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Tuesday January 24, 2012

Volume 125, Issue 86

Students prepare ‘The House that WVU Built’ by lacey palmer staff writer

Students at West Virginia University have the opportunity to reach out and serve the local community through a University project designed to provide an underprivileged Morgantown family with “a decent place to live.” The House That WVU Built is a continuing service project through the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Division of

Design & Merchandising students in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Monongalia County. The project intends to construct a new home for a family in need in Morgantown. The project began as a student assignment to develop a fundraising campaign and provide service to the Morgantown community. The house will be constructed this spring. Barbara Lingle, visiting assistant professor in the Division of De-

sign & Merchandising Studies, said Habitat for Humanity is in the process of interviewing and selecting the family to build the home for now. “Habitat for Humanity has a very extensive process to select this family. They have their own guidelines and review, but the nice thing about Habitat is that it’s a ‘hands up’ not a ‘hands out’ project,” Lingle said. Kelly Dodds, public relations and media director for the project, is working with a team to get more campus and commu-

nity involvement. Dodds is currently working on her capstone through the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism and said she chose the project to involve the campus in community outreach efforts. “My main role is to get the campus more involved with the project,” Dodds said. “I picked this project because I thought it was really great that Habitat picked Morgantown out of all the places they could’ve built this house. Morgantown is such a differ-


ent city because there’s the college kids, but there’s also families that need our help here, as well, and as students we don’t usually see that aspect.” Lingle said the project will provide students with the opportunity to work together to give back to the community on a more personal level. “I feel that it’s important that the WVU community and the Morgantown community work together,” Lingle said. “This service project is a wonderful opportunity for the community to

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Matthew Saporito, left, and Matthew Pryzbyz, right, perform outside the Mountainlair Monday afternoon in support of the anti-abortion movement. Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of the landmark decision of Roe vs. Wade.

Students speak out about Roe vs. Wade decision 39 years later by lydia nuzum

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Roe vs. Wade – the court case legalizing abortion in the United States – marks its 39th anniversary this week, and students at West Virginia University organized a demonstration Monday to support anti-abortion outreach and policy making. A group of WVU students played music in front of the Mountainlair in support of Birthright, an international organization designed to support women and provide aide to those in need due to an unplanned pregnancy. “We wanted to take a less aggressive approach to promoting this cause,” said Matthew Saporito, a sophomore English student. “A lot of people might go out

with signs that have pictures of aborted fetuses. It just seems like the wrong way to go about it.” Saporito and a small group of other students organized the demonstration in the free speech zone in front of the Mountainlair to raise money for the local chapter of Birthright as well as raise awareness of the issue of abortion on the anniversary of the passage of Roe vs. Wade, said Matthew Pryzbyz, a junior mechanical and aerospace engineering student. “The organization is there to help women who have become pregnant and are by themselves,” Pryzbyz said. “They’re scared, they don’t know what they want to do. They’re probably afraid to go to their friends or family because they’re scared of judgement.

This offers a very peaceful mindset to help them choose what’s right for their child, whether it’s to keep it or have it adopted.” Pryzbyz said the organization functions through donation and volunteer hours. The federal court case Roe vs. Wade was a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that ruled the right to an abortion was protected under the 14th amendment, which allows a right to privacy under the due process clause. The statute allows abortions to be performed up until the point a fetus is considered viable, defined as “potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid.” Viability

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University gets ready for faculty talent show by jessica lear staff writer

The professors and staff who share their time and talents with students at West Virginia University will soon have the opportunity to show off their hidden talents outside of the lecture hall. The annual West Virginia University Faculty/Staff Talent Show, scheduled for Feb. 10, is still seeking employee participants. The talent show, now in its third year, will showcase the talents of participating WVU employees this February in the Mountainlair ballrooms. “We try to have the talent

show to showcase the talents of our faculty and staff outside the classroom and office,” said Sonja Wilson, WVU’s senior programming administrator. “The goal is to provide a fun and relaxing event for the entire University community to attend.” Wilson said diversity is the key element to the show, which in the past has showcased a wide variety of acts including singing, dancing, storytelling, comedy, banjo playing, bagpipes and more. “I think that faculty members should take part in this event to share their Godgiven talents and let their students see them in an entire

different arena,” she said. Wilson said she hopes the talent show will be successful and more faculty and staff members will choose to participate in the annual event. “I am hoping to have a diverse competition with at least 10 acts competing for the title of 2012 WVU Faculty/ Staff Talent Show Winner,” she said. “I know, first hand, that the faculty and staff enjoy this opportunity.” In addition to more WVU employee participants, Wilson said she hopes many students and Morgantown community members will attend the event to show support for the University’s employees.

“I also hope that we can have a packed house to support our Mountaineers with talent as they perform for our University and Morgantown communities,” she said. Any WVU faculty or staff member can participate in the talent show and may showcase any performance talent. Acts may be performed in groups and must be completed within five minutes. Wilson said past talent shows have been very successful, hosting crowds of more than 200 with a dozen diverse talent acts. WVU Faculty and Staff Idol

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Grant to support Campus-Community Link program by carlee lammers

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get to know the students and for the students to give back to the community in which they live, work and play. It’s a very worthwhile project for the university and the town.” Dodds said the organization has held various fundraisers for the project, and there will be many more initiatives throughout the upcoming months to raise the rest of the money needed for the project. “We’re going to start having

Not every academic experience a student has at college is learned in a classroom. The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation recently granted the West Virginia Campus Compact $235,000 to be used toward its CampusCommunity LINK program. Since 2010, the CampusCommunity LINK program has provided WVU professors with the funds to lead students in service learning experiences in class, which will aid rural communities by providing solutions to problems they face. Last year’s initiatives included a “Buy Local” campaign in Ritchie County, an evaluation of tourism efforts in Monroe County, the development of distance learning initiatives in the community of Ansted and website construction and additions to the Kimball World War I African

American Soldier Memorial in McDowell County. “It’s all about creating a sustainable high impact in these rural West Virginia communities,” said CampusCompact Director Franchesca Nestor. Each professor leading a service learning experience will receive $5,000 toward equipment, training, travel and other expenses. Nestor said she is excited for students to have an opportunity to partake in the beneficial experiential learning projects through the Campus-Community LINK program. The courses provide students with opportunities to better compose their resumes and prepare them more efficiently for the workforce, she said. “In our focus groups we found that for a lot of students these were their hardest courses – yet they liked

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Student’s passion for fashion gets national recognition by mackenzie mays city editor

Holly Corey sat down with a sewing machine for the first time when she was 10 years old. Her hobby soon turned into a lifelong passion for fashion. “Fashion has always inspired me as an artist. The impact the fashion world has allows there to be a balance between the arts and business, which makes this an interesting career,” she said. Corey, a senior fashion design and merchandising student at West Virginia University, recently took one more step toward her dream. One of Corey’s designs was selected for the 2011 International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition. ITAA is a worldwide organization of scholars and educators in the textile, apparel and merchandising fields that seeks to advance excellence in education, scholarship and innovation. Corey’s outfit was one of 66 designs accepted for the live gallery exhibit in Philadelphia. Professionals, graduate and undergraduate students submitted 251 designs for consideration – making for a 39 percent acceptance rate, according to Nora MacDonald, a fashion design and merchandising professor of Corey’s. Corey said working within the WVU Davis College of Ag-

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This design, made by West Virginia University student Holly Corey, will be featured in the 2011 International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition. riculture, Natural Resources and Design helped give her the confidence to get her work out into the real world. “Dedication to this field, along with a hard work ethic, is what I plan to take with me after I graduate. Believing in yourself to create clothing pieces that hope to inspire others is what drives me,” she said. “As a West Virginia native, I have found representing the fashion department at WVU to be a real honor.”

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HOSTING THE HOYAS The West Virginia women’s basketball team will face No. 17 Georgetown tonight at the WVU Coliseum. SPORTS PAGE 7


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Tuesday January 24, 2012

US Rep. Giffords’ decision sets up political free-for-all PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ decision to resign from Congress sets up a political free-for-all in her competitive southeastern Arizona district, with voters set to pick a temporary replacement and then a full-term representative in rapid succession. As Giffords, critically injured in a mass shooting last year, steps out of the public eye this week to focus on rehabilitation and recovery efforts, her departure thrusts Tucson into the national spotlight. The three-term Democrat was heavily favored to be reelected, so her decision to step down creates an opportunity for Republicans to pick up a seat in the House. But holding onto Giffords’ seat has sentimental as well as symbolic value for Democrats as the elections will come as the presidential race intensifies – in a Red state that the Obama campaign is targeting. Bruce Ash, Republican na-

tional committeeman for Arizona, said the upcoming special election “will be a bellwether probably for the November elections.” Giffords was shot in the head as she met with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died and 13 were wounded, including Giffords. She has made steady progress in her recovery, returning to the House chamber in August to cast a vote for the debt-ceiling compromise, but she still has difficulty speaking. With both parties expected to target the race, “it means money. It means lots of national money,” said Carolyn Warner, Democratic national committeewoman. Under a timetable set in Arizona law, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer will schedule the special elections – both a primary and a general – once Giffords leaves office and a vacancy is declared. The primary is expected to be

held in April and the general in June. But only months later, there will be the regular primary election in August to pick nominees for the Nov. 6 election for the full two-year term that starts next January. “We have no idea how this is going to go,” said state Rep. Steve Farley, a Democrat who said he had his sights on running for a state Senate seat but now is leaving open the possibility of a congressional race. “The dynamics are going to be very hard to predict.” In another twist, the district itself changes between the two elections, shedding some outlying areas of Tucson and including more of the central city. The special election is for the 8th Congressional District. The regular election is for the 2nd District, recently renumbered and reconfigured under the once-a-decade redistricting. “It’s going to complicate things for people who are run-


ning in that they have to run in both districts,” said Jim Kolbe, the Republican who held the congressional seat before Giffords. Both versions of the district are regarded as competitive, but Democrats pick up a few percentage points in voter registration under the newer version to pull roughly even with Republican. Independents make nearly a third of the electorate. Voter turnout typically is low in special elections, but the extra attention devoted to this campaign could spur participation, particularly among Democrats, who tend to vote at lower rates than Republicans, said Patrick Kenney, an Arizona State University political science processor. And the circumstances of Giffords’ departure could provide a “sympathy vote” for a Democratic nominee with issue stances and ties to the area that are similar to the outgoing representative, Kenney said.

Purdue president becomes Smithsonian chair WASHINGTON (AP) — Purdue University President France Cordova was installed Monday as chairwoman of the Smithsonian Institution’s governing board as the museum complex expands with the coming construction of a new black history museum and amid calls for another focused on Latino American heritage. As Cordova begins her


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West Virginia University students take advantage of the warm weather Monday by playing basketball on the Mountainlair Plaza.


Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left, accompanied by her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, reacts after leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of a memorial vigil remembering the victims and survivors one year after the Arizona congresswoman was wounded in a shooting that killed six others in Tucson, Ariz.

Continued from page 1 was created by Wilson five years ago after employees were interested in Mountaineer Idol. However, the event was changed to a talent show two years later to accommodate all talents, she said.


Continued from page 1 it,” she said. “They are doing actual work with actual meaning that makes a high impact now.” The West Virginia Campus Compact, which is a state chap-

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has been established as anywhere from 24 to 28 weeks into a pregnancy. President Barack Obama gave a statement Sunday in light of the anniversary of

three-year term, she will maintain her post at the Indiana university. She will lead oversight and support fundraising for the world’s largest group of museums and research centers. Cordova is an astrophysicist and previously held posts in the University of California system and was chief scientist at NASA. At a briefing Monday after

the board met, Cordova said the Smithsonian regents would increasingly focus on fundraising and are excited about both the black history museum and the potential for a Latino museum. “Those are clearly challenges,” she said. “They’re more well-defined challenges. It’s the ones that aren’t that really take a lot of thinking and strategizing.”

really good cause,” Dodds said. “Once we have a selected family to build for, it will be more of their story, and we hope that will interest people to help, as well.” Lingle said individuals can buy a foundation block or a hammer for the construction

of the house as well as donate or even volunteer time to help build the home. Those interested in volunteering or donating to the project can contact Lingle at

This year, the Faculty/Staff Talent Show will be hosted by Chelsea Malone, the 2011 Mountaineer Idol, and Ellis Lambert, the 2011 Mountaineer Idol first runner-up. They will be accompanied by five “celebrity” student judges Wilson said have already been chosen. Student judges in the past have included Mr. and Ms.

Mountaineer and Mountaineer Idol contestants. Wilson encourages faculty and staff to sign up for the event before the deadline on Feb. 6 by emailing Sonja. or by calling the Mountainlair Administrative Offices at 304-293-2702.

ter hosted in Morgantown, is compiled of 27 colleges and universities across the state are dedicated to promoting civic engagement beyond the classroom through various programs. “Students are getting a lot more out of these projects than they are in the traditional classroom settings,” Nestor

said. For more information on the West Virginia Campus Compact and its programs, visit or contact Nestor at Franchesca.Nestor@mail.

the adoption of Roe vs. Wade, defending the reproductive rights of women and affirming the 1973 decision. “As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but

also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,” Obama said. “I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right.”


Continued from page 1 The piece that will be displayed at the exhibit is a reversible two-piece outfit inspired by Carnival of Brazil, an annual celebration held 46 days before Easter, Corey made in MacDonald’s flat pattern class. “I wanted to translate the Brazilian Carnival aspects to be more Americanized. I did this by just taking aspects of the Brazilian costumes such as the bright colors, feathers and metals,” Corey said. “The dress is completely reversible and has a more dayappropriate look on one side, and then can be unzipped and reversed to reveal attire to be worn after work or school hours.” Corey said she hopes to be her own boss one day, and she wants to create a clothing label and sell her pieces in retail stores throughout the country. “Having my own label is a few years in the future,” she said. “In the meantime, I want to work with other designers until I understand the business aspect really well.”

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Gantos’ ‘Dead End in Norvelt’ wins Newbery Medal NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s winners of the top prizes in children’s literature were honored for stories of resilience over the most everyday troubles: a boy grounded by his parents, a dog that loses its favorite toy. Jack Gantos’ “Dead End in Norvelt” won the John Newbery Medal for the best children’s book of 2011, and Chris Raschka’s “A Ball for Daisy” won the Randolph Caldecott award for best illustration. The prizes were announced Monday by the American Library Association during its midwinter meeting in Dallas. No cash prizes are given, but the awards are watched closely by booksellers and librarians and often lead to increased sales and a lasting place on a school or store bookshelf. Previous winners include such favorites as Louis Sachar’s “Holes” and Brian Selznick’s “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film “Hugo.” Within hours of the prizes’ announcement, “Dead End in Norvelt” and “A Ball for Daisy” were both in the top 50 on and both out of stock. Gantos and Raschka are well established in children’s publishing. Gantos, 60, has been a finalist for the Newbery and the National Book Award. Raschka, 52, won the Caldecott in 2006 for “The

Hello, Goodbye Window.” Gantos’ novel follows the humorous adventures of a boy named Jack Gantos, grounded “for life” by his parents and prone to the most gushing nosebleeds. But he is restored by the stories he learns about his hometown, Norvelt, a planned community in Pennsylvania founded during the Great Depression. The author is more than a little like the Jack Gantos of his book. He spent part of his childhood in Norvelt and shares his character’s sensitive nose. Gantos said he thought of “Dead End” after giving a eulogy for his aunt that looked back on Norvelt’s special past. “I talked about the spirit of people helping people, and how people really banded together,” Gantos said during a telephone interview from his home in Boston. “And at the end of my eulogy, a lot of people came up to me and said they didn’t know about the history of Norvelt. I love history, and I love humor, so I thought history could use a little humor.” Raschka’s wordless picture book, told through watercolor, ink and gouache, recounts the saga of a white and gray terrier whose beloved red ball is stolen by a bigger, brown poodle. The ball bursts and Daisy’s spirit seems to

Author Jack Gantos wins the Newbery Medal for his work ‘Dead End in Norvelt.’ break with it, until the poodle returns with a blue ball that leaves the pets and their owners equally content. Raschka said “Daisy” was inspired by his son, who at age 4 was devastated when his yellow ball broke during a scrape with a neighbor. The author said he began thinking of “those first feelings of losing something beloved” and

knowing you can’t get it back. For the story, he changed the main character from a boy to a dog. “When you’re a picture book illustrator, your readers are often 3 or 4 years old, and you don’t want the drawing to be upsetting in itself,” Raschka said during a phone interview from the offices of Schwartz & Wade Books, an


imprint of Random House Inc. “By having an animal, there’s some distance, and yet there is still a connection.” Other winners were announced Monday, including John Corey Whaley’s “Where Things Come Back,” which received the Michael L. Printz Award for best young adult literature; and Kadir Nelson’s “Heart and Soul,” win-

ner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award for best AfricanAmerican story. The King prize for best illustrated book was given to Shane W. Evans’ “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom.” Jesmyn Ward’s “Salvage the Bones,” winner last fall of the National Book Award for fiction, was among 10 recipients of the Alex Award for adult books that appeal to teens. Others cited included Erin Morgenstern’s acclaimed debut “The Night Circus” and David Levithan’s “The Lover’s Dictionary.” Bill Wright’s “Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy” received the Stonewall award for “exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.” The Pura Belpre award for best Latino author went to Guadalupe Garcia McCall for “Under the Mesquite,” while the Belpre illustration prize was given to Duncan Tonatiuh for “Diego Rivera: His World and Ours.” Translator Laura Wilkerson’s work on Bibi Dumon Tak’s “Soldier Bear,” originally published in Dutch in 2008, won her the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for best book translated from a foreign language. Susan Cooper, known for her fantasy series “The Dark is Rising,” won the Margaret A. Edwards award for lifetime achievement in young adult literature.

Tracy Morgan collapses at Sundance Aretha Franklin calls off wedding NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin won’t be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She’s called off her


The publicist for comedian and ‘30 Rock’ cast member Tracy Morgan says the actor wasn’t drinking when he collapsed at the Sundance Film Festival. PARK CITY, Utah (AP) —Comedian and “30 Rock” cast member Tracy Morgan said he will be back at work Tuesday after being hospitalized while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Morgan’s publicist, Lewis Kay, said Monday the actor suffered from exhaustion and altitude when he collapsed Sunday night in Park City, where the elevation is 7,000 feet. Morgan posted a comment Monday on Twitter that the high

altitude “shook up this kid from Brooklyn.” “Superman ran into a little kryptonite,” he quipped. He also said on Twitter that he would be back to work Tuesday on “30 Rock.” Ron Nyswaner, co-director of the Sundance film “Predisposed,” in which the actor stars, said Morgan’s collapse resulted from “altitude sickness combined with his diabetes. And he hadn’t eaten. He hadn’t had

enough water.” Kay said hospital officials report no drugs or alcohol were found in Morgan’s system. Morgan had been attending an event for the Creative Coalition at which he had just received an award. In “Predisposed,” which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo, Morgan plays a drug dealer caught up in the push-and-pull between a piano prodigy and his troubled mother.

engagement. A statement re- wasn’t going to happen. leased Monday by her rep“Will and I have decided resentative said Franklin’s we were moving a little too wedding to Willie Wilkerson fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly. There will be no wedding at this time,” Franklin said. “We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends.” Franklin, 69, announced shortly after New Year’s Day that she was getting married. In an interview with The Associated Press, the jovial Queen of Soul talked about getting fitted for gowns by designers including Vera Wang and Donna Karan, and said she hoped for a summer wedding in either Miami or the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. Franklin said Wilkerson was the one for her and that the relationship was particularly strong because they had been friends first. “We’re very compatible, and he supports me and I support him a lot, and he has given me specialized attention that I don’t think I’ve received from anyone else,” she said. It’s unclear if the pair are still romantically involved.

Film executive Bingham Ray dies at Sundance PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Filmmaking executive Bingham Ray has died while attending the Sundance Film Festival. He was 57. The San Francisco Film Society says Ray died Monday. He was hospitalized Saturday after suffering an apparent stroke while attending the annual showcase of independent film in Park City, Utah. The exact cause of death was not released. Ray served as president of

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United Artists for several years, where he shepherded such films as “Bowling for Columbine” and “Hotel Rwanda.” He also worked at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, where he developed marketing and distribution plans for films including “Death at a Funeral” and “Lars and the Real Girl.” The Sundance Institute called Ray’s contributions to AP independent film “Indelible.” He is survived by his wife, Bingham Ray died Monday while attending three children and two sisters. the Sundance Film Festival.


Aretha Franklin performs during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington.



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State of the Union is pivotal for voters President Barack Obama will be giving the State of the Union Address tonight at 9. Obama will be delivering the address to a divided Congress and during an election year, and he will need to use to sway voters and reach Americans in this time of economic anxiety. Pay attention to the issues discussed, as they will more than likely set a trend for the rest of the various speeches and debates this year.

At the 2011 State of the Union speech, Obama called out to lawmakers and Americans at home to better America and continue advancing through tough economic times. “This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and folks trying to work their way into the middle class,” Obama said in a video released Saturday by his reelection campaign. “Because we can go in two directions.

One is toward less opportunity and less fairness. Or, we can fight for where I think we need to go - building an economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few.” Although the economy has gotten a bit better, there is obviously much more room for improvement. Expect it to be a key issue for Obama to address and to appear throughout the election this year. Obama said his speech will be an “economic blueprint”

for manufacturing, energy, education and American values. He is also expected to announce ideas to make college more affordable, an issue that is critical in a college community like West Virginia University. Whether you support liberal or conservative efforts, it is important to pay attention to the speech and become more acquainted with the issues affecting America. Many Americans’ opinions

differ of how the president has handled economic recovery efforts after the recession. If voters want to make an informed decision during the next presidential election this year, it is imperative to watch the address and evaluate Obama’s current plan for the future. Voters must listen to all sides of the political landscape.

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Let’s cut the fat on obesity commentary in the US doug walp columnist

Obesity in our country has evolved from a relatively unnoticed problem to a full-blown epidemic in the last 20 years, and the majority of Americans are willing to appropriate blame on anyone but themselves. No, this isn’t meant to be an aesthetic argument about how good you look in your bathing suit or an attack against an individual’s body, but obesity has become a rampant health crisis that costs an estimated 100,000-400,000 lives in America every year, according to a 2004 report by New York Times contributor Gina Kolata. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention classifies an individual as obese if their Body Mass Index (BMI) is equivalent to or greater than 30 – a figure simply calculated using an individual’s height and weight. According to the CDC, there was not a single state in the U.S. in 1990 that exceeded an obesity prevalence of 15 percent. But, fast forward to 2010, and not a single state’s obesity prevalence was below 20 percent. In fact, there were 12 states – including West Virginia – that had obesity rates greater than 30 percent. Perhaps even more dispiriting, the CDC estimates more than a third of all adults throughout the U.S. today are obese. But who’s to blame? For those who subscribe to logical thinking, it seems starkly apparent – each individual is responsible for the personal choices they make, including eating and exercise habits. But, as the obesity crisis is further examined, media entities and individuals have begun attributing America’s inflating waistlines to food manufacturers, advertisers and even TV-chef celebrities like Paula Deen. The latter has become a polarizing issue in the media recently as Deen just announced that three years ago, she was di-

Paula Deen, a prime-time chef featured on The Food Network, has been diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes. agnosed with Type 2 “adult onset” diabetes, a disease that has been directly linked with poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Not surprisingly, Deen’s cooking show consists of a surfeit of hearty, butter and fatpacked meals. This correlation has made her a recent media target. “The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen,” ranted fellow TV personality Anthony Bourdain in a recent interview with TV Guide. “She’s proud of the fact that her food is f---ing bad for you. If I were on at 7 at night and loved by millions of peo-

ple at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.” It’s somewhat ironic criticism coming from a self-obsessed television celebrity who spends the majority of his time serving society by recording himself indulging in exotic, exorbitant meals during an egregious economic period. But also it’s a strong representation of the mentality many Americans have come to accept regarding the obesity epidemic – it’s OK to blame someone else for your own lack of will. Critics similar to Bourdain

would have us believe Deen is in our homes with a gun to our head, forcing us to engorge ourselves on her critical calorie-level concoctions three times a day. When, in fact, it’s their own negative rhetoric that derails the logical linear path to a solution by perpetuating the misconception that it’s anyone else’s fault but our own for not eating well or exercising appropriately. The sole exception to this is there are still some social boundaries in place that overwhelm some individuals’ free will. For example, many lower and even some middle-class

families are often drawn to cheaper, unhealthier foods that are far more prevalent in poverty-stricken areas. Grocery stores are unreachable, while the “Dollar Menu” is only a couple of blocks away. It also seems much of our society has moved away from the traditional family dinners that used to be a staple of the common American household. The fast pace of our evolving culture has made takeout and fast food a more common option in modern society. Despite some social constraints, America’s obesity epidemic is as simple as our

nation eating more, eating unhealthier and exercising less than we ever have. However, our society continues to seek out scapegoats like Deen or “better tasting foods” instead of just looking in the mirror. As with any problem, generating a resolution relies on first accurately identifying and acknowledging the actual root cause. And, until Americans collectively realize that – brace yourself for this – we should be accountable for our own actions. Don’t expect the obesity trend or its surrounding health concerns to diminish at all.

It’s childish to end relationships via text message or Facebook eva hart the arbiter Boise State University

At some point in everyone’s life they are going to face the dilemma of telling their significant other, “It’s over.” Breakups can be hard, especially if the relationship was more than just a fling. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what a “good” break-up looks like, but it’s easy to classify a “bad” one. There is an art to breaking up and there are many different ways to go about it. Some try to say the right words in hope of remaining friends. Others want to make sure the person will never talk to them again. Some try hard to not hurt feelings. Others go


out of their way to hurt someone. Some use the approach of blaming it all on themselves saying, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Others make sure their soonto-be-ex feels as if it were their fault. No matter what approach you take, do not – and I repeat – DO NOT break up with someone via a text message or social media. This is a slap in the face and a good way to make a bad name for yourself. According to Psychology Today, a recent survey shows that 24 percent of respondents ages 13 to 17 said it was OK to break up with someone through text, and 26 percent of them admitted to doing so. Becca Johnson, sophomore psychology major at Boise State U., thinks ending things through a text is the worst way possible. “I’ve had a lot of friends

break up with people that way and I’m just like, ‘what are you thinking?’” Johnson said. “Can you really not pull yourself together enough to at least make a phone call? I liked a guy and found out he had broken up with his ex through text and it ruined him for me. Grow up people!” People often use texting as a way of doing things they are too chicken to do in person. It’s fine when you are telling your roommate you drank all their milk, but it’s not OK to use it for something as serious and emotional as a break-up. In addition to ending a relationship through text, Facebook break-ups are becoming increasingly popular. A survey conducted by dating app “Are you interested,” discovered almost 25 percent of respondents found out their own relationship was over by see-

ing it on Facebook first and around 21 percent of respondents said they would carry out a break-up by changing their status to single. This is worse than breaking up through a text. At least text messages are generally private. When people break up on Facebook, everyone and their dog can see it and, even worse, there is a chance the friends of the people involved are going to see it before the person it was intended for gets online. BSU freshman art major Alison Greenage admitted her boyfriend broke up with her through a Facebook status. “It was awful. I wanted to crawl in a hole and die,” Greenage said. “My parents saw it, my friends, and even my manager. We almost dated a year and I thought we were past the

Facebook break-up stage, but I guess not. It’s the most immature thing you could do to someone.” Social networking sites should be reserved for keeping in touch with friends, stalking ex-boyfriends and posting pictures of yourself so people will write nice comments and boost your self-esteem. It definitely shouldn’t be a way to end a relationship. Break-ups need to be in a private place involving just the two people in the relationship; they absolutely should not be done through any technological resources. Save technology for happy conversations. The art of breaking up is a unique one and it’s shameful to use Facebook and text messages to do this. It’s understandable to be scared, but get some courage and do it face-to-face. You’ll

be more respected and have less of a chance of getting your car keyed or your bedroom window smashed out with a brick.

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A DOCTORAL PIANO RECITAL by Marie Borillo takes place at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall of the Creative Arts Center. For more information, call 304-293-4359 or email charlene.lattea@mail. THE SUNCREST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH presents a free showing of the movie “Courageous” every night this week at 5:30. The church is located on Van Voorhis Road across from the new WVU Alumni Center. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 304-692-6351.


THE WVU GOLF CLUB meets from 7–8 p.m. in the Mountaineer Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, call 304280-1323 or email jdunlap4@


THE TABLE TENNIS CLUB meets from 7–10 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center. For more information, call 301-788-7266 or email A CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR, by Dr. Eric Toman of The Ohio State University, takes place at 1 p.m. in Room 308 of Percival Hall. Toman will present “Complexity and Wickedness: The Role of Humans in (Addressing) Climate Change.” The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, call 304-293-3825 or email jim.anderson@mail.


GLOBAL INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP AT WVU, a hospitable community for international students and scholars, meets at 6 p.m. for community dinner and Bible discussion. For more information, email


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

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


WELLNESS PROGRAMS on topics such as drinkWELL, loveWELL, chillWELL and more are provided for interested student groups, organizations or classes by WELLWVU: Wellness and Health Promotion. For more information, visit WELLWVU: STUDENT HEALTH is paid for by tuition and fees and is confidential. For appointments or more information, call 304-293-2311 or visit NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets nightly in the Morgantown and Fairmont areas. For more information, call the helpline at 800-766-4442 or visit ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets daily. To find a meeting, visit www. For those who need help urgently, call 304-291-7918. CARITAS HOUSE, a local nonprofit organization serving West Virginians with HIV/AIDS, needs donations of food and personal care items and volunteers to support all aspects of the organization’s activities. For more information, call 304-985-0021. SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT HOUSE, a local outreach organization, needs volunteers for daily programs and special events. For more information or to volunteer, email or call 304-599-5020. CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING SERVICES are provided for free by the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. A walk-in clinic is offered weekdays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples and group counseling. Please visit to find out more information. WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN needs volunteers. WIC provides education, supplemental foods and immunizations for pregnant women and children under five years of age. This is an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for class requirements. For more information, call 304-598-5180 or 304-598-5185. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, a United Way agency, is looking for volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its one-on-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs. To volunteer, call Sylvia at 304-983-2823, ext. 104 or email ROSENBAUM FAMILY HOUSE, which provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU, is looking for service organizations to provide dinner for 20 to 40 Family House guests. For more information, call 304-598-6094 or email LITERACY VOLUNTEERS is seeking volunteers for one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and English as a second language. Volunteer tutors will complete tutor training, meet weekly with their adult learners, report volunteer hours quarterly, attend at least two inservice trainings per year and help with one fundraising event. For more information, call 304-296-3400 or email

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CATHOLIC MASS is held at St. John University Parish at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. THE CONDOM CLOSET is held in the Kanawha Room of the Mountainlair every Wednesday from 11 a.m.–noon. The closet sells condoms for 25 cents each or five for $1. THE CONDOM CARAVAN is held in the Mountainlair from noon–2 p.m. every Wednesday. The caravan sells condoms for 25 cents each or five for $1.00. MOUNTAINEER SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM is an all-volunteer nonprofit that promotes spay/neuter to reduce the number of homeless pets that are euthanized every year. M-SNAP needs new members to help its cause, as does ReTails, a thrift shop located in the Morgantown Mall. For more information, visit www.m-snap. org. THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of every month at noon at Hatfields in the Mountainlair. All students and faculty are invited. For more information, email amy.keesee@ THE CHEMISTRY LEARNING CENTER, located on the ground floor of the Chemistry Research Laboratories, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and 7–10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. FREE STUDENT SUCCESS SUPPORT, presented by the WVU Office of Retention and Research, helps students improve on time management, note taking reading and study skills as well as get help with the transition to WVU. Free drop-in tutoring is also available every night of the week in different locations. For more information, visit or call 304-293-5811. THE M-TOWN MPOWERMENT PROJECT, a community-building program run by and geared toward young gay or bisexual men 18 to 29, is creating an environment in the Morgantown community where young men can feel empowered to make a difference in their lives. MPowerment also focuses on HIV and STD prevention education. For more information, call 304-319-1803. COMMUNITY NEWCOMERS CLUB is a group organized to allow new residents of the Morgantown area an opportunity to gather socially and assimilate into their new home community. For more information, visit NEW GROUP THERAPY OPPORTUNITIES are available for free at the WELLWVU: Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. The groups include Get More Out of Life, Understanding Self and Others, Insomnia Group, A Place for You, Sexual Assault Survivors Group, Adult Children of Dysfunctional Parents and Transfer Students: Get Started on the Right Foot. For more information call 304293-4431 or email tandy.mcclung@ THE FRIENDS OF THE MORGANTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY are seeking new members and volunteers for weekly book sale inventory. For more information, inquire at the front desk on Spruce St., downstairs during sales every Tuesday and the first and third Saturday of every month or call 304-292-7579. THE ROYCE J. AND CAROLINE B. WATTS MUSEUM, located in the Mineral Resources Building on the Evansdale Campus, presents its latest exhibit “Defying the Darkness: The Struggle for Safe and Sufficient Mine Illumination”through July 2012. The exhibit focuses on the history mining lights, and displays a wide variety of mine lighting implements. The Exhibit is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1–4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 304-293-4609 or email

HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY You have an opportunity for a new beginning in several areas of your life. You find that often you have difficulty understanding new concepts because of a very tight belief system. Try to open up the filters to see the world with more depth. If you lighten up, many opportunities could come forward. If you are single, it might be difficult to maintain that status. If you are attached, your significant other cannot get enough of you. A fellow AQUARIUS is independent like you but very different in other ways. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You might want to touch base with others before a meeting. Make sure you all are on the same page. For the most part, if everyone has the same objectives, a flow exists. Information gathering needs to continue. Tonight: Where the fun is. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HH Take a stand and acknowledge what is going on behind the scenes. You have the ability to get together with others and clear out a problem. Your intuition combines with leadership, and new skills emerge. Trust your instincts. Tonight: To the wee hours. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Reach out for someone at a distance. Your ability to clear out a mess, to think differently and to resolve issues evolves. Have you been toying around with taking a class, or perhaps a mini vacation? Schedule this event. if not now, soon. Tonight: Answer your emails, then decide.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHH Work with someone directly before making a judgment. Much more is going on than you think with this person. Your impressions might be askew, therefore you will not be able to trust what you believe “should” happen. Tonight: Chat with a key person in your life. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Others test the waters to see how much give you have. Listen to what is being shared, knowing the story is slightly slanted. Maintain a sense of humor, and you might even have fun dealing with the situation. Try not to let on that you read others as clearly. Tonight: Sort through invitations. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Your ability to grow past an issue can determine your success. Do not get fixed on the same issue when approaching many different situations. Let go and believe there will be a solution heading your way. Examine new possibilities. Tonight: Some time off. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHHA serious attitude could prevent some of the exchanges necessary for you to be more creative and dynamic. Ask yourself: What am I trying to accomplish? Realize that your life goals might be better served by an upbeat attitude. Tonight: Choose fun. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH Mentally or even physically, you are at home. A domestic situation might dominate. You know when enough is enough. A light attitude allows a different type of

interaction. Clear out a personal matter to release your mind and increase your focus, Tonight: Don’t go far. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH Your friendlier side emerges, despite a difficult situation involving a friend or associate. Let go and you might see everything fall into place. As long as you resist, so will others. Make necessary calls, squeezing in a chat or two with a friend. Tonight: Hang out. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH Be aware of the costs of proceeding in such a different mode. Others might not feel as secure as you would like. Weigh the pros and cons once more before acting on a decision. The decision is neither right or wrong. Tonight: Pay bills, then decide. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHHH Creativity increases. You easily could come up with the nuggets of a great idea. Do not hold back, as you have a receptive audience. Be open, yet present your thoughts with flair. Someone cannot resist you. Tonight: Whatever feels right. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH Know when to say less and think more. Your ability to separate reality from wishful thinking needs to emerge. You might be wishing more than gathering information. Continue being an observer. Know your objectives. Tonight: Get some extra R and R. BORN TODAY Singer Neil Diamond (1941), actor Ernest Borgnine (1917), actor, singer Michael Des Barres (1948)


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Tuesday January 24, 2012

By Hunter Homistek a&E writer

“From the Ground Up: A Look at Prints,” an exhibition of historical and modern prints, is now on display in the Mesaros Galleries at the WVU Creative Arts Center. The exhibition – comprised of pieces in the printmaking medium includes two separate exhibitions: “Influential Historical Prints”

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at the Paul Mesaros Gallery and “Critical Contemporary Prints” in the Laura Mesaros Gallery. Featuring prints from the WVU Art Collection that span throughout 400 years, “From the Ground Up: A Look at Prints” gives art enthusiasts a sense of art history through the printmaking medium. “As an artist and as a professor, I admire the range

and depth of these prints, from the past and the present,” said associate professor Joseph Lupo, co-curator of the exhibitions. “In it, I find inspiration for myself and my students.” While printmaking may not be a common medium in everyday life or a widely recognized form of art to the casual observer, “From the Ground Up: A Look at Prints” can appeal to everyone.

“I believe that anyone, regardless of their knowledge of art or printmaking, can appreciate the exhibition,” Lupo said. Additionally, in having two distinct exhibitions – past and present – “From the Ground Up: A Look at Prints” is a varied and inclusive display that will give gallery visitors an appreciation for the medium as a whole. “This is an impressive ar-

ray of art that gives visitors to the Mesaros Galleries insight into the strength of the Art Museum in WVU’s collection as well as the incredible variety and ingenuity that exists in print media,” said Robert Bridges, co-curator of the exhibition and curator of The Art Museum of WVU. The Mesaros Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, noon-9:30 p.m., and is

closed on Sundays and University holidays. The Paul and Laura Mesaros Galleries act as an educational tool for students, faculty and staff with an emphasis geared toward art and art history students. “From the Ground Up: A Look at Prints” began their display on Jan. 19 and it will run until March 8. daa&

New coffee shop on High Street offers unique beverages

Cafe Mojo serves hot tea, ground coffee, espresso, iced coffee and bubble teas of various flavors.

Cafe Mojo provides customers with free wireless Internet and a large dining area.

Caitlin graziani A&E editor

High Street’s newest coffee establishment, Cafe Mojo, began caffeinating customers after their grand opening last week. Boasting unique beverages such as bubble tea and old favorites like smoothies and espresso beverages, Cafe Mojo offers something for everyone.

Cafe Mojo, located at 473 High St. doesn’t look like much from the outside, but upon entering, you are whisked away into a warm, espresso-scented environment. As you make your way past the counter where the drinks are made, the back of the store opens up into a large and inviting seating area. The area has large leather chairs, high ceilings and free Wi-Fi. “Around 2 p.m., every day, the lounge area really starts to fill up and doesn’t empty until we close,” said Mark DeCamp,


general manager. Some of the signature beverages at Cafe Mojo are honeydew bubble tea, a raspberry latte and a white chocolate caramel latte. I had never tried bubble tea before, but I was familiar with what it was. Bubble tea is a fruit-milk tea with small tapioca beads in the bottom. The drink originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. As I was handed the drink, it was a little alien-looking – it was lime green with little brown beads in the bottom


Cafe Mojo is located at 473 High St. of the cup. It is served with a large straw so the beads and the tea make it into one sip. The honeydew bubble tea reminded me of summer. It was fresh and true to honeydew flavor. The beads in the bottom add texture to the drink, if you can imagine a drink having texture. You take a sip and drink the tea, and then chew the tapioca beads. It is truly a drink and a chewy snack in one cup. “I come in early in the morning and make the tap-


ioca beads fresh every day,” DeCamp said. Monday’s drink special was a raspberry latte, and being a person who tends to stay away from fruit in their coffee, it was an adventure. The raspberry latte was not overwhelmed with raspberry flavor; the smokiness of the espresso was the main note in the drink, while the raspberry flavor was a playful background flavor. I compare coffee and espresso flavors to that of dark chocolate, and this drink re-

minded me of a dark chocolate-covered strawberry in hot liquid form. I also had an opportunity to try DeCamp’s favorite drink – a white chocolate caramel latte. Caramel drinks were already a favorite of mine before tasting the drink, so I had a slight bias before tasting. In my opinion, the white chocolate caramel latte is the perfect beverage for those who find the flavor of espresso beverages to be too strong or for the beginning coffee drinker who likes a lot of milk and sugar. If you enjoy the pungent, dry taste of espresso or black coffee, I would recommend adding a shot or two of espresso to the white chocolate caramel latte. Overall, Cafe Mojo offers a welcoming environment and an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Morgantown. They offer a variety of different beverages and parking nearby for drivers, and is not a far walk for those traveling on foot. You can check them out at 473 High St., or visit their Facebook page. daa&



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West Virginia junior forward Ayana Dunning holds the ball in the Capital Classic Jan. 17.

West Virginia takes on No. 17 Georgetown in search of third win in a row by cody schuler sports writer

Tuesday night marks the beginning of a challenging stretch of Big East Conference games for West Virginia as it hosts No. 17 Georgetown tonight. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Coliseum. The visiting Hoyas (15-5, 4-3) are the first of five ranked teams the Mountaineers (145, 4-2) will face in the next seven games. Georgetown leads the alltime series 12-9 – including a win last year – but the Mountaineers have fared well in the series lately, winning five of the last seven games. West Virginia head coach Mike Carey still remembers the difficult 65-60 loss his

team sustained last year on the road at Georgetown, and he hopes the team will avoid repeating some of the same costly mistakes the Mountaineers made in that game. “They out-rebounded us bad last year, and they backdoored us,” Carey said. “We had a three-point lead late in the game, and they backdoored us twice and got a layup, and we ended up getting beat. “We were able to turn them over, but they also turned us over and out-rebounded and beat us on the boards, and we ended up losing.” Carey knows this matchup will be no easy task; one look at the Hoyas’ roster shows both talent and depth are plentiful.

“If you look at their roster, they have five or six seniors on their team. Because of that, they press a lot and they’ll play zone traps for the majority of their game,” he said. “I think they lost one player from last year and have everybody else back. They’re a veteran team, and we’re going to have our hands full, needless to say.” The Hoyas possess one of the most talented guards in the country in junior Sugar Rodgers. An honorable mention all-America selection last year, Rodgers is averaging 20 points per game this season – tops in the Big East. Carey made it clear the key to containing a talent like Rodgers is to be aware of

where she is at all times. “We have to know where she’s at,” Carey said of Rodgers. “She gets a lot of her threes on the fast break. They look for her hard on the fast break. “She moves well without the ball, and she can also put it on the floor. She’s a legit player, and we have to be aware of that. With that being said, they have enough seniors and enough other players that can score, and we can’t lose sight of that.” Senior forward Tia Magee provides the Hoyas with a legitimate inside presence to battle against West Virginia forwards juniors Asya Bussie and redshirt junior Ayana Dunning. Magee averages 11.1 points

per game and is Georgetown’s leading rebounder, pulling down almost seven rebounds per contest. Carey stressed both rebounding and taking care of the ball as perhaps the two most critical factors West Virginia needs to focus on if it intends to come away with a win. “I think the biggest key to this game is going to be rebounding and not turning the ball over in their traps, especially near half court,” he said. I even told our girls yesterday that I’d rather see them get a five-second count than turn the ball over and let them have a layup at the other end. “If we don’t take care of the

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Mountaineers hold off Bowling Green by sebouh Majarian sports writer

No. 21 West Virginia survived Bowling Green’s attempted upset Saturday evening as the Mountaineers fought off the Falcons 193.475-193.225. The teams split the four events in WVU’s first road meet of the 2012 season. The Mountaineers (3-1, 2-0 EAGL) took the uneven bars (47.85-47.55) and beam (48.1-48), while the Falcons claimed the vault (48.67548.575) and floor (49-48.95) on their way to their highest point total of the year. “Just like last weekend, this team came together, fought through some early adversity and got it done hitting our next 22 routines,” said firstyear head coach Jason Butts.

“Now, they know no matter where we are – we can be at home, the gym or we could be on the road – and they know that even if they make a mistake, they can still fight back and turn what started off as not a good night into a good night,” Butts said. West Virginia came into the meet ranked in the top 20 nationally on floor (No. 9), vault (No. 16) and beam (No. 18). The Falcons earned first place on three of the four events with Alaska Richardson earning the only firstplace finish for the Mountaineers scoring a career-high 9.85 on the floor exercise. “This was a great warm-up road trip for us,” Butts said. “I’m glad Bowling Green took us to task a little bit and we had to fight to get the win out

of there.” Sophomore Hope Sloanhoffer and senior Tina Maloney took two of the top three spots in the all-around. Sloanhoffer won the allaround with a score of 39.075 over BGSU’s Gina Locigno’s 38.65, which had edged Maloney’s 38.62 Sloanhoffer ranks the highest individually for the Mountaineers on the national level, ranking in the top 40 in three events. The Cornwall, N.Y., native was right on her average score in the all-around, where she ranks No. 25 in the country with 39.063. “(Sloanhoffer) went out there and got the job done, and her success is a result of her hard work,” Butts said. “The mental approach she has to the sport, and that’s

treating it like practice and not letting the pressure of competition get to her. She’s carrying the team with her consistency and I’m very appreciative of that as a coach.” WVU opened the meet on the uneven bars while BGSU started on vault. Sloanhoffer scored a career-best 9.775, finishing second, while Nicole Roach followed with a season-high 9.75. Maloney also scored a career-high 9.675 competing fourth in the lineup. Sophomore Erica Smith worked her way into the bars lineup, scoring a 9.125 in her season debut despite having to deal with a problem with her equipment. Her Velcro grip came undone in the middle of her routine forcing her to jump off of the bars and take a de-

duction in points. The Mountaineers rotated to the vault where they rank No. 16 in the country, helping the team surpass the Falcon’s first rotation lead. Sloanhoffer scored her third 9.8-plus score of the year with a 9.825 while Richardson, competing fifth in the lineup, scored a 9.725. Richardson, a Dayton, Ohio, native, had her best performance as a Mountaineer, taking first place, while teammates Kaylyn Millick and Makenzie Bristol, each received scores of 9.8 from the judges. The team’s 48.95 was the second highest mark so far this year and helped open a 145.375-144.225 lead. “Alaska keeps getting better and better on floor and

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ben gaughan associate sports editor

Inconsistency needs to vanish

After a win against a bitter rival like Pittsburgh midseason, you might think West Virginia head coach Mike Carey would be happy with the play of his young Mountaineer team. The thing is, even though he knows his team is young and inexperienced, he also knows they need to play better at times, and that they CAN play better than they have been. The game against Pittsburgh was the first game back in Big East play since the Capital Classic against Marshall last week. It’s not going to get any easier for the Mountaineers in the next few weeks, starting tonight when No. 17 Georgetown comes to Morgantown. Carey knows this and is trying to do everything he can to prepare his players to be the best they can. “We play in the Big East and you have to get better, compete and make plays,” Carey said after the win at Pitt. “First semester, I kind of cried about that a little bit. We’re young, but second semester I said, ‘no more excuses.’ We’ll find somebody who will play because nobody in the Big East cares. They’re going to try to beat you, whether you’re freshmen or sophomores or juniors or seniors. We have to learn to play and get better.” He’s absolutely right. With this young of a team, that is going to have to start with keeping a lead – even when you’re ahead by 15 or 20 points in the second half. Someone has to step up and get on the other players and say “Hey, don’t let up. Go hard for rebounds, and stay focused on defense.” That person is not going to be the lone senior, Natalie Burton, because she is more of a “lead-by-example” type of player, not a vocal one. However, junior center Asya Bussie has been to the NCAA tournament and knows what it takes to get there. Will she step up and become more of a leader to get the team revved up for the final stretch? Someone has to. If not, the inconsistencies are going to keep showing up and there’s going to be a long losing streak on the horizon, especially since WVU plays four straight games against ranked teams starting in early February. Carey wants a defensiveminded team, as he always has during his career here. He won’t stand for any more games when the Mountaineers get outscored in the second half. He’s going to have to find players deep on the bench who are going to play harder and do what they’re supposed to, instead of players who are making several mistakes and not executing at crucial times in the game. West Virginia is 10-1 at home this season, with its only loss coming to St. Bonaventure in the second game of the year. So, the players play with more confidence and energy on their home court. It won’t be easy, but if the Mountaineers can overcome these tendencies and play smart for the whole game against the Hoyas, it could springboard the team to a successful run to end the season. There are 10 games left in the regular season and plenty of room for improvement. As long as the players continue to listen to Carey’s advice and train hard every practice, the mistakes will diminish quickly and the Mountaineers will be on the right track at the right time. If not, hopes of making it to the NCAA tournament will sink, and they will sink rapidly.

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Head coach Riggs happy despite loss to Maryland this weekend by robert kreis sports writer

The final score may not show it, but West Virginia men and women’s swimming and diving head coach Vic Riggs saw a number of positives in his team’s dual meet against Mar yland Saturday as they inched closer to the Big East championships taking place Feb. 10-18. The men’s team lost to the Terrapins 180-120, while the women fell 202-97. “I think we swam really well,” Riggs said. “We had a lot of in-season best times by some of the kids that haven’t had that happen yet. The kids are swimming faster as we get closer to (the) Big East (championships), and that is always a good thing.” Of those posting in-season best times, sophomore Hayley Kidd and freshmen Meredeth Rogers and Eric Dillemuth

made Big East-qualifying times. “(Having) three kids make Big East cuts was obviously a high point of the weekend,” Riggs said. If Kidd, Rogers and Dillemuth qualifying for the Big East championships was the high point, the swimming of senior Taylor Camp had to be a close second. Camp continued his fantastic senior campaign with victories in the 100 fly (49.20) and the 200 fly (1.50.83). He also recorded another victory as a member of the 200 free relay team (1.22.71). “(Camp) is at the period of both his career and season where he knows what he needs to do to swim well,” Riggs said. “He’s got a bigger goal of trying to make NCAA’s for the first time, so each opportunity to race gives him an opportunity to improve on some things.”

Another aspect of this weekend Riggs was happy about was how the team traveled to Maryland, which was a problem earlier in the season. “I think we did really well coming off the bus,” Riggs said. “It was a little under four hours to get there, and we did much better than when we traveled to Penn State, as far as how we competed and how we dealt with that.” Although both teams could not muster up a victory, Riggs is satisfied with where his teams stand as Big East championships rapidly approach. For the men’s squad, the Maryland meet was their last competition until Big East championships. “We are excited about what we have to do and what we are looking to do,” Riggs said. “Certainly, there are some areas that we still need to improve over the next three

and a half weeks, but I think the team is pretty confident and feeling real good about where they are.” As for the women’s team, they will travel to Ohio Friday to compete in their final meet before Big East championships. With the men’s team not making the trip, Riggs hopes to use the time as a sort of girls weekend. “It is a good chance for the ladies to have a bonding weekend without the men’s team around,” Riggs said. “Hopefully, we’ll head out (to Ohio) and put up some good times, but I think it gives us an opportunity to be honest and forthright with each other about what we expect and what we’re hoping to do as a team at Big East. And, hopefully, we’ll have some fun along the way.”

nounced eight of her races. The Coca-Cola 600 — Patrick jokingly called NASCAR’s longest event of the season “The Coke 6,000,” — is the ninth announced race. The Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 are both May 27. “We didn’t tell her she couldn’t run the 500. It was left up to her,” team co-owner Tony Stewart said. “It shows how dedicated she is to making this transition.” Stewart, Robby Gordon and John Andretti have all tried to run both events on the same day. Stewart, NASCAR’s three-time champion, completed the double twice: In 1999, he was ninth at Indy and fourth at Charlotte, and in 2001, he was sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte. He’s not tried Indianapolis since, and has let go of his childhood dream of winning the 500. He has twice won the Brickyard 400, NASCAR’s race at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The hard part for me was you make that decision when you sign up to do (NASCAR),” Stewart said. “The decision you make, you have to come to peace with yourself with saying ‘I’m not going to do this.’ That was my childhood dream anyway. It may be a different scenario and feeling for her. But it was hard knowing when I signed that (NASCAR) contract that I was writing off the opportunity to go race at Indy.

“It’s figuring out at the end of the day what do you really want to do. I guess that’s the part that even though it was hard to watch opening day of practice at Indianapolis, I’m enjoying what I’m doing, too, and this is what I want to do at the end of the day,” he continued. “It makes you want 30hour days and 400-day years and we always want to do more than what we’re capable of doing, but the reality is you have to pick at some point and choose your career path. This is what I’ve done and what she’s doing now.” But Stewart said so long as Indianapolis Motor Speedway makes it logistically possible for Patrick to attempt both races, she may eventually run the race again. He said he has no interest in fielding a car for her, citing how much he’s already doing with all his other teams. The IndyCar Series would also welcome back its most recognizable driver to its biggest event of the season. “We continue to wish Danica the very best on this new phase in her career. The door is always open should she wish to run the Indianapolis 500 in the future,” IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said in a statement. Patrick has already set some of her expectations for NASCAR, and sounded Monday as if she expects her debut in the Daytona 500 next


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Danica Patrick says no to Indy 500 this year CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick became a worldwide sensation as a rookie at the Indianapolis 500, challenging for victory and becoming the first woman to lead laps in the showcase race. Those Indy days are fading fast. Patrick’s shift to stock cars is long under way and her ties to IndyCar were cut even further Monday — she said she won’t run in this year’s Indy 500. Her focus is entirely on NASCAR, and on May 27 she’ll race in the Coca-Cola 600. She said skipping the Indy 500 was a “business decision.” “I hope to do it in the future, the Indy 500 that is, and maybe it will be a double,” she said. “But at this point in time, after a lot of conversations, it’s just going to be the Coke 600 and I think it’s going to be a big challenge. It’s just is something that didn’t work out, as far as the business side of things. ... For this year, it just didn’t happen.” Patrick led 19 laps late and finished fourth in 2005. She was a career-best third in 2009. When she jumped full time to NASCAR she said the Indy 500 was still under consideration. Her NASCAR season includes the full second-tier Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports and 10 races in the elite Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick had previously an-

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month to go as well as her debut in the Indianapolis 500. She tested there two weeks ago with new crew chief Greg Zipadelli, and after leading 13 laps at Daytona in last July’s Nationwide race, likes her chances in the Feb. 26 season opener. “At Daytona, the cars are very fast, so I feel good about that race,” she said. “I was lucky enough to get to run with Tony in the Nationwide race last summer and that went pretty good, so I feel good about Daytona and I think there’s a real chance, if luck falls our way, to perhaps win. “I think it’s a real chance. I mean a guy like Trevor Bayne last year showed that. Those are the expectations for the first race.” Bayne, a rookie last season, was the upset winner of the Daytona 500, which Stewart said was proof that Patrick is a viable contender. “A rookie won it last year, why would you ever count yourself out?” he asked. “She’s a talented driver. Our cars were really fast at Daytona. At that point, I’d have that confidence.” But Stewart is cautious regarding his expectations for Patrick. Although she said she’d like to knock down top-20 finishes in the Cup Series, the car owner was more concerned with Patrick simply turning laps and learning as much as she can before her scheduled full-time move to the Cup in 2013.


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Continued from page 7 basketball, which we haven’t been doing a good job of, then it could be a long night.” West Virginia will need to play a full 40 minutes if it wishes to defeat Georgetown. Carey knows a second half like the Mountaineers played in its win against Pittsburgh won’t get the job done against a tougher opponent like the Hoyas. “I thought the first half of the Pitt game we played pretty well, and then the second half, we came out and stood around,” he said. “We have (five) ranked teams coming up, and if we don’t play 40 minutes, we’re not going to beat them.”


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the crowd and judges are becoming mesmerized by her presentation and how much fun she’s having out there,” Butts said. Sophomore Amanda Carpenter was one of the six Mountaineers to hit their routine as the Lancaster, Pa., native scored a 9.675. West Virginia will return to action Sunday when they host George Washington and Towson. Follow ing the me et the team w ill honor longtime coach Linda Burdette-Good who retired last season, ending her 37year tenure in Morgantown.

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Tuesday January 24, 2012

FROM THE GROUND UP Huntington Prep has made great strides in program’s first three seasons under Rob Fulford by michael carvelli sports editor

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Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford started the school’s basketball program three years ago after spending four seasons at Mountain State Academy.

In the four years he coached at Mountain State Academy in Beckley, W.Va., Rob Fulford helped lead the Falcons to unprecedented success that included being ranked among some of the nation’s best teams. Mountain State was home to current West Virginia junior forward Deniz Kilicli for his senior season before he started playing for the Mountaineers, and Fulford coached other highly touted recruits – such as Noah Cottrill – in Beckley. Then, before the 2009 season, Fulford left Mountain State to begin coaching at Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.Va. In Aug., 2010 ,Mountain State Academy closed due to ongoing financial losses. “We knew Mountain State was going to close,” Fulford said at the Mountaineer Shootout in Morgantown Saturday night. “Everyone thought I was dumb for leaving because we had a very good situation there, but I knew dealing with the finances of what they were dealing with that it was going to close soon.” As soon as Fulford got to Huntington, he hit the ground running. In just his third season in Huntington Prep, the Express are arguably one of the deepest and most talented prep teams in the country. And, to make what he’s done at the school even more impressive, his first season at Huntington Prep was the first year for its basketball program. “When I started it, that was the goal,” he said. “When we went to Huntington, we already had the reputation for recruiting, so it was easy to get players there. We’ve gotten a little bit better players every year than what we had the year before. This is the best team we’ve had, and it just

keeps evolving. And, now we’re getting the national recognition and things like that.” The Express is currently ranked No. 6 by and have gotten to play against some of the best teams and players in the nation. Currently, there are four Huntington Prep players who have already signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at a high-major college next season, including WVU signee Elijah Macon. There are also other players who rank among the best prospects in the nation. This season, along with the addition of Macon, Fulford was also able to bring in Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 recruit in the 2014 class. “Once we started getting these kids like Elijah (Macon) and Wiggins, that set us up with the big boys,” Fulford said. “To get the No. 1 player in the country to come to Huntington is a big deal, especially in our third year with the program. “We’re going to continue getting those types of players, and, I can’t tell you names yet, but we’ll have even more of them next year.” To get the players he gets, Fulford goes across the country recruiting just like a college coach would. During this time, he’s looking for players who would benefit from playing the competition that Huntington will play. “Those are the ones we look for the most – those kids that are high-major players but are playing what would be perceived as “A” or “AA” basketball in West Virginia,” Fulford said. “There’s just no benefit for them to play that and it’s not necessarily the games that help them, it’s the 180 days of practice that these guys get against eight other Division I players.” That was what Macon said was a big factor in his decision to attend the school when he transferred there from Mar-


ion-Franklin (Ohio). The boost in competition allowed him to continue preparing to start his career at West Virginia. “It’s obviously a privilege to be here, and I’m just taking full advantage of it to where I can come down here and make myself a way-better player than I was before I got here,” Macon said. “Competing against those guys is definitely going to make me better because there’s no slacking off in practice. You have to compete all the time.” With that many big names on one team, it could be easy to lose control of his players. But Fulford uses those highly competitive practices and games to help keep his team grounded. “It’s not easy here,” he said. “They understand that if you don’t show up every single day, you’ll get embarrassed. They can’t take any days off, and they know that.” As for helping his players get to the next level once they get to Huntington, Fulford plays an active role in the recruiting process. The entire coaching staff is always busy fielding calls from schools and looking at how the players could fit in there. However, he makes sure he doesn’t influence what the player does directly. That’s why he goes to the parents to talk about the schools looking at their kids. “Most of the kids we deal with, we try to get involved with the parents, and then we let them get involved,” he said. “We look at the situations at the schools – like the coaches and the style of play – and I’ll kind of give my two cents in that, but it’s always to a parent. “As coaches, we obviously just try to make sure the kids know what they’re getting themselves into and make sure they’re prepared for it once they get to that next level.”

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Senior Kate Harrison qualified for the Big East championships over the weekend.

WVU successful in second home meet of indoor season by amit batra sports writer

Redshirt senior Matt Ryan earned his 20th career pin against No. 21 Clarion this weekend.

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Mountaineers split with Bloomsburg and No. 21 Clarion over weekend by amit batra sports writer

The West Virginia wrestling team opened the Eastern Wrestling League this weekend against the Bloomsburg Huskies and the No. 21 Clarion Golden Eagles. WVU had a tough outing against Bloomsburg Saturday night. The Huskies (13-4, 1-1 EWL) built a strong lead and never looked back. The Mountaineers (4-3, 0-1 EWL) trailed 19-3 to start the match, and eventually fell 25-10. It was the first Eastern Wrestling League match for WVU. Junior Shane Young fell in the first bout of the evening at 125 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Pennesi looked to have brought the Mountaineers back to life, but the Huskies never took their foot off of the gas pedal. “I felt like I needed to come out and set the tempo for the rest of the team,” Pennesi said. “After a not very good performance, come out there tomorrow and wrestle another match, and get this one out of our mouths.” WVU head coach Craig Turnbull was

not satisfied with his team’s performance. “That was probably as poor a wrestling match as I have seen from a team as pretty good as ours,” Turnbull said. “Their lineup was probably inferior, but you have to give them a lot of credit. They outfought us and had a game plan that frustrated us. We just didn’t react to what they did.” WVU looked to bounce back against Clarion Sunday afternoon. Turnbull was optimistic after the loss to Bloomsburg. “If I wanted to put medicine together for what we need, it would be finding a wrestling match somewhere and, luckily, we have one scheduled tomorrow against Clarion,” Turnbull said. “Clarion has some excellent wrestlers, so this is not going to be an easy match. We better have a lot more intensity and a lot more passion tomorrow.” The Mountaineers were able to recover well, as they took down the No. 21 Clarion Golden Eagles 23-20 Sunday afternoon. West Virginia was able to get off to a quick 11-0 start with wins early from Young and Pennesi. The match came down to heavyweight Brandon Williamson. Lance Bryson se-

cured a crucial victory for WVU to tie the match earlier. The score was 20-20 coming into Williamson’s match. “I’ve beaten him before,” Williamson said. “I knew it was going to be a tough match going into it. I had no doubt in my mind that I would get the ‘W.’ I knew he was going to be tougher than when I wrestled him two years ago. I love the pressure; I build off of it.” Earlier, redshirt senior Matt Ryan earned the 20th pin of his career at 184. With another win, Ryan will move into a tie for fifth place all-time in program history. Coach Turnbull felt the effort was better from his squad against his alma matter Clarion than against Bloomsburg the night before. “I did think the effort was better,” Turnbull said. “We hung in there good with our seniors. Lance’s match was a mustwin. He hadn’t had that kind of pressure for two years since he sat out the last two years due to injury.” WVU returns to action Friday night against Lock Haven back at the Coliseum.

The West Virginia University track and field team hosted a meet for the second time during the indoor season this weekend. “Competing at home is always enjoyable in front of friends and family,” said WVU coach Sean Cleary. “You don’t have to deal with traveling, so you’re able to put more time and focus toward the individuals competing.” Coming into the West Virginia State Farm Games, six Mountaineers had qualified for the Big East Indoor Championships thus far. This includes jumpers Stormy Nesbit, Sydney Cummings and Meghan Mock. Throwers Terina Miller and Heather Adams also qualified, as did pole vaulter Katlyn Shelar. More league-qualifying marks were set at the WV State Farm Games. Senior Kate Harrison and redshirt sophomore Katie Gillepsie qualified for the Big East Indoor Championships in the 5,000-meter run with their first- and second-place finishes in the event. Both girls easily surpassed the 17:37 requirement. Shelar, who already qualified for the Big East championships, earned both a career- and season-best height

of 3.77 meters. Sophomore Jenna Barreto earned a personal-best mark of 58.83 seconds in the 400-meter dash. “We’ve got a track here that’s not the quickest one out there, so for her to come out with her personal best on our track tells us that she’s ready for some great running in the next few weeks,” Cleary said. “That’s very exciting for her and the team for that event.” Cummings had her best jump of the season at 1.73 meters, while Katelyn Williams came in second at 1.68 meters. Redshirt junior Lauren Moskal won the mile with a time of 5:16:80, with Alison Kimble and Sarah McCauley finishing close behind. Brittany Wolford, Shakiyla Cosby, Alex Klauke, Alanna Pritts and Shannen Daly all had first-place finishes, as well. “Over the next few weeks, we’ll find out a lot about our program,” Cleary said. “Those who have been training hard on the track will get to see faster times in the next couple of weeks on faster tracks. We’re making progress to where we’d like to be by the end of the year.” The Mountaineers return to action Friday and Saturday at the Penn State National in State College, Pa.

The DA 1-24-2012  
The DA 1-24-2012  

The January 24 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.