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Shepherd University

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115th Year No. 67


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NATALIE  GREENE Shepherd University’s Martinsburg Center will be located off Edwin Mill-­ er Boulevard. James Klein will be the new director. It is believed that the expansion of Shepherd University will improve economic development in the Eastern Panhandle. The location of the cam-­ pus Boulevard should be more convenient for com-­ muters traveling from Berkeley Springs, Hag-­ erstown, Winchester, and surrounding areas. Klein’s remarkable repu-­ tation of increasing re-­ cruitment and working with continuing education programs has awarded him the new director posi-­

tion at Shepherd Univer-­ sity Martinsburg Center. Klein has previous expe-­ rience with Kaplan Uni-­ versity, where he led the expansion of many new campus locations while training admissions ad-­ visers, budgeting, and reaching monthly goals. Some of Klein’s responsi-­ bilities will be directing daily operations, sched-­ uling, and enrollment. Klein said, “The vision is to provide a non-­tradition-­ al learning environment with modern technology to allow Shepherd cul-­ ture to grow and expand.�

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With the expansion of Shepherd University, it is believed that the Martinsburg campus will improve economic development in the Eastern Panhandle. This campus will be located off Edwin Miller Boulevard in Martinsburg and hopefully more convenient for commuters traveling from Berkeley Springs, Hagerstown, Winchester, and surrounding areas. Submitted Photo


/(66216)520 *5$17)25&20387(5 6&,(1&(6'(3$570(17 /,77/(52&. KRISTIN  STOVER Dr. Terrence Roberts, re-­ membering the hatred and violence that plagued his youth, told a crowd Janu-­ ary 23 in the Shepherd University Storer Ball-­ room, “Understanding the nature of our existence helps us get through it.� As a member of the pivotal “Little Rock Nine,� Roberts is familiar with history. He was one of nine black stu-­ dents to volunteer to enter an all white high school. Roberts, with a humorous nature, told of his choice to break segregation lines. His choice to face a cul-­ ture that had “spent 335 years in indoctrinated hate.� Dr. Roberts bravely faced daily torture from the other students and leaned on his strong family ties and passion for knowledge Roberts and the other Little Rock Nine stu-­

dents were initially met by armed guards blocking the school door. Soon that changed to an armed escort and guard into the school. Roberts told about when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Little Rock when he heard of the ac-­ tions of the nine students. King asked that students “go home and ponder your humanityâ€? and asking that they “love their enemy as a human and take an ap-­ proach of non violence.â€? Roberts did not touch on the brutality of his ex-­ perience long. He men-­ WLRQHG RQO\ EULHĂ \ WKH students that would hit and then run away. He next began a discus-­ sion with the crowd, pull-­ ing from the questions his “lessonsâ€? from Little Rock.

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Dr. Ralph Wojtowicz, as-­ sistant professor of math-­ ematics, has brought both technology and job training to Shepherd that FRXOG EHQHÀW PDQ\ VWX-­ dents as they transition from undergrad to alumni. Wojtowicz brought this training and technology to the university through his allocation of a West Virgin-­ ia EPSCoR grant totaling $19,069. Faculty too will EHQHÀW IURP WKH UHFHQWO\ awarded grant thanks to Wojtowicz and his team in the department of com-­ puter sciences, math-­ ematics, and engineering. Wojtowicz determined that a demand existed for per-­ sonnel trained in Apache Hadoop software systems, with employers needing skilled workers capable of understanding and man-­ aging these complex soft-­ ware systems. This ability to understand and manage

Hadoop software systems is in demand with count-­ less employers, includ-­ ing Yahoo, Apple, Amazon and the U.S. Government. Wojtowicz desired to pro-­ vide knowledge that in-­ creases Shepherd alumni’s chances of employment while providing a research tool for faculty across the university. Individuals who have experience in this software environment can expect to increase their employment chances and be on the forefront of large data collection, distribu-­ tion and management tech-­ nologies. These opportuni-­ ties will increase further as society depends more on the correlation of data WR SURYLGH VFLHQWLĂ€F DQ-­ swers to complex problems. Wojtowicz stated, “It’s a hot job market, and I wanted to bring these skills to Shepherd.â€?

The Hadoop software sys-­ tem, the focus of the grant, is a Java-­based frame-­ work for correlating and

sharing large data sets, which normal comput-­ ing systems and networks are incapable of handling. More and more, society gathers vast amounts of data in every arena of life. This makes it increasingly important to understand and share large amounts RI GDWD DV H[HPSOLĂ€HG through the Obama ad-­ ministration’s “Big Data Research and Develop-­ ment Initiative,â€? a na-­ tional initiative to inves-­ tigate and improve large data collection efforts. Wojtowicz stated that as an example for understand-­ ing his Hadoop grant, stu-­ dents might think of vast terabytes of weather data that have been recorded for decades and are crucial to climatologists who seek to predict weather trends.

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Martinsburg, From Page 1 Klein, who is new to the area, noted that the Shep-­ herd community seemed to



Grant, From Page 1 offered.

Students will be able to learn one-­on-­one in a class-­

James Klein, director of the Martinsburg Center, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vision is to provide a non-traditional learning environment with modern technology to allow Shepherd culture to grow and expand.â&#x20AC;? be very welcoming and ea-­ ger about the development of the new campus. He said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the new location is not far down the street.â&#x20AC;? The new center will be designed with faculty and student lounges, study URRPV RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV LQIRUPD-­ tion-­technology systems and support space. Unfor-­ tunately, there will not be a cafeteria on site;Íž how-­ ever, plenty of parking is adjacent to restaurants. Klein said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This new campus will be a huge impact on Shepherd Uni-­ YHUVLW\¡V Ă&#x20AC;YH WR WHQ \HDU plan. Shepherd wants to grow, and hopefully I can be a part of that.â&#x20AC;? The center will aid in as-­ sisting adult students who are managing a career and IDPLO\  &UHDWLQJ D Ă H[-­ ible class schedule is one objective this campus will strive to provide. Klein will be working directly with students and faculty for academic programs

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room setting and online. Some of the course offer-­ ings include undergradu-­ ate education on Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. The Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and special edu-­ cation courses are all in the approval process now. Klein will also work atten-­ tively with the local com-­ munity to recognize the classes in demand around the area for businesses for future courses offered. He will work with industry representatives to iden-­ tify academic programs to train potential employees. Klein said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a great opportunity for big play-­ ers in the Berkeley Coun-­ ty area to gain a more experienced workforce.â&#x20AC;? Shepherd University is excited about the expan-­ sion and pleased to pro-­ vide more opportunities for higher education. The new site is scheduled to be open by August 2013.

The Hadoop software framework allows for large data sets to be shared among multiple nodes involv-­ ing thousands of terabytes of data.

servers, four workstations, and another workstation provided through a sepa-­

at graduate institutions. Wojtowicz believes that the cluster will not only serve as a research tool but also result in Shep-­ herd graduatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; being highly employable af-­ ter their exposure to this technology, with internship opportuni-­ ties existing for those who are involved in his upcoming fall se-­ nior capstone course.

Dr. Ralph Wojtowicz, assistant professor of mathematics, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hot job market, and I wanted to bring these skills to Shepherd.â&#x20AC;?

The Hadoop technology is al-­ UHDG\ EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WLQJ society with the elimination of redundant tasks and through its unique abil-­ ity to transfer, store and corre-­ late large data sets. Lastly, Hadoop also al-­ lows for contin-­ ued use when one node LV XQDYDLODEOH RU RIĂ LQH making it a redundant system and highly reli-­ able for use in govern-­ ment computing systems. The provided funds will be used to purchase two

rate grant from the Shep-­ herd Technical Oversight Committee. Together they will complete a Hadoop cluster, which will be the only known Hadoop clus-­ ter currently being used at an undergraduate lev-­ el, as all others exist only

Wojtowicz is eager to provide realis-­ tic and marketable training to Shep-­ herd students. He also wants to ensure that students, faculty and Shepherd researchers know the technology and experience are available to other divisions. He en-­ courages students looking to learn and expand their own efforts to participate.

Little Rock, From Page 1 From the crowd came the question of how GRHV D FXOWXUH WUDQVFHQG LWV GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWLHV with difference. Roberts followed with the most avid lesson that was relayed: the importance of building relationships. Roberts spoke of his strong belief that all humans are equal peers. He said â&#x20AC;&#x153;that one cre-­ ates peers through respectful conversa-­ tions, genuine and sincere attitudes.â&#x20AC;? Roberts wanted the crowd of students and faculty to un-­ derstand the impor-­ tance of reaching out and forming con-­ nections. Roberts calmly and rational reminded the crowd

that we are all unique, but all connected. Sean Pained, a sophomore, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did not ex-­ pect it to be as inspirational as it was.â&#x20AC;? Roberts and the Little Rock Nine where active in reform-­ ing public educa-­ tion forever. It is with that in mind that Roberts re-­ minded the crowd of the importance of education and of history.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If what you know doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change you, change what you know.â&#x20AC;?-Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get involved in high level self awareness,â&#x20AC;? said Roberts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If what you know doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change you, change what you know.â&#x20AC;?

Dr. Terrence Roberts was a member of the pivotal â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Rock Nineâ&#x20AC;? one of the nine black students who volunteered to enter an all white High School. He discussed his experiences with students and adults in the Storer Ballroom on January 23. Â Photograph by Kristin Stover

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Dr. Terrence Roberts stressed the importance of knowing your history and continuing your education during his presentation on January 23. Â Photograph by Kristin Stover

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place where students and faculty can come in and create, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through a video project, audio project, so in other words podcasts or a videocast, or even things like a Web page.â&#x20AC;?-Lauryl Lewis,







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ANNOUNCEMENTS! Dr. Jennifer (Jenny) L. Penland, assistant professor of education at Shepherd University, will speak about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Native Resiliency: Educational Experiences during the 1950s and 1960s.â&#x20AC;? The presentation will take place Feb. 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the CLS auditorium. Shepherd University alumna Carolyn Malachi will return to Shepherd to perform in a free concert Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Storer Ballroom of the Shepherd student center. The concert kicks off Multicultural Student Affairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black History Month celebration. Shepherd Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Music will present Johann Straussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comic operetta â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermausâ&#x20AC;? (The Bat) on Saturday, Feb.2 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center. Admission and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is free for Shepherd students with Rambler ID.

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%HQJKD]L7KH5HDO,VVXH MATTHEW MURPHY Many people have differ-­ ing opinions on the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. I would say that apart from the Sandy Hook shooting and the ac-­ tual presidential election, the attack in Syria was the most hotly-­debated politi-­ cal issue of the past year. Before the attack, Ambas-­ sador Stevens, the Unit-­ ed States’ voice in Libya, voiced concern over the safety of the compound. However, his plea was ignored and the ambas-­ sador is now deceased. Whether it was an upris-­ ing or an act of terror was a large part of the mystery surrounding the attack.

I’m the kind of person who examines and gets facts before I form an opinion, which, to me, makes the attack so interesting. In-­ formation on the attack was slow to come out and was, in many ways, vague. The time it took for the president to declare the attack an act of terrorism was a major theme that permeated the incident. I have trouble seeing how it would take time to de-­ clare this a terrorist attack. Ambassador Stevens was widely liked by the people of Syria, according to a CNN report back in Sep-­ tember. Due to that fact, the chances of the attack being state-­sponsored, de-­ spite political turbulence in the nation, was fairly small. If this was an act of terror-­

ism, many people may won-­ der why our troops have entered Syria. This mostly has to do with decade-­ long contingencies in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The American people have war exhaustion. They have seen huge amounts of tax dollars go toward the military in-­ dustrial complex and would like to see their now-­hiked taxes go towards tackling domestic problems, such as the always-­rising national debt. This nation absolute-­ ly has to beef up security IRU VWDWH GHSDUWPHQW RIÀ-­ cials in dangerous locales. An ambassadorship is considered a tremendous honor. However, these civil servants must be protected. $WWKHEHJLQQLQJRIKLVÀUVW term, President Obama named Dan Rooney, the

owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the 30th am-­ bassador to the Republic of Ireland. The chances of the Irish Republican Army (a recognized terrorist organi-­ zation) capturing or killing Rooney are slim to none, but if they did, because of his standing as a National Football League owner, the nation would be up in arms over the incident. The attack on the consulate has taught us that, in more volatile parts of the world, the United States is a tar-­ get. In response, our nation must be more vigilant about protecting our state depart-­ PHQW RIÀFLDOV$PEDVVDGRU Stevens and his staff had UHSRUWHG VHFXULW\ GHÀFLHQ-­ cies prior to the attack on the consulate, according to CNN. Clearly the ambas-­

sador was, unfortunately, correct in his assessment. Our Department of State has to realize the very real danger ambassadors face in some parts of the world. Sure, the United States ambassador to Canada does not have all that much to worry about when he or she walks by Parliament Hill in Ottawa, but the ambassa-­ dor in a nation such as Pak-­ istan faces very real danger. All in all, the Obama ad-­ ministration needs to make a concentrated, visible ef-­ fort to protect the voice of our nation in foreign lands. Not doing so could lead the United States back into the theater of war, some-­ thing our fragile econo-­ my could barely handle.


CHELSEA DEMELLO The north end side of Martinsburg has been selected as Shepherd Univer-­ sity’s extended campus, and courses could be offered as early as this summer. Shepherd’s second campus is ex-­ pected to have a full variety of class-­ es available by the fall 2013 semester. The Berkeley Commons Building, located in Aiken’s Center, has been chosen to be the site of Shepherd’s Martinsburg cam-­ pus. It is in a reasonable location, a short distance from the interstate, exit sixteen. The pan tram in Martinsburg also has a route along that area, so those living deep-­ er inside the city with transportation is-­ sues will have access to the campus as well. According to Shepherd’s Web site, James Klein has been selected as the director of the center. He brings several years of previ-­ ous directing experience at Kaplan Univer-­ sity with him. Klein is from Greencastle, Pa. The Martinsburg Center is set to be pri-­ marily aimed at working adult students. Degrees such as the Regents and M.B.A will be offered. These types of degrees are essential to the campus because it does not take away the appeal that Shep-­ herd University has for younger students. For a young student, exposure to the college life is an asset. Being on and around a large campus presents opportunities that can shape a younger student’s entire college ex-­ perience and life decisions. For older individ-­ uals, the Martinsburg campus is a different type of great option. It will allow the working individual to save on time, which is essen-­ tial when those in the older age bracket are already juggling families and full-­time jobs. Another positive the new campus brings is the possibility of economic growth to the Martinsburg area. Individuals will have ac-­ cess to a four year, solid education without having to travel outside of their means. According to Shepherd’s Web site, while many of the details are still in the works, the Martinsburg Center will also take a look at focusing on having an affordable price. Though this is great for the work-­ ing individual, it does raise some concerns. If tuition fees at the Martinsburg campus are going to be cheaper than fees at the main university, it could potentially pose a problem. Students going for the same type of degrees might hold off on a higher education until those individuals quali-­ fy to attend the Martinsburg campus, or, worse, attend a different school altogether. Yet the new campus is still a blessing. As opposed to a few of the other colleges of-­ fered in Martinsburg, an extension of Shepherd is much needed for the area. All in all, the new campus is an asset to Shepherd and the surrounding region.

With the current state of the economy in shambles, the need for a competitive edge in the scarce workforce cannot be emphasized enough. In other words, obtaining a position WKDW UHÁHFWV \RXU XQ-­ dergraduate effort can be a major conundrum under current hiring conditions. One route that you can take to surmount employment competition is by uti-­ lizing the experience gained through partici-­ pating in a creditable internship program.

Whether you are con-­ sidering an internship for the future or have already applied for an internship for the up-­ coming summer, you may have some doubts. Fortunately, I have done the research for you and will attempt to pacify your lingering doubts with hints that I have read and used in my own experience as a summer intern. Surviving an intern-­ ship can certainly be a daunting task;; how-­ ever, the stress that accompanies an intern-­ ship is only a luxury for those prospects who are actually chosen. Applying for an intern-­ VKLS HQWDLOV ÀQGLQJ D position that is right for you, researching the background of that company or business extensively, polishing up your résumé, and committing before the application deadline. Internship survival tips generally fall into three categories: com-­ munication, mental-­ ity, and networking. The communication aspect of my survival tips pertains to the in-­ tern’s responsibility to be vocal and not shy away from valuable opportunities. In other

words, as an intern, you should not hesi-­ tate to ask questions or even show a strong in-­ terest in wanting to do more. Internships are extremely temporary positions, so you can-­ not err in displaying a strong character that could potentially dis-­ tinguish you from the other interns. In do-­ ing so, your boss may not perceive you as a temporary addition but a long-­term employee candidate. Being vocal in the working envi-­ ronment could actually promote you from mak-­ ing coffee to attend-­ ing board meetings.

For example, former Shepherd student Alex Severson was required to intern for his jour-­ nalism minor and de-­ cided that he would apply for a summer in-­ ternship position at the Shepherd Chronicle. “I decided to stay lo-­ cal so that I could re-­ port on issues in my own community, and I wanted to stay close to home,” he said. Severson’s main piece of interning advice is to apply early and to apply to a position that you will enjoy. “Try to get into a place where you’ll enjoy what you do. Even if it’s just an internship, you don’t want to be miserable performing trivial tasks. Make sure the internship will allow you to hone more than your coffee-­ making skills. Also, I can’t stress getting in contact with the place you’d like to in-­ tern at early enough. The earlier you apply, the more likely you’ll obtain the position you desire,” he said. Secondly, network-­ ing is a major facet of interning that can sometimes be over-­ looked. Networking is merely the interac-­ tion between you and

the people around you DW WKH RIÀFH RU LQ RWK-­ er business-­meeting scenarios. In order to network properly, just strike up a conversa-­ tion with a profes-­ sional and exchange information. Ask ques-­ tions about his or her role in the company, and do not hesitate to share a few aspirations of your own. If you handle yourself profes-­ sionally and execute strong social skills, the conversation will most likely conclude with an exchange of con-­ tact information and you can begin climb-­ ing up the social lad-­ der of employment.

Lastly, your mentality should be as positive as humanly possible to en-­ sure that you are reap-­ LQJ HYHU\ EHQHÀW WKDW the internship is af-­ fording you. Like I said before, internships are temporary gigs;; there-­ fore, if you are being bogged down emotion-­ ally with frustration, just keep your head up DQG ÀQLVK WKH MRE WKDW you started. Interning can be the section of your résumé that per-­ suades an employer that you have the expe-­ rience needed for that VSHFLÀFMRERIIHU,I\RX identify the internship as a learning experi-­ ence, you cannot fail. In fact, sometimes an internship can teach you that a certain po-­ sition is exactly what you don’t want. Make sure that you are per-­ meable to the knowl-­ edge inherent in all circumstances and use your internship experiences to realize your own work ethic. Just remember, it is not becoming any eas-­ LHU WR ÀQG DGHTXDWH employment positions after college;; however, one summer of intern-­ ing can launch you into a higher echelon of em-­ ployment opportunity.


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(',725,$/ While the underpass may improve pedestrian safety, it actually impedes some studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; progress across campus. &RQVWUXFWLRQRIWKHXQGHUSDVVKDVĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\EHHQFRPSOHWHGDIWHUD semester of waiting. The new route allows Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students a safer passage from East to West Campus. Shepherd asked stu-­ dents to not use High St., the only route for students last semester, WRIXUWKHULQFUHDVHVDIHW\DQGSXVKDOOWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FWRWKHXQGHUSDVV Shepherd posted signs around both the High St. and underpass route to direct students to use the underpass. A fence temporarily blocked the sidewalk by Miller Hall to further deterring students from using High St, as well. Students, however, were reluctant to completely give up High St. Many found ways to walk around the fence or ignored the signs to continue using High St., which they were more comfortable with or found more convenient to reach some of the East Campus build-­ ings. High St. also allowed students a quicker way to access Shep-­ herdstown.

Ashley Mattingly, a junior elementary education major, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be convenient using High St. getting to Knutti or White Hall.â&#x20AC;? At a place of higher education, where a student is paying thou-­ sands of dollars to attend, the school should not dictate where and how a student can travel to get across campus. If one direction of travel is more preferable over the other, then a student should be able to choose which path they want to take. This is especially true if their desired path gets them to class at a faster pace. Although the precautions taken to keep students off High St. were GHVLJQHGIRUWKHLUVDIHW\DQGEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WWKHVWXGHQWERG\VKRXOGKDYH to freedom of choice to take their desired path across campus. High St. may not be as protected as the underpass now that the crossing guard is gone. Shepherd should consider making High St. a safer route as many students still prefer to travel this way. We should have both the underpass and High St. as safe options for our student pedestrians.


resents a part of them.

This was not the case for science teacher Jo-­ elle Silver, who teaches at the high school level in western New York.

Whether or not all of us have a religion, we all have some sort of belief system and know others who do as wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some who are very nonchalant and others who are very zealous. Whatever the case may be, for all people, beliefs are part of what make them who they are. Delving even more deeply, we often seek to express ourselves through our beliefs, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in ac-­ tion or inaction, a statue, or quotes from a sacred text or from a prominent person on the subject matter. We see others putting forth those views, privately and publically. Whether or not we agree with them, all agree that they have the liberty to do so, be it by encourag-­ ing others to participate or simply having a small something with them or where they are, as an expression of what they believe and ultimately as something that rep-­

The controversy erupted around a quote from for-­ mer President Ronald Reagan and a wall prayer box decorated with Bi-­ ble quotes. The box is a part of a Bible club at the school, which Sil-­ ver is an advisor to and sponsor of. The box was there so that if students chose to put in a prayer request, the club would have those requests for when they met later on. The Reagan quote read, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we ever forget that we are One Nation Un-­ der God, then we will be a Nation gone under.â&#x20AC;? Silver received an eight page letter from the su-­ perintendent, saying that the prayer was a violation of the Estab-­ lishment Clause of the Constitution, going on to say that â&#x20AC;&#x153;your rights to

free speech and expres-­ sion are not as broad as if you were simply a pri-­ vate citizen.â&#x20AC;? Silver was forced to remove any-­ thing that had a religious reference in the class-­ room and was even told, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under no circumstances should you participate in the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meetings or ac-­ tivities,â&#x20AC;? and was ordered to never discuss religion during school hours, even if a member of the Bible club had a ques-­ tion about Christianity.

What about a gay rights group? The last one is not a religious activity, mind you;͞ however, in context, it is part of a be-­ lief and a practice and, though different from a religion, carries simi-­ lar qualities in the na-­ ture of its expressions.

and atheism as religions, the superintendent would be in violation of enforcing such beliefs on the teacher and the Bible club, who were only presenting the prayer box and quotes as an op-­ tion for students, not as something they had to do.

After her classroom was investigated and any-­ thing to do with Chris-­ tianity was removed, 6LOYHU Ă&#x20AC;OHG D ODZVXLW against the school dis-­ trict for allegedly vio-­ lating her civil rights.

Also, if Silver, a teacher, would be in violation of the First Amendment, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t President Rea-­ gan be as well? Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a teacher at a school, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the president, who represents the nation. Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t every presi-­ dent be in violation since they all swear in on the Bible or since they have promoted nation-­ al days of prayer since George Washington?

What we must remem-­ ber is that if this kind of behavior is allowed to continue, it can be used as a double-­edged sword. If school districts are al-­ lowed to violate individu-­ alsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights as such, they could in the future turn to persecution of other groups as well, including the very people who are against having religious icons in the classroom.

Whether you agree with her beliefs is not the point;͞ the point is wheth-­ er she has the right to participate in those ac-­ tivities, which were not forced upon students. Would you want this to happen to a Muslim group? An atheist group?

I think the real issue here is government in-­ fringement of rights, considering that separa-­ tion of church and state originated for the very prevention of such an act. Considering that the Su-­ preme Court has legally listed secular humanism

If only the government could focus on a separa-­ tion of debt and state, rather than get dis-­ tracted by an incorrect concept of separation of church and state, there would be less separa-­ tion of jobs and people.

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Have you ever wanted to increase your physical Ă&#x20AC;WQHVV DQG \HW DSSO\ LW to something more prac-­ tical than just standing somewhere and lifting weights or doing some other kind of exercise in an enclosed gym? Then welcome to Parkour. For those of you who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what Parkour is, it is an art, the act of mov-­ ing from one place to an-­ other in the fastest, most HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW ZD\ SRVVLEOH ,I youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casino 5R\DOHÂľ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW FKDVH scene of the movie has plenty of Parkour. The best way to see it in ac-­ tion is either to see some-­ one doing it in person or to YouTube it. There are also handbooks, but those are often for the specif-­ ics of personal instruc-­ tion, which I highly en-­ courage you to look into.

However, seeing the re-­ VXOWVLVYHU\EHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDODV well, though they can be somewhat intimidating. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why if you so choose to learn it, you have to learn step by step. You arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just going to jump off something and magi-­ cally know how to land. That takes practice, and often practice without actually jumping off of something tall, or jump-­ ing at all. I learned how to roll before I started jump-­ ing off of things, for in-­ stance, just like I learned how to jump onto some-­ thing before I learned how to jump over it. But why not just work out and stay in a gym? Because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only impractical for your body â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is also impractical for your mind, besides being one of the lamest and la-­ ziest ways to make your-­ VHOIĂ&#x20AC;W7KHGLIIHUHQFHEH-­ tween Parkour and most other kinds of exercises is

that it has real world ap-­ plication. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that you can actually use, and if you have to, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be very glad you know it. Learning Parkour also means you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just zone out like you would stand-­ ing in one area doing some sort of other exercise. You have to think about what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going and how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re go-­ ing to do it. There is a lot of hand-­eye coordination involved, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mind-­ body work out. It makes them both much sharper. You learn a lot of balance and body control as well. %XWZKDWLI\RX¡UHQRWĂ&#x20AC;W enough you ask? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Ă&#x20AC;WHQRXJKWRMRJPLQ-­ XWHV DW D WLPH \RX¡UH Ă&#x20AC;W enough to start practic-­ ing Parkour. Running as a side exercise is also encouraged. I personally found that it made me PRUHĂ&#x20AC;WWKDQLI,MXVWGLG one or the other, although ,ZDVPRUHĂ&#x20AC;WGRLQJ3DU-­

kour on its own, partly because it involves run-­ ning, usually short bursts of speed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very aero-­ bic art and pretty much works most of the mus-­ cle groups in your body. Also, on a short note, Parkour is different from free-­running, the latter being the one with lots RI Ă LSV VR LW¡V OHVV DERXW practicality and more about looking cool. The former, Parkour, is more DERXW HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\ DQG JHW-­ ting from one place to the other and back again if necessary. They both look cool, but Parkour is more on the side of prac-­ ticality. And, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be GRLQJ Ă LSV LI WKH\ KDYH to get somewhere in a hurry, especially in the case of an emergency. Parkour developed out of military obstacle course training in France and has since developed by others, most notably Da-­

vid Belle. He had this to say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our aim is to take our art to the world and make people understand what it is to move.â&#x20AC;? Once you start learning the basics, you learn how to UHDFW Ă XLGO\ WR \RXU HQ-­ vironment, thus allow-­ ing you to feel what it means to move. When I Ă&#x20AC;UVW VWDUWHG RXW , UHDOO\ couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even do a simple roll, but now I can not only roll but also jump off of semi-­high structures and roll out of my landing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not perfect, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a ORWPRUHĂ XLGWKDQ,ZDV With that, I highly encour-­ age those reading this to take up the practice and to spread it to others, as it is not only something that will increase physi-­ FDO DQG PHQWDO Ă&#x20AC;WQHVV but also something that can be used practically.

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closely with Dr. Tudor in this production. Edge is currently preparing and conducting the orches-­ tra. Jones is working as the chorus master and is responsible for teaching â&#x20AC;&#x153;the music that the large groups of people sing.â&#x20AC;? When asked what the dif-­ ference was in preparing an opera as opposed to a play, Jones said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put-­ ting on an opera is not that much different from a musical theater pro-­ duction, especially an op-­ era like this, which is in English and has spoken dialogue. It's very similar to doing something by Gil-­ bert and Sullivan, such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Pirates of Penzanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Mikado.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working on this opera has been a brand new experience for me. I re-­ ally liked it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really funny and I think people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really like op-­ era will like this show,â&#x20AC;? said Allyson Bayer, who plays the maid, Adele.

Students practicing for the upcoming Musical "Die Fledermaus" in the Frank Center Theater. The musical will debut on February 2 at 8 pm. Photograph by Michael Keplinger Brittany Anderson

The Shepherd Univer-­ sity Opera production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermausâ&#x20AC;? roars to life on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center. ´7KLV LV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH LQ many years that Shep-­ herd University has pre-­ sented an opera,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Robert Tudor, the director of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermausâ&#x20AC;? and director of vocal activities and chair of the depart-­ ment of music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The set is grand, and the costumes are absolutely outstand-­ ing. The cast has more than 30 people in it, and there is waltzing, comedy and suspense. If you at-­ tend this operetta, you're going to have a good time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermausâ&#x20AC;? is an op-­ eretta, a genre of light op-­ era containing both music and dialogue, written by John Strauss II. The pro-­ GXFWLRQ GHEXWHG LQ 

at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and has since undergone several screen-­ play adaptations, the most recent being Don Kentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La chauve-­souris,â&#x20AC;? star-­ ring Christoph Homberger and Mireille Delunsch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermaus,â&#x20AC;? mean-­ ing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Revenge of the Bat,â&#x20AC;? is a comical story â&#x20AC;&#x153;of promiscuity, imprisonment, LQĂ&#x20AC;GHOLW\ DQG YHQJHDQFHÂľ The operetta is about Dr. Falke (played by Andrew Seaman), a notary, getting revenge on his â&#x20AC;&#x153;friend,â&#x20AC;? Ga-­ briel von Eisenstein (played by Paul Cabell). Eisen-­ stein left Falke drunk and dressed as a bat in the cen-­ ter of town after attending a party, which resulted in Fal-­ keâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;ridicule the next day.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working on this opera has been a lot of fun. We have been able to take liberties with our characters, and Dr. Tudor harvested a cre-­ ative environment where we felt safe to discover our




â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a beautiful and very well put-­together show with excellent performers and a gorgeous set and cos-­ tumes. Getting to see how all the pieces of the produc-­ WLRQ Ă&#x20AC;W WRJHWKHU LV WKH FRRO-­ est part,â&#x20AC;? said ensemble member Liz McCormick. But the road to such a pro-­ duction was not an easy one, according to Tudor, as the students and staff behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermausâ&#x20AC;? spent â&#x20AC;&#x153;thousands of collective hours of time and talentâ&#x20AC;? in the effort to make this â&#x20AC;&#x153;story come to life.â&#x20AC;? According to Tudor, students were asked to learn â&#x20AC;&#x153;as much of the mu-­ sic as they canâ&#x20AC;? before they returned for rehearsals, which started Jan. 2. They HQJDJHG LQ Ă&#x20AC;YH GD\V RI LQ-­ tense â&#x20AC;&#x153;12-­hour rehearsals,â&#x20AC;? all in preparation for the rapidly approaching debut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The stage/music director, chorus master, technical di-­

rector, costumer and design-­ ers all started working on the production months be-­ fore rehearsals began with meetings, design discussions and researchâ&#x20AC;? said Tudor.

"Seriously, what college kid doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like a show based around a huge party with lots of drinking?" Both Kari Edge, a Shep-­ herd University graduate and current program assis-­ tant and preparatory divi-­ sion coordinator, and Dr. Erik Jones, director of cho-­ ral activities, are working

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in English, and this is a nice bridge between musicals and opera be-­ cause itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a light operetta. This show is funny with great comedic moments. Seriously, what college kid doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like a show based around a huge par-­ ty with lots of drinking?â&#x20AC;? said Eduardo Rivera, who plays Frank the jailer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermausâ&#x20AC;? will debut on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center with encore performances on Sun-­ day, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 8 and Friday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. General admission for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die Fledermausâ&#x20AC;? is $15. Tickets are $10 for faculty, staff, Shepherd alumni, senior citizens and stu-­ dents 18 and under. Shep-­ herd students with a valid Rambler ID and Friends of Music Gold and Silver MAC Cardholders get in for free. Seating for the SHUIRUPDQFHVLVRQDĂ&#x20AC;UVW FRPH Ă&#x20AC;UVW VHUYH EDVLV with the exception of res-­ ervations. For more infor-­ PDWLRQFDOO

0RYLH$Q2GHWRWKH 2IIHQVLYH knowing only a little bit in hopes that their intrigue for this comedy ten years in the making would cause them to drop twelve dollars on it. As it has been said by some, "January is where movies go to die." Movie  ZDV GHDG RQ DUULYDO

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Banks and Terrence Howard all have parts in the movie. Heck, even Snooki is in it. My anticipation was only later exceeded by the empty feeling I had as I left the the-­ ater wanting my money back. What is interesting to note is how aside from the trailer, there wasn't much public-­ ity for the movie in terms of promotion by its own ac-­ tors. Maybe this was its "charm"-­ to leave the viewer

The movie opens with Den-­ nis Quaid pitching a movie idea to a studio executive (played by Greg Kinnear). +LV Ă&#x20AC;UVW LGHD  LV D EOLQG date between a busy work-­ ing woman (Kate Winslet) and the city's most eligible bachelor (Hugh Jackman). (YHU\WKLQJVHHPVĂ&#x20AC;QHXQWLO during the date Jackman's character reveals an incon-­ venient and awkward defor-­ mity. This causes Winslet to be disturbed, and off we go. From my perspective, there ZDVURXJKO\IRXURUĂ&#x20AC;YHUHO-­ atively strong sketches out of the twelve-­sketch movie. Each was directed by a dif-­ ferent person. What's that other saying? Oh right-­ "Too many cooks in the kitchen." What I had hoped would be

D GHOLFLRXV Ă&#x20AC;OP ULFK LQ FR-­ PHGLF Ă DYRU DQG LURQLF PR-­ ments was quickly turned into a burnt mess of sketch-­ es that were generally pre-­ dictable and anti-­climactic. It's like they gathered all the celebrities together, patted themselves on the EDFN DQG WKHQ Ă HZ E\ WKH seat of their pants with very little direction. If you throw enough things at the wall, something has to stick. At an hour and thirty-­seven PLQXWHV WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP IROORZV the traditional length for a comedy, and speeds right DORQJ XS XQWLO WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO sketch about black basket-­ ball players afraid to play an all-­white team. Oh, and then the movie ends. No real EXLOGXSWRDELJĂ&#x20AC;QDOHWKDW would leave you laughing in stitches. It just ends. Well until after the credits roll, when you are treated to a "bonus" of Josh Duhamel, Elizabeth Banks and a car-­ toon cat in a truly disturb-­ ing mini story. I am not one who is easily offended at

all, but even this sketch made me wonder what exactly I had just seen. The biggest problem this movie had was the com-­ plete uncertainty of it. The cast was always in a VWDWH RI à X[ ZLWK WKUHH kinds of actors: the ones who knew to avoid this mess (George Clooney), the ones who broke off their verbal agreements, (Colin Farrell) and the ones who took forever to commit (Richard Gere). This kind of movie should not be seen in theaters due to how expensive tickets are. It is a jumbled mess of actors who go knee-­ deep in the shock factor, or ones who completely go through the motions in an attempt to be seen as fun-­ ny. If you are looking for a way to get value out of this movie, it would be for one dollar on Redbox, but only because you haven noth-­ ing else to do but kill time. Final Verdict: F


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KATIE  ARNOLD The red carpets are start-­ ing to roll out, celebrities are getting glitzed up and the votes are being cast. Winter weather means award show season is here! The biggest â&#x20AC;&#x153;A-­List-­ ersâ&#x20AC;? are competing head to head for award show glory this year. Among the most prestigious award shows is the Academy Awards, more commonly known as the Oscars, which will take SODFHRQ)HEDWSP The categories feature VWDUVDQGĂ&#x20AC;OPVIURPVRPH of the best work of 2012. In the biggest category of the night, Best Picture, QLQH Ă&#x20AC;OPV DUH EDWWOLQJ for the Academy Award: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amour,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Argo,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beasts of the Southern Wild,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Django Unchained,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MiserablĂŠs,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life of Pi,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Lin-­ ings Playbookâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirty.â&#x20AC;? These nine Ă&#x20AC;OPV IHDWXUH D YDULHW\ RI well-­written dialogue and were carefully directed by Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest names (Steven Spielberg, %HQ $IĂ HFN DQG 4XHQ-­ tin Tarantino â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just to name a few). The acting categories include both megastars such as Brad-­ ley Cooper and newcom-­ ers like 9-­year-­old Quven-­ zhanĂŠ Wallis. Through casual conversation, sev-­ eral Shepherd University students predicted that the winner of the Acad-­ emy Award for Best Pic-­ ture would be between â&#x20AC;&#x153;Argoâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln.â&#x20AC;? The favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor is Daniel Day-­Lew-­ is in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln,â&#x20AC;? followed closely by Hugh Jack-­ man in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MiserablĂŠs.â&#x20AC;? Others in the category include Bradley Cooper for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Linings Play-­ book,â&#x20AC;? Denzel Washington for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flightâ&#x20AC;? and Joaquin Phoenix for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Master.â&#x20AC;? Jennifer Lawrence of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sil-­ ver Linings Playbookâ&#x20AC;? jok-­ ingly stated on the Jan. 19 episode of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Liveâ&#x20AC;? that she believes she has no competition for the Academy Award in Best Actress. Her fellow nominees include Jessica Chastain in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirty,â&#x20AC;? Emmanuelle Riva in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amour,â&#x20AC;? QuvenzhanĂŠ Wallis in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beasts of the

Photo from Wiki Commons Southern Wildâ&#x20AC;? and Naomi Watts in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Impossible.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MiserablĂŠsâ&#x20AC;? may get glory in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category with Anne Hathaway. The fa-­ vorite in the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role is Christoph Waltz of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Django Unchained.â&#x20AC;? The Academy Award is also presented in various other categories, such as Best Animated Feature Film, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.

The favorite in the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role is Christoph Waltz of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Django Unchained.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps the most discussed #OscarNom drama is in the category for Best Director. Steven Spielberg is the fa-­ vorite to win the award for ´/LQFROQÂľ EXW %HQ $IĂ HFN was famously snubbed out RI WKH FDWHJRU\ IRU KLV Ă&#x20AC;OP â&#x20AC;&#x153;Argo.â&#x20AC;? The rest of the nomi-­ nees include Ang Lee for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life of Pi,â&#x20AC;? Michael Haneke for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amour,â&#x20AC;? David O. Russell for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silver Linings Playbookâ&#x20AC;? and Benh Zeitlin for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beasts of the Southern Wild.â&#x20AC;? Looking back at every #OscarNom and having seen PDQ\RIWKHQRPLQDWHGĂ&#x20AC;OPV I agree with some of the pre-­ dicted winners. However, I cannot help but hope some of the underdogs attain the pride of winning an Acad-­ emy Award. On the bright side for the losers, being nominated for an Oscar is an award in itself. The show is now less than a month away. May the best celebrities win!

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/HV0LVpUDEOHV$5HYLHZ KATIE  ARNOLD The longest running musi-­ cal titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? was brought to the big screen on Christmas Day  7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP GLUHFWHG by Tom Hooper, is an ad-­ aptation of Victor Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1862 novel, following the stages of Frenchman Jean Valjeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (played by Hugh Jackman) life. Hooper VHSDUDWHV WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP LQWR three distinct time peri-­ ods, making the themes of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? central-­ ized around Jean Valjean. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP LV XQLTXH WR WKH entertainment world in the sense that all of the sing-­ ing is done as if it were a play. Hooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adapted FKDUDFWHUV DUH Ă&#x20AC;OPHG singing live and the back-­ ground music is later edit-­ HGLQWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;OP$V,VDWLQ the theater, my hands were tempted to clap after each song, and it took a second to remember that I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seeing a Broadway show. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPRSHQVZLWK9DOMHDQ in the year 1815 as a slave convicted of stealing bread. Overseen by the police in-­ spector, Javert (played by Russell Crowe), Valjean becomes bitter, angry, and thirsty for vengeance dur-­ ing his prison experience. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW VRQJ LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look Down,â&#x20AC;? im-­ mediately shows the rela-­ tionship between Valjean and Javert that will contin-­ ue throughout the entire story. Jackman is almost unrecognizable as Valjean as he diligently obeys the orders of the cunning and strict inspector. Jackman lost over 30 pounds for his UROH LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP DQG VSRUWV scruff on his face that hides his usual heroic and strong personality. Crowe, on the other hand, screams antag-­ onist with just one glance. His sly and authoritative facial expressions through-­ RXW WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP FRQYLQFH WKH audience of his cruel in-­ tentions towards Valjean. Jump ahead eight years and we meet Monsieur Madeleine, the newly re-­ established Jean Valjean. In this second segment, Valjean has been granted parole and has devoted himself to Christ and be-­ come a new man. In this segment, we are also intro-­ duced to Fantine, played by Anne Hathaway. Hatha-­ way steals the hearts of the audience within seconds of her appearance. Obviously struggling personally, men-­ tally and physically, Ha-­ thaway makes her role of Fantine incredibly realis-­

Photo from Wiki Commons tic. As she spirals downward into prostitution, selling her hair and her teeth, and to homelessness, Jean Valjean comes to her rescue. He SURPLVHVWRĂ&#x20AC;QGDQGFDUHIRU Fantineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Cosette.

Tom Hooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of Victor Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? is a gem among the Ă&#x20AC;OPZRUOG The initial shock I felt at the living situation of Cosette when Valjean tracks her down immediately vanishes when Helena Bonham Cart-­ er and Sacha Baron Cohen appear on screen. The pair plays the ThĂŠnardiers, the VHOĂ&#x20AC;VKDQGFUXHOLQQNHHSHUV who abuse and neglect Co-­ sette. Madame ThĂŠnardier, dressed in typical Helena Bonham Carter fashion, has a head full of unruly curls and a wicked grin upon her face. Sacha Baron Cohen, whom I was unenthused about upon entering the theater, plays her husband, Monsieur ThĂŠnardier. Cohen absolutely shines in his role

and proved the skepticism I had about him wrong. Both Bonham and Cohen played characters that I found most memorable. They were humorous but dark, silly but clever, and absolutely convincing. The third segment cen-­ ters on a grown-­up Co-­ sette (played by Amanda Seyfried) and her adopted father, Monsieur Mad-­ eleine, still the reformed Jean Valjean. You may remember Seyfried as the air-­headed Karen in Tina )H\¡VFRPHG\´0HDQ Girls,â&#x20AC;? but her role in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? is outstand-­ ingly mature. She por-­ trays a love-­struck young adult in a totally appro-­ priate way and immedi-­ ately proves herself wor-­ thy of the role of Cosette. She is naĂŻve and sweet and sings serenely and believablyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a far cry from her role in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mean Girls.â&#x20AC;? Tom Hooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of Victor Hugoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Mi-­ sĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? is a gem among WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP ZRUOG ,Q PRUH UHFHQW QHZV WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP KDV earned eight Academy Award nominations, in-­ cluding a nomination for Best Picture and nomina-­ tions for Jackman and Ha-­ thaway as Best Leading Actor and Best Featured Actress, respectively. If he were here today, there is no doubt in my mind that Victor Hugo would be proud of what his 1862 novel has done for the world of entertainment.



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Rachel Stark is a se-­ nior student at Shep-­ herd with a major in communications and a minor in English. Her hobby of writing poetry and prose has led her to write her recently published novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Veil of Shattered Dreams,â&#x20AC;? currently available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook and in pa-­ perback on createspace. com and Amazon. I was lucky to have the op-­ portunity to ask Ra-­ chel all about her novel and writing process. Tell us about your novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Veil of Shattered Dreams.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Veil of Shattered Dreamsâ&#x20AC;? is a very unique reading experience. As I tell everyone, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like a typical novel where the reader is an observer of story events. Rather, they

are a participant and expe-­ rience the events alongside the character. As you follow the main character, you en-­ ter into her world and into her thoughts, and you start unraveling the complex-­ ity of the two parallel plot lines. It is a challenging and emotional read, a quest that brings the character to the shore of her own sub-­ FRQVFLRXVVRVKHFDQĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\ deal with her deep grief.

?PI\QVĂ&#x2020;]MVKMLaW]\W write this novel? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to write a novel. For years, ever since I was younger, I used to write short stories and poetry. However, I never thought I would be publish-­ ing a novel this soon. Ac-­ tually, I wanted to go into WKH SXEOLVKLQJ Ă&#x20AC;HOG RQFH , graduated from Shepherd and never planned to ac-­ tually write a novel. But through my internship with Cressen Books LLC (a small publishing com-­ pany in Gerrardstown), â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Veil of Shattered Dreamsâ&#x20AC;?

was born. As part of my in-­ ternship they wanted me to write a working manuscript so I could understand what authors experience when they work with a publisher.

0W_LQLaW]KWUM]X with the title? I sat down with one of my editors, Wendy, one day, and we wanted a phrase that could encapsulate the core of the book. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Veil of Shat-­ tered Dreamsâ&#x20AC;? is a metaphor for the part of our mind that wants to shield us and block out the more painful memo-­ ries and experiences of our lives. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a part of a self-­ preservation instinct. But once the main character goes beyond the veil and exposes her deepest vulnerabilities, VKH LV Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ DEOH WR PRYH on and deal with her sorrow.

What is your favorite XIZ\WN\PMVW^MT' My favorite parts of the book are the scenes with a character named Randy;͞ he provides a sort of comic relief and lighthearted-­

ness to a serious story.

0I^MaW]M^MZM`XMZQMVKML_ZQ\MZÂź[JTWKS' Yes! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually prone to writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s block! I was a lit-­ WOH ZRUULHG DW Ă&#x20AC;UVW ZKHQ starting this project be-­ cause I know I have a ten-­ dency to get stuck in places. How have you alleviated it? Notes, outlines, taking breaks. Talk to other people about it;Íž there is nothing wrong with asking people for their ideas or input. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned that I get too close to the story to see a good ending or resolution, and it takes a pair of fresh eyes to help think of something that you might have never realized.

?PI\IL^QKMKIVaW]OQ^M \WI[XQZQVOI]\PWZ[' You have to put yourself out there and be totally and completely committed to your project;Íž be prepared to devote all of your time and effort in what you are do-­ ing. Write what you want WR ZULWH DQG Ă&#x20AC;QG JRRG HGL-­

tors who believe in your story. Try and stay away from self-­publishing;Íž it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t garner as much respect or credibility as a novel published by a pub-­ lishing company, even a small publishing compa-­ Q\,W¡VGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ZRUWKLW

?PI\JWWS[IZMaW] ZMILQVOVW_' â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Memory of Light,â&#x20AC;? the last of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sander-­ VRQ  ,¡P VR H[FLWHG WR Ă&#x20AC;-­ QDOO\ Ă&#x20AC;QLVK WKLV VHULHV but then I know I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any other work done.

1NaW]KW]TLPI^MLQVVMZ_Q\PWVMXMZ[WV LMILWZITQ^M_PW would it be and why? My granddad. He died when I was only four years old, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard so many stories about himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; things that my parents and my grandma have told me. The book is partially dedicated to him, and I would love the chance to get to know him.


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Austin Cunningham carries the ball down the court. Photo by Ryan Franklin


SEAN  Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN The Rams went on the road to face the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots on Jan. 21, winning 95-­80. Sopho-­ more guard Austin Cun-­ ningham led the way with SRLQWVĂ&#x20AC;YHUHERXQGV and four assists. This was a new career high in points for the former Fighting Scot, making his return to his old school an impressive one. Cunninghamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scoring ZDVHIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQWDVKHZHQW IURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQG 7-­7 from the free-­throw line. Senior forward Chad Moore posted his eighth

double-­double of the season, scoring 17 points and snag-­ ging 12 rebounds. Senior Sidney McCray had a dou-­ ble-­double as well, with 17 points and a career-­high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Kevin Jones was a perfect IURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGDGGLQJ points and nine rebounds, one shy of a double-­double himself. Ohio Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest con-­ tributors were senior guard Ashton Brown and fresh-­ man guard David Sinickas. Brown had 27 points, seven UHERXQGVDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHDVVLVWV Sinickas scored 20 points. Shepherd trailed at the KDOIPDLQO\GXHWR WKHLUVKRRWLQJIURP WKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG2KLR9DOOH\VKRW LQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI

The Rams got more people involved in the second half behind their improvement on assists. They had 10 as opposed to only four in the Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOI,WDOVRKHOSHG WKDWWKH\VKRWSHUFHQW for the half as well, scor-­ LQJSRLQWVZKLOHKROGLQJ the Scots to only 36 points. Shepherd made a point to drive to the basket, cutting down on their three point attempts while getting to the free-­throw line more. They shot 15-­21 from the charity stripe as opposed to RQO\IURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI The win put the Rams at RYHUDOODQGLQWKH WVIAC. Ohio Valley fell WRDGLVPDODQGLQ conference play. Up next, Shepherd trav-­ HOOHGWR%OXHĂ&#x20AC;HOG6WDWH to take on the 1-­16 State

Blues. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an apt name for a team with only one win coming into the game, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what is. %OXHĂ&#x20AC;HOG6WDWHSXOOHGRII the shocking upset, 92-­83, behind the effort of senior JXDUG5R\&RRSHUZLWK points. The Ramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; main source of offense came from Chad Moore. He totaled 25 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Junior guard Brantley Osborne had 18 SRLQWVDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHDVVLVWV Sophomore forward Mor-­ gan McDonald tallied his fourth double-­double of the season with 12 points and UHERXQGV$XVWLQ&XQ-­ ningham chipped in with 10 SRLQWVDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHDVVLVWV The Rams once again WUDLOHGDWWKHKDOI They shot 3-­15 (20 percent) from three point land. Un-­ like against Ohio Valley, WKH\FRQWLQXHGWRĂ&#x20AC;UHDZD\ after halftime. They shot   LQWKHVHFRQG half. They also had very few free-­throw attempts, going   IRUWKHZKROH game. This was a departure from their average of 27

attempts per game. The %OXHVZHUH   from the charity stripe. The loss puts Shepherd at 11-­6 on the season, 8-­5 in the WVIAC. Dating back to last season, the Blues had lost 39 games in a row until putting together back-­to-­back wins against Glenville State and Shep-­ herd. The last time they had two consecutive wins was in February 2011. They improve to 2-­16 on the year and 2-­12 in the WVIAC. The Rams return home on Jan. 28 to face the Pitt-­Johnstown Moun-­ tain Cats. The Mountain Cats are 11-­7 and 7-­7 in WVIAC play. Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last win over Pitt-­John-­ stown on Jan. 3 broke a four year winless streak against the Mountain Cats. &UHGLW ZZZRYXHGX ZZZVKHSKHUGUDPVFRP ZZZDWKOHWLFVEOXHĂ&#x20AC;HOG-­ VWDWHHGX ZZZXSMSLWWHGX

6KHSKHUG:RPHQ 6SOLW7ZR BRIAN  SKINNELL SPORTS  EDITOR This past week the Shep-­ herd University womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team took to the road to take on Ohio 9DOOH\DQG%OXHĂ&#x20AC;HOG6WDWH in a pair of WVIAC Con-­ ference match-­ups. The ladies headed to Vienna, West Virginia to take on a Fighting Scott team looking knock off one of the top teams in the WVIAC Conference. Things looked bleak at half time as the Rams found themselves down 

Shepherd found their spark midway through the second half when they went on an 18-­7 run and even took the lead by one, 72-­71, with just over three minutes remain-­ ing in the contest. The teams then traded the lead over the next two minutes.

Moseh poured in 15 points and Alex Tamez added 10 of her own.

With just over one minute left to play, Ohio Valley drained a crushing jump VKRWWRWDNHDOHDG The Fighting Scotts then went a perfect 6-­6 from the free throw stripe down the stretch to seal the 81-­76 victory.

Lead by a stellar career per-­ formance from sophomore Rachel Johnson (27 points), the Rams dominated for both halves of the game. Johnson went 12-­of-­15 from WKHà RRUDQGRIIURPWKH behind the arc in leading the Rams.

Emily Daniels led the Rams with 18 points and nine rebounds while Priscilla

The ladies then got back on the bus and headed for %OXHĂ&#x20AC;HOG:HVW9LUJLQLD looking to bounce back against the Lady Blues. And bounce back they did.

The Rams went with a quick and swift approach on offense and rode that to a

98-­65 victory. They shot 79 percent from the free throw VWULSHGUDLQLQJRI Priscilla Moseh (7), Gabby Flinchum (6), and Alex Weakland (6) were crucial in helping the Rams to a 56-­35 rebounding advan-­ tage. With her 18-­point and 13-­rebound double-­double against the Lady Blues, senior forward Emily Daniel needs just 31 points to become the fourteenth player in program history with 1,000 points. She also

became the eighth player in program history to eclipse 700 rebounds. Shepherd improves to 8-­9, 7-­6 in WVIAC play on the season. This com-­ ing week the women stay home to host Pitt-­John-­ stown on Monday before heading to Alderson-­Bro-­ addus on Saturday.


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SEAN Â Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN

Q: Any New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resolutions? $ Not really, I just want

our team to keep winning.

Q: Do you have a favorite part of the season so far? $1RWDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FRQHMXVW

the whole season has been good. We have been winning for the most part, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been good.

Q: What do you hope to teach the younger players since you are looked to as a leader

on the team? $ I would say the im-­ portance of practice. We go hard and it gets really competitive. Sometimes VPDOOĂ&#x20AC;JKWVKDSSHQEXW itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because we are trying to make each other better.

Q: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an avid Lakers fan. What do they need to do to turn it around this season? $ Trade Dwight Howard.

Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not 100 percent and isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t playing the same way. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the jump like he is known for.â&#x20AC;?

Q: What about Mike Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Antoni being

brought in to coach them?

$ Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not his fault because he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the pre-­ season to work with them and get them prepared in his system. He just needs the right personnel for his system. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the team he wants right now.

Q: Last movie you saw? $ â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Looper.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I really liked

it. It was pretty tight and crazy with it being in the future and all.

Q: What would senior Chad Moore tell fresh-­ man Chad Moore in terms of advice?




Minnich was drafted in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.    Photo by Bryan via Flickr

$ I would once again

emphasize the importance of practice. When I was a freshman, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how great it translated to doing well in games. You have to be consistent and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let yourself get too down after a bad game.

Q: Lastly, what do

you plan to do after you graduate from Shepherd? $ I am studying Fitness

and Exercise Science, so I would like to do something in health and Ă&#x20AC;WQHVVĂ&#x20AC;HOG,¡GOLNHWREH a personal trainer.

1(:6 AND 127(6 JOEY  KAYE  | In other news regarding Shep-­ herd University athletics, se-­ nior cornerback Keon Robinson of the Shepherd football team was named as a second team selection for the 2012 Don Hansen Division II All-­Amer-­ ica Team. During the season, Robinson was a critical part of the Rams defense, which led NCAA Division II in rushing GHIHQVH  DQGUDQNHG eighth in tackles for a loss and scoring defense. He made 52 WDFNOHVGXULQJWKH\HDU of those were solo stops. In addition, Robinson had four interceptions, one of which re-­ sulted in a touchdown;Íž 10 pass breakups;Íž two fumble recover-­ ies;Íž and a blocked kick. Finally, 5RELQVRQUHFRUGHGNLFNRII returns, one for a touchdown, and 17 punt returns, one for a touchdown on special teams. On Jan. 21, Gabby Flinchum of the Shepherd University womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team was named the WVIAC Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball Player of the Week. Flinchum helped lead her team to a 3-­0 record in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three games last week against Wheeling Jesuit, Seton Hill and Fairmont State. She aver-­ DJHGDVWHOODUSRLQWV rebounds, and 5.6 blocks per game last week. The Shepherd University softball team has been picked WRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKWKLVXSFRPLQJVHDVRQ fourth by the 2013 WVIAC Softball Coachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Preseason 3ROO$IWHUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJIRXUWKODVW year, the Rams are considered by many to be a favorite to win this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WVIAC conference championship. The majority of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster such as Tayler Schaefer, who regis-­ tered a team-­best .321 batting average, and Bianca Biondillo, who scored 31 runs and was an honorable mention all-­con-­ ference selection last season, will return for the 2013 season. West Virginia Wesleyan was UDQNHGĂ&#x20AC;UVWLQWKHSROOUHFHLY-­ LQJRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSODFH votes, and is the favorite to win its sixth consecutive WVIAC Championship.

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The Picket issue 67