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NEWS, 2

• Marshall welcomes prospective students for Green & White day.

SPORTS, 3

• Herd softball wins weekend C-USA series over Charlotte.

OPINION, 4 • Editorial: The Starbucks incident casts a bright light on white privilege.

LIFE!, 6 • Localization movement aims for community involevment.

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Marshall legend Hal Greer dies By ZACHARY STEVENS

THE PARTHENON Hal Greer, Marshall University Basketball and National Basketball Association Hall of Famer, died Saturday at the age of 81. Greer was one of Marshall University’s most well-known players and paved the way for scholarships for future African-American basketball players at Marshall. “Hal Greer’s talent, drive, tenacity and unforgettable jump shot made him a Hall of Famer and one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “An NBA champion and the 76ers’ career scoring leader, he also embraced a leading role in the racial integration of basketball at Marshall University and his home state of West Virginia. As the NBA family mourns Hal’s passing, we celebrate his deep and lasting impact on our game.” Greer played three varsity seasons at Marshall, where he tallied 1,377 points and 765 rebounds, was the Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Player and a two-time All-MAC selection. Greer was inducted into the Marshall Hall of Fame in 1985. He was the first African-American basketball player at Marshall, where he totaled 71 appearances on the court. “I’m terribly saddened by the news of Hal’s passing,” said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick in a statement. “I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with him and his family back in February of 2012 when we closed the doors on the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse. That is a memory I will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.”

Greer was drafted by the 76ers in the second round of the 1958 NBA Draft and eventually became a legend for the team, where he scored more than 20,000 points and won an NBA championship in 1968. He played alongside Wilt Chamberlain in the 76ers 1967-68 season, when they went 68-13, the league record for wins in a season at that time. The 76ers beat the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals after Boston had won the NBA title for the past eight seasons and went on to beat the San Francisco Warriors in six games (4-2) in the NBA Finals for the first championship in 76ers history. Greer was selected to the All-Star team 10 times over the course of his 15-year career. He spent all 15 years with the 76ers organization, becoming the all-time 76ers leader in points, field goals made and attempted, games and minutes played. Greer was the first player to have his number (15) retired by the 76ers organization in 1976. “Hal was a fantastic ambassador for Marshall and a great basketball player,” Marshall men’s basketball head coach Dan D’Antoni said in a statement. “He will forever be remembered by Herd fans and will be enshrined forever with the boulevard that is named after him.” The 76ers paid tribute to Greer with a moment of silence prior to Monday’s Eastern Conference first round playoff game against the Miami Heat. The 76ers will also wear a patch with Greer’s No. 15 on their jerseys for the duration of the NBA Playoffs. Zach Stevens can be contacted at stevens184@marshall.edu.

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Last day for West Virginians to register to vote

By GINNY BLAKE

THE PARTHENON West Virginia’s primary elections take place on May 8. Today marks the last day to register to vote in this election, which can be done so on the Secretary of State’s website. Pew Research reports that in the 2016 election, millennials cast 34 million votes, which is an increase from the 18.4 million they cast in 2008. “I am really grateful for my ability to vote and that I have the freedom to choose who has leadership over me,” senior marketing major Jake Bradley said. “Our elected officials have a direct impact on the way we live our lives every day.” Cabell County residents may vote early at a precinct located on Marshall’s campus in the Memorial Student Center Room 2W37 April 25 through May 5. “If no one says anything and then we get someone in office who does something we

don’t like, we don’t have a reason to complain,” freshman education major Tatum Ferris said. Running for U.S. Senator are Bo Copley, Don Blankenship, Evan Jenkins, Patrick Morrisey, Thomas Willis, Joe Manchin and Paula Jean Swearengin. Running for office for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Third Congressional District are Ayne Amjad, Carol Miller, Conrad Lucas, Marty Gearheart, Philip Payton, Rick Snuffer, Rupie Phillips, Janice Hagerman, Shirley Love, Paul E. Davis and Richard Ojeda. Cabell County’s candidates for State Senator are Larry Brooke Lunsford and Mike Woelfel. The 17th district’s candidates for State House of Delegates are Joyce W. Holland, Matthew Rohrbach, Chad Lovejoy, Christopher Hughart and Jeanette M. Rowsey. Ginny Blake can be contacted at blake185@ marshall.edu.

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Marshall sophomore wins Critical Language Scholarship, study abroad to Japan By HANNA PENNINGTON

THE PARTHENON A second-year student will embark on the trip of a lifetime in the fall for a year-long study abroad in Japan after becoming the fifth Marshall attendee to receive the Critical Language Scholarship, or CLS. Christian Thompson, a double major in international business and Japanese, said he will travel overseas to learn more about the language of his choice and the experiences that come with it. “The Critical Language Scholarship appears to be based on several factors like opportunity, your accomplishments and connection to your future career,” Thompson said. “The best part about it is that you get to travel to your country of choice and study at a language school while also having many cultural experiences, all expenses paid.” The CLS Program is funded by the federal government in an effort to increase the number of Americans learning and studying the fourteen foreign languages considered critical. Some of these languages, such as Japanese, require at least 2 years of previous experience in order to receive the scholarship, while others require little to no experience. Thompson said he has been interested in Japanese culture since childhood and has also visited Japan twice. “It started when I was young, surrounded by very expensive Japanese goods, because my grandfather was the president of a company and traded with Osaka Steel,” Thompson said. “My family influenced me at first, and then old

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Christian Thompson in a Japanese Sado club tea house during his trip overseas in high school.

samurai movies and Japanese comedy later became my biggest influence. With my interest in business, came an interest in international business. That combined with my preexisting curiosity of Japanese culture became my main reason for learning Japanese.” Mallory Carpenter, program manager of national scholarships, said Thompson is Marshall’s first winner of the scholarship for Japanese. “He’s in our Japanese department here, but he taught himself the two years’ worth of Japanese, which is pretty funny since that’s the only language on the list offered here,” Carpenter said. “Languages like Japanese, they have more of a threshold. You need to have a certain level of experience, and they do test you if you win the scholarship.” Carpenter said the program attracts many students in international affairs and other majors where international experience could be helpful to their careers. “You have to think about what you want to do, what’s your career, what kind of goals do you have for your career,” Carpenter said. “If you want to do anything on the international level, having one of these critical languages is a huge bonus.” The deadline for the Critical Language Scholarship is typically in November, and Carpenter said students interested should plan to start working on applications as early as September. Hanna Pennington can be contacted at penningto131@ marshall.edu.

MU Classical Association plans to Marshall welcomes perspective create ‘Classical Ambassador’ program students for Green and White Day By AMANDA LARCH

THE PARTHENON Marshall University’s Classical Association offers students an opportunity to learn about Greek and Roman history and culture and supplies an outlet to express their common interests. Courtney Shrewsberry, the Classical Association’s treasurer, said the club is available for students of all majors and backgrounds to join. “If you’re at all interested in Latin, Greek or the humanities at large, then we’re happy to have you,” Shrewsberry, junior classics and Latin double major, said. The Classical Association is always looking to grow, Shrewsberry said, and this semester they have put on many events for the first time. “This semester we had an Ides of March potluck, complete with a Caesar piñata to stab,” Shrewsberry said. “We’ve also done readings of Winnie the Pooh in Latin- Winnie Ille Pooh. We occasionally do game nights, too, with things like ‘Betrayal at the House on the Hill.’ Last semester, we participated in a ‘Graveyard of the Gods’ thing, and we took a trip up to Columbus.” A major goal for the association is to create a Classical Ambassadors program next semester, Shrewsberry said. “It’s still in the works, but we’re planning on beginning a sort of Classical Ambassadors

program wherein we visit with local high schools and tell them about the humanities major here at Marshall,” Shrewsberry said. “The program is the best in the state, and very few incoming freshmen know about it.” Adam Hill, president of the Classical Association, said Marshall is West Virginia’s only university to offer a Latin major, and the Classical Ambassadors program would reach out to students who may be interested but not sure there are opportunities for them. “(The program) is a kind of outreach to high schoolers who are interested in the classics, Latin and/or Greek, opening up our experiences to them and encouraging their interest,” Hill, senior Latin and humanities double major, said. “Our discipline is kind of obscure, I think, compared to science or English or math, so parents and teachers don’t necessarily know what advice to give a budding Greek mythology buff. We’re also trying to sell prospective Latinists on coming to this university.” The club meets at noon in Harris Hall Room 403 every other Friday. “I’m grateful to be able to spend my college time around people who share my love of language and gross old things, and that rings a little cliché, but oh well, it’s true,” Hill said. Amanda Larch can be contacted at larch15@marshall.edu.

By SARAH INGRAM

THE PARTHENON Families from far and wide visited Marshall University to check out campus life and make decisions about where they want to attend college in the near future during Green and White Day Monday. Green and White Day is all about learning about what Marshall has to offer, according to Ella Curry, the associate director of admissions for recruiting events and initiatives. “Choosing a college or university is one of the most important decisions a person makes,” Curry said. “Green and White Day is a great way for prospective students to learn about Marshall and begin to picture themselves as Marshall students.” Visiting families began the day by browsing some of the services provided by Marshall in the Memorial Student Center. The attendees then moved to the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse where they heard speeches from Matt Jarvis, SGA president, as well as Brandi Jacobs-Jones, the senior vice president of operations, and Cedric Gathings, the vice president of student affairs. The families also heard from speakers to gain information about admissions and financial aid. After all the speeches, families were able to

visit their prospective colleges to meet professors and current students. Madison Hower, a senior in high school who plans to study computer information technology at Marshall next year, visited from Columbus, Ohio, to get a better view of what campus is really like. “I really liked getting to talk to people in the science department,” Hower said. “We got to talk to the professors for the program I’m interested in, and it was just really nice.” After the meet and greets, guests were given free range. The families had time to enjoy a meal from Harless Dining Hall or the Student Center and go on tours of the campus if they wanted, including visiting residence halls to get a glimpse of what it is like to live on campus. Matthew Groves, a senior broadcasting major, helps with Green and White Day by doing campus tours and answering questions from visitors. “I hope that they get the opportunity to see what a wonderful place Marshall really is,” Groves said. “Marshall is definitely somewhere that I consider to be my home away from home, and I hope they get the opportunity to do the same.” Sarah Ingram can be contacted at ingram51@marshall.edu.

Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since ‘85 By JIMMY GOLEN

ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON (AP) — After slogging through just a few miles of icy rain and a near-gale headwind that made her feel like she was running in place, Desiree Linden decided she’d seen enough of the Boston Marathon for another year. “My hands were freezing, and there are times where you were just stood up by the wind. It was comical how slow you were going, and how far you still had to go,” Linden said. “At six miles I was thinking, ‘No way, this is not my day,’” she said. “Then you break the tape and you’re like, ‘This is not what I expected today.’” A two-time Olympian and the 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up, Linden decided to stick around, outlasting the weather and the rest of the field to win the race’s 122nd edition on Monday in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers but the slowest time for a women’s winner in Boston since 1978. Yuki Kawauchi splashed through the pelting rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and wind that gusted as high as 32 mph to win the men’s race, passing defending champion Geoffrey Kirui in Kenmore Square to earn Japan’s first Boston title since 1987 and the $150,000 first prize. Wearing a white windbreaker that was drenched and billowing in the wind, Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line in second, 2:25 back, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other U.S. men. The winning time of 2:15:58 and was the slowest since Jack Fultz overcame temperatures in the high 90s to win the “Run for the Hoses” in 1976.

“For me, it’s the best conditions possible,” said Kawauchi, who competed in 12 marathons last year — six times the usual number for an elite runner — and also works as a school administrator. Runners donned hats and extra layers, and the lead packs tried to draft off the media truck to avoid the rain that was hitting them horizontally at times. Wheelchair winners Marcel Hug of Switzerland and American Tatyana McFadden, both five-time champions, said they were unable to see through the spray that spun off their wheels. “It was just tough, it was so freezing,” Hug said through chattering teeth as a volunteer draped a second towel around his shoulders. “I’m just very glad that I made it.” McFadden said she wore two jackets, with plastic bags between layers to stay dry, and hand warmers against her chest. The wet roads made it treacherous to turn and impossible to stop. “I could start to feel my arms getting heavy just from all the rain soaking in,” she said. “You can’t put your brakes on right away, so you had to be tedious on the turns. I couldn’t even see because the wind was so strong.” On the fifth anniversary of the finish line explosions that killed three and wounded hundreds more, Linden became the first U.S. woman to win since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985 — before the race began offering prize money that lured the top international competitors to town. Linden nearly ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds. This time she made the turn off of Hereford with a lead of more than half of a mile. “Probably 2011 is what put the fear in me,” Linden said. page designed and edited by SADIE HELMICK | helmick32@marshall.edu

“That sprint battle is not super fun. It was nice to get it right down Boylston this time, that’s for sure.” A 34-year-old California native who lives in Michigan, Linden said she was so broken by the weather that she wanted to drop out after a couple of miles but instead stuck around in case she could help one of her fellow Americans. When four-time Olympian and reigning New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan fell behind after needing a bathroom break, Linden let her draft so she could catch up to the pack. Later, she helped Molly Huddle reconnect with the group. “And it turned out I was in third, and I thought, ‘Well, I probably shouldn’t drop out,” said Linden, who also earned $150,000. Sellers, who finished 4:10 behind, is a full-time nurse who had to train before or after work — at 4 a.m. or 7 p.m. She said didn’t believe it when she was told she had finished second, or that she earned $75,000. “Yeah, I’m in shock about that,” she said. It was the second competitive marathon for Sellers, who was a distance runner at Weber State. Canada’s Krista Duchene was third, with a total of seven Americans in the women’s top 10 and — for the second straight year — six in the men’s. The East Africans who have dominated the professional era of the race had their worst performance in decades: Kirui was the only Kenyan in the top ten for the men’s race; defending champion Edna Kiplagat, who was ninth, helped prevent a shutout in the distaff division. “Some of the women I was passing, I was in complete disbelief,” Sellers said. “I have the utmost respect for who they are as athletes and as people.”


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Herd women’s golf completes first round at 2018 Conference USA Championship

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Junior Ylva Forslund follows through and watches a chip shot in front of the green during a tournament earlier in the season. Forslund, a Vreta Kloster, Sweden native, is one of Marshall’s three athetes in the top-15 after Monday’s first round of play. Current standings of the 12-team field after day one of the Conference USA Women’s Golf Championship. By LUKE CREASY

THE PARTHENON Marshall Thundering Herd women’s golf began competition at the Conference USA Championship Tournament Monday morning at the Verandah Club in Fort Myers, Florida. The 12team field finished the first of three rounds in their attempt at this season’s Conference USA Women’s Golf Champion. The Herd combined for a score of 302 (14-over par) and is currently tied for fifth with Western Kentucky. Individually, junior Ylva Forslund and sophomore Shelby Brauckmuller led the Herd in round one. They both shot 2-over 74 and are tied for sixth in the overall leaderboards. “We are still in this and we have two more days to improve,” head coach Brooke Burkhammer said. “You can’t win a golf tournament after one day, but you can lose it. We hung in there and kept things together. I love this group of girls

that we have and I am proud to be their coach. We laugh a lot, but when it’s time to get down to business, they do just that.” Freshman Stormy Randazzo also finished in the top-15 for the Herd. She finished the round 3-over par (75) and is tied for 12th place. Last season, the Herd placed ninth out of the eleven-team field, and senior Leigha Holt tied for 20th, which was the highest individual finish for the Herd. The women are coming off an eighthplace finish at last weekend’s Brickyard Collegiate. Brauckmuller was the top finisher for the Herd last season, as she tied for 17th place. She finished the tournament 9-over par (225), aided by her third round score of 1-under par (71). The Herd logged three top-10 finishes in four tournaments this spring, including a second-place team finish at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate

March 20. Despite that, head coach Brooke Burkhammer said the team must focus on the task at hand. “(Past success) doesn’t matter,” Burkhammer said. “It’s a clean slate once we get to conference (championship). It’s anyone’s ballgame and I like our chances. We have fighters on this team and I’m glad I’m on this journey with them.” Randazzo, one of three Herd golfers to participate in all 26 team rounds this spring, said performance in the season’s final event is as much mental as it is physical. “How you go into the tournament is how you’re going to play,” Randazzo said. “If you go in with a negative attitude, you aren’t going to shoot well. For me, it’s just having confidence in myself, knowing that I can do it. Hopefully, we see some success.” Marshall competes against a tournament

field that includes Old Dominion (defending Conference USA Champion), Middle Tennessee (defending runner-up), Florida International, Florida Atlantic, North Texas Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UTSA and Western Kentucky. The conference tournament has been held at the Verandah Club for the past three seasons. Burkhammer said familiarity with the course is an asset for returning student-athletes, and a chance to learn for the first-year golfers. “We have Shelby (Brauckmuller) that has played there before,” Burkhammer said. “Leigha (Holt) and Ylva (Forslund) have played there before. Even though Shelby is just a year older, she still has experience there. Our underclassmen need to rely on our upperclassmen and Shelby because that is their ticket to play and get as much knowledge as possible.” Luke Creasy can be contacted at creasy4@ marshall.edu.

Herd softball wins weekend C-USA series over Charlotte Track and field runs away with Catamount Classic win By COURTNEY ANDREWS

THE PARTHENON Marshall softball clinched its three-game weekend series 2-1 with a Sunday victory against Charlotte at Dot Hicks Field. “Every league game matters, and I’m really happy we found a way to secure the series win,” head coach Jen Steele said. Marshall (21-22-1, 10-7-1 C-USA) took game one by a score of 5-1. The 49ers (14-28, 6-12 C-USA) got on the board first with a Spenser Gray RBI single in the second inning, but the Herd bounced back and took a 4-1 lead in the fourth. The Herd plated four runs in the inning, using singles by freshman left fielder Wylie Glover and senior second baseman Elicia D’Orazio and an error by Charlotte second baseman Lizzy Birch. Marshall added another run in the fifth, when Glover doubled to right field, scoring freshman first baseman Aly Harrell. In the second inning, sophomore Kailee Williamson stepped in the circle to pitch the final six innings in relief of junior pitcher Abigail Tolbert. Williamson allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two as she secured her seventh win of the season. “We got a really nice pitching performance from (Kailee) Williamson,” Steele said. “She came into a tight situation and helped minimize the damage.” Senior right fielder Jordan Colliflower’s 23-game hitting streak was snapped in the first game of the series. Colliflower hit .472 during the streak, which was the second-longest in program history. In game two, Marshall gave up two runs in the first inning, as the 49ers chased Tolbert from the circle after she recorded one out. The Herd got a run back in the fourth, though, when sophomore third baseman Blakely Burch doubled down the right field line, scoring freshman pinch-runner Rachel Rousseau to make it a 2-1 game. However, Charlotte once again increased its lead to two runs in the sixth, when third baseman Bethany Doty singled to left, scoring Meredith Harris. In the bottom half of the inning, Marshall cut Charlotte’s lead to 3-2, as Harrell led off the inning with her team-leading seventh home run of the season—a solo shot to left field. However, 49er’s shortstop Haley Pace hit a two-run home run off Williamson in the seventh to increase Charlotte’s lead to 5-2, and pitcher Haley Wiesman shut down the Herd to give her team the win and split the doubleheader. “It’s tough to bounce back after you drop game two, but I’m proud of the team for battling through an early morning start and wet conditions,” Steele said. Marshall took Sunday’s rubber match—which was pushed up to 9 a.m. due to weather concerns—7-5 and took the series. It was the first time Marshall won a home series against Charlotte and the second-straight season Marshall took a series over the 49ers. “Before the game, we challenged the team to find a way to win, regardless of how we did it,” Steele said. “We wanted to make sure we scored early in the game instead of waiting until the last inning.” Charlotte took a 3-0 lead in the third, using singles by Pace, Harris and designated player Bailey Rhoney—coupled with

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Freshman infielder Grayson Radcliffe exclaims in celebration after Marshall’s game three win over Charlotte this past weekend. Radcliffe continues her freshman season as she is early in her collegiate career. errors by D’Orazio and senior center fielder Eloise Tribolet. The Herd answered in the bottom of the third, though, scoring six runs to chase the pitcher, Wiseman, out of the circle and break the game open. Tribolet made up for her error in the previous halfinning with an RBI triple that scored freshman shortstop Grayson Radcliffe. After two more Herd base hits, Harrell singled to rightcenter field, scoring Tribolet and D’Orazio to tie the game at 3. Senior catcher Taylor McCord then followed Harrell with a single to center field, scoring Colliflower and giving the Herd a lead it would not relinquish. A sacrifice fly by junior designated player Briana Daiss and a single by Burch pushed across two more runs. “Once Charlotte scored three, the easy thing to do would have been to let down,” Steele said. “Not only did we not let down, but we batted around that inning. We don’t usually put together huge innings like that, so our response was incredible.” The 49ers came within one run in the fifth, as Pace and Rhoney each hit RBI singles, but that was all the scoring Charlotte would have. Harrell singled to center field in the sixth inning, scoring Colliflower for the final run of the game. Tolbert earned the win after pitching 4 2/3 innings in relief of Williamson, giving up two runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Marshall finishes its seven-game home stand with a doubleheader Wednesday against James Madison (30-9, 10-2 Colonial Athletic Association) starting at 2 p.m. Courtney Andrews can be contacted at andrews46@ marshall.edu. page designed and edited by RICK FARLOW | farlow@marshall.edu

THE PARTHENON Marshall track and field scored 166 team points this weekend as it won the Catamount Classic. The Herd outlasted host school Western Carolina by 26 points. Head coach Jeff Small said the points were tight in the beginning, but strong performances launched Marshall to the top of the standings. “It was back and forth between us and Western (Carolina) throughout the first 15 events, but we started to pull away toward the end,” Small said. “It was great to win, as it always is.” The Herd continued to achieve school records in the meet— something it has done from the beginning of the indoor season. Between Friday and Saturday, Marshall student-athletes broke three school records and won six events. Sophomore Christianna Dogan broke the school record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.57, two one-thousandths of a second faster than a record that stood for nearly 20 years (1998, 1:00.59). Freshman Lauren Zaglifa, who set a school record in the pole vault earlier this season at the Marshall Chipotle Invitational (3.50 meters; 11 feet, 5.75 inches), broke her own record over the weekend. She finished second in the event with a top clearance of 3.60 meters (11 feet 9.75 inches). Additionally, the Herd tallied four first-place finishes. Junior Elena Marchand accomplished a first-place finish in the discus throw with a best of 46.36 meters (152 feet, 1 inch). In the triple jump, junior Melany Belot registered a win with a top jump measurement of 12.37 meters (40 feet, 7 inches). In the 5,000-meter run, junior Adriana Cook accomplished her first top finish of the season, posting a time of 17:45.77. Then, in the 200-meter dash, freshman Brandy Elysee outran a field of 28 sprinters with a time of 23.99. She was the only athlete to finish with 24 seconds. Small said at the start of the season that this could be the best team in the program’s history, and record-setting performances are backing that claim up more than halfway through the year. “A majority of those kids are young, too,” Small said. “I think they’re going to get better throughout the year and then be really good in the next couple of years. It’s exciting to think about.” The Herd travels to Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend for the Virginia Classic at the University of Virginia. Luke Creasy can be contacted at creasy4@marshall.edu.


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Editorial The Starbucks incident casts a bright light on white privilege

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Local Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif, left, stands inside a Starbucks on Sunday, demanding the firing of the manager who called police resulting the arrest of two black men on Thursday. The arrests were captured on video that quickly gained traction on social media. (Mark Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) When a video of police arresting two men in a Philadelphia Starbucks went viral, the internet got loud. The two men were sitting in the store, waiting for a business partner. The manager called the police to deal with the men for loitering, which then led to their arrest. For many people, sitting in Starbucks, waiting for a friend or business partner before buying is an incredibly common custom. Even Starbuck’s website highlights this feature of its restaurant: “It’s not unusual to see people coming to Starbucks to chat, meet up or even work. We’re a neighborhood gathering place, a part of the

daily routine – and we couldn’t be happier about it.” So, it comes to no surprise that many customers in the store were confused and angry as to why the two men were arrested and removed. But the other customers in the store were white. These men were black. This matters in this scenario. “Ever since I posted (the video),” Melissa DePino, a white woman who recorded the arrest tweeted on Friday, “I’ve had white strangers AND friends say ‘there must be something more to this story.’ That assumption is a big

part of the problem.” What is important to note here is that, while white people are shocked, this story is a reality for many black Americans. “I don’t feel comfortable just hanging out because most places get immediately suspicious of black men,” tweeted ESPN’s Joel D. Anderson. It is way past time for white Americans to listen to our black neighbors and friends when they share the stories of discrimination. It wasn’t long ago when black women truly were not allowed to sit in the same restaurant as white men. Implicit racism is engrained into

LET ME BE FRANK: On Weddings

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Franklin attended one of his childhood friend’s weddings in November. Pictured are Franklin and his friends since middle school. By FRANKLIN NORTON

MANAGING EDITOR Approaching this summer, I am hit with a startling reality: my weekends are booked up for the weddings of my friends. My refrigerator is covered in save-the-dates and invitations, and my bank account is being emptied into wedding registries. And it seems like every day I see another

photo of another engagement. This is a fun period of life, seeing my friends find their life partners, just someone’s “marrying their everyones,” as E.E. Cummings wrote. I love nothing more than to celebrate the love of two people, especially when they are two people that I love, too. And somehow, I have worked my way into being an usher in several weddings,

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American culture. This is not an isolated incident. It is a sad reality for so many American citizens, whose only crime seems to be simply being black. New York Magazine’s Chas Danner wrote this: “Some variation of what happened in that one Starbucks happens every day all over the country to a lot more people than most of us realize. Addressing it will demand attention and empathy, from outside communities of color, at times when there is no spectacle or novelty to focus on, or corporation’s app to delete, or white woman’s cell-phone video to share.”

and I don’t even know what being an usher means. I think it’s like being a JV groomsman—I’ll take it. But as I prepare for the upcoming summer wedding season, I have to consider the unique season of life that I have found myself in. It’s a time where simply being the same age does not necessarily mean being in the same phase of life anymore. It’s a season that coincides with a multitude of different seasons. Some of my friends have started their careers, others their families, some both, and others are still trying to figure out what they even want their lives to look like. Whatever season we may find ourselves in, it is an uncertain time for many, as all the doors that seemed to be open begin to close, and we hope we are choosing the right doors as we move forward. I have had several conversations with friends over the past several weeks, as anxieties about the future have taken hold of our busy minds, and it has come to my own busy mind that we are all running different races at different paces. There’s a beauty in this phase as we figure out how our passions collide with our purpose, as we fall in love and nervously make our way through job interviews and get down on one knee and walk at graduation, and as we support each other through it all. Franklin Norton can be contacted at norton18@marshall.edu.

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Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias,' CEO says By KRISTEN DE GROOT and JOSEPH PISANI

ASSOCIATED PRESS Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on "unconscious bias," CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing. Johnson, who has called the arrests "reprehensible," arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He said he hopes to meet with the two men in the next couple of days and apologize face to face. "I'd like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through," said Johnson, who has been CEO for about a year. Stewart Cohen, the lawyer for the two men, said he hopes "something productive for the community" can come out of such a meeting. The incident is a major blow to Starbucks' image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighborhood hangouts where anyone is welcome. After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter. And on Monday morning, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, "A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black." A Starbucks regional vice president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down. "We don't want this Starbucks to make any money today. That's our goal," said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest's organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective. Over the weekend, demonstrators called for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who arrested the men on Thursday. Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment about the employment status of the manager who called police. Officials have said the officers were told the men had asked to use the store's restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything, and they refused to leave. Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren't doing anything wrong. A white man identified as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe arrives and tells the officers the two men were waiting for him. An officer says the men were not complying and were being arrested for trespassing. "Why would they be asked to leave?" Yaffe says. "Does anybody else think this is ridiculous? It's absolute discrimination." A woman can be heard in the video saying "they didn't do anything, I saw the entire thing."

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Protesters gather outside of a Starbucks in Philadelphia, Sunday, where two black men were arrested Thursday after employees called police to say the men were trespassing. The arrest prompted accusations of racism on social media. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson posted a lengthy statement Saturday night, calling the situation "disheartening" and that it led to a "reprehensible" outcome. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who met with Johnson on Monday, said the city will review its guidelines on how to respond to future requests for police assistance. Police haven't announced the names of the men, who were released after the district attorney's office said there was lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. Asked if the incident was a case of racism, Johnson responded: "Starbucks was built around the concept of a third place where we create a warm and welcoming environment for all customers. What I do know is that did not happen in this instance. And that is what we're focused on." Philadelphia-born comedian Kevin Hart had taken to

Twitter on Monday to vent about the arrests, saying the company failed to take advantage of an opportunity to call out racial profiling. He says the employee who called police should have been fired. On Sunday he tweeted, "Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now. Please make this situation right." Seattle-based Starbucks had posted a statement on Twitter over the weekend about the arrests, followed by an apology from Johnson. "Every company makes mistakes, but great companies are the ones that learn from those mistakes and take appropriate action," Johnson said Monday. "And that's exactly what I intend to do. We're reviewing all aspects of this."

Trump lawyer forced to reveal another client: Sean Hannity

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ASSOCIATED PRESS A legal fight over what should happen to records the FBI seized from President Donald Trump's personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal a secret — that he had also done legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity. The disclosure came as attorneys for Cohen and Trump tried to persuade a New York judge to delay prosecutors from examining records and electronic devices seized in the raids on the grounds that many of them are protected by attorney-client privilege. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said in hearings Friday and Monday that if Cohen wanted the court to declare that some of his files were protected because of attorney confidentiality rules, he would have to divulge the names of the clients he's worked with since the 2016 election. One was, of course, Trump himself. Another was Elliot Broidy, a Trump fundraiser who resigned from the Republican National Committee on Friday after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair. The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion. With Cohen by their side on Monday, lawyers initially resisted revealing the name of the third client for privacy reasons, saying it would be embarrassing for the client. But Wood pressed on. "I understand he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law," she said. When the name was announced, there were gasps and some laughter in a courtroom packed with journalists. A few of them raced from the courtroom. Cohen's lawyers did not detail the type of legal work he did for Hannity. Cohen, in a light blue tie and dark suit, spent most of the hearing looking forward, his hands folded. On his radio show, Hannity said Cohen was never involved in any matter between him and any third party. "Michael never represented me in any matter," Hannity said. "I never retained him in any traditional sense. I never received an invoice. I never paid a legal fee. I had brief discussions with him about legal questions where I wanted his input and perspective." Hannity, an outspoken supporter of Trump, has been a fierce critic of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Monday's hearing began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and nearly fell as she was hustled into the courthouse, a scene that captured the sensational atmosphere around the case. The last to enter court, she was among the first to leave. While in court, she smiled several times as she observed the proceedings from a folding chair near the back of the room. Outside afterward, she said Cohen has acted like he's above the law and that she and

her lawyer are committed to making sure everyone learns the truth. The April 9 raid on Cohen sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006. At issue is exactly who gets to look at Cohen's seized documents and devices before they are turned over to prosecutors. Attorneys for Cohen say they want first crack. Trump's lawyers say they also want some form of prior review. Another option is to set up a "special master" who would vet the material to determine what is protected and what isn't; that is the Cohen team's second choice. Prosecutors, who say they raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room as part of an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings, prefer the ordinary procedure of reviewing the documents with a panel of prosecutors unrelated to the investigation — a so-called "taint team." At stake is an investigation that could uncover the inner workings of Trump's longtime fixer and image protector. People familiar with the probe told The Associated Press that agents were seeking bank records, records on Cohen's dealing in the taxi industry, Cohen's communications with the Trump campaign and information on payments made in 2016 to two women who say they had affairs with Trump, former Playboy model Karen McDougal and the porn star Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Lawyers for Cohen filed papers Monday saying investigators "took everything" during the raids, including more than a dozen electronic devices. They said that prosecutors had already intercepted emails from Cohen and executed the search warrants only after discovering that there were no emails between Trump and Cohen. One of Trump's lawyers, Joanna Hendon, asked the judge to block prosecutors from studying material seized in the raid until Cohen and the president have both had a chance to review those materials and argue which are subject to the "sacred" attorneyclient privilege. "The seized materials relating to the president must be reviewed by the only person who is truly motivated to ensure that the privilege is properly invoked and applied: the privilege-holder himself, the President," Hendon wrote in court papers filed Sunday. Wood adjourned the hearing Monday, rejecting Hendon's request for a temporary restraining order on the grounds that it was too early for such an objection. As a first step, the judge said the government should put the documents in a searchable database to determine which should come under review. Prosecutors said they expected they could determine by midweek how fast they can accomplish that. Trump, who was in Florida on Monday, said all lawyers are now "deflated and concerned" by the FBI raid on Cohen. "Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past," he tweeted Sunday. "I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!" page designed and edited by TOM JENKINS| jenkins194@marshall.edu

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Localization movement aims for more community involvement By MICHAELA CRITTENDEN

THE PARTHENON Founder and curator of the Localization movement Lilly Dyer, a junior photography major, is gathering 15 of Huntington’s local artists for a pop-up installation at the Heritage Station from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. “Localization is a movement geared toward frequenting the public exposure of our area’s culture,” Dyer said. “Specifically, being aimed at are our musicians, our artists and our businesses.” The pop-up installation will mark the beginning of the Localization movement. Dyer said she began this because she thinks there is a deep artistic culture that the public does not see. “Localization’s goal is to project those talents into the public eye and help cultivate an art and music scene that can continue to grow rapidly,” Dyer said. Dyer said there will be 15 artists of all mediums such as fashion, illustration, film and printmaking at the event. “The Localization Pop Up and the movement, in general, feel very needed in our area to me,” Heath Holley, junior visual arts major and coordinator of Localization, said. “As someone who is active in our area's music scene, it seems like the visual arts, as well as other aspects of the area's culture, go relatively unnoticed. I'm excited for a reoccurring event to bring other areas of the arts into light and for people to be able to reference local visual artists as easily as they can often reference local musical artists, but also, to bring light to those musical artists that haven't yet broken out as common names in the community.” Hannah Spurlock and Alan Brown from The Dividends will be

opening for the headliners Shenanagram. Dyer said this is an opportunity to get Huntington involved with the community around them. “I see too often the people demand culture, arts and entertainment from Huntington, and as artists and business owners, we have given what the people have asked for,” Dyer said. “But in return, the same people who demand these things from the community aren't the ones supporting it.” Localization is meant to gain the support from the community for the local artists, Dyer said. “I want to see Huntington continue to thrive in every way that it can, and I'm fighting to keep it this way,” Dyer said. “I want everyone to see that you don't have to be in a huge city to be successful. We all make up Huntington, and the only way to have it continue to grow is participation.” Hunter Way, junior video production major and co-creator of the Localization magazine that will be introduced at the event, said he hopes the movement will continue to foster a more positive outlook of Huntington. “Huntington, as a whole, is only seen on the surface level as a place that is limited to what it currently holds and what it can do,” Way said. “People really get hung up on the ugly and depressing parts of our city and not focus enough on the future and what we can really blossom to be. Having younger people create these influential events is only a surefire sign that Huntington isn't done growing.” Michaela Crittenden can be contacted at crittenden2@ marshall.edu.

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Members of Alpha Tau Omega pose with Greek Week trophies at the Keith-Albee. THE PARTHENON Greek Week comes to a close after vigorous competitions in sports, community service and dances. Throughout the week, Greek Life had tournaments for volleyball, chariot races, basketball, flag football and soccer. There was also a picnic for the Greek community to get to know each other better and a day of philanthropy to help support the Huntington community. “We have a social responsibility to take care of the community that we live in,” Nick Wright, the director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, said. “The larger community is able to see that we are here and trying to help.” Greek Week ended with the annual Greek Sing performance at the Keith-Albee. This performance consisted of a Ferris Bueller cast, Disney villains and more battling it out with synchronized dances. Michaela Christman, president of Sigma Sigma Sigma, said Greek Sing is often a favorite to the community because of the creativity. “The competition is fun and it’s different,” Christman said. “People are creative and come with different themes, so people are always interested in how the themes are portrayed.” After the performances concluded, the students were ready to hear who was going to win.

There were multiple awards given, including Greek Sing winners and Greek Week winners. A representative from Harmony House also attended the show to talk about the work the Greek community did over the week for both Harmony House and Lily’s place. Delta Zeta triumphed as winners in the sorority division of Greek Week as a whole and winners of the Greek Sing competition. The group wowed the audience with an army themed dance that proved to work well for them. The fraternity competition consisted of two overall winners, with Alpha Sigma winning Greek Sing with a Toy Story themed performance. Alpha Tau Omega conquered Greek Week with wins in volleyball, chariot races, flag football and soccer. “It felt great because the foundation from our alumni and the work from our active members has been so great,” Brigham Warf, a sophomore member of ATO, said. “We came in and just wanted to build on that, and it was great.” Other awards were also up for grabs, as Harmony House presented community service awards for the FSL office to the chapter that collected the most cans, Alpha Sigma Phi, and created the most care packages, Alpha Tau Omega, from Tuesday’s community service event. Sarah Ingram can be contacted at ingram51@marshall.edu.

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