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Wednesday February 6, 2013
Volume 125, Issue 91
City Council discusses budget By Caroline Peters Staff writer
The Morgantown City Council discussed the goals and objectives for the upcoming fiscal year during its meeting Tuesday. Council members shared their suggestions and ideas in proposing the upcoming budget. “We need everyone employed. Services that citi-
zens expect should still be provided at their normal level,” said Deputy Mayor Wes Nugent. “It’s important that we maintain these two things.” Fourth ward councilor Jenny Selin said she believes the city needs to be stronger financially before some decisions are made. “Making sure the city as a whole is strong is important,” Selin said. “If we do
Late-night DJs bring variety to U92 radio by meghan bonomo correspondent
Working late nights can be dreadful for most, but for disc jockeys at West Virginia University’s student radio station, U92, their passion for tunes keeps them up. U92 at WVU is a noncommercial, educational radio station dedicated to serving both the WVU and Morgantown communities. As a teaching and training facility for students, U92 also provides alternative programming to listeners. The radio station provides new music, giveaways and campus news. For students staying up late, there are a variety of programs running all night long. The students running the late shows are more excited about staying up late than one would assume. “Late night can be more fun, because you get a lot more freedom; it is a lot more relaxed,” said Emily Meadows, a senior journalism student currently DJing at U92. “You don’t have quite as many listeners as in the day, but you have a lot of specific listeners that only listen at night.” At night, the DJs are given
freedom to explore genres and topics that are not typical for daytime programming. Some of the specialty shows are “The Euphoria Garden”, hosted by Brant Haas, which is a goth, ambient and new age show. It airs Sundays at midnight for six hours. Their “No Remorse” show is every Tuesday and Friday midnight-3 a.m. and features the best in new classic death metal, black metal, grindcore, metalcore, stoner metal and thrash. The best in electronica tune airs Thursday nights midnight-3 a.m. as “Low Orbit.” For a full program guide visit u92.wvu.edu/ pgmguide.cfm. “We have the specialty shows – a lot of those run through the middle of the night, and those kind of focus on ambient music, metal music, stuff like that,” Meadows said. “Those DJs are really into their shows, so they invest a lot of time into them.” A.J. Buchanan is a junior English student and the DJ for “Low Orbit.” As an upperclassman, there are not very many sections for the more special-
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Horticulture club to host flower sale By Jacob Bojesson correspondent
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and the West Virginia University Horticulture Club wants to ensure students don’t go without a gift for that special someone. The club will be selling roses, miniature orchids and potted red tulips across campus on Valentine’s Day to raise money for student activities throughout the year. Flowers will be sold between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Creative Arts Center lobby, the Agricultural Science Building lobby and the Health Sciences Center across from the cafeteria commons. “The students work really hard to put on this event, and they want to do the best job they can to fundraise and to pro-
vide people with nice, quality flowers,” said Nicole Waterland, assistant professor of Horticulture. ”It’s nice to support student organizations, and the funds will be used for educational purposes.” Roses are available in red, white, pink, yellow and lavender and come wrapped in cellophane with fern and baby’s breath. Waterland said she is hoping to raise as much money as possible to be able to send approximately 20 students to the annual PLANET convention this March at Auburn University. “It’s a large landscaping competition and student career days,” Waterland said. “The students get to show off their skills – anything from idea to action
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get to a point where money is not coming in, it would be smart to defer things such as paving the roads, instead of deferring them completely.” Sixth ward councilor Bill Byrne said he agreed with Selin and urged the city to use precaution when preparing finances for the future. “Our budget is usually $22 -23 million. We still
have to pay everyone, as well as fund projects, but as we move forward in any kind of time, you exercise your best form of judgment as we look toward the future,“ Byrne said. “We are limited this year because of the construction. It’s really a question of timing. The city of Morgantown is not collapsing; we will have money.” The council also dis-
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Relay For Life of WVU kicked-off its 100 years of hope celebration by summer ratcliff staff writer
The Relay for Life of West Virginia University kicked off its 2013 fundraising campaign with “A Celebration of Life” Tuesday night. Various organizations around WVU will form teams to raise money and participate in the Relay for Life event April 19. Relay For Life is the largest grassroots fundraising movement in the world. The organization works to mobilize teams to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Director of WVU Relay For Life Ashley Greer said this year’s theme for the relay is “Happy Birthday Relay.” “With this year’s effort we will be celebrating the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society,” Greer said. “Because of this organization, we hope to celebrate more birthdays of those affected by cancer who otherwise may not get that chance.” Monongalia County liaison of the American Cancer Society Leandra Hickman announced the
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Students sign in Tuesday in the Mountainlair to kick off this year’s Relay for Life.
Local mechanic provides winter auto tips By Caroline Peters Staff writer
Morgantown is known for her curves, but they haven’t been so friendly toward cars this season. Many cars can be seen trying to make it up the slippery slopes with little luck. However, local mechanics offer a few precautions to drivers to prevent hassle this winter. “When it comes to tire
sliding, the first thing to be aware of is your tire pressure,” said Advance Custom Audio’s Mechanic Rodney Jones. “Make sure you have the proper pressure. If your tires are over inflated, they are too hard. If they are under inflated, they’re too soft and both of these can cause issues.” West Virginia University student Connie Londono said she experienced some unexpected battery trouble
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well as what money the city spends. “I would love to see more detail on the revenue we bring in and the expenditures we send out,” said first ward councilor Ron Bane. Council members debated the financial soundness of purchasing the Woodburn property. “Committing to the
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cussed the issue of paving roads and work traffic. Paving roads is costly; however, council members said they believe Morgantown is lucky to have the PRT. “We’ve had 1.3 million rides on the Personal Rapid Transit last year,” Nugent said. “That’s a lot of people off the streets.” Other members said they wanted more details on the amount the city invests, as
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this week and was unprepared to remedy the issue. “I had errands to run the other day, and my car wouldn’t start at first,” she said. “I was confused, because it had been running fine earlier that day. I drive a little Civic, and it usually starts right away, but it was freezing out. “After a few moments, it finally started, but that was after I held my key in for many moments.”
ON THE INSIDE West Virginia senior swimmer Rachel Burnett is ready to put the finishing touches on an illustrious career as a Mountaineer. SPORTS PAGE 8
Londono said she thought the weather was to blame for her slow start. However, Londono’s Civic was showing signs of an aging battery. “The two major things in car safety are making sure you have a good battery and that your terminals are in place,” Jones said. “The terminals are the ends that go on the battery. When it
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A THIRD STRAIGHT W? The West Virginia women’s basketball team aims to win its third straight game tonight as it takes on Texas Tech. SPORTS PAGE 7
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Director Ashley Greer takes a moment to welcome students for attending this year’s Relay for Life kickoff.
Continued from page 1 WVU Relay team has been invited to participate in their first ever Big 12 Relay Challenge. “They are challenging us that their schools can have a higher percentage increase of raised funds than we can,” Hickman said. “There is a traveling trophy that goes around, and with this being our first year in
the Big 12, we hope to have the opportunity to win that traveling trophy for WVU.” Coordinators of the WVU Relay For Life organization hope to have more than 105 teams participate in this year’s Relay and have set their fundraising goal at $95,000. Currently, the occupational therapy team is leading the fundraising efforts with more than $1,300 from their 40-member team. Amber Golden, captain
of the occupational therapy team, said her team has participated in the Relay For Life for more than three years and hopes more people can become survivors because of their efforts. “My grandfather passed away in 2008, and my fiance’s mother is a survivor,” Golden said. “For each of us on this team, it’s personal.” Relay For Life hosts many fundraising events leading up to the relay, including
the annual Zumbathon. Alexis Claassen, senior psychology major and coordinator of the Zumbathon, created the event last year when she found out her father had pancreatic cancer. “My thought was that if I can’t be at home to help, I at least need to help here,” Claassen said. “A week before the event, my dad was placed on hospice, and on April 5, after a successful Zumbathon, he passed
away.” “I continue to do this event, because I don’t want anyone to ever have to experience what I went through, what my younger brother went through, what my mom went through and especially what my dad went through.” Relay For Life will hold its second annual Zumbathon Feb. 9 from noon 3 p.m in the Mountainlair ballrooms. The event is $5, and all proceeds will go di-
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A car is badly damaged after sliding into a telephone pole on Van Voorhis Road Monday.
Continued from page 2 starts getting cold out, your vehicle will tell you if your battery is getting old.” Jones said there are some warning signs vehicles will portray prior to the battery’s death. “The first thing your car will do to let you know you need a new battery is turn over real slow or hard when you go to start the engine,” Jones said. “This means your battery is weak, and a lot of people let their batteries run out completely.” Letting a battery run out
Continued from page 1 operating machinery – and then they also get to network with industry members at the event.” The Horticulture Club needs thousands of dollars to make the trip happen, she said. The group hopes WVU students choose to buy flowers from the fundraiser, instead of traveling off campus to purchase gifts. “It costs several hundred dollars each year for each student to go, and depending on the location it can cost more,” Waterland
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can take a toll on everyday activity, Jones said. Laura DeMarco, a business student at WVU, recently encountered this problem. “I went to start my car in this weather, and it wouldn’t start. I wasn’t sure why at first and thought it might be the weather. The whole week I was thrown off because I had to take the PRT to places like the Rec, ” DeMarco said. “Eventually my dad had to come down and give me a new battery. I didn’t realize that two years had gone by, and it was due time for a new one.” Batteries are not the
only part of your car drivers should be aware of, according to Jones. Antifreeze is a common fuel people forget to replace, he said. “Your system is supposed to be 50 percent water and 50 percent antifreeze. Every couple of years you should have your anti-freeze replaced, because just like oil and gas, it runs out,” Jones said. “You can go to any local parts store and get an antifreeze tester. A lot of people will just add water when they think their antifreeze is getting low, and over time it dilutes your antifreeze too
said. Prices vary depending on the amount of roses students de cide to purchase. A dozen will cost $45, six roses will go for $25, three for $13 and a single stem will run $5. In addition, in this year’s sale students may purchase miniature orchids for $15 and potted red tulips for $10. “The tulips we’ll be selling we actually grow here,” Waterland said. “Not only is it educational for them to be growing them, but also selling them to be able to do something else that’s educational and poten-
tially can help them with their careers in the future.” Students may pre-order roses for pickup in the Agricultural Science Building lobby at a 10 percent discount or have them delivered to an office or dorm on campus for an additional $2. To order, contact the Horticulture Club at wvuhorticultureclub@ gmail.com with the desired amount of flowers, colors and the delivery or pickup method. Pre-orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb., 13. email@example.com
much.” Jones said perhaps the most obvious precaution is the most important. Drivers are their own worst enemy on the roads, and simply paying attention is key. “The biggest thing is to take your time when driving, especially in this kind of weather where the roads are bad. You should drop your speed a few miles (per hour) and leave some distance,“ Jones said. “Lastly, look out for those big suburbans that will run you over.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 2 ized classes he has to take, which can conflict with his program. “Most of my classes end up being in the morning after my show,” Buchanan said. “I just try to take naps throughout the day. I got a 4.0 last semester, so I don’t think it’s affected me too negatively.” Most DJs seem to enjoy the freedom and independence that comes along with putting in the late hours, even if there are fewer listeners. “I’ve never really had any problems with it inter-
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school board that we will take on the leadership of purchasing Woodburn is important,” Byrne said. “This is a vast property in a key residential area. All we have to do is commit to the board of education.” Council members agreed Woodburn is a prosperous residential area; however, feelings were divisive about whether the city could afford the purchase. “To start spending money we don’t have yet it is kind of scary. I would love to hear from the neighborhood about Woodburn, but we need to be careful with spending money,” said seventh ward councilor Linda Herbst. Mayor Jim Manilla said he sees great benefit to purchasing the property but he still believes cost is of concern. “We need to think outside the box in ways of revenue. The Woodburn school is a value and if we commit, the school seems to be the kicker,” Manilla said. “However, to tear it down would be $250,000 and to redo the building costs money.” Members also discussed cleaning up and improving the downtown area. “One thing I would like to see as we are addressing problems downtown is (the city) providing funding,” said fourth ward councilor Marti Shamberger. “I think we should put money toward a gum machine to clean up the downtown roads and money toward the theatre, as well as continuing to try to match fering with my social life. It’s not an every night type of thing,” said Alec Berry, a junior journalism student DJ-ing at U92. “But it’s definitely not fun staying up all night sometimes.” Different DJs take different days of the week, giving them a reasonable schedule. “It’s cool once you get here. There is no one here, you’re by yourself, and you can kind of get away with what you want to do,” Berry said. “It’s kind of like you run the radio station. It’s exciting.” Student DJs who have a lot more going on in the week tend to take weekends, leaving those with afternoon classes who are more com-
rectly to the Relay for Life team. Free giveaways, as well as raffles from Victoria’s Secret Pink and Evive will be available at the event. WVU’s Relay for Life main event will take place 7 p.m. April 19 - 7 a.m. April 20 at Mountaineer Track. Anyone who wishes to participate in the relay is encouraged to visit www.relayforlife.org/WVU. email@example.com
grants.” Byrne said he believes the issues with the downtown area lie deeper. “This issue with downtown is going to involve political and economic advancements,”Byrne said. “Responsible adults need to step forward and figure out how to run an entertainment area. Bar owners, students, police, need to be called to order to figure it out.” Herbst said Morgantown needed to do something else to boost the economy. “We need to do something to stimulate business growth within the city itself,” she said. “We need to expand it and work on airport services.” “I’d like to see the city go green.” Herbst was not the only member who supported the eco-friendly initiative. “Our new recycling program had more people on the first day recently than they did the whole year prior,” Selin said. “We should keep supporting that, because it seems effective. If we don’t get started by putting forth a little bit of money toward our opportunities, we will lose them.” After the discussion about the upcoming fiscal year, City Manager Jeff Mikorski said the ideas addressed in the meeting will help him as he pursues the layout of the upcoming fiscal year. “This had helped me find places with funds and to be able to work with your goals and objectives,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
fortable with a Tuesday 3-6 a.m. show. For most of the DJs, there is a desire that drives their dedication to their work. “Most people are really passionate about this; they either have an interest in radio or they have an interest in the music that we play,” Meadows said. “If you know that you want to do this, you stick around and don’t view it as something you have to do. It’s more or less of a hobby.” In the interest of full disclosure, Alec Berry and Emily Meadows are employees at The Daily Athenaeum. email@example.com
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My Bloody Valentine releases much-anticipated album
British alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine released their third album, ‘m b v,’ after a 21-year hiatus.
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Shoegaze fanatics rejoice: The two decades of anticipation have finally ceased. My Bloody Valentine released the long-awaited follow-up to 1991’s “Loveless” late Saturday night, proving their melodic reverb still has a pulse. Fans of the iconic Irish four-piece group flooded the Internet after an announcement was posted to the band’s official Facebook page stating, “We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as it’s up.” The eventual launch of the new album, “m b v,” crashed mybloodyvalentine.org almost immediately, leaving anxious fans battling with
server errors and queued or impossible downloads early Sunday morning. Since guitarist and vocalist Kevin Shields revealed plans of a new album in a November interview with The New Musical Express, the anticipation of the outfit’s first release since their 1991 critically acclaimed success had only grown. After a near 21-year hiatus and rumored collection of recorded tracks, Shields assured fans they would not be disappointed. Needless to say, it was well worth the wait. Picking up as close as possible to where they left off, the quartet produced an album that aligns impeccably with its predecessor. An unabashedly nostalgic, early ’90s reincarnation, “m b v” remains as bassdriven and dreamy as anything the group has released in the past. It’s hard to believe this is
only the third release from the monumentally influential alternative band, but the impressive catalog and innovative quality of nearly every track from the shoegaze pioneers continues to speak volumes. My Bloody Valentine will head to the United Kingdom after a six-gig tour in Japan and Australia. The album is available exclusively through their website, mybloodyvalentine. org, in three formats: 180gram vinyl, CD and digital download. The full package includes all three formats and a choice of digital download quality. You can stream the entire album now on their YouTube channel, TheOfficialMBV.
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Super Bowl tops ratings; outage highly viewed, too
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Fans cheer during a celebration of the Ravens’ victory on Sunday in the NFL football Super Bowl. NEW YORK (AP) — As it does nearly every year, the Super Bowl will almost certainly stand as the mostwatched television event of 2013. This year, the Blackout Bowl wasn’t too far behind. CBS prevailed upon the Nielsen Co. to estimate how many viewers watched the Baltimore Ravens’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers while excluding the 34 minutes in the third quarter where the game was stopped because of a partial power outage in the Superdome. The game was seen by an average of 108.7 million people, down from the last two years but still ranking as the third mostwatched show in U.S. television history. Leaving aside the outage period, which came at a time the Ravens had a big lead, was likely CBS’ attempt to nudge the viewership to a historically high level. Yet few people were interested in tuning out. Nielsen said 106.6 million
watched the power outage delay, which was basically extended scenes of first half highlights and players stretching to keep warm. CBS dominated the week’s non-football programming, too. In a positive sign for Fox, its new drama “The Following” was the most-watched scripted show on ABC, NBC or Fox last week, Nielsen said. Skewed by Super Sunday, CBS averaged 28 million viewers in prime time for the week (13.6 rating, 22 share). Fox was second with 6.2 million viewers (3.7, 6), ABC had 4.7 million (3.1, 5), NBC had 3.9 million (2.6, 4), the CW had 1.6 million (1.0, 2) and ION Television had 1.2 million (0.8, 1). Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with 3.6 million (1.9, 3), Telemundo had 1.2 million (0.6, 1), UniMas had 750,000 (0.4, 1), Estrella had 210,000 and Azteca had 120,000 (both 0.1, 0) NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.2
million viewers (5.9, 12). ABC’s “World News” was second with 8.3 million (5.6, 11) and the “CBS Evening News” had 6 million viewers (3.9, 8). A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation’s estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show. For the week of Jan. 28Feb. 3, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore vs. San Francisco, CBS, 108.69 million; “Super Bowl Power Outage,” CBS, 106.56 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 22.07 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 17.76 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 17.3 million; “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 15.78 million; “Person of Interest,” CBS, 15.71 million; “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 13.8 million; “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 13.7 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 11.5 million.
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Co-sponsored by the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research In his two terms as mayor, Cory Booker has set an ambitious agenda for Newark and, in the process, fashioned a national standard for urban transformation. Brands such as Panasonic, Manishewitz and audible.com have relocated their national and international headquarters to Newark. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has gifted the City with $100 million for the school system. These successes, along with Booker’s hands-on governance – he once pulled one of his constituents from a burning building – landed him on the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most inﬂuential people in the world. Arrangements for the appearance of Mayor Booker made through Greater Talent Network, Inc. New York, NY.
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Getting West Virginians connected According to a new study by Technet, West Virginia is making significant progress in expanding broadband availability to its residents. The study found that the percentage of West Virginia homes with high-speed internet increased from a startlingly low 33 percent in 2007 to a much-improved 59 percent in 2010. This report should serve as encouragement for
West Virginia’s leadership to continue to push for expanding broadband internet throughout the state. Despite this progress, there is still a long way to go. A Federal Communications Commission report released August of last year found that 46 percent of West Virginia’s population, which amounts to around 840,000 people, do not have high-speed internet access. Nationally, only
six percent of the population does not have highspeed internet access. This illustrates the need for the state to build on its progress and continue pushing for the expansion of broadband service. The benefits of having a connected population are numerous. The Internet serves as a valuable outlet for the dissemination of information critical for keeping the public informed.
Congress’s unprecedented fiscal irresponsibility michael belding iowa state daily
Averting the sequestration that looms like an iceberg dead ahead of the United States’ ship of state should be Congress’ next priority. The Congressional deal that averted our going off the “fiscal cliff” at the beginning of the year did not, unfortunately, solve the problems of pending spending cuts and revenue shortfalls. The language of the bill merely forestalled the date by which Congress must act to prevent government spending cuts that economic analysts and the White House say “would have a devastating impact on important defense and nondefense programs.” Now the spending cuts begin soon, on Friday, March 1. This situation requires action. The possibilities are as numerous as the number of perspectives on governmental actions. My own preference is action that passes a budget for a whole fiscal year instead of continuing resolutions that postpone thought and decision, lower spending to arrest the development of a huge class of Americans who depend in some way on the government, and increases payments toward reducing the national debt. But anything is preferable to nothing. Procrastination is one of the great ills of society. Ask any student, and he or she probably will tell you that parents and teachers have admonished him since a young age against doing tomorrow what could be done today. There are a few legitimate reasons for procrastination. The innumerable tasks before us require some prioritization; it would be improper of us to consider and resolve a small annoyance before dealing with a problem that threatens our way of life. By nearly all accounts, failing to stop the sequestration of federal spending presents the latter kind of task. It is the lesser, not the greater, problems that should be procrastinate or put off, and we should do so for the sake of addressing the larger ones. There is a word for failing to address until the latest possible moments such a “fiscal cliff” as we face: lazy. The members of Congress, if they failed to do something to put our fiscal house in order, would be, in the words of a wise, sage man, “a bunch of bums.” Inaction in this situation would be the opposite of productivity, industry, ambition and health. It contaminates public life with the feeling that the members of Congress can en-
act laws (as the Constitution says) “in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,” as it suits them, not the people for whom those laws are to be made. American citizens should not find themselves almost universally saying the same words sung by a character from the musical “Les Miserables”: “Where are the leaders of the land? / Where are the swells who run this show?” In the absence of an established church, especially without one that uses a rigid hierarchy, such as Roman Catholicism or Anglicanism; in the absence of a nobility that holds certain legal privileges and exists in a feudal relationship with inferiors and superiors; in the absence of any social role-models apart from those that a person willfully adopts; the leaders of the United States are its politicians, especially the president and members of Congress. The only kind of social distinction that we all must recognize is the holding of public office. Every other kind of esteem or high regard that a person can receive from others is the choice of the giver. But everyone – even the people who did not vote for a victorious candidate – must admit that office holders are in some way special. So why do they think they can get away with doing nothing? Even the most partisan of congressional districts (Republican and Democrat alike) elected their representatives to office so that they could do work. And yet, although members of Congress obviously postpone their confrontations with the biggest challenges the United States faces, we continue to pay their salaries and benefits. In a complete reversal of a speech made by Winston Churchill – that “Never in the field of conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” – never have so few owed so much to so many. As we gaze upon a tradition of heinous adherence to party rather than truly public service, all that we can do is hope that they rise to the occasion made for them by taking the oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
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economic problems. Many of these can be mitigated, if not rectified, by the free flow of information and educational opportunities the Internet provides. For these reasons, among countless others, our lawmakers must continue their push to spread broadband service availability to all corners of the state. email@example.com
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President Obama’s many wars
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.
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When President Obama was inaugurated for his second term, he proclaimed that a decade of war was ending. That same day, a drone strike ordered by his administration killed three people in Yemen, just east of the capital, Sanaa. These types of incidents are not out of the ordinary. In fact, some estimates report as many as 2,600 deaths, occurring as the result of drone U.S. strikes in Pakistan alone since Obama’s first inauguration. Though it is difficult to find an entirely accurate number, as the U.S. government usually under-reports the casualties of these strikes, if they report the numbers at all. What’s important to understand about these casualties, deemed necessary by our government as it pursues terrorists and national security interests, is these kinds of policies make Americans less secure – both in the traditional sense and the financial sense. Moreover, they would have been entirely avoidable by following a strict policy of non-interventionism. If you’ve had an economics class, you’ve heard of the “law of unintended consequences” wherein economic policies, even if implemented
with the best intentions, often create situations worse than what was experienced before the new policy was enacted. In other words, the medicine is worse than the disease. But this bit of economic insight doesn’t apply only to the economy. It also applies to foreign policy and foreign relations. The unintended consequences of violent, usually covert, foreign policy is known as “blowback.” Blowback usually manifests itself when a seemingly random act of violence occurs against a populace as retaliation by another group of individuals for the foreign policy of the aforementioned populace’s governing body. These incidents seem random, because the attacked populace is far and wide ignorant of its governing body’s actions abroad. A classic case of blowback was the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis during which the American embassy was taken over by Islamist militants in Tehran who held 52 hostages for 444 days. The rescue operation was dramatized in the recent Ben Affleck film “Argo.” The Iranian hostage crisis was, of course, retaliation against America for Operation Ajax, in which the CIA, in conjunction with MI6, overthrew the popularly elected government of Iran in 1953 and replaced it with a brutal dictator, Shah Mohammad
Reza Pahlavi. American foreign policy has been defined by blowback for decades, just as it continues to today, and will define it for the near future. The Obama administration has worked quickly to get involved with the crisis in Mali. Although officially, United States involvement is limited to transportation and intelligence sharing, the Obama administration refuses to answer media questions about whether special forces, drones or paramilitary units are being used. Nevertheless, the current conflict in Mali is blowback resulting from the overthrow of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, in which the U.S. played a role. For a time, the Gadhafi military had been training Malians living within the country’s borders. After he had been overthrown, the Malians returned home with sophisticated weapons and the desire to overthrow the government in Northern Mali, prompting France to get involved. Further ramifications include the bombing of a BP oil well in Algeria by radicals angry at its government for permitting foreign military forces to fly over Algeria en route to Mali. This could lead to its own crisis. Blowback is demonstrably
costly. It prompts further violence, forcing a nation to fight wars it otherwise would not need to. The financial cost is immense, as well. Since 2001, America has seen an explosion in defense spending. Adjusted for inflation, defense spending in this country almost doubled from just under $400 billion annually to slightly more than $700 billion annually. The “War on Terror,” as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom are both the result of blowback and two of the largest financiers of the debt crisis. It is crucial to understand the most vital aspect of blowback is that it is avoidable. Blowback, by definition, is retaliation. It is wholly avoidable by adhering to a foreign policy of non-interventionism. By adopting a policy of non-interventionism, the country avoids financial problems as well as national security problems that it otherwise would not face. That isn’t to say that there would never be another war, or that peace would be eternal, or anything as hopelessly optimistic as a Congress competent enough to pass a balanced budget. Nevertheless, the citizens of this country are demonstrably wealthier and safer with a strict policy of non-interventionism.
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BORN TODAY This year you forge a new path. You also often stop and reflect. This combination proves to be very effective in your day-to-day life. Recognize the need to spend more time alone in order to ground yourself. If you are single, your friends or colleagues might prove instrumental in introducing you to someone who intrigues you. Be careful when meeting this person, as he or she might not be everything he or she seems to be. If you are attached, spend several weekends together as a couple; it will nurture your relationship.
CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHHH You will get a lot done ... and quite efficiently, at that. Be careful when making plans in advance, because you might need to cancel them, as you will today. You might be surprised by an older person’s useful insight. Listen carefully. Tonight: Go with a different choice.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Your willingness to look at the bigger picture impresses a higher-up. This person notes your ability to impart knowledge swiftly. Your softer side emerges when dealing with a child. Your protective nature is very admirable. Tonight: Put in some extra hours. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH Follow the advice of a well-meaning associate or partner, as shocked as you might be by this person’s insights. Even if you don’t think that you have all the facts, stay kind and supportive. Ignoring the issue can only cause a problem. Tonight: Make weekend plans. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Others could be challenging beyond any level you might have thought possible. Understanding emerges from your ability to come to terms with someone you care a lot about. You will discover the value in saying little. Tonight: Catch up on a loved
LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Make time to visit with a child. You might not be sure what your expectations are with a professional matter. Your positive attitude and willingness to pitch in can only win you friends. Funnel your energy toward completing a project. Tonight: Get some exercise first. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Understanding what is expected of you might be difficult. You could be quite exhausted from trying to switch gears. Listen to news carefully, especially if it is coming from a key person. He or she will share information that could shock you. Tonight: Follow someone else’s lead. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH Do not underestimate the liabilities involved in a work relationship. It might be best to keep things professional, no matter what the cost. What you might believe to be a mutual understanding could be a hot volcano that is on the verge of erupting. Tonight: Take a long walk. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH Be sensitive to how much you have spent as of late. A little self-discipline in the fiscal area will feel much better in the long run. Quit worrying about a potential problem. Understand
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what is happening with a child or new friend. Tonight: Add some mischief to the moment. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHHH Handle a problem first thing in the morning. Key associates or loved ones could come into a meeting with some interesting news. Carefully evaluate what you hear before launching into action. Do not be surprised if a key person decides to act up. Tonight: Your treat. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH By midday, you’ll feel energized. Know that information you might be keeping from a close loved one or roommate is fine. Some matters are best kept to yourself. An unexpected revelation could shake you up. Do your best to stay calm. Tonight: Time for a midweek break. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Your efforts don’t go unnoticed, even if you feel that way. Recognize that your hunches have more validity than you’d originally thought. Follow-through counts, especially when dealing with a money matter. Don’t forget to count your change. Tonight: Vanish if you want. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHHH Your playfulness might not be appreciated by a boss or older relative, but the friends in your immediate circle love your sense of humor. Be selective in what you choose to share with others. Someone reads you far better than you think. Tonight: Where all the fun is. BORN TODAY Bob Marley (1945), baseball player Babe Ruth (1895), former U.S. president Ronald Reagan
Pearls Before Swine
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Wednesday February 6, 2013
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Art Up Close! debuts spring series
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Rosemary Hathaway lectures at WVU’s Creative Arts Center Tuesday evening.
by CAROL FOX COPY DESK CHIEF
Though our world-class faculty, outstanding facilities and excellent sports teams are all part of why West Virginia University is a great place to pursue an education, one of the endlessly rewarding aspects of college life at WVU is the sheer quantity of experiences offered by organizations throughout the University. WVU students, faculty and community members were treated Tuesday night to an intimate, fireside eve-
ning with one of the many unique pieces of artwork that is part of the Art Museum at West Virginia University’s collection. The event, Art Up Close!, is an art series hosted by the Art Museum of WVU and The Friends of the Art Museum. The Art Museum’s collection consists of around 2,500 individual works and includes a wide variety in both medium and time period. According to Art Museum Director Joyce Ice, the main purpose of the Art Up Close! series is “to look at an individual piece of art from
WVU’s collection in a personal, intimate setting.” In addition to the chance to view the art in a familiar space, each installment of the Art Up Close! series includes a lecture given by a member of the WVU faculty. “We take an individual work of art from the University museum’s art collection, and we focus on one piece of art for the evening,” said Robert Bridges, curator of the Art Museum. “We have various individuals talking and giving their personal view of that work of art.” The series is in its second
year, and past editions of the art series have included lectures led by professors of religious studies, history, printmaking and art history. Ice said the purpose of the series is to involve the University community in the art collection in an accessible way because they don’t yet have an official space to house or display the collection. However, construction on a 5,300-square-foot building to house the Art Museum and its diverse collection is underway. The new building will be connected to the Museum
Eductation Center (formerly the Erickson Alumni Center), which was designed by prominent American architect, Michael Graves. This installment in the series focused on “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.” The piece is a circular portfolio of original prints from eight Abstract Expressionist artists such as Elaine de Kooning, Jim Dine, Alex Katz and R.B. Kitaj. The pieces are reflections on, arguably, John Ashbery’s most famous poem by the same name. The original poem was Ashbery’s reflec-
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tion on Renaissance artist Parmigianino’s self-portrait in which the artist is depicted with an unusually large hand – a result of the convex mirror in which he is viewing himself to paint. The accompanying lecture was delivered by Associate Professor of English at WVU Rosemary Hathaway. Hathaway teaches courses in American literature, folklore, ethnography and young adult literature. In an informative, entertaining and lively lecture, Hathaway emphasized the artists’ efforts to reflect the disjointed and “anti-figurative” aesthetic of Ashbery’s poetry. Something this piece illustrated, which is not always clear with more straightforward artwork, is the importance of seeing the original of any piece. Because of its portfolio nature, the piece can never be viewed all at once. The interactive and individual experience of the Art Up Close! lecture was helpful in mitigating this problem, and it made clearer than ever the benefit of physically viewing art compared to a Google image search of the same piece. There is an emotional element that isn’t present digitally. According to former dean of WVU’s College of Creative Arts and current director of Education and External Affairs for the WVU Art Museum, Bernie Schultz, this is one of the most important goals of the Art Up Close! series. “One of the values that museums bring to us is the interaction with the live version, but now art viewing has become so visual and digitalized,” Schultz said. “Part of what we want to do is allow the University and Morgantown community to experience the importance of communication with the artwork. “There’s something about allowing people to experience the work and craftsmanship of the collection that has a value.” Associate Professor of English at WVU, Anna Elfenbein was in attendance at the event and said she was thrilled for the opportunity to engage the artwork in such an interactive way “I’m very interested in the whole art scene at WVU. The art ‘up close’ idea is fascinating.” Elfenbein said. “I’m just very interested in art, and I want to see it happen at WVU.” The Art Up Close! presentations are held three times each semester, and all events are free and open to the public. For further information about the series and the Art Museum at WVU, contact the museum at (304) 293-2141, or visit the website at www.ccarts.wvu.edu/ art_museum. email@example.com
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Nick Arthur ASSociate Sports Editor
NCAA tournament not out of equation for WVU February has arrived, March is just around the corner and words such as “bubble,” “RPI” and “bracketology” will become common diction among college basketball enthusiasts during the next few weeks. The best time of year – March Madness – brings with it hope for thousands of universities, fans and student athletes around the country. As of last night, 324 teams remain in contention to hoist the 2013 NCAA men’s tournament national championship trophy April 8 in the Georgia Dome, with only 23 teams being eliminated. Participating in the best tournament in sports has become a common occurrence for West Virginia over the past decade. The Mountaineers have earned a bid to the “Big Dance” seven of the last eight seasons, and each of the past five season since veteran head coach Bob Huggins took the helm. This season, though, Huggins and the Mountaineers have had their fair share of struggles. Non-conference defeats at the hands of Duquesne and Davidson and a stumbling 2-5 start in Big 12 Conference play left West Virginia in major danger of missing out on the spring fun. However, two straight victories and a rejuvenated style of defense has boosted the Mountaineers to an 11-11 record overall and a 4-5 record in Conference play. Now, before I go any further, let me first agree that WVU is clearly on the outside looking in right now in terms of earning a bid to the NCAA tournament. The Mountaineers aren’t in Joe Lunardi’s first four out, next four out or any other reference of them holding any positioning near the last to squander an invitation. But, this is a team that will have an opportunity to make a run at the end of the season and accomplish something no one – including myself – thought they could about two weeks ago: to go dancing for a sixth straight season. Nine games remain in the regular season, and I am clearly no expert when determining who should earn a bid, but I anticipate WVU needing a 6-3 finish at the very worst to put itself in contention. The Mountaineers will need to steal a couple games in Kansas City during the Big 12 tournament. If those two things happen, Huggins and company will be around the 2014 range, leaving them with a glimpse of hope on Selection Sunday. I understand asking those things from this season’s Mountaineers may be a stretch, considering this team ranks 303rd nationally in shooting percentage and has left Huggins and his staff scratching their head more than a kid who went head first in to poison ivy. But if you look at the remainder of the regular season schedule, it is filled with very winnable games for the Mountaineers. Two matchups remain against TCU and Texas Tech – two teams West Virginia beat by an average of nearly 19 points in their first meetings of the season – home dates with Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, and a road tilt against Oklahoma – all winnable games. Other than road games against No. 5 Kansas – a team WVU gave fits in Morgantown - and No. 13 Kansas State – a team WVU should have beaten in Morgantown – there are few games left on the schedule where West Virginia won’t be the favorite. The main negative for West Virginia’s resume at this point is its lack of marquee wins.
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OUT FOR REVENGE
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The West Virginia women’s basketball team celebrates a win over Oklahoma last weekend.
WVU looks to extend win streak, avenge early season loss to Texas Tech By Amit Batra Sports writer
A four-point overtime loss to Texas Tech earlier this season proved to be a huge blow for the West Virginia women’s basketball team. Now, as the Mountaineers travel to Lubbock, Texas, the only thing on their mind is redemption. WVU lost in shocking fashion to the Lady Raiders nearly three weeks ago following a collapse in the late stages of the game. Texas Tech was able to knock down key free throws and make enough plays to seal the deal in the overtime thriller. “We were kind of tired last year of losing games and going back to the stat sheet and see if we could have made our free throws, we could have won,” said Texas Tech
guard Christine Hyde. “An emphasis this year was to make our free throws, because it’s a difference in the game.” Hyde made nine of 10 free throws in the first meeting against West Virginia this season. In overtime, the Lady Raiders made 75 percent of their free throws. Now, as WVU looks to get some revenge on Texas Tech, it will hope to capitalize in those late stages of the game in order to seal a good resume boosting win Wednesday at 8 p.m. Texas Tech comes into the game at 16-6 and 6-4 in Big 12 Conference play. The Lady Raiders are fresh off a 15-point loss to No. 23 Iowa State Saturday. Leading TTU will be senior guards Casey Morris and Chynna Brown. Morris leads the team in
steals with 45 and averages 12.0 points per game. Brown is the second leading scorer on the team with 11.6 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per contest. WVU is fresh off a 19-point win against No. 20 Oklahoma. The Mountaineers have now won twostraight games against ranked opponents. “We’ve got to win a lot more. We’re only 5-and-5 in the league,” said head coach Mike Carey following the win over Oklahoma. “But we had to win this one. “We just have to continue to play hard. Take it one at a time. Next game’s Texas Tech on Wednesday and then Saturday at Kansas. So, there are two away games and a lot of travel. “It is what it is – we’re not going to make excuses. We just got to get
ready to play and play Texas Tech and try to get that win.” WVU looks to win its thirdstraight game against the Lady Raiders. Against Oklahoma, West Virginia used its energy as a spark to get turnovers and earn 13 steals on the afternoon. Four Mountaineers scored in double-figures, with junior guard Christal Caldwell leading the way with 24 points. West Virginia proved it could beat the best of competition as of late. With another shot to get some revenge against a team that narrowly defeated it, the Mountaineers should be poised to roll out of Lubbock with their heads up high. Texas Tech, on the other hand, will look to avoid its first threegame losing streak of the season. firstname.lastname@example.org
West Virginia falls on road to Syracuse, Buffalo
West Virginia head coach Tina Samara looks on during a match last season.
By Robert Kreis Sports Writer
Two additional 6-1 defeats drop the West Virginia women’s tennis team to a 1-3 record on the season after a weekend road trip to upstate New York. Friday the Mountaineers took the court opposite Syracuse, whose 2-5 record may be a bit deceiving considering the high level of competition it has faced this year. “They are a good team. If you look at their record, sure they don’t look as good as they are because of who they are playing,” said West Virginia head coach Tina Samara. “I still felt like we were going to go in and have an opportunity to win.” Unfortunately for West Virginia, that opportunity never provided itself. Samara attributed some of the Mountaineers’ problems to
the way they practice and prepare for matches. “It starts at home in practice when we’re doing things that work in practice against each other that (I) preach won’t work against better teams,” Samara said. “Just because you can win that rally against our No. 3 team and you’re our No. 1 team, doesn’t mean that’s the way you need to play.” Samara is looking for the whole team to buy into the hard work it takes to be successful at the highest level of college tennis. “Even though tennis is an individual sport in college, each player plays a very important role,” Samara said. “If you only have four players or three players doing the right thing – that’s not enough.” The Mountaineers lethargic effort rolled over to Saturday when they took on the
Buffalo Bison. “Buffalo, too, was a good team. Not a team I’m at all familiar with,” Samara said. “What they were going to do was, you were going to lose, or you had to beat them. They weren’t going to beat themselves.” Another problem Samara has with her Mountaineers is their level of fitness. Samara wants a more physically fit team, so she is altering their strength and conditioning program. Ultimately, though, it has to come from the team. “Most of these teams that we’ve seen, Buffalo maybe you can argue is not necessarily the case, but they’re more fit,” Samara said. “I had a long talk with our strength coach (Brian Whiting), we’re going to re-up our workouts and the goal now is to make
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Burnett is ready to cap spectacular swim career By Connor Murray sports writer
Coming into her senior season, Rachael Burnett had received close to every swimming honor possible. From an All-American Honorable Mention in her freshman year, to a Big East Championship in the 400 IM and 500 free in her sophomore year, to being named the Big East Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer at the Big East championships in her junior, Burnett cemented herself as a topflight swimmer in her first three years at WVU. While it would’ve been easy to sit back and rest on the accomplishments of her first three years, Burnett found motivation from those closest to her and added to her impressive resume with a stand out senior season. “I hate losing, to be hon-
est,” Burnett said. “My parents, teammates and coaches have always pushed me to get better.” With such a laundry list of achievements and records during the course of her career, the senior from Springfield, Va., has taken pride in representing WVU across the nation in her competitions. “Winning the Big East Swimmer of the Year – to be known as the best swimmer in the Big East – with the help of my teammates and representing WVU was a big honor,” Burnett said. As the swimming and diving season is coming to a close, Burnett will have only a few more opportunities to make her mark in the Old Gold and Blue. With the Big 12 championships set to begin Feb. 27 and run through Mar. 2, only the NCAA championships will remain with selections
being made Mar. 13. For Burnett, the focus is on the future and making an impact in the last two competitions of her career rather than reflecting on all of her previous accomplishments. “It would mean everything (to go out on top). I’ve dedicated many years to swimming,” Burnett said. “To finish with a strong performance in the Big 12 and NCAA championships would just be the icing on the cake.” Burnett will face stiff competition from the host school of this year’s Big 12 championships, the Texas Longhorns. Ranked tenth in the nation for women’s swimming, the Longhorns have six seniors of their own looking to go out on top. Although Burnett has only faced Big 12 competition once this year, winning the 1,000, 200 and 500 free against TCU in mid-Janu-
ary, history seems to be on her side. In her first three seasons at West Virginia, Burnett has saved some her best performances for the end of the season, taking home first place in the 500 free in her freshman year, claiming the championship in the 500 free once again in her sophomore year along with the 400 IM and winning the 1650, 500 and 200 free in her junior year at the Big East championships. Not many athletes are able to claim to be three time conference champions, a feat that Burnett has accomplished in her first three seasons. Somehow, Burnett doesn’t seem like the type to revel in her past glory while there is still work to be done. There will be plenty of time for that in April. email@example.com
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy, speaks to fans at a celebration at City Hall at the start of a Super Bowl victory parade Tuesday. BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore celebrated with its Super Bowl champion Ravens on Tuesday, with thousands of fans in purple lining the streets and packing the team’s stadium for a celebration. Fans filled the square in front of City Hall and cheered when the team arrived and when players held the silver Lombardi trophy aloft. The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management estimated that 200,000 people took part in the celebration in Charm City, including at City Hall, along the parade route and at the stadium. Coach John Harbaugh thanked the fans for their support, and safety Ed Reed sang the melody of Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Retiring middle linebacker Ray Lewis, the only current player to have started with the team when it came to the city from Cleveland in 1996, told fans the team had fulfilled a promise to go to New Orleans and win. “The city of Baltimore – I
love you for ever and ever and ever and ever,” Lewis told fans in front of City Hall. The players were about an hour late arriving, but fans waited to see them pile into military vehicles and set off on their drive to the stadium. The city shot off purple and white confetti as the parade started and the Queen song “We Are the Champions” played over a loudspeaker. Quarterback Joe Flacco and several other players rode in their own camouflage-colored military vehicles, while others stood on a float decorated like a football field with a yellow goal post. Lewis had a position of honor in a military vehicle that brought up the end of the procession. He touched his hand to his heart and gave fans a double thumbsup as he started on the parade route. Fans followed behind, surrounding the back of the vehicle. Fans wore every article of purple clothing imaginable. In addition to team jerseys, people were dressed in pur-
ple hats and scarves, purple Mardi Gras beads, purple wigs. One man wore a Ravens flag as a cape, and many women came wearing purple lipstick and eye shadow. Lewis Neal, 59, who was born and raised in Baltimore, was decked out in a purple tie and vest to purple pants and shoes. He said he went to the parade after the team won its first Super Bowl championship in 2001. This time was smaller, he said, but still special. “My heart goes out for them,” said Lewis, who said he had tears in his eyes Sunday when the team beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. Na n c y Monseaux , 63, a Baltimore resident for nearly four decades, cheered the team on Pratt Street, where fans lined the sidewalk five or more people deep in some places. Monseaux, who held a sign that said “Doubt the Ravens nevermore,” said she wanted to come to show her support for the team. “These boys earned it,” she said of the victory,
cheering as members of the team passed. Some fans along the parade route said they also planned to go to the team’s M&T Bank Stadium. But the stadium, which usually seats 71,000, reached capacity around 12:30 p.m., a police spokesman said, and late-arriving fans were turned away. When the team did arrive, they treated fans to a thank-you celebration that lasted just over a half an hour. Lewis emerged from a tunnel onto the field, handed off the Lombardi trophy and did his signature dance, “The Squirrel.” He thanked fans for their love of the team and said he wanted to win the Super Bowl to repay Baltimore for everything it’s done for him. “There is no place on this earth that’s better than Baltimore,” he told the crowd. Flacco, the Super Bowl’s most valuable player, also addressed fans. “Baltimore, we did it. Super Bowl champs, baby,” he said.
Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter likely out for ‘13 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Carpenter, one of the best clutch pitchers in the storied history of the St. Louis Cardinals, may have thrown his final pitch. General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that Carpenter almost certainly won’t pitch in 2013 and that his starcrossed career is probably over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season. Carpenter did not attend, and Mozeliak said the emotions for the 37-year-old still too raw. Retirement isn’t official yet. Carpenter plans to seek further medical evaluation. But Mozeliak seemed resigned to losing him. “He’s leaving the door slightly open, but it’s un-
likely,” Mozeliak said of Carpenter’s return. Carpenter’s career numbers don’t reflect his value to the team. He is 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in a career that began in Toronto in 1997. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays and nine in St. Louis. He won the 2005 NL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, and was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA. More telling are his postseason results, including a 10-4 record and 3.00 ERA in 18 starts. There were the eight innings of three-hit shutout baseball in a Game 3 World Series win over Detroit in 2006, a series the Cardinals won in five games; a 1-0 shutout to beat Roy Halladay in Philadelphia in the deciding game
of the 2011 NL division series; and the gutty Game 7 World Series-clinching win over Texas on three days’ rest in 2011. His career is all the more remarkable considering the amount of time he spent on the disabled list due to various shoulder, elbow and nerve injuries. He missed most of 2002, all of 2003, most of 2007 and 2008, and then last year’s season that was limited to three regular-season starts. Carpenter phoned Mozeliak on Friday and told him that after trying to throw off a mound, the nerve injury was back, this time including numbness in his right arm, even bruising on his shoulder and hand. “After speaking with him on the phone you certainly get a sense that he’s more
concerned about life after baseball,” Mozeliak said. The stunning news spread quickly. Third baseman David Freese tweeted: “Carp. 1 of the best teammates around. Heck of a competitor, impeccable leader. Passion for the game & to win, cant top. (hash) ace.” Carpenter was a clubhouse force, a no-nonsense presence who set an example of grit and toughness. Consider 2012: He was written off as lost for the season after the nerve injury first emerged during spring training. But in July, Carpenter had radical surgery that included removal of a rib, and it worked – he pitched three games down the stretch to help St. Louis earn the final NL wild card spot.
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Wednesday February 6, 2013
Defense proving to be foundation for success By Doug Walp sports writer
After the West Virginia men’s basketball team’s loss at Purdue Jan. 19, it appeared as if the Mountaineers might have finally hit rock bottom. WVU allowed Purdue to shoot 49 percent from the floor, including an absolutely staggering 8-of-11 from behind the arc, despite the fact the Boilermakers came into the contest averaging less than 30 percent from long range. It was also the fourthhighest opponent point total (79) allowed by the Mountaineers the entire season. “The coaches told me before the game the first team to 50 will win the game,” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins following the Purdue contest. “But we just don’t compete. “We shot the ball terrible, but that should not stop us from guarding.” Despite how ugly the game was at the time for fans and supporters of West Virginia basketball, it appears that the Purdue game may have actually been a big-time wake up call for the Mountaineers’ defense. Since that game in midJanuary, West Virginia’s defense has been visibly playing with more of an edge, more focus, and ultimately, more success.
In fact, in five games since then, WVU has allowed just one opponent, Oklahoma State, to surpass the 70 point mark, and the Mountaineers have won three of those five games, including its first Big 12 Conference win streak in school history. In those five games, West Virginia has held its opponents to a collective 43 percent from the floor, but even more significant is the rate at which the Mountaineers have been forcing turnovers. Since losing at Purdue, the Mountaineers have forced 82 total turnovers, more than 16 a game. And many of the turnovers are coming directly via the steal for West Virginia, as WVU has recorded more than 10 steals per game throughout its last five. This has vaulted the Mountaineers to second overall in the conference in steals, averaging just a bit more than 7.5 takeaways a game for the entire year. It’s also been a balanced defensive effort, as eight different West Virginia players have amassed double-digit steal numbers this season. Sophomore point guards Juwan Staten and Gary Browne lead the team, each averaging slightly more than a steal per contest. “I think if we do what we’re supposed to, honestly, we can turn over just about anybody when you
Continued from page 7 sure at the end of the season, toward conference they’re fit.” There is one benefit of the Mountaineers schedule. Samara scheduled an extremely tough nonconference schedule to work out the kinks before West Virginia embarks on its inaugural Big 12 season. “We certainly aren’t going to go into the Big 12 soft, because they’re playing a lot of good teams,” Samara said. “There is no match that’s going to not prepare us.” Samara is hoping the Mountaineers will learn from this weekend. “The good news is I feel like this is a good eye-opener this weekend,” Samara said. “If they don’t make some really serious changes in their behavior, they’re going to be in for a long year.” email@example.com
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West Virginia sophomore guard Juwan Staten guards a Texas player Monday night. put that much pressure,” Huggins said after the Mountaineers forced thenNo. 1 Kansas into 16 turnovers, the second most the Jayhawks have committed in a game all year. It didn’t take long for the team to top that, either, as West Virginia turned right around and forced a whopping 22 turnovers in WVU’s next appearance, a conference win, against Texas Tech in Lubbock. “Give them credit,” said Texas Tech interim head
coach Chris Walker. “They switched it up on us, and our guys weren’t able to adjust. They made key turnovers that really just turned the game.” Walker’s not the only opposing coach who’s been recently impressed with the increasingly stout Mountaineers’ defensive unit. Texas head coach Rick Barnes had a few encouraging words of his own for the team that forced his Longhorns into 14 turnovers on eight steals in West Virgin-
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ia’s second impressive Big Monday appearance in as many weeks. “I think they’re an excellent defensive team,” Barnes said. “They’re not going to give you a lot, (and) we knew that coming in. And we go through some droughts, like we did tonight, but West Virginia’s got a lot to do with that. “Bobby’s teams are going to make you earn everything you get.”
Now, I don’t want to get carried away, and I don’t necessarily believe West Virginia will be getting a call on Selection Sunday. But I do believe this team is going to put itself in position to make a run to end the season and leave a glimmer of hope to keep its NCAA tournament streak alive, something that didn’t seem possible in mid-January.
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