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Tips for traveling home in winter weather BY TAYLOR MCSORLEY CORRESPONDENT DAILYATHENAEUM

As classes come to an end this semester and final exams draw near, the large majority of out-of-state students make plans to travel home. Nearly half of West Virginia University is made up of students who live out of state, most popularly Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, according to collegepress. com. Many students must

travel anywhere from three to eight hours to get home, and with young people behind the wheel, there is always increased risk. “Bad weather conditions are so prevalent during this time of year, and often time, students don’t realize how dangerous it can be to drive after sunset,” said Wayne Smith, a representative from AAA Insurance. Smith also said that many students become tired when driving after having just finished finals, creating another danger on the road

Boxing Club invites students to the ring BY SUMMER RATCLIFF CITY EDITOR SUMMERRATCLIFF

The West Virginia University Boxing Club is always down for a good fight. Whether this means a battle inside the ring between two boxers or the entire team joining forces to battle for a cause, the members of the club say they never shy away from a challenge. Lee Greenawald, president of the WVU Boxing Team Club, said while the club of 30 members is relatively new to the University, they are extremely active and ready to raise community awareness of their efforts and recruit more interested students. As a Ph.D. graduate student at WVU and someone who also works full time, Greenawald admits she often feels stretched thin but said her boxing team is her biggest supporter and the driving force behind her successes. “I love being a part of this team. A lot of us are pretty close and have become important people in each other’s lives,” she said. “I’ve never seen anyone be rude to another member.” Greenawald said she would best describe the boxing team’s practices as tough but fulfilling and rewarding. “I literally drip sweat from head to toe, and there’s definitely a lot of blood, some broken bones and noses but definitely no tears,” she said. “When I joined, I had no idea what I was getting myself into and definitely didn’t think I would be so involved with


Continued from PAGE 2 scale. However Richard Bajura, director for the National Research Center for Coal and Energy, provided insight to the problems of heavily investing such a complex energy resource that requires state-of-the-art facilities that only last several years before they wear down. “These plants are designed to operate for a number of years,” Bajura said. “To replace them would be both expensive and also prohibitive in terms of the commitment of other resources.” Bajura pointed out that there are few people who understand how to safely and efficiently build such power plants, and only several projects can be completed each year. Following the discussion, Bajura commented on the University’s role in hosting these talks. “WVU considers part of its mission to do research on

the club.” Whether a student is looking to join the team with the intention of fighting or just wants a fun workout, the boxing club welcomes all experience levels to join the team. “We don’t mind the reason for joining, but we expect members to work hard,” Greenawald said. “If the coach feels that (an) individual is ready to spar or train harder for a fight, then that member can decide if that is what they want to do.” In addition to the standard fights, the boxing team also hosts annual Blue and Gold Exhibitions, which are a charity fundraiser events with all donations going directly to the individual they are honoring. Typically the guest of honor is a team member’s friend or someone they know who is suffering from a serious or life-threatening illness. This year, the boxing club will hold their Blue and Gold Exhibition Wednesday, at 7 p.m. at Mylan Park. The guest of honor at this year’s exhibition event is a child with Hunter’s Syndrome. Funds raised will go to offset medical costs for the individual. For more information about the Blue and Gold Exhibition, visit the event page at https:// events/283268915131531. The boxing team holds practices Monday through Thursday at Mylan Park. For more information, visit http://boxingclub.wvu. edu/forms.

energy,” Bajura said. “Our role is to do good work, and I think we do good work. We will continue to do so.” Another issue discussed was whether or not some policies are technologically and economically feasible. Carbon pollution standards are placed on new power plants that are to come out. To control carbon emissions, a technological advancement must be made, but this can be costly. This technological issue is now naturally transforming into an economic issue, as well. Jim Kotcon of the Sierra Club argued that strides have been made since previous years where air pollution was at its worst due to the heavy spending. He said such changes must be implemented no matter the price. “Air pollution from power plants, and primarily coalfired power plants, was killing about 45,000 Americans a year,” Kotcon said. “We are saving lives, and that has to be a part of the economic equation.”

during the holidays. “Besides weather conditions, fatigue is definitely a factor that can be very dangerous,” he said. “Students could get drowsy and even fall asleep at the wheel if they are driving home after a long day of test-taking.” Another alternative to asking a friend for a ride home is taking one of the holiday break buses set up by the Mountaineer Parents Club. These busses pick students up outside the Mountainlair and travel to places such as Hagerstown,

Md., Allentown, Pa., King of Prussia, Pa. and Secaucus, N.J. “I took the bus home once before because I didn’t want to drive home, and it was actually really convenient,” said Madalyn Petrovich, a sophomore speech pathology and audiology student from Connecticut. “I just got to sleep the whole time. It was great.” Many young drivers often forget to make sure their car is working properly before going on a long drive, and that could make a big

The West Virginia University Student Government Association announced Monday that Governor Blaine Blankenship has resigned from her position on the Board of Governors. According to a press release issued by SGA, Gov. Blankenship made this decision due to personal reasons. As per the SGA Constitution, Molly Callaghan, the gubernatorial candidate with the next highest vote total from the last election, will take the open seat on the Board of Governors. Callaghan served as a Board of Governors member during the 2012-13 school year and has served as the Big 12 Liaison in the current administration.

Callaghan said she is looking forward to the opportunity to once again serve the WVU student body in this capacity. “I am excited and honored to sit on the board, but I am also sad to be taking the spot of an amazing governor,” Callaghan said. “I am looking forward to continuing my work with the Big 12, as well as helping the board with all of their current projects.” This change in the SGA administration is effective immediately. A formal swearing in of Callaghan will occur at SGA’s first meeting next semester. — slr

Maniacs to host Chalk Talk today featuring Bob Huggins The Mountaineer Maniacs will host their final Chalk Talk event of the semester today at noon in the Mountainlair Food Court. Coach Bob Huggins will be present to pass out pizza to students and to preview the men’s basketball matchup against No. 15 Gongaza. “Coach Huggins understands the importance of having a great crowd at tonight’s game,” said Chris Northrup, executive director of the Mountaineer Maniacs. “Students especially can help create a tough environment for the opposing team and put the team over the top for a big win.” Northrup said creating a loud and rowdy environ-

ment is one of the top goals of the Mountaineer Maniacs. He said he hopes the student body and community will turn out to support the men’s basketball team and pack the Coliseum. “There are very few tickets left, so I encourage anybody without a ticket to log on now to be a part of a high-energy environment,” he said. “We’ve struggled with Gonzaga lately, and I see it as a revenge game that student attendance can play a big role in.” Students can still claim tickets for tonight’s game by visiting Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. —slr


The Daily Athenaeum staff would like to wish all WVU students good luck on final exams. Have a safe and happy holiday from all of us at The DA! To stay connected during break, follow us on Twitter and visit our website for updates. Our next paper will be on campus Jan. 8, 2014!


Continued from PAGE 2 deputy program manager. “It’s not a small type of unmanned vehicle. It’s a large fighter sized aircraft that can move around the world,” Kesecker said. “It’s a major game changer for the U.S. Navy in the force capability that is applied with the U.S. carrier.” Kesecker started off as deputy program manager for the first years of the project but was promoted to program manager for the testing phase. He served as one of four people on the project to be recognized for the innovation, but he describes the nomination as more of a

team effort. “It was great recognition for the whole team,” he said. “The Northrop Grumman team worked closely with the government and the U.S. Navy. “It was very exciting for us to get recognized for that and understanding how the whole work of a team for the last several years has meant relative to overall road mapping if you will for unmanned aviation for the U.S. Navy is a quite significant accomplishment.” For the complete “10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013” list, visit engineering/news/10-innovators-who-changedthe-world-in-2013#slide-1

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a snowstorm. “I had to continually scrape the ice off the windshield of my car because the windshield wipers kept freezing, and I could barely see the road,” Stiefken said. Students are advised to make smart decisions and drive carefully when making their trip home for the holidays. For more information on holiday buses, visit http:// p a r e n t s c l u b. w v u . e d u / schedules.

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difference in the long run. “Make sure you have clear visibility and remove all snow from the windshield,” Smith said. “It is also important to make sure your windshield wipers are working before leaving to go on a long trip in case it starts raining or snowing during the drive.” Trevor Stiefken, a senior athletic coaching student from New Jersey, came very close to getting in a serious accident last winter on his way home for break during


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