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The Picket Shepherd University

·Student Voice in the University Community Since 1896·


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

News | 2


Tennant Announces U.S. Senate Bid

Wednesday: 70˚/ 50˚

Commentary | 6

George Zimmerman: Making Headlines Again

Thursday: 79˚/ 54˚

Friday: 81˚/ 54˚

Sports | 13

Arts & Style | 10

The Polarizing End of “Breaking Bad”

Saturday: 81˚/ 55˚

Women’s Soccer Continues to Impress

Sunday: 73˚/ 48˚

Monday: 71˚/ 48˚

Tuesday: 70˚/ 48˚

Rams Charge Forward Undefeated Travis Smith Staff Writer

The highly anticipated first Mountain East matchup between Shepherd and Urbana was a game where no one had a clue what to expect, as this was the first ever meeting between the two institutions. However, this was one of those games that came right down to the wire as Shepherd pulled out the 28-21 victory. Right after the game, head coach Monte Cater said, “As a team, we played hard and through the mistakes for a big win over a very good football team.” In the first half, Shepherd’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as Sophomore running back Allen Cross of Long Reach put the first points on the board with a tenacious 17 yard touchdown run. Senior wide receiver Robert Byrd of Alexandria, Virginia then rushed for a 17 yard touchdown score followed up by a 44 yard Photo by BJ Mccardle

Wide Receiver Mitchell Pollard sprints up the sideline landing the Rams a huge 1st down in Saturday’s game against Urbana University. The Rams won 28-21

I.T. Speeds Up

Students Find Student Loans

Andrew Montgomery

the switch to Comcast and the expansion of the network’s bandwidth, Shepherd’s network can Shepherd University students now transmit one gigabyte, or returning this fall will notice an roughly 1,024 megabytes per secincrease in the campus’s Internet ond. In short, the network is now performance, according to Shep- capable of transmitting 10 times herd’s Internet Services depart- more information per second ment. than the old system. Over the summer, the Informa- The change was “a direct response tion Technology (IT) department to a need to provide larger Interat Shepherd was busy with at- net access that was more reliable,” tempts to improve Shepherd’s according to Joseph Dagg, direcInternet service for students and tor of Information Technology faculty. Changes include a switch Services. “This was a result of infrom the Internet provider Fron- put received from faculty, students, tier to Comcast as well as a sig- and staff.” nificant increase in bandwidth In regard to user experience, allotment. Dagg says, “Many [students and For those who are not com- faculty] will notice faster speeds, puter savvy, the term “band- but to the common user, there width” describes the amount will be truly no change in user exof data that can be transmitted perience.” through a network in a specific period of time. In previous years, Shepherd’s network has been able to transmit approximately See BANDWIDTH page 3 100 megabytes per second. With

loan can be complicated.

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Nicky Barns, a psychology major said that she had a hard time determining which loans to accept.

“Everything was over the phone and I don’t feel like anyone contacted me to tell me what I needed to take,” she said.

Photo by Taylor Macmillan

Joyce Cabral, associate director of financial aid, reviews a student file in her office. Financial aid provides opportunities for students to gain a stronger understanding of the loan process

Danielle Carder


Staff Writer

Student loans are a financial aid resource used by the majority of Shepherd students, and while some students have had a good experience with the Financial Aid Office, others feel under-

Sarah Kidwell, an elementary education major, echoed that statement when she described how she had taken out a student loan, but then received a refund at the beginning of the semester for more than she had taken out in loans. She feels that if she received more instruction on what loans to take out, she would not have been put in that position.

According to colleges.fastweb. com, 62 percent of Shepherd Sandra K. Oerly-Bennett, associUniversity students are receiving ate vice president for Enrollment student loans. Shepherd’s Financial Aid Office is located in the basement of Gardiner Hall, with an entrance on the backside of See LOANS page 3 the building. But getting a student


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New Lecturers in Math and Chemistry Departments

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Photos by Taylor Macmillan

Dr. Hassler (left) and Dr. Wood (right) teach chemistry and pre-calculus lectures, respectively, on Sept. 19.

Jonathan Barr This year, Shepherd University hired four full-time professors for the new lecturer position. Two of the lecturers went to the English department while the remaining two were split between the math and the chemistry departments.

Va. and received her bachelor’s the Land Warrior program, she and master’s degrees in textile witnessed some unforgettable science from the University of events. Dr. Hassler said the most Delaware. She then received her memorable experience from her Ph.D. in chemistry from the Uni- time working with the program versity of North Carolina. “was being allowed to ride along She originally worked for U.S. on a C-5 aircraft with a platoon Army in Massachusetts as a civil- of parachute infantry…the first ian chemist.While working there, time soldiers jumped actually she helped with research and wearing body armor.”

Joining the chemistry department as a lecturer is Dr. Kyle Hassler, who has been an adjunct professor at Shepherd since 2008. She has also been an adjunct professor of chemistry at Northern Virginia Community College. This semester, Dr. Hassler will be teaching chemistry 101: Chemistry in Society and the accompanying lab.

Dr. Hassler also lived in Ft. Belvoir, Va. and worked on the Land Warrior program, the army’s first attempt at a cyber warrior. While there, she was a project manager for the development of protective clothing and individual equipment for the program.

Dr. Hassler is from Purcellville,

During her time working with

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studies to develop an impermeable material to protect against chemical agents.

New to the Math Department is Dr. Perry Wood, who lives in Gettysburg, Pa. and comes from. This semester, he is teaching two sections of math 108, and one section of math 105 and math 155. He said that he likes teaching most when he can utilize real world applications. For instance, his electrical engineering came into play during one of his classes.

“In my Algebra class we went over a problem R1+R2…which is the same equation for a closed circuit,” said Wood. Dr. Wood comes to Shepherd with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Gettysburg College, a master’s degree in astronomy from Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.

instructor at Gettysburg College. Besides teaching, Dr. Wood enjoys amateur radio and has done emergency radio at events like the Gettysburg, Pa. reenactments and bike racing events. He enjoys biking and likes to take his bicycle up and down the C&O canal path. Dr. Wood is also a fan of gardening and enjoys growing fruit, vegetables and flowers in his home gardens.

Before joining the faculty at With the additional budget cuts Shepherd, Dr. Wood taught at seen around campus, the deother colleges. Most recently, he partment chairs would like to worked at Pennsylvania State see more lecturer positions in University: Mont Alto, where he the future. The lecturer positaught electrical engineering and tion gives the students teachers astronomy. He has also been an with a higher education more assistant professor of mathemat- than most adjunct professors ics and physics at Wilson Col- and helps different departments lege, and an adjunct laboratory manage the distribution of courses more easily.

Shepherd Professor Writes Book on West Virginia History book about the history of West Virginia.

The book, “West Virginia’s Civil War-Era Constitution: Loyal Revolution, Confederate Counter-Revolution, and the Convention of 1872,” was published on June 7, 2013.

Submitted by Stealey

Dr. Stealey, professor emeritus of history, published his fourth book on June 7, 2013. Stealey’s book covers the history of West Virginia

Morgan Stock

Staff Writer

Shepherd University’s Dr. John E. Stealey, professor emeritus of history, has written his fourth

In 831 pages, Stealey covers how western Virginians split from Virginia and formed the state that we know today as West Virginia. In his book he discusses Virginia loyalists, state confederates, and the constitutional convention of 1872, where West Virginia established a state constitution. Stealey began doing research for his book in 1972, more than forty years ago, when he first arrived at Shepherd. When told that Dr. Stealey worked on his book for more than forty years, Michelle Magin,

a Shepherd University art education major exclaimed, “Wow... he must have been really dedicated.”

The constitution that was created in 1872 is still the constitution that West Virginians live under today. Despite still holding much importance in West Virginia’s courts, there was no detailed accounting of the constitutional convention debates. Surprised and worried that this might lead to errors relating to legal rulings, Stealey took it upon himself to rectify this problem. Using newspapers, pamphlets and the manuscript papers of the delegates located in depositories in several states, he recreated the debates and actions that occurred at the constitutional convention of 1872. In order to ensure that his project would make sense, Stealey included the politi-

cal background of the document.

Stealey faced a few difficulties while writing his book. He spent three months each writing just two chapters which included a collective biography of all 78 delegates and the complicated politics of two referenda and gubernatorial and national elections in 1872. He also ran into a challenge trying to find a university press to publish his book due to the length. After being approved by two anonymous peer reviews, Kent State University decided to publish the book. The length of his work not only made it difficult to find a publisher, it also made the actual publishing process, which took two years, more extensive. After working on his book for

so long and then waiting through the publication process, Stealey felt a vast amount of satisfaction when his book was finally published. However, he also felt that the completion of such a large work left a void in his life. To make the transition easier he has already begun busying himself with another project and according to Stealey, “a couple of more are in the formative stages.” Stealey is very proud of the work that he has done; for him, presenting historical information that has been previously unknown in a state and national context gave him great excitement. All of his hard work and dedication has paid off. It has resulted in what Stealey calls, “the most substantial academic publication about the Mountain State in its sesquicentennial year.”


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tennant Announces U.S. Senate Bid lost to Betty Ireland (R). In 2008, Ireland retired and Tennant won the primary and general elections. She was reelected in 2012 and was a candidate in

Michael Lesko, president of the Shepherd Republican Club, believes the seat to be a prime pick-up opportunity for Republicans:

“Being in such a right [leaning] state is difficult for a woman and hopefully having a woman represent us we won’t have to be so afraid for our rights,”

Submitted by Tennant

In this photo released by her campaign, Natalie Tennant is pictured. Tennant announced her intention to run for the U.S. Senate seat in September which will be vacated by Jay Rockefeller.

H.S. Leigh Koonce News Editor

West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant (D), joined the race for retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller’s (D) seat on Wednesday and immediately became the presumptive nominee for her party. She joins the Republican favorite Congresswoman, Shelley Moore Capito. Tennant’s announcement focused on her lifetime spent in West Virginia and the need to bring more jobs to the state and to strengthen the education system. Within 24 hours of

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Services and director of financial aid, once made aware of Kidwell’s situation, replied that if a student receives a refund check and has money left over after all of the college bills are paid, the money can always be put toward to cost of the loan by returning the money to the financial aid office. The loans are awarded by semester so if the amount of the loan taken out in the first semester is too much, the amount of financial aid received for the next semester can always be adjusted.

her announcement she sent a fundraising plea to supporters, indicating the race may well be the most expensive U.S. Senate race the state has seen. Tennant was the last statewide elected official to make a decision on the race. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, State Treasurer John Perdue and State Supreme Court Justice Robin Jean Davis all passed on the race earlier this year. Capito is the only major elected official on the Republican side to consider the race. Tennant first ran for Secretary of State in 2004, but lost to former Congressman and Secretary of State Ken Hechler, who in turn

She went on to say that students are never locked into a set amount of financial aid. If a student has more loans than needed, she can always adjust her aid and receive less money in loans. On the other hand, if the student has previously declined a loan but later needed it, she would need to notify the financial aid office to apply again for the loan. While many of the students interviewed felt that the financial aid office was knowledgeable and able to answer questions, there were a few problems with communication. “They would say ‘we’ll get back

The senate election will not only determine the next U.S. Senator from West Virginia, but also who the first female U.S. Senator to represent the state will be, assuming Capito and Tennant win their respective primaries. Rod Snyder, a resident of Shenandoah Junction, and a former president of the West Virginia Young Democrats and Young Democrats of America believes Tennant will make the race tough for Capito. “Natalie Tennant’s entry into the race provides Democrats with their strongest chance to hold the U.S. Senate seat while also boosting other down ticket Democratic candidates. Secretary Tennant has twice won statewide and she remains one the most popular political figures in West Virginia,” said Snyder.

to you,’ but never would,” said Ruthann Henderson. She commented that while Shepherd’s financial aid office is an improvement over that of West Virginia University, they took a while to reply back to her questions. Bennett responded that she was “unaware of any lapse,” in response time, but acknowledged that it may take one or two days to process a loan application. She says that it is best to apply early and applying a week before school starts may not be the best idea. Email, calls, and letters are used

“The Senate race is up on the list since the GOP does not control the Senate and gaining a senator will help on multiple fronts.” Vicky Faith, a senior women’s studies minor, thinks “it’s fantastic and long overdue,” for West Virginia to send a woman to the United States Senate. “Being in such a right [leaning] state is difficult for a woman and hopefully having a woman represent us we won’t have to be so afraid for our rights,” said Faith. “Roll Call,” a print and online publication rates the race as “leans Republican,” meaning the advantage is with Capito, but that the upper hand can shift at any point. The primary election will take place May 13, 2014. The top finisher from the Democratic ballot and the Republican ballot will face one another in the November general election.

The financial aid office provides many opportunities for students to gain a stronger understanding of the loan process, including during freshman orientation, and advisement and registration. Bennett stated that there is a financial outreach program that will tell each student his or her status in student loans. These estimates serve as a progress report for the student.

On page four, the caption listed with the photo of Professor Snider referenced Dr. Sher Hendrickson-Lambert instead.

science, is quite pleased with the change in Shepherd’s network. He explains that the increase in bandwidth simply means faster downloading capability campuswide.

Lizzy Robinson, a junior in the biology department at Shepherd, agreed with Guzide, stating, “The network is pretty fast now and my laptop seems to respond better after the switch. It used to crash on the old [network] all the time. Download time is much faster too; which I obviously really like. Some students such as David Smith, however, have noticed little difference at all. Smith, a junior in the history department, stated, “I can’t say I have really noticed a difference, but the network is not so bad. It does what I need it to do.” For other students however, the Shepherd network is not just used for research and academia. As there are many students living on campus, it is expected that Internet will be used for leisure activity as well. On a regular basis, sophomore Bobby Viands, a student of computer information systems and network security, and his friends gather in the Rams Den to play video games together. Internet gaming relies more intensely on bandwidth than casual Internet browsing and research.

“The network still lags enough to boot us, but relatively speaking, it does perform better; not to maintain contact with stu- really enough to notice though,” dents across campus. Many dif- said Viands. ferent notifications are sent out Whether the change is noticeto inform students if they are on able or not, there are other bentrack with their student loan eli- efits to the Shepherd IT departgibility. ment’s decision to change from

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“Since school started, I have noticed a remarkable improvement in Shepherd’s Internet; it used to take much longer to download necessary files and documents,” said Guzide.

–Vicky Faith, women’s studies minor the 2011 special Democratic primary for governor.

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Frontier to Comcast. “Comcast offered the best allround value in regards to bandwidth versus cost,” said Daggs. “The bandwidth provided by Comcast is 10 times that of Frontier with an eight percent decrease in cost. This results in savings of over $7000 per year for the University. Aside from improvements to Shepherd’s network bandwidth, the IT department is currently working on almost 80 different projects to improve electronic communications on campus. One project is the enhancement of Shepherd’s wireless systems which will be gradually taking effect throughout this academic year.


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On Campus Wednesday 9/25 9 a.m. Visit with honors students at Martinsburg High School. 10:30 a.m. Frank X Walker Reading and Reception, Martinsburg Public Library. 5 p.m. Women’s Soccer at WV Wesleyan.

Skinner Balances Politics And Foundation Work Skinner, who replaced longtime delegate John Doyle upon his retirement, described the wellbeing of Shepherd as “one of [his] top priorities” in Charleston. When working on legislation, he often “thinks about [Shepherd’s] needs.” As Shepherd University continues to bleed money and watch enrollment numbers drop, Skinner’s interview with The Picket quickly shifted to what the state can do to aid the school.

7 p.m. “The Writing Life with Frank X Walker,” Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer at WV Wesleyan. 8– 9 p.m. New Members Anti-Hazing Workshop, Storer Ballroom 9– 11 p.m. Free Bowling and Billiards, Student Center. Sponsored by Intramurals.

Thursday 9/26 3 p.m. Leadership Lounge, Rumsey Gallery, until 4 p.m. 3 p.m. Writers Master Class with Frank X Walker, Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, until 4:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Scarborough Society Lecture, “Voices from Affrilachia,” Erma Ora Byrd Hall. Walker will receive the Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award and present the Scarborough Society address, followed by reception and book signing. The West Virginia Fiction Competition awards also will be presented by Walker. Sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council and the West Virginia Center for the Book.

Friday 9/27 Submitted by Skinner Last Day to Withdraw from first-half semester class -- See Advisor by Noon 8:15 a.m. Advancing Civic Education at Shepherd University, Workshop I, Storer Ballroom, Student Center, until 11:30 a.m. 7 p.m. Volleyball at Concord. 8 p.m. PASS: Appalachian Heritage Festival including Reading of West Virginia Fiction Competition Award Winners, 19th Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival, Frank Center Theater.

Saturday 9/28

Delegate Stephen Skinner’s official campaign photo was used in his successful 2012 election. Skinner will be holding a town hall meeting in town before the end of the year and would like to hear from students.

H.S. Leigh Koonce News Editor

Stephen Skinner, a Shepherdstown area resident, was elected in 2012 to represent the 67th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Skinner, a

member of the Charles Townbased Skinner Law Firm, has also served on the Shepherd University Foundation for more than five years and considers the University to be a major focus of his work in Charleston.

1 p.m. Football at WV Wesleyan. 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Notre Dame of Ohio.

“Sans Merci” is entirely studentrun, edited and designed. This year, the magazine will be publishing its 38th consecutive volume. Funding is provided by the Student Government Association.

3 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Notre Dame of Ohio. 4 p.m. Volleyball at UVA Wise. 8 p.m. PASS: Appalachian Heritage Festival, Frank Center Theater.

Sunday 9/29

12:05 p.m. Meditation Mondays, Cumberland Room, until 12:50 p.m. 4:10 p.m. Shepherd University Assembly, Erma Ora Byrd Auditorium.

Tuesday 10/2 3 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. California (PA).

Skinner referenced a study commissioned by the state which assessed the performance and infrastructure at public colleges and universities, and indicated that some schools may be beyond aid. He pointed to West

raphy/computer imagery major Holly Hilmer. The art side of the magazine is also in the process of hiring a graphic design student to design this year’s publication.

Open House.

Monday 9/30

According to West Virginia’s Office of the Budget, as of Aug. 31, the total balance of the state rainy day fund is approximately $845 million. The rainy day fund serves as a cushion of money should state revenues not cover expenses. West Virginia has cut money given to higher education facilities, like Shepherd, yet it continues to pad the rainy day fund. Skinner did indicate that in the case of higher education, “it may be raining.” He also expressed concern that education as whole may be carrying a burden in the state that is larger than it should handle.

Virginia Tech and the anticipated $100 million price tag to bring it up to speed as an example of a school which may need to cease receiving state aid so that those resources can be given to other schools who are showing stronger results, like Shepherd. He boiled it down to: “Is money being spent wisely?”

As improvements relate to Shepherd, Skinner highlighted a parking garage as his “number one issue.” He believes parking is an issue at the university and often hears from students and constituents of its need. When asked if many students contact him, Skinner indicated they do on occasion. He also specified that while students are living on campus, he is their direct line to Charleston. Skinner will be hosting a Town Hall meeting in Shepherdstown before the end of the year and would “love to see students attend.” Skinner is a graduate of West Virginia University’s School of Law and is a partner in the Skinner Law Firm. His father, uncle, and grandfather all served terms as the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney. Students with concerns about state government issues that fall under the House of Delegates can reach Skinner at

Sans Merci Announces New Editors

11 a.m. Bookstore open, until 2 p.m.

3 p.m. Jeffrey Dunn, Piano Recital, W.H. Shipley Recital Hall, Frank Center.

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Senior English major and current secretary of Sigma Tau Delta, the Photo by Joshua Meadows English Honor Society, Diana Sans Merci, Shepherd University’s literary magazine is seen here being enjoyed Everhart, who was recently pubby student alumni Anna Brammeier Sept. 22, 2013. Sans Merci is completely lished in the magazine said, “It’s student run and will be publishing its 38th consecutive volume spring 2014 been a great experience publish“Sans Merci” is proud to anVicky Faith ing my work in ‘Sans Merci.’ I’ve nounce the returning senior ediStaff Writer had no issues and I enjoy the tors: party at the end!” “Sans Merci,” Shepherd UniverEnglish major Jade Flamenco, Former editor, former vice sity’s creative arts magazine, has and painting and drawing major president of Sigma Tau Delta, announced its new editors for Stephan Hummer for literary and 2013 graduate from the Dethis year’s upcoming issue. and art, respectively. The new partment of English and Modern There are two components to editors for the literary side are Languages Stephan Viau, also had the magazine: literature and art. senior Jessica Hall, senior Katie comments about some of the “Sans Merci” offers the oppor- Fluke, senior LaShawn Tolson, challenges surrounding his expetunity to students to have their and senior Brandon Nicholas, all rience within “Sans Merci,” along work published in either compo- English majors. The new editors with some advice for this year’s nent, regardless of major or year. for the art component are seeditors. They are open to literary works nior painting and drawing major in any genre and any art piece. Emily Jones, and senior photog- “‘Sans Merci’ is an opportunity

for the English department to collaborate closely with art students in order to create a magazine that showcases the excellent literary work and artistic talent of Shepherd University... there were also times when the English team envision the magazine looking a particular way that the art team did not agree with. Judicious compromise, in the end, was the key to creating the best publication,” Viau said.

The faculty advisors for the magazine are Dr. Carrie Messenger, assistant professor of English and Stephanie Robbins Thulin, associate professor of photography. The submission deadline has not been announced, but is usually close to the final week of the fall semester. For any questions regarding the submission requirements, please contact either faculty advisor or one of the editors. The entire “Sans Merci” team is very excited about this year’s edition of the magazine and will put forth their best effort to give Shepherd University the most amazing edition yet.



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Losing Your College V-Card Madam Marie

Senior Staff Writer

Let’s all admit that the real reason why college is so great is because you finally get to have sex whenever you want without looking over your shoulder for mom and dad. The freedom of having sex and finally engaging in a new social corridor is both terrifying and stimulating. There is no more sneaking out or lying, except when you go back home to visit. Now you can bring someone over to your apartment or dorm and have your way with him or her whenever you want. Ten in the morning? Hey, have a bagel before you go. Four in the afternoon? Let’s do it before we have dinner in the Ram’s Den. Yet, while a lot of people tend to think virginity is a thing of the past, there is still a large per-

centage of those who make it to college without ever having sex. Losing your virginity can be a messy experience, even as a young adult. So how do you go about it the right way? The typical answer is to have sex with your current boyfriend or girlfriend. But what if you can’t find someone you like enough to date? The urge is still there, driving you crazy. Find a friend or someone who you can trust that won’t mind the messiness, or possibly someone who is more experienced than you willing to go slow and explain. You aren’t 16 years old anymore, so you should be past the age of wanting to stumble through the dark and figure it out as you go. I also wouldn’t recommend hooking up with someone for the first time while intoxicated. Maybe have a little wine to loos-

en up, but the key is to be coherent, aware and engaged.Your first time doesn’t have to be special, but it is going to be memorable. Regardless of your V status, you need to use birth control every time you have sex ,even if it is your first time. Condoms should be in every purse and wallet across campus. And always check the condom prior to use. Inspect

it for breaks and tears. If it looks like it has been in a wallet for 12 years, get a new one. The elasticity on that bad boy has clearly run its course. Whether you are a pro at having sex or just beginning, losing your college V-card is a right of passage that every student has access to. Just buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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e of The Picket are pleased with the prospect that West Virginia is poised to elect its first female U.S. Senator

Regretfully, West Virginia does not have a strong history in relation to gender equality in elected politics.The state has yet to elect a female governor, has only had two female members of Congress and has only elected three women to state office. Clearly, women have not always been treated seriously as candidates for higher office in West Virginia.

West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant (D), and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R) are above and beyond the favorites for their respective parties. Not only will their name recognition and ability to raise money ensure they remain the frontrunners, but no other serious candidates have come forward to challenge either of them. Having a female U.S. senator represent the state will ensure a voice is given to the thousands of West Virginia women who depend upon services such as

Planned Parenthood, women’s health centers and other organizations that are currently under threat from Washington. Additionally, both candidates have experience in the business world and in state politics. Tennant’s experience as a small business owner, the Chief Elections Officer of the state, and as the only statewide female office holder provides her with an excellent background to represent all West Virginians in D.C. Capito’s background and senior-

ity in the U.S. House of Representatives provides her with a strong understanding of the inner workings of the Capitol. Furthermore, she will be able to capitalize on her inside-theBeltway contacts to get a jump on the ways of Washington. While Tennant has a stronger background in relation to issues pertaining to women and gender equality, Capito isn’t a hard rightliner. All West Virginians will be well served no matter which candidate is elected.



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Buzz: Local Honey Might be a Cure for Allergies

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George Zimmerman: Making Headlines Again

he is off-put by the recurring theme of Zimmerman ending up in court and news headlines due George Zimmerman, the man to gun violence. The Lake Mary from the infamous Trayvon Mar- police have issued a statement tin case, made headlines again claiming that they will not file recently after ending up in court any charges without reviewing with his wife, Shellie Zimmer- the contents of the iPad. man. His wife reported that Mr. Regarding the case and diZimmerman was threatening her vorce, Mrs. Zimmerman’s lawyer Photo by Chelsea DeMello and her father David Dean with claimed that Mrs. Zimmerman Raw local honey as seen at Orr’s Farmers Market in this photograph taken Sept. 22, 2013 is creating a buzz for its natural health benefits a gun. simply wants to be as far away “He’s just threatening all of us from Mr. Zimmerman as possible, Emily Daniels hives on her property in the sociation, said in the Food Safety with his firearm and he’s gonna and that she had hoped that they Staff Writer mountains outside of Harpers News report that “it is pretty shoot us. He punched my dad in could rebuild their marriage afsafe to assume that any ultra- the nose. My dad has a mark on ter the events of the Trayvon Autumn is among us and, for Ferry says, “I have a number of friends that take a daily spoonful filtered honey on store shelves some, that could mean a daily his face,” Mrs. Zimmerman said Martin trial, but Zimmerman had of local honey and swear by it to is Chinese honey and it’s even only been home about three or battle with a runny nose, watery in a 911 call. safer to assume that it entered four times since the verdict. This eyes, coughing and head-explod- ease allergic reactions during the the country uninspected and in Initially, Mrs. Zimmerman report- more recent altercation made ing sneezes. After trying every high pollen season.” ed that she had video evidence up her mind about what she nasal spray, antihistamine and de- To test this theory, it’s impera- violation of federal law.” of Mr. Zimmerman’s attack on wanted to do. congestant on the market, why tive to use raw, local honey. This Bottles labeled “pure” and even her iPad; however, the iPad was not seek out the actual source does not include honey you can some organic varieties sold in destroyed during their confron- The question many news sources of your ailment for a potential buy in your local grocery store. stores may very well be part tation and the police have not are asking involves the degree of cure? According to an exclusive study of the imposters infiltrating the George Zimmerman’s liability. Is been able to recover the video. store shelves. Andersen said this he an innocent, law abiding citiAlthough the Discovery Health completed in 2011 by Food Mrs. Zimmerman has since zen, always at the wrong place at website states, “There have been Safety News, “More than three- is “despicable” and it needs to changed her story, stating that the wrong time, or a continuousno peer-reviewed scientific stud- fourths of the honey sold in U.S. stop. We, as consumers, falsely she did not see a gun on her hus- ly lucky, unstable individual with grocery stores isn’t exactly what believe the labeling on honey vaies that have conclusively proven band, but believed that he was violent tendencies? You’re likely the bees produce.” rieties across the nation and this whether honey actually reduces carrying one and felt threatened, to meet people in each of these is a misconception that could allergies,” locally-made raw hon- Shocked already? Wait, there’s but both her and her father have camps of thought, and many with prove dangerous. ey might be a good alternative to more. The honey is ultra-filtered decided not to press charges. far removed, or somewhere inover-the-counter meds. through a process that includes According to the New York Mrs. Zimmerman has recently between interpretations. heating the substance and siftTimes, a disease that has been I say local honey because in orkilling numerous bees for the filed for divorce. An even bigger question, perhaps, der for it to work, the pollen in ing out the pollen content. The Food Safety News website states, past several years “expanded What gave this story the head- is what does George Zimmerthe honey must contain the same pollen spores as the flora in the “It is a spin-off of a technique re- drastically in the last year, com- lines the media needed to sensa- man represent in American somercial beekeepers say, wiping tionalize this turn of events was ciety? Does the fascination with area that causes your suffering. fined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their out 40 percent or even 50 per- the series of emails leaked by him exist simply due to his role The process of this possible rehoney – some containing illegal cent of the hives needed to pol- website ThinkProgress between in the Trayvon Martin case, or is lief is called immunotherapy. antibiotics – on the U.S. market linate many of the nation’s fruits Steve Bracknell, chief of the Lake there something more to it? Discovery Health says in their for years.” and vegetables.” Mary Police Department and There seems to be a strange article,“Introducing these spores The FDA will identify honey as Simply put, our bees are in dan- a concerned citizen. Bracknell sense of media sources trying into the body in small amounts has since verified these emails to get the public to hold their “real honey” only if it contains ger. by eating honey should make the to be real and during the online breath, waiting anxiously for his pollen. The problem is that the body accustomed to their pres“Happily, small scale beekeeping is conversation he noted that he next move. But is his next move ence and decrease the chance FDA is not actually testing the becoming rather popular, even in feels the citizen’s worries about anything to hold your breath an immune system response like honey sold here. Without the very urban areas.” said Andersen. Zimmerman becoming the next over? Does a domestic dispute the release of histamine will oc- “real honey” differentiation, conBees and the real honey they Sandy Hook killer are accurate. sumers are not being given a warrant national news? Or does cur.” produce are valuable resources. In an MSNBC interview, Brack- gossip mixed with fear combined clear picture and the fraudulent I have just started the therapy bottles labeled honey are en- To allow beekeepers to continue nell responded to questions with a well-known face generate myself, but Ellen Andersen, a abled in our marketplace. the process, give it a try, buy lo- about the emails by stating that easy views? Shepherd University biology cal and support the distributors professor and owner of three Mark Jensen, president of the in your area.You might be skeptiAmerican Honey Producers Ascal, but it couldn’t hurt. Nicholas McDill

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Network Connection Not Found: An Internet Horror Story incoming college student, I had concerns and expectations for Commentary Editor my new life at college as well. Accessing the Internet on cam- Considering the lofty prices for pus is more difficult than it tuition and room and board, I sounds and some students at- never expected that having untending Shepherd can speak of limited access to the World the difficulties while trying to Wide Web from my new residence at Thatcher Hall would be use this college necessity. Just take a stroll to the bottom next to impossible in the 21st floor of Scarborough library to century. It most certainly was. the User Support Desk. There Within the first few days of living you will often discover a queue at Shepherd, I concluded that it of students, many with laptop in was naïve of me to think that I hand, with one common ques- could simply access the Internet tion: how do I access the Inter- by logging onto my brand new laptop and clicking the Internet net? explorer icon on my desktop. It’s safe to say that I can be clasWiFi was not provided in the sified as one of those students residence halls at the time. I that most certainly do not hold learned that an Ethernet cable the Internet systems on this was needed to gain connection. campus in high regard and after I immediately purchased one, hearing my Internet horror story, thinking this would be the secret I’m sure you will understand why. to my success as it relates to acDuring my freshman year at cessing the Internet. Shepherd University in 2010, I was filled with a range of emo- My attempt proved to be insuftions. Of course, I was ecstatic ficient and the “No Internet Acto be starting a new chapter in cess” icon remained at the botmy life, but just like any other tom right corner of my screen. Joey Kaye

Several weeks into my freshman year, I was made aware of a place where I could seek assistance for my internet issues: the User Support Center in the Scarborough Library. Upon my first visit there, I found a line of distraught students that stretched from one end of the room to another. The sight resembled a line of passengers waiting to board a plane or a typical day at the DMV. After idling in line for more than an hour, I was finally attended to by an IT Services staff member. I asked for assistance only to be given directions about downloading software to confirm its compatibility. Without getting too technical the download was unsuccessful and despite the work of several IT Services staff members, none could rectify my Internet headaches. Simply put, despite paying so much for my college education and querying help from numerous sources, I spent my entire freshman year at Shepherd with-

out Internet access from my dorm room. In order to complete assignments and access commonly used online learning programs such as SAKAI, my iPhone and computers in the library (when available) were my only options. It is safe to say that my education was hindered and my ability to complete assignments that required the Internet was limited at best. Stories like mine are not hard to come by among Shepherd students and even though some improvements have been made since 2010, such as making wireless internet available in several residence halls, many still face unnecessary struggles when trying to get on the internet. The process to get online at Shepherd, which I have in part described for you, is extensive and ineffective. Available computers in the library and around campus seem to always be in

short supply. Moreover, when access to the Internet is eventually gained, prepare to endure more impediments such as very slow Internet speeds and freezing screens.

In today’s society, especially while attending college, Internet access is critical to success; however, in my humble opinion, Shepherd is unable to effectively provide it.

In order to prevent my experience from happening to another student and to change the opinion of many other students like myself on the issue of Internet access at this campus, Shepherd University must make the problems and obstacles with Internet access a priority immediately. Too many students are affected negatively by the tribulations caused from computers and Internet connections and in the year 2013, and it is completely unacceptable.


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Time Management

two biggest problems that a message The lead to poor time management from counseling are procrastination and lack of organization. To better manage your services time, try the following: 1. Create a plan for the week that includes all activities including school work, appointments, social life, and sleep time. 2.Set realistic goals. 3.Do your work when your energy level is highest. 4.Schedule time for yourself. 5.PRIORITIZE!! To schedule an appointment with counseling services, call 304-876-5161.

Weekly Horoscope

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Aries - Managing resources could be a theme this week. You might want to change tactics if you have debts or other financial issues. Cooperating with key people may be essential to your success. Career matters could make a leap in progress, especially if you make a key decision. Just when you need to be at your shrewdest and most practical a Pisces Full Moon, which is great for parties and celebrations, could give you that spaced-out feeling while bringing a secret to light. Taurus - Relationships could be intense and also need careful handling. You could be dealing with someone who wants to play their cards close to the chest, so you will need to read between the lines. You could be working with aspects of the law, too. If so, be sure to read the fine print on any documents. The Full Moon could bring things to a head, but try not to overreact even if you’re tempted to. You could be delighted by some upbeat news on the work front, however! Gemini - You may be very businesslike and eager to get what you want, but someone else may be equally determined. Don’t tiptoe around this week - you could lose out. You might have to work on a strategy that pulls no punches. However, the Full Moon on September 19 could dash your resolve by highlighting your emotions when you really need to be strong. Keep your focus on your goal and try not to let it waver. The Sun’s move into Libra might bring romantic opportunities, too. Cancer - Even though Saturn in your romance zone and Pluto in your relationship zone make a friendly angle this week, you may still wonder what’s hit you. Intense emotions, which could contain traces of anger or resentment, might make it hard to show your caring and loving side. Perhaps something needs to change. However, any changes you do make might have to be quite radical. The Pisces Full Moon could bring a positive and powerful insight if you can be still long enough to catch it. Leo - You might be ready for action, but you might need a stronger approach to getting things done if you want to make headway this week. Issues linked with home and lifestyle affairs could be in need of some sort of transformation. This might even equate to structural changes to your place so that you can move ahead with new plans. Despite this being a no-nonsense week, it does have a spiritual quality to it. It could make you aware that whatever is happening has a reason and a purpose. Virgo - You might need to go back to the drawing board concerning a possibly flawed creative project. This could be a week of intense discussions and ongoing conversations around the issue of what should be done next. What you eventually decide may be nothing like your original plan. A romance could also start to unravel, but it might be saved by the Pisces Full Moon, as it encourages expression of those deeper feelings. Surrender to the magic and it may all be OK. Libra - You may want to cut back on expenses and consider ways to recycle more things. There’s a rather intense energy focused on your personal financial zone that’s encouraging you to make the most of what you have while learning how to be more resourceful. In fact, you may be applying these ideas to your home and family life. Although the Sun entering your sign this week brings an energy boost, consider taking a more relaxed schedule on September 19 to coincide with the Full Moon. Scorpio - You could find this to be a rather intense week, but then you might also enjoy the challenges that come with it. You could be moving through a period of change, and the current influences seem to be bringing this to a head. Over the coming days don’t be surprised if you feel so squeezed in a certain situation that the decision to do something about it morphs into practical action. Romantic options are showing up for you, too, although you might be busy with other things. Sagittarius - If you find yourself quietly seething over some incident, it could be because you failed to stand up for yourself or compromised too much and now regret it. Perhaps what the current setup is trying to tell you is that it’s time to be clear about who you are and what you want. Get ready for a Full Moon in your home zone, which might make this a great week for a party or get-together, so long as you’re prepared for it to be fun and noisy. Capricorn - Pluto turns direct in your sign this week, so you may feel like you’re heading for a mini rebirth over the coming weeks and months. Plus, other powerful influences could be encouraging you to take stock of your needs, especially in connection with your social circle. Whether you make a decision to distance yourself from certain people or it happens naturally, see it as a sign that the transformation has already begun. It’s onward and upward from here as new friends could come with exciting benefits. Aquarius - A chat with a friend could give you a fresh perspective on how to deal with any career or job challenges. Be open to changing your point of view. This may be necessary in order to take advantage of current progressive influences. On another note, don’t let fear or insecurity make you lash out, especially if someone is trying to help you. A Full Moon in your shopping zone midweek might encourage you to want to spend in order to feel good. Enjoy it, but go easy! Pisces - Life happens when you take a walk on the wild side. Something inside may be urging you on and encouraging you to let go of patterns that have kept you down. You are so much bigger in reality, and in your heart you know it. You might have to lose something in order to gain something, and that could be security, which may be an illusion anyway. Enjoy this week’s Full Moon in your sign. It could coincide with the fulfillment of a desire, goal, or dream. Courtesy of

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Photos courtesy of AMC

In these photos released by AMC, “Ozymandias” took place in many locations including To’hajiile, the White Residence and outside Albuquerque, N.M. Monumental events took place during the episode, setting in motion one of the most highly anticipated finales in televisions history.

er-drama about an underachiev- “Blue Sky.” Whie and Pinkman, ing chemistry teacher named are probably the most skilled Walter White, portrayed sensa- crystal meth cooks in the United Albuquerque, N.M. never tionally by Bryan Cranston. In States for a healthy duration of seemed like the place for this to the pilot episode, he is diagnosed the series. happen. with an inoperable lung can- But Schrader finds out that That is what has helped to make cer. After going on a ride-along White may be the infamous Vince Gilligan’s masterfully-craft- with his brother-in-law, Hank “Heisenberg” he has been looked “Breaking Bad” so brilliant. It Schrader (Dean Norris) of the ing for over the past year. He took place somewhere very few DEA, Walter realizes how much finds evidence inside White’s people passionately care about. money he can make producing copy of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves It’s not even the capital of the crystal meth. White enlists the of Grass,” a major plot device Land of Enchantment. Gilligan help of his former student, Jesse throughout the series. brought an irrelevant place into Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to help The episode, “Ozymandias,” the spotlight, and it has been distribute their “product.” which premiered Sunday, Sept. shining ever since it took to the Eventually, White produces ex15 was one of the best-chosen airwaves back in January 2008. tremely pure meth. It even has titles in the history of the show. For those who don’t know, a distinguishing blue hue to The title is a reference to poet AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is a thrill- it, hence one of its nicknames:

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Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 poem “Ozymandias.” The poem is about the inevitable fall of the king of kings—someone can’t hold on to power forever. Gustavo Fring was that king for two decades, but in a shootout, Schrader and Fring are killed.

ends Sept. 29 is a massive deal. It has won many Emmy Awards and is consistently recognized by critics as one of the best shows on television.

If you get sick this semester and have the ability to watch the show, give it a try. It will introduce you to a place you probably aren’t familiar with and should entertain you with solid camerawork and fantastic foreshadowing.

Now, White is truly secluded. He splintered his family and Pinkman is practically a methcooking slave. When we last see White, he is being picked up by a man who will give him a new identity for $125,000. The next “Granite State” premieres Sept. episode “Granite State,” hints at 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC; the series him heading to New Hampshire. finale, “Felina,” premieres Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. The fact that “Breaking Bad”

Study Abroad Offers Broad Travel Opportunities Tyler Miller Multimedia Manager

Bonjour! Did you miss the Study Abroad Fair Tuesday? For many students, studying abroad can be an amazing experience, but finding out how to sign up can sometimes seem a little daunting. The whole process can be overwhelming: meeting with advisers, financial aid, submitting transfer forms, obtaining a passport. That’s where Shepherd’s study abroad program project coordinators Beth Cauvel and Ann Henricksson can help. Henricksson, along with your academic advisor, can help you decide what kind of study abroad program is right for you and your area of study.

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Morgan Wisniewski, a 2012 graduate, stands proudly before a monument in Italy as a part of Shepherd’s study abroad program.

“[Students] should speak with their academic advisor to be sure they can fit study abroad into their schedule and when would be the best time to study abroad. For example, education and nursing students’ best options are either a faculty-led program or a summer program,” said Henricksson.

In addition to Tuesday’s fair, the study abroad office will also be holding multiple events this semester to educate students on different options and how to get involved. International Education Week is Nov. 11-15. It will consist of many events, including a travel photo contest, in which the winner will receive $75, and a study abroad student panel, where students can meet with students returning from study abroad opportunities and hear about their experiences and other events. Shepherd offers programs in 64 countries and many students have enjoyed their learning experiences abroad. While it may seem like an expensive endeavor, the study aboard program is a co-curricular organization through the SGA. SGA study abroad scholarships are awarded to students. Applications for these scholarships are due Nov. 18. “Last year [SGA] awarded various amounts to 11 different students to help finance their trips,” said Henricksson.

The next faculty-led program, “The Art of Paris and Amsterdam” is March 7-16, 2014. The program occurs through the art department in place of the art 304 course. However, students may attend even if they do not want to receive credit. To find out more about Shepherd’s study abroad program, visit their website at or stop by the study abroad office in the Scarborough Library. You can also email Ann Henricksson at and Beth Cauvel at

To find out more about Shepherd’s Study Abroad Program: Contact: Ann Henricksson at or Beth Cauvel at


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Local Theater Company Revives Rare Musical entirely through song. “It's all songs, and each one tells a story and features different characters. There's no real throughline, except thematically. The show is very emotional, not only for me, but also for the actors. Each of them bring a wonderful personal history, and so the songs have an impact on all of

revival!” said Cathro. “The two new songs are titled ‘Dating Again,’ about diving back into the singles scene, post divorce, and ‘There is Something in a Wedding,’ about the wonders of attending a wedding ceremony. Both of these new songs feature the entire cast...There has been a lot of laughter and quite a few

“We are the first company to premiere two new songs outside of the nowclosed Off-Broadway revival!” – D.C. Cathro, Director them in vastly different ways,” said Cathro

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rarely-performed musicals. The production focuses on love and relationships and is directed by D.C. Cathro with musical direction by Shepherd University music alumnus Jonas Dawson.

“Closer Than Ever,” by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, opens this weekend at the Performing Arts Factory in Frederick, Md. “Being Revived specifically foThe musical revue is produced by cuses on lesser known and inBeing Revived Theater Company frequently produced shows that (BRTC), a brand new theater deserve an audience. We want company focusing on perform- to expose people and students ing and promoting unknown or to shows, new and old, that they

tears as well. I think the audience will really feel the emotional impact as well.”

“The intimacy of the show is enhanced by Shire's exclusive use “The smooth melodies are occaof piano and bass for the orches- sionally bolstered by dense vocal tration, which is brought to life by harmonies, and Shire's clever use the complexity and richness of of counterpoint permits the tellthe two parts individually. Shire’s ing of multiple stories at once in music is an elegant complement various numbers,” said Dawson. to Maltby’s lyrics, offering con- “Closer Than Ever” features Jotemporary styles mostly in the nas Dawson, David Norman, form of pop sprinkled with jazz Karen Paone, Tim Seltzer and rarely (if ever) get the chance to sonorities and progressions, but Andrea Wildason as performers. see. We want to expand knowloccasionally diverting into coun- The show runs Sept. 20-21 and edge and entertain!” said Cathro try and rock,” said Dawson 27-28 at 8 p.m. with one Sunday “Closer Than Ever” was originally In addition to the songs in the matinee on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. produced by Off-Broadway in original musical, the BRTC will Tickets are $15 and may be re1989 and has been professionbe the first theatrical company served or purchased at the door. ally revived occasionally since to perform the show with the For more information about the its debut, most recently in 2012. addition of two new songs. production or the BRTC, please The revue features no dialogue visit and the plot, tied together by “We are the first company to common themes of relationships, premiere two new songs outside of the now-closed Off-Broadway aging and marriage, is conveyed

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Five Folios Falling This Fall

“Doomed” by Chuck Palahniuk: Release date 10/7 From the off-beat writer of “Fight Club” and “Choke” comes a new book that picks up where “Damned” left off. After fleeing hell, protagonist Maddy Spencer roams earth, the purgatory, as a ghost. Her guide, Crescent City, is addicted to Ketamine and works as a paranormal investigator when he is not faded out of his mind. Follow Spencer as she dupes her mother into founding a new religion based upon disgusting behavior, breaks rules in hell and on earth and watches her father’s sexual encounters.

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“The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri: Release date: 9/24 Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri returns with another transatlantic story that bridges the cultures of India and the United States. Lahiri’s unique family background enables her to paint vivid pictures of each country and to draw readers into an elegantly written story.

Fans of John Waters’ films will find Palahniuk’s new work to be a treat.

Follow brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra as they grow older and separate. One chooses a science career in America while the other immerses himself in Indian politics. After tragedy strikes, the remaining brother must salvage his family’s remains.

“The Rejected Stone” by Reverend Al Sharpton: Release date: 10/7 Television presenter, 2004 Presidential candidate, ordained minister and professional provocateur Al Sharpton releases a book filled with celebrity sightings, thoughtful political musings and a biting wit that only the Rev. Sharpton can deliver. Sharpton describes how he came to progressive positions on issues like gay marriage and immigration reform by weaving hard facts with religious knowledge and adding his own personal experiences. Whether you agree with him or not, this one is worth a read.

“The Lowland” is already shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.

“One Summer, America 1927” by Bill Bryson: Release date: 10/1 From the best-selling author of “A Walk in the Woods” and “A Short History of Nearly Everything” comes a sweeping story of big and small events throughout the summer of 1927. Bryson writes of Charles Lindbergh’s nonstop flight, Mississippi flooding, and Calvin Coolidge’s three month vacation in South Dakota, in order to illustrate that a dull moment never exists.

“Headwaters” by Ellen Bryant Voigt: Release date 10/21 A new collection of poetry featuring strong natural and animal based themes from the Vermont Poet Laureate: Ellen Bryant Voigt, a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, throws punctuation to the wind and ignores form, unless it suits her. It is truly a wonderful collection from a writer who has read at Shepherd in the past.

Readers of nonfiction will fall in love with Bryson’s style and narrative voice, as well as his meticulous eye for detail and thorough research.

Academic Support Center Offers Resources to Students Heather Franz Staff Writer

at the ASC is the stretch course. These courses are designed to help students who are struggling, particularly in English or math.

Gross. Students who meet with a tutor often return to the ASC to keep up with their acquired skills. In addition to helping the students on campus, the tutors have personally benefited from working with the undergraduates.

The Academic Support Center (ASC) is an asset to most univer- “Essentially, these courses sities, giving students a one on “stretch” the English or math one opportunity to improve and 101 material over two semesters, maintain their academic success. giving students more time to diStudents who take advantage of gest the material,” said Gross. Gross shared a favorite success this service not only achieve betstory, regarding one of the ASC Students who participate in ter grades, but are more likely to staff members: these courses have the same have a higher GPA and higher set textbooks as those in standard “This staff member was on track of study skills. The ACS provides English 101 or math 101 cours- for a medical career having alall undergraduate students the es; however, the atmosphere is ready taken the MCAT and inchance to work with a tutor and slightly different than the average terviewed with medical schools. improve their coursework, free classroom setting. Not only are In her senior year, she decided of charge. While there are stuthe classes smaller, which allow to change her career path. Bedents who are advised to seek for more one on one time, but cause of the experience she had academic tutoring through the each stretch section contains a tutoring her peers, she decided ASC, there are many that come peer tutor. On a weekly basis, that teaching students in science willingly. students are required to partici- courses was her new passion. “Our center is most recognized pate in a lab where they have the She is now enrolled in her secfor our peer tutoring services. opportunity to work with the ond year with Shepherd’s MasThis is a free service for all un- tutor on an individual level. ters of Arts in Teaching program!” dergraduate students. We focus said Gross. “This is a great way for students on hiring tutors primarily to asto start working with a tutor Although many students come sist with core curriculum coursfrom our center,” said Gross. to the ASC seeking guidance in es; the most popular subjects for tutoring are mathematics and “We also offer academic counsel- a particular field of study, there are a variety of different services writing” said Emily Gross, direc- ing and coaching on such skills that are beneficial for a student as time management, study and tor of the ASC. test-taking strategies, organiza- who may not be struggling acaAnother service often utilized demically. tion or self-motivation,” said

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Kristin Kaineg, Department of Contemporary Art & Theater will present a talk entitled: Branded: Building the Experience and the Artifacts.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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laser touchdown pass from Junior Quarterback Trae Tinsman of Winchester, Virginia to junior wide receiver Justin Ford of Lusby, Maryland. The Rams had a 21-6 lead at halftime, but nearly blew the game as Urbana’s All-American Senior Quarterback D.J. Mendenhall of West Jefferson, Ohio put their offense on his back and almost led Urbana to the upset victory. Mendenhall threw for 349 yards with 27 completions that included three touchdowns (two in the second held) and one interception. After the game Coach Cater had quite a few words about Mendenhall. He said, “Our defense did a good job against a quarterback who is an all-American and is capable of making big plays at anytime.” The Rams offense was not perfect against Urbana, but they performed strong when it mattered. Sophomore running back Allen Cross led the ground game with an impressive performance. Cross rushed 25 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner on a two-yard run with 4:30 left in regulation. Junior quarterback Trae Tinsman had a solid day as he went 19-28 with 267 yards, two touchdowns,

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and only one interception. In regards to his performance, the former James Woods quarterback said,“Last week, our offense struggled, but we did a good job on getting back into what we do best.” The Rams defense had their hands full with Urbana’s passing attack, but they played well enough to hang on to their third straight victory of the season. Junior cornerback Dontrewell Kelley of District Heights, Maryland led the Rams with seven tackles, six of which were solo. Sophomore cornerback Phillip Rhoden of Columbia, Maryland made one of the biggest plays of the day as he picked off Urbana’s All-American quarterback D.J. Mendenhall early in the first quarter, which lead to a Rams touchdown.

Wide Receiver Robert Byrd leaps across the end zone during Saturday’s game against Urbana University helping the Rams win 28-21.

The student support at the games has been strong each and every week and players notice that too. That includes senior wide receiver Robert Byrd, who said “We as a team, thank the fans for coming out in the rain to support us. Keep coming out to the games and supporting the team.” With the win, the Rams improve to 3-0 on the season with a 2-0 record in Mountain East Conference play. The next game on the schedule is next Saturday at 1 p.m. as Shepherd will be traveling to West Virginia Wesleyan Running Back Jabre Lolley drives through Urbana’s defense with help from offensive lineman Isaiah Shelton. Shepherd held Urbana back to score a 28-21 win.

Wide Receiver Wiliam McKenzie slides through Urbana’s defense during Saturday’s game. Shepherd’s fantastic offense helped secure a 28-21 win against Urbana University.

Dontrewell Kelley reaches for the sky during an interception attempt in Saturday’s game.

Offensive line back De’Ontre Johnson takes out an Urbana player during the second half of Saturday’s game.

The Rams wreck an Urbana player during Saturday’s game. Shepherd’s defense held strong against Urbana and was critical in their 28-21 win.

All photos by BJ Mccardle


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Women’s Soccer Continues to Impress

Forward Kylie Duffin heads the ball to a teammate during Wednesday’s game against Concord.

All photos by BJ Mccardle

Forward Taylor Amsley drives the ball through Concord’s defense during Wednesday’s game. Shepherd won 2-0 crushing Concord in the process.

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With five games of the 2013 regular season complete, the Shepherd University Women’s soccer team currently holds an impressive 3-1-1 overall record. Over the course of the first five matches of the season, the team has been scored on only five times while they have recorded seven goals of their own. They continued this play on both sides of the ball when

they recently faced Charleston and Concord. The Rams traveled to Charleston, WV Sept. 14 to face Mountain East Conference rival University of Charleston in a game where both teams battled to a 1-1 draw. Shepherd posted the first tally of the match at the 40:30 mark, which gave the Rams a 1-0 lead into the halftime break, when junior Kasey Canterbury scored an unassisted goal. Shepherd maintained a 1-0 lead for the majority of

the contest and another victory seemed to be just seconds away when the Golden Eagles penetrated the Shepherd defense and recorded the game tying goal at the 89:39 mark. Kimberley D’Angelo scored the tying goal off an assist from Brittany Loveland. Charleston held the 23-11 advantage in shots while senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Wise made 11 saves for the Rams. After being seconds away from recording a victory against

Forward Kylie Duffin curves the ball around several Concord players to a teammate during Wednesday’s game. The women played a solid offense and defense helping them secure a 2-0 win against Concord

Charleston, the team looked to rebound when they welcomed Concord University Sept. 18. The match remained scoreless throughout the first half; however, just several minutes into the second half, at the 52:03 mark, Canterbury scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. Seconds later, the Rams added an insurance goal and took a 2-0 lead when junior Kelsey N. Smith tallied the second goal of the game on a free kick. The team played a stout defense for

the remainder of the game and prevented the Golden Eagles from recording a single goal to earn the shutout victory. In addition, they held the upper hand with 24-11 in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks while senior Elizabeth Wise played another impressive game in goal by making five saves. The team was scheduled to face Wheeling Jesuit Sept. 21st; however, due to inclement weather the game was postponed until the next day.

The Dilemma of Paying Collegiate Athletes Travis Smith Staff Writer

ken the surface and enraged fans, it has brought the issue firmly into the limelight. Students and fans alike have expressed their opinions about the issue; maybe the athletes should have a say.

It’s an issue you see everywhere these days. Johnny Manziel selling his own autographs, and then making the sign for pocket “No I do not believe they should change on the field. It really raisbe paid, they receive a free edues the question about whether cation and they are given the opor not college athletes should portunity to apply their craft on be compensated by their instia national level,” said an anonytutions. That has been one of mous Shepherd student. hottest topics to hit the sports world in the past decade. As re- While some students feel that cent NCAA scandals have bro- athletes should not be paid,

there is evidence that shows that the NCAA is taking advantage of highlighting these athletes without having to pay them.

itself, the NCAA brings home $6 billion annually. Not bad when the players are providing free entertainment.

Everyone knows that March Madness is huge business for the NCAA. As people around the nation focus intently on collegiate basketball, ridiculous amounts of lost work time gets racked up during March and some of April. CBS and Turner Broadcasting make more than $1 billion during the tournament. In

With the money the NCAA is making on student athletes, why The NCAA has always been can’t the NCAA compensate about providing an opportunity the athletes they depict and for athletes to make a name for highlight week in and week out? themselves before turning proWell, the current situation is still fessional. The real issue though in the legal system. The NCAA is the integrity of the NCAA; is currently in court with some is the NCAA taking advantage current college football players of young athletes for monetary about their likeness rights in gain or are they really providing the EA Sports “NCAA Football” the a stepping stone?

series of games. The lawsuit will determine if amateur athletes should be compensated monetarily or continue to just provide scholarships and housing.


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Women’s Tennis Endures Rough Week Matthew Murphy Sports Editor

After starting the tennis season off positively, the Shepherd Women’s Tennis team went through a pretty tough week. After beginning the season 2-1, they dropped home decisions to both West Liberty and West Virginia Wesleyan. They lost to the University of the District of Columbia and Chowan as well. However, the Lady Rams beat Hood College in the middle of the four losses. Only Jana Jones was victorious for the Rams against West Virginia Wesleyan. Chloe Raines kept her match very close, but couldn’t manage to overcome Sami Jeong, losing by a score of 7-5, 6-4. Katelynn Mumaw and Jones kept their doubles match fairly close, as did Alice D’Alauro and Stacy Brewbaker, both losing by the same score of 8-4. Mumaw rallied for a win after dropping her first set 1-6. She won the second set of the match 7-6 and the third set 11-9. Emily Johnson managed to keep her match fairly close, but fell in two

sets 6-4, 6-3. . Against Hood College, Mumaw defeated Olivia Hosch 6-0, 6-0. Jones echoed her doubles partner’s effort, defeating Rachel Hall by the same score line. D’Alauro fell to Sandra Dziados, but still managed to win the first set of the match. Brewbaker restored the two-match advantage, winning 6-1, 6-0. Johnson won 6-1, 6-1, while Raines defeated her opponent, Meaghan Donahue, dropping her 6-0, 6-0. While in Frederick, Md., the doubles teams carried their weight as well. Mumaw and Jones won 8-3, Johnson and Raines won 8-3 and Rebecca Schrimsher and Jessica Fort won 8-5. The match reports for both matches against the University of the District of Columbia and Chowan were not at the time of press. However, the Rams did fall in both matches, losing in similar fashion, 0-9 and 0-9.

Women’s Tennis Schedule for 2013 Sept. 25

Mt. St. Mary’s

Emmitsburg, MD

Sept. 29


Shepherdstown, WV

Oct. 5


Charleston, WV

Oct. 6

WV State

Institute, WV

Oct. 10


Shepherdstown, WV

Oct. 11


Shepherdstown, WV

Oct. 18

MEC Championships

Charleston, WV

Oct. 19

MEC Championships

Charleston, WV

Oct. 20

MEC Championships

Charleston, WV

The tennis team heads to Emmitsburg, Md. Sept. 25 to take on Mount Saint Mary’s University. They host Fairmont State Fighting Falcons Sept. 29.

Up and Down Week for Volleyball Matthew Murphy Sports Editor

Last week, the Rams headed out to New Castle, Del. to take on the Wilmington University Wildcats. However, the match started off a little shaky as the Rams dropped the first set 17-25. They rallied to win the second 25-19, but dropped the third set 18-25. The penultimate set belonged to the Rams, winning 25-21. The Rams wrapped up their win by dropping the Wildcats 15-12 in the fifth set. Senior middle hitter Meg Kenny of Lynchburg,Va. paced the Rams with an impressive 16 kills, while junior Valerie Bour of Willough-

by Hills, Ohio added an equally impressive 15 kills. Senior outside hitter Kayla Walker of Palmyra, Va added 13 kills for Shepherd. Senior outside hitter Melani Lewis of Bay Shore, N.Y. added 10 kills along with 18 digs. Junior setter Taylor Belella had an 16 digs with an 31 assists, while Delaware native Lauren Summa had a match-high 35 digs. Other standouts for the Rams included Virginia Beach,Va. native Tommie Jo David, who had 11 digs and 24 assists. Taylor Allen of nearby Inwood, W.Va. recorded 16 digs for the Rams. But, afterwards things got worse for the Rams.While in Brookville,

N.Y., the team lost both of its matches by scores of 0-3 and 1-3. Their first match was against Roberts Wesleyan. Bour had 10 kills and six digs in the match while Anna Roper of Huntingtown, Md. recorded seven kills. Belella had five digs and 19 assists. Ultimately, the Rams, fell in straight sets: 25-19, 27-25, 25-19. LIU Post won in four sets; 25-19, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21. Lewis recorded 15 digs and 15 kills for Shepherd while Kenny and Bour both added eight kills. Summa added 14 digs for the Rams. Next up for the Rams are NYIT, Concord and UVA-Wise. The Rams’ next home match is Oct. 11 against Wheeling Jesuit.

Dom Jones Activated By Indianapolis Colts Matthew Murphy Sports Editor

It’s not often that a Shepherd Ram makes it all the way to the National Football League. The way that Dom Jones made it makes it even that much more odd.

downs. During his only season with Shepherd, he helped take the team to the NCAA Division II semi-finals, where the Rams fell to Delta State.

After leaving Shepherd, Jones played the Reading Express of the Indoor Football League. He also spent time with the SacraFirst off, he is from San Diego, mento Mountain Lions of the Calif., home of legends such as United Football League. HowTony Gwynn, the late Junior Seau ever, his big break came in 2012, and Ron Burgundy. After gradu- when he spent a vast majority ating from the Horizon Christian of the season on the practice Academy he headed to Lynch- squads of both the Indianapolis burg, Va. to play for the Liberty Colts and the Miami Dolphins, University Flames. both members of the American Football Conference in the NaWhen the opportunity arose for tional Football League. Shepherd offensive coordinator Ernie McCook to take the job of He only recorded one catch for the tight ends coach with Liberty, eight yards in 2012, but has alhe jumped at the chance. Mc- ready passed that total so far this Cook stayed one season before season. His only catch during the coming back to Shepherd. He young 2013 campaign went for brought Jones with him. 13 yards. With the Colts’ tight In his only season with the Rams, end, Dwayne Allen, being lost for he amassed 34 catches for 403 much of the year, expect them to yards along with nine touch- lean much more heavily on Jones.


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Men’s Soccer Team Fails to Score Again

Midfielder Eduardo de la Riva glides through Concords defense during Wednesday’s game

All photos by BJ Mccardle

Forward Kevin Doyle passes the ball to a teammate during Wednesday’s game

Joey Kaye

shown some progress despite allowing 11 goals to be scored on them so far this season.

Commentary Editor

After completing the first five games of the 2013 regular season, the Shepherd University Men’s Soccer team find themselves with a disappointing 1-3-1 overall record. They have struggled offensively, scoring only six goals and being shutout twice over the course of their first five contests. On the defensive side of the ball, the Rams have

Shepherd traveled to Charleston, WV Sept. 14 to face the University of Charleston in the Mountain East Conference. Just 14 seconds into the game, the Golden Eagles tallied their first goal and never looked back en route to a 3-0 win over the Rams when Augusto Maciel scored off an assist from Leighton Richards.

Just prior to halftime, at the 32:13 mark, Shepherd suddenly found themselves in a 2-0 deficit to Charleston when Nathan Schmitt tallied a goal off a pass from Lewis Osborne. With the Rams struggling to present any offensive threat, the final goal in the match at the 48:00 mark practically sealed the win for the Golden Eagles when Alexander Gallardo scored off an assist from Osborne. The Rams attempted to respond but man-

Midfielder Eduardo de la Riva beats Concord’s goalie to the ball and heads it to a teammate during Wednesday’s game. The men tied Concord 0-0

aged only two shots throughout recorded 21 shots while Conthe entire game compared to cord had 20, but neither team 15 shots for the Golden Eagles. successfully put the ball into Moreover, Charleston goalie Fa- the back of the net. Sophomore bian Veit did not make any saves Alex Aleshire played superbly in the game as the Rams failed as he registered five saves for to come close to scoring a single the Rams while Concord goalie goal. Mitchell Thompson had nine The Rams faced Concord Uni- saves. The Rams’ match against versity Sept. 18 and made some Wheeling Jesuit scheduled for noticeable offensive improve- Saturday, Sept 22 was postponed ments; however, they once again until Sunday due to rain and infailed to score and the game clement weather conditions. resulted in a 0-0 tie. Shepherd

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

18 T H A N N U A L A P PA L A C H I A N H E R I T A G E F E S T I VA L F E A T U R I N G

NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE JOHN LILLY CHELSEA MCBEE & THE RANDOM ASSORTMENT LESTER MCCUMBERS THE HILLBILLY GYPSIES FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 AND SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 2013 Celebrate the past and the future of Appalachia with words and music to stir the heart featuring masters of tradition like 92-year-old award-winning fiddler Lester McCumbers and rising talents like Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line. Free workshops are held all day on Saturday. FRIDAY Gospel — Literature — Bluegrass — Old-Time: Chelsea McBee and The Random Assortment, The Hillbilly Gypsies, and more. SATURDAY OldTime — Bluegrass — Americana: Lester McCumbers, Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line, and John Lilly. For a complete schedule of workshops and events, visit

Festival Pass (both concerts): $20 (general public), $15 (seniors/Shepherd staff), and $5 (children). Free for Shepherd Students. Single Concert Ticket: $15 (general public), $10 (seniors/Shepherd staff), $5 (children). Free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.

Tickets available at the University Bookstore


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