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Wednesday June 27, 2012
Volume 125, Issue 154
Texting ban to be enforced July 1 by Lacey Palmer staff writer
As of July 1, texting while driving will become a primary offense in the state of West Virginia. This means individuals caught texting behind the wheel can be pulled over and cited for it. Before July 1, texting while driving was a secondary offense, meaning individuals could not get cited for the act
unless they were pulled over for some other offense first. Now, the first offense is automatically a $100 fine. This fine will increase by $100 for each subsequent violation. Three points will also be assessed against driver’s licenses on the third and subsequent violations. Governor Earl R. Tomblin signed this new bill into law April 3. The law also confirms that talking on the phone is a
secondary offense and will become a primary offense July 1, 2013. Before the ban went into effect, the only drivers banned from texting while driving in West Virginia were novice drivers with a Level 1 or Level 2 status. In October 2009, Obama signed a piece of legislation that made texting while driving illegal for federal employees, which set an example for
many states to follow. The passing of this new law made West Virginia the 36th state to ban texting while driving. Some say West Virginia is late compared to other states who have passed similar bans months, even years, ago. “The law in New Jersey bans cell phones all together, so I am used to this law and I rarely hear of any texting and driving incidents,” said Alex Russomano, WVU student and
New Jersey resident. “I’m glad West Virginia is taking control to fix such a huge problem that this country is facing.” This bill requires the Division of Highways to post signs on interstates and major highways to alert motorists of the ban. Some people believe the ban is factually supported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports roughly 80 percent of all crashes and 65
percent of near crashes involve distracted driving. “I think that the ban is a good idea because texting while driving can be a big distraction and can possibly cause a fatal accident,” said Brooke Peake, WVU student and N.C. resident. “North Carolina has a ban, so I’m used to it. I stay off my phone while I’m driving and most of my friends do, too.”
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WVU Police headquarters moves to new location on HSC campus
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A driver demonstrates the act of texting and driving, which will be a primary offense in the state of West Virginia beginning July 1. Violators of the new law will be subject to a $100 fine, increasing by $100 each additional time they violate the law.
Do you agree with West Virginia’s ban on texting while driving? “Banning texting while driving - good. However talking while driving - ehh.... The law is a bit over reaching the problem.” @RyanCampione
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The new WVU Police headquarters is located near the Mountaineer Station Parking Garage and the Health Sciences Center.
by zak voreh
The West Virginia University Campus Police have found a new, technologically advanced home. The Campus Police have set up a new headquarters at 992 Elmer Prince Drive, near Ruby Memorial Hospital. The headquarters is equipped with stateof-the-art security and communications center as well as improved facilities for the officers. The new facility is the first building in Morgantown specifically designed to suit the needs of the University police force, according to Campus Police Captain Rick Jackson. “The entire first floor of the new facility was reconstructed to expand the capabilities of our communication center,” he said. “We have far more capabilities as far as video, alarm monitoring and communication throughout the county.” The new dispatch room features eight large TV screens, and the room is completely secured by bulletproof glass and key card locks. The building also has additional space for evidence lockers, administrative offices, a library of law reference books and a new gym for officers. The University police have called many places home throughout the years. Campus Police Captain Jim Enoch has seen the police force move seven times in his 35-year career, starting in a house beside the Facilities Management Building and ending up at the new headquarters.
He was grateful to have a building dedicated to the University police force. “I see a lot of advantages. It’s more personalized; we don’t share with anyone; There is more professionalism within the department and we are awful thankful for the people who made that happen,” he said. “It’s really nice to have a place to call home.” The first full operational day in the new building was June 14. Captain Jackson also believes there are advantages in having an official University Police building accessible to students. “This is the first time that we have a home of our own that the public can recognize – that we’re not sharing with other departments, or other outside entities – so the public can come straight to our building and they are dealing with only us,” he said. Even though Jackson thought the move would be difficult, the police force took every precaution to maintain records. “We opened half of our communication center and got it up and running in the new facility and then moved the other half,” he said. The written records were transferred as well. “We brought them over ourselves to maintain the integrity and get it back up and running as we were before,” he said. For more information, visit http://police.wvu.edu. For emergencies call (304)-2933136 or 911. email@example.com
“I think the WV ban on texting while driving is great. It’s just as dangerous as drunk driving; keep your mind on the road!” @eLizFinley “‘I’m not sure. Yes, it can do some good. But it also is kind of impossible to monitor.” @emilycatelyn11
Results of online poll
by terri parlett staff writer
On July 3, the Morgantown City Council will be casting the final vote on legislation that will allow natural gas drilling in industrial zones and research sites within city limits. Drilling would be limited to industrial zones and for research purposes, land owned by West Virginia University. However, these zones must meet certain safety requirements to be approved for drilling. On June 5, the Council passed the first reading of several zoning ordinances that would regulate where companies would be permitted to drill. In addition, the Council repealed a drilling ban that prevented extraction
within one mile of city limits. City Manager Terrence Moore said Morgantown is able to use zoning to offer direction to closed-management practices. “While there is still prohibition in the city of Morgantown with regards to extractive industry activities, which had been contemplated last year, this is simply the application of zoning so as to achieve regulations so such activity can be permitted,” he said. The ordinance also includes standards regarding noise, fencing, site remediation and road maintenance. “We’re talking about zoning within the specific corporate limits of Morgantown, where this is permitted, where this can happen and thus it also provides as-
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“Not sure how it can be enforced w/out random stops and invasion of privacy. why not just police reckless driving in general?”
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ON THE INSIDE The West Virginia football team’s move to the Big 12 Conference has given it more motivation in its summer workouts. SPORTS PAGE 12
surances to everyone else throughout the community that the zoning legally would not allow drilling in one’s backyard, for example, or in somebody’s commercial district or anything like that,” Moore said. Sites approved for drilling must be 625 feet from residential buildings, schools, parks and other public buildings. Drills must also be 100 feet from the floodplain, 10,000 feet from public water sources and 1,000 feet from the floodplain of the Monongahela river south or upstream of the Morgantown Lock and Dam. When these limitations are taken into account, there are only a few places eligible. Moore said there are areas around Morgantown Municipal Airport as well as a few
areas owned by West Virginia University that would allow for drilling with the new ordinances. There will be a public hearing July 3 regarding the ordinances and the final decision could come then. The public is encouraged to attend and comment. City Council meetings are held in City Council Chambers, located in City Hall at 389 Spruce Street, and begin at 7 p.m. These zoning ordinances do not ban drilling, as in the past. They simply regulate it, according to Moore. “There are very specific requirements that must be met before building permits can be issued, to allow extractive industry activity,” Moore said. email@example.com
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK Former WVU guard Da’Sean Butler is trying to make it to the NBA after the injury he suffered two years ago in the Final Four. SPORTS PAGE 9
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Eberly College 2011 enrollment highest in WVU history by bryan bumgardner city editor
Nearly every student at West Virginia University has taken a class in WVU’s largest and fastest growing college: The Eberly College of Arts & Sciences. Since 2003, The Eberly College has doubled in enrollment and expanded to include a wide variety of majors focusing on foreign languages, history, philosophy and science. 2011 marks the college’s highest enrollment ever at 6,099 nearly a fifth of the University’s total students. But according to Eberly Dean Robert Jones, handling vast amounts of students is both a disadvantage and a boon. “In the majors where there’s rapid growth, we’ve had to play catch-up,” he said. This entailed the hiring of new professors and finding additional space. “But many of those majors are attracting high quality students with high aspirations,”
he said. When it comes to hosting General Elective Curriculum, or GECs, Eberly carries the largest load of all the schools. However, Jones said the college refuses to cut back any smaller programs to ease the influx of students. “We can’t just close down anything,” he said. “We’d lose some of the richness we’d be able to provide to the University.” The Eberly College leads the University in what Jones calls “extracurricular activities.” More students in the Eberly College participate in study abroad, internships and service learning than any other part of the University. Jones thinks there’s even more room for the college to grow. “We want every undergraduate major to do study abroad, research internships, and those sort of things,” he said. “That’s a tall order.” The Eberly College’s most popular majors include biology, psychology and criminology. Jones believes student interest in these majors
reflects a change in society. “The 21st century has been dubbed the ‘life sciences century’,” he said. “All of the frontiers of knowledge that really matter to humanity nowadays are studied through these majors.” Jones noted biology, Eberly’s most popular major, is a common starting point those interested in the health care industry. He also jokingly noted interest in criminology may have grown thanks to popular crime shows on TV. “These majors are where the exploration of how life works,” he said. “These have the greatest and most important impact on the survival of humanity and our future.” He believes this strikes a chord in students, attracting them to the school. “These fascinating things hit home because we’re humans; we live,” he said. For more information on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, visit http://eberly.wvu.edu. caitlin graziani/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM
A student receives her diploma at the 2011 Eberly College of Arts & Sciences commencement ceremony.
Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son Matt talks of sex abuse during his childhood
Matt Sandusky, right, adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., where his father was being tried on charges of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys throughout 15 years. STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky’s son Matt recalled showering with his future adoptive father as a boy and pretending to be asleep to avoid being touched , memories that surfaced only recently, according to a police interview that details what are the earliest allegations yet of abuse by the former Penn State assistant football coach. Matt Sandusky, now 33, said the abuse started at age 8, a decade before he was adopted by the once-heralded defensive coordinator, according to the interview, first reported Tuesday by NBC News. “If you were pretending you were asleep and you were touched or rubbed in some way, you could just act like you were rolling over in your sleep, so that you could change positions,” Matt Sandusky said in an excerpt played Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show. His attorneys confirmed the recording’s authenticity to The Associated Press. Jerry Sandusky was convicted last week of 45 counts of abusing 10 boys he met through the charity he founded the same organiza-
tion that introduced him to Matt Sandusky, who became his foster child. Jerry Sandusky’s principal lawyer did not return messages Tuesday, and another lawyer said only that Matt Sandusky’s allegations contradict testimony he gave to the grand jury whose charges put his father on trial. Matt Sandusky did not reveal any abuse when he was initially questioned as a grand jury witness but did release a statement alleging past abuse as the jury was sequestered in deliberations last week. The police interview tapes are the first time Matt Sandusky’s allegations of sexual abuse have been publicly aired, and too much time has passed for criminal charges. Asked why he was now coming forward on abuse purported to have occurred as early as the late 1980s, Matt Sandusky told police there were several reasons but singled out his family. “So that they can really have closure and see what the truth actually is. And just to right the wrong, honestly, of going to the grand jury and lying,” he said in the police interview. The AP does not identify
people alleging sexual assault without their consent. Matt Sandusky’s lawyers named him in a statement released Tuesday to reporters that acknowledged the tapes’ validity. “Although the tape was released without Matt’s knowledge or permission, it illustrates that he made the difficult decision to come forward and tell the painful truth to investigators despite extraordnary pressure to support his father,” lawyers Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin wrote. Jerry Sandusky hasn’t been charged with abusing Matt, one of six children adopted by the former coach and his wife, Dottie. Messages left for Sandusky’s other children were not returned. Matt Sandusky sat with Dottie Sandusky on the first day of the trial but left after hearing one of the accusers testify. His attorneys have said he reached out to them while the trial was under way, saying he wanted to talk to prosecutors. Matt Sandusky said that he was undergoing therapy and that his memories of abuse were only now surfacing. He said on the tapes that he tried
to flee Sandusky’s house and also attempted suicide. “I know that I really wanted to die at that point in time,” he said. On the recording, Matt Sandusky says he was sexually abused off and on between ages 8 and 15. While being questioned, he said Jerry Sandusky would blow raspberries on his stomach and touch his genitals. The acts described were similar to accounts relayed by eight accusers who offered graphic testimony on the witness stand. Those eight accusers said they met Sandusky through The Second Mile, the charity Jerry Sandusky founded for at-risk youth. Matt Sandusky also met his adoptive father through the charity. Asked whether he recalled engaging in oral sex or being raped by the former Penn State coach, he told police “at this point I don’t recall that.” Unless he recovers memory of rape or deviate sexual intercourse, it doesn’t appear Jerry Sandusky could still be
Continued from page 1 Florida, South Carolina, South Dakota, Montana, Arizona and Hawaii are the only remaining states with no texting and driving laws in place. The state of Washington was the first state to ban texting while driving May 11, 2007. Some states have even gone so far as to ban texting while walking in large metropolitan areas. In West Virginia, Kanawha County delegate Nancy Peoples called for distracted driving legislation in West Virginia, House Bill 4047 in 2008, but the bill has failed in the House and the Senate multiple times. Some people think the ban is a good idea but will fail in enforcement. “I think the ban will be a good thing, but texting and driving will still happen,” said Alan Rusniak, WVU student and Pa. resident. “It’s like the seat belt laws; you should follow it, but people still won’t.” In 2009, nearly 500 accidents in West Virginia were linked to distracted driving caused by an electronic device. However, there are many people who feel talking on the phone is less distracting than texting and should still be allowed. “I think that the ban on texting is reasonable and may
charged in connection with the allegations by his son. State Attorney General Linda Kelly said Friday after the verdict that the investigation was continuing. Matt Sandusky’s abuse allegations date as far back as the late 1980s, about a decade before the allegations on which Jerry Sandusky was tried. If the abuse ended by 1995, Matt Sandusky’s deadline for pressing criminal charges appears to have expired in 2003 for rape or involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and in 2000 for lesser sexual abuse, according to sex-crimes prosecutors. Until 2002, Pennsylvania law allowed accusers to report the most serious charges of sexual abuse until age 23 and lesser charges until age 20. The law was then changed to give accusers up to age 30 to come forward for rape or involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. The law was extended again in 2007 to age 50 for all sexual abuse claims. But the changes are not retroactive - meaning
Matt Sandusky would not be able to press criminal charges at this point. On the civil side, Matt Sandusky may have missed his window for seeking damages from Penn State or others. In Pennsylvania, accusers must now file lawsuits by age 30 in most cases, though exceptions are theoretically possible in the event of concealment or fraud. “On the face of it, he’s too late ... unless there’s an exception around it,” said lawyer Jeff Anderson, who filed the first lawsuit against Penn State over other Sanduskyallegations. His client is not part of the criminal case because he came forward after the charges were filed. Jerry Sandusky, 68, is under observation at the Centre County jail, where he has been separated from other inmates pending a psychological review to help determine the next step toward his sentencing in about three months. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence.
really help cut back on accidents, but I do not believe talking on the phone should be banned,” said Amber Seamann, WVU student. “I think it’s no more distracting than the radio or having a friend talking in the car.” Members of the University Police have supported the ban. “I believe it will make campus safer,” said Major Robin Levelle of the West Virginia University Police. “I think we’ve all used our phones while sitting in traffic or whatever, and to me, it’s very dangerous, so that change in the law will make a big difference here at WVU.” Others have said they understand the risks involved with texting behind the wheel. “Sometimes, I do text and drive,” said Trinity Gray, WVU student. “But, when you think about it, it is distracting and really does impair your driving. “ According to Major Levelle, the ban won’t be too difficult to control at WVU because there are only about five to six miles of roadway on campus. When new students come in, the University Police meet with the incoming students here at WVU and speak about crime prevention on campus. According to Levelle, this will serve as an opportunity to inform students about the reasoning behind the ban. “I’m looking at this as an ed-
ucational thing more than anything,” said Levelle. “We may set up a small roadway checkpoint from time to time and remind students. The whole thing is about education and safety, not just to write tickets.” Many citizens question, though, if the law will really be enforced or followed. “I think the law is well-intended, but I doubt it will really do much to the problem,” said Josh Burka, a WVU Student. “Lots of people will still go against it, just like any other law.” Chris Sommers, a WVU student, also notices in his hometown in Ohio, the ban that has already been in place is not necessarily enforced. “As a resident in Ohio, I’ve noticed that cops aren’t really that adamant about pulling over people for texting or really using their phones,” Sommers said. “Cops aren’t really taking notice to it or don’t really care. Since no one is really acting upon it, people don’t really see it as a law and will continue to do whatever they want on the road while driving.” Governor Tomblin is encouraging citizens to sign his new Safe Driver Pledge, committing to use only hands-free devices while driving. You can visit go.wv.gov/pledge to make the commitment and read more on the ban. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year’s election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate. Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing a mass of legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent. Obama’s campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws across the country, the possibility of anti-fraud activists challenging legitimate voters and the handling of voter registrations in the most competitive states. Republicans are building their own legal teams for the election. They say they’re focused on preventing fraud making sure people don’t vote unless they’re eligible rather than turning away qualified voters. Since the disputed 2000 presidential election, both parties have increasingly concentrated on building legal teams including highpriced lawyers who are wellknown in political circles - for the Election Day run-up. The Bush-Gore election demonstrated to both sides the importance of every vote and the fact that the rules for voting and counting might actually determine the outcome. The Florida count in 2000 was decided by just 537 votes and ultimately landed in the Supreme Court. This year in that state alone, Obama and his Democratic allies are poised to have thousands of lawyers ready for the election and hope to have more than the 5,800 attorneys available four years ago. That figure was nearly twice the 3,200 lawyers the Democrats had at their disposal in 2004. Romney has been organizing his own legal help for the election. Campaign attorney Ben Ginsberg did not provide numbers but said the campaign has been gratified by
the “overwhelming number of attorneys who have volunteered to assist.” “We will have enough lawyers to handle all situations that arise,” he said. The GOP doesn’t necessarily need to have a numerical counterweight to Obama’s attorneys; the 2000 election showed that experienced, connected lawyers on either side can be effective in court. Former White House counsel Robert Bauer, who is organizing the Obama campaign’s legal deployment, said there is great concern this year because he believes GOP leaders around the county have pursued new laws to impede the right to vote. “The Republican Party and their allies have mapped out their vote suppression campaign as a response to our success in 2008 with grassroots organization and successful turnout,” Bauer said. “This is their response to defeat: changing the rules of participation so that fewer participate.” Several states with Republican leaders have recently pursued changes that could make voting more difficult, including key states such as Florida and Ohio, despite objections from voting rights groups that believe that the laws could suppress votes from low-income and minority blocs. Republicans dispute that the laws are political, pointing to cases of election fraud and arguing that measures like those requiring voters to show identification are simply common sense. Pennsylvania’s Republican House majority leader, Mike Turzai, however, told GOP supporters over the weekend that the state’s new ID law “is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” Independent from the Romney team, a conservative group is prepping an Election Day team of its own to combat possible fraud. Catherine Engelbrecht, president and founder of True the Vote, said the orga-
President Barack Obama greets people on the tarmac as he arrives at Miami International Airport Tuesday. nization hopes to train and mobilize up to one million volunteers this year, many of them to serve poll watchers. One of the group’s main initiatives is to “aggressively pursue fraud reports.” “Being a poll watcher is an age-old tradition and we’re fortunate that so many volunteers are ready and willing to take a day off, learn what they need to know and help out at the polls,” Engelbrecht said. True the Vote already has thousands signed up to help and had 500 trained election workers monitoring the Wisconsin recall vote earlier this month. “They serve as volunteer guardians of the republic, to ensure that procedures at the polls are in keeping with state law,” she said. It’s one of the efforts that have Obama’s team fretting. The Democrats fear that antifraud activity could get out of hand, with vigilante poll watchers targeting and intimidating voters who may not know their rights.
“We will have the strategy and the resources to address the threat and protect the voter,” Bauer said. The Obama-aligned attorneys, most of whom are not election experts by trade, undergo training and have materials to show them how to help at the polls on Election Day. Charles Lichtman, who is helping advise the effort in Florida this year after leading it in the last two cycles, first created the Florida Democratic Lawyers Council after the 2000 election, vowing that there would never be a repeat of that disputed vote. He contends Democrat Al Gore would have won the presidency over Republican George W. Bush if a similar legal infrastructure had been in place then. Lichtman’s efforts have since been replicated for other states. He said that is vital to provide voter protection. “My experience has been that, in every election, the
other side has taken drastic measures to try to suppress the vote,” Lichtman said. The volunteer organization has not been involved in the 2012 legal disputes so far, though they are monitoring the developments. Four years ago, the teams of lawyers organized by Obama and Republican candidate John McCain in 2008 went largely unused since the election wasn’t very close. But this year may be different given all the changes to voting laws - and the closeness of the race in recent polling. The states with the strictest ID laws require voters to show photo identification before casting ballots. If they don’t have proper identification or fail to bring it, they can cast a provisional ballot but must later go to meet with state elections administrators to sort things out before the ballot is counted. Voting groups see a variety of potential problems, such as how voters are informed
of the rule changes, how poll workers handle voters who fail to bring IDs and whether voters are provided adequate notice of the steps they need to take after casting an absentee ballot. About 30 states have some form of an ID law, with varying methods of implementation. Legal challenges typically start coming in the weeks before the election, but “litigation has started coming sooner and more vociferously” this year, says Edward Foley, an elections law expert with Ohio State University. That includes lawsuits surrounding Florida’s plan to purge ineligible voters from the rolls. Foley said. “We’re in an era of increased litigiousness over the voting process.” He said lawsuits after Election Day may occur only if votes in a battleground state are within the “margin of litigation.” That would probably be a difference of just hundreds of votes, a result that would be rare.
University of Virginia governing board reinstates ousted president after outcry CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia reinstated its popular president Tuesday less than three weeks after ousting her in a secretive move that infuriated students and faculty, had the governor threatening to fire the entire governing board and sparked a debate about the best way to operate public universities in an era of tight finances. The 15-member Board of Visitors voted unanimously to give Teresa Sullivan her job back during a brief meeting at the university’s historic Rotunda. Shortly after the vote, Sullivan thanked the board for its renewed confidence in her leadership of the prestigious public university founded by Thomas Jefferson. The board’s swift reinstatement highlighted a dispute over how one of the finest universities in the U.S. public or private should move forward to address multiple challenges, including sharply diminished financial resources and pressure to increase its presence online. Sullivan had signaled to the board prior to her ouster that she advocated “incremental” change not the bold, swift steps advocated by others such as Rector Helen Dragas, the
driving force behind efforts to replace her. “I want to partner with you in bringing about what’s best for the university,” she said as cheers erupted from supporters who had gathered outside the Rotunda. The newly reinstated president then headed outside where hundreds of faculty, students and other supporters regaled her with applause and the university’s anthem, “Good Ole’ Song.” “You have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am not alone,” said Sullivan, who became U.Va.’s eighth president and its first female leader when she was named in August 2010. “I believe that together we’ll do great things for the university.” Critics had compared how the board’s executive committee handled Sullivan’s abrupt firing with no formal vote, it was announced June 10 that she would step down Aug. 15 to a coup d’etat, and said it violated Jefferson’s stated principles of honesty, respect and honor. The university is fiercely proud of its intellectual traditions and likes to call itself “Mr. Jefferson’s university.” The ouster triggered days of online protests, massive protests on the campus’s historic
grounds, and calls by deans, faculty, students and alumni for Sullivan’s return. Dragas later said the university under Sullivan’s leadership wasn’t acting quickly enough to address state and federal funding reductions, online education delivery and other challenges. She didn’t offer specific examples. In a statement June 21, she cited a rapidly shifting health care environment that she said will necessitate changes at the U.Va. Medical Center; heightened pressure to better allocate scarce resources; changing technology; and federal and state funding challenges. U.Va. expects to get about 10 percent of its operating budget from the state of Virginia this fiscal year. Public funding per in-state student has fallen to an estimated $8,310 in 2012-13, down from $15,274 per in-state student in 2000-01, according to the university. Sullivan defended her performance at a board meeting June 18, outlining some of her
initiatives since taking office, including hiring a new provost and chief operating officer and adopting a new budget model that decentralizes financial planning. She also acknowledged being an “incrementalist,” favoring measured planning and collaboration with faculty and other constituents over what she called the board’s “corporate, top-down leadership.” She said the latter wasn’t in the university’s best interests. On Tuesday, a majority of the 15-member governing board was needed to approve reinstatement. Yet there were only a few statements, no debate and no opposition voiced in a meeting lasting about 20 minutes. Dragas opened Tuesday by saying she believed the university would emerge stronger from the controversy. She again apologized for the way the matter was initially handled. “The situation became enormously dramatized and emotionally charged,” she said. “I
sincerely apologize for the way this was presented and you deserve better.” She added that she looked forward to moving on, citing the best interests of the university community. “I believe real progress is more possible than ever now,” Dragas told the group shortly before the roll call vote was taken. “It is unfortunate that we had to have a near-death experience to get here.” Gov. Bob McDonnell, who appointed half of the board members, had warned Friday that he would seek the resignations of all the members if the group failed to resolve the controversy Tuesday. Dragas and one other board member are up for reappointment and two others have terms that are expiring shortly.
The governor must announce his decisions on all four appointments by July 1. After the vote, McDonnell, whose twin sons will be U.Va. sophomores in the fall, said he looked forward to the president and the board working together in a spirit of cooperation. “The past few weeks have not been easy for the University, and all those who love it. There has been too little transparency; too much vitriol. Too little discussion; too much blame,” McDonnell said. “Now, with today’s Board action, the time has come for Mr. Jefferson’s University to move forward. The statements made today by Board members and President Sullivan were poignant and gracious and set the right tone for collaboration ahead.”
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Texting bill a step in the right direction Beginning July 1, texting while driving in West Virginia will result in a $100 fine. Texting will become a primary offense, which means offenders can be pulled over by the police and cited for it. For now talking on a phone while driving is a secondary offense, but it will only be until July 1, 2013, when it will join texting as a primary offense. When there was first talk of a texting bill it was only to be a secondary offense, which
would have been a waste of time for our state legislators and tax payers. Now the bill has been improved, hopefully our roadways will become much safer. While there are still questions of how the law will be enforced, at least the threat of a citation will deter many would-be texters. Some are concerned the law will be next to impossible to enforce because it’s difficult for an officer to prove a driver
was texting while operating a vehicle. But, the measure is certainly better than ignoring the problem altogether. Most people agree that texting and using a phone while driving is dangerous. Of course, any distraction is dangerous to drivers on the road. According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million crashes a year are caused by drivers talking and texting on a cell phone. It’s good news to hear the
legislation was improved and passed by our legislators, but it shouldn’t take our elected officials to force common sense on drivers. Anyone on the road should focus his or her attention on the road at all times. There are times when anyone can be distracted on the road, but there is no reason to text while driving. Any message that needs to be sent can wait until the driver pulls off the road. It
adds to the already present dangers on the road. We can applaud our legislators for a job well done, but the drivers on the road have much more work to do. The next time you are on the road, pay attention and make a conscious effort to watch out for other drivers. If more drivers would be more attentive, far fewer accidents would occur. email@example.com
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Mandate is wrong, but health care bill should stay jeremiah yates opinion editor
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide Thursday whether the mandate which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance is constitutional. President Barack Obama has been under fire since the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, informally known as “Obamacare.” Proponents of the bill say it widens the scope of coverage for many Americans and supplies health insurance to millions of people who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Those against the historic legislation claim it allows the federal government to gain too much power, and the federal government should not be able to determine what goods or services Americans must pay for. While most agree the United States needs health care reform, the method to achieve it stirs much controversy. In truth, it isn’t right for the government to be able to mandate coverage for anyone, but that is not what really bothers Republicans and those in the health industry. The health industry simply doesn’t want competition. Americans overpay for health services – this fact is accepted by most. If you go to the doctor for some minor pains, most likely he or she will give your some over-the-counter pain relievers which at the drug store may cost a few dollars, but at the doctor’s office will cost quadruple that amount. It’s highway robbery. Most critics of Obamacare are quick to attack the president because of the mandate. While it was his administration that drafted the bill, the mandate was not his purpose. According to a PBS Frontline report, Obama campaigned against the mandate, but it was the health industry’s heavy influence on Washington that destined the mandate for the president’s desk. Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Finance Max Baucus should be at the forefront of the blame for the
The US Supreme Court Building in Washington. Some are already anticipating the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care law as the ‘decision of the century.’ ragged deal. He dealt with the lobbyists behind closed doors and bowed to their demands. Baucus even received $2,551,930 in campaign contributions from special interest groups in the health industry prior to his dealing with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I can’t agree with the outcome of the bill, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. If the mandate is ruled unconstitutional, the rest of the bill should be reworked and not thrown in the trash like every other effort to improve the health industry. During the ’90s, former President Bill Clinton attempted to push a universal health care bill that was championed by his wife, Hilary Clinton. The bill, which exceeded 1,000 pages,
was turned down without any consideration from the other side. The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a U.S. senator from New York and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, was reported saying “I’m not even going to read it” when Clinton’s bill arrived at his desk. Many believe Clinton’s failings were a result of him not playing the political game correctly – a game every politician must play to pass any legislation. Obama’s strategy was to get support from all sides of the debate, which has turned out to be a double-edged sword for his agenda. On one hand, he did get the legislation to pass and in turn has promised many great things to the American public including coverage for preexisting
conditions and no limit on coverage from insurance companies, to name a few. On the other hand, his negotiations with special interest groups allowed the legislation to be damaged and feature aspects that are designed to keep the health industry’s wallet fat and do little for the American people, such as the mandate. Early in Obama’s presidency Karen Ignagni, the president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, promised to work with his administration and design a plan that would work. In due time, Obama realized she was playing hard ball and would not allow the plan to be drafted without a mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance. Ignagni also refused to accept a government option, which would give Amer-
icans more choices when purchasing a health plan. I can’t blame Obama for going along with the bill, even though it was not what he wanted, nor was it exactly what the people wanted. If he had refused to negotiate, his plan would have had the same fate of Clinton’s health plan, which was doomed from the start. The problems plaguing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exist because the health industry doesn’t want the bill to succeed. If it does, they will be forced to reduce prices to compete with the government competition. The mandate will probably (and should) be found constitutional. If it is not, mandates on car insurance should be repealed, as well. While driving
a car is a “privilege,” the government’s mandate for every driver to be insured has the same logic. If you drive (or live) you will eventually be in an accident and must go to the shop (or hospital). Some argue “if you go to the doctor, with or without insurance coverage, you are a part of the health care system and should have to pay insurance premiums. If everyone pays, then everyone should have a cheaper premium.” If the mandate is unconstitutional, urge your representative to continue the fight for health care reform. There is no reason for a nation as wealthy as ours (although we are in rough economic times, we are still a wealthy nation) not to provide affordable health care for its citizens.
Syria’s civil war is a complex web and won’t end easily benson amollo iowa state daily iowa state university
Bashar al-Assad, the sick man of Syria, is deeply sickening himself to a tragic Waterloo. With this Middle Eastern country’s official resignation to a civil war – it is now all and sundry that Assad might be warming his way to what Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi was too insane to avoid. The united front by the United States and the United Kingdom, seem to be making all the perfect sense as to predict the calamity that awaits Syria: The world’s greatest powers are sworn to the resolve that Assad must go. And he might go and, perhaps, go like Gaddafi. When the initial wave of protests rocked the Middle East, catapulting into what became known as the “Arab Spring,” Syria was nowhere close to the
equation. But a year and several U.N.-backed ceasefires later, Syria is now engulfed in a full blown civil war. This despite numerous sanctions and a protracted diplomacy by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. The events in Syria today have been a product of Assad’s repressive regime characterized in bloody massacres. One thing is, however, striking; that in this regime as sick as to the officialdom of the worst human butchering – women are the elite; the movers and shakers of Syria’s crème de la crème! Who would have thought? Where’s the feminine compassion when it’s mostly sought for? Or is Syria’s feminine inclusion a lip gloss to cover up all the muscle that fuels the heat frying up the innocent souls hungering for freedom? This line has been the least exploited in debating Syria’s debacle. The contrast Syria poses with regard to human rights by fem-
ininity casts the complex web in the face of navigating a way out of the crisis. Why? Unlike Egypt and Libya, Syria’s “some-regard” to women and freedom of religion places it ahead of most regimes in the Middle East. But scores of tens of thousands dead, there’s no larger good than can speak for the unwarranted loss of those innocent lives. With the United States’ intelligence closing in on Syria’s border from Pakistan and a Turkish regime rearing to go against an offensive Assad, there will be cause to remember the religious complexity that fuels Syria’s troubles. Because this isn’t ending with Assad yet. The ruling elite are Alawite Muslims, a branch of Shia, and as a small minority group, the government has found it useful to promote other minorities, producing progressive results for perhaps the wrong reasons. There are a few Jews, and 10 percent of the population are Christian, 16 percent are Druze,
Alawite and Shia, while the 74 percent majority are Sunni. However, it is from this religious mix that much of today’s trouble stems. In Libya and Egypt, there was a definite opposition and leaders willing to co-operate against the government. In Syria, this is not the case and co-ordination is still desperately lacking. The United Nations want dialogue with representative official figures, but with the pockets of resistance all fighting for different sects, different causes and in different demographics, the likelihood of success is low. The Sunni-led Syrian National Congress has failed to win support from the large minority groups, who have resisted on the grounds that the SNC is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and unrepresentative of the rest. The Muslim Brotherhood are apparently strong supporters of democracy, of sexual equality and while their belief in internal discipline and support for
Sharia law remains a worry to the West, their comparative moderation may be the best compromise in a post-Bashar government. But moderation seems a long way off; this is a part of the world where revenge is not just sweet, it is a duty. Alawite communities are petrified of repercussions should the Alawiteled regime fall. The most recent atrocities on civilians in Houla, are widely felt to have been the work of the Shabiha, the Alawite militia who support the regime, and revenge attacks are an ongoing concern. As a strict Sunni monarchy, Saudi Arabia, and other Gulf States, now actively finances Syrian rebels and lobbying hard for the United States to step up its involvement against Assad’s regime. But with evidence of al-Qaida participation, and many attacks carrying the hallmarks of those with bomb-making experience from Iraq, the United
States finds itself in a tricky situation. It is hard to see any outcome other than further descent into violence and bloody sectarian disaster. No group looks like it can win, and yet no one is prepared to recognize that they can’t. Ironically, Russia, the regime’s key ally, could now be the key to a path towards a solution. The United States and the United Kingdom have made their stance quite clear from the outset – that Bashar must go. This bold statement, however, gives little room for negotiation; with their backs against the wall, the regime will want to fight to the death. Russia sees its involvement in other countries’ civil wars as a grave mistake and has so far resisted attempts at international action against Syria. But as its patience runs out with the Syrian government, Russia may be the only chance in persuading Assad’s regime it must give up, and exile in Russia is their only hope.
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Narcotics Anonymous meets from 6-7 p.m. in Room 106 of Woodburn Hall. For more information, call 304-692-0038. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS, a 12-step program to assist participants in developing healthier relationships of all kinds, meets at 7 p.m. in the conference room of Chestnut Ridge Hospital. For more information, call Mary at 304-296-3748. LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE COLLEGIATE CORPS meets at the Lutheran Chapel at 8 p.m. The LDRCC responds to regional and national disasters. No experience is necessary. For more information, visit www.lutheranmountaineer.org/disaster. MUSLIM STUDENTS ASSOCIATION hosts a weekly Islam and Arabic class at 6:30 p.m. in the Monongahela Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, call 304-906-8183 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. THE MORGANTOWN CHESS CLUB meets from 7 p.m. in the basement of the First Christian Church at 100 Cobun Ave. Meetings will not be held the last Thursday of every month. For more information, visit www.morgantownchess.org. CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST holds its weekly CRU meetings at 9 p.m. in Room G24 of Eiesland Hall. People can join others for live music, skits and relevant messages. For more information, email roy.baker@ uscm.org or visit www.wvucru.com. UNITED METHODIST STUDENT MOVEMENT meets at 7 p.m. at the Campus Ministry Center on the corner of Price and Willey streets. For more information, email email@example.com. WVU CLUB TENNIS practices from 9-10 p.m. at Ridgeview Racquet Club. For carpooling, call 304-906-4427. New members are always welcome. THE WVU YOUNG DEMOCRATS meets at 7 p.m. in the Blackwater Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. edu. WVU WOMEN’S ULTIMATE FRISBEE team meets from 7-9 p.m. at the Shell Building. No experience is necessary. For more information, email Sarah Lemanski at sarah_lemanski@ yahoo.com. TRADITIONAL KARATE CLASS FOR SELF-DEFENSE meets at 9 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A of the Student Recreation Center. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION meets at 8 p.m. at the In-
ternational House on Spruce Street. BISEXUAL, GAY, LESBIAN AND TRANSGENDER MOUNTAINEERS meets at 8 p.m. in the Laurel Room of the Mountainlair. For more information, email email@example.com. CHESS CLUB meets from 6-9 p.m. in the food court of the Mountainlair. Players of all skill levels are invited to come. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. THE CATALAN TABLE will meet at 4 p.m. at Maxwell’s restaurant. All levels welcome. For more information, call 304-293-5121 ext. 5509. INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP meets at 7 p.m. in 316 Percival Hall. For more information, call 304-376-4506 or 304-276-3284. FREE ARABIC/ISLAM CLASSES will be hosted by the Muslim Students’ Association from 6-8 p.m. in the Kanawha Room of the Mountainlair. To register, email schaudhr@mix. wvu.edu.
Wellness programs on topics such as drinkWELL, loveWELL, chillWELL and more are provided for interested student groups, organizations or classes by WELLWVU: Wellness and Health Promotion. For more information, visit www.well. wvu.edu/wellness. Wellwvu: STUDENT HEALTH is paid for by tuition and fees and is confidential. For appointments or more information, call 304-293-2311 or visit www.well.edu.wvu/medical. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meets nightly in the Morgantown and Fairmont areas. For more information, call the helpline at 800-766-4442 or visit www.mrscna.org. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets daily. To find a meeting, visit www. aawv.org. 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 email@example.com or call 304-599-5020. Confidential counseling services are provided for free by the
Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. A walk-in clinic is offered weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Services include educational, career, individual, couples and group counseling. Please visit www.well.wvu.edu to find out more information. Women, Infants and Children needs volunteers. WIC provides education, supplemental foods and immunizations for pregnant women and children under five years of age. This is an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for class requirements. For more information, call 304-598-5180 or 304-598-5185. Big Brothers Big Sisters, a United Way agency, is looking for volunteers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters in its one-on-one community-based and school-based mentoring programs. To volunteer, call Sylvia at 304-983-2823, ext. 104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 20-40 Family House guests. For more information, call 304-5986094 or email email@example.com. Literacy Volunteers is seeking volunteers for one-on-one tutoring in basic reading and English as a second language. Volunteer tutors will complete tutor training, meet weekly with their adult learners, report volunteer hours quarterly, attend at least two in-service trainings per year and help with one fundraising event. For more information, call 304-296-3400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Catholic Mass is held at St. John University Parish at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. THE WELLWVU CONDOM CLOSET is held in the Kanawha Room of the Mountainlair every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-noon. The closet sells condoms for 25 cents each or five for $1.00. The WELLWVU condom Caravan is held in the main area of the Mountainlair from noon-2 p.m. every Wednesday. The caravan sells condoms for 25 cents each or five for $1.00. 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 email@example.com.
Across 1 It may be shown to an usher 5 Flying Disney critter 10 Semi compartment 13 Like a firelit room on a cold night 14 1992- ‘93 NBA Rookie of the Year 15 Apollo’s org. 16 Recommendations at the salon 19 Greatly smacked of 20 At the right time 21 Intricacies of cells 26 Gloss target 27 Collector’s goal 28 Roleo roller 29 Word with weight or worth 30 __ Bator 32 Feverish fits 34 Attributes at the links 41 Exams for future attys. 42 “As __ saying ...” 43 Airport safety org. 46 Brit. record label 47 Hugs, symbolically 50 Crew tool 51 Vicissitudes of cargo space 55 11th-century Spanish hero 56 Jacket material 57 Miscellany of benevolence? 63 Not for 64 Levels 65 Talk show host Banks 66 LAPD rank 67 One in a black suit 68 Site of Charon’s ferry Down 1 PTA meeting place 2 __ fault: excessively 3 Action film weapon 4 “She Walks in Beauty” poet 5 Lollapalooza 6 Like some angry email, wisely 7 Honey beverages 8 Shut out 9 __ Spice aftershave 10 Yucatán resort 11 Sharp as a tack 12 Most abject 15 It’s verboten
17 Mates for bucks 18 Didn’t exactly answer, as a question 21 Advertisement 22 Hawaii’s __ Bay 23 Birthstone after sapphire 24 Pond plant 25 It may be proper 31 Org. for Bucs and Jags 32 Biblical mount 33 Biol., e.g. 35 False start? 36 Wheelchair access 37 Bluesman Redding 38 “Man, that hurts!” 39 Asian bread 40 Old red states?: Abbr. 43 Something to step on while driving 44 “Bye” 45 “Little Women” author 47 Leader’s exhortation 48 Danish seaport 49 Had too much, briefly
52 Gogo’s pal, in “Waiting for Godot” 53 Sailing, say 54 “Awake and Sing!” playwright 58 Souse’s syndrome 59 Party bowlful 60 “All the news that’s fit to print” initials 61 Prohibitionist 62 Jazz combo horn
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COMICS Get Fuzzy
by Darby Conley
Cow and Boy
by Mark Leiknes
DAILY HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR
a new decision. Tonight: Play it low-key.
born today This year you experience many challenges but, happily, everything seems to work out. Lady Luck rides on your shoulder, and you are very grateful for the end results. If you are single, you might have two different potential suitors. Of all signs, you are best equipped to handle this issue. If you are attached, sometimes your sweetie can be hard on you, but you can handle it. Let your listening skills evolve, and don’t personalize every comment. Your daily life takes on a very exciting tone. Flexibility can define your success or failure. TAURUS has the same issues as you but different solutions.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHH Zero in on what might be important for the moment. Understand what is happening within a set group of friends. You could be taken aback by their priorities. Do more understanding than judging. Tonight: Where people are.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Curb a need to be possessive and difficult. A friend could be quite threatening and touchy in some form. You might wonder what is the best way to handle this tension. Your directness and positive approach really will be appreciated. Tonight: Know your limits.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHH Take a stand while you can. You come to a new understanding and realization. Understand where someone is coming from. Finally, a melding of the minds becomes possible. You discover the power of two minds. Tonight: In the limelight. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Break through mental restrictions. If you want a certain outcome, you will need to rid yourself of any idea that prevents you from having what you desire. A possible trip or the possibility of taking a class or two opens your doors. Tonight: Be imaginative.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH Immediately you feel your energy. Finally, you start the day off on the right foot. You have many reasons to smile. Honor your priorities first. Express your caring only when you are sure you understand where the other person is coming from. Tonight: As you like it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH Work individually with one person, and you’ll get strong, positive reactions. If you defer and talk to several people at once, you could be overwhelmed. Your vision of possibilities could change dramatically as a result of this type of conversation. Tonight: Togetherness seems to be the best way to go.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH Honor your feelings. You might be best off keeping your concerns to yourself. A partner might try to be helpful but, unfortunately, “try” is the operative word. Take time to rethink your position. You might come to
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Others appear to be challenging and exciting. A personal matter could take you down a new path. You have the ability to move through a situation with ease. Understand where you are coming from,
as well as another person. Tonight: Bond over a good meal. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHH Be aware of what you need to accomplish. Stay upbeat and be ready to indulge a little. Your financial situation is transforming and, in the long run, not for the worse. Be direct with a loved one. You could be a bit out of kilter. Tonight: Pushing into the wee hours. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You have a greater ability to adjust than you realize. Your ingenuity comes up with a great idea, which could also increase the givens in a financial or emotional situation. Stay in contact with a loved one. Tonight: Ever playful. Take a fun midweek break. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH You are building your own security and allowing greater give-and-take among those you live with. A home office or a homebased business might be more to your liking than you realize. Your ability to bring out others might not have the same effect today. Tonight: Stay close to home. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHHH Once more, you reveal much more of what is on your mind. You could push very hard to get your way. Listen to what someone is saying; integrate his or her thinking into your own. A brainstorming session proves to be fertile, with many possibilities. You could be delighted by a call. Tonight: Hang out. BORN TODAY The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno (1951), actress Hedy Lamarr (1913), rapper Scarface (1970)
Pearls Before Swine
by Stephan Pastis
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‘Today’ host Curry takes hit, counts tomorrows NEW YORK (AP) — Tuesday morning, Ann Curry got thumped by a “Today” TV camera. It happened during a crowdpanning sequence out on Rockefeller Plaza: Curry’s face collided (or appeared to) with the camera lens on live TV. Matt Lauer introduced her as “old flat-nose Ann Curry,” in a likely reference to a character in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” as everybody shared a laugh at her expense. Still, this indignity was small potatoes for the wakeup host, who has faced down months of speculation that she hasn’t pulled her weight in the morning-show ratings war. But if shrinking ratings for “Today” seem to be leading Curry into the sunset, the fault may not lie in her performance as much as in the nature of the war she was drafted to fight. Curry, who was tapped to sit alongside Lauer when Meredith Vieira left NBC’s “Today” last June, is reportedly about to pay the price for the resurgence of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which recently snapped the winning ratings streak “Today” had reveled in for more than 16 years. Curry is generally regarded as a solid journalist, with a passion for international reporting, as well as a good soldier: Starting at “Today” as its news reader in 1997, she stood by patiently in 2006 as Katie Couric left for CBS and Vieira, not she, won the plum co-anchor job. An upcoming cover story in Ladies’ Home Journal magazine (which arrives on newsstands in a couple of weeks and may serve as her unexpected eulogy) finds Curry saying noble things like, “I know NBC pays my salary but I have never doubted who I work for ... the people who watch” and “I want to have a life of value. For me, that means giving people information that can give them a better life.” A year ago, on landing the anchor job, she voiced the same sentiments. “I have a real sense of service when it comes to this job,” she told The Associated Press – “taking care of the viewer and helping them have information that
I think they should know and want to know.” But all this raises a bigger question: Has Curry ever taken a good look at the show she’s such a big part of? With an almost singleminded focus on celebrity, crime, scandal and soft-serve news-you-can-use (plus music performances, of course), “Today” most days has only a passing resemblance to an actual news program. As an instructive contrast, “CBS This Morning” stands as the morning program that presents a daily package of news and information that any thinking viewer “should know and want to know,” in Curry’s words. Granted, its audience trails those of “Today” and “GMA,” the Coke and Pepsi of an altogether different product category, characterized by empty calories and a lot of fizz. But fluff has ruled in morning TV for decades, as a decisive moment for a Curry predecessor reminds us. More than once, Tom Brokaw has recalled the morning in 1981 he was called upon to interview twentysomething starlet Charlene Tilton. Then appearing as Lucy Ewing on “Dallas” (and now back again, in its TNT revival), Tilton wanted to talk about a diet she was on. Brokaw’s attention strayed as he wondered, reasonably enough, what any of this had to do with journalism. His conclusion: nothing. Within months, he had bolted from his five-year stay at “Today” for the anchor chair of “NBC Nightly News.” But this sort of wake-up call and a decisive response to it is rare. Matt Lauer, the undisputed driving force of “Today” in his 16th year as its anchor, can handle legitimate news as well as anyone on TV. But enthroned at “Today,” he also seems game for any manner of piffle. In May, he was saddled with interviewing reality-stars mommanager Kris Jenner, there to plug the new season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on NBC sister channel E!. Jenner was coy about spilling any actual details of the upcom-
NBC “Today” television program co-hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry appear during a segment of the show in New York. A source with knowledge of the show who spoke on condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the matter said Wednesday, that NBC is discussing a plan to ease Curry out of the co-hosting role. The New York Times first reported these discussions Wednesday. ing season (her purpose was to tease “Today” viewers, not enlighten them), and Lauer played along. “I’m gonna be so proud of this interview at some future date,” he said, tipping his hand that he has standards. But it was all in good fun as he joked that “this is a resume tape waiting to happen.” No such “resume tape” is needed. Lauer isn’t going anywhere. This spring he agreed to a long-term contract to stay put at “Today.” Why not? In terms of star value, salary and clout, following Brokaw’s long-ago path to “Nightly News” would be a step down for Lauer in 2012, even if he had a mind to engineer it. Make no mistake: “Today” is a huge, profitable, powerful enterprise, which may have helped Curry think that what she does there automatically has value. And now she understandably may wonder how she failed. Hasn’t she done everything
asked of her? So far this week, she has interviewed both leads of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” handled a cooking segment, debriefed a show-biz journalist for a segment called “What’s Up: Celebrity,” and pitched in for her program’s day-after-day coverage of bullied bus monitor Karen Klein – on Tuesday, Curry welcomed the Greece, N.Y., grandmother to Studio 1A. Besides, how do you measure Curry’s day-to-day performance when morning ratings are skewed by an ever-escalating arms race of stunting between “Today” and “GMA,” where, in the first two hours when they go head-to-head, no gimmick is spared and no retaliatory strike is too outrageous (witness Sarah Palin snagged as a “Today” guest host in May to blunt the anticipated audience spike when Katie Couric guesthosted on “GMA”). Never mind. “Today” has stumbled. Curry apparently will take the fall. Already, a guessing game is
under way for who will replace her. Savannah Guthrie, who cohosts the four-hour extravaganza’s third hour, is poised at the top of the list of Curry’s possible replacements. But beware: A quarter-century ago, Deborah Norville was vaulted to the anchor desk beside Bryant Gumbel, which left viewers thinking she had pushed out the beloved Jane Pauley. This led to a backlash from her sympathetic fans, with “GMA” the ratings beneficiary. Little more than a year later, Norville was gone. Now, with “GMA” already trading weekly wins with “Today” after its 852-consecutiveweek supremacy, following Curry as “Today” co-host may not be such a plum assignment. As for Curry, whose sometimes serious reporting is easily lost in her show’s overwhelming foolishness, a departure from “Today” might actually be fitting. If she’s really a serious journalist – or believes she is, at least – she’s in the wrong place.
ABC’s ‘Glass House’ not shattering any records NEW YORK (AP) — Now that ABC’s “The Glass House” is on the air, it’s hard not to wonder why CBS was so upset. The ABC reality series debuted to just under 4 million viewers last week, placing it No. 63 in Nielsen’s weekly rankings even in a quiet summer week. The Nielsen Co.’s preliminary ratings found that this Monday’s second episode did even worse, reaching 3.3 million viewers. CBS went to federal court to try to block ABC from showing the series, arguing it violated copyrights and trade secrets from its own “Big Brother.” A federal court judge in Los Angeles rejected CBS’ argument. CBS may have been concerned about “The Glass House” stealing its thunder, since the 14th season of “Big Brother” doesn’t debut until July 12. “The Glass House” is scheduled to run for only six weeks, if it lasts that long. Last season, “Big Brother” averaged 8.3 million viewers, Nielsen said. ABC still won last week’s ratings competition, primarily because the last two games of the NBA Finals between Miami and Oklahoma City reached far more viewers than anything else on the air. While happy with the ratings, ABC had to be disappointed the series lasted only five games. ABC averaged 6.4 million viewers in prime time last week (4.1 rating, 7 share). CBS was second with a 5.6 million (3.7, 7), NBC had 4.6 million (2.9, 5), Fox had 4.1 million (2.5, 4), ION Television had 1.1 million (0.7, 1) and the CW had 700,000 (0.5, 1). Among the Spanish-language stations, Univision led with a 3.6 million viewer average in prime time (1.9, 3), Telemundo had 1.1 million (0.7, 1), TeleFutura had 510,000 (0.3, 0), Estrella had 190,000 and Azteca 90,000 (both 0.1, 0). NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.5 million viewers (5.1, 11). ABC’s “World News” was second with 6.9 million (4.7, 10) and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.6 million viewers (3.7, 8). A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show. For the week of June 18-24, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: Oklahoma City vs. Miami, Game 5, ABC, 18.46 million; NBA Finals: Oklahoma City vs. Miami, Game 4, ABC, 17.45 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Monday), NBC, 11.43 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 8.38 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.24 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.22 million. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 7.42 million; “2 Broke Girls” (Thursday), CBS, 7.14 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 7.04 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 7.04 million.
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Donora to perform at 123 Pleasant Street by alec berry web editor
Donora, an indie pop rock band native to Pittsburgh, will perform in Morgantown Saturday at 123 Pleasant Street. The show marks the fourth stop of the band’s recent tour alongside TeamMate, an indie-rock band comprised of two West Virginia University alumni. Both bands will also play with Phildedelphia’s Turning Violet Violet, another indie rock band. As for Donora, this show won’t be the band’s first stop in Morgantown. Brief trips from Pittsburgh were common for the group a few years ago, first playing at the 123 venue for one of its MayDay events. Singer Casey Hanner recalled previous Morgantown performances as a “blast,” mostly due to an energetic, young crowd. “People are ready to dance!” Hanner said. “Morgantown has a great community of young people who love to dance, which is perfect for our band.”
Former WVU student Alex Trafecante recalled a number of Donora shows, citing their performances as “impressive.” “Honestly, I just remember not expecting much,” Trafecante said. “But Donora ended up being really good, and the crowd was really into it and just dancing. My expectations were beat, by far.” Hanner said the upbeat tone of their shows is essential. “It definitely makes the show more fun when people are dancing,” Hanner said. “For us and, I think, for the audience too!” 2011’s “Boyfriends, Girlfriends” was Donora’s last official release, and while the band will certainly perform tracks from their last album, Hanner assured new songs are on the way. “We have a new EP in the works (coming out in the fall most likely), so we will be testing out a new song or two on this trip for sure,” Hanner said. Along with the 123 appearance, Donora will also stop by WVU’s college radio station, U92-FM, for a live in-studio interview before the show on
Saturday. This event continues the station’s recent string of Q-and-A’s as U92 tightens its focus on not only playing music but also talking to the artists behind college radio. U92 Music Director Jacob Peirce said the opportunity to have the band in studio is a great one, allowing for a unique chance to network. “We are one of the few outlets at WVU with available contacts and privileges to host bands on a regular basis,” Peirce said. “We not only have the opportunity to play them, but build relationships that allow them to keep ties with Morgantown and have them return for years to come.” Of the band’s sound and craft, Peirce said Donora’s a great match for college radio because their songs are “a pure form of pop that you don’t hear too often on mainstream radio.” “Donora writes catchy songs that people can dance to,” Peirce said. “It’s a simplicity that is often overlooked elsewhere or just masked completely in overproduction.” And it’s this pop pedigree
Donora will return to Morgantown Saturday at 123 Pleasant Street. that will hopefully catapult this upcoming show, making it the type of performance Hanner prefers. “I like a show where peo-
ple are just having fun,” Doors open at 8 p.m. SatHanner said. “When the band urday, and you must be 18 or members on stage are en- older to attend. joying themselves, so is the audience.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Legend Dick Dale returning to Morgantown by jeremiah yates a&e editor
Legendary surf rock guitarist Dick Dale will return to 123 Pleasant Street July 30. Dale, who is 75 years old, is famous for his fast picking and signature ’60s west coast surfer sound. His music has been heard by multiple generations and continues to captivate audiences world wide. He continues to wow audiences after more than 50 years of playing to enthusiastic crowds and pushing the boundaries of rock and roll. “Misirlou,” his most notable song, was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 smash hit “Pulp Fiction,” and allowed him to reach out to a younger audience. Dale’s unique sound was the driving force behind Leo Fender’s (of Fender guitars/
amplifiers) search for a more powerful amp. It was said that Fender would hand Dale amp after amp, and he would blow the speakers every time with his loud and revolutionary sound. With Fender’s persistence and Dale’s relentless urge to push the boundaries, the guitar landscape was altered and new grounds were ready to be broken with Fender and Dale’s musical pioneering. Dale was referred to as the “Father of Heavy Metal” due to his quest for a louder sound. Dale was also the first person to use a 100 watt amplifier and introduced reverb to guitar playing, which gave his guitar the surfer sound for which he is known. His music and innovation has influenced many artists throughout the years, includ-
ing Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour and many more. Throughout his career Dale has recorded 11 albums and countless singles, one of which was cowritten by Stevie Ray Vaughan and nominated for a Grammy Award. Those who didn’t catch Dale’s most recent appearance at 123 Pleasant Street last fall should set their calendars and come out to see a living legend perform. It is a an honor for a man who has bestowed as much creativity and innovation to music to come to Morgantown. Don’t miss this golden opportunity and a chance to listen to a historic sound. Tickets are $22 in advance and are available at 123pleasantstreet.com. Guitar legend Dick Dale will return to Morgantown July 30.
‘Trek’ crew beams to Earth for ‘People Like Us’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Pine is boldly going where Capt. Kirk has never gone before. In his sibling drama “People Like Us,” he gets slapped around by his mom and pummeled by his sister. The earthbound sibling drama is light-years from Pine’s role as forceful ladies man Kirk in “Star Trek. And it’s a departure for “People Like Us” director Alex Kurtzman and producer Roberto Orci, who moonlighted on the intimate screenplay for nearly eight years as they co-wrote such action epics as “Star Trek” and its upcoming sequel, the first two “Transformers” flicks, “Mission: Impossible III” and “Cowboys & Aliens.” In very un-Kirk-man-like fashion, Pine gets a sharp slap to the face in his first scene with Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays his mother, angry that it took his father’s death for her self-absorbed son to finally come home for a visit. After discovering his dad had a daughter with another woman, Pine’s Sam ends up getting the stuffing beaten out of him by his newfound half-sister, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks). Pfeiffer and Banks put their all into it, recalls Pine, who unlike action man Kirk, had to stand there and take his lumps. “Liz is a tornado when you unleash her,” Pine said in an interview alongside Kurtzman and Orci to promote “People Like Us,” which opens Friday. As for taking a palm to the cheek from Pfeiffer, Pine remembers it coming in the first scene the two shot together. “I recall very, like, method-y, whispering conversations be-
tween Alex and Michelle before the first take, and then she slapped the (crap) out of me,” Pine said. “There’s something to be said for it, because there really is no way to duplicate the shock of that. “And similarly, the scene with Banks, there’s just no way. The way that they shot it, it was very kind of handheld, super-present, really in the room, fly-on-the-wall kind of stuff. There’s no way to mime that to make that real. It wasn’t going to be really violent, she never hit me in the face or anything. So you could let her go rip-riot with a certain amount of safety involved. That was important to capture, because Liz, Frankie, in that moment is rightfully, righteously angry at Sam.” William Shatner’s Kirk once quipped, “I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space,” and “People Like Us” takes the filmmakers back to their own downto-earth beginning 20 years ago, when Kurtzman and Orci teamed up to write intimate, independent-style scripts. Their first four screenplays were personal stories that resembled “People Like Us,” a story inspired by Kurtzman’s own chance meeting with a half-sister he had never known. “No guns, no aliens, no jujitsu. Then we took this detour into our career, so going back to this movie was very much like going back to where we started,” Orci said. “We thought back then we were going to be doing kind of festival movies for the rest of our lives.” Kurtzman and Orci are currently reteamed with director JJ Abrams as writers and producers for next May’s untitled “Star
Trek” sequel, and they’re also working on the script for the follow-up to next month’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Details are scarce on the next installment for Kirk, Spock and their starship Enterprise crew mates. “A lot of it takes place in outer space,” Orci wisecracked. Pine, Orci and Kurtzman do hint that the Enterprise crew still has some growing up to do. “What we didn’t want to do was assume that just because the bridge crew was brought together at the end of the first movie, that they’re now the bridge crew that you remember from the original series,” Kurtzman said. “They’re still working it out. Kirk is still working out what it means to be a captain and what it means to lead men and women potentially to their death.” “Shatner, by the time he started it, he was the mature captain. The guy I’m playing is ap on his way,” Pine said. “Jim Kirk Writer-director Alex Kurtzman, left, actor Chris Pine, center, and writer-producer Roberto Orci from the film ‘People Like Us,’ posing for is on the way toward being the a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Earthbound sibling drama ‘People Like Us,’ is light-years from Pine’s role as forceful ladies man Kirk captain that we know.” in ‘Star Trek.’
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Explosions In The Sky performed to a sold out audience at 123 Pleasant Street Monday night.
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“Hi,” said Munaf Rayani, one of the guitarists for postrock band Explosions In The Sky as he looked out over the sold-out crowd at 123 Pleasant Street Monday night, during one the last stops on the group’s North American tour. “We’re from Texas, thanks,” he said in a meek, unassuming voice for someone whose band was about to transfix the entire standing-room-only crowd into a collective trance. For a band that said little more than hello and goodbye to their audience, EITS were able to make their unique brand of cinematic instrumental music convey enough emotions to speak for them. The group, which is comprised of three guitarists and a drummer, seemed to oper-
ate like a well-oiled machine with parts equally dependent and independent from one another. The music of EITS, much like that of Indian Raga music, is full of peaks and valleys. A typical song starts with a few moments of quiet introspection, followed by dramatic passages of rising action, which leads to a resolution in cacophony of the cathartic climax. During the nearly two-hour set, the previously animated crowd was lulled into fervor of gentle swaying and rocking. Many audience members had their eyes closed and their hands convulsed at the ends of their wrists as if uncontrolled. It was as if instead of watching a band perform, the audience was attending a Southern tent revival and had become moved by a higher power.
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“Emotional” seems to be the word most people use to describe how EITS’ music makes them feel. But with such vast soundscapes and sonic visions, it’s difficult to lay your finger on exactly which emotions they are playing on, or how such a powerful reaction can collectively be elicited from a group of people simply witnessing something together. Depending on which audience member you asked, the music might have been powerful, deeply sad or joyous. The point is, for the few hours the band played, the audience felt something. By the mere token of witnessing it, the crowd was moved. That’s what great art does, and we are attracted to it because it offers us the chance at a genuine emotional connection to another person. While their contemporaries are reducing music down to programmed sequences and math problems, these guys are writing wordless operas and exciting motionless ballets. “We’ll see you all again, another time on another night,” Rayani said before leaving the stage. email@example.com
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WAITING FOR HIS CHANCE Da’Sean Butler still working toward making NBA dreams a reality By michael carvelli sports editor
Da’Sean Butler always had a dream to play in the NBA. After an outstanding senior season at West Virginia, in which he solidified himself as one of the greatest players in school history, it looked as if the dream was going to be a reality. Then, with nine minutes to play in the Mountaineers’ Final Four loss to Duke, that path to the league changed drastically when Butler’s knee gave out from under him. The result was a torn ACL and a much longer journey ahead of him in order to make his dream come true. But he still has that vision of himself playing at the highest level of basketball in the world. And he can feel it within his grasp. “I still want to play in the NBA and play for a good team and win games and have a good career. Little things like that would be fine with me,” Butler said. “I wouldn’t mind being a great player, but at the end of the day, I would just be happy to fulfill dreams like those.” After a long period consisting of a lot of rehab, Butler finally made his return to the court with the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League. “I was more just thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to go out there and play. I hadn’t played in a year, so just to go out there and run around – I felt like a little kid for the first couple of games,” Butler said. “The first practice I was kind of nervous, but I got used to it. It’s like everyone else, you get jitters (playing in the first game), but after the first minute or two, I settled down and got into a calm groove of just going out and playing.” Butler started in 29 of the 37 games he appeared in for the Toros, averaging more than 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Now, he’s back in Morgantown working out in WVU’s new practice facility, trying to get back on track toward his dream of playing in the NBA. “We all know it was tragic what happened to Da’,” said WVU head coach Bob Huggins. “I’ve told him many times that I don’t think there’s anybody that ever doubted he would be an NBA player had he not gotten hurt.
Butler injured his knee while driving to the basket with nine minutes to play in the second half of WVU’s loss to Duke in the Final Four. “Unfortunately, he’s not the first and won’t be the last.” Butler admitted it was tough to come to terms with what he was going through at first, just as anyone would when it looks like their dream has been taken away from them for the time being. But he’s been able to accept with the fact that’s just how things work out sometimes, and he just has to roll with the punches and keep working toward his goal. “That’s the whole point of life,” Butler said. “Any human being would be frustrated, but I didn’t really dwell on those things. I always knew that something else will happen when I get the opportunity to get my opportunity (to play in the NBA). “When I get that chance, I’ll take advantage of it.” When Butler’s on the floor, he doesn’t worry about his knee anymore. He doesn’t worry about what would happen if he doesn’t get a chance to play in the NBA. “Why think like that?” Butler said. “Why not just continue doing what I’ve been doing and work hard and try to continue to play? If it doesn’t happen, it wasn’t meant to.” Right now, Butler is waiting to find out what he’ll be doing when next season starts. His options are a chance to play overseas and
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Former WVU guard Da’Sean Butler averaged 17.2 points per game as a senior and was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft by the Miami Heat after tearing his ACL in the Final Four.
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Mountaineers will face first Big 12 road test against Texas by robert kreis sports writer
A rambunctious crowd of more than 100 thousand will await the West Virginia football team for its inaugural Big 12 Conference road game Oct. 6 when it travels to Texas Memorial Stadium to battle the conference-gem Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns, who are ready to bounce back after a couple of down years, will welcome West Virginia to Austin for the first time since 1956. The Mountaineers won the only game between the two schools, 7-6, in a defensive battle. The West Virginia defense will look to be a major influence once again, particularly against the Longhorn rushing attack. Texas features a herd of running backs who rushed for a total of 2,634 yards last season. Leading the Longhorn stampede was sophomore Malcolm Brown, who will look to build on his freshman season, when he ran for 742 yards and five touchdowns. Joining Brown in the Texas backfield is fellow super sophomore Joe Bergeron. Bergeron rushed for 463 yards and five scores in his debut season playing for his home state’s Longhorns. Seniors D.J. Monroe, Jeremy Hills and sophomore Heath Hohmann will also look to contribute to the
Sophomore quarterback David Ash led Texas with 1,068 passing yards in 2011. UT rushing attack. While the Longhorns operate a stable of running backs, there is a revolving door at the quarterback position. Last season, sophomore David Ash shared time with junior Case McCoy, younger brother to Texas star Colt McCoy, now with the Cleveland Browns. While Ash led the Longhorns in passing yards with
1,068, he struggled with efficiency, throwing just four touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. McCoy tossed the ball for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns while only throwing four picks. It will be interesting to see how the Longhorns’ quarterback situation develops through the summer and into the season. Will Ash – who
has all the physical tools you can ask a gunslinger to have – emerge as the starter, or will it be McCoy who captures the hearts of the Texas faithful with his gutsy play? Of course, the Longhorns could continue to allocate both quarterbacks playing time like they did last season. While the Longhorns are struggling to find their leader
under center, the rest of the squad looks to build upon last year’s success. Returning 10 seniors on offense, Texas may just be a quarterback away from contending for the national championship, especially with their stingy defense made up of a number of fivestar Texas recruits. Last season, the Longhorns owned a defense that finished
No. 11 in the nation in a conference known for their offensive fire power. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith will have to be on his toes with two of Texas’ six defensive starters coming along the defensive line. Senior defensive end Alex Okafor as well as junior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat will look to neutralize Smith, and Coach Dana Holgorsen’s pass happy Mountaineers. Okafor registered seven sacks last season while Jeffcoat recorded eight, helping the Texas defense rank No. 10 in defensive pass efficiency. The Longhorns are expected to lead the Big 12 in defense next year, but if there’s a weakness, it comes along the interior. Not only do the Longhorns have to replace linebackers Emmanuel Echo and Keenan Robinson, both to the NFL, but there is a gap in the interior defensive line. Incoming freshman Malcolm Brown, the fifth best recruit according to Scouts.com, will look to be a major contributor as well as junior college transfer Brandon Moore. With Texas’ bulldozing defense as their strength, the outcome of the game could be based on how Holgorsen and the Mountaineers’ high-flying offense works against the tough Longhorn defense. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Carrier-Eades ends illustrious WVU career, trying to earn spot in Olympics by amit batra sports writer
West Virginia track and field athlete Chelsea Carrier-Eades had quite a journey through her years as a Mountaineer. The Buckhannon, W.Va., native is an eight-time AllAmerican and has competed in many events, including the NCAA Championships to a recent trip and a recent trip to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Carrier-Eades was named a first-team All-American this season in both the heptathlon and 100-meter hurdles by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America. This season saw a peak in Carrier-Eades’s career. She won the heptathlon for the second consecutive year at the Texas Relays and placed first in the 100-meter hurdles at the Big East Outdoor Championships. She also placed second in the long jump and 400-meter hurdles at the Big East Outdoor Championships. Carrier-Eades also saw career-best marks in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 800-meter run. With her WVU career finished, Carrier-Eades hopes to seek an Olympic berth in August. This past weekend saw her fall in the 100-meter hur-
dles semifinals. She was No. 13 overall with a time of 12.96, finishing No. 5 in her heat. She failed to qualify for the final round by five spots. Still, WVU head coach Sean Cleary said Carrier-Eades has been incredibly consistent this season. She still has an opportunity to qualify in the heptathlon. Carrier-Eades was No. 3 in the heptathlon for the majority of the season. “It was another very good race for Chelsea,” Cleary said, following the 100-meter hurdles semifinals. “She has now become very consistent running under 13 seconds. At this level, if you don’t bring a great performance, you sit in the stands. She needed just a little more out of herself. “Chelsea is the youngest in the field and will be back stronger from this experience. She has a week to recover and train for next week’s heptathlon.” Beginning June 29, Carrier-Eades will compete in the heptathlon, with the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and the 200-meter dash. On June 30, the events will continue with the long jump, javelin throw and the 800-meter run. The top 18 heptathlon athletes will participate in the action. Carrier-Eades has made some history through her time at WVU. In 2008, she
won her first career Big East Conference title in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Through her journey from 2008 to this past season, Carrier-Eades has broken many school records and won many events such as the 2010 Big East Indoor Championships in the pentathlon with 3,994 points. Not only has Carrier-Eades changed the landscape of track at WVU, she has also become a very well-known name across the nation. The awards, honors and records have been a form of display of Carrier-Eades’s skill and dedication. She was the 2010 and 2011 Mid-Atlantic Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Her achievements are just a testament to what type of performer she is. Carrier-Eades has had quite a ride in the sport of track and field while she’s been at WVU, and she’s hoping it will result in a trip to the Olympics. “Obviously qualifying for the Olympic trials has always been an ultimate goal and dream of mine,” she said in May. As Carrier-Eades prepares for the Olympics, there is no doubt that her career at WVU was truly a remarkable one. email@example.com
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Senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades is competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Carrier didn’t make the cut in the 100-meter hurdles, and will also be competing in the heptathlon later this week.
Continued from page 9 playing for a team in the NBA Summer League, and trying to make his dream come true in that way. “All I know is that when I get my opportunity, I won’t pass it up and I’ll play as hard as I can,” Butler said. “I wouldn’t turn anything down right now. Taking time off from basketball was bad enough.” Butler has had to go through a lot to get to where he is now. In a matter of just a few years, he went from being a projected first-round pick to falling to the second round. Then, after getting cut by a couple of teams and finding his way to where he is now, he’s learned one big lesson that he’s using to motivate him as he continues to work toward the NBA. “No one’s guaranteed anything,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what I did in college or the road I had to take to get back or anything like that; it’s just when you step on the court, what you do then. “Right now, I’m ready, and I know I’m going to work myself back into game shape so I’m ready for my chance when it comes.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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12 | SPORTS
Wednesday June 27, 2012
Move to Big 12 motivating WVU in summer workouts by michael carvelli sports editor
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Redshirt junior defensive end Will Clarke says the move to the Big 12 Conference has the West Virginia football team excited as it is currently going through summer workouts.
As the West Virginia football team began workouts a few weeks ago, the players couldn’t help but feel a little more different than in years past. The Mountaineers entered summer workouts more motivated than ever. And the reason is actually pretty simple. “It has everything to do with joining the Big 12,” said redshirt junior defensive end Will Clarke. “We care about everyone else’s high expectations of us joining a new conference. “But we also have high expectations for ourselves. We would like to come right in and be successful.” With the move to the Big 12 coming in just a few days now, the Mountaineers have been preparing for what it’s going to be like in their new conference, which means they have to pay a lot more attention to conditioning. Offenses in the conference like to play at a faster pace, so West
Virginia has to have its players in better shape in order to be able to compete at the same speed as its opponents. “I want to play as many plays as possible without dying,” said sophomore linebacker Jared Barber. “With the Big 12, we’re going to be playing a lot more plays on offense and defense. Our conditioning is going to have to be a lot better than it was in the Big East. “It’s definitely harder from last summer and winter workouts, but we’re taking it pretty well.” Th e i n c rea s e d e mp ha sis on conditioning is tough on just about any player who has to go through it, but it can be even tougher for an incoming freshman. Safety Sean Walters enrolled at WVU in January and was able to go through spring practice and understand just how important it’s going to be to be in good shape once they get into the Big 12. “I just got a glimpse of it in the spring. It’s so up-tempo, and everything’s so fast-paced,” Walters said. “Playing teams like Okla-
homa State and Baylor – fastpaced teams like that – you just have to give it everything you’ve got at all times. You need to be in shape to do that.” With the move to the Big 12, the Mountaineers will be playing much better competition than they’ve played in recent years. West Virginia will face five teams that have won 10 or more games last season in the Big 12; a big transition considering Cincinnati was the only Big East team other than WVU to win 10 games in 2011. While squaring off against high-profile teams like Oklahoma and Texas every year could be intimidating to some teams as they enter a new league, the Mountaineers don’t see it like that at all. “We take it day by day. It’s the Big 12; it’s a tough conference, but it doesn’t matter,” Barber said. “We’re West Virginia. “No matter who we play, we’re going to be West Virginia and play the way we play.” email@example.com
Expectations higher than ever for West Virginia heading into 2012 season Doug Walp sports WRITER
Just one year ago, the West Virginia football program had reached somewhat of a crossroads. After a decent season that culminated in an ultimately disappointing Champs Bowl showing against NC State, it was clear many of the Mountaineers’ supporters were simply dissatisfied with the mediocre finish to another somewhat promising season. And after a third consecutive 9-4 finish to the season, it seemed as if the program was, again, just on the precipice of a great year but simply unable to break through. The school’s athletic administration decided the best way to
get over the hump was to institute new leadership at the helm of the football program by naming Dana Holgorsen the head coach “in waiting.” But instead of bolstering the fans’ collective expectations for 2011, the coaching move actually seemed to fracture and fragment support for the football program heading into last season. Despite Holgorsen’s impressive resume and well-publicized reputation as an offensive guru, many West Virginia fans felt more comfortable with their familiar, blue-collar leadership that was guaranteed to them with the late Bill Stewart. It’s hard to completely blame them; Stewart embodied an everlasting dedication to his players and his home state that Holgorsen could simply never replicate or even truly understand.
But the divide in support among the fan base only widened when Stewart was ultimately forced out among a controversial and tumultuous offseason. And even though West Virginia had acquired one of the greatest offensive coaching minds of the modern era, it was as if there was still a cloud of animosity and doubt looming over the prospective 20112012 season. The cloud of negativity didn’t immediately dissipate when the season began, either. Yes, the Mountaineers were winning, but early on it seemed like the team was almost incapable of putting two solid halves of football together in the same game. West Virginia even trailed FCS opponent Norfolk State at the half during the second game of the season. The less-than-auspicious
start had some WVU supporters beginning to question if the team would even reach the 9-4 brick wall mark the Mountaineers had ran into the three previous seasons. Then, LSU came to town. And although it ended in a bitter 47-21 loss for West Virginia, their first of the year, it was clear something had changed about the mentality and the demeanor of the football program and its supporters. Even though the final score doesn’t show it, the Mountaineers competed with the nation’s No. 1 team at the time through three well-fought quarters. In the end, LSU demonstrated they were a truly elite team that undoubtedly deserved to win, but I also think West Virginia had proven to itself, at least, that it was possible for the Mountaineers to take the
field and hold their own with anybody in college football. WVU rode this confidence down the stretch until they found themselves in an alltoo-familiar position at 9-3 on the season; but this year they had earned the opportunity to prove themselves on the ultimate stage in a BCS bowl. It’s basically common knowledge at this point the Mountaineers seized the opportunity in their record-shattering Orange Bowl victory against Clemson, a victory that completely reenergized the confidence and positive expectations for the West Virginia football program. That victory earned the Mountaineers the nationwide attention and respect they haven’t experienced since after the 2008 Fiesta Bowl. It’s already been a complete metamorphosis of expectations
for West Virginia heading into their inaugural Big XII season. Holgorsen has earned the respect of his troops and the loyalty of the Mountaineer faithful. The already highly touted offense has had a complete offseason to prepare with their new coach, and many experts are already predicting rampant success right away for West Virginia in their notorious new conference. Of course, with heavier expectations comes a much more substantial burden to succeed. Although the Mountaineers might not be affected by the same uncertainty heading into last season, they’ll undoubtedly be faced with an all-new array of challenges in order to fulfill the new, lofty expectations this year. firstname.lastname@example.org