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Upper Big Branch victims remembered.

Alleged victim does not want to speak about assault

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A resident adviser of the First-Year South Residence Hall reported an alleged sexual assault to Marshall University Police Department at 5:19 a.m. on Saturday. “The victim refused to have anything happen at this time,” said Jim Terry, chief of MUPD. He said a friend of the alleged victim reported the alleged sexual assault to a resident adviser. This is the second incident of an alleged sexual assault occurring in the First-Year Resident Halls this academic year. The last case occurred on September 11, 2010, after a Marshall football game when three male students allegedly sexually assaulted a female student. The student said it was her decision not to file charges against the three males. “We hold programs all the time to help women in these situations,” Jim Terry said. “We have RAD (Rape Aggression Defense System), we speak to schools and other places and the women’s center on campus puts programs on as well.” “Alcohol is involved in a lot of sexual assault cases,” Jim Terry said. “I think the reason some clubs and bars don’t charge an entry fee for women is because without women, clubs won’t get males in there drinking. It’s about the social interaction.” MUPD reported 223 total liquor violations on campus from 2007 to 2009. There were a total of 168 in resident facilities. Corey Oxley can be contacted at

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Personal responsibility could prevent sexual assault. JOHN YEINGST | THE PARTHENON

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Two female Marshall students learn how to defend themselves against rape and assault in RAD. The class is taught to females every semester.


Class teaches women self-defense BY KELLEY BUGLER THE PARTHENON

Marshall’s John Farley wins award from HeraldDispatch. Page 6


Marshall University’s Rape Aggression Defense classes teach women self-defense techniques to provide protection in the event of an attack. Marshall University Police Officer Scott Ballou teaches R.A.D. classes, and the program has been at Marshall since 1998.

“We take a very proactive effort toward violence against women, not a reactive effort, and we have always been that way,” Ballou said. R.A.D. is a national program that was founded in 1989 and its objective is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. “Probably the number one aspect of teaching See RAD I 5

Freshmen dorms react to second reported rape this year BY DALTON HAMMONDS THE PARTHENON

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Marshall University residents are still asking questions about the alleged sexual assault that occurred over the weekend. Security in the First-Year Residence Halls has come under scrutiny following the third sexual assault crime reported there in this academic year. The first incident involved two separate victims in the same situation. Jeremy Thompson, general manager of the FYRH, said while the incident happened while A1 Security provided guards were behind the desk, they aren’t the reason for the crime. “A1 hasn’t let anybody down in this situation,” Thompson said. A1 Security is contracted directly with the FYRH, who trains the supervisors of the guards who are sent to do the night guard of the buildings. A1 Security picks the guards who are assigned to the FYRH. Thompson said the reason for the crime wasn’t because somebody snuck by the front desk. The person who committed the crime was either

signed in or is already a resident of the building. Residents are not allowed to have overnight guests of the opposite sex Sunday through Thursday, but having only freshmen in the halls presents a challenge. “I think having the freshman makes a big impact because we don’t necessarily have the students who are making the best decisions,” Thompson said. The safety measures have drawn the scrutiny of residents; however, Thompson said the measures are there are for a reason. “Freshman come in with the idea that we’re all adults now and we can do whatever we want, but in order for them to be successful we have to have certain policies and procedures in place,” Thompson said. John Yaun, director of housing and residence life, said while he didn’t know the exact details of the incident, he has recognized a common problem in previous cases like this. “Unfortunately, alcohol is usually involved in these sort of situations,” Yaun said. “I’ve worked at several other universities and I can tell you it’s a problem on every campus I’ve been on.” Marshall is a dry campus so students aren’t supposed to have alcohol on campus, but that doesn’t

prevent students from leaving campus to drink. “I’m not sure any of us know a solution to solve the problem…except trying to educate students on the negative effects of drinking,” Yaun said. Yaun said residents should know they have resident advisers they can go to, as well as resident directors and MUPD that can help. Yaun also said he doesn’t think the fact that the residence halls are coed was a factor in the crime, and the department isn’t looking into changing the format of the halls. Freshmen residents have to show a key when walking into the building and have to swipe their ID card after a certain time. “If you look at what you see in the rest of the country, our security measures are really much stricter than any other residence hall that I’ve ever heard of,” Thompson said. Any student who has a problem with sexual assaults in the residence hall are encouraged to come forward. “With any sexual assault, we want students to come forward so we can help them in anyway and get them the resources they need,” Yaun said. Dalton Hammonds can be contacted at



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Parthenon reporters covered events of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion as they unfolded. Below are stories published April 2010.

Coal community digs deeper for the strength to move on BY MICHAEL SPURLOCK THE PARTHENON

One of the worst mining disasters in U.S. history has left a community and town battered but not defeated. The Upper Big Branch mine explosion in Montcoal, W.Va., resulted in 29 miners dead and a community left in doubt about the fate of its mine. “It would be devastating, because it’s such a large chunk of the economy here,” said Allen Cox, a local coal miner in reference to what effect the closing of the mine would have on Montcoal. “This is just off the top of my head, but coal mining makes roughly 85 percent of the economy in this general area.” Cox said the mine closing would be completely devastating to the community. It would be hard for the miners to make a living, but they are strong and would be able to find jobs at other mines. “If this one mine were to close, it would be a major chunk out of people’s pocketbooks,” Cox said. “It would be a major blow to the economy. However there is so many other mines around that we would endure, but it would be tough.” Bobby Lemon, a relative of one the miners who died, said he doesn’t expect this disaster to affect the mine. “They ain’t gonna shut the coal mines down, it’s too big of an industry,” Lemon said. “The U.S. needs coal, and half of this country’s energy is produced by coal. “Sure it’s gonna effect the economy. There’s gonna be people out of work, there’s gonna be widows that aren’t gonna have an income now like they were used to having, but it’s just a mild set back right now. It’s a resilient community, everyone pulls together and helps each other out.” Lemon said he does not blame Massey Energy Co. for the loss of his cousin’s life. He said his brothers, father and grandfather are coal

miners. He said they are able to take any infractions inside the mine to their boss and the company will rectify it as soon as possible. “Stuff happens like that,” he said. “It can’t be foreseen. They know that this is a dangerous job. That’s why it pays the good money that it does and they take that risk every time they go underground.” Cox said in a small town like Montcoal, it is hard to find someone who doesn’t know a miner who was killed in the explosion. “It’s such a small town, everyone knows everyone,” Cox said. “It’s all members of somebody’s family, and everybody knows someone who’s fallen. “Coal miners in general are such a tight knit group. It doesn’t matter what company you work for. All miners know all the other miners.” Lemon said when he heard about the explosion, it made his heart drop, because of his family members in the mine. “Even if it’s not mine, it’s somebody’s father, somebody’s dad, somebody’s son,” he said. “You have to take that into account and realize how they feel. I think that’s what makes the community stronger.” “The community takes the good with the bad,” Cox said. “They adapt and overcome and move on and make the best of all the bad situations.” “Just remember us and that they lost their lives trying to put food on the table for their families,” Cox said. Michael Spurlock can be contacted at Editors’ note: this story was originally published April 12, 2010.

Mine has history of safety violations; Rahall demands Congressional hearing BY WHITNEY BURDETTE THE PARTHENON

The Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., site of Monday’s deadly explosion that killed 25 miners, has been cited for safety violations more than 1,000 times since January 2007. According to federal Mine Safety and Health Administration reports, Performance Coal Co. was cited as recently as March 30 for improper ventilation systems. Last year alone, MSHA cited Upper Big Branch for 495 violations and proposed $911,802 in fines. The mine exploded around 3 p.m. Monday when highly combustible methane gas leaked through mine seals, experts told the Charleston Gazette. The mine is operated by Performance Coal Co., a subsidiary of Massey Energy, a Richmond, Va., based company with operations in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. “The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration will investigate this tragedy and take action,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in a news release. “Miners should never have to sacrifice their lives for their livelihood.” Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va., has asked the House Committee on Education and Labor to hold hearings on the explosion. “I respectfully request that the Education and Labor Committee hold hearings to closely examine this disaster, to understand what caused the massive explosion and to discern what further action might be taken to prevent it from ever happening again,” Rahall said in a letter to Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif. The chairman agreed to the hearing. The search for four missing miners has been halted until the methane gas can be cleared out of the mine, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said Tuesday. The process

includes drilling 1,000-foot deep holes through the mountain and will probably not be completed until this evening. Massey CEO Don Blankenship said the safety of miners is important. “Our top priority is the safety of our miners and the well-being of their families,” Blankenship said in a statement. “We are working diligently on rescue efforts and continue to partner with all of the appropriate agencies.” Despite the number of safety violations, Massey Energy won two awards in 2008 for safety achievements, including the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Award and the Mountaineer Guardian Award. Both recognize mining operations with stellar safety records, according to the Massey Energy Web site. Manchin has been at the accident site since Monday night, according to his office. He has ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff until further notice to honor the fallen miners. Manchin has spoken by phone with both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Obama said at a press conference that the federal government is ready to provide needed rescue assistance. Nine rescue teams are on site, including Mine Emergency Operations personnel from MSHA, Solis said in a news release. MSHA is providing counseling to the families. Many family members were angry because they learned of the deaths from government officials rather than Massey officials. Manchin said a Massey executive apologized to the families, and Blankenship said he was in the room when families were told the extent of the accident but was too emotional to interact with them. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Whitney Burdette can be contacted at Editors’ note: this story was originally published April 7, 2010. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER | MCT

Diagram of the interior and exterior of the type of refuge chamber used in coal mines; the lifeboat is designed to withstand explosions and fires and keep miners alive up to 96 hours. PAGE EDITED AND DESIGNED BY MARCUS CONSTANTINO - CONSTANTINO2@MARSHALL.EDU



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NCAA bat rule affects Herd’s performance BY AARON PAYNE THE PARTHENON


Kenny Sorrocco, senior infielder, blasts a homerun. The new baseball bats NCAA requires have been a struggle for many schools to adust to.

In May 2009, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ruled that all bats used in college baseball must meet a new standard by the 2011 season. So far in the 2011 season Marshall, baseball’s home runs are down with the new bats. However, head coach Jeff Waggoner said his team is not the only one struggling with the long ball. “It’s the same for everybody,” Waggoner said. “It’s something that every college team has to get adjusted to.” How are the new bats so different from the bats last year? The simple answer is that the bats will be measured by the ball’s bounce off the bat instead of the speed in which the ball leaves the bat. The effect is a deadening of the metal bats, making them more like wooden ones the professionals use. Last year, according to the NCAA rule change, the bats were judged by their “ball exit ratio speed.” Now the bats are judged by something called “bat-ball coefficient of restitution,” or BBCOR, using multiple mathematic formulas plugged with results from six valid hits on a bat by a NCAA regulation baseball on the maximum BBCOR location. The NCAA rule change states “the baseball bat must have a

BBCOR less than or equal to .500.” The question one might ask now is are the new bats hindering Marshall’s hitters. The answer depends on what type of hitter you’re talking to. If you’re talking to a power hitter like junior Rhett Stafford, the answer is a yes, but not entirely. “It affects us a lot,” Stafford said. “With the old bats, you didn’t have to square the ball up and you could still hit it out. Now you really have to focus on your approach and square the baseball up to hit it out.” “It has made the game true,” Stafford added. “You can play bunts and steals rather than relying on a three-run home run.” The statistics show the Herd’s power hitters are taking some time to adjust to the new bats. Last season, the Marshall batters combined for 55 home runs in 58 games. Twenty-five games into this season, Marshall batters have combined for only 14 home runs. However, Stafford seems unaffected as he hit four home runs in 108 at-bats last season, while he has hit the same amount in 75 at-bats this season. If you’re asking a contact hitter like sophomore Isaac Ballou, the answer is a solid no. “Personally, it doesn’t matter to me because I’m a See BAT I 5

Tournament better for participants BY DAVID HAUGH CHICAGO TRIBUNE MCT

Tell me again why Butler and Connecticut didn’t really determine the best team in college basketball Monday night. Remind me how diluted this 68-team NCAA tournament field has been. Or why mid-majors Butler and Virginia Commonwealth playing each other in a national semifinal reflected poorly on the state of the game. And what not having a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the Final Four for the first time in 33 years of seeding said about the decline of the sport. I’m still paying attention,

barely, so keep giving me reasons to miss perennial powers such as Duke and North Carolina or, gasp, the glory days before freshmen led a mass exodus for the NBA when real star power supposedly put the madness in March. On second thought, please stop. You had me at mediocre. And I’ve had enough, thank you. I know it was supposed to offend my basketball sensibilities that Butler and UConn had more combined losses than any two NCAA championship game opponents. It didn’t, not any more than North Carolina State and Villanova winning national titles with 10 losses apiece did. Or 11-loss Kansas winning in

1988. What damage did those teams winning do to the sport? This Final Four merely confirms this tournament never has been better for the people that matter most, its participants. We observers get so caught up in everything that goes into a computer that we neglect what’s really going on in games that never have been more competitive or unpredictable or entertaining. If the NCAA tournament truly was about finding the best team, the field wouldn’t be limited to 37 at-large teams. Nor would it automatically qualify 31 conference champions. It would be the top 48 or 68 or 96 or whatever.


Shelvin Mack of Butler dribbles against Connecticut’s Niels Giffey (5) during the first half of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on Monday.

Nicklaus’ Masters win 25 years ago will never get old BY BILL NICHOLS THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS MCT

Jack Nicklaus was 46, winless for two years, and six years removed from his 17th major title. Not even the Golden Bear liked his odds of winning when he arrived at Augusta National for the 1986 Masters. “I didn’t have a lot of goals at that point in my life as it relates to playing golf,” he said recently. “I felt like my time was pretty much over, but I didn’t really want to stop playing golf.” Yet when the 50th Masters ended, Nicklaus was the tournament’s oldest champion and the biggest story in golf since Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam in 1930. Nicklaus’ victory was so captivating that memories from that magical final round seem vivid 25 years later: the thunderous roar on 17, the emotional walk up the 18th fairway, the embrace with son Jackie, his caddie. Nicklaus shot 30 on the back nine. He played the final 10 holes in 7 under par. Left in his wake were future Hall of Famers Greg Norman, Tom Kite, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer and Nick Price. It was a masterpiece of creative nonfiction, a story that resonated with people from all walks of life. “I don’t care where I go, I always run into somebody who says, ‘I was in an airport in ‘86, I canceled my airplane and sat there and watched it because I couldn’t leave.’.” said Nicklaus, 71. “Or, ‘I had to do this or I had to do

that and I had to stop.’ Amazing the number of people that told me those kinds of stories. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’.” Jim Furyk was 15, playing with two other juniors at a public course near his family’s home in West Chester, Pa. The kids took a seat in the restaurant/bar when they saw the Masters telecast coming on. “There was no one in the place, and as the day went on, the 19th hole filled up, as word got out that Nicklaus was leading,” Furyk said. “Jack was a hero of mine growing up. That’s probably the very first tournament that I can remember shots being hit and where I was.” The week held special meaning for Nicklaus even before he slipped on his sixth green jacket. His wife was in the gallery, his mother was attending her first Masters since 1959, and his sister was making her first appearance. Each time Nicklaus went to the refrigerator in their rented house, he saw a newspaper story about the washed-up Golden Bear taped to the door. “I guess nobody really expected me to be in contention at that point in my career, particularly me,” he said. “I had not really prepared all that great for it. But once I got myself in contention, muscle memory and knowing how to play golf came back.” As Nicklaus made his charge on Sunday, each birdie inspired confidence. He took only 33 strokes on the final 10 holes, going birdie, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie, par, eagle, birdie, birdie, par. “I felt like when I birdied 9, I was decent,” he said. “When I eagled 15, I knew I was in the middle of it.”



Jack Nicklaus joins Arnold Plamer (right) as an honorary starter for the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. on April 8, 2010.





Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Make smart decisions to not endanger yourself relatively safe campus; however, it’s not safe to assume that nothing will ever happen to you. But being safe doesn’t necessarily apply to making the choice to drink, you can never assume that you are always safe all the time. Even if you know your surroundings, anything is possible. This editorial may sound repetitive, and probably something that many are tired of hearing, but

Be responsible on campus Although we are in college to attain a higher education, college is about having fun and making memories that last a life time. While it is nice to relieve some stress from time to time with drinking and partying, there are many dangers that come with it and it is our responsibility to be safe.



The rape that was recently reported brings to our attention again the importance of being safe when making the decision to drink. The incident shows how we are not invincible and we shouldn’t not assume nothing can happen us, and how alcohol impairs our judgment. Marshall University is a

it is something that is happening on campus. It’s something that we have been hearing before we started college. But the reason so many people tell college students to be careful is so we will think and make smart decisions in these situations. When there is a crime committed on campus, know that it could happen to you. As we continue to mature




The death of an illusion In the great Middle East the verdict is in: The Jews are innocent. They aren’t responsible for the violence, extremism, backwardness, discontent or predatory government of their Arab neighbors. The past few months should have shattered the persistent illusion that the Israeli-Palestinian question determines all in the Middle East. In an essay in Foreign Policy magazine titled “The False Religion of Mideast Peace,” former diplomat Aaron David Miller recounts the conventional wisdom running back through the Cold War: “An unresolved Arab-Israeli conflict would trigger ruinous war, increase Soviet influence, weaken Arab moderates, strengthen Arab radicals, jeopardize access to Middle East oil, and generally undermine U.S. influence from Rabat to Karachi.” These assumptions have been a deeply simplistic understanding of the Arabs. Professional naif Jimmy Carter insists, “There is no doubt: The heart and mind of every Muslim is affected by whether or not the Israeli-Palestinian issue is dealt with fairly.” This is reductive to the point of insult. Carter thinks that Muslims have no interior lives of their own, but are all defined by a foreign-policy dispute that is unlikely to affect most of them directly in the least. He mistakes real people for participants in an endless Council on Foreign Relations seminar. Yet the pull of the illusion is so powerful that even those who don’t profess to believe in it, like George W. Bush, eventually get sucked in. Barack Obama came into office ready to deploy his charm and fulfill the millennial promise of the peace process once and for all. He couldn’t even get the Palestinians to sit down to negotiate with the Israelis, in an unintended “reset” to the situation decades ago. It’d be easier if the key to the Middle East really were sitting around a negotiating table with a couple of bottles of Evian, poring over a map adjudicating a dispute so familiar that people have built diplomatic, academic and journalistic careers on it. What to do when an ally invades another ally to knock around protesters in violation of our values? When a tin-pot dictator thumbs his nose at us and the rest of West and crushes his opponents with alacrity despite our earnest protestations? When popular uprisings threaten our allies more than our enemies? It makes the old peace process seem alluringly comfortable and manageable. No, the illusion will never die.

and grow through our college experience, we face more responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to make wise decisions that are not going to harm you or others. The Parthenon wants students and the Huntington community to continue to strive to be safe and make smart decisions.

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Have your parents ever nagged you about being a social media addict who wastes hours of time on websites like Facebook and Twitter? I hear it all the time: They say that maintaining online social “friendships” is superficial and pointless. Now, even experts argue that social media sites contribute to our narcissism. One argument is that Facebook can serve as an easy outlet for the self-loving among us to flaunt our personal lives to the public. It’s true that Facebook is always looking for innovative ways to cater to the individuality of its users. Perhaps you obsessively check Facebook throughout the day. You probably jump on your phone every time you receive a text message, hoping it’s a Facebook notification. Your fingers quiver with excitement as the suspense mounts. You wonder who of your 500 “friends” could be responsible for that bright red box on the top left corner of the screen. You click it. Another sign of online narcissism is when you pull your phone out of your bag during class Monday morning, squirming to post an update about how amazing your weekend was. You planned that status the night before, spending hours agonizing over the exact phrasing before finally impressing your online groupies with your witty words. It’s why Facebook has been successful. The site feeds into our guilty pleasures and provides an outlet for our naturally egotistical, adrenalinerush-loving selves. According to a recent national San Diego State University study, out of more than 1,000 college students, 92 percent of respondents said they use MySpace or Facebook regularly, and 84 percent go online several times per day. A whopping two-thirds agreed their generation is more self-promoting, narcissistic and attention-seeking than previous generations. A SDSU professor who collaborated on the study had this to say about the findings: “Research has shown that narcissistic people thrive on sites like Facebook, where self-centered people have more friends and post more attractive pictures of themselves.” And here’s the kicker: Almost 40 percent of those polled think being narcissistic online is “helpful for succeeding in a competitive world.”


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President Obama aims for grassroots encore BY JAMES OLIPHANT TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU MCT

WASHINGTON — Four years ago, Barack Obama was an upstart in the midst of becoming a phenomenon. Now, he’s an established juggernaut with the power of the presidency at his back. But his re-election bid, formally announced Monday, seeks to re-create the grassroots effort — the armies of volunteers, the flood of small donations, the spillover rallies — that marked his first campaign. Few things are more laden with cynicism than modern American politics, but in the video released Monday by Obama’s re-election campaign, the president clearly is asking the band to get back together for one more show — perhaps a little less starry-eyed but, ideally, as dedicated. And, yes, the H-word is making a return engagement. “I just saw the energy and hope he had for this country,” says a student named Mike from New York. “Even though I couldn’t vote at the time, I knew that someday I’d be able to help re-elect him. And that’s what I plan on doing.” Although Obama’s campaign again will be looking to an energized wave of young activists to help propel the operation, politically voters in the video such as Ed from North Carolina likely will be more crucial to whether it succeeds. Ed, a white, middle-age man from a state that Obama surprisingly captured in 2008, says that although he doesn’t agree with Obama “on everything, I respect him and I trust him.” Obama’s “stay the course” pitch will be aimed squarely at those swing voters.


Continued from Page 1 women to be safe and defend themselves is education,” Ballou said. “We have to educate them on what sexual assault is, and many of them don’t even know what it is.” Ballou said the class stresses risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition and risk avoidance. “It isn’t the physical techniques that we show but the education we teach that is the most important,” Ballou said. Ballou said after women are assaulted or abducted, they say they didn’t know what to do. “We change their response,” Ballou said. “We give them options and teach them they can take care of themselves and be aware.” Ballou said there are sexual assault survivors in the class, and many of them said they wished they had something like the class before their attack. “Most sexual assaults occur from somebody you are acquainted with,” Ballou said. “It isn’t usually a friend, but somebody you have met.”


Continued from Page 3 guy who doesn’t hit a lot of home runs,” Ballou said. “I’m more of a speed guy who tries to hit the ball into the gap in the outfield.” “I don’t care, give me a toothpick,” Ballou added with a laugh. The new bats have changed other aspects of the game, including fielding. “That’s something we worked on in the fall,” said Ballou, center fielder. “Some balls that would carry out now stop at the warning track. We have to get adjusted to running back and making good reads on the ball, knowing it’s not going to carry out like it used to.” The new bats have also affected the

The voices in the video provide a virtual map of the coming key battlegrounds. Along with Ed, there’s Gladys, a Latina suburban mother from Nevada; Katherine, an idealistic white mom from Colorado; and Alice, an African American woman from Michigan who says, “President Obama is one person. Plus, he’s got a job. We’re paying him to do a job. So we can’t just say, ‘Hey, can you take some time off and come and get us all energized, so we’d better figure it out.’ “ The West, including Latino-voter-heavy states such as Nevada and Colorado, and the Midwest rust belt will be fundamental to Obama’s chances, as well as duplicating the massive African-American turnout in urban and suburban areas. But of course, the call to grassroots arms masks a well-oiled political machine that is just beginning to crank up, one that could net the incumbent president a record $1 billion in campaign donations. And Monday’s announcement, in truth, is largely procedural — so that the money can start rolling in. Obama will have help in that regard. Two former White House aides are likely to form the kind of independent political group that helped Republicans rake in millions in last year’s congressional elections. More are sure to follow. Obama is expected to hold a series of early fundraisers in Chicago, San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and New York. Some will cost as much as $35,800 to attend. The president’s cast of campaign advisers looks remarkably similar to the last time around and will be spearheaded by David Axelrod, who left his White House post to mastermind the re-election from Chicago. Former White House communications director Robert Gibbs also will be on board, provided he does not, as rumored, take a job with

Ballou said when drugs and alcohol are involved, they completely change the way things are. “If you know self-defense and how to escape from a sexual assault but are intoxicated, techniques go out the window,” Ballou said. “You can’t defend yourself while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” Ballou said it doesn’t matter what size a girl is or how strong she is when it comes to learning self-defense. “You can rely on yourself as long as you are educated and given the right tools,” Ballou said. “You can feel strong about walking to your class and your apartment if you are aware.” Meaghan Jarrell, senior counseling major from Charleston, W. Va., has taken the class four times and is now in the advanced class where women learn in-depth self-defense moves. “I’m very passionate about self-defense and it gives me a sense of confidence,” Jarrell said. Jarrell said she feels empowered to go anywhere by herself and she is always aware of her surroundings. Self-defense training has inspired her to consider jobs

in correctional facilities. “I want to do correctional counseling in jails or juvenile facilities or work with domestic violence victims,” Jarrell said. Wittlee Retton, freshman public communications major from Fairmont, W. Va., heard about the class around campus and her grandmother encouraged her to take the class. “Anywhere I go, there is the risk of an aggressor,” Retton said. “My grandma thought it would be good information for me to have for the rest of my life.” Retton said the class has mentally affected her and she is more cautious and aware of her surroundings. “I think all women should take this course because it is so useful,” Retton said. “The class makes me feel safer because the statistics show that an attack could happen to anyone.” Jarrell said she believes the class is so effective and important that it should be mandatory for all women to take the class. The R.A.D. class, PEL120, is an eightweek course offered twice each semester. Kelley Bugler can be contacted at

way Marshall pitchers pitch. “It’s more about attacking the batter now,” said Arik Sikula, senior pitcher. “The biggest thing we preach is don’t walk batters. If they’re going to beat you, don’t let it be with a walk, hit-by-pitch or error. With the new bats, there are not as many hits. Last year, it was to try to nibble on the corner of the strike zone early and now it’s fastball right down the middle.” Marshall junior pitcher James White said the new bats have made him more relaxed while on the hill. “I don’t complain about the change to the bats because it increases the margin for error in case we miss a spot,” White said. “It gives hitters less of a chance of getting the sweet spot on the ball and giving us pitchers whiplash.”

Some coaches have even completely adjusted their style to the new bats, preaching to create runs with singles, walks, stolen bases, otherwise known as “small ball.” However, Waggoner is a coach who has only minimally adjusted his style. “I’ve always had small ball in my philosophy, especially with my seven, eight and nine hitters,” Waggoner said. “If anything is different, it is that the small ball is used a little more.” Ultimately, the new bats are preparing collegiate hitters for the big leagues and wooden bats make the proverbial “cream rise to the top,” as Sikula said it. “It really shows who can hit and who the better hitters in the game are.” Aaron Payne can be reached at

Facebook. The day-to-day operations in Chicago will be run by Jim Messina, the former White House deputy chief of staff. But another important asset will be Julianna Smoot, a D.C. insider whose short stint as White House social secretary deepened a network of national fundraising contacts. At the White House, Obama’s messaging will be guided by David Plouffe, an operative who was critical to the president’s mobilization efforts in the first campaign, and it will Plouffe’s job, working with new Chief of Staff William Daley, to keep the president’s focus on the issue that voters say they care about the most: the economy. Obama’s entry in the fold comes when the GOP field is still belatedly taking shape. One announced contender, Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, wasted no time in responding to the president’s announcement. And whereas Obama’s video was filled with his trademark positive messaging, Pawlenty, not surprisingly, is instead appealing to the deep fault line of unrest that runs through the electorate. One shot in his video shows lightning flashing over the White House in almost biblical fashion. The jittery 35-second clip focuses on economic themes including high gas prices and foreclosure rates, set against a dramatic musical score. “How can we win the future when we’re losing the present?” Pawlenty asks in the video, riffing on Obama’s “win the future” theme of January’s State of the Union address. “In order to take a new direction, it’s going to take a new president,” he says. As they say — it’s on.

Accuser in Duke lacrosse case held in stabbing BY THOMASI MCDONALD MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS MCT

DURHAM, N.C. — Crystal Mangum, the woman who was at the center of the Duke University lacrosse scandal, was charged with stabbing a man early Sunday at a Durham apartment. Policecharged Mangum, 32, with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to CRYSTAL MANGUM kill inflicting serious injury, according to a statement by the Durham Police Department. Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said officers were dispatched to a stabbing call at at 3:15 a.m. EDT Sunday. When the officers arrived, they found a 46-year-old man who had been stabbed in the torso. By late Sunday, police had not released the name of the male victim, who was described as Mangum’s boyfriend. The stabbing apparently occurred during an argument between the couple, police reported. The victim was taken to Duke Hospital for treatment

of serious injuries. Officers found Mangum in a nearby apartment. She was arrested and taken to the Durham County jail. She is being held in custody without benefit of bail, authorities said. Five years ago, Mangum accused members of the Duke lacrosse team of sexually assaulting her while she was working as a stripper for an escort service. The accusations were eventually labeled as false and the case was dismissed by state Attorney General Roy Cooper, but not before the case garnered nationwide attention. Mangum made the headlines again last year when Durham police charged her with felony arson, child abuse, vandalism and resisting a law enforcement officer. In February 2010, police accused Mangum of slashing the vehicle tires of her boyfriend, Milton Walker, smashing the windshield with a vacuum cleaner and setting fire to a pile of his clothes in a bathtub while the police and her three children were in her apartment. Mangum was convicted of child abuse, vandalism and resisting an officer. The felony arson charge against Mangum was dismissed earlier this year.





Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Marshall faculty member honored by Herald Dispatch BY JARED ROACH THE PARTHENON

This year’s winner of the Herald Dispatch Award for the Arts is none other than Marshall University’s own John Farley, who said the surprise still hasn’t worn off. “I’m pretty humbled,” Farley said. “It’s still sinking in.” Part of the reason Farley is still in awe is because of his connection to past winner Michael Cornfeld, who taught Farley at Marshall and acted as a mentor. “He left a really indelible mark on me in terms of drawing and what was important,” Farley said. “It was almost like teaching lessons that I try to pass on to my drawing students.” Each year, the Herald Dispatch gives out what is referred to as the citizens’ awards. Categories include business, community service, athletics and arts. “Typically, the recipients of this award are far more accomplished than me,” Farley said. “In a certain way, this award represents things that I have already done and in a way gives me incentive to live up to some of the predecessors.” “It’s unusual that the award would go to someone like John who’s still early in his career,” said Jaye Ike, Special Events Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts. Farley works at Marshall teaching Drawing I and II as well as serving as the director of both the Birke Art Gallery and Gallery 842. Farley said while being the curator of two art galleries has been challenging, it’s also been very

rewarding. “I think that it’s enabled me to have real life lessons and experience in these things rather than just studying what you should or shouldn’t do,” Farley said. “I’ve tried to find the best solutions just by experimenting and trying new things.” “Experience is always better than textbook knowledge,” Ike said. “You can read about how things work, but inevitably things will go wrong.” Farley said the purpose of the Birke Art Gallery is to be an accessible resource for students and faculty, as well as a way to spread the work of art students out to other Marshall departments. “The Birke brings something academic to any department on campus, not just the College of Fine Arts,” Ike said. Gallery 842 is intended to be an extension of the Birke, allowing Marshall students as well as local artists to display their work. “It puts our students into direct competition with artists within the community and beyond,” Farley said. “We want the students to succeed; we want them to be challenged and live up to their potential.” Despite the experience he’s gained and the award he’s won, Farley said the art department’s impact on Marshall is still the most important thing. “It’s really rewarding to spread the many good things we’re doing within the department,” Farley said. Jared Roach can be contacted at roach47@


John Farley recieved the Herald Dispatch Award for the Arts for his display in the Birke Art Gallery.

West Virginia writers commemorate former poet


Devon McNamara recollects her memories of McNeill as both a poet and a friend.


Marshall students, faculty and local community members gather to listen to West Virginia poets celebrate the writings of Louise McNeill. BY ASHLEY GROHOSKI THE PARTHENON

West Virginia poets joined together for the commemoration of Louise McNeill on Monday in the Shawkey Dining room. Audience members included students, faculty and locals interested in the history of the former writer and poet. McNeill was born and raised on a farm in Pocahontas County, W.Va, where her family had lived for nine generations. In 1930, she became a teacher for a one-room schoolhouse and began her journey as a published author in 1939. Several painted portraits of a young McNeill were available near the front of the room for audience members to see during the poetry readings. Featured poets Marianne Worthington, Chris Green, Devon McNamara and Mark Defoe participated in readings of both McNeill and their personal poems. Author and English Professor, A.E Stringer gave a brief history lesson on the life of McNeill before introducing the panel of West Virginia poets to the audience. “McNeill really gave out a great spirit,” Stringer said. “That was her legacy.” Stringer said McNeill’s work was a major voice on the national scene — still resonating among readers. The first poet to discuss McNeill was Marianna Worthington, a native from Knoxville, Tenn. She is the author of “Larger Bodies Than Mine,” which won her the 2007 Appalachian Book of the Year Award in Poetry. Worthington said she wanted readers to remember McNeill, not only as a West Virginian poet, but also as an American poet studying alongside of Robert Frost. “All civilizations have saved history with song and verse,” Worthington said. According to Worthington, social justice and civil rights were important issues in 1989, and they qualified as major

topics in McNeill’s poems. She began with the first reading of a murder ballad titled, “The First Settler.” Her second reading, “Timber Boom,” was one of the few that were written in first person unlike McNeill’s other third person poems. Worthington ended her reading with “The River,” a poem about the effects of coal mining and the timber industry. The second speaker on the panel was Chris Green, a poet, scholar, and English professor at Marshall University. His work was also published, co-editing “Coal: A Poetry Anthology.” Green said McNeill had a great-unknown presence because of the wrath that she went after. Green read five poems, including one of his personal writings. Devon McNamara, poet, essayist and professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College was the third reader of the evening. McNamara met McNeill when first moving to West Virginia, and they became good friends. She read a few of McNeill’s poems, including one that is originally written for children. “Although this is a children’s poem, it is still very important to us as adults,” McNamara said. The evening ended with Mark Defoe’s section of readings beginning with describing McNeill’s poetry as formalistic writing. He said people seem to think when poets may not appear as serious when they use the rhyme meter while writing. He read a few examples of McNeill’s more serious poems that were written in rhyme meter, including one about nuclear acceleration. He said the poem is especially relevant because of Japan’s recent struggles. He finished his section of the evening with three poems that were set in Appalachia, both about Stonewall Jackson and the Gauley River. Ashley Grohoski can be contacted by



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