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“Little good is accomplished without controversy, and no civic evil is ever defeated without publicity.”


Thursday September 19, 2013

Volume 126, Issue 24

Peace activist shares experiences by jacob bojesson staff writer

Kathy Kelly is not the average woman. As a peace activist, pacifist and author, she has been arrested on more than 60 occasions, made more than 30 trips to war zones worldwide and has received three Nobel Peace Prize nominations. Kelly came to West

Virginia University to speak to students from the suburbs of Chicago. Despite her impressive resume, her speech in the Business & Economics Building Wednesday had little to do with herself, but rather the people that she had met in her journeys. “I ask myself, ‘Will we always be this way?’ I think I have an answer and the

answer is no,” Kelly said, commenting on the future of humanity. “I think we’re moving toward that so desirable goal of being able to be exhausted and sick of our worlds, and ready to say, ‘We don’t want to make war to Mother Earth any longer either. We want to learn to do the things that make for peace.’” Kelly has worked as a peace activist since the

late 1970s and has written several books and lectured around the world in recent years. Part of the lecture touched on what she believes is a misconception among Americans about the need for military interventions in Afghanistan. “They’d never heard of 9/11,” she said. “The codes that are oppressive to women existed long be-

fore the Taliban, and when I said to them that there are many people in my country who believe the military is necessary to keep people protected, they laughed.” Kelly spoke of a world foreign to the one she grew up in, and the contrasts between Middle Eastern and Western societies. Some of Kelly’s stories were more personal than other. For instance, she


by sam bosserman correspondent

Student organization grant proposals occupied the majority of yesterday evening’s regular meeting of the West Virginia University Student Government Association. The proposals came from four different student organizations and the amounts awarded ranged from $650 to $1,500. The four organizations to receive funds were the women’s club basketball team, the woman’s club soccer team, the Art of Networking Club and the Sierra Student Coalition. A total of $3,900 was awarded to the four organizations, representing about six percent of the SGA’s overall student organizations grant budget of approximately $59,000 for the year. Governor Stephen Scott said the grants were approved so the student organi-


WVU Fencing Club invites students, faculty to duel by shelby toompas

BY Megan Calderado


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WVU Fencing Club President Jon Miltenberger demonstrates pristine skill and poise.

zations would have help covering essential costs. “Tonight helped cover a lot of transportation costs for these student organizations,” Scott said. “A lot of these organizations were running up against deadlines and will really benefit from the funds.” Scott said he thought the process to approve funding worked as intended. “The board looks at each proposal according to the situation,” Scott said. “The urgency of the costs, previous fund raising efforts, community service and other sorts of factors all play into our decision.” SGA vice chair Josh Williams said while he had no issue with awarding funds to the organizations at the meeting, he felt too much of the budget was awarded at one time. “It was the first meeting

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Business Plan Competition now accepting applications

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Each West Virginia University student club has its unique features, but only one campus club allows students to duel with swords. According to their website WVU’s Fencing Club enlightens the world to the joys of stabbing each other with swords. President of WVU’s Fencing Club Jon Miltenberger, said he picked up fencing his freshman year, because he wanted to try something new. “It’s college, and that’s the time to try new things,” Miltenberger said. “A lot of the reasons to do any other sport apply (to) fencing; it can be a team sport or an individual sport depending on what kind of tournament it may be.” Interested students do not need any prior experience, nor do they have to be athletic to fence. “It’s always good to have some kind of physical activity in your life,” Miltenberger said. “For me, at least, it’s a great de-stressor for the week. If it’s been a tough week, fencing practice comes around and you feel much better.” The Fencing Club holds beginner’s practice Monday nights and advanced practice Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. in Stansbury Hall. Hannah Clipp, a sophomore wildlife and fisheries

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SGA awards grants to student orgs


Members of WVU’s Fencing Club practice technique to prepare for their next tournament.

spoke of how military air raids accidentally killed civilians close to her and how the Afghan society remains filled with inequality and poverty. “The cost of maintaining one U.S. soldier in Afghanistan for one year was $1 million,” she said. “We were spending $2 billion per week on U.S. military

The West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition is now accepting applications. The annual competition is open to students of any year and path of study, from any West Virginia college or university. Interested applicants will submit their business idea, and three winners will be awarded $10,000 to help make their idea come to life. A winner from three different categories will be chosen this year: Lifestyle and Innovation; Hospitality and Tourism; and STEM technology. Tara St. Clair, office

administrator for the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, said although this is only her second year helping run the competition, she hopes to break the record number of submissions set last year. “This year we decided to add the new category of STEM, because they’re some of the largest industries in West Virginia,” St. Clair said. “So we really wanted to bring attention to them. “We’re also really trying to encourage people with other majors to participate with this new STEM category.”


Sorority recruitment begins forging sisterhood bonds on campus by sam bosserman correspondent

Formal sorority recruitment is in full swing on the West Virginia University campus this week as hundreds of sorority hopefuls decide where to make the commitment to become an active sister. Chapter houses are opening their doors to potential recruits in order to show what they stand for and how they operate. Jess Holterhoff, vice president of Recruitment Coordination on the Pan-

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hellenic Council at WVU, said formal recruitment helps both the potential sisters and the chapters make the best possible matches. “During formal recruitment, each chapter gets to tell prospects what sisterhood means to them,” she said. As far as what being in a sorority means, Holterhoff said it is all about finding a group of friends who are close enough to call each other sisters. “Being a sister means having a bond that gives


Apple’s iOS 7 became available for download Wednesday. The new, slick features enhance user experience. A&E PAGE 3

one a real sense of belonging,” she said. Despite the benefits sororities intend to provide their members, formal recruitment week can be a trying time for potential sisters. Holterhoff said some girls indeed may not find their way into the chapter they’ve chosen. However, she said the process is designed to make sure potential sisters and chapters end up in a long-term mutually beneficial relationship. “There are a lot of cri-

teria that come into play and a lot of different reasons for why someone may or may not get into a particular chapter,” Holterhoff said. One potential sister, sophomore Haleigh Jeffrey, said she is enjoying the recruitment experience. “Sororities seem like a great way to branch out and meet new people,” she said. “Recruitment week has allowed me to get a feel for the different chapters


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A group of girls gather outside the Pi Beta Phi house Tuesday evening and wait for their names to be called.

ON THE INSIDE The School of Journalism hosted a panel Wednesday that provided insight from whistleblowers in major environmental cases. NEWS PAGE 2

STEPPING UP True freshman Daryl Worley is working hard to become a playmaker on West Virginia’s defense this season. SPORTS PAGE 7

The DA 09-19-2013  

The September 19 edition of the Daily Athenaeum

The DA 09-19-2013  

The September 19 edition of the Daily Athenaeum