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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

News | 2


Cantrell Named Ethics Scholar

Wednesday: 22˚/ 15˚

Commentary | 10

Unforgettable Celtic Roots Journey at Shepherd

Thursday: 24˚/ 14˚

Friday: 30˚/ 18˚

Sports | 15

Arts & Style | 12

Lawrence Cumbo’s Labor of Love: The Shepherdstown Opera House

Saturday: 33˚/ 19˚

Mens Basketball Keeping Pace in Mountain East

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Monday: 30˚/ 23˚

Tuesday: 28˚/ 20˚

SGA Elections Coming Soon Kim Ballard Staff Writer

BJ McCardle / The Picket The winter storm on Thursday, Feb. 13 blanketed many cars, like the one as seen in this photo. Since the beginning of the spring semester, Shepherd has closed five times due to winter weather.

Winter Storm Buries Shepherd H.S. Leigh Koonce News Editor

Another round of winter weather dumped over a foot of snow in the Shepherdstown area on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, causing Shepherd University to cancel classes for the remainder of the week. Streets were covered, cars were trapped and

sidewalks were blanketed by yet another winter storm. So far this spring semester, Shepherd has cancelled classes five and a half times, which is more cancellations than in the last three years combined. Spring recess has already been rescheduled to make up for See WEATHER page 6

Student Government Association (SGA) elections are just around the corner, and Shepherd students interested in running or voting for SGA positions should begin preparing now. Alana Gondeck, SGA president, said that at this time no dates for elections have been set. While none of the plans have been finalized, Graham Scott, SGA parliamentarian, stated, “We are looking at the last week of February or the first week of March to open nominations and the first week of April for voting.” According to the SGA constitution, president and vice president elections must be held by the second week after spring break. The last day of spring break this year is Sunday, March 16, which would put the elections on a tight deadline, though they are considering amending the constitution so that elections aren’t based off of spring break. An SGA-appointed election committee will run the elections and is required to “publicize, regulate, and hold all campus-wide elections,” according to the SGA constitution. See SGA page 2

2014-2015 Common Reading Votes Begin

Katie Butler Staff Writer

Through March 31, students and members of the community can submit their vote for the book that they would like to see become the 2014–2015 Shepherd common reading selection. According to Betty Ellzey, professor of English and chair of the department of English and modern languages, the common reading program “prepares incoming first-year students for analysis of

ture, history, politics, culture or other fields at the college level.” Also, the program “affords a sense of community…since they have all read the same book,” said Ellzey. There are five book choices for the 2014–2015 common reading vote. Raymond Bonner’s “Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong” is a book focused on injustice in the American justice system. The book follows an ambitious young attorney in her attempt to free a wrongly convicted death row inmate. “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova is a

novel concentrated on a middleaged Harvard professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She begins to forget herself and those around her, and the novel conveys the struggles of Alzheimer’s disease from a firstperson perspective. Ann Jones’ “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars: The Untold Story” uses Jones’ own firsthand reporting of Afghanistan to convey the stories of America’s wounded. Jones’ reporting attempts to bring to words the reality that is war. “When the Emperor Was Di-

vine” by Julie Otsuka tackles the realities of the Japanese internment camps of America’s past. Written from five differing points-of-view, this novel brings to light the emotional suffering of the Japanese-Americans who were uprooted from their homes. “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai follows a young Pakistani girl in her attempt to speak up for her rights. The novel tracks Malala’s journey from a near-fatal head wound to becoming the youngest nominee

ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. “All of these books are available at the Scarborough Library or can be purchased through Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown,” said Shannon Holliday, common reading program coordinator. “You’re encouraged to read them all and vote for the one you feel would make the best common reading!” Students, faculty, and community members can vote for the See COMMON READING page 3


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Cantrell Named Ethics Scholar has met with the directors of the GWI to discuss his role on campus. Don Pattoff, a member of the executive board of the GWI told The Picket that Cantrell’s role on campus will include exploring and nurturing “community ethics in order to give voice to the character of our nation and its communities as first reflected in George Washington and cultivated in his family homeland.” According to their website, the GWI “is a uniquely American center for ethics” and focuses on “the many ethical challenges facing the world today.” Cantrell described his primary task as encouraging a discussion of ethics on campus. The position demands approximately five hours of work a week, which led department chair Betty Ellzey to reduce Cantrell’s teaching load by one class. On March 20, the GWI will partner with the common reading program, under Cantrell’s guidance, for a discussion of environmental ethics. The presentation will be held in the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at 6 p.m. and will draw in some material from “Strange as This Weather Has Been,” the 2013– 2014 common reading selection. Last semester, journalist and author Gary Younge presented a program about Martin Luther

King, Jr., which was Cantrell’s first program organized through his new role with the university. Junior English major Eileen Waggoner credited Cantrell’s honors English and philosophy class with converting her to an English major from the political science department. “He leads an engaging classroom,” she added. Senior English major Aja Bailey believes Cantrell is ideally suited for the position.“I always look forward to his classes,” she said. “He truly cares about the success of his students.” Cantrell admitted some of the responsibilities involved in his new position fall outside his area of expertise, including project management and events organization, but he acknowledges he is very excited about this new part of his academic career. LaShawn Tolson, a senior English major, was excited to hear about other upcoming programs Cantrell will spearhead through his new position. He’s “always kept my attention in class through relevant and intellectual discussions,” she said. Cantrell hopes to sponsor other events on campus and encourages students and community members to be on the lookout for notices.

Sakai or an independent soft- “What is the SGA?” as stated by ware program,” Scott stated. Jaclyn Kees, a freshman nursing Isner confirmed Scott’s state- major, and others. ment and discussed why it is viEvery student on campus tal for students to vote: “I hear is impacted by the leadership a lot of students say that SGA that they choose, whether it is doesn’t really matter, but that is through participation in clubs incorrect. If students elect good and organizations or enjoying officials or representatives, then the student engagement events. they can be adequately repre- Students should certainly consented.” Isner also encourages sider each candidate carefully as students to voice their opinions they vote. and concerns to their represenIn addition to providing leadtatives. ership for the student body and Christopher Rogus, a senior overseeing campus life, the SGA secondary education math major, also sets the budget for student said, “I honestly couldn’t tell you and co-curricular activities such who won the last couple of years as the program board, homeor if they did anything helpful for coming, The Picket, and theater. the school.” In fiscal year 2013, between stuFreshman nursing major Kate- dent activities and co-curricular lyn Turner believes the SGA does activities, the SGA allocated a very important work for the uni- budget of $554,630. The granted versity students and is excited to budget before budget cuts for see some new faces in the com- fiscal year 2014 totaled $583,500. ing year. “Maybe there could be To run, students are required more information given out on to sign a grade release form and it,” she stated. the election agreement form. Several students were inter- Additional requirements must viewed about their thoughts be met: a 2.5 GPA is required for regarding the next SGA election. the SGA executive board in adThe most popular question was dition to being a full-time student,

a 2.5 GPA is required to run for the SLC, a 2.2 GPA is required for class officers in addition to being a full-time student. For students who win elected positions, they should note that as a part of the new executive board, they must be installed and fully functional for a minimum of two meetings before the end of the academic year. The executive positions are paid as student employees ($7.25 an hour; 8 hours a week at max). Isner said that they do complete more than eight hours of work per week. Therefore, students who want to represent their peers through SGA should recognize that it is a commitment they must make time for. If there are no candidates for the offices of president and vice president, according to the SGA constitution, the senate will nominate at least two qualified candidates for each office. The best way to inquire about the SGA is by emailing the organization itself at

Noon Stress Management Workshop, Storer Ballroom, Student Center. Noon - 1 p.m. Gradebook Techshop, Scarborough Library 350 1:10 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Jordan Bushong-Taylor Junior Voice Recital, W.H. Shipley Hall

Thursday 2/20

5:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball at UVA-Wise. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Historical Soul: Soul Dinner, Dining Hall 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball at UVAWise. 7:30 p.m. French Club Bingo Night, Storer Ballroom, Student Center.

Friday 2/21 Chelsea DeMello / The Picket 7 p.m. Screening of “Coal Country,” Reynolds Hall. Presented in conjunction with Shepherd University’s Common Reading program and co-sponsored by the Shepherdstown Film Society, Shepherd University’s Scarborough Society, and Coal Country Tours. 8 p.m. Shepherd Wind Ensemble performs “Raise the Roof,” Frank Center Theater. (Pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m.)

Saturday 2/22

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Mark Cantrell, as seen in this photo taken on Thursday Feb. 6, 2014, has been named the George Washington Institute of Living Ethics Scholar of Living Ethics at Shepherd University. Cantrell’s primary task will be to encourage a discussion of ethics on campus.

H.S. Leigh Koonce News Editor

Mark Cantrell, associate professor of English, has been named the George Washington Institute of Living Ethics’ (GWI) Scholar of Living Ethics.

Cantrell, who teaches 20th century literature, poetry and philosophy, was notified of his selection shortly after receiving tenure last spring. Chris Ames, vice president of academic affairs, “brought me into his office to discuss it,” Cantrell said. Since receiving the position, Cantrell

1 p.m. Lacrosse vs. Alderson-Broaddus. 2 p.m. Women’s Basketball at Concord. 4 p.m. Men’s Basketball at Concord. 5 p.m. Friends Fellows Recital, W.H. Shipley Recital Hall.

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Sunday 2/23 1 p.m. Lacrosse vs. Wheeling Jesuit.

Monday 2/24

First day of midterm exams. 12:05 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Meditation Mondays, Cumberland Room, Student Center

Tuesday 2/25

9:30 a.m. Fulbright Day at Shepherd, Robert C. Byrd CLS auditorium, until 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Paul and Lisa Welch Distinguished Awards Program. 8 p.m. Music Salon Series: Shepherd Three--Faculty Wind Trio, W.H. Shipley Hall. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Graduate Programs Information Workshop, Scarborough Library TRiO Lab, Room 152, (Sponsored by the TRiO/Student Support Services Program.)

Right now, the SGA plans to have everything ready for elections by the end of February, according to John Isner, SGA vice president. Unfortunately, for students who want to run for elected positions, this means that the paperwork that must be filed to run will not be available until the end of the month. The duties of each elected officer will be available—on the currently unavailable paperwork. The method of voting may be changing. Student participation in voting during elections has not been high in past years. In an April 2013 Picket article by Kathleen Arnold, Isner said he planned to “begin the process of changing the voting system because of the significant lack of voting in the last election.” It is possible that this new voting method may occur. “Additionally, we are planning on having the elections conducted online this year either through


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Satisfactory Academic Progress Morgan Stock Staff Writer

According to the Department of Education, undergraduate college students must maintain a GPA of 2.0, complete at least 70 percent of their credit hours, and obtain their degree within 150 percent of the normal time frame to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines. But what happens if a student fails to meet these requirements? According to Sandra OerlyBennett, director of the financial aid office, students lose their financial aid when they fail to meet their SAP at the end of each year. However, those students do have the option to appeal. Students are notified that they have not met one or more of the three SAP requirements by letter at the end of each spring semester. Students must be satisfactory quantitatively, qualitatively, and meet the maximum time frame. This assessment is also available on Rail. Students then have until the first week of fall classes to appeal to the Financial Aid Office. Oerly-Bennett said that many students don’t appeal because they don’t know that their situation is applicable.

Students who fail to meet requirements due to extenuating circumstances are allowed to appeal; that doesn’t mean if they slept in too many times. Examples of extenuating circumstances are available in a document on the SAP section of the Financial Aid website, but they include personal injury or illness, death or illness of a close family member, and divorce. If unsure whether or not their situation is appealable, Oerly-Bennett encourages students to visit her office and discuss the issue. The appeal process has two levels. All SAP appeal forms are available on the Financial Aid website. For the first level appeal, students must write a statement of why they failed to comply with the SAP policy and indicate any steps they have taken to correct it.They must also meet with their advisor and create a plan to get back on track. They must provide supporting documents, such as a doctor’s note or death certificate, to confirm their circumstances. After the level one forms are complete, the Financial Aid Office reviews the SAP appeal. Oerly-Bennett indicated that more often than not, the office approves appeal requests and students get their financial aid back. When that happens, students are held accountable to the plan they created with their advisor. They are measured at

the end of every semester to make sure they continued as intended. If a level one appeal is denied, students can then complete the level two appeal. This is simply a request to have their documents reviewed by the Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee. If that is denied, students cannot get their financial aid back. Oerly-Bennett also stated that the SAP standard is set by the Department of Education, not Shepherd University. She and the school want to help students as much as they can to continue going to school. She said that it is best to provide as much information as possible about students’ circumstances in order to get their appeal approved. According to Oerly-Bennett, the SAP appeal form has been revised many times in the years it has been in use. On occasion, student requests even lead to a revision, so students are greatly encouraged to voice their opinions on this issue and others. Several students were questioned about the SAP process, but none had yet fallen under any circumstances which require the filing of the form. If you have any comments or would like more information, please tweet the picket @SUPicket.


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common reading book on the Shepherd University homepage. The link entitled “2014–15 Common Reading Voting” can be found under the “Hot Topics” banner near the middle of the homepage. “We want students to be the major influence in this process, and voting is the best way to let your voice be heard,” said Holliday. Colleen Callahan, a junior English major, stated, “I vote every time because I always hope that the one I want gets chosen.” Callahan added that the program “brings the campus together…especially the freshmen.” New to the common reading program, Amber Stenson, a senior education major, added, “I’d vote for it…especially if it only takes a couple of seconds.” The winning book for the 2014–2015 Common Reading will be announced on April 1.


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Heather Franz Staff Writer

The faint sound of the bells from McMurran Hall ring out, filling the Shepherdstown air with the hustle and bustle of a Monday morning. It’s 9 a.m. and, like clockwork, students rush out of White Hall like a swarm of bees. To the parking lot they go where incoming cars are already lined up. Revving their engines, clutching the gear stick, the commuters are on the prowl to obtain a parking spot. Their mission: to make it to class on time. It’s just another typical morning at Shepherd University. Shepherd University has grown substantially in size over the years and, according to, hosts roughly 3,484 full-time undergraduate students with a great deal of those students being commuters. The fact that Shepherd is such a strong commuter school makes it unique in comparison to other universities; however, unlike most colleges with a high number of commuter students, sufficient parking is not provided. Although there are several areas for commuter parking at Shepherd, these lots are inconveniently located on the opposite side of campus. A-lot is probably the worst place to attempt to find parking. If one took the time to observe the scene for short period of time, it would not be out of the ordinary to watch the same car compulsively circle the parking lot in hopes of getting a spot. When a student is spotted walking toward his car, the chase begins. Several cars creep slowly behind him with their turn signals, only to come to the bittersweet realization that the student was simply getting a textbook out of his vehicle. When a spot does actually open up, like a game of musical chairs, cars rev their engines and chug forward hoping to claim that precious spot. To avoid this unwanted game of “Ring Around the Rosie,”

one might arrive well before one’s scheduled class time to get a guaranteed parking spot. Nevertheless, students have said even under those circumstances, parking is not always guaranteed. In which case, students resort to parking meters or worse! Shepherd alumni Shane Lowery remembers the daily struggle of finding a parking spot at Shepherd. “There were times I would be parked at a meter and I would go to put more money in it, but I would get there a minute or two late, and I already had a ticket on my windshield,” Lowery said. He also recalled an event when his left side mirror was torn off of his vehicle due to


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West Campus. However, for English, education and communication majors who study under the roof of Knutti Hall, parking in Flot makes for an uncomfortable 10-15 minute walk, especially in excessively cold or rainy weather. Students say, on average, they spend about 10-15 minutes looking for a parking spot at Shepherd, and some have even had to resort to covert tactics to get a spot. One student who wished to remain anonymous said she was 20 minutes late to class due to the insufficient parking that Shepherd provides. In a time of desperation, she parked in someone’s driveway to avoid completely missing an exam,

a parking garage might be, both students and faculty members alike replied with nothing but pros. Former Shepherd student Holly Pittman agreed that the university would only benefit from the development of a parking garage: “I think there would only be pros honestly.” She went on to say that with all the development that’s going on in Jefferson County, building a parking garage wouldn’t make much of a difference in the appearance of Shepherdstown. Students would find more parking closer to classes, and residents of Shepherdstown would have less trouble finding spots on German

The future of on-campus parking remains unknown and still brings up several questions: Will the parking garage solve all of Shepherds parking woes? Will current students be able to witness a easier parking experience before they graduate? Will the parking garage actually be built? Erik Jones, a professor in the music department, smiled and simply said, “If I knew things like that, I would spend more time at the racetrack.” a student trying to squeeze into the spot next to his. It would not be out of the ordinary to spot an illegally parked car graced with a parking ticket on campus; however, some students say it is a risk they are willing to take. Political science major Lauren Caps knows the feeling of finding a parking ticket on her windshield all too well. “It just comes down to the question: should I be late to class and miss my exam or get a parking ticket? This can also be translated into: should I risk lowering my GPA or pay a $10 fine?” she continued. “The ticket will expire, but my grades won’t,” Caps said. Lack of parking is an ongoing issue at Shepherd. Students argue that since they are paying enough in college tuition, the least the university could do is provide adequate parking. There are, indeed, other parking lots provided for commuters such as F-lot and G-lot; however, these lots are located on West Campus, which is just fine and dandy for art and theatre majors who spend most of their days on

and, in return, she was greeted Street. with a $70 parking ticket, which Talk about the development of wouldn’t have happened had a parking garage has been going there been parking provided. on for some time now; howevWhile the parking crisis at er, nothing has gone into effect Shepherd may substantially af- quite yet. The postponement of fect students, it does not seem this project is due to several key to affect faculty members nearly factors. The first is that Shepas much. In fact, when ques- herdstown is a historic town and tioned about insufficient parking town officials do not want to at Shepherd, most faculty mem- taint the appearance of this old bers stated they had not experi- town with a newly developed enced a lack of parking. However, parking garage. Robert Tudor, chair of the deThe second is that the develpartment of music, parks in fac- opment of a garage has not fallen ulty parking in front of the Frank high enough on the school’s list Center and was able to recollect of priorities. Things that have a time where he encountered a outweighed the school’s deciparking frustration. sion to go forward with a park“On the west side of the cam- ing garage have been projects pus, parking has delayed me ar- like the underpass and the HVC/ riving to meetings and presenta- window project that took place tions frequently,” Tudor said. in Stutzman/Slonaker Hall. The solution seems to be esAnother factor holding back tablishing a parking garage on production is debt capacity. campus for both commuters and “Currently, we are at a low rate on- campus residents to ensure of nine percent; parking will add parking is available in a location to the debt,” said Shepherd Unithat would be convenient for all versity President Suzanne Shipley. students. When asked what the Then, there is the cost of the pros and cons students might production that serves as anhave with the development of other deciding factor. How much

money the school has and what will be given in support plays a big part in the decision to move forward with construction. The parking garage project would cost $10-12 million, and no one would help to fund the cost; the state will not give money for this project as it is dealing with budget shortfalls. So, if a parking garage does occur in the near future, which just may be a possibility, the question at hand is: where would it go? Shipley explained that the parking garage would be created by the nursing building. She went on to say that, ideally, Sara Cree Hall would be taken down and it, in doing so, would be replaced by an “all-student” parking lot, eliminating the “red decal only” and “green decal only” parking lots that currently are in place. Furthermore, the parking all along King Street would be taken down, making it a pedestrian mall. The lot is said to have 600 spots, but will it be enough? It is true that the parking garage is being considered; however, it appears that there is no sudden rush to move forward with this project. It may all sound good on paper, but some still remain skeptical. Shepherd student William Welsh said that he is not fully convinced: “Let’s put it this way, I’m not expecting to see a newly renovated parking when I return back to Shepherd in the fall. I’ll believe it when I see it,” Welsh said. The future of on-campus parking remains unknown and still brings up several questions: Will the parking garage solve all of Shepherds parking woes? Will current students be able to witness a easier parking experience before they graduate? Will the parking garage actually be built? Erik Jones, a professor in the music department, smiled and simply said, “If I knew things like that, I would spend more time at the racetrack.” Until then, the parking predicament continues at Shepherd University.


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Women’s Studies Program Gaining Support Across Campus Vicky Faith Staff Writer

The women’s studies program will soon be retitled the women and gender studies program, broadening the program’s subject matter. The growth of the program, according to students and faculty, is due to the strength of the subject matter. The women’s studies minor program at Shepherd was created in the early 1990s, involving just a few professors. The program now has more students than it ever has since its implementation. It has gained such a strong following due to its increased interdisciplinary nature. By nature, it welcomes students from all areas of study to learn more about gender and its impact on our society. The program began with a group of faculty calling a meeting to discuss a similar goal: to bring gender studies to Shepherd University. The Introduction to Women’s Studies course was debuted in 1996 and led to the formation of a women’s studies board, which now includes both professors and students. The program was to be led by co-coordinators due to the interdisciplinary aspect, ensuring that no one department held control over the program. Around the year 2000, the current co-coordinators took over: Anders Henriksson, professor of history, chair of the history department, and one of the original coordinators, and Betty Ellzey, professor of English and chair of the English and modern languages department. Ellzey said about the program, “It has always been very

important that the program be interdisciplinary so that it is welcoming to all students.” Because of this deeply embedded ideal of the program, it has always been a priority to offer a variety of guest lecturers, events and courses that appeal to a wide range of students. One guest lecturer that stood out to Ellzey was Regina Barreca, a professor of English literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. She has written eight books concerning women’s issues and spoke to the students in attendance about a variety of topics including humor, women’s lives and gender issues in the workplace . She has appeared on a number of television shows and she lectures not only in the United States, but also around the world. Many different courses in varied disciplines are offered as a part of the program every semester. The Introduction to Women’s Studies course itself is a team-taught course including three professors, each with their own area of expertise: one history, one social science, and one literature. This course is a requirement for completion of the minor. Sally Brasher taught the history overview section of the course in the fall semester of 2012 and will once again be involved in fall 2014. “I have…team-taught the… class and love doing so,” she said. “I think in these courses I learn as much as the students do. Our field trip to the women’s prison in [Jessup], Md. was one

of the most interesting things I have done as a professor. I will be teaching that course again next fall with Dr. Dewitt and Dr. Hanrahan.” Beginning next fall, the course will be offered every fall semester and will continue to be team-taught. Other elective courses for the program vary greatly in subject matter including courses in communications, English, history, music, political science, psychology, sociology and social work. Many courses are included such as COMM 406 Advertising and Imagery, which has a focus on gender representations in mainstream advertising and what

The course focused on movies, such as the Hilary Swank film “Boys Don’t Cry,” which tells the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a trans man who was beaten, raped, and murdered after male acquaintances discovered that he was anatomically female. Many other films and performances were taught in the course, including a trip to the University of Maryland College Park for a performance by the company directed by renowned modern dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones. The course culminated in a performance piece created by each student that in some way was influenced by LGBQT* issues. Another s e m i n a r course that has been offered was B r a s h e r ’s Women and World Religions. “The course explores the role of religion in the construction of gender,” Brasher said. “We look at religious traditions and beliefs from ancient polytheistic movements around the globe through the rise of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic cultures. We also look at a variety of Asian belief systems including Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The course focuses on the historical developments of these religions with specific reference to their impact on women’s experiences.” Students are generally happy with their experiences through the program. Senior English major Katy Cousino, who was involved in the LGBQT* seminar course, had praise as well as critique for the program: “The women’s studies program at

“It has always been very important that the program be interdisciplinary so that it is welcoming to all students.” - Betty Ellzey, professor of English and chair of the English and modern languages department those mean to our society. Some examples of other courses are ENGL 336 Women in the Arts and Literature, PSCI 331 Race, Gender and Politics, and PSYC 320 Human Sexual Behavior. The program not only focuses on women’s issues but gender as a whole. Another required course is WMST 350, which is a seminar in women’s studies. This course has different content every time it is taught and can be repeated up to three times for credit. This course is offered every spring semester and is also a course that embraces the interdisciplinary nature of the program. In Spring 2013, Ellzey taught the seminar course on the subject of LGBQT* representations in various forms of performance.

Shepherd University is a program dedicated to preserving equality for all genders in understanding the evolution of sex, LGBQT* issues, the evils of misogynistic advertising, and, perhaps the most interesting to me as an English major, the women’s literary, centuries-old battle to have her voice heard. These are all areas of expertise I had the pleasure to dabble in, taught by various professors from a myriad of academic departments.” She continued, saying, “With all of this praise of the program, I must mention how important I believe trans* issues to be in the evolution of feminism in its fourth wave. Therefore, it would be an absolute dream if the women’s studies program could offer a course exposing trans* issues and teaching students to better understand gender equality and the importance of open, unembarrassed, feminist sexual education in America.” Tai Sommers, also a senior English major and student in the LGBQT* seminar, had praise and ideas for improvement. “Dr. Ellzey and other professors in various departments have worked very hard to make the women studies/GSM [gender and sexual minorities] department a reality,” said Sommers, “but the pointed lack of staff, money, and upper-level administrative support is preventing the department from developing a full-on curriculum and major/minor schedule.” The program is well on its way to being a major program on Shepherd’s campus. More and more students are open to gender studies and are embracing the idea of such a progressive program being a part of the campus community.

Cars Vandalized on Campus H.S. Leigh Koonce News Editor

Provided Photo / Candace Kenney The photo here shows damage done to Candace Kenney’s car, a secondary education major, from students by throwing chunks of ice onto the windshield. In addition to the windshield being damaged, the drivers side door was also damaged.

On February 9th at approximately 1am a group of presumed Shepherd students were seen throwing chunks of ice at cars in H-Lot, according to the campus police and the owner of one of the affected cars. Candace Kenney, a secondary education major, told The Picket she received a telephone call around 1am from a friend who was returning to campus. She

said the friend reported seeing “approximately six people” throwing ice at cars in H-Lot. Kenney’s friend suggested she inspect her car for damage. Kenney stated her car was parked between Martin and Boteler Halls. Upon checking her windshield, she found that damage had been done. Kenney surmises her windshield to have been hit at least three times. The windshield was cracked and spider-webbed. She also said her driver’s side doors had visible dents with ice stuck

to the dents. According to Kenney the Shepherd University police officers who responded told her at least two other cars had been damaged by ice, but her car had sustained the most noticeable damage. Chief John McAvoy, of the campus police, indicated that suspects were seen running from H-Lot toward Moler Hall. He further encouraged anyone with information to contact the SUPD at 304-876-5374 or the investigating officer at


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cancelled days this past January. According to Alan Perdue, the general counsel, 2013 had two cancellations due to the weather, 2012 had none, and 2011 had one cancellation, two delays, and one evening cancellation. By Friday, most university sidewalks were clean and town businesses opened to greet bored students. While the dining hall remained open, other amenities were shuttered.

BJ McCardle / The Picket A view of the bridge near Shepherdstown after the snow storm on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.

Chelsea DeMello / The Picket A neighbor uses a snow blower to clear off his driveway on Thursday after the snow storm. Due to the large amount of snow, Shepherd was closed, forcing commuters to stay home and complete coursework using resources such as email and Sakai.

BJ McCardle / The Picket Several branches fell during an ice storm on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The ice storm forced Shepherd to open at noon the next day.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Picket Poetry By: Brendan Darby

Sleepwalking The ghosts of my spirit haunt her. Screams in the night draw her out and the bitter rage claws at her feet, dragging towards the floor. If you woke up to banshee wails outside at midnight, the witching hour, what would you do? Taken out of context it’s murder. Taken in context it’s double murder suicide-two souls and a body-Hate Muse strikes again. But in all lands love is now mingled with her name. Like barbed wire and horse. Blood flows out of the punctures, the lacerations, and mixes with Mother--all of us-poor fools, we drown-deep. Heartlessly we walk the lengthy road, careful of caltrop and wire. No detours for us, they lead to bogs and worse. We walk the straight and narrow--knife’s edge-with bleeding feet-it needs a strop and the leather of our heels does just the trick. Brendan Darby is a senior English major.

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Sex Toys for the Win Chelsea DeMello Senior Staff Writer

So the buzz is up in West Virginia, and apparently the state and I feel the same way. We both agree that women and men shouldn’t be ashamed to not only use sex toys but also have them. What is this corroboration exactly? Well, according to research by Adam and Eve, a company that produces sex toys, West Virginia is one of the top ten states with the most sex toys per capita! West Virginia ranked eight out of ten. Yet, for those that didn’t already know this information, sex toys are phenomenal. I believe a sex toy can strengthen a

relationship and help strengthen one’s mental, physical and emotional clarity because of the sexual release it provides. In fact, over 78 percent of women in relationships use sex toys, and people spend more than $15 billion per year to get their pleasure on, according to Adam and Eve. That’s a lot of batteries to go through. However, like any first time, breaking the sex shop hymen can be intimidating. Imagine a toy store for adults. Rubber and plastic penis and vagina as far as the eye can see. Outfits made with lace and imagination. Anal plugs line the shelves, followed by battery-operated machines that require the directions in order for someone to understand how to use. What

about those glass beads—what do you even do with them beside wear them around your neck? While some may think this description sounds like a disgusting torture chamber, others may find it secretly amusing or stimulating. So why are people still ashamed to go into a sex store? Perhaps it is because vibrators and dildos are made into the butt of many jokes. Perhaps it

is because toys are not natural forms of sexual pleasure. Or perhaps the individual is just timid. Regardless of the situation, taking baby steps is key. A glass case of penises to one person might not be as heavenly to another. Though, one purchase is all it takes. Just don’t forget to buy extra batteries.

Elk River Chemical Spill: Many Continue to Question Water Safety Emily Daniels Staff Writer

As most people reading this article already know, the water provided by West Virginia American Water in nine counties, which spanned an area affecting approximately 300,000 households, was declared safe for drinking and other uses. Seventy-five hundred gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol or MCHM, a chemical used to wash coal before it goes to market to reduce ash, began leaking into the Elk River several weeks ago from an old storage tank owned by Freedom Industries, a corporation that declared bankruptcy shortly after the incident. I use the word “began” very lightly because, frankly, there are a lot of things that aren’t clear about this chemical, about this spill, and about the regulation of numerous other chemicals in West Virginia. As a resident of the capital city of Charleston, this is an issue that

directly affects me. The unanswered questions must end. We, as citizens of West Virginia and citizens of this country, deserve to be informed. According to an article in the Washington Post, “The 15-page material safety data sheet for the chemical, which is manufactured by Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical, uses the phrase ‘no data available’ 152 times.” If that isn’t an outrage, I must not know the definition of that word. I remember reading articles regarding what was believed to be the toxicity of MCHM and subsequent articles backtracking that information because it was deemed incorrect. Initially, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the water would be safe if it contained less than one part per million of the chemical. Later, after consulting with the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Resources said that pregnant women shouldn’t drink the water until officials said it was completely chemical-free. This raised an im-

portant question in my mind: if the water wasn’t safe for a pregnant woman, why would it be safe for any other human being? “It was, apparently, no one’s job to regularly monitor Freedom Industries’ tanks along the Elk, even though state officials knew that hazardous chemicals were sitting near the West Virginia American Water intake,” read an article published by The New Yorker. Although this spill was horrendous, it really wasn’t that surprising. For years, the coal industry used countless chemicals not tested for their effects on humans, Freedom Industries housed chemicals in tanks that were old and most certainly in need of restoration, and the plant’s location just upstream from the water system’s opening was known to be potentially hazardous. To some, this disaster did not come as a surprise due to prior experience. “I watched the coal industry poison our water for years. Now they’re telling us not to drink the water? We’ve been dumping this stuff into un-

lined ponds and into old mines for years,” said a former West Virginia miner in an interview with Business Insider. Why is West Virginia being exploited for the industries of coal and chemicals? The ways in which these resources are harvested can and should be regulated, yet it has been 38 years since Congress passed legislation regulating toxic chemicals, as stated by the Washington Post. Needless to say, this picture is far from a pretty one. On February 11, about a month after the initial spill of MCHM, a significant amount of coal sludge that resulted from washing coal with water and chemicals before it was shipped elsewhere, otherwise known as slurry, poured into a stream in Kanawha County. “This has had a significant, adverse environmental impact to Fields Creek and an unknown...impact to the Kanawha River,” according to an interview with secretary Randy Huffman of the State Department of Environmental Protection published in the Charleston

Gazette. According to the same interview, the coal slurry contained substances that were likely more toxic than MCHM, and approximately 108,000 gallons spilled into the creek. This story, along with the stories that will most likely follow, are worthy of national attention and have received that sort of recognition, but I fear this recognition will soon be marginalized. Even politicians who claimed to support West Virginia, like Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, seemed to avoid casting guilt anywhere and looked for sources of accountability. This is not an issue to be forgotten, especially by people who represent our state. Unfortunately, I fear that locally we will be hearing about the chemical spill and its effects for years to come. It is high time we take action to protect the health of our people and environment and stop protecting every cent made by big business and industry.



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Our staff weighs in.


e of The Picket strongly support the common reading program at Shepherd University and wish for more students to engage with the process in general. This year presents a new opportunity for students: the ability to take part in a common reading discussion on Sakai. Supported by the program coordinator Shannon Holiday and suggested by education professor James Tuttle, the online discussion taking place for “Strange as This Weather Has Been” provides an excellent means for students across all parts of campus to engage in a meaningful dialogue.

It can be difficult to feel part of a true community on a campus that is dominated by commuter students. Encouraging a campuswide discussion of a singular topic, therefore, promotes a sense of community that is easily accessible and meaningful. While “Strange as This Weather Has Been” is the current common reading choice, the voting has opened for the next common reading choice. Check the article in this issue’s news section for details on the voting and the choices. The Picket would like to suggest “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the

Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai as the choice for the next common reading. We believe that it represents the best cross-section of cultural relevance and topical discussion that will engage the student body. Regardless of which winner is chosen, The Picket looks forward to the discussion that will take place surrounding both the current and future choices for the common reading program. We strongly encourage all students and members of the Shepherd community to participate in order to make the reading selection and the newly minted discussion forum a success.

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Winter Storm Leaves Thousands Stranded on Roads near Atlanta Joey Kaye Commentary Editor

Winter weather is commonly hard to predict. However, when mother nature does strike, people often become critical of or displeased with their local and state governments for their response to snow, ice and other similar weather conditions. Whether one’s disapproval is warranted can be disputed based on the circumstances. When a winter storm impacted Georgia along with other parts of the southeast earlier this year on Jan. 28 and 29, it quickly became clear that the state and many of the municipal and local governments within it, were not prepared for the weather conditions. Freezing rain and just two inches of snow began to fall in the early afternoon hours, and when the storm started, an instant gridlock formed on Atlanta area roads and highways as everyone attempted to make a mad dash home at once. The storm appeared to take the Atlanta area and many southern cities by surprise. In a short span of time, thousands of people left their jobs, non-essential government employees were sent home,

and all the area schools released their students early as everyone made an attempt to reach arrive home before the storm intensified. Unfortunately, with all those people taking to the roads at the same time during an ice and snow storm in a region that was not accustomed to winter weather, accidents quickly began to take place and gridlock ensued. To make matters worse, snow removal vehicles were not on standby and most highways and roads in the Atlanta area were not pretreated with salt, sand or special chemicals to help prevent ice and snow accumulation. The result was numerous car accidents and thousands of drivers becoming stranded on icy roads near Atlanta and throughout Georgia for hours on end. According to CNN and other news reports, some drivers found themselves stuck in their cars for nearly 24 hours while others were forced to abandon their vehicles and walk in search of a safe shelter or a way to get home. In Georgia and across the South, churches, grocery stores, hardware stores, and good Samaritans opened their doors to those who were stranded in the storm. Tim Doughery became strand-

ed on a Georgia highway in the storm for over a day. He told NBC News, “I’ve never seen anything like this. What took me 30 minutes yesterday morning took me 26 hours to get back.” Stories like this were common throughout Georgia and other states in the South. I would argue a situation like this could have been prevented and should never have occurred after only

roads if possible. To be fair, equipment for removing snow and ice and clearing roads was limited in most southern states because large winter storms were rare in this region of the country. It was clear this lack of resources contributed to the unsatisfactory response to this weather event. State and local authorities initially refused to take the blame for the chaos

“I’ve never seen anything like this. What took me 30 minutes yesterday morning took me 26 hours to get back.” -Tim Doughery, Atlanta Georgia resident two inches of snow. First, area schools should have been cancelled and non-essential government employees should have been notified to not come in to work the morning the storm began as this would have kept many vehicles off the roads and thus resulted in significantly less congestion. Second, some local and state governments in the South, such as the city of Atlanta, failed to take the weather forecasts seriously and act on them by making appropriate preparations, pretreating roads, deploying snowplows, and warning drivers to remain off the

on the roads and the dangerous conditions stranded drivers had to face by first blaming incorrect weather predictions and then jackknifed 18-wheelers. This is simply laughable. Forecasts, for once, were actually spot-on while jackknifed 18-wheeler accidents caused by the storm were extremely limited. Moreover, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had several testy comments to reporters about his city’s response to the winter storm and they struck me as arrogant and complacent. According to NBC News, when one reporter asked the

mayor to grade how his city responded to the storm and who was responsible for clearing the roads, Reed replied,“I’m not going to do this with you today.” He then added that the interstates were the responsibility of the state, not the city of Atlanta. If you reside in the region, I’m sure you would agree with me when I say it feels as if it has snowed more than it usually does this winter season. Because Shepherdstown is not a major metropolis like Atlanta, a similar situation of thousands of stranded drivers is unlikely to occur in this immediate area and, for the most part, the state of West Virginia and local governments, such as the Corporation of Shepherdstown, have adequate resources and experience to help deal with winter storms. Nonetheless, no matter where you reside, snow, cold, and other winter weather always present problems and dangers, especially on the roads. It is critical to remain off the roads until they are passable when severe winter storms strike in order to avoid any chance of being stranded or involved in an accident. Play it safe when it snows and use some common sense.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Unforgettable Celtic Roots Journey at Shepherd

Released Photo / Wiki Commons The Celtic trip will be taking placing in March of 2015 and is currently being planned by professor Sylvia Shurbutt.

Joe Offutt Staff Writer

Last year I had the opportunity to visit Ireland, Scotland and England through the English department’s Celtic Roots program, and if you will be a Shepherd student next year, you can have the same unforgettable experience. English professor Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt is currently planning another Celtic Roots adventure, and on March 11, 2015, students will be departing from Washington, D.C. for 13 extraordinary days in France. The total cost of this trip is set at a price of $3,189 to all students who pay the $495 de-

posit before March 15, 2014. This may sound like a large number at first, but if you compare it to the normal cost of a trip like this, it’s not too bad. This price includes the participant’s airfare, transportation cost, meals and lodging at some very fine hotels. During the trip, students will have the chance to spend two days in Bayeux, a day in St. Malo, a day in Rennes, two days in Vannes, one day in Chartres, and conclude with a three-day stop in Paris. Students will be exposed to many new ideas that will broaden their understanding of Celtic heritage and provide them with an opportunity to explore a new country. I spoke with a fellow student

and friend Kristin Stover, who is planning on attending the Celtic France trip, and asked her what most excited her about the journey. She told me, “I am really excited to get the chance to see the Bayeux Tapestry and to spend a few days in Paris to visit the Louvre.” Last year, Kimberly Ballard and I joined Dr. Shurbutt on her Celtic Roots excursion to the countries of Ireland, Scotland and England. I caught up with Ballard and asked if she would relay a couple things that she enjoyed about our trip. “Going to Europe was a great way to connect the literature to the places that we had been learning about. By being able to visit these places and experience their cultures, food, and ways of life, it made what we were reading about seem more real,” said Ballard. Personally, I found our trip to Europe the most memorable event of my life. I had the opportunity to visit the places where many of my favorite authors and their literature originated from. For example, Robert Burns was just another writer to me before I got the chance to visit Scotland. After visiting his home and having the opportunity to walk across Brigadoon, he was no longer just another author I read about in a book somewhere. What I learned from the trip was great. However, I am not going to say that this trip is not solely based on education. This trip is designed to give you a chance to learn and to ensure you have the time of your life. I highly advise everyone to take the opportunity to go on this trip! I can promise you won’t regret it.

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Bieber Fever Goes Viral

Adam Oester Staff Writer

Justin Bieber’s latest shenanigans have landed him a DUI charge, a possession of marijuana charge, and a nationwide petition to deport him back to Canada. One of America’s most noticeable musicians, and unfortunately a role model, has been getting in a great deal of trouble with the law and he doesn’t seem to be taking any of it seriously. I think the youth of America could have a much healthier role model who isn’t someone that is clearly so headstrong on having a “bad boy” persona. Recently, Bieber has been partying like a rock star with the maturity of a small boy. This all began with Bieber being pulled over by police when he was illegally drag racing at speeds around 130 miles per hour. The cops believed Bieber to be intoxicated and in the police report it stated he scored a .04 on a blood alcohol test. Because Bieber is under the age 21 and there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to minors and consumption of alcohol, registering a .04 is still illegal. Police said he was slurring his words and that he had bloodshot eyes. Wow, it must be rough to be a star. He was eventually arrested; however, he made bail since he is rich as a royal king and was received by hundreds of fans screaming his name while he was leaving the jail. He even had time to sign autographs outside the detention center. I think that it is a bad sign when there are adults and children alike sitting outside of a jail treating Bieber like a role model and an icon. After awhile, the internet got ahold of Bieber’s mug shot that showed him grinning at his accomplishments. This kid is condoning acting like a punk and that if you get caught, don’t take it seriously. Justin’s fanbase consisted of mainly pre-teens when he first

became famous and they have been following him throughout his career. I fear some of these fans may repeat Bieber’s criminal actions as they aspire to be like him. Freshman Aimee Compenhaver said, “Whenever his youthful fans see him do things like break the law, they may want to try it too. It’s like monkey see, monkey do.” A week following the arrest there was another complaint about Bieber, his father, and his entourage smoking marijuana on their private plane. Bieber and his friends filled their plane with so much marijuana smoke during the flight that the pilots had to put on oxygen masks. The DEA and law enforcement officials were at the airport when the plane landed and Bieber admitted to smoking weed and drinking. However, no one from the flight crew would press charges. After showing children and young adults that Bieber is untouchable, I wonder what there is to stop them from trying the same stunts. Unfortunately, the ones that mimic Bieber don’t have the same money or status as him so they instead must suffer the consequences. A great deal of people agree with me and a nationwide petition was created that stated Bieber should have his green card revoked and be sent back to his native country of Canada. The petition has gained over 250,000 signatures. While I think that Bieber being deported is a bit extreme, he is clearly not going to clean up his act and become a decent role model for our youth anytime soon. The more chaos Bieber creates and the more he gets away with it, the more and more appealing it is to the minds of the youth. They want to be cool, they want to be rich, and they want to be Justin Bieber. I would recommend that he get his act together.

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Based on Frank Miller’s novel “Xerxes” and coming to theaters March 7, “300: Rise of an Empire” is a new sequel to the 2007 blockbuster film “300.” The movie takes the battlefield to the sea as Greek general Themistokles, played by Sullivan Stapleton, attempts to reunite his country of Greece by leading an offensive against the massive invading Persian navy and its leader Xerxes, who is said to be a mortal-turned-god.

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TV “Ripper Street,” the BBC’s popular show about the London police force in Whitechapel toward the end of the Victorian period, returns to BBC America on the Feb. 22. Matthew Macfadyen portrays Detective Inspector Edmund Reid who is charged with keeping the streets of the West End safe shortly after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. The show balances dialogues of the social conditions of the time, the emerging forensic science movement, and the fear that gripped the streets of London in the late 1880s and early 1890s. Not only is the show fast paced and engaging, the historical time period is caught perfectly. “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert Kolbert, a writer for the New Yorker, has written a novel about the global impact of humans. During her research, Kolbert traveled with various biologists and scientists to places across the globe such as to Panama and the Great Barrier Reef. Kolbert argues in her book that unlike the past five extinctions, humans are the direct cause of the sixth extinction and the extreme shift in the planet. In her book, she examines and compares the past extinctions. Given the current mess of weather we are having, the book is definitely worth reading.

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“The Wolf Among Us” If you enjoy shows like “Grimm” and “Once Upon a Time,” Telltale Games’ episodic graphic novel adventure video game “The Wolf Among Us” is right up your alley. In this gritty, mature take on fairytale stories, you play as Bigby Wolf, sheriff of a faction of New York City inhabited by fable characters. Your decisions as sheriff affect gameplay and the plot itself, creating a unique storyline for every player. The game has a distinctively graphic and unique style that keeps your attention far longer than your average video game. It is available on Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Mac, PC, and iPhone for $4.99 per episode.


Electronic rock duo Phantogram will be releasing their new album, entitled Voices, on the 18th of February. The album has been met with positive critical acclaim, with many critics citing their evolving electronic sound and maturing guitar play. Voices has been met with better reviews than their 2009 album Eyelid Movies. Voices is considered to be a more thorough, consistent album than their first attempt. The first single from Voices is the track ‘Fall in Love,’ which was released for airplay on December 11th, 2013. There are eleven tracks on the album, and is just a shade under 44 minutes in length.

Keeping the Midterm Madness at Bay Betsy Kozak

Staff Writer

By this point in our academic careers, we all know the typical suggestions on how to prepare for midterms: review your notes, go through the textbooks and do not wait until the last minute to start studying. However, even the best of us can get distracted. Stuff comes up and before you know it, exam time has arrived. Don’t worry! There are ways to make it through midterms even if stress and procrastination have gotten the best of you. Have you ever heard the

pression “fake it until you make it”? Well, this can apply to taking exams, too. There is no use beating yourself up for not studying right before taking a midterm. Instead, try to convince yourself that you remember everything from the lectures and build up your confidence beforehand. You may surprise yourself by how much material you remember. Along the same lines, you can try to look on the bright side of procrastination. “I work best under pressure, so the more I procrastinate, the better I do,” said Shepherd senior Ashli Cheshire. By harnessing some of the pressure and stress that mid-

term exams and papers can cause, it is possible to turn it into motivation to study hard and get all of that class work finished. While waiting until the last minute to begin studying is probably not the best idea, being able to turn that stress into productivity is a helpful skill to have. Even though trying to maintain a positive mindset during exam time is important, sometimes we all need a little extra boost to motivate us to get to work. In this time of need, caffeine is a life saver. Whether you prefer the classics like coffee and tea or the more intense buzz that energy drinks provide, treating yourself

to a caffeinated beverage may just be the help you need to get through midterms. Listening to some energizing music before a big test is another way to get pumped up and motivated. Try making a playlist of some of your favorite upbeat songs that you can listen to on your way to class. Instead of panicking about an upcoming exam or paper, treat yourself to a caffeinated beverage and listen to music to help you get into a positive mindset before hitting the books! Of course, these are just a few general ideas on how to keep stress at bay as midterm exams approach. There are also more unique ways that students may

deal with stress while preparing for tests. Do you have a specific pen or pencil that you like to use for note taking? Go ahead and use that while taking your exam. Perhaps you have a morning exercise routine that helps you wake up and get prepared for the day; it may be helpful to keep up with that routine rather than to try and squeeze in a few extra minutes of studying. While there is no adequate replacement for hard work and studying, when it comes to midterm preparation, it is also important to keep yourself motivated. Find out what tricks help you feel your most prepared to go out and ace those exams!


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Lawrence Cumbo’s Labor of Love: The Shepherdstown Opera House

Chelsea DeMello / The Picket The Shepherdstown Opera House, as seen in this photo, taken on Saturday Feb. 8, 2014, hosts both live events and films. Lawrence Cumbo had has ownership of the Opera House since 2010.

Rebecca Glover Staff Contributor

As the newest owner of the Shepherdstown Opera House, Lawrence Cumbo brings the eccentric art and music culture of his hometown of New Orleans into Shepherdstown where he has been living for the past 13 years. A documentary filmmaker, Cumbo produces, writes and shoots television shows, series and specials and has been doing so for over 20 years. In 2008, Cumbo took a job in New Zealand but always looked back to the small-town feel of Shepherdstown including the university, the mom and pop shops, and the rare gem known as the Opera House. Cumbo always loved the historic building and the rarity of the venue. As a patron of the Opera House before his ownership, Cumbo told Rusty Berry, the previous owner, “If you ever want to sell this, let me know.” Upon Cumbo’s return to Shepherdstown in 2010, the “for sale” sign on the Opera House was surprisingly still in place, so Cumbo reached for the opportunity and the rest was history. Local business owners warned Cumbo that he would be

ried to his job. Looking back, he laughs and says it’s true. The Shepherdstown Opera House has become Cumbo’s labor of love as he is now celebrating his third year of owning the historic building. From its infancy, the Shepherdstown Opera House was just that—an opera house. As a venue specifically staged for operas, there was an orchestra pit and a much larger stage within the building. The Opera House went under renovations once silent films became popular. In fact, Cumbo has the original daily record of the Opera House in its early film days. Cumbo also has record of how many tickets were sold, who was paid out and even the pianist’s timecard. According to the timecard, Cumbo notes that the pianist played two shows a day and only earned one dollar a week. Cumbo also comments on the dark history of the building. He says that the Opera House was not integrated, so African-American patrons were required to use a separate entrance and had to sit in the balcony. Cumbo also notes that the reason why the Opera House closed its doors in the late ‘50s was because the owner refused to integrate the theater. From a design standpoint,

Cumbo finds the mix of old and new facets of the building work together well. Cumbo describes the closets and drawers that were full of archives and were just sitting in darkness for years. He began to build shelving units for such archives and proudly sets the trademarks of the Opera House on display. Cumbo says that the first silent feature, “Birth of a Nation,”

as well as a new lighting system. Due to the room’s original parabolic shape, the quality of sound within the building exceeds many venues around the area. Cumbo remarks how Ralph Stanley described the Opera House as being one of the best sounding rooms he had ever played in. In addition to sound and lighting, Cumbo also installed a new bamboo dance floor and black leather couches.

“One night you can see a Robert Redford film, the next night a burlesque show and the next night have a birthday party. That’s unique. Most venues are either all music venues or only movie theaters.” -Lawrence Cumbo, owner of the Shepherdstown Opera House played at the Opera House and Cumbo says that he is not that he has the original playbill. done with the renovations but Cumbo finds a balance of blend- “needs more butts in seats.” ing both old and new characterAbove all, Cumbo did not want istics of the Opera House while to jeopardize the space. Cumbo embracing the past and its anti- opens up about rumors that the quated features. Opera House was anticipated to Though the old-fashioned ele- be chopped up into multiple rements work to a certain extent, tail stores if he did not purchase Cumbo had to update the fa- the building. cilities by bringing in a state-ofCumbo describes some perthe-art all-digital sound system sonal obstacles of owning a his-

toric building. The upkeep is a major factor and Cumbo’s most popular complaint among patrons are the original chairs which are widely known for being uncomfortable. Despite complaints, Cumbo has no desire to replace the original chairs. If anything, he would like to put the original chairs on a rail system in order to clear rows more efficiently. Cumbo also finds difficulty with maintaining the exterior of the building. He would like to paint the outside of the Opera House, but since the building is on the National Historic Trust Registry, he has to jump through hoops and apply for specific grants. There are also certain things that cannot be changed like the size of the lobby. Cumbo says it just adds to the charm of the place and that essentially people adapt. Cumbo appropriately describes his ownership of the Opera House as an expensive experiment. Aside from updating the building from a physical standpoint, once Cumbo purchased the Opera House, many obstacles stood in his way of successfully owning his small-town entertainment business. First, he took notice of how


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Upcoming Events at the Opera House Grande Ole Ditch with John Miller Tickets - $5 Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 @ 9 p.m. The Black Lillies

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Setup is preformed before a live performance on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

hard the recession hit and how people were no longer going to the movies, but when they did, they were spending their money on major blockbusters, not independent art-house films. Cumbo also noted that people were buying 50-inch flat screen televisions and renting one dollar movies through RedBox. In order to bring patrons into the theater, Cumbo realized that the Opera House needed to be community-based and that there was no way the Opera House could survive on film alone. Cumbo admits that it is the worst business model to buy an expensive historic building and expect success by sticking to the building’s original intentions. In addition to expanding the Opera House, Cumbo noticed that Berry’s loyal customer base was growing older. Cumbo remarked how Berry knew that his customers did not like driving at night, so Berry would show films at earlier timeframes. Cumbo, on the other hand, knew he had to appeal to a bigger audience. Cumbo said, “The trick is that you want your customer base to grow up on what you’re doing. You want to give them the appetite.” Cumbo is beginning to recognize the wider reach of the Opera House and how diverse his theater is becoming. In order to remain ahead of the curve, Cumbo offers entertainment options outside of the screen. Currently, the Opera House hosts comedy, live music, film festivals and the Old Time Radio Hour. In efforts to combine past history while creating new

tory, Cumbo realizes there must be an outreach component. For instance, six months into owning the Opera House, the Young Democrats Club played the documentary “Waiting for Superman.” Cumbo described the house as being packed full of real visionaries with a jaw-dropping discussion that followed the film. Cumbo remarks that the biggest turnouts at the Opera House are the community events that are filled with passionate people who rally around a cause. As a business owner in his early stages, it comes as no surprise that Cumbo supplements the Opera House’s finances with his day job as a documentary filmmaker. Cumbo admits that there are a lot of financial challenges to owning the Opera House. First, he says that real estate is expensive on German Street and that it is hard running a small business because of the many fees and taxes. Despite the upkeep of a historic building, Cumbo has a positive outlook and sees the Opera House as turning the corner. Cumbo takes pride in his team of employees at the Opera House as he is beginning to see his audience grow. In addition to challenges, Cumbo notes the many pros to owning the Opera House. He believes the experiences at the Opera House are important and shape the true intention of the building. Cumbo recalls an experience at 2 a.m. while he and his crew were happily sweeping the floors at the end of a show saying, “Oh my God, that was so incredible.” Cumbo also relishes in the opportunity to meet the icons that play in the Opera House’s inti-

mate setting. Cumbo provides artists with a home-cooked meal and a place to do laundry and take showers. He says that artists like playing intimate shows and seeing into the eyes of their fans. From a business standpoint, Cumbo believes the small size of the Opera House works in his favor. He says bigger venues are having a harder time selling tickets and filling seats, but because the Opera House is more exclusive, he can charge a higher ticket price because fans can see their favorite artists up close and personal. Cumbo describes Shepherdstown as being at the crossroads of culture and how the Opera House is well-positioned to be a venue that highlights bluegrass as well as the mixing of different genres and cultures. Cumbo says that musicians generally love what they do and get the chance to lay it out on stage in a close venue. In regards to the live music at the Opera House, Cumbo has noticed that bluegrass and jam bands have the biggest turn out. He also describes his plan of getting bands booked. Cumbo says that he wants to book the main acts first, but also wants to book the bands that he wants to see grow. As a result, Cumbo gets 30 acts in rotation with artists playing two to four times a year and the process becomes cyclical. Cumbo did not learn of this rotation easily and admits to losing a lot of money before finding it out. When deciding on what films to show at the Opera House, Cumbo says there is no rhyme or reason. He steers clear from blockbusters and will not show

films that are playing across major theaters. There are “different buckets” he wants to fill up. Cumbo says foreign films do okay, French films do very well, romantic comedies do very well and documentaries don’t do well at all. Cumbo turns to NPR and Washington Post reviews on independent films, and he also tries to get films that come out of Sundance and Cannes. Cumbo goes on to say that it is hard to get film from distributors and that studios do not take chances on the films shown at the Opera House. Cumbo describes himself as being treated like an evil stepson by distributors because he only has one screen in the building. All of the money made from the showing of each film goes directly to the studios. Cumbo has to report all tickets and sell popcorn just to keep the doors open. As a backdrop, Cumbo believes that Shepherdstown sets the Opera House apart from other venues as they are the only gig in town without much competition. As a creative business owner, Cumbo wants to set his own course. He says, “One night you can see a Robert Redford film, the next night a burlesque show and the next night have a birthday party. That’s unique. Most venues are either all music venues or only movie theaters.” Ultimately, Cumbo wants to be accessible to the community. As people visit the Opera House from places outside of Shepherdstown, Cumbo believes it helps the community as a whole. Overall, Cumbo hopes he is providing an extra footprint when customers come to the Opera House for a show.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 @ 9 p.m. First Thursday Chelsea McBee Presents with Naked Blue Tickets - $5 Thursday, March 6, 2014 @ 7 p.m. Rocking the Opera House: Dr. John Free Admission Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 6 p.m. The Fox Hunt Tickets - $7 Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 9 p.m. Chance McCoy with J.P. Harris Tickets - $8 Thursday, March 20, 2014 @ 8 p.m. West By God CD Release Show Tickets - $5 Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 9 p.m. Fishtank Ensemble Tickets - $10 Friday, April 11, 2014 @ 9 p.m.


ARTS & STYLE The Picket

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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“The Monument’s Men” Explodes with Emotional, not Violent Impact

Released Photo / Columbia Pictures The Monument’s Men is a World War II film based on real life events that opened in theaters on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Roy Gaufo Staff Writer

“The Monuments Men” steps away from the bloody side of World War II and into a place where people not only fight for their country, but for art and culture too. In a period of chaos and panic, the film follows a team full of art and cultural enthusiasts

who find and save stolen works of art from Hitler and his army, as well as protect certain landmarks and monuments from being destroyed. Directed by George Clooney who also stars in the film, “The Monuments Men” is based on real life events as well as Robert M. Edsel’s book, “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.”

The team is based on an actual group called Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA), which was formed during World War II. Clooney portrays Lt. Frank Stokes, the leader of the team. The team features big names from Hollywood including Lt. James Granger (Matt Damon), Sgt. Walter Garfield (John Goodman), Sgt. Richard Campbell (Bill Murray), and Lt. Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville). All of the characters in the film are inspired by real people in Edsel’s book. It is important to point out that all of these men are not soldiers. Some of them are curators for a museum while others are sculptors and architects. Though all of them wear soldiers’ uniforms, they were not thought of as soldiers. In the film, set in the final years of World War II, Clooney’s character informs President Roosevelt that many paintings and sculptures were stolen by the Nazis to be featured in Hitler’s purposed Fuhrer Museum. Clooney offers to assemble a team to find these artworks because he claims that Hitler wants to get rid of the achievements that America and other countries have made. If Hitler does this, he would destroy the foundation that many societies are based on. The film seems like a crossover of the “Ocean Eleven” series (also starring Clooney), and “National Treasure.” Both movies have overlapping themes of

heists and treasure hunting that are present in “The Monuments Men.” Clooney tries to balance different elements in the film such as finding a perfect mixture of comedic moments and dramatic scenes. For a war film, “The Monuments Men” has many more lighthearted and amusing moments than expected. When Murray’s character finds one of his men held at gunpoint by a soldier that does not understand or speak English, Murray slowly sits down on the ground and the two follow suit. After an awkward silence, the three men bond over a pack of cigarettes with the soldier hilariously repeating the only English word that he knows: John Wayne. The way that Murray plays off of Pvt. Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban) is really pleasing on screen. Although Balaban is visually a man with small stature, he presents himself as an upfront character that wants to prove himself. He is usually the straight man to Murray’s jokes. One of the heartwarming scenes is when Murray’s character is too emotional to play a tape that his family sent him for Christmas. Balaban plays the tape of Murray’s wife singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” when Murray is showering. Murray looks at the screen with tears in his eyes, knowing who played the tape. That scene also juxtaposes different moments of the war. Murray is feeling isolated from

his family but also glad that his friends are there with him. The scene also features a man who watches as medics try to save his wounded friend, which demonstrates one of the terrors of war. For a war film, there are a very limited amount of action scenes. There are guns and explosives in “The Monuments Men,” but the violence feels like it is played down. An explanation could be that the war is just a backdrop for what the film is really trying to portray. The film included more conversations between people and scenes of finding the lost art over battle scenes. The acting in the film was well done, although at times the film dragged. Clooney did a believable job as a curator at a museum, which might have resulted in a sometimes dull performance. However, his storytelling voice made the audience listen to his speeches about protecting the artworks. In the end, “The Monuments Men” is a very solid film that doesn’t really have big spectacular moments. It tried hard to make the audience hit an emotional level but didn’t quite accomplish it. Maybe the message is bigger than the film. World War II wasn’t just about surviving the chaos and the panic, it was about protecting and preserving our art, our culture, and our past, which is the foundation of our future.


SPORTS The Picket

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Men’s Basketball Keeping Pace in Mountain East

Natalie Ahearn / The Picket Austin Cunningham takes a shot during Saturday’s game against Wheeling Jesuit. Shepherd won 75-71.

Dylan Sharon Staff Writer

The Shepherd Rams men’s basketball squad began the week by traveling to the thirdranked West Liberty Hilltoppers in a barnburner between the top two teams in the Mountain East Conference. There was no lack of scoring or effort as the Rams tried to avenge their 31-point loss to West Liberty earlier during the season. This time, the Rams came up short to West Liberty once again as they fell by a final score of 106–97. Shepherd had six players finish with double-digit scoring, led by junior guard Austin Cunningham. Cunningham racked up 25 points while

shooting eight-for-nine from the free throw line, as well as adding seven rebounds to go along with four assists. Senior guards Brantley Osbourne and Marcus Pilgrim played a big role in the scoring montage, Obsourne scoring 20 points and Pilgrim adding 16. Morgan McDonald nearly added another double-double to his season total, finishing the game with 16 points and nine rebounds. Naim Muhammad added 11 points for the Rams and Kevin Jones scored 10. Shepherd had the slightest of leads at halftime as they went into the break leading by one, 53–52. However, West Liberty came out of halftime on fire with a 13–4 run to take a 10-point lead with 14:01 remaining. The scoring didn’t stop there as

five assists. Tim Goff added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals. Justin Fritts and Kyle Ritz each added 10 points. Shepherd led going into half 44–31, and 23 of Osbourne’s 31 came in the first half. Wheeling Jesuit went on a 14–0 run in the second half, eventually coming back and taking a 66– 62 lead with 4:41 remaining in the game. Cunningham came up clutch for the Rams, hitting a layup with 1:03 left on the clock, then hitting three of four free throws to prevail the 75–71 victory. It was an enormous victory for the Rams on senior night as Wheeling Jesuit could have evened their record with the Rams in the Mountain East Conference standings if they had been victorious. Shepherd shot 46 percent Natalie Ahearn / The Picket for the game, hit 43 percent from beyond the three-point Kevin Jones breaks through Wheeling Jesuit’s defense during Saturday’s line, and hit nine of 12 free game. throws. The Wheeling Jesuit West Liberty never looked back home, outlasting the Cardinals Cardinals shot 47 percent from and went on to beat the Rams by 75–71. the field and 32 percent from nine points. Shepherd received a huge three while making just seven Shepherd shot a very re- lift from a key senior on senior of their 13 free throw attempts. spectable 45 percent from the night. Osbourne would go on to The Rams were outrebounded field while hitting nine out of tie Chad Myers’ school record 34–19 while committing 11 20 three-points and making 22 of hitting nine shots from behind turnovers compared to nine of their 30 free throw attempts. the arc, on his way to a game- from Wheeling Jesuit. Meanwhile, their opposition high 31 points. Shepherd’s four Shepherd now sits at 17–7 shot 52 percent while hitting seniors were honored on senior and 12–6 in conference play 11 of 30 three-point attempts night, and you could feel the pos- where they sit in a three-way and 17 of 22 shots from the itive energy that was permeating tie for second in the Mountain free throw line. The Rams were throughout the Butcher Center. East Conference standings. The outrebounded by West Liberty McDonald added a double- 17 wins by the Rams happen 43–30. Oftentimes a team that double with 14 points and a to be the most for the school rebounds effectively and effi- game-high 10 rebounds. Cun- since the 2003–2004 season. ciently wins the game; this game ningham had an all-around solid Shepherd has four games was no different. game, adding 10 points to go remaining in the regular seaThe Rams did not dwell on the along with eight assists and six son. Their next two games are loss for long as they returned rebounds. Pilgrim tacked on an- on the road; they will travel to home on Saturday to face a hot other nine points for the Rams. UVa-Wise on Feb. 20 for a 7:30 Wheeling Jesuit team that came The Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals p.m. tip-off before heading to in riding an eight-game winning had four players score in double Athens, W.Va. to take on the streak. Shepherd prevailed at figures, led by Eric Siefert with Mountain Lions of Concord on 22 points, nine rebounds and Feb. 22.

Rams Finish Tournament Without a Victory Danny Kremen Staff Writer

In their only game of the week, the Shepherd Rams baseball squad lost to the University of Tampa Spartans by a final score of 7–2. Much of the Spartans’ victory was in large part due to right fielder Zach Gawrych going three-for-three and scoring two runs for the number one ranked Spartans. The Spartans struck first, scoring four runs in the second inning and never looking back from that point. By the end of the third inning of the game, the score was 5–0 in favor of

the Spartans. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Shepherd as Spencer Wolfe and T.J. Weisenberg drove in the Rams two runs while both recording multi-hit games. However, in the end, it just was not enough. Michael Lott also recorded a hit in the game, extending his hit streak to three games. The result may not have been what the team was looking for, but individual players were certainly chipping in and doing their part. Sam Crater took the loss for the Rams. He started and pitched the first four innings of the game, giving up seven runs and eight hits. Naturally, his earned run average took a major dent after

an outing like that. As a pitcher, starting off the season like that can be rough. Crater will be fighting the earned run average statistic the entire season. On a much more positive note, relief pitcher Jamie Driver of Kettle Run High School in Broad Run, Va. threw four shutout innings in relief of Crater. David Heintz picked up the win for Tampa, allowing just two runs through five innings of work. This marked the final game of the Prestige Appliance Classic. The Rams finished with no wins and three losses at the tournament. The Rams also started in the exact same fashion last year at the same tournament but

were able to finish over the .500 mark by the end of the season. This tournament usually involves some very talented teams. While the Rams may not be picking up wins by playing this level of competition, they are definitely using the opportunity as a way to measure their talents and abilities against some of the best competition that Division II has to offer. The teams that Shepherd faced in this tournament will not reflect the level of competition they will face as they enter into Mountain East Conference action. The game against Pitt-Johnstown that was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 has been post-

poned due to the snowstorm. No makeup game has been announced at this time, so make a point to stay aware of the potential changed date. The Rams will now have to wait two weeks until they play their next games. Those games will be on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 at the University of Virginia College at Wise. It will mark the first time that the Rams will play a conference game in the Mountain East Conference. Their first conference home game will come on March 15 when the Rams will take on the Mountain Lions of Concord.


SPORTS The Picket

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Lady Rams Endure Another Trying Week

Natalie Ahearn / The Picket

Natalie Ahearn / The Picket Rachel Johnson pops off a shot during Saturday’s game against Wheeling Jesuit.

Katelyn Sabol Staff Writer

Once again, the Shepherd Rams women’s basketball team have had to tack on two more losses to their record, knocking them down to 2–20 on the year and putting them in second to last place in the Mountain East Conference.

Cara Mason tries to get past a Wheeling Jesuit player during Saturday’s game.

Thursday night’s game against the West Liberty Hilltoppers was a high-scoring and close game that left the Rams with a final score of 105–98 and another loss on their record. The Hilltoppers maintained the lead for a majority of the first half until the Rams tied up the game with less than four minutes in the contest, and they held the lead until the end of the period, closing out

the half with a score of 49–46. Minutes into the second half, the Hilltoppers tied up the game, bringing the score to 57 apiece. West Liberty then took the lead and managed to hold onto it throughout the remainder of the game. Contributing to the high score for the Rams was junior center Gabby Flinchum with 28 points, redshirt freshman guard Cara

Mason with a career-high 26 points, and junior guard Rachel Johnson with 20 points. The Rams shot nearly 42 percent from the floor, 23.5 percent from behind the arc, and 78.3 from the charity stripe. Kailee Howe, who scored a game-high 30 points and Liz Flowers, who tacked on 24 points for the Hilltoppers, led West Liberty. West Liberty shot 48 percent from the floor, 30 percent from three-point range, and 75 percent from the line. Saturday’s match-up was not nearly as close nor as exciting. The Rams fell to the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals 90–63 and trailed for the game in its entirety. The Cardinals closed out the half with a lead of 48–30, and then continued to rack up points against the Rams for the remainder of the game. With 1:19 left in the game, Wheeling Jesuit had their biggest lead of 35 points. Johnson made a jump shot to lower the lead to 33 points before the game ended. Johnson led the Rams with 17 points. Forward Jimyse Brown, the honored senior of the game, finished her final home game with 15 points. Shepherd shot 37.7 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc,

and 85 percent from the line. The Rams were also hurt by the 30 turnovers they committed. Jaila Bryant, who scored 18 points, and Breanna Butler, who scored 17, helped to lead the Cardinals. Taneka Lewis also tacked on 14 points, and was followed by Jaana Motton with 13 points. The Cardinals connected at a solid 54.2 percent clip from the floor, a pedestrian 27.3 percent from three-point range, and 76.5 percent from the charity stripe. As for next week, head coach Toni West believes that Shepherd controls their fate. “We have UVa-Wise and Concord. It’s a long road trip, but it’s up to them. If they come out and play like they did against West Liberty, it will be a great game. If they come out and play like they did [on Saturday], it will be another heartbreaker. We will just have to wait and see,” stated West. The Rams have their next shot at redemption on Thursday when they travel to the 8–14 UVa-Wise Cavaliers, followed by another road game against the 9–13 Concord Mountain Lions.

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