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Shepherd retention rate drops in 2015-2016

Shepherd retention rate drops in 2015-2016

By PAIGE CONRAD, Staff Writer
February 24
Filed under News, Splash Page Story

(THE PICKET) - Four out of 10 freshmen who attended Shepherd University in the 2015-2016 school year dropped out, according to newly-released data. During the 2015-2016 school year the retention rate was 60 percent. Other West Virginia colleges similar to Shepherd have about the same retention r... Read more »

Protestors gather in Shepherdstown for President’s Day

Protestors gather in Shepherdstown for President’s Day

By Edward Smith and Jessica Sharpless, Picket Staff
February 21
Filed under Breaking News, News, Splash Page Story

SHEPHERDSTOWN—On Monday, members of local protest group Vigilance Jefferson County gathered in Shepherdstown to protest against President Trump and stand for the Black Lives Matter movement. “This is a really organic and spontaneous protest,” says Patience Wait, a member of Vigilance. “We ou... Read more »

Shepherd University Presents an Annual Event, The Vagina Monologues.

Zoe Nicewander, Staff Writer
February 20
Filed under Arts & Style, News

The Picket-The Vagina Monologues is an annual performance featuring students and members of the community that rise together to empower women through coming-of-age and liberating monologues, presented by Rising LOVE. The writer and creator of this show is Eve Ensler. The show first debuted in 1996.... Read more »

Shepherd University music major will release her first album

Shepherd University music major will release her first album

By PAIGE CONRAD, Staff Writer
February 20
Filed under News

(THE PICKET) - Shepherd University music major Lucia Valentine, who has been singing since she was a child, is releasing her first album next month. For the past two years, she’s been writing and recording 10 original songs that will be released at the end of March. The songs are mainly pop, ... Read more »

Uncertainty in the LGBTQ community

Uncertainty in the LGBTQ community

By Jessica Sharpless, Christine Critchley, and Brittney Spiker, Picket Staff
February 20
Filed under Local News, News

(The Picket) – The LGBTQ community is waiting to see how the Trump administration will address hard-won rights that include marriage and economic privileges after preliminary indications that they could be in jeopardy. “Things could get worse if Trump goes through with his plans,” said Omar Lawton... Read more »

Blue Town Red State Video Episode 2: What does it mean to “Dress like a Woman”?

Blue Town Red State Video Episode 2: What does it mean to “Dress like a Woman”?

By The Picket Staff
February 16
Filed under Local News, News, Opinion

(The Picket)- Blue Town Red State is a series of videos exploring social and political issues with local opinions from the Students of Shepherd University and citizens of Shepherdstown WV. This episode features a question based on a statement from the Trump administration requesting that staff, b... Read more »

Fire Drill at Turner Hall

Fire Drill at Turner Hall

David Hammond, Staff Writer
February 14
Filed under News

Turner Hall residents experienced a fire drill last night complete with faux smoke and trucks from the Shepherdstown Fire Department. After a short program outlining the importance of fire safety and the appropriate protocol during a fire alarm, residents returned to their rooms and continued with... Read more »

Shepherd Proposes 2 Percent Tuition Increase

Shepherd Proposes 2 Percent Tuition Increase

David Hammond, Staff Writer
February 14
Filed under News

Shepherd is proposing a “2 percent tuition increase across the board” for the 2017-2018 school year said Vice President of Enrollment Management Bill Sommers, speaking at this week’s Student Government Association meeting. This would equal, for example, an increase of $72 per semester for an in-state... Read more »

Shepherd Weighs in on the Political Divide

Shepherd Weighs in on the Political Divide

By Pandora Affemann, Staff Writer
February 13
Filed under News

Students at Shepherd University contemplate the current political landscape as it creates a deep divide nationally between red and blue states. “It’s obvious that there are some people who are supportive of President Trump’s administration, in particular some of the executive orders, and it’s... Read more »

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Picks

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Picks

By PAIGE CONRAD, Staff Writer
February 12
Filed under Arts & Style, Features, News

(The PICKET) - The most expensive Valentine’s Day chocolate is not the tastiest, according to Shepherd students. Students participated Friday in a taste test of four different types of chocolate: Godiva, Hershey’s Kisses, Dove, and assorted chocolates from DeFluri’s in Martinsburg. DeFluri’s chocolate sells ... Read more »

Shepherd will not participate in #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign

Shepherd will not participate in #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign

By PAIGE CONRAD, Staff Writer
February 11
Filed under News

(The PICKET) - While some U.S. universities are reaching out to immigrant students via social media in the face of an immigration ban imposed by the White House, Shepherd University is keeping a low profile. A twitter campaign #youarewelcomehere has drawn posts from at least 30 universities from small to la... Read more »

President Trump vs ‘The Media’

President Trump vs ‘The Media’

February 11
Filed under News, Recent Posts

As tensions continue to rise between the new administration and the media, transparency and ideological debates seem to have given way to threats of silencing the media and more “alternative facts.” The Trump administration has never hidden its distrust towards the media, citing hidden agendas... Read more »

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