Education major aims to make a difference for children

By Nicole Henry, Distribution Manager We all had at least one teacher who pushed us to be greater than we could ever think, one that made a difference in our life. This More »

West Liberty professor earns History Hero award

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager On Jan. 29, 2016, Associate Professor Earl Nicodemus was named an official West Virginia History Hero by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. He was More »

Spread the Love for Random Acts of Kindness Week

By Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer Imagine a place where everyone was looking out for each other, making it their main goal to put a smile on someone’s face. Then that person made More »

The Competition heats up in second round of West Lib Idol

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager West Lib Idol continues as contestants performed songs from the movies tonight, Feb. 10, in the Student Union Ballroom at West Liberty University. This week, the 11 More »

Sodexo creates new app to help students better their health

By Andrea Garrison, Contributing Writer Sodexo’s new app is now available for West Liberty University’s Marketplace customers. Bite by Sodexo helps students keep track of the nutritional information of the foods they More »


“She Kills Monsters” to slay Kelly Theater

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By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

Beginning February 11th, The Hilltop Players will bring She Kills Monsters to Kelly Theater for what promises to be an unforgettable adventure into the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy realm

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans, played by Alexandra Glotfelty, as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, played by Destiny Walsh,” said Micheal Aulick, Associate Professor of Theater.

Students impress in first round of West Lib Idol

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By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

West Lib Idol kicked-off at 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 2, in a packed Student Union Ballroom at West Liberty University.

15 students participated in the first round of the competition hosted by emcees Kevin Powell and Noah Woods. The panel of judges included Coordinator for Staff Development and Housing Operations Chris McPherson, Associate Professor of Education Dr. Traci Tuttle, Executive Director of Housing & Student Life Marcella Snyder, and Vice President of Student Services/Registrar Scott Cook.

Business office asks for patience concerning ‘Kronos’


By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

For students of West Liberty University, a recent change has occurred this academic year concerning those who participate in campus based work studies. Last semester the state of West Virginia integrated a new state wide time and leave system called Kronos. It is an online pay and leave system for students to punch in there hours and receive pay for.

West Liberty Idol is in full swing on the hilltop

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By Jessica Broverman, Editor

As of this week, West Liberty Idol is in full swing on the hilltop. This event has given students and staff an opportunity to do something fun and different during the month of February. For those of you unaware of West Liberty Idol, it’s very much like the famous television show, American Idol.

Start studying for midterms now to avoid stress


Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Exams always find a way to creep up on you when you least expect it and this is especially true for midterms. Right now you might be thinking, “Oh, I still have a whole month to prepare for those. I’m not going to stress about it.” Then, suddenly, that month has passed, and midterms start in a few days. Does this scenario sound familiar? If it does, try preparing for your midterms now to avoid those late night cram sessions.

It might sound silly to start studying this early in the game because a large portion of the test material has not even been covered yet. However, the whole stigma behind the word “study” might be getting in your way.

Summer opportunities are available to students

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By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Many students simply do not know what to do during their summer break from college. It can be difficult to decide whether or not to get a retail job, find an internship, take summer classes, or study abroad. Regardless of what one may already have lined up for the summer, here are various opportunities worth looking into.

The Horseshoe Leadership Center of the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association is looking for summer camp counselors. The summer sessions in Parsons, W.Va. feature teen civic leadership and entrepreneurship camps, Adventure Camp for 7 to 12 year olds, and Youth Opportunity Camps for low-income children.

Campus police continues to serve


By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

Many people might remember the police training that took on January 11th. However, what people might not have noticed is how much effort goes into organizing and carrying out the training. Captain Thomas Hostutler of the West Liberty University Police Department had much to say about exactly the department does during their training.

Music Major workshop to be streamed live

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West Liberty University’s Department of Music and Theater will present a free workshop at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 30 at the Highlands Center campus to address questions on the process and result of earning a music degree. This special workshop, geared towards pre-college musicians, will provide information about majoring in music as well as an overview of music careers for prospective college students, according to Dr. Matthew Harder, interim dean of the College of Arts and Communication.

Spotlight on Elli Garbark

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By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

West Liberty alumni Elli Garbark has been singing since she was a little girl. Throughout her middle and high school years, Garbark leant her voice to The National Anthem at local sporting events, won the Queen of Queens pageant performing her song “My Everything”, won West Liberty Idol in 2012, and performing with her mom, Loretta, singing at retirement homes, flea markets, charities, fairs, festivals, Jamboree in the Hills, and just about anywhere else they could find.

Vino di Piccin provides delicious wine and a rich family history

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By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

At some point over the past few months, I became a wine snob. It had never really been my thing and the discount wine bottles I’d sampled over the years, quite frankly, reminded me more of shoe polish over anything fit for human consumption.

However an epiphany occurred sometime over Christmas break when I found myself taking in a hot jazz concert and a friend offered me the chance to try a bit of red. Wow, what an amazing experience that was!  So much so it was enough to encourage me to begin sampling on my own.