Cavalier The Highland
The Official Student Newspaper of UVa-Wise
Volume 62, Issue 25 April 15, 2011
Washburn elected SGA president by 3 votes
The college’s fraternities and sororities celebrated Greek Week last week. Check out photos on page 3.
A variety of Earth Week events are planned for this coming week. Find out more and see the schedule on page 4.
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Even with the highest turnout in college history, it was three votes that separated the victor from the defeated. Junior biology major Ashlee Washburn won the SGA presidential election Wednesday with 207 votes, just an edge more than junior history
and political science major James Tiffany’s 204. Junior sociology major Ashley Cvetnich came in third with 173 votes. “I am very excited about the outcome of the election,” Washburn said. “I cannot wait to start working as president.” About 584 students voted in the presidential election, likely the highest turnout ever for an SGA race at the college, officials said. The numsee Election, page 2
2011-2012 SGA E-board President Ashlee Washburn Vice - President Luke Rasnick Treasurer Dakota Hill Secretary Kayla Cash See the complete list on page 2
April showers ... ... April flowers
Co-ed rooms unlikely here By Sydney Gilbert Staff Writer email@example.com
The baseball team is two wins away from a division title. Read more about it on page 8.
Upcoming Day of Service UVa and UVa-Wise students will join forces tomorrow for a statewide day of service. Log on to uvawise.edu/studentlife/ dayofservice to find out how you can get involved.
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April showers this weekend led to a burst of color across campus, as trees and flowers burst into bloom. Rainshowers are again in the forecast for the weekend and into the start of next week.
UVa-Wise 360° preview Campus preview day will be held tomorrow morning, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Greear Gymnasium.
Concert Teddy & the Roosevelts will perform tomorrow night in the Chapel of All Faiths at 7 p.m. as part of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion concert series.
Students to help around Wise for Day of Service By Allie Robinson Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org The scene: a 1920s speakeasy. The plot: murder. The cause: raising money for Japan, and a sense of solidarity
with UVa on the campus’ Day of Service. The Pre-Professional Club plans to host a murder mystery dinner tomorrow night as part of UVa and UVa-Wise’s joint community service day in honor of UVa President Teresa Sullivan’s inauguration, set to take place
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today. “Every bit of the money we raise will go to the American Red Cross for Japan,” said junior biochemistry major Rachel Hensley, the club’s president. She said the group had planned the fundraiser early last month as a way to raise money
SAB gets conference recognition
Gender-neutral housing is unlikely to be available to UVa-Wise students anytime soon, officials say, despite a proposal to offer it at a nearby university. East Tennessee State University is investigating the idea of genderneutral housing, which would allow students of the opposite gender to share a room if the two agree. The proposal was suggested by ETSU’s student government association and supported by the campus’ LGBT organization. But a policy like that won’t be available anytime soon in Wise. “Here at UVa-Wise, students are assigned to housing based on the body parts they have,” said Angie Lemke, the college’s director of residence life. “This means that if you have male parts, you will have a roommate who also has male parts … if you have female parts, you will be paired with someone who has female parts.” In order for genderneutral housing to be available on campus, Lemke said, the policy would have to make its way through several colsee Co-ed, page 5
Smiddy speaks on college’s origin
By Josh Jordan Staff Writer email@example.com The Student Activities Board took home an award for doing the most with the least, at an annual campus activities conference in late March. The organization was given the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities’ Shoestring Award, which recognizes the college’s efforts in supporting the most events within their allotted budget. The Atlanta conference also gave see SAB, page 4
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Chancellor Emeritus “Papa” Joe Smiddy (left) spoke Monday about the college’s start in celebration of Founder’s Day, held annually to recognize Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Chancellor David Prior (right) spoke, too.
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Blood drive held to remember Tech tragedy By Jimmy Seals Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Students, faculty and staff donated blood at a drive in Cantrell Hall Wednesday in the hopes that their donation might save a life — or three. The blood drive, sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries and coordinated by the Marsh Regional Blood Center, was scheduled to roughly coincide with the fourth anniversary of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. Director of Student Programming Stephanie Shell was one of those giving blood.
She said she’s donated before and that it’s important to donate as often as possible. “It helps so many people in need,” Shell said. Drive organizers hoped to collect 80 units of blood, including the less common types like O-negative, which is in critical need in the area, said Jim Collie, the drive’s organizer and BCM’s minister. Dustin Perrigan, a freshman nursing major, was at the drive as a repeat donor. “Three people can benefit from only one donor,” Perrigan said. Andy Edwards, a junior psychology major, said people should not hesitate to donate.
“It’s not really as bad as they think it is,” he said. Michaela Edwards, a donor tech representative with Marsh, said people generally respond to tragedies, and even the anniversaries of big incidents like the Virginia Tech shootings. “On certain days blood donors are more aware, such as anniversaries of 9/11 and the shootings at Virginia Tech,” she said. Tammy Irvin, another Photo by Allie Robinson donor tech representative, agreed. Sophomore nursing major Amber Baker (right) has her “This area is generous blood tested in preparation to donate during Wednesday’s about giving blood,” Irvin drive. said. “[But] the need is great since blood has a 48-day selflife,” she said.
Election Continued from page 1 ber is imprecise because a The race was few students opted to vote the first in several in other races, but not for years to include more president. than two candidates, “During the 10 years which may have also I’ve been following SGA led to the high turnelections, this is the highout. est turnout we’ve ever had,” “Each of us camsaid Jewell Worley, dean of paigned very hard students and SGA adviser. the past two weeks,” “We had three well-qualiWashburn said. “I beWashburn fied, well-known students lieve that since there running. I think it drew from was actually a race a lot of different groups on campus.” between three candidates for president The win marked the end to a con- this year, the student body decided to tested election that saw Cvetnich, Tif- come to the polls.” fany and Washburn battling for votes. The ability to vote through the stuAll three used a variety of platforms dent portal — a feature that only began to get out their message in their cam- last year — might have also helped to paigns. boost the numbers, Worley said. Cvetnich made use of large ban“Before, we literally had a ballot ners, sidewalk chalk ads and free pens box and paper ballots,” she said. decorated with her name. Cvetnich said she did not have Tiffany and Washburn went door- plans to participate in SGA next year, to-door in the residence halls, hoping but that she’d be happy to assist if to have their faces seen and their voic- asked. es heard. “At the start of this race, I prayed The candidates also employed that God’s will be done in the elecsocial networking website Facebook, tion,” Cvetnich said. “I ran a good, with all three creating groups online clean campaign and apparently God to advertise their campaign. Tiffany has other plans for me and I’m OK made a YouTube commercial and post- with that.” ed video of his answers at a forum with Tiffany did not immediately rethe candidates. spond to a request for comment.
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2011-2012 SGA senators and Honor Court representatives Senior Senators Robert Endean Holly Gilliam Brad Graboyes Junior Senators Keenan France Evan Nunery Laura Kay Rogers
Sophomore Senators Lauren Powers Madison Savarese Senators-at-Large Rachel Person Jordan Viars
HC Sophomore Rep Matthew Galyean HC Junior Reps Erin Kellam Sydney Gilbert HC Senior Rep Rachel Hensley
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News Briefs Concert to benefit scholarship fund A jazz performance tonight will benefit a scholarship for local students majoring in music education. The fifth annual David Tipton Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert is set for 7:30 tonight in the Gilliam Center for the Arts. The concert is set to feature the UVa-Wise Jazz Ensemble and Just Jazz, a duo of local musicians. The scholarship aids Wise County, Lee County and Norton students who are pursuing a degree in music education and plan to teach music upon graduation. It’s named in honor of David Tipton, an educator and musician who served as band director at several local high schools. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
Greeks go old school with Nick-themed week
Men’s pageant called off SGA has canceled plans for a “Mr. UVa-Wise” pageant that was set for Monday. Freshman Senator Dakota Hill said event organizers had not received enough applications from potential contestants to go on with the show. The event was set to raise money for charity as well as entertain, Hill said. He said he hopes to hold the event next year. Senior selected to speak during commencement ceremonies UVa-Wise has tapped Rachel Belcher, a biochemistry major and Pound native, to speak at commencement ceremonies May 14. Belcher recently spoke to more than 800 students, faculty and staff at the annual Scholarship Luncheon March 26, said Kathy Still, director of news and media relations. Belcher is the recipient of more than seven college scholarships. College officials announced last week that Thomas Farrell, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the ceremonies. Nickname contest canceled The college’s athletic department canceled the contest to nickname Carl Smith Stadium and the new convocation center, after having not received enough entries. Danny Sterling, the college’s director of athletics, said the contest might be launched again after the convocation center has been dedicated. “A few people also brought up the fact that it was very difficult to give a nickname to a facility they have never even been in,” he said. Sterling said hopes to hold more contests in the future. Bands to perform Monday The UVa-Wise Wind Ensemble and the Highland Winds band are set to perform in a free concert Monday night. The groups will play works by Ralph Vaught Williams, Percy Grainger, Gordon Jacob and Paul Hart, according to a college news release. The Wind Ensemble will also perform the finale from Symphony No. 3, a piece by composer Camille SaintSaens which is commonly known as his “organ symphony.” The selection will feature senior music major Nathan Jones on the organ. The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Gilliam Center for the Arts. Admission is free.
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Phi Sigma Sigma took home first place in this year’s annual Greek Olympics. The games were Nickelodeon-themed, and included egg tosses, tug-of-war, pie eating contests and relay races. (Bottom left) Kappa Sigma brother Delonte Yuille works hard to earn a Kappa Sig tug-of-war victory. (Bottom right) Jessica Campbell (left) and Ashley Day get doused with slime and whipped cream during the Greekelodeon games.
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lege administrators and be approved by the college board. Lemke said the college had “not had a single student since 1993 request gender-neutral housing.” Gender-neutral housing is often supported by LGBT groups, who say students are not always comfortable living with people of the same gender. The policy also allows platonic friends of opposite genders to live
with each other. Dakota Hill, an SGA freshman senator and a double-major in political science and history, said he’d be happy if the college decided to offer gender neutral-housing to students. It would be “beneficial,” he said, because students would be in an environment in which they were most comfortable. “I’d be extremely happy,” Hill
said. “There would be more of an interaction and it would give it more of a college feel.” Lemke made it clear that the college was not discussing such a housing possibility at this point. “I have only worked here for four years and to my knowledge this is not something UVa-Wise has ever discussed,” Lemke said.
with many rain outs that set the offensive production back this season. The team has had to cancel over 10 games this season due to foul weather conditions. Senior pitcher Josh Joseph said that the weather has set the team back from improving. “It’s been difficult to prepare throughout the season with this weather,” Joseph said. “We don’t want to focus on that right now, we
have a good opportunity today to put ourselves in a good position.” Although the team has had to battle the weather conditions this season, they still have a good chance to take the Mid-South East Division Championship. This would be athletic departments only Mid-South Championship for the year.
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The team had a combined 12 hits and scored five runs. The cavs lost both games on Sunday. Lemely said that he thinks the team is starting to peak at the right time. “We are starting to get the offense going,” Lemely said. “Our pitching is almost always solid so I think we are really heading in the right direction for the conference tournament.” The team has also had to battle
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Em & Kay Dear Em & Kay, All my friends have been going tanning lately to prepare for summer. I want to go but I’m really scared that I’m going to get burned like they did (which I really don’t want to do!). How can I avoid burning in the bed?
Pasty, Avoiding burning in the bed is an easy thing — don’t stay in long! Don’t stay in more than five minutes your first time. Only go once or twice a week in the beginning, and don’t stay for more than what the salon says is the limit for the type of bed you’re lying in. Use sunscreen, too. While you might think this makes tanning, it doesn’t. Lying for 20 minutes in a regular tanning bed is the same as spending about an hour and a half with nothing on your skin in the regular sun. Also (and we can’t stress this enough), please use tanning goggles. We both tan to get ready for summer and follow these rules. Just be careful and remember your sunscreen. Good luck! Love,
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Dear Em & Kay, I wrote to you a few weeks ago about seeing the same boy around campus. I still haven’t said anything to him but I’m still seeing him everywhere, including out at Walmart and Applebee’s. I get so nervous when I see him, I know my face turns super red. Can you think of an ice-breaker I can use? I want to do something before I leave for the summer! - Still Have Butterflies Still Have Butterflies, Last time, we suggested saying “Hello” to him. Have you tried that? We know that it can be a little awkward just randomly saying “Hi,” but it could be the beginning of a fantastic conversation. It’s OK if it’s random. If you’re afraid of what your friends will say about him (if you really like him, your friends shouldn’t have anything negative to say) you can try and keep talking to him on your own. The main thing is, find a way to engage him in a conversation…and don’t forget to ask his name. Good luck! Love,
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Earth Week events set By Allie Robinson Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Earth Week events this year include a lecture from author Camille Kingsolver, a found objects sculpture contest and a film festival. The UVa-Wise Environmental Club and the Clinch Coalition have teamed up for this year’s Earth Week festivities, focused on the theme of eating locally. Local author Kingsolver, who wrote “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” with her mother, Barbara Kingsolver, will speak April 21 about eating local foods. The book is about her family’s year-long experiment to eat only locally-grown foods. Camille Kingsolver currently lives in Asheville, NC, and her parents still live at their home in Meadowview, Va. A reception serving local food will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation and discussion at 7 p.m. The event is free and cultural credit is available to students. “She’s going to be talking about the book,” said Jennifer Fulton, a sophomore environmental science major. “It will be more personal for us because she’s our age.” Fulton said copies of the book will be for sale at the lecture, and Kingsolver will sign them. The week’s other main event will be the film festival, featuring “Fresh,” a documentary about farmers, thinkers and business people in America who are reinventing the food system. Locally produced films by Appalshop, a local film production company based in Whitesburg,
Ky., will also be shown. The movies begin at 7 p.m. on the Lawn by the Lake, and cultural credit is available to students. The week’s events will begin tomorrow afternoon with the club’s annual campus wetlands cleanup, held this year in conjunction with the college’s day of service. Club members will meet behind Martha Randolph Hall at 1 p.m. and invite others to join them. “Some of the teachers bring kayaks and canoes,” Fulton said. “We’ll go behind the convocation center to those ponds and clean up everything.” To promote eco-friendly travel, the club will sponsor its annual “bike to school” day Monday. “It’s to try to get people to bike, carpool, save on gas,” Fulton said. A bike will be raffled off at the free hotdog cookout on the Lawn by the Lake from 12 to 2 p.m. There will also be other door prizes, including recycled school gear and camping supplies, she said. And, the week will wrap up with a recycled items sculpture contest. Groups are asked to make a cow sculpture out of found objects, and the cows will be on display on the McCraray Lawn beginning Friday at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Fulton at jnf7a@uvawise. edu or a member of the Art Guild. Fulton said she’s excited about the upcoming week. “I’m really intrigued to see how the film festival will turn out,” she said. “And I’m really hoping we can get a lot of people for the cow sculpture contest.”
Earth Week Events Wetlands Cleanup (April 16, 1 p.m.) Meet at the kiosk behind Martha Randolph Hall at 1 p.m. Wear outdoors or hiking clothes.
Camille Kingsolver speech (April 21, 6 p.m.) The co-author of “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” will speak on the Bike to School Day (April 18, 12 p.m.) Ride a 5th floor of the Slemp Student bike to school and be entered in a drawing for a Center at 7 p.m. Reception begins at 6 p.m. chance to win a new bike. Free food will be provided at the Lawn by the Lake at noon. Recycled Sculpture Contest (April 22, 1 p.m.) Create your own “eco-cow recycled sculpture” Locavore Food Film Festival (April 20, 7 p.m.) and win an eco-water bottle. Watch movies on the Lawn by the Lake. The festival will feature “Fresh,” a movie that celebrates Norton Earth Fair (April 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) farmers, thinkers and business people in America Eat local food and shop for local products at Norwho are reinventing the food system. ton’s Earth Day celebration at Norton City Park. Contact Jennifer Fulton (email@example.com) or Spencer Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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SAB Continued from page 1 SAB members the opportunity to book several acts for next year, said Josh Justice, assistant director of student activities and Greek life. “We’ve got a great deal of entertainment lined up and something I think everyone will enjoy,” Justice said. SAB has booked several comedians and musical performances of various genres, he said. Saxophonist Matt Corey is scheduled to perform on campus next year, as well as The Symphony Crack Orchestra, which features Ashanti Ford, better known as The Mad Violinist. The slam poetry group The Asia Project will also perform on campus during next year’s National Poetry Month in April. Justice said SAB will bring back the street signs activity in the fall, which offers students the opportunity to create their own custom street signs. The massage and relaxation program will also be making its return to campus in the fall, he said. Anyone with questions, comments or suggestions is encouraged to email Justice at email@example.com.
By Adam Hood Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The Student Activities Board dished out a taste of music in the caf Tuesday evening, as Maryland band Lloyd Dobler Effect performed to a crowd of dining students. Josh Justice, assistant director of student activities and Greek life, said the dinner time performance was one of the first of its kind at UVa-Wise. “Music is something that if people are not already there, it’s somewhat difficult to get students to come,” Justice said. “So we want to bring the music to our students.” Having gained notoriety on the national college circuit, Lloyd Dobler Effect has performed in more than 40 states and 13 countries. The band performed a mix of original songs and covers Tuesday. Junior Seth Rhoton said he enjoyed the show while eating dinner. “With all my coursework, it’s really hard to get out and see some live music right now,” Rhoton said. “It was nice to be able to hear some good music while getting something to eat.” Turnout has been low to SAB concerts this year, something Justice acknowledged is partly due to students balancing their social life with college responsibilities. He said SAB hopes to be able to increase concert turnouts by having more musical events in the dining hall and other places students frequent.
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In an effort to bring the music to students, SAB hosted a band in the Smith Dining Commons. Lloyd Dobler Effect played during the dinner hour Tuesday night.
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NASA scientists developed a Slinky-like device to hold solar sails to spacecrafts. And you thought they were just fun on stairs.
To date, the five shuttles in NASA’s space shuttle program have travelled 130 missions and covered more than a half-billion miles. Your trip to the 757 doesn’t seem so bad in comparison, huh?
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for trips and graduate school tours, but after the March 11 earthquake, group members decided to donate the money toward relief efforts in Japan. “We’re trying to raise as much as we can,” she said. The murder mystery was written by one of the club’s members, junior chemistry major Nayab Chowhan, who said the plot centers around two gangs in Chicago that clash because one of the mob bosses’ girlfriends is murdered. The two sold tickets with other club members this week. There will be a limited number of tickets at the door when the event begins at 7 p.m., Hensley said. It costs $3 for students and $6 for non-students to attend, and she said people are encouraged— but not required — to dress up. Earlier that day, students will be planting flowers, picking up trash and painting playgrounds. The Student Government Association and the Residence Hall Association teamed up to buy flowers to plant around the residence halls.
Sources: nasa.gov, boeing.com
Atlantis, the last NASA shuttle mission ever, is tentatively slated to launch in June. The orbiter is relatively young in shuttle years — just 26 — and it’s only flown 111 million miles. It weighs about the same as 13 African elephants. So now you know.
According to Boeing, building the International Space Station while in space is like “trying to change a spark plug or hang a shelf, wearing roller skates and two pairs of ski gloves with all your tools, screws and materials tethered to your body so they don’t drop.” So, no more complaining about homework.
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Five things you didn't know:
Clouds were first given names in the early 1800s. Cirrus clouds, those wispy clouds which look like feathers, are named after the Latin word for “curl of hair.” Don’t try that terminology in a local salon, though.
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RHA bought pansies and soil, said RHA President Emily Baxter, a junior communication studies major. “We thought it was really important to do something to better the halls and better life on campus, because that’s what we’re all about,” she said. She said organization’s members are excited about their project because they are able to do something that pertains to their organization. SGA is also helping spruce up the Gateway Garden in Wise, said SGA president Stephanie Lawson. She said members will help prune the plants there, and with the various other projects planned for the day. Sarah Smith, SAB president and a member of the local Day of Service Committee, said she’ll spend the day documenting each group’s events to send to UVa, so students there will know what students at UVa-Wise did to assist with the Day of Service. Her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, will host its second annual Kicks for Kidneys soccer tourna-
ment. Money raised will benefit the National Kidney Foundation, and Smith said about a half dozen teams have signed up for the tournament. Last year the group raised about $400; they hope to reach or exceed that this year, she said. “We actually planned it and it happened to fall on the Day of Service,” she said. “It seems to be a good fit.” Smith said it is not too late for students to sign up to help with Day of Service activities. A table will be set up in Cantrell Hall tomorrow morning, and students can sign up with friends or by themselves. “We’re just excited honestly about the prospect of the whole day ... excited that a lot of students have seemed interested in it,” she said. A picnic will be held to conclude the day, starting at 4:30 p.m. on the Lawn by the Lake. “I think the picnic will be a good way for everyone to come back and talk about their day,” Lawson said. “As a whole, the day is going to be a really good project.”
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Upcoming: Sundae building: Make your own ice cream sundae in the Jefferson Plaza on April 28 beginning at 10 a.m. Comedian: Tattoo-clad comedian Marcus, a former professional wrestler, will perform April 26 at 9 p.m. in Cantrell Hall. Movie on the lawn: Watch Natalie Portman’s “No Strings Attached” on the Lawn by the Lake April 27 at dusk. In case of rain, the movie will be shown in Cantrell Hall.
Weekly: LGBTAS: The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Allies Society meets every Monday at 4 p.m. in Zehmer 118. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Wise Environmental Club: The environmental club meets on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Henson classroom. Contact Jennifer Fulton at email@example.com or Spencer Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Wesley Fellowship: Wesley Fellowship serves free homestyle dinners on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation by Alumni Hall. SAB: Student Activities Board meetings are held Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Honor Court room on the third floor of the Slemp Student Center. Contact Josh Justice for more information. BCM: Baptist Collegiate Ministries serves free meals on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. at BCM. Tupos: Tupos services are held Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. The Highland Cavalier: The student newspaper holds weekly meetings on Fridays at 1 p.m. in the third floor Honor Court Room in the Slemp Student Center.
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opinion Trump could be next president By David Carty Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Could Donald Trump be the next president? While it sounds like a joke, Trump is a viable candidate. The first advantage Trump has is the fact that the Republican Party currently lacks any guaranteed winners, thus multiple candidates could easily divide the party and allow Trump the nomination. A recent poll of potential GOP candidates revealed Trump to be second in popularity, with Mitt Romney edging him out by a few points. Trump’s message is good at reaching out to the American public. He wants to renegotiate trade deals with China. He sees them as an adversary that takes advantage of currency manipulation and American goodwill. Further, he wants to aggressively go after OPEC, who he says is taking advantage of Americans. Although Trump is a conservative, he has also advocated a one-time estate tax of 11.5 percent on people who have a net worth in excess of $10 million to help pay down the national debt. This suggests that he may raise taxes on the wealthy, which should gain support among independents. If Trump can obtain the GOP nomination, the next question is whether or not he can defeat Obama in 2012. Given Obama’s relatively lackluster presidency, it’s not a surprise that the Republicans have a good shot of winning. No one is certain if Trump will run, but if he keeps his policies, then he will have the support of a lot of independents who see him as being close to the center. He would also provide a new flavor to a nation. Is Trump the perfect candidate? Absolutely not. Many see him as a joke and even claim that his presidential campaign is a mere publicity stunt. Trump’s constant call to see Obama’s birth certificate damages his credibility among some voters. Despite this, one would be unwise to completely count out Trump as a candidate for the presidency. Not to mention, national debates between Trump and Obama would be fascinating to watch.
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Students should check school e-mail more often
By Allie Robinson Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t know what’s going on around campus, it is probably your fault. I say this not because I think students are especially ignorant, but be honest with yourself: When was the last time you checked your student email account? I know some of us check it religiously. But some of us haven’t checked it since the day we walked onto this campus. And those of us who fit into that category, I wager, don’t know what’s going on tomorrow.
Perhaps they didn’t vote in SGA elections earlier this week, or get the memo that their class was canceled today. We’re young adults now — emphasis on the word “adults” — and logging into our Hotmail or Gmail account to check Facebook updates isn’t going to cut it. The best way for college administrators to contact us is through our assigned email addresses, and we ignore our accounts at our own peril. For instance, recently a college administrator had trouble getting a hold of a student to tell them they were being selected for a college honor. That student, who had on file their parents’ address instead of their UVa-
Wise campus box address, and who didn’t check their email, might have been excluded from an important collegiate recognition. I’m not trying to preach to you, and I’m not your mom. But that’s just it. I’m not your mom, and your mom’s not here. You are. And it is your job to make sure you take care of your own business. I agree, sometimes we students are inundated with a deluge of emails, some of which are repetitive. And sometimes we don’t want to read them. But the information is out there, and it is our job to be responsible for it.
Candidates need more values not more money By Matthew Barnette Opinion Editor email@example.com
It’s the time of year when all the news outlets start speculating on who is and isn’t a candidate running for president. Every senator, governor and celebrity ends up in the discussion, even if they’ve never shown an interest in the presidency. They get interviewed multiple times and asked over and over if they plan to run for president. Yet even if they aren’t going to run, they never directly answer the question. They dance around it or say they’ll have an official announcement about it later. Recently former Minnesota (R) Gov. Tim Pawlenty danced around a question from CNN’s Piers Morgan about announcing his candidacy. He said that he had “an exploratory committee up and running” and that he would “have a final announcement in the coming weeks.” This is what I find so pointless about the start of the “political season” — no one will come out and say they’re running, even when they admit to taking the first step toward a presidential campaign. Even if they do admit it publicly, it’s not officially announced until they’ve had a big party with banners, music and their (most wealthy) supporters. Why can’t they just announce it to the press without having the expensive party? Is there a list of written rules to announcing your candidacy that every candidate must follow? If there is such a list, I’ve never seen
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it, and if I did, I would suggest changing it to not include such items as having an ego-boosting party, avoiding questions and raising a massive amount of money for almost no good reason. That’s the worst part of it all. The candidates and their committees raise millions of dollars for their campaigns and seem to use every last cent. Where does it all go? Couldn’t they use less money setting up publicity stunts? Last I checked, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were free and don’t limit your ability to connect with supporters and share your policies and goals. Yet every candidate has to have their own site, tour bus and/or jet, rent massive auditoriums and theaters in which to deliver their speeches and have thousands of different advertisements, which tear down their opponents.
I say give every candidate a set amount of money for their campaigns. They wouldn’t be able to use private funds and supporters could not contribute to their funds either. This way, every candidate has an equal shot at winning based only on their policies, views and how they influence voters in the debates. Look at our SGA elections. Candidates mostly rely on the Internet and its free resources, instead of making speeches all over campus. SGA’s presidential candidates had space in last week’s Highland Cavalier to outline their policies and merits. They also posted signs all over campus, but I doubt it cost any of them millions of dollars. Not to mention, the votes in this SGA election are reported as the most ever recorded. That should prove money isn’t everything. Our current political system seems to favor candidates who can raise the most money and thereby distribute the most advertisements and hold the most political events. I really don’t care how much money a politician has. They could be a billionaire and I would still only pay attention to what they are promising to do if elected. A candidate could be basically broke and I’d still consider voting for them if they held views I supported. So when you start hearing about the multitude of candidates running for president, don’t pay attention to how many speeches and ads they throw around, pay attention to their policies and views. Politics shouldn’t be about who has the most money, but who would be best for the country.
Letter to the Editor
Poll answers were biased to one candidate As an avid reader of The Highland Cavalier, as well as a proud sophomore senator in the Student Government Association, I applaud the paper for your assistance with the SGA presidential forum that we hosted. I also commend you for allowing each presidential candidate to have a section in the paper to introduce themselves as well as their respective platforms. For every organization I represent on this campus, I thank you for being committed to a fair and equal representation of the candidates. However, I am highly disappointed with one section of last week’s paper. When looking in the latter part of the paper, I noted that there was a “poll” of students. These three individuals, all male, were quoted as voting for James Tiffany. This is not a slam against Tiffany, but rather an observation that shocked me. Two of the gentlemen mentioned were of Tiffany’s fraternity, in which he is the archon. Thus, as brothers, out of loyalty, they will vote for him. On the other hand, Samuel Norton’s opinion is valid.
Editorial Board Allie Robinson Cameron Parsons Jordan Fifer Lauren Miller Matthew Barnette Clifton Diaz, Jr.
Editor-in-Chief Sports Editor News Editor Copy Editor Opinion Editor Online Editor
Staff Writers Matthew Barbour Marcus Bratton David Carty Robert Davis Richard Dicks, Jr. Sydney Gilbert Thomas Grant James Haley
Robert Hatch Henry Holmes Adam Hood Jessica Hughes Josh Jordan John Mathis Allie Mullins Jimmy Seals
I think Norton’s statement was quite acceptable, as he is not closely associated with Tiffany, and he used sound judgment in his opinion. Why did the paper not seek out someone who was going to vote for Ashley Cvetnich (current secretary) or Ashlee Washburn (current vice president) who would be as unbiased as possible? There are a plethora of individuals at this college; surely people who were in favor of the the two female candidates and were not associated with them could have been found. In addition, why use clearly biased opinions in a paper that is supposed to be fair to all? It would be like asking members of the softball team why they would vote for Washburn, or members of Tupos on behalf of Cvetnich? If it was difficult to find someone who was not close to the female candidates, the poll could have been equally biased toward all. I am unsure of the executive reasoning of printing a biased poll, but as a senator and a student, this has shocked me. It is not fair for the students, who I am sure use the paper as a medium of in-
formation about campus happenings, and it is not fair to any of the candidates or anyone who has contributed to this election. When helping to oversee the forum, I personally did my best to drop all of my opinions and establish a democratic forum in which each candidate could shine and highlight both the positives and negatives in the questions we posed toward them, as I was representing a respectful organization. Why was it not employed thoroughly in last week’s edition? Perhaps it is a one-time error, but next year when elections draw close again, will favorites be played again to sway voters, or will everything publicly published be fair and equal, as Mr. Jefferson himself would have liked to see done? SGA Senator Laura Kay Rogers is a sophomore administration of justice major. Editor’s Note: Out of 30 people questioned for last week’s poll, only three chose to respond. Any affiliation to candidates was unintentional.
The Highland Cavalier is the official student newspaper of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. The newspaper is published weekly on Fridays. It functions to inform, educate and entertain readers accurately and responsibly. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the college’s administration, faculty or staff. Also, the opinions expressed on the Opinion Page are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of newspaper editors and staff members. The Highland Cavalier welcomes all contributions, which can be delivered to the Editor-in-Chief Allie Robinson in person (317 Slemp Student Center); by standard mail (Campus Box 4682, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, 1 College Avenue, Wise, VA 24293); by phone (328-0170); or via e-mail (highlandcavalier@ uvawise.edu). Letters to the editor can also be e-mailed to Opinion Editor Matthew Barnette (firstname.lastname@example.org). All letters to the editor must be signed—including the writer’s department or major, address and telephone number. Letters may be edited for length, grammar, clarity and libel.
sports Sports Scoreboard Softball April 10 UVa-Wise 3, Va. Intermont 9 R H E UVa-Wise 002 001 0 3 5 7 Inter 002 610 0 9 12 3 W — Kristen Dyert (8-4). L — Kaylla Holdway (2-9).
April 10 UVa-Wise 4, Va. Intermont 3 R H E UVa-Wise 010 000 3 4 7 0 Inter 000 011 1 3 7 1 W — Chelsey Booth (5-2). L — Ashylnn Scott (1-5).
April 9 UVa-Wise 14, St. Catharine 7 R H E UVa-Wise 012 513 2 14 6 1 Cath 000 201 1 7 10 0 W — Chelsey Booth (4-2). L — Ashley Hardin (4-7).
April 9 UVa-Wise 2, St. Catharine 2 RHE UVa-Wise 000 011 0 2 8 0 Cath 000 030 0 3 8 0 W — Megan Beecham (3-4). L — Chelsey Booth (3-2).
Mid-South Conference Standings (as of April 14) 1.) Lindsey Wilson (36-5, 17-1) 2.) Georgetown (23-10, 16-2) 3.) Campbell (25-20, 14-5) 4.) Rio Grande (15-17, 8-7) 5.) Shawnee State (13-13, 7-7) 6.) Pikeville (16-15, 7-11) 7.)UVa-Wise (15-24, 7-11) 8.) St. Catharine (13-20, 5-13) 9.) Cumberlands (10-25, 2-14) 10.) WVa Tech (9-21, 2-14)
Baseball April 10 UVa-Wise 5, Shwnee 12 R H E UVa-Wise 100 301 1 5 8 0 Shawn 250 500 0 12 17 1 W — Josh Kauffman (1-1). L — Josh Joesph (4-1).
April 9 UVa-Wise 0, Shawnee 3 R H E UVa-Wise 000 000 0 0 4 1 Shawn 000 003 0 3 4 0 W — Ryan Rogers (3-2). L — Scott Cole (0-7).
April 8 UVa-Wise 10, Shawnee 7 R H E UVa-Wise 105 200 2 10 16 4 Shawn 023 200 0 7 8 3 W — Cody Bentley (2-2). L — Cory Pallutch (5-2).
April 8 UVa-Wise 8, Shawnee 18 R H E UVa-Wise 00(2) 15X 8 11 3 Shwn 10(10) 43X 18 15 3 W — Andrew Carter (6-2). L — Scott Cole (0-6).
Mid-South Conference Standings (as of April 11)
1.) Campbell (22-5, 16-4) 2.) Cumberlands (31-17, 14-10) 3.) Rio Grande (27-18, 12-9) 4.) Shawnee State (28-21, 13-11) 5.) Georgetown (24-21, 13-11) 6.) St. Catharine (26-22-1, 11-13) 7.) UVa-Wise (12-16, 9-9) 8.) Lindsey Wilson (18-20, 9-11) 9.) WVa Tech (14-27, 7-16) 10.) Pikeville (7-23-2, 5-15)
The Highland Cavalier
April 15, 2011
Tennis loses close matches By Sydney Gilbert Staff Writer email@example.com
The women’s tennis team dropped two matches last weekend. On April 6 against Georgetown College, the Cavs lost 4-5, while losing to Southern Virginia University 1-8 in an April 9 match. The men’s team fought hard, but also posted two losses to Georgetown College 2-7 and to Southern Virginia University 1-8. According to head coach Danny Rowland, the women’s team played well against Georgetown and put up a good effort, but the doubles matches hurt the team. “The doubles were the deciding factor,” Rowland said. “It wasn’t lack of effort, just lack of experience.” The women’s team also put forth a
great effort in the individual matches after losing the doubles matches 1-2. The team split individual matches 3-3, but still fell short by a single game. Rowland said the doubles matches were a problem for both teams. He said finding the right combination of doubles teams was a hard task. He said trying to find “teams that mesh together” is difficult because of team limited time spent playing toRowland gether. The men’s tennis team also suffered losses, but Rowland said it wasn’t from a lack of effort either. He said the men’s team competed well against Georgetown, but “could have played better against Southern Virginia.” Freshman No. 2 seed Chase Cupp has continued his consistent play.
Cupp had been undefeated this year, until the recent Georgetown match where he suffered his first loss of the season, 6-0 and 6-1. He responded in the next match, posting a win against Southern Virginia. Rowland said Cupp continues to play well. “Chase Cupp is really standing out this year,” he said. “He’s playing very well and has a lot of confidence in his game.” Both teams have back-to- back matches coming up this weekend. Tomorrow the teams will travel to Campbellsville University. On Sunday they play at Lindsey Wilson. Rowland said both games present interesting challenges for the Cavs. “We’re facing two nationally ranked teams this weekend,” Rowland said. “We’re just going into it eyes wide open and we’ll see what we can do.”
New defensive coordinator named By Josh Jordan Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The football program will see an old face in a new position as former strength and conditioning coach Justin Hamilton takes over as the team’s new defensive coordinator. The twenty-eight-year-old Hamilton is a former NCAA football standout and National Football League player, and will call the defensive plays next season as the Cavs look to bounce back after a dismal 3-8 season. Hamilton, born and raised in nearby Clintwood, Va., displayed his talents on Clintwood High School’s football
team from 1997-2001, which ultimately gave him the opportunity to play on the collegiate level at Virginia Tech. After graduating from college, Hamilton went on to play in the National Football League for two seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2006-07). He finished his professional career with the Washington Redskins in 2008. Hamilton said the region and the college are both very important to him and he is excited about the new job. “I love the guys on the team, the people and coaches I work with and around, and the challenges the job entails,” Hamilton said. “I have the utmost respect for Coach Lusk
and his journey to become a head coach at the collegiate level, as well as the time and effort Coach John Kuczko has dedicated to UVa-Wise.” Hamilton brings a great deal of on-field experience to the Cavs’ coaching staff afHamilton ter playing under renowned coaches like former Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blanche and Virginia Tech’s defensive coordinator Bud Foster. He said that he will apply what he has learned from his
past coaches to next season’s defensive system. “We are implementing a 4-2-5 base scheme very similar to the schemes of Bud Foster at Virginia Tech and Gary Patterson at TCU, but we plan to be very multiple with our looks,” Hamilton said. Hamilton wants players who are relentless in their physical and mental approach during every single practice and game, he said. “During spring practice, I believe I have been very clear with our guys that to play here they must first know their alignments and assignments, and give 100 percent effort every time they step onto the field,” Hamilton said.
Game of the Week Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers have proven themselves to be one of the best teams in baseball — going to the World Series last year and their excellent record so far this season. The Rangers are holding opponents to fewer than three runs per game, which is the best in baseball and not suprising for a team owned by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. But no one wins games by just keeping opponents from scoring. On offense, the Rangers are scoring nearly six runs per game, which is good enough to be the third best offense in baseball. Rightfielder Nelson Cruz had only 22 homeruns last season, but this season he already has five homeruns and 11 RBIs through 11 games. Pitcher Matt Harrison is 2-0 on the sea-
@ son with a 1.29 ERA, his best start during his four-year career. But things might be different tonight, as the young Harrison faces the veteran Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who is is 0-1 in three starts, but still has just a 1.45 ERA. Sabathia’s season is symbolic of the entire team — the Yankees have lost some very close games early in the year despite playing very well. The New York Yankees have not got off to the hot start that the Rangers have enjoyed. Veteran shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter has experienced the worst start of his career. Jeter is batting .206 with seven hits and two RBIs through nine games. Fortunately for the Yankees, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark
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Teixeira, and rightfielder Nick Swisher are all playing up to their all-star status. The trio has combined for 21 RBIs and seven homeruns through nine games. Thanks to solid pitching and great offense, the Yankees are in second place in the American League East division. This game also features two of baseball’s most interesting closers, the Rangers’ Neftali Feliz and the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera. Feliz recorded a record 40 saves last season as a rookie, while Rivera has been regarded as one of the all-time great pitchers throughout his 17-year career. It will be interesting to see whether or not the Yankees can prove they are still a championship contender against a rising baseball power. The game will air at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Monday April 18, 2011 Chapel of All Faiths
Study Abroad Forum From UVa-Wise to a fall trip to Scotland, a winter trip to India and spring trip to Italy Learn about UVa-Wise students’ experiences. And, find out how you can participate in a future study abroad program! Cultural Credit
By Cameron Parsons Sports Editor email@example.com
“We have been to Madrid, El Escorial, and Toledo today, and so we will begin classes on Monday. I think Spain has to be the most beautiful place in the world. I can’t stop taking pictures!” - a former participant writes
sports Quick Hits
Senior off softball team
The softball team lost their senior starting pitcher recently, though officials are mum about what led to her departure. Megan McCoy, one of the team’s two senior players, hasn’t played since the March 13 doubleheader at Virginia Intermont College. Despite speculation on campus, officials would not confirm if McCoy left on her own or was ousted. “As with any personnel issue we have no comment, other than she is no longer part of the team,” said Danny Sterling, the college’s director of athletics. McCoy, too, declined to comment. The loss of McCoy as a starting pitcher leaves outfielder Maddi Ridenour as the only senior on the team.
The Highland Cavalier
April 15, 2011
Baseball two wins away from title By Adam Hood Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The baseball team is in race to win the Mid-South Conference East Division which will take place today. The team finds itself near the top of the Mid-South Conference standing in a near tie with the University of Rio Grande and Shawnee State University.
If the Cavs can pick up two wins today they will likely be the No. 1 seed in the east division. Assistant coach Eric Lemely said the team feels confident going into today’s action against the Red Storm of the University of Rio Grande. “We are right were we need to be,” Lemely said. “We really couldn’t ask for a better situation at this point in the season.” The team lost three out of
four games this past weekend against Shawnee State University with scores of 18-6, 3-0 and 12-5, winning Lemley only one game by a score of 10-7. However, the team saw much improvement in the of-
The men’s and women’s tennis teams will travel to Campbellsville University tomorrow. The match will begin at 2 p.m. The Cavs will face Lindsey Wilson College on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Baseball The baseball team will face the University of Rio Grande tomorrow and Sunday in a four-game home series. The games will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow and noon on Sunday. The Cavs will finish the season with a home doubleheader against local rival Milligan College. The games will begin at 5 p.m. and will be the first night contest of the season.
Softball The softball team will face non-conference foe Southern Virginia University in a home doubleheader today at 2 p.m. The Cavs will face conference rival Shawnee State University in a home doubleheader tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Golf The golf team will play their final tournament of the season on April 26 during the Mid-South Conference Championships in Bardstown, Ky.
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fense. The Cavs managed to score 24 runs in the four game series. In Friday’s double-header, the team had a combined 27 hits and scored 17 runs. The team lost the first game 6-18 but came back to win the second game 11-7. In the double-header on Sunday, the team saw much of the same offensive production.
Blast from the past: the return of Tiger Woods
Upcoming Games The football team will hold its annual Spring Game tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Carl Smith Stadium.
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Freshman first baseman Kristina Romualdo (17) awaits the throw from freshman second baseman Allyssa Zebrowski during the Cavs’ first game of a home doubleheader against Virginia Intermont College on April 10. Although the Cobra base runner was safe, the Cavs won the game 4-3 on a walk-off double by sophomore designated hitter Ashleigh Roenker.
Softball team honors senior, splits doubleheader By Cameron Parsons Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
For some sports teams, Senior Day celebrations have the feel of a funeral. But that was not the case for the Cavs softball team and senior centerfielder Maddi Ridenour on Sunday. According to the players, the Senior Day celebrations on April 10 were not just for the seniors — it was about the whole team. During her four-year career at UVa-Wise, Ridenour surely contributed to her team. Ridenour currently holds college records in batting average, hits, runs scored, on base percentage, walks and stolen bases. She is also a three-time All-Conference player. “Senior Day is a very special day, where our entire team gets to honor and recognize Maddi for her four years of hard work,” said junior utility player Kesha Perrigan. After the celebrations ended, the Cavs still had a home doubleheader with local rival Virginia Intermont College to play. During the first game, the Cavs took an early lead in the second inning with an RBI single from Ridenour. However, the Cobras started a comeback in the fifth inning, tying the game with a solo homerun by senior pitcher Melissa Hudgins. Virginia Intermont got two more solo homeruns during the sixth and seventh innings, making the score 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh.
Ridenour opened the seventh inning with a single, followed by another single by freshman shortstop Megan Dillion. Freshman first baseman Kristina Romualdo scored both runners with a single to tie the game at 3-3. With two outs, and the winning run on second base, sophomore designated hitter Ashleigh Roenker hit Ridenour a walk-off RBI double to win the game 4-3. “I thought it was going to be a homerun, but in the end, I was just happy to do whatever I could to help this team win the game,” Roenker said. The second game started out much the same as the first, but this time the Cavs were unable to make another comeback, falling 9-3 to the Cobras. Perhaps the decided factor in the game was the Cavs’ seven errors. “We got down early and just couldn’t mount a comeback when we needed it,” Roenker said. The Cavs also split another doubleheader against conference foe St. Catharine’s College on April 9. The Cavs lost the first game by a narrow 3-2 margin. The Cavs struck first in the fifth inning on a RBI single by freshman second baseman Allyssa Zebrowski, but the Patriots were able to get a two-run homerun and an RBI double off of sophomore pitcher Chelsey
Booth later in the inning, making the score 3-1 going into the sixth inning. The Cavs were able add another run in the sixth, but couldn’t manage the tying run in the seventh inning, resulting in the Cavs’ 3-2 loss. In the second game, the Cavs and the Patriots traded runs through the first three innings, but a five-run fifth inning sealed the win for the visiting Cavs. In the game, Ridenour and Roenker combined for four RBIs. After splitting the two doubleheaders, the Cavs are 15-24 overall and 7-11 in the conference. The weather has heavily influenced the Cavs’ season as well. A total of 19 games have been cancelled or postponed due to foul weather conditions. Although the season has not gone exactly as planned, players are still finding team camaraderie very important for the future. “All of the girls on the team have become very important,” Perrigan said. “We pick each other up when we are down, encourage one another and I feel that we have become a very close-knit group this season.” The Cavs will face Southern Virginia University today at 2 p.m. As for the remainder of the season, the Cavs are just focused on keeping things simple. “As a team, I think we just need to finish the regular season strong and play well in the conference tournament,” Roenker said.
Perhaps he borrowed some “tiger blood” from Charlie Sheen to rejuvenate his career, but as far as I can tell, Tiger Woods is back. We all know the story — the child prodigy rises through the ranks to become one of the most dominating players of all time, only to see it slip away due to personal issues. But, the Tiger story we know today began to unfold in 2008 with Woods miraculously winning the U.S. Open after fracturing his left leg and tearing his ACL. Tiger missed the remainder of the year, but returned late in 2009 to win the Fed Ex Cup, PGA Player of the Year and bring his total to 71 career victories. Woods’ 71 victories, place him behind only Jack Nicklaus’ 73 and Sam Snead’s 82. It took Nicklaus 25 years and Snead 30 years to achieve those victories, while Tiger has accomplished the feat in only 14. Additionally, Woods’ 14 Major’s victories trails only Nicklaus’ 18. In early 2010, the infamous infidelity story broke, making Woods one of sports most hated players. Despite the nasty publicity, Woods has suffered on the golf course more than in the tabloids. At this year’s Masters in Augusta, Ga., rookie Rory McIlrory surprised everyone by taking a huge lead going into the final round of the event, but that is when Tiger stole the show. In the last day of action, Woods came from seven strokes out of the lead to eventually overtake thenleader McIlrory. Despite the duel between the young McIlrory and the veteran Woods, it would be the South African Charl Schwartzel winning his first green jacket on the day. Watching Woods’ final round at the Masters on April 10, it became apparent that he is back. Even if you still cannot find it in your heart to forgive the sometimes arrogant Tiger, you might at least want to get used to him dominating golf again. Don’t ever count anyone out, especially in sports, as the impossible seems happen every day.