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Wednesday December 4, 2013

City Council talks food vendor ordinance traffic code by caroline peters staff writer @dailyathenaeum

Potential changes to the last call time for downtown bars, and an ordinance pertaining to the food vendor debate were topics of discussion during the Morgantown City Council meeting Tuesday. West Virginia University’s Student Government representative Randy Jones confronted the Council with concerns about the city’s bar curfew. “After speaking with many students, it is my belief that asking patrons to leave the best-lit and most populated area of town early could raise significant safety concerns,” Jones said. ]“It is much harder to police underage drinking and prevent violence in the alleyways and private residences downtown.” Jones also expressed concern for the residents of Morgantown because of student behavior. “Many families do not

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noun (plural selfies) informal A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

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want to stroll down High Street because of the students,” Jones said. “If the bar closes an hour or two earlier, students are going to go out drinking earlier, and this can prevent families from wishing to go out to eat on High Street for dinner.” The city also passed an ordinance that adds a new section to an existing code forbidding the use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on properties controlled by the Board of Park and

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Students tour potential living options at annual OffCampus Housing Fair

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Representatives from The Loft Apartments talk to students about housing plans for the 2014-15 school year.

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Students, linguistics professor talk Oxford’s Word of the Year: ‘Selfie’ By Summer Ratcliff City Editor @SummerRatcliff

Its time to grab your iPhone or Android and show off your best “duck face.” The once avoided self-portrait has become a daily occurrence. According to Britain’s Oxford University Press, the 2013 word of the year is none other than “selfie”. The word selfie first appeared in

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an Australian chat room on Sept. 13, 2002. For years after it went largely unnoticed online until 2012 when Oxford said it saw a large spike in usage of the word. Selfie, now common jargon among teens, bored high school and college students, twenty-five year olds at the gym, and even celebrities, was selected after Oxford noticed a 17,000 percent increase in usage in the last two years. People around the world are

now using a once obscure term regularly as they snap self-portraits and display them for their virtual friends to “like” or “favorite.” Kirk Hazen, a professor of linguistics in the English Department at West Virginia University said previously ambiguous words become mainstream when a word connects with a generation and has enough interest to launch it into

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Morgantown Jewish community comes together, celebrates Hanukkah with menorah lighting by daniel schatz

correspondent year. @dailyathenaeum Correspondent “I’m planning on liv@DailyAthenaeum ing off campus next year, but I’m not exactly sure The Mountaineer Jewish West Virginia Univer- where all these places are community came together sity students filled the because I’m from out of Tuesday evening to celeMountainlair ballrooms town,” VanAnderson said. brate Hanukkah, or the fesTuesday in search of the tival of lights. perfect housing option for For more info Outside the Mountainlair, the upcoming school year. people celebrated the JewThe annual Off-Cam- To learn more about ish holiday by lighting a 10-foot-tall menorah, singpus Housing Fair is held off-campus housto help students that are ing, visit http://stuing songs and eating latkes looking for a new place to d e nt l i fe. w v u. e d u / and different kinds of live, meet landlords and off_campus_housing. doughnuts. On Hanukkah, the menofind out more information about their off-camrah is lit to commemorate a pus choices. Numerous booths rep- Jewish miracle when an inMany students attended resenting various housing sufficient amount of oil was the fair as a way to explore companies across Mor- left in the community memany properties in one gantown displayed large norah, but it stayed aflame convenient location. pictures of their apart- for eight days longer than Ashley VanAnderson, ment buildings. Landlords was expected. a sophomore world lan- and representatives were The flame left in the meguages and literature stu- available and ready to talk norah signifies the resildent, said she came to to the searching students. ience of the Jewish people the housing fair because in the face oppression. she was still unsure about see HOUSING on PAGE 2 “It’s great to see how Jewwhere she would live next

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The WVU Chabad Center held its sixth-annual menorah lighting in front of the Mountainlair Tuesday. ish students are confident enough in their Judaism that they’re willing to come out and show it,” said Zalman Gurevitz, Rabbi of the Chabad Jewish Center. “It’s heartwarming how these students are proud to be

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Jewish.” Gurevitz said Hannukah is the only Jewish holiday celebrated outdoors. “We feel that by doing such events at public areas in WVU, it helps Jewish students feel at home here and

makes their stay at WVU more at home,” Gurevitz said. The Rabbi led the attendants in a description of why the menorah is lit. Following prayers, chocolate, personal menorahs and dreidels were handed out as. More than 25 people attended the event, including students, non-students and members of the Jewish community. David Leviev, a sophomore political science student, said the group is growing. “I feel like we have a very strong and great group of people and that we are growing and getting stronger every single year through the numerous events we do like this year’s Hanukkah c e l e b rat i o n ,” Leviev

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Distinguished Speaker Series hosts former CEO BY Alexis Randolph Staff Writer @DailyAthenaeum

The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics hosted Ralph Baxter at the Erickson Alumni Center Tuesday as a continuation of its Distinguished Speaker Series. Until earlier this year, Baxter was the chairman and CEO of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP, a law firm with 1,100 lawyers worldwide. Orrick represented brands like Apple, Levi’s, Facebook and Nintendo. Although he was born in California, Baxter said he

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Continued from page 1 “I think students have a lot more options now than they used to in the past,” said Cindy Pintus, property manager at Mountaineer Place Apartments. “You have to be a really savvy shopper to get what is going to work for you.” In addition to informational packets and business cards, many of the booths were also giving out complimentary pens, key chains and couzies. The housing fair proved to not only be beneficial to students, but many landlords said they also ben-

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Continued from page 1 RecreationCommissioners. Council members also considered an ordinance that would amend the city’s traffic code. The amendment will focus on the parking of food vendors in the downtown area. “In the past, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., we wanted to relocate the food vendors to parking spaces so they’d be provided more sidewalk space,” said Jeff Mikorski, Morgantown’s city manager. “This ordinance would allow vendors sidewalk vending anywhere they allow four feet of access. We will now have specific regulations for the sidewalk vendors and specific regulations for the street vendors. The food vendors will not be assigned spaces.” However, First Ward representative Ron Bane had some hesitations. “The rules need to be specific. There has to be some specific clarification of how the vendors are facing on the sidewalks in order to keep people safe,” Bane said. “I can envision people trying to walk past and the street being blocked off by vendors selling the food. It’s all about the simple movement of keeping everything

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considers himself a West Virginian because he spent his formative years here and this is where his family is from. Orrick’s Global Operations Center, which houses 15 percent of the firm’s work force, is located in Wheeling. However Baxter noted the center is not just in West Virginia because of his roots. “We are here because West Virginia was the best place to put our Global Operations Center,” Baxter said. Baxter started at Orrick in 1974 where he said he learned change can be both an opportunity and a risk. During his time at

the firm, Baxter started his own division, made partner early and eventually became the chairman and CEO. Baxter offered advice to students on following dreams and building bright futures. “Every one of you in the room who is today a student can be anything. Anything you can realistically think of, you can do that,” Baxter said. “You need to believe in that and set your mind to it.” The most important elements a student needs to achieve are education, ambition and having a dream for their future, Baxter said. The tools a student can use

“ If you believe in yourself you will be able to accomplish a lot more than you except. Good things can happen to you, not just the other guy.”

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to achieve this are leadership, ethics and most importantly living in the one that fits best. “Whatever you set out to do, if it is worth anything, it will be hard. There will be moments for sure when you have self-doubt,” he said. “If you believe in

yourself you will be able to accomplish a lot more than you expect. Good things can happen to you, not just the other guy.” Baxter also warned against only staying in a comfort zone. He said there are points in life where it is necessary to be uncomfortable. Rashad Bates, a senior management student said Baxter’s advice about not staying in your comfort zone was his favorite part. “He said, ‘Be wary of complacency’. That really hit home for me,” Bates said. “As college students, we get into the routine of going to class and hanging

efited greatly from the event. “Basically this is the biggest advertisement we do,” said David Friend, manager of Mel Friend Rental Apartments. “It’s going to be your home for a year, and you need to know that you like what you’re getting.” Students unable to attend the fair Tuesday will have an opportunity to attend a second housing fair on the Evansdale Campus Saturday. For more information about off-campus housing and the housing fairs, visit http:// studentlife.wvu.edu/ off_campus_housing. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

Some of the booths at the housing fair, like The Ridge, offered gifts to students who signed leases with them.

clarifiable.” The Council was in favor of the ordinance, but Mayor Jennifer Selin said the Council’s attorney will look at the wording behind the amendment. The Council approved the ordinance concerning food vendors. Mikorski then gave a report addressing the current state of the city’s finances. “We’ve got great news for our current fiscal year. After looking into things, we are starting to see income with construction. We are getting 1.1 million more than we were expecting. The projects are coming in fast. It was very hard to budget them because of delays,” Mikorski said. “We plan on spending the income on projects that will benefit the community.” Mikorski said the projects will include maintenance issues, two new fire stations and some construction to the city hall. “We’ve also included funds for a salt building and two additional police cruisers that will lead to a well maintained police system,” he said. “We also included a computer system for the finance department and After the menorah lighting members were offered traditional Hebrew food and drinks. a transportation study for University Avenue.” For more information Harris said she feels the portant, everyone enjoys about the Morgantown event forges a stronger good food and it’s a rebond between Jewish peo- ally good time since we alCity Council, visit http:// Continued from page 1 morgantownwv.gov. ple in the Morgantown ways have a really big turn The next City Council community. out,” Harris said. “All the meeting will be held Dec. said. “Chabad is like “These events bring Jew- events that Chabad holds 17. my home away from ish students and commu- at school make me feel like home.” nity members together I’m a part of something danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu Chabad president Tayla because the holiday is im- and that I have a big Jewish

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ing,” Hazen said. “With words like this the social meaning is just as prominent as the actual reference meaning, because it’s in reference to a certain kind of self-portrait and is specifically associated with younger, middle class folks with smartphones. “This connection alone gives it enough social

‘umph’ to get it going.” While many media outlets have attempted to connect the rise of virtual self-portraits to the self-involved “me generation.” Hazen, said he believes given the technological opportunities selfies would have been a hit no matter the generation. “Overall I don’t think it’s

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really much of a reflection or a branding of the generation itself. It has a lot more to do with intellectual development and the ability for it than it does the people who are using it,” he said. “Had there been the technology for this in the 1920s they would have been taking millions of selfies also. “I see it much more as just opportune technology and normal human impulse that really hasn’t changed from generation to generation.” As Kenneth Clark, a British art historian, discussed in his 1960 BBC documentary series “Civilisation,” as far back into history as the Middle Ages some sort of vanity always seemed to be the driving force behind art and specifically

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portrait paintings. Patrons would pay large sums of money to be preserved in paintings and to have lasting images of themselves. In a way, these elaborate paintings were the selfies of olden time. Meagan O’Day, a senior English student, said she feels selfies are a way for people to express their individuality. “If I feel like the setting is going to showcase what I like about myself, like if I am wearing an outfit that best represents me, I want to capture that and be able to remember that moment later,” she said. “Of course there is some vanity involved, obviously I’m not going to snap pictures of myself on a day where I look terrible. I’ve got to be looking good. “Part of it is a confidence builder, once you start taking them it becomes an empowering thing. It means you have enough confidence in yourself to take a picture and display it.” While the wildly popular selfie tends to be just a single person, many times best friends or couples will also turn to a selfie to capture a special moment. Alex Kirk, a senior Eng-

out with our friends. Once we have a career we can’t do that anymore and we have to leave this comfort zone.” Bates said he felt Baxter’s message was relevant for all students. “Being a man of his stature and nature, giving back to us by speaking about his career is just amazing,” Bates said. “I believe any student can learn from his career in law and business, regardless of major; they can learn from his success.” To learn more about Baxter and his career visit http://www.orrick.com/ Lawyers/Ralph-Baxter. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

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family at WVU. It’s (a) really nice feeling, like I’m a part of something greater than myself.” For more information about Chabad, visit http:// jewishwv.org. danewsroom@mail.wvu.edu

lish student, said many times she will snap selfies while with her boyfriend so she can look back on them later when they aren’t together and feel the closeness again. “I only get to see my boyfriend on weekends. We’ve been long-distance the entire time we’ve been together, so it’s nice to have pictures during the week that I can look back on that will make me smile. When I want to remember a moment I take a picture and if nobody else is there to take it, then it becomes a selfie.” The only question remaining now is whether or not the word selfie will remain relevant and if it can transition from a slang term into an acceptable English word. “For a word like this, it actually might stay relevant because it’s a little bit differentiated from just a selfportrait and more specific,” Hazen said. “A selfie has a meaning that says it has to be a digital photo and would even need to be on a camera phone. It’s on the boundary right now of just being slang and becoming an actual term.” summer.ratcliff@mail.wvu.edu


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Mistich documentary to explore 30-year history of radio’s ‘Mountain Stage’ BY NICOLE CURTIN A&E WRITER @dailyathenaeum

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting show “Mountain Stage” Wednesday, Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Radio created a radio documentary. “Mountain Stage” is a two-hour radio show that first aired in 1983. To recreate the essence of the radio show in documentary form, Mistich used clips from shows throughout the years and uses the documentary to display the rich history behind Mountain Stage. “It’s an hour-long history of the show that also sort of explores what the show means to artists who have performed,” Mistich said. “There are interviews with the show’s creators, other members of the staff that have worked on the show, and artists who have performed and been frequent guests.” Mistich has been working for WVPR since last October and said this was a project he wanted to do in addition to his news re-

porting there. “As soon as I got there, it sort of dawned on me that the 30th anniversary of Mountain Stage was going to be in 2013,” he said. “I went to my news director and asked if this was a project I could do and make it still part of my job, and she said, ‘Of course.’” Mistich said making the documentary was time consuming but ultimately rewarding. “Day to day, I would do my normal job, and there were two months where I couldn’t work on the project, because I was tied up in covering the state legislature,” Mistich said. “There were some days when the show was taping, so I would go and talk to the artists and staff, so a lot of it was done on my own time because I had other responsibilities.” In order to get the recordings from early shows, Mistich and his co-producer had to go through the reel tapes from the ‘80s and put them on the computer with their personal interviews and tapes. “A lot of it is finding music or sound clips that go along with what I’m talking about,” he said.

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Country artist Ashley Monroe performs at previous recording of ‘Mountain Stage.’ “Whenever I mentioned a particular artist that was of significance to the show, I would have to go back and find their performance in the show.” The message that Mis-

tich wants people to receive when they listen to the documentary is how important “Mountain Stage” is to the culture of West Virginia. “‘Mountain Stage’ is

West Virginia’s post card to the world,” he said. “It was sort of my goal or my mission to remind people that the show has really rich history and 30 years is a long time to be doing

anything.” You can listen to the documentary on West Virginia Public Radio Wednesday at 9 p.m. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

A&E Countdown

The five best apps on the market now jake jarvis a&E writer @dailyathenaeum

As this year slowly winds to an end, it seems our “smart” devices just keep getting smarter. Each day new apps are unveiled that push the boundaries of technology and design. Let’s take a look at the top 5 best apps on the market right now that can help us all end this year and welcome 2014 with open arms. Kicking off our list with something that might help many students in a foreign language class, we have Google Translate. With a tap of a button, users can copy and paste text, or speak directly to your device and have your text translated to one of 72 languages. These languages include Spanish and French, but also include obscure options like Icelandic and Swahili. “Regardless of how much you know, Google Translate helps figure out that one word or sentence you don’t understand when you don’t have a teacher to ask,” said Tabatha Barnaba, a sophomore theatre student from West Virginia University. Next up, we have My Fitness Pal. This app is a calorie-counting diet tracker that allows users to customize a plan to shed unwanted pounds. After creating a profile including your daily activity levels, weight, height and how much you want to lose, users are given a time

frame of how quickly they can lose weight. Users are then asked to update daily how much food they take in and what exercises they complete. This not only keeps you on track with everything, but helps you realize any unhealthy habits you might have. This is a must have for anyone wanting to drop the pounds in the new year. “My favorite feature is the barcode scanner for easy documentation of foods,” said Jessica Willard, a WVU nursing student and vice president of Get Fit WVU. “It’s the only app of its kind with such a high quality.” Ever hear a new song you love and want to download later? Have a song stuck in your heard and can only hum the chorus? SoundHound is here to rescue you from your melodic woes. This app allows you to record a bit of the song as you’re listening to it or hum into the microphone and will then search for the song. “It lets me find songs that have been stuck in my head and then download it straight to my phone,” said Jessilynn Lawson, a technical theatre design student at WVU. What would this list be without an app geared to the party lifestyle popularized at WVU? Mixology Drink & Cocktail Recipes is a free app that has hundreds of recipes to your favorite alcoholic drinks. Ever heard of the Panty Man? How about the Dark

Horse? Yak’s Milk? Not only are there traditional drinks like the Manhattan, there is a plethora of undiscovered drinks to liven up any party. A great feature of this app is it allows users to insert what alcohol they have on hand and complete a search for what drinks they can create. Closing out our list of Top 5 Apps, we have a game. Yes, so many of us (myself included) spend countless hours tapping away at our smart devices trying to crush candy or run farther than ever from the temple while being chased by maniac monkey creatures. The Magic Piano by Smule app is my latest addiction in gaming. The free download transforms your device into a piano that operates much like the layout of Guitar Hero. Choose a song from the songbook like classic Amazing Grace or a pop favorite like Gangnam Style to perform. For each song there are three different levels ranging in difficulty for users to master. Be warned about this app, though. What might seem like a simple game to pass the time will very soon turn into an addiction. And unfortunately, there is no support group for Magic Piano addicts… yet. If you’re looking for a new app to take your mind off of finals week that is quickly approaching, try downloading one of these apps. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

Britney Spears begins Las Vegas residency, releases eighth album

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is planning a lavish welcome for Britney Spears on Tuesday afternoon before the pop icon starts her two-year Las Vegas residency. Spears’ show debuts Dec. 27, just in time for Sin City’s massive New Year’s crowds. The 32-year-old will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015, performing her top hits and more recent

material. The show will take place in a relatively small theater with nightclub touches, including table and bottle service. Spears has released seven platinum-plus albums since she debuted on the music scene in 1999. She has more than a dozen Top 10 hits, including “Toxic,” “Gimme More” and “Oops! ... I Did It Again.” Her eighth album, “Brit-

ney Jean,” was released this week to tepid reviews. David Hoenemeyer, president of Planet Hollywood, said the pop star has a bigger following than any other musician playing on the Strip. “She really cuts across all demographics. She has a remarkable following, and the ticket sales reflect that,” he said. “It’s a really big deal to have a star of her caliber performing for us.”

Auditions for ‘Love, Sex and the IRS’ to be held by maria solano a&e writer @dailyathenaeum

The Monongalia Arts Center will hold auditions for the upcoming play “Love, Sex and the IRS” Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Roger Banks, theater coordinator and director, encourages anyone who is interested to audition. According to Banks, they will look for a “willingness to try acting” in auditions. “No experience is necessary to audition,” Banks said. “We want people from our community, all parts of our community, who are interested in theater to participate.” The production is also seeking people who can help with stage construction and lights and sound. “We hope to gather a group of willing and interested people who want to have fun with theater,” Banks said. The play is a classic comedy written by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. Jon and

Leslie attempt to save money on thier tax returns by posing as a married couple. The two une m p l oy e d s c h e m e r s must lie to cover up their mischief. “Each character adds to the humor created by the chaos which arises when they find themselves in naughty situations of their own creation,” Banks said. The main people involved in this production are Banks and Ro Brooks, executive director of the Monongalia Arts Center. “She has placed her confidence in me to work with her in developing an active community theater program at the MAC which will include four shows during the 2014 season and many, many other theatrical surprises,” Banks said. Planning has already gone into this production, however, more planning will happen after auditions when rehearsals and performances begin. Banks said he is expecting mishaps but looks at it with an open mind.

“We will face many and unknown numbers of challenges that await us,” he said. “That is what makes live theater so exciting and fun.” With the play being such an upbeat comedy, it is expected to work out the muscles of the audience as they laugh at the crazy plot line. This production aims to convey the message that theater is fun. “It is more fun than movies. Theater is more fun than video games. Theater is even more fun than tablets, laptops and smartphones combined. If you don’t believe, come to one of our shows. We want to have fun making people laugh and have fun,” Banks said. The performances are scheduled for Feb. 28, March 1,2,7 and 8 at the Monongalia Arts Center at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available through the MAC’s website at http:// w w w . m o n a r t s c e n t e r. com/shop. daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

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Walker autopsy underway; ‘Fast & Furious 7’ halted LOS ANGELES (AP) — The movie studio that makes the “Fast & Furious” action franchise said Tuesday it was suspending production of the latest installment, while authorities pressed ahead with their investigation into how Paul Walker died. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said autopsies were underway on the two bodies recovered from the fiery crash of a Porsche that Walker, a star of the mega-hit movies, and his friend were last seen riding in. Walker’s publicist has said the actor was the passenger when Roger Rodas’ Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames Saturday. The families of both men have provided dental records, which will permit not only formal identification of the bodies, but also official word on whether Walker or Rodas was behind the wheel. Walker starred in all but one of the six “Fast & Furious” blockbusters. He had been on break from shooting the latest installment;

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Universal Pictures said Tuesday that production of “Fast & Furious 7” is on hold. A spokesman declined to say when shooting would resume. A large portion of the film has been shot, but it is not yet complete. It’s scheduled for release in July. Universal Pictures has not announced how it will adjust the movie or handle Walker’s unfinished performance. While the neighborhood where the crash happened is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche had been racing another car. Accident investigators “have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department said in a statement. “No eyewitness has contacted the (department) to say there was a second vehicle.” Hindering the accident investigation has been the crowds of fans that flocked to the crash site to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia from the action films.

On Saturday afternoon, Walker and Rodas took what they said would be a brief drive away from a charity fundraiser and toy drive at Rodas’ custom car shop. The crash happened on a street that forms an approximately 1-mile loop amid industrial office parks. It is rimmed by hills and relatively isolated from traffic, especially on weekends when the businesses are closed. While Rodas was Walker’s financial adviser, the two had bonded over their shared love of fast cars. They co-owned an auto racing team named after Rodas’ shop, Always Evolving, and Rodas drove professionally on the team in the Pirelli World Challenge circuit in 2013. On Monday night, a private memorial for survivors and the cast and crew of the “Fast & Furious” movies was held inside a white tent erected around the site. When it was over, Walker’s co-star Vin Diesel thanked fans for “coming and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciated him.”


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Selfie tops Word of the Year list The words “austerity,” “pragmatic,” and “socialism” may not sound like they have much in common. These words have graced the last four years’ charts of the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year, which calculates its top words from online polls. 2013’s word is a little different from its predecessors. This year’s top word is “selfie.” Although anyone with a social media account can attest to the amounts of self-taken pictures up-

loaded every day, a “selfie” is officially defined as “a photograph taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Selfies often include pursing of the lips in an unmistakable “duck face,” pets or photos of carefully crafted meals. According to Oxford English Dictionary, use of the word has increased a whopping 17,000 percent in the last year. It’s not a complete surprise usage of the word has only seen an upward trend

during 2013, with sites like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook taking the reigns over a huge part of our social spheres. When compared to past words of the year – which, as a whole, seem more valid than a slang term for a self-taken portrait of oneself – it’s interesting to see where our world is headed. The influence of social media is becoming so farreaching as to affect our interactions away from the keyboard, even playing a hand in our day-today speech, where words

concerning politics, logic and rigor were past years’ winners. The concern, of course, is not just that a made-up word has been given this honor. It is that social media is expanding itself into areas of our lives we may not have even realized to the point where its colloquialisms have officially trampled more established words; other contenders for Word of the Year included “binge-watching,” “bitcoin,” “schmeat” and “twerk.” While these terms may sound familiar to the aver-

age college-aged student, nearly all of these words have come to fruition relatively recently in comparison to past years’ winners. Perhaps the use of these made-up words shows less of what society is talking about and more of where we are headed. Most of these words reflect a new increase in industry, technology and imagination. While “selfie” isn’t the most eloquent of words, at least it shows a progressiveness unseen in the previous title holders.

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Questionable sports stunts met with controversy ryan van buren columnist

It’s been a weird and wacky week for two coaches in America’s most popular sport leagues. Jason Kidd, the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and Mike Tomlin, the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, have made headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. Both of their teams are struggling to find their way this year, and their latest actions have been a prime example of the direction the teams are going. Last Wednesday night the Nets were playing the Lakers in Brooklyn, and in the final seconds the Lakers were about to attempt game-clinching free throws. Kidd, with no timeouts, pulled a stunt that left the NBA’s front office stunned and ultimately not happy. Kidd had his player, Tyshawn Taylor, push him so he could spill his drink on the court and delay the game action. The stunt worked out

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Kidd was fined $50,000 for intentionally spilling a drink on the court during the Nets versus Lakers game. perfectly for Kidd until the game ended and cameras revealed his not-so-secret plan. The cameras show Kidd mouthing to Taylor, “Push me,” and when he did, the drink spilled all over the court. The stunt has certainly drawn some attention and

controversy for the Nets, who will use anything at this point to try to change their 4-11 start. The NBA came down hard on Kidd to not only prove a point, but also to flex their guns at his attempt to make a mockery of the league.

Kidd was fined $50,000 for the stunt but still refuses to admit he intentionally spilled it. “The cup slipped out of my hand, I was getting tired. Sweaty palms. I was never good with the ball. So, in the heat of the battle, you’re trying to get guys

in and out of the game, and the Coke fell out of my hand.” Kidd’s quote can get any fan to laugh, but David Stern, the commissioner of the NBA, obviously didn’t buy the lie and Kidd’s wallet is now a little lighter. Just when you think a coach couldn’t top Kidd’s act, Tomlin gave fans another great laugh – unless you’re a Ravens fan. On national TV, after everyone finished their Thanksgiving meals, Tomlin pulled a move never before attempted. The Steelers kicked the ball off to the Ravens in the middle of the third quarter, and the Ravens player Jacoby Jones was off to the races. As he sprinted down the sideline it looked as if no one would catch him, but then came Tomlin. Tomlin was looking away from the play, with one foot on the field of play, and as Jones was running toward him Tomlin jumped out of the way, impeding Jones’s progress and resulting in the Steelers making the tackle. He wasn’t flagged on the play and it was obvious

Tomlin thought he had gotten away with it. But Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, had something to say about it. The play was a huge story from the game, but for some reason Tomlin wasn’t getting a lot of heat for the stunt. If certain coaches like Rex Ryan or Bill Belichick pulled such a move, the whole league would go down in flames, but that’s the nature of the league. Both coaches tried to get back to their playing days and influence the game from the sidelines. Commissioners of the NBA and NFL won’t enjoy their acts, but you have to appreciate their efforts. What they did was completely out of line, but at least both coaches had a sense of humor about it. In this day and age where everyone is crazy about their teams and a coach can’t say anything without getting in trouble, I think we should all enjoy how both coaches pushed their limits and tried something sport fans have never seen before. daperspectives@mail.wvu.edu

Mourning celebrity deaths: appreciating the loss of a stranger hannah chenoweth columnist

It all happened so quickly: one second I was scrolling through Twitter in an almost-comatose state after the game Saturday, the next I was hyperventilating. Was I losing it, or did I really see someone tweet “RIP Paul Walker?” After furiously refreshing my Twitter feed and checking AOL every two minutes, the story started to unfold and I realized the talented “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker, age 40, had tragically died in a car crash. It only took a matter of minutes before my phone was buzzing with my friends’ distraught reactions. I suddenly realized I had gone through this before: with Brittany Murphy, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse and plenty more. Hearing about celebrities’ deaths was different than reading about the death of a stranger in the newspaper. I felt like I had known them, in a way. After a quick Google search I realized in this day of celebrity obsession and social media overload, “parasocial interaction” is common. This term is basically a type of one-sided relationship where a fan shares thoughts and feelings that are not recipro-

cated by the celebrity. It may sound creepy at first, until you think of how many magazines (People, Star, US Weekly), television shows and websites are simply devoted to tracking celebrities’ every move. All of this intimate knowledge about their personal lives leads us to become emotionally invested. Information about stars is more accessible than ever. We can be part of their Instagram feed, see their tweets just as we see our friends’ and view daily selfies of them, their kids or even their pets. According to www. shape.com, the celebrity deaths that tend to affect us the most are music artists. They are not playing a role like an actor but sharing their feelings with us in the most personal way. Many of us have seen our favorite musicians and singers live in concert, further deepening the emotional impact they have on us. According to Shape, these artists “help to shape our identity, self-image, fashion, attitudes and beliefs.” Everyone has those songs they can go years without hearing, only to recite the lyrics perfectly after a decade. That’s how deeply music is ingrained within us. Hearing a certain song or artist can literally send you back to a particular moment in your life,

and when that artist dies, it’s normal to feel the impact of a loss. Many people in our society tend to look at celebrities as invincible. It’s a well-known fact they are punished less harshly in the face of the law, and it seems they get many other free passes as well. “If I was a Kardashian, I wouldn’t have to wait in this line!” “I bet Madonna doesn’t have to deal with this!” and so on. When a celebrity dies at a young age and tragically, it reminds us of the true fact of life: everybody dies. You can’t predict when, how or why, and you or a loved one could be taken at any moment. Life is so fragile, and none of us are immune to tragedy. It may not be a particular celebrity’s death that shakes you, but the overwhelming coverage on social media puts the subject of mortality in your mind. You begin thinking about how you would feel if it was your loved one who died, and then how the celebrities’ families must feel, and questioning why people die and what the point of life even is. Some people might call it silly or stupid to grieve for a celebrity you never knew, but I call it simply being human. Rest in peace, Paul Walker. daperspectives@mail.wvu.edu

Paul Walker died at age 40 in a car crash Saturday.

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The majorettes dance to the tunes of the WVU Marching Band at their ‘Keynotes’ concert. BY SAM BOSSERMAN cific segments as they A&E WRITER cheered wildly to the play@dailyathenaeum ing of contemporary hits such as “Radioactive” and The Mountaineer March- “Royals.” ing Band once again proved Marching Band Director they are indeed “The Pride Jay Drury said he thought of West Virginia” as they this year’s concert was took the stage at the Lyell a success and provided B. Clay Concert Theatre in members a fun way to finthe Creative Arts Center ish the season. “I thought it went very Monday and Tuesday for their annual “Keynotes” well,” Drury said. “It gives concerts. everybody a chance to The band performed show off what they’ve done several selections from its throughout the season and famed football pre-game to end on a positive note.” and halftime shows in adThe “Keynotes” concerts dition to songs chosen and not only represent the last played by the various sec- performance of a season tions of the band. The band but also the last time many members broke from their seniors will take the stage traditional scripted move- as members of “the Pride.” ments and sounds in their Drury said these sesection songs. niors should be proud of The large crowd showed what they’ve done with heightened enthusiasm their time as a part of “the during these section spe- Pride” and hopes they have

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Members of the WVU Marching Band perform at the annual ‘Keynotes’ concert in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre in the Creative Arts Center. taken away a lot from the experience. “They’ve done a great job and have had an outstanding four-year run,” Drury said. “The band has a great reputation and (these seniors) have helped to further that in what they’ve contributed over the last four years.” One of the graduating seniors, trumpeter Cody Lassinger, said it is impossible to truly understand the deep connections felt in the band if you are not a member. Lassinger said he greatly enjoyed his time in the band and is thankful for the support he has received over the years. “It’s just been a great time; great people, great music... It’s an experience you can’t beat,” Lassinger said. “We absolutely appreciate all the support we

get from the student body and the people of West Virginia.” Au d i e n c e m e mb e r George Henry, a freshman engineering student at WVU, said he thought the concert was a fantastic representation of the level of talent shown by “the Pride” all year long. “It’s my first year here, and it’s been amazing to see what the band can do,” Henry said. “The spirit the band brings to the field every time they come on is exhilarating, and it always pumps me up for the games.” Several area high schools were invited to attend the event. These high school students provided a level of energy almost akin to what is felt at a football game whenever “the Pride” finished a composition.

Robert Gosnelo, a junior at Washington High School, said the “Keynotes” concerts inspire him to want to become a Mountaineer after he graduates. “I loved the concert, and every time I come it makes me want to attend WVU even more,” Gosnelo said. Gosnelo said, as a musician himself, he enjoys getting to hear “the Pride” perform their music. “I play tuba myself, so I really enjoyed hearing the tuba section’s song selection,” Gosnelo said. “They seemed to really enjoy themselves while doing what they do.” At the end of the concert, many band members seemed to be visibly filled with emotion. For some, the concert marked the end of a long journey and for others, a new beginning

as they look toward to next season. Drum major Austin Anderson said the “Keynotes” concerts are always special, because they represent the passing down of centuryold traditions. “Those attending the ‘Keynotes’ concerts get to see all the traditions that have been passed down for (the) past 112 years,” Anderson said. Anderson said he could not be more proud of the band and the way they performed at both the concert and throughout the season. “As a drum major, I think it’s been a great night,” he said. “I’ve gotten to see all these songs we’ve played throughout the season played near perfectly by “the Pride” tonight.” daa&e@mail.wvu.edu

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The West Virginia University Printmaking Club, from the School of Art & Design, held a print sale Monday to raise funds to attend the 2014 Southern Graphics Council Internations Printmaking Conference in San Francisco. The WVU Printmaking Club was started by a handful of students who recognized the need for an organization devoted to printmaking. At their regular meetings, the club demonstrates new or unique printmaking techniques, makes prints and organizes events such as the print sale. The club is organizing a national print exchange. The club has held food drives for WVU in the past and helps the community while doing what the members love. The club s h a re s their art with the public through social media, especially their Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages. They post updates, events and photographs of their prints on these pages. At the sale Monday, students and club members sold various types of prints for less than $25. The club sold one-of-akind silkscreens, etchings, relief prints and lithographs. Members of the Club said they wanted to attract students with modern prints and low prices. “The thing to keep in mind is that when you are looking at prints made at WVU, you are looking at hand made prints,” said Joseph Lupo, the printmaking program coordinator. “The prints you see at these sales were made by hand with hard work and sweat, and sometimes tears.” The proceeds from the print sale will help mem-

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Alex Engelman, a junior art student, sold her prints at Monday’s sale. bers of the Printmaking Club attend the SGC, one of the largest printmaking councils in the world. Students from WVU have been attending the conference since 2004, along with attendees from all over the world. The conference is four days long and attendees take part in demonstrations, panel discussions, artist presentations and exhibitions. “The conference is a great way for our students to see what is out there professionally in our field,” Lupo said. “It is also a great opportunity for our students to network with other printmakers.” Students in attendance submit their work into an open portfolio and receive feedback on their prints from well-established artists. Registration for the con-

ference alone costs over $150, and each student must also pay for airfare, the hotel and meals. The members of the Printmaking Club rely on the success of the print sale to help them be able to attend the conference. The club hopes to have raised enough money to lessen the burden of going to San Francisco. While the cost of attending the conference is high, it is worth it to the members of the club. The love of printmaking far exceeds the cost of travelling. “With printmaking, you don’t know what the final image is going to look like until everything is done,” Lupo said. “I love the process. I love the repetition. I love the problem solving and the delayed gratification of it all.” daa&e@mail.wvu.edu


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WVU showing heart early Following the 70-63 loss to Wisconsin Wednesday night, I realized one thing about this West Virginia men’s basketball team. While the squad may not be the best team at this point in time, it definitely plays with a tremendous amount of heart. The talent is there and the shooting has gotten better from the 2012 season. In fact, just watching this team in general is more entertaining. Led by sophomore guard Eron Harris’ incredible shooting display against the Badgers, WVU could have pulled off the upset if not for poor free throw shooting and losing the rebounding battle. The 2012 team would have folded after falling behind by double digits in the first half. Not this year’s team. The Mountaineers gave a tremendous amount of effort both physically and mentally. The team played as a unit, and as a result, head coach Bob Huggins looks to be in control of his team once again. Results will come with this team if it continues to fight the way it did in the Cancun Challenge championship game. One thing I noticed throughout watching the tournament is the lack of an inside presence for the Mountaineers. WVU has to rely on shooting jump shots for offense, and that could work against some teams, but against a potent, disciplined team such as Wisconsin, it will be difficult to trade points in that nature. The Mountaineers must rely on attacking the basket and drawing foul calls this season when they play better teams. WVU does play a half-court offense, and it needs to have some sort of balance out of the frontcourt and backcourt for the ultimate success. Harris and junior guard Juwan Staten have been solid leaders for this Mountaineer squad. Following the Cancun Challenge and a 5-2 record, Harris led the way with 21.1 points per game, shooting 48.5 percent from the field and more than 53 percent from beyond the arc. Staten has the most assists on the team with 53, while averaging 18.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and shooting over 58 percent. WVU has gotten solid contributions from freshman forward Devin Williams (10.3 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game) and Remi Dibo with 9.1 points per game. While the Mountaineers are not quite ready to beat a top-10 team in Wisconsin just yet, the loss could be deemed a positive in the long run. The team realizes what they need to work on from here on out, and what areas they could improve. Coming into the tournament, WVU really didn’t know its identity. Following some wins against inferior competition, the Mountaineers’ one loss came after squandering a double-digit lead against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., early on in the season. West Virginia knew it should have won that game, and the loss could very well be blamed due to the youth of some guys in key situations. Following the Cancun Challenge, however, West Virginia learned a little more about itself and how it could compete against a team that made the NCAA Tournament in the 2012 season in Wisconsin – the same team that defeated a dangerous St. Louis team that made an impact last March. The 70-63 loss to Wisconsin proved to be a learning experience for West Virginia, and it somewhat made a believer out of me that the Mountaineers could compete at a high level this season. amit.batra@mail.wvu.edu

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WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck addressed the state of the football program Tuesday by greg madia multimedia editor @dailyathenaeum

West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck addressed the state of the Mountaineer football program Tuesday afternoon. After back-to-back disappointing seasons and this year’s 4-8 (2-7) finish, Luck spoke about this season, head coach Dana Holgorsen’s job security and what the expectations of the program are moving forward. “We have high expectations at West Virginia Univer-

sity for success on and off the field and as Coach Holgorsen has acknowledged to me, we are not meeting those expectations on the field,” Luck said in a statement. “Though there were some high points this year, including our upset victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State and the inspired play from many first year student-athletes, there were far too many disappointments.” Holgorsen and his team forfeited second half leads against Texas Tech, Kansas State, Texas and Iowa State. WVU also fell to Kansas Nov.

16, snapping the Jayhawks’ 27-game conference losing streak. The losses piled up and WVU’s 11-year bowl appearance streak was broken. “Coach Holgorsen and I met at length and reviewed this past season. We discussed the coaching staff, recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning, academic support, facilities. In short, all the components that make up a successful program,” he said. “We are working diligently to improve our capabilities in all of these areas.”

Luck has fully backed Holgorsen, who just completed his second year of a six-year contract that was given to him after WVU’s blowout Orange Bowl Victory over Clemson. “I strongly believe in our coaching staff, including the work that our strength and conditioning staff is doing,” Luck said. “In my opinion, continuity is the key ingredient that will bring our football program back to the high level that Mountaineer fans expect.” If Luck would have relieved Holgorsen of his head coach-

ing duties, the buyout would have been 11.3 million dollars. “Coach Holgorsen and his staff are on the road recruiting this week, securing the future for a successful Mountaineer football program,” he said, “We have high expectations for the 2014 football team, and I have shared those with Coach Holgorsen. He and his staff are eager to get started to prepare for our opening game against Alabama. We are well aware that we have a lot of work to do.” dasports@mail.wvu.edu

Caldwell, Palmer lead WVU to 88-56 win over Coppin State by jon fehrens sports writer @dailyathenaeum

A strong offensive performance from the West Virginia women’s basketball team in the second half of Tuesday night’s match-up against the Coppin State Eagles helped the Mountaineers seal a victory at home. The win, their sixth in a row, marks the 250th career win for head coach Mike Carey. Carey achieved this milestone in just five years – faster than any other coach in program history. “We know we are playing for a great coach and it makes (us) feel good that we can help him get those wins,” said senior guard Christal Caldwell. “It’s just a team thing. We all have to do this together.” After a sluggish start, Caldwell shot the lights out in the second half, hitting four 3-point shots in the final 20 minutes. Caldwell led all players with 22 points and was a perfect 6-6 from the foul line. Coppin State kept the game close in the opening minutes of the first half. With the game tied at 6-6, Asya Bussie converted on a bucket and a foul shot to give her team the lead. As the half went on, the Mountaineers took advantage of the early fouls the Eagles were giving out. West Virginia converted on 12-18 free throws, while only allowing the Eagles to get to the charity stripe three times. “There were shots that we passed up in the first half and then we ended up forcing some shots,” Carey said. The depth of the Moun-

taineers helped extend their lead as the half wore on. Senior Jess Harlee was an effective reliever in the forward position for Averee Fields. Harlee came off the bench and scored four points and recorded three steals. Senior Taylor Palmer converted on 50 percent of her attempts and grabbed three steals. In the final 20 seconds of the opening half, Palmer stole the ball from Janelle Lane and dished it out to Brooke Hampton to give the Mountaineers a 32-29 lead. West Virginia took complete control of the game in the final 20 minutes. The Mountaineers held Coppin State to a 27.3 shooting percentage and only allowed two baskets from behind the arc. Palmer continued to be the spark off the bench the Mountaineers needed en route to the 88-56 victory. The senior guard finished her night with a season-high 18 points. “In the second half we started to hit some shots and made (Coppin State) come up to us on defense. When that happened we were able to get the ball inside,” Caldwell said. “We cannot let other teams dictate how we play.” WVU will return to action Saturday against Fairleigh Dickinson University at 2 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum. Fans attending are encouraged to bring a wrapped present for a local toy drive. The Mountaineers can be heard live on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at http://wvusports.com. dasports@mail.wvu.edu

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Young Mountaineers thriving without seniors by greg madia multimedia editor @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia basketball program endured a disastrous 2012-13 season. Head coach Bob Huggins struggled to find a group that understood what he wanted out of them. A 1319 finish resulted in a large roster shake up. Deniz Kilicli and Dom Rutledge graduated, while Aaric Murray, Jabarie Hinds, Keaton Miles, Volodymyr Gerun and Aaron Brown decided to transfer. That left just five scholarship players on WVU’s roster during the offseason in Juwan Staten, Eron Harris, Terry Henderson, Gary Browne and Kevin Noreen. Those were the five players who decided to buy into what Huggins was trying to accomplish in turning the program around quickly. At 6-2 and just eight games into the 2013-14 campaign, it is clear that with the leadership of those

five players, the Mountaineer basketball team is in complete unison. “This past summer when we all first got here and we all walked in, I could tell automatically the whole team’s chemistry was going to be different,” Henderson said. “Everybody got along with each other, we don’t have cliques or groups, it’s really nice.” That chemistry built up through offseason workouts, shootarounds and summer league games helped to develop a firsthand connection among the team, which was something that wasn’t there a year ago. Harris is averaging 20.3 points per game while Staten is averaging 16.4 points per game. Staten is also the Big 12 Conference leader in assists and assist to turnover ratio. Seeing how Staten likes to facilitate the game at point guard, Harris feels he and his teammates are able to think ahead a little bit more.

It’s a feeling that each player on the team generally has about each of his teammates. “Last year was the first time I had met Juwan (Staten), so I just kind of hopped in and played with him, and we didn’t have chemistry. Same with Terry (Henderson) and Gary (Browne),” Harris said. “But this year everyone knows what we can do. I know when Juwan is going to take a shot, because I know what he does before he takes a shot. I know when Gary or Terry will take a shot, so I know when to go try to get a rebound. The chemistry is better than last year.” That chemistry is allowing for everyone on the roster to get involved. WVU registered five players in double figures for the second time this season during Monday night’s win over Loyola. In the game, Harris, Henderson, Kevin Noreen, Remi Dibo and Nathan Adrian all reached double-digit

scoring. Dibo had a gamehigh 19 points against the Greyhounds. “We know it could be a different guy every game because we have a lot of capable shooters and scorers,” Noreen said. “And it’s nice knowing we’re playing as a team because we’re all together this year.” The veterans on this roster made a conscious effort to make team cohesion necessary. Players like Harris and Henderson decided to do something that didn’t quite happen a year ago, accept the freshmen right away. With only five returning scholarship players, Huggins wanted his leaders to take the freshmen and try to get them to understand that they had to contribute right away in order for the Mountaineers to win games early on. Adrian, Devin Williams and Brandon Watkins have all contributed. Williams even has three double-dou-

bles this year, which is already the sixth most for a freshman in WVU history. “We talked about needing these freshmen to step up and play. (Huggins) told the freshmen and us that, so we bought into that,” Henderson said. With that chemistry and togetherness, there is a resounding confidence from every player on the roster. Harris said he believes this team will only get better as the season continues. “I see these teams that are ranked top 10, and I’m looking at what they’re doing, and think my teammates can do the same thing. Maybe those teams just do it a little more consistently than we do it,” he said. “As we learn, we’re going to fix that problem. We’re going to definitely be top 25 before this year is over.” WVU will take on Missouri Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. dasports@mail.wvu.edu

WVU continued Big 12 success this season by meghan carr sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The end result to the West Virginia women’s soccer team’s season shouldn’t diminish what they accomplished as a whole. The Mountaineers won their second straight regular-season conference title and was the first team at WVU to win a Big 12 Championship following the conference tournament. WVU finished with a 17-5 overall record, only losing one game in the Big 12. The Mo u nt a i n e e r s started this season with lofty hopes. They wanted to win a Big 12 championship title and they wanted to avoid an early exit from the NCAA Tournament. For the last couple of years WVU has endured early exits from the NCAA tournament and this year was no different. Once again the Mountaineers were knocked out of the second round of the NCAA

Tournament, losing to No. 4 Virginia Tech 1-0. This was the third year in a row the Mountaineers have lost in the first or second round. This team decided at the beginning of the season this year would be different, and without so many injuries it might have been. WVU lost a total of three players to season-ending injuries, all within a threeweek span. This isn’t even counting many of the players who continued to play hurt, including senior forward Kate Schwindel. During the regular season finale the Mountaineers lost one of the most important pieces to their game. Schwindel went out of the game and never was able to return. Losing Schwindel was another kick in the stomach to an already depleted team, but this team refused to give up. WVU continued to play without and found the strength to win – many times relying on the few experienced players they had

left. They adopted a slogan, “Play for them.” It was a motto for a team that dealt with tough losses during a difficult season. Once Schwindel went down, senior forward Frances Silva wanted to bring home the Big 12 Championship more than ever. Silva and Schwindel have been together on the front line since 2011. The Mountaineers, like Silva, knew this team needed to step up and play for their teammates who couldn’t play – players like Kara Blosser, who spent three years at WVU and was a part of the Mountaineers final Big East title and two Big 12 titles. Also, midfielder Caroline Szwed, who was voted MVP in 2011, helped the Mountaineers win two Big East titles in 2010 and 2011. The Mountaineers garnered impressive wins during the regular season, as well, many of them coming during Big 12 play.

The Mo u nt a i n e e r s opened their Big 12 season on the road against two of the toughest teams in the Big 12. Playing Oklahoma State Sept. 27 in Stillwater, WVU had a quick turnaround and played thenNo. 9 Baylor two days later. WVU would finish 2-0 that weekend. Another memorable moment this season was the Mountaineers match against Texas. Playing in front of 1, 553 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, the Mountaineers beat the Longhorns, 2-1. Although they didn’t accomplish everything they set out to in the beginning of the season, head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said she still wants them to hold their heads high. “I told this team at the end of the match that we’ve accomplished so much this season, but it was what we overcame that was more important,” said Mountaineer head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “The character

the players displayed, and who stepped up as leaders, is what we will build off of and go forward with. This team dealt with a lot this year and I’m very proud of them. I’ve been in the business for over 20 years, and this team will go down in the record book and in my heart for its resiliency.” Although, several key players for the Mountaineers will be leaving this year, this season showcased the Mountaineers’ young talent and what will come in the next couple of years. It was announced Nov. 26 that Silva was given the top academic honors for college athletes. Silva earned the Capitol-One Academic All-America of the Year Award for NCAA Division I athletics. She was also a semifinalist for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy – the “Heisman Award” in college soccer. dasports@mail.wvu.edu

WVU has ups and downs, finishes 7-7-5 by joe mitchin sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The 2013 West Virginia men’s soccer campaign began in the 110-degree Arizona heat in August and ended in below-freezing conditions in Akron, Ohio, three months later. The Mountaineers finished the season 7-7-5 and out of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. “I don’t think I’m ever satisfied,” said head coach Marlon LeBlanc. “I think we started well, hit a blip, had a great month and then ended with probably our worst performance of the year.” WVU faced a roller coaster-type season with many ups and downs. The team was comprised of a dozen newcomers without any previous college soccer experience and faced perhaps the tough-

est schedule in program history. T h e Mo u n t a i n e e r s ended up playing five tournament teams and several other quality programs during the course of the 2013 season. West Virginia hung tough with the nation’s best, including defeating the defending national champs, Indiana, on the road. Altogether, WVU lost five of their seven matches by a single goal. “I don’t know if I would have scheduled (games) any differently because we were in every single one of those games,” LeBlanc said. “After going through those struggles we only lost once in October. We were a couple of bounces away from really accelerating our season.” The young group turned it on in the final month of the season en route to qualifying for the Mid-

American Conference tournament. West Virginia went 4-1-4 in its final nine regular-season matches before postseason play. Junior forward Andy Bevin led the way for the Mountaineers offensively in 2013. The Napier, New Zealand, native scored a league-best nine goals and 24 total points. He was named to the MAC firstteam at the end of the season. WVU really leaned on Bevin at times throughout the season with his experience and leadership. “The big difference this year with Andy is that he was with us the entire year,” LeBlanc said. “The fact that he was with us for the entire calendar year allowed us a little bit more opportunity and time to continue and work with him with the guys that we had. Andy definitely became a dependable player for us as the year went on.”

The Mountaineers will return 10 of 11 starters next season in what LeBlanc believes can be a very exciting season. Three freshman played in all 19 matches for the team this season including midfielder Christian Diaz and defenders Alex Ochoa and Jack Elliot. Freshman midfielder Mike Desiderio saw time in 17 matches while nearly the entire rest of the team was sophomores and juniors. Despite missing out on a NCAA tournament bid, WVU played much of the country’s top talent. LeBlanc has worked to gain exposure for his program in both fans and the professional ranks. Just this season, the Mountaineers were in front of Real Salt Lake in training camp, Philadelphia and Columbus in preseason and the D.C. United in Washington dur-

ing road trips to Georgetown and American. “It’s part of building the brand,” LeBlanc said. “We’ve got more MLS scouts coming into Morgantown to watch us play than ever before. It’s gotten to the point where we want to be in the NCAA tournament every year.” The Mountaineers will look to improve upon their seven-win season from 2013 next fall with a ton of newly-found experience and a highly anticipated recruiting call. Looking back, LeBlanc was still proud of the way his team competed in some (often-times) tough circumstances. “To the average eye you don’t noticed it, but to the people that watched us play, I think saw this team get better as the season went on,” he said.

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Aldridge, Blazers overcome Pacers 106-102 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After Portland had withstood a late barrage from the Indiana Pacers and Paul George, the Trail Blazers gathered at midcourt and raised their hands together. It might be early in the season, but this was a statement win for the Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Portland downed Indiana 106-102 Monday night, snapping the Pacers’ sevengame winning streak. Damian Lillard added 26. “It was a tough one, and we knew it was going to be a tough one going in,” Lillard said. “They’re a good team, they only had one loss. But we’re a good team too, and we wanted to prove that.” Paul George had a career-high 43 points for Pacers (16-2), who own the NBA’s best record.

The Blazers pulled in front early in the fourth quarter, but the Pacers kept it close and George hit consecutive 3-pointers that narrowed it to 98-96 with 1:37 left. Lillard answered with a 3-pointer and Nicolas Batum made a pair of free throws for the Blazers before George hit another 3-pointer that got Indiana within 103-99 with 21 seconds to go. Lillard hit free throws and George made yet another 3 with 10 seconds left to make it 105-102, but the Pacers couldn’t get closer. Portland (15-3) is off to its best start since the 1998-99 season. “I really wanted to get this win,” said George, one of just four Indiana players to score 43 or more points in a game since 2000. “I was trying to will us into

the game.” Both teams were playing the second of a back-toback. The Blazers beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 114-108, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Lakers at the Staples Center. The Pacers (16-2) were coming off a 105-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday to open a five-game road trip. “They’re a great offensive team and they made big shots all game long,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said of Portland. “Hopefully that’s what it’s going to take to beat this team – making impossible shot after impossible shot.” Earlier Monday, the NBA named Vogel the Eastern Conference coach of the month for November. Portland’s Terry Stotts was

named coach of the month for the Western Conference. The Pacers went 15-1 in November and opened the season with a nine-game winning streak for the best start in franchise history. The Blazers went 13-3 under Stotts to start the season, including an 11-game winning streak. While Stotts acknowledged it was a big win, he stopped short of the whole “statement” thing. “We played the most complete game from beginning to end: Execution, effort, mental focus. All of those things,” he said. “But I don’t believe you play statement games in December. George had a 14-foot jumper that gave the Pacers an early 20-11 lead, but the Blazers hung close through the first half. Mo Williams, who helped Portland keep

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WVU finds success at Mizzou Invite Seahawks dominate by dillon durst sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming teams completed their fall schedules at the Mizzou Invite in Columbia, Mo. Nov., 21-23. The women’s team finished sixth in a field of 12 teams, scoring 313.5 points, while the men’s team placed third among six teams with 672 points. On Day 1 of a three-day competition, the men’s 200 free relay “A” team of juniors Tim Squires and Julien Vialette, senior Bryce Bohman and sophomore Ross Glegg came up big for the Mountaineers, winning the event with a time of 1:19.50. “Winning the relay tonight for the men was a great way to start finals,” said head coach Vic Riggs. On the women’s side, junior Julie Ogden placed

second in the 100 fly with a time of 53.67. Bryce Bohman stole the spotlight on the Day 2 of action, setting a topnational time and new school record in the 100 back with a time of 46.40. “Bryce (Bohman) swam a great relay leg, which set him up for a great win in the 100 back and set the fastest time in the country,” Riggs said. In the men’s 200 medley relay, the “A” team of Bohman, Brill, Vialette and Squires cruised to a season-best time of 1:27.97, finishing third. “The 200 medley is one of the top times in the history of the program, and we continue to get better at it,” Riggs said. The women’s “A” team of juniors Jenelle Zee, Julie Ogden, Courtney Parenti and sophomore Courtney Miller placed fifth in the field with a time of 1:41.62. Bohman once again got

the action started for the Mountaineers on the final day of competition, placing second in the 200 back with a time of 1:42.95. Senior Jake Querciagrossa took fifth with a time of 1:48.29, while sophomore Jay Hickey finished seventh with a time of 1:49.26. Freshman Emma Skelley got things started for the women, finishing sixth in the 1650 free with a time of 16:43.06. Ogden continued her solid weekend performance, placing fourth in the 200 fly with a time of 2:00.35. Sophomore Natalie Johnsen was not far behind, placing sixth with a time of 2:02.80. The men’s 400 free relay “A” team of Glegg, Vialette, Bohman and Squires capped off the weekend by claiming third place with a time of 2:56:37. “I’m really proud of how we raced, supported each other and represented

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West Virginia University this weekend,” Riggs said. Next on the schedule for the Mountaineers is a trip to Key Largo, Fla., where both the men’s and women’s teams will compete at the Orange Bowl Swim Classic Jan. 2.

Saints in noisy Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson was so impressed with the way Seattle prepared for its showdown against New Orleans that he made a point of texting coach Pete Carroll about it. dasports@mail.wvu.edu That’s just how Wilson is wired and partly why the Seahawks were the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot with their 34-7 manhandling of the Saints on Monday night. “That preparation was big,” Wilson said. “I really think it showed up tonight.” Seattle is the first team bound for the postseason. They need to go 2-2 in their final four games to wrap up home-field advantage and THE DAILY ATHENAEUM make the NFC playoffs go through Seattle. Follow us on Twitter for all the breaking Wilson finished with 310 news updates and news feeds. yards passing and attempted only three passes in the fourth @dailyathenaeum quarter for 13 yards. His first three quarters were so good he could have become a spectator in the fourth. He threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Zach Miller and 4 yards to Doug Baldwin in the first half as Seattle built a 27-7 lead. Wilson added a pinball 8-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman in the third quarter. Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes and finished with a quarterback rating of 139.6. He is 14-0 at home and has 22 regular-season wins in his first two seasons, tied for the most ever by a second-year QB. “They definitely played the run well tonight, we didn’t run the ball as well as we’d like,” Carroll said. “It allowed us to hit a bunch of other stuff.” New Orleans (9-3) again failed to earn a signature road victory to prove it can win outdoors on the road late in the season. Drew Brees finished 23 of 38 for 147 yards. Jimmy Graham had three catches for 42 yards. Darren Sproles led New Orleans with seven catches, many of them on check downs. The seven points matched the fewest scored by the Saints since Sean Payton became coach in 2006 and the 188 total yards were the fewest in his coaching tenure. The Saints were just as flustered by their defense and the inability to slow Wilson. “I don’t even know what to tell you. I don’t even know what happened out there,” Saints linebacker Junior Galette said. “We better watch the films and see what we can adjust.” Here are five things we learned from the Seahawks’ dominating win over the Saints: BAFFLED BREES: It’s rare to see Brees confused and unsure of where to go with his passes. But he was regularly

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double clutching his throws and being forced to move around the pocket. Seattle used unusual coverages with its linebackers to try and make Brees hesitate with his timing, and the Seahawks pass rush was able to make him uncomfortable in the pocket. “They put it all together and they play very, very well together within their scheme,” Brees said. “Obviously, they play very well at home because they can thrive on that crowd noise and typically an offense’s inability to communicate as well in snap count and all those things. But listen, they deserve a lot of credit.” NO DROP OFF: All those concerns about Seattle being without cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond appeared unfounded. Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane both played well filing in for Browner and Thurmond. Maxwell got the majority of the playing time on the outside, with Lane coming in as the nickel cornerback. Maxwell was credited with two passes defensed. “It’s impressive for those guys to step up and make those kind of plays, but we expect that from them. Maxwell and Lane, at practice, they don’t let people catch balls. Hats off to Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond for keeping that Legion of Boom the way it is,” Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett said. BEAT THE BLITZ: Seattle noticed on film a certain alignment of the Saints defense that tipped them a blitz was coming and there would be a chance to get a big play downfield. One time Seattle made the right checks resulted in a 52-yard pass from Wilson to Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks’ offensive line also did its part handling the Saints pressure with Wilson being sacked only once and hit four times. THREE-AND-OUT: The Saints were among the best in the NFL at avoiding threeand-out possessions. They had just 26 in 11 games coming into Monday night, but the Seahawks forced the Saints into five three-and-out drives including two of their first three possessions. FEEL THE NOISE: Seattle’s noise factor is real. Its fans set another Guinness World Record for the loudest outdoor sports stadium on Monday night, a noise level of 137.6 decibels recorded in the second quarter. But the kind of impact the noise can have was evident on the first play of the game when the Saints were unable to communicate a blocking change and Pierre Thomas was dropped for a 4-yard loss.

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