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SAMANTHA YOUNG Shepherd University’s chemistry and historic preservation programs re-­ ceived grants to assist the students and equipment needed within the studies.

Tyler Ayers enjoys a smoke on his way to class Monday October 15, 2012 Photography by Don Zumbach


WR(QG&DPSXV6PRNLQJ ALEX HALE   The Shepherd Tobacco Ed-­ ucation Program (STEP) aims to promote awareness and a smoke-­free campus with a newly acquired to-­ bacco prevention grant. The $4,000 mini-­grant is from the West Virginia Di-­ vision of Tobacco Preven-­ tion. This is the fourth year in a row that Shepherd University has received this grant. STEP will use the grant to-­ wards preventing tobacco use, promoting cessation, and education about sec-­ ond-­hand smoke. Freshman Amanda Samp-­ son said, “I feel like the awareness would be good, but it’s not really doing anything since they can’t restrict smokers.”

Other students also felt that while there is noth-­ ing wrong with spreading awareness about the dan-­ gers of smoking, students who smoke are already aware of these things and do it in spite of the dangers. Sophomore Aaron Miller said, “I cannot disagree with the promotion of the facts and education on the dangers of tobacco smoke. However, for there to be a campus goal to make Shep-­ herd a smoke-­free campus is to almost restrict indi-­ vidual freedom.” Some students feel that more awareness is a good thing. Sophomore Melanie Wil-­ liams said, “Smoke preven-­ tion is a great idea because students are so stressed that they don’t worry about their health. I quit smoking

because I started to become more aware of some signs that I wasn’t comfortable with and, as a musician, didn’t need.”

of which was the amount of information given out about smoking in the Fitness for Life class. Barnett explained that students breathe into Spreading awareness about a machine that shows them the dangers of smoking is how much carbon dioxide is something very important in their lungs. to Dr. Andro Barnett. Bar-­ Barnett said, “When some nett is an associate profes-­ students see how much car-­ sor and chair of department bon dioxide is in their lungs, health and physical educa-­ it deters them [from smok-­ tion. He is also one of the ing].” faculty members involved with the tobacco prevention Barnett stated there has not been much resistance to the grant at Shepherd. tobacco grant. Barnett said that the pur-­ pose of the grant is to make The tobacco prevention grant the campus tobacco-­free. will not take away smokers’ It does not mean more re-­ rights on campus because it strictions put on smokers. cannot legally do so. Barnett The grant focuses more on and others involved with the spreading awareness about grant will still spread facts about the dangers of smok-­ smoking. ing and are willing to help Shepherd has to agree to anyone who might need more certain conditions in order information or help to quit to qualify for the grant, one smoking.

Chemistry obtained a grant from the West Vir-­ ginia Environmental Pro-­ gram to Stimulate Com-­ petitive Research, totaling $18,234 for an equipment upgrade of high-­perfor-­ mance liquid chromatog-­ raphy and electrochemical capabilities. The instru-­ mentation grants pro-­ gram permits laboratory instrument purchases. The grants program also encourages compliance to research in the National Science Foundation. The grant was used to buy a high-­sensitivity detector for a chromatograph that Shepherd currently has. A chromatograph is used to separate complex mixtures into the individual compo-­ nents of the mixture. Sev-­ eral types of detectors are used on a chromatograph depending on the types of compounds that need to be detected. The new detector that was purchased with the grant money is extremely sensitive to biologically important molecules that are usually present at extremely low concentra-­ tions. As little as a pico-­ gram of material may be detected. See,Grant, Page  2



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Shepherd’s music depart-­ ment hopes to add a Bach-­ elor of Music degree option in the fall of 2013, promising performance-­oriented music majors a better future.

revamped to include concen-­ trations only in composition, music theater, and piano pedagogy.

provide a “higher level of analysis, cultural under-­ standing, and performance abilities…the quality of Those who enroll in the B.M. performer that we are at-­ program will learn more mu-­ tracting is much higher sic theory and technology than it was [10 years ago],”

The current music program LV FODVVLÀHG DV D %DFKHORU of Arts and offers three con-­ centrations: performance, composition, and piano ped-­ agogy. The B.M. is a professional de-­ gree that provides students with a greater opportunity to attend graduate school or become paid performers im-­ mediately after graduation. It also demands higher stan-­ dards from students. Students who graduate with D%$LQPXVLFÀQGZRUNLQ ÀHOGV VXFK DV PXVLF WHDFK-­ ing, critiquing, and busi-­ ness. This decreases interest in those who are looking to become performers. Shepherd will not remove the B.A. in music. It will be

and be immersed in a higher according to Dr. Robert Tu-­ performance standard. They dor, department chair of will choose from a vocal, pi-­ music. ano, or instrumental concen-­ tration. Shepherd decided to add the degree because it will


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Degree,  From  Page  1 This will be Shepherd’s ´ÀUVW WUXH SHUIRUPDQFH degree,â€? noted Tudor. The B.M. program will not cost Shepherd, however. The current core curricu-­ lum for music consists of 29 credit hours. The new core curriculum would re-­ quire 49 credit hours. Heather Helton, a music major attending her sixth year at Shepherd with a concentration in piano ped-­ agogy, plans to teach piano lessons and attend gradu-­ ate school. She would have chosen the B.M. degree had it been available when she was a freshman. Helton said, “I know a lot of people who like to per-­ form. In order to make more money, they choose a different degree.â€? Tudor noted that students have chosen different schools over Shepherd be-­ cause it does not offer the B.M. Competition plays a large role in school selection. The closest school to Shepherd University that provides a similar B.M. program is

the University of Mary-­ land, Baltimore, located approximately 70 miles away. UMBC’s tuition costs $19,108 for out-­of-­state students, while Shepherd’s is only $14,418. The school that has sec-­ ond most inexpensive non-­ resident tuition at a cost of $18,954 is Westchester University, located approx-­ imately 180 miles away from Shepherdstown. The process to award Shepherd with provisional approval to teach a B.M. involves submitting an “Intent to Planâ€? document to the Curriculum and Instruction committee, Higher Education Policy Commission, and National Association of Schools of Music. The university can begin teaching the new curriculum and changing the B.A. once approved. A report must also be cre-­ DWHG RQ WKH Ă€UVW JUDGXDW-­ ing class that has students who have completed the B.M. It could take as long as four years before Shep-­ herd is given full approval.

Grant,  from  Page  1 Dr. Dan Dilella, professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department, is in charge of ensuring that the instrument is used in accordance to the grant. Dilella said, “I am the main faculty member in charge of the instrument. Several students and I have been learning how to best use the instrumenta-­ tion to analyze the sam-­ ples of interest.â€? The new instrument al-­ lows the department to study samples that could not be analyzed in any oth-­ er way. Faculty and stu-­ dents in chemistry, biology and environmental studies can use the instrument for a variety of projects. Students and faculty from chemistry and biology are participating in a research project that is focusing on obtaining a better under-­ standing of how these mol-­ ecules affect behavior. It may also be possible to use the instrument to detect very low levels of environ-­ mental contaminants. Freshman chemistry ma-­ jor Daniel Grove believes the grant offers great po-­ tential for students. Grove said, “I think it’s really exciting for those who have the privilege of taking part in such an ad-­ vanced research project.â€? Dilella investigated the grant with Dr. Ruth Con-­ ley of the biology Depart-­ ment and Dr. Peter Vila of environmental studies. The historic preservation program’s grant is from West Virginia’s Campus Compact program that reserves an oral history assignment which is ru-­ PRUHG WR EH Ă€QLVKHG E\ spring 2013. Dr. Keith Alexander, coordinator of the historic preservation program, wrote part of the grant with the Historic Shepherdstown Commis-­ sion. One component of the grant was submitted by the HSC, which sought assistance for preparing the oral histories. Alexan-­ der submitted the other component, stating that he was available to help prepare oral histories. The

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LINK program matched the HSC’s needs with his interest and abilities. Junior historic preserva-­ tion major Sarah Bren-­ nan believes that the pro-­ gram’s grant will be put to good use. Brennan said, “Dr. A[lexander] is a very dedi-­ cated man. Even if I don’t get involved directly with the project, I still get to see the methods that are used DQGWKHĂ€QDOUHVXOW Alexander said he is happy both for the HSC and for his students Alexander said, “[The grant] matches the HSC’s need for expertise and equipment with my stu-­ dents’ needs in terms of gaining practical experi-­ ence doing oral histories and sharing the results.â€? The evening program will give the students a chance to share the results, and

“I think it’s really exciting to those who have the privilege of taking part in such an adanced research project� .-­Daniel Grove

the web-­based component covered in the grant will get the oral histories out to a wider audience. It will set up the possibility of a long-­term collaboration with the HSC and will po-­ WHQWLDOO\ EHQHĂ€W VWXGHQWV well into the future. Alexander said, “I expect that there will be about 15 students enrolled in the class who will be directly involved. I also hope that there will be current stu-­ dents who have returned to Shepherd after mili-­ tary service who will be interested in being inter-­ viewed.â€?




)XOO7LPH$FDGHPLF$GYLVRU ROXANNE  ESTES &ROOHJH FDQ EH GLIĂ€FXOW HVSHFLDOO\ IRU Ă€UVW\HDU students. Many questions swim through students’ heads without any hope for answers: “Who is my advi-­ sor?â€? and “How do I drop a class?â€? or “Where do I go for help with a class?â€? Kelly Pannill, Shepherd’s Ă€UVW IXOOWLPH DFDGHPLF advisor, might be able to help students answer these questions. Pannill is a “proud Shep-­ herd graduateâ€? who has worked in the Shepherd DGPLVVLRQV RIĂ€FH IRU Ă€YH years, most recently as as-­ sociate director of admis-­ sions before taking the po-­ sition as academic advisor at the Shepherd Advising Assistance Center (AAC). The AAC, staffed by Pannill and two graduate students in the College Student De-­ velopment and Administra-­ tion program, exists to help students with many differ-­ ent areas of university life. 'LUHFWRU RI Ă€QDQFLDO DLG Sandra K. Oerly-­Bennett believes that Pannill’s “ex-­ periences as a student and as a previous associate di-­ rector of admissions who has worked with transfer articulations enabled her to begin her new position with a wealth of knowledge in academic advising.â€? Pannill stresses that the AAC can help students nav-­ igate the catalog and RAIL, understand their degree evaluation, change their major or minor, or change catalogs. Pannill and the AAC exist at Shepherd to help stu-­ dents with all facets of the college, including navigat-­ ing processes at the regis-­ WUDU¡V RIĂ€FH Ă€QDQFLDO DLG and more.

Photo by Ryan Franklin Oerly-­Bennett and the of-­ ÀFH RI ÀQDQFLDO DLG KDYH worked with Pannill on the development of the Aca-­ demic Plans for Progress for students submitting a Satisfactory Academic 3URJUHVVDSSHDOIRUWKHLUÀ-­ nancial aid. Pannill’s back-­ ground of serving on the Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee provides her with more insight into the process. Pannill understands the pressures and confusion of every day college life. Pan-­ nill participated in several clubs, had a radio show for WSHC, was active in the honors program, and was an A-­Team leader. Pannill also held several jobs on campus, includ-­ ing working in the library, working for Disability Sup-­ port Services and Student Affairs, and an doing in-­ ternship with the Perform-­ ing Arts Series at Shepherd. Her heavy involvement on campus led her to meet her husband, also an involved Shepherd student.

Pannill loved her time on campus as a student, but she also loves working at Shepherd. She enjoys the times when she is “working with students to help them make the most out of their time here and make strides towards their goals.â€? 3DQQLOOLVZLOOLQJWRĂ€QGRXW any answer for students or, at the very least, connect them with the appropriate RIĂ€FH RU SHUVRQ ZKR FDQ better assist them. Oerly-­Bennett believes Pannill to be “an exception-­ ally talented individualâ€? who is “an excellent com-­ municator and out-­of-­the-­ box thinker.â€? Visit Kelly Pannill and the Advising Assistance Center in Scarborough Library 208 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Mon-­ day, Tuesday, and Thursday and from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. No appointments are nec-­ essary, and walk-­ins are welcome. The AAC can be reached at 304-­876-­5317 or at


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Voices In  The  Hall How  did  you  deal  with  the  Internet  outage  during  midterms  week? Samantha  Young

“First I  was  a  bit  upset.  Then   I  decided  to  make  the  most  of   it  and  use  my  notes  to  study,   not  online  resources.  College   is  about  growing  up  and  not   complaining  about  every  little   thing.”  -­  Susan  Kurian,  senior   biology  major

“It was  very  inconvenient  because   my  study  guides  and  lectures  were   all  on  Sakai.  However,  it  wasn’t   too  much  of  a  problem  because   I  had  been  preparing  for  a  while.   I  actually  went  to  sleep  early  so   that  I  could  wake  up  early  to  look   over  the  study  guides.”  -­  Merika   Khurana,  junior  biology  major

“The Internet outage caused me a pretty VLJQLÀFDQWDPRXQWRI trouble. I was unable to turn in some of my assignments that were online. I also couldn’t study for my exams since my homework was all online. It was very frustrating and caused me a lot of extra stress.” -­ Sean Little, junior accounting major

“I wrote  up  a  sheet  for  my   one  midterm.  Then  I  read  a   book  and  just  went  to  sleep.   I  didn’t  need  the  Internet  for   my  midterm,  so  it  didn’t  really   affect  my  studying.”  -­  Matthew   Yates,  senior  secondary  educa-­ tion  major

“It was  an  inconvenience  due   to  this  week  being  midterm   week.  Also,  the  fact  that  I  have   so  much  to  do  with  my  classes   online  made  it  a  pain.  All  of  my   quizzes  and  tests  are  on  Sakai.”   -­  Ashlee  Barrett,  sophomore   recreation  major

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Alcohol And Energy Drinks CHELSEA Â DEMELLO

For many students, al-­ cohol is a tradition that goes hand in hand with the college experience. However, new concerns have risen about the dan-­ ger of combining caffeine and alcoholic beverages. It is no secret that drinks such as Jager Bombs and Vodka and Red Bull, or “heart attacks,â€? as they are sometimes called, are common favorites in the bar and social scene. Yet the mixture of caffeine or energy drinks and alco-­ hol is very lethal for vari-­ ous reasons. Since caffeine is a stimulant and alcohol is a depressant, the two counteract each other and create a skewered percep-­ tion for the individual. Ac-­ cording to the Food and Drug Association, a per-­ son consuming a caffein-­ ated alcoholic beverage is more of a risk to act out than someone who has just consumed alcohol alone. While both are intoxicated and unable to make any real coherent, rational decisions, the individual who has also drunk caf-­ feine tends to develop the illusion that they are abso-­ OXWHO\Ă€QHDQGQRWUHDOO\DV drunk as they actually are. In a drunken state, people are sluggish and incapable of responding to situa-­ tions appropriately. Add a little bit of caffeine to that state of mind and, voila,

irrationality is limitless. Another reason caffeine and energy drinks should not mix is that the combi-­ nation tends to increase the consumption of alcohol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that individuals who consume alcohol with energy drinks are three times more likely to binge drink than those who just stick to drinking regular alcoholic drinks. Since their perceptions are

warped, individuals sim-­ ply keep drinking in an attempt to experience the desired condition of feeling completely wasted, which is harder to achieve be-­ cause of the caffeine. As a result of such consumption, the risk of alcohol poison-­ LQJ LQFUHDVHV VLJQLÀFDQWO\ Some states such as Ten-­ nessee have taken steps to try to ban the sale of en-­ ergy drinks like Red Bull in bars. In 2010, the FDA even took steps to stop

the sale of alcoholic bever-­ ages that contain caffeine. However, while these steps are ideal, even if energy drinks were to be banned, it still wouldn’t stop people from creating toxic cock-­ tails in the solitude of their own homes. Instead of fo-­ cusing on banning energy drinks and giving them a taboo label, as students surrounded by the pressure to drink, we should simply stay educated and drink smart. Let legislature

deal with bigger issues. Choosing a different drink could have other positive effects. It could reduce the regret factor the next day by decreasing the risk of erratic behavior and could also help conserve mon-­ ey that would have been spent on the extra drinks. So by choosing to have a beverage without caffeine mixed in it, we can still enjoy ourselves without the additional concerns.


deliver the designation of “Veteran Lukewarm.�

On Sept. 17, Shepherd was named to Victory Me-­ dia’s “Military Friendly Schools� list for 2013 for achievements in increas-­ ing veterans and military services on our campus. The school staff celebrat-­ ed their achievement and patted themselves on the back for a job well done.

This lukewarm feeling is what many veteran stu-­ dents see in the actual practices of the univer-­ sity. The university talks a good game and plans many things but delivers few actual tangible ser-­ vices to veteran students. Don’t get me wrong, the things they do offer are done well. It’s just that far too often services are discussed or offered, and then after the fan-­ fare, the ball is dropped.

Unfortunately, few vet-­ erans were celebrating, myself included. What was there to celebrate? More promises of servic-­ es to be provided in the future? More requests to provide veteran par-­ ticipants in Veterans Day programs and speeches? Only for these same vet-­ erans to be immediately discarded, like last year, after the politically cor-­ rect necessities are over? In short, Shepherd tends to believe that they are “Vet-­ eran Friendly,� but I would

A wonderful example is the dead hyperlink on the Student Affairs webpage that says “Veterans Pro-­ gramming.� Once again, “lukewarm� is the best de-­ scription when a service is obviously planned yet nev-­ er completed. These fail-­ ures are certainly not on the veteran end;͞ we have been advocating en masse for a true Student Veter-­ ans of America chapter for

over a year with no results from any staff or faculty. Multiple veterans have engaged multiple staff and faculty with zero results, other than the standard business as usual and that lukewarm feeling. The worst part, from my perspective as a former U.S. Army leader, is the self-­aggrandizement of the staff. The “Military Friendly School� moniker is derived from a univer-­ sity perspective, not that of student veterans. Yes, the university rates itself to be “Military Friendly.� But Shepherd failed to take in the big picture and notice that actual veteran students at Shepherd rate the school on the military-­ Web site. There you can see that our university is giv-­ en a grade for its perfor-­ mance in an array of vet-­ eran-­friendly arenas from transfer credits to having a veteran club. What did

Shepherd get? A wonder-­ fully lukewarm C aver-­ DJHRUWREHVSHFLĂ€FD GPA. Lukewarm again. I don’t know about you, but I strive for a lot better than a C average, and I would expect the university to strive for better as well. In the end, Shepherd self-­ reported that we have a veteran club. We do not. We would certainly like to have one if leadership exists at the university to sponsor us with the SVA. Shepherd also self-­ reported other things that are not true. We would like those services as well, since they are an impor-­ tant part of truly being a “Veteran Friendly Schoolâ€?, but that lukewarm feeling is bordering on insult with the inaccurate claims. Lastly, the governor of West Virginia, the Ameri-­ can Council on Education, DQGRWKHULQĂ XHQWLDOHQWL-­ ties have paved a path for Shepherd to truly be Vet-­

eran Friendly and all offer guidance that I consider to be excellent. Are these resources being used? Ap-­ parently not is the answer, but today is a new day and we are at the beginning of a new semester. I chal-­ lenge us to all come togeth-­ er, build an effective Stu-­ dent Veterans of America chapter and truly provide the services that we as an institution are claiming to provide. Perhaps we can truly have a 2012 Veter-­ ans Day celebration that is worthy of celebrating. Veterans interested in joining a SVA chapter are encouraged to send an email to: bburge03@rams.    Faculy interested in becoming a SVA Chap-­ ter advisor are encour-­ aged to send an email to: bburge03@rams.shepherd. edu    


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(',725,$/ On certain days, the stars line up and there sits a chocolate chip ÀOOHG EURZQLH RR]LQJ with sexy goodness at the dining hall. As you rejoice, you lament the fact that you nearly did not go in fear of having to just eat fruit, and swal-­ low your sadness with a mouthful of chocolate. Everyone has their own favorite thing at the din-­ ing hall and students have complained that they just never know

when that magical day is. This brings up the problem of the Dining Hall’s lack of adver-­ tising of their menus. Sure, the menus are on-­ line on the Shepherd site, but sometimes the menu is changed and students aren’t aware of it. An example of this was when they didn’t advertise some food items students might have been interested in (one example: shrimp).

The one way they could À[ WKLV LV DGYHUWLVLQJ more though social me-­ dia. Social media is one of today’s most effec-­ tive tools when it comes to advertising, notably Facebook and Twitter. The Dining Hall does have a Twitter account and they do announce some of the things they have on their menu on select days. They should do a lot more of this so students can be more in-­ terested in coming to the

Dining Hall than going to the Ram’s Den, the Bistro or some place in town.

is that the issue/comment is addressed immediately for customer satisfaction.

There are times where students just out right dislike what the Din-­ ing Hall has provided. They have used comment cards in the past to try to get student input, but they are implementing a new strategy. Shepherd has started TxtandTell. It allows students to text or use a QR code to sug-­ gest food and comment on their meal. The kicker

The Dining Hall’s adver-­ tising is a big issue, but it looks like they’re try-­ ing interaction with the student body more acces-­ sible. If they use social media a bit more effec-­ tively and continue to use TxtandTell, they should be able to get in the right direction to bettering the dining experience at Shepherd University.

0U*DPHU Guilty Pleasures

“This week’s Mr. Gamer is brought to you by Mr. Gangnam Style himself, PSY.” Photo credit: Wikicommons

MR. GAMER I was recently shown a video on YouTube called “Gangnam Style.” Since it debuted in July, the video has had over 400 million hits on YouTube and has inspired people to copy the style made famous by the video’s cre-­ ator, PSY, an artist out of South Korea. However, in the past few months, peo-­ ple have gotten annoyed at the video and the peo-­ ple who have copied it. I could see why people get mad. “Gangnam Style” is

all over the place, from daytime television to YouTube videos starring Deadpool. Personally, I don’t have a problem with the video. Yeah, it’s stupid as hell, but it’s a good kind of stupid. The best way to describe it is “so bad, it’s good.” It’s a car wreck you can’t take your eye off of. Watching the “Gang-­ nam Style” video has gotten me thinking of guilty pleasures in me-­ dia—stuff that we know is bad, but we watch it anyway because they’re just too damn good to resist. This week, I will examine guilty pleasures

and why we love them. Sticking with the You-­ Tube theme, viral videos are guilty pleasures in their own right. Since it started, YouTube has been home to some of the dumbest things mankind has had the dishonor to produce, from someone singing a crappy version of a hit song to someone getting hit in the nuts. A guilty pleasure that has been on the rise lately is the “bad” movie. These movies became popu-­ lar thanks to groups of people. These are often FDOOHG ´FXOW ÀOPVµ GXH WR

the rabid fan bases that keep them in the public eye. These movies are of-­ WHQ FULWLFDO DQGRU ÀQDQ-­ cial failures. Films like “The Room” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space” have achieved this fame over time thanks to their fans. People often ask me, “Why do you watch bad mov-­ ies/videos?” The simple answer is because I like watching terrible things. Our culture has evolved to the point that we watch terrible things be-­ FDXVH ZH ÀQG HQMR\PHQW in the crap we watch. I watch movies like “The 5RRPµ EHFDXVH , ÀQG HQ-­

joyment in how bad it is. I’m guessing that’s why a lot of people watch shows like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” I can’t really offer a so-­ lution here since it boils down to a person’s taste. If you like watching stu-­ pid things, go ahead and watch them. If you don’t like them, then grit your teeth and wait for the fad to be over with. Like most fads, “Gangnam Style” will be gone before long, and we’ll have a new piece of crap to love and hate. Thus goes the circle of life.


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IRUWKH863UHVLGHQW? JACOB  L.  STUMP Assistant Professor of Political Science Here it is. The Ameri-­ can presidential elec-­ tion season is upon us. Everywhere the mes-­ sage is pretty much the same. MTV will tell you to “Rock the Vote.â€? Your friends who usu-­ ally never talk politics will encourage you to vote;Íž and your friends that are ardent politi-­ cos will be waving their hands in the air about the importance of voting. Partisan yard signs, bumper stickers, badges, and t-­shirts will sprout up across the body poli-­ tic and commercials will Ă€OO WKH GLJLWDO DLUZDYHV with messages about how important it is that you go out and exercise your right to vote. Vot-­ ing for a presidential candidate seems almost obvious to many, com-­ monsense even. And yet, we fail to ask an important question: Why should you vote for the President of the Unit-­ ed States of America? Most of you will never set foot into a city or county council meeting. In these

forums, one generally has face to face access to GLUHFWO\HOHFWHG RIÀFLDOV These men and women KDYH D VLJQLÀFDQW LP-­ pact on essential aspects of everyday life, particu-­ larly in areas like school IXQGLQJ DFFHVV WR ÀUH and rescue service, wa-­ ter and sewage policies, zoning, annexation, lo-­ cal tax rates, and so on. Yet, we hardly ever rock the county or town coun-­ cil vote – indeed, in most cases, county council de-­ bates hardly make it onto the radar compared to the hoopla surrounding the quadrennial presiden-­ tial elections in the US. The important point about these local elec-­ tions cannot be stressed enough: i). You can go meet these policymak-­ ers and talk with them about issues of concern to you and your community and possibly persuade them on some matter;͞ ii). They are elected by your vote and are therefore accountable to you and to the coalition of voters of which you are a part. In terms of the US presi-­ dent, however, the story is very different. The

chances that you will ever meet the next US presi-­ dent (or any US president ever, for that matter) are slim to none – especially QRZ ZLWK WKH LQWHQVLÀHG security practices sur-­ rounding the President following the events on 11 September 2001. Even when the fear of communist sabotage and the threat of Soviet nuclear weapons stalked Americans’ imagination during the Cold War, citizens were able to ar-­ rive early in the morn-­ ing, wait in line outside the White House gate, and get an escorted tour of the public areas on most any day of the week. That type of open and symbolically more ac-­ cessible attitude has evaporated over the past decade in regards to the President and the White House. In its place is an increasingly complicated, surveillance-­intensive, and selective bureau-­ cratic process that dis-­ WDQFHV WKH RIÀFH DQG WKH RIÀFH KROGHU IURP YRWHUV Average citizens liv-­ ing in this country are even less likely to meet and meaningfully in-­

WHUDFW PXFK OHVV LQà X-­ ence, the president on any issue of concern to them or their community. Moreover, the vote, which millions of American citi-­ zens will cast on Novem-­ ber 2, does not elect the president of the United States. It is doubtless sur-­ prising to many that the US Constitution estab-­ lishes an Electoral Col-­ lege with this authority to elect the Head of State. What is the Electoral College? Robert Dahl, a professor of political sci-­ ence at Yale University, says that members of the Electoral College usu-­ ally consist of a relatively unknown and partisan group of party loyalists. The Electoral College is an elitist feature of the US Constitution that insulates the president from the popular will and it has created a di-­ lemma for American politics that has played out on four different oc-­ casions in our history. Most recently, we saw the consequences of this Constitutional dilemma in the 2000 US general election. In that instance, George W. Bush was

elected to the highest of-­ ÀFH LQ WKH ODQG EHFDXVH he won a majority of Elec-­ toral College votes;͞ Al Gore won the majority of votes from American citi-­ zens, but lost the election. All in all, Dahl says that one out of every three US presidents has won with only a minor-­ ity of voters’ support. I highlight this dilemma of US electoral politics in order to urge you to UHà HFW RQ \RXU EHKDY-­ ior this election season. For the reasons that I have indicated above and perhaps others, maybe you should not vote for any of the presi-­ dential candidates. I am curious. Why do you vote for the American president? And, perhaps more importantly, why don’t you vote for the city and county council members? Do you know your council members? Why aren’t you engag-­ ing in some meaningful and consequential politi-­ cal deliberation in a pub-­ lic arena in which you can, actually, impact the policies that impact you?

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/RQJERDUGLQJ ,WLVVRRRLQWKLVVHDVRQ MACKENZIE  SCOTT Long-­boarding has in-­ ÀOWUDWHG WKH VWUHHWV RI Shepherdstown thanks to the many ada-­ mant riders attending Shepherd University. One of the most notorious long-­boarders, Evan Do-­ bry, a freshman majoring in computer science, says that a lot of people have gotten into long-­boarding

recently, especially on the east coast. Unfortunately, the cops have taken notice and have given him quite a bit of unwanted attention. “There’s an email they said they’re going to send out, banning long-­board-­ ing. No one’s gotten any-­ thing yet.� Ryan Snyder, a fellow freshman boarder agrees the police have been giving them some heat. Sergeant ington of

David Kelv-­ the Shepherd

University Police De-­ partment is astounded by these accusations. Kelvington says, “You’re not really supposed to skate-­ board. Certain individuals have ruined it for othersâ€?. Reasons being, “there’s been a lot of destruction of state property. Corners of side-­ walks and buildings are destroyed and unaccounted for. The majority of skat-­ ers suffer because of those who’ve not done it right.â€? Dobry was well informed of the art of skating;Íž he start-­ ed off snowboarding but was looking for something that he could do year round. He began long-­boarding as a sophomore in high school;Íž merging from skateboard-­ ing at the coaxing of his friend he says he’s glad he made the switch. “I really like going fastâ€?, he VSHFLĂ€HV DQG ORQJERDUGLQJ allows that more so than

standard skate-­boarding. Shepherd in particular of-­ fers a lot of diverse rides and steep hills;Íž Dobry says that over by the river, “the boat launch ramp is really fun.â€? Dobry competes in long-­ boarding races out of D.C. and has won a couple of them, beating out kids who actually have sponsorships. Dobry isn’t looking to get that serious with it, as he’s very dedicated to his ca-­ reer in computer science. “I’ve been in to computers since second gradeâ€?, Dobry explains, “Though sitting in-­ side all day can be depress-­ ing. I like extreme sports for the adrenaline rush. Long-­boarding is my outlet.â€? Ryan Snyder, another freshman long-­boarder, is studying environmental VXVWDLQDELOLW\ DQG Ă€QGV that long-­boarding is more FUHDWLYH IUHH Ă RZLQJ DQG HIĂ€FLHQW WKDQ VNDWHERDUG-­

ing. He proceeded to perform a series of cross-­ steps, twists, and intri-­ cate turns referred to as “long-­board dancingâ€? to get his point across effec-­ tively-­ with much success. Long-­boards have big wheels and a longer deck (wooden part of board), which allows for greater speed and makes it an intensely fun way to get around. What’s even better, Sny-­ der says, is that “chicks LOVE long boardsâ€?. With greater speeds come greater responsibilities‌ and a whole lot of cushion. Hunter Garcell, a sopho-­ more majoring in paint-­ ing, started long-­boarding when he was 13 and tried out the half pipe with some friends. He pushed off the edge;Íž soaring into the air, he rode back and forth. He made it across once, twice, and on his fourth go DW WKH SHDN RI KLV Ă LJKW he lost the board and fell, crushing his kneecaps. “I was wheelchair bound for a year and was in phys-­ ical therapy for a year and a halfâ€?, Garcell said. He now has a weird instep as a result, and weirder, the size of his feet changes 4 sizes from when he’s walk-­ ing around to when he’s relaxed. He hasn’t been on a long-­board since. It’s long-­boarding that’s come into fashion, guys. Not full-­body casts.

All photographs of Evan Dobry were taken by B.J. McCardle.


10/*(50$1675((7 You can’t get any more local than German Street. Even though by now it seems mundane to suggest it, there is probably at least one shop you KDYHQ¡WYLVLWHGRUVHHQ\HW:LWKRXWWKHORDGRIFODVVHV\RXFDQÀQDOO\WDNHWLPHWRYLVLWWKDWQHZVKRS\RXDOZD\VSDVVE\

9//((6%85*3(77,1*=22 After passing the road sign, you’ll realize that this park looks just like the one from Jurassic Park. The Leesburg Petting Zoo is a great family place. They are hosting an event called ‘Pumpkinville’ until Nov. 2.

8/7+(0$5</$1'5(1$,66$1&()(67,9$/ 7KH0DU\ODQG5HQDLVVDQFH)HVWLYDOUXQVHYHU\ZHHNHQGLQ2FWREHUDQGLVWKHQXPEHURQHSODFHWRĂ&#x20AC;QGNQLJKWVZHQFKHVDQGWXUNH\OHJVLQ Maryland! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to visit before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone!

7/8'9$5)+$=<$,5$1'63$&(086(80 The Udvar F. Hazy Center used to be a storage facility for planes that were too big or controversial for the smaller Air and Space Museum in D.C. It has improved over the years, gaining more and more attractions and even being featured in the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.â&#x20AC;? &KHFNRXWWKHDLUWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FFRQWUROWRZHU

6/'$9( %867(56 Dave & Busters has been called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;grown-­up Chuck E. Cheeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it any less fun. For a modest price, you can get a meal and small pass card, but I usually go well over the amount given because I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave!

5/IMAX THEATER IMAX theaters seem to be gaining in popularity and pop up in the oddest of places (there is now an IMAX at the Udvar F. Hazy Center). They offer a unique viewing experience and rarely disappoint. Action movies are the most fun to watch, but the nature and technology movies are great too.

4//85$<&$9(516 ,W¡VHDV\WRIRUJHWWKDW/XUD\&DYHUQVLVVRFORVHE\7KLVQDWLRQDOODQGPDUNLVĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKURFNFDYHUQVDQGIHDWXUHVD6WDODFSLSH2UJDQ7KH tours start and end early, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a great place to marvel over the power and elegance of nature.

3/60,7+621,$1086(806 The Smithsonian is fun to visit any time of the year, but a visit usually involves more planning than a single weekend allows. Take this opportu-­ nity to rally some friends and spend an entire day in Washington, D.C.!

2/+2//<:22'&$6,12 The casino and racetrack are just outside Shepherdstown and are an amazing place to just visit. Even if gambling isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, the area is huge and colorful. There are many great places to eat inside. I recommend you go inside at least once before you leave Shepherdstown.

1/.,1*¡6'20,1,21+$//2:((1+$817 Every Friday and Saturday is Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dominionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Halloween Haunt. A spectacle of spooks parade around the grounds as the amusement park is transformed into a scary Halloween-­themed nightmare. The Web site recommends ages 13 years and up, so leave the kids at home.


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Members and faculty of the Shepherd Eng-­ lish department, as well as local community members and fans of the poets, gathered to hear readings, attend lectures, and get books signed by the four pub-­ lished contemporary po-­ ets on campus at the Sot-­ to Voce Poetry Festival on October 5th and 6th. American poets Ellen Bryan Voigt and Andrew Hudgins read Friday eve-­ ning, and Michael Col-­ lier and Stanley Plum-­ ly, both poet laureates of Maryland, followed on Saturday evening. The festival included not only the two readings but also workshops with Col-­ lier and Plumly, consul-­ tations with Peter Stitt, editor of The Gettysburg Review, and a lecture on Robert Frost by Hudgins. The public reception and book signing was held Saturday before the reading at Four Seasons Books on Ger-­ man Street. The quaint bookstore was packed and bustling with fans and writers of poetry. Several students from Dr. Cantrell’s Contem-­ porary American Po-­ etry class were audi-­ ence members on Friday and Saturday night. Tai Sommers enjoyed the readings of Ellen Bryant Voigt. “Her style of poetry reading was humorous, engaging, and human. She seems to have an Ashbery-­like quality of continuing to develop her style, as op-­ posed to sticking with what’s ‘comfortable.’” When weighing in on the importance of po-­ etry, Stephan Viau, vice president of Shep-­ herd’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society, said “Poetry is bravely simple, yet impossibly open—to analysis, to comments, to revisions, and to make you feel.”

new poems, one of which was never read before, entitled “Bear.” Hudgins followed with a set of his poems and a lighthearted dog story to follow Voigt’s animal-­themed poetry. Saturday evening’s read-­ ings began with Michael Collier, performing for his fourth time in the festival. Crowd favorites included “Dr. Friendly” and “Grandmother with Mink Stole, Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, Ari-­ zona, 1959” from his new collection, “An Individual History.” In a deep, rever-­ ent voice, Stanley Plumly IROORZHG ZLWK ÀYH SRHPV from his newest collec-­ tion, “Orphan Hours.” Cantrell also worked with the festival orga-­

“At its best, poetry creates brilliant moments in which a writer and reader meet in language to exchange ideas and experiences.” — Dr. Cantrell nizer, Hope Snyder, to coordinate the Sotto Voce events on campus and applied for and received a West Virginia Humani-­ ties Council grant to help fund the festival. Cantrell said that po-­ etry is important to him because it provides a VSDFHIRUUHÁHFWLRQDERXW nature of language. He said, “At its best, poetry creates brilliant moments in which a writer and reader meet in language to exchange ideas and experiences.” If students are interest-­ ed in experiencing live poetry on campus, Tem-­ ple Cone, a poet and pro-­ fessor at the U.S. Naval Academy, will be visiting Shepherd for a talk at 1:10 p.m. and a reading at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 in the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies.

Voigt kicked off the read-­ ing Friday evening with


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6WXG\$EURDG)DLU%URDGHQV+RUL]RQV Shepherd students as part of a program funded by the WV Higher Education Coun-­ cil. Both WVU and Marshall University receive funding as larger state institutions and, by territory, they share this funding with smaller colleges and universities of West Virginia. Shepherd students who wish to study abroad for a semester can re-­ ceive a $1,000 grant to do so through the program offered by the WV Higher Educa-­ tion Council through WVU. Eileen Waggoner, a sopho-­ more English major and the-­ ater minor, came to the fair to explore the possibility of studying in Edinburgh, Scot-­ land, during spring 2014.

Photo  credit  Sarah  Ridgeway many different types of (From l to r) Shepherd students Bryan Staggers and Eileen Waggoner speak to representatives from the 7LITLIVH9RMZIVWMX]*MRERGMEP%MH3J½GIEXXLI7XYH]%FVSEH*EMV SARAH  RIDGEWAY Next semester, a student FRXOG Ă&#x20AC;QG KLPVHOI RU KHU-­ self hiking through the Tuscan countryside or en-­ joying the exotic beauty of Thailand, as many stu-­ dents discovered at the Study Abroad Fair, held in the Ramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Den on Oct. 4 Students who attended learned that there are

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trips that students can go on and that all the trips of-­ IHU VRPH IRUP RI Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO aid. Some programs even of-­ fer scholarships and grants. Johnnie Porter in Shepherd 8QLYHUVLW\¡VĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDODLGRI-­ Ă&#x20AC;FHLVDEOHWRGLVFXVVĂ&#x20AC;QDQF-­ ing options with students.

short two-­week trips of-­ fered through certain de-­ partments directly through Shepherd to year-­long stays in a country of your choice offered by sever-­ al different independent companies in conjunction with Shepherd Univer-­ sityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program of studies.

There are several types of trips available, from

West Virginia University also offers programs to


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edinburgh is one of the art capitals of the world. The In-­ ternational French Theater Festival takes place there each year, and I would real-­ ly like to attend grad school in Europe,â&#x20AC;? said Waggoner. Bryan Staggers, a junior dou-­ ble major in creative writing and communications digital Ă&#x20AC;OP PDNLQJ DWWHQGHG WKH fair along with Waggoner in hopes of returning to intern DW WKH &DQQHV Ă&#x20AC;OP IHVWLYDO in France after working as a festival intern last year. Rachel DeGrave, a fresh-­ man English literature major, said that she want-­

ed to visit England to study in the countryside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always liked Eng-­ land and the culture, and I want to be able to H[SHULHQFH LW Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDQGÂľ said DeGrave. This type of individual semester or year round trip would be easily planned us-­ ing one of the compa-­ nies at the Study Abroad fair to study overseas. Some trips are in con-­ MXQFWLRQ ZLWK D VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F course and provide the opportunity to gain three hours of credit for a trip conducted during spring break, such as Dr. Lewinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip to Italy or Dr. Shur-­ buttâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celtic Roots trip, both in spring 2013. Both are in conjunction with a literature course that re-­ lates to the prominence of place for each destination. For more information about those trips, check out the bulletin boards in Knutti. Other upcoming trips abroad at Shepherd include Italy and Spain, offered by the art depart-­ ment, a tour of France offered by the music de-­ partment in spring 2013, a European tour offered by the history depart-­ ment during summer 2013, and a service learn-­ ing trip to Guatemala.



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ZACH  ROUNCEVILLE After coming off a bye week in which the Rams volley-­ ball team was idle until Oct. 9, the team looked to overcome its recent strug-­ gles and get back on track. On Oct. 9, the team squared off at home against Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the Rams came up short, dropping the series 3-­0 (25-­23 on all three sets). Junior Melani Lewis led the Rams with 10 kills, while Sophomore Valerie Bour came in sec-­ ond with nine. Junior Meg Kenny provided eight kills, and sophomore Taylor Bele-­ lla had 23 assists. This game set the Rams back to 5-­11 overall.

Taylor Belella serves in Tuesdaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game. The girls lost to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Benjamin McCardle

The two most recent games had the Rams again com-­ ing up short of victory. On Friday night, the team traveled to conference ri-­

5DPV)DOOWR :HVW/LEHUW\  MATTHEW  MURPHY Up until this point in the season, the Shepherd Rams football squad has been roll-­ ing through their schedule without much of an issue. However, the #25 Shepherd University football team suf-­ fered their second loss of the season this past Saturday, falling to West Liberty by a score of 17-­16. This loss will most likely see the Rams fall out of the Top 25 poll. :HVW /LEHUW\ ZDV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW team to put points on the board. With 12:15 left in the Ă&#x20AC;UVW TXDUWHU 0DULR 5LFKHWWL picked off a Bobby Cooper pass. During his return, Richetti lateralled the ball to teammate Rod White, who took the ball into the end zone from six yards out. Jeff Hoak added the extra point. Shepherd cut the lead to four points with 8:38 left in WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWTXDUWHU5\DQ(DUOV knocked through a 31-­yard Ă&#x20AC;HOG JRDO +RDN UHHVWDE-­ lished a seven-­point lead for the Hilltoppers with 1:54 left LQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWTXDUWHUVSOLWWLQJ the uprights from 37 yards. Running back Mike Haynes of Cloverhill High School in Midlothian, Va., tied up the game in the second quarter. Haynesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; one-­yard plunge with 12:20 left in the second quarter made it a brand-­new football game. Earls went on to add the extra point. West Liberty took the lead into half time when Ken-­ jay Trueblood scampered 19 yards into the Shepherd end zone with 11:40 left in WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW KDOI +RDN DGGHG the point after touchdown, bringing the score to 17-­10 in favor of the Hilltoppers. The second half was un-­ eventful in regard to scor-­

val West Virginia State and lost the contest 3-­2. On Sat-­ urday, the team traveled to Charleston for another WVIAC conference show-­ down. Although the Rams battled hard, the team lost the four-­ game match to the Golden Eagles 25-­22, 25-­18, 20-­25, and 25-­21 respectively. Val-­ erie Bour led the Rams with 15 kills and 12 digs, while sophomore Lauren Wilkins had 10 kills. Senior Sara Michael added 26 assists for the Rams. This matched dropped the Ramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record to 5-­13, 1-­4 in WVIAC conference play. On Wednesday, the Rams resume play against Pitt-­ Johnstown at 7 p.m. Speaking about her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance thus far this season, Senior Kasey Mer-­ cier says that despite the record, the team is work-­ ing very hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to take to take it one game at

It was a tough day on the ground for the Rams. Wide receiver Dalton Boyd was the leading rusher, with just one attempt for 47 yards. Ji-­ had Rasheed had nine rush-­ es for 34 yards and Allen Cross had 16 rushes for 28 yards. Backup quarterback Trae Tinsman had one rush attempt for 22 yards. Senior receiver Larry Lowe and Rasheed caught four passes each, while tight end John Frick and receiver William MacKenzie hauled in three passes each. Line-­ backer Bryan Blue paced the Rams with nine solo tackles and a forced fumble. Keon Robinson added an intercep-­ tion, while defensive tackle Robert Hayes recorded two sacks on the day. Levi Barber and Nick Pugh also recorded a sack apiece. Next up for the Rams are the West Virginia State Yel-­ low Jackets. The Rams will try to get back on the wagon and take their record to 6-­2 overall and 5-­1 in conference play.

When asked about what the team can improve on going forward into the season, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to work on being consistentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;mak-­ ing the right calls, getting everyone on the same page, things like that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the little things that will help make us better as a team. We also have to be relent-­ less on defense.â&#x20AC;? As far as her personal per-­ formance so far this season is concerned, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played well. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to hold my team-­ mates accountable both on and off the court. I also have to work towards keep-­ ing everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy high.â&#x20AC;?


ing plays. In fact, the only scoring play of the half came in the fourth quarter, with just 1:33 left to play. Senior quarterback Bobby Cooper of South River High School in Edgewater, Md., found true freshman wide receiver Billy Brown of Gaithersburg High School for a 28-­yard, fourth down desperation touch-­ down. However, Earlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; extra point attempt was no good. West Liberty went on to re-­ cover the ensuing onside kick attempt and killed the clock for the victory. Bobby Cooper completed 19 of 31 for 200 yards for the Rams. He added a touchdown but also had two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown.

a time and not get ahead of ourselves. We have to focus on winning in the last half of the season,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even in the losses, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still played together as a team and encouraged each other when things werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going our way,â&#x20AC;? she added.

Photo by Charles Ransom SEAN Â Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN

Meet Shepherd soc-­ cer star Morgan Ga-­ briel. She is a junior forward from Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. Q:  As a junior and vet-­

eran on a young team, has anything changed in terms of your role on the team?

$  As a junior with young-­

er players continuing to come in, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think my role has changed. I realized that no spot on the team is guaranteed as yours. You have to work hard every single day to make it hap-­ pen, as well as setting an example on and off the Ă&#x20AC;HOG , UHPHPEHU ZKHQ I was a freshman, and I think when you get older, you start getting looked upon as a role model for how the game should be played.

Q:  What are you study-­

ing, and what do you want to do with it after you graduate?

$ Â I am studying exercise science, and after I am done at Shepherd, I plan on doing graduate school for physical therapy at Stockton College in New Jersey.

Q: Â What do you like to


$  I like to snowboard in the winter and go to Ab At-­ tack and shop. Q:   What

are your goals for this semester in terms of academics DVZHOODVRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG"

$  In terms of academ-­ ics, I would like to get a 3.5 grade point average. My individual goal on the Ă&#x20AC;HOGLVWREHDEHWWHUWKDQ, was last year. I want to get WVIAC Player of the Week and score more than six goals. I would just like to contribute to my team the best that I can. Q: What are your fa-­

vorite sports teams or athletes?

$  My favorite sports team is the New England Patri-­ ots, and my favorite ath-­ letes are Randy Moss and Carli Lloyd. Q:   Lastly, what are

the expectations for the rest of the season?

$  I have high expecta-­ tions for the rest of our sea-­ son. As a team, we would love to win the WVIAC, and we really do have the talent to do it this sea-­ son. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a tough ride so far, but I think we can pull through and win every game from here on out. We have so much heart and work so hard because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to let each other down.


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6KHSKHUG 6KXW2XWE\ $OGHUVRQ %URDGGXV SEAN  Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN It was a cold and gloomy af-­ ternoon with plenty of rain, which seemed foreboding of the rough day Shepherd had. They lost at home to Alderson-­Broaddus, 2-­0. Coming into the WVIAC showdown, the Alderson-­ Broaddus Battlers were 7-­3-­1, and 4-­1-­0 in confer-­ ence. The Rams knew they had a tall task to try to top-­ ple the second-­ranked team in the WVIAC. It was not meant to be. Alderson-­Broaddus con-­ WUROOHG WKH EDOO LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW half and took advantage of

their chances. The Battlers seemed to impose their will on the Rams, crossing mid-­ Ă&#x20AC;HOG FRQVWDQWO\ 7KH\ KDG crisp passing, leading play-­ HUV GRZQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;HOG WR DW-­ tempt shots. Senior defend-­ HU6DUDK+ROPHVGUHZĂ&#x20AC;UVW blood when she knocked in an unassisted goal at 25:27. It was from far out and hit the top crossbar just out of the reach of Shepherd ju-­ nior goalie Emily Wise. At Ă&#x20AC;UVWLWZDVQRWFOHDULIWKH goal had actually cleared the line, but the refs quick-­ ly determined it was a goal. First year Shepherd wom-­ enâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach Jonathan Thayil offered his point of view on what lead to the goal.

Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lexi Vondrak battles for the ball.  Photo by Ryan Franklin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alderson-­Broaddus put on a lot of pressure in the be-­ ginning. They took an op-­ portunity from far out and I thought it was a little bit lucky off the post. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see if it crossed the goal line or not.â&#x20AC;? The Rams went into the half down 1-­0. Something had to change. They could not score if the Battlers constantly had possession RQWKHLUKDOIRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG â&#x20AC;&#x153;We changed things a little bit and went with a little bit different formation. We changed some people around to get more pres-­ sure on the ball higher up WKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQGLWZRUNHG8Q-­ fortunately, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t equate to any goals,â&#x20AC;? Thayil said. The Rams came out in the second half determined to take control of the game DQG JHW WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW JRDO LQ three games. While they managed to get the ball SDVW PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOG PRUH RIWHQ Alderson-­Broaddus did not take their foot off the pedal. -XQLRU PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU %URRNH Hunsaker chipped in with an unassisted score at the 73:57 mark.

Photo by Ryan Franklin

6RFFHU:LQV 2Q/DWH *DPH*RDO JOEY  KAYE The Shepherd menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soc-­ cer team is nearing the end of their 2012 season. With RQO\ Ă&#x20AC;YH JDPHV UHPDLQLQJ as of Oct. 14, the team is currently ranked 6th in the WVIAC Conference stand-­ ings with a 5-­6-­1 overall record and a 3-­2 conference record.

The team savored the win but then shifted their focus to the next opponent. Af-­ ter three games away from home, the Rams were ready to defend their home turf. Despite only scoring one goal for the second straight match, the Shepherd Rams squeaked out a hard-­fought win in their match against the Alderson-­Broaddus Battlers last Tuesday.

It has not been the ideal season for the Rams. They have experienced more low points than high ones throughout this season. However, the Rams have continued to show that they are improving in all aspects of their gameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;offense, de-­ fense, and goalie play.

2Q WKH Ă&#x20AC;HOG WKH FRQWHVW quickly became feisty be-­ tween the two squads. As a result, Alderson-­Broaddus VHQLRUPLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU3DXO2JH-­ degbe received a red card at the 37:39 minute mark. The Battlers played the re-­ mainder of the match one player short.

On Oct. 6, the Shepherd menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team traveled to Greensburg, Pa., to face WKH6HWRQ+LOO*ULIĂ&#x20AC;QV7KH Rams came into the match DJDLQVW WKH *ULIĂ&#x20AC;QV ZLWK a four game losing streak, including a heartbreaking overtime loss.

Furthermore, defensive play was the story of the day for both teams. After struggling to tally a score, the Rams and Battlers were still at a 0-­0 stale-­ mate after 87 minutes of play. For Shepherd, it was unfortunately starting to seem like dÊjà vu.

The Rams once again found themselves in another overtime situation. How-­ ever, this time it ended in their favor. The team ended their longest winless streak of the season by earning a 1-­0 win in double overtime DJDLQVWWKH*ULIĂ&#x20AC;QV

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As regulation time came closer to expiring, it began to appear that in order to secure the win, they would have to go to overtime for a third straight game. How-­ ever, Rams junior mid-­ Ă&#x20AC;HOGHU $EHO 6HWHJQ KDG D


When asked about what lead to the second score for the Battlers, Thayil replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lost track of it off the corner. The goalkeeper was screened a little bit. It was another unlucky goal for us but well-­deserved because Alderson-­Broaddus worked really hard to get both of them.â&#x20AC;? Even in a losing ef-­ fort, Thayil showed his re-­ spect to a formidable team. While they remained score-­ less for the third game in a row, the Rams did manage to outshoot the Battlers, 13-­ 11. They also had plenty of chances in the corner kick department, outdueling Al-­ derson-­Broaddus 7-­3. Most of them were very close and set up their shooters for a chance to get on the board. They just never seemed to connect. Shepherd never got the lucky bounces that come with the chaos of cor-­ ner kicks either. Emily Wise had three saves on the day. Her counter-­ part, Alderson-­Broaddus senior Kate Laird, recorded four saves. While Alderson-­Broaddus improves to 8-­3-­1, 5-­1-­0 in

conference, Shepherd slides to 3-­6-­3, 2-­2-­2 in WVIAC play. Confronted with this loss and what it meant in terms of a playoff shot, Thayil re-­ sponded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a tough road conference-­wise ahead of us. If we want to get into the tournament, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to win some conference games. We have four left, and we will need to win three of the four to get in. We are hoping we can keep doing things well defen-­ sively. We hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given up a goal in a few games until the two today. We need to get back to defending well and being stingy in our EDFNĂ&#x20AC;HOG DV ZHOO DV Ă&#x20AC;QG-­ ing the back of the net on offense.â&#x20AC;? Shepherd has not won two games in a row all season. If the Rams want to get into the playoffs, now would be the time to end their score-­ less drought and make a run with all the talented players they have. Shep-­ herd will host West Virgin-­ ia Weslyan on Oct. 14 and travel to Charleston for a 5 p.m. contest on Oct. 17.

different idea. At the 87:38 mark, Setegn scored an unassisted goal to secure the 1-­0 win over Alderson-­ Broaddus in WVIAC menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer action. The Shepherd menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team had a 24 to 9 advan-­ tage in shots and a 10 to 3 advantage in corner kicks, while freshman goalkeeper $OH[$OHVKLUH UHFRUGHG Ă&#x20AC;YH saves during the game. After the win, the Rams improve their record to 5-­6-­ 1, 2-­2-­0 in conference play, while the Battlersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record dropped to 3-­7-­0 overall. On Sunday, Oct.14, the Rams will remain at home to take on West Virginia Wesleyan. On Wednesday, Oct.17, they will travel to Charleston, W.Va., to take on Charleston University.

1MH½IPHIV8E]PSV(YGERLIPTW+SEPOIITIV%PI\%PIWLMVIFPSGO a corner kick during the Shepherd Vs. Alderson-Broaddus.  Photo by Benkamin McCardle

+SEPOIITIV%PI\%PIWLMVIWEZIWXLIFEPPSR8YIWHE]´WKEQI%PI\LEH½ZIWEZIWSR8YIWHE]´WKEQI and helped the men pull a 1-0 win.  Photo by Benjamin McCardle

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The Shepherd University Picket issue 60  
The Shepherd University Picket issue 60  

Issue 60 of The Picket