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Alumni Band member undergoes emergency surgery Friday, still makes it to game Saturday BY KAYLA GAGNON STAFF WRITER While the WVU Alumni Band performed on High Street on Friday during the Homecoming Parade, one of its members, David O’Neal, underwent an emergency appendectomy at Ruby Memorial Hospital. O’Neal experienced stomach pains, chills and dry heaving Friday morning, which made him concerned enough to go to the hospital, where his appendix was removed. “I’d been looking forward to this weekend for a while, so when they told me I had to go into surgery, I was like, ‘Really? Now?’” O’Neal said. “All of my friends were out having Wings Olé, and I was in the hospital.” After a successful surgery on Friday, O’Neal stayed overnight in the hospital and was discharged Saturday morning. He put on shorts under his hospital gown and went to Milan Puskar Stadium for the Homecoming game against Kansas. “I wanted to have fun with it,” he said. “The only reason I wore it [was] because I wanted to surprise

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“I’d been looking forward to this weekend for a while, so when they told me I had to go into surgery, I was like, ‘Really? Now?’ All of my friends were out having Wings Olé, and I was in the hospital”


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-David O’Neal, Alumni Band member [the band] in the stands with my gown.” Neal didn’t perform with the band on Saturday, but a picture of him in his gown managed to go viral on WVU Barstool social media accounts and Facebook pages like Ladies of the Flying WV. “People would mob me and want pictures. It was the neatest thing ever,” O’Neal said. “People I knew from home were texting me saying, ‘Why are you in a gown? What happened?’” O’Neal didn’t expect the pictures of him to gain the attention it did. “I just told people that I’m just an old drag queen who finally found the right dress for the right ball,” said O’Neal.

Ernest and Lobban named Homecoming royalty Ernest said he wants to show the world how amazing WVU is.

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David O’Neal, an Alumni Band member, enjoying a post-surgery beer at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Behind the scenes of FallFest: how will the next artists be picked? BY JORDYN JOHNSON DIGITAL EDITOR Before 1995, massive block parties on Grant Street welcomed students back to the college-environment and city of Morgantown each fall. Mountaineers packed porches

and drained kegs to celebrate their return. There were no University-organized events and no concerts until an almost-tragedy happened. During a block party, two WVU students received gunshot wounds, according to a 1994 article in the Daily Athenaeum. Af-

ter this, the culture of campus was changed forever. Out of this, FallFest was a born – originally a five-day event comprised of entertainment events to safely welcome students back, with the highlight being a concert for students to attend for free. It’s been 23 years since the first

FallFest emerged, and since then, some of the biggest artists in the music industry have graced the stage at WVU. Acts have included Busta Rhymes in 1999, Kanye West in 2004, Maroon 5 in 2010 Kendrick Lamar in 2014 and many more well-known performers.


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Oct. 11, 1811: State founder and U.S. Senator Waitman Thomas Willey was born near Farmington. Willey proposed the West Virginia Statehood Bill in the Senate andsaw to its passage and later signing by President Lincoln. He was then elected as one of West Virginia’s first two U.S. senators and served from 1863 to 1871.

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Absentee ballot deadlines approaching STAFF REPORT The majority of absentee ballots for the 2018 general election are due at the end of the month for most states. To vote absentee, you must be already registered to vote. Depending on your state, you may be able to still register to vote. Voting absentee allows citizens to vote by mail for an election if they are unable to vote in the county they are registered in. With Election Day coming on a Tuesday during the semester, many students across the country will submit absentee ballots. Through, you are able to fill out a form and receive an email with an absentee ballot application. By filling out the form, the website will send you the exact mailing address you must send your application to. The website will email you the application. Print out the application and fill out the remaining information. After your application is filled out, mail it to the address listed. If you are not using vote. org, mail it to the county election office of the county you

Here are the due dates for applications and ballots for some surrounding states: West Virginia: • Application due: Oct. 31 • Voted ballot due: Postmarked by Nov. 6 and received by Nov. 12

Ohio: • Application due: Nov. 3 • Voted ballot due: Postmarked by Nov. 5


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Pennsylvania: • Application due: Oct. 30 • Voted ballot due: Nov. 2

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New York • Application due: Oct. 30 • Voted ballot due: Postmarked by Nov. 5 and recieved by Nov. 13

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are registered to vote in. Your absentee application must be received by the due date, not just postmarked. So do it as soon as possible. If you send your application too close to the deadline, call your county election office and ask if you can email or fax

the application (but don’t wait until then). After a few days, you will be mailed your absentee ballot to the address you specified on your application. Fill out the ballot and then mail it to your county’s election office before the specified due dates.

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Gee speaks on Greek life, new advancements during State of the University address Monday BY MADISON GREER CORRESPONDENT WVU President E. Gordon Gee discussed Greek life and new University advancements during his State of the University address on Monday at the Erickson Alumni Center. Gee said WVU is moving at a very rapid pace with new innovative features that not only benefit the University, but West Virginia as a whole. These innovations include modernizing West Virginia’s higher education system, increasing behavioral and academic standards, aligning and defining the University’s values, working to offer a competitive salary for faculty and working with the new research-based programs. Gee mentioned several new programs that will be starting up this semester in order to discover more research on health-related subjects. These programs included new minors, such as the new addiction studies minor, which looks into the opioid crisis in West Vir-



WVU President E. Gordon Gee gave the State of the University address on Monday afternoon. ginia with a medical perspective, and opening new facilities with the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. The institute will soon have the state’s first heart transplant program. Other new research Gee mentioned included heart monitors and sensors for patients with Alzheimer’s disease that would track and monitor brain functions. The address also said students and faculty alike have started looking into new methods for teaching, using an ex-

ample of a faculty member who used art to bolster middle schoolers’ beliefs in themselves. The Blue Ribbon Commission was mentioned several times throughout the speech as Gee spoke about higher education and future occupations being difficult for some students to obtain. “As our state has exported coal, oil and natural gas, we have tragically been exporting our most precious resource— talent,” Gee said before proposing a solution for employers to actively seek out employ-

ees, rather than the other way around. Gee delivered the latest updates on fraternity and sorority life on campus in the address, and said the University and Greek life have been working together to come up with solutions to each problem that arises. He said that some of the final decisions made included continuing deferred recruitment for freshmen and raising academic standards. Gee will continue to work with the remaining chapters affiliated with WVU. Five fraternities have disassociated from the University this semester. Hours after Gee’s speech, these fraternities announced that an independent interfraternity council had been formed. To end the address, Gee spoke to the audience about the meanings of success and failure, and said the only way to keep moving forward as a community is to take risks. “We must overcome the fear of failure,” Gee said.

MetroNews host says he’s willing to host 1st Congressional District debate BY JOE SEVERINO NEWS EDITOR MetroNews Talkline host Hoppy Kercheval on Tuesday’s episode said he’d be willing to host a debate between West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District candidates before the Nov. 6 election. No debate had been formally scheduled between Rep. David McKinley, R-W. Va., and his Democratic challenger Kendra Fershee, and as of press time Wednesday there had been no announcement of one. Kercheval had Fershee on air Tuesday when he asked if any debates had been scheduled between the two.

“We do not, but I’m trying to get one scheduled,” Fershee said. “So far, we have been totally unsuccessful at getting McKinley’s camp to agree to a debate.” She then referenced the Daily Athenaeum article posted Monday that quoted McKinley saying he would agree to a debate if a “credible” organization asked to host one and that no credible organization had asked yet. “I think that sounds like you, Hoppy, so if we can get this scheduled, I’ll be there with bells on,” Fershee said. Kercheval agreed there should be a debate. “I would be happy host it, so I’ll tell you that on the air, okay,” Kercheval said.

Fraternities that have disassociated from WVU: • Kappa Alpha: Aug. 16, 2018

• Sigma Chi: Aug. 10, 2018

• Phi Sigma Kappa: Sept. 22, 2018

• Theta Chi: Sept. 23, 2018

• Alpha Sigma Phi: Sept. 25, 2018 GRAPHIC BY HALEIGH HOLDEN

Five disassociated fraternities form independent interfraternity council BY JOE SEVERINO NEWS EDITOR The five disassociated fraternities in Morgantown have formed an independent Interfraternity (IFC) chapter in Morgantown, according to a press release from the IFC’s new Twitter account on Monday. The release wrote that Sigma Chi, Kappa Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa, Theta Chi and Alpha Sigma Phi will be forming the new IFC. Each of

the five have received letters of support from its national office in the last two months. The release again specifically mentioned deferred recruitment for first-semester freshmen and the Reaching the Summit report issued by WVU. It went on to say “[f]urther, we feel that there is an inherent bias toward Greek organizations from the university administration that has resulted in the unfair treatment of our members and fraternities.”

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Ernest and Lobban named Homecoming royalty BY OLIVIA GIANETTINO STAFF WRITER The 2018 Homecoming king and queen are ready to accomplish great things at the University after being crowned on Saturday. Seniors Douglas Ernest Jr. and Kendra Lobban took their crowns during the halftime ceremony at Milan Puskar Stadium. Ernest said winning the crown felt amazing. “I almost passed out on field.” Ernest said. “It’s a moment I’ll never forget.” “A Homecoming king has a big role at WVU and I can use that for good,” Ernest said. “I want to do an event that changes the perception that WVU is just a party school.” For the candidates, the campaigning process was both fun and stressful. “It was really cool because I got to meet students I never


Homecoming king Douglas Ernest Jr. and Homecoming queen Kendra Lobban. would have had the pleasure of meeting, go to different organizations on campus and talk to them and got to be

creative with social media,” Ernest said. He also gave credit to Lobban for helping him through

the process as they teamed up. The titles of king and queen go much deeper than

the sashes and crowns. Lobban and Ernest both take great pride in being Mountaineer royalty. “The title of WVU homecoming queen to me means representing a wonderful institution in more than one way,” Lobban said. “With this position, I will be able to give back to the community through service and leadership.” Lobban explained that from here on out, their responsibilities are up to them to make and fulfill. Ernest and Lobban have set the goal to give back to Morgantown, as it has provided so much for them. “I want to show the world how amazing WVU truly is,” Ernest said. The two students are active in Greek life along with other student organizations. Ernest is a marketing student with a minor in leadership studies. He is the vice

president of recruitment for the Interfraternity Council and the parent/alumni relations chairman for Phi Kappa Psi. He is also a part of the Student Government Association and a recipient of many state and University scholarships. He was sponsored by Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Lobban is a finance student minoring in political science and pre-law and legal studies. She is a member of the honors college and the former president of Chi Omega. She is the vice president of recruitment for the West Virginia University Panhellenic Association and also a recipient of many scholarships. She is sponsored by Chi Omega sorority. The first event Lobban and Ernest will attend is Walk for Wishes on Saturday, Oct. 20.

FallFest cont. from p. 1 Students anxiously wait for weeks prior to the start of class to find out who they will get to see live once they return. The suspense can either end in celebration or disappointment. Whether the lineup is loved or hated, the process of choosing and finalizing the artists usually takes months. The process starts when students are sent a survey to tell Arts and Entertainment at WVU who they would like to see come to Morgantown. 2018’s survey was sent out in February, six months before the event was scheduled. Social media also plays a big role in the decision-making process for the event. All of this data is evaluated when the choices are made. Kristie Stewart-Gale is the marketing and advertising manager of Arts and Entertainment at WVU and is a key player when it comes to planning and booking the musical acts for FallFest. She has been working since the very first FallFest to bring students the artists they love and said the event is her absolute favorite despite the challenges it brings. “It’s complicated, but FallFest as a whole has a really good reputation,” she said. “So, people see it as a really cool place to play.” First, the budget for the event has to be taken into account when making decisions on who will play.

In 2013 when Pretty Lights, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ciara, Capital Cities and Colt Ford were booked, the University spent $791,069. The following year it shelled out more than $700,000 again when it landed MAGIC!, Dierks Bentley and Kendrick Lamar. Stewart-Gale said the fact that the event is free for students can create an issue when recruiting performers. “There is absolutely no way for an artist to make additional money based on ticket sales because that’s what most artists do. They get paid, and they get a cut of ticket sales,” she said. Stewart-Gale said many times Arts and Entertainment tried to get an artist, but because they may have other paid opportunities, they will not choose to play FallFest. This is why students typically see performers on the FallFest stage before they “get big.” “Kanye West is a great example of that,” she said. “When he played FallFest, he was just getting started, so he could handle what we could take, and that frames the whole picture, as well.” The year West played, a crowd of 12,000 showed up to watch. “We had about 16,000 people there this year, so that’s a huge number,” Stewart-Gale said. She also noted that the ad-

dition of “FoodFest,” the free food offered to students at the event, has really helped boost attendance numbers. Finding an artist who can take the time out of his or her schedule or tour to make a stop in Morgantown isn’t an easy feat. WVU’s hometown isn’t typically thought of as a city with the biggest music scene, so it can be challenging to get these artists. “What we’re trying to do is put acts on the stage that appeal to everybody, which is incredibly difficult in any kind of setting, but since it’s a free concert for our students and we know how large our student body is, that’s why we pick distinctly different genres,” Stewart-Gale said. Three genres of music that can give students at least one of their favorites are the goal. In recent years, a rap artist, an alternative artist and a country artist have been chosen. Using the three genres that the survey information gives, Stewart-Gale said the department begins searching for artists who are going to be touring at the time and don’t already have a date scheduled for the specific day. “We try to match that all up, and then from there it falls into place, and you end up with the show that you see,” she said. Stewart-Gale said she feels students love the event not only for the concert but for the social aspects it brings them.


The crowd below carries a fan away from the stage. “Truly, yes, it’s a concert, but I don’t think students come solely for the bands on the stage,” she said. “I think they come because it’s the end of Welcome Week.” “It’s ‘look at this university we go to. Here are all of these students that we can meet and greet and find people that we haven’t gotten to talk to all summer because we went our separate ways, and now we’re all back together, and let’s go Mountaineers,’” she said. Isaac Obioma, the president of the Student Government Association at WVU and a senior international studies student, said that FallFest is definitely catered to a variety of student music tastes. Though Obioma said he’d like SGA to have some sort of say in the FallFest artist selec-

tion process, it does not. However, students can share their supports or criticisms to the organization but that doesn’t happen often, according to Obioma. “I don’t think students generally complain to us directly about FallFest,” he said. “Most of what I hear as far as FallFest criticisms come from social media.” Regarding this year’s event, Obioma said that he was unsure if he would enjoy it. “I honestly had low expectations. I wasn’t too much of a fan of any of the acts, but after going, my tone changed, and I had a great time,” he said. Up until 2014, FallFest had four to five artists perform at the event; however, now only three artists play. “Personally, I’d like to see the University stop doing

three acts and spend all of the money on one big artist that everyone would come [to] see,” he said. “Acknowledging that everyone has their own taste, I think there are some artists that have mass appeal.” Obioma says his dream FallFest lineup would be A$AP Rocky, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Stewart-Gale said her and her staff “peak” before classes even start due to the event being such a success each year. She added that seeing the end result of months of hard work and planning is something special. “It really is an excellent event,” she said. “And, I think the students love it.”



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Why Kendra Fershee is the better option for the U.S. House of Representatives SUBMITTED BY RICHARD COHEN MORGANTOWN RESIDENT Some Reasons to Vote for Kendra Fershee for U.S. House of Representatives: 1. There are too many old, wealthy, white men in the U.S. House of Representatives. Women only comprise 19 percent of the members of the House of Representatives, yet they comprise 50.8 percent of the U.S. population. Wealthy, old, white men like David McKinley tend not to understand nor appreciate the problems of young women, young mothers and people who live from paycheck to paycheck. We need Kendra Fershee, a young mother who is an expert in family law. She is smart, knowledgeable and compassionate. She deserves your vote. 2. David McKinley refuses to hold the president responsible for his bad behavior in using slurs and bullying tactics. David McKinley refuses to hold the President responsible for publicly denigrating the FBI and the attorney general of the United States and for obstructing justice. David McKinley refuses to hold the president responsible from continuing to operate his ho-


Kendra Fershee is running against David McKinley for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. tels and personally profiting from his office in violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. David McKinley was silent when the president stated that he believes Vladimir Putin rather than the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election. When materials, books and letters appeared stating that the White House staff believed that the president was unfit to serve and that removal of the president under the provisions of

the 25th Amendment might be appropriate, David McKinley did not ask for a congressional investigation of the president’s fitness to serve. In short, David McKinley cannot be depended upon to enforce the checks and balances in our Constitution, which is vital to the preservation of our Country. We need Kendra to restore balance, civility and respect for the law. You need to vote for Kendra.

3. David McKinley pretended to be a deficit hawk and to oppose creating larger budget deficits until the president convinced him to support an enormous budget deficit to provide large permanent tax benefits to the most wealthy individuals and corporations. Of course, the rest of us received a very small tax break, which is likely to expire in a few years. Now, those in Congress who are depleting our treasury, including David McKinley, are prepared to drastically reduce the safety net provided by Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid. Although David McKinley protests that the president has pledged not to touch Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, there are many of us who are unwilling to take the word of a president who is a proven serial liar who will change positions whenever it pleases him; neither should David McKinley believe him. Kendra can be trusted to protect the safety net because she realizes and respects the real-life consequences to non-wealthy families of removing protections that they have come to rely upon. Seniors, children, the disabled, those who are ill and those who care about seniors, children, the disabled and the chronically ill, need Kendra.

Kavanaugh confirmation: Is justice slipping through America’s fingers? SUBMITTED BY JARON BRAGG FRESHMAN POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENT FROM SHADY SPRING, WEST VIRGINIA Justice has two main definitions: the first, a behavior or treatment and, the second, a judge, usually referring to one placed on the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice, referring to the first definition, in many ways was trampled upon during the making of a justice, referring to the second definition. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has had to endure the most rigorous confirmation process in U.S. history. Where most justices are evaluated on how they feel toward key issues, Kavanaugh faced a barrage of sexual assault claims, the most prominent of which from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Although there were multiple allegations, the only one formally presented in front of the Senate as well as focused upon by the American people was the one made by Dr. Ford. Despite the lack of evidence supporting her claim, the American public, mainly those on the


Jaron Bragg is a political science student. left side of the American political spectrum, gravitated behind her. Now, in no way am I discrediting Dr. Ford, or calling her a liar — experiences like these are nothing to shame or look down upon— nor am I here to say she’s telling the truth because I truly don’t know, but that is the point: no one does except for them. Our American justice system is built on the idea that we as Americans are innocent in all matters until proven otherwise.

No evidence was ever presented to show Kavanaugh’s guilt in any way; yes, allegations were made, but no proof was presented. With this in mind, why do we want to write off a man simply because of some finger-pointing? Many point to the man that appointed him, President Donald Trump, and say that that is proof that he is a part of the patriarchy and that he is a dishonorable man. When being questioned of sexual assault, others point to his acts in the Senate Judiciary Committee and say that he is unfit to be a judge because of all the emotion he expressed, mainly anger and frustration. To those people, I would simply say that he is human. He is a man with a family, a wife and two young daughters who have faced ridicule for the accusations. Any human being would be frustrated and upset because of this. Do we now expect Supreme Court justices and those in power in general, to feel nothing, to be immune to emotion and frustration when something isn’t right? When something isn’t fair? It seems to me

that we, as Americans, tend to skew our personal beliefs depending on if something is beneficial to our party. With adversarial politics and the systems current “rules,” we are allowing justice to slip out of our grasp as we cling to one of two sides in our American political system, and we and our prosperity will certainly suffer for it. This scandal culture created after Watergate still has the American people hungry to watch powerful people fall. We must stop this. We must stop desiring for people to be ruined so badly that we begin to throw away the basis of our entire justice system. At some point we must put our country before our party, our differences behind us and, instead, place the fact that we all want the United States to prosper above all else and begin working together to strengthen these institutions this country was founded upon, because when innocence must be proven and guilt is expected, we are no longer free.

4. David McKinley has allowed the president to ignore the effects of man-caused global weirding, including increased flooding, rising ocean levels and more severe hurricanes in the East and South, more intense and frequent fires in the West, droughts and dust storms in the Southwest and toxic tides in Florida. Although in North Carolina, the recent flooding has caused concerns about toxic coal ash polluting the Cape Fear River, David McKinley continues to maintain that coal ash is not toxic and he lobbies and legislates to encourage the commercial use of coal ash, thus endangering our health and the health of our children and grandchildren. We need Kendra, who recognizes the environmental danger to our country, our homes and our families and who will fight to preserve wild, wonderful West Virginia. 5. David McKinley did not fight to preserve affordable health care, especially for those with pre-existing conditions. In January 2017, when the House of Representatives was considering H.R. 3, the budget resolution that was the beginning of the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, David McKinley refused to meet with those of us who wanted to discuss the pro-

posal. Instead, ignoring our concerns, he voted in favor. Then, in May of 2017, David McKinley again ignored our plea to talk with him about H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, and he voted to allow higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions, to allow sham insurance policies that do not provide for meaningful coverage, to reduce funding for Medicare and to allow higher premiums for older enrollees. To maintain affordable and meaningful health care for all West Virginians, we need Kendra. 6. David McKinley has shown a lack of interest in serving as our representative to Congress. When there is legislation pending that affects us, David McKinley has not shown the interest nor the courage to come here, in person, to have a face-to-face dialogue so he can understand people’s concerns. Rather, he calls with invitations to attend remote phone forums. He has refused to provide his positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage test. Kendra has the desire and the courage to talk with us in person and to represent us in Congress.

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West Virginia travels to Iowa State for a game under the lights BY MATTHEW GOLD ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

FOOTBALL The second road game of the season for WVU will have a different feel on Saturday. Four of the Mountaineers games have been in hot and sunny conditions, with its fifth being played in pouring rain. West Virginia travels to Ames, Iowa over the weekend where temperatures possibly dipping into the high 40s. Finally football weather. The Cyclones (2-3, 1-1 Big 12), are coming off of an upset win on the road against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were a 10-point favorite over ISU, but Matt Campbell’s team took the lead later in the first quarter and never gave it up en route to a 48-42 victory. The injured starting quarterback, Kyle Kempt, has not played since the second week of the season. ISU’s first game against South Dakota State was canceled due to inclem-


Gary Jennings and David Sills celebrating after a touchdown during the Kansas game on October 6th. ent weather. Junior quarterback Zeb Noland only played one series in Stillwater before true-freshman Brock Purdy stepped in and threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns. Purdy ran the ball 19 times for 84 yards. The last time WVU faced

a dual-threat QB was three weeks ago against Kansas State. The Mountaineer defense kept Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton on the ground. That duo rushed for 46 yards combined. Saturday proved that the stage was not too big for

WVU breaks from conference play, sweeps George Washington BY ANDREA WARNER SPORTS WRITER

VOLLEYBALL On Tuesday evening, the Mountaineers ended their two-match losing streak and swept George Washington University 3-0 on their home court in Washington, D.C. West Virginia (9-9, 1-4 Big 12) took an early 3-0 lead in the first set off a GW service error and back-to-back kills. Capitalizing off more GW miscues and an ace from setter Lacey Zerwas, WVU took a six-point lead (11-5). Katie DeMeo and Kristina Jordan put down two more kills increasing WVU’s lead. The Colonials tried to rally, scoring four in a row to come within five (17-12), but WVU kept finding the floor. Jordan and Zerwas each put down kills, giving West Vir-

ginia a nine-point lead. WVU continued to put points on the board with back-to-back shots from Katelyn Evans. Katie DeMeo slammed one down, securing the Mountaineer win for the first set (25-15), taking a 1-0 lead in the match. Although the Colonials took the early 4-1 lead in the second set, WVU used a 6-0 scoring run to take a 10-6 lead. Zerwas served up her second ace of the evening during that run. Evans put one down to take a 1910 advantage over the home team. Jordan and Kristin Lux teamed up for a block that got the Mountaineers to set point and the 2-0 lead in the match. The third set was backand-forth early on. The Colonials held a slim 6-5 advantage after a kill and back-to-back Mountaineer miscues. WVU gained

momentum after Jordan slammed two aces in a row and put the Mountaineers on top, 10-6. Evans found the floor, increasing the lead to 18-7. The Mountaineers were first to put 20 on the board after a GW service error. A kill from Lux put WVU at set point, giving the team the third set win and 3-0 match sweep. Three Mountaineers hit above .300 for the evening, with Evans finishing with a team-high nine kills. Defensive specialist Ava Richards carried the floor defense matching her career-high 11 digs. This win was WVU’s fifth sweep of the season, earning the team an 8-5 record in non-conference play. Looking forward, the team will host its annual Pink Match on Saturday, Oct. 13 against No. 24 Baylor. Tickets and concession will be available for $1 each.

Purdy, as he led ISU to an upset of a ranked opponent. He gets a chance to do that again in a night game against WVU, which is ranked No. 6 in the country, in the friendly confines of Jack Trice Stadium. Running back David Montgomery was unable to play

yards per reception. WVU’s secondary is prone to allowing big plays and has allowed plenty through five games to opposing wide receivers. Even though the receiving touchdown numbers are low, there are four other pass catchers that have over 100 receiving yards. On defense, defensive back Greg Eisworth leads the way with 41 tackles, three of which being tackles for loss. He also has three pass breakups. Linebacker Willie Harvey is second on the team with 33 tackles and defensive back Braxton Lewis has an even 30 tackles. Lewis is leading the team with three interceptions. D’Andre Payne and Brian Peavy lead the Cyclones defense with four pass break ups each. Defensive end JaQuan Bailey leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. and will be televised on FS1. The Mountaineers are 6.5-point favorites, according to ESPN.






against OSU, as he suffered an upper arm injury in Iowa State’s loss against TCU two weeks ago. He is the Cyclones leading rusher, accumulating 334 yards on 82 carries and three scores. He had six 100plus yard games in 2017, including a season-high 164 yards against Texas Tech. Against WVU in Morgantown, Montgomery had 115 yards on the ground and another 17 through the air. He is questionable for Saturday’s rematch. Purdy was the leading runner for ISU last weekend with 84 yards. Kene Nwangwu got 10 touches and 49 yards in the running back position, filling in for Montgomery. Hakeem Butler is the Cyclone’s leading pass catcher. Only catching 18 passes, Butler has 372 receiving yards, with a long of 57. He is the team leader with four touchdown catches. He has more TD catches than the rest of the team combined (three receivers have one TD catch). He is a big play threat down the field, averaging almost 21



















Grant’s competitiveness pays dividends for WVU golf BY CHRIS JACKSON SPORTS WRITER

GOLF Kurtis Grant coveted one particular item since he arrived on campus. The West Virginia freshman golfer always wanted a gold headcover, which is given out to those on the team who shoot under par for a round. Grant came close on a number of occasions, whether it was a practice round or a qualifying round, but he could never quite reach the mark to get the gold headcover. That all changed during his college debut during the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitation at Wake Forest from Sept. 24-25. He did not get just one, though. He shot under par during all three rounds, which meant he got three gold headcovers at one tournament. “I was right there, but just couldn’t quite get under par to

get the headcover,” Grant said. “Shot 69 the first round, 69 the second round and then the third round I’m like, ‘Man, let’s go out there and get another headcover.’ I got all three, got all of them in one tournament.” Those two days were monumental for the freshman golfer. Not only did he get the three headcovers that he cherished, but he also did something that has never been done before in program’s existence. His four-under-par mark to finish the tournament tied him for 12th overall and also tied a program record. He had absolutely no idea that he was set to make history because his biggest focus was still on getting those gold headcovers. “I had a putt on the last hole about 15 feet,” Grant said. “[Head] coach [Sean] Covich came down and he’s like, ‘What do you see in the putt?’ I go a little bit out. Play it out the right side of the hole and then just hit

a good putt.’ He goes ‘OK.’ And then I stepped up, knocked it in and shot 68.’” Grant was built for this moment. In Covich’s eyes, he already had a year of college golf under his belt before, even though he was just a high schooler months ago and is now in his very first year as a student-athlete. He had already competed against college golfers last year, setting him up for a performance like he had during his first collegiate competition. During his senior year of high school, Grant put Junior Golf in the rearview mirror. He played in nothing but Amateur events, facing those that were already playing at the NCAA level. Those competitions put Grant on an early trajectory to make his mark at a rapid pace as soon as he went to WVU. “So, when he teed up against Wake Forest and North Carolina and Virginia Tech and No-


Curtis Grant (second from the left) with his teammates following the Mountaineer Invitational. tre Dame and all those guys at the Wake Forest event, he had already seen a lot of those guys during the summer and competed with them and beat them,” Covich said. “In some ways it’s not really a freshman experience because he was already used to that.” Competing is what Grant loves. He loves to be right up there in tournaments and have

a chance to make records and square off against some of the best in all of college golf. And, of course, he is always competing for those gold headcovers. What separates him from many others is his endless positivity on the course. It’s easy to lose your mojo after one bad shot or one bad putt. Most golfers go through that. Even if he might get frus-

trated after one shot, he understands where he is. He’s playing the game he loves. “I’m always out there having fun, almost always have a smile on my face, joking around,” Grant said. “Golf’s a game. You got to have fun. Competing’s fun. You’ve just got to enjoy every minute of it because it’s better than being in a classroom writing in the notebook.”

Women’s soccer aims to continue success against Iowa State Inconsistency, injuries plaguing Mountaineers heading into Akron BY JARED SERRE





West Virginia has been a team of mystery through 13 matches this season, falling to 8-5 Tuesday night as well as 1-0 in Mid-American Conference play. Before the loss to Wright State, the Mountaineers had been victorious in five of their previous six matches, scoring two goals in every one of those wins. “I think we’re close to being really, really good,” said WVU men’s soccer head coach Marlon LeBlanc following a Delaware beat down. Since then the Mountaineers have earned wins over Binghamton, 2-0, on Oct. 2 and Western Michigan, 2-1, on Oct. 6, before falling to No. 23 Wright State Tuesday night, 3-0. In the midst of that winning streak, West Virginia suffered its worst loss of the season to Radford, 4-1. Besides the losses to Wright State and Radford, the WVU defense has proved to be consistent all season, allowing only six goals through 11 matches. The Mountaineers offense has scored 21 goals through the first 13 matches, including a whopping 5-1 pounding of American on Aug. 31 and a 3-1 defeat over St. Francis on Sept. 15. The West Virginia offense has righted the ship as of late. As noted earlier, the offense has scored two goals in five of its last seven matches, which combine for a total 10 goals through five matches. Previously, through the first five matches, the team

After rebounding from their first conference loss of the season by defeating Texas on Sunday, the WVU women’s soccer team is aiming to keep their success going into Friday’s match against Iowa State. Since joining the Big 12 Conference in 2012, the Mountaineers and the Cyclones have matched up six times. WVU has come out victorious each of those times. While anything can happen in a match, the Cyclones do not have much going for them. Sitting at 2-11-2, they have the worst overall record in the conference. When it comes to in conference play, their 0-4-1 record places them at ninth in the Big 12. The Mountaineers, on the other hand, are coasting through the conference. Since starting conference play on Sep. 21, they have only left one match without a win—good enough to be tied for first in the Big 12, with a 4-1 record. Despite the differential in success between the two teams, WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown is looking forward to the matchup. “It’s going to be a tough game,” Izzo-Brown said. “Their venue is always tough to play in and, obviously, the weather is going to be a bit different than what we’re used to. Their record does not dictate who they are as a team. They’re doing great things, they just have fallen a little short of getting the result.” This has not been an ideal



Jordan Brewster passing the ball down the field to teammate. season for the Cyclones, who achieved double-digit wins two long years ago. The team’s season stat totals pale in comparison to opponents. Iowa State trails opponents in most major stats, including goals, shots and assists. The team’s lone leading statistic is saves, where they edge their opponents 84-47. “Their coach is doing a great job,” Izzo-Brown said about Iowa State. “Their team is definitely a tough team to play against. They’re giving every team a tough, tough, tough game and we know that at any point in this conference right

now, any team can win — especially Iowa State.” The upcoming matchup is key to both teams as both are looking to chase down the Big 12 Championship. “We’ve got to win out, no questions asked. We’ve got to win out,” senior midfielder Grace Cutler said about the path to winning the Big 12. “We’ve got to be the best team in the league.” The Mountaineers and the Cyclones will kickoff on Friday at 7 p.m. in Ames. The match can be streamed on, but does require a subscription.


Andres Muriel Albino making his way around a defender to pass the ball to a teammate. was shutout 1-0 three times. LeBlanc has said how well he thinks his team can perform. However, West Virginia hasn’t been able to stay hot and win any more than three matches in a row this season. With key players missing time throughout the season, including senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc, forward Rushawn Larmond and sophomore forward Tsubasa Takada, the Mountaineers have struggled to find balance and leadership. A key aspect of this West Virginia team that shouldn’t be overlooked is the team’s 5-1 home record this season. The team has consistently performed dominantly at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, falling only to Radford in which LeBlanc called the worst loss in his 13-year tenure at WVU. Perhaps the most notable Mountaineer to step up to the spotlight this season is junior defenseman Ryan Kellogg. Kellogg, who before the season had only found the net once before, has four goals on the season, including an impressive two-

goal match against Delaware on Sept. 29. “This game’s about finding some confidence, and I’ve been able to do that this year, our mentality is next man up and so if things aren’t falling someone’s got to step up and fortunately I’ve been able to do that a couple times this year,” explained Kellogg after WVU’s victory over Binghamton on Oct. 2. Junior defenseman Pascal Derwaritsch is tied for the team lead in goals with Kellogg, followed by junior midfielders Ethan Shim and Larmond, who have three goals a piece. With Mid-American Conference action ramping up, the Mountaineers will travel to Akron on Saturday to end the three-match road trip. At home, WVU will face off against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Oct. 20 and rival Pittsburgh on Oct. 23.





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