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Marshall University’s Student Newspaper

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Alpha Natural to buy Massey Energy



Marshall’s residence halls tackle issues of social justice. Page 2


Former Marshall University players prepare to play in Super Bowl XLV. Page 3


So why is Marshall’s student speech code so offensive? Page 4


Nearly a century of Richmond business history could come to an end with the proposed sale of Massey Energy Co. to Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. “I’m saddened the company will, in effect, lose its identity,” said E. Morgan Massey, the company’s former chief executive officer and the last member of the Massey family to head the business. Massey retired as CEO in 1991 and no longer holds stock in the coal company, formed by his grandfather in 1916. The Richmond-based coal company, which has struggled with losses after an explosion that killed 29 workers at a West Virginia mine, agreed Saturday to be taken over by another Virginia-based company Abingdonbased Alpha Natural Resources. Alpha is paying $7.1 billion in cash and stock for the company, the nation’s fourthlargest coal producer by revenue. Massey operates 19 mining complexes in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky including the Upper Big Branch mine where the April 5 disaster occurred. “It’s very generous for shareholders of Massey,” said Steve Marascia, analyst with Capitol Securities Management Inc. Massey and Alpha Resources have deep roots in Richmond. Though the Massey family is no longer associated with the company, the family name still carries weight in Richmond from the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University to the Massey Foundation, which has granted millions of dollars to health-care organizations, schools, colleges and other institutions since its creation in 1957. Alpha Resources was created in 2002 from the Virginia coal assets of the Pittston Co., a Richmond area security and transportation company that became The Brink’s Co. a year later. Brink’s Co. remains based in RichPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN YEINGST | THE PARTHENON mond, but it has exited the coal business. Alpha is offering 1.025 share of its stock People hold signs in support of West Virginia’s coal miners following the explosion at the

Massey Energy-owned Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., in this April file photo.


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Bills to reduce food sales tax considered in legislature BY ANNA SWIFT THE PARTHENON

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Bills that would decrease the food tax from 3 percent to 2 percent next year are pending in both the West Virginia House and Senate. A food tax reduction has been ongoing legislation since 2005, according to both the bills. The food tax has steadily decreased from 6 percent to 3 percent since 2005. The intent of the bills, SB 207 and HB 2649, were supported by acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in his State of the State address. SB 207 is sponsored in part by acting Senate President Jeff Kessler while HB 2649 is sponsored in part by House Speaker Rick Thompson. Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, another sponsor of SB 207, was contacted but unavailable for comment. Delegate Tim Armstead, RKanawha, another sponsor of HB 2649, was also contacted but unavailable. A press release issued from the governor’s website states that a food tax reduction would help struggling families by saving them an estimated $26 million a year. “This one percent reduction is extremely important to the governor,” said Jacqueline Proctor, communications director for the governor. “Essentially, it helps relieve a burden that he felt has been on the people of the state for too long. We have a state where seniors are struggling to either buy groceries or buy

Committee members want to make students aware of speech code BY KELLEY BUGLER THE PARTHENON

their prescriptions and hardworking people who are having challenges of their own to meet their family budget. And we think this will be significant and helpful for them.”

A student rights organization wrote an article about Marshall University’s speech codes that has administrators wondering if it is time to update the code of conduct. The Student Conduct and Welfare Committee met Monday to discuss the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s accusation that Marshall’s speech code, especially standard three, violate First Amendment freedoms. Standard three refers to Marshall students and student groups respecting and honoring the human rights and dignity of other persons, groups and organizations. “Free speech is hard to define and it is very admired at our institution,” said Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs. “Nobody wants to repress free speech. Professors love and admire free speech, and our institution is built on it.” Director of Judicial Affairs Lisa Martin will attend the Association of Student Judicial Affairs conference in

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Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed a 1 percent decrease in the state food sales tax in his State of the State address. Both the West Virginia House and Senate are considering bills to make the proposal a reality.



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Residence Services offers diversity programs BY DALTON HAMMONDS THE PARTHENON

Marshall University’s department of housing and residence life is dedicating a majority of its programs in the month of February to issues involving diversity and social justice. These programs, also known as student learning outcomes, are designed to address areas of interest or development that the department says the residents need more information on. “We chose to explore these issues this month because there are a lot of opportunities that go in conjunction with other activities occurring on campus,” Stephanie Hurley, a residence life specialist, said. February is African-American history month. Women’s rights issues will also be discussed around the country. “We seek opportunities to get the residents out of the halls and into other things on campus as much as possible, so it seemed to line up well,” Hurley said. The programs are designed to give students information on things that they may not be necessarily getting in the classroom. Hurley said their programs give residents a chance to get an experience that will have a good effect on them and the community. Hurley said the diversity-learning outcome is aimed at informing the residents about issues going on around them regarding people of different cultures and backgrounds. “When you look at higher education, it’s always important to celebrate the different cultures that have formed the history of our country,” Shari Clarke, vice president of multicultural affairs, said. Social justice is a learning outcome that is

focused on being more than just informing and asking residents what they can do to help and be engaged in the community. Twin Towers East is planning a program where residents will collect items to donate to homeless people on the riverfront. After collecting the items, residents will be the ones who deliver the items to the homeless. Hurley said resident advisors are encouraged to use social media to promote the programs going on their respective floors through Facebook and YouTube. Programs going on this month include an event in Holderby Hall, where residents will learn about Hispanic culture. A dance instructor is scheduled to come in and teach residents Hispanic dances, and foods from that area will be available. “It’s about experiencing a culture different than your own, in a way that you weren’t expecting to,” Hurley said. Buskirk Hall has scheduled an event for later this month called “All Cultures Unite.” Resident advisers and residents from Marshall’s cultural connections community will be given the chance to interact with each other and learn about different cultures. Hurley said that all residents are invited to attend the programs, even if it is taking place in a different residence hall than they live in so residents can get a variety of experiences. “I’d like to see programming that’s outside of the box, while at the same time engaging students to be proactive in the community,” Hurley said. A full schedule of the programs planned for February can be found on the housing section of the Marshall University website. Dalton Hammonds can be contacted at

Students rally in Washington BY ERIN MILLER THE PARTHENON

In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama spoke on the rising problems facing Tunisia. Political upheaval has shaken the Middle East in countries such as Lebanon, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt. The president addressed his desire of an “orderly transition” toward democracy in these countries. “In Tunisia, we had a revolution against our government and dictatorship. It was a historical moment for our nation,” said Mourad Gueddich, a Tunisian student who attends Marshall University. “We were never allowed to say anything that was considered ‘against’ the government,” Gueddich said. “Even those who were said to be his political opposition were placed and controlled by Tunisian president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.” Guiddich has been in the U.S. since Dec. 2009. “I am realizing my dream here,” Gueddich

said. “I watched the U.S. on television and in movies.” Gueddich, along with several other Tunisian students from Marshall, attended a demonstration in front of the Saudi-Arabian embassy in Washington D.C on Friday. The demonstration called for the return of the fugitive Ben Ali to Tunisia. “He needs to be brought to justice for his crimes against humanity.” Guiddich said. “He would do horrible things to enforce his laws, even torture.” Obama spoke openly on his support for Tunisia’s plight. “I condemn and deplore the use of violence against citizens peacefully voicing their opinion in Tunisia and I applaud the courage and dignity of the Tunisian people,” Obama said. “I have no doubt that Tunisia’s future will be brighter if it is guided by the voices of the Tunisian people.” Erin Miller can be contacted at


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Safe Space Program training available to faculty, staff BY CHERIE DAVIS THE PARTHENON

The Safe Space program is an awareness-building program for students to visually see and have a support network at the university. It can be a safe way for students to come out. “It is an agreement that you are not going to let any sort of discrimination go on in the classroom. You’re not going to tolerate hate speech; you’re not going to tolerate bullying of any kind. This is a visual reminder,” said Raymond Blevins, a graduate assistant for the LGBTO office. The program has been running at Marshall for a few years. Feb. 1 starts the safe space training week. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in one of four training

sessions. Students are also welcome. There will be two training sessions on Feb 1. at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and two on Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. All sessions will be in room 2W22 in the Memorial Student Center. “The training itself, I don’t like to call it training because it’s more like an orientation. It’s just letting the students know that it’s there. There are resources on campus that they can direct students to,” Blevins said. Safe Space is a nationwide program. It’s designed to create a safe and comfortable space for students of all sexualities and gender identities. Every school has a symbol that students, professors, and faculty members can hang up for students to see. Marshall Unversity has about 60 people participating in the program. “I have an open invitation for any student who wants to come speak,or answer questions that any faculty member may have. The more perspectives we have the

better,” Blevins said. Everyone who attends will receive a manual about the LGBTO Safe Space program. “Safe Space was created enable someone to help a LGBT student or peer deal with issues more specific to their circumstances as well as be aware of what those issues may be in advance,” Robert Cooper, the secretary of LAMBDA, said. Blevins said that having the training would give students and faculty insight of what it might be like for a student to be different and the hardships they will face. Blevins said that he could do in-house training for groups or individuals who are unable to attend. “We want to show acceptance and willingness instead of just having it applied,” Blevins said. Cherie Davis can be contacted at davis542@

Medical school fraternity receives charter, begins fundraising THE PARTHENON

Phi Delta Epsilon, a new chapter of the International Medical Fraternity, has a mission all their own. They are an academic fraternity for Marshall University’s school of medicine and are dedicated to creating physicians in the guiding principles of the fraternity’s philanthropy: “education through fellowship, service, mentoring and formal training in leadership, science and ethics.” The chapter at Marshall has been working diligently to accomplish their charter goals since January 2010. Having completed these goals, the Phi Delta Epsilon has become the new charter for the International

Medical Fraternity that has been established for over 100 years. After becoming an official new charter in October, president Christopher Bates has been scheduling events on the calendar for the spring semester to raise funds for their chapter and national philanthropy, the Children’s Miracle Network. Their closest event is the “corn-hole” tournament fundraiser on April 9 at the Erma Byrd Clinical Center parking lot. Twenty-five percent of all the proceeds of the event will be donated to the philanthropy. They are also hosting a Spring Gala event that is tentatively set for May 14 for the chapter’s local charity, the Golden Girl Home.

Even though only two events have been scheduled, Bates said that they are hoping to have many more events scheduled for the future. In the midst of scheduling fundraisers and events, the chapter will be attending the yearly Phi Delta Epsilon regional conference this weekend in Louisville, Ky. Bates said that 14 members of his chapter, every chapter in the region, and a newly added chapter from Gdansk, Poland will be in attendance to discuss international updates as well as individual chapter accomplishments. At last year’s conference, the Marshall University chapter was only a “colony” and this will be their first year as an official charter at the event.



DeAndre Kane, Men’s Basketball FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK


For the week, Kane finished with 16.5 ppg, 2.0 rbg and 3.5 apg. This is Kane’s third Freshman of the Week award and his second in the last four weeks.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Leftwich, Legursky will take Marshall memories to Super Bowl XLV BY MARCUS CONSTANTINO THE PARTHENON


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich looks for a receiver during third quarter action against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.


Steelers fans celebrate as their team leaves the field. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the New York Jets 24-19 to win the AFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field Sunday in Arlington, Texas, they will be making their eighth appearance on football’s biggest stage. For former Marshall standouts Byron Leftwich and Doug Legursky, it will be an opportunity for a second career Super Bowl ring. Leftwich was drafted seventh overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2003 NFL Draft. After spending four seasons in Jacksonville, he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2007, the Steelers in 2008, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, and back to the Steelers for the 2010 season. During his tenure at Marshall, he had 12,090 yards of offense as a quarterback, second only to Chad Pennington. Leftwich says even though he is not slated to start in the Steelers’ seventh Super Bowl championship bid, he is physically and mentally ready for the game. “My mindset has never changed since my days at Marshall, when I was backing up Chad Pennington and I was playing at Marshall,” Leftwich said. “I always prepared myself as if I was the starter because you never know what’s gonna happen.” Legursky, 2003 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, W.Va., and a three-time

All-Conference USA selection from 2005-2007, signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in April 2008. He established himself as a key player for the Herd as a true freshman, playing in all 12 games and setting himself up as the starting center for the 2005 season. “It’s a crazy experience going for two rings in three years,” Legursky said. “Some people play their whole careers and don’t make it once.” Steelers’ starting center Marukice Pouncey suffered a high ankle sprain and a broken bone in his left ankle in the Steelers’ AFC championship game against the New York Jets according to WTAJTV. He will not play in the Super Bowl, leaving Legursky to step up to the starting role. “I’m prepared. Pouncey is gonna work his hardest to get back out there, but I prepare every week as if I’m gonna play,” Legursky said. “That’s what a backup position has to be ready for, so I’ll be prepared.” Leftwich, the Steelers’ backup quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger, says he and Legursky will be ready for action on Sunday. “Doug has worked his tail out from the beginning and I think he really understood that he was always one play away,” Leftwich said. “That play happened unfortunately for Pouncey, but we got a game, and we gotta play on the sixth, and

Legursky will be the guy leading us there.” Legursky left a few words of wisdom for current Marshall football players who aspire to play at a professional level. “Just stay working hard. Stay in school stay on your books, on and off the field, on the field focus on the next game,” Legursky said. “Just keep working hard and stay in that weight room.” Legursky and Leftwich will both take memories from Marshall with them to Super Bowl XLV as they take on the Green Bay Packers. “I have so much pride for Marshall and everything Huntington does.” Legursky said. “You know I’m from southern West Virginia, so to move up here to Pittsburgh was kind of shell-shock, and it’s the same kind of fans that we have at Marshall. Pittsburgh fans are just as committed.” “Me and Byron have a good time,” Leftwich said. “We’re always joking around, kidding about the good ‘ol Marshall days. “I talked to (Steve) Sciullo, I talked to a lot of the guys. They will always be my guys, always. The things we accomplished at Marshall, the things we went through and that’s my family. Those things never change and we are friends for life. Those guys are really happy for me right now.” Marcus Constantino can be contacted at

Marshall awaits total earnings from Capital Classic BY JAKE SNYDER THE PARTHENON

The Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic ended in victory for the Marshall University men’s basketball team; however, the financial success for the school remains to be seen. David Steele, athletic administration representative, said the magnitude of the event doesn’t allow for haste in the process of calculating the totals. The total revenue figures

for the 2011 game are not expected until May. “With marketing, a lot of times, it takes a while to collect all the sponsorship hours and the advertising; whereas, the ticket sales are a little bit quicker,” Steele said. The game was played in front of a sold-out crowd at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Charleston, but Steele said ticket sales only make up a fraction of the total income. The revenue for the

game, which includes ticket sales, as well as television income and advertisements, is distributed evenly between the two competing schools with another portion going to the Chesapeake Energy Center. In 2010, Marshall earned an estimated $139,000 in total revenue. Steele said the total for this year should register near this figure. Jake Snyder can be contacted at snyder100@live.


Senior Orlando Allen (21) takes a shot during the Capital Classic against West Virginia University

DeAndre Kane C-USA Freshman of the Week HERDZONE


DeAndre Kane, C-USA Freshman of the Week, lines up for a free throw in the Capital Classic on Jan. 19, 2011.

Redshirt freshman DeAndre Kane of the Marshall University men’s basketball team has been named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week, as announced by league officials on Monday afternoon. Kane averaged a teamhigh 16.5 ppg this week in games at UAB and a home win against Memphis. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native began the week with 13 points against the Blazers in 27 minutes

of play. He then tied for the game-high against the Tigers as he poured in 20 points on 6-14 from the floor, leading the Herd to an 85-70 victory over Memphis, its first since joining C-USA. Kane connected on 12-of-14 free throw attempts in the two games while averaging 31 minutes of action. For the week, Kane finished with 16.5 ppg, 2.0 rbg and 3.5 apg. This is Kane’s third Freshman of the Week award and his second in the last four weeks.



Kane prepares to shoot a free throw during Marshall’s upset of West Virginia University in the Capital Classic.



“Free speech is hard to define


and it is very admired at our institution,”

Steve Hensley, commenting on Marshall University’s free speech code

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Marshall University is fair in speech code Foundation for Individual Rights in Education recently ranked Marshall University as one of the top universities that limits students’ first amendment rights. Marshall’s speech code limits speech such as harassment, discrimination, embarrassment, obscene conduct and disrespecting others. In a Jan. 21 article, a Parthenon reporter cited Samantha Harris, director of FIRE’s speech code research, as saying she cannot think of another speech code that prohibits such an amount of protected speech.



However, Marshall is not the worst offender of the 12 universities that made the list. Syracuse University, which ranked No. 1, made a law student remove a satirical blog another student said contained embarrassing remarks. Campus safety at that university also made students remove Halloween costumes they deemed offensive. At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, students who want to host “controversial” rallies are required to schedule their event five days in advance, may only meet between the hours of noon and 1 p.m. and can only demonstrate on the

steps of the Student Union. Groups must also provide their own security. At Michigan State University, free speech restriction also includes the internet. After student government representative Kara Spencer e-mailed faculty members in 2008 regarding a change in the academic calendar, she was charged with spamming. More than 10 civil liberties organizations petitioned the university, causing them to drop the charges against Spencer. However, the school adopted a stricter spamming policy that could punish students for sending more than 10 unsolicited e-mails to friends, professors or classmates in a 48-hour span.

So why is Marshall on this list? According to Harris, it is because “there is very little speech Marshall can’t punish.” But why would the organization rank Marshall on the same list as schools such as Syracuse and Michigan, which have clearly crossed the line? Compared to these other schools, Marshall’s actions in regards to free speech and expression are mild. FIRE found fault with three aspects of our speech code that do not seem all that damning. Marshall’s speech code requires the dean of students to




Forgiveness of infidelity gender-based

Chocolate milk more than a simple snack The next time you head to the gym, replace that water with a good old-fashioned glass of chocolate milk. Yes, this is what doctors and athletes are saying these days: Chocolate milk is now the ultimate sports drink. In recent years, chocolate milk has evolved from an elementary school student’s treat to a delicious and inexpensive replacement for overpriced Gatorades and various other fitness drinks. Claims have been made that chocolate milk benefits the human body as much as, if not more than, routine energy formulas, flaunting an ideal combination of natural carbohydrates and proteins. Since this discovery, even more studies have been conducted to determine just how beneficial chocolate milk can be for athletes. According to a 2009 study in Medical News Today, chocolate milk was found to meet, and in some cases exceed, the post-workout recovery benefits of an equalcalorie sports drink. A 2007 study declared milk to be better at restoring fluid levels than water and other sports drinks after exercising under hot conditions. The benefits of chocolate milk are not necessarily new. Runners in particular have lauded the drink for years, praising it as a postrun miracle. Chocolate milk has a natural ratio of carbohydrates to proteins that is ideal for muscle recovery process after intense strength-training and aerobic exercises. The amino acids found in chocolate milk also help to prevent future muscle damage and are capable of shortening recovery periods in between workouts. The acids repair damaged muscle tissue while promoting leaner muscle mass. If you’re worried about calorie content, chocolate milk shouldn’t be a problem. For something light, simply opt for skim milk.

approve the purpose of any oncampus demonstrations, forbids students in the residence halls from posting anything containing profanity or other offensive material and does not allow students to view objectionable material on university computers. Marshall’s Student Conduct and Welfare Committee are discussing ways to make students more aware of the school’s speech code. We want to hear from you. If you feel your speech as been oppressed or repressed by Marshall, e-mail the editors at


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A man is 50 percent more likely to take back a girlfriend who cheated on him with another woman than one who cheated on him with a man, according to a University of Texas research. Psychology graduate student Jaime Confer and Mark D. Cloud, a psychology professor at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, surveyed college students for the study. The researchers told participants to imagine a scenario in which they were in a committed, sexual relationship and their partner admitted to cheating. The hypothetical situations included the partner cheating with one person, with multiple people and with a homosexual partner. According to the study, men felt less threatened by other women because there is no risk their significant others could get pregnant from having an affair with someone of the same sex. “If you learn that your significant other has cheated with another man, you’ll start to think maybe the children we may have may not be mine,” Cloud said. Patrick Newman, a radio-television-film junior at U. Texas who was cheated on, agreed with the main findings of the study. “With guys, it’s a competitive thing. A guy can’t compare himself to a girl,” Newman said. Although men were more likely to take back a woman who had a homosexual affair, women were much less likely to take back a male partner who cheated with another man. Women had a 28-percent likelihood of forgiving a boyfriend who had a heterosexual affair, while men had a 22-percent likelihood. But the majority of the women wanted to end the relationship regardless or who they were cheated on with. “Girls are more offended that the guy cheated, whereas guys are more offended that you chose someone over him,” said Jace Sternadel, a political communication sophomore. Women are more likely to terminate a relationship when they feel like they might be abandoned, making a homosexual affair more threatening to the woman. “What the women wouldn’t be tolerant of is when there’s an emotional attachment to another person,” he said. Cloud said in terms of evolution, it is more beneficial for men to have multiple sex partners because they have a greater chance of reproduction. Women have limited opportunities for reproduction regardless of how many men they have sex with, he said.


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Continued from Page 1 Florida from Wednesday until Sunday. Committee members discussed ways to inform students of the speech code so they are aware of what it says. “One trend in the College of Education that has developed in the past 10 years is putting central justice statements in the syllabus,” said Kathy Seelinger, an education professor. “They say students


Continued from Page 1 Associate professor of political science, Marybeth Beller, said increased tax relief will more than likely become law because it is so popular to cut taxes. The issue, though, is how the state will make up for its lost revenue. Proctor said the food tax reduction has been planned into future state budgeting but not covered by other programs as of yet. “We have anticipated this reduction, and we really feel that there’ll be other revenues that will stay strong and perhaps increase over time. But we feel comfortable that this is the responsible way to put money back in the pockets of our citizens and help our businesses as well,” Proctor said.

are allowed to disagree in class but must respect others through their attitude and speech.” Julio Alves, music professor and chairman of the committee, said most students are unaware of the code of conduct and what it says about what is expected of a student’s behavior. “A good starting point for us would be to create a strategy to clearly tell students how they are expected to act in order to civilly promote a healthy environment inside the campus,” Alves said. Dale Shao, an information

systems professor, said the code of conduct should be integrated into Marshall’s orientation process. “If students listen and have open discussions during orientation, then they will know what the code means,” Shao said. “That way, students have no excuse not to know what it says.” The committee is scheduled to meet again Feb. 28 after Martin has returned from the ASJA conference and has had a chance to discuss a plan of action with Hensley. Kelley Bugler can be contacted at

According to Beller, an additional factor to consider in reducing the food tax is where the state will be in five years. “It’s very, very difficult to raise taxes. So if the projections for next year are that the decrease in revenue will not hurt the budget, then we also have to look about five years ahead to see what’s going to happen if legislators say, ‘Hey West Virginians, we have to raise the food sales tax,’” Beller said. “It’s going to be much harder politically to raise that tax.” Sarah Riddle, freshman music education major from Hurricane, W.Va., said she thinks a food tax decrease would help Marshall students. She said she spends around $50 a week on groceries, meaning a 1 percent tax decrease could save her at least $20 a month. Such a figure may not seem like a

huge saving, but Beller said every bit helps. “Everybody has to eat and particularly when we’re trying to get people to eat healthier, I think anything that we can do to make it more affordable for them to make those good choices is going to be good,” she said. Both bills are sitting in their respective finance committees. They would not affect prepared food, soft drinks, food sold through vending machines, heated food or food sold with utensils, according to the press release posted on the governor’s website. The governor said during his State of the State address that he would like to eliminate the food tax entirely but a one percent reduction is a responsible strategy for now. Anna Swift can be contacted at

House agrees to vote to speed up election process THE PARTHENON

House Speaker Rick Thompson announced Tuesday at a press conference that the West Virginia House of Delegates will vote today to speed up the consideration of a bill that would set a primary and general election for the next governor. The bill, HB 2853, was amended while in the House Judiciary committee but still calls for a primary and general election. The dates, which were set for June 20 and Oct. 4 respectively, have been moved to May 14 and Sept. 13 in the newest version of the bill. A special election for a new governor was ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeals this month after acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin took over Joe Manchin’s seat in November. “At the outset of the debate over how to handle

the succession issues following Senator Byrd’s death, I publicly stated that I believe there should be a timely election process – one that included a primary – to choose the next governor,” Thompson said in a press release issued by the communications director of the House of Delegates. “In offering the earlier dates for the election, we have taken to heart the Supreme Court’s order that the election take place ‘as soon as practicable,’ as opposed to as late as possible.” The House will vote today on whether to go through the three readings of the bill all together or separately. Bills are normally read on separate days. “While we seldom suspend that rule for legislation, in this instance I think members have had time to consider all factors related to this particular bill and will feel comfortable voting on it tomorrow,” Thompson said in Tuesday’s press release.

UPCOMING EVENTS Pi Kappa Phi is sponsoring Pedal for Push, a 24-hour bike-a-thon to raise awareness and money for people with disabilities. The event will begin at noon Tuesday in Memorial Student Center.

Huntington Symphony Orchestra will welcome guest conductor Maestro John Koshak on Feb. 12 for “A Winter’s Delight.” Tickets are available at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center ticket office.


Continued from Page 1 for each share of Massey, plus $10 per share in cash. Together, that represents a bid of $69.33 per share, a 21 percent premium over Massey’s closing share price Friday. Alpha CEO Kevin Crutchfield said the acquisition will offer greater access to international markets. Shortages of coal have driven up prices around the world, a trend Alpha hopes to capitalize on. “Massey has a lot of coal in the ground,” Marascia said. These are assets that will support Alpha’s future business. “We sell into 20-some countries now and that will increase significantly,” Crutchfield said. Alpha expects the deal will also help the combined company cut costs by at least $150 million annually. A sale of Massey was expected even before the sudden retirement last month of Don Blankenship, the company’s CEO. On Massey’s board, Blankenship was the strongest advocate for remaining an independent company. The company’s losses since the disaster were another factor leading to its sale. Massey lost a total of $130 million in the second and third quarters of last year. It has not yet released its fourth-quarter results. “It has an excellent reputation with its customers, who come first,” said Morgan Massey, who lives in Florida now. “It has an excellent reputation with its employees.” “And despite of what you read in the newspaper,” the 84-year-old Massey said, “it has a superb reputation with the bulk of the community and for its concern for the environment.” “Massey Energy is a viable company and worth more than the proposed deal,” he said. “While it does admittedly have management problems with Don Blankenship’s departure and the Big Branch Mine accident, those can be resolved with time.” Recent reports have suggested that Massey was also being sought by global steel conglomerate ArcelorMittal SA. Alpha is the leading U.S. producer of metallurgical coal used to make steel, while ArcelorMittal already owns several metallurgical coal mines in Appalachia. The April explosion is the subject of civil and criminal investigations. On Friday, Massey rejected nearly every part of the federal government’s theory on what caused the deadly explosion. The company doesn’t believe that worn shearer bits, broken water sprayers or an excessive buildup of coal dust contributed to the blast. Instead, Massey continues to argue there was a sudden inundation of natural gases from a crack in the floor that overwhelmed what it insists were good air flow and other controls that should have contained the blast. Massey’s stock closed Friday at $57.23. The stock had tumbled from its close of $54.69 the day of the explosion to a low of $26.31 on July 2. Investors, sensing the possibility of a takeover, have bid the stock higher since then. Investors profited under Blankenship, but the former CEO alienated neighbors of his company’s mines over environmental issues. His staunch defense of the company after the explosion raised more anger. A statement from Alpha executives and Massey’s current CEO, Baxter F. Phillips Jr., did not mention the disaster.

Groups work to improve city’s image Café Huntington supports arts community

Website focuses on city’s positive aspects THE PARTHENON


Café Huntington is helping give people the chance to pursue new projects that may otherwise go unfunded. The monthly dinner helps give micro grants to projects presented at its meetings. The first five projects to apply are the ones qualified for that month’s dinner. Applicants present their projects to the audience. Audience members pay $10 for dinner provided by volunteer chefs. Admission also qualifies them for one vote. The project receiving the most votes for the evening receives all the money from admissions. For example, if 20 people attend the dinner, then the winning project receives $200. The types of projects who have won in the past vary greatly. In October 2010, two women won $625 to use toward taking classes on turning a goat farm into a working dairy goat farm. In September 2010, $410 was raised to help fund the first annual Huntington Music and Art Festival. Student groups wanting to take on a project for their organization can apply and present at Café Huntington and raise funding for their project. Funding can be used for events, projects, classes or conferences or anything else that will benefit the presented project. The next Café Huntington is at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Renaissance Hall.

Huntington residents have an outlet to share their favorite things about the city and learn about new things as well. Why Huntington is a website where people can post just about anything they want to about Huntington. The only rule is that it must be positive. Huntington resident Bill Rawlinson has started and promoted the website. He said after often seeing Huntington in the news for negative things, he thought there should be something that shows the positive side of the city. “If you’re not from here and you search online for Huntington, then you can find something positive on here,” Rawlinson said. Visitors to the website can post articles, photos, videos, songs and just about anything they can think of saying why they like Huntington. The postings can be anything from review a restaurant, tell about an upcoming event or just leave a quote saying they love the community. Rawlinson said the website would benefit from students posting things as well. He said many people might think there is not much going on in Huntington, but there are always many things – you just have to know how to find them. The website for “Why Huntington” is All categories for contribution are listed under the ‘Contribute’ tab. Submissions can be sent via the website’s contact form or to




“I wanted to prove to the world how important and artistic video games are,” -Tommy Tallarico, co-creator and executive producer


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Marshall Artists Series to present “Video Games Live”


“Video Games Live” is a concert event featuring music scores from popular video games. both orchestras and choirs collaborate to perform for the show. BY JARED ROACH THE PARTHENON

Some of the world’s most popular video games are coming to Huntington, although probably not the way you expect. The concert experience known as “Video Games Live” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and it’s setting up to be a show no one will want to miss, even for those who aren’t video game fans. There’s much more to “Video Games Live” than just a performance

of music from some of the greatest game soundtracks. Accompanying these classic gaming tunes is exclusive video footage and musical arrangements along with live action and interactive segments. Tommy Tallarico, co-creator and executive producer of “Video Games Live”, wanted to create a show that would transcend video games. “I wanted to prove to the world how important and artistic video games are,” Tallarico said. Debuting July 6, 2005, “Video

Games Live” has been touring the world for the past six years. “Coming to Huntington is kind of a big deal,” Angela Jones, director of the Marshall Artists Series, said, commenting on the worldwide success of “Video Games Live.” The show has gone to America, Mexico, Europe and seemingly everywhere in-between. It has earned massive amounts of critical acclaim and numerous awards. Surprisingly, the show


Laura “Flute Link” Intravia began performing for “Video Games Live” in 2009. She is known for her composing, writing, and arranging of music.

has garnered some of its highest praise from non-gamers. Tallarico is thrilled with this. “I kind of wanted to create something for everyone,” Tallarico said. The show’s success is not just limited to live performances, an album, entitled “Video Games Live: Volume One” was released in the summer of 2008, debuting on the Billboard charts at No. 10. That same year “Video Games Live” was inducted in the Guinness

Book of World Records for performing the most video game concerts in one year. The main show is not all that “Video Games Live” has to offer. There is also a pre-show and a post-show that include game demos, a costume contest, prizes, game competitions, and a meet-and-greet with the performers, top game composers and designers. You could even win a chance to play on stage if you win the preshow “Guitar Hero” contest. The pre-show festival begins at 6 p.m. and the

post-show meet-and-greet follows immediately afterwards. Tickets are currently available at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center box office Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Full-time students can get their tickets for free, with part-time students getting them for halfprice, and faculty and staff getting two tickets at half-price. Jared Roach can be contacted at

Early education majors create interactive learning activities BY KELSEY WAYBRIGHT THE PARTHENON

Marshall University early education majors treated young children to snacks, activities and skits Monday morning to help develop their integrated teaching skills. This year’s ocean-themed Children’s Theater was brought to the three to five year-olds from Marshall University Early Education Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Center through interactive learning stations and skits based on books the “littlest learners” had already read. Tina Cartwright, assistant professor for the College of Education and Human Services, works with her students to make sure they see the opportunities presented to learn through the project. “My students do this so we can practice what we preach in the classroom by integrating topics taught in elementary schools, just how they will when they are teachers,” Cartwright said. “There is not time to teach all subjects separately, so we show them how to integrate science, reading and more.” The university students form two different groups, one for a reading block that performs the skits and one for science exhibits and methods. Then each group created a brochure that outlined procedures or integrating techniques, the content standard objectives for West Virginia that were followed, materials used,

and other ways to integrate the topics into other subjects such as music and math. Cheryl Jeffers, assistant professor for the College of Education and Human Services, said the hands-on interaction with the little learners not only gets the students ready for their future profession but also gives the children something to look forward to. “The little ones have grown over the years from not even speaking when they enter the room to absolutely loving it and acting out the skits for days after they come,” Jeffers said. Lindsey Fowler, senior elementary education major from Atlanta, Ga., said one of the reasons she chose Marshall University is because of the good things she had heard about the education program and the close-knit atmosphere on campus. But she said it’s these activities that really help the program come to life. “Activities like this help get us all involved and excited, and it’s much better than sitting behind a desk all day. And it’s just not a one-day project. We put weeks of effort into making costumes and developing the skits, as well as doing pre-activities with the children to get them excited for today,” Fowler said. Last week, the 17 children enrolled at MUEE STEM Center painted seashells and made pictures that were posted

as backgrounds for the skits in efforts to help them feel more apart of the experience. The children also had the opportunity to perform the skit with costumes that were made for them after the Marshall students had read the story and performed it. “The children always want to be the part with what they feel has the best costume. They will even call out which one they want when we’re performing,” Samantha Brickey, senior elementary education major from Barborsville, W.Va., said. “This also helps us to prepare more for when we’re in the classroom because this is the last step we complete before we actually start student teaching. It helps us prepare fun ideas when we begin teaching,” Brickey said. “The little learners not only get to take home the shells they decorated, but the memories of interacting with the stories and experiments,” Brea Wiles, studio educator for MUEE Stem Center, said. “They really look forward to it and we reread the books over and over again, as well as act out the skits.” Fall enrollment for MUEE STEM Center, a Cabell County pre-kindergarten model school, begins in March. Contact Wiles at 304-696-3498 or for more details. Kelsey Waybright can be contacted at waybright7@


Children’s Theater treated young children to hands-on activities, interactive learning and perfomances. Education majors interact with the young learners using integrated teaching skills.


Marshall education majors prepare for Monday morning by spending weeks in advance making costumes and developing the skits that the children perform.


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