Category Archives: Commentary

‘Courting Wonder’ encourages thought, imagination

By Dakota Knotts, Contributing Writer

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Nutting Gallery hosted “Courting Wonder,” an exhibition featuring the works of Thomas Wharton. The gallery displayed astounding works of art that could have only been achieved through years of hard work and passion towards his craft.

Students should remember to take time to unwind

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Assistant Editor
It’s no secret or surprise that college students seem to be under endless amounts of stress. A paper for this class, a project for another, going to games, participating in club and group activities, and for some, the addition of homesickness: it’s a lot to deal with for months on end, with the pressure only growing from month to month. Sometimes, it feels like college students are just trying to survive and get through the day, more than they are enjoying their lives.

Explore interests, switch up routine with electives

By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer
Taking 15 credit hours a semester with a blend of general studies and major-specific classes is the formula to graduate in four years’ time. 120 credit hours are required for graduation, and it is understandable for students to want to meet that criterion, get a degree and move on. But, taking extra courses in different subject areas outside of one’s major provides opportunities for exploration and enjoyment.

Students should file FAFSA as early as possible

By Dakota Knotts, Contributing Writer
It is that time of year again! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available to students for the 2019-2020 school year on Oct. 1, 2018.

Hilltop Players inspire with ‘The Miracle Worker’

By Ashley Cole, Contributing Writer

The Hilltop Players opened the 2018-19 season with “The Miracle Worker,” a play inspired by the relationship of Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing leading to the inability to speak, and her teacher and mentor, Annie Sullivan.

Avoid complacency: Exercise your right to vote

By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer
Every time an election approaches, people discuss how important voting is. At this point in our country’s history as we’re faced with the 2018 midterm elections on Nov. 6, one would think of voting as an accepted routine that everyone over 18 follows. However, if it were, then you wouldn’t be reading this.

College Radio Day celebrates joy, opportunities and work

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Assistant Editor
Since 2011, college radio stations throughout the country have taken part in “College Radio Day,” a 24-hour program for students to unite to celebrate a shared love of college radio. West Liberty’s student-run and produced station, 91.5 WGLZ, has taken part in College Radio Day for the past few years and is ready for this year’s event.

New campus dining option impresses patrons

By Macy Santicola, Advertising Manager
Students returning to campus this fall were greeted with a new dining option in the Union: WOW Cafe

Erin Geil’s “Podunk Moon” takes readers on an emotional journey

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Assistant Editor

As a fan of sci-fi, time travel, and romance, I was excited to read Erin Geil’s Podunk Moon: An Anthology. In this book, Geil weaves together a non-fiction poetry anthology that spans from 2003 to 2016 (though, the stories are told in reverse) and is followed by an excerpt from one of Geil’s other stories, The Great American.

But the focus here is meant to be on Podunk Moon.

My dreams came true because of Shania Twain

By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer

We turned around as we heard loud drumbeats coming from the second stage of PPG Paints Arena where she, wearing a glittery black gown with matching cowboy hat, appeared in spotlight. Shania Twain strutted down the from first bowl to the main stage where I was eagerly awaiting in the front row.

When she triumphantly asked, “Are you ready, Pittsburgh?” I knew my dreams were coming true as the greatest night of my life began.