Monthly Archives: March 2016

Marching Band Cut from Music Program

By Ian Beabout, Online Editor

On Friday, March 18th, it was announced that, as of fall 2016, both the Marching Hilltoppers and Pep Band would be cut from the music department’s curriculum. The announcement subsequently came as an e-mail from director Brian Baldauff, sent to the members of both ensembles.

One Last Go Around for Six Toppers

By Cody Shook, Contributing Writer

The baseball season is underway, and for six seniors their collegiate careers are coming to an end. Anthony Bond, Chris Secore, Clay Francis, DJ Busby, Jordan Meyer and Mark Smyth are looking to win 33 or more regular season games to become the winningest team in a four year stretch in school history. If they win 33 games they will tie the school record for wins in a season.

These seniors have made it to the conference tournament every year they’ve played here on the hilltop, but this year they have bigger goals than simply making the tournament. Before the season they made a goal to win the conference tournament and make it to the regional tournament for the first time in their careers.

Fans of “Full House” should watch the new “Fuller House”

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

Most people can remember growing up and watching the famed television show Full House which aired September 22, 1987. For those who don’t know, Full House is a sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters.

The series became very popular despite facing some backlash during the first couple seasons for it being ‘too cheesy.’ In 1994, Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner) was awarded the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Television Actress. The series ended on May 23, 1995, broadcasting a total of 8 seasons and 192 episodes. In 2004, John Stamos (Uncle Jesse Katsopolis) won a TV Land award for the Best Elvis Impersonation.

$15,000 grants support WLU entrepreneurship

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West Liberty University’s Center for Entrepreneurship received $15,000 in grants recently from the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV).

The money will fund workshops, and continue the annual pitch contests for new businesses.

‘Odds and Evens’ concert welcomes music lovers

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

An intimate musical performance will be taking place on the West Liberty campus at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. The performance will be a Wind Ensemble held in College Hall. Instrumentation will include bass clarinet, flutes, piccolo, horns, trombones, piano, tuba, and many others.

West Liberty is Texas Bound for the Elite Eight

By Trent Nicholson, Contributing Writer 

The West Liberty Hilltoppers basketball team defeated Kutztown Univeristy in the Sweet 16 on Mar. 15th by a score of 85-­64 to punch their ticket into the Elite Eight. West Liberty had that game won all the way from the opening tip­off. As a matter of fact, Kutztown never had a lead over West Liberty in the entire game.

Nutrition expert advises WLU students

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

As college students, we rarely have time to consume anything other than coffee and Ramen noodles. However, The Trumpet has called upon a professional within the Ohio Valley to elaborate on the subject. Kathi Leonard has been on her own health journey for many years now and is using her platform to inform and help those with health issues, whether they be physical or mental.

Last month Leonard was featured on WLU Professor Carrie White’s television show In Your Business. She is now taking the time to help West Liberty University students better their own health. Leonard, a Nutrition Counselor and owner of Healthy Motivation, explains how misleading companies can be when selling food and beverage items to the public.

Credit Card Reduction Day teaches us to better our finances

By Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer

Many things in today’s society revolve around credit scores, whether it is leasing a car or renting a house, most places require a credit check. Building your credit before you graduate college is a smart move, so you can be prepared for adult life. March 21 is National Credit Card Reduction Day. This day not only reminds us that credit card usage is not only prominent, but that it also is something that should be taken seriously.

WLU International students share food and culture

By Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer

International Club is hosting their eighth annual food celebration on Monday, March 21st. They will be set up in the College Union Ballroom from 3-6p.m. and all are welcome. This semester there is a total of 55 international students from 15 countries, which will be represented during the celebration.

Not only will you have the opportunity to taste flavors from around the world but the students will be dressed in their national clothing. “I am excited to show West Liberty University authentic food from my country, Turkmenistan. It is also very fun to dress in my national clothing for a change,” said sophomore Natasha Muhametzyanova.

Professor Villamagna receives statewide art award

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

West Liberty University’s Assistant Professor of Art, Robert Villamagna, was recently awarded 2016 Artist of the Year by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, at this year’s Governors Awards for the Arts event.

“His creative work stands the test of time,” said Commissioner Reid-Smith. “At the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, we are proud to have your award winning art in our state art collection.”