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WVSU Yellow Jacket

Volume 67 Number 09

February 3, 2009

Campus News Words of wisdom could lead to scholarship by Meghan Chester In celebration of Black History Month and in support of educational opportunities within the communities it serves, Alltel Wireless is proud to present the Words of Wisdom essay contest. This unique scholarship program supports young students seeking to share their wisdom and further their educations at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America. Ten winners will be chosen from all essays submitted to the contest. Each

winning essayist will receive a $10,000 scholarship to a participating Black college or university. All 10 winners will be honored at an awards luncheon to be held Thursday, March 12th, 2009 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Words of Wisdom spokesperson and esteemed poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou, will personally present each winner with their scholarship. The reception will also feature a performance by R&B star and Def Soul/Atlantic records recording artist Musiq Soulchild.

The Words of Wisdom essay contest is open to current and prospective students of America’s participating Black colleges and universities. West Virginia State University is among the participating universities. Fall 2009 full-time enrollment will be verified by Alltel prior to the awarding of scholarship prizes. Essays must be 750-1000 words and must be the original work of the submitting author. The contest begun January 12th and ends at midnight on February 14th. The topic of the essay is:

The election of our country’s first African-American president is proof that the dream of change can become a reality. As a people, we’ve shown what we can do when called upon for change. How are you being called to build upon this new spirit of change?

For full contest rules visit www.alltel.comwordsofwisdom.

Community and Technical College seeks new name by Meghan Chester The administration of West Virginia State Community & Technical College kicked off a process that will result in a new name for the institution. From now until Feb. 14, participants may submit an idea for the new name. Submissions can be tendered online at a special campaign Web site,, or placed into any of the official campaign ballot boxes on campus. A specially designated committee will evaluate the submitted names and advance three submissions forward for a public run-off election to

be held in March. An intricate part of the process is going to be public involvement and inclusion. Students, staff and faculty of the community college, along with area residents, are encouraged to submit their ideas for a new name for the college. “This is an open process,” explained WV State Community & Technical College President Joseph Badgley. “We welcome ideas from anyone who is a friend of our college. The board of governors and I believe that engaging many minds in this important process will bring

the best results.” Once the new name has been accepted, the community college will work on the visual and design elements in completing its new brand identity. The renaming project will have no impact on the Community College’s sister institution, West Virginia State University, whose name will remain. In recent years, community and technical colleges in the Mountain State have begun to establish brand identities distinct from their affiliated institutions. For example, Pierpont Community

& Technical College in Fairmont was formerly known as Fairmont State Community & Technical College. In general, a rebranding strategy for a community and technical college is aimed at reducing confusion and establishing more effective communications with target audience groups, which differ from the audiences for the universities. Visit for information about WV State Community & Technical College.

WVSU’s Single Parent Support Group will be meeting in the Student Union, room 135 on Saturday, February 7 from 3-7 pm.

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Campus News Valentine’s Day: another day to love by Bethany Simmons

Russell proposes to Miranda Sigman at Central Park in New York.

Josh and Miranda stop for a pose at his sister’s wedding.

Remember being a kid and having your Valentine’s Day party at school? Chances are it was filled with games, sweet treats and those little cards that reminded you that you were loved. For many it became a memorable tradition year after year, and one that they continue today. Do you remember your first Valentine? Josh Russell, a senior Communications major recalls his perfectly. “Miranda was my Valentine in kindergarten.” Miranda Sigman is currently a Communications senior and set to graduate from State this May. She describes their first Valentine’s Day with a smile in her voice. “He put a plastic

the consumer culture.” Sigman has her own thoughts on the designated day of love. “It’s a nice holiday, but it’s basically an excuse to do something and really—if you love somebody, you want to do something nice for them every day.” With the economy causing consumers to dramatically cut back on their spending, college students can still make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one. These simple steps can show your true love how much you care—any day of the year and without breaking the bank. 1. Instead of a fancy restaurant, cook a special meal. Don’t know how to cook? Enlist some of your best buddies to assist in the effort.

Mickey Mouse ring in my Valentine. We had seen it earlier in the year, and I said it was so awesome. He remembered and gave it to me. I wore it everywhere.” For Josh and Miranda that Valentine’s Day will always be where their love story began, but not where it ends. “In the fifth grade, I told her that her socks were pretty.” Somewhere along the line children turn into older versions of themselves and Valentine’s Day changes. Love can get lost in the rarity of the small, but kind gestures and the day designated for love gets lost in the hype. Russell says he is not a big fan of Cupid’s holiday. “I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day. It’s like an invention of

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2. If your Valentine has a sweet tooth, whip up some homemade candy. 3. Take a trip to the rental store together and let your Valentine pick the flick for a night in. 4. If looking to buy a pet, don’t think it has to be a pure bred. There are plenty of animals at the local shelters who will make for lifelong furry friends. 5. Try your hand at writing something from your heart and save a trip to the card store for another day. Valentine’s Day may only come around once a year, but February 14th is just another day.

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Campus News Note-takers needed for spring semester by Mary Casto The office of Collegiate Support and Counseling is seeking note takers for several classes this semester. You can help students with disabilities ranging from dyslexia to deafness, or a temporary disability, like a broken hand. To receive assistance you must have a note from a physician documenting your need for a note taker. This ensures that students don’t take advantage of the service. Students receiving notes must sign a ledger each time. At the end of semester, note takers turn in the signed sheets and receive a check for $50.00 in the mail. Remember that being a note taker

is a very important commitment and that there are certain minimum requirements. Criteria and Expectations of Note Takers: - Cumulative 2.5 GPA - One faculty/staff recommendation - Have neat handwriting - Must attend all classes - Maintain confidentiality For more information contact: Carla Blankenbuchler Disability Counselor 1st Floor Sullivan East Room 123 766-3038 or 3168

Clay Center presents free lectures on the arts Learn about the future of visual and performing arts in Kanawha County, and meet one of the original West Virginia “rocket boys” with two lectures on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Clay Center. Both programs are free and open to the public. On Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 12:15 p.m. in the art gallery, Dr. David Wohl, dean of arts and humanities at West Virginia State University, will present “Cultural Connections: The Kanawha County Cultural Plan.” He will discuss the development of the dynamic new cultural plan for Kanawha and explain how to get involved. The Clay Center’s Lunchtime Lecture series takes place the second Wednesday of each month and is free and open to the public. Each 45-50 minute program features a community presenter with an exciting new topic. Join Willie “Billy” Rose, one of the original West Virginia “Rocket Boys,” for a special evening lecture on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in the ElectricSkyTM Theater. Rose will share about his life growing up in Coalwood, W.Va. and the formation of the Rocket Boys. The program will also highlight the importance of teachers and education which helped propel the Rocket Boys to attend college, have successful careers and achieve national recognition.

For more information, visit or call 304561-3517.

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Editorial Renaming CTC a bad idea Editorial by Dave Miller West Virginia State Community and Technical College announced on January 26 that the school is looking to rename itself and wants the public to help out. The CTC announced a contest for submissions on the website to run until February 14. The website also lists reasons on why the school wishes to change the name of the institution. The site states that the two main reasons are to eliminate confusion with West Virginia State University and as a marketing scheme to reach new potential students.

Considering that the Community and Technical College was so desperate just a couple of years ago to become their own entity, the idea of a name change at this time is ridiculous. First, rumor has it that the CTC is up to the third floor of the Cole Complex in red ink, meaning they owe more money than what they have. A name change would require money to change signs, letterhead, business cards and whatever else happens to have WVSCTC on it. Perhaps the CTC

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brass now regrets the celebration held three years ago, where they gave away tshirts, Frisbees and bottles of water with Dr. Ervin Griffin’s face on them. Secondly, the CTC will always be confused with WVSU as long as the two institutions continue to share a campus. Unless the renamed institution decides uproot and move away from the campus in Institute, the confusion will remain. Lastly, the CTC should look to the stability of the institution before making any image changes. Since the CTC broke

away from the university, three have served as president of the institution, an average of just under two years served for each president. But the CTC can do whatever it wants. If it feels the need to remarket itself, and feels the need to do so with our tuition dollars in a financially crippling time, have at it. Good luck getting those new students if the revolving door continues to spin in the administration.

SHUT UP! by Devon Nuckles

Editorial by Bethany Simmons January 20th, 2009 was a long awaited day, marked with celebrations, American flags, and a pride that seems to have restored our nations hope for the future. President Barack Obama has made history and his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States marked a moment that will live on forever. About half an hour before Obama took his oath, a radio commentator shared this thought—“In just a little while that man {Barack Obama} will carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.” That one line sobered me. In the midst of the pomp, circumstance and celebration of a lifetime, his responsibilities flashed before my eyes. Despite the enormous impact he has already had on a national and global level, he has a lot to live up to and people everywhere are looking to him for a better future. Amidst our current crises, some are just thrilled at his success. After all-this is America, the land of opportunity. This is the place where anything is possible and he has proved that. These times are hard and even with our new leader in chief, the trials we as a nation face at home and abroad continue to stare us in the face. There is much work to be done and just as our problems didn’t happen overnight, there is no quick fix for them. People are losing their jobs, everything they’ve worked for and their hope. I find the letter that former president Bush’s daughters wrote to Barack Obama’s own girls to be intriguing. In the last line, Barbara and Jenna Bush encouraged Malia and Sasha Obama to enjoy their time in the White House, but perhaps more importantly - to love their father. “Many people will think they know him, but they have no idea how he felt the day you were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school, or how much you both love being his daughters. So here is our most important piece of advice: Remember who your dad really is.” We as a nation can do little at this point, but sit back and wait, President Barack Obama urges us to act now. It is up to us to see the things happen that we are most concerned about. As the First family begins to transition into a new kind of existence, there will be many long days ahead. Days filled with uncertainty, but more importantly, days filled with hope that the next generation might inherit a better world.

If you have not been watching Fox News lately - don’t bother. The people run what they call news and you can’t call it that because they do not report facts and have finally gone off the deep end. It’s amazing. Fox News has gone as far as to say that Obama may not be the president because when he was sworn in the 2nd time, he did not put his hand on the Bible. Are you kidding me? Does it matter what he puts his hand on? No! What matters is if he does a good job or not. I don’t care about his religion, whatever it may or may not be. I just want my president to have a good moral center. If he is able to achieve that by worshiping a giant Hippo on roller-skates, that is fine and dandy with me. Because, at the end of the day it does not matter. As far as whether or not Obama is really the president, I have this to say to Fox News: I had to call Bush my president for eight years, Obama is now your president! Deal with it!

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Campus Events

“Alive Again” Mixed-media printmaking, book arts, and installation by Brooke Hunter-Lombardi is now showing in the Della Brown Taylor Art Gallery, located in the Davis Fine Arts Building, until Febuary 20th 2009. Gallery hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Contact 304-766-3196 6

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Campus Events photos by Katie Hawkins

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Sports Men’s basketball on winning streak by Craig Dutton The Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team improves their conference and overall record by rolling over six consecutive opponents from January 10 thru the 24th. West Virginia State (12-4), (8-1) and ranked second in the WVIAC, have developed a 99 point average in their recent rout of opponents. Tougher conference rivals are coming soon for the Jackets in the likes of Glenville State, Charleston, West Liberty, Pitt-Johnstown and conference leader Alderson-Broaddus. After their defeats over Concord and Jesuit, Bryan Poore’s squad notched their third straight 100 point defeat over Ohio Valley in Vienna, 103-72. The game also gave junior forward, Ricky Jackson his fourth successive performance with a

double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard, Ted Scott also led all scorers with 30 points, but most notably he became only one of only five Yellow Jackets to surpass 2,000 points during their career at WVSU. This came when Scott hit a jumper and drew a foul midway through the second half to give him 29 on the night. The free throw gave him his total for the night and 2,001 points for his career thus far. With the Griffins of Seton Hill next on the skid, the Jackets had few problems as they held the lead for the entirety of the game, 78-68. Jackson’s run of double-doubles came to an end, but Jones sufficed with his own of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Scott and Jackson led team scorers with 21 points.

Following Seton Hill, Jones’ weekly performance from Jesuit to Seton Hill gave him WVIAC weekly honors as he tallied a 21.7 point and 6.7 rebound average through the week. One of the most touted teams during the win streak was the Fighting Falcons of Fairmont State. After a hard fought back and forth battle within the first 10 minutes of the game, Poore’s squad jumped to an 18-4 run to hold off the Falcons, 93-80. Jackson led all scorers with 21 points. Jones added 18 points while Scott and junior guard, Jason Emerson gave 15 as well. Senior guard, Kenny Carter and senior forward, Hensley Charles tallied 10 rebounds each. The Salem International Tigers needed a perfect game to upset State and

get their second win this season, but the Yellow Jackets fared well enough to ensure the 99-89 victory. A valiant effort by Salem kept the Jackets at bay from shooting the Tigers out of Fleming Hall. Team scoring was led by Scott with 24, while Jones followed with 19 points. Carter also notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Scott’s career points total, following Salem stands at 2,061. His next goal is to pass the fourth through second best WVSU scorers James Washington (2,111), Wayne Casey (2,153) and Mike Taylor (2,171). Yellow Jackets will be back at Fleming Hall on February 7th and 14th when they host conference rivals West Liberty and Alderson-Broaddus respectively.

Jacket women push through conference foes by Craig Dutton The State women’s basketball is holding onto a .500 plus record in conference play with key a comeback victory over Ohio Valley and a blow-out versus Salem on January 15th and 24th. The Lady Jackets (8-9), (6-5) and seventh in the WVIAC, has dropped three of their last five games in conference play. After coming back to defeat Jesuit at home, Renee Bostic’s squad traveled north to Ohio Valley who gave State a very solid challenge. The teams battled for the lead throughout the first half until Valley held a six point margin midway into the second half. The Lady Jackets replied with a 13-2 run guided by senior guard, Jennifer Setter’s three-pointers to take the advantage and hold-off the Lady Scots, 77-69. Junior forward, Sandrea Coleman led the team with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Setter followed with 16 points and sophomore guard, Avery Hale had eight rebounds.

The Seton Hill Lady Griffins gave the Jackets a very similar opposition. A match that was back and forth until the midway point in the second half, the Lady Griffins took a lead of 53-41 with under four minutes to go. State made a run of their own just to fall short in the final seconds with a missed jump-shot by senior forward, Brittany Mingo to go down 53-51. Mingo led all scorers with 24 points and added eight rebounds as well. Setter added 16 points, and senior forward, Tiffany Finkton backed Mingo with seven rebounds as well. The Jackets traveled back home and faced last year’s conference tournament champions, Fairmont State Lady Falcons. The Falcons proved to be too much for the Lady Jackets as Fairmont began to dominate the lead with five minutes left in the first half and never looked back, as the Falcons were victorious, 69-58. Mingo led team scoring with 17 points, while Mingo and sophomore forward, Sharena Atkinson both led the team

rebounding column with seven each. Fleming Hall was then host to a winless Salem International Lady Tiger team which struggled all night to keep up with the Jackets. Salem never led the game as State rolled on with a 78-43 triumph. Scoring leader was Mingo again with 23 points with senior guard, Kortni Matteson supporting Mingo with 10 additionally. Freshman forward, Margaret Clough led the team with eight rebounds while Coleman took down seven to help. Following the huge victory over Salem, State traveled to Shepherdstown to take on the Lady Rams of Shepherd. The Lady Jackets were routed in the 84-71 defeat on the road. The Lady Rams held onto a 23 point lead through the second half. State was able to comeback within six, but us unable to overcome and would suffer their fifth conference loss of the season. Nonetheless, Mingo had a seasonhigh of 33 points which outdoes her per-

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formance versus Central State where she had 28. Mingo and Finkton also led team rebounding with seven each. State hopes to improve their record with upcoming games in Fleming Hall on February 7th versus West Liberty and February 14th hosting Alderson-Broaddus which is also WVIAC Think Pink Night in support of breast cancer research.

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Editor-in-Chief Dave Miller

Design Editor Megan Gothard Design Apprentice Katie Hawkins Ad Manager Paula Beasley

Cover On the Cover: WVSU snow days! Many classes cancelled due to “inclement� weather. For updated cancellation notices students can go to to apply for the campus alert messaging system. photo by Katie Hawkins

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Entertainment 3-D making Hollywood lots of money by Devon Nuckles If you have been to the movies lately, you may have noticed that more and more movies are coming out in 3-D. Recently, we have seen Bolt, The Nightmare Before Christmas and the horror flick - My Bloody Valentine. That is just the tip of the iceberg. According to 3d there have been a total of 33 3-D shorts and feature films released since 2006. So, why the world’s sudden inter-

est with 3-D movies? Well, other than the fact that 3-D is really cool, it makes economic sense. The United States economy is not doing so well, so with that said, movie tickets are not going to sell well. Most won’t pay for a movie ticket today, unless you give them a good reason. Gimmicks have been used to sell tickets before. Smell-O-Vision with a scratch and sniff card, electric seats were used to scare viewers during horror films and a

glow in the dark skeleton, attached to a wire, floated over the audience during the final moments of the House on the Hunted Hill. It paralleled the action on the screen and when a skeleton arose from a vat of acid and pursued the villainous wife of Vincent Price. 3-D movies have been around since as far back 1890’s using stereoscopic imaging. It saw more mainstream success in the 50’s and 60’s. It seems to be mak-

ing a comeback now and the technology has greatly mproved. To spare you the technical details, the use of digital projection instead of film has helped improve 3-D viewing. Yet, is 3-D still just a gimmick, or a new way of going to the theater? It may still be too close to tell, yet there is still one “gimmick” that is used to sell tickets. It’s called widescreen. So, if widescreen is now a household name, why not 3-D?

The Good Guys win again! by Devon Nuckles If you read my last editorial, you will know that I once had my computer stolen. I use the term “once” for the fact that the campus police department caught him! I have my beloved back, I’m typing on it as I write this. So, how did this all happen? It was a cold January day when I got a phone call from the campus bookstore saying the idiot…um thief tried to see if they would remove the password. The fine folks at the bookstore know what a thief smells like and called me then campus security. It was here that they put their expert sleuthing skills to work. By viewing the cameras in the bookstore they were able to get a positive ID on the culprit. So, while this was going on, the computer snatcher went to other departments on campus to see if they would remove the password. Thus, only confirming the positive ID that the police had made. Finally, I got a call about 2pm on Wednesday asking me if I was willing to come down the police station for a 2nd time. “This can only be bad news,” I thought to myself. For once, I was glad that I was wrong. When I entered the building, I saw it sitting on the desk. My beautiful computer! So, the campus police department caught the bad guy (who is an IDIOT) and I got my computer back. Once again we learn that crime does not pay. My only regret is that I did not get a chance to say “Book ‘em, Danno!”

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Volume 67 Number 09 WVSU Yellow Jacket February 3, 2009