Monthly Archives: January 2016

Best Picture Oscar nominees provide diverse plots

Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

It is awards show season, and, with the exception of the People’s Choice Awards on Jan. 6, a lot of us have neither seen nor heard of some of the films nominated since they are relatively new. That was the case with much of the Golden Globe Awards, which was broadcasted on Jan. 12. With that said, the Academy Award (Oscar) nominations were released on Jan. 14. Here is a quick rundown of each film nominated, in alphabetical order, for Best Picture.

West Liberty Alumni Presents Opportunity for success into Professional Schools

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WLU alumni, James Birch is offering free advice to students looking to enter professional schools.

Juniors and seniors with an interest in careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or occupational and physical therapy are invited to join Birch in the alumni room on Thursday, January 28th, from 3-5 p.m. There, Birch, the new Program Specialist for the WVU Health Careers Opportunity Program, will be offering tips on passing MCAT, PCAT, DAT, or GRE exams.

Students can also apply for the West Virginia University Health Careers Opportunity Program. If accepted, “the program offers a 6 week Kaplan Prep course, and an additional two weeks of on-campus instruction receiving mock-interview practice, personal statement development, shadowing experience, and so much more,” Birch said.

For more information about, visit the program webpage here and the FAQ here.

This weather is making me crazy

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

On Christmas Eve, 2015, I took the dog for a leisurely walk. Stop right there and reread that sentence. Let it sink in. On Christmas Eve, I was out in short sleeves and tennis shoes, bouncy pup in tow.

The event was so monumental in my life, I did what any normal human person would do and went to Facebook to report the news – it was 60 degrees and I paused my tree decorating duties to sup in the great outdoors. “Lovely March weather,” I was heard to quip.

Alan Rickman passes away at 69

Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Muggles all over the world are mourning the loss of British actor Alan Rickman, who passed away at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.

The actor, with his distinct voice, has had starring roles in many popular films such as Die Hard (1988), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Sense and Sensibility (1995), and Love Actually (2003). However, none of his roles come close to being as beloved or career-defining as Severus Snape from all eight of the acclaimed Harry Potter movies from 2001-2011.

Art Student Shares Her Inspirations, Fears and Hopes

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

It’s 8 a.m. on Monday morning, and a sophomore, Maria Christine Pangilinan, starts her day in a creative mood: her first class today is a graphic design course. Maria Christine, or as she likes to call herself, Maricris, is an aspiring artist majoring in graphic design. She, just like many other artists, has a story to tell.

“I am passionate about a lot of things, but art is something that really speaks to me,” said Maricris, her eyes are focused on a paper; she is working on a new sketch. “Art makes me challenge myself. This semester I am taking a digital imaging class which focuses on creating projects for contests around the world.”

WLU Thanks Dr. John McCullough for Service

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

As West Liberty University prepares to welcome Dr. Stephen Greiner as its next president this month, the campus must yet again say goodbye to interim president Dr. John P. McCullough.

Dr. McCullough is no stranger to WLU as he has been an employee for 45 years. After serving as the executive assistant to the president, he was named interim president of the university for the third time in his career on March 11, 2015. His previous terms as interim president took place in 2001 and from 2005-2007.