Monthly Archives: July 2015

Clutch Gaming Store Offers a Bit of Magic in Wheeling

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 29, 2015, 2015 — A new store, Clutch Gaming, opened in downtown Wheeling recently and is the brainchild of recent West Liberty University graduate Devin Harrison of Valley Grove. A member of the May 2015 graduating class, Harrison earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, with two minors — one in entrepreneurship and another in computer information systems.

Located at 32-10th Street, Clutch Gaming specializes in collectible card games and features Magic: The Gathering tournaments as well as YuGiOh, and Dungeons and Dragons. Cards, card sleeves, deck boxes, play mats and the chance to play in daily tournaments are all part of the shop’s amenities.

Read “The Martian” before the movie comes out

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

It’s not what it sounds like. Despite the title, the New York Times bestselling science fiction novel The Martian by Andy Weir is not another book about aliens.

After starting out as a self-published book posted on the author’s website for free in 2011, The Martian continues to rank on the bestseller list this summer in anticipation of the movie version, starring Matt Damon, which is coming to theaters this October 2.

WLU Professor, Dr. Angela Rehbein, Edits Special Issue of Women’s Writing

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 23, 2015 — West Liberty University Professor Dr. Angela Rehbein is a featured editor for a recent special issue of Women’s Writing.

Rehbein co-edited volume 22, issue 2 of the peer-review publication Women’s Writing with Professor Andrew O. Winckles of Adrian College, located in Michigan. The issue seeks to showcase new research on women writers of the Romantic Period (ca. 1780-1850). Rehbein also as a full-length article published in the issue.

“Alice” Turns 150

Gabriella Pozell, Contributing Writer

Some of the best literature can come about in the most unlikely ways. That was the case for one of the most popular English children’s stories, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

One day, Charles L. Dodgson, more commonly known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was rowing young Alice Liddell and her sisters, the daughters of Henry George Liddell, to a picnic. Along the way, he entertained them by telling a story about a girl named Alice who follows a rabbit down a hole and enters into a bizarre world filled with excitement.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra Rides into Wheeling’s Heritage Port

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

Great music has always been my passion in life, ever since I saw my first concert (Jethro Tull) at age three and decided to spend all my money on it at age nine! Usually, I have to travel to Pittsburgh to see a good progressive rock band, or just about anywhere else in the world – I’ve followed bands to Baltimore, to Bethlehem, PA, Charleston, WV, New York City, and North Carolina to name a few. In recent years I’ve even contemplated traveling to France to see bands that just never, ever come here.

It is a rare treat to see a band of Galactic Cowboy Orchestra‘s caliber and variety locally. And for free, you say? Yes please! I should tell you that I’m not exactly an impartial reviewer – I first saw Minnesota’s Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (GCO to us cool kids) at the legendary ProgDay Festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and they blew me away.

NASA Makes History with New Horizons’ Flyby of Pluto

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

After an almost decade-long journey spanning more than three billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:49 a.m. ET.

The spacecraft came within 7,750 miles above the dwarf planet’s surface, which is about the same distance between New York and Mumbai, India.

This is the first space mission in history to explore a world so far from Earth. Not only does this feat speak volumes for NASA, but it solidifies the United States’ undeniable role as the leader in space exploration.

Brian William’s Return Demonstrates NBC’s Politics

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Lester Holt has nicely situated into his permanent stay as NBC Nightly News solo anchor. After ‘filling in’ for Brian Williams since February, it is no surprise that Holt got the job. However, it is a surprise that NBC kept Williams after his distorted statements regarding his 2003 helicopter flight in Iraq. Or is it?

After his respected decade of leading the popular half-hour news slot, it is hard for the network to give Williams the boot. Even though he lied about his whereabouts in Iraq, he still managed to make his mark on the news industry and capture the hearts of Americans everywhere. But does a decade of credibility justify a blatant lie.

Ron Witt named Executive Director of Alumni

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West Liberty University named longtime employee Ronald “Ron” Witt, Jr. to the position of executive director of alumni and community relations recently. Witt has served the University in various administrative roles over the past 18 years, most recently as executive director of University Planning.

“Over the years, I had the good fortune of meeting and working with so many dedicated and inspiring alumni. My view of the alumni association is that of a great big family and, although I never left the Hilltop, I feel like I’m coming home to a place where I belong,” Witt said.

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