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e- id N, te SS li- ~W id ~t 5- Lat :S" il- n- L'S C- of ht 13 of ~d SS ~d he he e- ly ns ha as all ty he er ler er ~t nd e'S :it- lad im 9. f By Bill Williams, III, Staff Reporter The Monday, October 20 regular meeting of the Glenville State Col- lege Board of Gbvernors was filled with optimism. Student representative Nicole Max- well informed President Marge Burke and the rest of the Board that there was "lots of enthusiasm among the students." The SGA has been promot- ing voting in the upcoming Presiden- tial Election. Several events have been scheduled to encourage this, includ- ing a mock debate. Two students have been tapped to play the roles of Bush and Kerry and debate live on stage. President of GSC Dr. Robert Free- man commended Ms. Maxwell and the whole of the Student Life Organi- zation on their hard work, especially their work on the Homecoming fes- tivities amidst "interesting" weather challenges. "Somehow it all worked," he declared. The Board heard reports on staff development funding - four faculty have been approved. The Ginny Grottendieck Scholarship has also been awarded. In a report from the GSC Founda- tion, the Board heard of revenue in- creases and ideas for further fundraising. This included a level of sponsorship to cover the upkeep on Pioneer Village. The buildings - even though they're still new - will eventu- ally need upkeep. The Foundation is looking into (for a sizable donation) naming the buildings in a manner of the sponsor's choosing. The Foundation also reported that the Capitol Campaign's goal is to raise $24 million over the next three years for academics and athletics and they feel this is a reasonable and reach- able goal. Also, the group is examin- ing a proposal wherein 50 students from Webster County would receive scholarships to GSC. Several other fundraising methods were discussed including a phone-a- then. In the past, a professional orga- nization was contracted to do the calls. However, the last time it was done, actual students were paid to make the calls. It was decided that it made more sense for the students -- who were receiving the benefits of the raised monies -- to make the contacts. Con- tinuing, Dr. Freeman revealed that the current financial statement has GSC "1.7 million to the good," so far this year. In more sobering news, the Board heard that the enrollment of GSC stands at 1,318 - down four percent from last fall. Also, the full time equivalency students stand at 1,167 - down three percent from last year. In order to rectify this situation, Dr. Free- man announced that they would be hiring a Continuing Education Direc- tor in two to three weeks to work closely with local high schools. This, he feels, will generate additional en- rollment. Regarding construction projects around the college, the president ad- mitted he felt "frustrated" by the library situation. He is looking to- ward a January starling date with a finish near the end of spring 2005 semester. Also, proposals have been submitted and approved for renova- tions to the student center. Hope- fully, he said, the project will go to bid in December. Also in the cards is a $5 million renovation for the Science Building. There was also discussion of a new Science Building. It all depends on how much work needs be done to the current structure. Dr. Freeman also related that he had "shared [GSC's] displeasure with the Chancellor" over the recent gaffe over Remedial Students at the Col- lege. He related that the figures in question were essentially an error in data transfer from one area to an- other. The incorrect figures have been corrected. The Board also considered a pro- posed change to their bylaws. The change involved proxy voting be- tween regularly scheduled meetings. The Board voted to make the neces- sary changes, but stopped short of allowing e-mails to be valid methods of voting. SPEAKING BEFORE THE BOARD- Board of Govemors Member Fred Radabaugh makes a point as fellow members Mary AIItop and Gary Arbogast look on. WVIFF Years in 37 The West Virginia International Film Festival is excited to announce its schedule for the 20th Anniver- sary Fall-Festival. Starting November 5, and running for 10 sensa- tional days, the best in foreign and independent cin- ema m from Sundance to Cannes m will be show- cased at the WVSU Capitol Center Theatre. See what you've been missing. The Sundance and Berlin Film Festival award win- ner, Maria Full of Grace," headlines the opening night slate for the 20th Anniversary, but also sched- uled for November 5 are the highly-regarded "We Don't Live Here Anymore," John Water's "A Dirty Shame," and the classic short "George Lucas in Love." With 17 foreign-produced films on the schedule, the WVIFF is bringing the best from around the world to West Virginia. The 20th Anniversary Festival will feature Cannes award winner "Reconstruction" (11/ 12), Academy Award nominee "Twilight Samurai" (11/13), six-time Mexican Ariel award winner "Nicotina" (11/13), and the new Patrice LeConte film "Intimate Strangers" (11 / 11 ). 2004 has been called the year of the documentary. The WVIFF will honor these filmmakers with several of the year's most prominent documentaries, includ- ing "The Corporation" (11/14) and "Control Room" (1119) which both premiered at Sundance this past year. The WVIFF is also showcasing the rock 'n roll meets psychiatry documentary, "Metailica: Some Kind of Monster" (11/13). As part of our 20th Anniversary festival, the WVIFF will be letting Mountain State movie fans in on a few brand new films that audiences in even the largest cities around the country have not yet seen. "Em- ployee of the Month" (11112), with Matt Dillon and Christina Applegate, is a dark-comedy about just how bad work can get. "War" (11/11) is an exciting avant- garde film by Hollins University professor Jake Mahaffey that also screened at Sundance. And "Memron" (11/6) was the audience award winner on the sidle-stage in Park City at Slamdance for its scath- ing look at the collapse of big-business and those it crushes. The WVIFF will also feature Richard Linklater's "Before Sunset" (11/12), "Code 46" (11/6) with Tim Robbins, the abundant short-film "72 oz Steak" (1116) --- which all premiered at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas --- and Sundance premiered films "Riding Giants" (11/6) and "Mean Creek" (11/8). For 20 years, the WVIFF has also strived to feature great literary adaptations --- and this year's Fall Fes- tival is no exception. This year, we open the pages with "The Door in the Floor" (11/6) starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger, which is based on the John Irving novel "Widow for a Year," and "Red Lights" (11/8) based on the Georges Simeon novel. To add to the fun of this year's 20th Anniversary, the Fall Festival will include a variety of excellent shorts to enhance the movie-going experence. The team at Built-D productions has offered up two de- lightful comedies: "Pearl Harbor II: Pearlmaggedon" (11/6) and "The Dancing Cow" (11/12). Jennifer Shiman of has given the festival a copy of her 30 Seconds Bunny Theatre (11/7). As always, all films will be shown at the beautiful and historic West Virginia State University Capital Center Theatre at 123 Summers Street in downtown Charleston, West Virginia. For more information about the WVIFF, contact WVIFF President Eric Kinder at 304.340.3893 or Feel free to leave us a message at 304.342.7100. For information on pur- chasing tickets, parking or getting to the festival, contact the WVSU Capitol Center Theatre at 304.342.6522. The theatre is located at 123 Summers Street in downtown Check out great films - 47 East Main Street, Buckhannon, WV 304-473-0011 S Religious Fiction Romance Cooking Quilting Sports Crafts Ham Radio Books & Software Plus much more W Oeooooooeo oOOOoooeoo o'oeoooooooeo Visit our fantastic gift shop, where you will find something interesting, for everyone you know. ooooeQeoeooooooooo It is well wo . rth the drive. Plan to stay awhile & browse the many rooms of books, including our children's room v , made just for Kids. QIP OOOOOO O4POOOIOQOOOOOOOOOO O Open Every Day of the Week, Except Sundays 10:00 am. til 6:00 pm. Charleston, WV. our website for more details on all these hn ~ :llwww. wviff, org/ 'Women Across, West Virgima" get out the vote News conferences were held across the state on Fri. Oct., 22 to announce the kickoff of the West Virginia Women for Kerry "Take Five" pledge. According to "Women's Voices, Women Vote," 22 million unmarried Sec. B: Life-styles---- The The Glenville Gilmer Social Scene vii www. Glen villeNe ws. corn AT SHOCK: WHAT IS IT? -- Driving leisurely down the Rosedale Road (SR 23) on a beautiful, sunny autumn Sunday afternoon, Glenvil/e Democrat/PathfinderPublisher Dave Comoran, Sr. stopped in Shock when spottin9 this abandoned and deteriorating building at the intersection of the Tanner Fork Road. "What did it use to be," he thought from the road=hove. Could it be a gas company's shed or living quarters during the height of the Oil & Gas Era boom of the early 20th century? Or, is it an old fratemal society's lodge? Or, is it an old church --- where the once-hell, fire and damnation preaching of the gospel and singing of hymns have all faded into the history of this almost forgotten hollow? Here, he steps up into the front door to take a peek inside, and he saw .... (News photos courtesy of Jim Brandenburg, Spencer photographer and Internet movie. maker) A ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE --- The blackboard jumped out to welcome him into the once-bustling classroom where this area's children learned the 3-R's years ago. Oh, if these handsomely wallpapered walls could have just talked, they would have told hundreds of tales -- of children, happy kids, learning about the entire world which was revealed to them by some dedicated Gilmer County teacher of that earlier age. A pot- bellied stove sat in the center of the classroom to keep the winter's chill off the youngsters. And, just outside in the one-acre field, they'd play Blind Man's Bluff, jump rope, baseball and other one-room schoolhouse era games. It was a romantic age gone-by -- one which stressed more than just learning the basics of education but also the high moral values that were, and are needed in making America great. ~:~::~::~:~