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.

Graphic Design majors prepare for senior exhibition

By Jordan Connor, Assistant Editor

All over West Liberty University many students, faculty, and staff are preparing for upcoming May graduation. Likewise, graphic design seniors are literally putting the final touches on their senior art projects that will be presented during the Senior Exhibition on Apr. 23, 2014 in the Nutting Gallery at WLU.

This semester, nine seniors will be presenting their final projects as WLU undergraduate students.

Every one of the students has developed their own original idea for their final project and the mediums and inspirations they’ve chosen vary as much as the student’s themselves.

The projects these seniors have in the works vary from interactive illustrations of anatomy to designer toys created with 3D printing technology.

Educational opportunities link WLU and community

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By Elizabeth Knott, Staff Writer

In Spring 2012, West Liberty University created a Community University under the direction of Vice President for Community Engagement Jeff Knierim and Dean of the School of Professional Studies Tom Michaud.

WLU’s Community University is an organization that allows volunteer presenters to offer learning opportunities to people ages 50 and older.

“These presenters are people who are knowledgeable about a certain subject or topic,” Knierim said.

Please don’t buy the Easter bunnies

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By Kacie Murray, Staff Writer

As the Easter season approaches, we start seeing images of all kinds of baby animals. Though no one really has a great answer to why these images have taken over Easter holiday industry, families have embraced the idea wholeheartedly.

Some of the fondest childhood memories are of chicks, ducklings, and bunnies on sale everywhere from farm supply to local pet stores during the Easter holiday season.

It is a popular tradition in the American household to buy a chick, duckling, or bunny as a present on Easter morning.

WLU to host second annual environmental education day

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By Caitlyn Johnson, Contribtuing Writer

The second annual West Liberty University Environmental Education Day (WLUEED 2) will take place on April 23 in the College Union Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m..

In terms of attendees and participants, last year’s event exceeded the expectations of Green Initiative Committee (GIC) Chair Dave Thomas.

Questioning core classes

By Jessica Broverman, Contributing Writer

Colleges all across the country have their own unique ways of organizing classes for their students.

In fact, colleges all around the world are unalike in several ways.

One of those factors is the requirement of core classes.

Core classes, usually involving basic math, English, science and history, are not required worldwide or even nationwide, but many question whether or not that is a good enough reason for abolishing them.

Job market looks promising for 2014 graduates

By Olivia Morgan, Online Editor

On May 10, the Spring 2014 graduates will walk across the stage and receive their college diplomas.

All of these students, at some point in their lives, decided to dedicate themselves to pursuing a higher education.

Getting a college degree was probably a main motivation for them, but presumably, the ultimate goal for students who choose to pursue a college education is to prepare for a future career.

With the recent economy slip back in 2008, the job market was extremely low. The good news is that the job market is back on the rise just in time for current students getting ready to graduate.