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Cavalier The Highland

The Official Student Newspaper of UVa-Wise

Volume 62, Issue 26 April 22, 2011

Students attend Sullivan induction

Cavaliers spend day in service

Is there a special grad in your life? Take out a business card-sized ad and congratulate them! Email highlandcavalier@ for more information.

By Allie Robinson Editor-in-Chief

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UVa-Wise and UVa students join forces for community service

Students spoke about their trips abroad in the Chapel of All Faiths Monday. See page 2 to see where they’ve been.

The softball team is on a six-game winning streak this month. Read more about it on page 8.

Upcoming SLAB The Student Leadership Award Banquet will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Cantrell Banquet Hall.

StudentAlumni picnic Instead of eating in the caf Wednesday, head out to the Gilliam Sculpture Garden for the annual studentalumni picnic, which begins at 11 a.m.

Spring Formal Dance the night away at this year’s SGA Spring Formal, to be held in Cantrell Hall April 30 beginning at 10 p.m.


By Cameron Parsons Sports Editor For at least a day, the campus of UVa-Wise and its parent institution had something in common — community service. The college honored the inauguration of UVa President Teresa Sullivan with the community-wide “Cavaliers Care: A Day of Service” on April 16. Students and volunteers participated

Photo by Cameron Parsons

Sophomore chemistry major Jessica Shartouny and junior biology major Jesse Miles picked up trash from the wetlands on campus during Saturday’s Day of Service event. Other projects carried out during the day included planting flowers around campus and the construction of a wheelchair ramp for a family in Bristol. See more photos from the day on page 4.

By Adam Hood Staff Writer The UVa-Wise baseball team took the Mid-South Eastern Division Championship after victories in last Friday’s double header against Rio Grande University. The team took both games with scores of

8-7 and 4-0. The team rallied from a five-run deficit in the first game to capture the 8-7 win in nine innings. In the second game, senior pitcher Josh Joseph dominated the Red Storm offense by throwing a complete game shutout and giving his team the 4-0 lead.

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made by the defense. The team trailed 7-2 until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Cavs put together timely hits and tied the game at seven. Sophomore Brian King produced the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth, scoring sophomore Tommy Meir see Baseball, page 4

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Assistant Coach Matt Duffy said the players were very excited about their achievement. “We knew we had the potential to do something special this season,” Duffy said. “It’s nice to see all of the hard work pay off.” In the opener, the Cavs fell behind 5-0 in the first inning due to some costly errors

Defeated SGA candidates look to next year


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Baseball team takes division championship

The two candidates not elected in last week’s SGA presidential election say they’re hopeful they can remain active in the group and other campus organizations next year. Ashley Cvetnich and James Tiffany lost the race for SGA president to Ashlee Washburn, who’s set to be inaugurated today. Washburn will be officially sworn in by Chancellor David Prior during August’s convocation. Cvetnich and Tiffany say they’ll continue to hold student leadership posts on campus, and neither has ruled out taking on a new role in SGA. “Currently I will have no position for next year; that’s the risk I took in running for president,” Tiffany said. “However, I know that there are open slots in the senator-at-large position, so I could perhaps run in that capacity.” Tiffany, whose candidacy focused on making SGA more transparent, suggested that he might also apply for one of the three appointed positions in SGA, including elections commissioner, historian and international senator. “There are options for me out there,” he said. “I won’t say that I know exactly what I’m going to do, but I would like to be in-


in 16 events, ranging from community park cleanups and car washes to food drives and other fundraisers. The Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association and numerous fraternities participated in the effort. “Camp Bethel was extremely grateful to us for cleaning cabins,” said Dean of Students Jewell Worley, who also chaired the local Day of Service committee. see Service, page 4

UVa-Wise students and faculty traveled to Charlottesville last week to witness the inauguration of UVa’s eighth president, Teresa Sullivan. Dean of Students Jewell Worley took four students — SGA President, Honor Court Chair Bryant Gray, Judicial Board Chief Justice Ashley Ryan and SGA Treasurer Luke Rasnick. Sarah Smith, the student representative on the UVa-Wise Board, was invited to attend the ceremony as a board member. “The trip was incredible,” Smith said. “To be one of five student leaders on the trip was an honor in itself. I have never been so proud to be a UVa-Wise student. I definitely rank this as one of my top moments as a student here.” The UVa-Wise group ate lunch Friday

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Students walk by and gawk at the Thomas Jefferson statue, which Monday was dressed with an Easter bunny head and pink bubble wrap. T.J. also carried a basket of plastic eggs.

news News Briefs Senior accused of running from police has case dismissed A student who was accused of fleeing from a police officer following the homecoming dance in October had his case dismissed in court Wednesday. Raymond M. “Roy” Kago, 22, a senior environmental science major, was accused of running from the police while under arrest for public intoxication. Kago, who had the misdemeanor public intoxication charge against him set aside at an earlier court hearing, spent six months on probation and was scheduled to appear in Wise County District Court Wednesday morning. At his earlier court appearance, a judge assigned Kago tasks to complete during that probationary period, said Wise County Deputy Commonweath’s Attorney Michael Abbott. Kago fulfilled those obligations, which included community service and paying court fees, Abbott said. Clarinet Day to be held tomorrow Clarinetists of all ages and playing abilities are invited to participate in the third annual Clarinet Day, slated to be held tomorrow. The event will introduce students and others to UVa-Wise and its music program. Those who attend will receive instruction from Carmine Campione, a renowned clarinetist who has performed for many years with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He currently teaches at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Participants will perform in the Festival Clarinet Choir Concert in the Gilliam Center for the Arts at 3:15 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Participants must pay a $10 registration fee, which increases to $15 for those who register tomorrow. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. UVa-Wise students, faculty and staff are admitted free with college ID. To register or for more information, contact Suzanna Masters at 276-3288819 or or David Volk at 276-328-0271 or dpv4a@

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April 22, 2011

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Freshmen indicted in beating case

By Jordan Fifer News Editor

Three former UVa-Wise freshmen accused of beating a junior in an off-campus burglary in February were indicted Monday by a Wise County grand jury. Byron Thaxter Lawrence, 19, was indicted on charges of malicious wounding, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. Paul Gene Kearney and Brycelyn Corey Miller, both 19, were indicted on charges of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. Lawrence, Kearney and Miller

face possible sentences of five to 20 years in prison on each charge and fines of up to $100,000. The three men were part of a group of five freshmen football players accused of beating junior Chris Riner Feb. 3 in a failed robbery attempt at Riner’s rental property a few blocks from campus. The students have since been suspended from the football team and banned from campus. They each have withdrawn from the college. Kearney and Miller were found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery in a March trial in Wise County District Court. They’ve both

appealed the judgements. Lawrence, Kearney and Miller are scheduled to be arraigned in Wise County Circuit Court Tuesday morning. The other two students charged in the incident, Robert Lewis Jones, 19, and Victor Tariek Lawson, 21, are scheduled to have their charges heard by the May grand jury. Jones is charged with burglary, and both are charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. Jones previously had a misdemeanor assault and battery charge in the case set aside. He remains in custody at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.

SGA plans for spring dance By Josh Jordan Staff Writer SGA officials say they hope this year’s Spring Formal will “leave a lasting impression on the student body.” This year’s theme, “Mad Hatter,” is a spin-off of the Disney classic “Alice in Wonderland,” said Madison Savarese, freshman SGA senator and the dance’s organizer. “I want this dance to be a great end to an amazing year,” she said. The dance is set for April 30 in the Cantrell Banquet Hall from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free food and refreshments will be available for students, but Savarese said she recommends students arrive early as the refreshments are available “only while supplies last.” There will also be a cash bar for students 21 and older. The bar will provide assorted beer; however, no liquor will be served. Underage drinking will not be permitted, Savarese said. Ben Ramirez, who performs at Johnson City nightclubs like Chrome and One12, is set to pro-

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A banner advertising Spring Formal hangs in the Slemp Student Center.

vide the music at the event. Savarese said Ramirez is a crowd favorite. “I have heard nothing but good things about him and his music,” she said. Attendees will receive a souvenir glass and free glow necklaces. Formal attire is not required, she said. On Wednesday, students will be able to decorate black top hats to bring to the dance, Savarese said. That event

will take place in the Jefferson Lounge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Savarese said she hopes students will appreciate the effort put into the dance. “I already know that this dance is going to be one that people will remember for a long time,” she said. “We all deserve a break and I hope that Spring Formal will be a good way for students to have fun before the stress of exams start up.”

Volunteers needed for Late-Night Breakfast Faculty and staff are needed to help serve at this semester’s LateNight Breakfast, scheduled for May 2 from 10 to 11 p.m. The breakfast will be held in Smith Dining Commons. Brett Lawson, director of dining services, and Chartwells staff will prepare the meal, which typically consists of breakfast foods such as pancakes and biscuits and gravy. Volunteers should arrive in the caf by 9:45 p.m. May 2. Faculty and staff who want to volunteer should contact Josh Justice, assistant director of student activities and Greek life, at jjustice@uvawise. edu by April 30. Art show displays student work Student art projects of all types are on display in Gallery 121 of the Gilliam Center for the Arts as part of the Spring Semester Art Extravaganza. Projects include drawing, sculptures, ceramics, prints, black and white photography, book arts and pinhole photography, among others. The exhibit premiered with a reception Thursday night and will be open through the end of the semester. Dancers to perform next week The Dance Ensemble will present its spring concert, “Potpourri: An Evening of Dance,” next week. Dances presented will include ballet, jazz, ethnic, modern, lyrical and a touch of hip-hop and break dancing, according to information on the college’s website. The performance will be held in the black box theatre of the Gilliam Center for the Arts on April 26 and April 27 at 8 p.m. The concert is free and is open to the public.

SGA is establishing a new Teacher of the Year award based on a student vote. Please help SGA make this endeavor a success by clipping out this ballot, writing in your choice for Teacher of the Year, and dropping it in the folder outside the SGA office on the 3rd floor of the Slemp Student Center by April 22. Thanks, the SGA Faculty Appreciation Committee NOMINEE NAME: ____________________________

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April 22, 2011

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Students talk about trips abroad By Sydney Gilbert Staff Writer

Students from UVa-Wise had the chance to experience different cultures, art and architecture as they traveled the world with the study abroad program this past year. Trips to Scotland, India and Italy were all organized by the college and available to students this past year, and students who attended the trips spoke about them in a forum Monday afternoon in the Chapel of All Faiths. Eight students went to Scotland over fall break and visited eight different cities full of beautiful scenery and architecture. Students saw the grave of Robert the Bruce, the Scottish soldier king and Edinburgh Castle. Junior biochemistry major Rachel Hensley told the audience the trip was particularly special for her. “The experience was wonderful for me because my family was Scottish,” Hensley said. “It was like going home for me.” The trip to India took place over winter break and included five students. The group saw a total of five cities including India’s capital New Delhi. Students also got to view the historic Taj Mahal.

Another trip to India is scheduled for next winter break. Students who went to Italy in March toured the cities of Florence, Siena and Urbino. Those who went on the trip saw cathedrals and art from painters like Michaelangelo. Biology major Laura Stamper said the trip would last a lifetime. “Traveling to Italy and experiencing the art, food and culture was a truly amazing experience,” Stamper said. “From the time we boarded the plane to the time we arrived back in Wise, I loved every minute of it. I made so many memories in Italy that I know I will never forget.” Trips to Ireland, Italy and India are planned for fall and winter breaks next year. The college’s study abroad program also offers semester and yearly trips through the student exchange program. Stamper said it is important for students to know the different options that are available. She said the experience is worth the money. “I would advise any student that wants to study abroad to do it,” she said. “Participating in the trip to Italy has been one of my favorite college experiences.” Students who are interested in studying abroad should visit the International Programs Office in Darden 105.

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Junior math major Paru Gopalan and senior health and physical education major Helen Melshen discuss their winter trip to India Monday during the Study Abroad Forum.

Campus renovations Compiled by Jordan Fifer, news editor

Turf replacement What: Replacement of the old turf at Carl Smith Stadium with a newer Astroturf, a mix of synthetic grass and black rubber pellets When: Ongoing; will be finished before summer band camps Cost: Approximately $440,000 Interesting note: Much of the stadium’s old turf is being recycled through donations to local high schools and Little League fields. Photos by Jordan Fifer

Campus house remodeling

Stair upgrades

What: Remodeling of the bathrooms, kitchens and light fixtures in the two campus houses When: Summer Cost: Not finalized Interesting note: Angie Lemke, the director of residence life, lives in House 5. House 6 is set to hold six students in the upcoming year.

What: Installation of new stairs leading to the second floors of Asbury and Thompson halls When: Completed Cost: $16,000 Interesting note: The steps, made of heavy gauge aluminum, can come apart individually if one needs to be replaced.

Battle of Bands to raise money for Japan relief

The campus chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary will sponsor its first Battle of the Bands competition next weekend, and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Red Cross’ efforts in Japan. About a half-dozen bands are slated to compete during the event, which will be held April 29 at 8:30 p.m. in Papa Joe’s Cafe, said Jessica Shartouny, NRHH member and event organizer. She said a minimum donation of $3 will get students into the competition, and $2 of the $3, plus any extra money, will go to the efforts in Japan. Organizers are still looking for judges. Anyone interested can contact her at

Annual arts fundraiser slated for next weekend

Each of the college’s musical ensembles will perform at Prism 2011, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts’ annual gala dinner, silent auction and concert. The event is scheduled for April 30 in the Gilliam Center for the Arts and will begin at 6 p.m. The event raises money for the fine arts program and student scholarships. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling David Volk, assistant professor of music, at 328-0271.

College employees and alumni set to debut band By Allie Robinson Editor-in-Chief A newly-formed band made up of three UVa-Wise employees and two alumni is set to hold a debut concert Thursday. Runnin’ from Jezebel will perform the free concert April 28 at the Tavern on Main’s banquet hall on Main Street across from the restaurant. The band is comprised of Keith Fowlkes, vice chancellor for information technology and the band’s keyboardist and lead vocalist; Brett Lawson, director of dining services and the band’s bassist; John McCarroll, assistant director of financial aid and the band’s drummer; and two UVa-Wise alumni — Aaron “Spoon” Bolling and Daniel Vanover, both on guitar. “We’re just wanting to get as many people there as we can,” Fowlkes said. “We’re just re-

ally stoked about it — we want the college to come out and see us.” The band plays mostly 1980s rock, Fowlkes said, like Styx, REO Speedwagon and Journey — “anything but hip-hop.” “We just really love playing together,” he said. “We’re all close friends...even though we’re all different ages..and we all like the same kind of music.” He said the band’s name came from a story in the Bible, in which King Ahab is led away from God by his devious wife Jezebel. “We’ve all been in bands before and done things we’re not proud of,” Fowlkes said. “Now we’re not doing those things … we’re running from Jezebel.” The band is set to perform at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be sold, Fowlkes said. For more information, visit runninfromjez. com.

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UVa-Wise’s Day of Service

Emily and Karrye — that’s us at the top of the page — are here to answer your questions. Nothing is off limits. Send any question or problem, big or small, to the email addresses below. If your question isn’t answered the week you send it, we might be saving it for an upcoming week, so don’t get discouraged. We’ll be here for you no matter what! If you don’t want your name printed in the newspaper, sign it with an anonymous name like the ones below. Good luck! Love,

Em & Kay Dear Em & Kay, The end of the school year is quickly approaching and I am beginning to become very stressed out. What are good ways to relieve stress? - Stress Buster

Dear Em & Kay, My roommate always has friends over and I am not able to focus on my final projects. How do I tell my roommate, in a nice way, that I need to get my studies done? -Searching for Silence

Stress Buster The end of the year is really stressful for most students. We suggest exercising or walking around the lake a couple of times, coloring, playing with Play-Doh or our personal favorite, (Beware of stumbling too much because sometimes, this can add more stress.) Also, try going for a drive, doing a favorite hobby of yours or painting. These all can be positive distractions from your stressful work and can help clear your head and focus on whatever you have to do. Good luck!

Searching for Silence, This is an easy problem to fix! Talk to your roommate about the amount of work you have to do. Explain to them that you’d like to have some quiet time and ask them to hang out somewhere else. If they want to stay at your place, put on your iPod or ask them to go into the other room. You could also try going to the Wise County Public Library or the campus library. They’ll have extended hours during exam week — so keep your eyes open for them. Sometimes, it also helps to study in the room you have class in. This way, you know you’ve learned the information in the room you’ll be taking the exam in and will feel less stressed on the day of. Good luck!


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Members of Kappa Sigma prune and clip unruly plants in the garden between Zehmer Hall and the John Cook Wyllie Library Saturday during the Day of Service. UVaWise students volunteered their time around campus and the community.


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Freshman theater and communication studies major Rachel Person and sophomore nursing major Kayla Cash helped with the Camp Bethel cleanup. “I washed some windows and cleaned some beds,” Person said. “They were really friendly and served us an amazing lunch.” “I was mainly cleaning out cabinets,” Cash said. Faculty and students were both pleased with the number of student participants. “We had between 300 and 400 people — Charlottesville had just over 600,” said Worley. “So if you think about the proportion, our students were great.” “It was a great turnout,” Cash said. “At times, it almost seemed like we had too many people.” Worley said the college is considering doing a Day of Service annually, apart from UVa. “I didn’t understand why we don’t do this more often,” Cash said. “I think it’s a great idea to do it every year.” “I would definitely want to do it again next year,” Person said. “It is just such a great opportunity to help the community.”

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Members of Pi Kappa Phi pick up trash along a local roadway as part of their Day of Service contributions. The Pi Kapps also built a wheelchair ramp for a family in Bristol.


Continued from page 1 volved next year with the SGA.” Cvetnich, whose platform included bringing back a basketball homecoming, said she’ll continue to be involved in student activities at the college. “I plan to stay active on campus by participating in more organizations that I’m already active in, such as the Wesley Foundation,” she said. “I’m taking on more with my home church as well.” Cvetnich said she has no immediate plans to stay involved with SGA. “I definitely would consider it, but at this time I feel God is leading me to other things,” she said.

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Students help plant flowers by Thompson Hall with the Residence Hall Association’s adopt-a-residence-hall project.


Continued from page 1 and completing one of the biggest comebacks in Cavs recent history. Duffy said he was pleased with the team’s effort in the first game. “We could have quit, but we stuck with it and fought our way back,” he said. “We have a very resilient team and that’s what it takes to win.” In the second game, Joseph pitched a complete game shutout, giving his team the win and the championship. Sophomore Brett Hylton blasted a solo homerun in the bottom half of the second inning giving the team a 1-0 lead. The team added another run in the same

inning as well as single runs in the fifth and sixth to cap off the 4-0 victory. “I knew if the guys could get me a couple runs we would have a good shot at winning,” Joseph said. “As an athlete you love to be put in those kind of positions to do well for your team.” The Cavs will travel to Campbellsville University today to begin a three-game series with the western division champ Tigers for a best-of-three series. Each game of the series will be nine innings with one game played on Friday and a double header on Saturday if necessary.

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Earth Day

An occasional series charting life at UVa-Wise

Recent illnesses on campus

Compiled by Cameron Parsons, sports editor Don’t bathe. We waste far too much water on useless things like bathing, brushing our teeth and cleaning our dishes. Clean water is a terrible thing to waste, especially on Earth Day.


Don’t pass gas. Belching and farting are two of the top producers of greenhouse gases. While you may enjoy both of these activities, please try to curb your urges.


Walk, don’t drive to school. For those of us who drive to school everyday, walking is our worst nightmare. Our legs probably still have some remaining function — perhaps enough to get us to school.


Don’t eat. Eating meat is murder; animals are living things. Vegetarianism is murder; plants are living things, too. The only way to keep the balance of life is to just not eat. Besides, we all need a break from the caf some days.


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Senioritis Bieber fever Lake-caused mutations

Recycle your old copies of The Highland Cavalier. We all have stacks and stacks of our favorite editions laying around somewhere. Today is your day to clean out those old papers. Don’t be sad to see them go; even more excellent editions are on their way. Source: Cameron Parsons

Graph by Jordan Fifer, news editor


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afternoon with about 500 other people, including UVa alumnus Tiki Barber, who sat a few tables down, Smith said. Then, the group got into their robes — black for the UVa-Wise students and red and gray for board members, including Smith — and took part in the processional across the Lawn, Worley said. Smith said she got to sit in the front row with members of the board, which she said was a surreal experience for her. “The ceremony was everything I thought it would be and more,” she said. “I wish I could put into words what it meant, but there’s just no way. Wearing the college’s red and gray and taking part in such a historic moment was absolutely incredible and a moment I will keep with me forever.” Worley, who attended graduate school at UVa under the sixth president, Robert O’Neil, and who worked there under the seventh, John Casteen, said it was an exciting experience to be a part of the inauguration of the university’s eighth president. “It was a significant event for me in regard to the fact that it was such a historic event in UVa history,” Worley said. “To be Photo courtesy of Jewell Worley able to say that I was there … it was such a neat experience.” UVa-Wise students in attendence for UVa President Worley said she was invited to the cere- Teresa Sullivan’s inauguration were Sarah Smith mony by the inauguration committee because (left) Luke Rasnick, Bryant Gray, Ashley Ryan and of her role at UVa-Wise as dean of students, Stephanie Lawson. Dean of Students Jewell Worand was asked to bring along four students. ley (center) accompanied them. Other UVa-Wise administrators in attendance included Chancellor David Prior, who was in“I definitely think it gave them a perspective of what troduced at the ceremony. She said participating in Sullivan’s in- it means to be a part of an institution like UVa,” she said. auguration gave the UVa-Wise students who “Certainly by the number of people present — the goverattended a new idea of their role within the nor of Virginia was there.” “It was indeed an important event,” she said. university.

Poodlz in college

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. Cheerleading tryouts: Full-time students are invited to try out for the cheerleading squad April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Chelsie Lawson at cheer@

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 or Spencer Adams at 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.

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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. SGA: The Student Government Association meets weekly on Fridays at 1 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room on the fifth floor of the Slemp Student Center.

Cartoonist Joanna Lewis is a senior computer science major.

The Art Guild: The Art Guild meets Fridays at 4 p.m. in the Gilliam Center for the Arts, Room 214. All are welcome to join.


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I received the email on April 7. “We have been watching you,” it said. “And we are extending an invitation to you to join us.” The mysterious letter apparently came from the 7Cs, the relatively new secret society at UVa-Wise that’s recently been the subject of some debate. The secret organization has an unknown number of members; the only person known publicly to be involved is the group’s adviser, or “caretaker,” Dean of Students Jewell Worley. Only at commencement are the graduating members of the 7Cs identified. “Our mission is to stand for change for the student body; to be a voice without an identity,” the email continued. “We serve the campus community as well as the community at large through community service and other projects.” The letter was signed “Collectively, The Crimson Cavalry of the 7Cs,” and came from an anonymous

Stop talking and fix the airports for us By Matthew Barnette Opinion Editor

It seems every time I turn on a radio, TV or computer I hear or see a story about the Federal Aviation Administration, airline fees or an investigation about a near or actual collision. Why do we need so much news about airlines? I’ve heard about countless numbers of air traffic controllers being investigated for not properly doing their jobs and the ups and downs of all the fees airlines charge. The times when things go correctly at a major airport never get mentioned. Every day thousands of flights arrive and depart from U.S. airports without any problem. Yet if someone chokes on a peanut mid-flight, an investigation is launched into the quality of the peanuts. Most of the problems seem to occur during late night or early morning flights, at times when there are often fewer flights. Humans aren’t naturally nocturnal, unless they’re attending college. It doesn’t surprise me that some of these employees are falling asleep or finding alternative means of staying awake like watching DVDs. Because so many controllers have been falling asleep, changes have been made to the scheduling policies. They seem long overdue since this can’t be just a recent problem. Why did it take so many incidents to change these policies — so that more than one controller is on duty at all times? It doesn’t help matters that most airports don’t have half the employees they need to keep these situations from happening. Yet they can hire enough to do pat downs and other security checks.

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

Michael McGill

Faculty Adviser

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Secret organization not a good choice for a journalist By Jordan Fifer News Editor

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email address. It instructed me to reply in seven days with my answer. My reply: thanks, but no thanks. I was honored to be recognized for my involvement on campus, of course, but I had serious reservations about joining a secret society as a newspaper journalist — and an editor, at that. “Your membership, should you choose to accept, must remain a secret” until graduation, the email said. “You cannot tell your friends. You may not tell your family.” As a journalist, I expect college officials, politicians, police officers and others to be open and honest with me. My career goal — indeed, my life goal — is to spread sunshine on the dark spots of power. In the end, then, my decision came down to one question: How could I join a group that operates in secrecy, however benevolent they may be? Regardless of their seemingly well-meaning mission, the 7Cs — like their counterpart at UVa, the 7s — have chosen to work behind the shadow of anonymity. Their actions cannot be accounted for; their mem-

bers cannot be questioned. I’m not necessarily opposed to this secrecy on its face. Sometimes the best, most honest community service is done without recognition. Jews like myself call this tzedakah, which is the Hebrew word for charity. But I simply could not see myself joining the 7Cs while simultaneously working for the newspaper. The two don’t seem to mesh, in my opinion. One of my mentors, a colleague from my hometown newspaper, told me I was taking the decision far too seriously. The Highland Cavalier is just a college newspaper, she said, and I’m just a college reporter. Maybe so. But there is no differentiation in my mind between ethical choices at a “real world” newspaper and a college one. I would not want a reporter at my hometown newspaper to secretly be part of a group that they might have to cover. Nor then, should I. The email ended by saying, “We know you have questions that require answers.” I just hope I came up with the right answer to my ethical dilemma.

People need to mean what they say and keep their dignity intact

By Mark Dixon Guest Writer

Does your word mean anything anymore? Do you think about each and every word you say before you let it roll off your tongue? When you say, “I will be there in a minute,” do you really mean a minute? When you say “I got you,” are you really looking out for me or are you just trying to get me off your back? I was raised by a man that has encouraged me to analyze every word I say. His basis for this kind of logic is that if people don’t truly mean every

word they say, how can we ever trust them? Do we ever really analyze what we say? Can you count the number of times you have said you would do something and then not done it? Take a second to ponder my previous question. I have observed over the past few years in college that there are very few people I can truly count on. There are few people who truly mean what they say. I am guilty of this, too, but the fact that I realize when I do it is more than most. When you don’t follow through with what you say, you jeopardize your dignity. Dignity is defined as the quality

or state of being worthy, honored or esteemed. You don’t honor yourself by telling lies. I think it was said best by Judy Garland: “Always be a firstrate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Without dignity our existence is void. The next time you give someone your word, just remember what that means. It isn’t just a saying — it will show that person who you truly are. Keep your dignity, keep your honor and keep yourself. After all, as we live our lives, we all want to be the best person we can. It tarts with meaning what you say. Trust is the foundation of all relationships.

Sexual assault not a victimless crime By Robert Hatch Staff Writer

This week, CBS News’ “60 Minutes” reported on the case of Beckett Brennan, a former women’s basketball player for the University of the Pacific. One night, Brennan said three members of the men’s basketball team raped her. Brennan said she eventually went to the police but was convinced by a detective that the turmoil for her would be too great. She said the detective advised her to go to the University of the Pacific’s judicial review board, which is an internal body of the college, and Brennan would be able to remain anonymous. Brennan said the case became more about her behavior the evening of the assault and less about the assault itself. The young men accused of the assault were found responsible by the judicial board but were given different punishments. One was expelled, one was suspended for a semester and one was suspended for a year.

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

There was no rationale given for the separate sentences of the guilty players. All three of the young men were able to come back to school and play basketball. The one who was expelled was able to play at another college. Essentially they were given a slap on the wrist. While the “60 Minutes” report did point out that, regardless of Brennan’s alleged flirtation, sexual assault is never excusable, the report turned to the lack of experience on the part of the internal judicial review board to deal with such cases. The board was not versed in law or victim’s rights. The actions of the unnamed police detective who convinced Brennan not to press charges were not covered either. Although the school should have stepped in with punishments for the three players since the incident occurred on university property, this should have been done in conjunction with law enforcement. What is worse, though, is the fact that our society still blames the victim in many cases of sexual assault. If her three assailants had

punched Brennan in the face, there would be no question about what behavior might have caused such an action. It is just plain wrong. Why do we, as a society, lose sight of that when it comes to sexual assault? A study funded by the U.S. Justice Department estimate that 95 percent of sexual assaults on campus universities are unreported by victims. With such a story as above, is it a wonder why victims do not come forward? We still need to change our view on this issue. We are at college to prepare for life. Often when we have assignments that we don’t want to do we are told, “This is the same way the work world is.” It is bothersome to see that in this atmosphere we are being indirectly told that sexual assault is something that carries minimal consequences. Is this a message we want students taking out into the world after graduation? Maybe the best way to change the societal view on sexual assault is to begin at the college level.

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@ Letters to the editor can also be e-mailed to Opinion Editor Matthew Barnette ( 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 20 UVa-Wise 5, Pikeville 0

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Annual Red and Gray game held

R H E UVa-Wise 001 030 0 4 9 1 Pikeville 001 000 0 1 4 1 W — Kaylla Holdway (5-9). L — Whitney Compton (2-9).

April 20 UVa-Wise 4, Pikeville 1 R H E UVa-Wise 001 030 0 4 9 1 Pikeville 001 000 0 1 4 1 W— Chelsey Booth (9-4). L — Kayla Morgan (1-5).

April 15 UVa-Wise 11, Southern Va. 3 R H E UVa-Wise 130 502 11 15 0 Sou. Va. 002 001 3 6 5 W — Kaylla Holdway (4-9). L — Mackay (2-9).

April 15 UVa-Wise 13, Southern Va. 0 R H E UVa-Wise 355 0XX 13 10 0 Sou. Va. 000 00X 0 2 4 W — Chelsey Booth (8-4). L — Mackay (1-5).

Mid-South Conference Standings (as of April 21) 1.) Lindsey Wilson (37-6, 18-2) 2.) Georgetown (27-12, 18-4) 3.) Campbell (29-22, 18-7) 4.) Rio Grande (19-19, 12-9) 5.)Shawnee State (19-17, 12-10) 6.) UVa-Wise (19-24, 9-11) 7.) Pikeville (19-18, 10-14) 8.) St. Catharine (14-23, 6-16) 9.) Cumberlands (14-27, 6-16) 10.) WVa Tech (10-27, 2-20)

Baseball April 15 UVa-Wise 7, Milligan 5 R H E UVa-Wise 201 001 3 7 9 1 Milligan 000 320 0 5 9 4 W — Josh Guizar (3-1). L — Jake Howell (4-1).

April 15 UVa-Wise 3, Milligan 11 R H E UVa-Wise 021 710 0 11 13 1 Milligan 520 000 0 7 8 3 W — Ethan Fleenor (1-2). L — Jonathan Cox (0-1).

April 15 UVa-Wise 4, Rio Grande 0 R H E UVa-Wise 020 011 X 4 8 1 Rio 000 000 0 0 6 1 W — Josh Joesph (5-1). L — Ryan Chapman (4-1).

April 15 UVa-Wise 8, Rio Grande 7 R H E UVa-Wise 200 005 1 8 12 4 Rio 520 000 0 7 8 3 W — Josh Guizar (2-1). L — Ryan Chapman (0-7).

Mid-South Conference Standings (as of April 21) 1.) Campbell (26-7, 18-6) 2.) Cumberlands (32-18, 15-11) 3.) Georgetown (29-22, 16-12) 4.) UVa-Wise (16-18, 12-10) 5.) Shawnee State (30-23, 15-13) 6.) Rio Grande (28-21, 13-12) 7.) St. Catharine (28-24-1, 12-14) 8.) Lindsey Wilson (19-23, 10-14) 9.) WVa Tech (16-29, 9-18) 10.) Pikeville (9-25-2, 7-17)

Photos by Richard Meade

(Clockwise from left) First-year head coach Dewey Lusk gives last-second adjustments to sophomore kicker Allen Owens (14). Sophomore running back Ryan Bouldin (34) rushes downfield during the game. Junior wide receiver Nick Leftwich (11) makes his way down the field. Bouldin (34) dodges defenders as he crosses midfield.

Softball team continues winning By Cameron Parsons Sports Editor The Cavs have won eight of their last nine games and now have a chance to claim a piece of the Mid-South Conference Eastern Division Championship. The Cavs swept their last three doubleheaders — against the University of Rio Grande on April 14, Southern Virginia University on April 15 and Pikeville College on April 20. At Pikeville, the Cavs ousted the home team by outscoring the Bears 9-1. In the first game, the Cavs took a one run lead in the third inning, when sophomore catcher Charity Lawson scored on a Pikeville error. A solo homerun in the bottom of the inning tied the game at 1-1, before the Cavs jumped out in front in the fifth. The inning saw senior centerfielder Maddi Ridenour, freshman second baseman Allyssa Zebrowski and freshman shortstop Megan Dillion all hit RBIs to put the Cavs up 4-1.

The Bears couldn’t respond, as freshman pitcher Chelsey Booth closed down the Pikeville offense for the next three innings. Excellent pitching has become a theme for the Cavs during their recent winning streak. Against Pikeville, Booth pitched a complete game four-hitter, surrendering only one run. In the second game, sophomore pitcher Kaylla Holdway pitched a complete scoreless game, surrendering just one hit. The offense responded to Holdway’s effort, scoring five runs to seal the game for the Cavs. Zebrowski and Dillion added three total RBIs, while sophomore designated hitter Ashleigh Roenker added another for the Cavs. The Cavs dominated Southern Virginia University at home on April 15, outscoring the Knights 24-3 in two games. The Cavs ended the first game early with the slaughter rule, winning 13-0 in just five innings. In the game, April Hamilton hit a

homerun and had three RBIs. Dillion and Zebrowski combined for five more RBIs, while freshman catcher Kristina Romualdo added three more. Booth surrendered only two hits through five innings, recording the win for the Cavs. In the second game, the Cavs again jumped out to a big lead, with Dillion and Zebrowski again adding five combined RBIs. Holdway gave up only two earned runs and struck out five with the win. The six-game winning streak improves the Cavs’ record to 21-24 overall and 11-11 in the conference. The Cavs will face conference opponent Shawnee State University in a home doubleheader today at 1 p.m., after the game was postponed because of rain on April 16. So far this season, the Cavs have canceled or postponed 21 games due to weather conditions. If the Cavs sweep the Bears, they will be within one game of the Mid-South Eastern Division Championship.

won a doubles match with Megan Buchanan as her partner. Rowland said Stallard’s game has begun to improve recently. “She is playing really well,” Rowland said. “She has a lot of confidence in her game and has really stepped up.” The Mid-South Conference tourna-

ment will begin this weekend for the women’s team as they go in as the No. 6 seed. The team will play the No. 3 University of the Cumberlands at the University of Louisville tonight at 6 p.m. The men’s tournament will begin next weekend. The team’s seed and opponent will be announced at a later date.


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the trainer was called and the match was stopped, giving Buchanan the loss. Freshman Brianna Stallard, the team’s No. 3 seed, won both doubles matches with her sister Mary Jo Stallard, against Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson. Stallard also won her individual match against Shawnee State (6-2 and 6-0) and

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Intramural Flag Football Tournament

Kappa Sigma will raise money for the Red Cross’ Japan Relief efforts April 30, registration begins at 9 a.m. Games start at 10 a.m. and run all day Teams - $5/person, 7-person minimum Community and high school students invited games will follow intramural rules and regulations Contact Kappa Sigma member Chase Elswick at

sports Quick Hits

Softball player breaks record

Senior centerfielder Maddi Ridenour broke the college’s all-time hits record during the Cavs’ 4-3 victory against the University of Rio Grande on April 15. Ridenour currently holds school records in batting average, hits, runs scored, on base percentage, walks and stolen bases. If Ridenour wins the awards this season, she will be the only player in school history with four all-conference and NAIA All-American honors. This season, Ridenour has a .403 batting average, 29 stolen bases, 12 RBIs and has scored 39 runs in the leadoff position.

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Tennis falls to ranked opponents By Sydney Gilbert Staff Writer

The college’s tennis teams traveled to nationally-ranked Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College this past weekend to battle the elements and their opponents. The men’s team lost 6-0 against Campbellsville University and fell 9-0 against Lindsey Wilson.

The women’s team posted a win in each match, but came up just shy, losing 5-1 against Campbellsville University and 8-1 to Lindsey Wilson. Head coach Danny Rowland said the losses were not from lack of playing well, but rather the weather getting in the way. “We were playing two nationally-ranked teams,” Rowland said. “The weather Saturday was cold and really

windy. It was a miserable day all around, mostly because of the weather.” The women’s tennis team then lost a close 6-3 match against Shawnee State on April 18. The Cavs went into the individual matches ahead after winning the doubles matches 2-1, but found themselves drained after a long weekend. Rowland said fatigue also played a role in the losses after

Baseball wins division

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will play their final matches of the season in the Mid-South Tournament Championship on April 29 and 30 in Chattanooga, Tenn.


The softball team will face conference foe Shawnee State University in a home doubleheader today at 1 p.m. The Cavs play conference rival West Virginia Tech in a doubleheader tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Montgomery, W.Va. The Cavs can still win the Mid-South Conference Eastern Division with these key conference wins against both teams.

Golf The golf team will play their final tournament of the season on April 26 during the Mid-South Conference Championships in Bardstown, Ky.

NFL moving forward without its players

Cameron Parsons Sports Editor



coming off of a two-game road trip. “I think the road trip this weekend was hard on the team,” Rowland said. “It was a makeup match and it couldn’t be avoided. It was unfortunate we had to play after the road trip.” Sophomore Megan Buchanan suffered a back injury in her individual match. Buchanan was up 4-1, but with the match tied at 4-4, see Cavs, page 7

The State of Sports

Upcoming Games

After winning the MidSouth Conference’s Eastern Division, the baseball team will face Campbellsville University today, tomorrow and on Suday if needed in a best-ofthree series for the Mid-South Conference Championship. The games will be played in Campbellsville, Ky. The games will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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Photo by Jordan Fifer

Sophomore pitcher Justin Wilson watches as the ball races toward the opposing batter during the Cavs’ 8-7 victory over the University of Rio Grande on April 15. The Cavs swept the Red Storm, to take the Mid-South Eastern Division Championship. For the full story, check out Page 1.

Game of the Week @ Cincinnati Reds By Cameron Parsons Sports Editor Although the Cardinals have been the recent powerhouse in the division, they find themselves looking up to the Reds in a big early season series. The Reds currently lead the National League Central Division, thanks mostly to the fact that they have the best offense in baseball. As a team, Cincinnati has scored nearly 100 runs through 17 games. The Reds have been able to score a lot of runs, but have dropped five of their last six games. You might want to keep an eye on Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto in this game. Votto has continued his stellar campaign from last season into this one. Last year’s National League MVP is currently batting .413 with 26 hits and

St. Louis Cardinals nine RBIs. He hit a homerun in yesterday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks —a run which decided the outcome of the game — so don’t be surprised to see him do it again on Sunday. Although they haven’t had an offensive output quite like the Reds, the Cardinals appear to be a much more balanced team. The Cardinal’s pitchers have given up 3.5 runs per game so far this season, a full run less than the Reds’ pitchers have allowed per game. The Cardinals also have an amazing amount of talent this season — centerfielder Colby Rasmus, right fielder Lance Berkman and catcher Yadier Molina have all had all-star like starts to the season. When discussing the Cardinals, it is impossible not to mention first baseman Albert Pujols. Pujols is one player who no sane pitcher wants to face.

He has an uncanny ability to get a clutch hit. On the year, Pujols has 10 RBIs and four homeruns, a good start by any standard. Although it might seem like all sunshine and rainbows for St. Louis, they also have had their share of problems this season. Closing pitcher Ryan Franklin has blown four saves through Cincinnati’s first 16 games, tying him with only two other closers to have such a rough start to an individual season. Although they have both struggled somewhat early, it is more than likely that both of these teams will be vying for a spot in the postseason in October, so both teams want to win as many as they can now. This game should be exciting with two of the best first basemen in baseball squaring off, and a lot of talented players behind them. The game will air Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

On April 19, the NFL released its 2011 schedule. Perhaps the most exciting games for football fans will occur during the league’s opening week. The regular season will begin on Sept. 8. When the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers will host the New Orleans Saints in Green Bay. In memory of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Giants will face the Washington Redskins in D.C., while the Dallas Cowboys will travel to New York to take on the Jets. With all of the anticipation building for football fans, there is still something left unsettled: the labor situation. The league must release a schedule so fans can buy tickets to games, but the move is a slap in the face of players. To the world, the NFL appears to be doing business as usual, while the talent suffers in the shadows. That is not the message they should be sending to players. Prior to this year, the league hasn’t been without active players since the 1987 season, when players were locked out after demanding better working conditions. Rex Ryan, the Jets’ ever loquacious head coach, said the issue would be settled when the players decided that they were ready to go back to work. The players never decided they didn’t want to work. These athletes devote their life, destroy their bodies and sacrifice everything to be a professional. While the league may feel the players are tired of working, that is far from the truth. These players are suffering from serious medical conditions and want a safer workplace, while the NFL responds by locking players out of practice facilities. The minimum salary for players in the league is a little more than $300,000, while the highest paid players will earn in excess of $15 million. While players do make far more money than the average American, their careers are much shorter. You may not take pity on someone who earns that much money in a year, but they do deserve the right to a healthy life. After their careers are over, many of these players have nothing. What does a career in football qualify individuals to do? Coach football, analyze football or watch football. These people have spent their lives for a career that will leave them with nothing. The least the league can do is try and protect them.

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