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Monday October 29, 2012
Volume 126, Issue 51
Students react to news of University’s $70 million plan for ‘University Place’ in Sunnyside By Carlee Lammers & Shelby Toompas DA Staff
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Nearly 40 properties in Sunnyside, including the one pictured above, were sold to the University for nearly $14.6 million.
Morgantown’s Grant Avenue has provided Najeen Guest with more than just a home for the last two years – it’s provided her with friendships and fond memories as a student at West Virginia University. Guest, along with various other students living in the Sunnyside neighborhood, currently rents a home that has been sold to the University for nearly $14.6 million. WVU, in partnership with Paradigm Development Group LLC, announced Friday its plans to build a $70 million residential and retail complex in place of the purchased homes. The new complex, which will be called University Place, is projected to be completed by the fall
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A banner hangs on the side of a house in Sunnyside.
Residents will not be forced out at semester’s end by cody schuler managing editor
Contrary to initial reports from West Virginia University officials, students living in properties on the University’s newly acquired land in Sunnyside will not be forced to move by the end of this semester. According to a Friday press release, construction on a new residential and
retail complex in the Sunnyside area “is expected to begin in late December or early January” before the beginning of the spring semester, but construction cannot begin in areas where homes are still occupied. Those who signed leases for the entire year do not have to leave their current dwellings, though the University is trying to incen-
Tellebration celebrates ancient art form by madison fleck staff writer
As part of Mountaineer Week, five visitors came to the Mountainlair to demonstrate humanity’s oldest art form – storytelling. The West Virginia Storytelling Guild provided five members to craft children’s stories Saturday in the Mountainlair. The Guild was started in 1996, and its various members are well-versed with dozens of types of stories. In honor of Halloween, most of the storytellers in the Mountainlair told ghost
tivize relocating tenants so demolition in the area can begin sooner. The University will supplement those who willingly relocate and face higher rent, covering any amount more than their current rate. Student Government Association President Zach Redding said despite the negative impacts some may face, the move is ultimately a positive one for
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On a warm October morning, the West Virginia University Evansdale campus was full of the sounds of fluttering plastic and satisfying thuds during the University’s 25th Annual Pumpkin Drop. The Pumpkin Drop was hosted by the WVU student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Friday, and all proceeds were donated to the Morgantown Ronald McDonald House. During the contest, teams of students from primary schools around the region presented devices designed to protect pumpkins from an 11-story drop and land on a target. More than 280 pumpkins were entered into the contest at $10 per pumpkin. Only 41 survived the drop. The rules for the pumpkin drop are simple: The pumpkin must be at least 10 inches in diameter and may not be altered (no
Judges assess one of more than 300 entries in the 25th annual WVU Pumpkin Drop.
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all outreach from WVU to their fullest advantage.” Just three days after the West Virginia University Board of Governors decided to approve a $14.6 million deal on more than five acres of land in Sunnyside, the University announced its plans for “University Place,” a $70 million residential and re-
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is doing the right thing in helping students who will be moving at the end of the semester. “It is my understanding that the University will be covering moving costs, helping students find onand off-campus housing as well as covering residuals for off-campus housing that exceeds their current rent,” he said. “All residents of Sunnyside should use
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stories. All of the stories dated back as early as the 1800s. Susanna Holstein – or “Granny Sue,” one of the Guild’s storytellers – told most of her stories in a different form: ballads. “I really like singing ghost ballads. With Appalachian ballads in particular, they’re either about murders or battles,” she said.” She pointed out Appalachian ballads are usually on the darker side. “They aren’t usually happy. There are a few
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students. “In regards to the University’s purchase of property in Sunnyside, I see a great opportunity for expansion and change,” he said. “With that said, change is never easy, and there will be some speed bumps during this process.” Redding also said although he feels the University should have been more forthcoming in its plans, it
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Continued from page 1 freezing or adding chemicals). The weight of the pumpkin and its protective structure is limited to 60 pounds. Pumpkins must free fall (no bungee cords). No Styrofoam peanuts or other small, non-biodegradable packing fillers were allowed, or hard materials
such as wood or metal, but soft garbage cans were acceptable. No liquids or electrical sources were allowed. Team No. 196 from Summersville Middle School earned first place by landing closest to the target. The team of Jacob Grose, Jackson Reed, Jeff Rader and Eric Castle landed their pumpkin three feet, five inches away from the target, earning themselves a $50 prize.
Justin Ritchie and Brandon Amick, a duo from Richwood Middle School, won second place with their pumpkin landing three feet, 10 inches away from the target. Team No. 216, “Boom Goes the Silly Goose” from Suncrest Middle School, finished third, with their pumpkin landing four feet, seven inches from the target. The prize for second was
$25 and $10 for third. This was the first year Ryan Helmick, a Grafton High School senior, attended the event. “I got with a bunch of friends (and) we thought, ‘Hey, it would be cool to go to the pumpkin drop this year, see a bunch of pumpkins get smashed,’ ” he said. “It was pretty fun.” Cynthia, 12, a TAG (Talented And Gifted) student from Suncrest Middle
Monday October 29, 2012 School. She said she first participated in the pumpkin drop last year. “Ours survived, but it was really off target,” she said. “We were trying to get it to land on the target, but last year was really windy. This year, it’s less windy, and we are hoping it will land right on target.” Some teachers attended the event with their students.
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tail complex that will begin construction as early as December and is expected to be completed in fall of 2014. The University entered into a long-term lease and development agreement with Paradigm Development Group LLC, a private firm. The complex will feature two multi-story buildings on three acres of land between University Avenue, Grant Avenue, Third Street and Houston Drive. An additional two acres facing University Avenue across the street from the building will host parking for residents and retail customers. In addition to approximately 980 beds, the complex will host 29,650 square feet of retail space that will include a full-service grocery store, a fitness center, community outdoor space and other perks, as well as 195,000 square feet of parking, which, according to the University’s press release, will equate to an additional 400 parking spots. Narvel Weese, WVU vice president for Administration and Finance, said the tasks “University Place” will accomplish will be a great boon for students. “To live and shop in a neighborhood that’s walk-
able to campus academic buildings, the library, student center, campus transportation system and downtown Morgantown – that’s going to be amazing,” he said. “The area is strategically located next to current WVU Housing ... and is just a couple blocks from our Downtown Campus, making it the ideal location to enhance our housing master plan while beautifying this blighted area of our city.” WVU President James P. Clements called the move “a win-win for our community and students,” and he said the plan will “transform the neighborhood and create many positive benefits moving forward.” Morgantown Mayor Jim Manilla said the development will have a “positive impact on our economy and on our entire community for years to come.” Manilla, who suggested imposing a potential additional fee for students to deal with the recent uprising in student riots, also said he thought the plan might help curb inappropriate activity in Sunnyside. “As the project takes shape, it should also help eliminate the street and trash bin fires, plus the celebratory riots the area has been known for,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from page 1 of 2014. In a release announcing the purchase, WVU officials said, “University officials will immediately begin contacting students and other tenants to offer alternative housing options and assistance with moving. Demolition is expected to begin in late December or early January, with expected completion in fall of 2014.” University officials later said students would not be forced to move. However, the University plans to work with students and encourage them to move elsewhere. Some students were displeased with a perceived lack of transparency from the University. “I lived on Grant last year and this year, and I don’t want to leave. I chose to live here, and it’s like (the University) is making me leave. I live by all my friends, it’s close to campus, and I might have to live somewhere so far away now. It’s so screwed
up,” Guest said. “The University doesn’t care, and they’re pretty much just screwing us over.” Sophomore civil engineering student Greg Pais said while he understands the University’s need and efforts to expand, he believes its course of action was flawed. “It’s understandable. I fully support the University expanding and building more dorms. But, it just kind of sucks that it’s when I’m living here. I was trying to stay here until I graduate, but now I just have one year and I have to be kicked out,” he said. “The University sent us a letter, and I called the number at the end of it. I asked them, ‘Are you legally allowed to terminate the lease?’ She couldn’t answer my questions, so I don’t know what we’re doing yet.” Sophomore social work student Mitchell Young said he was angered by the efforts of the University and his landlord to handle the situation. “I was shocked that they
Mon. Boulevard parking law to be enforced State and local law enforcement officials will begin enforcing the new “no-parking” law along Monongahela Boulevard today. Parking is now prohibited between Patteson Drive and the PRT overpass on both sides of the road. City officials are working to develop long- and short-term alternatives, especially for athletic and special events. Director of Transportation Hugh Kierig said he encourages those in need of parking to try other alternatives, including: The West Virginia University Coliseum parking lot, which currently has a morning average of approximately 130 empty spaces, primarily in areas
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Mutt’s Sunnyside is one of many buildings that will be torn down in the process of building ‘University Place.’
“It is a great engineering feat for our students,” said Paige Muendel, a sixth and seventh grade special education teacher at Suncrest Middle School. “They do often have a couple of years in which to participate, so there is a lot of trial and error. They can learn one year to the next, and they really love it,” Muendel said.
around the tennis courts and Shell building. Underused, short-term Parking lots on the Evansdale campus, including the Short-term 8 lot at the Erickson Alumni Center and Short-term 9 lot on Fine Arts Drive across from the Creative Arts Center. The parking rate is $1 per hour in those lots. Parking at Mountaineer Station on Van Voorhis Road, which has about 150 spaces available on average. The parking rate is $1 per hour and has direct connection to the PRT or Mountain Line bus. Beginning today, violators will be ticketed or towed. —crl
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are actually going to make us move in December. I thought we had a legal contract,” Young said. “We did not hear about this until we got that notice from (someone) Friday. I honestly thought it was ridiculous how they handled this. I mean, sure, they’re giving us movers and helping us move, but I still have to find a place to live for next semester. It’s ridiculous. I’m going to try to get more money out of them, but I don’t know how that’s going to work.” City and University officials believe the project will enhance the Sunnyside neighborhood and ultimately put an end to the fires and riots that commonly occur in the area. According to Guest, Sunnyside residents are not the source of the problem. “They’re saying, ‘Oh, you know, it’s so great that we’re fixing Sunnyside because of riots.’ But the people that come here and are disruptive don’t even live on Grant. That’s the thing. It’s the people from the rest of the Uni-
Continued from page 1 happy ones and a few funny ones, but for the most part, they’re like the 6 o’clock news,” Holstein said. Another storyteller, Jason Burns, specializes in ghost stories. “I collect ghost stories from all over West Virginia, and up to this point, I have about 500 or so stories that I’ve collected,” he said. “I try to collect the ones about a person, place or event that happened in West Virginia.” He told the notorious story of the Battle of Morgantown and the role Mrs. Elizabeth Moore played in it. His stories about the hauntings of E. Moore Hall made some of the listeners curious to learn more. The stories collected by the West Virginia Storytelling Guild come from throughout Appalachia. The storytellers pointed out they may hear a story when they least expect it. Susanna Holstein told a story she had heard Thursday while visiting her uncle in an assisted living complex. “I tell stories there to whoever wants to come and listen to me,” she said. “We usually have a pretty small circle of maybe 15 or 20 people, because some people of that generation don’t approve of ghost stories.” While she was there, an older woman named Norah Raines told her a story that had been passed down in her family. She urged Susanna to retell the tale to her listeners. “I think a lot of our older
versity that will come here and start problems,” Guest said. “There’s nothing wrong with Sunnyside.” Guest said she’s disheartened by the possibility of losing such a vital piece to her college experience. “It’s my college experience. I live here; I’m friends with all my neighbors. I just like walking outside and seeing them. I don’t want to live somewhere where I don’t know anybody and I have to start over. I have a ton of stuff going on in my life, and I don’t need this. “It’s an inconvenience – it’s a huge inconvenience,” she said. “I’ve talked to alumni who lived here, and Grant is like a tradition. They’re just tearing that down. I’m going to come back after I graduate and all of the places I used to hang out and chill with my friends are going to be gone. I can’t show my kids one day, ‘Oh, I lived there when I was a sophomore, here when I was a junior.’ This is messed up – it’s sad.” email@example.com
citizens have some great tales they could tell you if we only just stopped and listened to them,” Holstein said. There were other experienced storytellers, such as Sue Atkinson and Danny McMillion from Beckley, W.Va., and Barbara Seels, aka “Rhu Barb.” They all told old tales from their school days and even some fiction tales – nonetheless entertaining, of course. The main aspects of the Guild’s craft are the details and the voices of the storytellers. Anyone who has had to endure a monotone professor’s lecture will understand the importance of the speaker’s voice, according to the storytellers. “The things that appeal to me so much about stories are the little detail – things that the average person would never have thought about,” Holstein said. She said one of the main details needed when telling stories (especially Appalachian ones) is the accent of the speaker. It makes mental images more vivid in the mind of the listener. “In West Virginia, we have a wide variety of accents, and that’s what makes storytelling so great,” Holstein said. Although there were only a handful of people attending the event, they took away an important piece of information: There are stories all around for those who stop and listen. For more information about the West Virginia Storytelling Guild, visit http:// www.wvstorytellers.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Syria truce collapse shows limits of diplomacy
Syrian residents cross a street as a pile of rubbish burns along the roadside in Aleppo, Syria Saturday. BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s air force fired missiles and dropped barrel bombs on rebel strongholds while opposition fighters attacked regime positions Sunday, flouting a U.N.-backed cease-fire that was supposed to quiet fighting over a long holiday weekend but never took hold. The failure to push through a truce so limited in its ambitions – just four days – has been a sobering reflection of the international community’s inability to ease 19 months of bloodshed in Syria. It also suggests that the stalemated civil war will drag on, threatening to draw in Syria’s neighbors in this highly combustible region such as Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. “This conflict has now taken a dynamic of its own which should be worrying to everyone,” said Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center think tank. The U.N. tried to broker a halt to fighting over the four-day Eid al-Adha Muslim feast that began on Friday, one of the holiest times of the Islamic calendar. But the truce was violated almost immediately after it was supposed to take effect, the same fate other ceasefires in Syria have met. Activists said at least 110 people were killed Sunday, a
toll similar to previous daily casualty tolls. They include 16 who died in an airstrike on the village of al-Barra in northern Syria’s mountainous Jabal al-Zawiya region. The Observatory also reported a car bomb that exploded in a residential area in the Damascus neighborhood of Barzeh and wounded 15 people, but the target was not immediately clear. Though Syria’s death toll has topped 35,000, the bloodiest and most protracted crisis of the Arab Spring, the West has been wary of intervening. There is concern about sparking a wider conflagration because Syria borders Israel and is allied with Iran and the powerful Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. There are already increasing incidents of the civil war spilling across borders. Many in Lebanon blame Syria and Hezbollah for the Oct. 19 car bomb that killed the country’s intelligence chief. The assassination stirred up deadly sectarian tensions in Lebanon, where Sunnis and Shiites are deeply divided over the Syrian civil war, raising the specter of renewed sectarian fighting. Lebanon’s two largest political coalitions have lined up on opposite sides of Syr-
ia’s civil war. Hezbollah and its partners who dominate the government have stood by Assad’s regime, while the Sunni-led opposition backs the rebels seeking to topple the Syrian government. Assad and many in his inner circle are Alawites — an offshoot of Shiite Islam and a minority in Syria — while the rebels come mostly from the country’s Sunni majority. Iraqi Shiites also increasingly fear a spillover from Syria. Iraqi authorities on Sunday forced an Iranian cargo plane heading to Syria to land for inspection in Baghdad to ensure it was not carrying weapons, the second such forced landing this month. The move appeared aimed at easing U.S. concerns that Iraq has become a route for shipments of Iranian military supplies that could help Assad battle rebels. In Jordan, concern over stability was underlined last month, when its U.S., British and French allies quickly dispatched their military experts to help Jordanian commandos devise plans to shield the population in case of a chemical attack from neighboring Syria. Turkey’s support for the Syrian rebel movement is another point of tension, and Turkey has reinforced its border and fired into Syria
on several occasions recently in response to shells that have landed from Syria inside Turkish territory. The U.S. administration says it remains opposed to military action in Syria and politicians have been preoccupied this year with the presidential election, now a few weeks away. On Sunday, Syrian warplanes struck the eastern Damascus suburbs of Arbeen, Harasta and Zamalka to try to drive out rebels, according to activists in those areas and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which compiles information from activists in Syria. In Douma, another Damascus suburb, rebels wrested three positions from regime forces, including an unfinished high-rise building that had been used by regime snipers, according to the Observatory and Mohammed Saeed, a local activist. Fighting was also reported near Maaret al-Numan, a strategic town along the Aleppo-Damascus highway that rebels seized earlier this month. Opposition fighters including the al-Qaida-inspired Jabhat al-Nusra, have also besieged a nearby military base and repeatedly attacked government supply convoys heading there. The
Observatory said the Syrian air force fired missiles and dropped barrel bombs –makeshift weapons made of explosives stuffed into barrels – on villages near the base. The cease-fire was seen as a long shot from the outset. International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi failed to get firm commitments from all combatants, and no mechanism to monitor violations was put in place. Jabhat al-Nusra rejected the truce outright. In a video posted this week, the leader of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahri, urged Muslims everywhere to support Syria’s uprising. “It’s not just about the Syria military and the army defectors that form the backbone of the Free Syrian Army rebel group anymore,” said Hassan Abdul-Azim, a Damascus-based opposition leader. He said there were so many foreign fighters and external actors now involved in the Syrian civil war that only an agreement among the various international and regional powers could put an end to the fighting. “The truce was merely an attempt by Brahimi to try and temporarily ease the people’s suffering in the lost time until the U.S. elections, in the hope that the international community can then
get its act together and agree on a diplomatic solution for Syria,” he told The Associated Press. But with the unraveling of the cease-fire, it’s unclear what the international community can do next. Assad allies Russia and China have shielded his regime against harsher U.N. Security Council sanctions, while the rebels’ foreign backers including neighboring Turkey have shied away from military intervention. Iran, which is embroiled in its own diplomatic standoff with the West over its suspect nuclear program, is also a staunch supporter of Assad’s regime. The U.S., meanwhile, is averse to sending strategic weapons to help the rebels break the battlefield stalemate, fearing they will fall into the hands of militant Islamists, who are increasingly active in rebel ranks. “There has been a lack of desire to take the tough decisions,” said Shaikh. “In Washington, they’ve only been focused on the narrow political goal of their own elections, trying to convince a war-wary public inside the U.S. that we are actually disengaging from the conflicts of the Middle East,” he said.Muslims? Our mosques are being bombed and no one cares.”
Magnitude 7.7 quake strikes off Canadian coast VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed. The U.S. Geological Survey said the powerful temblor hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8 p.m. local time Saturday at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometers) and was centered 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Masset, British Columbia. It was felt across a wide area in British Columbia, both on its Pacific islands and on the mainland. “It looks like the damage and the risk are at a very low level,” said Shirley Bond, British Columbia’s minister responsible for emergency management said. “We’re certainly grateful.” The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted its tsunami advisory for Hawaii Sunday morning just before 4 a.m. local time,
three hours after downgrading from a warning and less than six hours after the waves first hit the islands. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service canceled tsunami advisories for Canada, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. Tsunami Warning Center officials said wave heights were diminishing in Hawaii, though swimmers and boaters should be careful of strong or unusual currents. The biggest waves – about 5 feet (1.5 meters) high – appeared to hit Maui. There were no immediate reports of damage, though one person died in a fatal crash near a road that was closed because of the threat near Oahu’s north shore. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the state was lucky to avoid more severe surges. “We’re very, very grateful that we can go home tonight counting our blessings,” Abercrombie said. Dennis Sinnott of the Canadian Institute of Ocean Science said a 69-centimeter (27 inch) wave was recorded off Langara Island
on the northeast tip of Haida Gwaii, formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. The islands are home to about 5,000 people, many of them members of the Haida aboriginal group. Another 55 centimeter (21 inch) wave hit Winter Harbour on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. Canada’s largest earthquake since 1700 was an 8.1 magnitude quake on August 22, 1949 off the coast of British Columbia, according to the Canadian government’s Natural Resources website. It occurred on the Queen Charlotte Fault in what the department called Canada’s equivalent of the San Andreas Fault – the bound-
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President Barack Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at Elm Street Middle School, Saturday in Nashua, N. H. Four years ago, Barack Obama handily defeated Sen. John McCain to become the nation’s first African-American president. President Obama entered the White House during a historically trying time for this country. His predecessor, George W. Bush, left Pennsylvania Avenue after a disastrous eight-year tenure with the lowest approval rating for an outgoing president in American history. Needless to say, the expectations for President Obama were enormous, and his lofty rhetoric only served to elevate them. Tasked with reversing a catastrophic economic decline, managing two wars and mitigating America’s unprecedented unpopularity abroad, President Obama took office in January 2009. Although the
country is still fighting its way out of the recession it was in when Obama took office and continues to face a vast array of foreign policy challenges, we believe that President Obama has generally moved the country in the right direction, and thus we endorse his bid for re-election as president of the United States. It is important to keep in mind the incredible magnitude of the financial difficulties we were facing as a country when Obama took office. It is also important to remember the political difficulties President Obama has faced from a congressional opposition hell bent on opposing everything he proposes, even when they agree with its necessity. This reckless obstructionism has poisoned our political process, rendering
our national government as ineffectual as it has ever been. Despite these impediments, President Obama was able to sign comprehensive health care-reform legislation that has expanded health care coverage to millions of Americans. Moreover, the economy has been growing since June of 2009, and the unemployment rate is back below eight percent. Economists have credited Obama’s stimulus and his auto bailout, both politically costly measures that required courage and boldness to push through, with helping to get the economy back on track. President Obama should also be applauded for moving our country forward on civil rights, ending the military’s discriminatory
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and endorsing the right of all Americans to marry their loved ones. On foreign policy, the president’s record has been mixed. Although the U.S. presence in Iraq has finally ended, President Obama escalated U.S. involvement in Afghanistan – an escalation that has not produced tangible benefits despite a hefty financial and human cost. President Obama did the right thing by turning his back on Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and supporting the NATO-led incursion into Libya that ousted Moammar Gadhafi, but his flat-footed response to similar pro-democracy movements in Syria and Bahrain has exacerbated two very dangerous situations that threaten to de-
stabilize the entire Middle East. As we are frequently reminded, President Obama also ordered the risky raid that culminated in Osama bin Laden’s death. However, Obama also instituted a comprehensive drone program that has resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians in Pakistan and Yemen, further inflaming anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world. As part of this program, Obama has also given himself the unprecedented, unconstitutional authority to order the execution of American citizens, completely bypassing due process. Despite President Obama’s mixed results in the realm of foreign affairs, his opponent represents the neoconservative brand that dragged us through the
catastrophic Bush-era foreign policy, so even on this topic the choice between Obama and Romney is an easy one. President Obama’s first term was far from a perfect one. However, after four years, Barack Obama has emerged as a president willing to take the necessary political risks to stand up for what he believes is right, as he has illustrated with his stance on same-sex marriage, his persistence on health care and the American automobile industry and his approval of the daring bin Laden raid. This is the brand of leadership America needs, and we believe President Obama will continue to deliver it if the voters award him another four years in the White House. email@example.com
The United States of America: Hope of the world? micah conkling columnist
Last Monday, the final debate between presidential candidates was held in Boca Raton, Fla. In about a week, the new leader of the United States of America will be decided, and all of the election hullabaloo – the campaign speeches, television ads, debates, poll numbers, voting drives, etc. – will be finished for a while. To most people, this will come as a relief. Electing a president of a country can be a very tiring and disheartening process. Others, mainly TV pundits and opinion columnists, will be sad to see the tumult come to a close – it’s awfully good fodder. It’s strange how much effort, sweat, tears and jeers we put into this whole debacle. Keeping up-to-date with the election – from the GOP candidate debates to the party conventions to making sure you’re registered to vote to watching debates to actually going and voting – it seems it should be a full time job. And just like that, in about a week, it’ll all be over. During the last presidential debate, Governor Romney said something in his closing arguments that almost made me spit out my drink.
“This nation is the hope of the earth,” Romney said with his eyes, much more tired than when he first set out on this journey to try to become America’s king. I scoffed and immediately took to Twitter in my displeasure. It was a statement I thought was chock full of American exceptionalism and the sort of US hubris that makes the rest of the world despise us and our many fastfood restaurants. Romney, in that moment, sounded a lot like an 18th century Puritan, championing our country as “the city on the hill” the rest of the globe should strive to be just like. Yet, as I reflect on this seemingly eternal process of electing a new president, I can’t help but feel proud. Cynicism is a terribly easy path to follow. It’s not hard to let yourself feel disenchanted with the whole process, the entire country and whomever becomes president. It might even be fair of you to do so. Romney said America is the “hope” of the earth. Hope. What does it mean? For many people in America, hope is the only thing that gets them through their weeks, days and even minutes. While our nation can be quite a rich and comfortable place to exist, there are many who are marginalized, suffering, or persecuted still. Anticipating a better future
Republican presidential candidate Mitt romney speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Findlay, Ohio, Sunday. and a community more gra- to be its boss or its manager. we are to the rest of the world. cious and full with each comI do fear Governor RomWe can, and maybe we ing day – that is what hope is ney’s opinion that America should, try our best to be the for many Americans. should be the hope of the hope of the earth. Not necLike I admitted, I was to- earth is one fueled by Amer- essarily by policy or plans tally put off by Romney’s ican exceptionalist and cut- or political programs, but by belief that America is and throat capitalist beliefs. How- how we treat each other and should be the hope of the ever, whether he becomes both the physical and human earth – at first. When I start president or Barack Obama worlds. to think about it, though, we, stays in the oval office for I think we do a good job America, could be a lot worse four more years, we as Amer- of being the type of people than the hope of the world. icans get to decide – no mat- others would want to emuWe could be its policeman ter who’s in charge of running late during an election cycle. or judge or principal, like we the U.S.’s day-to-day opera- There is the mudslinging and have in the past. We could try tions – what kind of example the pundits and the whole
political mess, but the fact we care and still feel we have a stake in choosing the direction of our country is something to be hopeful about. So, as presidents stay or go, and as this election cycle and others come to a close, let’s approach our lives as voters, Americans and global citizens with both pride and respect – all the while maintaining a posture of humility that makes it possible for us to stay a country worth hoping for.
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BORN TODAY Charisma and intensity mark this year. You will look at life more deeply. You often swing from being emotional to being highly intellectual. Make a note of which mood works better for you. You will need some time alone to process your feelings. If you are single, a slew of admirers follow you nearly wherever you go. You might date several people before you meet someone you feel comfortable with.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH You might be on the verge of achieving a long-term goal, and you have many people rooting for you. Confusion surrounds communication. Realize the different possibilities that surround a key relationship. Make time for this person. Tonight: You soon will have a lot to smile about.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHH Curb a possessive streak, as it could cause a problem in your interactions. You also might become quite competitive with someone, which could strain the trust that exists between you. Confusion and mixed messages are amplified right now. Curb your need to win. Tonight: Don’t let others pressure you. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH Your will could be tested by someone who is just as strong as you are. Others might not want to be around you with this power struggle going on. Be willing to seek an alternative way of doing something. As the saying goes, “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” Tonight: Make peace, not war. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HH You might want to be hard to find with today’s Full Moon looming over you. Recognize a tendency to be more sensitive than you realize when dealing with others. You could make an assumption, thus taking the first step to a misunderstanding. Tonight: The
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH You are in the limelight, and you can’t seem to escape it. You might feel tired and withdrawn when dealing with others’ issues, and a misunderstanding could occur as a result. You will have a lot of errands and tasks to complete. Don’t worry; you will do just that. Tonight: A must appearance. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Reach out to someone at a distance. This person often makes suggestions that you see as unusual yet effective. You have a lot to juggle, and somehow you will manage not to drop any balls. Cancel plans if you feel overwhelmed. Tonight: Decide on a trip in the near future. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH Deal with a partner on a one-on-one level. You could prevent a misunderstanding, though you might need to clarify a plan of action first. Do not be overgenerous, as you ultimately could create a problem, whether it has to do with the other person or with your finances. Tonight: Be with a special friend. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH Defer to others and appease their requests rather than get into a power struggle. You will be much happier as a result. You will have many invi-
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A Life Once Lost experiments, recaptures brilliance of old by josh ewers A&e writer
American Heavy Metal cult favorites A Life Once Lost released their new album â€œEcstatic Tranceâ€? Oct. 20 via Season of Mist. When we last heard from the veteran groove metal stalwarts of A Life Once Lost, the year was 2007, and they had just released â€œIron Gagâ€? before deciding to go on hiatus. After five years of inactivity the landscape of the metal world has changed and so has the band itself, as they sport two new members. Scarcely does an album title so accurately describe its own sound as â€œEcstatic Trance.â€? Thirty seconds into the first track, â€œSomething Awful,â€? itâ€™s evident the band has completely rewired their sound â€“ save for the volatile, higher-pitched screech of vocalist Bob Meadows. Itâ€™s a song that drones in the best possible way. Repetitive riffing with some pretty standard crash cymbal work might not read well, but the band makes it work in the context of the overall vibe of the album. Sprinkled throughout are some spooky, otherworldly, flowing lead melodies that give the song a sense of melodic direction. Fast-paced, simplistic and mentally mesmerizing riffing grab the spotlight in â€œGnawing Lisp.â€? Like â€œSomething Awful,â€? the song picks its spot and repeatedly drives it home to the listener, rather than trying to impress with all-overthe-place song structures or extraneous noodling. In fact, the depth at which they â€œstay in the pocketâ€? may simultaneously give the album its unique character and some of its most noteworthy qualities, while also alienat-
ing fans. â€œMadness is Godâ€? is the first song that really sounds like an older A Life Once Lost tune. Meadows goes all-in on this track, guaranteeing the
listener understands the depths of his rage with a stellar performance. An absolutely massive groove riff mixed with standout drumming make this one a great listen.
The drummer plays some really refreshing Afro-beat rhythms in the main riff, giving the song a bouncing pace. â€œMiracle Workerâ€? sports some guitar riffing that exemplifies the sound of despera-
tion. Itâ€™s the heaviest song so far. New drummer Jordan Crouse continues to give his crash cymbal the workout of its metallic life, and he makes sure every beat has a shim-
mering backdrop to provide the foundation that helps build the bandâ€™s grooves. The tired little cymbal finally gets a brief rest on â€œEmpty Form,â€? which is a continuously building journey with rising high-end leads. Somewhat in the background, guitarist Douglas Sabolick continues to weave in his subtle guitar soloing, which is featured toward the end of several tracks on the album. To this point, the bandâ€™s approach has been extremely formulaic, but it is easy to see now that was exactly the intent. Next up, â€œThe Bluesâ€? enters with a crescendo that gives way to a drum pattern with a definite war-march vibe. The song as a whole contrasts with other tracks because of its drawn-back, but still anxious, nature. It is the sound of two warriors sizing each other up, and most of the rest of the album depicts the two locked in combat. Capping off the album is an absolute barn-burner of a track. â€œI Sit Illâ€? showcases everything the band manages to do well on this release, keeping a thematic vibe with a little melody leading the way. The track spawns hellacious but subtle grooves and creates an anxious, building structure that features ethereal guitar work, all laid over continuously crashing cymbals and primal drums. Overall, the band creates something entirely new on this release, but the â€œtranceâ€? concept does wear a bit thin after a while, and it comes at the expense of possibly turning away some of the bandâ€™s relatively small but passionate fan base. email@example.com
Reports: United Kingdom rocker arrested as part of Savile case LONDON (AP) â€” Police investigating child sex abuse allegations against the late BBC television host Jimmy Savile arrested former glam rock star and convicted sex offender Gary Glitter on Sunday, British media reported, raising further questions about whether Savile was at
the center of a broader pedophile ring. Police would not directly identify the suspect arrested Sunday, but media including the BBC and Press Association reported he was the 68-year-old Glitter. The musician, whose real name is Paul Gadd, made it
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first in a widening scandal over Savileâ€™s alleged sex crimes, which started garnering attention earlier this month when a television documentary showed several women claiming that Savile abused them when they were teenagers. Hundreds of potential victims have since come forward to report similar claims to police against Savile, a much-loved childrenâ€™s TV presenter and disc jockey who died at the age of 84 last year. Most have alleged abuse by Savile, but some said they were abused by Savile and others. Most claimed they were assaulted in their early teens. The scandal has raised questions about whether the BBC, the publicly funded and trusted broadcaster, had ignored crimes it suspected over several decades. Its executives have apologized and vowed to uncover the true scale of the alleged abuse. â€œThe BBCâ€™s reputation is on the line,â€? Chris Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, wrote in The Mail on Sunday newspaper. â€œThe BBC risks squandering public trust because one of its stars over three decades was apparently a sexual criminal ... and because others â€“ BBC employees and hangers-on â€“ may also have been involved.â€? On Sunday, the BBC and Sky News showed footage of Glitter, who wore a hat, a
dark coat and sunglasses, being taken from his home by officers and driven away. Police would not directly identify the suspect, but when asked about Glitter a spokesman said the force arrested a man in his 60s early Sunday morning in London on suspicion of sexual offenses in connection with the Savile probe. He was released later Sunday and was due to return to a London police station in December for further questioning, police said. British police do not generally identify suspects under arrest by name until they are charged. Glitter, known for his shiny jumpsuits and bouffant wigs, was jailed in Britain in 1999 for possessing child pornography, and convicted in 2006 in Vietnam of committing â€œobscene acts with childrenâ€? â€“ offenses involving girls aged 10 and 11. He was deported back to Britain in 2008. In 2006, the NFL advised its football teams not to use the Glitter version of â€œRock and Roll (Part 2)â€? at games. One witness recently told a BBC-TV show that she once saw Glitter having sex with a schoolgirl in Savileâ€™s dressing room at the broadcasterâ€™s TV center in the 1970s. Glitter has denied the allegations. Police have said that though the majority of cases it is investigating relate to Savile alone, some involve the entertainer and other unidentified suspects. In addition,
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some potential victims who reported abuse by Savile also told police about separate allegations against unidentified men that did not involve the BBC host. The scandal has horrified Britain with revelations that Savile, the longtime host of the popular BBC shows â€œTop of the Popsâ€? and â€œJim will Fix It,â€? allegedly cajoled and coerced vulnerable teens into having sex with him in his car, his camper van, and even in dingy dressing rooms on BBC premises. Police describe him as one of the worst sex offenders in recent history. The BBC has set up an independent inquiry into the corporationâ€™s culture and practices in the years Savile worked there. It also launched a separate inquiry into why its managers shelved an investigation into the allegations. But the scandal continues to put the broadcaster under pressure, and it seems likely that more people â€“ either outside or inside the corporation â€“ could be implicated. â€œIt could be the beginning of other high-profile arrests,â€? Roy Greenslade, a journalism professor at Londonâ€™s City University, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday. Max Clifford, a prominent public relations guru, claimed that dozens of celebrities from the 1960s and 1970s have approached him to express fear that they could be drawn into to the scandal and criticized for their hedonistic behavior in the past. Greenslade said that while Glitterâ€™s arrest must be a huge concern to the BBC, it is too early to say that the broadcasterâ€™s reputation is in crisis. â€œIf any BBC employee is shown to be involved, then there would be a nosedive in public trust,â€? he said. â€œBut nothing at the moment has been proven.â€?
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Surgeon General’s Warning, pictured above, promises to bring an unrivaled musical performance to 123 Pleasant Street Friday night.
The night promises to be ing as zombies when we other local talent around, Street veterans 600LBS of should expect to show up BY jeremiah yates & hunter homistek an evening of great music play. People can expect a but you don’t hear the level Sin! and groove all night.” DA staff
Halloween may fall on Oct. 31, but the celebration for the month’s spookiest night lasts longer than one week. Many people love the fun and excitement Halloween brings, and leaving the festivities to just one day of costumes and partying simply isn’t enough. If you fall into this category of Halloween-adoring folk, Friday will be a “Night of the Dancing Dead” with Surgeon General’s Warning and 600LBS of Sin! at 123 Pleasant Street.
and dancing, and the venue will also feature a contest for the best costume. Su r g e o n G e n e ra l’s Warning, a Morgantown blues/hard rock band, is thrilled to perform for the night’s eager patrons, and the group is pulling out all the stops to ensure the event will be a night to remember. “We’re decorating 123 with a haunted house theme all the way: black lights, spider webs and such,” said Tommy Bailey, bassist/vocalist for the group. “Also, we are dress-
jam-band dance party all night, with a costume contest, as well.” In addition to the enthralling visual spectacle, Surgeon General’s Warning boasts a musical proficiency matched by few in the local music scene. Led by guitarist Chris Jones’ shredding licks and Travis Klein’s tasteful soul on saxophone, Surgeon General’s Warning’s musicianship is hard to top. “Our guitarist and sax player are musically intellectual virtuosos,” Bailey said. “Not to downplay
of musicianship with other acts, normally.” With natural talent oozing from the group, Bailey said they do everything they can to make sure such skills are highlighted. “We also have a part we’re working into our set where every one of us is banging on drums at the front of the stage while Jim (Bailey) does a drum solo over it,” Bailey said. “We’re doing everything we can to make it as exciting as possible.” Also taking the stage Friday night are 123 Pleasant
Formed in 2009, the group has toured the region regularly since its inception, filling many of Wet Virginia’s stages with their mixture of honky-tonk, reggae, southern rock, bluegrass, folk and blues. They have opened for many great artists including Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Donna the Buffalo, and Yellow Dubmarine. “I’m very excited about Friday’s show,” said Libby Eddy, singer/fiddle player of 600LBS of Sin! “The electricity of Halloween will still be in the air. People
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People are encouraged to dress in their most creative costumes for their chance to claim “best costume” honors, and concertgoers are expected to show up planning to party. “We’re trying to make it as crazy as possible, so people should expect this to be the Halloween party for Friday,” Bailey said. You must be 18 years old to enter. The show starts at 10 p.m., and there will be a $7 cover charge. email@example.com
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The familiar smell of funnel cakes and kettle corn saturated the air in front of the Mountainlair Friday, while the unfamiliar sound of a chainsaw turned heads as students migrated across the downtown campus. Parkersburg, W.Va., resident David W. Ferguson returned to Morgantown with a collection of chainsaws – not to begin the Halloween weekend in bloody, horror-movie form, but to showcase his talent. While using a chainsaw to take care of some fallen trees or hanging limbs in one’s backyard is an easy task for most amateur lumberjacks, Ferguson takes the tool to a differ-
Ferguson puts the finishing touches on his unique art piece. ent level, as he masterfully cuts and shapes wood to form impressively detailed works of art. F e r g u s o n ’s woodsculpting demonstration was part of the Mountaineer Week Craft Fair and Quilt Show and kicked this week’s celebration off in true West Virginia form. The event showcased the Appalachian culture with arts and crafts from around the region for three days. Ferguson toiled away for hours, grinding and slashing at the hunk of native catalpa wood, slowly revealing the form of the Mountaineer to passersby. The artist paused only to refuel, rehydrate and snag an unfiltered cigarette from a Camel soft pack. Ferguson, an Ohio native, made the Parkersburg
area his home in 1989 and began his trade in 1992 when he decided to take his passion for wood working to the next level. “I started whittling first,” Ferguson said. “I just decided to take a chainsaw and make them bigger.” The self-taught carver has traveled the region participating in conventions and auction-style competitions. His specialties include Appalachian wildlife – everything from bears to turtles – as well as human forms, including American Indians and, of course, Mountaineers. “It’s just so crazy that he can do that with a chainsaw. It is just so much about Appalachia,” said Sonja Wilson, Mountainlair senior programming administrator.
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“It’s just a perfect fit for what we do. You think of logsmen and woodsmen – that all just seems to fit with Mountaineer Week.” At the peak of his carving career, running his company, D-Whittlings, Ferguson estimates he completed between eight and 10 sculptures per day from his old storefront in Williamstown, W.Va. Despite his roots in Williamstown and Parkersburg, Ferguson is no stranger to Morgantown. He has participated in at least four Mountaineer Weeks, and the Mountainlair owns a number of his pieces, including one of his signature bears. “I just want to support the school,” Ferguson said. “The interest of the young folks here is pretty cool, and being I’m so old, I like being around young people. It’s a good time, and everyone is pretty nice up here, and they enjoy what I do.” On Saturday, students will have a special opportunity to take home an original piece by Ferguson. In the student lot, accompanied by the food and festivities preceding the battle between West Virginia University and Texas Christian University, a free raffle will be held. “This year, what we are doing with the mountaineer statue since it is the year of the mountaineer, we are going to have Ferguson make another Mountaineer statue,” Wilson said. “They have to be present to win, and then we are going to have a drawing and give out the mountaineer – a $1,000 value.” For more information on WVU’s Mountaineer Week, visit mountaineerweek.wvu.edu. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Four things WVU must do to save the season
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Before a West Virginia football team collapse that not even the credible Paul Revere could have convinced you would have occurred, I wrote a column outlining what the Mountaineers needed to do to win the Big 12 Conference championship. Now, with West Virginia on the outside looking in in terms of a conference title, it seems fitting to elaborate on what the 23rd-ranked unit must do to savor the 2012 season, already being tabbed by many as a disappointment. Disclaimer: I am not and will never be a coach at the college football level. Take my suggestions with a grain of salt. Get Shawne Alston healthy Alston, who hasn’t played a snap since the Maryland game more than a month ago, is more than just the Mountaineers’ starting running back. He’s also a senior leader on a team that needs leadership. His hard-nosed style of play on the field sets the tone for the entire team. And, most importantly, Alston provides balance to an offense that has faced opposing defenses who have recently sat back in coverage and dared the Mountaineers to run the ball. Did I mention West Virginia scored on the only snap Alston played against the Terrapins? Force turnovers The West Virginia defense has proven it struggles to slow down opposing offenses, let alone stop them. If the 118-ranked unit, in terms of allowing points, wants to give the offense a chance to keep
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The No. 14 West Virginia women’s soccer team beat Texas 1-0 in overtime this weekend. It was the Mountaineers’ first overtime victory in five games this season.
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No. 14 West Virginia closes regular season with first overtime win over Texas by robert kreis sports writer
It took five overtime games, but after one loss and four draws, the No. 14 West Virginia women’s soccer team finally earned an overtime victory against Texas when junior Kara Blosser scored the game-winner in the 98th minute. “Obviously, the parity of the Big 12 and the quality of the Big 12 opponent is so good,” said head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “I thought it was great that we were able to finish (in) the first overtime.” After starting the season 2-3-3, the Mountaineers drew from the tough matches they played during their grueling nonconference schedule early in the year to take down a tenacious conference opponent in the Longhorns. “Every valuable experience we
can have and learn from is huge,” Izzo-Brown said. “I think it’s so important you take a learning experience and turn it into something positive, and that’s what the team did (against Texas).” The winning goal came with two minutes left in the first overtime. After sophomore Kate Schwindel forced a corner kick, senior Mallory Smith played a ball in front of the net that eventually landed on Schwindel’s foot. Schwindel scooted the ball into the middle of the box to Blosser for her third finish of the season. Blosser, a transfer from NC State, brings a toughness to the Mountaineers that allows the team to bully opponents into submission. “She’s a physical presence for us. She really loves to get in the box and get physical. She’s a ball winner that we look to,” Izzo-Brown said. “She’s been able to finish
some really important balls for us – especially in conference play. “She came to West Virginia and was a transfer to win championships, and that’s what she’s helping us do.” Schwindel earned her teamhigh eighth assist on her way to a team high 26 points. While Schwindel has been a consistent offensive threat all season, the Mountaineer defense has been quite impressive as the season has continued. With the shutout against Texas, West Virginia shut out its second opponent in as many tries, holding a foe to zero for the eighth time this season. “I think they have a very good understanding of each other. They have a good understanding of space and cover,” Izzo-Brown said. “They’re just really coming together, and I thought the backline was great (against Texas).
“Texas is a dangerous team, and they were able to come together and get that shutout.” The Mountaineers already clinched the regular-season championship and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament before the Texas match. With the last game of the regular season under wraps, Izzo-Brown wants the Mountaineers, who have not lost in 13 matches, to focus on one game at a time like they have been all season. “What we’ve been focused on is one game at a time,” Izzo-Brown said. “My whole focus is getting better every day.” “If we’re playing our best soccer right now, then we’re playing our best soccer, but we’re just taking each game at a time and getting better.” email@example.com
No. 20 WVU falls 1-0 to Northern Illinois by amit batra sports writer
After suffering a road loss to No. 3 Akron a week ago, the No. 20 West Virginia men’s soccer team came into this weekend’s Mid-American Conference game against Northern Illinois looking to get back on track. But, for the secondstraight time, the Mountaineers came up a little short on the road, falling to the Huskies 1-0. Northern Illinois was able to score in the 84th minute when Isaac Kannah connected on a cross that went past West Virginia’s senior goalkeeper Pat Eavenson. It was Kannah’s first of the season. Although West Virginia matt sunday/the daily athenaeum lost the game, it held advantages in shots, shots on Head coach Marlon LeBlanc and the West Virginia men’s soccer team lost to Northgoal and corner kicks, but it ern Illinois Saturday. The Mountaineers are winless on the road. wasn’t able to take advantage of those opportunities. With the loss, WVU remained winless on the road this season. West Virginia freshman Majed Osman was very close to tying the game a minute after Kannah’s goal with a blast from 30 yards out. The Huskies’ goalkeeper, Jordan Godsey, was able to make a diving stop. Senior midfielder Shadow Sebele led WVU with three shots on the day. Senior defender Eric Schoenle and freshman forward Ryan Cain were able to register two shots each. While Godsey made some incredible saves Saturday, West Virginia was unable to score a goal on the road for the fourth time this season. Northern Illinois added the pressure early, with three opportunities in the first half. The Mountaineers’ best opportunity of the first half came when Sebele had a shot saved by
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No. 1 WVU stays undefeated with win vs. Navy by robert kreis sports writer
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The No. 1 West Virginia rifle team beat Navy this weekend behind personal best scores by multiple Mountaineer shooters.
Five members of the West Virginia rifle team shot personal bests Saturday afternoon when the Mountaineers earned their fifth-straight victory, beating Navy 4710-4613. â€œWe had a lot of good, really consistent performances, and we had some personal bests today,â€? said head coach Jon Hammond. â€œItâ€™s always great when you get a personal best from your team. â€œIt means theyâ€™re progressing, and theyâ€™re able to bring things into the matches theyâ€™re doing in practice, which is good.â€? Freshman Garret Spurgeon topped his personal best on his way to winning the smallbore. The Navy match is the third time the freshman has earned his personal best this season. Joining Spurgeon in the smallbore were sophomore Meelis Kiisk and junior Daniel Sojka. The duo earned personal bests when they tied for third place with a score of 585. In the air rifle, junior Chance Cover earned a personal best of 588 â€“ good enough for fourth â€“ and
redshirt freshman Matthew Martin earned a personal best of 568. Despite all the personal bests West Virginia recorded, according to Hammond, the Mountaineersâ€™ greatest strength is their ability to stay consistent, applying what they learn in practice to matches. â€œThatâ€™s what Iâ€™m most pleased at â€“ that theyâ€™re really starting to show a lot of consistency,â€? Hammond said. â€œItâ€™s kind of all across the board. It just shows we are progressing well, and that consistency is good.â€? The proof is in the teamâ€™s scores. A week removed from breaking the NCAA record for team score, the Mountaineers earned their second-highest score in program history against Navy. â€œThatâ€™s our second-highest score weâ€™ve ever shot, so I would say you have to have consistent scores across the board to do that,â€? Hammond said. Between putting the two highest scores in program history in backto-back weeks and a 5-0 start, Hammond believes West Virginia is just starting to hit its stride as they enter the heart of the season. â€œThereâ€™s always work to keep improving, but I think theyâ€™re def-
initely getting settled into the season and the shooting matches,â€? Hammond said. â€œI (think) thatâ€™s definitely true. Theyâ€™re in the season and ready for all the matches.â€? The Mountaineers may be putting up record-breaking scores, but Hammond knows the importance of continuing to develop and build as the season wears on, while not getting too high on themselves. â€œWeâ€™re not trying to peak in the matches,â€? Hammond said. â€œWeâ€™re trying to learn things from each one and make improvements, and bring things that weâ€™re practicing and training into the matches.â€? With two Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) matches coming up at home against Ole Miss and NC State before a big away trip to Alaska-Fairbanks, all Hammond wants to see the Mountaineers do is keep chugging along. â€œItâ€™s definitely important to just keep working on what weâ€™re doing and hopefully make improvements. There is so much for them to keep working on and improving, and thatâ€™s really encouraging for me as a coach,â€? Hammond said. firstname.lastname@example.org
West Virginia finishes fourth in Big 12 championships by jon fehrens sports writer
The West Virginia cross country team made its longest trip of the season to take part in its first-ever Big 12 Conference Championship. The Mountaineers looked comfortable in their championship debut, finishing fourth overall. Junior Sarah Brault crossed the finish line first for the team in her first race of the season. Brault battled injuries all year and was happy with her performance in the Big 12 Championship. â€œI didnâ€™t want this race to be my return, but I was ready for it.â€? Brault said. â€œI knew I was in shape and didnâ€™t want to rush back. I knew where I stood and
knew I could run a good race. Itâ€™s just about going out there and doing it.â€? The trip allowed the team time to think about the race, which began to rattle some nerves. A veteran leader, Brault took the opportunity to turn the nerves into excitement. â€œIt was exciting to be in Texas. People were definitely nervous, and there was a more serious tone to things. The further you travel, it seems that things get more serious. Everyone was ready, though, and that translated into good performances from the team,â€? Brault said. This yearâ€™s team was one head coach Sean Cleary called a â€œreloadingâ€? one â€“ a bunch of new runners led by talented veterans. The expectations
werenâ€™t as high this season as in the past, but with solid outings this past weekend, the team left pleasantly surprised. â€œWe are all pleased with how this weekend turned out,â€? Brault said. â€œRealistically, we knew where we wanted to finish around here. For this yearâ€™s team, everyone is very happy.â€? The biggest thing the cross country team can take away from the trip down to Texas is the experience they gained from it. Running against some of the best competition in the country will give the team a good look at where they need to be to remain competitive. â€œThis weekendâ€™s meet was a really good time; we saw a lot of fast people. It is good to race against good competition,â€? Brault said. â€œThis is the same
competition that we will be facing for years to come, and we will only get better from knowing them.â€? The team is out of action for two weeks while they prepare for the Regional meet at Penn State. There is a feeling of confidence throughout the team, because the Penn St. course is basically West Virginiaâ€™s home course. â€œWe feel great about the Regional meet. It is at a course that we know really well, and we are expecting to go out there and perform well,â€? Brault said. WVU needs to perform well at regionals if it wants to continue its season, since only the top-two teams advance to Nationals. email@example.com
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last two outings. But, sometimes, Smith isnâ€™t given ample opportunities to air it out. I realize he had 56 pass attempts against Texas Tech two weeks ago. However, most of those came after the Mountaineers trailed significantly. Early in games, the offensive play call has been flooded with screen passes, bubble screens and the infamous flip pass to receiver Tavon Austin. I am not an offensive coordinator for a college football team, but I feel Geno Smith should be given more opportunities to air it out down the field early in games.
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Darbaki led a first-half charge with two shots, including a header that went just above the net. Darbaki also took full advantage of a West Virginia defensive breakdown that allowed a breakaway against Eavenson. The Mountaineers dodged a bullet as Darbaki lost control before being able to take a shot. With the minor upset, WVU fell to 8-5-2 overall
and 3-2-1 in the MAC. The Huskies improved to 5-8-3 (3-1-1 MAC). West Virginia must rebound quickly as a nonconference Stony Brook opponent comes to Morgantown Tuesday. The match will be a â€˜Kick or Treatâ€™ event in which all fans are encouraged to wear a costume. email@example.com
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West Virginia sweeps Villanova, James Madison by austin seidel sports writer
Redemption was on the minds of the West Virginia swimming and diving team members as they traveled to Villanova over the weekend. For the women, it was a double-dual meet, and James Madison entered the pool for a rematch against the Mountaineers after defeating WVU 156-144 in the WVU natatorium. The Mountaineer women defeated the Wildcats at home last season, but did not achieve the same results in their last trip to Vil-
lanova, during which they lost to the Wildcats by a score of 106-135. Saturday, the men’s and women’s swimmers and divers swept both opponents with a 174-113 victory against Villanova for the men and 171-128 and 163-137 victories against Villanova and JMU for the women’s teams. Senior swimmer Rachael Burnett started strong for the Mountaineers with firstplace finishes in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-meter freestyle events to extend her number of first-place finishes to 70 for her career.
Burnett would later contribute another strong finish to her list of accomplishments as she aided the 200-meter freestyle relay squad to a second-place finish. For the men, freshman presence was strong as Andrew Marsh, Jay Hickey, Ross Glegg and Chase Williams all recorded victories in 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke and freestyle events. Sophomore swimmer Daeton Davenport also recorded a 9:39.72 time in the 1,000-meter free to add to the victory total for the Mountaineers, who re-
bounded well from a loss to Penn State. West Virginia’s divers took to the pool in the second half of the events with hopes of building on the success of their swimming counterparts in earlier events. “I think my divers were on point against (Villanova and JMU),” said West Virginia diving coach Michael Grapner. “They did everything they had to do and put important points on the board.” For the men, junior diver Richard Pokorny and freshman Christian
Parker swapped first- and second-place finishes in the one- and three-meter board events, respectively, as Parker also qualified for the NCAA Zone “A” Championships. With Parker’s qualification the Mountaineers bring their NCAA Zone “A” Championship competitors to four with several events remaining. “Christian was impressive today,” Grapner said. “He has grown quite a bit since joining the team, and he continues to get better every time he steps foot on the boards. Richard has
done well to lead by example and really help out this team.” Sophomore diver Haily VandePoel contributed a pair of second-place finishes in the one- and threemeter boards as well and also managed to break WVU one-meter board record previously held by Ashley Malik. The Mountaineers look to continue their success against Cincinnati as they take to the road yet again Friday to face the Bearcats at 5:30 p.m. email@example.com
Spurrier says Lattimore had knee dislocated COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said running back Marcus Lattimore had his right knee dislocated against Tennessee and the injury is something he can come back from to play football again. Spurrier visited Lattimore on Sunday and said the junior had a good attitude about his condition. Spurrier said South Carolina team doctor Jeffrey Guy was able to put Lattimore’s knee back in place soon after he was taken from the field to the hospital. Spurrier said the injury was significant, but discounted speculation Lattimore would never play football again. Lattimore has not used a redshirt season so he could take as long as necessary to recover and still return to the Gamecocks for the 2014 season. “We’re optimistic his football days are ahead of him,” Spurrier said. Guy said a statement detailing Lattimore’s injuries will be released later Sunday. Spurrier hasn’t yet talked with Lattimore, who turns 21 on Monday, about his future. The coach said the full extent of Lattimore’s knee damage is unknown, although he did not hear from doctors or trainers the most dire prognoses of broken bones and full ligament tears that
popped up on social media. Spurrier said recovery will take some time, perhaps more than one offseason. “He knows what the road ahead is,” said Spurrier, who visited Lattimore on Sunday. “We’re all hoping and praying he’ll be back.” That didn’t seem possible to anyone who watched Lattimore fall or saw the slow-motion replays of second-quarter hit. Lattimore is wrapped up from behind on a 2-yard run when Vols defensive back Eric Gordon comes in low. Lattimore’s right leg sickeningly flops over and slams against the turf. Trainers immediately surround Lattimore. Eventually, players from both sides come out to comfort Lattimore and surround him as he’s lifted into a cart and taken away by ambulance. “I saw the look in his eyes when he was on the ground,” South Carolina receiver Ace Sanders said. “He was really heartbroken about the injury. We were just trying to keep him strong.” A host of sports figures and other celebrities sent Lattimore support via Twitter, including N.Y. Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, and Hootie and the Blowfish singer and South Carolina alum Darius Rucker.
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore grabs his right knee after getting hit by Tennessee’s Eric Gordon during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. “Praying for Marcus Lattimore. Hate to see the best RB in college go down. Keep ya head up my man!” said Dallas runner DeMarco Murray on Twitter. Spurrier said he’s gotten so many messages of support, he believes Lattimore may be the most popular player in South Carolina history. Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw said the team played for Lattimore in the second half, South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) holding on for a 38-35 win over Tennessee
(3-5, 0-5). The Gamecocks moved up six spots to No. 11 in the latest rankings. They don’t play again until Nov. 10 against Arkansas. The Gamecocks had to play without Lattimore the second half of last season, too, after he tore ligaments in his left knee against Mississippi State. South Carolina went 5-1 with their star rusher on the sidelines, an experience Spurrier hopes they can draw on down the stretch this year. “We’d rather have Marcus on our team, that’s for dang sure,” Spurrier said. “In life,
sometimes you’ve got to move on with whatever hand you’re dealt.” Senior Kenny Miles will be South Carolina’s starter with freshman Mike Davis serving as backup. Lattimore is expected to be re-evaluated this week. He’s already made it back once through the gutwrenching rehab process, returning as one of the SEC’s top backs this season. He finishes this year with 662 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lattimore scored on a 28-yard run against Tennessee, adding to his school record of 41
career TDs. Vols receiver Justin Hunter said Tennessee players wanted to show their respect for Lattimore. “We felt for him. We knew he came off a knee injury and for this to happen to him is bad,” Hunter said. “The whole team just wanted to go out and show support.” Whatever decisions Lattimore makes about his future, he’s got Spurrier’s blessing. “We’ll just go a day at a time and allow the doctors and Marcus and a lot of prayers do their work,” Spurrier said.
Harden expects to sign long-term deal with Houston HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden plans to sign a longterm extension with the Houston Rockets before the regular season begins. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year joined his new team Sunday after he was traded to the Rockets from Oklahoma City late Saturday. The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick in the surprising deal. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston. “It happened so fast, it happened very fast,” Harden said. “But this is the position I’m in in now. Just have to make the best out of it. I’m with Houston now. I just AP have to come in here and James Harden was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rock- play hard and win games.” ets this weekend. Thunder general manager
Sam Presti said Houston was able to offer Harden a contract that Oklahoma City could not. “Quite honestly, the value of the trade was greater based on the fact that the Rockets could offer him the contract that he was seeking,” Presti said. “By doing it when we did it, it allowed the Rockets to secure – or I believe it will allow the Rockets to secure him and James will get the contract that he was seeking. And because of that, we were able to capitalize on the trade and probably get a little bit more than we would have if we would have waited.” The Rockets nabbed Harden on the night before holding a public practice at the Toyota Center. An hour before the practice started, fans peered into the shaded, street-level glass windows to
catch a glimpse of the new arrival on the Rockets’ practice court. The 23-year-old Harden says he’ll have to adjust to a rebuilding team after playing for a contender in Oklahoma City. The acquisition of Harden completes an offseason overhaul for the Rockets, who’ve missed the playoffs the last three seasons. Houston cut or traded every veteran player, including point guard Kyle Lowry, backup Goran Dragic, shooting guard Courtney Lee and popular forward Luis Scola. The Thunder, meanwhile, are one of the favorites to win the Western Conference after losing to Miami in last year’s finals. “This is definitely different,” Harden said. “But it’s something that we have to learn to deal with. This is a business and everything happens for a reason. I’m going to just to play hard, try to play hard and do whatever it takes to win.” Harden was a first-round pick by Oklahoma City out of Arizona State in 2009. He started only seven games in three seasons, but he became an indispensable reserve. Last year, he averaged 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the regular season. “I like the way he plays,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “He’s got a pace to his game that I like, I think he plays at a speed where he can repeat things over and over again. He’s not playing at a warp speed. He really takes his time, and goes when he wants to go, starts, stops. He’s a really sophisticated player.” Harden struggled in the NBA finals, shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3-point range. He scored 19 points with five assists in Game 5, a 121-106 Miami victory that clinched the championship. He’ll also have to adjust to a starting role in Hous-
ton, joining Jeremy Lin in the backcourt. “He’s always been an efficient, easy player to play with,” Lin said. “The way he plays, the style he plays is very in tune with what we’re trying to do.” McHale thinks Harden can make a seamless switch to a starting role. “I don’t think he’ll need any adjusting,” McHale said. “I don’t think that’ll be an issue at all. He’s just going to get an opportunity to get more time and start the game.” Harden and his new teammates arrived at the Toyota Center in a limousine just moments after Martin drove away. Martin has averaged 18.4 points and 2.1 assists in eight NBA seasons, most of them with Sacramento. He played 2½ seasons in Houston and averaged 23.5 points in 201011 under coach Rick Adelman. The Rockets and Adelman parted ways after that season, and Martin’s numbers dipped in McHale’s first season. He was in the final year of his contract and is due to make about $13 million this season. The 6-foot-2 Lamb was the 12th overall pick in the draft. Lamb helped Connecticut win the 2011 Final Four and led the Rockets’ summerleague team in scoring, averaging 20 points. Lin said he was “pretty excited” about the deal, although he said it doesn’t change the team’s expectations. “The way we’re looking at it is we want to make the playoffs, whether the trade happened or not,” he said. “We’re still looking at the same exact focus, the same exact goal.” If nothing else, the arrival of Harden will deflect some of the attention away from Lin, on the court and off it. “We’ll see how everything plays out,” Lin said. “It’ll be dispersed a little more.”
The October 29 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.