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Monday March 12, 2012

Volume 125, Issue 120

Citizens celebrate clean indoor air by lydia nuzum

associate city editor

Non-smokers in Morgantown can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The Breathe Easy Alliance of Morgantown celebrated the first day of the county-wide Clean Indoor Air Regulation by visiting former smoking establishments all over Morgantown. The group chose venues to visit and celebrate the implementation of the ban including 123 Pleasant Street, McClafferty’s Irish Pub, Jay’s Getaway and The Morgantown Brewing Company. “We are thrilled to celebrate the implementation of the clean indoor air ordinance by visiting local establishments and letting them know we support their business and clean air,” said Chris Roberts, chairman of BEAM. “Most people have been so supportive about the decision to adopt a clean indoor air ordinance and have been looking forward to this


Members of the Breathe Easy Alliance of Morgantown celebrate the passing of the Morgantown smoking ban Friday at 123 Pleasant Street. day for a long time.” Roberts said BEAM hoped to ease the transition for the establishments impacted in the ban by visiting them and showing their support. “We really wanted to celebrate the decision being made,”

Roberts said. “We wanted to come out, celebrate this decision and work with others on going smoke-free.” The Monongalia County Health Department voted unanimously in January to enact the ban, which restricts

smoking in most public spaces 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 also prohibits smok-

ing 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 only establishments not regulated by the ban are existing hookah lounges, cigar bars, private residences not utilized as child care facilities and bingo operations that distribute more than 100 bingo cards or sheets. Roberts said BEAM has worked since early 2008 toward creating a stronger ban prohibiting smoking in indoor areas in Morgantown and approached City Council with the ban as a way to initiate the process of becoming a smoke-free city. “Our mission became to approach the city of Morgantown with the idea of ‘how could we get clean indoor air in the city?’ So, we went to the city with an ordinance in 2009,” he said. “It took a long time to work to pass the ban, and current city council upheld it. They’ve been so supportive. In passing it for the

city, they decided to work with the Board of Health to make it a county-wide initiative.” Catherine Whitworth, a member of BEAM, said the ban has allowed non-smoking citizens in Morgantown more opportunities to visit restaurants and bars that were not an option in the past. “We hope to be able to enjoy these downtown establishments that some of us haven’t been able visit in the past because they were so smoky,” Whitworth said. “We understand that some businesses are thrilled about it and have already made the change, and there are others that changed today and may have some customers who aren’t really happy about it. They’re transitioning to a new way of business, and we just wanted to show them the face of the new business they’re going to get and check out these places we couldn’t go to before.”

Environmental MAKING A MARK group plans citywide cleanup by lacey palmer staff writer

The West Virginia University Society of Environmental Professionals is hoping to open the eyes of Morgantown community members with a citywide cleanup. “There is a saying that you don’t see things that you aren’t looking for. While litter is overlooked and ignored by members of society, we ask that you join us to bring attention to a growing problem,” said Catherine Artis of the SEP. “How often have you walked to class or wherever and just walked past a piece of trash? I’ve done it; we’ve all done it. This is a way to make people understand how much trash there really is around the city.” The SEP is dedicated to promoting ethical practices, professional standards in the envi-

ronmental fields, and academic and career development in environmental protection. The cleanup idea sprung from students’ experiences with Morgantown’s Adopt-aStreet program. Artis said it’s important for students to care about their college campus environment and do as much as they can to protect it while it’s their home away from home. “It’s unfair to the environment and anything else that lives here,” Artis said. “We may run the world, but since we have taken that position we have the duty to protect everything around us, right? We can’t just pollute whatever we want to.” While a citywide cleanup may seem like a daunting task, Artis said she believes when Mountaineers come together

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Elementary students ‘March to College’ by bryan bumgardner staff writer

Do you want to be a Mountaineer when you grow up? West Virginia University gave 100 Monongalia County fifth-grade students the opportunity to experience college life for a day at the Second Annual March to College Day Saturday. Organized by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the event brought parents and their children to the College of Business and Economics to learn about higher education and different academic opportunities offered at WVU. The students rotated through classes that described majors at WVU, community service projects, student organizations and a science demonstration. Parents had the chance to talk to financial aid advisors and admission coordinators from WVU. Mary Arose, a junior NSCS member volunteering at the event, said it was just as fun as it was informative. “The kids think it’s awesome,” Arose said. “They re-

ally enjoy it.” Arose said it’s never too early to start thinking about college. “I mean, the math classes you take in middle school affect the ones you take in high school and so on,” she said. “It gets them thinking about college. It makes sense to start thinking about it early.” Misty Chaffins, a mother attending the event, brought her son Nick to help him plan his future. “I wanted to give him a better idea about what college is like, so he can start to set his sights,” she said. Chaffins said she attended college herself and wants to give her son the same opportunity. “He wants to be a scientist, and hopefully today he can learn how to become one,” she said. Nick said he was excited to see the science demonstration and learn more about what it’s like to be a college student. “I’m pretty excited. It should be cool to learn about

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The West Virginia University chapter of the national honor society Mortar Board painted this spirited message along University Ave. over the weekend. The new street art sits next to the ‘Let’s Go Mountaineers’ message that’s been welcoming visitors to Morgantown for years.

PRSSA fashion show to benefit Boys & Girls Club by lacey palmer staff writer

The West Virginia University Public Relations Student Society of America is preparing its third annual Charity Fashion Show. The show will feature PRSSA members who will act as models, and it will benefit the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club. “PRSSA is completely dedicated to all types of community service,” said Jared Lathrop, a senior public relations student and public relations director for WVU PRSSA. “We find that it’s really important

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munity’s youth with a positive and safe place to learn and grow. The event will be held Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Tickets will be sold today and Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for $3 in the Mountainlair and will be sold at the door the night of the event for $5. PRSSA is a student organization that aims to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. The WVU chapter of PRSSA was founded in 1968 by the Public Relations Society of

America and continues to grow and prosper, Lathrop said. “It’s been hard to just get everyone together and get everyone on the same page for the event,” Lathrop said. “But, our vice president, Margy Grow, has done a majority of the work to secure models, vendors and things like that.” For more information regarding the charity fashion show, contact Grow via email at Additional inquiries can be directed to wvuprssa@gmail. com.

GOING DANCING The West Virginia men’s basketball team received a 10-seed and will play Gonzaga Thursday night in Pittsburgh. SPORTS PAGE 5


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Monday March 12, 2012

Candidates spar before key Miss., Ala. primaries BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Sunday nudged rival Newt Gingrich to step aside, arguing a head-tohead contest between himself and Mitt Romney should “occur sooner rather than later.� A defiant Gingrich predicted victories in Tuesday’s primaries in Alabama and Mississippi and called Romney the weakest GOP front-runner in nearly a century. Santorum and Gingrich were campaigning hard two days before what has become a potentially decisive Southern showdown for the Republican contenders battling to challenge President Barack Obama in the fall. Losing Alabama and Mississippi would effectively spell the end for Gingrich, who has banked his waning prospects on an all-Southern strategy. The former House speaker’s lone primary wins have been in South Carolina and Georgia, a state he represented in Congress for 20 years. A win for Romney in Alabama, where polling shows a tight contest between Romney, Gingrich and Santorum, could all but bring the GOP nominating contest to a close. The former Massachusetts governor has built a substantial delegate lead against his rivals but has failed so far to win a state in the deep South, home to the Republican Party’s most dedicated base voters. An Alabama victory would provide a key breakthrough for Romney among the socially conservative and evangelical voters who have thus


Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum talks with supporters during a stop at Sweet Peppers Deli, Sunday. far proven resistant to his candidacy. Santorum, who has battled to be Romney’s chief conservative foe, burnished his standing with a decisive win in Saturday’s caucuses in Kansas. The former Pennsylvania senator also carried contests last week in Oklahoma and Tennessee, giving him a toehold in the South. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,� Santorum said Gingrich’s recent stretch of weak showings suggests he has few options left in the race. Gingrich placed third in Kansas and dead last in Wyoming, whose caucuses Romney won easily

Saturday. “The speaker can stay in as long as he wants, but I think the better opportunity to make sure that we nominate a conservative is to give us an opportunity to go headto-head with Gov. Romney at some point and hopefully that will occur sooner rather than later,� Santorum said, adding he wasn’t directly asking Gingrich to get out. Santorum attended Baptist church services in Tupelo, Miss., Sunday morning and had campaign stops scheduled in Meridian and Gulfport later in the day. Gingrich was also campaigning

in Mississippi, where he attended church services at the First Baptist Church of Brandon and later headlined a rally there. During church services, Gingrich stepped forward at the invitation of Pastor Scott Thomas to describe his religious evolution. Gingrich, who recently converted to Catholicism, never mentioned his new faith but touched on his well-publicized, messy marital history. “There are periods of my life in which I have sinned,� Gingrich said. “I have been very, very fortunate that I have a very, very close relationship

US seeks to contain damage from Afghan shooting WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials were scrambling Sunday to contain the damage caused when an American soldier in Afghanistan wandered off base and allegedly gunned down more than a dozen villagers. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta both called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express their condolences and vowed to hold those responsible accountable. Afghan officials reported that 16 people were killed including nine children and three women. “This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghan-

istan,� Obama said in a statement released by the White House. Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said Obama called Karzai shortly after meeting Sunday afternoon with his top national security advisers. Panetta said a full investigation was already under way. “A suspect is in custody, and I gave President Karzai my assurances that we will bring those responsible to justice,� he said. A U.S. official said the suspect is a conventional soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He was assigned to support a special operations unit of either Green Berets or Navy SEALs engaged in a village stability operation.

Such operations are among NATO’s best hopes for transitioning out of Afghanistan. They pair special operations troops with local villagers chosen by village elders to become essentially a sanctioned, armed neighborhood watch. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing. Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, issued a statement pledging a “rapid and thorough investigation� into the shooting spree, and said the soldier will remain in U.S. custody. U.S. officials said the service member was being detained in Kandahar and the military was treating at least five wounded. One U.S. official said the soldier, an Army staff sergeant, was believed to

have acted alone and said initial reports indicated he returned to the base after the shooting and turned himself in. The shootings come at a particularly sensitive and critical time for the U.S., just as violence over the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. base was starting to calm down. Sunday’s incident could further fuel calls for a more rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The destruction of Qurans in a fire pit used to burn garbage last month sparked violent protests that killed some 30 people. Six U.S. service members were killed in attacks by Afghan security forces since that incident, which U.S. officials have apologized for and said was accidental.

with Callista. ... I had to earn being a 68-year-old grandfather by living through things that I would never want my grandchildren to repeat.� Gingrich has been married three times. He had an extramarital relationship with Callista, his current wife, for six years while married to his second wife. On “Fox News Sunday,� Gingrich compared Romney to Leonard Wood, a U.S. Army general from New Hampshire who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1920 but lost on the tenth ballot to Warren Harding. “He’s not a very strong front-runner,� Gingrich said of Romney. “Almost all conservatives are opposed, which is the base of the party. And I think we are likely to see after the last primary in June, we’re likely to see a 60-day conversation about what’s going to happen.� In August Republicans head to their national convention in Tampa, Fla. Gingrich also took aim at Santorum, saying his support for earmarks and other spending projects while in Congress had alienated voters from the Republican party in 2006. Republicans lost both the House and Senate that year, and Santorum lost re-election to the Senate by an 18-point margin. “This is somebody who on a number of occasions had Washington change him – he admits it and he says it’s a team sport. You had to go along to get along,� Gingrich said of Santorum. Romney had no campaign


Continued from page 1 college,� he said. Public relations student and NSCS member Katlin Stinespring instructed a class on the different majors offered at WVU and said it was important for the students to understand how college can fit into their futures. “You might have an idea about what you wanna do when you grow up, and if you’re not sure, that’s okay too,� she said. “College can help you find out


Continued from page 1 for a common goal, nothing can stand in their way. “It’s a great way to get volunteer hours, perform community service, and promote a sense of pride in your city,� Artis said. The event will begin with a breakfast in the morning, an introduction to the day’s tasks and group assignments. With enough people, each group or “task force� will be assigned a group of streets to clean. “Depending on the amount of people we have to help, we will begin by targeting the worst streets. With enough people, we will continue down the list of streets to those that may not be

appearances Sunday but was scheduled to attend an event Monday night in Alabama. Meanwhile, this campaign and an allied independent group were far outpacing his rivals on the air. Restore Our Future, a super PAC run by former Romney advisers, was spending $1.42 million on ads in Alabama and $973,000 in Mississippi. The Romney campaign boosted its television ad spending from $165,000 to $233,000 in Alaba Gingrich and Santorum were also benefiting from air support from well-heeled outside groups. The Gingrich campaign was running about $125,000 in ads in Alabama and $83,000 in Mississippi, while the proGingrich super PAC Winning Our Future was spending $413,000 on ads in Alabama and $250,000 in Mississippi. Santorum had only a nominal presence on the air in both states. But the Red White and Blue fund, his allied super PAC, was spending $275,000 on ads in Alabama and $235,000 in Mississippi. Wins in the U.S. territories Guam, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands along with Wyoming helped Romney significantly pad his delegate lead in the race. The Associated Press calculates that Romney now has 454 delegates compared with 217 for Santorum, 107 for Gingrich and 47 for Texas Rep. Ron Paul. A candidate must win 1,144 delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at the national convention. what you want to do.� Students got to see “oobleck� – a “non-Newtonian� fluid that moved freely when exposed to vibrations during the scientific demonstration – and experienced extracurricular life at WVU through community service and student organization classes. The NSCS partnered with the WVU Financial Aid Office, The Office of Admissions and the WVU Student Organizations Office to organize the event.

as bad,� Artis said. In early January, the SEP cleaned Country Club Road and Harding Street near the Evansdale Campus. Within an hour, the handful of volunteers cleaned both streets and collected about eight bags of garbage and recycling, Artis said. “We could do a lot of work with just a handful of clubs, but it’s not just for clubs,� Artis said. “Anyone can sign up.� The cleanup is scheduled for April 14 from 10 a.m. –12:30 p.m., and volunteers can sign up to help now. For more information, contact SEP President Seth Hallam at or Artis at

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Yemen officials: US airstrikes hit al-Qaida area SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni military officials said Sunday that U.S. aircraft carried out four airstrikes in a southern province where alQaida-linked militants control several key towns. Two military officials said the airstrikes targeted Khanfar Mountain near the town of Jaar in Abyan province, where al-Qaida is in control. There was no comment from U.S. officials. In the past, U.S. warplanes have targeted leaders and facilities of al-Qaida in Yemen, considered one of its most dangerous branches. On Saturday, Yemeni officials said U.S. airstrikes killed at least 18 al-Qaida-linked militants in the province of Bayda. Yemeni military officials attributed that attack on the U.S., saying the Yemeni military does not have the capacity to

carry out nighttime airstrikes. The Yemeni officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations. Al-Qaida has taken advantage of a year of internal turmoil to take over parts of southern Yemen. They took control of Jaar last spring and have successfully battled the Yemeni military, expanding their reach north to the neighboring province of Bayda. The uprising in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, eventually led to the ouster of longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was once a partner in the fight against al-Qaida in Yemen. U.S. leaders have since thrown their support behind the newly inaugurated Yemeni president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. He has said that fighting al-Qaida is one

of his top priorities, along with restructuring the army and installing new commanders in the south, where officials said Saleh loyalists may have even struck local deals with the militants. There was no word on casualties from the airstrikes on Sunday, but residents said they could see smoke rising from the area. A military official said Yemeni airstrikes near the southern city of Jaar a day earlier wounded nine al-Qaida-linked militants and destroyed several military vehicles the group seized in a bold attack on an army base last week. In that attack, al-Qaida militants sneaked across the desert at dawn to the back lines of Yemeni forces, killing nearly 200 troops and dumping their bodies in the desert. A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover during a fight against government troops in Idlib, north Syria, Saturday.


More than 100 dead children buried in mass funeral in Congo BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Women wearing masks against the odor of death threw themselves over the graves of their dead children, while men had to be restrained to stop them from hurting themselves as more than 100 victims of last week’s arms depot explosion were laid to rest in a mass funeral Sunday. Republic of Congo’s government scrambled to organize Sunday’s mass burial, which took place exactly one week after an arms depot inside a military barracks caught fire, setting off a lethal rain of grenades, mortar rounds, shells and rockets. Extra carpenters had to be hired to build the coffins. The municipal morgue stayed open all night so that families could finish the ritual washing of the bodies. At least 246 people were killed, but only 159 of the bodies could be identified in time for Sunday’s funeral. The scene at the morgue in the hours before the burial, and at the cemetery after the coffins were lowered, was one of chaos, punctuated by pain. The last body to be identified on Sunday morning was that of Jean Mbarushimana’s 17-yearold brother. The teenager was killed by a flying shell, and the family brought the body to the morgue itself. But the morgue removed the young man’s clothes and on Saturday, when the family returned to do the ritual washing, they could no longer recognize him, his features erased by decomposition. “I went and bought a pair of boots and went body by body. I stayed up all night. He was the very last one at the back of the morgue,” Mbarushimana said. Coffins were being hauled out of a shed on a trolley, pushed by men wearing face masks and white lab coats. Families arrived on Saturday and camped out in the morgue’s parking lot, waiting for their names to be called on the morgue’s speakers. They stood holding shopping bags with the new clothes they had bought to dress their loved ones. When their turn came, they were handed gas masks and ushered into the tiled floor of the morgue. Inside, female relatives washed the women’s bodies, while male relatives washed the men’s, a funeral rite common in much of Africa. On Saturday, an elderly man who had lost his child had a heart attack during the process, said an emergency responder who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press. The mother of a 16-year-old girl who died after being hit by shrapnel wept uncontrollably, as her child’s coffin was rolled

Men craft coffins for some of the more than 200 people killed by explosions at a munitions depot in Brazzaville, Congo Thursday. away. She placed her hand on her heart to steady it. Another swayed from side to side, her arms raised, as if imploring the heavens. By midmorning on Sunday, 145 coffins had been piled onto open bed trucks. Another 14 were set aside at the request of families whose rites differ, in-

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lent. His friends held him down on his back. He grabbed a fistful of dirt and threw it into his mouth, as if to choke himself. At the lip of each grave, families wept. Many wore masks against the overpowering smell. Germaine Amboulou was splayed out next to the grave of her 7-year-old. “Jesus. Oh Jesus,” she sobbed. The dead were crushed inside collapsing homes, under falling beams and ceilings. They died of blunt trauma, hit by grenades, mortar rounds, shells and rockets. But the explosions also claimed the lives of those that were not touched at all – like Mireille Massanga, pregnant with her fourth child. She was three days away from her due date, said her cousin Rufin Tchikaya, and when she heard the blast, she scooped up her children and ran as fast as she could for almost 1 mile (1.5 kilometers). When she was out of harm’s way, she stopped running, but her heart didn’t. Her family

rushed her to the emergency room, and she died in the long line of people waiting for treatment, said Tchikaya. “They thought she was in labor, and the hospital had no time to deal with a simple pregnancy,” he said, as her coffin was taken for burial. Anger at the government is starting to boil over. The road to the cemetery had to be cordoned off by riot police on Sunday, after frustrated mourners began hurling stones. Families were promised 500,000 francs (around $1,000) per relative for burial clothes. Fights broke out at the cashier set up inside the morgue when many were given less. The government had promised to move the arms depot located in the Mpila neighborhood in the northern part of Brazzaville after a less deadly explosion in 2009. The cause of the fire that set off the detonation has been blamed on a short circuit, but residents claim witnesses saw a soldier throw a cigarette inside the armory.



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WVU upsets No. 8 Arkansas on senior night

Mountaineers fall to Marshall 6-1

by sebouh majarian sports writer

An upset of two top-20 teams last weekend, along with hosting the No. 8 team in the country, set the stage for what turned out to be a nearly perfectly scripted senior night. Tina Maloney and Nicole Roach can look back at their final home meet with the satisfaction of having helped the West Virginia gymnastics team upset No. 8 Arkansas 195.675-195.125. The win marked the program’s first against a top-10 team since defeating No. 9 Michigan in 2007. Maloney has the most experience of anyone on the team, having competed in 48 career meets. In their Coliseum finale Maloney scored a 9.75 on vault, 9.675 on bars and 9.725 on floor, while Roach finished with a 9.775 on bars. “Tonight really showed that it’s a team effort, because we had individual mistakes here and there but as a team we had the energy up, we kept together and especially for our senior night this is how we wanted it to go,” Maloney said. “We wanted to come in and do what we had to, which was to score big, and that’s what we did.” The Mountaineers (14-4, 5-1 EAGL) set a season high on floor and never trailed the Razorbacks (10-6, 3-3 SEC) in their first home meet since February 12, when they upset then-No. 13 Auburn. “I’m just happy. Tina and Nicole have been huge for us this year, and it’s nice to give them this. They’ve worked so hard and they’re leading this team and doing an amazing job,” said first-year head coach Jason Butts. “For this to happen on their senior night makes it extra special.” West Virginia won floor 49.1548.475 with four scores of 9.8 or higher and claimed the uneven bars 48.875-48.475 with Arkansas opening with two falls. WVU improved to 4-3 against ranked

The WVU gymnastics team cheers after winning a match in 2011. opponents and finished the season with a 7-2 record at home. “We just don’t pay attention (to other team’s competing), we just stay very much in our zone and I hate to see gymnasts fall. And nobody ever means to fall, but we held on and in the end we had less mistakes,” Butts said. Arkansas won vault 49.07548.925 and balance beam 49.148.725 without Katherine Grable, the nation’s No. 1 all-around gymnast. Her teammate Jaime Pisani, who ranks No. 5 nationally, placed first on three events and won the all-around with a score of 39.6. Kaylyn Millick placed third in the all-around, scoring a career high 39.175. She tied for second on bars landing a 9.85 and finished third with a season-best 9.875 on floor. Alaska Richardson tied a career high with a 9.875 on vault and set a career high on floor, tying Pisani for first. The Dayton, Ohio, native had a stellar floor performance, dancing her way to a score of 9.9. Sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer and Pisani were nearly flaw-

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less on beam, setting career highs with scores of 9.95. Sloanhoffer became the first Mountaineer with a 9.95 on beam since 2004 and is the first gymnast to score that high at the Coliseum since Chelsi Tabor did it in 2010. The Mountaineers opened on vault, took a 48.925-48.475 lead in the first rotation and never relinquished it. Chelsea Goldschrafe tied for fifth with a 9.8 showing. Sophomore Makenzie Bristol got in on the evening full of career highs, receiving a 9.85 and finishing fourth in the event. If LSU retains its No. 9 ranking the Mountaineers will be facing a similar scenario when they travel to Baton Rouge for the regular season finale Friday. “We’re just going to keep this energy going next week,” Maloney said. “We know that we’re a great team and we’ve had our ups and downs during the season, but were putting it together and I have no doubt that this team will be able to go to nationals this year.”

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The West Virginia women’s tennis team had to deal with tough elements in its first outdoor match of the season Sunday as it fell to in-state rival Marshall 6-1. “(Saturday) was the first time we hit outside all year,” said head coach Tina Samara. “It affected everyone a little bit because the courts are faster and you are dealing with thicker air. “I am not one to make excuses, but we had a lot of things we were dealing with.” West Virginia battled in a number of tough matches throughout the day. It started with sophomore Mary Chupa and freshman Ikttesh Cahal losing a hard-fought battle against Marshall’s Dominka Zapazna and Maria Vosceskova 8-6. The second doubles match was not as close. Junior Emily Mathis and senior Veronica Cardenas lost 8-1 with Mathis continuing to struggle with a stomach strain that was causing her to serve

underhand. The struggles continued for both Mathis and Cardenas on the singles courts, as well. Mathis lost her first set to the Thundering Herd’s Ellie Ball 6-2. In the second set, Mathis seemed to bounce back, but could not take down her opponent and lost 7-6. “(Mathis) served underhand and almost won the second set,” Samara said. “That says a lot about her mentally.” Cardenas, who was riding a four-game match win streak in to the bout, fell to Kara Kucin 6-0, 6-4 on the number-three single’s court. Chahal scored the lone point for West Virginia on the number four singles court. It took Chahal three sets, but she outlasted Marshall’s Kristina Kopricina, 6-1, 4-6 and 11-1 in a tiebreaker. “(Chahal) got off to a slow start and not really positive energy,” Samara said. “The most important thing is to find a way to change that, and that is what she did.” Senior Catie Wickline re-



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Continued from page 5 “(Childress) is a tremendous talent (and) is physically very imposing with a phenomenal arm, exactly what we knew when we recruited him,” he said. “From a mental standpoint and understanding the offense, he’s obviously got a long way to go. He looked like (sophomore quarterback) Paul (Millard) did last year when (he) first got here, and I’m sure he looked like Geno did when (he) first got here.” Holgorsen seemed to think the new members of his coaching staff had an excellent first day of practice, even though most of them may have trouble talking for the next couple of days. “They’re all hoarse right now,” he said of the new coaches. “I actually have my voice right

turned to the number-five singles court after missing Wednesday’s match against Duquesne with a shoulder injury. The senior lost a tough match 6-1, 6-2. Samara thinks the shoulder injury may have hindered Wickline’s game. “I think she was hitting okay,” Samara said. “The points were longer, and she had to grind more, and that’s not really her style – she is more about taking big shots.” Despite the steep margin of victory by the Herd, Samara was glad to see her team battle some close matches, and claims the match wasn’t too far from being theirs. “Really we weren’t too far away from winning at (courts) one, two and three,” she said. “You obviously don’t know what circumstances are going to bring, but we fought real well throughout.” The Mountaineers will welcome Eastern Michigan to the Ridgeview Racquet Club March 16.

now. I usually can’t talk in these press conferences after practices, so they’re the hoarse ones, now. “We go so fast in between plays that they don’t have a whole lot of time to coach, so they have to yell, so they’re hoarse.” The first spring practice of the season couldn’t have been on a better day, with weather sunny and in the mid-60s – something Holgorsen didn’t know was possible this time of the year in Morgantown. “It was awesome. We didn’t have one day like this last year,” he said. “There was a big cloud over our head for a long time. I didn’t think this weather existed here in March.” The Mountaineers won’t practice again until Tuesday, and on Thursday the team will wear pads for the first time.


Continued from page 5 game could be their final game in the Mountaineer jersey. “I have to be focused on the ultimate goal and that’s winning the national championship,” Jones said. Bryant and Jones also said they knew WVU was in the tournament. Huggins said he is pretty confident his team was going to be a 10-seed based of the analysis of several reports. “I don’t know anything more than anyone else, but when all those guys have you as a No. 10 seed, you are probably a No. 10.,” Huggins said. “Whenever we got the South Florida win, I thought we were in the tournament. When you look at our numbers, they weren’t even close to the bubble teams. More than half of our schedule was top-100 teams. We did what they asked us to do. The crazy thing is if you start thinking about what would have happened had we won some of those games.” If the Mountaineers win their first-round matchup against Gonzaga, they will play the winner of Ohio State vs. Loyola (Md.).



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Head coach Bob Huggins is taking the West Virginia men’s basketball team to the NCAA tournament for the fifth-straight year.

West Virginia draws a 10 seed, faces Gonzaga in opening round of NCAA tournament by John terry managing editor

The West Virginia men’s basketball team is going dancing. Despite losing eight of 12 to close out the season, including a second-round exit to UConn in the Big East Tournament, the Mountaineers locked up an at-large spot to the NCAA tournament. West Virginia, who is a 10-seed, will play against seventh-seeded Gonzaga in the first round of the tournament. But, it gets better for the Mountaineers.

They will have to travel just an hour and a half north to Pittsburgh to play at the Consol Energy Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. on TNT. “We need all the help we can get, so I hope it helps,” said head coach Bob Huggins. “Hopefully (the fans) are on the phone now trying to get tickets because we are only going to get our allotment. Hopefully they find ways to get there, because I know they did when we played in Washington, D.C.” This will be the first meet-

ing between West Virginia and Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are a member of the West Coast Conference and lost in the WCC Championship game in overtime to Saint Mary’s. Gonzaga won the WCC tournament championship in 2011 and 2009. “The goal is to get to the Final Four,” said senior Truck Bryant. “We have a tough road ahead. (Gonzaga) is a tough team. We just have to be prepared. At this point, the only thing we can do is give it all we want.”

Huggins said he didn’t really know much about Gonzaga but did play them when he was the head coach at Cincinnati. “I don’t know very much,” he said. “I have seen some of their highlights. Sometimes I will cut the tape off, and they will be on late at night. I know Mark Few pretty well.” Gonzaga went 25-6 this season. It suffered its first loss of the season to Illinois on the road and then another one just three days later to one-seed Michigan State at home 7467. It fell to Saint Mary’s, BYU and San Francisco in confer-


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ence play. The only common opponent WVU and Gonzaga has is Notre Dame. The Bulldogs beat the Irish 73-53 back Nov. 30. “We could beat anybody on any night, but then again, we could lose to anybody on any night,” Bryant said. “Any game could be my last game from here on out. Just have to try to win.” Both Bryant and fellow senior Kevin Jones didn’t want to dwell on the fact that every

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In the midst of all the talk about brackets and postseason basketball, the West Virginia football team took to the field for the first time since its record-setting Orange Bowl victory in January. For head coach Dana Holgorsen, today was the perfect time to end the offseason and get back to work as the team prepares for its first season of play in the Big 12 conference. With plenty of new faces both on the field and on the

coaching staff, Holgorsen was pleased with the energy he saw from all parties Sunday. “It was a good first day; (we) had really good energy,” he said. “It was good to get back out there after eight weeks of offseason stuff where we lifted a bunch and ran around without a football.” With a new defensive scheme and the offense returning for its second year under his system, Holgorsen thinks this year the offense and defense have taken on opposite roles from last year. “From an offensive perspective, it was where we were at de-

fensively a year ago, and from a defensive perspective, it was where we were at offensively a year ago,” he said. “The roles have been flipped, and we have a long way to go on both sides.” Holgorsen was pleased with what he saw from starting quarterback Geno Smith, comparing his progression with former Houston quarterback Case Keenum. “It was more like it was when Case came back after I coached him for a year, and you didn’t have to tell him a whole bunch going into that second year at

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Houston,” he said. “Geno looked really good. (He) just was under control and was poised and understood what we were saying to where we didn’t have to say a whole bunch to him.” True freshman quarterback and prized-recruit Ford Childress, who enrolled in school early to be eligible for spring practice, looked good physically but still has a long way to go mentally – which is exactly what Holgorsen expected at this point.

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FROM WVU: Session-passes will be sold for $78. There will be 50 student tickets available, also being sold for $78. Students can line up to get tickets at the Gold Gate of the WVU Coliseum at 3 p.m. today. If WVU wins Thursday, those who purchased tickets for Thursday’s game will automatically be charged an additional $78 and receive tickets to Saturday’s game. FROM NCAA: All-session passes (Thursday and Saturday) can be purchased directly from the NCAA ( for $210 and $234.

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Geno Smith and the rest of the West Virginia quarterbacks participate in a throwing drill during the first day of spring practice Sunday.


Imagine for a second that you’re Ohio State basketball head coach Thad Matta. Your Buckeye team is fresh off an appearance in the Big Ten Conference championship game, and you’re in line for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament after winning 27 games this season. One would think that after such a successful season, they could be the ones rewarded with a favorable draw for the first few rounds of the tournament. But, instead they were rewarded with a potential thirdround matchup against West Virginia in Pittsburgh. That’s a pretty tough draw. The Mountaineers aren’t playing their best basketball right now. They’ve lost eight of their last 12 games and are coming off a disappointing loss in the second round of the Big East Conference tournament. But, if there’s one thing that has been definite this season about West Virginia, it’s that it has played much better when it has a chance to play in front of its own fans. And WVU will get to do just that in Pittsburgh. “That’s great for us. I’m sure a lot of our fans will be there,” said senior guard Truck Bryant. “It’s important to have your fan base there in a situation like this.” The Mountaineers will also have the benefit of not having to travel nearly as much as their opponents will have to.

Just a 74-mile drive separates the Mountaineers from the Consol Energy Center, which is great for any team in a tournament setting such as this. But when you look at WVU’s first opponent, Gonzaga, and the 2,500-mile trip it has to make to Pittsburgh, things start to look even better for the Mountaineers. In a situation where every team is looking for any kind of advantage to capitalize on, West Virginia got put in good shape thanks in part to where they get to play these first couple games. It will get a Gonzaga team that traveled across the country to get to Pittsburgh, and then the Mountaineers will basically get a home game against an Ohio State team that can definitely be beaten. According to the seeds, West Virginia will go into both of those games thought of as underdogs, but with what will for the most part be a home crowd behind them, things could look up for the Mountaineers. And remember, even against a No. 1 or 2 seed, anything can happen in March. “We need all the help we can get,” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. “Hopefully (the fans) are on the phone now trying to get tickets because we are only going to get our allotment. Hopefully, they find ways to get there. “The advantage of being a one or two seed is having an easier first game ... You are going to get someone that is pretty good (in the second game).”




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Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan St. earn No. 1 seeds (AP)— This time around, the madness began before the brackets even came out. Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina all earned top seeding for the NCAA tournament Sunday despite weekend losses that brought even more intrigue to the threeweek, 67-game tournament better known as March Madness. Michigan State earned the other No. 1 seed and was the only one of the four top-billed teams to win its conference tournament. The Spartans defeated Ohio State 68-64 in the Big Ten title game — a contest widely viewed as the game for the last No. 1 seed, even if selection committee Chairman Jeff Hathaway wouldn’t quite go there. “As it turned out, this game put the No. 1 seed into the field,” he said. While No. 2 seeds Kansas, Duke, Missouri and Ohio State wonder whether they could’ve been rated higher, teams such as Drexel, Seton Hall, Mississippi State and Pac12 regular-season champion Washington think about what might have been. Those bubble teams were left out, and all will be wondering how Iona, California and South Florida made it. In the moments immediately after the brackets came out, the Iona-Drexel debate was getting the most traction. “They weren’t the last team in,” Hathaway said of Iona. “They had a very good nonconference strength of schedule; they were 44. I know a lot of people are going to try to compare them to Drexel, and Drexel was well over 200. ... We think we got that one right. Obviously, a lot of people will debate it, and that’s what makes it fun.” There were 11 at-large teams from the so-called mid-major conferences, four more than last year and the most since 2004 when 12 made it. Though the committee claims not to consider a team’s conference when it picks the bracket, this was nonetheless a nod to the free-for-all this tournament can be. Last year, 4,000-student Butler finished as national runner-up for the second straight season, while VCU, of the Colonial Athletic Conference, went from one of the last teams in all the way to the Final Four. Who might this year’s VCU be? It’s the question being asked


Despite losing in the SEC title game, Kentucky earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament across the country. Kentucky (32-2) and Syracuse (31-2) each enter the tournament with only two losses. Both were shoo-ins for top seeds -- Hathaway all but said so last week -though their recent losses certainly will add more guesswork to those millions of brackets being filled out across America. “There were 112 teams with more than 20 wins,” Hathaway said. “We talked a lot about parity at the high end of the field and about quality throughout the field. Bottom line, it was about who did you play, where’d you play them

and how did you do?” Some losses, though, were less important than others, and apparently, losing in the conference tournament didn’t cost Syracuse, Kentucky or North Carolina. Those losses could have created chaos, but the committee had the teams more or less cemented into top spots, with John Calipari’s Wildcats as the No. 1 overall seed. Kentucky will play in the South region and potentially could play six games without having to leave the Southeast. “It’s one thing off our backs, 22 games in a row or whatever,” Cali-

pari said, of his team’s winning streak, which actually reached 24 games. “It’s done now. Now let’s just go onto these three weekends. We’ve got a weekend in front of us. It’s going to be a bear. Know what? Good. Throw anything you want to at us.” The Wildcats will open the tournament in Louisville against the winner of a first-round game between Mississippi Valley State and Western Kentucky, but it gets tougher from there. A possible second-round opponent is defending champion Connecticut, with No. 4 Indiana pos-

sibly waiting beyond that. Before Sunday, the Hoosiers — who return to the tournament after a four-year drought — were the only team to beat Kentucky this season. Second-seeded Duke got serious consideration for a No. 1 seed, but an 18-point loss to North Carolina in the regular-season finale and a loss to Florida State in the ACC tournament certainly hurt. The Blue Devils are on the same side of the bracket with 11thseeded Colorado, a team that got snubbed last year but won its way into the bracket this time by taking the Pac-12 tournament.

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The Pac-12 was woefully weak this year, placing only two teams and leaving Washington on the outside. This marked the first time the regular-season champion of a power conference got left out. In the West, top-seeded Michigan State will begin its quest for its seventh Final Four since 1999 against No. 16 LIU. The bottom of the bracket features No. 2 Missouri, which won the Big 12 tournament but got penalized for a nonconference schedule ranked in the 300s. “That hasn’t changed at all over the years,” Hathaway said, when asked whether the committee rewards programs that beef up their schedules. In the East region, No. 1 seed Syracuse comes in smarting from a loss to Cincinnati in the Big East semifinals. Other matchups include No. 3 Florida State, which went 4-1 against Duke and North Carolina this year, against No. 14 St. Bonaventure, which was a surprise winner of the A-10 conference tournament and took a bubble spot away. “We had five teams on the board, and we were talking about those five teams all morning and through that game to see where they’d be going,” Hathaway said. “There was a lot of conversation about those last five teams.” Among the five Hathaway could have been talking about were Miami, Northwestern and Nevada. All had flaws, as did Iona, though the Gaels’ strength of schedule appeared to carry them through. “We tried to play teams or conferences ranked above ours, and most of those games we really had to play on the road to get those games,” said Iona coach Tim Cluess. “We spent seven, eight weeks in a row on the road this year, but those were the teams we had to play to give ourselves a chance.” Hathaway said the committee gave Kansas heavy consideration as a No. 1 team. The Jayhawks, however, lost to Baylor in the Big 12 semifinals. “We’re fine with it,” said head coach Bill Self. “I don’t think we deserve to be better than a 2. We may have been if we’d played well in Kansas City, but we didn’t. I think after everyone gets through talking about the seeds, it’s about matchups anyway.”


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Zublasing wins national title, WVU finishes sixth overall by alex sims sports writer

A tumultuous weekend at the NCAA Championships ended with the West Virginia rifle team winning its second consecutive individual national title. After a rough team outing on day one, junior Petra Zublasing and freshman Taylor Ciotola led an air rifle rally on the second day of competition in Columbus, Ohio. Zublasing won the individual air rifle national title on day two, making her the second consecutive Mountaineer to take the air title. Last season, the Appiano, Italy, native finished second behind her Italian teammate Nicco Campriani in the NCAA air rifle championship. “It was great to see her win an individual championship, and it’s a good way to end the season,” said West Virginia head coach Jon Hammond. “That’s only my second individual champion, so to follow up Nicco from last year was tremendous.” However, the individual championship effort wasn’t quite enough for WVU to overcome a large day-one deficit. TCU was crowned the 2012 NCAA rifle champion with a score of 4,676 topping WVU, which placed second in air rifle and sixth overall after being in last place on day one. Kentucky fell 15 points short of defending its title, tying Alaska-Fairbanks for second place at 4,661. Army finished fourth at 4,658, followed by UTEP at 4,648 and WVU one point behind at 4,647. Jacksonville State in seventh and Nevada in eighth rounded out this year’s aggre-

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Junior Petra Zublasing won the individual air rifle national championship with a score of 696.2. gate results. Following Friday’s smallbore competition, the Mountaineers found themselves looking up from the bottom of the eight-team field, recording an underwhelming 2,297. “We were obviously disappointed,” Hammond said. “There was a little bit of shock in there, too. It’s one thing for one of them to have a bad day or a couple of them to be down, but other than Petra, all of them had one of their worst scores of the year. It was not what we were expecting.” Zublasing was the only Mountaineer to qualify for the smallbore finals at Converse

Hall on the Ohio State campus. She entered the finals in fourth and finished sixth overall after the 10-shot final round with a score of 686.7. Ciotola had the secondhighest score for WVU registering a 572, followed by freshman Thomas Kyanko and senior Justin Pentz, both at 570 to combine for the counting score. Originally, freshman Meelis Kiisk was also to be on the counting team, but came down with pneumonia and could not make the trip, and was replaced by senior Mike Kulbacki. TCU junior Sarah Scherer

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won this year’s individual smallbore title with a score of 688.6, finishing one point ahead of Army sophomore Michael Matthews. Defending overall national champion Kentucky returned to Lexington with the smallbore national title, edging Army 2,328-2,325. TCU was two points behind the Black Knights at 2,323, with AlaskaFairbanks in fourth with a 2,312. Nevada, Jacksonville State and UTEP followed, with West Virginia rounding out the bottom four. “We had to regroup and do our best the second day,”

Hammond said. “Realistically, we were out of the team competition, but we still wanted to go out and win the air rifle competition.” The day began with Ciotola topping the first relay of 24 shooters at French Field House, registering a 591, enough to qualify for the individual air rifle finals. Also in the first relay, Pentz and fellow Kulbacki registered a 586 and 580 respectively to contribute to WVU’s counting score. In the second relay, Kyanko shot alongside Zublasing and finished just behind Kulbacki with a 579.

Meanwhile, the two individual national champions, Scherer and Zublasing, were neck and neck throughout the relay. After 60 shots going back and forth, both finished at 593. “It had me on the edge of my seat a little bit,” Hammond said. “They can both shoot higher scores, but Petra was able to have the better performance in the finals.” Despite the tremendous 53-point turnaround, WVU’s 2,350 placed it 3 points behind the air rifle and overall champion TCU at 2,353. AlaskaFairbanks was not far behind at 2,349, with UTEP and Jacksonville State rounding out the top five at 2,345 and 2,341 respectively. In the finals, Ciotola fired a 99.4 to finish sixth overall, with an aggregate score of 690.4. It was Zublasing, however, who dominated the final round, using a finals-best 103.2 for an aggregate score of 696.2. “We knew team-wise we were out of contention, but I knew Petra was really motivated to go and win air rifle,” Hammond said. “She was probably one of the favorites for smallbore, too, and I think she would have been very disappointed if she didn’t come back with one title.” West Virginia was the only squad with two shooters in the air rifle finals. Ole Miss sophomore Abbey Stanec, an individual air rifle qualifier, edged Scherer to be runner-up recording a 693.5 USMA senior Kelly Buck joined Zublasing and Scherer as the only shooters to finish in the top five in both smallbore and air rifle.


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The West Virginia women’s soccer team hosted a 4-on-4 fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer awareness this weekend.

WVU falls 4-0 to Maryland in second game of spring season by nick arthur sports writer

A busy weekend for the West Virginia women’s soccer team began with a 4-on-4 fundraiser event at the Caperton Indoor Facility. A member of the women’s soccer team was matched with three guests in attempt to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The event proved to be a success as hundreds of supporters were present to help support the West Virginia women’s soccer team and the fight against breast cancer. “We had over 81 teams and averaged four players on a team. That’s close to 250 people that came and supported that cause,” said West Virginia head coach Nikki IzzoBrown. “That’s always something that’s fun, exciting and important. “We raised a lot of money. We raised a lot of awareness. That was really good.” It is an event the Mountaineers look forward to every year.

The fundraiser not only raises money for a great cause, but also gives them an opportunity to connect with fans and supporters. “The freshmen didn’t really know what to expect coming out. But they really enjoyed the interaction,” Izzo-Brown said. “The girls have always felt this is a great event and a lot of fun. We always look forward to doing it.” On Sunday, the Mountaineers traveled to Maryland and fell 4-0 to the Terrapins in their second game of the spring season. With multiple Mountaineers currently out due to injury, Izzo-Brown and her staff have been forced play many inexperienced players. “Seven freshmen are starting for us. At one point you saw nine freshman on the field. We are banged up,” Izzo-Brown said. “Thank goodness the results don’t count in the spring. But, more importantly, we’re developing. No excuses. We need to win soccer games. But at the end of the day, it’s about

development.” West Virginia tied Akron 1-1 in its first game of the spring season. Despite the defeat to Maryland, progress is being made for the Mountaineers. “I thought we played better soccer (against Maryland),” Izzo-Brown said. “Unfortunately, a team like this will punish you if you make mental mistakes. And that’s what a couple players did today, and that was unfortunate.” The spring season is just getting underway and is providing West Virginia with the opportunity to develop younger players. Izzo-Brown admits injuries are something you don’t want to deal with, but sometimes they can lead to progression from usual non-contributors. “There’s nothing bad about this besides the results,” she said. “The freshmen are learning right away, and it’s coming right at them. They’re understanding what this level means and how they have to respond.”

The West Virginia baseball team capped off a dismal weekend on the West coast with a 14-3 loss to Illinois in seven innings Sunday in Eugene, Ore. The Mountaineers (6-10) scored a total of five runs over the weekend, while their opponents scored a whopping 42 in the Nike Showcase Classic. Redshirt senior left-hander Eric Hinkle lasted just two innings against the Illinois, after giving up 14 runs off of eight hits. Hinkle is now 0-2 on the season with an ERA of 12.00 in 15 innings pitched. The Mountaineers struggled to hit off of Illinois pitcher Nick Chmielewski, who allowed three runs on five hits in just over two innings. The Illinois reliever tandem of Luke Joyce and Ronnie Muck did not allow a single hit to West Virginia in 2.2 innings of play. WVU also lost to Oregon State, Oklahoma and Oregon this weekend. West Virginia was shutout 12-0 against Oregon in the second game Saturday. WVU right-hander Pen Nakazato (0-1) lasted four innings, while giving up seven runs off of eight hits against

the Ducks. He did strike our four batters. The Mountaineers made use of their depth of relief pitchers, putting in redshirt sophomore Zach Bargeron and juniors Austin Pressly and Benny Miller after Nakazato. Bargeron, getting his second appearance on the season in his second straight game, allowed just two hits and struck out two batters in three innings. Oregon starter Jeff Gold pitched a complete game shutout, improving to 3-0 on the year. WVU junior shortstop John Polonius led the team with 3-for-3, getting the second three-hit game of his career. Freshman outfielder Bobby Boyd got the Mountaineers’ only other hit in the game. All other players went 0-for21 against the Ducks. The Mountaineers stayed competitive against its future Big 12 foe Oklahoma Saturday but fell 5-2 to the Sooners. West Virginia left-handed redshirt sophomore Marshall Thompson kept the team in the game, going 7.1 innings and giving up five runs on five hits. Three of those runs came in the bottom of the eighth inning after reliever Josh Harlow came onto the mound with one out, but the runs still

counted against Thompson. WVU had six hits to the Sooners’ five, but the Mountaineers were unable to get more runs across the plate when they needed them most. Polonius got an RBI single up the middle after a 14-pitch at-bat early, putting the Mountaineers up 1-0. Junior second baseman Brady Wilson hit another single to propel the lead to 2-0, but WVU could not extend the lead anymore and allowed the Sooners to stick around. Junior right-fielder Gabe Brown led the Mountaineers in the game with two hits and one run. Sophomore firstbaseman Ryan McBroom went 1-for-4 in the game. Oklahoma’s Max White led the Sooners, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored. Oregon State easily handled the Mountaineers on Friday, as WVU recorded just one hit in the game, losing 11-0. Freshman shortstop Billy Fleming had the Mountaineers’ lone hit in the third inning of the contest. West Virginia starts an 11-game homestand Tuesday and Wednesday against Manhattan.



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Rate hike unfair to current students Throughout American history, citizens of the great nation of the United States have continuously sacrificed for the common good. Whether it is rationing food or fuels, paying higher taxes or even sacrificing one’s life in battle, Americans have been through it all. This is why it should come as no surprise to hear American college students will have their turn by paying more for their degrees, beginning in the 2012-13 school year. Most of the changes will go into effect July 1. At that time, graduate students and professional students will no longer be able to receive sub-

sidized federal student loans, which mean they must obtain unsubsidized loans. Unlike subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans build interest from when they are dispersed. Furthermore, interest rates for all subsidized loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Unsubsidized rates will remain at a fixed rate of 6.8 percent. It is understandable, given our sour economy, to raise the interest rates for these loans; there are too many college students graduating and unable to find proper employment who will compensate for their outrageous school debt. But, students who are halfway

through their education are in an unfair position. While the interest rates for 2011-12 was a relief – the 2010-11 school year was at a higher rate of 4.5 percent – and should not be expected to stay at such a low rate, the government shouldn’t double it in one year’s time. It should be gradual so students can be more prepared. First-time freshmen are at an advantage because they have the opportunity to evaluate their situations and decide if the higher interest rates are worth it. Students and parents should be concerned with the high expense of college. Upperclassmen are more or

less forced to continue on and pay the higher rates. If you are already in the $10,000 range of student debt, you might as well finish your degree, or it will be a lot of money for no return. Some of the changes are equally disheartening to students, but are fair. Students also can no longer receive aid for classes that have been repeated more than once. While many students probably are upset by this change, it is fair. The government should not repeatedly give loans to students who are not taking college seriously – after two failed attempts, the cost should come out of the

student’s pocket. The same goes with Pell Grants. The government can’t afford to give every student an unlimited number of these expensive grants. So, beginning next school year, students will only be able to quality for 12 semesters of the Pell Grant. Congress should evaluate the changes more and adjust them to better serve America’s youth. We understand sacrifices must be made. Our country is in too much debt for the government not to make cuts. But, they should not put students at an unfair advantage.

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During the 2008 presidential election, women comprised 53 percent of the national vote, so it is no wonder that President Obama is targeting women during his reelection campaign. His move has been sparked by GOP candidates’ extreme stance on abortion and contraception, the Susan G. Komen foundation’s plan to cut funding to Planned Parenthood and a stronger push for schools to teach abstinenceonly sex education. Obama has seen these issues as a way to get a bigger female following. Who is more qualified to tell a woman what to do with her body? A middle-aged man who wants to turn the U.S. into a 1950s celibate society, or the woman herself? His plan is logical and it has potential to work, unless gas prices continuously creep up and the economy starts to downturn, again. Until this happens, however, Obama hopes to reach out to women through his “Nurses for Obama” effort as well as other planned events and movements appealing to married, young and older women. The “Nurses for Obama” movement is occurring in the 12 battlefield states – the states that are not necessarily Democrat or Republican – and involves nurses calling women to inform them of benefits in the health care plan. Benefits include not being denied insurance coverage, being able to choose

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Whether in the form of Gatorade to replenish electrolytes after a hard workout, 5-hour Energy to get through a long day of classes or Pepsi to get a short-lived energy boost at work, we’ve all experienced the benefits of drinks with high sugar content. In moderation, the drinks appear helpful – hardly harmful – but how would you feel if your favorite sugary beverage was taxed? Well, if you live in one of the thirty-three states that currently taxes soft drinks at a mean rate of 5.2 percent,

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President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington Monday, Feb. 27. and will reduce the debt by $2.2 trillion. However, the costliest aspect of his plan is getting rid of various income taxes and Social Security, which is predicted to cost $2.5 trillion. This report also predicts that Romney, Gingrich and Santorum will contribute to the national debt in a decade’s time. Romney is predicted to raise the national debt by

$250 billion and reducing corporate taxes is predicted to add $1 trillion to the national debt. Rick Santorum’s plan is also predicted to add $4.5 trillion to the national debt, increasing GDP by 104 percent. Reducing and reforming individual income taxes is said to raise debt by $3.6 trillion. However, his plan to turn social programs into block grants is estimated to save


$950 billion. The social issues Obama is targeting to gain the support of women is important to his campaign. However, if he wants to get more male voters, he is going to have to come up with a strong plan for the economy. His plan should balance the national debt without creating an expansion or recession or increasing the unemployment rate.

One study conducted by Oxford U. in 2007 examined how rats react when exposed to water sweetened with saccharin and intravenous cocaine. The rats were given both substances with increasing doses of cocaine to the point of addiction. The study found that a shocking 94 percent of the rats preferred the taste of the sweetened water as opposed to the cocaine. This clearly displayed the addictive potential of intense sweetness. As if the higher sugar consumption isn’t bad enough, it is correlated with a significant decrease in milk consumption. Rates of heart disease and diabetes have also increased in a similar pattern to the sug-

ary beverage line. The influence of media, targeted advertising, availability and the relatively low cost of sugar drinks have all added to the tempting trend to switch out healthier alternatives for less expensive ones. But what if drinking healthier was more cost efficient? If a tax of one cent per ounce is placed on sugary drinks, the state of Maryland alone would generate about $243,933,134 if people still decided to buy the products, according to calculations from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The kind of revenue gained could be used to create access to healthy beverages and foods in socioeconomically challenged areas where obesity-related illnesses run

rampant due to a lack of affordable food choices. Over time, people won’t feel the need to spend extra money for sugary beverages when healthier, more affordable alternatives exist. This could very well create a domino effect for positive healthy lifestyle changes and reduced incidence of disease. Having an occasional soft drink will not pose a threat to your health, but, when thinking of the accumulative results displayed by the Oxford rat study, it is easy to make a small treat turn into an unhealthy habit. A sugar tax seems to be the most viable solution to help stimulate lasting changes that will make people think twice before taking a sip of that soda.

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Levying a tax on sugary drinks is a sweet deal for US you probably don’t mind too much. The tax rate is too low to deter consumers from buying soft drinks, which are a cause for international health concern. It is common knowledge that obesity has become an epidemic in recent years, with approximately 12.5 million children and adolescents classifying as obese. But what effect has sugary drinks had on this figure? Is the harm significant enough to create a heavy tax? From a public health perspective, the answer is clearly yes. More studies are emerging around the world on the effects of sugar on the body. While the term “sugar high” is loosely used in common culture, it actually may not be too far from the truth.

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Obama’s strategy should focus on men too any health care provider and preventative care (mammograms, infant care) without a co-pay. Also, insurance companies cannot charge a higher premium for women. While Obama does have strong female support, reports have shown he does not have a strong male following for his campaign. Also, not all women are pro-abortion rights and not all believe that insurance companies should cover birth control, as Obama believes. To open the political landscape, Obama needs to focus on devising a plan that will strengthen the national economy. According to The Huffington Post, Obama wants to discourage outsourcing by repealing the tax deductions companies can claim when they move overseas. Conversely, the plan also involves giving a 20 percent tax credit to companies who move to the U.S. to create jobs. Another element of his plan to boost the economy includes a minimum tax rate to keep on-the-fence companies from leaving the U.S. On the other hand, Republican candidate Ron Paul’s plan involves reducing the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, getting rid of the estate tax and extending Bush’s tax cuts. Paul also plans on repealing Obama’s health care reform law and making social security voluntary by turning it into a block grant. His plan also includes cutting congressional pay and giving himself a salary of $39,336, which is about the average American’s income. In a CNN Money report, Ron Paul’s plan will reduce the debt to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to 76 percent,

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Women do not “deserve” birth control. As a woman, I’m not supposed to say that, but as a person who was raised with a strong Catholic background, I am. However, Catholicism doesn’t have a place in this statement. It doesn’t really have a place in this debate, if you ask me. This is about the difference between have-tos and want-tos. When I was growing up, my dad considered teaching the difference between “what you want to do” and “what you have to do” a vital part of parenting. I agree with him. But, I think society is slipping in this regard. Sexual liberation has presented some serious confusion. We want sex. We don’t have to have sex. More importantly, another lesson my father taught me – we have to take responsibility for our choices. Should women be able to take charge of their reproductive health? Yes. Diaphragms, the pill, IUDs – they all allow us to do this. For women, since we have the brunt of the risk in sexual encounters, contraception is a huge concern. We can’t be truly sexually liberated until we don’t have to worry about these risks. Men like Rush Limbaugh have presented us with the old dichotomy: the Madonna or the whore. By calling a woman who wants contraception a slut, he gave this new power. Women don’t deserve this, especially in a society that encourages men to have sex and idolizes those men who have many sexual partners. Men and women should be considered equals in sexual responsibility. Should men have a responsibility? Yes. Condoms and the in-development male birth control give them a choice here, too. But, the government shouldn’t have to provide birth control free of cost to everyone. Women can choose not to have sex with a man who doesn’t have a condom. Men can choose not to have sex with a woman who doesn’t have protection of her own. Everyone needs to be held accountable. I have health insurance. I pay $5 per month for birth control. Why should I consider it an attack on my sexual health to keep paying for this? Especially when my grandfather, and countless others like him, is struggling to get the coverage he needs on heath services like oxygen. Shouldn’t the services we need to survive come before the services we want to make sex cheaper? Shouldn’t the have-tos come before the want-tos?

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THE WVU CYCLING CLUB meets from 8-9 p.m. in the Bluestone Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, call 540533-1122 or email wvucycling@


THE DAVID C. HARDESTY JR. FESTIVAL OF IDEAS hosts Dr. Reza Aslan at 7:30 p.m. in The Erickson Alumni Center’s Ruby Grand Hall. Aslan, a frequent guest on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, is an engaging speaker who addresses modern Islam with wit and optimism. For more information, visit


WVU PRSSA hosts a charity fashion show from 5-7 p.m. in the Blue and Gold Ballrooms of the Mountainlair. Tickets can be purchased in the Mountainlair for $3 with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club. For more information, call 304-6689787 or email jared.lathrop@ A REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY SEMINAR by Adam Eifert takes place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2055 of the Agricultural Sciences Building. Eifert will speak on “Heat stress on fertility in domestic animals during drought conditions.” For more information, call 304-293-1936 or email


THE DIVISION OF FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES INVITED SEMINAR SERIES presents Craig Stricker from 3-4 p.m. in Room G08 of Lyon Tower. Stricker, a research biologist for the United States Geological Survey’s Denver field station, will be discussing “Isotopic Insights into Ecosystem Ecology.” For more information, call 304-293-0049 or email nicolas.zegre@mail. THE MUSLIM STUDENTS ASSOCIATION OF WVU hosts Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Dr. Aaron Gale at 6 p.m. in Room G-21 of Ming Hsieh Hall. Wahhaj, a nationally renown speaker and activist, and Gale, the religious studies coordinator for WVU, will examine the role Jesus Christ plays in Islam and analysis of his impact in the Abrahamic faiths.


THE PNC PRACTICUM PROGRAM – ECONOMIC SEMINAR SERIES presents Arye Hillman from Bar-llan University. It will be held in Room 441 of the Business & Economics Building from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, email william.trumbull@


THE PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA meets at 4 p.m. in 103 Martin Hall. KAPPA PHI, a Christian women’s service organization, meets at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church on the corner of N. High and Willey streets. For more information, email or visit RIFLE CLUB meets from 6-8 p.m. in Room 311 of the Shell Building. For more information, email Abbey at or Bob at FREE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Advanced Conversation Group meets at 6 p.m. at the Blue Moose Cafe for conversation, friendship and free English conversation lessons. New friends are always welcome. For more information, email Erin at mclv_advanced_conversa-

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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 www.well. 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.-4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples and group counseling. Please visit www.well.wvu. edu 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 304-598-6094 or email rfh@

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HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year emphasizes communication. When you sense that an interaction might be off, detach and look at what the other person might really mean. At the same time, your intuitive side evolves. You will get better and better at clearing up misunderstandings. A partner often might spew out words without thinking. If you are attached, learn not to take everything your partner says personally. If you are single, others find you very attractive; however, getting a relationship to go beyond dating could be challenging. Go with the flow. LIBRA demands one-on-one relating. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You might need to reveal more in a conversation than you normally do. Remember, it is your objective to help someone understand a decision. Once you unite as a team, you will be close to unbeatable. Carefully evaluate what is going on between the two of you and also with your relationship. Tonight: Continue discussions. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHH Defer to others and open up. Confusion weaves its path. Why the sudden insecurity? Slow down, and don’t make quick assumptions or decisions for the next few weeks. Use this time for soul-searching and sensitivity. You will want this foundation when events suddenly happen. Tonight: Have a long-overdue chat. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHH Your ruler, Mercury, starts its backward dance, signaling that it is time to slow down and approach life with more awareness. The wise twin will not make commitments dur-

ing this time. Be aware that someone you meet might not be the person you think he or she is. Tonight: Racing around. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHH Just when you thought your timing was perfect to talk to a boss, parent or other authority figure, you discover otherwise. This person could be acting a bit off. Play the waiting game. In the long run, you will be happier. Tonight: Leave problems behind. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH You are called upon to use your insight. First, detach from a problem or situation. Next, understand what is happening within your immediate circle. If your personal and/or domestic life is not as you would like it to be, your professional or public life could be affected. Be careful. Tonight: Close to home. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Communication could be off. Whether you sense a haze surrounding someone’s words and/ or an outright misunderstanding depends on the people involved. Try to confirm your appointments. Repeat a seemingly controversial sentence to its author so that he or she can hear it, too. Tonight: Hang out with easygoing friends. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH Money is essential to living, yet you might find a problem concerning your finances. This problem could involve a partner, if you are not careful. Touch base with your basic needs before making any commitments. Tonight: Balance your checkbook. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH You might want to be more aware of your expectations. A partner or friend could dis-

appoint you in the near future without intending to. Perhaps you set the bar too high. Still, let your imagination play into plans or a project. Tonight: Not everything has to be serious. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH You might decide to say little, as you pull back and do some important thinking. Others, from bosses to partners, seem to be unusually flaky or difficult. Don’t make any decisions or commitments at this time. Tonight: Nap, then decide what feels right. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH You know what you want, but somehow, even if you verbalize just that, it is misunderstood or misrepresented. Tap into your inner strength. A meeting could be more important than you realize. Tonight: Where people are. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHH You feel as if you must jump through hoops to achieve your immediate goals. Tune into your sensitivity when dealing with others. You might not understand why everyone is scattered, but accept that they are. You see the end results. Tonight: A must appearance. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH Detach from a confusing situation without blaming anyone. With some distance and a lot of discussion, you will understand more. The issue might be that you need to be more careful with messages and calls in the next few weeks. Do not stand on ceremony. Tonight: Let your mind wander. BORN TODAY Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (1947), singer James Taylor (1948), poet Jack Kerouac (1922)


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Hank Williams III brings country, punk, metal hybrid to 123 BY cHARLES YOUNG & hUNTER hOMISTEK da staff

Being the grandson of Hank Williams Sr., one of country music’s most revered legends, is a lot of pressure. Add to that also being the son of one of country music’s most controversial icons, Hank Williams Jr., and you begin to get a clear picture of what led the family’s black sheep, Hank Williams III, to forge his own musical direction and to become a bona-fide outlaw legend in his own right. Hank III, as he known to his fans, will bring his hillbilly hybrid of country, punk and metal to the stage of Morgantown’s 123 Pleasant Street March 19 at 8 p.m. According to the 123 Pleasant Street website,, all tickets for the show are sold out. Hank III, who as well as performing under his own name, plays in a number of punk and metal bands, said his set at 123 will encompass all aspects of the music that has influenced him. “It’s just a diverse audience and a long show covering four different styles throughout the night,” he said. “All these

things aren’t captured in my other projects, but they’re all important to me, and I always give 110 percent to whatever I do.” The evening will begin with a set of songs in the vein of traditional country, in which Hank III will pay homage to his late grandfather. As the night moves on, he said the show will switch its focus toward paying his respects to “doom rock and the heavier hillbilly stuff.” Hank III, who has been touring his brand of bombastic shock-and-awe country for nearly two decades, said he is no stranger to playing 123 Pleasant Street and always leaves the venue having had a good time and wishing to return. “West Virginia is always just an intense show and there is a lot of strong blood in the audience,” he said. “We’ve been playing there for years and hope to continue on for many more.” The show will not feature an opening act and will begin as promptly as possible, Hank III said. “Be on time, and if you’re a lady, don’t wear open toed shoes and you’ll be fine.” daa&

Hank Williams III will perform a diverse set featuring four types of music during his performance at 123 Pleasant Street March 19.

WVU School of Theatre and Dance is poised to offer dance major in 2013 by Nick Westdock A&E Correspondent

The West Virginia University’s School of Theatre and Dance is soon hoping to open a new chapter in their history at WVU. The school, which is part of the College of Creative Arts, has begun the process of implementing a dance major into the current program. Joshua Williamson, director of the School of Theatre and Dance, expects no trouble having the changes approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The major could be approved in the spring of 2013 and could be available to students in the fall of that year. “I foresee that WVU’s dance program will take the lead in introducing innovative approaches and models in dance education,” said Yoav Kad-

dar, director of the dance program. “These will not only benefit those who are focused on a career in dance as an art form, but it will open the door for students who would like to take their passion and love for this art into other disciplines.” Kaddar, who came to the university a few years ago. marked a new era for the School of Theatre and Dance. He has played a huge roll in pushing for the establishment of the dance major. “This is an exciting time for dance at WVU and also in our state. At a time where most dance programs around the country and the arts in general are being cut back, here at WVU and in West Virginia there is the foresight that the arts are indeed important and are integral to the culture and education of future generations and the citizens of this state,” Kaddar said.

Earlier this year, he managed to have dance instructors from the television show “So You Think You Can Dance” visit the university. He was also the mastermind behind WVU’s summer dance program. The camp, which is in its second year, was so successful participants asked that it be returned this year as an overnight camp. Dancers ages 11 through college students are invited to stay in the dorms for one week and take part in dance classes, workshops and performances. Scheduled for June 11-16, anyone interested is urged to contact the School of Theatre and Dance. Both Kaddar and Williamson hope the new major will complete the triple threat of theater – acting, singing and dancing. daa&


Yoav Kaddar, director of the WVU dance program, and Maureen Mansfield Kaddar, right, close the first act of ‘Dance Now!’

Universal’s ‘Lorax’ trumps Disney’s ‘John Carter’ with $39.1M weekend LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax” has easily beaten Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter” at the weekend box office. Studio estimates Sunday put Universal Pictures’ “The Lorax” at No. 1 for the second-straight weekend as the animated adventure based on the children’s book took in $39.1 million. That raised its 10-day domestic total to $122 million, making “The Lorax” the top-grossing movie released this year. “John Carter,” based on “Tarzan” creator Burroughs’ tales of the interplanetary adventurer, opened in second-place with $30.6 million. That’s an awful start given the whopping $250 million that Disney reportedly spent to make “John Carter,” which also earned generally poor reviews that will hurt its long-term prospects. The movie’s salvation could come overseas, where “John Carter” opened in 55 markets with $70.6 million, giving it a worldwide total of $101.2 million. The stronger international business helps, but that worldwide total still pales compared to global debuts of $200 million and up for many modern blockbusters. “We would have hoped for more considering the larger economics of the film but are still encouraged with how it’s been received by audiences that have seen it and hope to see that generate positive word of mouth for the balance of the run,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution. The Warner Bros. teen comedy “Project X” held up well in its second weekend with $11.6 million to finish at No. 3 and raise its domestic haul to $40.1 million. Elizabeth Olsen’s horror tale “Silent House,” released by Open Road Films, opened modestly at No. 4 with $7 million. Olsen plays a young woman terrorized inside her family’s spooky summer home. Eddie Murphy’s comedy “A Thousand Words,” a leftover shot in 2008 and finally

dumped into theaters by distributor Paramount, was a dud at No. 6 with just $6.4 million. The movie features Murphy as a fast-talking literary agent and neglectful family man who gets a lesson on the important things in life after discovering he has only a thousand words left to utter before he dies. “A Thousand Words” was so bad it had a perfect score on the film critic site Rottentomatoes. com: all of the 37 reviews compiled there for the movie were negative. “John Carter” at least managed 49 percent favorable notices of the 170 reviews compiled there. That’s still not a recipe for staying power at the box office, particularly with such a bad opening in the United States. “If you just take the domestic number, it’s not a very pretty picture,” said Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker “But if you look at the worldwide opening weekend of a hundred million dollars, that’s pretty solid.” “John Carter” casts “Friday Night Lights” co-star Taylor Kitsch in the title role as a 19th century Civil War veteran whisked away to Mars, where he falls for a beautiful princess and becomes a hero in the red planet’s own civil war. Disney executives noted that the movie had a 25 percent uptick in domestic business from opening day Friday to Saturday, saying it was a sign that audiences were talking up “John Carter” to friends. But the movie drew only 41 percent of its viewers from the under-25 crowd, indicating that Hollywood’s key audience of young action fans was not interested. Overall domestic business rose again as studios continued their 2012 box-office roll. Revenues totaled $140.5 million, up 8.7 percent from the same weekend last year, according to Receipts have climbed every weekend this year, with domestic revenues inching above $2


Universal’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” has taken root at the top of the domestic box office, with robust midweek growth of more than $3 million per day and a likely second-weekend gross of around $50 million following its year-topping $70 million opening. billion so far in 2012, an 18 percent increase over last year’s. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1. “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax,” $39.1 million ($1.4 million international). 2. “John Carter,” $30.6 million ($70.6 million international). 3. “Project X,” $11.6 million ($3 million international). 4. “Silent House,” $7.01 million. 5. “Act of Valor,” $7 million. 6. “A Thousand Words,” $6.4 million.

7. “Safe House,” $5 million 4. “Intouchables,” $6.7 ($6.1 million international). million. 8. “The Vow,” $4 million ($2.4 5. “Safe House,” $6.1 million. million international). 6. “Hugo,” $5.8 million. 9. “This Means War,” 7. “War Horse,” $5.2 million. 8. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game $3.8 million ($9.4 million international). of Shadows,” $4.3 million. 10. “Journey 2: The Mysteri9. “The Artist,” $3.7 million. ous Island,” $3.7 million ($9.2 10. “The Devil Inside,” $3.6 million international). million. Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak: 1. “John Carter,” $70.6 million. 2. “This Means War,” $9.4 Find us on million. 3. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” $9.2 million.


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Jury will soon offer finale in ‘Housewives’ trial LOS ANGELES (AP) — For eight seasons, Marc Cherry has woven conflict, mystery and death into the story lines of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” but soon 12 jurors will be the ones supplying suspense for the veteran television writer. Deliberations in actress Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful termination lawsuit begin this week, with the panel deciding whether they believe the actress was fired after complaining Cherry, the series’ creator and show-runner, struck her on the set. He denies walloping her and contends her demise from the hit series was a long-planned plot point. Seven days of testimony have revealed conflicting stories that could easily have been scripted in the “Housewives” writers’ room, providing a fascinating look behind the scenes of a hit prime-time series, complete with financial pressures, cast conflicts and secret meetings all on display. Jurors have watched montages and outtakes from the show, including the 48 and counting deaths aired since the series began in 2004. Much of the case has centered on the events in 2008, but moments after actor James Denton finished testifying, jurors heard an inadvertent spoiler about his character. Cherry has portrayed Sheridan as a polarizing figure on set, bickering with Teri Hatcher during the first season, not unlike the plot line at the time. He also testified that Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman were “relieved” to learn in December 2008 that Sheridan’s role as Edie Britt was being eliminated. Yet he praised Sheridan as an actress who performed so well in the show’s pilot that he lobbied to make her a series regular and share the show’s profits. Jurors won’t hear directly from Longoria or Huffman after a judge deemed their testimony unnecessary. Sheridan attorney Mark Baute has noted that none of Cherry’s allegations of bad behavior were ever documented, and Cherry himself maintains he opted to kill off Edie in the fifth season primarily for creative reasons. Baute has accused Cherry and others of conspiring to make it appear they made the decision before the on-set fight, when Cherry instead cut Sheridan’s role only after ABC officials cleared him of wrongdoing. Her departure allowed the show to save much of the $200,000 per episode Sheridan would have earned if she sur-

vived into season six. Cherry and George Perkins, an executive producer, have said “Desperate Housewives” was under pressure at the time to cut costs. If she wins, Sheridan is seeking more than $6 million. “Desperate Housewives” was a ratings powerhouse in its early seasons, attracting more than 28 million viewers on some Sundays, but its audience has dwindled in recent years. It has won seven Emmy awards and as of last year earned more than $1.129 billion. Nearly 15 million viewers tuned in on the night in March 2009 when Edie’s character escaped strangulation and survived a car crash, only to be electrocuted by a downed power line. Baute has said the scenario reflects Cherry’s animosity toward Sheridan after she accused him of striking her. “The primary reason I killed off the character was because I thought it was the best thing for my show,” Cherry said. The dispute between Sheridan and Cherry on Sept. 24, 2008, began as a discussion over a punch line. The actress was to briefly appear in a scene featuring her on-screen husband struggling to write a song with Denton’s character. Edie suggests they write a love song and an initial script called for Sheridan to ap sing a few bars of The Beatles Nicollette Sheridan is seeking $6 million dollars from the producers of ‘Desperate Housewives.’ tune “She Loves You.” Producers didn’t want to business attorney, Neil Meyer, pay royalties and so they cut the Wild Cherry hit. The next day she told Per- of the results. “It felt like a the song. Sheridan felt the scene wasn’t funny anymore kins that she wanted an- whitewash,” he told jurors. Whether a bouquet would without the song and pulled other apology, and this time Cherry aside to discuss how to Cherry should send flowers. have resolved the issue will He refused. never be known. make it better. Under oath, Cherry said The veteran writer testified (Spoiler alert:) “Desperate Housewives” Sheridan appeared confused he thought he merely offended by his instructions to use phys- the actress and since his origi- is in its final season, and the ical comedy - a tickle or pinch nal apology was sincere, a sec- trial is being discussed on the to her stage husband after he ond one was unnecessary. “I set, Denton said Thursday. He jokes that “needy” rhymes with thought, no, no, that’s saying told jurors Edie’s death wasn’t Edie. To demonstrate, Cherry something more.” surprising to him. “I can’t say said he tapped her on the head. While jurors will have to de- I was shocked, only because Sheridan contends it was cide whether Cherry inappro- people get killed so often,” he a “wallop” delivered by her priately touched Sheridan, the testified. Denton didn’t reveal it, but a frustrated boss. She left the key issue is whether they beset stunned and humiliated, lieve her complaints led to her later witness did - his character dies in Sunday’s episode. but ultimately uninjured. Al- firing. though there were several reThere’s no good outcome Cherry, two former ABC exwrites of the scene, scripts en- ecutives and others have tes- from the case, Denton said, betered as evidence show none tified they held a secret meet- cause someone will lose more called for a character to be hit ing and approved killing Edie than they already have. in May 2008. But two former Edie’s death ended Sheriin the head. She reported the matter to writers testifying for the ac- dan’s multimillion dollar payher attorney and hugged a tress claim the decision wasn’t days, and Meyer told jurors he hasn’t been able to find her contrite Cherry in her trailer made until December 2008. shortly after the incident. SherThat month, an ABC inves- acting work in two years. idan finished filming, this time tigation, launched after a NaBaute asked Cherry how using the punch line, “Play that tional Enquirer story on the long the feelings of regret funky music, middle-aged dustup, declared the incident about his spat with Sheridan white boys.” She didn’t sing it, as minor without interviewing have lasted. so the show wouldn’t have to either Cherry or Sheridan. “Well,” he said, “going on pay license fees for riffing on They informed Sheridan’s three and a half years now.”


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“Jaycee Dugard, I am so proud of you, your courage, your ability to press onward toward the future and toward a more victorious life for yourself and for using your courage your strength and your power to show the world that you care,” Winfrey said. Following Winfrey’s introduction, Dugard took to the stage, getting emotional as she thanked her mother for never giving up hope of finding her. She also spoke about her JAYC Foundation, which aims to give support to families dealing with abduction and other tragedies. “My hope is to be remembered for what I do and not for what happened to me,” Dugard told the audience.


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Ashley Oaks 2BR $380/Person $760 Valley View 1BR


Valley View 2BR $320/Person


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Copperfield 2BR $370/Person


Copperfield 2BR/2BA $397.50/Person $795 FOR MAY. UNIQUE Apartments 2, & 3 BR Close to main campus. Washer/Dryer, Dishwasher, Private Parking. Pets w/fee. 508-788-7769.

3/BR, 2/BA RANCH ON 1 ACRE. CAC. 10 minutes from both hospitals. $900/mo. NO PETS. Call 304-282-8769.

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FURNISHED HOUSES 2BR IN NICE RANCH STYLE HOME walk to Coliseum. 2 FEMALE roommates wanted. $455/room includes utilities. 304-257-7143 JEWELMANLLC.COM close to downtown, next to Arnold Hall. 3,4,5&6/BR houses. Excellent condition. A/C, W/D, parking and yard. Utilities included. No dogs. 12 month lease. 304-288-1572 or 296-8491

Patteson Drive BK Please apply online COACH’S BAR AND GRILL now hiring bartenders,servers and cooks Call 304-685-1884 to schedule an interview. HELP WANTED Front desk receptionist/ spa attendant at high end salon. Please call 304-598-9200.

HELP WANTED GOLF SHOP ASSISTANT. Gold Shop assistant wanted at the most exclusive, private club in the area. Duties to include, but not limited to taking players clubs from their cars to the driving range, setting up and attending to the driving range, assisting two PGA Professionals with their duties, player registration, assigning caddies, tournament operations, and the opening/closing of the golf shop. Excellent customer service and communication skills mandatory. Computer and retail experience helpful. Inquiries to Chris McGinnis at Pikewood National GC (304)846-3312. SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) is looking for WVU Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students to serve as Assistant Head Mentor and Mentors for WV High School Students during our Summer Institute Program. 2012 Summer Institute dates and training are July 12 to July 27. For more information and an application see the HSTA Web site at or contact Wanda Stone at 304-293-1651. THE BIGGEST MOBILE DEEJAY COMPANY IN THE STATE IS LOOKING TO ADD QUALITY PEOPLE IN TIME FOR THE BUSY WEDDING SEASON. No experience required. Must have outgoing personality. Call 304-692-6526.



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CONTACT US 304-293-5092 ext. 3 | DAA&

Concert to raise funds for new pianos by Alex Panos A&E WRITER

West Virginia University’s School of Music is presenting a Steinway Campaign Concert – a special tribute concert to commemorate Professor James Miltenberger’s 50 years at WVU, while also raising money for new Steinway pianos. The celebration is set to take place Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. “We’re combining a celebration of his (Miltenberger’s) career with awareness of the Steinway campaign,” said Keith Jackson, the director of the WVU School of Music. Jackson said there are two main reasons the WVU School of Music has decided to upgrade its current piano inventory. The first is that the current piano collection is very outdated. Pianos should last an average of 30 years. The average age of the CAC’s pianos is currently approximately 40 years.

“They’re as old or older than the CAC,” Jackson said. Secondly, according to Jackson, Steinway brands are the “Mercedes of pianos.” Piano players are the only musicians who do not provide their own instrument. As a result, the pianists in the School of Music are being forced to make too many adjustments quickly during concerts and recitals when they transfer from the depreciated pianos in the practice room to the newer ones on stage. Jackson said the WVU School of Music is actively pursuing ways to raise funds and is committed to providing the best possible pianos for its students. Becoming a school stocked with Steinway equipment – a goal that will cost the CAC $4 million dollars for the purchase of 65 pianos – will also help them recruit top all-Steinway artists for performances and possibly even as instructors of masters classes at WVU. While promoting the awareness of the “Steinway Campaign” is a goal of the event,

“great music making” remains a top priority, Jackson said. The event will feature a combination of jazz and classical compositions. During the classical portion of the show, former Creative Arts Center dean Gil Trythall will be debuting his original piece titled “Sonata for Piano and Computer.” The jazz show will feature the Miltenberger Jazz Quartet and faculty members Jackson, Paul Scea, Michael Vercelli and Al Wrublesky, along with WVU vocal student Anna Lama. Music alumni Scott Green and Kevin Lloyd, along with special guests former saxophone professor Curtis Johnson and trumpet player James Moore, will also be in attendance for the event. Jackson said everyone on board for the concert is looking forward to it because it provides a unique opportunity. “We’re pretty excited, especially with the coming-home aspect,” Jackson said. “We don’t all get to perform together that often.” A post-recital reception

WVU’s School of Music will present a Steinway Campaign Concert Sunday at 7:30 p.m.


open to the public will be held 5511 or at the door on a first- Concert call the College of Crecome, first-serve basis. ative Arts at 304-293-4359. in the CAC lobby. Tickets can be purchased for For additional information $25 each by calling 304-293- about the Steinway Campaign daa&

UKF Dubstep present KOAN Sound and Gemini at 123 By Josh Ewers


123 Pleasant Street will be hosting a dubstep show of mammoth proportions featuring world-renowned acts KOAN Sound and Gemini Tuesday. If there is one pattern that the extremely variant genre of dubstep generally follows it’s the buildup and the drop. The buildup’s purpose is to create suspense and to get the listener’s heart racing and head nodding for the bass-blasting catharsis ahead. Morgantown’s electronic music fans have been anxiously living out the buildup for

weeks, and now it’s almost time to finally drop the bass and get dancing. The night’s clash of dubstep titans will be hosted by none other than elite dubstep and drum and bass promotion group UKF Dubstep (United Kingdom Funky). The groups’s goal is to promote shows and raise awareness of the genre that has, partly due to their efforts, been experiencing quite the boom in recent years. As for the artists, they’re a duo of acts that represent the future of the ever-evolving sound. KOAN Sound is just about

as big as it gets in the world of dubstep. The Bristol, England-based duo began as simply Will Weeks and Jim Bastow. But the two climbed through the ranks, riding the wave of the ever expanding Bristol dubstep scene to achieve massive popularity worldwide. That’ll happen when you put out a really great electronic release on a label owned by Skrillex, who is greatly responsible for the explosion of dubstep in the U.S. In recognition for their ascent to fame the two men have received numerous honors including hitting number one on the Beatport releases

chart, receiving the award for Best Breakthrough Artist at the Dubstep Music Awards and getting covered by Rolling Stone magazine. Also hailing from Britain’s burgeoning dubstep community is solo act Tom Slinger, or Gemini. Gemini is experiencing a rapid ascension of his own. At the age of 21, he has already remixed or been asked to remix tracks by some of the world’s biggest stars including Deadmau5, Nicole Scherzinger, French-Soler, Diddy, Willow Smith, Jamiroquai, Kelis, and Hadouken. Gemini’s “Fire Inside” EP is scheduled for a March 25 release, so there

may be a chance concert-goers might be in for hearing some new tunes on the night. Two things the audience can be certain of are that the foundation of 123 Pleasant street will be tested by earth-shaking bass, and they have an opportunity to have a mesmerizing dance experience. West Virginia University sophomore and self-described electronic music enthusiast John Morgan is one of many students who eagerly await the music and atmosphere of Tuesday’s show. He also knows how much this could mean for the electronic scene in Morgantown

and West Virginia, in general. “It’s good to finally be put on the electronic music map in a sense,” Morgan said. “When you think West Virginia, you usually think only country or rock n’ roll, so I’m really excited about it, and I think it’ll be a great thing for the area. Hopefully, if there’s a good turnout and a fun atmosphere it’ll lead to more dubstep acts coming through in the future.” The show will be for ages 18 and up only, and doors will open at 9:00 p.m. Tickets can still be purchased online for $13. daa&

The DA 03-12-2012  

The March 12 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.

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