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Summer 2017

I was so pleased to see the comments from folks that were at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade about the Pride. I was one of the original females that were admitted to the Pride back in the early ’70s. We wrote the pre-game show that is still performed today. I am proud to have been taught what it is to be a member of the Pride by Dr. Wilcox. A wonderful group of students and a wonderful way to showcase WVU. Let’s Go Mountaineers! By the way, Dr. Gee, I am buying a bow tie just for the Pride.

Pam Corley 
BS ’74, Social Work, MA ’78 
Morgantown, W.Va.
[On “In The Path of Cancer”

As a native West Virginian and a metastatic breast cancer patient, I’m very encouraged by this research.
Kelli Parker
The best issue so far [Spring Research 2017]. Our state has much for which it can be proud. WVU, its staff, students, friends and alumni, are what make Mountaineers shine. Keep up the good work.

Melanie Files 
MA ’96, Instructional Communication 
Martinsburg, W.Va.
I’m glad that some are trying to employ people in agriculture in West Virginia in “Rebirth in the Mountains.” But, as noted in the article, the pay is not so good. 

The Wall Street Journal reported recently that there is a labor shortage in our country in agriculture, mostly in stoop labor crops which pay $10–$15/ hour for hot hard labor. Most Americans don’t want to do this kind of work for less than $20/hour, but those from Mexico will. Since our immigration policy is not making them feel welcome, there is a labor shortage. 

The other labor shortage is in construction, in cities such as Dallas, Denver and Miami. That means relocating which many West Virginians don’t want to do. 

I know that pride is important to people, but it’s hard to be proud without good income to feed your family. Perhaps now is the time to muster up the courage to move to get a job, as I had to, and root for our Eers from a distance.

Charlie Garlow 
JD ’79 
Silver Spring, Md.
[On “New Life for an Old Crop”

There used to be a rope factory in Romney where hemp was still growing wild as recently as thirty years ago. The people who tried to smoke or eat it were in for a big surprise because there is no THC in it and it will not produce a high. There are a lot of good things you can do with it and those strains have zero percent THC. You will either get a useful product from it or catch a headache if you even think about smoking it. Some strains of medical marijuana don’t get people high, either. We should really be looking into this, they did it before and the town of Romney still exists!

Michelle Lynne Corbin
[On “T-Minus: Robot Pollinator”

That’s amazing, and I’m grateful, but I hate that this gives people — well mainly industry — another excuse to not change the behaviors that are threatening bees.

Kitty Stealey
[On “The Most Dangerous Woman In America”] 

My dad told me about hearing her speak when he was a boy. My grandfather was a coal miner at Plymouth, and the family nearly starved that winter during the war to organize the union. Thanks in part to those coal miners’ taxes paid on better union wages after they won the battle, WVU was there for me to become a first-generation college student.

Susan E. Kelley
[On Arnold Hall Memories] 
I will say that I met two of my best friends here and have so many wonderful memories of this place!! My worst memory was getting locked in my Jack & Jill bathroom since the doors both locked from the bedroom sides. 
Desiree Elmore 

I moved into Arnold Hall my sophomore year 1959 workmen were still there. Brand new with tomato red community bathroom so bright I couldn’t open my eyes first thing in the morning. Three of us shared one of the few three-to-a-rooms one year. Then two other years I shared the suites. We still had white linen and waiter service for dinner and you couldn’t be late. Puffy deep-fried French toast for breakfast and my first boysenberry pie! … Lots of memories of the “New Dorm”!! Can’t believe it’s coming down. 
Bonnie Maphis

I lived on first floor of the Arnold Annex in 1968–69. The heating boiler was underneath, so the floor was so hot some put carpeting down to save their bare feet from burning. We had quite a few water battles because of the heat. This was when all underclass women had to live in the dorm and had “hours.” One senior girl on our floor lowered her suitcase and then herself out the window after “room check.”
Cindy Kinney Cutenese
My grandmother, Emma McCutcheon, was the House Mother for Arnold Hall from the mid ’50s to the mid ’60s. This was before the era of resident assistants. The house mother was the surrogate mother for all the girls in the dorm. She was a grand lady well qualified for the role. She had raised four daughters with her husband, Wilford McCutcheon, in Ronceverte, W.Va. Wilford was a high school principal but passed away in 1955 and my grandmother moved to Morgantown to become a house mother in a women’s dorm. 

On occasion, my brothers and I would spend the afternoon with grandma at Arnold Hall and go to Sunday dinner with her in the dining hall (cafeteria) … 

At dinner, we sat at grandma’s table while waiters served platters of meat and bowls of vegetables. We always had to be on our best behavior or we would get a slight glare from grandma, but never a harsh word. Grandma was truly a “grand lady.” I’m sure that all of the women in Arnold Hall just loved her. Dinner time was really neat. We got to see a glimpse of college life in a women’s dorm. The college girls would come to dinner dressed up or casual or even with their hair up in rollers. 

My grandmother retired in 1965 and returned home to Ronceverte. She passed away in 1990 at the age of 90, but I know she had fond memories of Arnold Hall … as well as we do. Arnold Hall helped her move on in life with purpose and she in turn helped many a young lady move on in life as well. 

Lionel R. Farr 
BS ’74, MS ’76, Mechanical Engineering 
Knoxville, Tenn.
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