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[ Thursday, July 31, 2003 -- Page 3 of broadband, Great-grandpa Corcoran & 'Hasta la vista/' R(x:kefeller, State ;tary Kay Goodwin, Court Justice Warren to town last Friday, broadband Internet ac- some extra-special start-up US. Senator Robert Byrd vis- new federal prison Alan Mollohan has ;trips here to bolster Glenville all in all, people from the the idea that Glen- ant lace to be from! and Congressman West Virginia Democrats, I 'movers and shakers on the new broadband pilot t Senator Byrd gave advocate, however, Mr. Rock- promoter of Internet ac- schools, seemed to be the at last Friday's kick-off of e asserts, "Accelerating broad- economic stimulus, of direct jobs." Although I of jobs coming to owing to this new wireless cal pilot project works, its duplicated statewide, those thousands of posi- John Whitehill, the affable r and spokesperson for Carn- for Appalachian Net- ,.2'ct,, his v,a). one:h,ll f newsp,|- ,~acOmputer person tomanage and developed newspa- that's in the worM,. I under- ,paper, the wirelc,,s is reaching out to change methods of operauons -- add. the wcbsite is developed ,eratkm at a future date. I Glertviltc State College's OI- will serve as an irstrucmr t)f roy,-to do it. maintain it, up with the times. Mr. knowledgeable and rc- v-p for technology, as- that this commumty technical start-up sup- envisioned ~lty newspapers -- bringing wireless age -- is al.,,o r other area businesses, the and government of- under Mr. Whitehill's a good job in canvassi ng getting input from the pilot project. Addi- lity to feel a great go--'Mr. Phil Reale, a 7he Corcoran Column By Daed H Co~coran Pubhsher-Ed~tor local attorney, will be working with CANA to establish an active local advisory committee. CANA's presence is made possible through a joint GSC and Carnegie Mellon University initiauve which is being handsomely funded by the Benedum Foundation and the Appala- chian Regional Commission (ARC). Because the private Benedum Foundation in Pitts- burgh and the governmental ARC in Wash- ington, D.C. are so far removed from Central West Virginia, I see the hands of Senator Rockefeller and Congressman Mollohan in this unusual granting process. Of course, Car- negie Mellon and Mr. Whitehill are the ex- perts in the new technology, so their choice for the pilot seems apropos, too. These are truly exciting times to be living and working in Glenville, and I'm glad to be here for them and YOU. Incidentally, I've known Senator Rockefeller to be a fighter for the common people for the past 30 years. He served on the board of the Pearl Buck Birthplace Museum at Hillsboro in the 1970s when I was its executi ve director- curator. L~kcwisc State Supreme C()urt Ju,,uce Warren Met;raw is a people's advocate o~er the large c(,rporations and big government. He v, ould have made an excellent goverm)r, but hc can also help the poor, disadvantaged, and little people on the state's h~gh court. He alwa,,-, joke,, that I was pubhsher-editt,r of one (,I the low newspapers that endorsed him for g wernor: it's a shame that more didn't. Hence, I'm sorry that I was out-of-town and had miss both of these fine gentlemen, l'm glad. therefore, that the County's Democratic Women's Club gave them a nice social aflair at the Recreauon Center that evening. Family reunion Last weekend, I took a break from my Glenville duties and traveled to Covington, Ky. in order to see my cousins, the Cincinnati Opera, and the Reds. Also, I had hoped to unravel the mystery of where my great-grand- father, M. John Corcoran, came from in Ire- land in the 1840s. Son Patrick and I made the mp together-- the first time we've been back to our ancestral city in two-to-three years. We've had better days and times there! In the main, the Reds lost to league-leader Houston in a squeaker Friday night. Never- theless, the new stadium -- the Great Ameri- can Ballpark -- saved the day fo3 us. In just about every seat, fans can view the game and the boats navigating on the Ohio River as well -- in fact, a much better vantage point and more impressive scene than what PNC Park offers in Pittsburgh. But. the stadium's park- ing area isn't finished yet. so you have to walk a country mile to get there. 1 h,,,t about 10 pounds just in that night's hike. Then, the Saturday evening ,pera, which we had never seen before, was "Norma," a Vincenzo Bellini score that is set in Roman England before the birth of Christ. For m.uch of that opera in Cincinnati's beautiful and historic Music Hall, Norma was conspiring against her husband's life, debating whether or not to murder her two small children, and, in the end, deciding to commit suicide on a large funeral pyre. That plot was just a little bit too realistic for me to handle comfortably. Gener- ally, opera uplifts me, but this one was too close to our current real news happenings of the past few years--although Bellini's music is hard to beat for the sheer beauty. What improved that night for Patrick and me was returning to downtown Covington, buying a bunch of White Castle hamburgers and eating them on a waterfront bench-- with the beautiful Cincinnati skyline in full view. Also, helping to make our visit enjoyable was a tour of our family's ancestral homes given by our cousins, Tom and Kay Fitzger- ald. Tom proved to be an able chauffeur and Kay, a genealogist, who kept her husband straight. We appreciated their taking a break from their rather hectic "retirement schedule" of caring for their two lovely grandchildren in order to give us that "nickel tour." It took them about two hours to drive us around Covington. ~ Guess h~w long tt takes mc t~, show them the hot spots" and landmarks ,,t Glenvitle?) Our probe into the Corcoran family's gene- alogy, however, bombed out We thought that we could find Great Grandpa Monohan John Corcoran's U.S. immigration papers in the Covington Courthouse, but that fizzled out. Had they. in that county, had as helpful of a staff as Gilmer County Clerk Beverly Marks', we would have found what we needed. But, there were .so many files and records crammed m those dark room~, that we couldn't make any ,,ense out'ofanything. Next time we'll have to spend the whole da). there, with flashlights. I had gotten the idea of looking, for those citizenship papers because of a lecture on oral history given at our Gilmer County Historical Society. WVU's Rick Sypoh outlined how-to go about interviewing older people in Gilmer County and some of the research documents that are helpful in re-creating history. He, especially, advised us to get the citizenship papers which tell where and when your ances- tors came to America. Nevertheless, this dry run frustrated us. All in all. though, we had a go(xt time v t iting the relati es, attending the events, and seeing the sights around the Queen City. Oh, that's Cincy, but Covington, traditionally, is known as being, "The Gateway to the South." (In a future column, I'll continue with how Continued on page 5 I in " " " 1 oldtimer -- Schmetzer, Zachary, has his his mother's license in November. My Dad would not made his truck avail- ' drive to school This gave each afternoon to help (Dad died unexpectedly senior and the wing to sports and so- reasoning wax that Teenage Driving when he was young every boy had the same mobility as his father, whether he was on foot or on horseback! It was the same for errands or sport and Dad saw no reason to change that. My siblings and I were all driving farm ve- hicles as soon as we could reach the pedals. Although I know myself to be a good driver, I am prepared to find that Zach is more skillful behind the wheel than I. Most teensdo not try hazardous, willful testing of limits. Inexperi- ence is the biggest danger to new drivers. When I was a new driver. I decided to test. at dusk, how long I could see the road before it got so dark that I had to turn my lights on for ,,afety's sake. Little did I kn,w ho~ danger- ously I was driving when other cars could not see mine! Nowadays driver education courses in school probably cover such things. The only safety exhortation I remember from Dad was to always signal a turn, even though it meant sticking my arm out the win- dow in rain. wind, or snow. (When turn indicators were on the market, my brother Bill gave me one to have installed in my car.) Assuming that Zachary practices defensive driving, I am delighted that he will be able to manage his own transportation. It is not over-indulgence to allow independence to knowledgeable and responsible young people. ) reader sees no value in John Lennon's 'Imagine' gine'" is deceptive. Imagine all the people, living hie in peace and the world will be as ~." Imagine no posses~,~ons. 1 wonder if you Verse #1 destroys all Christian values: no heaven, its easy if you try can, heaven, no hell. us only sky, No need for greed or hunger, a brolherhood Verse #2 destroys love of country and rcli- ing Ior today, of man gion. Imagine all the people shanng all the world. Ver~ #3 espouses Socialism and Commu- it isn't hard to nism. You may say I'm a dreamer, Margaret Carder for, and no religionbut i'm not the only one 768 Ontario St. I hope someday you'll join us. Grafton, Ohio 44044 'Do you know whom you're dealing with ?' SPite Again, you have put words in my mouth the whole point of my quote. me even in your most recent letter. I suggest you If Jesus sent Paul to preach the gospel and Catholics. I have read more carefully what I say and not what baptism is apart of the gospel, then Paul could y opposition is you think I say. not have said Jesus sent him "not to baptize." Roman Catholic We are saved by the preaching of the gos- You are in error on baptism. This is where you some satis- pel. Do you deny this? twist my words. Read my letter again and insisting that You state that I quoted Paul out of context quote for me where I said baptism is unneces- of my clear denial, and then imply that I was saying that baptism sary. I can do. " is unnecessary. It is obvious that you missed Do you know whom you are dealing with? Letters continued on Page 5 'Letters to f Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder has recei red and timely "Letters to the Editor." Thank you, long been the sounding boards for political, per- and this paper is no exception! responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we 'ailable basisonly and they will be subject to s to content relative to libel, good taste and loneliness. one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, Senior Editor will he final. 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For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, St. or Jodi at 3f~- 462-7309. ,,) New GSC Interim President Robert Freeman's '3-R's' initiatives have deserve a chance here Dr. Robert Freeman, the new interim president of Glenville State College, sincerely wants to use his administrative abilities to bolster the college and community. Moreover, during his interim presidency which may last for up toone academ ic year. he deserves a chance to put these initiatives into motion. In fact, his agenda is just what the college critically needs during these troubling academic and political times. Aside from the 3-Rs advocated in his exclusive interview with this newspaper in last week's (July 24, 2003) edition, Dr. Freeman's major message about the necessity of the college and community to get on the same page. to work together, and to march forward to achieve success couldn't have been more well put. Indeed, it's high time to put aside the differences between town and gown behind us and to move ahead, hand-in-hand. Dr. Freeman asserts, "It's important that we reconstitute our connection with the community, as a first step in achieving our goals." Moreover, he invites the whole community to fecl ownership in the college because, as the college goes, so goes the town, and vise versa. Specifically, he wants the community to understand and support the college, especially in its efforts to attract students to Glenville and to retain them here until they complete their four-year baccalaureate degrees. Most importantly, the interim president is putting his full.support behind the fresh recruitment approaches being devised by the new di rector of admissions and market- ing, Mrs. Donna Shaffner, in order to wed the town and gown and to attract students here as well. For instance, the July 8 College-Community "Recruitment Summit," which took place at the new Best Western-Glenville Inn on Rte. 5, was an excellent first step in inviting and soliciting community input into this important college problem of recruiting. In addition, for the next step, Dr. Freeman plans to have regular "rap sessions" with the general public. In them. he hopes to address the issues that are on the minds of us local people, including the college's students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, friends, Glenville residents, and anyone else in the public who wishes to attend. As to the 3-Rs, they are basic not just to the college's future success but also to its very life and continuation. "Recruitment, Retention, and Reinvigoration" are his buzz words, and like former President Thomas Powell's motto of "Tradition, Innovation, Leadership, and Community," the new Freeman initiatives address the new realities and problems at the college. "Recruitment' of no w primari ly four-) ear students at thJ s traditionally Appalachi an teachers' and liberal arts college in central West Virginia ts the first priority. With the loss of a large number of student from the college's branch campuses by virtue of the State Legislature's early-year dismemberment edict, GSC is now faced with replacing those student m order to keep state funding at its previous levels. Secondly, "retention" deals with making our current college programs so appropri- ate and modernizing the community so much via the Vision Plan, that the students will want to remain at GSC and in Glenville for their enti re four-year (or more) undergradu- ate career. Finally, "reinvigoration" treats the establishment of an on-going faculty develop- ment program, whereby the professors can learn new knowledge and/or ski IIs, be able to work on their terminal degrees, and improve their teaching and counseling abilities. In the main. all three of these crucial issues deal with the improvement of educational and co-curricu lar services offered to our GSC students, so these initiatives, in and of themselves, have great merit, not to mention timeliness. And, Dr. Freeman was wise to embrace them at the outset of his administration. In conclusion. Dr. Robert "Rob" Freeman promises to give his all to move GSC ahead in spite of the potentially dark and adverse political and financial storm clouds blowing in overhead. Thus, he needs everyone's ear, input, and assistance, especially in the Glenville and Gilmer County communities, Let's not let him down! DHC, Sr. Is it really 'back to the basics' at Glenville State College ? ... BACK TO ITS FOUR YEAR 'ROOTS' il OF AN ERA? - EDGE OF AN ERA? - EDGE OF AN ERA? - (SEE'N WILL BE BELIEV'N) A 'NEW LOOK' AT GSC -- Under ordinary circumstances, tf~e comments made in this editorial caption are voiced by us editors in Glenvitle. In the case of the above "cow-toon," however, GSC's Professor Emeritus George Harper, our cartoonist who has such a great love for and understanding of the College, needs to be heard in his exact words. They are as follows: "Needless to say, it's been bugging me ever since the out-going administration did away with one of Glenville State's most successful departments about three years ago. This department was always a contributor to the current college's ideals of 'tradition, innovation, leadership, and community.' In fact, it may have exemplified these statements more than most with its involvement of history and current knowledge of technical prowess in the making of its graduates. "Now we are told that the college will return to its successful four-year institutional 'roots?' If this is so, why not reinstate this mtssing department to its proper place and allow the Division it was in to be whole again? I speak from my experience as a student and professor in this once successful part of GSC's history and would like to thank you for this chance to express my feelings about it." "If it is not clear yet what department I'm referring to, then let me state it here --The Dept. of Art." GH The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder P.O. , ,,, David 14. Corcoran, St,, Publisher-Editor Box 458; 108 N. Court St,, Glenville, WV PHONE 304-462-7309 FAX 304-462-7300 E-MAIL--glenvillenewsad@rtoLnet VISA & Mastercard are now accepted