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Wednesday October 23, 2013



WVU United Way to run for charity by caroline peters staff writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia University United Way Campaign is inviting runners and walkers to participate in the Mountaineer United Run Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. The WVU United Campaign is an organization that raises money for various community service programs throughout the Morgantown area. This year the organization is hoping to raise $340,000, and the Mountaineer United Run will contribute to that goal. Theresa Joslin, a graduate assistant for WVU United Way, said all runners should participate because the money raised will remain local. “It’s not only a way to stay healthy, but it’s also a way to give back to the community, because all the money raised goes to the local Monongalia and Preston Counties,” Joslin said. “We have a lot of runners and walkers in town and every resident, faculty member and student is invited to participate.” The four-mile journey takes participants around all three of West Virginia University’s campuses. Runners will be shuttled from the Mountainlair to the Milan Puskar Stadium to begin the race, and the race will travel from the Stadium to the Erickson Alumni Center, Towers Dorms and Student Recreation Center. From there, runners will pass the Coliseum and head downtown

to the Mountainlair. The cost of the race is $20 for those who pre-register and $30 for those who register the day of the race. Preregistration will be available until Friday. On-site registration will be held at the Mountainlair 9:30-10:30 a.m. The cost of registration will cover the services and items handed out during the event. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a race T-shirt and bag, and the rest of the items will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. The race is open to all students, faculty and residents of Morgantown. Lesley Cottrell, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the WVU School of Medicine and organizer of the event, said the length of the race shouldn’t deter anyone. “If people aren’t so sure about running the whole four miles they can still participate. We do have relay teams registered,” Cottrell said. “Relay teams are about four to five runners who can cut up the race at the stops and walk. Our community is really good at promoting a healthy lifestyle, and this is a way for runners to contribute back to the community.” Water stops will be placed throughout the race for the runners to refuel. After runners reach the race’s final stop, they will be given fruit to eat. Awards will be given to men and women in certain age groups, and

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SOJ receives $250k for Media Innovation Lab By Carlee Lammers managing Editor @CARLEELAMMERS

The West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism received the first large gift toward its Media Innovation Lab. Last week, WVU journalism alumna Alexis Pugh and her husband Jim donated $250,000 to the University for the lab. Alexis said she wanted to give back as much as she could to the SOJ for all it has provided her. “It’s very important to me to be able to repay in a small way what I received from my WVU School of Journalism education,” she said. “I was well prepared for what became a long career in advertising and PR when I left Morgantown, and I never forgot what I learned.” The Alexis and Jim Pugh Media Innovation Lab will house the latest technology to foster student creativity and development. According to the SOJ, “students and faculty across disciplines will work in teams to develop, test and deploy new media applications, platforms and

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strategies, with the goal of re-envisioning rural and hyper-local communities using emergent digital and mobile media tools.” Alexis, an executive with more than 35 years of experience in the fields of advertising and public relations, said she fully supports the lab and is excited to play a role in many students’ futures. “(My professors) gave me a foundation to stand upon for my entire life. I also felt strongly that the Lab should be in Martin Hall, part of the historical center of the main campus and the site of many memorable experiences for me,” she said. The lab is scheduled to open in Martin Hall by fall 2014. The Martin Hall lab will serve as a launching pad for a 10,000 square-foot lab in the Evansdale Crossing building, and is slated for completion in spring 2015. In a digital-first market, Maryanne Reed, dean of the School of Journalism, said she believes this gift will help the college become a leader in modern media education.

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The WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble uses traditional instruments and choreography to be as authentic as possible.


African Music and Dance Ensemble performs for Diversity Week by Alexis randolph staff writer @dailyathenaeum

Mountainlair passersby got more entertainment than they expected Tuesday when the West Virginia University African Music and Dance Ensemble performed in front of JACS as part of the University’s Diversity Week. The ensemble is part of the WVU World Music Program and serves as the African Music and Dance Ensemble class at WVU. This performance was the first for the group this semester and the first for several of the ensemble members, according to the director of the ensemble, Michael Vercelli. “The class is open to all students. We have a variety of ma-



Members of the WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble perform in the Mountainlair Tuesday afternoon.

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WVU Golf Club looks to ‘ace’ Atlantic Regional Division By Jacob Bojesson Staff Writer @DailyAthenaeum


Kyle Cleavenger, member of the WVU Golf Club, prepares to drive the ball.

The sport of golf is currently flourishing in the state of West Virginia. The state started its own PGA tournament, The Greenbrier Classic, in 2010, and WVU will enter the highly competitive Big 12 conference in 2015 with a varsity golf team. In the shadow of that, the WVU Golf Club is looking to compete among the country’s finest. “In our first tournament of the season, we went out and came in second place against five other teams,” said Mason Short, club president. “We’re looking solid at the moment.” The club consists of players of all levels and they practice every Sunday at the Mountainview Golf Club just outside

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Morgantown. In the absence of a University-sponsored team, the best golfers on campus compete as No. 2 in the in the Atlantic Regional division of the National Collegiate Golf Association. “Right now we’re doing just a club level; we play against all the teams around the area, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Youngstown State and some other teams in the area. Along with that we play in a national event,” Short said. Next week the team will travel to State College, Pa., with the hopes of qualifying for nationals next month. “Right now we’re looking good. We just had our qualifier and we had some pretty good scores and we’re looking to win

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Those lucky enough to be in the Mountainlair Tuesday afternoon were treated to authentic African style music as the WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble performed for Diversity Week.

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jors with us here today anywhere from education, theater or psychology. It is open to anyone who is interested and wants to do it,” Vercelli said. “There is no background necessary in music or dance. If this is something that interests you, come out and join the class.” The ensemble performed several native recreational dance numbers from Ghana and also danced to funeral music from different parts of Africa. Amber Belknap, a sophomore psychology student, is a three-year ensemble member and said she finds the ensemble exciting and fun. “I joined because I had

a lot of friends who said, ‘You should do this, it is a lot of fun and a good stress reliever.’ Plus, it is only one day a week,” Belknap said. “I would definitely encourage everyone to try it at least for one semester, as long as you participate, you do well, and Dr. Vercelli is an awesome, energetic man.” The class also has a onemonth, six-credit-hour study abroad trip every other summer. The last trip was in 2012, and there will be another in 2014. Belknap said anyone who has participated in the study abroad program said it was a great experience for all involved. The ensemble finished with a number encouraging crowd participation. Several of the audience members joined in, including Sarah Bloss, a senior criminology student.

Bloss said she had a lot of fun and was surprised by the group members. “I think everyone had this stereotype like ‘Oh it is going to be people from Africa or of African descent,’” Bloss said. “But this just shows you don’t have to have an African background to join the African Dance Ensemble, it is really open to everybody and I think that is what diversity should be, something open to everyone.” The ensemble’s next performance will be at the World Music Performance at the Creative Arts Center on the Evansdale campus Nov. 8. To find out more about the African Music and Dance Ensemble and their performances, visit http://



The WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble uses traditional instruments and choreograhpy to be a authentic as possible.

Nev. boy describes terror of schoolyard shooting SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Students cowered in fear and pleaded for their lives as a 12-year-old Nevada boy went on a schoolyard rampage with a handgun he brought from home, waving the weapon at frightened classmates and shooting a math teacher in the chest on a basketball court. The boy opened fire Monday morning on the Sparks Middle School campus, wounding two boys and killing the teacher before he turned the gun on himself. Washoe County School District police revealed Tuesday that the seventh-grader brought the 9mm semi-automatic Rugger handgun from his home, but authori-

ties were still working to determine how he obtained it. The student’s parents were cooperating with authorities and could face charges in the case, police said. Eighth-grader Angelo Ferro recalled burying his face in his hands as the boy waved the gun and threatened to shoot. Another seventh grader and Ferro’s math teacher, Michael Landsberry, lay gunned down nearby. “The whole time I was hoping Mr. L was OK, we’d all get through it, it was a bad dream,” Ferro told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Ferro, 13, was in the schoolyard with friends when the violence erupted.

He heard a pop about 15 minutes before the morning bell rang but didn’t think much of it. He then saw an injured boy clutching his wounded arm, and he watched Landsberry walk toward the gunman and take a bullet to the chest. Unable to get inside the locked-down school, Ferro and others crouched against the building for safety but soon came face-to-face with the armed student. Ferro didn’t know the boy but said he and other frightened classmates begged for their lives and tried to talk him out of firing. Something distracted the student, and he didn’t shoot. “He left, thank God,” Ferro said.


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Continued from page 1 “(This is) truly transformational,” she said. “It will provide our students with the latest media tools and technology and help them develop the creative problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial mindset they need to be successful in the changing media industry.”

A series of 911 calls made from the school also reflected the terror of the situation, including an ominous report of “teacher down.” “Can you send please send police out here,” a panicked student told a 911 dispatcher. “There’s a kid with a gun.” Authorities say they’re withholding the shooter’s name out of respect for his family. They provided no motive for the shooting but said they’ve interviewed 20 or 30 witnesses and are looking into any prior connections between the victims and the shooter. “Everybody wants to know why – that’s the big question. The answer is, we don’t know


Continued from page 1 this regional event. If we do we (will)compete at the nationals next month in South Carolina,” Short said. “It would be the first time we’ve gone in a while.” The strength of the club team was one of the reasons for why golf will be added to the WVU varsity athletics program. The Big 12 conference has produced several world-class golfers in the past, and Short said he is hoping to see some of the players make the team in 2015. “With the team coming in 2015, it’s bringing a lot of light to our club and we’re really excited about that. Talented golfers usually go to college and play at the collegiate level before going pro. Collegiate golf is the highest level of amateur golf you can play,” he said. ”We are looking to faucet some prospects

right now,” Sparks Deputy Police Chief Tom Miller said. Sparks is just east of Reno and has a population of roughly 90,000. Also Tuesday, law enforcement and school officials again lauded the actions of Landsberry, a 45-year-old former Marine who tried to stop the rampage before he was killed. “I cannot express enough appreciation for Mr. Landsberry,” Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez said at a news conference. “He truly is a hero.” Students said they saw Landsberry walk calmly toward the shooter and ask

him to hand over his weapon before he was gunned down. Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said Landsberry’s actions gave some students enough time to run to safety. Police said they believe the shooter at one point tried to enter the school but couldn’t open the door because of emergency lockdown procedures. After killing Landsberry, the boy fired at a second student, hitting him in the abdomen. He then shot himself in the head. The two 12-year-old boys who were wounded are in stable condition and recovering.

from our club. Right now we’re looking very competitive in our golfers that we have right now and hopefully some of our guys can make the team.” WVU’s golf program was cut in 1982, but will make a comeback after the University was forced to add a program in order to meet Big 12 requirements. The program will start competing in the fall of 2015 and will reach full status in 2017 with 4.5 scholarships. “First and foremost, the Big 12 conference requires sponsorship of six men’s and six women’s sports that are within their structure and currently we have five men’s sports and 10 women’s sports,” said Terri House, assistant athletic director. “It’s going to be a full varsity sport. We knew we had to add a men’s sport so we looked at was what available. We looked at where there was a well established club team and

where there was a history, so that’s really the real reason why golf got the nod. It’s a reintroduction; it’s not a new sport and there is a strong club program at WVU.” Whether any of the club members will make the varsity team is still up in the air, but considering the limited scholarship opportunities in the first couple of years, it is likely that the new coach will look to talent already available in the start up process. “It will be completely up to the new coach,” House said, “We are planning on bringing in a new coach this spring, hopefully by the end of March and give them basically the whole year and a half to recruit and get the sport up and running.” For more information about the WVU Golf Club, visit their website at http://

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Haunted Hills Estate offers horrific thrills not far from Morgantown Hunter Homistek A&E WRITER @HUNTERAHOMISTEK

Haunted Hills Estate is creepy. Utilizing homemade decorations and props, every inch of the trip through the estate’s haunted courses is littered with terrifying, gory details. Even when nothing is in sight, your journey is made uneasy through these meticulously crafted accents. “We work year-round on this,” said owner Jackie Loveall. “Scaring people is truly our passion.” Tucked away in the rolling landscape of Uniontown, Pa., Haunted Hills Estate offers three separate courses for those seeking a scare. Their “Legends” course, built inside a supposedly haunted barn, recreates a medical research facility overrun by creepy, malicious creations. “Our actors make this place special,” Loveall said. “Selecting our parts is a long, involved process, and that’s why we get the results that we do.” Twisting through the “Legends” course, attendees will find a mad scientist, a psychotic nurse and various failed science experiments. Riddled with elaborate scenes and dedicated, skilled characters, this

path provides a classic haunted house experience. For those seeking a more intense thrill, a trip through “The Dead Chambers” course will suffice. Waves of zombies lunge and shriek as you navigate a maze of strobe lights, dead ends and, for good measure, a full-size, fully operational coffin. “This course is always a favorite for our actors,” Loveall said. “They really get to let loose and get close and just really scare the people going through.” The “Challenge Course” p rov i d e s a handson experience rarely found at other haunted attractions. To emerge from an abandoned mine shaft deep in the woods, guests must complete a set of physical and mental challenges – while battling the undead, of course. “Our challenge course is always fun,” Loveall said. “People of all ages can do this one, and it’s just difficult enough for everybody to enjoy it.” While Haunted Hills Estate does not feature an abundance of high tech, pricey equipment and decor, every scare is effective and genuine. This is a result of high-level craftsmanship and makeup effects that bring the courses and their inhabitants to

The ‘Legends’ course at Haunted Hills Estate recreates a medical research facility. life. “We go to conventions every year, and we’re always trying to learn something new,” said makeup artist and manager Robin Yauger. “I’m always thinking of something new and creative I can do to really make this place stand

out.” If these thrills do not seem extreme enough, L ovea l l re co m me n d s “Lights Out Night,” the estate’s final day of operation. Held Nov. 2, Lights Out Night exposes attendees to a no-holds-barred


fright fest. Actors are allowed to touch, taunt and intimidate, a twist which has left previous customers horrified. “We had a lady get stuck in the course for three hours during Lights Out before,” Loveall said. “The actors told her to stand in

the shower, and she did. She was afraid to move.” For more information on Haunted Hills Estate, including admission prices and hours of operation, visit http://www.

AFI releases ninth studio album album ‘Burials,’ goes back to punk roots Noelle Harris A&E WRITER @dailyathenaeum

After the lackluster 2009 release of “Crash Love,” AFI (A Fire Inside) seems to be back on track with the release of their new album, “Burials.” “Burials” is the band’s ninth studio album since it formed in 1991. The band has also released 10 EPs, one live album and one DVD. Most importantly, what seemed to be missing from AFI’s last album is made up for in “Burials.” AFI is back to the roots of punk music. This album is reminiscent of old ‘80s newwave music like The Cure. “Burials” opens with “The Sinking Night,” which

does a great job as an opener for the album; it sets the mood for the album as a dark and moody piece. The song is reminiscent of “Prelude 12/21” from “Decemberunderground.” As “The Sinking Night” fades, the album moves quickly into “I Hope You Suffer,” the first dark song on the album. The song is one of the more somber pieces, with deep, pounding drums and an ominous piano. The song is permeated with anger and loss. “No Resurrection” was the song that won me over. It had the coolest starting guitar and bass intro of any song I have heard from AFI. It is one of the best combinations of punk-rock and goth-

rock of any of their previous tracks. Even though it is a bit of a departure from most of their work, it works because it shows the band’s depth and growth. “Burials” is one of the best AFI albums in terms of performance. The band’s guitarist, Jade Puget, played some of the cleanest riffs in songs like “The Conductor.” The guitar is integrated better in this album than past albums. The instrumentation is also integrated better in this album than others and meshes almost perfectly with Davey Havok’s vocals. The lyrics for the songs on this album are much darker and more somber than the ones on “Decemberunderground,” which was one of AFI’s most comprehensive

and somber albums. A great triumph demonstrated in this album is the band’s ability to let Havok’s vocals shine alone while the instrumentation dies off. This is perfectly displayed in “No Resurrection” and “A Deep Slow Panic.” Although many of the pieces in the album are strong, there are some flaws. One monumental flaw is the track “Heart Stops”, which is awkwardly executed. The poppy chorus, guitar and vocals do not mix well together. Overall, “Burials” is possibly the strongest of AFI’s albums and displays the band’s talent very well.

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Classic Game Review

‘The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’ re-released in HD for Wii U Westley thompson a&e Writer @dailyathenaeum

Since the HD re-release of “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker,” came out for the Wii U Sept. 20, now is the perfect opportunity to discuss the differences between the original and the HD remake. Originally released for the Nintendo Game Cube in 2003, “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” was the first game in the Zelda series to use cell-shaded graphics. This game also had the largest overworld of any Zelda game, taking place on a vast sea which Link had to traverse using a boat. The game followed the premise of every other Zelda game. The player starts off as an unexperienced Link, the hero of time. Then, they must go on a quest to defeat the evil warlock Ganon to save the world. Throughout the quest

players explore dungeons, defeat bosses and collect helpful tools and items which allow players to continue further in the adventure. The cell-shaded graphics gave the game a cartoony look. At first, this was the source of a lot of complaints with critics and fans of the series, since it was such a departure from the more realistic graphic attempts of the older 3-D Zelda games. However, this unique approach to the graphics gave the game an iconic, quirky and stylized feel. It also allowed the characters to be more expressive with their emotions, a tough feat for Game Cube era graphics. Link can be seen making various, often comical, facial expressions throughout the game. Sometimes his face can even help the player, Link will occasionally glance with a puzzled look at objects in the environment that can be

helpful. The vast oceanic world is another feature that separated “Wind Waker” from other games in the series. Link can use his boat to explore the Great Sea, finding interesting islands, pirate towers and hidden side quests throughout the world. Taking the game in an open world direction was a great choice that keeps players occupied long after the epic main quest is complete. However, one issue with the open world was how long it took to get around. Due to hardware limitations of the Game Cube, the entire ocean couldn’t be loaded at once. This forced the developers to slow down the speed at which Link’s boat sailed, in order to allow enough time for the next section of sea to load. The combat and puzzles are classic Zelda in every sense. Link can use his items to solve the var-

ious environmental puzzles throughout the game. These same items often can be used to fight enemies as well. The dungeons are all unique in theme and feature great room designs. In a similar theme, each island has its own different feel. Where some games attempt to have large open worlds fall into the trap of being “as wide as an ocean, and as deep as a puddle,” Wind Waker managed to create depth as well. Inhabited islands each featured their own race of people and culture. Each island acted like it’s own little city state. The uninhabited islands were all cleverly crafted puzzles, which would reward the player with little bonus items or ingame money, called rupees. The HD remake not only improved the graphics of the original, but it also managed to fix some of the issues that plagued the original. The graphics have all been redone in 1080i, and

Charlotte Russe to open new store in Morgantown Mall Stephanie Messinger A&E Writer @dailyathenaeum

The Morgantown Mall is expanding shopping options for students with the grand opening of Charlotte Russe. The grand opening party, starting Saturday, is the perfect opportunity to check out what the store has to offer. During this weekend party, there will be major savings offered and the chance to win a $150 shopping spree. Also, other savings and offers will be available, including $5, $10, $15, $30 and $50 off. With the fall and winter seasons quickly approaching, it may be time to retire those old fall boots and sweaters

and find exactly what you need at the grand opening this weekend. “I am so excited to finally be getting a Charlotte Russe in Morgantown,” said Adriana Roma, sophomore occupational therapy student. “I am from New York, so I’m not used to the lack of options to shop from in such a small town.” Carly Cook-Bernstein, a psychology student is also excited about the new clothing store. “I’ve been waiting patiently for this store to open. I work at Sunglass Hut not too far down from it and I’m really excited to go shopping myself,” Cook-Bernstein said. “New stores bring in new customers and I am looking forward to have new shoppers

coming through hopefully in need of sunglasses to complement their new clothes from Charlotte Russe.” With Christmas not being too far away, start making your gift list now with what this store has to offer. Their affordable, yet high quality clothing makes Charlotte Russe the perfect shopping choice. Visit Charlotte Russe online to find out what to look for before the grand opening. It has everything to purchase from shoes, clothes, coats and accessories, as well. Get a good idea of what’s new and go in prepared. Beat the hustle and bustle and make sure to go early. “We are thrilled to welcome Charlotte Russe to

Morgantown Mall. They bring trendy fashions to our shoppers at affordable prices,” said Sarah Shaffer, Morgantown Mall Marketing Director. “Their casualwear, shoes, dresses and accessories offer a great selection and we feel that they are an exciting addition to the mall.” The Morgantown Mall is located off Interstate 79 at Exit 152 on 9500 Mall Rd. The Mountain Line bus services run from the University to the mall beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 12 a.m. For more details on what Charlotte Russe has to offer go online to http://www. daa&

retain the original cellshaded style. The musical score has also gone through quality enhancement. The slow travel speed of the original has been amended. The Wii U can process the whole ocean at once, so now players can acquire a new, faster sail for their ship, which allows them to move at the speed the developers originally intended. Some small game play elements and glitches have also been improved.

“The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” is an amazing game for it’s time and has proven to be a timeless classic. The cell-shaded graphics have helped the game age beautifully, and there is no doubt that the new version looks even better. So whether it’s the remake for the Wii U, or the old Game Cube, this is a classic game that will not disappoint. daa&

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The DA returns after a brief hiatus And we’re back. The staff of The Daily Athenaeum worked well into the night Monday to put together the print edition of the paper for Tuesday, as a result of a University-wide server interruption. After many attempts, we were unable to send the paper to print. As many of you may not know, most of our templates are saved in a master library and a shared drive, all of which are connected through a shared drive on a WVU server. Around 5 p.m., the servers crashed, and they still were not back online nine hours later. Late Monday evening, The DA Editorial Board made the decision to forego sending out a paper due to time constraints and lack of available resources. While we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, we

do not apologize for our decision. These circumstances were out of our control and the staff didn’t wish to put out an unfinished or unpolished product, one that wouldn’t be up to the standards The DA strives to create for the University community. In the future, we promise to do our best to bring you, our readers, the best possible product. Until these technical issues are addressed and resolved, we will work to take precaution and plan for every possible obstacle. The quality of our newspaper stands above any other matter. We would also like to recognize the efforts of the section editors who worked above and beyond to do their part; the fulltime staff who exhausted every option; and technical support who worked af-


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Football showboating: a display of selfishness emily torbett guest columnist

It’s that time of year again when most of us are spending our Sundays on the couch watching football. Despite growing up in a football-obsessed family, I have never been much of fan. However, I find laying around and watching a game or two with my dad can be a great way to relax and unwind before a week of school and stress. During the Steelers vs Ravens game, I noticed the same highlight reel would play at the conclusion of every commercial break, followed by an advertisement for the sports network broadcasting the game. The reel included several short clips of different famous players completing touchdown passes, breaking through hoards of opponents and making impressive tackles. However, it was the final clip that caught my eye: it showed a player breaking his run only a few yards away from the end zone and marching his way in for a touchdown. It seems that today’s professional football is full of moments like this. It has become not only acceptable, but highlight reel worthy, for players to do a flip into the end zone, or to throw their arms out in victory as soon as they reach the five yard line. Fans often feel that a famous football player is nothing without his signature touchdown celebra-

Desean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles showboats his way to a touchdown against Dallas tion, be it salsa dancing in the end zone or kneeling down in prayer before thousands of fans. Such celebratory acts should be labeled as what they really are: showboating. In the NFL, where salaries and egos continue to skyrocket, showboating is becoming more and more outrageous every season. While spiking a foot-

ball was once considered to be excessive, we no longer bat an eye at an athlete who follows scoring a touchdown by immediately laying down, putting the ball under his head and pretending to take a nap (yes, this has actually happened). When it comes to showboating, an obvious double standard normally exists. It

only seems to be frowned upon when it leads to failure. For example, when an athlete trips while trying to dance his way into the end zone, then we will shame said athlete. Fans will boo him. Commentators will criticize him. He will eventually be the subject of such controversy he will have to go on television and apolo-

gize to America as a whole for letting us all down. However, if that same athlete successfully dances his way to a touchdown, we will put it on a highlight reel. We will imitate his end zone entrance dance. We will name that dance after the player, and remember him for it forever. Successful or not, showboating emphasizes one

value: self over team. The concepts of sportsmanship and teamwork are overshadowed by the desire for personal glory. An athlete who showboats is saying to his fans, “I am better than everyone else.” Dancing for the cameras says, “Fame and notoriety are more important than humility and sportsmanship.” Football has become a major facet of American culture, and with its massive viewership and all-inclusive fan base, the NFL is at its forefront. More than 17 million spectators attend games each year. 64 percent of Americans watch games in their homes. More than 100 million viewers tune in for the annual Super Bowl. Like it or not, many of us look up to professional football players. Allowing them to act in this way is detrimental to the development of young fans and athletes. While the NFL can certainly penalize players for excessive celebration, and individual organizations can certainly demand more humility from their players, both are very unlikely to actually occur unless football fans demand such action. We must stop viewing celebration highlight reels. We must stop imitating players’ signature poses. We must stop glorifying these acts by players and view them as what they actually are: selfish, irresponsible and downright uncalled for.

Better alternatives necessary to combat homelessness in US David schlake columnist

A little more than a year ago, I was home in Richmond, Va., when I came across a homeless man who had a sign asking for money. I’ve given money to homeless people before, but always had the same idea in the back of my head that everyone else did – the homeless could possibly spend the money on drugs or alcohol. I’ve seen countless homeless people on the streets of Richmond and other cities with signs beg-

ging for money. I’ve never taken the time to try to talk to one of them. This man had a sign that read, “Homeless, no job, no money, no car. Need a fresh start.” This sign wasn’t much different than any other beggar’s sign, but for whatever reason it caught my attention. We made eye contact when I reached the stoplight, where he was waiting on the corner of the street. It was probably close to midnight, so there wasn’t a lot of traffic on this side of town. I got out of the car and looked at this man, probably around his fifties, filthy and trying to sleep under

his only blanket. I went to pull out my wallet before I realized I didn’t have any cash on me. I asked him if he knew of anywhere to stay, and he replied by explaining he’d been on that corner for two weeks and only got up when he was given enough money to eat. I decided to make an impulse decision and take him to a Super 8 Motel down the road. It only cost about thirty dollars for a night, and even though it wasn’t that nice, it had to be better than sleeping on the street. He was speechless when I initially told him to get in my car, and didn’t want to at first. But then I explained

I was going to take him to a motel. On the way, I asked him why he doesn’t apply for a job, and he explained no one would hire him without a place of residency. So, we got to the motel, I walked him in, paid for his room and shook his hand. He told me his name was Frank and told me how thankful he was. Frank was the only homeless person I’ve ever had a real conversation with, but it got me to thinking there really isn’t an easy start when someone is put in that situation. Granted, it’s probably his own fault he’s there, but

what is he supposed to do now? At the time I was only 19 years old, so buying the man a hotel room was probably more than satisfactory for me. But someone like Frank needs a helping hand. So often we hear about how homelessness is a serious problem in our society that needs to be changed, but how are we going to change it? In reality, donating money to help homeless people isn’t going to go very far. The government giving them money isn’t going to help either, because they probably won’t spend it wisely. If someone has

been homeless for a decent amount of time, they probably aren’t as familiar with balancing a budget. Not only that, but many citizens don’t agree with their taxes going to pay for someone who isn’t working. However, I would accept the idea of our taxes paying for facilities for homeless people to work for their shelter and food. There are homeless shelters all over major cities, but if we could build more with available positions for them to work for their stay, they could potentially put themselves in a position to start over.


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HOROSCOPE BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you relate far better and with greater depth than you have in the past. Others note the difference, and they like it. Your ability to detach, empathize and be imaginative is your strong suit. Your solutions are most unusual. If you are single, you could attract someone who is very unique and possibly from a different culture. Relating to this person opens you up to the many different approaches one can have to an issue. You will evolve because of this tie. If you are attached, the two of you will go on more getaways together. Enjoy every moment. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Focus on individuals rather than the group in a meeting. Your

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Poetry event features student work BY MITCHELL GLAZIER A&E WRITER @DAILYATHENAEUM

In celebration of West Virginia University’s Diversity Week, a Speak Up (!) Diversity Poetry Reading was held Tuesday evening in the Gold Ballroom of the Mountainlair. The event was sponsored by Spectrum, a campus organization which advocates for gender and sexual diversity. All writers on campus were welcome to recite pieces celebrating diversity within the WVU community. Spectrum held a poetry workshop for students and

faculty which helped poets gain editing and oratorical experience. The goal of the reading was to make both poets and audience members feel a sense of belonging. “This is great,” said Kim Parrish, a sophomore sociology student. “Diversity Week makes everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality, feel at home.” Jessica Woods, Theodore Webb and Melissa Chesanko were several writers who created a poem specifically for the event, which celebrated the differences between students. The trio was accompanied by several

campus poets for a powerful reading to jumpstart the event. Webb, a co-founding member of Morgantown Poets, a monthly literary arts event, read a poem regarding the Mountain Line bus systems entitled “Star Bus.” This poem was previously selected for Mountain Line’s 2010 “Poetry on the Move” program. Woods also read a piece regarding her personal values, which included her religion and sexual orientation and the ways in which they conflict. Students involved in the reading recited poems at

seven minute segments, giving each poet time to recite powerful testaments to diversity. Various reading styles were presented during the event, which involved orations of rap-style readings and subdued, potent narratives. Readers took the podium confidently, with a supportive and welcoming audience, narrating stories to inspire change and foster differences among the WVU community. For more information on Spectrum, visit daa&


Poet Theodore Webb performs ‘Star Bus’ during the Speak Up (!) event.


Poet Jessica Woods performs an original piece during the Speak Up (!) event.

Jazz ensembles fill the Davis Theatre with lively music


Saxophonist Vernon Jones plays a solo with the jazz ensemble, Marcus, Monday night.


The Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University is a venue where students regularly get the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and expertise. Monday, the CAC hosted a concert in which six different jazz ensembles filled the Gladys G. Davis Theatre with lively music. The concert illustrated just how talented student musicians at WVU can be. The ensembles, which

were entitled “Marcus,” “Guitar Madness,” “Main Squeeze,” “Group #1,” “Group #2” and “The Little Big Band,” played so masterfully they had the audience tapping their feet and bobbing their heads throughout the entire performance. In fact, it would have been impossible to sit through the concert and not recognize the precision of the notes or feel the energy being projected. Paul Scea, WVU School of Music associate professor and director of University Jazz Ensembles, said

jazz ensembles are about coming together to make great music. “Ensembles are all about improvisation, creativity, democratic engagement and interaction and making music,” Scea said. “Being in a jazz ensemble is an outlet for making creative improvised music.” Scea also said concerts, such as these allow the audience to see the varied and individualized style of each ensemble. “All the ensembles play in a different style,” Scea said. “Some play original

music, some are repertoire bands, and some focus on a particular style.” Frank DiDiano, a junior music performance student and guitarist, said jazz ensembles emphasize interaction between the members of a group. “Jazz ensembles are about the spontaneous creation of music between musicians,” DiDiano said. “We have a lot of different people with a lot of different styles and views on music... we are a pretty diverse group and that shows in the music.”

Mack Gage, a sophomore jazz program student and bass player, said members of the ensembles come from a variety of backgrounds and even study different majors. “The people in the ensembles are not always music majors. For example, one of the drummers is an engineering student,” Gage said. “These ensembles are open to any student, so long as they can play.” Ultimately, the concert demonstrated jazz

ensembles, like so many other creative groups on campus, truly are hidden gems. Students with an interest in jazz, or music in general, should make it a priority to watch one of these concerts before they graduate. The next jazz ensemble concert will be in the Falbo Theatre Nov. 10. The concert will feature an entirely different set of groups and, if the recent concert is any indication, should not be missed. daa&

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West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen reacts to a call during the Mountaineers’ 37-27 loss to Texas Tech Saturday.

Poor execution, questionable play calling costs West Virginia chance at upset of No. 16 Texas Tech by greg madia multimedia editor @dailyathenaeum

In the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Milan Puskar Stadium, Texas Tech jumped out to a 10-0 lead over West Virginia. Both offensively and defensively, the Red Raiders were playing well and West Virginia simply wasn’t. WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen was upset. During that first quarter, the West Virginia offense started to show signs of life moving into Texas

Tech territory with less than six minutes to play in the quarter. Quarterback Clint Trickett completed passes to three different receivers in Daikiel Shorts, Jordan Thompson and Kevin White on the drive, but then West Virginia made mistakes. A personal foul and holding penalty backed West Virginia up from Texas Tech’s 17-yard line to Texas Tech’s 42-yard line, which put WVU in a 3rd and 30 situation. On the long third down, Charles Sims rushed for 16 yards down to the Texas

Tech 26-yard line, putting West Virginia in field goal range on a 4th and 14. Holgorsen made a hasty decision, making the call to go for the first down instead of electing to attempt a field goal. “It was 4th and 2 or whatever it was. We were moving the ball, so I felt good about going for it,” Holgorsen said after the game. The problem with that explanation was it was 4th and 14 – a 12-yard difference from what Holgorsen believed. And of course in hind-

sight he regretted trying for the conversion, but with Holgorsen’s history of rash decision making when things go wrong for WVU, sometimes regret isn’t a good enough answer. Look to the other sideline, where Texas Tech’s first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t smash a head set on the ground, didn’t call for an irrational play to compensate the wrong and overall kept his composure when things weren’t going well for Texas Tech. After West Virginia dug

itself out of that 13-0 hole before halftime capitalizing on two Red Raider turnovers, Kingsbury was livid but didn’t show it and didn’t let it affect the outcome of the game. “I was internally, but you can’t show that, I thought we had a chance to go up 20-3 there and then all of a sudden it just flipped. They did a great job going 99 yards as an offense to respond,” Kingsbury said. “So, at half we just said it was 0-0, which was the same situation as last week. I told them we have to win this half and

our guys responded.” Despite 20 unanswered West Virginia points, Kingsbury never lost sight of what was at hand and it proved to be the difference in the game. The former Holgorsen pupil had done a better job than his teacher during the course of the game of not letting emotions run too high when things went wrong. That enabled his Red Raiders to stay undefeated and escape Morgantown without an upset loss.

WVU looking to improve execution against Wildcats by kevin hooker sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia football team will look to bounce back Saturday against Kansas State following yet another disappointing loss in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers, who are now 1-3 in the conference, have lost their last two games after giving up a combined 110 points on defense. Following their Week 5 upset over Oklahoma state, West Virginia had the No. 37-ranked defense nationally. Despite their recent struggles, head coach Dana Holgorsen and the team have put the past in their rear view mirror. “This will be a big challenge for us,” Holgorsen said. “We’re disappointed in the loss last week. I thought it was a game we could’ve won, but we have to bounce back from it and move forward. There’s never going to be any easy games.” In the 2012 season, the No. 4 Wildcats came to Morgantown and limited quarterback Geno Smith to just 143 yards and two interceptions. The No. 13 Mountaineers scored just two touchdowns in their 55-14 blowout

loss. Coming into this week, the Wildcats are 2-4 on the season and winless in the Big 12. Despite their record, Holgorsen sees many similarities between this year’s team and last year’s team, which finished 11-1 on the season. “A lot of the things I said about them (last year) is going to be about the absolute same thing I’m going to say about them now,” he said. “Even though they’re in a different place (this year).” Saturday’s game marks the first time the Mountaineers will play in Manhattan, Kan., and Holgorsen said he’s aware of their hostile environment. “I’ve been to Kansas State several times,” he said. “They’ve built that (program) up from nothing to what you see today. It’s a heck of a place to play a college football game. The fans are loud, they’re rowdy and their student section is great, which is right behind our bench. It’s a challenging place to go and play.” Similar to last year, the Wildcats like to play dual threat quarterbacks. In 2012, Collin Klein had 15 passing touchdowns and 22 rushing, but graduated in

May. This season, quarterback Daniel Sams leads the team in rushing and Holgorsen said he’ll be a player for the Mountaineers to hone in on. “They have two different types of quarterbacks, but we’ll have to prepare for both of them,” he said. “Sams presents problems from an athletic point of view. He averages over six yards per carry, and we’ll have to keep him in check. He’s 6-foot-2, 210 pounds – he’s very fast and will hurt you with his feet.” Despite early season uncertainty at quarterback, Holgorsen said quarterback Clint Trickett is “the guy” heading forward. The Mountaineers started all three quarterbacks twice through the first six games. “He’s been playing his best football up until this point,” Holgorsen said. “He’s healthy so he’ll be able to take reps all week.” The Wildcats had an open weekend, marking the second time in three weeks that a West Virginia opponent is coming off a bye week. “Our motivation to win is there,” Holgorsen said. “It’s the execution that needs to improve.”

Volleyball prepared for showdown with Texas by jon fehrens sports writer @dailyathenaeum

For the first time in program history the West Virginia volleyball team will play in front of a nationally televised audience when No. 1 Texas (13-2, 6-0 Big 12) comes into the WVU Coliseum Wednesday night. The Mountaineers (16-5, 2-4 Big 12) will look to end a threegame skid in the Big 12 Conference as they take on the defending national champions live on ESPNU. “I think we’re ready and I think we’re excited. They’re a great team and we love playing great teams,” said head coach Jill Kramer. Last season the Long-

horns took the match between the two teams in straight sets in front of the largest home crowd in volleyball history. WVU looks to repeat the attendance by deeming Wednesday’s match a “white out” where all fans in attendance are encouraged to wear white. WVU comes into the match after suffering a loss to No. 22 Kansas Saturday night. After taking the first set the Mountaineers dropped three consecutive sets, putting them back to fourth in the Big 12 standings. “I noticed that we worked really hard and we came out very strong against Kansas,” said sophomore middle blocker Caleah Wells. “We were definitely a strong

team in the first set and if we continue to do that against other teams there is no telling what the outcome could be.” Series of erratic play doomed the Mountaineers in their last match against Kansas and in order to get her team back on track Kramer set up different game-like situations in practice. “We have been working on finishing a game out and not having so many ups and downs,” said sophomore Anna Panagiotakopoulos. “We have seen improvements from everyone every time we practice.” The Longhorns ride into Morgantown on a ninematch win streak and a 6-0


Quarterback Clint Trickett prepares to throw a pass during West Virginia’s loss to Texas Tech Saturday.

start in the Big 12. Following the undefeated start in the Big 12, Texas earned the top bill in AVCA Division 1 Coaches poll. Playing in front of a national audience for the first time against the No. 1 team will naturally bring nerves, but Kramer has been preaching to her team that the Longhorns are just another team on the schedule. “We are keeping the focus on us and prep the same way we have against every other team,” Kramer said. “We always look at what the other team is great at but that doesn’t matter if we aren’t doings things right on our side of the net.”



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WVU completes ITA Regional Recap by anthony pecoraro sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia University women’s tennis team took advantage of the opportunity to keep improving on their season. The Mountaineers competed at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Atlantic Regional in Charlottesville, Va Oct. 18-21. Head coach Miha Lisac was pleased with his team’s performance in their third tournament of the fall season. WVU opened Day 1 of the ITA Atlantic Regional with two wins in singles play and one in doubles. “It has been two weeks since our last matches and we saw some good things today,” Lisac said. Sophomore Vivian Tsui opened the day with a strong win in singles and moved onto round two. Tsui then battled Umarah Mughnee of Howard through three sets, coming away with the 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory. In the doubles main draw bracket, WVU’s

freshman tandem of Kaja Mrgole and Oana Manole earned their second win of the fall, defeating Temple’s Yana Mavrina and Anais Nussaume, 8-7 (6). Day 2 of the tournament had WVU record wins in both of its doubles matches. T h e Mo u nt a i n e e r s opened the day in doubles play with Mrgole and Manole earning their second victory of the tournament, defeating Katherine Castro and Lolade Ogunbesan of Pitt, 8-6. In the main singles draw bracket, Hailey Barrett fell to Virginia Tech’s Francesca Fusinato, 6-0, 6-3. Mrgole lost in straight sets to the No. 10-ranked Li Xi of Virginia, 6-4, 6-2. Day 3 of the ITA Atlantic Regional saw the duo of Mrgole and Manole move doubles main draw quarterfinal with their third consecutive win of the tournament. “We continued to see some good things today in doubles and singles,” Lisac said. “It’s important for us to stay dedicated toward the process

of getting better and continue to improve.” Mrgole and Manole battled Virginia Tech’s Carol Kahoun and Isel Martinez-Marcos to an 8-7 (1) victory, their third of the tournament and fourth this fall. The No. 7-seeded pair of Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal suffered their first loss of the Regionals, falling to the No. 13-ranked duo of Nikol Hristova and Melissa Esnal Olguin from Old Dominion, 8-5. They began the tournament with a first round bye and then an opening round victory. Tsui, the Mountaineers final player in the singles main draw bracket, suffered her first loss of the tournament, after winning three consecutive matches over the first two days. She fell to No. 2 Danielle Collins of Virginia in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. There was only one match left for the Mountaineers Monday and it was a highly competitive one after a long previous three days. Mrgole and Manole

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Ikttesh Chahal, a West Virginia University junior and women’s tennis player, is the only upperclassman on the squad this year. In her third season with the Mountaineers, Chahal has put up some impressive numbers. As the start of the second season in the Big 12 begins for WVU, Chahal knows what changes need to be made to the team to prevent last year’s mistakes from happening again. “This is hard, but this isn’t impossible,” Chahal said in regard to how the squad felt when last year’s Big 12 matches began. “In some of the matches last year, we weren’t that competitive,” To prevent this and other mistakes from occurring again, Chahal said the team has a plan to play better this year. “I think the difference this year is that we’ve all

been working really hard. We expect a certain level of being competitive with the teams,” she said. “I think this year we are going to give ourselves chances to do well.” This season Chahal is 4-3 with her doubles partner, sophomore Hailey Barrett. Chahal said her chemistry with Barrett has never been better. “Hailey and I are now in our second year of playing together. It’s just come to a point where we understand what she’s going to do and what I am going to do. We do not argue or anything. We love playing doubles together. It’s enjoyable,” Chahal said. Chahal also thought the team’s progress now compared to a year ago has taken a change for the better. “We’re a lot more cohesive this year. Everyone gets along all the time and we all push each other in practice or in fitness. That’s the biggest difference; we are all pushing each other to the maximum and everyone

wants others to do well this year.” Having what it takes to play well in the Big 12 matches is connected to how well you perform in the fall portion of the season. With first-year head coach Miha Lisac leading the way, new objectives and goals have been made. “I think each tournament we played well so far. Our first one was at Air Force and (Lisac) told us what we needed to work on as a team and to do the right things. (Lisac) set some goals for each of us and we had some team goals. We competed well,” Chahal said. “In the second tournament, we saw a lot more improvement, all the matches were much closer. We had a little problem with closing out matches, but it got better. This is exciting because now it’s the next step. We’ve worked really hard and everyone is excited.” Chahal and the rest of the Mountaineers will travel to the Big Green In-

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took on William & Mary’s top-seeded pair of Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans in the doubles main draw quarterfinal. The duo fell 8-4 to the nation’s No. 7 pair. Mrgole and Manole are now 4-3 on the season. Mrgole leads WVU with six singles match wins, with one coming this weekend. “I thought it was a good tournament overall,” Lisac said. “We had some good performances in singles and in doubles. Most importantly, we have seen where we need to continue to get better.” The Mountaineers will travel to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Nov. 1-3 for their final fall tournament in the Big Green Invitational.

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Chahal emerging as leader in 2013 by anthony pecoraro

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vitational at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., for their final fall tournament in early November.

Oliver Luck, above, speaks to the media.


Speculation has been swirling over the last few weeks regarding West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck’s future in Morgantown. In fact, it’s already been reported by multiple sources that Luck, WVU’s AD since 2010, will indeed interview for the same position at the University of Texas in the near future. Bluegoldsports. com has gone even further and claimed “the feeling at Texas” is Luck, if offered the position, would accept. Unfortunately, some West Virginia fans are misguided enough to think West Virginia would actually benTHE DAILY ATHENAEUM efit from Luck’s absence in some way. They’re wrong. Follow us on Twitter for all the breaking If anything, Luck has been news updates and news feeds. one of WVU’s most visionary administrators ever, cul@dailyathenaeum tivating a clear and promising path for West Virginia athletics for many years to come. Sure the Mountaineers have woefully underperformed in both football and basketball since WVU’s dash from the former Big East, probably Luck’s most notable contribution as the school’s AD. But honestly, it is completely asinine to blame the AD for players not executing out on the court or field. Would these same WVU “fans” rather have gone down with the ship that was the Big East? Would they prefer spending their fall Saturdays welcoming the likes of SMU, the University of Houston and UCF to Morgantown, instead of storied, ranked programs like Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas? Would they rather watch the WVU basketball team compete against Rutgers or Temple, instead of a major powerhouse like Kansas? Again, obviously the Mountaineers have not yet achieved any real measurable success in the nation’s most popular collegiate sports since their transition to the Big 12, but that’s certainly not due to a lack of opportunities. Opportunities provided at least in part by Luck’s administrative actions. West Virginia has actually already played four ranked teams through seven games this season. They’re one of just two schools who can say that, and again, that’s a direct result of WVU’s conference jump. WVU also announced recently its athletic department is back in the black again. And as West Virginia’s revenue sharing stake in the Big 12 continues to inch toward a full share over the next couple of years, the department will only become increasingly profitable. But Luck has been re-


sponsible for a lot more than just helping the Mountaineers escape a conference that ended up imploding faster than Sunnyside. Luck has also demonstrated his ability to lure talented coaches to Morgantown. It may seem like an eternity ago, but Dana Holgorsen won a BCS bowl in his first season as head coach. Perhaps even more important, though less talked about, Randy Mazey (baseball) and Jill Kramer (volleyball) have seemingly turned their respective programs completely around since their arrivals. All three coaches were hired by Luck. Luck has also had a major influence in regards to the continuing development of the Mountaineers’ sporting venues and practice facilities. In the last two years alone, Luck has overseen state-of-the-art facility upgrades within countless athletic facilities across all sports programs. In 2012, WVU opened a stunning $24 million basketball practice facility for the both the men and the women; just last week, Luck helped break ground for a brand new $16 million baseball stadium scheduled to be open by 2015. West Virginia also saw the best fundraising year in the Athletic Department’s history in 2012, with more than $22 million flowing into the school. This year, Luck’s notoriety grew even more as he was named to one of the 14 coveted spots on the CFB playoff committee. The point is, whether WVU supporters choose to recognize it or not, Luck has had an unbelievably positive influence since his arrival in Morgantown. Losing him at this point could be fairly catastrophic, especially with the Mountaineers still in a transitional phase. Even worse, West Virginia would be losing him to a school within the same conference – more specifically a school that has seen its own share of adversity over the last few years. Moving forward, the last thing the Mountaineers need is a truly restored Texas to compete against in conference play. Unfortunately for those who do support Luck and what he’s done during his time so far at WVU, decisions like this almost always come down to money, and that’s one department that the University of Texas will never be short in. Currently, Luck makes a base salary of $550,000 at WVU. He would make at least twice that in Austin, with the current AD raking in a cool $1.1 million a year. Ultimately, for that money, I think Luck indeed will take the job, if offered. And frankly, I don’t blame him. dasports@mail.wvu.eduA





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West Virginia plays to scoreless draw at American by joe mitchin sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The nonconference schedule came to an anticlimactic finale Tuesday afternoon for the West Virginia men’s soccer team. The Mountaineers traveled to Washington, D.C., to take on American University but were unable to secure a victory as the game ended in a 0-0 draw. The Mountaineers’ record now stands at 6-6-3 for the season with just three games to go. West Virginia held a 16-14 shot advantage on the Eagles, including five attempts on goal to American’s three. WVU didn’t have a lot of big chances in the Tuesday matinee; however junior Andy Bevin had a pair of opportunities that could have put West Virginia on

the board. Bevin stole a misplayed ball from American goalkeeper Dylan Hobert late in regulation time but couldn’t fire a shot off to break the tie. Earlier in the match, Bevin would have given the Mountaineers a lead if not for an offside call in the 72nd minute. WVU was called offside on four occasions during the contest. American University ended the day with a 4-6-2 record. The Eagles failed to own any statistical category in the match, including an 8-6 disadvantage in corner kicks. “We thought we had it,” said WVU head coach Marlon LeBlanc. “We’re a little disappointed, the guys played well. Under a different scenario we would have been happy coming away with just the

draw, but we have to keep moving forward.” The Mountaineers offense continued to sputter as they were unable to score against what appeared to be a lesser opponent. In the last four games, WVU has scored just twice. The team hasn’t scored multiple goals in a match since Oct. 8. Despite the goal-scoring woes, the Mountaineer defense was again effective, earning their fourth shutout of the season and their second straight clean sheet. Junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston stopped all five shots he saw on-goal against American. He’s only given up four goals in the past seven games. West Virginia will now turn their focus to the Mid-American Conference. The team will return home to host Western

Michigan Saturday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in a must-win game to keep any hope of hosting the conference tournament alive. Akron currently leads the MAC with a 3-1 record inside the league and a 10-3 mark overall. Western Michigan is just 5-7 on the season, but their 2-0 conference record has them in second place. The Mountaineers currently sit at No. 5 in the league at 1-2. “The goal is to win out,” LeBlanc said. “We need some wins to give us life to roll into the conference tournament with. Anything can happen.” West Virginia and Western Michigan are set to kick off Saturday night at 7 in Morgantown.


Sophomore forward Ryan Cain dribbles around a Georgia State defender.

Despite 2-0 start, WVU rifle has room to improve by meghan carr sports writer @dailyathenaeum


Junior Meelis Kiisk lines up a shot during West Virginia’s win over Ohio State Oct. 5.

The start to the 2013 season hasn’t lived up to how the West Virginia University rifle team began their 2012 season. The silver lining is they currently hold a record of 2-0 and they are not even shooting up to their potential. Hammond said the Mountaineers are still capable of putting up the scores that fans saw last season. Hammond said even though the scores may not reflect it, his team did show improvement at Nebraska from their opening match against Ohio State. “I definitely saw improvement, which may not show in reflection of the scores. There are different things we’re working on and I saw some improvement. In things like the mental part of the match in terms of creating match plans, sticking to the match plans, and controlling emotions.” Although their start to the season hasn’t lived up to the National Championship run from last season, the Mountaineers are currently in the top 10 and haven’t lost a match. The No. 4 WVU rifle team

hopes to continue to improve on their season when they compete against No. 9 Army this weekend. The last time the Mountaineers met Army was last season for their opening match of 2012. Then-No. 3 Mountaineers put on a shooting display, setting the school record at 4709 for a team total and defeating then ranked No. 5 Army, who scored 4631. Junior Thomas Kyanko had a stellar day against Army in West Point, NY last season. Kyanko finished second overall with a personal-best score of 1182. The junior tied Zublasing for the smallbore win with a personalbest mark of 591 (200 prone, 193 standing, 198 kneeling). Kyanko’s prone score is a program best. Head coach Jon Hammond spoke after the match about how impressed he was with his team for their starting match of the year. “This was a great start for the team,” said seventh-year coach Jon Hammond. “I didn’t necessarily expect us to shoot this high, but we had some great individual performances today. They’ve been working hard in practice, and I think they showed that today. That’s the greatest thing to see.”

The 2012 National Championship team is still intact except for one big exception: Petra Zublasing. The Mountaineers are still trying to fill the void left by Zublasing. Although the Mountaineers always want to put up their best scores they understand this part of the season is about laying the groundwork. “The first part of the semester is usually a trial and many of the techniques are relearned. Many people don’t shoot over the summer, so you almost have to come back and knock a little bit of the rust off,” Kyanko said. Hammond agrees this semester, each match is used for his shooters to get better and ready for the next part of the season. “The things that we are working on this semester don’t always relate to the scores but they are laying the foundations that you have to have those blocks. I think we got a lot of experience out there, some of the shooting on the counting team for the first time.” After a week off, the Mountaineers will face conference rival Army this weekend.

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