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November 16, 2012


Marshall science students make video to raise awareness By ELIZABETH STEWART

THE PARTHENON Dancing monkeys and singing scientists have taken over a lab in the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. A group of Marshall students created a music video to help raise awareness of the importance of federal funding of the sciences. Sumaiya Chaudhry, junior biochemical major organized fellow students to make the video. “I had thought about making a science parody music video before and this was a way to get it all together and make sure that people were on board and interested in working towards a goal,” Chaudhry said. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is sponsoring a competition for the most effective demonstration of how research funded by federal agencies improves the health, quality of life or economy in local communities. Chaudhry said she decided to make a music video parody of Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” for the contest and recruited students from all majors to be involved. “The great thing about this is it was 100 percent student made. We had people from the journalism, art, music and theatre departments,” Chaudhry said. “Everybody on campus came together to work on this which is really great.” More than 20 Marshall students participated in the production of the video from the music to the filming and post production work.

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Congress may be ready to negotiate on taxes, spending By DAVID LIGHTMAN and MARIA RECIO

MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS (MCT) WASHINGTON — Congress’ rank and file — which will decide whether the nation avoids plummeting off a fiscal cliff in less than seven weeks _ is showing a new willingness to negotiate and compromise, a message their leaders will carry Friday to President Barack Obama. But they will also warn in the first post-election White House talks aimed at crafting an agreement that those lawmakers have a shared history that has to be overcome. For the past two years, Washington has been paralyzed by partisanship, and the scars of the battles are still raw. What’s different now is that lawmakers heard the message from voters last week: Stop bickering and get the economy moving again. And don’t wait to do something until hours before the Bush-era tax cuts expire Dec. 31 and automatic spending cuts take effect two days later.

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ABOVE, BELOW: Dan Hollis, interim assistant dean of Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has been selected as the 2012 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching West Virginia Professor of the Year.

Dan Hollis selected as West Virginia Professor of the Year By KATIE WISE

THE PARTHENON Dan Hollis, interim assistant dean of Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has been selected as the 2012 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching West Virginia Professor of the Year. Hollis was selected as the representative from West Virginia from nearly 300 professors in the nation. The recipient of the Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award at Marshall University is automatically nominated for the Carnegie award. Hollis was the recipient of this award for the 2010-2011 academic year, thus paving his way to the Carnegie Award. This year, a state Professor of the Year was recognized in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Hollis said the award is just a cool thing presented to him for doing something he truly loves. “I love teaching, it is what I do,” Hollis said. “In some aspects, it is just an award and a recognition of what I am doing.” I don’t teach because of the awards, I teach because I love teaching and the rush I get out of it.” As humble as he may come across, Hollis said the Carnegie award is the most prestigious and ranks the highest of all other rewards he has received. Only three other Marshall professors have won the Carnegie award

before Hollis: Dr. Karen Mitchell, a mathematics professor in 1995; Dr. John McKernan, an English professor, in 2000; and Dr. Steven Mewaldt, a psychology professor, in 2003. In addition to the Reynolds and Carnegie awards, Hollis received the 2011 Marshall University PickensQueen Excellence in Teaching Award, which honors outstanding junior faculty who are teaching full-time and are

either tenured or have tenure track appointment, and who have completed one to five years of service at Marshall. He has also taken first place in six consecutive years, and seven of the past eight, in the News/Sports/ Public Affairs Category of the National Broadcasting Society and Alpha Rho Epsilon Professional Electronic Media Awards. However, Hollis said awards can only

minimally measure Hollis’ true success. Hollis said his ultimate accomplishment is seeing his students succeed, and knowing the role he played in their success. Hollis goes above and beyond his bare minimum requirements as a professor. In many ways, he actively serves not only as professor, but also, adviser,

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Marshall Honors College seminar to host clothing drive By SUZANN AL-QAWASMI

THE PARTHENON Students who have so many clothes they do not know what to do with them now have the opportunity to bring joy to the lives of those less fortunate. The Honors seminar “Rhetoric of Fashion, the Politics of Lifestyle” will host a clothing drive Nov. 26-27. The Honors College Fashion Emergency is a project that was created by the class to encourage Marshall students to make a difference in someone’s life by donating clothes they do not need. “During discussion one day in class, we were talking about how there are some people in the world who don’t even have enough clothes to be able to go outside or have to hide when their one article of clothing is being washed,” Alison Wickline, sophomore


Students in the Honors seminar “Rhetoric of Fashion, the Politics of Lifestyle” pose for a photo on Wednesday. The students will have a clothing drive Nov. 26-27 at the Memorial Student Center. from White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., said. “We were all really shocked by that and started talking about doing something that would help benefit those in need in our area.”

Susan Gilpin, assistant dean of the Honors College and professor of the Honors seminar, said the students in the seminar were excited about the idea

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of taking on this project. She said they all wanted to help make a difference.

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Residence Life offers new movie releases to MU students By EVAN FOWLER

THE PARTHENON Students who live on campus now have access to new movie releases every month on channel 98 through a company called Res Life Cinema. “ It’s a service we provide to students,” said Le’Kesha Glover, associate director for the Department of Housing and Residence Life. “It’s a yearly contract that we have with Res Life Cinema and the contract is

around $16,000 a year.” Glover also said in addition to the movie channel, which is currently in it’s second year contract, a magazine subscription is also provided to the resident advisers for assisting them in programming endeavors. Glover stated the resident advisers of Marshall have been featured in the magazine several times. “This is an investment that we know students are participating

in,” Glover said. “They get excited to see what movies are coming up and resident advisers are using them for programming purposes. We also have other offices asking what movies will be released so they can plan programming as well.” Amy Lorenz, assistant director for academic initiatives and programming, said she chooses the movies each month and students with any recommendations can contact her directly

via email. Lorenz said in addition to new releases they try to incorporate seasonal movies that correlate with related holidays. “We can set it up however we want to,” Lorenz said. “We try to rotate the times in which movies play. Typically it’s a pretty regular schedule for new movies. In the dead air time we do have the ability to produce and air our own commercials so it’s a great opportunity for student

organizations who may want to get the word out about their organization. Lorenz said students are surprised by the different varieties of the movies selected for student entertainment including everything from documentaries, thrillers and chick flicks. “If anyone is interested in free advertising for their student organizations they can contact me directly and I can help with setting that up.”

Lorenz said. “The channel has a lot of mixed benefits for students and advisers that they both can enjoy.” New releases occur on the fifteenth day of every month and movie rotations will change. The services are free to all students on campus and are viewable from the lobbies and student’s rooms. Evan Fowler can be contacted at

BP fined, charged in oil spill that showed ‘profit over prudence’ By BETTINA BOXALL and RONALD D. WHITE


Capstone exhibits showcased in Marshall’s Birke Art Gallery By SARAH SMITH

THE PARTHENON Graduating bachelor or fine arts seniors will exhibit their capstone artwork in the Birke Art Gallery during the next few weeks. Four artists will display their work from various disciplines every week. Opening receptions are on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. The Birke Art Gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving break and exhibits will resume on Monday, Nov. 26. Ian Hagarty, the faculty member teaching the capstone class, said the exhibit is a major part of the course. “The main outcome for the course is for students to produce artwork and exhibition materials for public display,”

Hagarty said. “The exhibitions are evaluated by school of art and design faculty and an invited arts professional.” The exhibit is only one of the requirements for the capstone class. “Students are also required to write an eight to 10 page paper that describes their work in-depth and in relationship to a larger art historical context,” Hagarty said. “They also write an artist statement that is put on view with their work in the exhibition to help inform the viewer. And finally, they prepare a resume, cover letter and promotional materials.” The exhibits are free and open to the public. Sarah Smith can be contacted at smith1682@

LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Laying the blame for the deaths of 11 rig workers in the Deepwater Horizon explosion and Gulf of Mexico oil spill on BP, federal prosecutors announced Thursday that two BP supervisors have been charged with manslaughter and the company will pay a $4 billion criminal fine, the largest in U.S. history. “Those deaths were in fact unnecessary,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in New Orleans, adding that the federal investigation continued into the 2010 Deepwater disaster and the nation’s biggest offshore oil spill. “Our work is far from over.” The charges, contained in a criminal settlement with BP and an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury, paint a picture of a corporation that placed “profit over prudence,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. Not only did the BP supervisors on board the rig the night of the explosion fail to take steps necessary to prevent the blowout when they realized they were losing control of the deep sea well, company executive David I. Rainey later lied to Congress about the size and severity of the spill, prosecutors said. “As part of its plea agreement, BP has admitted that, through Rainey, it withheld documents and provided false and misleading information in response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ request for flow-rate information,” the Department of Justice said in a news release. The explosion on the night April 20, 2010, unleashed a gush of oil from broken equipment on the seabed that continued for 87 days off the Louisiana coast. More than 200 million gallons of oil were spilled, shutting down commercial fisheries, destroying the summer beach season along part of the coast and fouling coastal wetlands. Still to be settled are federal civil claims for the spill’s environmental damage that could cost BP billions of dollars more. Justice officials said negotiations with the company had so far failed to produce an agreement that could avert a civil trial scheduled for February.

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Monetary gift to go toward MU mechanical engineering professorship By LAKIN TURNER


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Use of drones by police strikes a nerve By CHRISTINE CLARRIDGE

THE SEATTLE TIMES (MCT) SEATTLE — For years, law enforcement agencies have used helicopters and airplanes for search-and-rescue missions, manhunts, SWAT-team operations, traffic control and car chases. So why have plans by Seattle police and other enforcement agencies to deploy unmanned drones drawn such intense fire? The vocal opposition against the drones came into sharp focus a few weeks ago during a public meeting in Seattle when members of the Seattle Police Department were shouted down with chants of “No drones!” In California, plans by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to deploy drones were met last month with a news conference on the steps of Oakland City Hall where several groups raised privacy concerns. Police, privacy rights experts and even the American Civil Liberties Union, which

has strong concerns about drones, say the technology is not going away. The question is how to craft thoughtful laws that protect privacy, according to the ACLU of Washington. “How can they (law enforcement) shepherd us into an age when we have drones if they don’t deal with people’s privacy fears?” said Ryan Calo, a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law who has written on the issue of drones and privacy. Long used by the military for surveillance and combat missions, drones _ also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs — offer law enforcement agencies the potential to deploy an eye-in-the-sky at a relatively low cost. In February, President Barack Obama signed legislation passed by Congress that compelled the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to plan for the safe integration of civilian drones into American airspace by 2015. The Seattle Police

Department was among dozens of law enforcement units, academic institutions and other agencies that were given FAA approval to deploy drones. Police Department officials have said their plans for drones include providing camera images in homicide and traffic investigations; search-and-rescue operations; and cases involving hazardous materials, barricaded people and natural disasters. Seattle police Lt. Greg Sackman said the FAA specifically prohibits civilian UAVs from carrying weapons systems. In addition, FAA guidelines say police drones cannot be flown at night, near people or over crowds. FAA requirements also state that drones must be flown below 400 feet and must remain within eyesight of an operator as well as an observer at all times. But the ACLU has said a review of existing laws and policies shows they are inadequate to safeguard citizen privacy.

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THE PARTHENON Marshall University received a gift of $721,000 from the family of the late J. Robert Fletcher for a mechanical engineering professorship. Fletcher moved to Huntington in 1947 with his family’s business of designing underground roof support systems for coal and limestone mines. The family also built a manufacturing plant in Huntington. Today, J.H. Fletcher & Co. is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of underground roof support systems. Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said in a news release the University owes a debt of gratitude to the Fletchers for their dedication to the university and the community. “This gift will continue the tradition of J.H. Fletcher & Co.’s leadership in supporting engineering at Marshall University and will carry on Bob Fletcher’s legacy as a leader in catalyzing economic development in this region,” Kopp said. The gift is expected to be matched through the state’s “Bucks for Brains” West

Virginia Research Trust Fund, with the university receiving a total of $1.4 million. The J. Robert Fletcher Professorship for Engineering will support a faculty position in mechanical engineering at Marshall. The family established the endowment in 2010 with a gift of $125,000, which was matched by the trust fund at that time. Ginny Painter, communications director, said the gift is a win-win for the donor and the university. “The donor is able to make a gift, double the value of their gift and they know that it will be there for ever,” Painter said. A specific professor has yet to be named and Painter said it will be a year before the position is ready. “There is going to be a faculty position dedicated to mechanical engineering, and it won’t be the only one of course, but it is going to help ensure the future of the engineering program,” Painter said. Lakin Turner can be contacted at turner136@





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Thursday prevents Canty from practicing and competing with the Herd this season. He will remain on an academic scholarship and after the completion of the spring 2013 semester he

can rejoin the team. Canty, a 6-foot-1 freshman from Harlem, N.Y., said via Twitter, he wanted to thank all of the Herd fans for everything. Ranked 25th best point guard,

according to, in his class, Canty said via Twitter, this is one of the toughest times for him. The Parthenon can be contacted at parthenon@


Senior juggles athletics, family THE PARTHENON Marshall University men’s basketball team is two games into its season and split the pair of games. Green Bay, Wis., native Dennis Tinnon is playing his last season for the Herd and said he hopes to tally up some big victories. Tinnon is not only a student athlete, but he is a husband and father. Tinnon’s wife, Robin, had their daughter, Denyah, three years ago. He said it is pretty hard to manage enough time for everything. “It is tough because I am always gone away from my wife and daughter,” Tinnon said. “My days are 12 hours long, so the only time I really get to see my family is at night.” Tinnon said his wife tries to attend all of his home games. However, she is pregnant with their son, Dennis Tinnon III, who is due on Jan. 1. “She won’t be able to attend all my games

this season because of the pregnancy,” Tinnon said. Tinnon and his family try to enjoy Huntington when they can. He said he takes his daughter to Ritter Park and Billy Bob’s Wonderland as often as he can. His brother, David, lives in Huntington with his wife as well, which helps Tinnon and his wife get some alone time. “My brother babysits my daughter whenever we need him to, so that my wife and I can go out to dinner and a movie,” Tinnon said. Tinnon has a couple goals he would like to accomplish in his last year playing collegiate basketball. “I would love to lead the country in rebounds and help my team with the conference tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament,” Tinnon said. Tinnon said he is looking forward to

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MU point guard Canty ruled ineligible THE PARTHENON The NCAA ruled against Marshall University men’s basketball player Kareem Canty and his eligibility for this season. The ruling handed down


playing the Memphis Tigers on Jan. 26 in Memphis because the Tigers have beaten the Herd three years in a row. Tinnon is majoring in business management and said he would like to open a couple of businesses one day. “I would like to open a nice elderly retirement home, a mini theme park and build a gym in my hometown, Green Bay,” Tinnon said. After Tinnon graduates he said he would like to play in the NBA or go overseas and play. He would like to move somewhere tropical with white beaches and clear water. Tinnon and the Herd are scheduled to play in Hempstead, N.Y., this weekend. The Herd are set to play the District of Columbia on Friday, South Dakota State on Saturday and Hofstra University on Sunday. Kara Kucin can be contacted at

DETROIT FREE PRESS (MCT) DETROIT — Old school common sense won out over new school sabermetrics. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award over Mike Trout of the Los Angles Angels in voting by 28 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The announcement was televised live on the MLB Network on Thursday night. “Wow. Wow. I don’t believe it,” Cabrera said. “I’m very excited. I’m like, I don’t have any words to explain like how excited I’m right now. I never expected I’d end up winning because Mike Trout, he (had an) unbelievable season,” Cabrera said. “Man, I’ve very surprised.” Cabrera beat Trout, 362281, in a weighted voting system. Cabrera received 22 of the 28 first-place votes, to Trout’s six first-place votes (Cabrera was second on each of those ballots). Players received 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one for 10th. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander finished eighth in the voting, receiving two fourthplace votes, and first baseman Prince Fielder finished ninth, receiving one fifth-place vote and five sixth-place votes. “(I want to) share with all the fans in Detroit, all the fans in Venezuela,” Cabrera said. “It’s going to be exciting for my country Venezuela and my family and I’m very happy for getting this MVP.” Added Tigers manager Jim Leyland: “I think when you do something that hasn’t been done in 40-some years, with everything (Cabrera) did down the stretch when we needed him the most. I was a little nervous about it, but to be honest with you, I just felt like if this guy doesn’t get the MVP, then there should be no such thing as an MVP.” Even though Cabrera won, the Cabrera-Trout debate likely will rage on for years. After all, many in Detroit still believe Alan Trammell was robbed of the 1987 award by George Bell of the Blue Jays.

The debate between Cabrera and Trout took on a life of its own. “I’m not sure the debate is over, but we know that the election is over and frankly it was not as close as people anticipated,” said BBWAA secretary/treasurer Jack O’Connell. “Don’t be surprised if they declare a national holiday in Venezuela tomorrow. He is the first person from that country to win an MVP award.” Cabrera became the first player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years, leading the league in home runs (44), RBI (139) and batting average (.330), among other categories. He also performed better than Trout the final months of the season and late in games. Unlike Trout, Cabrera helped his team reach the playoffs (and ultimately the World Series, although votes were cast before the postseason). Cabrera, a third baseman, already had beaten Trout, a centerfielder, in a vote of their peers, recently winning player of the year in the Players Choice Awards. “Winning the division, winning games, I think, helped me to win the Triple Crown,” Cabrera said. “Baseball is about winning, not personal numbers. I think this MVP is about all my teammates . . . I got a lot of support. I got great teammates. We got a great family.” Trout was trumpeted by a new breed of baseball-loving statisticians who tried to find value in number analysis. Given his speed and defense, Trout was viewed as the better all-around player. His supporters tossed out proof in new statistics such as Wins Above Replacement and Defensive Runs Saved. Trout already had been unanimously voted the AL rookie of the year. Cabrera had edged Trout by a 4-3 vote of MLB Network analysts who debated the AL MVP race on Wednesday. Peter Gammons, Brian Kenny and Ken Rosenthal gave the nod to Trout, while Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds, Larry Bowa and Billy Ripken chose Cabrera.

Herd volleyball opens C-USA Tournament play against UCF HERDZONE Following a two-year hiatus of the Conference USA tournament, the league has reinstated the championship and Marshall volleyball enters the event as the No. 6 seed. The Thundering Herd will play in the first round on Friday at 8 p.m. ET against No. 3 seed UCF. The tournament is being hosted by Tulsa in the Donald W. Reynolds Center and will continue for the duration of the weekend, with the championship match being featured on CBS Sports Network on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Earlier in the season, Marshall split the series with UCF, defeating the Knights 3-2 in late September

and losing in late October, 3-1. The two teams have only faced off in Conference USA post-season play one time before. The Herd knocked off the Knights from the first round in 2005, 3-2. Through Marshall’s eightyear span with the league, the volleyball program has won the conference tournament one time. Former All-American Kelly-Anne Billingy earned 28 kills in a 3-2 victory over Houston in 2005 to send Marshall to the NCAA tournament and give Marshall athletics its first CUSA championship title. C-USA All-Conference (first team) selection Laura Der leads

Marshall in kills, points, service aces and is third in digs. She ranks No. 24 in NCAA in kills and points with 4.34 kills per set and 4.92 points per set. Sophomore setter Sammie Bane was recently selected to the 12-member C-USA All-Academic team and leads Marshall in assists, earning 10.54 assists per set, ranking third in the league in the category. On defense, libero Dorothy Rahal books 4.46 digs per set, while C-USA All-Freshman team selection Jillian Shemanski leads the team in blocks with 0.96 per set, recording 96.0 for the season. The Knights finished the

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regular season with two wins last weekend, defeating UAB and Memphis. With a 14-14 (11-5 C-USA) record, UCF earns the No. 3 seed for the Conference USA tournament. Angelica Crum leads the team with 318 kills (3.15 k/s), while Ashley Gialenios, Evija Vilde and DeLaina Sarden each have over 200 kills as well. Marie Reiterova is the primary setter, earning 8.62 assists per set and Dana Faught adds 264 assists for the year. On defense, six different players have over 100 digs, but Meredith Murphy leads the team with 439. Sarden leads the team at the net with 105 blocks for the year.


The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, celebrating a home run Aug.17, is the American League's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years and he captured the league's MVP trophy on Thursday.

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We are all sons and daughters of Marshall

A column entitled “Time heals all wounds” published Thursday has stirred much controversy among students, alumni and the entire Marshall University community. The content of this work is representative of the opinion of a single individual. The Parthenon continues to respect the opinion of each of its contributors and the editorial board takes full responsibility for its placement in our student newspaper. The response to this column has been incredible — countless emails, phone calls, Tweets, Facebook comments and even threats have been fielded by members of The Parthenon staff and exchanged by so many who place Marshall University near to their hearts. We appreciate those who have contributed objective commentary on behalf of our readership in light of the situation. Since that fateful evening in 1970, Nov. 14 has served as a day of


unity for the Marshall community, a day to honor those who perished and an opportunity to celebrate the growth and success of the university. The annual memorial service is a testimony to the enduring spirit, resilience and loyalty of the sons and daughters of Marshall. Even through the passing of years, the tragedy still marks the university and its counterparts. The concerns and well-thought responses to the recent column demonstrate the importance of the event and the value it holds 42 years later. For so many of us, the memorial is much more than going through the motions, it is a symbol of the past, present and future of this university. May we never forget the 75 Sons and Daughters of Marshall who lost their lives Nov. 14, 1970 and may we always keep deep roots within our university and hold strong to our beliefs. We are … Marshall.

More than students affected by the plane crash Morehouse, Nash respond to Wounds can be healed with time. Memories last forever. Each Veterans Day, the president lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va., on behalf of the people of the United States. There is a WWI soldier buried there. Nobody knows his name. There are no WWI veterans alive today. Why, then, do we continue to honor him? We honor him, not because there is a large group of people wondering whether he is their son, but to remember what he gave and what he meant to a nation. On a smaller scale, the Marshall plane crash is no different. A school and the encompassing community were torn apart. People lost friends, husbands, wives, sons, daughters and classmates. It would have been very easy for Marshall University to say “This is too much to overcome, we will no longer have a football team” (which almost happened.) In reality, though, it was the exact opposite. A student body and community rallied around the 75 people who lost their lives. They bounced back. Ask anyone who was at the Xavier game what winning ONE game meant to them. Ask anyone who made the trip to Pocatello to see the team play in their first National Championship game. Ask anyone who watched Marshall win another National Championship a few years later. Tears were shed. Strangers hugged one other. The healing process was well on its way. However, the ceremony isn’t all about

healing. As a journalist, I have covered the fountain ceremony, as a student reporter and as a professional journalist. I have also attended the ceremony as a student and as a fan of Marshall. To me, the ceremony is about overcoming and finding inspiration within. When the odds are stacked against you, you can still prevail. The ceremony is about remembering those who lost their lives; honoring the ones who are personally connected. The ceremony isn’t just about the current students, Mr. Culvyhouse. Many former students are still living and very active in the Huntington and Marshall communities. I would invite Mr. Culvyhouse to go speak with Keith Morehouse sometime about why we still have the ceremony. Red Dawson and Janet Tolley are both still alive as well. Nobody, not students, not faculty, not alumni, not even Mr. Culvyhouse, is forced to attend the ceremony. They attend because it is very much still real. They attend because they want to let the 75, and more importantly the six who were never identified, know that they will never be forgotten. They attend because they want to be reminded that when all hope seems lost, they can still overcome. Brooks Taylor graduated from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, in 2011. He is a recipient of the Dustin O’Pell Television Reporter of the Year and has worked as a reporter in Huntington and in the United States Army.

I wanted to write a response to Henry Culveyhouse’s article regarding the plane crash that I hope will be shared in the Parthenon. I am not originally from Huntington. I am not even from the state. Prior to attending Marshall I knew nothing of the plane crash. November 14, 1970 my mother was a junior in highschool and I was not even a thought. As a journalism student, I wrote for the Parthenon my sophomore year. I covered the student government beat. That was my first year attending the ceremony. It was also my first year talking with a lady who had traveled hours to come remember and pay respect to so many students she knew. Her roommate had been a cheerleader. The next year I joined SGA and helped plan the memorial ceremony. I also was involved with the movie. I met so many alumni, so many locals who lost loved ones. Brothers, fathers, cousins, friends. All gone in an instant. Listening to their stories made my heart ache but also made me proud to now share this heritage, this love and sadness for my school, my football team, my fellow alumni.

Until you meet these people, nieces and nephews who never met their uncles; until you see the tears and hold the hand of an eighty year old who lost her little brother; until you can open your eyes, your heart, your sense of school pride, you can not imagine the good this ceremony, this memorial, this celebration of lives lived and lost, this history of our school has on even those students like me who have no ties to this terrible tragedy. I am proud to be a Marshall Alum and to remember November 14, 2012. Did you see Facebook yesterday? All the posts saying “We will never forget”. Well, Henry Culveyhouse, I bet your wishing you could forget what you wrote. My heart goes out to all students who are touched, affected and take pride in the history of the plane crash. May Marshall University always have a ceremony; as I know I speak for many families, alumni, AND students when I say “WE will NEVER forget.” Go Herd and God Bless. Megan Barbour-Henson, class of ‘06 and ‘08.

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plane crash opinion column By BISHOP NASH and LAKE MOREHOUSE

THE PARTHENON This is more than my apology letter or attempt at damage control. This is personal; so much so that one of the six boys buried unknown and disfigured in Spring Hill Cemetery is of my own blood. My name is Bishop Adam Nash, and my uncle Barry Winston Nash was among those killed Nov. 14, 1970. A simple country boy from Point Pleasant, W.Va. no older than my own young self, family legend tells that Barry had a broken hand before the game with East Carolina. He was not required to travel with Marshall, but he did. I’m not required to write this article, but I am. Henry Culvyhouse’s column “Time heals all wounds” speaks of current Marshall students not understanding the magnitude of what they’re honoring when Culvyhouse himself can never understand a family’s pain. Fourty-two years after my grandfather drove barefoot to a flaming hillside in Kenova, the sting hasn’t left. Tears rolled out of his wrinkled eyes when I strapped on my #35 Cabell Midland football jersey in honor of the uncle I never met. Just like you’ll likely never know what it’s like to lose somebody in Marshall’s plane crash, I will never know what it’s like being on the outside looking in. Reverence to tragedy and pride in reconstruction are not limited to those immediately touched by the crash. This is the burden of everyone in the Marshall and Huntington communities. Culvyhouse only devoted three sentences in the bottom half of his column to the resilience of those affected. It was not just families and a football program that had to rebuild. It was all of us. Coming off the mat after losing a huge part of life is a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit. The process of fighting on into 1971 alone is

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enough to validate memorial. Like Culvyhouse said, remembering the plane crash has become a tradition every Nov. 14 on campus and around the community. But we got this tradition in the most horrific of ways, and nothing about that should be forgotten. Even if Marshall never won another football game, at least rising up swinging is enough. In addition to being a family member, I’m also a Parthenon reporter; of which I am damn proud. In fact I’m not the staff writer to have lost a family member. Sports writer Lake Morehouse will never meet three grandparents who were flying back with the team. Lake wanted share his opinion as well: “The phrase ‘freedom of speech’ can be exercised in various ways. Sometimes appropriately, and other times not. The “Time heals all wounds” column, chose the latter. As a sports writer for The Parthenon, I understand the first amendment very clearly, however, I do not abuse it. To say Culvyhouse’s column has been controversial would be a drastic understatement. My mother lost both of her parents on the Marshall plane crash, Dr. and Mrs. Ray Hagley. My father lost his father, Eugene Morehouse, the play-by-play announcer for the Thundering Herd. My Dad’s mother, who did not make the trip to East Carolina, passed away from cancer months before I was born. Unlike many, I have never had the privilege to call someone a grandparent. I am not seeking sympathy, nor am I entitled to any special treatment, but it is hard for me to sit back and watch something that my family and I hold so dearly be disrespected in such a foul manner. I can’t begin to even empathize with people who lost immediate loved ones, but throughout my 21 years of life, I have witnessed my family cope with the tragedy they never

asked for. Culvyhouse claimed Marshall has struggled with the healing aspect of the tragedy. In my eyes, the university, football program and community have moved past the mourning period. I believe the ceremony has now proudly transitioned into honoring and remembering all that were lost. What is so wrong with that? Absolutely nothing. In Culvyhouse’s column, he compared the differences between the Marshall plane crash and 9/11, claiming those affected by 9/11 do not dwell like the Huntington community does about Nov. 14, 1970. The difference is, the 9/11 tragedy involved people from all over the world, some who had ties, but many others who did not. What happened on Nov. 14, 1970 was the exact opposite. Nearly everyone involved with the crash was connected in some way. That very connection is the same bond that has kept this tight-knit community inseparable for 42 years. I am proud to say I am a true son of Marshall, and I will never be embarrassed how this university chooses to honor those who gave their lives to this school.” Culvyhouse is from the Eastern Panhandle. There is no way he could have seen enough of this community and school to pass a judge that steep. I’ve lived in Ona, W.Va, my entire life. Lake is from Huntington. We don’t just know Marshall, we are Marshall. The Morehouses, Nashes and the entire community will not be told when or when not to remember life-shattering events. I don’t expect a fruit basket on my doorstep 42 years after the fact. We can move on, but forgetting is impossible. Despite what you may have heard, time doesn’t heal all wounds. We can only press forward and remember just how far from the ashes we’ve risen. Bishop Nash can be contacted at nash24@marshall. edu. Lake Morehouse can be contacted at morehouse1@




Storm water program seeks slogans By DWIGHT JORGE

THE PARTHENON The Environmental Health and Safety Department is overseeing the storm water program at Marshall University to meet the state and federal requirements for environmental protection. The program currently has a storm water slogan contest to encourage and educate students. The contest is to create a catchy slogan or phrase to make people aware of how their actions can cause pollution in storm water runoff and challenge them to increase their environmental awareness. Submissions will be judged on creativity, originality, in addition to the understanding of storm water. Participants must submit original slogans. Travis Bailey, environmental specialist at Marshall University is in charge of this year’s contest. “With doing this contest we are hoping that students who participate will research the effects storm water can have on the environment,” Bailey said. The top slogans will be utilized in the design of posters for next semesters poster contest. All entries are due Nov. 30. Submissions may be emailed to Bailey at Dwight Jorge can be contacted at

The Environmental Health and Safety Department has a storm water slogan contest designed to educate students on how their actions can cause pollution in storm water runoff.



Tyler Rice, junior advertising major, performed in the video as one of the dancing monkeys and will also be helping to promote viewership of “The Lab Song.” “Not only am I a monkey, I am also helping to promote the video through posters, a twitter account and things like that,” Rice said. “I think it’s always good to promote the school, and I think it’s going to be fun to promote the video and watch the viewership grow. As an advertising major that’s what it’s all about, is how many people you can reach and how you can sell the product.” The nationwide contest runs until Dec. 3 and the public voting begins the same day and is open until the end of the month. The video is posted on YouTube and can be seen by searching for “The Lab Song.” Elizabeth Stewart can be reached at

Also, a federal judge in New Orleans has not yet approved an estimated $7.8 billion settlement with more than 120,000 plaintiffs in a civil suit by fishermen, beachside property owners and business owners, among others. As part of BP’s settlement of criminal charges, prosecutors said BP had agreed to plead guilty to felony manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress, and would pay the record $4 billion in criminal fines and penalties. About $2.4 billion of that will go environmental restoration in the gulf. The company will pay an additional $525 million civil penalty to the Securities and Exchange Commission for misrepresenting the size of the spill in SEC filings. Robert M. Kaluza, 62, of Henderson, Nev., and Donald J. Vidrine, 65, of Lafayette, La.

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— the highest-ranking BP supervisors onboard that night — were charged with 11 felony counts of seaman’s manslaughter, 11 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and one violation of the Clean Water Act in a federal indictment unsealed Thursday. Rainey, 58, of Houston, a former BP executive who helped oversee the spill response, was charged with obstruction of Congress and making false statements to law enforcement officials. Lawyers for Kaluza blasted the government case. “After nearly three years and tens of millions of dollars in investigation, the government needs a scapegoat,” attorneys Shaun Clarke and David Gerger said in a statement. “Bob was not an executive or high-level BP official. He was a dedicated rig worker who mourns his fallen coworkers every day.” At the height of the spill, thenBP President Tony Hayward was forced to step down, in part for commenting that “I’d like my



life back” during the frenetic cleanup period when oil was washing ashore in Louisiana and many livelihoods were in ruins. In a statement, Bob Dudley, BP’s Group Chief Executive, said the company deeply regretted the loss of life. “From the outset, we stepped up by responding to the spill, paying legitimate claims and funding restoration efforts in the Gulf. We apologize for our role in the accident, and as today’s resolution with the U.S. government further reflects, we have accepted responsibility for our actions.” British BP can easily absorb the $4.5 billion settlement, analysts said. In the third quarter alone, BP raked in sales of more than $93 billion and had a net profit of more than $5.2 billion. That shows that “BP has made the most remarkable comeback from the most costly industrial accident in history,” Fadel Gheit, senior energy analyst at Oppenheimer and Co., said in a note to investors.

“The students were talking about how much clothing they have that they don’t need and don’t wear that just gathers dust in the backs of their closets and bottoms of their drawers,” Gilpin said. “I think all of that just caught up with us, and we thought of this as a chance to be better stewards of what we own and to be more mindful of what we have and how what we have and don’t appreciate might be so meaningful to someone else.” Gilpin said she was proud of the students for taking charge to run this project as well as they have so far. She said the class was enthusiastic about it from day one. “The students are remarkable and they are genuine in their efforts for this project,” Gilpin said. Gilpin said the clothing drive will be set up a little differently than other clothing drives. She said the students created specific categories of clothing they are collecting for this drive. The first category is for homecoming and prom style clothing, such as dresses,

financial situation, according to a post-election poll by the Pew Research Center. First, the key players have to get beyond past disputes. The major figures at Friday’s White House meeting and in the weeks ahead will be the same people who’ve fought over the past four years: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The stories of deals almost done have been well told, notably the Obama-Boehner talks in 2011 to get a grand deficit-reduction bargain. Those talks went to the brink of agreement, then fell apart when it became clear the rank and file in Congress _ in both parties _ would not accept it. This time, the stage is set for more comity. In the week and half since the election, most leaders, including Obama, have sent subtle but meaningful signals that they’re willing to soften their positions. dress shirts and pants, ties, shoes and any other accessories that can be worn to a school dance. The second category is for name brand clothing, such as jeans, shirts, hats, sunglasses and athletic wear from “popular” brands like American Eagle, Hollister, Ralph Lauren and Nike. The final category is for winter clothes, such as hats, scarves, coats and jackets, sweaters, socks and any other cold weather gear. “We identified all of these areas as important for girls and boys in this area, especially the popular brands for students in school who just want to fit in,” Gilpin said. “We also decided that warm winter clothes is something for which there is always a need.” Students from the seminar will be collecting the clothing in the Memorial Student Center lobby Nov. 26-27 from 9-11 a.m. and from 2-5 p.m. All donations will be sent to Stepping Stones and Golden Girl Group Home, non-profit organizations that help boys and girls in the area. Suzann Al-Qawasmi can be contacted at

Continued from Page 1 “My biggest accomplishment is what my former students do,” Hollis said. “That is what I get the most enjoyment out of and the most long term benefit- knowing that they are out there doing what they want to do and doing great stuff.” On a wall in his office a large national map peppered with multi-colored pushpins marking the various places Hollis’ past students have started careers. Hollis said he puts a great deal of effort into making his classroom engaging and energetic, yet believes students should work hard for their grades and value their education. “Students are going to learn best and their lives are going to be better down the road if you push them and make them a little uncomfortable now,” Hollis said. “I have high expectations for the students and I don’t compromise my standards for them very much. I try to get them to buy into the idea that this is important and working hard now is an investment to their future.” Spring and fall semesters do not limit the time frame Hollis spends engaging students in the classroom. Outside of typical semesters, Hollis teaches summer school and for the past eleven years has taught at the West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy. “I love teaching and I want to spend as much time as possible in the classroom.” To Hollis, he is simply a man doing what he loves each and every day, yet his profound impact on students and the entire Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications is undeniable. His drive and unheeding determination to help students succeed and accomplish their dreams has proven to be a staple in the journalism program and in the lives of those he touches. Katie Wise can be reached at wise37@



Dan Hollis, interim assistant dean of Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications, has been selected as the 2012 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching West Virginia Professor of the Year.

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LEFT, ABOVE: Replicas of By JOSHUA PRINCE Christopher Columbus’ ships, the THE PARTHENON Nina and Pinta, sailed into Harris The Nina and Pinta docked Riverfront Park on Wednesday. in Huntington on Wednesday BELOW: A replica of the Nina, one at Holderby’s Landing in Harof Christopher Columbus’s historic ris Riverfront Park. ships at Harris Riverfront Park. The Pinta built in 2002 PHOTOS BY BRANDON HATTON | THE PARTHENON


took 20 men 36 months to construct. The ships are both assembled by hand tools just like Columbus’s original ship. It is 50 percent bigger than the original Pinta. The ship is larger than the original ship to allow more deck space for visitors. The ship also host private excursions in the Caribbean. The replica of the Pinta is the size of the original Santa Maria. The Santa Maria used as a cargo ship and least favorite to Columbus. The Nina, built in 1988 is the most historically accurate replica. The replica matches the size of the original ship. It took 20 men 32 months to construct it. The Nina occupies the Pinta on all voyages. The ships constructed in a

Replicas of historic ships, Nina and Pinta, sail into Huntington shipyard in Brazil is one of the few places still able to construct this style. The shipyard uses the same techniques used over 500 years. Life abroad the the ship is comfortable than the ships in the 1400s. In the Columbus days the crew would sleep on the deck rather than below deck. Below deck was commonly used for cargo and livestock while traveling to the new world. Today the ships offer the crew air conditioned cabins and room for entertainment. The ships not only relies on wind power on the open sea, but also diesel motors to navigate on rivers where there is a lack of wind. The ships are up to date on 21st century navigation, but they also cherish the sense of originality. The ships travel the Great Loop which starts in the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, Eastern U.S., Florida and

finally back to the Gulf. Stephen Sanger, Captain of the Nina and Pinta, said the most difficulty they face on the rivers is thick fog. “We have modern radar GPS, but they are not always accurate, so we have to be careful,” Sanger said. “We all live in close quarters and it can be very difficult to get along with everyone at times.” There are no plans for the construction of the Santa Maria. The ship was used mainly for cargo transportation and consists of a huge haul. The Santa Maria would use twice as much water on the route that the Nina and Pinta travel. Marshall students and the Huntington community can view the ships at the riverfront until Monday. They are scheduled to depart Huntington early Tuesday morning. Joshua Prince can be contacted at prince37@


Cross country traveling to support charity worth every minute By RACHEL FORD

LIFE! EDITOR On Nov. 10, I traveled to Los Angeles for the first time to witness an event very important to me. One of my favorite bands, Jack’s Mannequin, was scheduled to perform their last show on Nov. 11 at the El Rey Theatre. The show acted as an annual benefit concert for the vocalist, Andrew McMahon’s charity, the Dear Jack Foundation. The Dear Jack Foundation was recently granted the status of a 501(c) (3) Charitable Organization, and in the six years since its inception has raised almost half a million dollars for research for young adult cancer. McMahon himself was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL in early 2005, and has been

cancer free for almost seven years. Jack’s Mannequin has been one of those bands with songs to get me through almost anything, and I look at McMahon as sort of a hero. Getting the opportunity to witness his last show under this name with all profits going towards the foundation still seems surreal to me. People traveled from across the country for this event, I met people who traveled as far as Maine for the concert. The date, Nov. 11, is very significant to the charity and the annual concert as well— it takes place on that day every year, because in one of McMahon’s earlier songs, he mentions the time 11:11. This year, the concert itself raised more than $25,000 for the organization. Throughout the night,

McMahon told stories of his seven years with Jack’s Mannequin, and frequently told the crowd how much it meant to him that people came from near and far just to support him and his charity. After the concert I got the amazing chance to meet the man behind the lyrics. People often say to never meet your heroes because you’re sure to be disappointed, but that is not the case with this man. He is as genuine as he seems, and he was genuinely happy to hear that I traveled more than 2,000 miles, on my first trip to California, just for him. That concert was one of the most magical moments of my life, and Nov. 11, 2012 will be a night I never, ever forget. Rachel Ford can be contacted at ford80@marshall. edu.

LEFT: Rachel Ford with Andrew McMahon, vocalist of Jack’s Mannequin and founder of the Dear Jack Foundation on Nov. 11 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. ABOVE: The curtain inside the El Rey Theatre. BELOW: Logo for the Dear Jack Foundation, a chairty aiming to raise money to find a cure for childhood and young adult leukeia. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RACHEL FORD

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