The Trumpet https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet West Liberty University's Student News Source Sat, 04 Aug 2018 21:20:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Take a study break with these upcoming video games this fall https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/08/04/take-a-study-break-with-these-upcoming-video-games-this-fall/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/08/04/take-a-study-break-with-these-upcoming-video-games-this-fall/#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 16:00:51 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5774 By Macy Santicola, Advertising Manager As the “Back to School” products line the shelves of nearly every store, we’re reminded that classes are right around the corner. With classes come assignments, studying and exams. If you’re looking ahead for a well-needed distraction, 2018 holds a promising lineup of video games releasing across multiple platforms. Most

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By Macy Santicola, Advertising Manager

As the “Back to School” products line the shelves of nearly every store, we’re reminded that classes are right around the corner. With classes come assignments, studying and exams. If you’re looking ahead for a well-needed distraction, 2018 holds a promising lineup of video games releasing across multiple platforms.

Most of the buzzworthy games are sequels or new installments into already beloved and widely popular franchises. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, was held this year in June and developers and publishers of the video game industry announced numerous projects during its two day run. Among those projects are the five I’ve chosen to highlight here for their fan anticipation, addition of new features to veteran game franchises, and nostalgia.

5. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy” is coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 21 and is the first release in the Spyro franchise since 2008. The game is a complete remastering of the first three games in the franchise: “Spyro the Dragon,” “Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!” and “Spyro: Year of the Dragon.”

Lifelong gamers will be able to relive all of the nostalgia of the Playstation 1 trilogy with stunning new graphics and revamped gameplay. Newcomers to the series can enjoy all three casual games for the price of one. The remastered trilogy will surely make for a fun break from writing essays.

4. Red Dead Redemption II

Red Dead Redemption II” is the second installment to 2010’s western “Red Dead Redemption” by Rockstar Games and is set twelve years before the first game. While it features the main character from the first installment, players will be taking command of a new character. The prequel is set to release Oct. 26, but not much is known about the gameplay and the full story, which was likely done to drum up more anticipation and hype. There’s still plenty of time to play the first game or do a replay in preparation for the release.

If the original game is anything to go by, “Red Dead Redemption II” will surely feature rich storytelling, an expansive western world to explore, and plenty of side activities to provide hours of immersion. All nighter, anyone? Check out the trailer here.

3. Fallout 76

“Fallout 76” is the latest entry in Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic franchise. This story takes place prior to all the other Fallout games and is set in West Virginia in 2102. According to a Gamespot article, some real West Virginia locations that have been confirmed are the West Virginia State Capitol, The Greenbrier, Woodburn Circle, New River Gorge Bridge, and Camden Park.

What makes “Fallout 76” different from the other entries is that it’s entirely online based, meaning that the characters you meet in the game will be other players, and you’ll be allowed to play in groups with friends or strangers and participate in Fallout’s classic survival activities like looting. The game is set to be released Nov. 14 across PC, PS4, and Xbox One, so get your squad ready!

2. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee! 

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee!” are two versions of the latest Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. The game will be released on Nov. 16 and also features connections to the mobile game “Pokemon GO,” including bring the Pokemon that were caught in the app into the Switch game.

This new installment to the Pokemon franchise is reminiscent of “Pokemon Yellow” in that it’s set in the Kanto region, the original Pokemon region, and allows your starter Pokemon (Pikachu or Eevee, depending on which version you buy) to follow your character around the game as a close companion. The new game features a new way to catch Pokemon with a flick of the wrist using the Switch’s controller. The latest Pokemon game is perfect for casual gamers, both new to and veterans of the Pokemon series, and will also feature a two-player mode so your friend or roommate can join in on the fun!

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is another addition to Nintendo Switch’s game roster and is the largest Smash Bros. game yet with 66 characters. Every playable character from the franchise will be featured in the latest game, including a few new additions.

This series has been a Nintendo staple for years, and is a go-to game for to stir up some competition among friends. The game has online capabilities, and multiplayer through the Switch. The game is set to release on Dec. 7, just in time for those much needed final exam study breaks.

Photo Credit: Rockstar Games

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Erin Geil’s “Podunk Moon” takes readers on an emotional journey https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/08/03/erin-geils-podunk-moon-takes-readers-on-a-journey/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/08/03/erin-geils-podunk-moon-takes-readers-on-a-journey/#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:00:41 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5771 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

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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.

The summary of Podunk Moon reads as such:

Podunk Moon is an anthology of mostly non-fiction poetry starting in 2016 and time traveling back through the years ending in 2003. A time capsule of heartache, depression, and the overall state of confusion that comes with being in your twenties. An excerpt of the suspense thriller novel, The Great American, follows after, leaving the reader with a taste of something that is altogether a darkly different breed of beast.

The collection of 100+ poems is well-organized and thought-provoking, with Geil possessing the ability to invoke a wide range of emotions in the reader. Her words are raw and deeply personal, and it begins right at her Acknowledgements page. Right from the beginning, we are allowed a glimpse into Geil’s life, as well as who and hints as to what inspired this anthology of poetry.

Briefly, we learn about some of the most important people in her life who deeply and heavily influenced her writing. Right from the start, there’s something charming and endearing about Geil’s writing, which can lead to reader wanting to know more about the author and who she is from the glimpses she allows us to have.

Getting to the poetry itself, Geil allows us a deep and honest glimpse into a time that spans her life from ages 20-34. For most of us, those are very definitive and formative years, perhaps even more than teenage years. Those are the years where we learn to navigate from teenage years into young adulthood and all the life changes that happen in-between.

Geil opens herself to the readers with topics that range from failed relationships – including a boyfriend who is briefly mentioned in her Acknowledgements – to mental illness, to sex, to struggling with self-image and worth, and hints of religion. And, it works.

Due to this honest and exposed nature, the stories can, and do, occasionally run on the darker side. And while there are brighter poems included as well, these darker ones stand out the most. The emotions are powerful as Geil uses her talent for word choice to paint pictures with every emotionally-driven poem that she writes. Every word, every line, comes from her heart and it shows.

There is power in the darkness Geil has chosen to shed a light upon. While her poems come from the heart and are drawn from her personal experiences, they’re accessible and relatable to those who read them.

Choosing to tell the stories ‘backwards’ was an interesting and different, but smart, choice of the author. It’s not a regression, per se, but the poems begin to take on a different tone as we travel further backwards in time. The author is wilder, maybe freer in some ways, than the person we meet at the ‘beginning’ of the journey. As readers, we move into the past and this method of storytelling just makes sense here.

It is a glimpse at how much some individual changes over time, how much being in your twenties shapes you as a person but leaves the reader with an idea of who the writer was before she began her journey. We slowly learn what made “The Honey Snake” come from “Only a Face.”

Geil is very gifted when it comes to her word choice and phrasing. While some poems aren’t quite as strong as others – a given, considering the sheer amount of them here – where Geil shines, she shines brightly, and all her stories are raw, exposed, and sometimes painfully honest. Even a few of the poems that aren’t quite as strong as the others manage to tug at the reader’s emotions.

Geil is not afraid to put all her raw, unfiltered, unabashed emotions on the page and ‘her’ story is often universal. The situations may not be precisely identical, but the emotions are easily felt and understood.

For those who love poetry, Podunk Moon is worth the time it takes to read, as is the excerpt of The Great American that follows. Podunk Moon is a true anthology that takes time for a reader to make their way through, especially if they want to fully engage and immerse themselves in the story Geil has laid out for them, but the payoff is immense.

Even those who may think they’re not fans of poetry may find her words and experiences something that stirs something within them, with Geil touching on some very universal experiences.

It’s dark and messy, but it’s real.

I highly encouraging giving Podunk Moon a chance. Perhaps it will stir up old emotions or help to feel less alone in dealing with current ones, but Geil’s words are likely to invoke some sort of reaction within the reader.

Writer’s Note: In exchange for an honest review, I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Photo Credit: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Erin Geil

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My dreams came true because of Shania Twain https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/07/26/my-dreams-came-true-because-of-shania-twain/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:00:36 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5763 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

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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.

I’ve been listening to Shania Twain since I could hear; “Come On Over” was the first cassette tape I remember, and the only one I ever played. I would sit in my room with only a clunky little disco ball from Chuck E. Cheese spinning lights across the walls while she gave me a private concert each night.

She kicked-off July 17’s two-hour spectacle of the Now Tour with her upbeat new hit “Life’s About To Get Good,” directly followed by “Come On Over” for a joyous start.

I saw her in 2015 during the “Rock This Country” tour, and she was just as good this time around, maybe even better because she waved AND smiled at me! She sounded incredible the whole night, singing and dancing with a smile on her face, pulling out favorites like “Up!” “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You),” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” She even floated above the floor crowd to sing “You’re Still The One.” All the while she rocked every outfit she had on, be it a sexy catsuit, a leopard print ensemble, or her signature top hat.

Twain also took us down memory lane in the second half of her performance, showing us segments of music videos from “You Win My Love,” “The Woman in Me,” and a few others. It was an inventive way to incorporate classic songs that were bumped for the new material, and I really like how she did it.

Then, she went right into, in my opinion, the best performance of the night: “From This Moment On.” She stood there in a stunning gown and belted one of my favorite songs to perfection, bringing tears to my eyes.

Of course, Shania Twain is more than an artist to me; her music has encouraged and inspired me my whole life. She’s also been very open about her struggles, and I’ve been open about mine.

“Now” was released during my months of inpatient/outpatient treatment in 2017, and its songs got me through. My favorite on the album is “I’m Alright,” which she called her “mascot” on stage; seeing her sing that right in front of me was surreal.

Ms. Twain’s opener, Switzerland native Bastian Baker, got the crowd revved up at the start, while also returning as a formidable partner for “Party For Two” and “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.” Her band, singers and dancers were all commendable, too, and it was easy to see they were enjoying themselves; they even put on a steamy “Magic Mike, but better” show, as she calls it, to “More Fun.”

She closed with “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “Rock This Country” as the crowd went wild, wishing she could stay forever. Seeing my idol right in front of me was a dream come true, and I am positive that I will never see a better concert. Plus, I have plenty of pictures, confetti, streamers, AND the pick that guitarist Cory Churko threw me from the stage to remind me of the perfect evening.

Shania Twain will always be my favorite artist, and until I get to see her again, I’ll hold on to something she said before singing “Up!”: “Life has a lot of ups and downs. Right now, I just want to stay positive in saying that there’s nowhere but up from here.”

Photo Credit: Daniel Morgan 

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What to do when you can’t attend Comic Con https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/07/25/what-to-do-when-you-cant-attend-comic-con/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:39 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5758 By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer If you spend any time on social media, chances are your news feed blew up with pictures and headlines from San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). Unless you are one of the lucky 130,000 attendees at this year’s convention, you can easily get lost in the abundance of SDCC news. However,

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If you spend any time on social media, chances are your news feed blew up with pictures and headlines from San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). Unless you are one of the lucky 130,000 attendees at this year’s convention, you can easily get lost in the abundance of SDCC news.

However, just because you couldn’t attend the convention doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun. Here are some ideas on how to keep your geek spirit lifted without that precious SDCC badge.

5. Keep up with the biggest announcements

It’s easy to get frustrated when the only news from the Comic Con you see are fan pictures with your favorite actors. However, not all SDCC events are that exclusive. Head over to YouTube to catch up on the newly released trailers for Aquaman, Dr. Who: Series 11, Titans and more.

4. Share that fan spirit

Dig up all your favorite graphic t-shirts and look fabulous! Remember that feeling of instant joy when you see a stranger wearing fan merch you like? Bring that sense of community to others. Your workplace or a local café might not be suitable for an elaborate cosplay, but that T’Challa t-shirt definitely will cheer up people around you.

3. Read, read, read!

Before there was the Arrowverse, Nolanverse and all other cinematic universes, there were comic books. Go back to the roots of the Comic Con and read a graphic novel; but this time, pick up something new. Instead of rereading The Killing Joke, learn more about the comics that never made it to the big or small screen or challenge yourself to read a story about a character you don’t think you would like.

2. Plan a trip to your next convention.

Yes, you couldn’t make it to SDCC, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find that convention spirit elsewhere. Mobilize your friends and plan a trip to a convention near you. You can find a list of upcoming events here.

1. Pre-order the essentials

There comes the time when even such great movies as Infinity War have to leave the theaters. That is disappointing, but it doesn’t have to be the end. Get your own copy of Avengers: Infinity War to bawl your eyes out whenever you feel like it. Also don’t forget about Deadpool 2 (Super Duper Cut) and the new DC Universe streaming service membership.

Find out more about SDCC 2018 on Vox, CNet and Screen Junkies.

Photo Credit: Natasha Muhametzyanova

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Pro-sports should consider changing up schedules https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/07/19/pro-sports-should-consider-changing-up-schedules/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:00:08 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5743 By Walker Polivka, Contributing Writer The PGA Tour recently announced their new schedule for the 2018-19 season. The new schedule involves several major changes to the schedule, including the addition of two new tournaments, the removal of a playoff event, moving The Players Championship from May back to March, and moving The PGA Championship from

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By Walker Polivka, Contributing Writer

The PGA Tour recently announced their new schedule for the 2018-19 season. The new schedule involves several major changes to the schedule, including the addition of two new tournaments, the removal of a playoff event, moving The Players Championship from May back to March, and moving The PGA Championship from August to May.

The new season will wrap up around Labor Day, which has been something the PGA Tour has long sought to do so they wouldn’t have to compete with the NFL for ratings during the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

This recent revamp of the schedule got me thinking about what other sports could do to improve their schedules. I’ve listed below five changes to other professional sports’ schedules that would improve their schedules considerably and make things more enjoyable for the fans.

One of my more radical changes is for the NFL schedule. My thought is to get rid of the pre-season completely and turn those four games into regular season games with an additional bye-week added in. Those four games bring you up to 20 games in 22 weeks, plus the post-season.

This might drive up the risk of injury, but this would put a premium on who has more depth on their team. Revenues go up and bring in more money, plus fans get more games. The season still raps up at the same time and everyone involved has a reason to be happy.

One of my weirder changes comes to the NHL schedule. I’d leave the regular season as it is, but I’d tweak the post-season. I would change the first round of the playoffs to a round robin style, where each team plays each of the other three playoff teams in its division once. The team who does the best in that division moves on. This cuts down on the amount of time it takes to play each series.

After that, the winners of each division play each other to win their conference and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals would stay as a seven-game series. This way, the season wraps up a little earlier and you still get to see the best teams face off against each other.

I’ve always been a big NASCAR fan. However, there isn’t enough variety in the types of tracks they race on. The tracks are great, but they race on too many of the same length. There are eleven races during the season on one and one-half mile tracks, which comes out to just under a third of the races. You want to see these drivers race on a variety of different track styles.

There are no street races in any of NASCAR’s three major series. The truck series is the only series to race on a dirt track. Plus, NASCAR races on certain tracks multiple times each season. By limiting each track to one race per year and adding a few new tracks in, the season gets shortened by several weeks.

This might disappoint some fans, but if there is a better variety of tracks that give more drivers an opportunity to win, then I could live with a shorter season.

Another change I’d make is to the NBA playoffs. Personally, I think too many teams make the playoffs. Each year, 16 of the 30 teams get in. Several years, teams with losing records have gotten in. Usually, there are only four or five teams that have a legitimate chance of winning the title while the rest are just there for the ride.

Therefore, I’d cut the playoffs in half. Each of the division winners get in, plus the team who had the best record in each conference without winning their division. All of the series would remain seven games. One versus four and two versus three match-up for the first round.

The winners then play each other and then that winner makes the finals. It cuts down on the amount of games that have to be played for no reason and trims down the season by a few weeks.

Lastly, I’d like to see Major League Baseball shorten their schedule. This change has been long overdue; 162 games is plenty enough to decide who the best teams in the League are.

 Playing three and four games in a row against the same team has also run its course as well. I have two options to solve the baseball conundrum. Shortening the schedule to 82 games like the NBA and NHL uses for their schedule would easily prove who the best teams are.

The other option would be if each team plays one series against the other teams for the season. Playing 29 teams for a three-game series each means one team would play 87 games. That is enough to determine who the best is.

Leave the playoffs as they are, put the All-Star break halfway through the season, and the season wraps up in August rather than in October. When too many sports overlap, it becomes an issue. This would help things along considerably.

I’m a bit of dreamer. Most sports enthusiasts who see changes like this typically are set in their ways and like things to remain the same. I feel that change is necessary to improve things for the viewer. These ideas might be me blowing smoke, but I think these changes could revolutionize the way we view sports. We shall see in the future what lies ahead for the schedule.

Photo Credit: Walker Polivka

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Sore legs and amazing memories: My first hiking trip  https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/07/12/sore-legs-and-amazing-memories-my-first-hiking-trip/ Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:00:43 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5736 By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer This past month, my aunt and uncle invited me to spend a few days with them and my cousin at a cabin in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. “It’s a time to get away and also have one goal: to spend time together,” said my cousin Nicole Young about

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By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer

This past month, my aunt and uncle invited me to spend a few days with them and my cousin at a cabin in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.

“It’s a time to get away and also have one goal: to spend time together,” said my cousin Nicole Young about her family’s ongoing enjoyment of nature trails and cabin-dwelling.

I had never been on legitimate hiking trails before (unless you count that time I got my buddy and I lost in the woods behind campus for two hours…), and I have to say, the experience was much different than what I expected. I thought I would just be walking in between some trees while seeing an occasional rock or two. But the trails I went on were peaceful and picturesque. 

The first trail we took led us to Cedar Falls. It was a nice, cool Wednesday evening, and the path was not at all crowded. The trail looked very nice with natural streams and creeks trickling beneath some bridges.

Waterfall on Cedar Falls trail

We finally reached the waterfall, and it was breathtaking. It wasn’t huge, and the water wasn’t especially deep, but the view was anything but ordinary. Pictures are nice and all, but seeing such nature in person is a totally different experience. 

We took my aunt and uncle’s dog Max with us, and he even met a four-legged friend of his own.

We decided to be a bit more adventurous the next day of hiking. We took a small trail in the morning to get us started; a quick trip to the beautiful Ash Cave did not disappoint. The natural landscape was absolutely beautiful, and the waterfall made for a striking scene. We brought Max’s sister Sadie with us on this trail, too. 

Ash Cave

After lunch, we set our sights on Conkle’s Hollow. We took the rim trail: a two-and-a-half-mile trek up and around the mountainous hollow. It was simply amazing, and literally breathtaking; our calves were talking back to us throughout the rest of the trip. 

It took us over two hours but seeing over the tops of the cliffs was a moment I won’t soon forget, especially seeing that one wrong step could’ve been our last. Our favorite sign read, “Do not become a statistic.”

Conkle’s Hollow

I had never stayed in a cabin in the woods either (no, not THAT cabin in the woods), and the experience was delightful. It was secluded and serene, the decor was charming, and it didn’t take long to reach the trails. 

And of course, what’s camping without s’mores? We definitely made use of charcoal when faced with a case of damp firewood. 

I also enjoyed the lack of cell phone service throughout the area. It was very refreshing to have no reason or urge to grab my pocket because of a buzz or ding. It allowed us to actually enjoy our time embracing nature as well as each other’s company. 

And when we weren’t hiking, we further enjoyed being “disconnected” by playing board games, exploring the cabin, and even getting a chance to relax and soak up the quiet by enjoying a good book on the porch. 

So, I would definitely visit Hocking Hills again as well as other state parks and hiking trails. I really enjoyed the experience, and it won’t be long until scrolling through my photos prompts me to find more scenic areas to explore. 

Photo Credit: Daniel Morgan

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Popular summer festivals return to Wheeling https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/07/10/popular-summer-festivals-return-to-wheeling/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5731 By Emily Salvatori, Editor During the summer months, many festivals grace Wheeling, W. Va. While some have already passed, there are still many yet to come! Here are some of the upcoming festivals that have become summer staples in the area. The St. Michael Parish Community Festival The St. Michael Parish Community Festival will be

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By Emily Salvatori, Editor

During the summer months, many festivals grace Wheeling, W. Va. While some have already passed, there are still many yet to come! Here are some of the upcoming festivals that have become summer staples in the area.

The St. Michael Parish Community Festival

The St. Michael Parish Community Festival will be held July 12, 13 and 14 at the St. Michael Parish. There will be food, basket raffles, kid’s games, inflatables and music.

Festival of India

The Festival of India will take place at the Wheeling Heritage Port on July 14 from noon until 8 p.m. at the Wheeling Heritage Port.

The Grecian Fest

On July 25-28, The Grecian Fest will be held on 2215 Chapline Street in Wheeling. Music, Agape Dancers, food and pastries, and shopping can all be found at the festival. There is free admission to the Grecian Fest. For more information, visit their website.

Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival

According to the festival’s website, “The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is the undisputed Granddaddy of outdoor festivals in this area of the country and one of the largest in West Virginia.” Festival goers can expect food, live entertainment, vendors and more. Plus, admission is free! This popular festival will be held July 27, 28, 29 near the Wheeling Heritage Port on Water Street.

The Heritage Music BluesFest

On August 10-12, the Heritage Music BluesFest will return for its 18th year. Tickets begin at $40 for a day pass, and can be purchased on the website. During this festival, audience members are able to enjoy blues music as well as food, art and goods.

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“Tag” movie hides heartwarming message in comedic action https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/06/28/tag-movie-hides-heartwarming-message-in-comedic-action/ https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/06/28/tag-movie-hides-heartwarming-message-in-comedic-action/#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2018 22:38:28 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5728 By Macy Santicola, Contributing Writer On the surface, Tag, directed by Jeff Tomsic, appears to be just another off-color comedy in the same vein as The Hangover. For the most part, it is; but at the heart of the film that hit theaters June 15 is a story about friendship. The film stars Ed Helms,

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By Macy Santicola, Contributing Writer

On the surface, Tag, directed by Jeff Tomsic, appears to be just another off-color comedy in the same vein as The Hangover. For the most part, it is; but at the heart of the film that hit theaters June 15 is a story about friendship.

The film stars Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, and Jeremy Renner as four friends who have engaged in an annual game of tag for thirty years. Every May, the game is on and the objective is to not be “it” when the clock hits midnight on June 1. The elaborate game of tag, which features rules and amendments made over the years, has survived the natural separation that occurs with long-time friends and is used as a way to get the group back together.

Tag features ridiculously over-the-top action scenes as the group of friends attempt to tag Jerry (played by Renner) who has never been “it” in the entire 30-year span of the game. The film is rated R and is laced with crude humor, but the jokes among the group of friends are relatable.

To the credit of the superb cast, none of the comedic moments felt forced and elicited laughs from the audience. The physical elements, however, were often too exaggerated and unbelievable which tended to take away from the chemistry between the cast.

The film is actually loosely based on a true story of ten friends who have been playing tag since high school. Their story was covered in an article in The Wall Street Journal and is significantly less intense than portrayed in the film. While none of the characters represent the real men, some of the featured “tags” in the film were based on the group’s real tags, including one friend tagged at his father’s funeral.

The distracting dramatics do take away from the message of friendship, but the film does bring it back to what’s important at the end.

Overall, the film won’t go down as the funniest of the decade, but is a great choice for a night out with friends, especially those finally together during the summer break.

Photo Credit: Tag, IMDb.com

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2018 FIFA World Cup: 5 things you should know https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/06/26/2018-fifa-world-cup-5-things-you-need-to-know/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:00:10 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5722 By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer  The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on June 14, and it will be finished with the final match on July 15. This year’s World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup, and the FIFA has already launched many technological surprises for the players and fans. Here are

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By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on June 14, and it will be finished with the final match on July 15. This year’s World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup, and the FIFA has already launched many technological surprises for the players and fans. Here are five things you should know about the World Cup in Russia!

5. VAR helps keep the game fair

FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced they would for the first time use the VAR system, which stands for Video Assistant Referee, to make the game more transparent and fairer. Technology supported by SONY, the system offers clearer pictures and different camera angles to assist the referee to make an accurate penalty.

For a decision made on the pitch to be overturned, it must be a “clear error.” The VAR judges, which is a team consisting of a video assistant referee, his assistant and a replay operator, can notify the main referee a potential error while reviewing the decision.

4. Telstar 18: the official ball

Designed by Adidas, Telstar 18 has been launched to be the official ball for this year’s World Cup. The Telstar 18 has six panels with black-and-white debris pattern, which was inspired by Russian cityscapes. It is also equipped with an electronic NFC chip that allows fans and players to unlock exclusive content by activating a special identifier via a smartphone.

Another fun fact about the Telstar 18 is that it has been taken to the outer space and has been played by two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station.

3. NASA goes to the World Cup

Adidas released an adizero 99g boot that cooperated with NASA. It is probably the lightest boot you can find on the market – it’s also limited edition. Only 299 pairs would be sold, and they are all size 8.5. With the appearance of its concept in 2013, Adidas has gone through more than 50 different materials through testing. They finally picked a super thin material as the base then added a special coated film on top, which not only makes the sneaker super thin, but also durable.

It has been reported that Argentina national team’s player Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will put on this advanced sneaker in this World Cup.

2. 360-degree Virtual Reality Experience

FIFA has enhanced the digital experience by allowing fans to stream the all the matches live from an mobile app in Virtual Reality (VR). British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Sports provides VR live broadcast services through a special developed BBC Sport VR-FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 application, which supports multiple VR platforms and devices, such as Apple, Android, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Go, and PlayStation VR, to give viewers a 360-degree video-on-demand experience.

The new technology will make the viewers feel like they were in the stadium.

1. Ticket=Visa

Believe it or not, all spectators who possess a Fan ID and game ticket can travel throughout Russia during the World Cup without a Russian visa. Also, Fan ID and ticket holders can enjoy free public transportation in and between the host cities on match days.

The tickets’ ultra-high security design is the biggest highlight, which includes a barcode positioned on the right hand side and a hologram next to the sector map.

“Every ticket is personalized, meaning that the name of the ticket holder will be printed on it,” the FIFA said in Russian News Agency’s news. “Provided the persons entering the stadium have a valid ticket and their Fan ID and have been duly registered by the ticket purchaser (at the official FIFA website web source), access to the stadium will be granted.”

Photo Credit: Adidas, FIFA

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Summer care: preventing sunburns, staying safe https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/06/22/summer-care-preventing-sunburns-staying-safe/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:00:10 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5718 By Ashley Cole, Contributing Writer Now that nicer weather is upon us and many of us now have the time to spend outside, sunburns are a very real concern. Many students, now free of the burdens of classes and papers, love to spend time outside at the beach or doing other activities. Many forget or

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By Ashley Cole, Contributing Writer

Now that nicer weather is upon us and many of us now have the time to spend outside, sunburns are a very real concern. Many students, now free of the burdens of classes and papers, love to spend time outside at the beach or doing other activities. Many forget or are not aware of proper skin care for the outdoors.

Sunburn is a real and dangerous concern. Even a slight sunburn can lead to some unpleasant time that takes away from summer fun. So, here are some great tips to avoid sunburn!

  • Sunscreen

One of the main ways to avoid a sunburn is to wear sunscreen. Always pay attention to the SPF number on the products, as this shows the level of protection that product can provide. Everyone skin is different and their SPF range will be too. The 30-50 SPF range is a good place to start.

  • Reapply!

While sunscreen is important, remembering to reapply is just as important! Skin oils, the weather and the activities of the user cause sunscreen to wear off. Reapplication is key to staying sunburn free. Again, everyone is different, but reapplying every 1-2 hours seems to be the best range.

  • Hats and Sunglasses

Hats and sunglasses keep the sun off of your head, neck and parts of your face. Wide brimmed hats are the best at protection. According to Arrowhead Health Centers, at least three inches in diameter is a good brim and when purchasing sunglasses, get ones that have 100% UV light blockage.

  • UV Clothing

Certain clothing materials provide better protection from the sun. According to the same article by Arrowood Health Center, tightly woven fabrics like denim have better protection. Lighter colored clothing also attracts less UV rays while darker colors draw them.

These tips should helps keep everyone outside enjoying the sun! For more tips in prevention and tips in dealing with sunburn, look here.

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