Classic Westerns Return To Site of Keyser Theatre


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The classic film “High Noon” returns to the silver screen at the site of the former Keyser Theatre where, over half a century ago, audiences gathered to enjoy it.

This dramatic showing is just one of several cinematic selections that are being studied in a course on the American western film genre at Potomac State College.

The course consists of both a classroom portion on campus and a cinema portion in the restored theatre at The Indie On Main, Keyser’s budding destination for art and film enthusiasts.

“The western is the story we tell ourselves about America,” said the instructor, professor Richard Hunt, “This film is a morality play; it’s about duty, honor and community.”

The other films being explored in the course are:


This selection represents the genre that remained popular all throughout the twentieth century and starred famous actors such as Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Grace Kelly, Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood.

The students not only immerse themselves in the history of American filmography, but also the history of Keyser itself. The renovated theatre retains the architecture from when it was first constructed in 1939 and served the residents of Keyser as the town’s sole movie theater until it closed its doors in 1977.

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Now, the building has been refurbished and reinvented as much more. In June of 2017, Stephen Settmiti purchased the venue and transformed it into The Indie On Main.

“When I saw the old Keyser movie house for sale, I decided to go headlong into reopening it as a mixed arts venue,” Settmiti said. His goal is to create an environment where students can get involved and experiment with the arts.

Students who are interested in the visual arts may wish to take advantage of The Indie’s studio space and art classes; musicians and entertainers can perform in front of an audience on open-mic nights every Thursday; and fans of cinematography can enjoy cult classic films on the weekends. More information on events taking place at The Indie On Main can be found at the venue’s website or Facebook.

Finding an On-Campus Job



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The hardest part about working in college may be finding a job on campus that fits your interests. “I really enjoy the Student Ambassador Program because it’s an excellent opportunity to encourage others to come to our college,” said Lucy Litten. “It has taught me how to talk with people and work on a team and I definitely plan on coming back next semester.”

Most of the jobs offered at Potomac State College are run through Federal Work Study, but there are also student employment jobs for students who are not awarded work study.

What is work study?

“Federal work study is a need-based “self-help” aid program which allows students to earn money by working a part-time job (up to 20 hours per week) on or off campus.” The student and their supervisor decide on a work schedule based on how much they are awarded and the student’s schedule. Students are paid $8.75 an hour and their money is deposited directly to their bank account. There is also a page on the PSC website that explains Federal Work Study. This page tells how to qualify for work study, what to do once you have qualified, and where to find Federal Work Study jobs. It also tells what to bring for payroll processing.

PSC Job Resource

MoutaineerTRAK is the best resource for finding an on-campus Federal Work Study job. After logging on to MountaineerTRAK using your MIX username and password, simply select WVU Keyser Campus under the employer directory. This will show all available jobs on campus.3cb88884-92ca-4013-850b-8c47e9dfb4ae

Work Study Jobs

Many work study jobs are office assistants, who complete tasks like making copies, organizing files and other basic office work. There are also more interesting positions. A student assistant for athletic training helps the athletic trainers of PSC sports teams during games and practices. Student assistants for marketing and communications write press releases and take photos for PSC public relations. Game workers work athletic events on campus for many different sports.

Student Employment Jobs

PSC also offers some interesting student employment jobs on campus. Student employment jobs pay $8.75/hour. The supervisor works with the student to determine a schedule that does not exceed 20 hours per week.

Resident Assistants are chosen through an application process at the beginning of each semester. RAs are appointed many responsibilities. These include attending activities on campus, organizing floor meetings, and completing work related duties and tasks. Moreover, they must meet academic standards at all times. RAs are compensating with a scholarship that pays for their room and board.


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The Student Ambassador Program is a revamped job on campus. Student Ambassadors make calls to prospective students, answer any questions they may have, and schedule tours or meetings with the needed persons on campus. Student Ambassadors also prepare the materials for open houses, orientations and tours. They are also trained to lead tours.

Dining services offers many positions on campus, both work study and student employment jobs. Workers for dining services prepare and serve food. “The student worker positions are competitive due to the number of applicants. While no experience is necessary, we look for students with good attitudes and stress the importance of dependability,” said Brian Olden, food service manager.

The Academic Success Center hires student employees as tutors. There are also student employment jobs offered at the farms and the equine facility.

With so many work study and student employment jobs to choose from, finding the perfect one should be a breeze.

PSC Men’s Lacrosse Update

by Cody Brazil

The Potomac State College Men’s Lacrosse team begins the season with a streak of 3 losses. They played at Delaware Technical Community College on February 21, resulting in a score of 19-10 in favor DTCC. They then played at Harford Community College on February 24, ending in favor of HCC with a final score of 17-3. The most recent game the Catamounts have played was at home against Hudson Valley Community College on February 26. The game ended in the final score of 10-5 in favor of HVCC.

The 2018 team roster is filled with players from all over. There are 7 players from Maryland, 6 players from West Virginia, 2 players from Pennsylvania, a player from Massachusetts, a player from Missouri, a player from Delaware, a player from Virginia, a player from Ohio and a player from North Carolina. The team is led by head coach Josh Seese, who is coaching for his second season at PSC.

Upcoming games include a home game against Mercyhurst North East on March 3 at 5:30 p.m. and an away game at Howard Community College at 4 p.m. Be sure to head out and show your Catamount pride.

For more in-depth data on the scores of the games that have already been played you can check out the Men’s Lacrosse page on the PSC website.

The STEM Festival Returns to PSC

By Cody Brazil

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David Miller tinkers with his drone before the STEM festival. Photo by Cody Brazil.

The time for the Potomac State College student body to showcase their knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math is almost upon us. The STEM festival, which is a day for the community to learn about many interesting topics in those fields from the students themselves, will be taking place on March 24, 2018 from 12-4p.m.

Past favorites such as green screen technologies and Rubik’s Cubes mosaics will be making a return this year, but some new and exciting demonstrations will be on display this year. One of these displays will be the drone demonstration put on by David Miller of the PSC library.

Miller explained that he will be setting up an obstacle course for people to fly a training drone through, so that they may learn the basics of operating a drone. Miller went on to talk about how bigger drones have built-in GPS to keep them level in the wind and smaller ones do not. Teaching people to fly on a smaller drone helps them to build the skill to manually keep their drone level if the GPS were to ever go out.

Drones are going to play a bigger part in industries, such as shipping, so it is important for people to get comfortable with the use, and soon we will have to decide laws on how drones will be allowed to be operated. So it is important for people to gain experience in order for them to make informed decisions,” said Miller on why it is important to learn about drones at a young age.

“Hands on Anatomy” is a display that will be returning this year that aims to teach the public a little more about their bodies. The display consists of posters that will be created by the Anatomy and Physiology 2 students. Each poster will cover a different organ system that the students will be on site to explain. Along with the posters there will be actual dissected organisms on display for viewers to interact with. This display is put on by Sheri Chisolm the PSC Anatomy and Physiology professor. Chisolm explained that she loves the STEM festival because she enjoys interacting with the public and seeing her students be able to teach the materials that she taught them.

“A lot of what we will be teaching transcribes to human health, so hopefully you’ll be able to be your own advocate at the doctor,” said Chisolm

The engineering department is doing a Moon Racers Robotics Obstacle Course and a Solar System Rocket Launch. There will also be a display on identifying different kinds of trees and a math activity about triangles.

“It’s a can’t miss opportunity for families to explore all aspects of science,” said Andrea Schafer, STEM Festival organizer. The event is free.

Greenback Observatory Researcher Lectures at PSC

By Matthew Timbrook, Contributing Writer

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Andrew Seymour gives his lecture in the Davis Conference Center. Photo by Matthew Timbrook

The students and guests gathered in the Davis Conference Center to experience a close encounter of the third kind, but it wasn’t an extraterrestrial who had come to deliver a message.

Dr. Andrew Seymour, a researcher from Arecibo Observatory and Green Bank Observatory, came to share a presentation on the subject of radio astronomy.

Seymour is an experienced astronomer who has worked as a research associate at Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico made famous as the setting of the 1997 lm “Contact” starring Jodi Foster. In addition to working on the cutting edge of radio astronomy, Seymour attended Potomac State College in 2002 and was a research assistant in the Department of Physics at West Virginia University from 2010 to 2014.

In his presentation, entitled “Fast Radio Burst: The Eagles of The Universe,” Seymour showed the relative size of the massive satellite dishes used in radio astronomy, discussed some of the techniques currently being applied to discover pulsars and explained how radio waves can be identi ed by likening them to bird calls.

The students in the audience asked questions about some of the technical aspects of scanning the skies.

Seymour emphasized the importance of passionate students offering fresh perspectives “Radio astronomy is a eld that still has engineering puzzles to be solved,” he said “Finding new solutions to these problems will quickly result in great scienti c advances.”

At the end of the presentation, the students were given details and directions on how to sign-up to further their education through research programs.

For more information on the Arecibo Observatory and Green Bank Observatory, you can visit and

PSC Fly-Fishing Course Coming Back this Spring



Students and community members will get the opportunity to learn the aspects of fly-fishing in PSC’s returning Spring course. Photo by The New York Times.

By Levi Linn


Students and members of the community can take a course that isn’t about hitting the books — it’s about learning how to fly fish. Potomac State College’s Introduction to Fly-Fishing course returns this spring.
Professor Tom Sydow is co-teaching with Charlie Laffey who has extensive knowledge of the Savage River watershed and regional Brook Trout streams. “He’s like a walking encyclopedia,” said Sydow regarding his colleague.
In this course, students will gain all the tools and knowledge they need to pursue this unique hobby. Students will learn about the equipment used, knot tying, entomology (the study of insects), how to read the water and on-stream tactics. All equipment for this course will be provided by the instructors.
“I’m always excited,” said Sydow when asked how he felt about the class starting soon. Sydow has been fly-fishing for almost 30 years and still enjoys it. “It means spring’s here.”
Sydow describes fly-fishing as far more advanced than regular fishing. It’s more difficult but more rewarding and far more interactive as opposed to sitting and waiting for a fish to bite. “Students will be interested because it’s an entirely different style of fishing than most people are used to,” said Sydow, “It’s interesting and takes a lot of skill.”
As for teaching with his colleague Laffey, Sydow can’t wait to get started. “It’s always fun with Laffey,” said Sydow, “We’re both easy going and very enthusiastic about teaching this subject.” Sydow and Laffey have fished together for years.
The fly-fishing class starts on March 8, with meetings every other Thursday in Science Hall 120 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $99, and the course fills up quickly. The course is open to both students and the public, and registration is available on the PSC website. For more information on the course, contact
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PSC’s “Willy Wonka” Opening on March 16



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by Sevohn Hunter

On Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., Potomac State College’s theater program will present its spring production of “Willy Wonka” at the Church-McKee Arts Center.
This production of “Willy Wonka” is based on Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and will include all the songs from the 1971 movie. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tells the story of Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who lives in a tiny house with his parents and grandparents. Charlie and four other children find the five golden tickets placed in Wonka Bar wrappings and win a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
The cast and crew are comprised of college students and community members. The five golden ticket winners are played by middle and high school students: Elizabeth Badillo, Dylan Dolley, Brendon McCabe, Clayton Muir and Brielle Windle. The adult roles are played by community members who have participated in other productions or are parents of children participating. Willy Wonka is played by Robert Godfrey, who is a veteran of PSC productions.
Sean Beachy and Debi Beachy are the music directors for the production. Debi Beachy teaches vocals, and Sean Beachy provides accompaniment. Kimberly Rowley is a co-director who also creates and teaches all choreography.
Jordan Kline is the director the show. Kline previously directed productions in Frostburg and Cumberland, Maryland. Kline also performed in previous productions at PSC. Brian Plitnik is the producer of this production and chooses each year’s show. Plitnik said he cannot credit himself for the idea of recreating “Willy Wonka.” Rowley originally proposed the idea, and she and Plitnik agreed that “Willy Wonka” would be a great success for PSC.
Cast members shared how much they love the story of “Willy Wonka” and how eager they were to join. McCabe auditioned because he “loved the book, movie and any work by Dahl.” Windle said her dreams are coming true because she “always wanted to play the role of Veruca.”
“Willy Wonka” will be showing from March 16-18 and March 23-25. General admission tickets are $12 for children and $18 for adults. Regular VIP tickets include a backstage tour and priority seating. VIP Golden Tickets also include a chocolate reception as well as other VIP benefits. To reserve tickets, call the PSC Box Office at (304)-788-6855.