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WVSU Yellow Jacket

Volume 69 Number 2

In This Issue:

- Recycling Program on Campus pg. 4 - Lady Jackets Tennis Team off to Strong Start pg. 10

First Copy Free

September 30, 2010


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Editor-in-Chief Sara Price Managing Editor Mary Casto Executive Editor Brett Mannon Design Editor/Photographer Katheryne Hawkins Design Apprentice/Photographer Mark Talbert Design Apprentice/Columnist Lori Tompkins Campus Editor Stephanie Ann Barnett News Editor Bobby Miller Sports Editor Scott Waggener Editorial Editor Steven Wandling Opinion Editor Kris Casdorph Entertainment Editor William Oldani Senior Copy Editor Lydia Withrow Copy Editor Andrew Crow Ad Manager Cynthia Quigley Faculty Advisor Dr. Robin Broughton

Office Contacts

Phone: 304.766.3212

214 Wilson Student Union Institute, WV 25112 2


Dear Yellow Jacket Readers, We are now on our second issue of the Yellow Jacket and things are moving along fairly well. The staff is settling in to the office, post-it notes are going up like crazy, and our schedules are finally synchronized. We’ve even decorated the office in a harvest theme, celebrating the rich reds and glowing shades of gold that will soon be on the trees outside our office. In a nutshell? We’re looking forward to autumn. On a side note, I’d like to encourage every student on campus to pick up a free copy of the Kanawha Review. This bulletin is published by West Virginia State University students and faculty and features short stories, poems, and photographs from WVSU students. Perhaps I’m a little biased since two staff members of the Yellow Jacket are featured in it (including myself) plus another staff member is a Student Editor for the publication. But still, there’s a wealth of knowledge and expression inside the Kanawha Review and it’s a good read for everyone. Until next time, Sara Price Editor-In-Chief

On The Cover:

Yellow Jacket staff members Steve Wandling, Lori Tompkins, and Stephanie Ann Barnett show off their love for WVSU at the Campus Picnic in August. Photo by Sara Price


STUDENT ORGANIZATION HERE! WVSU Student Organizations get free advertisement through the Yellow Jacket Newspaper! Have a meeting coming up? A fund-raising or social event?

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Campus News

Student Organization Showcase Helps Organizations and Students by Stephanie Ann Barnett

The Student Plaza buzzed with students at lunchtime during the campus picnic. Many students were drawn to the free food and music of the campus picnic; most left with information of one or more of WVSU’s on-campus organizations. The showcase was a success for new and returning students and the organizations looking for new membership. Tables scattered throughout the student plaza boasted information, sign-up sheets, raffles, and freebies. Some of the participating organizations were: Student Support Services; Tobacco-Free Yellow Jackets; Women in Communications; Single Parent Support Group; AchievementVETS; National Broadcasting Society; AmeriCorps; Public Relations Student Society of America; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Gus R. Douglass Land-Grant Institute;

Andrea Robinson and Renee Bostic

Photo by Sara Price

C.E. Jones Historical Society; forms of community service and the Yellow Jacket; and Student thrive on the community support Ambassadors Club. Most of the they receive. organizations commit to various Fraternities, sororities, and

various honor societies also took part in the showcase. The fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha and sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta promotes their brother and sisterhood, charity and service. Kappa Delta Pi, honor society for Education majors, upholds community service especially focused on children. Alpha Mu Gamma, foreign language honors society, encourages understanding and acceptance of cultural diversity. Look for a student organization spotlight in future issues. The Spotlight will highlight the organization’s requirements, benefits, and activities. It will also contain information on how to join. Current members and officers please feel free to contact the Yellow Jacket at (304) 766-3212 or and we will do our best to inform the readers about your organization.

Students Celebrate Back-To-School at Campus Picnic by Stephanie Ann Barnett

To kick off this fall semester, Student Activities sponsored a campus picnic in the student plaza in front of the Wilson Student Union. The picnic featured an array of free food including: chargrilled burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, barbeque sandwiches, baked beans, chips, and cookies. Snow cones, cotton candy, ice cream, and popcorn machines were also present, making the transition from summer to school-time seem almost carnival-like when paired with the booming music. Memorable moments were captured inside the photo booth in the lobby of the Union. Students used silly hats, glasses and a boa to add pizzazz to their pictures as they piled inside the booth. This fun-filled afternoon was organized by Belinda Fuller, program coordinator for Student Activities. She planned the picnic to coincide with the student organization showcase. Fuller said that students tend to complain that nothing interesting is happening on campus, but do not participate in events. “Come talk to me and give ideas for what you want to see and do,” said Fuller. Students may visit the Student Activities office in room 103 of the Union or call (304) 766-3288.

Campus picnic

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Photo by Sara Price


Campus News

Recycling Program Salvages Paper Waste by Ashley King As of the Fall 2010 semester at WVSU, anyone can recycle paper items on campus. Paper items accepted include all types of office paper, school paper, newspapers, catalogs, books, magazines, and flattened cardboard. Paper items not accepted include paper towels, food wrappers, napkins, tissues, and soiled paper. As of this point, there are bins for recycling in the following locations: Ferrell Hall-first floor, both ends of the hallway; Wallace Hallfirst floor, near elevator; Hamblin Hall-first floor, in the corner to the left of the main entrance; Hill Hallfirst floor inside the where there is a recycling sign on the door; Libraryfirst floor, near photocopier; Student Union-first floor, west side, near el-

ogy here at WVSU. Wolfe also said that, “This university is behind from other institutions as far as initiatives. I’m happy with the progress we’ve made, but we need to expand to other materials other than just paper. Some individuals have taken it upon themselves to recycle plastic and metals.” The Recycling program is entirely run by faculty, staff, and student volunteers. Anyone willing to help with the Recycling program can contact Dr. Vickie Wolfe at:

Mark Talbert recycling papers in Davis Fine Arts

evator (across from Student Activities “Recycling is one of the easioffice); Davis Hall-lounge area, north est and most visible things you can side of the building; Jones Hall; do to help the environment,” said Curtis Complex-Suite 500. Dr. Vickie Wolfe, professor of biol-

Get the word out!!! Campus Events can be advertised here. We would love to help students get involved. Events, Activities, and agendas can be emailed to

WVSU Health Center

Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Phone (304)766-3323 email:

Located on the Lower Level of the Wilson Student Union 4

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West Virginia State University Department of Biology-Hamblin Hall Room 131 P. O. Box 1000 Institute, WV 25112 Phone: (304) 766-3125

State Celebrates Constitution Day by Ashley King

WVSU students, faculty, and staff recently gathered in the Wallace Auditorium to celebrate Constitution Day. Two guest speakers, Frank Crabtree and Seth Distefano discussed issues concerning our Constitution and about the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Issues that were discussed included racial profiling, fourth amendment rights, religious rights, challenges to the fourteenth amendment, and free speech. Cases involving racial profiling included recent instances where a driver was pulled over and questioned about his driving because he was an African American and a worker was questioned about his ability to work because he was Muslim. These cases point out that even though our Constitution gives us rights, our rights can still be challenged. A case involving freedom of religion was mentioned. A young man who received a Promise Scholarship who belonged to the church of Latter Day Saints wanted to go into missionary work for his church for a year. If he did his missionary work, he would lose his Promise Scholarship. The speakers stressed that it is important people know their rights under the constitution. They opened the last twenty minutes of their discussion for questions about Americans’ rights from the audience. They also discussed what members of the ACLU do. Everyone who was in the assembly was invited to join the ACLU. There was a table set up where people could sign up for the ACLU outside of the Wallace Auditorium. Membership is free to all WVSU students.The ACLU is active in rallying and celebrating our constitutional rights in local areas.

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Campus News

Letter to the Editor:

Please convey my compliments to Michelle Miller for her recent article about the exciting changes taking place at Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College. As the article clearly indicates change is a process of adjustment and there are bumps in the road along the way. We are all working to improve service to students and make the processes of admission, registration and financial aid as problem free as possible. This was our first semester delivering all these services to students and we are reviewing what we did with an eye to making it even better for the spring semester. I would like to clarify one point about developmental education. WVSU students are welcome to enroll in developmental writing and math courses at KVCTC as transient students and at the lower community college tuition rate. I also want you to know that I have been a fan of the Yellow Jacket band, especially the percussion corps, since I was in college in the sixties. Best regards, Joe Joseph L. Badgley, President Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College Phone: 304-766-3252 Email:

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Student Academics, Athletics, and Activities Calendar October 1-October 15 10/1

- Final 40% of Tuition/Fees Due on Installment Plan

- Women’s Tennis @ Seton Hill University

1:00 pm

10/2 1:00 pm 10/3 11:00am 10/5 7 - 8:30pm

-Sepia Fashion Revue -Davis Fine Arts Theater

10/6 7:00pm

-Women’s Volleyball vs Ohio Valley University

10/8 4:00pm

-Advisory Grades (D’s and F’s) Due to Registrar

Della Brown Taylor Art Gallery

- Women’s Tennis @ Sheperd University

-Women’s Tennis @ West Liberty University -Men’s Football @ Seton Hill University

10/12 3:00pm

-Women’s Tennis vs University of Charleston

-Women’s Volleyball @ Davis & Elkins

10am - 2pm -Homecoming Bead Sale @ Wallace Hall

12 - 4pm

Meetings Thursdays at 12:30pm

-Women’s Tennis @ Shippensburg

10/9 3:00 pm 10/11 7:00 pm


Motivational Organization for New Artists

-Men’s Football vs Concord University

-Old Time Photos @ Wilson Student Union -1st Half Classes End

12 -2:30pm -Snakes Alive @ Wilson Student Union


-2nd Half Classes Begin


-Women’s Volleyball @ Alderson Broaddus

11am - 3 pm -Mechanical Bull @ Wilson Student Union 11am - 5pm -Totally Tattoos@ Wilson Student Union

Free movie tickets to Nitro Great EscapeTheater

Davis Fine Arts

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Student Activities Office (Union 103) 9:00am-12:00pm MUST HAVE VALID WVSU ID! (First Friday of every month)



West Virginia’s Pumpkin Festival Celebrating 25 Years by Cynthia Quigley

The 2008 Pumkin Festival Parade, Milton, WV - Photo by Mark Webb -The Herald-Dispatch

Stress to the Press Compiled by Lori Tompkins Have something you want to say but can’t? Well here’s your chance! Whether it’s good, bad, or funny, send your “stress” to the Yellow Jacket and get it off your chest. Email submissions to It’s completely anonymous and we only ask that you keep it short, sweet, and clean. Who knows – you might see your stress in the next issue of the YJ! - Hey idiot who takes up two parking spaces – learn how to park!

- To the jerk on the second floor of Sullivan West: Not everyone wants to hear your music, especially at 8:00am.

- The new “hoops” we have to jump through to get funding for our groups- though well intentioned, are complete overkill.

- Stop giving excuses!! I have class, tests and projects too! But yet, all my stuff is turned in on time. - What’s going in the Financial Aid office? Geesh! - How about that fine Registrars’ office we have. NOT! - Strawberry-Banana smoothies. Now that’s what’s up!

- I don’t care that you smoke, just don’t do it in front of me while walking to class.

- Yes everyone is entitled to their opinion, however you really don’t need so many. - Thanks to the guy in the blue shirt that held the door open for me. - Thanks for wearing such cool shoes! - Still waiting on Financial Aid!

-How does the President of the United States have time to write and publish a book? Just wondering. -Best friends are what make life so great.


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Pumpkin Festival, in Milton, WV. Started in 1985 to help local farmers sell their pumpkins, the fair now draws over 50,000 people each season. With a parade, daily live entertainment, juried artisans, a 5K Walk/Run, an auction, commercial booth and plenty of good food to choose from there is something for most everyone at this festival. The parade will begin at 3pm on Oct. 3, 2010, on Main Street in Milton. Fair grounds open Thurs., Oct.7, 2010 and close Sun., Oct. 10, 2010. Friday night, live entertainment features Larry and the Cruisers; Saturday night features T. Graham Brown. There will be many exhibits, from businesses and organizations, as well as, local vendors and juried artisans. Home-made apple butter anyone? Fresh popcorn, roasted ears of corn, funnel cakes are just a few of the tempting things to eat. The 5K Walk/Run starts Saturday Oct. 2, 2010 at 8:00 a.m., late registration is $20.00 through the day of the race. Awards are based on age and categories, which include a wheelchair and a stroller category. For additional race info, write to The auction is October 10, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. and includes the sale of the largest pumpkins, and many other items. The auction funds the annual scholarship fund. High school seniors who will be attending college in West Virginia are encouraged to apply, there will be two $2,000.00 scholarships awarded for 2011. Whether you are looking for something different to do or family fun the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival’s 25th Anniversary celebration is the place to be! See for more details.

Senate Seat on Ballot for November Election by Kris Casdorph

The special primary election for the late Robert C. Byrd’s senate seat took place the last weekend in August. Low voter turnout, a typical result in off-year elections in West Virginia, once again plagued the democratic process. Less than one quarter of West Virginia’s registered voters bothered to turn out for an election that many see as already decided. Three Democratic candidates and ten Republicans campaigned for the right to run for West Virginia’s senate seat. The results of the primary election were far from a surprise. Governor Joe Manchin, who many speculated would appoint himself to the Senate, was the leader of the pack, securing over seventy percent of the vote on the Democratic ballot. He easily defeated 95 year old former Congressman Kent Hechler and Sheril Fletcher. Kent Hechler received a higher percentage vote than any of the other runners from either party. It seems that the highly popular Governor had nothing to fear by standing for election. On the Republican ticket, five time Senate candidate John Raese again won the Republican primary. Perhaps the Republicans think that five campaigns worth of losing experience will be beneficial to the Raese candidacy. His closest competition, Mac Warner, won only fifteen percent of the Republican vote.Dick Morris, a former Clinton advisor, has publicly stated that Raese can give Governor Manchin a tight race.

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Religious Freedom Debate Continues Over new Mosque by Roger Bryant Recently the news has turned to an Islamic Community Center being built in New York City. This has gained interest again because of the stabbing of a cabbie by a man who was religiously motivated. So what’s the right answer? Is it best to build an Islamic Center a few blocks away from the site of the former World Trade Center? Should the construction be stopped in the best interest of the families of the victims, and the safety of the Muslim Community? The answer may not be what some want to hear. Our country is based on freedom of religion. The moment we try to stop a religion from doing something within its rights we then have to disallow anything similar from all other religions. If our country tries to stop only one group of people from living their lives we’ll be moving backwards to the days when we burned witches at the stake and had mobs of people lynching others for being different. I know there are those out there who might say that “they” attacked our country so we can’t let them build a monument this close to a mass murder site. This is an emotionally charged version, but this is the idea that I get for a response to this. But we can’t, as a country, continue to react in mass to the actions of a few individuals. We did this back during the attack on Pearl Harbor; we put Japanese-Americans in concentration camps. After the Columbine school shooting we tried to strangle out any violence in games or music, and take away people’s rights to firearms. This time is no different. The acts of a few people cannot cause us to condemn an entire group of people based on their religion, anymore than we could condemn Christianity over the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church or the KKK. We understand that the people who do horrible things in the name of their beliefs aren’t the face of the true essence of their beliefs. Indeed, the reason that any acts against people we don’t understand is motivated by fear. People sometimes hate what they don’t understand. We cannot allow ourselves, our families, or our society to be run by fear. In the end, we have to allow this building. If we stop them, then the country that we love, and the people that we are, will all change for the worst. The day our government tries to stem our beliefs is the day that the deathblow for our way of life is struck.And that is in essence the challenge of our freedom here. If we try to disallow a group to exercise its rights then, we must do the same for every group. The constitution we live under protects everyone’s right to worship in the way he/she may choose.

Piece of Mind

Column by Andrew Crow

Good day to you all and welcome to my column. This is not only my first semester attending West Virginia State University, but my first semester writing for a legitimate institution. It is my full intention to make this as entertaining as I can for you, the reader, by providing a variety of thought provoking anecdotes and information regarding global happenings that you may or may not be interested in but will hopefully still read anyway. Be forewarned that though I do not aim to offend any person, some issues I address probably will make some of you uncomfortable. Too many people begin to experience unnecessary discomfort when met with matters of both body and mind that they are not typically required to deal with. Continuous intellectual comfort allows problems that need to be confronted continue on unsettled. It is equally important for individuals who may have no power to change the way things are to still think about ways in which dispute can be resolved so that the ignorant individual does not transform into an easily swayed public mass. I encourage you all to email me any thoughts you may have about particular topics to be discussed. Bring up whatever you please. In addition I may be including a bit of humor in this column throughout the semester. If while walking around campus you happen to hear a part of somebody’s conversation that can be seen as humorous when taken out of context, I want to know about it. For example, as I was walking past the men’s bathroom in Davis the other day I overheard one young man say to another, “Dude, it’s not illegal to look.” I have no idea what was being discussed, but the one line I heard was funny, at least to me. I’m sure we can get a great list of things like this from around campus. My email is Let me hear what you all have to say.

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Weekend Movie Guide Compiled by Roger Bryant

Opening in Theaters October 8th “My Soul to Take” Wes Craven’s first directing role since New Nightmare. Rated R: Violence, Sexual content “Life as We Know it” After a string of uneventful rom-coms, Heigel returns as a new mother. PG-13 Sexual content “Limited release” It’s Kind of a Funny Story: Galefanekis returns to the big screen in this quirky comedy dealing with mental health. PG-13 Mature themes “I Spit on your Grave” A dark remake of the 70’s exploitation classic. Rated R: for Graphic Violence, Nudity and depictions of Rape.

An Illustrative Narrative by Katheryne Hawkins It seems the entertainment pages of the YJ have lately been lacking the comic relief that is needed for many overwhelmed students in a college atmosphere. The concept of this illustrated narrative was the byproduct of a stressful situation and a neccessary escape for me at the time. It developed quickly and with a feverent pace, I wanted to share this moment with others, so what better a way to do so than plaster it all over the school paper in hopes that it may offer the same escape from everyday routine and allow for a little laugh between chapters in the next textbook that need attended to. “Ovo and Otto” is based on an unlikely friendship between a little owl and a socially outcast “vegetarian” fox. Neither animal fit the norm of their social peers and don’t agree with the morals or beliefs of their breathren. The story will unfold in future YJ issues, so stayed tuned for the next segment and see what misadventures these two misfits find themselves in!

Ovo and Otto


Comic by Katheryne Hawkins


by Lori Tompkins Libra (September 23 - October 22) It’s a great time for you to broaden your horizons and find someone or something that can rock your world in a totally new way. Lucky color is purple. Lucky number is 22.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) Your obsessive nature helps you out today as you spot a flaw in a major plan. Lucky color is pink. Lucky number is -234. Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) Today is nearly perfect for deep, philosophical investigations, which could be relevant to work. Lucky color is yellow. Lucky number is -78. Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) Your communication style is heightened today and that is true for most of your peers too. Lucky color is green. Lucky number is 32.3. Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) Inspired by new creative energy, you decide to tackle some intensely persona. Lucky color is green. Lucky number is 123. Pisces (February 19 - March 20) It’s one of those days when you need to make sure that you’re in the loop. Lucky color is blue. Lucky number is 867. Aries (March 21 - April 19) You keep it short and sweet and keep people wanting more. Lucky color is blue. Lucky number is 999. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) You’ve got a lot going on today so focus on the present. Lucky color is orange. lucky number is 1. Gemini (May 21 - June 20) You’re on the move once again, and you are feeling good about the new direction. Lucky color is purple. Lucky number is 3.14. Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Projects start to get a lot more complicated today and you might have to call in reinforcements. Lucky color is brown. Lucky number is 78933. Leo (July 23 - August 22) You’ve got to make a bigger difference today but it’s harder than usual to make up your mind. Lucky color is grey. Lucky number is 1. Virgo (August 23 - September 22) You’re facing a tough decision and you’ve got to leave your feelings out of it. Lucky color is green. Lucky number is 12.

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Think About It… Laugh About It… by Brett Mannon

by Sara Price

Another election is coming up. It is time for a reminder to get out and vote. After the record setting Presidential election in 2008, in which over 130 million votes were cast, things have taken an interesting turn in our country. Many people believed in the message of hope and change brought by then Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Nearly two years later, we are still searching for change from what’s left of our hope. Many of the President’s supporters have lost faith in him and the democratically controlled Congress. Much is the same for the Republican Party. We have now seen resurgence in the true meaning of freedom and liberty by way of the Tea Party movement. The “liberals” used to fight for smaller government, then it was the “conservatives” and now the Tea Party has taken up the task. My message for you, the reader, is this - think outside of the box, let go of party loyalty, and return to the basics of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The people in office are no longer upholding the Democratic and Republican ideals that have been passed down through generations. Take the time to look at where the candidate comes from, what they have done in the past, and what they hope to accomplish in the future. Our government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” It is not for personal agendas, power, or wealth for the people in office. Find a candidate that represents you and your beliefs regardless of party affiliation. Register to vote, research the candidates, and VOTE to make a difference.

Next month I will be joining some of my peers in Washington, D.C. for a Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) conference. As much as I’m looking forward to being one of only eight PRSSA chapters chosen to host a workshop, I can honestly say that I am not looking forward to limited packing. See, I am the poster child for over packing. I cannot simply throw two pairs of jeans, two t-shirts, and one pair of shoes into a small duffel bag and call it a day. For a weekend trip, it would take me at least a medium-sized suitcase plus a tote bag full of hair products, make-up, books, wall chargers, and other random “necessities” that I really don’t need. Example A includes a five-day beach trip last year with two friends. At the time, I drove a small car and although it had ample trunk space, we still had a difficult time packing our “necessities.” When we left Charleston, the trunk luggage was configured like a Tetris puzzle and half of the back seat was overflowing with totes. Oh, and I can’t forget the beach umbrella that we just had to have. Point is, do we really need to take that many items with us when traveling? Is it crucial to our well-being to have six pairs of flip-flops for a three-day excursion? The answer is obviously no, but I do have to give a special shout out to my mother. Because of you, Mom, I dread the day I leave for a two-week tour of Europe and am limited to only one bag. I love you but sadly, I inherited your superb packing skills and will likely have a breakdown when deciding which shoes to take with me.

Mafia II: Law Enforcement and Epic Fail by William Oldani

The long awaited sequel to Mafia is finally out. Mafia II hit shelves August 24, 2010. Gamers rushed to grab their copy just to get it home and find that it was utter crap. There are so many problems with this game it begs the question why not just call it something else. There are bugs in the game that will cause you to lose your saved progress. There are also a lot of problems with the law enforcement that must have been put in the game simply to piss players off. In this game you play Vito Scaletta. A World War II Veteran that returns home to find that the only way to bring his family out of debt is to take up trade with a group of Mafioso. As soon as you hit the streets of Empire bay (this games version of New York City) you meet up with one of your long

lost friends Joe Barbaro. This is the character that takes you through the what’s what of the game. Eventually you become a made man and work your way to a top rank.

There is quite a bit about this game that really got under my skin. First and foremost the camera constantly moves itself to a right over the shoulder angle

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making it very difficult to see the map around you. if you try and move the camera around to see while moving the only shot you can seem to get is Vito’s back. Another very large issue that I had was the law enforcement. Speeding in this game will get the cops attention. So much so that if you speed passing three police cars, you immediately are thrown into a situation where they will open fire. There are parts of the map that will sometimes open up causing you to fall through making you restart the chapter you are on losing your saved data. Parts of this game were entertaining however all in all the shotty camera and extreme law enforcement make it a bad play. I give this game two soggy cannoli’s out of five. 9


State Loses to UC at Laidley by Scott Waggener

The WVSU football team is 0-3. Their most recent loss was to cross town rival, the University of Charleston. The game, at Laidley Field in Charleston, was the conference debut for each team. UC won the game 42-0. Going into the game, WVSU and Coach Earl Monroe knew they were about to face a potent triple option running attack. The WVSU defense has given up an average of 276 rushing yards per game to its opponents. The offense got the ball first and Photo by Mark Talbert looked good completing three first WVSU vs UC downs on the first drive. Penalties Dave Wissler, the always reliable minutes into the first quarter. UC didn’t waste any time going eventually forced quarterback Robert junior punter for the yellow jackets, Jackson and the offense off the field. gave UC tough field possession a few the length of the field with their run-

first offense for an early touchdown to go up 7-0 early in the first quarter. Those would be the deciding points in a game that was dominated by UC from the very beginning. To get something going on offense, the Yellow Jackets played both Robert Jackson and Ricky Phillips at the quarterback position. They both moved the ball but mistakes and penalties killed all positive drives for WVSU. Landon Johnson made plays in the return game and gave State good field position on several occasions. He is averaging 29.9 yards per kick return through the first three games of the season.

Lady Jackets Volleyball Ladies Tennis Team Starts the Season Strong off to Rough Start by Bobby Miller After a very positive and hard-working off-season, the WVSU Lady Yellow Jackets began the 2010 volleyball season with a slow start. Facing a tough field at the University of Indianapolis Invitational, the young Lady Yellow Jackets dropped matches to Tusculum, #25 Truman, Wayne State and Nova Southeastern. “We just faced some really good competition at the Indy tournament,” said Head Coach Shannon Gerencir. Freshman Kylie Simonds had five kills, and Freshman Hannah Gephardt had 11 assists in the first round of play. At Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Lady Jacket’s again suffered four losses. Jacket’s lost to Mercyhurst College and host IUP. Rounds against Shippensburg College and Clarion State. Both matches were close, but the young Jacket’s again failed to win a set, dropping them to the 0-8 start.

“Our youth showed, but we also had some bright spots.” – Head Coach, Shannon Gerencir The team has their home opener September 29, 2010, against Bluefield State at 7pm. Come out to cheer on the Yellow Jackets. 10

by Scott Waggener The WVSU women’s tennis team has started their season strong. They are 3-1 overall and 2-1 in conference matches so far this season. Their lone loss was to the University of Charleston in a match where they lost 5-4. The deciding match went to a third set tie breaker which UC pulled won by only a few strokes. The lady Yellow Jackets have two key additions to this year’s team. Andreea Slusarciuc came to State from Romania and Ana Juarez came as a transfer student from Montana State-Billings. They both have come on strong in the WVIAC season so far. In their first match, they played in a four team tournament with each seed playing against everyone in their flight. Ana went 3-0 versus the other three seeds in the tournament and was champion of her flight. Andreea, Brittany Craig, and Ebin Russell each came in second in their respective flights. They then played versus UC. Since the UC match they have defeated Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, and Tiffin. The Davis & Elkins and Fairmont State matches were shut outs. They won all six singles matches and 3 doubles matches to sweep both opponents. Brittany Craig was the number one seed on last year’s team. Her role on this team is at the number two seed with Andreea Slusarciuc taking over at number one. The lady Yellow Jackets have three girls that could be a number one seed on many teams in the conference. WV State, the University of Charleston, WV Wesleyan, and Shepherd are the top four teams right now in the conference. WV State is sending a few players to this weekend’s ITA Regional in Charleston where there will be many nationally ranked singles players competing for the right to go to the national tournament later this fall. Andreea is the highest seeded player going from State. She will be seeded sixth. The next home tennis match for the Yellow Jackets will be October 8, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. against West Liberty.

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Organization Spotlight: NAACP Student Spotlight: Melissa Waugh by Lydia Withrow by Stephanie Ann Barnett

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909. Since then, many things have changed for Americans of color due to the involvement of this organization. West Virginia State University began in 1891 as a black college. Therefore, it may be fitting that WVSU began the first and only campus chapter of the NAACP in West Virginia. State’s NAACP President is currently working to help start other chapters at Marshall and West Virginia Universities. According to William Palmer, candidate for Vice President State’s chapter, the group is working on bringing the Big Brother/Big Sister organization to WVSU to help younger kids and their volunteering mentors. They are hoping to help get metal detectors installed in clubs in Charleston and Huntington to reduce the danger of shootings. The NAACP will work on Community Day to raise obesity awareness since West Virginia is so dramatically affected with the problem. Palmer said they are also working on social development on WVSU’s campus to try to change the atmosphere since many students think there is not much to do.

Meetings are held at 9 pm on Wednesdays in Sullivan Hall West. Everyone is welcome.

Melissa Waugh is a “super senior” Secondary English Education major. Last semester Melissa received Honorable Mention for her poetry submission to the Annual Marshburn Poetry Contest. She is a resident of Cross Lanes and a graduate from Nitro High School, class of 2006. She has been writing poetry most of her life and was first published while in the eighth grade. Since then she has been published seven times. She received second place prize from the West Virginia Writers: Young Writers of Poetry contest. Most recently, aside from the Kanawha Review, she had one of her poems recognized by, local business, Buffalo Wild Wings. Her poem about the recent mine disaster at Sago was printed on the back of one of their shirts and was worn by the employees in honor of our regional loss. She has written hundreds of poems and at any given moment is working on another to add to her collection.

Now Taking Applications for the McNair Scholars Program! Potential McNair Scholars are West Virginia State University (WVSU), Concord University (CU), and Bluefield State College (BSC) students who…

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-Plan to attend graduate school (master’s or doctoral programs) or professional school (medicine, law, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine) after completing a bachelor’s degree at Bluefield State College (BSC), Concord University (CU), or West Virginia State University (WVSU). All majors are welcome! McNair Scholars receive one-on-one assistance with the graduate admissions process. -Need help preparing for the GRE or GMAT. McNair Scholars have access to free prep materials. -Need research experience in their major. Each Scholar works with a faculty member at his/her own institution to design a research project of mutual interest. -Want to visit regional prospective graduate or professional schools free of charge. McNair Scholars usually visit 5-6 schools within a 4 hour driving radius of Concord during the month-long Summer Research Internship. During the 2010 Summer Research Internship, Scholars visited schools in 5 states (NC, OH, TN, VA, and WV). -Will have junior status (# of earned hours required varies) by the end of spring 2011 and a year to devote to completing a research project. McNair Scholars earn up to 9 credit hours for their research. -Would like to earn a research stipend. McNair Scholars can earn up to $2800 over the course of a year in exchange for research progress. -Would like to take advantage of McNair graduate application incentives. Over 150 institutions nationwide offer application fee waivers and funding packages exclusively to McNair Scholars. -Have a 2.80+ cumulative GPA. ●

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