Category Archives: This Week’s Paper

Getting into rhythm for spring semester

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor

It can be hard to get back in the rhythm of college after such a nice, long winter break.

However, spring semester is just right around the corner! That means it’s about time to head back to the hilltop and get back to work. Here are some tips to coming back and starting the semester off right.  

Manage your time wisely: Stop caring 

By Daniel Morgan, Editor 

Normally, when you think about time management, pictures of daily planners and schedules come to mind. There are tens of thousands of other how-to articles that I can refer you to if you want advice on meeting deadlines or balancing work and family. So, here are a few suggestions to better spend your time throughout the day and throughout your life. 

Spring semester brings new and returning activities to campus

By Morgan Goddard, Assistant Editor

As winter break comes to an end, not all students may be excited to head back to classes. Yet some of the greatest aspects of West Liberty University are all of the events and activities offered to students.

Campus Activities Coordinator Kate Billings gives the lowdown on what students can expect during the spring semester.

Car emergency kits important for safety

By Morgan Goddard, Assistant Editor 

A good driver is always prepared. Breakdowns can happen anytime, anywhere.

Start the new year out with safety in mind. In addition to having the necessary equipment handy to change a flat tire, there are some other items you should always have on hand in your car emergency kit.

‘Fences’ welcomes audience right through the gate

By Daniel Morgan, Editor 

“Fences,” the new film based on August Wilson’s award-winning play, stars Denzel Washington (who also directs) as Troy Maxson, a black garbage collector dealing with family and personal conflicts in the 1950s. 

Troy was a considerable baseball player in the Negro Leagues, but he hit his prime too soon as black men were still unable to play in the major league. His son, Cory (Jovan Adepo), has the chance to land a college football scholarship, but Troy disapproves because of his own failed dreams. His constant bitterness towards his past is evident throughout the film as he uses baseball terms in everyday conversation, especially when he chastises his son. 

WLU: 2016 Year in Review

By Emily Salvatori, Contributing Writer

Looking back at the past year, 2016 has been eventful for West Liberty University; a lot has happened on the hilltop.

It has been a year of leadership changes, with the year beginning with welcoming Dr. Stephen Greiner as the new president of WLU and the university’s 36th president.  New Student Government Association officers were elected for the fall semester with Reid Boden and David Cullinan becoming the new president and vice president of SGA. Professor Mike Turrentine was named the new dean of the Gary E. West College of Business, and he took over the position on July 1.

Tips for safe winter driving

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer

It’s probably a scene you’ve seen a hundred times before: you wake up in the morning, and the ground and road are covered in a blanket of snow.

Depending on how old you were, you had one of two reactions. When you were young, you saw it as a full day of playing in the snow with school probably cancelled. As a college student, you are probably less excited because you have to drive in it. This means waiting for the plows and the salt, or simply going out and hoping for the best.

New Year’s resolutions: the pros and cons of creating

By Sean Kranske, Contributing Writer

The year is nearly over! While some of us are thinking positively about the year and wishing it a warm-hearted farewell, others are just crawling through to 2017, still battered from the trials 2016 brought with it.

Either way, now is the time that many of us begin to embrace the ‘new year, new you’ cliché, and try to set goals to better ourselves and improve our lives. While some may find New Year’s resolutions inspiring and helpful, there are some that might be shooting themselves in the foot when they create resolutions. Here are some pros and cons to take into consideration when creating your New Year’s resolutions.

Inspiring “Born a Crime” is a must-read

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

During past few years you probably heard a lot about Trevor Noah. A comedian and TV persona, Noah performs his stand up comedy across U.S. and has been the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central since September 2015. This November Noah spoke to a new audience — nonfiction readers.

Last-minute crafting gifts for Christmas

By Megan Jones, Advertising Manager

With Christmas only a couple days away, one can assume the holiday shoppers who procrastinated are freaking out.

Have no fear! If you put off shopping for so long because of the price tags and everything is out of stock, or it’s too late to order online, here are four last minute crafting Christmas gifts that won’t make your bank account frown.