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Local hospitals reach compromise by bryan bumgardner
mented on the deal, but a release from Mon General said the two entities will “explore future cooperative clinical and programmatic opportunities to benefit the community at large.” The deal marks the end of a conflict between Mon General and WVUH. In January WVUH announced the expansion, which will be its largest since the construction of Ruby Memorial Hospital more than 20 years ago. In response, Mon Health
System filed March 12 with the West Virginia Health Care Authority as a party affected by the expansion and asked for a public hearing about the project. The hearing would have delayed construction for up to nine months. In a release Darryl Duncan, president and CEO of Mon Health System, said the motivation behind the hearing was to ensure Matt Sunday/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM accountability. The public hearing for the expansion of the WVU hospitals has been canceled following an agreement to decrease the budget by $20 million.
WVU Police seeking ‘person of interest’
West Virginia University Hospitals will soon be hiring 750 new employees and providing more space for patients thanks to a compromise between WVUH and Monongalia General Hospital. Monday Mon General Hospital’s parent company Monongalia Health System said it will drop its challenge to West Virginia University Hospital’s proposed
$248 million expansion. In return, WVUH has trimmed the expansion plans, cutting 25 patient beds and nearly $20 million from the project budget. The two parties were scheduled to meet in Charleston, W.Va, Tuesday in a public hearing with the Health Care Authority to discuss the issue, but mutually agreed to cancel the hearing following negotiations the previous week. Administrators from either side haven’t com-
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WVU announced the student dormatories have reached capacity for the Fall 2012 semester. To compensate for this, some students will reside in the lobbies in Towers until space becomes available.
Campus housing at maximum capacity
Hardy. “The way Morgantown is structured, there is just more off-campus housing and not enough on-campus housing for upperclassmen.” Hardy said for the first month of the fall semester some students would be placed into makeshift rooms in the lobby areas of Towers, which make up the Evansdale Residential Complex, until space becomes available. While limited housing is not a new problem for the University, Hardy said there are currently no plans to expand the on-campus housing opportunities for students. “The new Evansdale Master Plan does not call for expansion of the current residence halls,” he said. “ There are plans to add research zones, academic zones and recreational zones, but in their plans for the next five to 10 years residential zones have not been evaluated.”
This fall, some first-time West Virginia University students may not have a home in one of the on-campus residence halls. The University announced housing was at full capacity and ceased accepting housing applications for the 2012-13 school year June 15. Some students have been placed on a waiting list, while others have been referred to off-campus housing. According to the WVU housing website, all single, first-year students are required to live in University housing. In addition, transfer students with fewer than 29 transferable credit hours are also required to live on campus. However, housing is only available on a first come, first serve basis. “On-campus housing is at full capacity; however, this is an issue that typically happens this time of year,” said WVU Residence Hall Association president Walter
The West Virginia University Police Department is seeking online help from students and the community to identify a “person of interest” in an ongoing theft investigation. The person of interest is suspected of taking nearly $1,100 in books from the downtown campus bookstore, according to UPD Chief Bob Roberts. The WVU Police have posted a photo of the suspect at www.idthisperson. com, a website created to assist law enforcement in identifying suspects or persons of interest related to criminal activity. Roberts said he is confident that posting the suspect’s picture online will yield another successful arrest, due to the department’s previous success with the site. “We have video surveillance as well as a still photograph of the suspect,” Roberts said. “We have used this site once before in another case, and it was a success. We were able to identify the person and make an arrest. We decided to use this resource again based on our previous success and the fact that we had a good picture to post this time. We believe this case will also result in a success.” To view the photos of the person of interest, users must
click on the red “I acknowledge” bar in the middle of the page and then scroll to the map and click on West Virginia. According to IDthisperson.com, the site was designed to empower citizens to help fight identity theft and related crimes by providing them an anonymous format with which they can submit information to help identify potential suspects. Roberts said he encourages WVU students and members of the community to do their part by visiting the site, viewing the photographs and providing University Police with any information on the suspect they may have. “Everyone is a member of our community. We all have an amount of responsibility to ensure each other’s safety. Whether it be locking a door behind you that was already locked or locking the doors in the residence halls, we all have to step up and do our part,” he said. Individuals who assist police in identifying the suspect online can receive a $25 reward. “This is just another way people can participate in making our community safer,” Roberts said. “If people don’t step up and do their part, we all suffer.” To contact the University police directly call 304-293-2677. firstname.lastname@example.org
Filmmakers discuss community-driven media WVU to host ‘Mountaineer Olympics’ by Lacey palmer staff writer
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While the Olympic Games are being held in London, West Virginia University will be hosting it’s own spin on the events: The Mountaineer Olympics. During the events, teams of students can compete in a variety of sports ranging from basketball to badminton for cash prizes. The events begin July 27 with a screening of the Olympic opening ceremonies in the Gluck Theatre in the Mountainlair. Popcorn and soda will be provided, as well as several international dishes. The games themselves will be held July 31 at 4 p.m. in the Mountainlair Plaza and will conclude at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony and an ice cream float social. Winners will receive bronze, silver or gold medals. Also, the top winning team of five students will receive $500 donated by Coca-Cola. Senior programming administrator for the Mountainlair Sonja Wilson
was instrumental in creating the event. “We normally don’t do a lot of programming for the students that go to summer school here, so they should be afforded the same opportunities as the students in the fall,” she said. “I thought the summer Olympics would be a good thing.” Wilson also feels the events can strengthen student bonds. “We do have a lot of international students here. (The Olympics) are a way to build a sense of community within our campus,” she said. The full list of events include a decathlon, baseball, basketball, ping pong, volleyball, badminton, archery and, weather permitting, a water balloon scavenger hunt. Although there are cash prizes, Wilson wants the students to focus on having fun. “Each of these sports is going to be in the summer Olympics, but this is going to be a spin on the games,” she said. “This is going to be
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For filmmakers Elaine McMillion and Jigar Mehta, interactive documentaries are more than just films; they’re living histories. McMillion and Mehta visited West Virginia University Thursday to speak about their own documentary projects, the similarities between the two, and the importance of interactive media. Jigar Mehta, co-creator of “18 Days in Egypt,” recently spoke at the WVU Festival of Ideas. “18 Days in Egypt,” which began in 2011, is a documentary project about the Egyptian revolution that uses media generated by those directly involved in the events on the ground. “The best stories are experienced and told together,” said Mehta. In “18 Days in Egypt,” citizens involved in the ongoing revolution in Egypt can post videos and tell their stories on the website. Mehta also said there are more than 30 people who have been a part of the project at an intimate level, such as the “fellows,” who are young journalists and activists who contribute to the project, and a creative team that helps design the website to make it more
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Elaine McMillion (left) discusses her part in the project ‘Hollow’, an interactive documentary that provides a unique perspective of McDowell county interactive. “There are so many ways to tell stories through interactive media,” said Mehta. In the discussion, many different new interactive and technological ideas were discussed, such as video format and interactive maps, which can capture a series of events on a personal level. Students and faculty in the audience also shared ideas by talking about their own interactive projects. Elaine McMillion, award-
winning documentary storyteller and graduate of the WVU School of Journalism, is the creator of an interactive documentary on rural life in McDowell County, W.Va., entitled “Hollow.” McMillion believes West Virginia often has a negative reputation, especially the rural southern areas, so her goal is to redefine this perspective. “There are really genuine people there who have stories that need to be told,” said McMillion. “I think it’s
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the first time McDowell has had a chance to tell their own story, and it’s about time they reclaim it.” Similar to Mehta’s “18 Days in Egypt,” McMillion is giving citizens of McDowell County the chance to tell their own story by allowing them to create videos and images they wish to share. “It’s their story, not mine,” said McMillion. “I think it’s important that the people
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Continued from page 2 who know the story best are the ones telling it, not an outsider telling their story.” McMillion and her team host workshops to teach the citizens how to operate the cameras and capture great stories. Children as young as three have used the cameras to tell their stories, and according to McMillion there’s no pressure on anyone about how they capture footage. Children and adults alike are using Go-Pro cameras to capture moments in their life and help combat the negative stereotypes because, according to McMillion, their viewpoint of their community is the one that needs to come forward in this project. McMillion said that allowing people to tell their own story takes a lot of trust with the citizens. Cameras did not come out for the first few weeks so the community would learn to trust the crew. Like “18 Days in Egypt,” “Hollow” uses a vast amount of interactive media such
as mapping narratives, balloon mapping, aerial footage, along with videos and pictures. “Interactive media is great because there’s no hierarchy, and it gives people the opportunity to personalize media in a way that’s meaningful to them,” McMillion said. According to McMillion, the community has the free will to choose what stories they tell. “I hope after seeing ‘Hollow,’ people gain a new perspective of West Virginia beyond the typical media portrayals of the negative issues and see a more full picture of the people and the place, and in that regard, be interested in it and want to take action,” she said. McMillion also offered some advice to those who may want to start projects such as these in the future. “Make your own opportunities. Everything I’m doing and everything I’ve done is because I’ve had the initiative to start something on my own and haven’t waited on someone else to create an opportunity for me,” said McMillion. “If you have an idea,
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get the ball rolling, find people to help you get the idea off of the ground and get started. Be passionate about what you love and what you do, and you’ll go far.” In closing, Mehta and McMillion discussed the similarities in the two documentary projects and the importance of allowing communities to tell their own stories. “Whether it’s ‘Hollow’ or ‘18 Days,’ I want to hear a story from someone who was there and who is as close to the story as possible rather than it being filtered through other people because the source is the storyteller,” Mehta said. “There are so many parallels between ‘Hollow’ and ‘18 Days in Egypt,’ such as building trust and making it authentic. These are not just singular films; they become movements.” Patrick Gorrell/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM To watch videos and Elaine McMillion and Jigar Mehta discuss their projects with members of local media. learn more about “18 Days in Egypt,” visit students.” and a Slip’n Slide, so I think http://18daysinegypt.com. The deadline for a team that will be my favorite event To learn more about and to sign up is Tuesday. Teams and probably the funniest to view a preview of “Hollow,” Continued from page 1 must consist of five stu- watch.” visit www.hollowthefilm. Schussler also comcom. dents. To sign up contact more fun for the students.” Wilson at Sonja.Wilson@ mented on how smoothly She cited the beach vol- mail.wvu.edu. There are no the event has come together. firstname.lastname@example.org leyball event as an example. fees to participate. “We are all kinds of creChristine Schussler, a ative and fun in our own dif“We’re going to have beach volleyball, but we’re not go- WVU graduate assistant ferent ways in deciding on ing to have the sand,” she working with Wilson on the events, and the College of said. The facilities are going Mountaineer Olympics, is Physical Activity and Sports looking forward to the de- Sciences has been great in to be much more casual. “What we’re going to do cathlon she helped design. providing us with the sportis have the volleyball net “I’m most excited for the ing equipment we need,” and play with a beach ball,” decathlon,” she said. “It in- she said. she said. “Overall, it’s go- cludes things like dizzy bat, ing to be a fun day for the cornhole, a balance beam email@example.com
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“When hospital-based services are required, the value of those services should be considered – that is, the consumer should be receiving the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost,” he said. “Mon Health System requested the public hearing so these questions can be answered in a public and accountable forum.” Critics at WVUH have claimed Mon Health Systems was trying to delay the project. “Our community hospital is building nothing but
roadblocks to our progress and claiming to be doing it to hold WVUH accountable,” said Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVUH, in an editorial published by The Dominion Post. Last year more than 5,000 patients were transferred to WVUH hospitals, and more than 200 of them came from Mon General Hospital. However, McClymonds firmly believes the two hospitals aren’t competing for patients. “We are not in a competition because we’re not playing on the same field. But we should all have a common goal: to ensure that all citizens have access to quality medical care,” he said.
Duncan asserted that the costs of the expansion, about $680 million throughout 12 years, made transparency necessary. “A public hearing should be welcomed when so much is at stake,” he said. Plans will now move forward since the hearing has been dropped. The expansion will now add 114 new beds in a 10-story tower, provide a new home for the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center and Emergency Department, add 15 beds to WVU Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and create more than 750 new jobs, according to WVUH’s website. firstname.lastname@example.org
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In concert film, a last waltz for LCD Soundsystem
two. “I’m not doing different things yet,” says Murphy. “Making a movie takes forever. Making two movies takes double forever.” “Shut Up and Play the Hits” is punctuated by an interview of Murphy by author and music journalist Chuck Klosterman. The filmmakers turned to Klosterman, who had previously profiled Murphy for the British newspaper The Guardian, to essentially replicate the experience – which Klosterman says was “sort of like acting but the character was myself.” And, certainly, hyper selfconsciousness is pervasive in “Shut Up and Play the Hits.” “If (Murphy) has a problem that’s also a strength, it is the intensity of his selfawareness to the point where it’s almost paralyzing for him,” says Klosterman. “It’s very difficult for him to make any decision without sort of pre-imagining how that decision will be perceived or how it will make him feel later.” Murphy has continued to write music on a daily basis, but he hasn’t been putting tracks to tape. Though doctor visits are another thing he hasn’t had time for yet, he says he permanently stripped his voice during one of the shows leading up the MSG concert (which sold out in under an hour). “I’m excited to do some stuff,” he says, mentioning a desire to do another uninterrupted album like LCD Soundsystem’s “45:33” and an impulse to make “more synthy stuff” like the band’s “I Can Change.” “I’m terrified in a lot of ways. I don’t know if anyone’s going to care. I don’t know what’s going to happen, which is kind of exciting.” But as what? Murphy was always the sole creative force and songwriter of LCD Soundsystem, which toured as a seven-piece. He’s unsure if his next album will simply be as himself: “It just seems kind of arbitrary to be like: This is a James Murphy record, not an LCD Soundsystem record.” He’s planning to open a store below his apartment, make his own espresso blend (coffee is one of his greatest passions), and set up a studio at his home since the DFA studio is now often rented to other bands. Meanwhile, the post-LCD Soundsystem life Murphy envisioned awaits.
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colorful conversation often resembles his lyrics: layers of self-deprecation, self-aware analysis and musical references that dot from Harry Nilsson to the Smiths to OutKast. But, like a bank robber turned clean, he’s missing the juice - the thrill of pushing further, sounding better and rocking harder than the band next door. LCD Soundsystem, he says, was motivated to improve by great live bands like Arcade Fire and the Flaming Lips, and, alternatively, would relish blowing away weaker, less-driven competition. “Have some pride, man,” he says, disgusted. “Go fight.” Yet stopping LCD Soundsystem was partly a gesture of surrender. After three acclaimed albums that concluded with 2010’s “This Is Happening,” the band was only gaining in popularity and had built a crystal-clear, pulsating live act on par with “Stop Making Sense”-era Talking Heads. When Murphy – a punk band veteran and co-founder of DFA Records who was already 35 when the group debuted – gazed at his future, he saw never-ending three-year cycles of writing, recording and touring. He feared continual life on the road would carry him through middle age and propel him into a more public lifestyle. “I don’t want to be a famous person,” he says. “That’s what’s next. That’s the next step, especially with an American band. Just make the same record seven times and then you’re huge.” But the recalibration hasn’t worked the way Murphy hoped. He still doesn’t want to reconstitute LCD Soundsystem, but his plan for leisure and professional freedom has been bedeviled by other encroachments. Murphy, a detail-oriented obsessive (he’s shown in the film managing the backstage wristbands at MSG), became heavily involved in the postproduction of the documentary, particularly the audio mix for concert footage. He also helped cut a 3 and a half hr., music-only version. Murphy has also spent a lot of time DJing around the world and seen his calendar constantly fill up. Though he wanted to return to producing, his work with other acts (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Klaxons, Julie Ruin) has been limited to short sessions of a track or
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NEW YORK (AP) — Asked to characterize “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” a concert film that documents LCD Soundsystem’s final, oft-mythologized show at Madison Square Garden, James Murphy deadpans a television promo. “Middle-age guy stops band. Pictures at 11.” The film, which plays in theaters for one night Wednesday, is a kind of “The Last Waltz” for a new generation: an adored band going out with a self-induced, possibly premature bang. But it’s also, as the filmmakers Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace say, “a character study” of Murphy, whose decision to end LCD Soundsystem is as curious to the man who made it as it is to anybody. “I still don’t know if it’s the right decision,” says Murphy. “I felt like it was the right decision for the moment and you only have that. And I’m OK with that. I regret it sometimes. I don’t know if I regret it, but I’m sad sometimes. I’m like, `Oh, it would be fun to play with those guys.’ Or I see a band that stinks and I’m like, `Let’s go wipe them off, stop them from playing.’” The movie is an occasion not only to lead new ears to LCD Soundsystem and let their fans relive a concert that seemed to define an era of New York music, but a chance to unpack LCD Soundsystem – an alternatively ironic and sincere groove-based outfit that made cerebral electronic dance music with pristine production and propulsive rhythms. “We did a bunch of things that I’m only figuring out now,” Murphy says. “We were cooler than I thought we were. But we didn’t rest on it because I didn’t think we were cool. So I don’t feel like we sold out too bad.” In a recent interview at his newly purchased Williamsburg loft, Murphy, a kickboxing enthusiast, had the restlessness of a fighter without a bout on the horizon. “I’m not retired,” he says, feigning a golf swing. But a kind of post-LCD limbo has taken hold. Recalling the day’s decisions, he says, “I forgot to eat. Should I make a juice or should I fry an egg? I don’t have eggs. Should I rent a Zip car?” “That’s kind of what’s going on now,” says Murphy, laughing. The thinly-bearded, outwardly-placid 42-year-old’s
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Local fashion boutique named one of nation’s best BY caitlin graziani managing editor
Local business Park & Madison Boutique has been making major magazine and television network headlines this summer. The boutique was recently named one of the top 50 boutiques in the United States by Elle magazine. This puts Park & Madison Boutique in line with other nationally recognized boutiques such as Barneys New York. Park & Madison Boutique is the brainchild of West Virginia University graduates Shannon Coombs and Brittany Palumbo. Coombs and Palumbo realized there was a need for a boutique because many consumers in Morgantown were driving to Pittsburgh to get their fashion fix. They wanted to enable their customers to get the big-city fashion experience without having to drive more than an hour. “ELLE.com found us while doing internet research and said they would love to have us featured on their website for the article. Being featured as a “Top Boutique in America” by Elle is such an honor and has definitely driven business to our store,” Palumbo said. In addition to being named a top place to shop by Elle, the effect of Park & Madison Boutique has been seen on television screens across the U.S. ABC’s “The Bachelorette’s” Emily Maynard, a Morgantown native, has been donning apparel from Park &
Park & Madison was recently visited by ‘The Bachelorette’’s Emily Maynard. Maynard wore a shirt from the store in an official photo shoot for the television show. Madison Boutique on “The Bachelorette” and on the pages of magazines. “It was really awesome seeing her on the cover of multiple magazines in a wardrobe we hand picked for her,” Palumbo said. “We are excited for the season finale of ‘The Bachelorette’ to air this Sunday, as Emily will be seen wearing a navy Bailey 44 skirt that came from our store.” Coombs and Palumbo will be launching their online store next month
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Art show for WVU alumna Karri Roberts a success by alec berry web editor
Saturday, Jay’s Getaway hosted an art opening to spotlight local artist and West Virginia University alumna Karri Roberts. The event, titled “HomeSpun,” showcased a variety of Roberts’ own brand of folk art and celebrated her down-to-Earth creative process. In Roberts’ own words, “It took months of work and some stress, but I really enjoyed it and am very glad it came to be.” As I stepped into Jay’s Getaway, it quickly became apparent the venue was the right type of place for a feature named “HomeSpun.” The entrance quickly pushed you into a warm, homey setting in which, at first glance, you could sign your name within a guest book, noting your existence in that spot. A lounge area held most of the artwork – paintings and portraits carefully applied to canvases not even a foot in width – along slim, wooden shelves fixed in various spots of its dark red walls. Below, odd lamps with multiple, small light fixtures that remind one of Medusa’s head cast light upward and illuminated what the eyes were supposed to see; candles provided extra light while setting a comforting mood. Various examples of furniture completed the set: leather couches, a glass-
top coffee table and small plants. The lounge, just away from the excitement of the bar, sits up on its own level, inches off of the main floor. If you wanted, you could step up there, take a seat and feel as if you were less in a public spot than a private area of your own liking. A total of 50 people appeared and took part in “HomeSpun,” but the presentations were scattered throughout the evening. Various clusters of people would stroll in, grab a drink and eventually stroll out, but not before Roberts had entertained her guests. At various points she would happily explain her work, and at times she would even make a sale. Roberts later explained these interactions to be the highlight of her night. “Every person (who) bought art wanted to hear the story behind the artwork, which meant a great deal to me since most of my art does mean something more than the eye can see,” said Roberts. “The most memorable moment was a patron saying she wanted to write a poem about the drawing she was purchasing. She and I talked about the symbolism at length.” Roberts never appeared nervous. She was in her element and comforted by the fact people were paying attention to what she
Actress urges action against human trafficking WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith urged Congress on Tuesday to step up the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. The actress testified during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that she plans to launch a campaign to raise awareness and spur action against human trafficking and slavery. She said the “old monster” of slavery “is still with us,” almost 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the U.S. “Fighting slavery doesn’t cost a lot of money. The costs of allowing it to exist in our
nation and abroad are much higher,” the actress said. “It robs us of the thing we value most, our freedom.” She said the issue was brought to her attention by her daughter Willow, 11, who sat nearby with actor Will Smith, Pinkett Smith’s husband and Willow’s father. The Smiths all wore blazers over T-shirts that read, “Free Slaves.” The hearing room was filled mostly with young people, some trying to take photos of the famous family. The actress called for an extension of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which provides funding to combat trafficking and help trafficking victims.
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Artist, and WVU alumna, Karri Roberts presented her work at an art show held at Jay’s Getaway in Morgantown. had made. She was friendly as well as welcoming, and only expressed stress in the setup. There was confidence about her, though, that cemented the entire event. Later, Roberts would label “HomeSpun” a success, but if she could have changed one thing, it
would have been the effort she put into promotion. “I would have probably tried to get the word out there a bit better than I did,” said Roberts. “Morgantown can be slow in the summer months, but I relied heavily on word of mouth, Facebook and 100 postcards to
reach people.” Roberts would certainly like to host a showing again and see the greater Morgantown community commit to this sort of thing. “I would like to have art shows more often and in many different places,” said Roberts. “The next step is to keep producing
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Political donors should be disclosed United States Senate Democrats are attempting to pass a bill that would disclose big money donors of political campaign advertisements. The bill, known as the DISCLOSE Act, would require a full disclosure of any donor giving $10,000 or more to any campaign. Supporters of the bill were unable to gain the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster, which has stopped its progress through the Senate.
This is exactly what is wrong with American politics today. It’s a perfect example of how the money is corrupting our political system. “During this election, outside spending by GOP shell groups is expected to top $1 billion,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, in a floor speech. “The names of these front groups contain words like ‘freedom’ and ‘prosperity.’ But make no mistake: there is nothing free about an elec-
tion purchased by a handful of billionaires for their own self-interest.” Many campaign advertisements tell only a portion of the facts and are designed to attack the other candidates instead of giving honest reasons why you should vote for the supported candidate. If these donations were disclosed there would most likely be less negativity and more accurate information passed to the public. Regardless of whether
you are a Democrat or a Republican, you should want to know who is behind a political advertisement. Those opposing the bill claim it protects labor unions from disclosure, which is why it lacks their support. But Democrats supporting the bill denounce that claim. Our government is supposed to be for the people and by the people. But as it stands, it is for big money donors and by big money donors who have
our elected officials in their back pockets. It seems obvious the politicians who oppose the bill are more concerned with upsetting their donors than they are with informing the voters. Voters should send word to their representatives and express support for the bill. The more we know about our political system and who is influencing it, the better off we will be.
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We must lessen our reliance on coal for a brighter future JEREMIAH YATES OPINION EDITOR
The future of the coal industry is uncertain. Many Americans, especially West Virginians, rely on the financial stability the industry offers, and current regulations and other facets have had burdening effects. The Environmental Protection Agency has pushed regulations to dramatically reduce emission produced by coal plants, which has increased the price of coal. According to a CNN. com report, the Maximum Achievable Control Technology or MACT rule requires that coal and oilfired power plants reduce pollutant emission rates. The EPA estimates this will shut down 1 percent of the national electricity capacity and will increase the cost of coal by 3.7 percent in retail electricity, although others in the industry estimate the costs will be much greater. Furthermore, the price of natural gas has decreased, which means that energy producers are purchasing less coal. With this, nearly onefifth of the nation’s coal powered electricity plants have closed, costing Americans thousands of jobs. But, Americans should not be up at arms with federal regulators. They are simply addressing a problem most people ignore – the longevity (or lack thereof ) of resources on this planet. It is true that many families are being hurt by new restrictions on the coal industry, but that is just the evolution of the energy business.
A coal-fired power plant located in Iowa. Those who have close ties with the coal industry must realize the effects it has on the environment and that it can not last forever. If we do not explore other options for energy now, it will be too late later. There are many ways in which the coal industry damages the environment, such as pollutive air emissions and damage to rivers and streams from runoff of sludge ponds built to hold waste from coal processing
plants. According to www. greenpeace.org, cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, lung disease and kidney disease have been found at higherthan-normal rates among residents who live near coal mines. It is not feasible to simply ditch using coal, nor is it sustainable to continue our use of it. The only solution is to gradually lessen its production and use.
It presents a real threat to our planet, and there must be another way for energy to be harnessed. I know there will be people reading this who will disagree and most likely be upset, but it is the truth. We can’t wait until the quality of life on Earth is so poor that there are no other options; a continuation of our energy consumption and production cannot continue as they stand. Those who rely on the coal industry must under-
stand that coal is not sustainable in the long run. Since it is a finite resource, it will only become more expensive as time progresses, and its effects on the environment will only grow worse. While many alternative energy recourses, such as solar and wind, are expensive and aren’t currently capable of replacing the coal industry, they could be in the future. The only way to ensure their success is to invest our time and money
into them now. To argue that the production of coal will last forever is a failure to accept facts. And waiting for when it is too late will damn us all in the end. I understand many families will endure hardships while the transition from coal takes place, but it is something that must be done. People must accept the inevitable so we can work for a brighter and cleaner future.
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Tax cuts for the wealthy should be allowed to expire DAVID SCHEUERMANN THE DAILY REVEILLE LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Taxes have never quite sat right with the American people. Since the very inception of our nation, taxes have been the bane of the average American’s existence and the No. 1 cause for antagonism with our government. We almost reflexively turn away in disgust at the mere mention of a possible tax increase, and the promise of a tax cut is often the go-to strategy for campaigning politicians. Yet, are all tax cuts necessarily good policy? The Bush tax cuts were a series of tax reforms passed in 2001 and 2003 that greatly lowered taxes
for the majority of Americans. The marginal tax rates for all income brackets were lowered, as well as the capital gains tax and the tax on dividends. These cuts were supposed to expire in 2010, but Congress renewed them for another year. However, Obama announced earlier this month that he would push to allow the Bush tax cuts for households earning more than $250,000 or more a year to expire, while extending the tax breaks for middle and low-income families, who make up 98 percent of the population. The announcement was met with disdain by Republicans who believe a tax increase in these harsh economic times would cripple the recovery. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Obama’s plan
a “kick in the gut” to the economy. Now, it is true that tax cuts have the potential to spur economic progress, but this is largely dependent on the circumstances of their passing. The Bush tax cuts were passed during an administration that rapidly increased spending, be it on overseas wars or expensive domestic programs. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated last month that, from 2002 to 2011, the Bush tax cuts in total have added nearly $1.6 trillion to the deficit alone – and that’s not including interest. Extending the cuts for all is projected to cost $3.3 trillion over ten years. Furthermore, the claim that lowering taxes, especially for the wealthy, increases prosperity for all does not have much cor-
relative data to back it up. Federal tax rates have been falling almost consistently for the last 30 years. Yet, in the same time span, the top 1 percent of households have seen income grow by 275 percent, while the middle 60 percent’s income only grew 40 percent, and the bottom 20 percent’s grew by merely 18 percent, according to the CBO. Obviously the wealth has not been trickling down but has instead been concentrated into the hands of a few. Yet opponents to Obama’s plan still maintain that a tax increase on the top bracket would harm small businesses and the “job creators.” Yet, only about 2 to 3 percent of small businesses would qualify for a tax increase according to the U.S. Treasury De-
partment and the Joint Committee on Taxation, respectively. As for the term “job creators,” it really needs to go. It’s a public relations phrase coined by Frank Luntz for the sole purpose of appealing to people’s emotions. It implies that an empty farmland would not be tilled or an empty mine mined without the interference of one of our beloved elite. It is necessity that creates jobs and the rampant inequality in this country that keeps many Americans from attaining the necessary capital to act on that necessity. The CBO even found in 2010 that “increasing the after-tax income of businesses typically does not create much incentive for them to hire more workers.” Yet, just as in 2010, Re-
publicans are holding the tax cuts for the average American hostage in order to keep taxes lowered for the wealthy. Obama’s plan isn’t even anything that one could consider radical. It merely would allow the tax rate for the top two percent of income earners to rise to 39.6 percent, the tax rate under the Clinton administration. I do not deny that spending should also be cut in our federal government, but a strategy revolving solely around spending cuts is as harmful as one that revolves solely around tax hikes. In these times of economic turmoil, I don’t understand why a family making $250,000 cannot contribute to helping its country pay a deficit, while those making less than half that are just squeezing by.
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DAILY HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year, decide to manage your less-comfortable emotions. In time, you will be clued in to whether you are suppressing your feelings. You could develop health problems, which might be a side effect of stress and holding your feelings in. If you are single, your unusually charming way attracts many people. You have quite a choice as to whom you want to date. Visualize the type of bond you want. If you are attached, your sweetie will help you see what you are not conscious of. Don’t develop an attitude. LIBRA can charm even you. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHH Note a change in the air, especially in your energy and how you feel. Know that this is just a passage. Express your feelings rather than hold them in. Discuss them if you are unsure about what you are feeling. The unexpected occurs when you least anticipate it. Tonight: You have much to choose from. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH You are vibrant and full of energy. You could come off much stronger than you realize. Don’t hesitate to tell someone how you feel. Anger could mark a decision. Tonight: Go for something relaxing. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Let your mind roam, and share pertinent ideas. Brainstorm away with a friend or associate. You’ll get results. Your vagueness of late doesn’t help clear out a problem.
Try to be direct. Tonight: Midweek break. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH You could be overwhelmed by everything that is occurring. Because you are unsure of certain choices, it could be difficult to make a decision. A key person might be emotionally cold and rigid in his or her thinking. Tonight: Happy to be at home. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH You have a lot to say. In the next few weeks, your anger level could change. You could be more easily triggered if you are suppressing those feelings. Unexpected news from a distance could make all the difference. Tonight: Catch up with a friend. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Honor what is happening with a friend. This person could go on a wild diatribe about his or her feelings. It might be smart to help this person find a solution or avenue of self-expression. Tonight: Treat yourself on the way home. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHHH You know what to do and you know when to do it. Someone in authority might have the opposite opinion and lets you know it. This could be a bone of contention for the next few weeks. Be smart; focus on something else. Tonight: Whatever knocks your socks off. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH You might want to rethink a choice or a move in another direction. Today, time is an ally. Take your time figuring out what to do. Let go of
ACROSS 1 “Les __” 4 As a friend, in French 9 Actor Romero 14 N.L. West team, on scoreboards 15 Noble gas 16 Latin stars 17 MLK birthday month 18 Method of looking for keys? 20 Relay race closer 22 Peace Prize winner Wiesel 23 Wide shoe size 24 Love god 26 Working parts 28 Finishing by the deadline, sometimes 32 Computer pioneer Lovelace 33 Young newt 34 Many Semites 38 Reveal 40 Knight’s ride 43 Harald V’s capital 44 Capital on the Willamette 46 Future fish 47 World games org. 48 Bad-mouthing someone 53 Food packaging unit 56 German river 57 Soccer star Freddy 58 In __: moody 60 Like Chris and Pat, genderwise 64 Call waiting diversion 67 Big name in kitchen gadgets 68 Violet lead-in 69 Steve of country 70 Nth degree 71 Eyelid annoyances 72 In small pieces, as potatoes 73 Punk rock offshoot DOWN 1 Whom Goya painted both nude and clothed 2 OPEC co-founder 3 Penultimate element, alphabetically 4 Encourage 5 Couch disorders 6 Raggedy gal 7 Speck of dust 8 How perjurers may be caught
9 Concerto highlight 10 Sixth sense, briefly 11 Brisket source 12 Curved 13 Works in the garden 19 Lofted iron 21 Villainous laugh syllable 25 Acre’s 43,560: Abbr. 27 Prefix with space 28 Fashion statements in the ‘hood 29 “Eureka!” elicitor 30 Sass 31 Early development sites? 35 2-Down’s location 36 Political group 37 __ puppet 39 Actor Jared 41 Ages and ages 42 He succeeded Coty as French president 45 Latin percussion pair 49 Plastic surgeon’s job, for short 50 Sharper, as eyes 51 Smoothed in a shop
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being such a type-A personality -just for a day. Honor the process. Tonight: Vanish while you can. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH You could be taken aback by an associate’s reaction, which isn’t his or her normal response. Indeed, this person could become far more assertive than you are aware or realize in the next few weeks. Tonight: Where your friends are. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH Take the lead and know what you want. Others could choose to back out, but you need a certain amount of self-expression or control. Make decisions that you are comfortable with. Do expect some flak. Tonight: Till the wee hours. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Detach and observe, especially if you keep hitting a wall. Your fatigue with the situation could be quite high. Rather than lose your temper, go out for a walk and, for now, veer in a new direction. Tonight: Use your imagination. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHHH Togetherness is the natural outcome of a problem if you handle it properly. You are full of energy. You will tend to become more playful or at least more lively. Realize you don’t need to fight with someone you don’t agree with. Tonight: Respond to an invitation. BORN TODAY Actor Martin Sheen (1940), director John Landis (1950), quarterback Tom Brady (1977)
Pearls Before Swine
by Stephan Pastis
Wednesday July 18, 2012
wvu sports info
Redshirt senior Jeff Braun has taken on a leadership role this summer with some of the younger offensive linemen on the West Virginia football team. Braun started every game last season.
Jeff Braun embracing final summer as a Mountaineer sports editor
Jeff Braun never thought he’d be wishing West Virginia’s offseason workouts would actually go by slower. After four years of going through strength and conditioning coach Mike Joseph’s summer lifting program, the redshirt senior’s final summer as a Mountaineer feels a little bittersweet. “There are times when I’m like, ‘I just want this to slow down,’ because it’s my last summer. I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible,” Braun said. “I know I’m going to miss it when it’s over with. “To be able to lift with your teammates every summer and to be here
when other people are back home, it’s a good experience.” He still remembers what it was like when he was a freshman and how tough it was to make the adjustment to the lifting and conditioning for the first time. “My freshman year was rough,” he said. “I spent all my time in my room when I wasn’t playing football. The amount of stuff and the way we worked out, it was exhausting.” Now, as a senior, he’s starting to see some of this year’s group of freshmen experiencing the same thing he went through. He admits while it’s tough now, it’ll get easier for them as they continue to make the adjustments and they keep progress-
ing in their careers at West Virginia. “I see some of them are coming in and they’re tired. They’re not used to coming in at 5:30 in the morning in the summer, but they’ll get used to it,” Braun said. “It’s a big adjustment. Some of the changes you make as a person when you’re playing Division I football are tough for your first year and a half, but by the time next season rolls around, I think a lot of them will be adjusted to it and you’ll start to see them be more comfortable and making strides.” It didn’t take long for Braun and the rest of the returning linemen to take the new freshmen in as their own. There really isn’t much of a choice when they’re all
working so close together all summer during these workouts. “We lift together as an offensive line, so you’re always with each other,” Braun said. “When you’re out of football, you try to hang out and have fun. “This is the only time that we have weekends off, so we like to go have fun and do stuff together to create that bond outside of football.” As one of the seniors and most experienced members of this year’s offensive line, Braun is taking it upon himself to help teach some of the younger players who aren’t quite as experienced as he. The way he sees it, this won’t just help make WVU a better team this season,
it will help keep the team playing at a high level in the future once players like Braun, Joe Madsen and Josh Jenkins leave after this season. “Their attitudes are good and they’re coming to learn, and they’re following us older guys and trying to do what we do,” Braun said. “I want to prepare for the success in the future for this program. I want to get these guys accustomed to how we do things around here so there’s not much of a gap. “It’s great that, being a fifth-year guy, I can help them along and tell them to stay calm. They’re going to make mistakes, and I think it’s good to be there to help them with that.” email@example.com
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Austin, Bailey named to Biletnikoff Watch List
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‘I’m going to miss it’
by michael carvelli
THE DAILY ATHENAEUM
Wednesday July 18, 2012
amit batra sports WRITER
Excitement surrounds WVU’s entry into Big 12 This year will mark new challenges for the West Virginia University football team. A new conference in the Big 12 will allow the Mountaineers to have more exposure in the national spotlight. The Big 12 Conference will bring tougher competition and added prestige. Winning the Big 12 Conference in West Virginia’s first year will definitely open some eyes across the country. With all of the hype, there are some added benefits for the fans. Last week, there was an announcement that the WVU-Baylor game Sept. 29 will mark the first “Stripe the Stadium” in WVU history. With this new tradition, fans are encouraged to wear their blue and gold at Milan Puskar Stadium. Fans sitting in even-numbered sections are encouraged to wear gold, while those in odd-numbered sections are encouraged to wear blue. Other schools have perfected this look. The Iowa Hawkeyes and Illinois Fighting Illini have successfully done this in the past. WVU can pull this off, too. The Baylor game will be the first conference game in Morgantown. Fans have the opportunity to show the televised world that Milan Puskar Stadium is one of the most difficult venues for opponents to leave with a victory. The annual Gold Rush game will take place Nov. 17 when the Oklahoma Sooners come into town. This game will be the Mountaineers’ most anticipated of the season. After all, the atmosphere for Oklahoma may even surpass that of the LSU game this past season. This game could be another College GameDay experience for WVU. It’s up to you, the fans, to make this season a memorable one for West Virginia. The program has seen new heights with a preseason top 10 ranking and a recent BCS win. How about taking it all the way this year to the national championship? The new look of Milan Puskar Stadium and even the new gray uniforms will bring excitement to fans all around West Virginia. This season marks the potential of greatness for the Mountaineers. There is a new coaching staff that will present a new look defense. There will be a
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West Virginia freshman Eron Harris, left, was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. Harris is one of two freshmen in WVU’s 2012 recruiting class.
Freshmen Harris, Henderson adjusting to WVU together by michael carvelli sports editor
It’s never easy for a freshman to adjust to a new school. But it definitely helps to have someone else there going through the same struggles. That’s what Eron Harris and Terry Henderson have quickly found out this summer. The two incoming freshmen on next year’s West Virginia men’s basketball team got to know each other when they got to campus and were inseparable almost immediately. “Ever since we laid eyes on each other ... I could tell he was cool, and we knew we were going to be pretty close,” Henderson said. “There’s never a dull moment with him; we’re always goofing off and stuff like that. But we know when we have to work, and we do a good job of pushing each other when we’re in the gym.” They came from different parts of the country. Harris played his high school basketball at Lawrence North High School near Indianapolis, which has been home to NBA players Mike Conley Jr. and Greg Oden, while Henderson is a product of Neuse Baptist Christian School in Raleigh, N.C. What they had in common was what attracted each of them to West Virginia. “Coach Huggins,” Harris said. “When I was going into my last couple years of high school, I could only
Continued from page 8 stronger, more experienced offensive line, as well. The “Air Raid” offense will certainly be impressive with another year of practice. New Defensive Coordinator Joe DeForest will lead the new 3-4 alignment this season defensively. Previously, with Jeff Casteel, the Mountaineers were under the 3-3-5 schemes. The 3-4 will allow the Mountaineers to be a bit more of an attacking bunch. Time will tell how WVU will adjust to the new defensive plays. Consistency will be the most important factor for West Virginia. There simply can be no “off-weeks” in the Big 12 Conference. Each week there is a quality team who is more than capable of an upset (Iowa State over Oklahoma). The highly ranked opponents in Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma will all be at
dream of being at a school like this and playing for a coach like Coach Huggins, so when they offered me, I was like, ‘I’ve got to go here.’ ” As they’ve been trying to get accustomed to balancing workouts with classwork, the two new WVU freshmen have also been getting a look at what it might be like to play at the college level by playing in the Greentree Summer League. “I think I see more of what it’s going to be like when we’re in practice and going full speed, running plays and stuff like that, but this is really helpful for us too,” Henderson said. “We’re getting to go up against our teammates and some of the best players from around the area. It definitely should help get us ready to go.” In the four games they’ve played in this summer, Harris and Henderson have both shown they could have what it takes to contribute for West Virginia. Harris is averaging 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent from the floor. Henderson is averaging 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Playing in the league against players from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Duquesne, Robert Morris and other colleges around the area is definitely showing what it will take to make the jump at this level. “It’s so much different than high school. It’s really been an eye-opener,”
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West Virginia receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey were both named to the Biletnikoff Watch List Tuesday. The Biletnikoff Award is given each year to the most outstanding receiver in college football. In 2011, Austin and Bailey both set school records. Austin became the first player in program history to catch more than 100 passes, finishing with 101 receptions for 1,186 yards and eight touchdowns. Bailey caught 72 passes for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore. There were a total of eight Big 12 players named to the Biletnikoff Watch List, including TCU’s Josh Boyce, Texas’s Mike Davis, Texas Tech’s Eric Ward, Oklahoma’s Kenny Stills and both Tevin Reese and Terrence Williams from Baylor. West Virginia and Baylor joined North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Pittsburgh as the only schools to place multiple receivers on the list. Four of the last five Biletnikoff Award winners have come from the Big 12. Michael Crabtree won it in 2007 and 2008, and Justin Blackmon took home the award in 2010 and 2011.
Forsythe to transfer to Akron Freshman center Pat Forsythe has decided to transfer from West Virginia, head coach Bob Huggins announced Thursday. The 6-foot-11 big man will transfer to Akron to be closer to home. He currently has four years of eligibility remaining after receiving a medical redshirt last season due to a stress fracture in his right ankle that he suffered early last season. Forsythe averaged 2.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in seven games before his injury ended his season. WVU now has 12 players on scholarships for next season’s team – one less than the limit teams are allowed to have each year. With the Brunswick, Ohio, native transferring, it’s the second hit to the Mountaineers’ frontcourt this summer. West Virginia’s top recruit in the 2012 class, Elijah Macon, will not be enrolling in Morgantown until the 2013-14 season after spending next season at Brewster Academy (N.H.). Now Forsythe and Macon are out of the picture, the Mountaineers are left with seniors Deniz Kilicli
and Dominique Rutledge, junior Aaric Murray and sophomore Kevin Noreen in the frontcourt. WVU-Gonzaga to kickoff ESPN college basketball marathon The West Virginia men’s basketball team ended its season with a disappointing loss at the hands of Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March. In November, the Mountaineers will have their shot at revenge when they travel to Spokane, Wash., to take on the Bulldogs as part of ESPN’s college basketball tipoff marathon. The two teams will play the first game of the marathon, starting at midnight. West Virginia is one of two Big 12 Conference teams that will be participating in the marathon. Kansas will take on Michigan State in the 7 p.m. game. This is the second year in a row West Virginia will be taking part in the marathon. Last season the Mountaineers lost to Kent State in the 10 a.m. time slot. The game between WVU and Gonzaga will be part of the Old Spice Classic.
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Redshirt junior Stedman Bailey was one of two Mountaineers named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List Tuesday. Bailey set a school record last season with 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns.
home. Once again, there must be a home-field advantage. The fans have to be as loud and intimidating as ever. Last season, fan attendance was a bit of a disappointment with some nonconference games. This year – with the exception of the James Madison game at Fed Ex Field – the closest away game will be at Iowa State, which is a little more than 870 miles away. For the Mountaineer faithful, traveling won’t be as big of an issue as you would think. West Virginia fans and alumni usually travel very well. It will be costly, but the excitement to see new places such as matt sunday/the daily athenaeum Austin, Texas, (home of the Texas Longhorns), will be West Virginia’s win over Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl, as well as the Mountaineers’ move to the Big 12 Conference has excitement at an all-time high more of a positive. The hype and excitement this season. of the Big 12 Conference is certainly building as the season gets closer. Get ready for a wild ride.
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Harris said. “They’re bigger, faster and stronger. It’s an adjustment, but we’ve got to make it. “That’s why we’re in the weight room.” And when they’re in the weight room at WVU’s new basketball practice facility, they’re at the mercy of strength and conditioning coach Andy Kettler, who gets to work with players the majority of the summer since coaches have limitations on how much they can be around. The two freshmen were warned before they even got to Morgantown that a Kettler workout was going to be harder than anything they’ve had to experience, but it was still a surprise to them at first. “They weren’t lying. That first day was a killer. I was expecting something like that, but it was just crazy,” Henderson said. “We might hate him now, but it’ll benefit us in the long run. He’s the best at what he does, and it’s just something you have to get used to.” Both players will have the chance to bring something to the WVU team that it was lacking in the 2011-12 season. They both have the ability to score in bunches from the perimeter. “I just feel like this is the right place for me to be right now,” Henderson said. “They needed perimeter scoring last season, and that’s something I can do and can bring to the team right away.”
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football opponent preview
Kansas State, Klein to challenge WVU defense by nick arthur
associate sports editor
Following two back-to-back weekends on the road in the Texas, the West Virginia football team will return home for conference tilt against Kansas State. The matchup will take place on the third Saturday in October. For the Wildcats, the game against the Mountaineers will be tucked in a tough stretch that includes seven games in seven weeks. The Wildcats are coming off of one their best seasons in recent years with a 10-3 record and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. Veteran head coach Bill Snyder returns for his 20th season in Manhattan and has nine returning starters on offense. Quarterback Collin Klein is back for his senior season. Klein, a former wide receiver, accounted for 69 percent of his team’s total offense a year ago. He needs just
one rushing touchdown to the tie the FBS record for most in a career by a starting quarterback. Klein had 27 rushing touchdowns in 2011 alone. Junior running back John Hubert rushed for 900 yards last season and will be back. However, Kansas State will only return two starters on the offensive line. Defensively, the Wildcats will have many questions to answer. Only six starters return, and few made a major impact a year ago. All-Big 12 nose tackle Ray Kibble has moved on to the NFL, leaving middle linebacker Arthur Brown as the leader of the defense. Brown sat out the 2010 season after transferring from Miami but emerged as a stout defender in 2011 when he was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year after recording 95 tackles and two sacks. The Kansas State defense
ranked 74th nationally in yards per game. The Wildcats struggled mightily against the pass, while allowing 3,423 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns. With the explosive, pass-happy West Virginia offense in 2012, Brown and his counterparts will have their work cut out for them. Expect this Big 12 matchup to be a high-scoring affair. Klein and his talented core returning on offense will put the pressure on the new 3-4 defense the Mountaineers will put on the field in 2012. But the young and inexperienced Wildcats will also be challenged by West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and the entire Mountaineer offense. Both teams could enter this one nationally ranked and should put on an exciting offensive show for the fans in Morgantown. ap
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein passed for 1,918 yards and ran for 1,141 yards in 2011.
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LeBron James drives to the basket against Brazil Monday night.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The problem was Brazil, not the president’s presence. The U.S. Olympic basketball players said they weren’t nervous about playing in front of President Barack Obama, nor were they thrown off by the lengthy delay while the first fan took his seat just before tip-off. “No, we just came out trying to pressure as much as we could, see how they would handle it, which we’ll probably do nightly, and they did a pretty good job of handling the pressure,” U.S. guard Chris Paul said. “And we settled down in the second quarter, held them to five points and got going.” LeBron James scored 30 points and the U.S. rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat Brazil 80-69 on Monday night in its final exhibition game on home soil. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden watched the Americans get off to a dismal start, then turn it around by holding the Brazilians to two baskets in the second quarter. “They came out really counterpunching and taking advantage of our aggressiveness on defense, and they’re wellcoached. They came in with a great plan and executed their plan very well start of the game,” U.S. guard Kobe Bryant said. “We made our adjustments second quarter, kept them to five points, which after the 20-something point first quarter is pretty impressive.” James helped the U.S. pull away in the final four minutes after they led by only seven with 4 ½ minutes left, getting his final point on a free throw with 31 seconds left as Obama departed to chants of “Four more years!” James, who scored 14 points in the final period, said it was “humbling” and “overwhelming” to play in front of the president. “You have dreams about being in the NBA. You have dreams about making the game-winning shot at the buzzer. You never have dreams about having the president actually watching you play, because you
don’t think it’s possible,” he said. “It’s definitely humbling, to see him here, the first lady and their kids here to watch us play. Really, it’s amazing.” Kevin Durant, a D.C .native, added 11, and Paul scored 10 for the Americans, who will leave Tuesday for Europe to complete their Olympic preparations. They face Britain in Manchester, England, on Thursday before traveling to Barcelona to play Argentina and Spain. It’s a solid exhibition schedule, and this game showed the Americans have some work to do before they get to London. They were just 1 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half and struggled offensively when forced to play in the halfcourt. “It felt good, though, to compete and stuff like that,” Paul said. “Like we said, our defense is what’s going to win games for us, and obviously we imposed that after the first quarter.” The president met with the men’s and women’s teams, who swept the doubleheader from Brazil. He received a loud cheer when he arrived, but like the U.S. players got off to a slow start. He needed a second chance in the fourth quarter before first lady Michelle Obama would grant him a kiss on the “Kiss Cam” segment, the crowd booing when she wouldn’t allow him a smooch in the second quarter. “You know, PDA is not for everybody, you know what I mean?” Bryant said. “But he makes the important decisions, so it’s all good.” Players were just walking onto the floor for the jump ball when Obama and Biden emerged from the tunnel to take their seats. The start was delayed while they greeted fans, and perhaps the break had the U.S. players out of rhythm at the beginning of the game. James hit two free throws to open the scoring, but the Americans didn’t make their first basket until more than 2 ½ minutes in after falling behind 7-2. Alex Garcia had two 3-pointers and two other baskets in the early
going as Brazil pushed the lead to 17-7 barely five minutes in. Indicative of the way things were going for the Americans, Russell Westbrook came up with a steal near midcourt and was all alone for a layup that he somehow botched. The Brazilians scored the final four points of the period, taking a 27-17 lead on Anderson Varejao’s jumper with 15.5 seconds left. Brazil coach Ruben Magnano said through an interpreter the goal was “not to focus on the names on the jersey and play the game,” and they did it for almost 40 minutes ... head to head against the USA. “It was a very important challenge to make the team ready for the Olympics,” he added. But the Americans got the tempo they wanted in the second, simply wrestling the ball out of Brazilian hands to create turnovers and fast breaks. A 12-0 run fueled by steals and layups turned an eight-point deficit into a 33-29 lead, and James powered to the basket for the last two baskets of the half as the Americans went into the break with a 37-32 lead. The Americans expected and got a much tougher game than their exhibition opener, a 11359 rout of the Dominican Republic last Thursday in Las Vegas. Brazil has loads of NBA size to exploit the Americans’ biggest weakness, with Nene of the Washington Wizards, Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tiago Splitter of San Antonio, plus experienced guard play. Garcia scored 14 points for Brazil and Varejao finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Marcelo Huertas had 11 points and 13 assists. Brazil gave the U.S. its toughest game at the world basketball championship two years ago, the Americans pulling out a 70-68 victory when Leandro Barbosa’s shot from the lane bounced off the rim as time expired. Of course, that U.S. team didn’t have James or anyone else from the team that won the 2008 Olympic gold medal and are the favorites to repeat. The Americans believe they have a better squad than four years ago and maybe even could have beaten the Dream Team, but perhaps it’s time to end that debate. The Dream Team never found itself in a six-point game with six minutes to go, as the Americans did after Varejao tipped in a miss. The U.S. finally pulled away in the final 4 minutes, started by consecutive baskets by James, a 3-pointer and a bucket in the lane. “I think we just had a slow start, missing shots, some shots that we make every single day in practice,” center Tyson Chandler said. “But the good thing about tonight is they showed us some looks that we haven’t seen so far and we’re learning defensively from it, and we’ll make shots.”
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