Award-Winning Appalachian Poet to Visit WLU for Hughes Lecture Series

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer Appalachian poet and professor emerita of English at Kent State University, Maggie Anderson will talk about her experience as a poet during Hughes Lecture Series. The event More »

Vote for SGA senate elections today

By Molka Benhammouda, Contributing Writer The Student Government Association (SGA) elections will be held today, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. SGA serves as the voice for the West Liberty University student More »

Hilltoppers get first win of the season

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor West Liberty football was on the road today at Urbana where they took on the Blue Knights in a Mountain East Conference matchup. The Hilltoppers got off More »

Awesome Project winners are seeing results on campus

By Jessica Broverman, Contributing Writer West Liberty University’s very first Awesome Project has given all students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to improve the campus community. The Awesome Project was created last More »

Campus offers various printing services

By Walker Polivka, Contributing Writer As students go through the school year, they all have one thing in common that they have to do: term papers. Term papers and essays can be More »


Highlands Center continues growth off the Hilltop

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By Jessica Broverman, Contributing Writer

The West Liberty University Highlands Center has not only upgraded classes this semester; new programs and exterior additions have become a part of the college’s branch as well.

Students battle time, sleep deprivation in ’48 Hour Film Festival’ (Review)

'Team A' - filmmakers Corey Knollinger and Dalton Kittle, and actors who appeared in their film

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

On Sunday, September 18th, West Liberty students and professors alike gathered at the Marquee Cinemas in the Highlands to see the results of this year’s Second Annual 48 Hour Film Festival. With the salty smell of popcorn in the air amidst aspiring creative minds, nearly every theater seat was filled for the event.

48 Hour Film Festival returns in Marquee Cinema


Chad Richards, Contributing Writer

Suppose someone asked you what you could do with 48 hours? Many different answers could come to mind: you could write a paper, do research for a class project, procrastinate on homework – or you could make a short film. The last option may seem out of place, but creating a film in a short time is the premise of the Second Annual West Liberty 48-Hour Film Festival, which is set to screen at Marquee Cinemas, Sunday, Sept. 18.

Festival of Colors celebrates ‘love and friendship’ in Moundsville


By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

On Saturday, September 17th, the Palace of Gold in Moundsville, WV celebrated the latest edition of its famous Festival of Colors, an annual event celebrating “love and friendship.” According to legend, the festival is a commemoration of when Lord Krishna threw colors on one another over 5 thousand years ago.

Toppers lose in home opener against Fairmont


By Cody Shook, Sports Editor

The football team lost in a heartbreaking game against Fairmont state last night. The game was all Hilltoppers as they jumped to a 20-3 lead.

‘Young Artists of Wheeling’ Group Hope to Strengthen Local Art Community

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By Sean Kranske, Contributing Writer

The Wheeling area is full of aspiring artists, but some in Wheeling’s art world feel that there isn’t a real sense of community among them. A group known as ‘Young Artists of Wheeling’ is seeking to change that.

Jazzman’s offers flexibility with new ‘late-night swipe’

By Daniel Morgan, Editor

Over the past couple of years, West Liberty University students have voiced complaints about their meal plans. The students have been heard, and starting this year, students can use the new ‘late-night swipe’ at Jazzman’s Cafe and Bakery.

Student enrollment boosts this fall


By Meredith Garner, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University’s new student enrollment numbers have increased this fall. Transfer students have grown with an estimate of 20%, the freshman class is up by 8%, while the International Student Program has expanded by adding 11 more Hilltoppers to the campus community.

 “Overall enrollment is down 1.6%,” said Scott Cook, Vice President of Student Services. “We are slightly down from last year, but new student enrollment is up which is very positive.” Cook predicts WLU will “continue to add new students for graduate level programs.”

College of Arts and Communications plan for exciting semester

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By Megan Jones, Advertising Manager

The College of Arts and Communication has a vibrant lineup of activities this Fall. The college is made up of art, theater, music performance, broadcasting, journalism, graphic design, music technology, directing, and more programs.

John Hardy brings one-man play ‘Rattlesnake’ to Kelly Theater


By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

Kelly Theater’s 2016 season continued with Rattlesnake on Thursday, September the 8th. Rattlesnake is a one man play, written and performed by John Hardy. The play centers on Sherman Trent, a Texan who wants nothing more in life to be a father, as he is continuously turned down throughout his life by women and adoption agencies alike.