First year a success for Mountain East Conference

By Nathan Johnson, Staff Writer

Many people were wondering just how the Mountain East Conference would perform during its first year of existence.

In their first seasons in the conference, many MEC teams performed very well in different sports, and some even made it to the national tournament.

During the fall, the conference was highlighted by Shepherd University in football and Wheeling Jesuit in volleyball.

WLU softball team regroups for late season push

By AJ Blehschmidt, Contributing Writer

The West Liberty Hilltoppers’ softball team has hit a bit of a rough patch in their 2014 season.

The Hilltoppers are sitting at the foot of the Mountain East Conference standings, winless in MEC games.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom as there is still a long way to go in the season.

Student to preview progressive rock album

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By Kim Rippeth, Editor

On April 15, West Liberty University student Ian Beabout will preview the new album from Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson entitled “Homo Erraticus” for the online Progressive Rock radio station progrock.com.

He will be recording the show in the recording studio of the WLU fine arts building with the permission and help of Director of Music Technology Matthew Harder.

Progrock.com stated that this album will be Anderson’s first album released in two years.

Hilltopper baseball team hits halfway mark

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By Jacob Flatley, Contributing Writer

After a hot start to the season for Coach Eric Burkle and his young West Liberty baseball team, the Hilltoppers have cooled off but still sit in a great position in the conference.

The Hilltoppers started out 9-2 and cracked into the Atlantic Regional rankings and now stand at 16-15 on the season and 13-10 in the Mountain East Conference, which is good for 6th in the conference.

“We’ve struggled offensively. Now hopefully when the weather breaks, that comes back. Now we are still in a great position, don’t get me wrong, but we’ve lost some games we should have won,” Burkle said.

WLU student awarded research fellowship

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By Hannah Mason, Contributing Writer

WLU Junior Biology student Leanne Mazzella has recently been awarded a “Bucks for Brains” fellowship to continue her research with the bacterium Francisella tularensis.

Mazzella was awarded the fellowship in February and it will fund her research starting this summer and continuing through the 2014-2015 academic year.

Newman and Tice elected SGA president and vice president for 2014-15

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By Olivia Morgan, Online Editor

After an intense week of campaigning, the votes have been tallied and WLU now has a new president and vice president, along with some new and returning senators.

The SGA president for the 2014-2015 academic year is sophomore communication studies major Evan Newman and the SGA vice president is junior public relations major Jeffrey Tice.

Newman and Tice offered the WLU student body solutions to campus related problems like a union facelift, longer Sodexo hours, support towards clubs, and more.

“These large goals will take time, so I ask the student body to stick with us and be patient. We will continue to work hard though, to assure that the students’ desires are met,” newly elected SGA President Evan Newman said.

Hilltop Players present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

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The Hilltop Players will end the 2014 theater season with a classic farce by William Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m, Thursday-Saturday, April 10, 11, 12 and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at Kelly Theatre.

Plans come together for fourth Great Gala

By Caitlyn Johnson, Contributing Writer

On Saturday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glessner Auditorium at Oglebay Park, the WLU Office of Institutional Advancement will host its fourth annual Great Gala fundraising event.

Every year, the Great Gala becomes more fantastic than the last.

As this year’s Post War themed event quickly approaches, it is apparent that the tradition of excellence will continue.

Top five post-season moments for WLU

By Kyle Lutz, Sports Editor

The West Liberty men’s basketball team ended the regular season with a record of 24-2. In the post season, they had their ups and downs, but mostly ups. Here are the top five moments of the post season.

Voting in SGA elections

By Katie Ralbusky, Contributing Writer

SGA elections will take place on April 9 from 8 am-4 pm and the questions are: Will students vote? And if so, which method will they choose to use to cast their votes?

The first question is a bit tricky to answer. When interviewed, most students were like myself and had no clue what SGA, or the Student Government Association, even is. Students of all years had no idea what it was let alone who was running and for which positions.

I at least have the excuse of being a transfer student, and for the freshmen, it’s understandable because it’s their first time hearing about this type of activity on campus. But when fellow juniors asked me, “What is the SGA?” I had to do my own investigating to answer them.