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.

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.