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  • Wilkes Celebrates Women’s History Month

    Wilkes Celebrates Women’s History Month

    Alyssa Mursch, News Editor

    March 27, 2017

    In honor of Women’s History Month, Laurie A. Rofini visited Wilkes University on March 21 to share the history of the Justice Bell. The Justice Bell was the main symbol of the high point of the 1915 referendum, which is remembered as the highpoint of Pennsylvania woman suffrage activity. It was mean...

    One of the photos Rofini shared from the Justice Bell’s tour of Pennsylvania. The bell symbolizes Pennsylvanian Women’s struggle for suffrage in the 1910s.

    Courtesy of the Library of Congress

  • Wilkes based program encourages young students to “SHINE”

    Wilkes based program encourages young students to “SHINE”

    Isaiah McGahee, Staff Writer

    March 27, 2017

    In her 1986, number one hit, The Greatest Love of All, singer Whitney Houston shared this sentiment, singing: “I believe the children are our future/ Teach them well, and let them lead the way/ Show them all the beauty they possess inside/ Give them a sense of pride to make it easier/ Let the childr...

    The SHINE program celebrated the grand opening of its eighth center at Lee Park Elementary School. Pictured is the ribbon cutting ceremony, with the ribbon adorned with images colored in by students. Children, left to right: Reliant Hernandez De La Cruz; Faith Jones; Skyler Purta; Jaydon Skipalis; Jolene Booth. Adults, left to right: Kellie Kuhl, SHINE lead teacher; Ann Marie Kochuba-Mantione, Lee Park Elementary School principal; Andrew Kuhl, Hanover Area superintendent; Representative Eddie Day Pashinski; Tyler Brezinsky, representing Congressman Lou Barletta; President Patrick Leahy, Wilkes University; Senator John Yudichak; Carol Nicholas, Luzerne County SHINE director; Deanna Drako, SHINE assistant director of middle school programs; Marlon Pitts, SHINE assistant director of elementary programs.

    Courtesy of Wilkes Marketing

  • Three Wilkes Wrestlers named NWCA Division III Scholar All-Americans

    Three Wilkes Wrestlers named NWCA Division III Scholar All-Americans

    Taylor Ryan, Co-Sports Editor

    March 21, 2017

    At Wilkes University, the wrestling team is known for its success on the mat. The team members and program have time and time again displayed their high level of competitiveness, and overall commitment to the sport, while representing Wilkes University. As the wrestling season has concluded, the team ...

    Pankil Chander

    Courtesy of Gowilkesu.com

  • Pharmacy students combat opioid epidemic, offer training

    Pharmacy students combat opioid epidemic, offer training

    Alyssa Mursch, News Editor

    March 20, 2017

    Between 2014 and 2015, Luzerne County had a 500 percent increase in opioid-related deaths, which is a larger increase than any other county in Pennsylvania, according to the 2015 DEA Intelligence Report’s Analysis of Drug-Related Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania. To combat this epidemic, Wilkes University p...

    Pharmacy students who presented narxolone administration training to public safety officers on Feb. 3. Left to right: Britnee Atherholt, Jennifer Lee, Sarah Ahearn, Austin Paisley, Lauren Albright, Quan Nham.

    Courtesy of Dr. Kimberly Ferrence

  • Wilkes’ baseball heads to Fort Pierce to prep for season

    Wilkes’ baseball heads to Fort Pierce to prep for season

    Taylor Ryan, Sports Co-Editor

    March 1, 2017

    It’s almost time for spring break, the break that many college students use to go on a nice vacation to de-stress from school and all that accompanies it.  The Wilkes’ baseball team may be going south, towards warmer weather, but it’s all business when they get down to Fort Pierce, Fla. The te...

    Senior Matt Reese starts opening day with a strong start at Artillery Park on Thursday afternoon.

    Jesse Chalnick

Psychology professor finds his way through experiences

Psychology professor finds his way through experiences

Dr. Robert Bohlander, a professor in the Psychology Department at Wilkes University, is described by his students as a kind, intelligent professor who...

March 27

Title IX update: Feb. 2 guidance will not affect Wilkes

A new Title IX guidance issued by the Trump administration on Feb. 2 that reversed federal protections for transgender students will not affe...

March 27

Student Government notes

On Wednesday, Wilkes University’s Student Government held its weekly meeting. The Computer Science/Mathematics Club reported that they are con...

March 27

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Getting to know… Keighlyn Oliver

Getting to know… Keighlyn Oliver

Name: Keighlyn Oliver Year: Junior Major: Finance Hometown/High School: Wilkes-Barre/ Coughlin High School Position: Forward Q: What was the driving force for your d...

March 21

Getting to know… Matt Kaster

Getting to know… Matt Kaster

March 21

Men’s lacrosse goes on early win streak after winless season

Men’s lacrosse goes on early win streak after winless season

March 21

Women’s fútbol team spends spring break in Spain

Women’s fútbol team spends spring break in Spain

March 21

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Wilkes University Running Club holds annual Relay for Heat

As temperatures continue to drop, some members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania community need assistance with their heating bills. To help local...

March 24

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Review

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Review

Editors note: (This game was reviewed using the Nintendo Switch version.) It needs to be said that I was never really a big Zelda fan. I ha...

March 24

  • Everyday we’re shoveling: How to spend a snow day, or four March 24

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March 28, appreciate the beauty of a gardening pest

Shannon O'Connor, Opinion Writer

March 28th is an uncommon day of appreciation. Every year this day rolls around we celebrate weeds. Not marijuana, but the plant that people...

March 28

LaVar Ball: Camera chasing since 2016

Mark Makowski, Opinion Co-Editor

“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.” This is the quote that started the media frenzy around LaVar Ball, who is the f...

March 28

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Getting to know… Keighlyn Oliver

Getting to know… Keighlyn Oliver

Name: Keighlyn Oliver Year: Junior Major: Finance Hometown/High School: Wilkes-Barre/ Coughlin High School Position: Forward Q: What was the driving force for your d...

March 21

Getting to know… Matt Kaster

Getting to know… Matt Kaster

Name: Matt Kaster Year: Senior Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry Hometown/High School: Traben-Trarbach, Germany/Crestwood Position: Pitcher Q: What was the driving fo...

March 21

Men’s lacrosse goes on early win streak after winless season

Men’s lacrosse goes on early win streak after winless season

The men’s lacrosse team has exceeded   expectations already this season. The team is on a three game win streak and is gaining     momen...

March 21

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