Monthly Archives: December 2015

Read the real stories this holiday season

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

The last two months of every calendar year, our days are decorated with holiday stories. We learn them from classic holiday movies and television specials, holiday music, and real-life stories, new and traditional, told to us by relatives at family gatherings this time of year.

We know all about beloved Christmas characters like Santa Claus, Rudolph, Buddy the elf, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the Grinch who stole Christmas. But many of these stories we know and love from movies and TV started out as books and written stories. Revisiting a few of these this Christmas season myself, I’ve realized that in the cases of some of my holiday favorites, the movie I know really is different than the book it started out as.

Fall Commencement Includes Surprise Moment as Dr. John McCullough is Named 35th President of WLU

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Dec. 12, 2015 — West Liberty University Interim President Dr. John P. McCullough presided over the Fall Commencement exercises held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).

Just a few minutes into the ceremony, the program took a unique turn as Chairman of the Board of Governors George Couch announced a surprise change in Dr. McCullough’s title.

Entertainment is as Emotional as Needed

By Emily Davis, Contributing Writer

Everyone has their thing. Whether it be a good book, a television series, or a sports team, we all have something that can make our hearts race likes they’ve never raced before, or provide an escape from a stressful life. Many times, we hear about the negative sides of entertainment, but there are definitely some positives too.

Why shouldn’t we feel comfortable to express ourselves through what we love? And if what we love just happens to be Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, or the Pittsburgh Steelers, so be it. It’s okay to get emotionally involved in a piece of entertainment.

Men’s Basketball to take on Clarion

By Emily Dawson, Contributing Writer

Coach Crutchfield’s unbeaten men’s basketball team is set to take on Clarion University, Sunday Dec. 13. The game will take place at West Liberty in the ASRC at 4pm.

Playing for Credits

By Sarah Neavin, Contributing Writer

Being a college student and dealing with the daily stress that comes with it is a tough job. But being a student athlete adds another level of stress.

WLU student uses graphic design for a good cause

            By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

There’s no time like the holiday season to find an opportunity to give back to the community.

            The students of this semester’s Graphic Design I class, taught by Instructor of Graphic Design Sarah Davis, have the opportunity to put their artistic skills toward good causes, with their “Design for Good” project. One student in particular, sophomore graphic design major Carrie Kaluger, is taking the assignment into the local community, to raise awareness for a local boy battling cancer.

Hilltoppers defeat Fairmont State

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

The first Top 10 showdown in Mountain East Conference history more than lived up to its hype Saturday afternoon as  No. 1-ranked West Liberty defeated No. 8-ranked Fairmont State, 88-86, in front of a deafening crowd at the ASRC.

The David Leonhardt Trio Swings into Christmas

By Jewlina Matthews, Contributing Writer

The David Leonhard Trio stole College Hall stage Monday, November 23rd, 2015. The concert was a perfect way to end the semester’s concert series and lead into the holiday season. The trio, consisting of Mr. Leonhardt on piano, Eliot Zigmund on drums, and Matthews Parrish on bass, played flawlessly. The production of their music gave the impression the audience was listening to a recording.

No. 1 WLU Men’s Basketball to Host FSU

By Allison Bertozzi, Contributing Writer

The WLU men’s basketball squad just won their 6th straight game this past Thursday, taking out the Rams of Shepherd University. Junior guard Devin Hoehn scored his 1,000th career point. Coming off this 95-71 victory, the Hilltoppers are prepared to take on the No. 8 Falcons from Fairmont State University.

Crutchfield’s Hilltoppers looking to keep No. 1 spot

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

  The men’s basketball team took over the No. 1 spot in the latest NCAA Division II national coaches’ poll.