Monthly Archives: April 2016

Students plan Earth Day activities in surrounding community

Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

The 46th annual Earth Day falls on April 22, 2016, and several groups and individuals on campus have scheduled programs to engage the West Liberty University community as well as the surrounding area.

Environmental Education Day (WLUEED) was held in the Student Union Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 for its fourth consecutive year. Run by Dr. Dave Thomas, there were various participating organizations from around the area promoting environmental sustainability information, including the Wheeling Green Table, the West Virginia Naturalist Program, and the Schrader Environmental Center.

Employers should not discriminate against tattoos

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer

With acts like the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against factors like race or gender. However, there are still forms of discrimination in today’s workforce.

7th Entrepreneurs Pitch Contest is still accepting applications

Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

The West Liberty University Gary E. West College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship are holding 2016’s Entrepreneurs Pitch Contest on April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Moundsville, W.Va. Sleep in & Suites. There is still time to submit project ideas to Dr. Carrie White, with the deadline set as April 22.

Harry Potter club to bring magic onto the Hilltop

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

It’s been nine years since the last Harry Potter book was published and five years since the movie Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows was released. It is about time to add some magic to our muggle world. So rejoice, Harry Potter fans! West Liberty University students Morgan Goddard and Daniel Morgan are embracing the magical world and bringing Harry Potter Club to WLU campus, Fall 2016.

SGA officers elected for the fall

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

The winners of the recent WLU election for President and Vice President of Student Government are Reid Boden and David Cullinan. The two will be sworn in on Thursday April 28, 2016. 

Percussion Ensemble performs with special guests

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

On Saturday, April 17th, The West Liberty University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Brian Baldauff, performed their concert ‘Plus’ One’. The was concert was titled such, as it featured special guests Dr. Neerja Mehta and Dr. Linda Cowan, in addition to student soloists. The performance was streamed live in it’s entirety which is a first for the music department.

It has been at least a year or since I’ve seen any sort of performance given by the music department, so I was excited to go. The concert, set to start at 3 p.m., started a couple minutes late but the crowd of maybe about 60, including myself, did not mind at all.

How to give back to local animal shelters

By Nicole Henry, Distribution Manager

Giving back to your local animal shelters can be as simple as spending time with the animals there. For those animal lovers, you can give back by adopting an animal or finding someone that will.  If you can’t adopt, you can give back in other ways, such as donating money and goods. You can even help advertise your local shelters and what they are about.  

According to the website, only one out of 10 dogs find a permanent home.  This website also writes that, “Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.” It is impossible for one person to adopt 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats, but there are ways that you can help reduce this number. This number includes the animals that have gone astray in the communities near you.

WLU students earn honors at state science conference

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

On Saturday, April 9, three West Liberty biology students earned awards for their oral presentations at this year’s West Virginia Academy of Science (WVAS) Meeting at Marshall University. Junior Austin Cusick won first place overall for undergraduate oral presentations, and Luke Sadecky and Devin Sindeldecker received honorable mentions for their oral presentations.

Cusick is a junior biology major with minors in chemistry and psychology, with the goal of becoming a physician. The name of his presentation, which won first place over all categories, was Colonization of Mosquitoes via a Nectar Reservoir.

Hilltop Players shine brightly in “Godspell 2012” spectacle

By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager

Can I get a “Hallelujah!” Godspell 2012 debuted last night at West Liberty University’s Kelly Theatre, and boy, do the Hilltop Players have another hit on their hands.

Godspell tells the ever familiar story of Jesus Christ, played by the radiant Elijah Boyles. However, in order to avoid a simple retelling of Christ’s life, the musical by Stephen Schwartz focuses on Christ’s impact on the world and his disciples. Familiar biblical parables set the scene as Christ teaches his disciples lessons, such as The Golden Rule. The stories are acted out in a montage of contagiously soulful musical numbers, and the show masterfully transitions from joyous comedy to foreshadowed heartbreak.   

MADfest Brings Harvard Graphic Designer on the Hilltop

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

All roads lead to West Liberty. WLU alumna Melissa Lambert Marshall’07 returned to campus as one of the judges for the 16th annual Media Arts and Design Festival (MADfest). 

During these nine years away from the Hilltop Melissa tried herself in different jobs, moved to Boston and changed her name to Marshall Lambert. Between her work at the Harvard visual design lab and teaching at Boston University Lambert found time to come back to the place where her story began.