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Brittany Newsome, a sophomore public relations student, rides down Price Street on a sled pulled by dog, Beau. Many students took advantage of Tuesday’s snow storm and enjoyed the weather outdoors with friends.

WVU classes not canceled until 3 p.m. despite snow storm, poor road conditions by summer ratcliff

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The last time West Virginia University was closed for inclement weather was Dec. 19, 2009, due to the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency, and classes were last canceled Jan. 26, 2011, at 4 p.m. WVU students and faculty, as well as residents of Monongalia County and the surrounding areas awoke Tuesday morning, to a heavy blanket of snow already covering the roadways and sidewalks. Additional snow continued to fall at a rapid rate for the remainder of the day. State authorities asked those who did not need to be on the roadways to stay home, the PRT was closed for much of the day and the WVU Accessibillity Van Service did not operate. However, WVU did not call for a cancellation of all evening classes until 3 p.m. According to a press release issued by the University in December regarding winter weather and class cancellations, the University rarely chooses to close entirely. However, there are certain times when classes may be delayed or canceled while the remainder of entities, such as libraries and dining halls remain open. The release stated, “Under WVU’s weather emergency procedures, the University police officer in charge when snow or ice starts to accumulate is responsible for contacting campus officials and local and state agencies to inquire about road conditions and weather forecasts. Any decision to cancel classes – or to close the University or a regional campus or office – will then be made after several University officials have con-

Morgantown City Council’s regular meeting has been postponed until Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.

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The Festival of Ideas lecture by Paul Holcomb has been rescheduled for March 6.

SNOWDAY GALLERY Want to see more pictures of Tuesday’s snow storm in Morgantown? Check out our gallery at sulted on the condition of campus roads and grounds as well as conditions in the vicinity.” University Police Chief Bob Roberts said his police officers collect the road and sidewalk information from their midnight shift and then report that information to University administrators who are responsible for the final decisions. “Initially this morning it wasn’t all that bad, and nobody expected it to turn out this way – even the road crews hadn’t been out when I went in to work this morning,” Roberts said. “We are typically looking at the roadways when we make these decisions and how the University’s roads and grounds are, but there are a lot of factors that go into deciding whether or not to close a university.” By 8 a.m., the start of on-campus classes, more than five inches of snow had accumulated. Sidewalks and stairs, as well as roads throughout campus were covered in snow and extremely treacherous in many places. “WVU Facilities (roads and ground) staff began


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clearing streets and walkways at 5 a.m.,” said John Bolt, Director of University Relations. “However the speed of the accumulation made it difficult to keep up, but they have continued to clear throughout the day.” Bolt also said it is typical University practice to leave the decision whether to hold classes up to instructors and to allow students to decide whether or not they will attend those classes. “In weather situations like this, we leave it to the good judgment of our students and employees alike on whether they can at- A group of students held a snowball fight on the Mountainlair Green Tuesday. tend class or get to work,” Bolt said. “Faculty and supervisors are urged to be understanding. “Many students live on campus and many faculty and staff also live close by. There are also procedures in place through Employee Relations, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to address individual situations.” While many classes were canceled individually by professors and large numbers of students stayed home for the day, Kyle Tucker, a sophomore computer science student, said he just couldn’t miss his classes so he decided to get creative with his mode of transportation. “I rarely miss class. To me, the snow was certainly SUBMITTED not a reason to skip today. It Students were spotted skiing across campus Tuesday as was a reason to go to class,” they traveled to and from classes. Tucker said. “Morgantown hardly ever gets snow accumulation, so I decided to take advantage of this gnarly storm and just ski to class.” To sign up to receive emergency alert messages from the University, including those regarding inclement weather, visit http://




1 WVU Facilities (roads and

grounds crews) work to clear campus roads and sidewalks. 2 University Police officers access road conditions during the midnight shift. UPD reports their findings to WVU officials. 3 University administrators make a final decision and alert students regarding any cancellations or delays.

Most campus staircases and sidewalks were not cleared as students commuted to campus Tuesday morning.

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Wednesday January 22, 2014

Alcohol amnesty focuses on safety by courtney mcdonald correspondent @dailyathenaeum

The students at West Virginia University are notorious for creating the party-like atmosphere in Morgantown, and the Student Government Association hopes to keep students safe and out of trouble with the Alcohol Amnesty program. The purpose of Alcohol Amnesty is for students to

wipe their records clean by attending alcohol education classes free of charge. The program will also protect students, inform them of their options and encourage them to call authorities when in need of medical attention. For example, if a student has too much to drink, they can be taken to the hospital without the student’s peers having to stress over getting a citation. More than 90 universities currently adhere to the

program. According to Evan McIntyre, Board of Governors member and sophomore industrial engineering student, the administration of the program has resulted in more students calling 911 at other universities. Students are no longer afraid of being reprimanded for their actions, and their focus is now on the safety of themselves and others. McIntyre is helping this dream become a reality for

SGA works to make E. Moore Hall space available by evelyn merithew staff writer @dailyathenaeum

A common student grievance at West Virginia University is the lack of a place to exercise on the Downtown Campus. However, a Student Government Association member has set out to change that. Board of Governors member Afsheen Misaghi has been trying to secure a space for students to exercise on the downtown campus since October 2013. “Last year, I lived on the Downtown Campus, and one main complaint was that people enjoy working out but don’t have a car,” Misaghi said. “It takes 20 minutes to get to the Rec on the PRT or a bus, you work out for 40 minutes to an hour, then it takes 20 minutes to get back. Forty minutes of travel time wasn’t worth it to exercise.” Misaghi and a few other SGA members met with Nancy Bond, Student Recreation Center fitness and wellness manager. “(Bond) said she would be willing to not necessarily add but reschedule a class,” Misaghi said. “So instead of having one that was regularly programmed for the Rec, we would have it at the Downtown Campus. She said I just needed to find a place.” Misaghi said after conducting his search, it came down to E. Moore Hall because of the building’s gym and dance studio. The dance space is run by the WVU CPASS program, which also conducts a Lifetime Activities program in which the community who chooses to participate pays a fee. “Since they make money off of this, they told us they aren’t willing to share the

the University. He said it is important to him that students are aware of the program and what it can do for them. “Students shouldn’t have to be afraid to call 911 because of legal repercussions,” McIntyre said. “Students sometimes drink in excess, and I want them to know there is an option there for them.” The program is currently being reviewed with hopes of it being implemented in the near future. BOG members are unsure of just how soon

it will be, and the specifics of the policy have not yet been developed. If the program is passed, students are still susceptible to drinking citations. However, the Alcohol Amnesty program will aim to lessen the amount of citations. “As for police, they are still going to be on the scene, but the No. 1 concern is student safety,” McIntyre said.

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space,” Misaghi said. However, Misaghi said SGA is asking for the space when it is not even being used, two mornings a week from 6:15 to 7:15. The dance studio would provide an area for WVU students to get in some cardiovascular exercise, and according to Misaghi, the potential classes that would be held are body pump, Zumba, Cardio Party, Boot Camp, pilates and Yoga Flow. Olivia Plazak, a speech pathology and audiology student, said she enjoys the classes at the Rec, but the lack of transportation is not worth it. “The Rec Center classes are great, but it’s too hard for people who live downtown who don’t have a lot of ways to get there, especially early in the morning,” Plazak said. “If there were any classes downtown, it would be much more convenient for those who are motivated to work out.” There will be an online petition set up by the end of the week where students can sign as a supporter to gain access to the E. Moore Hall gym space, and students will be able to access the link through SGA’s Twitter and Facebook. Students can also reach out to Misaghi and SGA or the CPASS school and the Rec Center. “The valid argument at the end of the day is that we are trying to use a space that students pay a large tuition fee for,” Misaghi said. “We pay tuition so we can use facilities. We aren’t asking to use the space during the time of the program or eliminate it, we are asking for the space when they don’t use it.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue that the U.S. president wants to be a central theme of his second term. In the complicated relationship between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church, the White House sees the popular new pontiff and his emphasis on the plight of the poor as a form of moral validation of the president’s economic agenda. When Obama delivered a major address on the economy last month, he cited the growth of inequality across the developed world and made sure to note that “the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length.” The White House and the Vatican announced Tuesday that Obama will meet with the pope on March 27 during a four-day European trip that includes a nuclear se-

curity summit in the Netherlands and a U.S.-European Union summit in Brussels. The meeting is the first between the president and Pope Francis. Obama had an audience with the previous pope, Benedict XVI, in July 2009. At the time, the Vatican underscored the deep disagreement between them on abortion. Benedict gave the president a copy of a Vatican document on bioethics that asserted the church’s opposition to using embryos for stem cell research, cloning and in-vitro fertilization. Obama supports stem cell research. Francis has made it clear that Catholic positions on homosexuality, samesex marriage and abortion haven’t changed. “But in his view those issues which create conflict need to be deemphasized a bit,” said John C. Green, a political scientist who specializes in religion and politics at the University of Akron. The pope a stir in November when he decried trickledown theories that assert


club does not discriminate based on major. You do not have to be an engineering student to join. “It takes all kinds to get a project of this magnitude to be successful: public relations, advertising, accounting, etc. Personally, I would love to see students of all majors to be interested in rocketry. Everyone can contribute something.” Throughout February, the Experimental Rocketry club will be finalizing a design and building their new rocket, Nova Curiosis (New Found Curiosity). This rocket has been designed to go Mach 1.5 (1,141 mph) and up to a height of 8,500 ft. For more information about joining the Experimental Rocketry club, email WVURocketr y@ The club can also be found on Facebook at WVUER.

hobbyist best summed it up what it is the club does when he said “Model rocketry and high power rocketry are best suited to those who wish to make and fly rockets, and experimental rocketry is perhaps best suited to those who rather wish to make rockets fly.” Justine Schultz, a junior mechanical and aerospace engineering student and the co-president of SPACE, said she joined the rocketry club in fall 2013 as the president to oversee the suborganizations, but ended up falling in love with it. “This club is amazing, and all of my teammates are self-motivated students with some of the sharpest minds on engineering. I’m honor to be affiliated with them,” Schultz said. “Our


This Dec. 8, 2013 photo shows Pope Francis as he arrives at the Spanish Steps to pray at the statue of the Virgin Mary, in central Rome on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast. President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March. that economic growth can “The excluded are still waitresult in greater justice and ing,” he wrote. inclusiveness as unproven. Paul Begala, a former top

aide to President Bill Clinton, said Obama can only benefit from Francis’ emphasis on economic disparities. “It becomes very difficult for conservatives to attack President Obama for being divisive, when the world’s greatest figure for unity is saying pretty much the same thing,” Begala said. Still, Francis’ attention to poverty has also captured the attention of Republicans, among them Rep. Paul Ryan, a devout Catholic and Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. Other Republicans, such as Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky have also staked out prominent anti-poverty positions. The economic theme will be a centerpiece of Obama’s State of the Union address next week. But his specific policies – a higher minimum wage, universal preschool and ending loopholes for the wealthy – face difficulty in Congress in an election year. “American Catholics as a whole don’t tend to take specific policy guidance from

the pope, whether it’s Pope Benedict or Pope Francis,” Green said. “But what the pope can do is to get them thinking about particular issues and thinking about them in distinctly Catholic ways. That kind of rethinking could very well be an advantage to President Obama.” The issue of health care has highlighted other disagreements between the administration and the Catholic Church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been a high-profile critic of a provision in Obama’s health care law that requires employers to provide insurance coverage that includes birth control. Churches and other houses of worship are exempt from the control requirement, but affiliated institutions that serve the general public are not. That includes charitable organizations, universities and hospitals, and critics say that violates religious liberty. The issue is now before the Supreme Court.


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WVU Experimental Rocketry Club fires up hands-on learning for students by summer ratcliff city editor @SummerRatcliff

West Virginia University has been recognized for its work in the fields of aerospace and engineering. This field allows students to cultivate a love for space travel as well as rocketry. At times, these interests can be made stronger inside the classroom. However, these interests are often developed and expanded outside the classroom in students organizations. Experimental Rocketry is a student-run organization, which has recently been renamed and reorganized. Previously the organization was focused solely on building a rocket as a group of engineers. This year, however, the group has more ambitious plans in mind. “We are looking to promote the advancement of amateur highpowered rocketry by educating and uniting like-minded individuals,” said Timothy Fritz, president and founder of Experimental Rocketry. “One of our goals is also to provide members with hands-on learning experience through annual projects.

“Our members are important to us so we want to prepare them for the job market through hands-on experience, leadership development and networking with interested industry professionals.” The Experimental Rocketry club held a motor firing at the WVU Reedsville Farm Monday with its club members to test their newest rocket design. According to Fritz, stationary motor tests are the first critical step to building a successful rocket. The test shows that the design works properly. However, he noted simply knowing the motor creates thrust is not enough. The test stand not only holds the motor in a safe position while it fires, but actually records the thrust force at any given time during the test. By using a computer to analyze the data, a thrust curve can be generated. With this data, the total output of the motor and its efficiency can be calculated. More importantly, Fritz said the data can be used to determine how high the rocket will go, how fast it will go and how much force will be acting on it at any given time. These parameters influence design considerations such as nose

cone shape, fin size and materials. “The motor test went very well,” Fritz said. “The group learned how to assemble the motor correctly and safely position the motor so that data could be collected. We got great numbers from our data, and we are very excited to apply our findings to our rocket that we will be launching in April.” Ryan Maurer, a freshman mechanical and aerospace engineering student and vice president of Experimental Rocketry, said while this motor firing was his 176th since 2007, he still felt excited. “I still get the intense thrill every time one of these things happen,” Maurer said. “For me, it has never been just about getting the data. There is a beauty in a motor firing that can only be fully comprehended by watching one and understanding the amazing processes that take place. “For some in the group this was their introduction to rocketry, and their reactions made it incredibly worth it.” Maurer said Richard Nakka, a prominent amateur rocketry


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Brandon Saho poses for a photo with well-known rapper Kendrick Lamar.

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Brandon Saho, a junior television journalism student at West Virginia University, is chasing his music dreams and not letting anything stop him. The Cincinnati native released his new song “OH!” Wednesday, and so far the video has about 600 views. Saho goes by Brandon for his rap

Brandon Saho is set to release a new mixtape in the spring.

name and is also a member of Sigma Nu chapter at WVU. The song “OH!” has a double meaning. “I want the reaction of people who didn’t think I could do this to be like ‘Oh, he can actually do this,’” Saho said. “The reason it’s capitalized is because I’m from Ohio.” Brandon said the song is “just fun,” aside from showing off his rap skills, the

verses and analogies are supposed to be funny. “’My name is B and I got a plan call your girl Netflix I got her on demand,’ funny stuff like that, is like the genre of college rap,” he said. All the recording, producing and editing Brandon does is in his dorm room in Stalnaker, and he filmed the video for “OH!” in his high school during winter break. He said aside from doing

all the physical work for his music, he is also marketing and promoting himself nonstop. “It’s all about connecting and trying to relate to who you want to reach,” he said. His inspiration came from rapper Mike Posner, whose widely popular song “Cooler Than Me,” came out when he was 19 while attending Duke University. “I want to be able to be motivation for someone

else, because if it wasn’t for Mike Posner, I would not ever want to pursue this,” Saho said. Posner has the same kind of story, recording in his dorm room and also a Sigma Nu, and his first single went platinum in 11 countries. After this semester, Saho plans on either returning home to Cinncinati or Arizona and working solely on music. He plans to release a mixtape this spring, while he

is preparing to go on a small tour with Hunter Moore for Neon Splash, a music show like Dayglow. Saho now has a profile on, which can be viewed at artists/brandon. The page also includes a link to the song “OH!” on YouTube. Follow him on Twitter @theBrandon for more of his music updates. daa&

Celebrities honor Ringo Starr ‘Ride Along’ tops box office LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ringo Starr got an early start to Grammy week, with famous friends honoring him for his life and work. The former Beatle received the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation on Monday night during a tribute concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. In turn, Starr led the crowd in singing happy birthday to Lynch, the director known for “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive,” who was celebrating his 68th birthday. Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono expressed their love for Starr via videos, while George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, was in the crowd. Starr and McCartney will perform separately at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. “It’s a weird place to be this evening,” Starr said onstage. “All this praise is overwhelming, really. It’s really great to look out and see all these people I recognize and three of them are meditating.” Lynch’s foundation helps provide scholarships to teach transcendental meditation - a practice the Beatles dabbled in - to atrisk youth, veterans and domestic violence victims.

“ Ev e r y b o d y l ov e s Ringo,” Lynch said. “Not just because he’s a Beatle, not just because he’s one of the tastiest drummers ever, but because he radiates that peace and love.” Don Was served as musical director for the allstar house band that included Peter Frampton, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. “It’s a great little band,” Starr said. “I know them all personally.” Jesse Elliott and Lindsay Giles of Ark Life kicked off the show with a duet of “Can’t Do It Wrong.” The Head and the Heart paid homage to the Beatles on “Octopus’s Garden” before Brendan Benson sang “Don’t Go Where the Road Don’t Go.” Starr watched from the audience, bobbing his head to the beat. Bettye LaVette offered up a soulful take on “It Don’t Come Easy” after noting her 50th anniversary in the music business. “This is the baddest band I’ve had in the entire 50 years,” she said. Ben Folds tore through “Oh My My,” resembling a mad scientist as he pounded the electric keyboard.

“It’s very rare I play an ironing board for you, and it’s only for Ringo and David,” Folds joked. Ben Harper slowed things down on “Walk With You” before turning the stage over to Joe Walsh, who took a break from the Eagles’ run of shows reopening the Forum to jam for his brother-in-law. Walsh’s wife, Marjorie, is the sister of Starr’s wife, Barbara Bach. “I’m gonna cheat,” Walsh cracked, with the lyrics to “Back Off Boogaloo” propped on a stand in front of him. By then, Starr had left his seat to head backstage, dancing in the wings as Walsh showed off his guitar licks. “I’ve written these songs, but I’ve never heard them like that,” Starr said as he took the stage for the finale. He launched into his hit “Photograph,” then got behind the drums for “Boys.” “I have to play something from the drums so you can see I can still hold the sticks,” he joked. Starr closed the show by taking the lead on “With a Little Help From My Friends,” joined onstage by Jim Carrey, Sheila E. and Edgar Winter as the crowd got on its feet for the sing-along.

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$48,626,380, 1 week. 2. “Lone Survivor,” Universal, $25,929,570, 2,989 locations, $8,675 average, $76,739,691, 4 weeks. 3. “The Nut Job,” Open Road, $25,700,000, 3,427 locations, $7,499 average, $25,700,000, 1 week. 4. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Paramount, $18,034,726, 3,387 locations, $5,325 average, $18,034,726, 1 week. 5. “Frozen,” Disney, $16,068,552, 2,979 locations, $5,394 average, $336,699,913, 9 weeks. 6. “American Hustle,” Sony, $11,764,995, 2,204 locations, $5,338 average, $117,596,186, 6 weeks. 7. “Devil’s Due,” Fox, $9,145,358, 2,544 locations, $3,595 average, $9,145,358, 1 week. 8. “August : Osage County,” The Weinstein Company, $8,801,086, 2,051 locations, $4,291 average, $19,390,356, 4 weeks. 9. “The Wolf Of Wall S t re e t ,” Pa r a m o u n t , $8,370,423, 1,930 locations, $4,337 average, $91,147,021, 4 weeks. 10. “Saving Mr. Banks,” Disney, $4,870,715, 2,449 locations, $1,989 average, $76,115,012, 6 weeks. 11. “Her,” Warner Bros., $4,832,192, 1,729 locations, $2,795 average, $15,831,619,

5 weeks. 12. “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,” Warner Bros., $4,540,164, 1,815 locations, $2,501 average, $249,360,009, 6 weeks. 13. “The Legend Of Hercules,” Lionsgate, $4,154,895, 2,104 locations, $1,975 average, $15,130,546, 2 weeks. 14. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Lionsgate, $3,019,819, 1,328 locations, $2,274 average, $418,019,611, 9 weeks. 15. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” Paramount, $2,578,890, 1,731 locations, $1,490 average, $122,510,239, 5 weeks. 16. “Gravity,” Warner Bros., $2,307,261, 944 locations, $2,444 average, $258,717,930, 16 weeks. 17. “12 Years A Slave,” Fox Searchlight, $1,969,329, 761 locations, $2,588 average, $41,073,627, 14 weeks. 18. “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty,” Fox, $1,651,471, 1,037 locations, $1,593 average, $55,447,289, 4 weeks. 19. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” Paramount, $1,602,244, 1,569 locations, $1,021 average, $31,535,352, 3 weeks. 20. “Philomena,” Weinstein Co., $1,549,543, 505 locations, $3,068 average, $24,312,027, 9 weeks.

Kurt Russell remembers Paul Walker, discusses upcoming “Fast & Furious” PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Calling his late castmate Paul Walker “a terrific guy,” Kurt Russell says he’s not sure what will happen with his role in the latest “Fast & Furious” movie. Russell joined the seventh film in the franchise and plays a father figure to Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto. The 62-year-old actor said he had one day left of filming when Walker died in a car crash outside Los Angeles last November.

“They’re having to rewrite, they’re having to do whatever they’re having to do to deal with the situation. Listen, it’s catastrophic. It’s the worst thing that could happen to a movie, but it’s not as bad as what happened to Paul,” Russell said in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, where he’s promoting a documentary about his father’s minor-league baseball team, “The Battered Bastards of Baseball.” “So everything

is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs.” The latest film in the fastcar franchise, directed by James Wan, is now set for release in April 2015. Russell expects to return to set sometime this year. Russell said of his character, whom he didn’t name: “Whether or not this guy dies off in the movie, we don’t know, and that may have changed now significantly, too.”






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HOROSCOPE BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you have many more possibilities available to you than in the past. This change reflects your evolution and ability to see beyond the obvious. You often detach in order to see the big picture. As a result, you are able to make excellent choices. If you are single, a friendship could be instrumental in your meeting someone. Be careful, as one person who might seem to want to be more involved is emotionally unavailable. If you are attached, the two of you often benefit from spending time alone together as a couple. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH If you wake up feeling tired, don’t be surprised – your dreams

probably have been unusually vivid. You might want to back away from a situation, especially if your intuition points that way. A gesture you make could backfire. Be careful. Tonight: Avoid an argument. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HH Juggling several different interests likely will succeed, but try not to allow details to fall by the wayside. Others admire your ability to put the final touches on a project. Refuse to accept any other responsibilities for now. Tonight: Pace yourself. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HH Keep reaching out to someone at a distance whom you care a lot about. Listen to your inner voice before you cause yourself a problem with a loved one. Communication soars, and perhaps too much will be shared. Use your high energy well. Tonight: Ro-

mance blooms. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHH You could be taken aback by someone’s efforts to change direction. How you feel in the company of a loved one could be very different from how you might have thought you’d feel. This person understands and indulges you more often than not. Tonight: Run some errands on the way home. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH You are likely to say what you mean, which could startle several people. News heads your way that might put a different slant on a personal matter. Don’t hesitate to take action. Make a call, and seek out more information. Tonight: In the swing of the moment. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHH Be aware of the costs of proceed-

ing as you have been. A child or new friend will let you know what he or she wants in no uncertain terms. You might be able to bypass a power play and need to do nothing. Tonight: Use caution with your funds and a potential expenditure. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH Claim your power by knowing what you want. Until you are sure of your direction, you need not do anything. A loved one could act in a most unexpected way. Step back and let the chips fall where they may. Tonight: Make a call, and treat a friend to dinner. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH You might want to withdraw, as volatile news heads your way. Until you have a complete grasp of the situation, this disengagement will feel right. Don’t push so hard to have your way. Tonight: Don’t swallow your an-

ger; instead, express it in a way that can be heard. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH Focus on what you want and expect from a situation. You have many options that could work well for you, but you must know your goal in order to make the right choice. A partner or loved one might throw a lot of possibilities at you. Tonight: Where the gang is. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HH You might have no choice except to assume the helm of the ship. The results could be excellent because of your experience and drive. A partner will add to the commotion in your life without even realizing it. Instead of getting irritated, enjoy the moment. Tonight: Work late.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HH The key to making a situation work will be gaining a broader perspective. Detach, as difficult as it might be and despite someone’s attempt to pull you into the action. Someone at a distance could make a strong statement that shocks you. Tonight: Go where you can relax. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH You could be in a situation that typically would push you and cause a temper tantrum or an argument. The smart move is to detach. An unexpected financial matter might force you to rethink a commitment. Share your feelings with a trusted friend. Tonight: Dinner for two.

BORN TODAY Statesman Francis Bacon (1561), actor Bill Bixby (1934), actress Diane Lane (1965).



Wednesday January 22, 2014

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Is yoga the secret to healthy living? HANNAH CHENOWETH COLUMNIST

What if there was a way to improve your strength and flexibility while cultivating a deeper sense of inner awareness? You could do it on your bedroom floor for just five minutes and leave with a good feeling. This, my friends, is the amazing power of yoga. Yoga is not just for females, athletes or the monks of Tibet – it is a lifelong practice which can be enjoyed by people of any age, gender, size or shape. Yoga has been benefiting humans for thousands of years. There are simply no cons to doing yoga. Physically, yoga works wonders to strengthen the body and increase flexibility. Many positions and breathing techniques call for a straight back, which improves posture tremendously. While practicing yoga, the focus is what your body can do and how great it feels – not what it looks like (though it does happen to improve the appearance, which is another great plus). Balance, coordination, endurance, core stability, and flexibility can be achieved from 10 minutes of yoga each day. Sitting at a desk all day or practically melting on your couch watching television is a recipe for disaster for your mind and body. Being sedentary builds up lactic acid in the body, which causes muscle soreness and stiffness, and do-

ing yoga releases this lactic acid buildup. The benefits of feeling more limber and flexible might draw you to yoga, but I’ve found that it’s the clarity and calm that comes from yoga that’s most priceless. Yoga isn’t known as anxiety reducing for no reason. It lowers the levels of adrenaline, cortisol and catecholamines that react to stress in your body. Practicing yoga leads to a more per-

Scott’s Run Settlement House provides vital community service AUSTIN REMPEL COLUMNIST

As part of a class last semester, I spent time at the Scott’s Run Settlement House. It’s a century-old nonprofit located in Osage less than 10 minutes from downtown Morgantown. Originally a religious organization for settlers in the area, the 80s saw the Settlement House become a 501c3. While the building is used by a seniors’ brunch gathering, an evangelical church and other community-based groups, the organization itself is astounding. Scott’s Run Settlement House provides backpacks of food for school children, food and household supplies for families and there is a GED class in the works. What is truly amazing is the people using their services are not what popular culture would have us believe. They are not the Escalade-driving, drug-selling, life-of-luxury-living welfare recipients. Many of these people are full-

The ancient practice of yoga has countless benefits – for your body and your mind.

or part-time workers who simply don’t make enough to get by. They’re teachers, retail workers, city and college employees and a host of other people. Julie Harris, director of Scott’s Run, said more than 40 percent of people using their services are doing so for the first time. Let’s think about that. In America, the wealthiest country in the world, an establishment designed to support the underprivileged and disenfranchised has seen a 40 percent increase in firsttime users of their services. Four out of 10 people are seeking assistance for the first time at this particular organization. Now tell me again things are getting better. We should be ashamed. Not just those of us driving the Mercedes that mom paid for or living in the $1000 a month apartment on daddy’s dime. No. All of us, from the 60-hour-a-week worker to the dean of one of our colleges. We should be ashamed partly because those of us who can help often don’t, but also because we allow this kind of thing to happen.

manent sense of tranquility. It allows you tune into your body, breathe and achieve what everyone in this fastpaced society craves: a sense of serenity. It’s hard to describe how a sense of wholeness and connection can come from stretching into a few yoga poses. Yoga induces mindfulness, which connects you to the present moment. Isn’t it crazy how rarely we simply breathe in and out, We, the privileged middle class, refuse to accept the generational problem that is poverty. We give donations around Christmas because it makes us feel good and it’s a tax write-off, but donations and support lag the rest of the year as we go about our lives. We should be ashamed because we often judge those less fortunate for their choices of dress or speech, for their lifestyle or spending habits when we have no actual point of reference for what a life in poverty does to the mind. Most of us have no ability to understand what one small check a month does to someone or how working fulltime only to ask for help can affect the sense of self-worth. I’m not saying we can fix this problem entirely. Poverty has and always will be a major social issue. However, we can work to make it less of the hidden secret of our society. We can offer our finances if we’re in a place to do so, but we can also offer our time. Volunteering not only helps the Scott’s Run Settlement House and like organizations, it allows us, the willingly-ignorant, to work hand in hand with those less fortunate. In doing so, we are able to see that these are not criminals. They are not trash. The poor or misfortune are not worthless. They are like us; brothers and sisters in a world moving so fast some of us just can’t keep up. That, perhaps more than all the do-

focusing on the rise and fall of our chests and the present? There’s a notable air of calm and contentment about a person you will recognize after they have done yoga. The relaxation that comes from yoga has also been proven to help you sleep better and relieve tension headaches. We all have habits for dealing with stress and anxiety, with some of them

not being so healthy. Some people reach for a cigarette while others reach for a bag of chips. Yoga can be an amazing substitute for those stressrelief habits. You can attend classes for free at the Student Rec Center or attend the Inner Life Studio or Power Yoga. To simplify things, you could even do yoga in your own living room. There are many videos on TV and

the Internet you can follow along for every different level and type of yoga out there. If only there was a rebuttal or possible bad aspect of the practice that I could bring up – that’s usually what happens once I’m done expounding all the advantages of a particular topic. Yoga is just something that makes you feel better all around.

Scott’s Run Settlement House has been part of the Morgantown community for more than a century. The nonprofit organization works to provide assistance to local families in need. nations in the world, is what will make the difference. Why? Because when we work face-to-face with someone, when we struggle with them and suffer beside them, we are less willing to accept they are struggling only because they never stood a chance or because they just couldn’t compete. My challenge isn’t just something to fill a column in the paper. It’s not something entertaining for you to read. You, as a moral agent, must

act. We can all find the time, even if one day a month, to make someone else’s life better. We should and must do so. Don’t say someone else will do it. Don’t say tomorrow. Do it today. Call Julie at Scott’s Run. Call Christian Help. Call the Bartlett House. I believe in the human race and in our ability to love and care, but if we are really able to turn a blind eye when suffering has been made clear perhaps we’ve lost our way.

Mother Teresa was of the belief that we all suffer if even one of us suffers, but I tend to look at poverty more as a form of slavery. It is almost inescapable. It is a generational blight, and we must do something to break the continuation. By grace and good luck we are all only a few paydays away from the streets, so let’s do something to raise those who are already there.


WVU unprepared for expected weather

WVU students get out of the way of an oncoming snow plow Tuesday afternoon.



The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning lasting until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Parts of Morgantown got more than eight inches of snow. With the windchill factor, temperatures dipped into the negative double digits throughout the day and overnight. In its warning, the National Weather Service urged drivers to stay off the roads as “hazardous travel conditions are expected due to reduced visibility and snow accumulation ... if you must venture at all, use extreme caution.” They also told residents to avoid staying outdoors for too long because “frostbite and hyperthermia are possible if

precautions are not taken.” In response to the extreme conditions, schools in all 55 counties were closed Tuesday. Not West Virginia University. The school waited until early afternoon to make their announcement – that all classes after 5 p.m. were to be canceled. Students and staff with classes earlier in the day were forced to make the trek to classes, across unshoveled sidewalks and streets adrift with partially plowed snow. Students who commute to campus had to risk hazardous road conditions, which only worsened throughout the day. When temperatures are this low and precipitation is this

heavy, simply sprinkling some salt on the side walks isn’t going to cut it. By waiting so long to make the call, the University is endangering the safety of our fellow Mountaineers. This storm didn’t just sneak up on us. It’s been on radar screens for days. There was plenty of time to be prepared. There is more inclement weather expected tonight and throughout the rest of the week, and we can surely expect more as the worst winter to hit our state in years continues. Let’s hope the University is able to display greater precaution and preparedness in the future.



Wednesday January 22, 2014


New indie, survival video games provide users creative outlet, relaxation ‘Rust’ sends users on search for weapons, calls for creativity

‘Don’t Starve’ requires ultimate survival skills, gives no rules

Cory Sanchez A&E WRITER @dailyathenaeum

A ruthless, indie landscape has unfolded in a survival based crafting game, called “Rust.” Players will be driven by the game’s creative and addictive gameplay, where the main theme is survival. Players begin as a male avatar with a rock, torch and bandages, and gathering weapons will be key to extending the avatar’s life. However, the process will be grueling, as it requires skillful time management. The developers, Facepunch Studios, incorporated the harshest forms of nature. Starving, freezing and being eaten by animals are all impending concerns. A player can escape death by chopping down trees for wood and hitting rocks for minerals. These substances can be used to craft fireplaces and stone hatchets. If playing online, gamers soon find they are not the only ones fighting for survival. Some players may be looking to make friends, while others have intention to cause harm. A worst-case scenario is finding a killer with his

band of allies. With servers holding as many as 200 gamers, members should be aware of the circumstances. Fellow players make for unpredictable gameplay while also trying to endure other extremities, such as animals and starvation. The result is the challenge of “Rust:” players have to be constantly aware of their surroundings. If gamers manage to endure the first few hours, they can begin to enjoy other aspects of “Rust.” Facepunch Studios has integrated limitless development. As a crafting game, homes, furnaces and other amenities can be built. Wood is especially needed to build homes and other structures. Combined crafting can be used to create the ultimate fort for a gamer and his allies. A cot and fireplace are easy starting points for a strong fort. The cot will provide a spawn point if the user dies. A fireplace will help to cook meat to prevent starvation. As one begins to progress across the map, there will be newer encounters within the mountainous terrain. Some animals are aggressive, while others are timid. The most feared

and aggressive characters are the zombies. The post-human characters wreck havoc on the living near abandoned factories. They will also be easy to find because their surrounding area contains radiation–presenting a Geiger counter sound. These areas should be avoided, unless players have the ability to easily traverse the lands. With so many problems countering a player’s advancement, end game content may become an unforeseeable goal. Suffering players can join the community and private servers. These hosts provide improved gameplay quality, and they typically hold fewer players. Until beta, Facepunch Studios still has time to improve and innovate gameplay for its large fan base. The drawn interest comes from the game’s survivalist concept, addictive gameplay and amazing graphics. “Rust” is an entertainment steal with its $20 price tag. For more information on how to download the free Steam software and “Rust” for your computer, check out daa&

Westley Thompson A&E WRITER @dailyathenaeum

“Don’t Starve,” the popular indie adventure survival game from Klei Entertainment, has been released for the PlayStation 4 earlier this month. The game begins with your character awakening in a strange wilderness. You have no knowledge of the world around you and are simply given one objective: do not starve. From here, the fate of your character is entirely up to you. To survive, you must scavenge for food and collect materials to help you build tools. Food is scarce, and not all of it is readily available. For example, in order to eat a rabbit, your character must first figure out how to trap them because they are too agile to catch. Starvation isn’t the only deathly fate your character is trying to avoid. Darkness is a huge detriment, as well. You are free to explore as long as the sun is up, but as soon as night comes you must find fire to protect yourself. Failing to do so means death. There are also some vicious animals to be wary of, and if your character’s sanity meter becomes too depleted, bizarre shadow creatures will begin stalking the edges of

your vision. With so much of the environment working against your guy, survival is truly an uphill battle. “Don’t Starve” takes place in an open world. The world is randomly generated each time you play so the experience is always different. The environment around your character consists of various biomes, each one offering different resources. Collecting these resources is a major activity in the game. By combining different items found in nature, such as grass, wood and stone, your character can build different structures and items to aid them in survival. What makes this challenging, though, is that you do not know what items you can make. Only by playing the game can your character discover how to build. The game is quite challenging, and it’s expected that you will die many times. There are no lives in this game. Once your character is dead, it’s game over. The game is designed to be replayed, with each time challenging you to try to make it a little further – just survive one more day than before. A fun little menu called “Morgue” keeps track of all the characters you have created that have perished. It tells how many days they survived, what killed them, and a few other fun stats.

Part of the challenge comes from a lack of tutorial. Unlike most games today, “Don’t Starve” lets you loose with no guidance and wishes you the best. There is no explanation of the rules or environment. While this sounds like it can be frustrating, it isn’t. The game is set up in an intuitive manner, and it’s a lot of fun trying to figure out how to survive. The game quickly becomes complex as players build more things for the world around them. You start off scavenging for food, but as the game progresses your character can begin to build farms and traps to help them obtain food. The feeling of being in danger never leaves, and this always gives a sense of urgency and keeps the player on edge. Between scavenging, exploring and maintaining what you build, there is always something to do, and time management is a valuable skill to possess. Overall, “Don’t Starve” is an entertaining game with incredibly high replay value. The game is grim, bizarre and challenging, and has a touch of dark humor in it. “Don’t Starve” is definitely a game to check out and is available on PC, Mac, Linux and the PlayStation 4. daa&

‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ ends run on Broadway

Titan Comics to publish new ‘Doctor Who’ series

NEW YORK (AP) — The musical of legendary blues and soul singer Janis Joplin is leaving Broadway but promises to hang around the city. Producers said Wednesday that “A Night With Janis Joplin” with a powerful performance by Mary Bridget Davies in the title role will end its run at the Lyceum Theatre in February and they hope that it can reopen off-Broadway. According to a statement, producers say: “We are finalizing a wonderful option to move to another venue in New York City. Our intention is to solidify our new location in the next few weeks and to reopen in March.” The show opened Oct. 10 but only heavy discounts Jim Cox/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM have kept the theater someMary Bridget Davies stars as Janis Joplin in ‘One Night with Janis Joplin.’ what full.

NEW YORK (AP) — Doctor Who has found Titan. BBC Worldwide says that Britain’s Titan Comics will start publishing a new series of comics featuring the time-and-space-traveling Time Lord this year ahead of the materialization of actor Peter Capaldi as the 12th

Doctor. Titan said Tuesday it will publish comics focusing on the 10th and 11th incarnations of Doctor Who – the ones played by David Tennant and Matt Smith – along with Capaldi’s No. 12, starting later in 2014. Writers and artists for the new titles have

not been announced. Previously, San Diegobased IDW Publishing had published “Doctor Who” comics in North America since 2008, ending its run last month with the “Doctor Who Special” that celebrated the character’s 50th anniversary.

Pussy Riot to appear at concert after incarceration NEW YORK (AP) — Two members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot who were recently released from prison will appear at an Amnesty International concert to be held in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 5. A Tuesday news release says Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekh-

ina will appear during the Bringing Human Rights Home concert to be held at the Barclays Center. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were released from prison last month after serving 21 months for hooliganism following their March 2012 arrest for giving an unauthorized performance in

Christ The Savior Cathedral. Calls for their release came from around the world and from top music stars. The lineup for the concert, aimed at raising human rights awareness, includes The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons and Lauryn Hill, with more to be announced.

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Angela Davis

An Evening with Angela Davis: Legendary Human Rights Activist February 5, 2014 | Mountainlair Ballrooms This event is co-sponsored by the WVU Center for Black Culture & Research


Robert Edsel

Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis March 27, 2014 | Creative Arts Center This event is in support of the Art Museum of West Virginia University All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.



Wednesday January 22, 2014

New app allows females to air dirty laundry, share opinions of males Maria Solano A&E WRITER @dailyathenaeum

Meeting the perfect guy can be a difficult task. What are his good and bad qualities? Is he loyal and honest? Does he get around? Is he shy or outgoing? These questions are almost impossible to find out fast and effectively, but now there is an app that will facilitate gathering the right answers. Lulu, a private net-

work, was created so girls could be able to express their opinions about guys openly and honestly. Lulu is a place where girls can exchange information and help other girls make better, more informed decisions on topics from relationships to beauty and health. Alexandra Chong, the founder of Lulu, came up with the idea during a sixhour, post-Valentine’s Day brunch. Chong was sitting at a ta-

ble of girls who were gossiping about a range of topics, from the men in their lives to career moves. She found this as a real opportunity to look into girl talk. In February 2013, she launched the first version of Lulu as a private app for girls to read and create reviews of boys they know. More than one million girls have downloaded Lulu since its first release. Each review is a multiple-choice quiz, but girls can’t skip questions they

don’t want to answer and they can’t leave comments. Girls can see and write reviews only of their Facebook friends or guys who have downloaded the Lulu app to get discovered by the network of girls using the application. Guys can see if they’re on Lulu by downloading the app and checking out MyStats. Lulu respects Facebook’s privacy settings and uses your Facebook information for an identity check and to find your

friends. This process makes signing up for Lulu simple. Although this is an app directed mostly toward the female population, guys do have a say in this. Guys can download the app and add hashtags for girls to choose from when they read through and take the multiple choice quiz. Lulu tries to keep the environment of the app both safe and fun for everyone by adding certain precautions against abuse. For example, each review

has its own agree and disagree buttons so girls can vote on whether the reviewer was honest or simply bitter. This app is designed for those of age 17 years and older, and guys have the option to be removed from Lulu completely. Those interested can download Lulu for free in the App Store or on Google Play. You can also visit the online site at http://onlulu. com. daa&

‘S.’, book cowritten by J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst features three narratives WESTLEY THOMPSON A&E WRITER @dailyathenaeum

“S.” is a collaboration by J.J. Abrams, the executive producer of Lost, and Doug Dorst. “S.” is not a single novel. It consists of three narratives all within the same book and accomplishes this feat quite successfully through an unusual format. “S.” follows three narrative arcs. The first story is a novel called “Ship of Theseus,” written by a fictitious author known as V.M. Straka. This novel follows a nameless narrator, known only as S, who wakes up in a strange city with amnesia. S is quickly shanghaied while in a bar and becomes a captive on a peculiar decrepit ship manned by bizarre lifeless men. He is soon sucked up into a revolution against an international arms dealer who sells strange and powerful weapons. The second story in “S.” is of a young college undergrad named Jen, and Eric, a graduate student. This story takes place within the margins of “Ship of Theseus,” in the form of handwrit-

ten notes between Eric and Jen. The two use the book as a means of communication between one another, as they both investigate the background of the mysterious author, V.M. Straka. The third story is the story of Straka himself. This too is told through notes in the margins, written by Jen and Eric, as well as hints and messages obtained from the novel’s translator. This book has a very intriguing and nontraditional format. It is designed to look like an old library book, complete with a call number sticker on the spine. Besides the “handwritten” margin notes, there are also postcards, letters and other forms of writing stuck between certain pages, each one giving some insight into Eric and Jen’s relationship or the mysterious author of the book. With the special formatting and multiple stories, it would be easy for the authors to rely on that and not put much effort into the stories themselves, but here they also do an excellent job. Each story is compelling and filled with characters to whom the readers can relate. Additionally, each story links to the oth-

ers, forming a giant cohesive narrative with multiple layers. “Ship of Theseus” is a mystery story with political and social insights. The atmosphere is incredible, and the sense of mystery and danger prevails throughout. The story quickly becomes very compelling, and it takes a lot of effort to avoid skipping over the other parts of the book just to finish that story. The protagonist, S, finds himself in an uncanny world. The story is fictitious, but set on an alternate 20th century earth. Eric and Jen’s story is set in the modern real world. Through these two characters the writers explore identity, transition and relationships. At first, the two meet as strangers, no more than words on a page, but soon they develop into much more. Both of these characters have troubled pasts, nothing especially hardcore or dramatic, but things that seem grand to young 20-somethings. V.M. Straka, the fictional writer of “Ship of Theseus” serves as the initial driving force for Jen and Eric’s relationship. The original notes in the margin are solely Er-

‘Office’ star B.J. Novak releases children’s book ‘The Book With No Pictures’ NEW YORK (AP) — B.J. Novak has his own ideas about how to tell a children’s story. The actor and author known for his work on “The Office” has a deal with Penguin Young Readers Group for “The Book With No Pictures,” billed as a “picture book” with words only. As Novak explained in a statement issued Tuesday by the publisher: Words are just as much fun as pictures. Plus, he can’t draw. “The Book With No Pictures” is scheduled for the fall. Next month, Alfred A. Knopf will publish Novak’s debut fiction collection, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.” He is also under contract with Penguin for a second “picture” book, which may or may not have pictures. The 34-year-old Novak appears as songwriter Robert Sherman in the film “SavB.J. Novak poses with his most recent book release. ing Mr. Banks.”

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ic’s, written as he investigates the enigmatic writer for a book he is writing. It is his goal to discover Straka’s identity because this is a mystery that has stumped the literary world for the better part of the century. The only things known of Straka are merely rumors, and it’s hard to discern fact from fiction. Numerous identities, assassinations

and political movements are all attributed to the writer, but nobody knows anything for sure. “S.” is a well-written book, full of numerous themes and plot points. Fans of Abrams’ other works, such as “Lost” and “Fringe” will feel right at home with this book’s complex and multilayered structure. The stories hook the

reader quickly and command their full attention for the duration of the book. At first the unusual formatting can be confusing, but once readers familiarize themselves, it is hardly noticeable. It’s definitely something worth picking up, for mystery fans and Abrams fans alike. daa&

A&E Upcoming Schedule of Events Wednesday, January 22 Pablo Scooter at 123 Pleasant Street 10 p.m. Corey Smith at Schmitt’s Saloon 9 p.m.

Thursday, January 23 Goodwolf, Silent Lions and Rozwell Kid at 123 Pleasant Street 10 p.m. Shooter Jennings at Schmitt’s Saloon 9 p.m. WVU Jazz Students to play at Morgantown Brewing Company 9 p.m.

Friday, January 24 Morgantown Theatre Company presents “Fiddler On The Roof” 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children

Opera star Renee Fleming to sing national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII

NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl will have a touch of the classical this year: Opera star Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem. The four-time Grammy winner will perform before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb 2. Fleming is the first opera star to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. In recent years, it has been performed mainly by a mix of pop and country stars. Known as “The People’s Diva,” the soprano is closely identified with the New York City region, having spent years singing on iconic stages such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Last year, she received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the government gives to artists. Fleming, who lives in New York City, sang the national anthem before Game 2 of the 2003 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

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West Virginia looks to rely on perimeter shooting success for remainder of the 2013-14 season by doug walp sports writer @dougwalp

The West Virginia men’s basketball team has, at times, displayed a concrete aptitude to be one of the most volatile scoring teams in the Big 12. Within its heavily perimeter-based offense, nearly everyone can be considered a threat from beyond the arc. At times, you could even say the Mountaineers’ worst 3-point shooter on the floor is actually its point guard. Freshmen forwards Devin Williams and Brandon Watkins are really the only two

players who see regular action and haven’t taken a 3-pointer. As a team, the Mountaineers have undoubtedly been effective from long range this season, as their collective 37.6 percent from behind the arc this season trails only Baylor (40.1) and Oklahoma State (38.9) in team 3-point percentage within the Big 12. But the Mountaineers’ heavy dependence on this perimeter scoring has created a somewhat small margin of error for WVU, because in games where the 3-pointers aren’t falling, West Virginia has simply had little to no success.

“We don’t guard the way we’ve guarded in the past,” said WVU head coach Bob Huggins. “And we sure as hell don’t rebound it the way we have in the past, so we’ve got to make shots. “You don’t make shots, you put your head down. You make shots, you play harder.” Not only does WVU shoot more than 10 percent better from the 3-point range in its wins versus its losses, the Mountaineers’ have had five or fewer completed 3-point shots in half of their defeats. Perhaps even more troubling is the current shooting trend West Virginia is on, as the Mountaineers have

shot a fairly dismal 24 percent from long range in its last four losses. And in conference-only games, WVU is actually No. 7 of 10 Big 12 teams in regard to 3-point percentage. “We played pretty well in a loss to Oklahoma State and had a chance to win the game, and then Texas came in and played extremely well,” Huggins said. “We just didn’t shoot the ball very well, and with our team we have to shoot it from the perimeter. “And then the Kansas State game, they just took it to us. Obviously we’d like to win a few here, in the short

term and the long term. We’ve struggled to shoot the ball well these last couple weeks, and when we don’t make perimeter shots it’s hard on us.” In many ways, this team’s makeup is actually much more representative of the types of teams that former WVU head coach John Beilein was known for, whereas Huggins has regularly cultivated more physical teams that have relied on its collective defense and rebounding rather than its perimeter scoring. But that certainly hasn’t stopped the third all-time active winningest coach

from embracing the identity of this year’s team. Even in the preseason Huggins wasn’t shy about discussing the shooting ability of his young squad, and with his two best potential postplayers shelved for the year because of eligibility issues, there’s simply just not a lot of other offensive options to exploit at this point. Instead the Mountaineers will almost surely continue to let the perimeter shots fly and try to live with the consequences, because ultimately, that’s just what this year’s team is built to do.

Owusu mentors Adrian, sees potential in freshman by anthony pecoraro sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia men’s basketball is currently dealing with a three-game losing streak entering tonight’s contest versus Texas Tech. With such a young Mountaineer squad, head coach Bob Huggins and the rest of the team hope early season freshman standout Nathan Adrian can get back to where he was a few weeks ago. Coming off a game against No. 22 Kansas State in which Adrian only had one assist with four personal fouls in 10 minutes of play is not anything to brag about. However, this young Mountaineer has made his name known throughout the WVU community. Adrian, a Morgantown native and Morgantown High School graduate, knows what it takes to succeed and learned some valuable lessons from one of his mentors in high school, Kelvin Owusu. Owusu, a native New Yorker and former WVU student-athlete and WVU alumnus met Adrian while serving as an assistant to the coach for the Morgantown Basketball Club, Jeff Hoffman for the Mohigans varsity and JV players. He said he is thrilled Adrian has been given the opportunity to play and knows the potential this rising star has. “I think it is a great thing that Nathan is playing, learning and excel-

ling as a freshman for the Mountaineers,” Owusu said. “The kid has got some game.” Being around Adrian a lot throughout high school gave Owusu a good look into what this kid was all about. Owusu said Adrian’s motivation in high school and his motivation today differ, but they still revolve around being the best player he can possibly be. “The motivation was to be the best player in the state and to continue to prepare mentally and physically for the rigors of basketball on the Division I level,” he said. “Currently the motivation for Nate, I assume, would be to be the best teammate and player possible in helping the Mountaineers achieve all their team-oriented goals.” From his mentoring in high school, Owusu said he enjoys seeing Adrian actually have a fair shot on the Mountaineer squad, instead of overusing him like in his high school days. “Unlike in high school, Nathan has a role on the team, which has really given him the opportunity to focus and improve on his skill set,” Owusu said. “With several great athletes around him, he’s not asked to be the do-itall type of player we expected from him night in, night out at the high school level.” Owusu summed it up when discussing the qualities that this young man brings to WVU. Although he may only be a freshman, his talents go well

beyond his years. “O verall, Nathan Adrian exuberates confidence every time out on the floor. He has a heightened level of expectation for himself, but also for his teammates, as well,” he said. “He is a pretty cerebral player who works hard and is very coachable – an overall winner.” Adrian and the men’s basketball team will take on Texas Tech tonight at 8 inside the Coliseum, looking for their first win since the last time they faced Texas Tech Jan. 6.

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Lisac, Mountaineers to offer free clinics to fans by anthony pecoraro sports writer @dailyathenaeum

Head coach Miha Lisac and the West Virginia University women’s tennis team will offer free clinics to fans of all ages after their home matches this season. Lisac, in his first year with the Mountaineers, said he believes this is a great idea and an extra incentive to draw the Morgantown community to the

Ridgeview Racquet Club to watch the Mountaineers in action. “As of now we have a small venue at Ridgeview Racquet Club, but we are looking to draw a crowd of people to our home events,” he said. With nine home matches remaining this season, WVU is encouraging fans to join them after play has concluded for free tennis lessons, but not before cheering on the Moun-

taineers throughout their matches. Lisac said he wants WVU to be viewed as a fierce, top competitor in the Big 12. “We would like to have the best home court advantage in the Big 12,” he said. Behind a cheering crowd, the Mountaineers hope to show off their talents before having the opportunity to teach fans their talents. The only thing Lisac said he asks is for each fan to bring his or her own ten-

nis gear. “At most home matches, we will be organizing a 30-minute free clinic for fans, kids and adults after the conclusion of our home matches for tennis fans,” Lisac said. In hopes of drawing big crowds to all matches, WVU will also be holding various raffles and will be giving out food to the fans that come out to show their support. “We will provide free pizza for the tennis fans,

and organize a raffle during an intermission between singles and doubles,” Lisac said. West Virginia is back in action this Friday in Charleston, W.Va., at the Charleston Indoor Tennis Club against Liberty University at 3 p.m. for a unique home match outside Morgantown. Following the match, free clinics will be offered to all.

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WVU struggling defensively in recent games by doug walp sports writer @dougwalp

West Virginia men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins has always been synonymous with a hardnosed, defensive brand of basketball. Countless collegiate head coaches have acknowledged this reputation in pre and postgame press conferences, and Huggins himself has certainly never shied away from the fact that more than anything he wants his players to play good, consistent defense and always leave everything out on the floor. But after playing that brand of Huggins defense for the first part of the season, the Mountaineers defensive numbers have begun to slip substantially since beginning conference play. In fact, West Virginia held its nonconference opponents to just 67 points per game, and Big 12 teams have tacked on 10 points to that average (77.2 points per game) in WVU’s five league appearances so far. But just how big of a difference does that 10 points make? Well, when WVU has held its opponent to 69 points or less this season, the Mountaineers are 8-0. But when the opposition

hits that 70 point threshold, West Virginia has compiled just a 2-8 mark. To further illustrate the point, in West Virginia’s 10 wins their opponent has scored 63.9 points per game while shooting under 40 percent from the field. In their eight losses, WVU’s opponents have put up 78 points per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor. “We don’t guard,” Huggins said after Texas put up 80 against the Mountaineers’ on their home floor two games ago. “We don’t guard the way we’ve guarded in the past. We don’t. “Our problem is we have a whole bunch of freshmen that don’t understand how hard you’ve got to play for how long you’ve got to play that hard at this level. And when you stop playing hard, people take advantage of you. When you take plays off, people take advantage of you.” It’s not just Huggins who’s recently brought attention to a lack of effort among the freshmen and new players, either. Junior guard Juwan Staten, who is embracing a leadership role on both ends of the floor this season, has also said a lot of the Mountaineers’ problems have definitely stemmed from a lack of effort, especially among

some of the less experienced players. “Yeah, I think it definitely has a lot to do with effort,” Staten said. “It’s easy to get pumped up for an Oklahoma State (game) – coming in with the reputation that they have, the players that the have. It’s easy to get pumped up for those games. But I think it comes with experience. “Our freshman, our new players are getting more experience every game, and I feel like it will start clicking soon.” Sophomore guard Eron Harris, whom Staten has also referred to as one of the team’s triumvirate of leaders, said he’s not sure if a collective lack of effort is really the root of WVU’s problems, but said the Mountaineers are still definitely in a position to make some noise down the stretch if they can simply put their recent struggles behind them. “I feel like I’m giving my effort and I’m motivating my team, so I don’t know what the answer is,” Harris said following a 22-point loss at Kansas State. “We just gotta take it game by game. We’re still in the race, but we are what we are. Now we’re 2-3 (in conference play) but that’s in the past though. We just got to win the next game.”

West Virginia women’s basketball head coach Mike Carey is not happy his team is gaining national recognition. After a 77-63 win over Big 12 Conference rival Oklahoma in the WVU Coliseum Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers were propelled to No. 18 in the national rankings, and Carey isn’t smiling about it. He said he feels like he has lost a motivational edge for his team. “That doesn’t really concern our team. We knew we were a top-20 team before the season started, and we weren’t recognized then, and frankly I wish we weren’t recognized now,” Carey said. “Not getting recognized motivates our team.” Carey may not like the recognition, but he can continue to preach how good his team is on the road this year. The Mountaineers are 16-2 overall and 5-1 in Big 12 play. On the road this year, WVU is a perfect 6-0. The only two losses on the season came

from the season opener against Ohio State and against No. 7 Baylor. The newly ranked Mountaineers were led by senior guard Christal Caldwell in Saturday’s matchup against the Sooners. In the game Caldwell matched a career-best in shots from behind the arc, going 5-for-5 from 3-point range, totaling 23 points. Caldwell now averages 11.1 points per game. With the victory Saturday, WVU currently sits at No. 2 in the Big 12. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes has helped her team climb back into the top three by leading the Mountaineers in scoring. Holmes is averaging 13.9 points per game and has made the most field goals on the team with 89. Senior center Asya Bussie has become more comfortable as the season carries on. Bussie’s average of 13.9 points per game is second on the team but she leads her team in rebounds with 7.3 boards per game. Texas Tech is currently winless in the Big 12. The Lady Raiders are 0-6 in

conference play and hold a 6-11 overall record. Despite the poor record, Carey is still wary of this conference opponent. “You just never know, they will be motivated and they will want to win. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that you can’t take anyone for granted and you need to give everyone respect,” he said. Even with a losing record, the Lady Raiders have several standout players. Junior guard Amber Battle leads her team with 18.4 points per game and is averaging 18.3 points inside conference play. This will be the third meeting in program history for the two teams. Texas Tech owns a 2-0 all-time series lead, and during last season WVU dropped both games, 77-73, and then 76-63 in Lubbock. Fans can listen to the game live with the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at

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After winning five of their first six Big 12 Conference games – which includes a pair of wins over ranked opponents – the West Virginia women’s basketball team is No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll this week. The last time WVU was in the AP Top 25 was Dec. 17, 2012, when the Mountaineers won four straight games and were No. 24 nationally. WVU is currently 16-2 on the season, undefeated on the road and

5-1 in Big 12 play. The Mountaineers had big wins over then-No. 13 Iowa State and Oklahoma Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. “It doesn’t concern us,” said WVU head coach Mike Carey. “We knew we were a top-20 team before the season started and weren’t recognized, and that’s fine. Quite frankly, I wish we weren’t (ranked) now because that motivates the players and coaching staff. But there’s a lot of games to be played, and we realize that.” Their resume also includes a win over then-

No. 11 Oklahoma State. Part of the recent success for the Mountaineers has been the play of junior guard Linda Stepney. She scored 1 6 p o i nt s, g rab b e d seven rebounds and dished out six assists in WVU’s 73-59 victory over then-No. 13 Iowa State, and registered 17 points (10-for-10 from the free throw line) and five rebounds in Saturday’s 77-63 win over Oklahoma. “She was very aggressive and a key (factor),” Carey said. Six assists, no turnovers. She hit her first couple of shots so she had confidence, but

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Notre Dame switching from Adidas to Under Armour SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Under Armour Inc. CEO Kevin Plank recalls sleeping in the visiting locker room at Notre Dame Stadium back in 1997, invited to the game by Georgia Tech staff and forced to bunker down because he didn’t have a hotel room. Back then, his company was about a year old and he was excited to see the Yellow Jackets take the field in Under Armour apparel. On Tuesday, Plank was back in South Bend to announce a 10-year apparel deal with the Fighting Irish that Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick described as the largest deal of its kind in the history of college athletics. Michigan’s eight-year contract worth with $8.2 million annually is generally believed to have been the largest until Notre Dame’s deal. Swarbrick wouldn’t disclose terms. “There’s been a lot

of speculation about whether this deal would top $100 million,” said Nancy Lough, a professor of higher education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and president of the Sport Marketing Association. Adidas, which began providing shoes to Notre Dame in 1997, issued a statement saying it would no longer partner with Notre Dame after the 2013-14 season. “As with every business decision, we weigh our investment against the value to our brand,” spokesman Michael Ehrlich said. Swarbrick said it was important for Notre Dame to have such a deal to get through what he called a period of change in college athletics “unlike any of us have ever lived through.” He mentioned the change from the BCS to a playoff system in football and conference realignment in all sports that saw Notre Dame move from the Big

East to the Atlantic Coast Conference last year. Sports marketing experts say the deal was important for Baltimorebased Under Armour. “This spreads their footprint further,” said Rick Burton, a sports marketing professor at Syracuse. “With Notre Dame being such an emblematic university with such a national fan base, I think this fully signals that Under Armour is in the game. That they’re a big-time player in terms of going after attractive university contracts.” Under Armour is a relative newcomer to the industry so it has had to build its reputation on innovation, Lough said. “They simply weren’t going to get a big school right out of the gate,” she said. “They’re young still, but to add Notre Dame at this stage is a real big statement for where the brand is going.” Swarbrick said the deal

includes an option for Notre Dame to take a portion of the cash component from the deal in Under Armour stock. He said he was impressed by Under Armour’s commitment to technology and said the deal would provide Notre Dame with something it has been missing. “For us to marry our tradition with one of the great entrepreneurial stories in recent time in this country is exciting for me,” he said. “I think it will impact our culture in direct ways. Make us more creative, more inventive, allow us to move more quickly and to be fundamentally entrepreneurial.” He said the university has asked Under Armour to make Notre Dame its laboratory for new technology. Plank said the deal was a “game-changing event” for the company. “It puts us on a completely different level, and

frankly, we’re ready for that level,” he said. Maryland was the first football team to be outfitted in Under Armour gear in 2004 and the company’s first Division I all-school partnership was with Auburn in 2006. Notre Dame is the 13th school to sign with Under Armour. Plank said he didn’t expect any major changes in how Notre Dame uniforms look. “We’re not anticipating doing anything unusual, crazy. We need to honor and respect the history of the university,” he said. Burton said the deal signals to Nike, which has the most deals with Division I schools, that it had “better clamp down on the schools that you really care about.” Burton said it also will be interesting to see how Adidas responds. “Theoretically, whatever Adidas was paying Notre Dame is now available to be paid somewhere else,” he said.

Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics (left) and Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour (right) hold up a jersey in a news conference Tuesday.


No. 6 Florida finding success in close games GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Of all the things Florida wanted to accomplish this season, playing better in close games was high on the list. The sixth-ranked Gators knew finding success in tight games would be key to their loftiest goals. So far, it has them poised for big things in 2014. Florida (15-2, 4-0 SEC) is 7-2 in games decided by single digits this season and 3-1 in games decided by two points or less, a stark contrast to the team’s struggles last season. “We have an internal confidence as a team when it gets in those types of situations,” said point guard Scottie Wilbekin, one of the team’s four senior starters. “We just have a confidence we’re going to pull it out, especially after winning so many of

those games. It just builds more confidence.” Florida, which plays at Alabama on Thursday, went 0-6 in games decided by less than 10 points last season and 0-4 in games decided by five points or less. Close losses to Arizona, Missouri, Kentucky and Mississippi prevented the Gators from possibly earning a higher seed – they were third - in the NCAA tournament. Florida lost to Michigan by 20 points in a regional final. Nearly a year later, the Gators believe all those defeats and disappointments have them hardened and better prepared for any situation. “Our guys have a better understanding of what we’re trying to do,” coach Billy Donovan said. “When you are in those situations, it doesn’t necessarily mean that just be-

cause you went through it last year, you are going to end up on the winning side of it because any time you are getting into those situations, anything can happen. And it has. Florida has won 14 of its last 15 games, the one loss a somewhat fluky buzzer-beater at thenNo. 12 UConn. Florida forced Shabazz Napier to take an off-balance shot in the closing second and had three players in position for the rebound, but the ball slipped by them and back to Napier for the game-winner. The Gators have been on the other end, too. Arkansas looked like it had Florida beat earlier this month, but Alandise Harris missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 17 seconds to play - one of many missed opportunities for

the Razorbacks down the stretch - and Wilbekin hit a jumper to send the game into overtime. Florida won 84-82. Wilbekin also made a jumper at Auburn on Saturday that put Florida up 64-61 with 1:21 remaining after the Tigers whittle down the Gators’ 13-point lead. “He’s leading our team down the stretch,” forward Will Yeguete said. “He’s making good decisions, taking good shots. He’s not trying to force plays. He’s just trying to make something happen. He’s doing a really good job right now of just running the team and taking good shots.” Others have stepped up, too. For ward Dorian Finney-Smith had a huge offensive rebound in the final seconds to help beat

Florida State 67-66. In a 77-75 victory against Memphis three weeks later, for ward Casey Prather scored Florida’s final eight points and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line down in the closing minutes. Donovan said he’s more focused on his team’s decisions and execution in tight games than the final outcome. “What I try to do is look at the game: what are we trying to do, did we execute, did we do our job? Shots go up, are we blocking out, are we chasing balls, what are we doing?” Donovan said. “I’m looking more, instead of necessarily the result, are we doing the right thing inside those situations? And I think here of late we’ve done a pretty good of that, and hopefully that will continue.”

Djokovic upset by Wawrinka in Aussie Open quarters MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s bid for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title ended in a dramatic five-set quarterfinal loss to Stanislas Wawrinka that opens up the prospects of a new major champion. No. 8-seeded Wawrinka lost 14 head-to-heads to Djokovic until a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 win on Tuesday night put him into a semifinal that very few expected against No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Djokovic held off Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth

set in a 5-hour, 2-minute fourth-rounder that finished at 1:41 a.m. here last year – the longest Grand Slam match of the season – en route to his third straight Australian title. He and also edged Wawrinka in five sets in the U.S. Open semifinals in September. This time, it was Wawrinka’s turn. “Last year I finished it was really tough but this year I came back it was a new year,” he said. “I tried everything. He’s an amazing champion. He never gives up. I’m really, really

... really happy.” This one took exactly four hours and featured some stunning rallies, with both players openly showing amazement at some of the shots coming back from the other side. And just to add to the drama, there was a five-minute rain delay with Wawrinka serving at 5-5 in the fifth. Djokovic frequently held up and pinched his thumb and forefinger together to show how close the shots were to either hitting or missing the lines. The six-time major

winner had to constantly serve to stay in the match after an early exchange of breaks in the fifth set and the pressure finally told. After all the superb shot making, it was a mis-hit from Wawrinka that set up match point. Djokovic chased the floating service return to the net but skewed his cross-court drop shot too wide. He then missed a volley on match point, ending a run of 28 consecutive wins dating back to his U.S. Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal.

“He took his opportunities. He deserved his big win today,” Djokovic said. “There’s nothing I can say. I gave it my best, I gave it my all. It wasn’t to be this time. “He showed his mental strength and he deserved to win – the only thing I can say is congratulations.” Djokovic hadn’t lost at Melbourne Park since 2010, when he went down to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, and has been unquestionably the best player on Rod Laver Arena since 2011.


WVU’s recent road woes concerning The West Virginia men’s basketball team has hit a rough stretch in the last two weeks. After a 10-5 start, the Mountaineers have fallen apart in recent games to Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas State. Following a 2-0 start to Big 12 Conference play, WVU has made its way back to being one of the league’s most struggling teams. It’s only going to get tougher from here, too. For the Mountaineers to achieve a better season than the 201213 season, they must learn to shoot better and play well on the road. Throughout the two seasons, WVU has struggled on the road immensely. This season, West Virginia has lost on the road to Virginia Tech, Missouri and Kansas State, while losing to then-No. 10 Wisconsin in neutral territory. It hasn’t been smooth at home, either. The Mountaineers have lost to Texas, thenNo. 11 Oklahoma State, thenNo. 20 Gonzaga and Purdue all at home this season. The Coliseum used to be a place opponents would fear. It was a difficult place to escape with a win – that’s for sure. While that theory still could be correct to some degree, it’s not as difficult to leave Morgantown with your head held high. Back in 201011, WVU dropped just two games at home to St. John’s and Pittsburgh. During that season, West Virginia beat a No. 11 Louisville team, a No. 16 Connecticut team featuring Kemba Walker, a No. 8 Purdue squad and a No. 8 Notre Dame team. The Mountaineers essentially had an upset win every week. In that same 2010-11 season, WVU played teams competitively on the road as well. As a member of the Big East Conference, teams were very difficult to beat, and on the road, it was a massive challenge to leave with a win. The Mountaineers did that, however. In that season, head coach Bob Huggins’ squad beat a No. 13 Georgetown team and a No. 23 Louisville team on the road, while defeating Cincinnati and losing to a strong Marquette squad by five. In today’s world, it seems nearly impossible for West Virginia to escape some Big 12 venues with a win. It’s almost come to the point where you expect the game to become a blowout. What is the root of this? It could be not having the ability to rebound or shoot the ball, or it could just be a mental disadvantage. Opinions will differ as to how some games get away from WVU so quickly, as was the case with Kansas State Saturday, but to become a good team, the Mountaineers must learn how to win on the road. Losing on the road has become a common trend for West Virginia recently. Even in the 2012-13 season, the Mountaineers dropped road games to teams such as Duquesne. West Virginia flat out got embarrassed in some games such as losses to Kansas, Gonzaga, Baylor and Purdue. West Virginia lost its last four road games and the last seven in the season. Three or four years ago, that wouldn’t have been the case. In the Big East, WVU played some very strong competition tough, and the results would be an indicator of that. Now, the Mountaineers can barely stay in some games in the first half. Shooting has become a problem for West Virginia as of late. Against the Wildcats, the Mountaineers shot just 32.7 percent from the field. In its last two games, West Virginia is a mere eight of 40 from 3-point territory. In the next three road games, the Mountaineers will take on No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Baylor and No. 8 Kansas. While it’s a stiff challenge to face these three squads away from the luxury of the Coliseum, the Mountaineers need to find a way to make road games competitive, and eventually, make the step to leave with a victory.










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Being one of just two teams in the Big 12 Conference without a senior on its roster, West Virginia has been looking to some of its younger players to make an impact this season. One of those players is freshman forward Devin Williams. Williams has started in 17 of the Mountaineers’ first 18 games and is beginning to make his mark in the low post game. He has recorded five double-doubles and is tied with Texas’ Cameron Ridley at No. 5 in the conference with 7.6 rebounds per game. It is rare for such a young player to see as big a workload as Williams has this season, but he said working on his game consistently is helping him adjust to playing and rebounding in the Big 12. “It’s a constant thing. It has to happen every day. It has to happen in practice, which will carry over to the game,” Williams said.

“It’s a physical league so you have to have physical play. The mindset has to be to come out focused and be ready to get down there and brawl a little bit.” In the game Williams missed against Texas, Longhorns center Cameron Ridley and forward Jonathan Holmes dominated West Virginia on the glass. The Mountaineers were outrebounded 49-30 overall in an 80-69 home loss that could be the team’s worst performance this season. Although the team lost in Williams’ return to action against Kansas State Saturday, the rebounding battle was much more even – West Virginia held a 33-32 advantage overall – as the freshman grabbed seven boards in the game. Having lost three straight conference games, the Mountaineers are searching for an answer on both ends of the floor. Williams said the key for him to help his team break out of its slump is keeping his focus during the grind of the Big 12 schedule.

“I’ve just got to realize that I’m not always going to have a big game. I’ve just got to stay even-keel, not get too high and not get too low and just continue to work,” Williams said. “Usually, even when I have good games or bad games, when I continue to work everything always works itself out.” In West Virginia’s first meeting against Texas Tech, an 89-86 overtime win over the Red Raiders in Lubbock Jan. 6, Williams scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds. The Mountaineers had chances to pull away from the Red Raiders but wasn’t able to put the game away until overtime. Williams said his team can take some lessons from their first matchup. “We can’t relax. We had leads at times. We just can’t relax. We’ve got to just keep our foot on the pedal and do our defensive things that we need to do that got us to that point as far as being up at certain times in the game,” Williams said.


Forward Devin Williams makes a move in the paint against Oklahoma State Jan. 11.

WVU looks to end skid against Texas Tech


Forward Kevin Noreen attempts to block a Texas pass Jan. 13.

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In Lubbock Jan. 6, West Virginia capped a successful Big 12 opening road trip by downing Texas Tech 89-86 in overtime. WVU started Big 12 play with two consecutive wins and all signs pointed in the right direction. The Red Raiders started Big 12 Conference with two consecutive losses under new head coach Tubby Smith. Since the matchup ear-

lier this month, West Virginia has dropped three straight games, while Texas Tech has earned two victories inside Big 12 play. Tonight inside the WVU Coliseum, West Virginia (10-8, 2-3) and head coach Bob Huggins will try to get back on track against Texas Tech (10-8, 2-3). “Obviously we’d like to win a few here,” Huggins said. “We played very well in the loss against Oklahoma State and had a chance to win the game. Then Texas came in and played very well. The Kansas State game, they

just took it to us and we struggled.” In back-to-back losses to Texas and Kansas State, the Mountaineers have shot just eight of 40, or 20 percent, from beyond the arc. Leading scorer Eron Harris missed all seven of his 3-point attempts against Texas, while Terry Henderson has missed his last seven 3-point shots. “With our team we have to shoot it well from the perimeter,” Huggins said. “We’ve struggled to shoot the ball the past couple of weeks.” WVU will lean on the consistent play of point

guard Juwan Staten, who registered a double-double against Kansas State Saturday. Texas Tech is riding a two-game win streak after defeating then-No. 12 Baylor and TCU. With two quality wins, the Red Raiders are a tougher team from when they faced the Mountaineers two weeks ago. “I think from a confidence standpoint, it’s always better when you can get a win and learn from your mistakes,” Smith said. “To get two wins in the league is a big help.” Smith said he believes

Texas Tech game a must-win for WVU

the quick turnaround is attributed to the performance of Rob Turner. The junior guard has scored in double figures in each of his last three games. “Rob Turner has performed better, he’s making better decisions and he’s hit some shots. I think that has been the difference,” Smith said. “He didn’t shoot the ball well against West Virginia and Texas, but he’s really improved over the past couple of games.” WVU and Texas Tech tip off at 8 p.m.

Freshman forward Williams adapting to physical nature of post play in Big 12 by connor murray


After getting flatout embarrassed and recording a new seasonlow total in points against Kansas State, West Virginia has the chance to bounce back at home against Texas Tech tonight. In my eyes, this game could be a make-orbreak game for the Mountaineers. Not only will the schedule be getting incredibly tough during the next few weeks, but also WVU will learn exactly where it stands following the matchup with the Red Raiders. In the Big 12 standings, Texas Tech and WVU are both 2-3 in league play, while being 10-8 on the season. In the first meeting between the two teams Jan. 6, the Mountaineers escaped Lubbock, Texas, with an 89-86 overtime victory. Times have changed. Since then, Texas Tech has posted some strong results with a 3-point loss to a likely NCAA Tournament team in Texas, a 10-point win over thenNo. 12 Baylor and a double-digit win over TCU. The Red Raiders are currently No. 53 in the country in field-goal percentage at 47.4 percent. Since that overtime w in, things haven’t looked as bright for the Mountaineers. A 73-72 loss to then-No. 11 Oklahoma State and two double-digit losses to Texas and Kansas State have fans worried that the 2013-14 season could be an exact replica of what 2012-13 became. S o, as West Virginia comes back home after one of its more embarrassing shooting performances against the Wildcats, it needs a statement victory. Success in basketball comes with rhythm and confidence. Look at Kansas right now. After it appeared the usually dominant Jayhawks were in trouble after falling to then-No. 21 San Diego State, KU has won five straight. Those five games include wins over a current ranked Oklahoma squad, then-No. 25 Kansas State, then-No. 8 Iowa State, then-No. 9 Oklahoma State and No. 24 Baylor. It’s all about playing with confidence, and the Jayhawks have done just that after some early results made it seem this season’s KU team could just be all hype. For West Virginia, it needs a win to get back to the expected playing level that made fans believe this team is much better than the 2012-13 team. While Texas Tech is still an average ball club, a win would do wonders. Following the game against the Red Raiders Wednesday evening, the Mountaineers face six ranked teams in a row. Looking at the current AP top-25, the next time WVU would face an unranked team would be Feb. 15 against Texas on the road. Obviously rankings change per week, but the Mountaineers will face stiff challenge following their encounter with Texas Tech. If West Virginia needs a strong shooting performance, tonight’s game would be it. Against KSU, WVU delivered a shooting performance that made you scratch your head as to how a team could struggle that badly for such a long period of time. While Texas Tech will be a crucial game for West Virginia moving forward to the heart of its schedule, a win could spew some confidence in this group as they get set for ranked opponent after ranked opponent.


Forward Devin Williams puts up a shot in the lane against Oklahoma State Jan. 11.


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