Monthly Archives: March 2016

Marching band cuts disappoint students, alumni

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

Last week, West Liberty University announced that they have cut all funding to the marching band and pep band as a result of budget cuts that have afflicted the university as a whole. WLU President Stephen Greiner blamed statewide budget cuts and added that it was the music department’s decision.

Since the announcement, many students, alumni, and people from the West Liberty community have voiced their opinions about cutting the marching band. Some say the program is an important part of the university. Many say they are disappointed in the news and are taking their views to social media.

“Cantamus: A Celebration of Women in Music” showcases female voices at WLU

By Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University houses plenty of talent here on the hilltop. Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m., WLU’s advance women’s chorus will present a concert in the Interfaith Chapel. “Cantamus: A Celebration of Women in Music.” It is free and open to the public.

The musical performance includes a variety of music composed and performed by women. Performer, junior, Emily Wade, encourages students to come support the arts.

Student collects cough drops for U.S. Marines

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

During basic training at the United States Marine Corps bases, many troops contract and spread strep throat, pneumonia, and sore throats. One student is trying to make a difference by holding a cough drop drive for the base at Parris Island boot camp in South Carolina.

Sigma Tau Delta great opportunity for English major or minor students

By Mackenzie Burns, Contributing Writer

Sigma Tau Delta is a great opportunity for students with a major or minor in English who are looking for internships and publishing their critical and creative works.

Enjoy Easter Sunday with family and new friends

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

Easter is a religious holiday that is celebrated by Christians as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Though this is a religious holiday, it is also a holiday that college students look forward to for a multitude of reasons. It is an opportunity for students to go home and enjoy all the great events that come with Easter.

One of the most important things that occur for WLU students during Easter is simply getting to go home. After weeks of grueling classes, exams, and bad sleep schedules, it’s nice to head home and see your family and friends from your hometown. On top of that, it’s during the holiday weekend, so rather than hiding out in your old bedroom, there will be a multitude of events to do with your family.

WLU student is running for Wheeling City Council

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

West Liberty University business major Dalton Haas is currently running for a seat on Wheeling`s City Council representing the 6th Ward of Wheeling for the May 10, 2016 election.

As a resident of Wheeling, W. Va., Hass will be representing the Elm Grove area, where he lives now, if he is elected. He is currently a funeral assistant at Altmeyer Funeral Homes, a Wheeling Park High School hockey board member and assistant varsity coach, and the backup public address announcer for the Wheeling Nailers; he also works in the performing arts at St. Michael Parish School. At WLU, Haas is a general business major and is the president of the College Republicans Association and the Young Americans for Liberty.

WLU and Korean university establish partnership

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

Recently, WLU Associate Professor of Graphic Design Moonjung Kang established a partnership between West Liberty University and Hanbat National University in Korea.

16th Annual MADfest to Showcase Student Talent

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

The Media Arts and Design Festival (MADfest) will take place Friday, April 8th. This year marks the 16th edition of the arts festival and will showcase student work in a variety of mediums including graphic design, photography, film, drawing, and music. Since we last reported, students from West Liberty, as well as high schools in the tristate area, have submitted work to be presented and viewed by professional guest jurors.

Craft fair seams its way onto campus

By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

For endeavoring artists, artisans, or lovers of crafts, an event is coming that just might pique your interest. The Spring Craft Fair will be held on campus Wednesday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The craft fair is held every semester by West Liberty University’s Professional Association for Design, AIGA, also known as Arts Clubs.

Wind Ensemble concert showcases Hilltopper talent

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

To start with, I am not a musician. I have no specialized or technical knowledge about music, but I attended Wednesday night’s Odds and Evens Concert, performed by the West Liberty Wind Ensemble – and I was impressed. I think this concert showed just how tremendous and diverse the talent here on the hilltop is, and how events like these can bring lots of people—musicians or not—together.

The concert began at 7:30 p.m. the evening of Wednesday, March 23, in College Hall. The Wind Ensemble, with its 32 student musicians, two professors, and conductor and professor Patrick Garrett, started with a piece called “Mangulina.” Happily, I found that most of the seats around me were filled, with more people walking in as the show was beginning. I stopped counting heads when I got to 50.