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performs on campus Ballet brings a diverse mix of dance and music to the Frank Arts Center by Amy Standifer Tights, tights, tights! Shepherd University hosted the Richmond Ballet on March 5, 2010 in the Frank Arts Center Theater. The ballet included three different sections of dance and music style, portrayed in the movements “Ancient Airs and Dances,” “Misa Criolla,” and “Vestiges.” The first section was a more classical selection, creating a happy, playful, and upbeat mood. The dancers’ movements flowed easily together and their ex-

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pressions helped further create a happy mood. The second section had a Latin vibe and created a dark and serious mood. The dancers’ expressions showed a more sorrowful emotion, with pain. The Latin-style music created a very upbeat atmosphere, with a serious edge. The music changed rhythm often, which allowed the audience to stay attentive. The dancers’ movements were very passionate and flowing. The third section was an

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Thursday, March 11

During the month of April, the Shepherd University Department of Contemporary Art and Theater will present the graduating bachelor of fine art (BFA) majors in photography, computer imagery, painting, printmaking, and sculpture in their senior exhibits. Contemporary art openings and events will be occurring every weekend featuring a variety of media, stylistic approaches, and conceptually driven art works by students whose next step may be graduate school or professional careers in the arts. Shepherd is the only school in the Eastern Panhandle to offer the BFA degree.

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. International Week, featuring Anna Phillips, Amizade Global Service Learning and Volunteer Programs, and Mark Ciani, API Academic Programs International, Ram's Den 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Program Board’s Paintin’ Plates, come to the Ram’s Den and creatively decorate your own custom license plate for your car, wall, etc. Friday, March 12 Last Day to Apply for August or December 2010 Graduation, Registrar's Office and deadline for Returning Students to Apply for 2010-11 Housing and Room Selection Lottery. Saturday, March 13 8 p.m. Friends of Music Concert Series Presents Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Frank Center Theater. Sunday, March 14 First Day of Spring Recess. Monday, March 22 Residence Life Summer Employment Applications Available. Tuesday, March 23 No Events Wednesday, March 24 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Shepherd Women’s Basketball Team Sneaker Sale, Student Center Ballroom, until 8 p.m. 2000 Sneakers 50% or More Off Retail Price. 7 p.m. Faculty Research Forum Spring 2010, Dr. Carl Bell, "A Research Retrospective," Robert C. Byrd Center For Legislative Studies.

Members of the Student Government Association performing for the Shepherd University Relay for Life promotional video. Photo courtesy of the Office of External Affairs.

Youtube video inspires dance for Relay for Life by Julianna Lau With Relay for Life just around the corner, a Youtube video has inspired an outlet for staff and students to express their excitement and promote awareness for the event. In November of 2009, a YouTube video featuring Medline and Providence St. Vincent Hospital employees dancing with pink latex gloves to Jay Sean’s “Down” drew

the attention of many individuals. The video features employees from every level trying to build awareness about breast cancer in a fun, enjoyable way. Not only did this internet video create a hit online, but it also inspired students at Shepherd University to create their own video to spread awareness for cancer in general. The Mass Communications Department teamed up with Holly Frye, the Director

of Student Community Services, to create a video that would spread awareness on campus, right before the annual Relay for Life in April. For the project, a music video class was asked by the Frye’s office to film different organizations on campus. There were over thirty campus organizations requested to be involved in the filming. The organizations consisted of fraternities, resident halls, and groups of friends. So many

groups were interested in participating that some organizations had to be turned away due to time restrictions. Senior Bailey Michael is one of the students helping out with the filming aspect of the video. “The Pink Glove Dance video will be really similar to ours, but their video only promotes breast cancer. We are using the purple bandanas, not only because they See LIFE Page 3

Students from Shepherd’s nursing and education department will be traveling to May Pen, Jamaica, over spring break to serve in hospitals and schools. This is the second time since 2008
that Shepherd has been represented in the Caribbean.  On Thursday, March 11, nine students will depart for Jamaica, returning Sunday, March 21. During their stay, students will visit Port Antonio, Blue Lagoon, and Blue Mountain Farm to see coffee plants; take a cruise to Pidgeon Island; participate in teaching practicum and nursing clinicals, and take a trip to Ocho Rios, Dunn Rivers Fall.
    The Corporation of Shepherdstown will hold a General Election on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, to fill two year terms of Mayor, Recorder and five Council Members. All candidates must file a notarized certificate of announcement. Filing will begin on Monday, March 1, 2010 and ends close of business on Friday, March 12, 2010.

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Life From Page 2 are the color of Relay, but because purple is a color that supports all cancers,” said Michael. Michael has enjoyed her participation in making the video. It has provided her with hands-on learning experience that she would not have gained otherwise. “It’s really fun. I like the learning style because we get to do a lot with the cameras, and we also get to interact with the different organizations. The people have been really fun because they are excited for Relay,” said Michael. The music for the video is also being created and performed by a Shepherd University student. Jeff Birdsall, senior mass communi-

cation major, has been writing and playing music for several years. He is also enrolled in the music video class that is filming the purple bandana dance. “[They requested] original music, so this is cool for me because I did the music for the whole [video]. And, it’s something I got to do by myself. I picked a hip-hop kind of theme,” said Birdsall. The group also considered using music from the Shepherd Marching Band, but Birdsall said, “I really love that they picked my music - it’s like the coolest thing in the world.” The creation of the video has been a learning experience for everyone involved. “Nobody knows how to use a camera, myself included, so

the shots are not always what [are wanted], but it’s cool,” said Birdsall. Overall, the class is learning a lot more than just how to create a music video - they are learning to shoot, edit, interview, and interact with people just like in a professional setting. The music video has quickly become a popular way for students, classes, and organizations to join together and spread awareness about their Relay for Life event, to be held on April 16. Michael said, “By using their pink glove concept, we can spread cancer awareness of all kinds.” To view the original Pink Glove Dance, please visit http://pinkglovedance. com/.

Members of Dr. Suzanne Shipley’s executive staff toss papers in the air during the filming of their segment for the Shepherd University Relay for Life video. Photos courtesy of the Office of External Affairs.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Scott Beard By Joyce Orlando When you walk into Dr. Scott Beard’s office, the first thing you lay eyes on is two pianos sitting side by side in the back of the room. Those pianos are, in essence, Dr. Beard. Dr. Scott Beard is an accomplished pianist that has played all over North America and Europe. Additionally, Dr. Beard is an accomplished author that has been published in several editorials and magazines as well as a professor in Shepherd’s music department. Being this trusted teacher has led him to be a finalist in 2009’s West Virginia’s Professor of the year award. Dr. Beard, along with four other finalists, was in the running for this prestigious award. Dr. Beard started teaching at Shepherd in 1995 as an adjunct professor, and became a fulltime professor in 1998. “What has been a real rewarding part of my time being a teacher here at Shepherd is doing the other things here on campus like faculty advisor, the music fraternity, ALLIES, and working on the general studies curriculum.” Dr. Beard sees this as his way of impacting not only the music students’ lives, but the lives of all students on campus. The impact that Dr. Beard has on his students can be seen in the way they surround him before their next class, laughing and joking. “I love him as a teacher, he’s very personable,” Kevin Rowland, a senior Music major commented. Beard teaches what he has

Photo courtesy of learned in life, and one thing he is adamant that his students do is learn abroad. “I love to travel, and that is something that I want to share with my students. Shepherd is great but there is a bigger world out there.” The Music department shares this philosophy by planning trips overseas every two years. In addition to helping his students travel abroad, Beard also helps them find work playing locally. Beard works for a company that hires him to play different shows, “I try to get my students to be part of the larger shows I do,” Beard said. With all the talent Dr. Scott Beard posses, he still makes time to work on the farm that he owns with his partner. “I love to garden and cook,” he offhandedly comments, thinking of times he’s given his students a chance for a homecooked meal after working on a new piece of music. Dr. Beard is truly a professor that cares about his students and their well-being. Not only does he do his job, he does the little extra that makes him stand out from the rest.

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Class breaks ground on local food production by Rachel Eddy Dorminy A class of students broke ground last Tuesday to create a garden in hopes of providing the campus with locally grown organic food, according to Dr. Clarissa Mathews. Mathew’s Sustainable Agriculture class is based on looking at organic production techniques. One of the current issues surrounding production is local food, because it reduces the energy use that accumulates in shipping and also helps support the local economy and farmers. “One of things I would like to see happen on campus is to have a sustainable, organic dining plan,” said Mathews. The class is creating a “pilot project” looking at vegetable and organic production. “We are linking it with the [common reading] book ‘Animal, Vegeta-

ble, Miracle’ [by Barbara Kingslover],” said Mathews. Eventually, the class will work towards presenting their project to dining services in hopes for the campus to adopt the idea of growing local food on a larger scale for the dining hall directly. The class consists of 18 students who have built 12 raised beds that will go directly behind the greenhouse in the Renewable Energy Demonstration site (R.E.D Zone). The beds are raised because typically the soil that is adjacent to buildings is filled with gravel and lacking in nutrients. The beds will grow salad greens, vegetables such as carrots and beets, as well as a variety of herbs. Since the weather has been cold, the class is restricted to plants that will tolerate the conditions. Dining Services asked the class to look into growing herbs, because they felt that herbs would be a strong ad-

dition to start off with adding to the dining hall, said Mathews. One of the beds will be donated strictly to West Virginia native plants. Native plants are originally from the area so they are very well adapted to the local conditions. The native plant bed will be a flowering species that will not only display a beautiful background, but attract butterflies as well. Currently, the project is being funded by the environmental studies department. “We would hope that if that campus likes our pilot, that we could get some more momentum in funding,” said Mathews. The bed construction and planting will continue throughout March. In the fall of next year, another class will learn how to properly care and maintain the plants. Throughout the summer, the class is considering a possible student intern overlooking the site.

Students Michelle Behrmann, Chris Swartz, and Tom Koziar unload rock duds that will act as a flooring beneath the raised beds to avoid mud from occurring. Photo by Rachel Dorminy. Nearly half of the students in the class are a part of the new non-comprehensive major, environmental sustainability. When Mathews taught Sustainable Agriculture in the fall of 2008, her class constructed a green house that is off-grade, meaning it does not use any electricity that is fossil fuel based. The fans and

the lights are completely fueled through wind and solar power. Anyone interested in following the garden’s progress can visit the website, Each week, the website will be updated with a snapshot description and photo of the garden’s progress.

Students and community connect through gardening By Holly Williford The Shepherdstown Community Garden Club is starting a community garden in Shepherdstown that will be available for students in order to connect the town and the campus. The garden provides the opportunity for individuals to garden who may not have land or who want to connect with other gardeners in the area. “We want to integrate students with the Shepherdstown community in a positive way,” said Robby Glenn, the student chair of the club. The second meeting was held on Feb. 22 at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, where they discussed issues involving orga-

nization and fundraising. Shepherd Ogden, the guest speaker and member, laid out a plan for 20’x20’ plots in the proposed area. If this area is approved, there will be 39 plots available that can be shared. Plots are given out on a “first come, first serve” basis. When an individual signs up for a plot, they sign a constitution that outlines some of the expectations that garden participants are expected to follow, such as keeping weeds at a minimum and maintaining the areas immediately surrounding the garden plot, if there are any. The garden will have an area to store tools and a compost pile. Participants will be able to grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs. No trees will be knocked down in the process

of preparing the plots. The next meeting will be held at the church on March 28 at 3 p.m., for anyone interested in fundraising or being a part of the community garden. Fundraising is needed for purchasing a fence to surround the garden, preventing deer from feeding off the plants. The estimated cost is $2500, but the club is researching ways to do provide fencing in a cheaper but still aesthetically pleasing manner. Some fundraising ideas presented at the meeting were bake sales, benefit concerts or raffling a giant pumpkin grown in the garden. Katy Cousino was one of the Shepherd students who attended the meeting. While she is very interested in the project, she lives

five hours away during the summer, so she unable to participate in the summer gardening. However, she has joined forces with the club to help with the fundraising effort and hopes to be able to garden next fall. However, the community garden will only happen if the club is able to get a plot of land. Other issues that the club faces include how to manage a water supply. One plan they have is to pump water from the town run. This can have a liability issue because the town run is considered to be polluted. Another method mentioned was the use of rain barrels. These methods of water gathering can all be disapproved by Shepherdstown if the garden is within corporate limits.

The club wants to clarify that this community garden is a separate project from what a class of students on campus who are in the process of growing a sustainable food system for the school. These activities are part of continual efforts from environmentally active students and groups such as the Shepherd Environmental Action Committee. It also involves Shepherd’s Common Reading Program, and reflects the theme of this year’s book, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, by growing food locally. For anyone interested in more information about The Shepherdstown Community Garden, please e-mail Robby Glenn at

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Communication majors take a hands-on approach in the U.S. Census by Holly Williford The Advertisement and Imagery class is creating advertisements for the U.S. Census. Each year, the Advertisement and Imagery class performs a pro-bono project encompassing issues from mountain-top removal and pet adoption to landmines overflowing with water bottles and their effects on the environment. This year the Jefferson county commissioner, Jim Surkamp, requested that the class work on the U.S. Census 2010. Unlike other pro-bono projects the class has done, this group of students had to skip over initial theory and begin working immediate-


ly on an actual project. A deadline is imposed by the Census’ return date on April 1st. Student Ashelee Llean, who is working on a website for the project, commented that she never realized the importance of the federal census before this project. Off-campus students are one of the least represented groups in the census, and she hopes the advertisement will help spread the word. The students work together in groups that advertise the U.S. Census through a variety of media, such as video, web development, journalism, public relations, print support, radio and sound. The mascot they have created is the Cen-

sus character, who is a parody of Uncle Sam. Instead of the usual “I want you,” the Census Guy declares “Counting on you!”  At the beginning of the class they discussed fixing a radio advertisement that had to be pulled before it aired due to a mistake saying that the census involved income, which it does not. This year’s census asks ten questions; name, sex, age, date of birth, Hispanic origin, race, household relationship, and whether the surveyor owns or rents.  Each question has a function for the government. Age will help the government predict how many individuals will be collecting Social Security bene-

fits in the future. The question of gender helps companies collect data to promote equal employment. The Civil Right Act and The Voting Rights Acts are monitored through the question of Hispanic origin and race. Whether someone is a household owner or not helps the government monitor the economy. The amount received from the U.S. Census, $400 billion, will go towards schools, hospitals, senior centers, road maintenance, emergency centers and other such causes according to U.S. Census website (http://2010.census. gov/2010census/why/). The census also helps determine voting redistricting to create

equality within the house of representatives.    The ten questions will be arriving in the mail during the middle of March and responses are due by April 1st.  The students’ group advertisements will be displayed around campus.  A table and video will be set up in the Ram’s Den to raise awareness to students about the census. A website will be up soon along with online ad’s the created. Once the radio commercial is fixed, it will be aired. There will also be articles in the local papers created by students in the class, so students should start looking for the Census Guy posted on flyers around campus. 

Antonov, Jesse Bechard, Lauren Breen, Kara Brosky, Alison Dubsky, Lauren Fagone, Thomas Garrett, Kirk Henning, Shira Lanyi, Justin McMillan, David Neal, Thomas Ragland, Fernando Sabino, Phillip Skaggs, Maggie Small, Valerie Tellmann, and Cecile Tuzii. The artistic director is Stoner Winslett, and the managing director is Keith T. Martin. The choreographers of the ballet include Colin Connor (Vestiges), William Soleau (Misa Criolla), and Stoner Winslett (Ancient Airs and Dances). Collin Conner began his dancing career in Canada when he was 22 years old. He also took a teaching post at The Julliard

School, one of the most prestigious schools of the arts. William Soleau created the work Isle, which became an instant success. He has more than 80 ballets around the world. Stoner Winslett is the founding Artistic Director of the Richmond Ballet professional company. For the past 30 years, Richmond Ballet has established the first major company of professional dancers in the Commonwealth. The dancers come from all over the world and the U.S, some as far as Ukraine, and Brazil. Many of them have studied in many different dance schools before arriving at the Richmond Ballet. These talented dancers gave

a performance of true artistic talent. According to their website, The Richmond Ballet’s mission “is to awaken and uplift the human spirit, both for audiences and artists.” They are dedicated to the continuous promotion, and preservation of the evolution of ballet. Richmond Ballet was founded in 1957 as an outlet for local dance students. The company employs 19 full-time dancers and five apprentices. The Richmond Ballet brought a wonderful performance to Shepherd University. It was entertaining and a wonderful way to spend an evening out.

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upbeat modern-classical selection, that was faster-paced than the first two. There was a seductive edge to this dance, and more invigorating than the first two. The dancers’ outfits were more lowcut and they wore less fabric. In the first two dances, they wore dresses representing the style of music. The third section was more aerobic and had much more action. Having never been to a ballet before, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They performed with amazing talent and concentration, never missing a beat. Their dancing was flawless and exquisite. Their movements and emotions created an empowered performance, grab-

bing the audiences’ attention. The ballet had a unique artistic design. The performance was exciting and full of emotion between the dancers and the audience. This created a closer connection with the audience and the ballets created a story told by the dancers. “I thought the show was wonderful. Between watching the dancers and listening to the music it was as though the entire show was written about my life, but then again, that was the goal that was presented to us; to allow us to make our own story and pictures and script and no two will be alike,” says Glen Tamplen, a Shepherd student. The dancers included Igor

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Preview Baseball The Rams’ baseball squad bounced from a 0-3 start to sweep Davis & Elkins in a three-game series at home on Saturday and Sunday. They then split wins with Washington Adventist in a home doubleheader on Tuesday. Shepherd moved to seventh in the NCBWA Division II Atlantic Region poll and faces a six-game North Carolina road swing this week as they travel to Cary, Mount Olive and Barton. Softball The Rams (6-0) stayed undefeated on the year as they dominated a doubleheader at Bowie State with 11-0 and 9-3 wins on Sunday. The team will play 10 games at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida, beginning on Sunday and lasting through next Friday. Women’s Lacrosse The lacrosse team is still searching for its first win during its inaugural season. The Rams dropped a pair of home matches over the week to Millersville and Wilmington by scores of 21-5 and 17-6 respectively. Shepherd is back in action today with a 3:30 p.m. home scrimmage against Anne Arundel Community College before traveling to face LeesMcRae on Monday. Women’s Basketball After a dramatic 59-57 home win over Concord in the first round of the WVIAC tournament, the Rams were able to knock off second-seeded Seton Hill 76-64 in the quarterfinals last Wednesday. They then fell to sixth-seeded Fairmont State 85-72 on Friday afternoon in the semifinals.

Chris Szafran bunts for a hit in game one. Photo courtesy of

Shepherd Baseball off to a rough start by Andrew R. Fultz After a rough start to the baseball season in Georgia, the 2010 Shepherd University Rams are looking to get back into the winning mood and repeat last year’s WVIAC championship. Entering his twentieth season, Head Coach Wayne Riser has posted a 443-333-2 (.570) total record over his previous 19 seasons. According to www., Riser has been labeled the all-time winningest coach in any sport at Shepherd. He reached the 400win milestone when Shepherd handed Columbia Union a 12-2 setback in April 2008. He was also inducted into the Shepherd

Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2008. Riser is hoping to get his 2010 squad on the Shepherd baseball field after the snow that is covering it melts. “It is hard to get a read on the progress of our team since we have been unable to be on a baseball field since the fall,” said Riser. The 2009 Shepherd squad posted a 33-18 overall mark and captured the WVIAC title for the second time under Coach Riser. During the 2009 season, the Rams broke the single season home run mark under firstyear Assistant Coach Mike Spry’s guidance with 65 and almost broke the team season batting average mark ending up with an average of .340.

Since then, the Rams have had some big losses from the 2009 squad with losing Matt McCarty, Andrew McCormick, Brett Caplan, Trey Stewart, Neil Toothman and Charlie Gordon to graduation. “All of whom played vital roles in our championship run,” added Riser. Several new players that were drafted to the team are looking to play a key role in winning with infielder Val Arduini, left-handed pitcher Gerrard Sokolis, left-handed pitcher Paul Chenowith, righthanded pitcher Justin Byrd, outfielder Michael Lott and outfielder Tylor McCain…to name a few. “All of these players need to be an impact if this team is going to be there [a championship run] at the end of the year,”

he said. Entering his seventh season as an Assistant Coach with the Rams and taking care of the pitching is Kris Kann. Coach Kann oversees the day-to-day operations of the pitching staff and coordinates team travel plans and all camps and clinics. He is also responsible for the total maintenance of Fairfax Field. Additionally, Kann is in charge of the off-season weight and conditioning program  and organizes the fall fund-raising efforts and serves as coordinator of outdoor athletic facilities at Shepherd. Back from Georgia, the 0-3 Rams hope to improve their record this season when they can soon get on their own turf.

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Men’s basketball wrap up By Andrew R. Fultz Senior captains Tyrone Roach and Derek Gallagher completed their careers for the Rams last Tuesday after the men’s basketball team was knocked out in the first round of the WVIAC tournament with an 83-69 loss to Pitt-Johnstown. The Mountain Cats (1711) got 18 points from junior guard Danny Branch, 14 points from freshman guard Nick Novak and 12 points each from sophomore forward Patrick Grubbs and freshman forward Rudy Roberts. Shepherd’s senior guard Gallagher led the Rams (9-19) with 17 points and three rebounds. He was 6-of-10 from the floor with a 50 percent (4-of-8) attack from the three-point range. During the first half of play, the Rams and the Mountain Cats seemed to be neck and neck, each putting up roughly 50 percent from the paint. Shepherd was able to hit 5-of6 (83.3 percent) from the foul line to help the Rams keep nipping at the Mountain Cat lead. The Mountain Cats were able to hold on to its slight lead in the first two quarters and half time came to a close with a 38-36 Mountain Cats lead. During the second half, the Mountain Cats started to run away with the lead as See BBall Page 8

Women’s lacross team at Ram Stadium. Photo by Jeb Inge.

Lacrosse struggles in home opener By Ben Gibson Though Shepherd’s women’s lacrosse team is off to a slow 0-3 start, they are glad to have a place to call home. After starting the season on the road, the Rams played their first varsity home game last week against Millersville, but lost 21-5. “It was a little nerve wreaking but we are glad we had so many excited fans. It was nice that it was our home field.” said sophomore Cara Parks. Shepherd was led by freshman Nicole Ruane and Parks, who score two goals each for the Rams, while sophomore Carly Jones also added a goal. Leading 14-2 at halftime,

the Millersville Muraders also got three goals apiece from Ashley Henderson, Morgan Mangiaruga, and Katie DiRico. Millersville had a 36-15 edge in shots, as the Shepherd defense struggled to clear the ball out of their defensive zone, clearing only 6 of 7 balls, while Millersville cleared 20 of 22. The Rams have a tough road ahead as a first year varsity sport, with a steep learning curve, as their game against the Wilmington University Wildcats proved. The Rams lost to 17-6 win over Shepherd University in women’s lacrosse action at Ram Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Their defense

showed improvement, clearing 11 of 13 balls, but the defense still needs to improve as it allowed a 39 to 24 shot advantage to the Wildcats. The Rams offense was led by Ruane again, scoring three goals, while sophomore Carly Jones added a goal and an assist. Freshman Brooke Jones added a goal while freshman goalkeeper Emily Rachel added eight saves against The Rams will be back at Ram Stadium next Wednesday, hosting Anne Arundel Community College in a scrimmage at 3:30 p.m. The Rams team formed last year as a club sport, going 2-4 in their first season as a varsity sport. Last May after their club

season, the Rams saw the addition of coach Tammy Butler, as she was named head coach. Butler coached as an assistant at Hood College on both their women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams. Butler also served as an assistant at Columbia University, a division one school. Shepherd isn’t her only head coaching experience, as she coached at St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 1991-96 where she earned Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1994. Though Shepherd is new to varsity lacrosse, the young team hopes to learn quickly from these invaluable in-game experiences.

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Make it equal on the field, too By Ben Gibson

In a society of equal pay, equal rights, and everything else trying to be equal, we have one more thing to put on the list: Women’s Sport Now, let’s get this straight quick, women are equally talent athletes, this isn’t about the players, it is about the sports. This isn’t about effort, or anything like that, most female athletes will beat me in their given sport. I will probably look really bad even trying, so just for the record, this isn’t about skill, talent, or anything like that. Why does women’s lacrosse have to be so... I don’t know, I’d say confusing. After watching the Rams play I Thursday, I had a few questions to be answered. What’s with the limited contact? Why won’t the refs just let them play instead of blowing the whistle when the get anywhere near each other. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d bet the women would prefer rules more similar to men’s lacrosse. I’d like to think they wouldn’t

mind putting a helmet on and playing a bit more physical. Look, maybe I’m wrong, but it seems like the notion that the women are too soft or too dainty for physical sports is a bit old. Sure, 100 or so years ago when men felt women were property and sandwich makers, this notion might have meant something. It seems like today if we can allow women such amazing rights as owning property, holding public office, and having a job, the right to slightly abuse your opponent should be allowed too. I don’t have issues with women having a slightly smaller basketball, because statistically they are smaller than men on average, but at least in basketball, the sport is played the same way.I know that women’s ice hockey doesn’t allow body checking, but at least they say they made that rule due to major size differences in North American women to the rest the world. Maybe we can chance softball too. But maybe I’m crazy. I think women would do fine

throwing overhand, and playing with some more space between bases. And for the record, I hate pitching softball, and my experience is limited to slow pitch. It isn’t because of throwing underhand, it has to do with the fact that someone is hitting a ball back at me from less than 50 feet. I hate having a ball knocked back at me in baseball when I have 60 feet. I like the extra 10 feet when I am forced to try dodging a ball hit back at me when I’m trying to not die and catch the ball, resulting in some sort of move where I feel like I’m Neo trying to dodge bullets in the Matrix. I just think we should let the women play the same sports, not versions that are suppose to be “softer”, because it seem like there are still plenty of injuries anyway. Most injuries in sports are non-contact related, you are more likely to wear out your body than for someone to break it. Let them women continue to play, but at least chance some lacrosse rules.

ney McCray, Shepherd was to within seven points at 5750 with 11:14 remaining. Pitt Johnstown used a 13-6 run to extend its lead to 14 points and pull away for the win. Mountain Cats’ senior guard Andy Byer scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to lead Pitt Johnstown to the 83-69 win.

Pitt-Johnston shot 58.9 percent (33-56) from the floor for the game, while Shepherd had a 45.8 percent (27-59) shooting effort. The Mountain Cats forced 13 turnovers and committed 12 of its own. The Mountain Cats also had a 32-27 edge in rebounding to assist with the win.

Bball From Page 7 Shepherd fell to 44.8 percent shooting compared to PittJohnston’s 66.7 percent from the paint. The Mountain Cats did fall into foul trouble late in the game and even added three technical fouls with one by senior guard Steve Heidenthal and two by Branch. After a three-pointer by freshman forward Sid-

Rams’ title run ends in semi-finals By Ben Gibson The Rams hoped to win the WVIAC conference title as one of the top seeds left after the top four seeds were knocked out in the quarter finals, but the Fairmont State Falcons had similar plans. The Rams lost to the eventual champions 85-72 in the semi-final game, ending the Rams season. Shepherd jumped out to a lead early, leading by as many as nine points in the first half, but Fairmont rallied to a 3736 advantage into halftime. The two teams battled back and forth in the second half, with the Rams closing the gap to within six after sophomore guard Jenn Prine knocked down a trey, but the Rams couldn’t cut any closer. Forced to foul to slow down the clock with 3:18 remaining, the Falcons took advantage of their free throws, going 13 of 14 from the charity stripe to finish off the Rams. Shepherd struggled shooting the ball all game long, shooting 29 of 74 from the field, making only 39.2 percent of their shots compared to the Falcons 53.2 percent on 25 of 47 shooting For the Falcons, Kaitlyn Snyder scored 29 points and Ashley Vavrek added 26 to lead Fairmont while senior center Camille Wilmer led the Rams with 17 points. Prine and freshman guard Alex Tamez put up 13 points

each for the Rams. Freshman guard Emily Daniel had eight point and eight rebounds in the Rams losing effort. Shepherd’s women end the season at 17-12, a great start to coach Melanie Ford’s career at Shepherd. Camille Wilmer played her final game in a Rams uniform, but left a strong impact on the program. Wilmer set a new program single season record for field goal percentage with a 54.5 percent, going 151 of 277, breaking the 52.9 percent set by Laura Harkins in 2005-06. Wilmer, who led the Rams in scoring with a 14.1 average, completes her career ranked 23rd on the SU scoring list with 809 points. She is ranked 21st in rebounding with 415 career rebounds. The Rams had made their way to the semi-finals with a close home victory over Concord, as junior guard Jerica Hewett made the game wining lay-up with 1.8 seconds remaining, winning 59-57. Shepherd advanced on to the quarter finals with a 7264 win over the Seton Hill Griffins before their loss in the semi-finals. In the first year under coach Ford, the Rams have proved to be a title contender in the WVIAC, and with the Rams only losing one starter towards next years team, the young Rams look to a force in the conference next season.

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Snapshots outside the Panhandle: Huntington Photos by Jeb Inge

This bust on the side of Joan C. Edwards Stadium memorializes the 75 people who were killed in the 1970 plane crash as the Marshall football team returned from a game.

A horse and buggy circles Pullman Square in downtown Huntington offering rides to pedestrians.

A statue of the former Supreme Court Chief Justice and Marshall University’s namesake, John Marshall, overlooks the heart of campus.

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The architecture of this clock in Pullman Square, the city’s new downtown economic development center, is an example of how the area attempts to contrast the old with the new.

The Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University opened in 2007.

Even advertisements on the outside of the Keith-Albee Theatre are designed to give it an oldfashioned,Vaudeville feel.

The Keith-Albee Theatre opened in 1928 and still operates today. It was the site of the world premiere of We Are Marshall in 2006.

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(Right) Jamie Smith, Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf, 1st prize in People’s Choice awards. (Bottom) Jennifer Tyler, John Embrey, and Devon Bouldin, Carnival Craze Game, Advanced Design, 2nd prize. Photos by Heidi White.

Graphic design program draws campus attention by Rachel Eddy Dorminy The Frank Center Gallery was flooded with people on March 1 for an opening reception of the first graphic design show at Shepherd University. The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Student Group is hosting the show on campus until March 26. “We’re trying to create a presence on campus, so I’m really excited about the outcome of the show” said Shepherd’s AIGA student president, Jennifer Tyler. The gallery displays a variety of art, ranging from children’s books and board games to posters and flash animation. The student’s work clearly “displayed the infinite possibilities of design,” according to creative writing major, Hannah Williams. Williams was one of the many observers who attended the opening reception. She

was excited to see graphic design displayed as the spotlight. “This is real life . . . it is wonderful art in its own respect, but perhaps more accessible to the general public because it is often geared toward marketing a product,” Williams said. The collection of works drew the presence of friends, faculty, and students from other majors. Melissa Scotton, assistant professor of graphic design and faculty advisor for Shepherd’s AIGA, said she was surprised and pleased with the massive turnout. About 40 submissions were received for the show, and the works selected to be displayed were narrowed down to 30. Attendees of the opening reception were able to vote are their favorite piece. Jamie Smith’s “Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf” won first place in the People’s Choice awards. Second place went to Jennifer Tyler, John Embrey, and Devon Bouldin’s board game, “Carni-

val Craze” and third place was awarded to Vu Ngo’s “2012: Year of Revelations”. Junior student Ryan Gilligan, who had five works featured, was thankful to have the opportunity to display his work. “Whether it is print, animation, or web design, I have endless possibilities of things I can do with my degree,” he said. Many of Gilligan’s pieces displayed involved animation. One of his animations was a fictionalized version of a “Gilligan’s Island” episode that he worked on with John Embrey. Many individuals do not recognize graphic design as art, said Gilligan, so the show allowed me to proved what I have been doing for the last few years is “not just a waste of time.” Senior graphic design major, Cory McNamee, who had six pieces featured, agreed that their department “often gets overlooked and usually doesn’t get as much recognition as the other art concentrations.”

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(Bottom) Jenna Zellkowski, Monstrositea Tea Box, Intermediate Graphic Design. (Left) Book cover designs, various graphic designers. Photos by Heidi White

The graphic design students featured in the show said that they gather their inspiration from a variety of things, such as magazines, color pallets, or patterns. “Graphic design is literally everywhere,” said junior Elaine Spivey, who created the Pocahontas book jacket featured in the show. Graphic design major, Sarah Kuhns, turns to nature for ideas, as her work “Sun Orchard Orange juice label” illustrates. “If I get stuck, I always go out and look at things, whether that is a hawk flying over or looking at an old tree,” she said. “It’s actually hard not to have an eye for things and appreciate good design and illustration.” One of the works displayed illustrates an artist’s interaction with the world around them. In Dan Joe Smith’s piece, titled “Inspiration Is Everywhere”, he uses the buildings on a street to spell out the word “Inspiration”. “[As artists], we draw inspiration from every-

thing,” said Smith. One of the goals for the show was to promote the diversity of the graphic design program, according to Scotton. In graphic design classes, students can approach the same project in a variety of ways. For example, a student could incorporate clean vector shapes and line-work, while another student will use layering textures and combine more traditional mediums. AIGA is the largest and oldest professional association for graphic designers, providing artists with conferences, competitions, workshops, and networking. Within the national organization, there are regional chapters; Shepherd University’s student group is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Chapter. “For students it’s the perfect way to get involved with the local design community,” said Scotton. Members are able to connect with local professional designers who can provide in-

ternships and possibly jobs. Scotton and graphic design professor, Kristin Kaineg, came up with the idea to host the event. They wanted to provide the show as a benefit for Shepherd students who are participating in AIGA. “Our students are doing amazing work, and we wanted to share that with the rest of the campus community,” said Scotton. Student volunteers, such as Chardonna Willis who designed the promotional poster, joined forces with the two professors to make the event possible. “It really came together beautifully,” said Scotton. The featured artists were thankful for the opportunity to publicly explain the endless variety of possibilities the graphic design program provides. Spivey said, “So many times I have to explain the type of work I do in my major . . . I hope people see this show and appreciate graphic design more as art.”

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Ghost of Shepfest Past by Samantha Brown Before Saturday, April 18, 2009, politics and propaganda hadn’t much infiltrated our collegiate bubble. However, one stage and one day had given faces to individuals who wanted change. While Shepfest admittedly is (or was) a carnival for the drunk to decompress in the midst of multiple stressors, 2009 had significance and purpose, indicative of something new: a revival in our midst. For instance, the 2009 Battle of the Bands, the precursor to last year’s main event could have been likened to a musical popularity contest—that is, if prom queens had ripped jeans, ear plugs, and an affinity for tobacco intake. What the event produced, however, were two very different opening acts: one pain-stakingly searching for their moral compass, the other romantic cynics in pinstriped ties and tucked in shirts. While the word choice may

not have been appealing to some, the local music landscape was, for once, aptly represented. The Program Board’s choice for last year’s headliner, Flobots was met with mixed reviews by the student body. When asked for their input, one could hear the collective groans and sighs. The most articulate of the bunch moaned a guttural, “I don’t get it.” Flobots had only been associated with one, rather innocuous tune that highlighted bicycles, of all things, and to the naïve, could be sadly misconstrued as a low-level one-hit-wonder.   What SHEPfest attendees saw, however, were fist-pumping anthems reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine and Rise Against of yester-year. When revisiting “Handlebars”, it is a lyrically captivating song that subtly breaks down the competitive natures of man, comparing him to a child bragging about bike riding abilities to leaders and military prowess.

For example, the lyrics read, “I can make money, open up a thrift store – I can make a living off a magazine/ I can design an engine sixty-four miles to a gallon of gasoline/ I can make new antibiotics/ I can make computers survive aquatic/ Conditions – I know how to run a business/ And I can make you want to buy a product/ Movers, shakers and producers/ Me and my friends understand the future/ I see the strings that control the system/ I can do anything with no assistance/ ‘Cause I can lead a nation with a microphone/ And I can split the atom of a molecule” – “Handlebars” The Flobots When listening to “Handlebars” you were not listening to a song about your childhood Huffy, you were listening to a commentary about the world in which we live. But instead of comments such as these being prevalent in post-concert bar banter, students complained about the lack of free food available for drunk munchies. What’s irrefutable is that the

event itself was taken for granted. Despite the legwork and advertising for SHEPfest (note professional-grade flyers that pegged to every cork-board surface) few seemed to note the gravity of the concert for which they had likely gotten to view for free. No, you probably didn’t know all of the words and likely, you didn’t have their faces as wall paper for your laptop. But if you’d listened… really listened… the words would’ve resonated with you… An encouraging chant closed the set: “Fight with…. Fight with… Fight with… TOOLS!” The sun beat down on clenched fists held high in the spring air. A prompt to use our talents and the luxuries afforded us to be productive, to inspire newness, and (I know it’s been used a lot as of late by this one guy) change. Maybe the best lesson learned in our collegiate years—and you didn’t fill out your FAFSA in hopes of hearing it.

ding) cheaper if you comparison shop online. And Cheapest Textbooks is the place to do it. With a format similar to Google Shooping’s, it’s the easiest site I’ve found. Plus, it scours the far corners of the interwebs. Overstock. If it’s not mentioned on my Google list, I still check before committing to a purchase. I used to think it was just for old lady purses and strange glassware, but I now know how wrong I was. They don’t have an endless inventory, but a good sampling of whatever you might want is usually available. The day I got season one of “The Girls Next Door” for $10? Awe-

some. Plus, shipping is always $2.95, considerably better than almost anywhere else. Endless. I pride myself on not conforming to stereotypical womanly behavior in a lot of areas (ok, I fail in the shopping category). But I have never had the typical female love of shoes. In fact, the day I was contacted by a foot fetishist on MySpace pretty much made me look at my feet suspiciously ever after. However, when I do need a new pair of sneakers or a slightly different pair of black heels than the 13 I already have, is the place to go. Free shipping and return shipping, plus a great selection at really good prices.

Ballin’ on a Budget By Kaitlyn Baird Before I purchase anything, I get online and Google it. Then I check Ebay. Then I look on Craigslist. Then I remind myself that time is money, also, and that to spend all day bargain shopping defeats the purpose. In the hopes that you don’t fall into the same cycles as I do, here are what I deem to be the best and most efficient modes of buying anything, anywhere, in any lifetime. Google Shopping. Here’s the trick – there is no trick. It’s good for anything! Google Shopping

always proves itself to be the superior search engine, and price comparison is no exception. The format gives a list of stores, their rating, and the price both before and after shipping. Simplicity of design such as this is why Google’s staff gets the privilege of learning to levitate their third week on the job. Cheapest Textbooks. The url is and the name explains it all. On my honor, I have nothing against the campus bookstore. However, the day I finally win the Powerball is the day I’ll commit to buying my textbooks from them. In reality, it’s possible to get them for 90% (I’m not even kid-

By Andrew R. Fultz

Inwood­ ­High School is supposed to be places for young men and women to grow with knowledge, interact with new people and all around, have fun: it’s not a place to mourn fallen friends. During our years together, my classmates and I have had to deal with death. We have all grown up together so when a classmate passes away, it’s like losing a family member. Dealing with mortality is rough but I’m sad to say that we are starting to figure out how to get through it, because of the number of deaths. When people hear that someone has passed away, they usually think of old age, but what about when a person is 21, 16, or even 14? The Musselman High School Class of 2006 has had to deal with all three of these deaths in just a few short years. When we [Class of 2006] were freshmen in high school, a car accident occurred that took the life of our classmate Philip Linton, 14. We were all young, so we all took this very hard. It was weird for me because I had history class with him. He sat in front of me to the right. After his death, seeing the empty desk made it hard for me to cope because it was a constant reminder. During his viewing, I admit that it didn’t look like him. They never do. Once filled with love, joy and life now pale and full of make-up. It just isn’t the same. Two years later, another classmate was involved in a car accident. Clynt Kees, 16, was driving down a local road when a cement truck came across the double yellow lines and struck his vehicle, instantly totaling the car. It was snowing, the roads were covered, and Clynt was nice enough to take home two girls from school that day; on his trip back, the acciSee NOTICE Page 17

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“Shutter Island” Review

Rescue from my own hand

By Aaron Brammeier

By Joyce Orlando

Martin Scorsese’s newest film, “Shutter Island.” may just be the best film of the year and of his career. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Marshal Teddy Daniels, who is sent to investigate the disappearance of an inmate at a mental institution on an island. Ben Kinsley plays Dr. Cawley, the head Doctor at the institution, who is supposed to help the marshals with their investigation. While investigating the disappearance, Teddy Daniels begins having a series of strange dreams and visions. He begins convincing himself that there is some sort of conspiracy on the island. “Shutter Island” is Scorsese’s best work by far. With stunning cinematography, music, and great screenwriters, this is a film fans of his other work will not want to miss. DiCaprio as well has the performance of his career. Going from anger to sadness, he runs the gamut of emotions having the viewer on the edge of their seat through the whole thrill ride. DiCaprio’s superb acting makes the movie all the more believable. The film is as eerie as they get, like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock film. “Shutter Island” keeps you guessing throughout the whole movie by toying with the viewers’ expectations of what’s going to happen. The greatest thing about “Shutter Island” besides the great acting, stunning camerawork, and the feel of an old 1950’s horror movie is the ending. I will not give it away, but the ending comes out of nowhere and hits you straight in the face. As

Every year, thousands struggle with a disease that most people of the world will not actually affirm is a true disease: self-mutilation, or “cutting.” The scenes described below are true and accurate. You’re probably wondering how I know such a thing. My name is Joyce Orlando, and this is the first time my story has been put into words. A fourteen-year-old girl sits alone in her room staring down at her arm that has blood running down it. Tears fall silently down her face as she looks at her destroyed arm. “Why,” is the only question that comes to mind, “Why do I do this to myself?” She asks the last part out loud to herself and there is no answer except for her own demons saying, “to feel.” During the time when I counted myself as a member of this group, it was still a subject that not many people would talk about. Once in a blue moon you would have someone mention self-mutilation in the media, but it was still a rather taboo subject. In today’s media, though, there are celebrities talking about their battle and more of an understanding when it comes to this infliction. There are more people, like myself, who are finally ready to tell their story. This turn from only ten years ago is not just because of what some celebrity said about self-harm. It’s the courage of a few who choose to either help themselves or help others. Ten years ago there was no one to help me. No family, no friends, no one. This is how it was for many young people, who were lost and afraid, but had no one to turn to. This isn’t the case today. One man has made it his mission to help young people who are in

Photo courtesy of a skeptic when it comes to surprise endings, this is as good as they come, making “The Sixth Sense” look like child’s play in comparison. While “The Departed” may have won an Oscar, and was a great film, “Shutter Island” trumps all of the director’s previous works. This film is well worth the 10 smackers you would spend to go see it and may even require another viewing to completely digest it. Like a tribute to Hitchcock, the little things in the movie are what matter, so be sure to pay attention. Although the film was marketed as a horror flick, it runs more like a mystery thriller. It is nice to see someone produce something that is original, thrilling, and may scare you more then the typical gore-fest movies that we call horror nowadays. You won’t want to miss “Shutter Island,” and be sure to go and see it before it goes out of theaters—you really need the full experience for this film. 5/5 stars

the same situation that I was. To Write Love on Her Arms has recently become a social and media phenomenon. The organization (TWLOHA) was started three years by Jamie Tworkowski. TWLOHA started out as the story of a young 19-year-old woman, Renee, and her journey from an addicted, depressed, suicidal, and self-harming girl to someone hoping for something better in the world. I ran into the story of Renee and the group To Write Love on Her Arms when I was trying to finally save myself from my own hand. I’m not going to lie: her story scared me because it was almost the same as mine. The story of Renee sparked a movement that Tworkowski has made into a message of love for one’s self and love for others, no matter what. With an underlying Christian message, Tworkowski has gained a following of teens and young adults from all over the world. With a massive following like this, however, Tworkowski has been targeted for making a dime off of young people’s pain. In a recent article in Rolling Stone, Tworkowski was proclaimed a “guru of teen angst”. Any person who has gone through this personal hell can tell you it is far from “teen angst.” Using careless phrases like, “If you’re a… pretty Goth girl who likes to make like Lindsey…” about TWLOHA, Rolling Stone journalist Allison Glock shows that society still pokes fun of things they don’t understand. This off-putting article had many people looking for an apology, but Tworkowski looks at the article as a way of getting his message out, and takes everything that is done and said in stride. Tworkowski’s laid-back approach has some experts in a huff

who believe that he is in over his head when it comes to matters such as suicide, addiction, and self-injury. Others, like Madelyn Gould, professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University, believe “… the stuff Jamie is doing, is like this whole underground conversation that traditional experts don’t know is happening.” During the past years, my own battle with depression has lead me on many different paths. I tried to talk to a counselor but in the end I was very uncomfortable talking to someone who just wanted to shove a bunch of pills down my throat. After that I ended up with more scars and a very nasty hangover. Then I tried stopping cold turkey, I threw away everything that could be possibly used to harm me and any alcohol that I had. That didn’t work either, and I found I had reached my lowest point in life. Finally at my lowest low, my friend found me. Someone that I hadn’t seen in years grabbed me and took me to a group called Common Ground on campus. Common Ground is a non-denominational Christian group. All I remember of that night is them singing a song called “Burn”. I still believe that going to Common Ground that night changed my life. The practice of teaching love as a way of healing can help many. Jamie Tworkowski didn’t start To Write Love on Her Arms as a marketing ploy or even as a charity; he did it to help people when they had no one else. I’m one of the lucky ones, and have beaten most of my demons, but I still fight with myself some days. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to say that I’m ever completely cured, but I know that there are people out there who love me and don’t want me to be gone.

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Shepherd School Spirit: A 40-year comparison A view of SU school spirit over the last four decades. by Andrew Fultz Walking around campus, one might see six WVU shirts, three Marshall shirts, and, if you’re lucky, one Shepherd shirt. Over the past four decades, Shepherd school spirit has seen its ups and downs. In the 1970s, school spirit was seen mainly with on-campus residents in their dorm rooms. “Frats and sororities were huge around campus. Their clothing was seen all over the place,” stated Sandi Spies, Class of 1972. Even though Shepherd didn’t offer the clothing that is seen today in the Bookstore, back then the school spirit still remained. “They never had the Shepherd clothing that’s available today. You went to the bookstore to buy books and that’s it,” she said. Spies also went on to say how Shepherd was a lot smaller back then and people had that more connectivity with each other. “There were no Internet classes so when you went to class…you

met everyone face-to-face,” Spies said. The school spirit didn’t appeal with the commuter students because they weren’t on campus to see the events because most of them had jobs. “The spirit was with the people that lived on campus. Tuition was $117 per semester so people could afford to live there, not like today when it’s a ridiculous $2600 some. This amount of people on campus made more school spirit for the football and basketball teams. I don’t think we had baseball yet. If the clothing was available back then, it would have been bought,” she said. A commuter, Jerry Williams, remembers more high school spirit on campus than actually Shepherd spirit. Williams, Class of 1971, recalls seeing high school letterman jackets around campus and agrees with Spies on the fact about the lack of Shepherd apparel. “We didn’t have the gift shop size that there is now. Our ‘gift shop’ was more like a 10x10 bedroom,” Williams said.

Students on the campuses in Morgantown and Huntington have far more school spirit than is seen in Shepherdstown. I, for a fact used to go to WVU. While there, I bled blue and gold. My closet was a “gold mine” and I didn’t go one day without wearing a WVU shirt. When rent became too expensive, I was forced to move back to Inwood and attend Shepherd. Even though the colors were the same, I don’t have a single Shepherd shirt in my closet. Just walking around campus at Shepherd, the phrase, “I can’t wait to get out of here,” floats around like a bad odor throughout most of the student body. It seems almost everyone is either upset about what they are learning, or not learning in class. Otherwise, they feel as if Shepherd is a “prison” or a last resort for the locals that go here. Students from outof-state are always commenting that they wish they went somewhere else and now it is too late to transfer. “I had zero school spirit. I just wanted to do my time and get out,” said

Ashley Horn, Class of 2007. It is understood that WVU and Marshall are far bigger universities than Shepherd. But if the campus is smaller and most people know each other, shouldn’t the school spirit sky rocket? Think of high school, when you had pep rallies. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors would light up that school’s auditorium with school spirit pride. Shepherd is, of course, a lot bigger than a high school, but shouldn’t the spirit level be the same? Something needs to be done at Shepherd. A possible solution may have to come down to money. At Shepherd, the tuition rate seems to go up by roughly $200 every semester. Maybe this is making people mad and that’s where the “prison” comment comes into play. The lack of Livingston, Shepherd’s mascot, on campus is another downfall to school spirit. I bet if you asked a freshman who Livingston was, they would be dumbfounded and have no clue. The term “commuter school” must be dropped in order to help out

Vehicle displaying West Virginia University pride on Shepherd campus. Photo by Andrew Fultz.

Shepherd’s athletic teams. The baseball team won the WVIAC championship last year and most people don’t even know what the WVIAC is. School spirit on this campus must change or Shepherd will not even be a blimp on the radar for incoming freshmen. Without the new freshmen, the school will not be able to afford anything new or be able to pay salaries. When I go to apply for a full-time job, I want that employer to say, “Ah, you went to Shepherd. What a fine school,” not “Shepherd? Where is that?”

Weekly Fresh: The weekly dose of what’s in by George Weakley 1: Trading Card Games Whether it be Pokemon, Magic, or Yu-Gi-Oh, it seems that trading card games are back and being played everywhere. No one seems to know what has caused this revival or why it is even so popular, but

one thing that is evident is that kids are not the only people playing these games anymore. The collectivity seems to come from the fact that new sets of cards are constantly being created and released. These new sets often come with counters to previous sets so if a player wants to stay updated and able to play they need to buy more

and more. These games also play on the human psyche’s need to have complete sets. Add in the fact that they actually can be a fun way to connect with people and a person begins to see why these games are starting to skyrocket again. 2: Remakes or Sequels of Old Movies.

With the announcement of the latest remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” it is clear that remakes of movies are officially in full swing. Also in full swing are sudden sequels to older movies such as the Tim Burton sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” that came out March 5. It seems that many of these movies turn out to be utter gar-

bage (i.e., “Halloween”), but everyone seems to go to watch them anyway. Perhaps there is something about the nostalgia that makes you want to believe that the movies will be good, but only time will tell. For the remainder of the Weekly Fresh: SEE

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“Heavy Rain” brings interactive drama to the PS3 by George Weakley How far would you go to save someone you love? That is the question that lies at the heart of the game “Heavy Rain.” For those who haven’t heard about this monumental game, it was said that it would begin to bridge the gap between movies and video games, and it definitely did not disappoint in that aspect. The gameplay in “Heavy Rain” is extremely unique, and is the real subject of debate in whether a player will like the game or not. As things occur around the character, different icons pop up on the screen. These icons correspond to the controller, and if the proper button is pressed at the proper time, the character will respond in

Notice dent occurred. Clynt did not pass away at the accident, he fought for his life. A few days later, Clynt lost his battle. I remember the night that it happened. My friend, Kirby Anderson, called me at about 11 or 12 at night and asked if I had heard the news. I was still half asleep and didn’t know what he was talking about, so I said, “What are you talking about, I’m trying to sleep.” When Kirby broke the news to me, I jumped up out of bed scared, confused and worried. I ran and got in my car and went to the hospital. It seemed like the whole school was in the hospital that night. I had grown up with Clynt since kindergarten. My aunt used to cut his hair when he was a toddler. I played football, baseball, and basketball with him. When this happened, it was like life just stopped all at once. I didn’t know how to deal with it...again. Guidance counselor meet-

a positive way, such as dodging a punch or shooting a gun more precisely. If the button is not pressed with correct timing the character will suffer a consequence, such as being hurt or even killed. Due to the fact that there are several button presses per scene, the player can create multiple scenes and turn the game into anything they want it to be. If the player wants all of the characters to die and the game to be a tragedy, they have that option. There are no game-over’s in “Heavy Rain,” the game continues to go until an ending is settled upon. What ending the player gets is solely dependent on the choices they make, and they will feel the repercussions of any selfish choices they make. An example of this comes with

one of the protagonists, who happens to be a drug addict. Throughout the game, the player is presented with the chance to take the drug and continue the habit. If the player decides to not take the drug, they have to deal with the withdrawal. Another example lies with the female protagonist, Madison. At one point, Madison finds herself in a club and has to get information from a man named Paco. The problem that arises is that Paco only deals with sleazy women. So the player is confronted with whether they will degrade themselves and strip for the sleazy man, or if they will keep their pride and try to find another way to get the information from him. In the game, you control just about everything, from taking a puff on an inhaler to just crossing

a person’s legs. There are bound to be people who are turned off by this aspect of the game. The walking controls are also a bit on the clunky side and the characters tend to walk into walls, even though the player was just trying to walk down the hallway. The plot and characters are very well done, but have brief moments of downturn. The character Madison seems tacked on and unnecessary to the plot. At her highest moment, she helps discover the killer in the game, but in most of her other parts she is just a cheap way to add some extra sex to the game. On the other hand, the character Scott Shelby is an amazing character that a person can easily grow attached to. Shelby provides a complex and everchanging attitudes to the game.

ing, I couldn’t find the strength to ask how or why. Eventually, I took a breath and asked him. Kirby said, “Cardiac arrest.” Cardiac arrest on a 21-year-old. Does that even happen? After talking to Kirby, I skipped my next class and headed home. I suddenly didn’t feel like being at school anymore. I had to know why my friend had died and needed to know the truth. Rumors were flying by about what happened, my phone was ringing constantly to see how I was doing and if I was alright. “Of course I’m not alright, my best friend just died,” my mind would want to say, but I held it in and kept telling everyone I was fine. It wasn’t until a few days later after I spoke to Dusty’s father, Dean, and found out the truth. Aerosol sniffing of keyboard cleaner stole the life of my best friend. Why did he do it? Why would someone want to try that? “When I heard the call on my

[Volunteer Fire Fighter] pager for a cardiac arrest, I just couldn’t believe it was Dusty. I was in total shock and just at a lost for words. Especially the way the death happened, that wasn’t Dusty at all to be doing that stuff,” said Anderson, 21. I spoke to Dusty days before his death and he seemed fine, cheerful and happy. “When I heard of how Dusty died, I was completely dumbfounded. I just sat and stared not knowing what to think. Even after the funeral, it still had not sunk in 100 percent and I don’t know if it ever will,” said Justin Combs, 21. I was confused about the aerosol-sniffing thing so I did research on the subject and found that Dusty was not the only one. Research found from said, “Sniffing highly concentrated amounts of the chemicals in aerosol sprays can directly induce heart failure and death. High concentrations of inhalants also cause

As far as graphics go, there are not many games that can top “Heavy Rain.” The water effects are extremely lifelike and so are the humans in the game. The facial expressions are easily noticed and actually look as if they were taken straight from a person. Despite its minor flaws, the game does shine brightly. Some may be turned off by the constant quick timing events, but even they should try to game once. To be honest, every person who owns a Playstation 3 needs to give this game a try at least, because it is something almost entirely new to the gaming world. Look for “Heavy Rain” to be a candidate for Game of the Year in 2010. 4.5 stars out 5.

From Page 14 ings were held at Musselman because the teachers knew that the Class of 2006 was in an all out shock; two students in two years. People this age should not have to deal with mortality while in high school. Now, after high school, the Class of 2006 has spread out to numerous occupations, schools and states. But one thing has brought us all back together again, another mortality of a very close friend, Dustin Wean. Dusty, 21, passed away Nov. 11, 2009. After my morning class, I went to the library to check my mail on the computers. My phone rings and I see that Kirby is flashing up as an incoming call, but I don’t answer, since I’m in the library. Kirby left me a voicemail and I could tell by the quiver in his voice that something was wrong. I walked outside and called Kirby immediately, only to find out that our friend Dusty had passed on. As I stood there silent and shak-

death from suffocation by displac ing oxygen in the lungs and then in the central nervous system so that breathing ceases.” This is also called “Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome,” ac cording to Kent Olson, professo of medicine at the University o California in San Francisco. The Drug Abuse Warning Network Medical Examiner stated that in halant abuse contributed to more than 500 deaths in the U.S. from ‘96 to ‘99. “When inhaled, the propellants can suddenly trigger a heart attack, stroke or death,” Ol son said. “We need to spread the word out about the affects of aerosol us ing,” said Dusty’s father to me when I first saw him at the view ing. It helps to vent and get al emotions out of your system, bu nothing about what has happened over the last eight years is right. We must all focus on not how they died, but how they lived.

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The Monthly Playlist By Jeb Inge


“Nature of the Experiment” – Tokyo Police Club

I know what you’re saying. “Wasn’t there a playlist article last week?” Indeed there was! But March is a glorious month, and the weather this week is almost in the sixties. So why not reward ourselves with another playlist? Actually, the real reason is that a friend (Rachel Molenda) politely reminded (accused) me of never putting contemporary music on the playlists. Touche, Rachel. So here are ten songs that were written after most of us were born. Maybe you’ll recognize “Kanye West” better than “Go West” and hopefully “Justin Timberlake” is more appreciated than “Hall and Oates.”


“What Goes Around” – J. Timberlake

If you were never fortunate enough to catch this album, do yourself a service and buy it. T.P.C. hasn’t really ever gotten their due from the media, but their sound takes a commercial catchiness and adds an unusual rawness.

Yeah, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for the “FutureSex/LoveSounds” album. When I was in middle school, no NSYNC fan went un-purged. But ironically, Justin Timberlake possessed more talent than anyone, except Britney Spears, ever gave him full credit for. Oh, and don’t miss the last 2:10. That’s the track’s bread and butter.



“LGFUAD” – Motion City Soundtrack

“Let It Happen” – Jimmy Eat World

To all the angsty fillys that graduated in 2006, this one’s for you. Of course, Motion City isn’t revered for their lyrical poeticism, but none the less, this is a fantastic track off a less than stellar follow up album.

Jimmy Eat World may have hit their high point with the song “Work”, but their newer album “Into the Light” was also a cohesive look into the bands arsenal of musical ability. It’s an album that doesn’t need to be browsed, but enjoyed from start to finish.



“Bad Education” – Tilly & The Wall

“Hey Mama” – Kanye West

This was my data outlier in high school. When all the other music added up and made sense, Tilly and the Wall came by and skewed the whole data set. It’s often weird, frequently interesting, and most always entertaining.

There was a time when Kanye’s buffoonery was not only understandable, but enjoyable too. But aside from his shenanigans, it was always very evident that he had a deep love of his mother. It’s impossible not to think of your own mama when listening to this one.



“My Delerium” – Ladyhawke

Last year, I named this album one of the five best of 2009 and a year later, I stick by that decision. A year later, Mark Hoppus recommended it on his monthly SPIN column, “Hopp on Pop.” What does all this mean, you’re about a year late in picking up your copy of this wunderkind debut.


“Stab My Back” – All American Rejects

The thing that always bothered me about the lead singer of All American Rejects was how he turns every word into something else. Listen closely and you’ll hear words like “You’ah” and “Stab My Back’ah”. Confusing, but still a great track from a great album.

“The Seed 2.0” – The Roots

I can’t help it if hearing the Roots reminds me of Jimmy Falon’s face. That’s the price a group pays when it becomes the house band of a third rate late night television show. THis track, featured in the Tom Cruise film “Collateral” is a lot easier on the ears than Falon is on the eyes.

10. “Heads Will Roll” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs Any band with a smokng hot lead singer, and an “I don’t give a damn” attitude is hard to dislike. The latest album from the Indie trio was more commercial than its predecessors, but songs like “Heads Will Roll” reminded us why we fell in love with them in the first place.

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“Jeb Inge is a disgrace to the white race” In 2010, bigotry is still directed towards anyone daring to apologize for racism When we made the decision to allow anyone visiting the web site to make comments, even with anonymity, we knew there was a possibility of opening Pandora’s box. Sure enough, the week we made the change, an opinion article was written called “What Black History Month means to a white man.” Naturally the headline itself was sure to attract readers. But almost immediately, online readers showed their colors by releasing a torrent of historically questionable racist remarks, some directed towards the author and others towards the ar-

ticle. It’s obvious exactly why these comments came flooding in. This is an article apologizing for slavery. It’s difficult to understand why anyone would object to a white person, the propagator of American slavery, apologizing for hundreds of years of prejudice and horror. So we decided to let the objectors speak for themselves. Here are a few of the responses we received. “This is what your brainwashing schools have done to our children and are doing. Take the children out of the

public schools!” This gentleman thinks that the public school system fails not for subjective testing, and poor funding, but because we tell children its wrong to own other human beings. “Good Lord... if this is what Americans are becoming there is no hope for a truly civilized world” Indeed. Because in this patriots warped reality, the only civilized world is whipping people for recreational purposes. Those are just two of the more rational arguments levied against the author. Of

course, most complaints were made without the author giving their name. Far be it for anyone openly proclaiming their racism to assume responsibility for their words. It’s not hard to see why the Klan wore their hoods either. The more startling ones were those that were not approved for publication on the web site. Obscenities, foul language and ethnic slurs were bountiful. One went so far as to call the author a disgrace to his race. When you refuse to stand accountable for the past, especial-

ly when that past is filled with racism and bigotry, you become the disgrace. In a simple article designed to offer a tribute to the American’s who celebrate Black History Month, readers lash out in rebellion against it. The most depressing part of the entire ordeal is seeing how far race relations have yet to go. Though slavery ended almost 150 years ago, and segregation was struck down almost 50 years ago, many are still unable, or unwilling to accept equality and when they see that change in their own ranks, they cast that person as an outcast.

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D.C. sets standard of equality for tri-state area Washington, D.C. has officially legalized gay marriage, making many West Virginians hopeful for similar changes in our state.

by Audra Costlow As I write this article, I cannot help but smile. I am so incredibly proud of Washington, D.C. for taking this momentous step towards equality and setting such a great example for the rest of the nation. Gay marriage is finally legal in the District of Columbia. Prior to the nation’s capital, only five states throughout the U.S. have passed and maintained bills legalizing marriage between same-sex couples. These states are New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa. In the past, California briefly allowed same-sex marriages to be performed, but this

right was quickly shot down by the passing of Proposition 8. Washington, D.C. is the first location below the Mason-Dixon Line to legalize gay marriage, and as a supporter of gay rights, I hope that this is only the beginning. A great deal of campaigning has been done throughout West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland to move towards the legalization and recognition of same-sex marriages. Currently, Maryland is one of only four states in the U.S. that recognizes, but does not perform, same-sex marriages. While this is certainly a step in the right direction for the state, it is simply not enough. Here in West Virginia, numerous organizations have sprung up in support of gay marriage as well as basic equal rights for gay individuals, including protection from discrimination and bias in the workplace. Groups such as Fairness West Virginia have mobilized throughout the state in order to educate West Virginians about homo phobic and unjust

legislation being passed within the state. The organization utilizes email, as well as social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, to spread the message of equality and rally support. Recently, supporters of gay marriage in West Virginia celebrated a slight victory when House Democrats within the state voted down a Republicanled motion to define marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. Unfortunately, this decision was largely based on time limitations rather than concern for the gay community, and it is likely that the motion will be brought up again in the near future. Before this can happen, it is urgent that state lawmakers, and especially state democrats, fight to convince their fellow representatives that marriage is a matter of choice and should not be legally limited by outdated traditions and religious dogma. If there is truly to be a separation between church and state,

it is essential that those who oppose gay marriage at least find some logical grounds to defend their stance. In nearby Virginia, it seems that progress towards gay rights and equality is moving backwards. Just a few days ago, Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia, proposed that state-run colleges and universities did not have a right to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, and should thus rescind any rules they have regarding unbiased policies. Cuccinelli wrote, “It is my advice that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender expression,’ or like classification, as a protected class within its nondiscrimination policy, absent specific authorization from the General Assembly.” While the Attorney General quickly defended his proposal in the wake of thousands of pro-

testors and a great deal of criticism, claiming it is a matter of legal process and a lack of authority on the part of the universities, it is alarming to note that this matter is such a priority for state leaders. It is not difficult to see the underlying hatred and intolerance towards gays when unnecessary actions like these are taken. I do not expect West Virginia or its surrounding states to follow in Washington’s footsteps over-night. However, I cannot help but feel hopeful, just knowing that legalizing gay marriage is, in fact, possible and plausible. I realize, though, that before this can happen, a re-evaluation of the separation of church and state must take place to prevent religious fundamentalists from denying gay couples their basic rights, and this may be an even bigger challenge than anticipated.

That might not have made sense if you don’t use the program, but it shows how Twitter is breaking down writing style and adopting minimalist techniques. This isn’t to say that Twitter is a terrible idea. In fact, in the age of advanced technology and thirty-second news updates, Twitter is becoming not just a mainstay, but also a necessity. Sports events are tweeted by sports writers like Bill Simmons as much as the

players themselves explain their outcome. If you’re someone like me, and hope for a job in journalism, this little social networking Buddha is a terrifying horizon. Perhaps this is the end of the article? Maybe the technology is finally showing writers that it isn’t just fighting the battle, it’s going to win the war. To someone that has trouble simply handwriting his thoughts, it might be time to go with the flow.

Is Twitter the end of the written word? By Jeb Inge I sat down last week to try and write in a journal. I realized that this would entail my hand, a pen, and paper. As the writing began, it became increasingly evident that the physical act of writing had slipped from my repertoire. Then, I picked up my Blackberry and tweeted about it. In elementary school we were taught how to write in

cursive. Remember cursive, the masterful art of writing in pretty ovals and lines, instead of legible handwriting? So many brave souls were left behind on the cursive trail of tears. We spent years listening to our teachers beg us to write clearly and not like how I imagine Jabba the Hut would jot down his grocery list. But the physical act of writing was completely shanghaied when the Internet became increasingly prominent. I

fear Twitter is only the tip of the iceberg. To be fair, I love Twitter. It’s a great way to get news headlines and celebrity witticisms without a ton of effort. Twitter takes the idea that “brevity is the soul of wit” and puts it on steroids only giving you a hundred or so characters to alert your followers of your proclamations. The scary thing is how addictive it gets once people start #referencing @jeb_inge.

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Tea Party not as revolutionary as its forefathers

by Joyce Orlando In the news lately, there has been an emergence of the socalled Tea Party Movement (or Patriots). This party, which was established in 2009, has recently come to light along with the emergence of Sarah Palin’s political aspirations and her new show on the Fox News Network.

For those of you who don’t follow politics, the Tea Party patriots’ philosophy really relies on their grassroots stand. The Tea Party patriots believe that they are the one group who will keep the ideals that our forefathers used to establish our country. But is this what they are truly portraying? Do the Tea Party patriots think if they identify themselves with our forefathers, the country will accept their overblown political agenda? The Tea Party patriots’ newest poster child is the “maverick” herself, Ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. This woman has come and basically pushed herself into the political spotlight. Palin has put herself out there

with the Tea Party patriots and most believe that she is the leader of the patriots, though some claim she is not. The New Patriot Journal said in a Feb. 8 article that the real movers and shakers of this movement are the people just like those that established the first Boston Tea Party years ago. On one of the Tea Party’s websites,, there are several videos posted that explain the core ideas and beliefs of the movement. One video is called “There’s a communist living in the White House.” Could someone please tell me how this is a good, wholesome grassroots campaign?

While looking through more of this party’s “political agenda”, I also discovered the Tea Party making a big stink over President Obama bowing to the Emperor of Japan. In Japan, bowing is a sign of courtesy and respect; it is similar to our handshake. There are videos saying that President Obama was wrong for doing this. Why was he wrong for showing respect to another culture in their tradition? Why is it that the Tea Party, that is so convinced in its grassroots ideology, is going so far as to try and discredit the president that we as a country voted into office? One of the fundamental principles of the Tea Party patri-

ots is to uphold the constitution and all it stands for. Then why are they trying to get our country to rebel against a president that is just doing his job and trying to make the United States seem like a more dignified country? The original purpose of the tea party in Boston all those years ago was to fight against excessive taxation on tea. The new Tea Party is about being upset that things aren’t going how they want them to go. And ten to one odds seem that, even if things were going their way, they would find something to complain about.

Mental illness: everyone is responsible

American society must rethink its attitudes towards mental illness and actively seek to assist those in need of care.

by Audra Costlow The pattern is hard to ignore. After the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that left over 30 people dead, news surfaced that the gunman had a history of mental illness and psychiatric hospitalizations. Following the shootings at Fort Hood, the attempted airplane bomber this past Christmas, and most recently, the shooting at the Pentagon metro station, it is almost always revealed after a tragic incident of violence that the as-

sailant was known to be mentally ill. Where is the system failing? Despite changing attitudes towards issues such as anxiety and depression, the overall spectrum of mental illness still holds incredible stigma in today’s society. Even more stigmatized are those who depend on mind-altering medications to keep their moods stable and their behavior in check. For many, however, a life of being consistently and constantly medicated is necessary to prevent the patient from committing acts of violence or destruction towards himself or others. It is essential, then, that Americans drastically alter their own biases and perceptions towards mental illness and medical treatments. Although there are certain groups, religious and otherwise, who insist that mental illness does not truly exist and that psychiatric medicines are unnecessary, it has been

proven through brain scans and studies of hormone levels that patients who suffer from illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder have differences in their brain makeup and activity. Whether one chooses to take pharmaceutical medication or not is up to them, but admitting and recognizing that the illness is, in fact, real and treatable is a major first step towards recovery or management. The subject of forcible treatment is a tricky one. Obviously, any mental health patient deserves rights and should have a say in what treatments they receive and how long they undergo those treatments. Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more difficult for families to institutionalize their mentally ill loved ones. While temporary detaining orders can often be issued if a judge feels the patient is truly a threat

to himself or others, these orders typically last only three days on average, and that is certainly not enough time to even discover the root of the problem itself, let alone establish a routine of treatment for the issue. Another major hurdle in the world of mental health care is cost. Even for patients who are insured, a great deal of “extra” treatments must be paid for out of pocket, including hospitalizations, inpatient therapy, and certain medications. Many patients who are covered by major insurers are given arbitrary limits on how many therapy or psychiatric sessions will be paid for before the insurance company steps out of the picture. This can be limited to as few as twelve visits a year, perhaps even less, depending on the provider. These sorts of limitations are incredibly damaging to a patient who is in need of bi-

weekly or weekly therapy. It also adds stress upon the patient and can make one feel as though he is “crazy” for needing more than the insurance will cover. So what can be done? Because Americans can not count on their health care providers to remedy the situation, it is important that, first and foremost, society changes its attitudes towards mental illness. At the same time, however, it is crucial that violent and unusual behavior or hints that a person may be planning to commit violence are taken seriously and reported as necessary. As uncomfortable as it may be to discuss a friend or family member’s mental illness with others, or to even have him or her ordered by a court to receive a psychiatric evaluation, being proactive can prevent far more tragic results in the long run.

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Feminism is not a dirty word by Audra Costlow Each Valentine’s Day or shortly afterward, like clockwork, I can count on catching a local production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” This year, the performances by Shepherd University students were exceptional, hilarious, and heartbreaking as usual. Because of this emotionally overwhelming and empowering tradition, it is around this time each year that I reevaluate what it means to be a feminist. For reasons unknown to me, the word “feminism” typically evokes a negative reaction in American society. The term, and the movement behind it, have unwillingly adopted numerous connotations that are often based in ignorance, misogyny, and perhaps even fear. Most men cringe when they hear a woman call herself a


Sexting (vb.) – The act of sending or forwarding nude or sexually suggestive pictures on a cell phone or online. It’s one of the many clever, new buzzwords to come out of the digital age, an age that is making me feel older faster and faster. MTV aired a special this Valentine’s Day entitled “Sexting in America,” focusing on the issue of underage teens sending explicit pictures to each other. Most of the data MTV presented dealt with 12 to 17-yearolds. In middle school, I did not have a cell phone, nor did any of my friends. Email was still the hot way to communicate; no one had a digital camera or webcam to send nude pictures

feminist. I know I’ve personally identified myself as such, only to be asked immediately afterward if I am a lesbian, or if I simply hate men. While neither is true, I cannot help but wonder what has caused these incorrect associations to be made, and what can be done to re-define feminism . . .again. It is difficult to say who the first feminists were and when the feminist movement truly began. While some date feminism back to the 1960s, others consider the suffragettes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to be the founders. I would argue, however, that feminism has been in existence since woman was created. However, the term “feminism” as we know it today can be easily defined as the idea that women are as equal, capable, worthwhile, intelligent, and deserving of respect as men. It’s that simple. The conBy Kaitlyn Baird around if they’d wanted to via email. I guess we could have taken nude pictures, had the film developed, and scanned them into our computers. But, in the ways of young teenagers, by that point I’m sure whomever we had been planning to sext would have been far from our minds by then. Moving on. Now we all have cell phones, we all have webcams, and we all have a new problem. Sexting has become another social hurdle teenagers have to navigate around, sometimes tripping along the way. Vanessa Hudgens or Pete Wentz anyone? And while it is the 12 to 17 set that MTV’s new “A Thin

cept is not about flipping the patriarchy on its head as women take over and make men their slaves. I cannot help but believe, however, that these distorted notions of feminists have stemmed from men’s fear that something so radical could, some day, take place. The definition of feminism seems so basic and so obvious. As a woman, I do not feel as though my feminist notions are unusual, rebellious, or subversive in any way. As I see it, being a feminist is simply common sense. It is alarming, then, to see how many women shun the label. A woman doesn’t have to cut off all of her hair to embrace her womanhood. I shave my legs and wear bras, and I’m even in love with a man. To me, feminism is not simply rejecting society’s notions of femininity. Instead, it is about feeling comfortable in your own skin and feeling empowered enough to demand your rights as a human be-

ing. I cannot help but subscribe to Gloria Steinem’s theory when she says, “In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she’s a feminist or a masochist.” However, feminism is not simply about coming to terms with your own womanhood, or for male feminists, recognizing women as equal and able. Being a feminist is also about treating other women with respect and compassion. It is a growing epidemic in this country and in others for woman to constantly criticize and belittle other women. This behavior likely stems from the harsh physical and emotional expectations put on women by a patriarchal society, but passing the blame off on others does not change the facts: As long as women continue to be cruel to one another, we are sabotaging our own movement and stifling our progress towards gender equality. Despite the great strides

made over the past five decades or so, many American women are still living as second-class citizens in comparison to their male counter-parts. Women, on average, make about $0.75 to a man’s dollar while holding the same position and completing just as much work. This is simply unacceptable, yet many Americans have settled, believing that this wage gap is as good as it will ever get for women. This passive attitude, along with stigmas surrounding feminism and the continuous objectification of women in American culture, will perpetuate the inequality between genders as long as it is permitted to continue. Feminism is not about bashing men and throwing away beauty products. It is about equality, and every single human being who believes in equal rights between men and women should proudly consider herself/himself to be a feminist.

Line” campaign aims to steer away from the dangers of sexting, they’re not the only people who suffer from the social damage that can result from sexting. Besides personal disaster, there’s the people that contribute to the sexting shame cycle. From the initial receiver, in the worst case scenario, a sext can get forwarded. A lot. While it may be amusing to look at naked pictures of classmates or strangers, forwarding someone’s humiliation along is a pretty ruthless thing to do. It basically says that you don’t care about that person’s privacy, or the original intent with which they sent that message. What if it happened to you; fair is fair, right? Hypothetically, you’re bored on a Saturday night and you’re texting the new guy you’re in-

terested in; he’s been texting you on and off all night. Then around midnight, hypothetically, he gets the crazy idea that you should send him a raunchy photo. What’re you going to do? First things first – have you been to the gym lately? No, in all seriousness, do you want anyone to see a naked picture of you right now? Think about it; even if sending someone a naked picture wasn’t your idea, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and not even think about if you want to do it. If you’re feeling hot, that’s great; but think about this, too. How pissed will you be if this person decides to forward your picture to his roommates, the guys he plays Xbox with, and his best friend back home. Also, maybe his ex, just to annoy her. Sexting may seem easy and harmless, but it

has a weight to it that often gets forgotten. However, those pictures floating around in cyberspace don’t get forgotten. We’re adults; it’s not a sexoffender crime for us to send and receive naughty texts like it is for those 14-year-olds that MTV is so concerned about. So if MTV isn’t looking out for you, preaching directly at you about guarding your private parts from prying eyes, be your own advocate. If someone really wants to see you naked that badly, they’ll wait until you feel you can trust them. It may make you feel like mom is standing over your shoulder when you sheepishly deny someone instant gratification, but in this digital age, don’t we get enough of that?

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Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em... Just not in here

ED’s CORNER by Ed Rhodes


Rumor has it that by April, both the Blue Moon Café and The Mecklenburg Inn will enact a smoking ban. For smokers, this new policy may come as a shock, and might be met with some protest. Currently, twenty-five states have enacted smoking policies that prohibit the use of tobacco in public places. This trend has gained popularity since the precedent set by Minnesota in 1975 with their Clean Indoor Air Act. Of the twenty-five remaining states keeping the privilege of the smokers in mind, almost all have counties with some sort of location-specific policy prohibiting smoking, i.e. restaurants, work places, public transit, office buildings, and even bars. Currently Jefferson

and Berkeley Counties do not prohibit smoking in restaurants or bars as part of a state mandated policy, so why rock the boat? Well, I for one would enjoy having a night at either establishment where I don’t get teary eyed inside or have to dry clean my jacket to get the smell of the bar out. Michael Kramer of Shepherdstown says, “Its funny how newly ‘of age’ drinkers will never have the opportunity to smoke in a bar.” Kramer brings up a good point that is functionally relevant: With these new policies becoming more popular, and half the country already abiding by this health-conscious reform, we will soon have generations who have never known the feeling gained from puffing

on a butt in a bar. I can see both sides of the debate, but I have to agree with the proprietors and their right to decide the atmosphere of their establishment. This change won’t be so bad. Both places still have outside areas where you can take your beverage and enjoy a cigarette or pipe. And besides, if you really “need” to smoke inside, hop on over to Tony’s underground bar. They’ll stay true to your “needs.” You’ll be able to lower yourself to the standards of Stonewall’s Pub long after you’ve had one too many, while everyone else enjoys the carcinogen free air elsewhere. Unfortunately, I’d be more worried about falling on a sharp object than second hand smoke.

Hate crime laws detract from real issues For those who are in the minority in terms of lifestyles, sexual or gender orientation, race, or disability, an effort to provide a feeling of protection has become a priority of the United States Judicial system. Goals have been set to isolate crimes of bias and prejudice, and to prosecute such crimes with diligence in order to suppress the spreading and acceptance of this bigoted behavior. Hate crimes are designed to single out and send a message to a specific group of people, implying that their life choices are unaccepted. Given the popularity of the equality movement, education, awareness and action on these issues have given rise to legislative change.

While the Dept. of Justice focuses on persecuting those who commit hate crimes, inequality still remains obvious in the U.S. military. On October 28, 2009 President Obama enacted the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The HCPA allows the U.S. Justice Department to investigate crimes of prejudice and, in addition, it provides the DOJ with the ability to use aid state and local jurisdictions with investigations and prosecutions of bias-motivated crimes of violence. The HCPA authorizes the DOJ to provide grants to state and local communities to cover the extraordinary expenses associated with the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. It also authorizes the provision of grants for local programs to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles, including programs that

train local law enforcement officers in identifying, investigating, prosecuting and preventing hate crimes. The crimes against Mathew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. were the original motivations behind seeking more severe penalties for crimes of prejudice. They were absolutely not the first of these nature of crimes and will not be the last. But I ask you this; do these types of crimes deserve a more severe punishment because they perpetuate a racial or sexual intolerance, or do violent crimes in general deserve an augmentation in sentence all together? Nothing can bring back a loved one lost at the hands of hate, or rage, or jealously.

These motivations should have no bearing on the sentence as long as the punishment is fair to the crime. It is the presence of pre-motivation that makes these crimes especially important to prosecute. I believe that by seeking out crimes of hate to make an example, we further segregate our society not only attitudinally, but functionally, and perpetuate a stereotype which the bigoted may feed off of. If someone is assaulted through hate, or drunken rage, I believe the assailant should be punished equally; the damage is done and it is unfair to the person assaulted under the latter situation if their case does not get the attention it deserves because resources are

spent on a person that used the “N” word before they suckerpunched someone. It says right in the synopsis of the HCPA that “extra” attention will be given to a “suspected” crime of hate, and that the DOJ and FBI will aide in the investigation of these “suspected” crimes. This inherently defines this act as monetarily burdening the already strained legal system. Nothing about this idea seems as though it creates any steps toward equality. Maybe that’s why it sat in the Senate since 1998. How coincidental that the President, who enacted it, is a person of color.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

OPINION The Shepherd Picket

Everyone Has a Story: Paul Campbell

by Sarah Crickenberger “Tall Paul” Campbell is a cup of strong, black coffee. I mean many things in my use of that outrageous metaphor, but in the essence of Paul, there is no better way to capture who he is. Paul is a solid person, one who is grounded enough to be as tangible as a porcelain mug of the aforementioned steaming brew in the palms of someone seeking home-grown comfort. What I mean to say is he isn’t flighty, and he doesn’t smack you in the face with elusive shock or airs. He has a patient presence that makes no demands because he is quietly secure with himself in relation to others, and he makes no apologies for his blunt nature. Yet, it is his precise lack of saccharine sweetness that provides an amiable aftertaste of warmth. I first met Paul Campbell in a

chance encounter that included genuine laughter and the striking impression that Paul has the rare ability to be a real human being. It was specifically his way of carrying a flowing, unforced conversation that resulted in a shabby page and a half of directionless notes following our interview, complete with such drifting details as his GPA since the eleventh grade and his love of the Power Rangers. I laughed over his spot-on impression of Shepherd’s guitar instructor, Bill Feasley, and the fact that he calls all of his three guitar students “buddy” because he can’t always remember their names (despite his insistence that he is great with names). That’s Paul’s major—guitar performance— which he quickly pointed out provides a delightful alliteration of Paul, performance, and poor (being what he assumes his major will lead him to be). Paul was homeschooled through high school (although he insists that I note that he went to a one-day-a-week school and was captain of the basketball team)—a fact I should have noted from afar, being a former homeschool kid myself. Raised by an intelligent pastor father who, according to Paul, “is always in a bad mood,” and a wonderfully kind mother, Paul has learned, despite some early years of so-

cial insecurity, how to be mellow and not take life or people, in general, too seriously. A prime example of his straightforward yet humorous approach is his posting of a sign in the music department strictly forbidding any PDA in the music lounge, signed affectionately by “Tall Paul.” After graduating with a twoyear degree from Cecil Community College in northeast Maryland, Paul ended up at Shepherd simply because it had a music program, and after one lesson with Bill Feasley, Paul Campbell knew that guitar performance was what he needed to do with the rest of his life. This career ambition also explains his desire to one day live in Spain because after all, “it’s the land of the guitar.” And he is true to his passion, practicing guitar 3-5 hours every day. The second oldest of four children, Paul speaks candidly about his family and very fondly of his dog, Oyster—a companion he generally likes more than most people. To his mother’s dismay, Paul loves tattoos although he doesn’t have one yet. He is mildly considering getting “Mom” tattooed on his neck or arm just to prove his love for his nice mom and, of course, to “piss her off.” Obviously a tough guy, the only fight

Paul Campbell Submitted Photo Paul’s ever been in was at the age of 11 when he kicked a boy in the face. Paul is a self-proclaimed elitist when it comes to what he likes—especially when it comes to music. He likes anything by Bach, and his favorite piece is Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. He likes the book “1984” and the movie “Watchmen” although he refuses to list any


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true favorites, and he fervently proclaims that “‘Avatar’ sucks.” When he’s not plucking the strings of a guitar, Paul can be found going to concerts or in his room watching “The Office” or “Teen Mom,” while adamantly refusing to sleep. Drinking copious amounts of strong, black coffee, Paul Campbell is a gentle, smiling giant with no bark and a bittersweet bite.


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