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Wednesday November 13, 2013

New student organization gives students research resources by hilary kinney staff writer @dailyathenaeum

Undergraduate students interested in research at West Virginia University will soon have a system of resources and fellow students to work with. The Association of Undergraduate Researchers will bring together students of all disciplines who have the desire to conduct research in their area of study. The AUR will work to recruit more undergraduates to become involved in research. It will also serve as a backbone and center of coordination for those who are already working on projects Cecil O’Dell, vice president of AUR, said the organization will serve as a network for student researchers. “Whoever is involved in research, we want to provide an organization for them that can speak for them and work to better their representation on campus,” O’Dell said. “We have some ideas to speed up the process. We can match students with professors, or we can assist people who are seeking to get involved with research.” Compared to other universities, WVU does not have a strong association for undergraduate researchers. The idea to bring AUR to WVU was sparked by student research organizations already in place at other Big 12 schools.

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O’Dell said a research network is important for all students and especially for WVU. As for those who have never been involved in research before, the Association of Undergraduate Researchers will be an ideal place to begin. “For those who aren’t really sure where to go with research, the organization will provide a lot of resources for them to find a research opportunity. One that they will like and one that will work for them,” O’Dell said. Those in the organization will not only find gateways to research opportunities but will learn different research skills. The association will also help students find funding and scholarships to carry out projects. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend the association’s inaugural meeting to learn more about building a collaborative, diverse working group. The group emphasizes that academic research is not only for math and science students, but for those in all fields. The association hopes to encourage students with different ideas and interests to participate. The first meeting for the Association of Undergraduate Researchers will be held Nov. 20 from 5-6 p.m in Room 110 of Oglebay Hall. For more information, contact WVUAUR@gmail. com.

Students woke to a blanket of snow covering West Virginia University’s campus Tuesday morning. Tuesday’s flurries marked the first snowfall of the year in Morgantown. PHOTOS BY ERIN IRWIN

Filipino WVU students react to devastating disaster Lecture talks social by lacey palmer A&e editor @laceypalmer

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall, struck the eastern seaboard of the Philippines early Friday causing mass destruction. Rescue workers are still making efforts to reach survivors of the storm, which is believed to have displaced more than 600,000 people. Hitting the eastern coast of the country and Tacloban City hardest, the typhoon had devastating effects on the entire country of the Philippines, but it also has had effects right here in Morgantown. Many West Virginia University students are of Filipino descent, and many have loved ones in the country, creating a terrifying situation for those students as they received news of the storm. Liam Hogan, a junior landscape architecture student, has family living in the Philippines in Luzon, which is near the nation’s capital Manilla. “When I first heard of the typhoon, I didn’t think much of it. I mean, we experience these types of tropical storms for months in America, but I was being ignorant to the actual situation,” Hogan said. “I was the typical American reading the headlines and not reading the articles. What I failed to realize is how strong the actual storm was compared to other storms in the past.” Although this is not the first natural disaster to strike the area, it is the most severe. The death toll is currently estimated at 10,000, and wind speeds reached 170-200 mph with a storm surge of 20 feet. “Imagine that for a sec-


This aerial photo taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation of the first landfall by typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. ond,” Hogan said. “Imagine a baseball flying at you at 200 mph, or how about a sign slicing through the air?” According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, in some parts of the Philippines, 90 percent of the housing had been destroyed. Caitlin Wilson, a senior multidisciplinary studies student, was born in the Philippines and has family living on the island in Pandan, Antique. “We hadn’t heard from them in three days after the storm, but my mom finally got ahold of my aunt last night,” Wilson said. “All the power is down in my family’s town, so they had to drive an hour to the only place with generators for people to charge their phones and a satellite so people would have signal to receive calls.”

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Wilson’s grandparents, aunt, uncle and five cousins live on the island. Prior to the storm making landfall, Wilson was worried about her family. “I immediately thought of all my family and what they were going to do to keep safe during the storm,” Wilson said. “They don’t have very stable houses, and I knew the storm was going to hit hard. I just continued to worry about them until I knew they were okay.” Wilson said she is sure her family has already began cleaning up and rebuilding, as there are a lot of trees down and debris in the area around their homes. She believes her family is fortunate, because their homes are still in decent condition. “All the trees around my grandparent’s house fell away from it, which is a mir-

acle,” Wilson said. “They are extremely lucky given the circumstances.” The majority of Patrick Garcia’s family still lives in the Philippines in Kiamba, as well. Garcia is a senior biochemistry student at WVU. “My dad and I were finally able to get ahold of a few cousins and my aunts who found Internet service,” Garcia said. “We didn’t hear from them until yesterday morning, and we still haven’t been able to call, but they can message on Facebook every once in awhile.” According to Garcia, Skype and Facebook are the easiest ways to contact his family in the Philippines. Now, it’s time for the country to rebuild. Wilson agrees it will be difficult, she’s sure the Philippines can overcome this disaster. “I think it’s going to be difficult for them, but they are definitely a country that can overcome it,” Wilson said. “They have already been through a lot this past year but have gone through it all with great pride and strength. I absolutely believe they can do it.” Although they’ll overcome the obstacle facing them, the Filipino students agree the country could use some assistance. There are many ways, even locally, people can help the cause. Garcia said anyone interested in helping can donate to the local radio station, KLOVE, who is working with World Vision to raise money for the Philippines. Hogan suggests donating to a variety of different charities, such as Red Cross


media, digital comm in professional market by Alexis Randolph staff writer @dailyathenaeum

Social media can both help and hinder students’ futures, which is why Geah Pressgrove, a strategic communications professor, finds managing social media so important in today’s world. Pressgrove held a lecture and discussion, “Social Media Primer,” about digital communication and social media Monday evening. Pressgrove is new to West Virginia University this semester and does research focusing on nonprofit organizations. She researches ways to strategically incorporate social media and digital communications into the company’s brand. With hundreds of digital communications outlets, Pressgrove explained the importance of proper branding. “Knowing your brand is something that is to be held close to yourself. Be protective of your brand, know who you are on social media,” Pressgrove said. “Know just because you have fabulous privacy settings, you still may not be protected from your brand being tarnished.” While there are several big names in social media today such as Facebook,

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Twitter and Instagram, Pressgrove talked about the importance of other sources, as well. She suggested that every student and future professional join LinkedIn. With this digital communication, students are able to connect with companies in their field of study and are able to put their name out there for industry members to see. Another media outlet that Pressgrove mentioned was Google+. According to Pressgrove, Google+ is currently the most used form of digital communication today. With this explosion of digital communication, Pressgrove said there has been a 1,300 percent increase in social media emphasis. Pressgrove covered several major points in the discussion. One of which was how to handle damage control once something has been put on the web that paints a student in a bad light. She also suggested that students engage their brands and be active, use hashtags and follow organizations they are interested in. “It was wonderful to have the opportunity to share the P.I. Reed School

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Art of networking club hosts advice panel by caroline peters staff writer @dailyathenaeum

The newly founded Art of Networking club held an “Advice from the Pros” open event Monday. Jeannette Robertson, global senior product manager for women and kid’s footwear at Under Armour, spoke at the event with Niecie Draper, director of executive services in Mortgage Operations and Kelly Getz, account executive at Advertising Systems Incorporated. All three speakers boldly shared their stories of success to the audience members. The event allowed the

audience members to tweet questions to the speakers. Marc Williams and Luisa Velez Colon were the moderators of the event. Williams said the Art of Networking Club wanted to provide West Virginia University the opportunity to network with professionals. Williams said he hopes the event will help students obtain skills needed to teach them exactly how to network. “Many students are aware that they need to network,” Williams said. “However, they don’t have people that have explained to them how to network or what exactly networking is. We wanted to help stu-

dents learn the art behind networking.” The event kicked off with the subject of mentors. Each of the speakers shared how their mentors helped guide them through careers. Although WVU graduate Kelly Getz has just begun her career, she said she believes networking has helped her succeed. “What mentorship means to me is more about relationships that you build. For the career that I’m in now, I have a mentor who happens to be my friend’s mother,” Getz said. “Networking to me is more about mentoring and keeping in touch with your relationships.” Draper said that having

a mentor is important and that anyone you meet can help you in life. “Don’t wait until you need something to reach out to someone. Everyone you meet can be an opportunity to meet someone and go somewhere in life,” Draper said. “When I started my career, it was inevitable. In everything I do it’s a male environment, but I didn’t let that stop me.” Robertson said that approaching someone to be your mentor is worth the effort. “I’m a pretty direct person, so I like the direct approach. I had way more than one person help guide me,” Robertson said. “You

have to know what you want. Secondly, you have to be open to the advice your mentor gives, because they aren’t getting paid to help you. They’re helping you out of the goodness of their heart.” Kelly said that no matter where students go in life, they need to be aware of their competition. “When you are in a competition it’s like anything goes. You can be at the bar, you can be anywhere but networking is great,” Kelly said. Although, being competitive is important, Robertson said that working with co-workers can also help build a career.

“You’ll learn not to compete but to collaborate. Working with people will help you get somewhere faster and reach you’ll goals,” Robertson said. After the event, students were given the opportunity to network with the pros. Rebecca Burkhardt, vice president of the Art of Networking Club, said she was pleased with the event’s turnout. “We hit a few speed bumps this past weekend that were out of control, but I’m still ecstatic about the outcome,” Burkhardt said. “We had a great turnout and some amazing speakers.”


Cubans heartened by possible reversal of 3-D ban HAVANA (AP) — Something unusual appears to be happening in Havana. The Communist government may be backing off an unpopular economic crackdown barely a week after it was announced – a feat of political dexterity that islanders say they are not used to seeing from a leadership in power since the 1950s. The brouhaha centers on a ban announced Nov. 2 on the dozens of private home cinemas and video game salons that have mushroomed in recent months, becoming a popular diversion for entertainmentstarved residents. The government denounced the cinemas as spreading uncultured drivel to the young, and ordered them closed for stretching the boundaries on the kinds of private businesses allowed under reforms instituted by President Raul Castro. Then came the backlash, with entrepreneurs bemoaning thousands of dollars in lost investment and moviegoers saying they were exasperated by heavy-handedness toward a harmless diversion. The official reaction was swift, and unprecedented. An article in the Communist Party newspaper Granma on Monday acknowledged there was wide disapproval of the ban, and hinted it was being rethought. Analysts said the reversal could signal a greater willingness by the government to heed the desires of private entrepreneurs and their customers, as well as their growing influence in a country where the government still controls as much as about 80 percent of the economy. “It’s extraordinary because the government made a very clear decision, and now it seems it’s being walked back,” said Philip Peters, a longtime Cuba analyst and president of the Cuba Research Center. “That’s not something that happens every day.” The article in Granma said the paper had gathered more than 150 opinions on the ban and surveyed the

People watch a 3-D movie at a private movie theater in Havana, Cuba. The government may be backing off an unpopular economic crackdown barely a week after it was announced. The issue centers on a ban announced Nov. 2 on the dozens of private home cinemas and video game salons that have mushroomed in recent months. Then came the backlash, with entrepreneurs bemoaning thousands of dollars in lost investment and moviegoers saying they were exasperated by heavy-handedness toward a harmless diversion. backlash on social media. It acknowledged there was wide disapproval and said some considered it to be “a step back” for President Raul Castro’s program of limited economic liberalization. Islanders interviewed by The Associated Press have repeatedly defended the salons as healthy entertainment options for teenagers. It’s commonly held that they should be reopened, regulated and taxed just like the thousands of other private businesses launched since Castro’s reforms began in earnest in 2010. In Cuba, decision-making tends to happen from the top down, even if authorities stress that popular input is sought again and again in public gatherings. Official opinion polls are essentially nonexistent here, and it was surprising that authorities would take the temperature of the masses in such a public way. “I think they realized how much people were bothered,” said Rolando

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Orejuela, a 52-year-old government worker who previously enjoyed treating his grandson to 3-D movies. “It’s good that they study and reconsider such a radical decision.” Others cautioned not to read too much into the about-face. The same Granma article also offered a full-throated defense of another recently announced ban, this one on the reselling of imported hardware and clothes. Many Cubans depend on the small clothing boutiques to keep fashionable, and lamented their demise. But Peters said the article is still a reflection of the increasingly powerful role of the 436,000 private-sector workers operating today, about triple the number that existed before the reforms. “It could mean that this is a constituency that the government wants to take into account,” Peters said. “Raul Castro’s government does not view these entrepreneurs as a necessary evil ... They’re viewed as neces-

A man watches a 3-D movie inside a private movie theater in Havana, Cuba.


sary to the economy.” In recent years Cuba has rolled back other unpopular rules that once barred most islanders from having cellphones or staying in tourist hotels. Both decisions were made under Raul Castro after he took over from ailing elder brother Fidel in 2006, and after years of complaints. Today there are 1.8 mil-

lion mobile phones for a population of around 11 million. And it’s common to see Cubans lazing at plush beach resorts like Varadero, at least for the small percentage with the financial means to afford it. “It’s not just about doing the reforms, but walking hand-in-hand with the political rhythm of society,” Arturo Lopez-Levy, a Cu-

ban economist at the University of Denver, said of the government’s apparent change of heart on home cinemas. “It gives a bit of a measure of how the Communist Party is changing its prior arrogance, where (authorities) dictate what’s best and there’s no other choice but to accept it.”


numerous years and also had family affected by the typhoon. Students also had the option to get involved by purchasing baked goods outside of the Mountainlair Tuesday. The proceeds will be donated to the Philippines by the student organization MORE, Mountaineer Organization for Relief Efforts. MORE’s purpose is to serve the community, both locally and internationally, according to Osama Sabbagh, president of the organization. “The massive destruction wreaked by Haiyan

has left thousands of families with no food or shelter, a situation in which our organization was founded to combat,” said Obadah Moushmoush, MORE treasurer. “With this emergent catastrophe that has come upon the area, I believe we should offer them whatever help we can,” Sabbagh said. “No matter how small we view our contribution, it will go far in serving the people caught in this disaster.”

ciplines and their future careers.” Pressgrove showed student case studies from major companies such as Nike, Skype and FedEx. These studies concerned the company’s way of branding. Allison Stump, a WVU nursing student contributed to the conversation about online activity and the benefits involved. “It is important to show the importance of advertising and working

through social media and how it gives a company an advantage,” Stump said. Pressgrove said the main point she wanted students to take away from the lecture is the importance of being responsible and controlling online content. To learn more about the Strategic Communications program at WVU, visit http://journalism.

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Continued from page 1 of Journalism’s social media expertise with engaged students from so many different majors,” Pressgrove said. “It ’s always exciting to see students begin to understand the intersections between their areas and the importance of strategic social media for these dis-

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WVU student’s Day One clothing brand promotes positive lifestyle by carly smith a&e writer @dailyathenaeum

West Virginia University students Garrett Yurisko and Kyle Gillis have created their own clothing buisness, Day One, while earning their degrees. Yurisko, a sophomore television journalism student, and Gillis, a sophomore industrial engineering student, began their clothing business by making motivational T-shirts with the idea of helping others get through everyday life. The owners then wanted to evolve the T-shirts into something more than just clothing – they wanted to promote a lifestyle that focuses on a positive outlook.

“I think inspiration and positivity are a big part of what we stand for,” Yurisko said. “People who believe in the brand probably have the same outlook or are trying to work on that aspect (of life).” Currently, Day One sells T-shirts, sweatshirts, beanies and other clothing for men and women. They are also preparing for their official brand launch on Dec. 8, when their website will go live. The website will sell their fall and winter line and will promote the Day One lifestyle, showcasing videos and pictures based on positivity. Yurisko and Gillis plan to expand Day One in the hopes it turns into a movement. Their goal is to establish Day One as a top clothing brand and life-

style choice. They also hope to team up with local stores and restaurants, such as Tailpipes and Classic Cutz, to help tell their stories. “If you told me in ten years that Day One helped someone through their day or inspired someone out there, whether it be one (person) or 1,000 people, that’s when I will feel successful,” Yurisko said. While Yurisko and Gillis are anticipating the great future in store for their brand, starting a company while being a student can have many challenges. Between classes and outside jobs, time is not on their side. However, the duo has embraced the Day One lifestyle and is determined to stick to their brand.


“It definitely has its pros and cons,” Yurisko said. “I wish we had more time to set aside (for Day One).” In the meantime, to prepare for the launch, the owners have been active on the brand’s Twitter and Instagram accounts,

of clothing may not be for everybody out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live out the message and support the whole movement,” Yurisko said.

retweeting shout-outs and posting inspirational tweets. Yurisko understands some people may not like their clothing, but that doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves. “We realize every piece


‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ reveals original storyline, history of Caribbean

‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ allows players to fight pirates.

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««««« « Gamers will encounter lush tropical islands, waters overrun by pirates and colorful colonial towns in “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.” Ubisoft Entertainment has unveiled a story that is not only original, but also renews the history of the Caribbean. As a pirate named Edward Kenway, gamers will be introduced to the life of an outlaw in the year 1715. The life of a pirate starts at sea. During a storm,

Kenway’s galleon faces trouble in an incoming enemy ship, where an ominous figure soon boards. An explosion soon pushes the entire crew off the ship and into the deep abyss. Kenway awakes to find himself on a beach riddled with rubble and open bottles of rum. Looking around, he also spots palm trees, golden sand and the cloaked man from before. The story soon evolves into conflict and then progression into taking on a secret identity, discovering a hidden society and making one’s way from rags into riches. Within the timespan,

gamers will discover a Caribbean playground and search for lost treasure and discover loot from shipwrecks. The diverse and expansive world continues within the environment. There are islands filled with sea turtles, towns opened to Spanish and English culture and treasures guarded by deadly sharks. While adventuring on a ship, gamers will overhear a sea chanty and witness a humpback whale arc out of the sea. Gamers must take caution while exploring. During the 17th-18th century, the Caribbean was known to be at a Golden Age of

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Piracy, making it a lawless pirate republic. To fend off raiders who intend to plunder Kenway’s ship, gamers must upgrade equipment and recruit a crew to attack from a distance. If the gamer intends to board a ship, Kenway is able to fire his flintlock pistol or engage an enemy with his cutlass sword. Since the game is centered on subtlety, gamers will be asked to follow, eavesdrop or kill without being noticed. The buildings and people can be used to stay unnoticed by staying hidden behind a building or within a crowd. The feature of sub-

tlety is also found outside the Animus, which is the technology that allows the gamer to play as Kenway. Gamers will play as an Abstergo Entertainment employee, who is gathering historical information to create television shows, books and video games. However, the employee is put into a position requiring him to secretly obtain information about Abstergo. Along the way, familiar characters, such as Shaun Hastings and Rebecca Crane, will introduce gamers to information about the Assassins and the Templars.

The game play, on the other hand, will acquaint gamers to the new addition of a first-person camera angle. The feel is good for gamers who enjoy seeing things up close, but otherwise the angle is inconvenient in order to complete missions. Not to mention, the missions are boring and less brisk than those as Kenway’s character. Nonetheless, there is not much lacking within the game. The game is abundant in providing a fun and captivating experience through story, culture and exploration. daa&

George W. Bush to appear on ‘The Tonight Show’ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former President George W. Bush is headed to “The Tonight Show” next week to talk about his post-White House years with Jay Leno, NBC said Tuesday. The 43rd president has kept a mostly low profile since exiting office in early 2009 while the country was in two wars and struggling with an economic crisis. But he made headlines in July by urging Congress to reach

a “positive resolution” on immigration reform, an issue that eluded him during his presidency, and he also appeared in Africa with President Barack Obama at a ceremony to remember victims of terrorism. Bush, a 67-year-old grandfather, is scheduled to appear on Leno’s couch Nov. 19. It will be the fourth time that Bush has been a guest on Leno’s show since his first appearance during the

2000 campaign season. Bush left the White House with abysmal approval ratings, but polling has suggested some Americans are gradually softening their views of him. His presidential library was dedicated in Texas this year, where former President Bill Clinton joked with Bush about his newfound hobby of painting. He told ABC earlier this year he wants to “stay out of the limelight.”

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Typhoon Haiyan wrecks Philippines Many have heard of the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan, which has torn apart areas of the Philippines and resulted in more than 10,000 casualties and more than a million people who will need critical medical care. Maybe you heard about this on CNN or from The Daily Athenaeum itself, or maybe the students who sold hot chocolate and baked goods near the Mountainlair Monday raised your awareness to the issue. Even though the Philippines is about 7,000 miles away from California, it’s often difficult to place ourselves in the type of situation many of those in the Philippines are dealing with, including the loss of loved ones, nowhere to turn and a severe lack of food, clothing and shelter. With brutal winds and an overall diameter nearly five times larger than the size of the most devastating hurricane, which hit the U.S. Gulf Coast in 1969, Typhoon Haiyan has been labeled one of the most devastating on record. With the lack of transportation to the Philippines, thanks to ruined airports and blocked roads, the supplies so desperately needed by these people are even harder to come by. Those affected have taken to robbing grocery stores and other buildings in a pure survivalist state. Dead bodies litter the streets and coastline, and many more lie under the debris of collapsed buildings. Until the transportation block is lifted, it could be

A pregnant woman walks past debris left by super Typhoon Haiyan after it battered Tacloban City in the central Philippines. days before these people see any signs of hope, especially since a second tropical storm, although less severe than Haiyan, has hit the area and added another four inches of rain. Luckily, there are many

ways WVU students can help the Philippines. Buying a couple snacks on a chilly day is an easy solution, but many other foundations such as Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross, U.N. World Food Programme,

United Nations’ Children’s Fund and many more are accepting donations and working tirelessly to offer assistance to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. It may be thousands of miles away, but the conse-

quences of Haiyan should hit close to home within all of us, especially since the U.S. is well versed with the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, a storm smaller than the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan.

We are all poor college students, but often the donation of even a dollar can go a long way in offering relief to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

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Coal trucks an unwelcome Organizing relief disturbance for many efforts for Philippines

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One of the strongest typhoons in world history has struck down on the island of the Philippines, destroying everything in its path. The typhoon, named “Haiyan,” killed more than 10,000 people at latest count, and the numbers are continuing to rise as the Red Cross tallies up the bodies left behind on the streets. Tacloban City was hit the hardest, totaling most of the causalities. “The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami,” said Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, head of the U.N. Disaster Assessment Coordination Team. The typhoon was listed as a category 5, and the damage reflects the powerful number associated with the storm. Major Rey Balido, spokesman for the national disaster agency, said “Almost all houses were destroyed, many are totally damaged. Only a few are left standing.” Despite the damage to the neighborhoods and the cities, the Philippines airport was nearly destroyed, cutting off any transportation in or out of the country for relief efforts over the next couple of days. The Airport manager Efren Nagrama, describes the scene: “It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I

held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind swept through the airport. Some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided.” To get a true sense of the power behind this tropical storm, dark clouds covered the entire Philippines stretching 1,200 miles, the distance between Florida and Canada. The typhoon first hit the eastern side city of Samar, Friday afternoon. The storm moved through the island with winds as powerful as 195235 mph. The Red Cross’ efforts have saved the lives of many local citizens. They had more than 700,000 people sheltered in their evacuation centers. Trying to find good news resulting from this storm is nearly impossible, but meteorologists predicted that the storm would weaken to a minimal typhoon or a tropical storm, when it makes landfall Monday morning in northern Vietnam. This information isn’t going to be able to erase the destruction and turmoil it has brought to the Philippines but the damage can begin to be cleaned up. It will take a long period time, and an enormous amount of help to fix the cities and neighborhoods, but every day brings a new chance of hope to the remaining citizens. The severity of the storm will not truly be felt by the people of the island until

the storm officially moves away for good. Right now the attention and relief effort is put towards recovering survivors and collecting the bodies of those who didn’t survive this tragic storm. Once families and Red Cross members can accurately determine the death toll, the efforts can be directed toward rebuilding the city, homes and neighborhoods. The problem I foresee in recovering from the typhoon will be reaching the islands with which communication is cut off. It will be an uphill battle for relief members to be able to determine the number of water, food and other utilities needed to revive the island and their people. For the world to read the damage that was done, everyone should unite to help the Philippines back to their feet and try to get their lives back to normal. The U.S. has endured some horrible storms over the last decade resulting in lost lives and neighborhoods in shambles. No one can forget Hurricane Katrina in 2004, which left New Orleans depleted and took multiple forces and years to fully recover. The East Coast is still not fully recovered from Hurricane Sandy that destroyed everything along the coast. Hopefully the Red Cross and nations across the globe can come together to get the Philippines and all surrounding islands back to normal and surviving on their own.

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Almost as if on command, I rolled over and used my hand like a club to hit the snooze button on the alarm even though it did not go off. I got up groggily, yawned, and went to the bathroom to brush my teeth. The cold, hardwood floors woke me up as I slogged to the bathroom. It was not until I actually had my toothbrush in hand that I realized the sun was just rising. Confused, I stumbled back to my room and checked my phone. Why was I awake at 6:57 a.m.? It is on disorienting Saturday mornings like these that my warped sleep schedule enjoys reminding me that a good night’s sleep is always further away than I think. I remember the first day I moved all my things into my house on Brockway Avenue in South Park at the beginning of this semester. I could not shake the exciting feeling of complete independence, knowing that no resident assistants would be able to tell me it was “quiet hours.” I had my own personal space. No longer would I have to deal with somebody snoring a mere three feet above me. Nothing could go wrong. I remember the first morning after I moved in. There was no familiar stream of sunlight coming from the blinds when I awoke. There was a loud crash, and I swore I had just heard a car accident. I

bolted to my window only to see a large coal truck rolling down the street. The roar of the coal truck’s brakes was deafening. I looked over at a glass of water on my desk and I could see it rippling just like in that scene in Jurassic Park. My whole life I have been an extremely heavy sleeper. My mother claims that when I was a baby I once slept through an earthquake in California that split the sidewalk in half. The coal trucks that rumble down Brockway Avenue and Walnut Street are worse than that earthquake in California all those years ago. The trucks cause a lot of problems for those of us who live in South Park, and yes, we literally lose sleep over these problems. However, it is not just the noise pollution that plagues our residential neighborhood. The paneling of my white house has long ago acquired an unpleasant coating of gray, as have the rest of the houses on Brockway and on Walnut. You can come to my house right now and take your finger and wipe off a thick coat of dust. It will always be back in the morning because of the trucks. Not only does the ever -present gray dust have an aging effect on the houses, but there are also health considerations. Walking down High Street, Brockway Avenue or Walnut Street are different respiratory experiences. The presence of coal trucks lingers well after their departure. On

very few occasions have I taken a deep breath of air on Brockway Avenue and not thought, “Yeah, this is bad for my lungs.” You can also add road damage to the litany of coal truck offenses. At 80,000-120,000 pounds, it is safe to say coal trucks will damage roads more than the average Subaru that weighs less than a tenth of that. Car owners of South Park who travel along the aforementioned roads see and will continue to see more potholes and infrastructure issues with their roads as the result of weighty coal trucks. However, there is a solution. The coal trucks could take I-68 through Sabraton. A simple change in direction could resolve so many issues. Would it cost such a substantial amount of money to the companies that they would be forced to shut down? Probably not. Does using Brockway Avenue and Walnut Street save the companies money? Most likely. Do the companies show respect for community lines by blasting through a residential neighborhood? No. I may lack knowledge of the financial states and time constraints of the coal companies disrespecting my neighborhood, but I am positive that I do not step out of line when I demand the companies take their business elsewhere. And by that I mean take I-68. The sooner the better.


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HOROSCOPE BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you enter a new phase where you start feeling more and more upbeat. You might need to clear out or distance yourself from an overassertive relative or friend. You will feel much more optimistic and willing to open up as a result. Travel and/or meeting a foreigner will expand your mental awareness. If you are single, you could be dating Mr. or Ms. Right at the present time ... or very soon. If you are attached, make vacation plans that take you off the beaten path. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You have a lot of oomph as you start your day. How you use it will be your call. Some of you might decide to tell someone off, while others

simply will use the energy to become whirlwinds of effectiveness. Tonight: All smiles! TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HH Know when to pull back and head in a new direction. You could feel offkilter as you wake up. Ask yourself what you need to change in order to feel better. Communication is your strong suit. Initiate any necessary discussions. Tonight: Use your imagination as you vanish. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHH Keep reaching out to someone who is very important to your life. You could take this person’s nonresponsiveness personally. The issue is more likely to be one that is unrelated. There might be a lot going on behind the scenes. Tonight: Join a pal for a midweek break.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Assume your natural role as leader. Communication could have a harsh quality to it. Refuse to take someone’s attitude personally, but you also might want to establish boundaries. Claiming your power could be more important to you in the long run than you realize. Tonight: In the limelight. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHH Take the high road and you will do just fine. Conflicts could mark the beginning of the day, yet chummy interactions will mark the end of the day. You’ll make the difference because of your attitude, personality and understanding. Trust your instincts. Tonight: Live it up! VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Deal with a problem directly, which might involve dealing with an individual directly. Know the difference

between assertiveness and aggressiveness. Veer toward the former. Tonight: Make it a cozy duo, even if it is just you hanging out with your best friend. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH Others seem to keep coming to you with requests. The problem lies in that so many ask so much of you. Before you know it, you could become angry. Say “no” more often. Only you can balance your demands. Tonight: Accept an offer that might have you out on the town. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH Pace yourself, and know when enough is enough. Yes, you have a lot of energy, a strong will and much endurance. In a sense, you are unstoppable when you decide to accomplish a goal or do something important for you. You refuse to see

obstacles. Tonight: Be lazy. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH Your fiery ways push aside any obstacle you might come across. Be diplomatic with a higher-up or parent. In the long run, you will be happier. A partner points to a new path where creativity and happiness seem to merge. Tonight: Let go and enjoy the moment. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HH You could decide to maintain a low profile as you sense an issue coming in from out of left field. You don’t always have to handle every problem. Focus on an issue involving home and/or real estate. Opportunities come through a partner. Tonight: Happy to be home. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHHH A partner might be diffi-

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Sally Struthers to star in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Sally Struthers stars in the Broadway classic ‘Hello, Dolly!’

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“Hello, Dolly!,” one of the most enduring Broadway classics of all time, will take the stage of the Creative Arts Center tonight starring two-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sally Struthers. Struthers is known best for her work as Gloria in “All In the Family” and more recently, Babette on “Gilmore Girls,” although her career has spanned nearly four decades.

In addition to her television career, she has also starred in a variety of musicals nationwide with featured roles in productions of “Annie,” “Grease,” “The Odd Couple,” “The Full Monty,” “Mame,” “Legally Blonde” and “Chicago.” “’Hello, Dolly!’ itself is a classic musical, but to have someone like Sally Struthers in the cast makes it a little more special,” said David Ryan, public relations specialist for WVU Arts & Entertainment. “She truly makes the role her own and peo-

ple rave about her performance. To have her come to Morgantown is amazing, and we hope the audiences connect with her and the performance.” “Hello, Dolly!” stars Struthers as the strongwilled matchmaker Dolly, who travels to New York to find a match for the “wellknown unmarried halfa-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography, “Hello, Dolly!” fea-

tures the work of musician Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. The score includes songs such as “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “It Only Takes A Moment,” and “Before the Parade Passes By.” “’Hello, Dolly!’ fits in with many of our previous performances in that it’s a name people may have seen before but with a new cast and a new approach,” Ryan said. “We always try to bring in a mix of old and new, something you may have seen or may have missed.”

Since the production’s Broadway premiere in 1964, the show has been captivating audiences everywhere. With three Broadway revivals, an incredible international success and a film adaptation nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1969, this is one musical not to be missed. “It’s starting to get cold out there, so it’s nice to get out of the cold and unwind with a huge production in our own theater and forget about the world outside for a while,” Ryan said. “Most

importantly, we hope everyone has a terrific time and takes something away from the performance.” The show is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, and students receive a discounted price. For more information on the production, visit

New student org, PINK @ WVU, represents Victoria’s Secret PINK by carly smith a&E writer @dailyathenaeum

Victoria’s Secret PINK campus representatives Eleina Elachkar and Deonna Gandy have teamed up to create the newest student organization on campus, PINK @ WVU. Gandy, a sophomore marketing student, and Elachkar, a senior public relations student, both became campus representatives for West Virginia University after being selected by Victoria’s Secret corporate company, Limited Brands. Both students under-

went a rigorous interviewing and training process in Columbus, Ohio, to learn how to properly represent the brand and develop recognition on campus. “When I was first hired, the program was unheard of at WVU,” Elachkar said. “It took an entire year of hard work and utilizing my PR skills to promote the brand and program throughout campus.” There are 65 colleges across the nation that take part in the PINK Campus Rep program. The representatives at these schools, including WVU, are brand ambassadors and focus on planning PINK events and

spreading the word about PINK through free giveaways. Items from the giveaways include free underwear, bras, clothes, water bottles and coupons to use at Victoria’s Secret stores. The reps also hold contests on their social media sites to bring awareness and give out free PINK prizes. Aside from having PINK campus representatives, Victoria’s Secret PINK is very involved with their target audiences. PINK has a campus clothing collection for 32 different colleges in 24 states. Each year, the brand holds a competition

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on their website to bring a PINK concert to the winning university. Additionally, PINK tours campuses, bringing a truck full of goodies to give out and sell at the events. Prior to becoming a student organization, the representatives had a tough time reserving rooms on campus for events and getting involved with students. One major PINK event last year was held at West Run, making it difficult for students to attend. Gandy and Elachkar took the first step in expanding the event by selecting six students to make up a PINK Street Team. The

PINK Street Team was created to help Gandy and Elachkar hand out coupons, freebies, and other information about PINK on campus. The PINK campus reps didn’t want to stop there. Gandy and Elachkar wanted to become an official student organization to allow other students to be involved with planning events and taking part in PINK initiatives. Being a student organization will allow PINK @ WVU to make their events bigger and better, starting with the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Watch Party in December. “I am really excited to

now have the freedom to work closer with our campus,” Elachkar said. “Hopefully we can continue the success that PINK @ WVU has already had and use this new freedom to generate more PINK brand awareness across campus. Honestly, what girl doesn’t love PINK?” PINK @ WVU’s first meeting will be tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room in the Mountainlair. This month’s meeting will include activities and freebies for attendees, as well as introducing PINK @ WVU as a student org. daa&

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Koko Sing performs live in the Gluck Theatre for U92’s ‘Morgantown Sound.’





Texas game a blueprint for offensive success Despite falling 47-40 to Texas in overtime Saturday, West Virginia played one of its most complete games of the year on the offensive side of the ball. Even with starting quarterback Clint Trickett being knocked out of the game with an unspecified injury, the Mountaineers were able to move the ball with ease against a Texas defense with superior size, speed and ability. Head coach Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson engineered a balanced offensive attack that kept the Longhorn defense on its heels. West Virginia ran 83 offensive plays Saturday with 47 runs and 36 passes. Running back Charles Sims carried the ball 24 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns and caught five passes for 42 yards. Sims’ 29 touches set a new season-high for the versatile offensive threat from Houston. His previous record was 27 in a 30-27 overtime win against TCU Nov. 2, when he rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown while totaling 35 receiving yards and a touchdown through the air. It is no coincidence West Virginia’s two best offensive performances have come when Sims has seen his highest workloads. Holgorsen and Dawson also utilized running back Dreamius Smith well. Smith carried the ball seven times for 24 yards and found the end zone on an eight-yard touchdown run that gave West Virginia a 33-30 lead early in the fourth quarter. Junior quar terback Paul Millard struggled to find his rhythm on his first few drives after taking over for Trickett, but settled in nicely, finishing 16-for-32 for 259 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Millard seemed to establish a connection with speedy junior wide receiver Mario Alford. Alford also had his best game as a Mountaineer, hauling in 4 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Trailing 37-33, Millard found Alford on a short post route. Alford broke away from the Texas defense for a 72-yard touchdown that gave WVU a 40-37 lead. Alford has emerged as a weapon for West Virginia in the last two weeks. His quick cutting ability and speed in the open field makes him a threat in the short passing game and adds another dimension to West Virginia’s receiving corps. When Millard had time to throw Saturday, he had success. Unfortunately for West Virginia, he wasn’t afforded that luxury very often. The Texas defensive line consistently dominated the line of scrimmage and recorded six sacks on the day. West Virginia ranks No. 8 in the Big 12 in sacks allowed with 24 on the season. For this offense to keep improving, the offensive line has to do a better job of establishing the line of scrimmage and keeping its quarterback upright. The Mountaineers’ next two opponents, Kansas and Iowa State rank No. 8 and No. 10 in sacks, respectively. If West Virginia is going to win its last two games and reach bowl eligibility, it has to take advantage of this and give its quarterback time to throw while opening holes for its running backs. Although the end result of the game was a loss, if West Virginia can replicate its offensive performance from Saturday over the next two weeks, the Mountaineers will be going bowling once again.

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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins speaks with junior forward Kevin Noreen during WVU’s win over Mount St. Mary’s Friday.

West Virginia loses early lead, falters down stretch in loss to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg by kevin hooker sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1) out-scored the West Virginia (1-1) basketball team 41-31 in the second half of Tuesday’s game, en route to an 87-82 victory in Blacksburg, Va. The Hokies are now 30-47 all time against the Mountaineers, with their last win in 2004. “We put ourselves in a hole (with today’s loss) and this is a game we could have (and) should have won,” said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. “So, we’ll have to go win some that people

don’t think we can.” Guard Eron Harris followed up his 19-point performance Friday with a 16-point effort Tuesday, shooting 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. Juwan Staten struggled to find his shot, shooting just 3-for-12 from the floor but grabbed seven rebounds with nine assists. Gary Browne and Remi Dibo scored 15 and 17 points off the bench, respectively. Browne scored just two points in 21 minutes of action Friday against Mount St. Mary’s. Freshman Devin Williams led all players with 11 rebounds after registering just one last game.

The Hokies had bench support, scoring 34 points from non-starters. Freshman guard Ben Emelogu shot 3-for-6 from three point range and scored 22 points and three blocks. Sophomore guard Adam Smith added 19 points and scored seven of Virginia Tech’s last nine points. Terry Henderson’s layup with 8:21 remaining in the first half gave the Mountaineers a 17-point lead, the largest of the game. But the Hokies used a 12-1 run to the end first half that put them behind by just 5 at halftime. Smith’s 3-point play with 32 seconds left to play gave the Hokeis an

83-79 lead, and after Dibo hit a 3-pointer with 23.7 seconds left, Smith hit two key free throws to push the lead back to 85-82 with 16.2 seconds remaining. The Mountaineers had a chance to tie the game, but Morgantown’s own Nathan Adrian missed a 3-pointer and Virginia Tech’s Devin Wilson got the rebound, which sealed the victory. The difference in the game came at the free throw line, where the Mountaineers shot just 64 percent (21 for 33), while the Hokies shot 79 percent (30 for 38). All in all, 53 fouls were called in 40 minutes of play.

“We quit guarding and at the same time we missed two lay-ups when (Virginia Tech) made their run,” Huggins said. “We missed several wide open shots and didn’t shoot particularly well.” T h e Mo u n t a i n e e r s made just 25 of its 70 shots. After missing 14 of its first 17 shots, the Hokies finished the game making 26 of 57 to shoot 46 percent from the floor.

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Staten appearing more comfortable early by amit batra sports editor @batra01

In Friday night’s 77-62 win over Mount St. Mary’s, one intriguing storyline came into play for the West Virginia men’s basketball team. Junior guard Juwan Staten played with more poise and aggressiveness than ever before. He scored a career-high 22 points to lead WVU to a 1-0 record in the 2013-14 season. “First, it just feels good to win. We just need to build on it. I just wanted to win, so I went out there and did everything Coach said. Coach Huggs said I need to be more aggressive and force the issue a little more.” Staten looked to be more comfortable in the mid-range game, as he knocked down jump shots with consistency. WVU head coach Bob Huggins said that Staten’s productivity comes with the hard work he’s put in during practice and the offseason. “Juwan kept talking about how we wanted to be a leader,” Huggins said. “I tried to explain to him that the best leaders I’ve ever had are guys who lead by example. The guys who are the hardest working guys in practice everyday. They are also the guys who know what we want. He’s done a great job of digesting

what we want done. “He’s done a great job of leading by example. He’s in the gym early, he stays late.” Huggins said Staten was a difficult cover for Mount St. Mary’s all evening because of his speed and ability to hit that pull-up jump shot. “He’s improved tremendously,” he said. “He’s worked at (shooting). He’s put the time in. When you put the time in, it helps your confidence. When you make the first couple, that really helps. When he makes those, he’s really good. It’s hard to keep him from getting in the lane when he wants to get in the lane.” Staten received help from sophomore guard Eron Harris. WVU’s leading scorer from the 2012-13 season added 19 points to go along with Staten’s career night. The demeanor of the junior looked vastly different than a season ago. On Friday night, Staten looked comfortable knowing he had to be a key piece as sophomore leader Terry Henderson was sidelined with an injury. As Staten continues to fit into his new role at point guard and being a prolific scorer on offense, WVU fans may expect the Dayton, Ohio, native to put similar numbers throughout the 2013-14 season. “I just went out there and



West Virginia guard Juwan Staten prepares to shoot a free throw.

played my game,” Staten said. “That’s basically my goal for every game. Take the shots when they’re open, make the passes when they’re open and try to do anything and everything I can to make the team win. If it goes another route, then it goes another route.” Staten struggled shooting the ball against Virginia Tech Tuesday afternoon, but he

was able to help through rebounding and assists against rival Hokies. The junior recorded 10 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and a steal, but Staten still only shot 25 percent from the field (3 of 12). The Mountaineers in total shot only 35.7 percent from the field, while continuing their free throw struggles, shooting 63.6 per-

cent from the charity stripe. At one point in the game, WVU was leading by 17 points. While there is talent and promise on this young and inexperienced roster, Staten’s consistency and his new role as a leader on this team must be constant for success in the 2013-14 season.



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Junior forward Andy Bevin tries to escape Western Michigan defenders in a home match earlier this season.

Despite struggles, WVU achieves goal of reaching MAC tournament by joe mitchin sports writer @dailyathenaeum

It took an entire season to achieve with some triumph, lots of struggle and frustration. It ended with a win-or-go-home situation. The story of the 2013 West Virginia men’s soccer team is a rocky one. A team comprised of 14 freshmen and sophomores who saw action throughout the course of the year accomplished what they set out to do in August. A bid to the Mid-American Conference tournament has been punched

and a trip to Akron, Ohio, looms. In a year filled with ups and downs, head coach Marlon LeBlanc and his Mountaineers remained resilient. The team finished the regular season 7-6-5 (2-22), but their record doesn’t tell the entire story. Five of WVU’s six losses have come by one goal. During the second half of September, West Virginia lost four games in a row to national powers St. John’s, Michigan, Penn State and Akron, all by a single goal. Stuck in a bad way, the Mountaineers needed

to begin a run inside the MAC to place themselves in postseason play. After a 4-0 rout of last place Northern Illinois, West Virginia dropped an unfortunate game at Hartwick 1-0 despite conceding just two shots on-goal. The Hawks were the final team to beat the Mountaineers this season. WVU is unbeaten in the last six games, going 2-0-4 during the span. In that time, the team has only given up five goals, three of them in the regular season finale against Bowling Green. While the offense stum-

bled a bit, WVU’s defensive play, led by junior goalkeeper Lee Johnston and a growing back line, picked the team up until an explosive end to the season. West Virginia scored five goals in its final two matches of the season in a 2-1 victory over Buffalo and 3-3 draw to Bowling Green. The Mountaineers needed both results to get into the postseason. The young bunch delivered. “We’re scoring goals again right now,” LeBlanc said. “If you ask around, we’re probably the last team anybody wants to play right now because

we’re young and inexperienced and are going to make mistakes, but we’re playing on that edge and are capable of scoring three or four goals a game.” The Mountaineers, fresh with new life, head to the postseason as they travel to the University of Akron for their second MAC tournament. Seeded No. 4, Akron, Western Michigan and Hartwick are the other teams that qualified in the league. West Virginia will get its rematch with the No. 9 Zips. “I like our chances,” LeBlanc said. “We’ve only

lost once since the start of October. This team is hard to beat right now.” WVU needs to win the tournament Friday to receive an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament. While the road has been long this season, the fact the Mountaineers remain alive with their season intact really speaks for the kind of team they are: down, but never out. West Virginia and Akron will kick off Friday at 7 p.m. in the MAC tournament semifinal in Akron, Ohio.


Scheffel brothers achieve early success in 2013 season by nayef alabduljabbar sports writer @dailyathenaeum

Brutus and Bubba Scheffel are taking the varsity wrestling team by storm. Their current season has been terrific, amassing a combined 13-2 record in the first two weeks of competition. The brothers, who come from Oakland, Md., were born to George Sr. and Evelyn Scheffel. They grew up in a household with three sisters. They took up wrestling when Bubba was five and Brutus was seven. Their given names are George, Jr. and Jakob, but

their first wrestling coach gave them the nicknames they go by today. “He said I looked like a Bubba,” Bubba said. “It was the first time he’d ever met us, and he said Brutus looked like a Brutus. I guess from that day it just stuck.” Bubba, a sophomore civil engineering student, attended Virginia Tech before coming to WVU. He graduated from Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, Md., where he was ranked No. 56 nationally by InterMat and has the most wins out of any high school wrestler in Maryland with 167-4. He was undefeated in

his sophomore and junior years, going 83-0. Wrestling was not his sole sports venture in high school. Bubba took up football and baseball, earning all-area honors in both. During Bubba’s first season of college wrestling, he finished with a 12-7 record and was appointed as the team’s captain. Leading the team with four wins by the fall, he also scored 16 takedowns, 13 escapes, 10 near fall points and two reversals. By the end of that season, he managed to finish third at the Big 12 Championships. Brutus, a junior soci-

ology and anthropology student, wrestles in the 149-pound weight class. He also began his career at WVU, combining for a 28-27 record his first two seasons. He graduated from the same high school as his brother and was the captain of its wrestling team for three years. The highlight of his 2011-12 season was defeating Michigan State’s Dan Osterman, ranked No. 23 nationally. However, he wasn’t able to compete for almost two months in 2012 following a high ankle sprain and started six dual meetings beating one Big 12 wrestler in a

big win for him. “(In) wrestling, you can feel where you’re weak and where you’re strong. Places you’re strong you still work on, but you emphasize,” Bubba said. “At least I do. I emphasize areas that I’m weak at.” One sport they both like to follow is football: Bubba is a big Washington Redskins fan, and Brutus is into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I like the Redskins, too, but the Buccaneers, I don’t know, my uncle just liked them, it was during a time when they had a really tough defense and some really good players that I liked,” Brutus said. “I started liking them too

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Mountaineers set for pivotal Big 12 match with Iowa State by jon fehrens sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The NCAA selection show for women’s volleyball is a little more than three weeks away. There are some obvious selections within the Big 12 conference, such as No. 1 Texas. However, for teams like West Virginia who are teetering on the fence, the last three weeks of the season will be the most important. The Mountaineers will try to beef up their NCAA resume by taking on Big 12 foe Iowa State tonight at 6:30 at the WVU Coliseum. The last three weeks won’t be an easy task for the Mountaineers, but head coach Jill Kramer preached to her team they can compete with anyone. Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett said she has adopted this mindset and plans to use it down the final stretch. “We would want to win, no doubt about it, no matter what team it is. We are going to scout and scheme the same way, and we have to know that we can (win) against any team that we

play,” Sackett said. “Our record this far hasn’t been what we wanted, and it makes us all the more hungry to play teams like Iowa State.” Sackett led her team with 10 kills in the last meeting between the two programs. West Virginia was defeated in consecutive sets in early October by a strong serving and defensive performance from Iowa State. Despite dropping consecutive road matches to Kansas and Kansas State this week, Kramer said she and her team noticed different atmospheres. The Mountaineers played in front of a packed house of nearly 2,000 people and saw the Wildcats’ best blocking effort all season, which she said she credits to the change her team has experienced from last season to this one. “I think that’s the most respect that (Kansas State) has ever treated us with. That shows that we are in a different place. When a team like that comes out and plays their volleyball against us in round two, it means that we are in (a) good place,” Kramer said. The Mountaineers re-

main one win shy of their best record since 2004 and will rely on the energy from the home crowd to help push them over the mark. “Playing Iowa State at their house earlier in the season was an awesome experience, but we can’t have them here and put on a show,” Sackett said. Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson will also try to give her team a spark and end a two-game skid. Anderson leads the Big 12 with 4.06 kills per set for the fifth consecutive week. The Cyclones will ride into Morgantown looking to push its winning streak to seven matches. Iowa State’s stout defense is led by one of the best liberos in the country, Kristen Hahn. The senior has led the Big 12 and is currently No. 3 in the nation with 5.85 digs per set. The Cyclones also feature the best serving in the Big 12. The 1.76 aces per set average this season has led the Conference the entire year. Tonight’s match is set to begin at 6:30 and can be seen via live stream at cory dobson/the daily athenaeum

Members of the West Virginia volleyball team celebrate in a home match against Texas Tech in early November.





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