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Fall 2014

We asked for your thoughts on the stories in the magazine, and you didn’t disappoint. Here are a few of the letters that we received. We really appreciate hearing your point of view on the stories and news about our University. Keep ’em coming.

The message you wrote in the spring issue of the University magazine [Gee Returns Home to a Place That ‘Touched My Heart,’ Spring 2014] is so incredibly important … so perfectly relevant to the world in which we are finding ourselves. This world, being cast and orchestrated by a more open, divergent-thinking, more collaborative and more participative, open-source youth will resonate with and be magnetized by your message of One WVU. No longer are silos workable in education or in business. Casual or purposeful integration throughout the University will create the excellence and the community value and service for which you call.

This should be WVU’s moment. We need not compete with the Ivies or any other institution. Our yardstick is the measurement of how much better we can do ourselves at turning out purposeful citizens.

Tom Harrison, MS, ‘72, Cell Biology and Physiology, Armonk, N.Y.

As a resident of Charleston’s West Side, I want to complain about the impression your fall issue story about the West Side [West Virginia’s West Side Rising, Fall 2013] left your readers. Does the West Side have its problems? Yes … But [the story] would have the reader believe that the entire West Side, with its 20,000 residents is one big hellhole.

As in any city, there is some drug activity and drug-related shootings. But for the West Side as a whole, that does not truly define it. The good people of the West Side — black and white — far outnumber the criminal element (certainly a cancer in the community, but a small cancer — despite what the media headlines present to the readers).

If one were to ask West Siders if they live in daily fear of drug violence in their particular neighborhood, some would say “yes,” but I feel that the great majority of them would say “no.”

Bob Lynn, Charleston, W.Va.
Bruce Irvin @BIrvin_WVU11
Reading that WVU magazine with the article in it about me just gave me chills. Best decision I ever made to attend that school!  #WVU

Just wanted to let WVU know that I am proud of the University. Tent City [in preparation for the Nov. 1 College GameDay visit] is what WVU needed to restore the students’ rep as normal college kids after the Baylor issue. The students are having a once-in-a-lifetime experience (while being in a controlled environment).

All the students I have heard from (and it’s been dozens today) only had positive feedback on their Tent City adventures!

Parents are even enjoying the adventure through websites and Twitter plus FaceTime. So from all of us WVU parents, thank you for giving our children this once-in-a-lifetime adventure while making it safe and special with all the things the school is doing to feed them, keep them warm and entertain them.

Sharon Arreguin, Mountaineer parent, Beckley, W.Va.
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You Tell Us Archive

Fall 2014

Here’s what our readers have to say about their University and WVU Magazine.

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Fall 2015

Many WVU Magazine readers had plenty to say about our cover story "A Future on the Side of Equality."

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Fall 2016

You shared your memories of the Mountaineer Marching Band and were touched by the story of Margie Mason, a journalist who helped to free more than 2,000 people from slavery.

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Fall 2017

You gave us feedback on WVU at 150 and shared us more fond memories of Arnold Hall.

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Spring 2015

Everyone had a lot to say, from insights about last issue’s cover story “Where We Go From Here” to thoughts on our new design.

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Spring 2016

You had touching stories about your own health after our cover story on stroke and you had lots of fond memories about the Evansdale campus in response to the Flashback photo from the late 1960s.

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Spring 2017

We love hearing from you. Readers in this edition shared touching notes about "Guarding the Nation's Tomb" and the Mountaineer Marching Band.

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Summer 2016

Readers were delighted with the research issue's coverage of art and science, and had some pointed comments on the Volkswagen emissions scandal story.

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Summer 2017

You responded to our stories on new industry in Appalachia, Mother Jones and breast cancer breakthroughs. And you had a lot to share about Arnold Hall.

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