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Thursday October 25, 2012
Volume 125, Issue 49
WVU author to talk overcoming grief by shelby toompas staff writer
As West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Week kicks off, WVU’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies will welcome retired professor and West Virginia author Judith Stitzel to campus Friday. As a previous English Professor at WVU from 196598, and founding director of the Center for Women’s Studies at WVU in 1984-
92, Stitzel will hold a lecture titled: “Making the Years Count,” about her recently published book “Field Notes from Grief: The First Year,” which travels through her journal of lifetime struggles. Brian Jara, senior lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies department, said you can’t help but notice Stitzel’s impact as the founding director; her dedication and perseverance is the reason the
department exists today. “We are very proud of her and happy that she is still active,” Jara said. “She certainly is a huge legacy and she always supports us.” Liz Frinklea, web site administrator and event coordinator for the department, said that Stitzel has always been a strong advocate of women’s rights and is very firm in her beliefs. Jara said Stitzel’s book is based on the journal
that she kept during the year after her husband’s death, and it reads as if you were reading her personal journal. Stitzel’s book does a great job of highlighting the battle one goes through when grieving, but she uses honesty and humor to encourage readers that they can get through it as well. “She is an inspiration to all of us,” Jara said. “However, the point of the book
is not that you must experience grief the way she has, but she shows us how she did, and that there is no correct way to get through it.” Stitzel’s book is comprised of her personal stories and corresponding artwork from artist Claudia Giannini, and can be very helpful to individuals of all ages. Cynthia Ford, Administrative Associate at the Center for Women’s and
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The West Virginia University School of Art & Design held its inaugural Juried Student Exhibition Wednesday.
CAC features students’ work in first ever Juried Student Exhibition By Shelby Toompas Staff writer
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Work from various students was on display at the CAC Wednesday.
Science on Tap series explores nature of fear zak voreh staff writer
The pulse rises, pupils dilate and breath becomes shallow – these are all symptoms of fear – an emotion most would consider unpleasant. Still, around Halloween every year, it seems to become the norm – maybe even fun. Cara Palmer, a developmental psychology graduate student, tried to explain this fascination with fear at her 15-minute lecture last night for Science on Tap. Palmer veered from her usual studies to research fear.
“I normally focus on how we respond to positive events and positive emotions, but by focusing on the broad range of emotions that we can feel, it gives us a better understanding of our emotional lives,” she said. “My research in general is focused on emotions and why we respond to emotional events in certain ways. Then, when I first talked with Bia (Vianna) about designing a talk for October,” she said. “She was like, ‘you know, I really want zombies worked in somehow,’ so we started talking about Halloween and how we can incorporate my research into
the holiday.” To come up with the idea, Palmer and Vianna brainstormed. “We thought, ‘well, what do we do?’ We go to haunted houses, we watch scary movies, and it’s all based on this idea of fear,” she said. “That really made me think about ‘why are we afraid of these things?’ And if we are afraid, why we want to continue to put ourselves in situations where we experience something we normally think of as bad.” There was a good showing of both community members and college students at the event.
“For me, it was the connection as to why (we scare ourselves) at the very end – basically just saying we want to have fear and want to scare ourselves,” said Eric Perkuhn, a senior civil engineering student. Beatriz Vianna, a graduate student and co-founder of Science on Tap, said the event is designed to spread awareness about science. “There is a huge disconnect between science and society,” she said. Vianna said science is a crucial part of our society, which should be discussed and understood by everyone in order to better
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Pop culture pumps up pawning popularity
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West Virginia University’s School of Art & Design held its first annual Juried Student Exhibition Wednesday night in the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby of the Creative Arts Center. Last night’s event began with the presentation of five monetary awards to student artists, including: a $300 award for Best in Show, two $200 CAC Dean’s Purchase Awards, $100 awards for Juror’s Choice, the School of Art & Design Director’s Choice and the Judy Raese Arts Award. Five other students also received Honorable Mention awards. The Director of the School of Art and Design, Alison Helm, said there were 80 submissions; however, only 30 pieces were chosen by visiting artist and WVU alumnus Martin Mazorra. “This is the first time we have ever done a student show with award money,” Helm said. Faculty coordinator of the event and assistant
Gender Studies, said that this event will tie into the theme of Mountaineer Week. “Not only will she be talking about her book, but she is also going to be speaking about her experiences here at WVU and Women’s Studies,” Ford said. For said the book related to Stitzel’s life and the loss of her husband.
There is a seven-foot, stuffed elk in the center of the room, a rack of movies ranging from “Hulk” to “Van Helsing” slightly to the left of the elk and a lazy dog named Gilda, who will carelessly roam the shop from time to time. No, this is not the pawnshop the American public has become accustomed to seeing on television. This is a typical scene at WV Pawnbrokers of Morgantown. “The shows are fun to watch, and they’ve made people aware of what pawnshops do, but a lot of what is done on there is for the show,” Karen Kalafat said. Kalafat, like many other pawnshop owners across the country, has seen increased business and popularity since the start of shows such as “Pawn Stars”, “Cajun Pawn” and “Hardcore Pawn.” These shows, coupled with a recessed economy, have contributed to a surge in the economic status of pawnshops. According to Businessinsider.com, the average pawn loan and number of gold transactions have both risen by more than 35 percent in the past four years. For centuries, pawnshops have been perceived as a marketplace for stolen merchandise. Now, they have a Hollywoodbranded glamour. The image portrayed on television, however, varies from that actually found in your nearby pawnshop. Kalafat recently opened WV Pawnbrokers of Morgantown. She has been involved in the business since her high school years. Her father first opened a pawnshop in 1987, and her brother is president of the West Virginia Pawnbrokers Association. Despite being so familiar with the business, she never saw this evolution coming in the industry. “It is surprising to see how fast those shows took off. It seems that new ones are always coming out now, too,” Kalafat said. “We’ve had a lot of customers come in and say they never thought about coming into a pawn shop but saw ‘Pawn Stars’ and wanted to check one out.” The intrigue of expensive and uncommon items has helped “Pawn Stars” become one of the highest-rated television shows among households, capturing several million viewers weekly. For pawnshops in the Morgantown area, these
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items rarely find themselves in the shop. “For the most part, we just get common items like guns, electronics and jewelry,” said Rob Summers, manager of Cashland Pawn. “We don’t normally get the crazy items like you’ll see on T.V.” That is not to say peculiar pieces never come in from time to time. Working at Cashland for more than a decade, Summers has seen his fair share of oddities – but one sticks out in his mind. “When I first started working here, we had a businesswoman come in and try to sell us a gold tooth with the tooth still inside. It was still wrapped up in tissue like it had just been pulled,” Summers said. “We didn’t end up taking it, and I didn’t even bother asking why she had that with the tooth still intact.” Kalafat’s brother, Brent, also owns C&J Trades in Clarksburg. Brent said he, too, has seen his fair share of strange items come through his shop. “Someone came in trying to sell half a box of cereal, and another time, a guy brought in a case of Mountain Dew,” he said. Kalafat did not pass up an opportunity, however, and ended up striking an agreement for the Mountain Dew. “I was able to get a pretty good deal on it, so I had to do it,” he said. Embedded deep in the roots of pawning is one aspect of the business that has not been lost in the camera’s bright lights. Bartering remains the lifeblood for every shop. It is essential to the bottom line, whether they will report a profit or loss. Bartering can often lend itself to frustration, though. “The key is to let them think that they are in control,” said Clinton Bankhead, a pawnbroker at Cashland. “People want to feel like they win, so we try to give them that, but in reality, we have numbers that we are not willing to deviate from.” On a recent afternoon, a customer went into Cashland looking to buy an iPod Nano. After selecting a royal blue one, the chess game began. The customer made the first move: “How much are you asking?” he said. “Sixty,” Summers said firmly. The two discussed some of the iPod’s features and amenities before the customer responds. “I was looking to get less than that,” the man said.
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SGA further discusses plans for LGBT center by lacey palmer staff writer
The West Virginia University Student Government Association continued its discussion of the creation of an LGBT center on campus at Wednesday evening’s meeting. “Last week, the board passed Governor Callaghan’s resolution, which gave me the right to submit my proposal to higher power, so I met with Vice President Ken Gray today who is behind it,” said SGA President Zach Redding. Sophomore SGA Governor Molly Callaghan wrote and read a resolution last
week pledging the SGA’s commitment to the development of an LGBT center, which was passed by the governors 12-1. Six out of 10 Big 12 institutions have an LGBT center on campus. The SGA resolution reads: “There are over 12 million students representing the LGBT community, with 36 percent of LGBT undergraduate students stating that they have experienced harassment within the last year, therefore those students avoid areas of campus out of fear.” According to Governor Callaghan, the goal is to
staff the LGBT center with administrators who are “educated and capable of dealing with all LGBT issues and concerns.” At a bullying forum that took place last week at the Mountainlair as a part of Diversity Week, 70 percent of attendees said they believe having a paid LGBTQ resource position on campus is very important when answering a ‘Poll Everywhere’ question. The remaining 30 percent believed it is still somewhat important. Many students and residents express concern that members of the LGBT community do not know
where to go when they have issues they need help in dealing with – which would be combated by the creation of a LGBT center. Redding outlined the five goals of the plan he discussed with Gray: to create a center for LGBT concerns, to include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in the institution’s non-discrimination clause, to recruit and retain LGBT individuals, to demonstrate institutional commitment to LGBT issues and concerns and to integrate LGBT issues and concerns into the curriculum. “We’re moving forward
in the right direction,” Redding said. “The next step is to go to the Director of Social Justice, who was just hired.” In other business, the SGA approved three grants – a $400 to the Turkish Student Association for an event celebrating the founding of the Turkish Republic, and two $500 grants – one to the West Virginia University Student Grotto for safety equipment for future cave explorations and the other to the Society of Women Engineers for a national event they will attend. SGA Club Sports Liaison
Continued from page 1 understand and utilize scientific principles. “This is a big deal because everything in our lives revolves around science,” she said. “Science on Tap exists to bring science to the public in a way that makes it
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One of the more than 30 submissions on display at Wednesday night’s Juried Student Exhibition.
Continued from page 1 professor, Jason Lee, said planning for the exhibition began last spring semester, and there was work throughout the summer to organize it. “All student submissions were due at the beginning of the semester, and then we had juror, Mazorra, choose the top 30 entries to be showcased in this years exhibition,” Lee said. “We hope to have every juror be a WVU alumnus for the Juried Student Exhibition in years to come.” Helm said by holding this event, WVU’s School of Art & Design provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work, build their resumes and receive monetary
awards. “This event gave students the professional experience of applying for a show and being recognized for their artwork,” Lee said. “It’s just as important for those students who didn’t get into the show to see what it takes to get accepted.” Helm said she hopes the tradition will carry out during years to come. “We want to encourage this show to happen every year,” Helm said. “Also, in future years, we would like to allow students to have two submissions instead of one.” Student artists who showcased their art were: Austin Isinghood, Brianna Saddler, Kelsey O’Brien, Chance Lipscomb, Daniela Londono Bernal, Joseph Delong, Morgan Milders, Meghan Olson, Kelsey R. Mangus, Michael
Loop, Mary Beth Carl, Michael Fairless, Mikeala Jaros, Laura Crosby, Nathan Snyder, Samuel Boehm, Sarah Olsen, Taylor Bray, Vlad Basarab, William Deskins, Steven Diller, Joseph Bradbury, Heather Workman Rios, Kelsie Lilly, Nathan Alexander Ward, Tara Smith, Haley Moore, Jessica Graef, Ashley Waide and Erica Passage. The top award was presented to student artist Michael Loop. “The exhibition definitely brought healthy competition,” Helm said. Helm said she hopes this will encourage students who did not participate this year to enter next year. Sponsors of the event included Black Bear Burritos, the Boston Beanery, Terra Cafe, Zenclay and the WVU Ceramics Club. “Hopefully, this event will
get our name out and people will realize that something is happening at the CAC, and that we have enthusiasm for what we do and love,” Helm said. “It was also good to generate the community between the artist and the faculty.” Today at 5 p.m., Juror Martin Mazorra will hold a lecture in Art and Design: Cannonball Press, in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall to continue the exhibition. The Juried Student Exhibition will host other events and continue until Nov. 7. For more information on the Juried Student Exhibition and upcoming events, visit www.artanddesign.wvu.edu or visit the Facebook page at, www.Facebook.com/ wvuschoolofartanddesign. email@example.com
“By talking about where she started and where she is now, it brings up her experiences at WVU, and that’s how the department had the opportunity to sponsor her for this year’s Mountaineer Week,” she said. “Stitzel had a full-on career as an academic, and she happened to have all of these tremendous challenges come her way – yet she still remains positive and active,” Jara said. “As the context of Mountaineer Week, she is a great example of the best of West Virginia and a great spokesperson for us,” she said. “She was also supportive of the Departments’ change from Women’s Studies to Women’s and Gender Studies in June.” Ford said she hopes individuals gain a perspective on life, an insight to the life of women’s struggles and learn more about the meeting of equality and what women in general have done to get us where we are now. “Stitzel has had a diverse following in the past, and we hope that her dynamic and engaging lecture will appeal to a wide audience during Mountaineer Week,” Jara said. Fifteen months after the
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death of her husband, Stitzel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “She’s got this strength to be independent and to survive and move forward,” Ford said. “Throughout all the tragedies and everything she’s gone through, she’s always happy, smiling and such a joy.” Stitzel has published fiction, nonfiction and literary criticism in The Colorado Quarterly, Frontiers: a Journal of Women Studies, College English and Green Mountain Review, among other journals. She also received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Vermont College and has twice been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. “The fact that she got all that accomplished and she’s still going is amazing to me,” Jara said. Stitzel now resides in Morgantown and continues to inspire others through her life journey and accomplishments. The lecture will be held at 1 p.m. in the Mountainlair’s Bluestone Room with a book signing to follow at 2 p.m. on the first floor. For more information about the event, visit www. intranet.wvu.edu or learn more about her book at www.fieldnotesfromgrief. com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Attempted thefts reported in journalism school Attendees of Wednesday night’s Juried Student Exhibition saw work selected from more than 80 initial submissions.
Continued from page 1 “What is the best you can do?” “The lowest I can go down is 40,” Summers said. “All right, that’s a fair deal,” the customer said. The transaction is
complete. It doesn’t always go that smoothly. Summers said at least once per week, he will get a customer who causes trouble. “It can be tough to deal with people who don’t understand what we do. They want us to give them full retail value, and we can’t do
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that,” Summers said. “We need to leave ourselves enough room to make a profit. We’re a business.” This is where pawnshops have suffered the most throughout history. Public perception has recognized them more as a legalized black market rather than as a commercial establishment. “We’ve been portrayed so long in movies and other media as selling people’s stolen things,” Summers said. “That is just not the case, though. We work very closely with police to prevent anything stolen from coming in here.” The reality shows have helped to reinvent the way people think of pawnshops now. They are no longer a dark shadow on the side of the road, but an avenue for a collection of various, attention-grabbing items. As president of the West Virginia Pawnbrokers As-
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sociation, Kalafat has been around the country to different pawnshops and sees a change from before. “I can’t definitely attribute pawnshops’ success to T.V., but is it playing some part in it? Yes, I believe so,” he said. “Loans have climbed exponentially; we are seeing an inflow of new customers, and we are all doing well. If you are not doing well right now, I’m not sure what you are doing, then.” Cashland pawnbroker Rob Slowbok can’t understand why pawnshops wouldn’t continue to grow in attractiveness, either. “What’s not to like? It’s like a toy store for adults,” Slowbok said. “Girls can go out shopping for clothes and things, but guys can come to a pawnshop where there are all these great guns and electronics. It’s fun.”
Last weekend, West Virginia University police responded to incidents of attempted theft in Martin Hall. “In the past few weeks, there have been multiple attempted thefts of computers from our student labs and work spaces. (School of Journalism) administration and University Police are currently investigating,” according to an email sent to all SOJ students. According to a police report, University Police responded to a report of two black garbage bags found containing computers and a report of a door found propped open with a trash can. SOJ officials have heightened security efforts within Martin Hall and
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posted notices throughout the building. “Because of these incidents, we are being extra vigilant about locking the (computer) labs throughout the day and evening hours. Lab and exterior doors are not to be propped open at any time,” the email said. “We need your help to ensure the security of the building and our equipment during this ongoing investigation.” Those who witness suspicious behavior in the building are encouraged notify the main office in Martin Hall. If it is after hours, SOJ officials ask anyone with information to contact University Police at 304-293-3136. — crl
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‘The Dark Knight’ may rise with a spin-off nick wesdock a&e writer
“All’s well that ends well.” The phrase describes the end of “The Dark Knight Rises” perfectly. However, the phrase might also be used to describe Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy as a whole. Why ruin a good thing? It’s safe to say fans were pleasantly surprised with the final installment – particularly the happily-everafter ending. Nolan and Christian Bale have made it clear the series will end as a trilogy. Neither wants to return for another Batman movie. “The right thing to do is to know you’ve told the story you’ve set out to tell, and that is very much the case with the end of this film,” Nolan said in an interview with “Nightline.” “I was never sure Chris was even going to do a third (film), so it seems – leave when it’s complete,” Bale said to ABC News. “Chris is a really great storyteller. If he says that’s it, that’s it.” Despite this, the conclusion of Nolan’s Batman series offers the potential for a spin-off, which has fans anxiously awaiting word of more. Comicbook.com lists five potential ideas for an addition to the franchise, but only two really seem plausible: Catwoman or Nightwing/Robin. At the end of “The Dark Knight Rises,” Bruce Wayne hands off the symbolic torch to supporting
Anne Hathaway portrays Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Inception,” “Looper”) who was revealed to be Robin. “I don’t think (the ending of The Dark Knight Rises) is necessarily a set-up. I think it is the great ending for that trilogy,” Gordon-Levitt said on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.” He also said he would be interested in a movie star-
ring his character. “It’s amazing and so wonderful to be part of a film like (The Dark Knight Rises), but as far as Robin is concerned, that’s not up to me. I don’t have the rights to that character. If there’s a script I find inspiring and a filmmaker I have a connection with, I’m interested.” Of the two potential future movies, though, it
seems Catwoman would be more likely to become reality at this point. Both Nolan and Anne Hathaway, who played Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” have expressed the possibility of a movie and have spoken highly of each other. “She’s an incredible character, and we’re very excited to see her, and hopefully we’ll leave peo-
ment against nine other current and former employees and contributors. As increasing numbers of BBC executives come under the microscope over what they knew about Savile - and why the posthumous expose about his sexual crimes was shelved - Thompson, 55, the BBC director-general from 2004 until last month, is being quizzed about his role as well. In a letter to Conservative lawmaker Rob Wilson, Thompson said he never met Savile or worked on any of the entertainer’s programs, and had never heard any rumored stories about Savile’s interest in young girls. “If I had, I would have raised them with senior colleagues and contacted the police,” he said. Thompson said he heard in late December from a BBC journalist at a company cocktail party that the broadcaster’s “Newsnight” program had been investigating Savile, but said the journalist never “set out what allegations `Newsnight’ were investigating or had been investigating.” Thompson said he followed the matter up with other executives who told him the “Newsnight” investigation was canceled for journalistic reasons, suggesting they believed there wasn’t enough evidence. “I had no reason to believe that his conduct was a pressing concern,” Thompson told the Times. “Had I known about the nature of the allegations and the credible allegations that these horrific crimes had taken place during his time at the BBC and in the building at the BBC, I of course would have considered them very grave and would have acted very differently.” The BBC denies that a cover-up was the reason it canceled the investigative piece only weeks before the broadcaster aired a glowing tribute show to Savile, a prodigious charity fundraiser who was widely eulogized following his death last year at 84. But “Newsnight” editor Peter Rippon recently stepped down as the BBC’s internal investigation got under way. After weeks of standing by Rippon, the BBC has said his explanation about why the Savile story was not broad-
cast was incomplete and inaccurate. Wilson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has written to Thompson again seeking more answers. “There are questions about how much the journalist told him about the `Newsnight’ investigation that need to be cleared up as quickly as possible,” Wilson said, adding that Thompson said he is willing to answer questions to the BBC and the U.K. parliamentary committee looking into the matter. Wilson said Thompson’s fitness to serve as The New York Times chief depends on the outcome of the various inquiries. But The New York Times has already waited months for a new permanent chief executive following the resignation of Janet Robinson last December. One analyst said the paper could ill afford to wait any longer. “My feeling is if he (Thompson) has no problem that could surface in the near future, there would be no need for him to delay,” said Edward Atorino, an analyst with The Benchmark Company. “If there is an issue, he should withdraw.” The controversy drew the attention of The New York Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, who asked readers in a column Tuesday to evaluate the incoming chief ’s answers. “How likely is it that he knew nothing?” she asked. “A director general of a giant media company is something like a newspa-
per’s publisher. Would a publisher be very likely to know if an investigation of one of its own people on sexual abuse charges had been killed?” In a carefully worded paragraph that followed, she raised the issue of Thompson’s fitness to serve as The New York Times chief. “His integrity and decision-making are bound to affect The Times and its journalism - profoundly,” she wrote. “It’s worth considering now whether he is the right person for the job, given this turn of events.” Sullivan said that while finding an answer was “not as easy as it sounds ... all these questions ought to be asked.” Sullivan’s office said Wednesday she would not be elaborating on her post.
ple wanting more,” Nolan said. “For me – Gotham and these characters – I’m done. I’ve told our story, and I’m moving on, (but) I certainly think she deserves (another chance) – she’s incredible.” “I think it would be lovely to see more of (Catwoman), but only if it’s with the right people. She lives in this Gotham City, and so it would have to be
established by the people who have made this Gotham City. For me, at least,” Hathaway said in an interview with Digital Spy. Nolan left the door open for a return to Gotham City, but it won’t be another Batman, that’s for sure. The questions of who, when and how won’t be answered for a long time. email@example.com
NYT defends incoming chief amid BBC scandal LONDON (AP) — The New York Times stood by its incoming chief Wednesday, even as questions about a BBC child sex abuse scandal followed him from one of Britain’s most respected news organizations to one of America’s. But as new CEO Mark Thompson was getting support from his new bosses, the Times ombudsman questioned his fitness for the job. And in Britain, a lawmaker said he had more questions for Thompson. As Thompson prepares to take over as president of The New York Times next month, he has been put on the defensive about his final days as head of the BBC and the broadcaster’s decision to kill what would have been a bombshell investigative story alleging the late Jimmy Savile, one of its biggest stars, had sexually abused up to 200 children. In a letter to a lawmaker and an interview with the Times, Thompson said he never knew of the Savile story before it was spiked and had never met the network’s popular star. New York Times Co. spokesman Bob Christie said Wednesday that the BBC scandal had “obviously been a topic that we’ve discussed” internally, but the Times was satisfied with Thompson’s answers. “Mark has done an excellent job of explaining the matter,” Christie said. Thompson said he played no role in spiking the BBC investigation and “we’re satisfied with that.” Thompson will start as the organization’s CEO on Nov. 12, Christie said. The BBC scandal has horrified Britain with revelations that Savile, a popular children’s television presenter, cajoled and coerced vulnerable teens into having sex with him in his car, in his camper van, and even in dingy dressing rooms on BBC premises. He is also accused of sexually assaulting disabled children at hospitals that he helped by raising charity funds. Police say there could be more than 200 victims, leading one child protection charity to say that Savile could rank among Britain’s most prolific child sex predators. The BBC said Tuesday it was looking into claims of sexual abuse and harass-
Photo of Sir Jimmy Savile, who for decades was a fixture on British television. A year after he died, aged 84 and honored as Sir Jimmy, several women have come forward to claim he was also a sexual predator and serial abuser of underage girls.
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Donald Trump, left, and rocker Bret Michaels at the announcement of the new cast of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” Oct. 12, 2012 in New York. Donald Trump does it again. The billionaire casino mogul and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” who explored a presidential run of his own earlier this year, spent the past several days teasing a revelation he implied would shake up the presidential election. Wednesday, Trump finally let the cat out of the bag. In a video Trump posted on his Twitter and Facebook pages, he announced a “deal” he was offering President Barack
Obama. In exchange for President Obama releasing his college transcripts, college applications and passport application, Trump vowed to donate $5 million to any charity of Obama’s choosing. This cheap publicity stunt was Trump’s big, earth-shattering surprise. That his announcement wasn’t a game-changer for the election is hardly shocking. Trump has made similar bombastic claims on numerous oc-
casions, such as his recent teasing of something “huge” he had in store for the Republican National Convention. Unfortunately, Trump’s big surprise was scrapped when the RNC was shortened due to the weather. It turns out we were all going to be treated to a video of him telling an Obama impersonator that Obama was “fired.” Trump was roundly mocked for his most rec e nt a n n o u n c e m e nt, which he hopes will vin-
dicate his conspiratorial views that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and was a bad student who only attended elite universities because of Affirmative Action. Of course, the birther claims have been refuted time and time again, and the notion that someone who became the president of the Harvard Law Review didn’t deserve to be admitted to Columbia and Harvard is laughable. But what else should we really be expecting from
“The Donald”? In light of this latest charade, The Daily Beast proposed a fantastic idea: Everyone should just ignore Trump. This man is very obviously a delusional egomaniac who thrives on the attention he gets when he employs these ridiculous publicity stunts. The Daily Beast is right. It’s time we all ignore him in the hopes that he’ll just go away.
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Religion and the American identity Derrik Whitlow columnist
For as long as America has been a republic, religion has been a significant part of the fabric of this nation. Despite what many will ardently argue, this country and religion have walked hand-in-hand since its inception. However, this has been a very two-sided coin. Religious institutions have produced some of the most charitable acts ever known to man, yet they have also been the cause of some of the most deplorable acts in human history. In this country, the most dominant religious institutions by far are Christian ones, whether Protestant or
Catholic. For the longest time, these two sects of Christianity have been bitter rivals, stemming from the Protestant Reformation in Europe. The work ethic of the first Protestants who came to this nation is undeniably significant in the formation of America. During the late 19th and early 20th century, many Catholics from various countries flocked to America’s shores, and their mark on this country is, likewise, undeniable. Many of these immigrants were treated with disdain, because they did not worship in the same way Protestants do. We must also remember that many Jews came to America during this time. Their treatment was the same as, if not worst, than Catholics. The worst treatment of
all, though, was towards African-Americans. Long before the Catholic and Jewish masses flocked to Ellis Island, African Americans came to these shores before America was even a country. They were brought via the Atlantic slave trade, and slave owners often used the Bible as an underlying reason to condone the subhuman treatment of African-Americans. Over time they mostly conformed to the various Protestant sects of Christianity that existed in America at the time, namely Baptist and Methodist. Even after slavery ended, despite being the same denomination as many whites, they were segregated and still told they were “separate but equal.” This clearly wasn’t the case, and they lived under the heavy burden of Jim Crow
laws that blatantly discriminated against them on the basis of their skin color. One could also go on extensively about the treatment of Native Americans and women, too. Looking at the world today, this shows how much we have progressed as a nation. It was a young Christian pastor named Martin Luther King Jr. who stood before a torn nation and boldly declared, “I have a dream!” Could there truly be a better definition of a man who exemplified all that is truly good about religion than this man himself? I think not. In today’s world, we see a rapidly changing dynamic. More and more individuals do not identify with any particular religion and simply see themselves as agnostic or atheists.
In the last 20 years, Muslims have increased a hundred fold in this country. Various other groups such as Buddhists and Hindus have become much more significant as well. Now, these other religious and non-religious groups of people have played an increasingly bigger role in today’s society. I strongly believe we, as a nation, must respect an individual’s right to his or her beliefs. We must treat people with the basic dignity all humans deserve, regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. The time will soon come when religion can longer be used as an excuse to deny someone the legal right to spend his or her life with the person they love. I also believe, as time pro-
ceeds, Muslims in this country will increasingly become a significant part of the fabric of this nation. The tensions that exist today will fade into yesteryear as a thing of the past. As they continue to assimilate in America, they will become a shining example of how the vast majority of Muslims here and abroad are not the radical extremists who seek to use religion as an excuse to inflict such deplorable acts across the globe. Despite our many shortcomings, this is truly what makes us great as a nation. We have constantly overcome adversity and adjusted to the times to perfect the American experiment in democracy. We can never change the past and the scars that remain, but we can continue to learn from it, and progress as a people and a nation
Carbon tax should be considered as climate continues to transform jennifer gathright the harvard crimson
As Americans, we constantly congratulate ourselves on our spirit of innovation. Yet, we give our government no incentive to be forward thinking about important long-term problems like climate change. Obama and Romney aren’t talking about the environment because we haven’t really asked them to do so. This contradiction isn’t our fault – democracy just doesn’t always reward anticipation. Politicians are accountable to voters whose main concerns generally include how to feed their families and keep their jobs and houses. And it is this combination of preoccupied voters and cowardly lawmakers that has kept the U.S. from tackling climate change in any sort of comprehensive way. It’s no surprise that a recent Gallup poll showed 72 percent of Americans thought the economy was today’s most
important problem. A mere two percent saw pollution and the environment as the most important problem. Yet, the two problems are undoubtedly connected. MIT economist Henry Jacoby predicts, “People will pay…[for inaction on climate change] in taxes, energy prices, insurance premiums, disaster relief, food prices, water bills and changes to our environment that are hard to put a price tag on.” We’re constantly flooded with startling facts about rising ocean levels and shrinking rainforests. To those who pay attention, climate change is clearly imminent, and it’s approaching the brink of irreversibility. Scientists predict a nearly complete lack of wild fish in oceans by 2050. At the beginning of his numerical rundown of the current state of the climate, activist and writer William E. McKibben grimly states, “I can say with some confidence that we’re losing the fight, badly and quickly – losing it because, most of all, we remain in denial about the
peril that human civilization is in.” Denial isn’t the only reason that the situation is stagnant – for those who are thinking short-term, there is a valid economic argument against cutting emissions. The fossil fuel sector certainly isn’t a small deal, and the world economy is invested in the future of drilling. Construction of the southern part of Keystone XL is already underway. While economic hurdles block a smooth transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy, the carbon tax represents a potent economic solution. The Kennedy School’s Joseph Aldy showed his support for the carbon tax in his talk at Harvard Thinks Green 2 last week. A tax on carbon would de-incentivize the purchase of carbon and naturally force investment in alternative energies. It would provide the economic impetus currently lacking from the green movement. Even conservative economist and policy advisor Greg
Mankiw expressed his support of a world carbon tax in a 2007 New York Times op-ed, but he doubted that a carbon tax would make it through Washington. Mankiw wrote, “Republican consultants advise using the word ‘tax’ only if followed immediately by the word ‘cut.’ Democratic consultants recommend the word ‘tax’ be followed by ‘on the rich.’” It would simply be political suicide for a Republican to support a new tax of any kind, and Democrats are too busy trying to get rid of tax breaks for the rich that suggesting a carbon tax right now might very well be too much. Yet, logical thinking would demand that our lawmakers push aside all of those political fears for the sake of doing something that makes pure and total sense. China’s Communist Party recently released its new fiveyear plan, a strategic move that will end up investing $315 billion in measures for energy efficiency. And because of the one-party system, China can
afford to be aggressive in the way it pursues its alternative energy goals. The National Energy Commission has asked each province in China to provide a plan for increased solar energy use by October 15. China remains the world’s largest coal consumer, but these steps represent a significant effort to reduce emissions. The United States is the world’s largest consumer of oil, but political polarization and corporate influence would block any clean energy initiatives of a similar scale. So while China’s alternative energy plans charge forward, the US is stuck with little to no political or economic push for sustainability. This problem is not unique to the U.S., and it’s why very little has been done in the way of large international agreements. Recent climate discussions have all failed miserably – it’s as if every time someone mentions the words Kyoto, Cop10, or Rio+20, the environmental community emits a collective sigh of frustration.
Our markets are so interdependent that changes in energy consumption have global effects, and therefore countries must tackle the issue through a combination of domestic policies and international cooperation. The U.S. could help shape the international debate on climate change, but it chooses not to because U.S. citizens have yet to demand the discussion. Our government spends billions of dollars each year on defense. We stockpile more weapons than we will ever use. But the prospect of entire countries being submerged under water as a result of large scale flooding is in many ways equally as scary as a nuclear Iran. And just like our founding fathers were worried about the political freedoms of every generation to come, should we not be intensely concerned about the safety and welfare of our future generations? And should we not demand from our representatives that same view?
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DAILY HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you can be fiery, which causes others to distance themselves. Is this a habit you really want to form? You have an abundance of energy and opportunities available to you. Why not funnel some of your burning energy into constructive causes? If you are single, you have a throng of potential mates to choose from. You will know when you meet Mr. or Ms. Right -- just trust your intuition.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHH You need to be aware of what ails a key person in your life; you probably can make a difference. Tension will build, so pull back and choose a relaxing activity in the meantime. Your understanding and insight will help this person. Tonight: An important talk. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH Zero in on a friendship that you really enjoy. This person gives you powerful feedback and often opens the path to good times. It appears as if pressure builds around a financial issue. You and someone else just do not see eye to eye. Tonight: Where the fun is. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH You might feel as if you need to make an impression on a boss or someone you look up to. A person you care about could be quite fiery and difficult. You cannot put a lid on this situation, so you might as well listen to what he or she has to say. Tonight: Wherever you are, expect to be noticed. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHHH You will want to detach
and get to the bottom of a disagreement. What seems logical to one person might not be to someone else. Your instincts serve you well, and perhaps it would be a smart idea not to ask too many questions right now. Tonight: Where there is music. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Stay close to a partner or associate. The two of you work better as a team. Your creativity flourishes with this person, and often he or she helps tame your ideas. Opportunities seem to come to you from out of left field. Test them out before saying “yes.” Tonight: Catch up on a friend’s news over dinner. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Defer to others, and you will find out a lot more. When you do that, the assumption is that you approve of a person’s performance or actions, which may or may not be true. Regardless, this person will relax, and you will see more authentic behavior as a result. Tonight: Ask for feedback. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH Maintain a low profile, and you will see much more of what is happening around you. You have a lot to do and accomplish. Reach out to someone who demonstrates intellectual dependability and optimism. You put your essence into your work, a project and whatever else you are involved with. Tonight: Working into the wee hours. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHHH Listen to the blend of imagination and intellect within yourself. Express those thoughts in a way that someone else can understand. You will stir up a lot of excitement involving a strong associate.
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9 Serious argument components 10 Colorful duck 11 North Pacific sockeye 12 Woodcutter Baba 13 Seek favor with 21 Feasts on 22 Garden outcast 26 Strange and then some 27 Pluralizers 29 Society honoree 30 Waggish 31 Ubangi tributary 32 Minister’s quarters 33 Culprit in some food recalls 34 Severe 35 “Without delay!” 40 “The Matrix” hero 41 Spot for one in disfavor 44 Rebus puzzle staple 48 Outlaw Kelly 49 Shriek 50 Brillo alternative
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Someone comes to the rescue before you know it. Tonight: Ever playful. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH Anchor in and handle a domestic or investment issue. Trust that you will make a good decision that advances your interests. Opportunities bloom because of your serious attitude and willingness to open up. You express yourself with clarity and caring. Tonight: At home. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHHH Remain sure of yourself when dealing with others. You have the ability to understand when someone is off in his or her decision and cannot see it. You’ll use the right words and help this person realize where there is a problem. Tonight: Meet with friends. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH You could be a bit extravagant with spending or with your emotions. No one will mind, except for a friend who might be just a tad jealous. Your very playful side emerges, which allows for great fun wherever you are. You verbalize some strong feelings. Others get it. Tonight: No one is stopping you. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH You smile, and others respond. Use your high charisma to draw in more of what you want. No one wants to argue with you; in fact, others wish they were you. A family member lets you know how very appreciated you are. Tonight: Make the most of the moment.
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It wouldn’t be Halloween without Charlie Brown and his gang. The comic strip “Peanuts” first appeared in newspapers Oct. 2, 1950. Since then, the characters have appeared in a number of made-for-television holiday specials such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Among the most popular is the Halloween classic “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” No sooner does the episode begin, than Lucy tricks Charlie Brown into kicking the football, and when she takes it away at the last second, leaving Charlie Brown to fall flat on his back. When the gang goes trick-or-treating, they compare their loots of candy and toys, but all Charlie Brown has to show for his efforts is a bag full of rocks. While everyone else is trick-or-treating, Linus and Sally spend their Halloween night awaiting The Great Pumpkin. When Sally realizes The Great Pumpkin stood them up, she scolds Linus and leaves him in the pumpkin patch alone. Meanwhile, Snoopy, the beagle with the huge imagination, dresses up as a WWI fighter pilot. After his flying doghouse is shot down behind enemy lines, he pretends to make his way home through the French countryside. “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was the third animated adaptation of the comic strip. It aired for the first time on October 27, 1966 on CBS and was nominated for an Emmy award. The annual broadcasting of the special is a refreshing return to the carefree days of childhood and brings back memories of pumpkin picking and trick-or-treating. It may not be the scariest thing to watch this time of the year, but it’s definitely a must watch.
I’m pretty sure most people are familiar with Joss Whedon’s popular show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and if you aren’t, you should give it a try. The series aired a total of seven seasons, including season two’s sixth episode, “Halloween.” In this Halloween episode of the classic ‘90s series, we have the opportunity to see a different side of Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and the gang. The episode aired during season two, so viewers hadn’t yet had the opportunity to see all of the aspects of the characters’ personalities. But in this episode, Whedon takes the chance to show us a new side of them: who they want to be. The episode begins with the characters griping about various aspects of their personalities. Buffy wishes she could be a girly girl for Angel (David Boreanaz); Xander (Nicholas Brendon) wants to be a manly man in front of Buffy; Willow (Alyson Hannigan), deep down, probably wishes she could be sexy for Xander, but she is ultimately too shy to go through with it. After being forced to “volunteer” to take local children trick-or-treating by Principal Snyder (Armin Shimerman), Buffy, Xander and Willow stop in at Ethan’s Costume Shoppe to pick up some cheap costumes. This is where their desires are manifested. Buffy is immediately drawn to a medieval maiden costume in the back, which reminds her of Angel’s time period. Xander finds a military costume, and Willow settles on a simple white ghost sheet costume, due to her shyness. Later that night, Ethan Rayne (Robin Sachs) casts a spell on the costumes, and each character literally becomes their costume. Buffy is now a damsel in distress, Xander a take-charge solider, and Willow can walk through walls – albeit in the slutty costume Buffy convinced her to wear underneath her ghost sheet. Eventually, we discover Giles (Anthony Head) was previously friends with Ethan, showing us he once had a much darker, more careless side, too. It is up to him to convince his reluctant old friend to end the spell, while Willow and Xander attempt to fight various monsters as well as Spike (James Marsters) and his vampire lackeys - because what “Buffy” episode could be truly perfect without an appearance by Spike? I won’t spoil the episode, but I think it’s safe to say the issues are eventually resolved. And whether you watch the series or not, this is a really fun episode to enjoy during the holiday season.
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The ‘90s were filled with some of the worst teen horror films the world has ever seen, and in 2000, the “Scary Movie” franchise found a way to market stupidity with yet more stupidity. But don’t be fooled – “Scary Movie” wasn’t the first to make fun of “Scream” and its counterparts. The “Boy Meets World” Halloween special is a parody of both the “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” franchises. The episode proves “Boy Meets World,” at it’s prime, could pull off any joke and was a pioneer of its own. “And Then There Was Shawn” may be one of the show’s greatest episodes in a lineage of astonishingly idiotic storylines that never ceased to capture its audience. If you never caught an episode, I apologize for your incomplete childhood. “Boy Meets World” focused on the lives of Corey Matthews, Shawn Hunter and Topanga Lawrence as they grew up in America facing teen problems while integrating humor into the show’s very core. Corey and Topanga – the ultimate power couple – along with the unmatched bromance between Corey and his best friend, Shawn, were the show’s heart and soul. During the special, the trio and a few of their friends, including Corey’s older brother Eric, are locked in their high school after hours serving detention from everyone’s favorite history teacher, Mr. George Feeney. After finding a threat emblazoned in blood on the blackboard, the episode goes far beyond the realm of melodramatic sitcoms into the dimension where horror films go to die, including one student suffering a pencil through the forehead. Using characterizations such as “Scream’s” Randy character who seemingly knows everything possible about horror films, the episode touched base on every over-used cliche in the book. One of the many highlights of the episode occurs after the murder of Mr. Feeney, when Shawn declares that scary movie serial killers never target virgins. Shawn and Eric have a short-lived victory dance in honor of Mr. Feeney’s achievement. The shining moment of the episode, however, occurs when Jennifer Love Hewitt – the queen of bad ‘90s movies and main character in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” – appears as a new student, Jennifer “Feffy” Love Fefferman. At the end of the episode, Shawn is revealed as the killer whose only goal was to bring the then broken-up Corey and Topanga back to their former glory. But no cheesy ‘90s T.V. show is complete without a lesson learned at the end of every episode. Shawn is shocked to find he dreamed the entire thing, and he wrongly blames himself for his two best friends’ situation.
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WVU travels to Philly for Head of the Schuylkill by shea ulisney sports writer
The West Virginia rowing team returns to action at the head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa., Saturday. According to head coach Jimmy King, the Mountaineers have five entries prepared to race this weekend. Three crews will compete in the open four and two crews will compete in the open eight. The lineup will not be determined until Friday.
“The fall races are part of the overall training plan,” King said. “The schools and clubs we will compete against this weekend will provide the greatest level of competition we’ll encounter in our fall schedule. This will help us to better assess our progress to date.” West Virginia has 20 rowers and five coxswains returning from last spring’s team. Additionally, there are two first-year rowers on the fall varsity squad. The Mountaineers be-
gan their season two weeks ago, competing in their first regatta at the head of Ohio in Pittsburgh. The Varsity eight ‘A’ crew finished in 15:22.51, earning them a fourth place finish. The eight ‘B’ crew finished fifth in 15:30.17. Last year the Mountaineers won gold in the Varsity eight championship regatta for the second year in a row. The crew finished the 2.6-mile long race in 15:59.20. The Varsity four ‘A’ crew led the Mountaineers with
a second finish out of 27 schools, finishing only two seconds behind Dayton. The four ‘B’ crew finished 15th and the four ‘C’ crew finished 21st. No.16 ranked Michigan State will attend this weekend’s event to compete against West Virginia in the open four and open eight events. Michigan State took 16th place in the NCAA Regatta finals in Lake Mercer, N.J., last season. The Mountaineers are not satisfied by the out-
come of their last race and are hoping to advance this weekend. The fall season will not host a championship, so teams will have a chance to learn and improve themselves before entering the spring season. “The fall is our nonchampionship season; we’re building a broader, stronger foundation to prepare our team for the spring season,” King said. “There are many important elements to our training – physical, mental and technical.”
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Islanders announce move to Brooklyn in 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — Now hockey is coming to Brooklyn. The NHL’s New York Islanders have agreed to move to the Barclays Center starting with the 201516 season. “Hello Brooklyn!” Islanders owner Charles Wang said as he made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday. The lease agreement is for 25 years. Officials in nearby Nassau County, N.Y., have struggled for years to come up with a plan to either renovate or build a new arena to replace the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1972. Wang, the founder of a computer software company, presented a plan in 2003 for a privately funded multibillion-dollar development of housing, retail and a new arena on the property, but the proposal foundered amid community opposition. Wang had long threatened to move the team
from its home in Uniondale after the club’s lease expired following the 201415 season. He complained that the dilapidated building is unsuited for a professional sports franchise. The Barclays deal took seven months to complete and was finished Tuesday night, according to Wang, who said he had wanted to keep the team local. “Brooklyn is big time and now we have the bigleague sports to prove it,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Earlier this month, the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Nassau Coliseum for 16 violations of workplace health and safety standards. OSHA said workers had been exposed to asbestos. The areas were not accessible to the general public. It also found inadequately lighted exit routes and other violations. A statement from SMG, the company that manages the Coliseum for Nassau
County, said it would contest the citation. It said the asbestos issues had been remediated. As recently as April, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Brooklyn might not be a viable destination for the Islanders because it’s hard to reach for the team’s fan base in Long Island and Queens. However, the team’s announcement of a news conference at the Barclays Center trumpeted the fact that it is located “atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City ... accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.” Last year, voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum – backed by Wang – that would have allowed Nassau County to borrow $400 million to build a new hockey arena. Earlier this year, county officials announced they were seeking proposals to open the 77-acre parcel to any developer interested in proposing new ideas for the
The New York Islanders will move to Brooklyn, N.Y., and play in the Barclays Center starting in 2015. site. An announcement on those proposals was expected to be released any day. County Executive Edward Mangano, who backed the referendum as a way of keeping the hockey team from leaving along with spurring economic development and job growth, had no immediate comment on the move. Long Island fans seemed resigned to the move for a
team that won the Stanley Cup every year from 1980 through 1983 but missed the playoffs last season. “I wish they would stay on Long Island. I was an Islanders fan for many years and went to all the Stanley Cup wins,” said Sandy Thomas, a former seasonticket holder. He added: “But the county and the town did not want to spend any money to support them. It’s too much of
a commute to go to Brooklyn to a game. I will watch it on television.” Michael Callahan of Huntington said it was a sad day for Nassau County, but “I will probably go to Brooklyn for a game. It is easily accessible by mass transit; that is a big plus. That is also one of the shortfalls of the Coliseum; there is no close train system. That is a big plus; Brooklyn is easy to get to.”
Durant, Thunder still chasing first NBA championship OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Basketball brought Kevin Durant a summer of extremes. Weeks after sobbing with his parents after Miami beat Oklahoma City Thunder four straight times to win the NBA championship, Durant was celebrating a gold medal with Team USA in London. Now comes the task of trying to make up for that championship that was lost. Durant will have to lead an even younger Thunder squad back to the finals if he wants a different ending. “It was just so tough to lose because I really thought it was our year. I felt we had a good run. We beat Dallas, San Antonio, the Lakers,” Durant said, listing off Oklahoma City’s playoff opponents from last season and the only teams that had won the
West since 1998. “I thought it was our time, but unfortunately it wasn’t. Those guys came out and beat us, and it was tough to go through that.” Television cameras caught Durant’s reaction in the moments just after he stepped off of Miami’s home floor for what normally would have been a relatively private encounter with his family. Instead, the whole world was able to witness the way Durant reacted, which he said was the same as it was when he was growing up. “When you lose a tough series, there’s no question it’s heartache. You feel it for many days,” coach Scott Brooks said. “I’ve been around teams when you lose, the fingers are pointed and you look for blame. The thing that I’m proud of with our guys, I never saw that. Individu-
ally, nobody was outspoken. Nobody was behind each other’s back. “We understand that we had a great year but it’s time to move on. It’s time to focus on this season. Last year was a great experience, but it won’t guarantee us an opportunity back there. We have to work for it.” The Thunder still have the nucleus of the team that made it to last year’s finals and to the Western Conference finals two seasons ago. Three-time league scoring champion Durant and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook will once again be joined by Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha in the starting five with NBA Sixth Man of the Year James Harden coming off the bench. Ibaka signed a fouryear contract extension
in the offseason, following Durant and Westbrook in committing to Oklahoma City long term but also drawing into question whether the small-market franchise would be able to afford Harden. The Thunder will need to go over the salary cap – and pay the luxury tax – to keep him unless they shed some payroll elsewhere. Harden is at least in the mix for this year’s run. “We’re young, we have all the talent in the world. The small things and attention to detail can take us even further,” Harden said. “I think offensively, we can score with any team in the NBA. We have just as much firepower as any team in the NBA. I think what’s going to put us over to that next level is our consistent defense. We have spurts where we look very good. We have spurts where we
look average. I think for championship teams, we need to be locked in every possession.” Beyond their big six, some of the Thunder’s pieces are changing. Veteran Nick Collison remains with the team and backup point guard Eric Maynor will be back after missing most of last season with a knee injury, but three locker room leaders – Derek Fisher, Nazr Mohammed and Royal Ivey – were allowed to leave in free agency. In their places are relatively inexperienced replacements, including free agent center Hasheem Thabeet and first-round draft pick Perry Jones III from Baylor. Fisher and Mohammed were two of the team’s only three players who had won an NBA title. Perkins, who won one with Boston, is
now the only one left to speak from experience about what it takes to win it all. “I think we all understand what it takes to at least get to the finals, but I think the finals was overwhelming to a lot of us,” Perkins said. “I think we got caught up in just being in the finals and quit playing basketball.” The Thunder have progressed – from out of the playoffs to a first-round exit to the West finals to the NBA Finals. Perkins said the bottom line was “we didn’t reach our goal.” “We don’t feel like we just want to be in the playoffs and win games. We feel like at the end of the day, we’re going to keep it realistic: We’re trying to raise a banner or a few banners here,” he said.
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West Virginia turning to youth on defense by doug walp sports writer
The struggles of No. 19 West Virginiaâ€™s defense have been both highly publicized and highly scrutinized this season. But after last weekâ€™s game â€“ easily the low point of the Mountaineersâ€™ season so far â€“ Mountaineersâ€™ supporters can now expect to start seeing wholesale personnel changes within the defense on a regular basis. Upperclassmen who havenâ€™t been performing no longer have the benefit of the doubt from their coaches. The starters who began the year on the field for the Mountaineersâ€™ defense havenâ€™t proven their worth thus far, and last week was the breaking point. â€œEverybodyâ€™s job was on the line tonight,â€? said WVU co-defensive coordinator Joe DeForest after the rout by Kansas State. â€œWe
played every freshman, every sophomore â€“ we played everybody. Itâ€™s difficult, but if you put a sophomore, or a junior or a senior out there and heâ€™s not getting the job done, whatâ€™s your next choice? Your next choice is the next man in â€“ see if he can do it.â€? The Mountaineers played 18 freshmen against the Wildcats Saturday, but unfortunately for WVU, none of the next men in were able provide any immediate help or stability against Kansas Stateâ€™s efficient offense. But Saturday nightâ€™s game against Kansas State was just the first step in potentially widespread personnel changes. â€œItâ€™s based on what have you done for me lately,â€? said West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. â€œYou make the decision to play who you think is the better player. You have to figure out is the ceiling higher
for, a younger kid versus an older kid. â€œAfter you make the decision, itâ€™s all about performance. If a guy is not performing, you make the change. The biggest motivation in college football is playing time, but you donâ€™t want to sit a guy down that you donâ€™t think has a guy behind him that is better than him. You want to play the better player. You want to use playing as a motivation if you can.â€? Motivating players with playing time certainly wasnâ€™t something the coaches planned to deal with at the beginning of the season, when the teamâ€™s focus was solely on winning a Big 12 title and perhaps a National Championship. But after two especially ugly losses to conference opponents, the Mountaineers have been forced to shift their focus to retooling myriad positions on the
field, most notably within the defense. But the Mountaineers are also looking for more than just motivated position players to fill spots within its grossly beleaguered defensive unit. DeForest candidly pointed out after the Kansas State smackdown that the lack of a suitable and prevalent leader on defense has also had a dire effect on the overall group this year. â€œItâ€™s hard, because you want someone to step up, grab the team and say â€˜Come on, follow me.â€™ But we donâ€™t have that on defense. And until we do, weâ€™ll struggle. Itâ€™s up to us as coaches to try and find leaders, but itâ€™s up to the kids to be leaders. You canâ€™t always lead as a coach; youâ€™ve got to have someone from within to pull them with you. Itâ€™s part of it.â€? firstname.lastname@example.org
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Freshman safety Karl Joseph is one of the many underclassmen the West Virginia defense has looked to for contributions this season.
WVU falls in three sets to No. 16 Kansas State
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No. 8 Oklahoma will take on No. 5 Notre Dame this weekend. The Sooners are 3-0 since losing to Kansas State earlier this season.
No. 8 Oklahoma ready for tough ND defense by greg madia
â€œHeâ€™s a great player. He is return home this week to tough, physical and a great face No. 14 Texas Tech. tackler. But most of all has Since losing to No. 3 a great nose for finding the Briles & Baylor defense Kansas State, No. 8 Okla- ball,â€? Stoops said. hasnâ€™t given up homa has outscored its opMuch has been said ponents 156-48 across the Klein claims weekly about how bad Big 12 delast three games. honors for No. 3 Kansas fenses have been. West With running back State Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma Damien Williams opening After throwing for a ca- State and Baylor have been up Landry Jonesâ€™ passing reer-high 323 yards and ac- described as teams that game, Oklahoma is thriv- counting for seven touch- can score but canâ€™t stop ing offensively. But this downs in last weekâ€™s win anybody on the other side week the Sooners have the against West Virginia, of the football. Of those challenge of going against Kansas State quarterback four defenses, Baylor is staNotre Dameâ€™s No. 6 ranked Collin Klein was named tistically the worst. the Walter Camp National The Bears are No. 120 defense. â€œItâ€™ll be difficult. They Player of the Week, Max- in the nation in total deare very good and very well Award Player of the fense, yielding 553 yards physical in how they play Week and Big 12 Offensive per game and 36 total up front,â€? said Oklahoma Player of the Week. touchdowns. Kansas State Coach Bill Baylor sits at 0-3 in head coach Bob Stoops. â€œHopefully, weâ€™ll be able Snyder says Kleinâ€™s success the conference and has a to execute. stems from his work ethic. chance to start working toâ€œI feel like weâ€™ve imâ€œHe just works diligently ward a bowl game berth proved as the year has trying to improve his capa- this Saturday at Iowa State. gone on, but itâ€™ll be a big bilities on and off the field. â€œWeâ€™ve got to win six challenge. It always is.â€? Heâ€™s done well with every- games minimum to start Notre Dame is led by thing,â€? Snyder said. â€œHeâ€™s with. Weâ€™re halfway there, linebacker Manti Teâ€™o. Ha- an excellent leader; he we just have to keep fightwaiian native Teâ€™o is in the continues to improve in ing and keep scratching. Weâ€™ve been extremely close thick of the Heisman con- that area. versation with 69 tackles, â€œHe is one of those guys on two of our last three ball four interceptions and two who diligently tries to im- games,â€? said Baylor head fumble recoveries. Stoops prove all facets of his game coach Art Briles. â€œWe just recognizes Teâ€™oâ€™s ability to and life.â€? havenâ€™t made plays at the Klein and the Wildcats end (and) havenâ€™t gotten change the game. breaks during the course of the game. â€œBut you know, our towel is certainly still strapped over our shoulder.â€? multimedia editor
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The West Virginia Mountaineer volleyball team continued its slide Wednesday night in the WVU Coliseum with a loss to No. 14 Kansas State in three straight sets (25-15, 25-16, 25-19). The Mountaineers came out strong in the opening set as they sprinted to a 6-2 set lead but would quickly succumb to the Wildcatsâ€™ strong serving game and rapid attack as Kansas State drew the set even at 7-7. A pair of attack errors by WVU freshman hitter Patrick Gorrell/The Daily Athenaeum Nikki Attea opened the The West Virginia volleyball team fell to Kansas State in straight sets Wednesday. door for the Kansas State as they took the lead at 9-7 West Virginia also strug- seesaw battle in the third set and never looked back on gled to control the Wild- in which Kansas State and the way to a 25-15 set win to cat offense as Kansas State West Virginia traded kills capitalized on 62 percent of and errors until a 17-17 score open the match. â€œI think we played a good their sideouts. Conversely, then an 8-2 run by the WildKansas State team,â€? said the Mountaineers struggled cats gave KSU the match West Virginia head coach to keep up, managing just victory. â€œNot even comparable,â€? Jill Kramer. â€œI think one of 41 percent on their sideout the things that kept us out of attempts. Kramer said of her teamâ€™s â€œKansas State did a phe- performance in Wednesthis match was our serving, which was not characteris- nominal job of siding out dayâ€™s match in comparison tic tonight. With the excep- and getting kills at a high to their Sept. 27 matchup tion of our serving and pass- level tonight,â€? Kramer said. in which the Mountaineers The second set began failed to score double digits ing, I felt we did a lot of good with Kansas State gaining in the opening set. thing with that.â€? The Mountaineers strug- an early 4-0 lead, showing no Attea continued the disgled consistently at the ser- signs of slowing down. That cussion as she emphasized vice line against Kansas State is, until the Wildcats saw the growth of the young as West Virginia struck for their 10-16 lead decrease af- Mountaineer team over only one ace while record- ter a 5-1 run by the Moun- the course of the past three ing nine service errors. taineers, landing West Vir- weeks. Prior to the Wednesday ginia within three points of â€œWe are getting better night matchup, the Moun- the lead at 15-17. each match. That may not taineers maintained a steady â€œItâ€™s always great to see be contributing to wins right 1.49 aces per set, making the other team call a time- now, but it is mounting up them the second best team out,â€? said West Virginia ju- and will result in one soon,â€? in the Big 12 Conference at nior Arielle Allen. â€œIt means Attea said. â€œWe will head the service line. we are doing our job out back to practice tomorrow â€œIf you look at Big 12 stats there, and we are putting the and keep working at it and youâ€™ll see that Kansas State pressure on them to make get ready for Texas Tech.â€? is the only team that is better plays.â€? The Mountaineers will hit than us at the service line,â€? After the timeout by Kan- the road again as they preKramer said. â€œIt definitely sas State head coach Suzie pare to take on Texas Tech was not anxiety. Kansas Fritz, the Wildcats went on Saturday, Oct. 27 in LubState is a very strong serv- an 8-1 tear to take the sec- bock, Texas. ing team, and they came out ond set 25-16. The match ended with a email@example.com strong tonight.â€?
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With a coach like Huggins, that might not be a problem. â€œGiving up more points is not in Coach Huggsâ€™ blood, so defensively, we just turn it up a notch,â€? Humphrey said. â€œWe do a lot more aggressive defensive schemes, but weâ€™re still getting after it.
Continued from page 10 Virginia University. WVU would go on to win the exhibition 18-4. But thatâ€™s not important. Whatâ€™s important is the mass changes already evident within the West Virginia baseball program. There is a different feeling among fans. Baseball has never been valued in Morgantown, but itâ€™s not that the fans donâ€™t appreciate Americaâ€™s pastime. They have never had the luxury of being provided with a quality product.
â€œ(Giving up points) just happens sometimes depending on how weâ€™re pushing the ball in the flow of the game, but I think itâ€™s a balanced attack on both sides. I think itâ€™ll be very successful.â€? Huggins said playing at a quicker tempo on the offensive end is something that could help West Virginia in close games compared to what they did last year. The Mountaineers were
4-6 last season in games decided by five points or less. â€œWe won some close ones, and we lost a bunch of close ones,â€? Huggins said. â€œWe donâ€™t want to make it close. â€œWe just didnâ€™t have any subs. With more people, you can ask them to do more, because theyâ€™re not going to have to play as many minutes.â€?
Years of inconsistency and disappointment from the Mountaineers combined with 20-straight losing seasons from the only professional baseball organization within 200 miles of the area has led this trend. Most impor tantly, though, is the new-found morale of the players. There is a confidence and assurance among team members that Iâ€™ve never seen at Hawley Field. Randy Mazey has changed the way of life of WVU baseball in just four short months. Imagine what he can accomplish after, say, an 18-
year stint at the helm. I donâ€™t want to mislead you or get too carried away in such a short period of time. You need to be aware of whatâ€™s going on behind the Coliseum. After Mazey and his staff get four more months under their belt, take the time to observe the action on a chilly, overcast evening. Although the weather may be similar to that Friday evening in April, I guarantee the product sporting the Old Gold and Blue on the field will be different.
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FULL SPEED AHEAD
Mountaineer guards look to run more this year by michael carvelli sports editor
With a large group of freshmen last year, the West Virginia men’s basketball team came into the season with goals of running a more up-tempo style offensively. But with inexperience and numerous mistakes throughout the season, the Mountaineers weren’t able to accomplish that goal and struggled to score en route to a 19win season. After a year of learning and picking up lessons from a disappointing finish a year ago, WVU feels like it is ready to make strides toward being the team it wanted to be a season ago. “I feel like we’ve got a great opportunity to run this year. We have a lot of athletic players. Everyone on the team is pretty much athletic,” said sophomore point guard Juwan Staten. “I know last year we talked about it a lot, but this year’s team is really built for it.” A big key in the Mountaineers’ success will rely on the backcourt. And the guards were one of the most impressive parts of last week’s Gold and Blue Debut. Led by Staten and sophomore point guards Jabarie Hinds and Gary Browne, West Virginia has three capable ball handlers on this year’s team who can run the offense in the open floor. But with the additions of fresh-
men Eron Harris and Terry Henderson – as well as senior Matt Humphrey, who transferred to WVU from Boston College – head coach Bob Huggins has depth at the guard position he hasn’t had the last few seasons. “The thing that caught my eye is how deep we are,” Humphrey said. “This is a really deep basketball team, and we’ve got a lot of guys who can play. “We’ve still got a lot of stuff to clean up offensively and even defensively, especially with rebounding, but all that stuff I think was just first-game jitters. I think we’ll be all right come Nov. 12.” Humphrey scored 23 points on Friday night, and he thinks a lot of the success he had came from having a group of guards that are good at distributing the ball around him. “We’ve got a lot of bodies and a lot of guys who can go,” Humphrey said. “I’m a guard, but my role on this team is to be more of a forward, and that just gives me an opportunity to be on the scoring end of a lot of plays. “It’ll be very beneficial for us to stay on the attacking end of both sides of the ball.” But as a fast-paced offense, the Mountaineers could potentially give up more points defensively than they have in years past.
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Senior Matt Humphrey said the West Virginia men’s basketball team should be able to play faster on offense this season.
Mazey already changing the face of WVU baseball were battling Villanova in a midseason tilt. I had been to countless games at the – for a lack of a better term – outdated venue situated behind the Coliseum. But this trip was one I would never forget. I was among 313 in attendance and watched WVU trail 7-5 after four innings, and the Mountaineers appeared to be playing fairly well against the Wildcats – a mediocre foe in the Big East Conference.
Nick arthur Associate Sports Editor
It was a chilly, overcast evening in Morgantown last April. Basketball season had recently come to a close, and my Friday-night agenda yielded no obligations. My first Hawley Field visit of the season was in order. The Mountaineers were a few games under .500 and
And then, the infamous fifth inning arrived, where the visitors would tally 17 runs. Yes, 17. It was painful to watch as a casual spectator. How could a team possibly allow 17 runs before recording three outs? Fast forward four hours, and West Virginia fell with a score of 26-11. WVU baseball has had some low points since I began following the program in the mid 2000s, but this
was the lowest. Head coach Greg Van Zant had been at the helm for 18 years but never seemed to make any improvement. It was as if his program was in neutral for nearly two decades. And, after the embarrassment against Villanova that Friday night in April, some could argue the program was in reverse. Just before the 2012 season ended, however, it was announced the veteran Van Zant would not be return-
ing for his 19th season. And, shortly after, TCU associate head coach Randy Mazey was tabbed the replacement. Mazey, a proven head coach at both East Carolina and Charleston Southern, is now in his fourth month as head coach of the Mountaineers. In those four months, the plans for a new, multi-million dollar stadium have been created, the Mountaineers have held their first-ever Alumni game, and
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Mazey has announced one of the most impressive recruiting classes in program history. Just last Sunday, in an exhibition against Potomac State, I returned to Hawley Field for the first time since that gloomy spring evening. I found Mazey’s Mountaineers in a new dugout on the third-base side, sporting a new logo on their hat and, ultimately, playing a new era of baseball at West
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