The Resident Assistant application process is about to begin

By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer Students looking for leadership opportunities on campus need look no further then to the upcoming Resident Assistant application. Hall director and Area Coordinator, Chris McPherson talks about More »

Celebrating 50 years of the Hall of Fine Arts

By Brandi Burger, Contributing Writer April of 1965 marked the groundbreaking for the construction of West Liberty’s Hall of Fine Arts Building. Although the building seems to be something students now have More »

“She Kills Monsters” to slay Kelly Theater

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor Beginning February 11th, The Hilltop Players will bring She Kills Monsters to Kelly Theater for what promises to be an unforgettable adventure into the Dungeons and Dragons More »

Students impress in first round of West Lib Idol

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager West Lib Idol kicked-off at 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 2, in a packed Student Union Ballroom at West Liberty University. 15 students participated in the first round More »

Business office asks for patience concerning ‘Kronos’

By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer For students of West Liberty University, a recent change has occurred this academic year concerning those who participate in campus based work studies. Last semester the state More »

 

The Resident Assistant application process is about to begin

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By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

Students looking for leadership opportunities on campus need look no further then to the upcoming Resident Assistant application. Hall director and Area Coordinator, Chris McPherson talks about how students can prepare for the process.

Celebrating 50 years of the Hall of Fine Arts

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By Brandi Burger, Contributing Writer

April of 1965 marked the groundbreaking for the construction of West Liberty’s Hall of Fine Arts Building. Although the building seems to be something students now have accepted as a normal part of the campus, the construction of the Hall of Fine Arts building was a major event in its time.

Before the building was constructed, art related courses were held throughout the campus in areas such as Main Hall and College Hall. The space was limited with art classrooms located in a general classroom space and works of art were hung in the hallways rather than displayed in a gallery.

“She Kills Monsters” to slay Kelly Theater

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By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

Beginning February 11th, The Hilltop Players will bring She Kills Monsters to Kelly Theater for what promises to be an unforgettable adventure into the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy realm

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans, played by Alexandra Glotfelty, as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, played by Destiny Walsh,” said Micheal Aulick, Associate Professor of Theater.

“When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this imaginary world, Agnes will encounter homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, succubi, and other otherworldly creatures,” Aulick said.

The play is a unique endeavor not only for its fantastical story, but also because it requires the unique opportunity of each actor to inhabit multiple roles in the production.

“We select all of our plays with the focus of what is this show going to teach the theatre students. Does it extend their training/education/experience?” Aulick said. “Monsters requires performers to be able to switch between their original character and the one they are in the fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. So each actor is required to develop two distinctly different characters, one based in reality and one based in fantasy.”

“There is twice the amount of character development, extra special skills such as dance, fighting, sword play, fantasy costuming, special effects make up, and so on,” Aulick said.  “There are a lot of skills that are required in this show that would not be required in a more traditional production.”

In addition to the acting challenges, Monsters was also chosen for it’s behind the scenes opportunities.

“While the acting challenges alone would be sufficient justification for the season, the biggest impact may be the opportunities for the student-designers/production team,” Aulick said. “She Kills Monsters has a student director, Meaghan Macey, a student scene designer, Rebecca McDowell, a student costume designer, Michael Blatzer, a student sound designer, Brady Dunn, a student choreographer, Geena Diomedi, and a student fight captain, Mattheus Nail.”

So what does Aulick anticipate the audience will take away from the experience?

“Good question,” Aulick said, “at its core, it is a connection between family members who did not take the time to be with each other when they were alive.  It is a story about family that should resonate with everyone.  However, the role playing community should eat it up – finally a show that is right in their wheelhouse.” 

Director Meaghan Macey expanded on the answer. “There are threads in this play that can be connected back to the audience members in many ways,” said Macey. “She Kills Monsters is a play that touches on the loss of a family member, bullying, the difficulty of coming out as a member of the LGBT community, and others. Ultimately, this show is about acceptance, but through a Dungeons and Dragons module.”

“The audience will hopefully walk away with a greater appreciation of exactly why the gaming community plays these games,” Macey said. “If you have ever wondered why someone would play a ‘dorky, weird game’ like D&D, you can certainly get an answer from She Kills Monsters.

She Kills Monsters Opens in Kelly Theater February 11-12th, with continued performances from February 18-20th, 7:30 p.m., and a final performance on February 21st at 3:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online here

Students impress in first round of West Lib Idol

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By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

West Lib Idol kicked-off at 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 2, in a packed Student Union Ballroom at West Liberty University.

15 students participated in the first round of the competition hosted by emcees Kevin Powell and Noah Woods. The panel of judges included Coordinator for Staff Development and Housing Operations Chris McPherson, Associate Professor of Education Dr. Traci Tuttle, Executive Director of Housing & Student Life Marcella Snyder, and Vice President of Student Services/Registrar Scott Cook.

Business office asks for patience concerning ‘Kronos’

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By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

For students of West Liberty University, a recent change has occurred this academic year concerning those who participate in campus based work studies. Last semester the state of West Virginia integrated a new state wide time and leave system called Kronos. It is an online pay and leave system for students to punch in there hours and receive pay for.

West Liberty Idol is in full swing on the hilltop

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By Jessica Broverman, Editor

As of this week, West Liberty Idol is in full swing on the hilltop. This event has given students and staff an opportunity to do something fun and different during the month of February. For those of you unaware of West Liberty Idol, it’s very much like the famous television show, American Idol.

Start studying for midterms now to avoid stress

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Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Exams always find a way to creep up on you when you least expect it and this is especially true for midterms. Right now you might be thinking, “Oh, I still have a whole month to prepare for those. I’m not going to stress about it.” Then, suddenly, that month has passed, and midterms start in a few days. Does this scenario sound familiar? If it does, try preparing for your midterms now to avoid those late night cram sessions.

It might sound silly to start studying this early in the game because a large portion of the test material has not even been covered yet. However, the whole stigma behind the word “study” might be getting in your way.

Summer opportunities are available to students

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By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Many students simply do not know what to do during their summer break from college. It can be difficult to decide whether or not to get a retail job, find an internship, take summer classes, or study abroad. Regardless of what one may already have lined up for the summer, here are various opportunities worth looking into.

The Horseshoe Leadership Center of the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association is looking for summer camp counselors. The summer sessions in Parsons, W.Va. feature teen civic leadership and entrepreneurship camps, Adventure Camp for 7 to 12 year olds, and Youth Opportunity Camps for low-income children.

Campus police continues to serve

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By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

Many people might remember the police training that took on January 11th. However, what people might not have noticed is how much effort goes into organizing and carrying out the training. Captain Thomas Hostutler of the West Liberty University Police Department had much to say about exactly the department does during their training.

Music Major workshop to be streamed live

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West Liberty University’s Department of Music and Theater will present a free workshop at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 30 at the Highlands Center campus to address questions on the process and result of earning a music degree. This special workshop, geared towards pre-college musicians, will provide information about majoring in music as well as an overview of music careers for prospective college students, according to Dr. Matthew Harder, interim dean of the College of Arts and Communication.