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Volume #43 No. 8


Chronicle at WVU Parkersburg

Inside this Issue

Student Success Center: 5

Fostering Excellence: 6

Robert Decker: 8

Weather: 9

Security Expansion: 12

Will Higher One Meet Expectations? by Justina Morris WVU Parkersburg students initiated their mandatory relationship with Higher One on Feb. 12, the day refunds were released from the college to the transaction processing service. Some students have chosen to wait three or more days for direct deposit to an outside bank account while others chose to wait five days or more on a paper check. On the other hand, many students have chosen the quickest option Higher One offers, the My One card, which allows funds to be available the day they are received from WVU Parkersburg. The card seems to be the most efficient option for students strapped for cash at the beginning of the semester. However, this option comes with stipulations and fees the students should be aware of. Students are not charged a monthly service fee, but they are charged $2.50 every time they use a non-Higher One ATM (plus any fees the ATM owner charges) and .50 cents every time the card is used as a pin-based debit card. In the event a student loses their My One card, a replacement must be purchased for $20. If an account is overdrawn using an e-check or paper check, an initial fee of $29 is applied for the first item, and $38 for every item after that. Higher One offers no overdraft protection for its checking accounts but will refuse to au-

thorize debit or ATM transactions when there are insufficient or unavailable funds. After 45 days of non-payment on overdrawn accounts, a $50 fee is applied. If large amounts of money are withdrawn from an account, Higher One reserves the right to impose a possible monetary penalty to the account. If an account becomes inactive or abandoned, up to $19 a month is charged to the account. On the other hand though, students may close the account with Higher One as long as no negative balance remains, and funds in the account are one dollar or less. The student will be responsible for any fees or penalties resulting from this, but further information about these possible charges were not discussed or found in Higher One’s terms and conditions via their website. Regardless, WVU Parkersburg’s move to using an outside Institute for distributing financial aid returns has created questions

and concerns among student. “The idea for WVUP to offer direct deposits and debit cards originally came from student suggestions & student government approximately 4 years ago,” said Brad Wilson, accounting assistant for the Business Office. “Our affiliation with Higher One allows us to offer three choices for student refunds, a faster, more secure method of delivering the funds and saves several thousand dollars a year for the college.” In order to offer students direct deposit and debit cards, the college was required to use a third party provider since the college itself is not a licensed banking institution. “A committee comprised of staff from the Business Office, Financial Aid Office, Records Office, the Vice President of Student Services, and our Marketing Director held several meetings over the last few years concerning this issue,” remarked Wilson.

“This committee researched various companies that offer these services and three of the best choices gave on-campus presentations to the committee. We contacted other state colleges who were already using third party providers for direct deposits. We received the best recommendations for Higher One.” While the decision to use Higher One was made to benefit students by offering more options, the college benefits from its use as well. “The process via Higher One saves the Business Office staff time from stuffing envelopes, reduces errors while stuffing envelopes, and allows our office more time to handle student phone calls & e-mails. The biggest advantage is the Higher One process versus our prior paper refunding process saves the college several thousands of dollars each year,” Wilson explained. It is not known at this time if the college will continue to use Higher One in the future. However, an established committee will review the process annually and recommendations will be made to the President’s Cabinet. As it stands, no options are available for students weary of using Higher One. “In order to maintain a viable working refund system that saves time & money, offers choices to students, and complies with Federal regulations as well as school policies you have to select one system,” elaborated Wilson. (see Higher One, Page 4)

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IN HIS OPINION by Jeremy Harrison Tuition increases. This phrase seems to conjure up visions of empty wallets and send chills down the spines of any struggling student. WVU Parkersburg’s Board of Governors met to discuss several important issues on their agenda last week on Feb. 6. One of these important matters just happened to be the inevitability of a tuition increase. The idea of the increase was partly due to a possible cut of 7.5% in state appropriations to the school, although the state legislature has not voted on this cut, yet. The board decided that if the 7.5% cut were to be imposed, they would raise tuition costs by 9%, and if no cut was made, then the school will make a 5% increase in tuition rates. Now, I know what most of you are thinking any tuition increase is bad and it should be a flat rate forever. In a perfect world, maybe and I agree that this is the way it should be. Unfortunately, this is just not possible with the current system in place. Before anybody really starts having a conniption fit, I would like to inform students receiving Pell grants that they will not be losing any money in this increase. Those who will be affected, though, are the students who pay out of pocket. The financial aid budget will increase and with that the Pell grant package will increase to compensate for it. WVU Parkersburg has one of the lowest tuition rates in West Virginia and also in the nation. The tuition rate for a year as of the Spring 2013 semester for an associate degree/certificate was $2,496. The tuition rate for a baccalaureate degree was $3,432. Tuition rates under the 5% increase would be $2,620.80 for an associate/certificate and $3,603.60 for a baccalaureate for both fall and spring semesters. However with the possible 9% increase these numbers would change to $2,720.64 for the associate/certificate degrees and $3,740.88 for the baccalaureate degrees. The possible increases are being influenced by a few specific needs; sustaining the faculty salary schedule (benchmark, equity, promotion, retention, and development), sustaining the fully funded staff salary schedule, providing support for student support services and co-curricular activities to improve graduation rates and achieve the college completion agenda, necessary technology infrastructure upgrades and software/hardware purchases, Banner implementation project and an increase in maintenance costs due to an increase in facilities. WVU Parkersburg is growing and adding new additions to accommodate the larger amount of students that fill this campus. To fulfill the needs of the students and create quality graduates, WVU Parkersburg needs funding to keep up with the rest of the nation’s higher education institutions as well as the graduates.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

One of the objectives of counseling is to assist individuals in the process of getting to the “heart of the matter” in an effort to bring about healing and a sense of peace. Your heart, physically and emotionally, significantly influences your quality of life. We view the heart as a primary source of physical life, for when your heart stops beating the result can be deadly serious. A “heart” is often times used as a symbol for love and affection. On Valentine’s Day you may find yourself the giver and/or recipient of various heart related gifts such as a heart shaped box of candy or a card that displays two hearts joined together or bound together with one of Cupid’s arrows. Metaphorically speaking, when a task is exceptionally difficult or taxing, or when the situation is gruesome, we may Kurt Klettner Counseling/Student proclaim that the situation is “not for the faint of heart.” Persons who are perceived Assistance Services as callous, uncaring or seemingly without a conscience are often referred to as “cold hearted”. When individuals find themselves facing a lack of commitment or focus we sometimes hear them admit that “My heart just isn’t in it”. Those who experience great sadness, especially at the loss of a loved one, have been known to describe their emotional pain as suffering from a “broken heart”. If you are suffering from emotional distress and cannot seem to be able to find relief on your own, then I encourage you to “take heart” and consider the value that participating in counseling may provide in making “heart felt decisions” that can lead to your experiencing peace of mind. PEACE! Kurt

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Volume 43 Produced by students of WVU Parkersburg Layout Editor: Rachel Terzo Layout Staff: Alex Casto Jacob Adkins Jeremy Harrison Allison Hilber Jessica Thompson Kristiana Hunt Melissa Lough Marci Carver Amanda Hendricks Austin Weiford Katelyn White Macie Lynch Kimberly Malone Brittany Marks Thomas Westfall Justina Morris

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$24 Stop payment $20 Card replacement $50 delinquent account $2.50 for using a nonHigher One ATM

$0.50 PIN-based

transaction fee when used as a debit card

Up to $19 fee for inactive accounts

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monthly fee for students fee for using a Higher One ATM fee for using Higher One card as a credit card

In order to close your One Account, you must have a minimum balance greater than or equal to $0.00 and less than or equal to $1.00. Account holders will be responsible for any fees, penalties or charges owed to Higher One.

Higher One is NOT a bank.

Higher One does not act as a trustee, fiduciary or escrow with respect to your funds, but is acting only as an agent and custodian.

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Local Student Bringing Awareness About Rare Condition

Masquerade Ball Raises Money for FARA

Anna Gordon

by Jessica Thompson Anna Gordon, a sophomore at Parkersburg South High School, was a typical teenager when her life changed forever her freshman year of high school. It all started when she started to fall and lose her balance a lot. Wanting answers, her parents took her to the doctor. After seeing doctors and not getting any answers of what was wrong with Anna, her parents Scott and Melissa Gordon took their daughter to a geneticist from West Virginia University. They discovered that the only way to find out what was going on with Anna, was to do DNA testing. Tests confirmed that Anna, 15, had a very rare condition called Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). Friedreich’s ataxia is so rare that only one in 50,000 in the U.S. has it. This condition has affected Anna’s ability to walk and write, which gets in the way of her dancing, bicycling, marching in the band and all of her other passions. FA symptoms usually start between the ages of five and 15 and do not appear until the first symptom shows. Symptoms of the condition include but are not limited to; loss of coordination (ataxia) in the arms and legs, energy deprivation and muscle loss, vision impairment, hearing loss and slurred speech, aggressive scoliosis, diabetes mellitus, and

a serious heart condition. Mental state stays the same, but the progressive loss of coordination and muscle strength lead to the full-time use of a wheelchair. The condition has also been known to lead to an early death. Anna says that, “Today will be the best day she will have.” Meaning that with the condition, today is going to be better than tomorrow. Each day is better than the next. To date there isn’t a cure for FA. Anna wants to change that. An organization called the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), is made up of patient families, committed staff and leading FA scientists and is dedicated to supporting research that will improve quality and length of life for people like Anna. FARA can be found at www. or by calling (484) 879-6160. February 28th is National Rare Disease Day. To create awareness the Gordons are selling purple T-shirts and holding a T-shirt day throughout the community. All proceeds from the T-shirts go to the FARA. A limited amount of shirts are still available and can be purchased by calling Joan Jones at Mccrady Jones Insurance at 304-428-8171. T-shirts are $10 with a $3 upcharge for anything over XL. They ask that pictures of the shirts being worn be sent to 304-580-8206 or If unable to purchase a T-shirt,

wear purple anyway and spread the word. Wristbands can also be purchased for $2, as well as hoodies for $25. It makes Anna feel good to know that people from all over are showing her support. It made her feel good to know that even communities from Marshall University gathered in her honor and to help spread awareness. Spread the word, do research, help Anna bring awareness and a cure to not only our community, but nationwide. Anna’s dreams include becoming a teacher and being able to attend a masquerade ball. One of these dreams is coming true. On Saturday, Mar. 23, “A Night of Mystery – Masquerade Ball to Cure FA” will be held at the Woodridge Golf Club. Their goal is to be able to give $10,000 to the FARA for research. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students 18 and under and can be purchased at Jones Mccrady Insurance. The event is a kid-driven even. The music will be chosen by kids and will be a good time for all, while supporting a great cause and an amazing young lady. Support Anna by helping to spread the word about FA and by following her twitter account @JoinAnnasArmy and use their hash tag #AnnasArmy. “We are defined by what we can do, not what we can not do. I have big plans for what I can do in the future,” Anna said.

work one-on-one with students to explain this process and it has appeared to ease their minds about this new process. “ The Business Office may be reached as the main contact for students with questions or concerns regarding Higher One by phone at (304) 424-8223 or by emailing questions directly to or (Please use your WVUP student email in order to ensure a response.) Students can also stop by the Parkersburg or JCC Business Office with concerns or contact the office by phone at (304) 3726992. It is not clear at this point how

students will perceive Higher One in totality. Much of this will be based on those who have chosen the debit card and will encounter the use of Higher One on a daily basis. As the semester continues and opinons grow, the benefits of Higher One will face the ultimate test at WVU Parkersburg.

Higher One

(continued from page 1) “Choosing more than one system is not cost effective, time efficient for employees, or easily maintained.” Although most student responses received by the Business Office have been favorable, initially many students approached the Business Office with concerns about the new system being

used. “When most of the students with a negative attitude contacted our office, we reviewed the process and benefits for them,” explained Wilson. “We also encouraged them to read their WVUP student emails for accurate information. The Business Office staff continues to

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Free Tutoring Available For Struggling Students

by Sam Berg It’s a sad story, but it is one that occurs in every college. Freshman students entering a certificate or degree program find themselves in an alien learning environment that requires them to flex mental muscles that might not have been used before in quite the same way. Even a seasoned college student may occasionally find him- or herself floundering in one particular course. Where do these students go for help? How do freshmen acquire the independent study skills needed for a successful college career? What does a sophomore English major do when a required lab science textbook seems to be written in a foreign language that bears no resemblance to English? At WVU Parkersburg, the help and resources to overcome learning challenges are available at the Student Success Center, the college’s free student tutoring center in Room 0404. The Student Success Center at WVU Parkersburg has just one simple mission. According to Janice McCue, the Center’s Program Director, the tutoring service provides “a support system and various tools to help a student become an independent learner. Our goal is to build up a foundation of learning and study skills. Maybe they have some deficiencies, or an area they’re struggling in, and our goal is to help build that up and help them become successful.” How the Center accomplishes this goal is through a seamless melding of people and technology. A major component of the Student Success Center is the personal tutoring service in both one-onone and group session settings. The Center’s resources include peer tutors, who are current WVU Parkersburg students. These students are nominated by faculty members as excelling in their respective subjects of study. These peer tutors fully understand that college course work can sometimes be challenging, and they

have a sincere wish to help those who need it. Peer tutors are only one part of this program. Both regular and adjunct faculty members donate their time to help students who are having learning problems. Ms. McCue said that “they either come in and offer their help, or sometimes I just grab them in the hall as they walk by.” Some familiar faculy names are included in this volunteer roster; Al Edwards, Steven Freshour, Craig Rabatin, and Paul Cheng are among those who generously volunteer time to the Center. The most popular subjects offered by the Student Success Center are the basics such as developmental math and English, but Ms. McCue said that she strives to “… offer tutoring for about anything a student might walk in the door and ask for.” While it is impossible to cover every subject in WVU Pakersburg’s curriculum, the Center does offer a wide range of programs that have been identified as critical to a successful college learning experience.

Tutor works with student in the Success Center All of the student peer tutors are required to undergo extensive training before they can begin their work with other students. Some of this training is carried out by teaching software programs, but “…we also use current tutors who are older, more experi-

Two students take advantage of the center's resources

enced to work with the new ones to give them tips and tricks for becoming a successful tutor, or to identify possible problem areas that they have experienced in the past.” Janice McCue said that the Student Success Center has grown to accommodate progressively higher demand for its services. “Last semester we had 21 tutors; this semester we have 31.” While the human factor is of utmost importance to the services the Center offers, there are several technological tools that a student can use to improve study skills and academics. Among these is Smarthinking, a 24/7 online tutoring system that offers student assignment reviews, answers to student questions, and one-to-one live interactive assistance from Smarthinking instructors. The Smarthinking site employs specialists in such areas as Creative/ Technical Writing, English, and ESL (English as a Second Language). Another help site that is accessible through the Student Success Center is Passkey, a self-paced learning system that helps stu-

dents become proficient in basic reading, math, and social studies. Other tech tools for use by Center clients are Plato, a remedial tutoring site, Hippocampus. org, a free multi-media website that correlates with the major required textbooks being used in class by instructors, and Rosetta Stone Spanish instructional software. In addition to these outside resources, all of the Student Success Center computers are equipped with Mavis Beacon, a program that teaches touch typing. The software includes speed testing, tracking of the learner’s word-per-minute rate, and even typing games to make the experience more enjoyable. One of the most exciting technologies available at the Center is the Kurzweil 3000, a program designed to help students with reading and writing skills, or as a tool for students who are visionchallenged. The Kurzweil 3000 allows users to scan in books and hear the content being “read” aloud. Not only does this technology help the student increase reading comprehension and speed, it also can be used by ESL students who can hear the content in their native language while they read along in English from the textbook. “Our goal, really, is to make sure that a student gets to a point where they don’t need us anymore,” Ms. McCue said. “Basically, we’re here to work ourselves out of a job.” Any WVU Parkersburg student can take advantage of either scheduled appointments or dropin tutoring for up to two hours per week per course, with a maximum of two courses per semester. An application for appointments, as well as links to a wide variety of academic websites and FAQ’s about the tutoring program can be found at Student_Success_Center/. The Center’s hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Speech and Debate Team to Take Over Campus

by Macie Lynch On Feb. 22-23, all available classrooms and buildings on WVU Parkersburg’s campus will be filled due to the Speech and Debate state tournament that the university’s team is hosting this year. Taking place on a weekend, the event will last from Friday the 22nd, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., to Saturday the 23rd, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Teams from colleges and universities all over the state of West Virginia will be travelling to compete in the tournament; one of those teams being Marshall University. According to Director of Forensics Kim Korcsmaros, coming in second behind Marshall University in last year’s tournament has set in place a goal for the team to place first in front of

them this year. After last year’s WVU Parkersburg team being the first full team for the university in a long while, this year’s members are looking forward to competing again. WVU Parkersburg’s 11 participants will be active in all but one of the 11 events during the twoday tournament. Some of the events that the team will be participating in are Persuasion, (which is a memorized speech to convince or inspire an audience) Dramatic Duo, (a piece from a play) and Poetry. Member Tyler Ohrn says, “I’m looking forward to competing in the State Speech and Debate tournament. In no other extracurricular activity does WVU Parkersburg have a chance

to compete against Marshall University. It should be a great experience.” Since the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association (of which Korcsmaros is the vice president) named WVU Parkersburg the permanent host site of the state tournament, the “chance to compete” will be available to the Speech and Debate team for many years to come. WVU Parkersburg students, faculty and members of the outside community are welcome to attend and watch all of the teams compete; the event is open to the public. On the last day of the tournament, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendants, and the awards ceremony will start at 7:15 p.m. that same evening.

Korcsmaros encourages trained judges to come out and participate in judging the tour-

nament, as well as anyone who would like to be trained as a judge for the tournament.

The 2012 Speech and Debate team placing second in last year's tournament. This year the WVU Parkersburg teams hopes for a first-place trophy.

Working Together to Foster Excellence by Justina Morris Over 40 years of keeping the college and community connected. Over 40 years of helping students, faculty and staff by working to raise private funds for scholarships, travel abroad, campus activities, expansion and beautification projects and academic development. Over 40 years of supporting the college the community built. The Foundation Office has been part of WVU Parkersburg for most of its history. Yet, many people involved in daily life on campus walk by the office without so much as a glance or thought in its direction or knowledge of the possible educational and cultural opportunities lying within its doors. However, the office’s prior location in the Workforce Community and Education building might be partially responsible for this lack of knowledge. Only a little over 18 months ago did the office move to its current lo-

cation in the main building near the student services and business offices. “We are close to everything now,” said Dina Braniff, program assistant. “Being more accessible to students works out much better.” Braniff works with Foundation Office’s Executive Director Geni Astorg, who is highly dedicated to promoting and providing WVU Parkersburg valuable services and opportunities. “We are a commuter college so our students have a lot more needs than some might think,” explained Braniff. “Geni tries to present the foundation to everyone and everywhere we go to show how we strive to support our students in our service region. She is usually trying to let people know what they can do to help our college and our students.” One of the most popular ways that members of the community help is by setting up educational

funds for students through scholarship development. This is an ongoing job. As financial needs increase, the foundation works to have scholarship awards available to meet the needs of students. “In fall 2012, we awarded over $80,000 to students in scholarships,” said Braniff. Students may take advantage of scholarship opportunities for Fall 2013 by filling out an application online (follow the Foundation Office link at the bottom of WVU Parkersburg's homepage) or by stopping by the office, room 1107 for a paper application. Application deadline is March 29th. Many scholarships have GPA requirements and specific criteria so it is important to be very detailed when completing the application. Special circumstances, such as first semester students, will be taken into consideration as well.

Genie Astorg and Dina Braniff working together to help faculty, students and staff.

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by Alex Casto Imagine the thrill of charging into battle with an army of enthusiastic comrades on each flank. Arrows, spears, bolts and knives are whizzing by overhead, swords, maces, battle-axes and all other manner of melee weaponry clank against the metal of shields and armor. A thrust is deflected, parried, and leads to a finishing blow, all in the blink of an eye. Those who are still standing after the initial crossfire carry on without batting an eyelash. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is what you get when you take the frantic arcade-like combat of the ever popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series and turn back the dial to the middle ages. Chivalry is a first and third person middle ages battle simulator fought with close range weaponry and raw skill. Yes, skill is the ultimate determinate in a fight consisting of swords and pole arms. Timing, accuracy and strategy are necessities for victory. Players must actively decide when and where to block, which angle and direction to strike from, when to advance and when to retreat, all in the heat of battle in order to

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Student Veterans Urged To Utilize Funding Programs

remain standing during a fight. This is not Call of Duty; hiding in a corner only guarantees a quick death because there is nowhere to run. That is the beauty of Chivalry. Players have to engage in combat in order to win. Finding the class and weapon that best suits the player's fighting style is the real reward. This is also the only way to advance to higher ranks which unlock new weapons to choose from, and every weapon is unique. In addition to the learning curve each weapon provides, players must be mindful of stamina, limited ammunition and even other teammates. There are no one-man armies in Chivalry. A cool head can persevere against multiple opponents, but combatants who stray from the fight are easily overwhelmed by sheer numbers alone. Archers, as would be expected, excel with ranged weaponry as well as receive bonus damage when attacking from behind, but pale in comparison to other classes at frontal melee combat. When utilized properly, these distance weapon users can provide support for their team without the danger of being in the thick of combat. A sharp eye and a good sense of distance can change the course of a battle with only one shot. T h e Man-At-Arms relies heavily on unsurpassed agility to outmaneuver all other classes in order to avoid damage. In addition to athletic superiority, these speedy fighters also possess the dodge a b i l i t y, f u r t h e r

amplifying their capability to dominate slower and heavier adversaries. Players using this character type can provide more than a challenge for their enemies, but the shorter reach of their weaponry can make it difficult to get beyond the defenses of their opponents. Vanguards are perhaps the most balanced fighters, dealing heavy damage with long-reaching weaponry, charging into battle with their special sprint attack abilities, and possessing moderate health guaranteeing a fair chance to wipe the floor with multiple opponents. Knights are the tanks of medieval warfare. Their incredible damage and highest armor levels are only marred by their general slowness and sluggish attacks. The Knight makes up for its shortcomings by being able to block incoming attacks with negligible hits to the stamina bar. Created by Torn Banner Studios, the team firmly believes in delivering the highest quality foot-based melee combat, free gameplay-relevant downloadable content, and listening carefully to the community to create the best possible experience for players. Developed with the Unreal 3 engine, the fictional world of Agatha that the game takes place in comes to life with buttery smooth animations and visuals. Released in October of 2012, the game continues to see updates. Chivalry received a massive content update, adding 13 all new maps, five new weapons, two game modes and much, much more. This is a game made for gamers who want to get their medieval on. Chivalry is a PC exclusive title, but Torn Banner says the potential for console releases are not out of the question due to its success. It can be purchased from their website www.

by Jason Ross According to Jeremy Starkey, director of institutional research at WVU Parkersburg, 3,318 students are currently enrolled in courses at WVUP. Over 1/10th of those students are veterans. Many of the men and women are entitled to education funding through programs such as the G.I. Bill. Shawn Healy, who is the veteran’s service officer at the school, said that of the 340 plus veterans attending WVU Parkersburg, only 197 are utilizing these veteran’s benefits. That means that 42% are not using the services that may be quite beneficial to them. Healy’s focus is to maximize the benefits available to our veteran students. He strives to make the process as smooth as possible. “The first steps when they come into my office, I try to identify if they are currently active, or if they’re out.” said Healy. A wide variety of programs exist to assist the many different categories of veteran students. For instance, disabled veterans may be entitled to receive placement in the Vocational Rehabilitation Program or Chapter 31. Reservists who were called to active duty in response to war or national disaster may recieve the Chapter 1607- Reserve Educational Assistance Program. Chapter 35 is a program for dependents and spouses of deceased or 100% disabled veterans. A relatively new program called the VRAP, or Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, provides $1,564 per month to those who qualify. Qualified applicants must be between 35 and 60 years of age; be enrolled full-time; working toward an associate’s degree, non-college degree, or a certificate; and be unemployed at the time of the application.

Healy wishes to remind students who are enrolled in any of these programs to continue to bring in their course schedules as soon as possible at the beginning of each semester to receive prompt payment of these entitlements. If you have any questions regarding any of these programs stop by Shawn’s office conjoining the Financial Aid Office in the main corridor. Or, email him at: He will be sit down with students and answer any questions they may have (if you have a DD214 bring that with you).

Did You Know? The G.I. Bill can be used for other programs, which include:

On-The-Job Training: -Union Plumber -Hotel Management -Firefighter

Non-College Degree Programs: -Truck Driving -EMT Certification -Barber/Beautician School

Flight Training:

-Rotary Wing Qualification -Dual Qualification -Flight Engineer

Apprenticeships: -Machinist -Land Surveyor -Baker

Correspondence: -Photography -Locksmith -Gunsmith

(Source: http://www.gibill. html)

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The Many Sides of Tyler Ohrn

Debate Team and Leader of the by Macie Lynch Student Government Vice Pres- Riverhawk Rowdies are only a ident, Captain of the Speech and few of the many names that Tyler Ohrn goes by at WVU Parkersburg. Born and raised in the Parkersburg area, Ohrn came to WVU Parkersburg for its “low tuition and proximity to home.” Those elements, in turn, have allowed him to expand his interests in politics not only through pursuit of his Bachelor’s degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies, but also through school clubs such as the Student Government Association and ColTyler Orhn is a WVU Parkersburg jack-of-all-trades. lege Republicans. “I have a real interest in government and politics,” he said,

“…one of the biggest influences was the 2004 Presidential Election. Growing up, I found the whole process to be fascinating and it’s really shaped my interest in politics.” He hopes to someday run political campaigns and take a leadership role in a state or federal government. Ohrn is more than just government and politics, though. Besides investing his time

in hobbies such as golf, playing football and basketball and watching NASCAR, which he claims “surprises a lot of people,” Ohrn thoroughly enjoys helping others and the relationships that develop from it. Winston Churchill gives Ohrn the inspiration through the quote, “‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’’’ Ohrn’s response, “…it’s more

about assisting others in accomplishing their goals than anything I’ve ever accomplished,” he stated, “...becoming involved in a community and giving back to those who have helped you along the way is an enjoyable experience.” He suggests something similar to other students, as well. “Reach out and attempt to get involved in different activities inside and outside of college.”

Tyler's Titles Student Government Vice President Captain of the Speech & Debate Team President of College Republicans Parliamentarian for Phi Beta Lambda Leader of the Riverhawk Rowdies Student Ambassador Member of Student Engagement & Activities Member of Phi Theta Kappa Chairman of the Wood County Young Republicans

Imagination Carries Student Far by Jason Ross Nearly dead from an arrow dipped in dragon’s blood, the young warrior gasped for breath. His legs grew cold and through his dilated pupils everything looked like green fog. Death approached and darkness surrounded Ergoram as he lay on the forest floor. He no longer had the strength to apply pressure to the wound on his side and he began to lose consciousness. Suddenly, a surge of indigo energy struck Ergoram in the side. The poison from the dragon’s blood lost all potency and became as hard as crystal. Out of the foliage approached a cloaked character carrying a blue scepter. The wizard, Adrianna, knelt down at the warrior’s side and put a small vile to his lips… No, this story did not take place on the campus of WVUParkersburg … or, did it?

One of the many bright stu- worlds in the fantasy role playing dents in attendance here at 300 game- Dungeons and Dragons. Campus Drive is one Robert As a dungeon master, he enjoys Decker. Decker has been in col- the power of having creative lege about 12 years and will be graduating this May. L i k e m a n y, Decker is not certain what he will be doing after college. R o b e r t can often be found in the student lounge or cafeteria with several friends. One major outlet for Robert is creating new Robert Decker, upcoming WVU Parkersburg graduate.

freedom. Through it, he can create villains, heroes, monsters, all sorts of creatures, and of course … the setting and story line for the adventure. “To create another world is a meditative experience that lifts me up to a higher plain of mental purpose.” Decker said, “I like to lose myself often in the creation.” Decker went on to say, “Who among us hasn’t played dress-up as a kid or had an imaginary friend? That basic childhood form of

entertainment is an early sign of developing a personal mythos. It is in this mythos that we can escape the worries of life…if but for a moment.” This writer would have to agree. As I penned the teaser to this story I was taken out of the hum-drum of everyday life and could actually see a new realm beginning to take shape. I felt as though I was partnering with Decker in utilizing creativity as a means of entertainment. Decker leaves us with a good piece of advice, “While I advocate the use of fantasy as a stress-relaxing method, I do not advocate getting lost in it and losing sense of the world that you are in.”

“I like to lose myself often in the creation.”

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Investing in the WVU Parkersburg Community by Justina Morris WVU Parkersburg’s Foundation Office is offering an investment opportunity for donors, faculty, staff and students that will benefit WVU Parkersburg as well. The Neighborhood Investment Program, aka NIP, is a program established by West Virginia’s Development Office as a tool to help non-profit organizations, such as the foundation office, attract donations. “ We h a v e t o a p p l y f o r this state program and submit a detailed proposal for consideration,” said Geni Astorg, executive director of the foundation. “We feel honored to have been selected since many applicants are denied.”

The Foundation Office is anticipating its second allotment of NIP tax credits during March. These tax credits are then purchased by and distributed to individuals or businesses who contribute a $500 minimum donation to a fund of choice in the foundation office. “Any of the funds we have at the foundation, whether it be scholarships funds or student organizations, the donor can

Campus Security, Maintenance Staff Prepare for Winter Storms by Allison Hilber This semester the campus is seeing more snow that it did last year, giving WVU Parkersburg its first encounter with winter. Class cancellations and delays are factors that students, faculty and staff have to become aware of with the snow. The new emergency alert system WVU Parkersburg has put into place has helped with these circumstances. The emergency alert system sends text messages, phone calls, emails and other various alerts to current students, faculty and staff letting them know of delays and cancellations. Allen Collins, campus police officer lead, said a few complaints have been made about early morning phone calls regarding an alternate campus opening but it is working. Campus officials want the WVU Parkersburg community to be aware of several reasons

designate which fund their tax credit benefits. Then the foundation receives half less fees paid to the state,” Astorg explained. (This means the state receives a small fee out of each contribution received.) Over 150 funds and organizations are available to choose from, ranging from scholarships to campus intramurals, theatre and art, to student services and student organizations.

It is important to note, however, that this investment opportunity only benefits WV residents and businesses and, due to high demand, a waiting list has already been created for this allotment of tax credits anticipated to be received by the foundation. “We do not know how many The NIP program greatly benefits tax credits we will be allotted,” the donor as well. “Generally, a said Astorg. tax credit is worth substantially The foundation’s first round of more than a normal tax deduc- tax credits sold out rather quickly tion,” said Astorg of explaining in the fall, so those interested in the benefits for the donor. For participating in the NIP program instance, with a 500 donation, should contact the Foundation roughly $400 of that would be Office as soon as possible for credited to the donor on their further information or to be added to the reserved list. state tax return upon filing. “You also save on federal, but T h e f o u n d a t i o n m a y b e you save much, much more on reached by phone at 304 4248340, or stop by room 1107. your state,” added Astorg.

: Plowing Through Winter

for calling a two hour delay. The first reason is to make sure roads and highways have been cleared and are safe to drive. The second reason is to give campus crews an efficient amount of time

to clean up the parking lots and sidewalks. When people come early to campus, even though a delay has been called, it becomes difficult for parking lots to be plowed. It

Empty parking spaces in the lower lot at WVU Parkersburg

also makes it difficult to put out salt without pelting cars. When a two hour delay is put into effect the classes start at 10 a.m. This means that which ever classes are going on at 10 a.m. that is where students go. That does not mean classes are delayed starting at a later time. Collins would like to remind students that once they start arriving to campus, no earlier than 30 minutes prior to class with a two hour delay, that if crews are still plowing lots to pick a space that has already been cleared. Collins said he is aware that people like to go to their normal spots and with bad weather it may not be an option to go to. During the first week of February, an incident occured where a person parked in a snow covered spot that was not actually a spot. This caused issues later in the morning when other students were trying to park.

Dave White, director of facilities, also wants to remind students that if the campus sends out a delay or cancellation it is not a professors call to still have class. “Everything is done for a reason,” said White, explaining that crews are up and monitoring road conditions and looking at the days forecast to get a better idea how to make decisions. Students, faculty and staff should also be aware that the new armory will be built behind the soccer fields. This means that machinery and other obstacles may impede pulling into the campus at a normal pace. Collins wants to remind the WVU Parkersburg community to be mindful of works and to plan accordingly. He also added that workers are aware of students and are planning as best they can to stay out of the way. If students have any questions they can call the campus police office at (304) 424-8235.

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Campus Utilizes New Text/Phone Alert System by Allison Hilber The Information Technology department performed an emergency alert test to successfully transmit alerts in the fastest possible time to students and staff of WVU Parkersburg. While it only took three seconds for text messages to be received, it took 20 minutes for phone calls to be sent out. This test occurred on November 19. The alert system is designed to reach students and staff through as many modes of communication as possible. Alerts go out via text message, phone calls, campus e-mail, computer and TV alerts on campus, Facebook and Twitter pages and the WVU Parkersburg home page. During the test, IT staff looked at who received the alerts, any issues getting the alerts out and how fast students received alerts, as well as faculty and staff. The test was a success according to Dr. Valerie Mead, chief information officer at WVU Parkersburg. How the emergency alert

system works is when an emergency, campus delay or campus closing arises, an alert is sent out to everyone in the system making them aware of the situation and how to proceed. Each notice will start with ALERT!, followed by what the circumstance is, the date and who is to report to campus. The alert goes out within seconds of being sent. Even if the campus servers are down, WVU Parkersburg can still access the vendor site to send out alerts. If all other attempts fail, alerts can be sent out through a special phone number. For campus closings, delays and other campus scenarios, an alert will be put out once a day with the exception of terrorism on campus, which would result in alerts going out every two hours. This system was set up “to create a safer environment for faculty, students and staff,” said Mead. The emergency alert system is an opt-out program, meaning that

if a student, faculty or staff member already has a phone number listed with the school, that person is automatically set up to receive alerts without doing anything. The college could have chosen an opt-in program that would have been cheaper, but would have been less benifcial to students. If a community member has a phone number in the system and they wish not to be contacted they can un-list their information or opt out of the alert system entirely. To add or delete contact information current students, faculty and staff can go to the WVU Parkersburg home page. At the left hand bottom of the page is a red oval with the words Emergency Alert System written in it. Once clicked on students, faculty and staff will be directed to the Emergency Alert System page. Along the bottom of the page the first box says Emergency Alert Login, which once clicked on, will allow current

students, faculty and staff to login with their user id and password used to logon to the schools computers. Here contact information can be updated or added. Student Gina Sikorski likes the new emergency alert system. “I feel the school is making a good choice to help better communicate with students,” said Sikorski. Not everyone is excited about the new alert system, though. One staff member, who wishes to remain anonymous, believes that, “technology can be a good thing but there is also a loss of personal communication between people.” Also adding that, “I’m not fond of being bothered at home and if I get to work and I’m not needed then oh well.” On Friday, January 25, the emergency alert system was used successfully to first alert a two-hour delay and then later a campus closing. Mead wants to assure students, faculty and staff that information being used for the alert system is “only used for your (students,

faculty, and staff) safety.” She also wants students and staff to know that privacy is still protected and information is not being sold to outside vendors. WVU Parkersburg also made a student e-mail migration this past fall. Students who have not set up their new e-mail accounts with Gmail must do so in order to receive e-mails. Once a student switches over to their new Gmail accounts all old e-mails can be accessed in their new accounts. Gmail will allow students to have access to Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Talk, Google Groups, Google Sites, and smart phone access. To switch over students can go to and then click on How to Change your Google Apps Password to get started. For any further questions regarding the emergency alert system or e-mail migration students, faculty, and staff can call the help desk at 304-424-8215 or go to

Culinary Academy Still Accepting Applications

by Katelyn White Due to low enrollment, the Culinary Academy will be accepting applications until late February. March 11 will be the new start date for the culinary arts program. Gene Evans, culinary arts instructional specialist and program coordinator, said, “We decided to push the start date due to some initial problems with the gas line and relatively low enrollment.” WVU Parkersburg held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 23, to celebrate the opening of the new Culinary Academy located in the downtown campus. It is the first program to be offered in the college’s downtown location, which has been recently reno-

vated. Classes for the culinary arts program are designed to run in eight-week cycles. Evans mentioned that the content covered in the courses have not been compromised due to the postponement. One course has been dropped from the Spring 2013 rotation but students will be able to enroll for that class next spring. Four spots are available in the program. Those interested in the program need to submit their applications as soon as possible and schedule a meeting with Evans. Evans said, “Because this program will continue to be a limited enrollment program, the roster spots will become more competitive.”

All applications must be completed and forwarded to Evans. All applicants must submit a 300-500 word essay explaining their interest in the culinary arts and the professional opportunities they plan to pursue upon earning their degree. Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation, complete the culinary survey questionnaire included in the application packet, and verify they have met educational requirements. Evans is looking for passionate, motivated individuals who are truly dedicated to culinary arts. Evans said, “We would like to produce graduates who can exhibit a professional attitude and strong skill sets.” Evans wants to gain ac-

creditation through the American Culinary Federation and encourages any student who graduates to gain certification through the ACF. The ACF requires that new programs must have three full years of students who have graduated before the college can apply. “All of the courses were designed specifically around the standards that the ACF set forth. So, I do not believe that obtaining the accreditation will be difficult,” Evans said. Many potential students can not attend classes during the day and Evans is taking this into consideration for the Fall 2013 semester. Offering day and evening classes would require additional faculty that would have to be ACF certified. Class

times and days would depend on enrollment and time allotment of kitchen space for the laboratorybased classes. CUL 101 (Food Preparations I) and CUL 100 (Food Service Sanitation) will be offered every semester for incoming students. CUL 105 (Introduction to Baking) will be offered again in the spring. The admission application for the culinary arts program can be found by going to the WVU Parkersburg website, going to academics, then to the science and technology division, and finally division programs. The link to the application is listed under the associate degree options. Evans can be reached by calling 304-420-8604 or by e-mail at

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Theatre Gears Up For “On Golden Pond’’ by Thomas Westfall The Theatre Department is gearing up for another semester. Leading the Theatre Department is instructor Jeffery Byrd. With seven years as a student and entering his sixth year as a professor, Byrd’s favorite type of theatre is “theatre of the absurd.” This type of theatre became popular during WWI and WWII, when more absurd forms of art became more and more popular. According to the NY Times Samuel Beckett's, a famous playwright of the absurd, play “Waiting for Godot” is one of the most influential plays of the last hundred years. This type of theatre is most popular in Europe. This style of playwright expresses “the belief that human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks

down. Logical construction and argument gives way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence.” This semester the theatre department plans on producing the romantic comedy “On Golden Pond.” It is about an elderly couple who spends every summer at a lake house. This particular summer, the elderly couple’s daughter is bringing along her fiancé. The relationship with the daughter’s father can be described as strained at best. Be prepared to laugh at the awkward situations between the father and soon to be son-in-law. Auditions for “On Golden Pond” will be Wednesday Feb. 6. Contact Mr. Byrd or look for posters displaying the time and place for more details. Produc-

tion date is still be determined. Mr. Byrd loves seeing when his students finally start having the desire and the drive to make their schoolwork more meaningful and start to see their work more as a hobby, and translating their skills learned into the classroom to the real world environment and their day-today lives. He explains theatre as “outside the box thinking.” To participate in theatre a person needs to think creatively to succeed, so theatre is constantly challenging an individual on an intellectual basis. He hopes that students learn vital skills such as confidence talking in front of people, planning to meet deadlines, and working together as a team participating in theatre. One project Mr. Byrd is looking forward to completing

Jeffery Byrd, leader of the Theatre Department is a modern virtual version of Macbeth. He plans on the characters being virtual (meaning that characters are computerized)

and possibly interacting with the audience. This is a two-year project about a quarter of the way done.

Colombo’s Restaurant, Serving the Area For 59 years

by Katelyn White Those who have grown up in the Parkersburg area have probably heard of or eaten at Colombo’s Restaurant at some point in their lives. To many, it is a Parkersburg staple. Colombo’s Restaurant was introduced to Parkersburg in September of 1954 by James B. “Jimmy” and Anna Colombo. Before relocating to Parkersburg, Colombo’s Restaurant was located on Bridgeport Hill in Clarksburg, W.Va. in 1945 for a nine-year period. The back of Colombo’s menu gives a small history about the Colombo’s and the family business. It mentions that the original Parkersburg location only seated 60 people. Seven expansions later and the addition of parking lots now allow the restaurant to seat over 300 people. The Colombo family holds onto their family restaurant dynamic by having three generations involved in the business. Upon entering the restaurant, various pictures adorn the walls. Many are sports related, family oriented, and feature ce-

lebrities with autographs. The rich history of the restaurant is undeniable. The decor is classic ‘oldschool’ American-Italian. Glass chandelier lights, red and white checkerboard tablecloths, mirrors and dark carpeting and furniture make up the decor. Due to the various additions, it is separated into different dining rooms. Some rooms have what I like to call ‘themes’ like the back room with its world map wallpaper. C o l o m b o ’s o f f e r s c l a s sic Italian dishes such as lasagna, manicotti, veal parmigiano, chicken cacciatore, and pizza. Sandwiches, pork, steaks and salads are also on the menu. For pasta, a section in the menu that allows a choice between spaghetti, penne, fettuccine, or rigatoni noodles. The various sauces are listed alongside with their prices. At my most recent visit to Colombo’s, I ordered a small antipasto salad ($4.99) and a 14-inch cheese pizza ($11.79). The antipasto salad is topped

with fresh shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, ham cubes, tomato and choice of dressing. The house salad dressing is a simple vinegar and oil dressing. It is tangy and refreshing. The pizza is also delicious. The dough, sauce and cheese proportions are perfect. It is a great, classic pizza that has a unique taste that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Pizzas come in 9, 12, and 14 inch sizes. Depending upon toppings and size, prices range from $7.99 to $15.29. James B. introduced pizza to Parkersburg in 1954. Jimmy’s original dough and sauce recipes are still used today and made fresh daily. Colombo's also continues to follow Anna’s original recipes in the other dishes. Colombo’s uses Abruzzino’s bread (based in Gyspy, W.Va.) to make their infamous garlic bread. The restaurant also sells Abruzzino’s products. The garlic bread is perfectly buttered, seasoned and toasted to perfection. It is my favorite garlic bread, and is only 60 cents for an a la carte order and

free with entrees. Colombo’s has fountain Pepsi products, Dr. Pepper, pink lemonade and Mug Root beer. Tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages are also offered. Upon request, a wine list is also available. An 18% gratuity is added to parties of ten or more. Colombo’s Restaurant is

located at 1236 7th Street, Parkersburg, W.Va. For questions or to-go orders, call 304-428-5472. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and dinner starts at 4 p.m. daily. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Colombo’s is closed on Mondays.

Jimmy Colombos, serving the MoV area since 1954

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Security Expansions and Upgrades Provide a Safer Campus by Allison Hilber A once crowded room filled with six guys, desks, security systems and filing cabinets has received an expansion. The campus police/security office, located in the student lounge, has expanded into the room next to it around the corner. The room use to be Tom Yencha’s office, who is an advisor for student government, as well as an advisor for student sports. Yencha’s office is now located by the fitness center. The police/security office will remain the office of Allen Collins, campus police officer lead, house the security system, cameras, and be where students will continue to go for dealings regarding tickets, parking permits and other campus security related topics. One of the reasons the security office needed additional space was due to the installation of new cameras and the new security system that will be put in place this summer. These require more space that the office did not have. New cameras have already come in handy when a student thought that they had something stolen out of an unattended book bag. After taking a look at the

around with campus security and get a feel for what they do and what to look out for on campus. Once an intern has a feel for what to do, they get the chance to go out on their own. One area that they are likely to patrol are the parking lots. Currently, the campus only has one police officer, the rest are security officers. However, WVU Parkersburg has applied for an evening police officer. The college hopes to find a candidate that has 20-plus years experience and is just looking to supplement their income. A new campus police officer won’t likely be hired until the end of the semester.

WVU Parkersburg Security expansion into the former student government room. cameras it was able to be determined that nothing had been stolen, only misplaced. According to Collins, new cameras “can only benefit us all,” also adding that the campus

The main office, occupied by Al Collins, is where students will continue to go for security related issues.

should be receiving more outside cameras. The new security system is a card access system that will be put into place using two phases. The first phase will have card access for all outside doors to faculty and staff who are issued cards. The second phase will have card access to all inside doors to faculty and staff who have issued cards. The first phase with the outside doors should be completed by the end of June. Students will still have access to the campus throughout the week and during evening classes. On weekends the campus will keep outside doors locked and would have to be buzzed into the building. The Applied Technology Center and the Child Development Center already have the system in place but have not been issued access keys yet. “This system will make a much safer campus” said Dave

White, director of facilities. White also added that WVU Parkersburg is “one of the safest colleges in the United States due to what the college had already implemented.” According to Collins the office was already getting overcrowded before the expansion of the systems. The new room next door allowed for the security officers to have their own room as well as to move some of the filing cabinets out of the main office. By law all paper records have to be kept for seven years and records regarding police and security matters have to be kept separate from other campus-related paper work, such as class records or financial aid. This semester campus security has an intern. Interns who work with campus security come from the criminal justice program at WVU Parkersburg. An intern will get the chance to walk

Featured workspace displayed in the new security extention room.

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student newspaper WVU Parkersburg