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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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State

Funding

Cuts up to

$1 Million Eli Tracewell Etrace01@rams.shepherd.edu Shepherd faces cuts of up to $1 million as a result of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s higher education funding reductions. What is first on the chopping block has yet to be decided. Shepherd University President Dr. Suzanne Shipley said, “The university’s budget is made up of approximately 18 percent state funding, or $11 million, while some institutions receive closer to 30 percent or more from the state.” The top two state universities must supplement a much larger loss. Marshall will have to cut approximately $5.1 million, and West Virginia University must cut more than double that amount. Government funding will be cut up to $35 million total statewide, according to the Higher Education Policy Commission. Shipley said, “The good news is that Shepherd’s reliance on state funding is among the lowest of institutions in this state. The reductions for Shepherd could impact as much as $1 million, or they could be less. At this time, it is difficult to predict, but budgetary information showing a reduction in spending has been required by the state.” While the university attempts to implement the Higher Learning Commission’s suggestions from a recent study, Shipley said that it will take some “creative thinking and some measure of sacrifice” to come up with the funds to do so. Shipley said, “While the residence halls continue to be at capacity, no increases in enrollment over last year are expected due to a smaller freshman class and lower-than-projected summer revenues. This will translate into a budget deficit over projections small enough to be absorbed but leaving little for funding new initiatives.” Shipley said, “While other institutions may well make other choices, we believe that the implementation of a raise could signal to the state that Shepherd has resources to move forward unimpaired with or without state support. So, for now, the determination of the amounts and timing of raises will need to be held.” Though tough cuts will be made, Shipley assured that “working together, we will be up to the task.”

Scott Bultrowicz navigates a climb during the Climbing Class Saturday September 29, 2012 at the Frederick Watersheild. Offered over 10 years at Shepherd, the class teaches valuable skills not found in the traditional classroom.Photography by Don Zumbach

Program Board

Budgets Shepfest Alex Hale ahale01@rams.shepherd.edu

hue said, “I’ve been to a lot of Shepfests in my life as a Shepherdstown resident, but [this year] was probably my favorite.”

Students experienced mixed emotions over the Ireton said, “I didn’t really way Shepfest 2012 was like last year’s because of Gym Class Heroes and I am held. not a fan of Gym Class HeShepfest 2011 had the rap roes.” rock Gym Class Heroes perform as well as small- What most students do not er activities to keep stu- think about with Shepfest dents entertained. Shep- and any other Program fest 2012 had zip-lining, a Board-sponsored events is water slide, a photo booth the cost. Last year’s Shepand ice cream, snow cones, fest cost $43,000, which and hot dogs all free to took money away from other students. A local battle of events Program Board could the bands, including at have held. least one Shepherd stu- Rachael Meads, adviser for dent, played the through- Program Board, said, “It was out the event, however, in- fiscally irresponsible to spend stead of having a big name that amount of money on a one-day event.” headlining band. This year’s Shepfest did Meads added that it did not not live up to expectations seem fair to students who could not make Shepfest and for some students. Sophomore Josh Fox said, would miss out on where the “There wasn’t enough majority of the budget for stuff to do for the entire events went. Shepfest.”

Out of Program Board’s budget of $120,000 for the entire year, including the salaries of the Program Board, they spent a total of $18,000 on Shepfest.

Other students complained about a lack of variety between musical acts. Some students like Fox felt that for a fourhour event, there should Some may wonder why there have been more to keep was a cut back of $25,000. Rachael Meads said the reathem occupied. Many students still soning behind this cut back seemed to enjoy Shepfest. was to be able to put on more events throughout the year Sophomore David Dono- instead of focusing it all on

one event. Meads said, “Some people felt like we didn’t do enough big events [last year].” Meads stated that the board got criticism for doing too many craft-related events and not having enough outside performers such as comedians. New events planned for this year include the Comedy Unleashed series and Shepflix, both to be held at the Opera House in Shepherdstown. The Comedy Unleashed series will include uncensored comedy acts. Shepflix allows Program Board to show movies that have not been released on DVD twice a month. The students on Program Board stood behind Rachael Meads and her decision to put less money into Shepfest in order to spread it out through the year.

may not be happy with what happened to Shepfest. Filon said, “But I think in a few years people will start to realize that what we’re doing throughout the year is more and important.” Filon added that in the future perhaps they could tweak Shepfest a bit more to come up with a compromise. Not all of the students on the board initially agreed with Rachael Meads on cutting back on Shepfest. Meads said, “Some of the students fought me and did not want to give up the idea of a headliner.” Meads said the board agreed it was better for all of Shepherd students in the end if they cut back.

Senior Nicole Taschner, also a member of the Program Board, said, “I was very concerned with how the changes to Shepfest would turn out prior to the Junior Katy Coleman, who is event.” on the board for her second year, said, “Even though stu- Taschner continued that dents don’t pay for our events afterward, though, she bewhen they come to them, a lieved the event to be a sucsmall amount of your tuition cess and that she agreed with the rest of the board goes towards our budget.” on the direction it would Coleman also said that she take this year. feels the new direction will make the events more worth- The board believes that while and more accessible to they can make more memorable events for the stuall students. dents at Shepherd with the Graduate assistant Brian extra money. Filon believes some students

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Departments Debate

Printing Fees Nick Pappas npappa01@rams.shepherd.edu Students debate whether other majors should have a printing budget to constitute “free” printing, similar to the lab fees paid for by art majors. Katy Cousino, a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing, said, “For the creative writing track, you are writing up to fifteen pages.” Art majors are required to pay a $45 fee for materials, such as printer ink, toner, paper, and other art-specific necessities. English majors are devoid of this, thus paying out of pocket for materials. On campus, printing costs 15 cents per black and white page, causing students who have many papers to print to accumulate an expensive bill. Cousino believes that students within the creative writing program would benefit from an upfront, fixed charge to cover these costs. Other English majors who do not print as much, however, may not share this opinion. Assistant professor of English Dr. Carrie Messenger supports Cousino’s position. She reminds her students, however, that creative writing often “requires fewer and less expensive textbooks.” Printing is considered to constitute the textbook cost for these classes. Messenger believes, though, that creative writing is a form of art, and as such, students must create drafts, which are often times printed out. The department chair of English Dr. Betty Ellzey is not convinced that additional fees are necessary.

She argues that “students don’t want to pay extra,” and “it would be a bureaucratic nightmare if all departments charged [material fees].” Contrasting opinions are not limited to the English department, however. Some art students who do not regularly print find it is unfair to pay these material fees, although the fees also provide many materials for artists. Graphic design majors are excluded from “free” printing if they print in color. The current rate is 25 cents per normal-sized paper and 50 cents per large-sized paper. Rhonda Smith, department chair of contemporary art and theater, said, “Students are not always aware of their spending and waste.” This charge covers most expendable items that Shepherd University purchases for artists. These supplies are bought in bulk and allow the university to receive a discount. The supplies are not inexhaustible, however. Smith believes that the additional charge provides students with more than they could provide themselves because the cost of creating art is rising. Similar costs have always been a part of every art program she has seen, yet she is not convinced that it is the best policy because requiring students to spend their own money “forces frugal decisions.” Adding costs directly to the tuition bill allows for the possibility for financial aid and scholarships to compensate for students, however.

Kyle Perrella using his rambler to print off the black and white printer in the library. The Shepherd library has lots of different copiers, printers, and scanners for students to use. Photograph by Michael Keplinger

Voices in the Hall

How Would You Improve Dorm Life? Rose Tribby rtribb01@rams.shepherd.edu

“Since I’m an RA, I would offer “To improve dorm life, I would of-

more stuff to do on the week-

fer wireless internet in all of the

ends for students, especially

rooms. I would also have more

since it is preferred that people

storage available to students and

stay on campus, but there’s not

make it easier to access as well.” -

a lot of things for students to

Ben Hackett, senior biology major

do on the weekend.”

- Deborah

Adams, senior psychology major

“It would be nice if single rooms could be available for everyone to have. I’m not saying that’s what everyone wants, but it would be nice to have that option.” - Katherine Baulkwill, sophomore nursing major

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“I would improve dorm life by having a personal dishwasher in my room. By that I mean another person to wash dishes for me. I hate washing dishes.” - Mahaley Beaty, sophomore elementary education major


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NEWS

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Thirsty Thursday Shepherd’s Party Culture

Samantha Young syoung01@rams.shepherd. edu Since Shepherdstown is such a small town, many students may find it difficult to adapt without taking in a few beers during the week. Local bars, restaurants, and apartments are home a large part of the party culture in Shepherdstown. Tony’s Pizza, Stonewall’s Pub and Alto’s seem to be the hot spots for Shepherd students and residents of Shepherdstown alike. Senior mass communications major Symantha Parker believes that only a few nights a week can satisfy the need. Parker said, “Now that I am a senior, I would say that I party about twice a month. I don’t go to Tony’s anymore because it’s usually overcrowded and gross. Now I usually go to Alto’s if I do go out.” One might assume many parties are occurring in dorms on campus for Shepherd University students, although many of the parties in Shepherdstown are occurring elsewhere. Sgt. D.L. Kelvington of Shepherd University’s police department notes that a majority of the reports

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result from off campus partying. A lot of these reports have been related to underage drinking.

Sophomore art major Matt Duncan believes there is no harm in drinking a couple of beers per night.

Kelvington said, “It seems like every Monday morning we get reports of something that happened over the weekend. Usually these incidences relate to parties that have happened off campus.”

Duncan said, “The problem isn’t the alcohol. All of the movies I have watched about college have been about having a good time. I’m not going to feel guilty, especially when I’m able to keep my grades at a decent average.”

There have not been any recent reports this semester. Students are advised, however, to remember that it is unsafe to consume anything whose contents are not completely known. Many students may consume mixed alcoholic beverages from punch bowls or anything unlabeled. Dr. Thomas Segar, vice president for student affairs, believes that students who constantly party and consume alcohol are putting themselves in risky situations. The code of conduct states consequences for underage students who have been found violating Shepherd University’s alcohol policy. Segar said, “If there is consistent risky behavior, it’s going to have a long-term negative effect on students. Going to class consistently is key. Anything that prevents that from happening at its best can be harmful.” Alcohol consumption is just seen as part of the college experience for some students who believe it should not always be related to all of their problems.

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Some restaurant staff members do not seem to think alcohol has much of an impact on whether Shepherd is a party school. West Virginia University has the reputation of a high party culture, and residents seek to stress that Shepherd is not the same. Tony’s remains well-known for its frequent Thursday night population. Students visit the pub about 3 – 4 nights a week, although some may believe it is where students like to party every night. Staff members stress that it is always a different group and not necessarily only fraternities and sororities. They enjoy the students’ company and would like to see them stay in Shepherdstown more often. The anonymous Tony’s Pizza and Stonewall’s Pub manager said, “We’re not WVU. There’s not a huge impact on party culture in Shepherdstown, but there is definitely an impact that

comes from drinking in some cases. I do wish more students would stay in town on the weekends and enjoy the town and what it has to offer.” Any activity that prevents a student from going to class and being fully prepared may be a detriment to that student’s college success story. Parker said, “When I was a freshman, it would be hard to go to sleep at 3 a.m. and then have class at 8 a.m., so to say that my grades weren’t affected in that one class would be a bit of a stretch even though I still received A’s in a lot of my classes.” Even though there have not been any recent incidents, Shepherd police note that some of the restaurants in town may be encouraging students to take part in certain risky activities. Kelvington said, “Unfortunately, there have been some incidents with some of the bars in town. I think they promote their clientele with our students by promoting certain activities during the week. They definitely cater to the behavior because they know a majority of their business comes from students.” University Heights is another party location in the Shepherdstown area, yet it remains a mystery to some Shepherd students and Shepherdstown residents. Duncan said, “I know that University Heights had a lot of parties when I was in my

first year, but I never really went there.” Shepherd University’s Program Board and Residence Life, along with other campus organizations, provide several events that allow students to get together and have fun without involving alcohol. Segar said, “There are ample opportunities to have fun without drinking. We always have comedians, arts and crafts projects, speakers, and the Wellness Center awaiting our attention.” Students who are of age are encouraged to use alcohol responsibly if they do consume it. Shepherd’s faculty and staff urge that alcohol should not be a popular focus on campus, especially if it is being used for the wrong reasons. There are various ways for students to educate themselves on the risks life may bring to them. Educational information is provided every day from both Student Affairs and the Shepherd University Police Department. Kelvington said, “I would like our students to take advantage of the education we provide as it provides an essential amount of life skills training information.”

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COMMENTARY

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The Candidates vs. Student Loans Chelsea Demello Cdemel01@rams.shepherd. edu Education is one of the greatest assets that we have, if not the greatest. Yet because of the bleak job outlook and rising tuition costs, it has been a struggle even just to stay afloat. In addition, many students fear not only the anxiety of finding a career they enjoy fresh out of college but also the stagnant pursuit of repaying the thousands of dollars in debt they owe in student loans. However, with 37 million Americans currently in debt to pay back student loans, this problem

should definitely be a major issue for the upcoming presidential election. Republican nominee Mitt Romney, similar to many of his platforms, has offered limited specifics as to what he will do in regard to student loan reform. While his campaign has recently been in the process of a reboot and may offer more specifics as the election draws near, he did provide some insight to his proposal. Romney’s premise is to essentially focus on providing college graduates with the jobs they deserve so they can pay back student loans. President Obama has taken a different stance with

his “Pay as you earn” proposal. Based on income, this program rewards those that pay back loans on time, capping monthly loan repayments at 10 percent. Obama has also made an effort to double the funding on Pell Grants, which give money to students whose families do not earn more than $50,000 per year so that they are able to attend college. Most students at Shepherd, however, would not qualify for Pell Grants since the average income for a student’s family on campus is about $85,000. Yet while their families may not get free money, most students still need

loans to pay for their education needs at Shepherd. On campus, 68 percent of students have their parents taking out loans to pay for their education. So instead of simply borrowing money from mom and dad, 68 percent of students on our campus are creating debt for mom and dad. This fact should emphasize just how important education truly is to our community and the impact it has on all of our lives. If families are making the conscious choice to go into debt for their children’s education, then a strong decision should be made about how to handle that debt once a higher

education

is

obtained.

Students and families who have sacrificed for a higher education shouldn’t have to spend the next twenty years of their lives paying for it. It should be much simpler and more affordable than that. While Mitt Romney’s plan of providing college graduates with a job to pay back student loans would ideally enable students to take responsibility for their own debt, there just aren’t enough facts on the table. Obama’s plan for student loan reform could possibly give those who deserve it a chance at a future without drowning farther into debt.

Park It Here Wendy Hatcher Whatch01@rams.shepherd. edu No matter where you go, parking is always an issue. Why, though? Well, here at Shepherd University, people do not like having to park so far away from where they need to be. They want to park in the closest spot they can get, like when they go to the movies or the grocery store. Kelli Welsh, a secretary at the campus police department, believes there is no problem with the parking. There are enough spots for all the students and even some extra spaces for visitors. However, many people are pushing for a

parking garage, but they do not realize that that could possibly increase the parking permit price. There is a law that nothing can be more than three stories high. Would that really fit all of the necessary cars on campus? I highly doubt it since we have eight or more decentsized parking lots as it is. On another note, Riley Strawderman of town hall finds that the parking problem is due to many students and faculty members not wanting to park on the other side of campus. Because Shepherdstown is a historic town, we cannot build a lot of new things. Also, we sim-

ply do not have enough real estate for such an extravagant project. Strawderman also claims that this is an ongoing issue. Here at the university, students are willing to break the law and pay a fine in order to park in a more suitable spot for them. If we did have a parking garage, where exactly would it be built, and what would we do with our many present parking lots? Where would we build the parking garage? The campus is only so big. I understand others’ anger at the locations of the parking lots, since most of my classes and my dorm are on the east side while my

car is all the way at H-Lot. I agree that it is unnecessary to walk that far to get to your car when before it was just sitting in front of your house whenever you needed it. I do not like the long walk, but there is nothing I can do about it. A parking garage is a good idea in theory, but we do not need it. There is no place to have one. Since this is a historical town, you cannot make drastic changes. If we did create a parking garage, would we pave the original parking lots into roads, except for the space for the garage? Plus, construction on both accounts would cost a tremendous amount of mon-

ey, along with having to find people to work there during the day and night. Most places of work close at a certain time, but cars come and go at all hours of the week. Students and faculty members have to work and go to school, and the work system needed for a parking garage is unreasonable for a college campus. For now, I think the parking situation is not a bad one. It fits all of our cars, plus more. We may need to walk, but in the end, it is a good system we have here at Shepherd.

2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates Presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon taking part in the first televised presidential debate. Photograph courtesy of Wikicommons

Zach Rounceville zrounc01@rams.shepherd.edu October is shaping up to be an exciting month in the political world as the presidential and vice presidential candidates take the stage for a one-on-one debate. These debates are certainly going to be filled with a lot of interesting responses, among them Obama’s defense of his “record” over the past four years, and Vice President Joe Biden’s frequent gaffes that will certainly arise when he debates his more intelligent, and competent, opponent in Paul Ryan. The debates for this year are going to be very crucial. They will give the millions of people who watch them the opportunity to judge the candidates on their demeanor while answering questions and the rebuttal between candidates. Those people who are uncertain who to vote for will be given a clearer picture of where the candidates stand on certain issues by the end of the debating. For students who are not

registered to vote, are unsure if they are going to vote, or plan not to vote at all, watching the debates proves to be all the more relevant. If they are uninformed on a candidate, this is the perfect opportunity to get informed. The first presidential debate will be held on Oct.3 and will feature the topics of the economy, health care, the role of government, and governing in a general sense. President Obama will attempt to captivate the audience with his eloquent but empty 2008 rhetoric. He will have to defend his less than stellar record on job creation, advocate for the ever controversial “Obamacare” legislation, and come up with a solution to decrease the national debt that his administration and Congress helped to increase. Mitt Romney will no doubt be “chomping at the bit” to attack Mr. Obama on these issues. The vice presidential debate on Oct. 11 will con-

sist of similar topics but also touch on foreign policy issues. Paul Ryan will nonetheless be ready to tackle the tough questions, especially those that center on government spending and budgeting. Vice President Biden, on the other hand, will most likely be focused on trying not to put his foot in his mouth with another “put y’all back in chains” comment or another discriminatory remark against an ethnic group and a gas station. It should be fun to watch Mr. Ryan confront the current vice president about his past mishaps.

The second presidential debate will be held on Oct.16 and will be formatted like a town hall meeting. People from the audience can have their questions concerning foreign and domestic policy answered by each of the candidates. It will be interesting to see how the candidates respond to a live audience, especially if their responses are different from the first debate. The third and final presidential debate will take place on Oct. 22. This debate will focus on foreign policy issues. President Obama will have to answer to the recent

conflict over widespread anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East, which should be a central issue of this debate. Overall, these debates will be fun to watch and should be watched by students and faculty alike. Each of the candidates will have to be careful not to make a mistake that could hurt his campaign (Biden will have to try extra hard). When all is said and done, Romney should have an easy time attacking the president on these issues and making his case for why he should be the next president.

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COMMENTARY

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Social Networking & You

Shepherd student checks her Facebook in the Scarborough Library in between classes. Social networking has become a regular way of life for many college students in this current world. Photograph by Alexandra Stevens

Nathan Yessler Screamingeagles33@live.com We’re all becoming a part of a social network. What Myspace started, others like Facebook and Twitter have continued, but to what effect? For me personally, I’m on Facebook whenever I go home, along with many other sites, like Youtube and Memebase. I have Facebook on my phone, along with texting, which really is a form of social networking. It’s often not counted in with the social networks, but

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your phone contact is a network, one that we use constantly. Try going somewhere without seeing people with their faces in their phones texting. It’s almost impossible. While all these things are a sign of advancement in technology, and they can all be used well, how do we know when they are abused and when social networking is too much and takes up too much of our lives? With the advent of social media as a major part of our lives, many have speculated that maybe

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it has begun to take over our lives. I know I spend way too much time on Facebook, and sometimes I’m way too engrossed in my texting. I use both a lot less than most people, at least the texting. Social networking may have started to become how humans interact with each other normally. Really, rather than talking about how bad social networking is, why not talk about what we can do instead? Instead of Facebooking all day or tweeting, why not go outside, go hiking, swimming, or go out into the world

and actually doing something? And that doesn’t give license to take your phone and go text either. I think keeping your phone with you is a good thing; however, maybe just keep it somewhere it doesn’t bother you to keep checking it, or, you know, just ignore it. Yes, you can ignore your constant stream of texts coming from all your friends because you are so uber popular. Hang out with friends, go do something you don’t normally do, have some fun. As Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus” would say, “Take chances, make

mistakes,

get

messy!”

So the next time you feel like you’re totally immersed in your social networking, or if you know you are, do something else. Turn off your computer, go outside, or go for a drive. There are plenty of other things to do, productive things. There are so many things to do other than sit and really waste portions of our lives we could be using to do things, like helping others, improving ourselves and the community, and just getting out there to have some good old-fashioned fun!


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EDITORIAL According to CampusVoteProject.org, 87% of students who register to vote actually show up to the polls. According to our Facebook Picket poll a few weeks back, 85% of students who answered said that they would vote this November. It looks like Shepherd students are right on target. We at The Picket feel that number should be even higher for our campus. It’s trite to go on about how necessary it is to vote, but

this election is so important because we have the ability to swing the vote. More importantly, if we don’t vote, then we have to consider who will vote for us. If you don’t share the same value as your hyper-conservative 85 year old grandmother, or if your mountain party hippie neighbors terrify you, then you need to get your voice heard. It appears that what really holds some students

back is not knowing how to register to vote. Over 25% of students didn’t vote in the last election because they didn’t know how to. One of the easiest ways is to go to the library in Shepherdstown and register there. Even if you don’t have any documents on you at the time that indicate where you live, you can still register as long as you bring proof of residency with your to the polls on election day.

If you live on campus and want to register here, contact Ellisa Woodrey at Residence Life to get a letter proving you live here. If you want to register in your home state, you can use an online resource such as rockthevote.com to get registered online (you will have to print and mail it in though). Websites dedicated to youth voting can also fill you in on issues if you do not feel up-to-date. Shepherd University has

had some people come in to help students get registered, but the administration should encourage us more and give students more guidance towards getting ready. Contact Student Affairs and let them know that there should be more help with getting students ready to vote. A campus wide education can make the difference in how we participate in this election.

Food Pricing May Be Cause for Concern

Zach Rounceville zrounc01@rams.shepherd. edu Among the many issues across the campus here at Shepherd (parking, housing, internet problems, etc.), another issue has been raised: the pricing of the food. It costs a lot of money to go to college, and one of the costs includes eating. The dining hall, Fireside Bistro, the Rams Den, and Ram Mart all offer a variety of food and drink selections to students. Many students across campus share in the sentiment that the

Shepherd students Matt Lind, Will Lopez, Cody Andrew Rausch, and Cullen Byers go through the line at the dining hall seeing the numerous options available to them. The dining hall is definitely the most bang for your buck. Photograph by Elizabeth Horn pricing of various items spend money on cam- you don’t get everything plan at the Rams Den are based on the quality of pus. I could go to a fast you can on the meal plan not high enough for stuthose items is too high. food restaurant and save amount, then you waste dents to really get what more money than I could money,” said Fogle. “If they need when they are “Overall, the food is a if I ate here all the time.” they don’t have a meal hungry. Although this little expensive, but not plan, the best option is may be a budget or fundbad. You can go to Mc- It would seem that based to use dining dollars or ing issue with the univerDonalds and buy food at on these responses, someRambler money. This way sity, it should be address a cheaper price than you thing needs to be done they can save 5 percent.” nonetheless. The money can at the Rams Den,” about the pricing of the said Shane Lowery, a food that would benefit The pricing of items limit on the meal plan mass communications the budget of a college in the Ram Mart also for breakfast, lunch, and major. “The dining hall student. However, Cherseems to frustrate stu- dinner should be raised, prices aren’t bad either. yl Fogle, a food service dents. Shanna Raines, or the prices of the food Since it’s all-you-can- eat, assistant in the Rams a junior, feels that, in general need to be lowered to better meet I don’t really have a probDen, says that the pric- like the Rams Den, the lem with it,” he added. ing of the food depends on Ram Mart is expensive. the students’ needs. Stuwhat the student chooses. “The Ram Mart is over- dents should not have Branden McLean, a juto waste money when it nior, said, “I think the “A student is given a cerpriced,” said Shanna. “I comes to food selection prices are definitely too tain amount of money on would save a lot more on campus, and everyhigh, especially for me their meal plan, and if money by going to the thing that can be done, being a commuter. I they want to save money, grocery store to buy food.” should be done to prewould much rather go they should stick to the vent his from happening. The limits placed on meal home to eat dinner than amount that is given. If

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ARTS & STYLE

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sigma Tau Delta Literary Reading Review Sarah Ridgeway sridge01@rams.shepherd.edu Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society at Shepherd University, hosted their first literary reading of the semester at the Blue Moon Café on Sept. 24. The event was “one of the best turnouts we have had in a year,” noted Leigh Koonce, president of Sigma Tau Delta. Approximately 25 students attended the event in addition to the faculty members in attendance. The event included readings by eight Shepherd students and two Shepherd literature professors. The readers either chose a personal, original work or read a piece by a favorite or prominent poet. The

Photo by Alexandra Stevens Dr. Jim Lewin reading his original poem “Dandelions”.

variety of works was quite diverse, ranging in style from comedic, feminist, modern, Romantic, and even travel as a sub-genre. Roxanne Estes, a senior creative writing major, read a poem by E.E. Cummings that was very moving. Dr. Lewin, a journalism professor at Shepherd, read one poem by Baudelaire and one original poem he read with great animation, entitled “Dandelions,” that the crowd really enjoyed. Dr. Lewin was not the only professor to read, however; Dr. Mark Cantrell was the “key note reader,” as Sigma Tau Delta plugged the event with Cantrell as the opening act. Cantrell read three original poems and one by a feminist poet of his alma mater. Also in attendance from the Shepherd faculty were Dr. Heidi Hanrahan and Dr. Betty Ellzey. “It’s really cool to see [the teachers] outside of the classroom, in an environment where there are no pressures of academics and we can just discuss the things we want to discuss,” said Vicky Faith, an English literature major and the secretary of Sigma Tau Delta. The event was well-received and the members of Sigma Tau Delta welcome anyone who is interested to attend these monthly events. The next literary reading will be tentatively held on Oct. 22 at the Blue Moon Cafe at 6:00. Students are encouraged to bring any original poems or poems by a favorite author to read.

Photo by Alexandra Stevens Once a month Sigma Tau Delta has a literary reading at the Blue Moon. This month’s featured reader was Dr. Mark Cantrell..

The Meat on Meatless Monday

Michael Chartuk

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Need some variety in your diet? How about making your own? Meatless Mondays offer a new alternative to your dinner plans. Meatless Monday is a personal pledge to go one day a week without eating any meat. There are several celebrities and organizations that already offer Meatless Monday options, but for the most part, it is a choice you have to make yourself.

Photo by Ryan Franklin Jennifer Miller is the Registered Dietitian on campus and is more than willing to assist you with any questions you have about food or diet. Her office is located in the dining hall and she is in that office on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 5.

Brochures available in the dining hall list several reasons why going meatless is a good alternative. Some reasons are vague, such as “Going meatless will prevent chronic diseases.” Others are a bit deeper, like preserving resources used in livestock raising. Ultimately your reasons for going meatless are going to be your own, but if the reasons appeal to you, then give it a try. There are salads available at all dining locations at Shepherd. There are a few vegetarian options, though not enough to sustain a full vegetarian diet. But the options would be perfect for a Meatless Monday. The dining hall supports meatless options but supports meat as well. At least one type of each variety of meat was offered last Monday with vegetarian options hidden off to the side. The cooler filled with alternative options is

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Photo by Ryan Franklin Take the Meatless Monday pledge in the dining hall and be entered to win a gift card. At meatlessmonday.com you’ll find everything you need to start your week meatless. a welcome change and offers soymilk and Greek yogurt. The Meatless Monday lifestyle could, of course, be applied to other days of the week as well, perhaps even in spurts. Students could try a meatless dinner today and then tomor-

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row a meatless lunch. The Meatless Monday website focuses on meatless meal options, but it doesn’t dictate that they all have to be eaten on same day. Shepherd students seem to have the opposite idea when it comes to meatless

Photo by Ryan Franklin Just because you give up meat once a week doesn’t mean you need to give up tasty food. There are lots of options at the dining hall for those people looking for an alternative choice of food.

sandwiches, however. “Most students will order the lettuce and tomato off their sandwiches,” said Fireside Bistro employee Eric “Sven” Hart. “Occasionally people will come in for a veggie sandwich.” The Meatless Mondays promotion has not completely taken ef-

fect in the Bistro yet. For more information on Meatless Monday, visit the terrific Web site at www. m e a t l e s s m o n d a y. c o m . There are tips, recipes, and articles on the Meatless Monday movement. Visit today or on Monday!


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A Celebration of the

American Songbook A Behind-the-Scenes Look Johnna Leary jleary01@rams.shepherd.edu At the beginning of fall semester, most students spend their time studying for classes or preparing for homecoming. However, a select group of students spent the first few weeks of fall semester rehearsing and preparing to bring the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern to life in the new musical revue “A Celebration of the American Songbook,” opening on Friday. “A Celebration of the American Songbook” features eight music department vocal majors performing over thirty songs by classic American composers from the 1910s through the 1940s. Unlike the previous large-scale musical theater productions of “Candide” and

“Sweeney Todd,” this intimate show is a smaller and simpler production. “This is not your typical music department event,” said cast member VanChessca Allen. The production is a smallscale musical revue, similar to a type of cabaret show. The musical revue does not require a plot line or story. Instead, the production numbers, including solos, duets, quartets and full ensemble numbers, are performed one after another with bits of historical information and introductions about the composers scattered throughout the performance. “Getting the chance to perform music by these composers really excited me, because these composers’ early shows are not performed very much anymore. I love American songbook music, but it’s usually overlooked and not done very often,” said cast

VanChessca Allen and Eduardo Rivera rehearse the dance number “Wunderbar”

member Brian D. James. “The most enjoyable aspect of rehearsals has been connecting with [the music of] some of America’s greatest iconic composers like Berlin, Porter and Kern. I think the show will introduce students to an important part of musical history,” said director and choreographer Dr. Richard Helldobler. Students may be familiar with some of the wellknown songs from “A Celebration of the American Songbook,” such as “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Summertime,” and “Always.” Irving Berlin, a featured composer of the evening, was the composer of the song “God Bless America” and composer for the movie “White Christmas.” The music of George Gershwin was also featured in the classic film “An American in Paris.” However, the songs in this production feature several new arrangements by musical director Ken Cooper and were one of the challenging aspects of the show for the performers. “I had to practice to learn my music and my lines. I’m really excited to broaden my horizons [in this production] because I’m not really a musical theater person, so the challenge both excited and scared me,” said cast

(from l to r) Matt Rothenberg, Paul Cabell, Brian James and Eduardo Rivera rehearse the quartet “Give Me Your Tired,Your Poor”. member Eduardo Rivera. “We [the cast] had to learn our own parts and learn how the show fits together as a whole so everyone can do their best in the ensemble and work together,” said James. In addition to challenging songs, the show also features several large dance numbers choreographed by the director, Dr. Helldobler. “I was responsible for staging all of the ensemble numbers, looking at and blocking solos and duets and discussing with the actors what would work well for the audience,” said Helldobler. The show features a minimal set, with only eight stools and the grand piano (complete with accompanist Nathan Arch) onstage. The performers are costumed in basic black dresses and tuxes, evoking the feel of

a silent movie from the American songbook era. The cast members had a very enjoyable time bringing the production together throughout the rehearsal process. “The cast is like a family. There was a lot of teamwork involved,” said Rivera. The “A Celebration of the American Songbook” cast features VanChessca Allen, Shannen Banzhoff, Paul Cabell, Brian D. James, Johnna Leary, Eduardo Rivera, Matt Rothenberg, and Megan West. The show will run Oct. 5 and 6 at 8:00 and Oct. 7 at 3:00 in the Frank Center for the Arts. Tickets are free for Shepherd students with a Rambler card and $10 for adults. Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

Summer Adventures 2012 Elizabeth Maddox emaddo01@rams.shepherd.edu

Entry #2- Day One in Barcelona

May 15

That first night in Europe was truly a test of strength. The flight from Washington, D.C., took me to New York; there I boarded another plane that took me to London. After a short wait there, I boarded a third plane that took me to Barcelona, Spain. I waited in the luggage pick-up area for my traveling companion, Joel, to arrive. He had offered to join me on my trip during the last week, but we had different flights. He arrived shortly with a few small bags. I had my little backpack and cardboard box full of bicycle gear. I also had some cashews and almonds that I didn’t think would make it through customs, so we sat by the luggage machines and ate them all. We then gathered our things and prepared to get our packs checked, but when we walked past the initial customs check area and into the next room, we realized that this next room was not a room at all; it was outside. We didn’t have to have the contents of our bags checked upon entering this foreign country. We found this strange but continued on. We took a bus from the airport into the heart of Barcelona. Then we wandered around and asked about bicycle stores. We planned to purchase bicycles in Barcelona, cycle around, and then sell the bicycles before returning to the United States. The day was hot and it was quite a bother to carry around my cardboard box. After a few hours, we found ourselves resting in a little plaza off to the side of the sidewalk. Just as we were about to move on, a sweating, fair-skinned redhead with a longboard swept by, anxiously looking out to the street. We approached him and asked about a bike store. He said that he had been going too fast down some of the nearby streets, so the cops were trying to stop him and that there was a decent bicycle shop just down the road. We thanked him, wandered around some more, and finally found Green Bikes. Green Bikes is a little hole-in-the-wall bicycle shop, store, and rental place nestled on the side of a hilled alley street. There was a beautiful white Peugeot road bicycle which I accepted happily. Before coming to Spain, I had researched and found loquo.com, a website similar to Craig’s List. I came across a listing for a nice Decathlon road bicycle and we were scheduled to meet with that person the next day to potentially get the bicycle for Joel. After letting the store worker know we would be back the following day to complete the sale, we took a taxi to Fira Palace, a large hotel where my grandparents just happened to be staying for a few days. My grandparents like to travel and had been on a tour of eastern Spain. The tour was ending in Barcelona at the same time Joel and I had arrived. We said hello and left most of our items in their hotel room. My grandparents didn’t have enough room for the two of us. However, a person had contacted me through the Couch Surfing Web site saying that he could host us for the night, so we said good night to my grandparents and left the hotel. I used a pay phone to call the Couch Surfing guy and he said that he couldn’t actually host us for the night. We were a little disappointed but still had high spirits and were really excited to be in Spain! We decided to find some clubs, as we both love to dance, and, in our excitement, we skipped and ran down the streets. We wanted to jump into the Mediterranean Sea but decided not to at that time. We made our way to La Rambla. The long street was full of people and nighttime excitement. It wasn’t long before someone came up to my side and almost whispered, “Opium.” I turned out of curiosity and there was a young lady holding out a piece of paper. Opium turned out to be the name of a beachside club having a special deal that night. Joel and I weren’t interested at the time and kept walking. However, here and there, people kept trying to get our attention to go to the club. The night was growing late and we were getting hungry, so we made a quick stop by a little eatery and had some falafel. Then we decided to head for the beachside clubs. We got lost, found a taxi, and quickly arrived at Opium and several other clubs. We entered several and few people were actually dancing. Most were just standing around, trying to have conversations in the dark and be heard over loud music. We danced and, after several hours, most of the clubs were closed, so we decided to take a quick dip in the nearby sea. The night was cold and the water was colder, but we were so happy just to be there. We did, however, have to keep an eye on the beach and on our shoes and such. Everywhere we had been that night, including the beach, lone men had been wandering around trying to sell flowers or sandwiches. We didn’t want to have to worry about a theft or about being mugged by any of them. We got out and dried off the best we could, but I was still awfully cold in the breezy night air. It was around 3 a.m. Joel and I didn’t have a place to sleep that night, so we walked through the streets for a little while. After a period of sitting on a bench, shivering and extremely tired, we then resolved to do some urban camping and, following a quick scan of the area, hopped a 7-foot wall onto someone’s patio. We only had a poncho to use as any sort of cover as we lay down on the gravel of the patio. Large glass doors directly by our side were facing into the home. We each drifted off into a troubled sleep. I briefly awoke at one point, shaking from cold and aching from my tense muscles, to find that the night sky began to rain on us.

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Greek Life at Shepherd University Small but Strong with his ability. Theta Xi works to develop this intellectual curiosity, realizing this will broaden the interests of the individual, enabling him to experience and enjoy the varied opportunities available to him throughout life, long after his college years have ended.”

Photo by Alexandra Stevens TKE brothers eating wings at The Devonshire on Princess Street in Shepherdstown on 9/24/12. This is one of the many events they held to welcome in Rush week. Brittany Anderson way to meet new people. experience with this submembership. Any student bander05@rams.shepherd.edu ject.” In fact, students on Despite the mixed feelings interested in Theta Xi must With such a small camcollegeprowler.com, a Web about Greek life on cam- have graduated high school pus, it is no surprise that site that lets students dispus, Shepherd is home to with an accumulated GPA the Greek life here falls cuss hot topics from around three national sororities, Al- of 3.0 or higher or currently into the shadows of other campus, gives Greek life pha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, hold a GPA of 2.3 or higher organizations. However, here at Shepherd Univerand Sigma Sigma Sigma; at Shepherd. Theta Xi also just because the frasity a measly 2.3 out of 5. and four national fraterni- provides tutoring services ternities and sororities ties, Lambda Chi Alpha, and peer counseling for any However, some students are barely spoken about Phi Kappa Tau, Tau Kap- student who does not meet believe that the small studoesn’t mean they are pa Epsilon, and Theta Xi. the criteria but is interestdent body doesn’t hinder completely nonexistent. Greek life at Shepherd at Each fraternity and sorority ed in joining the fraternity. According to various stuall. Joining a fraternity or welcome everyone with open The Theta Xi Web site dents, the sororities and sorority is a great way for arms, including “minorities, states, “We are interested in fraternities of Shepherd students to feel more inLGBT students, and se- instilling in each member a University don’t actuvolved with their campus. niors.” Theta Xi, a fraternity deeper sense of intellectual ally play a large role in Some students think Greek which “endeavor[s] to assist curiosity, in order to bring the campus community. life is a big thing on Shepeach member to develop,” about the highest scholSome students even adherd campus and is a great claims only one criterion for arship rating consistent mit to having “very little

Sigma Sigma Sigma, also known as Tri-Sigma, has similar criteria for new initiates. Tri-Sigma only asks that a student interested in their sorority have a cumulative 2.5 GPA and be at least a second semester, first year student or transfer student. Tri-Sigma was found in 1898 at Longwood College in Farmville, Va., and “centers its philanthropic efforts around the theme ‘Sigma Serves Children,’ specifically through the Robbie Page Memorial.” All of the sororities and fraternities invite all the students interested in joining to meet them at their activities during rush week. For more information on Greek life at Shepherd University, how to join the sororities or fraternities, or any upcoming events hosted by any of the Greeks, contact Elizabeth Shanton, director of Greek affairs, at 304-876-5105. You can also learn more about the individual Greek sororities and fraternities at www.shepherd.edu/scccweb/greek/default.html.

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Rams Upend Concord, Improve to 4-1 Last season, the Shepherd Rams football squad traveled down to Athens, W.Va., on an absolute roll since they were undefeated on the year. They left Concord University with their first loss of the season, which manifested itself in another loss the following week on the road to West Virginia Wesleyan. Hopefully the balance of power has shifted, because the Rams dismissed the Concord Mountain Lions by a score of 20-6 this past Saturday. Shepherd improved to 4-1 overall and, more importantly, 3-0 in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Mountain Lions took the early lead, however. Quarterback Albert Rose found Randall Hawkins

Matthew Murphy | m.murphy9071@gmail.com for a 57-yard touchdown It took a long time for ei- completed 14 of 29 passes for 168 yards. Meanwhile, pass with 6:04 left in the ther team to put points on first quarter. The Rams the board in the second his Concord counterpart Rose connected on 30 of 50 blocked the ensuing point half. The first scoring play passes for 376 yards. Wilafter touchdown, keeptook place with just 1:04 liam MacKenzie led the ing Concord’s lead at 6-0. remaining in the third Rams in terms of receivShepherd got on the score- quarter. DJ Scott of Govering, hauling in three reboard with 14:50 left in the nor Thomas Johnson High second quarter when redSchool in Frederick, Md., ceptions for 55 yards. Billy Brown and Larry Lowe shirt freshman kicker Ryan returned a blocked field also caught three balls for Earls of Kent Island High goal attempt 71 yards for the Rams, while William & School converted a 22-yard a touchdown. Once again, Mary transfer Dalton Boyd field goal, taking the score Earls added the point after and tight end John Frick to 6-3. touchdown. Heading into each hauled in two passes. the final quarter of play, With 6:17 remaining in the Rams led the Mountain Collectively, the Rams the half, freshman runrushed 43 times for a total ning back Allen Cross of Lions by a score of 17-6. Long Reach High School scored his first collegiate touchdown. Cross scored on a 4-yard jaunt, taking the score to 9-6 in favor of the Rams. Earls converted the point after, bringing the Rams’ lead to four. Shepherd entered the half leading by a score line of 10-6.

Earls completed an eightpoint day when he converted a 30-yard field goal with 6:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. The former Kent Island Buccaneer kicker completed the scoring on the day, bringing the final score to 20-6. Senior quarterback Bobby Cooper

of 159 yards. Mike Haynes was the leading rusher on the day, gaining 87 yards on 19 carries. Keon Robinson of Lake Braddock High School was the leading tackler, recording ten tackles on the day to go along with an interception. De’Ontre Johnson added

eight tackles and two interceptions to pace the corps of linebackers. Junior linebacker Dominique Dixon added an interception. Next up for the Rams is Homecoming on Saturday, when they will take on West Virginia Wesleyan, one of the two teams that dealt the team losses last season. The Rams remedied one of those two losses this week and hope to avenge their other loss from last season. One of the keys for next week will be stopping Wesleyan quarterback Nate Montana, the son of NFL legend and four-time Super Bowl MVP Joe Montana. If they can stop the native of Concord, Calif., Shepherd will be looking primed for a spot in the Division II postseason.

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Road Woes for Women’s Soccer

sophomore forward Chelsea Crockett.

Sean O’Brien Sobrie02@rams.shepherd.edu

The story of the game was the enormous advantage the Vulcans held on shots, 37-5, as well as an edge in corner kicks 8-2. That constant pressure led to their

On Sept. 24, the Shepherd women’s soccer team played their first of six straight road games and looked to start it off on a good note.

Even with the large deficit, the Rams had no quit in them and proved it when sophomore sensation Taylor Amsley scored at 71:35 in the second half off an assist from sophomore defender Danielle Roos.

Too bad California University didn’t get the memo. They played spoiler and won 3-1. California came into the game ranked #20 in the country and showed why. The Vulcans jumped ahead early when junior midfielder Stephanie Thompson scored on an assist from sophomore forward Erin Hogan at exactly eight minutes into the contest. Hogan wasn’t done, however, and scored an unassisted goal at the 47:01 mark to put the Vulcans up 2-0. Just over three minutes later, they added more insurance when freshman forward Janelle McCann assisted on a goal put in by PHOTO BY BENJAMIN MCCARDLE

victory. Goalkeeper upperclassmen Tessa Jones (three) and Emily Wise (six) combined for nine saves. California’s Kristin Baierbach, a redshirt freshman goalkeeper, had no saves on the day. Two days later, the Rams bounced back and beat the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals 2-1. Sophomore midfielder Kasey Canterbury was the star of the game, scoring a goal as well as assisting on one. The first strike came

when Kelsey Jo Smith scored at the 23:34 mark from the Canterbury feed. They went into the half with the lead and came out minutes into the second half scoring again. This time it was off the foot of Canterbury at 48:25. The assist came from junior defender Kelsey Eagan. The Cardinals denied the Rams the shutout at 89:40 when senior midfielder Ashley McGinnis scored off a corner kick by junior de-

fender Jenna Klemkowsky. Even in the loss, Wheeling Jesuit held a supreme advantage in shots, 19-6, as well as in corner kicks, 6-3. Rams senior Tessa Jones had five saves on the day while Cardinals freshman goalie Holly Kraus had zero. The third game of the busy week saw the Rams facing the Mansfield Mountaineers. Shepherd lost 1-0. The only goal was scored 8:46 in behind the leg of senior forward Erika Moyer. Redshirt freshman Alexis Getty assisted. Shepherd was outshot again 27-6 and 7-0 on corner kicks. The star for the Rams was junior goalie Emily Wise, who recorded 13 saves as opposed to Mansfield’s senior goalkeeper Alexis Wilhelm, who had only three. After these three games, Shepherd falls to 2-5-1, 2-1-1 in the WVIAC. If the Rams want to improve their record, they have to push the action and increase their shots. The Rams look to turn things around on the road when they face Lincoln University on Sept. 30, Cedarville on Oct. 4 and Seton Hill on Oct. 6.

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A Week in Men’s Soccer Joey Kaye | Jkaye01@rams.shepherd.edu

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McCarty Named Interim Head Baseball Coach Brian Skinnell, Sports Editor bskinn02@rams.shepherd.edu

This past Friday, Shepherd University announced that 2010 Shepherd graduate Matt McCarty will be the interim head baseball coach for the 2012 – 2013 season. Early last week, the previous head coach, Wayne Riser, left for the same position at Mary Washington. The athletic department wasted no time in making their decision and formally introduced McCarty at a luncheon last Friday. McCarty’s staff will consist of two other members, Mike Spry and Anthony Jackson. Jackson was promoted from part-time assistant coach last season to full-time assistant coach under McCarty this coming season. McCarty stated that Spry will help when he can and will be working with the team every day. Jackson and McCarty have a little history working together. Both played and won a WVIAC conference championship together in

2009 for Shepherd. McCarty pitched and Jackson was the catcher. They both know what it takes to be successful since they also were assistants on last season’s WVIAC championship team. Junior pitcher Paul Hvozdovic said that the team backs the decision 110 percent. “They work with us every single day and we won a championship together. They’re like family to us.” When asked if he felt any pressure to perform, McCarty showed no signs of feeling the heat. However, Coach Riser left some big shoes to fill since he leads the all-time wins list in Shepherd sports history with over 500 wins.

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On Sept. 25, the team traveled to conference rival Seton Hill for a showdown at 7 p.m. Unfortunately, the Rams came out on the losing end, dropping a 3-0

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Lowery has always been fascinated with the sport of soccer and has been playing since the age of five. At the age of 12, he continued to enhance his skills even more by entering and playing competitively in organized leagues. When Lowery started his high school career at Boonsboro High School, his impressive soccer skills were evident to coaches there, and he immediately earned a spot on the school’s varsity soccer team. In his senior year, he helped lead the Boonsboro men’s varsity soccer team to an impressive second-place finish in the state championship tournament. Lowery’s accomplishments at Boonsboro High School and elsewhere helped lead to his being recruited and offered a scholarship by

Shepherd University to play for the men’s soccer team. Attending and playing for Shepherd University was his choice over anywhere else from the beginning, so Lowery immediately and joyfully accepted the offer. Lowery is always eager to play and make an immediate impact. He prides himself on having an exceptional work ethic on and off the soccer field. Furthermore, as a junior, Lowery was named to the All Region American Team after last season. Up to this point in the 2012 men’s soccer season, Lowery leads the team in points with two goals, one assist, and 11 shots on goal. Even when the season is over, there is no practice, and there are no games on the horizon, Lowery still stays fit by jogging and stays sharp by just simply playing some soccer. However, when he’s not playing soccer, Lowery enjoys being social; spending time with his friends, family, and fraternity; wakeboarding; playing videogames; and vacationing.

In the most recent men’s soccer action, the team traveled to Wheeling, W.Va., to face WVIAC conference rival 4-4 Wheeling Jesuit University on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals got out to an early 1-0 lead when Victor Picchio scored on an assist from teammate Luke Roan at the 11:40 mark. The Cardinals extended their lead to 2-0 at the 31:59 mark when Carlos Avila had an unassisted score on the Rams. Senior forward Shane Lowery helped the Rams cut the Cardinals’ lead to 2-1 when he scored a header after an assist from junior midfielder Abel Setegn on a corner kick. However, Jeff Cancelmi scored and added a cushion to the Cardinals’ lead, helping them seal the win after an assist from Luke Roan at the 63 minute mark. Wheeling Jesuit had a 14-9 advantage in shots while corner kicks were even for both teams at 5 apiece. This loss dropped the Rams’ record to 3-5-1, 1-2-0 in WVIAC conference play. Wheeling Jesuit improved their record to 5-4 and 3-1 against WVIAC conference opponents. Shepherd will regroup and enjoy some well-earned days off, and the team will return to action on Oct. 4 when they travel to Cedarville for a 5 p.m. match.

When it comes to professional football, Lowery is a dedicated Chelsea and Baltimore Ravens fan. Finally, he is aspiring to pursue a career in journalism and to be a sports broadcaster on television after graduating from Shepherd in several months. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN MCCARDLE

“I’m looking forward to it. We’ve got a great group of guys this year. Last season we won the WVIAC and this is the last season for the WVIAC so we hope to bring it back to Shepherd,” stated McCarty.

Volleyball Has Tough Road Trip

Coming off five consecutive defeats after starting the season at 4-4, the Rams volleyball team looked to overcome their early struggles by getting back on the right track against Seton Hill, Bluefield, and Concord.

With only seven games remaining in the regular season, #16 Shane Lowery is determined to have a positive impact and to help his team get back to playing consistent, winning soccer before his Shepherd soccer career comes to an end. The senior forward is 21 years old, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, and to his opponents, he is a dominant force to be reckoned with on the soccer field. In addition, Lowery, a mass communications major, has been playing on the men’s soccer team for all four years he has attended Shepherd University.

decision to the Griffins 2520, 25-18, and 25-16 respectively. Senior Kasey Mercier led the Rams with 12 kills, while sophomore Valerie Bour had a teamhigh 10 digs. Gaining some insight into the team’s performance so far this season, senior Lauren Gardner says, “So far, we haven’t done as well as we would have hoped, but the record doesn’t define

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who we are as a team.” When asked about the team’s strategy moving forward, she added, “We have to work hard and eliminate our mistakes. Dwelling on past defeats does no good; we have to move forward and focus on each game.” On the more technical side of things, Gardner said that they need to become a more united front and translate good practices onto the court during a match. Execution is key as well as working on fundamentals. As far as her personal performance is concerned, she says, “I wish I would have been more consistent in certain games, but overall, I’m proud of the way I’m playing.” She explained that either winning the conference overall or finish-

ing top 7 in the region will earn them a spot in the post season.

13 assists. This win put the Rams back in the win column at 5-9 on the season.

It is clear that optimism is still plentiful as the Rams continue their push to earn a spot in the playoffs. There is a lot of season left, and all signs point to the Rams’ overcoming this recent slump and getting back on the right track.

On Saturday, conference rival Concord came to Shepherd for a 10 a.m. contest. Once again the Rams were defeated 3-0, losing 25-16, 25-23, and 25-23 in the set. Coming in with eight kills and three blocks was Junior Meg Kenny, while Senior Lauren Gardner had 13 digs, a game high. Sara Michael added 25 assists and six digs.

On Friday night, the Rams were at home against Bluefield State. After dropping a 3-0 decision to Seton Hill, the Rams rebounded by winning the match in a 3-0 sweep. Freshman Taylor Allen and sophomore Katie Beecher led the Rams in kills with eight and seven respectively. Kasey Mercier and Valerie Bour each had six kills apiece, and senior Sara Michael added

This match drops the Rams’ record to 5-10 on the season and 1-3 within the conference. The team resumes play on Oct. 9 when Indiana University of Pennsylvania comes to town for a 7 p.m. contest.


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