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WLU-TV14 Films, Airs City Council Meetings http://westliberty.edu/communications/recent-updates/wlu-tv14-films-airs-city-council-meetings/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:29:35 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/communications/?p=2498 WHEELING, W.Va., Feb. 6, 2017 — Wheeling City Council approved a resolution at its January meeting to employ West Liberty University in the filming and televising of its council meetings in an effort to keep the public informed about city business. “Increasing the transparency of our municipal government has been a high priority for this […]

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WHEELING, W.Va., Feb. 6, 2017 — Wheeling City Council approved a resolution at its January meeting to employ West Liberty University in the filming and televising of its council meetings in an effort to keep the public informed about city business.

Kyle Lindsey is shown filming a recent basketball game at the ASRC.

“Increasing the transparency of our municipal government has been a high priority for this City Council,” Mayor Glenn Elliott said. “Wheeling residents deserve the opportunity to see their elected leaders in action, and it is our hope that providing this service will serve to increase civic engagement and keep us more accountable.”

Theresa Gretchen is the executive director of WLU-TV 14, which will film the meetings. She also serves as programming director and producer at the television station.

“We are thrilled to film the council meetings and look forward to providing area residents with a delayed filming of the meetings. The first meeting we will film meets at The Linsly School at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 7,” Gretchen said.

Council meets at noon on the first Tuesday, and at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday, of every month. Council is holding six of its 24 meetings this year in different schools in each of the city’s six wards. After the Linsly meeting, the next meeting taking place at a school will be at Wheeling Central Catholic High School at noon, March 7.

Two WLU students will operate cameras at every meeting, but the students will change according to availability, according to Gretchen. The first meeting will be taped by WLU students John “Marty” Engle and Kyle Lindsey.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get different filming experiences under my belt. I’ve enjoyed all of the different opportunities that working for Channel 14 has presented me, and I think tomorrow will be a lot of fun,” said Lindsey, who is a senior broadcasting major.

The Feb. 7 meeting will air at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 and will repeat at 7:30 a.m., Friday Feb. 10. All other air times will be posted on the WLU website at westliberty.edu/wltv/wlu-tv-14-schedule.

WLU will be paid about $2,000 per year to tape and air the city’s twice-monthly meetings on the University’s television station. The city will own the footage, however.

Gretchen and Senior Producer/Engineer Jared Thompson, both WLU graduates, work full-time as the staff members of WLUTV.

Besides the television studio located in the WLU Media Arts Center, WLU-TV 14 also includes a full high definition production studio truck for travel.

WLU-TV 14 is part of the College of Arts and Communication and offers five communication majors and two minors. For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.WESTLIB or visit westliberty.edu.

FEBRUARY 6, 2017 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO

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Second Annual Film Festival Set http://westliberty.edu/communications/recent-updates/second-annual-film-festival-set/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 06:23:46 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/communications/?p=2490 AUGUST 30, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO WEST LIBERTY, WV, Aug. 30, 2016 — Plans are underway for the second West Liberty University 48-Hour Film Festival presented by the Highlands and planned for Sept. 16 – 18. The Film Festival will end with a public screening and awards ceremony at Marquee Cinemas, located at the Highlands […]

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AUGUST 30, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO

WEST LIBERTY, WV, Aug. 30, 2016 — Plans are underway for the second West Liberty University 48-Hour Film Festival presented by the Highlands and planned for Sept. 16 – 18. The Film Festival will end with a public screening and awards ceremony at Marquee Cinemas, located at the Highlands shopping, dining and entertainment complex.

“The event begins on Friday, Sept. 16 when participants will randomly draw the name of the genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue that must be used in some way in their film. The participants will then have a total of 48 hours to fully write, shoot, and edit a 6-10 minute short film. Participants may work in teams of one to three persons, and are solely responsible for their own cast, crew, equipment, and locations,” explained Jared Thompson, director of the 48-hour film festival and WLU adjunct instructor.

Presented by The Highlands, Wheelhouse Creative LLC, Marquee Cinemas and West Liberty University, this year’s festival is open to all currently enrolled WLU students, along with students from high schools in Marshall, Ohio and Brooke counties.

Only 12 teams will be permitted to register and final submissions will be received at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 at the public screening. Students will compete for cash prizes for the top three places. Other prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.

“This year we are expanding the participation to area high school students in Marshall, Ohio, and Brooke counties, so it’s extremely important for any interested students to preregister in advance to guarantee a place in the festival,” Thompson explained.

Team participants, family, friends and spectators will be admitted to the event at no cost to attend and view the screenings, however donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will be used for future WLU Film Festival projects.

“The film festival was a great experience. It teaches you how to hit a deadline, a seemingly impossible deadline, and you just are like wow, I did this in two days,” said Corey Knollinger, a WLU broadcasting major who participated last fall and plans on taking part in the festival again this year.

Last year the genre he was assigned was thriller, his prop was a softball and his assigned character was a college student. The film his team came up with was spoof on a softball killer on the loose. Though Knollinger didn’t win the competition he feels the festival added an invaluable component to his WLU education.

Winners from left Andrew Harper, Nick Morris and Jacob Trifonoff hold up the prop they had to work with last year in “The Little Things.”

To view last year’s winning submission, “The Little Things,” by WLU students Andrew Harper, Nick Morris and Jacob Trifonoff, please click here.

Students interested in participating as an individual or a team can contact Thompson at 304-336-5523 or jthompson@westliberty.edu for more information, or visit westliberty.edu/filmfest.

Preregistration of teams is encouraged and all teams must be present at the Film Festival kick-off on Sept. 16.

Students from the College of Arts and Communication are active in the television and recording studios of WLUTV-14 throughout the year, developing and producing more than 12 television shows weekly, seen on Comcast Channel 14. In addition, WLUTV-14 is streamed live via Flash technologies and the Internet to an unlimited number of viewers.

For more information on the Department of Journalism and Communication, please call Chairman Brian Fencl at 304-336-8433.

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WLU is #5 in Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges South http://westliberty.edu/communications/recent-updates/wlu-5-top-public-schools-regional-colleges-south/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 06:12:45 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/communications/?p=2486 SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 14, 2016 — West Liberty University is ranked at the fifth spot in the Top Public Schools in Regional Colleges in the South in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges, released Tuesday. “We are pleased that our efforts are being recognized and […]

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Sept. 14, 2016 — West Liberty University is ranked at the fifth spot in the Top Public Schools in Regional Colleges in the South in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges, released Tuesday.

“We are pleased that our efforts are being recognized and look forward to more positive things in the future. Our students continue to excel and we are working hard to provide the best education available in a small, personal college setting,” said Dr. Stephen Greiner, WLU president. “This is indicative of the high quality of education available at all colleges and universities in the Northern Panhandle.”

The U.S. News rankings, now in their 32nd year, look at colleges and universities across the nation and rank them according to established criteria and an annual U.S. News statistical report survey, completed by most colleges.

U.S. News breaks its rankings into four categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges, then further delineates by regions. According to the U.S. News rating system, WLU is grouped with Regional Colleges, South.

WLU ranked at the 28th spot in this listing, which includes both public and private schools, which reflects a jump of 32 places from last fall. U.S. News publishes separate rankings of the Top Public Schools in each category which brings WLU into the fifth spot.

The 334 institutions in the regional college category focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing and education.

West Liberty University is a public university steeped in rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education and offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and 30 programs.

Graduate programs include the Master of Arts in Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Science in Criminology and online MBA degrees. WLU also offers several degree completion programs for non-traditional students, including its accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Administration (BLA) degree.

WLU is a member of the NCAA and MEC and has a wide range of intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division II level, including its nationally-ranked men’s basketball team that has won more games and scored more points than any other NCAA DII program over the past decade.

For more information, please visit westliberty.edu or call 1.866.WESTLIB.

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National College Radio Days http://westliberty.edu/communications/recent-updates/national-college-radio-days/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:56:23 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/communications/?p=2482 24-hour student marathon from 5 pm, Thursday-Friday! NOVEMBER 2, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Nov. 2, 2016 — West Liberty University’s radio station, 91.5 WGLZ is celebrating College Radio Day along with hundreds of other college radio stations today through November 4. Events include: Monster Party – today, from noon to 2 p.m., […]

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NOVEMBER 2, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Nov. 2, 2016 — West Liberty University’s radio station, 91.5 WGLZ is celebrating College Radio Day along with hundreds of other college radio stations today through November 4. Events include:

From left, (seated) Chris Canyock, Walker Polivka, Sean Trapp, (standing) Cody Shook, Jeff Pfister, Benny Assasse, Skylar Minzler, Daniel Loh, Chevy Pavell, Aaron Foldi, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Nicholas Strope, Robert Straight, Ashley Durdines and Olivia Kilbane in the WGLZ studio.

Monster Party – today, from noon to 2 p.m., with free samples of Monster drinks in the College Union Ballroom. Sponsored by Coca-Cola.
Jam Sessions with WLU Musicians, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, with performances, interviews and give-a-ways. College Union Radio Station studio and Ballroom.
24-Hour Marathon with student Walker Polivka, from 5 p.m. Thursday until 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4

Students in the broadcasting class and in the WGLZ student club are participating in a variety of ways, according to Associate Professor of Broadcast Engineering Jeff Pfister.

“Walker, who is a freshman, is doing the 24-hour and worked hard to get sponsors and about $1,300 of cash. He’s got a great line-up of interview guests too,” said Pfister. Money collected for sponsoring Polivka’s marathon will be donated to local charities.

“I’ve got a noon Friday interview with Mountaineer basketball coach Bob Huggins for example and our own President Stephen Greiner will interview at 8:15 a.m., Friday morning. I’m looking forward to it!” Polivka said.

Other interviews include Jeff Kessler at 2 p.m., Friday; Mike Anthony at 11 a.m., Friday and some surprise personalities. Additional programming will be provided by the College Radio Board, including a program taped at the White House when students recently visited, according to Pfister.

Not sleeping for 24-hours is tough though and Polivka states that his plan is to drink a lot of coffee and keep things busy. His experience includes a weekly show on WGLZ at 1 p.m. Wednesday as DJ Walker.

“Tune-in and find out who else is on my 24-hour marathon. Plus we’ll be having great give-aways in the College Union while I’m doing my show. Tickets will be given out for free to students,” he added.

Polivka is from Shadyside, Ohio and graduated from Bridgeport High School. He is just one of many students who enjoy the chance to talk, DJ and learn broadcasting on the Hilltop.

To listen to WGLZ, go to 91.5 on the FM dial or stream it live on the web at westliberty.edu/wglz. To call the request line dial 304-336-8287 or call the WGLZ office at 304-336-8508.

For more information on the broadcast major or any programs in the College of Arts and Communication, please visit westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication.

ABOUT COLLEGE RADIO DAY: The College Radio Foundation (CRF) is a registered non-profit organization formed in New Jersey awarded 501(c)(3) status from the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity. The CRF was officially incorporated as an operational non-profit in February 2014. The foundation works to promote and support non-commercial college radio stations and the students involved with them, across the United States.

Through its outreach programs and events, most notably College Radio Day, the CRF raises the profile of college radio stations across the country and encourages increased student participation in the medium of college radio. The CRF accelerates the professional development of gifted student broadcasters, inspiring them to reach their exceptional potentials. Many college radio alumni have gone on to become prolific leaders in professional broadcasting, and many others have become leaders in other fields. The CRF believes that college radio is an important training ground for all sorts of careers.

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Russian Student Believes in Cooperation http://westliberty.edu/communications/recent-updates/russian-student-believes-cooperation/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:47:33 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/communications/?p=2479 by Media Relations Intern Natasha Muhametzyanova WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 25, 2017 — West Liberty University collaborates with many student exchange programs every year. New to the list this year is The Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR). “YEAR is a two-semester exchange program administered by American Councils for International Education (ACCELS) — […]

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 25, 2017 — West Liberty University collaborates with many student exchange programs every year. New to the list this year is The Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR).

Polina Peleneva (left) and Media Relations intern Natasha Muhametzyanova, both international students, enjoy cheering on the Hilltoppers at a recent basketball game.

“YEAR is a two-semester exchange program administered by American Councils for International Education (ACCELS) — an international non-profit organization. This program gave several outstanding Russian students a chance to join us this year and allowed the students to engage with our local community in a sustained and meaningful dialogue to promote cultural exchange and the opportunity to gain a new, nuanced understanding of our societies,” said Mia Szabo, director of International Enrollment Services. The YEAR program is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Polina Peleneva (left) and Media Relations intern Natasha Muhametzyanova, both international students, enjoy cheering on the Hilltoppers at a recent basketball game.
Through this program, Polina Peleneva, 19, came to WLU from Moscow this past fall. She had just completed her freshman year at MGIMO University double-majoring in Public Relations and International Energy Cooperation.

MGIMO is Russia’s most prestigious and well-known higher education institution. It offers a wide-range of degrees but is renown for its international relations program and its emphasis on foreign language studies offering its students 56 foreign languages on all levels of complexity.

MGIMO graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Slovakia, Ukraine and other countries. (See english.mgimo.ru/about-mgimo/why-mgimo)

“These two universities are drastically different,” Peleneva said, comparing WLU and MGIMO.

For example, here at WLU, she’s enjoyed the opportunity to take classes that interested her but were not part of her major. In Russia, students have little opportunity to take electives, like art and design since the system doesn’t leave much time for this luxury.

“In Russia, the education system is different from that in the U.S.,” Peleneva explained. “Students first have to choose a department and only then a major which often leads students to have a double major. That is why we only take classes related to our field of study.”

Peleneva added that at MGIMO she is required to take 30 credit hours per semester and dedicate a little over 10 hours a week to studying foreign languages, in her case English and Spanish.

Besides enrolling in art classes at WLU, Peleneva discovered her love for American history. After completing her first American history course, she realized she would love to learn more.

“Dr. Owens is very thorough and professional,” Peleneva said about her instructor, professor of history, Dr. Richard Owens. “He manages to make his lectures both informative and interesting. It inspired me to register for another history class.”

Since arriving at WLU in August last year, Peleneva also had to adjust to lifestyle changes. It was her first time living in a dormitory, since she was a commuter student back home. It also was the first time she saw a rural campus setting.

“It is interesting for me to see that in the United States, universities are more like towns on their own,” Peleneva said. A native of Moscow, Peleneva is used to heavy traffic and big crowds.

“Moscow is the busiest city in Russia. Being in a rural area is definitely a new experience for me,” Peleneva said.

Moscow is the capital of Russia and is currently 15th most populated city in the world with over 16 million people living in the urban area.

Being away from home made Peleneva reconsider her plans for the future.

“I admire women who are successful in their careers, but I realize now that I want to devote my life to family and self-improvement.” Peleneva is an only child and both of her parents speak English.

Peleneva will remain at WLU for the spring semester and has many things to look forward.

“I have very interesting classes this spring and I’m going to create more art, of course. I am also planning to visit the iconic American cities like New York and Chicago,” she said. Over Thanksgiving break, she visited New Orleans.

As far as the state of international relations between Russia and the United States, she believes that the two nations can be at peace and cooperate on things like science, art and education. “I avoid politics and don’t pay too much attention to the controversy.”

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Student Recognized in National Media Festival http://westliberty.edu/communications/recent-updates/news/student-recognized-in-arts-festival-for-audio-work/ Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:27:02 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/communications/?p=2184 Sabrina Jones, a sophomore from Glen Dale, W.V., received 2nd place in the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA) student Festival of Media Arts. Her production “Hare in the Hills” was produced from the spring 2014 COM362, Audio Documentary Production course. Jones entered her work in the Specialty Program division. BEA is an international academic media organization promoting […]

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IMG_8310Sabrina Jones, a sophomore from Glen Dale, W.V., received 2nd place in the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA) student Festival of Media Arts. Her production “Hare in the Hills” was produced from the spring 2014 COM362, Audio Documentary Production course. Jones entered her work in the Specialty Program division.

BEA is an international academic media organization promoting excellence in media production and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. The association’s publications, annual convention, web-based programs, and regional district activities provide opportunities for juried production competition and presentation of current scholarly research related to aspects of the electronic media.

“It was an incredible learning experience,” said Jones. “And the exposure to new people and to new ideas really opened my mind. While gathering the audio, I enjoyed being able to ask the kinds of questions that I was curious about and then turn it into an enjoyable audio piece.”

The Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts is a yearly competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members. Jones competed against over 1250 total entries in 15 different divisions ranging from dramatic narratives, non-fiction documentary, news, and interactive multimedia.

“What an honor for Sabrina,” said Jeff Pfister, Instructor and Director of WGLZ Radio. “This production was an excellent example of her ability to demonstrate her communication skills; to listen and ask questions and then assemble the information to tell an interesting and dynamic story.”

Winners officially receive their awards during BEA’s annual convention and Festival of Media Arts, April 12-15, in Las Vegas.

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Professor Emeritus Offers Cash Prize for Investigative Journalism http://westliberty.edu/communications/recent-updates/2160/ Sun, 22 Feb 2015 01:59:51 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/communications/?p=2160 West Liberty University students have been given an opportunity to put their investigative reporting skills to the test. Retired communications professor John Matviko is offering a $1,000 cash prize for an outstanding and deserving piece of investigative journalism. “While this is an award for outstanding investigative journalism, it is not restricted to just journalism students.  […]

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november pictWest Liberty University students have been given an opportunity to put their investigative reporting skills to the test.

Retired communications professor John Matviko is offering a $1,000 cash prize for an outstanding and deserving piece of investigative journalism.

“While this is an award for outstanding investigative journalism, it is not restricted to just journalism students.  Any student who wants to participate is strongly encouraged to do so,” said Tammie Beagle, WLU journalism professor.

Investigative journalism involves research well beyond simple reporting. Many investigative journalism pieces can take months or even years to complete.

Matviko is looking for a piece of investigative journalism that is original, focused on a single topic, in-depth (beyond the mere reporting of news), and it has to demonstrate critical thinking skills.

Students are free to choose any topic they wish as long as it is relevant to WLU. The submitted articles will be compared by topic choice and their importance to the West Liberty community, originality, depth, documentation, writing quality, and the impact it has on West Liberty University.

The deadline for submission is April 17, 2015. Articles should be sent directly to Matviko at jmatviko@westliberty.edu.

Matviko also would like for the submitted pieces to have been published in The Trumpet and would like students to send him the published version. If it is not published in The Trumpet, interested students can still enter by sending him a word document along with an explanation as to why it was not published.

To have your articles published in the Trumpet, send them to the editor, Jessica Broverman, at jebroverman@hotmail.com. Students are also encouraged to attend the weekly Trumpet meetings held every Wednesday at noon in CU 22, which is located on the top floor of the student union.

Interested students can also email Beagle at tbeagle@westliberty.edu.

“John Matviko was one of my professors while I was an undergraduate here, so I know how high his standards are.  I’m not at all surprised that he continues caring about the University, its students, and solid reporting techniques.  This award demonstrates that, despite his retirement, he remains committed to our students and their goals,” said Beagle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journalism Seniors Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence Shelters http://westliberty.edu/communications/recent-updates/journalism-seniors-raise-awareness-domestic-violence-shelters/ Sun, 22 Feb 2015 01:44:44 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/communications/?p=2157 WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 12, ,2015 — This semester, three journalism majors, Tara Adamczyk, Nathan Johnson and Katie Ralbusky, are using their senior capstone projects as an opportunity to help raise awareness about domestic violence and to offer supplies to three area shelters. According to Professor Tammie Beagle who is teaching the capstone class, “As […]

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Feb. 12, ,2015 — This semester, three journalism majors, Tara Adamczyk, Nathan Johnson and Katie Ralbusky, are using their senior capstone projects as an opportunity to help raise awareness about domestic violence and to offer supplies to three area shelters.

Nathan Johnson and Tara Adamzcyk are shown with one of the domestic violence collection boxes in Shaw Hall. (Katie Ralbusky was unavailable for photo.)

Nathan Johnson and Tara Adamzcyk are shown with one of the domestic violence collection boxes in Shaw Hall. (Katie Ralbusky was unavailable for photo.)

According to Professor Tammie Beagle who is teaching the capstone class, “As part of their senior project, the three will work together on a special issue of the Trumpet (student newspaper), including editorials, feature articles, and an investigative journalism story on domestic violence by applying what they learned from their minors in criminal justice, social work and writing to their majors in journalism.”

Adamczyk’s minor is criminal justice and she plans to talk to sheriffs, prosecutors, victims and convicted criminals about what it’s like going through the court system with a charge of domestic violence.

“I’m excited to do this project because domestic violence sometimes doesn’t seem to get as much publicity as cancer and other charities. This project is a good way to give back to the community,” Adamczyk said. A resident of Weirton, W.Va., she was accepted into the communication technology graduate program at Point Park University, where she will continue her education in the fall.

Johnson, who also is from Weirton, plans on entering the field of journalism after graduation. He plans to seek work as a sports writer and his minor is social work.

“I’m excited about producing our domestic violence newspaper issue. I’ve seen people who have gone through domestic violence issues and I want to be there for those people. This project is a good way to focus on the problem,” he said. He plans on visiting domestic violence shelters and write about the day-to-day work with victims.

Ralbusky is a writing minor from Wheeling.

“It is such a critical issue in today’s society. Most people do not understand the implications behind it or the various types of domestic violence that occurs or how harsh the world can be on victims,” she said.

Along with the special issue of the Trumpet, tentatively scheduled to hit newsstands on April 16, and a formal presentation open to all who are interested at the end of the semester, the seniors are also collecting personal care items for the victims and donating them to YWCA in Wheeling and Change, Inc. in Weirton and Moundsville. The shelters are able to offer support by providing some essential personal items to the victims of domestic violence, such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and hairbrushes, but the need is consistently bigger than the supply cupboard.

“I’m very proud of these students for their willingness to step up and make a difference,” Beagle said. “When reporters can immerse themselves in their communities like this and gain a better understanding of the story’s many complexities, they can then explain better to their readers why we should all care, and they can hopefully open productive dialogue.”

Donations of toiletries and other personal care items will be accepted through March 31. Boxes have been placed around campus, or items can be given directly to Beagle, Adamczyk, Johnson, or Ralbusky. Anyone with questions about the donation or the project can contact Beagle at tbeagle@westliberty.edu, or any of the three seniors at their WLU email addresses.

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO

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