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Monday, February 14, 2011

Women fall to UCF in Jam the Cam



Military takes over in Egypt as Mubarak steps down. Page 3.


Grammy Awards should focus on talent, not profits Page 2.


Valentine’s Day has its roots in the Catholic church. Page 4.


Junior guard Alaya Mitchell dribbles around a UCF player in Sunday’s game. The UCF Knights beat the Herd 71-59. More than 700 fans attended the annual Jam the Cam event.

Approximately 714 women’s basketball fans showed up yesterday to cheer on the Thundering Herd during the tenth annual “Jam the Cam,” but the enthusiasm of the crowd was not enough as UCF got the 7159 victory. Marshall (6-18, 2-9 C-USA) started the contest shooting well by making two of its first three shot from the field and took a 7-5 lead in the fist five minutes. However, UCF (14-10, 7-4 C-USA) locked down defensively and held Marshall to five of 23 from the field in the remaining 15 minutes of the first half. Starting senior forward Tynikki Crook, who finished the contest with a team-high 19 points, said that Marshall’s poor shooting was not completely due to the Knights’ defense. “I think they did a pretty good job of changing their defenses and we had to read them a little bit,” Crook said. “We got open shots though and we just couldn’t hit them.” On the other side, the Herd did not seem to have an answer for UCF’s starting senior guard D’Nay Daniels. Daniels created havoc for Marshall’s defense, hitting five of 10 shots for a team and game-high 11 points in the first half. The Knights used Daniels’ 11 first half points and multiple runs to take a 31-23 lead into the locker room. Marshall’s shooting woes carried over into the beginning of the second half as the team made only one out of three shots in the first five minutes. The Knights’ capitalized using a 12-4 run to balloon their lead out to 14. Marshall starting junior guard Rashedah Henriques said that the defense came up short during this and many other Knights’ runs. “We just tried to get some stops,” Henriques said. “Unfortunately we could not get them.” The Herd battled back, cutting the lead down to six points, with a 10-2 run capped by a shot from starting junior guard Alaya Mitchell, which barely beat the shot clock. See JAM I 3

Pentagon budget multiplies as security threats grow By Nancy A. Youssef MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS (MCT)

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WASHINGTON — Despite calls on Capitol Hill for major defense budget cuts, the Pentagon this week will unveil the largest budget in its history — driven by an expanding list of what defines national security. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said his proposed $553 billion budget “represents, in my view, the minimum level of defense spending that is necessary, given the complex and unpredictable array of security challenges the United States faces around the globe.” Those challenges now include pandemic diseases, piracy, human trafficking, rising oceans, national debt, education, cyber warfare, the wars on terrorism and traditional state-to-state threats. But defense analysts, budget experts and some members of Congress take a more jaundiced view, saying the insistence that the U.S. fund a military poised to address every type of possible threat not only thwarts efforts to control the deficit, but also makes it difficult to set priorities on what threats the nation really faces. During the Cold War, the military had to be prepared to fight two simultaneous wars. Now, it must be good at everything. “The strategy doesn’t drive the budget. It’s the other way around,” said Christopher Preble, the director for foreign policy studies at

the libertarian Cato Institute. “What you have is an existing force structure and then Washington trying to figure out how to use it.” Pentagon planning documents show the extent of the problem — experts said the list of threats the military cites has never been so expansive. In his annual guidance this year to U.S. troops on what he thinks should be the Pentagon’s priorities, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, named Afghanistan, China, Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan as areas the U.S. must focus on. He called for stressing cyber warfare and the health of the force as well. The Pentagon’s quadrennial defense review, which the military produces, in part, to outline its priorities and shape its budget, last year called for U.S. forces to be prepared for a range of warfare “from homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities, to deterrence and preparedness missions — occurring in multiple and unpredictable combinations.” It called climate change “an accelerant of instability,” marking the first time such a document linked environmental issues with national security. On pandemic disease, the report found that “detecting, diagnosing, and determining the origin of a pathogen will enable U.S. authorities to better respond to future disease outbreaks and identify whether they, are natural or man-made. Accordingly, we are expanding the biological threat reduction

program to countries outside the former Soviet Union in order to create a global network for surveillance and response.” And on piracy and human trafficking, the review found the U.S. must invest more in “regional maritime security organizations in order to protect vital sea lines of communication.” Doing all that will require 3 percent more money next year, Gates has said, not including spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Such a boost would mark the 14th year in a row that Pentagon spending has increased, despite the disappearing presence in Iraq. In dollar terms, Pentagon spending has more than doubled in 10 years. Even adjusted for inflation, the Defense Department budget has risen 65 percent over the past decade. Gates has proposed some modest trims that total about $78 billion over five years and shrinking by 47,000 the size of the Army and the Marines Corps in 2015. But the bottom line figure would still go up during that time, with projected spending totaling $643 billion in 2015 and $735 billion on 2020. Even with the reduction in staffing forecast for 2015, the Army and Marines Corps would be larger than they were when the Iraq and Afghanistan wars began. That approach has angered some and frustrated others. “It’s hard to say (Washington) made tough choices,” said Lawrence Korb, a budget expert at the Center for American Progress.



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“We’re broke. What’s really dangerous


is if we continue to do nothing and allow the status quo to stay in place.” Speaker of the House John Boehner, about the president’s proposed budget

Monday, February 14, 2011


What is more preventative than birth control? The health care reform bill requires insurers to provide preventive health services without additional charge. An independent panel has been recruited to decide which services count as preventive. The Obama administration says it expects contraception to be among them. Birth control is an essential component of a healthy life for many women who choose or are advised by their doctors to use it. A predictable opposition is


forming around the issue. The members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Family Research Council have thrown their weight behind insurance companies, saying companies should not be forced to violate their consciences in providing contraceptives. Where, one might ask, was all this talk of the insurance companies’ consciences when they were denying coverage to people

with preexisting conditions? The controversy is again illustrative of the disturbing chasm between the compassion certain groups feel toward fetuses versus fully formed human beings. Some may question whether birth control is actually preventive medicine. A spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops, for example, claimed that pregnancy is not a disease to be prevented. We should be wary of defining

disease too narrowly. If one of your limbs, for example, were amputated in an accident, then you would not exactly suffer from a disease, but you would expect your medical insurance to pay for your expensive medical condition. Health insurance covers a wide range of conditions that require professional medical attention. Pregnancy should be one of them. Unfortunately, it’s not. Many individual insurance plans can refuse


coverage or charge higher premiums to pregnant women. And such denials won’t be illegal until a provision of the Health Care Reform takes effect in 2014. The costs of any pregnancy are high. Parenting Weekly estimates that prenatal care and delivery cost, on average, is at least $6,800. Women should have access to the drugs that help them avoid the expense and dangers of pregnancy if they choose.



Heartfelt congratulations to all the people of Egypt

Grammy awards should focus on talent, not profits

he story began when the former President Anwar Sadat appointed current president Hosni Mubarak as vice president of Egypt in 1975. Sadat, who was the leader of the air forces during the Oct. 6 war against Israel, surpassed so many military leaders and political figures to appoint Mubarak. Disastrously, Mubarak was a 48-year-old general from the air force who had no political experience of any kind. When Sadat was assassinated in 1981, Mubarak was directly appointed as president. In the beginning, he tended to take neutral decisions to satisfy Western policies. After a while, when he settled down, he tended to appoint people who were loyal to him to political positions, beginning with the head of the military and the cabinet and ending with senators and members of local cabinets and syndicates. The situation was bleak before Jan. 24. There was almost no political contribution for individuals, and the economic situation of the country was suffering from huge amounts of foreign debts, which reflected on individual income and prices. Also, the excessive use of power against opposition from opposing parties — movements like Muslim Brotherhood and individuals like Khaled Saeed, a 28-year-old Egyptian from Alexandria who was murdered in 2010 by two police officers because he had some evidence against some police department officers. After more than two weeks of demonstrations and protests, the Egyptian people are seeking their freedom no matter what it takes. Protesters in Tahrir Square are willing to die in order for their wishes to come true. Appointing Omar Suleiman as a vice president after the position has been vacant for 30 years, and replacing the cabinet with faces from Mubarak’s same loyal regime is not deceiving people anymore. Actually, people right now are much more aware of what is happening to them and what they are achieving more than ever — both because they have been going through this for 30 years and saw 300 people die during the first five days’ demonstrations. Claims of creating a political gap if Mubarak stepped down immediately is not threatening them at all.

If you’re of the belief that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is living up to its website overview’s claim to “honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position,” then I strongly recommend a brief scan of this year’s Grammy nominations. Yes, those treasured golden gramophones are getting doled out Sunday night, sure to return to the usual clutches of the undeserving and profit-minded. Examples include once-talented megastars Eminem and Kings of Leon, teen sensations Katy Perry, the cast of “Glee” and Justin Bieber, dinosaurs of rock Robert Plant and Neil Young. Then there’s John Mayer. Seriously, John Mayer is like the evil lord Sauron of the Grammys— it’s like they’re trying to return to their master. The academy is resistant to modernity, bent upon spectacle and a general menace to any “product” unlikely to rise above the outcome. In a time when buzz bands are discovered, emerge and flare out online in mere months, the academy just sits back and judges “excellence” by the profits that roll in when they ought to be in search of an original band or sound. Here are a few brief examples of their ineptitude before we dive into my predictions for this year’s winners. Had Kanye West chosen to unveil his “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” two months later, Big Boi’s progressive production “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty” would’ve claimed the honor of Best Rap Album of 2010 in my book. It would’ve achieved the same feat in any of the three years preceding 2010 as well, during which Jive Records (owned by Sony Music Entertainment) refused to promote the record because it wasn’t radio-friendly. The collaboration with OutKast band mate André 3000 and Raekwon, “Royal Flush,” was torpedoed as an Internet single and the whole project was delayed for years, denying people the joy of listening to “Shutterbugg”, which charted at No. 20 in this country, and the smooth Gucci Mane collaboration’s “Shine Blockas.” It only took eight years and a sold-out Madison Square Garden show before the academy invited Arcade Fire, who have been performing the hell out of “Wake Up” in tiny clubs since 2003, to play the Grammys this year alongside Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and others.



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Egyptian military dissolves parliament By Raja Abdulrahim, Ned Parker and Jeffrey Fleishman LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT)

CAIRO - Egypt’s military disbanded the country’s parliament and suspended the constitution on Sunday, saying it will rule for six months or until presidential and parliamentary elections are held, according to a statement by the military council read on state television. The announcement, which came two days after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, met some of the demands of anti-government protesters who for nearly three weeks demonstrated against Mubarak and the parliament, demanding constitutional reforms. Parliamentary elections held in November were considered fraudulent and marred by mass arrests, pressure on independent candidates, news-media harassment and a boycott by some opposition groups. Last week, in the final days of Mubarak’s rule, hundreds gathered in front of the parliament building in addition to the thousands in Tahrir Square. The army appeared to have left in place the Cabinet, which is running the country.

Earlier Sunday, the army began to clear Tahrir Square, the center of the protests, tearing down tents and opening it to traffic. The dozens of soldiers in olive fatigues and red berets surrounded the one remaining stage for protesters, while cars honked and drove around the city hub for the first time since Jan. 25, when people erupted in rage against Mubarak. It was a further sign of the military’s determination to restore the nation’s capital to normal. The popular uprising shut down Egypt’s economy, sparked fighting and froze activity in downtown Cairo, home to the government and major businesses. Scores of soldiers fanned out into the remaining tent cities on the square and tore them down. The families and young people, who had been squatting, largely complied and accepted that Tahrir Square no longer belonged to them. The soldiers dismantled the plastic tarps and walked among papers, trash and a child’s lost teddy bear. One teenager shoved and pushed at the soldiers and cried at having to leave. One protester who was evicted warned that the army will never meet the Egyptians’ demands for more democracy and an end to decades-long emergency decrees if the

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demonstrators surrendered Tahrir Square. “We don’t want to leave,” said Mohammed Shaheen. “They’ll never give up the emergency laws. And they’ll use them to put people in jail.” As the campers watched the army clear the square, a parade of police and ordinary Egyptians materialized like a flash flood. The police were raised on people’s shoulders and waved Egyptian flags. “The police and army are one,” they chanted. The policemen pumped their fists and converged with the protesters’ stage. “God is great, God is great,” the two groups roared, while cars beeped and inched forward, as if nothing unusual had happened. Some responded in anger at the police. One young man tried to charge them. “The police killed us! Don’t believe them,” he shouted before a group pulled him back. Others looked on, bemused. Tahrir Square was slowly returning to normal. They believed the people had won. “We are taking our freedom,” said Wael Mustafa. He smiled at the soldiers, protesters, police and cars bumper to bumper. He predicted that if the army didn’t keep its word, “the people will come back.” But he was sure better days were coming.


Continued from Page 1 However, about two minutes later, UCF’s freshman guard Aarika Judge hit a three pointer and sparked a 11-2 Knight’s run. The closest Marshall came for the remainder of the contest was eight points with around four minutes remaining, but again UCF went on another run that sealed the eventual 12 point win. According to head coach Royce Chadwick, his team has struggled when their opponent can build momentum. “It looked like things were starting to go our way and then they hit that three,” Chadwick said. “We have a hard time coming back when things don’t go our direction.” After the game, Chadwick said a big reason Marshall struggled was due to UCF’s offensive rebounds. “I thought the difference in the game was offensive boards,” Chadwick said. “They had 15 offensive rebounds and we shouldn’t have given up 15 offensive rebounds.” UCF capitalized on those offensive rebounds collecting 18 second-chance points as opposed to only four second-chance points for Marshall. The Herd will be back in action Thursday when the team takes on the Blazers of UAB. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center. Aaron Payne can be contacted at


David Libengood, freshman psychology major from Weirton, W. Va. and Matt Capua, sophomore theater production major from Hewitt, W. Va., practice a live action role playing game called Nero Larp at Buskirk Field.


Men’s basketball Marshall jazz to offer advance combo performing tickets to students at Funny Bone for Valentine’s Day


The Marshall University men’s basketball team will now offer tickets to students two days before each home basketball game. The team will play four of its six remaining games at the Cam Henderson Center, before beginning the Conference USA Tournament in El Paso, Texas. Asstistant Athletic Director of Ticketing Aaron Goebbel said the choice to allow students to pick up tickets before the games came after the high demand for tickets after the Memphis game. “The participation with our students has been greater than it’s ever been,” Goebbel said. “Even if we’ve had bigger crowds here, the student outcry has never been nearly what it is.” Tickets for Wednesday games will be available for pickup each Monday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the ticket office in the Cam Henderson Center. Students will then be able to pick up Saturday game tickets Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Students still must enter the game through the upper level Gate E. However, they will not need to present their student IDs upon entrance.

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A group of Marshall University students will provide entertainment for a special Valentine’s Day event at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. The Funny Bone Comedy Club is hosting a candlelit dinner with live jazz music Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the club’s showroom. The jazz group Project Post Bop will perform during the evening. “It’s going to be live jazz and a romantic, candlelit dinner. We have a special menu for the evening,” said Sherri Shaw, event coordinator and office manager for the Funny Bone. A special dinner package will be offered Monday night. For $50, attendees will get one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert and two nonalcoholic beverages. Gratuity is included in the price. Shaw said it is appreciated if those planning to attend make a reservation before the event. No deposit is required to make a reservation. The Funny Bone Comedy Club is located at 26 Pullman Square. The club hosts standup comedians each weekend. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. The club features a menu including appetizers, dinners and desserts along with a full bar. A minimum two-item purchase is required after entering the showroom. For reservations or more information about upcoming comedy acts at the Funny Bone, call 304-781-5653. A calendar of upcoming events, along with the dining menu and other information about the club, can be found at





Monday, February 14, 2011

A look into the history of Valentine’s Day THE PARTHENON

Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world by millions of people, but the actual holiday originated from the martyrdom of a saint. Saint Valentine was murdered on February 14th between AD 269 and263. One of the reasons for his murder was thought to have been because of his willingness to marry Christian couples. “Being Christian was

not a crime back then, but not worshiping the emperor was,” said John Benson, local chaplain. Benson said that while marrying Christian couples in church was frowned upon, in his personal opinion he thinks Valentine refused to honor the emperor and that was the main reason for his murder. Very little is known about the saint. He is buried outside of Rome, the specific location unknown. B e n s o n s a i d

i t w a s n ’t u n t i l t h e late 1300s that people started relating the holiday to romantic affection. Many people now celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, not as a religious holiday, but as a way to celebrate loved ones. Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with the giving of chocolates, cards, and gifts showing affection towards one another.


“A Winter’s Delight” performed by Huntington Symphony Orchestra BY JARED ROACH THE PARTHENON

The Huntington Symphony Orchestra, joined by accomplished guest conductor Maestro John Koshak, performed a new show titled “A Winter’s Delight” at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. “I thought it was a fabulous show. Any time we have the symphony in the building it’s always a great crowd and the performances are always entertaining and excellent,” said Donna May, event coordinator at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. According to the news release, Koshak received numerous awards including the Superior Performance Award for his work in Germany and the ASCAP Award from the American Symphony Orchestra League. He has also received rave reviews for his many performances, both in America and abroad. “This was certainly one of the top ten,” May said

I thought that it gave off a good vibe and I thought that the music definitely portrayed

some good emotions in it,” -Cassandra Jones comparing the concert to the Huntington Symphony’s previous performances. “A Winter’s Delight” featured an array of musical styles from different eras, ranging from 1880s classical to 1930s jazz. The concert consisted of music from composers Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Malcolm Arnold and Edward “Duke” Ellington. According to Koshak, the variety in the music played at the concert was designed to appeal to those who may not have an interest in classical music. The concert began slowly with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, gradually becoming more upbeat and up-tempo, continuing with Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No.5” and

ending with Ellington’s famous song “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.” “Obviously great choices like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and they’ve been playing extremely well. I’m very happy with it. Great acoustics here in this theater,” Gary Berg, senior medical student at Marshall University said, commenting on the selection of music. T. Hogan Haas, CEO executive director of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, said part of the intent of the concert was to make it a more upbeat, lively experience. “I thought that it gave off a good vibe and I thought that the music definitely portrayed some good emotions in it,” said Cassandra Jones, senior at Huntington High School. “I think that it really does have a good meaning behind it and the works are very nice. I’d definitely come back if I had the opportunity to.” “It was phenomenal,” Berg said. Jared Roach can be contacted at

“The Bitten Word” blog named one of world’s best food blogs McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)


There they sit. On your coffee table. Enticing cover stacked on top of enticing cover. That tasty photo of the bestever brownies calling your name. And yet, while you may have browsed that latest edition of Bon Appetit or Cooking Light, you’ve done nothing with it. Much like you, and me, Clay Dunn and Zach Patton had the same issue, until early 2008 when a Serious Eats post, www.seriouseats. com, inspired them to do more. They resolved

to cook at least one recipe from each magazine and started the blog The Bitten Word, The D.C.-based duo tries out recipes from Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Cook’s Illustrated, Food & Wine, Everyday Food, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur and Food Network Magazine, and also features family recipes and occasionally their own creations. Recent try-outs have included Tandoori-Marinated Chicken with Cucumber, Lime and Chiles from Martha Stewart Living; Beetand-Apple Salad from

Food & Wine; and Mini Mocha Cheesecakes from Everyday Food. They’ve also given us “9 Unforgettable Meals” from their recent trip to South America. The write-up included beautiful photos and dishes like faina, a fried chickpea bread, saffron risotto with chicken and perfectly cooked Argentinean steak. It’s easy to see why they were named “one of 50 of the world’s best food blogs” by The London Times. (c) 2011, McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Sample from “The Bitten Word” recipe blog

Valentine’s dinner for two Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living | The Bitten Word

Active Time: 20 minutes Total time: Up to overnight Serves 4 to 6 1½ teaspoons whole cumin seeds 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds ½ teaspoon whole fennel seeds 1 onion, coarsely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons minced ginger 3 tablespoons vegetable oil ½ teaspoon ground turmeric ½ cup Greek yogurt Coarse salt 1 whole chicken (about 4½ pounds) Cucumbers, lime wedges, and chiles (such as Serrano) 1. Toast cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Grind into a fine powder. 2. Purée onion, garlic, and ginger. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion mixture. Fry until

translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in spice mixture and turmeric. Let cool. 3. Stir yogurt into onion mixture. Season with salt. 4. Place chicken, breast side up, on a rimmed baking sheet, and tuck wings under. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Gently separate skin from breast of chicken, and rub some of the yogurt mixture under the skin on each side. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. 5. Preheat oven to 450°. Uncover chicken, and season with salt. Reduce oven temperature to 400°. Roast chicken for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and tent loosely with foil. Return to oven, rotating sheet. Roast until juices run clear and an instantread thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh reaches 165°, about 30 minutes more. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving with cucumbers, lime wedges, and chiles. PAGE EDITED AND DESIGNED BY ASHLEY GROHOSKI- GROHOSKI1@MARSHALL.EDU


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