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Students and administrators hold signs protesting against decreased funds for higher education in the rotunda of the capitol building during Monday's rally.


College students from all corners of Kentucky gathered on Monday, Feb. 13 in the rotunda of Kentucky's capitol building to rally  alongside the statue of Abraham Lincoln  against government cuts to the Kentucky higher education budget. Over the last two years, Kentucky is one of three states to continue defunding higher education. Since 2008, Kentucky college students have seen a decrease of 32% in state funding for higher education, the sixth  worst decrease in the country. As Governor Matt

Bevin continued to cut higher education funding in what he said would save Kentucky’s pension plan, Attorney General Andy  Beshear called Bevin’s cuts illegal, and filed suit. In 2016,  the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled against Bevin’s decision that continued budget cuts to higher education  and  concluded that Bevin exceeded his authority. “We should never play chicken or Russian roulette with your education,” Beshear said at the rally. Beshear was only one of the many speakers at the rally Monday, with student speakers from Eastern Kentucky Universi-

Geeks begin interviews to survey students By DESTINEE OTT

On February 24th, in the Library’s Atrium from 10 to 1, there will be an array of IT Geeks with video cameras hoping to interview people. These interviews will be focused on student's use of technology on campus, says Heather Smith the student head of the project. If students want to be interviewed, they can come with their own pre-thought statement about their campus technology use or they can choose from Geek prepared questions to answer. Smith explained that once all of these interviews are taped, they will be brought together and put into a short five-minute video that will be played for the incoming freshman when they receive their IT, needed technology, e-mails. Brad Shooper, another member of the IT team working on the project, explained that the idea for this video came from Lisa Moore, the student support manager when she saw a Harvard video doing the same thing. The goal of the video will be to show incoming freshman just what IT can do for them, explained


ty, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Morehead State University and Northern Kentucky University taking the stage as well. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Senators Max Wise and David Givens, and State Representative James Kay also spoke during the event. One theme resonated throughout the capitol’s rotunda: “Stand up and demand Frankfort be accountable,” Rep. Kay said. “Making sure we invest in higher education, is investing in the future of Kentucky,” Grimes said during her speech. Student  Government  Association  sen-

ator and EKU’s speaker, Ryan Wiggins, asked that the government start investing in students rather than cutting their funds. “I don’t want there to be a single Kentucky high school student not able to attend college because they can’t afford it,” said Wiggins. “Higher education shouldn’t be a privilege, especially for those who want to break vicious cycles.” EKU SGA members and other students attended the rally in support of Wiggins and repealing the budget cuts. A crowd


In the Black takes students into the mines By COLLIN OVERTON

For writer Gary Bentley, coal became more than just a job. Bentley is a former coal miner and the author of In the Black, a series of short stories published by the rural-themed online newspaper The Daily Yonder. The blogger serves as an advocate for miners as he travels the country speaking about his writings. He  plans to speak for EKU’s Appalachian Studies Program on February 21. Bentley’s writings capture in realistic detail the grit and daily grind of working in a mine in southeastern Kentucky, as well as the dangers and harsh realities that come with being employed with big coal companies. He worked underground from 2001 to 2013, and his first-hand accounts of what he saw have garnered both acclaim and occasional controversy. For the former mine foreman, this amount of recognition was never expected. “My uncle was playing in an oldtime string band at an event on UK’s campus,” Bentley said. “Afterwards, he told me I should write some songs about my experiences as a coal min-


Former coal miner Gary Bentley plans to speak about his mining past on February 21.

er.” While Bentley liked writing music, he said he liked the idea of writing something bigger instead. "I was at a point where I was done with music, so instead I just wrote some short stories and made copies to bring to the family reunion

so they could get an idea of what it was like,” Bentley said. "A few of my friends who were writers got ahold of them and started sending them around, and eventually The Daily Yonder got ahold of me.”


Phishing scammers continue to hack student accounts By CAITLYN RAHSCHULTE

We all get those pesky emails, you know the ones with URGENT in the subject line, telling us our student email account will be deleted unless we click the handy-dandy link in the email. But by now we should know the truth: Click the link and you likely just fell victim to a phishing scheme. Your information—ID number, PIN code and even your social security number, depending on the scheme—could fall into the hands of a hacker. Lisa Moore, IT Communication and Student Support Services Manager at EKU,

said that phishers can profit handily, potentially making millions of dollars, by hacking into student accounts. Being aware of what you have in your email signature can keep you from danger, Moore said. Some students put their 901 student ID numbers in their email signatures, which hackers can easily pick up and use to go deeper into those students' accounts. "Phishing scams are getting worse, but that's the case everywhere," Moore said. Moore said that some of the worst scams on campus were ransomeware attacks, where the hackers encrypt data until you pay them. Employees and students were infected with it.

TIPS TO AVOID PHISHERS' NETS nnSimple ways to prevent hacking includes having a variety of passwords instead of using just one for each account. Follow EKU IT on Twitter @EKUITColonels and they will post a screenshot of the questionable email and let you know it’s not safe. You can also forward suspicious emails to and ask if it's legit. nnIf you find yourself a victim of a phishing scheme, the first step is to change your password on your email account. The next step is to check if your email has email forwarding turned on. If your account was hacked, the hacker turned on email forwarding so they can get all of your emails. If you have email forwarding on, then you know you were hacked. nnIf you ever get an email you’re not sure about, Moore said to look for any kind of urgency in the email, such as “you’re going to lose your email if you

don’t click this link!” Any unexpected attachments on emails should be left alone. Phishing emails frequently also have misspellings or grammar mistakes. nn If an email says it’s from IT, there’s a way to check that, too. IT will never ask you to change your password. An email asking you to change your password is a phishing email. nnEKU IT recently set up a new phishing detection program to help IT find and knock out phishing. “We’ve enacted a program where if we see a student email sending out more than 750 emails, their email account and password are automatically reset and the forwarding option turned off,” Moore said. “If we see the hacks, IT can take care of it from their end, but the student has to contact IT or EKU Direct to reset their password.”

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POLICE BEAT Feb. 2 „„ A resident reported he had items stolen from his vehicle in the parking lot in front of Telford Hall. A metal water bottle left in the car was taken and logged as evidence.

Feb. 3 „„ A student in Dupree Hall reported an argument between he and a former student that resulted in him being punched in the mouth twice on the eighth floor of Dupree Hall.

Feb. 5 „„ An officer reported witnessing two students fight each other after he left the Combs Building at 2 a.m. One student smelled of alcohol, and both were transported to Madison County Detention Center.

Feb. 7 „„ A resident reported a reserved parking space sign for Keene Resident Hall Coordinators had been unscrewed from the wall and taken away.

EKU Facilitation Center to support Courageous Conversations The EKU Facilitation Center will support a series of 12 Courageous Conversations hosted by a group of community leaders called Together Lexington. EKU Facilitation Center Director Karen Russell said the center often aids in creating problem-solving and conquering tough topics and challenges at regional and national levels. The Courageous Conversations series, that began in January, is set to focus on important topics in today's culture including race relations, gentrification, police issues and inclusion. Courageous Conversations began after similar sessions were hosted in Charleston, South Carolina after the mass shooting that killed nine members of Mother Emmanuel Church in 2015. Carla Blanton, a Together Lexington project manager, said the group wants to replicate what was spoken about in the Charleston sessions in a smaller setting.

EKU senior wins MLK award EKU senior Diamond Richards was the recepient of the MLK Community Service Award for her contributions to the Black Student Union.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award is presented annually to an EKU student who demonstrates commitment to service and bettering the lives of the campus community. Richards said the best part of her role in the Black Student Union was learning how to deal with different people and learning to show people love individually and uniquely. Richards specifically thanked two leaders in her life: Tiesha Douglas, associate director of diverse student retention and Dr. Salome Nnoromele, who introduced her to the Freshman Academy of Diverse Students. Richards will graduate in December 2017 with a bachelor's in Criminal Justice.

Risk management and insurance major awarded prestigious internship Brianna Saylor was one of only 15 students selected for the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices internship program. A senior risk management and insurance major from Berea, Saylor was one of 30 students selected to participate in the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program both last and this year before deciding to accept the NAPSLO internship. The nine-week program will allow Saylor to work on both sides of the surplus lines marketplace, attend an annual conference in the fall and apply for scholarships to study abroad. A member of SGA, Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and Campus Outreach, Saylor plans to graduate in May.

THE COLONEL’SCALENDAR CALENDAR THE COLONEL’S Week of Nov. 13 – Nov. 19 Week of Feb. 16 - Feb. 22


The Vagina Monologues O'Donnell Hall

8 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Belmont University Nashville, Tenn.

FRIDAY 7 p.m.

Softball at Wyndham Garden Cougar Classic Charleston, SC The Vagina Monologues O'Donnell Hall

8 p.m.

Baseball at University of Arizona Tuscon, Ariz.

SATURDAY 6:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Tennessee State Nashville, Tenn.

7:30 p.m.

Ronnie Milsap EKU Center for the Arts

8:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Tennessee State Nashville, Tenn.

SUNDAY 10 a.m.

Men's Tennis vs Lincoln Memorial University Greg Adams Tennis Center

1 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs University of Indianapolis Greg Adams Tennis Center


Men's Golf at The Invitational at Savannah Harbor Savannah, Ga

12 p.m.

Men's Baseball at University of Arizona Tuscon, Ariz.

TUESDAY 5 p.m.

Hip-hop Zumba Middle Powell

8 p.m.

EKU Theater presents Rocky Horror Picture Show Gifford Theater


Baseball at University of Louisville Louisville

8 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Jacksonville State Jacksonville, Ala.

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SGA votes to approve removing wellness requirement By CHLOE ROJAS

EKU’s Student Government Association met on Tuesday to approve acts removing a wellness credit and allowing students the right to an attorney. Before discussing the acts, Anthony Jones, Director of Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, asked for support from the SGA for diversity programs that the office has implemented. Jones said that the programs are designed to help students transition from high school to college, encourage and support diversity and help students from overseas. Some programs started by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs were mentioned, including one based on gender equality. Jones said  OMSA is starting these programs to help students succeed in the classroom

and also all other facets of their lives. “To love, grow, and graduate, and ultimately give back,” is the motto of OMSA— and these programs will help with accomplishing this goal and help with students being even more successful in college and beyond, Jones said. A diversity summit hosted by SGA will be on April 22. SGA President  Collin Potter presented the senate  with an SGA plan to renovate  publications of businesses that give college students a student discount in order to help students in need find food and clothing for a low price. Luke Prince, a former SGA senate member, asked to be placed back on the senate after dropping out last semester. SGA held an closed discussion and decided Prince would be appointed as a senate member. Prince was sworn in at the end of

the meeting. SGA Executive Vice President Sebastian Torres thanked the members who attended the rally for higher education in Frankfort on Monday and  SGA Advisor Jason Marion also said he thought the EKU students who attended the rally were excellent representatives of the university, specifically Ryan Wiggins, an SGA senator and student speaker at the rally, for his speech. Torres also said that SGA was able to talk with executives at the extension campus in Corbin and create a new set of bylaws for the campus. The Corbin executives agreed with all the guidelines and were willing to merge the new bylaws with the old ones. All senate members were given a copy of those bylaws. Two acts were introduced to the SGA members for their support and approval.

The first act was the House Bill 126, stating that students now have the right to an attorney when they are facing disciplinary action. The act gives students due process when they face a criminal charge, said Torres. Senate members voted their approval of the act anonymously. A proposal to remove the wellness requirement from the list of general education courses students must take to graduate was also introduced. The proposed removal was previously approved by Faculty Senate in their most recent meeting and must go through the Board of Regents before becoming official. Madison Lipscomb, a senator-at-large, noted her concern for transfer students, because the requirement has become a barrier preventing many transfer students from graduating on time. The senate approved the proposal.


FROM PAGE 1 size of 250 people was approximated, and Colonels were scattered throughout. Kentucky SGA President Jay Todd Richey said that six out of ten of the state’s college students borrow money from the government, meaning cuts could cause major issues for much of Kentucky’s public institutions. “This is wrong for students. This is bad for Kentucky. This is unacceptable,” said Richey. In his speech, Beshear said that the collective national student loan debt has reached $1.3 trillion—the largest of any nation. Since filing the lawsuit against Bevin, Beshear said has restored more than $23 million back into the Kentucky’s higher education fund. “Trying to control our universities out of Frankfort is wrong,”  Beshear said after announcing that all students deserve the opportunity to attend college. Senator David Givens advised students not to point fingers, but to engage in discussions, saying, “I am not encouraging you to wait, but to persist.” Representatives at the rally said they continue to urge students to use their voices and stand up against the leg-


FROM PAGE 1 Bentley said his biggest challenge writing stories was deciding how to approach things people might not feel comfortable with. “For one, it’s remembering to change the names of the people so I don’t expose anyone doesn’t want to be exposed. But it’s also to paint a story that allows you to be there in the moment and form your own opinion,” Bentley said. Bentley seeks to not only paint a picture of everyday life in the mines, but to also change perceptions on the miners themselves. Through his writings, he hopes to expand the public image of coal miners beyond the “romantic” images of miners from the 1930s—men covered in back dust carrying pickaxes and shovels. What the general public truly lacks, Bentley said, is the understanding of the contemporary coal miner. “I hear a lot of people refer to miners just as the guys from the 30s carrying picks and shovels, especially when I travel out of the state – sometimes even in Louisville or Lexington,” Bentley said. “They don’t realize the modern technology, the


Shooper. Because students are surrounded by technology from their first day on campus it is important to know where to go to if anything goes wrong, said Shooper.


Members of EKU and NKU SGA cheered as Alison Lundergan Grimes gave her speech in defense of higher education funding.

islature. High school speaker Zachariah Sippy,  who spoke on behalf of Kentucky’s high school population said, “wait has almost always meant never, we cannot afford to wait."

Beshear and Grimes urge students to continue  using their voices and stand up against the legislature. “When they tell you to sit down, you will stand,” said Grimes. “And when they tell you to be quiet, you will yell.”

automation, or even the skill or intelligence required every day to be a miner.” For the blogger, it’s about giving readers the “full picture” of miners – regular people who struggle with addiction, religion and other  problems that everyone can relate to.  “It’s an eclectic group of people that a lot of times don’t feel like they have many other options,” he said. One stereotype of eastern Kentucky that Bentley said  remains true is the lack of options in earning an honest living.  “Originally, my parents didn’t want me to go into the industry. In their mind, I was their baby; they didn’t want me to be unsafe. But I didn’t want to work a minimum wage job and live at home. We [the miners] all agreed that there really are no other jobs in the area – if there were any factories in the area then hey, maybe we wouldn’t be doing this.”  Bentley, whose grandfather died of black lung, said many are stuck because Kentucky has failed to rely on anything but coal in the last one hundred years. As mining becomes a default way of life for many lower-middle class youth in Appalachia, so does a degree of mental toughness. Bentley makes this all too apparent in his Dec. 26 article titled “Working through Lunch." Despite being badly bruised after

getting trapped under some rock, Bentley recounts lying to his family about seeing a doctor just so he could work the next day. He explains how a life of working overtime can make a miner prioritize their next paycheck over their physical or mental health. “It was very common for someone to get injured or hurt and continue working,” he said. “One time I dislocated a shoulder racing motocross on Sunday afternoon and went back to work on Monday morning. In 2012 I fractured five vertebrae after wrecking a motorcycle and went back to work two days later. It was very common for men to get serious injuries and not tell their families about it.” Bentley’s writings have made a strong impression on former coworkers and coal company executives – both good and bad. “The miners that I worked with in the past say they really enjoy it and that they share it with their family and friends,” he said. “Even if it didn’t paint the best picture of who they were then, they think the stories are really cool and they appreciate getting to look back on them.” At other times, the reception isn’t quite so warm. “I had a guy who I mined with try to tell me I was perpetuating stereotypes,” he said. “Stereotypes are there for a reason – it’s unfortunate, but I can’t take out

something that someone doesn’t like that I know is true.” Coal companies have also seem to have taken notice. “I was home this past week and stopped by a mine where I used to work to take some photos,” Bentley said. “One of the guys recognized me from a story that NPR did and was quick to let me know that they didn’t want me bringing media organizations back to the mine.” While Bentley will admit that he’s no political writer by definition, he hasn’t shied away from using his voice to defend former co-workers and miners affected by the decay of the coal industry. The blogger has recently spoken out against Friends of Coal in a separate article with Lexington Herald-Leader, stating “We need more friends of miners and fewer friends of corporations. #friendsofcoalminers” Bentley’s event, In the Black: A Contemporary Miner’s Story, will be held Feb. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in room 208 of the Crabbe Library. During the conversation, Bentley said he aims to talk about the history of coal in Appalachia, how working in the industry affects people, social aspects of living in coal country, and how the media perpetuates “poverty porn” – exploiting the poor to gain newspaper sales and charity donations.

Smith explained that the video would be showing, not telling, students about the IT lists that they get when accepted into Eastern. These lists show what incoming Freshman will need to bring to campus to be technologically prepared, but there is usually so much information that students can get lost, said Smith. She explained that this video hopes to simplify the lists, so

students are well prepared. The IT Geeks hope to get this project finished by March so that the video will be ready to send out to incoming Freshmen next semester said, Smith. Smith explained that the interviews are completely open, so anyone is welcome to come, and the IT Geeks hope to get as many people as possible.

So, come down to the Library’s Atrium on the 24th and let the Geeks hear your technology stories. And if you can’t make it to the interviews at the Atrium on the 24th just get into contact with the IT Geeks and they will work with you to get your interview done.

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Trump doesn't know the basics of U.S. nuclear strategy

Voters often treat politics like sports

TAYLOR CUSICK Have you ever witnessed a sporting event from the detached perspective of an uninvested observer? As an American, this may be hard to do, as most of us have some sort of affiliation with a home team that weighs on the back of our minds, dictating our desire for a particular outcome. Try looking at soccer through the scope of an American football fan. The American fan would most likely have very little understanding when it pertains to the geographic location affiliated with a team, and that more than likely wouldn’t impact his opinion. Instead of thinking about cheering for the Seahawks because he might be from Seat-

tle, the fan would be forced into making a decision based on the performance of the soccer team. He would more than likely enjoy the better team the most, because they exemplify more skill at the game. Now, lets take a look at American politics. The same kind of geographical loyalty that a football fan might have for his home team, persist in the political field. Some states are assumed red or blue before the election even starts. States like Kentucky and California presumably will always go to the Republican and Democratic nominee respectively (at least since the 80s). Election season is designed very much like football season. We experience months of being bludgeoned in the face by the notion that there is an enemy team whose ideologies threaten our own, and that we must defeat them. This notion is further imprinted through the use of warring media networks, each one pushing the agenda for their home team. Fox News won’t say anything good about democrats, MSNBC won’t say anything good about republicans. Good guy vs. bad guy politics will never lead to true middle ground, and these competing ideologies help to lead individuals toward a football fan type mindset. Folks adopt the notion that the way they and their hometown believe politically is the correct way, and anyone who disagrees is a fool or a threat. They align themselves with a party without holding the individuals within that party accountable for their untruths or their hyperboles. In sports, folks adopt the notion that their hometown team is clearly the best team to cheer for, regardless

of the individual performance of the players on that team. “Tom Brady is the best quarterback for the job? Screw him, I’m from Pittsburg, so I say the best quarterback is Ben Roethlisberger!” We have entered an era where facts and objective evidence take a back seat to the sports team style tribal rally cries of political parties. Republicans gladly shouted “Make America Great Again” ignoring the hateful and “alternative fact” based aspects of Trumps campaign. Democrats shouted, “I’m with her” ignoring the moral dilemma associated with Clintons historical flip-flopping, presumably caused by monetary influence. Both sides say the other’s arguments hold no merit, and refuse to have a civil discussion. I confess that I am generalizing, but Our political leaders are in the pockets of big money interest, and it’s as if all we can do is watch helplessly until corruption fulfills it’s role as the cream of the political world, and rises to the top showing us who’s pockets are the dirtiest. If we continue to go+ down the path of partisan politics, this country will never reach a true equilibrium. Instead of looking at politics the way the American football fan watches an NFL game, we need to adopt the mindset of the American football fan as he watches a game of soccer. We need to cheer for the team with the best players, not the team our hometown would have us cheer for. Perhaps we should even abandon cheering for teams all together, and respect individual performance. Maybe then, we will see a day when all Americans feel as though their team just won the superbowl.

Destroying affordable dorms destroys opportunity


When I was in high school I knew there was no way I could afford to go to college. I knew I couldn’t afford it and I knew there was no way my parents could afford to foot the bill for me to go to school. The only option

for me was a scholarship. EKU offers great scholarships for in-state students, and with a 3.8 GPA and an ACT score of 32 I was eligible for the Excellence Scholarship, a $52,000 scholarship distributed as $6,500 per semester. That’s enough to cover the cost of a dorm, tuition and books. It was the full ride I needed to be able to go to college. I lived in Martin Hall, one of the cheapest dorms on campus, which cost just under $2,000 per semester, and my tuition was just under $4,000. That left about $500 for books, which meant my finances were set and I could afford to attend school. Three years after I lived in a dorm, Martin has been torn down and the cheapest dorms on campus are being replaced with suite style rooms in the new Martin Hall. Those are $500 more per semester than Martin’s tiny rooms, which I was willing to live with to be able to afford books. If I was put in a dorm today, on the same excellence scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to afford textbooks. Since I’ve been at EKU, Commonwealth and Martin

have both been torn down and soon two of the cheapest dorms on campus, Dupree and Todd, will be demolished. The cheapest dorms on campus are being torn down and replaced with dorms that cost hundreds more to live in. It won’t be long before the scholarship that I got that was the only reason I could afford to attend college and get books won’t even cover the cost of tuition and housing. If EKU continues to tear down the cheapest dorms and replace them with dorms that rival or exceed the cost of the most expensive dorms on campus it will prevent a group of hardworking students from attending college. Students who devoted themselves to education and strived to attend a local university and earned scholarships that could cover the costs needed for them to get a college education will be denied the opportunity to get a degree and succeed in the career they are willing to work to be a part of.

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Members of EKU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon compete against Alpha Tau Omega in a dodgeball tournament to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Chi Omega sponsors annual dodgeball tournament By Rose Pidgorodetska

Ready, Set, DODGEBALL! High energy filled the stands of Weaver Gymnasium as Chi Omega sorority sponsored their 11th annual ‘80s-themed dodgeball tournament to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event was originally started in memory of two Chi Omega members who passed away from cancer. This year, Chi Omega raised over $2,000 for their philanthropy from the 36 teams consisting of other Greek chapters, in addition to non-Greeks.

The competition was opened to any group of students with a fee of $50 and an additional $1 donation per person to play. General admission to watch was $3 per person. Roughly 500 people played in teams consisting of six to eight people played in men’s and women’s brackets to see who won the champion’s trophy. “The event went great,” said Abbie Jackson, Chi Omega’s philanthropy chair. “I heard a lot of people saying it was their favorite event by far!” While Chi Omega does have another philanthropy event in the fall, Chi Omega Dodgeball is a popular spring event. “It’s always been my favorite event

that we’ve done and it was great getting to put it together,” Abbie Jackson said. The teams that won on Friday night’s finals competed Saturday night. Plaques for first, second and third place as well as for”Most Spirited” were given out. With the ring of the buzzer, Campus Outreach took first place for the men’s team, Theta Chi fraternity took second place and Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity took third place. The Most Spirited award was given to XBT, a firefighter fraternity. “It was a great experience and time, especially to come out and win,” said Josh Phelps, a sophomore Biology major from London, Kentucky from Campus Outreach. “I’m just happy we got to love on

and get to know some great dudes.” Alpha Omega Pi sorority took first place in the women’s division, Kappa Delta sorority took second and girls from Campus Outreach took third in the competition.  “I’m really excited that Campus Outreach won this year’s dodgeball event,” said Katelyn Corbitt, member of Chi Omega and Campus Outreach and social work major from Louisville, Kentucky. “It was super sweet to see a nongreek organization come out and support our philanthropy in such a fun way while sharing the light of Christ as well.”

EKU athletes exhibit their talents at Jock N’ Roll By Cameron Fogle

It was an electric night in Brock Auditorium for “Jock N’ Roll,” a talent show designed to showcase the unexpected talents of EKU student-athletes. Throughout the show, teams ranging from  baseball to basketball  performed  choreographed dances in order to raise money for Hoops For Heroes and  send a military veteran to the OVC basketball tournament.  The acts were judged by a panel that included  Strength and Conditioning Coach  John-Michael Davis, Student Body President Collin Potter and wellknown EKU super fan Donna Sowder. While much of the auditorium was filled by  student athletes from other teams, the general public was encouraged to attend and see their fellow classmates in a completely different environment. The  entire lower level of the  auditorium was packed with students and staff, and the fans provided tons of energy for every act, cheering and clapping enthusiastically. The freshman members of the women’s soccer team were first  to take the stage, performing a  remake of the classic  talent show scene from Napoleon Dynamite. The players dressed exactly like the titular nerd—right down to  his  shirt, jeans and

boots—and even wore  wigs of  frizzy  red curls. The crowd was engaged from the beginning of the act to the end, erupting in cheers  when the  Napoleon  look-alikes finished. Next, the softball team took the stage with  a performance to a popular remix created after an infamous appearance on Dr. Phil. The song, “Catch Me Outside,” is a YouTube sensation and quickly grabbed the audience’s attention. The players made up their own dance to go along with the song. A rendition of Michael Jackson’s classic hit  “Thriller,” was then performed by the volleyball team. The iconic dance from King of Pop is a tough dance to recreate, but the team  did it so well they  sent the crowd into a frenzy at the end. In what ended up being a twitter favorite by the end of the night, the men’s golf team performed a more non-traditional act for their section. The players did an almost flawless mannequin challenge to the song “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd—standing perfectly still on stage while song played in the background. After a few seconds, the team erupted into  dances based on  remixes  of several popular  songs.  The audience  cheered as the players  began performing “The Cat Daddy,” a 2011 dance hit from The Rej3ctz.  The last, and winning, act of the night


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The women’s basketball team took home first place with their hip-hop routine.

was a pitch-perfect dance routine  by the women’s basketball team. The players performed to a variety of new hip hop song, and easily won the favor of the judges. In accordance with fan reactions, soccer, golf and women’s basketball were the three favorites to place, and the  athletes waited anxiously to hear if their team would be called during the award ceremony that followed.  The soccer team was awarded “Audi-

ence Choice,” an award based on twitter votes, in addition to third place. Men’s golf’s cat daddy, while irresistible, fell short of the title and was awarded second place. Women’s basketball, however, grabbed the attention of the audience and the judges, taking home the champion’s trophy.     All ticket proceeds from Jock N’ Roll were given to Hoops for Heroes.

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Women’s basketball gets back on track By IAN TEASLEY


Nick Mayo’s 17 points and six rebounds were not enough to mount a comeback against in-state rival Morehead

Men’s basketball falls to Morehead By IAN TEASLEY

The EKU Men’s team (10-16, 3-8) hosted in-state rival Morehead State (12-12, 8-3) last Saturday in front of a packed 3800 person crowd. the rivalry game was in full swing as this was a close one from the tip, but the Colonels only held one lead the entire game, as they played from behind the whole game. The Colonels eventually could not overcome an eight point halftime deficit, and eventually fell to the Eagles by a score of 67-62. The Story for this game seemed to be rebounding, as the Colonels were out-rebounded by More-

head 46-27, with 16 of those being on the offensive end.   Eastern had three players in double figures against Morehead. Guard Asante Gist lead the way with 20 points and 4 assists to continue his stellar season and certainly throwing his name in the hat for OVC Freshman of the year. Forward Nick Mayo also chipped in with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and guard Dillon Avare had 11 points, hitting 3 of his 9 three pointers.  This was the Colonels’ third straight loss after coming off of two straight conference wins, and things have certainly not gone to plan as Coach McHale would like. Eastern will be looking to snap their three game skid when they head to OVC leader Belmont’s home in Nashville on February 16th

The EKU Women’s team (816, 5-6), got a big rivalry and conference win last Saturday against Morehead State (18-6, 8-3), snapping their two game losing skid. The Colonels jumped out to a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never seemed to look back as they did not allow Morehead to lead at any point in the game. Lead by Shavontae Naylor’s 21 points and 9 rebounds, the Colonels made this a statement win, finally getting back up to.500 in the OVC. Eastern had 4 players in double figures against the Eagles, being lead by Naylor’s 21 points, followed by Alexus Cooper’s 16 points, Mariah Massengill’s 15 points, and Jalen O’Bannon’s 11 points. The Colonels shot 36 percent from the floor, including hitting 5 of their 11 three pointers for 45 percent.  This was a big win EKU as they look to start back up another winning streak as they have done before in the season, after notching their 9th win of the season. The Colonels currently sit in a threeway tie for fourth place in the OVC at 6-6, and they’ll look to add another win when they host 13-0 Belmont at McBrayer on Wednesday night. 

Baseball plans to leave nothing up to chance this season


After going 24-31 and failing to make the tournament last season, Coach Thompson and company have made several off-season choices in hopes of achieving goals.


Choice not chance—that is EKU Baseball’s motto for the 2017 season. “We make choices in the offseason so that we do not leave anything up for chance,” Head Coach Edwin Thompson said as he sat in his  office decorated with team awards—a prominent glass award mentioning the team’s high grade point average displayed at the front of his desk. In his second year at EKU, Thompson has made a variety of offseason choices in hopes of increasing the team’s odds both in and out of conference. First, the team recruited top-ranked Canadian outfielder Nick Howie alongside Georgia natives Miles Jones, Logan Stephens and Nick Laster. Sophomore transfer Will  Johnson and Kentuckians Jaxson Blair and Darren Williams were also prominent grabs. Howie, a freshman who was looked at by various teams during the 2016 draft, is set to start for  EKU during their opening series at Arizona. Arizona, ranked seventh in the nation by ESPN, is only one of the top-ranked teams EKU will face throughout the season. In addition to a loaded conference schedule, EKU is scheduled to play eighth-ranked University of Louisville, Tennessee and Kentucky. Thompson  said the increased difficulty in competition was meant to introduce the team to newer, high-pressure situations. “It’s a tough schedule,” Thompson said. “We’ll be playing the best in baseball at the start of our season with better depth and pitching.” Thompson said the games will be a measuring stick for the team—if they win, it is a big win, and if they lose, they can find the problems. “That’s the good—and bad—thing about baseball, you have to just deal with it and move on,” Thompson said. Despite the difficult schedule, Thompson said he

believes the team has improved on last year and has a chance to make strides this season. As usual, current players played in summer leagues during the offseason to stay conditioned and practice as much as possible while away from school. While some students chose to take classes during the summer, Thompson said summer leagues are often stressed to help players who do not have as much playing time during the season improve their game. Additionally, a few players transitioned positions such as moving from starting pitcher to bullpen. The transitions, while not always easy, are always made with what is best for the team in mind, Thompson said. With two top players graduating, and additional players moving positions, Thompson said the team will look different than the previous year. A naturally aggressive coach, Thompson said the team will have a much different style that what may have been seen in last year’s games. With a team featuring Mandy Alvarez and Kyle Nowlin, EKU’s 2016 season featured more home runs than stolen bases. This year, Thompson said the team is much faster and smaller, meaning less home runs and more working the bases. “I would say our team last year was  more [American League], where this year we’re more of a [National League] team,” Thompson said. “We like to think we pitch well, we will play good defense, and we can hit when we need to.” The team will also have an advantage over previous teams once EKU’s new baseball facilities are completely constructed.In addition to being an easy recruitment tool, the training opportunities for the team and higher-quality spectating opportunities for the fans make the new stadium an important aspect of the team’s success. “New is always good—change is good,” Thompson said. “If you’re a fan of college baseball, you can come and see us at a stage we want players to sign up for.” The stadium is expected to be finished soon, though

EKU’s first home opener has been moved to Lexington due to construction. Thompson said he hopes the team can continue to achieve at a high level during conference play and become regular season champions, or at least qualify for the OVC tournament, and have a chance to play in the NCC tournament. “I expect us to win,” Thompson said. EKU will start their season with a series at topranked Arizona on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. and will play University of Louisville on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. in Louisville.

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