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Wednesday October 31, 2012

Volume 126, Issue 53

Sandy brings snow, slow to town by bryan bumgardner associate city editor

The effects of hurricane Sandy hit West Virginia late Monday night, causing high winds, snow accumulation and power outages across the state. With more than 280,000 residents without power and snowfalls of up to 17 inches, both Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in West Virginia.

“As this storm continues to impact our state, I ask all residents to stay off the roads unless it is an emergency,” Tomblin said in a release on his website. “Our local, state and – with this emergency declaration – now federal emergency leaders are working diligently to address the evolving needs of all West Virginians.” Across the state, public schools in dozens of counties have canceled school for Wednesday, and several

Universities including Concord, Bluefield State and Potomac State, have cancelled classes. In Morgantown, West Virginia University officially remains open, but many professors have independently cancelled classes. In response to students’ absences Tuesday, Senior Associate Provost Russell Dean issued a statement to WVU professors. “Because of the current weather conditions, some

WVU students are encountering difficulty getting to class today,” he said. “WVU faculty members are encouraged to be lenient and reasonable in permitting students who are absent from class because of the whether to make up assignments or tests.” Narvel Weese, WVU Vice President of Administration and Finance, urges students and employees to use good judgement when

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Snow descended upon Morgantown Monday night and continued into Tuesday, leaving roads and sidewalks difficult to navigate.

Exercise, cancer awareness in ‘Workout in Pink’


by shelby toompas staff writer


Justin Smith, a senior criminology student, eats a biscuit at Tudor’s Biscuit World’s new location on High Street in Morgantown.

Popular biscuit chain opens new location near WVU’s Downtown Campus By Madison Fleck Staff Writer

Students living on West Virginia University’s downtown campus may now “start their day the homemade way” without traveling far from home. Tudor’s Biscuit World recently opened its newest location on High Street. “We’ve been wanting to come to the High Street area for a while now,” said Joe Horvath, owner of the Suncrest and High Street locations. The building’s previous occupant, First Exchange Bank, closed during the summer, and Horvath said he has been working on the building ever since. “It was actually our first choice, but it never worked out until now,” he said. Horvath and his wife, Barbara, initiated the Tudor’s Biscuit World franchise in Morgantown. “I’m from the southern part of West Virginia, and when my kids came up here for school, they were disappointed to find that there were no Tudor’s,” he said. “They’re used to seeing them off of every exit.” The couple was semi-retired at the time and were easily able to begin the franchise in the Morgantown area. They have opened both locations in Suncrest and on High Street and Horvath said he hopes to expand even further. “We’ve got an area that’s developing that includes Monongalia County, Marion County and Preston County,” Horvath said. “So, if there are people who are interested in putting a Tudor’s in any of these places, they need to tell us, and we’d love to do that.” For the time being, the High Street location will operate on the franchise’s normal business hours: Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. However, Horvath said he is hoping they will soon

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Justin Smith, a senior criminology student, orders at the recently opened Tudor’s Biscuit World on High Street.

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This year, West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences held an exercise incentive program and Breast Cancer Awareness event for the entire month of October. The event, titled “Workout in Pink,” is new to WVU, and many students and faculty were anxious to participate. Workout sessions were held during the month for registered members, and those who completed 20 workouts were put in a drawing for a gift basket. “The purpose of the event was to not only bring awareness and benefit Breast Cancer Research but to create an incentive for people to start exercising as well,” said Nancy Naternicola, WVU’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Fitness and Wellness Director. The event took place at Stansbury Fitness Center from Oct. 1-31. “Personal Training interns currently working at Stansbury Fitness Center this semester were in charge of putting up the display, handing out goody bags,

welcoming participants, personal training and signing off on participant’s workout logs,” Naternicola said. Anyone 12 years of age or over was eligible to pay the $20 registration fee to participate. “Those who signed up received a complimentary membership to Stansbury Fitness assessments, workout programs and oneon-one training if they desire,” she said. “On the first day, participants received their goody bag, including a Workout for Pink T-shirt, a power bar, bottle of water and a pink wrist band.” Any remaining money will be donated to the Betty Puskar Cancer Center. All workouts were held indoors at the Fitness Center. “Not only did individuals have access to the Stansbury Fitness Center, which includes the usual equipment, such as weight machines, free weights, cardio machines, kettle bells and etc., but most importantly they had access to their own personal trainer who could help them with fitness goals, workouts, assessments, program designs for the entire

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On a dark and stormy Monday night, listeners huddled in the lobby of E. Moore Hall to experience the second annual West Virginia University Ghost Story Telling event. To celebrate the Halloween season, WVU welcomed award-winning West Virginia storyteller Jason Burns, who has traveled to various locations around the state and works with The West Virginia Spectral Heritage Project to seek out other ghost and monster stories to perform next. Burns said his English professor at WVU got him interested in telling ghost stories. After his first supernatural experience in the Wise Library, Burns has been in-

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terested in ghost stories. “After that I just started telling ghost stories because that was my niche,” Burns said. Now, his travels have given him a collection of tales. “I collect ghost stories from all over West Virginia, and I have almost 500,” he said. “My goal was to have at least one from each county, but I would find one then I would find five at once.” Burns started The West Virginia Spectral Heritage Project in 2006 as part of Mountaineer Week. “I was working with the Mountaineer Week staff at the time, and they needed programming through children, so I came up with the project,” Burns said. Burns said this is the

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2 | NEWS

Wednesday October 31, 2012

Obama warns Americans storm ‘is not over yet’

President Barack Obama receives applause from workers during the his visit to the Disaster Operation Center of the Red Cross National Headquarter to discuss superstorm Sandy Tuesday in Washington. WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to project command in a crisis, President Barack Obama told stormstricken residents along the East Coast that “America is with you” but warned that the disaster “is not yet over.” As the countdown to Election Day reached the one week mark, Obama immersed himself Tuesday in his official duties. He convened conference calls with state and local officials, held briefings in the White House Situation Room and dropped by

Red Cross headquarters in Washington. “My instructions to the federal agencies has been, ‘Do not figure out why we can’t do something; I want you to figure out how we do something,’” Obama said. “There’s no excuse for inaction at this point.” Obama said there still were risks of flooding and downed power lines and called the storm “heartbreaking for the nation.” The White House also announced that Obama was scrapping a third consecutive day of cam-

paigning and instead would travel to New Jersey on Wednesday to view the devastation from superstorm Sandy. His tour guide was to be New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, a supporter of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Christie’s political affiliations, however, didn’t stop him from showering praise on Obama for the president’s response to the huge storm that battered his state and several others. “The president has been


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Snow accumulates in Woodburn Circle on the Downtown Campus Tuesday.


Continued from page 1 second year he has done the ghost tour at WVU. “I’ve been a storyteller since 2002, but I didn’t always perform here,” Burns said. “However, I’ve been doing storytelling at WVU since 2006.” Burns said by telling ghost stories, individuals can learn a lot about history, their culture and most of all, about being human. “The one about E. Moore is one of my favorites because it tells people about history and about how to be brave,” Burns said. Burns said he was a headliner for the first time at the West Virginia Storytelling

Festival this year at Pricketts Fort, and he has participated in Tellebration every year in the Mountainlair as part of Mountaineer Week. “I’ve performed at conferences, schools, churches, festivals, The Greenbrier Hotel and many other places around the state,” Burns said. “It’s a lot of fun because you never know where you’re going to end up next. There’s nothing to pack, I just take the top hat, the cane and the gloves, and I’m off, but you don’t even need that to tell a good story.” Burns started the night off talking about E. Moore Hall and continued with other haunted buildings, such as the Woodburn Hall, the Mountainlair, Stewart Hall,

deciding to attend work or class. The University rarely cancels classes entirely, but should conditions worsen, Weese said the University is prepared to make cancellations. However, in the event of a cancellation, essential operations such as dining services, residential hall services and bus routes will continue to operate on a normal schedule. Residents reported snowfalls of 2-3 inches on Dorsey Avenue, 12 inches on Grafton Road and 1-2 inches on Van Voorhis Road, and Interstate 68 was closed between Morgantown and the Maryland state line due to blizzard Wise Library, Colson Hall, Pi Beta Phi and dorms such as Boreman and Stalnaker. Today, Burns resides in Morgantown and claims his own house is haunted. “I just wish people would come out to storytelling more and get themselves more involved with West Virginia culture,” Burns said. “This state is a beautiful place to just get out and enjoy because it’s one of the few places that people have a sense of place.” To learn more information about Burns and his ghost and monster storytelling, visit www.wvspectralheritage. com or

all over this and he deserves great credit,” Christie told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” ‘’I’ve been on the phone with him, like I said, yesterday personally three times. He gave me his number at the White House, told me to call him if I need anything, and he absolutely means it. It’s been very good working with the president.” With Obama back in Washington, the White House, which had taken a backseat to the presidential campaign for months, suddenly was the hub of

activity. Aides described the staff, especially those who had been sidelined by the re-election campaign, as reinvigorated by the challenge of coordinating the storm response. Obama made phone calls to local officials well into the early morning hours Tuesday. He also convened a conference call with 13 governors and seven mayors in states impacted by the storm. The officials, speaking in geographical order from south to north, briefed the president on the storm’s

conditions. Across the state, members of the West Virginia National Guard have been deployed to assess damage and provide disaster relief. Teams of liason officers will travel through communities to ensure the residents have the supplies necessary to survive the storm. Monongalia County is not scheduled for a visit by these teams, however. FEMA has also gained clearance to provide federal disaster relief to West Virginia, but no plans have been announced. For updates on disaster relief and releases from the governor’s office, visit To learn more about cancelled events at WVU, visit www.


Continued from page 1 month,” she said. “The personal trainers were also there to encourage participants to continue exercising once the event has ended.” Even though the main focus for the event was for individuals to start exercising regularly, they also wanted individuals to gain awareness of breast cancer and aid research by attending. “I hope participants improved their health and fitness, started exercising regularly and increased their awareness of breast cancer,” Naternicola said. Naternicola said WVU students who are pursuing a minor in personal training came


up with the idea in her summer ACE 460 Fitness Management class. Because WVU personal training students designed it, they were able to see their hard work in action. “This was a purposeful assignment, and the students took pride in implementing the program and see it come to fruition,” she said. Besides becoming aware of breast cancer, individuals were able to learn how to include exercise in busy schedules; how to exercise with correct form and technique; the importance of including all the components of fitness, such as strength, cardio, flexibility, balance and core; and more about the University and its students. “I hope all of the partic-

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impact and the status of recovery efforts in their areas. The president played the role of facilitator, trying to arrange for officials in places where the storm’s impact was minor to send resources to hard-hit areas. Obama planned to turn his attention back to campaigning Thursday, with stops scheduled in Nevada, Colorado and Ohio. Campaign officials said the president may try to make up for lost time by adding more events to an already busy schedule this weekend and into next week.

Morgantown received several inches of snow as a result of Superstorm Sandy.


The High Street Tudor’s Biscuit World gives students on the Downtown Campus the opportunity for ‘Breakfast the Homemade Way.’


be able to begin a latenight schedule to better fit college students’ schedules. “We’re having some technical difficulties with credit cards through our cable processor,” he said. “Until we resolve that, we won’t be able to open late at night.” Horvath said in the future he plans to extend hours Wednesday though Saturday, staying open until 4 a.m. and possibly have Friday night roll into Saturday morning. “We have two deals,” Horvath said. “The ‘Rubber U’ deal is when people buy a biscuit meal and they get a biscuit of equal or greater value and the Campus special, which is a coupon as well as an app, and people can buy a biscuit and

ipants enjoyed and benefited from their exercise programs and that students learned how to interact and work with people and their behaviors and gain leadership skills,” Naternicola said. “Even though this was the first time for the event, we hope to make it an annual one.” This event was one of the “Lifetime Activities Programs.” Besides fitness programs, WVU offers activity programming for both kids and adults in aquatics, gymnastics and other activities. For more information on Workout for Pink and other events, visit www.cpass.wvu. edu, or call Lifetime Activity office at (304) 293-0859.

get a combo upgrade.” Local Tudor’s customers said they were thrilled about the convenience of the new location. “Today was my first experience in this Tudor’s,” said Zack Davis, a frequent customer of Tudor’s. “I got the sausage gravy platter, and it was fantastic. It was better than the one on Evansdale.” Horvath said he was excited about the different type of business the new location will bring the restaurant. “We have a lot more walk-bys near the High Street location, so we will be able to attract more customers. It is in close proximity, so Tudor’s no longer has to be a destination.” For more information, visit Tudor’s Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @TudorsMotown.


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Protesters delay vote on new Libyan Cabinet


A Libyan family walks by a mural exhibition celebrating one year since the fall of dictator Muammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, Libya. TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s new prime minister on Tuesday put forward a Cabinet for parliamentary approval, but protesters stormed the building during the session, forcing a postponement of the vote on the new government. Around 100 protesters, a mix of bearded civilians and self-proclaimed rebels, broke into the hall during a session in which Ali Zidan, the new prime minister, was telling the National General Congress that he tried to strike a geographic balance among different regions and cities. The protesters faced little resistance as they entered, and a local TV station showed video of the breakin before it went off air. The protesters had various complaints about the nominated ministers, including that some had connections to the ousted regime of dicta-

tor Moammar Gadhafi. Interim President Mohammed al-Megarif talked to the protesters, and they left the hall. Then they returned, forcing the parliament to postpone the vote on the new Cabinet until Wednesday. “Let Libyans know the atmosphere in which we operate,” al-Megarif said. “The least we can say about what happened is that it is pressure on the Congress members.” He said criticism of the Cabinet was welcomed but appealed for a peaceful expression of opinion. “The Congress represents legitimacy in this country,” he said. A year after the overthrow and death of Gadhafi, Libyans are seeking a broader distribution of political power among the country’s three main regions, after decades of domination and

discrimination by the dictator’s highly centralized state based in the capital, Tripoli. The new Cabinet faces the herculean task of reigning in a mushrooming number of armed groups, filled mostly with former rebel fighters who defeated Gadhafi’s forces during last year’s eight-month civil war. The government must also build state institutions such as the judiciary, police, military and others from scratch, and rebuild cities and towns demolished during the conflict. Zidan, a former human rights lawyer chosen Oct. 14, is the second prime minister to be named by the 200-member parliament. Legislators dismissed his predecessor, Mustafa Abushaqur, after they said he had put forward unknown people for key Cabinet posts and proposed a government lacking

diversity. Zidan said he held talks with the country’s political parties including the two biggest blocs in parliament, the Alliance of National Forces, led by liberal wartime Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Justice and Construction Party. Such talks are seen important to ensure that his 27-member Cabinet lineup passes the vote of confidence. The proposed Cabinet gives the interior and defense portfolios to ministers from Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, and reserves at least two posts for ministers from the third largest city, Misrata. Two proposed ministers are women. The protesters named the proposed foreign minister and religious endowment ministers as linked to Gadhafi’s regime.

The new Cabinet will also have to deal with the displacement of tens of thousands of residents of the western town of Bani Walid. The town, a stronghold of Gadhafi’s loyalists, fell in a battle to pro-government forces last week. After rounding up a number of suspects, pro-government militias withdrew from the town. Abdullah Boushnaf, named head of Bani Walid’s city council, complained the government had no plan to fill the vacuum and said the situation was “disastrous.” “We don’t understand what is happening. The government made promises and said that there are plans to bring back the displaced, but nothing has happened until now. Looters are taking over everything from public to private properties,” he said. The chaos mounted with

recent remarks from outgoing Defense Minister Osama al-Gweili, who claimed on Monday that the forces that took over Bani Walid were not under the government control, calling them just “militias.” Al-Gweili is from the western mountain town of Zintan, which has close ties with Bani Walid and whose fighters opposed military action against the town. Al-Gweili’s remarks underscore the absence of a clear mechanism of decision making by Libya’s rulers. Al-Megarif said earlier this month that the forces leading the offensive on Bani Walid had state backing, and his military chief of staff, Youssef al-Mangoush, said that he sent reinforcements. The contradictions show how tribal loyalties play major roles in decision making.

Syria activists report 23 dead in airstrikes near Damascus suburb BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes by Syrian jets and shells from tanks leveled a neighborhood in a restive city near the capital of Damascus on Tuesday, killing 18 people, and at least five rebel fighters died nearby in clashes with regime troops, activists said. The airstrikes on the city of Douma, northeast of the capital, left residents scampering over a huge expanse of rubble and using their hands to dig up mangled bodies, according to activist videos posted online. Scenes of vast destruction like those from Douma on Tuesday have grown more common as rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad have made gains on the ground, and Assad’s forces have responded with overwhelming air power. In the past weeks, antiregime activists say about 150 people have been killed a day in fighting. Since the uprising against Assad began in March 2011, they say 35,000 have died.

Tuesday’s airstrikes came a day after what activists called the heaviest and most widespread bombing campaign nationwide, on what was to be the final day of an internationally sanctioned truce that never took hold. The death toll for what was supposed to be a fourday cease-fire ending Monday exceeded 500. Activists speculated that the government’s heavy reliance on air power reflected its inability to roll back rebel gains, especially in the north of the country near the border with Turkey, where rebels have control of swathes of territory. The international community remains at a loss about how to stop the Syria violence. The U.S. and other Western and Arab nations have called on Assad to step down, while Russia, China and Iran continue to back him. In the latest fighting after nightfall Tuesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 18 civilians were killed

in an airstrike and tank fire Tuesday in the Hajariyeh neighborhood in the suburb of Douma, northeast of Damascus. The dead included four women and five children, the group said, adding that the toll could rise as residents were still searching through the rubble. Five rebel fighters were also killed in clashes with regime forces elsewhere in Douma, the group said. Amateur videos posted online showed a deep, rubble-filled crater in the middle of what appeared to be a poor neighborhood, with many walls collapsed in the blast. Men were seen chanting “God is great!” while pulling a mangled body from the rubble in one video. They used their hands to dig through cinder blocks and cement dust in another to uncover another dead body. In yet another video, a man standing in the destruction yells at the camera, “These are the accomplishments of Lakhdar

Brahimi,” referring to the international envoy who proposed the recent, failed cease-fire. Regime airstrikes also collapsed buildings in the rebel-held northern city of Maaret al-Numan, which straddles a key supply route from the capital to Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and a main front in the civil war. Assad’s regime has been hammering away at Maaret al-Numan, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Aleppo, with heavy airstrikes since it fell to rebels on Oct. 10. One amateur video purporting to show the aftermath of an airstrike on Tuesday showed a man holding up the dead body of a small girl in a red and white shirt and baby blue pants. Other videos showed men carrying bloodied women and children from destroyed buildings. The Observatory said the day’s airstrikes on the city killed at least seven people, four of them children. One video showed

the bodies of three girls wrapped in white shrouds. Nearby, a man dripped water on the face of a dead older man with a white beard, saying: “Go to heaven, dad. May God take revenge.” The Observatory said at least one rebel fighter was also killed in clashes south of the city, and regime forces were trying to bring in reinforcements from further south. Activist claims and videos could not be independently verified because of restrictions on reporting in Syria, but the videos appeared genuine and corresponded with other Associated Press reporting on the events depicted. Violence also flared elsewhere in and around Damascus. The Observatory said missiles fired from a fighter jet struck the capital’s Jobar neighborhood – a rare hit in the capital’s municipal area. Most of the fighting around Damascus for the past few months has been in suburbs and out-

skirts, where rebels have managed to challenge the regime. Syria’s state news agency said an “armed terrorist group” assassinated a high-ranking air force general. Maj. Gen. Abdullah Mahmoud al-Khalidi was gunned down while getting out of his car in the mostly Kurdish neighborhood of Rukn Eddine in Damascus. The government views the rebels as terrorists and accuses them of being foot soldiers in a foreign plot to destroy Syria. In Turkey, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed “great sadness” that the cease-fire had failed and said government was done talking to Assad’s regime. “Unfortunately the attacks continued, and the Syrian people spent the holidays suffering great pain,” Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara. “There would be no meaning to forging a dialogue with a regime that pressed ahead with such a massacre even during the holidays.”

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Manchin, Tomblin for W.Va. In less than one week, the 2012 election season will finally come to an end. Although the presidential election tends to garner most of the attention, there are many other important races you should be paying attention to. Chief among these are the various races for congressional seats and governorships across the country. Even though these races aren’t as hyped as the presidential race, they are just as important. Leaders who represent us as citizens of the state of West Virginia are closer to our needs and desires than national leaders and thus can be more responsive to them. Two of West Virginia’s key races this election season are its race for a U.S. Senate seat and the gubernatorial race.

For the U.S. Senate race, in which incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is being challenged by Republican Morgantown businessman and perennial candidate John Raese, The Daily Athenaeum editorial board endorses Sen. Manchin. Although Manchin’s coziness with the coal industry, from which he has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, should trouble all West Virginians, Raese’s candidacy simply cannot be taken seriously. In addition to his tendency to make outlandish comments, including his comparison of the Monongalia County smoking ban to Hitler’s requirement for Jews to wear a Star of David on their clothing, Raese’s far-right policy positions,

notably his calls to deregulate the coal industry and his promise to support the repeal of the health care reform bill, would be harmful to all West Virginians. Moreover, Sen. Manchin has spent his first two years in the senate carving his independence from both of the two major parties and considering the individual issues when necessary, as opposed to simply toeing the party line. This independence should be applauded, especially considering the hyper-polarized nature of today’s political environment. It is also reflective of the West Virginian public, which tends to support programs that create a social safety net but are socially conservative. For the gubernatorial race, we endorse Democratic Gov. Earl Ray

Tomblin. Like Raese, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney’s support for eliminating regulations, which are needed to prevent future mining disasters and maintain a safe and healthy environment, would be harmful to West Virginia. Unfortunately, Tomblin also has close ties to the coal industry. Because of this relationship, we would like to point out that we were somewhat reluctant to make both these endorsements. West Virginians have been subjected to a long history of abuse from the coal industry. At almost every level, the politicians we elect to keep the industry in check owe a substantial fraction of their campaign coffers to contributions from this

very industry. Thus, their objectivity is undoubtedly compromised, and this has resulted in tragedies such as the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster and the decimation of our pristine mountains via mountaintop removal. This problem is a deepseated one that West Virginians must address in the long run. However, for this election season, there is clearly a lesser of two evils. The two Democratic candidates, despite their faults, will serve our state better than their Republican counterparts, whose calls for deregulation and further capitulation to the coal industry will only serve to exacerbate our state’s many problems.

up with ideas of ways to raise money for the group, it was suggested that we take part in CiCi’s advertised group fund raiser. We contacted them and they initially told us would be fine and we could take advantage of this opportunity. A few weeks went by while we gathered volunteers and promoted our fundraising day. Then one week before the fundraiser was scheduled, we received a call from them stating that there was an issue. A representative from CiCi’s (which is privately owned) said they couldn’t

let us do the fundraiser because of the nature of our group. Their reasoning for canceling was that they had a lot of families that eat there and they didn’t want to risk offending them. We clarified that our organization has no stance on drug use and is about changing public policy to be more reasonable. CiCi’s was undeterred and explained that they understood this point and still were concerned that their clientele would be offended. Despite their apology we

suddenly did not have the funding we had expected to take our students to the regional SSDP conference. With only a week to go, we simply had no other way of raising the money. Of course this seems unfair to us. Are they saying that because we have the word “drug” in our organization’s name it isn’t OK for us to raise funds? There are plenty of other student organizations with controversial policy stances who they would never deny fundraising opportunities simply because of the bad press it would incur.

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Letter to the editor SSDP does not condone drug use Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is a legitimate student-run organization. It does not condone drug use. SSDP advocates for public policy reform and an end to the failed war on drugs. Some new members say they expected a bunch of stoners. Instead what they find is a group of intelligent, motivated and organized students. These are students who care about social policy.

What we have in common is the agreement that the war on drugs is a harmful campaign, with class and racial consequences that far outweigh any positive outcomes. As a student organization, there are events and learning opportunities that the group needs to be able to attend. This usually costs money and because the members are broke college students, fundraising is a necessary part of keeping the club active and fun. We do this in a variety of ways. When we were coming

The really bizarre part about the claim that our presence would offend “family values” is that we are fighting to keep families together. Supporting the mass incarceration created by the war on drugs seems to support the destruction of families. We hope you take this into account the next time you are considering where to dine. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a student organization at WVU. To contact this organization, go to

Why I want Mitt Romney to be my president


Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney steps off his campaign plane in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday.

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Earlier this week, The Daily Athenaeum editorial board endorsed Barack Obama for president. While I respect the board’s opinion, I do not concur. For the last four years we have seen an administration that seldom takes credit for its mistakes and jumps at the first opportunity at touting their successes to an extreme, even if it means throwing people under the bus. The perfect example is the Obama Administration’s decision to go after Osama Bin Laden. Don’t get me wrong; the administration should be praised for this decision and has been many times over. In the foreign policy debate, the president refers to the decision in the first person as “I”


and not “we” like he should. Also, there is one other much more important factor the president likes to neglect – he didn’t kill Osama Bin Laden, our brave U.S. Navy SEALs did. In my humble opinion, the administration has consistently thrown our allies under the bus, ranging from the U.K. to Poland to Israel. It’s quite clear that there is a strong rift between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Obama administration. We could talk all day about the underlying reasons for this, but at the end of the day when the president chooses to appear on the View as opposed to meet with a strategic ally, that says something about the president’s priorities. I’m not even going to get started on the numerous intelligence leaks and the current situation in Benghazi. I could write a whole paper on

the Libya issue and the implications it has, but for the sake of time and argument, I will spare the readers from it. The biggest failure of the Obama Administration is clearly on the economy. Yes, the President inherited a tough situation, but his policies have not made things better. In fact, they have made things worse. President Obama likes to point to the fact that he has not been able to get things done because of the “obstructionist” Republican Congress. For half his term, he had a bulletproof super majority, with which he could pass any bill he wanted, within reason. That’s exactly what he and the Democratic majority did in passing both the DoddFrank Act, and the historic Affordable Care Act now dubbed “Obamacare.” Just two years ago, the Republican Part stormed the House by retaking a major-

ity in a way our country has never seen before. This surely wasn’t out of any lost love for the Republican Party. It was for one very clear reason – a direct repudiation for the President’s first two years in office. Had Republicans fielded better Senate candidates in 2010, I believe they would have easily taken the Senate, as well. The left-wing media played it off like it wasn’t a big deal, when in fact it was quite a big deal. In 2008, even in the aftermath of the devastating economic collapse, our GDP growth was 2.7 percent. That was considered anemic, and of course the President insisted that things would get better. Our GDP has fallen every year he’s been in office and this year it was a tepid 1.7 percent. When the President ran in 2008, he emphatically declared that it was unpatriotic

to let our debt balloon as it had under the Bush Administration. He was correct, but we have seen more debt incur the last four years than the previous 43 administrations combined. If amassing that kind of debt is truly unpatriotic, what does that mean for you and your Administration, Mr. President? On the other hand, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have very succinctly laid out their plan to get us out this recession. People are entitled to opinions; however, they are not entitled to facts. That became clear after the President was taken out of his left-wing bubble with no teleprompter, and he finally had to answer for the Administration’s numerous failures. The first debate clearly showed his ignorance on how a free market economy truly works. The only thing that is clear about this Ad-

ministration is that they have absolutely no plan for the economy, and they will only continue to bury us in more debt and regulations. Just recently, the Des Moines Register endorsed Mitt Romney for President. At first glance this may not seem all that significant. Behind the scenes the Obama Administration lobbied the Des Moines Register for an endorsement, because Iowa is a critical battle ground state that could determine the election. Coincidentally, the Des Moines Register has not endorsed a Republican candidate since 1972. This speaks volumes about the direction we are heading in, and where the momentum of the election is going. This among many other reasons is why I personally endorse Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States.








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Romney moves to reframe debate on abortion, autos


Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds bags of food as he participates in a campaign event collecting supplies from residents local relief organizations for victims of superstorm Sandy, Tuesday in KetKETTERING, Ohio (AP) — In ads, his own remarks and most recently the words of a top supporter, Republican Mitt Romney seems determined to soften emphasis on abortion and ignore facts critical to the auto industry as he seeks support from key voting groups in the waning days of a close race for the White House. Even some Republicans as well as Chrysler itself say Romney’s campaign went too far with recent TV and radio ads that claim the No. 3 automaker is adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in Ohio. “Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars built in China which means 15,000 more jobs for China,� said a radio ad running in Toledo and Dayton, where thou-

sands of people rely on the auto industry for jobs. “And now comes word that Chrysler is starting to build cars in, you guessed it, China.� Chrysler moved quickly to rebut the notion that it is moving U.S. jobs overseas. “Chrysler Group’s production plans for the Jeep brand have become the focus of public debate,� CEO Sergio Marchionne wrote in an email sent to employees Tuesday. “I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.� Romney’s campaign declined to comment. The ads mark Romney’s latest attempt to reframe the debate on an issue that has plagued him from the beginning of his candidacy in Ohio, a crucial battleground state that

has deep roots in the auto industry. He has long opposed the auto bailout that Obama’s administration facilitated in the early days of the administration, saying he would not have permitted the government to loan General Motors and Chrysler federal funds to help them through a managed bankruptcy. Several Republican strategists said the Romney campaign probably went too far by airing a TV ad in Ohio that suggests Jeep will move some operations out the state. “It’s the kind of thing that happens late in the campaign, when everybody’s tired and you’re not quite yourself,� said veteran GOP strategist Mike McKenna of Richmond, Va. “It didn’t help.� He added, “But I don’t think it’s a big thing. At this

point, everybody has made up their mind.� Democrats have taken notice – and exception – to Romney’s recent maneuvering. Campaigning for Obama in Youngstown on Monday, former President Bill Clinton said Jeep has called Romney’s claim “the biggest load of bull in the world.� Vice President Joe Biden, added it was “bizarre.� Romney’s approach to abortion is more a matter of a change in tone, although one campaign surrogate, former Sen. Norm Coleman, recently assured an audience that the Supreme Court’s 1973 opinion legalizing abortion is unlikely to be overturned if the Republican challenger wins the election. Appearing in Beechwood, Ohio, on Monday,

the former Minnesota senator suggested that abortion shouldn’t be a paramount issue. “You’ve got to decide what’s important right now, what’s going to impact you right now,� Coleman said in suburban Columbus where Romney is working to woo suburban women voters, many of whom support abortion rights. “President Bush was president for eight years, Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed.� He had two Supreme Court picks, Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed. It’s not going to be reversed,� Coleman said. In an interview on Tuesday, Coleman told The Associated Press he had been speaking on his own behalf, and not for Romney. He said he meant that the decision is longstanding precedent, and that Re-

publicans would fight over issues like parental notification and partial birth abortion rather than Roe v Wade itself. Romney himself has repeatedly said that he would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and promised to look for Supreme Court appointees who have opposed abortion rights. He drew attention earlier this fall when he said Iowa that laws restricting access to abortion would not be a priority if he wins the White House. Under pressure from some conservatives, he reaffirmed his opposition to abortion in most cases the next day.The court has split 5-4 in recent years on some abortion-related cases. With several justices in their 70s, the next president may well have the opportunity to name one or more replacements.

Romney, GOP suddenly plunging onto Democratic turf MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mitt Romney is suddenly plunging into traditionally Democratic-leaning Minnesota and Pennsylvania, and his GOP allies are trying to put Michigan into play. It’s forcing President Barack Obama to defend his own turf – he’s pouring money into television ads in the states and dispatching top backers – in the campaign’s final week. The question is: Why this Republican move? GOP efforts in the trio of Rust Belt states could indicate that Romney is desperately searching for a lastminute path to the needed 270 Electoral College votes – without all-important Ohio. Or just the opposite, that he’s so confident in the most competitive battlegrounds that he’s pressing for insurance against Obama in what’s expected to be a close race. Or perhaps the Republican simply has money to burn. Use it now or never. Former President Bill Clinton was dispatched in response Tuesday. “Barack

Obama’s policies work better,� he declared on the University of Minnesota campus, one of his two stops in a state that offers 10 electoral votes and hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Richard Nixon in 1972. This late-game expansion of a campaign playing field that, until now, had focused on just nine states was taking place exactly a week from Election Day. At the same time, Obama spent a second day in Washington to focus on his presidential duties and Romney edged back into active campaigning in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. “This is a tough time for millions of people ... but America is tougher,� the president said during a brief visit to the American Red Cross, where he sought to reassure victims, encourage aid workers – and warn of more storm damage to come with rising floodwater. In Ohio, Romney, too, spoke of concern for storm victims, telling supporters who were collecting sup-

President Barack Obama points to supporters before speaking at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. plies that “a lot of people hurting this morning.� Beyond the candidates’ pause from feverish campaigning, the impact of the storm on the election wasn’t all that clear. National polls show an even race for the popular vote, though Obama appears to have both an edge in key battleground states in the electoral vote hunt and more state-by-state pathways to reach the 270-vote threshold. Of the nine states where the two men have spent more than $1 billion in advertising since June, Romney is in the strongest position in North Carolina. But public and internal campaign polls show he’s locked in stubbornly tight


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battles in Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada and Virginia and is fighting to overtake Obama’s advantage in crucial Ohio as well as Iowa and Wisconsin. That said, Romney still could win. Anything can happen in the race’s closing days – including Democratic-leaning states like Minnesota, Pennsylvania or Michigan going Republican. Clinton’s Minnesota visit came just days after Romney and his allies started airing TV ads in the state. GOP-leaning groups including Americans for Job Security and American Future Fund were spending $615,000 this week. Romney spent a much lighter $29,000 last week, and it was unclear how much his campaign was spending this week. All together, the efforts led Obama to follow suit to prevent the state from slipping out of his grasp. His campaign was spending $210,000 on ads in Minnesota this week. Polls show Romney having gained ground in Minnesota though still trailing Obama. And Obama has a much larger campaign footprint of paid staff and volunteers, including more than 30 full-time workers and 12 offices. Romney never has established much of campaign organization in Minnesota. In Pennsylvania, Romney’s campaign started


pouring money into TV ads Monday for the first time, though Republican-leaning groups have been on the air in recent days trying to narrow the Obama advantage indicated by surveys. Republican groups – American Crossroads, Restore Our Future and Americans for Job Security– are spending at least $3.9 million this week. That does not include spending by Romney’s campaign. Obama aides said the president’s campaign is spending $625,000. Romney has sent most of his Pennsylvania team to other states in recent weeks, and he has had no plan to visit, raising questions about whether he is actually playing to win the state that offers 20 electoral votes and last went Republican in the 1988 presidential election. GOP allies also were running TV ads in Democratictilting Michigan in hopes of softening the ground for Romney in the final days, but there was no indication yet that the Republican himself would make a strong 11th-hour play for the state where he was born and raised. Obama’s team said late Tuesday that it was answering Restore Our Future’s $2 million in ads in Michigan, which has 16 electoral votes. Obama’s team cast Romney’s moves into the three states, which have trended

Democrat for more than 20 years, as a desperate act by a candidate who hasn’t locked up the states he needs for a White House win. “They understand they’re not going to be able to win Ohio and now they’re getting desperate and want to be able to put other states in play,� Messina said. “We’re going to win Pennsylvania, but we aren’t taking anything for granted.� Romney political director Rich Beeson argued that Romney was playing to win, saying in a campaign memo: “With one week to go, and 96% of the vote on the table on Election Day in Pennsylvania, this expansion of the electoral map demonstrates that Governor Romney’s momentum has jumped containment from the usual target states.� Other Republicans debated Romney’s tactics. Some GOP strategists in Washington and key states suggested the moves into Minnesota and Pennsylvania provide a cushion for the GOP candidate in case he loses Ohio or another key state. “I don’t think he has to break down a wall,� said Republican strategist Greg Strimple, who was the pollster for 2008 GOP nominee John McCain’s presidential campaign. “He’s in position to run the table, but he needs to have an insurance card in there in case he doesn’t.� Still others said it was simply a matter of Romney’s campaign and backers having so much money that they can afford to make lowprobability efforts in the off-chance that one might bear fruit. Many pointed out that it is almost impossible at this late date for the campaigns and their allied groups to buy more ads in saturated states such as Ohio, Virginia and Florida. “It’s not really desperation� that drives such decisions, said veteran GOP strategist Mike McKenna of Richmond, Va. “You think, ‘Maybe I can make the other guy spend some money there,’� even if the state is probably out of reach.



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Members of the West Virginia women’s soccer team celebrate after scoring the game-winning goal against No. 1 Stanford earlier in the season.

No. 14 Mountaineers kickoff Big 12 tourney in pursuit of third-straight conference title By Shea Ulisney Sports writer

As the underdog entering the Big 12, the No. 14 West Virginia’s women’s soccer team has secured a Big 12 Conference regular season title, earning it the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Championship. The Mountaineers finished the Big 12 with a 7-0-1 record, marking the sixth time a team has won the regular season title without a loss. The Mountaineers will face No. 8 seed TCU tonight. The game will be held at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San

Antonio, Texas, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This will be the second meeting with TCU this season, the first resulting in a 2-1 WVU victory. “It’s great that we won the regular season and we’re the regular season champions,” said West Virginia head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We’re really excited. We know it’s going to be a tough tournament.” The top 8 teams in the Big 12 conference are seeded as follows: No. 2 Baylor, No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Kansas, No. 7 defending-champion Oklahoma State.

TCU wrapped up the regular season with a 6-9-3 overall and 1-5-2 in league play. Despite the 0-2 loss against Baylor Friday night, the Horned Frogs were able to still make the conference tournament. The last time the Mountaineers faced the Horned Frogs, senior midfielder Bri Rodriguez scored her first goal of the season and gave WVU a 2-1 victory. WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane finished with five saves. Earlier this week, TCU freshman defender Bobbi Clemmer was selected to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. Clemmer has played in ev-

ery game this season and has helped the Horned Frogs record six shutouts. Freshman midfielder Makenzie Koch leads the Big 12 in assists per game. TCU goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold leads the Big 12 in saves per game. Arnold has the third-best save percentage of .812, the second most saves overall, and the third most shutouts. West Virginia’s Sara Keane has the best save percentage in the Big 12. Keane ranked No. 2 in shutouts this season and recorded the third most saves overall in conference play.

West Virginia ready to move on from back-to-back losses

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen looks on during No. 21 West Virginia’s loss to No. 3 Kansas State on Oct. 20.

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The bye week has passed, two devastating losses are in the rear-view mirror and the No. 21 West Virginia football team has spent its time off gearing up for the final stretch of the 2012 season. The Mountaineers will play five games in five weeks, with two of those slated against ranked foes. The first of those will be Saturday’s game against TCU – a game scheduled to kickoff at 3:05 p.m. on FOX Network at Milan Puskar Stadium. WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said he feels his team will face a formidable opposition this weekend. “I have a lot of respect for (TCU

head) coach Gary Patterson and what he has accomplished at TCU. He has won something like 85 percent of his games there,” Holgorsen said at his weekly press conference. “They have coaches that are used to winning. They have players and a fan base that are used to winning.” The WVU fan base is also used to winning but is currently experiencing its first two-game losing streak under Holgorsen’s direction. Despite the recent struggles, the second-year head coach hasn’t made any mass changes. “We haven’t changed a whole lot. Our mentality is good, and our body language is good. Our confidence is back up, and our players are excited about playing,” Holgorsen said. “We

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want to practice hard this week and be excited about playing a football game to the best of our abilities.” TCU sits at 5-3 on the season and 2-3 in Big 12 Conference play. “Offensively, they pose a lot of problems,” Holgorsen said. “They had to switch quarterbacks to Trevone Boykin. He is a freshman. He is a dual-threat guy that is dangerous with his feet.” Boykin was injured in the Horned Frogs’ last outing, which resulted in a 36-14 loss to Oklahoma State. Patterson expects Boykin to be ready to go Saturday, though. But whether the freshman is healthy or not, the Mountaineers

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Sophomore forward Kate Schwindel leads the Big 12 conference in assists. With eight goals and nine assists this season, Schwindel racks up the second-highest points total in the Big 12 with 26 points. Seven Mountaineers earned All-Big 12 recognition this week, and coach Izzo-Brown was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year. Senior Bry McCarthy was chosen Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. “Everyone has a role to do,” Izzo-Brown said. “We feel like we can get the job done, everyone is focused and ready.

We’re going to get after it.” For six seniors this will be the last tournament they will compete in at the college level. “We have a lot of motivation for our seniors,” IzzoBrown said. “We want to give everything we got for them and make sure they go out on top.” The Big 12 Digital Network on will stream all quarterfinal and semifinal matches live, and FOX Sports Network (FSN) will broadcast the championship match.

Women’s soccer, rifle teams quietly very impressive Robert Kreis Sports writer

For the Mountaineer fans out there in utter despair over our football team’s lackluster performance in the past two games and now hope Bob Huggins will arrive with a young but talented team to take us to the promise land, I have two things to say to you. First of all, don’t give up on the football team just yet. Coming off a bye week, let’s hope Dana Holgorsen and the West Virginia coaching staff have most of the Mountaineer’s problems corrected. West Virginia still has five Big 12 Conference games remaining with three coming at home. Although the Colin Klein-led Wildcats are rolling over opponents thus far, there are still a lot of games to be played. All Holgorsen and the Mountaineers can worry about now is winning the next game. While the football team may be struggling, Mountaineer fans everywhere should give a look to some other teams on campus, particularly the two best teams so far: rifle and women’s soccer. Coach Jon Hammond currently leads the No. 1 West Virginia rifle team, which sits at a 5-0. The Mountaineers are coming off two matches against Navy and Memphis, where

they posted the highest team scores in program history. On Oct. 16 against Memphis, West Virginia put up an NCAA record 4717 points. The unquestionable leader of the Mountaineer rifle team is senior Petra Zublasing. Zublasing spent the summer competing at the London Olympics, where she finished No. 12 in the 50-meter air rifle and the 10-meter smallbore representing her native country Italy. A surprise shooter for the Mountaineers this season is freshman Garret Spurgeon. Spurgeon has shot a personal best three times this season in smallbore and consistently shooting close to a score of 590. The other squad on campus, that would give the rifle team a run for its money as the best program on campus, is the No. 14 WVU women’s soccer team. Head coach Nikki IzzoBrown and her Big 12 regular season champion Mountaineers have gone 13 games without a loss and will play TCU in first round of the conference tournament tonight. And with all the success during their first year in the Big 12, the individual awards have followed. This past week, IzzoBrown was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for her efforts in leading the Mountaineers to a 7-0-1 conference record on their way to

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Tiger Woods of the United States and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walk together during their 18-hole medal match at the Lake Jinsha Golf Club in Zhengzhou, China. AP – Rory McIlroy’s decision to pursue a lucrative equipment deal was in place long before he grabbed a Nike golf club from Tiger Woods during their exhibition match in China and took a few practice swings. Changing equipment was inevitable. Boy Wonder is simply too big now. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland is no longer a U.S. Open champion with a massive upside. He fulfilled a big chunk of that potential this year with four wins, including an eightshot win at the PGA Championship and back-to-back wins in the FedEx Cup playoffs against two of the strongest fields of the year. He is a lock for PGA Tour player of the year and the Vardon Trophy, all the awards Woods used to win. McIlroy is a marketing dream, which made him worth too much to stay with Titleist. Acushnet, the parent company, has a history of promoting its brand through numbers instead of a name. That’s why it didn’t stand in the way when Woods switched to the Swoosh,

why it didn’t put up a fight to keep Sergio Garcia a decade ago, and why it let Phil Mickelson out of his contract just four months after Lefty’s popularity soared with his first major win at the 2004 Masters. And why it announced Tuesday that its relationship with McIlroy will end this year. Golfers go through change all the time – agents, caddies, coaches. Switching equipment can be a tricky transition, and there is a long list of players who have struggled with it over the years. What makes McIlroy’s next move so interesting is that no other player who was No. 1 in the world made such a wholesale change so early in his career. “I call it dangerous,” sixtime major champion Nick Faldo said Tuesday morning on Golf Channel. “I’ve changed clubs and changed equipment, and every manufacturer will say, ‘We can copy your clubs, we can tweak the golf ball so it fits you.’ But there’s feel and sound as well, and there’s confidence. You can’t put a real value on that.” All signs point to McIlroy

signing with Nike, with one industry observer saying the deal could be worth upward of $20 million a year. Adding to the speculation is whether Woods helped to recruit the kid. They have been extraordinarily chummy since August, and Woods raves about McIlroy. That’s not unusual. McIlroy is well-mannered, respectful and doesn’t take himself too seriously. He’s fun to be around. Woods and David Duval also became close toward the end of 2000, when they played together in the World Cup in Argentina and then flew together on Woods’ private jet to start the year at Kapalua. It wasn’t long before Duval, in a legal dispute with Titleist, signed on with Nike. A Nike official said it would not comment on “rumors and speculation,” not even when it would announce its roster for the 2013 season. Nike has money to spend, and McIlroy won’t be the only player added to the Swoosh stable next year. Two people with knowledge of his plans say Nick Watney is headed from Titleist to Nike.

It might look as if McIlroy is headed down the same path as Woods, but the difference is in how they change equipment. Woods spent five years switching out his equipment from Titleist to Nike, with an additional five years to leave his old Scotty Cameron putter. McIlroy would have only two months. When he turned pro in 1996, Woods had a fiveyear deal with Nike that was mainly about brand and apparel. He also had a fiveyear deal with Titleist for equipment. The long-term deal with Nike (renewals of five years and seven years, with the stakes going up each time), allowed Woods to change equipment at his own pace. He went to the Nike golf ball at a European Tour event in Germany in 2000, and then went on to win the next four majors. He didn’t go to the Nike driver until February 2002 at Pebble Beach, and then he won the first two majors that year (though he briefly went back to the Titleist driver in the summer). Woods went to the Nike

irons at a World Golf Championship in Ireland in 2002, one week before the Ryder Cup, which led to a memorable exchange. Asked why he would switch irons a week before such a big event like the Ryder Cup, Woods said to a reporter, “Off the record? Because the majors are over.” When asked for a comment on the record, Woods paused and said, “Because the majors are over.” He won that WGC event and contributed 2½ points in a losing cause at The Ryder Cup. Woods went another year before adding Nike’s 56-degree wedge, and three weeks later he went to the lob wedge. The 3-wood was added at Doral in 2005 and the 5-wood came into play at the Tour Championship seven months later. The last change was the putter, first used at St. Andrews in 2010. Before leaving Malaysia, Woods reflected on his process of change, noting the ball was the “huge switch” because he went from a wound ball to solid construction, which is the model everyone now uses. Yes, there are players whose


game suffers after an equipment change. Woods was quick to point out guys like Ernie Els, who has won majors with three brands of equipment (Lynx, TaylorMade and Callaway). Is it better to change slowly or all at once? “Whatever is best for them,” he said. “It’s all dependent on what they want to accomplish and what do they feel like they can play their best in. Granted, I know sometimes the (financial) numbers may persuade it, but also some of the guys that I’ve known over the years have turned it down because they know that they can play better in certain equipment.” Change for McIlroy comes at a crucial time in his burgeoning career. Along with new clubs, there will be more scrutiny. And if success doesn’t come right away, Faldo said there could be doubt. “It’s the feel and confidence of knowing that your equipment will perform how you want it to perform on Sunday afternoon,” Faldo said. “You can’t mess with that at such a young age.”

World Series averages record low television rating NEW YORK (AP) — The San Francisco Giants’ sweep of the Detroit Tigers set a record low for the World Series’ television ratings. The four games on Fox averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share, Nielsen Media Research said Monday. The previous low was an 8.4 for the 2008 Phillies-Rays and 2010 Giants-Rangers series, which each went five games. Last year’s CardinalsRangers World Series went the full seven games and built momentum to average a 10.0/16. San Francisco’s 2-0 win in Game 3 on Saturday night earned a 6.1/11, down from a 6.6/12 for St. Louis’ 16-7 win over Texas in the third game last year and matching the lowest for any World Series game. Philadelphia’s 5-4 win in Game 3 in 2008 also had a 6.1 rating on a night a rain delay pushed the start after 10 p.m. on the East Coast and the game didn’t end until 1:47 a.m. The Giants’ 4-3, 10-inning victory in the finale Sunday night drew an 8.9/14, up slightly from the 9.2/14 for the Rangers’ 4-0 win over the Cardinals in 2011. Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with TVs tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage watching among all homes with TVs in use at the time. Fox said it projects to win Saturday and Sunday nights among viewers

18 to 49. “The World Series has been a top-10 prime-time hit for over 40 years and even with a four-game sweep this series was no exception,” said Michael Mulvihill, Fox Sports Media Group’s senior vice president of programming and research. “This World Series gave us exactly what we expected: a top-10 show among all viewers and a top five show among hardto-reach younger men. It’s important for us to remain focused on the Series relative to today’s competitive environment rather than bygone years.” Fox televised the World Series in 1996, 1998 and has had exclusive rights since 2000. It has an eight-year deal with Major League Baseball through 2021 that includes Series rights and costs an average of about $500 million annually. San Francisco had the highest rating for Game 4 at 38.7/64. Detroit was at 37.9/53. Major League Baseball said there were 1,202,706 comments on social media for the Series finale, surpassing Game 6 last year for MLB’s high. That included 171,024 comments within five minutes after the final out, topping the 97,000 for David Freese’s winning home run in the sixth game last year, according to data from Bluefin Labs. The 10,671,781 social media comments for the postseason marked a 131 percent increase from last year.

San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers, 4-3, in Game 4 of baseball’s World Series Sunday.


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Kilicli helping Gerun adjust to life at WVU by michael carvelli sports editor

When West Virginia senior Deniz Kilicli arrived at WVU a few years ago, it was only his second year in the United States since coming from Turkey. But he had to sit and watch from the sidelines for the Mountaineers’ first 20 games of the season after the NCAA determined he violated amateurism rules by playing on a team with a professional player when he was in Turkey. Now as a senior who has been through a lot during his career in Morgantown, Kilicli is taking on a leadership role among the whole team – and one player in particular. Sophomore forward Volodymyr Gerun has found himself in a similar predicament as he prepares for his first year after signing to play for head coach Bob Huggins late in the offseason. Gerun was suspended

by the NCAA for the first six games of the season Monday for playing three games with a professional team in Ukraine. “I can relate to what’s going on with him better than anybody can,” Kilicli said. “I can provide the best help of anybody. I’m trying my best. I don’t know how much I’m helping him or how much it makes him feel better, but I’m trying my best.” Huggins has touted the 6-foot-10, 240-pound Gerun in the preseason as West Virginia’s most skilled post player. In the under-18 European championships, Gerun led Ukraine by scoring 18.2 points and grabbing 11.1 rebounds with 2.1 blocks per game. “Most guys that come over get (suspended) by the way things are structured there,” Huggins said. “If we can get Voldy ready by the time he gets eligible, then we’re going to have five (big) guys – which I think is pretty good.”

Kilicli said the adjustment period since Gerun got to Morgantown has been tough at times, especially with the news coming out that he won’t get to play right away. But with the experience of having to go through those things in the past, Kilicli has been able to offer up some advice to the Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, native. “He’s homesick right now, and you get homesick when stuff is going bad. When everything is really good, you don’t really get homesick,” Kilicli said. “He got six games. It’s not really that big of a deal. “Whatever I say, it’s not going to make him feel better or anything. Believe me, everybody goes through (being homesick). We got (sophomore forward Kevin) Noreen coming from Minnesota. It’s not Ukraine, but it’s still far. They don’t see their family either.” The most important thing for Gerun to do is take the advice of his teammates

and talk to them whenever he needs to. “You’ve just got to go and talk to us. That helps a lot. I was like, ‘I’ve been there. Any time you want to talk to me, come talk to me,’” Kilicli said. “I’m trying to help him as much as I can from my experience that I had when I was a freshman. It’s really hard, but it’s nothing that you can’t get over. His teammates have said Gerun is one of the most easygoing players on the team, and crack jokes as much as he can. But after just a few months in the country, he’s still having some troubles with the language. “Of course he has some funny problems with English, but I had it too. I can understand him. Some guys get really shy and they don’t talk; after a while they don’t want to mess up, so they don’t talk. He’s not like that. “It’s fun to talk to him, and patrick gorrell/the daily athenaeum he’ll be fine,” he said. Senior forward Deniz Kilicli has been helping fellow European Volodymyr Gerun prepare for his first season with the WVU men’s basketball team since Gerun rived in Morgantown from Ukraine late in the offseason.



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Freshman safety Karl Joseph, left, is one of the many freshmen who have played a lot this season on the West Virginia defense.

Freshmen reps will benefit Mountaineers in the future By Nick Arthur

Associate Sports Editor

Playing multiple inexperienced players and freshmen on defense against some of the most explosive offenses in the country is not something many defensive coordinators prefer to do. But for a young, injuryplagued West Virginia football team, there haven’t been many other options for first-year defensive coordinator Joe DeForest in the Big 12 Conference. And despite the apparent struggles for the Mountaineer youngsters, there are still positives that can be taken from the defensive roster filled with freshmen. “I think the last two weeks, especially last week, we got so many reps for the guys who are going to have to play in a game and hadn’t had reps leading into those games,” DeForest said. Particularly in the sec-


Continued from page 7 are set. “We don’t know if (Boykin) is going to play or not,” Hologorsen said. “They have a good, quality quarterback behind him who won a state championship in high school. I doubt they are going to be able to change their scheme in a week. Schemes are hard to


Continued from page 7 the school’s first outright Big 12 Championship in any sport. Senior Bry McCarthy, a preseason Hermann trophy finalist, was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. McCarthy spent time last spring training with the

ondary, multiple freshmen have been given an opportunity on the field. “On normal teams, you don’t have to play freshmen corners. But that’s not our situation,” said cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts. “We’re going to reap the benefits down the road.” Multiple experienced Mountaineers have already reaped the benefits from gaining early playing time as a freshman. Junior linebacker Doug Rigg couldn’t express the importance of those experiences as a young, inexperienced player. “All the reps I took my freshman year helped me transition to my second year. You can’t simulate the speed of the game (in practice),” Rigg said. “That’s why I think them getting their time now is really going to help them.” West Virginia senior quarterback and team captain Geno Smith in now in

his third year as a starter. However, he had the opportunity to play in some hostile environments and crucial situations as a freshman. Appearances against Auburn, Marshall and Florida State in the Gator Bowl in his first season in a Mountaineer uniform helped shape his development. But he didn’t fully understand the importance of those reps as a freshman until recently. “They won’t know it until they’re seniors or until next year and they feel so comfortable,” Smith said. “As things go along and they get older, they’ll understand that these reps mean a lot just for the simple fact that the more you see, the better you are.” Nearly midway through the 2012 season, it is now when the aforementioned inexperienced players are expected to make improvements.

Some progress is already evident from the young players. “They’re getting better every day. They’ve gotten much better since camp. They’re going to be great players in the future,” Rigg said. ”They are taking it in.” So, why are reps in games so important for younger players? “You can’t coach everything that can possibly happen in a game,” DeForest said. “Some of these kids that we were playing didn’t have anything to fall back on. It was a first time experience.” The hard work of the freshmen has been the catalyst to their development. “At times, they get out there, and their heads are spinning, which is common for all freshmen. Overall, they do a great job with effort. Those guys work extremely hard,” Smith said.

switch. What you do is what you do.” The West Virginia defense has had its hands full each of the last two games, while allowing an average of 52 points per game in those outings. “We had three practices last week. I was proud of how they played with effort. They were attentive. They kept playing,” Holgorsen said. “They were glad to be back on Sunday.

We had a good practice up at the indoor facility, and hopefully, they do the same thing.” The recent hazardous weather presented by Hurricane Sandy will affect West Virginia’s practice preparation for the TCU game. The Mountaineers have played in many different types of weather during the past few seasons, and Holgorsen said his team can

handle whatever weather conditions they are faced with come Saturday. “We played in conditions like this last year and were able to win. We will probably do some of our work inside. It is the same situation that many teams around this area face. You have to deal with the weather. We are not going to panic about it,” he said.

Canadian national team as they prepared for London. The outside back was the last defender cut before the final Olympic rosters. McCarthy has led the Mountaineers to eight shutouts on the pitch this season. The four Big 12 shutouts are tied for best in the conference. Izzo-Brown and McCarthy are not the only ones

soaking in the accolades this season. Seven Mountaineers were named to three all-Big 12 teams. McCarthy, along with fellow senior Bri Rodriguez and sophomore Kate Schwindel, was named to the AllBig 12 First Team while junior Frances Silva was named to the second team. Defender Leah Emaus, midfielder Kara Blosser

and forward Kelsie Maloney were named to the AllNewcomer team. So, Mountaineer fans, do not sulk because the football team hit a rough patch. there is still hope. And if you are sulking, there is plenty to be proud of, just take a look at a couple other teams on campus.

by austin seidel sports writer

While Morgantown prepared for the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the West Virginia volleyball team set out for Lawrence, Kan.,to take on the No. 20 Jayhawks Monday afternoon. The Mountaineers entered the match against Kansas carrying a 10-game losing streak after falling to Texas Tech on the road three sets to one and held high hopes their second match against Kansas would prove to be better than their first. In their Oct. 3 matchup against the Jayhawks, the Mountaineers raced out to an early lead only to lose the next three sets. Monday’s bout between the two teams was not much different as the Jayhawks rolled West Virginia in three straight sets to push the Mountaineers back to an 8-17 on the season and a 0-11 record in the Big 12 Conference. After losing the opening set 25-16, a string of errors by the young WVU squad early in the second set gave the Jayhawks the lead and led West Virginia into familiar territory as they entered the breakdown two sets to none. “You know, it’s really tough,” said West Virginia head coach Jill Kramer. “They are out there every match playing hard and trying. Their work ethic definitely isn’t reflective of the results out there. They push hard in practice, and they are still hungry.” The Mountaineers struggled to gain their footing in the third set as Kansas came out to an early lead and never let go. Using the pressure of a two-set deficit to their advantage, the Jayhawks finished out the match with a 25-18 set score.

The Jayhawks hit a stellar .418 percent while recording 41 kills on their way to victory against West Virginia and heavily limited the WVU offense as freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett ended the match as the only Mountaineer with double-digit kills with 11. Elzbieta Klein chipped in seven kills as well for West Virginia as freshman hitter Nikki Attea and junior co-captain Liz Gulick led the team defensively with six digs each. The team continues to play without the help of freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos. “It’s been tough these past few games,” Kramer said regarding Panagiotakopoulos’ absence. “You know we’ve only got 12 girls on the roster. So any time any one of them gets hurt, it’s a great impact to the team. (The team) misses her. She’s a leader on the court and everywhere else.” Panagiotakopoulos has remained sidelined for the past three weeks with an undetermined back injury, but she has not been ruled out for the remainder of the season as the Mountaineers close in on their final six games of the season. The Mountaineers will return to the gym this week to prepare for first of their final three home games as Oklahoma travels to Morgantown Saturday. In their last matchup with the Sooners, the Mountaineers utilized a strong start from their hitters to take the opening set on the road, but Oklahoma quickly rebounded and defeated Kramer’s Mountaineer women 3-1 in sets. The Mountaineers will hope to improve after their past performance as they continue to search for their first Big 12 victory and relieve their 11-game slide.



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William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist’ epitomizes terror.

hunter homistek associate A&e editor

Adapted from William Peter Blatty’s classic horror novel of the same name, “The Exorcist” is hands down the scariest horror movie of all time. There is a reason virtually every new horror film contains some variation of “the best horror movie since ‘The Exorcist’” in its trailer: the original film is an absolute masterpiece within the horror genre.

For those unfamiliar with the plot, let me enlighten you. Regan (Linda Blair), an innocent and decidedly average 12-year-old girl, lives with her mother Chris (Ellen Burstyn), a famous actress. The two share a house in Georgetown, Washington D.C., while Chris films for a role in an upcoming movie. Chris notices some changes in Regan’s behavior, such as extended communication with ethereal beings, violent outbursts and a control of her bladder that would make even the most ill-behaved puppy beam with

pride. In typical horror movie fashion, Chris fails to see the severity of her daughter’s situation and assumes all of these changes are puberty-related. Just to make sure her motherly instinct is correct, the actress takes Regan to a doctor, where a brain scan reveals some abnormal activity. While there, Regan flips out on the doctor and clenches his groin with a vice-like grip that leaves him crippled in pain. At this point, there is no question “something else” is happening in the mind

of young Regan, and thankfully, the writers immediately make this point evident. Soon after this visit, Regan spirals into an abyss of demonic possession, where she becomes a mere puppet for Satan’s duty. Using then-state-of-theart makeup and special effects, director William Friedkin displays the possessed Regan in a light that no horror movie has so accurately captured since. She still looks very human, but she is scarred and discolored enough for viewers to realize that something is very, very wrong. The

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‘Insidious’ utilizes old-school sounds and flashing images to achieve its scares.



In a genre swimming with bad sex scenes and some of the worst fake screams known to man, 2010’s thriller “Insidious” is incredibly underrated on many levels. When the Lambert family moves into their new home, they’re horrified to find out that it is haunted. Though it starts slowly, “Insidious” intensifies substantially when one of the family’s three children, Dalton, ends up in a coma. After medical professionals fail to explain the nature of Dalton’s condition, the family moves Dalton back home. However, following an incident where the mother comes in contact with a terrifying, otherworldly spirit,

makeup designs may have been conceived in 1974, but they are every bit as horrifying today. This terror is compounded by Regan’s demonic voice and penchant for unexpected outbursts of hate and utter contempt, and these elements combine to create the most bone-chilling character in cinematic history. A normal, playful young girl becomes an earthly demon, and that scares the s--out of me. The true fear inherent in “The Exorcist,” though, is the seeming reality of Regan’s situation. Blatty’s storyline

is never too far-fetched and sensational, and for that one feels like they may be next in line to play the role of host for Satan’s parasitic lifestyle. Simply put, you cannot convince me that any movie is scarier than “The Exorcist.” It is psychologically and visually disturbing, and no movie before or since has presented the human condition in such a vulnerable and exploitable fashion. A true work of perfection, “The Exorcist” contains everything one could desire for a Halloween movie night.

the Lamberts decide to move again. The spiritual trouble seems to follow them everywhere they go, though, and the movie hits a peak when you find out that Dalton’s soul is on the line and only his astral-projecting father can save him. Yeah, it gets a little confusing there – just watch the movie to understand. While “Insidious” is bland at times, it is downright terrifying at others. If you’ve ever had an outof-body experience while sleeping, don’t even try to watch this movie – it will make you think way too indepth about what goes on in this moment. Using the same bad music, scare tactics and the occasional instance of fake blood you’ve seen in every other scary movie, “Insidious” takes terror to a whole new level with its many plot

twists. While some parts include very cliched moments that will leave you laughing, the parts that stay with you afterward are the movie’s many jump-out-at-you scenes. A real sense of family and community among the actors make the overall plot believable despite some silly plotlines, and this saves the film. Every great father would sacrifice himself for his child, and this is the case for Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson). The only question is: Will he be able to make it through the maze of evil spirits that try to capture his son’s soul, or will he, too, get lost in the astral world forever? Most frightening of all is the unforeseeable ending that will leave you fearful to open your eyes at night.


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With a horrifying lead character, ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ is a visually chilling work of cinema.

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If you’re looking for a real scare this Halloween, “Trick ‘r Treat” is an optimal choice to pop in your DVD player. This film is a compilation of four interwoven stories, all haunted by a small trickor-treater in orange pajamas and a burlap sack (Quinn Lord). Here’s a quick rundown of the plot, but be warned: spoilers lay ahead. The first story begins when Steven Wilkins (Dylan Baker), a school principal, catches a neighborhood kid attempting to steal candy from his yard. Instead of chasing him away, he invites the child to sit with him as he finishes carving a pumpkin and offers him some candy. But this story doesn’t bode well for gluttonous children, as the boy soon learns a dangerous lesson about taking candy from a stranger.

Elsewhere, a group of trouble-making adolescents takes a trip to a local rock quarry with a shy classmate (Samm Todd). On the way, Macy (Britt McKillip) tells them all the spooky tale of “The Halloween School Bus Massacre.” According to the legend, a local bus driver was driving a bus full of mentally challenged children when he decided to take a “detour” toward the quarry. One of the children escaped from the group, and the driver accidentally put the vehicle in gear. The bus crashed into the lake at the bottom of the quarry, and the driver was the only survivor. As a surprising twist, Macy reveals that the children’s parents paid the driver to murder their children. While taunting Rhonda, the aforementioned shy classmate, the legend proves true as ghostly children begin to emerge from the lake and attack the group. The next story centers on a familiar face for many, Anna Paquin, who stars as

Laurie, a socially-awkward 22-year-old virgin. As her sister (Lauren Lee Smith) and two friends prepare for a local party in the woods, Laurie is put off by their incessant talk of boys. The other girls go out to find dates for the party while Laurie opts to stay behind. Later, Laurie sets off alone for the party. She encounters a man dressed as a vampire, and a surprising twist follows. In the final story, we are presented with a character spotted earlier in the film. Principal Wilkins’ curmudgeonly old neighbor (Brian Cox) reappears – this time with his own tale to tell, which involves the haunting trick-or-treater from the previous stories and yet another surprising twist relating to them as well. These stories come together to form a terrifying and well-executed Halloween masterpiece that is sure to have you clutching your nearest blanket and cowering in terror. daa&




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Alexa Gonzalez performs ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ en route to the Mountaineer Idol finals.

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After five rounds of competition, The Mountaineer Idol grand finale is set to end Mountaineer week on a pitch-perfect high note. Finalist Alexa Gonzalez never imagined she would make it this far in the competition, but she plans to strut her way to victory Sunday. Gonzalez had come to terms with the possibility she would be leaving the competition, but the judges had other plans, as they voted her through for a shot at the title. “I definitely didn’t think I was going to be here. I thought I wasn’t even go-

ing to make it to the top 16,” Gonzalez said. “I had accepted the fact and texted my mom and everything, and then they said my name last. I wasn’t expecting it at all; I feel like every week I go out and just make the best of it. As long as you have a good time, the judges totally take that into consideration.” Gonzalez is from Little Ferry, N.J., and decided to attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in theater. Her musical influences are rooted in disco, but today she draws inspiration from Adele. Her singing career began when she tried out for the solo in a grade-school recital and landed it. The first song

she sang in front of an audience was “Reflection” from the Disney film “Mulan.” “I just always really loved music, and I was just a funny kid,” Gonzalez said. “Whenever my mom had people over to have drinks or hang out, I would drag them all into the living room, and I’d play a song and do my own little routine and sing to it ever since I could talk. Everyone called it the ‘Alexa Show.’” Not much has changed: of the three finalists, Gonzalez is definitely the loudest and most outspoken, and her performances are filled with attitude. The eccentric sophomore is a Towers residential advi-

sor, where some might say she was “discovered.” Gonzalez had not planned to compete in Mountaineer Idol, but after singing in a talent contest hosted by the dorms, she was convinced by fellow finalist Scott Link to try out. “I think what is great about Alexa as a performer is that her personality really shines through in her performances, and she is a very genuine person, and that shows when she’s performing,” finalist Scott Link said. “She is just there to have fun, and because she does have fun, everyone else has a good time, too.” Gonzalez’s mother, Cyndi Morales, has traveled seven

hours to see her daughter perform during the last two rounds of the competition. She will travel from Little Ferry for the final show with an entourage of family and supporters. “Nothing brings me more joy. She has been inspiring me with her singing since she was three years old,” Morales said. “The competition has been filled with such great singers that the finale this weekend will be something not to miss. I know Alexa will not disappoint.” With the final competition just days away, Gonzalez has a busy week ahead. There are songs and outfits to choose, and she must also

find time in her busy schedule to practice. “I kind of want to show variety. Since we get the chance to do three different songs, I want to show I can do three different genres and that I have a wide range,” Gonzalez said. “I’m going to focus on getting three different songs maybe that are three different tempos, different genres, showcase different parts of my voice but also can go together so it’s not a big, bojangled mess.” The Mountaineer Idol finals will be hosted at the Metropolitan Theatre Sunday at 3 p.m. daa&

Sony’s PlayStation Vita breathes life into the handheld gaming device jeremiah Yates a&e editor

Handheld gaming devices seem to have lost their appeal since the evolution of smartphones. Why would someone want to buy a device that only plays games when your cell phone can do the same and much more? Sony recently answered that question with its release of the PlayStation Vita. While it is similar to its predecessor, the PSP (PlayStation Portable), it reaches much further. For one, it has a five-inch touchscreen, which yields approximately 16 million colors. It’s perfect for watching videos and playing games. The first time I turned on the Vita, it made me think of the first time I played a Nintendo Game Boy when I was younger and thought its small screen was so amazing. After playing around on the Vita for a while, it was clear Sony still has much to offer when it comes to hand-held devices. Playing the Vita is pretty much the same as playing the Playstation 3 because the graphics and gameplay are similar. The Vita does pretty much everything that a smartphone does. It features various applications such as Facebook and Youtube, and it’s easy to surf the web via its 4G AT&T

network. The demo for “Uncharted: Golden Abyss” was already installed in the system, which gave me the chance to get a glimpse of some of the capabilities of the Vita. This is an awesome game for the Vita. The gameplay rivals any system out today, and it seems like it could be a challenging gaming experience. The only reason I say “could” is because the demo only offers two levels, and both are pretty easy to beat. Probably the most impressive feature is the camera-interaction games. “Cliff Diving” uses the Vita’s camera to place the game directly on your desk or tabletop. The game requires a Playstation Vita Card, which the player places on a desk or table. Once the card is in place and the Vita’s camera lens is at the proper distance, a cliff and a pond appear on the screen with the surrounding area being whatever is on the surface with the Vita Card. It is as though there is a miniature man actually cliff diving on your desk. The game is fun, but once the novelty of it wears off, it gets kind of boring. However, the technology used in “Cliff Diving” could mean endless possibilities for future Vita games. Another great aspect of the Vita is its compatibility with the PS3. While rumors speculated that all PS3 games could be played on the Vita via its re-

Sony’s PlayStation Vita proves that handheld gaming devices still have a place in the modern world of technology. mote play feature, it turns out only select games are compatible. This makes the Vita much more practical for real gam-

ers who want to keep up with their favorite games while they’re on the road. It also marks an area where the Vita holds a significant advan-

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California-based hip-hop artist Aesop Rock released the best rap album of the year this July via Rhymesayers Entertainment. The artist’s latest work, “Skelethon,” showcases his lyrical mastery and provides a solid hour of pure rapping brilliance. At its core, “Skelethon” is about what every Aesop Rock album is about: the lyrics. Few rappers can match his intense and poignant songwriting skills, and this element of his music always sticks out from the crowded pack of auto-tuned, spoon-fed rappers of today. “Skelethon” is no different, but Aesop Rock displaying lyrical proficiency comes as no shock to anyone familiar with his work. What really pushes “Skelethon” to instant classic status is the fact that the rapper’s music has finally caught up to his words. On previous albums, Aesop Rock would lay down phenomenal lyrically driven passages, but the music just was not there to support the message. On “Skelethon,” the rapper and producer finally put it all together, and the beats stand as some of the catchiest and most emotive examples of modern rap music one will find. While I have no reservations professing my love for this effort, no album is perfect, and “Skelethon” is no different. Aesop Rock’s mostly monotone, droning lyrical delivery may become tiresome for some listeners, and this can especially become a problem over the course of an hour-long listen. That said, I prefer his vocal style to most rappers today, as I feel it contributes to his messages and aids their delivery. Even if you are not a fan of rap (like me), you owe “Skelethon” a listen.

Paul Banks strays from his alter ego to return to his distinctive sound on his latest effort, “Banks.” The Interpol frontman, who has released previous solo albums under the moniker Julian Plenti, reverted to his familiar dark tempos that can be found on most of the indie rock group’s mid-2000s compilations. Initially, it seems “Banks” is going to depict the artist’s “true self” in an attempt to stand out from his previous efforts. While the album has strengths, it often sticks to the droning tones found on nearly all his productions, which causes it to become a bit boring. While these tones have, in a sense, defined Banks’ career, they become overbearing and take away from the musicality found on this release. Exemplifying this sound is “Arise, Awake,” which serves as a slow and delicate song early in the album. Along the same lines, the drums on “Lisbon” make a calming intro to a well-received instrumental track halfway through. While many of the tracks are pretty average, songs such as “No Mistakes” fall short of their full potential and would likely be best put together with Interpol collectively. The closing track, “Summertime is Coming,” is a perfect ending track, presenting the best qualities of Banks’ voice in a slightly more upbeat rhythm, as he repeats “summertime is coming, get out.” Thankfully, this track ends the album on a positive note, because it is an almost completely forgettable effort otherwise. Banks, who worked on this album for two years while touring, did not produce a total flop on this solo album, but he did put together an album that likely should have been recorded with his bandmates in Interpol.

Converge is known to make its music as troubling as possible with simultaneously harmonious and aggravating tones. In the past, Converge has been labeled “mathcore,” a genre that got its name from the complex time signatures and general outlook that “if it adds up, music is always correct.” “All We Love We Leave Behind” takes Converge back to their hardcore roots, but the mathcore elements certainly still remain. Hardcore music is something that is lost on some, but with others it speaks a language forged in foreign beauty. Even if you can’t make out the lyrics, the listener always hears exactly what is aggravating them. Everyone hears music differently, though, and this fact could not ring truer than on this album. Listeners may feel everything from “That’s awesome” to “Why are they doing that?” But the fact remains that everything is music whether you like it or not – it’s all a matter of taste. “All We Love We Leave Behind” is packed with emotion, and the production quality is perfect. There is enough distortion that the tones have a full and disturbing sound, but it is clear enough that no note is lost in the fury. As a whole, the album never disappoints, giving you just as much tension and release as a hardcore lover could want. The album takes you on a brilliantly unfolding trip. If you don’t like hardcore music by the time you’ve reached adulthood, chances are you will never comprehend it. If you do understand it, this album will rumble and shake away the pain in your gut. You must undergo the therapy that is Converge.




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The October 31 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.