Monthly Archives: January 2016

Campus police continues to serve

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.

Spotlight on Elli Garbark

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

West Liberty alumni Elli Garbark has been singing since she was a little girl. Throughout her middle and high school years, Garbark leant her voice to The National Anthem at local sporting events, won the Queen of Queens pageant performing her song “My Everything”, won West Liberty Idol in 2012, and performing with her mom, Loretta, singing at retirement homes, flea markets, charities, fairs, festivals, Jamboree in the Hills, and just about anywhere else they could find.

Vino di Piccin provides delicious wine and a rich family history

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

At some point over the past few months, I became a wine snob. It had never really been my thing and the discount wine bottles I’d sampled over the years, quite frankly, reminded me more of shoe polish over anything fit for human consumption.

However an epiphany occurred sometime over Christmas break when I found myself taking in a hot jazz concert and a friend offered me the chance to try a bit of red. Wow, what an amazing experience that was!  So much so it was enough to encourage me to begin sampling on my own.

Hilltopper Happenings! (January 27)

By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

Take a look at some cool events coming up on campus!

Daddy’s Home: A feel-good film with a loose script

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

Daddy’s Home is a new Paramount Pictures comedy film directed by Sean Anders. This film is about radio executive Brad Whitaker (played by Will Ferrell) who finds himself fighting the affections of his step-children when his wife’s ex-husband Dusty Mayron (played by Mark Wahlberg) returns.

The pairing of Ferrell and Wahlberg in this film is spot-on with natural chemistry. The laughs and gags are solid to a degree in some spots, but Daddy’s Home ultimately flops with its loose script and overall simple humor. Though its third act is relatively satisfying, the rest of the film relatively doesn’t carry its weight of the load. Linda Cardenelli, who plays Will Ferrell’s wife in the film, seemed like a useless character and could have been used better. This could have been a great opportunity to show off her acting experience.

Despite some of the downsides of this movie, Ferrell, Wahlberg, and Cardenelli did an amazing job telling the story. This movie started off funny and ended with a short surprising cameo by WWE superstar John Cena. There were some dull and corny jokes throughout, but it was still a great movie.

Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie an average rating of 3.5 out of 10 and Internet Movie Database gives this movie a 6 out of 10, but I am kind enough to give this movie a 7 out of 10. If you are looking for a film that is just about guaranteed to make you feel good, I would advise that you drop by a theater to see Daddy’s Home. If you would like to get a sneak peak at the film before seeing it, you can view the trailer here.

Online classes lack experience for students

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

The ability to take classes from the comfort of your home is both a blessing and a curse. Not only may you shape your academic experience to your liking, but you may also work at your own pace while still managing to get an education, at a reduced cost much of the time. Though these are all great things, does this method give students the opportunity to enhance their learning?

The most practical thing when it comes to online classes would probably be the fact that you can work as slow or as fast as you like. Rather than being in a classroom where the work is too easy or too difficult, at least this way, you can make the class your own. However, due to this flexibility, many students lose track of their classes.

Faculty Art Exhibition Addresses an Environmental Issue

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

The spring semester started off with the faculty art exhibition Almost Level, which opened on Jan. 20 in the Nutting Gallery. For this show, the faculty artists chose a rather controversial topic for this area: fracking. The artists have a lot to say about this topic. The seriousness of the message became obvious the moment I entered the gallery and large, red stop signs greeted me from across the room. Who said that objects can’t talk?

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

According to federalregister.gov, President Barack Obama proclaimed on Dec. 31st, 2015 that January 2016 will be National Stalking Awareness month. “by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2016 as National Stalking Awareness Month” said President Obama in his proclamation.

The Liberty Oaks Bed and Breakfast is a lovely place to stay

By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University is home to many facilities. One that most might not be aware of is the West Liberty’s Liberty Oaks Alumni House Bed and Breakfast.

Located near the university president’s home, Colonial Heights, Liberty Oaks has been around since 1935. Ron Witt is the Executive Director of Alumni and Community Relations and the overseer of the day to day activity within the home.