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The Highland

The Official Student Newspaper of UVa-Wise

Volume 65, Issue 8 January 29, 2014

Possible fee divides students By Megan Gray Editor-In-Chief Student voting for a new Student Government Association allocation to increase each student’s activities fee by $30 a semester in order to bring in bigger concerts ended yesterday, and campus is widely divided on the decision. According to SGA President and senior government major Dakota Hill, the extra money collected from the students will go to a fund that will eventually be used to bring “top-tier” artists to the Prior Convocation Center. The plan was proposed by Hill and discussed with Chris Davis, Director of the David J. Prior Convocation Center, after the B.o.B. concert last October, in which $64,000 was spent to bring in the hip-hop artist, and only 700 tickets were sold. “I was kind of saddened by the turnout,” said Hill. “Especially the loss that we took as a college.” As of Fall 2013, student activities fees for each student are already eighteen hundred dollars. This leaves some students unsure about raising the fee, and according to Hill, has SGA “on the fence.” “After a year with each student being charged sixty dollars a year, you get about $75,000,” Hill said. “With that $75,000 you can bring

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in some big artists. That’s like the edge of what is considered ‘toptier.’” The collection will also allow students free admission to the concert, which will take place instead of the traditional Homecoming dance. In the student voting for the fee, students will also vote on whether or not the Homecoming dance should continue. However, some students worry and feel almost like this will be forcing them to pay for a concert they may not want to go to. For this reason, the convocation center will also put on a poll of possible artists

that could come to the building. According to Hill, if the allocation is passed, it will not take effect until the fall, when collections will begin. The students will be allowed to vote on who they would like to see. However, that artist may not perform for another year and a half, so that the collections will be enough. This occurred a few years ago with B.o.B. “It doesn’t really affect seniors,” Hill said. “You will have to wait a year so that the money can really build.” According to Hill, bringing in bigger artists with the fund will in-

crease the popularity of the Convocation Center and the college, and will possibly grow the college as well. “I do not believe that the raising of fees is justified,” said junior political science major Clint Womack. “The college has done well enough providing for the student body with what they have currently. With the rise in tuition I don’t want those fees to increase as well.” Some students like the idea though. They see the option as an opportunity for the college, and something to look forward to in the see Student Fees page 3

Wellness center almost complete By Darrian Pickett Senior News Writer

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Progress continues on the Winston Ely Health & Wellness Center, which is expected to be completed this spring.


Miss UVa-Wise

SGA is hosting the Miss UVa-Wise Pagent in the Convocation Center this Saturday, Feb. 1.

Last day to drop course The last day to drop a first 7-weeks course is tomorrow.

The anticipation for the new additions to the Slemp Student Center will soon be settled as the construction is planned to be completed this spring. Superintendent Paul Harris confirms that construction on the Winston Ely Health & Wellness Center is “expected to be completed in mid-April.” The weather has caused some delay. “The weather is killing them,” Harris said. “The masons can’t work when it’s this cold.” Students had their own opinions about the construction, and how it affects their daily lives on campus. Freshman management in-

Last day for voting Today is the last day to vote for the Basketball Homecoming king and queen.

formation systems major Mychal Spivey said, “the construction workers are doing a good job.” “It’s awesome to see the campus start to expand, and it makes me excited for the future,” Spivey said. “The improvements will be nothing but beneficial to the students.” Sophomore Juhan Washington, administrative justice major, said he disagreed. “It tracks mud into our dorms because we have to walk through their work, and we have to walk around the site to get to class, and that’s sort of annoying,” Washington said. Harris said that students can expect a “nice, new facility as an addition to the one [we] already have.” Any complaints or concerns that students have will be solved by the time spring comes around.

Basketball Homecoming The 2014 Basketball Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime of the men’s game on Saturday Feb. 8 in The Prior Center.

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Walk2Campus takes shape

Darrian Pickett Senior News Writer New apartment complexes, sponsored by Walk2Campus, are to be finished mid-July, and will have a walkway that leads residents right to campus. Nichole Davis, property manager of the facilities, said that Walk2Campus “started with two individuals that decided they wanted to do affordable student housing within walking distance. “They started out with just a couple of apartment buildings that were close to campus, started renovating them, and just grew tremendously,” she said. Davis, who used to work on campus as a police officer, is helping students get their leases signed as well as preparing for students move in next fall. According to Davis, students can expect “a brand new facility; threestory buildings; one, two, three and four bedroom apartments; a workout area; common area; and meeting area.” The head of construction Brett Street, said that this is his “third [project] with Campus Walk, [they’ve] done a project for Coastal Carolina down in the Myrtle Beach area; Farmville for Longwood University, and now we’re here. We have a really good partnership with Campus Walk and English Construction.”

O’D’s memoir: A lifetime of memories

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Professor of French Michael O’Donnell shows off his book at his book signing on Jan. 16 in the Slemp Student Center By Megan Gray Editor-In-Chief Students and faculty old and new crowded in front of a popular French professor earlier this month for greetings and a taste of his unique humor. On Jan. 16 in the Slemp Student Center Atrium, Michael “O’D” O’Donnell hosted a book signing for his new memoir. “Fifty Years of Teaching and Travel,” was published through the college and has sold 250 copies as of last week, according to Direction of Bookstore Relations Scott Lawson. “His book is an eclectic group of stories about his interesting life,” said Academic Advisor Tammie Hale, who helped get O’Donnell’s book published and at the book signing proudly took pictures of the author with his fans, almost all of which O’Donnell seemed to know by name. “You can’t graduate unless you know O’D,” Lawson said. “The book is $11.53 with tax, and all proceeds go to his scholarship fund.” The O’D/Michael O’Donnell scholarship fund is a general scholarship available for students. “I’ve thought about this for two years,” O’Donnell said of writing a book. “I started it on a beach in Thailand last May, and I finished it last July in Australia.” O’Donnell stressed that his book should be published through the college, instead of some

“stranger.” “These are my people, and I don’t care if my book is sitting on the shelves at Barnes and Noble,” O’Donnell said. “This normally takes years to do, and I got it all done in eight months with Tammie Hale’s help.” O’Donnell is known for talking about a certain subject on campus and said his book isn’t about that. “Well, it’s not about sex,” O’Donnell said when asked for a sneak peek. “You’ll like it. I don’t do fiction; reality is hard enough to deal with.” O’Donnell hopes that he can help out the campus he calls home while also brightening people’s days with stories from his life. “I don’t take any profit, it goes to the scholarship and it goes to the students,” O’Donnell said. “After my beautiful wife, this place is most important in my life.” Folks buying books said they have fond memories of O’Donnell. “He resembles UVa-Wise in a nutshell,” said Dakota Hill, senior political science major, as he stood in line at the signing. “He was one of the first professors I had here when I was going through tough times and he gave me encouragement.” One man at the book signing asked O’Donnell when he would write his next book. O’Donnell held up a half-used legal pad. “I’m already working on it,” he said.

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Senior News Writer Darrian Pickett inspects the Walk2Campus construction site with Property Manager Nichole Davis.

Visit the group’s website,, or talk to Davis for more information.

News Briefs

Lonesome Pine Hospital has donated $35,000 to UVa-Wise to aid with training nursing students, and other students’ medical application exams. About $20,000 was provided to upgrade patient simulators, and the remaining $15,000 was used for student preparation for the Medical College Admission Test, and other graduate exams. Ed Roop, the fund’s chairman, said it was established to promote health and wellness in the community. He said this contribution the fund has made to the college aligns perfectly with the fund’s goal. “This is an excellent opportunity to assist students in Southwest Virginia who will be saving the lives of our families, friends and neighbors,” Roop said. “We are focused on having well-trained medical professionals delivering high-quality care to our patients, and this donation we have been privileged to make will go a long way in continuing that tradition.” Chancellor Donna Henry said that she appreciates the fund’s leadership, and it helps campus’ already quality nursing students. - Lonesome Pine Hospital Dr. Amy Clark recently won an Outstanding Faculty award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Faculty members from public and private colleges across the state were considered, and overall, 12 were chosen for the award. “The council is pleased to once again partner with Dominion to honor these extraordinary educators who help make Virginia’s system of higher education among the finest in the nation,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “The scholarship and dedication of these honorees is a testament to the strength of Virginia’s public and private, two-year and four-year institutions.” One hundred fifteen applications were sent to SCHEV, and they were considered over excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration, and public service. - Kathy Still, Director of College Relations The Smith Dining Commons and Commonwealth Hall have received LEED certification for sustainable design by the US Green Building Council. This adds to the two buildings that campus already has LEED certification with, the David J. Prior Convocation Center that has silver, and the Leonard Sandridge Science Center that has platinum. LEED certification depends on five main qualifications that lead to more efficient energy and design. “UVa-Wise is committed to responsible design and construction when it comes to new or renovated buildings,” Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. “It is vital that we plan and construct facilities that meet the needs of our campus and are environmentally friendly,” said Kathy Still, director of college relations. - Kathy Still, Director of College Relations

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Technology in, textbooks out By Zachery Castle Staff Writer Tablets seem to be struggling to take off, but academically, they are starting to get off the ground. Today, tablets can be used to take notes without the clutter of various notebooks, view textbooks without lugging around physical copies, and turn in assignments via the Moodle. In a modern classroom, there’s a chance a student is using a tablet of some sort. As computers become smaller and more portable, the amount of students using tablets to carry out academic tasks is becoming larger. “I use my Nook to read textbooks,” said Adrienne Pollard, a sophomore history major. Aside from being more convenient, renting textbooks electronically can also be a less expensive way to purchase books, with websites such as Amazon offering prices up to 80% off the store price of some eTextbooks. Danielle Hutchison, a sophomore majoring in nursing said, “I

use [the tablet] in class so I don’t have to print my notes off.” Note taking is becoming an easier task with the use of a tablet. Rather than having five different notebooks for each class, a tablet would serve as one virtual notebook combining all others, cutting back on paper waste and creating an organized, universal notebook. As this technological trend becomes more and more popular, a student’s biggest question about owning one for school is simple: do professors allow them in class? Upon being asked if she had experienced any issues with professors regarding her tablet, Pollard replied, “They all said it was fine as long as I had the materials.” Hutchison echoed the same response, saying that none of her professors had told her that she couldn’t use a tablet in class. Upon wanting a tablet for academic use, a student may worry about the expensive price of some tablets. Sharon Stratton, a worker in the financial aid department of UVa-Wise, said that there is not financial aid to use specifically for a

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tablet, but if a student gets a refund check, the money can be spent on whatever he or she pleases, including a tablet. “I paid for my tablet with my Slemp scholarship,” Hutchinson said, indicating that a tablet can be purchased with the help of scholarship money. As tablets become more and more useful and available, they

will become more prevalent in the classroom. While there do not seem to be any professors who are against tablets in the classroom, the few who are will eventually be forced to reconsider as the number of students with tablets grows higher and higher. It’s only a matter of time before the amount of students with tablets outnumbers those without.

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On Jan. 24 and 25 UVa-Wise’s Theater department put on their version of Neil Labute’s “Reasons to be Pretty,” directed by Junior theater major Forrest Duncan, which offered cultural credit and was reported to have good attendance for both performances.

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et cetera Halls upgraded By Chelsea Justice Staff Writer Many renovations were done over winter break to enhance the resident halls. McCraray Hall had new doors installed to help ensure safety for all students living there as well as adding new card swipes, such as the one on the lake side of the building. The doors and additional card swipes cost several thousand dollars to buy and install, but are good quality, Director of Residence Life Josh Justice said. “They help keep the lobby warm in winter,” Justice said. “They also help the noise issue in the lobby, and they help with security.” Justice said that the one of the main reasons for the new doors were the issues caused by propping the doors open, leading to security issues for the building. Although the doors are one great addition to the college, they are not among the last of the renovations that will be done to the halls. In fact, over the summer there are plans to fix the lighting problems in Culberson Hall, as well painting some of the rooms in other residence halls, and possibly changing the carpets in the halls as seen fit. All of the renovations seem to be going as planned, but Justice urges students that if they have seen something in one of the halls that is not quite up to their standards to feel free to talk to the housing directors or stop by the lower level of Cantrell Hall and voice their opinion. “I am open to suggestions from students,” Justice said. “I want to hear suggestions from students on how we can better the resident halls.” New sanitizer dispensers and towel dispensers were placed in buildings across campus as well after someone suggested it.

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future. According to Hill, it may even encourage college alumni to return and stay for Homecoming. Yet such large change has still inspired the divide, and students argue valid points for both sides. “They’ll be collecting this money and we’ll never even be able to see it,” Womack said. “Because my time here at the college is almost ever. I don’t want to pay these fees without seeing the benefits.”

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Students help Richmond man breathe again By William Yearout Senior Features Writer Sometimes the simplest of values are the most important here at UVa-Wise. Every year the student body takes part in dozens of philanthropic and volunteer events: food drives, blood donations, even spending their time working at food banks or the RAM Clinic. Wise is a community that takes pride in helping others, which is exactly what one family needed in the last year to help Tucker Gordon breathe. The connection between this small mountain campus and Gordon, who is from Richmond, was made years ago. In August of 2010, Dakota Hill (now a senior government major and SGA President) had just arrived at UVa-Wise to begin his college career. One night, about three weeks into his classes, he was awoken by a phone call. His eldest sister, Chantel Wells, was extremely sick. “She had suffered her whole life from Cystic Fibrosis,” Hill said. “[It’s] a nasty and rare disease that disintegrates your pancreas operations and slowly destroys your lungs.” According to Hill, Chantel had received a full lung transplant just a few months before but had gone into full rejection - her body was not accepting the new lungs. Hill rushed to Duke Medical Center, making the trip in five hours, and was able to say goodbye to her. Chantel passed away on Sept. 9, 2010, but her legacy lives on today. “Chantel, growing up in Richmond, was always in and out of the hospital,” Hill said. In her many hospital visits, Chantel was able to interact with other people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, including Tucker Gordon. Hill described the bond between these people as a family, of which Tucker is the only survivor. Hill’s family and friends, in honor of Chantel, started Chantel’s House of Hope. This nonprofit organization worked to raise money and build a home for children and adults recovering from transplants as well as help with post-surgery rehabilitation costs, which Hill described as “uncomprehendingly expensive.” “When we learned Tucker was sick, we changed our focus to raising money ... to get him a lung transplant,” Hill said. The project

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Richmond man Tucker Gordon got some financial assistance from students at UVa-Wise last year.

was put onto the crowdfunding website, with Marye-Ann Hill helping to spearhead the project in Richmond. Here in southwest Virginia, Dakota enlisted the help of senior art major Kandee Wallace, who also works for The Highland Cavalier, and began spreading the word on Twitter, Facebook, GoFundMe, and any site they could work with. The movement took off, however, and Tucker received thousands of dollars in initial donations - mostly from complete strangers. Hill called the response, “incredible.” “In just ten days we raised over $30,000,” he said. Across Twitter, the hashtag #helptuckerbreathe took off by storm, with pictures coming in across the globe of people holding up the hashtag. The final GoFundMe donation tally, a number built by donors large and small alike, was an extraordinary $75,653. Tucker is now out of rehab, completely healthy and breathing again. His journey is a ray of hope to anybody fighting impossible odds, and it’s also a testament to the simple values of philanthropy, community, and hope. To Hill, it is also a reminder to help others. “Life’s not about what you can get out of it, but rather what you can give to others. As long as there is air in my lungs I’ll keep breathing enough for me and Chantel. And now I’m sure Tucker will, too.” More information can be found at the GoFundMe Campaign: http://www.gofundme. com/helptuckerbreathe

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Kandee Wallace Opinion Editor

It’s that time of year again: Classes have started back, you procrastinated on getting your books, and your prayers for snow days have not been answered. What does that mean? You’re forced to go through the campus bookstore to buy your required course materials that you will probably only use for that one paragraph on page 112. Not only will you not ever use them, but they will also cost around five times as much as getting them online. While our bookstore isn’t the only one to charge more than the worth of every artifact of King Tut’s tomb, it certainly doesn’t help us come to terms with it. Their book prices aren’t the only thing that will make you cry yourself to sleep. How about those return policies? Buy a book today and guess what? It’s due back today if you want to return it and get your money back. That’s okay, bookstore, you can keep it. The crooked policies and pricing are enough for one to say, “Hm. Maybe I should just not buy this book and hope to God my inferences will guide me through this class enough to pass.” If you’re a bit more studious than that, talking to others who have taken the class so they can reassure you that you really do not need that book is also an option. The only problem: Sometimes professors like to play this dirty trick where they actually start to use their book as semesters pass. That’s where I ran into a problem this semester. Talking to a friend who had taken a class I was on the fence about buying a book for, he told me, “I didn’t buy a book and never went to class and I got an A. We never even had homework.” Naturally, after hearing that, I didn’t purchase a book over break. Coming in to the first day of class, we were told we would have plenty of homework from the book. I rushed over to the bookstore to try and get a copy really quick because I was certain if I ordered it, it would not make it in time. The bookstore told me they did not have the book and wouldn’t until the following week. When I did go to get it, they conveniently only had new books to

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choose from which put me in the situation of buying it for $250 or renting for $150, returns being accepted through the next day. (Oh, goody. Thanks for all that time!) After going to the register to hear that, I sat the book down and told them no thanks. I bought the book ten minutes later, brand new, on for $26 and free two day shipping (that actually got delivered the next day.) I knew I wasn’t the only one with grievances against the bookstore, so I talked to others on campus. Senior chemistry major Kara Couch said, “I’m aware the bookstore must make money somehow, but you know something is wrong when an obviously used book sells for $76 in the bookstore, but is $9 on amazon. Sorry UVa-Wise, but I will never pay for that kind of price markup.” Senior computer science major Doug Murphy’s strategy has been to find the free PDF versions of his books online to download to his tablet. This seems to be the most cost efficient, eco-friendly way to go and still get your books. Senior management information systems major Gage McCoy’s strategy, however, is to simply not buy books unless it is absolutely necessary. He also refuses to go through the campus bookstore to make any purchases at all. While the campus bookstore is a total rip off (be it books or sweatshirts,) there are methods of avoidance when it comes to emptying out your student account to get that $500 new edition chemistry book. Websites such as Chegg, Amazon, and eCampus, have some amazing and surprisingly affordable deals. As for sweatshirts and other tempting overpriced clothing, go to a local store such as Impressions or Appalachian Graphics and they can make you that same sweatshirt for half price. Regardless of which route you decide to take, you’re always going to spend some amount of money on that book you really don’t want. If your poor, unfortunate soul decides to actually follow through with a bookstore purchase, be sure not to forget to bring it back on time if it’s a rental or sell it back if you bought it. You could get a whopping $10 back if you’re lucky.

Commuter Corner Welcome, my fellow commuters, to our very own “corner” of the Highland Cavalier. From now on, this corner will serve as a means by which we travelers to and from this great university may view happenings that are most important to us. Commuter students play a huge role at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. In addition to battling high gas prices, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s diligent efforts to slow us down, the speed traps enforced by the local Five-O, and the daily cruising of Commuter Lake (a.k.a. the upper lot) to find a place to park without being blocked in, we still have to do the things that “normal” college students do. So, it is only logical for us to have our own section in the Highland Cavalier. We have earned it. Upcoming Events to look for:

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• Please Participate in the discussion and the Online Survey regarding the proposal to replace the Homecoming Dance with a Homecoming Concert. Flyers are posted around campus, surveys are up, or you can feel free to contact your SGA Senators. Remember that you need to let your voice be heard on this issue, so the Student Government can make the correct decision. • Basketball Homecoming elections are active on the portal • The spring intramural seasons have begun. Sign up! • Join college groups on social media. In addition to your respective clubs or groups, I suggest following the SGA, the Official UVa-Wise page, and the brand new Center for Appalachian Studies, to gather news and updates. • Begin planning for SGA and Honor Court elections. Get involved. In addition, please keep safety first on your agenda in being a commuter student. The college is usually very good about closing the school when the roads are bad, but during this winter season, please use good judgment when driving to and from school. If there are any future events scheduled, or news to be heard that can be posted in Commuter Corner, please send information to Brett Hall at Have a great semester and happy commuting! Hall is a senior political science major

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Editorial Board Megan Gray Darrian Pickett Jordan Childress Kandee Wallace Graham Siegfried Josh Weaver Dalena Adams William Yearout Jaime Robinson Allie Gibson

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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 newspaper 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 ( Letters to the editor can also be e-mailed to Opinion Editor Kandee Wallace ( 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.


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Men and women go 1-1 in homestand By Jordan Childress Sports Editor

UVa-Wise head coach Blake Mellinger and his Cavalier men’s basketball team came into the week with an opportunity to move up the standings in the Mountain East Conference. The Cavs hosted the Concord University Mountain Lions on Jan. 23 and the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats on Jan. 25. The Cavs held off a charging Mountain Lions team in the second half as they pulled out a 7168 victory. The Mountain Lions fell behind early as the Cavs jumped out to a 28-10 lead with 8:05 left in the first half on a Matt Day threepointer. Going into halftime the Cavs held a 37-21 lead. The Mountain Lions cut the Cavs’ lead to seven points five minutes into the second half. Timely rebounds by senior Deon Boyce led the points for the Cavs as they tried to hold off a battling Mountain Lion team. Two free throws by Mike Boyd pulled the Mountain Lions within 69-68 of the Cavs with 1:06 left in regulation. Nick Moyer came up with a steal with 35 seconds left to play and a chance for the Mountain Lions to earn a hard fought comeback victory. Excellent defense forced a bad shot by Cam Shannon with 10 seconds left. Day grabbed the rebound for the Cavs and sunk two free throws to hold off the Mountain Lions. The Mountain Lions shot more than 50 percent from the field in the second half and made 20-24 free throws in the ballgame. The Cavs used another double-double performance from Boyce who scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. The double-double was the eleventh consecutive on the sea-

son for Boyce and thirteenth overall. Day finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs while junior Javon Moore finished 19 points. Boyd led the Mountain Lions to a game-high 22 points off the bench. The Cavs looked for back to back wins on Jan. 25 against the Bobcats of West Va. Wesleyan. The Bobcats completed the series sweep over the Cavs on the season with a 67-56 win. In the win the Bobcats simply hit their free throws and connected on key three-pointers. The Bobcats were 17 of 19 behind the charity line and shot over 50 percent from three-point range. Moore scored a game 20 points for the Cavs while sophomore Charles George and Day combined for 20 points. The Cavs head into a threegame road trip tomorrow with a 8-8 record and a 5-7 record in conference play. The Cavs return home Feb. 6 when they host Wheeling Jesuit University. A comeback bid for the UVaWise women’s basketball team was close but no cigar as they dropped a 73-66 decision to visiting Concord University on Jan. 23. The Cavaliers found themselves with a 34-21 halftime deficit due to a hot Mountain Lion team. The Cavs opened up the second half on a 7-0 run but the Mountain Lions regathered and end the Cavs run. The Mountain Lions built their lead to 20 points on a threepointer by Jacqueline Kestner with 7:13 remaining in the second half. Junior Katie Jo Lester and sophomore Makenzie Cluesman got the Cavs back in the ballgame with key three-pointers in the closing minutes of the second half.

Freshman guard Taylor Sandidge (3) drives past Bobcat defenders in the Cavs 58-50 comeback win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Jan. 25. Sandidge finished with 12 points in the Cavs win over the Bobcats. Freshman Taylor Sandidge finished off a three-point play to pull the Cavs within a seven point reach, but the Cavs were unable to get any closer. Sandidge finished with a game high of 18 points while Cluesman chipped in with 11 points as well as senior Reynesha Archer. Sissy Wagner paced the Mountain Lions with 16 points and nine assists and Kestner finished with 15 points. The Cavs looked to snap a three game losing streak when visiting Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan came to town on Jan. 25. The Cavs used a 27-3 start to the second half to take a 58-50 comeback victory over the Bobcats. Trailing 23-17, the Cavs came out of the half hot as they held the

Bobcats without a field goal for the first eight minutes of the second half. The Cavs comeback was led by Sandidge and Archer in the second half. Sandidge scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half and Archer scored 10 of her 13 points in the second. Cluesman finished with her second double-double for the Cavs with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The win brings the Cavs to a 8-8 record on the season and 4-8 in Mountain East play. The Cavs will begin a threegame five day road trip as they visit Glenville State College tomorrow. The next home game for the Cavs will be Feb. 6 when they host visiting Wheeling Jesuit University.

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due to transfer rules, but hit the ground running as he was named Mid-South Player of the Week his first week in Cavalier uniform. Mellinger has been pleased with Boyce over the past season and a half. “He brings relentless energy in everything he does, whether it’s in a game or practice,” Mellinger said. “He is the ultimate competitor and I really think that’s what drives him.” In 16 games of action last season, Boyce scored 196 points and grabbed 217 rebounds. He led the Cavs in rebounding. This season Boyce grabbed his 400th rebound in just his 29th game in a Cavalier uniform on Jan. 19 against Fairmont State University. “I’ve never seen anybody that rebounds like him in this game,” Mellinger said. “I haven’t been coaching long, but I’ve been around the game a long time. He’s by far the best rebounder I have witnessed.” To say that rebounding is

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Boyce’s forte is an understatement. He has collected 11 straight double-doubles as of Jan. 24. Boyce has grabbed 24 rebounds in several games in his career and the school record in 25 in a game which is something Boyce is gunning for. “Rebounding to me is something I love. At halftime, I want to know how many I have and if it’s eight. That ain’t enough,” Boyce said. “I would rather have no points and 20 rebounds as long as I win that game. I feel like if I get 20 rebounds we will win that game.” The often reserved Boyce is known for his easy smile, and intensity on the court. “My high school coach told me to be fiery and release your emotions on the court. Since then I’ve never looked back,” Boyce said. “I want to guard the best rebounder and post player on the floor. I want to outwork my opponent and I have fun doing it.” After the game and postgame interviews, Boyce comes back out to talk to fans and shoot basket-

ball with some kids on the court. He is coaches’ dream. “We talk about how great of a basketball player he is all the time but he is more than that,” Mellinger said. “He’s a great guy to be around. He does all of the little things that a coach wants a player to do.” Mellinger said Boyce’s game reminds him of National Basketball Hall of Fame Power Forward Charles Barkley. “In some aspects he’s a little undersized and he works his butt off,” Mellinger said. “He’s successful because of that. He has really improved his game offensively since he has been here.” He agreed with Mellinger on Barkley and added Hakeem Olajuwon as one of his favorite players. Boyce stated that he added some offensive moves to his game that Olajuwon used. Boyce is a simple man. He listed God, family and basketball as the most important things in his life. “Basketball is something I re-

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ally love.” Boyce said. “When I step on the court, I block everything out.” But basketball had to take a backseat in his love life as he married the love of his life, DeShay, on Dec. 23, 2013. “She has always been a big supporter to me,” Boyce said. “It was the right time.” He also owes it to his wife’s father and uncle on getting him interested in basketball. He credits them to where he is today. Boyce is averaging over 16 points and 14 rebounds per contest during his senior campaign. He had a streak of 11 straight double-doubles that ended last Saturday. After the final horn sounds and his UVa-Wise basketball career is over, Boyce hopes to continue his dream and play overseas. “I think he really has a great opportunity to play overseas. I know that’s a big goal for him,” Mellinger said. “I think he will get there.” Deon Boyce: a rebounder, husband and great person.


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Jan. 29, 2014

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Deon Boyce: A simple Carolina man

By Jordan Childress Sports Editor

North Carolina is known for barbeque, tobacco, big time basketball and soon, Deon Boyce. The UVa-Wise senior forward’s baby hook is sweet as Carolina barbeque. He is tough like dried tobacco and he is a big time rebounder. Boyce came to UVa-Wise a season ago by the way of Davidson County Community College in North Carolina and played high school ball at Jacksonville High in Jacksonville, N.C. Unlike most NCAA studentathletes, Boyce didn’t get his start in basketball until he was in the tenth grade. This was partly due to his family moving to Japan when he was in the sixth grade, to follow his father, who was in the military. Boyce was a football player growing up and started playing basketball when he moved back to the states for his tenth grade year. “It was rough trying something new. I was always crying, because I wanted to do it right,” Boyce said. “We kept working and working.” That tenth grade year Boyce found himself on the junior varsity squad as he was still learning the fundamentals. The following season he moved up to the varsity squad where he found himself in the varsity rotation. Boyce said he let the tough competition motivate him. “I played against Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston in high school,”

Boyce said. “Those guys helped me get better. I wanted to be where they were at and that’s why I worked so hard.” Boyce’s senior season is when he really started to blossom, as he averaged more than 17 points and 13 rebounds per game. During his senior season, Boyce was attracting the attention of several NCAA Division II and NAIA schools but ultimately decided on Davidson County. “I wanted to focus on my grades and the coach said he would get me places,” Boyce said. It turned out to be the best decision for Boyce, as he racked up accolades and broke records at DCCC. During his freshman season Boyce averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds per game. He led his team to a 34-2 record and a trip to the NJCAA national tournament where they finished fourth in the country. Boyce earned Tarheel Conference and Region X Player of the Year honors as well as NJCAA Division III second team All-American status. He also finished as the school’s all-time leader in rebounds. Interim Head Coach Blake Mellinger was the first to start recruiting Boyce when he was at DCCC and was still improving. Boyce later received interest from NCAA Division I schools but chose UVa-Wise. “Coach Mellinger was the first one there for me,” Boyce said. “He treated me like family and he was the guy I wanted to go to.” Boyce sat out the first semester of the 2012-2013 season as a Cavalier see Boyce, page 5

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Senior forward Deon Boyce (23) stands under his favorite place, the basketball goal.


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