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Herd repels zombies as campuswide game finishes

“They have something that I made with my hands and something that can withstand time. They see the fact that they helped the community, but also a local artist made the piece.” Elizabeth Crutchfield, senior ceramics major


THE PARTHENON The annual Herd Vs. Zombie wrapped up at midnight Saturday on Marshall University’s campus. The game began Tuesday at midnight with over 100 students participants. Cas Bobel, senior creative writing major from Lexington, Ky., described the game as Marshall’s take on Humans Vs. Zombies, which was created in 2006 by students at Goucher College. “It is essentially humans, identified by a blue wristbands, who walk around with nerf guns and socks to and from class attempting to stay alive by shooting zombies who are identified by an orange wristband,” Bobel said. “The zombies tag the humans, the humans then turn into zombies and so it’s just a really big game of tag.” Humans are given a set of missions to complete each day, which are put into action by a team of moderators. The number of original zombies, determined before the game began, depends on the number of participants. In past years, Herd Vs. Zombies had up to 300 hundred participants. However, this year it was significantly less due to technical difficulties in the set-up of the game. Leif Olson, junior biochemistry and philosophy major, played the role of head moderator and said that the game was set to begin Monday and end Friday, but instead began Tuesday and ended Saturday. “We usually start out with one active original zombie and later on added a couple more to help speed up the game,” Olson said. “This is a model of how any type of infection or epidemic starts.” In the beginning of the game, nobody knows who the original zombie is except for the moderators and the zombie itself. Bobel said that it was really interesting to watch the participants try to figure out who was the original zombie. “One of the players’ friends was the original zombie and she walked out and gave him a hug and then she became a zombie,” Bobel said. “She was kind of upset and said that she should have known that he was the zombie.” Participants said this experience is not only fun for them, but it has also helped them expand their group of friends.

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Bowls are set up for display (top) while donors move through the meal line (below) during the 11th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser Friday at Huntington’s First Presbyterian Church.

Marshall fills ‘Empty Bowls’ By JESSICA STARKEY

THE PARTHENON More than 100 volunteers from Marshall University and the Huntington community came together Friday to fight local hunger for the 11th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington. Donors paid $15 and received a soup lunch and a bowl handmade by Marshall art students. All proceeds from the day went to the Facing Hunger Foodbank. Students started working on Empty Bowls at the start of midterms and worked together to create 1,200 bowls for the event. Senior ceramics major, Elizabeth Crutchfield, said she made as many as 85 bowls over the years she has participated in Empty Bowls.

“It makes you very proud,” Crutchfield said. “It’s a nice feeling seeing people that really like your bowls and might want to buy them. It’s also really nice to feel like I’ve actually had a hand in helping my community.” Crutchfield said since a bowl can last forever, it can act as a symbol of their contribution to help fight hunger. “I like to think they take a little part of me as an artist home with them,” Crutchfield said. “They have something that I made with my hands and something that can withstand time. They see the fact that they helped the community, but also a local artist made the piece.” Dean of the College of Arts and Media Don Van Horn said

he is proud to see Marshall partner with the Huntington community for this event. “I’m proud of our students who have made over 1,200 bowls,” Van Horn said. “We also have many students volunteering. It’s a big effort and it is for a very important cause. I think it’s an important mission for the university to be engaged with the community. We take a lot from the community and we give a lot back.” After purchasing a bowl, it is wrapped to go for the donor and they are given a meal ticket to get a soup lunch. The kitchen used for the day is set up to symbolize a soup kitchen.

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MU School of Medicine receives $50,000 grant for orthopaedic research By LARA SEDLOCK

PRSSA raises money for Hoops Hospital By FRANCES LAZELL

THE PARTHENON Marshall University’s Public Relations Student Society of America Herd for Hoops Charity Gala and PRSSA new member induction was Saturday in the atrium of the Cabell Huntington Hospital. PRSSA, in conjunction with a capstone journalism and mass communication public relations campaign class, hosted the event to celebrate PRSSA’s 35th year on campus and to increase the organization’s presence on campus while giving back to the Huntington community. Carissa Janczewski, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pa., is a member of the campaigns class that aided PRSSA in organizing the gala. Janczewski said the decision to raise money for Hoops Family Hospital was made earlier in the semester while planning 35 years of PRSSA. “In the process we decided that because it was our birthday, we wanted to give back to

the community in a way that benefited something important,” Janczewski said. “So we thought what better way to do it than to support the children’s hospital here at Hoops.” Britany Miller, senior public relations major from Huntington and former PRSSA president, said in addition to raising money for Hoops Family Hospital, PRSSA wanted to boost PRSSA membership and activities on Marshall’s campus. “This is the 35th year of having this chapter on campus, so we figured this was a perfect try for a revitalization, which is part of why we changed our format and part of why we are doing this event,” Miller said. The gala featured a silent auction and book drive. Leading up to the gala, PRSSA had a book drive at Empire Books and News in Pullman Square for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. “People donated a ton of books,” Janczewski said. “The whole table is filled. We just


really wanted to give back to a worthy cause in celebration of our 35th birthday to help people out in any way that we could.” Prior to the event, PRSSA members visited with kids who are in the hospital and hand painted a banner for the event. The gala was donation based and all proceeds will be given to Hoops Family Hospital in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Nine new members were inducted into PRSSA. Miller said PRSSA’s membership has doubled. “That’s definitely an accomplishment to say in one semester’s time we doubled the membership that we started with, but it’s still a learning process,” Miller said. “What we’ve done this semester, maybe it will set the pace for the group that is coming in to actually be able to carry more things out.” Frances Lazell can be contacted at lazell2@marshall. edu.

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THE PARTHENON The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was awarded a grant of $50,000 to go toward a research project headed by Maria Serrat. Serrat is an assistant professor in the department of anatomy at the School of Medicine and a clinical assistant professor in the department of orthopaedics. “We developed a model to study how the application of heat on the body’s surface can stimulate bone elongation,” Serrat said in a press release. “By validating this model, we are looking at future possible clinical treatments to lengthen bones in children with growth issues or orthopaedic trauma using non-invasive methods.” Serrat and her team recently presented their findings at the National Orthopaedic Research Society meeting in New Orleans. The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research awarded $1 million in research funding for 20 grants of $50,000 to members who have submitted a peerreviewed grand application to a major funding sponsor and received a full review but were not funded. The goal of the grant is to allow the award recipient to continue to develop the research and strengthen the

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proposal for future funding. The grant program is open to established and young investigators and to U.S. and international members. “it’s a bridge grant, and the first year this new program is offered by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, they have committed a very large pool of money to help investigators in the bone and mineral research field and carry their research forward in a climate where funding is just incredibly difficult for everyone to get,” Serrat said. There were seven different teams selected during this first round of funding, which is fortunate because Serrat and her team were not only competing with new investigators, but also established investigators from both the U.S. and international. Some of these teams have a 25-year research career. “We were just really excited that being from Marshall as a new investigator that we were able to convince the reviewers that our project was exciting enough and that we had the resources and the team and people to do it, it really says a lot about what we are able to do here,” Serrat said. Lara Sedlock can be contacted at sedlock2@live.

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Senior Day prepares students bound for college By JESSICA ROSS

THE PARTHENON Upward Bound sponsored Senior Day Friday at Marshall University for high school seniors from Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln County. Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRiO program that prepares students grades 9-12 to pursue a college education. The program includes 27 seniors, and more than 20

of these seniors plan to attend Marshall University in the fall. Darlene Collier, a counselor for Upward Bound, said at Senior Day they ensure the students are registered for orientation and confirm their financial aid packages and housing are taken care of. “We want the transition for them, when they come here for the first day of school, to be easy,” Collier said.

Hannah Osborne, a senior from Wayne High School, plans to major in secondary education to teach mathematics when she attends Marshall in the fall. “I actually learned how the classes work, how you interact with the other students and the teachers and what it’s going to be like going back and forth to the classes,” Osborne said.

Allison Toney, a senior from Wayne High School, plans to major in physical therapy at Marshall in the fall. “I had an interview with SSS [Student Support Services] today and I learned all of the services they provide,” Toney said. “It seems like it’s going to help me out a lot with counseling or scheduling classes and stuff like that. It’s a really big change, but I’m excited to be here and come here.”

Jay Wright, director of Upward Bound at Marshall, said he hopes Upward Bound breaks the cycle of first generation students going to college from a family. He believes the summer program is one step to breaking the cycle. “We have two students who are graduating from high school in May that we’ve hired for the summer program,” Wright said. “Everybody wants

Ohio finds MU Relay for Life sets record for link between money raised by Marshall students fracking and sudden burst of earthquakes By PARESH DAVE

LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) Ohio geologists have found a probable connection between fracking and a sudden burst of mild earthquakes last month in a region that had never experienced a temblor until recently, according to a state report. The quake report, which coincided with the state’s announcement of some of the nation’s strictest limits on fracking near faults, marked the strongest link to date between nerve-rattling shakes and hydraulic fracturing — the process of firing water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth to eject oil and natural gas out of ancient rock. Last month, Ohio indefinitely shut down Hilcorp Energy’s fracking operation near the Pennsylvania border after five earthquakes, including one magnitude-3 temblor that awoke many Ohioans from their sleep. Federal scientists have previously linked earthquakes in part to the use of injection wells, where post-fracking waste water is forced back deep into the earth for storage. None of the seven wells near the Ohio temblors were used for waste disposal, leaving Ohio scientists to go a step further to find a significant relationship between the initial blast of fluid and the earthquakes shortly after. They “believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,” the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said in a statement about the Poland, Ohio, operation. The new rules require companies to install “sensitive seismic monitors” before beginning to drill sideways into underground rock “within 3 miles of a known fault or area of seismic activity greater than a 2.0 magnitude.” Humans can generally feel earthquakes in excess of magnitude 3. Drilling would be suspended pending investigation whenever the monitors detect anything above magnitude 1. “While we can never be 100 percent sure that drilling activities are connected to a seismic event, caution dictates that we take these new steps to protect human health, safety and the environment,” said department Director James Zehringer. Data gathered by the monitors would be used to improve fault maps, he said.

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to be a junior advisor and come back because they had such a great time in the program.” Toney was selected to be a junior advisor for this year’s Upward Bound summer program, and has attended the summer program for the past two summers. “I am very excited, because I loved the program when I was a

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IMF urges Congress to back reforms giving fund more clout By DON LEE


ABOVE: After almost a year in the making, members of the community come out to raise funds all night outside on Buskirk field for Relay for Life Friday. BELOW: A luminaria in honor of a person who died of cancer. The luminarias lit the sidewalk during Relay for Life Friday night. By MALAK KHADER

THE PARTHENON Approximately 200 people were in attendance for Marshall University’s annual Relay for Life that began Friday evening and lasted until Saturday morning. Before the event started, participants managed to raise more than $26,000, which set an all time high for money raised by Marshall students to help find a cure for cancer. This year’s director for Relay for Life was Kyle Rheude, sophomore nursing major and president of Colleges Against Cancer. “When I was a freshman, I lost a near and dear friend of mine, Bruce Cain,” Rheude said. “He was kind of like a grandfather to me. He had a cancerous brain tumor and one of last things he said to me was, ‘I was supposed to be the one that would beat this disease.’ Since that, I have been trying to do everything to honor and represent him. He is my inspiration.” Huntington’s mayor, Steve Williams made an appearance at the event and expressed how impressed he was with the Marshall community for

raising so much money and setting a new record. “This is indicative of what the student body is to Huntington,” Williams said. “This is a study body with a huge heart and it’s an integral part of our city.” The relay began with a lap around Buskirk Field taken by the survivors as the student body applauded and recognized their triumphs. Lauren Lanier, sophomore health science major from Pt. Pleasant, W.Va., is a melanoma cancer survivor and spoke of her journey to help enlighten everyone on what it is like to live with cancer. “I was diagnosed at 15 and I have had 76 biopsies since that have all been abnormal,” Lanier said. “It’s really nice to see everyone here get involved and it shows that cancer affects everyone of all ages. It’s pretty awesome that everyone here has reached donations totaling over $26,000 before the event even started.” Jackson Fish, digital forensics freshman, is also a cancer survivor and was in attendance Friday. “I have done this event two previous years at my

hometown, but at Marshall it was great to see the whole Greek life and campus life come together for one cause,” Fish said. “I had a cancerous brain tumor and I have been a survivor for 10.5 to 11 years. The amount they’ve raised is excellent for the cause and I hope that in the next few years they find a cure through all the

money Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society has raised.” In total, the Marshall community raised $32,231.44, which is the new goal to beat for next year’s Relay for Life event. Malak Khader can be contacted at

Franklin Regional in Murrysville, Pa., site of student stabbings, cancels Monday classes By MOLLY BORN

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (MCT) Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pa., will not hold classes Monday, a district administrator said Saturday. The school was the site of an incident in which a student went on a stabbing spree, injuring fellow students, apparently at random. Alex Hribal, 16, has been charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault in the Wednesday knife attack at the school that left 22 people injured. Four of the injured remain in critical condition. Franklin Regional School District assistant superintendent Mary Catherine

Reljac said in an email that school officials are “making final plans” and expect to release further details this weekend. On Friday, Dan Stevens, spokesman for the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety, said students will have a “systematic” return to school, with some returning early this week and others at a later date. He said the school district will post an updated schedule for students’ return on its website when it is ready. Saturday the Franklin Regional school board sent out this statement: “Our school district has experienced a tragedy beyond our understanding. We,

the school directors, are shocked, heartbroken, and struggling to comprehend this disaster and cope with our grief. We love this district, and we join with the entire community in prayers for the recovery of the injured students as well as the strength to heal for all our students and their families. We are thankful for the quick response and courage of our staff, students, and first responders, many of whom showed exceptional bravery and dedication. They give us inspiration to move forward through our sorrow and the difficult days ahead in an atmosphere of strength and unity.”

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TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU (MCT) The U.S. made clear this past week that it wants the International Monetary Fund to be the emergency lender for countries like Ukraine, but American lawmakers have persistently refused to give the IMF the additional financial firepower that it has sought. That tension was evident in meetings concluding this weekend of the IMF, the World Bank and representatives of the Group of 20 major economies: Washington’s long delay in ratifying changes to the IMF’s so-called quota system came under fire from finance ministers and other officials of many countries. Analysts say congressional failure to act on the 2010 IMF reforms has hurt American credibility and weakened its hand in international settings, such as the G-20, the main global forum for cooperation on economic policies. On Saturday, even as the IMF noted that a stronger U.S. economy was helping drive better global growth, it said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointed” by the lack of progress on the IMF reforms. And the fund threatened to take other options if Congress failed to sign off on the overhaul by the end of the year. The G-20 issued a similar message in its communique Friday. The reforms would strengthen the IMF’s resources and shift some of the fund’s voting power to large developing countries such as China and India. The changes wouldn’t erase U.S. veto power in the IMF or require new money from Washington, but lawmakers’ concerns about budget deficits and domestic politics have stymied passage of the package. The inaction won’t have a direct bearing on the IMF’s plan to help the Ukraine government with loans of as much as $18 billion. The support is critical for Ukraine’s economy, which was struggling even before the political turmoil from Russia’s annexation of Crimea and pro-Russia protests in eastern Ukraine. Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, said Saturday that she hoped the fund’s loan deal with Ukraine authorities would be approved by the IMF executive board by the end of this month.

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Bubba Watson wins second Masters in three years By JOE JULIANO

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER (MCT) Bubba Watson forced a switch in momentum in a two-hole stretch midway through the final round Sunday and went on to capture his second Masters championship in three years, a 3-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt. Playing with the 20-year-old Spieth in the final pairing of the day, Watson trailed by 2 strokes after Spieth sank a 12-foot downhill putt at the seventh hole to get to 8 under par. But Watson carded birdies on the next two holes while Spieth was making bogeys, a 4-shot swing that put him in front by 2, and Spieth would not get any closer. Watson closed with a 3-under-par 69 — his third subpar round of the week — and completed 72 holes at 8-under 280. Spieth, who shared the 54-hole lead with Watson, shot a 72 and tied Blixt for second place at 283. Blixt carded a 71. Spieth, who with Blixt was playing in his first Masters, was trying to become the youngest winner in Masters history. Fifty-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez played 3-under-par golf on the

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Herd softball struggles, drops three to North Texas By DEREK MAY

THE PARTHENON On a sunny Saturday afternoon, and Little League Day at Dot Hicks Field, the Marshall University softball team lost two close games in a doubleheader against the North Texas Mean Green. Little League Day allowed little leaguers to get a tour of the locker room, an opportunity to meet the players and a postgame autograph session. This marked the first ever meeting between the Herd and the Mean Green in Conference USA history. The last and only time these teams met was in 2004 with the Herd taking the victory 4-0. In game one, the Mean Green was able to get on the board first. In the top of the third, after a strikeout by Jordan Dixon, leadoff hitter Brooke Foster went deep to left field with a solo homerun to make it 13 on the season. The Herd threatened in the bottom of the third. With one out, junior Kristina Braxton hit a single down the first base line. Next, leadoff hitter Kaelynn Greene laid down a bunt for a hit, advancing Braxton to second. After a failed bunt attempt by Morgan Zerkle, and a fly out by Shaelynn Braxton, the Herd stranded two to end the inning. North Texas was able to get on the board again with one out in the fourth, as Danielle Hoff went deep to right field with yet another solo homerun of the game. The Herd was finally able to scratch a run across in the bottom of the fifth inning. Junior Emileigh Cooper got on with an infield single. After stealing second, a strikeout to Kristina Braxton, Cooper moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Greene. With two outs, Zerkle got an RBI base hit to left field, cutting the Mean Green lead to 2-1. North Texas widened its lead in the top of the seventh scoring

Junior infielder Emeleigh Cooper swings at a pitch against Miami Ohio Mar. 26 at Dot Hicks Field. five runs on four hits, and two throwing errors by the Herd. In the bottom of the seventh, the Herd was able to scratch a couple runs across, but ended up falling 7-3 in the first game of the double header. “What I’m really proud with is we continued to fight and we got better offensively as the game went on, and we came up clutch in situations,” head coach Shonda Stanton said. In game two of the day, North Texas kept its hitting rolling as it plated two runs in the first inning on two hits and two walks given up by starting pitcher freshman Lindsey Fadnek, who was relieved by first game

starter, Dixon, after just twothirds of an inning of work. The Mean Green was able to plate another run in the top of the second, but the Herd found a little bit of spark in the bottom of the second when sophomore catcher Katalin Lucas cleared the fence in left field to cut the lead to 3-1. North Texas kept the hitting going in the top of the third plating two more runs, making the score 5-1, causing Dixon to exit the game, and the original starter Fadnek returned to the mound. Marshall plated another run in the bottom of the fifth off the bat of senior Taylor Winton


he would decide his playing rotation Monday, it could be Heat Lite the next two games. “We’ll see how our bodies feel,” Spoelstra said, giving his team Sunday off. “As usual with our camp, we’ll be day to day.” The closing window on the No. 1 seed with the Pacers’ Sunday victory would appear to have all but closed out James’ 2013-14 regular season. “I’m going to be smart about it,” he said, “and try to go into the postseason as healthy as I can be.” If the Heat lose Monday, it would give the Wizards a significant edge on the Charlotte Bobcats for the No. 6 seed in the East and all but lock in a Heat-Bobcats first-round No. 2 vs. No. 7 series. The NBA playoffs open this coming weekend, with the Heat to host the first two games of the 2-2-1-1-1 series, starting Saturday or Sunday. The Heat will have homecourt advantage over all teams in the Eastern Conference except the Pacers, who, if both team advance that far, would have the right to host Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on June 1.

Pacers all but close out Heat for No. 1 seed in East


Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) gets off a shot between Washington Wizards forward Al Harrington (7) and center Marcin Gortat (4) during the second half of their game played at the Verizon Center in Washington, Mar. 28.

SUN SENTINEL (MCT) What became apparent with Saturday night’s Miami Heat loss to the Atlanta Hawks came into sharper focus Sunday: The Heat likely will enter the NBA playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. With Sunday’s 102-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indiana Pacers reduced their magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the East to one: either a win in their Wednesday season finale on the road against the Orlando Magic or a Heat loss Monday at the Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards or Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Philadelphia 76ers. Sunday’s victory improved the Pacers to 55-26. The Heat, who were idle Sunday, are 5426. While the Heat and Pacers finished their season series tied 2-2, the Pacers hold the tiebreaker by virtue of a superior Eastern Conference record (37-14 to 34-16). With Heat forward LeBron James expressing a desire for time off this week, and with coach Erik Spoelstra saying

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when she barely cleared the fence in right/center field. The Mean Green plated its final two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Marshall also plated six runs in the bottom of the inning on some very timely hitting and a few North Texas errors, to take the lead 8-7. In the top of the seventh the Mean Green stormed back to take the lead 9-8 on three hits and two errors. Marshall failed to get a runner on base in the bottom of the last inning, giving North Texas the win and the series victory. Game three Sunday was much of the same. North Texas


won the third matchup 8-2, with the Mean Green capitolizing on Herd errors to put up four runs in the sixth inning. “We knew coming in that North Texas was a very good hitting team and they were going to put the bat on the ball,” Stanton said. “When it came down to the end of the ball game, again, we need to do a better job of taking care of the ball and cut down on the errors allowing to give up late runs.” The Herd dropped to 17-26, 6-9 in C-USA play. The Mean Green moved to 27-15 overall, 12-5 in C-USA play. Derek May can be contacted at

Herd overruns Roadrunners 5-2

HERDZONE.COM Marshall University baseball turned in an 11-hit winning performance Sunday against UTSA, defeating the Roadrunners 5-2. The victory puts Coach Jeff Waggoner as the second winningest coach in Marshall history at 171 wins. Marshall attacked first, scoring its first run in the top of the third. Redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo reached base and took second on a UTSA error. Freshman Corey Bird connected on a ball to left field to score Fajardo and give the Herd the early advantage. Marshall added to its lead in the fifth, capitalizing on two UTSA errors. Fajardo singled and scored again, this time on a Roadrunners’ misplay of shortstop Sergio Leon’s (Miami) bat connection. The next batter, Andrew Dundon, scored Leon all the way from first on a fielder’s choice and the second UTSA error. The Herd added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to increase its lead; Fajardo singled in catcher John Beary in the sixth and designated hitter Chase Vogelbach knocked

a ball to left to score Dundon in the seventh. The Roadrunners plated one in the third off a throwing error and one in the eighth after a homerun from third baseman RJ Perucki. Fajardo, Vogelbach, and sophomore Aaron Bossi all turned in 2-4 performances. “It was a good team win, and I just try to do anything I can to help us win,” Fajardo said. “We have to keep it rolling into the week.” Redshirt sophomore Lance Elder got the starting nod, used to the job after having started nine Sunday contests as a freshman in 2012. The righty tossed three innings and picked up a K while allowing four hits. “It felt right at home like I never missed a beat,” Elder said of his start. “I just want to keep helping the team win anyway possible, because at this point wins are what matters.” Reliever Clint Wilson picked up his second win of the year after 2.1 innings of work, scattering two hits and fanning two.

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Physicality is the best privacy option With the Heartbleed bug revealing roughly 17 percent of the Internet’s secure web servers have been vulnerable to date theft since 2012, credit card and social security numbers have been tapped onscreen with an extra dab of fear. We are learning the hard way as a plugged-in society nothing is ever truly private when you’re connected, and within the next 10 years we will be seeing a greater shift to security in being off-the-grid if protection software and IT guys can’t keep up with ever-mutating cybercrime. There’s a lot to be learned from criminals. They are, regrettably, some of the most intelligent people out there, and if that was not the case, there would not be any criminals left. The use of “expendable

connectivity” has been in use since hardware could be made cheaply. Common practices include using cheap cell phones, called burners, smashing computer hard drivers, and delivering messages by physical means. The purpose behind the practice assumes that all digital information can be accessed and that online trail back to an individual can be ended by physical means before anonymity is compromised. If big data collection is here to stay (and it is), the concern and innocent citizenry might look to switch their lifestyles back from an online life. That’s not to say a cash-free America handling mountains of paperwork is plausible in 2014, but Social Security

cards are still physical cards for a reason. Perhaps going offline is for the paranoid, and the chances any negative outcome would befall a person even if their information was compromised. But it’s a rock-solid option for the paranoid. The vast majority of a person’s online presence is non-sensitive, and this option is not practical for everyday use. If you need to pass information in the safest way possible, there is no better option than to do it physically. Keep in mind; burner phones and network of couriers are the reason Osama Bin Laden hid from the world for over a decade. There’s safety in anonymity, and there’s anonymity in the physical.



Medicare’s real doctor payment problem LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) The news that a small percentage of the country’s physicians collected billions of dollars from Medicare in a single year may or may not be a testament to individual greed; some of the top recipients are under investigation for allegedly bilking the system, while others work long hours delivering costly care. But it is a powerful reminder that the program needs to stop rewarding doctors for the quantity of care they deliver rather than the quality. Happily, there’s a bipartisan plan to do just that; unhappily, lawmakers haven’t been able to agree on how to cover its cost. If Congress needed any further incentive to settle its differences, the fact that 1,000 doctors raked in $3 billion from Medicare should provide it. The Obama administration released details Wednesday on $77 billion worth of payments made in 2012 by Medicare Part B, which pays for doctors and other health-care professionals. Part B

is financed mainly by the government, so taxpayers have a keen interest in the program’s financial integrity. The new data, however, reveal some alarmingly large payouts. For example, more than a dozen physicians each collected more than $10 million from Medicare in 2012, and thousands of specialists in four disciplines — three cancer-related fields and ophthalmology — averaged more than $300,000. It’s risky to leap to conclusions just from the numbers, given that the payments may include reimbursements for expensive drugs that doctors provided or services by multiple members of a team. Yet the concentration of payments — a mere 2 percent of the doctors participating in the program took in almost a quarter of the fees — exemplifies the problem with Medicare’s “fee for service” payment system. This system ignores the value and effectiveness of the care provided, paying attention only to how

many treatments are rendered. That gives doctors an incentive to provide the most expensive and intensive forms of care, not necessarily the treatments that work best. Earlier this year, the top Republicans and Democrats on three influential congressional committees came up with a plan that would have encouraged Medicare doctors to switch from fee-for-service to alternative payment plans that reward quality and efficiency. It also would have replaced an ineffective formula for slowing the growth in Part B costs by cutting the fees paid for most doctors’ services. Unfortunately, the plan stalled because of a dispute over how to pay for the measure, and Congress enacted minor Medicare reforms that left the fee-for-service system intact for at least another year. The new disclosures about enormous Medicare payouts should send lawmakers back to work on the bill to steer doctors into payment plans that yield better results for patients — and taxpayers.



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‘Mad Men,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ are not so different after all By GINA BARRECA

THE HARTFORD COURANT (MCT) Which wildly popular Sunday night television show relies more heavily on fantasy: AMC’s “Mad Men” or HBO’s “Game of Thrones”? In one, a three-eyed raven is linked to prophetic powers called “greensight” that offer a supernatural ability to experience past, future or somehow otherwise inaccessible events through dreams to a young, albeit usurped, noble child who is paralyzed by having been thrown from a crenelated balcony while witnessing the incestuous encounter between attractive twin siblings. In the other, Jon Hamm enters my living room on a regular basis, smart women get to run companies and sit on boards (of directors, that is) and young people can find rent-stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Which one is based more fully on fantasy? You decide. There are dragons in both. In one, a small blonde controls the dragons. In the other, a big redhead shows mastery. In “Game of Thrones,” the dragons are outside. In “Mad Men,” the dragons are internalized. In GoT, you deal with dragons by telling “DRACARYS!” In MM, you deal with them by yelling “DAIQUIRIS!” Or “martinis,” as the case may be. Both shows rely heavily on cleverly crafted illusion and deception as well as carefully constructed layers of appearance. Their scripts offer viewers a series of complex quests for emotional justice that are deftly paired with a self-indulgent delight in profane decadence. Both include a lot of really, really heavy drinking and smoking (see dragons, above). Both “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” have strong female leads battling against crumbling, poisonous and powerfully patriarchal structures. True, all these

formidable women appear, at one point or another, either half-naked, fully naked, in armor, in nightgowns, in slips, in chains, in bed, on funeral pyres or with tears in their eyes in order to show they are vulnerable as well as fierce. So what if they are as Machiavellian, sexually manipulative and downright debauched as their male counterparts? The plots of both shows rely heavily on the premise that a girl’s gotta make a living. And we cheer these characters as they cheat, lie and lead others into battle because, when compared to the depiction of female characters in other programs — “True Detectives,” “Homeland” and “Teen Mom 3,” for example — these are the most dynamic and least cringe-inducing women on the small screen. Why? Because they aren’t merely the decoratively dead victims of cult murders or going off their birth control or other meds when they know better. Also they have much better lines. The Middle Ages and the 1960s were, perhaps, not so different: they were infused with the fear of, and real potential for, the destruction of civilization whether from plague or nuclear war. Considering recent and compelling world tensions, we haven’t got past those yet. We’ve dressed up the characters and added some heroism to addiction and deception, but I think we’d all rather be here. Both “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” wrestle with timeless issues: the cutthroat nature of success, the incendiary results of certain forms of conflict — and how to entertain ourselves on Sunday night. After all, isn’t their primary function to divert us from the anxieties and worries we’re actually facing when we start our real lives on Monday morning? What else is a fantasy for?

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Whitefish shortage leaves many scrambling as Passover approaches


Robert's Fish Market worker Robert Schuffler, 97, watches Luis Fernandez, 58, left, and owner Arturo Venegas, 44, prepare fish at the fish market on West Devon Avenue in Chicago Friday. Chicago-area fish suppliers are dealing with panicked cooks after a shortage of whitefish has left many scrambling to prepare the traditional, if not sometimes dreaded, menu item for Passover, which begins Monday evening. By VIKKI ORTIZ HEALY

CHICAGO TRIBUNE (MCT) Fish markets typically spend this time of year preparing hundreds of pounds of whitefish for their Jewish customers to mix with onions and carrots for gefilte fish recipes handed down by grandmothers and mothers. This year, however, Chicagoarea fish suppliers are dealing with panicked cooks after a shortage of whitefish has left many scrambling to prepare the traditional, if not sometimes dreaded, menu item for Passover, which begins Monday


Continued from Page 2 Hilcorp Energy said it was reviewing the new permitting rules and that it remained “fully committed to public safety and acting in a manner consistent with being a good corporate citizen.” Officials from Ohio and several other states that have seen a dramatic rise in seismic activity met recently to discuss how to handle


Continued from Page 1 The idea is for people to understand a small part of what it feels like to stand in line for a modest soup lunch as they would at a local soup kitchen. Van Horn said he hopes this will give some insight to the problem of hunger in the community. “Apart from taking home a beautiful bowl, we hope that people will take home some insight into the fact there are a lot of people in our community who are going hungry,” Van Horn said. “We are happy that we can be here to help solve that problem.” With every dollar donated at this event the Facing Hunger Foodbank can provide seven meals. Executive Director for Facing Hunger Food bank Tiffany Tatum said it is an


Continued from Page 3 back nine to climb to a fourthplace finish at 284 after a 71. Matt Kuchar came the closest to challenging the leaders early on the front nine, but a 4-putt double bogey at the par-3 fourth stifled any momentum he had built. He tied for fifth with Rickie Fowler at 286. Spieth birdied four of his first seven holes to take the lead, including both of the par3s in that stretch. But Watson

evening. “Three elderly ladies yesterday, what a commotion this was for the ladies,” said Robert Schuffler, who at 97 years old has worked at Robert’s Fish Market on Devon Avenue for more than half a century and owned for decades. “The amount of people that came in, they want eight whitefish, 10 whitefish. If they’re good customers through the year, we give them two white fish. . . . It’s never been like this. Never.” The shortage comes after ice on the Great Lakes has kept fishermen from sending their the ongoing expansion of fracking to new beds of rock, where faults might not be well mapped. Gerry Baker, an official with the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, called Ohio’s new rules a “sensible response to a serious issue that regulators across the country are closely examining.” Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas have been among those seeing the largest surges in seismic activity. overall experience for everyone involved, and they look forward to the event every year. “Empty Bowls is a tradition for Facing Hunger Foodbank,” she said. “It’s one of our annual events that we count on and love. So many organizations contribute to Empty Bowls and we look forward to this every year.” The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser raised $11,000 through the sale of bowls and T-shirts. There was also a silent auction going on during the event, which produced $3,000. Once again, this event gave community members the chance to learn about and contribute to local hunger and provided them with a unique piece to add to their kitchen made by local art students. Jessica Starkey can be contacted at starkey33@

matched both birdies at those par-3s, the fourth and the sixth holes, and added the birdies at 8 (four feet) and at 9 (15 feet) that put him on top for good. A bogey at 10 by Watson narrowed his lead to one stroke, but Spieth dumped his tee ball at the par-3 12th into the water and made bogey and fell behind by 2 again. When Watson two-putted for birdie at the par-5 13th, the lead was 3, and he maintained that margin through the rest of the round.

boats out for a catch usually available in abundance this time of year, said Mark Holey, a project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “This doesn’t happen very often,” Holey said. “The commercial guys can’t get their boats out to catch the volume that they normally catch.” Although wholesalers have noticed the short supply since January, it became acute this week, when lines of customers began placing orders for whitefish in time for the Jewish holiday, said John Poulos, operations manager for Issacson &


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Continued from Page 2 The agreement, reached in late March, would entail some painful structural adjustments by the Ukraine government, such as cuts in its energy subsidies. The total international package for Ukraine is expected to total about $27 billion, and the U.S., which is contributing $1 billion in loans, and other countries wholeheartedly endorsed the IMF as the primary and lead player in the bailout plan. “The situation in Ukraine has highlighted the IMF’s unique role as first responder in a crisis of this kind,” Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told the International Monetary Financial Committee in Washington on Friday. “It is critical that the international community . . . take immediate steps to also support the IMF program by providing financing support, given the sizable financing needs.” At the same time, Lew seemed to acknowledge the implicit inconsistency in such a call with


Continued from Page 1 Daniel Egnatoff, senior engineering major from Charleston, said he got turned into a zombie on the very first day, but that it was a lot more fun than being a human. “You meet new people,” Egnatoff said. “I didn’t know any of these guys and now we’re chatting like we’re best friends and it’s only been a week. I go more places on campus than I normally do just so I can feel

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Stein Fish Company in Chicago. Poulos said his company has about 20 percent of the whitefish it usually has as Passover approaches. In Jewish tradition, gefilte (which translates to “stuffed”) fish is eaten as one of the first courses in observance of Passover. Prepared by grounding various varieties of fish — whitefish, pike and trout are among the most commonly used — and then forming the meat into loaves, the dish is both loved and loathed at Passover tables. The dish satisfies two of the All-Time Saves list. Marshall returns to action Tuesday when the Herd travels to Akron for a midweek contest. The Herd faced the Zips earlier in the season, picking up a 5-2 victory. the protracted delay in implementing the IMF’s reforms. “We are working to fulfill our pivotal responsibility,” he said, adding that despite this “major setback,” the Obama administration remained committed to the overhaul and will work with Congress to ratify it this year. Lagarde and other IMF officials said they were hopeful, and declined to talk about what options the fund would consider should Congress fail to act in time. But given the midterm election in November and other partisan political considerations, analysts doubted that lawmakers would meet the IMF’s deadline. “It goes beyond the IMF itself,” said Domenico Lombardi, a global economic expert at the Center for International Governance Innovation in Canada. “International relations is about give and take,” he said, adding that it could undermine America’s ability to secure its own economic goals. “How can the U.S. ask China to revise its exchange rate policy or contribute to global rebalancing?” like I’m hunting. I go out more and spending more time outside of dorm room, which is a good thing. You make friends, the friends that kill together stay together.” The coordinators of this event are hoping to bring it back in the fall semester and hope that the number of participants increases so that more students can get involved. Malak Khader can be contacted at khader4@

laws of the Sabbath and holidays, according to Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, an administrator for the Chicago Rabbinical Council. One of those laws requires that people not work on the Sabbath; that includes the work required to pick meat off of fish bones. The other requires people to eat fish as part of their Sabbath meal, Fishbane said. During the week of Passover, a Jewish family might sit down for a holiday Seder, or dinner, five times in which gefilte fish is served, he said. For the past three weeks at Hungarian Kosher Foods in


Continued from Page 2 student in it,” Toney said. Kaitlin Stiltner, senior from Wayne High School, plans to major in biology at Marshall in the fall. She is another junior advisor, who came to two summer camps. “I think being a junior advisor’s going to help, especially coming straight out high school,” Stiltner said. “I think that’s really

Skokie, Ill., owner Ira Kirsche has had a limited quantity of whitefish to offer. The store has been receiving daily shipments of 10 to 30 pounds of the fish instead of 200 to 300 pounds. Kirsche has been pointing customers instead to frozen and jarred gefilte fish varieties, but estimates he’s lost as much as $20,000 in sales of the fresh fish. “It’s difficult because you want to satisfy the customers and keep them happy,” Kirsche said. “Some people are good with it and they’re able to go with the flow. . . . Other people just get all disappointed and walk away.” At Schafer Fisheries along the Mississippi River, manager Brian Cruse says his crews haven’t had better luck yielding river fish. The plant shut down for more than a month beginning in January due to frozen water, and now has two-thirds fewer frozen gefilte fish loaves than usual, he said. “Everybody’s been calling us just crying for fish,” he said. “But you can’t produce fish you don’t have or can’t get to.” Holey, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the whitefish population was likely not hurt by the frozen lakes. Rather, the ice cover may have offered protection that improves hatching this spring. Chicago resident Leon Goldwater is hoping conditions improve in the next couple days. He’s placed an order for whitefish to be picked up Sunday morning, with 29 guests expected for his Passover Seders on Monday and Tuesday, he said. “I wouldn’t have a holiday without it,” Goldwater said. “It’s part of my tradition.” going to help me grow up and get the responsibility that I need to take care of myself in college.” Angie Osborne came with her daughter to Senior Day. “It’s just a wonderful program and I wish they had more funding available so that kids that don’t always have the opportunity, could be involved in something like this,” Osborne said. Jessica Ross can be contacted at jessica.ross@



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Colbert’s exit will leave huge gap at Comedy Central





THE PARTHENON Room 224 of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center was packed Friday night with family, friends, Marshall University students and staff for the aMUsed Dance Company’s Spring Performance. The performance is a small gathering of family and friends who join together to view Marshall performers in their spring recital, but this spring’s show exceeded expectations of President Kristin Boyd and Vice President Lauren Cundiff. “We were so excited that more people came to support us than we anticipated.” Boyd said. “We had to compromise with dance space, but I couldn’t have been more happy with the amount of people that came.” Seats were not available for the audience members arriving last to the show,

but they were encouraged to stay and stand behind the rows of chairs to enjoy the performances. “We did not rehearse with that many chairs on the floor, so we were actually limited on the amount of space when performing,” Boyd said. “However, all the dancers felt that they would rather have more audience members than floor space. We were all nervous, but our nerves affected our movement for the better.” The show was a series of group, couple and solo performances that exhibited modern movement, jazz, and hip hop dance stylings. While the small dance studio room made for limited space, the intimate setting put the audience right on stage with the dancers. Front row members of the audience were within an arm’s length of the dancers. Audience members were able to connect

with the dancers during an intermission while they took a moment to catch their breath. Cundiff thanked everyone after the show and expressed her gratitude for everyone’s support of the aMUsed Dance Company. Cundiff took a panoramic photo of the audience as evidence that Room 224 was not a large enough space for the spring performance for next year’s show. “We hope to move the spring performance to the experimental theatre because more and more people keep showing up.” Boyd said. The aMUsed program’s growth provides Marshall students, performers and viewers exposure to modern dance and the opportunity to join groups like theirs to participate in the performing arts. Rachael Roberson can be contacted at


LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) Comedy Central now has a late-night problem. CBS’ announcement that Stephen Colbert would take over “The Late Show” next year when David Letterman retires leaves a huge gap in Comedy Central’s marquee lineup. For nearly a decade, “The Colbert Report” has been a trusty follow-up to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and the pair delivered a formidable one-two punch that became one of the main sources of turmoil for rivals in the late-night TV race. The Comedy Central duo — Stewart as the quick-witted liberal and Colbert with his faux persona as a conservative gasbag — seemed so locked in that there was no room for John Oliver, a correspondent who emerged as host material himself when he filled in for Stewart on “The Daily Show” last summer. But with no openings on Comedy Central, Oliver departed the Viacom-owned network last year to headline a new program at HBO, which is owned by Time Warner Inc. Oliver’s new weekly satire show on HBO, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” debuts April 27. It was unclear Thursday morning just how long the Colbert-to-CBS move has been in the works. CBS played its cards close to the vest, in large part because of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves’ respect for Letterman. However, Colbert replacing Letterman had been a scenario whispered about in media circles long before Letterman announced his decision last week to step down. There was at least one strong clue that Colbert had been in the wings to replace Letterman for some time. In the summer of 2012, both Colbert and Stewart renewed their contracts with Comedy Central. While Stewart’s deal was extended for three years, until September 2015, Colbert got a shorter extension, to the end of this year, just in time to move over to CBS and “The Late Show.” The succession plan for Letterman is the latest shift in a rapidly changing late-night landscape driven, in large part, by the success of Stewart and Colbert at Comedy Central. Young viewers preferred Stewart and Colbert to the programs on the broadcast networks and that played a part in ABC and NBC’s moves to overhaul their late-night blocks to try to capture that audience, which is prized by advertisers. ABC placed Jimmy Kimmel at 11:35 p.m. ET, bumping “Nightline” into the wee hours. NBC moved out Jay Leno to make way for Jimmy Fallon at “The Tonight Show.” Leno stepped down in February. Comedy Central was mum on a Colbert replacement, saying only that it wished Colbert the very best.


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