Animal House

Anothony Kaczmarek holds a rabbit that has been having some stress issues from being around too many overly energetic guinea pigs.

A girl walks around with a pint-sized sheltie puppy in her arms, followed by a crowd of cooing admirers taking turns fawning over the black and white pup no more than a few weeks old. Another group plays with a leaf-green lizard, letting it climb lazily across their hands. A volunteer pulls a white ferret out of a cage and walks around the store with him, giving him a moment to explore a counter top before setting the sleek-furred animal to cuddle on his lap.

Anthony Kaczmarek, a 19-year-old Wildlife and Fisheries major at West Virginia University, volunteers at a very non-traditional pet shop. Rather than keeping the animals in cages and only taking them out when necessary, Animal House residents enjoy lots of attention from volunteers and pet enthusiasts alike. Animal House takes in many volunteers from many walks of life, from WVU students like Kaczmarek to high school students from Morgantown.

A parrot sits atop a cage in the store, completely free to wander around and interact with store patrons.

Kaczmarek says animals are his favorite things and loves volunteering at the store. According to him, the volunteers all enjoy working together and are “cliqued in a ‘good way’ after working together for a long time.” He owns a pet snake and helps make sales to a lot of students and townies alike. He commented on how for a while now, there has been a sugar glider fad among students and the store has sold many.

To find out how you can volunteer at Animal House, go to the store at 379 High Street or email animalhousepet@ymail.com. You can also show support by liking them on facebook.

U92 FM

U92 FM: we love them for their music, live performances and sports announcements.   The station established itself in 1982, and has successfully grown and spread its sound to thousands.  Today, it is even recognized as one of the best college radio stations in the nation.

However, this radio station does much more than soothe our ears.  Besides serving West Virginia University’s campus and Morgantown, U92 reaches the towns of Fairmont, Westover and Star City.  It has become an asset to these communities and has connected them through its airwaves.  This week I had the opportunity to speak with Beth McMahon, a senior at WVU who worked for the station’s promotions department.

She said, “Working there was an amazing experience, not only because of the fun atmosphere, but also because I loved the people that I worked with.”

I couldn’t agree with her more, I mean who wouldn’t want to work for a radio station?  What amazes me; however, is how one station can satisfy such diverse communities?  According to McMahon, there isn’t just one answer, rather a combination of factors that U92 strives to provide its audiences.  From the multitude of genres, local artists and awesome giveaways, there are reasons for everyone to tune in.

McMahon said, “The work that they put into their establishment really shows, and I think it has brought the communities a great common ground.”

It’s remarkable that WVU’s radio station has grown into something much more than a source for music.  It has become an asset to Morgantown and the surrounding communities and has given us all a connection to agree on.  U92 also welcomes any students who want to get involved to stop by their headquarters and apply for a position in the Mountainlair.

Volunteers welcome at Monongalia Canine Adoption Center

The Monongalia County Canine Adoption Center is a local business that is open to volunteers anytime. Volunteers must be 18 years old and fill out a short application to be considered for the volunteering position.

Many positions of volunteer work are offered, such as: cat socializing, dog training and walking, animal grooming, cleaning of animal pens and cages, and photographing animals and doing web page work.

If you’re selected to be a volunteer, it is likely that you will be limited to one hour of volunteer work per week due to the number of volunteers already selected. This opportunity is great for WVU students who need to meet a certain amount of community service hours for graduation.

Not only are you benefiting the animals and yourself, but you’re helping a local shelter keep the foster animals in shape and healthy for potential adopters.

For further information, one can contact Dana Johnson, Facilities Manager at (304) 291-7267.

Creative Arts Center Creates Community

By Sarah Cordonier

West Virginia University's Creative Arts Center

Interested in Theatre? Dance? Music? Artwork? It can all be found at the Creative Arts Center. The iconic toilet-shaped building is home to WVU students looking to make a living through the arts. These dedicated students put in hours of hard work, not only for themselves, but for the rest of the city, as well. Part of learning their skill (whether it’s playing an instrument or acting) is being able to present it to an audience. In this case, that audience is Morgantown.

Student artwork is displayed in the main lobby of the CAC.

Anyone is welcome to walk through the main areas of the CAC and observe the incredible art work on display. Student artwork is constantly being swapped around, so there are always fresh pieces to admire. And this artwork comes in all forms: paintings, drawings, wood carvings, ceramics, other 3-D displays, etc.

Music majors get to display their talents through either solo or group performances. These are great concerts, in which musicians get to show off their incredible skills at the instruments they spend so much time practicing. These delightful concerts are free and open to the public.

Fliers for student plays and musical performances cover the walls of the CAC.

And theatre majors get real experience acting through performances. At the CAC, they put on entire shows. The acting, costuming, directing, make-up, set design, etc. is all done by students. This semester, students put two plays: Buried Child by Sam Shepard, and The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt. Next fall a different series of plays will be put on. All of these student performances are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the CAC or the Mountainlair Box Office.

Other groups, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and traveling performance groups are brought to the CAC for public viewing, but in my experience, the student performances have been more entertaining (and of course the price is better). I’ve never been bored at a student performance; I can’t say the same for other performances that were brought to the CAC for large sums of money. And it’s nifty to think that students I go to school with may someday make it big and could be performing in New York, L.A., or some other big city.

Relay for Life

WVU students got together with the Morgantown community this past Saturday to give cancer the run-around.

With 1,818 participants overall, this year’s Relay for Life, organized by the American Cancer Society, drew many WVU students who helped raise $5,730 on April 14th. Check out this link for information about the Relay for Life wrap-up activities at the American Cancer Society’s website.

The theme this year was “Survivor: Let’s Kick Cancer Off the Island.”

An opening ceremony kicked off the event, honoring survivors and giving more information about the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Music performances featured the Drew Dunbar Band, the Caleb Lovely Band and Half Blind. There was also Zumba and cornhole, dodgeball and water pong tournaments for townies and students allike to enjoy.

The Honors Hall at West Virginia University earned the Bronze Level contribution standard for raising over $2500. Image from http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/?team_id=1008610&pg=team&fr_id=41421

One of the participating student groups was the WVU Honors College. They raised exactly $2,830.25! This got them the Bronze Level Contribution Standard for reaching beyond the $2,500 milestone.

Overall, the American Cancer Society has raised $92,193 through the Relay for Life program for efforts and research to fight cancer.

WVU Earth Week 2012: A great way to give back to the community

By Matthew Wolford

April 22, 2012 is Earth Day. On this day, anyone is encouraged to take the time to do something to better the Earth, our environment, or our community. There will be many opportunities for Morgantown residents and WVU students to get involved in their community throughout the week of Earth day.

WVU’s Office of Sustainability has posted a list of events that will be taking place for students to get involved. Earth Week 2012 began on April 16 with an event to volunteer and “green” the grounds of the WVU campus and also an event to pot and take home your own plant. On Tuesday, a Free Confidential Shred Day was held on campus for WVU staff, faculty and students to bring papers to be shredded. Also on Tuesday, WVU held a Free Electronics Recycling Day for anyone to bring unwanted electronics to be recycled.

Today, Wednesday was Alternative Transportation Day, which encouraged people to take public transportation, biking, or walking rather than driving. Tomorrow, April 19, an exhibit will be made in the Mountainlair to show what WVU WECAN is doing to to improve the campus.

Also, throughout the entire week, The OneShirt National Collegiate Clothing Challenge will be going on all week for anyone to donate used clothing to charities. WVU Fashion Design and Merchandising will be sponsoring the event.

The list of events can be found here.

It’s great that WVU is getting involved with bettering the local community and environment. The events that are taking place this week, Earth Week, are getting students involved in giving back to the community.