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WVU fans to ‘Stache the stadium’ this weekend By Summer Ratcliff City Editor

When first-year West Virginia University punter Nick O’Toole stepped onto the field in his Division-I debut against William & Mary, he became an instant fan favorite. O’Toole, a JUCO transfer from Fullerton College in southern California, shocked Mountaineer Nation with his booming punts, which averaged 50.6 yards, against the Tribe. “It was kind of crazy. When I got on the field everything went black, and my mind kind of just shut off,” O’Toole said. “It was all muscle memory; I just trusted my technique.” After O’Toole’s second punt, fans at Milan Puskar Stadium and across the Wythe Woods/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

country quickly realized the talent he possessed and began to take notice. However, shortly after the game, the new punter became known for more than just his stellar punts. His now famous mustache also grabbed the attention of thousands of fans. While at Fullerton College, O’Toole said he would shave something different with his beard each week, so when he found out he was heading to WVU he decided to up the ante. “Once I came to West Virginia I was thinking it would be really funny if I got here and pulled off this mustache thing, and then I started growing my hair out, too,” O’Toole said. “I just thought it would be really funny and people would make fun of it. I never thought it would take on this persona.”

After the WVU win over William & Mary, a Nick O’Toole fan page was launched on Facebook. Less than two weeks later, the page approximately has more than 3,000 likes. Founder of “Nick O’Toole Fans” as well as the popular “EersNation” page, Josh Scott, said he knew a fan page for the punter and his signature mustache would be a hit. “Our punter looks like a defensive lineman and has an awesome mustache,” Scott said. “Things like ‘boomstache’ make the season and games more fun. Fans gravitate to it like the ‘Legends of Owen Schmitt’ and ‘Bruuuuuce’.” As if the fan page wasn’t enough excitement, Scott also decided to create a ‘Stache The Stadium’ event for

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Punter Nick O’Toole warms up before coming up to kick in a recent game.

Applications now available for Fraternity rush comes to a close Mr. & Ms. Mountaineer by laura haight correspondent

BY Megan Calderado Staff Writer

Each fall during West Vi r g i n i a U n i v e r s i t y ’s Mountaineer Week, a panel of judges honors two distinguished undergraduate students by awarding them the titles of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer. The award is given to one male and one female student who have gone above and beyond in their academic achievements and extracurricular involvement. Erin Blake, special events coordinator said she believes the Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer awards are the most prestigious honor a WVU student can receive. “It’s kind of like homecoming king and queen, but instead of being voted

on by your classmates or your friends, this is decided by faculty and staff on campus,” Blake said. “A lot of times people will be nominated by one of their professors or maybe an advisor of an organization they’re a part of. It’s somebody who’s seen that they’ve worked hard and really excelled in their classes and extracurriculars.” Earlier this week, forms were released for students to begin the application process. Candidates must be graduating in May 2014 and need to submit their completed application by Sept. 27. Blake said while the number of applicants varies, they typically receive about 60 applicants each year. A panel of faculty and

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members of the community will then look at the students’ anonymous applications, which include their GPA, awards and honors, what they’re involved in and two essays. “In the review panel they look at if the students have been involved in things – not necessarily involved in a lot of things but if they’re actively taking part in organizations. They see that they’re busy but can still handle keeping their grades up and things like that,” Blake said. The crowd of participants is then narrowed down to five male and five female finalists by a different panel. These 10 students will be announced on the

This week, around 1,500 young men took the first step in becoming fraternity brothers by attending West Virginia University’s annual fraternity recruitment. Greek life consumes roughly 10 percent of the campus population, and WVU is home to 18 Greek Fraternities, all of which opened their houses to potential new members. During these recruitment parties, potential new members are able to visit the houses and meet with the brothers. At these visits, brothers host events that can range from smoking cigars to playing football, anything that provides an opportunity for potential members to get to know the brothers better. Cory Dobson/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM

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Walk to benefit American Heart Association by meghan bonomo staff writer

The Greater Morgantown Heart Walk fundraiser is raising money to continue the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke with a 5k. The event will be held at Mylan Park Sept. 21 and provides students and Morgantown residents an opportunity to increase donations for the American Heart Association. Valerie Grimes, division director of the American Heart Association, explained the fundraiser’s specific ambitions. “The funds we raise through the Greater Morgantown Heart Walk help

the American Heart Association get one step closer to achieving our goal,” Grimes said. “Our goal is that by the year 2020, we’ll improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing death from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent.” Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans, and the Morgantown community can help. “Heart disease and stroke are the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 most common causes of death, so the event encourages walkers to improve their own heart health by getting active,” Grimes said. “The Heart Walk also raises money for

our work with research, education and advocacy.” This year, the goal for the Heart Walk is to raise $110,000. “We have many fabulous sponsors who have given us a great start to reaching this goal, but we need help,” Grimes said. “Every dollar donated makes a big difference. We wouldn’t be able to save lives and improve lives without the help of donations.” The event welcomes all, and it typically works with companies and schools who gather teams of walkers. “We also have many community teams involved,” Grimes said. “They are typically motivated by

a personal connection to heart disease and stroke. For many of the walkers involved, this is a great way to remember those we’ve lost to heart disease and stroke and to celebrate our survivors.” Last year, approximately 340 walkers participated, and the association is hoping for an even bigger turnout this year. “We have some enthusiastic new teams involved this year, including each school within the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center,” Grimes said. “We’re so excited for West Virginia University to have a larger presence this year at the Heart Walk.” Diana Gilleland, a faculty

member of the Department of Human Performance, has been participating in the Heart Walk for more than 20 years. “WVU has different teams, and I have the team for exercise physiology, so my job is to try and recruit walkers who want to show up to the event and raise some money for the American Heart Association,” Gilleland said. There is no minimum donation to participate, but even $10 makes a difference. Gilleland said she is looking forward to continuing her participation in the 5k. “My passion is heart disease,” she said. “It runs in

my family, but I didn’t know that when I was a student. I got into cardiac rehab and working with the American Heart Association.” Those interested in the cause can join an existing team, start a new team or walk as an individual. To register, visit www. or to volunteer for the Heart Walk, contact Valerie Grimes at valerie.grimes@ For more information on the American Heart Association and the Heart Walk, contact Debbie Viola via phone at 412-208-3568 or e-mail her at debbie.viola@

Naticakes to host fundraiser for Children’s Hospital A Morgantown treat is making life a little sweeter today as it gives back to the community. Naticakes, a sweet shop located at the Suncrest Towne Centre, always gives 10 percent of its profits to the Natalie Wynn Carter Foundation, which is committed to improving the lives of children throughout the world. However, today the shop will be giving six ounces of free frozen yogurt treats to all its guests. From 4-8 p.m., the sweet shop will accept donations benefiting the WVU Children’s Hospital while allowing visitors to enjoy a free cup of yogurt. “The idea would be that people donate what they would’ve paid for the yogurt, and we are giving 100 percent of those funds to the children’s hospital,” said Nicole Sloane, founder of the sweet shop. Naticakes was created and named for Sloane’s

niece, Natalie Carter, who passed away at 23 months in 2007. Today’s event serves as a birthday celebration for Natalie. “We try to make it kind of like Natalie’s birthday party,” Sloane said. Last year’s event raised $1,700 for the Natalie Wynn Carter Foundation, but this year, Sloane hopes to raise $5,000 for the WVU Children’s Hospital. “Our goal is to raise $2,500 tomorrow night between the Morgantown and Clarksburg stores,” Sloane said. “A donor will match whatever we raise.” The event will benefit the hospital’s expansion project, which development officer Dee O’Palko said is much needed at the hospital. “Our census every day is at or near full capacity, and so we desperately need to expand,” O’Palko said. “Naticakes has generously decided to have the proceeds benefit this.” O’Palko said Sloane con-

tributes to the hospital frequently, whether she’s donating time, cupcakes or compassion. “When she first opened up Naticakes here in Morgantown, she wanted to know how she could help WVU Children’s Hospital, and she’s been helping us ever since she’s been open,” O’Palko said. Sloane said helping the local community has always been important to her and is the real reason for her business. “This is really the heart of why we exist,” she said. “We’re a sweet shop, but we want to be a sweet shop both literally and figuratively.” “We really hope to create awareness for the children’s hospital and continue to develop a culture of giving back within Naticakes,” Sloane said. For more information about Naticakes, visit www.


Naticakes allows customers the option to use their variety of frozen yogurt and toppings to make their own creation.

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Continued from page 1 By the end of the week, potential new members can receive a bid to start their new member process in a fraternity. Brian Arndt, president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, encourages young men to better themselves by going Greek. “The stereotype and the stigma from the non-Greeks is just incredible. They don’t know who we are, they don’t know what we do. They think all we do is drink and skip class,” Arndt said. “What really happens and what is perceived to happen are two totally different things.” Members of fraterni-

ties must keep their grade point averages above a 2.5, and they tend to have a higher retention rate because fraternities give students an additional reason to come back to school. Robby Rodriguez, vicepresident the Interfraternity Council and junior exercise physiology student, found a home away from home in his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. “Being able to immerse myself around guys who are like me and are into the same hobbies as me really made me feel at home,” Rodriguez said. “We treat each other like family.” Fraternities engage, just as all Greek life, in philanthropic events. Each fraternity has its own philanthropy, which benefits the

community and national causes. Rodriguez said fraternities are also trying to get more involved with other campus organizations. “For instance, (we’re getting involved with) Mountaineers for Equality, which is representing the LGBT community,” Rodriguez said. Fraternities are also involved with Panhellenic activities as well as community service acts, such as the Greek clean up, which happens each semester. “Greek life is growing in West Virginia, and the future looks to be promising,” Rodriguez said. For more information about WVU Greek life, visit

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Continued from page 1 Saturday’s home game against Georgia State. “I am hoping guys will shave an awesome ‘boomstache’ and any women and children, or guys that can’t grow one, will wear a fake one,” Scott said. “It seems as though many will. If you look at the fan page you will see all the pictures that have already been submitted of people with their fake ‘boomstaches’ or guys that have epic mustaches.” DJ Yemi, a Morgantown

could really show my passion and dedication to that Mountaineer spirit.” Williams said being named Mr. Mountaineer was truly an honor. “All my family members are die-hard Mountaineer fans; my grandmother got to see every home game I cheered at and was in the stadium when I was announced as Mr. Mountaineer,” he said. “My grandmother, parents and family were so proud of me for representing our family as a Mountaineer.” Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer 2013 finalists will be presented and winners announced during the WVU vs. Texas f o o t b a l l ga m e Nov. 9. For more information or to apply for the award, visit http://mountaineerweek.

favorite, said he will be participating in the “Stache the Stadium” movement if his Twitter account, @DJYEMI, reaches 3,000 followers by Saturday. “I love the Mountaineers, and I’m all for good bonding with fans at WVU football games, so I made a deal with Josh Scott that I will sport a real ‘stache on Saturday if my Twitter gets to 3,000 followers,” Yemi said. “I’m cutting off all my facial hair and leaving a very healthy ‘stache on my face for the game.” Yemi said he believes fans should get on board with the movement just for the simple fact it’s a fun way

to show Mountaineer pride. “It’s always fun to see people joining together and doing something positive,” Yemi said. “It builds great morale for the season, while providing great school spirit among all the fans.” As for O’Toole, he said he can’t wait to see the fans sporting their real and fake ‘staches on Saturday as the Mountaineers take on the Georgia State Panthers. “I think it’s going to be hilarious,” O’Toole said. For more Mountaineer entertainment, follow “EersNation” on Facebook and Twitter.


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football field and escorted by two people of their choice during the Texas game. “It’s an amazing honor; not too many people get to go down on the field and have their names announced across the loud speaker, especially with their family,” Blake said. “But what’s so great about it is this is something that’s chosen by people who have seen the hard work that they’ve done and are rewarding them for it – that’s the best part I think.” Chris Williams, a WVU alumnus, was awarded the title of Mr. Mountaineer in 2004. “WVU football has an energy all its own; I get chills just thinking about it. Walking out on to the

field in the middle of that excitement is an unbelievable moment,” Williams said. “That Mountaineer energy in the stadium is just magnified when you are down on the field and part of the show.” While at WVU, Williams was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a coed service fraternity that allowed him to help lead students in volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community. He was also on the cheerleading team in addition to his volunteer and course work. “I thought it was something worthwhile to strive for as a student, so I kept the idea of the ‘true spirit of a Mountaineer’ in my head as I went through my years at WVU,” he said. “When it came to my senior year, I felt that I really loved being a Mountaineer, and this was how I

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Raging fire strikes at heart of Sandy-hit NJ SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A massive fire spitting fist-sized embers engulfed dozens of businesses along an iconic Jers e y shore b oardwalk Thursday, as workers racing to contain the blaze’s advance ripped up stretches of walkway only recently replaced in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. That last-ditch effort to save the heart of the town’s tourism business – and its very economic survival – appeared to have worked. Two hours after public works crews ripped out a 25-foot swath of boardwalk that had been hurriedly rebuilt for a visit to Seaside Heights by Prince Harry in May, the flames had not advanced past the break. Heavy equipment filled the breach with tall walls of sand to form makeshift dunes holding back not waves but fire. “So far, so good,” said Robert Matthies, the mayor of neighboring Seaside Park, where the blaze began around 2:30 p.m. The blaze remained out of control as of 8:30 p.m. but firefighters reported some progress in containing it. The six-alarm blaze began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park portion of the boardwalk and fanned by 15-20 mph

winds from an approaching storm system, quickly spread north into Seaside Heights, the boardwalk town where the MTV series “Jersey Shore” was filmed – and where the October storm famously plunged a roller coaster into the ocean. No serious injuries were reported, but the blaze destroyed all 32 businesses on the Seaside Park portion of the boardwalk, borough Councilwoman Nancy Koury told The Associated Press. An undetermined number of additional boardwalk businesses in Seaside Heights also were burned. The fire burned eight blocks: four on either side of the two towns’ border, Matthies said. “We’re going to be here for several days,” one firefighter said as he rushed toward the flames. A line of powerful thunderstorms that battered part of New Jersey swung north of Seaside Park, offering no help to some 400 firefighters battling the flames. The livelihoods of the two popular Jersey shore resort communities depend on summer tourism and they had just spent millions of dollars rebuilding their boardwalks, arcade games, pizza stands and bar and grills to be ready for the summer season.

“It’s devastating; I’ve been crying all afternoon,” said Shirley Kreszl, who has rented a summer home in Seaside Park for decades. “Haven’t we been hit enough? We try to rebuild and just when we think we saved a little bit of our town, this happens. It’s just not fair.” G ov. C h r i s C h r i stie, who raced to the fire scene, was typically blunt describing his thoughts as he approached the blaze. “I feel like I want to throw up,” he said. Koury said the fire caused several million dollars’ worth of damage. At one point, she said, flames jumped across Ocean Avenue, the oceanfront street, and ignited two or three small houses but firefighters quickly doused them. A motel near the boardwalk also was engulfed in flames. For hours, two boardwalk businesses, an arcade and the popular Saw Mill Cafe, escaped the flames. But shortly before 7 p.m. the arcade was engulfed in a huge orange fireball that rolled into the darkening sky, and flames licked against the side of the Saw Mill; it could not immediately be determined how badly damaged the cafe was. “I can’t believe this is happening,” Koury said as she watched the flames devour boardwalk struc-

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Capitol Steps to bring musical satire BY LACEY PALMER A&E EDITOR

When it comes to musical political satire, the Capitol Steps are no joke – though they’ll be bringing many jokes along with them to

perform at the MET tonight. What started as a performance at a Senate office Christmas party in 1981 has turned into a national phenomenon. According to Elaina Newport, co-founder of the Cap-

itol Steps and co-author of all of the material, the group decided to make fun of senators, congressmen and the president at the Christmas party – the very people for whom they work. “We hoped we wouldn’t

The Capitol Steps perform their routine full of political satire and music.

get in trouble for it,” Newport said. “The group kept going and going, and it’s been going 32 years now – of course, with different people over the years.” Although the group has a total of 25 members, only five actually perform in each Capitol Steps show. “The show tomorrow night may have 30 songs in it, so one person may be playing a dozen characters with different costumes and wigs,” Newport said. Newport said the amount of characters featured in the current show is what sets it apart from past performances. “We have everybody from John McCain to Barack Obama to Joe Biden. We have Kim Jong Il and



Governor Chris Christie, as well,” Newport said. “I think right now our show is very heavy on a million characters, which makes it challenging for the performers because they have to wear a lot of different wigs and change their accents all the time.” As co-author of the material, Newport said it can be challenging to come up with fresh material. “It’s kind of a weird way to make a living because you read the news thinking, ‘Okay, is this funny? And what rhymes with it?’” Newport said. Since 1981, the Capitol Steps have recorded more than 32 albums, including their most recent, “Fiscal Shades of Gray” and “Take the Money and Run for President.” The group has also been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio. One important aspect to note regarding the Capitol Steps performance is all of the material is bipartisan. “The main thing to remember about the show is that it’s bipartisan and makes fun of everybody,”

Newport said. “So, I think everybody leaves feeling like, ‘They got everybody and it was all in good fun.’” Although the majority of the members once held positions as staffers on Capitol Hill, only one member still works there, and ironically, she works for Jay Rockefeller in West Virginia. “She’s got a day job, though, so she is unable to travel,” Newport said. “Therefore, she won’t be there tomorrow, but we do have that West Virginia connection.” Although the Capitol Steps have never been to West Virginia, they’re looking forward to tonight’s show. “You’ll see Barack Obama sing a show tune, you’ll see Joe Biden sing a rock song, and you might see Governor Chris Christie do a classical ballet,” Newport said. “You just could see anything at a Capitol Steps show.” For more information on the Capitol Steps, visit The show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre.

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Color your life and throw your worries to the wind. The second annual Festival of Colors will take place Saturday in Moundsville, W.Va. “I’m excited to celebrate life with others,” said Vrindavana Das, project manager for the festival. “This festival brings together people from all cultural backgrounds to come together and celebrate life – with colors.” During the day-long event, every hour there will be a group color-throwing, in which brightly colored organic powders are tossed into the air. The Festival of Colors, also known as “Holi,” is the American version of a Hindu religious event celebrated around the world. Events have been held across the country that have attracted up to 80,000 people. Das said he encourages people to push aside their worries and the ways of the world to pause and celebrate life together. “Everybody wants to enjoy. Everybody wants to celebrate life. When we get the opportunity for a mass amount of people to come together to enjoy life together without considering their race, gender, ethnicity, we can all enjoy life together,” he said. “This is

our day to show our love and friendship for others.” Throughout the day, bands will play live music, vegetarian food will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to practice yoga. Last year’s event attracted more than 1,300 participants. Accord ing to Das, this year they hope to welcome more than 6,000 people to the event. Das said students from 33 universities, including West Virginia University, have been invited to the event. Das said he encourages students to come and cast away their worries for a day to celebrate with color. “We are excited to welcome students from different places and to have something like this for students. (This is a place where) they can come out and forget their studies, anxiety and stress from the campus,” he said. “This is a multicultural event; it’s a learning experience for them. We are excited to see this new festival grow as it brings a vibrant and enlivening atmosphere to all participants.” The festival will take place Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Palace of Gold in Moundsville. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit


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The School of Dance’s showcase, ‘Dance Now!’ auditions to be held Sunday BY JACK ROBERTS CORRESPONDENT

Auditions for West Virginia University’s annual dance concert “Dance Now!” will be held Sunday. Bring your dance belts, your tap shoes or just bring yourself. All WVU students are welcome to audition. There is no need to prepare anything, as dance combinations will be taught at the auditions. Each year during the spring semester, the School of Theatre & Dance provides an exciting show with an array of dance styles. This year marks the 59th year and will feature work from prestigious faculty members and WVU students, along with special guest artists from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. “‘Dance Now!’ is an opportunity to perform original work by students and faculty on the main Creative Arts Center stages,” said dance student Olivia Kinney. “It’s a very rewarding and fun experience bringing together dancers from all over the campus.” “Dance Now!” is quite

the collaborative effort, including choreography and dancers from diverse backgrounds. Bringing all of these different personalities and styles together in one concert can be a difficult task, but the end result is a show that demonstrates the strengths and abilities of those involved. “This is an opportunity for students, who for various reasons cannot take a dance class, to still be involved with dance while they’re here at WVU,” said Yoav Kaddar, WVU’s director of dance. “In the past, quite a number of students have started their involvement with the dance program through these auditions and performance opportunities.” According to Kaddar, there are 20 student choreographers lined up to create a piece for the show. “Of course not all will be selected for ‘Dance Now!’ but if they all complete their pieces, they will be presented at the fall dance concert ‘A Celebration of Dance,’” Kaddar said. Last year’s production, which featured approxi-


Students perform in 2012’s ‘Dance Now!’ production. mately 60 dancers, set a high standard for WVU’s dance program, and now that the school is offering a full degree in dance, the teachers, students and general public can only expect more. There is a lot of excitement and interest in what this new chapter will bring to our school, according to Kaddar. In the past, students have

gained valuable experience while working on this show. Dance student Demiah Edwards was involved in last year’s production, and he found the experience highly valuable. “I really loved it,” Edwards said. “It was a great experience.” Last year’s production featured myriad beautiful pieces including Edwards’ own work.

“There were many difficulties,” Edwards said, speaking of the piece, which he created about his grandparents. “Incorporating the right gesture, the right movement – it was about them spending their life together, and how their time was coming to an end together; it was really interesting and tough.” “Dance Now!” provides

a great opportunity for those interested in dance to get involved, meet new people and have a wonderful and enlightening experience. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Moore Hall dance studio located on the Downtown Campus, and auditions are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. daa&

Aqueous, The Main Squeeze prove to be a success at 123 Pleasant Street


Aqueous, from Buffalo, N.Y., opens for The Main Squeeze at 123 Pleasant Street Wednesday night.

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Wednesday night, 123 Pleasant Street provided one of the most legendary experiences I have had there as an Arts & Entertainment writer. Aqueous, a four-piece hailing from Buffalo, N.Y., either sold their souls to the devil or were created in a lab somewhere in the desert to be the next great funk heroes. People never go to a local show expecting to be floored like they would at an arena or festival show, but sometimes Aqueous is playing at said local show and they have no choice. The band took the stage with the quiet confidence of a group who has been parading around the country for decades, though they’ve only been together since 2006. Most of the crowd was truly unprepared. The band began to play and filled the room to capacity with their ultra progressive space funk odysseys that groove at the absolute highest level from start to finish. Musicianship of the highest order was displayed by all four members, with both guitarists bordering on virtuoso level skill. Parts with oscillating, trippy-effectladen, rhythm guitar sent the audience to another dimension before they were pulled back by powerful force with a righteous dual lead solo or a surprisingly heavy sound that can only be achieved through those Rage Against the Machineesque unison low end riffs. By the middle of their set list, there was barely a soul not on their feet on a fairly high attendance night.

Thus, stage banter was kept at a minimum, as this was a band who knew they were killing it and let their instruments speak for them. They spoke with vigor. Their compositions were constantly shifting in a tasteful manner and showed supremely imaginative yet melodic writing. Fans of bands like Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd would’ve found themselves enthralled by

the sheer awe of such a spectacular group. However, the most impressive thing about them was guitarist Mike Gantzer’s revelation that they play four shows a week while working their day jobs and somehow still find time to be constantly writing. Their attitude is equally impressive. “I think we would define success as being able to do this sustainably, where

we’re not worried about money, we’re comfortable and able to just write, record and control our own schedule,” Gantzer said. According to Gantzer, this was the band’s 93rd show of 2013, and they have 37 to go. Also playing on the night were headliners The Main Squeeze. The five-piece from Chicago has an impressive resume of serious success. Not only were

they handpicked by Rolling Stone magazine to open for The Roots and Jane’s Addiction at the Super Bowl, but they also recently won an international battle of the bands in China and played at Bonnaroo. Utilizing their own take on funk music, this band put on a formidable show in their own right. Although their brand was much less on the progressive side than Aqueous, the band still laid

down a bunch of really solid jams. They showcased a bit more commercial appeal as well. Vocalist Corey Frye has a really clear and brilliant tonal voice that perfectly complements the band’s chill funk. It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear a band with their talent level and soulful tunes escaping from radio speakers in the future. daa&



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A new kind of epidemic grips the nation Approximately 900,000 people die from it every year world wide. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the world and outnumbers the casualties of homicide and war combined. It’s not a disease or something you can catch, but the fatalities are rising every year. Suicide is a rising epidemic in the U.S. Studies show that approximately 90 percent of the people who commit suicide suffer from some form of psychological illness, and the traditional stigma that still surrounds these types of diseases only serves to worsen the issue. Many feel that emotional or psychological issues aren’t real problems.

Instead of recognizing the severity and prevalence of these issues, many choose to ignore them and live with their disorders until one day, the pain just becomes too much. Suicide used to be most common in young adults and the elderly, but currently there have been higher rates in the middle generation – suicide rates among Americans aged 35-64 have risen about 30 percent. Some claim it’s the advancement of technology that gives the illusion of popularity but really only makes us feel more alone. Some blame the lack of psychological care. Others point to the job market, cit-

ing a lack of concrete employment and a rise in casual, short-term work as a huge stressor. Many blame the rising demands for both high school and college students. The push to succeed has pervaded every aspect of schooling from academic to extracurricular. But the truth of the matter is suicide stems from a conglomeration of different factors. And this isn’t just something that happens in the news. Just last semester WVU student Andrew Streicher was found dead in a residence hall. University officials confirmed the death was a suicide. Streicher, 18, reportedly

showed few signs that he was depressed or even considering taking his own life. Although there are a few big indicators, including lack of sleep, loss of appetite, general moodiness and an aversion to making plans far into the future, there’s no way we can know for sure someone is truly suicidal. Often it feels embarrassing or nosey to suggest that a friend or family member is displaying some of these signs and should get help. Sometimes all it takes is a nudge in the right direction. WVU’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services is always available to help students and can often be the difference between life and death.

Other times all it takes is a simple statement to make someone feel worthwhile. Telling someone how much you appreciate them may seem silly but ultimately encourages the idea that person is important and that you would care if they suddenly weren’t in the world anymore. Suicide is a major issue around the world, but it doesn’t have to be. By eliminating the mental health stigma, utilizing and promoting self-help services and letting others know just how much you care about them, we can all do our part to fight against these alarming death rates.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Tell us! @dailyathenaeum Steve Carrell, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert pose shirtless for a recent parody on ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.’ One example of The Hawkeye Initiative.

Gender bending: a promising new media trend Celeste Lantz editor-in-chief

Lately in the news, there’s been an encouraging sight – men posing as women. No, I don’t mean men who are in drag for a show. I mean men who are parodying the roles in which women have been placed. For example, the wildly infamous “Blurred Lines” music video from Robin Thicke features hoards of scantily clad (or in the uncensored version, naked) women dancing around Thicke. And that’s not the only

one. The new “gender flipping” meme has been catching fire, poking fun at the media’s tendency to lean toward hyper-masculine or hyper-feminine photos in campaigns and especially Pinterest. The meme, which spoofs everything from video games to music to ads, is an entertaining and funny way of raising awareness of culturally constructed gender expectations. One of the most notable includes the fairly recent GIF of John Stewart, Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert shirtless in lewd positions, deemed “a moment of Zen” by Jon Stewart himself.

A more encouraging example is the feminizing and defeminizing of the mainly male-dominated realm of comic books. One of these instances, deemed the The Hawkeye Initiative, takes the front cover of the “Marvel Adventures Super Heroes Hawkeye & Black Widow” cover, featuring a manly Hawkeye leaping into an alley with a Black Widow upside down beside him, big breast, defined bottom, spread legs and all. In the parody, the cover is drawn in less detail (a more “girly” technique) with Black Widow leaping from the building with a gun in each hand and Hawkeye spread eagle be-

side her. These types of reimaginings are so important to the gender-neutralizing movement because they make space for women in a male-dominated outlet and also help young men to look beyond the ubermasculine stereotype. The gender-flipping example I’m most excited about is the “coverflip,” where “guy” novels are redesigned into the “women’s fiction” style. The originals, generally consisting of sharp lines, sparse illustration and block letters, are given a makeover with pastel colors and misty photos of pensive-looking girls. On the other side, girls’ books

are given the “bro” treatment with stark graphics and black and white. These flips are arguably the most important, because readers are often not as aware of the gendered nature of the book covers. Men will subconsciously stray away from “women’s fiction” for this reason. If covers are made more gender-neutral, the genre of women’s fiction would no longer exist, instead falling under what malewritten novels have already been called: fiction. Another form of gender flipping originates on Tumblr: Flip the News. Users create posts of news stories with the pronouns switched, leaving men

suddenly obsessed with fertility and shoe collections. This pulls into focus the mainstream outlets’ proclivity to focus on women’s abilities to conceive and domestic skills. This is wonderful progress toward equalizing the genders. No longer is there something a woman can do that a man can’t. Subliminally, these memes, covers and threads are shaping the way men and women view themselves and the products that are marketed toward them. We all know the first step to solving the problem is admitting there is one in the first place.


An absence of estrogen in politics: Why aren’t women running for office? Elena novak florida state university

T h e re’s s o m e t h i n g missing from our political offices, and the answer is in the hormones. We need more estrogen. Despite having successful female examples at the national level such as Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Nancy Pelosi, the number of women in political office is staggeringly low. According to a 2013 study by the Center for American Women and Politics, women comprise only 18.3 of Congress; in other words, they hold only 98 of the 535 seats. State and local politics fare no better: women make up 23.1 percent of statewide executive offices, 24.2 percent of state legislatures, and approx-


imately 17 percent of the mayoral positions in municipalities. What’s keeping women out of politics? Apparently, nothing more than the fact that women are less likely to consider running for office in the first place. Research conducted by Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox and published by the Brookings Institution, a D.C. think tank, revealed that women perform with equal success during the campaign stage. They simply are “substantially less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to seek elected office.” Lawless and Fox found that this is because women are less likely to want to “endure the rigors of a political campaign,” to be “recruited to run for office,” to “have the freedom to reconcile work and family obligations with a political career,” to “think they are ‘qualified’

to run for office,” and to “perceive a fair political environment.” Kristin Dozier, a county commissioner, said she thinks the biggest barrier really is a cultural norm that doesn’t show women in these leadership roles in 2013. Most women don’t think about this as something they want to do or could do. Women must break down barriers, talk about fundraising, all just tools in the toolbox – women just need to think it’s possible for them. In other words, women might be more worried about having what it takes to mount a successful campaign than they are about what happens after they win. Besides having to constantly be in performance mode, political candidates have to also be comfortable asking for money. Perhaps the most diffi-

cult campaign hurdle to prepare for is being under constant public scrutiny, not only for yourself – struggling through name-calling, defamation, what have you – but for your family, your parenting style, your leisure. But since these are just tools in the toolbox, they shouldn’t prevent women from considering a run for office, in Dozier’s opinion. “There are unique challenges for women candidates with how the media responds to them, fundraising, skills-building, that I think we do need to work on, but you can certainly overcome everything,” she said. Want a woman you know to run? All you have to do is ask – several times. According to an article by Barbara Lee on Huffington Post Women, “women need to be asked between three and seven times to run for office. Men don’t

wait to be asked.” Recent Florida State graduate Brooke Renney has been asked to run numerous times; having graduated with a dual degree in Political Science and International Affairs, she knows a significant amount about the political system, but is not currently planning to run. “Women especially, I have noticed, just don’t take charge the way men do on political issues,” she said. “People care about what affects them the most, and I think politics and public policy has the ability to negatively affect men more than women and perhaps that’s why they tend to care more.” This is even more reason why women need fellow women in office to represent the needs they have that male political officials have a hard time relating to. Renney also believes

that media representation has deterred women from the ballot. “Women could feel insecure about running because society is typically harder on women in leadership positions,” she said. “Sarah Palin’s run for Vice President and Hillary Clinton’s constant scrutiny is a prime example of that. “Sarah Palin was blamed for McCain’s failed presidency, and Bill Clinton is somehow always associated with Hillary’s success. I guess society may still view women as weak emotionally or incapable of serving as strong leaders.” Amid all the evidence that women are shy about throwing their hat in the ring, hope lies in educating women about their options, in training them in the necessary skills, and in men and women encouraging other women to take the plunge.






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HOROSCOPE BY JACQUELINE BIGAR BORN TODAY This year you move forward and create more of what you desire. Your creativity and intellect work together, which opens one door after another. The unexpected occurs several times this year when you least expect it, and it forces you to rethink your relationships. If you are single, you might not realize how desirable you are. You have choices. If you are attached, your sweetie develops a new dimension to his or her personality that is very unpredictable. Go with the flow, and accept that you can’t change this person. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Confusion surrounds your immediate plans. Many last-minute changes could emerge, but you will handle them well. The unexpected

will occur in your daily life. Enjoy it rather than fight it. You also might want to rethink a project you’ve been working on. Tonight: In the limelight. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHHH Take news with a grain a salt, and consider the source of the information. You might want to do some fact-checking and speak with the parties involved. As a result, you will see the situation differently from how your source does. Tonight: If you can, take off for the weekend. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHHHH You finally will be able to make headway with a key person in your life. Seize the moment, and have the conversation that you feel is necessary. If you eliminate the theatrics, this person might surprise you with his or her response. Tonight: Relax with the one you love.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH Someone who wants to dominate will emerge. If you are tired of this trend, walk away and refuse to respond to his or her power plays. Otherwise, you could be enmeshed in this situation for quite a while. Note that a boss or parent continues to be unpredictable. Tonight: TGIF! LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHHH You might want to do something very differently. Fortunately, the prevailing winds of fate will encourage you on this path. Whether you are reorganizing your daily routine or adding a new element, you will feel more fulfilled. Tonight: Weigh the pros and cons of a situation. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHHH You like excitement, and you like to express your creativity. Revise your thoughts about a child or new per-

son in your life. You might want to get a broader perspective. You could feel shaky or a little off in how you deal with this matter. Tonight: Get into the moment. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHHH Evaluate a problem that involves a personal matter. Confusion could make a decision harder to make. Listen to your inner voice before heading in any direction. Know what you need and want. Negotiate from that point, and don’t settle. Tonight: Relax in a familiar place. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH You tend to deal with others in a unique way. Sometimes your selfdiscipline comes across as a stern attitude. You might want to loosen up a bit with your close friends and loved ones. People in general are unpredictable, including you. Tonight:

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‘Grace: A Memoir’ inspires readers Mitchell Glazier Correspondent

In her much-anticipated memoir, Grace Coddington, “American Vogue’s best-kept secret,” dazzles readers as she chronicles her rise to fame. Hailing from a meager seaport in Anglesey, Wales, Coddington mail-ordered outdated Vogues as a teenager, allowing herself to slip out of pleated Catholic uniforms and into Parisian couture. As she progressed, Coddington began sewing outfits for herself, an act of defiance toward conservative, post-war Wales. At 17 years old, Coddington entered a Vogue model competition, and sure enough, won the Young Model section. Her English rose complexion and wispy, “fire-engine red” locks quickly became muse to Norman Parkinson and Don Honeyman who were major photographers of the time. Coddington craved upperechelon London, sipping Chianti and pursing her rouged pout for editorials. Coddington’s risking of a comfortable lifestyle was worth the gain, and off she rocketed to the cutthroat world of fashion. For several years, Coddington tells, she relished in shoots and fashion shows. However, as quick as it came, a car accident ended her modeling career. After surgery to restore a damaged eye, Coddington decided to take on a new challenge behind the lens. She began work at British Vogue as

junior editor and remained there for 19 years. Never one to allow herself to become too comfortable, Coddington decided to jet across the pond to work for a brief stint at a budding Calvin Klein in New York. On a searing July morning in 1988, Coddington began work at American Vogue as creative director, alongside notorious editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. Today, she lives with her partner, hairstylist Didier Malige. This memoir is a true gem. Some authors, when narrating their lives, embellish and create a false persona, boring

readers with experiences they simply can’t relate. Coddington, however, speaks with a certain captivating plainness, making herself relatable to readers. This account allows us past the elusive Vogue doors and lets us walk freely through the editorial process. I found this book exceptionally refreshing, and it is best enjoyed with a fresh latte and pastry. For budding editors and trendy gurus on campus, let Coddington show you around. Take pointers; you may just fill her lacquered Prada shoes. daa&

J.K. Rowling to pen new magic movie LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling’s world of wizardry is coming back to the big screen – but without Harry Potter. Film studio Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Rowling will write the screenplay for a movie based on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” her textbook to the magical universe she created in the boy wizard’s stories. The story will focus on the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series. Rowling said in a statement the movie “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.” She said the story would begin in New York 70 years before the start of Harry Potter’s tale. Screenwriting is the latest in a string of new ventures for Rowling since she

finished writing the Harry Potter series, which has sold more than 450 million copies around the world. She has published a novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” and written detective thriller “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling said the idea for a “Fantastic Beasts” film had come from Warner Bros., and she soon realized she could not entrust another writer with her creation. “Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it,” she said. “I already knew a lot about Newt.” “As I considered Warner’s proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.” As well as movies, Warner Bros. said “Fantastic

Beasts” would be “developed across the studio’s video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses.” Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., was behind eight Harry Potter movies, released between 2001 and 2011. Rowling did not write the screenplays for those films, which Warner Bros. says took in $7.7 billion at the global box office. Since the film series wrapped up, the company has been involved in related ventures including a Harry Potter studio tour near London, Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Fla., and the Pottermore website. Warner Bros. also said Thursday it would be the worldwide distributor for a television adaptation of “The Casual Vacancy.” The BBC is due to film the miniseries next year.

Fox TV delays premiere of ‘Enlisted’

‘Grace: A Memoir’ By Grace Coddington

Mountaineer Idol to host ’80s night and raise money for WVU Wishmakers Mountaineer Idol will begin its second elimination round tonight to the tune of the ’80s. Contestants will perform their favorite songs from the decade at 8 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Three contestants will be eliminated at the end. During the second elimination round, audience members will also get the chance to help out a special cause at West Virginia University – WVU Wishmakers. “We’ve been lucky to have WVU Wishmakers on campus as a round-two sponsor for the past three years, and the Idol program does its best to give back to them and the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Kelsey Montgomery, Mountaineer Idol intern and senior advertising student. According to Montgomery, each contestant can earn up to five points toward the immunity competition that will be held in the upcoming weeks. There will be jars to collect donations in front of the ballrooms. These jars are

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labeled for each of the top 12 finalists. Every $5 raised equals one point toward immunity. “Students can help donate by bringing in any spare change or cash and putting it in any of the contestant’s jars,” Montgomery said. “If they have a favorite finalist, it’ll be a great way to support them, as well as this great cause.” Montgomery said they will be capping the maximum points possible at five, as it’s a monetary competition, and they do not want any unfair advantages. “Personally, I’m a huge advocate of Make-A-Wish and am also deeply involved with Wishmakers,” Montgomery said. “On a program level, though, I believe Idol is the perfect program to team up with Wishmakers. “These finalists have been given the opportunity to grow up and be amazing singers and performers, so it’s the least we can do to aid those children with uncertain tomorrows in achieving their aspirations.” —ljp

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox TV says it’s delaying the premiere of freshman sitcom “Enlisted” until January. The network said Thursday the move reflects confidence in the series and a desire to take advantage of promotional opportunities during the network’s win-

ter sports telecasts. Wooing male viewers appears to be the network’s motivation for the switch. “Enlisted,” about three brothers stationed at a Florida military base, will debut Jan. 10 instead of in November, Fox said. It stars Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young as

the siblings and Keith David as their commanding sergeant. The sitcom will be paired in January with Fox’s returning “Raising Hope.” Before then, the network will run two back-to-back episodes of “Raising Hope” in the 9-10 p.m. eastern slot Fridays starting Nov. 8.

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Sarah McBride (right), 26, and Megan Kinkelaar (left), 26, work on their personalized paintings during a Da Vinci & Dessert event at Bartini in the Suncrest Towne Centre Tuesday.

Logan Wojcik to perform at Schmitt’s Saloon Country artist Logan Wojcik will perform during happy hour at Schmitt’s Saloon tonight from 5-7. Wojcik, who is from Wheeling, W.Va., began doing shows in January and is just getting started with his music career. “I do mostly covers, but I’ll throw three to four originals in there, as well,” Wojcik said. Thus far, Wojcik said he has only done solo acoustic shows, but he is currently in the process of forming a band. “We’re aiming for the first band gig

to be in December,” Wojcik said. His goal for Friday night’s show is simple: to provide everyone with a good time and the urge to come to another one of his shows. “There’s only so much you can do with an acoustic performance to get a place rocking, especially in the evening, but it’s already happened before,” Wojcik said. “My number one goal is always that when people leave the show, rather than saying, ‘Wow, he was really good,’ I’d have them say, ‘Damn, I had a great time.’” —ljp




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Georgia State game an early must-win If the West Virginia football team wants any kind of success this season, it must win games like the showdown against Georgia State. The Panthers, members of the Sun Belt Conference, are 0-2 on the season after their blowout loss to Chattanooga last weekend. Like West Virginia, Georgia State hasn’t had certainty at quarterback through the first couple of weeks. Ronnie Bell was named the starter for Week 1 against Samford but was replaced by fellow sophomore Ben McLane last weekend. “We’re trying to get back on track,” said coach Dana Holgorsen in his weekly press conference. “The guys are eager to get back (on the field).” Following Saturday’s “embarrassing” 16-7 loss against the Sooners, Holgorsen announced the quarterback competition will be reopened this weekend against Georgia State. Although Paul Millard has taken almost every snap for the Mountaineers for two weeks, he’s only thrown for one touchdown and 455 yards. “The difference with where we are now is that Ford (Childress) will have reps, and he hasn’t had reps in the last three weeks,” Holgorsen said. Clint Trickett will also see increased play time this weekend. He appeared in two series in Week 1’s victory against William & Mary but didn’t complete a single pass. Looking ahead, the Mountaineers must win this seemingly easy game if they want to keep pace with the rest of the Big 12 Conference. While tomorrow’s game isn’t a conference match-up, West Virginia must regain their confidence before heading back into conference play in two weeks. Next weekend’s game at Maryland marks the final non-conference game for the Mountaineers this season, meaning the final eight games of the season will be against Big 12 schools. The Mountaineers face off against Oklahoma State and Baylor in Weeks 5 and 6 – two teams that are both currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Mountaineers will also travel to TCU in early November. Like Oklahoma State, TCU has been considered a favorite to win the Big 12 this season. The point is, the road for the Mountaineers this season won’t always be smooth. Given the uncertainty and youth at several positions, this offense won’t be setting records any time soon; the Mountaineers have only scored 31 points on offense through the first two weeks. Last season, up to this point, Dana Holgorsen’s high octane offense scored a combined 111 points and didn’t score less than 14 points in any game last season. Fans originally thought Week 1’s matchup against William & Mary would be a cakewalk, but the Mountaineers needed to score the final 17 points of the game to squeeze by with a victory. Facing a team like Georgia State will allow the Mountaineers to explore more options and take chances they normally wouldn’t take against better competition. While there’s still plenty of season left to be played, the Mountaineers still have several questions that need to be answered before heading into the heart of their schedule.


Quarterback Paul Millard and running back Dreamius Smith celebrate a touchdown against Oklahoma last week. Millard and the West Virginia offense will look get on track against Georgia State.

Holgorsen shakes up depth chart in hopes of finding an offensive spark Saturday by doug walp sports writer

Following a hard fought contest in West Virginia’s 2013 Big 12 Conference opener, the Mountaineers return home tomorrow to host Georgia State at Milan Puskar Stadium. It’s the first ever meeting between West Virginia (1-1, 0-1) and the Panthers (0-2), a relatively new team in their first season at the FBS level. “They’re a young program,” said West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. “It’s Trent Miles’ first season there. He turned around Indiana State while being there for four or five years, to the point that they were a pretty good FCS team. He takes the Georgia State job in its seventh year of football and transitions them to the Sun Belt Conference.” “In the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) last year, they didn’t have a tremendous record, but they played a lot of good teams. I’ve talked about the CAA to our team, and we know what they’re all about with William & Mary and what Towson has been doing, and James Madison, so

they play good football.” T h e Mo u n t a i n e e r s squandered a number of good opportunities to take control of a turnover prone Oklahoma last weekend on the road in Norman, Okla. Since then Holgorsen has shaken up the offensive depth chart at multiple positions with aspirations of cashing in on those opportunities more often. “We are excited about the opportunity to go out there and be on track this weekend,” Holgorsen said. “We have a lot of football ahead of us, and our guys are eager and excited about getting better to the point that when they get put into that situation again, they can capitalize on it and get a victory.” One of the potential changes could indeed occur at quarterback. Despite winning the starting job in the season opener against William & Mary, there’s a very real possibility that junior quarterback Paul Millard may relinquish the role tomorrow against the Panthers. All three West Virginia signal callers, including redshirt junior Clint Trickett and redshirt fresh-

man Ford Childress, appear together again on the Mountaineers’ most recently released depth chart – separated only by the word “or.” Holgorsen also shook up the receiving corps, naming three new starters and promoting redshirt senior offensive lineman Pat Eger to the Mountaineers’ starting center over redshirt freshman Tyler Orlosky. “Pat (Eger) has been playing really well, as good as I’ve seen him play,” Holgorsen said. “He’s one of the few very vocal leaders we have on offense. He deserves to start.” Eger’s still relatively new to the position, which is one of the most critical on the field but said that he feels comfortable there and is willing to play wherever will help his team the most. “I got to play two series at center last week,” Eger said. “It was the first time I have ever played center in a college game, but I was happy all my snaps were good. That was the biggest thing I was worried about. “I played smart and played fast. My natural position is wherever I need to play to help the team win,”

after just slipping past FCS opponent William & Mary in their home opener, the Mountaineers are certainly making sure not to overlook Georgia State. “You can never take a team lightly,” said redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Kyle Rose. “You’re not supposed to take any play for granted. You play every play to the best of your ability. Anybody, nowadays, can beat anybody. They’re a good team. They’re pretty explosive and have some good skill guys.” Kickoff for WVU’s second home game of the season is scheduled for Saturday at noon.

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said Eger. Holgorsen ultimately hopes that the depth chart changes will help the Mountaineers finally gain some traction on offense and show just how talented and capable the unit really is, despite losing three major offensive weapons in Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, all now playing in the NFL. “Guys are going to be put into different situations, and we want to see how they react,” Holgorsen said. “The only way you can see that is by putting guys into those places. “A lot of people talk about how talented we are, even guys on our team talk about how talented we are. We need to prove that, we need to make some plays. You need to make plays when you are put into those situations, and if you don’t, we will try and put some other guys in those situations. We will get better offensively.” Playing a lower-tier opponent after a ranked one can pose problems for some teams, as emotional letdowns and less collective focus within a team’s preparation seems to occur more frequently. But

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Friday September 13, 2013

Alabama preparing for fast-paced Texas A&M offense


Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel breaks away from an Alabama defender during the Aggies’ 29-24 victory over the Crimson Tide in 2012. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban knows it’s become irrelevant whether frenetic, nohuddle offenses are what he wants college football to be. In the case of No. 6 Texas A&M, they’re also awfully hard to slow down. That is the challenge Saturday for the top-ranked Crimson Tide at the Aggies’ Kyle Field. Preparing for this kind of uptempo offense was a focal point for the Tide during the offseason. Alabama (1-0, 0-0 SEC) was helpless against it in the first quarter of last season’s loss to Texas A&M (20, 0-0) before catching on and nearly rallying from a 20-0 deficit. The no-huddle offenses have become a staple of the college game – whether Saban likes it or not. Southeastern Conference opponents Mississippi, Kentucky and Auburn also run variations. “There’s obviously some things you can’t do, and you have to realize that you can’t do these things,” Saban said.

“I think we’ve all adapted to it more and more because we play against these teams more. When you play against it once or twice a year, I think it’s a tough adaptation for the players. But we played against it eight or nine times last year. We’ll probably play against it at least that much this year, so it’s becoming more the norm rather than the exception. “I think that players should be able to adapt to it more readily. I know that we’ve tried to prepare our players for it more and more because you always say, ‘OK, what did we see? How much did we see it? How does our practice reflect that?’” Saban caused a stir last October when he wondered aloud: “Is this what we want football to be?” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, who runs his own variation of the no-huddle, offered very different takes at SEC media days about whether fast-paced offenses present an injury hazard to

defensive players who can’t get relief from subs. Malzahn said he initially thought that theory was a joke and Bielema countered that he’s no comedian. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin isn’t about to downshift. “We’re going to go as fast as we possibly can,” Sumlin said. “I haven’t seen anything to support the player safety argument. Anything that’s within in the rules, that’s the way football is. That’s any sport. Whether it’s baseball and you’re stealing bases or whether it’s basketball and you’re a fast break, full-court press team, that’s within the rules. “Just because you don’t want to play that style doesn’t mean that that’s not the way the game should be played.” It’s hard to argue with the results. Sumlin’s offenses have ranked in the top three nationally in total yards four of the past five years at Texas A&M and Houston. Through two games

against weaker competition, the Aggies have amassed 117 points and 1,200 yards. Alabama allowed just 153 points in 14 games last season. Texas A&M wide receiver Malcome Kennedy said coaches have stressed tempo even more for this game. “The offense is going to move very fast,” said Kennedy, who scored what proved to be the decisive touchdown last season. “Coach has already said that we’re focusing on tempo this week. Us being able to run and pass, and we know it got on their nerves last year. So we want to be like that this year and hopefully it will turn out well.” Texas A&M’s success on third downs kept the offense sprinting along last season, and Alabama’s defense on its heels. The Aggies had three first downs and two touchdowns on its five thirddown plays in the first quarter of that 29-24 win. They converted on 11 of 18 tries.


Nick Saban and Alabama will look to avenge their only loss from 2012 Saturday.

Nationals earn four-game sweep of Mets in New York NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homered off Aaron Harang in his Mets debut, and the Washington Nationals beat New York 7-2 Thursday to complete a four-game sweep. Anthony Rendon also connected for Washington, which outhomered the Mets 13-0 in a series that helped the Nationals remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race. They moved within 5½ games of idle Cincinnati for the final spot with the rain-interrupted win. Zimmerman added an RBI double in the eighth after Denard Span extended his career-best hitting streak to 23 games with a leadoff double. The

Nationals won 17 of those games. The Mets have lost nine of 11 and fallen to 64-81, ensuring a non-winning record in all five seasons at Citi Field. Tanner Roark (6-0) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of his second big league start. Roark pitched six scoreless innings Sunday against Miami. New York signed Harang (0-1) to a minor league deal on Sept. 1, less than a week after the team learned ace Matt Harvey had a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. Harang allowed the three homers and a single in six innings, struck out 10 and walked one. The right-hander was

5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts this year for the Seattle Mariners. Washington’s Davey Johnson, who is retiring after the season, managed his final game in New York despite a bad back. The 70-year-old led the Mets to the 1986 World Series championship and he said he enjoyed his time in the organization, not only with the big league club but also while managing in the minors. He tried to loosen up his back by walking in the outfield before batting practice. W h i l e re m i n i s c i n g about old Shea Stadium, Johnson switched to the present, saying: “It would make my day if we sweep them here – it would make my year.”

And the Nationals obliged, with another power display. It was all or nothing for the Nationals against Harang until Bryce Harper singled to center with two outs in the sixth. Harang gave up only the three homers and struck out 10 before Harper’s hit. Span was the only Nationals player that spent any time on the bases – he walked with one out in the third. Zimmerman homered for the eighth time in 10 games with one out in the first, a drive to straightaway center. The Mets evened the score on Daniel Murphy’s RBI double in the bottom half. After a rain delay of 56 minutes, LaRoche hit a drive to left-center that

Eric Young Jr. appeared to knock back into play with a leap at the wall. But after a video review of more than three minutes, umpires ruled a home run that gave Washington a 2-1 lead. It was LaRoche’s fourth homer in 32 at-bats against Harang. The Mets tied it again on Anthony Recker’s RBI single to left field in the fourth.The Mets might’ve run themselves out of a big inning when Mike Baxter was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play. Ramos homered leading off the fifth to put Washington ahead for good. After Recker’s hit, Roark retired seven of his final eight batters. New York had run-

ners on second and third in the seventh but Craig Stammen struck out Juan Lagares to end the chance. Rendon hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh and homered in the ninth. NOTES: Double-A Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez joined the Mets as a coach. He guided Binghamton to 86 wins and a trip to the Eastern League playoffs. ... During the rain delay, Mets showed a highlight of Johnson in the dugout at Shea Stadium during the ‘86 World Series. ... The Nationals will hold a ceremony to honor the victims and first responders of Sept. 11, 2001, on Friday, when Washington opens a 10game homestand against Philadelphia.

Bengals’ Dalton efficient in opener CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton fit a sideline throw between two defenders, dropping it just over the one in front for a completion. He made a pump-fake and hit A.J. Green for a 45-yard touchdown. Virtually everything he did was right on the mark in the Cincinnati Bengals’ season opener, an impressive showing that got overlooked in how it ended. The third-year quarterback completed a career-best 78.7 percent of his passes during a 24-21 loss at Chicago on Sunday, one that came down to turnovers and defensive gaffes. Dalton was 26 of 33 for 282 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, one of which went off Green’s hands. It was as flawless a game as Dalton has played in the NFL.

“He threw the ball well,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. “He had a great game. This was one of his better games here. There’s still room for improvement.” If Dalton plays near the level he did in the opener, the Bengals (0-1) will have a good chance of reaching the playoffs for the third season in a row, something that’s never happened in franchise history. Dalton completed passes to seven different players, including rookie tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard, blending the newcomers into a more diversified approach. “I think we’ve just gotten better as a team, I think that’s a big part of it,” Dalton said. “I feel like I’ve improved, I feel like the offense has improved and (we’re) finding ways to keep getting completions

and moving the chains. I think that’s a big part of it. “Hopefully we can keep that up and keep completing a lot of balls and keep the percentage up.” He’ll get a good gauge on that Monday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) throw their funky blitzes his way. He’s 1-3 career against Pittsburgh, which has contained him most of the time. In those four games, Dalton has completed only 52 percent of his throws for 688 yards and four touchdowns with five interceptions and nine sacks. He notched his first win against them last December, a 13-10 victory at Heinz Field that put the Bengals back in the playoffs and knocked out the Steelers. It was a breakthrough win in many ways, and the Bengals want to show it wasn’t a fluke.





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Friday September 13, 2013

No. 10 WVU to face Eastern Kentucky at home Friday by meghan carr sports writer

The No. 10 West Virginia University women’s soccer team returns to Morgantown this weekend to face Eastern Kentucky and Kentucky at Dick Dlesk Stadium. The Mountaineers (3-1-2) will face Eastern Kentucky (0-5-1) tonight at 5:30 and the Kentucky Wildcats (4-11) Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern Kentucky is still looking for its first win of the 2013 season. Mountaineer fans might look at Eastern Kentucky’s record and think WVU should have no problem claiming a victory, but head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said she never counts out any opponent. “I don’t ever underestimate any jersey,” she said. “It’s not a BCS school with those type(s) of athlete(s), but it is going to be interesting to see how we respond to a shift from a certain type of opponent to another. Many people may not think so, but at this moment, Friday night is the biggest game of my career.” Eastern Kentucky finished the 2012 season with a 10-7-3 record. This is the first time in program history that Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia will face each other. The Mountaineers hold a 2-0 advantage against Ohio Valley Conference teams. WVU is the first ranked opponent either team has faced this season. Kentucky is hoping to

stretch its four-game win streak Sunday. The Wildcats brought their win streak to four after beating Dayton 3-1 and Louisville 2-0 prior to that match. The Mountaineers hold a 2-0 record against Kentucky. The most recent victory was September 2008, when WVU beat the Wildcats 1-0 in Morgantown. Kentucky finished the 2012 season with a 14-8-1 record. Kentucky hosted Eastern Kentucky earlier in the season and defeated the Colonels 7-0. The two-weekend homestand will be just what the Mountaineers need to regain focus and be ready to start Big 12 Conference play Sept. 27 at Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers faced their toughest opponents so far this season when they attended the Duke Nike Classic Sept. 6-8. WVU finished the weekend with a tie against Duke and a 4-2 loss against the University of North Carolina. Although Izzo-Brown said there are no moral victories in her locker room, she said she is proud of her team and certain things they were able to do during the weekend. “I definitely saw moments where we could have won both those games,” Izzo-Brown said. “Unfortunately, in the Duke game there was a (questionable) call that just happens in a game. “Then, turning around and lining up against North

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Mountaineers look to build on upset of Indiana by joe mitchin sports writer

Fresh off their upset of defending national champion Indiana, the West Virginia men’s soccer team returns home to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium tonight to take on Wright State. Following the match against the Raiders, the team will take to the road Sunday in a fixture against No. 12 St. John’s. WVU heads into the weekend at 2-1-1 and will partake in its third of 12 home matches today. Wright State went just 4-13-1 in 2012 and was picked No. 6 in the eightteam Horizon League. The Raiders visit Morgantown

with an even 1-1-0 record after defeating Marshall and losing to Robert Morris. The Mountaineers find themselves in a unique situation right now. The team returned to campus Monday morning after a long weekend against two of the top teams in the country. With two more games this weekend, head coach Marlon LeBlanc said he made sure his team has moved on from the big win against Indiana. “It’s was just one win,” he said. “We talked to the boys about making sure that 5-4 at Indiana doesn’t define our season – that it’s a catapult toward better things during the season.” Wright State will cer-

tainly have upset in their minds as the two teams meet tonight. WVU had trouble with Radford at home in the season’s opening week, a match many believed wouldn’t test the Mountaineers. The game ended in a 2-2 draw after WVU squandered two leads. LeBlanc said he believes the Raiders are another team that deserves some respect. “It’s not as relative to just say a small school isn’t going to be very good,” he said. “They’ve got good players; everybody’s got good players. With the restrictions on scholarships at the collegiate soccer level, it makes it a pretty balanced playing field.”

Junior forward Andy Bevin has been on a tear starting the season and was named the MAC Player of the Week after his two-goal effort in the win against IU. Altogether, he currently leads the conference with nine points. WVU’s five goal outburst was the program’s biggest since 2010 when the team defeated DePaul 5-0. West Virginia has scored five or more goals in a match just three times in the past decade. Following the Wright State match, the Mountaineers must once again become road warriors as the squad travels to New York City for a match against No. 12 St. John’s Sunday eve-

ning. The Red Storm are 3-1 on the young season and certainly have gotten the attention and respect of the West Virginia team. “That’ll be a really good test, especially away,” said goalkeeper Lee Johnston. “They just beat Akron.” St. John’s did indeed defeat the Zips last weekend, as well as Penn State, which skyrocketed them up the top 25 polls. The team is lead by goalkeeper Rafael Diaz, who is sought out as one of the best in the country. Defender Tim Parker was a unanimous selection on this year’s preseason All-Big East team. West Virginia last played its former Big East foe in 2011 when it lost to the Red

Storm 2-0 in Morgantown. Overall, the Mountaineers are just 2-9-2 in 13 meetings against St. John’s. Despite the tall task WVU will take on, the focus in training is still on the first match of the weekend. “We have a job to do on Friday and that’s the most important thing at the moment,” said midfielder Majed Osman. “We’re taking it one step at a time and hopefully will get the win.” West Virginia takes on Wright State at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium tonight at approximately 7:30. The Mountaineers will battle St. John’s Sunday in Queens at 7 p.m.

Volleyball putting 7-0 mark on line in Eagle Challenge by jon fehrens sports writer

The West Virginia University volleyball team will lay down their perfect 7-0 record this weekend as they

travel to Morehead State in Morehead, Ky., to compete in the Eagle Challenge. The Mountaineers have won their last 18 sets in a row, which head coach Jill Kramer credits to her team’s consistent

preparations. “We have continued to prepare the same way, I think that it’s important to them. They have done a really good job of performing consistently, and that is be-

cause of consistent preparation,” Kramer said. “We don’t need to change anything we do and just stick to our game plan.” This will be the second consecutive week the volleyball team will compete in a tournament in which they will have to play multiple opponents in one day. Fatigue may worry some athletes, but for sophomore middle blocker Caleah Wells, she is just excited to go out and play more volleyball. “Honestly I feel perfectly fine, and I don’t know if it’s just the high of the excitement, but I don’t have body aches,” Wells said. “We’ve had two intense practices this week, and Jill said we might be a little sore, but I told her today, ‘Jill, I’m ready to go.’” The Mountaineers will need fresh legs as they enter the Eagle Challenge to take on some of the best competition they have seen so far this season. Morehead State,

Campbell and Hampton hold a combined record of 13-7. “Traditionally Morehead is really successful in the OVC (Ohio Valley Conference). They always play hard and with a lot of emotion,” Kramer said. “They have a pretty big right-side player, and they have a senior on the outside along with a couple young players in the middle that anchor the team. “I expect them to be our toughest competition that we have seen this season.” While a strong middle and outside hitter may be the heart of Morehead State, outside hitters sophomore Hannah Sackett and freshman Jordan Anderson anchor WVU’s volleyball team. Sackett and Anderson have been the most potent part of the volleyball team’s offense, combining for 131 kills thus far in the season. With the success of Sackett and Anderson, more opportunities open up for other players to step up and make

plays. Sophomore Nikki Attea has accounted for 56 kills this season – second on the team. Wells is only four kills behind Attea and recognizes Sackett and Anderson’s success plays a big part in her performance. “When (Anderson) is doing well, my blocker will go try and block her, which leaves me with an open net. It helps when you have consistent hitters on the front lines that open up the net for you,” Wells said. The Mountaineers head into this weekend with only one medical issue for senior Arielle Allen, whom Kramer hopes to have back by the time conference play comes around. WVU faces Morehead State tonight at 7 and will have a quick turnaround Saturday, playing Campbell at 11 a.m, followed by Hampton at 4:30 p.m.

WVU heads to Spiked Shoe Invitational by jon fehrens sports writer

The West Virginia cross country team is set to compete in the Spiked Shoe Invitational held in State College, Pa., today. “We will set up the same lineup for Penn State as we had two weeks ago at Lehigh,” Cleary said. “I am interested in seeing our progressions over the last two weeks. Training has been progressing and a clearer picture of our final roster is much more evident.” The Spiked Shoe will be the second competition for the cross country team this

season. WVU finished No. 4 at the Lehigh Invitational Aug. 31 in Bethlehem, Pa., in which sophomore Paige Szabat placed first for the Mountaineers. Szabat was pleased with her finish in Bethlehem but has bigger goals on her mind. “(Cleary) has us focusing on long-term goals like the NCAA Championships and Regional races,” Szabat said. “The races right now are getting us in the mode of racing and just getting us prepared for the races near the end of the season.” Other performances included junior Allison Pettit finishing No. 19 (23:50.51),

junior Lydia Martinelli finishing No. 29 (24:19.51), freshman Peyton Hampson at No. 32 (24:31.55) and senior Chelsea Jarvis crossing the line at No. 49 (25:12.03). Cleary said he hopes to see similar performances this weekend. Cleary took this week to prepare for the Spiked Shoe by having small workouts Wednesday and hosting meet preparations Thursday. “We will have meet preparations Thursday to get us ready for the race this weekend,” Szabat said.




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West Virginia defense looks for another promising showing against Georgia State Panthers by amit batra sports editor

When West Virginia takes the field against the Georgia State Panthers tomorrow, WVU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson hopes to see much of the same efforts he’s seen the first two weeks. Against Oklahoma, the Mountaineer defense only gave up 16 points. While the defense has improved significantly since last year, it is a long season. Patterson, however, has liked what he’s seen from that side of the ball up to this point. The defense has given up an average of 16.5 points between the first two games, clearly making better strides than the offense in West Virginia’s 1-1 stretch. “The effort was there,” Patterson said about the defensive performance

against OU last Saturday night. “We allowed some cheap yardage and let some guys get out on the boundaries on us in the second half. We had freshmen out on the field, and they maybe took advantage of that. “We allowed some big runs in the second half, and that was probably the most disappointing thing. I thought the production was good.” While the defense did struggle in the rush defense area a bit with the explosiveness of the Sooners’ running backs, WVU was able to create turnovers on fumbles and

interceptions by sophomore safety Karl Joseph and redshirt senior safety Darwin Cook. “We set that (turnovers) as our goal,” Patterson said. “We felt like that if we wanted a chance to win, we had to force some turnovers. I was very pleased with that. Our kids went out a couple t i m e s with their backs against the wall, and we got two key interceptions. W e have to try to get that ball back to o u r offense as quickly as possible and to do that, w e

have to create turnovers. We got off the field seven times on three and outs, so we were very pleased with that, as well.” Players on defense also felt there were many positives taken away from the 16-7 loss against OU. “I believe we did some good things,” said redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Kyle Rose. “We had like 1 0

tackles for loss. We definitely challenged the line of scrimmage. Obviously, we didn’t do enough that we needed to do to get the win. We have some things we need to work on. We need to get off blocks a little better and play harder when they run the ball.” Rose sees Georgia State as a challenge, not because of its 0-2 record to start the season in its first year as a FBS program, but because of the nature of college football. “They’re a good team,” he said.

“They’re pretty explosive and have some good skill guys. You can never take a team lightly. Anybody, nowadays, can beat anybody. You’re not supposed to take any play for granted. You play ever play to the best of your ability. We look forward to every game we play. You only have how many games in a season, so nothing is taken for granted.” The West Virginia defense will have its third opportunity for success tomorrow at noon against Georgia State. By the looks of the first two weeks, the Panthers may not see many points on the scoreboard. amit.batra@mail.

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Sims hopes to lead struggling offense Saturday against GSU by greg madia mulimedia editor

West Virginia running back Charles Sims is the most experienced player on the roster. As a transfer from Houston, Sims brought with him a career worth of outstanding statistics and about every accolade in the book. During his time at Houston, he rushed for more than 2,000 yards, caught more than 150 passes and scored 37 total touchdowns. He’s been named an All-Conference player and had even garnered national attention as one of the nation’s top NFL running back prospects.

When he walks onto the practice field his teammates watch him, and his coaches respect him, but he doesn’t let it change anything he does on the field. He doesn’t say anything; he practices with diligence and wants to get better, even though he is touted as WVU’s best player in 2013. So even though Sims is only in Morgantown for one season, he wants to make it a season that counts. His experience and success playing in the same offensive system makes it easy for him to step in. WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen recruited Sims out of high school, so Sims

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has known him longer than the other players on the team. “(Holgorsen’s) the same guy; I mean if you mess up, he’s going to get on you. That hasn’t changed at all,” Sims said. “He’s tough and that’s what you like.” Holgorsen is trying to get a young offense to progress into a potent scoring machine. Sims understands what it is like to be a Daikiel Shorts or Wendell Smallwood playing in Holgorsen’s offense for the first time. According to Sims, it isn’t easy and there is an adjustment period. As a freshman at Houston, Sims put up more than 1,400 all-purpose yards

under Holgorsen, but he admits it didn’t happen right away. “There were pointers for sure,” Sims said. “He would get on me when I wasn’t up to par doing my job. He’d get on me, because he can’t put you out there if you can’t do your job.” That’s the problem right now for WVU. From the quarterback to the backup left tackle, the offense isn’t doing its job. While Holgorsen says his young offense is close to doing its duty, it is only averaging 15.5 points per game as WVU sits last in the Big 12 Conference in scoring offense. “It gets crazy,” Sims

said. “You have to get the play in (and) then the quarterback is signaling. It’s tough to get everyone in on the same page.” Getting everyone on the same page isn’t easy, and now, after two games, Sims believes using inexperience as a reason for lack of production isn’t viable anymore. “You can’t use that as an excuse,” Sims said. Although he may not want to, Sims realizes he may have to lose his quiet persona to get through to West Virginia’s young talent and get the offense going. “Leading by example is me,” Sims said. “But if it ever got to a point where

I really had to say something, I will.” Expect Sims and WVU to take a step forward offensively this weekend against Georgia State, a team that gave up 42 points last week to Chattanooga.


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QUESTIONABLE CALLS Will West Virginia become bowl eligible this season? BY AMIT BATRA





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The West Virginia football team will make a bowl game this season. While the Mountaineers may struggle in conference games, they should defeat Georgia State, Maryland, Kansas and Iowa State. In that regard, WVU will be close to the six games in order to be bowl eligible. While it may be difficult, West Virginia has a chance to defeat Kansas State on the road or against Texas Tech at home. Junior quarterback Paul Millard will continue to progress and his statistics should only get better throughout the season. West Virginia is always capable of that one big upset, and I see this team winning six or seven games on the year. If the defense shows promise, WVU should be able to stick around in games. If West Virginia goes on to win more than seven games, I’d consider that a great season. The offense will need to get better for West Virginia to achieve this goal. Against Oklahoma, the defense carried the squad throughout the game, following no offensive rhythm and special teams woes. This bowl scenario could very much depend on the quarterback situation as well. If the Mountaineers can find their main guy and he’s consistent in Big 12 play, WVU could very well be in another bowl game this season.

Following a less-thaninspiring performance against FCS opponent William & Mary and a loss in which West Virginia’s offense struggled against Oklahoma, questions still remain about the identity of this team and how successful they can be this season. Although I don’t see the team challenging for a Big 12 title and a BCS bowl bid, I think West Virginia has just enough talent to reach the sixwin mark and become bowl eligible. With a talented backfield that includes senior Charles Sims, junior Dreamius Smith and freshman Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia has one of the best running back groups in the Big 12, if not the nation. The Big 12 is a league deep with speed and big playmakers. It is unrealistic for anyone to expect defenses to shut down these high flying offenses. One way to slow these offenses down is to keep them off the field. As North Dakota State did in its Week 1 upset win against Kansas State, controlling the clock and running the football can go a long way in deciding wins and losses. Provided that they continue to put up big numbers in the ground game, I believe the Mountaineers will finish 6-6 and be bowl eligible this season.

West Virginia will reach a bowl game in 2013. I said in my preseason prediction column that WVU would reach seven wins and a bowl game. I’m sticking to that. In a league filled with inexperience, it is hard not to think WVU cannot get to that elusive six-or-seven win total to get eligible for a bowl berth. There is one game on the schedule, next week’s matchup versus Maryland that serves as a swing game deciding WVU’s postseason fate. With a better Maryland team that has been inching closer to beating WVU throughout the past few years, Dana Holgorsen and company need to win that one if they want to have a 13th game in 2013. Think about it: WVU has already beaten William & Mary and will likely beat Georgia State. That’s two wins right there. Throw in the fact that the rest of the Big 12 is down like West Virginia, it shows that there are no guaranteed wins or losses in the eight remaining conference games. Other than Baylor and Oklahoma State, WVU will at least be competitive with everyone else on their schedule and probably can find three wins in conference against Iowa State, Kansas and either Kansas State on the road or Texas Tech at home.

Simply put, no, I don’t see how the Mountaineers can make a bowl game. They have lost their dynamic playmakers Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, who by the way, only won seven games in 2012 and lost in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The quarterback situation is too shaky, and the receiving core is still too young. While the defense has shown drastic improvements from last year, the Mountaineer offense may really struggle against the Big 12 Conference powerhouses. I definitely like the direction Dana Holgerson and this team is headed, but fans need to be patient. Not only is this a rebuilding year, but it’s only the Mountaineers’ second season in the Big 12, and the switch from the Big East was more difficult than people anticipated. Although last season was disappointing, the main reason why the Mountaineers won seven games was because of their offense. Without offense, no team in the Big 12 can survive. The Iowa State Cyclones averaged almost 25 points per game, and yet they still finished the season 6-7. The Mountaineers will eventually compete in the Big 12 for years to come. But WVU still needs to get acclimated to this new conference before it makes another bowl game.

Fear not, West Virginia fans. Despite reports to the contrary, the Mountaineers should indeed win enough games to become bowl eligible in 2013. It won’t obviously be a BCS bowl, or even a bowl against a top-tier opponent, but regardless WVU is capable of getting five more wins in its final 10 games in order to at least become bowl-eligible. After notching a win against William & Mary in its season opener, West Virginia should pick up two fairly easy wins against Georgia State (Sun-Belt opponent with first year head coach) and Kansas (111 last season, have lost 21 straight Big 12 conference games). Although the Mountaineers cer tainly can’t afford to overlook anyone at this point, even these two. Theoretically, that would get the Mountaineers to three wins. I think West Virginia can (not will) pick up wins against Maryland, Kansas State, Texas and Iowa State. However, on the flip side of this, any and all of those teams are capable of beating WVU. But the Mountaineers will have home-field advantage against both Texas (who just lost to BYU) and Iowa State.

It was no secret that the Big 12 Conference would enter a transitional year in 2013, but no one was expecting this. After two weeks, it’s nearly impossible to pick one team over another inside the league. To me, I see three games West Virginia will absolutely win. These include Georgia State, Kansas and Iowa State. That leaves two more wins for the Mountaineers to become bowl eligible. WVU certainly has a legitimate opportunity to avenge last season’s loss to Texas Tech and will likely be favored in a game at Kansas State later this season. The biggest swing game of the year comes next week in Baltimore. Despite several down years in a row, Maryland has played WVU tough. It appeared the Terrapins were right on the cusp of an upset against West Virginia in each of the last two seasons. It may sound strange, but this year’s neutral site in late September could be the decider if West Virginia will go bowling in 2013. Possible locations for a Mountaineer bowl game are either the Heart of Dallas Bowl or a return trip to the snowy Bronx in the Pinstripe Bowl. All in all, I do believe West Virginia will win six or seven games and have an opportunity to play in a postseason bowl. There’s so much uncertainty inside the conference, though, making it difficult to feel confident about any prediction.







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Kevin White runs in last Saturday night’s game against Oklahoma. Rushing Leader

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WVU running back Dreamius Smith celebrates after his 75-yard touchdown run against OU Saturday.


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Oklahoma State deals with Sports Illustrated Report by greg madia multimedia editor

Oklahoma State Dealing with Crisis With Sports Illustrated reporting problems and scandal within the Oklahoma State football program, officials in Stillwater, Okla., are trying to deal with the findings in the report. The SI report includes multiple accusations for Oklahoma State. Under former head coach Les Miles and current head coach Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State is being ac-

cused of players committing academic fraud, of paying players for performance on the field and of arranging hostesses for recruits on visits. Oklahoma State Athletic Director Mike Holder is taking this report seriously and trying to make everything right as fast as possible. “I apologize to all of the athletic directors in the conference for what’s about to happen, what’s about to be said about a member institution,” Holder said in a press conference earlier this week.

“That reflects on everyone, all of our brothers and peers. I’ve reached out, but couldn’t call all of our supporters. I’d like to call every single season ticket holder we’ve got. We’re about to sell a record number of season tickets. We have a responsibility to those people. They’re going to suffer from this, as well.”

Texas Fires Diaz After a dismal defensive performance Saturday night against BYU, Texas head coach Mack Brown felt it was in the best interest of his program to

remove Manny Diaz as the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator. In turn, Brown has called on Greg Robinson, the former Syracuse head coach and Michigan assistant to replace Diaz. “After the ball game, I watched the video on the way home. We got back around 4:30 in the morning and then watched the film again, and then just felt like we needed to make a change,” Brown said. BYU rushed for 550 yards while putting up 40 points against Texas in the game.

“It’s not a panic move because it’s early in the season and Greg Robinson has been here; he was on our staff. We knew there was improvement after midseason last year and that the improvement needed to continue,” Brown said. “It didn’t, and because we have better players than we have production right now, that’s the reason the decision was made.” Baylor Offense is Rolling In back to back weeks Baylor has put up at least 69 points. It has scored 19

total touchdowns in the two weeks and is firing on all cylinders. Head coach Art Briles can see the success first-year starting quarterback Bryce Petty is having after sitting behind Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence. “We’ve evolved from Robert’s (Griffin) time to Nick (Florence) now to Bryce (Petty), and each one of those guys bring different things to the table, but hopefully the end result is same with Baylor victories,” Briles said.

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Senior linebacker Doug Rigg being carted off the field after a collision with a teammate against Oklahoma Saturday.

Rigg in good spirits following collision against OU by doug walp sports writer

As senior linebacker Doug Rigg lay motionless on the field after a horrific collision during a fourth quarter play in Norman, Okla., Saturday, his teammate Darwin Cook couldn’t help but break into tears. “When I saw him lying on the ground, I got so emotional,” Cook said. “I started crying after the first test. He didn’t move, then he moved his arm, and I started crying some more. And then they did the third test on him – he didn’t feel his finger and I just started bawling.” Sophomore safety Karl Joseph, known as one of West Virginia’s most physical players and hardest hitting defenders, had his sights set on Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay, who was trying to make a move upfield late in a close game. But it just so happened that Joseph’s teammate Rigg was also trying to bring down the 5-foot-11, 200-pound tailback Clay. When Joseph tried to deliver a hit and Clay ducked, it set up a dreadful collision between the two teammates that left Rigg unconscious and a packed house of approximately 85,000 in horrified silence. Rigg was completely out for about half a minute, and everyone feared the worst – spinal injury,

paralysis; it simply didn’t look good. Even after Rigg regained consciousness, it still seemed apparent that this was different than a normal football injury, as Rigg’s teammates circled him, and the team of medical personnel were working feverishly with the fallen linebacker. Rigg was eventually carted off the field with his helmet still securely taped around his head and his teammates still in stunned shock, though Rigg was able to finally motion to the crowd and television cameras that he was at least able to move his arm as he exited the field en route to a nearby Oklahoma hospital. After the game, Rigg’s teammates sat on the team plane contemplating the tough loss but more importantly the well-being of their teammate and brother, whom they assumed would have to spend at least the night in the Oklahoma hospital, maybe more. But then, after almost everyone had been loaded onto the plane, one last West Virginia player entered the cabin, completely on his own. It was Rigg, and he was walking. “That was so good,” Cook said. “When I found out he was OK, it was so satisfying. It was like we won the game when I found out.” Joseph, who delivered the hit and was report-

edly visibly shaken up in postgame interviews, was also elated upon seeing that Rigg had only suffered what’s now being diagnosed as a minor concussion. “It was definitely a relief because we thought he was going to stay overnight,” Joseph said. “But when we saw him walk in, I know everybody was relieved. We’re just hoping to get him back on the field as soon as he can.” That’s right, after what looked initially like a season-or even career-ending injury could now only hold Rigg out a single week, as long as the senior is able to pass a series of concussion tests. In fact, Rigg was actually back in good spirits and even attended player interviews this week at Milan Puskar Stadium. “I’m actually all right,” Rigg said. “I just remember trying to tackle the OU running back and next thing you know, the trainer is over me saying, ‘Wake up.’ Honestly, when I got hit, everything just went black. “People told me I was out for like 30 seconds, and I didn’t know at all. It felt like I literally just got hit and then somebody was talking to me, so that’s all I can really remember.” Rigg said he experienced something similar as a freshman in high school when he was knocked out cold and had

to be carried off the field, but said despite how bad Saturday’s play looked on film and TV, when he actually woke up he never once felt scared he might not be able to walk. “I knew I wasn’t paralyzed when I woke up – they were doing tests like move your fingers, move your toes and people couldn’t really see, because they were all crowded around, so I knew I had full functional movement, it’s just that I was kind of really out of it,” he said. Rigg said he considers himself day to day but also pointed out that the most realistic spot for his return at this time would be the Maryland game Sept. 21. The senior linebacker also took the opportunity with reporters Tuesday to reach out to the droves of fans, from both West Virginia and Oklahoma, who expressed concern after the injury Saturday. Rigg has also tweeted numerous thank-you’s out in the following days. “I got a lot of love from Mountaineer fans, OU fans and friends and family back home, so I’m really appreciative about that,” Rigg said. “I was actually in shock – I didn’t realize the extent of how bad it looked. So I’m really appreciative about everyone that reached out to me from both sides.”


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The DA 09-1- 2013  

The September 13 edition of the Daily Athenaeum

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