a salsa, that salsa is going to be written and performed by West Virginians. Our culture influences the sound and intention of every song we play.” Popular local Irish folk group Staggering Cardoons will open the evening’s proceedings in spec-
tacular fashion. Known for its style, which has been dubbed “full of heartbreak and hard drink,” the Staggering Cardoons’ upbeat sound is the perfect way to kick off an evening of musical mayhem. This is a band founded in good times and even better music, and that is exactly what the crowd can expect tonight. “The other bands are talented, agile, honest and ambitious characters,” Harris said. “We look forward to collaborating with them in whichever universe we meet them in by Friday.” Doors to the event open at 9 p.m., and there will be a $5 cover charge taken at the door. Concertgoers must be 18 or older to attend. email@example.com
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Intimate radio music showcase Mountain Stage returns to the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Founded by longtime Charleston, W.Va., radio host Larry Groce, Mountain Stage provides a unique opportunity for musicians to showcase their skills in a cozy environment not replicated in other venues. “It’s an evening of laid back, fantastic music,” said David Ryan, WVU Arts & Entertainment public rela-
tions specialist. “It’s a traveling radio show that plays locally on West Virginia Public Radio and National Public Radio that gets recorded in our very own Creative Arts Center and other venues across the country.” While Mountain Stage has made stops at the WVU Creative Arts Center as recently as Oct. 21, the show is never the same, and the lineup is always full of wellrespected and talented musicians. “We’ve got some great names for this performance with Mike Doughty, Charlie Mars and the Iguanas,
who were just added to the lineup this week,” Ryan said. “These are world-class performers that come out, have some fun, engage with the audience and play a very intimate set.” Previous acts who recorded under the Mountain Stage banner include national artists such as Johnny Winter and Joan Osborne, as well as local artists such as West Virginia’s own Logan Venderlic. For these musicians, Mountain Stage provides an incredible opportunity to reach out to a broad audience that may otherwise not
be familiar with their work. “It’s one of the best cultural events in the state,” said Ryan Krofcheck, singer/guitarist for local group Fletcher’s Grove. “When you are at a show, it makes you feel like you’re at an old-fashioned radio show.” Mountain Stage consistently provides a diversified offering of musicians for concertgoers to enjoy, and this approach works to satisfy any audience. “As many as five acts perform each show, and we’ve featured acts like Justin Townes Earle and
The Punch Brothers in recent concerts,” Ryan said. “The diversity is great, because there may be something you never considered listening to before that you unknowingly find yourself tapping along to.” In addition to Mike Doughty, Charlie Mars and the Iguanas, Sunday’s performance will bring singersongwriter Jeffrey Foucault and Brooklyn-based multiinstrumentalist Alex Wong to the Creative Arts Center stage. With this lineup of sensational musicians and composers on hand, concertgo-
ers will be exposed to some new musical avenues. “I myself have discovered some incredible acts (at Mountain Stage), and I can’t wait to hear this Sunday’s concert,” Ryan said. “Mountain Stage is just a great way to spend a Sunday evening.” Tickets can be purchased for $18 in advance at the Creative Arts Center and Mountainlair box office locations or by calling 304293-SHOW. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $23. firstname.lastname@example.org
M.T. Pockets Theater to host five-day production of ‘Grams’ by jack lake a&e writer
The M.T. Pockets Theatre Company hosts its opening night of the delightfully deviant play “Grams” tonight at 8 p.m. Starring Willa McWhorter, Shae McClain, Isaac Snyder, Bobby Wolfe, Adam Brown, Colin Crawford and Cathy Lazzel, “Grams” promises a night of laughs and sentimentality for the audience. The piece was written by Don Fiddler and directed by Fairmont State University alumnus Sean Marko. This is Marko’s second directing job with M.T. Pockets; he also directed the theater’s production of “The Monument.” “‘Grams’ is a play about the misadventures of some cousins who have kind of failed to leave the nest and are basically being waited on hand and foot by their grandmother, who is a nice lady – very sweet, but might be going off her rocker just a little bit,” Marko said. “Ultimately, I think it’s what everyone really does have to deal with all the time, and that’s trying to keep and make a family.” The production is set in a rural West Virginia living room with a grandmother and her three troubled grandchildren. With a pregnant hitchhiking granddaughter and a paranoid drug dealer and a hot-tempered homosexual gym addict for grandsons, Grams already has her hands full before a mysterious relative shows up, insisting rights to the house. The cast of “Grams” has rehearsed for several weeks, but they have only been onstage this week. While waiting for the previous production to wrap up, the cast had to rehearse wherever they could, whether it be a cafe or Marko’s own home. Willa McWhorter and Isaac Snyder are first-semester acting students at West Virginia University and will be unable to par-
ticipate in University productions until their second semester. They decided not to wait for their first college stage experience and auditioned for “Grams,” in which they landed their first post-high school roles. “It was hard at first, because I just turned 18, and I am playing a 70-year-old woman,” McWhorter said. “I feel like it is such a cool experience to go outside of what I know and become something completely different.” McWhorter will be playing the role of Grams, while Snyder will portray Joshua, the endorphin-junkie grandson. “I would definitely say that the hidden meaning of what this play is acceptance. There are people that are different; we have a transgender character, a gay character, a pregnant woman,” Snyder said. “It’s been quite the experience; even through the chaos, it’s been awesome.” Though the play is for mature audiences, it still carries a strong message of family and acceptance that the audience can take home with them. The play is filled with a wide range of emotion, ranging from hilarious bouts between characters to serious, life-altering decisions. “It’s a really interesting play, and it seems a little crooked and weird when you listen to it, but if you actually watch the play, it’s a really nice message about a family coming together and learning and growing through a really rough time,” McWhorter said. “Equally intertwined are typical family moments that I think families can relate to really well. It’s just a really nice, relatable play.” Patrons can catch the show Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 1517 at 8:00 p.m. Regular adult tickets are $13, and student tickets are $8. email@example.com