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.

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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”

Mental health is common challenge for AB students: 1 in 2 face anxiety, 1 in 3 depression

By Talia Kotz

Amorette Hughes’ four years at Alderson Broaddus University was an emotional roller coaster. She struggled with severe anxiety and depression. Seeing a therapist and the support of friends and teammates on the Acrobatic and Tumbling team helped Hughes make it through her time here as a student. She now works a communications job in Morgantown.

Many students may be able to relate to Hughes. One in two AB students-54 percent-have felt overwhelming anxiety in the past 12 months with only four percent of students seeking help, according to the National Collegiate Health Behavior survey administered to students at AB during the spring 2018 semester. Continue reading “Mental health is common challenge for AB students: 1 in 2 face anxiety, 1 in 3 depression”

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.