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West Virginia bands take V Club stage this weekend

>   The ever-growing West Virginia music scene will be well represented this weekend, capped by the return of the popular rock band AC30, at 10 p.m. Saturday at the V Club. The festivities kick off at 10 p.m. Friday at the V Club with local funk-soul ensemble Downtown King. Full story

Limited space keeps aMUsed fans on their feet

Limited space keeps aMUsed fans on their feet

> Room 224 of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center was packed Friday night with family, friends, Marshall University students and staff for the aMUsed Dance Company’s Spring Performance. The performance is a small gathering of family and friends who join together to view Marshall performers in their spring recital, but this spring’s show exceeded expectations of President Kristin Boyd and Vice President Lauren Cundiff. Full story

The Art of Skateboarding

> Marshall University graduate Don Pendleton will present his art exhibit “Paris Signs Presents: Fine Lines: The Artwork of Don Pendleton: A Walter Gropius Artist” through May. Pendleton will speak about his artwork at 7 p.m. Thursday, and he will teach a three-day workshop at the Huntington Museum of Art titled, “Fine Lines: The Art of Skateboard Graphics” from 9 a. Full story



Country duo Sundy Best packs the V Club for a performance showcasing its fresh sound and new album

> Lexington-based country duo Sundy Best celebrated the release of their new album “Bring Up the Sun” Saturday with a packed show at the V Club in Huntington. The band filled almost two hours with material from the new album and fan favorites from its debut album “Door Without a Screen. Full story



Marshall University art students explore New York City's art culture

> Students of Marshall University’s School of Art and Design spent three days in New York City as part of an annual trip that gives them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the city’s diverse art culture. The students explored contemporary art museums in Chelsea, visited prestigious museums such as The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art and toured the Big Apple. Full story

Community fills

Community fills 'Empty Bowls'

> Marshall University students and Huntington community members came together around pottery wheels Saturday at the Marshall ceramics studio to make, or throw, clay bowls as a part of the Empty Bowls project. The event, which is now in its 11th year, is a fundraiser where clay bowls that are made by Marshall students and Huntington community members are sold at the Empty Bowls dinner with the proceeds going to the Huntington Food Bank, which aids the hungry across the tri-state. Full story


Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Jack White and Elton John among headliners

> Bonnaroovians flocked to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival website Wednesday to find out what artists will grace the festival’s lineup this year on the annual Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon. Bonnaroo has been in Manchester, Tenn. every June since 2002. Full story

The perfect blend

The perfect blend

> For 19 years, the Old Village Roaster coffee shop has provided peace in a strong cup of coffee for the people of Huntington and beyond. The shop has a steady stream of clientele each and every day, some of which have been coming since day one. Pete and Vicky Cooper have owned and operated their quaint shop, located at 919 Fourth Ave. Full story


Huntington 'Off the Beaten Path'

> Country singer and songwriter, Justin Moore, took the stage Saturday night in Big Sandy Superstore Arena for a sold out crowd in downtown Huntington. The performance included opening acts by Josh Thompson and Randy Houser, and was a part of the “Off the Beaten Path” tour, which took off Nov. Full story


Troika Ranch performs SWARM, exploring the human body and technology through multimedia installation

> The experimental theater and dance company, Troika Ranch, performed its innovative work Friday and Saturday evening at the Joan. C Edwards Playhouse as a part of the 2014 Birke Fine Arts Festival. Troika Ranch is an arts organization that creates modern, hybrid artworks through an examination of the human body and its relationship to technology. Full story

Charleston residents remain weary of restaurants

> Despite the green light by West Virginia American Water, residents are still exhibiting signs of distrust and disapproval when it comes to drinking the water served to patrons in Charleston area restaurants. Although many restaurants have resorted to serving and cooking with bottled water in order to keep patrons from being fearful of ingesting the MCHM chemical, residents of the affected counties are not eating out like they did before the Freedom Industries chemical spill. Full story

The Carpenter Ants bring soul to nightlife

> The Carpenter Ants, the long running West Virginia soul-gospel-blues group, took the stage Friday at the V Club in Huntington. Joining the band was gospel music powerhouse vocalist, the Rev. R.L. Bush. Now in its third decade as a band, the Carpenter Ants sport a resume as solid as its rhythm section. Full story

Community remembers Dr. Sam Clagg

Community remembers Dr. Sam Clagg

> The name Sam Clagg means different things to many people. He was a student, football player, professor, author, husband, father, coach, mentor and served as president of Marshall University. Clagg taught at Marshall for 38 years. He began his journey at Marshall in 1939 after graduating from Huntington High School. Full story

'Million Dollar Quartet' rocks Huntington

> Audiences applauded and sang along Sunday as author Colin Escott’s book came alive in the energizing performance of “The Million Dollar Quartet.” The musical is the tale of Sam Phillips, recording producer, bringing rock ‘n’ roll icons Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis together for a final jam session at the Sun Records recording studio took viewers back to the 1950s. Full story


> Middle school students from Fort Gay, W.Va. will visit Marshall University Friday to experience several forensic science activities at Marshall’s crime scene house in an event called CSI: Huntington. This event, organized and executed by Marshall’s forensic science graduate students, will consist of a series of hands-on activities which will incorporate areas of forensic sciences, including blood spatter analysis, firearm trajectory and  digital forensics. Full story

Art students showcase work at 842

> Artwork from the students of the School of Art and Design at Marshall University was on display at the 28th Annual Student Juried Exhibition Friday night at Gallery 842, at 842 4th Avenue in downtown Huntington. The competition consisted of 50 undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Art and Design who submitted their pieces of art worked on over the past year to a juror who determines the winning piece. Full story

Flashback to 2003

How the events of 10 years ago impact today

> Ten years ago, most college students were in elementary or middle school and very likely didn’t watch Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather each night to get their share of the news. Worried more about hanging out with friends and whether or not their crushes knew they existed, it’s fair to say that most of the major events of 2003 were of little importance then to the students who walk the campus of Marshall University today. Full story

Designer of Marco takes pride in craft

Designer of Marco takes pride in craft

> This past fall semester, Marshall University received a newly designed Marco mascot suit, which was commissioned by Dale Morton of Dale Morton Studios in Hurricane, W.Va. Morton, 45, having been in the business of making mascots since 1991 and having his own studio since 2001, was delighted when the university approached him to make a new Marco. Full story

A Gould-en legacy

A Gould-en legacy

> Alan Gould has been an influential part of Marshall University for more than 40 years. With a legacy that keeps growing, Gould continues to cement his place as a Marshall mainstay. The Herald Dispatch named him one of the top 50 influential people in the tri-state during the 20th century. Full story

TV Land Gives the Green Light on New Original Series, ‘Kirstie’

> In a world flooded with reality television shows, TV Land expects to find new success by relying on old tactics. The network brings on a new comedy taking old school rules of one-liners and on screen chemistry to bring what may be America’s next favorite comedy to its lineup. Full story

Hometown Hobbies a haven for competitive gamers

Hometown Hobbies a haven for competitive gamers

> Long known as the epitome of home gaming, board games received a facelift in 1974 when industry giant Dungeons & Dragons was introduced. No longer was gameplay limited to the confines of a playing board. The industry has continued to expand since those days. Full story

Students anticipate holiday shopping season, Black Friday madness

> Black Friday is a day that can bring on a whole range of emotions. It can bring up a competitive nature in some people while in others (mostly those working in stores on Black Friday) it brings up a fear of what may happen during the day. Black Friday is widely regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season, and it draws crowds numbering in the thousands to get the best deals. Full story

Wine Bar brings taste to Huntington

Wine Bar brings taste to Huntington

> Wine is arguably the world’s most unique drink; not a passive, uniform beverage that comes off an assembly line, but a transformative drink that constantly evolves. Wine lives. It continues to grow and change long after the fermentation process is complete. Full story

Local musician supports touring acts

Local musician supports touring acts

> Thanks to a grant from Create Huntington, Brandon Mitchell refurbished a local house venue know as Funky Towne and has been inspired to start his own business. Mitchell, a 24-year-old Huntington resident, has been booking live music shows since he was 18. Full story

Marshall accepts 1970 plane crash victim’s memorabilia

Marshall accepts 1970 plane crash victim’s memorabilia

Late Herd wide receiver’s jersey to rest in Huntington

> Memorabilia from the past found its way home to Marshall University. A framed Marshall jersey, proudly displaying the number 82, and a faded football team photo were donated Monday to the Foundation Hall. The items were donated by Sharon Holbrook from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was friends with the late Jack Repasy, a victim in the 1970 plane crash that took the lives of 75 people. Full story



> What do a professional superhero, a Marshall University student, a police officer, a barista at Starbucks, a lawyer, a tattoo artist and an assistant professor have in common? They are among the ranks of the Jewel City Rollergirls, Huntington’s first flat-track roller derby team. Full story



Memorial Ceremony unifies a community

> Students, faculty members, alumni and members of the Marshall University community gathered at the Memorial Student Center Plaza at noon Thursday to mark the 43rd anniversary of the 1970 plane crash. The ceremony featured guest speakers, performances by the university choir and wind symphony, the laying of the wreath and silencing of the fountain, and the laying of 75 roses on the fountain to represent those who died in this tragedy. Full story

Never forget...

Never forget...

Professor shares emotional story 43 years later

> Forty-three years ago it was supposed to be just like any other night for athletic trainer, Louis Peake, who was in charge of meeting the football team in the training room after the East Carolina game on Nov. 14.   “My task after the plane came back and landed in the Tri-State Airport was to be in the training room to work with the injured athletes from that ball game,” Peake said. Full story

Former Herd cheerleader returns as coach

Former Herd cheerleader returns as coach

> It’s not every day that you get the chance to cheer for the school you love and then have the opportunity to come back and lead them to victory as a coach. This is the situation Kelsey Waybright recently found herself in when she took a coaching position for the Thundering Herd Cheerleading squad at only 24 years old. Full story

Madie Carroll House: historical ties to Marshall

Madie Carroll House: historical ties to Marshall

> es. Each one has a story to tell, but more than this, their very existence forms a thread to the past. It is how we connect with our history long after the memories fade and the stories form holes that cannot be filled. The Madie Carroll House is no exception. Full story

Virtual Ticket brings BlizzCon to gamers

> Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. welcomes gamers to experience BlizzCon 2013 this weekend from home. BlizzCon is Blizzard’s annual convention to showcase its popular video game series like “World of Warcraft,” “Starcraft,” “Diablo” and “Hearthstone: Heroes of Azeroth,” this year in Anaheim, Calif. Full story



> The popular game Humans vs. Zombies is in full swing across Marshall University, with hundreds of students to run in (play) terror as students wielding brightly colored Nerf guns and balled up socks try their best to survive against the zombie hoards, played by less fortunate students. Full story

Community brings Harmony to the homeless

> The Huntington Harmony House, a nonprofit organization designed to help the homeless, is expanding its facilities and developing new services to educate and assist individuals in the community. Harmony House has been coordinating and delivering basic human services to individuals in need in the Cabell-Huntington area for the past 25 years. Full story

Civil War Days returns to Guyandotte

Civil War Days returns to Guyandotte

> Civil War history will come alive this weekend as local residents once again witness the historic Battle of Guyandotte at Guyandotte Civil War Days, an event that is celebrating its 152nd anniversary. However, one cannot fully appreciate the re-enactment without first knowing the event on which it is based. Full story



> Walking the halls of WMUL-FM’s broadcasting department speaks volumes about its accomplishments in radio. Numerous plaques and trophies line the walls. Each award on display represents a small portion of WMUL-FM’s history, like chapters in a story—a story that cannot be told without the inclusion of Charles G. Full story

Tri-State stars dance for EMO

> The fifth annual Dancing with the Tri-State’s Stars, presented by Ebenezer Medical Outreach Inc., will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Tickets can be purchased through the arena ticket office. Proceeds will benefit Ebenezer Medical Outreach. Full story

Qiet brings the noise

Qiet brings the noise

> Chameleon rockers Qiet will celebrate the release of their latest album, “Pet Driftwood (Composition #8),” with a musical tour to kick off Friday in Huntington. The talented octet made regionally famous for their eclectic blend of homegrown world music will unveil works from its latest collaboration with Eddie Ashworth of Sublime, Pennywise and Izzy Stradlin fame. Full story

aMUsed Dance Company inspires weekend audiences

aMUsed Dance Company inspires weekend audiences

> The aMUsed Dance Company performed its fall concert Friday and Saturday at the Joan C. Edward’s Performing Arts Studio. The concert, “Finding Inspiration,” was choreographed by Jessica Fox, faculty adviser of aMUsed, and the company’s dancers. The concert featured two acts. Full story

Local radio personality gives insight

Local radio personality gives insight

> Across the nation, radio stations give us news, weather, local events, and most importantly, music. Over the years, radio stations have had to adapt to new technology, and upgrade equipment. Local radio and voice personality, Ernie G. Anderson of Creative Services at Kindred Communications in Huntington, gives his insight on the ever-changing world of multi-media. Full story

Tsubasacon 2013

Tsubasacon 2013

> Anime fans of the Tri-State came together this weekend at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for the 10th annual Tsubasacon. The three-day convention focusing on all things anime showed a strong sense of community building among attendees and event organizers. Full story

Horror Redesigned

Horror Redesigned

> Frankenstein, Nosferatu, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolfman. All these famous movie monsters are being redesigned and honored by junior graphic design student Chris Huffman. Huffman has always been interested in art and has made it his goal to pursue his passion and talent. Full story

Mr. and Miss Marshall 2013

Mr. and Miss Marshall 2013

> After weeks of interviews and votes, Marshall University announced the new 2013-2014 Mr. and Miss Marshall recipients, Derek Ramsey and McKenzie Cooley. Cooley was escorted by her parents, Deb and Maurice Cooley, and Ramsey was escorted by his parents, Pam and Bill Ramsey. Full story

Spooky October

> Welcome to October, guys and ghouls. With Halloween a mere 30 days away it’s time to get in the spirit, and the Tri-state has a full calendar of events to help one channel his or her inner trick-or-treater. What says fall better than pumpkins? Guests are invited to get their gourd on by way of the 28th annual Pumpkin Festival Thursday through Sunday. Full story

12th annual Mothman Festival

12th annual Mothman Festival

Hundreds gather in Point Pleasant

> Walking through the streets of Point Pleasant, W.Va., is like strolling the archives of American history. Beneath the asphalt lies the earth where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought. Virginians and Native Americans bled and died on that land. Full story

Pi Kappa Phi member cycles for hope

Pi Kappa Phi member cycles for hope

> A typical summer for a college student may consist of going to the beach, partying or staying home and working. For Marshall University student Zachary Morris, senior public relations major from Charleston, W.Va., summer consisted of cycling 4,000 miles across America. Full story



> Shockacon, a horror and sci-fi convention, will take place in Charleston, Friday through Sunday at the Haunted Barn and Kanawha Players Theater. People who attend the convention will have the opportunity to meet horror and sci-fi celebrities. Vendors will have T-shirts, posters, DVDs, masks, Halloween-related goods and many other souvenirs for sale. Full story

Mothman festival commemorates creature

Mothman festival commemorates creature's legacy

> The Mothman. Many people know the name, but how many know the story? Some might say that the story begins in the '60s, when two couples driving down a dark road encountered a creature that should not exist. Others say it began much earlier than that, before there was even a state called West Virginia. Full story

Society of Black Scholars growing

Society of Black Scholars growing

> Marshall University is home to many student organizations, including the Society of Black Scholars. Maurice Cooley is the current director and founder of the organization as well as the creator of the concept, which helps provide students with the tools to reach their professional goals. Full story


> It is an understatement to say that gamers are excited for the release of “Grand Theft Auto V” on Sept. 17.  Unlike annual release titles, such as “Call of Duty” and “Assassin’s Creed,” it has been over five years since the release of “Grand Theft Auto IV,” and fans have become ravenous for a new game. Full story

Local market promotes affordability

Local market promotes affordability

> The Wild Ramp, a food market at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington, recently began accepting EBT cards. EBT cardholders are beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called “food stamps.” The program provides low-income households additional funds every month to help pay for groceries. Full story

Hagarty finds inspiration on Spanish coast

Hagarty finds inspiration on Spanish coast

> For 10 months out of the year, the majority of painting students and faculty call the eighth floor of Smith Hall home, including Ian Hagarty, assistant professor in the School of Art and Design. But for one month this summer, home for Hagarty was Cádiz, Spain. Full story

MU faculty performs duo

> Marshall University professor Wendell Dobbs and assistant professor Henning Vauth performed a duo recital Monday in Smith Music Hall. The pieces performed were selections of the 19th century from Germany and Austria, and featured works from Conradin Kreutzer, Carl Reinecke and Franz Schubert. Full story

Classes support local producers

Classes support local producers

> The Wild Ramp is hosting a Let’s Cook Local cooking class Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Creative Kitchens Incorporated, located at 1242 Fifth Ave. Attending the class costs $30. Each student will learn to make one or more appetizers, an entrée and one or more side dish. Full story

Katy Perry learns to 'Roar'


> How do you follow one of the biggest musical successes in your career as well as the industry? You attend your own funeral and burn your bright blue signature wig, of course. Katy Perry has spent the last year figuring out how to return to the top of the music charts and is ready to claim her rightful place with her new single, “Roar. Full story

Annual outdoor film brings Huntington community together

> A crowd of around 200 gathered Friday at Heritage Station in Huntington for the last Cinema Under the Stars event of the season, a showing of “We Are…Marshall.”   Cinema Under the Stars is a program that has been going on for two years, showing a variety of movies to the citizens of Huntington. Full story

Being independent takes ‘More Than You Think’

Being independent takes ‘More Than You Think’

The Ember Days reflect on faith, touring and life as an independent band

> In the age of Spotify and Internet radio, many independent bands have called it quits as touring costs skyrocket; but, The Ember Days, an indie rock and worship quintet from Auckland, New Zealand, have put their faith in God to provide as they tour for their latest release, “More Than You Think. Full story

Eye-opening experience for Marshall student in Palestine

Eye-opening experience for Marshall student in Palestine

> For the longest time, I believed that being part of the Palestinian diaspora was more of a disadvantage for me than a blessing; in some ways, I still feel that way. It is unfortunate that I did not grow up surrounded by the culture and traditions of my people, but for the first time in my life, I had the chance to experience them to their full degree. Full story

Experiencing China: MU student spends summer months exploring Chinese culture

Experiencing China: MU student spends summer months exploring Chinese culture

> Hiking at Qianling Mausoleum Every once in a while, we have one of those moments that stands out from the rest. A moment that unfolds so perfectly, you ask yourself if you are having an out-of-body experience or if you are experiencing an overwhelming rush of life. Full story

Marshall medical students publish literary and art review

> Marshall University medical students explore the balance between their scientific and artistic talents and passions. Published by students of Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, “Aenigma Medicorum” is a review including selections of poetry, photography, short essays and other pieces of literature and art. Full story

Marshall’s own gets lost in translation

> Before I came to China, I had built up a mental image in my head of what things would be like. All of that is out the window now. It was a surreal feeling walking into the Beijing airport after a rough 13-hour flight and seeing all the advertisements and stores written in Chinese. Full story

Samantha Jade sets airways ablaze with anticipated new single

Samantha Jade sets airways ablaze with anticipated new single


> To say someone has taken a matchstick and lit Samantha Jade's world on fire would be a bit of an understatement. Now the talented singer and songwriter, brought to fame by “X-Factor Australia,” is ready to set the rest of the world aflame with the release of her lead single, ''Firestarter. Full story

Study abroad provides Italian experience

Study abroad provides Italian experience

> While many students spent the early days of the summer working a part-time job, sitting by the pool or traveling to a beachside getaway, several Marshall University students spent their days exploring the streets of Florence, Italy. Through an interdisciplinary study abroad program hosted by the College of Fine Arts, students spent three weeks experiencing the culture and history of the city while taking courses in photography and English. Full story

Photographer brings Japan to Huntington

> Step into the Japanese Photo Panel Exhibition of photographs by Kazuyoshi Miyoshi at Gallery 842 and experience Japanese culture in downtown Huntington. Presented by the Japan Outreach Initiative at Marshall University and Gallery 842, the university’s off-campus gallery, the Japanese Photo Panel Exhibition provides Huntington residents with the opportunity to view and learn about the 12 World Heritage Sites of Japan through June 15. Full story

Tattoos offer way to express individuality

> Tattoos are a form of expression and a way to permanently show one’s individuality. For some, their bodies are like an empty canvas that can be turned into a beautiful masterpiece. Tattoos have been around for 5,000 years and have grown in popularity over the last 20 years, but the reason why people get tattoos has been heavily debated. Full story

The Life of an American Patriot

> Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator and candidate for president of the United States, first became active in politics in 1976 when he joined the College Republicans as a student at Penn State University. Santorum encourages students to run for class officer and help make their school better. Full story

English professor retires after thirty years at Marshall

> Shirley Lumpkin is a professor in Marshall University’s English department, and at the close of this year Lumpkin will retire from a 30-year career at Marshall. Lumpkin said the job market was tight in the 1980s, when she was looking for a job. “What I had always been looking for was a school whose mission was teaching,” Lumpkin said. Full story

A local ray of sunshine

Family owned business provides hair, nail and tanning services

> Sun Time Salon is a local, family-owned business, which has been in the area for seven years. Sun Time was started when Pamela Montgomery decided she wanted a hair salon of her own. While being in the hair industry, Montgomery was not pleased with her previous place of business and wanted something different. Full story

Local band, Mountain Station gets opportunity to perform at state fair

> When five Marshall University students began playing impromptu concerts on the stoop outside Towers two years ago, they did not know their musical journey would lead them to the West Virginia State Fair this summer as the opening act for two country music superstars. Full story

Local business brings vintage finds to Huntington

> Finds and Designs is a vintage furniture and clothing shop located in downtown Huntington that focuses on the idea of repurposing, recycling and reusing. The store offers interesting and unique goods to decorate homes and wardrobes without the waste of buying new. Full story

Jasmine Adkins: bullied to bold

> Huntington resident Jasmine Adkins, 17, has blossomed into a confident, happy young woman. Her smile has the ability to light a room and her sandy blonde hair shines in the overhead light. She enjoys singing and hanging out with her friends at Huntington High School, but Adkins was not always this way. Full story


Marshall cheerleader takes over as head coach

> Kelsey Waybright, a former Marshall University cheerleader, stepped up and took over the Marshall cheerleading program when it was needed most, but her cheerleading days did not begin there. In fact, it began many years ago. “I started cheerleading in seventh grade,” Waybright said. Full story

Early admission to veterinary school for student body vice president

> Most students interested in becoming a veterinarian complete their undergraduate degree and then apply to veterinarian school. Most of them, however, do not apply a year early, and very rarely do students get accepted a year early. Aja Smith, Marshall University’s student body vice president, became part of that slim percentage of students who have ever received an acceptance letter from a veterinary school during their junior year of college. Full story

Vintage Huntington brings beauty to the city

> The downtown Huntington neighborhood association has created a unique way to remind citizens of the city’s glory days through its Vintage Huntington Facebook page. The Facebook page has stirred positive buzz around Marshall University and the community. Full story


Students travel to Germany, Poland, other European nations for Holocaust tour

> A group of Marshall University students gained a new perspective on a monumental event in history over spring break. These students participated in the Holocaust in Europe tour provided by EF Tours. The tour began in Berlin where the group got to see several historic landmarks. Full story


Visiting artist combines nature and technology

> Nature and technology come to life in an exhibition of digital media by visiting artist, Rick Silva, for Gallery 842 opening this week. Silva, a multimedia artist, photographer and professor, will be featured in exhibition at Gallery 842, Marshall University’s off-campus art gallery. Full story

The Tri-State gets Tropical

> The recent skyrocketing temperatures have had the Tri-State area looking for a way to cool off. Tropical Moon, a self-serve frozen yogurt store, offers ways to do just that. Tropical Moon has three locations to keep people cooled off — one on Fourth Avenue in downtown Huntington, another in the Merritts Creek Plaza in Barboursville and a recently opened store in the Tristate Crossing next to Lowe’s in South Point, Ohio. Full story

Render your ears for Render the Hearts

> History was made Friday as the band “Render the Hearts” performed at the First Baptist Church of Ceredo to celebrate the release of its first CD. Mike Cochran, lead vocalist and guitarist, and Joe Crow, drummer and background vocalist, started “Render the Hearts. Full story

Comic convention comes to the big sandy superstore arena

> The Second Annual Tri-State Comic Convention is coming Saturday to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. The convention will highlight talent from major national and independent comics publishers. Full story


Local artist works to achieve ‘Hearts Desire’

> Karen Spurlock, 27, a local artist from Kenova, W.Va., has recently released a radio single called “Love is Calling,” and has released an extended play called “Hearts Desire,” on iTunes. Spurlock currently has seven songs on iTunes. Six of them are under her EP titled “Hearts Desire,” and the other song is a single called “Little Things. Full story

Where sweetness reigns

> Huntington has gotten a little sweeter over the past couple of years since the opening of gourmet bakery Paula Vega Cakes in 2011. Located at 308 Ninth St., Paula Vega Cakes offers fresh-baked daily cupcakes, brownies and made to order specialty cakes. Full story

Piano trio to perform in Smith Music Hall

> The School of Music and Theater will host the Sarasvati Trio in Smith Recital Hall, Thursday at 8 p.m.   The trio consists of pianist Christine Kefferston, cellist Susan Bestol and violinist Margaret Cooper. Kefferstan teaches graduate and undergraduate piano majors at West Virginia University, and Cooper and Bestul both maintain private studios and play in several ensembles in West Virginia and the surrounding areas. Full story

Facebook charges to message non-friends

> Facebook is testing the waters with a new concept of charging users $1 to message people who they are not friends with. With the new Facebook message set up, users get messages in their inbox from people they know, and the other box from non-friends. Full story


> Starting out as just four teenagers performing in a high school talent show in New Hampshire, the members of the hit show, “Recycled Percussion,” have come a long way from where they started. Performing six nights a week for three years, the members have earned a name for themselves in Las Vegas and across the world. Full story

Come get it:’90s pop-star returns for the “After Party”

> The youth of today are listening to pop-stars like Justin Bieber, but there are not many people, especially teenage heartthrobs, who can say they beat Shaquille O’Neal in a game of basketball at the age of 12. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Aaron Carter was one of the biggest pop stars in America, and he has returned to the public eye to make girls swoon, throw some more parties and remind everyone just how be beat Shaq. Full story

Marshall students share Spring Break plans

> With spring break less than a week away, Marshall University students share where they decided to spend a week away from classes, books and all of the stress of the semester. Cade Parton, senior economics major, said he is traveling to Panama City Beach, Fla. Full story

The SRC and Student Health provide ‘Spring Break Survival Packs’

> Spring break is right around the corner and the Marshall University Student Resource Center is providing free “Spring Break Survival Packs” for students. Spring break is a time to hang out with friends and have a break from stress, homework and classes. Full story

Demi Lovato prepares to give fans a ‘Heart Attack’


> Demi Lovato has had one hell of a ride in her career and rise to fame. After trying her hand at so many things from acting to writing and from singing to most recently being a judge on the hit show “X-Factor,” she is ready to return to music and is doing so with her single “Heart Attack. Full story

The Last Exorcism... hopefully


> “The Last Exorcism Part II” begins where the second to last exorcism left off — that is to say the first “Last Exorcism.” The movie follows Nell, the sheltered, home schooled, back-woods teen who was possessed in the first movie. It begins with Nell — played by Ashley Bell — being treated in a mental institution for the trauma that she experienced toward the end of the last movie. Full story

Spring Break options for Marshall students

> While an estimated 60,000 college students fly south for spring break to places like Panama City Beach, Fla. or Myrtle Beach, S.C., there are plenty of spring break inspired activities in West Virginia for Marshall University students who are staying in state. Full story

Outdoor Pursuits provides Spring Break getaway

> Blue skies, warm temperatures and a week of beach living will be in store for spring break this years. The Outdoor Pursuits Program at the Marshall University Recreation Center will sponsor a trip to Georgia March 16-21. Every year, Outdoor Pursuits organizes a spring break trip for students, members and non-members of the Rec Center. Full story

Harlem Globetrotters make slam dunk impression

> The Harlem Globetrotters showed off their skills Wednesday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena as part of the “You Write the Rules” tour. Before the fun began, fans had the opportunity to decide game rules that could affect the final outcome. Fans got to choose rules by tweeting #YOURULE or voting online. Full story

Marshall students shake up the memorial Student Center

> Marshall University students took part in the “Harlem Shake,” Tuesday at the Memorial Student Center. Batman, President Barack Obama and Big Bird were in attendance as students sported costumes for the video shoot. The “Harlem Shake” started in 1981 in Harlem, N. Full story


Bride Wars

> Brides hit the mall Sunday for the Huntington Mall’s annual Spring Bridal Fair. The fair kicked off at 11 a.m. with geared up brides ready to start planning the perfect wedding. “JabberWockey” did not waste any time reeling in the brides with their wedding tunes. Full story

Etiquette dinner teaches students professionalism

> The Marshall University Career Services department gave students an insight to a different side of a job interview, the rights and wrongs of proper etiquette at the dinner table. The Spring Etiquette Dinner was a part of Career Services professional development programs and was designed to give juniors and seniors final polishing to the interview training that is needed for their first job opportunity. Full story

Career Services Plans Proper Etiquette Opportunity for Students

> All students worry about presenting themselves in a job interview, but few worry about other important elements of presentation, such as manners. The Marshall University Career Services department is giving students the opportunity to learn proper etiquette manners Wednesday with the Spring Etiquette Dinner. Full story

Festival attracts famous composer

> More than 300 high school students attended Marshall University’s 12th annual high school band festival in Smith Music Hall where famous composer Robert Smith conducted the top band. Steve Barnett, the Director of Bands, has been in charge of arranging and coordinating the festival for the past ten years. Full story

MU Day at Trinity Church

> Trinity Episcopal Church, located on Fifth Avenue and 11th Street, will have its first Marshall Day this Sunday. Marshall Day will be a celebration of the growing relationship between Marshall University and Trinity Episcopal Church, and will give Huntington community members the chance to show their appreciation for the university. Full story



> Smokey Robinson performed at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, Saturday, as part of the 76th Marshall Artists Series. The concert nearly filled the performing arts center with fans of the Motown legend. Robinson performed songs like, “My Girl” and “Tracks of my Tears. Full story

This day in Marshall history

> This day in Marshall University history, the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was a figment of someone’s imagination. It was 40 years ago that the dream took shape. In a Feb. 15, 1973 publication of The Parthenon, the financial backing for a new medical school on Marshall’s campus was made known. Full story

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley to perform at Big Sandy Arena

> Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and special guest Thomas Rhett will perform at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena as part of the “Locked and Reloaded” tour. Stephanie Thompson, senior elementary education major, said she has seen Lambert twice and is excited to see her again Saturday. Full story

Marshall students, local businesses, prepare for Valentine’s Day

> Cards, chocolates, flowers, jewelry and dining out are the usual gifts for Valentine’s Day. With the romantic holiday, Marshall University students discuss plans and reminisce about past Valentine’s Day activities. Whitney Pendleton, sophomore nursing major, said she plans on spending Valentine’s Day with her husband this year. Full story


Marshall student experiences different walks of life through study abroad program

> Matthew Walker is living a very different day-to-day life than what he is used to, as he studies history and Japanese in Hirakata-shi, Japan during the 2012-2013 school year. Walker’s first taste of Japanese culture came several years ago when he was first introduced to anime — Japanese style animation — after it became popular in America. Full story


P.O.D., Shinedown and Three Days Grace rock Huntington

> Rock bands P.O.D., Three Days Grace and headliner Shinedown preformed for 6,000 fans Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. P.O.D. opened the concert at 7p.m., Three Days Grace followed and Shinedown took the stage at 9:45 p.m. Before the show, Shinedown members signed autographs for fans at the Huntington area Wal-Mart on US Route 60. Full story


CAB encourages students to ‘Laugh Out Loud’

> The Marshall University Campus Activity Board hosted the second show of the Laugh Out Loud Series, Tuesday night.  Ben Moore and Megan Gailey headlined the show. Gailey said comedy was something she always wanted to do, but never fully got involved until after college. Full story

CAAS celebrates Black History Month

> The Center for African American Students will host three events in February to honor Black History Month. “We recognize significant events in history year-round, but it is good to also have a particular time set aside for them,” Maurice Cooley, director for the CAAS, said. Full story

Music takes flight in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse

> Jazz fans gathered Saturday in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse to watch the Thundering Herd All-Stars and the Airmen of Note perform at the winter jazz festival. “Every year we put together a jazz festival in the winter where we have high school students from around the state and region who come and perform here at Marshall,” Shawn Parsons, associated professor of jazz, said. Full story

Local bar and grill prepares for supersized Super Bowl

> Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday in the United States, and the revelry will be in full swing at restaurants and bars throughout Huntington. One location for game watching is St. Marks, a long time neighborhood bar in downtown Huntington. Full story


> Ed Asner took the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse back to the 1930s Wednesday night, with his portrayal of President Franklin Roosevelt. “Ed Asner as FDR,” a one-man adaption of the Broadway hit “Sunrise At Campobello,” gave audience members a behind the scenes look at Roosevelt’s life as President. Full story

Marshall Artists Preview

> Marshall University’s 76th Artists Series will include four major productions and an International Film Festival. The productions lined up for the Artists Series are, “Ed Asner as FDR” on Wednesday, Smokey Robinson Feb. 16, “Hair” March 7 and “The Addams Family” April 28. Full story


Drop-in sessions offered at Drinko Library

> The John Deaver Drinko Library will host a series of drop-in sessions during the next two weeks where students will have the opportunity to take a comprehensive tour of the library. The 30-minute tours will show students around the four-floor, 118,000 square foot building, and highlight the “ins and outs” of library. Full story

Brides-to-be prepare for walk down aisle at expo

> WKEE-100 FM had its Bridal Expo at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. This expo showcased the latest in bridal wear and formal attire, decorations, photography and catering. With all her wedding needs under one roof, senior public relations major Lakin Turner said it was nice to see all of the wedding options even though she has booked most of her wedding needs already. Full story

University staff showcases artwork

> Marshall University staff members will showcase their three-dimensional artwork beginning Friday, Jan. 18 at Gallery 842 in Huntington. Michael Anthony Smith, of Huntington W. Va., presents his piece, entitled “60’6”,” and Richard Wolhoy, of Ashland, Ky. Full story

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ strikes gold

> Over their short eight-year existence, The Weinstein Company has produced a number of hits and a number of misses. From busts like “Hannibal Rising” to hits like “Inglourious Basterds,” they’ve managed to garner Best Picture winners the past two years. Full story

A Bridal Expo at the Big Sandy Super Store

> KEE-FM will have its semi-annual Bridal Expo at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Sunday, Jan. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. This bridal event will showcase the latest in wedding ideas, designs and formal wear. Rose Tree Boutique and Lara’s Bridals and Formals will be presenting a fashion show from 3 to 4 p. Full story

Australia finds its newest ‘X-Factor’in Samantha Jade


> It’s true what they say; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Samantha Jade is an Australian singer who rose to fame in the United States for a short time when her single, “Step Up” was chosen to be the theme and lead single for the movie sharing the same name starring Channing Tatum in 2006. Full story


The Almost rocks Huntington

> The Almost, a Christian rock band, performed Wednesday night in the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Grand Ballroom. The Almost was the headliner in a lineup of four rock bands. Local bands Time and Distance, Prodigy and All Get Out performed. Justin Brumfield, owner and promoter of Tri- State IT services, said The Almost appeals to a niche audience that Huntington does not always get to see. Full story

Joshua Hagen: professor, author and avid traveler

> Marshall University geography professor, Joshua Hagen, has recently made an international splash both physically and academically.   Hagen joined Marshall in 2003 and in addition to his teaching, has found time to travel and produce various pieces of geographically based literature. Full story

‘Scream and Shout’ hits #1 position in 17 countries on iTunes


> Attach the internationally recognized name Britney Spears to any single and it is almost guaranteed to become a number one hit around the world. Spears has recently teamed up with on his newest single “Scream and Shout” in preparation for his upcoming studio album “#willpower. Full story

Marshall University employee celebrates 40 year milestone at Morrow Library

> When Sue Ellen Bell stepped foot into the classroom of her first college course in 1970, she had no idea she was beginning a 40  year legacy at Marshall University. Bell, library associate in the Government Documents department of James E. Morrow Library, began at Marshall as a freshman work study student and has been working in the library ever since. Full story

‘Miss Pride WV 2012’ goes ‘On The Record’ for fans

> Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and other young female pop stars all have one thing in common ­— these ladies are regular guests to the Huntington area visiting in the form of “The Little Starlet” Aubree Ryann. The Stonewall nightclub hosts an energetic atmosphere as well as a full cast of female impersonators who put on a show to leave the audiences impressed and wanting more. Full story

Soldier serves country by serving campus

> A soldier’s duty, first and foremost, is to serve every man, woman and child that bears his or her flag both home and abroad, and it takes a unique individual to bear that burden.  Dustin Murphy, the Marshall University Student Government Association’s veteran’s affairs liaison, has had a passion for serving those around him for most of his life, which lead to his military career and his current role with the SGA. Full story

‘The Voice’ contestant Cassadee Pope has reason to have high hopes


> Even with six contestants remaining on NBC’s show “The Voice,” contestant Cassadee Pope has reason to celebrate as iTunes charts reflect her popularity with America and her likeliness to be declared the overall winner in just a few weeks. Both of Pope’s recent cover releases have broken the top ten in the iTunes “Top Singles” chart, including Michelle Branch’s “Are You Happy Now?” and Pope’s rendition of Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” which was co-written by Pope’s mentor Blake Shelton. Full story

International artist RUMI prepares for New York City release party


> Students may not be familiar with the international music artist RUMI but this could change with YouTube promotions and a release party slated to occur in New York City in early December. RUMI plans to take on American music radio in the upcoming months in preparation for the 2013 release of his new studio album “Evol Dog. Full story


Dunbar native drums out dream

> David Dunkley, from Dunbar, W.Va. had a dream as a child and has accomplished it throughout his life. Dunkley, the former drummer of country singer Tim McGraw’s band, The Dancehall Doctors, now resides in Nashville, Tenn. and is switching gears to focus on helping lesser-known musicians start their careers. Full story

Cross country traveling to support charity worth every minute


> On Nov. 10, I traveled to Los Angeles for the first time to witness an event very important to me. One of my favorite bands, Jack’s Mannequin, was scheduled to perform their last show on Nov. 11 at the El Rey Theatre. The show acted as an annual benefit concert for the vocalist, Andrew McMahon’s charity, the Dear Jack Foundation. Full story

Cross country traveling to support charity worth every minute


> On Nov. 10, I traveled to Los Angeles for the first time to witness an event very important to me. One of my favorite bands, Jack’s Mannequin, was scheduled to perform their last show on Nov. 11 at the El Rey Theatre. The show acted as an annual benefit concert for the vocalist, Andrew McMahon’s charity, the Dear Jack Foundation. Full story


Replicas of historic ships, Nina and Pinta, sail into Huntington

> The Nina and Pinta docked in Huntington on Wednesday at Holderby’s Landing in Harris Riverfront Park. The Pinta built in 2002 took 20 men 36 months to construct. The ships are both assembled by hand tools just like Columbus’s original ship. It is 50 percent bigger than the original Pinta. Full story


Senior juggles athletics, family

> Marshall University men’s basketball team is two games into its season and split the pair of games. Green Bay, Wis., native Dennis Tinnon is playing his last season for the Herd and said he hopes to tally up some big victories. Tinnon is not only a student athlete, but he is a husband and father. Full story

Marshall Atheistic and Secular Society gives students a place to ask questions

> The Marshall Atheistic and Secular Society is a new campus group that seeks to give a place to students who are non-religious or who are questioning their religion and faith. MASS meets on Sundays at 7 p.m. and Leif Olson, MASS’s president, said they chose to meet at that time because it is satirical of the time of a standard church meeting. Full story

Bicycle shop offering money for textbooks

> The Huntington Cycle and Sport shop on Fourth Avenue and 15th Street is now offering students a chance to sell their textbooks back. Tom Peck, the owner of the shop, said he thinks this new business will help them out in the long run. “We’re a cycling shop so it gets slow during the winter season and this gives us a chance to make extra money and help out financially,” Peck said. Full story

Marshall University remembers...

> On this day in 1970, 75 lives were lost in a plane crash just outside the Tri-State Airport. The plane crashed into a hillside in Wayne County around 7:30 p.m.,  taking the lives of the 37 Marshall University football players, eight members of the coaching staff, as well as 25 fans and five flight crewmembers. Full story

Huntington woman helping orphans in Kenya

> One local woman felt the call in her life to help those less fortunate and has extended her hand, her resources and her love to the village of Homa Bay in Kenya. Sarah Bailey of Huntington said living in America is much different than living in Africa. Full story


Hensley celebrates 40 years at Marshall University

> During his career at Marshall University, Steve Hensley has gone beyond the call of duty to help students in need. Hensley’s dedication to Marshall’s students continues to be a theme of his career as he celebrates 40 years at Marshall. Hensley has been the Dean of Student Affairs since 2000. Full story

‘The Arabian Nights’ transports Huntington to Baghdad

> Marshall University’s Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre will transcend time and space this week as the Marshall Theatre Alliance puts on their performance of Mary Zimmerman’s award-winning adaptation of “The Arabian Nights.” The production begins Wednesday and goes through Saturday. Full story

Marshall student wins Hallmark contest

> Colleen O’Shea, sophomore photography major from Columbus, Ohio, won the Hallmark Graduation Celebration contest in September. The card will soon be sold online on the official Hallmark website.   “I like to enter different photo contests around my hometown being a photography major,” O’Shea said. Full story

Landau brings down the Keith-Albee

> The Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center was transported back in time to the Rat Pack days as the tunes of Frank Sinatra filled the theater.   “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. returned to Huntington on Thursday for a one night performance. Full story

School of Art and Design faculty exhibit to open Friday

> The Marshall University School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition will open with a public reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gallery 842. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Gallery 842 is located at 842 Fourth Ave. in downtown Huntington. Full story

‘Vampire Diaries’ actress proves versatility with EP release of ‘Up Against the Wall’

> Most of the world knows her as Bonnie Bennett, a witch on the hit show “Vampire Diaries,” but to everyone else she is known as Kat Graham, who is smashing her way onto the music scene with the release of her EP “Against the Wall.” With the ever-growing trend of actors and singers trying their hand at another trade, Graham is a pleasant surprise. Full story

Marshall student to open for Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

> Andre Williams, a freshman broadcast journalism major from Leslie, W.Va., with a talent that may not be hidden from the world for much longer. He can sing. Williams met “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., through a mutual friend last December at an event in Charleston. Full story


Majestic Keith-Albee Theater remains in the hearts of Marshall students

> Mounted on the streets of Fourth Avenue stands a building whose appearance alone gains the respect of all who pass by. A building that was once created to be a magnificent vaudeville theater for the people of Huntington continues to stand as a pivotal historic symbol. Full story


Batman, superheroes deliver candy to Huntington children

> Batman and friends saved the candy of trick-or-treaters from the Joker at Pullman Square on Thursday night. The Dark Knight handed out candy and posed in front of his Batmobile taking photos with children.  “We came up with the idea for kids to have a safe alternative for trick-or-treating with safe surroundings,” Judy Eaton, 103. Full story


Equestrian team gallops to Marshall

> Marshall University students interested in riding horses at college can participate in Marshall’s Western Equestrian team. “The equestrian team is basically a club that’s been created so college students can ride on the collegiate level without having to pay the expenses of boarding your horse here or owning the horse and feeding it and taking care of it,” Tiffany Parker, Marshall University Western Equestrian team co-captain, said. Full story

Etiquette consultant educates students on proper ways to dine

>  Marshall University Career Services had their semi-annual etiquette dinner Wednesday. Students were provided the opportunity to learn about fine dining from a professional consultant. “We do this once a semester for students,” said Debby Stoler, assistant director for development and outreach for Career Services. Full story


Quidditch team flies onto Marshall’s campus

> Marshall University had a new club fly onto campus this semester, the Marshall University Quidditch team. Kimberly Hildreth, president and team captain of the Quidditch team, said the college game is a mix between rugby and basketball. “Obviously we don’t have brooms and we can’t fly in the air,” Hildreth said. Full story

Magical world casts spell on Huntington Museum of Art

> The Huntington Museum of Art will host a Harry Potter and the Permanent Collection Tour on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The HMA hosts a themed tour, including refreshments on the fourth Tuesday of every month.  “All of the fourth Tuesday tours are marketed to an adult crowd, however some of the themes certainly cross the ages,” Cindy Dearborn, museum and school’s coordinator, said. Full story

Vintage Appreciation Society club starts at Marshall

> Students interested in vintage era culture, music and literature, among other things have a new club to call home on Marshall University’s campus. The MU Vintage Appreciation Society was recently formed by Amanda Stanley, a junior psychology major from Hurricane, W. Full story


‘The Blacker House’ describes haunted history of fraternity house

> Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity members were surprised to find a book written about their fraternity house on Fifth Avenue. Nicole Mulloy, a former resident of the house and former Marshall University student, wrote “The Blacker House” about the haunting of the mansion. Full story

Sillyette’s Vinyl to Art

> Vinyl records may not be used to fill homes with music as they once did, but a Kentucky artist is giving them new life to provide a different type of entertainment. Roger Madden, founder of Sillyette, has taken a garage full of classic vinyl records and cut them into pieces of art. Full story


Housing and Residence Life announces employment opportunities for students

> The Department of Housing and Residence life is promoting that being a resident adviser is “all that and a bag of chips” as the department announces resident adviser selections for the spring 2013 semester. HRL offers students employment and experience opportunities with resident adviser selections in October and interviews in early November. Full story

Center court with Herd guard Chris Martin

> Most 8-year-old boys are making a ruckus during third-grade recess or riding their bicycles around the neighborhood. Others are locked in their rooms playing video games and watching the newest cartoons. Chris Martin on the other hand, chose to pick up a basketball. Full story

Marshall University dance company prepares for annual concert performance

> AMUSED Dance Company is in its fourth year and ready to put on its second annual AMUSED concert. AMUSED, A Marshall University Ensemble of Dance, was started four years ago by five students. The purpose of AMUSED is to build the Marshall University dance program, as well as showcase dancers of all skill level. Full story


Minnesota man preaches on nationwide tour

> Richard J. Shaffer is better known on Marshall’s campus as the man who yelled Bible verses at students passing by Buskirk Field this week. Shaffer has made a career out of sharing his beliefs with college students nationwide, but he has faced no shortage of challenges along the way. Full story

Kelly Clarkson takes time to ‘Catch Her Breath’ and reflect in new single


> Pop-sensation Kelly Clarkson gears up to release her first compilation album “Greatest Hits – Chapter I” in November but is providing fans with a song in celebration of all that has been and what is still to come in her life. Clarkson, who has been a dominant force in the pop music industry for over a decade, has five studio albums and a numerous streak of  “Top 10” singles under her belt. Full story

Austin Basis stars in new CW series ‘Beauty and the Beast’

> The CW network has started a series of dark promotions for the new television show, “Beauty and the Beast,” that will premiere Thursday at 9 p.m. This version is loosely based around the classic tale with darker themes and undertones being set in a post 9/11 New York. Full story

Taylor Swift reveals arsenal of promotional singles for new studio album


> Country-pop star Taylor Swift tests her musical boundaries as she leaves fans excited and curious as to what they can expect on her upcoming fourth studio album, “Red,” when it releases on Oct. 22. Swift has released four promotional singles on iTunes from her newest album in which fans see her taking her music in different directions when compared to older records. Full story

Adoré seeks to reverse misconceptions surrounding faith in the LGBTO community

> Phillip Wright is quietly counseling students at Marshall University in order to reverse the misconception that members of the LGBTO community are irreligious and disenchanted with Christian ideas and beliefs. Wright, a Marshall graduate and staff member of MU CRU, has set out to correct that ideology from within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by offering a Bible study that allows open and inclusive discussions about God, identity and life. Full story

Marco: The life of a busy bison

> While the old Marco moseyed off to greener pastures, a new Marco has thundered his way onto Marshall University’s campus this semester. If the first months of school are any indication, Marco will be dancing to “Thunderstruck” on the sidelines for a while. Full story

Documentary shows students learning what they dream

> The Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center will host a limited premiere of the film documentary Skateistan, a project created with contributions by Huntington native and Marshall alum Bryan Ridgeway, global strategic adviser for Skateistan. Skateistan is a school in Kabul, Afghanistan that is based on the concept of teaching students based on what they want to learn. Full story


Zombies take over Pullman Square to support animal shelter

> Saturday night the undead took over Pullman Square to raise money for Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter. All proceeds from the event go to support Little Victories Animal Rescue.  Little Victories is a non-profit, no kill animal rescue shelter in Ona, W. Full story


Pumpkin Festival kicks off in Milton

> It’s time to enjoy fall with one of the region’s most popular festivals, the 27th annual West Virginia Pumpkin Festival. The festival is located in Milton. The gates open on Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry into the festival is $5 per person, and children under the age of five will be admitted for free. Full story


Program sends West Virginia veterans to Washington

> WASHINGTON – Vietnam veteran Ernie Baker searched the tens of thousands of names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Wednesday in Washington. With the help of an attendant, he walked to a column of names, scanned his eyes down and slowly moved his finger to the name of his former neighbor in Raysel, W. Full story


Stephen J. Kopp: The man behind the president’s desk

> Stephen J. Kopp was in it for the long haul when he arrived at Marshall in July 2005. Kopp is the 36th president to serve Marshall University, and upon completion of his most recent five-year contract, will be one of the longest serving school presidents in Marshall’s history after 12 years of service. Full story


History portrayed on stage as Titanic the Musical delivers more than just a shipwreck

> “Great loss of life” is what the headlines read over 100 years ago after the Titanic sank. Last night audience members at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts center caught a glimpse of the lives of some passengers of the historical shipwreck. “Every character in the show is based off a person that really did exist,” Taylor Coriell, actress who played Kate Murphey, a third class passenger, said. Full story

Huntington Music and Arts Festival rocks Ritter Park

> Rocking tunes filled the Ritter Park amphitheater Saturday for the 3rd annual Huntington Music and Arts Festival. The bands for this year’s festival included: Carpenter Ants, Blue Ring, Rozwell Kid, Deadbeats & Barkers, Coyotes In Boxes, Sly Roosevelt, AC30, Qiet, John Lancaster, Fletcher’s Grove, Sasha Colette & The Magnolias, Bill Fox, The Heptanes and The Demon Beat. Full story

College students, stress not: We are all in this together


> In any given on-campus conversation, you may hear, or overhear, someone describing their stress level. “I am so stressed, it is overwhelming” they may say. And the other parties involved will echo the sentiment, often times striving to position themselves as having the most stress. Full story


Zombie apocalypse hits Marshall’s campus

> Herd vs. Zombies has taken over Marshall University’s campus this week. Participants can be seen carrying Nerf guns all over campus. “We had about 500 (participants) last year but we only had about 300 this year,” Mitch Essinger, junior criminal justice major and event moderator, said. Full story


Students prepare to ‘rock on’ with Huntington Music & Arts festival

> Marshall University students get ready for the 3rd Annual Huntington Music & Arts Festival with its kick-off and announcement of bands Thursday. The bands for this year’s festival include: The Demon Beat, Bill Fox, AC30, Blue Ring, The Carpenter Ants, Coyotes in Boxes, Deadbeats & Barkers, Fletcher’s Grove, The Heptanes, John Lancaster, Qiet, Rozwell Kid, Sasha Colette & The Magnolias and Sly Roosevelt. Full story

MU geology professor receives NSF grant to study in Egypt

> Aley El-Shazly, associate professor of geology at Marshall University, has received a National Science Foundation grant to study banded iron formations in Egypt. Most banded iron formation deposits were formed before what is referred to as the great oxygenation event, which occurred around 2. Full story


Marshall geography professor loves to travel

> Perhaps appropriate for a professor of geography, Josh Hagen has spent his time living in an impressive roster of places. He was educated in the Midwest. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning degrees in political science and geography. Full story


Marshall announces Best Room on Campus winners

> Inspiration from popular television shows and decorating crazes currently sweeping the nation have found a new home among residents of Marshall University. Members of the Department of Housing and Residence Life announced recent winners of the Best Room on Campus Contest. Full story

Chef opens bistro in downtown Huntington

> phere and his experience to downtown Huntington with his first restaurant. Chef Jason Oesterreicher, Executive Chef at “Chef Jason’s du Soir Bistro,” opens what was a nighttime bistro for lunch starting Monday. The Bistro is located on 905 3rd Avenue, across from Pullman Plaza. Full story


‘Legend’ary artist packs Keith Albee with lecture, performance

> The Keith Albee spotlight has been filled by legends innumerable over the decades, and Thursday night added another “Legend” to the fold. Nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend lectured and performed before a packed house, and everything from the venue’s exotic architecture to the eager ears inside were bubbling with life. Full story


Memorial Student Center restaurant remodeled over summer

> The John Marshall Room Restaurant was remodeled this summer and is operating for daily lunch specials and bookings for faculty, staff and students.  “With a renewed contract, investment money was set aside for upgrading different locations on campus,” Cheryl King, General Manager of Sodexo food services, said. Full story

Marshall vs. Rice event set for Saturday

> Students looking for a place to watch the Marshall University Thundering Herd take on the Rice Owls Saturday will be able to with a large group of students thanks to the Campus Activities Board. “I would highly encourage students to get involved,” Christina Caul-Jackson, coordinator for student involvement, said. Full story

John Legend to bring soul to Huntington

> Nine-time Grammy award winning artist, John Legend will be showcasing his talents, knowledge and ideas at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Legend will perform several selections of his music while talking to the audience about his thoughts on social justice and poverty. Full story


Marshall students study abroad in Spain

> The Marshall University study abroad program gave students the opportunity to study in Madrid, Spain over the summer. The Spanish Language and Culture Program, which is hosted by the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, enabled 21 Marshall students to participate in a one or two-month study abroad experience. Full story


ChiliFest heats up downtown Huntington

> Visitors from all over the Tri-State added a little spice to their lives during the 29th annual ChiliFest on Saturday at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. The charity cook-off event, which featured more than 60 vendors and unique chili recipes this year, benefits the Ronald McDonald House of the Tri-State. Full story


Huntington welcomes ChiliFest 2012

> The savory aroma of chili will fill the air of downtown Huntington this Saturday. Pullman Square is getting ready to host the 29th annual ChiliFest. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. ChiliFest is an all-day chili-sampling event that consists of live music, eating and contests. Full story

Morrow Library reopens doors to stacks

> Morrow Library is officially open for students, other than the usual formality of signing in and leaving a photo I.D. at the front desk. “We’re back open for business, completely,” Nathaniel DeBruin, university archivist at Marshall University, said. Full story


Planetarium under constuction at Marshall

> An astronomy professor at Marshall University is working on building a planetarium here on campus. Jon Saken, professor of astronomy, said he hopes to show students the stars. “We want to use this planetarium to help our astronomy students better comprehend how the sky moves in a three dimensional space,” Saken said. Full story


State Capitol exhibit to feature MU artists

> Two Marshall University artists have been chosen to exhibit work in the “Inspired: A West Virginia Series of Juried Exhibitions” at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. John Farley, director of Birke Art Gallery and Gallery 842, and Tommy Warf, ceramics graduate and current graduate student, were invited to display work in this exhibition. Full story

John Legend to kick off Marshall Artists Series performances

> Marshall University’s Campus Activities Board and the Marshall Artists Series aim to educate, entertain and inspire the various student populations on campus, but before the shows begin both programs have to make several decisions. The resources for Student Activities and the Marshall Artists Series are limited based on several factors including the prices of the artists, who is currently trending and who has been in Huntington before. Full story


MU housing department adds new member

> Students have a new contact in the Department of Housing and Residence Life staff at Marshall University. Amy Lorenz is the new assistant director for academic initiatives and programming in the HRL department. Lorenz will be overseeing programming and is a primary source for contact in assisting students with anything academic related in the residence halls. Full story


Fit Fest draws healthy crowd

> The Parthenon Runners, walkers, children, volunteers and spectators gathered at Ritter Park Sunday for the fourth annual Fit Fest. Fit Fest is a community event aimed at creating a healthier community while encouraging healthy lifestyles in the memory Marshall alumni. Full story


Potter Fans Come Together in the Windy City

>   “Its real for us,”a phrase said by Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, rang true to nearly 4,000 people last weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Ill. LeakyCon is an annual Harry Potter conference hosted this year in Chicago, Ill. Full story


Lou Sahadi pays a visit to his alma mater

> Acclaimed author, Lou Sahadi, visited the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Sahadi, graduating from Marshall in 1953, is an independent magazine publisher and author from New York that has written 25 books including The Long Pass, Johnny Unitas: America’s Quarterback and had a one-on-one interview with Frank Sinatra. Full story

The Wild Ramp brings local farmers and consumers closer with indoor farmers’ market

> The newest resident to the ever-growing Heritage Station, The Wild Ramp, is encouraging communication between local farmers and consumers. The Wild Ramp, a nonprofit farmers market, is a local market for farmers that live with a 250-mile radius of Huntington, including Ohio and Kentucky, to be able to sell their goods and for consumers to enjoy food that has not traveled across the country. Full story


Marshall Artists Series announces 2012-2013 season

> The Marshall Artists Series has announced the artists for the 2012-2013 season. In the 76th season, the series is offering acts such Smokey Robinson, John Legend, The Irish Tenors, Ed Ashner as FDR, several Broadway hits and many more. “From the 100-year anniversary of the voyage of the Titanic, to the election of a new President, to discussions about social justice and solving poverty in America, the events offered this season are a sign of our times,” Penny Watkins, Executive Director of the Marshall Artists Series, said. Full story


Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar to open next weekend

> Huntington’s newest addition to local eateries, Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar, will open its doors for dinner next week. Having a soft open at the end of June, Drew Hetzer, owner, has been serving customers lunch Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Full story

Huntington Art Walk scheduled for July 19

> The third Thursday of the month isn’t just another day in downtown Huntington. For the past four months the Huntington WV Art Walk has seen the city play host to a myriad of artists showcasing various crafts at a multitude of locations fanning out from Heritage Station. Full story


New venue for All Good music festival

> For its 16th annual music and camping event, All Good Festival will find a new home in Thornville, OH. July 19-22 nearly 50 bands and hundreds of music lovers will gather for a weekend for a diverse blend of rock, bluegrass, funk, electronica, hip-hop and unforgettable memories. Full story

Huntington Underground releases new sampler

> Huntington Underground released its newest artist sampler on June 22, featuring 13 acoustic tracks by local artists. This is the second sampler released by the group and takes a more grassroots approach offering exclusive tracks from the artists that have not been previously released. Full story

Gas prices down ... blame Obama?


> Americans complaining about gas prices has always bugged me. Yes, it really was not fun when gas was over $4 a gallon last year and it cost me around $50 to fill my Corolla, but I was just in Spain where I saw gas for 1.29 euro a liter ... that comes down to about $5. Full story

SOJMC Hall of Fame inductee honored at Wayne H.S.

> Close to 150 people flooded the Wayne High School cafeteria to honor retiring English and journalism teacher Ruby Dyer Saturday, June 2. Dyer taught English and journalism classes at WHS as well as advised the student yearbook and the newspaper. She was offered a job at WHS in 1982, where she has spent the duration of her teaching career. Full story

Tenn. music festival attracts thousands

> enthusiasts gathered in Manchester, Tenn. this weekend for the 11th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Offering an oasis of art, shopping, camping, food and music, attendees flocked from across the nation to spend four days at the KOA Campground that Bonnaroovians fondly refer to as “the farm. Full story


Griffith and Feil celebrates 120 years

> After 120 years, the Griffith and Feil Soda Fountain ­— an old school pharmacy that also encompasses a soda fountain — is still a staple in the community. The pharmacy was opened in 1892 by R. Ney Williams. Williams moved from Blacksburg, Va., to the Ceredo-Kenova area and decided to settle down and open up shop in the area because of the development and expansion of the railroads and because it was the one of the few places the N&W, B&O and C&O railroads came together. Full story


> Students from the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble course, now offered at Marshall University, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Smith Recital Hall. Students taking this course perform traditional music from the following West African Countries: Benin, Guinea and Ghana. Full story

Love story finishes Marshall Theatre Alliance 2011-2012 season

> Marshall Theatre Alliance brought a little romance to Huntington with “Pride and Prejudice,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. De’Metrius Thompson, of Huntington, said the play showed a very interesting view on love and the things done, as far as dating goes, in that time period. Full story


ROTC’s military ball commemorates school year

> The Marshall University ROTC commemorated the school year with its annual military ball Friday in the John Marshall room in the Memorial Student Center. Events for the ball included dinner, a keynote speaker and award presentations, as well as a slideshow of photos and video skits performed by the cadets. Full story

Huntington Navy recruiter says Huntington numbers are lower than average

> In a small office on Third Avenue across from the Big Sandy Superstore Arena is a uniformed man offering young men and women the chance to join the “global force for good.” While the nearest military officer recruiters, excluding Marshall University’s Army ROTC program, are in Columbus, Ohio, Chief Warrant Officer Max Velazquez, Navy officer recruiter for the Tri-State area, decided it would make more sense to set up shop in Huntington to be closer to Marshall. Full story

Villa Guitar Duo performs in Smith Music Hall

> Marshall University’s Department of Music presented Brazilian guitarist Rodrigo Almeida and Daniel Duarte — known as Villa Guitar Duo. The duo performed Monday at Smith Music Hall. Villa Guitar Duo was established in 2004 and plays a variety of music from the baroque period to contemporary styles, Latin American composers such as Villa Lobos and Piazzolla and also a variety of arrangements from their native Brazil. Full story


> In recognition of Marshall University’s ‘Earth Day’ celebrations, the Department of Housing and Residence Life staff is putting its green thumbs forward via a “Potting Party” on Wednesday.    The staff has coordinated an event for students to give back to the planet in one of two ways: Students may decorate a flowerpot and then care for a plant within that pot, or they may plant a tree or bush. Full story

Donate Life to host donor registry

> Donate Life West Virginia, an organization dedicated to helping those who need organ donors, will be hosting a donor registry drive in the Memorial Student Center on Tuesday and April 20 looking for potential donors. The table will be set up from 10 a. Full story

Residence life staff helps prepare students for future

> Resident advisers in Haymaker Hall played host to a ‘life-after-college’ preparation course Tuesday. Miranda Carnahan, resident adviser for the first floor of Haymaker Hall, said the program was planned to better equip residents with the tools they need to be successful. Full story

Campus outreach offers appreciation dinner for faculty and staff

> Marshall University’s Baptist Campus Ministry will have a spaghetti dinner for  Marshall University faculty and staff from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Campus Christian Center. Caleb Brownfield, junior biology major from Ona, W.Va., said the purpose of the spaghetti dinner is to show the love of Christ to the faculty and staff who serve the students by teaching or maintaining the campus. Full story


Fraternity hosts senior center prom

> Members of the Cecil Underwood Senior Center were presented with a “senior prom” Friday.   Members of Marshall’s business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, with the help of Gamma Beta Phi, provided music, photos, refreshments and even dates to the prom. Full story


> While patrons at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews were dining, local comedians attempted to entertain during Wednesday’s comedy night. Marcus Oglespy, 37, of Beckley, W.Va., was the host of the open mic event. “I have been a comedy night host at Black Sheep twice, but I have wanted to get into comedy for 10 years,” Oglespy said. Full story

ALPHA XI DELTA HOSTS 61st ANNUAL strawberry breakfast

> BY MOLLY URIAN The Parthenon   The sisters of Alpha Xi Delta served the Tri-State on Thursday during the chapter’s 61st annual strawberry breakfast.     Students, faculty and community members gathered to dine-in at the Alpha Xi Delta house and enjoy the chapter’s homemade strawberry butter, pancakes, chocolate covered strawberries, sausage and eggs. Full story

Local Charleston venue coming to Keith-Albee April 29

> The Marshall Artists Series’ 75 year legacy receives a tribute from Mountain Stage at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Mountain Stage, hosted by Larry Groce, is a two-hour music radio show. Artists performing for Mountain Stage are Arlo Guthrie, Michael Cerveris, Paul Thorn and Delta Rae. Full story


Blacksheep Burrito and Brews offers a new twist on cuisine

> Offering locals a different outlook on classic foods since they opened in late August, Blacksheep Burrito and Brews is adding another interesting twist to their menu with the addition of sandwiches. Patrick Guthrie, owner, and Jeremiah Bowen, Executive Chef, will be adding 5 new sandwiches, a new taco and a new salad to Blacksheep’s menu. Full story

Marshall student to run Boston Marathon

> Ricky Campbell, junior mathematics major from St. Albans, W.Va., will run in the Boston Marathon on April 16.         “The Boston Marathon is the big show,” Campbell said. “I just want to be able to say ‘hey, I’ve done it and I’m only 21. Full story


Third annual Ramen Noodle Cookoff aims to help charity

> Beta Alpha Psi will host its annual Ramen Noodle Cookoff on Friday in hopes of raising money for charity ­— and also have a little fun while doing so. This annual event was created two years ago by finance professor Dallas Brosick, who thought the organization needed a good community service event to partake in. Full story


> Members of Alpha Xi Delta will conduct the sorority’s 61st annual strawberry breakfast 7 a.m. through 11 a.m. Thursday in the Alpha Xi Delta House, located on Fifth Avenue. The chapter will provide a pancake breakfast with homemade strawberry butter. Full story

Students have chance to try African foods

> Many Marshall University students were able to get a personal insight on African food and culture Friday. Both the International Student Organization and the Organization of African Students joined forces to create “Eat Around Africa.” The event took three months of planning to be completed. Full story

Intoxicating fundraiser coming to Huntington

> An intoxicating fundraiser makes its way from Kentucky to Huntington. The Art of Bourbon: A Marshall Artists Series bourbon tasting fundraiser will be from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. April 26 at Wesvanawha on Fourth Avenue in Huntington. Jane Conner, a bourbon expert from the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Ky. Full story


V Club continues to grow as host to local, national talent

> Starting off as an ice cream shop in 1933, the V Club, located on Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street, has become a staple of Huntington’s music community. Having numerous local, regional and some national bands grace the V Club’s stage, Patrick Guthrie, co-owner of the bar, said one of the goals for the V Club is to keep the local music scene alive. Full story

Master pianist shows students “Oh! What a Piano Can Do”

> “Oh! What a Piano Can Do” will give students the opportunity to see just that when master pianist Duke Thompson performs a variety of musical genres and styles for the Huntington community at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. April 13 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Full story

Lecture series aims to improve Huntington

> The “Dine and Discover” lecture series continued Wednesday with a discussion on community service and how anyone can be involved in making a change in Huntington. Byron Clercx, chairperson in the department of art and design and college of fine arts, spoke about redesigning, revitalizing and rebranding downtown Huntington through community service. Full story


The inside snitch on Quidditch at MU

> Quidditch, a sport played by the witches and wizards in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, has made its way to Marshall’s campus. The sport, played on brooms, is a memorable part of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and has been adapted in a way to allow muggles, or non-wizards, to play. Full story

OSU professor to bark on classics

> A professor from the Ohio State University will visit Marshall University to discuss dog breeds during ancient times April 20.   Classics professor Michael Meckler is a fellow at the Ohio State University Center for Epigraphical and Paleographical Studies. Full story

Alpha Xi Delta puts autism’s name in lights

> The Alpha Xi Delta sisters are not simply becoming “blue” about Autism. They are being proactive this April to raise awareness and funds for their philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Starting Tuesday — World Autism Day — and continuing throughout the entire month of April, the sisters will be shining blue lights on the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house to raise awareness for autism. Full story


Easter: A historic holiday with modern celebrations

> When Easter comes around, some think of the Easter bunny, while others celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Traci Stanley, music minister and coordinator of community outreach of the Catholic Newman Center, said Easter is about the celebration of the day Jesus Christ was resurrected. Full story


> The Village Collection, a locally owned and operated shop on Fourth Avenue, will be celebrating its 35th anniversary. The shop has always been located on Fourth Avenue. It was housed in another location down the street for approximately 25 years before moving to their current location, 900 4th Avenue, where they have been for about 10 years. Full story

Local comedic talent showcased at Black Sheep

> Local comedians showcased their talents at the Black Sheep Burrito and Brews Comedy Night. Comedy Night is at 9:30 p.m. every other Wednesday. Comedian Ian Nolte has been performing stand up comedy since last summer. “This place is the best place I’ve ever done comedy,” Nolte said. Full story

Proposed Visual Arts Center hopes to expand college of fine arts

> With its new building in the making, the department of art and design hopes to make Marshall University, the college of fine arts and the city of Huntington proud. The department is hard at work in the design phase to obtain the best possible outcome of its soon-to-be new home. Full story

Volleyball tournament coming to Big Sandy Arena

> The eighth annual West Virginia Spikefest Volleyball Tournament will be Friday through Monday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The Charleston Volleyball Club will play host to the event. The tournament is for the Junior Olympic Club volleyball players. Full story

MU Greek Week games underway

> In the third day of Greek Week, Delta Zeta and Alpha Sigma Phi claimed victory in volleyball. Sororities and fraternities battled in their respective brackets at the Marshall Recreation Center, with each eventual winner earning the most points for their chapter. Full story


‘Arts and Bots’ program launches in Early Education STEM Center

> At the Early Education STEM Center at Marshall University, pre-K students have a new robotic friend name “Sarah.” Sarah is the beginning of a project called “Arts and Bots” by the June Harless Center of the College of Education at Marshall to encourage learning in math, science, robotics and engineering through creating robots with everyday items. Full story

Huntington native debuts art in NYC

> Marshall University alumnus, Eric Jones, debuted his newest art series at the RAW: Natural Born Artists Activate Installation in New York City. Being chosen from more than 500 other artists who submitted work to the show, Jones displayed his work alongside 15 other artists at Tribeca’s M1-5. Full story


Marshall Student Enters Global Drumming Contest

> A Marshall University senior has entered a global drumming competition featuring strictly female artists.  Her name is Kristy Henson, and she’ll be the first to tell you she hits like a girl.  Henson has been playing drums since childhood and is now putting her talent on the judgment table in the “Hit Like a Girl” YouTube competition. Full story


Picadilly Circus stops in Huntington

> It was family fun during the Piccadilly Circus Wednesday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Families lined up outside the arena more than an hour before the show to experience elephant and pony rides. Cody Miller, 5, of Ona, W.Va., said his parents let him ride the elephant by himself. Full story


> Marshall University jazz studies faculty members enjoy not only working together and collaborating on new ideas ,but also making music in the faculty jazz ensemble Bluetrane. Bluetrane is Marshall University’s Faculty jazz ensemble. The ensemble’s name pays homage to one of the jazz greats: John Coltrane. Full story

Spring Break 2012


> Spring break trips are not only dangerous to students traveling to different locations throughout the week but also to those who leave their valuables behind at home.   Students who are at an increased risk for break-ins during this time are those who live off campus in apartments around the city. Full story


Alpha Xi Delta pageant supports Relay for Life

> The Relay Royalty Pageant, sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta sorority, raised $500 Sunday for Relay For Life, an annual event held by the American Cancer Society. Six girls, up to 12 years old, wore their Sunday’s best to participate in the pageant, competing in five categories including prettiest eyes, best personality, best dressed, fan favorite and most photogenic. Full story


Piccadilly Circus to visit Huntington

> Piccadilly Circus is coming to Huntington for a night of family fun — complete with contortionists twisting their bodies, elephants balancing on one foot and vendors selling traditional circus treats. Piccadilly Circus will have two performances at 4:30 p. Full story


Huntington family turns bicycling into a lifestyle

> It's a family affair at Professor Brent Patterson's house to save money and change the way Huntington residents view bicycling. Patterson, new media professor at Marshall University, bicycle commutes to campus everyday, but it took time and small steps for him to get comfortable with the idea. Full story


Marshall to participate in Concrete Canoe Competition

> Taking watercraft out onto rivers might be a favorite pastime in the Appalachians, but it's not often small water sailors brave the murky waterways with canoes made of concrete. That's what a group of Marshall University engineering students plan on doing. Full story


Local charity aims to aid tornado victims

> The Huntington Area Food Bank will partner with Huntington businesses to conduct a massive food collection to help the victims in surrounding areas affected by the tornadoes last Friday. The tornadoes affected many families in the surrounding areas. Ohio and Kentucky reported a total of  30 tornadoes, causing 15 fatalities and many communities destroyed. Full story

Marshall gallery serves the community

> Between restaurants and local shops, members of the Huntington community also have the option to see artwork from both Marshall University students and local artists at Gallery 842, located at 842 Fourth Ave. in downtown Huntington. Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for the college of fine arts, said the gallery is a community art gallery managed by Marshall. Full story

Orchestra performs with Young People’s Concert

> Marshall University's orchestra participated in the Young People's Concert collaboration with the Music Division of the Women's Club of Huntington and the Cabell County Board of Education on Tuesday at Smith Recital Hall. Elizabeth Reed Smith, professor of music at Marshall and director of the orchestra, said she feels pretty confident with this group. Full story


Tascali’s Decades Pasta and Grill celebrates seventh anniversary in new location

> Times might have changed for Tascali's Decades Pasta and Grill, but their spaghetti sauce remains the same. The restaurant is celebrating the seventh anniversary at its current location in the Riverplace Plaza in Barboursville since their move in 2005. Full story

Student security maintains safety in residence halls

> Student security is an important process in maintaining the safety of students living in residence halls on campus.   These students sit at the front desk in all nine of the halls around campus from 4 p.m. through midnight weekdays and from  8 a. Full story

Christian rock band to visit Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

> Christian rock band, Newsboys, will bring their worldwide "God's Not Dead" tour March 11 to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center of Huntington, W.Va. The band said the focus of this tour is centered on evangelism and discipleship.   "These shows are a chance to live out what we believe as Christians," said Jeff Frankenstein, pianist, bassist and vocalist for the band. Full story

Culture Center awards two Marshall artists

> Two Marshall University artists, John Farley and Tommy Warf, were awarded prizes at the Culture Center in Charleston at the juried exhibition with the theme "Portraits of Historic West Virginia Figures." The show,, which opened the last week of February, is the final installation in the "Inspired: A West Virginia Series of Juried Exhibition. Full story


Broadcast legend Larry King ‘stands up’

> Legendary broadcast journalist Larry King got a little more personal with the audience at "Larry King: Standing Up" with anecdotes about his life and how he became who he is today at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday. King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, N. Full story

Gallery 842 juried exhibition promotes art in community

> Given the opportunity to compete against their peers, 40 artists will exhibit their artwork at Gallery 842 in its second annual juried exhibition starting Friday from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. The 40 artists participating in the show include Marshall University students, local artists and artists from across the country. Full story


River and Rail Bakery: local business serving locally-made goods

> Kim Baker, owner of River and Rail Bakery, will be celebrating the anniversary of one of Huntington's newest flourishing businesses by continuing what she does on a daily basis—celebrating local art and loving her customers. The bakery will be staying open until 7 p. Full story

Festival of New Music begins today

> Tim Price, composer and multi-instrumentalist from San Francisco, and the Ankara University Soloists String Quartet from Turkey will be featured at Marshall University's Festival of New Music today through Sunday. The United States premier of a work by Necil Akses and a new work by Mark Zanter, professor of composition at Marshall, will be included on the string quartet's program Friday. Full story

Leap Year: An explanation for the extra day every four years

> Feb. 29th: The day that only comes every four years. Did you ever wonder where it comes from and why we need it? The calendar we use today is called the Gregorian Calendar, closely related to the Julian Calendar, which was introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 B. Full story


Mack & Dave’s remains Huntington staple despite change in times

> Mack and Dave's is one of the most recognizable store names in the area, even after 61 years of business. Dave Cohen, owner of Mack and Dave's, is still running his business at 87, with all the same employees who started working there when they opened. Full story


Broadcast legend Larry King at Keith-Albee

> Broadcasting legend Larry King is usually the one asking the questions, but he will get a taste of his own medicine when he performs "Larry King: Standing Up" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Keith-Albee Theater. For 25 years, Larry King hosted the award-winning CNN program "Larry King Live" but is now touring the country making fans laugh with his standup show. Full story


Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti: Still a success

> Take a step back into the 1930s when waitresses wore white uniforms and stockings, and customers stood in an orderly line for dinner. Jim's Steak and Spaghetti House was established in Huntington on June 9, 1938, when Jim Tweel borrowed $1,500 from his cousin to transform a dairy bar into what is now a well-known restaurant in the Tri-State area. Full story


High school students visit Marshall for 11th annual Festival Band Weekend

> The Marshall University students in Smith Music Hall fill the air with the sounds of instruments such as trumpets, flutes and clarinets on a daily basis. This weekend, however, the harmonies and melodies that filled the hall came from the instruments of high school students. Full story


Brothers team up in Huntington business

> Despite bipolar weather in recent weeks, one thing is still for sure: Spring is just around the corner, and some students have been busy preparing.  Just a few steps away from Marshall's University's campus, City Tan Express on Fourth Avenue has been enjoying an influx of patrons that only spring fever can bring. Full story

‘Body Shots’ performance explores gender and body

> Queen Cleopatra will embody powerful women for Marshall University's "Body Shots VI: Cleopatra."   "Body Shots," a collaboration between the department of art and design, women's studies, the College of Liberal Arts, the Women's Center and the department of history, explores themes relating to gender and the body. Full story

Kayak club makes a splash

> Once a week for two hours a day, Marshall University Recreation Center's pool suspends its traditional swimming and gets a little "outside invasion." The Rec Center is the current site for Marshall's Kayak Club. Cody Adams, president of the kayak club, said though the group is small, they know how to have fun. Full story

Award-winning musical comes to Keith-Albee

> An audience was taken to Manhattan's Washington Heights, a neighborhood in New York City at 7:30 p.m.Tuesday when the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical "In the Heights" came to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. According to the Marshall Artists Series website, "In the Heights" is a moving, funny and uplifting new show about a community of hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and trying to find their place – their home – in their new country. Full story

Series aims to revitalize Huntington

> It is time to start picking up trash, Huntington.          Paige Muellerleile, associate professor of psychology at Marshall University, spoke at a Dine and Discover series on Broken Windows and Community Revitalization, about the effects trash and graffiti have on cities. Full story

Mardi Gras: a Celebration before Lent

> Mardi Gras originated from the Roman festival Lupercalia dedicated to excessive eating, drinking and orgies. Part-time instructor Mary Stiles said the Roman Catholic Church reformed Lupercalia by keeping some of the original concepts and abolishing others. Full story


Pulitzer Prize-winning drama at Marshall

> Students have the opportunity to see the fears brought on by the possibility of a mental illness in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Proof." "Proof" is a drama about a young woman struggling with the fact that she may have inherited her father's genius, as well as his mental illness. Full story


TNA Wrestling ‘impacts’ huntington

> It was total, nonstop action Friday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena as TNA Impact Wrestling made a stop in Huntington on its 2012 World Tour. Fans of all ages gathered outside the arena as early as three hours before the show for a special meet and greet. Full story

Chat-n-Chew participants discuss city issues

> Members of the Huntington community met Thursday at The Frederick Building for a weekly Chat-n-Chew to discuss various ideas and issues in the city. Stacey and Thomas McChesney created the Chat-n-Chew group in November 2009. "Thomas and I have been community volunteers for a decade," said Stacey McChesney. Full story


Visiting Writers Series

Chillicothe author reads works to audience of Marshall faculty, students

> An Ohio author read selections from "A Literary Tsunami of Pure Evil" to more than 60 students and faculty Thursday night at the Memorial Student Center. Donald Ray Pollock read from his short story collection "Knockemstiff" and his novel "The Devil All the Time" to kick off the Marshall University Visiting Writers Series. Full story

TNA wrestlers to visit Huntington

> TNA Impact Wrestling World Tour is coming to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Friday. Wrestlers will battle it out as TNA celebrates 10 years of total non-stop action wrestling. Wrestlers include Jeff "The Charismatic Enigma" Hardy; James "The Cowboy" Storm; Superstar Bobby Roode and the TNA Knockouts. Full story

Museum to host fundraiser ball

> The Huntington Museum of Art will host its annual ball with the theme of "A Fairy Tale" at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the museum. "A Fairy Tale Museum Ball" offer a silent auction and cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. and dancing will begin at 9 p. Full story

‘Feel the sound’ of Keller Williams

> Keller Williams, veteran musician and Virginia native, is returning to Huntington Thursday to play songs from his most recent album, "Bass," and his newest record releasing this summer. Williams is playing two 75-minute sets, starting at 9:30 p.m. at the V Club. Full story

Veteran transitions to full-time student

> United States Navy Petty Officer Second Class Troy Marcum has fought for his country with courage, helped heal the Marines he fought alongside with commitment and was discharged with honor to pursue his life outside of the military – he strives to embody the core values of the Navy consisting of "Honor, Courage, Commitment. Full story

Marshall to host talent show

> Marshall University students have the opportunity to show off their talent Wednesday night. The Center for African American Students' Programs and the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities on campus have come together to present the Apollo Night Talent Show. Full story


Rec Center taking students to new heights

> The Marshall University Recreation Center continues its pursuit of the great outdoors. The Rec Center recently returned from a trip to Snowshoe Mountain, where participants enjoyed a three-day weekend on the slopes. Assistant Director of the Rec Center, Phil Snyder, said the trip went well. Full story

A history of the holiday

> Valentine's Day – a day of love, romance and of course chocolate! The one day of the year that people show their lovers and friends they care about them by giving cards and gifts. However, Valentine's Day is more than just flowers and candy. Its history actually dates back to 270 A. Full story


Cru offers ministry for ROTC students

> Sophomore nursing major from Beckley, W.Va. Erin Terry said ROTC students live a different lifestyle than other students. They wake up at 6:30 a.m. and stay up late to work on homework. Therefore, she said, it is difficult for ROTC members to relate to the rest of Marshall's campus and to other campus ministries. Full story


Huntington Bids Farewell

> The Marshall University ROTC "Dream Team" presented the color guard at Veterans Memorial Field House on Friday night for the farewell alumni basketball game. Cadet Shane Dunn, Cadet Grant Ross, Cadet C.G. Kelly and Cadet Eli Rhodes are known as the "Dream Team" because they have presented the color guard at numerous events, including ROTC ceremonies, as well as football games this season. Full story

‘Snapshot’ stops at university playhouse`

> Carmen Mitzi Sinnott has carried her play "Snapshot" across the globe, but on Thursday night, she brought it home to the Joan C. Edwards playhouse. "Snapshot," written and performed by Sinnott alone, is the story of Sinnott's search for her father and herself. Full story

Quarterback Club hosts dance

> The Marshall University Quarterback Club of Charleston is hosting its 8th annual Valentine Dinner Dance beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Charleston Marriott Grand Ballroom. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis because of the limited number of tickets. Full story


Memories come up as building goes down

> The Veteran's Memorial Field House is closing its doors Friday, after 62 years of business, to make way for the construction of an indoor facility for Marshall University athletics. The Veteran's Memorial Field House was built in 1950 and opened with a performance called "Holiday on Ice" on Nov. Full story


Marshall students see the world

> Marshall University is offering its students the opportunity to see the world. The study abroad office at Marshall offers many programs to help students travel and study all over the world. Marshall prepares between 150 and 200 students to go abroad each year. Full story


Local church moves to former location of discount theater

> The Greater Huntington Theater, commonly referred to as the discount theater, on Fourth Avenue that closed in November 2011 is now open as the new home for Crew Community Church. The congregation met for the first time in its new location Sunday. Crew Community Church started in 2006 in the home of its pastor,  Josh Perry. Full story


Making an impression

> The June B. Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development has been doing big things for Marshall University and education in the state of West Virginia since 2000. In the corner office of Jenkins Hall, the Harless Center and its staff of only 12, cover a lot of ground with the Science Technology Engineering Math Center, Shewey Learning and Research Center, National Board Pre-Service Project, their partnership with Carnegie Melon's CREATE Lab and several other projects. Full story

New Orleans vibe comes to Huntington

>  Huntington became New Orleans for one night when the Dirty Dozen Brass Band jazzed up the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse at Marshall University on Saturday. The DDBB was the finale of Marshall's 43rd Annual Jazz Festival and Deb Sambol of Bridgeport, W. Full story

United Way hosts day of family fun

> Parents and children from all over the Tri-State came to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Saturday to participate in the 12th Annual "Super Kids, Super Families, Super Saturday" hosted by the United Way of the River Cities' Success by 6 program. At "Super Kids, Super Families, Super Saturday," exhibitors provided activities for children to highlight the "12 Tips for Raising a Healthy Child". Full story


Diversity gets ‘reel’

> The Signature Events Committee at Marshall University has partnered with the Student Activities Programming Board to bring speaker Brian C. Johnson to campus.  Johnson has been noted as a "compassionate speaker, committed to engaging college students in safe, fun and interactive ways," according to campuspeak. Full story


Hospice of Huntington beach party set for Saturday

> Hospice of Huntington will be hosting its fourth annual Beach Party rom 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Field House. The event is open to the public, with ticket prices starting at $35 if purchased in advance and $40 if bought at the door. Full story


Student produced sports show coming to channel 25

> Fans of the Marshall Thundering Herd have a new way to get their sports news. "Thundering Herd Sports" is a new show that will debut at 7 p.m. on channel 25, Marshall's educational access channel, Saturday. The production is a 15 to 20 minute show that will focus on all things concerning Marshall athletics. Full story

LaRue appointed leader of Marshall and Huntington outreaches

> In September 2011, Glen LaRue was appointed pastor at Marshall Community Fellowship  and also the director of Revolution, a campus outreach ministry. Spring 2012 is his first full semester in both positions. LaRue said MCF is unique from other campus ministries because it is for the entire Huntington community, rather than only for students. Full story

Students offered experiences abroad

> Faculty members at Marshall University are offering students various study abroad opportunities which include trips to Florence, Italy, Beijing, China and Brazil this summer. The College of Fine Arts and College of Liberal Arts are collaborating to offer a program set in Florence, Italy for three weeks this May. Full story

Cincinnati Reds make visit to Huntington Mall

> The Cincinnati Reds are coming to the Huntington Mall for their 2012 caravan tour around the country. The Reds will be at the center court of the mall from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Nancy Conrad, secretary at Huntington Mall marketing department, said this is not the first time the Reds have been at the mall. Full story


Composer to give students crash course in Broadway

> Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway" will make its way to Huntington 3 p.m. Sunday at the Keith Albee Theater. Neil Berg, composer and lyricist, is the creator and co-producer of Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway." Berg said once students see the show, they are going to realize how wonderful and important Broadway is. Full story

RV, boat show comes to Big Sandy Arena

> The 2012 RV and Boat Show is at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena this weekend with more than 30 vendors to inform recreational enthusiasts of new products and services. Lynn Butler, owner of Setzers World of Camping, said the expo is an annual event that has been around since 1980. Full story

Fans create unique atmosphere: Impresses players, opponents


> As Herd fans continue to create a glowing energy in the Cam Henderson Center, the men's basketball team enjoys what has become a pregame ritual. After a student shared his "glow out" idea during last year's basketball season, Marshall University fans have since created an atmosphere the Thundering Herd's three senior players said is unlike any other. Full story

Mentalist visits Big Sandy Arena

> Self-proclaimed mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin, shocked and awed the audience at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Friday with his claims of thought reading and mental tests. The Amazing Kreskin performed in the Conference Center of the arena in Huntington. Full story

Brides-to-be attend expo

> After a long day of wedding planning at the annual bridal expo, brides can walk down the aisle worry-free — and maybe even with a free honeymoon. The 2012 Bridal Extravaganza, which took place Sunday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, is known as the largest bridal show held in the Tri-State. Full story

Local pastor writes about healthy eating

> It was early 2011 when a local preacher began writing a book about challenging people to learn and practice healthy eating. "Winning the Food Fight" by Steve Willis challenges the idea that physical, emotional and spiritual health are independent of one another. Full story

The Green goes wild: Marshall Recreation Center prepares for outdoor pursuits

> The Marshall Recreation Center is ready to take on the wild and wonderful outdoors this semester.   The rec. center has planned seven trips over the course of the spring semester, beginning in February and ending in April. To kick off the outdoor pursuits, the rec. Full story

The Green goes wild: Marshall Recreation Center prepares for outdoor pursuits

> The Marshall Recreation Center is ready to take on the wild and wonderful outdoors this semester.   The rec. center has planned seven trips over the course of the spring semester, beginning in February and ending in April. To kick off the outdoor pursuits, the rec. Full story

Sorority serves homeless

> A local sorority has dedicated itself to making life better for homeless children in the area. The Marshall University Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority adopted a room at Hovah Hall Underwood Children's Home in Ona, W.Va. The room serves as a short-term emergency children's shelter operated by The Children's Home Society of West Virginia. Full story

Student seeks to innovate classrooms

> A Marshall University education major will spend his semester working to integrate technology into the traditional classroom. Derek Fry works as an intern for TurningTechnologies, a company that produces a variety of audience response systems made for integration into classrooms and lecture settings. Full story


Mentalist to perform at Big Sandy

> World-famous mentalist and the 20th century's Nostradamus, The Amazing Kreskin, will perform at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena where he intends to astound the audience with thought reading. The Amazing Kreskin will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Full story


Martin Luther King Jr. meets Malcolm X

> Monday night, two legends of the American Civil Rights Movement met on Marshall University's campus. "The Meeting," a play about a fictional meeting between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, explores themes from the lives of both leaders. It was staged Monday at the Joan C. Full story

Ghost haunts University of Charleston, Riggleman Hall

> Walking through the building could cause chills as students and faculty agree it feels as though someone else is present. There are different stories as to whom the ghost might be, as it lurks around inside the University of Charleston's Riggleman hall. Full story