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Flashback—The Mountaineer Statue at 50

What is now an enduring symbol of the spirit of West Virginia University stands 50 years after its creation outside the Mountainlair — after more than 20 years of planning and being nearly derailed multiple times by controversy and other obstacles.

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Alumni Diary-Veronique Vernot

When Veronique Vernot was 5, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Growing up in Connecticut, she remembered hearing people talk about how knowledgeable lawyers were, and from her own desire to help people, her dream to become a lawyer began.

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Alumni Diary-Andy Stofleth

A FORMER U.S. MARINE was looking for a career change after a diagnosis with intestinal cancer. Following his recovery and a bachelor’s degree through the GI Bill, he enrolled in the Integrated Marketing Communications Master’s Program at West Virginia University.

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Five teams to watch

We know you follow Mountaineer football and basketball. So we wanted to give you five West Virginia University sports teams to keep an eye on.

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Once an RA

The job of resident assistant has changed over the years — and yet remains one of the most rewarding experiences on campus.

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Ready Player One

When Noah Johnson is fully “locked in,” very few people in the competitive gaming world can touch him. “Locked in” — his phrase — is a hyper mind for the first-year economics student at West Virginia University. A native of Baltimore, Md., Noah is WVU’s inaugural official esports player who also happens to be one of the best Madden NFL players in the world.

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Solving for the real world

Researchers from across campus crowded into the sleek Media Innovation Center with coffee in hand — curious and committed to nearly 36 hours of working together with some people they knew and a lot of others they did not. Provost Maryanne Reed stood at a lectern to kick off a hackathon — the kind of challenge found in Silicon Valley.

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Mountaineer Mail

We collected letters from readers responding to the Fall ’21 issue. Letters have been edited for clarity. Add your voice to the conversation and send your comments to

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Slow Growth, Strong Roots

It was debate at WVU that helped Mary Marantz learn the crucial skill of listening that led to Yale Law School and becoming her own boss.

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WVU Grads in the Peace Corps

Since 1961, nearly a quarter million Americans have served in the Peace Corps, including a host of Mountaineers. Here are just a few of their stories.

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Parade of Masks

When everything went online in the early days of the pandemic, WVU Libraries created an online exhibit featuring a new element in our lives: face masks.

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The Lone Rangers

With their national championship canceled hours before it was supposed to start, the rifle team went into a 2020 season that was like no other yet brought them closer together.

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Three Lieutenants

A former Mountaineer mascot, a National Guardsman and a former substitute teacher tested their strength to see if they had what it took to become officers in the Army National Guard.

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Rise of the Biomass

On empty fields across the Mid-Atlantic, forests of skinny stalks are rising to revolutionize industries.

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