Committee to address course evaluation concerns

By Kacie Murray, Staff Writer

On April 4, 2014, the Office of the Provost created a committee to address growing concerns regarding the course evaluation process at West Liberty University.

At the conclusion of each course, an evaluation sheet is handed out to every student in every class. The evaluation asks students to rate their professor’s performance in areas including preparedness, fairness, and knowledge of the subject. There is also an additional section available for students to write in comments about the course. 

April marks Shakespeare’s 450th birthday


By Hannah Mason, Contributing Writer

April 23 is a busy day on the calendar for literature and book lovers.

Not only is it UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, annual World Book Night, and the death day of Miguel de Cervantes, but also this year, April 23, 2014 is also the celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and is the fifth annual “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.”

Each year, the town of Stratford-upon-Avon in England, Shakespeare’s birthplace, holds a huge celebration on a weekend near April 23 in honor of their literary claim-to-fame.

Comedy Central comedians crack up campus

By Kacie Murray, Staff Writer

Comedy Central made a stop at the West Liberty hilltop this Monday, April 21 in its fifth annual “Comedy Central on Campus” tour.

Over 300 students packed themselves into College Hall to enjoy some of Comedy Central’s rising stars. The line up included Amber Nelson, Na’im Lynn and Ron Funches. Tickets were free to all WLU students, faculty, and staff.

Well done, student voters

By Jessica Broverman, Contributing Writer

On April 7, the Student Government Association held an electoral debate for the 2014-15 presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

The turnout for the event, 85 students in all, was better than anyone expected and even left some students  standing during the debate due to lack of seating space.

LSDC offers graduate school preparation tips

By Kacie Murray, Staff Writer

After four stressful years of homework and studies at West Liberty University, WLU’s Spring 2014 graduates will be faced with the tough decision of either diving blindly into the real world or continuing their education in graduate school.

Graduate school will put me in a stronger position to get the job I want,” said junior Lauren Howard. “I would rather study now than return to school half-way through my career.”

Depending on your professional career path, an advanced education may help you reach your career goals.

WL XC coach will return to Boston Marathon

By Jacob Flatley, Contributing Writer

April 15 marked the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, and on April 21, West Liberty head cross country coach and track assistant Eric Laughlin will be returning to the site of that tragedy for his second Boston Marathon.

Laughlin’s original plan was to just run in the 2013 Boston Marathon and then not return. However, after last year’s events, his plans changed.

WLU to host three Comedy Central acts

By Kyle Lutz, Sports Editor

West Liberty University’s Student Government Association and Office of Housing and Student Life will be sponsoring a Comedy Central performance for students on Monday, April 21, 2014 in College Hall.

Comedy Central on Campus is in its fifth national tour and looks to bring some of its favorite up-and-coming comedians to WLU.

Planning for the event started earlier this year. SGA’s original idea was to have a band perform for the event.

Hilltop Players breathe life into Shakespeare

By Kacie Murray, Staff Writer

It seems to me that Shakespeare and his many works have received somewhat of a bad reputation amongst college students.

It could be a result of the countless hours spent trying to dissect   his poetry or prose for a literature final, or perhaps it is the scarring memories of our high school English teachers making us pretend to understand complex dramas like “Hamlet.”

Either way, college students tend to cringe at the thought of sitting through a play written by the very man who is responsible for causing so much stress.

However, April 10-13, the Hilltop Players breathed new life  into the Shakespearean drama “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” for the students at WLU.

WL men’s tennis prepares for MEC tourney

By Kyle Lutz, Sports Editor

When a team consists of all freshmen and one sophomore, it is expected that it is going to be a rebuilding year for that particular team.

That is what this season has been for the WLU men’s tennis team.

The Hilltoppers’ overall record is 6-12, and they finished the regular season with two straight 9-0 wins over Mountain East Conference opponents West Virginia State and Fairmont State. 

WL spring football season comes to a close

By Nathan Johnson, Staff Writer

With spring practices in full swing, coach Roger Waialae has been pleased with the competitiveness that he has seen from his football squad this spring.

“Spring drills have been going very well, and it has been very competitive this year,” Waialae said.

On offense, returning at quarterback will be junior Dylan Lagarde.

Lagarde is rotating in spring practice with redshirt freshmen Dan Leonard and Aaron Fonner.

The quarterbacks will be coached by former Hilltopper quarterback Zach Amedro this upcoming season.