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Speech Team ‘Talks the Talk' •
JACK THE DOG: 2
STUDENT Q&A: 4
TABLE TENNIS: 6
WVU Parkersburg Speech & Debate Team's awards from the WVIFA Tournament. by Jeremy Harrison WVU Parkersburg hosted and competed in the WVIFA State Tournament this past weekend. WVU Parkersburg placed second behind Marshall University. The other institutions involved were AldersonBroaddus College, West Liberty University, Sheppard University, and Ohio Valley University. In the past WVU Parkersburg has competed with UNC-Charlotte and Cornell University. WVU Parkersburg is a force to be reckoned with, according to Korcsmaros. Korcsmaros and Mary Beth Held, also an instructor of communication studies, oversaw the events and coached the WVU Parkersburg forensic speech and debate team this past weekend. The tournament included 11 individual events: platform speaking, limited preparation, interpretation and Lincoln-Douglas debating. Here
is a description of the events and rules: • Persuasion: A speech to convince, to move to action, or to inspire on a significant issue, delivered from memory. Maximum time is ten minutes. • Extemporaneous: For each round, contestants will select one of three topics on current national international events. The contestant will have 30 minutes to prepare a five to seven minute speech on the topic selected. Notes are permissible but should be at a minimum. Maximum seven minutes. • Impromptu: Contestants will receive short excerpts dealing with items of general interest, political, economic, and social issues. The contestant will have a total of seven minutes to divide between preparation and speaking. Students should speak for at least three
minutes. All contestants in the same section shall speak on the same topic. Maximum seven minutes. Rhetorical Criticism: Contestants will deliver an original critical analysis of any significant rhetorical artifact. The speaker should limit the quotation of, paraphrasing of, or summary of, the analyzed artifact to a minimum. Any legitimate critical methodology is permissible as long as it serves to open up the artifact for the audience. The speech must be delivered from memory. Maximum ten minutes. Informative: The contestant will deliver an original factual speech on a realistic subject to fulfill a general information need of the audience. Visual aids that supplement/ reinforce the message are permitted. The speech must be delivered from memory. Maximum ten minutes. After Dinner: Each contestant will present an original speech whose purpose is to make a serious point through the use of humor. The speech should reflect the development of humor, not a stand up comedy routine. The speech must be memorized. Maximum ten minutes. Prose/Poetry: The contestant will present a program of poetic literature. Original
introductory comments and transitional remarks are permitted. Plays are not permitted. Manuscripts are required. Maximum ten minutes. • Dramatic Duo: A cutting from a play, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. This is not an acting event. Thus, costumes, props, etc. are not permitted. Presentation must be from manuscript and focus should be off stage. Maximum ten minute • Dramatic Interpretation: The contestant will perform dramatic literature, humorous, or serious, that represents one or more characters from material of literary merit. This material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Manuscripts are required. Maximum ten minutes. The weekend winners include Josh Cambell who placed 6th in persuasion; Cindie Menges placed 5th in rhetorical criticism; Jason T. Ross placed 3rd in after dinner speaking; Carl Travis and Morgan Bryant placed 5th in the dramatic duo; Carl Travis also placed 4th in dramatic interpretation and 6th in program oral interpretation; Alicia Ford placed 4th in prose; Tyler Ohrn placed 2nd in the LincolnDouglas debate, 2nd place Lincoln-Douglas debate speaker and 3rd place in extemporaneous speaking.
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Saying Goodbye to Man's Best Friend by Pete Orn This past week, I had to say goodbye to someone very close to me. Jack was 15 years old, but he was actually 105. He was my Jack Russel Terrier and I recently had to put him to sleep. Jack had back problems for the past year, but recently it really started acting up. It was so bad near his end that he gave up. He couldn't walk, he wouldn't eat and he wouldn't drink. It seemed like overnight he turned from a healthy size dog to a skinny pup. I took him in to the vet and the doctor immediately noted how much pain he seemed to be in. She gave me options on what we could do for him, but they did not
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come without their cons. Then the doctor asked me what I knew I was going to hear, but was hoping I wouldn't. “What are your expectations for Jack's life?” After a heartbreaking conversation, I came to the decision that it would be best to relieve Jack from his pain, and let him passpeacefully. Sometimes the right decision is the hardest to make. We k e p t him for one more night so our family could see him and give our goodbyes. I don't think I've cried as much in one day as I did then. Then a thought crossed my mind. Why am I so broken up about this? After wondering this for a while, I came to two conclusions. I watched Jack change from an energetic pup to a slow
dog in just a short period of time this past year, and I considered Jack one of my very best friends. It's never easy to say goodbye to a loved one, but if it's someone you've been with through 15 years, it's even harder - even if he is a dog. This tough pill to swallow got me thinking even more about my human friends and my close family. What if they were to leave tomorrow? What if my brother got into a car wreck and I had to say goodbye tonight? What if my parents were involved in a freak accident and I had to deal without having them around tomorrow? What if my best friend had a bad fall at work and was gone and my last words to him were something crass and immature? I guess the point I'm trying to make here in this column is that anyone can leave you at the drop of a hat. People (or animals) that you think will be around forever, won't be. So take the time to love them now. Let everyone you care about know how you feel. I certainly have this past week, and I've never felt better about myself or closer to my loved ones.
What effect do you think your “past” has on your “present”? When attempting to answer that question you will most likely find that “it depends”. It often depends upon whether or not you have unresolved issues that continue to drain your emotional (and often physical) energy. Unresolved issues are often rooted in those times in your life where you have found yourself experiencing intense sadness, helplessness and/ or fear. These events are shrouded in regret; sometimes regret over what another has done to you, and at other times regret over your own actions. Regardless of whom you view as at fault, the resulting condition is often that of an emotional black cloud that seems to hover of your head, always ready to put a damper on your happiness. How do you address an unresolved issue? Since we know that ignoring it does not make it go away, the first step comes in the form of willingness to face your past. Since it can be difficult and emotionally painful to make this journey alone, you may find comfort in using the services of a counselor to help guide you. Once you find those places in your past where your energy is being drained, you then have the opportunity to apply the healing combination of truth, acceptance and forgiveness. PEACE! Kurt
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Free Love Brings Lots of Laughs in Wanderlust by Pete Orn Who doesn’t feel the stress of a busy life? With all the things we must do in a short 24 hour span, the pressure piles up. Sometimes, when it gets to a boiling point, it would feel good to just drop everything and leave for a while, and maybe join a hippie commune. That’s the basic idea used for the new film Wanderlust. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as George and Linda,
a New York business couple who just purchased their first piece of real estate. That same day though, Linda’s big presentation for HBO doesn’t go well and George loses his job. Left with no options and no money, they leave New York to live with George’s annoying brother Rick (Ken Marino). On the way to Rick’s house, they stop at a Bed & Breakfast to get some rest. This place turns out to be a rural commune full of open ideas and free love.
Staying one night and enjoying it, they decide to try and live there to see if they can leave behind their hectic lives and live in peace with these free spirits. Everyone in this movie did a great job. Paul Rudd is great as always, and had me in tears in a certain scene where he’s talking to himself in the mirror. Jennifer Aniston impresses in this small venture away from her normal performances. The supporting cast also supplies a great amount of laughter in
their respective roles. Even the small cameos from other comedic actors shine brightly in this movie. Director David Wain does a good job, but doesn’t try anything out of the normal. It’s a very by-the-numbers directing job for this film. That’s not a bad thing. There aren’t too many risky things you can do with an Apatow produced comedy. It’s all in the actors’ performances that really tell the story.
I don’t think Wanderlust will ever be held up on a pedestal with some of the greatest comedies of all time, but I’m not sure that’s what it was aiming for. Wanderlust is just a funny and enjoyable movie with a good story and a wonderful cast. I highly recommend checking it out if you want to laugh a little, but only if you don’t mind a little raunchiness. Wanderlust is rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and drug use.
Technology Isn't Just For Nerds by Austin Weiford I am a nerd. Now, before you stop reading immediately, let me explain. Many different levels of “nerdity” exist, ranging from the mild nerds who occasionally read a book instead of playing Xbox, to the most severe nerds who participate in Live Action Role Playing events and have lengthy discussions comparing all the different aspects of the Star Trek universe with those of the Star Wars universe. I lie somewhere in the middle, where my moderate nerd friends discuss new technology being developed for video games, the best course of action in the event of a zombie apocalypse (holing up in a prison or school) and modern philosophy. One of the many things I like to do as a modern nerd is use technology in new and exciting ways. I very recently, after months of saving all of my extra money from work, was able to purchase an iPad 2. Like most devices, iPads are mostly useless and boring without some of the many awesome applications from its respective app store. Unfortunately, the best of these apps cost money and not all of them have a ‘lite’ version for you to try before you actually purchase it. So many apps can be an absolute waste of nonrefund-
able money. Navigating the app store looking for useful apps that are worth their cost can be a bit like navigating a minefield full of zombies, so I'm always on the lookout for app reviews and top 100 lists. Sometimes, though, I take a gamble on the apps that I buy. Sometimes the risk is worth it. Other times, of course, I have wasted my money. Here are a few rundowns of some apps I gambled on, so that you don't have to do the same. One app that has been very useful to me as a student is an iPad app called Notes Plus. It's around $8 on the app store, and is easily worth twice that. The amount of features this app has is mind blowing. It is first and foremost a note-taking app, designed to replace a notebook and pencil. As such, you can draw on the page with your finger or stylus, or you can use the keyboard to take notes. If you've ever used a program like this before, you know that writing things with your finger is not exactly ideal, because the writing is often much bigger than normal handwriting. However, Notes Plus graphics use vectors, which basically just means that anything you write or draw can easily be scaled to different sizes without losing any resolution. For example, I could draw a circle
and make it as big as I wanted, and the circle would never pixelate or begin to look like a polygon. What this means for your note taking is that you can write a word, and then shrink it down to normal size without it looking like just a smudge. Notes Plus doesn't even make you do that, however. One of it's many features is a zoom bar on the bottom that you can write in, so while you're actually writing very large compared to normal notes, everything you write is scaled down to normal size automatically. Furthermore, the zoom box moves over as you write, so you never have to stop writing. You can also insert pictures from your camera roll or websites, insert shapes, change the color and styles of your text or strokes, and organize your different notebooks and pages by name, class, or whatever. Perhaps the neatest feature of Notes Plus is that, if you want it to, it can translate your handwriting into normal text with the ‘Convert to Text ’option. As a habitual doodler, I can also attest that not only is Notes Plus a perfect app for taking notes in class, but it is also perfect for doodling. I use it to draw detailed pictures (using the zoom box to add even the tiniest details) and then scal-
ing them down to normal size. I very highly recommend this app for anyone who can entertain themselves with a notebook and pencil. Now for an app that was not worth the risk I took when I bought it. As a nerd, it comes with the territory that I enjoy some things that most people would find odd or immature. One of those things, for me, is cartoons. I have a Cartoon Network app (also an app that I enjoy, although it has quite a few bugs) on my iPad, which is synced with my DirecTV account, and can often be found sitting somewhere watching cartoons on it. One of the cartoons you're likely to find me watching is called Regular Show. It's a cartoon about two college-aged characters who work at a park and have very weird, extraordinary, and hilarious adventures. On last year's Halloween episode, the characters showed a 3-D zombie movie at their park, and through bizarre circumstances, found themselves fighting real zombies while the audience watched, unaware that they were in any real danger. A game was made out of this episode, and is available on the app store for $0.99. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. As a huge fan of the show, I
was confident that I would get a lot of enjoyment out of the game, and with a five-star rating on the app store and reviews saying things like, “You've never used your iPad until you've played this game,” it seemed like I was making a good investment. However, this game is a complete waste of time. The player moves the characters up and down the left side of the screen to throw shot put balls at waves of oncoming zombies. The game never deviates from that formula. The only thing that ever changes is the amount of zombies, until eventually you are overrun. While the game is only a dollar, there are dozens of games almost exactly like it for free. The only thing consumers are paying money for is the familiar characters from a popular cartoon, and as much as I love Regular Show, it is frankly not worth it. Here are some apps I enjoy: • textPlus • Fera for Facebook • HootSuite for Twitter • Cracked HD • The Onion • Animation HD • Pandora • FL Studio HD • Super Mega Worm vs Santa • Siege Hero HD • Plants vs Zombies HD • Boost 2 • WordPress
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Student Q&A Q: Do you think discrimination still exists?
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“Yes, because people don’t want to be associated with something they think is wrong.” Lauren Williams, freshman
“Absolutely. Especially in West Virginia. It seems worse here than anywhere else.”
Trey Lemon, freshman
“I think it does. People tend to look at other differently.” Christina Bibbee, sophomore
“I know it does. You can just tell by peoples actions.”
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Josh Gains: A story of an undying spirit by Jeremy Harrison Have you ever heard of perseverance? It’s something that you just don’t see every day. You might want to take a look at the achievements of a young man by the name of Josh Gains to refresh your memory. Gains is currently training to be in the London Paralympics. He will be competing in a number of events including discus, shot put, and javelin throwing. These achievements are just the tip of the iceberg of his long list of overcoming obstacles. Back in June of 2009, Gains was in a car accident on his way to work that left him paralyzed from the T-7 to T-9 vertebrae. He was transported and stayed in the Charleston Area Medical Center and remained there for three weeks. While Gains was there, he had no insurance and the hospital was going to just let him lay there until he could obtain a medical card for his rehabilitation. He was soon transported to Marietta
Memorial Hospital where he could receive his treatment and start rehabilitation. The rehabilitation would take another three weeks before he was released. During Gains’ absence from his place of employment he was informed by his superiors that he was not able to return after the four-week mark due to corporate policies. Gains was let go from the employer and chose not to take any legal action against the wishes of his doctors. During all of these troubles, his wife was also pregnant with their child, Jordyn. The situation didn’t deter Gains, though. Gains was born
an athlete and was not going to let this small set of obstacles stop him. Also while in the hospital, Gains was informed by Dr. Jeremiah Gagnon that he would be able to still pursue an athletic career. Through the help of Gagnon, Gains was able to start his path to the 2012 London Paralympics and compete in the West Virginia games as well. Gains is currently attending WVU Parkersburg majoring in the Computer Information Technology program. He says he is still not sure what emphasis he is going to choose, either networking or security. I’m sure either one of the programs he chooses, he will accomplish it. Gains is an inspiration to many and also has proven that people can overcome great obstacles to achieve their goals. As Gains said, “Nothing can stop anyone as long as you put your mind to it and put your heart to it.”
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Students Touring National Underground Freedom Center
by Pete Orn Students looking to learn more about the Underground Railroad will be able to soon. This spring, a bus will take up to 50 students on a tour of two museums in Ohio. On April 20, a group of students will depart from WVU Parkersburg and travel to it's first stop in Ripley, Ohio, to the Rankin House. The students will take a
tour of the historical building and then leave for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rankin House is a National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad Station. It was a key location for the assistance in the Underground Railroad. It is also home to one of the most breath taking sites of the Ohio River.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a Smithsonian Institute affiliate museum. It is filled with multiple exhibitions to show the history of slavery and, of course, the Underground Railroad. During the time the students will be visiting, there will be a “Civil Writes” workshop teaching participants how to teach Social Studies lessons. This will be the second part of a two part
Wizard of Oz Raising Money fo r New Child Development Center by Katie McCarthy The new day care center is finally under construction, but not without the help of the Foundation Center of WVU Parkersburg. The Foundation is doing a luncheon fundraiser, the Wizard of Oz Youth Event, in which all proceeds will go to the new childcare center.
“We decided to do it in March as a luncheon style, it’s less formal and more engaging for the kids,” Katie Thaxton, communications assistant of the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation, said. “We knew they needed funding, and that’s why we came up with this event,” Thaxton said referring to their generous support of the new day care center. T h e Foundation d i d a fundraiser similar to this last y e a r, a n d it will become an annual event with a different theme each year. Children can enjoy a short theatrical production o f t h e Wizard of Oz. It will be in a B l u e ’s
Clues style in order to involve the kids. Different themed stations will match the Wizard of Oz: the Tin Man, the Lion, Dorothy, etc. The lion-themed station will be a loudest growl contest, and the Tin Man will be a rusty walk competition to see who can best walk like the Tin Man before he is oiled. A photo booth will also be at the event, allowing all children to have their picture taken and framed as a keepsake. The price of this is included in the ticket. For adults, a silent auction will be held to raffle off Wizard of Oz-themed gift baskets. For students and alumni, the price of an adult ticket is $15, and $6 for children. To get this discount, students need to purchase their tickets in the Foundation office. Students need to provide a student ID card to get the discount. To buy tickets online, the price will be raised to $19 for adults and $8 for children. Students may also call the Foundation office and pay over the phone with a debit card or Paypal. The picnic style luncheon is for parents and children aged four through 12. The event will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the college’s Activities Center.
workshop. Students interested in this trip through history should visit the WVU Parkersburg Social Justice website and register for their spots on the bus. Tickets are $20 per person. That fee includes a seat on the bus and admission for both tours. Students are responsible for the cost of their lunch and supper. The deadline to register for
the trip is March 19. Up to 50 registrations will be accepted on a first-paid, first-served basis. So get registrations in as soon as possible. No refunds will be offered after March 19, unless the trip is canceled. For more information about this trip, contact Debbie Richards, Special Assistant to the President for Policy and Social Justice at (304) 424-8201.
Electronic Books a Better Buy by Austin Weiford Technology is always changing, as well as the way it is incorporated in the classroom. Many schools, including WVU Parkersburg, are looking at electronic books as a viable, more affordable option compared to physical textbooks. Pearson publishers are currently offering instructors a way t o design their own textbooks, paying by the chapter, as a way to not only save money, but time. The idea behind this is that some instructors require a certain book for their class, and then the course is taught in a way that excludes one or more chapters, or even disregards the book entirely. Students often feel discouraged when they are made to pay for a book that they are told is required for their class, only to find out that they could have saved their money and not be any worse off. With Pearson's custom textbooks, instructors choose which chapters go into the book, to ensure that the students are only paying for what they will actually use, rather
than wasting their money on material that will never be discussed in class. Some instructors teach very specific material, and would prefer writing their own textbook as opposed to choosing different chapters from books that have already been written. Through Pearson's Custom Textbook program, they can do just that. Instructors can publish their own, original material, create their own book from existing material, make changes to an already existing book, and even combine existing books with their original material. The electronic text books can be opened on any electronic reader, such as an iPad or a nook, as well as a laptop. The disadvantage to this, of course, is that if a student does not already own one of these devices, they have to purchase one. When compared to the price of printed textbooks every year, however, the one time cost of one of these devices may be well worth it.
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Riverhawks discovering WANT YOU
by Jeremy Harrison The WVU Parkersburg Riverhawks basketball team just finished their season on the 27th of February. The season was full of ups and downs including the addition of new coach Stan Mortensen. According to Mortensen, it has been an 'injury prone' season. The team lost four of its starters at the beginning of the season, which was a tough start. The Riverhawks basketball team has played against Division II and Division III teams. They have also been invited to play teams in other cities for the challenge. The team is comprised of mostly non-traditional students
who hold jobs, have families, and attend school here. It is not a stretch to say this team has a lot on its plate. To join the team you must pay a $30 activity fee and try out. Mortensen mentioned that most who try out make it because they are actually passionate about the game. Fund raising is planned for the future seasons to help pay for trips and other expenses. For more information contact Stan Mortensen, instructional specialist, Criminal Justice Social Sciences & Languages D i v i s i o n a t S t a n l e y. Mortensen@mail.wvu.edu.
by Corrissa Williams Daniel Grafton, a new instructor of World Geography at WVU Parkersburg, is hoping that this is only the beginning of his teaching career. Before studying Geography, Grafton pursued his interest in history. In the future, Grafton hopes that he can not only continue teaching Geography, but American history as well. Grafton grew up in Morgantown, where he double majored in history and philosophy, earning his Bachelor of Arts at West Virginia University. In 2009, Grafton decided to pursue a graduate degree in Geography. The strong job market of Geographic Infor-
Intern Program for College Students ---------------------------------------------by Susan Moore The Parkersburg area Community Foundation has a new intern program designed for college students. The Civic Leaders Fellowship program will pair eligible students with local non-profit, government and business organizations from around the valley. Students will receive a sixweek, paid summer internship while gaining experience in their field of study. All fields of study are encouraged to apply. In addition to the internship, participants will gather each Friday for sessions designed to build connections and enhance their personal and professional development while improving their knowledge of the region’s civic and community organizations. To apply for consideration in
the Foundation Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, a student must meet the following: • Have completed their freshman year with a minimum of 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. • Live in one of the following counties: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt or Wood Counties in West Virginia or Washington County, Ohio. • Be aware that while he/she will be placed at a position most closely proximate to his/ her home, every Friday, all Fellows will be required to physically attend a program in Parkersburg, WV. • Have the long-term personal goal of returning to the Mid-Ohio Valley upon graduation. Interested students will need to submit an application
package. A package consists of the Foundation Civic Leaders Fellowship Application and supporting documents of an official copy of the most recent transcript (required) and letters of recommendation (optional). The Application Form and program guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website at www.pacfwv.com. The deadline to apply for the fellowship program is March 14, 2012.
mation Science is what made Grafton interested in this field. All in all, Grafton holds a Master of Arts in history from Clemson University and a Master of Science in geography from Marshall University, along with his Bachelor of Arts degree from WVU. Grafton has traveled quite a bit, seeing most of the United States, parts of Canada, and 10 countries in Europe. “I’d say that my favorite place in Europe are the Swiss Alps, which are just breathtaking during the summer.” Grafton says his favorite place in the United States is Death Valley National Park in California, where he enjoys the
unique-looking desert scenery. Other than traveling, Grafton also enjoys writing fiction and hiking whenever the weather permits. Teaching wasn’t what Grafton saw in his future, but he is glad to have the opportunity. “I never planned on teaching, but now that I am doing so I greatly enjoy the experience.” Grafton enjoys all of the different aspects of the world and is thrilled to share it with his students. “Hopefully a student that takes one of my classes will leave with a greater appreciation for foreign cultures and better understanding of international issues.”
Riverhawks backhand competition
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WVU Parkersburg’s table tennis team finished with a 4-3 record earlier this month. The 4-3 record tied them for third place in the NCCTA Eastern Table Tennis D i v i s i o n a l To u r n a m e n t a t Ohio State University. The table tennis team played in the Ohio Division this season featuring teams
f r o m B a l d w i n Wa l l a c e , Ohio State, Wooster, Miami, Oberlin, Case Western Reserve, and Ashland University. The team members and coaches are as follows (l to r): bottom row; Tony Hess, Katie Prather, Jorge Meneses. Top row: Coach Ron Howard, D r e w C a r p e n t e r, M i c h a e l S w i s h e r, a n d C o a c h P h i l McClung.
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SNAP Assists Students With Nutrition by Corrissa Williams As the cost to go to college increases, more and more students are turning to food stamps to help pay for their groceries. Many students who live on their own are forced to work lowpaying jobs in to survive. On top of taking full time classes, this can become very stressful. Add this to the stress that comes from not having the money to fill your growling stomach, and you’ve got a tough situation. Some
students may not be aware that they are eligible to receive food stamps, also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Students may be eligible for SNAP if they meet one of the following requirements: you are a full-time student who works at least 20 hours per week, you are a full-time single student who is caring for children younger than the age of 12, you are a full-time student who is caring
for atleast two children younger than the age of 6, or you are at least a half-time student who is actively working any hours in a work-study program. Also, resources may not exceed $2,000. These resources include bank accounts, but not a home, lot or financial aid. It’s easy to apply for SNAP, and, as a student, it won’t take too much time from your busy day. A paper application can be received in person at a SNAP of-
fice, over the phone, or by mail. The application can be returned by these same methods, even on the same day you received the application. You can also apply online and by telephone. To help decide whether you may be eligible for SNAP, there is a pre-screening eligibility tool found at http://www.snap-step1. usda.gov/fns/. By putting in your true information, this can help determine whether you may be eligible for SNAP benefits.
If you do receive SNAP benefits, your funds will be transferred to an EBT account. You can spend these funds through an EBT card which acts like a debit card, available for use at most grocery stores. At the register, you will collect your receipt which shows you the amount of your funds spent, along with the balance remaining in your account. More information on SNAP can be found at http:// www.fns.usda.gov/fns/.
Scholarship Opportunities by Katie McCarthy The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation provides over 75 scholarship applications for students. These awards are granted towards the upcoming fall semester and the following spring of 2013. The Foundation offers over $220,000 in scholarships each year to WVU Parkersburg students. The Foundation center and
scholarships are located in the Institutional Advancement office in the front of the building. Plenty of applications are inside with lists of all the possible scholarships. Students can apply online, as well. The scholarship list is broken into departments such as business, computer, education, nursing, social work, welding, etc. A general list applies to
students of any major. One page of the application packet lists personal data. This is an option students have to specify certain facts about themselves to make sure the best scholarship is found for them. The requirements and amount of money granted completely depends on the donor and can vary from scholarship to
Every Dollar Matters by Katie McCarthy The United Way is a local alliance that partners with businesses across the nation that helps support those who need it the most. WVU Parkersburg has a United Way campaign every year on campus, and this year the theme was “Every Dollar Matters.” By just contributing o n e d o l l a r, a o n e m o n t h membership to the Boys & Girls Club was donated. A five dollar donation purchased a new toy for a child in a shelter. This shows that even the smallest donation helps, and that every dollar truly matters. U n i t e d Wa y i s t h e o n l y
campaign in the nation that allows people to use pay roll deduction to decide how much and when charitable dollars are spent. Something that caught many students attention was the raffle of a Barnes & Noble nook tablet at the end of the campaign, which was December 9, 2011. The winner was Cindy Watkins, a WVU Parkersburg Nursing Instructor. The nook was donated by the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation. In the future, the prize will most likely be something similar to the nook, as it generated so much interest throughout the campus. “The United Way is a caring
agency that takes care of those around us that are less fortunate,” Dina Braniff, an accountant at WVU Parkersburg, said about the group in which she is proudly involved. Students who were involved in the campaign are Student Government President Loren Bell and Student Government Representative Kodi Sells. Faculty involved were Cathy Mutz as Faculty Representative and Dina Braniff, Classified Staff Representative. “I’d like for everybody to keep the United Way in the back of their minds. That way, when we get ready again they’ll remember the importance,” Braniff said.
scholarship. Students must write a ‘thank you’ to the donor if awarded. For college students, a 3.2 grade point average is necessary for most scholarships. The packet only requires two pages to be filled out with personal information and extracurricular activities. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is April 2 for first
priority in the selection process. After filling out the application, it should be returned to the Institutional Advancement office. The Scholarship Committee of WVU Parkersburg decides over the summer who earns the scholarships. The decision process is based on who best meets the requirements as well as what fits the donors wishes.
Happy Feet 2 by Matt McCoy On March 2, the Student Engagement and Activities Organization (SEA) will be holding a Movie Night in the student lounge at 7 p.m. The film for this night is Happy Feet 2. Happy Feet followed the story of Mumble, a young and spunky Emperor penguin who discovers he cannot sing like the rest of his fellow penguins. Mumble discovers, however, that he has a different talent – he can tap dance. He goes against the rules he has been told of “Penguins DON’T tap dance” to express his own “heartsong” and inspires his fellow penguins to think outside of the box. This sequel tells the story of a grown-up Mumble and the lesson he teaches his son, Erik. It fea-
tures voices by Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, and music star Alecia “Pink” Moore. To learn more about future movie nights and upcoming SEA activities and events, check out the Events Calendar at http:// www.wvup.edu.
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March 1, 2012
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Africa is Closer to Home Than We Think
by Jack Hambrick Doug Weaver believes the importance not to generalize when talking about Africa, “it just depends where you are.” WVU Parkersburg instructor Doug Weaver also serves as an African political/military intelligence analyst. He presented a Focus on Africa presentation on Feb. 27. He began by opening with “Does anyone know how many countries are in Africa?” One person raised a hand, so he asked for guesses. Africa has 54 countries, and covers a lot of land. “Africa is a very large, diverse and complex continent,” read the second slide. Weaver shared a large photo of Africa with the countries all labeled, next to the map various photos could be seen: a woman farming, a satellite dish, a man with a bow & arrow and a cell phone, people working in a lab, people on computers just to name a few. Weaver asked, “How many people think the continent of Africa is smaller than the United States,” followed by “How many think it’s larger?” The continent of Africa is four times larger than the United States. “You can take the continental US, the
entire country of China, the entire Western Europe, all of Argentina, and still not cover the continent of Africa.” There are 11.7 million square miles, 54 different nations, 1 billion people (which is expected to double over the next 10 years), 800 different ethnic groups and 1,000 different languages. So yes, it is indeed “tremendously complex and diverse.” In regards to geographical aspects of Africa, Weaver told those attending the presentation “The amount of precipitation effects the amount of vegetation, the amount of vegetation effects the amount of land use and the amount of land use effects the population.” This explains why most of Northern Africa is hardly populated due to the alarming amount of precipitation (sometimes 0” of rain a year) while other areas of Africa may receive as much as 80” a year, which is where the people are because you have good vegetation, because you have RAIN” extenuating the word. He went on to explain some of the problems happening with the newly developed country (last July) of South Sudan and Sudan. “Imagine an area that’s as large as the continental United States
with no rain…” It began to make a little more sense why these two countries were fighting. “The major problems they’re fighting over is recourses…” going on to say that “We take little things like water for granted.” Weaver was able to link Parkersburg to Africa for students as he explained another geographical aspect. The “Horn of Africa” is a peninsula in East Africa that juts hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden. “A lot of the prices we pay for products we use here in Parkersburg are shipped here around this area.” Pirating along that coast is an immense problem for the US; a $7 billion problem at that. Companies transporting goods are getting held up by pirates who “just pay up,” but that affects American purchasers, as they have to pay more. Weaver noted that much oil also comes from Africa and that some of the problems in Nigeria have also been affecting the American economy. Africa has been in a state of unrest, its people are rebelling. These countries are so revolting right now because people want to get away from the “tribal-ethnictype of culture.” They want
democracy, but not our kind of democracy since that simply will not work in Africa. Weaver said Africa is “open for business in many ways.” He credits a small technology making a big impact. “If there’s one technology that has revolutionized the whole continent of Africa more than any other thing in the past five years,” it would be cell phones. He spoke of a nomadic hoarder who might place a call asking for the price of cattle and, if it were suitable, he would move in that direction. Whereas “ten years ago if you wanted to do business in Africa you pretty much had to walk.” Yeah, walk 11.7 million square miles. The local professor explained how Western companies had tried providing phone service before and failed. They thought that they could get away with Africans having a plan and paying monthly. The problem with that is most of these people don’t have addresses, so there’s nowhere for the bill to go. These people get by with the type of cell phones that use a calling card to add minutes, when the minutes are up they just get another card. The cards don’t appear to be difficult to obtain as Weaver
mentioned being able to pick one up off of a street merchant. “In light of all this diversity, the size of the continent, all the different ethnic groups and all the different leaders and all the different agendas they have security issues – And if they have security issues we have security issues” Professor Weaver said, adding that “We’re a global economy but that means we’re a global family, too.” Regarding security, Weaver told about Joseph Kony, who has been wanted for the past 20 years. In those 20 years he’s grabbed 20,000 children and put them to work as sex slaves and child soldiers. “Why should we be involved in Africa?” Professor Weaver asked once more, noting that two Christmases ago Kony went to a church and killed 800 people, then followed up killing 400 people the following Christmas. “Why should we be the world’s policemen? Well, because we have the means.” Weaver said Africa invited U.S. military protection and want it. “We’re there to stop the incoming flow of terrorist activity.” With both an instructional and military background, Weaver provided a new perspective on Africa.
Published on Mar 1, 2012