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September 26, 2013

Volume #44 No. 2

The

Chronicle at WVU Parkersburg

Inside this Issue

Ag Program, Page: 3

SEA Poster Sale, Page: 4

Professor Profile, Page: 9

Student Success, Page: 10

Veterans Services, Page: 11

Joshua Campbell:

WVU Parkersburg Student Runs for West Virginia House Of Delegates

by Corrissa Williams Joshua Campbell has high aspirations and hopes that he can make a change in the State of West Virginia. Campbell. A student at WVU Parkersburg, Campbell is aiming to earn his spot in The House of Delegates at age 21. Campbell explained, “The younger generation has a perspective that may result in a change that the older generation may overlook.” Campbell is the Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA) at WVU Parkersburg and is also involved in College Republicans, another organization at WVU Parkersburg. College Republicans is a club created by Campbell and the President of SGA Tyler Ohrn. The group helps with voting registration and also assists state, federal and local candidates with their publicity. Campbell is also part of the Wood County Republican Executive Committee. The committee is a Republican voice of Wood County to city, county and state officials. Their goal is to enforce

the values of Republicans. This is where Campbell met Greg Smith, the chairman of the committee. Smith helped inspire Campbell to pursue his interest in politics and in making a positive change. Campbell stated, “In order for there to be effective change in West Virginia there needs to be new voices and new people going into legislature and helping to make laws.” Campbell decided that The House of Delegates was a good place to start. Campbell filed pre-candidacy papers to run for office in 2014, with primary elections in May. The House of Delegates for Wood County has three delegates, Tom Azinger, John Ellen, and Dan Poling. The legislature has 100 members overall for the State of West Virginia. Once elected by their district, members serve two-year terms and work two months out of the year, February and March. In those two months, the delegates earn a salary of $20,000. Campbell has a few concerns he would like to address if he makes it into the House of Dele-

gates. One concern for Campbell is the budget cuts that colleges in West Virginia are taking from the state. In recent years, colleges have taken a 7.5 percent budget cut, which has caused WVU Parkersburg to raise tuition by 9 percent. In 2014, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing that a second 7.5 percent budget cut to colleges should be introduced. These budget cuts have to pass through the House of Delegates and the Senate to be made into law. Campbell and other Republicans throughout West Virginia believe that a 15 percent budget cut from colleges in two years is not a progressive decision for the state or for students. Another issue that concerns Campbell is that West Virginia is not a very tax efficient state for small businesses. Campbell strongly believes that West Virginia needs to revamp their tax structure to be more business friendly so that small businesses have a better chance to succeed. Until Campbell reaches his goal to become a House of Delegates member for the State of

West Virginia, he is concentrating on earning his BASBA in accounting in the spring of 2014. Campbell wishes to pursue his Master’s in Business Administration but is still deciding on the college where he’ll earn his degree. Currently, Campbell is involved with an internship at Northwestern Mutual as a financial advisor where he hopes to be for the next 40 years.


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Upcoming Career Services Events • “Making the Most of a Career Fair” Hosted by Jennifer Randolph Monday, Oct, 28, Room 1207 From 11:30 a.m. - noon

• “Dining Etiquette” (Invitation Only) Hosted by Sandy Swisher Tentatively Oct. 7th or 9th, Community Room 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

• Fall Career Fair

Hosted by Jennifer Randolph Wednesday, Oct. 30th Mulitpurpose Room from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

by Cora Tidd

KURT'S COLUMN

Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

Kurt Klettner Counseling/Student Assistance Services Have you ever experienced the stress of having way too much to do and seemingly little or no time left to do it? That combination of stressors is often a formula for creating a crippling form of tension and anxiety that may lead to procrastination; and in some cases individuals may be tempted to just give up and quit. Rather than give in to procrastination or give up completely I ask that you

be willing to look at an alternative approach. When faced with overwhelming demands and time constraints the first step to reducing the associated stress and anxiety is to make a conscience effort to re-take control emotionally. This is done by stopping self-judgment and focusing on ways to regain a sense of personal command over the actions that you will need to take to face the stressors. The second step to reducing stress that is associated with feelings of being overwhelmed is to be realistic in your approach to resolution. Listing the demands and the associated deadlines can be an effective way to visualize what you are faced with. Scrutinizing your list to determine real demands vs self-imposed demands allows you the opportunity to determine if a change in your expectations may reduce some of the pressure you are facing. If you find yourself getting anxious over several self-imposed demands, this is an opportunity

to take another “realistic” look at whether or not you feel in control of your own life. The next step involves prioritizing those demands that remain on your list so as to be able to evaluate what needs to be done by when, and if there realistically is enough time in our life to actually do it all. Often the root cause of stressors associated with seemingly overwhelming demands is one’s own inability to view situations realistically. If you find yourself in that type of situation, one option is to seek out the assistance of another whom you trust to help provide feedback and guidance. You may find that a counselor can serve as an effective support person in assisting you in the problem solving process. Assisting students in the process of problem solving is one of the services that is are available to you through the Student Counseling Center.

Kurt PEACE!

• “Cooperative Education: Learning Beyond the Classroom” Hosted by Jennifer Randolph Tuesday, Nov. 12th, Room 1207 From noon - 1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Chronicle at WVU Parkersburg

Volume 44 Produced by students of WVU Parkersburg Layout Editor: Corrissa Williams Megan Newland Layout Staff: Allison Hilber Shelby Thomas Jeremy Harrison Kristiana Hunt Jessica Thompson Melissa Lough Austin Weiford Tessa McAtee Katelyn White Macie Lynch Kyle Nichols Hannah Duffield Candice Hoalcraft Justina Morris Cora Tidd Carle Stewart Megan Valentine Jason Walker Advisor: Torie Jackson

News Editor: Jeremy Harrison Asst. News Editor: Justina Morris News Reporting/Photography Staff: Kyle Nichols Carle Stewart Cora Tidd Candice Hoalcraft Shelby Thomas Hannah Duffield Tia Goodrich Kathy McPeek Elizabeth Stovall Megan Valentine Danial Jackson Allison Hilber Corrissa Williams Megan Newland Thaddeus Randolph chronicle@wvup.edu and find us on Facebook & Twitter @wvupchronicle


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Big Plans Ahead for the Diversified Agriculture Program by Hannah Duffield Who’s going to feed us when they are gone? “The average age of a farmer in America and in West Virginia is 58 years old,” stated Hans Straight, instructional specialist and program coordinator for WVU Parkersburg’s Diversified Agriculture program. WVU Parkersburg’s newly offered Diversified Agriculture program has large expectations for its future and is already starting to grow. The program will not only train and certify students, and will help the community in a variety of ways, as well. The Diversified Agriculture program offers a 30 credit hour certification and a 60 credit hour associates degree. The certificate program credits can be transferred to the associate degree program, if a student decides to change their degree level. Straight is working to create areas of specialization for the program. If a student is interested in food production they would take courses in green house management, vegetable production and fruit crops. Work experience is a large part of both the certificate and the degree programs. Some of the courses and certifications Straight wants to add include: plant science and propagation, animal production and animal ag., pest and disease management and landscape and turf management. These certifications would allow the student to get a job at a local pest control agency or a landscape company. With an ag program it is hard to go with the traditional school year, because of the growing season in our region which is spring through early fall. "The classes need to match with the growing season so that the students can get as much hands on experience as possible," stated Straight. For student convenience, Straight is working with curriculum committees to set up blended classes with an online lecture component as well as an

Agroecology student Zack Smith using the new Diversified Agriculture Tractor. in-class lab during the second summer session. The fall and spring semesters would remain set up with online and in class classes that are not blended. “There isn’t a program like this anywhere near here. Ag programs don’t exist here in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Straight. The program requires a large amount of hands on experience. Straight is working on a grant for a Learn and Earn program with Bob’s Market, the largest greenhouse producer in the state located in Mason, W.Va. Seasonally Bob’s Market hires 100 laborers who work January to June and 15 master growers who work year round. Bob’s Market desires their employees to have additional training. While working for Bob’s Market, the students will get class credit and a set hourly wage. Straight would like to see this program in place by July of 2014. Straight is also working to set up Edge credits. This would provide local high school students involved in the Future Farmers of America, with an opportunity to earn a degree and graduate

early through The West Virginia EDGE initiative. Some of the classes available for these students will include greenhouse management and animal production. Two major concerns surrounding American farming are, the lack of young farmers, as stated before the average age of a farmer in our country and state is 58 years old. The second concern is the distance that food has to travel from farmer to consumer is an average of 1500 miles, this causes an influx in price. “In 2008 ag sales in America were $592 million. So approximately 1.2 to 1.3 percent of our total Ag sales were directly to consumers but since 2008 there have been Farmer’s Markets CSAs and that type of thing have really blown up and increased in popularity and people are becoming more concerned with eating locally grown food and concerned with food safety,” stated Straight “In 2009, there was a 7.2 billion dollar food industry in WV. And 7.1 million dollars’ worth was imported. So one one-thousandth of our food came directly from farmer to consumer.

Straight hopes that the reaches of the Ag program will not be limited only to the students, but will also have an effect on the community and region. “There is so much potential,” said Straight “If you look back at the older farms they had a lot of diversity, they didn’t do just one thing. Now you see people that are just concentrating on just one thing.” The majority of WV farms are small farms (under 100 acres) 80% of them earn under $10,000 a year. The number of women farmers across America is continually increasing. Their farms tend to be between 5 – 20 acres and are quite productive because of the diversification methods used. The program has students interested in the agriculture field. Some of which are nontraditional student other students are not interested in going into the Ag program but are interested in the classes as electives or to fulfill a science requirement. Straight is currently working on a place to grow crops. Once they get some garden plots the students are going learn and demonstrate season extension methods and other ways to maxi-

mize local food production. In the future Straight hopes to be able to work with the Wood County Technical Center on some future greenhouse courses and will hopefully be able to later build a greenhouse on campus or somewhere nearby for student experience. He sees WVU Parkersburg having a demonstration farm where the students can experience intensive hands on learning of different types of farming, as well as grow some of the food for WVU Parkersburg’s Culinary Academy. But the Ag program would produce more crops than what the Culinary Academy would need or could use. Gene Evans, culinary arts instructional specialist and program director and Straight have ideas of what could be done with the extra crops produced by the students. Evans is teaching his students to match cuisine to what is freshly harvested at the time. With the commercial kitchen and other equipment such as flash freezing capabilities and a Cryovac machine where they would be interested in processing the goods and even having a WVU Parkersburg, River Hawk or some other kind of branded products. Some of these products could include canned goods and other high end gifts that could be sold. “There are many components where they could take these ideas,” stated Straight. “People have to learn to eat seasonally. You go to the grocery store and the average produce [travels] 1500 miles,” Straight said “of the food dollar only 20 percent goes to the farmer 80 percent is going to transport and retail. So there is a huge part of that can be taken up by the farmer if they’re selling it locally.” Any one interested in taking an ag course, or going into the Diversified Agriculture field can get in touch with Hans Straight via email or phone, hans.straight@ wvup.edu or 304.424.8218.


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students together. To make them all feel at home, and like a family,” said Meneses. Students can plan ahead and schedule more upcoming events into their calendars. All events are posted on Facebook at wvup. sea.3@facebook.com

by Shelby Thomas Involvement. Meeting fellow students. The Student Engagement Activities (SEA)

the school,” said Jorge Meneses, president of SEA. The SEA organizes activities for the entire school year. These events often include cookouts, concerts, and sporting events. Upcoming events include: Sept. 28 — The Riverhawk volleyball team will be playing a home game against Clark State at 1 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. SEA encourages students to attend and support the volleyball team. Sept. 29 — The Riverhawk soccer team will be playing a home game against Southern State College on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. The home field is located behind the cafeteria. Oct. 1 — The Distinguished

Students manage a poster sale during student engagement hour on Tuesday, Sept. 24. organization provides opportunities for students to become involved in college activities. “It is a great way to meet people, and to become part of

Performance Series will sponsor the play Fahrenheit 451 in the College Activity Center at 7 p.m. Adult tickets will be $10, and students tickets will be $5. Also students who attend WVU Parkersburg can purchase tickets in advance for themselves and one guest for $2 each at the college Business Office (8 a.m.-4 p.m.). The tickets purchased at the door are regular price. Oct. 2 — Open microphone on the stage in the cafeteria at 11 a.m. SEA organized this event as a way for students to express themselves and share any hidden talents. The goal of SEA is for students to gather together. “The purpose is to bring new

It is a great way to meet people, and to become part of the school.

~ Jorge Meneses

Environmental Action Wield Caution, Group Reactivated Students

by Justina Morris After three years of inactivity, the group is back. Working to promote awareness for environmental issues such as conservation and preservation with a focus on educating the college community, WVU Parkersburg’s Environmental Action Group conducted its first meeting on Sept. 11. In addition to the selection and naming of this semester’s officers, topics discussed at the meeting included program and project ideas for the group and possible guest speakers to attend future meetings. Headed by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, professor of English, the group selected the following student officers: Kodi Sells as president, Trina Cottrell as vice president, Michelle Hoff as secretary and Logan Mace as treasurer. EAG is also teaming up with

Phi Theta Kappa for Adopt-aHighway’s state wide pick up on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until noon. The focus area for cleanup will include areas and roads around

the college. “This year we are honored to be able to work with the Environmental Action Group on campus,” said Diana Davis, advi-

sor for Phi Theta Kappa. “Both organizations want to improve our environment and help to make it a better place to live and work.” Also, the EAG’s first program is set to roll with guest speaker Stan Cole, a retired FAA pilot sharing his insight on the Pacific Garbage Patch, the impact it has on wildlife, and what people can do to help the situation. This event is scheduled for the next meeting on Oct 9 at 11 a.m., A Facebook page titled WVU Parkersburg Environmental Action Group has been created for the organization as well. Any students, faculty or staff interested in further information or joining the group are encouraged to contact Phillips at rebecca. phillips@wvup.edu or to attend the next meeting at 11 a.m. on Oct 9. New members are always welcome.

by Elizabeth Stovall Expulsion is a student’s nightmare. However, many students are not aware of what can result in expulsion. At WVU Parkersburg any act that is against college policy as well as federal or state law could potentially be an expellable offence. Expulsion probably will not be the action taken for your first offense. Campus police officer Allen Collins stated, “We try to work with students before we have to resort to that.” For example, if a student is caught smoking in an area outside of the designated smoking area, this is considered against college policy. Campus security will most likely give a verbal warning to stop the violation and explain the rules to said student. If they continue to smoke where they are not supposed to, campus police will then issue a ticket to the student for the violation. This ticket is used for docu-

mentation of the act and can then be used in a disciplinary hearing if necessary. If the same student continues to smoke at areas of their choosing, disregarding school policy, this could eventually result in expulsion. Offenses on campus are not the only actions that can result in expulsion. If a student is on a social network sight online and makes statements about another student that are harmful or potentially violent, this could also lead to expulsion. If one student makes another student feel unsafe on campus, this is against college policy and could result in expulsion as well. Actions that students take on and off campus have a direct impact on their status as a student. College officials encourage students to think their actions through before breaking policies or laws, causing themselves a costly expulsion.


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The Aquila Theatre on Campus

The Big Read Brings Classic Book to Life

by Corrissa Williams The Aquila Theatre is coming to WVU Parkersburg to heat things up with the play “Fahrenheit 451.” The play is being presented on Oct 1 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room to kick off The Big Read, a program of The National Endowment for the Arts. The goal of The Big Read is to, “revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for literature.” “Fahrenheit 451” is a story that takes place in a time when all books are banned in order to control the minds of citizens. In-

stead of firefighters fighting fire, their goal is to search for and burn any books that are found. This story is a great enforcer as to why literature is important even in today’s modern culture. The Aquila Theatre will present a visual version of the story with a play to reinforce the spread of literature in the community. The Aquila Theatre was founded in 1991 by Peter Meineck and has been based in New York City since 1999. His goal for The Aquila Theatre was to present classic works of art in an exciting way to communities at an affordable price. Their

mission is, “simple yet very ambitious – to bring the greatest works to the greatest number.” The Aquila Theatre is prominent in the world of performance art and has won several awards and has even been to places such as Carnegie Hall, the Ancient Stadium at Delphi, The Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza and even the White House. Now, they’re coming to the small town of Parkersburg, W.Va. to present a play at WVU Parkersburg. “Fahrenheit 451” books have been distributed for free all across the region to encourage people to read the book, as

well as to prepare them for the upcoming play. Several discussion groups are taking place to discuss “Fahrenheit 451” and the meanings that lie with it. For more information on The Big Read events, go to www. neabigread.org. Then, click on communities, and find Parkersburg, W. Va. on the map. It will then take the user to a list of events and book discussions that include dates and times. Tickets for the “Fahrenheit 451” play are available at the college business office from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. WVU Parkersburg students can purchase tickets in

advance for themselves and one guest for $2 each. All tickets at the door are regular price, $10 for non-students and $5 for students. For information, contact Dr. H.G. Young at hg.young@ wvup.edu. Ticket Information for “Fahrenheit 451” Oct. 1, 7 p.m., performance

Tickets available at Business Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $2 for students $5 for staff/faculty (in advance)

$5 for students $10 for public (at door)

WVU Parkersburg Foundation Offers Students Opportunity to Travel Abroad Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

by Cora Tidd Take a journey through Germany, from Rothenburg to Munich. Tour the Neuschwanstein Castle and travel along the Alps to see the very top of Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Travel through the legendary Black Forest to the city of Heidelberg. Students Kelsey Weekley, Loren Bell, and Rebecca Harrington did just that last semester, through the travel abroad program. “I’ve always wanted to see the world,” Bell said. “This was a great opportunity and I couldn’t pass it up.” The travel abroad group spent time in Austria, Germany, and

Switzerland over a span of ten days. The first stop was Rothenburg, Germany. Students visited the Market Square and the medieval Plonlein, or “Little Square,” which is one of Germany’s most photographed sites. They also saw the Town Wall that outlines the city in the shape of a head, with the Castle Garden as the nose. Afterwards, students continued to Munich, a place where medieval and modern times meet. Sightseeing took everyone past Olympic Stadium, the fashionable Schwabing district and the Residenz, the former home of the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria. Students had time to reflect at Dachau, a World War II memorial museum in Munich. Dachau was originally a Nazi concentration camp built in 1935 and liberated in 1945. “The Germany trip is priceless and I have learned so much outside the classroom,” said Harrington.

The students visited museums and castles in each country, experiencing a spectrum of cultural insight. According to the students, the Neuschwanstein Castle was a real highlight. The Bavarian wonder was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. The castle’s original design plans were created by a theater set designer, not an ar chitect. Later, students continued their journey to the Swiss Alps in Lucerne. The famous Lion Monument is one of the main attractions in the Alps. The monument commemorates the Swiss Guards that were slain in the 1792 Paris storming of the Tuileries. Students also a chance to walk under Chapel Bridge and observe all of the colorful murals that are painted overhead. At the end of the trip, students traveled to Heidelberg by way of the legendary Black Forest. The forest was once home to wolves,

hermits and mad monks. From there the tour went by Rhine Falls to the Grand Old Bridge. The bridge crosses into Neckar Valley, where medieval streets are lined with traditional red roof houses. “It was great to get that taste of other countries,” Bell said. “It makes you appreciate where you live.” Various cultural differences can be found between the U.S. and the Alps. Not everyone is in such a rush. If you need to use a public restroom, you must pay a fee. There is no need to wait for a table in a restaurant because you can sit with strangers. Instead of chocolate milk, a bowl of steamed water and a ball of hard chocolate are served. For breakfast, Nutella, hardboiled eggs and cold cuts are provided. “I recommend anyone to go on travel abroad,” said Bell. “It was a memorable experience that I will always treasure,” said Harrington. Students agree that travel

abroad is a great program. It’s a way to connect with others across the globe and a chance to gain a better understanding of different cultures. So the next time the opportunity occurs to travel abroad, will you go? Visit the Foundation office for more information about travel abroad.

Grand Old Bridge, Germany


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M e e t Yo u r S G A

by Megan Valentine Student Government Association was founded on the notion that students should have a governing body to be the voice the students. They work closely with other committees, faculty and staff to make sure that student voices are heard. Every individual that serves in the SGA is dedicated to his or her position and works tirelessly to improve the overall well being of this college.

Joshua Campbell

Tyler Ohrn

Vice President of Finance Campbell's responsibilities are to create and track SGA's budget to make sure the organization is spending within its means. He found that most of the time student governments over spend and go outside the limits of their budget. Campbell would like to emphasize that students can voice concerns by attending SGA's open forums, which are held once a semester.

President Ohrn’s responsibilities are numerous and wide-spread. In addition to his title as President and reigning officer of SGA, he is the student representative on the Board of Governors, an important asset. Ohrn also has the power to appoint all student representatives on all of the schools committees. “I am a huge advocate for students and not only just the students but the institution in general,” said Tyler.

Saunyell “Niki” Atkinson

Brandon Cooper

Vice President of Communications Cooper's task is to be readily available to answer any questions in communications. He works with Katie Wooten, director of communications, sending out emails and keeping students informed on upcoming activities and events. “Student government has an open door policy. We encourage students to come in and talk to us,” said Brandon.

Vice President Jackson County Center Atkinson's job is to collaborate with Student Government officials in Jackson County and to extend the same opportunities we have here on campus to Jackson County Center. Atkinson started at J.C.C. as the V.P. of Finance and helped to build J.C.C.’s SGA.She would like for every student to know that she has the answers to the questions that have been plaguing them and welcomes student questions and concerns.

Nichole Milliren

Director of Academic Services Milliren's duties are to field out any issues or concerns in academic affairs to student government. Her main focus in SGA is community service, which to Milliren, is a big part of what student government advocates. “We are the voice of the students and if the concern is valid and we can do something about it, we will,” said Nichole.

Professor Urges Pre-registration

by Carlē Stewart Current students get first dibs. That is the purpose of preregistration. This is a week when current students are given the chance to register for the classes they want before other students. Based on a student’s status, each has a chance to pre-register for classes they want to take. The priority pre-registration week is scheduled from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. Seniors are given the opportunity before lower classmen, but after Nov. 4, pre-registration is open to anyone. Assistant Professor of Business & Management Jeff

Holland, along with admissions, records, and all advisors on campus take charge in overseeing this upcoming registration process. While this week is the best for students to register for their classes, Holland says “Sadly they wait till later and then they come and complain that they can’t get the classes at the time they wanted them.” Pre-registration is beneficial to students and, according to Holland, it’s “the best way to ensure you get the courses you want with the teachers you want when you want them”. If a student does not pre-

register for their classes, that student has a greater chance of not getting the classes he or she wants. “You’re only penalizing yourself,” Holland said. “Once classes close, they’re not gonna override a limit when there’s other students in other sections of it.” Holland explained that students should not pass up the opportunity to pre-register when it is presented to them Missing registration for a class does not mean a student will not get into the class they want, it just simply means that someone else took the class that student

wanted. While it is important to pre-register for classes during priority pre-registration week, students are still able to register anytime after their priority opens. Holland said he just doesn’t understand “when you have an opportunity to be at the first of the line why you would choose not to be first in line, and that’s what people do.” Though a student may think it is time consuming or difficult to pre-register, it doesn’t have to be. Holland encourages students to see their advisors. Advisors help create student

schedules for the next semester and will even do full graduation plans to help students graduate on time with the minimal amount of classes necessary. Students can then register by using their OLSIS accounts. While it is not always required to see an advisor, Holland advises students to do so. “It is the person that checks your graduation status at the end. It’s a good idea to check in with them occasionally.” “People know it’s important,” Holland said. “I just want to get the message out that you need to take advantage of that.”


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“Fahrenheit 451” Continues Fiery Legacy by Candice Hoalcraft “It was a pleasure to burn.” Not exactly the opening words one would expect when reading a classic novel. These bold words begin the beloved story of “Fahrenheit 451,” a work from Ray Bradbury that has raised controversy over the past three decades and has landed a spot on the list of banned books. Guy Montag, a hardworking citizen, loves his job as a fireman. However, his profession does not involve putting out fires like one would think a fireman does. In this futuristic society rather than extinguishing flames, these men start fires to burn the books of citizens within the community. Montag never once had any

by Kyle Nichols Imagine a gaming network, everyone connected, your friends all constantly able to chat and share any experience with you at any time. Envision the cost of games lowering by $15 and used games being sold back to the actual companies instead of third-party franchises. That was the Xbox One. After the serious backlash of the gaming community at controversial features on the developing Xbox One, it has been stripped to seemingly core essentials. Indeed, some gamers will even believe this to be some sort of victory against Microsoft. What they do not realize is the actual inclinations that these changes were trying to make towards the future benefit of the industry. Perhaps the most notable and badly presented new feature that has been struck from the Xbox One was the need for a constant internet connection. This idea, if it actually survived the rioting Xbox fan boys, was a step towards present ideas that are already being implemented in everyday massively multiplayer online games (MMOs).

second thoughts about his job—until he met Clarisse, a neighbor of his who describes herself as “seventeen and crazy.” She questions him and gets him thinking about his job and whether or not it is morally right. She asks him “did you ever read any of the books you’ve burned?” After meeting this girl, Montag’s life is forever changed. He has a completely different outlook on life, his job and the society he lives in. Montag then goes on a journey to change his way of life. This novel has a controversial nature to it because of the morbid detail of the citizens’ life without literature. Each person is described as being emotionally

In these MMOs, you can constantly be connected to a growing and changing world, but Xbox One’s idea of constant connectivity would create the same atmosphere without the buffer time when refreshing the world and the changes that have been made. You could come back hours, even days, later to find your character still immersed in the world while it has possibly vastly changed around it. The other idea that created the biggest furious reaction from Xbox 360 and other console users alike was the need to pay a small fee to play a used game in your already $500 console. Although this may just seem like another extortion to keep you feeding money into the gaming industry, it could have actually dropped prices. Gamestop and other third party franchises soak in the money from used games by themselves while the original developers find themselves getting absolutely no money from these sales. Imagine this to be a giant hungry gaming yard sale where gaming stores greedily sit behind the shelves, sometimes even designing sales around these used products

numb and lacking personality and spunk. Not only have these people lost themselves, many of them turned to drugs as a source of comfort. Because of the high number of people who overdose, there are men who have similar jobs of paramedics who respond to calls and suck the drugs out of the person’s system. The members of this society lost their compassion. While Montag grieved over the loss of a woman

to promote their sale. If game developers actually got a cut, prices could be significantly reduced. No more. Still, gaming enthusiasts that were on the front lines of the riot cannot be fully blamed. The way that Microsoft handled its PR was insulting to the hardcore gamer whose trust they had already won. Xbox One saw little fanfare at its release because it seemed to be more focused on pulling nongaming users towards it. As enthusiasts spoke out, Microsoft stood strong, and even unintentionally insulted the users that it was seemingly supposed to be catering to. With better PR and perhaps a slower release of these seemingly exaggerated features, the Xbox One could have been a serious step towards a new gaming future instead of an upgraded version of its predecessor with little insignificant features.

who refused to leave her house while they burned her books, his wife simply said “She broke the law. I hate her.” Bradbury, an iconic science fiction writer, does not disappoint to create genius gadgets and pieces of technology that go along with this futuristic society. These creations give the novel a distinctive quality that sets it apart from most books of the time. Along with his technological creations, Bradbury enhances the story with intriguing characters. Beatty, Montag’s captain at the fire station, spends a great deal of the novel explaining why their society has made the decision to burn books. He explains that books cause controversy among

people and it’s better to avoid doing so. Later in the novel, Beatty reveals a side of himself that is confusing. He begins to quote well-known pieces of literature which goes against everything he stood for. This action provides depth to his character and shows that this person was once active in the world of literature, but was brainwashed by society. This novel is celebrated today with good reason. It is one of the best and most eye-opening works of literature. Although it isn’t a true story, censorship is something that could possibly affect our future. I recommend that everyone read this novel at one point in their life.

"This Is the End" Falls Into Comedic "Norm"

by Kyle Nichols How can you combine a slew of well-known actors and a very overdone judgment day theme into one vulgar movie? If “This is the End” does not achieve anything else, it at least easily fits that insanely specific definition. While attending an uncomfortable party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogan and Jay Baruchel move away from the celebrity-saturated mansion to find the world turned to chaos and the worthy ascending to heaven. They return to Franco’s estate by force and must survive with the last remaining actors in the boarded up manor. Throughout the movie, they must face challenges of survival, mysterious evil beings lurking outdoors and other survivors breaking in and ruining it all. Is this the predicted judgment day, and are the self righteous cocky actors too late to save themselves from an evil lurking just outside their door? “This is the End” is mostly a culture flick with a vast majority of jokes and references about present-day themes or actors. The movie is undeniably littered with vulgar language and drug references with some sexual themes. Moving through the film, sudden but brief crude scenes are short but very distinct. A more

conservative viewer will probably dislike all that this film brings to the theater, but fits the comedic norm today. The characters and story line are very depressed between basic and overused shock comedy routines. The very idea of this being judgment day is more of a joke until an hour and a half in the movie then the actual theme. Basically, the movie is a slow cruel and vulgar train wreck riding on a weak idea that only holds up because of the absolute saturation of celebrities and references to their status. Near the end, where the jokes turn towards the obscure idea that this is judgment day, it has been so smashed down that it is more annoying than necessary. Viewers who enjoy (or tolerate) cruel shock comedy and drug references abound may have some inclination to see “This is the End.” It is a movie people will reference for maybe a year, and then it will just fall into the pile of other obscure vulgar culture flicks that already litter the industry. It would be unfair to say that it is entirely bad since the jokes are undeniably hilarious at times, but the horrible point a to b ending leaves a very sour taste trailing ahead of the actual comedy. Go to see the actors, not the actual movie.


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Student Teaches Love of Freedom by Candice Hoalcraft America has been known as the “land of opportunity” for the past few centuries and such reputation has lured millions of foreign citizens to our country to experience the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” WVU Parkersburg student Khalid Haider had the same mentality and drive to come to this country, far from his home in Iraq. Although a number of immigrants come to our country to experience freedom of religion or to escape communism, Haider came for a different reason; to get an education. “When I was seventeen years old I had a dream about getting an education in another country,” Haider said. “I wanted to live a

better life than what I’ve had.” Due to the difference culturally between Iraq and America, naturally the education system varies in both instruction and discipline. “The professors [in America] are more friends and they use different methods to help you understand,” Haider said. “ I was shocked by seeing all of the new knowledge I’ve gained.” After earning his degree in solar panel technology, Haider has dreams of taking his skill and knowledge overseas to utilize this source of energy to produce more water sources. “What made me love solar energy is that you don’t have to deal with fuel,” Haider said. Outside of education, Haider is involved with music and plays the mandolin. As for the differences between music in Iraq

and here, Haider commented “Music is music anywhere you go. You feed your soul with it.” Other than music, Haider enjoys playing soccer. “If WVUP had a soccer team, I would really enjoy playing for it.” Due to the different environment in Iraq, Haider has a deep appreciation and love for this country. “What I want to tell people of the younger generation is to appreciate what they’ve got because we don’t know the value of freedom or security until you lost it,” Haider said. He also wants to convey how important our country is. “The world is depending on the United States and without it, the world would be in jeopardy. God bless this nation and God bless you all.”

Campus Experiments with New Science Lab Projects The new science labs, located in the existing Technology Wing, are said to be completed after several renovations by June of 2014.

by Kyle Nichols Current science labs long since worn away from years of little to no restoration, this project is finally being recognized. Instead of renovations being made to existing facilities, five new science labs are scheduled to be built in the old Technology Wing. College operation funds will be used for this development. The project is set for completion by June 2014. This project is also known as Phase II which is the completion of the new science labs in ready to use status. Included in this is interior walls, plumbing,

electric ventilation and installation of equipment. The old science labs that are currently being used in class will be unaltered in this new project. It is yet to be determined what exactly will be done with these soon-to-be vacant rooms, but they will still be used up until the project’s completion. Dave White, director of Facilities and Grounds, emphasized why these renovations are necessary. “The science labs we have now were built in 1968,” he said. Very little remodeling has been done since then, so they are in very poor condition. Funds for this project have

not become available currently. Overall, WVU Parkersburg is set to spend $35,000 in renovations and furniture alone this year. Along with the new science labs, other projects such as three new air conditioning units for the activities wing (Multi-Purpose Room) are also scheduled for this year. White also commented that several other renovations need to be made around the school such as the original rest rooms in the main campus building. The old children’s room is set to be renovated into a new Veteran’s Resource center.

September 26, 2013

STEM

Thinking About Society by Cora Tidd The critical thinkers are together again. A division realignment at WVU Parkersburg has math faculty members joining with science, technology and engineering faculty to create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) division. One of the main purposes of the STEM certificate is that it serves as a career pathway step. When students pursue an associate’s degree in science or in applied science they are able to earn this certificate along the way. According to Thompson, this is a “STEM society” because technology has not only advanced but it has spread to almost all aspects of life. “To be successful in the world today you need to have more technological experience,” said Dave Thompson, the division chair of the STEM Division and Electronic Engineering Technology Assistant Professor. WVU Parkersburg used to only have a science and technology division until it joined with the math department. Due to this change, several technical programs went to workforce and community education, so that those programs and associated faculty members can interact more with industry in the workplace. The programs that made the switch are heavily suited for business and industry at a certificate and associate level. The idea behind the change is that workforce and community education has a better opportunity and perhaps a better relationship with industry and can tailor those

programs accordingly, Thompson explained. The STEM Division at WVU Parkersburg offers a wide range of programs and courses designed to help students find success in the workplace. The selection of skills and knowledge provided are guided by industry-recognized assessments and certifications. When students finish one of the programs, they not only receive a college credential, but also certifications that are recognized nationwide by employers in their field of study. Two of the new programs that are now being offered are Diversified Agriculture and Culinary Arts. Both programs are doing quite well in the new division. WVU Parkersburg is presently working with architects and designers to create a new science laboratory that will be situated near the Caperton Center. This facility will provide state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for chemistry, biology, physical science, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and geology. Thompson hopes to have the ability to integrate this certificate into high school curriculums. Someone in their junior or senior year could take courses and graduate with a two-year degree. Meanwhile, the division is planning on developing a parallel program. Whether students come in from high school or off the street, they all end up in the same place with entry level skills for energy and control system jobs. The STEM division’s main office can be found in the Caperton Center for Applied Technology (CCAT).


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Policy Proposed to Ban Smoking Students Travel to Europe for Global Vision

by Thaddeus Randolph A policy to take away students' ability to smoke on campus is under discussion. If revisions to Policy F-60 are passed, WVU Parkersburg will become a 100 percent tobacco- and smoke-free environment, and will abolish all of the various smoking zones throughout the campus. Most students think that this decision should not be based on other schools' policies. “I don’t think smoking on campus should be banned,” Criminal Justice major Steven Black said. “I believe that as long as it satisfies both state law and current school rules, there should be designated smoking areas around the campus.” The revision of the current school policy would eliminate all use of tobacco products on campus, including electronic cigarettes. This means that real smoke or vapor of any kind will not be allowed on school grounds. The inclusion of electronic cigarettes has some thinking that the school will be taking away their healthier alternative to actual tobacco products. This also means that students will not be able to smoke in their cars while on school grounds. Although some students don't support the revision, they believe that other changes should be made to resolve other smoking problems. General Education major Bobbi Battin explained that the current smoking areas should be moved to less accessed parts of the campus. “When people go out and smoke during lunch, they carry in all the smoke from the outside,” said Battin. “The smoking areas should be put outside uncommonly used exits throughout the campus.” The information about this potential policy and commenting period was sent to all students and faculty by e-mail. The commenting period allowed campus users the opportunity to express opinions about the proposal. The comment period ended Sept. 20. All comments submitted during the review period will be reviewed. The policy proposal will be reconsidered at the WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 5:45 p.m.. Final action is expected at a subsequent meeting.

Photos taken by Byrd during his travels to Europe.

by Tessa McAtee WVU Parkersburg student’s ventured on to foreign soil in hopes to capture a new sense of culture, adventure and wonder. In early march of 2013 a group of WVU Parkersburg students came together with surrounding area colleges to explore the many marvels of Europe. Jeffrey Byrd, a theater professor, led the 13 students from WVU Parkersburg, Ohio Valley University and Washington State Community College on this vast adventure. Meeting up with an additional group of 40 students, the pack embarked on their journey to Germany, Switzerland, Austria and northern Italy. Over the next ten days the students visited many different historical landmarks that have not only left their mark in history books but on the landscapes that surround them. When discussing the trip to Europe Byrd said the most memorable part of the trip was the being able to see all the history. “The thing that sticks with you most when going on these trips is the feeling of

history and this feeling of age around you,” he shared. One of Byrd’s favorite places to visit is the city of Venice in Italy. The city of Venice was built into a lagoon in 421 A.D. Constructed started by driving woodpiles into the soft sand and clay until a solid base was formed. Once the base was formed, a limestone foundation was placed on top to create an underpinning for a building structure. Many years later, the Grand Canal was dredged to allow large cruise liners into the city to accommodate the rising tourism. Dredging the canal caused a huge burst in the economy but at the same time caused a massive problem to the city. When digging out the bottom of the lagoon it changed to chemical balance of the seawater now causing the limestone bases to erode and the buildings to deteriorate. Byrd encourages all students to go see Venice before it is gone. “Venice is just a love affair. It is so historical, the architecture, the art and the people; it’s just magical,” he explained.

More than a Numb3r2 Guy: Cunningham Enjoys Teaching Variety of Subjects

by Shelby Thomas He’s really more than just a numbers guy. Teaching math is his profession, but Chris Cunningham finds joy in many other activities. He loves baseball, skiing, coaching and English. Cunningham is an alumnus of WVU Parkersburg, earning his associate’s degree in Arts in 1987. He moved to Huntington to attend Marshall University and pursue an undergraduate in English and Math. He also received a Master’s in Mathematics. When he moved back into this area in the spring of 1993, he was hired as an instructor at

his first alma mater in August. Aside from the college, Cunningham enjoys watching others learn. He likes to teach people about softball, baseball, and skiing. He has coached his daughter’s softball team. He loves the sport and finds himself playing baseball on teams during the summer. Skiing is another one of Cunningham’s passions. He enjoys taking his family skiing, and often instructs others in the winter sport. He loves to see others learning. In the classroom, Cunningham wants his students to understand the value of mathematics.

He believes math is a big part of life, even if it is figuring out bills or how much to tip the waiter or waitress. “I want them to have some numerical sense, like common sense to be able to function in their field of choice,” Cunningham said of his students. Cunningham is known as a great teacher, and is applauded by his students. He currently teaches or has taught Math 011, 021, 100, 121, 126, 128, 155, 156, 211, 230, and 350. Students say they like his teaching methods. “He is one of the best math teachers I have ever had, and he makes sure you fully understand what you are working on,” said Brittany

Ellison. “I liked his class, he was laid back, and he encouraged you to get your work done,” said Sarah Scritchfield. Her husband, Shane, said, “He’s cool, calm and collected.” Cunningham said he wants to be able to communicate with his students and be able to help them anyway that he can. “I like to develop a rapport with my students, such that they feel comfortable to ask questions and not to be intimidated.” He is glad he entered the teaching profession and enjoys WVU Parkersburg. “I like working here, I enjoy the students and the people I work with,” Cunningham said.


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STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER

WELLNESS CENTER OFFERS Introduces New Resource for Learning

Students a Healthier Lifestyle

Parkersburg with the help of the how to perform the exercises, by Tessa McAtee WVU Parkersburg students health department. Her intent for followed with a handout at the have many fitness activities and these clinics are to offer pelvic end of the session as a take-home guide. A list of these ofclinics available right at ferings will be released their fingertips. later in the fall through The fitness center prothe WVU Parkersburg vides a workout room, newsletter. aerobic room and a lactaWith flu season around tion room for mothers. the corner, WVU ParkOpen Monday to Friday ersburg will be holding from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a health fair with the p.m., it is complete with Mid-Ohio Valley Health treadmill, stair master, Department giving flu side back bikes, spin bikes shots for $20. Students and strength weight macan either pay for their chine. shots at the booth or pro The aerobic room hosts vide their insurance card free yoga classes on to be billed. The health Monday and Wednesday fair will be held in the at 3:00 p.m. and is open multi-purpose room on to all students. WVU Wednesday Oct. 23 from Parkersburg also has a 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. one-mile gravel trail run- Santer promotes healthy eating with a veggie stand. ning through the back of campus. exams, birth control and further Through the month of October, Pamela Santer, wellness co- assist students with family plan- Chester Hill Produce Auction, a local organic produce farm, will ordinator, has applied for many ning. Santer is also putting together provide fresh produce for sale in grants to better serve the student body. One grant that she has free trial fitness classes, “Fit in front of the café. Students have obtained is going towards Fam- 15,” during student engagement access to these fruits and veggies ily Planning Clinics that will be hour. These trial classes will on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to available later in the fall at WVU provide students with insight on 2:00 p.m.

by Kathy McPeek West Virginia University at Parkersburg provides accessible, life-changing educational opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. T h e c o l l e g e ’s m i s s i o n statement finds a supportive environment in the Student Success Center. West Virginia University Parkersburg’s Student Success Center offers a wide range of services. Whether it is individual or group tutoring, the Student Success Center offers peer, faculty and volunteer tutors. Other services include computer-assisted learning, multimedia resources and online programs. The newest resource available is the online service of Brainfuse. This service offers assistance in business, English, math, nursing, science and computer and tech help. Brainfuse has a writing lab. It is easy for students to use. All they have to do is just upload a document and a Brainfuse writing expert will analyze it and provide helpful comments within 24 hours. The Brainfuse question center will answer questions on any of the above topics 24/7. The program also offers diag-

nostic quizzes, flashcard creation, practice quizzes and has virtual study rooms to assist with the learning experience of the student. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from students who used Brainfuse,” explained Janice McCue, program coordinator of the Student Success Center. Users of the service have even sent comments to the tutoring service thanking them for their assistance and availability. McCue mentioned that the Brainfuse organizers sent some of those thank-you e-mails to WVU Parkersburg to show them how valued the program is by students. The Student Success Center website offers a variety of service to help with various learning skills, tips on math, studying tips and even tips to help students cope with test anxiety. Drop-in times are Monday and Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to noon, or students can apply online to take advantage of individual tutoring sessions. Check out the website at http:// www.wvup.edu/Student_Success_Center/ for additional information and to view all services available, or drop by Room 0404 in the basement.

W V U PA R K E R S B U R G W E L C O M E S Full-Time Employees to Criminal Justice

by Daniel Jackson Changes abound. WVU Parkersburg welcomes modifications to the criminal justice department. Starting as an adjunct in 2008, Chad Crumbaker, instructor of criminal justice, is now a full- time instructor for the department. Crumbaker is teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice, Death Investigations, Interviewing and Crisis Management, and will be working with the Criminal Justice Youth Academy this summer. Starting as an undergraduate at the University of

South Carolina and continuing law school at Capitol University in Columbus, Ohio, Crumbaker has also worked as a lawyer since 2007. Wesley Kendall, instructor of criminal justice, is teaching Introduction to Legal Studies, Torts, and Civil Procedure. He has been teaching five years total; two years at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and three years of commercial law for the Australia-based Royal Melbourne University in Hanoi, Vietnam. While teaching in Vietnam, Kendall also served as

district warden for the United States embassy. He currently carries a Jurisprudence degree (a doctorate in the study and theory of law) and a Ph.D. in Political Science. Serving as adjunct for the last three semesters at WVU Parkersburg, Jacqueline Barron, instructor in criminal justice, is now a full-time instructor. She is teaching Evidence Collection and Handling, Crime Scene Investigation, Firearms and Ballistics, Ethics in Criminal Justice, and handles Criminal Justice internships. Barron has also taught

criminal justice classes at the Jackson County Center in Ripley. Barron currently carries three degrees in Criminal Justice; an Associate’s from WVU Parkersburg, a Bachelor’s from West Virginia State University, and a Master’s from South University in Savannah, Ga. New to WVU Parkersburg, Rhett Wharton, instructor in criminal justice teaches Criminal and Constitutional Law, Police Report Writing, Probation and Parole and Courtroom Procedure. He is also an advisor for the Criminal Justice Organization

(CJO). This is not only Wharton’s first year at WVU Parkersburg, but also his first year teaching. Prior to WVU Parkersburg, Wharton worked for the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education, and has years of law enforcement experience including serving the sheriff’s office of Barnesville, Ohio, in Belmont County as a police officer, mounted police officer, and an officer in the juvenile court. He carries a Master’s in Science from the University of Cincinnati.


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Ve t e r a n s ' S e r v i c e s Ta k e s

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the Front Lines by Jason Ross The WVU Parkersburg Veterans’ Services Office is stepping up its game once again this semester with some new and exciting programs for veterans and their families. Two notable programs are the Service to Success Mentor Program and the Veterans Corps. Attaining success at the collegiate level of education is no small challenge. Often, many students find that having the right people around them can make all the difference attaining their goals. The Service to Success Mentor Program (also referred to as the Mentor Program) will attempt to align veterans with these key relationships for success. The Mentor Program will provide a list of volunteer mentors, comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, as well as experienced student veterans, for veterans who are making the transition into higher education. These mentors will be able to familiarize students with campus life, provide directions around the school, inform new students on a variety of resources available, as well as lend a listening ear to any concerns the newer students may be having. “A mentor can assist in expanding educational, career and

personal goals while helping to resolve issues and problems before they become serious,” states the veterans’ services link on the WVU Parkersburg website. The mentors themselves will also be able to gain much from these partnerships. The website goes on to say, “Faculty and staff are provided opportunities and tools to better understand the kinds of military experiences that may be absent from their own set of experiences of knowledge base. In turn, learning about service members experiences compliment a campuses’ broader commitment to diversity and social understanding.” Another great veterans’ program ramping up this semester is the Veterans Corps. The Veterans Corps is an officially recognized student club for veterans. The club is also nationally recognized as part of the Student Veterans of America. The Veterans Corps has plans to be involved in the United Way National Day of Giving by spending time at the Boys and Girls Club in Parkersburg. The goal is to have veterans interact with the kids by joining the kids in the activities in which they are currently participating. The Veterans Corps is also planning to establish a scholar-

ship foundation for a veteran who has a disabled child. It will operate in various ways depending on the needs of the child. Some will be utilized to make wishes come true, other times it can be used as a scholarship for medical assistance or college assistance, explained Veterans Affairs Advocate Shawn Healy. “What our plans are right now is to take them to their favorite sporting event — whether it’s a football, basketball, baseball, or volleyball game — depending on what the disabled child’s love and passion is in life,” Healy said. Like all student based clubs/ organizations, the Veterans Corps also provides an opportunity for concerns affecting veteran students to be addressed to the Student Government Association members. For more information concerning Veterans Services, visit the links provided on the WVU Parkersburg website, www.wvup. edu/current-students/veterans, or by contacting Shawn Healy in the Veterans Services office (currently abutted to the Financial Aid Office.) You can also email Healy at shawn.healy@wvup.edu or by phone at (304)424-8337 during normal office hours.

Shawn Healy discusses options with veterans

College Recognized By National Magazine by Elizabeth Stovall Ranked number six nationally, WVU Parkersburg is now recognized as a top “Career & Technical College” by the Military Times. The September issue of “Military Times EDGE” ranked WVU Parkersburg number 6 among 38 colleges. This rank is recognition of the work WVU Parkersburg has put into creating an exceptional learning environment for veterans. O v e r t h e s u m m e r, W V U Parkersburg filled out a questionnaire of over 140 questions and submitted it to “Military Times” to be evaluated for the list. The schools were then reviewed in five categories: student support, academic quality, university culture, academic policies, and financial aid. Out of the five categories the two that weigh the most are university culture and student support. WVU Parkersburg Veterans’ Services are continuing to make strides in order to offer more to veterans. This semester alone, Veterans’ Services are introducing two new programs: the Service to Success Mentor Program and the Veterans Corps. The Service to Success Mentor

Program is a program that will be provided new or current veteran students a group of mentors (faculty, alumni, current veteran students, etc.) who will be available to help with any questions or issue that could occur while acclimating to college life. The mentors will be there to help their peers with whatever they may need in order to be successful in regards to their academic careers. Veterans Affairs Advocate Shawn Healy stated, “The military is a team building effort just like education. It requires a group of motivated, compassionate, and understanding individuals to achieve the goals set. We the people in the Veterans Services stand behind our troops as they have stood behind us. We are dedicated to aid veterans transitioning in the learning process, as well as tackling personal affairs that may restrict the higher learning process. Like most teams, our group works together to provide the necessary tools and opportunities that is required to achieve higher learning. So get involved and support our veterans at WVUP.”


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ASSOCIATION DONATES BUILDING by Hannah Duffield Faded green metal and a handpainted sign. The Cedar Grove “Community Building,” founded in 1968, is located on W.Va. Route 47 East, between the West Virginia State Police Headquarters and WVU Parkersburg’s main parking lot. Recently, South Western Community Association members

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donated the building to the school. This occurred during the week of Aug. 26. The building is known by community members for its green façade. The members of the South Western Community Association no longer desire the responsibility, which prompted the donation, according to Dave White, direc-

tor of facilities and grounds. Along with the building comes .85 acres of land. In previous years the building was used as a polling location during elections. The building was also used for community gatherings and was a popular location for local yard sales. No plans exist at this time for the building’s future use.

White said, “We are looking at options.” The first phase, however, will be some necessary renovations for the building to meet the fire code requirements for school-owned properties. The college will continue to examine the best way to utilize this building as part of the college’s growth. Building donations are not unusual for

the college. The institution has actually received several. The last property donation was the Downtown center at 707 Market Street in Parkersburg, where the Culinary Program currently resides. The property also has a wealth of potential for future growth as funding for renovations become available.

Vo l l e y b a l l a n d Ta b l e Te n n i s Te a m s L o o k f o r N e w P l a y e r s

By Tessa McAtee Players are needed NOW! The WVU Parkersburg athletics department is rapidly growing and looking for new players for the table tennis and volleyball teams. Both teams are actively seeking students that meet the requirements of a 2.0 GPA and are enrolled in at least nine credit hours at WVU Parkersburg. Debbie Beck, head coach of the Riverhawks volleyball team, is looking for students who have previous experience in volleyball that can commit to traveling to away games. Transportation is provided for all players to away games.

The Riverhawks play teams from all over the state of West Virginia and surrounding states such as Kentucky Christian University out of Grayson, Ky. The Riverhawks went 6-5 for the 2012 season. Erica Peck, a Riverhawks team member, said, “I like it because it’s a really laid back. There are girls on the team that are less experienced, but the more experienced girls really try to help make them better. We have seen a huge improvement in all the girls!” The team practices on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00

p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Volleyball season runs from September to early November. Scholarships are also available to players. For more information regarding the volleyball team contact Tom Yencha, director of student union and activities, at tom.yencha@wvup.edu or stop by his office in room 1535B. The Riverhawk table tennis team is also in need for more players. The team is in need of students with some knowledge or experience in tennis or table tennis. They will determine a practice schedule that accommodates all players when the full team is established.

Table tennis season starts in October and goes to March for the collegiate national championship in March. Phil McClung, head table tennis coach, stated “It’s great for hand-eye coordination and it is excellent exercise. It requires full body engagement.” The table tennis team has and will compete in two national tournaments. Last year the Riverhawks went 6-2 at one of the national tournaments. When asked about the national tournament Jorge Meneses, anchor player of the tournament said, “The level of competition is amazing! It was great to see the high level of

players and be able to compete on the same level as them.” For more information about the table tennis team, contact Phil McClung at pmcclung@ wvup.edu.


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