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115th Year No. 68

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6,2013

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STUDENTS DISSATISFIED WITH SENIOR GIFT

SUGGESTION BRUCE BURGESS bburge03@rams.shepherd. edu Graduating Shepherd seniors are voicing opposition to a proposed joint decision by the university and senior class leadership to allocate their senior gift funds to a project that many consider to be of no benefit to the university, their class legacy or Shepherd students. The controversial proposed senior gift consists of a town welcome sign to be placed as a motor vehicle greeting sign for drivers entering Shepherdstown from Maryland on WV Route 480. The sign’s current design fails to mention the university, the class of 2013 or even the state of West Virginia. The result is a graduating class that wants answers about mandatory graduation charges and the lack of a process to decide how those funds are spent, except for the senior class president’s executive power. See Gift, on Page 2

STF TURNS CANDY WRAPPERS

INTO CASH AND A FUTURE KRISTIN STOVER Kstove03@rams.shepherd. edu The Sustainability Task Force do small things to help around the campus, such as turning 5,794 discarded candy wrappers, chip bags, and cell phones into $87.16 and 151 pounds of aluminum into $93, as well as making a podcast. The STF is under the division for Student Affairs. The STF is working to chip away at the “Triple Bottom Line,” aiming to have a sustainable campus environmentally, economically and socially. The STF recently hosted their first ever Sustainability Summit on campus Dec. 18, 2012. See

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Shepherd University gets one of the first snow storms of the Spring Semester on Friday January 25, 2013. Student’s utilized the new underpass to travel safely from East to West campus. Photograph by Ryan Franklin

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS HELP ELIMINATE FRAUD NATALIE GREENE andnataliegreene@gmail.com Shepherd University graduates must wait for the postman to receive official transcript through the mail, although transcripts can be accessed online at other universities. Some students are finding it more of an inconvenience getting them through the mail because most job applications are done online. Transcripts, however, are important and confidential to the student. Even though it may take a few days to receive the transcript, there is still the application phase that the student would go through when first applying for a job. If they are not available online, it is hopeful that the student can have the official transcript on the day of the interview. Tracy Seffers, of the Shepherd registrar’s office, said, “I would love to be able to submit transcripts electronically, but Shepherd has limited resources, IT, and budget.”

Going paperless would help eliminate some extra tasks done in the registrar’s office. Shepherd currently cannot send official transcripts by any electronic means. An official transcript includes all information of a student’s academic career. The transcript will include things like the dates of attendance, major, minor, concentration, the type degree awarded, G.P.A., the course work completed at the school, and awards given if any. The registrar office then signs and seals the envelope. Fraud in previous years caused colleges and universities to obtain steps to ensure the privacy of the students’ personal academic records. Some things the registrar’s office may ask for are a handwritten student signature, full name, current address, phone number, social security number, student identification number, year of graduation or class year, dates of attendance, type of degree awarded, number

of transcripts needed, and full name of the recipients and their mailing addresses Most schools will charge you a fee to obtain either type of transcript. Shepherd gives the first official transcript requested by the student for free. Each additional transcript it is $5. Regular transcripts require a minimum of three working days for processing. There is also the option for a faxed transcript, which will be available within 24-hour time frame. There must be a signed request by the student, however, and faxed transcripts are unofficial. The fee for faxed transcripts is $15.00 each. All financial obligations to Shepherd University must be taken care of prior to any transcript being released. All schools that receive funds under the U.S. Department of Education must obey the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which prevents third parties, including parents, from access-

ing a student’s transcript. Employers who do not request transcripts run the risk of hiring someone with a phony degree. There are some employers that will not even consider your major when looking at your transcripts. If you’re applying for a position as a financial analyst, your potential employer may look for either an accounting or finance majors. If the employer happens to be a non-profit or community services organization, however, then the type of degree might not matter. If a student was planning on substituting education for specialized experience, most jobs require that they must submit a transcript to verify education. Unofficial copies may be acceptable at the application phase, but applicants are generally required to provide official transcripts on their first day. Without transcripts, some prospective employers will be unable to consider the graduates education as substitution for experience.

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Gift, From Page 1 Many Shepherd seniors believe the senior gift and the mandatory fee they pay as upcoming graduates should benefit the university and future students, not simply the city of Shepherdstown. The current gift suggestion is widely believed amongst the campus population to be solely for the benefit of Shepherdstown and the Shepherdstown Rotary Club.

With each senior class amassing approximately $2,000 for their class gift, it is obvious that a longterm oversight and leadership problem exists at Shepherd, and the current class of seniors is clearly angry, disenfranchised and looking for answers before their legacy becomes a road sign that is only sought by the university and select members of the SGA.

Students feel that the lack of any oversight, planning or senior class input toward the senior class gift are key factors in their dissatisfaction.

Julia Krall, the Shepherd

Irregularities regarding past years’ senior class gifts also exist, with several planned gifts remaining incomplete or not initiated at all. In some cases, senior class gifts to the university were not purchased, and no attempt was made to procure the planned gifts on behalf of these past years’ senior classes. A multitude of excuses exist for why the gift projects were not completed or procured, but this does not eliminate the failures of the university to follow through on its commitment to its past senior classes and to allocate funds as directed by former SGA leaders. The unspent funds from several past senior classes, which were allocated for senior gift purchases and not procured, are a primary source of funds for the $20,000 Shepherdstown Rotary Club welcome sign, with the current amount of unspent gift funds totaling approximately $12,000.

in lieu of their original gift plans, which were never completed by the university after their graduation and exit from Shepherd. Dissatisfaction may result due to the student body’s failure to properly engage, challenge and monitor their elected representatives in SGA. The constitution of the SGA states, “The president shall have the power

I would love to be able to submit transcripts electronically, but Shepherd has limited resources, IT, and budget.-Tracy Seffers, of the Shepherd registrar’s office University director of annual giving, stated that the SGA was presented the sign idea in a December meeting and the suggestion was presented to the senior class president for consideration. A firm decision has not been made in the case of the graduating class of 2013’s gift, but some past graduating class presidents have tentatively agreed for their residual and unused gift funds to be used in the sign project. This would be

Official Transcripts: are signed and sealed by the registrar’s office.

Your first official transcript is free! Each additional request is $5. It takes a minimum of 3 working days to process a request.

Faxed Transcripts: can also be requested.

and the authority to enact all resolutions, make all appointments, present all recommendations, and allocate all appropriations deemed necessary.” This delivers almost dictatorial power in spending to the hands of one individual.

Faxed transcripts are unofficial. They can available within a 24-hour time period. Each faxed transcript is $15.

The class of 2013, however, is dissatisfied with the status quo and wishes to seek answers and ensure that they control their class gift funds derived from mandatory graduation fees.

Voices in the Hall BRUCE BURGESS bburge03@rams.shepherd.edu

“What would you suggest to improve safety on campus?” “I believe a call box should be in the new tunnel in addition to making sure all areas are lit well. One section by the underpass, say 50 feet or so, is really dark.” - Ellie Pretsch, senior photography major

“I definitely would install security cameras in the entrances and exits of all buildings, especially the residence halls.” - Ashley Reimnitz, senior business administration major operetta by Johann Strauss directed by Rob Tudor

“I think one of the best things would be a faster reaction time for emergency responses.” - Caitlyn Johnson, senior photography major

Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 pm Sunday, February 3 at 3:00 pm Friday, February 8 at 8:00 pm Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 pm Frank arts Center theater $15 - general admission $10 - faculty, staff, Shepherd alumni, senior citizens, students 18 & under Free - Shepherd students, Friends of Music Gold & Silver MAC Cardholders Admission and seating is first-come first-serve. No advance reservations. Box office opens one hour prior to performance. Cash or check only.

304-876-5555 • www.shepherd.edu/musicweb

“We need a few cameras in the tunnel, more emergency buttons in H-lot and more security patrols in H-lot to protect cars.” - Dean Jones, junior graphic design major

“The Shepherd University police department should patrol more on foot. That way they can respond quicker.” - Lauren Winebrenner, senior marketing major Photos by Ryan Franklin

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Joshua Belice, West Woods area director and chair of STF, said, “This program has the potential to be a giant at Shepherd. Everyone can be a leader when it comes to sustainability; everyone can step up.” Environmentally, the group is using such Web sites as Terracyle.com to aid in their effort to expand Shepherd’s recycling programs. They also use non-conventional recycling methods such as freecycling, or the free exchange of goods, and upcycling, which turns normally non-recyclable items such as drink pouches into usable items such as pencil bags and purses. Aluminum was collected from April to November of last year. One hundred fifty-one pounds were recycled into $93. Not all items that are placed in recycling bins

can be recycled, though. They must be discarded if contaminated with certain types of material and other trash. The STF reminds students to always remember to appropriately separate what they are recycling.

The new-age recycling goes further than just the environment. Terracycle.com turns the non-conventional

for upcycled items. Turning the university’s trash into money gives a new edge on combating economic challenges. Shepherd has upcycled trash into $87 so far.

It is much better to turn it in to something useable, than letting it sit and rot in a landfill. I think it is great to be doing this on campus.-Josh Oster, a junior English major

The STF is also recycling the university’s ink cartridges at Office Max and reinvesting the funds for new office supplies. Currently there is no place for students to drop off their ink cartridges, but there is dialogue among the STF for setting up student cartridge drop off locations.

recycled items into points that are converted into cash value for use in their store

Josh Oster, a junior English major, said, “It is much better to turn it in to something useable than letting it sit and rot in a landfill. I think it is great to be doing this on campus.”

There can be no progress without people, however. The third aspect to the STF’s bottom line is socially protecting workers and the

community to give way to a sustainable populace for a sustainable world. The STF encourages students to get involved. Students can also add the Wellness site on Sakai, on which there is a podcast pertaining to the environment and wellness. Summer Williams, service learning coordinator for Shepherd, feels that “it is our responsibility as students, faculty and staff to create a sustainable environment in which we live and work,” and it is “a great way to learn about local sustainability efforts while taking a personal stake in our local neighborhood.” All students are invited to attend the next Summit on Feb. 1 at the lower Dining Hall or the next STF meeting Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Potomac Room of the Student Center.

Community Theater:

An Under-Utilized Artistic Resource HILLARY CRUM hcrum01@rams.shepherd.edu Performers see community theater as a stop along the way to stardom, while audience members hold it fondly as a place to see their friends on stage. Jefferson and Berkeley counties boast three community theaters between them. The Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg, the Old Opera House in Charles Town and Full Circle Theatre Company in Shepherdstown each have something unique to offer an audience. Laura Bakin is the artistic and managing director of the Young Actors’ Theater Lab, the youth division of Full Circle Theatre. As a former professional actor, Bakin has definitive views on the role of community theater. “I believe that professional theater has become the art form of the elite in this country, and that really saddens me,” Bakin said. “Without community theater, the ‘common man’ is left out of the story that the performing arts are telling, and that art form loses some of its power and credibility because of it.” Bakin’s goals for her young

actors at Full Circle are two-fold. Not only does she want to give them opportunities to perform, but she also wants to make sure they leave Full Circle with a further knowledge of theater as an art form and the part it has played in human history. She chooses the YATL season with this in mind, being sure to include at least one “boxoffice fattener,” a darker piece for the teens and a literary/educational piece (this year will be Aristophanes’ “The Birds”). Bakin added, “The best part is being able to do what you love, and for me, working with young artists is so rewarding. Seeing them blossom is so fulfilling, and having them friend me on Facebook a decade later when they’re professional working actors makes me smile.” Community theater is done in a non-profit setting. Funding for local theaters comes from a combination of grants, community fundraisers and box office income. Grants are generally the primary source of funding. Philanthropists around the world donate to theatrical projects for a variety of reasons in varying dollar amounts. Grants can be anything from general

funding to a theater to specific allocations for a particular show, or even a specific prop, set or costume within a show. The grant application process can be long and arduous and often provides little in the way of results, but without grants, no theater will survive for long. Community fundraising serves the dual purpose of raising money and awareness for the theater and its upcoming season. The Apollo Civic Theater’s Halloween showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” cult film gathers the younger demographic, while events like the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival appeal to a wider range of community members. The idea of community appeal is increasingly important in this time of economic recession. Fewer people have the money to donate to the arts, so more community theaters are forced to depend solely upon what they make in the box Full Circle Theatre Company in Shepherdstown is a community theater that performers use as a stepping stone to stardom. office to continue running. Photograph by Ryan Franklin The theatrical sessions must be chosen with instrives to maintain the tions and ends up casting creasing care. More emidea of theater as a high the same faces over and phasis is placed on getting art form in the community. over again out of necessity. people into the theater. The Apollo is more conBakin said, “With every Big name musicals that cerned with reaching and show we get one or two new will attract a crowd are sebenefiting their audience. faces. The kids’ shows bring lected over smaller black Full Circle, as a smaller in more new people, but box or lab productions theater, is more open to growth is still fairly slow.” that might appeal to the idea of showcasing Short of donating to the only a select audience. a different kind of thetheaters, the best way ater that might not play The Christmas seafor community members as well on a larger stage. son is typically a to help support the arts good time for the Brian James, who has peris simply going to see the theater. The Old Opformed at all three comshows. Directors, actors era House opted for munity theaters, said, “I and technical staff strive to the classic approach would say the Old Opera work to put together a prowith “Scrooge.” The House is run a lot smoothduction of excellent caliber. Apollo went comedic er, and it seems that the with “Every Christboard and production Malorie Matos, a frequent attendant of theatrical mas Story Ever Told crews are more on top of performances, said, “I love (and Then Some!),” things and work well toseeing community theand Full Circle was gether. The Apollo staff more experimenare constantly at each ater shows. People think community theater is just tal with their oneother’s throats. The Apola trivial thing, but it’s man version of “A lo is my home, and I am Christmas Carol.” very connected to theater. not. The people doing the shows take it seriously, so It has given me everyThe choice of Christthe end result is amazing.” mas show highlights thing I now have to offer.”

“Without community theater, the ‘common man’ is left out of the story that the performing arts are telling, and that art form loses some of its power and credibility because of it.”Laura Bakin, artistic and managing director of YATL at Full Circle

the important facets of each theater. The Old Opera House

Bakin says that Full Circle tends to attract a relatively small group to audi-

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Students and Mental Heatlh: A Problem?

CHELSEA DEMELLO cdemel01@rams.shepherd.edu

Mental health is a very complex issue that truly doesn’t get talked about as much as it should. Though the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook has brought this issue to the forefront of society’s concerns, for college students, mental health problems are no stranger. There are countless disorders an individual could be suffering from, and sometimes even identifying the symptoms can be daunting. According

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tional Institute of Mental Health, in 2009, a survey was conducted and found that nearly 30 percent of college students experienced depressed feelings so strong that those students were unable to function. Other than that this percentage is considerably high, the statistic shows just how much of an impact only one issue can have on young adults. There was another survey done in 2011 by the National Alliance on Mental Health involving 765 college participants. According to the survey, an overwhelming 73 percent of students stated that they had experienced a mental health crisis during college. While the number of participants could be considered low, it cannot be ignored that this infor-

mation is still a glimpse into the realm of mental health on campuses. A mental health crisis, whatever the reason, is one of the hardest experiences a person can go through. Having a mental health crisis or suffering from a disorder is paralyzing, and it is so hard for college students because these four years should be the time when a person is creating a future. When a devastating illness of the mind moves in, it can easily shatter everything a person has worked toward. Students may not be able to complete homework or even go to class, and the inability to do those things, even if just for one week, can severely handicap or even ruin a semester. Plus, with the recent-

ly amended federal SAP policy and attendance policy at Shepherd, it may not ruin just the semester but one’s chances of completing college entirely.

dents don’t feel comfortable utilizing those services, they should talk to their guardians or call the counseling center for referral information.

The study by the National Alliance of Mental Health also found that around 65 percent of students who no longer go to college stopped attending because of a mental health related reason. This means that more than half of students are robbed of a higher education because of a crippling disease of the mind.

A student’s time at Shepherd should be an enjoyable experience, one free from problems such as anxiety and depression. Yet these startling statistics have shown that more students are suffering from mental health issues than ever realized.

It is absolutely vital that every college student be aware of possible symptoms, red flags, and where to go for help. Shepherd has a counseling center located in Gardiner Hall, available for free by appointments Monday through Friday. Or, if stu-

Before a serious mental health issue can progress and have damaging effects, college students should seek help while it is readily available. By getting help now, it can turn graduation and future endeavors from being just a dream into reality.

Obama’s War on Women

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MICHAEL LESKO mlesko01@rams.shepherd.edu

Conservatives are always being characterized as an anti-women party; however, no one questions liberals. This “War on Women” is not being waged by conservatives but is instead a ploy used by the liberals in order to de-legitimize the conservative movement. One instance of liberals’ demonizing the conservatives occurred when the Blunt Amendment was trying to pass through Congress. Bernie Sanders, the liberal senator of Vermont, said that the Blunt Amendment was a horrendous act; he also said, “We are not going back to the days when women could not have full access to birth control.” Very harsh words for an amendment that does not

completely limit birth control to women. Instead, the amendment allows insurance companies and employers to refuse birth control based on moral obligations. Even with this limit, birth control is very cheap and can be found at Wal-Mart for around $5. Another example of this made-up “War on Women” is the attacks conservative congressmen received for trying to defund Planned Parenthood. This organization is the largest abortion provider in the country and is funded by taxpayer money. According to the Hyde Amendment, federal funds are prohibited from being used to fund abortions. For no legitimate reason, the left is attacking even conservative women. Ann Romney was heckled and ridiculed for being a stay

at home mom; some on the left believed that being a stay at home mom is not respectable. Hilary Rosen, a democratic political pundit who appears on Bill Maher’s show “Real Time,” attacked Romney by saying “His [Mitt Romney’s] wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and how do we – why we worry about their future.” This is a direct insult to stay at home moms everywhere; not one liberal came out against Hilary Rosen to say that what was said was wrong. Stay at home moms play a very important role in America and do understand the prob-

lems of the country. Lastly, the president himself has attacked conservative women; ironically, his own administration is not treating women fairly. On average, female staffers make 13 percent less in salary than their male counterparts in the administration; women make about $62,000 while men make $71,000. The liberals are not holding their leader to any standards because they are letting the president get away with unequal pay. Twenty of the highestpaid staff members within the administration make $172,200 and only six of them were women. A few liberals are mentioning this problem about the president and one of them is former press secretary Dee Dee Myers. She was quoted as saying, “Women are Obama’s base, and

they don’t seem to have enough people who look like the base inside of their own inner circle.” Where is the outrage over the pay gap within the administration? The “War on Women” that is being conducted by the right is not occurring. Conservatives and the Republican party are not out to destroy women’s rights. Liberals have conjured up a false “War on Women” in an attempt to de-legitimize the conservative movement. Demonizing women because they are conservative or because they are stay at home moms is an attack on women. Attacking women who stay at home is offensive, but letting the president skate by on unequal pay just shows the hypocrisy that exists within the liberal media.

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The Importance of Making a Difference in the Lives of Other

Photo Credit: WikiCommons NATHAN YESSLER nyessl01@rams.shepherd.edu With everything that’s going on in the lives of people today, we seem a lot more focused on one little niche that we all call our own. It’s good to have a niche, but has it gone too far? What I’m talking about is people being so focused on their lives or their bubbles that they forget about the big picture and lose sight of where they really are in the grand scheme of things. It’s almost as if we’ve become like sheep, whose only concerns are the sheep closest to us and the little bit of grass near us that we call ours, while not paying attention to our shepherds for the most part, giving them license to do almost whatever they want without much thought on our part nor

consequence on theirs. In this, we become divided into our own groups, making ourselves our enemies. The thing is, I think we get so focused on things like new phones and other toys that we forget about what’s really important, like helping other people, making a difference, and taking initiative where others won’t. Want to know why we have bad leaders? Because good ones don’t step up. Maybe it’s time for us to sober up. We did this back in the 1920s, being carefree, being caught up in the moment and not looking to our future. But more importantly, we didn’t look at anything other than ourselves and our lives; we didn’t look at how we can influence the lives of others. Then the Stock Market Crash of 1929 hit and people sobered up. They realized that we all need-

ed to work together and that people couldn’t just be concerned with their own lives anymore and not care. Sure, there was the aspect of putting food on the table and immediate wants, and that dominated many, but that generation learned that it takes hard work and critical thinking to get things done. They also learned that ignoring problems doesn’t help either. Some may think they can’t do anything, but that’s not true. It may seem like it, but if people had prescribed to that mindset, we would have lost World War II. All people can make a difference, but will they? The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of the best examples of this. In summary, the main character, George Bailey, thinks that everyone else would be better off if he was dead, so he decides to end his life by

jumping off a bridge. Before he can, though, someone else, an angel named Clarence, jumps into the water, and George is forced to save him. When they’re both drying off later, George wishes he’d never been born. And he gets his wish. George gets to see what life would be like without him, and to his surprise, it isn’t great; in fact, it’s nightmarish for him. He has trouble accepting that his wish has actually come true, so everyone not knowing him really spooks him, but something even more does that; everything and everyone is a lot worse off without George Bailey. He gets to see that it was because of him that the town wasn’t taken over by the greedy Mr. Potter, the villain in the movie, and that because of his actions and relationships, marriages weren’t broken, people had

decent places to live, and even lives were saved. In the end, after he’s seen quite enough of his wish, it is reversed; and through the help of others, his problems are abated. George Bailey learns he really had a wonderful life, and he helped everyone else have wonderful lives too. He made a difference just by being in the lives of other people, even if he didn’t realize it. My point to all of you is to realize it and to capitalize on it, not just for your own gain but for the gain of others. You may feel like you’re not influencing anyone, but you are. Everyone you talk to and come into contact with is influenced in some way, shape, or form. Don’t lose sight of what’s really important by getting distracted. Be a George Bailey and make a difference.

Ah-choo! Why do I have the Flu? KATHLEEN ARNOLD karnold02@rams.shepherd.edu

Winter weather brings a new year, inches of glistening snow and warm and cozy nights. Best of all, winter weather means flu season is around the corner. During the upcoming months, not only do we have to do more thinking in advance (for example, warming up our cars before going two minutes down the road or rocking a ski mask during the walk from West to East Campus) but we also need to take precautions in avoiding the influenza virus. This virus is extremely serious, as it is very contagious and many strains are constantly circulating and causing illness. Two of the most common influenza viruses are Type A and Type B. Both attack their victims with very

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little warning and are better known as “the common” or “the seasonal” flu. Type A influenza viruses can be broken down into subtypes, which are responsible for second attacks on people that have already succumbed to the virus. As college students, we are always preparing for the future. In the case of the next few months, one simple and seemingly painless shot can prevent the most common influenza viruses. The flu shot is especially important for college students because of the constant traffic in and out of each building and the temperature rise in buildings (the climate in buildings being kept at a higher temperature can lead to lack of fresh air, which leads to constant circulation of the same, stale air). Shepherd

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lucky enough to have a Health Center that can provide the service of administering the flu vaccine at two clinics during the fall semester. These clinics are important for students to take advantage of because of their low cost. Shepherd University offers the vaccine for $15.00, whereas other off-campus doctor’s offices offer the vaccine for as much as $30.00 (at least, that is how much I paid not knowing about the clinics Shepherd offers). The Health Center accepts cash, Rambler, or checks. If you are like me and missed the clinics, vaccinations are available through appointment as well. The Health Center is located on the ground floor of Gardiner Hall and can be reached between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be called at 304-876-5161.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that anyone six months and older receive the shot because the influenza virus most severely attacks people 5 years and younger and 65 years and older. The vaccine administered is the universal vaccine and helps prevent the most common influenza virus. Although most cases of influenza are mild, more than 90 percent of deaths in the age category of 65 and older are from the virus. People in the category of 65 and older are not the only at risk for influenza related deaths; over 49,000 deaths in the age category of 65 and younger occur from the Influenza virus each year. Students at Shepherd University can avoid succumbing to this virus by taking some precautions in advance. First and fore-

most, get vaccinated. It may seem silly but could possibly prevent you from missing any future classes and prevent you from passing the virus to someone else. If you do find yourself with flu-like symptoms, the fact that you have been vaccinated could make the symptoms less severe. If you notice you are beginning to feel ill, weak, tired, stuffy, or anything out of the ordinary, report to the Health Center. A check-up can do nothing but help you. Remember to use the hand sanitizers scattered throughout campus. These are located in some of the most common areas on campus and in some restrooms. If you notice that you have a fever, the Center for Disease Control recommends at least 24 hours of rest and lots of water. Prevention is the best way to combat this deadly virus.

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EDITORIAL The Shepherdstown Rotary Club will be placing a sign as you enter Shepherdstown from the Maryland side of 480 that reads “Welcome To Shepherdstown!” In order to fund the sign, senior gift money from this past class and classes before that will be used.

and leave their legacy at Shepherd by getting involved. For the students that can’t, won’t, or even are involved, donating money to have a statue or a sign put up in their graduating classes honor is the easiest way to leave their mark and benefit their school.

This has led some students to be outraged since the sign will be partly funded by Shepherd University and nowhere on the sign will it say anything about the school. Simply put, the Rotary Club is getting a free and cool partial funding for their sign.

This is also just another chapter in the book of feuds between Shepherdstown and Shepherd University. The school, well… senior classes, is willing to donate and pretty hefty sum so that a sign can be placed as you enter into Shepherdstown and the rotary club won’t put the school on the sign anywhere.

Shepherd University has had a past history similar to this when dealing with senior class gifts. Money is mandatorily donated by seniors and it never gets spent. If it does get spent, the projects never get finished. Basically, graduating seniors are giving the university money that will be pocketed by the school. It is outrageous that the school does not follow through with the creation of the senior gifts. Students donate money to their school to improve on it. What is the point of donating money to help the school when the school won’t use it?

How can we expect this town to become a “college town” if the town won’t cooperate with the college? People are always wanting Shepherd students to get involved in the community but the community won’t get involved with the school. Shepherd University is wasting money on items that won’t feature the school. Already, The Picket has run a story where the school has been in debt, about 1.3 million, and now this has come to light. The school needs to rethink their spending strategy. All the money is there, they just need to see.

Also, Shepherd constantly tells students to make their mark

Increasing SAP Appeals: Prevent Losing Financial Aid

CHELSEA DEMELLO cdemel01@rams.shepherd.edu Rising appeal numbers in Shepherd University’s financial aid department for this academic year may cause some students to rethink decisions moving forward. Satisfactory Academic Progress appeals are filed for three main reasons: if a student falls under the qualitative GPA required, fails to meet the quantitative percentage of credits completed, or does not meet the time frame for completion standards. These new stipulations come from the federal policy effective as of 2011.

However, according to Sandra Oerly-Bennett, the director of financial aid, since the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission just met on Feb. 1, the SAP data for the spring semester is still being analyzed. Oerly-Bennett stated that there were more than 200 SAP appeals received since last summer, an increase from last year and a direct result of the amended federal policy. This policy also seems to correlate with Shepherd’s updated attendance guidelines. According to the new policy, classes must be attended regularly and students must complete requirements or aid may be revoked, which would require an amount due back to Shepherd immediately. While at first these new rules might seem a bit rigorous, they are actually

practical and beneficial. Attendance is vital in so many ways not just from a financial perspective. Missing lectures on a regular basis is unhealthy and has a direct result on an individual’s performance. It is also unfair to the professors and other students in the course. This academic year, a small percent of Shepherd’s student body was forced to apply for SAP appeals in order to get financial aid back. While that percentage may be low now, it is still growing. In addition, both the amended federal policy and attendance guidelines are evidence that reform needed to take place. Each student utilizing financial aid really needs to be more conscious of the responsibilities that come with accepting student

loans. Often times, it is so easy to forget how much of an asset aid is until it is in jeopardy of being lost.

demic advisors and go to the Academic Support Center or the Advising Assistance Center.

Understanding the possible implications of having financial aid revoked might reduce the number of withdrawn classes, which for some students minimizes the number of semesters to graduation. Plus, when it comes time to pay back the loans, thousands of dollars would be saved as it decreases the amount borrowed in the long run.

Most students are aware of academic performance during the semester, which is why it is essential to seek help before grades are permanently affected. Study groups and in-class networking are also other options to get through tough courses. Or if it is completely unrelated to academics, Shepherd also has counseling services available.

Inevitably though, life happens, and that’s why it is important for students to stay informed in order to prevent issues from hindering academic performance. Oerly-Bennett gave some great suggestions about what individuals can do. She states that students should talk to their aca-

Whatever the case may be, there are programs in order to avoid unsatisfactory progress. At any moment, a situation could arise, and being informed might just make the difference.

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DIE FLEDERMAUS IT’S A PARTY AND EVERYONE’S INVITED

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 EDWARD BARR Jbarr02@rams.shepherd.edu I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of “Die Fledermaus”, an operetta full of twists and tricks that got huge laughs and a standing ovation from the crowd. “Die Fledermaus” in German translates to “The Bat” in English, so I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into the Frank Arts Center last week and I was pleasantly sur-

prised. Initially, I was afraid that I was going to be stuck listening to a two and a half hour opera in German. It was a great relief when I heard the first few words of the show. Good news: You don’t have to brush up on your German before the show, it is sung in English. This is not your traditional stuffy opera either; the show is actually a comedy that is half singing and half dialogue. The operetta begins with a confession of love for Rosalinde (Jessica Adkins), who

is already married, from a young man, Alfred (Patrick O’Grady), singing off-stage. Then enters the chambermaid, Adele (Allyson Bayer). The maid receives a letter from her sister inviting her to a soiree that evening. It is too bad that the young maid has to work. However, she has to go to this party. In order to get out of working, she devises a plan. It is absolutely hilarious when the young maid begs the madam of the house, Rosalinde, for the night off. The plot thickens when you find out that Rosalinde’s husband, Eisenstein (Paul Cabell), is scheduled for jail time and he too receives an invitation to the same party.

Eisenstein’s unfaithfulness, there’s something to laugh at for everyone. Some of my favorite lines from the operetta came from Orlofsky, but I cannot deny the talents of the other actors. Adele was a charming character, and her outright cockiness in the second act was enough to keep a smile on my face and a good chuckle every now and then. I had a great laugh in the third act when the jailer, Frosch (Brian D. James), and the prison director, Frank (Eduardo Rivera), were both sloshed. As the situation got worse, the drunken and uninformed jailer continued to smile and repeat how "mighty merry" the prison was.

The host of the party is Orlofsky (Shannen Banzhoff), a young prince in his teens whom no longer feels excitement anymore. The "decorated child" even goes into an explanation about his disgust of opera and especially those by Johann Strauss (the composer of Die Fledermaus). There are few things that would cause this young prince to laugh, but when he did the whole audience laughed along with him. He is especially tickled by the predicaments Eisenstein gets himself into.

I applaud the entire cast and crew that contributed to this excellent performance. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the vocal performances by the cast and ensemble and the orchestra did a fantastic job. “Die Fledermaus” is definitely one I am pleased to have seen. The Shepherd University Music Department had performances on on Feb. 8 and 9 and 8:00 P.M.. Admissions is free for all Shepherd students. All you have to do is show your rambler. General admission is only $15 and $10 for children. This performance is one that everyone should enjoy.

Between the manipulative chambermaid, Roselinde’s twisted love triangle, and Photograph by Michael Keplinger

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INTERNSHIPS 101 TYLER MILLER Tmille09@rams.shepherd.edu

Being only five weeks into the semester, you may not have thought about it yet, but now is the time to start thinking about summer plans. Instead of getting a last minute job to keep you busy during the few months in between semesters, think about applying for an internship instead. A summer internship can be a great way to gain some work experience, add a credit to your resume, get an inside look into the career you’re pursuing, and if you can get college credit for it, then everybody wins! For many majors here at Shepherd University, you’ll need to complete some kind of internship program or minimum amount of on the job hours in order to graduate. (I’m a communication major and journalism minor and need internships for both!)

For many majors here at Shepherd University, you’ll need to complete some kind of internship program or minimum amount of on the job hours in order to graduate. First, figure out what type of internship you’re looking for. If you’re not going to receive credit for it, do you want a paid internship? Are you looking for something located close to home if you’ll be living at home this summer? What skills are you looking to enhance or build through this internship? Make time to speak with your advisor or department chair. Fall 2013 advisement is just around the corner, so that can be a great time to talk about your options. These people can be key resources in finding just the right internship that will fit your specific area of interest that you can get credit for. There are many local businesses and companies partnered with the university and take interns too. Your professors can put you in contact with different companies and possibly offer a recommendation for you. Applying early will give you another advantage. This also allows you to have a back up plan, or to apply for a few internship positions to make sure you get just the right one. In order to receive credit for your hours, there are deadlines you’ll have to meet to sign up for the internship program. So acting early can be a huge time saver. Get your resume together and draft up a cover letter to make the application process even easier. And don’t forget that online resources can be a great tool to link you directly to employers looking for student interns just like you. Here you can also get tips about resume building and most sites have a mobile app to make your search even easier. Here are a few sites I found to be helpful: www.internship.com www.summerinterhsips.com www.college.monster.com/ education

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You never know: a great summer internship could lead to a future career!

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WARM BODIES: PLENTY OF HEART‌ AND HALF-EATEN BRAINS

SEAN O’BRIEN Sobrie02@rams.shepherd.edu This past Friday marked the premiere of the latest zombie movie, Warm Bodies. Just when you thought you would be sick of another zombie/ post-apocalyptic film, director Jonathon Levine manages to put a twist on it and putting it in the pantheon of classic zombie films such as Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later. Every single movie that included zombies ever made had it from essentially one point of view: the remaining humans, desperate to live and always on the run. Levine flips the genre on its head this time around, giving you the story from the main point of view being R's, a zombie played by newcomer Nicholas Hoult. As he walks around he laments about his limitations in thinking, wishing he knew how to communicate more efficiently with the other mindless zombies while offering plenty of hilarious thoughts along the way. Another way he tries to make up for his lack of memories is by imagining what life used to be like. Bodies

Levine and his crew have carved their own niche in the living dead film market, and I'm all aboard. does not rehash the whole "how it happened" start, as by this point that is not relevant to how the movie progresses. While some felt that a movie like

The Amazing Spiderman was hurt by the repetitive nature of re-telling a story that everyone knew, Bodies is better for not doing the same. R's name is derived from only being able to get the "r" sound out when asked his name by Julie, played by the all-American-looking Teresa Palmer. R shows compassion for Julie in the beginning of the movie, saving her from a pending grizzly death via zombie eating frenzy. That evolves into a relationship with an interesting dynamic: a pale, scarred walking corpse who lacks the ability to communicate with a pretty, tan and athleticlooking blonde who can speak and think perfectly well. We later find out through the mind of R that there are certain consequences in this movie. The first being that if you eat a dead human’s brain, they die without a chance to be part of the living dead. The flip side of this, though, is that a zombie can experience that person's memories, something zombies are unable to do themselves. Another reality that the living dead face is the fact that they can never sleep. Sleeping is for humans who need rest to live. If you are dead, of course you don't need it. I must give Hoult a lot of praise for his portrayal of R. I would imagine it took a lot of restraint to not just start talking normal out of habit instead of slow, inaudible grunts with the occasional word or two pieced together. He managed to use his body language, eye movements and limited speech to get his point across. Sometimes less can be more. Along the way, Julie begins to become more attached to R like she never thought she would be able to. She sees his general innocence and begins to become sympathetic, wanting to understand how he thinks the way he does. This becomes problematic later in the movie as her dad, (played by the always awesome John Malkovich) is the leader of the surviving humans who live in a camp behind a large man made wall to separate them from the flesh eaters. The movie's plot progression and

character development are excellent as they seem to happen very naturally and don't require a lot of thinking to get their point across. Another strong point to Bodies is its sound track. Whether songs are used to reinforce irony (when Julie and her friend put make-up on R to the sound of "Pretty Woman") or just simply to engage the viewer (M-83's "Midnight City" while R takes his first shower in years), it helps make the movie seem all the more lively.

I came into this movie expecting to see a generally funny comedy that would entertain me. I left very surprised in how much this movie overachieved. It never dragged on (one hour and thirty-seven minutes), and every scene felt crucial to the evolution of the film and the genre as a whole. While Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later had uber-serious takes on a possible epidemic and others such as Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead were focused on comedy, Warm Bodies manages to

balance both ends of the spectrum while changing the genre. I thought we were nearing the end of anything remotely original in zombie movies, but I was mistaken. Levine and his crew have carved their own niche in the living dead film market, and I'm all aboard. Go see it as it'll be well worth your time and money.

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Valentine’s Spaghetti Dinner Christ Reformed Church February 14th, 2013 5:00 – 8:00 p.m

$10 per person $7 for students w/Rambler ID $15 per couple

Location: Christ Reformed Church 304 East German St. (Across from the Train Station) Shepherdstown

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Reflecting on the NFL Season BRIAN SKINNELL SPORTS EDITOR bskinn02@rams.shepherd.edu This past NFL season gave us many great surprises with this past Super Bowl match-up being one of them. Raise your hands if you predicted a 49ers versus Ravens Super Bowl match-up? All right, I’ll give you that one. But raise your hand if you saw a Colin Kaepernick-led 49ers team going up against a Ray Lewis-led Ravens team post-torn triceps? LIARS!! ALL OF YOU ARE LIARS!! Another great surprise from this past NFL season was the play of our fabulous freshmen: RG3, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Doug Martin, Alfred Morris, and we’ll throw Kaepernick in

there just because this was his first season as the starting quarterback. Who would’ve thought on draft day last April that those three rookie quarterbacks would be leading their teams to the playoffs? It is simply incredible what they have accomplished this season and while RG3 was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, all three of them should be commended. Speaking of Andrew Luck, how about those Colts? They lost Peyton Manning two years prior, Jeff Saturday just before the season, and then, oh by the way, head coach Chuck Pagano gets diagnosed with cancer just after the season got started! The fact that they got to the playoffs speaks volumes to Andrew Luck’s leadership

as well as Bruce Arians’s leadership. Kudos to Arians on the new gig in Arizona and on winning the AP Coach of the Year award. And how about Peyton Manning? Just one season after having multiple neck surgeries (and also being warned by doctors that the next hit he took could be his last), he suited up with the Denver Broncos and proved that Tim Tebow (I couldn’t go the entire NFL review post without namedropping him, now, could I?) isn’t the only person who can win in Denver. Congrats to Mr. Manning

Andrew Luck (#12) of the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Chicago Bears on September 9, 2012. Photo by Wikicommons.

on winning AP Comeback Player of the Year. Speaking of comebacks, Adrian Peterson’s recovery from a torn ligament in his knee was nothing short of sensational. Only one person saw that coming: MVPeterson. Not even one year removed from that devastating hit at FedEx did Peterson come back and run through, over, and around the NFL while almost breaking the single season rushing record. Congrats to AP on AP NFL MVP. Records are made to be broken, right? Just ask Jerry

Rice. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson simply crushed Rice’s single season receiving mark with a few weeks left to spare. The Johnsons, Andre and Calvin (no relation), had great seasons and have solidified themselves among the best of the NFL’s all-time receivers (sorry, Randy). Oh, what a season it was. As we reflect back on the 2012-2013 NFL season, it certainly was a memorable one. What were some of your favorite moments from the 2012-2013 NFL season?

Peyton Manning. Photo by Wikicommons

Emily Daniel Scores 1000th Point! DEZIREA CLINTON dclint01@rams.shepherd.edu After a road game win against Bluefield the Lady Rams fall at home against Pitt-Johnstown 80-90 in WVIAC play. The Lady Rams fought hard throughout the game with being down by 12 during most of the second half to cutting it to an 86-80 Pitt-Johnstown lead with 50 seconds left thanks to senior forward Emily Daniel’s layup. Emily Daniel led the Lady Rams with 29 points and six rebounds. She shot 10-19 from the field 2-4 behind the arch, and missing one from the line 7-8. Sophomore guard Alex Weakland assisted Daniel with 13 points, five rebounds, and leading the team in steals

with four. Sophomore center Gabby Flinchum added 12 points and Sophomore Rachel Johnson had 8 points and leading the team with four assists. The Lady Rams shot 41.3% 26-63 from the floor, 31.3% 5-16 from behind the arch, and 82.1% 23-28 from the line. The Rams forced 23 turnovers. On Saturday, the Rams finished on top with a 73-60 win over Alderson Broaddus. Emily Daniel scored her career 1,000 points being the 14th Lady Ram in Shepherd history to achieve this goal. Daniel carried the Rams with 27 points and seven rebounds. Gabby Flinchum wasn’t far behind scoring 24 points and matching Daniel’s 8 rebounds. Alex Weakland scored eight points, six rebounds, and three as-

sists. Rachel Johnson added seven rebounds. The Rams were perfect from the free throw line 19-19, 0-4 for behind the arch shots, and .466% 27-58 from the field. Sophomore Rachel Johnson has had a hand in the Rams successful season this year. Johnson has led the team seven times in high scoring, and is placed seventh in conference standing with 38 steals. When asked from a coaches’ point of view about Johnson role on the team, Coach Ford stated, “Rachel’s role as a scorer for the Rams has been blossoming over the year. Each game she has found new ways that she is capable of scoring against our opponents. As a sophomore, she has been challenged to step up and take that role as a “go-to” scorer. We work on her on

seeing opportunities, but she is the one that puts it into effect.” The Rams are a younger team this year with five freshman and four sophomores. I asked Ford for being such a young team how has the season been so far? “Heading into season, we knew that our youth would play a factor in our chemistry and consistency. Only two of our returning players averaged more than 15 minutes a game last season and we brought on six new players. Early in the season, we confronted our youth and inexperience head on by talking about it. We used a weekend retreat, classroom sessions, and a lot of game film to work on our chemistry and knowledge. This has helped us win big games like Seton Hill and Fairmont, where we out played and beat the

# 4 and #1 teams in the conference at the time. However, as our record and inconsistency shows, we still have room to grow. This team doesn’t give up and you’ll see that in their February fight to win!,” Ford stated. “I am looking forward to all the rest of our season games, because each game our girls are gaining knowledge, experience, and chemistry to take us into the conference tournament at the end of this month.” said Ford. The Rams travel to take on the Bobcats of WV Wesleyan Thursday at 6P.M. February 9 is Alumni Day home against Concord at 2P.M. Senior Night will be held February 21 at 5:30P.M. against WV Wesleyan.

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Rams at BSN Showcase MATTHEW MURPHY m.murphy9071@gmail.com Making an all-star game or being named an “All-Star” is always a very big deal and a bit of an honor as well. The 2013 Beyond Sports Network Collegiate Showcase will host two Shepherd Rams this year, with receiver Larry Lowe and tight end John Frick accepting invitations to participate in the game. The two Shepherd greats will be playing in front of scouts from the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, and the Arena Football League, among other professional football leagues. The game will be actually be a three-day event. The event will be held during March at the Stile Athletic Field House on the University of Akron campus. The game will include not only an eleven vs. eleven all-star game but also 7 on 7, 1 on 1’s, testing combine, and position drills. This will allow our Shepherd repre-

Junior Logan Holloman prepares to grab the basketball in the game on Monday 1/28/13. Shepherd University fell to Pitt-Johnstown with a final score of 60-77. Photograph by Ryan Franklin

Men’s Basketball Struggles SEAN O’BRIEN Sobrie02@rams.shepherd.edu After a disappointing loss on Jan. 26 to Bluefield State, the Rams came back home looking to bounce back against Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 28. They fell short, losing 77-60. For the Mountain Cats, senior guard Nick Novak powered their offense with 23 points and sophomore big man Ian Vescovi had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Anytime he got in the lane, it spelled trouble for the Rams’ defense. Senior forward Chad Moore led the Rams with 12 points and five rebounds, well off his season averages of 20.7 points and 9.6 rebounds. Sophomore forward Morgan McDonald had 12 points and four boards. Junior guard Brantley Osborne had an off day, scoring only eight points (half his season average), on a disappointing 3-8 showing from the field. His lack of effectiveness was due to being bottled up all night by the stifling Mountain Cats defense. When the Rams are on, it’s because they get everyone involved and make their offense unpredictable. On this night, though, no one seemed to be able to gain any traction. McDonald was the only one who cracked

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50 percent from the field, going 4-8. For the game, Shepherd only shot 40 percent. Their three-pointers were not falling (5-25, 20 percent), and they got outhustled in the rebounding game, 44-31. Shepherd can hang in games because of their dependable free throw shooting, but on this night they only managed to go 9-16 from the charity stripe. I asked coach Justin Namolik about what needs to change for the Rams to get out of the current rut they are mired in. “I don’t feel like we are playing together,” he said. “There is no sense of urgency. We have to realize how hard it is to get to the top of this league and that is what we are going through right now. It’s hard, but you have to be able to respond. Our seniors need to step up and we need to make some changes. We have to be tougher and we can’t accept how we played tonight.” The loss dropped Shepherd to 11-7 and 8-6 in WVIAC play. Pitt-Johnstown improved to 12-7 and 8-7 in the WVIAC. The Rams did not want to lose three in a row, especially this late in the season heading into Saturday’s road game against Alderson-Broaddus. They could not snap the streak, losing 84-73. The loss was their fourth in five games. Senior guards Casey Ainslie and Kurklin Bohanon led the Battlers, scoring 19

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points and 15 points respectively. They had a balanced attack with five players scoring 10 or more points and had a strong effort from the free-throw line, shooting 20-25 (80%). Shepherd’s struggles from beyond the arc continued, going a dismal 3-18 (16.7 percent) from three-point land. During the three game slide, the Rams haven’t shot better than 23 percent at three-pointers. The lone bright spot was their ability to get to the free-throw line, going 18-25. Chad Moore put together his ninth double-double of the season with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore guard Austin Cunningham scored 17 points, getting back on track after not hitting a single shot against Pitt-Johnstown. The Battlers improved to 13-5 and 11-3 in the WVIAC. Shepherd’s free fall continues as they are now 11-8, 8-7 in conference play. Up next for the Rams is another test on the road against the Davis & Elkins Senators (6-12, 5-10) on Feb. 4. They need to keep senior guard Ian Pinckney in check as he leads the Senators with 18.5 points per game. Most of all, though, Shepherd needs to pick up the intensity and do the little things that got them off to the hot start in the first place when they were 8-2.

sentatives to be evaluated thoroughly. BIG 10 officials will be working the three-day event. The Beyond Sports Network Collegiate Showcase will host players from the Division I, Division II, Division III, and NAIA levels. By doing so, Beyond Sports Network is giving lesser-known athletes from smaller schools the ability to compete with more recognized players. Accepting an invitation to participate in this event could be a life-changing decision for a player. Also, there will be an officiating clinic at the showcase. It’s always an honor to be named to an all-star team because your accomplishments and the institution you represent are being recognized. It shows that people from that institution are capable of great things, whether that is on the athletic field or in the classroom. Should you see either John Frick or Larry Lowe around campus, make a point to congratulate them.

News & Notes JOEY KAYE | jkaye01@rams.shepherd.edu The 2013 WVIAC Coach’s Poll for Baseball was recently released on Jan. 30 and the Shepherd University baseball team was picked to finish second in the WVIAC North Division. Last season, the Rams made a trip to the NCAA Atlantic Regionals after defeating Alderson-Broaddus in the finals of the WVIAC Tournament. Shepherd received one first place vote and 74 points, ranking them second in the poll for the north division. The Seton Hill Griffins received nine first place votes in the preseason poll. They are the favorite to win the 2013 West Virginia Conference Tournament championship and subsequently securing a NCAA Regional bid. West Virginia Wesleyan received one first place vote while Concord and Fairmont State each had two votes. In addition, the 2013 WVIAC Men’s Tennis Preseason Poll was released on Feb. 1 and Shepherd University was picked to finish the season sixth. Shepherd earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament and finished fourth in the league a year ago; however, the Rams only claimed 39 points in the poll and are expected to finish the season ranked sixth. The Shepherd University men’s tennis team returns a deep roster that includes Chris Pratt and Michael Lesko. They helped lead the Rams to 16 wins in 2012, the second most in team history. Bluefield State was picked to win the 2013 WVIAC Men’s Tennis Championship after earning a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16 a season ago. They received all nine possible first place votes. It was announced on Jan. 30 that senior wide receiver Larry Lowe of the Shepherd University football team was named to the 2013 BSN Collegiate Showcase roster. He led the Rams with 49 receptions for 636 yards and a pair of touchdowns this past season. Lowe joins Shepherd tight end John Frick on the roster for the event that will take place from March 8 – 10 at Stile Athletic Field House in Akron, Ohio. The BSN Collegiate Showcase brings together top football players from around the country that play in FCS, D2, D3, and NAIA. The event is designed to give scouts and executives from the NFL, CFL, and AFL the ability to evaluate the athletes differently than they would at a traditional pro day event. Lowe, Frick and the other athletes at the showcase will participate in a scouting combine, position drills, 1-on-1 drills, 7-on-7 drills, and an exhibition All-Star game.


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