ARC Celebrates New Name and Look

By Nikki Ellis

PHILIPPI, W. Va. – From ACES to  ARC, it’s a whole new look. 

The Academic Resource Center, formerly known as the Academic Center for Educational Success (ACES), celebrates a remodel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and pizza party on Burbick’s 3rd floor. 

On March 1st, Wednesday morning, at 11:30, Kellie McMillen, some of the AB Faculty and Staff, and students kicked off the open house of the newly-remodeled Academic Resource Center with a pizza party. 

“It was not a very warm and inviting area.” Kellie McMillen, Director of Career and Academic Services, said. “I wanted it to better suit student needs and not be as outdated.” 

Renaming the space of the Academic Resource Center was one of the steps to improving the center for students. Additional changes are the new carpeting and furniture donated by Ed Snively, the President of the Delphic Alumni Association. 

“We received the carpet last spring, and Ed Snively helped with donating new furniture this past September,” McMillen said. 

With the ribbon cutting and pizza party for students and staff, attendees compared the changes with a before-and-after experience. Photos were taped to the wall, allowing everyone to compare the old rustic orange carpet that was originally there when the building was built to the new modern grayish-black one that was put in last year. 

Various students agree with the new transition for the ARC and even have opted in studying in the space compared to before. 

“It is more organized and feels more aesthetically pleasing.” Caleb Frey, a sophomore, said. 

The ARC transformed from an intimidating office style to an open study space and resource for students wanting to do well academically. 

“It is a calmer environment and more easily approachable.” Nicole Grisso, a sophomore, said. 

The ARC is welcome to all students needing to study, needing study and test-taking tips, as well as additional resources regarding professional advancement, resume writing help, etc. 
For more information on what the ARC offers, contact Kellie McMillen, Director of Career and Academic Services at or stop by Burbick on the 3rd floor.

Record Still Stands After Lacrosse Goalie Stops 25

By Tyreek Jenkins

The women’s Lacrosse team started the season off with a statement to put in the history books.  Playing against Felician University on Feb 19, junior goalie Taylor Young nearly broke the record for saves in a single game with a 25-save effort. The record is 26 saves, held by Katie Laird. Young’s goaltending moved her into second all-time for saves. Third place is held by Paxton Boyers with record of 24 saves

“Going into the game I set high standards for myself and my teammates who worked hard and pushed me as well as we kept the pace the entire game,” Young said. 

Young faced 59 shots in the 17-9 loss. Although the Battlers fell short to Felician, Young was ecstatic about breaking Boyer’s mark of 24 saves.

“I want to thank my teammates, parents, and coaches for pushing me to become a better player every day,” Young said.

The women’s team are back at it again Thursday at 4 p.m. for their home opener for the season.

Watch Your Step: Dog Messes and Unregistered Pets Spawn Complaints

By Tyreek Jenkins

Complaints about dog feces around campus prompted Dean Michael Kochka to send out a mass email to students on January 9, 2023.

Kochka warned that owners of unregistered pets would face consequences. He also said that some faculty, staff and students were extremely upset about the messes left behind by dogs.

“There are so many people on campus who are super far from home and just want an animal to comfort them,” Freshman Acro and Cheer team member Sydney Gibson said. “It sucks that people who don’t know how to pick up after themselves ruin it for the rest of us.”  

Kochka is aware that unregistered pets are on campus but he also understands the need for pets.

“I wouldn’t have such a big problem with animals on campus if people took care and cleaned after their pet,” Kochka said. “I’m an animal lover too.” 

“The cleaning staff here shouldn’t have to clean up after someone else’s pet,” he said.

Kochka referred to the student handbook which states that pets must be registered. He also said if unregistered animals are not removed from campus, offenders would be charged for not following the handbook.

“Pets and unapproved animals are not allowed in the residence halls with the exception of fish kept in an aquarium (maximum of one 20-gallon tank or equivalent per room). Students with unauthorized animals must remove the animal immediately and will be charged $250.00 to their student account. Repeat offenders may be charged a higher amount. The responsible student will additionally be billed for extermination fees, cleaning services, and any damage caused by the animals,” according to page 29 of the Student Handbook.

Senior Matthew Cogar, who registered his dog two years ago, said that he respects the rules in the handbook, but he felt like the registration process took too long. 

Kochka said that it’s not up to him to change the rule based on pets but was open to the suggestion that students pay for their pet to be on campus instead of registering it as an Emotional Support Animal. However, he said that only the Cabinet and Board of Trustees have the authority to change rules within the handbook.

“I’m following the protocol I read when I was employed here. Every student should follow the handbook.” Kochka said

Johnson Leads Wrestlers to Back-to-back MEC Titles

By Nikki Ellis

PHILIPPI, W.Va –The Alderson Broaddus University Wrestling team secured 1st place in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) for the second year in a row.

Dwayne Johnson, a senior Exercise Science major from Baltimore, Maryland, won 1st place in the 197 weight class at the MEC Championship on January 28, 2023 at West Liberty. 

Having only officially competed as a  Battler for the  Wrestling team for two years, Johnson has a history and love of wrestling from his high school days. He’s continuing that love by training, practicing, and maintaining a friendly relationship with his teammates and coach throughout his college years as well. 

Coming in as a freshman, Johnson decided to focus on his academic work and put athletics on the backburner while he found his footing at the collegiate level. 

“I was three credits short of being eligible,” Johnson said. “I wanted to take that time to focus on school.”

Though Johnson did not formally compete that first year, he remained dedicated to training, practicing, and traveling with the team to support his friends and the program. 

He did not step onto the wrestling team officially until his junior year at AB, after playing for the football team his sophomore year. Johnson acknowledges his love for football waned, but his love for wrestling is what motivated him to talk with Sam Gardner, the Head Wrestling Coach, about formally joining the team and being able to compete. 

“God blessed me with the talent to wrestle and my love for football faded,” Johnson said. 

The decision proved to be a good choice for the athlete. In his first season wrestling, Johnson placed 4th at the Messiah Tournament, 2nd place at the Waynesburg Tournament, and 1st place at the JCU Tournament. 

This season, his last as an Alderson Broaddus Battler, Johnson aims to improve his weaker positions, becoming more attentive, honing in and sharpening the craft more, and just working hard. In response to winning the MEC Championship, Johnson is reflective and proud of the accomplishment. 

“It was a blessing, and a very humbling experience,” Johnson said. “It was a lot of hard work that finally paid off.” 

Sam Gardner praised Johnson and his performance in a post meet interview that was featured on

 “I’m so happy for Dwayne,” Gardner said. “He earned this championship with hard work and unshakable positivity. He lives the lifestyle of a champion, and it paid off with a championship. He’s getting better every week. We knew he had a tough opponent in the final, but we had him scouted and we had a plan, and Dwayne followed that plan exactly. The Roc is exactly the kind of student-athlete we want to be a Battler. I’m so proud of him.” 

Johnson is eager to move forward to compete in Regionals in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on February 25th, 2023 and hopefully at Nationals in Iowa in early March. 

Animals in Kemper Redd Freeze to Death

By Nikki Ellis

While students were home with family and friends over the holiday break, the animals who lived on the second floor in Professors Matthew McKinney and Kristi Grassi’s lab rooms at Alderson Broaddus University froze to death amongst other problems in the building. 

On December 27, parts of Philippi fell victim to a power outage. The power outage unfortunately affected some of the buildings on campus. The hardest hit was Kemper Redd. 

According to weather reports, the average temperatures for Philippi in December are recorded as 46 degrees being the high, and the low at 26 degrees. 

Unable to stay warm, six fish, two birds, and a snake froze to death. 

Samantha Grimes, a senior Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management double major, entered the building with a security officer to find the deceased animals and additional damage. 

“When I went to feed the animals, I had to get a security officer to get into the building.” Grimes said. “We heard an alarm going off and there was an alert about smoke in the boiler rooms.”

Grimes is McKinney’s Teacher Assistant who undertook the care of the animals and is deeply saddened by the incident, as well as the whole Natural Resource Club. 

Adding to the chaos, the frozen pipes soon burst, flooding five rooms on the first and third floors of the building. 

Professors Adam Anderson and Sobha Priyadarshini Gorugantula are misplaced from their offices due to the water damage from the flooding. 

According to reports from professors in the building, there were no reports from the city about it being a planned power outage despite rumors. 

“From what I know it wasn’t a planned outage,” McKinney said. 

McKinney’s lab housed the fish and the snake that fell victim to the freezing temperatures, while the two birds were in Grassi’s room.

Longer Hours in The Cave, Better for Athletes

by Edonnya Alvarez

With COVID-19 taking the world by storm, changes have been made here at AB, including the hours at the Cave. Before the virus, the Cave was open until 11p.m. and on the weekends it was opened until 10p.m. These hours have changed during these unprecedented times causing an inconvenience to many, especially athletes.

These hours are not ideal for the athletes who get out of practice after 9p.m. The Cave should reconsider staying open for a longer time or the athletic department should not schedule practice times during these new hours.

Being a student athlete during the pandemic comes with its advantages and disadvantages. An advantage would be that AB is able to hold practices but a disadvantage would be that practices may run through dining hours. 

Senior Brianna Miranda says, “it is very disappointing when I get out of practice and I cannot have a late night snack.” Miranda, who is on the lacrosse team, has practice that overlaps with these hours often. There are days where she will not leave practice until 9p.m. or 10p.m., which is when the cave closes. “Having a meal after practice is hard when the Cave is closed and I do not have a kitchen.” Miranda said.

There are sports who have practice during dinner time, which is why they have to eat late at night. But there is more to it, with practices being held at Philip Barbour High School, they travel on and off campus. This lowers their chances of making it back on time for their late night meal. 

The former hours of the Cave were never an issue for athlete’s because if they missed dinner, the Cave was their only option to make sure they got a chance to eat after practice. 

But to also prevent this, the athletic department should take into consideration how scheduling practices during closing hours is something that should not be ideal. With a campus full of athlete’s, scheduling the appropriate practice times for each team may be challenging, but there needs to be alternatives for the sports who have late night practices, like being able to order their food before closing hours and the Cave should not be allowed to close until their food has been picked up.

In order to make sure everyone gets a chance to eat, the Cave hours need to change, especially for athlete’s with late night practices.

Effective Communication, Key for Coach Laymon

by Brianna Miranda

Alderson Broaddus University community continues to grow with new staff, students, and coaches. 

New hire and assistant coach, Maegan Laymon, joins the women’s lacrosse team after establishing her love for the game of lacrosse and leadership in coaching college athletes. Laymon, a Illion, New York native, grew up playing soccer and participating in track and field with her two brothers before discovering lacrosse at Green Mountain College, where she was a dual sport student athlete. Laymon also participated in bowling where she was a state qualifier. 

When asked what drew her interest to the AB community, Laymon says, “I like being in the middle of nowhere, the campus is very nice and it’s not too far away from some of my family. They live about 45 minutes away from here.” 

Coach Laymon goes on to explain her excitement to begin her journey as a Battler.

“There’s so much talent and potential on this team that we can do a lot with, I’m excited to be brought on board,” Laymon said.

As much excitement there is to starting at a new program, Coach Laymon has personal and team goals for each individual to accomplish. 

“I’m looking forward to where the team can take its potential to, we have a lot to accomplish and that decides where the program takes off to,” Laymon said. 

A coaching philosophy is something coaches tend to live by while helping guide their athletes to structure. Maegan Laymon shares her coaching philosophy that she plans to bring on board with her to the team.

“As a coach, I rely on effective communication as it will demonstrate the athlete’s ability to hone in on their skills, challenges and overall voice,” Laymon said. “This is important when trying to develop not only their athleticism, but also enhances their ability to advocate for themselves in the future. I believe if you can converse with an athlete to set their own long and short term goals, it provides them with direction and motivation to keep them on track.

Ms. Battlerette

Q. How can I get more sleep with a hefty schedule? Ex. Sports, AGC, Greek life, student orgs, classes, etc.


If you are involved in this many activities the first thing you must do is prioritize. You have to figure out which subject/event is the most important and will have the biggest effect on you.

For every college student classes should be number one on your list. If you are making sure you’re attending classes, homework is done, and studying for tests then you will succeed in the classroom.  Succeeding in the classroom means you are eligible to play a sport (academic wise) and you will not be put on academic probation which means you can participate in Greek Life and be a part of student organizations. 

Next step is to decide if you personally can handle being a part of so many organizations. At first it may seem like fun being a part of something and making new friends, but over time it starts to take a toll on you. Physically, you are being pulled from class, then to a practice, then to a meeting, then to an event. Mentally, it could drain you. 

If you decide you can handle it then you must set a time to go to bed. If your first class is at 9:00 a.m. but you did not get out of practice until 9:00 p.m., try to go to bed no later than 11:00 p.m. That gives you time to shower and get a little bit of homework done. This does not mean at 11:00 p.m. turn the television off and stay up until 2:00 a.m. watching TikTok. You have to discipline yourself if you are serious about getting enough sleep. It will be tough but in time you will learn how to balance it out.  

Coliseum Construction Continues, Phase 1 Completed Soon

By Celeste Walters & Lauren McMillen

Student athletes at Alderson Broaddus University are in a frenzy as they scatter across Barbour County to find a practice place to call home. 

On January 16, 2020 Alderson Broaddus University Board of Trustees made the decision to shut down the Rex E. Pyles Arena and Memorial Coliseum for a structural repair and upgrade project. Athletic staff offices were relocated to Paul Jones and all athletic events set to take place in the Coliseum were moved off site. 

March Westin Company Inc., the contracting company hired by AB to reconstruct the Coliseum, set up barriers around the Coliseum to ensure no one would enter the premises or try to sneak in and began working last January.

Students arrived on campus with hope that construction would be done and activities in the Coliseum could resume. However, according to Athletic Director, Carrie Bodkins, although the building was shut down in January, actual physical construction of the Coliseum did not take place until five months later around mid-July. 

“There were a lot of different engineering things that had to take place first,” Bodkins said. “There were things that were happening, they were just behind the scenes.” 

The Coliseum is being constructed in two different phases: the first phase is pure maintenance with no renovations. This initial phase makes it possible for staff and athletes to reside in the building again; participation in athletics resumes, offices are used, locker rooms are occupied and training takes place again. 

Phase two will occur over a three to five-year period that would incorporate some different renovations. Bodkins along with the rest of the Board of Trustees are talking through some of the possible renovations right now but nothing is set in stone. 

“We will have a redo of the basketball court that will take place in the spring / summer,” Bodkins said.

With the transition from the Great Midwestern Conference to the Mountain East Conference it will be more of a rebrand rather than a renovation. 

If everything goes according to plan the Coliseum will reopen this weekend. 

Daily Reminders

by Jennifer Armasan

● Wear a mask over your mouth and nose 

● Practice social distancing (6 feet) 

● Wash your hands 

● Don’t touch your face with dirty hands 

● Watch out for Covid symptoms 

● Remember Covid-related absences are not something you will be penalized for 

● Cover your cough and sneeze