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Tuesday January 10, 2012

Volume 125, Issue 77

Board of Health passes smoking ban by lydia nuzum

associate city editor

Members of the Monongalia County Board of Health voted unanimously to enact the Clean Indoor Air Regulation to restrict smoking in most enclosed public spaces in the county. The ban will undergo a 60day public comment period before officially going into effect March 9. During the next 60 days, bar owners and resi-

dents of the county will be able to offer feedback on the ban. “This is a public health law, regardless of what may have occurred in the past,” said Christina Mickey, project coordinator of Smoke Free West Virginia. “If they can uphold this law, do so by all means, because it saves lives.” The ban will prohibit smoking in enclosed public spaces in Monongalia county, including all means of public transit, platforms and waiting areas,

and every room or chamber of public assembly places, including schools and government facilities. The ban will also prevent smoking in all bars, restaurants, private clubs, video lottery parlors, retail stores and tobacco businesses, as well as all rooms in public health facilities and in enclosed shopping malls. “The right thing to do today would be to follow the letter of the law,” said John McGraw,

Applications increase following Orange Bowl win by mike atkinson staff writer

West Virginia University application rates have increased 30 percent since the Orange Bowl Jan. 4. The success and exposure WVU gained on a national scale at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., against Clemson University has positively impacted recruitment, said WVU President James P. Clements at a faculty senate meeting held Monday. “The game was a great opportunity to recruit,” Clements said. Clements said the University has seen a 35 percent increase of hits to the main WVU webpage, and it is still trending in the top 12 on the social media site Twitter. WVU Provost Michele Wheatly said the University had also seen a 30 percent increase in applications by

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West Virginia University professor Richard Turton has developed a simulator that will help chemical engineering students learn their way around a power plant. The Advanced Virtual Energy Simulation Training And Research Center, or AVESTAR, will allow students to navigate a power plant that uses clean coal technology using 3D glasses and a joy stick controller. “The idea behind the center is to foster training, research and education activities in the area of advanced fossil energy power generation,” Turton said, a professor

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Alex Garber, sophomore biochemistry student, smokes hookah at Exhale.


the end of last week. “We have so many good things that happen here. It’s unfortunate that it takes a football game to get national attention, but we are thankful for the opportunity to use things like that to our advantage,” Clements said. In addition to the Bowl success, Clements said the University received a gift of a grand piano for the Creative Arts Center. “Seventy percent of pianos in the CAC are 30 years old,” Clements said. He said the University needs to do the best it can to incorporate innovation and keep the highest level of technology possible, and is promoting raising $4 million for the purchase of new pianos for the College of Creative Arts. Wheatly said the Davis College of Agriculture,

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Engineering professor develops novel technology by jessica lear

owner of Suburban Lanes. “The law is very clear on this matter. I don’t want to threaten the board with litigation, I just want to see the board do the right thing.” The only establishments not affected by the ban will include hookah lounges, private residences not utilized as child care facilities, cigar bars and bingo operations that distribute more than 100 bingo cards

in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Turton said the major goal for the AVESTAR Center is to develop new courses centered on the simulator technology. “The 3D tool will allow students to walk through the virtual plant and turn valves and start or stop equipment just as they would in the real plant,” Turton said. “All these changes are captured by the simulator and are reflected in the results displayed on the control room screens.” Turton said the simulator is a joint effort by the National Energy Technology Center of the Department of Energy lead by multiple WVU researchers


Students rush to find their classes and buy books at the start of the spring semester Monday.

West Virginia University students prepare for spring semester by lacey palmer staff writer


Freshman mechanical engineering students Agboole Temitope, left, and Mofe Fagbemi, right, sort through stacks in the bookstore on Monday to prepare for the semester.

As students begin their classes on campus at West Virginia University this week in a new semester and a new year, many are also beginning with a new attitude and a fresh start. Jason Keefer, a pre-forensic and investigative science student and Colorado native, said he was excited to return to Morgantown for the the spring. “Although I’m going to miss the skiing, snowmobiling and the large mountains in Colorado, I’m glad to be back in Morgantown for a new semester,” Keefer said. Alexa Lihan, a freshman pre-communications student, said she was glad to be back, but said it would be difficult to readjust to class after a long break. “It feels strange to be back after living at home for

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Mario’s Fishbowl celebrates 62 years serving Morgantown by bryan bumgardner staff writer

When it comes to Morgantown history, few places carry more memories than Mario’s Fishbowl, a small bar and grill located on Richwood Avenue. The Fishbowl celebrated its 62nd anniversary Monday with prize drawings, which included Pittsburgh Penguins tickets, gift cards and the prestigious titles of “Big Fish” and “Little Fish.” The Big Fish and Little Fish receive credit for three free Kristen Basham/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM beers per day for an entire year The bar at Mario’s Fishbowl displays the restaurant’s signature fishbowl glasses and many at the Fishbowl. Tom and Anna Torch opened types of beer on tap. The restaurant, located on Richwood Avenue in Morgantown, celethe business as Richwood Avebrates its 62nd anniversary Monday.

nue Confectionary in July 1950. The Torches sold ice cream to neighborhood children and had beer on tap for the parents. The beer was served in large Weiss goblets from the Morgantown Glass Works, now the Seneca Center on Beechurst Avenue. After Tom died in 1963, Anna sold the store to Rose and Mario Spina, who were fascinated by the goblets. They decided to call the goblets “fishbowls” due to their size. The beers were large and cheap, and became so popular Mario named his business “Mario’s Fishbowl.” For more than 35 years, the Fishbowl has existed as a neigh-

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borhood hot spot for WVU students, who often challenged each other to contests. Hosted by Mario, students would see how fast they could drink a fishbowl, or how many burgers, hotdogs or pickles they could eat. In 1997, Mark Furfari had just sold his business in D.C. He said he came back to Morgantown to visit his old college haunts, and he noticed the Fishbowl had closed. “The place was closed, but I looked in and it still seemed operational,” he said. The Spinas were both in their late seventies, which made it difficult for them to run the bar,

Furfari said. “I came by one day when Mario was there, and we got to talking about his plans for retirement,” Furfari said. The Spinas turned the Fishbowl over to Furfari and his wife Karen in January 1997. Furfari said he had no food or beverage experience, but he was determined to preserve the Fishbowl as a Morgantown trademark. Mark said Mario taught the couple everything they needed to know to run the bar. Since purchasing Mario’s Fishbowl, Mark and Karen have expanded the menu and made

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Continued from page 1 or sheets. A cigar bar, as defined by the Clean Indoor Air Regulation, is “an establishment devoted to the storage, sale and smoking of cigars.” The establishment must generate at least 60 percent of its total gross annual income from the on-site sale of cigars or the rental of on-site humidors. Mark Furfari, owner of Mario’s Fishbowl, said he and his wife made the decision to transition to a smoke-free business in June of 2011, after functioning as a smoking facility since 1997. “Believe me, the choice to go smoke-free was a difficult decision,” Furfari said. “We put our heart and soul into our business, we think we know our business, and we think we know our customers. We believe we know what’s best for our business, so the decision


Continued from page 1 what seems like a long time,” Lihan said. “I need to get readjusted and back into the swing of things.” After the fall semester, many students have decided to make changes in their academic habits. “I was actually excited to come back,” said Samantha Mearns, a sophomore chemical engineering student. “I

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necessary safety improvements, but Mark said the Fishbowl has barely changed since the 1970s. The bar still uses the original tables, chairs and countertops Mario purchased. The walls of the Fishbowl serve as memorials to friends, families and cold beer. Handwritten notes are taped to every inch of available wall space, declaring everything from “I was here” to “I drank an entire fishbowl in 2 seconds!” Some of the oldest notes are dated to the early 1960s. Famous WVU athletes have also visited the establishment, including Owen Schmitt,

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and other collaborators. “The program is the result of a 3-5 year-long research effort focused on building a power plant simulator capable of accurately reflecting the operation of a full-scale power plant,” he said. Turton’s efforts to better the education opportunities for chemical engineering students does not stop there. “I have always strived to educate students to the best of my ability and to share with them the experiences that I have gained throughout my industrial and academic careers,”


Continued from page 1 Natural Resources and Design is making progress in its search for a new dean. The search will replace former dean Cameron Hackney, who served as dean of the Da-

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to go non-smoking was a very difficult decision.” He said the decision took careful planning over the course of several years, and he and his wife were unsure if the decision would negatively impact their business. “There was a lot of anxiety and anticipation. We thought, ‘What is it going to do to this place?’ After seven months, I can tell you it has been a positive change in our business,” Furfari said. Businesses affected by the ban will include Gene’s Beer Garden, Kegler’s, Blue Parrot Cabaret, McClafferty’s Pub, and Bent Willey’s. Each business affected under the ban can appeal for extensions on the ban on a case-by-case basis. The Morgantown City Council will adopt a resolution to mirror the Clean Indoor Air Regulation. The meetings to determine the city regulation will be Jan. 17 and Feb. 7.


need to be a more organized this semester, though, and that was one of my new year’s resolutions.” Freshman secondary education student Stephanie Messinger said she is also ready to tackle the new semester and the new year. “As always, my new year’s resolution is to work out and eat healthy, but as for academics, I need to stay ahead of the game and not procrastinate,” Messinger said. “Last semester was a test run for me

Hookahs for customer use in Exhale Hookah Bar. as a freshman, but this semester I’m pretty confident that I know what I have to do to perform well.” Messinger said she notices many students are eager to begin the new year and have another fresh start. Freshman student Joshua Bland said there are ways he can improve in his academics this semester. “My goals for this semester are to put more effort into my classes and try to avoid distractions,” Bland said.


The Mountaineer football team’s 70-33 win over Clemson on Jan. 4 was an “excellent beginning” to the new year, Bland said. “I feel that the win in the Orange Bowl improved the overall mood and attitude around campus and made everyone proud to be here in Morgantown at WVU,” he said. “The Orange Bowl was something positive to start the new year and the semester off on the right foot,” said nursing student Julie Carrico.

sands of WVU students and Morgantown residents have visited the Fishbowl. Furfari said he feels humbled to own a part of Morgantown history. “People call me from around the world to tell me they saw a Mario’s Fishbowl shirt in an airport or on the street,” he said. Scott Stenger, owner of All Makes Vacuum & Sewing Center on Beechurst Avenue, has been a regular customer for more than 10 years. Stenger said he comes back regularly for more than just the Kristen Basham/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM menu. The winner of Mario’s Fishbowl’s Big Fish/Little Fish drawing will receive a crown and “It’s a friendly place – that’s free beer for a year. the bottom line,” he said. “Whether you’re talking to the who popularized the annual and the person who completes servers or the customers, you’ll “Coaster Eating Contest.” The the challenge in the fastest time always be welcomed.” contest requires participants wins a prize. to eat a dry cardboard coaster, In the last 62 years, thouBack he said. “I think that this is the most important contribution that a university professor can make.” Turton has been writing chemical engineering textbooks for years in an effort to broaden the academic resources in the field. “When I started teaching the senior design course in the Department of Chemical Engineering, 25 years ago, I struggled to find a textbook that really covered the material that I thought was important for students to learn,” he said. Instead of teaching from a textbook that did not reflect what he wanted his students to learn, Turton began writing

his own, called Analysis, Synthesis and Design of Chemical Processes. “Although I took the lead role in organizing the textbook, it was a group of four faculty members at WVU that contributed to the first edition,” he said. “I still teach the senior design course in chemical engineering and we are now working on the fourth edition of the book.” The book has since been a required text in more than 40 chemical engineering departments around the world. “Obviously it is very gratifying when colleagues from other universities use your text book,” he said. “It is also good to know that many chemical

vis College starting in 2000. “We are in active negotiations with a candidate and we hope to have an agreement by the end of the week,” Wheatly said. Clements said the search for a Vice President for Research for the University will continue.

The position is responsible for cultivating the quantity and quality of WVU’s research portfolio. “We have not found the right person yet. We will keep looking,” he said. Clements said he hopes to renew the search committee and place an interim in

engineering students around the country know about West Virginia University because of our book.” As a result of his contributions to the University and academics in general, Turton was given the Russell and Ruth Bolton WVU Professorship for Outstanding Teaching. “It is always nice to be recognized for your contributions , and this award is particularly satisfying as it comes towards the latter part of my academic career and caps a 25-year effort of developing and implementing novel educational material into the curriculum,” Turton said.


the position while the search continues. Clements also said he will issue an announcement on Thursday regarding academics at the University. “It will be a special day for the University,” he said.


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‘Madden’ series returns with improved physics, gameplay Hunter Homistek A&E WRITER

The NFL season is entering the playoffs and winding to a close, ushering in a depressing time of year for gridiron junkies: the offseason. With EA Sports’ latest installment of the perennially popular “Madden NFL” series on shelves nationwide, football fans can still have something to celebrate even after the Lombardi trophy is handed out. “Madden 12” is a solid addition to the storied “Madden NFL” franchise. It boasts greatly improved gameplay and an expanded franchise mode that is sure to keep gamers satisfied. The first thing I noticed when playing “Madden 12” is the vastly improved physics engine. In previous installments of the series, gameplay sometimes felt rigid, and tackles, catches and runs never felt fully lifelike. This is not the case in “Madden 12.” In this year’s title, the developers at EA sports did an extraordinary job of making the gameplay feel authentic, and this refinement leads to brilliant catches and bone-crushingly realistic looking hits. For example, in previous years of “Madden,” the chance of a receiver dropping a pass upon being hit seemed completely based on the receiver’s

“catch” rating. In “Madden 12,” however, defenders can cause receivers to drop passes by placing a well-timed hit just as the receiver catches the ball, exactly as would occur in real life. Also corrected in “Madden 12” is the infamous “tumbleweed” tackle. This was a major gripe of Madden players, and those familiar with the franchise know how frustrating the “tumbleweed” effect was. Thankfully, the developers at EA heard your pleas and implemented a new gang-tackling engine in “Madden 12” that completely eliminates any chance of a tumbleweed tackle occurring. While the gameplay engine of “Madden 12” is by far the best to date, there is still room for improvement. For one, cornerbacks catch almost as well as receivers, and this causes the chance of throwing an interception to be unrealistically high. Slightly over or underthrown passes are picked off with regularity in “Madden 12,” and this makes the passing game a bit frustrating. On the ground, runners break tackles with ease, and backs like Adrian Peterson or Darren McFadden are nearly impossible to stop. Sure, these guys are beasts in real life, but there is no way they should break a tackle (or three) on every rushing attempt.

Along with the improved physics engine, “Madden 12” features an updated franchise mode. New this year are features such as “dynamic player performance,” which allows players to ride hot or cold streaks based on their week to week performances, and “cut days” which provide the user the opportunity to evaluate his/her roster and drop players manually in the preseason. Overall, I feel these additions are good but not groundbreaking. While they do enhance the gaming experience and give users even more control over their teams, these features definitely do not “make or break” the title. For me, the franchise mode in “Madden” is the reason for buying, and this year’s franchise mode is on par with the previous versions. “Madden 12” is a worthy addition to the storied “Madden NFL” franchise. It is more realistic than ever and this improved gameplay alone warrants the upgrade from “Madden 11.” So if you’re feeling the offseason-induced depression beginning to set in, snag a copy of “Madden 12” now so you can keep your appetite for football fully satisfied until kickoff next year.

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‘Young Adult’ makes an attempt at dark humor, but no one’s laughing Hunter Homistek A&E WRITER

Critically acclaimed writer Diablo Cody’s latest work, “Young Adult,” is now playing in theaters nationwide. Cody, who wrote the indie classic “Juno,” stayed true to form with “Young Adult,” and this dark comedy is sure to be a hit with fans of her previous work. However, I’m just not one of them. “Young Adult” features all the bland and lifeless humor that “Juno” did and the story creeps along at a painstakingly slow pace, making for a downright miserable theater experience. The movie begins with popular fiction writer Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) lounging in PARAMOUNT her Minneapolis apartment Charlize Theron portrays Mavis Gary in ‘Young Adult,’ the lastest film from ‘Juno’ writer on what appears to be a typiDiablo Cody. cal lazy day consisting of Kar-

dashians, Kendra and Diet Coke. While going through her emails in an attempt to ward off writer’s block, she receives a peculiar e-Card from her high school flame, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), inviting her to celebrate the birth of his first child. Distraught, confused and ego bruised, Gary decides to go back to her hometown of Mercury, Minnesota and recapture what is rightfully hers: Buddy Slade’s heart. Upon returning to her small and simple hometown, Gary finds that not much has changed. The streets are still bare, the bars are still sparsely populated and she is still prettier and more successful than everybody else. What has changed, however, is the life of Buddy Slade. While Gary is still obsessed with rekindling their high school romance, Slade has happily moved on with a wife,

child and successful job. This doesn’t sit well with Gary and her awkward and embarrassing attempts to regain her old beau’s love frames the story of “Young Adult.” The problem with “Young Adult” does not lie in the acting, the dialogue or the running themes of the story. The problem with the film is its pace and its utter misses in the comedy department. The entire movie is bleak and boring. While this may have been the writer’s attempt at dark comedy, it does not make for a satisfying viewing experience. With Cody’s reputation from “Juno,” I knew what to expect stylistically, but the novelty of the “awkward romantic advance ends comically” shtick wears off quickly. I appreciate and respect what Cody is doing creatively and this film certainly has her signature “flair,” but just because a movie is labeled as “Indie” and delves into familiar

subjects like love and the inability to move on in life does not grant it a free pass from criticisms. The movie was incredibly boring and was not funny at all, and this was its fatal flaw. The dark comedy routine Cody is comfortable with is simply getting played out and the mundane Indie production style has worn out its welcome. While I do love the theme of “prolonged adolescence” that “Young Adult” asserts, the execution was just off for me. “Young Adult” will likely appeal to the Indie crowd that Diablo Cody commands, but I highly recommend saving your money and continuing on with your life; that will probably be more exciting.

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Jay-Z releases new song about the birth of his daughter with Beyonce NEW YORK (AP) — Through a rap verse, Jay-Z has confirmed the birth of “the most beautiful” girl in the world his newborn daughter. The song “Glory” made its debut on his social website Life and Times on Monday two days after he and wife Beyonce gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy. An official statement from the couple came Monday afternoon, as both said: “We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.” The couple said the baby was delivered naturally and weighed seven pounds. “Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. ... It was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.” Jay-Z’s sweet song, in which he says “you’re my child with a child from Destiny’s Child,” gives more revelations. In the song, Jay-Z , whose real name is Shawn Carter, talks about where the child was conceived (in Paris) and even reveals that Beyonce had a miscarriage at one point. “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/We was afraid you’d disappear/But nah baby you magic.”

The song’s refrain is: “The most amazing feeling I feel/ Words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real/ Maybe I paint the sky blue/My greatest creation was you. You. Glory.” The sound of a baby’s cries - perhaps Blue’s - ends the song. The song says it features “B.I.C.” - Blue’s initials. It’s the first child for the power couple, who wed in 2008 in a private ceremony after a years-long courtship. Beyonce announced her pregnancy to the world last August at the MTV Video Music Awards with a simple rub of her swollen belly. Celebs close to the couple have tweeted congrats. Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, tweeted Sunday morning: “The most beautiful girl in the world,” while Beyonce’s close friend Gwyneth Paltrow also tweeted: “Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already.” The couple gave birth at Lenox Hill Hospital on New York’s Upper East Side on Saturday. In a statement released Monday by the hospital’s executive director, Frank Danza, he said the hospital was “delighted” to have the couple deliver their child there, but its staff is “troubled by the misinformation being

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circulated in some news media reports.” The statement shot down reports that the couple paid over $1 million to rent a floor of the hospital for the birth, and said that the couple was in an executive suite and was “billed the standard rate for those accommodations. Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family.” One new mother, Rozz Nash-Coulon, told The Associated Press that her twins, born Dec. 28, were in the neonatal unit, and starting Friday, intense security measures were implemented and it was a struggle to see her own children as security guards directed hallway traffic.

“Once they checked in there was high security everywhere. It looked like the president was on our floor. The hospital’s security cameras were taped over. Internal windows from the hallways into the ward were blacked out,” said Nash-Coulon, 38. But Danza said although Beyonce and Jay-Z had their own security, “the hospital has been and still continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility. We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days.” He also added that no security would have prevented a parent from gaining access to the neonatal intensive unit and no family complained to the hospital about it.


Jay-Z released a new song, ‘Glory,’ in honor of the birth of his daughter, named Blue Ivy, with Beyonce.



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Keep our campus safe from sexual assault Sexual assault victims are forever damaged by their attackers. While physical harm may be short term, the emotional harm done may stay for years. The month of January is designated by the West Virginia University President’s Office for Social Justice as Sexual Assault Month. It is a great time to spread awareness and to help victims of sexual assault. According to www.rainn. org, 60 percent of all sexual assaults are not reported to

the police and 15 of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail. These statistics are disturbing to say the least, and it should be everyone’s civic duty to speak up and put a stop to sexual violence. Victims of sexual violence should always come forward and prosecute their assailants. No matter the situation, it is never the victim’s fault. If you do not come forward, the assailant will only be encouraged to repeat his or her offenses.

According to the University Police Department, if you are a victim of rape, you should go to a safe place first, and then call the police. It is crucial that you do not bathe, comb your hair or change your clothes. Valuable DNA evidence that is needed to prosecute the assailant may be lost. The reoccurring characteristics (warning signs) associated with campus rape and sexual assault are: zz Usually occurs at weekend parties.

zz 80 percent of all rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. zz Rape is a crime of violence, power and control. No one “asks” or “deserves” to be raped. zz Females ages 15 to 24 are most likely to be the target of acquaintance rape. zz The woman is an underclass student, unfamiliar with alcohol and her surroundings. zz The woman has not made arrangements with friends to travel together or “look out” for each other at parties.

• The woman often goes to the perpetrator’s room or to her room alone, not suspecting that this isolation can put her at risk. • Some forms of sexual contact such as kissing, hugging and touching may be mutually welcome, but sometimes the offender interprets this behavior as consent to go further. Keep our campus safe and take a stand against sexual violence.

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Justice for dead miners trumped by corporate influence doug walp columnist

It appears that the Massey Energy Company may have gotten away with nearly 30 negligent homicides. April 5, 2011 29 miners lost their lives in a horrific explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va., that, according to multiple independent reports, occurred directly because of Massey’s priority of production over safety. One of the two survivors, Joshua Williams, who was exiting the mine at the time, described the terrifying moment as the time “when the world came to an end,” according to an independent report ordered by the governor Earl Ray Tomblin. A single spark ignited a heavy concentration of methane gas, which, in combination with the low oxygen levels, burst into a massive fireball that raged throughout lower sections of the mine, further fueled by an over-abundance of coal dust in the mine at the time. It took rescuers a week to clear the victims from the mine because of the lingering treacherous conditions inside the cavernous tunnels. Hours seemed like weeks, and days seemed like years to the families of the miners whose worst fears were finally realized on that fateful day. And unfortunately, in likely many of their cases, their suffering has really only begun. Coal miners don’t choose to be coal miners because they love the long back-breaking hours, shortening their lives every day, breathing in hazardous gas as well as rock and coal dust. They do it because, in towns like Montcoal, coal mining is how the men provide for their families. It’s a prominent historical aspect of the culture that continues to be instilled in generations today, despite the risks against the environment and, more importantly, against the men who are more or less forced to spend the majority of their lives in a dark, dusty and dangerous cave.

Gary Dillon looks at a memorial wreath outside of the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va. Massey, which has since been absorbed by Alpha Natural Resources, knew this, and their massive corporation was able to exploit these coal mining communities for decades, perpetuating a grim situation for many families. ANR hasn’t had a disaster on the scale of the Massey Big Branch explosion yet in their history, but its decision to transfer a number of Massey executives to corporate positions in their company doesn’t bode well for their future. It does, however, speak volumes about the integrity, or lack thereof, within their corporation as they sacrifice a prime opportunity to send a strong statement to please their recently acquired associates.

If you’re local to the Northeast, you’ve likely come across some of their toxic advertising. As you’d expect, they promote themselves as a “compassionate” company. “We conduct our business safely, ethically, honestly and with integrity at all times. We care. Caring for one another helps us all return to our families safe and healthy,” reads ANR’s website. What utter hypocrisy. In another independent report filed by the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration on Dec. 6, it was found that Massey was not only directly responsible for the deaths at the Big Branch Mine, but that they often purposely and aggressively attempted

to thwart detection of its noncompliance with safety and health standards. Beside Massey’s unlawful policies and practices being the root cause of the tragedy, the federally mandated report also deemed that “the evidence accumulated during the investigation demonstrates that PCC/ Massey promoted and enforced a workplace culture that valued production over safety.” The findings are appalling to say the least, but it gets worse. The report also stated that “witness testimony revealed that miners were intimidated by UBB management and were told that raising safety concerns would jeopardize their jobs.” As stated earlier, these miners’ jobs were more than just

their lifelines; they were the lifelines of their families. And here, in black and white, it’s been found that Massey consistently threatened these lifelines and knowingly put these men’s lives at stake every single day they rode the mantrips down into the mine. Despite these outrageous findings, the Justice Department has decided to hold off on pursuing any type of criminal charges. Instead, ANR has only had to pay the 29 families around a combined $47 million on behalf of their recently acquired subsidiary Massey, which of course only equates to a little more than one million per family. The executives of Massey, who knowingly put these blue

collar workers in harm’s way, continue to walk the streets free and obscenely wealthy, despite having the blood of 29 men on their hands. It seems that, yet again, corporate influence supersedes human life in modern-day America; but that won’t deter the determined supporters of the 29 men, who plan to fight the injustices for years to come. One of those supporters, United Mine Workers of America’s President Cecil E. Roberts, was appropriately adamant that suitable consequences have yet to be handed down when he was recently interviewed by the New York Times. “Until someone goes to jail, there will be no justice done here.”

There is more to income inequality than most Americans think jonathan oedde the dartmouth uwire

Over the last three or four decades, income inequality has increased in most developed countries. In the United States, many people have blamed this trend on the political influence of “the rich” and have argued that reversing the increase in inequality should be a public policy priority. However, this apportionment of blame is wrong, and the resulting policy prescriptions ignore more important problems. A common explanation for this increase in income inequality is that the wealthiest 1 percent has become a plutocracy that uses the federal gov-


ernment to enrich itself at the expense of the rest of society. There are two frequently repeated arguments used to defend this explanation. First, the plutocrats have managed to increase their incomes by paying lower taxes. Second, the plutocrats have convinced Republican presidents to manipulate the economy to their own benefit. Both of these arguments are seriously lacking. The first argument is easily dismissed by examining data published by the Congressional Budget Office. Yes, the top marginal income tax rate is lower today than it was 40 years ago, but the increase in inequality over this period is overwhelmingly due to changes in pre-tax incomes, not changes in the amount of taxes paid. Changes in the federal tax code over the last 30 years can account for less than oneeighth of the increase in post-

tax income inequality over that same period. Contrary to popular perception, the federal tax code is quite progressive, and it is about as progressive today as it was 30 years ago, according to the CBO. The second argument, which was popularized by Vanderbilt political scientist Larry Bartels, proceeds as follows: In the period after World War II, economic growth has been, on average, higher under Democratic presidents than under Republican presidents. Because faster economic growth has historically coincided with slower growth in income inequality, this means that income inequality has actually increased faster under Republican presidents than under Democratic presidents. One cannot reasonably interpret the relationship between a president’s party affiliation and short-run economic

fluctuations as causal – the short-run ups and downs of the post-war American economy have primarily been due to actions of the Federal Reserve and other forces outside of a president’s control. In reality, the increases in income inequality seen throughout the developed world are primarily due to technological change and globalization. Put simply, changes in the nature of the world economy have been advantageous to certain highly-skilled individuals. Here in the U.S., the effects of these changes have been compounded by the poor academic results produced by many public schools. And there’s the rub: By focusing the blame on the richest 1 percent, the left is ignoring a far larger problem – increases in income inequalities between groups with different education levels.

In 1979, the median hourly wage for college graduates was about 30 percent higher than the median wage for high school graduates, according to data from the CBO. Today, the median wage for college graduates is about 70 percent higher. Thus, it has become much harder for Americans without a college education to get ahead. It wasn’t that the education system of yesteryear was significantly better than today’s. Rather, 50 years ago, you didn’t really need much education in order to get a middle-class job in manufacturing or a similar field. However, those kinds of jobs are disappearing, and the public education system has proven unable to prepare a significant minority of American students with the skills needed to succeed today. To be brutally honest, I am not concerned about whether

a typical hedge fund manager makes one or two million dollars per year. However, I do find it profoundly unjust that many disadvantaged schoolchildren simply are not given the opportunity to succeed. It’s easy to understand why many on the left would ideologically prefer a story about plutocrats than one about inevitable technological change and a failing public education system. But the former story ignores the real problem of opportunity inequalities, which cannot be addressed by merely raising taxes on “the 1 percent.” Instead, other policy changes – most importantly, education reform – will be needed to fix this problem. In short, let’s stop focusing on the rich and instead focus on improving opportunities for our most disadvantaged young citizens.





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THE WVU SWING DANCE CLUB will meet at 7:45 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center. No partner needed. Advanced and beginners are welcome. For more information, email


A DOCTORAL PIANO RECITAL by Mario Santosa will take place at 6 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall of the Creative Arts Center. For more information, call 304-2934359 or email charlene.lattea@


THE CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT WELCOME BACK TABLE will be in the atrium on the third floor of the Business & Economics Building from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Learn how the B&E Center for Career Development can assist you with career direction and professional development. For more information, call 304-2936512 or email greg.goodwin@


TOMCHIN PLANETARIUM, located in 425 Hodges Hall, will present “Stars of the Pharaohs” at 7 p.m. and “Origins of LIfe” at 8 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 304293-4961. Tomchin Observatory, located on the 4th floor of Hodges Hall, will be open at about 7:30 p.m. for viewing on the same night if the sky is clear. Jupiter should be visible.


THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION meets at 8:30 p.m. at the International House at 544 Spruce St. For more information, call 304-777-7709. MOUNTAINEERS FOR CHRIST, a Christian student organization, hosts free supper and Bible study at its Christian Student Center. Supper is at 8:15 p.m., and Bible study begins at 9 p.m. All students are welcome. For more information, call 304-599-6151 or visit SIERRA STUDENT COALITION meets at 7 p.m. in the Blackwater Room of the Mountainlair. The group is a grassroots environmental organization striving for tangible change in our campus and community. For more information, email hlargen@mix.wvu. edu. ECUMENICAL BIBLE STUDY AND CHARISMATIC PRAYER MEETING is held at 7 p.m. at the Potters Cellar of Newman Hall. All are welcome. For more information, call 304-288-0817 or 304-879-5752. MCM is hosted at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Center at 293 Willey St. All are welcome. BCM meets at 8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on High Street. THE CARRUTH CENTER offers a grief support group for students struggling from a significant personal loss from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Student Services Building. AMIZADE has representatives in

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the commons area of the Mountainlair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions for those interested in studying abroad. WVU WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE meets from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Shell Building. No experience is necessary. For more information, email Sarah Lemanski at sarah_lemanski@ BRING YOUR OWN BIBLE STUDY AND PIZZA NIGHT is at 6 p.m. in Newman Hall. WVU SWING DANCE CLUB will meet at 7:45 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center. No partner needed. Advanced and beginners are welcome. For more information, email wvuswingdance@gmail. com.


WELLNESS PROGRAMS on topics such as drinkWELL, loveWELL, chillWELL and more are provided for interested student groups, organizations or classes by WELLWVU: Wellness and Health Promotion. For more information, visit WELLWVU: STUDENT HEALTH is paid for by tuition and fees and is confidential. For appointments or more information, call 304-293-2311 or visit NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets nightly in the Morgantown and Fairmont areas. For more information, call the helpline at 800-766-4442 or visit ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets daily. To find a meeting, visit www. For those who need help urgently, call 304-291-7918. CARITAS HOUSE, a local nonprofit organization serving West Virginians with HIV/AIDS, needs donations of food and personal care items and volunteers to support all aspects of the organization’s activities. For more information, call 304-985-0021. SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT HOUSE, a local outreach organization, needs volunteers for daily programs and special events. For more information or to volunteer, email or call 304-599-5020. CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING SERVICES are provided for free by the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. A walk-in clinic is offered weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples and group counseling. Please visit to find out more information. WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN needs volunteers. WIC provides education, supplemental foods and immunizations for pregnant women and children under five years of age. This is an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for class requirements. For more information, call 304-598-5180 or 304-598-5185. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, a United Way agency, is looking for volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its one-on-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs. To volunteer, call Sylvia at 304-983-2823, ext. 104 or email ROSENBAUM FAMILY HOUSE, which provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU, is looking for service organizations to provide dinner for 20 to 40 Family House guests. For more information, call 304598-6094 or email LITERACY VOLUNTEERS is seeking volunteers for one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and English as a

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second language. Volunteer tutors will complete tutor training, meet weekly with their adult learners, report volunteer hours quarterly, attend at least two in-service trainings per year and help with one fundraising event. For more information, call 304-296-3400 or email CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. THE CONDOM CLOSET is held in the Monongalia room of the Mountainlair from 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. THE CONDOM CARAVAN is held in the Mountainlair from noon to 2 p.m. every Tuesday. The caravan sells condoms for 25 cents each or five for $1.00. MOUNTAINEER SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is an all-volunteer nonprofit that promotes spay/ neuter to reduce the number of homeless pets that are euthanized every year. M-SNAP needs new members to help its cause, as does ReTails, a thrift shop located in the Morgantown Mall. For more information, visit THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of every month at noon at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. All students and faculty are invited. For more information, email amy.keesee@ THE CHEMISTRY LEARNING CENTER, located on the ground floor of the Chemistry Research Laboratories, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. FREE STUDENT SUCCESS SUPPORT, presented by the WVU Office of Retention and Research, helps students improve on time management, note taking reading and study skills as well as get help with the transition to WVU. Free drop-in tutoring is also available every night of the week in different locations. For more information, visit or call 304-293-5811. THE M-TOWN MPOWERMENT PROJECT, a community-building program run by and geared toward young gay or bisexual men 18 to 29, is creating an environment in the Morgantown community where young men can feel empowered to make a difference in their lives. MPowerment also focuses on HIV and STD prevention education. For more information, call 304-319-1803. COMMUNITY NEWCOMERS CLUB is a group organized to allow new residents of the Morgantown area an opportunity to gather socially and assimilate into their new home community. For more information, visit NEW GROUP THERAPY OPPORTUNITIES are available for free at the WELLWVU: Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. The groups include Get More Out of Life, Understanding Self and Others, Insomnia Group, A Place for You, Sexual Assault Survivors Group, Adult Children of Dysfunctional Parents and Transfer Students: Get Started on the Right Foot. For more information call 304293-4431 or email tandy.mcclung@ THE FRIENDS OF THE MORGANTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY are seeking new members and volunteers for weekly book sale inventory. For more information, inquire at the front desk on Spruce St., downstairs during sales every Tuesday and the first and third Saturday of every month or call 304-292-7579.

HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY You could feel touched by the many gestures of good will this year. A key relationship will deepen, encouraging greater trust and caring. You also could be involved with this person financially. If you are single, you will meet someone quite significant. Greet a sudden change with optimism -- in the long run, you will see many benefits. You could opt for changes around your home and family. Some of you will add to your household, remodel your home or change residences. The new factor will reflect where you are in life. LEO understands you nearly too well.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHH Understand your liabilities if you follow the suggested course. What might be excellent for the majority might not be workable for you. Be more open to the unusual path. Listen to a respected boss or friend. This person understands you well. Tonight: Just don’t go overboard. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH You seem destined toward excess. Surprising news comes forward, allowing for unthought-of possibilities. A boss or authority figure could be demanding, but he or she also means well. Take this person’s behavior in the spirit in which it is meant. Tonight: Let the good times roll.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You have answers when others don’t. Your natural ingenuity emerges no matter what you are doing. Allow more play and fun into your life. An idea might strike you as off-the-wall, even if it is your idea when you look at it. Tonight: Go with your heart.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HH You might be inclined to play down a situation, making less of it than need be. Once relaxed, you can move forward and make a big difference. Listen to what is being shared. In your head, you might wonder why certain information was given. Tonight: Play it low-key.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH Honor your priorities, and you will find that you won’t be thrown by a sudden insight. Make family and your personal life your highest priority. Check out an investment carefully. Understand what is happening beyond the obvious, then decide. Tonight: At your pad.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH A meeting easily points to a new direction. You might want to reverse a present situation. A sense of well-being and confidence occurs naturally when dealing with people, making you more inclined to take a risk. Think before you leap. Tonight: Zero in on what is important.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH You have pushed far and beyond the obvious. You might not be sure what to do next. Use self-discipline and timing. It is through setting an example that you can instrument change. Tonight: Favorite place, favorite people.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH You could feel betrayed in some sense or pushed to the max. You might want to get more of an impression as to where someone else is coming from. An unanticipated development could color your day. Stay true to yourself. Tonight: Fol-

low the crowd. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH Keep reaching out for more information. You will get just that, but you might need to detach a little, too. Your perspective could change radically given a few hours. Take as much time as is wise. Don’t jump the gun. Tonight: Get tickets to a play or a concert. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH A direct interaction confirms many of your thoughts. Both you and the other party will flourish. A situation kindles greater insight. Don’t overreact to this newness. Keeping a perspective could be equally as significant. Tonight: Ask for what you want. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Sometimes others are challenging and difficult. Today is no exception. Don’t take another person’s comments personally, even though you are sure they are directed at you. Unexpected words, conversations and interactions in general are scheduled for today. Tonight: Sort through what you want first. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH Get as much accomplished as you can. Sooner rather than later, you will find a reason to let your mind wander. Live life to the fullest, and you will only gain. Grow with the moment and be willing to adjust. You are about to have a lot land on your plate. Tonight: Honor your energy levels. BORN TODAY Actor Ray Bolger (1904), actor Sal Mineo (1939), singer Jim Croce (1943)


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Bakery to host grand opening today By Caitlin graziani a&E editor

Wild Mountain Bakery, located 461 High Street, will hold its grand opening today at 10 a.m.


Wild Mountain Bakery, located at 461 High Street, will be having it’s grand opening today at 10 a.m. The bakery is owned and operated by local couple Eran and Karen Guse. Eran is an assistant professor of Economics at West Virginia University. Karen is the artist behind the breads and other delights at Wild Mountain Bakery. Prior to opening the bakery on High Street the couple sold their goods at the Morgantown Farmers Market. “We have been doing farmers markets for three years. By our third year, we had a substantial line prior to the opening of the market,” Eran said. “We would usually sell out of products within an hour and a half.” Karen has been referred to as “the bread lady” by

many of her patrons at the Farmers Market. Her mother taught her how to cook when she was a child. Karen first developed her “Mountain Cookie” at the age of 13, and she has perfected it over the last several years. “She started baking when we moved to Finland for a year. The bread there was rather hard, and I did not like it. She decided to teach herself how to bake bread,” Eran said. The couple originally met in Oregon where Eran was working toward receiving his Ph.D. Karen has been supportive of Eran through their time in Finland, the UK, Indiana and West Virginia. Eran said he is happy Karen is getting an opportunity to follow her dreams. The official ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m., and the bakery will be giving out samples throughout the day. Eran and Karen encourage

patrons to try their pepperoni rolls and they will offer both regular and jalapeno. Wild Mountain Bakery will be open regularly 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. They will also be open for the late night crowd 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. The shop will offer artisan breads, cookies, muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and pepperoni rolls to eat. They offer unique beverages such as West Virginia roasted coffee and Mexican Coke (which is made with cane sugar, as opposed to high fructose corn syrup). They anticipate adding soups to their menu in the near future. For more information on Wild Mountain Bakery you can visit them on High St., and check out their Facebook page. daa&

The Roots outdo themselves with latest album ‘undun’ Charles Young A&E EDITOR


The Roots eleventh studio album ‘undun’ is an ambitious reverse linear concept album complete with orchestral arrangements.

Philadelphia-based collective The Roots have been mainstays of the hip-hop community since their debut album “Organix,” won over critics and reached out to a diverse cross section of music fans in 1993. In the subsequent decade and-a-half, The Roots have quietly established themselves as one of the hardest-working and most consistent acts performing. In 2009, the group which is led by drummer ?uestlove and primary vocalist Black Thought became the house band on the television show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This transition has given the group the opportunity to collaborate with many of today’s rising stars and has brought them to the attention of a younger generation of listeners. Despite playing live five

nights per week, The Roots have remained extremely productive and become increasingly creative since their move to television. Previously, the group had toured extensively playing dates across the country. Sometimes they found themselves playing gigs every night for most of the year. Now, freed from the whirlwind constraints of constant travel, The Roots have begun the most fascinating and artistic phase of their career. Their eleventh and most recent studio album, “undun,” finds The Roots spreading their creative wings to explore territory rarely visited by “mainstream” hip-hip groups. “Undun” is a lushly produced, thematic concept record telling the life story of Redford Stevens, a fictional street hustler who, according to the album’s storyline, rose from poverty and urban decay in the late ‘70s. The album, which features a reverse linear storyline, begins with the fading bleeps of Stevens heart monitor as he takes his final breaths and passes away. Each subsequent track marks a significant moment or landmark in Stevens life, tracing his motivations, decisions and choices. The unique style of story telling allows the listener to mediate on and evaluate the merits of the familiar narrative of “urban youth gets caught up in a life crime and loses sight of what is important.”


Upon the story’s conclusion (after it’s linear beginning) the album closes with a beautifully constructed neo-classical suite which features a contribution from Indie composer Sufjan Stevens. This calm after the storm serves as a rest for listeners, giving them time to reflect on what they just heard. Although this album was intended to be consumed in a single setting, its individual parts hold out just as well. Its tracks can be listened to individually without feeling walking into the middle of something. That being said, you aren’t likely to hear any of “undun” on the radio. Although the album is approachable and highly listenable, its far from what you’d call commercial. With the step toward new, bold arrangements and the successful completion of hiphop’s first coherent hood opera (No, R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” series doesn’t count) The Roots have cemented their place in not just rap music, but in music as a whole. This album sees the band taking bold risks, all of which pay off handsomely. “Undun,” while providing its listeners with a fully cinematic experience, serves as a sociological document about the environment that produced the Roots. However, the album’s concepts are universal and provide a paradigm for our modern times.

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Luck made right choice with Holgorsen

The West Virginia Mountaineers are the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl champions. Who would have said that at this time last year? Probably no one. Well, you can thank WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck for hiring Dana Holgorsen. You could even credit Bill Stewart for basically forcing his own way out of a job. But, it was Luck who hired Holgorsen to coach next season even if Stewart had not done what he did. Boy, did that decision pay off! Holgorsen brought in an exciting offense, based on a system of complex passing, but was able to break it down for the players to a science. There were some ups and downs throughout this first year with Holgorsen at the helm, but the state of West Virginia can now say it was well worth it. Holgorsen got the Mountaineers to 10 wins on the season, something Bill Stewart never did in his three years as head coach. His team scored 70 points in a BCS bowl game. The highest total in the Stewart era was 49 ponits, which WVU matched in the first half of the Orange Bowl. Stewart only eclipsed 40 points three times in his three-year tenure, including the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. Holgorsen did it five times this season, including the Orange Bowl. I had my doubts whether Holgorsen would be able to handle the full duties of being a head coach, considering how much time he puts into his offensive schemes and working to perfect his system. But, he proved me wrong. He gave the team energy and got on the players halfway through the season to show more enthusiasm on the field, sidelines, in practice and off of the field. They bought into everything, and that took them to another level. The offense gradually improved every week to where they were in the bowl game, to the point that junior quarterback Geno Smith can look at Holgorsen and each knows exactly what the other is thinking – something Holgorsen said is critical to executing the offense at the right pace. The defense played leaps and bounds better in the last month of the season, saving probably its best game for Clemson’s high-scoring offense and shutting down freshman phenom Sammy Watkins. Holgorsen is young enough to set all-new school records here at West Virginia, something already started this season, as under his guidance Smith broke several offensive school records throughout the year. It’s clear that Holgorsen is appealing many players, and he should be with this type of explosive offense and reputation. He definitely helped his chances of landing several top recruits with his team’s performance last Wednesday in Miami. Having great chemistry with the players is crucial to having success as a head coach – Holgorsen has his players on his bandwagon, and they’re not getting off anytime soon. Luck knew what he was

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Drummond, Lamb lead No. 16 UConn past West Virginia 64-57 by michael carvelli sports editor

With more than 11 minutes to play, it looked like the West Virginia men’s basketball team was well on its way to upsetting its secondstraight ranked team. The Mountaineers had No. 16 Connecticut on the ropes, holding a 46-36 lead over the Huskies in Hartford, Conn. But, after they turned it over four times and UConn went on a 15-2 run in the game’s next six minutes, the Mountaineers found themselves down and went on to fall to the Huskies 64-57. “It’s frustrating because I really thought we could come in here and win. We just break down,” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins during his postgame radio interview. “When they made the run we just didn’t answer it. We didn’t run any offense.” West Virginia controlled the game the majority of the first half, forcing Connecticut into nine first-half turnovers and went into the locker room with a 33-28 lead. Senior forward Kevin Jones and freshman point guard Jabarie Hinds carried the Mountaineers during the first half, scoring nine points in a row during a 9-4 run that gave them a 25-20 lead with a little more than six minutes to play in the first half. Connecticut shot the ball well Monday night, making 26 of its 47 attempts from the field (55.3 percent) but it struggled to get things going in the first 20 minutes due to turnover problems. Things got better in the second half as the Huskies had just three turnovers and were able to finish the game with more assists than turnovers for the first time since it beat St. John’s on Dec. 31, 2011. Center Andre Drummond led the way for UConn. The talented freshman finished the game with his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 20 points to go with 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb scored a

game-high 25 points. The two combined to score 28 points in the second half, outscoring West Virginia’s secondhalf output of 24 points. Lamb scored 17 in the final half and had seven during the Huskies’ pivotal run to grab the lead. “When you’ve got a player like Jeremy Lamb you ride him, and they did,” Huggins said. “Then what happens is you overhelp and things like that happen with Drummond because you overhelp on Jeremy Lamb, and he had his way with whoever we put on him. “They’ve probably got two of the top 10 picks in the (NBA) draft.” West Virginia senior guard Truck Bryant, who had been averaging close to 25 points per game during Big East Conference play, struggled from the field, shooting just 2-for-13 from the field and finishing with a season-low eight points. It was the first time Bryant scored less than 10 points in a game since March 2, 2011 when he scored nine points against the Huskies. “The reality of it is, when Truck goes 2-for13, we’re not going to win,” Huggins said. “Probably, of those 13, six or seven of them were forced, and he can’t force shots. “I know he thinks he’s got to score for us and that’s all fine and good, but taking forced shots isn’t scoring.” Jones finished the game with 22 points and five rebounds for the Mountaineers. It was the first time in four games that Jones finished with less than 10 rebounds. Junior forward Deniz Kilicli was the only other Mountaineer in double figures, scoring 12 points to go with four rebounds. Freshman point guard Gary Browne led WVU with seven rebounds to go with five points and four assists. Connecticut freshman point guard Ryan Boatright scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds and had four assists off the bench for the Huskies.

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Connecticut sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb scored 25 points during the No. 16 Huskies’ 64-57 victory over West Virginia Monday night.


West Virginia hosts Seton Hall Mountaineers successful in new HC Butts’ debut

by cody schuler sports writer

Fresh off of a 61-56 victory over Villanova, West Virginia will look to continue its win streak in conference play when it takes on visiting Seton Hall tonight. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Pirates (7-10, 0-3) are winless in Big East play so far this season and have lost conference games by an average of 26 points per game. Two of those losses, however, came at the hands to national powerhouses Connecticut and Notre Dame. West Virginia head coach Mike Carey vows that his team will not overlook Seton Hall, regardless of their record. “We can’t take anybody for granted, and we have to play at the level we play at, and do the things we do well and continue to do that,” he said. “We have to do a better job defensively on the ball, and that’s something we’ll really work on in practice.” The Pirates’ offensive attack starts in the backcourt with the duo of guards Jasmine Crew and Brittany Morris. Crew, a senior point guard, is the team’s leading

by sebouh majarian sports writer

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Head coach Mike Carey and the West Virginia women’s basketball team will face Seton Hall Tuesday night at the Coliseum. scorer, averaging 18.6 points per game. She also averages a team-high 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. Carey views Crew as an all-around threat that has his team’s attention. “She’s very talented with the basketball,” he said. “She can take you off the dribble very well and has a hesitation move where she tries to get you up in the air. “She’s very athletic and is going to put up a lot of shots, and we’re going to have to do a good job of defending her.” Morris, a junior shooting guard, is the Pirates’ best deep threat. She shoots 50

percent from beyond the arc and has averaged 12.1 points per game so far this season. Senior center Tajay Ashmeade anchors the frontcourt for Seton Hall and will look to challenge the Mountaineers in the postseason. Ashmeade leads the Pirates in rebounding with eight per game, but she isn’t much of a scoring threat inside, only averaging 4.2 points per game. Much like West Virginia, Seton Hall is an inexperienced team. The Pirates only returned two seniors on the

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The West Virginia gymnastics team’s 2012 season-opening trimeet against No. 13 Penn State and Maryland was a day of personal achievements. With the help of personal records from sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer and senior Tina Maloney, West Virginia started head coach Jason Butts’ career in an exciting and promising fashion leading to a secondplace finish. “I told them in the beginning of the year I wanted them to fight; no matter what happened, no matter if we made a mistake, I wanted them to fight,” Butts said. “That’s been our theme all fall, and they did that today and that’s the memory that’s going to stick with me the most in my first meet, is how hard the team fought to get through even though we made a few mistakes.” Sloanhoffer and Maloney received scores of 39.3 and 38.85 respectively, helping the Mountaineers to a second place fin-

ish with 195.1 points behind the Nittany Lions (195.775) and ahead of the third place Terrapins (194.225). “To have 195, to have that be our starting point is incredible, and hopefully it’s just up from here,” Butts said. West Virginia finished the 2011 season 13-10, while finishing fourth at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) championships, and sixth at the NCAA Southeast Regional championship. Junior Sharaya Musser, a 2011 NCAA Championships individual all-around qualifier, and junior Kassidy Stauder led the Nittany Lions to first and thirdplace finishes individually. Musser scored a 39.5 total while receiving 9.9’s and claiming first on the vault and beam, and 9.85 on the bars and floor. The Mountaineers were picked third in the EAGL Preseason Coaches’ Poll while the Terrapins were picked fourth following a 23 win 2011 season.

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Tuesday January 10, 2012


Big games overshadow team performance in Orange Bowl by nick arthur sports writer

You don’t have to grab a final statistics sheet from the Orange Bowl to know what happened. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had seven touchdowns, wide receiver Tavon Austin had four and safety Darwin Cook shifted the game’s momentum before tackling Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot, to celebrate a defensive touchdown of his own. But, there were some key contributions from players that are getting slightly overlooked. A modest Smith gave credit to some fellow teammates in the Sun Life Stadium locker room. “Shawne Alston, Andrew Buie, they stepped up big. Those guys helped me out a lot with the run game,” Smith said. “I can’t say it was all on me, because I did the least amount of work.” As Smith alluded, Alston and Buie quieted their skeptics with great performances while filling in for the injured Dustin Garrison. They pro-

vided Smith and the offense with a second option. “When you’re balanced on offense, it keeps the defense guessing,” Alston said. “When the run game is clicking, it just makes our offense more effective.” Offensive lineman Joe Madsen was pleased with the effort from the two running backs. “They both just didn’t stop running. They definitely held up their end of the bargain,” Madsen said. “They came in for Garrison and stood up to everybody.” And, Madsen admits, he didn’t expect anything less from the two. “I knew they’d come in and do what they had to do,” he said. However, don’t let the effective running from Buie and Alston overshadow the offensive line’s best performance of the season. Alston wasted no time to thank his offensive line for its performance. “The run game always starts up front,” Alston said. “I think the offensive line did a great job of blocking.” Alston’s quarterback agrees.



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Junior running back Shawne Alston scored two touchdowns during WVU’s Orange Bowl victory over Clemson. “The offensive line did a great job of moving our guys off the ball,” Smith said. “They came out and played a great game,” he said. “I commend those guys 110 percent. They did a great job picking up the blitz. They basically played a clean game,” Smith said. While Tavon Austin tied an

Orange Bowl record for receiving touchdowns in a game, he admits that, despite the lack of credit, he had full confidence in his fellow players. “They did get overlooked, but they definitely got the job done,” Austin said.

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WVU men and women split against Pittsburgh by robert kreis sports writer

Thirteen members of the West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were honored Saturday on Senior Day when the Mountaineers battled rival Pittsburgh in a dual meet. Taylor Camp, Brandon Carr, Brad Eichenseer, Jack Greenhalgh, Eric Johnson, Jake Kudrna, Matt O’Neill, Ian Stavros and Martin Vanis of the men’s squad joined Heidi Shultz and Jaryn Studer of the women’s team as head coach Vic Riggs’ first full graduating class. “It was a little emotional I think for both sides,” Riggs said. “(This senior class) brings a lot of passion; they’ve brought a lot of dedication to what we’ve been trying to do, what we are trying to build and a nice commitment to


Continued from page 7 roster from a team that finished last season with just one win in Big East play. Head coach Anne Donovan is in her first year at the helm for the Pirates and has already exceeded last year’s win total

gymnastics Continued from page 7

West Virginia opened the meet on vault placing second in the event with a 48.825. Sloanhoffer had a team high 9.875. Maloney who scored a total of 328.5 points on vault –good

each other.” The Mountaineers split the meet with their rivals. The women’s team avenged last year’s 194-104 loss that came at the hands of the Panthers, winning 161.5-138.5. But, the men’s team lost 124.5-175.5. Pitt’s victory over the Mountaineer men was its first in three years. “(Pitt) is our biggest dual meet of the year,” Riggs said. “From our perspective, it is a meet that we want to win each and every year.” The Mountaineers set the bar high on the women’s side of the competition, posting nine firstplace victories throughout the meet. They put pressure on Pitt right out of the gate with the 200yard medley relay team of Danielle Smith, Jenelle Zee, Julie Ogden and Rachel Gorrie, finishing first with a time of 1:46.55. Junior Rachael Burnett was

the most impressive swimmer at Saturday’s meet, accounting for three first-place victories. Burnett took first in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:18.13, the 500 free (4:57.32), as well as the 200 free (1:52.42). Joining Burnett in the winner’s circle were Smith in the 100 back (57.00) and junior Mandie Nugent in the 200 fly (2:02.42). Nugent claimed another firstplace finish (56.78) in the 100 fly, West Virginia’s most dominating event of the meet. Ogden earned second place (57.48) in the 100 fly, while junior Nikki Vetterlein rounded out the top three (58.00). “Obviously I was very happy with our women,” Riggs said. “Overall, we had a really solid performance from all our individuals (on the women’s team).” In the same fashion as the women’s team, the men started

momentum as it heads into the thick of Big East play. Junior center Asya Bussie was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll following her play last week. Bussie averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game in a loss to Connecticut and a win over Villanova. The series between West

Virginia and Seton Hall is tied at 11-11 with West Virginia winning the past two contests. The Pirates haven’t notched a victory against the Mountaineers since February 4, 2009, when they narrowly defeated the Mountaineers 5547 in the Coliseum.

for fifth on the team- last season opened her 2012 campaign with a 9.7. WVU scored 48.6 points on the uneven bars following their showing on the vault. Sloanhoffer and Kaylyn Millick both scored new personal bests, each scoring 9.775’s. The Mountaineers closed the

meet on the floor taking three of the top five scores with senior Maloney taking first place with a 9.875 routine. Sloanhoffer placed second with a 9.85 while junior Alaska Richardson was in a three way tie with 9.825. Butts cited that the team needed to do some minor work tightening up on bars and work-

ing on their landings but was impressed with the effort he saw. “For the season opener I wouldn’t even call them problems, it’s just like now we know what we have to work on this week,” he said.



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fast with Bryce Bohman, Greenhalgh, Camp and Tim Squires securing a victory in the 200yard medley relay. Although the men’s team was unable to post a victory, a few Mountaineers did have stand-out performances. Along with Camp’s victory as a member of the 200-yard medley relay team, the senior also finished first in the 200 fly (1:50.90) and the 100 fly (49.60). Squires was also able to earn two more victories, the first in the 50 free (20.69), as well as the 100 free (45.66). Mountaineers on both the men and women’s teams earned victories by diving well Saturday. Hailey Vande Poel finished first in the 1-meter (251.92) and the 3-meter (248.77). O’Neill took first place in the 3-meter (280.95) to cap off his senior day.

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The DA 1-10-2012  

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