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A civil rights activist visited Marshall University on Thursday to talk about her experiences as a Freedom Rider in Georgia. Joan C. Browning rode public transportation in 1961 to ensure the 1960 Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in public facilities was being enforced. Her last trip was on Nov. 1 aboard a train headed for Albany, Ga. “Nine of us got on a train in Atlanta heading for Albany,” Browning said. “I was the last person chosen for that ride, so I call myself the last Freedom Rider.” Browning said she was the only white female imprisoned for 10 days following the last ride and had a cell all to herself while all of the African-American females were packed into one cell. “We had agreed to all stay in jail until freedom came,” Browning said. “But we decided I should be bailed out because some of the white men in the community had made some threatening remarks.” Browning said the group was first

charged with conspiracy to overthrow Georgia’s state government, but it was reduced to disturbing the peace six months later. “You have to find something to stand up for in order to put joy in your life,” Browning said. Browning said her first awareness of civil rights issues was in 1955 when Georgia changed its state flag to include the Confederate flag in the design. Sandra Clements, Huntington councilwoman representing District Five, said this is a good chance for students to find out who the Freedom Riders were and what they did. “It’s fascinating to learn why they chose to leave their hometown to help other people fight for their right to vote,” Clements said. “It had to be very scary but also exciting as well. It would have been very satisfying to finally get

people to the polls.” Clements said many students today do not know about what happened during the civil rights era. “If we don’t talk about history then history will repeat itself,” Clements said. Christina Harris, freshman secondary English education major from White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., did not know who the Freedom Riders were and said it was interesting that whites were involved. “It wasn’t just a group of blacks who tore down signs that induced segregation and racial inequality,” Harris said. Browning said if she presently had the opportunity to stand up for something, then it would be protecting children and the elderly from violence as well as protecting wives from domestic violence. Browning said a new documentary has been made about the Freedom Riders and contains actual footage from some of the original rides. Kelley Bugler can be contacted at bugler@marshall.edu.

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The Marshall University Board of Governors met yesterday to discuss a $25 million dollar bond for an engineering complex and approved an official Marshall University Day to be celebrated next month. The board discussed funding for an engineering complex and the financial resources that would aid in its construction. A total of $50 million dollars is needed, currently only $25 million is held for the construction. “Provost Gayle Ormiston will form a committee to further handle the issue,” said Stephen Kopp, president of Marshall University. The original scope for the complex was $50 million. Marshall is currently seeking ways to gather the additional $25 million. The committee will come back with a proposal to the Board of Governors on April 28. Kopp said that students will not see an increase in their fees for the building and that there has been talk about potential donors. The board voted to designate March 2 as “Marshall University Day.” The day signifies when Marshall obtained university status after being Marshall College since its opening. The day will be celebrated both on Marshall’s campus and at West Virginia’s Capitol in Charleston. The board voted on the motion unanimously. No objections were voiced. The board will seek an

New computer technology has arrived at Drinko Library: A collaboration tool that allows students to share information from their individual computers on one central screen. The “media:scape” computer tool enables students to attach up to six separate computers to one “switcher” that is built into a table in the center of the Collaboration Room. Students can work on their own computers, and by pressing a button on the “switcher” device a shared screen on the wall will display what is happening on the computer that the “switcher” is set to. “This unit makes working in groups much easier,” said Jody Perry, director of information resources in Drinko Library, “if you’re working on a group project it’s a good way to collaborate.”

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Different members of a group can be working on various tasks on their computers and easily display their progress or discoveries to the other group members by “switching” over to their computer. This makes correspondence and organization much simpler for people working in groups. “It’s a really good tool for students to use for collaboration,” said Johnny Bradley, supervisor of the Drinko Library circulation desk. “They’re supposed to be getting a few more and they are going to bring in a vendor to showcase similar equipment.” Less than two weeks old, this tool is currently set up on Drinko Library’s second floor behind the Writing Center and students do not need a reservation to use the device. The tool can be used with a Mac or a PC, but attaching a Mac to the “switcher” requires a converter. “When it arrived it was installed at nine in the morning and by two they caught

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students using it,” Bradley said, “they figured out how to use it on their own. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to turn it on.” This new technology comes to Marshall with the benefit of students in mind, according to Perry, every year on Assessment Day when students are asked what they want from the library, their response is almost always a request for new technology. “Over the last few years we’ve been trying to find more innovative ways for students to use technology,” Perry said. “Any time we do have something new we advertise it on the digital signage, which are the TVs in the library.” For more information on this device, visit www.steelcase.com, or contact the Drinko Library Circulation Desk or the Writing Center. Jordan can be contacted at bean19@marshall. edu.

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All information was provided by Marshall University Police Department. Bag burglary At 2 p.m. on Feb. 15, a backpack was taken from a computer station on the third floor of Drinko library. The complainant said she had left the bag unattended for approximately 30 minutes and, upon returning, she realized it was gone. There was an anatomy textbook and a lab manual inside the bag. MUPD estimated the value of the belongings at $400 and have no suspects at this time. Missing files On Feb. 15, a Hewlett-Packard laptop was reported stolen from a resident’s room in Twin Towers East between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. The resident said he did not lock his door. Marshall University

Police Department estimated the value of the laptop at $800 and have no suspects at this time. Body damage On Feb. 15, a silver Volvo S60 was reported damaged to the Marshall University Police Department. The owner said she had parked the car at 11 p.m. on Feb. 14, and she saw that it was damaged when she returned around 12:40 a.m. the next day. According to the police report, the vehicle looked like it had taken “damage from a body or person.” MUPD reported having no suspects at this time. Disturbing the peace At 12:03 a.m. on Feb. 14, the Marshall University Police Department responded to a complaint at Drinko Library regarding an unknown white male harassing people in and around the building. Officers identified Terry Wetzel Phillips, 22, as the suspect and

realized Phillips had an active warrant for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Phillips was transported to Western Regional Jail. Taking a power nap MUPD officers responded to a call at 9:50 p.m. on Feb. 11 regarding an intoxicated person outside Holderby Residence Hall. When officers arrived, they found Devin L. Hill, 19, lying in the grassy area behind the building. Hill was issued an arrest citation for unlawful drinking under 21. Fly like a G6 At 12:17 p.m. on Feb. 11, a red Pontiac G6 in space parking space 353 was reported struck while it was parked in the Stadium parking lot. The owner said she had parked the car that morning around 9 a.m. and, when she returned at noon, she noticed some damage to the rear bumper. Marshall University director of public safety

James Terry said that the incident is still under investigation. Super bad The Marshall University Police Department responded to a call at 3:11 a.m. on Feb. 11 in the North First Year Residence Hall saying that a seemingly intoxicated male was walking around the outside of the building andinside the lobby. The responding officer found Thomas Samuel Buxton, 18, of Round Hill, Va. in the lobby when he arrived at the residence hall. The officer reported Buxton having red glassy eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. When the officer asked Buxton for his driver’s license, the resident handed the officer his brother’s license instead. According to the police report, Buxton was issued a citation for unlawful drinking under 21 and possession of a fake I.D. Tyler Wolfe can be contacted at wolfe109@ marshall.edu.

Medical researcher honored at luncheon BY CHRYSTAL PHILLIPS THE PARTHENON

An associate professor for the department of biochemistry and microbiology was honored yesterday at a luncheon hosted by the Women in Medicine and Science program. Professor Elaine Hardman was recognized for her achievements throughout her career and was asked to speak about her success as a woman in the medical and science field. The program is hosted about four times a year and features guests who speak to a collective group of women about their achievements. “She is a very accomplished researcher not only in the area, but nationally,” said Professor

Darshana Shah, the associated dean for professional development in medical education. “So I think that it would be a great opportunity for young people to look up to her and to see how she has gone the path she did.” Professor Shah is in charge of the program and said that its purpose was for students to learn by hearing her success story. Professor Hardman has been working in the area of nutrition and cancer research for a b o u t 2 0 y e a r s . C u r r e n t l y, h e r research about the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on breast cancer has received six externally funded grants, including large grants form the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

“She has a love of knowledge and she imparts that onto her students,” said Anne Silvis, a graduate student and Ph.D candidate for cancer biology. “She gets them excited about research and excited about the world of science.” As she spoke to the collective group of women, who were not only graduate students but also professors, she said that she always knew what she wanted to do with her life and that was science. Professor Hardman completed three years of her undergraduate degree by the time she turned 18 and then married. She raised her family and went back to school to finish her degree and later earned her master ’s. While she was a graduate student, she received her first funding

grant and has received funding ever since. “There is always a overriding importance for what she does and that is always apparent when you are talking to her about anything in her research,” Silvis said. One of the graduate students in attendance said she found her story to be not only interesting, but also inspiring. “I have three young children myself and had also married young a n d r e t u r n e d t o s c h o o l , ” s a i d Ta m a r a Tr o u t , g r a d u a t e s t u d e n t f o r the medical science program. “I always thought ‘how am I going to do it?’ but then you meet someone like Professor Hardman and it shows that you can do it.” Chrystal Phillips can be contacted at phillips152@marshall.edu.

Arrest made in poisoning of Auburn’s oaks BY ANDY BITTER MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS (MCT)

AUBURN, Ala. In front of Sa m f o r d Hall, just dow n t h e block from th e d y ing Toomer ’s C o r n e r oaks, Auburn p o l i c e chief Tommy Da w s o n gave a candid o p i n ion about Harvey Almorn Updyk e J r. , the 62-year-old m a n accused of p o i s o n ing the unive r s i t y ’s iconic trees. “This is a p e rson who obv i o u s l y has problems t o d o something like t h i s , ” Dawson said. Only hours after Auburn University announced its historic downtown oak trees had been poisoned by a herbicide called Spike 80DF and would likely perish, Updyke, from Dadeville, Ala., was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of criminal mischief, a Class C felony that is punishable with one to 10 years in prison. Updyke, who was held on $50,000 bail, made an initial appearance in Lee County District Court to hear the charges. As of Thursday evening, he was still incarcerated at the Lee County Detention Center. Dawson said Updyke could face additional federal charges. “We are consulting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation

and the EPA folks and that is certainly a possibility,” Dawson said. “We’re looking at all our options right now. We’re talking with several federal agencies to determine what charges are appropriate here and the direction we need to go with it.” Auburn horticultural experts expressed little hope that the trees, which are estimated to be 130 years old, could be saved. “It’s an emotional question,” said Stephen Enloe, an assistant professor of Agronomy and Soils, who got choked up. “I always want to hold out hope. Based upon the technical experts I have consulted with around the country, the concentration of Spike found within the soil would suggest there’s a very low probability of survival.” Updyke was arrested at 1:26 a.m. Thursday morning at the Auburn police office, although Dawson would not say i f h e t u r ned hims e l f i n . D a w son said p o l i c e a r e s t ill invest i g a t i n g b u t do not anticipate making a n y o t h e r a r rests. “I do believe he acted alone,” Dawson said. An investigation into who poisoned the trees, which are traditionally rolled with toilet paper following Auburn football victories, had been ongoing

for several weeks. A court affidavit filed Thursday indicated an investigation into the possible poisoning of the trees began late last month based on two phone calls. The first was a Jan. 27 call on Paul Finebaum’s syndicated radio show by someone named “Al from Dadeville,” who claimed to have poisoned the Toomer ’s oaks with Spike 80DF a few weeks after the Tigers’ 28-27 Iron Bowl victory on Nov. 26. The caller said it was in retaliation for Auburn fans putting a jersey of quarterback Cam Newton on a statue of famed Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant after the game. Soil tests confirmed the presence o f S p i k e 8 0 D F, a n herbicide used to eliminate vegetation, most commonly along fence roads. Around Feb. 7, a professor at Auburn’s Turfgrass Management and Weed Science received a suspicious telephone message from someone who claimed to have knowledge about the tree poisonings. The message was recorded and was consistent with the voice on the radio show, according to the affidavit. Auburn police obtained telephone records from Auburn University and made

a covert call to the number from the suspicious message. The voice that answered was similar to that on the two phone calls. An investigation aided by the FBI, U.S. Marshals, State of Alabama Department of Agricultural I n d u s tries and Ta l l a p o o s a County S h e r i f f ’s o f fice led p o l i c e t o Updyke. U p d y k e a d mitted to p o l i c e a b o u t making t h e p h o n e calls to th e F i n e b a u m Radio Sh o w a n d t h e Auburn p r o f e s s o r, the affida v i t s a i d . H e later den i e d a c t u a l l y poisoning t h e t r e e s . New Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese asked the court to put additional conditions on Updyke’s $50,000 bond: prohibit him from entering the Auburn campus, prohibit him from possessing any firearms, weapons, or any toxic or dangerous chemicals, substances, or herbicides and mandating he enter an anger management program. Treese and Dawson declined to get into specifics of the case to avoid j e o p a r d i z i n g the invest i g a t i o n . The court app o i n t e d P h i l i p Ty l e r a s U p d y k e ’s a t t o r n e y, b u t Ty l e r l a t e r filed a motion to be removed from the case, citing a “clear conflict” of interest. The motion said Tyler ’s law firm

currently represents Auburn U n i v e r s i t y, the victim in the case. Ty l e r w a s a f o r m e r part-time professor at Auburn University and, as a resident in the city since 1988, h a s “ n u m e r o u s p e rsonal and family ties” to the school. Auburn University President Jay Gogue praised the investigative work of the Auburn police. “This is good news for the campus and c o m m u n i t y, especially since we delayed announcing the bad news about the trees for a few days to protect the investigation that was in progress,” Gougue s a i d . “ We ’ r e p r o u d o f t h e c i t y o f A u b u r n ’s police department and hope this arrest brings a sense of resolution to our fans.” The poisoning of the trees was a direct attack on Auburn’s tradition, Auburn Mayor Bill Ham Jr. said. “Over the years, these beautiful old trees have come to represent the Auburn tradition and spirit,” Ham said. “While this unfortunate act affects our entire community, I encourage my fellow citizens to move forward in the Auburn spirit.” The question that remains is if the likely death of the trees will stop future celebrations at Toomer ’s Corner, a distinct, long-time tradition of

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Auburn fans. “We heard someone say, well, did the Grinch steal Christmas? No,” said Deedie Dowdell, Auburn’s executive director in the office of communications and marketing. “The celebrations at Toomer ’s Corner existed before the rolling of the trees. ... There will be a lot of things we can do to make those celebrations continue and of course, if the advice is that we not roll the trees to save them, I imagine members of the Auburn family would honor that.”

CORRECTION On Feb. 11, an article ran in The Parthenon concerning upgrades made to Jenkins Hall through the help of the donors, the Maiers. The room was wrongly identified as Susan Runnon Maier Distance Learning Classroom. It is actually called the Susan Runyan Maier Distance Learning Classroom.

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Women’s basketball squeezes past UAB BY AARON PAYNE THE PARTHENON

Starting senior forward Tynikki Crook hit the eventual game-winning shot with 4.3 seconds left in the contest and took a 58-57 victory Thursday night. This was the third game out of the last four between Marshall (7-18, 3-9 C-USA) and UAB (13-12, 5-7 C-USA) that came down to the final seconds before a winner was determined. The Blazers made one last offensive try in the last four seconds but starting sophomore guard Amber Jones’ shot did not fall. Head coach Royce Chadwick was well aware of the past games with UAB and chalked Thursday’s home contest up as the norm. “It was another wild UAB game,” Chadwick said. “Both teams deserved to win because I think both teams played their hearts out.” While both teams did play hard, one team had to win. Crook made sure the victorious team was the Herd. Trailing 57-56 with 28 seconds remaining, Marshall worked the ball to its star forward. Crook went up for a shot but had it deflected by the Blazers’ senior guard Amanda Peterson. Crook then had the

presence of mind while the ball bounced around in the air to grab the ball and go up and make the game winning shot. Crook has had the ball bounce the other way many times in her career and was happy to have it bounce her way for a change. “It felt really good,” Crook said. “It’s been too many times that it’s gone the other way. I didn’t hear a whistle blow so I kept going.” The contest, as a whole, seemed like two different games. The first half was an offensive affair as both teams combined to score 73 points. The second half was an “about face” as both teams would lock down defensively and combine for only 42 points. In the first half, it seemed that Marshall did not have an answer for UAB’s Peterson who had a game-high 17 points in the first half, hitting five out of six shots from three-point range. The second half, the Herd began to defend Peterson better as they only allowed her to only connect on two of her six shot from three-point range. Peterson finished with a team-leading 23 points. “Believe it or not, we slowed Amanda Peterson down some in the second half,” Chadwick said. “She was big-time for

them in the first half and really hurt us a lot.” Chadwick said he appreciated the way his team played defensively as a whole in the second half and for the way they battled back when trailing in the back-and-forth affair. “I’m very proud of our kids for the defensive effort,” Chadwick said. “They had opportunity after opportunity that they were behind, that they could have gotten down, but we kept together and kept fighting.” Offensively, Crook again led Marshall as she finished with 17 points. Starting sophomore forward Veronica Ruiz contributed 13 points, including a three-point buzzer beater to cut the Blazers’ lead down to three at the half. “I just looked at coach White,” Ruiz said about the buzzer beater. “She said shoot the ball. We’ve been working on the long shot all week and that was it.” The Herd will hit the road and attempt to win back-toback games for the first time this season in Tulsa, Okla., on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT, inside the Reynolds Center. Aaron Payne can be contacted at payne122@marshall.edu. JOHN YEINGST I THE PARTHENON

Indoor football team finding its place in Huntington community BY ASHLEY MANNON THE PARTHENON

The season has not started yet, but the Huntington Hammer has already been making itself at home in the community. The team, a member of the Ultimate Indoor Football League, just finalized its roster and finished training camp this week. But they have already been preparing for their place in the Huntington community. Head Coach Josh Resignalo said the team had a couple events throughout the community during training camp. They had a “Pennies From Heaven” drive at the Huntington Mall among other activities. Resignalo said players have been at different events helping out and signing autographs. “We’ve been trying to get out in the community as much as possible,” Resignalo said. “My goal is to be part of the community and when someone thinks about Huntington, that they will associate the Huntington Hammer as well.” Resignalo said the response from the community so far has been mixed, but there has been more positive feedback than negative. He also said the team and those who work with it have been sure to treat it like a business. By doing

this, Resignalo said he hopes to form a relationship with the community in the sense of businesses helping one another. “We help drive their business. We’re looking to have a good turnout this weekend and hopefully every home game, and that’s just going to drive people to downtown,” Resignalo said. Three Marshall University alumni, Andre Portis, Terick Thomas and Erik Vint, are on the Hammer’s roster for their inaugural season. All three are former Thundering Herd football players. To the coach, having players already known throughout the community is beneficial. “Most of those players are known. With those guys having a following and the people in the community knowing who they are, they’re going to want to see them,” Resignalo said. “They’re going to keep following their players. If there are players having success beyond college, they’re going to want to see them.” General Manager Steve Fickert also acknowledged the importance of community involvement with a new team in the community. “We’re really involved in the See HAMMER I 5

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EDITORIAL

Black History is a month to be celebrated by everyone As the month of February winds down, we have celebrated separate occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Groundhog Day, but Black History has been celebrated throughout the entire month. Although it is celebrated nationwide, it’s something that West Virginians especially celebrate especially. Black history month would not have been possible without Carter G. Woodson, the father of black History who lived in Huntington

at one point in his life. Woodson created the “Journal of Negro History” which led to the creation of Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson wanted to promote knowledge of African Americans in American history and pay tribute to African Americans who fought for their rights. Americans are not required to celebrate this month, and may not desire to do so. People claim that the celebration is becoming more commercialized and it only provides opportunities to sell

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more goods. Students should keep in mind at one point in history African Americans were considered nothing more than property, but some African Americans are now regarded as world leaders is significant. Students should be excited that a segment in America’s society was innovative and fought for their rights that are now celebrated for an entire month. The Civil Rights movement

inspired to advance women and gay rights. Black history month isn’t just about African-Americans, but about everyone in society. From the contributions of African Americans, people who feel oppressed should be inspired to know they achieve what they want. The Parthenon strives to be diverse and continue to representing every individual on campus. The Parthenon has published articles about famous

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Political compromise This past Tuesday ended with a two-hour Student Senate meeting. Debate at the meeting surrounded three separate resolutions that were proposed to solidify and promote representation within student government. All of the resolutions had the same goal in mind: To increase participation and repPATRICK resentation. However, MURPHY the means to reach COLUMNIST that goal varied only slightly between the resolutions. The meeting was tense and personalities, rather than structure, were controlling the debate. The most dramatic part of the meeting occurred when the Senate was moved into executive session. All other senators were asked to leave the room while the Judiciary Committee was pressured to ratify, amend or reject all three of the resolutions. This had to occur before the full Senate could reconvene and conduct the rest of the business on the day’s agenda. The Judiciary Committee then had to hurry through a panicked compromise between the three resolutions. The motion to move into executive session was ill-advised and improper. Instead of having a week to deliberate and amend the resolutions, as is customary for the Judiciary Committee, its members were rushed to finish its business. The proper time to investigate the resolutions was dismissed and healthy debate restrained. The executive session should not be used as a resource to tear resolutions through the Senate. On the other hand, given the circumstances, the Judiciary Committee needs to be commended for their ability to compromise. Under pressure from the varying personalities advocating for their respective resolutions, the committee was able to amend and ratify all three resolutions with a majority of Senatorial support. The three resolutions include a voting freshmen council seat in the Student Senate, allow second semester freshmen to apply for the Senate after one semester at Marshall and reapportion the seats to coincide with Marshall’s current demographics. Leaving the Senate meeting, some could hear the supporter of one of the resolutions remark that he “doesn’t compromise” and that amending his resolution was careless. While advocating for one’s opinion, the goal of the debate must never be lost. Whether it is increasing student participation or decreasing the federal deficit, political debate requires compromise. The means to an end are not the complete final solution for any issue. The mark of a truly humble and intelligent person is evident in his/her ability to compromise on the means to an end, even if the compromise might affect the effort that that person has spent in proposing their idea. Contact PATRICK MURPHY at murphy151@marshall.edu.

African Americans from West Virginia and those who have greatly impacted history. It’s important to realize the importance of African Americans in U.S. history. Descendants of slaves have are now being regarded as world innovators and leaders. We would not be where we are now in society without their actions, and that’s what makes the dedication of an entire month to them justified and necessary.

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“Welcome to Facebook.” It’s the most memorable line of David Fincher’s 2010 film “The Social Network” because it has come to define our generation as a whole, most notably those enrolled in college. In fact, Facebook has become such a crucial aspect of our lives as college students that it’s hard to imagine what life would be like without it. But for any technology to be harnessed effectively, we have to realize how to use it in moderation. With Facebook, that’s something we don’t really understand how to do yet. That’s why I think college life would be better without Facebook — or at least with a smaller dose of it. 500 million active users, 50 percent of which log on every single day. Facebook claims to have 200 million active mobile users, all of whom use Facebook at least twice as much as the other 300 million. More than 2.5 million websites have integrated it, so it’s everywhere, with 10,000 signing up daily. And yet, even with all these statistics, I think the most mouth-dropping one is this: “People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook,” according to Facebook’s statistics page. It’s safe to assume something very productive and beneficial could have been done with those 700 billion minutes. If every Facebook user accounted for a similar share of that time, then it would come out to 23.3 hours per month, per person. We know that’s not the case, so that means more active users are spending more than a full day per month using Facebook. There’s a big difference between social networking and being social. Although the two can reflect each other, it’s still not quite the same thing. We haven’t replaced real social activity with an online version of it, though — we’re just doing both now. So the time has to have come from somewhere else. Facebook is a social hub for many students. But it is just that, and it needs to be kept in its place before we allow it to interfere with other crucial aspects of our lives.


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Continued from Page 1 community. We really feel that we need to be involved with the charities, the youth programs, anything where we can give back and be a part of Huntington and the tri-state area,” Fickert said. Involvement in community organizations will be a continuing theme throughout all of the Hammer’s home games. Each game has a major theme, such as Boy Scouts or Autism Awareness, along with sub-groups who may also be trying to raise money or awareness by selling something or doing something at a home game. Another aspect of the team Fickert spoke of was the family-friendly

atmosphere and the affordability of the games. “We’re high-energy and fanfriendly. If the ball goes into the stands, the spectator gets to keep the ball,” Fickert said. Both the head coach and the general manager made a point to reference all that goes on during a game. Fickert compared the games to those of a minor league baseball game, which tends to have games and other events throughout that get the crowd involved. He said that Mary Cerullo, director of team operations, likes to say it’s like “halftime at the Super Bowl and a football game breaks out.” Resignalo also mentioned the affordability of attending a game. “You can take a family of four to

our game and have a good seat and get a hot dog and a drink and you spend less money than you would at the movie theaters,” Resignalo said. “At the same time, we bring more action than a movie theater, sitting there in a dark room. Single game tickets range from $7 to $25. College students who bring their school ID can receive a $7 for $5. Prices for season tickets, which include the seven regular season home games, start at $35. The Huntington Hammer will host their first home game of the inaugural season Sun., Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. against the Canton Cougars. Tickets are still available. Ashley Mannon can be contacted at mannon11@marshall.edu.

Notre Dame sexual-assault complaints taken seriously, education secretary says BY KATHERINE SKIBA CHICAGO TRIBUNE (MCT)

WASHINGTON—Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that his department takes “very seriously” concerns from two families’ that the University of Notre Dame failed to swiftly and fully investigate their daughters’ accusations of being sexually attacked on campus. Duncan noted that his department’s Office for Civil Rights has an ongoing review of how Notre Dame handles allegations of sexual misconduct. “I can’t go through the details of it. It is an open complaint that we are investigating very seriously,” Duncan said. “I don’t know the timeframe of that being done, but we take those concerns very

seriously.” The Education Department’s review was prompted by a Tribune story in November detailing the case of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg, who killed herself nine days after accusing a student of sexual battery. Seeberg’s family questioned the campus police’s reluctance to gather evidence in the case, the lack of transparency in the investigation and the 15-day wait to interview the accused. On Thursday, the Tribune reported that a second family has accused the university of failing to properly investigate their daughter’s report of being sexually attacked in a residence hall, and did not interview the accused until 11 days after the incident. Seeberg and the second woman were both 19-year-old sophomores

from neighboring St. Mary’s College. No charges were filed in either case. Seeberg’s parents, Tom and Mary Seeberg, issued a statement in response to the latest story and called on Notre Dame to make immediate changes. “We are saddened to hear that Notre Dame’s investigatory process has failed another young woman, another family who believed that Notre Dame would live its values,” the parents said. “It is time for change. It is time for leadership. Our family remains focused on the next woman who brings such allegations forward. And we remain committed to seeking justice for Lizzy, so that justice will be served for others. Our prayers are with this young woman and her family.”

Palin: ‘Haven’t made up my mind’ on 2012 run BY JAMES T. MADORE NEWSDAY (MCT)

WOODBURY, N.Y. — In a poised and lively appearance before business executives in Woodbury on Thursday, Sarah Palin remained coy about whether she will run for president next year. Asked directly if she would be a candidate, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said, “I am still thinking about it. Certainly haven’t made up my mind, couldn’t make a decision yet.” Minutes later, however, Palin said voters were seeking “unconventional” candidates who will “shake up” government. Her ideal candidate, she said, is a mother with experience in both politics and business, such as herself. Palin, accompanied by her daughter Bristol, answered questions from Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, for 70 minutes before a crowd of about 1,000 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Palin was paid for her

appearance, but the LIA declined to say how much. The former Alaska governor was animated and at times made fun of herself, referring to her love of moose hunting and the time she wrote notes on her hand for a speech. The LIA is a far cry from the conservative and tea party groups Palin usually addresses. Her rhetoric Thursday was less strident, though she made her positions clear on the federal budget, gun control, foreign policy and other issues. Responding to a question about the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre that killed six, Palin denounced new efforts at gun control. “The bad guys aren’t going to follow laws that are on the books today. They aren’t going to follow any new laws, either,” Palin said to some applause. Still, she saved her strongest criticism for President Barack Obama’s $3.73 trillion budget proposal unveiled Monday. She said it does little to reduce the estimated

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Continued from Page 1 official approval from the governor’s office. Also discussed during the session was Marshall’s increase in enrollment in this academic year. According to Kopp, enrollment from non-residential freshmen has increased 1.2 percent in this academic year. Kopp said that the target goal for enrollment for the Fall 2011 freshmen class is 2,100. Edward Pride, SGA representative, said Marshall has been of higher interest with recent updates. “With the addition if new facilities and updates to previous departments,” Pride said. “Marshall has been able to aid in enrollment in recent years.” Kopp said that by extending the reach of recruitment at Marshall the entire experience of higher education would be more valuable for residential students. “By making the decision to increase in our recruiting efforts we hope to bring a broader range of backgrounds to Marshall,” Kopp said.

“The financial decision to send recruiters to places not heavily targeted in previous years will add to the experience of a more diverse experience at college.” Within the academic report for student athletes, Marshall had 122 student athletes on the Fall 2010 dean’s list. Forty seven percent of student athletes also retained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Marshall University School of Medicine will also see its largest graduating class in the history of the program. Class size in previous years has been around fifty, Kopp said. The graduating class this year has 67 graduates. The board also approved a new program to be offered at Marshall. A master’s of science in athletic training will be offered in the upcoming fall semester. The motion was approved unanimously. The program will require 36 credit hours and will seek accreditation from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. William Lineberry can be contacted at lineberry2@ marshall.edu.

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Beatle-mania strikes Marshall’s campus in 1964 BY ERIN MILLER THE PARTHENON

This week in Marshall history: It’s 1964 and a group of iconic musicians affect Marshall students without ever stepping foot on campus, Marshall’s first doctoral program is proposed by the science department and students begin think about grades.

Where were you Sunday night?

This was a question proposed by the 1964 Parthenon, knowing most students on campus were positioned in front of their televisions cheering on the Beatles. Margaret Warth, the hall mother at Laidley Hall, described the scene in the television room. “There were easily 40 girls packed into that little room,” Warth said. Warth went on to explain how little she liked the Beatles but they had certainly become “a sign of our times.” Prichard Hall reported even higher numbers of ladies gathering to watch, a crowd of around 75 gathered downstairs to view the performance. Student reactions were taken from all over campus on the band and everyone was eager to weigh in on “Beatle-mania.” “They’re original,” Patricia Morell said. “After all, have you ever seen anything like them?” But not everyone was so taken with

English natives. “The Beatles are a passing fad,” Jerry Phelps said. “The only reason they are popular is their unconventional rhythm.” Marshall’s first doctoral program A proposal was made to establish a Ph.D. program in chemistry, the first that would be attempted at Marshall. This proposal outlined the costs and steps that must be taken for such a program to begin on campus. “Marshall University is the heart of the chemical industry,” Harold Waker said in explanation to the benefits of such a program. Waker went on to outline the steps still needed before a Ph.D. program could be established. The article explained before they could move forward, they would first have to seek approval by a committee of the W.Va. Board of Education to hire a consultant to help Marshall map out such a program. Then a proposal prepared for submission to the state board of education. Lastly, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools would have to accept it. The consultant would work out issues such as cost and program schedules after they were hired.

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The Beatles were a big hit on Marshall’s campus in 1964. While the chemistry department still cannot offer its students a Ph.D. program, Marshall still offers five Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and a Master of Science Degree in chemistry. Harold Elmore, assistant dean of the College of Science, explained through email that the Science Department’s statistics look good and enrollment has continued to rise over the last few years, going from 1,109 students in 2005 to 1,327 student

English department studies Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks

in 2010. Equaling a rise of about 17.5 percent.

It’s all in the letter

Students throughout time have worked on ways to improve their grades and better their education. And in 1964 they were thinking about this very thing. So early into the year only a few grades were actually on the books, but students still stressed over the inevitable grades to come. This refers to the low-grade

letters that were sent out warning students of the need to improve. While this practice has changed greatly in the last few years, the practice does still exist. “Now those letters are only sent to freshmen,” said Tammy Johnson, director of admissions at Marshall. “Around 1,300 of letters go out each year, but some students will get more than one. The date they start going out will be on March 9.” Erin Miller can be reached at miller652@marshall.edu.

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Pulitizer Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks made history with her teaching and poetry. She died in 2000. BY CRYSTAL MYERS THE PARTHENON

The first African American author to win the Pulitzer Prize, Gwendolyn Brooks, made her way into history with a unique style of poetry. At Marshall University, Brooks has also made an impression on the English department where many professors have added her work to their course curriculum, whether it’s teaching or reading her work. “We Real Cool” is a poem a handful of English professors on campus said was a favorite. English professor Arthur Stringer said the poem is set in the voice of young street punks and tells the truth about self-destruction using abrupt phrasing and pure rhymes to highlight the tragedy. Stringer, and English professor Caroline Harris, said the poem is one they have both loved. “Though I have never taught her work, her poem ‘We Real Cool’ was an early favorite of mine, and perhaps what subconsciously got me interested in poetry, the concentration for my degrees,” Harris said. English professor Eric Smith said he will be teaching Brooks’ poetry this semester and knows students are excited about Brook’s works. Fellow English professor John Young also said in his experience with students Brooks’ work has been well liked. “Probably the most popular of her poems among students is ‘We Real Cool’, as it’s fairly accessible and seems to speak to a younger generation,” Young said.

It was not until her second book of poetry, “Annie Allen” that Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize. From then on, she was the recipient of a multiple of awards. In the mid1960s, Brooks stopped publishing her work with major New York firms as she became more involved with the Black Arts movement, the artistic side of the Civil Rights movement. Brooks only published her work with presses owned by African American publishers. This decision caused many of Brooks’ later poems to be read less. Young said Brooks’ choice was fascinating. “In my estimation, the later work is just as interesting and important, if not more so,” Young said. “Brooks was already established as a poet at the time, part of the cost was effectively disappearing from anthologies as far as the second half of her career is concerned.” Brooks made an impact as one of the most well known poets in the U.S. during the 1950s. Young said he would definitely recommend Brooks to college students today. “Many of the themes she addresses, though local to the particular environments of he community in Chicago in the 1950s and forward, still speak to the kinds of situations many college students find themselves in currently,” Young said. Crystal Myers can be contacted at Myers132@ marshall.edu.

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