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Campus skits to address diversity awareness BY KATIE OLSZESKI THE PARTHENON

Dickinson continued to do more research in hopes of making a new revised version of the first book. “Ultimately, he turned up so much that was new that he concluded an entirely new book was needed,” said Casto. “It’s interesting because it’s a book about a Marshall alumni by a Marshall alumni,” said Dickinson.

Marshall will join campuses throughout the U.S in an effort to help students become more aware of the causes of oppression. Tunnel of Oppression will take place in the Joan C. Edwards playhouse, located across from the Marshall student center in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theater on Nov. 9. The show will be presented at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The skits will address issues such as: race, obesity, the gay lesbian and transgender community, fear of the Muslim community and relationship violence. Actors are from various student organizations, including Greeks, MMS members and honors students. Tunnel of Oppression is a campus diversity initiative originally developed at Western Illinois University. The initiative stemmed from a campus looking for a way to bring forward the realities of oppression. The creators of Tunnel of Oppression attempted to give participants the ability withness the realities of oppression, aiming to build a stepping-stone toward creating diversity awareness. John Yaun, director of housing and resident life, said he has worked at campuses that have hosted an event like Tunnel of Oppression, but he said he wanted to make sure it was tailored to Marshall and the Huntington community. “Participants are able to see, hear and actually experience the issues firsthand, and we wanted to create an experience for Marshall students addressing issues that are tailored to fit their needs,” Yaun said. Yaun said this is the first year Marshall has done something similar to the Tunnel of Oppression, but they would like to continue doing it in the future. Yaun said some of what they hope to accomplish with this event is to educate

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Marshall student Joshua Botkin, this year’s Mr. Marshall, unlocks one of the university’s WeCar automobiles using a card programmed with the information necessary to drive the vehicle. Looking on, from left, are Student Body President Ray Harrell, Jim Withers from Enterprise and Sharafina Azman Al Rashid, who this year’s Ms. Marshall.

WeCar program launches on campus BY EDEN ADKINS

and rental sales for Enterprise, focusing on the opportunity that the program will provide for students and the Marshall community, as well as the positivity in the partnership between Enterprise and the university. Julia Freitag, junior business and marketing student who is currently an intern > RAY HARRELL with Enterprise, has been appointed the student ambassador of WeCar. “This has been a great opportunity for myself, for Enterprise and for Marshall,” Freitag said. “This is something great to offer to students like myself. I can relate because I am still in that era of my life.” Freitag will be instrumental in creating campus awareness of the opportunity through “WeCar Wednesdays.” In the coming weeks, she will be available in the Memorial Student Center each Wednesday to provide information and demonstrate how the program works. “I really believe that once students are aware of its availability, WeCar will sell itself,” Freitag said.

I think that it is really going to benefit the students who live in the residence halls who don’t have vehicles or don’t want to have the expense of having a vehicle on campus.”


Marshall University and Enterprise Rent-ACar presented their partnership in the WeCar program on the Huntington campus in a launch event at 10 a.m. Monday outside the Memorial Student Center. WeCar is a membership-based, car-sharing program that is now available for Marshall students, faculty and staff. A white Nissan Altima Hybrid and a green Ford Fiesta are now stationed at the Public Safety Building along 5th Avenue between 18th and 19th streets. The cars are accessible around the clock and can be rented by members as necessary. “When President Kopp mentioned the program to me this summer, I was really excited about it,” Ray Harrell, student body president, said. “I think that it is really going to benefit the students who live in the residence halls who don’t have vehicles or don’t want to have the expense of having a vehicle on campus.” Harrell spoke at the event, along with Marshall University President Stephen Kopp, chief of staff Matt Turner and Jim Withers, director of business

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Book highlights namesake of Jenkins Hall Lecture by author set for today BY MELODY FITZGERALD THE PARTHENON

Jack Dickinson, bibliographer of the Rosanna Blake Confederate Collection at Marshall University, and his wife Kay Dickinson recently published a book, “Gentleman Soldier of Greenbottom: The Life of

Brig. Gen. Albert Gallatin Jenkins, CSA.” The book highlights the life and adventures of Confederate General Albert Gallatin Jenkins, after which Jenkins Hall is named. At the age of 33, Jenkins passed away because of battle wounds. Though Jenkins died at a young age, he was able to

accomplish much in his days. General Jenkins was a Harvard-educated attorney, a member of both the U.S. Congress and Confederate Congress, a loving husband and father and much more. “It’s a lot of important local history,” Dickinson said. One person who helped review the book, James Casto,

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retired associate editor of The Herald-Dispatch and the author of a number of books on local and regional history, said, “My friend Jack Dickinson is a walking encyclopedia on famed Confederate General Albert Gallatin Jenkins.” In 1988 Dickinson published a small biography about Jenkins titled “Jenkins of Greenbottom: A Civil War Saga.” After publishing this book,

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“We can’t wait for Congress to do its job, so when they won’t act, I will.”


Et Cetera open for submissions today Students gather last week at bakery for reading


Et Cetera’s submission date opens Tuesday and will close Dec. 15 for the 2011-2012 issue. Et Cetera is Marshall University’s studentrun literary magazine. The magazine publishes students’ poetry, short stories, plays and photographs. More than 30 students crammed into the River and Rail Bakery to listen and read their peers’ creative writing for the Et Cetera Halloween reading Friday. Co-Editor-in-Chief Emily Rowe said the Halloween reading is part of an effort to increase student awareness of Et Cetera. “We wanted to have this reading right now because our submission call opens next week, and we are hoping to get a lot of participation,” Rowe said at

We want to increase the amount of the work we publish and the quality of work we publish. Last year’s magazine was leaps and bounds ahead of years past, and we want to get it to that point this year.” > ANNA ROLLINS the reading. “Some people from the reading will get excited about submitting.” Co-Editor-in-Chief Anna Rollins said events like the reading lead to better performance for Et Cetera than in years past. In past years, Et Cetera received few submissions, but Rollins said this year’s promotional efforts should bring in more contributors. “We want to increase the amount of the work we publish and the quality of the work we publish,” Rollins said. “Last year’s magazine was leaps and bounds

ahead of years past, and we want to get it to that point this year.” John Chirico shared a short story entitled, “Tell a Ghost Story Instead.” Chirico said the reading helps students expose their writings to the public. “English majors today are a little disenfranchised,” Chirico said. “Poetry and published readings have a cult following. It’s really good to have this reading so I can show my peers what I am doing.” Kim Baker, owner of the River and Rail Bakery,

said hosting the event was exciting. ““One thing I really wanted to do at the bakery is to encourage local artists to have an opportunity to present their work,” Baker said. “It fits right in with my vision for the bakery — it’s an artisan bakery, but it’s also art.” Marshall senior secondary education major Ashley Sowards said she attended the event to support one of her friends. “I was very impressed,” Sowards said. “The people who did read were very talented, and I enjoyed listening to them.” Et Cetera will accept poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, plays, literary and film criticism, photography and art. Submissions can be sent online at Henry Culvyhouse can be contacted at culvyhouse@

Visiting communications professors published in academic journal BY NIKKI DOTSON THE PARTHENON

A visiting communications professor’s article concerning media roles in politics was published in the Journal of Communication. Shawn Snidow, communications professor, and co-author Jill A. Edy’s, article, “Making News Necessary: How Journalism Resists Alternative Media’s Challenge,” was accepted for publication in the October issue of this year’s journal of communication. The article focuses on presidential candidates in the 2000 election appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show. “My co-author and I chose this event primarily because it’s the first time we saw

both candidates of the major political parties, in the heart of election season, go on a non-news organization’s television show,” Snidow said. “It sort of corresponds with this trend of candidates trying to bypass standard news and journalistic means and modes of communication to get to their audiences in different ways.” Political candidates often reach to their voting audience via press conferences and debates. Therefore, an informal meeting such as a talk show was out of the ordinary. After evaluating the appearances themselves, Snidow and her co-author then looked at how the media world reacted. “What we are seeing is the

monopoly on political discourse being lost,” Snidow said. “We look at how journalists depict citizens or voters who would use Oprah Winfrey as a source of political news.” A qualitative content analysis was used to study the media’s outlook. The writers researched articles and television transcripts from various media outlets using Lexis Nexis. “We did a grounded theory and looked at what came to us and what themes stood out,” Snidow said. “There was a lot of disparagement. We use the word ‘discipline,’ which we got from Michelle Cuco. It’s the idea that you define what is acceptable.” The study ultimately concluded that journalists find themselves and other news media to be the appropriate

outlet for receiving political news. Citizens, however, might not agree with the journalists’ views. “It allows the candidates to be more relaxed and interesting,” said Joshua Averbeck, communications professor. “It allows them to say what they want to say.” Snidow and Edy are currently looking at similar political instances and planning another article. “It’s fantastic that her article got published,” said Camilla Brammer, chair of the communications department. “It’s a great thing for Shawn, and for the communications department as a whole.” Nikki Dotson can be contacted at dotson76@



The following information was provided by the Marshall University Police Department.


A woman reported someone broke into her car between 5:18 p.m. and 5:34 p.m. on Oct. 26 at 19th Street and Maple Avenue. The unknown suspect removed the front right door lock from the vehicle and stole the radio. The value of the radio and cost of the damage was undetermined. A woman reported that someone broke into her car between 3:25 p.m Oct.24 and 10 a.m. Oct. 25 in the 900 block of Maple Avenue. The victim reported her passenger side window was busted out of her vehicle, and the ignition switch and the radio inside the vehicle were damaged. The cost of the damage was undetermined.


Two 18-year-old female students were involved in a verbal altercation that turned into battery on Oct. 26 in Twin Towers East. The victims did not wish to press charges.


A reported disturbance in the Freshman North Residence Hall left 3 people with citations at 12:25 a.m. Oct. 29. Two 18-year-old female students received underage consumption citations and a 21-year-old male received a contributing to underage citation. Four students were issued citations for the underage consumption of alcohol at 11:47 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Freshman North Residence Hall lobby. Three of the suspects are 18-year-old female students and one is an 18-year-old male student. The police report said one of the female suspects was extremely intoxicated, and E.M.S. was called to evaluate her. Dale Johnson can be contacted at johnson327@

Forensics Science Center to assist New Orleans Police THE PARTHENON Marshall University’s Forensics Science Center will be assisting the New Orleans Police Department in the testing of rape kits. The center is part of a national effort to consolidate the DNA of convicted offenders into one database. New Orleans has more than 800 old rape kits, dating back to the 1980s. “The DNA laboratory is accredited to conduct testing, and the projects in which we participate, such as the New Orleans

project, are funded through the National Institute of Justice grants,” said Terry Fenger, director of the center. Testing will be conducted by Marshall’s DNA analysts. “Our DNA analysts, most of whom have master’s degrees in forensic science, have to successfully complete competency tests and proficiency tests in order to perform this type of DNA testing,” Fenger said. So far, the project has returned 12 matches with DNA listed in the FBI’s national databases.

Faced with re-election, little action in Congress, Obama acts alone BY LESLEY CLARK

MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS (MCT) WASHINGTON–Declaring that Republicans in Congress will block almost every initiative that has his name on it, President Barack Obama is going around them. Under the banner of “We Can’t Wait,” the president on Monday rolled out his latest solo act: directing the Food and Drug Administration to beef up efforts to prevent prescription drug shortages, an issue that lawmakers have been debating but haven’t resolved. “It is the belief of this administration ... that we can’t wait for action on the Hill,” Obama said from the Oval Office as he signed an executive order that calls on the FDA to work with the Justice Department to determine whether there’s been price gouging or stockpiling of medication. “We’ve got to go ahead and move forward.” The executive order is the

latest in a series of measures that the president has championed in the past week, including easing repayment terms for student loans, incentives to encourage jobs for veterans and help for mortgage holders who owe more than their homes are now worth. Administration officials say they expect more: Obama himself told a crowd last week at the University of Colorado in Denver that his administration will “look every single day to figure out what we can do, without Congress.” “We can’t wait for Congress to do its job, so where they won’t act, I will.” Strategists said the moves, which come as the president’s $447 billion jobs package remains stalled in Congress, gave the chief executive the opportunity to present himself as the executive in charge. He wants to be seen as working to improve the economy, despite an obstinate Congress. Republicans say he’d be better off working with them, and they accuse

I can’t imagine there’s enough wiggle room to make any substantial change in the unemployment rate...” > GENE HEALY him of giving up on talks about ways to improve the economy to take to the campaign field instead and bash the opposition. “If the president’s serious, he ought to be up here working with us to find common ground to solve issues that the American people want us to solve,” House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said in an interview last week with conservative radio commentator Laura Ingraham, noting that “this idea that you are just going to go around the Congress is almost laughable.” Boehner noted that Obama can take some steps without congressional authorization but added, “We’re keeping a very close eye on the administration to make

sure they are following the law and following the Constitution.” White House spokesman Jay Carney called the criticism misplaced, saying the president is acting “well within his constitutional authority.” “These are all measures he can take administratively, and he will continue to take them,” Carney said, suggesting that if Boehner is concerned, he can take up Obama’s job package. The president isn’t abandoning the jobs plan. He’s scheduled to deliver remarks Wednesday before a bridge in Washington that the White House says needs repairs and could benefit from a provision in the measure that calls for putting construction workers back to work by

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spending on public works projects. Analysts say that without Congress, which has the primary power over taxes and spending, there’s little Obama can do unilaterally to move the needle on job creation. But he can work on his image. “It’s small stuff in reality, but by perception it can pay off,” said William Galston, a former policy adviser to President Bill Clinton who’s a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a center-left policy research center. “He looking to present himself as if he’s on the little guys’ side, fighting for them. He cares about jobs; the others guys don’t. That’s the message they’re trying to reinforce through a series of steps.” Political observers have suggested that Obama is taking a page from Clinton, whose penchant for signing executive orders led an adviser to boast: “Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kinda cool.” Gene Healy, a vice

president at the Cato Institute who has researched executive power, notes that reaching for the pen is familiar ground for presidents in similar situations. “Presidents resorting to executive orders when they’re politically embattled isn’t new,” Healy said. “Particularly toward the end of the term, when popularity erodes whatever control they had over the legislative process, this is a favorite device.” He noted that while there have been sweeping executive orders _ John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps through one _ more recent administrations have used them for “micro initiatives.” “I can’t imagine there’s enough wiggle room to make any substantial change in the unemployment rate, but it’s symbolic,” Healy said. Still, he added, “it’s not the way the system is supposed to work. Congress is supposed to make the laws, with the participation of the president.”

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The Parthenon sits down with marketing assistant Grant Robertson

Grant Robertson, 23-year-old graduate student, is making big strides. The marketing assistant of Marshall athletics is in his second year on the job and anticipates graduating in May 2012. Interview by Courtney Williamson

Q TP: Why Marshall? A Grant:


Q TP: What do you like best about Marshall? A Grant:


Q TP: What made you want to be in this profession? A Grant:

Q TP: Are there any disadvantages? A Grant:

I was offered the opportunity to either come to Marshall or go to Southeast Missouri State. I chose Marshall because I felt there was a lot of room for growth and it was a good opportunity to get some weight under my belt. I had never been to West Virginia, and I wanted a change so I decided to make the step forward.

I love the atmosphere and the hometown feel. I come from a big city where I graduated high school in a class of 1,200 at a school where around 4,000 students attended. Being here is a different demographic and there’s a lot of southern hospitality.

I took a class. When I first entered college, I wanted to be a firefighter and wanted an internship between my freshman and sophomore years. I heard about one, went to the interview and didn’t get it. So I changed my major to business and took a marketing class. It was then that I decided this was the profession for me.

TP: Where are you from? Grant: I am from Chicago, Ill., where I graduated from Southern Illinois University. I

received my bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in management. I started out as a sports marketing intern, then had a double-internship with Northwestern University and DePaul University.

TP: What are some of the advantages affiliated with being the marketing assistant? Grant: I get to work with every sport while developing a better understanding and

appreciation of the games. I get to meet several business owners and affiliates and it’s never repetitive. Because each sport is back-to-back, I’m constantly working with something different.

There are no downfalls. I love my job. I enjoy working with the coaches and my staff.

Q TP: What is your favorite sport to work with? Why? A Grant:

It would be men’s basketball because I’ve been playing all my life, and it’s the most interactive of sports here.

Q TP: What is the biggest responsibility you have with the job? A Grant:

Deadlines. Sometimes I have to juggle multiple sporting events at one time. That means working with four different teams at some points.



TP: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment thus far? Grant: Coming to graduate school. It was never really an option for me. Then, I got in

and came here. I’m now two classes away from getting my master’s degree, which will be my biggest accomplishment.


TP: What are your plans after graduation? Grant: Ultimately, I’d like to be the director of marketing at a Division I school.

TP: What types of things does your job consist of? Grant: It deals with marketing, promotions, advertising, group sales, sponsorship and ingame atmospheres at all Olympic sporting events.

La Russa retires as Cardinals manager BY DERRICK GOOLD

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (MCT) ST. LOUIS––The St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday morning that manager Tony La Russa has retired after 33 seasons in a majorleague dugout, the last 16 seasons of which was spent with the Cardinals. “Tony leaves behind a legacy of success that will always be remembered as one of the most successful eras in Cardinals history,” chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said at the announcement. “I knew this day would come. I just hoped that it wouldn’t.” La Russa said he told owner Bill DeWitt and the players Sunday evening of his decision. He said he actually made his decision to retire in August, and informed general manager John Mozeliak at the time.

“There isn’t one (factor) that dominates (my decision),” La Russa said at the news conference. “They all just come together telling you your time is over. “We went through the season and I felt that this just feels like it’s time to end it and I think it’s going to be great for the Cardinals to refresh what’s going on here. “I’m looking forward to what’s ahead. I’m ready to do something different.” His announcement Monday came just three days after the Cardinals won the World Series and less than 24 hours after the parade and victory celebration downtown. La Russa also said that while he decided in August, and the team was 101/2 games out of the wild card toward month’s end, that was just a coincidence. “That’s a good connection to make because of the

coincidence, but it’s inaccurate,” he said. As he left the press conference Monday at Busch Stadium to catch a flight for New York, La Russa pointed to his watch. “It’s a quarter to 10, today starts replacing Tony,” he said, then turned to Mozeliak. “Get to work.” Asked if he’ll ever manage again, La Russa answered, “No.” For about the last three years, Mozeliak has kept a list of manager candidates written on a sheet of paper that he keeps in his desk. He updates it. He crosses names out. And now, for the first time, he’s going to use it. Mozeliak said ideally the club would have a new manager in place by the general manager meetings that take place in two weeks. He acknowledged that Thanksgiving may be a more

realistic target. Mozeliak said that experience as a major-league manager is not a prerequisite for consideration. It is something that the Cardinals would obviously weigh in the candidates’ favor. “I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Mozeliak said. DeWitt said there would be consideration given an

internal candidate. Third base coach Jose Oquendo has expressed interest in managing. Where La Russa’s retirement leaves his coaching staff may be the biggest question. Pitching coach Dave Duncan has one year remaining on his contract. The remainder of the coaches, including hitting coach Mark McGwire, had a

contract through the end of the 2011 season. Mozeliak said whoever the new manager is deserves “some autonomy when it comes to putting his staff together.” The timing of the announcement is reminiscent of 2000, when coach Dick See LA RUSSA I Page 5

Raiders to work out Houshmandzadeh BY JASON JONES

MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS ALAMEDA, Calif.––Hue Jackson was the Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach from 2004 to 2006. Those apparently were good times. Because after having traded for the starting quarterback from that Bengals team two weeks ago, the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday will work out its No. 2 receiver, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, another player who was productive under Jackson during that time. Houshmandzadeh, 34, hasn’t played this season after spending 2010 in Baltimore. But when Palmer was presumed retired and waiting to be traded by the

Bengals, Houshmandzadeh was the only NFL-caliber receiver he threw to. Now the Raiders will see if Houshmandzadeh can again contribute with Palmer as his quarterback. There had been plenty of speculation about the Raiders brining in a veteran wideout to go with their young receivers and Houshmandzadeh is someone Jackson has wanted to see since training camp. “If I can find a player who kind of knows our system and has been around, I think it buoys everybody else,” Jackson said. Jackson said that Palmer is now the Raiders’ starting quarterback is just coincidence. “I think this is something

you guys had gotten wind about way back in training camp,” Jackson said. “Now I get an opportunity to do it because I think now the timing is right from where we are and what we’re trying to do.” Houshmandzadeh is coming off his worst season since his rookie campaign of 2001. Houshmandzadeh caught 30 passes for 398 yards — the second lowest totals of his career — and three touchdowns for the Ravens last season. Besides Darrius HeywardBey, the Raiders haven’t had consistent production from their wide receivers lately, which could also be attributed starting quarterback Jason Campbell suffering a

season-ending injury and the erratic play of Palmer and Kyle Boller. Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt said the young receivers are playing well but adding a veteran couldn’t hurt, especially one that has been hard to cover in the past. “Just adding one more play-maker to the puzzle, I don’t see how that can do anything but make us even better,” Routt said. Raiders safety Chinedum Ndukwe played with Houshmandzadeh in Cincinnati and said the veteran would help the young receivers, adding “The Housh” is a “born leader.” “He might not be the fastest guy, he might not look like the greatest athlete but

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he gets it done,” Ndukwe said. “In the slot, I don’t think there’s any better in the league in the slot, for sure.” Jackson said he hasn’t asked Palmer “one thing” about Houshmanzadeh and that he could “ask myself ” anything he needed to know about the receiver because he coached him. “I know what he is and what he isn’t,” Jackson said. And what I need to do is find out what he is (now). I keep telling you guys, I’m going to do everything I can to improve our football team. I mean, he may not be what he once was. He may be what he once was. But I get the opportunity to see him, and see him up close and personal and go from there.” Houshmandzadeh has at

least 900 receiving yards in six of nine NFL seasons. The last was in 2009 when he had 911 receiving yards for Seattle. The most productive veteran receiver available is probably Terrell Owens, who is coming off a torn ACL and played with Palmer last season. Palmer said in a radio interview the Raiders were fine with their young receivers, even though he had a good working relationship with Owens. See RAIDERS I Page 5


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DAILY TEXAN, U. TEXAS VIA UWIRE What does a liberal arts degree prepare us for? The above question is one I hear all the time from my friends and family. But most times, content in the pursuit of my passions, I ignore the criticism. But I can’t anymore. According to author Michael Ellsberg in an op-ed in The New York Times, “American academia is good at producing writers, literary critics and historians.” He continues to make an argument describing how college is appropriate only for regulated fields, by which he means the ones with clear career paths such as engineers, doctors and lawyers. His argument relies on two premises: High school graduates are ready to enter the work force and skills including thinking innovatively and networking are best learned outside of higher education. Eighteen-year-olds are barely old enough to vote, are still poor drivers and are unable to consume alcohol or check into hotel rooms by themselves. Most have yet to move out of their parents’ homes and may not have held a real job yet. As for networking, what network is greater than a college campus and its huge alumni base and avid sports fans? Innovative thinking results from exposure to new ideas and situations, both of which are present on university campuses. So I disagree with Ellsberg on both counts. I would also like to point out that it was my training in liberal arts that taught me how to explicate his argument, but that is, of course, an undesirable talent. His argument also fails because most of his support comes from using the Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Michael Dells of the world to support his point — all of whom represent a uniquely talented and successful group that is incomparable to the rest of the population. Given that this is a university-sponsored paper, you probably already believe in some worth of a college

education. This mentality is perpetuated by the dismal showing of career opportunities at last week’s UT career fair. I was appalled at the jobs offered that my degree in liberal arts apparently prepares me for. There were several companies that would love for me to work as an unpaid intern. Do they eventually hire those interns? No, but the experience would be good. Multiple financial advisers were at the fair recruiting students with degrees in finance, a major not even offered in the college. Several companies recruited me for managerial positions in retail, but I would have qualified for all of them at this point in my life had I simply dropped out of high school at 16 and started working for them then. How is the job market and everyone else supposed to take liberal arts degrees seriously if the university granting them to us tells us that after four years of schooling and at least 120 credit hours of education! If UT believes as I do that the skills gained in a liberal arts education are worthy of jobs that are more difficult, it needs to act that way. Quit giving us fluffy speeches about the merits of “thinking critically and expanding our minds” if you do not believe they will get us a real job. Most job opportunities ask for employees to think creatively, solve problems and write well, all of which are skills that are most emphasized in liberal arts. Also, since the college regularly admits and graduates more students than any other college, pull on the giant alumni network to find opportunities for us. If the University thinks we are qualified for great jobs, they need to show us where they are. If not, perhaps one day, all of us liberal arts students will be fortunate enough to visit vending machines on college campuses to deliver our salty treats. I imagine we will sigh, chomp on our tasty confectioneries and shake our heads at all the ignorant masses pursuing degrees with pathways to nowhere.

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Marshall students should take advantage of inf luenza vaccine M a r s h a l l U n i ve r s i t y h o s t e d a f l u s h o t c l i n i c l a s t w e e k f o r a ny s t u d e n t w h o w a s interested in receiving a free influenza vacc i n a t i o n . U n f o r t u n a t e l y, o n l y h a l f o f t h e 1 , 5 0 0 v a c c i n a t i o n s w e r e d i s t r i bu t e d . A c c o r d i n g t o t h e M a yo C l i n i c , a n o t - fo rp ro f i t m e d i c a l c l i n i c a n d r e s e a rch g roup that specializes in treating difficult patients, inf luenza “is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly to young children and older adults. F lu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications.” In a report by the Centers for Disease Control, everyone over six months of age should be vaccinated annually against inf luenza. While the f lu is a relatively common ailment that spikes during the cold months, it can serve to be quite dangerous. In an article by the University of Maryland Medical Center, very young children (6 to 59 months), all adults over the age of 50, pregnant women and adults and children with existing respiratory issues are at a much higher risk to not only getting the f lu but experiencing illness related complications.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized from the f lu, and more than 36,000 die from f lu and f lu-related complications each year. One of the main reasons cited for students being hesitant to receive this free vaccine is a fear of adverse side effects. While the Centers for Disease Control said there is a small possibility for side effects, such as a sore ar m at the injection site and rare allergic reactions; these side effects should not stop people from getting the vaccine. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, only a minor number of people experience any side effects from the influenza vaccine and even then these side effects are usually mild and very short lived. The influenza vaccine is inexpensive (in this case – free for students), works well and might help prevent the spread of illness, making for a better and more fulfilling school semester. Marshall students will still have the opportunity to receive the f lu vaccine free of charge by going to the C a b e l l H u n t i n g t o n Health Department.



Mine official’s conviction should be one of many BY WILLIAM LINEBERRY THE PARTHENON

It has been almost a year and a half since the Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion, and we are just now beginning to see the faces of the mine officials in court. Last week, Hughie Elbert Stover was convicted of lying to investigators during the follow-up investigation of the explosion that killed 29 men. He also allegedly disposed of thousands of documents in the aftermath of the explosion to prevent agents probing the explosion from viewing the documents. Although Stover now faces many years behind bars, he is only one man in a tragedy that involved many others. There have been no other charges brought against any other officials and or owners of the Upper Big Branch mine, but there should be. Stover’s egregious actions deserve punishment, but how can one man be

convicted of possibly a dozen — if not more –– others’ crimes? Granted his conviction is a start to securing justice to both the workers and their families, it is but a small step and possibly, as his attorney put it, a scapegoat. One has to realize that tragedies like mine explosions are not usually traced back to one individual’s neglect but many other people who have failed to do their jobs properly. Convicting Stover was the right thing to do, but it should not stop there. There are plenty of people that were higher up than Stover who failed to do their jobs that day. And allowing them to think they are secure because the public attention is no longer on them but rather on Stover is giving them unwarranted security. There are many other people who are guilty of crimes that led to the explosion on that April day. During the trial last week, the United Mine

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Workers of America, the country’s largest mine workers union, called the explosion “industrial homicide,” and also called Massey Energy a “rogue corporation.” They also demanded the conviction of at least 18 Massey managers. This demand should be taken seriously and these people, namely Don Blankenship ex-owner of Massey, should be pulled out of their caves they have been hiding in and given the punishment the UMW feels they deserve. Since retiring in December, Blankenship has vanished. Literally, the man who was at one time the face of King Coal has gone into hiding. Why? Well, because the less people see him, the less they associate him with his actions in the past.Thus by eliminating his association with mining in general, they turn to individuals, like Stover, to seek justice. They see a man way below Blankenship like Stover

get sacrificed to the public while the fat cats who were in control duck into the shadows. “Somebody called the shots, and I don’t think these sections bosses and mine foremen can be held accountable alone. It goes higher than that. It goes all the way up the ladder to Blankenship... He needs to pay for what he’s done.” This quote comes from a man who was working at UBB that day. Who would know better than a man who has had to endure the possibility that he might never see the light of day again because of the corner cutting of his superiors? It should not stop with the conviction of Stover. He is but a minor player in this plot. Only when the last “official” is convicted will justice be served. And that day should come soon, very soon. William Lineberry can be contacted at



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LGBT status acknowledged on college applications BY THE GW HATCHET

THE GW HATCHET, GEORGE WASHINGTON U. VIA UWIRE “Would you consider yourself a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community?” Elmhurst College, a private four-year institution in Illinois, made national headlines after including that question on its application this fall. Amidst speculation by schools that more colleges may join Elmhurst in asking about LGBT status, George Washington U’s top admissions administrator said last week that the University is hesitant to ask about the sexual orientation of its prospective students. “Right now, I would be cautious about adding that question,” Associate Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Admissions Kathy Napper said, noting that the sexual orientation of a student is not a consideration in admissions decisions, and asking for an applicant to reveal that orientation could increase the stress associated with college applications. “To add this question could, for some students, add additional anxiety to the admissions process,” she said. Napper distinguished between admissions criteria and recruitment techniques. While the University requires grades and SAT scores, it does not take transgender status or sexual orientation into account for admission. To be a diverse University, she said, GW hopes to attract members of a wide range of backgrounds, including the LGBT community, who will succeed at the University. More than 90 percent of the University’s applicants use the Common Application, the leadership of which is mulling over the addition of an LGBT question.


Continued from Page 1 The application fee has been waived. In addition, the $35 annual membership fee will go toward driving


Continued from Page 1 General Jenkins, along with his three brothers, all graduated together from Marshall University. Kay Dickinson, Jack Dickinson’s wife, helped greatly with the research. Jack


Continued from Page 3 Vermeil announced his retirement the day after the parade to honor the Super Bowl champion Rams. La Russa, 67, led the


Continued from Page 6 time, the show practically abandoned Chris Colfer, who had been at the heart of the series. Murphy promised no big-name stunts for at least for the

Any participating institution may include an LGBT status question on its individual supplement to the standard application, Rob Killion, executive director of the Common Application Inc., said. “Our Board considered adding a question to the Common Application proper, but for the time being has chosen to leave it to individual members to decide using their own supplements,” Killion said. None of the more than 450 institutions using the application currently ask about sexual orientation on their supplements, although two include an option to disclose transgender status, he said. Napper said applicants can demonstrate membership in the LGBT community through activities and essays without an explicit question. Campus Pride, a national LGBT advocacy group, lobbies for an LGBT question to be added to the Common Application, according to a report this month by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Elmhurst College is not a member of the Common Application consortium. Blake Bergen, president of the University’s chapter of Allied in Pride, supports adding a question about sexual orientation to the application. He said it would demonstrate that the University is supportive and would better estimate the needs and resources allotted to the campus LGBT population. “Students who identify themselves as LGBTQ will feel accepted and welcomed during such a critical time,” Bergen said. “It could only have a positive impact on those that need it.” “Queer and questioning” students should also be included in the application question, Bergen said.

credit in the initial stages of the program, Freitag said. Members can rent the car by the hour, overnight or on a daily basis at fixed rates. Everything is handled electronically. The

Dickinson has published 12 books on the civil war, and together with his wife, they have published four books, as well as a few articles. The upcoming Guyandotte Civil War Days will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Confederate raid on Guyandotte and the burning of the town, all

Cardinals to three World Series and two championships, and the team played in the postseason nine times under his leadership, including his first season in St. Louis in 1996. He also won a World Series as manager of the

first half of this season. Let’s hope he extends the policy. Returning to reality. “Glee” is, of course, a comedy, which gives it the luxury of going to some wacky places. But Finn seeing Jesus in a grilled-cheese sandwich?

UCLA celebrates birth of the Internet BY STEPHEN STEWART

DAILY BRUIN, U. CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES VIA UWIRE A tall, rectangular, 800-pound Interface Message Processor stood out against the retro-style lime green walls. Leonard Kleinrock, a distinguished UCLA computer science professor, stood at the door of the room and shook people’s hands as they took photographs with him next to the IMP. Kleinrock’s research in packet switching, a method of data transmission, made the creation of the Internet possible. The IMP was the machine he used in 1969 to send the first Internet message all the way from UCLA to Stanford. Forty-two years after sending the message from that room, Kleinrock stood there again for the grand opening of the Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive on Saturday afternoon. In this room, Boelter Hall 3420, the IMP and other equipment were used to send

the first Internet message. It’s been painted to look just as it had that day in 1969, hence the lime green walls. “(The IMP) should stay here, where it served its life,” Kleinrock said. “Now it’s come to be recognized.” The archive was created to inform the public about the Internet’s first message, said Brad Fidler, director of the Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive. Besides professors, many people had forgotten the first Internet message was sent from UCLA, Fidler said. Kleinrock donated the IMP to the archive after years of keeping it stored in various places in Boelter Hall when it was no longer used. “It required some diligence or it would have disappeared,” Kleinrock said. Denoting its special significance, Kleinrock continued, “I made sure it was put aside.” He also donated many of his research papers to this cause, which related to the sending of the first Internet message.

Because of his pioneering work on the Internet and his donation of research papers, Fidler named the archive after Kleinrock. While the archive’s hours have not been set yet, they will be made available soon, Fidler said. The archive will be open based on the demand of the public, he added. UCLA students, Los Angeles locals and other early pioneers in the Internet field attended the event. Amber Nicholson, a fourth-year chemical engineering student, said she came to see a part of Internet history. “We got to shake (Kleinrock’s) hand,” Nicholson said. “To be able to walk into the room and hear about the first message is definitely a story I’ll tell my grandkids.” One visitor, Victoria Bernal, heard about the event through Twitter. The Echo Park resident said she wanted to learn about the Internet and its relationship to the history of Los Angeles, as well as to UCLA. “I like hearing about the

human side,” Bernal said. During the event, Kleinrock told visitors the story of how he and then-UCLA graduate student Charley Kline sent the message to Stanford on Oct. 29, 1969. In the middle of the message, the Stanford computer crashed, leaving the message incomplete at “lo,” instead of the intended “login.” “The message was short, biblical and accidental,” Kleinrock said. “Lo and behold. Nothing like what God hath wrought.” The only recording of the message was left on a log book, detailing merely that the IMP spoke to the processor in Stanford. At the time, Kleinrock only expected the Internet to become a form of utility or infrastructure, he said. “Now I realize that it’s about communities of people,” Kleinrock said. “I never thought it would reach out to the common man, (or even) my 99-year-old mother or my 8-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter.”

A public persona Study finds law schools look at social networking sites when evaluating applicants more often than other grad schools BY TAYLOR EVANKO

DAILY BRUIN, U. CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES VIA UWIRE Law schools may be looking at applicants’ Facebook pages more often than other admissions offices, according to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2011 survey of college admissions officers. The study, released Oct. 24, surveyed undergraduate, business school and law school admissions officers from 359 different schools by phone during the summer. Twenty percent of undergraduate admissions officers and 27 percent of business school admissions officers who responded said they have previously utilized

membership application is available online on the WeCar site. Members will receive a card that can be used to unlock the car upon reservation. The reservations for the vehicles are made online as well,

Freitag said. “It will provide a low-cost alternative for students to have the freedom of a vehicle,” Harrell said. Eden Adkins can be contacted at adkins778@

with which General Jenkins was involved. Jack Dickinson and Joe Geiger, director of West Virginia archives and history, will be giving a joint lecture 7 p.m. Tuesday. The reenactment will take place in Guyandotte on Saturday and Sunday. “Gentleman Soldier of Greenbottom: The Life of

Oakland A’s in 1989. He retires as the third winningest manager in Major League Baseball history behind only John McGraw (2,763) and the all-time leader Connie Mack (3,731). La Russa acknowledged

Puck falling for a grumpy, dumpy sadist? Sue Sylvester getting married to ... herself ? At some point, “Family Guy” seemed more grounded. The writers have stayed away from the ridiculous so far this year, realizing that high school is crazy enough.

social networking sites, such as Facebook, to learn more about an applicant. The number was much higher — 37 percent — for law school officers. “The data makes sense when you think about what law admissions officers do,” said Jeff Thomas, director of Pre-Law Programs for Kaplan. “And that is to determine who would be best fit to eventually become attorneys.” One possible explanation for why law school officers are more likely to look at an applicant’s social media page is because of the nature of the profession, Thomas said. People studying to become attorneys must pass tests to measure their character and compatibility with the field

prior to becoming certified as a lawyer. Even after certification, attorneys practice law under the threat of disbarment due to unethical behavior. Thomas said strict codes of conduct for lawyers may be why law schools are inclined to carefully determine which applicants would be able to conform to such expectations. “The legal profession is self-regulating and holds attorneys to higher ethical standards than most other professions,” Thomas said. “Students can’t earn admission to the bar by simply going to law school.” Of the law admissions officers who said they have used Facebook or other social websites to screen applicants, 32


percent said they have found something online that harmed an applicant’s chances of admission. Only 12 percent of undergraduate admissions officers and 14 percent of business school officers responded the same way. In a separate poll released earlier this month, Kaplan reported 77 percent of students who took the October LSAT said they objected to admissions officers using their virtual life as part of the admissions process. Martin Asmuss, a thirdyear law student at UCLA, said he is not worried about admissions officers finding anything negative on his Facebook page, and would do the same if he were in their position.

the Marshall community about oppression and discrimination in today’s world, stimulate discussion and potential solutions about discrimination and oppressions of various groups. Yaun said this has been a collaborative effort among many different student organizations on campus. “We started planning this event about two months ago, and there are about 16 to 17 different campus organizations that have helped with the planning, including the

office of student affairs, student government, Greek affairs, honors college and student activities,” Yaun said. Ray Harrell, student body president, said he thinks it will be a emotionally moving event. “I think every student can benefit from seeing the perspective of someone who deals with persecution regularly based on their skin color, religion, gender and more,” Harrell said. The event is open to all students on and off campus, and it is free of charge. Katie Olszeski can be contacted at Olszeski@live.

that he had some friends pushing for him to return and get the 36 victories needed to surpass McGraw and become the winningest manager who didn’t have an ownership stake in the team.

“I think it was a pretty big surprise,” starter Chris Carpenter said. “I think a lot of people were caught off guard. Knowing Tony as long as I have, I know that he wasn’t going to change his mind and there had to

be a reason for it.” La Russa said the meeting Sunday night with his players was short but emotional. “Some grown men cried,” La Russa said. “I kind of liked that because they made me cry a few times.”


Jackson said the Raiders are not “chasing” Owens and remained noncommittal about signing Houshmandzadeh, and wouldn’t say if the team would release one of six wide receivers on the roster if they do sign another receiver.. “Just because he’s coming to work out doesn’t mean

we’re signing him,” Jackson said. “It means that again, we had several players in before, that we worked out, that we took a great peek at, didn’t sign them. Then all of a sudden you start to build a bank of people and you know what they are in case you do need them. I think that’s what’s most important.”

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Falling (back) in How to beat the high cost of eating love with ‘Glee’ BY JOHN EWOLDT


STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS) (MCT) I spent an unhealthy portion of last season feeling glum about “Glee.” I wasn’t the only one. Viewership for this season’s premiere was down 29 percent from last year’s opener. About 2 million fans abandoned the show during summer break. Those who bailed might want to consider climbing back onboard. We’re just three episodes into the new season, but it appears that executive producer Ryan Murphy and his creative team have righted the ship. Here’s how they did it: Giving their regards to Broadway, season two was all about being trendy. The kids formed a Justin Bieber appreciation band, dedicating an entire episode to Britney Spears and covering just about every single Katy Per ry could spit out. They even stooped so low as to include the incessant noise called “Friday.” Playing the latest in


pop might have helped move CDs, but it contributed next to nothing when it comes to drama. It also gave us a headache. “Glee” is at its best when it leans on the Broadway musical songbook, a source designed to advance stories. They forgot that in 2010, when only two of the first 22 numbers came from the stage. So far this year, nine of the 16 numbers have come from theater productions such as “Funny Girl,” “Hairspray” and “West Side Story.” Add to the mix such movie gems as “Out Here on My Own” (“Fame”) and “Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead” (“The Wizard of Oz”), and you’ve got richer, smarter numbers that have us pressing repeat on our DVRs. Banishing high-profile guest stars, Gwyneth Paltrow deserved an Emmy for her role as a sunshinebaked substitute teacher. But did we really need appearances from Meat Loaf, Kathy Griffin and Katie Couric? At the same See GLEE I Page 5

If you’ve been to a grocery store lately, you know that meat, dairy products, cereal, coffee and soda have all seen double-digit price increases in the past 12 to 18 months. Even worse, there are more hikes predicted. This year’s wild weather and rollercoaster oil prices are partly to blame. And unless things stabilize, shoppers are looking at food prices being 3 to 4 percent higher next year said Michael Swanson, an agricultural economist at Wells Fargo. When prices climb too high, thrifty consumers can always find alternatives, said Bea Krinke, registered dietitian in St. Paul, Minn. But quitting a favorite food is rarely easy, even if you treat yourself once a month as Krinke suggests. If deprivation isn’t on your menu, Twin Cities supermarket gurus — Carrie Rocha of, Karen Gunter of and super shopper Kim Crumb of Bloomington, Minn. — suggest how to save on five budget-busting foods.

Their best tip? Keep track of prices on 10 to 15 of the staples you regularly buy so you can recognize a good deal when you see one. If you’d rather beat the price hikes instead of waiting for a sale, now is the time to buy peanut butter and popcorn. Both are expected to rise by 25 to 30 percent in the near future. Luckily, both have a long shelf life. BEEF “The export market is on fire in China, Korea and Mexico,” Swanson said. Less inventory here means higher prices. How to save: — Look for items with a “reduced for quick sale” sticker. Ask the meat department when reduced items are put out. Freeze or cook immediately. — Embrace smaller portions. It’s an easy way to reduce beef consumption and eat more healthfully, Krinke said. — Buy better cuts of meat for less at Costco or sign up for your grocer’s weekly email for savings and a coupon. — Chicken, pork and turkey are often cheaper. Stock up on turkey at Thanksgiving and freeze. — Get protein from whole

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grains such as quinoa or soy and dairy products. CEREAL A large portion of corn supplies is now being diverted to ethanol. Oats and wheat prices are higher. How to save: — Clip cereal coupons that are featured in the circulars, or print coupons from,, Bettycrocker. com, or other company websites. — Buy in bulk at warehouse clubs or co-ops. — Experiment with store brands, especially corn flakes or other standard fare. MILK Exports are at an alltime high, Swanson said, due to an expanding middle class in countries such as Mexico, Philippines and Egypt. How to save: — Try neighborhood gas stations, convenience stores and pharmacies that use milk as a loss leader. — Freeze milk for use in cooking. (Most people don’t like drinking milk after it’s been frozen.) CHEESE Prices have doubled in the past year and coupons are scarce.

How to save: — Buy in larger quantities at warehouse clubs. — Shred and freeze cheese when on sale. Shredded cheese tends to freeze better than blocks. — Shop for cheese in the dairy aisle, not the deli or the specialty cheese area, where prices are higher. — Experiment with reducing the amount of cheese on a pizza, for example, to what’s palatable for you, said Krinke. SODA POP It’s the higher cost of corn syrup, aluminum, plastic and transportation. How to save: — Watch for Pepsi coupons. Now that Coke is winning the soda wars, Pepsi is fighting back with discounts. — Stock up around holidays, when discounters and supermarkets sell 12-packs for less than $3 and 24-packs are about $6. — Mix cheaper generic colas in 2-liter bottles with brand-name stuff. — Make your own at home with the do-it-yourself kits from SodaStream at Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond. — Mix sparkling water with flavorings or apple, lime, orange or grape juice.

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