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Students react to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Page 2


Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spoke at the West Virginia Press Association breakfast Thursday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, W. Va. Tomblin said that education is one of the top priorities for the state and plans numerous proposals to aid all education levels. “We must begin our focus on the K through 12 education level, here we can prevent dropouts by seeing the warning signs and taking action early,” Tomblin said. “I realize that not every student is not on the path to a 4 year or 2 year university degree, that is where our community and technical colleges are key to maintaining a ready to work workforce.” Tomblin is proposing a bill that would allow math and science majors to teach at schools and the county board to pay off their student loans. “This would be a huge benefit to those students and also benefit math and science

teachers in a much needed area of our state,” Tomblin said. “Our graduates also need jobs, to help our graduates to find jobs the government needs to come up with an attractive business climate.” Tomblin said that focusing on education will benefit West Virginia’s future. “West Virginia’s future is of the upmost importance, and that future resides with our children’s education,” Tomblin said. “We need an education system where people can complete their studies and find the work that they want.” Tomblin spoke briefly about the state’s healthy budget, but the unemployment and workers compensation fund is an issue that will be addressed quickly. “We are financially sound, we are one of the few states that are not relying on federal aid to balance our budget,” Tomblin said. “A proactive step will let the business community know their taxes are not going up.”


Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin speaks to members of the West Virginia Press Association on Thursday. Tomblin cited education as one of the top priorities of his adminstration.


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 Heritage Station Revitalization Project  Welcome Fest  30/50 Project  Huntington Music and Art Festival Also in attendance Thursday was Vaughn Grisham, director of the George McLean Institute for Community Development in Oxford, Miss. It was noted at the event that Grisham was the inspiration for the founders of Create Huntington, Thomas and Stacy McChesney, to begin the community development group. Create Huntington Connector Phoebe Patton-Randolph said Grisham has been involved with

Marshall University’s research on stem cells will soon be recognized all over the world. The “Journal of Cellular Physiology” published by John Wiley and sons, is set to publish the research online in the upcoming days and be available in print a month after. The author of the article, Dr. Nadja Spitzer, Marshall University professor of biology, along with Dr. Elmer, Price Marshall University professor of biology, and Dr. Larry Grover began their research in 2007. Their research found that adult stem cells, which are extracted from the blood, could be turned into neurons and then sent back into the body to fight diseases and injuries. Neurons are specialized cells that transmit information throughout the body. There are different types of neurons that are responsible for multiple tasks in the body. “This is very unique because it’s patient specific stem cells,” Price said. “We can take stem cells directly from that patient, turn them into neurons- and send it right back into that patient.” Price said that patients would not have to wait for a donor because they will be able to take blood directly from the patient who is diagnosed. “We are very far from human trials,” Price said. “The fact that we can take blood from a patient and eventually turn their stem cells into neurons is a



If someone looks past the spectale and pageantry of the event, then the dialog defines the American epxerience and connects citizens with their elected representatives. Page 4


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Volunteers with Create Huntington attend a weekly Chat ‘n’ Chew on Thursday. The nonprofit community action group celebrated 2010’s successful projects and presented a bouquet of flowers to Mayor Kim Wolfe to symbolize the group’s achievements.

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Goals are important, but so are the small victories that occur along the way. This sentiment has been put into action by Create Huntington, a non-profit community development organization. The group’s weekly meeting, called Chat ‘n’ Chew, was put aside this week to celebrate the projects that began and flourished in 2010. This was the second annual awards reception for Create Huntington to recognize community members who have had successful projects come from the Chat ‘n’ Chew meetings. Regular attendees of the weekly meetings nominated


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others who they thought deserved recognition for their work in the community. Board of Directors member Frances Hensley said the ceremony is a way to not only recognize the people who have spearheaded activities in 2010, but also the activities themselves. “We want to recognize those who have invested time, energy and resources in making our community a better place,” Hensley said. Some of the many projects recognized for their success in 2010 were:  Google Fiber Project  Café Huntington  Huntington Culture Center  Downtown Neighborhood Association

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Students react to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Meghann Ferguson President Barack Obama took a new smoother approach during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Encouragement of unity was proclaimed to a mixed room. The 2011 State of the Union address was not a laundry list of proposals, yet it was more of a push for unity than expected. He mentioned his successes in office including “don’t ask don’t tell,” the reform of health care and a growing economy. Obama did that to show what he has done this year and that he is working hard in office. Bipartisanship was recognized and all were encouraged to pull together to bring not only stronger communities but also a stronger government. The economy is growing again, and Obama stressed that under the work of both Republicans and Democrats it will only continue to grow. “America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world,” Obama says. He recognizes that jobs aren’t as easy to come by as they once were because of the change of technology and the change in the type of jobs that are needed. The president says that it is innovation and education that will bring American citizens up to par. Innovation in the way of clean energy was, as predicted, a main topic of discussion for Obama. There was plenty to say on how clean energy was the future and the changes that will be made accordingly to make our nation one that will win the future. He proposed to eliminate the billions given to oil companies from tax payers’ money and invest it in clean energy efforts. With seeing the promise in renewable energy Obama challenges the best minds of our time to step up to the plate and help advance the market to create new jobs for Americans. Education was addressed, but instead of talking about finances of college education for the masses, Obama focused more on reform of public schools and taking responsibility for the education of America’s youth. Teachers were used as examples of how we should value the education system. Obama made a plea to “any young person wanting to make a difference in the life of our nation, to become a teacher”. To compete in today’s economy colleges were pin pointed for needing revamping. By raising the bar on the education system Obama hopes it will lead to more educated American college graduates. Obama spoke strongly about illegal immigration in the fact that there are many people today that pledge allegiance to our flag, but fear deportation. And there are many colleges that educate students from abroad, but as soon as they are done with school are “sent back home to compete against us”. Obama wants to take on the issue of immigration, to protect America’s borders, enforce laws and address the millions of people that are undocumented and living in our country. Health Care was brought up as a work in progress, Obama wanted everyone to know that improvements can always be made, but he said what he isn’t willing to do is go back to when insurance companies could deny coverage to a pre-existing condition. The deficit spending is something we have lived with for almost a decade, but now that the recession is over Obama proposes to freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. This proposal would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade. The president is, “bringing discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower as President”. One of Obama’s most prominent campaign promises addressed bringing the troops home from the War on Terror, which we did not see in 2010. Troops

Engineers Without Borders working to improve lives in Africa BY JORDAN BEAN THE PARTHENON

The Marshall University chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA is currently raising funds to build a water reservoir in the Simwatachela Village

from Afghanistan and the remaining troops in Iraq now have a new timetable for returning home, July 2011. He thanks troops for their heroicness, and says, “that there will be tough fighting ahead but we are strengthening the Afghan people and building partnerships”. Overall, the 2011 State of the Union address was delivered in a way that hasn’t been done before. Obama made sure to address the most important things without listing them like presidents before him have done. Even having republicans and democrats sitting next to each other seemed to make a difference in the way the state of the union speech was received. Although some things were taken differently, as anyone can see with officials speaking out in the media, not everyone will be jumpOLIVIER DOULIERY/ABACA PRESS/MCT ing for joy after a speech like that. President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address to Congress on Capitol Hill Obama did his best to acknowledge on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. his successes as well as stressing unity within the government while that rewards ingenuity, hard work still focusing on main issues like clean be the only solution. Obama touched on the war on Iraq. It and discipline. energy and the national deficit. It is Obama stressed that higher education encouraging to hear all that was said, was a section of an overall view on foreign in both colleges and community colleges but it will be no doubt an interesting policy and it seemed like an afterthought with the emphasis on restoring American need to be more accessible. Congress year ahead seeing if change unfolds. supremacy in the world and learning to has made changes in taxpayer subsidies to help more students afford college. work together. “One hundred thousand of our brave Obama even encouraged Congress to go men and women have left with their further by implementing a permanent heads held high. Violence has come down tuition tax credit worth $10,000 for four where American combat patrols have years of college. Obama said we are goUnity and innovation were the overtones ended and a new government has been ing to revitalize community colleges, in President Barack Obama’s State of the formed,” he said. implying that people of all ages still have Union speech Tuesday. In 2009, Obama set a timeline for the opportunities to grow. The tragedy in Tucson started off the ad- withdrawal from Iraq and it’s becoming To achieve his goal of America havdress. Obama used this event to illustrate a apparent his promise has been kept. Re- ing the highest proportion of college point of unity. I predicted he would use it as gardless of mixed emotions of how the war graduates at the end of the decade, an example of how politicians need to work started, it is reassuring to see the govern- Obama said we need to raise every together. Differing views should not mat- ment follow through on a big promise it child’s expectations coupled with the ter. We are all Americans and human, and made. It shows some semblance that serv- best chance to an education. there’s no sense to physically hurt someone ing the people is the government’s priority Rebuilding America through inbecause they don’t wear the same glasses instead of seizing all the power for itself. frastructure was the third main another does. Overall, the president performed well. component of the address. This time He also referred to debate in American He looked self-assured and made the words the emphasis was on transportation politics. President Obama said the debates on the page believable. He commanded the technology in railroads and the rehave been contentious. We have fought respect of the dignitaries in the room and it pairing of roads and bridges across fiercely for our beliefs and that’s a good was given. the country. Obama’s goal is to make thing. Yes, Mr. President, it is a good thing. a high-speed rail accessible to most But opposing views can’t be so wrapped up of the nation in the next 25 years. in attacking the other side that no actual Infrastructure also referred to highlaws get passed. speed Internet and the need for it to be In relation to this concept, he praised the obtainable to all of America because of Congress for passing a tax cut bill in Deits importance to business. The somber opening tone of Presicember. Occasions like that should happen Obama said these three investmore often. It’s nice to see the parties work- dent Barack Obama’s 2011 State of ments—innovation, education and ing together for the benefit of the American the Union address Tuesday was an infrastructure—would create job and people. But it shouldn’t be such a shocking indicative precursor to a speech seri- improve America as a business center rarity. Isn’t the government’s purpose to ous about its challenge to American for the world. But there are barriers, serve its people, not the other way around? people and its government: a more such as the national debt, the results Finally, Obama alluded to “don’t ask, unified America. of years of government’s deficit spend“What sets us apart as a nation,” be- ing. He charged Congress to lower the don’t tell” to round out this concept near the end of the speech. While he didn’t name came Obama’s rally as he outlined just amount of annual domestic spending the law, he stated the gist of what it means. how Americans can continue to be set over the next five years by cutting unIt’s a huge victory for equality. It is unfair to apart through innovation, education necessary spending in all sectors. have someone hide how they are simply be- and infrastructure. Obama said the individual tax code These changes are possible because needs to be simplified, that America cause someone else has a stigma attached. The second theme of the address was in- of our current economic status. Two can’t afford a permanent extension of novation and developing new technology to years out of recession, America still the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 perhas the most prosperous economy cent of Americans. There also need to restore America’s superiority. “We need to out innovate, out educate, in the world, Obama said, and it is be reductions in health care costs, parand build the best of the world,” Obama growing. He encouraged innovation ticularly in programs such as Medicare in business, engineering, biomedical and Medicaid. Obama also said that if said. Obama tied this in with job creation. research, information technology and he receives a bill with earmarks in it, While I said he would talk about how to in particular, clean energy technol- he will veto it. create jobs, I did not expectit to be in this ogy. Obama compared the promise of Obama addressed our activity in fashion. Still, it was interesting to hear his renewable energy to our generation’s the Middle East, highlighting the proposals. He said something had to be Sputnik moment. removal of combat troops from Iraq, Advances in these fields will create and the proposed deadline for troop done to keep from businesses from shipnew jobs and distinguish America as a removal in Afghanistan in July. ping jobs overseas. One way to keep jobs on the home front is leader in thinking. He also stressed the importance of The second proponent to Obama’s strengthening current foreign relato strengthen the economy. Obama alluded to the deficit and how to lower it. He pro- charge for a more unified and distinct tions and the continual need to forge posed a freeze in domestic spending. It’s a America was Education, its need for new alliances. good idea to set a limit so the deficit doesn’t reform and teachers and the fact that To accent how we are set apart as get any worse. He also addressed the “pork- higher education has become a neces- a more unified nation, Obama spoke barrel” legislation a lot of congressmen try sity for our generation to succeed both about his realized promise to repeal to pass. While President Obama admon- locally and globally. He highlighted the the don’t ask don’t tell policy in the ished he would veto it, I doubt congressmen Race to the Top competition that is the military and the fact that American first step in replacing No Child Left Muslims are a part of our American will deviate from their agendas. Finally, he talked about increasing taxes Behind. Obama said Race to the Top family. “We do big things,” Obama for the richest two percent of Americans. will improve teacher quality and stu- said, but the important thing is we This will increase revenue but it may not dent achievement, as it is a program do them together.





in Zambia, Africa. Engineers Without Borders is an international organization of engineering students and professionals who travel around the world to improve the lives of those in need by providing clean water, power and sanitation through their engineering experience. “Engineers Without Borders is a humanitarian organization similar to Doctors Without Borders, however we help people by solving engineering problems,” Jese Vance, president of the Marshall chapter of EWB said. “EWB focuses on water improvement projects, but also builds schools, small bridges, and pretty much anything to make life easier for the less fortunate.” According to the EWB website, the

country of Zambia is one of the poorest in southern Africa. Only 20 percent of its population has access to electricity and only 45 percent live in a sanitary environment. 72 percent of Zambia’s poor live in villages and rural communities, where the situation is the most serious. Disease is a huge problem in these communities because of a lack of clean food and water and a yearlong drought that has dried up villages’ land and crops. This makes the need for portable water dire. “We help chapters identify a need in a community, the first need in this particular community is portable water,” Scott Hammond, Great Lakes and Southeast Regions chapter relations manager for EWB-USA said. “The chapter will travel

to the community to assess the situation and determine what would be the best solution.” An extensive assessment must take place in order for EWB to begin construction. “They, as a chapter, went on our website and applied for this program opportunity and began the project assessment. They will decide the best way to implement help,” Hammond said. This project is still in development until the appropriate funds have been collected. To donate or for more information about EWB-USA and the Marshall chapter’s cause please contact EWB president Jese Vance at Jordan Bean can be contacted at bean19@



Texas Longhorns set bad precedent with TV deal

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Losing streak increases to five games as Herd falls to Memphis BY AARON PAYNE THE PARTHENON


DETROIT — The historic launching of the University of Texas’ own 24-hour sports cable network is as much an affirmation of enormous ego as it is commerce. Texas wanted to be the first athletic conglomerate on the block with its own channel. But it’s also another indication of the continuing devaluation of conference affiliation. We knew The Longhorn Network was coming soon. It’s why Texas rejected a formal offer to join an expanded Pac-10 last year and wouldn’t seriously consider joining the Big Ten. Those conferences wouldn’t permit the richest athletic department in the land a grossly disproportionate slice of the vast and still expanding national television revenue pie. Texas officially became an “independent” with this exclusive network deal. The Big 12 is nothing more than a convenient scheduling partner for the Longhorns now. How long before the Big Ten gets caught in the ripple effects? How long before Ohio State, the second-biggest revenue producer in all college sports, envisions its own exclusive “Buckeye Network” and seeks a spinoff from the Big Ten Network? The NCAA must look closely at an exclusive 24hour channel tied to one institution. It’s basically a paid commercial for the school. Texas already enjoyed a tremendous recruiting advantage over its closest neighbors, especially in football and basketball. But does 24 hours of “Hook ‘Em Horns” constitute an unfair recruiting advantage? It further tips the competitive scales in the favor of those with the deepest pockets. But Texas’ attitude is “If you can’t beat us, tough. Try to join us.” The Longhorns’ 20-year, $300-million deal with ESPN, which will nationally distribute the network, reportedly dwarfs Notre Dame’s exclusive contract with NBC by about $6 million annually. It’ll be hard for the other big boys — or at least those who kid themselves into believing that they’re one of the big boys — to ignore. For instance, ESPN’s agreement with the SEC allows for individual universities to develop their own exclusive channels. How does Gator TV sound in Florida or The SIGN (Saban Is God Network) in Alabama? Auburn’s network could create its own version of the game show “The Price Is Right” starring the fathers of prospective football recruits.

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Alaya Mitch (5), Dorina Barrett (13), Veronica Ruiz (23), and Tynikki Crook (4) get ready for Thursday night’s game against the Memphis Tigers.


Junior guard Alaya Mitchell takes the ball down court against Memphis University in Thursday night’s loss to Memphis.

Memphis outscored the Herd 46-21 in the second half to take a 69-44 victory and give Marshall its fifth straight loss. Marshall (5-14, 1-5 C-USA) played its best defensive half in recent games, holding Memphis (15-6, 4-3 C-USA) to 9-31 from the field and 0-6 beyond the three-point line in the first half. The Herd’s offense hung around with the Tigers offensively due to the play of the only two upperclassman in its starting lineup. Senior forward Tynikki Crook and junior guard Alaya Mitchell combined for 12 of Marshall’s 23 first half points. “I thought Tynikki Crook and Alaya Mithcell did a great job of providing leadership by example,” head coach Royce Chadwick said. The second half was all Memphis as they made adjustments and turned every negative from the first half into a positive. The Tigers would scored 24 points off of 16 Marshall turnovers in the second half after only scoring five points off of 16 Marshall turnovers in the first half. The Memphis offense was led by junior forward Jasmine Lee, who finished with a teamleading 19 points, and made 17 of its 29 shots in the second half to finish with a 43.3 fieldgoal percentage. Memphis’ press also got the better of a depleted Herd team as

guards Mitchell and freshman Dorina Barrett combined for 17 turnovers. “We’re a little thin in numbers and handled 40 minutes of pressure,” Chadwick said. Depth has been the issue for Marshall Women’s Basketball Team over the last few games, losing players because of everything from injuries to bad weather. The Herd only had seven scholarship players and one walk-on in last night’s contest. Sophomore guard/ forward Veronica Ruiz would foul out early in the second half leaving Marshall with only six scholarship players. However, according to Crook, The Herd stayed positive. “I think we all came out with a pretty good mindset, but we just couldn’t put it together,” Crook said. After the game, Chadwick had some positive news for Herd fans. “Hopefully, we’ll be getting back some injured players soon and we’ll be able to use our bench a little more,” Chadwick said. Marshall is expecting transfer junior guard Latiedra Elliot back from an injury for The Herd’s next game on Sunday. The week after, Marshall is expecting junior guard Rashedah Henriques to be back from an injury. Marshall will travel to Alabama for their next game to take on UAB. Marshall has won its last four against the Blazers. Aaron Payne can be contacted at

Rookies get exposure in the SuperSkills competition this week BY JAVIER SERNA MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS (MCT)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The All-Star Weekend will offer a chance to see many of the candidates for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the top rookie each season. Carolina Hurricanes fans have already gotten a good look at Canes center Jeff Skinner, who leads league rookies in points and assists this season. Skinner is one of 12 rookies chosen to participate along with the All-Stars in the SuperSkills competition, which will take place at the RBC Center on Saturday. San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture is also considered a top contender. He’s second in points among rookies. Couture is excited to meet the other rookies. “We’ve got a lot in common, breaking into the league this year,” Couture said, reached by phone. “It’ll be nice to get to know them.” Couture admitted that

the Calder Trophy is on his mind. He is taking the stance that if he’s in the running for it; he’s probably helping the Sharks in a big way. “It’s tough not to,” he said. “It’s in the back of my mind. It’s not the very first thing I think about, when I think about hockey. But obviously I want my team to do well. With this team’s success, individual success comes as well. I do think about it, but not a lot.” Edmonton forward Taylor Hall, the first pick in last year’s draft, is third in goals and fourth in points. Hall, reached by phone, said he’s trying not to pay too close attention to his stats or those of the other rookies in the league. “Especially at this stage of my career,” Hall said. “I just want to focus on the process of being a better player.” Other rookies competing this weekend who are likely to be in Calder contention include New York Rangers center Derek Stepan, Anaheim Ducks


Detroit Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard, left, makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp during the second period at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. defenseman Cam Fowler, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle. Boston Bruins defenseman John Carlson and Montreal Canadiezns defenseman P.K. Subban have also been mentioned as contenders, but neither was invited to participate this weekend. Voting for the award is conducted at the end of the season by the


Professional Hockey Writers Association, so there’s still nearly half a season left for others to play their way into the discussion. Boston center Tyler Seguin, the second pick of last year’s draft and one of the rookies participating this weekend, said the trophy isn’t on his mind. Right now, he’s just trying to learn. “There’s a lot of adapting and learning curve

to go through, especially this being my rookie year,” Seguin said after the Bruins’ Jan. 18 game at the RBC Center. “I’m learning a ton.”




“West Virginia is indeed experiencing


historical times. We all must continue to put West Virginia first.” Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, discussing education in West Virginia.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Proposal to benefit math, science graduates Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing a bill that would allow math and science graduates to teach at schools while county boards of education pay off their student loans. “This would be a huge benefit for math and science teachers in a much-needed area of our state,” Tomblin said. “The government needs to come up with an

attractive business climate to help our graduates find jobs.” We believe this bill is very attractive and beneficial to science and math majors. It covers two issues students worry about on graduation day − a job and student loans. This bill would guarantee having a job after graduation, which releases the stress of putting in multiple applications and



gives students the chance of earning a job as soon as they graduate. Also, what’s a better incentive than not having to pay off any student loans? One less bill to pay is another weight lifted off our shoulders. This proposal would not only be a great benefit for college students, but also for the education system in West Virginia. “West Virginia’s future is of

the upmost importance, and that future resides in our children’s education,” Tomblin said. How true is that statement? We should strive to make things better for the future by teaching the future generations. Tomblin said West Virginia needs an education system where people can complete their studies and find the work they want.


Starting a conversation with you President Barack Obama gave his second state of the union address before Congress. Making the speech in person continues a tradition that dates back to Woodrow PATRICK Wilson. Obama adMURPHY dressed the condition and COLUMNIST strength of our nation’s union, calling for cooperation as he tried to explain his vision. He was speaking not only to the members of Congress, but directly to Americans. If someone looks past the spectacle of the event, the dialog defines the American experience and connects citizens with their elected representatives. The conversation continues in every community and is an integral part of government. Hopefully this column can continue that conversation on this campus and allow an opportunity for myself to speak to you. Last semester started with a recordbreaking freshman class and a historic start to connect downtown Huntington with Marshall University. The first Student Government Associationsponsored “WelcomeFest” was a success. Businesses and organizations participated and many students attended. Connections with grassroots economic organization Create Huntington and the Huntington Conventions and Visitors Bureau as sponsors, strengthened ties. On-campus initiatives surrounded a debate concerning the proposed academic calendar. Student input provided by Student Government representatives helped ensure an academic calendar that was fair and reasonable for the student body. A debate with the Rec. Center started a conversation on campus that highlights issues students have with the center. Specific proposals have now been provided by the Rec. Center. Homecoming was a busy and exciting time for us. The homecoming parade had more participants than any other parade in recent history. Activities provided by a strengthened cooperation between the Student Activities Programming Board and Student Government ensured that students had fun activities to do during the week. Two weeks after Homecoming, I was honored to be a part of the 40th Annual Memorial of the 1970 Marshall University Football Team. It remains one of my proudest moments at Marshall. This semester is going to be another productive semester. Proposals like community gardens near Career Services, a composting system implemented in our cafeterias, issues with club sports and residence halls and discount cards for members of student organizations are all on the list. I hope this column will lead to ideas that help improve campus life. Coming from New York, I have found a second home here. No issue is too small and no student too insignificant to matter. I am here to listen and help you. The Student Government offices are on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center across from the Office of Student Affairs. The Student Senate meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Student Government offices and is open to the public. I hope to see you. Contact columnist Patrick Murphy at

Nearly 30 percent of the state’s teachers are eligible for retirement, which means this proposal is not entirely bizarre. If this bill were to pass, then math and science students at Marshall University could consider going into education after college. This decision would not only benefit them, but the entire state.



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Why is Taco Bell’s food so cheap? Because its meat filling is only 36 percent beef and full of oat products. The Alabama law firm Beasley Allen P.C. is pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Taco Bell for falsely advertising its “beef” filling as beef when, according to the firm, it’s mostly fillers and random flavoring, most notably, “isolated oat product” and oats. Although there’s always been the running gag about mysterious fast-food meat products, I doubt anyone would have guessed that the meat in their Taco Bell burrito was only onethird real meat. If the accusation is true, Taco Bell’s filling, by USDA standards, can’t be called “beef.” In fact, it can’t even be called “meat taco filling,” which is the label used by the USDA for taco fillings that contain at least 40 percent fresh meat. Unbelievably, Taco Bell fails to meet this very low bar. But why would Taco Bell do such a thing? Why would it take a nice pile of ground beef and thin it out with water, oats and beef flavoring? What purpose does that serve? When it comes to corporate food manipulation, the answer is simple,profit. Taco Bell could use more fresh meat in its filling, perhaps raising the price of a foodstuff from 80 cents to a dollar. But why would they do that? The president of Taco Bell released a press statement that the company starts with “100 percent USDA-inspected beef,” and that it is proud of the quality of its beef, identifying all seasonings and spices on its website. It’s hard to know whether or not the claims about Taco Bell’s meat filling are true. But it is important to note that the lawsuit does not ask for money, but a correction. It’s unthinkable than the idea that Taco Bell’s meat isn’t mostly meat. There’s nothing wrong with Taco Bell’s filling. True, it’s kind of a grotesque, creation, but meat and oats The problem here is that if the claims are true, Taco Bell has been flaunting food service legalities to prevent its customers from dealing with unappetizing descriptions of its food. What sounds better to you, “a crunchy, corn taco shell filled with seasoned ground beef,” or “a crunchy, corn taco shell filled with meat taco filling?”


Friday, January 28, 2011


Women’s studies program calls for conference papers BY KELLEY BUGLER THE PARTHENON

Marshall women’s studies program announces a “call for papers” for its Stand for Women regional conference. The inaugural conference will accept papers, panels, creative work and poster presentations as entries from undergraduates, graduates, faculty, administration or community activists. “I have not received any submissions yet but have received inquiries from faculty from a number of different universities,” said Wendy Williams, director of women’s studies. Williams said submissions should be academic in nature. She said entries

must be an academic inquiry of an issue relevant to women’s studies. “We began working on this event last summer,” said Leslee Browning, general psychology graduate student from Gilbert, W. Va. “The process for the call for papers has taken time because we are inviting students from West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.” Browning is a graduate assistant for the women’s studies program. She said the conference theme centers on women’s activism, but it’s a pretty broad subject that can cover many areas of study. “Instead of focusing on one area of

women’s studies, we wanted the conference to represent a broad range of interests that reflected activism,” Browning said. “Kat Williams, history professor, was the former director of women’s studies and put on several conferences for local students and faculty to present their work and to network,” Wendy Williams said.“I’m picking up on the legacy that she started and expanding it to be a larger regional conference.” Wendy Williams took over as director of women’s studies last fall. She has planned the conference and found speakers for the women’s studies colloquium series and Women Connect series.

Report: US Muslim population to double By RAJA ABDULRAHIM LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT)

LOS ANGELES _ The Muslim population in the United States is projected to more than double over the next 20 years from 2.6 million to 6.2 million, according to a report by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. The estimated increase is based on expectations of continued immigration and high fertility rates, the researchers said. The report predicted that Muslims would go from 0.8 percent of the U.S. population to 1.7 percent. The report, released Thursday, puts the world’s Muslim population in 2030 at 2.2 billion, about a 35 percent increase. The report predicts Muslims will make up more than a quarter of the world’s population, slightly higher than the current percentage. The Pew researchers noted the projected trend represented both a “growing and slowing.” The Muslim population growth in the following 20 years will occur more slowly than before, mostly because of declining fertility rates as more women obtain secondary


Continued from Page 1 tremendous advancement.” The research was done on pigs because pigs closely resemble the human body. Price said we wouldn’t have to worry about moral or ethical reasons because they are not embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells may be much safer. Price said hopefully other scientists across the world will see what we did and take the next step and advance the research. “Neurons are normally from the blood,” Price said. “Based on the conditions we have chosen to grow these type of cells, we have generated a very unique type of cells that we can turn into neurons.” Heather Butts from Grafton, W.Va., graduated in 2008 with a biomedical science degree and


Continued from Page 1 Create Huntington for several years. She referred to him as a community development expert and said he had been very influential to the members of Create Huntington. “We’re really excited to have him here,” Patton-Randolph said. Grisham also spoke highly of the Huntington community. He recognized the vast amount of improvements he has witnessed since first visiting Huntington at the age of 22. He talked about the architecture

education and as living standards rise and more countries urbanize. In the U.S., the population increase will be coupled with a change in the makeup of the community, both in age and national origin. Children constitute a relatively small portion of Muslims here, with just 13.1 percent under the age of 15; most Muslims in the U.S. are newer immigrants who arrived as adults, according to the report. But as these immigrants and second-generation American Muslims start families, the number of children is projected to more than triple to 1.8 million. The increase in the number of younger Muslims will gradually change the American-Muslim community from a majority of first-generation immigrants to a more equal balance with second- and third-generation Americans. Immigrants now make up two-thirds of the community, but in the next 20 years, that percentage is expected to go down to a little more than half. “That changes the character from being a new immigrant minority to where the parents are here, and the children are here, and now maybe the grandchildren are here,” said Brian Grim, a Pew senior researcher.

starting working on the project in 2007 as an undergraduate. Greg Sammons from Matewan, W.Va., graduated in 2009 with a biology degree also worked with Butts on the research. “I started working with research as a freshman,” Butts said. “I applied for the SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program and received a offer from Dr. Price to work on the project.” “We extracted stem cells from the blood and injected them with proteins and enzymes to get them to be like brain cells,” Butts said. “With the right conditions, we could turn those stem cells into neurons.” Butts said Sammons and her collected a lot of data and Spitzer wrote the report. Price said in most neurological disorders, like a spinal cord injury or Parkinson’s disease, the neurons just die. He said stem

cell therapy will allow us to replace those dead neurons. Butts said working with stem cells was interesting to her and that’s why she chose to work with Price. She said it was a lot of hard work but she learned more than she ever dreamed about. “I had a really good time doing research,” Butts said. “The research project taught me how to think critically and really understand what I am doing.” Butts said Price and Spitzer were very approachable and easy to work with. She said they gave her the opportunity to do a lot of hands-on research in the lab. “Spitzer emailed me a few months ago about our research being publicized and I was really surprised,” Butts said. “It made me realize how fortunate I was to work on such a great project.” Corey Oxley can be contacted at

in Huntington and how the same things could not be built in this day and age. Grisham noted the importance of preserving these assets and creating a place for the middle class to live and work in order to maintain the community. “I don’t know of a more impressive story in terms of this celebration here tonight, “ Grisham said. “I tell your story everywhere I go. This is a good looking city.” Hensley said Create Huntington is one of the best ways for people to get involved in the community and the Chat ‘n’ Chews are a good place to start. The weekly meetings are open to the public and anyone can

present an idea for a project. The meetings are helpful for finding others interested in similar projects and creating a group to work with. “The nice thing about Chat ‘n’ Chew is if you have an idea, but you’re just one person, you can meet others who want to help,” Hensley said. “We’re trying to put people and resources together to better the community.” Chat ‘n’ Chew meetings are every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Frederick building on 4th Avenue. Ashley Mannon can be contacted at

“We started a book club last semester and are continuing it,” Wendy Williams said. “We are reading ‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood and will discuss the book at the end of March.” Browning said she is looking forward to seeing undergraduate and professional presentations. “I am sure there will be a variety of concentrations, ranging from the arts to the philosophy of women’s studies,” Browning said. The Stand for Women conference will be at the Pullman Plaza Hotel and keynote speakers include Marie Manilla and Zohreh Sullivan. Kelley Bugler can be contacted at

Grant pays for capstone projects By RUSSELL ADKINS THE PARTHENON

Capstone projects can be expensive, but the Research Scholars Award may offer undergraduate students a great advantage in paying for the completion of their capstone projects. The spring deadline for the annual Research Scholars Award is Feb. 4. Many students may benefit from the award this semester. “The Research Scholars Award grant is intended to support seniors who may need financial aid in completing their capstone projects which can be an expensive process,” said Vicky Stroeher, professor of musical theory and history at Marshall University. The grant, which awards up to $125 to seniors each semester, is open to any Marshall University student working on their capstone project. This will mark the seventh academic year that the grant has been offered to students and it looks like the grant may be returning this fall for another year if it is again authorized by the provost’s office. “I think this is really a great idea. This grant can really take the sting out of the work of assembling the culmination of a college career, but I wish I had known about this grant when I had my last capstone class,” said Jonathen Richmond, senior digital forensics major of Hamlin, W. Va. Along with the application students must also present a written proposal and a letter of support from the student’s capstone mentor mentioning the projected benefit to both the student and the institution. All of this must be submitted to the Faculty Senate office, located in room BW14 in the Memorial Student Center. The funds that are awarded on a competitive basis are largely unrestricted, however, they must directly support the student’s capstone project or they will not be awarded. These are things such as travel expenses, materials or equipment. There is a limited number of people who can be accepted and the application process is competitive so applicants are advised to send their paperwork as soon as possible. However, at this time, it is still unknown whether or not the grant will be returning for another year this fall. Russell Adkins can be reached at adkins689@marshall. edu.


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