Monthly Archives: April 2016

Look out for these summer movie blockbusters

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Summer is right around the corner, and what better way is there to escape the heat than to immerse yourself in a new movie or two? After watching some previews, listening around, and comparing ratings, here are some of the films that have the potential to become great summer blockbusters. 

WLU welcomes Dianna Vargo as graduation speaker

By Nicole Henry, Distribution Manager

The Spring Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 in the Academic, Sports and Recreational Complex (ASRC) at 11 a.m. Ohio County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dianna Vargo will deliver the commencement address

Vargo is a resident of Wheeling, W. Va., and is an Ohio University alumna. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Mathematics at Ohio University in 1981, a Masters of Arts in Science/Mathematics Education from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1987, a Master of Arts in Education Administration from West Virginia University in 1993, and a Doctoral in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University in 2009.

Professor Turrentine chosen as new Dean of the College of Business

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Professor Michael “Mike” Turrentine has been selected as the next Dean of the Gary E. West College of Business at West Liberty University.

How to prepare for finals week

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

Every semester there are a series of steps we take to get closer and closer to seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel. We begin with the first test of the semester, then later come the dreaded midterm exams and now the big one is upon us. Finals to some are just a few exams that are the final hurdle after a long couple of months. To others, these exams are the make or break point – the absolute moment when all of your hard work either shines or falls flat on its face.

Students gain publishing opportunities with ‘The Odyssey’

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

Have you heard of The Odyssey? Chances are you shared few articles from this online publication on social media. The good news is that now you can also write for it.

The Odyssey online, not to be confused with Homer’s Odyssey, is a rather young student news source. Launched in 2014, The Odyssey currently has more than 700 communities, and West Liberty University is now one of them.

Animal shelters and breed rescues are needed in society

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

With the ever growing animal and pet population, there is a societal need for having animal shelters in a city or county. While the majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members, 28 percent of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29 percent of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.

Across the United States, volunteers and staff in animal shelters and animal control facilities have to deal with the aftermath of irresponsible pet ownership along with overpopulation everyday.  According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) there are currently about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent.

Republican club joins West Liberty campus

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

The Republican club at WLU began this semester in an effort to have more people understand politics and get involved. The members of this club do not only focus on the political aspect of things, but they would also like to help others in the process. So far the club has contributed to Relay for Life, has donated to the Cough Drop Drive for American soldiers, and plan on continuing to give back to their community.

Though the Republican club has been up and running for only two months, members have since met Commissioner Bob Miller and Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz. They have also been involved in a statewide convention and are currently in the midst of planning an event that will bring several other university members to the West Liberty campus.

Staff and faculty seek to help victims of sexual assault

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

Rape has made its mark on college campuses all across the nation. As explained earlier in this three part segment, West Liberty students have also been subjected to sexual misconduct. From policies on campus, to students opening up about personal experiences, we may now take a look at our staff and faculty and figure out what we are doing right and what we can do better.

English Ed major wins national fellowship

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

Senior English Education major Rachel Wurster is one of two national recipients of this year’s Robert W. Sledge Fellowship, through the national honor fraternity Alpha Chi. Wurster was selected based on her submission of an academic paper, entitled “Her World, Her Way?: An Exploration of Racial Depictions and Stereotypes in Seventeen Magazine.” The fellowship includes a $3,500 award to go toward a graduate degree program.

Administrators urge positivity despite budget cuts

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

In recent weeks, there have been a number of articles published about university cuts to certain academic programs, extracurricular activities, and other areas. According to administrators, these budget cuts have resulted from reductions in state appropriation and a decline in enrollment; however, they said, the university is continuing to work toward overcoming these challenges and the West Liberty community should try to stay positive.