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Tuesday August 21, 2012
Volume 126, Issue 3
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Kaskade (above), The Wanted (left), Wale (center), and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (right), were among the performers at FallFest Monday.
‘Party on’: WVU ranked No. 1 again By carlee lammers City editor
West Virginia University officials were on high alert Monday night during the University’s annual FallFest event, as the viral video company “I’m Shmacked” traveled back to Morgantown. “I’m Shmacked” is a film company that aims to document weekend experiences at the “top party schools” across the country. “We want to capture an unprecedented documentary on college life,” said “I’m Shmacked” cofounder
Arya Toufanian. “This is happening on campuses all over, and we believe it needs to be documented.” Recently named the “Top Party School” by both The Daily Beast and The Princeton Review, Toufanian, a junior at The George Washington University, said the “I’m Shmacked” crew enjoys the “party school” atmosphere WVU provides. FallFest marked the company’s fourth trip to Morgantown. “We love the atmosphere here and really appreciate WVU,” he said. “We really love it here.”
The company’s previous Saint Patrick’s Day film, which was released in March, sparked much controversy across the University. During St. Patrick’s Day weekend, 36 malicious fires were set and Morgantown police issued four controlled substance violations, four DUIs, four underage possessions, 41 open container and public consumption citations, 30 underage consumptions and four nuisance party citations. University spokeswoman Becky Lofstead said the film
company would not be welcome on campus – including Greek housing. “They are certainly not welcome anywhere on campus, and any attempt to film is off limits,” she said. Lofstead said she believes the “party school” reputation given to the University is misleading. “Most people view WVU as a positive place and don’t appreciate this misleading image. You look at these ‘top party school’ lists, and it’s clear that many of the schools that are ranked as ‘party schools’ are also ranked high academically.”
In an official statement following the Princeton Review’s recent ranking, the University said, “In the big picture, clearly this list has no real credibility. As always, we focus on celebrating and supporting WVU’s long history of academic achievements. Our students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends have made it clear that is their focus, as well.” WVU Student Government Association Board of Governors member Ryan Campione said he believes illegal behavior, such as what was portrayed in the
St. Patrick’s Day film, is highly unacceptable for all students. “Regardless of how you view the laws, or what you think they should be, they are set for a reason,” he said. “There’s just no excuse for being proud of being captured on film doing illegal things.” While University officials cast some blame on “I’m Shmacked” for the St. Patrick’s Day criminal activity, Toufanian said he disagrees. “We don’t really intro-
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FallFest scores well with students by bryan bumgardner associate city editor
Music filled the streets of Morgantown Monday night as West Virginia University hosted FallFest 2012, an annual concert featuring artists from a variety of genres. Headlining the concert was Ryan Haddon, better known as Kaskade. As an in-demand electronic disc jockey, Kaskade has produced several chart-topping dance hits during his decade-long career. The Wanted, a British pop band known for their single “Glad You Came,” also performed their Internet-famous hits at the event. Wale, a rapper from Washington, D.C., who has enjoyed recent Billboard
chart success, performed his singles and several remixes for the audience. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a rock quartet from Los Angeles, brought their ’70s-influenced sound to the event. Travis Porter, an Atlanta, Ga., based hip-hop group, was scheduled to perform inside the Mountainlair but was moved outside to the stage and performing inside the Mountainlair was Juicy J, who drew one of the biggest crowds of the night. FallFest was held on the Mountainlair Commons and in the Mountainlair Ballrooms, and it was free to University students. Students were also permitted one guest pass for individuals who are not WVU
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students. Those in attendance had mixed feelings about FallFest. Bud Lewis, a WVU graduate student, has attended FallFest for five years in a row. “This is pretty cool,” he said. “I don’t know any other universities that do this for their students.” Lewis has always enjoyed the concert’s central location. “It’s kind of nice that all the students can congregate right in the middle of campus, right there on the green,” he said. Lewis wasn’t familiar with any of the acts performing this year – but for him, hearing something new added novelty to the event.
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“It’s cool if there are artists you don’t know,” he said. “It’s like Pandora Radio, except in real life.” Paige Carver, a recent WVU graduate, attended FallFest but wasn’t pleased with the lineup. “It’s a good event, but I think they could have fewer, better artists,” she said. “Wale was good – the sound quality was not.” Carver also wasn’t pleased that the timing of the event conflicted with her schedule. “I mean, Kaskade doesn’t come on until 11 (p.m.). I have to work at 7:30 tomorrow morning,” she said. However, Carver said she impressed by security at the
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Maniacs to host campus blood drive by michael carvelli sports editor
The Mountaineer Maniacs will be holding their first blood drive of the school year Wednesday from noon-6 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom. It will be the first of three blood drives the organization will hold this school year, and it will benefit the American Red Cross. Members of the Mountaineer Maniacs leadership will be in the Mountainlair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, signing up people interested in donating blood in an attempt to cut down on wait times when the drive starts Wednesday. “It’s a great way, especially for some of the
younger students, to get involved right away with our organization,” said Executive Director Chris Northrup. “And it’s a great cause as well, which is awesome. We’re really just trying to help people all across West Virginia when we do things like this. “You’re not just helping people at West Virginia University when you do this; it can really make an impact on people everywhere in the state.” The Maniacs have tried to continue reaching out and doing whatever they can to help people for a long time, and Northrop said it’s a great way to get involved as a member of the organization, simultaneously promoting a good
cause. “Any time you can do that and help people like that and do it through an organization that you can have a chance to get involved in like this one definitely helps encourage people to come out,” Northrup said. “It’s a unique combination, and it can even give students a great chance to meet and interact with other students that they might see around on campus or at a couple of games this fall.” Students who donate blood Wednesday will receive a Mountaineer Maniacs blood drive shirt, and there will be food for the donors as well. Northrup, who served
as the organization’s Community Service Director last year, said their goal is to continue to get as many participants as possible. “This year, Nicole Katz is in charge of community service projects for us, and she’s really done a great job of getting everything ready from a marketing standpoint and getting all the logistical things that go into getting this thing ready to go for us,” Northrup said. “In the past, we’ve always done a great job of meeting or at least being right around our goal, which is a tribute to how much the students are willing to come in and help a good cause.” email@example.com
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Continued from page 1 duce partying to these schools we film,” he said. “This is a common occurrence on any weekend. It’s just that a lot of schools brush it under the rug. But, we believe if it’s happening, why not document it? Schools should be proud of this.” Toufanian said “I’m Shmacked” does not, however, advocate for excessive drinking and partying. “It’s not that we are proud of drinking. But, if that’s what it’s like, then we should be proud of how we live,” he said. Following the Saint Patrick’s Day film, “I’m Shmacked” returned to Morgantown for a show at Bent Willey’s during the week of final exams.
The show was empty; however, after a trip to the Downtown Campus Library, Toufanian said he was thrilled to see more students studying than at the show. “It was really cool to walk out from an empty show and see the library full with students studying,” he said. Campione said while he does believe students partying safely and in moderation is acceptable, labeling WVU as a “party school” is not an accurate representation of WVU students. “Being a student is a 24hour job; it’s OK to blow off some steam every once and a while,” he said. “But labeling the entire University as a ‘party school’ is an unfair representation. We have a lot of hardworking students here. Not everyone is out partying all the time.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Students look forward to Health Sciences Center receives NIH grant start of new semester to evaluate, improve Appalachian health By Carlee Lammers City Editor
With a new school year comes new beginnings. West Virginia University students flocked to campus Monday as they traveled to their first classes of the new school year, reconnected with old friends and for some, began their college careers. “It’s pretty great to be back at school, seeing old friends, and just being on campus again,” said sophomore public relations student Kayci O’Neil. “It’s so busy everywhere today, but I’ve missed being here.” Fashion design and merchandising sophomore Daniel Brown said he was eager to be back on campus furthering his education. “I’m really most excited about going more in depth in my classes. Not just covering the basics, but starting to do actual design work,” Brown said. “It’s really great to be back in town and to be starting up my classes.” Nearly 5,200 freshmen, the University’s largest incoming freshmen class, began their college careers Monday. Freshman education student Erin McMahon said she was excited to leave high school and begin her transi-
tion to college. “It’s so different than high school here already,” she said. “I have so much more independence; I can’t pick one thing I’m excited about – so far I love everything.” Along with the beginning of the new school year, many students are looking forward to the start of WVU’s inaugural season in the Big 12 conference. “I am excited to see people I haven’t seen all summer, to go to FallFest, living off campus in an apartment, but mostly I’m excited for football season and the Big 12,” said sophomore public relations student Chris Timenez. Timenez said he believes being a part of the new athletic conference will allow the University’s athletic program to prove itself to the nation. “I’m stoked for football season. It’s going to be a good test for WVU to show everyone that we can compete against bigger schools,” he said. “A lot of people have looked down on us, so I think this will be a great way to put WVU to the test and see what we can do. I can’t wait; it’s going to be such a good year.” email@example.com
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Facebook New vending machines to accept Mountie Bounty, credit cards When West Virginia University students are out of loose change and want a snack, they will now be able to use their Mountie Bounty and bank cards at more than half of the vending machines on campus. Coca-Cola will be installing almost 200 new machines throughout campus and will be removing many of the old machines. The new machines will be Energy Star products, which means they will turn themselves off during less busy hours but continue to cycle the temperatures in the machines to keep the drinks cold. New
snack machines will be retrofitted, as well. Tim Bostonia, associate director for Business Development for WVU’s Procurement, Contracting and Payment Services, said the upgrade was much needed. “The (current) machines have been installed on campus for quite some time, and it is time to get them updated for energy conservation, modernization and bring more opportunities for them to be used,” he said. Bostonia, who has been working at WVU for 14 years, believes the updated and new machines will be more user-friendly and convenient for students. Though there will still be older and cashonly machines remaining, the majority of vending machines will now be more energy efficient. – EM
By Evelyn Merithew Correspondent
The West Virginia University Health Sciences Center has been awarded a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. NIH is a federal agency that provides funds from government research labs across the globe. The Clinical and Translational Research Grant (CTR) will aid the University in funding to put infrastructure in place for translational research. The grant will also support recruitment, and additional funding for smallerscale grants will also be available. The funding goes to ac-
ademic medical centers, such as WVU, and various institutions of all sizes provide better care for patients, create smaller-scale research grants and improve their facilities. Glenn Dillon, vice president for Health Sciences Research and Graduate Education at WVU’s Health Sciences Center, said with this grant, WVU will be able to take the science obtained from the laboratory straight to the patients in its clinics. This type of direct communication will help improve patient knowledge and care, he said. “The overall idea is to focus on diseases and health conditions that are of high priority to West Virginia,”
Dillon said. “We have a high incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes that we want to make sure are supported and taken care of.” The grant will help support the study of disease that affects the Appalachian region as a whole. Dillon said various other states face similar healthrelated issues. Therefore, various institutions have been awarded the grant to help improve the quality of health. Thos e institutions awarded the CTR grant will work collaboratively as an effort to become more effective in solving health issues that affect the entire nation.
Dillon said he was excited for the opportunities the grant would provide the Health Sciences Center, WVU, West Virginia and the nation. “We have received grants in the past years for science research but have never received an NIH grant this big, or that connects these many types of investigators,” Dillon said. “This grant is really important. It will allow us to expand how we can support our sciences here at WVU to better tackle these important health problems. It is a huge campus effort, and there will be many other colleges across the country helping to contribute.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 1 event. “I think the University is doing a good thing here. At something like this with this many students, safety is key,” she a FallFest also attracted students from other universities. Lucas Mills, a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, drove from Gaithersburg Md., to hear Wale perform. “This is awesome that the University does something like this for their students,” he said. “I wish my university had done something similar to this.”
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Two audience members, perched atop friends’ shoulders, dance in the crowd Monday.
Luck, Maniacs to hold annual meeting Wednesday by michael carvelli sports editor
The Mountaineer Maniacs will hold its first meeting of the year Wednesday at Hatfield’s in the Mountainlair at 7 p.m. Maniac executive director Chris Northrup will use the meeting to go over some of the things the group will be doing this school year, and West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck will also be in attendance to speak with the students. “We’ve sort of got this fresh start now that we’re moving into the Big 12, and it’s something that our fan base can really take advantage of,” Northrup said. “If we can get students to realize how important it is to come out and support, we
can have a great year and try to get some of the sportsmanship issues that we’ve had in the past behind us. “We don’t really want to talk about what we don’t want to see the students do, it’s about what we’re encouraging them to do and how we’d like to see everyone act at games this year.” The meeting is open to all students, not just to the Maniac leadership or students who are already signed up to be Mountaineer Maniacs for the 2012-13 school year. Northrup said getting a lot of students in attendance at the meetings is vital to what the organization is doing this year and is a great chance for the students to have their voices heard. “They’re what we’re all about, so to be able to see the issues that we’ve had
could really help us improve our organization,” Northrup said. “We want to make the Maniacs the best it can be and get students to come out to all the games for all the sports. Getting feedback and suggestions they have – anything they can offer us – that’s why we’re here, and that’s why we have the meetings.” Membership for this year is up to around 4,500 students so far, and Northrup said, although they’re out of the Ultimate membership option that includes guaranteed football tickets, students can still sign up as basic members. In an effort to get more people interested in the basic membership, Northrup and the Maniac leadership has added more incentives like an increased number of
watch parties, a trip to the football game against James Madison Sept. 15 and possible trips to away basketball games. They’re also bringing back “Pride Points,” which will reward students who attend the most soccer and volleyball games with the possibility of early entry into men’s basketball games. “Being able to make Mountaineer Field and our other venues a tough place to play is one of our top priorities,” Northrup said. “But we want to make sure we do it the right way, and that starts by everybody having great sportsmanship and realizing that this could be a special year for all of our teams.” email@example.com
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Missouri congressman fights to save Senate bid
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks with reporters while attending the Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo., Thursday. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rep. Todd Akin fought to salvage his Senate campaign Monday, even as members of his own party turned against him and a key source of campaign funding was cut off in outrage over the Missouri congressman’s comments that women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin made no public appearances but went on former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s national radio show to apologize. He vowed to continue his bid for higher office. “The good people of Missouri nominated me, and I’m not a quitter,” Akin said. “To quote my old friend John Paul Jones, I have not yet begun to fight.” But Akin seemed to be losing political support by the hour as fellow Republicans urged him to abandon a race the party had long considered essential in their bid to regain control of the Senate. Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seen as vulnerable in public opinion polls and because she has been a close ally of President Barack Obama. An official with the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee said the group’s head, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, called Akin on Monday to
tell him that the committee had withdrawn $5 million in advertising planned for the Missouri race. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private. At least one outside group that has pounded McCaskill with ads, the Karl Rove-backed Crossroads organization, also pulled its ads from Missouri. Publicly, Cornyn called Akin’s comments “indefensible” and suggested he take 24 hours to consider “what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party and the values that he cares about and has fought for.” The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said Akin’s remarks about rape may “prevent him from effectively representing” the Republican Party. Two other Republican senators – Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin – urged Akin to step aside from the Senate race. Brown, who is locked in a tight race with Democrat Elizabeth Warren, said Akin’s comments were “outrageous, inappropriate and wrong.” Johnson called Akin’s statements “reprehensible and inexcusable,” and
urged Akin to withdraw “so Missouri Republicans can put forth a candidate that can win in November.” Akin also got a swift rebuke from the campaign of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Romney and Ryan “disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive,” Romney said in an interview with National Review Online. The furor began Sunday in an interview on KTVITV in St. Louis. Asked if he would support abortions for women who have been raped, Akin said: “It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare.” “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Later Sunday, Akin released a statement saying that he “misspoke.” But the fallout was swift and severe. During the somber interview on Huckabee’s program, Akin apologized repeatedly, saying he made “serious mistakes” in his
comments on KTVI. “Rape is never legitimate. It’s an evil act. It’s committed by violent predators,” Akin said. “I used the wrong words the wrong way.” He later made a similar apology in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show. President Barack Obama said Akin’s comments underscore why politicians – most of whom are men – should not make health decisions on behalf of women. “Rape is rape,” Obama said. And the idea of distinguishing among types of rape “doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.” The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said a woman who is raped “has no control over ovulation, fertilization or implantation of a fertilized egg. ... To suggest otherwise contradicts basic biological truths.” Between 10,000 and 15,000 abortions occur each year nationwide among women whose pregnancies resulted from rape or incest. An unknown number of babies are born to rape victims, the group said. Research on the prevalence of rape-related pregnancies is spotty. One estimate published in 1996 said about 5 percent of rapes re-
Stocks slip, but Apple sets a record NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks slipped Monday in one of the quietest trading sessions of the year. Worries about European debt crept up again, and Apple became the most valuable company of all time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 3.56 points, or 0.3 percent, at 13,271.64. The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell a sliver, 0.03 point, to 1,418.13. The Nasdaq composite index fell 0.38 point to 3,076.21. With many traders and investors on vacation, volume on the New York Stock Exchange was light, just 2.7 billion shares traded. The average this year is about 1 billion more. In a monthly report, the German central bank reiterated doubts about having the European Central Bank buy bonds to help struggling European economies. It stressed that such purchases could carry “substantial risks.” Earlier this month, stocks rallied after ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank might buy bonds of some European countries to lower their borrowing costs. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also seemed to soften her stance on the idea. “We’re getting mixed messages at best coming from Europe,” said Jim Russell, chief equity strategist at
Two specialists work at their post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. Bank Wealth Management. “Investors are on the sidelines, and they’re still a little scared.” Apple, the most valuable company in the world, became the most valuable in history. It hit a market value of $623 billion, surpassing Microsoft’s record from 1999. Apple is worth almost twice as much the next most valuable company, Exxon Mobil. Apple stock rose $17.04, or 2.6 percent, to $665.15. Stocks had been inching up for six weeks. On Friday, both the Dow and the S&P closed just below four-year
highs. Monday’s drop was the 11th trading day in a row of moves of less than 1 percent for the S&P, according to FactSet, a financial data provider. In same period last year, amid fears the U.S. would default on its debt and a possible second recession, the S&P moved up or down by 1 percent or more roughly every other day. Other stocks moving sharply Monday included Lowe’s, the world’s No. 2 home improvement store. It missed earnings expectations and lowered its out-
look for the year. The stock fell 6 percent. The health insurer Aetna announced it would buy Coventry Health Care for $5.7 billion as the insurance industry realigns itself to better navigate the health care overhaul. Aetna rose $2.14, or nearly 6 percent, to $40.18. Coventry climbed $7.10, or 20 percent, to $42.04. The deal follows the $4.46 billion buyout last month of another insurer by WellPoint Inc., and last year’s acquisition worth nearly $4 billion by Cigna of HealthSpring as it grabbed for a share of Medicare revenue. Best Buy slid 10 percent after rejecting an offer from its founder and largest shareholder to take the electronics retailer private. The company named Hubert Joly, the former head of global hospitality company Carlson and a turnaround expert, as CEO Monday. Facebook gained 96 cents, or 5 percent, to $20.01, following a slide last week after some insiders were able to sell stock for the first time since the company’s public trading debut in May at an offering price of $38. In the S&P 500, six of the 10 main industry groups fell, led by a 0.8 percent drop in telecommunications stocks.
sult in pregnancy, or about 32,000 pregnancies among adult women each year. McCaskill was ready to move on, saying Akin should not be forced out of the race. “What’s startling to me is that (Republican) party bigwigs are coming down on him and saying that he needs to kick sand in the face of all the primary voters,” McCaskill said Monday at a campaign event in suburban St. Louis. “I want Missourians to make a choice in this election based on policy, not backroom politics.” The McCaskill campaign seemed to favor a matchup against Akin. McCaskill ran statewide TV ads during the primaries painting Akin as too conservative even for Missouri. She also ran ads against his GOP rivals. The Akin ads served two purposes for McCaskill: boosting Akin among the more conservative Republican primary voters to help get him nominated and raising questions about him among moderates and liberals. Akin won the state’s Republican Senate primary just two weeks ago by a comfortable margin over millionaire businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman. Many considered him
a favorite to beat McCaskill in November. Experts say the rape comments w e re a game-changer. “He may in fact have mortally wounded himself,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. “This is a statement that is so crude and so offensive to more than half the electorate that there’s a real danger here that he has dealt himself out of this race.” University of Missouri political scientist Peverill Squire said Akin’s comments could particularly hurt him among suburban voters, where Republicans have done well in recent elections and “where McCaskill really does need to pick up some votes to stay in office. This certainly gives her an opening.” Ushering Akin from the race is complicated by the fact that he has never been a candidate beholden to the party establishment. Since being elected to Congress in 2000, Akin has relied on a grassroots network of supporters. His Senate campaign is being run by his son. Missouri election law allows candidates to withdraw 11 weeks before Election Day.
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Party school rankings should be ignored Yesterday, the Princeton Review released the 2012-13 edition of its annual college rankings. The Princeton Review claims this list is designed to guide prospective college students in their search for the school that best fits their personal interests and professional goals. Every year, the Review ranks colleges in a number of categories – ranging from top party
schools to schools with the most religious students – and every year, the rankings dominate headlines across the country. Everyone scrambles to see how his or her respective college fared in the poll. To the dismay of school administrators and any students or alumni who value the prestige of their degrees, West Virginia University continues
to make the list for all of the wrong reasons. According to these rankings, WVU is a school that only sets itself apart as a “top party school,” a school with “lots of beer” and “lots of hard liquor,” and a University where “students study the least.” This negative characterization of WVU should concern the University’s administrators, but it should
not be mistaken for a factual representation of the school. The Princeton Review says these rankings are based on student surveys and information provided by colleges. However, they do not describe the methods they employ in formulating these lists. It’s unfortunate the rankings are taken so seriously, as it is clear they are not compiled
in a scientific manner. In fact, the Princeton Review has admitted these surveys are not scientific. Their reluctance to reveal how they come up with these characterizations makes it even more baffling these polls are taken seriously. How exactly does one objectively quantify which school is the “top party school” or the college where “stu-
dents study the least”? These generalizations are impossible to make, but they have a huge impact on how schools are perceived by everyone, from prospective students to potential employers. Everyone needs to understand these rankings are not based in fact and should thus be taken with a grain of salt.
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Voters must read up, take sides on social issues carolyn elise cowgill guest columnist
Now more than ever, America faces issues regarding the tenets of her foundation: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While the land of the free and the home of the brave continues to fight vital problems such as the ongoing economic turmoil and the need to improve our failing public education system, it is apparent social issues will rule the outcome of this election. With Republican figureheads Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan working nonstop to advocate their ultra-conservative religionbased platform, they have thrust topics such as marriage equality, women’s rights and abortion directly into the limelight. When the Chick-fil-A fiasco occurred earlier this month, news feeds and timelines alike were filled with controversial words. Even the average American can no longer sit idly by swinging his or her legs on the fence of indecision. Additionally, women’s rights have been thrust back on the table as a result of Romney’s attacks on Obamacare (which allows women of all income brackets to obtain contraception, annual exams, screenings for sexually transmitted infections, breast-feeding support and supplies, and domestic violence exams without any co-pay or deductions). Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina also pointed out, “When it comes to supporting policies that would actually
help women, their (Romney/Ryan) silence has been deafening.” In short, neither of the Republican candidates have truly been outspoken about any of the issues that impact women the most. It’s also no secret the Romney/Ryan ticket is largely against abortion (making exceptions in the cases of incest, rape or to save the life of the mother), planning to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood. Of course, Romney’s religious views blind him to the separation of church and state in the issue of marriage equality, and during a commencement ceremony at Liberty University he said, “Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman … Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government.” There should be no surprise that Obama and his Vice President Joseph Biden are on the opposite side of nearly every line Romney and Ryan have drawn. As the aptly named “Obamacare” suggests, Obama is in no hurry to rid America of her newest health care reform. But to fix a few bugs here and there? Sure. On the issue of abortion, the Democratic ticket is a bit more similar to their opponents’ point of view. While the current Commander-in-Chief is pro-choice, he did issue a statement on July 14, 2010, saying: “Abortions will not be covered in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, at a campaign rally Monday. Plan except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the woman would be endangered.” That, at least, most seem to agree upon. Perhaps because it is the most controversial, the average American would have to live under an exceptionally large rock to be unaware Obama has endorsed marriage equality many times. “When it comes to federal rights – the over 1,100 rights that are now not being given to same-sex couples – I think that’s unacceptable,” Obama said at
the 2007 Democratic primary debate. More recently, Obama said it simply: “It is important for me to go ahead and confirm that I think samesex couples should be able to get married.” For those concerned about the religious connotations often associated with the word “marriage,” there, too, Obama has the answer. “I was reminded that it is my obligation not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society, but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my
unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided.” He then went on to say his daughters have friends whose parents are samesex couples. “It wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow they would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them, and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.” Regardless of which side of the fence they’re on, Americans everywhere are forcing themselves to face what may be the toughest issues ever brought into a presidential election.
It is thus doubly important that you, the voter, educate yourself thoroughly on these issues. It’s entirely possible that with research, you may find something that will change your mind or open your eyes – and college is a perfect time to develop your own political beliefs. I urge and challenge you to make a decision before it is too late. Social issues will rule the outcome of this election, and nobody wants to be on the wrong side of the future. firstname.lastname@example.org
As focus switches to Chick-fil-A, the real gay rights culprit gets away shana roberson the northern light university of alaska
The restaurant known for inventing the chicken sandwich was under the microscope last week. One week simultaneously saw Chick-fil-A supporters wait in long lines to show their allegiance to the company as well as “kiss ins” from same sex couples there to make a statement. Chick-fil-A has been in headlines for months after company president Dan Cathy answered “guilty as charged” in an interview asking whether he supports the biblical definition of the family. “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist as Him and say, ‘We
know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,” Cathy said during the interview. Things snowballed from there, and the chicken chain saw their relationship with Jim Henson Company dissolve, and Muppet toys for kids’ meals stopped. Next, a public letter from the democratic mayor of Boston invited them to reconsider opening a store in Boston. Up until the mayor stepped in, this entire episode was outside of politics. Sometimes a political act is so undeniably calculated and partisan you can see right through it. Boston’s mayor sure looked that way. That was also how the choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential nominee looked. Although it seemed to work in Sen.
McCain’s (R-Ariz) favor in the end, the choice was transparent. Another similarly transparent move made recently was President Obama’s political move on gay rights. Vice President Biden said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage on a Sunday talk show, which was a change of position for the administration, as far as most people knew. Days afterward, Obama came out in his own television appearance in support of gay marriage, saying his stance on the issue had “evolved.” “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said. In 2008, candidate Obama said he didn’t sup-
port gay marriage. If you believed that then, you probably didn’t wholeheartedly. Obama is a liberal man, and he probably did believe in gay marriage then, he probably just did not see a way to make it a winning issue. That’s not a criticism. He had a different purpose at the time. He certainly could not campaign on every single issue the way his predecessor, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), had in 2004, only to watch his overall message get lost in crowd of mini-messages. We know the result of that campaign strategy. So, Obama decided not to make that an issue for his campaign. During his first term he did focus on a few gay rights issues that furthered the cause, including repealing the military’s policy on gays and lesbians serving in the
Armed Forces, ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’ But on May 9, he made a calculated decision to come out in support of gay marriage. It went something like this: “I’m for gay marriage, but I’m not going to do anything about it. Support me anyway, please.” The LGBT community fell for it, hook, line and sinker. What he really said was that he supports gay marriage, but that it’s a state issue that states will have to deal with. All at once, he got favorability from one demographic without having to commit to any given action. States’ rights weren’t sacred in the healthcare battle, yet suddenly the federal government must stay back. He also waited until the end of his first term to come to
this position, a time when no one expects any political action but fundraising is at an all time high. Yet, instead of a spotlight on this oddly timed change of position, all of the energy on this issue is focused against a restaurant that really has no power. The most Dan Cathy can accomplish is cooking chicken. Certainly, some of the things he said are against the grain for a lot of people, but that’s pretty much where the buck stops. One man’s opinion. On the other hand, a man with real power, arguably the most powerful man in the world, made no single move whatsoever to assist the GLBT community on the issue of gay marriage. Sounds like the “kiss ins” should look for a new meeting place, perhaps 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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DAILY HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you often feel at odds with others, even those with whom you have experienced great closeness. The issue is boundaries; however, this issue will seem less important in another year because of your attention to it now. If you are single, you might be fortunate enough to attract someone who has similar issues and is willing to look at them with you. Otherwise, you are on a dating roller coaster. If you are attached, your willingness to look within will encourage the same from your mate. This year could be fundamental to your life together. VIRGO often challenges and criticizes you. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You have a strong sense of direction, no matter which way you turn. Listen to your sixth sense with regard to money. Focus on the present, and maximize your financial security. Tonight: Clear out your desk or workspace. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH No one can deny your creativity when you decide to apply your focus and ingenuity to a situation. You can make the unworkable workable. Be sensitive to a situation where you suspect the other party might be out of sorts. You do not need an emotional collision. Tonight: Let your hair down.
dence, and feel much better as a result. Be sensible when dealing with an angry or upset person. This perCANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH You son might not be able to contain might want to have a long-overdue him- or herself. Tonight: Where the conversation. Be careful, as one of fun is. you could be angrier than anticiSAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH pated. If it is you, be sure to clear the air in a way that does not close down Stay on top of your responsibilities. a conversation. Tonight: Make it easy. Though much could be happening around you, be sure to keep your LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH You plans and schedule intact. You have could decide that you would prefer enough energy to squeeze in an exto stand back and assess a situation tra event with a friend. Worry less. from a distance. You have a strong Tonight: Know when to call it a day.
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Glitter fills the Mountainlair green as fans dance along to Kaskade, FallFest’s closing act. Kaskade went on stage an hour later than intended due to moving Travis Porter outside to perform on stage.
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from whatever is creating this stress. Tonight: Happy at home.
sense of humor and enjoy yourself no matter what. Those you answer to clearly are favorably disposed toward you. The timing is right to make an important request or talk to these people. Tonight: Treat time.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH Your ability to detach and see what others refuse to see earmarks your abilities, especially today. Creativity seems to flow naturally between you and others. A mere suggestion could trigger a great idea. Tonight: Where VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHHH Con- the fun is. fusion surrounds a key person. If you overthink, you will not know which AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHH You way to go. Be spontaneous, and you might be dealing with one person naturally will draw the results you after another. Everyone has somewant. Someone you care about lets thing he or she needs your opinion you know that he or she would like on. Your nature is unusually giving, to be around you. Tonight: The world especially now. Still, do not toss your is your oyster. plans down the drain. Tonight: Dinner for two. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HH Pull PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH You back some, and understand what is happening behind the scenes. Your need to sort through what you must sense of humor goes a long way to- do, as opposed to what you want ward resolving a problem, in that to accomplish. Others need your inyou detach and become less in- put and could be quite demanding. volved. Be careful when expressing Trust your judgments with a key peryour dismay. You will come off far son. Tonight: Hang out with a lively more strongly than you think. To- friend.
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHH Stay night: Vanish quickly! BORN TODAY French composer close to home, but be smart and Maurice Ravel (1875), televangelist SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH Zero don’t push your luck. You could be Tammy Faye Messner (1942), phooverly tired and dragging from re- in on the basics during a meeting. tographer Lord Snowdon (1930) You finally gain someone’s conficent pressures. Give yourself a break
Pearls Before Swine
by Stephan Pastis
Tuesday August 21, 2012
doug walp sports WRITER
Future bright for WVU after 2012 Just a few months ago, I was considering West Virginia’s upcoming inaugural season in the Big 12 to be somewhat of a do-or-die year for the football team. Aside from the immense weight of the demanding preseason expectations, Geno Smith and Tavon Austin are seniors who have been absolutely integral to the Mountaineers’ success during their careers the last few seasons at WVU. And, this time next year, it’s basically assured they’ll find themselves standing on NFL sidelines on Sunday afternoons. It’s even feasible to imagine redshirt junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey forgoing his senior season next year and joining his high school teammate Smith and fellow preseason Biletnikoff Award candidate Austin at the professional level. The results of losing all three of WVU’s most dynamic and prominent offensive threats next year would be detrimental, to say the least. But it’s not the death sentence that many people are asserting. In fact, the Mountaineers will be facing the same scenario in 2013 that every FBS school is eventually faced with, regardless of the university’s prestige or any other influential factors. But what really sets apart the most successful college football programs is the fact their coaching staff are consistently able to reload their personnel ranks with phenomenal freshmen talent in order to maintain the high level of play on the field year after year. Now, it’s hard to be able to look into the future to precisely predict the talent pool that West Virginia will be able to lure to Morgantown in the coming years, but the upward trends in recent years are more than comforting. In 2011, head coach Dana Holgorsen’s first year at WVU, West Virginia’s recruiting class had no fourstar signees and was graded No. 52 in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com. Yet, Holgorsen was still able to exploit this class into a 70-33 BCS victory against Clemson in his first year in Morgantown. This year’s freshmen class was ranked 26 spots higher. And the class had three fourstar recruits, including Texas native Ford Childress, who may be groomed to replace the incumbent quarterback Smith after this season. The 2013 class also already has an array of impressive talent on both sides of the ball. Simply put, Holgorsen’s presence at WVU has been the standout, driving motivation in continuing to attract the most dynamic and explosive athletes to Morgantown. His prolific offensive system at WVU instantly captured national attention in 2011, captivating the masses with a potent offensive at-
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‘JUST MAKE PLAYS’
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Senior J.D. Woods was listed as a starter at wide receiver when the West Virginia football team released its depth chart following the end of fall camp.
Woods looking to contribute in final year as a Mountaineer By Nick Arthur
Associate Sports Editor
J.D. Woods’ career as a member of the West Virginia football team has been a roller-coaster ride, to say the least. The redshirt senior wide receiver has suffered injuries, earned playing time, lost playing time and even changed positions. But no matter how he has gotten to this point, one thing is clear: Woods is new and improved in 2013. “I’ll give J.D. (Woods) a ton of credit. He’s been fast. He’s real assertive. He’s a whole different person,” said West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. Woods appeared in nine of the 13 games a year ago, including earning a start in the final two outings. During spring workouts, the
Naples, Fla., native made the switch from outside receiver to inside receiver. With woods on the inside, he feels he might have an upper hand on some of his defenders. “My height can give me an advantage on some of the smaller defensive backs,” he said. “I can also use my illusiveness a little bit out there.” But Woods has no preference where he plays; he just wants to contribute however he can. “I’ve just been keeping a stable mind,” Woods said. “Just make plays; that’s all I’m concerned about. When coach puts me out there, just make a play.” For the ambitious wide receiver, the recent change in his play led to head coach Dana Holgorsen deeming him as an “obvious starter” as fall camp concluded. The news, combined with his
career coming to an end, have motivated Woods to make a true impact this season. “This is my last opportunity,” he said. “I don’t have too much time left here at West Virginia, so I’m going to do everything I can to contribute and make plays. “I can’t worry about last year. I can also worry about this year and continue to make plays.” Woods and the entire West Virginia offense feel much more confident this fall camp. With already a year of experience in Holgorsen’s unique, pass-happy offense, they are ready to make the next step and play at a faster pace. “Things come naturally in this offense, and now it’s our second year. We’re getting a lot more smooth with everything,” Woods said. “(We’re) just playing that much faster. That’s the change. You don’t really notice it, but we’re
playing a lot faster.” As of now, it appears he has put himself in a great position to make plays, starting with the Mountaineers’ season opener in less than two weeks against Marshall. But the recent improvements from Woods have led to a challenge from his offensive coordinator. “My challenge to him is to maintain your attitude right now for the course of the entire year,” Dawson said. “The true test is if he can do this for the course of the entire season, which he’s never done.” Woods accepts the challenge from Dawson and is ready to make his presence felt this season. For No. 81, though, it’s simple. “I just like playing in between those lines and making plays,” Woods said. email@example.com
West VIrginia Position Preview: Wide Receivers
Mountaineers feature plenty of depth at receiver by cody schuler managing editor
Though much of the attention West Virginia’s offense has gotten this offseason has been directed toward senior quarterback and Big 12 preseason Player of the Year Geno Smith, it’s likely by the end of the year, his receiving corps will be drawing similar praise. Highly skilled and returning plenty of veteran hands, the 2012-13 edition of the Mountaineers’ offense is equipped with one of the top receiving corps in the Big 12 – if not the country. Heading into the first week of the season, it seems head coach Dana Holgorsen has already found his top four wideouts, one of which “squirted” his way into
fans’ hearts at the GoldBlue spring game. Being an early enrollee has helped true freshman Jordan Thompson hit Holgorsen’s radar and allowed him to stand out as a viable starter for the upcoming season. “Jordan Thompson is ahead of some of the receivers because he was here (in the spring),” Holgorsen said. “That guy is something. Obviously he is a true freshman that will play.” A trio of returning players – including a pair of 1,000-yard receivers – will help West Virginia spread the field and attack at a variety of angles. Last week, Holgorsen laid out his vision for the group he feels will be his starting unit. “At receiver, we feel that (redshirt junior) Stedman (Bailey) is an obvious
starter, Jordan Thompson is an obvious starter, (senior) Tavon Austin is an obvious starter and (redshirt senior) J.D. Woods is an obvious starter,” he said. “Then you have backups, and we’ll assess all of the backups to where we can find out how much they can handle playing.” Woods, a highly talented receiver who has played a myriad of roles in past seasons, knows his versatility and confidence have put him into a place where he can ultimately be successful. “I have to continue to make plays; my confidence is pretty high,” he said. “I never put my head down last year, and I believed in my heart that everything was going to be okay. Knowing more than one position has opened up my chance to play. I am comfortable wherever they put me.” Austin and Bailey, the two leaders of the Mountaineers’ receiving corps, will look to replicate their shared success last season when they played a big part in helping Smith set the Big East record for most passing yards in a single season. Austin has been impressed with the incoming group of freshmen and has played a large role in mentoring them during the transition from the high school game to the college level. “They come in, and they work hard and they listen for the most part,” he said. “They are doing what the coaches ask them to do. “One thing that I ask from them right now is probably that they need to pick up their blocking
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Senior inside receiver Tavon Austin led the nation in all-purpose yards in 2011. a little bit. For myself, too, that is one thing that I see right now that I see they are kind of lacking in,” Austin said. Along with Thompson, Austin has taken a particular interest in two other freshmen receivers who may see playing time during the season. “(Travares) Copeland has been doing really good in the slot receiver position; Devonte Robinson and Copeland are catching my eyes,” he said. Copeland, a threestar prospect, was a firstteam all-area quarterback at Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Robinson, also a three-star prospect, averaged more than 30 yards per catch and scored 10 touchdowns for Palm Beach County High School in Delray Beach, Fla. True freshman Devonte Mathis was perhaps the most heralded of the incoming recruits at wide receiver and should acquaint himself with Mountaineer fans, as well. Mathis hails from Miramar
High School – the prolific recruiting pipeline that produced Geno Smith and Steadman Bailey, among others. Redshir t freshman K.J. Myers will also enter the fold and see the field this season. Myers boasts a physical 6-foot2, 197-pound frame that could see some serious action in the red zone. With so many players to choose from, wide receivers’ coach Shannon Dawson will have the difficult choice of narrowing down who to redshirt and who to play this season. “Now is about the time where you start to make some decisions on who is going to be where and who is going to redshirt,” he said. “I have confidence in my whole group. “There isn’t one guy that has gone out there and just failed. There are probably three that are consistently on the same page with our quarterbacks, and they are the guys that played a lot last year.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tuesday August 21, 2012
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Schwindel, Utley carry Mountaineers vs. WCU By Shea Ulisney Sports Writer
During Sunday’s soccer match at Dick Dlesk Stadium, sophomore forward Kate Schwindel scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute, pushing No. 20 West Virginia past Western Carolina. Late in the second half, with the score tied 1-1, true freshman forward Katie Utley connected with the ball on the right side and crossed it into the middle to Schwindel. Schwindel’s game-winning goal hit off of the right post and into the back of the net, giving the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead against their opponent with 7:05 remaining in the game. “It was a good finish by Schwindel,” said head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “That kid works so hard and was knocking and knocking at the goal the whole (second) half.” Schwindel led all players with a career-high eight
shots. She had two good looks earlier in the match, sending one shot wide of the goal and another hard shot, which forced WCU goalkeeper Katie Jacobs to her knees to make the stop. After Friday’s loss against La Salle, Schwindel said the team’s major focus Sunday was to get more shots on goal, which was what the Mountaineers were able to accomplish in Sunday’s game against Western Carolina. West Virginia finished the game with 24 shots on goal and limited WCU to only six shots. “Up top, we really focus on staying connected. And when we’re connected, no one can really touch us because we’re so fluent with the ball, and we really attack the ball,” Schwindel said. “We are taking steps forward.” With six seniors lost to graduation from last season’s squad, Izzo-Brown has been forced to play many freshmen early in the year.
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Freshman Kailey Utley scored her first career goal in West Virginia’s 2-1 victory against Western Carolina Sunday. Utley also had an assist on sophomore Kate Schwindel’s game-winning goal. Schwindel was a freshman last season and knows how difficult the transition process can be. “I know coming into the program last year was very hard to get adjusted,” she said. “I think our freshmen
are really stepping up and filling the roles that we lost.” The true freshman Utley, who was named WVU’s Athlete of the Week, made herself known after scoring the first goal for the Mountaineers and assisting the game-
winning goal to Schwindel. “I had a great ball played into me and just tried to get a good touch on it to get it past their goalkeeper,” Utley said. He r head coach was pleased with her
performance. “As a freshman, what an exciting day for her,” IzzoBrown said. Izzo-Brown was also pleased with the outcome of Sunday’s game and thinks the leadership shown in such a young team is outstanding. “As a team, we find a way to win, and that’s what’s important,” she said. “We build from there and break things down. The Mountaineers return to practice today to prepare for this weekend’s Penn State Invitational, where they will compete against Central Michigan and the defending national champions in Stanford. “We got to come out (this weekend) and show them who we are as a team and show them we can compete. We need a lot of focus and hard work,” Schwindel said. “(We need to) get the little things down and start coming together as a team.” email@example.com
Cleary confident in his team heading into 2012 By jon fehrens Sports writer
For many, the 3-mile run the West Virginia cross country athletes endure daily is a marathon in itself. However, the real marathon for the cross country squad is the actual season. It is a season that starts in summer and can continue all the way through June and July. During that stretch, athletes hit the pavement everywhere from scorching hot Texas to rural Kentucky, and some even try out for the Olympics. It is a season that makes head coach Sean Cleary spend weeks in a hotel room preparing for races. Sports such as football, basketball and baseball all have downtime. WVU cross
country isn’t familiar with the term. “Our preseason is all summer long and goes through September,” Cleary said. “Any race is to get the feet wet and the competitive juices flowing and prepare for the season. Our biggest goal in the preseason is to be ready for Penn State and Toledo. We hold kids from certain races and play around to see where everyone fits best.” Cleary feels confident about the squad he is running this year. Instead of rebuilding the program with a bunch of new freshmen, he is taking this preseason and reloading the program with them instead. “When a team brings in a bunch of freshmen, everyone considers it a rebuild-
ing phase,” he said. “With our freshmen we have this year, I see it as a reloading phase. We have a team that can compete.” Sarah Brault and Katie Gillespie help out their coach with preparing the freshmen and getting everyone involved. But it’s Cleary’s assistant coaches who are the true supporting cast for the team. “My assistants help me with everything from getting ice baths ready to coordinating the workout for that day,” Cleary said. “They really help with such a long season.” Before the season actually begins and meets begin to matter, coach Cleary needs a picture of what the team will look like. With a ton of incoming freshmen,
the picture can look a bit hazy. But, that doesn’t stop him from thinking this team is grade “A.” “I already give this team an ‘A’ for preparation and effort,” Cleary said. “It will be in the upcoming meets when we see if this team is national-title worthy.” It is ironic Coach Cleary used an “A” for his preseason grade, because that letter is a common theme among the ladies of the cross country team. They are the highest academic Division-1 sport at West Virginia, with an average GPA of 3.6. The young cross country team heads into its first preseason meet August 31 for the WVU Alumni Open in Morgantown. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Redshirt junior Sarah Brault is one of the West Virginia cross country team’s top returners this season.
Peyton Manning points the finger at himself
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — He’s shown plenty of arm strength and an ability to bounce back after a hard hit. Now, Peyton Manning and the rest of the Denver Broncos’ sputtering offense need to work out the kinks. In seven drives with Manning under center, they’ve scored just one touchdown and turned the ball over four times. “We’re just lucky it’s preseason,” wide receiver Brandon Stokley said. “We’ll get back to work and we’ll work hard, like we’ve worked this whole offseason and training camp, and we’ll get better.” The good news is that it’s the offense that’s flimsy, not his neck or arm. Manning is deciphering defenses as well as ever, getting the ball out as quickly as
Continued from page 6 tack that even defensive stalwarts like LSU had serious issues slowing down. And West Virginia cemented its national relevance by signing the second-year head coach to a multimillion dollar extension not even two weeks ago. But it’s not just Holgorsen’s offensive mind that’s attracting freshmen to Morgantown. In January and February, West Virginia filled the organizational holes left by former defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel when he departed for Arizona by hiring new associate head coach and defensive coordinator Joe DeForest, co-defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and defensive line coach Erik Slaughter. DeForest brings his existing Big 12 recruiting ties from his years at Oklahoma State to Morgantown, and all three men worked fe-
he always has and he almost always makes the right read. He’s completed 67 percent of his passes and the Broncos (No. 10 in the AP Pro32) are moving the chains better than they ever did with Tim Tebow. Yet, there’s still lots of work to do. Five months into his comeback in Colorado, Manning’s timing with his targets isn’t where he’d like it to be. And the three teammates he has the most rhythm with – wide receiver Eric Decker and former Colts teammates Stokley and Jacob Tamme – have all made big blunders in the Broncos’ two preseason games. Stokley rounded out a route that led to an interception at the goal line in Chicago, and Decker and verishly to install the more traditional defense in the 3-4 during spring, ultimately helping to appeal to a wider range of defensive matriculates. The Mountaineers already have commitments from two four-star recruits on defense for 2013. But although the impact of the coaching staff is certainly indisputable, they are really only part of the winning equation that will keep the Mountaineers’ successful even after they lose their biggest impact players at the end of the year. The other part is Oliver Luck. His first two years at WVU have resulted in some of the most radical yet successful changes to the athletic department in the entirety of its storied history. And, as WVU’s Athletic Director, Luck has been the central figure in the hiring of the new assistant coaches, Holgorsen’s initial hiring and his extension and now transitioning WVU from the rapidly sinking Big East into the
Tamme dropped passes that stalled a promising 2-minute drive inside the Seattle 10. “It’s frustrating not to be able to finish,” Manning said. All three of his intended targets took the blame, as did tight end Joel Dreessen for a ball that sailed way over his head and was easily picked off by Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson. “I’ve got to find a way to make that catch, honestly,” Dreessen said. “I kind of stuck my hand up there and I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can reach it.’ I looked like I gator-armed it.” Manning’s other interception Saturday night came when left guard Zane Beadles failed to engage defensive end Red Bryant, who reached both hands up and
deflected Manning’s pass into the arms of linebacker K.J. Wright at the Seattle 9. Ever the gentleman, Manning upbraided only himself. “At the end of the day, they’re interceptions,” Manning said. “The quarterback signs the check on every ball he throws. There’s an old saying that the most important part of every play is to possess the ball at the end of that play. That’s the quarterback’s job. I have to do a better job of that.” So for all those radio callers finding fault with Manning, he’s with you. “Two interceptions. Two in the red zone, two weeks in a row. Just can’t have it,” Manning said. “Tipped balls, whatever it is. Can’t have it. Got to find a way to protect the ball better, en-
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When senior quarterback Geno Smith graduates after this season, West Virginia will be looking to replace a three-year starter. notoriously trending Big 12. Even if Holgorsen would eventually take his entire staff to another program, Luck has proven he has the wherewithal and promotional abilities as a collegiate Athletic Director to persevere and rebuild around the Mountaineers’ illustrious history of athletics. With that being said, most of the hypothetical situations I’ve presented – besides the seniors leaving – probably won’t even come to pass any time soon. My point is WVU’s future will
not be reliant on a specific individual or a make-orbreak season in 2012. Yes, 2012 will be one of the most anticipated seasons of Mountaineer football in recent memory. But because the program’s leaders have done such an exceptional job at instilling a lasting, winning culture, there is absolutely no reason to believe the collective excitement surrounding the team will fade anytime soon. email@example.com
sure we get some kind of points when we’re down there in the red zone.” Coach John Fox appreciates that accountability. “You get in that position and you get the fingers pointed at yourself when things don’t go the right way, that’s kind of the right way to point fingers,” Fox said. “And so, he gets that. I think that’s who he is and that does help spread throughout the football team.” The Broncos (1-1) hope to clean things up Sunday night against San Francisco (1-1) in what is expected to be Manning’s final dress rehearsal for the Sept. 9 opener against Pittsburgh. Despite all the hiccups, there are some positives as Manning makes his comeback from a nerve injury in his neck that sidelined him
all of last season and led to his departure from Indianapolis in March: he’s completed 20 of 30 passes for 221 yards and on Saturday night, he showed the nohuddle offense at altitude can be the Broncos’ calling card. Manning played the entire first half and gave the Broncos a 10-9 lead at the break despite three turnovers. He looked great on a 2-minute drive, but that stalled when Tamme dropped a wide-open touchdown pass 6 seconds before halftime following a drop by Decker and a 15yard penalty on center J.D. Walton. “You try to get it out of your system before the season starts,” Decker said. “It’s a good time to work out the kinks.”
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Clemens returning to baseball HOUSTON (AP) — Roger Clemens isn’t done with baseball quite yet. The 50-year-old Clemens signed with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Monday and he is expected to start for the minor league team on Saturday at home against Bridgeport. “His fastball was clocked at 87 mph; all of his pitches were working,” said Randy Hendricks, Clemens’ agent. “He threw a three-inning simulated game after an extensive workout warm-up.” Clemens and Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti have been talking about this “for months,” Hendricks said. Clemens is expected to discuss his decision Tuesday during a news conference in Sugar Land, about 20 miles southwest of Houston. Clemens, who was acquitted in June of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performanceenhancing drugs, hasn’t played for a team since pitching for the Yankees in 2007 at the age of 45. He went 6-6 in 18 games with a 4.18 ERA that season. Clemens had two great seasons with the Astros after he turned 40, going 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 2004 to win his record-tying seventh Cy Young Award. He was 13-8 with a career-low 1.87 ERA in 2005. Clemens earned $160 million and won 354 games in a 24-year career with the Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Astros. His 4,672 strikeouts are third-most all-time and he was named to 11 All-
Roger Clemens pausing while throwing batting practice during a workout at the Houston Astros minor league spring training. Star games. Now he’ll see what he has left for the Skeeters, who play in the Atlantic League. He joins a roster that includes former major league pitchers Tim Redding and Scott Kazmir and Jason Lane, a teammate of Clemens’ on Houston’s 2005 World Series team. “This is a one game at a time thing,” Hendricks said. “Let’s see how he does on Saturday.” Clemens is set to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot going to voters late this year; if he appeared in a major league game his Hall
consideration would be pushed back five years. Clemens was accused of using steroids and HGH in the Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball, something he denied. The Justice Department began an investigation concerning whether Clemens had lied under oath, and in 2010 a grand jury indicted him on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress when he testified during a deposition and at a hearing that he never used any performance-enhancing drugs.
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Indiana State rebounds after snapping losing streak TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Shakir Bell sits across a table in a small conference room, shaking his head. He still can’t believe the tales he heard about Indiana State’s 33-game losing streak, its 2-60 mark over 5 and a half seasons or the players who preferred anything over winning games. It makes it tough to fathom how much has changed over the last four years, since Trent Miles took over as Sycamores coach in 2008 and Bell became arguably the school’s biggest recruit since Larry Bird. What Bird did for Indiana State basketball in the 1970s is what Bell hopes to do for a football program that has finally shed its image as a perennial loser and started talking openly about a national championship. Dallas is home to this year’s Football Championship Subdivision title game Jan. 5. The Sycamores’ road to Dallas begins Sept. 1 with a game at Indiana. “We’re not just trying to get in the playoffs this year, we’re trying to win everything,” Bell said, his eyes growing in size. “I’ve always wanted to play in those lights and under that type of pressure, and I can see us going to Dallas and having some fun.” Three years ago, a comment like that would have drawn nothing but snickers and snide comments at the student union. But after the last two seasons, people in the small-town community have come to the realization that the wafting smell of tailgate parties in the football parking lot this fall suggests a strong measure of hope at Indiana State, an indication that anything is possible. “When we came here we were competing to win games,” Miles said. “Now we’re competing for a national championship.” Indiana State has won 13 games since ending The Streak midway through the 2009 season. The other three teams still ahead of the Sycamores on the NCAA’s list for longest Division I losing streaks combined for only 20 wins over the next three-plus years – Prairie View A&M (7), Columbia (5) and Northwestern (10). That means the Sycamores can surpass the combined total with an eight-win season this fall. Consider, too, that Indiana State’s 12 wins over the past two seasons are just one fewer than its total over the previous eight . But the changes in Terre Haute go deeper than stats. Attendance has more than doubled since 2007, jumping from about 2,500 to roughly 6,500 last season. Fundraising has increased and talk about disbanding the football program has ceased. Bell heads into his ju-
nior season as a favorite to win the Walter Payton Award, the FCS’ version of the Heisman Trophy, after finishing in a tie for second last season. Defensive lineman Ben Obaseki is being billed as a preseason favorite for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the nation’s best defensive player. Myles Walker, a 6-foot-8 all-state football player in Texas who was once recruited by the likes of LSU, has used up his basketball eligibility and will play football in his final college season. And around campus, things have changed, too. Players once too embarrassed to go outside are now embraced by their peers. “Professors congratulate them and I never see mocking or downgrading of players now,” said Justin Todd, a senior majoring in social studies education. “It’s been a real positive for this school.” Players credit the transformation to Miles’ unwavering determination to fix a program he grew up watching. The Terre Haute native started his coaching career here, wound up making stops at Oklahoma, Green Bay, Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington before finally coming home. When he arrived, players were skipping practice and weight lifting just because they could, and they seemed to put a higher premium on partying than football. Those who did show up worked out when the soccer teams were not. Memorial Stadium hadn’t undergone a single renovation in nearly four decades, coaches were scrimping on meals to stay within the $50,000 recruiting budget and those being recruited recounted tales about nails coming through the field’s Astroturf. “When I first got here, we were in the old locker room and you’d shower with four inches of water at your feet,” said Obaseki, a senior. Miles insisted he could win at Indiana State if he could change the mindset, the roster and get more support from the administration and community. He kicked more than three dozen players off the team, and the school came up with nearly $2.75 million to replace the flooded locker room. “The new locker room is top of the line,” Obaseki said. “We went from having nothing to having a lot.” Administrators didn’t stop there. They spent an estimated $250,000 to add a remote camera system to record practices, splurged on a new scoreboard, complete with a video screen, and an ex-football player who owns a local construction company donated his time to help put in a new
grass practice field. Miles raised roughly $500,000 to add a field that allowed the football team to practice on its own schedule. The total cost came to roughly $4 million and the benefits have been bountiful. Morale is up and Miles has more leeway to recruit out-of-state talent. “In the past, we were only funded for so many out-of-state scholarships,” Miles said. “Our philosophy is that we’re Indiana State, so we’re going to recruit in-state kids first. But we border Illinois, Ohio has great football, St. Louis and Atlanta aren’t that far away, so we’ve got other areas where we can recruit very good football players and now we can do that more easily.” Miles didn’t go far to find the cornerstones for this rebuilding project. Obaseki, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman, played high school ball in nearby Washington, Ind.– a school better known for producing the three Mr. Basketball-winning Zeller brothers. Bell hails from Warren Central in Indianapolis, which has produced dozens of Division I players over the last decade and had so much talent Bell couldn’t crack the starting lineup until his senior season. Because he was undersized at 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds and virtually unknown until he rushed for 3,105 yards in 2009, Indiana State got its chance to convince the state’s 2009 Mr. Football runnerup to risk everything by choosing the Sycamores. All Bell wanted was a chance to be part of something big. “Coach Miles told me everything was changing and that he had just kicked about 45 guys off the team and that it would be a great place for me to come and display my talents,” Bell said. “Plus, I wanted to be a part of history.” In 2011, Bell led the FCS in yards rushing and broke school records for most yards in a season (1,670) and a game (256). He was rewarded with the MVFC’s offensive player of the year award and was the first sophomore ever invited to the Payton Award ceremony in Dallas. This year’s plan is to take a much larger contingent with him back to Texas. “I came back telling everybody about it. There’s nothing better than living that type of dream feel,” he said. “The perfect season would be going back to Dallas with the whole team so they can experience the whole thing I did and then to go to the banquet the next day and be up for the Walter Payton Award.” Just a couple of years ago, it seemed an impossible quest. Not anymore.
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Mountaineer Idol to return to Mountainlair by madeline carey a&E writer
West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Idol is back in full swing Friday night in the Mountainlair Ballroom, with the action beginning at 8 p.m. This fall kicks off the ninth annual Mountaineer Idol competition, and for those unfamiliar with the event, that means a chance to battle your way to the bragging rights of being the Mountaineer Idol – and the $1,000 grand prize is not too bad, either. The event, sponsored by Coca-Cola and American Idol, is open to all students and features six weeks of competition, every Friday night in the Mountainlair. This week’s theme is “singer’s choice,” while other nights will cover genres such as country, ’80s and oldies. The competition, starting now and going until early November, is open and free to the public; so feel free to cheer on your favorite Mountaineer Idol contestant all the way throughout the competition. Sign-ups are being held Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Hatfields, and try-outs will occur Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. After the initial try-outs,
the top 15 singers will be chosen and will then go on to the first night of competition Friday. Not only will the first prize winner bring home $1,000, they will also earn the opportunity to sing the national anthem at one of WVU’s men’s basketball games. The second place winner will receive a prize of $750, and the third place winner will win $250. Sandra Wilson, senior program Administrator and the head of Mountaineer Idol, thinks this is going to be Idol’s best year yet. “It runs between 50 or 60 [students], but I have a feeling this year, it’s going to be the largest number that we’ve had,” Wilson said. Wilson further explained there is one primary judge during the whole competition, with two other judges varying throughout the duration of the contest. The judges are chosen based on background and are not students. According to Wilson, anywhere from 100-700 students attend the events every Friday. Caitlin Hassan, a philosophy and international studies student, said she is excited about the competition. “I want to go because
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Chelsea Malone is announced as Mountaineer Idol at the finale on Nov. 6,2011. She received $1,000 and peformed at various West Virginia University events during the 2011-12 year. I love seeing students involved with campus activities, and I think their classmates should support it,” Hassan said. “I loved tal-
ent benefit shows in high school, so it excites me to see that type of thing at WVU.” For those interested in
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Classic rock artists make triumphant return JOSH EWERS A&E WRITER
Spring and then summer rise from the remnants of fall and winter. Once-lifeless foliage returns to thrive again in the warmth of the seasonal sun. This is the way of the world. This life-and-death process is mirrored in many facets of life, but this summer it even seems to hold true in the realm of rock music. Art has definitely been imitating life, as the solstice has brought with it the return of several oldschool rock bands who have been long lying dormant, waiting to rise again. These past few months have unleashed with them a slew of comeback tracks from some of the world’s formerly most popular rock ‘n’ roll bands including Kiss, Rush, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd. But who put out the best singles? Who sounds like they are still in their prime? And who just sounds like a shell of the band they used to be? Arguably the most popular of the quad, Kiss, is set to release its new album “Monster” in October, but the group has already released the album’s first single, “Hell or Hallelujah.” The song starts off with the twang of a blues-tinged screaming guitar line – and then it gets pretty boring for the next three minutes and 30 seconds. The most I can say about this song is it is wellcrafted and makes sense from a musical perspective. There is just nothing here to get older fans excited again and certainly not enough to draw in new ones. A standard rock beat and the same old wail from lead singer Gene Simmons will only get you so far. Of course, this record will probably still sell like hotcakes, thanks to the band’s name power. In stark contrast with Kiss – a band that oper-
ates by a motto of simplicity – we have the Canadian trio Rush. Vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee and company are well known as much for their progressive, complex songwriting approach as they are for their uncanny ability to create catchiness out of that methodology – and this is in full display on Rush’s newest release. The album, “Clockwork Angels,” and its subsequent single, “Headlong Flight,” have been out since mid-June for your listening pleasure. The song pulls you in with a signature Geddy Lee bass line which is, of course, pushed way up in the mix and a bit on the trippy side. This bass line then gives way to an edgier, more distorted rhythm guitar line than you would expect from the band. Lee seems to have changed his vocal stylings, as well, opting for a more tempered and less nasal approach. While there are several solid head-bobbing moments, the song’s biggest flaw is that there seems to be a big hook missing somewhere in the chorus. Nothing here sticks in your head like “Limelight” or “Tom Sawyer.” While the song is not a home run, it does have several advantages against Kiss’s track. The band still has energy, a point aided by great musicians like Lee and world-renowned drummer Neil Peart. It still feels like the band is creating and exploring 38 years after their debut, and the results show the group still cares about the quality of its music and is pushing itself to the limits of creativity. Our third subject is Aerosmith, who has been inactive in the writing department for much longer than its previous peers. Younger people who somehow do not know who the band is will recognize them by their wily front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler. While the band’s new album “Music from Another Dimension” is due
out in November, we already have the first taste with their single “Legendary Child.” Among the things going for this track are its sheer catchiness, appropriately bluesy guitar work and fantastic harmonies. Then again, what else would you expect from an Aerosmith track? On the negative side, a feeble and old-sounding Tyler yells into the microphone during the course of the song, completely unaided by the fact the lyrics are about “days gone by.” Last, but not least, is Lynyrd Skynyrd, a band that is miraculous for simply still making music and soldiering on after a tragic tampabay.com plane crash took the lives of several of their mem- Aerosmith’s next album, ‘Music from Another Dimension,’ is due for release in November. bers in 1977. While this is not the group’s first rodeo since then, it is always cool when it releases new work, such as their latest effort “Last of A Dyin’ Breed” and its single, which bears the same title. If I did not know this was a Skynyrd song, I would say it could be a palpable pop-country or modern rock ‘n’ roll chart-climber; but unfortunately, I know what this band is “supposed” to sound like, and this isn’t it. Ronnie Van Zant’s brother and replacement vocalist following his death, Johnny Van Zant, lacks his brother’s soulful www.wirthentertainment.com qualities, and this takes Lynyrd Skynyrd’s latest album, ‘Last of a Dyin’ Breed,’ hits stores today. away a lot from the band. There is plenty of southern rock sensibility and lyrics about “ramblin ” and “gamblin ” to go around, but it probably won’t be that long until even the most loyal of fans forget “that new Skynyrd song.” While the other classic rock titans all made valiant efforts, Rush is the only band here I’d give points for a full-fledged, full creative energy return to writing. However, maybe one of the other bands will prove they can still pump out excellent music when their full albums are released in the coming weeks. email@example.com
Rush released its latest album, ‘Clockwork Angels,’ this summer.
Olympics viewer boost for ‘Today’ show short-lived NEW YORK (AP) — The audience boost that the London Olympics provided for NBC’s “Today” show in its ratings battle with ABC’s “Good Morning America” was short-lived. The Nielsen Co. said Monday that “GMA” beat “Today” in the ratings last week, the week after the Olympics concluded, by an
average margin of 162,000 viewers. NBC was counting on the Olympics to provide a launching pad for its new anchor team of Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, and it organized a series of concerts and visits by Olympians last week to keep up the momentum. The week started well. NBC’s audience of 4.54
million on Monday was bigger than any morning show last week, and “Today” beat “Good Morning America” by 338,000 viewers. But “GMA” won the next four days even while not at full strength - Robin Roberts returned this Monday – and by a peak of 517,000 viewers on Wednesday,
Nielsen said. During the Olympics, “Today” dominated. It beat “GMA” each week by more than a million and a half viewers, taking advantage of its access to Olympians. The ratings after the Olympic flame was extinguished indicate that many of those viewers are not morning show regulars and re-
treated to their old habits. “GMA” had beaten “Today” during each of the five weeks before the Olympics. There should be intense competition for viewers this fall; status as the top morning news show can means tens of millions of dollars in extra advertising revenue for their networks.
Roberts returned Monday after being off for two weeks, partly because of exhaustion brought on by her medical condition. Roberts has MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease once known as preleukemia. She is expected to be off for an extended period this fall after undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
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PINEVIEW APARTMENTS Med. Center & PRT UNFURNISHED FURNISHED 2,3, AND 4 BR Rec room With Indoor Pool Exercise Equipment Pool Tables Laundromat Picnic Area Regulation Volley Ball Court Experience Maintenance Staff Lease-Deposit Required
24 Hour Maintenance/Security Laundry Facilities
Minutes to Hospitals and Evansdale Bus Service
1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Unfurnished 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance & Enforcement Officer Off Street parking DOWNTOWN PROPERTIES Phone: 304-413-0900
PLUS UTILITIES Ashley Oaks Valley View
Now Leasing 2012
24 HR Maintenance/Security Bus Service NO PETS
NEW SUNNYSIDE TOWNHOMES Jones Place 4 BR, 2.5 BA W/Covered Parking $625/person
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South Park! 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance & Enforcement Officer Off Street Parking
* 1BR * Remodeled, Attractive, Private * Heat included * Off-Street Parking * No Pets * Lease and Deposit
Minutes to PRT 304-296-3919 MON. RIVER CONDOS. NEW 4/BR, 4/BA. WD/Pool. University-Commons. $1200/month, plus utilities. Available now. Call Paul Ragland at 304-291-1112
INCLUDES ALL UTILITIES
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.
PRETE RENTAL APARTMENTS
EFF: 1BR: 2BR: Now Leasing For 2012
UNFURNISHED APARTMENTS 1 & 2BR Downtown Location, Available May 15th. Parking. 304-685-6565 or 304-685-5210. 2 BR APT AVAILABLE MAY 15. Located on Grant Ave. $700 + utilities. Parking available. Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. 304-365-2787 or 304-777-0750. 2 BR on High Street - washer/dryer, balcony, dishwasher. 409 High Street. 304-322-0046.
2-3BR APARTMENT. Large rooms. University Avenue, Star City. NO PETS/SMOKING. Utilities included, lease/deposit. 304-692-1821
ATTRACTIVE 1 & 2/BR APARTMENTS. Near Ruby and on Mileground. Plenty of parking. 292-1605
AUGUST-MAY LEASE. 2BR, near town, park, and trail. W/D, updated kitchen, yard, deck. Well-maintained. $500+utilities. No pets. Call 304-282-0344.
S M I T H R E N TA L S , L L C 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments For Rent Houses For Rent AVAILABLE MAY - Aug. 2012 Check out: www.smithrentalsllc.com
(304)322-1112 UPSCALE DOWNTOWN CONDO overlooking the waterfront and Rail-trail. Large, private bedroom and full bathroom, large closet and balcony. You will have run of the house. Large kitchen/dining room, living room, and utility room (W/D). enjoy the courtyard, exercise room, party room. Secure building with closed circuit cameras. Must have references. $1000/month includes all utilities. Available September 1. Call Larry at 703-786-8422.
UNFURNISHED HOUSES 341 MULBERRY STREET close to Suncrest Park. Two Bdrm/one bath, single car garage. $950 per. Mo./yr. lease. 304-685-3457
UNFURNISHED/FURNISHED OFF-STREET PARKING EVANSDALE / STAR CITY LOCATION LOCALLY OWNED ON-SITE MAINTENANCE MOST UNITS INCLUDE: HEAT, WATER, and GARBAGE SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED
3/BR, 2/BA RANCH ON 1 ACRE W/ GARAGE. CAC. 10 minutes from both hospitals. $1000/mo + Utilities. NO PETS. Call 304-282-8769.
AVAIL. 8/10 Nice 3BR/2BA. In Quiet Neighborhood. Close to most conveniences. Some upgrade/remodeling currently in progress. Grad Student Preferred. $1,080 + util. Call 304-288-5133, 304-598-2387, 304-296-8111
Mountain Line Bus Service Every 10 Minutes and Minutes From PRT ABSOLUTELY NO PETS WWW.PRETERENTAL.COM
REDUCED RENT UNIQUE Apartments 1, 2 & 3 BR Close to main campus. Washer/Dryer, Dishwasher, Private Parking. Pets w/fee. 508-788-7769.
STAR CITY 2BR 1BTH. Large carpeted D/W, W/D, gas, AC. No pets/smoking. Off street parking. $575 plus util. 304-692-1821
MALE ROOMMATE WANTED for 3BR apartment on Price Street. 5 min walk to downtown campus. Includes utilities, w/d, dishwasher, air conditioner, parking, 1 1/2 bath. $390/mth plus/deposit. No Pets 304-698-3454 or 304-379-9851 MALE ROOMMATE WANTED. Grad-student. Private bedroom. Close to Evansdale campus. $210/mo+ ½utilities. firstname.lastname@example.org & 304-292-3807.
ROOMMATE WANTED 2½-BR 1/BA HOUSE. WESTOVER. 5/min from downtown. $425/mo including all utilities, W/D, free parking. 304-322-1230.
Minutes to Hospitals & Downtown
NOW HIRING Tudor’s Biscuit World. Suncrest and downtown locations. All Positions. Apply at 3071 University Ave. 304-241-1702
EVANSDALE PROPERTIES Phone 304-413-0900
1 & 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Apartments Prices Starting at $495 Garages, W/D, Walk In Closets Sparkling Pool
FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED: for quiet, clean, 3 BR Apartment on Price Street. Close to downtown campus. Includes utilities, washer/dryer. AC, parking, 1.5 Bath. No Pets. $400+ deposit. 304-379-9851 or 304-680-6808
1 Bedroom Apartment 304-291-2103
MUST SEE MALE / FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED close to Arnold Hall, excellent condition. WD and parking. Individual lease. $395-450 all utils included. 304.288.1572 or 304.296.8491
JUST LISTED! MALE OR FEMALE ROOMMATE for brand-new apt. Close to downtown. Next to Arnold Hall. WD, DW, AC, Parking. NO PETS. $420/mo includes utils. Lease/Deposit 304-296-8491 or 304-288-1572
Affordable & Convenient Within walking distance of
2 Bedroom 1 Bath
Bon Vista &The Villas
FURNISHED APARTMENTS 2BR APARTMENT South Park. New Central AC, W/D, New Kitchen, 2 car garage. $1100/mth. NO PETS. 304-288-2052 or 304-288-9978
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Prices Starting at $605
PERSONALS PERSONAL MASSEUSE wanted. Washington, Pa. Discretion assured. 724-223-0939 Pager # 888-549-6763
NOW LEASING FOR 2012
LEGAL NOTICES PUBLIC NOTICE: The next meeting of the Board of Directors and Board Committees of the West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc. will convene on Friday, August 24, 2012 at the following times and locations: Board of Directors meeting at 12:30 p.m. in the J.W. Ruby Boardroom, Finanace Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the J.W. Ruby Boardroom, Quality & Patient Safety Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Administrative Conference Room. All meetings are open to the public.
3BR/1.5BA HOUSE. Student housing at 511 Melrose Street. All appliances and parking included. $400/bedroom, $1200 total. Carmac LLC, 304-203-5953.
NICE 3BR/1BA. DECK. LARGE YARD. Near University Farm. On West Run Road. $735/month. plus Utilities. Deposit. 304-288-2740 or 304-291-6533. PINNACLE HEIGHTS TOWNHOME, 5 Hannah Lane, $1200/month+utilities, 2BR/1.5BA/1 car garage. Unfurnished, AC, W/D, dishwasher, deck, no smoking. 304-290-7727.
HOUSES FOR SALE HOUSE FOR SALE In Westover. Call for Appointment. 304-292-1834
MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 14X70 FLEETWOOD (VOGUE). 2BR. with two private baths. 1 bath is a garden tub. Located at Blue Grass. Painted and clean, some quality furniture. 304-329-4535 or 304-568-2907
MISC. FOR SALE FOR SALE: ESPN HOCKEY GAME TABLE. Like New. $125. 304-276-0401
AUTOMOBILES FOR SALE CASH PAID!! WE BUY CARS and trucks. Any make! Any model! Any condition! 282-2560
MOTORCYCLES FOR SALE 2005 YAMAHA SCOOTER EXCELLENT condition. Great MPG. Great for around campus. $1,000. 304-276-0401
HELP WANTED ILLUSIVE SKULL COSTUME CASTLE is holding open interviews for the Halloween Season on Wed. August 22nd & Thur. August 23rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the MOUNTAINEER MALL. Next to the Woman’s Fitness Center. This is for seasonal (September/October) help only! BARTENDERS & cooks wanted. Bucket Head’s Pub. 10-mins from downtown, Morgantown. Small local bar, All Shifts Avail. 304-365-4565. BARTENDING UP TO $300 A DAY potential. No experience necessary. Age 18 plus. Training available. 800-965-6520 Ext. 285 BLACK BEAR HIRING cooks and dishwashers for Suncrest location. AM and PM shifts. Part-time and Full-time, including kitchen managers. Pay based on experience. Apply at 3119 University ave, next to the party store. BLACK BEAR HIRING FOR EVANSDALE location-line cooks, dishwashers, and kitchen managers. Cooks average $8-10/hour. Both am and pm shifts. Apply at 3119 University Avenue, next to party store. CAC NUDE FIGURE DRAWING models needed. $20/hour. Contact Katherine at 304-293-2552. CUSTOMER SERVICE Representative needed to work on behalf of our company. 18-yrs or above needed and you must have computer skills. Accounting experience not needed. Any job experience needed. You will earn up to $5,000 monthly. Contact us at: email@example.com. HELP WANTED: Everyday’s a Party, Morgantown. Part Time. Flexible Schedules. Friendly Work Environment. Apply Within. 304-598-5556 INDESIGN, PHOTOSHOP, ILLUSTRATOR (Mac): min. 2 years experience; project work on as-needed basis. 304-599-3830, M-Th, 10-4 (no messages pls). MARIOS FISHBOWL NOW HIRING cooks and servers. Apply in person at 704 Richwood Avenue or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. C’s WISEGUY CAFE looking for part-time cook and delivery driver. Phone 304.599.3636 or 304.288.2200
PT NATIONAL SALE POSITION with local “Green” Internet Company. 10-15hrs/week. $7/hr + comm. Send contact letter/resume to email@example.com
A&E Kicking off the semester in style 12
Tuesday August 21, 2012
304-293-5092 ext. 3 | DAA&E@mail.wvu.edu
Loud, energized at FallFest 2012 by jeremiah yates and Hunter Homistek A&E editors
Fallfest 2012 was incredible. West Virginia University students gathered in a positive atmosphere throughout the night and welcomed the new semester with open arms and loud cheers. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals started the evening right. The band was full of excitement and successfully readied the crowd for the high energy sets later in the night. For many students this was their first experience in Morgantown and away from home. “We just came out to have a good time,” said freshmen Courtney Jones and Andy Huber. “Morgantown has been really awesome so far, and we were really excited to be here. This is a great way to kick of the semester in style,” Jones said. The crowd seemed to enjoy every artist’s set during the show – the dancing and screaming proved that much. “I like Wale because he’s from where I’m from. I just love his music,” said sophomore physiology student Derrick Octao, who is from the D.C. area. After Wale, we made sure to go inside the Mountainlair Ballroom to check out Juicy J’s set; but the crowd was so packed inside, it was almost impossible to move. At one point, we thought the floor was on the verge of collapse due to the
large number of students dancing. The scarcity of space and extreme heat influenced us to head outside, but other students seemed unfazed as they continued to pile inside. This year’s FallFest might have had the most packed crowd we’ve seen. From front to back – and even frat row – was crammed with students having a great time and letting loose. The Wanted gave their all to impress the Mountaineers in the crowd, and even started a chant of “Eat s*** Pitt.” The young British boy band controlled the audience like seasoned veterans – although it was a little weird that they requested a mosh pit. The limited space inside the Mountainlair caused Travis Porter to play their set on the Green, which pushed Kaskade’s set back an hour, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind. Enthusiastic students sang along with the rap trio until their last song. Once Travis Porter walked off the stage, it was easy to see who the electronic fans were in the crowd. Through the mass amounts of smoke and confetti, students continued to dance through the night. All in all, FallFest 2012 was a success. It gave WVU students exactly what they wanted: an awesome night to enjoy before the chaos of classes, homework and exams consume their lives. I can only hope they all make it to their classes this morning. firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists give WVU students an unforgettable experience at this year’s FallFest.
Matt Sunday/ The Daily Athenaeum
Published on Aug 21, 2012