Monthly Archives: April 2015

Social media helps build real relationships

Nicole Henry, Contributing Writer 

Many may think we as a society are overusing social media and losing interaction with our real life family and friends. I would agree with this to an extent because I believe it adds to our personal relationships. I think our view on social media and how we use it is the reason why we think this way. We think that we will lose our ability to communicate in person because of all the time we spend online, but we actually gain more interaction with people in person because of social media.

What Comes After Graduation?

By Kyle Taylor, Contributing Writer

On May 9th, many WLU seniors are going to graduate. They have plenty of work to do before hand, like attending commencement, graduation fee, attending the graduation fair, paying off any financial obligations, and of course, being sure that they’ve met all the requirements for their major. All this is necessary in order to graduate, but there’s just as much work after graduation for students. After that is when one must try to get a job using what they’ve learned at college, which can be just as daunting to those who are unprepared.

One thing that many employers will immediately look at is whether you’re an undergraduate or a graduate student. For those who don’t know, undergraduate programs lead to getting an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in their field. Graduate students are the ones trying to earn a master’s degree or doctorate. These different degrees will help sway people looking to hire for students, both for what they will have them do as well as if they should hire them on at all.

WLU Biology Research Published by Scientific Journal

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

On April 2, the research of WLU Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Evan Lau and his colleagues was published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal “Microorganisms,” an open-access journal by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) on Microbial C1 metabolism.

The article, titled “High Throughput Sequencing to Detect Differences in Methanotrophic Methylococcaceae and Methylocystaceae in Surface Peat, Forest Soil, and Sphagnum Moss in Cranesville Swamp Preserve, West Virginia, USA,” was authored by Dr. Lau, WLU Academic Laboratory Instructor Edward J. Nolan, WLU biology students Zachary Dillard and Wendi Wentzell, and former students Ryan Dague and Amanda Semple. The open access article can be found here.

Professor Glysson to Start Community Choir

By Nathan Johnson, Staff Writer

This fall, the West Liberty Department of Music will start a community choir. The community choir is open to everyone to join.

“The real reason why I started a community choir is because the current choirs that we have are hard to recruit for because it is in the middle of the day,” said Director of Choral Activities choirs Scott Glysson. “We have two choirs here, the University choir and the Concert choir. The University choir should be for everyone on campus who are not music majors. I really wanted to recruit those kind of people, but we would run into labs and other classes throughout the middle of the day.

WLU Should Offer More Religious Organizations

By Rick Tyler, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University strives to have a diverse and complex campus, but in some ways it stops short of perfect. While WLU offers a good number of clubs and organizations to become a part of, the campus’ religious side is sorely lacking. There aren’t many groups at West Liberty that allow less mainstream religions a place to worship in peace, and it should be our goal as a campus to be as inclusive and diverse as we can.

Recognizing the Founders of Alpha Xi Delta

By Zoe Poindexter, Contributing Writer

More than 100 years ago, on April 17, 1893 at Lombard College Galesburg, IL  Alpha Xi Delta was founded by ten young woman who shared the vision of a national organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Today it is known as one of the oldest women’s fraternities. The spirit of Alpha Xi Delta has enriched the lives of thousands of women throughout the world with its emphasis on lifelong learning and lasting friendship.

Stay Aware of Campus Sexual Assault

By Lauren O’Connor, Contributing Writer

It’s time West Liberty University and its students have a serious conversation about sexual assault. Reports have shown that one in every five college-aged women are victims of campus sexual assault. Up to 10 percent of campus sexual assault victims are men, but those men are usually assaulted by other men. However, a recent report by the Department of Justice found that these statistics are much lower than is being portrayed. There have been several other reports that also had conflicting numbers.

Remembering Auschwitz

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

April 16 marks seventy years since the liberation of those held within the fences of Auschwitz. For many people it is a dark period of time in which we only know through photographs and stories, but for others it is a much darker memory. Over six million people were sent to the Nazi concentration camps in the 1940’s and a little over one million escaped with their lives.  Philosophers, authors, business people, and even an Olympian were some that went through the terrors of Auschwitz.

Senior Year Problems

By Tara Adamczyk, Advertising Manager 

Looking back at freshman year, most of you probably felt pretty confident in yourselves. We knew what we wanted to be and thought we had our futures figured out. Four years later, we are about to walk in our caps and gown and receive that long-awaited college degree. If people only knew the millions of thoughts running through our heads.  

WLU’s 2015 International Food Festival

By Jin Zhang, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University’s sixth International Food festival kicked off on Monday, April 13 in the College Union Ballroom. More than 200 attendees stopped by the Union to have a taste of dishes from all over the globe for just $1.00 a serving.