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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

News | 2


Campus Robbery Sparks Surveillance Discussion

Wednesday: 66˚/ 44˚

Commentary | 6

Looming Government Shutdown

Thursday: 68˚/ 49˚

Friday: 75˚/ 48˚

Sports | 12

Arts & Style | 9

“Gravity”: A Newtonian Schooling

Saturday: 76˚/ 53˚

Sunday: 75˚/ 53˚

Rams Come out Undefeated at Homecoming

Monday: 66˚/ 43˚

Government Shutdown Hits Campus H.S. Leigh Koonce News Editor

The U.S. federal government has officially closed and the the effects of the shutdown has started to make its way across campus. Federal employees have been divided into two groups, essential employees and nonessential employees. Essential employees (e.g. secret service agents and Homeland Security employees) are continuing to work. Nonessential employees (e.g. park service employees and Washington, D.C. sanitation officials) have been furloughed and may or may not be paid in a timely manner. Taylor Macmillian / The Picket

In this photo from left to right Dakota Slay-Vincent, Nathan Biedzynski and Sawyer Gaydon perform during Shepherd’s homecoming parade. The Ram Band’s performance of “License to Thrill” was in full force on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Homecoming Marches On

ALUMNI TRAVEL MILES TO CELEBRATE THE HONORABLE TRADITON New Ballad Changes Voting System for the Better Maggie Navin Staff Writer

If you were tailgating last Saturday, you know A-lot was a sea of blue and gold all morning and into early afternoon. Students, families and alumni ate burgers, played cornhole and got pumped with school spirit before walking over to Ram Stadium for the football game. “Tailgating is the greatest thing ever invented,” said Kevin Calloway. “Good food, great beer, hot ladies.” Calloway has been flying from California back to Shepherdstown for homecoming for the past three years. Lambda Chi Alpha member Alex Eliopolo’s favorite part of tailgating is getting to spend time and catch up with the alumni. Although the dance, parties and tailgating is fun, homecoming is really all about the alumni. Walking down German Street at the parade Saturday morning, you saw countless alumni. Some traveled many miles, some walked from their house a couple blocks away, all of them came to

show their support and pride in The football players weren’t the only stars of the game on SaturShepherd University. day. Ram Band rocked the halftime Jenny Jones-Nicewarner, a 2010 show with their “License to Thrill.” Shepherd graduate, came all the The announcer also publicized the way from Orlando, Fla. to celspirit stick winners: Sigma Sigma ebrate homecoming with her Sigma took first place, Phi Kappa mother, a 1985 Shepherd graduTau took second and Delta Zeta ate and her sister, a current came in third. They also recogShepherd student. Her mother, nized outstanding alumni and this Cindy, lives in Elkridge, Md. and year’s homecoming court. still comes back for every home game. Despite the temperatures There were a lot of changes to the strangely sitting up in the 80s on homecoming court election proan October day, the fans came out cess this year. First of all, voting ready to sit through the heat and was all done online. This change cheer on our Rams! After a 28-9 was made in attempt to make it win at the homecoming game, it more convenient for students to vote. felt good to be a Ram. Shepherd University fullback Jonathan Hammer felt great about the game: “I feel better about the second than first half because we didn’t really come out to play the first half, but we turned it around and did what we were supposed to do. That punt return really got us started.We were scoreless and they were ahead 3-0.” Hammer has high hopes for the rest of the season. “Knock on wood, we plan on going undefeated and make it to the playoffs.”

“No crowns this year; we don’t have a king or a queen. It was all non-gender, so it just ended up by luck of the draw that in the voting we had four men and four women who were elected, which we could not have predicted or planned. We didn’t know how that was going to work out,” said Director of Student Activities and Leadership, Rachael Mead. See HOMECOMING page 3

Tuesday: 66˚/ 42˚

According to, the list of services that won’t be available until the re-opening includes call centers and regional offices that aid veterans with benefit claims, the application for a small business loan, new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health, and others.

The stalemate is based upon the House of Representatives passing a continuing funding resolution, which will also defund the Affordable Care Act for two years and thus delay implementation. The Senate voted down this CR and passed their own, only appropriating funds to keep the government open until Nov. 15, but does not tie any other measures to it, which has been dubbed a clean CR. Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) repeatedly called on Republicans in the House to pass a clean CR. As neither side seems willing to budge, an impasse remains. Michael Lesko, the president of the Shepherd Republican Club believes much of the hype to be exaggerated: “I do not think it



deal of assistance to the undergraduate population on campus through assistantships in student Shepherd University graduate affairs, the advisement center and students have expressed conother units on campus.” cerns over certain university benefits that aren’t automatically Beard then went on to say that accessible as they are to under- Shepherd is working to include graduate students not only in graduates. groups such as the budget comIn order to access the Wellness mittee, Deans Students Advisory Center, graduate students must Council, and the MBA advisory pay a $74 access fee. For undercouncil, but Shepherd is also in graduates, this fee is included in the process of amending the conthe overall student activity fees stitution to include graduate stuas part of tuition. Graduate student representatives in the students instead are given the opdent life council. tion of choosing whether or not they want to pay to use the Well- Another area where graduate students may not feel included ness Center. is the Academic Support Center. Dr. Scott Beard, Dean of GraduGraduate students are not able to ate Studies, Associate Vice Presiaccess the free tutoring services. dent for Academic Affairs and Emily Goss, Director of the Acaprofessor of music at Shepherd demic Support Center, cancelled University, noted that graduate an interview with The Picket to students are a very important part of Shepherd. He said, “Graduate students provide a great See GRADUATES page 2 Danielle Carder

Staff Writer


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On Campus Wednesday 10/9

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Freedom Run Detoured by Government Shutdown Freedom’s Run will also host a few additional events. On Friday there will be a pasta dinner held at Butcher Hall.The dinner starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. There will also be a guest speaker, Jamie Summerlin, author of “Freedom Run,” talking about his book and his experience running across the country at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.Then the race director, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, will be speaking on “Running for Health” at 5:30 p.m.

Noon Counseling Services “Coming Out” Panel, Cumberland Room, Student Center. 2 p.m. Women’s Soccer at Concord. 3:30 p.m.– 5.p.m. MBA Advisory Council Meeting, Martinsburg Center 105 4 p.m. Men’s Soccer at Concord. 5:30 p.m.– 7 p.m. MBA Meet and Greet, Martinsburg Center, Second Floor Common Area

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Thursday 10/10 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. Counseling Services Depression/Anxiety Screening Day, Ram’s Den, Student Center, until 8 p.m. Shepherd Music Salon Series, “Arresting Developments,” Jeremy Koch and Yu-Hsuan Liao, W.H. Shipley Recital Hall, Frank Center.

Friday 10/11 Last Day of Mid-Term Exams

Chelsea DeMello / The Picket Harpers Ferry Historic National Park is another site forced to close by the shutdown in D.C.

Edward Barr

Staff Writer

The fifth annual Freedom’s Run event moves forward with an alternate route to adjust to the recent government shutdown.

3 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Charleston.

Due to the government shutdown, the annual running event is no longer able to use the original course that ran through the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, C&O Canal National Historical Park and the Antietam National Battlefield. Instead, the alternate course is entirely on the western side of the Potomac River and still includes the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K and a kid’s fun run.

5 p.m. Paul Cabell, Voice Recital, McCoy Rehearsal Hall, Frank Center.

The fifth annual Freedom’s Run

7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Wheeling Jesuit.

Saturday 10/12 Noon Football at UVA-Wise. 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Charleston. 1 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. West Liberty.

is scheduled to start with the marathon race at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Shepherdstown on King Street. The 5K is the last race to start and will begin at 9 a.m. As for the different races, the marathon will begin at the Shepherdstown town hall and follow River Road out to Engle Molers crossroads, return to town and then loop back out again. The half-marathon will follow the same route and turn around at the old white church at the Bakerton and Knott Road intersection. Both the 5K and 10K will begin in Shepherdstown and turn around at different points along River

The C&O National Park has been closed since Tuesday, Oct. 1 due to the government shutdown. Freedom’s Run hosted by Shepherd University has detoured the fifth annual course to accommodate runners.

Road. On each of the returning runs, the course leads runners up to the Rumsey Monument and then finishes at the Shepherd University Ram Stadium. “We still have hope that the [government] will resolve before Oct 12 and [runners] can run the Parks,” Mark Cucuzzella, the race director, posted on the Freedom’s Run Facebook page. If by chance the government does reopen before midnight on Oct. 11, the race will revert back to the original route. The Freedom’s Run coordinators will continue to offer updates via email,, and their Facebook page. In addition to the main event,

Following the race, post-race events will be held at the Bavarian Inn. Starting at 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., the inn will host Oktoberfest, where they will be serving beer and authentic German food accompanied by live music. Then at 12:30 p.m. there will be an award ceremony. Freedom’s Run has accrued over $50,000 that has been used towards community projects that encourage healthy living and activities. Current projects include trails, gardens and additional events for local schools and the community. Because this is a non-profit event, they depend on volunteers from Shepherd University, organizations and the community. If you are interested in volunteering, information can be found on the Freedom’s Run website or by contacting Rachel Crum, the Community Services Coordinator at Shepherd University: (304) 876-5402.

Sunday 10/13

3 p.m. Nicole McLaughlin, Clarinet Recital, W.H. Shipley Recital Hall, Frank Center. 5 p.m. Cody Rausch, Percussion Recital, McCoy Rehearsal Hall, Frank Center.

Monday 10/14

Mid-term Grades Due -- 9:00 am; second-half semester classes begin 8 a.m.– 3 p.m. Music Department Visitation Day 5:30 p.m. Faculty Research Forum, Kristin Kaineg, “Branded: Building the Experience and the Artifacts,” Marinoff Theater, Center for Contemporary Arts II.

Tuesday 10/15

8 p.m. Friends of Music, Andy Statman Trio, Frank Center Theater. Tickets: $15, general admission; $10, faculty, staff, and seniors; $5, ages 18 and under; free for Shepherd students with Rambler ID.

GOVERNMENT cont. from page 1 West Virginia senators Jay Rock-

affects many of the students on campus. The shutdown might affect some people; however, the effect is nothing that will destroy peoples’ lives.” John Isner, the vice president of the Shepherd Democrats disagreed with Lesko to a point, but also acknowledged that a large demonstrable impact is not being felt. “I would say the shutdown affects some students at Shepherd. We have students who have parents who work in government sectors that are now closed. Although the shutdown may not have visible direct effects to all of us, some of our peers are feeling the consequences of the shutdown,” said Isner.

efeller and Joe Manchin each voted to table the House’s spending measure and support the clean continuing resolution (CR). Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02) voted for the bill that seeks to fund the government only while defunding the Affordable Care Act. She has also publicly stated she will probably vote for the clean CR if it comes to the floor. Until Congress approves a continuing resolution approving funds, the government will remain closed. Due to the shutdown and classification of employees, many government facilities have been closed: the Library of Congress, all national parks and all federal monuments. They will all remain shuttered until the federal government reopens.

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students’ class hours since many graduate student classes are later in the evening. Spence also discuss the subject. stated that she would like to see Dr. Beard explained that the better student involvement, like policy was put into place so tu- “professional groups for future tors can focus on undergraduate programs.” coursework. He also said that Spence responded to the Acagraduate students can use peers, demic Support Center’s policy instructors and the graduate by saying, “I don’t see how that’s studies office as resources. exactly fair.” She said that with Hannah Keyser, a graduate stu- a busy schedule, school can’t dent in the Masters of Arts in always come first and graduate Teaching (MAT) program, re- students need just as much assponded that she would like to sistance in academics. Spence have more graduate services at then made a comment similar Shepherd. She said she would to Keyser saying that these acafeel better if the Wellness Cen- demic services would need to ter fee was included in tuition as stay open later to accommodate it is for undergraduate students. graduate student class hours. When asked about the Academ- Though graduate students have ic Center’s policy, Keyser said, “If resources on campus, the stuthe service was there, I would dents feel additional services use it.” could be provided, such as more Lauren Spence, also a grad stu- facilities having flexible hours. dent in the MAT program, said Graduate students at Shepherd she would like to see more fa- are a major part of the university, cilities on campus with hours and the administration will conthat accommodate graduate tinue to work to include them on campus.


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Highlights from Homecoming 2013

HOMECOMING cont. from page 1 a lot of debate, they also chose

Mead explains, “The reason we decided to do this is — we had a big conversation about how whenever we have homecoming voting there’s always a board where there’s just a picture of the person, but there was never any other information.” This usually led to people voting based on the looks of the people, regardless of who they were and what they did here at Shepherd. “We wanted to refocus it on Shepherd and Shepherd’s core values: What does it mean to be a Ram? What does it mean to represent the student body?” The Program Board decided to make the homecoming title more geared towards recognition of involvement on campus. They also tried to tie it more to Shepherd’s core values. Nominees had to submit a short essay about why they are a good representation of Shepherd and our values. Those essays were put on the ballot so that students could vote based on that, not how a person looks in a picture. After

to not put categories of first, second, third and fourth-year students. “We think it should be about what you contribute. If it’s all seniors, it’s all seniors. If there’s a first-year student who really embodies Shepherd, then that person should get it, too. It seems kind of artificial to put them in a box. So instead we decided to flatten it. There’s going to be no male or female, no class category — it’s just going to be ‘Are you a great representation of Shepherd’s core values?’” said Mead. A lot of thought and discussion went into this change. It all seemed to have worked out with eight Shepherd students who have contributed enormous amounts of time and effort to our school taking the new and improved title. Congratulations Jeffrey Acosta, Kat Adams, Katy Coleman, Nicholas Etheridge, Ellie Johnson, Tom Jones, Michael Lesko and Rose Tribby! Thank you for all that you have done for our school.


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What do you think about the government shutdown?

Taylor Macmillian Staff Photographer

Charlie Donelan - freshman - political science

Ben Gargulinski - senior - mass comm “I just think it’s stupid that they can’t come to an agreement and that there are people suffering from this who shouldn’t have to.”

Katelyn Turner - freshman - nursing “I don’t really know what to expect or how it really affects us.”

“Well, my mom was furloughed so it affects me personally. I think that even though this shutdown is affecting people negatively, it does show how broken our government is.”

Kathlene Striano - freshman - accounting “It’s absolutely ridiculous. Congress has no right to mess with peoples’ lives and jobs. Having a mom that works for the government and knowing she won’t be getting paid for a month is chaos.”

Dr. Merz - psychology department - “I’m fed up with Democrats, I’m fed up with Republicans. I’m an American. We should all work together towards mutual goals. There’s no reason for the federal government to be shut down. I’m well aware of the fact that many people are saying it’s all the fault of the Republicans. I think it’s all the fault of our political system, including the Democrats. We’ve got to do a better job. It’s a shame that the federal government is shut down. It should not ever have happened, and the politicians in office today should all be kicked out because they’re jerks.”

Matt Henshaw - freshman - chemistry “I think it’s just ridiculous, and it shows how gridlock has gotten into the government. It’s pathetic because there’s only a couple of little things keeping the government from not being shut down and they just couldn’t come to an agreement.”

Josh Fox - junior - mass comm “I don’t really know much, but it seems really stupid.”

Rebecca Biggs - junior - social work “Um, I really have no opinion on it to be honest. All I know is that it’s bad.”

Campus Robbery Sparks Surveillance Discussion

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The newly constructed underpass is just one location that has been cited as needing surveillance.

Andrew Montgomery Staff Writer

A recent campus robbery sparks discussions on heightened security and additional surveillance cameras at Shepherd University. On Aug. 30, students attending Shepherd University received an email alert from the Shepherd University Police Department regarding a robbery that occurred in broad daylight just outside of the Shaw and Thatcher

dormitories. According to police reports, Jason Sparks, a Shepherd student, was walking from east to west campus when he was attacked from behind and forced to the ground by at least two unidentified males. Sparks said his assailants held him face-down on the ground while they removed his iPhone and his wallet containing $70 to $80 cash.

Sparks’ only description of the attackers was that they were athletically built.

eras to monitor the campus is something students at Shepherd would want.

A GPS tracking application led investigators to the McDonald’s just outside of Shepherdstown where Sparks’ wallet was recovered without the cash. The iPhone, however, was never found.

In a sample of 10 students, eight students were either indifferent or in favor of additional cameras placed throughout campus and two were in opposition.

A month later, few leads have developed in the Sparks case and they have been less than fruitful. According to Shepherd University Chief of Police, John P. McAvoy, the GPS tracking application that led investigators to the discovery of Sparks’ wallet was reactivated about a week later in an undisclosed location in Montgomery County, Maryland. Expressing mild frustration, McAvoy stated, “I am surprised at the lack of community support in this case.” McAvoy also raised the question of whether or not this incident is a call for more security in the form of surveillance cameras. Acknowledging the dilemma of security versus privacy, McAvoy asked if adding more cam-

In regard to the question of privacy and security, Jared Greenleaf, a senior in the chemistry department, said, “I don’t know if cameras would make a real difference in deterring crime, but I don’t think it would be an invasion of privacy. It’s a public space; you don’t get much privacy in public anyways.”

necessary to take precautions. Camera locations would need to be publicly known and content would also need to be made available for me to feel comfortable with constant surveillance.” Concerning Shepherd’s security, Sparks said that although he feels that surveillance is lacking, he believes the Shepherd University Police Department is doing a good job. “The security personnel are very competent,” said Sparks. “Officer Seeders was the officer handling my case. He really went out of his way and even worked four hours overtime without submitting for compensation.” It also bears mentioning that although the 10 people interviewed for the sampling did not necessarily agree on the necessity for increased surveillance, they did all agree that they felt relatively safe on Shepherd’s campus.

Mike Voorhis, a junior in the business program, expressed a completely different view on the subject: “The police mean-mug me every time I walk by,” said Voorhis. “They make me uncomfortable as it is. Why would I want them to be able to track my The campus locations most ofevery movement?” Catherine ten cited as needing additional Fletcher, a senior studying fam- security were the various parkily and consumer sciences, stated, ing lots, the space between Shaw, “I am in no way a fan of the ‘Big Thatcher and the Butcher CenBrother’ aspect of society, but ter, and the new underpass befor security reasons, it may be neath route 45.



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Building a Profile for the Online Meat Market Chelsea DeMello Senior Staff Writer

If you want to score a date online, you have to know how to build an adequate profile, plain and simple. From my experience, it makes no difference whether the site is free or requires a monthly fee; the quality of potential partners is all the same. It is true that there are plenty of fish in the sea, but sometimes you’re just better off eating your own bait worm and throwing the bad catches back. It is unrealistic to believe the online dating world will ever be perfect. Humans need faceto-face interaction to develop a stable, plausible relationship. We need intimate companionship and human touch. Yet, the good news is that the online dating scene has pivoted us in the right direction. There are a lot of advantages of finding someone online. Since society is constantly changing and adapting, you don’t have to risk slowing down just to find a potential soul mate. You can find someone anywhere and, depending on your personality, any time of day. But building a great profile takes some maneuvering if you want to truly get a quality prod-

uct. The online meat market can be ruthless, so you need to have confidence, creativity and the boldness to really put yourself out there. In addition, you should keep in mind a few things when building a viable account. The first step to putting together a profile is deciding on a username. Creating a clever profile name is very important for dating profiles because it is the first thing potential dates will see. A profile name says a lot about your character, or lack thereof, and the majority of sites will allow you to create one. Make sure your username says something creative and fun about yourself. Your broadcast sign should say something like, “welcome, stop here” not “closed for maintenance.” The next feature of a dating profile is photographs. Photographs are the most important element of a profile and it is absolutely fair to judge a profile by the types of photos posted on the account. While looks are not a number one component, there is still value in a picture because attraction is vital in a relationship. If your profile only has aerial view photographs that you took on purpose to make yourself look smaller, then don’t use them. If you are trying to hide your receding hairline or double

chin by only having close up face shots that have been altered, save them for Facebook and have someone take an accurate photo of yourself. Those tricks aren’t fooling anyone. The point of dating profile photographs is to identify who you are and what you have to offer a mate. A dating profile is different than a regular social media account. Plus, when you find a potential date, he or she is going to see you from top to bottom, so just give it to the world straight up. Let your single flag fly because others will find it adorable and sexy. And if you aren’t comfortable showing your true self, then it might be a sign you just aren’t ready to hit the online dating scene yet. Filling out the body section is the make or break factor in a great profile. No one wants to read a book about how you broke your arm in the third grade, so don’t write one. Do not list every band you have ever listened to or the

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e at The Picket would like to draw attention to a part of the student body that does not get very much notice from us or from the student body at large: the graduate student population. According to Shepherd University’s website, there are 4,170 undergraduate students enrolled. On the other end of the spectrum, there are 156 graduate students enrolled. The difference created by about 4,000 stduent gap is a large one. It is understandable, then, that the exposure to and utilization of university services to graduate students is somewhat lesser than that of undergraduate students simply because there are so many fewer graduate students enrolled.

movies in your extensive DVD collection. Save those chocolate chips for talking points on the date itself. Profile information is meant to hook your mate based on highlighted special interests and key characteristics that show you’re a great catch. In addition, it also isn’t a good idea to use the space to sound off about all your past relationship failures or to state negatively why you are there in the first place. We are all well aware why you are there and it’s okay. The entire premise behind finding a date is to potentially meet someone who can improve and enhance your life, not drag you down or fix you. You should always make it a goal to keep this factor in mind when building your profile, because confidence and a positive outlook will provide just the type of responses you want and deserve.

Disclaimer: Access to the Academic Support Center, for example, is currently barred to graduate students. While the reasoning behind the policy is understandable, as it makes sense for undergraduate tutors to stick with tutoring undergraduate students, it is nevertheless unfortunate that graduate students do not have access to that excellent resource. The graduate students that were questioned about access to the support center all expressed interest in utilizing the service, but admitted that there would have to be concessions made with regards to time, as many graduate students are not available during the times in which the tutors are normall working. Obviously, the problem of ac-

cess is one that is not easily answered or solved. It is important, however, to have the discussion. Students at Shepherd University have access to a selection of very fine graduate programs that frequently place students into schools and businesses. We, to put it simply, just wish for the graduate students at Shepherd to get a little more exposure in the greater culture of the university. As we are the official newspaper of the school, part of that responsibility lies with us. We hope to continue to cover news regarding graduate services and programs at Shepherd, and we also hope that those services and programs expand and grow in the future.

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Looming Government Shutdown being put on furlough, or a temporary unpaid leave of absence. The majority of federal agencies will stay open for business, along with the U.S. Postal Service and Social Security Agency. Although these are all possibilities, “the federal government has final say on how the District spends its money, even when that money is collected from local taxes,” according to NBC Washington. NBC Politics has reported that the two parties agreed on “a bill passed by the House Saturday night that would ensure that members of the Armed Forces get paid even if there is a partial government shutdown.” With mere hours separating Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 from a prospective government shutdown, NPR informed the public that “the Senate voted 54—46 to reject a House continuing resolution that would avert a government shutdown but would delay the implementation of President Obama’s signature law, the Affordable Care Act.” Fox News announced, “House leaders will now have to decide whether to make a counter-offer or accept the Senate bill. Without a resolution, the government is expected to start shutting down after midnight.”

Zach Rudisin / Wiki Commons In this photo provided by Wiki Commons, Oct. 1 marked the new fiscal year on Capitol Hill.

Emily Daniels

Staff Writer

With the doom of the government shutdown upon us, opinions voiced and unspoken alike are dripping with emotions ranging from annoyance to indifference. Oct. 1 marks the beginning of the new fiscal year and if you haven’t yet heard the in-

cessant arguments concerning spending bills, it certainly isn’t anything new. There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years; however, there have been 17 shutdowns since 1977 according to USA Today. Now that the government has truly shut down, what does this actually mean for the fate of America?

The White House decides which workers are deemed essential or nonessential, which means that national zoos, parks and monuments will be shut down, as well as other facilities including passport, visa and WIC, or food stamp, services. This leaves families worrying and hundreds of thousands of staff workers

Now, we wait. Although the government has already shut down, leaders were scrambling for last minute measures. USA Today stated, “President Obama and [Majority Leader Harry] Reid maintain that the only way to avoid a shutdown is to approve the Senate-passed stopgap spending bill through Nov.

15 with no extraneous provisions on Obamacare.” The Republicans were still searching for alternatives including a plan that implicates an amendment to postpone uninsured Americans being required to purchase health insurance for one year.

The National Journal stated Friday, “The consequences of a government shutdown or topping over the debt ceiling could be massively harmful for the U.S economy, whether you’re looking at the possibility of a downgrade in U.S. credit or just the shutdown in payments and services with thousands of government employees out of work.” Which side is guilty? Who are we expected to pummel with stones? Why is the blame game so easily used when it takes Democrats and Republicans to negotiate? Both sides, in my opinion, possess portions of the blame. I think it is ridiculous to maintain that one side automatically carries every ounce of fault on its shoulders. We need a government that is willing to work together to solve problems, not a government that is waiting impatiently to lash the other side for having opposing views. We as citizens, can have opinions about certain things, but we will never know precisely what occurs behind the closed doors of the Capitol. Instead, we see an overfed, dramatized media that regurgitates information on which the masses gorge themselves. The government has been shut down and as this situation unfurls, the media will certainly be busy.You decide how to feel.

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Weekly Horoscope

Aries - You could be torn between getting your message out to the world and reflecting on your current situation. On balance, you may opt to do more, say more, and explore ideas and options. However, Neptune in Pisces highlights your dreams and fantasies. Something you have often imagined could show signs of coming true. You might feel compelled to follow someone’s lead, but that may only make you more determined to rebel and do your own thing. Taurus - Partners and significant others may be tetchy and expect a lot of you. Trying to discuss difficult or complex issues could be a problem. It might be better to stick to your own agenda and avoid the complications that a conversation seems to imply. Take care of your health, especially midweek when restlessness or frustration could cause a minor accident. Smooth over any rifts concerning a friend or loved one this week with attention, a compliment, or a small gift. Gemini - Work affairs can go well, especially if you’re job hunting or you want to request a new assignment. By appealing to the ideals of someone in authority, you may stand an even better chance of getting what you want. On another note, a change in your social routine might not be such a bad thing, especially if it encourages you to move in new circles. However, concerning romance, you may be torn between keeping it light or allowing things to get more intense. Cancer - Friendly relationships could be difficult to maintain this week - certain people may be cranky. Perhaps you can play the mediator and help bring things to a satisfactory conclusion. While family affairs should proceed nicely, you may find that midweek brings disruptions due to career matters. Perhaps you’ll have to forego a get-together in order to stay late at work. You might also be tempted to make a big purchase, but right now financial affairs might need sound and capable handling. Leo - This can be your kind of week - fun and stimulating. However, everyone having a good time will mainly come down to you. You seem to the one sending out invitations or arranging get-togethers. There may also be duties and responsibilities to attend to at home. Don’t set your sights so high that you can’t possibly achieve all you want to do. You may have a thirst for the unusual and be tempted to explore movies or literature that can satisfy this desire. Virgo - With Saturn showing up in your communication zone, you may find yourself face to face with an as yet unresolved issue. You may be determined to see it through this time. One of the biggest problems may be overcoming your fear. Perhaps you have a mental block you can’t seem to move beyond. This is your chance to redouble your efforts. Fear can be your greatest ally if you’re willing to make it so. You might be tempted to drastically overspend. Have fun but take care. Libra - Don’t count on too much help this week, as someone may be uncooperative. Stressful situations could set you back, so do yourself a favor and try not to get involved. The same applies if there’s a disagreement at home or someone is trying to pull a power trip. Leave things alone as much as you can and focus on doing something positive, such as connecting with a good friend, watching a movie, or generally getting out and about. Advice from someone you trust may help, too! Scorpio - Try to watch your words this week, because what starts out as a simple statement or opinion could put certain people at odds. Fortunately, harmony can be restored with the right attitude. At the same time, you may be experiencing an influx of invigorating, motivating, and enterprising energy. Making the most of this may help power career plans or encourage you to take steps toward achieving a goal. You might be feeling more determined than ever to show what you can do. Sagittarius - Although someone could be rather pushy, try not to read too much into what they say or do this week. Instead of wondering about their motives, focus on what’s important to you. In romance, there is a chance that your head and heart may not be working in unison. Be sure about your feelings before you say something you might later regret. On the plus side, you can access deeper levels of insight, imagination, and intuition, all of which can help you make the right choices.

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Capricorn - Say yes to an invitation that could arrive like a bolt out of the blue, especially if it’s linked with your career. Something exciting may be in the pipeline, although you might have to move out of your comfort zone in order to take advantage of it. You might also find a change of scene could be just what’s needed to get you out of a rut and give you a new lease on life, especially if you’ve felt stuck lately. Someone special could have some ideas on this score.

October 7-11 is Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week! Statistics indicate the one in four college students struggle with depression and one in two struggle with anxiety. Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand. Common symptoms of depression and anxiety include:

Aquarius - Tact may be needed to help you resolve a difference of opinion with someone. However, with Mars currently active in your relationship zone, don’t let him or her take advantage of you. It might be time to stand your ground! There is also an element of luck at work, perhaps generated by your own faith and optimism. By being generous toward yourself and others, you may find it all comes back to you in wonderful ways. Don’t let doubts stop you from having an adventure.

–Racing heart –Difficulty breathing –Sadness –Fatigue and/or muscle aches –Difficulty concentrating –Thoughts of self-harm

Pisces - If a private concern or worry prevents you from enjoying life, it might be best to get things out in the open where they can be resolved. Gradually, the week shifts into gear with the emphasis on going places and doing things. Try not to let financial matters stress you out. If you’re feeling under the weather because of ongoing problems, this is the time to get expert help and feel better for doing so. Romance may brighten your week if you’re open to it!

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is help available. Don’t hesitate to reach out. For confidential support, contact counseling services for an appointment at 304-876-5161.

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Fun Fall Date Ideas Kristen Dick Staff Writer

Fall is the perfect time to go on a date. There are so many choices and luckily most of them are within a college student’s budget. So it’s time to take advantage of this beautiful time of year and have some fun!

Chelsea DeMello / The Picket The High Hill Corn Maze located in Winchester, Va. is sure to please with checkpoints based on various riddles. It’s up to you and your date to help each other out.

A corn maze is a great way to have some alone time. Hill High Farm in Winchester, Va. has a great maze every year. They are open every weekend in mid-September to Oct. 31. Hill High’s corn maze has over three miles of paths within an eightacre cornfield with six checkpoints. The maze is very fun to go through at night because it is more difficult. So get lost! Picking your own pumpkins is a fun and cheap date! You can carve it and use your creativity. Orr’s Pumpkin Patch located in Martinsburg, W.Va. is open now until Oct. 31 from 8 a.m.—6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The patches range from $3 to $7, depending on which one you choose. The prices do not just include the pumpkin patches; Orr’s includes hayrides and other special gifts. Next time you’re trying not to hurt your bank account, pick a beautiful day and enjoy all Orr’s has to offer on your date.

Chelsea DeMello / The Picket Orr’s Pumpkin Patch in Martinsburg, W.Va. has several autumn activities to enjoy in addition to affordable, top of the line pumpkins.

Hiking in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. is a great experience in the fall because of all the beautiful colors. Harpers Ferry has about 20 miles of hiking trails. The trails vary from easy riverside strolls to hikes across Civil War battlefields to adventures to the tops

of mountains. Hiking is great for a first date because you will have a lot of time to talk and get to know one another. It’s also great for couples that have been together for a while. Once you arrive at your destination, you can have a picnic and easily make it romantic. Enjoy a day in the great outdoors in Harpers Ferry. Picking your own apples at a farmers’ market is another fun fall activity. Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market and Bakery, located in Winchester, Va., has a wonderful apple orchard. They have 12 different kinds of apples to choose from. (Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, etc.) Marker-Miller is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.—6 p.m. After you pick all the apples you want, you can bake a pie and enjoy it together. Haunted houses are a perfect way to get a little closer, especially if you are terrified! A great haunted house to make you scream is The Devil’s Den in Winchester, Va. They have a new location this year at 1900 Valley Avenue. This is one of the few haunted houses based on a true story about a serial killer, Henry Lee Allen. Devil’s Den’s opening date is Oct. 4 and they are open from 7 p.m.—11 p.m. The ticket price is $15 for general admission. Get ready to run from things that go bump in the night!

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The Marker-Miller Orchards in Winchester, Va. have the best apple trees in the area.

Chelsea DeMello / The Picket Hiking in Harper’s Ferry really sets the seasonal tone for a perfect fall date and there are lots of great locations to choose from.

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In Winchester, Va. The Devil’s Den is an affordable place to have an excuse to grab your date’s hand. This haunted house is based off a story of an American serial killer.


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Stay Sane During Midterm Madness

Chelsea DeMello / The Picket Studying for Midterms is stressful for many students because it is a lot of information to go over at one time. Midterm week signifies the halfway point during the semester.

Heather Franz Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again. One minute you are receiving your syllabus and then before you know it, you find yourself in line at the bookstore purchasing a Scantron. It can only mean one thing: midterms. Just the thought of a midterm is enough to send students into a panic. Why are midterms such a big deal? They’re just like any other test, right? If these tests are

just like any other exam, why do people make such a big deal about them? More importantly, what should you do to prepare for one? You’ve probably heard that studying for an hour after every class from the very beginning of the semester is a great way to retain information. Or perhaps someone has told you that getting appropriate sleep will benefit your test taking skills. Finally, you must already be aware that

if you study for an hour or so before you go to bed and then wake up to promptly finish studying, you are more likely to retain information, whereas you are actually at higher odds to forget information you spend all night researching.

your textbook right to a picture of an ice cream cone. This signifies the fact that you are hungry and will be a much better testtaker with a full stomach. There you have it: this is a sign that it is time to put away your books and head to Nutter’s.

These are all the standard ways to study for an exam. But let’s face it; they’re so outdated. We’ve all been there before: staying up all hours of the night trying to cram every last bit of information in, all to get to class and draw a blank. In this day and age, college students have come up with new ways to prepare for midterms which are far superior to old-fashioned study procedures like the ones listed above.

Perhaps you plan on going to the library to study. But just as If this all sounds appealing to you, you are about to step inside the just think about that headache building, you get a text from your you’ll have tomorrow! Maybe it favorite clothing store saying will be so bad that you’ll actually they are having a one day only miss your midterm entirely. How sale.That must be a sign that you cool would that be? are stressed and need to clear In all seriousness, although these your head. Besides, nothing pre“preparations” may sound appares the mind like some retail pealing, they are nothing more therapy, right? than distractions. Midterms are College students have also put an important part of your grade emphasis on staying healthy in that can affect your overall GPA. order to prepare for a test. For Yes, they can be a stressful part example, it’s the night before of your college experience, but your midterm and your friend they are not as overwhelming as invites you to a party. Well, think they seem. Give yourself a suffiabout it for a moment. Social cient amount time to study, get a health is a key element of one’s good night’s sleep and relax; it’s well being. You wouldn’t want to just a test! It will be over in an get sick from lack of social health hour and then you are free to injust in time for midterms would dulge in all the ice cream, shopyou? Of course not! Besides, ping and Jose Cuervo you want.

Today, students are very keen on reading between the lines and looking for a deeper meaning in mundane objects. This trait is especially valuable when studying for a midterm as it can guide students in the right direction. For example, let’s say you have a big nutrition exam you are studying for. You sit down and open up

alcohol will help you imagine possible ideas for that creative writing portion of the exam. Ten rounds of Jose Cuervo will actually come in handy for that Spanish midterm you have tomorrow (you’ve noticed you always become bilingual every time you have a margarita, anyway).

“Gravity”: A Newtonian Schooling

The Finest Space Film to Be Created since “Apollo 13”

Warner Bros. Pictures In this photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, “Gravity” stars Sandra Bullock as a rookie astronaut on a mission to survive in space. “Gravity” has already set October box office records.

Joshua Meadows Managing Editor

The film “Gravity” by Alfonso Cuaron is a triumph of modern storytelling and cinematography that is as essentially captivating as it is technologically impres-

sive. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, “Gravity” tells the tale of two astronauts who are forced to deal with the catastrophic consequences of a mistake of astronomical proportions -- literally.

Cuaron, who is known mainly for the critically hailed “Children of Men,” continues his trend of continuous-shot filmmaking that he established earlier in his career. A continuous shot is a movie shot wherein the camera never breaks the scene or goes to black -- there are no cuts. Approximately the first 20 minutes of “Gravity” is composed of one large continuous shot that dramatically amplifies the tension. As there is no break from the camera at any point during the highly tense opening section of the film, the viewer in the audience feels no reprieve either. Cuaron’s use of the continuous shot is a masterfully executed means of creating tension. Bullock, who is the unquestioned star of the film, shines in her role of rookie astronaut who must directly face the dangers of space in the absence of typical deus ex machinas that survival movies tend to rely on. Bullock is truly the only individual in the film from whom salvation can

be granted. Because of this fact, “Gravity,” however, uses simple “Gravity” stands out as a trium- expressions of Newton’s laws of motion in order for the plot to phantly feminist work. carry forward. Science, instead The horror and survival genre is of being viewed as a hindrance, is typically dominated by male stars, used by the survivor as a means though there is no logical reason to an end. It is entertaining and (aside from one of male chau- educational! vinism) for this to be the case. Bullock succeeds magnificently While it is possible that I could in her survival role, and most im- write a several page review deportantly, the movie, as well as its tailing why “Gravity” affected me characters, never make mention so strongly, it is not possible to of her gender. She embarks on a accomplish that task without quest for survival not because of spoiling the plot entirely. It is the fact that she is a female or in favor of that fact, then, that because she is not a male, but for I will simply make this statethe fact that she is simply a hu- ment: “Gravity” is the finest film about space to be created since man attempting to survive. “Apollo 13.” It is a marvelous exOne of the other more impres- pression of the human desire to sive aspects of “Gravity” lies survive in any condition and it is within its respect for space and highly recommended by this rethe Newtonian system of phys- viewer. ics on which the lives of astronauts depend. It is common for So, what are you waiting for? Go movies that are set in space to see it now. Find a friend (or a sciignore the vagaries of Newto- ence professor) and spend the nian physics in favor of making money to catch this spectacle an easily presentable spectacle. piece in the theaters. You will “Star Wars,” for example, is par- not regret your decision. ticular guilty of this scientific sin.


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Rams Come out Undefeated at Homecoming

BJ Mccardle / The Picket Defensive Back CJ Davis breaks through Charleston’s Defense during the Homecoming game. Shepherd won 28-9.

Travis Smith Staff Writer

Last season, the Shepherd Rams and Charleston Golden Eagles engaged in a football game of epic proportions. In one of their toughest match-ups of the season, the Rams emerged victorious by a score of 16-10. So when the Rams took on Charleston this past Saturday, the expectations for the game were fairly high. The game was never really out of sight, but the Rams managed to win by a fair score, that being a final of 28-9. Due to a non-existent passing game, the Rams had to rely heavily on the run game. The Rams posted an amazing 274 yards on the ground, adding three touchdowns in the process. Elkridge, Md. native Allen Cross led the team with 156 yards on the ground and a touchdown late in the third quarter. His touchdown

was a major turning point in the game, as it shifted the momentum back in favor of the Rams. Cross spoke very highly of his teammates after the game: “Our offensive deserves all the credit for the success in the running game. They were the ones clearing the huge holes for us to run through the entire game. Without those guys, we wouldn’t have had nearly the success that we are enjoying so far this season.” Those are some very strong and encouraging words from the sophomore running back. Not to be outshined on the afternoon, redshirt-freshman running back Jabre Lolley rushed for 104 yards and had two secondhalf touchdowns in the big victory. Lolley spoke about the physical play on the afternoon, saying, “We played a very physical game against a very tough Charleston squad.Wins like this feel so good because it’s a result of the hard

work and effort we put in week after week.” These are even more encouraging words from the Shepherd running backs. No doubt the offensive line has been putting in the work during the week; offensive coordinator Ernie McCook wouldn’t have it any other way. Junior quarterback Trae Tinsman did not have the best of performances against Charleston, as he never found his rhythm like he did in weeks past. Tinsman went 6 for 14 with only 53 yards passing on the day. Even though the Winchester, Va. native had his struggles, coach Monte Cater spoke highly of his quarterback. “The first half was tough as we had turnovers and struggled with the passing game, but once the running attack picked up, we were able to keep the offense on the field and keep Trae from taking the big hits. Trae is continuing to improve every week and when he is given time, Trae can

BJ Mccardle / The Picket CJ Davis scores a touchdown during Saturday’s Homecoming game.

make the plays needed for our offense to be successful.” It seems like every week, the Rams’ defense can shut down any given offense. They did it once again against the Golden Eagles of Charleston. The Rams held Charleston’s offense to just a total of 240 yards and only allowed nine points on the afternoon. Junior defensive back Dontrewell Kelley had a pivotal fourth quarter interception that led to a Rams touchdown, putting the game out of Charleston’s reach. After the game, Kelley pointed to conditioning as the key to victory. “We out-conditioned Charleston; you could see them getting tired in the second half, which allowed us to make the key plays on both sides of the ball to gain the victory.” Those are words that will make strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Overfelt smile from ear to ear. He puts a heavy emphasis on conditioning. Should you

stop by the end of a Rams football practice, chances are you will see them running some form of wind sprints. It’s what helps the team win in the fourth quarter. The defense kept the pressure on Charleston’s quarterback Maurice Leak all game long as they garnered three sacks and only allowed 154 passing yards. Coach Cater praised the defense on another strong performance: “The defense played well again and it shows that when we are playing our style of football; it’s hard for anybody to put up a lot of yards against us.” With the win, the Rams improve to 5-0 overall on the season. It puts them to a 3-0 conference record in the first edition of the Mountain East Conference. Shepherd will be on the road next Saturday as they travel to UVA-Wise for a 12 p.m. showdown. Should they win, that long bus ride will feel an awful lot shorter.

Golf Rebounds at MEC Northern Regional Benjamin Farnham Staff Writer

Through two tournaments this golf season, the Shepherd Rams have been slightly less than stellar. A poor showing at the Hal Hansen Invitational and an average finish during the Glade Springs Intercollegiate Championship had cast a fair amount of doubt over the programs ability to perform for the duration of the entire season. Those worries have been assuaged for now. During the Northern Mountain East Conference Northern Regional at Moundsville Country Club in Moundsville, W.Va., Shepherd

eased to a comfortable second place finish. The University of Charleston came away as the victors, posting an impressive two-day score of 581. Shepherd finished eight strokes behind the winners and finished seven strokes ahead of the Fighting Falcons of Fairmont state, which finished the tournament with a total of 596. This has to be considered a massive improvement for the Rams, as their pedestrian finished to this point offered little hope for progress. Standouts for the Rams included Williamsport, Md. native Zach Weber, who posted a two-day total of 142. Robert Fleming

of Charles Town, W.Va. finished with a score very close to that of teammate Weber, signing his scorecard for a two-day total of 145. Weber and Fleming really paced the Rams for the tournament, finishing second and fifth in individual play, respectively. However, Weber and Fleming weren’t the only Rams who had solid outings on the links. Freshman Germantown, Md. resident Joe Burkinshaw finished a very respectable eighth overall in individual play, posting a 147 over the two-day tournament. Chris Ferrell finished fourth out of fifth for the Rams, posting a total of 155. Ferrell’s efforts saw him finish tied for 26th. Senior leader

Bryan Milburn rounded out the Rams’ efforts. The Ranson, W.Va. native finished, tied for 35th, posting a two-day total of 158. The effort the Rams put forth during the MEC Northern Regional shows that they are not willing to lie down. “I was proud of the effort they showed. We needed a showing like that,” Coach Keith Radar said. No one would have expected this kind of showing from the team, considering the way they began the campaign. “It was unexpected, but I knew we had it in us,” junior Tim Wilson said. “We just have to use this as momentum going into the conference cham-

pionships.” As the Binghamton, N.Y. native alluded to, the Rams have the Mountain East Conference Championships next up on the ledger. The tournament will be played in Moundsville, Ohio. Hopefully the long trip from Shepherdstown won’t inhibit the team’s ability to perform. The tournament begins Oct. 12 and will finish up two days later on Oct. 14. Another improvement in their finish would see the Rams gaining tons of respect in their new conference. No team will sneeze at the squad that wins the conference championship.


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Men and Women’s Soccer: Week In Review ing shots on goal. At the 63:55 point of the match, they tied the affair when senior Erika Martin scored on an impressive header courtesy of a well-placed corner kick by fellow senior Kelsey Eagan. The Shepherd defense countered West Liberty’s attempts to regain the lead. However, they failed to score a second goal and settled for a 1-1 draw.

Matthew Murphy / The Picket Senior Erin Miller looks to play the ball into the box on Oct. 5 against Urbana. The women’s soccer team was defeated on Saturday 2-0.

Joey Kaye Commentary Editor

The Shepherd University men’s and women’s soccer teams have struggled against their opponents recently as the halfway point of the 2013 season approaches. The women’s soccer team currently holds a 5-4-2 overall record. However, their 2-3-1 conference record has dropped them to fifth in the Mountain East rankings. On Oct. 2, the women’s soccer team

traveled to West Liberty where the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie. Both the Hilltoppers and the Rams were evenly matched from the start of the game, and it appeared neither would get on the scoreboard before halftime. However, at the 34:00 mark, Courtney Webb scored off an assist from Alexa Gray to give West Liberty a lead into the break. After halftime, the Rams looked to be regrouped and subsequently, they had more success pushing the ball up field and tak-

The women’s soccer team fell to Mountain East Conference rival Urbana University by the score of 2-0 on Oct. 5. The Rams controlled the game on both sides of the ball throughout the first half. However, despite solid defense and several shot attempts, they were unable to record a goal and the two teams remained scoreless until the 58:49 mark when Brittany Mazzu scored an unassisted goal to give Urbana a 1-0 lead. The Blue Knights increased their lead and added a second goal to complete the scoring in the game at the 72:09 mark when Mckensey Cross scored off a feed from Emily Retterner. Despite knocking off California University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 1 for their second win of the season, the Shepherd men’s soccer team currently holds a lackluster 2-7-1 overall record and they find themselves ranked

last in the Mountain East Con- the field and happened to be ference standings. Cal tallied the successful in preventing the Blue first goal of the match at the Knights’ ability to attack the 25:18 mark when Chris Hunkele net. At the 12:10 mark, Chris scored on an assist from Jeffrey Mashinski scored on a penalty Kyei. Despite falling behind, the kick to give the Rams a 1-0 lead, Rams quickly responded and tied and just eight minutes later the the game before the break when Rams padded their lead when junior Kyle Ransom scored on a Fernand Feukeu tallied a goal stunning header that was made off an accurate pass from junior possible off a cross from junior defender Max Psillas. However, Fenand Feukeu. The Vulcans the Rams would fail to score for came out of halftime and imme- the duration of the match. Tyler diately took back the lead when Wason single-handedly tied the Cory Kozilla scored a goal at the game for Urbana by scoring two 51:27 mark. Nonetheless, the unassisted goals during the secRams responded again and tied ond half. At the 79:09 mark, the the game at 2-all when senior Blue Knights captured the lead Kevin Doyle scored on a pass for the first time in the game from Feukeu. With time winding when Ben Fitzpatrick scored on down in regulation, sophomore a pass from Lewis Dunne. ShepJonathan Rodriguez recorded a herd’s early lead proved to not goal at the 87:58 mark, which be enough and they failed to gave the Rams their first lead in provide a response to Urbana’s the contest. The goal proved to three-second half goals. be the game winner as the Rams It is definitely disappointing to held the lead for the remainder see the men’s team lose a twoof the game and earned the 3-2 goal lead, especially when the win. team began the match so brightThe Rams battled the hot tem- ly. They are away to Concord on peratures and Urbana University Oct. 9. It would make for a much at the Shepherd Soccer Com- easier trip should they come plex on Oct. 5, but despite scor- back victorious. The Rams host ing the first two goals of the Charleston soon after. At this match, they lost by the score of point in the season, victories are 3-2. During the first half, Shep- nothing short of vital. herd controlled both sides of

Tennis Starts Hot; Begins to Cools Off Robert Lamb

Brewmaker defeated Caitlin Crutchfield 6-4, 7-5. Brooke Davis and Emily Johnson also were Consistency is a tough run of victorious for Shepherd; Fairform to wrangle, especially when mont’s Hailey Rogers had the you consider that your oppo- only win for the Fighting Falcons. nent is striving to find the very She defeated Alice D’Alauro 6-2, same thing. Success in sports is 6-1. derived from winning multiple In doubles, the Rams were douevents in a row, not winning one bled up. Taylor Nichols and Caitand losing one. The Shepherd lin Crutchfield defeated Mumaw women’s tennis team is trying and Jones in a tight affair, 9-7. to find that elusive thing called McKown and Rogers defeated “consistency” at this point in the D’Alauro and Brewbaker 8-2, season. while Johnson and Chloe Raines After a rough patch of three dusted Emily Hart and Lauren losses in a row, the Lady Rams Hamilton, 8-1. However, the sucwere able to rebound against cess was short lived. the Fighting Falcons of Fairmont The Rams fell to Charleston over State, doubling them up by a final the weekend. However, the staresult of 6-3. The win definitely tistics were not available at press stopped the bleeding as the time. According to members of Rams had been beaten handily the team, it was an ugly affair. in their three matches previous. However, the team has already The Rams dominated in singles, put the loss behind them. Team but the Fighting Falcons were leader Katelyn Mumaw said, “We victorious in two of the three have West Virginia State tomordoubles matches on the day. row [Oct. 6]. They have a strong Junior Charles Town native team, but it will give us an opKatelyn Mumaw defeated Taylor portunity to play some strong Nichols 6-2, 6-2; Jana Jones beat opponents. Gettysburg is a solid Erin McKown 6-1, 6-2, and Stacy team and we have a good chance Staff Writer

to keep matches close and sneak out a win against them. We play Alderson-Broaddus on Friday. We beat them handily last year and hope to continue that success later in the week. I’ve been playing well and want to keep my momentum through the weekend, this week and peak for the conference tournament next week in Charleston.” Speaking of the conference tournament, the Rams only have three matches until the major conference showdown. Needless to say, the Rams will be hoping to head into the threeday tournament in fine form. As stated earlier, the Lady Rams have been having a rough go of it lately. However, should they find their feet at the right moment, they could go into the first ever Mountain East Conference Women’s Tennis Championship full of confidence. When you have confidence, anything can happen. A conference tournament is definitely possible. They have the opportunity; all that they have to do is grab it.

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