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Volume 123, Issue 104
CPASS students attend Combine by megan calderado staff writer
The West Virginia University Sport Management Club traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend for the Sports Management Worldwide conference at the National Football League Combine. The weekend included a tour of Indiana University and attending a conference. The conference featured talks from NFL reporter for ESPN Adam Schefter, West Virginia University graduate
and Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Will Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik and many more. The Sport Management Club raised more than $1,500 to fund their trip through Yankee Candle sales, and the vice president of the club, Lauren Fozard, said the club also received a grant from the University. “It gave them the opportunity to network – especially freshmen and sophomores – they got to network
with the General Manager of the Buccaneers and others in the sports community,” Fozard said. The Sport Management Club takes a big trip every year, but this was their first time attending the NFL Combine, said club president Merritt Peasley. “It was interesting because we got to meet students who are in the same predicament and make connections with them as well,” he said. A few West Virginia University students attended
last year’s Combine and suggested the Sport Management Club attend again, Peasley said. Matthew Vullo, a sophomore and member of the Sport Management Club, said it was a unique experience that has helped prepare him for life after college. “I personally met Adam Schefter and others who are in the professional sports business, and they gave me great advice on how to get into the business,” he said. “It takes years of hard work
and experience.” Both days, students were given the chance to talk with former West Virginia University football player Will Johnson. Johnson, who was a tight end in college, was at a disadvantage, because he graduated during the NFL lockout season and was not given the chance to prove his talents because there was no NFL Combine. “It was cool meeting him after hearing his story of hard work and perseverance to get to the big leagues,”
Vullo said. After sitting out for a year, Johnson participated in West Virginia University’s Pro Day, where students of the University who were declaring for the NFL draft work out in front of prospective coaches in hopes of getting a chance. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin signed Johnson after Pro Day, and he just completed his debut season in 2012 as the team’s starting fullback. email@example.com
Mid-campaign budgets released by bryan bumgardner associate city editor
The mid-campaign budgets for the two parties participating in the 2013 West Virginia University Student Government Association elections were released to The Daily Athenaeum Saturday. As required by the SGA election code, both The Revolution and THE Party submitted campaign expenditure reports, receipts and associated paperwork. These reports reveal similar expenditures by both parties. As of Feb. 22, THE Party declared expenditures of $6,104.82, and The Revolution declared $8,216.86. These results are incomplete – the final campaign spending reports will be re-
leased after the election. Both parties spent large portions of their budgets on promotional materials including T-shirts, sunglasses and posters. The Revolution expenditure report included a list of donation sources, as required by the elections code. THE Party’s report described all campaign income funds as “personal donations” from candidates. The following list describes the largest expenditures by both campaigns. It omits smaller costs. The Revolution’s spending breakdown Business cards and promotional handouts: $178.26 Bed sheets (for promotional banners): $118.93
Campaign posters: $284 Water bottles endorsing candidate Jacob Evans: $530 1,655 locally printed Tshirts: $6,770 The Revolution’s donation breakdown Pay Pa l donations : $2,745.48 Candidate donations: $3,969.34 Donations collected from booths: $1,524 Total donation income: $8,238.82 THE Party’s spending breakdown Business cards: $252.16 Candy, water and extra banners: $273.12 Logo-imprinted koozies: $724.20 4,000 Logo-imprinted sunglasses: $1,273.18 1,000 T-shirts: $2,823 paid of total. Total cost of
the T-shirts is calculated at $4,343.70. According to the SGA Elections code, a group of candidates running as a ticket have a campaign spending limit of $12,750. Every Friday during the campaign, candidates must submit an itemized report of all incomes on a reporting sheet before 3 p.m. If the candidate is part of a ticket, a unified report is acceptable. Next Friday marks the end of the campaign cycle. Full expenditure reports will be submitted at that time. For more information about SGA or to read the full text of the Elections Code, visit http://sga.wvu. edu/documents. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Members of the Revolution Party drop their banner to signify the beginning of election season.
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SGA presidential candidates Ryan Campione, left, and Christian Guy will lead their respective parties in tonight’s debate.
by bryan bumgardner associate city editor
In the tumultuous chaos of this year’s Student Government Association elections, two men sit in the epicenter of an election campaign. One has stretched himself to meet the demands of the campaign trail, while the other has coordinated his efforts from half a world away. However, an idea unifies presidential candidate Ryan Campione and vice presidential candidate Benjamin See-
baugh: reforming student government. “We both fundamentally believe that each student at WVU is worthwhile,” Seebaugh said. “Each student needs to have their ideas heard and considered, and they need people advocating for their rights and their needs. That’s our philosophy.” This idea is manifested in The Revolution, Campione and Seebaugh’s ticket in the upcoming election. Logically organized but ideologically driven, the campaign appeals to an
ideal Campione describes as a “sleeping giant” – student disillusionment with student government. “I believe that fundamentally, student government is at a stall,” Campione said. “That’s the whole reason why we’re The Revolution ... If we’re elected we can completely change student government to be a much more efficient tool.” Campione, a senior industrial engineering student from Morgantown, has been a governor in SGA
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By Carlee Lammers City editor
“Trusted, Hardworking, Experienced.” That’s what Student Government Association presidential candidate Christian Guy and vice presidential candidate Andrea Mucino say they have to bring to the table. Guy and Mucino, both current Board of Governors members, lead THE (Trusted. Hardworking. Experienced) Party and are seeking candidacy for the 2013-14 school year.
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The two said the experiences they’ve collected as student leaders and their passion for WVU have sparked their interest in student government. “We both have grown up here at WVU, basically,” Guy said. “Both of us have links to this University. Her father is a professor here; my grandfather was a professor here. “My earliest memories were coming to the football and basketball games with my grandparents. We’ve both been around WVU our whole lives, and we just really care about this University. An op-
portunity to give back to this University is an opportunity that we just wanted to take.” Mucino said she saw an opportunity to better the University for the future and wanted to seize it. “My younger sister is going to be a freshman next year. Anything I can do to improve her experience and make it a thousand times better than mine, I’m going to do. I always say that’s my passion, that’s my reason why I wanted to do this,” she said. Backed by 15 BOG
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STRAIGHT SHOOTING The West Virginia rifle team captured its fourthconsecutive Great American Rifle Conference title this weekend. SPORTS PAGE 10
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Monday February 25, 2013
US moves to save Syrian opposition talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman upon his arrival in Britain, marking the start of his first official trip overseas, at Stansted Airport east of London Sunday. LONDON (AP) â€” The U.S. is frantically trying to salvage a Syrian opposition conference that John Kerry plans to attend this week during his first official overseas trip as U.S. secretary of state. A senior Obama administration official said Sunday that Kerry has sent his top Syrian envoy to Cairo in hopes of convincing opposition leaders that their participation in the conference in Rome is critical to addressing questions from potential donors and securing additional aid from the United States and Europe. Some members of the sharply divided Syrian Opposition Council are threatening to boycott Wednesdayâ€™s meeting, which is the
Continued from page 1 and two Athletic Council candidates, the two said they hope to seize the opportunity to make a difference through THE Partyâ€™s main platforms: building a community atmosphere within WVU, improving safety and starting new, positive traditions. â€œWe looked for a fire inside all of our candidates,â€? Guy said. â€œI do not want to have an organization that people look at and say, â€˜They didnâ€™t accomplish anything.â€™ I want to be someone that the students look at, and they say, â€˜Wow. I am glad I elected him. Look at what heâ€™s done for me.â€™â€? Mucino said if elected, her first priority would be the addition of more student organization offices. â€œIt kind of creates a central place for students to collaborate, share ideas and interact with each other,â€? she
centerpiece of Kerryâ€™s ninenation tour of Europe and the Middle East. According to the official, U.S. envoy Robert Ford will say that the conference is a chance for foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad to make their case for new and enhanced aid â€“ and get to know Americaâ€™s new chief diplomat, who has said he wants to propose new ideas to pressure Assad into leave power. The official was not authorized to discuss sensitive diplomatic matters publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity. If the meeting with Kerry were to be postponed, the official said the delay would likely hurt chances for short-term boosts in U.S.
aid or shifts in Syria policy, which is now focused on providing non-lethal and humanitarian assistance to the opposition. The U.S. is concerned that the same kind of infighting that doomed the Syrian National Council may be hindering the SOC, the official said. In addition to Fordâ€™s trip to Cairo, the top U.S. diplomat for the Mideast, Elizabeth Jones, planned to head to Rome on Monday to add her voice to the argument to opposition members there. Kerry is on a self-described â€œlistening tourâ€? of Europe and the Mideast, chiefly focused on ending the crisis in Syria. The former Democratic
senator from Massachusetts has said he wants to discuss fresh proposals to ratchet up the pressure on Assad and make way for a democratic transition. Violence in Syria has killed at least 70,000 people. Kerry has not elaborated on those plans, but there is internal debate in the Obama administration about stepping up aid to the rebels, perhaps to include lethal military assistance. Key to increasing pressure on Assad will be Russia, which has staunchly resisted efforts to push Assad out, to the increasing anger and frustration of the United States and its allies in Europe and the Middle East.
said. â€œI think it will really increase student involvement. Itâ€™s proven that if students are involved, retention rates are increased.â€? Mucino said her hope is to add an additional floor to the office space above the WVU Bookstore to allow for more office space for student organizations. â€œRight now thereâ€™s only three student organizations that have offices: SGA, Mountaineer Maniacs and Panhellenic,â€? she said. â€œI think students deserve that space to work, and thatâ€™s something that I really would love to start working on.â€? Guy and Mucino said they hope help rebuild a positive reputation for the University by instilling new traditions for WVU students. Some traditions Guy and Mucino said they hope to instill include introducing a new cheer and a teddy bear toss onto the basketball court. â€œAs a senior, a lot of my
friends are graduating, and theyâ€™re applying for jobs currently. When they go out of state, some of the companies, when they hear they went to WVU â€“ thereâ€™s just this bad image and reaction they have,â€? he said. â€œThey just think of us as a party school and as a sports school, so we really want to start new traditions that will shine a positive light on our school.â€? Amid a hectic campaign trail, Guy and Mucino said they have sought motivation in listening to studentsâ€™ ideas and informing them about the changes THE Party hopes to instill. â€œWe just hope we can make them realize the hard work we actually do put in to try to make their lives better. If we can do that, they will realize it is worth hearing about and knowing about because we will make changes that directly affect and will help them out,â€? Guy said. â€œSGA really does do some things that help students, but they just
kind of take them for granted because they donâ€™t know we did it.â€? The two said they believe they are the most qualified for candidacy because of their ticketâ€™s experience and realistic goals. â€œWe have realistic platforms. I think that time and time again you hear the promise of â€˜oh, weâ€™re going to change; weâ€™re so sick of everyone not doing anything; weâ€™re going to do something.â€™ (The Revolutionâ€™s) platforms are a little too vague, so students donâ€™t get the actual change and the hard work that SGA puts into platforms,â€? she said. â€œOur goals are realistic. Our goals can be accomplished.â€? For more information on THE Party, its candidates and its platforms, visit www. thepartygm.com. Follow them on Twitter using the handle @GuyMucino, and use the hashtag #THEParty. email@example.com
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for the past three years and can be credited for making reforms in housing and meal plan legislation. Seebaugh, a political sicence, international studies and gender studies major with minors in Spanish and English, was selected as the 2011-2012 SGA governor of the year and has traveled the globe. Currently, he is studying abroad in the United Kingdom. During their time in student government, Campione and Seebaugh became frustrated with SGA, from budget concerns to public perception. â€œIâ€™m tired of students feeling like theyâ€™re excluded, like student government has nothing to do with them,â€? Campione said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of students who have wanted to see this fixed for a while.â€? Thatâ€™s what inspired him to ask Seebaugh a daunting question last year. â€œI said, â€˜how crazy would it be if we actually did change everything and stopped complaining about it?â€™â€? he said. It was then they decided to run for SGA office. With voting beginning this week, Campione and Seebaugh are more focused than ever on the issues of their campaign, the largest being the reimagining of SGA. â€œI feel like student government should always be there for people with problems,â€? Campione said. â€œIâ€™d like to see more students interacting with student government as a whole and the University administration.â€? In his time as a governor, students would often contact him directly with problems. Sometimes he can help; other times his hands are tied. â€œWe have all these problems, but I donâ€™t feel like student government has done anything to address them,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s a frustration.â€?
Campione has been contacted by students having issues with housing, meal plans and family crises, to name a few. Seeing his classmates suffer struck him to the core. He knew what he had to do. â€œThe thing thatâ€™s really pushed me to run for presidency is that need and desire to do more for the study body within the University,â€? he said. â€œTo really give back as much as I want to â€“ thatâ€™s the last step.â€? Through grueling interviews and countless meetings, Campione and Seebaugh selected their governors, a group of individuals from eight different colleges across the University. The governorsâ€™ platforms range from improving food options on campus to improving counseling services. Once campaigning began, Campione and Seebaugh were stunned by the outpouring of support. â€œThe amount of students Iâ€™ve seen wearing Revolution T-shirts is beyond what I expected,â€? Campione said. â€œ(That means) there was more than just me who said, â€˜student government doesnâ€™t represent the students enough.â€™â€? Campione and Seebaugh hope they are elected so they can reciprocate this support. â€œI am where I am because Iâ€™ve gotten a lot of help from different people,â€? Seebaugh said. â€œI want to be there for other students so they can have those opportunities as well.â€? The Revolution will be participating in the SGA Debate tonight at 6 p.m. â€œThis is a collective,â€? Campione said. â€œThis is something that has to happen on this campus more than just because I believe it but because other people need it.â€? For more information about The Revolution, visit their website at www. sgarevolution.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sony announces winter release for PlayStation 4 by jamie carbone a&e writer
Sony announced in a worldwide press conference the emergence of their nextgeneration console, unsurprisingly named the PlayStation 4 (PS4). The system will be powered by a single-chip processor with an eight-core 64-bit x86 central processing unit (CPU) code-named “Jaguar,” which has nothing to do with the Atari console released in the early ’90s. The system will also not have any dedicated RAM, which will be shared between processing and graphics capabilities, similar to what is found in the current-generation Microsoft console, the Xbox 360. The PS4 is expected to be capable of reading both Blu-rays and DVDs and include Ethernet connectivity, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 2.1, as well as a headset that can be plugged into the new DualShock 4 controller. The DualShock 4 is similar in design to previous PlayStation controllers with the notable addition of a miniature touch screen built into the center, where traditionally the “select” and “start” buttons were placed. Sony also announced the PS Vita, its current-generation handheld gaming device, can be used to show whatever the PS4 is playing at that moment, and Sony has announced plans for the Vita to be used to play the games, similar to Nintendo’s Wii U tablet controller. However, not everything
Lead system architect Mark Cerny shows off the PlayStation 4’s revamped controller at Sony’s PlayStation Meeting 2013. announced by Sony is sunshine and rainbows. PlayStation Network purchases made on the PlayStation 3 will not transfer to the new system, meaning any digitally downloaded games may have to be paid for again. Backward compatibility (the ability to play PS3, PS2 and PS1 games) will also not be available — at least at launch. Sony did announce they will release a cloud-based streaming service via Gaikai, a company Sony recently acquired, that will allow players to play games from every
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generation of PlayStation, but whether this means they will have to be purchased again is still unclear. The games coming to the system definitely warrant it a look. Jonathan Blow, creator of popular indie game “Braid,” announced his next title, “Witness,” will be released on the PS4 before other systems, so those who wish to play it early will have to invest in Sony’s next product. Sucker Punch Productions, creator of the popular “Sly Cooper” and “Infamous” games, announced the next chapter of the “In-
famous” series with “Infamous: Second Son,” a PS4 exclusive. Another exclusive title will be “Killzone: Shadow Fall,” the next game from Guerrilla Games. While this isn’t unexpected, considering games from these series were PS3 exclusives, it does give fans something to look forward to. Square Enix also announced a unique “Final Fantasy” game coming to the system that will be shown at this summer’s Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3, although over-
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OPINION Participate in the election
Monday February 25, 2013
Tonight, the West Virginia University Student Government Association will host a debate between the two parties vying for supremacy in the upcoming SGA elections. At the time of publication, no announcement had been made regarding who will moderate the debate. In previous editorials, we have expressed our concern that the debate was not being organized by a third party, as has been
done in the past. Nonetheless, we hope tonight’s debate is fair and informative for students still trying to decide who to vote for. We encourage students to attend the debate and to take the time to read up on the candidates. Most importantly, we hope students will actually vote after they have thoroughly reviewed the various platforms of candidates in both parties. Last year, only 9.6 per-
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cent of the student body participated in the election. This is inexcusable, especially when one considers how easy it is to vote. Many students make the mistake of assuming SGA is powerless, and it is thus irrelevant who wins in the elections. But the reality is that SGA is in charge of a six-figure budget, so electing individuals we can trust to handle this budget is of the utmost im-
portance. Moreover, SGA members – especially the president and vice president – serve as representatives for the student body and the University as a whole. We should be electing the most capable among us to be our leaders so they can effectively represent us and reflect positively on the University. WVU’s SGA elections have seen their fair share of controversy in recent years, so the student body’s
withdrawal from the yearly ritual is somewhat understandable. However, it’s a new year and a new opportunity to elect the best among us to improve the experience of students at WVU. Students shouldn’t waste this opportunity. Voting begins tomorrow and will continue until Thursday. Don’t pass on this opportunity to make your voice heard.
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Despite sensationalism of Oscars, movies deserve to be celebrated micah conkling columnist
The Oscars were held Sunday night in Hollywood. Undoubtedly, a big fuss was made over the red carpet, and that strange question, “Who are you wearing?” was asked of celebrities hundreds of times. There was a time when The Academy Awards meant something different. When the ceremonious recognition of the cinema was founded in 1929, the purpose was, simply, to honor achievement in film. The movie “Wings” – a silent movie about WWI fighter pilots – took home the first Best Picture award. Now, like so many other traditions in America, the Oscars are a spectacle. There’s as much hullaballoo – if not more – about dress designers, the length of acceptance speeches and who’s hosting as there is about the films themselves. The biggest complaint I hear about The Oscars is that they are out of touch with society and don’t properly represent which movies Americans think are the best or most deserving. A simple glance at box office numbers vs. Academy Award nominations show this to be pretty accurate. Marvel’s “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “The Hunger Games” were three of the top grossing movies in 2012, but they have a combined one nomination among them. Perhaps the sharpest discrepancy between popularity and Oscar-winning happened last year, when “The Artist” won Best Picture, despite only cracking the top ten charts at the box office after its Oscar win bought it some publicity. For many people, the Academy Awards are like politics. They’re entertaining to watch but often frustrating because it’s an example of rich, seemingly out-of-touch, elitist folks making decisions about value for the rest of the country. We can find redemption and significance in the Oscars, though, even if we don’t understand the complicated nomination process or lend our approval to the choices made. Art, even in the social media
Director Michael Mann, left, and director Kim Nguyen pose together during the The Oscars Foreign Language Film Award Directors Reception in Beverly Hills, Calif. , Friday. age, matters in our society. Even while Netflix and Hulu and the DirecTV Genie might be slowly encroaching on the popularity of the theater, the movies still matter. This years’ crop of Best Picture nominees – some box office dandies, but none cracking the top 10 in overall gross – were an impressive and challenging group of movies. They asked questions about redemption, race, torture, freedom, mental illness, politics, and revenge. They had cringe-worthy moments, like the Man-
dingo fighting scene in “Django Unchained” and the waterboarding in “Zero Dark Thirty,” and they contained scenes that incited deep emotional responses, like Jean Valjean rescuing Cosette from Sacha Baron Cohen in “Les Miserables” and about every single second of “Amour.” While most of the Best Picture nominees were lengthy and filled with difficult moments, experiencing them has the ability to cause us to embark on what Walker Percy’s novel “The Moviegoer” calls “the search,” which
is what “anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life.” The stories on the silver screen tell us things about ourselves, inspire us, and – perhaps most importantly – make us ask questions of ourselves we wouldn’t normally think to ask. I’m not advocating for film elitism. I loved both “The Avengers” and “Skyfall” and thought “The Hunger Games” was compelling. But those movies, while entertaining, elicit a different response from us as viewers and call for
a less-committed sense of involvement. It takes initiative, and there’s a learning curve to paying for and sitting through a two-hour or longer movie that isn’t filled with laughs or Michael Bay-esque explosions. However, the theater is an accessible and inviting public sphere where not only can art be conveniently consumed, but questions can be asked and change be encouraged. This year’s batch of Best Picture nominees succeeded greatly at doing just that, and no matter
who took home the award, they should be recognized – and watched – for their influence. We shouldn’t let the spectacle or our disappointments about the Oscars make us feel sour about what they should really be about: the movies. Instead, the Oscars should be a celebration of an art and revelry of a medium that has power; power to get us out of the “everydayness” of our lives and to take us somewhere else, a place where we might see ourselves and other people and the world differently.
More needs to be done to address America’s bullying problem celeste lantz copy editor
North Carolina is the first state to pass a law to protect teachers against cyberbullying from students. This law went into effect in December and has already been put to use. A close friend of mine graduated from college and found a job teaching at a school in southern West Virginia. Almost every day, she calls her
mother in tears, talking about how her students have called her a bitch and refuse to do work in class, because they know no action will be taken against them. This is an extreme case but proof that bullying of teachers does occur. Some recent instances include a sixth-grade student who sent sexually explicit emails about a teacher to other students, a high school student who posted false statements on Facebook suggesting a teacher touched her inappropri-
ately and most notably, the case in which a student created a fake Twitter account for a teacher that portrayed him as a physically violent, supersexual drug addict. No longer are students passing cruel notes during class or drawing lewd caricatures on the bathroom stalls. These cyberattacks are permanent and can cause harm to teachers who may look for jobs in the future. As soon as a student makes a claim, a lot of work goes into proving it’s falsehood.
The law states that any student who uses a computer “with the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee” can be charged, according to nbcnews.com. This includes making fake social media accounts, posting or encouraging others to post demeaning information about any employee, posting a real or doctored photo of the employee or signing an employee up for pornography websites. This listing means that these things have happened to teachers in real
life. And if a student is found guilty of any of these acts, he or she could face up to a $1,000 fine, jail time and a possibly transfer to another school. Students have gotten completely out of control, and this has gone on for far too long. This sort of violence shouldn’t be tolerated. We are teaching these students that they can hide under the umbrella of free speech and get away with a slap on the wrist. Some opponents of the law fear the definitions
of “torment” and “intimidate” are too broad, and the law itself is far too open to interpretation. Sarah Preston, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina, said she thinks the law will invite arbitrary enforcement by officers based on what they think “intimidate” and “torment” mean. Let’s just hope that enforcement officials use clear judgment and give teachers and school employees the protection they deserve.
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DAILY HOROSCOPES BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you will look at life’s issues through many different lenses. As a result, the decisions you make will tend to be grounded. Many opportunities head your way. Take your time deciding which option is right for you. If you are single, your love life becomes very exciting come summer. In the period that follows, be open to meeting the right person. If you are attached, your sweetie could find you to be exciting, yet he or she might feel challenged by everything that is going on in your life. Take a special dream vacation together. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHH You are focused right now, despite some confusion in your mind about a different situation. Ask questions. Return all of your calls and emails. Opportunities appear, and you’ll need to make a choice. Use care when dealing with a new person in your life. Tonight: Work late, if need be. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH You can’t control your thoughts, even when you know they’re not relevant to the moment. You can choose not to share them, but is that helpful? Center yourself, and allow your mind to be present. Remember, you have limits. Tonight: Squeeze in some exercise. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHH Stay anchored, and know full well what is happening. At times, doing nothing can prove to be most effective. A boss might try to lure you into a project, but taking the lead won’t be worth your while. Smile, but keep
your ideas to yourself. Tonight: Mosey on home. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Keep listening, even if you’re shocked at what you hear. You might wonder how you can balance all of the different factors in your life. Reach out to someone at a distance whom you admire. This person always has a lot to share. Tonight: Your creativity flows; use it well. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Curb a need to go overboard. You might want to consider why you are doing this. Only when you have that answer can you decide to hold back some. Your imagination opens up many different doors. Lose the mindset that you are stuck. Tonight: Your treat. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Greet compliments and offers positively. A close loved one’s kind gesture will motivate you to take a step back and observe what is happening around you. Changes are necessary, and you have more power than you might realize. Tonight: Go with someone’s suggestion. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH The time has come to assume a low profile. You might want to mellow out and try a different approach. You are surrounded by people who believe that they have better answers than you do. Detach, and you might understand where they’re coming from. Tonight: Not to be found. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH Confusion surrounds your long-term goals. Know that they might not be possible, considering your present commitments. Discussions provide unusually creative answers and so-
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lutions that might allow you to have it all! Tonight: Look at both the pros and the cons. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH Take charge, and try not to worry so much about the here and now. Several different opportunities come from others who present you with one idea after another. Be happy rather than overwhelmed. You have so many choices! Tonight: A force to be dealt with. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHHH Look beyond the obvious. You could be overwhelmed by everything you need to do right now. Understand that you have one choice: prioritize. Fortunately, you have energy and discretion working for you. Be willing to let go of what doesn’t work. Tonight: In the moment. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH Relate to someone directly if you want to resolve a problem. The other party could have many ideas. Instead of making him or her out to be in the wrong, choose to find solutions that work for both of you. Your ingenuity will find the path. Tonight: Dinner and chat. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH Others think they have the answers, and they let you know. Don’t get triggered. Look through a long-term lens in order to find alternative solutions. You have many options involving property and investments. Do your research before you decide. Tonight: At home.
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Spence’s Rye to perform at Gluck Theater by Corey zinn a&e writer
Morgantown Sound presents Spence’s Rye from Clarksburg, W.Va., in the West Virginia University Mountainlair’s Gluck Theatre tonight at 8 p.m. Every Monday, WVU’s radio station, U92FM, broadcasts a live, local artist from the Gluck Theatre. All are welcome to attend the performance, and if you cannot make it but still want to listen, be sure to tune into 91.7FM or listen online at u92.wvu.edu at 8 p.m. After Spence’s Rye’s live broadcast, recorded local music will be played until 10 p.m. Spence’s Rye features Gary Copeland’s solo act, which plays a bluesy blend of Appalachian folk roots music. He infuses his alluring lyrical storytelling with fancy, porch-swing banjo picking. Copeland also plays his acoustic guitar, but his signature sound utilizes laid-back banjo bluegrass. He occasionally shows
off his picking dexterity with blazing licks, but he tends to keep it calm and swift, leaving listeners relaxed and tapping their feet in the melancholic rural experience. Copeland learned to play banjo through a West Virginia Folk Art Apprenticeship. His music truly represents a piece of traditional West Virginia culture with a new spin. The talented singer-songwriter can often be found playing his heart out in Clarksburg and Fairmont, and he regularly books evening shows at Black Bear Burritos in downtown Morgantown. Spence’s Rye will release a new EP this spring. Listen to Spence’s Rye, and learn more about Gary Copeland at http://spencesrye. wordpress.com. For more information on upcoming Morgantown Sound acts, check out past recordings at http://www. morgantownsound.wordpress.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cowboys pull away in second half, hand West Virginia second-straight loss by doug walp sports writer
The West Virginia men’s basketball team’s season-long struggles continued this weekend as the Mountaineers fell 73-57 to Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum, marking the fifth separate losing streak for West Virginia this season. The loss also dropped the Mountaineers (13-14, 6-8) below .500 overall again. It’s the first time in a decade West Virginia has held a sub-.500 record this late in the sea-
son, and it’s also the latest in the year head coach Bob Huggins had an overall losing record since returning to coach his alma mater in 2007. “I’m not going to lie to you – I never saw it coming,” Huggins said after the game. “I’ve always kind of taken a lot of pride in the fact I can get guys to play hard, and I can get guys to compete. People didn’t like playing against us, because we played so hard – we competed hard. “And for some reason, I just haven’t been able to reach these
guys.” West Virginia didn’t have a single starter in double-digits in Saturday’s contest, and got 11 and 10 points, respectively, from junior center Aaric Murray and senior guard Matt Humphrey off the bench. Oklahoma State (20-6, 10-4), on the other hand, had five players finish with double figures, including four of its starters. Sophomore guard Le’Bryan Nash and junior guard Markel Brown both recorded 16, while redshirt sophomore forward Mi-
chael Cobbins had 10 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds. Marcus Smart, who entered the game as the Cowboys’ second leading scorer at 15 points per game, surprisingly picked up three fouls in the game’s opening minutes and spent the remainder of the opening half on the bench without taking a single shot. But Smart would respond with a productive second half, shooting 50 percent from the floor and
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WVU holds off TCU 66-56 by amit batra sports writer
Coming into Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday night, the West Virginia women’s basketball team looked to avoid a potential trap in its game against the 8-18 TCU Horned Frogs. WVU not underestimate TCU and its struggles this season, with a 66-56 victory against the Horned Frogs. Led by junior guard Taylor Palmer’s 19 points and five 3-pointers, the Mountaineers improved to 1610 overall and 8-7 in Big 12 Conference play. TCU struggled to score as it was held without a field goal for 13:05 of the second half. West Virginia had the hot hand all night as it put in a season-high 10 3-pointers to earn its second-consecutive road victory. “I thought both teams came out and played hard,” said head coach Mike Carey. “I thought we stood around a little bit in the first half. In the second half, we came out – especially when we came off the bench with some players and started moving a little bit better.” Despite WVU leading by 16 at one point in the game, the Horned Frogs
would fight back and stay in it. At one point, they got within 8 points of the Mountaineers. “At the end, it was sloppy,” Carey said. “We didn’t take care of the ball and let them get a few steals and get back in the game. “Overall, I found out in the Big 12, just try to, by any means, get a win and go home.” West Virginia limited its turnovers to 16, while TCU had 20 on the night. In the first half, the Horned Frogs were right there with the Mountaineers. After Palmer and junior guard Christal Caldwell got it going from long range in the first half to give WVU a 23-10 lead, TCU would storm back and take its first lead of the game, 24-23. The Mountaineers would go on a 5-2 run to end of the half and give themselves a 28-26 lead at halftime. West Virginia would get in its groove and pull away in the second half. Freshman guard Bria Holmes added 10 points, and senior center Ayana Dunning pitched in 15. “Bria can score for us,” Carey said. “(In) our last game at Iowa State, she scored like 18. She can
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come off the bench and score in bunches. She did a good job off the bench.” Through the solid play of junior forward Jess Harlee, WVU had a 43-41 rebounding advantage on the night. She provided nine boards, four assists, three steals and two blocks for West Virginia off of the bench. Both teams struggled shooting all night, as the Mountaineers shot 32.3 percent from the field on 20-of-62 attempts. TCU wasn’t much better as it shot 31.5 percent (17-of54). WVU also shot 37 percent from beyond the arc (10-of-27). With the win, mel moraes/the daily athenaeum Carey’s squad sweeps the Junior guard Christal Caldwell guards an opponent earlier in the season. Horned Frogs this season. “They have a very young team,” he said. “Give TCU credit. They are very young at every position. They play extremely hard and are well-coached and we feel very fortunate to get out of here with a win.” West Virginia returns home for a pivotal game against the Kansas State Wildcats Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Following that, WVU will host No. 1 Baylor Saturday, March 2, in the regular season home finale.
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Nobody saw this season coming Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown hoisted a prayer of a shot attempt while falling out of bounds, more than 35 feet from the basket, with the shot clock running down on the visiting 14thranked Cowboys in the second half Saturday. Brown’s heave fell well short. But the Cowboys’ Mike Cobbins was able to catch the shot in the paint and drop it into the net just before the shot clock expired, while four Mountaineers stood in unison – hands on their hips – watching Cobbins put the finishing touches on his team’s eventual 73-57 road victory against West Virginia. That sequence, in a nutshell, could describe the Mountaineers’ up-anddown (but mostly down) 2013 season. West Virginia was in position to block out Mike Cobbins and play the full 35 seconds of the shot clock but, for whatever reason, it fell short. It was not long after the Mountaineers fell to 1314 on the season and 6-8 in Big 12 play that the realization of head coach Bob Huggins’ team not making the NCAA tournament for the first time since his hiring began to set in. There would be no miraculous run to end the regular season and grab an at-large bid. There would be no rebound from the team’s worst start to a season in nearly a decade. Barring an unthinkable run at a Big 12 title in Kansas City in a couple of weeks, there will be no NCAA tournament and, quite possibly, no postseason appearance at all. After West Virginia received some votes to be in the in preseason top 25, after CBS’ Jeff Goodman picked Huggins to win National Coach of the Year in the preseason and after multiple talented transfers helped fill last season’s graduates, what’s to blame for a season no one expected? No, the 2013 Mountaineers weren’t expected to compete for a Big 12 title or make a big splash in postseason play. But the veteran Huggins would be able to at least get the talented bunch to their sixth-straight appearance in the Big Dance, right? Huggins even admitted he had inaccurately set expectations for this season’s squad when he said, “I don’t know if I’ve ever misjudged a group as much as I misjudged this group,” after his team fell on the road
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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Manti Te’o walked into a crowded room of reporters Saturday, took a breath and settled in for 15 minutes of NFL scouting combine history. Again, the former Notre Dame linebacker explained how he had been duped into an Internet romance he had with a girlfriend he never met. He did his best to turn the page on an embarrassing chapter by talking football. This time, he even got to see it play out on live television 12 yards away – where three muted flat-screen monitors were in direct view of Te’o. He answered every question with thoughtful deliberation and tried to provide clarity on a hoax that turned one of the nation’s most inspirational college football players into the butt of national jokes. “I cared for somebody. That’s what I was taught to do ever since I was young. Somebody needs help, you help them out,” Te’o said. Later he added: “People doubted me because I took a while to come out. From our point of view, we wanted to let everything come out first, and then let my side come out. The way we did it, I thought, worked best for me.” Te’o’s news conference was the most anticipated event of the NFL’s secondbiggest offseason weekend, which brought the makeshift media room inside Lucas Oil Stadium to a virtual standstill – twice. The too-good-to-betrue story began with Te’o’s incredible performances after learning his grandmother and what he believed was his girlfriend had died within hours of one another in September. Te’o said it inspired him to play his best football all season, and it was so compelling that it helped turn Te’o into a Heisman Trophy contender as he was leading the Fighting Irish to an undefeated regular season and into the national championship game. On Dec. 26, Te’o notified Notre Dame officials that he had received a call from his supposedly dead girlfriend’s phone three weeks earlier.
The school investigated and on Jan. 16 – after Deadspin.com broke the story of the fake girlfriend – athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced at a news conference that Te’o had been duped. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, 22, later said he created the online persona of Lennay Kekua, a nonexistent woman who Te’o said he fell in love with despite never meeting her in person. Since then, Te’o had only done a few one-on-one interviews. On Saturday all that changed as many of the 800 credentialed media members surrounded the podium in rows that went eight deep. Te’o wore a tiedied red-and-black workout shirt. “It’s pretty crazy,” said Te’o, who has played most of his games on national television and was one of the most recognizable college players last season. “I’ve been in front of a few cameras before, but never as many as this.” Only two scenes from the combine over the past 15 years could even compare to what Te’o had to contend with Saturday. The first came in 2004 when former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was allowed to participate in the combine after a court ruled he should be allowed to enter the draft after finishing high school only two years earlier. That decision was later reversed. The other time was 2010, when Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion Tim Tebow stepped to the podium in Indianapolis and everyone, including those listening to Packers coach Mike McCarthy, sprinted to the opposite end of the room for Tebow. This was different. When word leaked Te’o would speak at about noon, reporters immediately surrounded the podium. Over the next 25 minutes, rumors circulated that in a rare and possibly unprecedented move, Te’o’s agent would speak from the podium. That did not happen. There also was speculation that Te’o might deliver an
opening statement like the then-injured Michael Crabtree did in 2009 and Cam Newton did two years later. That did not happen, either, though Te’o did make a closing statement in which he thanked his family, friends and fans for standing by him during this tumultuous month. “It’s definitely embarrassing. You walk into grocery stores and people give you double takes to see if they’re staring at you,” he said before explaining he’s moved on. “If I was embarrassed, I wouldn’t be able to stand in front of you.” The only thing that really matters in Indy, though, is what team officials think. Te’o said in the two formal interviews he’s had, with Green Bay and Houston, they have asked about the hoax. He has another 18 interviews left. Will it hurt his draft position? Former NFL executive Bill Polian, architect of four Super Bowl teams in Buffalo and two in Indianapolis, has been adamant that it won’t, and coaches and general managers seem to agree. Most say they are more concerned with the red flags of other players – drug use, alcohol abuse, academic woes and even criminal allegations – than they are with Te’o’s tale. “Somebody that’s not truthful, that’s big, to me. I’m a big fan of the ‘Judge Judy’ show. And when you lie in Judge Judy’s courtroom, it’s over. Your credibility is completely lost. You have no chance of winning that case,” San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday. “I learned that from her. It’s very powerful, and true. Because if somebody does lie to you, how can you ever trust anything they ever say after that?” Two questions later, he was asked whether that meant the reigning NFC champs would avoid Te’o in April’s draft. “No. I wouldn’t say that,” Harbaugh said. Te’o and the general public weren’t the only ones watching the interview session Saturday. Team officials are taking notes, too.
“Honestly, it’s a distraction. If he can handle that distraction and still be able to perform on the football field, I really don’t think it makes that much of a difference,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said before Te’o spoke. “We’ll talk about it, we’ll find out about it. The bottom line is, is he a good person and can he play football?” On the field, Te’o’s is one of the top linebackers available. Last season, he won the Maxwell Award, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Walter Camp national player of the year and finished second in balloting for the Trophy. But there are concerns. Te’o was asked if the undercurrent of the hoax explained his poor play in Notre Dame’s BCS championship game loss to Alabama. He has said it didn’t. “They want to be able to trust their players. You don’t want to invest in somebody you can’t trust,” Te’o said. “With everybody here, they’re just trying to get to know you as a person and as a football player, and I understand where they’re coming from.” But the hardest part has been seeing the impact it’s had on those around him. In a phone call, Te’o said his sister explained how the family had to sneak into its own house because of the people parked in the front yard, and he also said he empathized with the chaos it has caused Tuiasosopo’s family. He said he has no plans to sue, either. Instead, Te’o just wants to forget about the hoax and focus on football. ‘’I’ve learned first, just to be honest in everything you do, from the big things to the small things. To keep your circle very small and to really understand who’s in your corner and who’s not,” he said. “Going off of the season my team and I had, there were a lot of people in our corner, and then when Jan. 16th happened, there was a lot of people in the other corner. I’ve just learned to appreciate the people that I have that are with me.”
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GUARDING THE THRONE No. 1 Mountaineers capture fourth consecutive GARC championship by robert kreis sports writer
The No. 1 West Virginia rifle team continued to dominate at the Great American Rifle Conference this weekend when it won its fourth consecutive conference championship in Oxford, Miss., with a total score of 4,705. “It’s a great achievement, and we’re really proud of that,” said WVU head coach Jon Hammond. “We had a solid result overall, some really good individual performances, and we’re going to continue to build off of that for the next few weeks.” The Mountaineers hope the GARC championship will propel them to an NCAA title, which will be held at Ohio State March 8 and 9. Despite building a dynasty in conference, winning results at the GARC championship does not guarantee success at NCAAs for the Mountaineers, who have not won an NCAA championship since 2009. “What we’ll concentrate on is what we can continue to improve,” Hammond said. “We certainly weren’t perfect this weekend. Everyone has little aspects that they want
to get better. “It’s a nice result, obviously, but we can do better, so that’s what we have to focus on.” To get better, Hammond and the Mountaineers will prepare the same way they have all season. “We’re really not looking at other teams or what they do,” Hammond said. “We’re really just looking at ourselves. That’s what we’ve got to be disciplined with and stay focused on – keep working hard for two more weeks.” One Mountaineer Hammond has complete confidence in for the next two weeks is senior Petra Zublasing. Zublasing is in the middle of a fabulous hot streak as she burns through the end of her Mountaineer career. In day one of the GARC Championship, the Italian Olympian set her second WVU smallbore record in three weeks only a day after being named GARC Shooter of the Year and GARC Senior of the Year. “She’s definitely heading in the direction (of best shooter in college rifle),” Hammond said. “Those are the types of things you look at and judge at the end of the season and at the
end of the career. “I’m sure she’ll keep going for two more weeks, and it’ll be something we look back at at the end of the year.” Another Mountaineer who has been coming on strong lately is sophomore Maren Prediger, who, along with Zublasing, was a member of the all-conference air rifle team. Prediger’s 570 air rifle score was a personal best. “She’s really solid in air rifle, and that’s important for us,” Hammond said. “I think it’s good to have that competition with Petra and them be able to push each other. That’s something that really helps the team.” Led by Zublasing and Prediger, the West Virginia rifle team is exactly where they want to be two weeks before NCAAs. “I think we’re in a good situation. I think the last two or three matches have challenged the team,” Hammond said. “I think we really learned a lot and continued to improve over the last two, three weeks. “Hopefully, we can have a really good performance at NCAAs.” email@example.com
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Millick, West Virginia finishes second to No. 3 Michigan by meghan carr sports writer
The No. 25 West Virginia University Gymnastics team scored a season-high 196.55 and took second place Sunday in the inaugural Wendy M. Roach Invitational against No. 3 Michigan, Towson and New Hampshire. The No. 3 Wolverines scored a 196.925 for the victory Sunday. University of New Hampshire tallied 194.975 to take third place, followed by Towson, who finished in fourth with a 193.150 final score. The Mountaineers took the lead early after a season-high 49.250 mark on vault behind freshman anchor Jaida Lawrence’s career-best 9.9 performance. Perennial all-around starters senior Kaylyn Millick, and junior Hope Sloanhoffer tied with 9.85 scores. Senior Alaska Richardson also tallied a 9.85, followed by sophomore Dayah Haley’s 9.8 and freshman Bethany Yurko’s 9.7 performances. This was Lawrence’s second meet in the anchor position. “It’s an honor to come in here and anchor the vault line up. It just takes a lot of hard work, but I’m honored,” Lawrence said. Head coach Jason Butts said he’s impressed with how Lawrence has performed so far considering her young age. “She doesn’t really have any fear,” Butts said. “It’s nice to know that we have a freshman that can anchor our vault line up and do it for the next four years.” At the end of the first rotation, No. 3 Michigan took second place after a 48.825 bars performance. University of New Hampshire placed third after tallying 48.650 on beam, and Towson University finished fourth with a 48.525 score on the floor exercise. The Mountaineers still led the way after the second rotation with a 48.900 on bars, giving them a 98.150 team total. Michigan remained closely behind after a 49.250 beam performance, giving the Wolverines a 98.075 team
Continued from page 7 to Baylor last week. The point is the struggles of this season’s team were completely unexpected. This is a team that clearly has talent but, for whatever reason, can’t seem to put it all together. It has very talented freshmen in Eron Harris and Terry Henderson, who are going to score a lot of points in a West Virginia uniform. It has talented sophomores in Jabarie Hinds and Juwan Staten, both of whom have shown glimpses of their potential throughout the season.
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West Virginia senior Kaylyn Millick performs during a match earlier in the season. total. UNH tallied 49.225 on floor, pushing their total to 97.875, and Towson placed fourth with a 97.075 mark after scoring 48.550 on vault. Sloanhoffer led the way on uneven bars with a 9.825 mark, followed by Millick’s 9.8, Haley’s 9.775, freshman Erica Smith’s 9.750 and Lawrence’s 9.750 scores. Freshman Gina Costa finished with a 9.475 on bars. WVU hit six-for-six on beam for the first time this season and finished with a season-high 49.075. Former 2012 EAGL Beam Champion sophomore Beth Deal scored 9.875 and finished in second place for the meet on beam. Sophomore Lia Salzano tallied a career-best 9.85 on beam and junior Amanda Carpenter scored 9.8, folIt has players like Keaton Miles, who started 30 games a year ago, and Aaron Brown, a 3-star recruit out of high school who rarely sees the floor but could start in many Division 1 schools. It has a talented NBA prospect in junior Aaric Murray. It even has a guy who is always in the right place at the right time and may have one of the biggest hearts to ever wear a West Virginia uniform in Kevin Noreen. But for questions no one knows the answer to – including Huggins – this is a team that just couldn’t seem to mesh. firstname.lastname@example.org
lowed by Sloanhoffer’s 9.8, and Millick’s and Smith’s 9.750 beam performances. After stumbling in her season debut on beam, Deal said she feels more comfortable at this point in the season. “I think because I’ve been doing it for so much longer now, it seems more natural,” Deal said. The Mountaineers dropped to second place going into the fourth rotation after the Wolverines 49.450 floor performance. UNH again placed third with their 48.725 vault mark, and Towson placed fourth after scoring 47.625 on bars. In their final rotation, the Mountaineers finished with a 49.325 floor performance behind Millick’s seasonhigh 9.950 mark, a score she
Continued from page 7 six of seven from the charity stripe to finish the day with 14 points. Smart also added a team-high four assists and three steals following the intermission. “They’ve got good players,” Huggins said. “Nash was a McDonald’s AllAmerican. Brown’s the leading scorer in our league. Smart’s a McDonald’s All-American. They’ve got good players that play very well together. “They’ve got a point guard who, when you’re open, gives you the ball, which has the tendency, I think, to get guys to play harder – work to get open
hasn’t earned since 2009. “I actually thought that Kaylyn deserved a 10 tonight, but we’ll take a 9.95, no complaints on that score. It comes back to Kaylyn’s hard work in the gym – she’s relentless in practice. I wish she was a freshman, actually,” Butts said. Not to be outdone by Millick’s phenomenal floor performance, senior Alaska Richardson tallied a careerbest 9.925. Senior Chelsea Goldschrafe and junior Makenzie Bristol both finished with season-high marks of 9.825. Freshman Melissa Idell scored a careerhigh 9.8, followed by Sloanhoffer’s 9.625. Sloanhoffer stepped outside the line on floor, and therefore received a .10 deduction from her harder. They share the ball. Travis [Ford] has done a really good job with them. Due in major part to Smart spending nearly all of the first half on the bench, Oklahoma State entered the half with just a 2-point advantage at 3533. Both teams continued to trade baskets in the minutes following the intermission, but the Cowboys eventually began to pull away for good with about 14 minutes left in the game. The Mountaineers supplemented Smart’s return to the floor by turning the ball over 11 times in the second half alone. WVU finished with 17 turnovers overall. “It carried over from the first half. We couldn’t han-
score. Millick finished in first place for all-around performance with a 39.350, while Sloanhoffer placed third with a 39.100. Record-breaking floor performances weren’t enough to push the Mountaineers ahead of No. 3 Michigan, but it does give them confidence going into post-season play that they can not only hang with top-ranked teams, but they can beat them. “We hung in there with the No. 3 team in the country, and they are very impressive. I really think they could win a national championship. So to know that we were right in there up till the end, that’s a huge confidence booster for this team,” Butts said. Nicole Roach, who works
with the team daily, said she’s beginning to see something new from the Mountaineers as they get closer to post-season play. “There’s a different fight in the girls now. They seem more driven and are together for one goal,” Roach said. Tonight they were together for one goal, and that was to make Wendy M. Roach proud. Wendy was a huge supporter of this team, and she actually gave out the awards in last year’s meet. “It’s amazing; everything we did today was for Wendy. Nicole has been a part of our team, a part of our family, and so has Wendy. So everything we did today was for her,” Millick said.
dle the pressure, whatever they were throwing at us, 1-3-1, press, it was 2-2-1 sometimes,” said sophomore forward Kevin Noreen. “But it wasn’t because of them; it was just us not keeping our heads in it. It wasn’t even a pressure type of press. It wasn’t meant to turn the ball over – it was more of a slow you down until you can get into your offense. And the way we turned the ball over is just not acceptable.” In addition to West Virginia’s lack of ball security, the Mountaineers shot just 30 percent from the field, including a dismal 4-for-21 from behind the arc. Oklahoma State also had more blocks, rebounds, assists, points off turnovers,
fast break points and second-chance points than West Virginia. The Mountaineers did end up with one more made free throw, though. “You can’t win many games not rebounding. You can’t win many games throwing the ball to them,” Huggins said. “I think we can admit there are a myriad of things we can name that you can’t win doing.” “We just don’t seem to compete as hard. What makes this a hard game is that you’ve got to do the right thing all the time. They’ve been told, we’ve put them on the treadmill, but they continue to do the same thing.”