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Wednesday January 8, 2014

Volume 126, Issue 74


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Here’s what you missed during winter break:

DEC. 17

City passes food vendor ordinances By Sam Bosserman Staff Writer @DailyAthenaeum

A contentious battle between the Morgantown City Council and of the residential and West Virginia University student populations over the issue of street vending came to a head at the Dec. 17 regular City Council meeting. The council overwhelmingly passed two ordinances restricting the sale

of products from the street and sidewalks on the 300 block of High Street in downtown Morgantown. For sidewalk vendors, the first of the passed ordinances means between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. they will have to move to a location off the 300 block of High Street where they can leave at least four feet of sidewalk. For food truck vendors, the second ordinance means owners will have to

purchase permits for parking spaces located off the 300 block of High Street, which must be at least 50 feet away from the door of a business open between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. City Manager Jeff Mikorski said the ordinances are about regulating public right of ways so all residents and students are safer. “For about a year now, we’ve been trying to find ways in which to reduce

DEC. 20

WVU holds December commencement By Summer Ratcliff City Editor @SummerRatcliff

More than 800 new graduates of West Virginia University joined their families and friends Dec. 20 at the WVU Coliseum to commemorate the end of their academic experience. “Today marks the end of an important chapter and the beginning of a new adventure,” said former University President James P. Clements in his message to the graduates. “This is an occasion to celebrate. You’ve earned it.” Clements, who is leaving to serve as the president of Clemson University in January, noted that like many of the graduates, he also arrived at WV U four-and-a-half years ago, nervous and excited to serve as the University president. He said his emotions when first arriving were much like the emotions of a new student.

“When our paths cross in the future, if you yell ‘Let’s Go,’ I will never hesitate to yell ‘Mountaineers.’ And I hope you will do the same .”

James P. Clements Former WVU President

“Today my feelings unite with yours again as I prepare to embark on a new challenge,” Clements said. “I think we will all find that, although we are leaving this great university, it will always have a special place in our hearts. “When our paths cross in the future, if you yell ‘Let’s Go,’ I will never hesitate to yell ‘Mountaineers.’ And I hope you will do the same,” he said. Ken Gray, Vice President of Student Affairs, who is retiring in 2015 after serving 16 years, en-

couraged the graduates to never give up, no matter the challenges they may face in their journeys ahead. “The obstacles you face won’t define you, but the way you respond to them will,” Gray said. “Life can be difficult at times, but I believe that WVU has prepared you for these challenging days.” Gray spoke to the graduates about the key qualities he believes every leader, no matter their chosen profession, must have. These qualities, which Gray referred to as “The Five C’s,” were commitment, competence, candor, courage and compassion. “WVU has given you the chance to prepare yourselves to realize your dreams,” Gray said. “So believe in yourselves. Have a strong foundation of values that guides your everyday life, look back and draw strength from

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the congestion in the 300 block (of High street) and make sure pedestrian issues don’t occur,” Mikorski said. “We are saying we want vendors downtown, but we just can’t have them located in areas where it’s going to be creating a problem.” Mikorski said the ordinances’ objective is to reduce late-night congestion by reducing the amount of



The city of Morgantown passed two food vendor ordinances that will affect sidewalk and street food vendors, such as Morgantown Tacos.

WVU BOG approves presidential characteristics The West Virginia University Board of Governors outlined the qualities and characteristics the WVU presidential search committee will look for when considering a full-time presidential candidate. The BOG’s search will focus on seeking out candidates who display leadership, integrity, experience, scholarship and vision. The BOG would like the candidate to possess understanding of and the ability to manage a complex research university, with a comprehensive academic medical center and a national intercollegiate athletics program, a record of commitment to students and education and a strong

vision of how WVU can rise in status of a research university. WVU can rise in status as a research university. To see the complete list of characteristics, visit http://wvutoday.assets.slate. The BOG adopted the outline during its regular meeting Dec. 20 and will take the qualifications to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission for approval. Selections were approved at a special meeting held Jan. 6, and on-campus interviews will be held April 26. — crl

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Gordon Gee spends first day on campus as WVU president, BOG approves search committee

DEC. 28

SGA selects 3 students for presidential search committee By Summer Ratcliff City Editor @SummerRatcliff

The West Virginia University Student Government Association held a special meeting Dec. 28 to select three student representatives to serve on the University’s presidential search committee. The three students chosen were Paul Garton, Colleen Beatty and Liz Gullick. Zhengjun Wang was chosen as an alternate in the event one of the three selected is unable to serve on the committee. The University requested S GA choose three students by Monday, which required the Board of Governors to come together for a special conference call made public to the WVU community. “I am extremely proud of our board for taking the time out of winter break to efficiently come together and quickly address an important request of the University,” said SGA President, Ryan

Campione. “They could have easily decided to go a different route, but instead were committed to conducting the process in as transparent of a manner as possible. Their dedication to serving students and the University above and beyond traditional expectations is greatly appreciated.” SGA received more than 30 nominations from the student body. Attorney General Franklin Roberts previously joined a group of SGA executives to select the top 10 candidates based on three categories: campus involvement/experience with the administration, leadership and academics. The group then took the average scores as a guide to determine which 10 students would move to be voted on by the BOG. “The top 10 we picked were all very involved members of the student body, all of which also had held leadership roles,”

Roberts said. “We picked students from different areas of the University. For example, the candidates included graduate, undergraduate and Health Sciences students, a cocaptain of the volleyball team, a previous director of the Mountaineer Maniacs, and the president of the Society of Women Engineers.” During the meeting, the BOG went into executive session to discuss each candidate’s qualifications. During the closed session, each BOG member cast their vote for the top four candidates. “We had tough decisions to make with 10 highly qualified candidates, but I think we chose three excellent representatives for the University,” said Gov. Chris Nyden. “The key component in my decision was that each candidate had the experience around the University to give him or her a good idea of the problems



WVU PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE : The members selected for the WVU presidential search committee represent the WVU Board of Governors, faculty senate, WVU students, the WVU Foundation, the WVU Alumni Association, classified staff members, WVU administration and WVU divisional campuses. The BOG voted on each member during its special meeting Jan. 6. Gordon Gee, Jim Dailey and Paul Hill will serve as non-voting members of the committee. On campus interviews are projected to be held April 26. The members are: Jim Dailey Thomas Flaherty Ellen Cappellanti Diane Lewis Robert Griffith Carolyn Atkins Matt Valenti Lisa Martin Dixie Martinelli Paul Martinelli

Colleen Beatty Liz Gulick Paul Garton Cynthia Roth Susan Brewer John Fahey Jack Rossi Carolyn Long Elizabeth Dooley Robert Jones


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Morgantown City Council recently passed two food vendor ordinances that will impact High Street food vendors including the Hotdog Man and other food carts and trucks.


Continued from page 1 “pressure points” along the sidewalk. The push to make the 300 block of High Street safer has been about much more than just moving street vendors, Mikorski said. “Over a year-and-a-half ago, we saw the problems with the 300 block, which originally had a bus stop and a taxi stand,” Mikorski said. “We relocated the busses to the courthouse plaza, and then we moved the taxi stands lower down High Street and off on Chestnut Street.” According to Mikorski, the food truck ordinance was necessary because the trucks started moving into spaces busses and taxis had been moved from, de-


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issue then they should have police carrying out more patrols instead of standing outside their squad cars like they do now.” In response to some of the criticism heard at the meeting, Council member Nancy Ganz, 7th ward, said ordinances, such as the two passed at the meeting, are only required because of the drunken behavior of people on High Street. “The main reason we have ordinances like this one is because of the drunkenness downtown,” she said. “The goal of a public entity and the goal of a public right of way is to protect the people using the right of way. “So, the police, fire and rescue, and the city manager got together very appropriately to protect the students and the people of

our town.” Ganz said the measures authorized by the two ordinances are aimed at protecting the residents of the city as much as the students who are enjoying their home away from home. “I’d say only 50 percent of people downtown are students because, if you’ll remember, only 60 percent of students graduate in six years,” Ganz said. Ganz said a good deal of misinformation has been circulating through the WVU student body and Morgantown community. “Misinformation has gotten out … very radical rumors have spread that are just totally untrue,” Ganz said. “We want more vendors, but our No. 1 job is not to promote any one group. (It’s) to keep the people in our town safe.” Ganz said she has per-

sonally sat down with WVU students to explain the ordinances and is disappointed more did not attempt to reach out to learn the reality of the situation. Colin Wood, a member of WVU Students for Liberty, said he believes the ordinances fly in the faces of all those who work or live in Morgantown. “Regardless of what the effects of the ordinance will be, the fact of the matter is that everyone who came out and spoke tonight was in opposition to the ordinance,” Wood said. “If the government really exists to be the voice of the people, then that’s all they need to know: no one wants this.” Wood said he believes Council’s claims the ordinance will make a safer community are nonsensical. “Vendors are basically

periences I got from my professors and everything they taught me throughout my time here,” Truex said. “I’m also thankful for the opportunities that being involved with the rowing team provided me and the many doors that it opened. “If I wouldn’t have come to WVU and have been a Mountaineer, I would have never grown into the person I am today.” Ahmed Champion, a political science graduate, said he could not believe how quickly his time in Morgantown went by.

“My time here at WVU was amazing. Coming into it, I didn’t expect that it would fly by this fast,” Champion said. “For such a large university, the inclusiveness of the community is something that sets our school apart from others. “I think everything I’ve done here and the memories I have with everyone kind of came to a head when they finally had called the last person, and I realized I had graduated. It’s a very special feeling.”


Campione said he was pleased and impressed with the three students selected and said he believes they will each be excellent representatives of the student body. “They each have shown tremendous leadership, involvement in various areas within WVU that are beyond the traditional campus academics,” he said. “I am really looking forward to working more closely with them and to see their input in the process.”


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where you came from.” After the ceremony, graduates mingled with family and friends and reminisced upon their time spent at WVU. Some of them, like public relations graduate Micah Truex, reflected on the opportunities they were given during their time as a student. “I’m extremely grateful for all of the great professional and academic ex-

feating the purpose of the city’s efforts. D e sp i te Mi ko rski’s claims of necessity, the public hearing portion of the meeting heard many speeches in opposition of the ordinances. WVU student Maurice Matthews said he believes the ordinance is driving away good people and will not help improve safety. “It’s forcing (vendors) down the street where nobody goes,” Matthews said. “If it’s a pedestrian issue, this ordinance could actually mean more people will have to cross streets like Walnut and Fayette; it’s not really a winning solution.” Matthews said he believes if the city is truly concerned about safety, then it should look to the police for solutions. “Morgantown has wide enough sidewalks,” Matthews said. “If it’s a safety

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students face. “Paul, Colleen, and Liz all embody that characteristic, and I fully expect them to ask presidential candidates the tough questions that should be asked,” he said. The three selected student body representatives were submitted to the University Board of Governors for approval at its Monday meeting. Each student representative was approved by the BOG.

living CCTV cameras who are able to call the police, break up fights and take care of drunken people,” he said. “The fact that they think this move will make the drunk-infested downtown area safer (should) make you want to scream your head off.” The ordinances came into effect Jan. 1. Food truck vendors will be able to purchase permits beginning Feb. 2. Mikorski said this gives the city time to work out the logistics of the permit system. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Morgantown Municipal building. For more information, visit city-council.

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New WVU majors approved

Hospitality, tourism major coming to WVU fall 2014 by madison fleck associate city editor @mafleck

The West Virginia University Board of Governors approved a new degree program Dec. 20 through the College of Business and Economics. The hospitality and tourism degree will launch in the 2014 fall semester, and the in-demand degree will prepare students for work in one of the state’s largest industries: tourism. The program was built in response to requests from industry leaders for professionals and leaders in the hospitality and tourism field. “We were approached by several people in the state that said, ‘We need this,’” said Joyce Heames, chair and associate professor of management and industrial relations. In 2008, B&E leaders met with professionals within the hospitality industry. “They all thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to have a hospitality and tourism program here at the University,” said Frank DeMarco, hospitality and tourism program coordinator. Heames co-taught the first hospitality course with De-

Marco in 2009, and the demand for tourism professionals has only grown since then, creating the need for a degree program. “(The program) was put together looking at the state of West Virginia because hospitality and tourism is the No. 2 industry in the state and one of the fastest growing,” Heames said. In the past, WVU has offered an area of emphasis in hospitality and tourism within the management field of study, and students within the college will find the new field of study complements current ones, including accounting, marketing, economics, management and finance. “(Hospitality and tourism) is geared specifically toward the hospitality industry, so the courses are geared toward hospitality, finance and event planning,” Heames said. “It is a management of hospitality and tourism.” Only about 40 of the nearly 600 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited schools in the U.S. have hospitality degree programs and none in West Virginia. “What I feel is so neat about our program is that

not only do you have the classroom in theory, but a big part of our field is experience,” DeMarco said. “You have to be hands-on, and that’s what we try to do with our program here.” DeMarco said the state and region have been particularly helpful when it comes to giving students the handson experience needed. Particularly, local businesses have served as a “lab” to the students of the B&E. “We have labs such as the Waterfront Hotel and Tazikis that have actually let us go in and see their operations,” Heames said. This will benefit students who are entering the hospitality and tourism program in the fall as field experience, because internships are a requirement to graduate. There are currently 35 students who have declared a major in hospitality and tourism, and Heames said the B&E hopes to keep 5075 students in the major on a regular basis. For more information about the B&E and the new major, visit http://be.wvu. edu.

Davis College to offer new environmental, energy resource management major by alexis randolph staff writer @dailyathenauem

As part of efforts to become “the energy university,” West Virginia University has approved a new bachelor’s of science degree in environmental and energy resource management. This new program was approved to begin accepting students this semester. The program was developed by Fonda Holehouse and Gerard D’Souza, both professors in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. Holehouse has been developing the idea for seven years. She has been traveling with her environmental regulation travel class to different energy sites, which include coal, solar and wind energy. After looking into these requests from different departments and companies around the state, Holehouse said she saw WVU did not have a field of study that encompassed all the things the student would need. “The companies were telling me they needed students who were not only educated in environmental and en-

ergy studies but also in business and economics,” Holehouse said. The program, which is nicknamed “E*Quad,” focuses on four E’s: energy, environment, ent re p re n e u r s h i p and economics. The program has been developed mostly out of classes already in existence at WVU. Students who go through the program will gain academic knowledge from many colleges within the University, including the Davis College and the College of Business & Economics. The goal of the program is to have students develop the interdisciplinary skill set needed to work within all aspects of the growing energy field. “This program will help brand WVU as a major energy school. We already have a fantastic engineering school, and we have good natural resource programs, such as forestry,” Holehouse said. “This program will put a name to all of that and help WVU be identified as a leader in terms of energy curriculum, and I am really excited about that.” D’Souza explained the

different elements within E*Quad. “Students will be able to work for companies such as Consol Energy, the WVU DEP and (nonprofit organizations). Students with the degree are also able start their own business in the energy field, which is the idea behind including entrepreneurship,” D’Souza said. He also said the degree will play a role in making WVU a major player in the energy game. “Former president Clements had a vision that WVU could become the energy university in the country,” D’Souza said. “As part of his vision, we have both small and large research projects, and now this curriculum in this area has helped us put our money where our mouth is. I think the fact WVU has this program that is unique nationally with entrepreneurship and economics included could make it a model for other programs in the rest of the Americas.” To learn more about the new degree, visit http://resourcemanagement.wvu. edu.

Students selected for NASA, NIA competition by Hannah Wigal correspondent @dailyathenaeum

A team of West Virginia University engineering students has been selected to compete in the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops Competition for the third consecutive year. The competition is sponsored by NASA and is organized by the National Institute of Aerospace. The NASA/NIA robotics competition will take place at the Johnson Space Center

in Houston this June. “It feels great, and it is a huge relief to have been chosen to participate in this competition for a third year,” said Tim Godisart, WVU robotics team leader. In order to be selected to compete, teams from each university are required to write a formal proposal paper, and the NASA judges choose the top eight teams to travel to Houston. Each team will design and assemble a Mars rover to compete on a planetary analog environment called Mars Hill. Up to three team mem-

bers and one faculty advisor are permitted to travel to complete on-site testing. The rovers are under the supervision of NASA judges while the remaining team members stay behind to complete mission control tasks at their respective universities. The prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the teams from each university and are given one hour to accomplish a variety of tasks while overcoming obstacles. The WVU robotics team placed fourth in the 2013 competition, while receiv-

ing top honors for the best technical proposal paper, best looking robot and won the slalom Olympic Challenge for speed and agility. Members of the team have been preparing for this year’s competition for more than six months. “We started our general design proposal in July. As soon as we got back from the competition we were already looking at everything that went wrong, how to fix it and how to make it better,” Godisart said. Members of the team along with the Mars rover lead designer, Jason Battin,

have been improving the design used in at the 2012 and 2013 competitions. “The initial design process took a couple of weeks to come up with the concept, but the actual process doesn’t stop unfortunately,” Battin said. The team is diligently working to redesign a faster and more functional robot by adding various improvements to the design. “We placed fourth overall both years. We just had little problems both of the years that caused the robots to fail. However, we came in both years with ro-

bots that could have easily won the competitions,” Godisart said. WVU will be competing against teams from seven other universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Buffalo, University of California-Berkley, University of Maryland, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Virginia Tech. Each team received $10,000 from NASA/NIA for building materials and travel expenses.

Gluck Theater to air PBS documentary on economic freedom BY HILARY KINNEY staff writer @dailyathenaeum

The work of a West Virginia University professor has been transformed into a PBS documentary entitled “Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives.” Joshua Hall, of the College of Business and Economics, is a co-author of “Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report.” Generating the “abstract concept”-based report was a difficult task years ago because of research barriers in the annual report. However, the first was published in 1997, and since then, the report has become a respectable and reliable source. “The project grew out of

a desire just to try to measure economic freedom so that scholars could go out and try to test some of these hypotheses. And to see whether economic freedom is good for things like the environment, or income and equality,”Hall said In the sample, 151 countries are featured and measured by 42 different variables. Factors that determine a country’s rank include the citizens’ ability to trade within and outside of their country, how easy it is to enter and compete in markets, property protection, and the stability of the country’s monetary system. The top ranking countries include Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand. Nations at the bottom of the list are the Republic of Congo, Myanmar

and Zimbabwe. The United States currently ranks No. 17. The documentary features four entrepreneurs from differing parts of the world, all of which have increased economic freedom: Slovakia, South Korea, Zambia and Chile. “ This documentar y shows that the difference of economic freedom is not between the U.S. and Canada,” Hall said. “It’s between the U.S. and Zimbabwe. By following these entrepreneurs in these four countries, we get a sense of the way that the opening up of their economy allowed opportunities that wouldn’t have existed previously.” Hall said he was impressed by the way the documentary was able to depict the “human side.”

“I’m a data-guy. I’m an economist. I’m amazed that the documentarians really capture the human side in a way that I never could have imagined,” he said. “I have to keep stepping back and reminding myself that this went way beyond our imagination. I think it’s amazing ... it’s a very well done documentary. It focuses on the basics, which is the most important thing.” A viewing of the documentary, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Gluck Theater Tuesday at 4 p.m. The piece is also currently being aired on the PBS network.

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“ I have to keep stepping back and reminding myself that this went way beyond our imagination. I think it’s amazing.”

Joshua Hall

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Here’s to another semester Welcome back, students. You’ve managed to pull yourself back to reality after a hopefully relaxing vacation, despite recent subzero temperatures. Luckily, it seems as though the weather will warm up, much like the rest of the spring semester. We’d like to take a minute to get you up to date on what happened while you were gone. University: The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics officially added the hospitality and tourism degree to its list of offerings for the fall 2014 semester. See page 3 for

more info. The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is accepting students into the environmental and energy resource management program this semester, as part of an effort to become “the energy University.” See page 3 for more info. Effective Jan. 1, the Morgantown City Council passed two ordinances restricting the sale of products from the street and sidewalks on the 300 block of High Street in downtown Morgantown between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. See page 1 for more info. The WVU Student Gov-

ernment Association held a special session to select three student representatives to serve on the University’s presidential search committee to find a permanent replacement for former WVU president, James P. Clements. See page 1 for more info. National: The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, officially went into effect, and it’s website,, saw its official launch. Reviews are mixed, but now health care plans can’t dent you coverage based on preexisting conditions, and most Americans must obtain health care coverage or

be subject to a fine. The National Security Agency/Edward Snowden debate has grown more heated as citizens and officials voice their opinion about whether or not he should receive a prison sentence. Colorado began legally selling marijuana for recreational use to citizens 21 years old or older Jan. 1. Residents can now buy marijuana like alcohol – except the purchase is limited to an ounce, which is still substantial enough to cost about $200 or more. Residents of Washington state also voted to allow the sale of recreational marijuana

in 2013, but retail outlets won’t open until later this year. Sports: The WVU women’s basketball team has clinched 13 consecutive wins in the 2013-14 season. See page 18 for more info. Florida State beat out Auburn in the BCS national championships. The win concluded Florida State’s perfect 14-0 record for the season. Entertainment: Beyonce rocked the entertainment world when she spontaneously released her fifth studio album, “Beyonce,” Dec. 13. See page 8 for more info.

Martin Scorcese’s latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” opened among controversy and mixed reviews – and possibly broke the record of most uses of the word “f---” with 506 instances in two hours and 59 minutes. A lot has happened in the past few weeks, and the next semester promises to hold much more with the interim WVU president Gordon Gee, May graduation and SGA elections. Keep warm and pick up The Daily Athenaeum for the latest.


‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ ignites debate

Jonah Hill plays the character Donnie Azoff in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ The film is based on the true story of a wealthy stockbroker’s high life to his fall filled with corruption and crime.


People across the country have lined up during the holiday season for Martin Scorsese’s new film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The movie sparked a great deal of controversy and focused attention on the celebrity persona of main character Jordan Belfort, played by great Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort, who was an actual con artist on Wall Street inthe ’90s. Belfort started and ran a successful stockbroking firm on the strength of his smooth talking and money-stealing

schemes. Using his talents, he amassed an enormous personal fortune at the expense of numerous clients. With its glamorous, cokefueled depiction of Belfort’s rise and fall, “The Wolf of Wall Street” seems to condone and celebrate rampant financial criminality. “This is something that’s not going to go away if you don’t talk about it,” Scorsese said recently. DiCaprio agreed, and said the film was a cautionary tale. “If anyone watches this movie, at the end of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ they’re going to see that we’re not at all

condoning this behavior. In fact we’re saying that this is something that is in our very culture, and it needs to be looked at, and it needs to be talked about.” I for one could not agree more. If you go to the theater to watch a movie, you paid for what the director and actors have worked to put on that screen. If you don’t like a particular film for whatever reason it may be, that is your opinion. Scorsese has made a career of pushing boundaries in the film industry, but critics who say he is supporting what Belfort did clearly did not watch the same movie I did.

There’s no denying this movie pushes a lot of societal boundaries with drugs, nudity and profanity, but isn’t that what all great movies have? If you name any of the top movies in the history of film, I can bet they have at least one of those, if not a heavy dose of all three. People go to the movies to watch something outrageous and a little out of this world for the simple reason of humor and enjoyment. If all the filmmakers in our day made movies on the average American or your everyday small business, no one would watch them, and the movie business would vanish into

thin air. After watching this movie I think we should applaud Scorsese and DiCaprio for making such a rollercoaster of a film. While watching this movie, if you believe Scorsese intended to convey to the youth and mass media Belfort’s illegal methods and heavy drug and alcohol use were to be celebrated and experimented on your own, you’ve never seen a good movie before. I don’t think anyone left Scarface saying, “I would really like to run a global narcotics ring,” because it’s unrealistic and illegal. While “The Wolf of Wall

Street” is based on a true story, we haven’t seen a man get away with his ruthless actions successfully until Bernie Madoff made headlines, but I don’t think anyone is idolizing him as a role model. I don’t want to sound like I don’t understand where the critics are coming from, but ‘The Wolf of Wall Street” was an entertaining and hilarious movie. It’s good that a movie can ignite such debate and controversy in today’s world. If we all liked the same things there would be no personality or people to make movies about.

How to make yourself become a morning person HANNAH CHENOWETH COLUMNIST @DAILYATHENAEUM

It’s been said the early bird catches the worm. It’s also been said those who rise earlier are happier and more excited about life. Regardless whether or not you care about catching the proverbial worm, there are countless proven benefits to waking up earlier. Maybe you want a fresh start to the spring semester or perhaps you just have an unavoidable 8:30 a.m. class. Either way there is no need to worry, because there are numerous ways you can make mornings so much easier. It might seem obvious, but


if you really want this to work you’re going to have to adjust the time you go to bed. You may think you’re just not tired enough at night, but that could be due to a number of factors such as drinking too much caffeine, bright lights and wasting time scrolling through social media networks on your phone. Instead of falling asleep in front of the TV, which can actually cause distress in your dreams and clutter your subconscious, fall asleep to a good book. If you don’t like to read, this will still work as the boredom can make you drowsy. Falling asleep cradling your phone is detrimental

to your sleep cycle due to the artificial light, the vibrations and beeping. Keep your phone on the other side of the room, which will also motivate you in the morning to get up to shut off the alarm. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” I would have to agree with old Ben here – he has a good track record right? You can do a multitude of things in the morning to be a more productive and peaceful person. You can use your time to exercise, meditate, make a satisfying breakfast and prepare for your day. Wouldn’t

it be wonderful to sail more smoothly throughout your day, to have time to actually physically and mentally prepare yourself? When you start your day off rushed and irritated, the course usually follows as such. When you do things in the morning you usually do at night, you are freeing up your evenings to relax and fall asleep easier. Exercising at night may make it more difficult to fall asleep. However, a morning workout will help to burn calories all day when you are eating rather than sleeping, overall boosting your metabolism. Getting in some cardio

while listening to upbeat music is the most foolproof to start the day feeling alive instead of sluggish. If you think cardio is a little extreme in the morning, even simply stretching for five-10 minutes will help to wake you up. It’s natural to feel a little more sluggish in the winter, hence the whole hibernation routine. The body responds to the natural sunlight in the summer more easily. Ditching your window shades can definitely help that cause. It could be 4 p.m., and with those things up you’d never know. There’s no need to just go through life thinking the world was just created to suit morning people.

Do whatever you find works for you, whether it be tea, coffee, or splashing water on your face. Once you’re up, you always forget how tired you were a few minutes before. Before long, your body will start to adjust naturally. If you can make a habit of just waking up early on weekdays, you will notice a positive difference in your life and sleeping patterns. You don’t have to take drastic measures at all. If you can start waking up just a half hour earlier at first, you will start to wonder why you haven’t been catching the worms all your life.

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background of the events. Your fuse might be short because you view the situation as unnecessary. Evaluate what is happening. Tonight: Take a midweek break. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHH Observe what is going on behind the scenes. You might be surprised by how someone can say few words yet still reveal what is happening. Your sense of humor emerges later in the day, once you get some errands and/or work done. Tonight: Feel your Wheaties. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HH Others seem to be acting independently and not in unison with a project. Keeping everyone on the same page will be challenging. Suggest a meeting for a discussion on this matter. If this issue does not dissolve, you are likely to vanish. Tonight: Get some

R and R. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Take praise as it is intended to be received. Your energy is very high, so be sure to expend it appropriately; otherwise, you could become snappy and difficult. Meanwhile, go dancing at a favorite place or find your friends. Tonight: Say “yes” to an interesting offer. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Keep reaching out to someone at a distance. You might want to get more facts before coming to a final conclusion about an evolving decision. You will shed light on the situation, which could help others understand. Tonight: Pretend it is the weekend, and make plans now! VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HH You’ll want to get more information about

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With temperatures below zero, Brenda Williams, 53, of Charleston, braves the cold to get her haircut downtown Charleston, W.Va.. Her glasses had frosted over and she could barely see. ATLANTA (AP) — Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats and gloves they almost never have to use. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century. The mercury plunged into the single digits and teens from Boston and New York to Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville and Little Rock – places where many people don’t know the first thing about extreme cold. “I didn’t think the South got this cold,” said Marty Williams, a homeless man, originally from Chicago, who took shelter at a church in Atlanta, where it hit a record low of 6 degrees. “That was the main reason for me to come down from up North, from the cold, to get away from all that stuff.” The morning weather map for the eastern half of the U.S. looked like an algebra worksheet: lots of small, negative numbers. In fact,

the Midwest and the East were colder than much of Antarctica. In a phenomenon that forecasters said is actually not all that unusual, all 50 states saw freezing temperatures at some point Tuesday. That included Hawaii, where it was 18 degrees atop Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano. The big chill started in the Midwest over the weekend, caused by a kink in the “polar vortex,” the strong winds that circulate around the North Pole. By Tuesday, the icy air covered about half the country, and records were shattered like icicles up and down the Eastern Seaboard. It was 1 degree in Reading, Pa., and 2 in Trenton, N.J. New York City plummeted to 4 degrees; the old record for the date was 6, set in 1896. “It’s brutal out here,” said Spunkiy Jon, who took a break from her sanitation job in New York to smoke a cigarette in the cab of a garbage truck. “Your fingers freeze off after three minutes, your cheeks feel as if you’re going to get windburn, and you work as quick as you can.” Farther south, Birmingham, Ala., dipped to a low of

7, four degrees colder than the old mark, set in 1970. Huntsville, Ala., dropped to 5, Nashville, Tenn., got down to 2, and Little Rock, Ark., fell to 9. Charlotte, N.C., reached 6 degrees, breaking the 12-degree record that had stood since 1884. The deep freeze dragged on in the Midwest as well, with the thermometer reaching minus 12 overnight in the Chicago area and 14 below in suburban St. Louis. More than 500 Amtrak passengers were stranded overnight on three Chicago-bound trains that were stopped by blowing and drifting snow in Illinois. Food ran low, but the heat stayed on. The worst should be over in the next day or two, when the polar vortex is expected to straighten itself out. Warmer weather – that is, near or above freezing – is in the forecast for much of the stricken part of the country. On Tuesday, many schools and day care centers across the eastern half of the U.S. were closed so that youngsters wouldn’t be exposed to the dangerous cold. Officials opened shelters for the homeless and anyone else who needed a

warm place. Emergency workers in Atlanta drove the homeless to shelters or hospitals. With the bitter cold slowing baggage handling and aircraft refueling, airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights in the U.S., bringing the four-day total to more than 11,000. In New Orleans, which reported a low of 26 degrees, hardware stores ran out of pipe insulation. A pipe burst in an Atlanta suburb and a main road quickly froze over. In downtown Atlanta, a Ferris wheel near Centennial Olympic Park that opened over the summer to give riders a bird’s eye view of the city closed because it was too cold. Farther south in Pensacola, Fla., a Gulf Coast city better known for its white sand beaches than frost, streets normally filled with joggers, bikers and people walking dogs were deserted early Tuesday. A sign on a bank flashed 19 degrees. Patches of ice sparkled in parking lots where puddles froze overnight. Monica Anderson and Tommy Howard jumped up and down and blew on their

hands while they waited for a bus. Anderson said she couldn’t it recall it ever being so cold. “I’m not used to it. It is best just to stay inside until it gets better,” said Anderson, who had to get out for a doctor’s appointment. The Lower 48 states, when averaged out, reached a low of 13.8 degrees overnight Monday, according to calculations by Ryan Maue of Weather Bell Analytics. An estimated 190 million people in the U.S. were subjected to the polar vortex’s icy blast. Farmers worried about their crops. Diane Cordeau of Kai-Kai Farm in Indiantown, Fla., about 90 miles north of Miami, had to pick her squash and tomatoes Monday to beat the freeze but said her leafy vegetables, such as kale, will be sweeter and tastier because of the cold. “I’m the queen of lettuce around here, so the colder the better,” said Cordeau, whose farm serves highend restaurants that request specific produce or organic vegetables. PJM Interconnection, which operates the power grid that serves more than

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‘American Hustle’ overcompensates storyline, fails to meet expectations Tiffany Benson A&E WRITER @dailyathenaeum

««««« With a star-studded cast including Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner, “American Hustle” was expected to be phenomenal. This was not the case. Bale played overweight con artist Irving Rosenfield from New York in the 1970s. His hair piece was as crooked as his businesses: several dry cleaners and an art gallery filled with forged pieces. As if this wasn’t devious enough, he wanted more. His major contribution to the community was his loan thieving business. During a winter indoorpool party at a friend’s house, he meets his future partner-in-crime, Sydney Prosser (Adams), a former stripper whose wit, determination and love of Duke Ellington swept Irving off his feet. What seems a legitimate loan business turns out to be a $5,000-per-customer scheme. You could say they were loan sharks, but they never actually give the “clients” money. They use Sydney’s fake British accent, which she came up with after Irving told her about this busi-

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Following the album’s release, “Beyonce” hit No. 1 on the iTunes and Billboard charts, dwarfing the efforts of other pop music powerhouses such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, who also released albums near the end of 2013. The album is hardly akin to anything Beyonce has released previously in her solo career. Both sonically and visually, the album is captivatingly foreign in comparison to her previous album, “4.” Themes of feminism and empowerment pervade throughout, which lend the album deep, vital undertones. The artist also reflects on body image, which is made the central theme of the track “Pretty Hurts.” Within the melody, Beyonce croons, “Pretty hurts/ We shine the light on whatever’s worse/ Perfection is a disease of a nation.” Beyonce also showcases a lighter, sensuous side in the tracks “Rocket” and “XO,” which are sure to

ness, to trick people into believing she has special connections into London banking. All of their clients are locals who are trying to start small business or get rid of debt, and the dynamic couple deceives their hopeful clients. The couple eventually gets busted for their endeavors when a highstrung F.B.I. agent, Richie DiMaso (Cooper) catches them in the act. To get out of jail time, the Bonnie and Clyde wannabes agree to work with DiMaso in a scheme to catch some of New York’s congressman and senators in illegal acts such as taking bribes and payoffs. All of this information is given within the first 20 minutes of the movie. Given Irving’s greediness, the plot is already a giveaway. He is going to swindle Agent DiMaso out of money. It was just waiting for the last 20 minutes of the movie to see how he gets away with it. The rest of the film is filled with cliched romantic triangles, super-long repetitive conversations and constant business interactions that lead to fighting over who’s telling the truth. Irving has a wife and adopted son of whom Sydney was always jealous. Once DiMaso came into the scene, Sydney started fall-

ing for him, as well. When Irving found out about it, he became jealous. Soon after Irving’s wife, Rosalyn (Lawrence) found out about his cheating, she became jealous of Sydney. The only entertaining part of the romantic situations was when Rosalyn came into play. Rosalyn was the epitome of the dumb blonde stereotype, and Lawrence did an excellent job making the audience believe there are psychotic, moronic and still loved-by-all women in this world. Her constant smoking and disregard for instructions Irving gave her about not blowing his cover made her character hilarious. Rosalyn also gave away part of the FBI project, which caused Irving to be kidnapped and held at gunpoint. In the end, Irving and Sydney ended up on top and tricked the FBI into thinking DiMaso stole the millions of dollars that was used to try to catch the congressman and senators. They were released, and DiMaso was fired. The characters by themselves had such potential, but the combination of too many main characters and not enough mystery behind the plot made “American Hustle” the first boring film of 2014. daa&


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WVU theatre student releases new mixtape during winter break “These past four years at WVU have been amazing. I have a great appreciation for what WVU has done for me, especially the professors at the CAC,” Williams said. “School is what you make of it, so if you really want to be successful then you’ll make it happen.” His range of talents allows him to travel to almost any major city. “After I graduate I’ll be moving to Chicago to pursue a career in theater and my music,” Williams said. “I’ll also be improving my stand-up routine.” During winter break, Williams released his third mix tape, “Elias,” which garnered much excitement from his fans. Williams combines a style of hip hop, electronic,

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While other students prepared for finals during the fall 2013 semester, one West Virginia University theatre student prepared to release his latest mixtape. Hailing from Lansing, Mich., Cameron Williams is proud to call Morgantown his home for the time being. After moving to Fairmont when he was 11 years old, Williams was destined to become a Mountaineer. Williams is currently pursuing a bachelor of arts in theatre. He is not only involved in theater, he also creates music, writes stand-up and is actively involved in a hip hop dance team.

dance and house music to produce a one-of-a-kind sound. This album shows a large growth for Williams in both quality of production and the type of material he performs. “My inspiration for writing my music is the same as when I’m writing standup jokes,” Williams said. “I just see things on the news, on campus, High Street or just sitting at home and then the thoughts come rushing in.” For me, the biggest hit on the album is “Showed Up.” “Showed Up” is a slow, bass-heavy number that is perfect for getting ready to party it up on a Friday night. Listeners will have a hard time resisting dancing when this comes on, and white girls everywhere will want to “twerk” to it.

Another hit is “The Danger.” This number has a great chorus that shows off Williams’ ability to not only rap but to sing, as well. Williams would be nothing without his mentors at WVU and took the time to mention two professors who really made a difference in his education. “I really want to thank Steven Neuenschwander and Lee Blair for their help,” Williams said. “Even when we aren’t in the classroom you can always learn from them.” To find William’s mix tape, follow him on Twitter @EliasWVU or search for The Backpack Studio on Datpiff, Bandcamp and SoundCloud. daa&


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Editor takes in NYC Christmas with ‘Fire & Ice’ photo shoot in Central Park These temperatures posed several setbacks and challenges throughout the shoot. After having our makeup applied, we ventured outdoors to our photo shoot location in Central Park. The newly fallen snow and harsh wind made the Belvedere Castle difficult to find. However, the artic temperatures didn’t keep others from venturing out into the winter wonderland. Several children took to the park with their sleds, couples enjoyed a brisk walk and several runners ventured out for their exercise. Despite the delay, we finally met up with our photographer at the location. This photographer was a friend of Genevieve’s who volunteered to fill in for the photographer who cancelled the night before. After seeking shelter and changing in a nearby restroom, Genevieve went out into the storm first to take her pictures. She returned a few minutes later only to inform me that the photographer’s camera battery had died from exposure to the cold air. After about a 20-minute wait, the photographer returned with a new battery, and we resumed taking pictures. It was nearly dark at that point, but we soaked up as much daylight as we could. We tried to forget the cold as several passersby watched as we took pictures in the snow storm. Some of the bystanders commented on how brave we were. To my amusement, several of them started to take pictures of us on their

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There’s something magical about Christmas time, especially in the Big Apple. From the last-minute shoppers rushing to find the perfect present in Times Square to cute couples holding hands on a snowy day in Central Park to carols playing in the Subway, NYC at Christmas time is nothing short of the image painted by cheesy, ro m a n t i c Christmas specials. As mentioned in a previous article, I travel a few times a year to visit my dear friend, actress and model Genevieve Yosco. It was a particular treat when she invited me to visit during winter break, because I had not experienced NYC around Christmas time. Genevieve always makes sure I get the full New York experience when I come to visit. I packed my bags and boarded the Megabus, anxiously waiting to see her and thought of everything we were going to do – a “Fire & Ice” photo shoot, the award-winning Broadway show “Once,” the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and several other adventures. The temperature during the Modern Day Fairytale photo shoot I participated in summer 2013 was an unbearable 98 degrees. This time the sweltering heat was replaced by freezing temperatures, snow and blistering wind.


Children and parents enjoy the snowy day in Central Park. phones. Regardless of the setbacks encountered during the photo shoot and the inclement weather, Genevieve and I were pleased with the outcome of the pictures. After comparing my experiences in a model’s footsteps, I realized that it doesn’t matter if it is 98 or 22 degrees, the show must go

on. In addition to this photo shoot, Genevieve and I were fortunate to see the award-winning musical “Once” and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In 2012, “Once” received 11 Tony Award nominations and won eight of them. This Broadway production won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Al-

bum. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which featured wonderful numbers from the Rockettes, was nothing more than perfection. And of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t see the iconic Christmas tree and ice skating rink in Rockefeller Center. If I could pass any advice and knowledge from my

trip, it would be this: take advantage of what all Morgantown has to offer this semester, especially West Virginia University’s Art Series. Touring musicals feature the same talent and quality as Broadway shows, and for students, these tickets are offered at a fraction of the cost.


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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ causes controversy NEW YORK (AP) — In “The Wolf of Wall Street,” out-of-control stock broker Jordan Belfort is initially furious when a Forbes magazine profile turns out to be a hatchet job labeling him a “twisted Robin Hood who takes from the rich and gives to himself and his merry band of brokers.” But Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is quickly schooled on the rules of publicity. The next morning his office is overrun with rabid young brokers desperately waving resumes, dying to join his merry band. The reaction to Martin Scorsese’s portrait of Wall Street excess has been comically similar. It’s been judged by some critics and moviegoers as a glorification of unchecked greed. But the movie’s bad reputation as an orgy of drugs, sex and money (not to mention a reportedly recordsetting 506 F-bombs) has also drawn eager crowds. In two weeks, the film has made $63.3 million at the box office and will likely become, if not an outright hit, one of Scorsese’s highest-grossing pictures. “The Wolf of Wall Street” has turned into easily the most debated film in an award season otherwise lacking much controversy, aside from some scattered fact-bending concerns. Scorsese and DiCaprio have been on damage control in recent days, defending their film as a thought-provoking portrait of decadence run amok. Nearly every film critic and countless moviegoers have weighed in on the morality of “The Wolf of Wall Street”: whether the film enjoys Belfort’s hedonistic high a little too much, or if tapping into the thrill of self-indulgence is actually the point. The largest missive came when LA Weekly published an open letter by Christina McDowell, the daughter of a lawyer Belfort worked with, in which she described the hard realities of those victimized by the shady penny stock dealings of Belfort. “Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals,” McDowell wrote. To the critics of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the nearly three-hour film fails to sufficiently judge the actions of its characters or depict the victims of Belfort’s recklessness. The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern called the film a “hollow spectacle.” It should be noted, though, that the Journal’s dismissal might be considered a badge of honor for any movie about Wall Street. And since the movie is based on Belfort’s memoir, the former broker, who was convicted of fraud and served 22 months in prison, has profited from the making of the film, whether monetarily or in publicity for his motivational speaking. He also makes a brief cameo in the movie. As part of his sentence, Belfort was ordered to repay defrauded investors $110.4 million, a figure he’s unlikely to ever approach fulfilling. A portion of his income goes toward a victim compensation fund. The backlash, though, may be taking indignation for Belfort, who received a relatively soft sentence after giving evidence against his colleagues, and misplacing it on the movie. In an interview, DiCaprio called the film “a biography of a scumbag.” “I understood how Jordan must have felt,” DiCaprio said. “These people idolizing you even though I’m preaching to them about screwing people over to its ultimate degree.” It’s not every day that a 71-year-old filmmaker ( w h o s e “G o o d f e l l a s” shares much with his latest movie) releases a film that provokes like “The Wolf of Wall Street” has. Said Scorsese: “If it raises the ire of some people, that might be a good thing because it makes you think about it.”



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Wednesday January 8, 2014

Disney’s newest release meets expectations of all ages

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««««« « “Frozen,” the 53rd animated movie to come out of the Walt Disney Studios, has brought laughter to audiences of all ages since its debut in late November. The story follows prin-

cesses Elsa and Ana, voiced by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell. At a young age, Elsa learns she has magical cryogenic powers. Fear ing what she could do, Elsa’s parents, the king and queen, help conceal her powers. Elsa locked herself in a room for years as Ana is left wandering alone in the castle, wishing for her sis-

ter to come out and build a snowman like they used to. After the death of the girls’ parents, when she is finally of age, Elsa must ascend to the throne. The kingdom learns of Elsa’s gift and shuns her, forcing her to leave. While trying to save her sister, Ana is accidentally struck in the heart by Elsa’s ice powers. Only an act of true love can save her from being frozen

forever. The story, loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” is full of twists and turns. “Frozen” is most visually stimulating movie to come from Disney in since “The Lion King.” In one scene Elsa uses her ability to craft an ice kingdom. A full palette of blues, rich purples and crystal whites paint the

screen. What would a movie like “Frozen” be without a lovable animal creature? Audiences get double the money with Sven, a dog-like reindeer, and Olaf, the lovable snowman. One downside to this film is the rocky beginning. Much of the singing feels obligatory, as if the director felt they “had” to make this film a musical.

But “Let it Go,” sung by Broadway diva Menzel, is an outright hit. Parents will be glad to know this movie has a surprisingly good message to take home. The theme of hardwon acceptance, self-confidence and the power of sisterhood pulse vibrantly through the adventure film. daa&

Country artist Jake Owen strikes gold with newest release ‘Days of Gold’ Carly smith a&e writer @dailyathenauem

««««« Even though “Days of Gold” was released in December, that doesn’t mean you can’t pop it in and pretend you’re at the beach.

of his No. 1 single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” in 2011. “Days of Gold” overall has a mix of upbeat and slow songs, focusing on themes of love, summertime and the beach. This album will make any listener immediately feel like hopping on the next flight to Florida. The title track is an upbeat song about summertime fun. It begins with a guitar solo and has a rocky beat that follows the song until the end. “Days of Gold” was released as a single in August and has done very

Country music star Jake Owen released his fourth album last month to top off a great year in country music. Owen toured with Keith Urban in 2011 on his “Get Closer” world tour and is preparing to embark on a headlining tour this year. He has found great success since he first skyrocketed in popularity in 2006 especially after the release

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well on the charts. “Beachin’” is a fun track that starts with Owen speaking the verses. The song reflects on Owen being in Daytona Beach, Fla., and has a very beachyrock vibe. “Ghost Town” is an upbeat ballad about a girl leaving Owen, but he still sees her everywhere he goes. “One Little Kiss (Never Killed Nobody)” is another slower track that outlines the topic of getting back with a girl, but not being too close. Owen is having a hard time dealing with a

breakup in this song, and he is having problems of still being too attached to an ex who just wants to have fun. The track still has a relaxed tone and is relatable to many. The one downfall to “Days of Gold” is that many songs have the same message and all talk about the same general theme, which may only appeal to a small group of listeners. There are also a few tracks on the album that fall short of expectations. “1972” is a little too hard rock-sounding compared

to the more relaxed songs on the album. “Tipsy” is rather mediocre and doesn’t give the same feelgood vibe the other tracks radiate. Even with the few shortcomings, “Days of Gold” is a solid album. It will be a summertime favorite and a relaxing escape from the arctic weather in Morgantown. Pop this album in, sip on a good drink, and pretend you’re somewhere sunny until spring break rolls around. daa&

‘Pretty Little Liars’ returns


NEW YORK (AP) — “Pretty Little Liars” has hooked viewers with the twists and turns of four friends who are repeatedly tormented in their fictional town after their best friend Alison DiLaurentis is murdered. That’s why many fans were shocked in the show’s annual Halloween episode when it was revealed that Alison was alive and had been in hiding this whole time. The series resumes its fourth season Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST, and actress Sasha Pieterse, who plays Alison, says even though “the girls find a little bit of satisfaction” in new episodes, all isn’t roses in Rosewood. “There’s so much that they’ve been through and to know that Alison was

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alive and didn’t do anything when certain things happen – I think that they’re going have to deal with that because that’s painful, too. I think they’re happy that she’s alive and probably pissed off,” laughed Pieterse in a recent interview. Now that we know Alison is alive, Pieterse will play a more prominent role. Pieterse says the big questions now are “where has she been hiding and who has she been hiding from.” For fans that can’t wait to see how the series unfolds, Pieterse advises a great way to get answers is by re-watching old episodes. “If you go back and watch again you’ll pick up little pieces,” she teased. “There are things to find.”

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Local musician turns to Blue Moose Cafe for creative outlet Ashley Denardo Web editor @AMDENARDO

On a Friday afternoon, Morgantown’s Blue Moose Cafe was filled with warm faces, the aroma of fresh, steaming dark roast and the sounds of Appalachian music. A mysterious, tattooed man with long, blond hair wearing a leather jacket and jeans was sipping something hot and staring at the fiddle and guitar players before him. The Blue Moose Cafe is like a second home to local musician Shenendoah Thompson, the mysterious man who was captivated by the sounds swirling around the cafe like the steam off his latte. The 25-year-old used his

hand gestures to enhance his stories as he spoke. While he was rather engaging and articulate, he would pause frequently, taking time to think before speaking. His father had a dream almost 26 years ago that he had found a baby with long fingers. When he woke, he proclaimed his son would be a musician. “He sort of wrote the story before I did,” Thompson said. Both Thompson’s parents were musical and had him onstage before he was even finished with kindergarten. His mother strummed John Hiatt’s “Perfectly Good Guitar” as 5-year-old Thompson sang to the crowd of more than 100 people in Wadestown, W.Va. “I haven’t gotten off

stage since,” Thompson said. While music was always a big part of his life, it didn’t become his focus until after he began high school. He was bullied in public school and didn’t have a lot of friends. Through homeschooling and playing guitar, Thompson was able to find himself at age 13 and make it through the hard times. He started by playing covers as an outlet for his emotions. “Music was the turning point – my salvation,” he said. “It became very cathartic very quickly.” Since then, Thomspon learned to play sixand 12-string guitar, bass, drums, some piano and has written more than 200 songs about the injustices in the world, his 18-monthold son and overcoming

struggles. “I’m just a local, quiet man, who is likely to buy you a coffee or a beer and try and play you a song,” he said. “My creative process is always different, but it never ends. It’s more of a feeling, not a process. I liken it to something that I am going through rather something that I’m doing.” The feelings that release when he plays his music are almost unexplainable. “It’s like getting the wind knocked out of you,” he said. “A cascade of everything at once.” During the next few years, Thompson hopes to make a living off his music, playing gigs in front of tens of thousands of people in a Paul Simon-esque atmosphere at a classical concert hall, though he would

not be unhappy touring San Francisco at all of the coffee shops he could find. He dreams of playing in Times Square but would have liked to play Shea Stadium in New York for the irony of it since “Shea” is his nickname. Besides music, Thompson is involved in almost anything creative and expressive that you can think of. He does theater, painting, photography and poetry. He is currently directing a play for M.T. Pockets Theatre called “Stone Touching” that will begin in January. Thompson is mostly a romantic and is largely influenced by the writing of John Lennon, who spread the message of love, but he also has very opinionated views socially about the

role of music and the “injustices” he writes about in some of his songs. “The deck is very unfairly stacked, and it doesn’t have to be,” Thompson said. “A lot of people have given up trying to shuffle and sort it.” Thompson finished his latte and sat silently for a few moments. Suddenly, he took out a pad of paper and some pencils from his messenger bag and began writing. “Music tells the truth,” he said. “It’s very hard to lie through music. A lot of what is on the radio is so similar, it’s like telling a bad joke. If you don’t want people to think, don’t let the music change.” Thompson turned back to his writing once more. daa&

‘Killzone Shadow Fall’ offers science fiction shooter experience, provides outstanding graphics

Westley ThompSon A&E WRiter @DAILYATHENAEUM

««««« « “Killzone Shadow Fall” is the fourth console installment of the PlayStation exclusive Killzone series, and the first game of the series to be available on the PlayStation 4. The series follows the ongoing conflicts between the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance and the imperialistic Helghast. “Shadow Fall” takes complete advantage over all of the new system’s hardware capabilities. The graphics

are the most significant difference. Gone are the grey and brown color palettes that previous games had to offer, and now players are given stunning rich and detailed environments. The new features of the PlayStation 4’s controller are wonderfully utilized, as well. In the single player campaign, players can use the DualShock 4’s touchpad to issue orders to their drone ally, the OWL. Additionally, the controller’s light bar is used with changing colors to indicate the player’s health. Campaign mode offers an excellent single player experience. This game takes place after the events of “Killzone 3,” in which their planet is

destroyed. The Helghast are given refuge on the planet Vekta, the home of their conquerors. Soon after, a wall is built and tensions rise between the two factions. Players take control of Lucas Kellan, a Vektan native who watched his father die at the hands of the Helghast when he was only a child. Kellan joins a special forces group known as the Shadow Marshalls, which was clandestine tactics to keep the Helghast in check. One side is not entirely evil, and the other is not entirely righteous. Although the Helghast are the antagonist of the game, they are painted in a more sympathetic light

than in previous installments of the series. Throughout the game it is revealed Helghast refugees have suffered in various ways due to Vektan policies. Unfortunately, gameplay does not live up to the standard the story has set. Although the controls are tight and accurate, the missions themselves quickly become bland. The multiplayer option is where the game truly shines. “Shadow Fall’s” online mode plays like the perfect mix between the Halo series and Call of Duty, with just a little Team Fortress 2 thrown in. “Killzone Shadow Fall” lacks a wide variety of weapons, but this ends up be-

ing a blessing in disguise. Other game series offer a greater variety of weapons and equipment with each new iteration. However, often there is a negligible difference between each gun. By limiting the variety, “Shadow Fall” ensures that each weapon and piece of equipment feels unique. Each item fills a niche, and because of this players can create highly specialized classes that suit their gameplay style perfectly. “Killzone’s” warzone game type seamlessly melds team deathmatch with objective style gameplay, creating a strategic and fast paced experience. Players are also encouraged to create their

own game types by altering the settings. This gives the potential for some crazy and fun matches, one example being “ghost hide and seek,” where everyone is equipped with only a cloaking device and a knife. “Killzone Shadow Fall” offers PlayStation 4 owners an excellent science fiction shooter experience. The graphics are amazing, and display the potential that the new systems offer. Although the campaign mode can become monotonous at times, the cool story and brilliantly polished multiplayer mode will keep gamers coming back for more. daa&

The Directors Guild of America announces nominations LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve McQueen gained his first directors guild nomination on Tuesday for his grim historic saga “12 Years a Slave,” securing the British director’s place as a top contender for an Academy Award. Other first-time nominees were Alfonso Cuaron for his lost-in-space odyssey “Gravity,” and Paul Greengrass for his Somali pirate thriller “Captain Phillips.” Past nominee David O. Russell received a bid for his con-artist tale “American Hustle.” He was nominated in 2010 for his boxing drama “The Fighter.” Martin Scorsese earned his 11th nomination for his highfinance extravaganza, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Scorsese won a Directors Guild of America award in 2006 for the crime tale “The Departed” and again in 2010 for his work on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Scorsese was honored with the DGA lifetime achievement award in 2003. If McQueen wins this year for “12 Years a Slave,” he would become the first black director to earn the guild’s feature film accolade. “To be included in such an amazing group of filmmakers and also to be honored by my peers makes me feel very humble and proud,” he said in a statement. John Singleton was the first black director to be nominated for the award for “Boyz n the Hood” in 1991, and Lee Daniels was nominated in 2009 for “Precious.” In 2013, the guild elected TV director Paris Barclay as its first African-American, openly gay president. Last month, McQueen was

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West Virginia learns how to close games out down the stretch, wins first two Big 12 contests by doug walp sports writer @dailyathenaeum

Despite dropping five of its first 13 games this season, the West Virginia men’s basketball team has had a chance to win nearly every single contest it’s played this year. Closing out opponents down the stretch, however, has proved to be the Mountaineers’ biggest challenge through the bulk of its nonconference schedule. After blowing a 17-point first-half lead against Virginia Tech in an eventual loss in Blacksburg early in the year, WVU again found itself in prime position late to take down nonconfer-

ence opponents Purdue and Gonzaga in the Mountaineers’ two games at the WVU Coliseum during the holiday break. In each of those matchups, though, the Mountaineers sputtered offensively and defensively down the stretch and eventually fell short of notching a pair of key nonconference victories over quality visiting opponents. Since those consecutive home losses, West Virginia rebounded with a threegame winning streak, including two consecutive road wins to open Big 12 Conference play undefeated. They join the students in returning to Morgantown for their home

conference opener Saturday against Oklahoma State. “It’s significant,” said sophomore guard Eron Harris. “We want to be the best team in the Big 12, and now we’re 2-0 in the Big 12. We just have to keep the streak going.” What was perhaps even more gratifying for WVU head coach Bob Huggins and his players was the context of the Mountaineers’ first two conference wins – two late victories earned in contests that could have easily gone either way in the closing minutes, a distinct contrast from those aforementioned nonconference losses earlier in the season.

After the second conference road win, an overtime victory at Texas Tech Monday night, Huggins said ideally his team should have never been in those onepossession situations late during the last two contests, but did so because they simply continue to show complacency at times, taking possessions off in the second half after accruing what they feel is a comfortable lead. The difference in these two games, however, was the Mountaineers were able to shake off this complacency and finish stronger down the stretch. “They play hard until the game is over,” said junior guard Juwan Staten of Texas

Tech’s effort in WVU’s eventual overtime win. “They just had a close game with (No. 9, 13-0) Iowa State and took them all the way to the wire, tied the game up after being down 15. So we knew that they weren’t going to give up, even if we got a large lead on them.” Huggins also pointed out after the Texas Tech win one thing he’s been doing differently late in games recently is going with his more seasoned and experienced players out on the floor. He said he’s been happy with the growth of his freshmen but has found it easier to draw up offensive and defensive plays late for players who have played

within his system for at least one full season. “I think what we’ve done the last couple times has been with guys that we’ve had for a year,” Huggins said. “Just try to get the freshmen out of the way so that we can do something with those guys.” Despite the ongoing complacency issues, Huggins said getting out of Texas with two conference road wins in as many nights was extremely satisfying. “I think any coach in the league would be excited about getting two wins on the road,” Huggins said. “It’s a hard league to win in on the road.”



Wednesday January 8, 2014

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Watkins emerging in role since Capital Classic by joe mitchin sports writer @dailyathenaeum

Sooner or later it was bound to matter. The young West Virginia men’s basketball team, held together by juniors and sophomores, appears to have grown up. WVU defeated TCU and Texas Tech earlier this week to begin Big 12 play. Many believe the success is due in large part to freshman forward Brandon Watkins. “There were a whole lot of people that didn’t think Brandon (Watkins) would ever make it when he first showed up,” said head coach Bob Huggins. “He’s probably made more improvement than anyone on our team. It’s hard for freshmen. (Watkins) changes shots, and he rebounds the ball.” Watkins, a 6-foot-9 newcomer from Decatur,

Ga., played sparingly in November. He played 10 or more minutes in just four of the team’s first nine games. However, it all changed at the Capital Classic in Charleston, when the Mountaineers needed a spark against Marshall. The freshman saw a career-high 25 minutes scoring 12 points and adding 11 rebounds in the 74-64 victory. Since then, Watkins hasn’t looked back. Watkins has only scored a total of nine points in West Virginia’s past four games, but he continues to earn minutes by effective play in other areas. Watkins is averaging more than six rebounds and has earned 10 blocks in the last five games. WVU is 4-1 in those contests. He played 20 minutes in the 89-86 overtime victory over Texas Tech Mon-

day night. “Even though (Brandon) has had some success in games, he still doubts himself a little bit,” said junior guard Juwan Staten. “Every time he has some success it takes him in another direction. The more and more he plays and learns that he’s definitely good enough to compete and make a difference in a game, he’ll be better off.” West Virginia is 2-0 in league play for the first time since the 2009-10 season – the year the team advanced all the way to the Final Four. The team continues to play game-by-game and has won back-to-back road contests after starting the year 0-2 playing away. “Knowing we’re on a road trip and need this win, that offs the scale a lot,” said sophomore guard Terry Henderson.

“We all had to play hard and play a little bit out of our comfort zone to get this win.” The Mountaineers return home for the first time since before Christmas on Saturday, when the team hosts No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers will certainly need the services of the young Watkins on defense to contain the Cowboys’ 85.7 points per game average – good for No. 14 in the country. West Virginia and Oklahoma State tipoff Saturday at 4 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins shouts instructions to freshman forward Brandon Watkins in the Capital Classic against Marshall at the Charleston Civic Center.

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Zee proving to be leader for WVU by dillon durst sports writer @dailyathenaeum

Midway through the season, junior swimmer Jenelle Zee has proven herself to be a leader for the West Virginia University women’s swimming and diving team. Zee is coming off a solid performance at the Orange Bowl Swim Classic Jan. 3, where she finished No. 5 in a field of 22 swimmers in the 50-meter breaststroke. The Long Valley, N.J., native has been consistent for the Mountaineers so far, scoring numerous crucial points. Zee said she believes the season is going very well but now is no time to become complacent. “There’s going to be a focus on team building and coming

together as a team and making a single unit,” Zee said. Before arriving at West Virginia University, Zee was a highly decorated swimmer in high school. During her four years she was named three-time allstate, two-time all-county and all-conference and pronounced a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Academic All-American. “I came from a club team where the coach wasn’t very involved because he wanted us to become independent,” Zee said. “A lot goes into it. You have to find a balance between your social life and school, which is really important. You can’t put too much focus on swimming alone or your performance will suffer.” Zee was able to come to

WVU and contribute right away during the 2011-12 season. She competed in 100-meter breast, 200-meter breast and was a member of both the 200 and 400-meter medley relay, finishing in the top three at several meets. In the 2013 season, Zee performed exceptionally well, finishing fourth in the 100-meter breast at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 1:01.76. This season, Zee is looking to one-up her performance from 2013 and compete at the NCAA Championships in March. “My goal is to get personalbest times … I just need to focus on getting myself to those specific time goals,” Zee said.


Wednesday January 8, 2014



Kickoff return propels Florida State to title

Big 12 football closing gap with SEC When Florida State topped Auburn in the BCS National Championship game Monday night, the SEC’s streak of seven straight national championships came to an end. Outside the end of the championship streak, another trend emerged this college football season. The Big 12 is closing the gap between itself and the SEC and has firmly established itself as the second best football conference in the nation. In the last decade the SEC has become known as the most powerful conference. The talent gap between the SEC and the rest of the conferences was seen almost as insurmountable. This season, however, the football powerhouse has come down to the Earth. Meanwhile, the Big 12 was one of the deepest, most competitive conferences this year and proved itself against some of the better teams in the SEC in bowl season. Not many people gave Oklahoma, which struggled against teams like West Virginia during Big 12 play, a chance against mighty Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Sooners came out on a mission and dominated the Crimson Tide on their way to an eye-opening 45-31 victory. There was talk before the Sugar Bowl if Alabama won, no matter who came out on top in the National Championship, the Crimson Tide would be considered the best team in the nation. Oklahoma quickly dismantled that theory. The team that might have been considered the best in the country was blown away by the second-place finisher in the Big 12. Oklahoma State made a statement of its own against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys took a team that appeared in the SEC’s championship game down to the wire before a late turnover cost them a chance at their 11th win of the season. The SEC won three of the five cross-conference matchups this season. A 3-2 record hardly establishes dominance. The perception about the SEC is that any team from that conference would have no problem beating Top-25 teams from around the nation. In reality, the SEC finished 4-8 against Top-25 teams from other conferences, while the Big 12 finished 3-5. Another sign of a good conference is depth. In the Big 12 this year, very few outcomes were predictable during conference play. West Virginia finished 4-8 but still managed to defeat No. 11 Oklahoma State early in the season. Even the teams with the worst records had a chance to beat the league’s best during any given week. Every team in the Big 12 had at least one conference win this season. The SEC had two teams, Arkansas and Kentucky, finish 0-8 in conference play. The top teams in the SEC were able to bolster their records by making a living against the worst teams in the league. The point is not that the SEC is overrated, because it isn’t. Seven straight national championships don’t lie. The point is the Big 12 is underrated. It doesn’t receive the media attention like the SEC does, but this league is just as competitive and talented. The Big 12 is closing the gap with the SEC and is on its way to receiving the sort of attention and respect it deserves.


Florida State kick returner Levonte Whitfield takes a kickoff back for a touchdown against Auburn. PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — America, meet Kermit Whitfield. In a game with a Heisman winner, a Heisman finalist and future NFL players on both sides, a freshman made the momentum-shifting play that helped Florida State rally for a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the final BCS championship game. The Seminoles trailed 2420 with less than five minutes remaining when Auburn kicked off following a 22-yard field goal. Whitfield, one of the fastest play-

ers in the country, caught the ball in the end zone and took off up the left seam. Teammate Karlos Williams made a block and an Auburn player got out of his lane to open a gaping alley. Whitfield was never touched en route to a 100yard return that gave the Seminoles their first lead, 27-24 with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter, since going up 3-0 in the first quarter. He knew he was gone soon as Williams sealed off the defender, allowing him to turn the corner. “Knew nobody was going

to catch me,” Whitfield said. “I saw green. I saw daylight. That’s all I saw. I can’t really explain. “I’m gone. You can’t touch me.’’ Coach Jimbo Fisher actually predicted Whitfield would score a touchdown at halftime. Coaches and players felt they were close to breaking a long one on previous kick returns. “He said either it’s going to be a set up for good yardage, or it’s going to be a touchdown,’’ Williams said. “I said, ‘No. 7, what it’s going to be?’ He said, ‘It’s go-

ing to be a touchdown.’’’ At 5-foot-7, Whitfield is the smallest player on the roster, but also the fastest. He ran a 10.15 100-meter dash in high school that was the third-fastest in Florida high school history. Whitfield said he couldn’t remember the last time he was caught from behind on the football field. The last time he ran a 40-yard dash he finished in 4.37 seconds – and that was untrained. He believes he’s faster now. Whitfield had only three rushes during the season, but two went for touch-

downs and he averaged 36.7 yards per carry. He caught five passes for an average of 17.8 yards per reception. Whitfield added a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Wake Forest on Nov. 9. “He’s as good as anybody I’ve ever been around,’’ Fisher said. “and to do it at that stage – our team blocked very well – but he has that finishing speed and I think the sky’s the limit for that guy in his whole career here at Florida State.’’

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WVU looks to win 14th straight against Baylor by jon fehrens sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia women’s basketball team will lay their 2-0 record on the line against No. 7 Baylor at the WVU Coliseum Wednesday night. Th e Mou nt a i n e e rs are off to a record start in Big 12 Conference play after defeating Kansas and Oklahoma State on the road Jan. 2 and 4, respectively. Head coach Mike Carey’s squad is riding a 13game win streak – the fourth longest in program history. “That was a great game,” Carey said. “Oklahoma State has a great team. They kicked our butt on the glass, and I thought they out-hustled us for a majority of the game. Our girls showed a lot of heart. We were down big in the first half and down big in the second half, and fought back. So you have to give our girls a lot of credit also.” WVU currently sits at

No. 2 in the Big 12 Standings behind Iowa State, who owns a perfect 13-0 record. The Lady Bears own the No. 3 spot, which gives this early conference game a huge implication. The winner of the match will gain ground on conference-leader Iowa State while sending a message to the rest of the Big 12. In order to remain perfect in conference play, center Asya Bussie must continue to play at the current level she displayed in the past few games. Bussie leads the Mountaineers in scoring and rebounds with 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Bussie’s 2.3 blocked shots per game is the third-highest average in the Big 12. Bussie’s fellow senior and running mate, guard Christal Caldwell, has also played a pivotal part in her team’s success this season. Caldwell spread the ball evenly to the starting offense while scoring 12.6 points per game, which is good for third on the team.

Baylor’s head coach, Kim Mulkey, will have a difficult challenge in slowing down the 6-foot-4 Bussie, but Carey will have to find a way to manage Baylor’s senior guard Odyssey Sims. Sims leads the nation in points per game with 30.8, while shooting an efficient 50.9 percent from the field. The senior was a preseason Big 12 Player of the year and dropped 40 points when the Lady Bears stomped Kansas State, 92-63. The Lady Bears’ only loss this season came from a quadruple–overtime loss to Kentucky. Mulkey’s team won 42 consecutive conference games under her reign. WVU will try to avenge its losses to Baylor from the 2012-13 season at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The game can be streamed live on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at or on 100.9 WSZT-FM.



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Senior guard Christal Caldwell goes up for a layup in the Mountaineers’ victory over Fairleigh Dickinson earlier this season.

Mountaineers, Carey off to memorable start in 2013-14 by kevin hooker sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia women’s basketball team is off to one of their greatest starts in team history. The

Mountaineers (13-1, 2-0) will look to extend their win streak to 14 Wednesday at home against Baylor. The team nearly cracked the Associated Press Top 25 following their 7167 road upset over Oklahoma State. WVU picked

up 74 points in the media poll, 14 votes behind No. 25 Georgia. Despite weak competition early in the season, it’s obvious this team is a legitimate contender in the Big 12 Conference. The play of their bigs, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, has been key to the team’s success. Led by senior center Asya Bussie, the Mountaineers are No. 5 in the Big 12 in team defense – giving up just more than 58 points per contest. WVU alters five shots per contest, good enough for third-best in the conference. Bussie notched her fourth double-double of the season to open Big 12 play against Kansas, registering 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Her six offensive rebounds in that game helped WVU compile 23 total offensive boards. In the team’s come-from-behind victory against Oklahoma State,

Bussie scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots. She is WVU’s leading scorer and rebounder with 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. “It’s about being consistent,” said head coach Mike Carey. “We’re going to win by playing defense and rebounding. We’re scoring a little bit better this year than we have in the past, and hopefully we can continue that. We need to continue to believe that we can win.” Upsetting Oklahoma State, some argue, was the best game in WVU women’s 40-year basketball program history. The Mountaineers needed a 15-2 game-winning rally during the final five minutes against the then-undefeated Cowgirls. “Our girls showed a lot of heart (in that game),” Carey said. “We were down big in the first half and down big in the sec-

ond half but fought back. So you have to give our girls a lot of credit.” Although o u t- r e bounded 45-34, the West Virginia defense held Oklahoma State to 32 percent shooting (20 of 63). “I’ve said it since Aysa Bussie’s been here. She’s probably the best defensive center in the country,” Carey said. “With that being said, we don’t want to get her in foul trouble early on (in the game). But she’s smart enough to know that. “I think we’re a lot better defensively in the post this year (compared to previous seasons).” Now in his 13th season, Carey, a Clarksburg, W.Va., native, could potentially finish with the best season during his tenure in Morgantown. His career record of 257-114 is the best winning percentage in program history.


Paul frustrated over shoulder injury LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers point guard Chris Paul was upset right after he separated his right shoulder Friday at Dallas. That’s all over now. Speaking for the first time since the injury, Paul said Monday he was focused on making it back to the court. “I want to play and I need to play,” Paul said before Los Angeles faced Orlando in the opener of a four-game homestand. “You just want to be out there to help your team. But I’m cool. I woke up yesterday and was done feeling sorry for myself. It’s one of those situations where it could have been worse. Now, it’s all about attacking the rehab.” Paul is expected to miss at least six weeks after he was tripped by Mavericks guard Monta Ellis while dribbling around a screen during the

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Clippers’ 119-112 victory. “I was mad. That’s why I slammed my mouthpiece,” said Paul, who signed a fiveyear deal worth nearly $108 million back in July after becoming a free agent. “I felt it when it happened and I could sort of hear it, and I knew it was pretty significant. As an athlete, you prepare and do everything possible to try not to get injured. So that was the most frustrating part.” The six-time All-Star, who shoots right-handed, had an MRI on Sunday and will not need surgery. The Clippers rallied for the win against the Mavericks. But they lost 116-92 at San Antonio on Saturday with Paul’s former New Orleans teammate, five-year veteran Darren Collison, taking over as the starting point guard. “Chris took it hard – and he should. He’s a competitor, and that’s why I love him,” coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s emotional, and I love emotional guys. The one thing I told him was: ‘We can’t get the injury back. It’s happened. So let’s look at this as a

blessing - that you get to have fresh legs for the stretch run.’ That’s the only way you can look at it.” Collison was UCLA’s starting point guard for his final three seasons with the Bruins. As a rookie in 2009-10 with New Orleans, Collison filled in when Paul had to sit out with injuries and set a single-game franchise record for rookies with 20 assists. Last season with Dallas, he became the starting point guard after Jason Kidd left for free agency. He eventually was bumped to the bench after the Mavericks signed Derek Fisher, but regained his starting job 14 games later. “Derrick is not the Christype point guard,” Rivers said. “But Darren’s started, he’s been in the league a long time and he knows how to play. He just plays differently. He’s a more aggressive scorer, so we’ve just got to make sure he has the right balance between that and making sure the key guys – especially the starters – are involved offensively and that the team has a rhythm.”

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