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.

Men’s Hoops Come Close, But Drop Home Opener

By Lauren McMillen

It was a highly anticipated day at Alderson Broaddus University for the men’s basketball team this past Saturday. 

The Battlers men’s basketball team, led by a new head coaching staff, including alumni who took over as head coach, Stephen Dye, lost their home opener against the Seton Hill Griffins on November 16 at Rex Pyles Arena.  Continue reading “Men’s Hoops Come Close, But Drop Home Opener”

AB organization strives for sports-focused community interaction

By Joseph Varela

A new organization is making strides in the sports community through an emphasis on volunteer work and local engagement.

Sport Management Student Association is a student-run organization focused on community outreach through the use of sports, and provides students with opportunities to tour professional sports venues throughout Pittsburgh. Through volunteer work, students are able to strengthen their resume and leave a lasting impact. Continue reading “AB organization strives for sports-focused community interaction”

Rugby inspires ex-Battler’s return to AB

By Hadassah Curry

When former Alderson Broaddus student Devin Andres heard rugby was coming to AB, he knew it would change his life.

Andres left the university following the end of his freshman year in 2017. He transferred to Grove City College in Pennsylvania after his spring semester, but the experience caused him to feel sadly estranged.

However, AB still held a special place in Andres’ life. When the news  of the upcoming rugby program broke, he immediately reached out to coach Lauren Miller to express his interest. Now, Andres is back to play rugby at AB. Continue reading “Rugby inspires ex-Battler’s return to AB”

Challenges to Apollo – sculptor details its creation

Mark Warner, former AB student and designer of Apollo, stands aside the sculpture he spent over five decades creating on Oct. 4. Photo by Kashawn Shifflett.

By Hadassah Curry

Apollo’s creator revealed his iconic piece took three attempts over 50 years to finish at this Thursday’s Dr. Robert V. Digman Lecture Series.

Guest speaker Mark Warner, a 1968 graduate of Alderson Broaddus University, said the weather affected earlier versions of the sculpture, which was a donation to AB’s administration. Continue reading “Challenges to Apollo – sculptor details its creation”

Homecoming triple-header lined up for weekend

By Joseph Varela

Alderson Broaddus University will cap off its homecoming week with three back-to-back games tomorrow at the Multi-Sport Performance Stadium.

The triple-header will kick off with AB’s football team taking on their conference opponent, Lake Erie College, at 1:30 p.m. This year, the Battlers are 1-4 on the year with a win coming against Glenville State College, claiming the I-79 Barrel Classic. The Battlers are currently ranked eighth overall out of nine teams in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. With only six games remaining, all of which are competition within the GMAC, the Battlers still have a chance to make the playoffs. Jalen Jackson leads the team in rushing yards with 314, while Maurice Thomas leads the team in receiving yards with 330. The leading quarterback for the Battlers is currently Joe Czelusniak, with 74 completions for a total of 881 yards and seven touchdowns.

Continue reading “Homecoming triple-header lined up for weekend”

Giant slip n’ slide set to debut Sunday

By Joseph Varela

Alderson Broaddus University will be hosting a 300-foot Slip n’ Slide on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.

The project is headed by Colter Baldwin, resident director of Blue, Gold and University dormitories. David Falletta, dean of student affairs, asked Baldwin over the summer to create a “bigger, more wild program.” After considering many options, Baldwin settled on the idea of a Slip n’ Slide. The concept was originally rejected, but after further planning and work, the idea came to life and was approved. Continue reading “Giant slip n’ slide set to debut Sunday”

AB residence halls host tasty concurrent programming

AB Men’s Lacrosse players Jackson Clement, Christian Clarkin and Logan Mccului mix a peanut butter, chocolate syrup, Oreo and milk smoothie at the BYO Smoothie program.

By Hadassah Curry

Alderson Broaddus University dormitories Blue and Priestley both hosted resident programs at 9 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The build your own smoothie program was hosted by resident assistants Joseph Varela and Nicole Kelly in Blue Hall. The pair credited the idea to their love of smoothies, and decided to utilize the versatility of the BYO acronym to promote the program.

“The phrase BYO is a common phrase because it’s so catchy,” Kelly said. Continue reading “AB residence halls host tasty concurrent programming”