The Trumpet https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet West Liberty University's Student News Source Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:03:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Senior art exhibit promises talent and diversity https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/23/senior-art-exhibit-promises-talent-and-diversity/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/23/senior-art-exhibit-promises-talent-and-diversity/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:03:02 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5572 By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer   The end of each semester at West Liberty University means that senior visual communication design and art education majors showcase their talents in a final exhibit in the Nutting Gallery, located in the Fine Arts building, to finish their respective degree programs.  This spring, seven students will have their

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By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer
 
The end of each semester at West Liberty University means that senior visual communication design and art education majors showcase their talents in a final exhibit in the Nutting Gallery, located in the Fine Arts building, to finish their respective degree programs. 

This spring, seven students will have their works on display: DeVante Brown, Megan Sayre, Courtney Carter, Carrie Kaluger, Maricris Pangilinan, Savanna Sieger and Elizabeth Springer will be showcasing their work in Nutting Gallery from April 18 to May 10.
 
The projects coming together is a process that has taken creators time, effort, and perhaps a few tears as they worked over the course of this semester to put their ideas together.
 
Carter, a visual communication design major, is one of these students. After graduation, she plans on staying in the Wheeling area to help local businesses. In total, Carter believes her project took over 100 hours to produce. 
 
Carter’s final work consists of consists of three animated infographics about three fruits: strawberries, avocados, and pineapples. “Animated infographics are just videos that gives the information in an engaging way; as in, it moves across the screen,” Carter said of her project. “The project idea actually came from a previous assignment I did for one of my classes. I had to create an animated infographic and I did it on watermelons. I loved the project and it made me want to create a series of fruit infographics long before the exhibition, so it all kind of worked out.”
 
Carter also said, “I want to make learning fun. I want my audience to learn something new and show it in an interesting way that will make them remember, and this project allows me to do that. That, I think, is part of the reason why I really took to animated infographics in the first place.”
 
Kaluger, another visual communications design major who hopes to go into fine art photography/editorial design, said she is inspired by Columbus photographer Nick Fancher. Kalauger will be hanging six color photographs on the wall and will be providing a booklet to educate viewers on color theory.  
 
“I hope my project makes people stop and think about color and why it is so important in our everyday lives. Color plays a very important role in our lives, yet it gets overlooked by so many people. I want to educate them on why color is important and how it works to draw people in,” says Kalauger. 
 
“I’ve done a lot research on everything from different photography techniques, to proper lighting for this style of photography, to color theory,” said Kalauger. “I’ve had lots of nights with little to no sleep because I’ve been working on every aspect of this project.”
 
Another senior showcasing their work is Pangilinan, a visual communication design major, and her project is titled ‘Creativity Abroad,’ an educational display designed for audiences ages 20-25. 
 
For her project, Pangilinan believes she’s put over 200 hours into work and countless meeting with professors since the beginning of the semester, but she believes it is worth it. 
 
“In my life, I have been blessed to be able to travel to other countries with my family. My travels have allowed me to experience a variety of cultures, diversity, languages, traditions, and art. This has inspired me to go with the project ‘Creativity Abroad.’ The two passions of travel & art and to merge them into a project. I decided to make a book full of informational facts and creativity information on why you should travel abroad,” said Pangilinan, who plans to work in the Pittsburgh area.
 
Sayre is a digital media design major and a photography and advertising communications minor. She plans on being a video production or multimedia, digital content manager for a company. 
 
Sayre is a photographer by nature, having been taking pictures since she was ten years old, and said, “As a photographer, I see and capture a lot of staged moments, but the raw and natural moments are my favorite and the most important to me. Most of the things that I photographed each set of hands doing are quite ordinary. Some might not consider them as moments worthy of being photographed, but I do. I have found that it’s important to take time to appreciate the ordinary and capture the little moments, which is why I chose to pursue this project. I hope that people will see that when they look at my work.” 
 
Sayre was also inspired by her grandmother, “One day I was watching my grandmother cook in her kitchen and decided to get my camera out and start photographing her hands unstaged as she worked. I was so happy with the results that I decided to expand the series into my senior capstone. I am also dedicating my project to her because she has been a huge inspiration to me throughout my life and she actually bought me my very first camera when I was 10 years old.” 
 
Sayre’s project consists of thirty-two black and white photographs, matted and hung in the gallery to resemble a photographer’s dark room.
For these seven students, this exhibit is a final chance to showcase not only their talents, but hundreds of hours dedicated to projects that most have worked on since the beginning of the semester.
 
The Senior Exhibit will be on display in Nutting Gallery from April 18 to May 10 during the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Photo Credit: Jalyn Bolyard
 

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Fundraising helps create a sense of community https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/21/fundraising-helps-create-a-sense-of-community/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/21/fundraising-helps-create-a-sense-of-community/#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:00:49 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5569 By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer   When walking around campus, students find it difficult to escape the posters and flyers that decorate the walls of most buildings, promoting various clubs, their activities, and perhaps most importantly, the fundraisers occurring on campus that are meant to raise money as well as awareness for their causes. Some

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By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer
 
When walking around campus, students find it difficult to escape the posters and flyers that decorate the walls of most buildings, promoting various clubs, their activities, and perhaps most importantly, the fundraisers occurring on campus that are meant to raise money as well as awareness for their causes.

Some fundraisers are meant to fund the clubs themselves to meet their own internal goals and needs, while others are more community outreach-based, and sometimes these two overlap and are beneficial for both parties. ­­In the end, it draws attention to subjects that need the assistance and continue to help many, now and in the future, even if it’s as simple as shining light onto a subject.
 
So why should students get involved with these projects? How, if people are not directly involved with these groups by being a member and their causes, does it benefit people who are not reaping the rewards that running these events bring?
 
Participating in fundraising events is often a chance for people to step out of their normal comfort zones and meet people across campus that may be in different departments, different dorms, and activities that don’t typically overlap. It is simple enough for a person to stick with who and what they know and fall into a pattern and routing of those they associate with and to be happy with that familiarity. 
 
There’s nothing wrong with this feeling of familiarity, but sometimes, stepping out into something new can bring unexpected friendships and connections. It can also introduce people to new organizations, both on campus and off, that a participant didn’t previously realize exist.
 
Fundraising also often leaves the participant feeling fulfilled in new ways. Not only is a person connecting to people around them, they are contributing to a bigger cause: they are becoming an active member of their community and in some cases, something much larger than the West Liberty campus. 
 
When these projects begin to extend into the surrounding community, a participant is making an even larger impact on the world directly around them. We are a part of this community, we don’t exist or live within a bubble, and it is important that we care for and support people around us. What happens, or may not happen, to our neighbors ultimately affects us as well. Getting involved allows participants to feel as if they are making a difference in their community, for their very own neighbors.
 
These activities keep clubs and communities alive and thriving. Without financial support, these groups would simply cease to exist, not much different than a real business establishment. By helping to support groups and their fundraising efforts, a person is ultimately contributing to a cause that has a sense of a ripple effect. It enables a club or group to do more if the fundraiser is for them and continue their own efforts. 
 
If it’s for an outside source, there is an organization that can continue to thrive and carry on their own agenda, while shedding a light and awareness on a cause that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.
 
On a personal level, being involved with fundraising also impresses future employers, with 73 percent of them being more likely to employ people who have been involved in charity work versus those who haven’t, according to Timebank. According to the same study, 94 percent believe it adds to an employee’s skill set. It can paint a more complete picture of a person and give a person a chance to explore their interests, skills, and talents, simply by being involved. It’s also, in many cases, just plain fun to get involved in something different and new.
 
These efforts are important, and they matter. They affect many and the impact goes far beyond the hilltop. So, how does one continue to help on the West Liberty campus?
 
Look around! There’s not a week that goes by on campus where there’s not some sort of project going on to fund a club or charity. The Union, especially, has information on posters across the building, and Director of Student Activities, Kate Billings, is an excellent option as well. Also keep an eye out for club events, fairs that may be going on, and tables that may be set up in the Ballroom in the campus. It’s easy to get involved if you’re keeping your eyes open.
 
Getting involved, in whatever ways you can, is a mutually beneficial action that plants deep roots and impacts the lives of all who participate as well as those who are receiving the end results of these actions. Play your part, join in, and don’t be afraid to help make a difference.
 
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Alpha Xi Delta raises autism awareness throughout April https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/20/alpha-xi-delta-raises-autism-awareness-throughout-april/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/20/alpha-xi-delta-raises-autism-awareness-throughout-april/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:00:59 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5566 By Logan Arneson, Contributing Writer   The sorority Alpha Xi Delta has planned multiple events throughout the month of April to spread autism awareness on the hilltop. These girls have come together to set up fundraisers at local restaurants, campus gatherings, snow cone sales, tie-dying shirts and a flag football contest to raise money. Sorority

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By Logan Arneson, Contributing Writer
 
The sorority Alpha Xi Delta has planned multiple events throughout the month of April to spread autism awareness on the hilltop. These girls have come together to set up fundraisers at local restaurants, campus gatherings, snow cone sales, tie-dying shirts and a flag football contest to raise money.

Sorority president, Hannah Guidish, and the head of philanthropy chair, Fallyn Yonish, are part of the main group to set up these charitable events. As the president, Gudish feels great being able to guide this group of girls to serve their community, “I am so humbled and excited to be leading such a caring and hardworking group of women,” she said.
 
So far this month, they have hosted a “Dine to Donate” event at the Texas Roadhouse in the Highlands on April 2, also known as World Autism Day, held Light it Up Blue Night here on campus on April 3 hosted by WLU President Stephen Greiner, and another “Dine to Donate” event on April 14 at Tudors in Weirton, W. Va. 
 
At the Texas Roadhouse event, 10 percent of each customer’s total went to the Autism Speaks fundraiser. The sorority also did a bake sale and raffle basket to auction off prizes.
 
At the Light it Up Blue Night, the girls passed out blue glow sticks, blue necklaces and free snacks for everyone who stopped by. They also lit up the breezeway and a few trees with blue lights for Autism awareness.
 
On Monday, April 23, Texas Roadhouse will host an autism spectrum night, and Alpha Xi Delta will be in attendance to help pass out flyers and speak on autism awareness to customers.
 
Their final event will be a flag football tournament with teams formed by students here at West Liberty. Their fourth annual “Football Frenxi” on April 26 will consist of a girls bracket and a boys bracket. The winners of each tournament will receive a grand prize.
 
Other people who come to watch the games can participate in a raffle basket, along with indulging in the concession stand being run by Alpha Xi Delta.
 
This football tournament has always been the biggest part of their Autism Awareness Month fundraisers. It is $5 per player with teams of six, and Guidish hopes to have 15 teams sign up and donate for the cause.
 
Yonish also loves putting together these charitable events, “I absolutely love it! I love giving back and raising money for Autism Speaks,” she said. Yonish has big plans for the sorority’s future, looking to raise money for many types of organizations.
 
Yonish is an elementary education major and special education minor, she wants to be a special education teacher. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to give back and make a difference in people’s lives, and being in Alpha Xi Delta helps me do that,” Yonish said.
 
Other members of the sorority also enjoy putting together these charitable events for their school and community. New Alpha Xi Delta member and freshman Harley Cecil loves collecting money for autism and that she can be apart of a caring sorority. 
 
“It feels great being a part of something so awesome because we do little donation events all month. These events may not seem like much but it brings in a good profit,” Cecil said.
 
Come out to these events and help a good cause to spread Autism awareness. Alpha Xi Delta is giving back to their community, and you can play a part by helping out and donating.
 
Photo Credit: Alpha Xi Delta
 

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Hilltoppers clash with Rams in battle for first place https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/19/hilltoppers-clash-with-rams-in-battle-for-first-place/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/19/hilltoppers-clash-with-rams-in-battle-for-first-place/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:00:45 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5562 By Cody Shook, Sports Editor   Eric Burkle’s red hot Hilltoppers will try to carry over the momentum from the Urbana sweep to this weekend’s Mountain East Conference match-up against Shepherd University. As of April 16, the baseball team is 14-15 overall and 12-8 in conference games this season with three big weekend series left

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By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
Eric Burkle’s red hot Hilltoppers will try to carry over the momentum from the Urbana sweep to this weekend’s Mountain East Conference match-up against Shepherd University. As of April 16, the baseball team is 14-15 overall and 12-8 in conference games this season with three big weekend series left in the season, and the games this weekend are scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., here on the hilltop. 

The Hilltoppers currently find themselves in second place in the Mountain East Conference standings, with the only team above them being the Shepherd Rams. The Rams are 21-12 overall and 16-4 in conference games as of April 16, and they are also riding a series sweep as they took four games from Wheeling Jesuit this past weekend. 
 
Last season when these two teams faced off, the Hilltoppers traveled down to Shepherdstown, W. Va. and were unable to get a win in the four game series. Losing two out of the four games by just one run, the Hilltoppers will look to be on the other side of the win loss column this year. 
 
Last weekend, West Liberty traveled to Urbana University and won all four games to jump from third place to second place in the north standings. Two out of the four games were come from behind wins and one of them was a ten run deficit. 
 
Leading the way for the Hilltoppers is senior second basemen Vincent Haddox, with a .356 batting average and eight home runs coming from the leadoff spot. 
 
Coach Burkle said, “It’s vital to have a player like Haddox that can start the game with a single or a home run to get the ball rolling.”  
 
Another player that is coming up big this season is junior left fielder Coby Eckstein, batting a team high .408 and he has also driven in 31 runners with three weeks left in the regular season. 
 
The Rams are one of three teams to hit the 20-win mark this season. They are led by junior Justin Smith, who is batting .402 with six home runs. The Rams have six guys batting over .300 and they have hit a total of 51 home runs while allowing only 28. Their team batting average is .326 through 33 games. 
 
The Hilltoppers have a tall task this weekend but they will try to get some revenge from last year’s series. With the games starting at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., the team will expect to have a full crowd cheering them on. Start times are subject to change due to weather. 
 
If you are unable to make it to the game, follow the team on Twitter for live updates. For more game previews and player profiles, be sure to grab next week’s issue of the Trumpet. 
 
Photo Credit: Hilltoppersports.com
 

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Lady Toppers fight to keep playoff dreams alive https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/19/lady-toppers-fight-to-keep-playoff-dreams-alive/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/19/lady-toppers-fight-to-keep-playoff-dreams-alive/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:00:06 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5559 By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager   Hilltopper softball hits the road this weekend to face off against two Mountain East Conference opponents. With tournament play approaching, the team will look for a strong performance in their two doubleheaders as the Black and Gold try to keep a hold of the fourth seed in the north

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By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager

 
Hilltopper softball hits the road this weekend to face off against two Mountain East Conference opponents. With tournament play approaching, the team will look for a strong performance in their two doubleheaders as the Black and Gold try to keep a hold of the fourth seed in the north division of the Mountain East Conference standings with just two weeks left in the regular season. 

West Liberty enjoyed a successful homestand last weekend that saw the Lady Hilltoppers finish 4-2. West Liberty swept Glenville State during in both games of their doubleheader. Freshman pitcher Makenzie Amend was one shy of a no-hitter in the first game while the Black and Gold completed a comeback with three runs in the sixth innings during the second game.
 
The Lady Hilltoppers split both doubleheaders against Shepherd and W. ­­Va. Wesleyan, the defending MEC Champions. Senior infielder, Kelsi Johnson, drove in the winning run in a 11-inning victory against Shepherd. WLU got the upper hand in a back and forth affair during the second game of their Wesleyan doubleheader. As of April 16, the Black and Gold currently sit at 15-17, including 9-13 in conference play.
 
West Liberty travels to Fairmont on Saturday to take on the Fighting Falcons. As of April 16, Fairmont State is currently .500 at 18-18, and tied with Wheeling Jesuit for the second seed in the north division of the MEC. The Lady Hilltoppers and Fighting Falcons split their first doubleheader earlier this season. 
 
Fairmont State dominated Concord University in a 14-9 victory last weekend. Senior infielder Beth Cook batted four times which resulted in four home runs. This is nothing new for Cook as she was awarded MEC Player of the Week for her performance during the week of March 18. During that week, Cook scored eight times including one home run. 
 
As of April 16, Cook currently holds a .429 batting average to go along with 8 home runs for the year. Cook ranks fourth in the MEC for both categories.
 
Following Fairmont State, WLU will once again play Shepherd University. However, this time, the game will be played on the Lady Rams’ home field on Sunday. As of April 16, Shepherd currently holds the first seed in the north division of the MEC standings at 25-11 overall, including a 16-6 conference record. The Lady Rams have won eight games out of their last ten and this is their fifth consecutive 20-win season.
 
Senior pitcher Kaitlin Munda did not allow a single run in the games she pitched during Shepherd’s sweep last weekend against Concord University and UVa-Wise. That gave Munda five shutout games for the season, and as of April 16, Munda has a 2.54 ERA. 
 
The doubleheader with Fairmont begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the doubleheader with Shepherd on Sunday at 1 p.m. Make sure you pick up a copy of the Trumpet for more softball previews. 
 
Photo Credit: Hilltoppersports.com
 

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NYC trip gives students a chance to relax, explore https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/17/nyc-trip-gives-students-a-chance-to-relax-explore/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/17/nyc-trip-gives-students-a-chance-to-relax-explore/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:00:01 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5554 By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer   Many West Liberty University students and their friends and family are still raving about their visit to New York City this past weekend, April 6-8. Three full charter busses left campus at around 11 p.m. on Friday, and the group started seeing the city skyline ease into focus Saturday

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By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer
 
Many West Liberty University students and their friends and family are still raving about their visit to New York City this past weekend, April 6-8.

Three full charter busses left campus at around 11 p.m. on Friday, and the group started seeing the city skyline ease into focus Saturday morning, setting the tone for a day full of sightseeing, shopping, and adventures with friends.
 
For some students, this was their first opportunity to go and see “The Big Apple.” Junior Brandon Briggs-Tyska was one of them, and he couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the experience, especially fulfilling his mission to see The Statue of Liberty up close.
 
“I enjoyed seeing the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Centers,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to pick a favorite part; it was just really exciting to be there.”
 
Briggs-Tyska also enjoyed the nightlife in Times Square, getting to see some movie scene sights from the “Spider-Man” films. “It was one of the best places I’ve been at,” he said.
 
Student Government Association Vice President Chelsea Williams planned the event as she did the year before, potentially reigniting a past tradition for Hilltoppers to come.
 

Ashley Pryor (left) and Chelsea Williams (right) stroll through Central Park. Photo provided by Williams


“The trip was very successful and we have received a lot of positive feedback from the passengers that attended,” Williams said. “I hope everyone that attended was able to enjoy NYC to its fullest and that they returned to the hilltop with memories they’ll never forget.”
 
Williams enjoyed relaxing and sightseeing in Central Park throughout the day.
 
“This was the second year in a row we have done the NYC trip while I’ve been here, and I am so proud of how successful it was,” SGA President Adam Croasmun said. “Chelsea put so much work into this trip and it really showed because everything went so smoothly.”
 
Croasmun enjoyed taking in all that New York City has to offer, including seeing the Spongebob Squarepants musical on Broadway. 
 
“I had a blast and it was an amazing show,” Croasmun said.
 
I went on the trip as well, and I hope everyone who went enjoyed the day as much as I did. Seeing the Statue of Liberty up close was a surreal experience. I think I speak for everyone when I say thank you to Williams and the rest of SGA for planning a successful trip and giving us all the opportunity to see and experience New York City.
 
Photo Credit: Daniel Morgan
 

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Store reopens in town of West Liberty https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/16/store-reopens-in-town-of-west-liberty/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/16/store-reopens-in-town-of-west-liberty/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:30:26 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5550 By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer   The Hilltop Food LLC Grocery Store located at 1056 Van Meter Way, West Liberty, W.Va. reopened on March 27, 2018. The name has been changed to The Store.  The Store sells groceries, pop, snacks, deli sandwiches, beer and tobacco. For purchasing alcohol and tobacco, ID is required.    The

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By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer
 
The Hilltop Food LLC Grocery Store located at 1056 Van Meter Way, West Liberty, W.Va. reopened on March 27, 2018. The name has been changed to The Store

The Store sells groceries, pop, snacks, deli sandwiches, beer and tobacco. For purchasing alcohol and tobacco, ID is required. 
 
The store’s location is half mile past West Liberty University, which makes life more convenient for students to search their necessities. 
 
“I am personally happy that it’s reopened, because it beats driving 25 minutes off the hill to search for something small that you might need,” said senior student Dalton Bobes. “It adds more personality to the town. It’s still limited to what’s in there, but the fact that we can go up there, it’s broader than Bear Necessities. I just think it’s a little more convenient.”
 
The grocery store unexpectedly shut down on July 1, 2017 along with the Top of the Hill Restaurant and Pub. The change has disappointed students who regarded them as a memorable place.
 
“I just thought of the inconvenience of going down the hill first [when the store closed]. However, it became clear that the store and the bar really added so much to the town than its convenience,” said senior student Luca Seisler. “Just the life  going on between campus and the store, I remember people always walking up there in summertime, and you would always meet them on the way, wave to each other, have a chat. It really vitalized the town to have the store. I didn’t really realize that until it was gone.”
 
The new store has changed its layout in order to add more food options including coffee, hot dogs and pepperoni rolls. 
 
 “I am very happy the store opened up again. I really like the design, and it’s great to see the new owner has made some effort into it,” said Seisler. 
 
The Store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. during Monday to Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. during Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.  
 
Photo Credit: Yijing Shen
 

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West Liberty men’s golf prepares for final invitational https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/15/west-liberty%e2%80%88mens-golf-prepares-for-final-invitational/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/15/west-liberty%e2%80%88mens-golf-prepares-for-final-invitational/#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:00:13 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5545 By Freddie Fitzsimmons, Contributing Writer   The West Liberty men’s golf team, under the direction of Coach Mike Ricci, is preparing for the Cecil C. Spadafora Invitational. The tournament is hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Indiana Country Club, starting today, April 15, through tomorrow, April 16.  The Hilltoppers will be preparing, and as always

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By Freddie Fitzsimmons, Contributing Writer
 
The West Liberty men’s golf team, under the direction of Coach Mike Ricci, is preparing for the Cecil C. Spadafora Invitational. The tournament is hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Indiana Country Club, starting today, April 15, through tomorrow, April 16. 

The Hilltoppers will be preparing, and as always says Ricci, “We have to continue our hard work and the results will show.” 
 
Coming off a week where the Hilltoppers hosted the Oglebay Intercollegiate, placing 8 out of 17, they will be back on the road to a place they found success last season. 
 
The Hilltoppers will look for that repeated success they captured last year, where they won the event by one over Le Moyne College with a two day total of 600, overcoming an 8 shot deficit after the first round. The team is led by senior Cory Hoshor, three time All Region and All MEC player, who received second place individually last year with rounds of 73-72. 
 
Behind Hoshor, the Hilltoppers provide plenty of depth. Senior Joey Cilone placed fourth in the event last year, while fellow senior Mike Rogers placed 21 out of 54.  Sophomore Sean Trapp will be in the lineup once again, also looking to accomplish what he did last year, placing eighth.  
 
The Hilltoppers will face off against some familiar faces. Region leader University of Charleston, coming fresh off a win at the Oglebay Intercollegiate, will be in the lineup looking to maintain their No. 1 regional ranking. 
 
Others attending the invitational will be Le Moyne College, California University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University, West Chester University, Millersville University, and Pittsburgh Johnstown
 
After the Cecil C. Spadafora Invitational, the Toppers come to a close in their spring season, with the NCAA regional championship on May 7-10 at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, W. Va. 
 
To keep up with the West Liberty men’s golf team, go onto hilltoppersports.com and be sure to grab next week’s issue of the Trumpet for more game previews. 
 
Photo Credit: Katie Higginbotham
 

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Black Tie Event benefits local man with ALS https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/14/black-tie-event-benefits-local-man-with-als/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/14/black-tie-event-benefits-local-man-with-als/#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:00:33 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5542 By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager   Phi Delta Theta W. Va. Gamma fraternity of WLU will host its second consecutive Black Tie event Saturday, April 14, at G-Top in support of their philanthropy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This year’s event will be in benefit of Donnie Finsley. “Donnie Finsley is an extraordinary person who has

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Phi Delta Theta W. Va. Gamma fraternity of WLU will host its second consecutive Black Tie event Saturday, April 14, at G-Top in support of their philanthropy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This year’s event will be in benefit of Donnie Finsley.

“Donnie Finsley is an extraordinary person who has been diagnosed with ALS,” said Hayden Blazer, a brother of Phi Delta Theta. “Donnie is an inspiration to us all and has kept such a positive attitude through the whole process.”
 
The national fraternity began its fight against ALS after the death of New York Yankee great, Lou Gehrig, also a member of Phi Delta Theta. Gehrig was diagnosed on his 36th birthday with ALS, which causes extreme muscle weakness.
 
W. Va. Gamma held its first ever Black Tie event last spring on March 24. With over 200 guests in attendance, Phi Delta Theta raised over $1,500 that was split between the ALS Association and the Nardone family, a local family who was affected by the disease. Unlike last year’s event, all proceeds will go towards benefiting Finsley and his family. 
 
Tickets are $25 for guests planning on arriving at 7 p.m. with food being served from 7-8 p.m. For those arriving later at 9 p.m., tickets will lower to $20, but food will not be included in your purchase. Regardless on which option you choose, all guests who purchase a ticket will receive two free drinks sponsored by G-Top.
 
Blazer assisted Jacob Gray, Phi Delta Theta’s Philanthropy Chair and the coordinator for last year’s Black-Tie event, in this year’s event. “The Black Tie event was started to help those who struggle with ALS,” said Blazer. “This is our way to help our community.” 
 
Phi Delta Theta has been accepting ticket purchases and donations all week long and the fraternity will continue to do so until the day of. Tickets will be sold at the door and donations will be collected throughout the night. Payment or donation options are cash, check or online via Venmo. 
 
The event will run from 7 p.m. to close. There will be a DJ, 50/50 raffle, and a Phi Delta Theta ALS backdrop for photos. 
 
For more about Phi Delta Theta and their efforts towards ALS, please visit www.phideltatheta.org
 
Photo provided by Phi Delta Theta
 

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Lady Toppers looking for success in jam packed weekend https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/13/lady-toppers-looking-for-success-in-jam-packed-weekend/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/04/13/lady-toppers-looking-for-success-in-jam-packed-weekend/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:00:23 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5537 By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager WLU softball returns to the hilltop this weekend for more Mountain East Conference action. Glenville State and W. Va. Wesleyan will face the Lady Hilltoppers in two doubleheader games Friday and Saturday, respectively.  As of April 8, The Black and Gold currently sits 11-13 after dropping their first doubleheader against

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WLU softball returns to the hilltop this weekend for more Mountain East Conference action. Glenville State and W. Va. Wesleyan will face the Lady Hilltoppers in two doubleheader games Friday and Saturday, respectively. 

As of April 8, The Black and Gold currently sits 11-13 after dropping their first doubleheader against U-Va. Wise and splitting the next two games with Concord University. This puts West Liberty 5-9 during conference play for the season.
 
WLU put up some solid numbers during their 6-2 victory against Concord University. Freshman pitcher, Makenzie Amend, recorded five strikeouts and only allowed two runs. Senior infielder, Kelsi Johnson, added two hits, including a double during the second inning.
 
As of April 8, Glenville ranks dead last in the South Division of MEC at 17-19. With a 3-9 road record, the Lady Pioneers of Glenville State will have their work cut out for them this weekend. Last season saw the two teams split a pair of games. 
 
Glenville State sophomore, Hannah Wright, has been lights out with her 38-percent batting percentage. As of April 8, Wright leads Glenville State with four home runs and is tied for third for the most number of runs this season at 16.
 
Glenville State softball finished the 2017 season 13-36. With 17 victories, as of April 8, already posted for the season, the Lady Pioneers can improve on their record with two wins Saturday. 
 
Heading into Sunday, West Liberty will face W.Va. Wesleyan, the No. 1 team in the MEC. As of April 8, the Lady Bobcats of Wesleyan are 22-9 with a 15-3 record in conference play. One of their losses came against the University of Charleston last weekend when the Lady Bobcats dropped the second game of their doubleheader 4-8.
 
Junior second baseman, Madison Casto, earned MEC Player of the Week April 2. As of April 8, Casto leads the team in runs, hits, and even leads the MEC with an unbelievable batting average of 51 percent. 
 
The Lady Bobcats finished last season 51-10, advancing all the way to the NCAA Division II World Series. It’s looking like another successful season for Wesleyan as the Lady Bobcats wrap up the last few games of the season. 
 
Today’s game times are 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. while tomorrow’s are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more sport previews, make sure to pick up a copy of the Trumpet every Thursday!
 
Photo Credit: Hilltoppersports.com
 

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