Celebrating 92 years of service to our campus vol. 92, num. 2 Oct. 10, 2012
Homecoming celebrated this weekend By Kelly Mills Campus News Editor
Homecoming is coming, which means Spirit Week is happening this week! Today is Pajama day! Tomorrow is the Homecoming Dance in Davis Conference Center from 8-11 p.m. Friday, students with ID and alumni bowl for free at Rainbow Lanes from 7-10. Saturday is the Homecoming Brunch & Recognition of Anniversary Classes 1962, 1987, and 2002, in UP’s Heritage Room from 9-10:30 a.m. Students are encouraged to attend this free event. Five alumni are being honored at Homecoming. Mollie Altobello will receive the Young Alumni Achievement award. Please read her story on Page 7. Victor T. Metz, John R. Herman, and Dwight Calhoun will all receive the Alumni Achievement award. Lieutenant Colonel Metz attended PSC from 1949 to 1951, and graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Metz
served with both the United States Air Force and the Air Force Reserve as a bomb specialist. He helped pioneer the first bomber jet program in USAF history. Herman, class of ’52, will be honored posthumously. He published more than 90 scientific papers. He was an amateur historian, a poet, an artist, and a musician. Herman was recognized by PSC in 2006, with his name inscribed onto the Duke Anthony Whitmore/ Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Scholar’s Wall. Calhoun graduated in 1953. He worked for the Farmers Home Administration. He was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award. Anita Hardesty, class of ’58, is the Distinguished Service honoree. Hardesty is an Alumni Board member and a financial supporter of the college. She was named Mineral County Teacher of the Year and WV Teacher of the Year for 1987.
Life at Potomac State College 50 years ago is pictured in the 1962 Catamount Yearbook. Above, graduates walk across the quad en route to commencement in Lough Gymnasium. Walking across our campus was a tradition until the late 1960s, when graduation moved into the new Church-McKee Arts Center. Dances in the gym were dress-up events: guys in suits and ties, ladies in dresses and heels. At the Thuse, now known as a pep rally, freshmen dress in pajamas, face paint, and school caps to show their enthusiasm for our athletic teams.
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Bachelor’s degree for adult students available at PSC By Jonathan Morse Campus News Editor
Look around PSC campus and you’ll see lots of different faces. Male and female, white and black, young and old…well, older anyway. One good reason for all those seasoned students is an educational program that many younger students have never heard of called the Regents Bachelor of Arts. The RBA program was started in 1975 to help adult students take advantage of their life experience and educational background. Many older students have some amount of college in their past having taken a class here or there or attended that Sensitivity Seminar put on by human resources last year. Verifiable life experience can be applied towards the required 120 credit hours for the RBA degree. According to the rba. wvu.edu Website, “The basic principle underlying the degree is that credit is awarded for what students know regardless of how that knowledge was attained.” For spring semester, RBA students may enroll in 300and 400- level classes such as ethics in the criminal justice system, literature of environmental writing, journalism copyediting, and personal finance. The degree asks for a minimum of 39 upper-division credit hours, although 200- or even 100-level classes can be taken concurrently to satisfy prerequisite requirements. Potomac State College currently has 50 Regents students advised by new RBA Coordinator Assistant Professor of Education Ruth Schneider, who took over for former RBA adviser Professor Karen Campbell this semester. Schneider has been an educator for over forty years including doing research for the Headstart program and working with special education students and developmentally challenged teens. During the last four years she has called PSC her home. and states concretely that, “I’ll be here till
Health Center flu shots available
HOME GAMES Saturday V-ball at 1 Soccer: women at 11; men at 1
By Cheri Alt Campus News Editor No one wants to spend a weekend in bed sick, but it’s that time of year. “Wash your hands!” Donna Swick, RN and Cherise Southerly, RN exclaimed when asked what students can do to combat the cold and flu season. As simple as that sounds, that is the number one way to keep germs at bay, they say. The Health Center started providing flu shots Oct. 1. Vaccinations are offered 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. during the week. No appointments are necessary. The cost is $15, available to all students, and can be billed to student accounts. Swick says that upper respiratory infections are on the rise, and if students have concerns please come in and see the staff. Southerly sent out a notice via email helping to identify the signs and symptoms of MRSA. “If you have a skin infection, cover the area with a bandage and go to the Health Center as soon as possible, especially if you have a fever. On weekends, seek medical advice at the local urgent care clinic or at Potomac Valley Hospital.” Southerly recommends the CDC Website for more information on health issues ranging from skin infections to sexually transmitted diseases. The Health Center will be publicizing free STD testing. Southerly suggests
By Alec Peer Staff Writer McNeill’s Rangers, an original musical production by Music Professor John Hawkins and playwright Vana Nespor, will be performed on campus for the first time, March 2013. Next year marks the 150th anniversary of West Virginia statehood; Hawkins says that this makes McNeill’s Ranger’s especially significant. The play begins with a reunion of aging, ex-Confederate soldiers, 25 years after the Civil War, but sur-
prisingly, Union soldiers have also been invited. A spark is ignited that unleashes a rehash of the events leading to the death of Captain McNeill, leader of McNeill’s Rangers, and to the capture of Union General Benjamin Kelly at a Cumberland, Md. hotel. Music for McNeill’s was composed by Hawkins and is original excluding two rearranged pieces. Twelve PSC students have roles in the production: five have a singing performance, and two perform lead/sub-lead parts.
I retire.” She is working closely with Potomac State’s new Provost Dr. Leonard Colelli to grow the program, and identifies the future necessity of hiring additional full-time staff to cover the increasing program enrollment. Potomac State student Linsay K. Baker, 23, after two semesters studying abroad, is thrilled to be in the program, “I have a very busy life at home and working so the RBA program gives me some flexibility with school.” Like Linsay, Jessica Morse who graduated from PSC at the end of last year with a degree in education, is happy “not to have to choose between family responsibilities and furthering my education. The RBA program allows me to be a mom and a student.” So, if you thought there was no way you could complete your education due to a busy lifestyle or limited resources, contact RBA coordinator Ruth Schneider for more information or visit rba.wvu.edu. Provided you finished high school or your GED four or more years ago, you may qualify. There are grants and specialized financial aid programs for students enrolled in the Regents Bachelor of Arts program.
Photo from Centers for Disease Control Website that students visit the Health Center portion of the college web site, under Campus Life, if they have questions.
The Health Center staff is also looking for a creative person to update their bulletin board in the waiting room. Please volunteer.
Community vendors appreciated
By Cheri Alt, Campus News Editor “Thank You” for this year’s community and WVU attendance at PSC’s recent Health Fair. The following businesses attended the fair: College Shuttles, Keyser Inn, Nationwide Insurance, PNC Bank, M & T Bank, First United Bank, Mane Street Studio, Hair Depot, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Candlewyck, Youth With A Mission, Children’s Home Society, Home Instead Senior Care, Telemon, and the Developmental Center and Workshop. Local churches in attendance were Keyser Church of Christ, Keyser Assembly of God, Keyser Presbyterian, Grace United Methodist, Emmanuel Episcopal, Gospel Life, and Trinity Lutheran. The WVU OIT and WVU Campus Safety attended to sign up students for the PSC Text Alert system. Free giveaways included T-shirts, pens, notepads, book bags, bibles, health and hair products, and, pizza from Domino’s and Pizza Hut, mini cupcakes from Candlewyck, cookies, and bottled water. “If you missed it, you missed one of the best fairs we have had on campus for students,” said Diana Grady, administrative assistant in Student Affairs.
Dr. Hawkins-composed musical set for March McNeill’s Rangers is historically accurate. Events took place around and on the PSC campus. In fact, behind the college library, the land is leveled like steps where cannons used to sit. Hawkins met Nespor in Petersburg, W.Va., after a musical production. Nespor had come from Oklahoma where she was “pretty big.” “This was a lady who could sell ice to the Eskimos. She’s extremely good at what she does,” Hawkins said. A man from Petersburg
suggested she write a plot about McNeill’s Rangers. “Who’s that?” Hawkins and Nespor wondered. “They were a group of Confederate ‘scallywags’ who were very active in this area in the latter part of the Civil War,” the man answered. At the heart of McNeill’s Rangers is a clearing of the air, burying the hatchet, and reconciliation. “The whole last scene is a tear-jerker and a half,” says Hawkins.
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Archery hunting permitted on campus By Stephanie Wildman Campus News Editor
Archery hunting at Potomac State College has been around for close to 25 years. Hunting is allowed on the Upper Farm, located near the Greenhouse Building, and on the Black Oak Farm (Lower Farm) located five miles north of campus on Rt. 220. Hunters may also hunt on state land. All hunters using campus property have to complete a safety workshop provided every fall on campus. You must also have a valid West Virginia hunting license. If you are a fulltime student you can purchase a West Virginia resident license. Students must store weapons off campus, according to Jeff Jones, assistant professor of forestry, who has been involved in archery hunting on campus for 10 years. Jones believes that allowing archery hunting provides student hunters a good way to go hunting here at Potomac State. Hannah Biser, a sophomore elementary education major, hunts deer, squirrel, and has been coon hunting a few times. She
Hannah Biser has been both gun and archery hunting. Biser said, “I hunt because I enjoy the outdoors and it is fun!” and that her favorite type of hunting is deer. Archery season dates in West Virginia are as follows: Wild Boar, Oct. 13 to Dec. 31; Deer, Sept. 29 to Dec. 31; and Bear, Sept. 29 to Nov. 17 and Dec. 3 to Dec. 31. A few other season dates in West Virginia are Deer (Buck) Nov. 19 to Dec. 1; Deer (Antlerless) Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, Nov. 19 to Dec. 1, Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, and Dec. 28 to Dec. 31; Deer
Student Government Association Meeting twice a week, SGA is sponsoring Homecoming events all week. They will be naming Homecoming court winners, doing theme days, and will be holding a dance tomorrow night. Contact Aaron Edwards at email@example.com Queers & Allies Club: Meeting every first and third Wednesday of the month, the Q&A Club is having a 4D showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 11:30 p.m. More information to come. Catamounts Against Cancer: Catamounts Against Cancer is a club on campus that works hard to raise awareness of cancer for the campus and community. The club meets every other Wednesday in the Heritage Room of University Place at noon. Everyone is welcome. The 7th annual Relay for Life will be held on April 11, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Catamounts Against Cancer is also having a Paint the Campus Pink Day in October in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Club will be selling boob cookies for $1 on the quad. We are selling Paint the Campus Pink Day/Breast Cancer Awareness shirts today, to be delivered next Thursday. Oct 22-31, we will be selling our dorm t-shirts. Look for signs around campus and in the dorms. Also, add us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @ CatamountsAgainstCancer or #CatamountsAC.
SGA gets new officers; makes plans By Hailey Truman Editor This year SGA has seven new members alongside returning members President Christopher Pascoe, Governor Brooke Hinchman, and Advisory Council of Student Representative Jesse Cook. The new members are Vice President Annalissa Michael, Secretary/Treasurer James Gilbert, Governors Aaron Outman, Marquest Brice, Michelle Horton, Chase Pulley and
Photo by Kurtis Wildman (Muzzle loader) Dec. 3 to Dec. 8; Bear Nov. 19 to Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 to Dec. 31; and Raccoon Oct. 13 to Feb. 28. For more information on season dates and regulations visit the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Website.
P.J Cise. The SGA has a lot planned for us this year, including a Homecoming Dance tomorrow at 8, which Obama and Romney will be attending. On Oct. 30 there will be a Halloween blood drive, more infomation to come. The new SGA members are looking forward to having more activities on campus for students to do and for students to get more involved in the campus community.
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Games is Nov. book talk Campus Police Hunger in honor of Banned Book Week willing to help
By Brittany Biddle Campus New Editor If you see the guys walking around with the badges on their uniforms, don’t be afraid to talk to them and ask questions. The Campus Police are always willing to talk to any student about their job and the safety of following the law. The Campus Police get numerous call-in’s throughout the week, which could range anywhere from about 30 to 50 calls. “It varies from shift to shift,” says Campus Policeman Chad Robinette. Out of all those calls, the City Police have only been needed for backup once or twice on campus so far this year. He also mentioned they get the usual “keys locked in car” call just about every day. Also if any student is interested in taking a selfdefense class, all you have to do is go to the University Police Office and talk to Sgt. Mike Cannon. He will set up a class in the top part of their office for you and any other student who would like to join.
By Jen Battle Staff Writer Next month, a new book discussion group will meet for the first time in the library. The PSC Book Lovers group was created in honor of Banned Books Week, Sept. 30 through Oct. 6. The books the group will be reading are “challenged,” meaning that a number of people do not think they are appropriate for teenagers or young adults, but they are not necessarily banned. Linda Bane, one of the librarians behind the group, believes that students should be able to read everything. “I don’t think anyone should be able to tell us what we can and cannot read,” says Bane.
“We deserve the right to pick it up ourselves.” The group will announce its first meeting time in November to discuss The Hunger Games, one of the Top Ten challenged books of 2010 and 2011. Copies of the book are available to students in the different formats provided by the library, including one electronic copy of the book and a digital copy of the movie, both on reserve on a Kindle Fire for in-library reading. The meeting will be arranged around members’ schedules, so please contact either Virginia Kline or Linda Bane in the PSC Library if you are interested. Refreshments will be provided. The Library phone number is 304-788-6901.
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Math teacher appears in Dark Knight Rises By Linsay K. Baker Campus News Editor
What do mathematics and batman films have in common? Barbara Glasbrenner, the new developmental math instructor here at PSC, has a very interesting resume. She says, “I had my five seconds of fame when I was an extra on the set of the movie The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh. It was 100 degrees and we were dressed for winter for the scene.” Glasbrenner is not only interested in mathematics and teaching at the college level, but also loves attending shows, concerts, live musicals, movies, and traveling. She has lived in Frost-
burg, Md. for five years with her husband of 23 years, David, and two children, Sara and Steven. Sara is journalism major at the University of Maryland and Steven is a sophomore in high school. She found teaching as her passion later in life and chose to attend FSU to earn her master’s degree in education. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Penn State. From there she went to work for insurance companies as an actuary and her job involved working with statistics and data collection. She enjoys trips to New York City. One time she pulled an all-nighter in
Times Square, in the middle of winter, just to catch the Good Morning America show. “I’ve met a lot of different actors and singers just by going to shows,” she says. Glasbrenner has met people ranging from Paul McCartney to Ryan Seacrest, Elvis Costello to Hugh Jackman, and Miley Cyrus to Shaq. In her free time, Glasbrenner referees for boys and girls basketball games. She is currently licensed in Maryland and West Virginia. “I love sports. I am a huge Red Sox and Celtics fan,” she says. Sports is a way for her to connect with her son who has similar interests, while
a good opportunity for her, she says, because she lives locally and she has always wanted to teach students who she says “have a higher maturity level. They pay to be here, so they take it seriously.”
schedule, assisting division chairs, assisting with faculty evaluation, and providing administrative assistance. She was also part of the college’s public relations team for many years. “Linda has an unparalleled PSC knowledge base, an incredible work ethic, an uncanny capacity to multi-task, and after all these years, the desire and aptitude to use new technology,” said Professor Phil Douthitt. “I will greatly miss her insight and her
ability to solve problems, but mostly I will miss her.” Retirement in nearby Mt. Storm, W.Va. will be different, filled with her hobbies of sewing, needlework, and photography. Linda also loves to read and has an interest in theater. She has been involved with Dr. Hawkins’ school productions for years. “I will miss the interaction with faculty, students, and administration,” Linda said. Her involvement with students goes beyond her job description. A former student, now a physical education teacher inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame, thanked her specifically for her guidance and advice during his time at Potomac State. Lancaster said that the people she has worked with over the years are who she will miss the most, but is also “excited” to be retiring to spend more time with her family and to travel. She has been to 45 states and hopes to see them all. “Linda has spent a life time supporting Potomac State College; her dedication and quality job performance are unparalleled. The college is really going to miss her, and I am going to miss a really good friend,” said Professor Karen Campbell.
Lancaster retires with 43 years of service By Erica Sirk Campus News Editor
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attending shows is something she and her daughter love to do together. “Everyone who works here really enjoys being here,” she says about her coworkers at Potomac State. Taking this job was
Administrative Assistant Linda Lancaster is retiring after 43 years at Potomac State College, working in the Academic Dean’s office and with faculty. “Linda is amazing,” said Dr. Gerald Wilcox. “I don’t know how we will get along without her. She is so knowledgeable about our history, policies and procedures.” Lancaster’s duties include managing the college
Freshman hopes to go pro
By Dylan Kaplan Staff Writer Meet Michael Windom, or to many who know him, it’s Jamaal. Jamaal is a freshman business administration major who plays center field for the Catamounts. Windom was a wellknown multi-sport athlete at Salem HS in Virginia. “Out of high school I was well known in my area for baseball,” he said. He received scholarship offers from some Div. I schools and even professional baseball organizations such as the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, and St. Louis Cardinals came to see him play. “It was just a great experience, and I’m honored
that those teams looked at me,” Windom said. Ultimately, Jamaal chose Potomac State for a number of reasons. “They have a good, well developed program here, and Coach Little and his coaching staff are great teachers and have a lot of baseball connections.” Another reason Jamaal chose the two-year college route is that it can be a faster way to the pros. Windom has high hopes of re-entering the MLB (Major League Baseball) draft after his first or second year at Potomac State. He is also prepared to continue his business administration degree at a Division I college.
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Sophomore outside hitter Katie Bush goes up for a hit in the Lady Cats’ home game against Northern Virginia.
Lady Cats head to Catonsville
By Tyler Odems Staff Writer The Lady Catamounts had a 7-game win streak snapped last weekend in the Hagerstown Tournament, but hope to rebound at home Saturday against CCBC-Catonsville. Peyton Smith, one of the dynamic players this year, says, “I am very confident going into the match this weekend. I think that if we play our best and play as a team, we will be hard to stop.” Michaela Osborne had this to say in comparison to last year’s successful team. “I feel that we can have great success this year. We have so much
talent in every position. I don’t really think we have anything to prove, but if we needed to, we could.” The 2011 Lady Cats set high expectations for this year’s team. Says Aimee Conley, “I really think we have a shot at going as far as the team went last year, maybe even further. We’re a good team. Sure, some games it takes us a while to get into our ‘groove,’ but we have a lot of talent and we’ve shown that many times.” The freshman-dominated Lady Cats have the WPCC Tournament on Oct. 20 and two additional home games.
Sports wrap-up by Ryan Minnigh
Nationals: The Nationals finished the regular season as NL East Champions with a record of 98-64, the first Washington playoff baseball team since 1933. The Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals. Orioles: The Orioles won their Wild Card Playoff Game Friday night against the Texas Rangers. This takes them into a current five-game ALDS against AL East rival New York Yankees. WVU Football: The West Virginia Mountaineers came out victorious on the road in Austin, Texas, Saturday night with a 48-45 win over the Longhorns. Sophomore Andrew Buie led the charge with 207 yards on 31 carries, scoring two touchdowns on the ground, and adding three receptions for 66 yards. Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens gutted out a win on Sunday vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, 9-6. Ravens’ running back Ray Rice rushed for 102 yards on 17 carries, but kicker Justin Tucker kicked three field goals that ultimately decided the game. Redskins: The Washington Redskins fell to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, 24-17. Robert Griffin III left the game in the third quarter, which left fellow rookie Kirk Cousins to pass for 111 yards and one touchdown. Ryan Kerrigan had the Redskins’ other touchdown with a 28-yard interception return. Steelers: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 16-14 on Sunday. Returning from injury, Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and one touchdown. Kicker Shaun Suisham kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.
CAT SPORTS Men 10-1 in regular season By Amber Ravenscroft Editor On Saturday, Oct. 6, the men’s soccer team defeated Lord Fairfax Community College in a blowout 10-0 win. Chris Ranker and Steve Holtschneider led the team with two goals each. Garrett Kiddy, Conor Fungaroli, Nathan Main, Nat Wilkes, and Caleb Goodin each chipped in with a goal. The team pulled through in a nail-biter on Friday, Oct. 5, versus Anne Arundel Community College. The game ended with a score of 1-0. Zach Saylor scored on an assist from Ranker to give Potomac State the victory. The team suffered their first loss to Prince George’s Community College on Sept. 29 in overtime with a final score of 1-0. The team outshot the opponents 13-7 and dominated in corner kicks 16-2. The other team scored on a lucky shot in overtime at 99:59. The Cats defeated Blue Ridge Community College 7-2 on Sept. 26. Chris
Nathan Main, a sophomore from Australia, goes up for a bicycle-kick in their game. Photo by Raymond Burner Ranker and Trey Ogilvie led the team with goals in the first half, followed by two from Nat Wilkes, one from Jordan Cook, Conor Fungaroli, and Connor Eberly in the second. The Catamounts dominated Northern Virginia Community College on Sept. 23 in a 3-1 victory. Ranker brought in two in the second half, along with Garrett Kiddy. The team led 20-9 in shots and 10-4 in corner kicks. On Sept. 21, the Catamounts shut out Hager-
stown Community College, a region rival, in a 3-1 victory. Ranker scored the lone goal of the first half, followed by another goal in the second along with teammate Steve Holtschneider. Results from Monday’s game against Westmoreland County Community College were unavailable at press time. The next-to-last home game is Saturday, Oct. 13, against Howard County Community College. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
tany Yates had two. The Lady Cats blew out Penn State-Beaver on Sept. 18 with a final score of 131. The game was ended 25 minutes early, and Potomac played with only seven players after their sixth goal. Nine different players scored for PSC, and they led Beaver 22-3 in shots on goal and 5-0 in corner kicks. On Sept. 12, the Cats defeated Westmoreland County Community Col-
lege with a final score of 4-1. Altman, Agyei, and Podlesnik scored, with Agyei bringing in two. Smith had four saves in goal, and Yates had one. The team took on Westmoreland again Monday, Oct. 8, but results were unavailable at press time. They will play their next home game on Saturday, Oct. 10, versus Howard County Community College. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.
Lady Cats remain undefeated
By Amber Ravenscroft Editor The Potomac State women’s soccer team remains undefeated as they head into their final three games of regular season play. The Cats dominated Lord Fairfax Community College Sunday, Oct. 7, in a 9-0 blowout. Six different players scored. The Lady Cats have outscored their competition 34-3 in their past four games. Sadey Crooks, Comfort Agyei, and Laurel Podlesnik each scored in the team’s 3-1 victory over Chatham University on Saturday, Sept. 22. Acasha Smith had five saves in goal for the Lady Cats. Potomac led Chatham 16-7 in shots and 4-3 in corner kicks. Podlesnik led the team with two goals, followed by a goal each from Abigail Altman and Agyei in their 4-0 victory over Frederick Community College on Friday, Sept. 21. Smith had five saves in goal and Brit-
Sophomore Abigail Altman broke her leg in practice earlier this week, one goal short of tying the school’s scoring record. Photos by Raymond Burner
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PSC parking nightmare
For a student who lives in the residence halls at Potomac State, parking for commuters might look like a cakewalk, but commuter students know that in prime class time, available parking is a thin slice of the pie. To find a parking spot near class is similar to winning the lottery. And in this lottery, if you can’t parallel park you won’t get the spot. Commuter students are allowed to park in any lot that isn’t designated “Staff Only.” Commuters are also allowed to park around the quad and along the streets connecting to campus. And when someone cruises Potomac State after 3 in the afternoon, he probably thinks, “Wow, this place has great parking,” but if he comes during mid-day class time, he would find that thought to be highly inaccurate. Everyday I have to walk from the street up the steps and across the quad to get to my classes because the parking is so awful. There have been times when I couldn’t even find parking on the street, and I had to park on Rt. 220 and walk. Now if you know when to get on campus you might be lucky enough to find a spot on the quad but if you don’t know how to parallel park you are SOL because all spots on the quad are parallel to the sidewalk. Also, if you’re lucky enough to get prime parking at Science Hall, you will find the spots are more crowded than the periodic table. And once you go through all of that trouble to park, if you have a big vehicle, you better pray you are good at backing your vehicle up because there is barely any room at all to maneuver between the cars to get out of the lot. Luke McKenzie
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Editors: Amber Ravenscroft and Hailey Truman Campus News Editors: Cheri Alt, Brittany Biddle, Paul Burford, Kelly Mills, Jonathan Morse, and Stephanie Wildman Feature Editor: Linsay K. Baker Photo Editors: Hailey Truman and Elisha Wagoner Sports Editor: Amber Ravenscroft Advertising Manager: Erica Sirk Graphics: Denzel Johnson Staff Writers and photographers: Nick Adams, Nija Andrews, Jen Battle, Ashley Evans, Donnie Harris, Dylan Kaplan, Travis Keating, Kenny Kimble, Mekayla Lee, Jordan Lewis, Luke McKenzie, Ryan Minnigh, Dennira Nesbitt, Tyler Odems, Patricia Olanrewaju, Emma Patterson, Alec Peer, Chris Tinsman, Morgan Wright
Technology is constantly improving. Those improvements al-
most always make somebody’s life easier, and teachers deserve that help more than almost anyone. Scantron-like testing is perhaps the greatest time-saving tool at a teacher’s disposal, but is it an asset for the students as well? In my opinion, Scantron-like testing can only hurt students in the long run. There are the obvious problems like smudging, and not filling in a bubble fully, which lead to incorrect answers, but there are several other problems that can arise. Some students enjoy having essay style questions so that they can express their knowledge of the question to the teacher. Replacing essay questions with A, B, C, or D can be disheartening to students. My biggest problem with the testing is that it can lead to laziness among students. When students know that they will always be taking a multiple-choice test, they don’t necessarily have to know the correct answer. They can just have a pretty good idea of which choices are incorrect. I don’t think a lot of information gets retained that way, and without the retention of knowledge, nothing really is learned. Donnie Harris
VOTE? It’s your future
This November it is no secret that something huge is happen-
ing. The future of our country rides on it: the presidential election: Obama vs. Romney. One of these two candidates will be making major Presidential decisions about energy resources, healthcare, and education. Many media sources broadcast or print candidate speeches and reaction to their policies, so you can become informed if you are not already. We as scholars, upcoming teachers, doctors, lawyers and soldiers need to be involved. No matter who you are, or what your plans are, this can and will affect you. Are you registered to vote? If not, get registered and get involved. All U.S. citizens can go to registertovote.org and select their state. Residents of Mineral County can submit said form at the County Clerk’s office by no later than next Tuesday, Oct. 16. This is not only your future but your children’s future. Those who do not project their voice will not be heard. Jordan Lewis
Lower the drinking age My name is Henry. I am 19 years old, and I have come here from Australia, a country where the consumption of alcohol is legal at 18 (and even then, widely accepted under that age). Teenagers drink. America’s legal age of 21 needs to be rethought. From personal experience, I have noticed that US teenagers have placed drinking on some ‘forbidden’ pedestal, causing them not to drink for enjoyment, but more so just to prove that they can, and to dangerous levels. I have also noticed that while teenagers are busy pursuing this pedestal, the parents involved completely avoid the subject, treating it almost as taboo. There needs to be a change in attitude. Drinking in Australia is not shown in a negative light as it is over here in the US. Just because you drink, this does not define you as an alcoholic. We Australians are taught to use, not to abuse, alcohol. And as the topic of alcohol consumption is generally avoided in the US, this only encourages dangerous drinking habits from youth, whether this is to rebel against the law or to look cool, or a combination of both. Lower the drinking age and remove this taboo chain of thought. Henry Herkes
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Resident student parking involves lots of walking Parking issues. It’s clear that every college has them and Potomac State College of WVU is no exception. What I’m talking about are the residential lots that are scattered throughout the backside of the campus. Make no mistake, when these $40 permits are purchased for the full academic year, each resident will be in for an interesting ride filled with excitement, anger, and a whole lot of walking (if you’re not lucky). Every dorm student knows that the best lots to park in around campus are the lot by the police station and the lot behind Enrollment Services. A decent one is that lot near the athletic complex. You don’t have to walk up many hills but you risk a busted window after a softball game is over, and you park at your own risk so damage is all on you. Whenever I park in
these lots, I have the same feeling I get when I get clothes for Christmas, it’s not the most exciting thing ever, but it’s definitely better than getting socks. The worst is the parking lot by Church-McKee. I’d like to think of this lot as the overflow area of campus. When I have to park in this lot, a little part of me dies. What’s wrong? It’s on top of a hill, it takes FOREVER to walk back to
your residence hall, and it’s totally a pain if you’re carrying like groceries or laundry. The best solution to the residential parking problem? Wait until the weekend. I usually am like most of you on a Friday afternoon, eager to get the car loaded and head home. But I’ve spent a few weekends here and I must say that the parking isn’t nearly as bad. I went grocery shopping on a Saturday and came back an hour later to my same parking space beside the police station. And once Sunday comes around, risk the urge to move your car for the week (or at least until you have to) and you’ll be in great shape! Happy hunting for parking spaces! Photo by Elisha Wagoner Opinion by Rachel Waibogha
Alcohol EDU invades privacy and is really dry Freshmen are aware of the Alcohol EDU course and to those who don’t know, Alcohol EDU is a required online course for freshmen about the dangers of drinking excessively and doing drugs while at college. I say this course is more along the lines of a complete mess with a hefty penalty for not participating, and it is a massive invasion of privacy. The entire product just feels hastily put together and lazily constructed, like a paper right before the due date. Instead of alerting people to actual dangers, what it does instead is waste students’ time. Virtually everything covered in the Alcohol EDU course people could have learned from a PSA on Captain Planet. Alcohol EDU is so boring, you start to think that you could liven it up by drinking. If you do not take the test, you are fined $50. Now, I don’t know about everyone else, but I am on a Ramen noodle diet; $50 out of my pocket because
I did not take the course that is reiterating facts that anyone who attended high school already knows, seems a bit on the irrational side. But what is truly disturbing is just how invasive it gets, especially toward the end of the survey. “Have you ever drunk while under age?” Common question, okay, whatever, no one who does drink underage is going to answer this honestly, but hey, it is a standard question for these types of things. However, other questions are asked: “Have you ever been sexually assaulted?” “Have
you ever sexually assaulted someone?” “Would you, or would you not take advantage of somebody who was under the influence of alcohol?” “Have you ever been taken advantage of while under the influence of alcohol?” What the hell kind of questions are these? These questions are an obvious massive invasion of my privacy. Also, anyone in a psychology class or even a fan of Criminal Minds can tell you that these types of questions can immediately trigger in somebody who has been a victim, behaviors such as self-harm, or hey I don’t know, drinking! I had wanted to get some quotes from my fellow students regarding this, but most could not refrain from saying, let us say, descriptive things about the course. I cannot help but agree with them. Instead of being a program that could help kids stop drinking, Alcohol EDU invades privacy, bores to tears, and wastes our time. Photo by Hailey Truman Opinion by Nick Adams
Nick’s MOVIE REVIEWS
What a good time to go to the movies! September is gone, October is here, and there are some really good films for you to go out and watch. October to December is awards season. Production companies start releasing some smart independent movies in time to be fresh in the minds of Academy Awards voters. Yet, we have some fun ones in here too! Hotel Transylvania, is about Dracula throwing his daughter a birthday party, and the guest list is a who’s who of Scooby-Doo villains and classic horror iconography. Yes, it is a kiddie movie, but it’s that time of the year, and for what it’s worth, it is really funny. You would be sorry to miss it. On the more serious note there is The Master, an absolutely astonishing movie about the rise of a cult in post WWII America. Featuring go-for-broke performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, as a man returning to America, trying to find his way in the world, and the charismatic leader of “The Cause” respectively. The movie is insightful as to how far people are willing to take their beliefs. If you want a movie that is serious and fun, see Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. It’s set in the future, where time travel is possible, but controlled by the mob, who use it to send targets back into the past to be assasinated by a hired gun, or “looper.” This movie is awesome; it is this year’s Inception.
Altobello wins Young Alumni Award By Erica Sirk Campus News Editor Mollie Altobello, the Young Alumni Achievement Award winner, is the director of rehab at Heartland nursing home, Keyser. She walked across the Coliseum stage at WVU to receive her master’s degree in physical therapy, but that path started here at Potomac State College. “I got a good foundation,” said Altebello. She liked the smaller class sizes and enjoyed the sciences courses during the first two years of her education. Altobello excelled at academics and was in the
Honors Program. She moved to the main campus and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. She was recently inducted into the Keyser HS Athletic Hall of Fame. She was part of the state championship tennis team. Family and a love of the area brought her back home to Heartland, where her new job has her liaising and scheduling. She is equally busy at home with two boys, Enzo and Luca, who are four years and six months old.
Undo the mental illness stigma
Opinion by Elisha Wagoner What do you think of in October? Halloween? Chilly weather and leaves changing? True, but something that many people don’t know about is Mental Illness Awareness Week, this week. Too many people label those with a mental illness as “crazy” or “weird.” I work in the mental health field at a company called Archway Station, and I see that these people are fully capable of achieving everything someone without a mental illness can achieve. The stigma of mental illness can keep people from reaching their full potential for fear of being labeled this way. I’ve seen this stigma myself. I was out marketing one day with someone Archway supports and the cashier said, “Is that one of your people?” and acted like she didn’t want to touch anything the person touched. But, there’s hope for those with mental illness. Once they get their confidence and see that people actually do believe in them, dramatic change is possible. I’ve seen people overcome some huge barriers, move out on their own, hold a job, carry on a “normal” life. Mental Illness Awareness Week brings attention to the issue in hopes of opening minds. Everyone is human and deserves understanding.
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October: time for scary stories, haunted houses, and a haunted barn! This year, the Agriculture and Forestry Club will host a haunted barn on Oct. 26, 27 and 29, from 8 ‘til midnight. The barn is located on Parkview Drive, next to the greenhouse. Admission is $5, and the barn is open to the public. Refreshments will be available on the grounds. Proceeds from the event benefit the Agriculture Club.
Halloween was a Celtic scare By Paul Burford Campus News Editor Did you ever wonder where the holiday we call Halloween has its origins? The answer to this question lies buried in Celtic tradition. Halloween was the Celtic New Year (called “Samhaien” pronounced “sowen”). The Celts of Britannia (the region now known as Great Britain) believed that on their new year, the veil between our world and the netherworld was so thin that the creatures who lived there could pass through and enter our world in search of hapless souls to take back with them. These creatures, known to the Celts as “banshees,” “ghouls,” and “gob-
lins,” would terrorize the villages of Britannia to the point where the villagers would take to their homes and stay there all night. If they absolutely had to go outside, the villagers would disguise themselves as one of these denizens, in an attempt not to be taken. Most villages would hold a ceremony in a field outside of town, where they would light a bonfire and offer gifts of food to the creatures of this other world, whose green eyes they could see reflecting the firelight, in exchange for not killing anybody. In the morning, the food would be gone, and usually no one had turned up dead, so they believed the offering had worked.
Pictured above on the streets of Ocean City, Maryland, an ‘87 Volkswagen GTI. To the right is a blue ‘04 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, and pictured below with the top carrier, an ‘02 Audi A4. Staff writer and photographer Peter Stuppard traveled to Ocean City in his ‘05 Scion, de-badged, coil overs, and CCW Classics.
OC car show draws record numbers Article and photos by Peter Stuppard Staff Writer/Photographer
Hundreds of car enthusiasts converged on Ocean City, Md., for the 15th Annual H2O International Car Show, held the last weekend in September. Started in 1998, H2Oi, is an action-packed weekend of cruising down the strip, getting together, and meeting other people who share the same passion as you do. For the first couple of years, the event was open exclusively to those who owned Volkswagens or Au-
dis. Attendance wasn’t too high, and you would only see people from Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Now different makes of cars are also invited and there are people from all over the East Coast and Canada making the trip every year. “It’s true that H2O is the most anticipated weekend of the year. There’s nothing like cruising down the OC boulevard with a bunch of sick looking cars and getting to meet people who can become lifelong friends just because you drive the
same kind of car. That’s the main reason I make the seven-hour drive from North Carolina every year,” said Mark Jones, an eighttime H20i attendee. The car show, held on Sunday, is always a good turnout, rain or shine and it’s a chance for vendors to showcase their new products and for attendees to have a good time and look at other people’s hard work and dedication to their cars. This year was the biggest turnout ever in the event’s 15-year history; it’s predicted to grow larger and larger every year. Whether it’s your first or your fifteenth attendance, you will leave the weekend with new friends, new stories, and something to look forward to every year. Now that H2O 2012 is over it’s now time to count down the days for H2O 2013, held on the same weekend and in the same place, Ocean City.