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Legislature proposes change to state House district map

“It was so moving,”

State would be divided into 100 districts

Gergely recalled, “how she was able to step


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This map shows the 58 state House districts in West Virginia. Some in the legislature are proposing changing the map to feature 100 districts.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates introduced a bill Jan. 12 that would split up the state into one hundred singlemember districts. West Virginia, which currently has 58 districts, is one of 10 states that continue to carry multimember districts. The bill, HB2367, is being sponsored by nine delegates, three of whom

come from multi-member districts. One sponsor, delegate Linda Sumner, R-Raleigh, comes from a district with five representatives. The bill is cited by sponsors as leading to greater accountability and effective representation, serving as a check on corruption and correcting inequities in representation. Marybeth Beller, See HOUSE I 5

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New students begin semester without benefit of orientation BY MARIBETH SMITH THE PARTHENON

Marshall University Career Services has a lot to offer students and can help in the job search after graduation. Page 4



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Mike Cochran, a music education major from Daniels, W. Va., performs at the Campus Christian Center Monday.

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Marshall’s campus is home to various organizations for people of faith. So why aren’t these students getting involved? Krystal Ashmeade and Kailyn Reid say it’s because of a lack of visibility. “I didn’t know there were events for other organizations,” said Ashmeade, sophomore pre-nursing major from Waldorf, Md. “I’ve never even seen promotions for meetings of other religions on campus.” Ashmeade was involved in a Christian ministry on campus at the beginning of her freshman year. She said she was aware of organizations for Baptist and Catholic students as well as the Black United Students. Reid, junior medical imaging major from Charleston, said she is not familiar with many campus organizations. “I think students would be open to different religions, but I’m not familiar with any on campus,” Reid said. Both Ashmeade and Reid agreed that the visibility of religious organization is small. “I would be interested in campus religious events

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if they were opening up to people,” Ashmeade said. Ashmeade said she would be open to and would like to see religious organizations on campus promote their meetings and events. One of the reasons Ashmeade says that she doesn’t get involved is because of the lack of knowledge she has about the various events going on. “A table in the student center is a really effective way to get students attention,” Ashmeade said. Handing out fliers and getting out on campus and engaging students are also tactics that Ashmeade said would be an effective way to let students know what is going on with organizations on campus. Ashmeade said when she got involved her freshman year, it was through Facebook. There are many different organizations on campus including a wide range of religions, including organizations for Muslims, Catholics, Christians, pagans and other groups. Joanie Borders can be contacted at borders9@marshall. edu.

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New students in the spring semester do not receive the same benefits of an official orientation as the freshmen in the fall. For freshmen who start studying at Marshall in the fall, the programs to get acclimated are both informative and extensive. The week before school starts, freshmen have the campus to themselves to get adjusted without the stress of upperclassmen and classes. This week is called Week of Welcome. Students who start at Marshall in the spring, however, do not have the same opportunities to get used to the campus. First semester students in the spring are thrown directly into classes and expected to know what to do. This is not because administrators simply do not want these students to succeed; it is because of timing issues. “The week before spring semester is the first week of January and is a problematic week” said Frances Hensley, associate vice president for academic affairs. Hensley went on to explain that it is a problematic week because the university is busy taking care of students that have issues and who are trying to schedule classes. Although it has never been done in the past, Hensley said she was See STUDENTS I 5

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Red Cross can save lives with students’ help New maintenance

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Students can take part in helping to save lives by organizing or volunteering at a Red Cross blood drive. Wanting to make a difference is often what sparks people to hold blood drives. Cheryl Gergely, communications program manager, said that one of the most difficult interviews of her career was when a mother who had lost her 17-year-old son held a blood drive in his memory. The teenager had been accidentally shot by an arrow and despite all efforts, did not survive. Many units of blood were used in the fight to save his life. “It was so moving,” Gergely recalled, “How she was able to step aside from her grief to help others because she knew it would make her son happy,” Gergely said. Gergely, an employee of the Red Cross, has worked in many different positions throughout the company. She is now the media spokesperson for the Huntington office and works to emphasizes the mission of the Red Cross as well as raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood. She said she has heard many stories (like the one of the grieving mother) and knows the importance of having a relationship with the community in this type of work. “Over the years the best thing about the job is the personal connections



In this February 2009 file photo, students and faculty give blood during a blood drive in the Memorial Student Center sponsored by the American Red Cross. with donors, volunteers and the media,” Gergely said. The nature of the Red Cross’ mission makes forming such relationships very important. Kara Spurlock, volunteer recruitment and training supervisor said she agreed with Gergely’s sentiment. She works closely with volunteers who work at blood drives. Many volunteers are regulars at the events and currently range in age from 11 years old to 94 years old. Spurlock said volunteers do not necessarily have a difficult job but need compassion to

do what they do. “A volunteer is the first and the last face a donor sees. People start to look for and ask for [the regulars],” Spurlock said. Spurlock also said that not only is compassion and a drive for helping others something that volunteers should possess, but volunteering is rewarding also. “At the end of the day, no matter what kind of day it has been, we know that we’ve helped save lives,” Spurlock said. Student groups and organizations that wish to help and receive community service hours at the

same time can organize blood drives. At Marshall, groups interested may contact Chris Jones at (304) 526-2959 or Students interested in volunteering for the Red Cross may contact Kara Spurlock at (304) 5262985 or spurlockk@usa. The next blood drive at Marshall University is Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Don Morris room of the Student Center. It is sponsored by the ROTC. Ashley Mannon can be contacted at mannon11@

Marshall University’s residence department has received a well-needed technology upgrade this semester. A new feature introduced this semester is allowing students to request housekeeping and maintenance assistance through e-mail. The e-mail service along with the ability to still call in housekeeping and maintenance requests allows residence services to respond to students faster than ever. “It made sense to start using e-mail because that’s what students use now. It’s a step we needed to take,” said Le’Kesha Glover, an assistant director for Housing and Residence Life. “The ability to accept requests through e-mail makes it easier for us, and the students as well, because it allows us to be more accurate and prioritize requests,” Glover said. Glover also said that the call system was more difficult to operate because sometimes students couldn’t be understood. The majority of the problems that were reported had to do with cable or the Internet, things that Glover said weren’t a part of the housekeeping and maintenance staff ’s responsibilities. Other advantages of the e-mail service is that it allows the housekeeping and maintenance employees to be more efficient when it comes to determining what the students need from them. “It makes it so much easier,” said Bonnie Ross, a work control technician who has had to answer a majority of the student request calls during her time at Marshall. “It also allows us to be more responsible since we know exactly what the students want when they send us an e-mail,” Ross said. Ross said she receives around a thousand e-mails a month and has seen an increase since the e-mail system has been introduced. Marshall University’s IT department helped create the system, which was asked for through surveys completed by students. Residents can submit a request by going to the housing page on the university website and clicking on the link on the page. See MAINTENANCE I 5

Workshop prepares Marshall students prepare for annual college graduates Undergraduate Research Day BY ASHLEY GROHOSKI THE PARTHENON

Marshall University Career Center is partnering up with the Graduate College to assist students seeking professional careers. As students begin deciding their futures after graduate school, the career center welcomes experienced and skillful advisors to encourage graduates with tips on resume writing, interviewing, professional image, and manners. Although students may not have a full awareness of the assistance that is offered on Marshall University’s campus, they have shown interest in asking for help during past career workshops. Glen Midkif, Marshall University’s Event and PR Coordinator has confidence in this semester ’s workshops that assist undecided and unprepared students for “life after Marshall”. Midkif is hopeful for this semester, as he reflects on the surprising response from students’ interest in previous workshops. He emphasizes the importance of discovering and obtaining internships while students are currently enrolled. “Graduate students are going from being a senior to college graduate. They need to be prepared for life beyond Marshall,” Midkif said. Midkif highly recommends students to begin networking as much as they can. He reflects on past students’ experiences with becoming an employee for the job that was once an internship requirement. “Students should avoid waiting until the last minute. They may think that they will get the job as soon as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma, but that isn’t the case.” He realizes that when the economy is rocky, students can expect up to 6 to 9 months of searching for a job after they leave college. He advises that students should look beyond what they already know about the potential job they are seeking. He wants students to study the job descriptions and ask themselves if they can acquire and even exceed the skills that the particular job is expecting of them within their first four years of college. Midkif says he realizes that looking for a job is indeed a full-time job in itself, and encourages students to ask for guidance from the available resources at Marshall. They will be reviewing resumes Jan. 27. The workshops will be located in Drinko 402 from 4-5p.m. Ashley Grohoski can be contacted at grohoski1@marshall. edu.


Undergraduate Research Day isn’t just a day for legislators to decide whether they want to give universities money or not. It is an event for students to display their research and talk about something they love. For many Marshall students, Tuesday will be just a normal day in the classroom, but it will be entirely different for 17 others. These students will be representing Marshall University at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on Jan. 25, 2011. It will be the eighth straight year this event has taken place in Charleston. Undergraduate Research Day provides students with an opportunity to show West Virginia legislators what students, faculty and staff conduct research on at Marshall. It also provides an opportunity for West Virginia legislators to possibly send grants to Marshall in the future. “It’s educational on both sides , ” s a i d M a rshall University professor of ch e m i s t r y D r. Michael Castellani. “It’s educational for the legislator because they learn what the students are doing. It’s educational for the students because it enables them to convey to people outside of their area how valuable their work is,” Castellani said. Castellani said part of this is to educate the legislator on how we use our time. He said it gives us a chance to show the legislator a little bit about what we do here. “We started the research last May and just finished up this month,” said Ben Blodgett, senior chemistry major from Knoxville, Tenn. “I have put in a little over 600 hours of work to get this done.” Blodgett said he’s researching a very small piece of photosynthesis and, in the distant future, we hope to mimic photosynthetic processes in a lab setting. He said photosynthesis produces oxygen and that process also produces hydrogen gas, which can be used to fuel cars. Blodgett said he had never done anything like this before and the concepts in the beginning were a little above his head. He said the difficulty of the challenge made him want to work harder and now the concepts come easy to him. Courtney Nichols, senior chemistry and biology major, said the way she got involved was by

emailing professors and talking to them about their research. “Dr. Kolling told me at the beginning of last summer that he was getting ready to start a biochemistry research project and I was really interested in that,” Nichols said. “I have never done anything like this before and I am really nervous presenting it.” Laura Mader, senior biomedical science major from Huntington said she is excited about presenting on Tuesday. “It’s been really fun (working with research),” Mader said. “Dr. Serrat told me I would be working a project instead of being the stock girl mixing solutions and right then, I was sold.” “It’s not like you’re just an undergraduate,” said Morgan Efaw senior biomedical science major from Paden City, W.Va. “Dr. Serrat wants you brought up on her level, she wants you to know what you’re doing, and that there is a purpose to what you’re doing.” Alison Williams, who graduated in May with a biology degree from Hurricane, W.Va., also worked with Mader and Efaw. Their research consisted of how varying temperatures and exercise affect bone mineral density and growth plates. “It’s been a great learning experience,” Mader said. “Since this is my first job outside of babysitting, I have not only learned what it’s like to have daily hours, but to learn to work with coworkers and have a boss.” “I think it’s great,” Castellani said. “We really want to expand this and make it available to everybody in every discipline.” Undergraduate Research Day is on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Capitol rotunda in Charleston. Corey Oxley can be contacted at

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SEATTLE — I grew up in a white-bread world. There was only one African-American family in my neighborhood. My elementary, junior and senior high schools were predominantly white. If it hadn’t been for basketball, I would have had no understanding of diversity, outside of the few pages devoted to black leaders in my history books. Without basketball, I wouldn’t have had any shared experiences with the black community. My life wouldn’t have been nearly as rich. I thought about that as I spent much of last week at Edmundson Pavilion, watching some of the city’s best high-school players and teams compete in the Martin Luther King Hoopfest and later watching Washington play the Arizona schools in important Pac-10 Conference games. Last week was a celebration of the game in Seattle, but it also was a celebration of civil rights and equality and a celebration of the transformative power of hoops. For me, the transformation began in the early 1960s, when I was just entering my teens and my father came home to tell me he had invested in a basketball team. My father wasn’t a wealthy man and my mother was skeptical when he told us he was going to be one of 11 owners of the expansion Wilmington Blue Bombers of the Eastern Basketball League. Needless to say, as doubtful as my mother was about the intelligence of such an investment, I was equally ecstatic. The quality of basketball in the EBL, which later became the Continental Basketball Association, was remarkable. Every team played up-tempo. The league was a run-andgun thrill ride. Back then, there were only nine teams in the pre-expansion NBA, which meant the players in the EBL were NBA-quality. Paul Silas played there briefly. Bob Love spent a year in the league. NBA Hall of Famer Paul Arizin played on the weekends after he retired. And George Raveling was a veteran. Many players still had dreams of playing in the NBA. And many players realized those dreams. The league was loaded with former college players I had watched regularly in person and on television. I couldn’t wait to see them play every weekend. I couldn’t wait to see their practices. The players of the Blue Bombers, almost all of them African-American, also became family friends. My father invited many of them to the house for dinner. They shot hoops

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal hits a shot against Australia’s Bernard Tomic during third-round action at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. Nadal defeated Tomic, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.


Spain’s Rafael Nadal lines up a backhand shot against Australia’s Bernard Tomic during third round play at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday. Nadal defeated Tomic, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.

appeared to shake off his recent bout of poor health due to a virus as the top seed rolled into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday. Nadal avenged his loss to the Croatian 15th seed with the victory that put him into the Melbourne last-eight for the fifth straight year. The Spaniard’s victory marked his 25th consecutive victory as a major as he bids to win his fourth Grand Slam in a row. Nadal had been plagued by a virus since the start of the year, with the top seed admitting that he’s not yet back to full fitness. That problem seems to have been solved with the comprehensive win over Cilic, who saved a match point with an ace and ended with a double-fault. “I was nervous before the match, I knew how well Marin could play,” said Nadal, who said that he felt the best on court in weeks. “He’s very dangerous. I had to play with a high intensity and played my best match of this year,” Nadal said. “I’m happy that I didn’t sweat so much tonight like I did in the previous two matches. Today was the first day I felt perfect physically, that’s the most important thing,” Nadal said.

There was a surprise loss for fourth seed Robin Soderling, who was unable to get past Alexandr Dolgopolov. It was Soderlings’ first loss this season after the two-time Roland Garros finalist had compiled an 8-0 season and had won 20 sets without losing any before his young opponent won the second. “It was a good match, but I struggled to get into it,” said Dolgopolov after losing the first set in 21 minutes. “I was playing good on the baseline. I try to play against my opponents’ weakness and make them commit errors. That’s my game,” Dolgopolov said. “In the first set I was struggling, and I was a break down in the second. But I came back somehow and started to play better and better with every set. I’m really happy I’m through to the quarterfinal,” Dolgopolov said. Soderling, treated for a toe blister, was denied the first Melbourne quarterfinal of his career. “I struggled many times in this tournament,” he said. “I’ve never had a good first month in my career. But still, you know, I won a title (Brisbane) and made it to the fourth round here. It’s much better than the past years.” The 2010 finalist Andy Murray, the fifth seed, continued his effortless progress with a thrashing of Austrian number 11 Juergen

Melzer, dismantling the French Open semifinalist with 13 aces and 30 winners in just over an hour and 40 minutes. Murray produced his fifth win in the series and first against Melzer since Melbourne 2009. “Like my first few matches, I started very well,” said the Scot. “I started hitting the ball very cleanly right from the beginning of the match. When I had the wind with me, I dictated a lot of the points, returned very well, served well in the second and third set. So it was very good.” Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer denied Milos Raonic an historic first Canadian place in a mens’ Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of the 20-year-old. On the women’s side, second seed Vera Zvonareva defeated Czech Iveta Benesova 6-4, 6-1 while Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska — playing in her first match since surgery — fought off two match points to upend Chinas Peng Shuai 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. Czech Petra Kvitova followed up a defeat of No. 5 Australian Samantha Stosur by knocking out Italian Flavia Pennetta 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The winner managed 46 winners and 43 unforced errors. “I was very nervous in the first set,” Kvitova said. “I thought that it would be tough, so I just wanted to try for just focus on each point.”

Students bring women’s lacrosse team to Marshall BY CRYSTAL MYERS THE PARTHENON

Females will soon be sharing the lacrosse field after years of Marshall University offering the sport for men only. After playing lacrosse in high school, Charleston natives Rachel Ford and Jamie Gunnoe were not ready to forget the game. “It’s the one sport I loved playing and was actually good at, I didn’t want to give it up after only playing one year in high school,” Ford said. Lacrosse is a sport of Native American origin played with two teams of 11 players using handled rackets. The purpose is to catch and carry a small rubber ball to throw towards the opponents’ goal. Both Ford and Gunnoe described lacrosse as a mix of field hockey and soccer. Unlike mens’ lacrosse, there is no contact in the womens’ version of this sport. “You can’t physically hit another player, with or without a stick, and doing so would cause a penalty,” Ford said. “It’s fast-paced,” Gunnoe added. Starting an official team at a university is not a simple task. The women had to go through the Student Government

Association, find an adviser and create a constitution with a no hazing policy to become sanctioned as an official club. “We had an informational meeting, and we needed at least 15 girls to show interest,” Ford said. “I was glad to see we had just about 25 girls sign-up.” On Wednesday, the team will meet at 8 p.m. in the basement of the Memorial Student Center. “No experience is necessary to become a part of Marshall’s newest team,” Gunnoe said. “You just have to be a student at Marshall to be on the team.” “We’ll start teaching the basics from the ground up,” Ford said. “Anyone is welcome to join.” Ford also said she was once afraid to play the sport but encourages others to give it a try. “People laughed when I told them I wanted to play when the team started in high school, but I proved everyone wrong,” Ford said. “I’m so uncoordinated and I still did fine. It’s hard at first, but in the long run, it’s easier than it looks.” The team has a Facebook group, “Marshall’s Lady’s Lacrosse,” where all new information about the team


will be posted. The women’s lacrosse team will spend the remainder of the semester getting organized so they can start playing early next year. “We eventually hope to play colleges from outside of West Virginia,” Gunnoe said. Ford and Gunnoe said they are excited to get back on the field with a

new team. “I’m just looking forward to getting back on the field and getting in shape and having fun while doing so,” Ford said. “It’s such a fun sport and doesn’t get the credit it deserves.” The girls said they hope that others at Marshall will enjoy the sport as much as they have in

the past. “You make such good friends being on a team like that,” Ford said. “Especially when a lot of the girls are on the same level and there isn’t as much competition within the team itself.” Crystal Myers can be contacted at




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They may think that will get the job as they walk across the stage receive their diploma, but that isn’t the case.” Glen Midkif, Marshall University’s Event and PR Coordinator

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Career Services provides useful resources the stress in our lives than having someone help us. It’s also imporFor four years we have grown com- tant to have another opinion and fortable with our environment, and idea because we can’t think of evtransitioning to the next step in life erything we need. Career Services website inis not an easy task for anyone. cludes links that can help students Career Services is a resource on campus that all students should choose a career path or major or a list of course requirements for use. Just to name a few of the different majors. You can also conthings that career services helps duct an online practice interview, students with is our resumes, cover letters and job search. What learn about student jobs of the better way is there to ease some of week, tips to finding a job and read

Upcoming Career Services events prepare students for life after college College is the next step after high school and it is supposed to improve our chances of getting a successful job. Marshall University Career Services is sponsoring a workshop series about life after graduate school and the path to your professional career. The graduate college workshop is not the only event career services is hosting. They have numerous


upcoming events including workshops on resumes, interviewing tips, professional image and job search. Career services is here to help students with important aspects of our lives. Why not take advantage of what they are hired to do? It’s not unusual for students who reach their senior year to be nervous about life after college.




What the NFL could teach the rest of America The worst recession since 1929 shattered American confidence in our economy and in our government. Stock exchanges crashed, and the whole world lost its savings in the wreckage. Wall Street and Detroit teetered on the edge and Washington reacted in panic. As we attempt to reshape our politics and our badly sputtering economy, a good place to start looking for models would be a business most Americans consider a part of our national identity: football. Despite the poor corporate climate, the National Football League continues to attract fans, rake in profits and dominate the television market. Why? Because the NFL puts out a good product—entertaining games between well-matched teams—that people will pay to watch. Perhaps economists and policy-makers should take notice. After all, if there’s anything more American than football, then it’s got to be capitalism. But the methods behind the success of the NFL might surprise many of its most loyal fans, given how we proclaim our love of free markets and our corresponding disdain for their enemy: European socialism. By American standards our football league is Red to the core: The league office sets a limit on how much each team can spend on its players and fines them heavily if they fail. It divvies up the revenue from its gigantic television contracts equally between every team. It allows the visiting team to collect 40 percent of the ticket sales at away games. All these regulations are designed to help teams from small-markets, like the Green Bay Packers, win Super Bowls alongside bigcity rivals like New York and Dallas. What’s going on here? Doesn’t it seem deeply unAmerican that the richest teams are forced to cap their spending? It’s their money; let them do what they want with it. Let’s hope that our own politicians and business leaders here in America turn more to the National Football League as they attempt to restore civic and financial responsibility to America. Even if they have to use a little NFL-style.


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1. I used to love writing on my blog. I think I stopped blogging when I started taking Facebook a little more seriously. It’s not that one is necessarily better than the other, but one is faster and more far-reaching than the other. And it’s sad, because I think Facebook notes are shorter than my posts were … and now, with Twitter, even status updates are getting shorter still. Are we somewhat encouraging our ADD with all this? Maybe? 2. Facebook updates. Every few months or so, we need to relearn how to navigate through the page. Why does it not stop doing that? It is a terribly frustrating thing. And then come the groups that tell you how to keep the previous layout, though that doesn’t seem to happen anymore. 3. According to a study from AIS Media, 27 percent of people use Facebook in the bathroom. Aren’t we becoming a little too obsessed with this thing? I just spent about 20 minutes reading my newsfeed instead of writing this column. Addictive? 4. Walls. They are so not private. There are friends that tell each other how much they love each other on their walls. Ugh. It’s amusing to see whole drama stories unfurl on my newsfeed. By the time I get to my friends, I know what happened so well that there’s no point in talking about it anymore. 5. There’s something even worse: Facebook Officiality. People getting engaged, starting a relationship or breaking up is something that happens all the time. And it makes sense to have your friends know. But sometimes it’s ridiculous. Now you find out about it because you read it on your newsfeed, and not because you’re actually close to these people. 6. Have you noticed how your posts can be seen by people that do not know you? Friends of friends can see posts, see your profile, see everything about you .You can enter other people’s photographs with relative ease. 7. One of the consequences of updating the status of our lives is that we need to disclose more information about ourselves in order to make us more socially accepted. As if we shopped around for people who shared our interests through this information, as if we were browsing dating sites or window shopping. Are we giving too much?



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Continued from Page 1 associate professor of political science, said there will be plenty of chances for the bill to be amended though. She also said if this bill doesn’t pass, then a similar one could be reintroduced in a special session. “I think it’s highly likely that we’ll actually end up having a special session to deal with redistricting because it is such a big deal,” Beller said. One organization supporting the bill is the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the largest business advocacy organization in the state that works for economic development and job creation in West Virginia. President of West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Steve Roberts said he supports the bill because he thinks it would bring voters “closer to their representatives” and potentially create more incentives for voting. This, in turn, could lead to better governance and possible economic development, results that are in line with the chamber’s mission. “Breaking up some of the largest districts would make an awful lot of sense,” Roberts said. “For instance, there is a district with seven legislators, there is a district with five legislators in several places and there are districts with four legislators. That’s an awful lot of legislators for voters to really


Continued from Page 3 with me in my backyard. Some of them came to my junior high school games. They were remarkably generous with their time. Almost 50 years later, I remember many of their names. Will Johns, Waite Bellamy, John Savage, Maurice McHartley, who always played with a toothpick in his mouth. These players were regulars in my home and they told me stories about their basketball careers and stories about growing up black in America. Bellamy, a fourth-round pick of the St. Louis Hawks who grew up in Florida, told me about the restaurants in his hometown that barred him from entering and the white-only restrooms that he couldn’t use. I remember asking him why he wasn’t mad all of the time, and he told me he saw progress and that progress gave him hope. And he said people like my father made him feel welcome in communities

get to know, and we don’t have a tradition of having very high voter turnout in West Virginia.” Jordan Richardson, senior political science major from Nitro, W.Va., adds that, because so many candidates compete against each other in multimember districts, a candidate can easily end up with a majority in a three-way or fourway race. “Often times, the person who wins is not actually the person everyone wants to win; it’s just the person who got the most votes. So splitting it [West Virginia] up into single-member districts will make it much easier to ensure representation based upon citizens having a clear majority,” Richardson said. Beller believes, however, that the bill would not necessarily result in more equal representation but rather would just provide clarity for constituents in terms of knowing whom to contact. She also believes the bill would affect not only constituents but also multimember representatives and interest groups. “It would immediately hurt legislators in multimember districts who pull their resources to campaign. It’s going to hurt them because now they have to campaign, raise their own money and fund everything,” Beller said. As for interest groups, she said the bill would affect them because it is easier for such groups to target candidates from single-member

districts. “If you think about it—if you can elect three, five or six people in a district—it’s harder for an interest group to specifically just go after one because the constituents can divide their votes. So if you’re having only one person elected, an interest group can simply ball that candidate with negative ads.” Roberts pointed out that, as far as he is aware, the chamber did not help to draft the legislation in the bill and that HB2367 may not be the only bill the chamber ends up supporting. Richardson said that while he thinks there will be protest among delegates from multimember districts, the bill ultimately has hope. Chad Minnick, junior political science major from Buckhannon, W.Va., and also a supporter of the bill, doesn’t think HB2367 will necessarily make it through however. “I think the closer that we get to even representation is a good step to be making,” Minnick said. “However, reflecting on state history and how we came to have our current system, it’s going to meet a lot of opposition to change something of the sort. So it’s a great idea, but I don’t see in this political climate how it’ll pass and become law.” The House Judiciary Committee is currently reviewing the bill. Delegates Linda Sumner, John Ellem and Troy Andes were contacted but unavailable for comment. Anna Swift can be contacted at

that once were unwelcoming. My favorite Bomber was a player named Cleveland “Swish” McKinney, one of the league’s legendary shooters. Swish spent hours helping me—unsuccessfully—with my jumper. He shot a jumper that moved through the air without rotation, like a knuckleball. I never learned the trick. As his name suggests, Swish was a player without a conscience and he sometimes would confront me after my games and tell me to shoot more. I would look around to make sure my coach wasn’t listening. He also told me about his days in the Army and the names he used to be called. He told me he was a shooter, not a fighter, and he would try as hard as he could to ignore the taunts. Playing basketball was a way to escape for him. Because it was a weekend league, players, even for home games, stayed at local motels. We’d meet them for breakfast on Sundays, and often the players would be the only black people in the restaurants. Basketball broke down barriers. Even though these players

became friends, I never talked with black kids my age until I started hooping with them. In the summers in the mid- and-late-1960s, when American cities were torn because of race, buildings were burning and the rage was intense, we played basketball together, black and white, without incident. The courts were an oasis from the anger, the game was our common ground. Basketball removed all the stigmas, all the stereotypes, all the suspicions. It’s too simple to say there was no tension. Of course there was. But when the games began, race was never an issue. I’ve always loved the game and still believe there is no sweeter sound than the swish of a jump shot soft as down. But I’m also grateful to the game. It freed me from my white-bread world. It opened my eyes and my mind and my world. It taught me that there were no differences between black and white. And, all these years later, it still has that magical power to bring all of us together.

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Belknap stressed how important it was for Continued from Page 1 students to feel a sense open to the idea of look- of connection to caming into scheduling pus. Compared to new some sort of acclimation students in the fall, program for students new students in the starting in the spring. spring have more of a Even though there is responsibility to seek currently no program resources they need, for these students to ac- she said. climate, there are plenty In addition to the of resources around cam- Student Resource Cenpus for students to find ter, Hensley suggests help. Hensley suggested that if new students students to ask the Stu- are struggling, then dent Resource Center for they should get to know help. their adviser, seek out Sara Belknap, re- their Resident Advissource specialist at the ers and talk to the dean Student Resource Cen- of students. She also ter, explained that they pointed out that there are always ready to help is a counseling service students who are having in Prichard Hall that difficulties. is available to students “We help them play who are in need. catch up and gain a conMaribeth Smith can be nection to the campus,” contacted at smith1526@ Belknap said.


used as a reference for the housekeeping and Continued from Page 2 maintenance staff. “Residents have to fill “Being online makes in every box and actually it easier for us to be type out the problem, organized and more efthat way we can get the ficient,” Ross said. most detailed requests Even though the and the housekeeping system has only been and maintenance staff available since the seknows exactly what they mester started, the will have to do,” Glover residence department said. has already been receivThe service is available ing positive feedback. to all campus residence “We’ve heard a lot of hall. Students living in good things about it althe First-Year Residence ready”, Glover said. “The Halls still have to go key is getting awaretheir residence portal to ness out about it so the request assistance. students know that it is An advantage of go- there for them to use.” ing online is that the Dalton Hammonds can be requests can be tracked contacted at hammonds9@ in a database that can be

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TOP 10 I CELEBRITY TWITTERS 1. Ashton Kutcher 2. Britney Spears 3. Oprah Winfrey 4. Twitter 5. Barack Obama

6. John Mayer 7. Ryan Seacrest 8. Shaquille O’Neal 9. Kim Kardashian 10. Demi Moore

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To tweet, or not to tweet By Dagny Leonard and Derby Cox MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES (MCT)

Since its creation in 2006, Twitter, the social networking service, has taken the cyber world by storm. At first glance it might seem like a glorified Facebook status, but Twitter is in a league of its own, connecting people with fast-paced updates. It has become more than just an outlet for status updates; it is a place for closet comedians, activists, celebrities, businesses and everyday people to let others know about videos, opinions, interesting news, advertisements, and, yes, what they are eating for lunch. The phenomenon includes a host of new vocabulary terms and concepts that every selfrespecting Twitter-er should know. Here’s a crash course on everything Twitter, from basic terms to its impact on the news.


Twitter: n. a free social networking service that connects users through fast-paced status updates. •Twitter-er: n. one who uses Twitter. •Tweet: n. short updates

or messages, of 140 characters or less, which are posted on your profile and sent to your followers. •Retweet (RT): n. unofficial Twitter feature that indicates a re-posting of a tweet from another user. Often uses the text “RT @username” (of the original source) before the post. •Follower: n. one who receives another user’s updates on his or her Twitter profile. •@: n. a public message from one user to another by using the “@ username” prefix before a tweet. •Direct message: n. a private message sent from one Twitter-er to another. •#hashtags: n. a convention that adds context to tweets by putting “#” in front of a keyword to link other users using the same keywords. Example: #obama


Twitter is teeming with celebrity accounts. The famous, who once shunned the media in their private lives, are posting everything on Twitter for all the cyber world to see, amassing followers in the millions. Who’s leading the celebrity pack?

TwitterCounter (www. twittercounter. com), a site that tracks the most popular Twitter users, lists Ashton Kutcher (username: aplusk) as the most popular Twitter-er with, as of our publication date, 2,691,112 followers. Sure, their celebrity status is what got them followers, but it’s their tweets that really make them popular. Here are a few celebrity tweets we found to be funny, interesting, silly, or all of the above. Tweets range from the funny, “Obama admitted to smoking. while we are admitting things I have a confession to make. I don’t drink enough water.” -- Ashton Kutcher (aplusk) 4:28 p.m. June 23, to the mundane, “20 min treadmill. 7.5 speed. 1 incline. 3, two minute cool down walks. I’m sore today. Ate a Skor bar yesterday. #treadtweets” -- Jimmy Fallon (jimmyfallon) 7:26 a.m. June 25. Need a bigger celebrity Twitter fix? E! Online ( has a constantly running “celebri-Tweet” feed to keep you up to date on the lives of the rich and famous. .


People have grown used to the idea of Twitter as America’s stream of consciousness, but a new study suggests that the fast-growing micro blogging service is also becoming a kind of digital melting pot for U.S. adults. Susan Jouflas, The Seattle Times/MCT)

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