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English Ed major wins national fellowship

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

Senior English Education major Rachel Wurster is one of two national recipients of this year’s Robert W. Sledge Fellowship, through the national honor fraternity Alpha Chi. Wurster was selected based on her submission of an academic paper, entitled “Her World, Her Way?: An Exploration of Racial Depictions and Stereotypes in Seventeen Magazine.” The fellowship includes a $3,500 award to go toward a graduate degree program.

Administrators urge positivity despite budget cuts

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

In recent weeks, there have been a number of articles published about university cuts to certain academic programs, extracurricular activities, and other areas. According to administrators, these budget cuts have resulted from reductions in state appropriation and a decline in enrollment; however, they said, the university is continuing to work toward overcoming these challenges and the West Liberty community should try to stay positive.

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.

Loughman and students finish Texas crayfish research

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

In March, Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Zachary Loughman and his team of four West Liberty University students concluded an almost two-year-long crayfish biology project that took them all the way to east Texas. Not only did they get to travel much farther than their usual Appalachian range, but they made a number of scientific discoveries that they plan to publish soon.

Bestselling Author Visits WLU for Hughes Lecture Series

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture Series will be presenting the New York Times bestselling author Charlie Lovett for several events on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7.

Lovett is a writer, teacher, and playwright, and his bestselling works include his first novel, The Bookman’s Tale, and recent book, The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge. He started as an antiquarian bookseller and collects books and other materials related to Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, about whom he has written five books, has spoken at international events, and has curated major exhibitions.

WLU and Korean university establish partnership

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

Recently, WLU Associate Professor of Graphic Design Moonjung Kang established a partnership between West Liberty University and Hanbat National University in Korea.

Wind Ensemble concert showcases Hilltopper talent

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

To start with, I am not a musician. I have no specialized or technical knowledge about music, but I attended Wednesday night’s Odds and Evens Concert, performed by the West Liberty Wind Ensemble – and I was impressed. I think this concert showed just how tremendous and diverse the talent here on the hilltop is, and how events like these can bring lots of people—musicians or not—together.

The concert began at 7:30 p.m. the evening of Wednesday, March 23, in College Hall. The Wind Ensemble, with its 32 student musicians, two professors, and conductor and professor Patrick Garrett, started with a piece called “Mangulina.” Happily, I found that most of the seats around me were filled, with more people walking in as the show was beginning. I stopped counting heads when I got to 50.

Make the last 50 days of school count

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

Tomorrow marks 50 days until the end of the semester. In 50 days, West Liberty students will be taking their last final exams of the academic year, packing up and driving home for the summer (if they haven’t already), or adding the finishing touches to the decorations on their graduation caps for the next day’s commencement ceremonies. The “spring” semester is finally, weather-wise, living up to its name, and the days are numbered until summer vacation arrives.

Regional Science Fair to be held this Saturday

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

The annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held at West Liberty on Saturday, Feb. 27. Between 70 and 100 middle school and high school students, grades six through 12, from eight eligible counties in Ohio and West Virginia, are expected to display their science projects and compete for prizes. The event will be held in Campbell Hall of Health Sciences, with an awards ceremony in College Hall, according to the science fair’s webpage under the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

This year, the science fair is sponsored by Southwestern Energy, the third largest producer of natural gas in the continental United States. According to Dr. Zachary Loughman, Assistant Professor of Biology and Co-Director of the Regional Science and Engineering Fair, this sponsorship is providing the fair with the ability to grant monetary awards to the first, second, and third place winners this year.

‘Ampersand’ accepts creative work from all majors

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

“Ampersand” is currently accepting writing and artwork submissions for this year’s edition. This will mark the 35th year for the annual creative writing publication, which is produced by the Omicron Nu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

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