Category Archives: Commentary

Unseasonably warm weather raises concern 

By Meredith Garner, Contributing Writer

The birds are singing, the air is crisp, and the sun is warm as it begins to smile over the peak of the mountains. Spring has now officially arrived, but it feels as if spring had arrived earlier as the hilltop reached 70-degree temperatures throughout the month of February and March.
 
Though individuals have the right to enjoy the beauty of the warm weather, there are major concerns for the high temperatures arriving so early in the last bit of winter.

Bingo surprises WLU with huge turnouts

By Zarek Wiley, Contributing Writer
 
Bingo has become one of the most popular school activities for West Liberty students over the past year. It is an age-old classic that people of all ages can play. Almost every event held in the Union has grown from the previous one. 

Giving back is always an option at West Liberty 

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer 
 
In college, it is easy to feel disconnected with your community, as many students juggle school, work and a social life. If it were easy, anyone could do it; but there are many ways students can become closer, not only with their community, but with their friends as well. Although it is often looked over, volunteering and supporting community service projects and charities are great for you, your friends and your community. 

Checking in on West Liberty’s personal trainer program

By Molka BenHammouda, Contributing Writer
 
West Liberty University started a personal training program last semester. The program was going pretty well, and that’s why they decided to keep it and advertise for it for this spring semester.

Disney does it again with a ‘tale as old as time’

Dan Stevens and Emma Watson in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"

By Daniel Morgan, Editor 

It’s finally here, and let me tell you, “Oh, isn’t it amazing?” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake just opened in theaters, and fans of the animated classic need to see it as soon as possible. It lives up to the hype, and it still managed to surprise me even though I saw the original many years ago.

Caution: Binge watching can be dangerous!

By Emily Salvatori, Assistant Editor
 
It is not uncommon to hear people talking about watching a whole TV series in only a handful of days, or even bragging about it yourself. With streaming websites like Netflix and Hulu among others, it has become so easy to get caught up in watching a show.  Even though binge watching may seem harmless, and has even become mainstream, it is dangerous, and students should stop binging their favorite TV shows.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

By Megan Jones, Advertising Manager

The month of March brings multiple holidays along with it, from Ash Wednesday to St. Patrick’s Day; so, I’m sure you’ll find yourself celebrating at some point. One of the most important holidays being celebrated is Women’s History Month.

A look at Black History Month

By Ana Berbel Tornel, Contributing Writer 

In the month of February, Canada and the United States celebrate Black History Month. This remembrance of achievements of and important African-American people has been commemorated since 1976.

Students should seek depression help at WLU when needed

By Emily Salvatori, Contributing Writer
 
Although depression has become synonymous with simply being sad, depression is a serious illness. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that depression is “one of the leading causes of disease or injury worldwide for both men and women.” Depression doesn’t just affect one age group, gender, or personality type. Mental illness is an illness, and if you have symptoms of depression, you should seek help, and if you know someone with depression, you should encourage them to seek help.

‘Hope and Gravity’ provides a unique experience 

By Daniel Morgan, Editor

“Hope and Gravity” was not what I expected it to be as the Hilltop Players pieced together a story far more interesting than what I had in mind. From beginning to end (or middle to end to beginning?) the cast had me hooked on a funny, serious tale of both hope and gravity, literally and figuratively.