Jazzy and Ibarra are Third in the Nation


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Photos and Article By Corrisa Connor, Staff Writer

Recently, a new champion is on Potomac State College’s campus. Her name is PSC Cool Array. The people around the barn just call her Jazzy.  PSC Cool Array is a 19-month-old filly who is just one of the 22 Quarter horses on Potomac State College’s farm.

PSC Cool Array’s mother was one of the five horses that were donated to Potomac State College from Sumiton, Alabama. Her mother, who was pregnant at the time of donation, had PSC Cool Array on campus on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2015.

PSC Cool Array has won several Grand Champion and Reserve Champion awards with multiple futurity earnings since her arrival and is currently standing third in the nation of youth mares. She currently holds multiple titles: Level one East Coast Champion Yearling Mare in both Youth and Amateur, East Coast Halter Futurity Champion Yearling Mare in Open, Armature and Youth, Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association and Nittany Classic Futurity Champion Yearling Mare, and WV Breeders and Mountain State Futurity Champion Yearling Mare.

Jared Miller, Equine Studies Instructor, explains “PSC Cool Array stood with 9 Grands the morning of Sept. 17, 2016, at WVQHA. She also won the WV Breeders and Mountain State Futurity in Yearling mares. She earned points in all divisions, 15 total. “We are blessed and very thankful.”

The halter division that PSC Cool Array competes in is unique to other divisions as the horse is solely judged on their composition, balance, structural correctness, breed and sex characteristics and muscling. The judges watch the handler walk and trot the horse around the arena, then evaluate the horse on how closely the horse matches to its specific breed characteristics.

PSC Cool Array gets brushed down and groomed several times a day and is on high-quality energy performance feed. While Miller trains PSC Cool Array on weekends, student Sydney Ibarra, a sophomore dual majoring in Equine Production and Management and Business Administration, works with the filly during the week.

Ibarra and PSC Cool Array hold the title of third in the nation for youth halter mares. Ibarra has a youth card for showing and will move up next year to an amateur card, which is quite an accomplishment at her age.

Ibarra, who has been showing PSC Cool Array with Miller since fall 2015 said, “Showing gives you such a sense of accomplishment because you set goals and then you work to accomplish them. Plus, showing gives you exposure at the Breed Association Level.”

The equine program gives students opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in breeding, showing, colt starting and industry-related specifics.

Nicholas Imes is New SGA President


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By Molly Browning

Nicholas Imes, the newly elected Student Government Association president, is eager to begin making a difference on campus. As the new president, Imes has set goals in hopes of creating a cleaner, safer and more enjoyable campus for students and staff.

Part of Imes’ plans are to put more tables and benches on the Quad. Another goal is to plan more on-campus activities and make the campus a safer place.

“Overall, I want to help make Potomac State feel safer and cleaner,” said Imes.

He believes that installing more security cameras will reduce and discourage crime on campus.

“If we make this effort, I feel we can encourage a lot of new students to choose our school.”

Imes stated that if cost and resources weren’t an issue, a major change he would make would be to purchase lots in the neighboring area to provide more parking for students. He would also like to completely rebuild Science Hall, making it new and more efficient.

Another one of Imes’ goals is to hear the requests of the students and help create the campus they’d want to live on. Imes stays in touch with students by attending events, reading the Pasquino, and by encouraging students to attend the SGA meetings.

The SGA holds meetings that allow students to get involved. In these meeting students have the opportunity to hear about activities on campus and to state things that they would like to see changed.

Meetings are located in the Student Union SGA office. Dates can be found on the Potomac State College website under the calendar link. The meetings are also a good place for students to learn what the SGA does on campus.

The SGA is responsible for planning certain events, delegating funds, and listening to the needs of students. Organizations with the SGA receive funding by applying for grants. This money goes toward clubs, organizations and fun activities on campus.

The SGA has also sponsored charity events and scholarships in the past. Many students are unaware of the influences SGA has on their campus, but this association impacts many aspects of student life.


Catamounts Against Cancer Works with Be The Match Registry

By Aaron Smith

Catamounts Against Cancer have powered up with the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match Registry to give Potomac State College students a chance to save lives at the club’s upcoming Mini Relay For Life on Oct. 20.

Taking place from 6-10 p.m., the Mini Relay For Life will have the Be The Match Registry onsite at the PSC Quad to swab participants, who will then be notified if they are a bone marrow match for patients with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, sickle-cell and other diseases.

According to the Be The Match program, participants receive a quick and painless cheek swab so that a sample of cells can be obtained. This is then added to their registry and compared for protein markers of patients who need bone marrow transplants.

The program also notes that doctors most often request bone marrow from donors aged 18-44. The Catamounts Against Cancer’s donor registry drive targets the registry’s ideal age group, making this a wonderful opportunity to truly bring change to those in need.

Those who join the registry are listed until their 61st birthday, unless they ask to be removed. According to Be The Match, 1 in 430 members on the registry will make a donation to a patient in need.

Last year the Catamounts Against Cancer’s Mini Relay For Life and Be The Match were nearly able to match a PSC student donor with a patient in need.

The Catamounts Against Cancer’s Relay will also have fun activities for students to enjoy while supporting a good cause.

All proceeds from the Mini Relay For Life will benefit the American Cancer Society through the main Relay For Life in Mineral County.

The Catamounts Against Cancer’s event will feature live music, on-campus games, a 50-foot video game bus and a luminary ceremony.

Students can also discover other clubs around campus at the event, where various organizations and other relay teams will have booths.

Catamounts Against Cancer’s advisor Amy Weaver stated that the event is open to the entire community with cancer survivors encouraged to attend.

An opening ceremony featuring a survivor’s walk will start the event at 6 p.m.


Catamount Cross Country


PSC’s Cross Country team at the Frostburg State University Cross Country Invitational

The Potomac State Men’s and Women’s Cross County Teams have completed four meets and will run on Oct. 22 at the NJCAA Region XX Championship in hopes to qualify for the NJCAA DIII National Championship on Nov. 12.

Greg Dirlik leads the men’s team with two top ten finishes on the season.

Clarissa Carnell leads the women’s team with two top 20 finishes.

To find out the PSC’s Cross Country finishes at the region championship check The Pasquino online.

Tent City at PSC


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By Dalton Minnigh,    Staff Writer

Bringing awareness to students of different cultures, genders, ethnicities and sexual orientations — that’s what diversity week is about.

Jason Ottley hosted a week to celebrate diversity and the achievements of diverse groups. “I feel we should celebrate diversity every day,” said Ottley. This statement reflects his determination to bring diverse groups together and help them understand one another.

From Oct. 10-14 students experienced a variety of events. One of the events included tent city, where students took part in an Appalachian-themed campout. For two days, students could sleep inside tents on the Quad, experience Appalachian food (including s’mores) and learned how to make a campfire.

Students could also get hair cuts, participate in panel discussions, hear presentations, and play in a basketball game.

Four journalism students, Ali Barrett, Molly Browning, Cody Brazil and Alyssa Murray, produced a video that concentrates on diverse dialects of PSC students. They asked students about words that were unique to their hometown. The video uncovers the similarity between students regardless of the unique twist in the words they say.

Ottley’s intentions were to enlighten students about diversity and how students should accept one another with different backgrounds.


“American Pain” Author Speaks to PSC Journalism Class

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By Aaron Smith, Staff Writer

How did two young Floridian men manage to open up a legal clinic that raked in over $200,000 a day selling oxycodone to addicts?

That’s what West Virginian author John Temple discussed during his comprehensive talk with Journalism 101 students at Potomac State College.

Temple’s book, “American Pain,” provides an in-depth look at the now defunct Florida pill-mill clinic and its owners who profited enormously from the ability to prescribe oxycodone to hundreds of people a day.

The pain clinic Temple wrote about in “American Pain” took advantage of lax prescription regulations and quickly garnered a reputation across the east coast for its ease in getting high doses of oxycodone. Temple’s research revealed that 46% of the patients in the Florida clinic were from Kentucky; other patients came from states such as West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio.

Temple’s exploration for “American Pain” led him around the country, and he shared stories of the travels he took to obtain his research. Temple visited each location that the Florida pill mill occupied, noting that as the business grew, so did its facilities.

The demand for oxycodone was so high that cash registers could not hold the amount of money the business would take in each day — trash bins were stored under the counter and would be switched out with another to be counted once full.

Temple shared a rumor he encountered during his investigations that at one point, the brothers who ran the business burned $1 bills so as to avoid having to count them.

While Temple couldn’t verify the authenticity of every rumor he was told, he did find an unlikely confidant that helped in the telling of the pain clinic’s story.

The clinic employed a “bouncer” named Derik to deal with unruly patients, and Temple said he found Derik to be the “most honest” of the people he spoke to about the book.

While others involved in the clinic often angled their responses, Derik was open and sincere. Temple shared the lengths he went to for his incredibly in-depth research, revealing he spoke to Derik everyday for seven months during Derik’s daily 15-minute phone calls from prison.

Temple did encounter many people who weren’t as forthcoming as Derik, but he told students that most people love to have their story told.

“It’s a normal human impulse,” Temple said. He remarked that as he and Derik talked over the seven months, Derik opened up more and began to find that talking about what he had been through helped him make sense of it.

As an Associate Professor at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, Temple had an abundance of wisdom beyond just his research process to share with the Journalism 101 students at PSC.

Temple spoke about the publishing process and what goes into a book’s cover design, sharing an endearing mock-up artwork one of his young sons had drawn and comparing it to the book’s final artwork.

After his speech, Temple met with students and answered their questions, making a lasting impression on the class.

“I enjoyed hearing the process of how he did his research because he used so many different sources. I hope to use some of the advice he gave on interview and structuring stories in my future writings,” said student Molly Browning.

Fellow student Ali Barrett agreed, saying the work of Temple and his fellow authors and journalists takes ‘true dedication.’

The PSC Mary F. Shipper Library has copies of the book.  It can also be purchased in bookstores and online.

To keep up with John Temple visit his website, JohnTempleBooks.com and like him on Facebook, @JohnTempleBooks.


Free Legal Guidance For Students

Students now have access to free legal guidance. Potomac State College’s Office of Student Life has teamed up with main campus’ Office of Student Legal Services to bring a new program to the students of PSC.

The new Student Legal Services program will be available to all undergraduate students to provide legal guidance and assistance at no cost. The mission of SLS is to provide counseling, advice, education and representation to assist students in resolving legal issues. This assistance is also offered to student government and student organizations as a whole.

Leases, contracts, landlord/tenant issues, consumer issues, notary services, insurance matters, wills and powers of attorney, debt collection, expungement of criminal records, employment grievances, family law and domestic matters, and general civil matters are some of the types of legal issues SLS will address.

Dean of Student Life, William Letrent, hopes students will take advantage of the SLS this fall semester. “If students do not use this service we will have to question continuing the program into next semester,” said Letrent, “this is something I believe could be very helpful to PSC’s students.”

The SLS began on Sept. 12 and will continue throughout the remaining of the fall semester. SLS will meet personally with students every second Monday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Administration Building, room 105. All meetings are completely confidential. Students should schedule in advance with PSC’s Office of Student Life for an appointment by calling 304-788-6842 or by stopping in Administration Building, room 104, during regular office hours 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.