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After having a brief, but scary carbon monoxide ordeal tonight, I thought it would be appropriate to write about it. A majority of  students here at WVU live in off-campus housing, where most of the houses and apartments are very old. By law, landlords are not required to have carbon monoxide detectors in housing buildings. After tonight, I would strongly advise you to buy one for yourselves. My experience just turned out to be fine, but the anxiety of possibly having been inhaling the deadly gas for hours, was immense.

My apartment building is older than most and I share it with only a few other tenants across from me. The beeping was coming from the basement, where the laundry machines are located. The walls are paper thin, so even 2 levels up, we could hear the incessant beeping. I just figured it was our neighbors alarm, so I ignored it. One of the other tenants apparently went downstairs to check it out, and came back up to warn me that our fire/carbon monoxide alarm was going off. To say the least, I was a little freaked out. We called the fire department and within about 5 to 10 minutes they arrived. Over the phone they told us to close all windows and doors, so they could get an accurate reading. So they we all were, huddled under umbrellas and raincoats with our pets, waiting for them to arrive. The firefighters went into the basement to check it all out. I didn’t follow them because I had my roommates dog with me, so I waited under the deck. After another 15 minutes, we got the A-ok to go back inside. Apparently, the alarm was just about to expire, and that was causing the noise. It was still a scary half hour, even if it turned out to be nothing.

I have gathered some information about carbon monoxide poisoning and its symptoms for you to go over:

Because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless it is not always evident when it has become a problem is the home. Often people who have a mild to moderate problem will find they feel sick while they spend time at home. They might feel a little better outside in the fresh air but will have re-occurring symptoms shortly after returning home.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning or other illnesses and can have a long term health risk if left unattended. Some of the symptoms are the following.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Mild nausea
  • Mild headaches

Moderate levels of CO exposure can cause death if the following symptoms persist for a long measure of time.

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Light-headedness

High levels of CO can be fatal causing death within minutes.

Treatment Options
There are immediate measures you can take to help those suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Get the victim into fresh air immediately.
  • If you can not get the people out of the house, then open all windows and doors. Any combustion appliances should be turned off.
  • Take those who were subjected to carbon monoxide to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible. A simple blood test will be able to determine if carbon monoxide poisoning has occurred.

All information grabbed from this carbon monoxide website. The EPA website also has some good information beyond what most websites give you. They give links to studies and articles about CO2 poisoning and links to buy CO2 detectors.

I have heard that the KIDDE CO2 detector is one of the better ones to buy. It’s priced at $24 on Amazon.com, $34 on Lowes.com and $36 on Walmart.com.

Take it from me – you don’t want to go through what I had to go through tonight. Go buy one ASAP, and it could save your life.

Spending The Summer In Morgantown

In my opinion summer time in Morgantown is one of the best times of the year. The students move out, traffic frees up and on top of all of that you get to enjoy those cool summer nights. I’ve spent two summers out here and at first I thought man, I’m going to be so bored because there is going to be nothing to do…I was wrong. The University still stays open because of summer course and that means all of the facilities including the WVU Rec Center will be open. This is a good place to kill time and stay in shape. Their pool will be open, it is indoors and with the nice weather if you can good outside, I’d say that would be your better option.Contrary to what many people may think, the night life in downtown Morgantown is still the same as it was during the school year. There may be less people, but the popular bars like Bent Willies and De Lazy Lizard are always bumping. Some of the bars outside of downtown thou can be hit or miss, but downtown is always swarming with people who want to party. Another cool thing to do during the summer is watch some legion baseball games at Hawley Field. The Morgantown Post 2 baseball team is one of the best teams in the state and on the east coast. Tickets to watch the games are cheaper than going to watch a struggling Pirates team, you don’t have to drive over an hour and the atmosphere is one of the best out of any legion baseball game I’ve ever attended.Hopefully this will help you out if your stuck in Morgantown over the summer and don’t know what to do. Hope everyone enjoys their upcoming summer.

Final Exams……….are horrible.

So…most of us will be “entertaining” ourselves this week with our final exams. But, sweet relief isn’t too far away.

Here are ways to make them go a little smoother:

  1. Study Early–Don’t do a 6-hour cram session in the library. Start studying a week before your exam.
  2. Schedule–Create a schedule for yourself, complete with study breaks.
  3. Sleep!!–Don’t forget to sleep, and I mean really sleep.–none of that cramped sleep in those uncomfy library chairs.
  4. Prioritize–Study for your hardest exams first. Make a list. Stay organized.
  5. Ask Questions–Ask your professor questions if you have any missing information in your notes. It really is the key to getting an A.
  6. Attend Any/All Review Sessions–Sometimes professors give out hints at review sessions that they wouldn’t give in regular class.

Click here for a complete schedule of WVU’s Final Exams. The Mountainlair is also open 24 hours during finals week for those who want to study there.  Good luck, everyone!

Calling All Pageant Girls

Coni and Franc, located on High Street in downtown Morgantown is a fabulous boutique for pageant girls. Owners Connie and Franc Merandi offer an impressive list of designer gowns in their store as well as one-on-one shopping experiences. The store has more than just pageant gowns, however, it also features one-of-a-kind suit, cocktail dresses, bathing suits, shoes, jewelry, and more!

If you have a formal occasion coming up, Coni and Franc is high on my list for the ultimate shopping experience. Click here to view their website and here to view their Facebook page.

Friday Night Lights

Tomorrow will be the first time in school history the Mountaineers will play their Gold and Blue spring game on a Friday night. If you are excited about the football season starting like I am this will be your first chance to watch the upcoming Mountaineer football team. The next chance will be the season opener against Coastal Carolina. One of the cool things that fans will also see tomorrow will be  an old-timers game, in which fans can watch many of the former Mountaineer greats. This is something new the team is doing to do along with the spring game. Here is a link to all of the information and times you will need for when and where you can park and things like that.

Another reason to come out to this event is all of the money from the tickets will be donated to the WVU Children’s Hospital. Overall this will be a great way to spend a Friday night in Morgantown as the spring semester comes to a close. Just incase you want to catchup on the team before going to game here is a recap of how spring practice has gone for West Virginia.

Eat Here Before You Leave For The Summer!!

I have found that as several new restaurants have popped up around campus there is one that really stands out. It is Chico’s Fat on High Street. I think that it is the best new restaurant to enter High Street in the past year.

The California style burrito shop makes similar restaurants like Qdoba, taste just plain awful. They have several different choices if you are not even a fan of burritos (which you should be! because their BBQ pork burrito is off the chains). You can choose anything from quasadillas, to tacos, to nachos, to even taco salads. And they are one of the only places in town that actually serves real California style fish tacos.

Besides their amazing tasty Mexican cuisine, the restaurant is quick, service is good, they play cool music, and the place has a very unique but welcoming atmosphere. So if you have not made your way down to Chico’s Fat yet…I recommend you do it before you leave Morgantown for the semester.

My favorite items: The Fish Tacos (one of the best things I have ever eaten), The BBQ pork burrito, and their chicken quasadillas…grab one of these and I’m sure you will not only be full, but extremely happy with your meal!

SpringFest Reviewed from Another Angle

While I was not on on hand for SpringFest as early as my fellow blogger, Ray Zawodni, I did still get a chance to make it out to Mylan Park and soak (no pun intended) in the festivities.

I rode the bus provided to WVU students in front of the Mountainlair at 8 p.m. and made it in time for the performances I wanted to see. While I didn’t go inside the gates until closer to 10:30, it was an interesting setup outside. The rain put a damper on parts of the night, but the way the event was organized reminded me more of a tailgate. It was completely different from what I expected in that there seemed to be a lot of chaos and confusion. When the rain began falling, hundreds of people decided they didn’t want to stay and lined up for the buses to get back to campus. Considering I had spent $20, I wanted to at least go inside and hear some music.

So I did just that and the first act I heard was Shwayze. I didn’t know much about the duo coming in, but they put on a good act, save for the fact they didn’t seem to recognize what state they were in. Although they know WVU’s men’s basketball team made a run to this year’s Final Four, that didn’t stop them from referring to this town as Morgantown, Virginia several times throughout their act. They performed for approximately an hour and those that stayed were rewarded with a solid live performance.

The act that followed nearly 45 minutes later was the most recognizable part of the SpringFest lineup, Big Boi from Outkast. Although it was weird to see and hear him without his partner Andre 3000, Big Boi had the crowd into his music and was putting on an excellent performance until…the power went out! That’s right, a well-known musician was hooked up through a generator, which shut off around 1 a.m. about midway through his act. How this could occur baffled me and many others. The expression of Big Boi’s face was something similar to the one seen directly below.

People diligently tried to fix the situation but they had no luck. Less than 20 minutes later, Big Boi could be seen getting into a van with his entourage and exiting the premises while telling one of the show’s promoters “That’s unacceptable.” The show was done for the night. The situation upset everyone who had stayed, including myself. Things like that give Morgantown a bad name and make it much harder for well-known artists to show up in the future.

If you have anything to do with planning shows in the future, make sure to keep the device pictured below away from the scene.

Reviewing Springfest

Yesterday I decided to check out the annual Springfest at WVU. The entire event began at about eleven in the morning at Milan Park. Several bands from different genres came to put on a show for people in the Morgantown area. An all day music festival paired with hours of tailgating seems like a recipe for extreme good times. Sadly Springfest was not the festival that I wanted to see…

For starters, the outdoor concert was spoiled by cold rainy weather. Not only did the weather put a damper on the occasion, but some of the rules and organization of therubber U sponsored event made it miserable at times for some. The buses were not only too small for the large amount of students trying to get on, but they also came about once every thirty-five minutes, which made the transportation process feel like an eternity. Other rules that really annoyed people include the rule that kept under aged people from  leaving and re-entering the concert area.

That said, if you are someone who can have fun in the rain and if you are someone who loves good music…Springfest was fun for the handfull of people that actually stuck around for the later, more popular music acts. Now let me touch on the most important part of Springfest…the bands.

Shwayze seemed to be the fan favorite coming into Sprinfest and he did not disappoint. With exception to Shwayze consistantly saying Morgantown Virginia, they put on an awesome show! They were talented and they sounded great live. They really got the crowd hyped and showed the people who stayed to hear them a great time.

Another band that really suprised me were the Davisson Brothers. I had never heard them before, but I thought they were one of the best acts that touched that stage. They where exciting and their lead singers voice and guitar was superb. They were a band that was West Virginia through and through. I am not even a die-hard country music fan, but I can’t say that I wasn’t clapping and singing along with them in the rain.

I was not really impressed with the band Punchline. Partially because I am not a huge fan of that punky style of music, and because they put on an average to sub average performance. Sorry Punchline, but you could have shown me more.

Lastly the part of the festival that angered me the most was how local favorite Fletcher’s Grove was treated. They are not only one of the best bands that play around Morgantown, but they are also one of the best bands that was at Springfest. The band was not only given a very limited time slot but they were disrespected by the event staff that came out during their set and told them to basically wrap it up. Fletcher’s Grove was also disrespected by by Big Boi’s people setting up their portion of the show during Fletcher’s performance. To be honest I would have rather heard twenty more minutes of Fletcher’s Grove than Big Boi.

Overall the concert was fun for me personally, but I could see how some people would have been miserable. It was a place that you had to put some effort into to enjoy yourself. But if you could abide by some of the lame rules, withstand the tretcherous bus ride, and ignore the cold annoying rain…the music and the partying with friends and complete strangers could easily make Springfest a day/night to remember. The experience was not the time that it could have been, but if you are a fun person, you would have had a fun time.

A Little Bit of Everything This Week

Spring Ceramics Sale

The WVU Ceramics Studio is having a ceramics sale April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Douglas O’Blaney Lobby in the Creative Arts Center. Check out their Facebook page.


WVU Cooking Club Demonstration

The WVU Cooking Club will be hosting a cooking demonstration on Tuesday, April 27th at 6 pm in 110 Agricultural Science Annex. Alana McKee will be demonstrating how to make Peanut Tofu Stir Fry with noodles  and Chocolate Sweet Potato Torte. Everyone welcome to attend, but there $5 fee for non-members. Join the WVU Cooking Club Facebook group here.


“The Grapes of Wrath”

The WVU Division of  Theatre and Dance will be putting on a production of “The Grapes of Wrath” by Frank Galati, from John Steinbeck’s classic novel. The matinee show begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 304-293-SHOW.


“The Grapes of Wrath,” takes place in 1938 Oklahoma and follows the  Joad family through their struggles during the Great Depression. Searching for a better life in California, they have to survive extreme hardship and prejudice.


WVU Sophomore Celebration

Experience WVU is celebrating freshmen becoming sophomores.The ceremony is April 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gold/Blue Room at the ERC Free t-shirts will be given to the first 500 students to arrive. There will be entertainment, prizes, and great food!

For more info, click here!


Stay Safe In The Nice Weather

With spring here and summer just around the corner, there are many things to do to protect yourself from mother nature’s worst. I’ve blogged a lot about outdoor activities and as fun as many of those activities are around Morgantown, you have to remember you have to think of more than just riding that trail or climbing that rock. You have to remember to do things like put on sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated.

First of all sunscreen is a must with the summer coming up. If you plan on doing anything that involves being in the sun for a long period of time you should wear sunscreen that has at least an SPF of 30. This is not the type of sunscreen in which you get a tan, but it can protect your skin for a long period of time. This is crucial if you want to avoid getting sunburned because it can have some drastic effects, like skin cancer. If you do plan on going hiking here is a great list of tips of what you should do before going on a hike.

Water is another thing to bring with you when spending time in the great outdoors of Morgantown. Everyone should drink about six to eight glasses of water per day, but when you are out and about you should have at least two or three 16 ounce bottles of water. Besides sunburn, heat exhaustion is another common illness when the weather gets hot and the only way to prevent this is to make sure you stay hydrated. If not this is what can happen to you.

These are a few things to watch out for when you go outside during this beautiful and warm weather.