Monthly Archives: February 2016

‘Awesome Project’ announced to engage campus community

By Emily Dawson, Contributing Writer

West Liberty University’s CEP 443 Fund Raising and Grant Writing class held an announcement and information session about the West Liberty University ‘Awesome Project’ on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Student Union.

This project promotes mini grant applications, in which WLU students, faculty members, staff members, and students representing a campus organization can submit grant proposals. The winners will be awarded up to $1,000 for a project that will benefit the WLU campus community. There are no restrictions on the project, but it is preferred that it can be completed by the end of 2016.

International Festival to allow students to explore culture

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

On Wednesday, February 24, West Liberty’s international students will host a festival in the alumni room. The event will be hosted from 2-5 p.m. and will be a chance for students to explore the arts, music, and food of a variety of cultures.

West Liberty is host to 55 international students, who will present a variety of exhibitions, including a photo booth. Some students will also be giving Henna tattoos, and there will be traditional clothing on display and dances to showcase.

Sako-Lesako Exhibition brings harmony and conflict of nature to Nutting Gallery

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

On Feb. 17, West Liberty University plunged into the beauty of countryside and pastel colors. New Nutting Gallery exhibition Sako-Lesako features plein-air paintings of two artists Robert Sako and David Lesako.

Plein-air or painting on location often brings associations with the lavender fields of Provence and picturesque hills of Tuscany. Tonight this art form found a new home. Hills and forests of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia make the gallery walls almost invisible. Though some of the paintings do depict European landscapes, the majority of works presented is focused on local scenery.

A behind the scenes look at “She Kills Monsters”

By Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

Sunday, February 21st was the Hilltop Player’s final performance of She Kills Monsters. The cast and crew put a lot of hard work and dedication into pulling off nonstop high quality performances. Although a lot of work has gone into the play, that’s not to say that the cast and crew haven’t had a blast putting on the show.

As one of the ‘monsters’ in the play, I know the audience can only see so much, so I would like to share my unique perspective of the play. Come and take a unique look at some of the happenings behind closed doors and closed curtains as we bid farewell to a truly unique show!

‘Ampersand’ accepts creative work from all majors

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

“Ampersand” is currently accepting writing and artwork submissions for this year’s edition. This will mark the 35th year for the annual creative writing publication, which is produced by the Omicron Nu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

Celebrate Hoodie-Hoo Day this Month!

By Jessica Broverman, editor

We all know how this winter has impacted WLU students this season. From the delays to the freezing winds walking to and from class, we are all ready for spring to come. Every February 20, there is a holiday that celebrates the welcoming of spring and it is called Hoodie-Hoo Day.

What to do when the unexpected happens

Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer

West Liberty is a small campus where everyone knows each person on some sort of level. Some would say that a life on the Hilltop is very predictable and boring. Though our campus is not quite as outrageous as others, Hilltoppers still experience random moments of panic and even become overwhelmed with certain situations. Here are some tips on what to do when the unexpected occurs.

Q&A with Kimberly Huffman

Compiled by Morgan Goddard, Contributing Writer

Kimberly Huffman is a teacher and Coach at Paden City High School & West Liberty State College Alumni.

Get fit with WLU’s new fitness programs

By Emily Unnone, Contributing Writer

With the year already in the third week of February, some resolutions and health enthusiasts might be on the hilltop thinking, what happened to the “New Year, New Me?” motto. West Liberty Student Life and Housing is doing all they can to help students achieve their goals, not just with a comfortable living environment, but to make sure you can reach your fitness goals. Whether it is maxing out 250 on the squat press, or just getting ready to run a first 5k, Student Life and Housing’s Pound for Pound Throwdown is here to make sure you reach every fitness goal.

West Lib Idol continues with a fun theme

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

West Lib Idol contestants turned up the heat in the third night of the competition tonight, Feb. 17, in the Student Union Ballroom at West Liberty University.

The six singers performed songs that fit into a beach and summertime theme, and some were dressed very appropriately with their flowery leis, short shorts, and Hawaiian luau attire.