Beth Salatino Memorial Scholarship Established

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor A scholarship fund has been established in the West Liberty University Foundation in memory of the university’s beloved colleague, Beth (Baker) Salatino who passed away suddenly on More »

West Liberty students win over the local music scene

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor West Liberty students Kaydon Hardman and Derik Board have made quite the impression in the local music community. For over a year, the two have been recording More »

Science and art come together with ‘Crayfish’ exhibit

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor On Wednesday, October 28th, The Nutting Gallery opened its latest exhibition, “The Crayfish Invitational.” This exhibit is based on the crayfish research conducted by Dr. Zachary Loughman More »

Hilltopper Happenings! (November 3rd)

By Gabriella Pozell, Staff Writer Take a study break! Check out some of these exciting things happening on the Hilltop over the next few weeks. More »


International Drum Month is for the Garage

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By Jewlina Matthews, Contributing Writer

October is currently International Drum Month, which is is a marketing technique used by the Percussion Marketing Council. The marketing council primarily appeals to garage band drummers and drum set drummers and also holds contests for drummers to be concert roadies. International Drum Month is also being moved to May to appeal to more drummers during summer concert months.

Professor Brian Baldauff, athletic bands director and percussion instructor at West Liberty, says of the marketing technique, “The drum and percussion industry is ultimately out to make profit to keep their business alive and growing. This example is not uncommon among all for-profit businesses. Fortunately, most percussion suppliers will offer discounts for schools, regardless of the month.”

Hughes Lectures are Enriching Experiences

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By Gabriella Pozell, Staff Writer

On Oct. 21, I had the pleasure to attend the most recent Hughes Lecture by Doug Van Gundy.

Don’t let the word “lecture” fool you though, this wasn’t a dry or boring experience to say the least. From the moment Gundy arrived wearing his Ray-Ban glasses, Converse sneakers, and fiddle in hand, he had my attention. He was personable and fun, and joked with the audience throughout.

FCA’s “The Truth” – Love is Power


By Meagan Ford, Contributing Writer

This past Tuesday, FCA met with a lot of new and returning faces. The Boyle room was filled with joy and excitement as WLU students gathered to play more games, hear about the scripture, and sing in praise. The focus of this week’s lesson was God’s power and love, and what better way to visualize this than by the story of Jesus’ birth?

Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

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By Meagan Ford, Contributing Writer

Fall is here and there are many things do to put you in the seasonal spirit, one of which is the Pumpkin Patch! You are never too old to enjoy pumpkin picking and hay rides. Did I mention the hot apple cider? Everything about going to the pumpkin patch takes you back to your childhood and will have you jumping around with child-like excitement!

As soon as you enter the farm, you are filled with a family environment of children and adults taking in everything that fall has to offer. Imagine dressing in the perfect fall outfit, with a great pair of boots, and a cozy scarf. Now, take that image of yourself and stick it in the middle of a pumpkin patch. Does it get any better than that?

The Hilltop Players Bring Comedic Gold with “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”

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By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

On Oct. 22, 2015, West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players opened their uproarious production of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Kelly Theatre.

The stage play takes place in a Parisian bar called the Lapin Agile and comically illustrates an evening of the potential meeting of renowned physicist Albert Einstein and famed artist Pablo Picasso.  Both are at the brink of their life-changing works of genius: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Picasso’s dive into cubism with the painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.”

West Liberty Loses in A Washout At West Family Stadium

Photo Credit: Marissa Wetterau

By Trent Nicholson, Contributing Writer

West Liberty took a tough loss to Notre Dame by a final score 59-51 at West Family Stadium Thursday night. The Hilltoppers fall to an even rank of 4-4 on the year as Notre Dame advances to 3-5 on the season. West Liberty was down 38-10 at halftime, and they came back all the way to tie it up 38-38 early in the fourth quarter. After that, it was just even offense on both sides of the ball. Notre Dame prevailed though with their first away victory of the year.

FCA’s “The Truth” – Rock, Paper, Scissors, SHOOT!


By Meagan Ford, Contributing Writer

What do a large knot, rocks, paper, and scissors have in common? FCA! This week’s meeting kicked off with two games—group rock-paper-scissors and the human knot. Naturally competitive personalities shone through in this spiritual environment. It was a great way to bring everyone together for some fun and games, and to get them excited about this week’s message.

West Liberty Brings Home a Win

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By Trent Nicholson, Contributing Writer

The West Liberty Hilltoppers escaped Wise, Virginia with a 30-6 victory. The Hilltoppers started the game off really slow, but finished their game off really strong. Regardless of how they started, they still came home with a win. West Liberty advanced to 4-3, while UVA-Wise dropped to 0-7 on the year.

Homecoming 2015 Photo Gallery

Photos Provided by Marissa Wetterau and West Liberty University


“Students play corn hole in the ASRC parking lot.”


“The Marching Hilltoppers outside West Family stadium.”


“2015 homecoming King Justin Earl from Martinsburg, WVa (pictured left) and Queen Mollie Phillis from Salem, Ohio”.


“Homecoming queen candidate Angel Lancaster at her tent on the quad Wednesday the 7th. Later, Lancaster won the spirit award along with her running mate, Hutch”


“Students and alumni enjoy the many festivities at the homecoming tailgate.”


“The Marching Hilltoppers put on a great show at pregame.”


“The wrestling team’s tent at homecoming tailgate”


WLU Serenades 2015 (Video)

Provided by Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor, and WLU-TV