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”

Beckley Community Honors Holocaust Victims

By Lora Owston

Temple Beth El will honor Holocaust victims with its 27th annual Remembrance Day service at WVU Tech on April 15.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, also known as Yom HaShoah, is dedicated to memorializing the 6 million Jews that perished during the Holocaust. Although Yom HaShoah is officially recognized this year on April 12, the Beckley gathering is traditionally held on the following Sunday to allow for increased attendance.

The service will remember the lives of those lost in the Holocaust and other genocides, but will also place a special emphasis on the life of Max Lewin, Beckley’s only Holocaust survivor. A never-before published interview with Lewin detailing his experiences of the Holocaust will be showcased during the service. The interview was originally recorded in 1996 for a television program by Mountain State University. However, Lewin later requested that the video never be shown during his lifetime.

“In the interview, you can see Max’s voice get broken at times; he gets more emotional,” said Temple Beth El secretary Dr. Joe Golden. “You need to empathize with that because he’s remembering the horrors that he and his family experienced and what he saw around him.”

Lewin was the only Holocaust survivor from his hometown of Lipniszki, Poland and came to the city of Beckley in 1946 to live with his brother Harry. Lewin was a local businessman in Beckley, having owned several businesses including Home Modernization, Inc. and, following his brother’s death, Harry’s Men’s Shop. Lewin passed away on August 24, 2002.

Although Lewin published his memoirs in 1968 in Yiddish, Beckley residents were unaware of the extent of his suffering until he revealed it to Temple Beth El members in 1990. This revelation led to the first Beckley Holocaust Remembrance Day service at Temple Beth El on April 14, 1991. After the dedication of the Lewin Family Bell Tower in 1996, subsequent services were moved to what is now the campus of West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

“The WVU Tech community is honored and humbled to be a part of this longstanding tradition,” said campus president Carolyn Long. “Our city – and indeed, our campus – is part of a tapestry of lives from all parts of the world, from many cultures and from many faiths…This event is so important because it reminds us that our communities cannot flourish when that light goes out.”

In addition to the video, the service will include a candle lighting ceremony, a reading of the Lewin family’s names, the story of Max Lewin, and other inspirational recitations and prayers.

Beckley’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day service will take place this year on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in West Virginia University Institute of Technology’s Carter Hall.

First-generation students face unique challenges

By Hadassah Curry

College wasn’t often mentioned in Jeremy Linaburg’s home.

Linaburg is the first in his family to attend college, but an education wasn’t part of his family’s plans.

“No one in my family went to college because they went straight to the workforce” Linaburg said. “My family expects my sister and I to be just like them working right after high school.” Continue reading “First-generation students face unique challenges”

Healthy holiday tips

By Adam Zirchelbach

The holiday season is a time to be spent with family and friends indulging in delicious food and drink. This can make it hard, especially if you are trying to make healthier decisions and stay in shape. Here are a few ideas to help keep you on track.

Whenever you have the family breakfast or dinner, try to plan accordingly so you will only need to eat twice that day. For example, if your family eats lunch at 1 pm, you will probably eat breakfast and a late dinner but if you move the family lunch to a brunch around 11 am or 12 pm then you will only need to eat twice that day. This will significantly cut down your calorie in take that day.

Another great idea, that gets the whole family involved, is going for a walk. The best time might be after the main meal so you can have time to digest your food before dessert. Just getting out of the house and in the fresh air is worth it. Not only will you burn some calories but create conversation with family.

One option, which takes a little preparation, is to have prepared 3-4 days worth of healthy meals. That way when you get hungry, instead of snacking on the really delicious but unhealthy leftovers, you have a healthy option waiting to be warmed up.

For those who are of age, limiting the number of drinks you will consume will make for healthier choices. Drinks have a lot of fat and calories so by limiting yourself and choosing light beers will help you with your goals.

This is the holiday season and you should enjoy, so do not be worrying about how much food you eat during your family brunch or dinner, just enjoy.