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Wednesday March 19, 2014

Volume 126, Issue 112

City talks cost of living adjustment, new businesses By Daniel Schatz Staff Writer @DailyAthenaeum


The Morgantown City Council discussed several ordinances that may prove to be beneficial to the city’s economy and improved benefits for city employees at their regular meeting Tuesday. City Councilor Mike Fike was pleased to discuss the new cost of living adjustments afforded to the employees of Morgantown this year. “Last year we could not give (city employees) a cost of living adjustment because the budget last year was pretty short,” Fike said. This year, the budget is considerably larger, which allowed city employees to receive a cost of living adjustment increase of 1.5 percent. “We owed it to them,” Fike said. “Anytime you can pay people more, you’re going to get better work from them and more people applying for positions.” In addition to the brand new Panera Bread restaurant that has recently opened on High Street, new businesses are on their way to Morgantown. The plowed lot behind the downtown BB&T Bank location is currently under construction for a new CVS Pharmacy. A Sheetz gas station is making its way into the downtown Morgantown area. One potential location in question for the store is the current Larry Smith Buick property. The City Council has also decided to pass an ordinance renting open office space to Helicopter Analytics Incorporated and have begun a campaign to extend the airport runway and create a more efficient route to the airport. “We’re looking to expand the airport a little bit; extend the runway (and) hopefully get larger aircraft in


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Saint Patrick’s Day

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Kasey O’Connor, a student at WVU, plays his bagpipes in front of Jimmy John’s on Saint Patrick’s Day.

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The West Virginia University Police Department has released crime logs and statistics for this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Morgantown. The reports show a significant decrease in crime compared to previous years. UPD issued 10 citations and made two DUI arrests during what police chief Bob Roberts called, “a quiet Saint Patrick’s Day in Morgantown.” This is a decrease from UPD’s 2013 reports when 73 citations were issued and four arrests for DUI’s and five liquor law violations were made. “From our department’s standpoint, (Monday) was kind of like a weekend,” Roberts said. “It wasn’t anything like we’ve had in the past.” Roberts said he believes a combination of factors resulted in the low crime numbers this year, but the University just re-

turning from spring break and the holiday falling on a Monday were the biggest. In recent years, many of the crimes committed have been by non-WVU students who come into town for the weekend, and it seemed this crowd did not show up to the same extent this year. “It was on a Monday right after spring break, and also the University has been steadily telling people what the expectations are,” Roberts said. “I think all that combined and the visibility of the officers was obviously a deterrent.” The peak in crime during Saint Patrick’s Day weekend in Morgantown came in 2012: 33 arrests were made and 256 citations were issued from both Morgantown Police Department and UPD. “I think our students are acting more responsible,” Roberts said. “Crime is up and down, but we have not seen a significant increase in any area.”

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“It was on a Monday right after spring break, and also the University has been steadily telling people what the expectations are. I think all that combined and the visibility of the officers was obviously a deterrent.”


West Virginia University offers many opportunities to create their best possible future, and one of the most significant are the career fairs. The WVU Career Services Center is sponsoring a University-wide career fair today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Nearly 140 employers, including state and federal agencies, will be in attendance, and all students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. “This one is different because they have new jobs. This one is University-wide, and employers are looking for students across all majors,” said David Durham, the director of Career Services. The recruiters are not all necessarily looking for students from specific majors, and some may be looking for an engineering student as well as some business students for different branches of the company. “The one thing I cannot stress enough that a lot of students don’t realize is that there are different employers each day. About 75 the first day and about 70 more the second day,” Durham said. “About 2,000-3,000 students are expected to attend, and it will be a really fast-paced and busy atmosphere.” Durham said seniors should take additional time to prepare for the fair. “This will be the (seniors’) last opportunity to be in the same room as about 135 companies within two days. After that, they will need to just apply online, and it is not as easy to make that connection without being face to face,” he said. Dressing professionally is one of career services biggest concerns this year, and they are taking it very

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seriously. “Too many kids just end up walking through the lair and decide to go to the fair last minute without preparing, and they walk in with jeans and a hoodie on, and that sheds a bad light on the University,” Durham said. “We are strongly encouraging dress code and come next semester, we are going to start turning kids away who are not dressed appropriately.” Alexa Potenza, a junior communications student, said she is guilty of deciding to go to career fairs at the last minute. “I’m actually really excited for this career fair because I planned ahead for it,” Potenza said. Students need to bring copies of their resumes and are encouraged to have an “elevator speech” prepared. Students can also visit or call at 304-293-2221 for assistance with preparation for the career fair. Students can also visit Mountaineertrak to find out information about job fairs, and there is also a new app, WVUJOBFAIRS, for students to download that gives a full list of employers as well as updated information about the job fairs. It is available on iPhones, iPads, Androids, Blackberries and web browsers.

– Bob Roberts, University Police Chief

Career fair helps students get head start on professional careers, life after WVU staff writer @dailyathenaeum

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The West Virginia University WeDesign program will host a networking event this evening at Bartini in Suncrest Town Centre from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Asayo Creative, a marketing and design agency in Morgantown, W.Va., created WeDesign in 2013 to promote networking among West Virginia’s creative community. WeDesign hosts an event each month where people can come together and share ideas, socialize and network with those around them. Those attending this month’s meeting will need to be at least 21 years old to attend. WeDesign is a relaxed environment where peers can come share drinks, laughs and ideas. The program is composed of a network of people from all across the state in marketing, advertising, public relations, design and other related fields who come together to talk about passions and interests in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Brittany Lavenski, a content strategist for Asayo Creative, works hard to get students to understand how to network creatively. “There is so much talent in and around Morgantown, and WeDesign does a great job of connecting that talent and shedding light on the environment of agency, freelance and corporate creatives right here in our home state,” Lavenski said. Lavenski said Asayo Creative reached out to WVU and its students because of the growing interest in networking with industry professionals. WeDesign will host its first guest speaker Rachel Angry, a WVU Integrated Marketing Communications Recruitment Specialist, at tonight’s meeting. Angry has attended previous meetings with WeDesign but said she is excited to be a guest speaker at this month’s meeting. “I’m looking forward to seeing new faces that I’ve never seen before at previous meetings,” Angry said. “I’m looking forward to seeing as well more people that are interested in learning how to network and become more interested in the IMC program.” Angry will be at the WeDesign event to promote the WVU IMC annual conference that hosts highly recognized and successful industry professionals from across the country. “We want more people to come to these meetings to learn about how to really get their names out to business professionals,” Angry said. For more information about WeDesign and how to get involved, visit

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WeDesign gives students networking experience

Students need to bring copies of their resumes and are encouraged to have an “elevator speech” prepared. Students can also visit http://careerservices. or call at 304-293-2221 for assistance with preparation for the career fair.

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EDITORIAL WVU Saint Patrick’s Day crime was lower this year in comparison to other years.

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Obama presents Medal of Honor to 24 veterans


Alice Mendoza, left, stands with President Barack Obama before accepting the Medal of Honor on behalf of her husband, Staff Sgt. Manuel V. Mendoza, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, in Washington. Obama awarded 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. WASHINGTON (AP) — They were heroes who didn’t get their due. On Tuesday, 24 mostly ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in three of the nation’s wars finally received the Medal of Honor that the government concluded should have been awarded a long time ago. The servicemen were identified following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients of the country’s highest recognition for valor were not bypassed due to prejudice. Only three of the 24 were alive for President Barack Obama to drape the medals and ribbons around their necks. “Today we have the chance to set the record straight,” Obama said. “No nation is perfect, but here in America we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.” The three surviving recipients — Vietnam veterans Jose Rodela, Melvin Morris and Santiago Erevia — received a prolonged standing ovation at Obama’s side, their faces set

in somber acknowledgement of the honor. Rodela, now of San Antonio, was a 31-year-old company commander of a Special Forces strike group on Sept. 1, 1969, in Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam, when he and his company of Cambodian soldiers whom he had helped recruit came under fire from North Vietnamese Army troops. According to his Medal of Honor citation and supporting documents, the battle lasted 18 hours and 11 men in his company were killed and 33 others wounded. The citation states that late in the battle, Rodela “was the only member of his company who was moving and he began to run from one position to the next, checking for casualties and moving survivors into different positions in an attempt to form a stable defense line. Throughout the battle, in spite of his wounds, Rodela repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to attend to the fallen and eliminate an enemy rocket position.” In an interview with the Army News Service last December, he said simply, “We trained for this and I would have done it again.” Morris of Cocoa, Fla., was a staff sergeant during

combat operations on Sept. 17, 1969, near Chi Lang, South Vietnam. According to the Pentagon, Morris led soldiers across enemy lines to retrieve his team sergeant, who had been killed. He single-handedly destroyed an enemy force hidden in bunkers that had pinned down his battalion. Morris was shot three times as he ran with American casualties. Morris received the Distinguished Service Cross in April 1970. That same month, he returned to Vietnam for his second tour. “I never really did worry about decorations,” Morris told The Associated Press last month. But he said he fell to his knees when he received the surprise call from Obama with news that he was to be honored. Erevia, also of San Antonio, was cited for courage while serving as a radiotelephone operator on May 21, 1969, during a searchand-clear mission near Tam Ky, South Vietnam. He was a specialist 4 when his battalion tried to take a hill fortified by Viet Cong and North Vietnam Army soldiers. The Pentagon says he single-handedly silenced four Viet Cong bunkers. “I thought I was going to get killed when I started to advance because when you fight battles like that you don’t expect to live,” the 68-year-old retired postal worker told The Associated Press last month. Among those who received a posthumous medal was Leonard Kravitz, an assistant machine gunner in the Korean War who is credited with saving his platoon by providing cover for retreating troops.


Continued from page 1 here so people won’t need to go to Clarksburg to get charter flights,” Fike said. “Ultimately, it will help everybody.” City Manager Jeff Mikorski said he sees the new developments as an opportunity to help build the Morgantown community and bring more revenue to the area. “The more tenants that we can get into the terminal, and fill up the terminal, the more revenue comes into the airport,” Mikor-


Sgt. Ashley Randall, accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her grandfather, Pvt. Demensio Rivera, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, in Washington.

He died in the attack. He is the uncle of singer and actor Lenny Kravitz, who attended Tuesday’s ceremony. Obama singled out a childhood friend of the elder Kravitz, Mitchel Libman, for making a mission of upgrading medals for deserving soldiers. “He and his wife Marilyn spent years writing letters and working with Congress and our military to get this done,” Obama said. Tuesday’s mass ceremony, the largest since World War II, was the result of an Army review conducted under a directive from Congress in the 2002 ski said. “Then we can do more maintenance on the airport, take care of visitors and do more services for people at the airport.” Fike took an opportunity to address the recent growth the city has seen to stress the importance of teamwork among the City Council members. “I share all of this simply to point out that the time is right for us to pull all of this together and make it flow the right way,” Fike said. “If City Council can’t coordinate the entities that make us who we are, then no one can.”

National Defense Authorization Act. The law required that the record of each Jewish-American and Hispanic-American veteran who received a Service Cross during or after World War II be reviewed for possible upgrade to the Medal of Honor. Of the two dozen, 18 are Latinos. The Pentagon said the Army reviewed the cases of the 6,505 recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars and found an eligible pool of 600 soldiers who may have been Jewish or Hispanic. The Army also worked with the Na-

tional Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Jewish War Veterans of the USA and the American GI Forum, the largest Hispanic-American veterans group, to pinpoint potential medal recipients. During the initial review, investigators found that other soldiers who had received the Distinguished Service Cross appeared to meet the criteria for a Medal of Honor and the directive was expanded to permit them to be considered for the upgraded honor. Follow Jim Kuhnhenn on Twitter: jkuhnhenn

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Art & Design graduate students display work in Creative Arts Center BY STEPHANIE MESSINGER A&E WRITER @DAILYATHENAEUM

Two of WVU’s School of Art & Design students have made their way into the Creative Arts Center’s Master of Fine Arts exhibition. Meghan Olson and Kristine Synowka are two graduate students who will be showing off their work in the Paul Mesaros and Laura Mesaros galleries. The galleries will be open Monday through Saturday from noon-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, there will be a reception for the exhibitions at the galleries beginning at 6 p.m. If you’re looking for a date night, interesting change in scenery or just want to experience all that WVU has to offer, take advantage of these free events. Olson’s Master of Fine Arts exhibition features a piece made of tulle that while she describes did not take long to make, took a good bit of thinking about the material’s properties. Originally from Miami Florida, Olson had always wanted to complete graduate school with her M.F.A.


One part of Meghan Olson’s ‘conditional clauses’ hangs backlit on the wall while another part leans in the shadows in the Laura Mesaros Gallery.


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A large sea creature, made of various materials, is suspended in Kristine Rose Synowka’s ‘Tides and Air.’ solid meaning,” Olson said. Olson believes there is meaning and beauty in the idea that a piece of art work can, at some point, take on a life of its own. West Virginia University was a great and enhancing experience for

Olson, and she expects it will be likewise for most of us who take advantage of what WVU has to offer. “It is such a gift to be able to focus as (a) student for a few years, and I am really grateful to have had this opportunity,” Olson said. “I am re-

ally excited about applying what I have learned here to my work in the future.” For more information on the event, contact Robert Bridges, curator of the Mesaros Galleries at 304-293-2312. daa&

Morgantown Sound hosts double feature with Thomas and Gnarwhal BY SAM BOSSERMAN A&E WRITER @dailyathenaeum

Morgantown Sound, WWVU-FM’s weekly live radio show, heard both a folk singer/songwriter and an indie rock band during an enthralling two-hour double feature Monday night. Folk singer/songwriter Matthew Thomas sang of several intriguing tales, including one where he asked the audience to imagine West Virginia University President Gordon Gee in the role of a Western sheriff. Thomas backed up his


story-driven folk songs with not only his skill with the guitar but also with the harmonica. The blend of the two instruments made a great backdrop for the blend of comedic and cautionary tales preformed. Thomas said folk music is about creating songs that anyone could play or add to. “I try to play music anybody else could play if they applied themselves,” Thomas said. “Anybody who puts in the right amount of effort can play this kind of music too.” Folk music can span genres and is more of a pro-

cess than a specific type of sound. “It’s songs that have no identifiable composer and that are passed down generations by oral tradition,” Thomas said. “Folk is music for the people, by the people.” Thomas preforms live most Wednesdays at the Blue Moose Cafe’s Open Mic Night. The band Gnarwhal took the stage for the second act of the double feature. Gnarwhal rocked the Gluck Theater with great original music and impressive instrumentals. The

members of the band complemented each other well, and there appeared to be a good deal of on-stage chemistry. Lead vocalist and bass player, Anthony Miraglilo, said Gnarwhal does not try to create a specific type of music, but rather improvises with the goal of creating a fun experience for the audience. “When it comes down to it, we are just up there playing, and it comes down to (the listener) to decide how to view it,” Miraglilo said. “It’s about us getting together and playing out tunes.”

Miraglilo said the band’s semi-improvised nature feeds off the energy of a crowd, and they always aim to get the audience energized. “It’s about playing music for people and hoping they’re having fun,” Mirgalilo said. “There is nothing better than seeing the audience having fun while you’re having fun. It’s like a symbiosis.” Guitarist Dane Cunningham echoed Mirgalilo’s comments, saying the band tries their hardest to get the audience up and dancing. “We are trying to play

fast-paced, dancy-type of music everyone can enjoy,” Cunningham said. “We can make you dance. Maybe not on the first song or two, but eventually you will be dancing.” Gnarwhal is currently working on releasing an album entitled “Platypus,” and will be playing next at 123 Pleasant Street March 27 with the Tom Batchelor Band. Morgantown Sound can be caught on-air and in the Gluck Theatre every Monday at 8 p.m. daa&

Media absorbed in made-for-TV mystery surrounding missing Malaysian plane

NEW YORK (AP) — The missing Malaysian plane is a made-for-TV mystery where the public’s hunger for the story seems inversely proportional to the amount of solid leads for solving the case. The story led ABC’s “Good Morning America” again Tuesday, when Bob Woodruff reported from a Malaysian fishing village, interviewing a man who said he saw a jet flying low over the water around the time Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing March 8 with 239 people aboard. Anchor George Stephanopoulos immediately brought in aviation expert Stephen Ganyard, who dismissed the eyewitness account as essentially worthless. The circular passage typifies a story where clues and theories come to light and are passed over or debunked - the stolen passports, the oil slick on the water, the seismic event, lithium batteries - leaving people still searching for both a jetliner and the truth. “The information coming in from the Malaysian authorities has been, literally, all over the map,” a

frustrated Anderson Cooper said on CNN. Yet long-struggling CNN, Cooper’s nightly newscast in particular, has been among the biggest beneficiaries of public interest in the story. Since the plane went missing while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, and CNN began nearly wall-to-wall coverage, its prime-time ratings have jumped 68 percent over the year’s average, even more among younger viewers that advertisers are keen to reach, the Nielsen company said. Twice last week, Cooper’s show more than doubled its typical audience. Seventeen of the 20 most popular articles on the BBC’s website last week were about the plane, bringing in more traffic to the British news agency’s site than any story since the Japanese tsunami in 2011. “Where are you?” was the top headline in Germany’s top-selling tabloid Bild on Monday. The story appears on nearly every hourly bulletin on CCTV in China, where most of the plane’s passengers were from, with a heavy emphasis on Chinese navy ships and aircraft

involved in the search. Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV was covering the story around-theclock, often citing reports by overseas media. The number of Twitter messages about the plane peaked at nearly 1 million per day shortly after it went missing, with daily tweets in the 200,000 to 400,000 range much of last week, the social media site said. Rock star Courtney Love even joined the discussion on Facebook, posting a satellite ocean picture with the suggestion that it revealed an oil slick. More than 10,000 people had “liked” it by midday Tuesday. “It’s a macabre story but still fascinating,” said former NBC News aviation correspondent Robert Hager, who retired in 2004 yet was called in by the network to help when he was vacationing in Alaska. Hager said he can’t remember an aviation story where a jetliner went missing and left so few clues. He’s beginning to think that it will take years - if ever - to truly learn the plane’s fate and said he feels for the families of the missing passengers, who must be hoping for good news

that isn’t realistic. In France, the story has drawn frequent comparisons to the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 in an Atlantic Ocean storm. Investigators of that crash and family members of victims have been interviewed on French television to share their theories of what happened in Asia. That’s too painful for some. “I avoid looking at the media as that reminds me of the days after the accident,” said Jean-Baptiste Audousset, who once led a group of families of Air France crash victims. The idea that Air France victims’ relatives are looked toward as experts illustrates the challenge faced by TV networks in filling time when information is scarce. CNN’s Martin Savidge has logged hours in a Canadian flight simulator over the past week. The network’s Don Lemon conducted one segment while holding what appeared to be a model airplane. Lemon also cited supernatural forces in asking a panel of experts whether “something odd happened to this plane, something beyond our understanding.”

Rival Fox News Channel, which is also covering the story and topped all cable networks in prime-time ratings last week, found time to discuss whether CNN is covering it too much. Ben Rayner, a Londonbased executive producer for Al-Jazeera English, said his network has decided not to air as much coverage as he sees on the BBC and CNN International. There’s a news vacuum now that’s being filled more with speculation than information, he said. “What we don’t want to do is just be led by the ratings,” Rayner said. The story has also been a boon to websites that focus on aviation issues, even as Chris Sloan, who runs the website, confesses to some mixed feelings. “There’s no question this is the biggest thing we’ve ever covered,” said Sloan, whose site gained some 1,500 Twitter followers in the past week. “But this is not the way we wanted to gain traffic.” Airchive posts a running timeline of events, gleaned from reporting from sev-

eral sources. Sloan is based in Miami, but he has colleagues in Houston, New York, Seattle and Chicago, and has set up a schedule where someone is monitoring news on the plane 24 hours a day. Sloan said his site tries to avoid speculation and is geared more toward knowledgeable people in the industry. Airchive did post a provocative piece Monday by pilot Mark L. Berry, detailing his theory that the plane was commandeered by people who killed all the passengers and plan to use the plane as a terrorist weapon. John DiScala, who runs the travel deals website, has also set aside room for missing plane coverage. The website has seen at least a 50 percent increase in traffic. Hollywood executives couldn’t have made up a story so wild, said DiScala, who had no prediction for when people would tire of it. “I hope it’s not long for the families,” he said. “It’s possible that we may never know what happened and that is the craziest thing of all.”

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Westboro Baptist leader near death JAKE JARVIS A&E WRITER

Ding dong! Fred Phelps is almost dead. For decades, the elusive man from Topeka, Kan., has shocked the world with bright neon signs proclaiming, “GOD HATES FAGS.” Phelps served as the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, which has a congregation of about 40 members. The Phelps family and their anti-gay campaign began in 1991 when the group started “The Great Gage Park Decency Drive,” aimed at increasing police presence to crack down on gay men allegedly “cruising” for sex. From there, it’s all history. Phelps reported his congregation picketed at over 40 different locations on any given week. These included funerals of fallen soldiers, Jewish temples of worship, same-sex wedding ceremonies and plenty more. Due to their overnight success at grabbing the world’s attention, multiple documentaries about the family were filmed, including “The Most Hated Family in America.” At 84 years old, Phelps is spending his last days in Midland Hospice House

according to his estranged son, Nathan. Nathan abandoned his family at the age of 18 and is currently an LGTBQ rights and child abuse advocate. “Looks like Westboro Baptist church leader Fred Phelps is about to die. LGBTQ should go have a Gay Pride parade at his funeral,” tweeted professional basketball player Kim English Jr. Monday afternoon. Images of coffins dipped in glitter with rainbows shooting out from inside littered the social media sphere. Floating across my timeline are jokes of protesting his funeral and halfhearted guesses at what his final words will be – “I’ve secretly been gay this entire time.” As a proud and open queer man, I abhorred the actions of his congregations. I remember when I first learned what the WBC was in early middle school. I was moved to tears. I was so angry and frustrated, and felt like they were “winning the war” because they were the ones talking the loudest. It wasn’t until I came across a protest in person that my tears of anger turned to tears of sadness. I didn’t see a group of people changing the minds of others as I imagined. In fact, many people who came close to the protest outside of the WV State

According to his son Nathan Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps is near death. Capitol Building were completely against the hatesoaked messages. As someone who is still learning about my own spirituality, I am completely for freedom of religious expression. A connection with God, in my eyes, is meant to draw us closer to a sense of peace. Fred Phelps is not experiencing peace. His very existence is the physical manifestation of hatred. Without going into a debate of scripture, I think we all can agree that Phelps is a pro at twisting biblical texts. And he and his family are

undoubtedly reminded of this constantly. For these reasons, I am sad that Fred Phelps is coming to his end in this way. I believe in redemption for all. I believe everyone deserves a second chance, and a third chance, and a fourth chance. I believe that people, in the end, should learn their lesson and exist in a space of love. As the clock ticks closer to his death, he loses precious seconds of shedding his clouded ways and experiencing the love of accepting everyone. We should not be rejoicing at the loss of a life; we should be

mourning the loss of a life that will never see peace. In no way am I trying to erase the evil he has sparked in this world. I am merely illustrating the apparent hypocrisy. We say, “Fred Phelps hates the gays, he protests the funerals of fallen soldiers – he is evil. Because he hates other people, I will hate him.” See the problem? And when we joke about the imminent death of Phelps, this only corroborates the evidence of the WBC that drives them to such heinous acts. Death is inescapable, and as such we all deserve

the right to grieve, in private, for the loss of a husband, a father, a grand father – and for Phelps to grieve the loss of himself. To say that Fred Phelps is beyond redemption should strip us of our right to be redeemed. For many, the WBC seems, at many times, to be the loudest voice heard. When Phelps’ voice falls silent, what will replace it? Will our “justified” messages of hate ring across the land? Or will we speak with love, the greatest protest to Phelps there ever could be?

‘We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us’ SARAH COOPER COLUMNIST

Currently enrolled in City-as-Text Morgantown, my fellow classmate and I were required to visit Morgantown’s South Park district in an effort to uncover the area’s rich history. However, upon interviewing incredible 95 yearold Naomi Butler in her home, we realized there is a bigger issue present in the area: historic preservation. Though Butler has experienced a lot in her lifetime, her lively spirit hasn’t aged. As she stared out the window into another world, she told us stories from the past and mentioned how much South Park has changed. Though once farmland, South Park has grown to become one of the biggest residential areas in Morgantown – making it a popular place for students to find apartments and houses at affordable prices. Throughout the years, she has spent her time preserving houses in the district and listed many unpreserved houses that are now occupied by college students. Often going unnoticed, a large number of houses wear proud plaques by their doors that represent the district. While finding housing at a reasonable price for a college student on a budget can be difficult, a lot of beautiful houses in the area seem to be taken for granted. When landlords rent these houses and students move in, it is important that both do their best to respect and take care of the heri-


tage. We tend to tear down the walls that have helped shape us as a city in favor of bringing in newer technology, or we neglect to maintain the building’s intended condition. Architecture is a physical link to our past that helps us identify our culture and ultimately plays a role in the way we interpret who we are as an individual and a society. We forget that we shape buildings and therefore they shape us. If we destroy valuable pieces of history, we are ultimately losing keys to ourselves as a culture, and if we preserve such architectural factors, we will ultimately give ourselves a clearer future. What we do now shapes our future and the generations to come. Instead, we should aim toward working and building with our history rather than demolishing the bricks that hold it together. Regardless of our future intentions, before tearing down old buildings or remodeling houses, we must understand each place contains a part of our history. Without them, we would have no slate to learn from and would feel lost without a common sense of cultural belonging. South Park isn’t the only historical area struggling with preservation issues. High Street’s landmark Metropolitan Theatre suffered from neglect in 1930 after a fire backstage. The decor was never fully restored and by the late 1980’s the building was falling apart considerably, leading to its closure and eventual restoration. Now it serves as a historical advocate from the early twentieth century and con-

tinues its intended purpose through its shows – allowing history to live on conceptually and physically. Not only is historic preservation and the disintegration thereof becoming an issue, many citizens claim to be proud of their Appalachian heritage, yet fail to delve into the endless and unique history surrounding it. Every day, we overlook and underappreciate the things around us. Morgantown is more than just a college town. Home to various forts, the town is littered with gems around every corner and has been associated with many famous people, wars and industries throughout its time. It’s even a place where citizens can experience Appalachian traditions once a month by going to the Marilla Center to hear local musicians play folk music from the area while practicing enrichment that comes with related Monongalia County square and contra dancing. We could live in a town our whole lives and never take into account all that has happened. Whether it be your hometown or Morgantown, exploring the streets and discovering the city’s roots can be rewarding in many ways. By getting more acquainted with your surroundings, the town will never be the same. The past will come alive and live on with the present. As we preserve our past, we also take a step toward preserving our future and allowing future generations to comprehend and learn from all that has happened.

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Morgantown experiences quieter St. Patrick’s Day than usual

West Virginia University students celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in 2013. Normally, Saint Patrick’s day is among the highest of holy days for the West Virginia University community – a day of debauchery where couches are burned, kegs are tapped and everyone gets pretty Schmacked. Because the holiday fell on the Monday immediately following spring break this year Morgantown was largely spared the chaos and wanton drunkenness that normally spills out onto the city’s streets every March 17. Of course, the bars were packed by 11 a.m. and green-clad girls could be

seen puking on High Street all day, but it was mild compared to previous years. In fact, University police chief Bob Roberts told the Daily Athenaeum it was “a quiet Saint Patrick’s Day in Morgantown,” after UPD issued just 10 citations and made only two DUI arrests. Compared to the 73 citations and four arrests for DUI’s made in 2013, that’s quite an improvement. Even if the peacefulness of Saint Patrick’s Day 2014 carries an asterisk, we’ll take it. At least WVU didn’t attract any unwanted atten-

tion from the national media this year for its penchant for partying. WVU will never be able to shake its reputation as a party school – its ingrained in the spirit of the town and the history of the school – but it’s a relief to the community as a whole to have a normally raucous holiday pass quietly. However, in three years, Saint Patrick’s Day will again fall on a Friday. Morgantown will at least get a few years of rest – as far as Saint Patrick’s Day is concerned.







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HOROSCOPE BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you seek more depth and understanding. Your emotional creativity and intuition guide you when logic no longer can. You need to trust yourself and your sixth sense. Even when you don’t see a solution, know that there is one. If you are single, romance could add to the heat of the coming summer. You actually might want to pinch yourself just to make sure that what you are experiencing is real. If you are attached, plan on taking a special trip or a second honeymoon, as it likely will have tremendous meaning to both of you. Trust in your bond.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH You could have a change of heart about an important matter after an

open and revealing conversation with a loved one. Your perceptions could change radically as a result. New beginnings bring the possibility of financial gain. Tonight: Hang out with a loved one. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHH Others might reveal far more than you realize in a conversation. Having a delayed reaction and/or a need to rethink and evaluate your ideas would be natural. If you do not have all the information, how can you make a sound decision? Tonight: Go along with someone’s request. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HH Your feelings in the morning could change once you understand the depth of dealing with an older relative or a boss. Your carefree approach might bring less-than-desired results, which

will require a push for change. Tonight: Incorporate a stress-reducing activity. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH You might have felt as if you wanted to retreat and start a project or interaction all over again. With a touch of imagination, you might find it unnecessary to go back to square one. Use your intuitive sense to open a door. Tonight: A loved one invites you into his or her world. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HH You are on top of your game. You know where you are heading and why. Communication will seem to dull in comparison to your creative thoughts. You’ll see possibilities where you previously might have thought there were none. Look to the long term. Tonight: At home. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HH Take a

careful look at a financial matter, and know that you might need to get input from others. You could have one idea that seems very good, but you still need feedback. Others’ suggestions can only help. Be open to conversation. Tonight: Hang out. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH Hopefully you have maximized the past few days. Be willing to look at what all the recent activity means to you. An investment might go beyond being financial -- it also could be emotional. A partner will be intrusive in some sense. Tonight: Make it your treat! SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHH Listen to feedback, and understand what is happening behind the scenes. You might have had a quick glance, and now you have to look toward integrating some of this knowledge. Others

will respond to you in a positive, caring manner. Tonight: Beam in more of what you want. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHHH You could be off-kilter today. Understand what is happening with an investment, as vagueness seems to surround the issue. A partnership is likely to increase in importance to you. This person has many moneymaking ideas. Tonight: Togetherness is the theme. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHH You barely can deal with someone and his or her many needs. You could find it difficult to complete a personal matter because of the intervention of others. Perhaps you need to establish boundaries more seriously, as others might not be hearing you. Tonight: In the moment.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHH Follow your instincts when dealing with a personal matter. Think in terms of getting together with a loved one. You will have an opportunity to catch up on news while also getting meaningful feedback. Tonight: Stop at the gym or get exercise some other way. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHHH A conversation keeps echoing in your mind. Detach from the small story or the minor details. Look at the implications involved. Thoughts are nice, but actions count -- no matter what you do or with whom. Tonight: Wherever you are, make sure there is music.

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Panera Bread, the long awaited addition to downtown’s restaurant selections, opened yesterday at a new location on North High Street. After some delay, the new Panera Bread finally opened its doors with exclusive grand opening offers. Panera gave away a travel coffee cup as well as free coffee for two weeks to the first 500 customers. Throughout this opening week, they will continue to have special offers targeted to WVU students. “We wanted to wait until the students returned from spring break, so it was a nice surprise for them now that we are open,” said Bernadette Santucci, Panera’s marketing director. Panera Bread’s marketing team has been planning the opening for months but had to wait for an official date to be set. They are especially proud of this location’s atmosphere and style; it is two stories and has a more modern look. “This is by far the fanciest restaurant I’ve been to in Morgantown. It even tops the Dancing Fig, which I think is the most expensive restaurant on High Street,” said Daniel Book, a psychology student. “It caught me by surprise that this Panera has two stories.”


A group of WVU students sit on the second floor of the new Panera Bread on North High Street. Panera Bread started hiring in November. Most workers have been training from the first day, while others started just two weeks ago. Their staff consists of about 70 workers – most of them students at WVU. They offer shifts ranging from one day a week to 40 hours a week, which has proved to be very appealing to students balancing school, work and other activities. “I was looking for a second job, and I picked Panera because I love the food and downtown was a good location for me,” said student-worker Ashley Culberson, who started her training in January. “So far it has been amazing. Everyone is nice and friendly.” “This location is one of few two-story Paneras, and the quality of workmanship is second to none,” said Emily Lutz, the Regional Marketing Coordi-

nator of Panera Bread. “It is good for Panera’s future.” Although the restaurant looked into offering meal plan options for WVU students, according to general manager Joey Wright, they were unable to incorporate this option because they are not affiliated with the University. However, this hasn’t stopped students from checking out the new location, nor is it anticipated to in the future. “I think they did an excellent job with their choice of location, and I really love the layout, as well. I was shocked when I went in because I’ve never seen a Panera with two stories or one with as much seating as they have,” said Caroline Seufer, a business student. “Also, the service was surprisingly quick for how busy they were on their first day. Plus, I got two weeks of free coffee, which I am super excited about!”

Seufer was one of many costumers who were impressed with the quality of this new Panera location even on the first day. Not only does this new location provide another food option for students, but it also gives them another place to simply hang out. “I’m really glad they put one downtown,” said Jayson Hamrick, a business student. “It’s nice to have another place to go work on homework and get coffee between classes beside the library and the few places on High Street.” After much waiting, WVU students seemed to be pleased with the addition of a new Panera Bread in Morgantown and will continue to take advantage of all it has to offer. daa&


Panera Bread serves customers in line at the grand opening.

Beatles tribute band delivers flawless performance BY LACEY PALMER A&E EDITOR @LACEYPALMER

A few students chose to give their livers a rest this Saint Patrick’s Day and enjoyed some classic Beatles hits in a sold out Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” starring Steve Landes, Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Ralph Castelli and Mark Beyer, delivered a performance reminiscent of the actual group. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were all represented through-

out their history with the group. The group delivers the Beatles songs in chronological order, while a large screen in the background takes the audience through each period of time. “The show is chronologically set and done, and it is all about the Beatles, their music and the impact they had historically and culturally,” Bithorn said. The show began with a “special report” video, displaying clips and audio from the time the Beatles split up. Many fans were hysterical on screen and the U.S. was devastated. Finally, the entire history

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of the group rewinds before the audience, and “Rain” took the stage. They began on the set of the “Ed Sullivan Show,” as the original group did in 1964. Dressed in black suits and looking their youngest, the group performed songs such as, “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and “From Me To You.” Next, the group appeared in tan jackets and black pants with Shea Stadium behind them, as the original group did in 1965. Here, with a stadium view behind them on the screen, the group performed songs such as “Help” and “Day Tripper.” While the g ro u p changed into the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” outfits, which were bright, colorful and attention-grabbing, a video showed a variety of commercials from the time period. Commercials for Country Corn Flakes by General Mills, Winston Cigarettes featuring the Flintstones, Heinz pickles, Dippity-Doo hair gel and Dristan for your hay fever took the audience back to a time when the group was popular and for many, a time when life may have been more enjoyable.


‘Rain’ plays the Beatles’ hits from the time period of their appearance on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’ As the group came out Throughout the perfor- bined in the Lyell B. Clay in the their red, orange, mance, the group inter- Concert Theatre. On each yellow and blue outfits, acted with the audience, song, audience members replicas of what the ac- making the entire experi- could always be heard tual Beatles wore, they ence even more personal singing and clapping began to play songs from for Beatles’ fans. along. the Sgt. Pepper time peAt one point during “The music of the Beariod, such as “With A Lit- the show, Bithorn said he tles is timeless, and it is tle Help From My Friends,” truly saw a lot of young somewhat the soundtrack “Eleanor Rigby,” “Lucy faces mixed with the for many people’s lives,” In The Sky With Dia- older generations in the Bithorn said. “Even today, monds” and “A Day In The audience. there are young people “I mean it. There are growing up with this music Life.” In outfits showcasing four generations of Bea- and listening to it for the the groups’ later years, the tles’ fans here,” Bithorn first time. You have to adgroup came out to play said. “But as long as mit, when you hear a Beamany Beatles favorites, you listen to this music, tles song on the radio, it’s such as “Strawberry Fields you’ll remain young at almost like you’re hearing Forever,” “All You Need Is heart.” it for the first time. There’s Love,” “In My Life,” “Come This show garnered such a quality to it that just Together,” “Let It Be” and more singing from the takes you back.” “Hey Jude,” to finish out packed theater than all of the show. the shows I’ve seen

How to get back on track after spring break BY STEPHANIE MESSINGER A&E WRITER @DailyATHENAEUM

Getting back on track after spring break is going to be quite the struggle for everyone at WVU. Though coming back to campus to greet our long lost friends with the idea of Saint Patrick’s Day festivities helped the overall morale of returning, it was quickly shut down after having to snap back to reality with a full day of classes. With the memories of Panama City Beach, Las Vegas and family vacations still lingering, there might be some ways to get back on board with school. First, peel open the planners and agendas after a week of being zipped up in the backpack you were so sure you’d open over break and start taking a second look at what is com-

ing up. Whether scheduling advising appointments or just planning out your weekly bar crawl, set a schedule per hour on your phone or laptop to manage your remaining weeks wisely. One of the simplest things to do to relieve that anxiety of all the things to come is to make a red, yellow and green to-do list. Highlight in red or orange the urgent things you have to get done, such as studying for that test you’ve been procrastinating all week. Use the yellow highlighter as a caution tool to remind you of what is creeping up on your urgent list, such as scheduling for classes or paying a pesky parking ticket. Highlight all other items in green. These are things to do that don’t need to be done right now but definitely need to be checked off eventually. Prioritizing is key.

With only six short weeks left to go in this final stretch to summer, it is important to either keep up with your work you left before leaving for break or start bringing up those midterm grades – you might have slacked off when planning for Panama. Stop by the new Panera Bread, which opened downtown Tuesday, grab a coffee and leave a couple minutes early to help get those extra participation points in your classes. It’s time to make yourself get out of bed, make it to those classes for the first time all semester and get studious. Sick of the kids in the library who attempt to whisper about their Saturday night life extravaganzas? Start your Sunday mornings off at Morgantown’s own Cafe Mojo, Blue Moose Cafe or even Elizabeth Moore Hall.

Tudor’s Biscuit World on High Street will surely provide you with a budgetbalanced breakfast. Now that the weather is finally starting to feel a little warmer, get outside and enjoy some fresh air to perk up your mood. Change up your schedule a little bit to keep you going strong, and make study dates with your friends and classmates to finally start cracking down on the classes you’ve been struggling to keep up with. Feeling really excited to get a jumpstart back into school? Start your morning with a workout to get your blood flowing. Now, for those of you who used break wisely, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself for beating the majority of students who suffered from procrastination during the seven-day sleepfest. daa&


Wednesday March 19, 2014




Buie ready to play again following year off

Inconsistent play led to WVU demise in 2013-14 Inconsistent play was the ultimate downfall for the West Virginia men’s basketball team in the 2013-14 season. While the Mountaineers finished .500 in arguably the best college basketball conference in all of the country, losses to Virginia Tech and Purdue, among others, didn’t help the Mountaineers’ cause for the NCAA tournament. WVU started conference play 2-0. Granted, the two wins were over TCU and Texas Tech, but the Mountaineers were off to one of their best starts in league play in recent years. Then, West Virginia lost three in a row to then-No. 11 Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas State. In two of those three losses, WVU wasn’t really in the game, either. After splitting games against Texas Tech (win) and Oklahoma State (loss), the Mountaineers won three in a row over Baylor, Kansas State and the first quality win of the season against then-No. 21 Oklahoma. After a loss to then-No. 8 Kansas, West Virginia had its biggest statement win of the season against thenNo. 11 Iowa State, as the Mountaineers had a 10277 win over the Cyclones. All hope for the Big Dance was back and alive once again. Believers thought West Virginia could only get better after that performance. However, that wasn’t the case. The Mountaineers dropped the next three games of the season at Texas, at home against Baylor and at Iowa State. The belief WVU could make a serious postseason run was in jeopardy. After a win over TCU and a loss at Oklahoma, WVU needed to pile some wins together to have any chance at the NCAA tournament. The last regular season game saw the power of the league in the Kansas Jayhawks. Once again, WVU played one of its best games of the season and took down KU, shooting 53 percent from the field and 56 percent from beyond the arc. In that game, sophomore guard Eron Harris led the way with 28 points, while junior guard Juwan Staten added 24 points and freshman forward Devin Williams had 22 points and 13 rebounds. The hope for WVU fans was that it could make a serious run in the Big 12 Conference tournament. Once again, inconsistent play from the Mountaineers was their ultimate downfall. While some believe Texas is a bad matchup for West Virginia, the Mountaineers’ performance Thursday night was flat-out embarrassing. Texas raced out to a 21-4 lead and never looked back. The third-seeded Longhorns built a 20-point lead late in the first half, and eventually made it past 30 points at a point in the second half before cruising to the finish line over the sixth-seeded Mountaineers. Going into the conference tournament, WVU’s NCAA tournament hopes were minimal. After shooting 30 percent in the game and missing 18 of its first 20 shots, West Virginia’s hopes for the Big Dance took a severe hit. WVU’s starting five of Juwan Staten, Eron Harris, Devin Williams, Remi Dibo and Nathan Adrian combined to go 2-for-22 from the field. After such a lopsided performance Thursday, the theme of the season became true once again for West Virginia. It’s inconsistent play was the ultimate downfall in regard to the NCAA tournament. But then again, maybe the NIT was the best situation for this group of players.

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West Virginia redshirt junior Andrew Buie celebrates in a game against Texas in the 2012 season.

by greg madia multimedia editor @dailyathenaeum

With 7:56 minutes to go in the first quarter of the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl, West Virginia true freshman running back Andrew Buie made the first of many great plays for the Mountaineers on the night. It was 2nd and 7 when then-WVU quarterback Geno Smith dumped the ball to Buie. A Clemson defender spun Buie toward the ground. The problem was Buie’s knees or shoulders never hit the ground, his body managed to stay on top of the Clemson defender. Buie rolled over him and kept running, while the other 10 guys in Orange thought the play was over. Buie gained 16 yards and less than a minute later, WVU scored its first

of 10 touchdowns that night. The Jacksonville, Fla., native appeared to be mature beyond his years during that small window of his career. Little did anyone know, Buie would eventually step away from the program less than two years later. “Sometimes in life you have to do what’s best for you,” Buie said. “I had to do what’s best for Andrew Buie, and I felt going home last semester and spending time with my family would be the best thing for me.” After leading the program in rushing through the 2012 regular season, it came to a surprise when Buie decided to take the 2013 fall semester off. “I took last fall to work on me. I didn’t worry too much about football. I was just worried about getting myself to where I needed to be. I wanted to get back in school for the winter, so

that’s what I was worried about,” Buie said. Before Buie took a hiatus from Morgantown, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen brought in a slew of running backs to add depth while competing alongside Buie for the job. Dreamius Smith and Wendell Smallwood participated in spring football. Then Houston transfer Charles Sims came to town for the fall, which left Buie wondering how it would all play out once the season started. “It bothered me. But what can you do about it realistically, except accept it,” Buie said. Realistically, Buie knew he had to mature. Going home and spending time with his family helped him grow up, despite being away from college. “I learned so much from getting to be around my dad, watching the way

that he works hard,” Buie said. “He’s a barber, and he works long hours to provide for me and my brothers. I’ve never seen a human being work like that. If I could have half his work ethic, I should be alright in life, not even talking about football.” Being home allowed Buie to realize he had to work for success. He knew he wanted to comeback to WVU and play football, but knew he wasn’t going to be given anything. Buie kept in contact with both Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson during his time away. He also worked out and kept his body in football shape. “I didn’t just go home and kick up or put my feet up on the beach. I wasn’t just sitting in the La-Z-Boyall day,” Buie said. “There is that competitive nature of the beast, especially since I was home when I should

have been here playing football.” After watching West Virginia from afar during the 2013 season, Buie is happy to be back in Morgantown. The time away from the game has made him appreciate what he’s missed. “I just needed to be more mentally focused. Just maturing all around, I needed that. The break was real good for me. Going home (and) getting back with my family was good, but I’m back and ready to work,” he said. A main difference this time for the 5-foot-9, 190lb. back is that he will handle the competition in the backfield better. “I just have to go out there and be the best Buie I can be every day. I’m not worried about anybody else, as long as I’m working to put the team in the best position,” he said.

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Mountaineers could have career season in 2013-14 by kevin hooker sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia women’s basketball team is having one of its greatest seasons in program history. At 29-4, the Mountaineers have matched their 2010 team for most wins in a single season, and their No. 5 ranking in the Associated Press two weeks ago was the highest ranking in program history. WVU needs just a single win in the tournament to break the program record for most wins in a season. Despite falling short to Baylor in the Big 12 Conference championship, WVU earned its highest

seed in program history and will enter the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a 2-seed. The 2014 tournament is the fifth-straight appearance for WVU and eighth with coach Mike Carey at the helm. Carey has coached the team since 2001. “We’re just excited to have this opportunity again,” said senior guard Christal Caldwell. “I think this team is hungry, and we want to do a lot in the tournament.” Carey shared similar sentiments regarding the NCAA tournament. “Let’s thank the (selection committee),” Carey said. “For us to get a 2-seed – that was great. I thought

we might be a 3-seed after losing the Baylor game, but I think the committee saw what we did throughout the course of the year.” Despite their renowned success throughout the years, WVU women’s basketball is still relatively unknown on campus. Last season, the showdown against Brittany Griner and the Lady Bears was the highest attended game at the WVU Coliseum (including men’s basketball) with 13,447 attendees. Though the Mountaineers were blown out 80-49, no crowd remotely as large has filled the Coliseum since then. The WVU women’s basketball team saw low attendance for home games

in the Big 12 this season, averaging just more 2,700 fans per game. The men’s team, on the other hand, averaged more than 8,500 fans with a 17-14 regular season record. Despite these numbers, they failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. “When you don’t get as much respect as you think you deserve, it makes you play a lot harder,” Caldwell said. With five seniors on the team, the national championship opportunity window could close after this season or as long as it takes Coach Carey to rebuild off his losses. While all five seniors have contributed greatly during their four years

with the program, the notable standout is center Aysa Bussie. Bussie has gradually improved since her freshman season, and has rebounded nicely during her senior year after tearing her ACL before the start of the 2012 season. At 6 feet 4 inches, Bussie averages 13 points, 7.6 rebounds and two blocks per contest. “I’ve said it since her freshman year – Bussie is the best defensive center in the country,” Carey said. The Mountaine ers tipoff the 2014 NCAA tournament Sunday against 15-seed Albany in Baton Rouge, La.


WVU concludes spring season opener over weekend by anthony pecoraro sports writer @DAILYATHENAEUM

The West Virginia University rowing team opened its spring season Friday at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Mountaineer head coach Jimmy King said in an interview with he was disappointed in the way his team performed and there is a lot of work to be done. “(It was) not at all the weekend we envisioned, and obviously we have our work cut out for us in the weeks ahead,” King said. “We gained some valuable information about our crews through the three rounds of racing that will aid us in determining how we proceed from here.” The Mountaine ers

opened the regatta Saturday in the varsity 8 against Notre Dame and Louisville. WVU’s varsity boat came in last at 7:03.14, while the Fighting Irish took first place with a time of 6:31.7 In the varsity 4’s, Notre Dame won again with a time of 6:37.7. WVU’s boat crossed the line at 8:00.48. The second varsity boat followed at 8:06.23, and the third varsity crew finished in 8:15.33. In the novice 8’s, the Mountaineers took fourth place with a time of 7:30.84. Virginia’s crew took first in the heat with a time of 6:48, followed by Louisville and Notre Dame. In Saturday’s afternoon session, WVU competed against Minnesota and Dayton. In the varsity 8, the top-boat for the Mountaineers finished in 7:19.09 behind the Golden

Gophers, who won the heat with a time of 6:54.1. The second varsity crew for WVU took second with a time of 7:25.54, behind Minnesota’s 7:02:5. Dayton’s finished in third with a time of 8:06.86. The Mountaineers finished in second place in the varsity 4’s, completing the 2,000-meter course in 8:46.45. The Mountaineers top time of the session came from the second varsity crew, which finished in a time of 8:31.79, while the third varsity crew turned in at 8:46.21. Minnesota took first in the first and second varsity heats, while Alabama took the third varsity race. In Saturday’s night edition, the novice 8 boat for the Mountaineers took third, recording a time of 7:39.62. The Rolling Tide earned second with a time of 7:33.96, while Kansas

took first with a time of 7:19.6. On Sunday morning, WVU went up against Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kansas. In the varsity 8 heat, the Mountaineers crossed in 7:14.17, behind the Badgers first place finish at 6:50.2. WVU’s second varsity boat closely followed the Mountaineers’ top-boat, finishing in 7:17.65. Wisconsin’s second varsity crew turned in the fastest time of the session, recording a time of 6:47.7. In the novice 8 heat, WVU came in third with a time of 7:48.16, finishing behind Kansas and Tennessee. The Mountaineers’ varsity 4 boat had a time of 7:57.79, as the Badgers won the heat in 7:25.7. WVU’s second varsity boat took third, beating out Tennessee with a time of 8:19.83. The third varsity

boat came in at 8:28.56. The Mountaineers will host a scrimmage against George Mason March 29 on the Monongahela River.

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swimming & diving

WVU closes out season in Blacksburg by dillon durst sports writer @dailyathenaeum

The West Virginia University diving teams closed out their season at the Zone “A” Diving Championships March 10-11 in Blacksburg, Va. Junior Haily VandePoel headlined Day One of the competition, making the finals in the 1-meter diving event and finishing seventh with a score of 501.25. Sophomore Lindsay Schmidt finished No. 32 overall on the 1-meter with

a score of 206, while junior Jennifer Rey finished No. 36 with a score of 203.95, and sophomore Tori Taffner finished No. 40 with a score of 199.75. On the men’s side, senior Liam McLaughlin finished No. 33 on the 3-meter with a score of 245.05. “Overall it was a good meet for the team,” said WVU head diving coach Michael Grapner in an interview with WVUsports. com. “Haily (VandePoel) had an excellent day. She made improvement on all her dives from prelims to

finals and was very happy with her performance.” VandePoel once again turned in a team-best performance on Day Two of action, making the finals in the 3-meter and finishing eighth overall with a score of 545.85. Schmidt finished No. 21 with a score of 237.3, while Rey finished No. 29 with a score of 221.3, and Taffner finished No. 39 with a score of 203.5. McLaughlin closed out the day and his career finishing No. 46 on the 1-meter with a score of 207.55.

Next on the schedule for the men’s swimming team is a trip to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships March 27-29. Juniors Tim Squires, Chris Brill, Julien Vialette and senior Bryce Bohman and freshman Nate Carr will be among those competing for the men. The women will next compete at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday through Saturday.

women’s tennis

WVU hopes to compete in tough Big 12 by anthony pecoraro sports writer @dailyathenaeum

After a 0-9 inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference for the West Virginia University women’s tennis team, the Mountaineers are hoping to bounce back this season and compete with the rest of the Big 12. West Virginia kicked off its Big 12 portion of the season this past weekend with losses to No. 52 Kansas State, 4-3, and a shutout to No. 35 Kansas, 7-0. Even with a 0-2 start for the Mountaineers in their second season in the Big 12, first-year head coach and Slovenia native Miha

Lisac said he came away with optimism from these two matches, especially from the match against the Wildcats Friday. “We had a couple of players (who) handled the match very well,” Lisac said. “Oana (Manole) played very well, handling the first set and running away in the second. Irinka (Toidze) had a very good showing as well. She did exactly what she had to do in order to be successful.” Lisac said he wants his squad to not only compete with the rest of the Big 12 but wants the rest of this stellar conference to be frightened when coming to the Ridgeview Racquet Club in Morgantown.

“We would like to have the best home court advantage in the Big 12 and have other teams dreading coming to Morgantown and having to face West Virginia,” Lisac said. As the season continues, Lisac said he understands his team will be filled with challenges against many ranked opponents and then concluding the season at the Big 12 Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. However, he said he still believes his squad can be a top level program. “My vision for the top level program has included more than just developing a high level team of young ladies,” Lisac said. “We are working on

drawing more people out to matches and building community support.” Lisac said he knows his team has the playmakers to win but also realizes it will take the Morgantown community’s support to help this team the rest of the way this spring. “Through community support, we would also like to send a message that we are a team with high goals and a strong future and a force to be reckoned with,” he said. The Mountaineers will be in action this weekend, taking on No. 17 Baylor and No. 22 Texas on the road.

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Phil Jackson smiles as he is introduced as the new president of the New York Knicks Tuesday in New York. NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson is back in New York, providing the Knicks stability, championshipbuilding ideas and a link to the franchise’s best days. Jackson was introduced Tuesday as team president of the Knicks, in the midst of another difficult season and with no easy path to a quick fix. But Jackson has won here before, done plenty of it since and says a couple of years off have left him ready to take on what might be his toughest challenge, turning this dysfunctional franchise into a champion again. “It would be a capstone on the remarkable career that I’ve had,” Jackson said. Jackson was a member of the Knicks’ title teams in 1970 and 1973, and they haven’t won since. He went on to win 11 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. This will be his first time as an executive and the Knicks say he will be in charge of all basketball decisions. Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said he “willingly and gratefully” is stepping back to give Jackson the power to make the changes. “Phil has a vision for the Knicks that I know will put us on the path for success,” Dolan said. Steve Mills will remain

general manager. “I think that we have a teamwork situation here that’s going to be really quite swift and capable of making some important changes as we move forward,” Jackson said. The Knicks announced the hiring in the lobby of Madison Square Garden, with a giant “Welcome Home Phil” sign overhead and racks of his old No. 18 jersey on sale. He signed a five-year contract that reportedly will pay at least $12 million annually. After living in California for many years, Jackson said he would spend significant time in New York, starting with Wednesday’s game against Indiana. He’s got big decisions coming up involving Carmelo Anthony and coach Mike Woodson. It’s the second reorganization in six months for the Knicks, who fired GM Glen Grunwald days before the start of training camp. Mills replaced him even though he had no previous experience running the basketball side. The deal began to take shape at a holiday party hosted by a mutual friend of Jackson and Dolan. Though Jackson quickly declined interest in coaching, they agreed to keep talking.

It will be tough for Jackson to make big changes quickly in New York, where the Knicks face with the salary cap problems. Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani will all be in the final year of expensive contracts, making them difficult to unload. And they traded their first-round pick to Denver in 2011 to acquire Anthony. Jackson alluded to that, saying the Knicks “were going to have to go out and work the bushes for players this next year.” But he has a vision for how he wants to do it, a change from the Knicks’ way of too frequently adding big-name players who don’t fit any particular style. Jackson said he won’t insist that the Knicks run the triangle offense that worked so well for him with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, then Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. But he made it clear he believes in the system’s principles of passing, movement and teamwork. But it’s not just Xs and Os that have doomed the Knicks during a mostly disastrous decade. It’s the policies of Dolan, who has too often involved himself in basketball decisions. Jackson said he will be accessible and will focus on things such as “how players


are treated” and “the kind of culture that’s built.” “This organization has suffered in the past few years from things I think have just been created, by press, by lack of continuity, by lack of solidarity.” It wasn’t like that when Jackson played in New York. Those teams not only thrived on the court but were well-known and well-liked around the city, players such as Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dave DeBusschere. “This is the best place to play basketball,” Jackson said. Jackson is marrying the daughter of late Lakers owner Jerry Buss and said he will continue to spend time in California, where his children and grandchildren live. Jackson said he didn’t know how much day-today work he would handle. After five knee and hip surgeries, Jackson is “not easily able to move around” on commercial airlines or scouting at small gyms. That ruled out coaching, the job that Knicks would have loved him to do. But the work needed from the front office might ultimately be more important. “Now to come back to where I’ve started in basketball, it’s a great feeling,” Jackson said.

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West Virginia men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins looks on in frustration in Tuesday night’s game against Georgetown.

Smith-Rivera, Georgetown cruise past West Virginia 77-65 in first round of NIT Tuesday by connor murray associate sports editor @connorkmurray

After going back and forth with Georgetown in the first half, West Virginia’s season came to an end with a 77-65 loss to the Hoyas at McDonough Arena Tuesday night. The Mountaineers led by as many as five points in the game, but ran out of gas down the stretch as Georgetown made its move and pulled away a little more than midway through the second half. West Virginia’s defense had no answer for Georgetown sophomore guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who scored 23 of his 32 points in the second half to spark the Hoyas’ late run. Smith-Rivera said his teammates were a big factor in what allowed him to have such a productive second half. “Mostly it was just great screens. Markel (Starks)

was finding me on the perimeter and on back cuts,” Smith-Rivera said. “It definitely was just being in the right place at the right time.” Senior guard Markel Starks said watching his teammate get hot from the field in the second half helped to turn the tide of the game. “It was so much fun out there. I didn’t know he missed six shots. I felt like he missed like two. He was in rhythm today,” Starks said. Guard Juwan Staten answered any doubts about the health of his ankle in the first half, as he led the Mountaineers with 15 points at the break. He finished the game with 23 points. Despite his offensive output, Staten said West Virginia experienced some defensive breakdowns that led to the game getting out of hand in the second half. “I don’t think we guarded that well. I think

they just missed a lot of shots early,” Staten said. “We came out and let them get the same shots that they were getting early, and the difference is they were making them in the second half.” West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said the team hasn’t been able to get into a rhythm on defense all season. Because of that, the Mountaineers have been forced to get into shootouts with opponents, and when the team’s shots aren’t falling with consistency, the result is predictable. “We haven’t guarded all year. If we can’t outscore you, we’re not going to win. Which is a terrible, terrible way to be,” Huggins said. With the season behind them, Huggins said his team has to make more of a commitment to the game of basketball in the offseason. “I guess it’s like anything else. It’s like a girl-

friend. If you don’t pay attention to her, she’s not going to be around very long. She’s probably going to treat you bad. That’s (like) basketball,” Huggins said. After a season of missed opportunities, Huggins said his players need to get back to respecting the game and put in the necessary time and effort to make strides heading into next season. “If you don’t treat the game with respect, if you don’t put time into it, if you don’t really care about it, it’s not going to treat you very good. We’ve got to fall in love with basketball.”

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Junior WVU guard Juwan Staten tries to get past Georgetown defenders in transition in Tuesday night’s game against the Hoyas.

WVU gets a 2-seed, set to take on 15-seed Albany Sunday by jon fehrens sports writer @dailyathenaeum

On Monday inside the WVU Practice Facility, the wait to find out their 2014 NCAA tournament standing finally ended as the Mountaineers learned they earned the highest seed in program history. West Virginia, a 2-seed, will take on 15-seed Albany in a first-round matchup at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. “Let’s thank the committee,” said WVU head coach Mike Carey. “For us to get a 2-seed – that was great. I thought we might be a 3-seed after losing the Baylor game, but I think the committee saw what we did throughout the course of the year.” Despite West Virginia’s fifth consecutive tournament appearance and highest seeding in school history, there is still resentment that resonates through this team. It is the same feeling that guided the Mountaineers to a 29-4 school record and a share of the Big 12 Conference regular season title. When ESPN announced WVU’s side of the bracket, the analysts did not ac-

knowledge any of the Mountaineers achievements during the regular season, which causes Carey and his team to feel like they were not getting the credit they deserve. “When you don’t get as much respect as you think you deserve, it makes you play a lot harder. You just want to prove them wrong and show them that we can do more than they think we can,” said senior guard Christal Caldwell. “Regardless, I think this team is hungry, and we want to do a lot in this tournament.” While players and coaches may not have liked the way ESPN portrayed their game, ESPN analyst Kara Lawson made a very strong point. Of all the top seeds in the tournament, West Virginia may have the hardest path to the Final Four. In order to advance to Nashville, Tenn., in early April, the Mountaineers will have to battle last season’s runner-up 3-seed Louisville and the historic 1-seed Tennessee. However, it happens to be that the Mountaineers play better basketball on the road. “I think they are a little more focused. Dis-

tractions aren’t there as much. They enjoy going in front of large crowds and making them sit on their hands,” Carey said. “I think they enjoy beating people on the road. No crowd is going to intimidate them.” Sunday’s game is the first time West Virginia and Albany will face each other, with the game airing live on ESPN. If the Mountaineers advance to the second round, they will face the winner of 7-seed LSU and 10-seed Georgia Tech Tuesday.

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Members of the West Virginia women’s basketball team celebrate after the announcement of a 2-seed Monday evening.

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