WVSU Yellow Jacket
Volume 67 Number 05
Cover photo by Katie Hawkins
November 13, 2008
Campus News WVSU boasts new personal college planner by Mary Casto Have you ever been a victim of T.M.I.? Symptoms of Too Much Information (T.M.I.) include confusion, anxiety, anger and sleeplessness. Thumbing through a college catalog with more than 300 pages searching the five or so pages that contain information that applies specifically to your degree can be a daunting task, and can sometimes dissuade students from enrolling in college at all. If a potential student’s first experience planning for college is confusing, and clouded with too much information, it can make applying for college intimidating. Dr. Danny Cantrell, Director of Enrollment Management and Retention Ser-
vices, here at WVSU has spent the last several years researching ways to make enrolling in college less complicated. Recently, he teamed up with Dr. Neal Raisman, author of the best-seller, Embrace the Oxymoron: Customer Service in Higher Education and Jerry Allocca, President of Core Technologies, to create a Personal College Planner. WVSU is the first public institution to offer such a tool. Very soon potential students can go to State’s homepage and click on the link, but for now you can go to www.wvstateuplanner.com. An avatar will greet you and help you get started. All you have to do is enter a few bits of
information and the program extracts the details pertinent to your degree, from the catalog, and e-mails you all of the requirements. You will see short videos about WVSU, and see photos, as well as, contact information of the faculty and staff that can assist you. Dr. Cantrell asks that you share this unique program with as many people as possible to help publicize it and to let the public know how easy it is to enroll at WVSU.
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Domestic violence in Sullivan A life cut short: love gone wrong? Hall calls for awareness by Bethany Simmons
by Fallon Pierson As many of you may know, October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What you may not know is that there have been at least three known cases of domestic violence that have occurred in Sullivan Hall. This past month, in light of these incidents, a mandatory domestic violence meeting was held in the Sullivan Hall lobby, which mainly showed students what signs to look for, statistics, how to get help, and how to help a friend who is being mistreated. However, this meeting was only meant for female residents, and the males were not made to attend any such meeting. Many residents feel this is unfair, as the domestic violence which occurred, happened to women. One Sullivan Hall resident Cassandra Martin explained to me her feelings on the situation. “I absolutely do not think it is fair, because it was the men who hit the women, and they weren’t even made to attend a meeting of any kind. I felt the meeting was not helpful because it was about things most of us already know.” When I questioned her about what she thought the consequences for the males should be, she responded, “If they were not students, and this had occurred, police would have come, and they would have been arrested. The same criteria should be applied here. They should have gone to jail, and they certainly should not be allowed to continue living or going to school here. It should be taken much more seriously, and it disturbs me that nothing was done.” It is the common opinion of the female residents that the males should be made to attend such a meeting. If any resident feels unsafe, or knows a friend who is a victim of domestic violence, please call the campus or state police immediately. Campus police can be reached at 304-766-3353 or 3181. Counseling for such instances is offered on the first floor of Sullivan Hall.
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Only two people know for sure what happened inside the car that Shana Cowley was riding in the night that she was killed. Reports say that her boyfriend was driving the car. Whether Cowley jumped from the vehicle or was pushed out remains to be decided. Either way, the result is the same: the Cowley’s and everyone who knew Shana are left without their shining star. The current Miss South Charleston was an employee at the Town Center Mall at Cachè, where employees and customers agreed that she made everyone feel like they mattered. At the time of the incident, she was a student at West Virginia State University. Cowley was planning on moving south to attend chiropractic school, but she took a ride a car that ended any hope of those plans. Could her death be a case of domestic violence or just a love spat gone terribly wrong? The consequence of whatever happened inside that car, ultimately led to Cowley’s death. Friends, family, and the community are left in shock of what happened to the fun loving girl who lit up a room and had the spark of life in her each and every day. While some think that domestic violence only happens to women, think again. Recent surveys show an increasing number of men who do not report cases against them. And while that fact may not seem important, it is. Domestic violence has long been an issue in relationships, and it only seems to get worse. For some reason, people think that by yelling, pushing, and threatening others, they will get their way. Truth is, people do not respond well to those types of actions, and they should not. People do not deserve to be treated that way. As for Shana Cowley, her dreams have been laid to rest along with her body. The plans she had for her future were cut abruptly short, all by some unforeseen occurrence. What the court decides will preside in the legal system, but no matter what action is taken, it will not and cannot ever bring Shana back to the family that loved her or to the life that she loved to live. Perhaps out of this tragedy, there can be a lesson learned. Each and every person must stand for themselves; even if that means leaving what was a constant in your life behind. Chances are great that if Shana Cowley had known that she would not walk away from that car ride alive, she would never have set foot inside the car. Maybe it was a joy ride that turned into a death trip. Maybe Shana knew that she would not make it out alive. Maybe she didn’t. We won’t know in this life. But she will be there to tell us in the next. As for those who remain, we are indebted to her to look out for one another and put an end to the senselessness of domestic violence.
Campus News Witchcraft in Appalachia? by Fallon Pierson The faculty lecture I attended was a bit magical, if you will, in light of the Halloween holiday. Dr. John Richards, professor of Sociology, delivered a speech entitled Neo-Pagan Witchcraft in Appalachia. It was more than interesting, because it referred to people who live in West Virginia, Ohio, and surrounding states. The speech basically covered the topic of stereotypes, traditions, and superstitions of the Appalachia people. So, if you have a lucky rabbit’s foot, have ever thrown salt over your shoulder, or feel uneasy when a black cat crosses your path, you could be practicing traditions of Neo-Pagan witchcraft. Folk magic is a word we can re-
late to more, as it refers to the everyday life of people in the Appalachia area. There are people in Appalachia that supposedly have the ability to heal warts, burns, and can heal with herbs. Biologist often refers to these herb doctors for medicines that do work, testing them first, of course. So, Neo-Pagan witchcraft is nothing but the use of herbs to heal ailments, having lucky possessions, and even using the farmer’s almanac; nothing too evil or eccentric, because most people around the world have similar beliefs. I wanted to dig further, and find out what everyone wants to know: Do real witches, those who practice black magic or draw their powers from the devil, really exist? Dr. Richard’s answer was satisfy-
SGA President initiates single parent support group by Mary Casto
ing, as he revealed there have been people he has met over the years, while researching and conducting interviews of the Appalachian people that do practice “evil” withcraft. In the past, there was the belief in white magic (magic to help and cure) and black magic (witchcraft), which carries over today. These are the beliefs that brought about many of the superstitions we have today. However, some practices Dr. Richard mentioned were new to my ears. For example, around the Civil War Era and earlier times, it was said that you could become a witch by shooting a shotgun on three consecutive days while denying God. The powers of the witch included casting spells on animals or human,
transforming into animals, and souring food in the household. Protections used against these evil witches were things like sprinkling salt in the corners of your house, owning witch balls and witch bottles, which were used to capture evil souls of witches. Also, many little boys were often dressed up as girls, to trick witches, because they were rumored to steal the souls’ of young boys. Whether you believe in magic or are a follower of science, or that magic is a mix of biology, chemistry, and physics (an idea I favor); it is recognized as a real academic study called Esoteric Studies and can assuredly leave you with a sense of unease.
Amtrak considers daily service thru Charleston by Mary Casto
SGA President, Nadir Mirza, is making good on his promise to create a sense of family among WVSU students. President Mirza realizes that single parents often struggle in school because of a lack of support. He feels that, “this segment of our student population is often ignored.” One way to ease the burden of being a single parent attending college is to start a support group on campus that parents can attend with their children. Nadir believes that “this can be a very positive experience, not only for the parents in a networking aspect, but also for the kids.” “Kids are so important, they are our next generation.” Angie Reedy, a WVSU sophomore, and single mother of three children – ages 8, 16 and 18- thinks that the support group is “a great idea.” “It would be great to talk to single parents and get advice on raising teenagers.” “It is good to know there is someone else out there that is going through what you are going through without having to sit on a couch and paying for advice.” Nadir is “confident that this program will be a great success.” He added, “If student government can help in any way, I would love to help.” “I have always made it a mission to help others; it is what my parents taught me.” The first meeting will be held in the Student Union on Saturday, November 15 from 7-9 p.m. Current WVSU students, that are single parents, are welcome to drop in for a few minutes or stay and enjoy themselves for the entire time. If you plan to attend please R.S.V.P. by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, how many children you will bring, and the children’s ages. This will help him gauge how many people to plan for. Free refreshments will be served and children’s activities will be available. The goal of this group is to network with other single parents; form new friendships among the parents, as well as the kids; share advice and ideas; and to have a place to go where you know that you are not alone when dealing with all of the duties of being a single parent, as well as a student. If you have questions or ideas, please e-mail the above address.
Traveling by train has been a popular way to travel for decades. Fluctuating gas prices and economic woes make traveling via Amtrak a sensible, inexpensive way to travel compared to traveling by car or air. Amtrak trains currently roll through Charleston, WV only 3 days a week. Trains depart the station at 3500 MacCorkle Ave. in Kanawha City, on Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Sunday’s. The eastbound trains depart promptly at 8:16 a.m., heading toward cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. Westbound trains leave at 8:10 p.m., heading toward cities such as Huntington, Cincinatti and Chicago. There are four price ranges depending on which fare class you purchase. Fare’s to D.C. begin as low as $48 and to Cincinnati as low as $26. For no additional charge you may carry two suitcases, each no large than 28x22x14, with each weighing no more than 50 pounds. You may also have one carry-on bag such as a purse, medical bag, laptop case or small duffel. Your bags are either stored beside your seat or in overhead compartments. This better insures that you will arrive with all of your luggage, unlike traveling by air and having your luggage checked then misplaced. Bruce Combs, Kanawha City ticket agent, advises that “students book their seats at least two weeks in advance, especially around the holidays.” To make a reservation call 1-800-872-7245 toll free, 24 hours a day, or call the local station at 304-342-6766. For more information or to check routes and schedules log onto www.amtrak.com. . To let Amtrak know that you would appreciate daily service through Charleston log onto the website and click on contact us at the top of the page and leave a message.
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Editorial Closure to the 2008 election by Dave Miller “I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my president, and I hope he does a good job.” That quote was expressed in 1960 by the most American of American icons in the 1960s, actor John Wayne. He said this after learning that John F. Kennedy was elected to be the 35th President of the United States, beating Wayne’s preferred candidate, Richard Nixon. Forty years later, the tone of America changed greatly when George W. Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States in January of 2001. Despite the close call in the state of Florida in the 2000 election and the US Supreme
Court ruling to stop all recounts in that state, the former Governor of Texas assumed office. Of course, some American voters let their opinions be known as Bush made his way towards the inauguration, as the limousine he was riding in was pelted with eggs and rocks and protest signs filled the Washington, D.C. street the vehicle was on, making their way to the Capitol. In 2004, Bush was up for re-election and faced John Kerry. The summer of that year was full of back-andforth violence towards the campaigns.
Keeping our campus beautiful Editorial by Dave Miller After coming out of one of my night classes recently, I had a conversation with one of my friends in the parking lot (as I typically do) for a few minutes. As our time talking came to an end, and we prepared to go our separate ways, I heard my friend shriek out in anger. “What the heck, man?” she asked. I looked back over to where my friend’s car was parked and I saw her outraged over someone who dumped a shopping bag that was full of trash out of their vehicle right next to her car. “This isn’t mine.” she continued to say. “Why would anyone do this? Did they not see the trash cans over there?” Being the nice guy that I am, I picked up bag of trash and the fast food box that was sitting on top of it and disposed of it in the nearest trash receptacle. I then returned to my car and loaded up on hand sanitizer to cleanse myself from the disgustingness of having to throw away a careless someone else’s garbage. Not to mention to sticky soda on the side of the plastic bag that was equally disgusting. As I turned the ignition to my car and prepared to leave the Jones/Davis/Sullivan/ Student Union parking lot, I wondered to myself if there were people on my campus who do not know that trash belongs in a trashcan and not on the ground or the parking lot. Apparently, there are. Since some on this campus cannot seem to follow a rule of society, I thought I would just remind those who do not know any better. When you have trash, you put it in the nearest trashcan and not on the ground. You should be responsible for your actions and not someone else. The idea of someone being so thoughtless to do something like this is asinine. Then again, I guess whoever dumped their trash next to my friend’s car is so thoughtless, they are probably too dim to read this editorial and more than likely just scattered someone on this campus for someone else to clean up.
Candidate headquarter offices were shot during the night, volunteers came out their offices to find the tires on their cars slashed, yard signs were stolen and approximately 1,800 people were arrested during protests at the Republican National Convention in New York City. The most popular anti-Republican bumper stickers from that election included “W stands for WRONG”, “51% is not a MANDATE” and the infamous “BUCK FUSH”. This past election season, violence in the campaign was minimal while verbal and personal attacks were prevalent. One instance in Pittsburgh, where a McCain
volunteer was “attacked” and had a backwards letter B carved in her cheek, turned out to be a self-inflicted hoax. Now that the 2008 election is behind us, and the celebrations dwindle down to their conclusions, it is time for those who did not vote for Sen. Barack Obama to put aside their political differences and follow in the footsteps of the man known as “The Duke”. It is time for Americans everywhere to say, “I may not have voted for him, but he is my president, and I hope he does a good job.”
Coming to America: an educational journey by Bethany Simmons Jan Bezouska may look like your average graduate student, but be assured that on the inside of that smiling and sometimes serious face, lies a passion for filmmaking, particularly, sound design. Jan is a part of the West Virginia State community for the next two years while he is here earning an M.A. in Media Studies. The decision to come to America was an easy one, “America is like the Mecca of films, “he said with a smile. The twenty three year old grew up watching, analyzing, and making films in the filmmaking community of the Czech Republic. While it was a difficult decision to leave home, he makes sure to stay in touch with family and friends he left behind. “The internet is our main source of communication. We talk on the phone too.” But now that he is here, Jan says he would not change a thing. “There is no way to compare there [the Czech Republic] to here [West Virginia]. I’m not saying it’s better or worse, just different.” At the Film Academy of Miroslav Ordricfk, Jan was part of a group of students who focused their undergraduate studies on sound design in films. Jan understands that no one person can make a film but instead, it is very much a team effort. “When you want to be good, you must know everything about other professions [in filmmaking].” At his school back home, students focus their efforts on one aspect of filmmaking, whether it is writing, producing, directing, or sound design. He is actually the first exchange student from the school to be able to study abroad. He had a good job in Czech, “I worked as an assistant of sound in the studio.” Once his expertise was discovered here, the Communications faculty quickly put him to work. He has held two sound design work shops to teach students and faculty about “Garage Band,” a software program that allows filmmakers to compose their own soundtracks. In regards to the Media Studies program at State, Jan works as a graduate assistant and only has praise for the education he is pursuing, “This is a very big advantage because sound directors in Czech don’t do this and I can.” As a resident on campus, Jan sees first hand just how the lifestyles of Americans differ from those in his home country. In regards to the recent presidential election, Jan was surprised at the reactions of those he was with as they gathered to watch the continued on page 8
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Celebrate the season with Holly Day and a traditional holiday exhibit at the Clay Center (Charleston, W.Va.) 11/07/08 –Stop by the Clay Center to kick off the holiday season with Holly Day. This annual family favorite takes place Friday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can get in on the fun with ornament making, holiday stories, a visit with Santa and more. Explore the all-new holiday exhibit, Trains, Trees & Treasures, which features model railroads, trees designed by local artists and unique treasures from area collectors. The Holly Day schedule of activities includes: • • • • • •
Ornament making ($2 per ornament) – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reindeer hats – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special story time – 11:30 am, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Shivering Science demo – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visits with Santa – 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Trains, Trees and Treasures exhibit – all day
From Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, Trains, Trees & Treasures will showcase model railroads and train artifacts from the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Historical Society, the St. Albans C&O Depot Museum and noted collector Tom Clay. Among the items on display will be working train parts, authentic railroad uniforms, an original sign from the Charleston C&O Depot, and a complete collection of vintage Chessie calendars from 1934 through 1959. Chessie is the kitten mascot of C&O railroads who first appeared in a 1933 issue of Fortune magazine in an ad that carried the slogan “Sleep like a kitten, and wake up fresh as a daisy in airconditioned comfort.” Local artists have designed elaborate Christmas trees, each with its own theme, for display in this exhibit. Visitors can also admire an assortment of fascinating treasures from area collectors, including antique dolls, nutcrackers, menorahs and other unique items. Trains, Trees & Treasures is sponsored by BB&T. Holly Day is sponsored by Shammaa Orthodontics. Please note that the Clay Center will offer additional holiday hours in December and will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays, Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries and box office will close early at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Thursday, December 25. All activities for Holly Day, with the exception of ornament-making workshops, are included with gallery admission, which is free for Clay Center members, $5.50 for children and $7 for adults. For more information on holiday activities at the Clay Center and other upcoming events, visit www.theclaycenter.org. # Clay Center
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WVSU basketball home openers by Ben Grady The second half of November will be the debut of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs at home. The Men’s first game at home will be on November 19th, hosting Glenville State. As of right now, the Men are the pre-season favorite to win the WVIAC, and with Ted Scott healthy, and leading the way that should be no problem. The Men lost in the Semi-Finals of the conference tournament last season, canceling out their chances to win the WVIAC three years in a row. The Women will get to display their talent at Fleming Hall on November 22nd, when Urbana comes to Institute. The Lady Jackets have a clean slate this season, after only winning six last year, and a new coach leading the team. Brittany Mingo, the Lady Jackets returning leading scorer, will be key to all Yellow Jacket success on the court.
Lady Jackets No. 1 by Ben Grady The West Virginia State University Volleyball team will be the #1 seed when the WVIAC Tournament begins November 13th. The Lady Jackets finished their regular season undefeated in conference play, with a record of 15-0, and an overall record of 23-3. The Lady Jackets will play their first game at 3:00 p.m. of the 13th, to the winner of the #8 and #9 seed. The WVIAC Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Charleston Catholic Sports Complex by the Charleston YMCA.
results tallied. “Macho guys…they just balled like babies. They were so happy and everyone was so excited. In Czech, the president is appointed. We do not vote and there is no excitement about it.” Jon Brion, composer of the music from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” is one of his favorite inspirations, as Jan plans to work in the filmmaking industry. Although Jan does not have definite plans as to just where he will work once his time here is finished, he has two years to figure out his next move. While he is at State, Jan will work earnestly to lend his expertise in sound. He is committed to work his way to the top, all in an undying effort to succeed. His determination was key is getting him here, but when asked what else helped him achieve his goal to study abroad, he is convinced it was “Luck.” *Note: On Friday, November 14th, Jan’s film premiered at the Film Academy of Miroslav Ordricfk in the Czech Republic.
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American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Training The American Lung Association of West Virginia is looking for a few great facilitators to help adults quit smoking. If you would like to be trained to help tobacco users find their freedom from smoking, you may register for the free training which will be held at The University of Charleston on December 8 and 9, 2008. The Freedom From Smoking® facilitator training is a day and a half long. Those who attend will be certified to facilitate the eight session Freedom From Smoking® clinic program. This behavior modification approach to quitting smoking offers committed quitters a step-by-step method for changing behavior and quitting smoking. The program uses positive thinking, alternative behaviors, and rewards to motivate the smoker to quit. To register for the training, please call Freedom From Smoking® Program Specialist, Kelli Caseman at the American Lung Association of West Virginia at 304-342-6600 or 1-800-586-4872. This Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Training is funded by a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Tobacco Prevention. The American Lung Association of West Virginia is a continuing education unit provider for registered nurses and respiratory therapists. yellow jacket
Entertainment Religulous offers religious experience by Devon Nuckles You may have of heard of this movie, or you may have not, depending on what social circles you travel in and your outlook of the world. However, if you have not seen this movie, because you never heard of it, do so. And if you have not seen this movie because you have heard of it, go see it. Directed by Larry Charles, who brought you the social satire film Borat, and hosted by Bill Maher, this exposé is about religions around the world. Bill Maher holds nothing back as he ask one simple question. Why? Why do we feel the need to believe in what we do. Why do we think our philosophy is the only truth? Interviewing everybody who is Christian, Mormon, Muslim, Jewish and even a burn out who made smoking pot his religion. The point of this movie is that reli-
gion, no matter what one, is silly, funny, absurd, and dangerous. Maher points out not only the obvious flaws of logic of the Christian Church. For example, if Christ taught that it’s much easer for a camel to walk through an eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven, then why are many ministers rolling in cash. Also, if Christ
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taught love, forgiveness and acceptance, then why are there Christian groups who preach against homosexuals. Or how can somebody be born of a virgin and be three different people but the same person at once.
translates to peace, then why are they killing non-believers. Or even worse, their own who just don’t follow the “true” Islam. He also brings up if the Christians, Jews and Muslims believe in the same God, why can’t they get along. My only negative remark of this movie is that Maher fails to point out just how violent Israel can be. This is a nation responsible for running tanks into Palestinian homes and killing millions of Muslims all in the name of God and Israel. They are just as bad as the Muslims and the Christians. Yet, Bill Maher gets his point across in a strong, smart, and even funny way. This movie does not present you with the right answers, but it does present you with the right questions. So, go see Religulous and I promise that you will have a religious experience.
Maher also goes after Muslims, pointing out that if the word Islam
Most dreaded movie by Devon Nuckles
If you never heard of a book series called Twilight, consider yourself lucky. But now they are making a movie about it. It’s about vampires. Vampires who do not have fangs and do not drink blood. I guess they are the Vampires who do
nothing. The movie is a love story and that caters to the neo-gothic crowd and the bleeding heart crowd. I miss old vampires. The nasty servants of the dark, the Devils concubines. The ones with sharp teeth and black evil eyes and who will kill you without a seconds thought. Yeah, those are vampires. From Dusk till Dawn type vampires or the original Dracula. Someone evil and scary. Since when did vampires become romantic? That’s the dumbest thing ever. “Oh honey, I love you too. Just don’t drink my blood during our love making.” Get real, I want to see them turn into bats and bight people, as quick and vicious as possible. I blame Ann Rice, she killed the genera for myself and people like me. Why Ann? Why? For a good vampire movie check out 30 Days of Night , From Dusk Till Dawn or even Dracula. There, I feel better now.