WLU maintenance department improves Curtis Hall

By Sean Kranske, Contributing Writer With the absence of students on campus during the summer, the West Liberty University maintenance department now has time to complete projects not possible during the academic More »

Lady Hilltoppers Host Basketball Camp

Story Provided WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 27, 2016 — The nationally ranked West Liberty University women’s basketball team will host its annual Women’s Basketball Camp July 14-16 at the Academic, Sports and Recreation Center (ASRC). More »

Research and self-assessment narrow voting possibilities

Corey Knollinger, Contributing Writer This election cycle has proven to be a little tricky. Both parties are having problems with the voter base not being too thrilled with their presumptive nominees, and More »

17-year cicadas emerge for the summer

By Jalyn Bolyard, Distribution Manager Summer is finally here, giving us students a much needed break from all of the schoolwork. Sadly, this summer will bring a present nobody wanted: cicadas. Although More »

Ten Things You Need to Do This Summer

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer Here it is, the break all of us have been waiting for so long! By now the euphoria of completing another semester is probably over, and you More »


Pastor Deb’s love for others fuels passion for EMS

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By Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer

Everyone has a goal in life, whether it is to be a rich and famous or to someday have a family. A common goal that everyone has is to be a better person, and a good way to achieve that goal is to help others. West Liberty University’s Pastor Debra “Deb” Dague is the perfect example of someone who betters the lives of others.

Pastor Deb devotes her time on and off campus to help others. For one, she volunteers at the West Liberty Volunteer Fire Department (WLVFD). Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has been a passion of hers since 1985, and she became an EMT in 1987.  She became a campus minister at WLU in 2007, and took took some time off from EMS. However, she has decided to return to her passion.

Campus community racks up awards as academic year ends


By Daniel Morgan, Editor

As the 2016 spring semester comes to a close, West Liberty University students, along with some staff and faculty members, are collecting awards and scholarships as well as scoring achievements in numerous academic areas.

The Spring Honors Convocation was held on April 28 in Kelly Theatre, and numerous students received awards, which included some substantial monetary scholarships.

First group of Community Education students graduate from WLU

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By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

May 7th’s commencement ceremony will include the first group of graduating students from the Community Education program. The seven students are Ramsay Core, Michael Hensley, Christian Rice, Teracyn Rich, Morgan Wagner, Mary Ward, and Brady Lytton, who is doing an interdisciplinary study with focus on Community Education and Graphic Design.

Community Education officially became a major in the fall 2014 semester, though it had been in development since 2012 by Dean of the College of Education Dr. Keely Camden, Director of Community Education Dr. Miriam Roth-Douglas, and Director of the Center of Arts and Education Lou Karas. The program focuses on non-formal educational practices that are not limited to the traditional classroom setting, including emphasis on non-profit organizations, community outreach, and program and fundraising development.

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

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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

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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

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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’

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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.