The Official Student Newspaper of UVa-Wise
Volume 62, Issue 9 October 29 , 2010
Governor requests plan for further budget cuts
British indie band Fools & Horses will be on campus next week. Find out when and where you can find them on page 4.
By Allie Robinson Editor-in-Chief email@example.com College officials are eyeing yet another potential round of budget cuts, following an email sent out by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office late last week. In addition to the $1.9 million reduction already being budgeted for fiscal year 2012
(school year 2011-2012), the governor requested that Virginia colleges submit plans for additional reductions by two, four and six percent, said Sim Ewing, vice chancellor for finance and administration. “This was not expected,” Ewing said. “Usually we’re kind of expecting budget reduction (requests) but this caught us off guard.”
In an e-mail to faculty and staff last Friday, Ewing wrote that a two percent cut would Ewing mean an additional $242,246 in reductions, a four
Former softball pitcher Lauren Snead was hired as the new admissions counselor. See what she thinks of her job on page 5.
Shot or not?
Students weigh risks, benefits of flu shot
By Ellie McDonnell Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s basketball season starts next week, and the team has a new coach. Read the preview on page 8.
Upcoming SAB band: Fools and Horses Fools and Horses will perform in the Cantrell Banquet Hall Nov. 4 at 9 p.m.
Cavs Have Talent Contest Students need to register by Nov. 5 to participate in the annual Cavs Have Talent Contest, scheduled for Nov. 8.
Spring Registration Registration for the spring semester begins on Nov. 12. Classes available next semester are listed on the student portal.
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Comic stuntman Nick Pike juggles bowling pins from atop a unicycle during his show in Cantrell Hall Monday night.
“America’s Got Talent” comic juggler performs By Marina Vandervort Staff Writer email@example.com
He walked on broken glass with his bare feet and juggled meat cleavers. Later, he hopped on a unicycle and juggled bowling pins. British comic juggler Nick Pike performed Monday evening in Cantrell Hall. Famous for placing in the top 48 on the NBC TV show “America’s Got Talent,” Pike is on his first tour, which includes many colleges.
Nearly 100 people attended Pike’s show, said Josh Justice, assistant director of student activities and Greek life. Sophomore psychology major Caroline Henssler said she enjoyed the event. “It was very fun,” Henssler said. “I would definitely attend another event like this.” Pike drew several new attendees to an SAB event, like freshman science major Krystal Anderson. “It was very interesting,” Anderson said. “I would definitely come out to see him perform again.”
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After last year’s influenza pandemic, students and faculty are questioning whether or not to get the flu shot. Last year’s flu season and onset of the H1N1 “swine” flu left many people sick—14,826 cases were diagnosed worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Campus nurse Sheila Cantrell said there were eight confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu on campus last season. Some students said they are still concerned about the upcoming flu season, while others said they’re are not worried at all. Cantrell said caution is the best approach. “Everyone should still be worried about flu season,” she said. “Especially those with a compromised immune system.” Very few students have actually come in to see Cantrell for the vaccine, she said. “I didn’t get the vaccine last year and I don’t plan to this year,” said Katherine Cummings, a sophomore business and administration major. “I didn’t get sick [last year] so why should I get it this year?” Last year, there was a critical shortage of the vaccine in shot form locally, and students were forced to get the alternative nasal form. “I’m getting the vaccine because last year it was so hard to get the actual shot,” said senior computer science major Brandon Hines. “I don’t want to risk getting sick.” Although Cantrell said students and faculty should get the vaccine as see Flu Shots, page 4
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percent cut would mean an additional $484,493 in reductions and a six percent cut would mean an additional $726,739 in reductions. Should the cuts go through, it will be the sixth cut the college has received since August 2007. “Besides being unexpected, the other thing that is out of see Budget, page 7
Bookstore to look into rental program By Stas Jones Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Students will be able to rent books directly from the college’s bookstore within the next year, if all goes according to plan with a prospective loan program. Sheila Hileman, the interim bookstore manager, said the store is in the process of joining a program through the Nebraska Book
Company to provide students with a cost-effective alternative to buying their own books. “In terms of cost, the new program will be comparable to other online book rental programs that students use,” Hileman said. Hileman said there has been an ongoing discussion about the possibility of a loan program for the past two years, but staff see Bookstore, page 7
Congressional Race 2010
Congressional candidates respond to student questions You asked, and they answered. See what Rick Boucher, Morgan Griffith and Jeremiah Heaton have to say about higher education, immigration, gay marriage and health care reform on page 3.
The Highland Cavalier
October 29, 2010
Students asked to reduce food waste By Allie Robinson Editor-in-Chief email@example.com In an effort to combat food waste and raise awareness of hunger in the region, officials at the Smith Dining Commons are encouraging students to participate in Project Clean Plate, a Chartwells initiative to get members of the campus community to throw away less food in all-you-can-eat facilities. “The goal is to get students to pay attention to what they waste, and not to eat with their eyes,” said Brett Lawson, director of dining services. “It’s something we’re doing just to raise hunger awareness and give back to the community.” Last week, students threw out an average of 362 pounds of food waste per day, which Lawson said translates to half a pound of food per student. “This week we’re weighing [the waste] to see if raising awareness of food wasted has an affect,” he said.
If students and faculty who eat at the Caf are able to reduce the amount of food wasted by 100 pounds per day for the entire week, Brett said Chartwells will donate $250 worth of canned food to a local food bank. In addition, for any pound over 100 that is saved, Lawson will donate an industrial-sized can of food to the food bank. By Wednesday, roughly the same amount of food was being wasted this week as last. Only food left on students’ plates that go into the dishroom is weighed, Lawson said. He said it is stored in a bag and weighed at the end of the day. “We’ve had some comments from students that if we don’t reach this goal, are we going to donate,” he said. “If we continue to waste these large amounts of food we can’t justify giving it away. It’s something we’re doing just to raise hunger awareness and give back to the community.”
Thomas Jefferson visits campus
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Students were encouraged to throw away less food this week in the Smith Dining Commons cafeteria as part of Chartwell’s “Project Clean Plate.” Brett Lawson, director of dining services, promised to donate $250 worth of food to a local food bank if students were able to reduce the average daily waste by 100 pounds by the end of the week. Check back in next week’s edition of The Highland Cavalier to see if students met Lawson’s goal.
Foreign films help expose students to other cultures By Jordan Begley Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The college’s foreign film festival gives students the opportunity to experience other cultures, foreign cinematography and gain cultural credit, according to the series’ organizer. Foreign films are shown Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Science Center lecture hall and are open to all students, staff and faculty. Film dates are advertised on campus and students may receive a reminder in their student email account. The films give students the chance to be exposed to the differences in the way movies are made in America and the way they are made in other countries, said organizer Esteban Ponce, an assistant professor of Spanish. “Most students don’t have the chance to experience cinema from other countries,” Ponce said. “They don’t know there are other ways to film than Hollywood movies and sometimes the experience is shocking.” Movies are chosen based on their relevance to foreign cultures, content and are preferably in a language other than English, he said. “If we present a movie with a different kind
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Bill Barker, who has portrayed Thomas Jefferson since 1984, delivered the keynote address at the 13th annual celebration of Napoleon Hill Day on Monday. Napoleon Hill Day recognizes Napoleon Hill, a Wise County native who became an advisor to presidents and author of bestsellers such as “Think and Grow Rich.” This year’s Napoleon Hill Scholars were introduced at the event, and include senior Ashleigh Banks, senior Jordan Begley, junior Amber Carter, senior Andrada Cornea, senior Robert Davis, junior Megan Funk, junior Brooke Lawson, junior Samantha Mumpower, junior Megan Musick, senior Trey Powers, senior Sarah Smith and senior Rachel Williams.
of moral, political or sexual content it could be too much for the context,” Ponce said. “It is necessary to grow up the audience.” The foreign film festival is a good experience for students and provides a good way for students to understand problems in other cultures, he said. “We are a small college separated from big cities,” Ponce said. “Our students need to be exposed to other culture(s) and I really think the film festival is good exposure.” Students and faculty members can not only attend the films, but they can also participate in choosing and presenting films, said Ponce. “It provides better interaction between professors and students when more people get involved,” he said. The next movie is scheduled to be shown on Nov. 16 and will be presented by Christopher Scalia, an assistant professor of English. “‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ is a Scottish film based on an even better novel about a headstrong high school teacher who is betrayed by her student,” Scalia said. “It is recognized as a classic Scottish film and the lead actress [Maggie Smith] earned many accolades for her performance.”
Duo to be featured on campus By Nicolette Cox Staff Writer email@example.com The Pro-Art Association will host a cellistpianist duo Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. The event will feature Lynne Mackey and David Gee. The duo formed in 2004 and they have performed across the United States, Europe and Africa. “Pianist Lynne Mackey and cellist David Gee are world-class performers who will provide an evening of imaginative entertainment for all audiences,” said Pro-Art business manager Kelly Harechmak.
Because this is one of the few Pro-Art events that will be held on campus, Harechmak said it was selected to entertain and educate students. “This concert will give the audience an opportunity to increase their knowledge and appreciation of classical music in an entertaining and dynamic way,” Harechmak said. Pro-Art hopes to introduce listeners to a different genre of music than normally heard. “Lynne and David have the ability to make classical music more approachable for those who may not consider themselves to be fans of the genre,” Harechmak said. “For those who already have an appreciation of classical music, the duo will bring new life to a variety of classical pieces with their lyrical and stirring interpretations.”
News Briefs Students invited to participate in “Cavs Got Talent” Registration for this semester’s Cavs Got Talent show is open through Nov. 5. The show, scheduled for Nov. 8 in Cantrell Hall at 8 p.m., will showcase student abilites. “In the past, we have had people sing, dance, play instruments and do stand-up comedy,” said Josh Justice, assistant director of student activities and Greek life. Prizes include $500, $250 and
$100 credits toward textbook purchases next semester. Registration forms are available on the third floor of the Slemp Student Center. See Justice for more information. Eastman vice president to speak on social responsibility Robert J. Clemens, vice president of corporate technology at Eastman Chemical Company, will lecture on the social responsibility of companies
on Monday in the Science Lecture Hall at 1 p.m. In his lecture, “Capitalism Meets Social Responsibility: Running a Chemical Company,” Clemens will argue that educated, socially responsible citizens will ultimately drive our technical efforts and determine our sustainable business success. “This particular lecture is important, because Clemens is a part of a major company dealing with dangerous chemicals and they are focusing on the social responsibility of how to
manage them,” said Margie Tucker, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences. Tucker also said that students majoring in business and science can learn a great deal from the upcoming lecture. During his lecture Clemens will discuss the importance of maintaining social responsibility, and will discuss the future endeavors that Eastman will undertake in managing environmental protection and sustainable product development.
The Highland Cavalier
October 29, 2010
Congressional candidates respond to students
Why are you running for Congress?
Southwest Virginia is my home. For the entire time of my service in Congress, I have worked to bring new jobs to the 9th District and advance our region’s quality of life, and those will continue to be my priorities for as long as I’m privileged to serve in Congress. During the coming two years we will build on this progress and achieve new milestones for Southwest Virginia.
As I look on at what’s happening in Washington, both as the father of three and as a state legislator, and realize that things are really in a mess up there, I’m worried about our country. And then when I see that our congressman in the 9th District of Virginia [Boucher] votes for cap-and-trade, I have to believe that we need a change in congressman. And we can’t change Washington without changing Congress.
The two party system is broken. The idea of Republican or Democrat has become a mere facade for team A and team B of the ‘Government Party.’ Each election the pendulum swings left or right depending on our frustrations, but nothing ever changes substantively. Regardless of party, our nation’s debt grows. Regardless of party, we are always at war. Regardless of party, Wall Street always trumps Main Street. This will only change if average Americans take back our Congress.
Where does funding for higher education fall on your priority list?
Our region possesses some of the best institutions of higher education in the state, including UVa-Wise, and ensuring that our 9th District colleges and universities have the resources they need to provide educational opportunities at the highest quality is a high priority. I am also aware that the costs of higher education place a tremendous financial burden on individuals and families. For this reason, throughout my service in Congress I have strongly supported measures to improve federal financial aid programs.
Higher education is extremely important, and it’s extremely important in Southwest Virginia. ... It also is an economic stimulant, in the sense that if there’s research to be done and we can do it in Southwest Virginia, most of the time that’s going to be done either in private business or one of our research institutions.
Funding for higher education falls higher than nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan, bailing out Wall Street, bailing out automakers, bailing out the airline industry and excessive defense spending. Without an educated society, our society fails.
In one sentence or less, please provide your general stance on the following:
I strongly support efforts to the U.S.-Mexico border and am ... opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens.
We have to build a fence.
More agents; more prosecutions.
I support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and I support the Defense of Marriage Act.
I do not support the legalization of marijuana.
I’m opposed to the legalization of marijuana, [but] am in favor of expanding its use for medicinal purposes.
Less deadly than alcohol.
Wars in Iraq/Afghanistan
I support the removal over the next eight months of 47,000 American troops remaining in Iraq.
I think we have to continue to support our troops and give them everything they need.
Stop nation building - bring them home.
Health care reform
I voted against health care reform because it reduces Medicare funding by $450 billion.
I will repeal health care reform and start over.
Remove insurance companies from managing doctor care.
E-mail and phone interviews conducted by Jordan Fifer, News Editor.
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The Highland Cavalier
October 29, 2010
Stormy weather impacts telling of ghost stories By Karrye Ormaner Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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Students sign up Wednesday in the Center for Student Development for the Diversity Career Fair, set for Nov. 3 at the University of Virginia.
Students plan to attend Diversity Career Fair
By Stas Jones Staff Writer email@example.com UVa-Wise students will represent the college as they join peers from across the state and Washington, D.C. at this year’s Diversity Career Day at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The annual event, which allows in-state college students to meet with and present résumés to a wide range of employers, is set to take place this year on Nov. 2 and 3. The UVa-Wise Center for Student Development held three separate interest meetings this week to provide potential participants with more information about what to expect and how to prepare for the trip. There are up to 16 spots open for students to attend, which will be filled depending on the ratio of male and female students who sign up, said Lelia Bradshaw, director of the Center for Student Development. “Right now there are 128 employers that have registered to be there,” Bradshaw said. “But there should be over 150 employers registered by the day of the career fair.” Selected students will have the chance to at-
tend campus tours and a variety of presentations and programs, but the career fair is the focal point of the trip, Bradshaw said. “Bring several copies of your resume,” said Breanne Salyer, the college’s coordinator of career services for UVa-Wise, as she addressed a group of potential participants. “There are usually over 150 employers there . . . you’ll have to decide ahead of time which ones you want to meet with and how many copies you’ll need.” Salyer said students should bring their resumé to the Center for Student Development to have it reviewed and approved, before making copies to hand out to employers. Bradshaw said she’s still waiting to see how many students sign up. “If more than 16 students sign up to attend, then we will have a lottery,” Bradshaw said. “We have four rooms reserved, so we have to figure out how many rooms can be filled by guys and how many can be filled by girls.” The only other factor in determining how spots will be filled, if there is overflow, will be the grade levels of the students, she said. “If there is one spot open and a freshman and a senior sign up, we have to give priority to the senior,” Bradshaw said.
British alt-rock band Fools & Horses to perform By Sydney Gilbert Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The alternative rock band Fools & Horses is scheduled to perform in Cantrell Hall next week. SAB members saw the band perform at a student activities conference over the summer. There were many bands that were showcased, but Josh Justice, assistant director for student activities and Greek life, said Fools & Horses “was too good to pass up.” SAB President Sarah Smith said the group is different than the acts SAB normally brings to campus and is a “legit rock band.” “They are totally different,” Smith said. “They are younger and very much a rock band. And it is also a band both guys and girls can enjoy.”
The band plays both original songs and cover songs, like those from Jackson 5, Kings of Leon and Franz Ferdinand. The band’s new original song “I Am the Ghost” was featured in the 2009 film “The Crypt.” The group’s music is now playing on major television channels such as MTV, E! and the USA Network. The British band has opened for Bon Jovi and was recently voted “Best Modern Rock Band,” “Best Album,” and “Most Likely to Succeed” in Music Monthly Magazine’s annual readers poll. “It will make a great stress reliever before finals,” Justice said. “They’re just a great up-andcoming band.” Fools & Horses is set to perform on Nov. 4 in Cantrell Hall at 9 p.m.
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Stormy weather and a tornado watch created an eerie atmosphere for the Third Annual UVaWise Ghost Walk. The weather forced students to experience the paranormal stories inside the Chapel of All Faiths Tuesday, rather than on a tour around on campus. Dean of Students Jewell Worley presented each building’s historic background. “These stories add a piece of our culture, which then includes itself to the school’s history,” Worley said. Students did not anticipate the weather, but said they expected the stories to be frightening and spine-chilling. “The weather being frightening and unpleasant added to the atmosphere of Dean Worley’s stories,” said Joanna Peck, a sophomore English major. “The stories got even scarier when I found out that there was a tornado [watch] in effect.” Freshman nursing major Morgan Elder said she agreed. “The storm enhanced the event because it made it much more intense,” Elder said. “I think it was very scary when everyone started to hear to the rain pouring down.” “Dean Worley started her story ‘On a dark and stormy night,’ ” said freshman accounting major Lindse Brewer. “It just makes it so much more realistic especially since we didn’t get to go outside.” After hearing the ghost tales, Elder said she believed these stories to be true. “I thought they were real because I have experienced the paranormal before,” Elder said. “I also have several friends who have said they experienced different sightings of ghosts.” One of the tales that was shared involved a pregnant female student living in room 105 in Asbury Hall. The girl did not inform anyone of her pregnancy and gave birth on her own on the bathroom floor of her apartment. Her suitemates overheard the birth and called campus police, but by the time police arrived, the baby was found in a shoebox underneath the female’s bed and was pronounced dead, Worley said. To this day, many residents of Asbury Hall have claimed to have heard a baby crying and have felt a person brush up against them. “The story about the woman in Asbury Hall intrigued me the most, because it was so immoral and repulsive,” Elder said. Brewer found the story involving BowersSturgill Hall to be more intriguing. The story began when the building was being used to house unwed mothers and their children when it was part of the Wise County Poor Farm. One mother, having realized that her baby had died due to a miscarriage, hung herself in front of the window located in the room closest to the tennis courts. Professors and their families stayed in Bowers-Sturgill, not knowing about the past paranormal experiences. The ghost of the mother is said to have saved the life of one professor’s child by waking the parents from their sleep while the daughter was ill. Present-day students and faculty claim to see the lights on in her former room, during the late hours of the night, as if she was still living there. “I liked the story about the woman having the baby, but the story that really stood out to me was the Bowers-Sturgill story, because the woman took care of the visiting little girl instead of hurting her,” Brewer said.
Have a safe and happy Halloween from The Highland Cavalier
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5 things you didn't know:
The average American celebrating Halloween this year will spend $66.28 on costumes, candy and decorations.
Nearly 120 million men, women, children and pets will dress up for Halloween this year.
The top three adult costumes for this year are, in order: witch, vampire and pirate. The top three costumes for children this year are, in order: princess, Spider-Man, witch. Pets are more likely to be dressed as pumpkins or devils.
Chances are, your pumpkin was grown in Illinois. Last year the state produced 429 million pounds of pumpkins.
A Wisconson farmer grew the new “world’s heaviest pumpkin,” according to Guinness World Records. The pumpkin weighs 1,811-pounds, and has a circumference of more than 15 feet. Information obtained from nationalgeographic.com.
October 29, 2010
Radio station seeks students as hosts By Clifton Diaz Online Editor email@example.com
A Wise radio station is looking for students to host on-air music and talk shows to add to the station’s daily programming schedule. WNVA, which operates radio stations at 106.3 FM and 1350 AM, is recruiting UVaWise students, who have a good voice and are available during the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. business hours, to serve as a disc jockey, do public service announcements and start their own show, said WNVA program director Mark Belanger. “Our mission for engaging radio extends beyond the town of Wise itself,” Belanger said. “For the first time ever in the station’s history, we are recruiting college students for an exciting radio opportunity and that’s something to jam to.” There are a lot of opportunities in radio programming, said Belanger. “Train your voice and gain experience on-air,” Belanger said. “You’ll probably take calls from listeners and have immediate feedback right away. Create a house mix or hear yourself on the radio.” WNVA’s current recruitment is in reaction to comments from listeners asking for more
student jobs and internships, said Belanger. Recruitment for on-campus students to showcase their skills and talents has been successful, said Rachel Tighe, associate professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. Seven students have expressed interest in the opportunity and their names will be forwarded to Belanger, Tighe said. WNVA, which first went on the air in 1955, a year after the college opened, was originally owned by Mutual Broadcasting systems. Now the station is a full-service formatted radio station owned by Radio-Wise, Inc., a family-owned company that serves Wise, Coeburn and Norton. The radio station will continue to recruit students throughout the year, said Belanger. The station is just a few minutes from campus in the Gaydawn Acres neighborhood of Wise at 214 Walnut Drive. For more information, contact Belanger at (276) 328-2244.
Campus Bulletin Upcoming: Fantasy Fotos: Take a picture of your face in a fantasy place with Fantasy Fotos on Nov. 2 in the Jefferson Lounge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make your own lollipop: Make your own lollipop today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Jefferson Lounge. Sponsored by SAB. Open Mic Night: All talents are welcome at Open Mic Night on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in Papa Joe’s Cafe.
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Lauren Snead, a 2010 UVa-Wise graduate and former pitcher for the college’s softball team, started working in the Office of Admissions earlier this month.
2010 graduate hired as new admissions counselor By Allie Robinson Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
This time last year, UVa-Wise’s new admissions counselor was pitching for the softball team and was employed as a work-study student in the college bookstore. This year, she’s travelling in central Virginia and recruiting high school students as UVa-Wise’s new admissions counselor. Lauren Snead, who graduated from the college in May, was hired in late September and started working in early October. She spent her first two weeks on the job traveling to high schools in central and northern Virginia. “I always kind of felt that going back home, it was interesting to tell people about who we were,” Snead said. “I like to meet new people and I like to travel, so this job is kind of right up my alley.” Snead worked full-time in the bookstore this summer before she was hired to work with the admissions office. “At first in the bookstore it was weird to see students going to class,” she said. “I felt like I needed to be elsewhere. Now, being in admissions, it’s not
as weird as I expected. I’m still close with a lot of people on campus who are students but they realize I’m on the professional side of it now.” Snead said when traveling, she visits between two and five schools a day and talks to counselors and students. “I like meeting students who are interested in Wise,” she said. “Even when I go to these big cities they know who we are.” She said she tries to get a feel for the students at each school so she can better address their concerns and needs. “I was only there (in high school) four years ago,” Snead said. “There are little things that stuck out to me as a senior in high school so I try to associate with (the students) that way.” Snead said she has transitioned easily into working with the admissions staff. “First and foremost, my colleagues have been very welcoming for me,” she said. “I’m blessed to work with the people that I do.” The Botetourt, Va. native said she doesn’t plan on leaving the area anytime soon. “Wise is my home now,” Snead said. “I felt the college has given me so much in four years. I’m excited to be a part of someone else’s four years.”
Take my place meal: Wesley Fellowship students will give up their regular Tuesday night dinner on Nov. 16 to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving meal to people who may not get the chance to have Thanksgiving dinner. Contact a member of Wesley Fellowship or Beth Tipton (email@example.com) to find out how to help.
Weekly: The Wise Environmental Club: The environmental club meets on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Henson classroom. Contact Jennifer Fulton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Spencer Adams at email@example.com 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. on the fifth 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 the BCM. Tupos: Tupos services are held Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. The Highland Cavalier: The student newspaper holds weekly meetings on Fridays at 1 p.m. in the third floor Honor Court Room in the Slemp Student Center. SGA: The Student Government Association meets weekly on Fridays at 1 p.m. in the fifth floor Rhododendron Room in the Slemp Student Center.
Flu shots Continued from page 1
a precaution, people can easily prevent getting the flu by washing their hands, she said. Those who have the flu should avoid spreading it by staying in their room for the duration of symptoms and covering their mouth when they cough or sneeze.
Flu shots are available on campus for $12 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center for Student Development in Cantrell Hall. The shots provide immunization against H1N1 and other seasonal influenza strains.
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The Highland Cavalier
October 29, 2010
Congressional Race 2010
Society should remain secret, not be criticised
Students sound off about voting
By Sara Ring Guest Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
First, I would like to begin by saying that I am in no fashion affiliated with the 7Cs. This response is purely my opinion of the secret society and Robert Davis’ “Society lacking secrecy recently” in the October 22nd issue of the Highland Cavalier. Students took it upon themselves to form a secret society on campus. How can someone view that as unnecessary and deem other activities such as intramural sports and Greek life as necessary? Also, I can understand how someone may possibly find it unjust that the 7Cs were not punished for painting their symbol on the sidewalks on campus. However, who is to say that the members of this secret organization did not have permission to do so? The objectives and accomplishments of this group are kept secret, is that such a big deal? Not all people need to boast about their works in order to feel accomplished. Maybe the 7Cs don’t need to brag and get attention for bettering the community. After all, it should be about the good work being done, not looking good in front of others for doing it. Big deal if there’s a secret society at UVA. It’s not as if the 7s was the first secret society ever founded. Having the 7Cs on campus has absolutely nothing to do with people trying to copy UVA and not having “our own identity, our own culture and our own spirit” here at UVa-Wise. If the 7Cs are so horrible, why would the Dean of Students be the caretaker for the organization? It’s difficult for those outside of the secret society to understand what these people do. I don’t believe we as outsiders should be so critical and judgmental of things we don’t understand. I refuse to degrade the secret organization until I fully understand everything 7Cs stands for.
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Voting problems in rich cities, not in poorer small towns
Organization members respond to criticism, say traditions are new and misunderstood
By Robert Hatch Staff Writer email@example.com
It is estimated voter turnout will once again be low for this year’s November elections. As always, media outlets like CNN, Fox News and the networks are running stories about what might be at the root of the low voter turnouts this election season. One such report on CNN.com titled “Does your vote count?” notes the confusion associated with voting machines and technical issues with those machines being one of the root causes. In the report, New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg blasts voting officials for a “disaster” in the May primary elections and as a result, new training is offered to poll workers to help them understand and explain the voting process. The process involves voters taking a piece of paper to a pri-
The 7Cs would like to clarify some information from last week’s article written by Robert Davis (Society lacking secrecy recently). While some might find us to be “unnecessary,” everything we do has a purpose. We would like to share with you, students of UVa-Wise, some information to help you understand our traditions and organization. We are The Crimson Cavalry. We have combined our traditions with the traditions of one of UVa’s secret societies, the Seven Society, because of what they stand for and further trying to connect UVa and UVa-Wise. We share some traditions with the Sevens but also maintain our own, giving ourselves a unique identity and culture at UVa-Wise. We stand for change on campus and the community by being a voice without an identity. The founders of the 7Cs wanted to see a change and to better the community but did not see the point of competing with one another for credit. By removing our names from our actions, we believe the quality of the work is recognized, not who is performing it. We revealed ourselves at the Student Leadership Awards Banquet not only so the newest members, who were in the audience, may have their first question answered, but also to recognize and congratulate members of our college for doing outstanding work in community service. We would also like to clarify that Dean Jewell Worley is the only college administrator who knows who we are, making it eight people at the college who know who members are at all times. We seek her advice because of her work in the community and her character as a person. We are honored to have her as a Caretaker. Our organization is a little over a year old. Traditions take time to build. The marks we place on campus have a purpose. The times we walk on campus have a purpose. When and where we reveal ourselves has a purpose. To know the interworking of all of this is not possible to anyone but the group members. Imagine coming back for your 50th class reunion and your grandchild points to our mark. You are able to say you remember when that mark went down. You were in class with, worked with, or ate in the cafeteria with a founding member. By being a student at the college at this time, you are part of our history. Please help us build these traditions instead of tearing them down.
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Redbox video machine, in fact it was much easier. The part that I am left shaking my head about is that this type of machine has been around for at least 15 years. In the 2000 presidential election, the votes came down to one county in Florida, a county that used paper punch ballots. My dad tried not to laugh at the fact that one of the richest counties in the nation put no money into technologies for voting, while in a small Appalachian county, voters had the latest in computer technology to assist them. A decade later, we here in the Appalachian mountains, who are called backward, uneducated, and stupid, are actually more advanced than New York, Miami or many other of the larger metropolitan areas of the country when it comes to voting technology. It would be funny, if it were not so true.
9th district, and “Cap and Trade” will weaken our economy. As a 21 year old who is graduating from college in May, a weaker economy for Southwest Virginia is a disheartening fact to face. What is even more disheartening is that Boucher, my representative of so many years, is not
remaining true to what his constituents need the most. Instead, he serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and writes the “Cap and Trade” bill that will damage the economic livelihood of the 9th District. While Rick Boucher sits on Capitol Hill, writing harmful bills that will negatively affect his home district, so many of his loyal voters are coal miners, serving for their families 300 feet below ground. Without their hard work, the economy of Southwest Virginia would be a meager one. I have lost all faith in Rick Boucher’s loyalty to the 9th District due to his affiliation with the “Cap and Trade” bill. Loyalty is paid where loyalty is due, and Rick Boucher is not due for another term in Congress.
Boucher disloyal to 9th District coal concerns By Ashley Ryan Guest Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
As a resident of the 9th District and a senior at UVa-Wise, I find myself in the heart of this region’s greatest debate: coal. With only a week to go until the District’s most challenging and influential congressional race in years, I must raise the question: How is Rick Boucher looking out for his district in relation to its largest commodity? It is already known that Boucher wrote and voted for the “Cap and Trade” bill, which will ultimately lead to job losses and an even weaker economy for Southwest Virginia due to its abundance and dependence on coal. Boucher should realize that coal effects a large generation of capital in the
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vate, cubicle-like setting where they can mark, on the paper, who they are voting for. The paper is then brought to a machine that scans in the votes, dropping the ballot into a locked container. This is in New York, one of the richest cities in the world, and they are still dependant on paper ballots to vote with. Similar problems have been reported in California, Ohio, and Florida, all states with high voting age populations and, presumably, many resources to give to the voting process and deliver the most high-tech assistance and ease of voting. So why are they all still dependant on paper ballots? In the last election I voted in, I had the ease of using a touch screen that recorded my vote and gave very simple instructions to follow. Old and young alike had no issues in understanding the simple machine that, quite honestly, was no harder to use than a
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Volleyball season coming to an end By Adam Hood Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The women’s volleyball team lost two games on Oct. 23, but was able to finish the week with a victory on Oct. 27. The team lost on Oct. 23, in a double-header matchup against conference opponents Shawnee State University (16-25, 16-25 and 15-25) and Montreat College (19-25, 25-27 and 12-25). The Cavs were able to pick up a win (17-25, 23-25 and 1925) against West Virginia Tech on Oct. 27. Head coach Kendall Rainey said she thinks a lot of the team’s problems this season have been due to the lack of experience.
“We have as much talent and ability as many of the teams in our conference,” Rainey said. “We just don’t have the experience that is necessary to be competitive in the Mid-South Conference.” Junior middle hitter Mikaela Anders led the team in Saturday’s double-header with 20 kills and 17 digs in both games. Sophomore setter Allie Smith collected 48 assist in the two games and sophomore libero Brittany Craft added 18 digs. Anders said the competition they faced on Oct. 23 was the best they had faced all year. “Shawnee State and Montreat are both in first place in their conferences right now,” Anders said. “We hope to work our way to be
at that level by next year.” With the win agaist WV Tech, the team was able to complete their season sweep of conference. Again, Anders led the team with 11 kills, nine digs and six blocks. Smith added 22 assists. Freshman outside hitter Brittany Simpson had six kills. Smith said the team was able to get off to a good start on Oct. 27 and carry that over from matchto-match. The team will play tomorrow in a double-header with Virginia Intermont College and Tennessee Wesleyan College. The Cavs will return home on Nov. 2 to host Rio Grande University in their last conference home game.
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Junior middle hitter Mikaela Anders (9) goes for the attack against Pikeville College on Oct. 29. The Cavs won the match 25-8, 27-25 and 25-20. By Cameron Parsons Sports Editor email@example.com
Games of the Week Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
Houston (4-2) is off to the best start in franchise history and is looking to take another step toward its first playoff appearance—with a victory over traditional AFC powerhouse Indianapolis. The three-pronged Texan offensive attack is led by quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson. The trio has combined for 2,261 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Texans certainly have the talent to be a dominate team in the conference, but they have never stepped up and taken their play to the next level. The Colts have ruled the AFC for much of the last decade, but at 4-2, the team is off to a rather disappointing start this season, with losses to the 3-4 Jack-
#6 Missouri @ #14 Nebraska
sonville Jaguars and the 4-3 Green Bay Packers. Running back Joseph Addai has rushed 93 times for 406 yards and three touchdowns, but the Colts are led by their veteran quarterback. Quarterback Peyton Manning has already thrown for 1,916 yards and 13 touchdowns, but the offense has seemingly not recovered from its poor performance in the Super Bowl loss last season to the New Orleans Saints. This game should show fans a couple of things—whether or not the Colts are still a contender and if the Texans have taken the next step to becoming champions. The game will air Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
After South Carolina defeated then No.1 Alabama 35-21 on Oct. 9, the Gamecocks lost in Lexington to the Kentucky Wildcats. Missouri’s 36-27 victory over then No.1 Oklahoma on Oct. 23 might have been the biggest victory in program history, and the Tigers are looking to avoid the lessons learned by South Carolina earlier in the season. Missouri’s sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert has already thrown for 1,899 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Gabbert has taken Missouri to an entirely new level of performance. Missouri’s offense has always dominated opposing defenses, but this year, the defense has played just as well.
Brass and ‘grass
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Members of the Wise Guys and a bluegrass ensemble performed in the Slemp Student Center Wednesday in a continuation of the traditional “Octubafest” perfomances in October.
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changes, among other problems, have delayed its realization. Problems arose in the early stages of the planning process, including the need to find a program that would best fit the needs of the college community, Hileman said. Some programs required that college bookstores pay for all of the books up front, resulting in an estimated $200,000 expense that the college could not afford, given the current state of the economy, Hileman said. As for the idea of offering digital books, the available programs required that students buy their own Kindle, which is usually around $200, Hileman said. “And once a student buys a digital copy of a book and uses the code to download it, they can’t get a refund if they later drop the class that the book is for,” she said. She said not all books that are available for students to purchase can be made available to rent. Every book that is requested to be made
rentable must be submitted to the Nebraska Book Company well in advance to await a response as to whether or not it will be available. A server update is also required before the bookstore can begin to adopt the new system, Hileman said. Renting books may not be the ideal option for all students, but many said that the availability of a book loan program on campus is a good idea. “I think renting books would be an easy way for students who don’t have enough money to be able to use their own textbooks without having to search for the cheapest ones online,” said Jared Steele Dix, a junior liberal arts and science major. Other students said they may stick with the traditional method of purchasing books. “I normally pay anywhere from $200 to $400 a semester on books from the campus bookstore,” said junior history major James Tiffany. “Books would be less expensive (to rent), but I like to own my books.”
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Up until this point, the Tigers have had one of the easiest schedules in the Big 12 Conference, so the fact that the defense holds opponents to only 13.1 points per game is a little deceiving to the casual fan. Almost the complete opposite of Missouri, Nebraska has relied on its defense and recently improved offense. Freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez leads the offense with 1,046 yards passing, 870 yards rushing and 20 total touchdowns. Both teams control their own destiny in the Big 12 North Division, but this is a must-win game for both teams if they want to maintain that status. The game will air tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
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the ordinary [with this request] ... normally when they calculate the percentages they do it off our operating budget that’s off state money,” he said. “This time they did it off that plus the state financial aid they provide. Normally they don’t consider financial aid to be a part of the operating budget.” He said the college receives about $1.76 million from the state for financial aid, and that including that amount in the percentage to be reduced is a “game changer.” Ewing and other officials must submit a plan as to how the college can to reduce its budget by those amounts by Nov. 5. “We have absorbed the cuts to date through a number of difficult choices which has entailed changes in how all of us perform our duties,” he wrote in the email. Ewing said the governor’s office only wants to know how colleges will reduce their budgets using money they already have, without taking into account income like tuition increases and higher enrollments, which he said will mean the final outcome of the cuts, if there are any, will be different than planned. “It’s a true picture but its not a true picture,” he said of submitting this type of plan. “But this gives them an idea of what (the budget) starts to look like.” Since fiscal year 2008, the college has reduced its budget by about $5 million, he said. “All the low-lying fruit is all gone,” he said. “Only so much of our operating expenses are left to cut.” He said the new plans may include measures such as not filling positions officials had been hoping to hire for, increasing class sizes and reducing the number of elective courses offered. “The last line (of cuts) was pretty painful and I think this round, if it comes to fruition, will be even more so,” he said. “Unless there’s a significant change in the economy, we’re going to be lucky if we get in this decade back to where we were at the height of the last decade — in (fiscal year) 2008 when the cuts started.” He said he expects to hear whether or not the additional cuts will go through, and at what percentage, in mid-December. In the meantime, Ewing said he hopes to see indications that the economy will pick up so perhaps the cuts will be unnecessary. “The college will survive, there’s no doubt,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure that everyone that’s here ... that no one loses a job. And change is difficult to go through but there can be good things that come out of it. Everybody will pull together and be more creative to keep doing things they’ve been doing and start new things.”
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October 29, 2010
Cavs win third consecutive game By Cameron Parsons Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
With a 33-30 win over the Pikeville Bears on Oct. 23, the Cavs have improved their unblemished conference record to 3-0 on the season. The Cavs got the early lead on their first possession of the game. The 19-play, 80-yard touchdown drive took more than 10 minutes for senior Stewart Robinson to score on a seven yard run, but the Cavs never looked back. The Cavs held a 13-3 lead at halftime and outscored the Bears 20-7 to close out the game. Pikeville’s defense held the Cavs to 277 total yards, but the sophomore quarterback Hunter Hoke-led offense managed to convert 5-of-5 fourth down attempts and score three touchdowns and four field goals. Hoke went 8-of-15 for 122 yards, while four Cavs’ running backs—sophomore Ryan Bouldin, freshman Andre Dickerson, senior Stewart Robinson and sophomore Vance Gibbs—rushed 49 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman kicker Paul Melshen earned both MidSouth Conference and NAIA special teams player of the week awards for his field goals of 39, 41, 44 and 36 yards. Cavs’ fans will recall that earlier in the season, on Oct. 9, Melshen kicked the game winning field goal in overtime of the Cavs’ 34-31 win over Kentucky Christian University. The Cavs’ defense also played well, holding Pikeville to 230 total yards, and forcing two interceptions. Junior linebacker Shane Wicks led the defense with five tackles, senior defensive tackle Danny Hinkle added four stops and freshman corner Sklyar DeJesus had four tackles and an interception. The Cavs’ game tomorrow at 5-2 Georgetown College features a battle of the final teams undefeated in conference play. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in Georgetown, Ky.
Football Week 7 UVa-Wise 34,KCU 31 (OT)
UVa-Wise 0 14 7 10 3 — 34 WVa Tech 3 14 7 7 0 — 31 KCU Total offense 385 Rushing yards 189 Passing yards 196 First downs 24 Penalties (yards) 4 (39) Punts (yards) 3 (122) Turnovers 1
Wise 366 196 170 19 3 (36) 2 (97) 3
Week 9 UVa-Wise 33, Pikeville 10
UVa-Wise 7 Union 0
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Pikeville Wise Total offense 230 277 Rushing yards 78 155 Passing yards 152 122 First downs 15 17 Penalties (yards) 11 (95) 7 (72) Punts (yards) 2 (84) 2 (82) Turnovers 2 0
Mid-South East Division Standings (As of Oct. 29) 1.) Georgetown (5-2, 4-0) 2.) UVa-Wise (3-5, 3-0) 3.) Campbellsville (5-4, 3-1) 4.) Lindsey Wilson (3-5, 2-1) 5.) WV Tech (2-6, 1-2) 6.) Pikeville (0-8, 0-4) 7.) KY Christian (0-8, 0-5)
Volleyball Oct. 23 Montreat def. UVa-Wise 25-19, 27-25, 25-12 UVa-Wise (8-19) — Makaela Anders 12 kills, 9 digs; Brittany Craft 9 digs; Allie Smith, 25 assists. Oct. 23 Shawnee State def. UVa-Wise 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 UVa-Wise (8-20) — Makaela Anders 8 kills, 8 digs; Brittany Craft 9 digs; Allie Smith, 23 assists; Ida Walker, 8 kills. Oct. 27 UVa-Wise def. W.Va. Tech 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 UVa-Wise (9-20) — Makaela Anders 11 kills, 9 digs, 6 blocks; Brittany Simpson 6 kills; Allie Smith, 22 assists.
Mid-South Conference Standings (As of Oct. 28) 1.) Georgetown (20-8, 11-1) 2.) Shawnee State (28-8,10-1) 3.) Campbell (22-6, 10-2) 4.) Rio Grande (16-12, 6-4) 5.) Cumberlands (13-17, 7-5) T-6.)Lindsey Wilson(9-22,4-7) T-6.) UVa-Wise (9-20, 4-7) 8.) Pikeville (6-22, 3-9) 9.) St. Catharine (5-28, 1-8) 10.) WVa Tech (3-21, 0-9)
Golf Lonesome Pine Invitational Big Stone Gap, Va. (Oct. 27) 1.) UVa-Wise [red team] (618) 2.) Va. Intermont [black team] (619) 3.) UVa-Wise [gray team] (686)
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Junior receiver Dominique Simmons carries the ball against Pikeville College during the Cavs’ 33-10 victory on Oct. 23. The Cavs will face the Georgetown College Tigers tomorrow for sole possession of first place in the Mid-South Conference East Division. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m.
Carter takes over as women’s head coach By Chris Draper Staff Writer email@example.com After serving as an assistant for three seasons, Doug Carter is the new women’s basketball head coach. In previous years, Carter has been in charge of recruiting efforts for the Cavs, but now he is in complete control of the women’s basketball program. “So finally, not only have I bought the ingredients from the store, but now I get to bake the cake,” Carter said. Demands in terms of organization, time and resources have increased, he said. Carter However, he is not only prepared for the job, but he said that he feels more hands-on because the program is now his. “The expectations are playing hard for every game and continuing to keep our great young ladies ready to play a high level of basketball,” he said. “We’re asking them to step up every aspect of their training, their conditioning, their play and their mental process.” The team is looking to improve off last season’s 16-13, 10-6 record.
“We really need them to step up and put together a championship level intensity for all of our games,” Carter said. Previously, the women’s team was involved in the Division II Appalachian Athletic Conference. This year the women’s team moves into the Division I Mid-South Conference, and according to Carter, this conference is one of the most competitive in the country. “Competition is really super,” Carter said. “In our conference, you’re talking four teams that are in the top 25.” “We’ll be tested in terms of competing because of our lack of size,” Carter said. “The one thing I can guarantee is they’re a smart group and they will play hard. The effort that they’re going to put forth is going to be a championship effort cause it’s just that type of young lady we have in our program.” Carter said he hopes to be successful within this conference and is not just relying on individual players—his entire team needs to be effective. “I’m excited because we have a great group of young ladies who work well together and share the basketball,” he said. “I’m proud of them in terms of team and people.” The Cavs will play their first game on Nov. 1 against Virginia Intermont College in the Greear Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.
Football team seeks road victory tomorrow By Cameron Parsons Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org After a slow 0-5 start to the season, the Cavs have rebounded in the past weeks, starting with the 56-21 homecoming win over West Virginia Tech on Oct. 2. The Cavs defeated Kentucky Christina University 34-31 in overtime on Oct. 9 and Pikeville College 33-10 on Oct. 23. Because all three teams were division rivals, the Cavs are undefeated in division play and can still win the Mid-South Conference East Division. Tomorrow, the Cavs will face the Georgetown College Tigers, who currently sits atop the division with a 4-0 record. With a win over the Tigers, the Cavs would move into first place.
The Cavs have defeated Georgetown in the past three meetings, including the Cavs’ 28-21 win in Wise last season, but the Tigers are looking to reverse that trend. Senior running back Stewart Robinson, sophomore Vance Gibbs, freshman Andre Dickerson and sophomore Ryan Bouldin have combined on 237 attempts for 1,154 yards and 13 touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Hunter Hoke has completed 52-of-117 passes for 599 yards and four touchdowns through five starts and two appearances this season. Both teams remaining on the Cavs’ schedule, Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College, are also in the East Division, so a loss wouldn’t completely derail all hopes of a division title. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in Georgetown, Ky.
Money still doesn’t equal championships in pro sports The State of Sports Cameron Parsons Sports Editor email@example.com
The Miami Heat scored a total of nine points in the first quarter, as the “big three” lost their 2010 regular season opening game. The trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were supposedly the first NBA team with a chance to go 82-0, but those dreams ended Oct. 26 with the 88-80 loss to the Boston Celtics. Miami’s off-season acquisition of James and Bosh appeared to change the nature of professional basketball. The team represented the NBA’s new “dream team,” one that should be a lock for a league title. As countless other franchises have learned over the years, money spent does not equate to championships earned. In 2000, Alex Rodriguez signed a ten year deal worth $252 million to join the Texas Rangers. Early in 2004, the Yankees negotiated a trade and picked up Rodriguez, giving him a new $275 million deal in 2007. This season’s American League Championship Series pitted Rodriguez against his former team. The Rangers defeated the Yankees in six games. The 2010 Yankees $206 million payroll, compared to the average of $90 million, was the most in the MLB by far. In fact, the Yankees have had the highest payroll since 1999. The Yankees did win the title in 1999, 2000 and 2009, but they have not been the dominate postseason team that the payroll appeared to be buying. Last season’s largest NFL payroll belonged to the Oakland Raiders. The franchise’s $152 million, and the number four Cleveland Browns $131 payroll, both resulted in disappointing 5-11 seasons. No franchise can rely on money alone to win a championship. Sometimes money can buy a team enough talent to win a championship, but it should never replace the fundamentals of building a team. As nearly every major sport as shown, it takes talent, intelligence and a good business plan to win championship.