Landau Eugene Murphy Returns to Keyser


The lights dim as the audience sits quietly in anticipation. The band swiftly rushes to their seats to prepare their instruments. Suddenly, the saxophone starts to play as Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. energetically takes the stage to do what he loves.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Murphy returned to Potomac State College for a third year to sing for the students and citizens of Keyser. As a native of Logan, West Virginia Murphy rose to fame after winning the sixth season of “America’s Got Talent.”  After his big win, Murphy secured a one-year contract to headline at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Murphy kicked off the concert with his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me.” The audience couldn’t stay in their seats as he sang other jazz classics. Murphy was very good at interacting with the audience. He was always quick with a joke between each of his songs.

Murphy ensured that each member of his band was given credit throughout the concert. He even gave them time to perform solos.

Murphy was joined on stage by the music group LCB (Leonard, Coleman and Blunt.) The band consists of Glenn Leonard (former singer for The Temptations,) Joe Coleman (former lead singer for The Platters) and Joe Blunt (former lead singer for The Drifters.)   The members of LCB are lifelong friends who decided to put together their band after retiring from their respective former groups. The musical trio performed many Motown classics.

“The show was really good. It’s not the type of music I’d normally listen to, but I think I might give it a try,” said PSC student Joshua Rubin.

Students Assist in Fort Ashby Archaeology Dig

By Matt Timbrook

Summer months were spent digging up the past and preserving history

Paul Meyers, Dave Frederick (top) and PSC Student Matthew Timbrook participate in the archaeological dig in Fort Ashby over the summer. Photo by Dr. Stephen McBride

Tucked away in Fort Ashby are the remains of the town’s namesake, a rudimentary fort commissioned by Col. Washington to fend off Native American raids in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Although the site of the historic landmark now resembles more of a vacant grassy field than a military installation, below the surface lies a plethora of clues, artifacts and insight into the history of John Ashby’s Fort.

Potomac State College assisted in excavating the site under the guidance of Dr. Stephen McBride, an archaeologist who is both knowledgeable and experienced in the realm of 18th century American history.

The course was both instructional and functional as McBride taught the class the painstakingly precise and calculated methods of measuring, roping off and eventually carving into zones of soil.

The students used a variety of tools including shovels, trowels, brushes, and perhaps the most important equipment of all: their eyes.

The ability to notice very subtle changes in soil color and texture made all the difference as the class meticulously scraped away layers of earth in search of the A-Horizon — the soil that would have been on the surface in the 1700s before layers of sediment accumulated over it.

Throughout those hot summer weeks of June and July, the students managed to uncover a multitude of 18th and 19th century artifacts including musket balls, wrought iron nails, and even buttons from the uniforms of the fort’s garrison.

Students also chased the footprint of darkened soil that marked the precise location of the stockades and bastions that protected the fort’s inhabitants.

The precise mapping of the structure’s original footprint is a monumental achievement; future efforts to preserve Fort Ashby’s historic heritage have yet to be announced.

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“Columbus” Author Kicks off Diversity Week

by Alex Ritte

Was Columbus the poor son of weaver, wanting to sail the ocean blue? Or was he a spy?

Manuel Rosa opened Diversity Week by speaking about Columbus to an audience at the Mary F. Shipper Library.

Rosa has dedicated 26 years to researching Columbus. Rosa went into depth about Columbus’s true family history and led a conversational topic of the man “who discovered the New World.”

Mid-lecture, Rosa revealed a painting of the Santa Maria, the ship believed to have sunk off the shores of Haiti.

The painting could prove Rosa’s theory that Columbus ordered the ship be brought to land and later destroyed by a cannon.

His latest book, “Columbus: The Untold Story” covers this material and has received notable honors like the “2017 Independent Press Award in World History.”

The book contains valuable proof that could lead us onto another path and understanding of world history. The book is available at the PSC Library and for purchase on Amazon.

Other Diversity Week activities included a Native American Panel discussion, Cultural Cuisine Night and a salsa dancing class. Diversity Week is an annual event celebrating the rich diversity of the college and community.

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Potomac State College Runner Smashes Record

emily pylesEmily Pyles plans to beat the 5k record next.

by Staff and Christopher Hackney

Potomac State College runner Emily Pyles beat the previous women’s 6K time by nearly five minutes at the Frostburg race at Maplehurst.

  The WVU-PSC Catamount cross country team is looking to continue rolling through the 2017 slate after finishing third and seventh in the Barbour County Skirmish and the Westmoreland CCC Invitational respectively, although they had failed to place in the Shenandoah University Invitational. At press time, the team is headed to the Hood College Invitational.

  The Catamount cross country team consists of an all-freshman team of Kole Bennett of McHenry, Maryland, Joshua Kincaid of Parsons, West Virginia and Shane Yutzy of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. The Catamounts are led by first-year head coach Kurtis Wildman. 

CIS Professor Aims to Start Cyber Security Club

By Levi Linn

There’s a new professor on campus with fresh ideas for computer information systems (CIS) courses and activities.

Mary Beth Moore and her students are interested in forming a Cyber Security Club. With Moore as the advisor, students would be placed into groups to defend against simulated hackers and cyber attacks in online competitions, with the potential to compete against other colleges around the country.

“The Cyber Security Club would be open to all majors. Anyone who finds the idea of cyber security interesting is encouraged to join,” Moore said.

Moore originally hails from Bethel, Maine. She earned her degree in art history at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then taught at several colleges including PSC.

Moore’s love of computers led her to earn her CIS degree at Frostburg State University in 2011.

“My interest in computer science can be traced to my interest in studying foreign languages,” Moore said.

She originally planned to study languages in college, later changing her major to art history. Her background with languages translated naturally to working with computers.

“When I started studying programming, I was fascinated by how we communicate in programming languages by translating our natural language into computer algorithms and use programming languages. My first love is programming.”

With her new degree under her belt, Moore returned to PSC this semester to lead the CIS program. She hopes to see the program grow and offer new computer science courses.

Moore praises her students and hopes to have an impact on their lives. “I really enjoy working with them,” Moore said, adding that she believes that a college experience like PSC is the perfect way to do that.

In the upcoming spring semester, Moore will be teaching a variety of classes for CIS majors; however, interested students of any major can sign up for Moore’s CIS 112 class, Intro to Networks & Security.

Students interested in the Cyber Security Club are encouraged to contact Moore at

SGA Encourages Student Involvement at PSC

IMG-0821-2Student Government Association President James Beall plans to initiate more student involvement through a new Snapchat account and other on- campus activities.

Leadership skills, opportunities to make a change and a glowing resumé are just a few reasons students should be involved in their campus Student Government Association, explained Dr. Edward Brown, advisor of the SGA.

Students especially interested in public service or politics can find many learning experiences through participation. Brown explained that many students who were a part of SGA in the past go into these career fields.

Being involved in the SGA also looks great on a resumé and can lead to opportunities for receiving glowing recommendation letters from administrators.  Brown included that, “The leadership qualities that one develops as an SGA member last a lifetime.”

One more commonly unknown incentive of the student government is that each position receives a stipend for their services. The president and vice president receive $300 per semester and all other positions receive $150 per semester.

Potomac State College held the annual SGA elections on Sept. 12 and 13. There were 82 voters at this year’s election, up very little from the 77 participants last year. The duties held by the SGA aren’t always well known by the students of PSC.

Some of the duties include serving on planning and search committees for the college and hosting events for the college. For example, each year the SGA throws a homecoming dance and last semester SGA held a Valentine’s Day dance.

The SGA also plays a large role in the involvement of other clubs on campus. When campus clubs and organizations request funds, the request is sent to the SGA for approval. This is a large responsibility of the SGA. Without funds, many clubs could not function.

The SGA students are also the eyes, ears and voice of the general student population. “It makes you aware of things that are going on around campus,” 2017 President James Beall explained, “[Things] that are important that most people wouldn’t know.”  Students involved in their campus government have the power and opportunity to make changes to the campus to better the student body’s experience.

Beall explained that one of his goals as president is to make PSC more fun and make it easier to have a good time on campus. He plans to do this by initiating more involvement with the students.

The SGA recently made a Snapchat account for students to see events happening on the campus and/or receive informational alerts.

Lastly, Brown leaves a tip to anyone who is unsure they should get involved: “Do not underestimate your power. Many great things throughout history have been started by one, or just a handful, of people.”

Tribune Publisher Speaks on Future of Field

Tribune Publisher Kelly Miller speaks to Journalism 101 students at Church McKee on September 17, 2017. Photo by Aaron Smith

“Journalism will always be around. Whether it’s digitally or in print, books or magazines. Somebody always has to write it,” Kelly Miller, publisher of the Mineral Daily News-Tribune, told Journalism 101 students at Potomac State College.

Miller noted that the newspaper business may be shrinking, but society’s desire to consume news is staying steady. Students heard an in-depth and first-hand description of how newspapers are changing and embracing technology.

“As the digital age grows, there will be more opportunities for journalists.”

“Now we can blog and have different ways to get our message out to people,” stressed Miller.

Making traditional print journalism viable is a struggle papers across the country are experiencing as more people go online for their news. Small town papers like the Tribune have had to adapt.

Miller has made many changes with the local paper in an effort to keep it cost-effective. The paper now runs four times a week (down from six), and the paper is printed off-site instead of locally.

Miller’s changes are working. She noted that when she arrived at the Tribune, it had been several years in the red, but it now has a much better financial future. Miller knows that a lot of the local paper’s success is thanks to hyper-local journalism – the coverage of events on an extremely small geographical scale.

“Big city newspapers are struggling,” Miller said. “They don’t focus on local news. There’s a lot to cover in Chicago, for example. That hyper-local news is what keeps us viable.”

She stressed the importance of these small-town stories and the fact that it sells papers, often for readers to cut out their family member’s pictures who are featured in the articles. “We call it refrigerator journalism.”

Miller discussed the many challenges she has faced in her journalism career. One such challenge was the presence of women working in management roles in the publishing industry.

“There weren’t a lot of women when I started in the business. When I went to my first publishers’ convention, there were two women. A year later, there were ten of us. I think that company is 50% women now.”

As journalism grows and expands to include more diversity and digital mediums, Miller believes life is left in the newspaper business.

Her optimism was inspiring to journalism major Gabby Colerick. “I learned a lot about how the business works,” she said. “You can tell Ms. Miller is a high achiever, especially as a woman in that field. It was very motivating.”