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0$67(5 3/$172 ,03529( 81,9(56,7< KRISTINA  MARTINEZ   The future look of the Shep-­ President Shipley and SGA president Elizabeth Greer were among those that performed the ribbon cutting ceremony for the underpass herd University campus on January 7th 2012. The project, which cost roughly $5.3 million and took seven months to complete, is aimed to cut down on dangerous pedestrian conditions by replacing the old crosswalk on Route 480. Photography by Ryan Franklin was open for discussion by students, faculty and mem-­ bers of the Shepherdstown &57352027(6 community over four fo-­ UXPV KHOG GXULQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW 5(63(&7$1' week of classes on campus.


The Master Plan Commit-­ tee, in charge of develop-­ ing a 10-­year Master Plan, hosted the forums as an opportunity to share ideas regarding the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development. Suggestions would later be discussed by the committee and pos-­ sibly incorporated into the 10-­year Master Plan. The plan would then be pre-­ sented to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) by June 30, 2013, for review. Suggestions to improve parking, getting around campus and accessibility were just some of the top-­ ics covered in the forums.

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KRISTIN  STOVER Loss. Mother. Illegal. Those were some of the words mov-­ ing through the Bryd Center for Legislative Studies on Jan. 15 as students and fac-­ ulty attended â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motherless: A Legacy of Loss,â&#x20AC;? presented by the WV Free organization. WV Free is a reproductive justice organization working to help increase education and birth control options in West Virginia. Spon-­ sored by the Appalachian Studies Program and the Student Government Asso-­ ciation (SGA), the program featured a documentary and follow up discussion.

An e-­mail blast went out a week before classes began requesting participation at one of the four meetings. Shepherd forums of this nature in the past sepa-­ Charles Sullivan, a student rated them, with one ses-­ at Shepherd, declared he sion for the community, attended the presentation one for students, and one for faculty. The committee decided to take a different approach and allow for all parties to attend the forum most convenient to them.

because â&#x20AC;&#x153;having an inter-­ est in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights, I at-­ tended to help aide in rep-­ resenting womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choices.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, professor of English and co-­ ordinator of the Appalachian Studies Program, thought it heartening to see Shep-­ herd students so thoughtful. Shurbutt said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Programs such as this allow our students opportunity to think critically about is-­ sues that touch their lives.â&#x20AC;? The documentary pre-­ sented, entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother-­ less,â&#x20AC;? opened with a series of emotive black and white photographs showing the faces of young children and their mothers. The Ă&#x20AC;OP PRYHG LQWR WHVWLPR-­ nial clips featuring both adult women and men after touching on a brief history

of the restriction of repro-­ ductive rights in America. The audience is told per-­ sonal tales of last memo-­ ries that these people hold of their mothers and sto-­ ries of becoming mother-­ less. These were not tales of mothers lost to illnesses or accidents. These were sto-­ ries of mothers lost to un-­ safe and illegal abortions.

BRUCE  BURGESS Moving to Shepherdstown from New York City might not be the move of choice for some native New York-­ ers, but it is a welcome change for newly hired Po-­ lice Chief John McAvoy.

Shepherd students can rest assured that McAvoy arrives to his new perma-­ nent position with all those years of experience honed on the busy streets of New York City ready and able to better protect and serve students, staff and faculty See, Master Plan, Page 2 of Shepherd University. McAvoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experiences range from collegiate policing to

Sherwood stressed that the main objective in their planning is for Shepherd to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;better, not bigger.â&#x20AC;?

criminal investigations. He now manages Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety and security, with all his prior learning and law enforcement experience helping him to improve cam-­ pus safety and the welfare of our entire community. His most recent position as the assistant director of campus safety at Herkimer County Community College in Her-­ NLPHU 1< RQO\ VROLGLĂ&#x20AC;HG his dedication to improving the lives of college students. McAvoy was tested almost immediately upon arrival in Shepherdstown. One of his Ă&#x20AC;UVW6KHSKHUGFDVHVZDVWKH hate crime that occurred on Dec. 3, 2012, just two days af-­ ter his arrival. This trial-­by-­ Ă&#x20AC;UHKDGWKHQHZFKLHILPPH-­

KRISTIN  STOVER College   life   can   lead   to   a   melding   of   cultures   and   ideas   never   before   mixed.   It   can   give   way   to   cranki-­ ness  from  lack  of  sleep  and   caffeine   or   short   tempers   from  homesickness.  A  thriv-­ LQJFDPSXV¿OOHGZLWKFRXU-­ tesy   and   politeness   may   seem   a   distant   thought.  

Tim Leonard, campus rela-­ WLRQV RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU IRU WKH 6*$ said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is relevant be-­ cause regardless of your stance, you may have or A  polite  and  respectful  cam-­ know someone who has pus,   however,   is   the   goal   IDFHG WKLV GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW FKRLFHÂľ of   Shepherd   Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motherlessâ&#x20AC;? was pro-­ Civility   Response   Team. duced and directed by Bar-­ bara Attie, Janet Goldwa-­ ter, and Diane Pontius. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP FDQ EH YLHZHG DW

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Dr. John Sherwood, chair-­ man of the Facilities Mas-­ ter Plan Committee, stated that the idea was to hear from as much of the com-­ munity as possible. Allow-­ ing the community to have a voice in this matter is a way of creating an environ-­ ment of stewardship and builds better relationships, according to Sherwood.


Joseph  Jefferson,  director  of   cooperative   education   and   chair  of  the  CRT,  stated  that   the   Civility   Response   Team   was  co-­founded  on  campus   in   2005   by   Dr.   Tom   Segar   and   Dr.   Richie   Stevens.   Their   goal   was   to   create   an  organization  that  served   as   an   outlet   for   Shepherd   community   members   that   had   experienced   incivility.  

Members  of   the   CRT   strive   to   aid   the   community   with   a  variety  of  options  to  assist   with   responding   to   incivil-­ ity.   Their   mission   is   to   pro-­ mote   respect,   value   diver-­ McAvoy picked Shepherd-­ sity,   advocate   and   educate   VWRZQVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\DVDJUHDW the   Shepherd   community. place to raise a young child, and he called the crime â&#x20AC;&#x153;un-­ The  CRT  is  available  at  new   Shepherd-­likeâ&#x20AC;? and out of student  orientations  and  res-­ character from what he knew idential  assistance  trainings.   about the university and The   members   also   attempt   community. He said that one to   respond   to   incidents   of   reason he picked Shepherd incivility   within   the   campus   was due to its â&#x20AC;&#x153;impression of by  offering  their  services  to   being a diverse liberal arts facilitate   discussions,   work-­ university that welcomes shops   or   forums   to   voice   everyone without any res-­ concerns  of  the  community. ervations about gender, sexual orientation or race.â&#x20AC;? See, CRT, Page 2 diately involved in a detailed criminal investigation, all while attempting to settle into a new position with a new staff in a new town.

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CRT, Â From Page 1

Master Plan,  From Page 1 Building on this concept is to make better use of ex-­ isting space and prevent some of the problems that may come when a uni-­ versity grows too large. Sherwood offered the Erma Ora Byrd Hall as an example that has the potential to be a bet-­ ter social space for stu-­

only one area that has cov-­ ered bike racks and that sometimes students must arrive early to get a spot. One perpetual concern for students is the state of parking on campus. Sherwood mentioned that several parties raised con-­ cerns, and it is a subject the committee will be ad-­

Sherwood stressed that the main objective in their planning is for Shepherd to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;better, not bigger.â&#x20AC;? dents but perhaps has not been fully utilized. Sherwood also mentioned making the campus more visitor-­friendly. He pon-­ dered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where is the front door of the campus?â&#x20AC;? and remarked that other uni-­ versities have structures that mark the begin-­ ning of the university. Another objective is to make the school more pe-­ destrian and bike-­friend-­ ly. Sherwood said that the tunnel is just the be-­ ginning of realizing that concept. Among the sug-­ gestions was including covered bike parking to avoid wet seats for rid-­ ers in inclement weather. Chris Dunphy, a junior historic preservation ma-­ jor, lives in the area and bikes to the campus every GD\ +H ´GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ >EH-­ lieves the] covered racksâ&#x20AC;? sound the most promising. Dunphy said he knew of

GUHVVLQJ $ WUDIĂ&#x20AC;F VWXG\ was completed to monitor WKHĂ RZRIWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FRQFDP-­ pus last week. The results of that study will be in-­ corporated into the plan. Another focus is to in-­ crease the percentage of students living on campus from about 30 percent to between 40-­50 percent over the next 10 years. Sherwood said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;So much goes on on campus.â&#x20AC;? Commuters tend to miss out on activities, Sher-­ wood added. The hope is to increase the sense of community on cam-­ pus. One of the ways to do that is for students to be physically here more. Sherwood expressed that everyone attending the forum was positive and gave great sugges-­ tions. The forums have been useful feedback in the process of develop-­ ing Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future.

Dr.  Heidi   Hanrahan,   E n g l i s h   professor   and   mem-­ ber  of  CRT,   would   like   the   team   to   be   a   c o n t i n u -­ ing   re-­ source   for   the   Shep-­ herd   com-­ m u n i t y.

Dr. Heidi Hanrahan, professor of English and member of CRT, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If students experience incivility, I want them to know there are people there for them. I want them to know who they can go to for help.â&#x20AC;?

Hanrahan  said,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;If   s t u d e n t s   experience   incivility,  I  want  them  to  know   there   are   people   there   for   them.  I  want  them  to  know   who  they  can  go  to  for  help.â&#x20AC;?  

Consideration  has   been   given   to   the   idea   of   stu-­ dent   membership   within   the   team,   but   students   are   not   permitted   to   be-­ come  members  at  this  time.

J e f f e r s o n  said   that   this   â&#x20AC;&#x153;relates   to   the   fact   that   we   are   a   resource   established   with  the  pri-­ mary   goal   of   serving   s t u d e n t s .â&#x20AC;?  

J e f f e r s o n  wants   the   team   to   be   an   option   for   those   who   may   be   unsure   of   how   to   respond   to   incivility   they   may   witness.   He   encourag-­ es   all   community   members   in   the   ongoing   promotion   of   courtesy   and   politeness.

Chief, From Page 1 Those he interviewed during the investigation thought the crime was very unusual and did not UHĂ HFW WKH W\SLFDO 6KHS-­ herd mentality, student body, faculty and staff. His faith in the welcom-­ ing and accepting attitude of Shepherd remained un-­ VKDNHQ LI QRW VROLGLĂ&#x20AC;HG in the campus-­wide nega-­ tive reactions to the crime. McAvoy has a strong dedi-­ cation to family, including the Shepherd family. He arrived in Shepherdstown with his wife and young son, who motivate him to protect the children of other parents who happen to grace our campus. McA-­ voy also has three grown children and a grandchild back in New York City.

Police chief John McAvoy.Photo by B.J. McCardle the best thing to do for their young son would be to lo-­ cate him closely to others of Ethiopian descent and en-­ sure that he never loses his cultural heritage and ties to his own unique ancestry.

sage to his new campus, ZKLFKLVKLVĂ&#x20AC;UPEHOLHIWKDW â&#x20AC;&#x153;safety is everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-­ sponsibility, and all Shep-­ herd students should take common sense measures to ensure their own safety.â&#x20AC;?

Students, faculty and staff

McAvoy and his staff can

New Police Chief John McAvoy believes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;safety is everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility, and all Shepherd students should take common sense measures to ensure their own safety.â&#x20AC;? After raising his three chil-­ dren, he and his wife ad-­ opted a little boy from Ethi-­ opia who joined them here in Shepherdstown due to a large Ethiopian community presence in Frederick, Md. He and his wife felt that

can rely on the same protec-­ tive and nurturing nature that he delivers to his own family and son in his daily interactions and duties at Shepherd. His desire to make Shepherd the safest FDPSXVSRVVLEOHLVUHà HFWHG in his most important mes-­

be contacted in the police GHSDUWPHQW RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV ORFDWHG in Room 105 of Sara Cree Hall or at extension 5374. Emergencies should be di-­ rected to Shepherd police dispatch by calling 9-­911.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well,  since  most  of  my  class-­ es  are  near  Knutti,  it  was  eas-­ ier  for  me  to  use  High  Street,   but  the  underpass  makes  it   easier  for  the  marching  band   WRPDNHLWRQWKHÂżHOG´   James  Kelley-­  Freshman

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Photo Credit: wikicommons NATHAN  YESSLER With the recent shoot-­ ing at Sandy Hook El-­ ementary, the question of gun control has risen yet again, as it always does whenever something like this happens. The public argues for and against, while the media fans the Ă DPHV DQG DW WKH VDPH time focuses on the shoot-­ er and asks why someone would do something like this or what lead a person to do something like this. Now in this case, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been more focus on the vic-­ tims and their families be-­ cause they were children, but most of the time, the victims take a backseat in the media for the perpetra-­ tors of a shooting, which is a huge problem. The more attention given to a perpe-­ trator of a crime, the more likely others will follow so they can be remembered. No longer will the shoot-­

er at Sandy Hook go as a nameless person whom no one cared about. He will be hated, yes, but he will be remembered more than any of the victims. I think that rather than WU\LQJ WR Ă&#x20AC;QG D UHDVRQ DV to what causes people to commit such crimes and blame that reason, we can set personal responsibility on the person who com-­ mitted the crime, because it was their choice. When thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done, we can move on and focus on how we can help the victims, rather than argue about politics and talk about the perpe-­ trator almost incessantly. Talking about the perpe-­ trator of a crime makes them notorious and fa-­ mous. It also makes oth-­ ers want to â&#x20AC;&#x153;outdoâ&#x20AC;? the other and get a chance at fame, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad fame. You turn somebody who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t known at all, and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve to be known, into someone who

is almost a celebrity. We all know about the shoot-­ ers at Columbine, the one at Virginia Tech, the one from the Dark Knight theater shooting, and the one from the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, but do we even know one vic-­ tim? How much time has the media spent on the perpetrator as opposed to every victim combined? The media doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend much time on things like that. The most they do is a small memorial to the victims, which is brief;Íž even if there is an hour segment, the victims are spread out and are still not individualized as much as they should be. Also, how much of it is actually about the victim as op-­ posed to where they were and how it happened? We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to know the vic-­ tims personally, but we do get to know the perpetra-­ tor personally...or do we? Even with all the investi-­

gation (what is released to the public, anyway), we still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the people who perpetrate the crimes personally. We know things about them and try to guess why they did what they did. Maybe it was be-­ cause they were unpopu-­ lar? Maybe because they were bullied and made fun of? Maybe it was be-­ cause they had a disorder? Maybe it was because of their living environment? Or maybe we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actu-­ ally know those things, and maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because they chose to do something evil and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their fault, be-­ cause they were the ones who made the choice. We need to start placing re-­ sponsibility where it be-­ ORQJV DQG QRW WU\ WR Ă&#x20AC;QG excuses as to why some-­ one would do something like this, because honest-­ ly, it seems like we try to Ă&#x20AC;QG HYHU\ UHDVRQ H[FHSW that they are responsible for their actions and no one else is, ultimately.

Now I understand that sometimes there are cases in which it is the result of something, like a disorder. There are exceptions, but the exception is not the rule, and we have made the exception the rule, be-­ cause we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to face the fact that people can be evil and do evil things, that there are evil men in this world, and that wicked things will happen. If you blame society, you have to blame people, because people make up society. If you blame environment, people often make up the environment, for better or worse;Íž and most often, people are still to blame. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about you, but if somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hose FDWFKHV RQ Ă&#x20AC;UH \RX GRQ¡W IRFXV RQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UH DIWHU WKH fact;Íž you focus on how you can help that person recov-­ er. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time we start doing the same for the victims of shootings, along with any other bad circumstances.

%8&.:,/'5HGHĂ&#x20AC;QLQJWKH :HVW9LUJLQLD6WHUHRW\SH CHELSEA  DEMELLO MTV recently added a new controversial real-­ ity television show to its lineup called â&#x20AC;&#x153;BUCK-­ WILD,â&#x20AC;? a series that VROLGLĂ&#x20AC;HV WKH :HVW 9LU-­ ginia stereotype by show-­ casing the lives of nine young, belligerent adults. ,W LV Ă&#x20AC;OPHG SULPDULO\ RXW of Sissonville, about ten miles north of Charles-­ ton. In the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening credits, the declaration is simple yet clear: â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Virginia is a place founded on freedom, the freedom to do whatever one wants. Up here on top of this mountain, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about the law,â&#x20AC;? the cast members proclaim. The allegation that West Virginia is not subject to law and regulation is ab-­

surd and damaging. Our state is being televised as a safe haven for harboring ignorance and mischief and that is just unacceptable. In the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pilot episode, the group of girls living together get evicted based on the combination of con-­ stant loud partying and D GUXQNHQ Ă&#x20AC;VW Ă&#x20AC;JKW WKDW erupts between one of the cast mates and a neighbor. When a neighbor attempts to come over and request that the noise level be lowered, she is mocked because of her appear-­ ance and then attacked. Despite the blatant lack of class this altercation demonstrates, the other issue is the fact that the girls were evicted from their home. This fact com-­ pletely contradicts the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main proposal. These individuals claim to be free, dwelling in a

state not subject to the law;Íž therefore there is no reason why, twenty PLQXWHV LQWR WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW episode, four of the cast mates have to scramble for a new place to live. It just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense. On the other hand, MTV does have a reputation of producing poor quality television to uphold. Since â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Shoreâ&#x20AC;? signed off for its last season, some type of controversial show had to take its place. In recent years, audi-­ ences have grown con-­ ditioned to accept trash and controversy no mat-­ ter how cheaply pro-­ duced because, plain and simple, controversy sells. However, anytime sub-­ titles have to be used ex-­ tensively because stars of the show are too lazy to enunciate or are not educated enough to speak

proper English, though those individuals have full capability to do so, it is not a good situation. As a girl born and bred in Tennessee, there is most GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ D GLIIHUHQFH between a Southern dia-­ lect and pure ignorance. The pop culture of the United States is better than such atrocities. There LV QR MXVWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ LQ SXW-­ ting ignorant, ill-­educated individuals on television HYHQ LI MXVW IRU SURĂ&#x20AC;W 7KH damages far outweigh any entertainment value it could possibly possess. Yet, perhaps â&#x20AC;&#x153;BUCK-­ WILDâ&#x20AC;? will become the next phenomenon because it does exactly what it needs to do: it pushes all the right buttons. It digs LWVWHHWKULJKWLQWRWKHĂ HVK of West Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backside and has quickly caused a stir of hatred and disgust.

The show is a mutant blend of reality television perfection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;BUCKWILDâ&#x20AC;? is what happens when â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here Comes Honey Boo Booâ&#x20AC;? grows up, desires to become â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Shoreâ&#x20AC;? but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite make it to the coast, so it resolves into a horrible varia-­ tion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackassâ&#x20AC;? instead. However, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BUCKWILDâ&#x20AC;? encompasses the entire state of West Virginia in stereotypical scrutiny, whereas a show such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Shoreâ&#x20AC;? focused only on a small location. ,W LV DOUHDG\ GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW IRU natives to defy the stigma that sometimes gets asso-­ ciated with living in West Virginia. Misrepresent-­ ing the wonderful Appala-­ chian heritage this state represents in a show like â&#x20AC;&#x153;BUCKWILDâ&#x20AC;? is shameful.


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Imagine having people call out belittling names at you from the Pan-­ Tran, snickering about you when you walk into the Ramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Den, having derogatory names writ-­ ten on sticky notes plas-­ tered all over your car, or, worst of all, walking back to your room late at night and suddenly being as-­ saulted in a parking lot in West Campus. For what reason, you may ask? I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t honestly give you one, because no per-­ son deserves this, espe-­ cially no innocent person. This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound like the Shepherd University that I have grown to love and care for in the last three years and I know for a

fact it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Unfortunate-­ ly, the actions of a cow-­ ardly, ignorant, and cruel few have caused turmoil for our entire community. In general, there seems to be an increase in acts of prejudice this 2012-­2013 university year. Many students seem to share the same sentiment, as there never seemed to be a major concern of personal safety on this campus in the past couple of years, up until the assaults that occurred last semes-­ ter. There does not seem to be a reason found for this, but regardless, these actions need to cease. The people who have com-­ mitted the acts above can only be described to have acted in hate and igno-­ rance. I cannot wrap my

head around the concept of concerning oneself with the lives of others because one does not agree with or accept them. Worse, to take oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concern and cultivate it into actions of harassment and assault is absolutely repulsive. Unfortunately, there may always be people in this world that seem to sup-­ port and adhere to such behavior and as a com-­ munity. It is essential to work towards prevention. What can we do as a cam-­ pus to eliminate this type of behavior? Many sug-­ gest an increase in aware-­ ness and safety. However, this is only one step in the right direction. There needs to be an increase in campus measures as well. As students, it is vital for us to be immediately

informed when events of physical assault occur. As a campus, we have been generally blessed and extremely lucky to have faced a small num-­ ber of dire issues that cause us to question our personal safety. Howev-­ er, when events of hate crimes and attacks do oc-­ cur, there must be a call for change and height-­ ened awareness. Dr. Tom Segar, vice president of Shepherd University Stu-­ dent Affairs, was gracious, effective and thought-­ ful in sending the stu-­ dents an e-­mail explain-­ ing what had occurred after a student was at-­ tacked earlier that month. In terms of personal safe-­ ty, continuing to inform students of such occur-­

rences (I hope they do not occur again) is impor-­ tant as well helping stu-­ dents stay safe through call boxes and campus policeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courteous ser-­ vice of driving students when they feel uncom-­ fortable walking around campus late at night. Shepherd University stu-­ dents, staff, and faculty pride the campus on serv-­ ing more than the purpose of an enriching learn-­ ing environment. We are diverse, accepting and, above all, a community. I hope whatever trials we may face, we continue to face them as a commu-­ nity. Every student has a right to the opportunity to learn, to grow, to express themselves, to acceptance and, most of all, to safety.


As I walked through the $5.65 million tunnel on my way to class the other day, I found myself critiquing DQRWKHUIULYRORXVĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDO decision of Shepherd Uni-­ versityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expert spenders. Walking underneath the costly crawl-­space did not necessarily re-­ assure my safety as a pedestrian, but it did call into question the al-­ location of my valuable tuition dollars. Perhaps looking both ways before crossing has become a bit of a conundrum for stu-­ dents. Either way, the walk from East Campus to West Campus seems about the same for me. Being cognizant of on-­ FRPLQJ WUDIĂ&#x20AC;F LV DQ LP-­ perative life tool in, my opinion. Also, spending

millions of dollars to pre-­ vent collisions between cars and pedestrians is not the most logical solu-­ tion to the problem. True, campus safety is and should be a major concern for the university, but I am not sure if the need for the underpass exceeded the costs that have result-­ ed from its construction. The two major aspects that were emphasized by the university for build-­ ing the underpass were HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\ DQG VDIHW\ Coincidentally, my two major qualms about the underpass are also ef-­ Ă&#x20AC;FLHQF\ DQG VDIHW\ 1RW only did the completion RI WKH SURMHFW RFFXU Ă&#x20AC;YH months after its expected completion but also the construction of the project prevented a direct out-­ let from West Campus to Route 480 for months. As for safety, I am leery to

see how safe the under-­ pass will be during the wee hours of the morning. Although I am not ex-­ actly endorsing the $5.65 million project, the overall student opin-­ ion of the recently com-­ pleted project is mixed. For example, senior Matt Myers was not thrilled about the underpass proj-­ ect and explicitly voiced his disapproval of the spend-­ ing committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it is necessary. Cross-­ ing the street safely is a basic life skill that you learn in elementary school. If the inability to exercise this elementary skill warrants $5+ mil-­ lion, I am ashamed of my own generation,â&#x20AC;? he said. Junior political sci-­ ence major Isaiah Shel-­ ton also disagrees with the use of the funds.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though something need-­ ed to be done about the SHGHVWULDQ WUDIĂ&#x20AC;F DFURVV 480, I believe an overpass would have been prefer-­ able to an underpass. Speaking on the basis of WLPH DQG Ă&#x20AC;QDQFHV WKH underpass was a costly project that took quite a long time to complete and was a headache for both the students and the entire Shepherdstown community,â&#x20AC;? he said.

ing with a car,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Conversely, senior Ka-­ tie Waltz agrees with the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to build an underpass.

Whether you are a sup-­ porter of the underpass or not, its construction has been completed. Despite the excessive spending, months of inconvenience, and nonexistence of a prop-­ erly funded parking ga-­ rage, the underpass could prove advantageous to the safety of all students. If not, there is always next year to spend another couple million dollars.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to that side of campus anymore, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m totally in favor of the underpass project. My close friend Andy was hit by a car at that cross-­ walk a few years ago and I had to witness the physical repercussions of a pedestrian collid-­

Like Waltz, senior Eng-­ lish major Matt Chelf views the construc-­ tion of the underpass in a more positive light. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to see the JUDIĂ&#x20AC;WL DHVWKHWLF WKDW WKH underpass will bring to Shepherdstown. Also, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surreal to walk through what was essentially the ground before the proj-­ ectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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(',725,$/ The motto of the new master plan is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not bigger, better.â&#x20AC;? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a list of 5 things that we feel should be addressed in the master plan. 8SGDWHWKHGRUPV:HVWZRRGVVWLOOGRHVQ¡WKDYHZLĂ&#x20AC;*HWRQLW7KH IUHVKPDQ GRUPV KDYH ZLĂ&#x20AC; EXW WKH VRSKRPRUH DQG MXQLRU GRUPV DW Westwoods donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. For a campus that is shinking in numbers, renovate what is already here. No need to go spending dollars we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have on unnecessary buildings. 5HQRYDWHWKHVRFFHUĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQGWHQQLVFRXUWV7KHVRFFHUSOD\HUVDUH playing on a giant edirt mound with no scoreboard. No one knows where the tennis courts are. They hide in obscurity. The soccer team has been getting more and more competitive. They deserve an upgrade in facilities much like the tennis teams. 3. More classrooms for recreation and leisure studies majors. The Butcher Center has all of 4 classrooms. When it comes to the growing number of recreation students on this campus, more classrooms are

needed. Some recreation and leisure studies majors. Some recreation and leisure studies classes have to be taught in different buildings be-­ cause there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough space. It would be a lot easier on the depart-­ PHQWLIHYHU\WKLQJZDVFRQĂ&#x20AC;QHGWRRQHEXLOGLQJ 4. Another dining hall for west campus. This would go against the master plan motto, but constructing another dining hall, preferably one open 7 days a week, would improve students life by eliminating the hassle of getting across campus just to eat. A food truck on west campus could also have some potential. 5. Renovate Sara Cree. This building houses theater productions, the campus police, The Picket and nothing else for students. Sure, it looks like a Chernobyl-­esque wasteland now, but with a little TLC it could be a great use of space. If you want to let the university know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see in the future, contact Dr. John Sherwood, chairman of the Facilities Master Plan Committee.


As the spring 2013 semes-­ ter commences, Shepherd University has undergone many changes over the past several months in order to make the campus safer and better for the community and students overall. Recently, there have been discussions tak-­ ing place in regard to in-­ put for development of the new campus master plan. Although no proposals have been put forth spe-­ FLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ WKH DUFKLWHFWXUDO and landscaping teams as-­ signed to the development plan have been working to understand the lay-­ out of the campus as it stands now, with an eye toward any potential de-­ velopments in the future.

Robert A.M. Stern Archi-­ tects is currently in the brainstorming phase of the new master plan project, ZKLFK KDV EHHQ PRGLĂ&#x20AC;HG from the old master plan. Although the original plan was initially devel-­ oped for the achievement of objectives by 2033, the newly formed plan con-­ stitutes an outlook with a 10-­year goal in mind. The main focus of the lecture series by RAMSA on the new master plan, KHOGGXULQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWZHHN of classes, was simply to create an open dialogue among the campus, the community, and those in charge of the project. Al-­ though there have been no concrete proposals set in place, the RAMSA team VHHPVFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWDQGH[FLW-­ ed about the direction the university is headed with

regard to renovations to make the campus better.

before any major expan-­ sion efforts take place.

Members of the Shepherd faculty, student body, and Shepherdstown communi-­ ty raised a variety of con-­ cerns during these meet-­ ings regarding the project. Topics such as parking, residence hall renovation, classroom renovation, and historical preservation were brought to the table. The focal point in all the discussion was how to make the campus better but not necessarily bigger. With the original mas-­ ter plan, one of the main goals was to make exten-­ sive expansion efforts to the university to accom-­ modate the ever-­grow-­ ing student population.

With this in mind, there are several areas of the campus that need ad-­ dressing. One issue raised during the discussion was about renovations to the dining hall and the possible construction of another dining facil-­ ity. With the number of students increasing from year to year, it is impor-­ tant that students are given options about where to eat. To avoid poten-­ tial overcrowding of the current facilities, plans should be put in place to alleviate this concern.

This new plan looks to take the right steps to ensure that the existing campus is improved substantially

Another important issue brought up not only dur-­ ing these meetings but also throughout the last several years is parking. Again, the number of stu-­ dents being enrolled, both

commuters and residents, is increasing year by year. Students need to be af-­ forded more parking op-­ tions to help with travel to and from their classes, dorms, and places of resi-­ dence. Whether for the opening of existing park-­ ing lots to students, the building of more parking lots, or the construction of a parking garage, the proper funds should be DOORFDWHGWRĂ&#x20AC;[WKLVLVVXH The university thus far has taken the right steps to ensure the well-­being and safety of its students, most notably with the ad-­ dition of the underpass, but these other concerns have to be addressed in the new master plan as well. They would bring nothing but positive EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV WR WKH FDPSXV

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NATHAN  YESSLER â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hobbit: An Unex-­ pected Journeyâ&#x20AC;? is the EHJLQQLQJ Ă&#x20AC;OP RI WKH SUH-­ quel story to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Rings,â&#x20AC;? taking us on adventures that are only mentioned in the trilogy. The movie starts where â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fellowship of the Ringâ&#x20AC;? begins, bringing back familiar feelings and giving those of us who saw â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Ringsâ&#x20AC;? an even stronger connection to the new movie by begin-­ ning in the Shire. It tran-­ sitions through narration by Bilbo, giving us the backstory for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hobbitâ&#x20AC;? itselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;tales of dragons, treasures and struggleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; leading up to when Bilbo enters the story, sixty years before LOTR. Soon after that enter the other 14 main characters: the company of 13 dwarves, who are led by Thorin Oakenshield and guided by the wizard Gandalf the Grey. Bilbo is enlisted as the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burglar. They journey to take back the dwarvesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home in the Lonely Mountains, the kingdom of Erebor, from the dragon Smaug, who guards vast treasures of gold and other precious valuables, the greatest of which is the Arkenstone. The rest of the movie

WDNHV XV WKURXJK WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW part of their journey, away from the Shire and Bilboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home on Bag End, and they encounter goblins, elves, trolls, magic rings, and more. In addition, the movie includes most of the songs from the book, most notably â&#x20AC;&#x153;Far Over the Misty Moun-­ tains Cold,â&#x20AC;? which is deliv-­ ered by the cast of dwarves.

Because â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hobbitâ&#x20AC;? was written as a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, the movie is more lighthearted than LOTR, but it has its own

moments of gravity

and stands well enough on its own.

Throughout the movie, we see not only the build up to LOTR but also a sepa-­ rate story. Because â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hobbitâ&#x20AC;? was written as a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, the movie is more lighthearted than LOTR, but it has its own moments of gravity and stands well enough on its own. The main reason for this difference is that â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Hobbitâ&#x20AC;? is an adventure, not a high epic like LOTR. As far as performances, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re phenomenal and im-­ merse you right in the sto-­ ry as if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real. The movie was shot in 48 frames per second for cinematogra-­ phy to accommodate the 3D showings, but not for 2D. The special effects are decent;Íž some arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on par with LOTR, namely be-­ cause the amount of detail isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the same (in the pre-­ YLRXV Ă&#x20AC;OPV HYHU\ SLHFH RI the Orcsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; armor was unique, for example) and there is more reliance on CGI. The music was enthrall-­ ing, especially the songs throughout, which were well-­placed and natural. In my opinion, the high an-­ ticipation for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hobbitâ&#x20AC;? ZDV Ă&#x20AC;WWLQJ DQG GHVHUYHG Aside from having read â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hobbit,â&#x20AC;? I have read â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Ringsâ&#x20AC;? tril-­ ogy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Silmarillionâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Children of Hurin.â&#x20AC;? I have all three extended editions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Ringsâ&#x20AC;? along with a dra-­ matized reading and un-­ abridged reading on CD. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a pretty avid fan, and Tolkien is by far my favor-­ ite author. I was greatly pleased and excited with the new movieâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so excited that I went to the midnight pre-­ PLHUH6HHLQJLWIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW time, I was taken back into

the world that I so loved in writing and on screen. The feel was different because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different kind of story, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what I ex-­ SHFWHG1RĂ&#x20AC;OPDGDSWDWLRQRI a book is going to be precise-­ ly lined up with its source PDWHULDOVR,ZDVĂ&#x20AC;QHZLWK the few deviations made. One of the things I loved most about the movie was the songs. They had nearly all the songs that were in the book, and they were so well placed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chip the Glass-­ es and Crack the Plates!â&#x20AC;? was one I was highly an-­ ticipating they would have, and how wonderfully done it was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Far Over the Misty Mountains Coldâ&#x20AC;? is the EHVWVRQJLQWKHHQWLUHĂ&#x20AC;OP Overall, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hobbitâ&#x20AC;? was entirely pleasing to me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by far my favorite movie of 2012, just ahead of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Avengers,â&#x20AC;? which I also saw multiple times at the cinema. The character de-­ velopment, the action, the story, and countless other things were all so wonder-­ fully done. The only thing I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care for was the greater use of CGI and the inferior detail, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so bad the second time I saw the movie, so it might have partially been me. I highly encourage everyone to see this movie, even if they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Rings,â&#x20AC;? because it is a com-­ pletely different kind of tale.

´=(52'$5.7+,57<Âľ5(9,(: REBECCA  GLOVER â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirtyâ&#x20AC;? takes audiences on the tumultu-­ ous experience of the con-­ clusive manhunt of Osa-­ PD ELQ /DGHQ 7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP begins at the most critical point in U.S. history, after the Sept. 11 attacks, and stars Jessica Chastain as Maya, a CIA operative intent on spending her ca-­ reer searching for Osama bin Laden. Chastain bril-­ liantly portrays the strug-­ gle of seeking out the truth from Saudi and al-­Qaeda terrorists while trying to prove the accuracy of her investigative techniques among her colleagues. Dan, played by Jason Clarke, teams up with Maya. They search un-­ disclosed locations where torture and humiliation

tactics are used on detain-­ ees. Dan intrepidly imple-­ ments his questioning meth-­ ods upon captives. While the torture scenarios are not for the faint of heart, they truly capture the essence of un-­ covering the truth behind Osama bin Ladenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where-­ abouts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirtyâ&#x20AC;? exposes audiences to the Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing in Pakistan and the Camp Chapman attack in Afghanistan, creating a high level of unpredictabil-­ ity. The stakeout scenes in Pakistan reveal the chaotic element of searching for terrorists in a place where no one can be trusted. The VHDUFK WDNHV &,$ RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV to a fortress-­like compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, nestled in the heart of the city. The compound is high-­ ly sheltered, leaving the mind on edge as questions DERXW LQĂ&#x20AC;OWUDWLRQ DULVH

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Patrick, played by Joel Edgerton, is the Squadron Team Leader of Navy SEAL Team 6, a group of fearless men who leave the qualms to viewers as they stealth-­ ily enter the compound of Osama bin Ladenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alleged hiding place. Edgerton un-­ dertakes the gritty and un-­ relenting endeavors of the IDPRXVUDLGZLWKFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH DQG ZLW 7KH Ă&#x20AC;OP OHDYHV viewers wide awake in antic-­ ipation and fearful of what awaits around every turn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirtyâ&#x20AC;? is a must-­see on the big screen;Íž it will undoubtedly surprise viewers and revive their thirst for justice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirtyâ&#x20AC;? brings audiences as close as they will come to the courageous and heroic confrontation that takes place in the murky early morning of May 2, 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirtyâ&#x20AC;? released

this weekend grossing an estimated $24 million, with much revenue coming out of the Washington, D.C.,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirtyâ&#x20AC;? is a must-­see on the big screen;Íž it will undoubtedly surprise viewers and revive their thirst for justice. area. Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the director and screenplay writer of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero Dark Thirty,â&#x20AC;? respec-­ WLYHO\ VKDUH Ă&#x20AC;YH $FDGHP\ Awards and four Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Director.



Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all heard of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;freshman 15â&#x20AC;? and many of the common struggles students will face upon HQWHULQJ FROOHJH WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW year. However, what usu-­ ally is not mentioned but can be a serious issue is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sophomore slump.â&#x20AC;? I was unaware of this term until recently, but I realized that I had ex-­ perienced it. The best way that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found to GHĂ&#x20AC;QH WKLV VOXPS LV WKDW crossroads you come to when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling over-­ whelmed by the increased stress and pressure of col-­ lege life and starting to approach a turning point in your college career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of like an early senoritis, in a way,â&#x20AC;? said junior Katy Coleman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when you reach that halfway point and start to lack motivation.â&#x20AC;? But no matter what the issue is thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got you feeling down, I hope that with these few tips, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to suc-­ cessfully â&#x20AC;&#x153;un-­slumpâ&#x20AC;? your sophomore year. Joining an organization is by far the best way to get involved. Keeping yourself busy by doing something you enjoy with people who share a common interest will really help you in the long run. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportu-­ nity for you to network and meet other people whom you may not have had the chance to meet before. Here at Shepherd University, there are a variety of groups you can become involved in: Greek Life, sports teams, vari-­ ous academic groups or Program Board, to name just a few. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about expanding your horizons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided to join Pro-­ gram Board my sopho-­ more year as a way to mix up my routine and try something new,â&#x20AC;? said Coleman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels great to be a part of something that gets students on campus more involved.â&#x20AC;? If, however, your issues tend to be more profes-­ sional and academic based, taking the time to UHDOO\Ă&#x20AC;JXUHRXWZKDWFD-­ reer path is right for you is a great way to get a jumpstart on your future. Spend some time mapping out your goals and create a plan to successfully obtain them. This can be from little things, like deciding in advance what courses youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to take next semester, to larger issues, such as reevaluating your major and area of study.

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´,I \RX¡UH Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJ WKDW youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost interest in the classes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tak-­ ing, try something in a GLIIHUHQW Ă&#x20AC;HOG RI VWXG\ You might just discover a passion or interest that could lead to something new,â&#x20AC;? said Coleman.


Most importantly, your sophomore year is a time to really be honest with \RXUVHOIĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXWZKDW¡V working for you and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not, and make it a prior-­ ity to do something about it. This is a point in your academic career when you still have the opportunity to make some changes and get the most out of this amazing time in your life.


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While transferring col-­ leges is no easy task, the reality is that one out of every three stu-­ dents will transfer at some point, so hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a guide to what you need to know and consider if you have or are consid-­ ering transferring: 7UDQVIHU VWXGHQWV PD\ TXDOLI\ IRU PHULW DLG 8QOLNH RWKHU Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO aid, merit aid is given to a student based more on their academic achieve-­ PHQWV UDWKHU WKDQ Ă&#x20AC;QDQ-­ cial â&#x20AC;&#x153;need.â&#x20AC;? Some stu-­ dents also seek merit due to the belief that their families make â&#x20AC;&#x153;too much money to qualify for aid.â&#x20AC;? Search your collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site or sites like Meritaid. FRP WR Ă&#x20AC;QG DQ\ PHULW scholarships that might apply to you. However, keep in mind that not all merit scholarships will EHQHĂ&#x20AC;W \RX ,Q IDFW VRPH may serve as more of a hindrance than anything. Always go over the merit

scholarships renewal policy. Some merit scholarships ac-­ WXDOO\ PDNH LW GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW IRU students to qualify for the aid in future years. For ex-­ ample, some merits may re-­ quire a high GPA, such as 3.5, in order to renew their aid. This is actually a rather dif-­ Ă&#x20AC;FXOW FRQGLWLRQ WR XSKROG Believe it or not, a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grade point average will generally drop a full point during a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freshman year, so some students may Ă&#x20AC;QG WKHPVHOYHV VDFULĂ&#x20AC;F-­ ing their dreams in order to comply with the condi-­ tions of their merit aid. Other conditions may also apply. For example, if a student is receiving a band scholarship, the student is required to re-­ main in his or her schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band in order to receive his or her merit scholar-­ ship. So make sure band (or any other extracurricular scholarship) is something you really want to pursue. Finally, be aware of how long you can receive a merit scholarship. Some scholar-­ ships end after four years, when, in reality, it takes ´PRVW VWXGHQWV Ă&#x20AC;YH \HDUV

RU PRUH  WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK FROOHJHÂľ Here at Shepherd Univer-­ sity, students generally graduate after 5 or 6 years. &KRRVH\RXUVFKRROZLVHO\. Choosing a school simply because your friends are there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the best reason to transfer. In fact it might ac-­ tually make you miserable. When choosing a school to transfer into, determine whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you: What degree are you interested in and does the school of-­ fer it? Is the school ac-­ credited? What is the stu-­ dent to professor ratio? Picking a college that is exactly what you are look-­ ing for will enhance your happiness while attend-­ ing. An increase in happi-­ ness means better focus on your academics, so you just might graduate on time! )RFXV RQ WKH SRVLWLYH While transferring col-­ leges is a tough decision and one that should not be taken lightly, some stu-­ dents tend to focus more on the negative reasons for transferring rather than the positive. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t!

Did you know that typi-­ cal college applications will generally ask why the student wishes to trans-­ fer? Avoid slandering the school you are preparing to leave. Instead, focus on the positives for transfer-­ ring into a new college: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closer to home, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheaper, the program offered is just what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for, etc. 0DNH VXUH \RXU FUHGLWV WUDQVIHU This is extremely important. While all credits will transfer over to count towards a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grade point average, not all will be taken into consideration for completing your degree. Shepherd University, in compliance with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, only allows for 72 credit hours â&#x20AC;&#x153;from a regionally-­accredit-­ ed community or junior col-­ legeâ&#x20AC;? to be applied toward the â&#x20AC;&#x153;128 credit hours mini-­ mum for graduation from Shepherd University.â&#x20AC;? Visit the Shepherd University Web site (www.shepherd. edu) for more information. To double check which credits are being accepted

towards your degree, schedule an appointment with your advisor. Dis-­ cuss with them the credit hour transfer policies here at Shepherd Uni-­ versity. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to ask questions, either! $OZD\VORRNIRUWUDQV-­ IHUIULHQGO\ VFKRROV While this may not seem overly important, it ac-­ tually has the potential to make or break an un-­ decided studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deci-­ sion. No one wants to transfer into a school and then feel unwelcomed. Does the school offer a transfer orientation? Does the school have housing for transfer students? Does the school have a transfer coordinator? Transferring isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy. I know. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been there. While it may not seem to be the ideal situation, it actually makes a world of difference. Your happiness has to be set above all other priorities because if it suffers, your perfor-­ mance will suffer, and no one wants that to happen. Do whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you.

6DORQ6HULHV-D]]&RQFHUWLV6ZLQJLQJ Faculty  Recital  Review

Photograph by Ryan Franklin Dr. Kurtis Adams and Mike Kamuf jam out in the Salon Series Jazz Faculty Recital on Thursday January 17. EDWARD Â BARR

The Jazz Faculty per-­ formed music inspired by the legendary Miles Davis at the Salon Series Jazz Concert held in the Frank Arts Center on Jan. 17. The impressive performance included two faculty members, Dr. Kurtis Adams and Dr. Nathan Lincoln-­DeC-­ usatis, jazz musicians David Marsh, Ronnie Shaw, and a special guest performer, Mike Kamuf. The eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz perfor-­ mance was free to both Shepherd University students and the com-­ munity. Since the concert was held in the Shipley Recital Hall, the audi-­

ence was warned that there would be limited seating and for good reason. The entire room was full and about half of the people had to sit off to the side on the steps. How-­ ever, the small space gave the performance a unique feel that is reminiscent of a crowded bar or club where jazz is meant to be enjoyed. The concert began with an up-­ beat piece called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boplicityâ&#x20AC;? that the crowd couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help tapping their feet to. The con-­ cert was a tribute to the Cool School of Jazz movement, and nothing was much cooler WKDQWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVWEDVVVROR+DWV off to David Marsh;Íž the bass solo during â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boplicityâ&#x20AC;? was one of the best of the evening. Lee Konitz, who will be coming to perform at Shep-­

herd University at the end of March, wrote the third piece entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sub-­ conscious Lee.â&#x20AC;? For this tune, both the trumpet and the piano had excel-­ lent solos. Mike Kamuf blew the crowd away with his performance during â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Funny Valentine.â&#x20AC;? This sensual piece was an homage to the legendary jazz trumpet player, Chet Baker. The concert this HYHQLQJZDVĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKDQ array of solos that allowed each of the musicians to show off their talents. The upbeat tempo of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lul-­ laby of Birdlandâ&#x20AC;? allowed the audience groove along with the music and tap their feet. On the piano, Dr. Lincoln-­DeCusatis im-­ pressed with his dynamic

UK\WKPVDQGTXLFNĂ&#x20AC;QJHUVRQ the keys. When it was time for Ronnie Shaw to show the audience his skills, he did not disappoint. Mr. Shaw let the rhythm consume him and he was carried away by the music in his solo during â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lullaby of Birdland.â&#x20AC;? The piece ended with a roaring applause from the audience. The next piece, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wowâ&#x20AC;?, was WKHPRVWWHFKQLFDOO\GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW but the saxophone excelled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wowâ&#x20AC;? had the performers on edge before the piece be-­ JDQEXWWKH\ZHUHĂ&#x20AC;QHRQFH they got into the groove of the music and revealed the technique, skill, and talent of the Jazz Faculty. Dr. Ad-­ ams continued to show off his talent with the cool slow beats of â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Your Own Sweet Way,â&#x20AC;? which had audience

members entranced, swaying with the beats. The concert ended with a bang, literally. Thumping out beats with the back and sides of the bass, the Ă&#x20AC;QDO SLHFH EHJDQ 7DNH )LYHZDVDQXSEHDWWXQH that danced around the room. The saxophone shined and the trumpet hit some impressive notes. If that was not enough to Ă&#x20AC;OO D JUHDW HYHQLQJ ZH also got to enjoy an en-­ core worthy of applause. Overall, the concert was a light-­hearted evening that everyone could enjoy. Not being a fan of the jazz genre, I was pleased that this performance was one of the best concerts that I have seen at Shepherd


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SEAN Â Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN Coming off an overtime win against Charleston University, the Rams kept up their hot start against the Shippensburg Red Raiders. They won com-­ fortably, 90-­77. The Rams were led by sophomore guard Austin Cunningham, who scored 19 points while going 9-­12 from the free-­throw line. All the starters for Shep-­ herd scored in double digits. Junior Brantley Osborne and sophomore Morgan McDonald had 16, while senior Sidney McCray had 15. Senior Chad Moore had 13 points and six rebounds. On the other side of the ball, freshman forward Tony Ellis led all scorers with 26 points. He was backed up by sophomore Akil Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12 points. The game was close at the half at 41-­37, but the Rams pulled away towards the end of the game with a 17-­1 run. They shot 55.4 percent IURPWKHĂ RRUDQG percent from three point range. Their one weak point was free throw shooting, in which they shot a dismal 64 percent (18-­28). Shepherd proceeded to face Davis and Elkins. The Senators were off to a slow start at 0-­3, and the Rams beat them 90-­81, making them 0-­4. The Rams were led by Chad Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 27 points as well as Sidney McCrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 points. Junior Morgan McDonald submitted a double-­double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Davis and Elkins stayed in the game in large part due to junior guard Devin Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25 points and senior guard Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Quan Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 points. Lynch also had a game-­high seven assists. Both teams failed to shoot at the 50 percent clip, with Shepherd at 47.6 percent and Davis and Elkins at 46.8 percent. The Senators kept it com-­ petitive because of their outstanding three point shooting (14-­29) and free throw shooting (18-­22). Even with these advan-­ tages as well as a plus on boards (40-­34), the Rams won comfortably.

&RPLQJRIIĂ&#x20AC;YHVWUDLJKW wins, the Rams stumbled on Dec. 19 against Wheel-­ ing Jesuit, 97-­92. Whether it was because of the eleven day break or the fact that they left the friendly con-­ Ă&#x20AC;QHVRIWKH%XWFKHU&HQWHU would only be speculation. These could be possible explanations to losing at a team that at the time was 2-­5 and had lost four in a row coming into the game. Cardinals freshman Justin Fritts had a game-­high 22 points and seven assists to help power the upset of the Rams. The proof is in the pudding they say, or in this case WKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGJRDOSHUFHQWDJH Shepherd shot a ghastly 40 percent. What kept them in the game was their shoot-­ ing at the charity stripe, where they went 25-­29 (86.2%). They led for the majority of the second half but fell behind for good at 3:46 when Wheeling Jesuit freshman forward Darin Harris drained a jumper. Following the upset, Shep-­ herd bounced back against Pitt-­Johnstown. They won 92-­84 behind a monstrous effort from Chad Moore. He had 31 points and 11 boards. His support came in the form of Austin Cunning-­ ham, who had 16 points RIKLVRZQDORQJZLWKĂ&#x20AC;YH dishes. Morgan McDonald had yet another double-­ double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. In the loss, the Mountain Cats kept the game compet-­ itive due to a stellar effort from junior guard Andrew Cresslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 28 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Jordan Miller contributed with 22 points and senior guard Nick Novak tossed in 17 points. While shooting a lackluster 27.8 percent from beyond the arc, the Rams kept up their solid free throw shoot-­ ing by going 21-­27 from the line. They also had an edge on turnovers, committing only 12 as opposed to Pitt-­ Johnstownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21. Continuing off their most recent win, the Rams added to that momentum with a 92-­59 stomping of Alderson-­ Broaddus on Jan. 5. It was Camper Appreciation Day. Chad Moore had 21 points to go with 7 rebounds. Austin Cunningham helped out with 17 points and 6 assists. Neither team cracked 30

Brantley Osborne takes a free point during the basketball game on Monday night against Wheeling. Photo by Ryan Franklin percent from three point range. The simple fact that the Battlers shot 39 percent on top of that is what led to the Ramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; domination. Shepherd also held an ad-­ vantage on the glass, 42-­36. The biggest test of the season was when Shepherd faced an undefeated West Liberty squad on Jan. 7. 7KH5DPVSXWXSDĂ&#x20AC;JKWDW home but lost 114-­109. West Liberty came into the game white-­hot at 13-­0. They were a well-­oiled machine, running on all cyl-­ inders while averaging 115 points per game. Shepherd came into the game win-­ QLQJIRXURXWRIĂ&#x20AC;YHZKLOH scoring 90 points or more in each game. Brantley Osborne played like a su-­ perstar with a career-­high 37 points, 28 of which were scored after only one half. Six of his seven 3-­pointers FDPHLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOIDV well. He shot a perfect six of six from the free-­throw line, too. The biggest surprise of the game was that the Ramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leading scorer came from the bench in the form of senior Marcus Pilgrim. He scored 24 points, going 7-­11 IURPWKHĂ RRU+HVKRWDQ astounding 83 percent from beyond the arc, draining Ă&#x20AC;YHRIVL[DWWHPSWV&KDG Moore wreaked havoc on the boards with 14 re-­ bounds, while adding 17 points. Sophomore C.J. Hester and senior Alex Falk led the way for the Hilltop-­ pers with 33 and 27 points, respectively. The game was back and IRUWKWKHZKROHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI

West Liberty led 62-­61 at the break from a buzzer, beating three by senior Tim Hausfeld. The Rams went IRULQWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWKDOI from the free throw line, but only 6 for 11 in the sec-­ ond. That might have been their eventual undoing. Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 three point shots in the game were a team and Butcher center record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We committed to becoming a pressing team this sea-­ son,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Justin Namolik. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepare for a team like West Liberty in a day or two. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slow down against them. We tried to attack them and outscore them, but we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it.â&#x20AC;? The Rams traveled to West Virginia State, looking to get back on track. They ended up losing 90-­89. This ZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHDOOVHDVRQ the team had lost back to back games. Chad Moore was incred-­ ible with a triple double (21 points, 16 rebounds, 10 steals) while Brantley Osborne added 22 points. The game came down to the Ă&#x20AC;QDOVHFRQGVZKHQIROORZ-­ ing a 3-­pointer by Morgan McDonald, Yellow Jacketsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; freshman guard Jalen Walker converted a layup to go ahead with three seconds left. Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s triple-­double is only the second in school history. Bobby Chuey had 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists against Salem on Jan. 11, 1988. Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 steals also tie the mark set by Jim Carnes against Baltimore on Feb. 20, 1970. Looking to get back to their

winning ways, Shepherd handled Wheeling-­Jesuit 113-­101. Also during this game, Brantley Osborne broke the 1,000 point mark with 31. He went an unheard of 9-­14 from three point range. He tied the record set by Chad Myers against West Lib-­ erty on Jan. 9, 2006. Chad more had 29 points, HLJKWUHERXQGVDQGĂ&#x20AC;YH assists. Morgan McDon-­ ald added another double-­ double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Seton Hill visited Shep-­ herd on Jan. 17 and left with a loss, 91-­83. They led at the half 41-­31, but Shepherd mounted a 60-­42 comeback by the way of Chad Moore who scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half. Senior forward Malik Dauda came off the bench to record a season-­high 11 points. $IWHUĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJEDFNWRZLQ against Seton Hill, the Rams lost to Fairmont at home on Jan. 19, 93-­ 89. Senior guards Isaac Thornton and Malik Stith led the charge for the Fighting Falcons, combining for 43 points. Brantley Osborne had 25 for the Rams, going 8-­14 IURPWKHĂ RRU7KHJDPH was close for a majority of the time, with the Fal-­ consâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; largest lead being eight points. The main reason the Rams lost was due to allowing the Fal-­ cons to shoot 65 percent IURPWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGZKLOHRQO\ shooting 47 percent them-­ selves. The loss put them at 10-­5 on the season, 7-­4 in the WVIAC.

:RPHQ¡V%DVNHWEDOO :LQWHU%UHDN5HFDS DEZIREA  CLINTON The Lady Rams of Shep-­ herd are now holding an overall seasons of 4 -­12. The Lady Rams started their season out with a win in %HOPRQW&$DJDLQVW3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F Union. The Rams started the Christmas break with fall-­ ing to Holy Family 68-­44. Leading the Rams with 10 points was Alex Weakland sophmore guard. Seniors Emily Daniel and Alex Tamez added a total of 17 points for the Rams.

On the road the ladies bounced back with a 81-­73 win over Wheeling Jesuit. Rachel Johnson, a sopho-­ more guard scored a high of 17 points and a game high of four steals. Emily Daniel added to the score with 14 points and most rebounds of nine. Pitt-­ Johnstown barley beats the Rams with a 70-­67 win. Rachel John-­ son scored 20 points her personal game high. Alex Tamez had a game high of four assists. The Rams return home to split two games. Alderson-­

Broaddus was not match for the Rams as the won 77-­45. Leading the Rams with 14 points were both Rachel Johnson and Em-­ ily Daniel. Alex Weak-­ land and junior forward Jimyse Brown both scored 10. Priscilla Moseh senior guard had a career high of 11 rebounds. The Rams soon fall to West Virgina State 93-­75. Adding to the 75 points was sophomore Gabby Flinchum with 18 points along with Rachel Johnson with 16 and Alex Tamez with 12.

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%DVHEDOO5HWXUQV MATTHEW MURPHY No sport seems to prac-­ tice quite as much as baseball. Sure, football tends to have quite the offseason, with lifting and the upcoming winter conditioning, but that is not necessarily practice per se. It is more train-­ ing and preparation than practice. However, the school baseball team re-­ ally gets after it during the offseason. 6KRXOG\RXÀQG\RXU-­ self walking by Fairfax Field during the offsea-­ son, there is a very good chance you will see quite a few young men throw-­ ing a baseball around in WKHRXWÀHOG<RXPD\ also see them practicing at Ram Stadium should women’s lacrosse not be XVLQJWKHÀHOG´:HUH-­ ally do practice a lot, but it is worth it, as evidenced by our conference cham-­ pionship last season,” redshirt senior Jake Cook said. “We’ve really been ZRUNLQJKDUGIRU>LQWHU-­ LP@FRDFK>0DWW@0F&DUW\

this offseason,” Ohio native Chad Murphy said. One of the big stories of the offseason for the baseball team was the departure of long-­time skipper Wayne Riser who left Shepherd to become the head coach at the University of Mary Washington. At the end of September, athletic direc-­ tor B.J. Pumroy announced that assistant coach Matt McCarty would take over the role of head coach in an interim role. Should the team win another conference championship, it would not be a shock at all to see the interim label removed from his job title. There may be no bigger story for the baseball team than the loss of Tino Marti-­ nez Award winner Nathan Minnich. The Waynesboro, Pennsylvania native was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th round of the Major League Baseball draft with the 271st overall pick. Minnich was named Shepherd’s Male Athlete of the Year as well as Senior Male Athlete of the Year during the 2011-­2012 aca-­

demic year. Replacing such an intrinsic part of a team will be no easy task. “He’s the best I’ve ever played with. Nate won’t be easy to replace, ” Cook said. Min-­ nich paced the Rams with a .433 batting average, .553 on-­base percentage, 14 home runs and 38 runs batted in. That kind of pro-­ duction will not be replaced overnight. Shepherd will open the season against the Univer-­ sity of South Carolina – Aiken on February 15th in Aiken, South Carolina and will play them twice more over the following two days. After leaving the Palmetto state the team will head one state north to North Carolina to take on Davis & Elkins, Winston-­Salem State and Shippensburg the following week in Winston-­ Salem. Those opening six games could go a very long way in determining if Shep-­ herd has a fair, legitimate chance to repeat as confer-­ ence champions. No doubt, it will be a very interesting year for the baseball team. Losing

Shepherd Universities baseball team is already practicing for their upcoming season. Photo by B.J. McCardle such an important player in Nathan Minnich and going through a coaching change could very well leave the team in disarray, but con-­ sidering that the team is familiar with Coach McCar-­ ty there should not be much

of a transitional phase. According to many of the players, McCarty is well liked by the squad, some-­ thing that will be vital in their defense of the last edition of the WVIAC.

Photo by B.J. McCardle


BY JOSEPH  KAYE 7KHÀUVWJDPHRIWKH season for the Shepherd University softball team, taking place on February 15th, is fast approaching. 7KHWHDPÀQLVKHGODVW season with an overall record of 31-­24 however, they bowed out early of the postseason after ORVLQJLQWKHÀUVWGD\RI the WVIAC tournament. Despite their success, the Rams are looking to make vast improvements in this and future seasons. Five new players, three of which are transfers and

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two are freshmen, signed to the Shepherd softball team for this upcoming season. Another new addition to the team is Danielle Easton who was hired by Coach Lopez to an assistant coach. Head coach Leslie Lopez LVFRQÀGHQWLQWKHWHDP·V prospects for this season. She recently said, “We are looking to have another successful season and grow as a program. We have a lot of speed this year compared to years past”. In December of last year LWZDVDQQRXQFHGWKDWÀYH student-­athletes signed letters of intent to play softball for Shepherd Uni-­


versity starting in 2014. When asked about these new signings head Coach Lopez stated, “I am very excited to get the 2013-­14 recruits to Shepherd and have them make an impact on our program. They are all quality people as well as DWKOHWHVµ7KHVHÀYHQHZ recruits include Karlyle Pence (East Palestine, OH), -HQQLIHU6FKRÀHOG )RUHVW Hill, MD), Courtney Gibson (Ashburn, VA), Rubie Tef-­ feteller (Camp Hill, PA) and Alexandra Witt (Harpers Ferry, WV). Karlye Pence is a pitcher DQGDQRXWÀHOGHU6KHOHW-­ tered three years in softball

and two years in volleyball while at East Palestine High School. Jennifer Scho-­ ÀHOGSOD\VWKHÀUVWEDVHDQG third base positions. While at Bel Air High School she lettered in softball, volley-­ ball and basketball. Court-­ ney Gibson is a second EDVHPHQDQGDQRXWÀHOGHU While at Stone Bridge High School she lettered in softball and cross country. In addition, Gibson was a member of the 2012 region-­ al championship team and VKHJDLQHGÀUVWWHDP$OO District and All-­Region hon-­ ors. Rubie Teffeteller plays ERWKRXWÀHOGDQGLQÀHOG positions. Moreover, she

earned a letter for four years in softball at Cedar Cliff High School and last season she gained Team 093DQGÀUVWWHDPDOO star honors. Finally, Al-­ exandra Witt is a pitcher DQGLQÀHOGHUZKRHDUQHG a letter for three years in softball at Jefferson High School. She was a three-­ time All-­State selection and in 2011 and 2012 she was awarded second team honors. Witt is also a three-­time All-­PVC selection and she was a member of the sectional and regional champion-­ VKLSWHDPWKDWÀQLVKHG third in the state in 2011.


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