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115th Year No. 59

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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Shepherd Students Weigh in on Debate Eli Tracewell Young Republicans and Young Democrats came to a consensus about the outcome of the West Virginia senatorial debate, in spite of the political mudslinging that took place between the candidates.

Shepherd University held a West Virginia senatorial debate between Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, Republican candidate John Raese, and third-party candidate Bob Baber of the Mountain Party on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. The debate drew an audience of around 200 people.

Panelists were Hans Fogel from WEPM Radio, Mark Kraham from WHAG-TV, Craig Bartoldson from The Martinsburg Journal, and Heather Greenfield from The Picket. The event was sponsored by Shepherd’s M.B.A. program and the American Cancer Society.

Topics included job creation and growth, energy, healthcare, education and the environment. Both College Republican president Michael Lesko and Young Democrats vice president John Isner believed Manchin was the debate winner.

Lesko said, “I thought Manchin won the debate. I didn’t think Raese did a good job connecting the Obama-Reid team with Manchin. I don’t think people are going to buy that argument.” See, Debate, Page 2

Mr. Jayant Vodela drives Junior Class royalty Meghana Vodela and Ian Hickman in his Rams spirited 2008 Mercedes Benz 320 with assistants from little brother, Ahun Vodela, during the 2012 Homecoming Parade down German Street on Saturday October 6, 2012. Photography by Don Zumbach


Celebrations of 2012 Bennett LaRue Darrell Johnson and Hannah Cole were crowned the Homecoming King and Queen of 2012 just before noon on Saturday the 6th. The Homecoming festivities started at 10 a.m. on German St. with the traditional parade. After a brief introductory speech by Brian Filon, a graduate student at Shepherd University, the Shepherd University Marching Band took over. The Ram Band skillfully played a medley of older songs, including “The Locomotion,” and at one point the entire band started a chorus line kick while still playing. After the band had marched off of German Street, the procession of automobile-

mounted Shepherd VIPs and organizations began.

President Suzanne Shipley started the motorcade in a silver Mustang, followed by this year’s Outstanding Alumnus Bob Wantz from the class of ’55 and last year’s Homecoming Queen. The previous King was unable to make an appearance due to an overseas expedition with the Peace Corps. This year’s Homecoming court rounded out that portion of the procession and the appearance of Zan, Shepherd’s actual ram mascot, signaled the beginning of the floats. Over a dozen of Shepherd University’s most prestigious organizations made appearances in the parade with floats and on foot.

hour later. Some relaxed at the tailgating party in the parking lot behind Scarborough Library.

They were joined by some community groups such as the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department and Jong Hap Mu Sool Martial Arts.

Each group had a different display for the crowd. Although there were too many to list, some of the day’s highlights included Habitat for Humanity, who dressed in the Three Little Pigs costumes (as well as houses of straw, wood and brick), and Theta Xi with their Game of Thrones themed float, upon which they performed a brief rendition of the popular Gangnam Style dance. When the parade ended, the participants lining both sides of German St. dispersed to wait for the coronation and football game that would take place an

Feelings about the parade were favorable: alumna Teresa Chernay commented that the band was good every year and was always worth coming to listen to. At a quarter to noon, the pregame performances at the Rams Stadium ended and the marching band once again led a procession, albeit a much shorter one. After playing Shepherd’s alma mater and the National anthem, the band divided to line the path down which the Homecoming court would walk. This year’s court was made up of Seniors Darrell Johnson, Hannah Cole, Ben Hackett, Brian Miller, Mi-

chael Haynes and Elizabeth Greer, Juniors Ian Hickam and Meghana Vodela, Sophomores Tyler Hulton and Courtney Samms, and Freshmen Haasahn Peyton and Madison Boehm. The cheerful procession lasted only a few short minutes, during which time the tension thickened over which members would become the new royal couple. After each member of the court was introduced to the stadium and walked across the field in pairs, the news was broken that Darrell Johnson and Hannah Cole had been selected as 2012’s Homecoming King and Queen, to which the entire stadium responded with cheers and applause.

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Debate, From Page 1 Raese compared football player Kurt Warner, who left West Virginia to play for Penn State, with Manchin, who left the position of governor to run for the “Washington Senators”. Raese believed Manchin was “on the wrong team.” Isner, who said he saw holes in Raese’s argument, said, “He never expressed how [Manchin] was on that team other than party affiliation. Even Baber told Raese that his analogy was wrong because Manchin has proven himself to be an individual.” Manchin did not have a solid debate either, according to Lesko. Lesko said, “I didn’t like some of his stuff. I thought he was weak on coal and tax policy. That’s a big problem in West Virginia. And [he didn’t talk about] the eastern Panhandle.”

Baber said that he supports “Obamacare” and that a free colonoscopy “might be a good thing after this debate.” Raese was strongly opposed to universal health-

“Joe Manchin won, Raese was decent, and the third party guy was just crazy.” care. He believes America’s system is “the greatest healthcare system in the world.” Baber



Raese and said, “We do not have the greatest healthcare system in the world. We have the greatest healthcare system for those who can afford it.” Raese also asked the audience, “if Ted Kennedy get sick, he doesn’t go to Europe, does he?” Ted Kennedy died of cancer 2009. One of Baber’s comments crossed the line, according to Lesko. Baber said, in reference to Raese’s political tactics, that many of his accusations of Manchin were “bullshit.” Lesko said, “He was just very unprofessional. I mean cussing on live radio, and then he interrupted Raese a couple of times. It seemed like her was there to make a scene.” Baber apologized when moderator Cecilia Mason from West Virginia Public radio reminded the candi-

Raese and Manchin square off on Tuesday October 2, 2012 in front of a packed audience of students and community members in Reynolds Hall. Photography by Don Zumbach dates that the debate was a live broadcast

with the two other candidates.”

Isner said, “At times, I thought [Baber] was too radical, especially for the state of West Virginia, but, as far as debate skill went, he was contending [well]

Lesko said that the debate went as he had expected. Lesko said, “Joe Manchin won, Raese was decent, and the third party guy was just crazy.”

Shepherd Accredited for Another 10 Years Samantha Young Shepherd has been granted reaffirmation of accreditation for the maximum time period of 10 years from the Higher Learning Commission. Shepherd met all five criteria for accreditation: mission and integrity; preparing for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery, and application of knowledge; and engagement service. Dr. Dot Hively, director of assessment and accountability, said, “As a result, students receive a quality education at Shepherd and have opportunities to be highly involved in the community. They also have the opportunity to receive financial aid, if qualified.

Non-accredited institutions cannot provide federal financial aid.”

ger than it originally was. We know our goals as professional students.”

Shepherd professors have expanded their syllabi this semester. The enhanced syllabi are for student benefit and faculty credibility.

The HLC site team reviewed the catalog, information on RAIL, and course syllabus this summer. They searched for number of credit hours, day and time of meeting, and class format. The HLC also focused on faculty workload issues. The faculty’s deep concern for students created faculty work overload as a result.

Junior historic preservation major Sarah Brennan said, “A lot of people say it’s too long and that we don’t really need all of that information. I think these kinds of changes could benefit the university and help us appear more mature and professional as students and professors.” Sophomore art major Yasmeen Alkordi believes the added information on syllabi is pointless. Alkordi said, “I just don’t see why we had to change things around and make the syllabus 10 times lon-

More information regarding assessment will also be reported in 2013 because of Shepherd’s new core curriculum. The site team suggested more classroom specifics and also more evidence reporting on the new curriculum. Course goals, departmental goals, and student outcomes were re-

quested to be made more visible.

to the department to the overall degree program.”

The university administration will next report on the progress of graduate programs in the past year.

The university is working to provide consistency among syllabi, enhance current programs, and expand to offsite programs in Martinsburg and the main campus.

The HLC stated that the university will need a monitoring report and a progress report on federal compliance and assessment of student learning and graduate education by Dec. 15, 2012. The university will be required to submit sample syllabi for graduate and undergraduate studies this December. Dr. Robert Scott Beard, dean of graduate studies and associate vice president for academic affairs, said, “They’re basically making sure that we’re closing the loop on assessment and that there’s a linkage from the course

Hively said, “Accreditation is vital. Not everyone meets all five criteria like we did. Just reading a report doesn’t give us a sense of who we are as a university that takes pride in its programs and students. Accreditation gives Shepherd a chance to re-visit all the things that have happened at the university since 10 years ago.” The next site visit will occur during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Dr. Robert Tudor Joins Shepherd as New Chair of Music Department Samantha Young As students drift through Shepherd University’s Frank Center with cluttered sheets of music in hand, a well-dressed man sporting a blazer, short dark hair, and glasses proceeds to his office. Dr. Robert Tudor, the new chair of the music department, smiles genuinely as he tunes his laptop to some of his favorite classical guitar melodies. Tudor said, “My family has always been musical, but I’m the only one who has made a profession of it. My family is full of amateur musicians and I was the only one to go to college. I basically used music to pay my way through college.” Tudor developed a sincere passion for music as an undergraduate at Stetson University. He pursued his master’s at the University of Miami and completed his doctorate at University of Maryland. He was named director of the music department at Jacksonville University af-

ter completing his doctorate. Tudor began to miss the Maryland area and decided to apply for the music department chair position at Shepherd. Tudor said, “It’s the character of Shepherdstown that I find so great. It’s the fact that there are so many independently owned shops here.” Tudor enjoys the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop’s harvest cookies and coffee. He admits to going there at least twice a week. Tudor also enjoys backpacking, running, and playing classical guitar. Tudor enjoys musical theater, opera, classical guitar, bluegrass, and jazz, especially European jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. He currently resides in Sharpsburg, Md., with his partner, Bob Robinson. They have two dogs and have considered adopting children. Robinson is the director of opera at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and travels back and forth from UNC on a weekly basis.

Tudor said, “We’ve been together for nearly 20 years. We went to school together. He’s only home three days a week so it can be difficult when he leaves on Mondays and doesn’t come home until Thursday.” Tudor’s drive for music started at a young age. Tudor’s parents divorced when he was four years old. He did not have his father for nearly 20 years, yet a musical connection still existed between them. Tudor said, “I remember I had these old reel tape recordings of my dad singing and playing guitar and banjo. There’s always been an emotional side to my general interest in music.” Tudor does get to see his father nowadays. His family gets together every two years for Christmas. They sit down together and perform mountain songs on guitar and banjo. Tudor is viewing the facility’s equipment and checking to see what needs to be updated and replaced. He is working on the department’s programming

Professor Rob Tudor plays the piano while singing one of his favorite numbers. Photograph by Elizabeth Horn and making sure it meets the students’ needs. Tudor notes that Shepherd has never had a full-time voice specialist. He aims to show students the acceptable standard of voice Tudor teaches Men’s Choir, English Song Literature, English Diction, Applied Voice Lessons, and Vocal Pedagogy. Tudor said, “There’s a true genuineness and warmth returned by the students here at Shepherd. It’s pretty much what keeps me going.” Junior vocal performance major Amanda Blood believes Tudor’s input is beyond helpful. Blood takes voice lessons from Tudor.

Blood said, “I think my favorite thing about his teaching method is how tough he is on me. It’s only been the first month in the semester and I’ve already made a lot of improvements. For the 13 years I’ve been studying voice privately, I’ve had a few particular vocal issues, but all it took was his way of explaining things to make it click.” Department of music operations manager Esperanza Alonza believes Tudor was the best choice. Alonza said, “He is obviously not only an outstanding artist but also an incredibly gifted teacher. None of the other candidates even came close.” 2 Page_____


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Shepherd student Jordan Clark tosses candy to the audience during the Homecoming Parade on Saturday. Photograph by Ryan Franklin

Shepherd Cheerleaders Perform a stunt for the crowd of Ram Fans at the Homecoming Game on Saturday. Photography by Don Zumbach.

2012 Homecoming King Darrell Johnson and Queen Hannah Cole. Photography by Don Zumbach

Shepherd ‘s Ram Band Takes the field for their Homecoming Halftime show. Photography by Don Zumbach

Shepherd students fill the amphitheater at the Founders Day Parade on Friday. Photograph by Ryan Franklin

Shepherd students fill the streets at the Founders Day Parade on Friday. Photograph by Ryan Franklin

The loveable Zan strolls down German street in the 2012 Homecoming parade escorted by Dr. Tom Segar,Vice President of Student Affairs and Barbara Byers, Director of Counseling Services and Zan’s owner. Photography by Don Zumbach 3 Page_____


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Get Involved, Get Local! Nathan Yessler

Since this is an election year for the presidency, voting has been more talked about than usual, but what about for all the other elections on lower levels? Most of the time, when we talk about voting, we talk about who we’ll vote for in the presidential elections and sometimes in elections for governor or Congress. But often the local elections are left out of view, deemed unimportant. Local government holds a lot of power that we often overlook. One of the best examples in our own Shepherdstown is with the parking garage situ-

ation. Shepherdstown and Shepherd University would greatly benefit from such a garage, but because efforts to get one built have been blocked by the local government, we don’t have one. This is just an example of how much local government can really affect us. Local government does so many things that we don’t really pay attention to, yet we’re affected by it so much. Because local government is so often ignored, though, the same people are able to get elected each year. They can pretty much do what they want. If they don’t have much opposition, who’s there to stop them? If you don’t

participate much, you shouldn’t be surprised if you don’t see things you like going on around you via the local government. This is not to say that the local government is bad. This is only saying what is possible and sometimes what is the case. People don’t exercise civic responsibility. It’s a privilege often ignored and sadly wasted. What’s the point in having something if you don’t use it? The only thing we can do as Shepherd students is to get involved. Students can register with their own local governments, or they can see if it’s possible to register for Shepherdstown.

I’d highly recommend Shepherdstown since this is where you are going to college very likely for the next several years of your life. What the town does affect the college and thus affects you. Not only that, but it affects people who come after you, some of whom may be your children. See what you can do, get involved, register to vote, and if you really want to change something, maybe even see about running for an office yourself. You don’t need to be a political science or government major in order to; anyone can run. Most local government positions are part time too, so it

wouldn’t be taking up all or even very much of your time. Many, if not most, only require that you be 18, have a high school diploma and live in the area. Get involved with a local party for financial backing and you might be set. Don’t only pay attention to the presidential elections. Get involved on the state and local levels as well. Pay attention to your governor, your congressman or senator, and even your local mayor. Small elections can be the most important. We want good people on all levels, not just the top. How can the top be held up if the foundations are weak?

Why Ryan Would Be Better than Romney

Paul Ryan posing with his running mate, Mitt Romney at an event in Norfolk,Virginia Photo credit: Wikicommons Zach Rounceville

We are virtually one month away from the general election as the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns are gearing up for their final stops to rally support. Many political pundits and commentators alike see that the race would be close one if the election were held today. Obama’s campaign hinges on how he promises to keep his agenda going. It is on his shoulders to produce an election victory because his vice president is, for lack of a better word, inept compared to the other candidates running in the race. For Romney, it looks as if the man he picked to be his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, may be a stronger and more reliable candi-

date. It is Ryan who will keep Romney’s chances alive because the former governor of Massachusetts cannot seem to stick to a viewpoint without changing it. Ryan is the best choice that Romney could have made. Some felt that Florida senator Marco Rubio would have been the ideal choice to help Romney capture the Latino vote that will be crucial in the Florida electorate. However, he chose the charismatic and vibrant Ryan to help him in his quest for the White House. To be honest, Romney is definitely not the best choice that the Republican Party could have made. It seems as if they had no other choice, however, given the other candidates that decided to run. There are many, including myself, that feel Romney is not a true conservative.

His constant change in policy rhetoric and his policies enacted while he was governor of Massachusetts are evidence of this view. If the Republican Party truly thought he was the best candidate, then Republican voters across the country would have wanted him to represent the party back in 2008, but that nomination went to John McCain instead. McCain decided not to run again, so the party is stuck with Romney. Paul Ryan, on the other hand, is a true conservative. In choosing Ryan, Romney picked a candidate who has better ties to the Republican Party than he does. Romney picked a candidate who essentially balances out his ticket, a candidate who is fiscally astute when it comes to budgeting and government spending.

Ryan’s tenure as chairman of the House Budget Committee is a testament to his knowledge of how to be fiscally responsible when it comes to spending. With the economy as the central focus in this election, Romney made the right choice in picking Ryan to help this country avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. Taking all this into account, the fact that Ryan is young, vibrant, and more energetic than Romney makes it easy to see why he would make a better candidate for president, a candidate that would better represent the Republicans. During the entire campaign, Ryan has been upbeat about bringing positive change to Washington, change that would be better for the nation given the mess that we are currently in. Romney, as it seems, can’t

seem to stick to his conservative platform as he continues to flip-flop on key issues. His recent “47 percent” comment doesn’t bode well for his campaign either. Ryan is the glue that is currently holding Romney’s campaign together. If it weren’t for Ryan, this election wouldn’t be as close as it is right now. Michael Lesko, a political science major, agrees that Ryan would be a better candidate for the Republicans as well. “He’s definitely more conservative, and he’s gotten more positive things accomplished for the conservatives than Romney has,” said Lesko. “If separate rallies were held for Romney and Ryan, more people [would] show up to support Ryan because of his energetic personality and charisma.” 4 Page_____


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We Have a Bad Connection…

“Michelle Peloquin working on a computer in the library.” Photo credit: Donald Lambert Wendy Hatcher

Have you ever been in the middle of doing research for an important paper, and all of a sudden the Internet stops working? It has happened to me numerous times. I get a great feeling of frustration and wonder, “Why does the Internet randomly shut down?” Plus, it is always at the most inconvenient time that something like this happens. I am not the only one having this problem in the dorms. It is everywhere. A fellow freshman, Katie Gayman, lives in Gardiner Hall. She started to claim that her Internet

connection in her dorm is generally pretty good and did not have many problems. However, she then went on to say that there are times when the connection is spotty. The Internet signal sporadically kicks out, normally in the afternoon. Senior Ellie Pretsch is one of the resident assistants of Kenamond Hall. She believes that the Internet signal there is okay, but there are times it will not connect. The network connection will sometimes not load. In her opinion, the freshman resident halls have some of the best Internet connection on campus. I attempted to talk to

an Internet technician on campus about his thoughts on this problem with connecting to the Internet, but he declined to answer. In the beginning of the year, students were swarming around the lower level of the Scarborough Library, trying to get their Internet to work. After the Internet technician fixed the problem and set our computers and cell phones up to be compatible with the campus network, we walked to our resident halls, thinking that the network connection problems were long over with. However, we were wrong. For me, the connection

was going strong for maybe a week before it would shut off. I am not putting all the blame on the people who work in that section of the library because I am aware that they are doing all they can, but it can get frustrating. I really do appreciate all that they do to help us students, but I wish they could give some answers to my questions. For all my classes, I need to use the Internet. I live in Turner Hall, and it seems that my Internet connection is going out frequently. It will say it is connecting before asking for my credentials, which I will then fill out accordingly, crossing my fingers it will work. It does not.

I then try again three or four more times, and it still will not connect. I don’t know the cause of this. If it were storming constantly and the rain and wind were disrupting the signals, I would understand, but it happens on nice, clear days. Sometimes I have to wait hours for the Internet to connect, logging on and off of my computer, thinking it will finally be able to connect, only to be disappointed. I never realized how much I relied on the Internet until the connection was lost. I hope that the Internet techs will find out the problem and solve it soon!

Satellite Campus May Prove Beneficial for Shepherd Zach Rounceville

With all the talk in recent weeks over the proposal for the construction of satellite campus based out of Martinsburg, the project could potentially serve as a positive business venture for the university. Serving the student community and generating revenue are important for the development of higher education. In this regard, Shepherd has done an excellent job at meeting student needs by providing a valuable education to its students and giving them the tools they need to be successful. This proposed project can only help in generating revenue and resources. The branch-

ing out of the campus helps to establish it as one of the premier universities in the region. James Vigil, recently appointed associate vice president for business decision support by President Shipley, gave valuable insight into the goals and aspirations for the project. “The goal of the project is to expand our diversity portfolio by catering to the adult market,” said Vigil. “With the majority of the college age population being around 18 to 22, this project will help to benefit the working adult by providing the resources they need to further their education. By going through with this project, it will help to foster the growth of new businesses and industry throughout the

area as well,” he added. Questions about the funding of the project have also been raised, more importantly about the funding received from the state. Vigil says that the goal of such a project is to decrease the reliance on state funding. The project will serve to generate revenue by tapping into another market (of adult learners) that will be beneficial to the university as a whole and will create a revenue stream. Regarding the cost of the project overall, the minutes from the Board of Governors meeting on Sept.19 indicated the following: “[T]he Shepherd University Board of Governors approves the prospectus for the Martinsburg Center initiative, including a capital

project renovations budget of $2.5 million and $2 million in funding to cover the projected revenue shortfall in the first three years of operation for a total investment from reserves not to exceed $4.5 million.” It’s a hefty price tag to say the least, but one that looks like it will be worth it.

Fallon Jenkins, sophomore secondary education social studies major, thinks that the project would make sense if, in the end, the school generated revenue from it.

When asked about the initial opinions regarding the project, Vigil said that the feedback from market surveying has been positive and that many local businesses have advocated for the move. He added that the project is a riskreward venture, but all signs point to it yielding a positive outcome. From a broader prospective, it seems that this project will bring about a positive outcome for the university overall.

Only time will tell how this proposal plays out. According to Vigil, the project is only in the mere planning stages, but majority of the work on it will begin in January. If the university is able to maintain the project and generate revenue from it, then it is definitely a positive. All signs indicate that it may turn out to be a good move by Shepherd.

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EDITORIAL As the campus changes to accommodate student safety, the rest of town hasn’t kept up with the times. German Street is adapted to student traffic, resplendent with sidewalks and crosswalks; however if a student leaves campus or downtown to go to Sheetz, Domino’s, or McDonald’s, those safety devices are simply not there.

There should absolutely be a crosswalk between west campus and Sheetz because that road is just as dangerous as High Street or the old crosswalk on Route 480. Yes, Route 45 is a state road, which makes it outside of the campus and even the town’s jurisdiction. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t do something about it.

A student was hit by a car while crossing from west campus to Sheetz last year, and they were penalized for crossing Route 45. The general idea is that if students want to go to that part of town, they must first walk all the way to the four way stop and then walk down. The problem here is that there isn’t a sidewalk for students to use on either side. Students have to dodge cars until they can get to a sidewalk or the bike path.

Let your SGA representatives know that Shepherd students deserve to be safe. It is their job to let the administration know when students need a change. Shoot them an email at and let them know that there should be crosswalks and sidewalks on Route 45 for student use. If we don’t speak up, things won’t change. Shepherd University’s game of Frogger needs to end.

Shepherd Hosts Senatorial Debate tions regarding a variety of topics covering jobs, energy, healthcare, and the environment.

Zach Rounceville

On Oct. 2, the Shepherd M.B.A. program was given the privilege of hosting a senatorial debate between Sen. Joe Manchin of the Democratic Party, Bob Henry Baber of the Mountain Party, and John Raese of the Republican Party.

The opening statements themselves were lively and initiated what turned out to be a great debate among the three candidates. Sen. Manchin, a career politician and former West Virginia governor, drew from his experience holding the state’s highest elected office and vowed to make his priorities based around values in which blaming others is not acceptable and Republicans and Democrats come together to fix problems. He stressed the need to put America and the state of West Virginia first, ahead of party loyalty. His rhetoric was very substantive, and he sounded political in every aspect.

Held in historic Reynolds Hall, the turnout in attendance for this debate was excellent, as many people filled the room in anticipation of a spirited debate. Professors from all areas of study were in attendance, and the atmosphere was very ceremonial. Each candidate was given two minutes for an opening statement, a one-minute rebuttal, and a two-minute closing statement. The panelists, among them The Picket’s own editorin-chief Heather Greenfield, were to ask ques-

Mr. Raese’s opening statement, on the other hand, was based around an analogy, which com-

pared Sen. Manchin to a football player that was playing for the wrong team and kept switching teams. The “team” he referenced is the Obama administration. Obama symbolized the quarterback, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid represented the center, the two most important players, in his view. Raese reiterated the fact that Manchin kept switching teams, saying he went over to Obama’s team instead of staying on West Virginia’s team. Through all of this, Raese implied that Manchin is not true to his loyalties and that he and the president are anti-West Virginia. Mr. Baber, representing the Mountain Party, which has a far left platform in the political spectrum, was the odd man out in terms of his likelihood of winning. In fact, he stated that he was very fortunate to

have the opportunity to debate, considering the lacking popularity of his party. He proved to be a non-factor in the debate overall, acting more as Manchin’s far-left “attack dog” against Raese throughout the debate. While Raese’s intentions in his policies were all well and good, he didn’t really help himself much in debate. Every time he was asked a question, he would go back to his opening statement analogy about sports, which became too redundant. He seemed more focused on attacking Obama and tying Manchin to Obama throughout the debate instead of providing the audience with actual solutions to the questions he was asked. He provided good conservative answers to the questions asked, but he often went a little too far right on some of his stances. Manchin seemed calm and collected through-

out the debate and seemed knowledgeable in terms of his responses to the panel questions. Instead of consistently attacking his opponents, he addressed the questions directly. There were also some comical instances during the debate that invoked a response from the audience, most notably Mr. Baber’s use of the BS word in response to Mr. Raese, one that warranted an apology considering the debate was aired on the radio. Overall, I gave the debate to Sen. Manchin. He seemed moderate enough in his views and logical enough in his responses to earn the victory. Raese and Baber came up short. Credit goes out to the M.B.A. program along with the other various organizations that helped out with the event. It was an excellent experience.

Letters to the Editor In the article “The Candidates vs. Student Loans” in this week’s issue states that “On campus, 68 percent of students have their parents taking out loans to pay for their education”. If this statement is referring to the Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program, this figure is incorrect. For this fall semester, only 8.7 percent of undergraduate, degree seeking students have received a parent loan. To date, approximately 35 percent of undergraduate, degree seeking students have received the Federal Pell Grant for the fall semester.

Sandra K. Oerly-Bennett Director of Financial Aid Shepherd University

Hello, Could you please include the following information in the next Picket (if that works out with the dates). The Faculty research forum is holding a panel presentation on the 2012 General Elections. Speakers will be Dr. Mark Stern (Political Sciences), Dr. Slocum-Schaffer (Political Sciences), and Dr. Max Giurgis (Dept. Political Sciences). This will take place October 10 at noon in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. E. Suarez Eva-María Suárez Büdenbender, PhD Assistant Professor of


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Go Go Annual Wireless Freedom’s Gadgets! Run Races to Shepherd Michael Chartuk

Brittany Anderson

Shepherd University will be the starting point of the fourth annual Freedom’s Run, a series of races designed to promote community awareness of healthy living choices and outdoor activity. With West Virginia ranking as one of the worst states in the nation for obesity, it is no wonder that this “Wild and Wonderful” state is subjected to negative press. In an effort to make an impact on the communities of West Virginia and the negative press they receive, Tiger on the Trail, a non-competitive physical activity, will allow participants to “learn about health, fitness, nature and local history while hiking to and through local national parks during school hours.” Tiger on the Trail is currently implemented in all Jefferson County middle schools, enabling a total of 3,500 students to cumulatively hike over 9,000 miles of trails. In an effort to complete

larger goals, the race committee then created Freedom’s Run. Freedom’s Run is held through a series of five events—a one mile kids’ fun run, a 5K, a 10K, a half-marathon and a marathon—open to everyone of all ages. The race is used to raise funds for “fitness trail building in our local elementary schools and support initiatives of health and heritage.”

point-to-point race. The marathon will consist of a run of 4.5 miles through Harpers’ Ferry National Park and a flat 10-mile run on the C & O Bridge. From there, runners will go onto a country road leading into Antietam for 2 miles followed by a 5-mile stretch in the rolling hills of the battlefield, and finish a downhill run of 4.5 miles back into Shepherdstown.

Freedom’s Run has evolved into one of the largest-running events in West Virginia. It has received the Road Runners Club of America Regional Marathon Championship in both 2011 and 2012.

Both the 5K and the 10K present “family friendly” routes. The spectacular courses stretch out across the Potomac River and circle the C & O Bridge.

The race series presents a grand total of 26 miles through four national parks. Half-marathoners will run a short segment that begins and ends in downtown Shepherdstown. Racers will travel the C & O Bridge for a short distance, cross over into Antietam and onto the marathon course, finish with a brief tour of Sharpsburg, Md., and dash across the Rumsey Bridge to Shepherdstown. Marathoners will face a

In order to register for any event presented by Freedom’s Run, go to the event Web site at A small fee is required for participation: $50 for the half-marathon, $85 for the full marathon, and $30 each for the 5K and the 10K. There is a maximum of 1,000 participants per race, so act quickly! For more information about Freedom’s Run, their cause, the race and the committee, visit the Web site at

It is hard to imagine the current generation functioning without some kind of wireless connectivity. These invisible waveforms have become so important to the devices that we use, though it is the features of these gadgets that really keep us interested. Laptops are the most prevalent wireless devices on campus since computers are now a necessity for college work. There are constant problems connecting them to wireless since each new semester offers new updates and software upgrades. There always seems to be that one student who is running around trying to connect a laptop to the Internet. Other mobile devices seem to have a smoother time connecting to the Internet. Phones are constantly coming up with new innovations. Some seem more useful than others. The new Samsung Galaxy II can exchange information just by touching, a cool feature with questionable practicality. How often does this feature prove useful? After all, you first need to find someone who has the same type of phone and then find something that you want to share. It’s a rarity to find the former. The Nintendo 3DS has a unique feature. The device sends out a signal called a

StreetPass and if anyone else has a StreetPass active, then the devices will exchange information. The information is basic and usually includes the avatar, username, a greeting, what state the players live in, and what games they played last. There are even minigames that can be played with the avatars the player finds. The most interesting places to activate StreetPass would be at an airport or convention since there would be a lot of avatars from many different locations. Shepherd wireless supports Apple products such as iPads and iPods. Students can be seen using their iPads to watch TV or to help with homework. The apps on smart phones allow them to be used for a myriad of purposes. These devices are unique in that their purpose changes entirely on the whims of the user. Wireless technology is really quite amazing. Cordless gadgets were just a pipe dream a few decades ago and unfathomable in previous generations. The features of our phones already allow for so much social interaction that it’s hard to predict what will come next. The features of the next wave of gadgets will undoubtedly be amazing and impossible to imagine now.

A Mid-Term Survival Guide How to Stay Happy and Healthy Throughout the Insanity Sarah Ridgeway

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The library is packed, not a free table or computer in sight, so it must be that time of the school year again: MID-TERMS! Midterm exams are rolling around and you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed, so listed below are a few key tips to keep your physical and mental health through this trying time… Things to remember: GET PLENTY OF SLEEP! Your brain needs sleep to encode any information you may intake during a study session. So give yourself plenty of time to study and at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep afterwards. Pulling an “all-nighter” will do nothing in the “total recall” department. STAY HYDRATED! Drink plenty of water. Your body needs it to survive, as does your brain. Dehydration can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory, both of which you will need when trying to remember who the 11th president of the United States was (James K. Polk, in case you were actually wondering). When you are parched, you will have a harder time focusing because your brain cells need a delicate balance of water and other elements to function optimally. Don’t overdo it on the caffeine to compensate for lack of sleep. You can actually dehydrate yourself and ruin your brain’s chance at recalling all that valuable information you took in. Often we also feel sleepy when we are a bit dehydrated, so if you are feeling fatigued, try downing eight ounces of water quickly and see if you notice a difference. PUT HEALTHY FUEL IN YOUR BODY! Eating nothing but junk like greasy cheeseburgers and late night pizza may be convenient but is a bad idea. Many unhealthy foods are loaded with saturated fats and carbohydrates that will only make you feel lethargic . Instead try: Berries (blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries for example) are high in healthy antioxidants, which are great for brain function. Whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, wheat bread, raisin bran)

will help to increase blood flow to your brain, which will result in higher quality and quantity of brain function. Eggs are a great pre-exam breakfast food because they are full of vitamin B12, choline, and fatty acids, which fight against brainshrinkage, enable higher memory capacity, and help to build brain cells. Nuts, seeds, and fish category, such as peanuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, macadamias, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, salmon, trout and tuna are another group of foods that are really great for brain function. These foods all contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. These good fats coat neurons and allow them easier travel through the brain, thus enabling much more efficient brain function. Leafy greens (if you can stomach them) like spinach, kale, cabbages and others of a similar variety are great for your brain. They are full of B6, B12 and folate, which are needed in the brain to break down a harmful compound called, homocystein, which can cause forgetfulness. So make like a rabbit and nibble on some leafy greens! Chocolate! I am sure you are all glad to see this word. Chocolate in proper doses is good for brain function as well – specifically that chocolate which is higher in cocoa, like dark or semi-sweet chocolate. Chocolate (or more specifically cocoa) contains an antioxidant called flavanol that increases blood flow to the brain, creating greater brain function. MANAGE YOUR TIME WISELY! When you begin to go over what you need to know for your upcoming exams, decide how much time (realistically, not ideally) you will need to spend on each subject. Plan out your week in advance. Sometimes writing out a schedule can be a great relief because the time you will spend studying is already mapped out in front of you, so you will feel organized and in control. On this schedule, you can include times that you will spend doing more enjoyable activities. These activities can act as motivations to get your studying done so you can have some time to have fun as well. Overall, being well-prepared physically and mentally will create a better environment for you on the day of your exams. If you can walk into your tests with a stomach full of healthy fuel and a good night’s sleep, knowing that you have done your best to prepare academically, you will be a better student for it; and your grades will speak for themselves. Good luck and stay healthy – it’s the key to being a successful academic! 7 Page_____


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The Unicycle Guy: Noah Moody Mackenzie Scott Unicycling dates back to the 19th century and was referred to as “penny-farthing” or “ordinary.” “Ordinary” is the last word Shepherd students use to describe Noah Moody. Noah is a freshman at Shepherd University studying biology, though he is more widely known as “the unicycle guy.” “It looks crazy cool to me. It’s sweet,” said football player Jonathan Pearson, remarking on Moody’s skill. Moody said there was no grandiose event that turned him toward this mode of transportation, “When I was 13, I saw a guy doing it and thought it was cool.” Six years since and it’s still just as cool. He’s usually seen cycling around campus on the Equinox Nimbus, an off-road trial unicycle. Moody has three other unicycles—a street

uni, a 12-inch, and a 5-footer that, with his height of 6 feet 3 inches, makes him an intimidating sight. It was on this unicycle that while at homecoming in the midst of talking with the homecoming queen, he fell off, to the surprise of many onlookers. He said, “It was quite embarrassing.” He likes to unicycle around Shepherdstown doing freestyle tricks with friends because, he said, “You can grind and go down rails.” Not only rails, but stairs. Noah is familiar with the flights of stairs Shepherd University has to offer as he has tried almost every one. It is a goal of his to master each one and is in the process of compiling a video of tricks such as these, accompanied by the song “Ass and Titties,” he laughs. Watch out for it on YouTube. Moody’s working on his vertical; the record high is four feet, and he’s at one foot so far. Taking it a step farther, he has learned to juggle while cycling. He said, “I’m a better juggler than unicyclist. I could keep someone entertained.”

Photo by Elizabeth Horn Noah Moody rides his unicycle down a flight of stairs on Shepherd’s campus.

Photo by Elizabeth Horn Noah Moody shows his love for unicycling in his flaming unicycle tattoo. Student Tony Nelli is always thoroughly entertained by Moody’s tricks. “It looks so hard. It’s crazy,” he said. Biking during a West Virginia winter is also pretty difficult though Noah reveals no apprehension. With the cold weather comes a copious amount of jackets and layers, meaning a much softer fall for unicyclists. Moody said, “Ice unicycling is not too fun but exciting.” He hasn’t looked into getting a snow chain for his wheel yet. Be wary of flying unicyclist.

Friends of Music Concert to Feature Caroline Hong International Guest Artist Makes Debut at Shepherd

Johnna Leary After performing in concert halls from Chicago to Columbus to Montreal, concert pianist Caroline Hong will make her debut at Shepherd University in a Friends of Music concert on Oct. 12. Caroline Hong is an exceptional concert pianist who has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Utah Symphony. Hong was the winner of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Soloist

Competition and, as a winner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, she made her musical debut at Carnegie Hall. She has performed internationally with the Van Cliburn International Audition, the Robert Casadesus International Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, and the UNISA International Piano Competition. Hong will soon be able to include the Shepherd University Frank Arts Center among her numerous impressive performance venues. “I am absolutely delighted to have Caroline Hong as a

guest artist. She is a concert artist of the highest caliber, celebrated for her technical virtuosity, sensitivity, and brilliant execution,” said Dr. Rob Tudor, Chair of the Shepherd University Music Department. “Caroline holds distinction as a winner of competitions at the national and international level. It is certain to be a rewarding experience for our students and the community.” Hong will perform the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, by J.S. Bach at the concert, in addition to other piano selections.

Caroline Hong studied piano before the age of three. At age 17, she completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at John Hopkins University and completed her Master of Music Degree at the Julliard School of Music at age 21. She holds a Doctor of Music Degree in piano performance from Indiana University, where she also served as an associate music theory and piano instructor. Currently, Hong works as an associate professor of piano at Ohio State University. The concert will occur Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center for the Perform-

ing Arts. The concert is a Friends of Music event and will be co-sponsored by the West Virginia Music Teachers Association. Tickets can be purchased by calling 304-876-5785 or visiting the Friends of Music Web site at www. Caroline Hong will also hold a master class for Shepherd music students on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. and serve as one of the judges for the West Virginia Music Teachers Association Convention and piano competition occurring this weekend. 8 Page_____


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Rams Drop Bobcats 37-6 Matthew Murphy Since the beginning of the season, the Shepherd University football team has been led by their outstanding defense. This past Saturday, the offense did their part as the Rams defeated the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats 37-6. The victory brings the team to 5-1 on the season and 4-0 in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. It also gave the team a victory during Homecoming weekend. A major theme for the offense was true freshman. Billy Brown, a freshman receiver from Gaithersburg, Md., caught the game’s first touchdown pass from senior quarterback Bobby Cooper. The 15yard touchdown came with 5:45 remaining in the first quarter. Freshman kicker Ryan Earls of Kent Island High School added the extra point. Wesleyan received some good fortune when Brian Vukela intercepted Cooper’s pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. Kasper Bernild saw his point after touchdown attempt sail right of the goal post. This was the only Bobcat touchdown of the day, courtesy of the defense. Earls took the score to 10-6 with 29 seconds left in the first half, splitting the uprights from 26 yards out. To go along with Billy Brown, Allen Cross of Long Reach High School did a lot of heavy lifting for the Ram offense. The true freshman scored from 12 yards out

Running back Allen Cross hammers through West Virginia Wesleyan’s defense for one of three touchdowns he scored on Saturday’s Homecoming Game. The Ram’s were victorious with a 37-6 win over West Virginia Wesleyan. Photograph by Ryan Franklin with 11:46 left in the third quarter to take the Ram lead to 16-6. The electric freshman added another score with 6:53 left in the third, this time toting the rock 25 yards to the end zone. Cross capped off his sensational day with a third touchdown run. With 12:57 remaining in the fourth quarter, the former member of the Long Reach High School Lightnings plunged two yards into the end zone. Earls added the point after, taking the score to 30-6. Bobby Cooper added one last touchdown pass with 6:30 left in the game. Cooper found junior tight end

West Virginia Wesleyan and Shepherd University shake hands after Saturday’s homecoming game. The Rams had a crushing win and finished 37-6. Photo by Benjamin McCardle

Anthony Weisenmiller for a 28-yard score. Earls added the point after touchdown, making the final score 37-6.

Dominic Tolson and junior safety David Carter both recorded interceptions for the Ram defense.

Bobby Cooper completed 14 of 23 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Allen Cross paced the running backs, rushing 19 times for 118 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Senior receiver Robert Byrd led the receivers, hauling in five catches for 91 yards. Shepherd amassed 373 yards of total offense, while Wesleyan totaled 205 yards.

The hype surrounding the contest, Nate Montana, the son of Joe Montana, did not compete. Apparently the native of Concord, Calif., suffered an injury and was in a sling. If he had played, the outcome may have been different. However, a 31-point difference between two teams is fairly substantial, and it is tough to believe that his presence alone could have altered the final outcome.

Shepherd held the Bobcats to just 26 yards rushing. Senior linebacker A.J. Parrish led the defense with seven tackles while cornerback Keon Robinson had five tackles and an interception. Senior linebacker

Next week, the Rams travel to West Liberty for a 1 p.m. contest. Freshman kicker Ryan Earls is excited by the trip. “It’s a chance for us to make our mark on the conference [and] show that

our loss to Shippensburg was a bit of a fluke. If we come back to Shepherdstown with a win, we will have taken care of a lot of the heavy lifting.” He isn’t the only young Ram enthused by the situation. Former Urbana Hawk and true freshman quarterback Michael Spahr feels that a win next week will set up the rest of the season for the Rams. “If we go on the road and beat West Liberty, that takes us to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference. We will only have one away game left, the following week, so it should be an exciting end of the season for us,” Spahr said. If the Rams can keep on with the current results, the playoffs look like a certainty.

DJ Scott slices his way through West Virginia Wesleyan’s defense to score a touchdown on Saturday’s homecoming game. The Rams won 37-6 in a crushing victory. Photo by Benjamin McCardle

Meet and Greet: John Frick Matt Murphy | Senior tight end John Frick is a sociology major with a concentration in criminal justice. He graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School in Greencastle, Pa., in 2009. He was also included in Beyond Sports Network preseason All-American Team.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat on campus? A: On campus, I’ll take the

Fireside Bistro. If you were to ask me off campus, I’d go with Kings.

Q: How do you like to relax after practice?

A: I like to play some Xbox

and listen to Pandora. After that, I’ll try to get some homework done.

Q: What is your view on the current construction? A: It seems to be coming

along. It’s a hassle to drive all the way around to get to West Campus. It’s very inconvenient. Should have started it sooner.

Q: How do you feel about Shepherd being outfitted by Under Armour? A: It’s awesome. After all

the years of success we have had, we finally have a sponsor we are proud of. We

also look nice.

Q: Considering you’re a collegiate athlete, who’s your favorite professional athlete? A: That’s tough. I’ll say

either Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots or Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins.

Q: I’ll agree with those choices as well. What do you do for fun at home in Greencastle? A: Riding the four-wheeler.

I’m still learning to play the guitar. And going to the movies.

Q: Bonus question! Any predictions for the upcoming election?

Photo by Matt Murphy

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Photos by Ryan Franklin & Benjamin McCardle

Robert Byrd receives a pass from quarterback Bobby Cooper for a 1st down during Saturday’s homecoming game. The Shepherd Rams won the game 37-6. Allen Cross breaks through the Bobcats defense to score a 12 yard scamper in Saturday’s homecoming game; giving the Rams a 16-6 advantage in the third quarter. yer football pla the rd e h p e h s S nt carrie Tim Dura niversity flag U Shepherd eld before the onto the fioming game on Homec hepherd was S Saturday. us over their victorio with a final opponentscore of 37-6. s

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The Rams charge out onto the field at the start of the game. They won Saturdays homecoming against West Virginia Wesleyan game 37-6.

Men’s Soccer Moves to 4-6-1 Joey Kaye After enduring a string of losses, the Shepherd University men’s soccer team was in need of time off to regroup and prepare for the handful of remaining games in the season. The team’s last match was a 3-1 loss to Wheeling Jesuit on Sept. 26. After almost a week of no games, the Rams traveled to Cedarville, OH, to play Cedarville University on Oct. 4. The match was competitive and suspenseful throughout. However, the Cedarville Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Zachary Harris took advantage

of a practically empty net and scored on a feed from his teammate Connor Scott only four minutes into the match. After this early tally by Cedarville, the Rams valiantly fought back to try to tie the game. Fifty-one minutes into the match, they succeeded when senior forward Shane Lowery scored on a brilliant header after the assist from junior midfielder Griffin Frazier. The game-tying goal not only made the score 1-1 but also was critical to reviving the mindset of the Rams. This new found motivation among the team was clear. After Lowery’s goal,

Women’s Soccer Blanks Three Sean O’Brien After beginning their road trip 1-2, the Shepherd women’s soccer team erupted on Sept. 30 against Lincoln University, shutting them out 6-0. This is the kind of dominant win they were in search of. Sophomore defender Kaitlyn Socks had an all-American caliber game, recording a trio of goals. Sophomore forward Taylor Amsley had a busy day as well, scoring a goal and assisting on two. Socks started the Rams off with an unassisted goal from 25 yards out at 11:01 in the first half. Socks came back to score again at 22:59 off an assist from Taylor Amsley. Just a few min-

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utes later at 25:36, Amsley scored her own goal from an assist by sophomore defender Danielle Roos and sophomore midfielder Kasey Canterbury. Shepherd went into the half up 3-0. Socks started the second half scoring again, drilling her third goal at 46:07 off Amsley’s second assist of the day. Sophomore defender Kelsey N. Smith got in on the action with a goal of her own at 48:04 assisted by junior forward Morgan Gabriel. The Rams’ final goal came off the foot of sophomore midfielder Kasey Canterbury off an assist from junior midfielder/defender Erika Martin at 53:59. Shepherd had a 19-11 advantage in shots over Lincoln, while Lincoln had


the Rams had the Yellow Jackets on their heels. Both teams battled vigorously but were unable to score during regulation time. However, at the 94:38 mark of overtime, Dillon King lifted his team over the Rams when he scored a header off his own rebound, enabling the Yellow Jackets to escape with a win. Shepherd was left to suffer their fourth straight defeat, and their season record fell to 3-6-1. Cedarville improved their record to 9-1-1.

longest winless streak of the season by earning a 1-0 win in double overtime against the Griffins. The two teams clashed for possession of every ball during the match, but at the end of 90 minutes, they both had failed to score. In the first overtime, the Rams had a 3-0 advantage in shots, but they still could not manage to record a tally. The game was sent into a second overtime.

On Oct. 6, the Shepherd men’s soccer team traveled to Greensburg, Pa., to face the Seton Hill Griffins. After losing their fourth straight game to Cedarville in such heartbreaking fashion, the Rams found themselves in another overtime situation. However, this time it ended in their favor. The team ended their

Just two minutes after the second overtime began, senior forward Shane Lowery once again came to the rescue for the Rams when he scored off a pass from sophomore defender Max Psillas to secure the victory for Shepherd and end a fourgame losing streak. During the game, Shepherd had an 11-10 advantage in shots and a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.

more corner kicks, 6-0. Junior goalie Elizabeth Wise had three saves while the Lion’s junior goalie Sima Sinaforosa recorded five. This was the second time this season the Lions had been shut out. This win pushed the Rams to 3-5-1, while Lincoln fell to 4-4-0.

ble overtime 0-0 tie. Rams junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Wise notched three saves, while the Griffins’ junior Bethany Winter had one save. Shepherd was outshot 9-6. Each team had 16 fouls. This tie puts the Rams at 3-5-3 on the season, while Seton Hill is now 6-5-1.

The next game saw Shepherd battle Cedarville to a 0-0 tie on Oct. 4. The Yellow Jackets controlled the ball the majority of the time, outshooting the Rams 206. Shepherd had the edge in corner kicks, 5-3. Junior goalie Elizabeth Wise had 10 saves on the day, while Cedarville junior Alysia Bennett had three saves. This was Shepherd’s second tie of the year, moving them to 3-5-2, while the Yellow Jackets moved to 3-7-1.

Shepherd comes back home on Monday, Oct. 8, when they host Alderson-Broaddus in a WVIAC showdown. The Battlers are 7-3-1 and second in the WVIAC to Charleston. The Rams look to put an end to the sixgame winning streak of the Battlers, who are led by midfielders Gwen Brand and Nicole Lehman. The senior duo accounts for 18 points on the season. Shepherd looks to continue their shutout streak with their strong defense. They will need their offense to step up like they did against Lincoln if they want a chance to beat the formidable Alderson-Broaddus squad.

The final game of the long road trip came this past Saturday when the Rams pushed the Seton Hill Griffins to their limit in a dou-

The win improved the Rams’ record to 4-6-1 and 2-2 in WVIAC conference play. Seton Hill’s dismal season continues by falling to 2-10-0 overall and 2-3 in WVIAC conference play. Despite the men’s soccer team’s struggles this season, they are currently ranked 5th in the WVIAC men’s soccer conference standings with six regular season games remaining. The Rams return to action on Oct. 9 at 3 pm when they face Alderson-Broaddus in Shepherdstown.

In Other News Zach Rounceville

It has been announced that the College Softball Prospects Camp and Showcase will be held at Shepherd on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The event is open to 13-to-19- yearolds and will be divided into three fundamental softball areas: hitting, infield/outfield, and pitching/catching. Coaches from Georgetown University, Towson University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Ohio University, and Randolph College will help alongside the Shepherd coaching staff. In football news, congratulations go out to senior and junior cornerbacks Keon Robinson and DJ Scott. Robinson was named WVIAC Defensive Player of the Week while Scott was named WVIAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Each player was being recognized for his outstanding performance against Concord last week.

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