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Friday April 13, 2012

Volume 125, Issue 136

A UNIVERSITY UNITED Redding, Zuccari lead United Party to win in near election sweep Did not vote 25,167

Voter Turnout Voted 2,681

President/Vice President 1. Redding/Zuccari (United Party)

Board of Governors 1. Bridgette Boyd 2. Molly Callaghan 3. Joe Reidy 4. Christian Guy 5. Devon Lopez 6. Abdul Aziz Alshammari 7. Zach Eichelberger 8. Andrea Mucino 9. Jason Cohen 10. Kylie Sphar 11. Kartik Motwani 12. Harrison Wellford 13. Morgan Riddle 14. Ryan Campione 15. Dillan Knox

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Zach Redding, United Party presidential candidate, is lifted in celebration after hearing news of his party’s win Thursday night.

by mackenzie mays city editor

The United Party will lead the West Virginia University Student Government Association in the 2012-13 academic year, after claiming all but one seat on the board of governors. Zach Redding and Jared Zuccari were named the new president and vice president Thursday night after an almost clean sweep against The Golden Ticket. “We’ve worked so hard over the past couple of months to get our names out there and show students that we care. We wanted to represent them, and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” said Redding, a junior political science student from Hanover, Pa., who served as a governor this year. “We’re ecstatic that everybody came out and voted. From this point forward, all we can do is represent the students.” A total of 2,681 students voted in the

election – about nine percent of the student body and the lowest turnout in more than a decade. This was the first year students voted at designated polling stations throughout campus – a new regulation imposed after allegations of “massive voter fraud” in the 2011 election. Zuccari, a junior multidisciplinary studies student from Fairfax, Va., whose brother served as SGA president two years prior, said he’s ready to give the students what they want. “Me and Zach have worked so hard for this, and the students have spoken on who they want to represent this University,” he said. The SGA Judicial Board met Thursday night, around the same time the winners were announced, to address allegations against the The United Party.

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Rashad Bates, presidential candidate for The Golden Ticket, who lost the 2012-13 SGA election, consoles a friend upon hearing the news.

Spring Spectacular allows World Language students to bring lessons to life by jessica lear staff writer

Students in the West Virginia University Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics are bringing what they’ve learned to life in the Spring Spectacular. “The Spring Spectacular is a collection of performances that include skits, dances and songs that students within the Department of World Languages write, perform and plan, usually with supervision of their graduate teaching assistants,” said Lisa DiBartolomeo, a professor and organizer of the event. The sixth annual Spring Spectacular will be held tonight at the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street and will feature students studying a variety of World Language programs. DiBartolomeo hopes the event will also inspire students in the audience to take language courses in the future. “The goal is to publicize the fun you can have studying and

“It’s been proven that language education increases your brain activity and helps open up new neural pathways. It is also increasingly important in a globalized economy. You can’t be successful and competitive these days unless you know a language other than English.”

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learning languages – to show we’re not just a boring service department,” she said. “I started it because it’s fun.” Language education can not only increase brain power, but may also prove worthwhile when searching for a job after graduation, DiBartolomeo said. “It’s been proven that language education increases your brain activity and helps open up new neural pathways,” she said. “It is also increasingly important in a globalized economy. You can’t be successful and competitive these days unless you know a

language other than English.” Since its inception in 2007, the Spring Spectacular has allowed language students to express the knowledge they have learned in the classroom through various creative media. “It gives the students an opportunity to show off their skills and their cultural knowledge,” DiBartolomeo said. “It shows the practical applicability of the languages their studying and gives them an outlet for extracurricular learning.” DiBartolomeo said the event helps expose students

to languages they may know nothing about. “It’s a nice opportunity to branch outside of the classroom to see what people in other languages are doing because not everybody knows what they do in Arabic or Japanese,” she said. “It’s also a good opportunity for the teaching assistants to really get active and come up with interesting ideas.” World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics student Courtney Knost, who will participate in a Russian skit tonight, agrees that the event creates a unique opportunity for language students. “It makes learning more fun,” she said. “It’s one thing to learn a language out of a book but another to involve yourself in something you really understand.” Various clubs, including the Russian club, the Spanish honorary Sigma Delta Pi and the German club, will be selling refreshments and T-shirts at the event, which begins at 6 p.m.

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Forestry department creates sustainable firewood project by bryan bumgardner staff writer

A project at West Virginia University is seeking to maintain West Virginia’s most common renewable resource – firewood. The Friends of Firewood network is designed to promote sustainability and education among firewood producers. WVU forest research professor Dave McGill said he and his partners started the project to boost the unique – and virtually undocumented – industry. “Lots of people across the state depend on firewood. It serves us in a lot of ways other heat sources can’t,” he said. McGill and his partners will promote sustainability and education, he said, which will benefit both firewood producers and state forests. “If we can establish a network of people who produce firewood across the state, we’ll have an easier conversation

about how we can maintain a healthy firewood industry,” he said. The Friends of Firewood initiative will identify and evaluate firewood dealers across the state to gauge their environmental awareness, safety practices and attitudes towards increased regulation. The program will also provide training sessions on wood identification, chain saw safety, sustainability practices and business management. Sessions will be held around the state, McGill said. The programs are advertised on the Friends of Firewood social networking site, where producers can have access to safety information, other producers and business support. Throughout the state, signs warning about firewood pests damaged public opinion about firewood, something McGill said he hopes to change.

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University’s ‘Destination Dentistry’ reaches out to prospective students by jessica lear staff writer

The West Virginia University School of Dentistry will host its third annual ‘Destination Dentistry’ event to educate students about the dental profession Saturday on the Health Sciences Campus. Destination Dentistry allows in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students at West Virginia institutions to learn about the admissions process and what it is like to be a dental student. “Destination Dentistry is an opportunity for pre-dental students to explore careers in dentistry, and more specifically, to become better prepared for the admissions process to the dental school,” said Shelia Price, Associate Dean for Dental Admissions, Recruitment and Access at the School of Dentistry. “It will also give students firsthand insight into a day in the life of typical dental student.” First year dentistry student Amy Governor said her experience with Destination Den-

tistry helped her when she applied to dental school. “You get insight into what their values are, what they’re looking for in a student and what they can offer you back as a student,” she said. “You get an idea of what they’re looking for and hopefully they’re what you’re looking for as well.” Governor said participating in hands-on activities during Destination Dentistry got her excited to start dental school. “Destination Dentistry allowed students to ask questions, so you got direct feedback on your admissions questions,” she said. “I knew this was what I wanted to do, but Destination Dentistry helped with the decision even more.” Aside from learning how to become successful applicants, Destination Dentistry will also focus on the role of dentistry in health care, Price said. “We also want to open the students’ eyes to the importance of oral health and its relationship to overall health,

understanding that without oral health a person cannot be healthy,” she said. “Oral health is the starting point for health.” Price said pre-health advisors have also been known to participate in Destination Dentistry to gain a better knowledge about how to assist their students when applying to the WVU School of Dentistry. “We’re providing students and advisors with a tool box to make them better prepared for the admissions process,” she said. “We also want to give them insight into what they would experience as a dental student and recognize the incredible need for dedicated oral health professionals.” The WVU School of Dentistry is known for conducting outreach programs to middle school, high school and undergraduate students. Price said Destination Dentistry is another way the school tries to transform students’ dreams of being dentists into reality. Throughout the day, students will get advice on how

to write a good personal statement, obtain shadowing experiences and develop interview strategies. During the “Lunch and Learn,” attendees will also hear from current dentistry students about the importance of community service, leadership and research in dentistry. Price said by helping students through the admissions process and exposing them to important topics in the field, the potential to develop quality oral health care professionals in West Virginia greatly increases. “There is a growing demand for dentists and a very critical need to improve access to care for underserved populations,” she said. “There is a major push nationally for dental education to develop strategies to eliminate oral health disparities. One way to do that is to recruit, admit and retain high-quality students who are committed to becoming excellent clinicians.”

Biden: Romney is out of step with American values EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Eyeing the November election, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney “out of touch” and “out of step” with history and basic American values. Biden also opened a new line of attack, introducing the “Romney rule” and contrasting it with President Barack Obama’s push for the so-called “Buffet rule” to force rich people to pay more of their income in taxes. The measure, named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, says the wealthy should not pay taxes at a lower rate than middle-class wage-earners. In contrast, Biden said Romney not only wants to make Bushera tax cuts permanent but also would give the wealthy additional yearly tax cuts worth more than the annual income of a typical middle-class family. “It amazes me. He offers this prescription as if it is somehow a new idea – like it’s something that we haven’t seen,” Biden said. “Folks, you’ve seen the movie. It doesn’t end well. Where has he been? Could it be he’s out of touch?” Biden said Romney wants to take the nation down the same road that led to economic recession. “It is true that the very top did very well, but the impact was our economy faltered, the middle class shrunk, the poor got poorer, and ultimately, the economy collapsed,” he said. Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said Biden’s speech made clear that the only campaign promise he and Obama are willing to keep is raising “taxes to fund their


Vice President Joe Biden speaks the Town Hall in Exeter, N.H., Thursday. bloated spending and big government agenda.” New Hampshire voters “realize that this president has failed to create jobs and they are ready to replace him with a successful businessman like Mitt Romney who will turn around our economy,” Williams said. While stressing that he wasn’t questioning Romney’s patriotism, Biden also called Romney’s economic views “out of step with basic American values” of rewarding hard work and ensuring that everyone follows the same rules. “Gov. Romney calls the president out of touch,” he said. “Hey, how many of y’all have a Swiss bank account? How many of you have somewhere between $20 and $100 million

in your (retirement account)?” The trip was Biden’s third of the year to New Hampshire. Obama won the state in 2008 but it’s expected to be heavily contested in November. His approval rating in the state, after hitting a low point in October, had rebounded to just above 50 percent in February, according to a WMUR Granite State Poll. The survey also found Obama ahead of Romney in a general election match-up. As the general election campaign begins, Biden’s comments have given voters a peek inside the Democratic playbook. He has delivered a series of hard-hitting campaign speeches in the past few weeks, branding Romney as “consistently wrong” and “uninformed” on foreign policy, as someone aiming to “end Medicare as we know it” and as an advocate of the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. While Obama largely avoids direct engagement, Biden is diving into the No. 2’s traditional attack-dog role – earlier and more aggressively than usual, some say – with comments designed to singe Romney. The Romney campaign hasn’t let Biden’s critiques go unchecked and has pushed back at specific statements

and dredged up past Biden comments that cast Obama in a poor light. Before Biden’s visit to New Hampshire, former Gov. John Sununu issued a tonguein-cheek welcome on behalf of Romney’s campaign. “I don’t agree with much of what Joe Biden says, but I completely agreed with him in 2007 when he said Barack Obama wasn’t ready to be president. That was true then, and is still true today,” Sununu said. Ticket mates are typically expected to land the toughest blows in presidential politics. It lets the presidential nominee stay above the fray and focus on loftier goals and grand themes of their campaigns. Biden had 36 years of Senate experience – and two stunted presidential campaigns of his own – when Obama selected him in 2008. He was seen as the seasoned hand to the relative newcomer Obama and a plainspoken campaigner who could connect to blue-collar voters. “We saw this four years ago, Joe Biden playing off Barack Obama’s more cerebral, professorial, contemplative style,” said University of Missouri professor Mitchell McKinney, a scholar of political rhetoric and presidential debates. “Biden has had that persona of shoot-from-the-lip and take-itto-them sort of style.”

Stocks surge; HewlettPackard leads Dow higher NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging signs from two of the most important zones of the world economy, the powerhouse of China and the debt-burdened countries of Europe, drove the Dow Jones industrial average up 181 points Thursday, its second-biggest gain this year. China’s central bank reported a surprising jump in loans in March. That eased concerns about a sudden slowdown in the Chinese economy, whose growth has helped pull the globe out of recession. Italy’s government easily sold $6.4 billion in bonds to investors. After the auction, borrowing rates for Italy fell, European stock indexes reversed earlier declines and worries about the continental debt crisis eased, at least for the day. “European governments have a mountain of debt coming due early this year,” said John Canally, investment strategist at LPL Financial in Boston. “Some of what you’re seeing today in markets is a bit of relief that they’re working through it.” In New York, the Dow Jones


“I’m hoping to do big things this year,” he said. Continued from page 1 All results are unofficial until the election is certified next The United Party was found week. responsible for campaigning too close to the polling stations Board of governors (in orand was fined a total of $10. der of most votes): Rashad Bates, presiden1. Bridgette Boyd: At-risk tial candidate for The Golden students, mentor programs Ticket, said while it was a tough and scholarship and internloss, he is proud of his party’s ship awareness 2. Molly Callaghan: Antihard work on the campaign. “We ran a clean campaign bullying awareness from the beginning. We stuck 3. Joe Reidy: Class schedulto our word and to our values,” ing and an easier registration Bates said. “I guess SGA will process 4. Christian Guy: Local be fine. Regardless who won or lost, it will still be here.” government 5. Devon Lopez: Overall However, The Golden Ticket claimed a victory in Ryan Cam- improvements pione – the only Golden candi6. Abdul Aziz Alshamdate to win. mari: International student “We got our best governor awareness on, and we’re excited for him,” 7. Zac Eichelberger: Sexual assault prevention Bates said. Campione, who received the 8. Andrea Mucino: Tradimost votes in last year’s elec- tions and school spirit tion, received 14th place this 9. Jason Cohen: Campus year out of 15 seats. technology “You can push and push and 10. Kylie Sphar: Alcohol work as hard as you can, but education and an amnesty once you’re at the finish line, program the cards are on the table and 11. Kartik Motwani: Wireless that’s it,” Campione said. “My internet on campus hope is that people can regain 12. Harrison Wellford: Stufaith in SGA, and I look for- dent opinions 13. Morgan Riddle: Study ward to working with everyone and continuing to push abroad awareness my platform.” 14. Ryan Campione: ImOver the years, Campione proved information services has worked to better the stu15. Dillan Knox: Transdent body by reforming visita- parency and financial tion policies in residence halls responsibility and pushing for a new dinAthletic council: ing facility on the Evansdale 1. Stephanie Rosnick: AlcoCampus. hol sales at athletic events He now hopes to imple2. Zack Lusher: More effiment a centralized informa- cient football ticketing system tion help service for the WVU community.


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industrial average climbed 1.4 percent to close at 12,986.58. It was the Dow’s biggest jump since March 13 and put the average within sight of clearing 13,000 again. After the market closed, Google reported earnings that were ahead of analysts’ estimates and said it would issue a new class of non-voting stock to shareholders. Google rose 0.5 percent in aftermarket trading. On Wednesday the stock market snapped out of a fiveday slump, its longest and deepest of the year. Investors were worried about European debt, slower job growth and the Federal Reserve’s resistance to taking further steps to boost the economy. “I think the fear was overdone,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James. “This is the manic nature of the stock market. The sentiment seems to shift back and forth day by day. Either the economy is booming or it’s completely falling apart.” In other trading, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose

“We definitely want to promote firewood. It’s a renewable resource, and we’re always talking about how we can plan to manage our forests in a sustainable fashion,” he said. McGill said he believes a unified plan of sustainability and production will preserve the industry – and the forests. “We will be using the resources, but also assuring that

those resources will be available to use in the future as well,” he said. The program was developed in association with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the West Virginia Forestry Association and WVU personnel in the Appalachian Hardwood Center. To learn more or to register for the Friends of Firewood program, visit www.wvfirewood.

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Pakistani parliament approves proposals on US ties ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s parliament on Thursday unanimously approved new guidelines for the country in its troubled relationship with the United States, a decision that could pave the way for the reopening of supply lines to NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan. The guidelines allow for the blockade on U.S. and NATO supplies to be lifted, but also call for an immediate end to American drone strikes against militants on Pakistani soil. However, the lawmakers did not make a halt in the CIA-led missile attacks a prerequisite to reopening the supply lines, as some lawmakers had been demanding. The government and the army will use the recommendations as the basis for re-engaging with Washington. Ties between the U.S. and Pakistan all but collapsed in November after U.S. airstrikes inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan

border, after which Islamabad blocked the supply lines in protest. Washington wants the relationship back on track. The U.S. State Department expressed respect for the Pakistani parliament’s decision. “We respect the seriousness with which parliament’s review of U.S.-Pakistan relations has been conducted,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. “We seek a relationship with Pakistan that is enduring, strategic, and more clearly defined. We look forward to discussing these policy recommendations with the Government of Pakistan and continuing to engage with it on our shared interests.” About 30 percent of supplies used by NATO and U.S. troops in landlocked Afghanistan are transported through Pakistan. Washington also needs Islamabad’s cooperation to negotiate an end to the Afghan war because many insurgent leaders are based on Pakistani soil. The drones are a source of

popular outrage in the country and have fueled anti-U.S. sentiment, although Pakistan’s powerful army has tacitly aided the missile attacks in the past, weakening Islamabad’s official stance that they are a violation of sovereignty. Washington has ignored previous entreaties by the parliament to end the strikes, and is seen as unlikely to change its policy now. Despite calls by Islamists for a permanent supply line blockade, few inside the Pakistani government or the army believed this was desirable, given that Pakistan relies on the U.S. and other NATO countries for its economic survival and diplomatic and military support. Soon after the deadly airstrikes on the border, the Pakistani government on parliament to draw up new guidelines for Islamabad’s relations with the U.S. The government’s move was widely seen as way to give it political cover for reopening the routes. The national security com-

mittee presented a first set of proposals last month but opposition parties riding a wave of anti-American sentiment rejected them, seemingly unwilling to share any fallout ahead of elections this year or early next. But on Thursday the opposition voted with government lawmakers to approve a revised set of guidelines, which differed little from the original ones. Opposition lawmakers didn’t explain why they had dropped earlier objections, but they could have come under pressure from the army or extracted other, unrelated concessions from the government. The guidelines call for NATO and the U.S. to pay Pakistan more for the right to ship supplies across its soil and stipulate that no arms or ammunitions be transported. Western forces have only ever trucked fuel and other nonfatal supplies across Pakistan because of the risk they could fall into the hands of insurgents.

“We believe that the world has heard the voice of the people of Pakistan,” Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told parliament. “I would like to assure the house that our government will implement the recommendations that have been made in both letter and spirit.” Gilani did not say when the supply lines would reopen. Western officials have said Pakistan would come under intense criticism if routes remained blocked during a NATO conference in Chicago May 20-21 where more than 50 heads of state will discuss progress on ending the war. Washington’s public line has been that it is waiting for the parliament to finish its review before calling for Pakistan to reopen the routes. It has refused to apologize for the border incident in November, and last week put a $10 million bounty on the head of a militant leader believed close to Pakistan’s security forces. Behind the scenes, however,

negotiations have been going on between the U.S. and Pakistan over the supply line issue and drone strikes. It was unclear whether there has been any new agreement on the strikes, which Washington believes are key to keeping al-Qaida on its back foot. U.S. officials had said they had offered Pakistan notice about impending strikes and new limits on which militants are being targeted. For most of the Afghan war, 90 percent of the supplies came through Pakistan, but NATO has increased its reliance on an alternate, so-called “northern” route, through Central Asia in recent years. Increased use of the northern route has removed some of the leverage Islamabad had over the West, but at a cost to the coalition. Pentagon officials now say it costs about $17,000 per container to go through the north, compared with about $7,000 per container to go through Pakistan.

Syrian opposition vows protest to test shaky truce Report: Collapsed Ind. fair BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s opposition called for widespread protests Friday to test the regime’s commitment to an internationally brokered cease-fire that the U.N. chief described as so fragile it could collapse with a single gunshot. Regime forces halted heavy shelling and other major attacks in line with the truce that began at dawn Thursday, though there were accusations of scattered violence by both sides. The government ignored demands to pull troops back to barracks, however, defying a key aspect of the plan, which aims to calm a year-old uprising that has killed 9,000 people and has pushed the country toward civil war. “The onus is on the government of Syria to prove that their words will be matched by their deeds at this time,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Geneva. He said the world was watching with skeptical eyes. “This cease-fire process is very fragile. It may be broken any time,” Ban added, saying “another gunshot” could doom the truce. The presence of tanks and troops could discourage any large gatherings, but the leader of the opposition Syrian National Council, Burhan Ghalioun, urged Syrians to demonstrate peacefully on Friday. “Tomorrow, like every Friday, the Syrian people are called to demonstrate even more and put the regime in front of its responsibilities – put the international community in front of its responsibilities.” A massive protest would be an important test of the cease-fire – whether President Bashar Assad will allow his forces to hold their fire and risk ushering in a weekslong sit-in or losing control over territory that government forces recently recovered from rebels. So far, the military crackdown has prevented protesters from recreating the powerful displays of dissent seen in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands of people camped out in an extraordinary scene that drove longtime leader Hosni Mubarak from power. If the truce holds, it would be the first time the regime has observed an internationally brokered cease-fire since Assad’s regime launched a brutal crackdown 13 months ago on mass protests calling for his ouster. “The test will come when we start to see protests across the length and breadth of the country,” said Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center. “Is the Assad regime willing to accept that there will likely be hundreds of thousands of people on the streets in the next few days? And will they accept those protesters, if they are not breaking any laws, occupying certain spaces and

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This image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed Thursday purports to show Syrians holding Syrian revolutionary flags during a demonstration in Deir el-Zour, Syria. towns and centers of towns, should that start to arise?” An outbreak of violence at a chaotic rally could give the regime a pretext for ending the truce. And it would be difficult to determine the source of such an attack, given that Syria is largely sealed off from journalists and outside observers. The U.N. chief’s envoy, Kofi Annan, urged the 15-nation U.N. Security Council to authorize an observer mission that would keep the ceasefire going and to demand that Assad order his troops back to barracks, U.N. diplomats said. The council could adopt a resolution on the observers as early as Friday, the diplomats said on condition of anonymity because the meeting was closed. Western powers, skeptical that Assad will call off the killings, said an end to violence is just the first step. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron urged Syria’s allies Russia and China to help “tighten the noose” around Assad’s regime. Russia and China have blocked strong action against Syria at the Security Council, fearing it would open the door to possible NATO airstrikes like those that helped topple Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton noted that Assad failed to comply with key obligations, such as pulling back tanks. “The burden of fully and visibly meeting all of these obligations continues to rest with the regime,” she said. “They cannot pick and choose. For it to be meaningful, this apparent halt in violence must lead to a credible political process and a peaceful, inclusive democratic transition.” The U.S. Embassy in Damascus published an image on its Facebook page that purports to show tanks deployed within the city of Homs. “Clearly, Assad is not complying,” the embassy said. Bassma Kodmani, a spokeswoman for the opposition Syrian National Council, said a

heavy security presence, including checkpoints and snipers, remained in the streets despite the cease-fire. “There is no evidence of any significant withdrawal,” she told reporters in Geneva. “The real test for us today is if people can go and demonstrate peacefully” she added. “This is the real reality check.” But analysts said the apparent halt in government attacks suggests Assad’s allies are pressuring him for the first time, after shielding him from international condemnation in the past. Annan has visited Russia, Iran and China to get the broadest possible backing for the plan. On Thursday, the Russian and Chinese ambassadors called the Syrian cease-fire an important step and said they supported implementation of all points in the Annan plan – including the troop and equipment withdrawal. “We’re encouraged that we do now have a cessation of violence in Syria,” Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said. “We hope it holds. Everybody needs to behave with maximum prudence for that to happen.” “Frankly, there is one thing which Mr. Annan, I hope, is going to accomplish very soon – clear-cut agreement by opposition leaders to enter into dialogue with the Syrian government,” Churkin added. “This so far has not happened.” There were signs of how easily the Annan plan could fray. In the hours after the 6 a.m. deadline, at least four civilians were reported killed –

three of them by sniper fire – and the state-run news agency said “terrorist groups” set off a roadside bomb that killed a soldier. But there was no sign of the heavy shelling, rocket attacks and sniper fire that have become routine. Troops also intensified searches at checkpoints, tightening controls ahead of possible large-scale protests Friday. Although Syria promised to comply with the cease-fire, the regime carved out an important condition – that it still has a right to defend itself against the terrorists that it says are behind the rebellion. The government denies that it is facing a popular uprising. Instead, the regime says, terrorists are carrying out a foreign conspiracy to destroy Syria. Because the regime has treated any sign of dissent as a provocation, many observers fear that an abrupt end to the bloodshed will be all but impossible. In the early days of the Syrian rebellion, Syrian forces used tanks, snipers and machine guns on peaceful protesters, driving many of them to take up arms. Since then, the uprising has transformed into an armed insurgency, with more and more protesters taking up arms and rebels forming a fighting force to bring down the regime. The rebel Free Syrian Army, made up largely of army defectors, has said it will observe the cease-fire. But the opposition is not well-organized, and there are growing fears of groups looking to exploit the chaos.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people during last summer’s Indiana State Fair wasn’t up to industry standards and the tragedy was compounded by the lack of a fully developed emergency plan, according to two reports released Thursday. During a 90-minute presentation to the Indiana State Fair Commission, representatives of engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti and emergency planning advisers Witt Associates detailed the results of their separate investigations into the Aug. 13 collapse, which happened just before the country duo Sugarland was to perform and which also injured dozens of people. Fair organizers were not legally required to have the stage inspected because it was a temporary structure, Thornton Tomasetti reported. But company vice president Scott Nacheman told the commission that the metal rigging structure didn’t meet the industry standard, which would require it to be able to withstand wind gusts of 68 mph. Gusts reached an estimated 59 mph when the rigging collapsed, he said. The company determined that parts of the rigging’s support system began to give way at wind gusts of 33 mph and that by the time the gusts reached 43 mph, the structure could no longer support itself. “Once gravity had taken over there was essentially no way the structure could support itself,” Nacheman said. “Gravity takes over and the structure fails.” The report says the stage structure had support wires attached to concrete barriers used as ballast to hold it in place, but that the sys-

tem was inadequate to withstand lateral forces such as high winds. The state hired Thornton Tomasetti to review the stage structure and Washington-based Witt Associates to investigate the fair’s emergency plans and response. Charlie Fisher, a vice president for Witt Associates, told the commission that “an ambiguity of authority” resulted in confusion and uncertainty as officials discussed whether to postpone a concert just before strong winds blew stage rigging onto waiting fans. He said fair organizers’ overall state of preparedness “was not adequate” for an event that size, their emergency response plan and procedures weren’t fully developed, and they didn’t utilize the plans they did have on the night of the collapse. Kenneth Mallette, vice president of preparedness services at Witt Associates, said weather conditions had been a topic of discussion and analysis throughout the day. He said a fair representative asked Sugarland’s tour manager to delay the start of the show, but the band resisted, its tour manager saying, “It’s only rain. We can play.” About 20 minutes later, State police Capt. Brad Weaver, who was backstage, expressed concerns about the approaching weather and urged fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye to shut down the concert minutes before the collapse, Mallette said. “We need to call this. We need to call this off,” Weaver told Hoye, according to Mallette. Hoye nodded in agreement, but by the time they were heading to the stage to cancel the show, the rigging collapsed, Mallette said.


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Fall break may be problematic Everyone enjoys a little extra time for rest and relaxation, especially after enduring a stressful period, such as midterms. This is why West Virginia University officials are proposing a fall break, which may be implemented in the next school year. The break would be an extended weekend falling on the ninth week of classes. “Studies show a break like this could help decrease behavioral problems and even keep students motivated and

stay in school longer,” said WVU Faculty Senate Chair Lesley Cottrell. The break sounds like a good idea for WVU students, faculty and staff, but it could present some problems. Some fear the new fall break may force the University to shorten Thanksgiving break. This is the one time of the school year on which students can rely. There is no debating its schedule, Thanksgiving always occurs on the last Thursday in November, and many

look forward to the tradition of spending the entire week with family. Other students may be concerned whether dorms will be open during the proposed break. Since it will be an extended weekend and not an entire week, many students may choose to stay in Morgantown and not make a long trip home. If the dorms are closed, students will be forced to spend extra money – which many can’t afford – to drive home for a weekend.

Furthermore, football games may be hindered. If a large number of students leave town, the student section may be empty. With WVU entering the Big 12 next year, students should pack the stands at every game, giving other schools within the conference a promising first impression of WVU. The University will also be under the gun because of its required 15 weeks of instruction. The break may demand further changes to the schedule – possibly beginning the se-

mester earlier and extending its length. Faculty senate will further discuss the issue at its meeting on May 14. It is a great idea to implement new ideas to increase students’ progress, but the University should not go forth with the new break at too high of a cost. While the time off would surely be enjoyed by all, we must put priorities first.

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GSA scandal a result of bureaucratic incentives garrett hunter columnist

Since 2009, the tea party movement has been determinedly protesting what they see as oppressive taxation and runaway government spending. While some Americans are surely turned off by the movement’s sometimes vitriolic rhetoric, it seems at least one federal agency deserves every ounce of scorn the tea party can muster. Enter the General Services Administration. The GSA – responsible for federal supplies procurement and property management – is supposed to set the standard in Washington for cost minimization and the responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Earlier this month, however, GSA chief Martha N. Johnson resigned when investigators discovered that her agency spent $823,000 on an outrageously extravagant 2010 employee training conference in beautiful Las Vegas, Nev. The expenditures included $7,000 worth of sushi, $75,000 for a team-building exercise in which trainees worked together assembling a bicycle, $146,000 in catered food and drinks and more than $6,000 in “swag” – key chains, Tshirts, etc. Conference attendees were housed at the lavish M Resort Spa Casino just outside Las Vegas. The event even had party clowns and a psychic. Finally, as if to gleefully poke taxpayers right in the eye, one GSA employee put together a video (“Federal Worker ‘American Idol’”), celebrating the agency’s ability to spend your money, free of oversight. The video took the top prize in a talent show that capped off the four-day Las Vegas conference. This sickening betrayal of public trust speaks for itself. The GSA’s obvious waste of taxpayer money would be maddening enough if it were confined to a single incompetent agency, but the problem


General Services Administration chief Martha N. Johnson resigned when investigators discovered that her agency spent $823,000 on an outrageously extravagant 2010 employee training conference in beautiful Las Vegas, Nev. goes much deeper. The lavish event described above is the predictable result of a culture in which government bureaucrats become far too comfortable spending other people’s money. Such a system virtually guarantees that waste, fraud and abuse will thrive. The incentive structure actively encourages it, largely because of the way Washington budgets money. Every time Congress or the executive branch looks to allocate money to a bureaucratic agency, they treat that agency’s current budget as a baseline from which to work – thus

the term “baseline budgeting.” This system assumes that agencies are using their current funds properly and only makes slight, gradual changes to their budgets. Of course, if an agency fails to use all the funds at its disposal, it can expect a reduced budget in the future. This motivates bureaucrats to spend every last penny they can, whether it makes fiscal sense or not. Worse yet, failing agencies almost always blame their poor performance on inadequate funding, leading the most worthless and ineffective federal bureaus to receive

more and more tax dollars. Keep this in mind the next time you hear a politician call for budget cuts in a pandering speech. Nine times out of 10, the “cuts” politicians propose only reduce projected future spending. Bloated budgets still grow, just at a slower rate. With wordplay like this, is it any wonder this country’s budget deficit (currently around $1.3 trillion) grows by the day? Compare this incentive structure to that of a private business. In the private sector, entrepreneurs and business owners risk their own money to provide the goods

and services they believe people want to buy. The private businessman’s goal is to maximize profits, which typically go into his pocket. This strongly motivates him to minimize costs and maximize his business’s operational efficiency. Thanks to open competition in the free market, private businesses must always strive to produce the highest quality product for the lowest cost possible. If his business turns out a shoddy product on the free market (which by definition rules out the possibility of a government bailout), it quickly closes up shop.

These differing incentive structures lay bare the case for shrinking the bloated federal government and allowing free markets to work. Federal bureaucracies like the GSA inherently commit waste and fraud on a regular basis – it’s in their nature. By contrast, competitive free markets encourage the economizing of resources and ever-increasing efficiency. Unless more Americans begin embracing the latter model and rejecting the former, our country will continue down a dangerous financial path with which the Greeks are all too familiar.

Instagram: Facebook’s billion-dollar insurance policy josh davis correspondent

As many people may have heard Monday, social network front-runner Facebook bought mobile photo-sharing service Instagram for $1 billion. Many are shocked because Instagram is only two years old and consists of only 13 staff members. Its 30 million users upload five million photos a day, but Instagram doesn’t even have an interactive website – just links to download its app. What could Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook, see in a company with no revenue and hardly any staff? Is Zuckerburg trying to escape the hole he’s dug for himself in the past with Facebook users while advancing in the world of social


media at the same time? Was it a smart move to make? It’s not completely about what Instagram has, but it’s what Zuckerburg sees Facebook lacking – a prosperous relationship with smartphones. Instagram took a simple behavior – sharing photos among friends – and made it a dayto-day utility that people want. Facebook has lost its mojo in regards to photo sharing. Instagram allows a user to take a photo from a phone, apply a filter and post it to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous or Foursquare while allowing an asymmetry in the network, like Twitter, to choose who you follow and others to decide whether to follow you. With all of these options made available, Instagram didn’t support advertisements or sell its users’ data, which Facebook has been accused of profiting wildly from

in the past. According to CNN, 25,000 Instagram users accessed Instagram’s service, Instaport, within six hours to pull photos prior to the takeover, due to accusations about user privacy. Aside from the possibility that Zuckerburg wanted to rekindle a dying flame with photo-sharing to cater to new and old users through a new medium, the actions taken to cement his position in social media over rivals surely had to play a part. Smartphones, which are inherently social, are taking over. Facebook rules the social world right now, but that’s a flimsy hold and Zuckerburg knows that. Facebook was born on the desktop, which initiates a huge risk, leaving Facebook to take advantage of the coming shift to mobile. Facebook barely makes any money from its mobile form,

aside from having numbers of people who only access it that way. Obtaining Instagram makes a way for Facebook to pull itself into the future of social that’s in the midst of developing. Although they may have not gained a single extra user, they’ll all inevitably be tied tighter to the biggest network. Buying Instagram not only eliminates a rival, but it also gives Facebook a technology that is receiving relentless adoration and exposure. Along with Instagram, Facebook is also diminishing another rival. Google, also born on the desktop, has been desperately attempting to hinder smartphones as its domain through Android software. Buying Instagram, which doesn’t offer a Google+ sharing option, could have given Google a way to draw in the users, primarily photographers, who have made Google+ a

“big hit”. Well, that door’s been closed. Pictures were the heart to Facebook’s success – the easy sharing made it stand out against early rivals. Today, it is the largest photo-sharing social network website in the world – with nearly 850 million users uploading 250 million photos per day. Combined with Instagrams mobile appeal and careful integration on Facebooks behalf, the move made sure Zuckerburg will prosper. In a sense, it makes as much sense as Google buying YouTube for $1.6 billion in 2006 before the importance of web video was made obvious. The path to dominance has been cleared and Pinterest, arguably the worlds fastest growing social network, may be put on the backburner. I hope Zuckerburg doesn’t throw a curveball later down the road by trying to incorpo-

rate brands and advertisement into his new extension like he did with Facebook. He’ll have to tread lightly as Intagram users are a passionate group who already worry their app will end up in dismay like other clever online services have, swallowed by tech brutes like Google and Yahoo – pushed to the side, forgotten and then deleted. Thus far, it seems Zuckerburg has played the right cards in solidifying his position while generating advancement in the ever-changing industry. It will take time for trust to be regained from users, though. Ironically, while all this uproar is going on dealing with digital photo sharing, 131-year-old film pioneer Eastman Kodak Co. is struggling through bankruptcy courts due to their lack of execution in the face of advancing technology. Weird.

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THE GEOGRAPHY COLLOQUIUM presents “Political Geographies of Violence or Violent Political Geographies? The State of Migration on Islands” by Alison Mountz from Syracuse University. The presentation takes place from 2-5 p.m. in Room 325 of Brooks Hall. For more information, call 304-2930384 or email brenden.mcneil@ A DOCTORAL CHAMBER PIANO RECITAL by Sheila Barnhart takes place at 6 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall of the Creative Arts Center. For more information, call 304-2934359 or email charlene.lattea@ A DOCTORAL VIOLIN RECITAL by Genaro Medina takes place at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall of the Creative Arts Center. For more information, call 304-293-4359 or email charlene.lattea@mail.


LUNCH FOR A BUCK takes place at the Campus Ministry Center on the corner of Willey and Price streets. For more information, call 304-292-4061. THE CHABAD JEWISH STUDENT CENTER offers a free Shabbat Dinner every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Chabad House. For more information, email or call 304-599-1515. WVU HILLEL offers a Shabbat Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillel House at 1420 University Ave. For more information or a ride, call 304-685-5195. CAMPUS LIGHT MINISTRIES hosts its weekly meeting and Bible study at 7 p.m. in the Bluestone Room of the Mountainlair. GLOBAL INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP AT WVU, a hospitable community for international students and scholars, meets at 6 p.m. for community dinner and Bible discussion. For more information, email


OPEN GYM FOR VOLLEYBALL is from 2-4 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. No commitment or prior experience is necessary. Just show up and play. For more information, email Mandy at mhatfie3@ CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 5 p.m. TRADITIONAL KARATE CLASS FOR SELF-DEFENSE meets at 10:30 a.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center.


TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH offers services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The church is located on the corner of Spruce and Willey streets. WVU WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE club team holds practice at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Fields. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS offers a service for students at 10 a.m. at the chapel on Willey Street. For more information, call 304-296-7538. WVU HILLEL offers a Bagel Brunch at 12:30 p.m. at the Hillel House at 1420 University Ave. For more information or a ride, call 304-685-5195. MOUNTAINEERS FOR CHRIST hosts a supper at 6 p.m. and a bible study at 7 p.m. at the Christian Student Center at 2923 University Ave. PAINTBALL TEAM practices at Mountain Valley Paintball Park. For more information, visit or email CHRISTIAN STUDENT FELLOWSHIP hosts free dinner at 6:15 p.m.

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followed by a worship service at 7 p.m. at 2901 University Ave. For more information, email Gary Gross at SIGMA THETA EPSILON, a National Christian Service Fraternity, would like to invite any men interested in the fraternity to attend its meeting at 5 p.m. at the Campus Ministry Center. For more information, email CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. All are welcome. SINGLE ADULT DINNER for the never-married, widowed and divorced is held at 5 p.m. More information, call 866-948-6441 or visit


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@ LITERACY VOLUNTEERS is seeking volunteers for one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and English as a second language. Volunteer tutors will complete tutor training, meet weekly with their adult learners, report volunteer hours quarterly, attend at least two in-service trainings per year and help with one fundraising event. For more infor-

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mation, call 304-296-3400 or email CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. THE WELLWVU CONDOM CLOSET is held in the Kanawha Room of the Mountainlair every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-noon. The closet sells condoms for 25 cents each or five for $1.00. THE WELLWVU CONDOM CARAVAN is held in the main area of the Mountainlair from noon-2 p.m. every Wednesday. The caravan sells condoms for 25 cents each or five for $1.00. MOUNTAINEER SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is an all-volunteer nonprofit that promotes spay/ neuter to reduce the number of homeless pets that are euthanized every year. M-SNAP needs new members to help its cause, as does ReTails, a thrift shop located in the Morgantown Mall. For more information, visit THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of every month at noon at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. All students and faculty are invited. For more information, email amy.keesee@mail.wvu. edu. THE CHEMISTRY LEARNING CENTER, located on the ground floor of the Chemistry Research Laboratories, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. FREE STUDENT SUCCESS SUPPORT, presented by the WVU Office of Retention and Research, helps students improve on time management, note taking reading and study skills as well as get help with the transition to WVU. Free drop-in tutoring is also available every night of the week in different locations. For more information, visit or call 304-293-5811. THE M-TOWN MPOWERMENT PROJECT, a community-building program run by and geared toward young gay or bisexual men 18 to 29, is creating an environment in the Morgantown community where young men can feel empowered to make a difference in their lives. MPowerment also focuses on HIV and STD prevention education. For more information, call 304-319-1803. COMMUNITY NEWCOMERS CLUB is a group organized to allow new residents of the Morgantown area an opportunity to gather socially and assimilate into their new home community. For more information, visit NEW SPRING SEMESTER GROUP THERAPY OPPORTUNITIES are available for free at the Carruth Center. The groups include Understanding Self and Others, A Place for You, Sexual Assault Survivors Group, Social Anxiety Group and Solution Focused Therapy Group. For more information, call 304-293-4431 or email THE FRIENDS OF THE MORGANTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY are seeking new members and volunteers for weekly book sale inventory. For more information, inquire at the front desk on Spruce St., downstairs during sales every Tuesday and the first and third Saturday of every month or call 304-292-7579. THE ROYCE J. AND CAROLINE B. WATTS MUSEUM, located in the Mineral Resources Building on the Evansdale Campus, presents its latest exhibit “Defying the Darkness: The Struggle for Safe and Sufficient Mine Illumination” through July 2012. The exhibit focuses on the history mining lights, and displays a wide variety of mine lighting implements. The Exhibit is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 304-293-4609 or email


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BORN TODAY This year the more conscious you are of your feelings, the greater success you will experience. Know that you cannot sit on your anger. You will learn to express your feelings in an effective manner. Sometimes, if you are honest with yourself, you feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities. If you are single, you will have a lot to work through personally. Choose a person with understanding. If you are attached, the two of you are more connected than in the past. You might choose to make a commitment together to your family or community. AQUARIUS is a loyal friend.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Rethink a personal decision. Deal with others on a one-on-one level. You might not be sure about what you want. Once you can nail that down, you will have a sympathetic audience. Tonight: Be around music.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You might feel as if everyone is throwing boulders in your path. Surprise! You’ll just skip over them as you clear out a lot of issues. You have an unusual opportunity to start the weekend early. Tonight: Join friends for a dinner and maybe even a movie.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Remain sure of yourself. Recognize that someone who always makes you feel a bit insecure could be projecting his or her issues onto you. If you have kept a situation bottled up for too long, do not be surprised if you let it out now. Tonight: Pace yourself, and do not push.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH How you deal with a commitment could change. Use your excellent sense of timing. Your fatigue with the status quo comes through. Others finally agree with you, once they get your logic. Tonight: Out and about. A force to be dealt with. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH Keep reaching out for an important person in your life. You might feel as if you could lose the connection between you. That won’t happen if you relax and refrain from standing on ceremony. The other party will sense a change in your perspective. Tonight: Break past a self-im-

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Stay mellow, despite what is going on. Others seek you out, but they might not be as positive or upbeat as you would like. In fact, you might need to deal with someone who is depressed. You could be surprised by how much anger this person unleashes. Stay on top of your priorities. Tonight: Where the crowds are.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHHH Curb any negativity, and you’ll make yourself and others happier. Sometimes, by not feeding into negativity, you can move through your feelings quickly. Allow lighter thoughts with more mirth to come out. Others gravitate toward you. Tonight: Play up the moment. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH If you can take some much-needed personal time, please do. You have pushed past what is normal. Note the slant you put on different solutions. Look at the same issues next week at a happier moment. See

the difference. Tonight: Spending a lot of energy on a friend. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH Listen to news, return calls and ask questions. You might understand why someone has been pushing you away. Realize that you cannot do anything to change the situation. Someone you look up to clearly expresses his or her thoughts. Tonight: Hang out. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH Sometimes you need to build yourself up to make yourself feel better. Today, take stock of what you have done this week and all that you have to offer, and reconsider a judgment. You are your harshest critic. Decide to toss yourself 100 percent into all areas of your life. Tonight: Meet a friend. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Consider your options more openly. The feedback you get during a discussion with your friends might surprise you. A friend or loved one finally tells you exactly where he or she is coming from. This person could surprise you. Tonight: Be spontaneous. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH If you’re feeling off, just say so. Everyone needs some time off from their lives. You are no exception. Listen to a friend and what he or she says. This person is trying to help you out. Allow others to carry the ball. Tonight: Play it low-key. BORN TODAY American founding father Thomas Jefferson (1743), gospel singer Al Green (1946), actor Jonathan Brandis (1976)


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Friday April 13, 2012

‘Jamming for Justice’ supports coffee farmers By Hunter Homistek A&E WRITER

The Cue was alive with music and goodwill tonight, as First Hand Live “Jamming for Justice” took over the house. The event, which was organized by West Virginia University Fair Trade 2.0, brought together a diverse crop of musicians in an effort to raise funds to benefit causes such as fair trade, worker’s rights and worldwide cooperation. First Hand Live “Jamming for Justice” took aim at the Nicaraguan coffee industry, where the gap between what consumers pay and what farmers earn is tremendous. “We work to make donations for loans to help Nicaraguan farmers and workers who are entirely dependent on the coffee industry,” said WVU Fair Trade 2.0 member and event organizer Courtney Altice. To do its part in combating this discrepancy, First Hand

Live “Jamming for Justice” will donate proceeds from ticket sales to the farmers in the La Hermandad coffee cooperation in San Ramon, Nicaragua. “These people’s lives (the farmers) are essentially decided in a small window when coffee farming is possible, so we work to give them a more sustained living,” said group president Sarah Seese, a junior history and geography student. There to further support the cause were musical groups DuoGrove, Tom Batchelor Band, Clintonics and DJ Strizz. Each band brought a unique sound to the stage, but, while the music may have been different, the artists’ thoughts on the benefit cause were resoundingly consistent. “It’s so cool to play for something like this,” said DuoGrove member Matt Marion. “To give back to such a wor-

thy cause is just awesome.” Echoing this thought was DJ Strizz, a consummate professional in the DJ industry for over 12 years. “I’ve been doing this for a while, and this is the ultimate way to give back,” Strizz said. A just cause with spectacular music was certainly the theme at The Cue tonight, and all in attendance got their money’s worth with fantastic tunes and the feelgood knowledge of supporting those who truly need it. To build on last night’s success, WVU Fair Trade 2.0 is hosting a second event at Morgantown People’s Co-op at 1400 University Ave. tonight from 6-9 p.m. The event, which follows the First Hand Jive “Jamming for Justice” mantra, will feature coffee tasting and a silent art auction to further benefit the Nicaraguan coffee farmers and their families. daa&

Duo Grove guitarist plays at the ‘First Hand Live: Jamming For Justice’ at The Cue Thursday night.



Courtney Altice, senior international studies student, hula hoops to the sounds of Duo Grove Thursday night in The Cue.

Duo Grove plays for the ‘First Hand Live: Jamming for Justice’ at The Cue Thursday night.


Chocolate Lovers Day returns to Morgantown tomorrow by Emily Meadows A&E Writer

Morgantown residents with a sweet tooth are in for a treat this weekend. The 11th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Day will be held though out downtown Morgantown Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The one-day event will offer a wide assortment of delectable and creative chocolate creations at businesses along High Street. “We’ve always had success with Chocolate Day. Lots of people come out and seem very happy and satisfied,” said Coombs Flowers florist Marilyn Cale. “We get the chance to meet new people and everyone seems to really enjoy themselves.” At an affordable price of just $5, the family-friendly ex-

travaganza allows registrants to visit and sample goodies at each participating business. Guest will accumulate points throughout the day to go toward the grand prize drawing. This year’s grand prize will be four tickets to visit the chocolate empire, Hershey Park in Hershey, Pa. The treats will range from everything from chocolate chip cookies, rich homemade fudge, cake pops, brownies and more. New coffee shop Cafe Mojo will be a first-year participants with a unique twist, offering samples of chocolate espresso beverages. “We have white, dark and milk chocolate espresso drinks we will be sampling and have for sale on a regular basis,” said Cafe Mojo manager Jason Savage. “Two beans are equal to one shot

of espresso, so it’s definitely a unique boost.” The popular occasion has been highly successful in previous years and gives residents the opportunity to discover new shops, as well as experience what the various businesses have to offer. “We’ve had many people come in during the day and look around and find something to either buy it that day, or they’ll come back later to place orders and mention that they discovered it because of Chocolate Day,” Cale said. Chocolate Lovers’ Day registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the Monongalia Art Center at the end of High Street and will continue until 2:30 p.m. Be sure to get there early, you don’t want to miss a morsel! daa&

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“Today I just threw on leggings and a cardigan. I always try to dress kind of loose because it’s comfortable. My bag and my scarf are from my mom, she sells accessories so I get a lot of cool stuff from her.”

“This is my fedora, I love it. I’m also wearing high-waisted shorts, leggings from PacSun with leg warmers, and combat boots which are from Rue 21. I don’t have a specific style; I dress how I feel .

“I’m wearing a nice shirt and tie in this lovely weather today because I’m pledging a fraternity. On a normal day, I like to think I have some style; I like to look older and semidecent. I like button-downs, it looks clean. photos and reporting by BROOKE CASSIDY

Tie fashion together with scarves, the multipurpose accessory christina gutierrez

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Shirts, skirts, headbands and wraps - what do all of these wardrobe pieces have in common? They can be used to create a multi-functional piece of clothing: scarves. When we think of scarves we often associate them with cold weather accessories and as

shields from the wind. While they are great during the cold seasons, these items can also be fun in the warmer seasons. Maybe those fluffy sweaterlike scarves aren’t the best addition to a sundress or wedged sandals. But lightweight fabrics are great during the warmer seasons. Generally, scarves are cheap and easy to collect. Some scarves can be pricey but there are ways around that.

An old sheet or lining of a dress, for example, can be used for this purpose. Once you find one, or several, different patterns you love this extremely versatile fashion trick will be a sexy, go-to technique. There are several different ways to create a wrap shirt using a scarf. The thin material is perfect for those really hot days when you want to wear next to nothing. Take your scarf or cloth and fold it into a rectangle big

Rowling releases ‘The Casual Vacancy’ LONDON (AP) — It may lack wizards and witches, but J.K. Rowling and her publisher are hoping her first novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” will have the magic touch. The book’s title was announced Thursday by Little, Brown & Co. along with a brief plot synopsis and publication date. The publisher said the “blackly comic” tale of rivalry and duplicity in a small English town would be available worldwide on Sept. 27. The book will be Rowling’s first post-Potter effort. Her seven-volume saga about the adventures of a boy wizard became one of the most successful fictional series in history and led to a series of extremely popular films. The new book, aimed at a grown-up audience, will be set in a seemingly idyllic English town called Pagford which is described as far more menacing than its pretty facade would indicate. It opens with the sudden death of a popular man whose unexpected demise shocks the town. The battle for his seat on the local council sets off “the biggest war the town has yet seen,” with rich people fighting poor, parents battling their teenagers, and wives in conflict with their husbands. The publisher said the 480page novel will be sold as an e-book and audio download as well as in traditional hard-

J.K. Rowling has high hopes for ‘The Casual Vacancy,’ her first novel for adults. back form. The seven Harry Potter novels have sold 450 million copies and have been translated into 74 languages. Rowling’s final Potter offering, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was published in 2007. She published a short Potter spin-off collection of stories, “The Tales Of Beedle The Bard,” in 2008. Rowling said earlier this year she wanted to reach an adult audience, but kept the book’s name and publication date secret until Thursday. In the past, many successful children’s writers have struggled to remake themselves as adult authors. Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne, a successful playwright in his


early years, once confessed that he was forced to say “goodbye to all that” after his beloved books about the bear and friends. But Rowling has one advantage: the Potter books had a huge adult, as well as child, audience. Jon Howells of British book store chain Waterstones said “The Casual Vacancy” would likely be the year’s best-selling novel. He said the synopsis came as a surprise and suggested similarities to the work of popular mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith and Mark Haddon, a children’s writer who had a huge adult hit with “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

enough to cover your bust. Play around with the length, deciding how much belly you want exposed. For extra support and a little more visual interest, twist the rectangular shaped cloth in the middle, for a mermaid cup bandeau look. For a similar effect, try tying the scarf around the back, twisting it in front and tying it around the neck for a sexy halter top. To avoid showing too much skin here, pair this look with a long skirt or high-waisted shorts.

Another fun, easy way to wear a scarf is to fold it into a triangle and tie it around the back. This tube shirt look is quick, easy and super fun. This same garment can be used for a quick beach coverup, if you drape the scarf around your shoulders. If you do choose to try it out as a cover for your bathing suit, spice up your beachwear as well. Take the same scarf, tie or twist it down to a slender, rect-

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A member of the African Music and Dance Ensemble performs at West Virginia University’s Creative Arts Center Thursday night.

West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts held its World Music Showcase Concert Thursday. The Steel Band and African Music Ensemble made the CAC come alive with songs that were both patriotic and cultur-

ally diverse. The Steel Band, consisting primarily of drum arrangements, started off the show with the national anthem and then immediately dove into their repertoire of songs. The next piece, “Suzie,” was a fun and upbeat collaboration of sounds that lit the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre with a feeling of almost child-like enthusiasm from the performers and audience alike. Clad in their jeans and WVU Steel Band T-shirts, the band illuminated the stage with their own personal style and attitude. Wholesome fun emanated from the musicians. Swaying back and forth with smiles on their faces, the WVU Steel Band put on one of the most fun and student-friendly shows that the CAC has put on. Mitchell Marozzi, a senior mechanical and aerospace engineering student, has been playing performing with the group for three semesters and performed in the evenings two ensembles. Though Marozzi said that he enjoyed performing with the Steel Band and African Music and Dance Ensemble, he also enjoys playing with the Brazilian Ensemble performing later this month. “I’m probably most excited about the Brazilian Ensemble” Marozzi said. “It’s a smaller group, and the songs kind of groove a little bit better. The music is sort of Latin, but at the same time has a sort of pop feel to it. It’s hard to ex-

plain, but when you hear it, you know it’s good.” The second half of the concert showcased the African Music and Dance Ensemble, with guest artist Tijan Dorwana in one of his first U.S. performances. With performances from both a female African ensemble group and an all-male group – though they seemed somewhat scattered and less rehearsed – they were able to keep some of the same spirits alive, especially with the performance of the male ensemble. In traditional African garments and headdress, Dorwana entered the stage accompanied only by his first instrument of the evening, a bow-like contraption, and his sheer talent. The musician described that his instrument and his second piece were used as forms of relaxation in his country of Ghana after a long day on the farms. Not only did Dorwana play music, but every word from his mouth was accompanied by a smile, light joke, and laughter from the audience. Corey Orban, a senior music student and member of both ensembles said Dorwana plays the gyil – an African xylophone. “(It) is already a cool instrument, a really unique sound, and he’s one of the best at that instrument in the world, so it’s really a treat to have him at West Virginia University,” he said. daa&

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The West Virginia soccer team talks in a huddle during the team’s spring match against the MLS’ Columbus Crew. The Mountaineers lost 1-0.

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West Virginia looks for first win of spring season against Wake Forest after 0-2 start by alex sims sports writer

West Virginia men’s soccer head coach Marlon LeBlanc wants to see more from his team this weekend. So far, WVU is 0-2 in the spring season with losses to a pair of professional squads — the Columbus Crew and Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Now, in their third game of the spring, the Mountaineers will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to take on Atlantic Coast Conference foe Wake Forest. The Saturday match, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., will serve as round one between the Demon Deacons and the Mountaineers, who will also square off in a nonconference match in fall. “They are very possession-oriented, dynamic, explosive, and they have lots of top players,” said West Vir-

ginia head coach Marlon LeBlanc. “They’re going to be an excellent team, but I think the whole purpose is to familiarize ourselves with what is going to be a pretty big road trip in the fall.” WVU will still be without a few of their key players, including senior midfielder Shadow Sebele and sophomore forward Andy Bevin, but could benefit from the return of senior forward Peabo Doue as early as this weekend. The Germantown, Md., native was medically cleared to play last week and is eager to return to the field. “I’ve been joking around with the guys because it’s been a while since I’ve played an actual game with them,” Doue said. “I feel great; I don’t have any pain or anything like that. I just need a little more game fitness.” LeBlanc said he is in no rush

to slide Doue back into the lineup, as his health for fall is the main concern. The other concern for LeBlanc is not his team’s 0-2 record, but rather how some of his young players have mishandled their playing opportunities in early spring. “We’ve got some guys who have three games left to really prove themselves,” LeBlanc said. “I think we know who our ‘knowns’ are and where they stand, and some of the other guys are going to have to pick it up a bit if they want to be contributing members on what should be a pretty good team in the fall. Those guys have to be better, and top to bottom we need to be better, but in particular we need to get more out of some of those guys who are getting their first opportunity.” WVU’s lone returning cap-

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Head coach Marlon LeBlanc wants to see more out of his team in the next match against Wake Forest.


Barber ready to become leader on WVU defense by michael carvelli sports editor

Every season, there seems to be one linebacker on the West Virginia football team who leads the way for the defense. A few years back it was J.T. Thomas, last season it was Najee Goode. In 2012, with only two seniors on the linebacker corps, it’s likely that someone stepping into that leadership role will have to be a younger player. And at this point in spring practice it looks like sophomore Jared Barber could fill that role quite nicely. Barber played 12 games as a true freshman and learned from older players, like Goode, every step of the way. “You should have at least one guy who, if somebody has a question or something, you go to that guy,” Barber said. “Najee was that guy last year, and he did a really good job of helping me and leading me and easing me into the system. “We’re just playing hard and playing together right now. (Finding a leader) will come with time.” The Mocksville, N.C., native used special teams to make a name for himself early in his freshman season. He was named special teams champion after West Virginia’s win over Maryland, when he had two tackles. By the end of the season, he had found his way into the lineup, making his first career start against Pittsburgh. That improvement continued throughout the Mountaineers’ final stretch toward a BCS appearance and he was rewarded with a start in the Orange Bowl. He didn’t disappoint. In West Virginia’s 70-33 victory, Barber finished with a careerhigh six tackles in his second start of the season. “At the beginning of last year, I played special teams and I got in some on defense, but not too much,” Barber said. “My head would spin and spin just trying to be perfect. “Now I can think (on the field), but I can also just play, and that makes me more comfortable.” With the departure of four defensive coaches, including defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, Barber and the rest of the Mountaineer defense is adjusting to the new scheme that they’ll be running under co-defensive coordinators Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson. The switch to the 3-4 defense has been going well for Barber, but he admitted it was tough seeing the 3-3-5 scheme the Mountaineers go. “That’s the reason I came here,” Barber said. “I know things happen, things change. It’s a business. It’s not that big of a deal, though. “We’re just trying to get in here and learn and watch film about everything.” Barber has impressed Patterson, who also works with

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If my memory serves me right, I have followed the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1998. I know. Depressing, right? I have been there through the countless trades that saw some of my childhood heroes shipped to big market teams in return for some minor league players who would never seem to fully develop. I have never even witnessed a winning season, as the Pirates currently have recorded 19 straight losing seasons. But, no matter the results, I still found myself glued to what was formerly Fox Sports Pittsburgh, which is now Root Sports, basically every night between April and September. Call me crazy, but I have a feeling a lot of you have done the same. Just a few years ago, I was almost ready to give up all hope of any drafts picks ever reaching potential or any trades ever working out in favor of the Buccos. But recently the tides have turned. Drafts picks such as Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Neil Walker combined for trades for players Joel Hanrahan, Jose Tabata and Jeff Karstens, appear to have a solid foundation built for years to come in Pittsburgh. Combine that with secondyear skipper Clint Hurdle’s ability to call the shots, and this is a team that, down the road, could compete in the National League. Now, I know the Pirates’ payroll isn’t exactly near the top. But it is currently right around $50 million, and it appears the front office is willing to spend money if the team begins to find success. So why I am writing a column on one of the biggest embarrassments in all four of the professional sports leagues, you ask? I would like to make a final pitch to the forgotten Pirate fans out there. I can’t blame you for your impatience. Better baseball is being played in Pittsburgh these days. Yes, the Pirates are off to a 2-3 start and have struggled to score runs, but with already three matchups against former Cy Young winners, it is understandable why runs have been hard to come by. Take a trip up to Pittsburgh for a game this season. I guarantee a quick look online will show lower level tickets available for less than $20, and you’ll get an opportunity to see the best ballpark in baseball – PNC Park. Stay patient with this team— they’re not going to be the Phillies or the Cardinals overnight. But I assure you that the embarrassment is almost over. In the next five years, the Pirates will end the losing streak, along with the universal state of depression among baseball fans in Pittsburgh.

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Mountaineers take on Eastern Kentucky in third spring game by robert kreis sports writer

Women’s soccer head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown wants to see her Mountaineer team continue to grow this weekend when they take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The match has been moved from a 3 p.m. start to a 2 p.m. start. “The spring is always about player development,” IzzoBrown said. “At the end of this April, I hope we accomplish some goals.” Throughout the spring, Izzo-Brown is expecting her players to polish their technique in preparation for the fall season. “I think it’s important individually that players develop technically,” Izzo-Brown said. “I think player development is first and foremost.” Along with making sure her team is passing with both their left and right feet soundly and settling the ball on their first touch, Izzo-Brown wants to see what different team members will bring to the table. This spring, because of injuries, a number of underclassmen are getting the chance to see a lot of action on the pitch and show IzzoBrown how they can contribute to the back-to-back defending Big East champions before the new class of recruits arrive. “I think the spring is always a great opportunity to play ev-

erybody, and give everybody an opportunity to prove themselves,” Izzo-Brown said. “The spring is a great time for returning players to show the coaching staff what they can do because the freshman come in (for) the preseason and its their time to shine.” In the Eastern Kentucky match, Izzo-Brown wants to see her team translate what they learn in practice into the game and not worry about results. “(We) are trying to work on what we’ve worked on in (the) week of training, and then apply it in (the) game,” IzzoBrown said. “The result isn’t important. “It’s a combination of can we translate what we’ve done in the weeks of practice into the game, and the development of the player.” One particular area IzzoBrown is concentrating on developing is the Mountaineer backline. The only returning member of a backline who pitched 11 shutouts last season, Bry McCarthy, is currently training with the Canadian National team. Izzo-Brown is looking to find replacements for the three departing seniors who anchored the Mountaineers last season. “We’ve lost some great seniors,” Izzo-Brown said. “Losing three of four backs is definitely a hole, but I think some people have really stepped up.” One of those players who



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Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and the West Virginia women’s soccer team went 3-1 while in Spain over the last three weeks. has stepped up while West Virginia waits for the return of McCarthy is junior Mallory Smith. Smith began last season on the bench, but eventually moved up to starting in the defensive midfield. “Mallory Smith has done a great job back there for us this spring,” Izzo-Brown said. “(When McCarthy) gets back she will be leading and guiding so that is important.” Izzo-Brown is a master when it comes to developing

a backline, and along with earning a shutout, the coach wants to see a technically sound Mountaineer squad on the pitch Saturday against the Colonels. “I’m hoping that we have the ability to keep the ball, to connect our passes and, obviously, that we can defend a shutout, but also generate most of the possession,” she said.


WVU looks to even conference record in three-game series with Rutgers by ben gaughan

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The West Virginia baseball team has flip-flopped wins and losses throughout its last six games. This weekend, the Mountaineers (14-20, 3-6 Big East) will travel to New Jersey for a threegame series against Rutgers (1615, 4-5 Big East) to try and put a winning streak together for the first time since mid-March. The first game will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s and Sunday’s starts are slated for 1 p.m. WVU sophomore righthander Corey Walter will take the mound in game one. Walter is 3-3 with a 5.72 ERA on the season and won his last decision against Villanova. The Wheeling, W.Va., native has pitched at least six innings in his last six starts, but also walked at least three hitters in his last four starts. West Virginia has scored 33 runs in its last six games, going 3-3 in that span. Before losing 3-0 to Maryland Tuesday, the Mountaineers had not scored less than six runs in a game since their 3-1 loss to St. John’s on March 31. The Mountaineer bats have been going steady and are led by the trio of sophomore first

baseman Ryan McBroom, sophomore left fielder Matt Frazier and freshman outfielder Bobby Boyd. McBroom leads the team with a .317 batting average to go with 11 doubles, four home runs and 29 RBIs. Frazier is batting .310 with 14 doubles and 17 RBIs, while Boyd is batting .305 with 22 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts. WVU is still batting just .253 as a team, but that number is better than what it was earlier in the season when the team was batting close to .200. Opponents are batting .304 against the Mountaineers this season. Rutgers head coach Fred Hill is going with junior righthander Tyler Gebler on Friday to try and limit the Mountaineer hitters. Gebler is 1-3 with a 5.50 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched this season. Junior lefty Rob Smorol will take the mound for the Scarlet Knights on Saturday. Smorol leads the Rutgers pitching staff with a 4-2 record and a 3.62 ERA in 47.1 innings pitched. WVU head coach Greg Van Zant will put another lefthander, Marshall Thompson, on the mound Saturday. Thompson is 3-4 on the year with a 4.84 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched. He is second on the team next to pitcher Dan Dierdorff, with 26

The West Virginia track and field team continues the outdoor season with the Jesse Owens Classic this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at the home of Ohio State University. After a solid trip out west to Stanford last weekend, the Mountaineers look to have strong results at Ohio State. “We are looking forward to competing this weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic,” said WVU head coach Sean Cleary. “We are planning to take the groups who traveled to the Texas Relays and the Raleigh Relays. We look to have another great weekend of competition.”

Just like at the Stanford Invitational, this weekend’s competition will not come easy for WVU. However, the same goal applies in this meet. The group from the Texas and Raleigh Relays enjoyed success and will hope to continue to improve. “There will be tough competition at Ohio State, but our focus is to qualify more girls for the Big East Conference Outdoor championships meet and the NCAA regional meet,” Cleary said. “This will help prepare the team for the Big East Conference championships because of the high level of athleticism we’ll see from competitors. We just need to focus on ourselves and get the

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First baseman Ryan McBroom hits during a game against Villanova last weekend. McBroom leads the team with a .317 batting average. strikeouts on the season. Junior infielder Patrick Kivlehan leads Rutgers with a .381 batting average, seven home runs, 24 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and six doubles. Sophomore outfielder Brian O’Grady is batting .328 with 26 runs scored, eight doubles, 19 RBIs and a team-leading 39 hits. Sopho-

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UNFURNISHED APARTMENTS 4/5 BR ON QUAY STREET. 5 minute walk to campus. Off street parking. Pets ok. Nice. $385.00 each. Call 304-319-2355. ACROSS RUBY/STADIUM. INGLEWOOD BLVD. Efficiency, 2BR APT. May/August 2012. Free Parking. W/D in building. No smoking, No pets. Call 304-276-5233. AVAILABLE JUNE 1ST 2012. 101 Mclane Ave. 1BR AC WD on premises. $650 utilities included + TV cable and parking space. NO PETS. Call 304-599-3596 or 304-296-5581.

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*2BR TOTALLY REMODELED. Utilities included. All appliances. No pets. $900/month. Large 4BR 2BA remodeled. All appliances. No pets. $1600/month. 304-203-5953

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1 & 2BR APARTMENTS, downtown & stadium locations. AC, WD, off street parking, affordable. No pets allowed. Rice Rentals 304-598-7368 1 & 2BR Downtown Location, Available May 15th. Parking. 304-685-6565 or 304-685-5210. 1 and 2/BR APARTMENTS. UTILITIES INCLUDED. Also 2 and 3 bedroom houses. Downtown. 304-288-8955.

3 BR APT AVAILABLE MAY 15. Located at 928 Willey St. 1BD on Spruce St. 1BD on Taylor St. Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. 304-365-2787 or 304-777-0750. 5 BEDROOM HOUSE in South Park across from Walnut Street Bridge. W/D. call Nicole at 304-290-8972

1/BR APT ON BEECHURST. Available now. NO PETS. $600/mo plus utilities. 304-216-2905. 1BR LARGE STUDIO APARTMENT Westover. Beautiful high ceilings wood and brick, all open floor plan. NO PETS. off st parking, AC. WD hookups. $595/month+utilities available May 15th. cell 412-287-5418.

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TERRACE HEIGHTS APARTMENTS - A Large 4 BR furnished, including all utilities. Tenant responsible for cable & internet. Cost per month $2200 ($550/person). No pets permitted. Available August 1, 2012. 304-292-8888



1/2 BR ON HIGH STREET ABOVE SPORT PAGE. Nice. Includes gas/water. Ready May 15. Parking available. Call 304-319-2355.


DOWNTOWN PROPERTIES Phone: 304-413-0900

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2 BR/2 BA. Stewarts Town Road. W/D.AC. Garage. $650/month. No pets. Available April or May. Text or call 304-288-6374.

Phone: 304-413-0900

AVAILABLE MAY, 1/BR, WELL MAINTAINED. W/D Hook-up, Near park, rail trail and town. Yard, deck. No Pets. $350+utilities 304-282-0344

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1BR. UTILITIES INCLUDED. $575 Near stadium/hospitals/avail. may & June. Free parking, AC, unfurnished. Stadium View Apts. 304-598-7368. No Pets

2/BR APARTMENT FOR RENT. 500 EAST Prospect. Available now. $300/month per person + utilities. NO PETS. 692-7587.

BR APARTMENTS ON WILLEY STREET. W/D. $375 each. Utilities and 2 parking spaces included. 304-685-7835.

2/BR APT. $375/MO/PERSON, UTILITIES INCLUDED. W/D, Pets w/fee Located on Dorsey Avenue. Available 05/15. One year lease + deposit. 304-482-7556.

DOWNTOWN & SUNNYSIDE. 1-3 Bedrooms starting @ $400/person. 304-296-7400

2BR APARTMENT IN WESTOVER. All utilities paid. W/D included, pets with deposit. $800 month. or 304-615-6071

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

2/3BR GILMORE STREET APARTMENTS. Available May.Open floor plan. Large Kit, Deck, AC, W/D. Off University Avenue.1 block from 8th street. Call or text 304-276-1931 or 304-276-7528.

GREAT 3 BR APT. 4 blocks from campus. W/D. AC. Off street parking. Most utilities paid. Call 304-241-4607. If no answer, call 304-282-0136.

3BR APARTMENT. 51 West Park Avenue. W/D, all utilities included. Available June 1st $1125/month 304-680-1313


LARGE 1BR APARTMENT located at 320 Stewart St. In very good condition and very near downtown campus. $425 + utilities. Call 304-288-3308


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UNFURNISHED CONDO. $400 per month per bedroom. Swimming pool, all appliances, river view. Call for details (304)-222-2329 or (757)-724-0265 A.V.

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AVAILABLE MAY 15TH 1,2,3 BR APT IN SOUTH PARK ON MARYLAND STREET. 5 minutes walk to town. Off street parking. W/D. DW. Pets allowed. $380/month each. 304-319-2355

Prices Starting at $605

1 BR Downtown Location, Private Porch, Some utilities paid, $450+deposit lease, parking. 304-685-6565 or 304-685-5210.

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Downtown & South Park Locations Houses & Apartments

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LARGE, UNFURNISHED 3/BR apartment. Close to campus/hospitals. Deck, appliances, WD hook-up, off-street parking. No pets. $850/mo+utilities. 304-594-2225

AVAILABLE JUNE 1ST. 2-3BR apartments lower High Street. 304-296-5931

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LARGE 3BR APTS. TOP OF HIGH ST. All utilities included. 304-292-7233.

AVAILABLE JUNE 1ST. 1-2 BR apartments South Park 304-296-5931 z


PLUS UTILITIES Ashley Oaks Valley View Copperfield NOW RENTING TOP OF FALLING RUN ROAD Morgan Point 1+2/BR $590-$790+ utilities. Semester lease. WD. DW. Parking. NO PETS. Call: 304-290-4834. PET FRIENDLY. Walk to Campus. 2BRS. Nice Neighborhood. Deck. View. Fenced Yard. W/D. $750-$800. 301-707-7831.


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ABSOLUTELY NO PETS WWW.PRETERENTAL.COM RENT REDUCED, ONLY ONE LEFT! 227 Jones Avenue.3 or 4 BR apartment. Includes off street parking. $350 each + utilities. NO pets!. E.J STOUT 304-685-3457

NEW SUNNYSIDE TOWNHOMES Jones Place 4 BR, 2.5 BA W/Covered Parking $625/person

THE SUITES AT WEST PARK UPSCALE STUDENT RENTALS. 2 BR 2 BA (one with steam shower one with Jacuzzi tub). Top of the line security system. Ample parking for yourself and visitors. Located close to both hospitals, stadium, shopping, health club, Evansdale campus, and WVU rec center. $575 per bedroom-utilities not included. One year lease-May-May. Phone:304-598-2560 WALKING DISTANCE TO DOWNTOWN. 2BR, 1 1/2 BTH, Laundry Room, Parking Permit. 501 Beverly Ave. $800 plus util. 304-685-9300

FURNISHED HOUSES 716 BEECHURST AVE 3BR, Parking no pets. $775+Utilities 304-282-3575 AVAILABLE MAY 2012 3BR/ 2 BA DUPLEX. 135-B Lorentz Avenue. Walk to Downtown Campus. W/D, Off-street parking. Utilities plus security deposit. Call 304-692-5845.

MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 3/BR, 2/BA MOBILE home on three acres. Available 5-1-12 Prefer grad students. 296-8801

ROOMMATES MUST SEE MALE/FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED close to Arnold hall excellent condition, W/D & parking. Individual lease. $395-$450 all utilities included. 304-288-1572 or 304-296-8491. TWO FEMALE STUDENTS WANTED FOR NICE APARTMENT ON PRICE STREET. 3 minute walk to downtown campus. Includes utilities. W/D. DW. AC. Parking. $390/month. 304-379-9851.

WANTED TO SUBLET SHORT TERM SUBLEASE AT GREAT RATE. Shared living space with one male. Furnished with laundry facilities and off street parking. Utilities included. Available immediately through July 27. Call 412-554-0105.


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

3BR 1BA COMPLETELY REMODELED HOME with new appliances. Located 372 Crawford Ave Star City. $129,900. 304-288-4196



* AVAILABLE MAY 2012 4 BR DUPLEX. 135-A Lorentz Avenue. Walk to Downtown Campus. W/D, Off-street parking. Utilities plus security deposit. Call 304-692-5845. 3 BR BETWEEN CAMPUSES. Off street parking. Newer appliances. W/D. Small pets ok. Available 5/16/12. $1200 +utilities. 304-290-4179. 4 BR HOUSES walk to class. W/D. No Pets. Available June 1,2012. Lease./Deposit. Max Rentals 304-291-8423. 1/BR 600 McKinley Avenue. Remodeled. $450+ W/D; 3/BR, 1½ bath, 340 Grant Avenue. $425/person, includes gas/ garbage. 304-879-5059 or 304-680-2011 2/BR HOUSE CLOSE to both campuses Available 6/15/12 Off-street parking. $250/mo each, plus utilities. 304-290-4179. 2/BR. 1/BA. WD/DW, MICROWAVE, FULL BASEMENT. 5/MINUTE WALK downtown. $900/mo+utilities. Lease/deposit. Off-street parking. NO PETS.Available now 304-290-1332. 3-4/BR NEAR SOUTH PARK. $1200/MO + utilities. Student housing. No Section 8 or pets. Off street parking. Lease and deposit required. WD/DW. 304-366-9744 3BR. + ADD. ROOM, 2 FULL BATH. W/D. Minute walk to town. $900/MONTH. call 304-983-2529. AVAILABLE 5/15. Walk to town. 3 BR. 2 story. 1 BA. W/D. Full basement. $950/month + utilities. Call 304-826-0322 AVAILABLE 6/1. Walk to town. 3 BR. 2 story. 1 BA. W/D. Full basement. Off street parking. Big yard. $975/month+utilities. Call 304-826-0322. AVAILABLE 6/15. Walk to town. 3 BR. 2 story. 1 BA. W/D. Basement. Yard. $1050/month+utilities. Call 304-826-0322.

2006 CLAYTON HOME; 2BR 2BA New DW disposal, new storage building and flower bed. All electric. Quiet neighborhood, Good Location, CHEAP Lot rent $29,500 Call 304-276-2639

AUTOMOBILES FOR SALE CASH PAID!! WE BUY CARS and trucks. Any make! Any model! Any condition! 282-2560

HELP WANTED 1st GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS NEEDED FOR DISSERTATION RESEARCH. I am looking for college students who come from families whose parents did not attend college to take a 20 minute on-line survey. The first 200 participants to complete the survey will get a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Eligibility for two grand prize drawings of $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble will also be given to anyone who completes that survey. WVU IRB is on file. If interested please connect to the following web address : BARTENDER WANTED AT TAILGATORS BAR AND GRILL. Wednesday and Friday night shift. Phone 304-599-4309. BARTENDING UP TO $300 A DAY potential. No experience necessary. Age 18 plus. Training available. 800-965-6520 Ext. 285 FOX’S PIZZA DEN NOW HIRING COOKS AND DRIVERS. Apply in person. 3109 University Ave.

LARGE 3 BEDROOM located in South Park. 209 Grand St. Two full baths, large bedrooms, three parking spaces, washer and dryer, A/C, $495 a person. All utilities are included. 304-288-3308

LIFEGUARDS NEEDED. The Pines Country Club in Morgantown is hiring full and part time lifeguards, Lifeguards should be a minimum of 15 years old, certified in Red Cross Lifeguard training, CPR/FPR, first aid or equivalent. Applications found online at or in the club business office.

SPACIOUS 1BR APT. Available now! $535/month. 513 Clark Street. Parking. No pets. Call Dave at 304-376-7282 or 304-292-7272.

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MARIOS FISHBOWL NOW HIRING COOKS and PART TIME/FULL TIME POSITIONS for Summer only. Apply in person at 704 Richwood Ave.

STAR CITY 2BR 1BTH. Large carpeted D/W, W/D, gas, AC. No pets/smoking. Off street parking. $575 plus util. 304-692-1821


Townhome Living Downtown 304-296-7400

VERY SPACIOUS 2BR, 2 full bath with large closets. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, Hard wood flooring. Conveniently located close to the campus, stadium and hospital $840 + Electric, Sorry No Dogs. 304-692-9296 or 304-288-0387

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Friday April 13, 2012


WVU to compete in Knecht Cup Regatta by shea ulisney

sports correspondent

The West Virginia rowing team will travel to Cherry Hill, N.J., to complete in a challenging Knecht Cup Regatta on the Cooper River. The last time the Mountaineers competed on the Cooper River the team finished their 2011 fall season by winning three medals at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta. The Knecht Cup Regatta will be a two-day event, taking place Friday and Saturday. More than 60 of the nation’s most competitive college and university teams are registered to compete in the regatta. Now midway through their 2012 spring season the Mountaineers, head coach Jimmy

King has yet again made some changes to the lineups. Experimentation with lineups were due to missing team members during workouts last week. Practices are held at 6:15 a.m., but scheduling conflicts still occur. “Our lineups are changing more than we would like this time of the season, and that has affected each of our crew’s ability to develop a solid rhythm that comes from time spent rowing in stable lineups,” King said. A minor recovery week was held to give the Mountaineers time to bounce back from the fatigue of training camp. But the team is back to its normal workload, and with the experimentation of the new lineups, King continues to be cautiously optimis-

tic about the team’s progress so far. “In all of our crews, we’re seeing glimpses of good speed, but we need to continue working on our consistency,” King said. The Mountaineers look to find continued success after 2011’s novice four win, the varsity eight and the second varsity eight, advancing to the grand final and the petite final. According to King, the team’s biggest challenge this weekend will be themselves. Each coxswain and each rower must be focused to successfully do their parts. “For our crews to race successfully this weekend, they must race together,” King said. The weather forecast for Friday’s race will be sunny

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with a high of 64 F, winds from the northwest at 5-15 mph. Saturday’s forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 73 F, winds from the southwest at 10-20 mph. Following the Knecht Cup, the Mountaineers will return home to prepare for their race on the Monongahela River in Star City, W.Va., April 21 against Dayton University. Competing in the Knecht Cup Regatta will allow the Mountaineers to observe upcoming competition. The team has been improving and staying focused on their ultimate goal of placing in the upcoming 2012 Big East championship. The Championship race is on May 13 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.


Continued from page 9 tain, senior defender Eric Schoenle is a bit more understanding of the plight of the young Mountaineers. “It’s been a learning experience for some of the younger guys,” Schoenle said. “It’s good for them to get more experience just like I did freshman year. Hopefully, they’ll learn some valuable lessons from the spring games, and come next season, they’ll know exactly what to expect.” WVU and Wake Forest tied in Morgantown in spring 2011, and after this weekend, the Mountaineers will only have two matches against Slippery Rock and West Virginia Tech to prove their worth.

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Co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson is happy with the consistency Jared Barber has shown in practice this spring.


Continued from page 9 linebackers, through 11 practices this spring. “He’s consistent with the way he approaches. He’s just a tough, hard-nosed kid,” Patterson said. “I don’t think you can be a leader unless you’re a guy that makes plays, so I challenge him to make plays. This system is linebacker-friendly, and you need to make plays (for the defense) to be successful.” With a little more than a week until the Gold-Blue

Spring Game, Barber’s plan is to just keep doing what he’s been doing up to this point. If that means he becomes the leader this group needs, so be it. But if not, he’ll be fine with that, too. “I’m just trying to gain the respect of everybody on the team, so if (the leader) is me, that’s great,” he said. “I try to be a leader. I try to be somebody that people can look up to, but if I’m not, then I’ll look up to the guy who is. “The more you get out there, it will definitely help.”

The DA 04-13-2012  

The April 13 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.

The DA 04-13-2012  

The April 13 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.