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Morgantown, home of KU’s new rival in the Big 12, a lot like Lawrence

High Street in downtown Morgantown, W. Va., is a lot like Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence: unique restaurants, quirky shops, professional offices, a historic hotel and seats of government. "And this is a family town, much like Lawrence is," says Michelle Sandrey, who earned her doctorate at KU and now serves on the faculty at West Virginia.

High Street in downtown Morgantown, W. Va., is a lot like Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence: unique restaurants, quirky shops, professional offices, a historic hotel and seats of government. "And this is a family town, much like Lawrence is," says Michelle Sandrey, who earned her doctorate at KU and now serves on the faculty at West Virginia.

November 4, 2011

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Woodburn Hall, at West Virginia University, sits atop one of the many hills in and around Morgantown. And doesn't it look at bit like Old Fraser Hall?

Woodburn Hall, at West Virginia University, sits atop one of the many hills in and around Morgantown. And doesn't it look at bit like Old Fraser Hall?

West Virginia University's Personal Rapid Transit system is just that, whisking students, faculty and staff anywhere along the systems 8.7-mile track — connecting three campuses — within five minutes.

West Virginia University's Personal Rapid Transit system is just that, whisking students, faculty and staff anywhere along the systems 8.7-mile track — connecting three campuses — within five minutes.

When Michelle Sandrey first moved to Morgantown, W. Va., she couldn’t help but be reminded of her years in Lawrence and elsewhere in Kansas.

Having relocated to the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains a dozen years ago, she saw large spaces reminiscent of the Kansas prairie... and a river running alongside downtown Morgantown, not all that unlike the Kaw... and plenty of retirees attracted to the university and its activities and culture and everything else.

And then she set out to run.

“I used to walk from the gym, Robinson Gym(nasium), up and down the hill to the education building,” said Sandrey, who spent three years in Lawrence, taking plenty of classes at Bailey Hall on her way to a doctorate in physical education. “Here, there’s hills all over the place. It’s not just Mount Oread and that’s it.”

Sandrey figures Kansas University friends, fans and others will have fun getting to know Morgantown and WVU — where she serves as an associate professor and director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program — as the school joins the Big 12 Conference.

“I just don’t know when that’s going to happen,” she said.

While everyone waits for conference-realignment issues to settle — and for Missouri to finally make its play to shift into the Southeastern Conference — here are some numbers behind the school and community lined up to be the 10th member of the Big 12:

1

Number of people — Gene Budig — who have served as president of West Virginia University, then as chancellor of Kansas University.

28,654

Population of Morgantown.

29,617

Number of students enrolled at WVU for the fall semester, of which 52 percent are residents of West Virginia and 52 percent are male. While the enrollment total is roughly equal to KU’s, more than two-thirds of Jayhawk students are Kansas residents and, overall, fewer than half — 49 percent — are guys.

5

Number of stations on the WVU’s 8.7-mile Personal Rapid Transit line, a system of computer-driven, electric-powered vehicles connecting the school’s downtown, Evansdale and Health Sciences Center campuses. It is free for students, faculty and staff.

1867

Founding year for the Agricultural College of West Virginia, a public land grant institution renamed West Virginia University a year later. Today the school has 13 colleges and schools that together offer 191 bachelor’s, masters, doctoral and professional degree programs. The schools: dentistry, journalism, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.

The colleges: agriculture, natural resources and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; engineering and mineral resources; human resources and education; law; physical activity and sport sciences; Potomac State College of WVU; and an institute of technology.

177.7

Millions of dollars received, annually, in sponsored contracts and research grants.

955

Millions of dollars in the university’s combined expense budget.

907

Miles, by car, from Allen Fieldhouse to WVU Coliseum, home of the basketball Mountaineers.

23.1

Average ACT score for students; the average high school GPA is 3.36.

96.3

Millions of dollars contributed during the past fiscal year to the West Virginia University Foundation.

14

Number of national championships won by West Virginia, and all in one sport: rifle. The Mountaineers rifle team currently is ranked No. 2 in the country, behind defending national champion Kentucky.

1

Number of times KU has played West Virginia in football. The Jayhawks — then a member of the Big Six Conference — lost, 21-0, to the Mountaineers on Nov. 8, 1941, in Morgantown. The two schools never have met in men’s basketball, perhaps giving Bill Self and the Jayhawks a chance to someday even the score against former K-State Coach Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers.

Comments

kansasplains 2 years, 5 months ago

Take one look at the local paper and you'll see that there's no comparison between the two cities. The Journal World is so far above the Dominion Post that there aren't even any words to compare it with. And for all the nay-sayers in this group, bring some substance to your comments and not just nit-picking.

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JustNoticed 2 years, 5 months ago

I can't believe you used that horrible picture from their Morgantown. I mean, if Richard or Mike had come back with that, you'd slap them around, wouldn't you? It's the phoniest looking piece of tripe I've ever seen. Yuck. I can just see the local PR hack standing there, "Ok, stop walking, hold it right there. Hold it, lemme focus. Ok kids, now don't move but point at the window. Everybody smile!"

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Bassetlover 2 years, 5 months ago

Wasn't it not too long ago that a state representative from Eudora referred to the "elitist" attitude held by so many in Lawrence? The majority of the comments on here certainly validate his opinion.

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consumer1 2 years, 5 months ago

Some body needs to find out who has be urninating in every poster on here cereal. What a bunch mamsy whamsie whiners. Jeepers beav!!

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Phone_Man 2 years, 5 months ago

Morgantown has a bunch on no driving morons like Lawrence?

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Outsidelookingin 2 years, 5 months ago

WVU is still working on teaching the alphabet.
It's U V W , not W V U

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FlawontheKaw 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe they are a lot a like. The universities both suck money out of the economy and give nothing in return. Money, money, money. It is all about the money huh?

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Aiko 2 years, 5 months ago

Ha! All true.. It is not like Lawrence at all!

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blindrabbit 2 years, 5 months ago

Been there; for Lawrence to be like Morgantown, we would need to switch out about half of Lawrence's population to Arkansawyers and Missourians. Also toughen our laws on intrafamilial relationships. Adopt the banjo as the City Musical Instrument and move all the pit-bulls out and replace with hound dogs. And most importantly, require all Lawrence citizens to be familiar with the movie Deliverance.

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ignatius_j_reilly 2 years, 5 months ago

Nobody cares. If this was back when sports had a soul, the conferences would be located geographically near, and then this kind of story would matter. As is, I only want to know what the chances are that WVU wins us a bowl.

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pepper_bar 2 years, 5 months ago

This is what passes for reporting at the LJW nowadays? Some photographs from Morgantown's marketing department (are they of Ms. Sandrey or not?), the subjective recollections of one person, and some fun facts the author Googled?

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uplock 2 years, 5 months ago

Just another team to kick your butt!

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plasmaphys 2 years, 5 months ago

I live in Morgantown (Cheat Lake area) and believe me, its come a long way. Thanks to the University there has been a concerted effort to clean it up. The transition from a "coal" area city to a more culterally and economically diverse community has been tough, but over the last 3 or 4 years has improved drastically. Although there is still a long way to go (our traffic is terrible and the powers that be can't seem to fix it in the downtown area around 5 pm), we are working it. I travel a lot to the Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma and appreciate many of the cities and communities and hope Morgantown can get to that sort of environment. I would rather we strive to be more like Lawrence than like Syracuse!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 5 months ago

In Morgantown, children all point to their left.

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labmonkey 2 years, 5 months ago

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equalaccessprivacy 2 years, 5 months ago

What a world! I don't think believe being compared to Lawrence is a compliment.

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mkhawkman 2 years, 5 months ago

I lived in Morgantown for 4 years (2002 - 2006) and it's a beautiful city with all of the cultural and entertainment advantages that Lawrence offers. While Morgantown may not look like Lawrence in physical features, the people are wonderful and it's a great place to live.

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jayhawkjed 2 years, 5 months ago

As a KU alum I am insulted by this article. I've been to Morgantown several times it is NOTHING like Lawrence. I don't think Mark Fagan went to Morgantown to invetigate this article, just based it on some girl's 12 year old memories...

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somedude20 2 years, 5 months ago

I have been to Star City (WVU) a few times when I had a few friends who went there although, it has been a number of years and I do not remember that place looking or being much like Lawrence (they have hillbillies Kansas has rednecks). It is a college town so I was able to drink at 18 but the place was pretty dirty but I remember buying the Beastie Boy's Ill Communication there

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happyrock 2 years, 5 months ago

Both gave too much white trash.

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OrangeCat5 2 years, 5 months ago

The statistics may be comparable, but Morgantown is nothing like Lawrence in terms of socio-economic status, cultural and entertainment possiblilities, or forward thinking attitudes. But the PRT is cool and the scenery is pretty.

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Timothy Eugene 2 years, 5 months ago

Morgantown like Lawrence? I sure hope not.

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Timothy Eugene 2 years, 5 months ago

Morgantown like Lawrence? I sure hope not.

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