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After a decision by the West Virginia University Board of Governors, WVU will implement a campus-wide tobacco ban this summer.

OPINION: PAGES 3-5, 27-33 There are plenty of options for WVU students to consider when purchasing textbooks for classes, but which ones are the best?

SPORTS: PAGES 36-46

A&E: PAGES 47-55 Morgantown has many restaurants and bars with great traditions for WVU students to enjoy to break the every-day routine of eating in the dining halls.

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Students will be able to apply for student tickets to each of the six West Virginia home football games at Milan Puskar Stadium this fall.

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EDITORIAL

Welcome, incoming students

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The Daily Athenaeum is West Virginia University’s student-run newspaper. Commonly referred to as The DA, this publication is one of the largest newspapers in the state of West Virginia. It has also recently been ranked among the nation’s top college newspapers. Our main goals are to keep WVU’s students, faculty and broader community informed and to provide a medium through which members of the WVU family can debate important issues and contribute to the public discourse. This Mountaineer Survival Guide is a special edition of The Daily Athenaeum, designed to help prepare incoming freshmen for their transition to college. The following pages include information we wish we had known as freshmen, as well as some advice from current students and a welcome letter from University President James P. Clements. The articles and columns featured in this Survival Guide are a sample of what we strive to deliver for students on a daily basis. During the fall and spring semesters, The Daily Athenaeum is produced Monday through Friday. During the summer, we publish one paper per week, each Wednesday. Our news section covers groups such as the Student Government Association, Morgantown City Council and the Board of Governors, as well as clubs, events and anything of interest to WVU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Our opinion section contains columns written by a diverse group of columnists who offer input on vari-

ous issues that affect students both on a local and national level. This section also provides all members of the WVU community with the opportunity to voice their opinions by contributing guest columns and letters to the editor. The arts & entertainment section covers everything you’ll need to unwind, refuel and relax during the school semester. Check out profiles of local eateries and coffee shops or find out about the local music scene and where to go see the latest movies. The sports section includes anything related to WVU sports. This section is always one of the most popular, and it includes schedules of games, player profiles and game recaps. Additionally, there is a campus calendar page that lists WVU and community events, daily. This page also includes sudoku and crossword puzzles, as well as comic strips for your enjoyment. Our website, www.thedaonline. com, includes all the daily articles and PDFs of the day’s newspaper. We post breaking news during the day and include extra content not published in the print edition. You can also check out our website on W V U ’s official iPhone app, iWVU. The app also gives you the ability to flip through past edi-

tions of The DA. To keep up with the latest news, follow us on Twitter @dailyathenaeum or find us on Facebook. As a student publication, we are always seeking new students who can help us in our daily operations. If you’re interested in becoming a writer, send us an e-mail listing the position you are interested in, and we will send you an application. You can also stop by our on-campus headquarters at 284 Prospect St., which is between Boreman and Arnold Halls. Although it can be demanding, working at The Daily Athenaeum is also a lot of fun, and it provides students from all academic backgrounds with valuable real-world experience in print journalism. If you have any additional questions, you can reach us by phone at 304-293-5092 or check out our website for additional contact information, including the emails of each of the section editors. We look forward to serving you on campus this fall.

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Welcome to WVU, from President Clements Welcome to our newest West Virginia University students! A university is often known by the quality of

its students, and I am very proud of our student body at WVU. Our students compete incredibly well with stu-

With over 400 Student Organizations, There’s something for everyone!

dents from across the nation – for scholarships, for internships, and for jobs after graduation. When you arrive on our campus, you will have a unique opportunity to make a name for yourself. Many of your fellow students have already made an impact! Students like: Cody White, an engineering major who has done nanotechnology research in China and received a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Russia. Emily Dearth, a fashion design and merchandising senior, who is spending the summer interning with Michael Kors in Manhattan. Jeffrey Byrd, a computer science senior, who created the WELLGO Calendar, an online program that teaches students how to integrate healthy lifestyle habits into their weekly schedules. Jess Harlee, an industrial engineering junior and women’s basketball player, who earned this year’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year, awarded to the top female in college athletics. Rafael Langoni Smith, a music graduate student,

who has already composed music for several Brazilian prime time television shows Rachel James, a civil engineering junior who recently became WVU’s 36th winner of the Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious award in the nation for science, math, and engineering undergraduates. Katherine Bomkamp, a political science junior who invented a prosthetic device aimed to eliminate phantom pain in amputees, and whose latest among many honors was recognition as one of Glamour magazine’s 2013 Top 10 College Women. We have thousands of other students who, each day, nurture new ideas, master new challenges, identify new strengths, and start making their mark on the world. You have so many opportunities ahead of you at WVU! Make the most of your time in college, as it will go by all too fast. Set goals and work very hard. Think about what you want to do in the future and what you need to do right now to get there. Join a student organization or make plans to travel and

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study abroad. Get to know your professors. They are some of the greatest minds in the world, and they can be lifelong mentors and role models. Be a good friend to your fellow students. Take good care of each other. Reach out to new people and help others when you see a need.

Stay in touch with your family; they will miss you. We are so happy to have you as a part of the Mountaineer family! Best wishes for a safe and happy year! Let’s Go Mountaineers! Jim Clements President, WVU

Check out all of your options at the organization fair during orientation!

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Student Conduct Code and Academic Dishonesty Information June 2013 Dear WVU Student: Welcome to West Virginia University! You have made a great choice in selecting WVU. At WVU you belong to a community of scholars. In our community, there are standards for appropriate behavior. The West Virginia University Student Conduct Code explains what is expected within our living and learning community. The Code is not designed to be punitive or adversarial. The purpose of the Code is to set expectations for behavior both on and off campus. Many student leaders, faculty, and staff collaborated to ensure that this Student Code clarifies your rights and responsibilities as a West Virginia University student. The Code is student centered. To read the Code please visit this website: http://studentlife.wvu.edu/office_of_student_conduct. Should you have any questions regarding the University Student Conduct Code, please contact the Office of Student Conduct. The staff may be reached by visiting Room 84 Boreman North on the Downtown Campus or by calling 304-293-8111. Sincerely,

G. Corey Farris Dean of Students

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University-wide tobacco ban to be implemented July 1 BY CARLEE LAMMERS & CELESTE LANTZ DA STAFF

Effective July 1, the use of tobacco will be prohibited on West Virginia University’s main campus. The WVU Board of Governors approved the move to a tobacco-free campus in June 2012. This decision came off the heels of a similar decision made for the Health Sciences campus, which enacted its own policy in 2010. The ban will prohibit tobacco use on any premises owned, operated, leased or occupied by WVU. This includes any outdoor areas on campus, parking lots and previously designated smoking areas. According to the policy, signs posted at vehicular

and pedestrian entryways into campus will remind individuals that the University is a tobacco free zone. The policy will also be posted on appropriate WVU websites. Some students have questioned the University’s ability to enforce the ban and said they believe students will continue to smoke regardless of the new policy. “I don’t like the ban because I generally smoke right before or after a test I’m stressed about and not being able to do that will definitely affect my stress levels,” said Jillian Rusnaczyk, a sophomore psychology student. “I feel like people are going to smoke anyway. I know a lot of people who are going to smoke whether the ban is in place or not.” Miranda Smalley, a ju-

Cessation tips for WVU students: West Virginia Tobacco Quit Line: Phone coaching is available through the West Virginia Tobacco Quit Line. These phone coaches are highly trained professional health educators certified in tobacco cessation. Please call 1-877-966-8784 to sign up.

Non-prescription nicotine replacement therapies are available to all enrolled students. For more information, call the WVU Student Health Service at 304-293-2311. Students may also request assistance from the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at 304-293-4431. nior psychology student, said she too believes the policy will be difficult to enforce. “I would be curious to see how they’re going to enforce it, or if they aren’t going to and people are still going to smoke (on campus),” she said. Students, staff and visitors who do not adhere to the policy will be subject to disciplinary action including, up to and including expulsion,” termination or removal from campus

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grounds. Zach Abe, a sophomore political science student and nonsmoker said he believes the policy infringes on smokers’ rights. Abe said he believes the University shouldn’t enforce the policy, but rather, it should be a personal choice. “When I first heard about it, I thought it was funny. How would they enforce that? But then when I started thinking about it, maybe it’s an indictment of people’s rights. People can drive around in the cars and release carbon emissions and that’s perfectly fine. But I don’t see how it’s right to ban smoking,” Abe said. “We pay to go here and we should be able to smoke if we want. I don’t have a problem with my friends smoking, that’s their personal right.” University President James P. Clements said he was inspired by WVU stu-

dents to work toward implementing the ban, and his main goal is to improve the quality of life on campus. “I’m not saying people can’t smoke, I’m just saying they can’t smoke on campus. I don’t want to take away their personal rights,” he said. “But we want this to be a healthy campus, and from a grass-roots effort, a majority of people came out and said ‘Please pass this policy.’” Smalley said she too believes the new policy will make for a healthier campus. “I think it’s a good idea. It will keep the air a little cleaner and fresher for everyone else. It’s really annoying to be walking up a hill and have someone blow cigarette smoke in your face, and start coughing,” she said. As it is written, the policy does not extend to WVU’s

divisional campuses. Clements said his office may extend or amend the policy pending further review. Cessation programs and resources will also be available to employees and students. Employees are eligible for those programs free of charge, or are reimbursable by insurance. Students can utilize cessation programs through WellWVU: the Students’ Center of Health. WVU will become the fourth university in the Big 12 Conference to institute a campuswide smoking ban. Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University and Iowa State University all have similar policies established. An offering of cessation options and resources is available at http://www. hsc.wvu.edu/wellness/ Tobacco-Cessation. carlee.lammers@mail.wvu.edu


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Welcome from WVU’s SGA President Ryan Campione Welcome to West Virginia University! As you have probably been told by family and friends, the next few years ahead of you in college will be extremely eventful and the memories will last for the rest of your life. However, the key to getting the most out of your time here is to get engaged on campus and try everything that interests you within your first couple of years. The opportunities at West Virginia University are endless and ever expanding. From our over 400 Student Organizations and Club Sports, to the hundreds of academic and independent research opportunities, and extensive course topics, there

is literally something that fits everyone’s interest and passion. During your first few months on campus as a freshman, you will be given a lot of important information covering a whole range of areas around the University and your major. While this mass of information can be almost overwhelming at times, take it all in, and never be afraid to ask questions if you cannot at first find what you need to know. Now is the best time to find your calling here at West Virginia University and embrace it. One great way to become more involved on campus is be a part of WVU Student Government Association. For many years, the WVU

Student Government Association has served as a direct link between students and the WVU administration and community leaders speaking up on students’ best interests. Student Government Association meets every Wednesday during the semester at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair. There are always two oppor tunities dur ing our meetings, referred to as “Open Student Forums,” when any student can freely voice their concerns about any topic on campus or around Morgantown. In addition to our normal meetings, we also hold a wide range of speak-out events and have an internship program for students to become more

directly engaged from the beginning within the University. I hope you will become involved on campus and learn all about our traditions and embrace the Mountaineer spirit of this University! If you ever have any questions or if there is ever anything that Student Government can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us at SGA@ mail.wvu.edu, (304) 2934403, or stop by our office located in the Student Organizations wing of the Mountainlair. I look forward to seeing you on campus soon. Ryan Campione Student Body President

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Ryan Campione will serve as WVU’s SGA President for the 2013-14 school year.

Tips for staying money savvy while studying at WVU BY MEGAN CALDERADO STAFF WRITER

In all the excitement of going away to college, getting a job is the last thing on many students’ minds. However, be aware that you will be spending a little money here and there, so having a job gives some financial cushion. West Virginia University’s Office of Student Employment assists students with finding a job that fits their schedule – without overwhelming them. WVU offers a federal work study program for students with financial needs, as well as on- and off-campus jobs available for all students. In order to be eligible for the federal work study program, students must first complete the FAFSA. Students must also be taking a minimum of six credit hours, earning at least a 2.0 GPA in those classes and completing at least 70 percent of the hours they

attempt. Jobs are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, so students should apply early in the fall. A helpful resource students can use (and parents love) is the email alert system for job openings. Students can sign up online to receive email alerts once a week that list on- and offcampus job opportunities, along with a full description of the job and how to apply. When applying, many jobs ask for a résumé as a first step, and the idea of making a resume tends to intimidate a lot of college students. However, WVU offers “Resume 911” before each career fair, where students are assisted with creating or editing their resumes. The key to your job search is to be persistent, and to find something that you can successfully do while balancing your schoolwork and social life. Many students work

more than one job, but it’s important to know your limits. If you feel it’s in your best interest to skip out on a job for your first semester or year in order to focus on classes and getting settled into your college schedule, then do so. There are other ways to save your money. A large number of freshmen live in Towers on the Evansdale campus their first year. Kroger is in walking distance of Towers, so many students shop there for snacks for their dorm rooms. A quick and easy way to save on groceries is to sign up for a Kroger card. It’s free to sign up and all that’s needed is basic information. By getting a Kroger card, you automatically receive special deals and discounts on almost everything. It won’t immediately seem like you’re saving a huge amount, but it adds up.

Another way to save a little money is to be mindful about your meal plan. If you are signed up for a meal plan that allots a limited number of meals per week, then it’s important to be aware of how many meals you have left and when they are renewed each week. There’s nothing worse than running out of meals on a Tuesday when you have to wait until Thursday in order for your weekly meal plan to reset. By spreading out your meal swipes throughout the week and keeping track of how many you have left, you won’t have to spend money out of your pocket on meals. College is often one of the most expensive times in a person’s life. However, by managing your finances and considering employment, students are able to avoid being in the red, and come out in the green.

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Each year nearly 30,000 students travel to Morgantown to attend West Virginia University. WVU and the city of Morgantown are working together to maintain the safety of students while they attend WVU. Sgt. Peggy Runyon of the University Police Department said she believes it’s important to understand college means you are now on your own, so you must try to make responsible decisions for your safety, and the safety of others. “I would encourage students to stay in touch with parents and friends, so that they know your schedule, and kind of know when you’ll be in class and when you should be in your room,” Runyon

said. “Make sure that you keep your dorm room locked in the residence halls – don’t prop them open because a lot of times, you’ll be gone for a few seconds and someone can steal a lot of things out of your room during that time. So lock it up.” Runyon said there is a lot of personal information sharing done online, so she suggests avoiding sharing too much information via social media. “Be safe online. Because there’s a lot of sharing done online, avoid some of those websites and/or avoid sharing too much, especially on your Facebook or other social media sites,” she said. “People can go in there, find out things about you and target you as a victim.” Runyon said she encourages students to keep track of their car, dorm and house

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keys as they are easily lost or stolen. “Also, it’s important to keep track of your keys – keep them with you at all times, and if you will have a vehicle on campus, make sure that you put everything in the trunk or out of the way somehow,” Runyon said. Runyon said UPD also offers several safety programs such as a seminar for out-ofstate students, an alcohol and DUI awareness training and safety training at WVUp All Night events. “Let people know where you’re going if you leave for the weekends. We always get people who call for “welfare checks” just to make sure that everything’s OK and just keep in touch with the people who worry about you.” “Know all of your important emergency numbers,” Runyon said. “(304) 293-3136 is the University Police and that rings into dispatch, we have dispatch 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so, there’s always a police officer working.” Runyon said UPD’s main goal is always the safety of students. “We are police, we do have arrest powers, but our main focus is safety and making sure that everyone around the University is safe,” Runyon said. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu


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ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

For incoming students

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PRT cars wait at the platform at the Towers PRT station.

By Megan Calderado Staff writer

As an incoming freshman, it’s tempting to want to bring a vehicle to college along with newfound freedom from parents. However, current students and faculty suggest leaving the car behind, as it will create a hassle and at a cost. For the 2012-13 school year, West Virginia University welcomed its largest freshman class of 5,200 students. As more and more people come to Morgantown, the streets are becoming more congested and parking costs are increasing. On any given afternoon, miles of slow-moving traffic can be seen stretching up Beechurst Avenue – a main street that runs along the main Downtown campus. The best place to see this is from the window of the Personal Rapid Transit car as you’re speeding down the track that runs parallel

to the road. The PRT was built in the 1970s and has been transporting people around Morgantown ever since. The track stretches for more than eight miles, transports nearly 16,000 people per day to five different stations and is free with a WVU student I.D. card. The Beechurst station is located in the heart of the Downtown campus; the Towers station provides a way for Towers residents to get to and from their classes; the Engineering station allows students easy access to the Engineering campus; the Medical station leads directly to the hospital and Student Health; and the Walnut station drops riders off in the middle of Downtown Morgantown. The PRT makes it easy for students to get where they need to go during the day, and it takes stress off public transportation.

The PRT doesn’t handle bad weather very well, so if the forecast looks ugly, there is also a bus system that makes stops at the same areas across Morgantown. There are dozens of different buses with different routes. Bus schedules can be found online at www. busride.org and hard copies can be found at the information desk at the front of the Mountainlair. The Blue and Gold Connector route runs from the Evansdale campus to the Downtown campus every 20 minutes. Other Mountain Line buses offer transportation to the Morgantown Mall, the University Town Center and even Pittsburgh. Something to keep in mind when choosing a mode of transportation is what time and day it is. The PRT runs Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and is closed Sundays.

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The buses have a range A Mountain Line bus drives through downtown Morgantown. The Mountain Line of different times that they buses run Monday-Saturday, and its stops include High Street, Towers, the Mounrun. However, a unique bus tainlair and West Run Road. route is offered ThursdaySaturday 10:30 p.m. - 3:10 a.m. and continuously connects Towers with Downtown Morgantown. With 30,000 students and a sprawling campus, there is a huge demand for adequate transportation. As a freshman, and even after that, students will save time and money by leaving their cars at home. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu


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Campus P.M. route offers safer alternative to drinking and driving BY JACOB BOJESSON STAFF WRITER

West Virginia University and the Mountain Line Transit Authority have partnered to help ensure the safety of students who choose to drink. The Campus P.M. route, or the drunk bus, as it’s commonly referred to, is a route offered by the Mountain Line Transit every ten minutes between 6 p.m.- 2.30 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. WVU started the service to provide safe transportation between the different residence halls on campus to the entertainment area downtown. In 2002, Mountain Line added the route to their service as the only late night shuttle open to everyone in the community. “It’s a valuable commu-

nity service. We give people an option to go downtown without taking an auto and use that service to go back,” said David Bruffy, Mountain Line Transit Authority general manager. “The real reason behind this service for the University is a matter of safety in the interest of the community as a whole.” The main goal with the line is to minimize the number of drivers driving under the influence. With a free late night service, Bruffy said he hopes students think twice before they get behind the wheel. “For college students on college campuses, the decision to go to an entertainment area and consume alcohol if you’ve driven there in a personal auto, that decision should have been made before you consume alcohol,” Bruffy said.

Riding the Campus P.M. route can often be a loud experience and Bruffy said incidents occur from time to time. “Of course you’ll have incidents throughout the course WYTHE WOODS/ THE DAILY ATHENAEUM of the year. Some of it is stu- A Mountain Line bus travels on University Avenue as part of its regular route. dent related, sometimes it doesn’t have anything to do with students,” Bruffy said. Although the route is provided to give students a safe way to get home while under the influence, drivers won’t The Campus P.M. route is free to all WVU students with a WVU ID hesitate to ask misbehaving passengers to exit the bus. The Campus P.M. route stops and picks up at the following “The same rules apply as locations: the rest of the time,” Bruffy said. “Be respectful to your neighbors and be respectful to the other people on Towers Fieldcrest/ Ruby Hospital Spruce Street the bus. You want to respect their personal space and Valley View Drive Stewart Street their right to be on that bus as Mountainlair well.” High Street Sunnyside

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Morgantown parking made more convenient for students BY JACOB BOJESSON STAFF WRITER

With a limited number of parking spaces on campus, WVU recommends incoming students staying in dorms not to bring a car during their first year. “Probably the best thing you can do is not to bring a car,” said Kim Hartsell, interim director for the Parking and Transportation Department. “We have very limited pay for and 24/7 parking available on campus.” For freshmen who still insist on bringing a car, The West Virginia University Department of Parking and Transportation introduced several new parking ser-

vices for the spring semester to make it more comfortable for commuters and students who drive to campus. New parking meters have been installed in the Mountainlair garage and shortterm parking Area 9 on Fine Arts Drive across from the Creative Arts Center. Students register for the parking spot they are using and no permits or receipts need to be displayed on the dashboard. The new meters accept coins, bills and credit cards and a text messaging service is offered to send out reminders about the expiration of the ticket. “If you put in your phone number it will warn you and

let you know ahead of time that your time’s due to run out,” said Wilma Lincoln, program assistant. ”You can put more money onto it by your phone. You don’t have to go back.” The Mountaineer Station Parking Garage, located by the Health Sciences Campus, recently introduced value cards to make transactions faster and more convenient. Students insert the card when entering the garage and again on the way out of the garage. ”You don’t have to go to the machines anymore. You just insert your card on your way in and on your way out,” Lincoln said. ”It saves you from going to

the pay station and wait in line.” Value cards can be purchased at the Parking Management counter on the first floor of Mountaineer Station. Mountaineer Station offers the largest amount of parking spaces on campus and students can easily access the Evansdale and Downtown campuses with the PRT. A new short-term parking lot at the Downtown campus opened in January and contains 67 parking spaces. The hourly rate to park in the new lot is $1 and hours of enforcement are from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The department of Parking and Transportation will

have an information desk set up at Mountaineer Station during the first week of classes to answer any questions about parking on campus. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

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WVU English Department offers unique courses BY CELESTE LANTZ COPY DESK CHIEF

Looking for an interesting class for next semester? Try classes offered through WVU’s English Department. For most of the courses, the only prerequisite is English 101 and 102. The English Department offers courses to fit the schedules, course requirements and interests of almost any student. For those who enjoy creative writing, there are fiction, nonfiction and poetry courses taught by a very well-qualified staff. If you’re less of a writer, there are still plenty of other classes you can take such as popular culture and science fiction/fantasy. The content of these courses change from semester to semester, so

if you don’t like it in the spring, check back in the fall. If you like to read and would like the opportunity to read and discuss novels in a more structured setting, then the short story and novel and fiction for adolescents are great places to start. There are a number of different sections for short story and novel, so if you aren’t sure about one, there are plenty more to choose from. Film studies and contemporary literary theory are a great way to learn how to critique what you see in the theaters and television, and other forms of media and culture. Any of the professional writing and courses are a great way to fulfill writing requirements, while building valuable writing skills

for the future. Writing the- to the professors and the ory and practice teaches courses that will be offered you how to understand the next semester. rhetoric and how to make effective arguments. Editdanewsroom@mail.wvu.edu ing refreshes your understanding of grammar and mechanics but also the different types of writing. Multimedia writing introduces you to writing on different platforms, mostly web-based and how to approach creating your own website. For updates and information reBusiness and profesgarding the English sional writing and techniDepartment visit: cal writing both give you english.wvu.edu/ the opportunity to learn under. effective communication through writing, including To learn more creating resumes, cover letabout the courses ters and other types of prooffered at WVU fessional correspondence. visit: About halfway through MEL MORAES/ THE DAILY ATHENAEUM courses.wvu.edu each semester, the English Colson Hall, home to the WVU English Department, can be found across from the Department holds a pizza Downtown Campus Library. party to introduce students

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DORM ROOM 101 Some helpful tips for adjusting to life in the dorms during your first year at WVU BY MEGHAN BONOMO STAFF WRITER

Before heading off to college, there are a few aspects of dorm life to know at West Virginia University. College comes with an array of new experiences, and an unavoidable one for almost every incoming student is living in a dorm. Freshmen are required to live on campus for the entirety of their first year with the exception of students who are married, who have children, who are 21 years of age or older or who live at home with parents within a 50-mile radius of WVU. Moving into a dorm is both exciting and nerve-racking, but there are ways to make it and the dorm

life experience a positive, comfortable one. At WVU there are 11 residence halls and leases spaced in two additional halls on the Downtown and Evansdale campuses, offering both coed and single-sex housing in single, double, triple and suite rooms. The Downtown residence halls are: Arnold Hall and Apartments, Boreman North and South, Dadisman Hall, Stalnaker Hall, Summit Hall and Spruce House. The Evansdale campus has the Evansdale Residential Complex (ERC), which includes Bennet, Braxton, Brooke, and Lyon Tower, Pierpont Apartments and Fieldcrest Hall. All the dorms have high-speed internet, cable and laundry amenities. There are different styles

and amenities that make each dorm a little different. To look at a comparison chart of residence hall amenities, visit housing.wvu.edu/ residence_halls. It is important to do some research about your specific dorm and what it offers as a residence hall. Also, contacting future roommates before moving in helps get everyone on the same page about what to expect in terms of living together, and it marks the beginning of the dorm life experience. Freshman roommates are an unforgettable and iconic part of college life. They can turn into great friends, worst enemies or anywhere in between. MEL MORAES/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

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What do you wish you knew before coming to WVU? Your professors will challenge you & maybe change your life. Get to know them, they may help you in ways you never imagined — @wvuDmoney

G in shape now! Climbing the Get sstairs/hill from the PRT station to ccampus (behind Woodburn) is ttough those first months of school – or at least it was 25 years ago! — Lynn Iannarelli Terman

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Study tips for new students Quick study tips to ensure success: • Set a schedule, and stick to it. • Find a quiet spot and designate it your “study space.” • Eliminate distractions while studying. • Go to class and take good notes. • Utilize flashcards while studying • Reward yourself with a break every now and then.

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Students study in the Downtown Campus Library during dead week last spring.

BY CAROLINE PETERS STAFF WRITER

Being a student at West Virginia University is an experience like no other; however, students sometimes get distracted and lose sight of why they truly come to college. Being a student comes with commitment to academics, and incoming students may become overwhelmed with balancing their classes and their social life. However, a little preparation can lead a student to less stress and more success. Time management is something that many students struggle with on a daily

basis. To combat this, students should first set a schedule and stick with it. This will pay off in the future and will become a helpful habit. Students who make time out of their week to study are happier and less stressed than those who wait until the last minute. “I know what time of the day is best for me to study. I like to study early in the morning around 5 and before my classes,” said Terrence Demery, WVU wrestler. “That time is good for me, because I know that not a lot of people are up. So, make use of your time and pick a time to study.” The next step to studying for success is finding a quiet place. WVU operates four libraries on campus: the Downtown Library, the Evansdale Library, the Law Library and the Health Sciences Library. During final exams week, the library is usually busy. Students who are looking for a peaceful place to study can also rely on the study rooms in the Mountainlair.

Since the academic workload increases in college, students can become overwhelmed with the material they are studying. An easy solution to this problem is making sure to take a break. Study a chapter or two and then reward yourself with a coffee from the Downtown Library’s coffee shop, Eliza’s. This will boost your momentum to continue studying. Flash cards can also be very helpful, as the notes from class can seem overwhelming and can decrease students’ motivation to review them. Notecards break up information and are perfect for reviewing material. Looking at notecards a throughout the day is a lot less strenuous than sitting in the same seat and memorizing a page of notes in one, straight shot. Perhaps the most crucial tip for studying is attending class from the get-go. Students who attend class sessions are most likely to meet other people to study with. Those who attend class also reap the benefits of being upto-date throughout the se-

mester, rather than playing catch-up during dead week. “WVU is a lot tougher than the community college I transferred from,” said WVU student Brian Gage. “When I first got here, I had to do a lot to catch up, because the classrooms here move faster. It flabbergasted me at first. “I had to adjust to bigger workloads here, and that was the hardest thing about transferring.” Lastly, be sure to eliminate any distractions. Students who take their cell phones and personal computers usually accomplish less. If taking a computer is necessary, make sure that it is for an assignment. Otherwise, students end up spending valuable library time distracted on Facebook or Twitter. The transition from high school to college can often be difficult as the course load increases. To lighten the load, find productive study habits that work best for you and stick to them. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu


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Here are the best Twitter accounts to keep students informed at WVU: @westvirginiau The official Twitter account of West Virginia University. It will often tweet important news and events happening throughout the University community.

@WVUSPORTSBUZZ The official Twitter account of WVU athletics. WVUSportsBuzz will tweet out scores and links to Mountaineer sporting events.

@WVUDOT The West Virginia University Department of Transportation’s Twitter account keeps students updated on the status of the PRT and other forms of transportation on campus.

@WVUSGA The official Twitter feed of WVU’s Student Government Association. It’s useful for information regarding meetings, SGA decisions and other information vital to students.


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WELLWVU works to promote health, wellness for WVU students, staff BY MEGHAN BONOMO STAFF WRITER

WELLWVU: The Students’ Center of Health is committed to meeting all the health and wellness needs of the students and faculty of West Virginia University. WELLWVU was developed by uniting Student Health, the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services, and Wellness and Health Promotions. Operated by physicians, psychologists, social workers, health promotion specialists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and support staff, this program is an excellent resource for students during their college career. According to their website, the mission of WELLWVU is to foster the complete well-being of students through health care, education, promotion and related services. WELLWVU can be broken down into three main categories; Medical, Mental Health, and Health Promotion. Medical resources are available through WELL-

WVU Student Health, located on the Health Sciences Campus in the Health Sciences Center behind the Ruby Memorial Hospital. Student Health can be confusing to locate for students new to the University. Those traveling to Student Health by the PRT should ride to the “Medical” station. The stairs leaving the PRT station lead to the north end of the Health Sciences Center. Enter at the McQuain Pavilion entrance, and follow the gold tape on the floor through the main hall until reaching the elevators. The destination is on the ground floor. Upon exiting the elevator, continue to follow the gold tape to Student Health. Student Health is where students go when they are not feeling well. However, it is also a place where students can go for sexual health services such as the state-wide Family Planning Program, which provides contraceptives and education, examinations with Pap smears and certain STI tests. HIV testing, immunizations, cholesterol and glucose screening and allergy shots are other services pro-

vided at Student Health. Those visiting Student Health should bring a validWVU I.D. and be prepared to pay a $15 service fee for each visit. Student Health is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.4:00 p.m. Though walk-ins are welcome, making an appointment will decrease waiting time. Mental Health services are provided through the Carruth Center. Its psychiatric and counseling services and programs are designed to support students going through transitions, self-exploration and change while helping them to succeed in college. Students can take advantage of these services to better themselves mentally and emotionally. According to their website, some of the issues that come up frequently among students are mood and anxiety concerns, difficulty adjusting to WVU, sensitivity to criticism and chronic self-doubt, excessive worry, difficulties with roommates and relationships, traumatic events including past or current abuse or sexual assault, identity issues regarding sexual orientation and eat-

ing disorders. WELLWVU’s focus on mental health is critical to the wellbeing of the students. Counselors provide a safe, confidential environment to express thoughts one might feel are too private ato share with someone they know. WELLWVU’s Office of Wellness and Health Promotion delivers comprehensive wellness education to all WVU students. Promoting healthy lifestyles and wellness through liveWELL programs and leadWELL helps promote leaderships skills related to positive health habits. Currently the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion is offering a violence prevention program called Green Dot. Green Dot aims to train students to intervene in situations that are likely to result in power-based personal violence such as rape, stalking, bullying and partner violence. For more information on any of the programs and services provided by WELLWVU, visit well.wvu.edu. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

Where in the world is student health? If you are traveling to Student Health on the PRT, go to the “Medical” station. The stairs leaving the PRT station lead to the north end of the Health Sciences Center. Enter at the McQuain Pavilion entrance. Follow the gold tape on the floor through the main hall until reaching the elevators. You will be on the first floor and your destination is the ground floor (not basement). When you depart the elevators, follow the gold tape to Student Health.


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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? “It’d be good to know who and where accepts meal plans, and when.” —@Jumunza Meal plans are accepted in all on-campus dining halls and the following locations and times:

Hatfield’s: Monday – Friday: 7:15 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Burger King: Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Dailly: 4:00 until 9:00 p.m.

Chick-fil-A: Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Monday- Saturday: 4:00 until 9:00 p.m.

Quiznos: Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Daily: 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Sbarro: Daily: 4:00 p.m. until 9 :00 p.m.

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University offers wide variety of dining options for students BY CAROLINE PETERS STAFF WRITER

For some students, the idea of eating cafeteria food for a year is not appealing. However, West Virginia University offers healthy foods that are sure to satisfy most students’ appetites. For those looking for a number of options and the opportunity to grab seconds, the cafes are the best fit. Cafe Evansdale, Summit Cafe, Arnold’s Diner and Boreman Bistro are some of the most popular locations on campus. These cafes offer everything from salads and wraps to pizza and pasta. Students are guaranteed to receive complete meals if they choose to dine at the cafes. Transitioning to an oncampus meal plan can be tough for incoming students. With a wide array of options available, students who choose to eat healthy will find the adjustment easier. Allyn Bortner, WVU student and Cafe Evansdale employee, said she believes students can still eat healthy at the cafe. “We have a wide variety on our salad bar. It’s bigger than what you would see at some restaurants and there are at least six different options of fresh fruit that

you’re allowed to take to go. The home-cooked food we offer has two options of being healthy. There are always signs up that tell you how many calories are in what. We also offer glutenfree meals,” she said. Busy students might not have time to visit the cafes frequently, so WVU also offers options in the Mountainlair that may be quicker than the dining halls. The Mountainlair options include Burger King, Sbarro, Chick-fil-A, Saikou Sushi, Quiznos and even Greek food at Taziki’s. These restaurants offer smaller portions than the dining halls and are convenient for students who are in a hurry. Students can avoid gaining the “freshman 15” by eating smaller portions, according to WVU Student Recreation Center personal trainer Scott Fowler. “Smaller meal plans can

blunt your body’s inhibition to binge eat, opposed to a buffet-style cafeteria, because you wouldn’t be eating that much food at each meal,” he said. “Although, eating at the dining halls can force the student to prepare their own food. This is always good for people who want to eat healthy because they can monitor the nutritional value.” Students who are coffeelovers can also enjoy the campus cafes. The Health Sciences campus offers Cavanaugh’s, the Evansdale campus offers the Brew ‘n’ Gold cafe, and the Wise Library on the Downtown campus offers Eliza’s. These coffee shops serve quick food such as salads and subs that students can take to go. To find out more about WVU dining options, visit diningservices.wvu.edu. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

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Above is an artist’s rendering of University Place, WVU’s Downtown campus hous- Above is an artist’s rendering of University Park, a housing complex that will be ing complex slated for fall 2014. built on WVU’s Evansdale campus.

University announces plans for Sunnyside, Evansdale campus housing complexes BY CARLEE LAMMERS MANAGING EDITOR

As part of its 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future, West Virginia University purchased 39 properties in the Sunnyside neighborhood to provide more adequate student housing. The University purchased properties located on University Avenue, Grant Avenue, Jones Avenue, Quay Street, Third Street, Houston Avenue, Overhill Street, Highland Avenue and Wellen Avenue for nearly $15 million. WVU is currently building the University Place complex where the properties stood. In addition to approximately 980 beds, the complex will host 29,650 square feet of retail space that would include a fullservice grocery store, a fitness center, community outdoor space and other perks, as well as 195,000 square feet of parking – which according to the University’s press release – would equate to an additional 400 parking spots. The Sunnyside neigh-

borhood had become a notorious location for riots, malicious furniture and dumpster fires. In a proposal submitted for approval to the West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Committee on Government and Finance and the WVU Board of Governors, University officials said they recognize the high demand for student housing and plan to utilize the land accordingly. “The University recognizes that to support its 2020 Plan, safe and affordable student housing and related amenities will be critical for success of its educational and academic mission and that property for such housing and related amenities located within close distance to the University’s Downtown campus will be in high demand and potentially unavailable,” according to the proposal. According to the proposal, “Paradigm approached the University to explore the University’s interest in acquiring the

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West Virginia University announced plans March 28 for a $90 million multipurpose development in the Evansdale area. The development, University Park, will be located on approximately seven acres of land north of University Avenue and located along Harding Avenue and Oakland Street and stretching along Country Club Road behind the McDonald’s restaurant. University Park will offer approximately 1,100 beds, retail development and WVU and other food services. “WVU must continue to upgrade its housing in order to appeal to the needs of our diverse student population, which includes traditional undergraduates, but more international and graduate students as well as families,” said Narvel Weese, vice president for administration and finance. Cu r re nt l y Mo r ga n town’s Sunnyside neigh-

borhood is undergoing demolition, so a similar $70 million residential complex project can be completed. Sunnyside’s University Place is set to be completed by fall 2014. University Park will be the third and final phase of the WVU master housing plan to better-accommodate the needs of students. Weese said these projects will help the University achieve its housing goals and better meet the needs of students. “ Today’s announcement, combined with the previously announced projects, provide WVU with a strong mix of housing accommodations that can appeal to undergraduate and graduate students from West Virginia and around the world,” said Dean of Students, Corey Farris. University Park will replace current housing located nearby at Fieldcrest Hall and the Medical Center Apartments, both of which will be demolished, and Pierpont Apartments,

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property under various conditions, and the University, after analysis and consideration believes that the Property is uniquely positioned to meet critical current and future needs of the University.” Dean of Students Corey Farris said the University plans to renovate and modernize current housing and create new facilities to better meet the needs of its “We’re creating new housing, all while we still have existing housing that needs to be renovated,” he said. “In the end, it benefits our students. They will be living in modern, new spaces and some in spaces with modern updates. Students have the choice to attend great colleges across the country. We want to have good facilities – not just academic, but for students to stay in as well. You need to have modern facilities all around.” University Place is slated for completion in fall 2014. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

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where the lease will not be renewed. However, demolition will not take place until the construction of the new facilities is completed. Students will not be displaced during the construction of the complex, as they were following the announcement of the University Place complex. Weese said the recent public-private projects would do more for the community, beyond pro-

viding better housing for students. He said the new complexes would also expand the tax base for both the city and county by generating additional B&O taxes. “University Park alone should more than double the net tax revenue to the city from these properties,” he said. While the University Park development is still in the early stages of planning and design, the project is expected to be completed for fall 2015 occupancy. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

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WVU mixes adventure, education with nation’s first University canopy tour BY MADISON FLECK STAFF WRITER

West Virginia University has expanded its outdoor adventure program by creating the only University-owned Canopy Tour. The Canopy Tour hosted its grand opening May 3, and Jonathan Kimble, the Mountaineer Mascot, was the first to go on the zip line course. The tour, which is composed of four zip lines, an aerial bridge and a tandem rappel, contains qualities not present in other adventure challenges at WVU. “Instead of the focus being on the team experience, it’s a little more on the individual experience,” said Nathan Harlan, Challenge Course program coordinator. “The focus

is more on environmental education – learning about the research forest and just experiencing the forest itself.” During the two-and-ahalf hours groups are on the tour, guides interact with the groups and tell them facts about the forest. WVU partnered with the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a Boy Scouts of America reserve and zip line industry leader Bonsai Designs to create the course, which will be part of the 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree. “At the jamboree, one of the things WVU is going to do is provide an introduction to the science behind riding a zip line,” said Gerald Lang, a WVU biology professor. According to Lang, more than 30 WVU students have trained for 60 hours to make the tour a great experience.

“It’s not hooking them up to the line – that’s the easy part,” he said. “It’s rescuing them if, in fact, they get stuck in the middle of the line.” The guides also help tour groups predict their speeds on the zip line, and at the end of the course, the groups will be able to see their individual speeds. “They wanted to take fun activities like outdoor adventures and turn them into a science curriculum,” said Ryan Stocking, a West Virginia Research Corporation employee. The Canopy tour will be used not only for the benefit of WVU students, but also for students in grades K-12. Stocking said the skills executed in the tour include Newton’s second law of motion, the Pythagorean Theorem,

and a five-step mathematical procedure that calculates the maximum speed on the final zip of the canopy tour. Greg Corio, director of Adventure WV and liaison between WVU and SBR, said this creates an opportunity for students that was not present before. “Kids who may not ever have the opportunity to get up on a canopy tour or on a challenge course can start working on science and math and get excited about those fields,” he said. The course is open to WVU students, faculty and the general public. Rates for the Canopy Tour and other WVU challenge courses can be found online at adventurechallenge. wvu.edu. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu


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Track your progress toward graduation KIRK AUVIL COLUMNIST

Being a freshman at West Virginia University is a life-changing experience, for better or worse. At this point, I am quite certain that all of you have been told how lucky you are, how every adult you talk to would give anything to be a freshman in college again, and how exciting this time in your life is. It’s true, to a great extent, the world is your oyster here at WVU. Your paramount concern, however, is graduating on time. Take steps to ensure that you’re on track to earn your degree in four years, and work with your advisor to make certain that you will not be met with any nasty surprises in your senior year. Protip: keep an eye on your Degreeworks. It shows you which GECs have been satisfied, which classes you need to take, and often lets you know if there have been any administrative snafus, which are lying in wait to surprise you down the road. More than one WVU student has been blindsided by some Degreeworks permission issue that could have been solved earlier. Do not be afraid to double check your advisor’s work. Advisors deal with a lot of students and like anyone, can make mistakes. The problem is that these mistakes can derail your future pretty badly if you don’t catch them. Check and double check your required classes; I cannot stress this enough. Sometimes the advisors may make a mistake and forget to let you know that a particular class is required for a minor, or tell you that a particular class counts

for a requirement when it doesn’t. More than one senior has run into difficulties due to human error earlier in the process. Don’t let it happen to you. A bachelor’s degree is peachy keen, but for those students with an eye on grad school, keeping your GPA up is very important. Also, there are plenty of honoraries to choose from and many majors have their own vocation-specific honorary, so check them out. They generally are not too demanding, they’re in the

field you’re looking to get into, and they look good on paper. Another word that your family and friends have probably been throwing around a lot is “opportunities.” Often, that word probably sounds like “senseless extra work” when you hear it. For a lot of folks, just enrolling in classes and showing up is sufficient. However, if you’re interested in “getting involved,” resume padding or enriching your college experience by broadening your horizons

(yawn), then there are lots of ways to do that. Join a club of people with common interests. You can make some new friends, talk about stuff that interests you, and maybe have some fun while you’re at it. WVU also has some fantastic study abroad opportunities which range from month-long summer trips to semester-long fullfledged study abroad programs. If you are interested in a particular foreign language, why not take a trip to where people speak it

and earn credit for it while you’re there? There are other opportunities as well, like intramural activities and student government. Do not let other people tell you what you should or should not do. It’s entirely possible that you will discover interests entirely new to you, and that you’ll want to change your major to something unexpected. This is normal and shouldn’t cause any alarm. Pick something that really speaks to you, do not be afraid to change

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Making the most of your WVU experience CELESTE LANTZ COPY DESK CHIEF

Welcome to West Virginia University. You’re about to enter some of the best years of your life. It sounds cliche, of course. But it’s true. We promise. Whether you’re an incoming freshman or you’re transferring from another college, it’s like you’ve never experienced such a vast, diverse group of people all working toward the ultimate goal – obtaining a degree. But that’s not all college is about. Classes, first and foremost, are the most important thing. Since you’ll be spending all semester with this schedule, choose wisely. This is difficult your first year, due to GEC’s but there are ways to alleviate the pain. If you aren’t a morning person, don’t schedule an 8 a.m. math class. You know you aren’t going to go, and it’s a waste of your time and resources to retake it later. And make good use of your electives. There are so many good classes on campus. Ask your friends, talk to classmates and even ask for recommendations from

professors. This is also a good way to find out what really interests you if you’re uncertain about what field to study. Speaking of majors, remember that it’s okay not to settle on one your first semester. Or even your second semester. It’s easy to stay on track if you change your mind once or twice. That said, you should probably have a solid plan by the end of your second year. Interesting coursework isn’t the only thing WVU has to offer, though. There are so many organizations on campus, it’s silly not to get involved. There’s an organization for almost everyone. Publc Relations Society of America is open to all majors, if public relations and organizing fundraisers is your thing. The on-campus radio station, U92, is always looking for volunteers. Not only for radio DJs but for broadcasters, sports hosts and production teams. There is something for everyone here at The Daily Athenaeum, from writing, to photography to copy editing. Calliope, the undergraduate literary magazine, works once per year to put together a collection of stu-

dents’ works and is a great way to learn more about what goes into putting together a literary magazine. And there are so many more: the WVU Boxing Club, the WVU Sport Management Club, the Fair Trade 2.0 of WVU – the list goes on. That’s not even including the numerous sororities and fraternities at WVU. The best thing for you to do in college is get involved. It gives you something to do after homework and they often really are a great way to meet people, even if you don’t become best friends. Take advantage of opportunities within your major. If there’s a writing contest, submit an entry. If there’s a business planning competition, find a partner and enter it. You may not win, but the experience is invaluable. West Virginia University has so many resourced available, it’s a shame not to utilize them. The WELLWVU Center for Health offers a variety of health services including counseling from the Carruth Center, low-cost emergency care at Student Health and nutrition services through Healthy U by the WVU Dining Services.

The Student Recreation Center is another great place to go. Not only are there exercise machines, there is a full suspended track, basketball courts, squash courts, a climbing wall and a pool with a jacuzzi. Sometimes it can get a little crowded during peak hours, but it’s well worth the wait. Because Morgantown thrives because of the University, there are many perks to being a student at WVU. Hollywood Theatres offers a discount with a student I.D. Many of the offcampus restaraunts are budget-friendly and will deliver to dorms and closeby housing such as Jimmy Johns, Chaang Thai and Tailpipes. WVUp All Night offers a safe, fun alternative to weekend activities with movies, games and free food. Your time at WVU is what you make it. You can be as involved as little or as much as you want, but you’re paying quite a bit to come to this school. Utilize all that is has to offer and make these years unforgettable. If you look hard enough, you might just find yourself.

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Don’t overspend: A guide to textbook shopping OMAR GHABRA EDITORINCHIEF

As freshmen, one of the first things you will learn in college is that textbooks are incredibly overpriced. Most of you will likely spend hundreds of dollars each semester on textbooks you may or may not end up needing. With textbooks becoming increasingly more expensive – costing as much as $200 per book – students can easily end up spending upward of $8001000 each semester. A study conducted by the California Student Public Interest Research Group found that students spend an average of $900 on textbooks per school year. For many students already struggling to keep up with the costs of food, housing and tuition in this sluggish economy, this is simply too much. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index, the cost of textbooks is rising at more than four times the inflation rate of other manufactured goods. The fact of the matter is, students are being exploited. There is no reason anyone should be spending that much on textbooks, and there are plenty of options that make it easy to avoid these unnecessary costs. It seems as though many students are simply ignorant of these options. Thankfully, this can be easily changed. Taking the follow-

ing simple steps will make you a smarter textbook consumer and can save you hundreds of dollars each semester. Don’t purchase textbooks before the start of the semester. Most of us have probably purchased textbooks that we don’t end up needing. Purchasing a textbook that only serves to collect dust on the shelf is one of the most frustrating ways for students to waste their money. This, however, is easily avoidable. Never buy a textbook before knowing whether or not it is required for the course. Textbooks will often be listed as a requirement for courses at bookstores or on the syllabus despite the fact that professors for that particular course cover all the material needed for exams during lecture. For these courses, textbooks are far from required and are simply reference books that one can easily do without. Unless you’ve spoken to fellow students who have already taken a particular course, there’s no way for you to know whether or not your book will be truly required. Wait until the class begins, and ask the professor if the book is absolutely necessary or if you can just as easily excel in the course without it. Often, you will find the latter is true, and, unless you want the book as a supplemental resource, you can pass on it. Shop online. After you’ve taken this first step and determined which books you will be needing,

search for them online. Just about everything, from textbooks to notebooks, is overpriced in the on-campus bookstore. You will undoubtedly find your textbooks cheaper on the Web. Consider renting. A new trend in the textbook business that has been gaining traction is the practice of renting textbooks. Why buy a book for a semester-long course that you will probably never need again? Many students purchase overpriced textbooks and then sell them back to the bookstore at a fraction of what they are resold for. In the past couple of years, a number of services have popped up that provide a very affordable alternative to the traditional means by which students get their textbooks. Even the campus bookstore now offers a book rental service, although the selection is very poor compared to some of the online services. Either way, renting books is a great way to save hundreds of dollars. One rental website that has really taken off in the past couple of years is Chegg.com. Chegg provides a great selection of rentals at low prices, and they plant a tree for every order that is made. Why just save money when you can help save the environment, too? If you’re going to buy, buy used. If you want to keep your textbook after the semester is over, then buying used is probably the way to go. There are many

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a different cover and maybe a handful of revisions to the text. Don’t be rash. There are plenty of options out there for students looking to save money on their textbooks. Whatever your personal preferences or needs, there is an affordable alternative for you. It’s easy to be impatient and just go to the bookstore with your schedule and buy everything on the list they provide. But if you take the time to consider the alternatives, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.


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Five tips for surviving your freshman year MOLLY ROBINSON COLUMNIST

You’ve donned your caps and gowns, grabbed that high school diploma and have already started hoarding stuff, like extralong twin sheet sets, desk lamps and mini fridges. And after a nice, long summer, the adventure of your life begins: your first year of college. But there are so many uncertainties a soon-tobe college freshman faces before even stepping foot on campus. So many aspects of the next four years of your life are completely unknown. Will you make friends? Will classes be difficult? Will you miss your parents, your old friends, your pets? These are all extraordinarily common anxieties all college students, regardless of age, experience every year – though, by far the most worrisome is your freshman year. But don’t let that scare you away. There are so many wonderful opportunities here at West Virginia University that it’s natural to feel utterly overwhelmed. Every newcomer is, which is why I have assembled a list of information I wish I had known before embarking on my own WVU experience. So, chill out and take a deep breath – I’ve got you covered. 1. Make friends as soon as possible. One of the main concerns many incoming freshmen have – especially those from out of state – is whether they will make friends or end up as the weird kid who only steps outside his room to go to class. But remember that this is every freshman’s worry, so use that to your advantage. Because everyone in the freshman class has concerns about mak-

ing friends, this means that everyone is much friendlier and open to different personalities than they normally would be. Use the first several weeks of your freshman year to strike up a conversation with a neighbor, classmate, or just a friendly face in the cafeteria. You could meet some people who may very well become your best friends for the next several years. 2. Pick a major, any major. While sociability is a huge aspect to maintaining psychological and social health (neither of which should be underestimated in your time here), at the end of the day it’s the diploma you’re after. Picking a major is often something freshmen blow off, claiming that they simply don’t know what they want to do and are willing to ride out the “undeclared” major for a couple of semesters just to get by. While many proclaim the advantages to not becoming seriously involved with a chosen major your first year, many students take this advice too far and simply don’t choose a major until it’s too late and suddenly your undergraduate career becomes five years instead of four. While I’m not suggesting blindly picking a major and just going with it for the rest of your career, it’s extraordinarily important to understand who you are, what your interests are, and where you see yourself later in life before you make the decision to declare a major. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket if you’re unsure, but don’t sit around fulfilling general education requirements just to “get by.” A major doesn’t just get you a job, it gives you an easy gateway into friend groups, internships and recommen-

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The Wise Library, located on the University’s Downtown Campus, is a state of the art facility, with one of the largest collections of books in the state. dations, so the sooner you get your act together the better. 3. Not all majors were created equal. I know I just gave you the same lecture on majors that your parents have given you time and time again, but there’s another aspect of a chosen major many don’t find out until much later in their college career – how difficult it is. Sure, there are the kids who genuinely do better in college than in high school, the ones who grasp concepts better the way they’re taught in a college lecture hall than in a high school classroom. But more often than not, many students face difficulties with grades that they’ve never had to worry about before. That’s because college is a completely new learning environment compared to high school, and it takes time and effort to determine

what study techniques do and do not work for you to get the grade you want. That being said, however, there is a huge discrepancy between majors. There are majors on campus known for being more strenuous than others, and there are majors that sound as easy as they actually are. In fact, many on campus will stereotype you based on your major (rightly so or not), simply because of the general idea certain majors create for themselves. So, again – and I cannot stress this point enough – pick your major wisely. 4. Plan downtime the same way you plan studying. Sometimes college is so overwhelming (especially around finals week) that even making the trek to the dining hall seems like a waste of time when you have papers to write, exams to study for and proj-

ects to finish. But it’s imperative that you make time to have fun, even if that means an hour a night to watch your favorite show, hang out with your friends or whatever else helps maintain your sanity. And every so often, schedule events that will get you out of your normal neighborhood, like going to a club or checking out a new restaurant. There are even programs offered by WVUp All Night on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the Mountainlair, which usually include free movies, food and other entertainment for those less inclined to venture downtown. Either way, find something fun to do while you’re here; grandkids never want to hear about the endless hours you spent studying for an economics final, so go out and have an adventure here at WVU.

And, finally: 5. Be cool. Yes, you are a freshman. Yes, you may experience a little bit of teasing here or there from upperclassmen. But who cares? Your freshman year is a time to totally recreate who you are and what you do. It’s the time for you to make new friends (or keep the old) and learn all about what Morgantown has to offer. It’s the time to start the golden years of your life, the last hurrah before you have to enter the workforce after graduation. So live it up. You’re only a college freshman once, you only get to go to the clubs and bars and campus events once in a lifetime, so take full advantage of it. College is supposed to be a time to find yourself and have a blast doing so, and the time and place to do so is your freshman year here at West Virginia University.


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Get ready for an important year in WVU athletics

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Students cheer during a West Virginia men’s basketball game last season.

MICHAEL CARVELLI LLI SPORTS EDITOR

A year ago, I wrote a similar column to this one, in which I told last year’s group of incoming freshmen just how lucky they were to attend West Virginia University during one of the most exciting years for sports fans in school history. Because the Mountaineers moved to the Big 12 Conference, the 2012-13 school year was extremely important for the athletic programs at WVU. And, believe it or not, your class might be coming for an even more important school year. As was expected, the move to the Big 12 came with some obstacles. The football and men’s basketball teams will come into this season looking to rebound from disappoint-

ing seasons in which the Mountaineer football program’s high expectations ended with a 7-6 season and a loss in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The men’s basketball team failed to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2002-03 season, as head coach Bob Huggins’ team ended with a 13-19 season. But while those teams struggled, WVU’s first Big 12 season had some success. Head coach Nikki IzzoBrown and the women’s soccer team took home the school’s first regular season Big 12 title. And WVU’s baseball team, which was unanimously picked to finish last in the league, defied all expectations and finished in third place. This is going to be an extremely important year on the field as WVU continues adapting to the Big 12. Although these teams have jobs to do on the field, you – as students – have a job

to do, as well. Go out and support all of these teams. Being a Mountaineer fan isn’t just about going to the games. It’s about a one-ofa-kind, unique experience, and there are a few things you should know before you make your way to your first football game this fall.  As a student, you are going to be a part of one of the loudest, rowdiest and most feared student sections in the country. And you better be ready to pull your weight. That means you can’t just sit there and watch the games. Get up and be as loud as you possibly can. Show people across the nation why the Mountaineer Maniacs make Milan Puskar Stadium and the Coliseum two of the toughest venues to play in.  Stay for the whole game. As a student, I can honestly say it’s an amazing ex-

perience to hear an entire crowd sing “Country Roads” after a WVU victory, and knowing that you are taking part in a big tradition like that makes it even better.  Lastly, don’t just support the football and basketball teams. Those might be the two biggest sports, but going to soccer games and some of the other non-revenue sports this school has to offer is a great experience, especially for a freshman. It’s another good chance to get out there, meet new people and get accustomed to what goes on here in Morgantown. Once again, welcome to West Virginia University, and be ready for what should be another outstanding year for Mountaineer athletics. Attend the games. Have fun, be loud, but above all, be responsible and enjoy your first year. james.carvelli@mail.wvu.edu

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2013 WVU MEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE OPPONENT

Aug. 30

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT ST.

Sept. 2

RADFORD

Sept. 6

at Georgetown

Sept. 8

at Indiana

Sept. 13

WRIGHT STATE

Sept. 15

at St. John’s

Sept. 21

MICHIGAN

Sept. 25

PENN STATE

Sept. 29

AKRON

Oct. 5

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

Oct. 8

STONY BROOK

Oct. 11

at Hartwick

Oct. 15

HIGH POINT

Oct. 19

GEORGIA STATE

Oct. 22

at American

Oct. 26

WESTERN MICHIGAN

Nov. 1

at Buffalo

Nov. 8

BOWLING GREEN

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2013 WVU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE OPPONENT

Aug. 31

WILLIAM & MARY

Sept. 7

at Oklahoma

Sept. 14

GEORGIA STATE

Sept. 21

vs. Maryland (Baltimore, Md.)

Sept. 28

OKLAHOMA STATE

Oct. 5

at Baylor

Oct. 19

TEXAS TECH

Oct. 26

at Kansas State

Nov. 2

at TCU

Nov. 9

TEXAS

Nov. 16

at Kansas

Nov. 29

IOWA STATE

* All times have yet to be announced

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Isaiah Bruce

Paul Millard

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2013 WVU WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE OPPONENT

Aug. 23

at Penn State

Aug. 25

vs. Syracuse

Aug. 30

CENTRAL MICHIGAN

Sept. 1

MOREHEAD STATE

Sept. 6

at Duke

Sept. 8

vs. North Carolina

Sept. 13

EASTERN KENTUCKY

Sept. 15

KENTUCKY

Sept. 20

RICHMOND

Sept. 22

WRIGHT STATE

Sept. 27

at Oklahoma State

Sept. 29

at Baylor

Oct. 4

TEXAS

Oct. 11

IOWA STATE

Oct. 13

TCU

Oct. 18

KANSAS

Oct. 25

at Oklahoma

Oct. 27

at Texas Tech

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Boxing is one of the many co-ed club sports offered at West Virginia University.

BY JOHN TERRY CAMPUS CALENDAR EDITOR

Only a small percentage of incoming WVU students will come to school to play a varsity sport, but that doesn’t mean every student can’t have a chance to continue playing the sport they love. That’s where club sports come into play. With more than 30 club sports available to students, there’s something for anyone who wants to get involved. And the number of teams offered has continued to grow

throughout the years that the Club Sports Federation has been in existence. Recently, club sports got a boost at WVU with the $8.4 million, state-ofthe-art recreational fields that are located in three different locations in Morgantown. The new fields provide WVU teams with a chance to host games and tournaments in Morgantown – something they haven’t been able to do in the past. The Club Sports Federation distributes funds between all of the school’s club sports teams. The

federation receives money each year from the University, which is allocated to each club based on the number of members and the estimated budget in order to be able to play. In past years, community service was taken into consideration as well, but that is now mandatory for all club sports teams. But the money given to each club still might not be enough, so most teams do still charge dues to those who would like to participate. john.terry@mail.wvu.edu


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Northrup to serve second term as Maniacs director

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Students cheer during the West Virginia men’s basketball team’s game against Kansas last season.

BY SUMMER RATCLIFF STAFF WRITER

The Mountaineer Maniacs have renamed Chris Northrup as their director for the 2013-14 school year. Northrup, a senior sport psychology student, said he saw many accomplishments during his first year as Maniac director. “We did a really great job this year of informing Maniac members and students in general of each sporting event throughout campus,” Northrup said. “Our marketing team was really one of our best assets this year; I think getting out our message of what was going on and then executing each of our promotions and events was vital to our success.” Increasing attendance at Olympic sporting events such as volleyball and women’s soccer was one of Northrup’s main goals when he was selected Maniac director last year. The success of this initiative was apparent when the records for regular season attendance at both a wom-

en’s soccer match and a volleyball match at the Coliseum were broken. Northrup said the success can be attributed to Maniac Mondays, an event his team created, entailing an email reminder distributed each Monday that includes a schedule of every sporting activity for the week ahead. “Students were able to plan their week when they received a list of each sporting event,” Northrup said. “It also helped increase awareness of what events were happening when and where.” In addition to the increased participation, Northup said the move to the Big 12 provided the Maniacs with the opportunity to recreate the Mountaineer image. “I think one of the great things with moving to a new conference was the chance to get away from the negative fan image that we have had over the past years,” Northrup said. “We ran a WVU sportsmanship campaign during football

season as an opportunity to show other Big 12 fans what Mountaineer nation is truly about.” Northrup said the campaign’s success was evident. “The feedback that I got from various people was all extremely positive about the example the Maniacs were setting for how our fans should be conducting themselves,” he said. During the next year, Northrup said the Maniacs plan to continue to build upon the programs they have seen immense success with, including: watch parties at Buffalo Wild Wings, Chalk Talks with Coach Huggins and other promotional activities members have come to appreciate. Prior to being named director in 2012, Northrup served as the community service director for the Maniacs. Northrup said during the next year, the organization will continue to be actively involved in the community service projects they have

conducted for the last year. These projects include blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross, the Meal-a-Month program and the second annual Ryan’s Rally 5k to be held in April. Additionally, Northrup said he hopes to collaborate with the Mountaineer Athletic Club and the Alumni Association to make a Big 12 road trip possible for the Maniacs during the upcoming season. “We are in a really great conference where every school is extremely passionate about their sports teams – it’s a really great fit for us,” Northrup said. “I hope moving forward, our members have an opportunity to travel to these venues to see the atmosphere that we should be creating at Mountaineer Field. “Our main goal for the future is to continue to get more people involved and really work on our Mountaineer traditions.” danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

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BY MICHAEL CARVELLI SPORTS EDITOR

Located in the center of the Evansdale Campus, the West Virginia University Student Recreation Center has been a huge success since it opened in 2001. The state-of-the-art, 177,000-square-foot facility is located just a short walk from Towers. Rec Center Director Dave Taylor said much of that success is due to the variety of activities students can do. “The Rec Center is a facility that has a lot of choices under one roof,”

Taylor said. “A lot of our students will come out to play basketball or go out on the track, and there are a lot of students who are dedicated to the weight and fitness at the Rec Center.” The Rec Center has six basketball courts – which are also used for badminton and volleyball – a 50foot rock climbing wall, a three-lane, elevated track and an aquatic center, which includes a sixlane, 25-yard lap and fitness pool, a hot tub and a whirlpool. Overlooking the aquatic center is the cardio and weight training areas.

This is a 17,000-squarefoot area that offers a variety of equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines and free weights. The Rec Center also has a squash court and three racquetball courts. With the large variety of things for students to do, another thing that has been able to keep the Rec Center popular across campus is the classes offered there, including Zumba, yoga, spinning and karate. There are more than 50 classes offered at the Rec Center at all times of the day, making it perfect for

students who have to balance their time to exercise with class and work. “The group-exercise classes are usually taught in the evenings when students aren’t in class,” Taylor said. “It’s a positive that we open at 6 in the morning and close at midnight on Monday through Thursday. “That makes it so that we can fit just anybody’s schedule as far as classes go.” Even with all of these great options the WVU Rec Center has to offer, Taylor said there is one thing that really makes this stand out compared to a lot of the

other gyms in the area – everything is free for students. To gain entry into the Rec Center, all students need to do is swipe their student ID card. Taylor said at one time they did charge for classes, but that changed five years ago when they decided it would be best for the students to include the fees in tuition. “We realized the attendance in those classes was not what we were expecting,” he said. “We are concerned about the health and wellness of our students, and

once we opened up those classes, our attendance skyrocketed.” And, when it comes down to it, it’s all about being able to do what you like to stay in shape. “For a lot of students, this is an opportunity to continue on a wellness path,” Taylor said. “The earlier in our lives that we get on a wellness path, the better off it’s going to be later in life. “Hopefully we can help get students to establish these excellent health habits.” james.carvelli@mail.wvu.edu


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For every home football game, West Virginia University makes 12,500 student tickets available. The majority of the seating is in the upper deck at Milan Puskar Stadium, and tickets are distributed through a loyalty and seniority-based process. This is the eighth season tickets have been given out this way, and WVU’s Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales Matt Wells said he feels the system is the best way for the school to handle giving out tickets to the students. “If you look at the system, the fact that there’s a second chance for students to get a ticket if they didn’t request one or didn’t get one in the lottery is great,” Wells said. “I can tell you, in the first seven years of this program, there’s never been a game where all the tickets were claimed in the initial claim phase. “There’s always a chance for every student who wants to watch the game to get to go.” To request a ticket, students

should go to www.WVUgame.com. Once there, click on the “Student Tickets” tab before clicking “Get Tickets” and entering to the student ticketing website. When logging into the student ticketing site, students will use their MIX username. The password will be the last six digits of their student ID number. After that, students will be able to click “Request Ticket” for whatever game is highlighted in yellow. If the game is not highlighted in yellow, students aren’t able to request a ticket for that game yet. When requesting a ticket for the first time, students can only request one ticket. For the first home game of the season against William & Mary on Aug. 31, students will be allowed to request their ticket starting Saturday, Aug. 24 at 12:01 a.m. They will then have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 to claim their ticket. Wells said students should try logging into the site prior to when they want to request tickets for the first

time, so they can get comfortable with where they’re supposed to go. “It’s important, because it’s a new process for them,” Wells said. “It’ll help them learn how to log on. The key thing is that they make sure to request that ticket in the initial request phase.” Students will get the choice to sit in the “lower level,” “upper level” or “Maniacs” section. All members of the Mountaineer Maniacs sit in the upper section of Milan Puskar Stadium, which is where most of the available student seating is located. After students request their tickets, an email is sent to the student’s MIX account to confirm the ticket has been requested. If, after the request period has ended, there were more than 12,500 tickets requested, tickets will be distributed to students through a loyalty-based lottery. Students are awarded their points for the lottery throughout the season based on seniority and loyalty

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points. Before the season starts, all students will have at least one point. Seniors and graduate students start with five points, juniors have three, sophomores have two and freshmen have one. From there, for every game the student attends they will gain an additional point. After the season has ended, 20 percent of the points a student earned will be carried over to the next year. Wells described the lottery system used as much like that of the NBA draft

and said the lottery is usually used as many as four or five times per season. He said if students want to make sure they have a ticket for the bigger home games, like Texas on Nov. 9, they should make sure to attend the smaller games at the beginning of the year such as the ones against William & Mary and Georgia State at the beginning of the season. “The more points you have, the more chance they’ll have to win a ticket,” Wells said. “It’s possible that someone who is a freshman and just has one point can win a ticket, but the seniors with five points are more likely because they’ll have five chances to win one, whereas the

freshman will just have the one.” Once the request period has ended, tickets will be distributed to the students, and another email will be sent to the students’ MIX accounts telling them where to go to claim and print out the ticket. Go back to www.WVUgame.com, and sign in using the same username and password. This time, the students will click “Claim Ticket.” Students will have two days to claim their ticket, and any ticket that goes unclaimed will be taken away and given to students who didn’t get a ticket on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket will be used by students to enter the games, along with their valid WVU Student ID. Students will enter Milan Puskar Stadium through the east side of the stadium. Gates open 90 minutes before kickoff, and since the seating is general admission, there are no assigned seats. james.carvelli@mail.wvu.edu

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Morgantown offers array of arts and entertainment-oriented activities BY SHAWNEE MORAN CORRESPONDENT

For West Virginia University students, there is a diverse array of arts and entertainment activities to get involved in. Whether through the University or the local art scene, the possibilities are endless. WVU is home to one of the best creative arts programs in the state. For those interested in pursuing a degree in art & design, theatre & dance or music, you will get a first-hand experience of what the university has to offer. WVU also has a wonderful University Arts Series open to the public. Tickets to extravagant theater productions and concerts are offered to students at a discounted price with a valid student ID. It is easy to get involved with entertainment that is associated with the University as auditions for shows, plays and concerts will be announced on MIX and The Daily Athenaeum. Getting involved with Morgantown’s local entertainment scene is just as simple. From art galleries to poetry readings, concerts to local theater, Morgantown offers a little something for everyone. There are many fun, cheap activities to do in the Morgantown area within walking distance of the University. Local coffee shops in downtown Morgantown host open mic nights throughout the week. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy local talent or perform for your peers, an open mic night provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with one another. The Blue Moose Cafe, located on Walnut Street, is known for its delicious gourmet coffee, “all-natural” breakfast and lunch items, and of course, live

music. Every Wednesday at 8 pm, the Blue Moose Cafe opens its doors and invites all to come and experience the thrill of performing live in front of a supportive audience. The Blue Moose Cafe is also known for its literary readings and monthly art exhibits. Cafe Mojo, conveniently located at the top of High Street, also hosts an open mic night. During the day, this cozy little coffee shop provides an intimate, relaxing atmosphere for students to read or study between classes. On their cappuccino-colored walls, local art and photography

are proudly displayed. Cafe Mojo opens its doors every Thursday at 8 pm for those who wish to participate in open mic night. The Monongalia Arts Center, located at the bottom of High Street, is also a wonderful place to visit during your college career. Known as the “home for art and culture” in Morgantown, they have information on local events, such as Chocolate Lover’s Day and the Arts Walk. For serious art lovers, the MAC also offers an informative look at theatre and art. The galleries in the MAC are filled with a variety of bril-

liant photography and local art. Classes such as “Open Life Drawing,” “Morgantown Poets” and “Drum Circle” are offered for as little as $10 per session. Hosted in the Tanner Theatre located inside of the MAC, “Art21 Access” screenings are shown monthly. They are created to increase knowledge of contemporary art and include subjects such as memory, balance, loss and desire. These screenings are free to the public. Also located in the Tanner Theatre, the MAC books local and touring bands. Not only does this space

serve as a venue for small concerts, it also serves as a performing space for local theater company, M.T. Pockets. M.T. Pockets provides an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to be a part of a local production. Whether you have background in theater or are just starting out, this intimate production company welcomes newcomers with open arms. For more information about future productions and the auditioning process, visit their website at mtpocketstheatre.com. Located in Star City, the

WOW Factory is a perfect activity spot for an art enthusiast. This laid-back atmosphere is wonderful for all ages and fits all budgets. Activities include everything from painting trinkets to creating a mosaic or a stained glass masterpiece. Come and test out your artistic abilities and learn new techniques in the process. Whether you are an artist, a musician or a performer, there is a little something for everyone in Morgantown. Take advantage of these opportunities throughout your college career. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu


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123 Pleasant Street provides unique music-oriented atmosphere BY JOSH EWERS A&E WRITER

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123 hosts a variety of musicians.

While Morgantown offers incoming freshmen a plethora of new vices and adventures in the form of countless bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping locales, there are but a precious few places they can go to find a consistently music-oriented atmosphere to quell their sonic desires. Of those few places, any WVU veteran will likely tell you that 123 Pleasant Street stands head and shoulders above the rest. By far the most appealing thing about Morgantown’s most renowned music

venue is the diversity of its lineups. In a single week it’s not at all unusual to have a boisterous metal mosh-fest, a euphoric electronic dance party and a subdued and intimate indie affair. Because there are many different types of audiences that frequent the floor, there is almost always an eclectic mix of characters on hand. Simply sitting at the bar might have you making friends with somebody you never would have otherwise, and you’re practically guaranteed to find some passionate music fans to converse with between sets. If you are passionate about actually performing

music but haven’t taken the next step yet, you’re in luck, because 123 hosts an open mic night every Tuesday for people to come in and showcase their talents while garnering some onstage experience. True music junkies will also appreciate the venue’s history. Housed inside a building that was built in 1891, 123 has played host to two of the most important bands of the past 30 years in its storied tenure under several different names and owners. Both The Red Hot Chili Peppers and grunge forefathers Nirvana have graced the stage, not to mention the one and only

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Bo Didley. This ought to be evidence enough to doubtful newcomers about the quality of the club’s booking. While the local and regional acts that come through are no slouches by any means, make sure you keep up with the itinerary to watch for your favorite national acts that just might be the next to roll through town. You’ll likely find yourself on the lookout for the colorful and creative fliers that are always plastered around campus. Amid all the history and the fun of such great bands, it’s very easy to fall in love with the atmosphere of the club’s interior. Innumera-

ble and sometimes hilarious band stickers plaster the venue’s old rustic brick walls that maintain the establishment’s charm and are traced along the edges by dark wood seats and tables, which are all enveloped by a low-lit glow that feels like home to musicians and bar crawlers alike. However, even though the club often hosts all ages shows, 123 is not the place to try sneak a drink underage. They have a reputation to uphold and aren’t at all lax about alcohol consumption. If you don’t have a wristband, you aren’t getting down to the bar from the main stage room. Besides, they are pretty chill about most other things and are very progressive in their attitude toward moshing, so cut them some slack and don’t be “that guy or girl” that causes problems. Of course, what’s most important for any venue is how the music sounds. The staff is obviously very good at what it does and always does its best to meet the expectations and wishes of whatever band is playing that night, be it a national powerhouse or local basement start up. Like any quality club, the process of setting up a new band and sound checking can go a little overboard in terms of time constraints, but just think of this as your chance to rest those legs, chat up your friends or grab another drink. Nine times out of 10 the results are worth the wait. In addition, all the good things that can be said about 123 Pleasant Street are multiplied a great deal by the fact that tickets are pretty fairly priced, usually falling between $5 to $15, depending on who’s performing. For more information on the venue, visit 123pleasantstreet.com, and be sure to check out a show when you arrive to Morgantown. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu


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FallFest to kick off school year with great music BY CAROLYN KINNEAR A&E WRITER

Not many universities will host a free concert for its students year after year, but you have chosen a school that does just that. FallFest takes place outside the Mountainlair after the first day of classes. Thousands of students attend each year. “Since its beginning, FallFest has always been a big draw for students,” said WVU Arts & Entertainment Public Relations Specialist David Ryan. “What better way to welcome in a new academic year? We want to welcome students back and welcome new students to West Virginia University. The lineup changes every year, so it’s never the same show.” In my time at WVU, I have seen Akon, Juicy J, Mac Miller, Ludacris, Maroon 5, Third

Eye Blind, Kaskade, Grace Potter, The Wanted and Wale perform on the FallFest stage, which is awesome, especially considering that it’s a free concert. Even if a band is there that you haven’t heard of, they are usually great and could be the start of finding a new favorite artist or music genre. In my case, the only time that I listened to The Wanted was when it came on the radio, but after last year, I am now the proud owner of all of their albums. My first experience at FallFest was my freshmen year in 2009. I went with my roommates, but later met up with a group of people that I recognized from another dorm. I had, mistakenly, bought a poster at the poster sale that was happening inside of the Mountainlair. Three hours later, after standing in a crowd of college

students, we left, and, amazingly, so did the poster. It suffered from several ripped areas and was creased all over, but it made it and still hangs on my wall as a reminder of how awesome that night was. Some people leave early or arrive late so they don’t listen to the bands they aren’t familiar with. I wouldn’t be a fan of The Wanted had I not stayed to listen to them play. To get the most out of your experience, if you can, stay and listen to all of them. Most of the time you will leave there a new fan. Also, the more people around you that leave, the closer you can get to the stage. Every year WVU tries to appeal to a wide range of music preferences. I was very excited last year to see that Kaskade, an electronic artist, would be headlining. In the other years I have been here,

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or have never heard of any of the artists, don’t brush off the concert as a waste of time. FallFest is all about having fun, and you can’t do that just by sitting in your room all night. So, go out, have fun, listen to some good music, make friends and laugh. Enjoy your time at WVU and make every thing and every moment count. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

Classic Morgantown bars and restaurants offer tradition BY CHARLES YOUNG A&E WRITER

The novelty of eating in the dining halls wears off, cooking for yourself can get boring and drinking warm Natural Light at your buddy’s house in Sunnyside is just disgusting. Luckily, Morgantown is home to countless bars and restaurants to break up the monotony. If you take the time to look, you’ll find somewhere that fits every appetite, occasion and price range. Morgantown Brewing Company Located next to the Monongahela River just off Beechurst Avenue, the Morgantown Brewing Company offers a selection of handcrafted microbrews made on the premises by local brewers; not to mention their menu featuring interesting, bold twists on classic bar foods and

snacks. The MBC has two bars, a dining area and a shaded deck out back. Along with its food and drink options, the brewery also hosts live music inside and out. The staff is friendly and speedy, the food is always a rewarding adventure and the beers are local and original. Of all the great beers available in town, nothing else quite compares to the brewery’s signature beverage: the Alpha Blonde. Mario’s Fishbowl Students at West Virginia University have been going to Mario’s Fishbowl for more than 60 years to eat their simple, homestyle cooking and drink a draft beer served in one of their legendary frosted fishbowl glasses. Before you ask, no, they’re not actual fishbowls, but the restaurant’s namesake goblets got their moniker because they’re

so large, you’ll need two hands to hold it. The restaurant recently opened a second location in Evansdale, which offers the same great food and drinks Morgantown residents have loved since 1949, but it’s worth the trek up the hill to check out the original location on Richwood Avenue. Besides, its choices of food and drink and the familial atmosphere, the original location has Morgantown history plastered on almost every surface. Generations of Mountaineers have decorated its walls with notes, signs and messages you can spend hours reading. If you go in, take a look at the walls and ceilings – you’ll discover something new every time you’re there. Black Bear Burritos Their menu offers a little something for everyone including vegan options, twists on traditional

Mexican dishes, children’s menus, dessert options and a stellar selection of craft beers. Like Mario’s, Black Bear recently opened a second location on the Evansdale Campus but again, there’s nothing quite like the original, which is located on Pleasant Street right across from 123. Because the menu, beer selections and live attractions vary, be sure to stop in frequently to check out the changes. The Rusted Musket Eating a massive, latenight sandwich from The Rusted Musket in Sunnyside is another Morgantown tradition. Generations of Mountaineers have ended a long night of partying by ordering one the Musket’s french fry-laden, double or triple-decker sandwiches, each of which are named after a different city. Although the menu

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the mark of its customers. For years, the restaurant has had a standing policy of letting diners write on its walls, often to very humorous effect. Stop in, sober up with a sandwich you may or may not remember buying and scrawl a message on the crowded wall. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu


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The DJs and rappers of Morgantown to watch BY HILARIE PETTRY CORRESPONDENT

So, you’re done studying and you’re wondering who makes the parties “pop” and the beats drop at WVU. Look no further; these “homeboys” call West Virginia their home. Let’s map out some of the people who make music and make Morgantown the place to be. Huey Mack Most people would say that Huey Mack is Morgantown’s original rap star, and those people would be correct. Huey Mack lived in

Morgantown for most of his life and is constantly doing big things. Best known for his Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” remix, Huey has became quite the hometown star. He has performed alongside Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and others. Huey Mack’s music can be found on iTunes, so check out his newest song, “My Soul.” Ponce De’Leioun De’Leioun was recently named “Next To Blow Artist” by Grammy Award-winning YoRapsMagazine, and they couldn’t be more accurate. Ponce has a drive and knack for music not found in

many artists. He is an MTV artist who won Best Music Video of 2012 from West Virginia, and he also won the “Dub V Hip Hop Award” for Best Music Video in 2013 for “Devil’s Angels.” Ponce is definitely a local rapper on the fast track to big things. Be on the look out for more music from Ponce and check out one of his newest music videos on YouTube, “Oh God,” featuring King Marvelous. King Marvelous From Charleston, W.Va., Marvelous is a versatile rapper who can be found on tracks with other local art-

ists like Ponce De’Leioun and Ray Wonder. Marvelous brings a fun feel to all his music and wants his listeners to “have a good time.” Check him out on SoundCloud and listen to “Want This,” featuring Ray Wonder and DJ Hurricane. DJ Hurricane DJ Hurricane often works closely with Ponce De’Leioun, King Marvelous and Ray Wonder. DJ Hurricane can often be found at Shooter’s Lounge, so come out and watch him bring a crowd. DJ Yemi DJ Yemi will be one of the first names to know. When it comes to bringing out a crowd and making a party hot, DJ Yemi is your man. He’s had his hand in hosting many events here in Morgantown and he has worked closely with Huey Mack. DJ Yemi is often found at LUX nightclub, but he is always doing other activities within the music scene, too. DJ Yemi will be hosting a pool party alongside two other local stars, Ray Wonder and Hero sometime in mid-June. Ray Wonder With a motto of “good times with great music and even better people,” who can’t love Ray Wonder? He is an up-and-coming artist of Bagdum and Class Act Entertainment. Typically known for hosting big events paired with LUX and other clubs or bars downtown and for music performances with Swifty Clifty, Ray Wonder proves to be nothing short of “wonder”ful. Ray wants nothing more than to constantly mix business with pleasure, and he does that consistently. Check him out for yourself on ReverbNation or YouTube and listen to “Party, Party, Party” by Ray Wonder & Swifty Clifty. Swifty Clifty In collaboration with

Ray Wonder, these two make a dynamic duo, but they also feature music of their own individual style. Swifty Clifty, another artist that represents Bagdum and Class Act Entertainment, is known for his own lyrical pieces. This summer he plans to do some touring and get his name out, but he loves Morgantown because of the atmosphere. “Moving to Morgantown has been my greatest accomplishment, because it’s the first time I’ve received the fan base and support that I have,” said Swifty Clifty. Check him out on ReverbNation and listen to “For The Glory.” Hero Born in Philadelphia but claims Oak Hill, W.Va. as home, Hero features a song

titled “West Virginia.” Hero has opened for artists such as J. Holiday, Pleasure P. and Bobby V., but said his greatest accomplishment was dropping his album, “304 Yep” with 3rd Degree. Hero hopes to start traveling more as a result of his successes. When asked his favorite part about Morgantown, he does not hesitate to refer to his rap career. “I’ve met amazing people, made a lot of great connections and gained so many fans,” Hero said. Hero’s entire album can be found on SoundCloud. Now that you know the names, check out the music and show support to all of our locals who have dared to dream big. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

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Combat stress and tension with these local activities BY LACEY PALMER A&E EDITOR

As a West Virginia University student, stress is not a foreign concept. Many of us deal with it on a daily basis, but there are ways to combat it, especially around the Morgantown community. I’ve always been someone who worries far too much and stresses about everything. Whether you’re like me or nearly carefree, here are my favorite ways to handle the stress of being a student at WVU, especially as an incoming freshman starting courses at such a large university. See a show outside of your comfort zone E nt e r t a i n m e nt- w i s e, Morgantown is one of the most unique cities in the nation. Aside from offering options through the University, the city also features a number of theaters and cafes that showcase music and theatrical productions. From the Morgantown Arts Center, which hosts M.T. Pocket’s theater company, to the numerous coffee houses and bars such as 123 Pleasant Street, the Blue Moose and the Morgantown Brewing Company, which feature live music and other events, there is literally something for everyone. The University also provides many entertainment options. My personal favorite is the University Arts Series, which features a variety of performances from world-renowned musicians to Broadway theater productions. Although the tickets can be pricey for a student on a tight budget, the shows are always worthwhile. Grab a friend in your spare time and head to a performance that may be outside of your comfort zone. It’s sure to take your

mind off the stress of being a student for a while. Go for a walk or a jog and explore the area Even if running isn’t your thing, going for a jog around the Morgantown area is a surefire way to ease some built up tension. There are nearly eight miles of paved trail around the area through the Mon River Trails Conservancy. Running alongside the river, the trails provide beautiful views of the city and allow students to get exercise as well as clear their minds. To learn about the trails and their locations, visit www. montrails.org. Travel a few miles outside Morgantown Although many freshmen students do not bring cars to campus, there are still many stress-relieving activities that may be worth finding a ride to. For example, 13 miles east of Morgantown off interstate I-68 is Coopers Rock, a state forest offering gorgeous views of the Cheat River from the overlooks, as well as bands of rock cliffs and trails for students to explore. I’m not much of an outdoorsy person, but every single time I travel to Coopers Rock, I come back with a new mindset. Seeing such vast, beautiful scenery reminds you that much of your stress is unnecessary and allows you to hit the reset button while exploring West Virginia wildlife and nature. Another notable location is Blue Hole, an elusive swimming location many WVU students have seen or heard of. Although this location requires about a 30 minute drive out winding roads off the Sabraton exit on I-68, this swimming hole on the Big Sandy River is well worth the excursion. A 70-foot bridge spanning the swimming hole provides a beautiful view of

the mountainous terrain and the sandy beach below, and many brave souls jump off this bridge. There are also a few spots along the paths to swim. Though not for the faint of heart, Blue Hole is a breath-taking spot every WVU student should visit during his or her time here. People watch Some of my favorite time on campus is the breaks I have between classes. If I’m stressed about an upcoming project or assignment, I’ll grab some coffee at one of the many spots around campus and sit on a bench across from the Mountainlair if it’s nice or in the lounge of the Mountainlair and relax. Taking a moment to watch the many students who are also dealing with Blue Hole provides an escape about thirty minutes away. much of the same stress seems to make things easier. Appreciating the great diversity of the students on this campus also gives you a fresh mindset and reminds students they are never alone at WVU. These are just a few ways I have learned to cope with stress in Morgantown. The possibilities are literally endless. Explore. Go outside your comfort zone. Living in a college town, especially one as unique as Morgantown, is a valuable experience if you make the best of it. WELLWVU’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services can also help students deal with stress, especially at levels that feel overwhelming or harmful. Their services and programs are designed to make students feel more comfortable with their surroundings. To learn more about available sources, visit well.wvu.edu/ccpps or call 304-293-4431. lacey.palmer@mail.wvu.edu

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Music scene in Morgantown offers variety of venues for students BY CHARLES YOUNG A&E WRITER

You’re at West Virginia University to get an education. That said, you can’t spend every moment of your college career with your nose in a book. Sometimes you’ve got to take a break, unwind and just relax. There’s no better way to clear your head then to get lost for a few hours in some great live music or a live performance of any kind, for that matter. Morgantown and the surrounding area have lots of great venues and opportunities to see artists big and small; you’ve just got to know where to go. 123 Pleasant Street This tiny, hole-in-thewall venue has been a Morgantown favorite for decades. The stage at 123 has hosted a staggeringly diverse array of bands over the years, from the White

Stripes to Sonic Youth to Explosions in the Sky. It seems like just about everyone you can think of played there at least once. Aside from bringing wellknown acts to Morgantown, 123 also focuses on exhibiting the talent of local artists and bands. On any given night, you might hear local legends like the guys from Fletcher’s Grove jamming on stage, or you might run into one of your professors singing their heart out at the weekly open mic night. No matter who’s playing, 123 Pleasant Street is always an interesting experience worthy of checking out. The venue also hosts student events, themed parties, art exhibitions and performance art from time to time. To top it all off, it’s got two fully stocked bars and offers its ever-popular $1 Black Label beer special every night.

Th e Me t r o p o l i t a n Theatre The Metropolitan Theatre, with its glowing vintage marquee, is impossible to miss along the landscape of Morgantown’s High Street. The elegantly appointed art deco venue adds a variety of concerts, plays, musicals, dance recitals, standup comedy routines and much more to Morgantown’s live performance mix. If you check out the theater’s schedule of upcoming events, you’re just as likely to find a listing for a nationally-known comedian like Ralphie May or a country music legend like Leon Russell, as you are to find an upcoming offBroadway play or a tour stop from a ballet company. The architecturally interesting concert hall is just large enough to draw bigname acts and benefit from great acoustics, but it’s just

small enough to feel intimate and inviting. There’s nothing quite like a packed house at the Met. “Morgantown Sound” in the Gluck Theatre Each week, WVU’s student-run radio station, U92, invites a different local, independent artist to its live performance show “Morgantown Sound.” The artists put on a free concert in the Mountainlair’s Gluck Theatre, which is also broadcast over the radio and archived for posterity. The show focuses on the work of artists from the University and local community but has been known to bring in acts from all around the state. Each week’s performance is arranged, promoted, staffed, engineered and recorded by the dedicated students who run the radio station. It not only gives them this invaluable

experience but also provides a forum for bands to get their music out to the public. Plus, every band on the show walks away with a professionally recorded demo tape they can use to promote their career, which is not a bad deal at all. The Creative Arts Center The Creative Arts Center, or CAC, is another place where members of the WVU community can get out and see a mixture of performances from both students and established artists. As well as being home to all the concerts from WVU’s music programs, the CAC’s Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre is also the second home of West Virginia Public Radio’s long-running “Mountain Stage.” The radio show makes stops in Morgantown several times a year, bringing with it musicians from all across the country and around the world.

Along with its live performance offerings, the CAC also has art exhibitions, poetry readings, lectures and demonstrations of all kinds. Pittsburgh Besides the plethora of options in Morgantown itself, WVU students should keep in mind that “yins” can drive up to the Steel City in less than an hour. There, you’ll find something for everyone. There are great independent venues like Mr. Smalls and Club Cafe, but there are also area shows at places like the CONSOL Energy Center, not to mention the city’s museums, restaurants, breweries, tourist attractions, places to shop and major league sporting events. For quick day trips or to get out town for a long weekend, Pittsburgh is the place to go. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

Creative Arts Center houses majors, performances and activities BY NOELLE HARRIS A&E WRITER

The Creative Arts Center plays a major role in entertainment as well as education at West Virginia University. WVU is home to many fields of study spread across different campuses. Three of those majors, art, music and the-

atre hold residence inside the CAC. Whether the students in these majors plan to be performers, artists or educators, most of them put their work on display at the CAC, a venue with many different theaters and exhibition rooms for students and guest artists. The Paul and Laura Mesaros Galleries display works from students and

visiting artists throughout the year. The theaters at the CAC hold performances from many WVU ensembles, including the WVU Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Winds Ensemble, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Symphony. The Wind Symphony recently went on a tour and traveled to North Caro-

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lina, while playing multiple concerts along the way. Along with the concert ensembles, the CAC hosts plays and other performances through the WVU Theatre program. Recent performances include “Carmen,” “Blood Wedding” and “Guys and Dolls.” The CAC also welcomes guest artists, some of which are big name performers. The Canadian Brass Ensemble played this year, and comedian Aziz Ansari performed to a nearly sold-out crowd. These shows are put on through the University Arts Series and are selected much differently. “We take feedback from our shows to see what people want to see come

to WVU,” said WVU Arts and Entertainment Public Relations Specialist David Ryan. “On Twitter, we encourage everyone to tell us who they’d like to see by suggesting acts with hashtag Bring2WVU.” Ryan said that WVU Arts & Entertainment is currently working on the performance schedule for this year, which will be released soon via Twitter (@ wvuevents) and Facebook. They will also add performances throughout the year to update the roster. The CAC is not the only venue WVU uses for performances, though. WVU Arts & Entertainment utilizes many different venues throughout the year. The Coliseum is used for big shows, such as Luke Bryan and one of the big-

gest annual events is WVU FallFest. “FallFest is our yearly Welcome Back concert for WVU students, and it’s a great time,” Ryan said. FallFest is held during the first week of classes in the fall semester on the Mountainlair green. The lineup for FallFest is usually announced just before the concert. It is definitely something for incoming students to get excited about. For more information about upcoming events at the Creative Arts Center or through WVU Arts & Entertainment, visit ccarts.wvu.edu, follow @ wvuevents on Twitter or take a look at events.wvu. edu. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu


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2013 WVUp All Night offers fun weekend alternative to students, guests BY CELESTE LANTZ COPY DESK CHIEF

Looking for something fun and free to do on campus during the weekend? West Virginia University sponsors WVUP All Night to students as a safe alternative to off-campus activities. Up All Night is a nationally recognized program, one of only a handful of its kind across America. The program provides students with things to do ThursdaySaturday nights during the school year. Thursday nights will showcase the Comedy Club in the Side Pocket of the ground floor of the

Mountainlair. Comedy Club features comedians from all around the nation. This year will be the second for Open Mic night, where students can come out and try their hand at comedy, music or any other type of performance. Friday and Saturday nights will feature a main attraction, take-away items and first-run movies on the first floor and tutoring in the Mountainlair upper floors. In recent years, the main attraction has included the Done Theatre, climbing walls, game shows for prizes, mechanical bulls and virtual reality paintball. Some feature events

have included “Dancing with Our Mountaineer Stars,” Mountaineer Idol” and the “Distracted Driving Tour.” Most of the take-away items are ones you can make yourself, and this year will include custom T-shirts, green screen photos, snow globes, keychains and imprinted roses. One of the best features of Up All Night is the firstrun movies provided by Swank Motion Pictures in the Gluck Theatre in the Mountainlair. These movies run Thursday-Saturday and usually show at 7 and 9:30 p.m. These movies often aren’t still playing in the-

aters but haven’t been released to DVD yet. Last year, some of the movies played were “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Django Unchained” and classics like “Almost Famous” and “The Breakfast Club.” On theme weekends, these movies will include international or indie films and documentaries. Popcorn is offered on a firstcome, first-serve basis for all showings. Themed food and drink is available each night in the Commons Area, beginning at 10 p.m. At midnight, the cases are carried away and replaced with breakfast items, including donuts, coffee, eggs, sausage

WVU Arts & Entertainment hiring event staff BY LACEY PALMER A&E EDITOR

Many students on West Virginia University’s campus also work while taking courses throughout the school year. The University provides many options for students regarding positions available. One position in particular is event staff for the WVU Office of Arts & Entertainment, which hires students nearly every semester. Even freshmen can serve as event staff. According to WVU Arts & Entertainment Public Relations Specialist David Ryan, the student who works on the event staff would work with the Morgantown community and professionals within the entertainment world as an usher, ticket taker, security, stagehand or merchandise sales member. “As a member of the event staff, we want you to be outgoing, friendly, have great customer service skills and have a love for the entertainment industry,” Ryan said. “You will be doing many things such as helping with seating, taking tickets, building stages and scenery and

providing security for many of our events.” Each year, the WVU Office of Arts & Entertainment hosts a series of performances entitled the University Arts Series, featuring a variety of entertainment from theater productions that have appeared on Broadway such as “A Chorus Line” and “Hair” to world-renowned artists such as Martina McBride and Don McLean. The office also hosts Mountain Stage productions as well as many other arts and entertainment events the student would be able to be a part of. The position is rather flexible, according to Ryan. “We understand all college students need a little extra spending money, and joining the event staff is a great way to start,” Ryan said. “You have the ability to pick and choose how many hours (up to 20 hours per week) you work, so working for us is very flexible and easy to fit within a class schedule.” Another unique aspect about the position is the ability to see many of the performances for free, while also making money. “Working for Arts & En-

tertainment is a fun, unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else on campus,” Ryan said. Aside from regular paid positions, event staff positions are also available through the Federal Work Study Program, which is a federal program through the University that allows undergraduate students with financial need to earn money to help pay educational expenses. If interested in work study, students should speak to the work study department in the financial aid office for more information. WVU student status and a 2.0 GPA is required. To apply for an event staff position, visit www.events. wvu.edu and click on the “Join Our Staff ” banner. You will be asked to provide your MIX username and password to log in to the jobs site. Once there, you can fill out the application and submit it for review. The office will then contact you with further information. For more information, students can call 304-293-2776. lacey.palmer@mail.wvu.edu

and various types of fruit. This year will be the first to offer WVUp All Night Extended, which will bring the program to the Evansdale campus, for those students who don’t have easy access to downtown for two Fridays in the fall semester. WVUp All Night does not occur during breaks or the night of a WVU home football game. For more information about Up All Night and a list of events, visit www. mountainlair.wvu.edu/ wvupallnight and follow them on Twitter @ WVUpAllNight. celeste.lantz@mail.wvu.edu

WVUp All Night Fall 2013 Theme Schedule •

Aug. 22-24: Welcome Back Weekend

Aug. 29-30: School Spirit Weekend

Sept. 5-7: Red, White, and Blue Weekend

Sept. 12-13: Blast to the Past Weekend

Sept.19-21: Hollywood Affair Weekend

Sept. 26-27: Student Organization Weekend

Oct. 3-5: Fall Family Weekend

Oct. 17-18: Homecoming Weekend

Oct. 24-26: Around The World Weekend

Oct. 31-November 2: Zombie Weekend

Nov. 7-8: Military Weekend

Nov. 14-16: Relaxation Weekend


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