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Student arrested for terroristic threatening By KYLE WOOSLEY


Police tape blocked off entrances to Palmer Hall on Monday, Dec. 3. In addition, Park Drive was shut down while the Lexington Bomb Squad, Kentucky State Police and K-9 unit investigated the suspicious item.

Eastern freshman Jacob Walker, of Middletown was arrested after a suspicious item was found in Palmer Hall Monday afternoon. Walker, a major in fire protection, engineering and technology is being charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a Class C felony. At approximately 4 p.m. Monday, an emergency safety alert was sent to the campus community stating a suspicious item was found inside the residence hall. “A residence hall-sized refrigerator was found,” Marc Whitt, Associate Vice President of Public Relations said. “It had been duct taped and had a note strapped to it.”

Whitt said the contents of the note and location of the refrigerator inside the residence hall are not being divulged because the investigation is still ongoing. “The note was serious enough to make the RHC [residence hall coordinator] think it was necessary to evacuate,” Whitt said. The Kentucky State Police, Lexington Bomb Squad and a K-9 unit were called in to investigate the refrigerator. However, Whitt said the only content in the refrigerator was “rotten food.” Laura Snelling, 19, criminal justice major, from Erlanger, explained she was under the impression they were being evacuated for a fire



The appeal submitted by the EKU Men’s Rugby team to lift its suspension for hazing has been denied. Tyler Farrell, a previous president and veteran member of the team, said the team received a letter from the vice president of Student Affairs on Friday saying their appeal had been denied. “They said that they refuse to believe that what we were doing wasn’t initiation for the new members of the team,” Farrell said. Farrell said the letter said the petition they submitted wasn’t relevant because it was information the hazing committee could have figured out if they wanted to. Additionally, Farrell said

even though they had a statement from the “hazed” member saying he wanted to do it, the appeal was denied because the university still considers it hazing when consent is given. The team was suspended for hazing after hazing allegations were reported Oct. 23 and an investigation lead the Hazing Investigation Committee to report that a freshman member was paddled with a 2-by-4 wooden board to the point that blood was found in his room. Farrell said though they will be suspended from campus until the fall of 2014, they will still find their own ways to keep the sport a part of their lives. “They’re not going to stop us from playing the sport we love,” Farrell said. “I guess we’re going to be suspended or kicked off campus for the next three seasons but they can’t stop us from touching a rugby ball.”


Pictured above is last year’s Eastern representation at the Rally for Higher Education in Frankfort at the capitol. The rally will not take place this year because of a decision made by the Board of Student Body Presidents (BSBP).

Rally for Higher Education canceled By ELISE SVOBODA After nearly a decade of rallying at Frankfort, the Board of Student Body Presidents (BSBP) is taking a new approach to Rally for Higher Education. On Nov. 10, the board voted to end the Rally in Frankfort, Eastern’s Student Government Association (SGA) President Madelyn Street said the change was well accepted by the other presidents within the board. “Rally for Higher Education has slowly become something that within the capitol is not taken seriously,” Street said. “They see it more as a bunch of students coming to scream at them and we don’t really get a clear message across. They would much rather us take a professional approach to the situation.” Alex Carson, chief of staff, who has gone to Rally

Students given choice to share certain personal information for directory By ZEYNAB DAY Student Government Association (SGA) offers a new method for students to choose what personal information appears in the Student Directory. The option can be accessed through EKU Direct under “Student Services and Financial Aid” and “SGA Directory Information.” The change offers radio buttons where students can check a box for the information they would like to appear in the directory. The choices are; address, phone

and email. There is also a button located below the radio buttons labeled, “Remove my Phone and Address from the SGA Printed Directory.” The SGA and Eastern’s IT department implemented the changes on Nov. 29 as a preliminary trial to check for any issues prior to next academic year and will be utiCARSON lized for future publications of the SGA Student


before, said the change should prove beneficial to students. “When we go to the Rotunda, not much comes out of it,” Carson said. “In fact, legislators close their doors for the day because we are disturbing. I found it to be a good thing because we can now focus on individuals to make a relationship between us and the legislators instead of just going there and yelling about what we want.” Nichole Arbino, executive vice president, said she was surprised when she heard the Rally would not be happening this year because of how it is a big thing. “Like the BSBP meetings I have gone to have been a main focus like what are we going to do for Rally this year, and what’s our theme going to be: this has always been a constant thing and then it was like oh yeah we


Nontraditional student population shows significant growth across the nation By WESLEY ROBINSON College campuses are seeing more and more Van Wilders, but it isn’t because they are afraid to graduate. Non-traditional students like the title character from National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, are becoming far more prevalent on college campuses around the country. While more students are taking “victory laps,” not graduating in the traditional four years, many students are starting school later in life, or returning to gain more education. Of the 17.6 million current college students, 38 percent are age 25 and older, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics. Additionally, the report says 25 percent are more than 30 years old. Lisa Cox, director of the student outreach and transition office, said there has been a 5.5-percent increase in non-traditional students from fall 2008 to fall 2011 when her office last gathered the data on non-traditional students. “We’ve always ran at 25 percent [non-tradition-

al students] for undergrad only,” Cox said. “That’s notable when the undergraduate enrollment is decreasing [at Eastern].” Cox said the only measure the university has for determining a non-traditional student is age and classification, but the campus’ non-traditional student group, Older Wiser Learners (OWLS) accepts all students who self-identify as non-traditional students. This can include age, marital status, whether a student has children, how long since a student has graduated high school, whether a student is a veteran, a transfer student and many other self-identified characteristics. The university is assessing methods to handle the evolving landscape in higher education including at her office, Cox said. Her office may become a central location for incoming students because by 2019 the number of non-traditional students is expected to increase by 20 percent. “The Council on Postsecondary Education is refocusing its efforts on non-trad students,” Cox said. “Freshmen coming to school straight from high school and graduating in four years … that’s not the reality of today’s world.”



The Eastern Progress, Thursday, December 6, 2012


BEAT All information is taken from Eastern police reports.

Nov. 25 n A female student reported several items stolen from her room. The student said she left her room on Tuesday, Nov. 20 about 11 p.m. and returned Sunday, Nov. 25 around 3 p.m. She said she locked her main door and the door leading to her bathroom. No one lived in the room connected to her bathroom and there were no signs of forced entry in either room. Items stolen included a Nook and Xbox Kinect. The total value of the items stolen is $905.

Dec. 3 n A woman reported damage to her vehicle in the Dizney Lot. She said she was parked in the lot from 1:15-2:30 p.m. and her 2007 Chrysler Sebring had damage that appeared to be consistent with a break-in attempt. The damage to the driver’s door is valued at $499. n A student reported her cell phone was missing from her backpack. Around 3:25 p.m. she said she walked from Alumni Coliseum parking lot to the Crabbe Library with her cell phone in the side pocket of her backpack. At the library computer lab, she talked to an unknown gentleman but said she never left her backpack unattended. Around 3:50 p.m., she said she noticed her cell phone was not in her backpack. She said she did not see anyone around her backpack or take her phone and tried calling the phone several times, but the phone went to voicemail each time.


Hummel Planetarium closed longer than originally planned

BRIEFS Residence hall closings All residence halls except Keene Hall will close at 6 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15

The Hummel Planetarium, which closed for renovations Nov. 1, will remain closed longer than officials initially expected. A new projector system replacing the Star Ball technology is still being configured, officials said. The facility will remain closed all of December and it is uncertain if the planetariumwill reopen in January. It is anticipated that the hosting of public schools and groups will begin before then.

CORRECTION In the Nov. 29 issue of The Progress, in the left photo in the article “Colonels stay hot and undefeated through first five games” Eric Stutz is pictured. In the same article, Marcus Lewis is pictured in the photo on the right. In the Nov. 29 issue of The Progress, in the article “Eastern places fourth in central states regional ethic bowl,” all quotes should be attributed to Micah Wyatt, philosphy and psychology major from Livingston.

TheWeek Colonel’s Calendar of Dec. 6 - Dec. 12 Thursday hursday


9 a.m. Stress Free Zone Keene Hall event Powell

11:30 a.m. Healthy You Martin Hall event Powell Lobby

8 p.m. Guitar Studio Concert O’Donnell Auditorium, SSB

6 p.m. Deck the Halls Keen Johnson Ballroom

7 p.m. Women’s Basketball at Ohio University Athens, Ohio

Saturday 7 p.m. Men’s Basketball at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. 6 p.m. Deck the Halls Keen Johnson Ballroom

Sunday 2 p.m. Women’s Basketball at University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 9 p.m. Give Me a Break Keene Hall event Keene Hall 2nd floor




Good Luck on finals! Be sure to check out our next issue on January 17, 2013!

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CONTINUED FROM A1 drill. “We just thought it was a drill and just walked out,” Snelling said. But once she discovered the reality of the situation, Snelling said she thought it was “very scary.” Jasmine Patrick, 18, chemistry major from Estill County, said she had the same reaction as Snelling. “I thought it was a fire drill at first,” Patrick said. Amanda Gann, 19, political science major from Louisville, said she was “annoyed” that someone would act so “childish” in her residence hall. Anthony Tucker, 18, undeclared major from Louisa, said he felt the seriousness of the situation was


Directory. According to Alex Carson, SGA executive chief of staff, several members of the SGA selected their personal preferences as a trial run. “The people from IT said it is working right now,” Carson said. The change is currently available for all students on EKU Direct and will officially be implemented in summer 2013 and all students will be informed of the option, Carson said. “We will send an email out in the summer to all the incoming students and current students,” Carson said. The email will give details about the purpose of the option and how to access it.

over exaggerated. “I don’t feel too worried about it,” Tucker said. “There’s a lot of people here and I’m sure they’ll let us back in once it’s under control.” Residents of Palmer Hall were allowed back into the building around 6 p.m. “The university takes matters like this extremely seriously,” Whitt said. An update was sent out by EKU Police Monday night, which stated more people might be charged following further investigation. Walker was WALKER released on bond Tuesday afternoon. If you have any information regarding the incident, contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.

The SGA requested the changes following student feedback regarding personal information that appeared in the student directory. Students were previously directed by SGA to the Confidentiality Flag option on EKU Direct, however the Confidentiality Flag blocked much more than SGA directory information, including verification of enrollment for graduate schools, future employers and students’ participation in commencement ceremonies. The new option only effects information that appears in the SGA Student Directory. Carson said the SGA wanted to give students a versatile method specific to the SGA Student Directory and a choice of what personal content is published. Carson said the SGA appreciates student feedback. “Students have the option to come in, that’s what we’re here for,” said Carson.


CONTINUED FROM A1 are not going to be doing that anymore,” Arbino said. Street said the Board is currently brainstorming and has a conference call planned to discuss further courses of action in the next several weeks. “We are trying to give the opportunity for


One student adding to the number of non-traditional students right now is Curt Chapman, 56. As a general education major from Nashville, Tenn., Chapman came back to Eastern to finish what he started 36 years ago. “It’s the only thing in my life I started that I didn’t finish,” Chapman said. “I left college to go out on the road and play rock and roll. I spent most of my life to keep from having a job, that’s why I became a musician.” Chapman said he has been playing the bass since age 13 and jumped at the opportunity to play music during the first semester of his sophomore year in 1976. “I’m semi-retired and I had the time to devote to it and a friend of mine works on campus and I got talking to him and he said: “why don’t you go back to school?’” Chapman said. He said his biggest issue was getting the paper work completed and making the big plunge back into the world of academics as a man over 50. “I’m very surprised at the


students to have a letter drive, have them call their legislators and speak with their legislators, we want to possible bring a key player in the legislative process to Eastern to speak to students,” Street said. “We still want them to be involved and we still want students to have the opportunity to voice their opinions, but not in the manner that was being done by Rally.” To suggest ideas and/or to get involved with the Rally for Higher Education, contact Alex Carson at or Madelyn Street at

acceptance, I’m surprised my age hadn’t hindered my abilities,” Chapman said. “I didn’t expect the welcome that I received, I don’t stand out in the crowd; plus I have seen people older than me on campus.” Sarah Murphy, 42, a safety security and emergency management and public health graduate student from Berea, is a different case than Chapman. Murphy said she quit school in the 10th grade at age 15, but not to live the rock and roll life. She got her GED at 18 and spent one semester at community college before having kids and raising her family. About 20 years later she returned to Eastern and is finishing up her dream. Murphy said having maturity and life experiences have helped her immensely, especially during undergraduate years when she majored in police studies. “I stayed before and after class, had more respect for the degree when I was done,” Murphy said. “It was culture shock, especially the first couple of semesters. My kids were both in high school when I went back. I had about 3 classes in which the people teaching the class were 10 years younger than I was.” She said she took 21 hours

each of the last three semesters of undergrad including one where she worked two jobs. Without good time management Murphy said that semester would have been impossible, and prevented her from her grad school efforts and having a life outside of the classroom. “I didn’t sleep that semester, but I did it,” Murphy said. “I didn’t get A’s that semester but I got solid B’s. I’m obsessive compulsive so it helps managing things from family time with my kids and husband, down to playing with the dog. It can be difficult, the main thing is prioritizing. You’ve got to have your priorities straight.” Now that she’s a grad student with two kids in college as traditional students at Eastern, Murphy is constantly pushing her son and daughter to achieve at a high level. “Unfortunately for them I have a very high standard. I expect them to get A’s and B’s. I do it and I go to school, work and run a household. If I can do it they can do it.” Murphy’s advice to anyone wanting to try their hand as a non-traditional student: “You have to make it all work,” Murphy said. “Go for it. There will never be a better time than right now.”

Online learning environment perfect for some, not everybody By ZACK THOMPSON You stay up past midnight, frustratingly wait for EKU Direct to load, enter your RAC number and begin signing up for the spring semester. Just need one more class to have the perfect amount of credit hours, but the course schedule isn’t syncing with your life’s schedule. After painstakingly scrolling through the seemingly endless list of classes available to you, you notice an online course being offered. “That’s perfect,” you think to yourself. Or is it? Online courses provide students with the opportunity to work at the most convenient times, they’re great for students who are self-motivators and can help those who commute save on gas. However, doing coursework online is not for everybody. In terms of tuition, online courses at Eastern are more expensive than traditional classroom courses. Also, online courses may not prove beneficial to students who tend to procrastinate or who aren’t visual learners. Last, it can be difficult to contact professors immediately for questions for online courses. An obvious advantage of taking classes from the comfort of your home is the money saved by not commuting to campus. Of

course, if you already live on campus, this doesn’t apply. However, Eastern has students who commute from all over Kentucky, some even driving in from surrounding states. If a student were able to take an online course and eliminate even one day of driving to Richmond, the savings might add up to make it worth their while. Even if you’re not saving money on gas, online classes provide students with the freedom to learn from anywhere. The question often raised is whether or not students actually learn as much from online courses. Morgan West, 20, senior biology major from Lancaster, said she has taken courses online at Bluegrass Community Technical College and at Eastern. She said the online setting can be just as beneficial as a traditional classroom setting; it just depends on the situation. “I feel like I was able to learn the material just as well [as being in a classroom] because my professor gave a lot of different activities to benefit every type of learner,” West said. “I think it was a great experience, although I have heard from others that it depends on the class and the professor.” West said her professor was easy to contact and a pleasure to learn from. She added that she is a self-motivator and had no problems keeping up with her online

coursework, but can see where it would be easy to fall behind for some. “There is a lot to keep up with,” West said, “I could easily see an opportunity to fall behind.” When asked whether or not she would take more classes online, West said she would consider taking another if there were more opportunities for her major and if she knew whether the professor was helpful. Of course, there are two sides to every story and online learning is not a perfect fit for everyone. As mentioned earlier, online courses are more expensive to take than on campus courses. Undergraduate online courses at Eastern cost $395 per credit hour, as opposed to $305 per credit hour for traditional classroom courses. Once a student reaches 12 hours in an online program, the tuition is set at $3,660 per semester and will not go up if they decide to take up to 18 hours. If a student takes 18 hours per semester, the cost ends up being just over $203 per credit hour. Yet, students who aren’t enrolled in an online program on campus but decide to take an online course are charged an extra $395 per credit hour, even if they’re already classified as being full-time. Anita Poling, 50, senior public relations and English double major from Paint Lick, said she refuses to take online cours-

es mainly because of the higher cost of tuition. “The higher cost keeps me from even trying online classes,” Poling said. “The change to separate billing for online classes came before I could even consider it.” Even if cost isn’t a factor, the level of personal responsibility required may be too much for some to handle. Online courses may be great for those motivated to do their work on time, but procrastinators beware. Poling said if she were to take an online class, she would have trouble keeping up. “I know myself and I do tend to procrastinate,” Poling said. Poling said she also prefers classroom interaction as opposed to online learning. Students have different learning styles and online classes may not cater to everyone’s needs. Not everyone is a visual learner, some require audible or hands-on learning. “I strongly believe there is much greater value in the physical classroom interaction – professor to student, student to student and student to professor,” Poling said. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages to taking online courses. Students often weigh the advantages and drawbacks when deciding whether online courses are right for them.


The Eastern Progress, Thursday, December 6, 2012

‘Porn and Pancakes’ event discusses negative aspects of sexually explicit material


Left to right: Janice and Joe Wood discussed the ramifications pornography has on relationships and marriages on Thursday, Nov. 29.

By ELISE SVOBODA Students piled into the Ferrell Room in the Combs building because of a controversial event title last Thursday, Nov. 29. The reason behind this? An event called Porn and Pancakes sponsored by Vineyard Community Church in Richmond. Featured speakers at the event were Janice Wood, an adjunct professor in the department of history and associate pastor at the Vineyard Community Church in Richmond, and her husband Joe Wood, senior pastor at Vineyard Community Church in Richmond. In their lecture, the Woods said the U.S. is the largest porn producer in the world, accounting for 89 percent of the world’s porn. Janice Wood said 72 percent of men and 28 percent of women visit porn sites, 17 percent of

women admitting to a porn addiction. The Woods talked about how pornography is destroying relationships and marriage and also offered tips on how to deal with porn addiction, such as talking to someone you trust about the issue. Joe Wood said he thought the audience was receptive to the message of the event. “I deal with marriages on a regular basis and they are being grossly impacted by pornography and that is a rising issue,” Joe Wood said. “We can begin to let young people know the truth about this; then we can begin to deal with it before the problems arise in their marriages.” Kevin Canterbury, 22, history major from Mt. Vernon, helped develop the event and said the idea for this event came from personal experiences of struggling with pornography in high school and even some in college.

“Just having that background wanting to help people who were addicted to it, struggling with it and I just wanted to help them with it,” Canterbury said. Canterbury said he ran across the idea of this outreach through a website called, a Christian anti-porn site. From there, the event planning started for it to come to Eastern. “It’s just something that needs to be talked about and something that isn’t talked about, especially in church, again that the tone it wasn’t to bring people to church or anything, just be real and talk about sex and porn and relationships and how destructive it really is,” Canterbury said. Daniel Swaw, a non-student who visited a friend working at the event, said he thought the event had a very interesting name. “I had prior information about what it was, so I wasn’t taken off guard,” Swaw said.

Budget cuts discontinue ‘unique’ political science class By KAYLA LASURE At Eastern the word CACTUS is much more than just a plant; it is a mindset. CACTUS stands for Citizens’ Assembly for Critical Thinking about the United States. CACTUS is a class that has been offered at Eastern since 2008, but the course will be discontinued for the 2012-2013 year because of budget cuts. CACTUS prompts students with current problems America is facing, and the students work together to talk about solutions. Sometimes speakers are brought in to give the students new insight on the problem. Jane Rainey, a political science professor and co-chair of CACTUS, said CACTUS was usually lucky by finding speakers who wouldn’t charge money, which helped alleviate the problem of needing department funding. Rainey said CACTUS never really had the amount of support from the university they had wished. “For example, we had hoped to get

English classes to write about our discussions, or speech classes to do speeches on our topics and come out to public hearings and speak, but that didn’t happen,” Rainey said. “I think since we aren’t out winning trophies at competitions, it’s not as important as working together to come up with solutions to problems.” Rainey said since the budget cut the faculty for the course has less support and fewer resources. Reluctantly, Rainey and others made a difficult decision to discontinue the class. Another reason for the cut was because the QEP (Quality Enhancement Program) grant allowed the department one course release time for preparation, but only in the spring semester, not the fall. This didn’t allow the department enough time to train the professors or line up speakers, Rainey said. Rainey said CACTUS is something that could look good on a resume. She said since most employers look for employees who are problem-solvers and critical thinkers, CACTUS would help students build that skill. Cody Buell, a graduate assistant to

CACTUS, said he had the chance to witness three seasons of the class in action. “The class functioned to fully articulate what it is like to work in a democratic manner, politely exchanging ideas to come to what could be considered a group consensus,” Buell said. “CACTUS was a class that was not a class at all, it was a facilitated learning atmosphere that allowed and encouraged the students to grow both individually and as a group.” Rainey said students of the class would work together to draw up a proposal to the prompted problem and posted it on Eastern’s website. “The post would say something along the lines of: This is what CACTUS decided, do you vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ about the idea?” Rainey said. “People then had the chance to email a ballot for the vote. The students then put together a final report and sent these reports to conventional officers, or even President Whitlock.” Buell said he thought CACTUS brought a lot of positive advertising to Eastern as a whole. CACTUS often published the student’s work and distributed

it to many influential people in Kentucky such as the governor, certain legislators and other political leaders. Buell also expressed what he thought Eastern was losing by discontinuing CACTUS. “The campus is losing a unique outlet for expressing their views and fully understanding how politics really work,” Buell said. “I think students often lack basic civic knowledge. By exposing them to a political process such as this I believe we actually made the students much more engaged in political issues.” Rainey said she isn’t sure when the university will bring back CACTUS. She said if Eastern will not allow the department the resources for the class even after the 2012-2013 year, then the class will still be discontinued. “On the bright side, we will be presenting a paper on CACTUS at a teaching and learning conference of the Political Science Association in California in February,” Rainey said. “This is in hopes that other schools can pick up the idea. Maybe smaller colleges can show more support and a future for CACTUS elsewhere.”


Perspectives 5

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kyle Woosley, editor

Lack of voice causes Rally cancellaon

Last month, the Board of Student Body Presidents, a board made up of student body presidents from various universities, decided not to hold the annual Rally for Higher Education. The Rally for Higher Education is an event held in Frankfort every spring and open to all students to rally for education-related issues, such as financial aid cuts and tuition hikes. The board decided the rally was not effective enough to get their points across because the state legislators were not taking them seriously. Students should not be placing the blame with the legislators. The blame falls on the Board of Student Body Presidents and the students, themselves. One point made by the board was the lack of student involvement in the actual Rally itself. Students obviously want change. The problem is not enough of them are willing to participate and put their ideas for change out there. And until they do, they cannot complain their changes are not happening. The university provides the student body with prime opportunities to get their voices out there, whether it is via the Rally for Higher Education, open forums or open meetings. Students just need to take advantage of the opportunities they are being offered, instead of complaining about the lack of progress be-

ing made. One new idea to replace the rally was, rather than having an actual event, state legislators will be visiting with the state’s public universities on a school-by-school basis to meet with the student body president and a select group of individuals. Obviously this suggestion is a direct result of the lack of student interest in the rally itself. But just because not many students are participating in the rally, does not mean they should lose the option to altogether. By axing the event in Frankfort, the board will be silencing the ability for students to voice their opinions. The Board of Student Body Presidents needs to take into consideration the students that want to speak out against these higher education issues. Any idea that does not allow every student the option to participate is not a good one and the board needs to recognize that. We recognize the Rally for Higher Education was not effective for tackling the issues. But we also need to recognize that more than just the Board of Student Body Presidents needs to have a say in the future of higher education. And the board needs to develop an idea that better incorporates all of the students. SETH LITTRELL/PROGRESS

Mother’s inspiration sparks ‘legacy’ of success for writer My Turn: Stephanie Collins

There are two ways college graduates might look at their diploma: either a piece of paper that got them to the next step in life, or a symbol of an accomplishment that can’t be taken away. As I write this, with less than two weeks standing between my bachelor’s degree and me, I am grateful I have the latter viewpoint. Four years ago, I was a 20-year-old flight attendant for a small airline. After high school I had no interest in going to college, although I knew it was somewhere in my future. I needed to see some things. And boy did

I see them. I toured New York City after dark by myself because the rest of my crew “didn’t feel like it.” I slept many nights on crew-room couches and red eye flights from California to Washington, D.C. I lived with several young pilots and flight attendants and learned what it meant to “party too hard.” Boredom with the job didn’t take long to consume my young, impatient mind and I found myself becoming more aware of the people on my flights. I wondered, “What is that woman flying off to do today? I bet she has a really awesome job.” I even began to admire the pilots and their eagerness to do a job they loved. Soon after, I applied to the community college in my hometown and left my flying days behind. There have certainly been hard times during the last four years, but I honestly never thought once about giving up, even when it was repeatedly pounded into my head I would never find a job in journalism. I guess this is because I had found a true passion in

writing as well as joy in the many things college taught me aside from the curriculum. My four years have taught me how to commit to something long term and how to approach any situation with an open mind. These years have taught me how to think, and not just to think how I should, but just to simply think. Above all, my education has given me a reason to look in the mirror with pride. Before you assume I am being far too dramatic, allow me to explain that this achievement for me was certainly against the odds. Aside from remarkable educators that inspired me to keep climbing (you know who you are), I have one woman I owe my success to. I was five when she began school and so began a journey of “when will mom graduate?” Wow, was I clueless then to all of the struggles she faced. I was more concerned with the fact that she missed too many school events or nights at the dinner table, than the fact she was raising three children, working, going through

nursing clinicals and above all, grieving the death of her mother when I was only seven. I’ll never forget the day my fifth grade teacher pulled me aside in class to let me know my mom had passed her nursing boards. She was the first woman in our family to earn a college degree. Although the monetary security we soon experienced for the first time seemed to be the main benefit at the time, I am much more aware now of how her education impacted the person I became. If not for her struggle to serve as an example, would I have ever learned the importance of following through? Would I have adapted the same discipline to pass on to my own children? That is why her presence will overshadow every other on Dec. 15 when she watches her daughter walk across a stage as the second educated woman in our family. A legacy has begun.

>Letters to the editor

Off-campus laundry options beneficial for students I want to start off by introducing myself as the owner of Splash Em Out Coin Laundry & Wash-N-Fold, the brand new laundromat located at 469 Eastern Bypass. I have been in the laundry business for several years now, and own three in Lexington. Having attended Eastern Kentucky University and graduating in 1997 one thing always stayed clear, there was never a good place to do laundry if you lived on campus. When leaving campus and going to an off campus laundromat there wasn’t a good, clean welcoming laundry facility that one could do clothes, or drop off for a wash-n-fold service. I decided when able I would explore all avenues possible to make a nice state-of-theart laundromat that would be welcoming to

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students, and the local community. I did, and it is within walking distance to the university. We opened in February of 2012 and students have now started to catch on that we are in the neighborhood. When students come in our laundromat, the first thing they notice is the nicely framed Eastern posters hanging on the walls. We offer free WiFi, gaming, vending, study areas throughout, and a friendly, welcoming environment. One thing you may want to offer is a plus card. This will allow your students to come to our facility, like the University of Kentucky students in Lexington, and place all of their laundry on this card. This would be much better than paying a dorm the expense of laundry. I guarantee that my laundromat


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is more efficient, with larger washers, faster dryers, and we offer a wash-n-fold service for those who don’t like doing their own laundry. My experience of dorm laundry has always been, they are not attended, meaning, no one is cleaning out the washer after each use. The facility isn’t constantly being cleaned, waiting in line, drying time, equipment malfunction, etc. Outsourcing service is a much more convenient way for a student to get away from the day-to-day life in a dorm. If the university is aiming to keep students on campus, I don’t believe a flat laundry fee would work well. Again, if you had a student plus card with so much on that card there would be no hassle over quarters. Student plus cards are a great way to ven-

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BEST OF 2012

The very best in movies, music, gaming and tech, as chosen by Progress staff

movies TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2012

By KENNA TRENT, ADAM TURNER, MICHAEL EMERSON The year 2012 was destined to be an unforgettable year for film, and it did not disappoint. So good, in fact, that making a top 10 list of any kind is a fool’s errand, particularly since some of the year’s most hyped movies (Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, The Hobbit, This is 40, etc.) have not even been released yet. An abundance of quality filmmaking is nothing to complain about, however, and so, without further ado, here are 10 of the best films of 2012. Honorable Mentions: Paranorman, Brave, The Amazing Spiderman, Ruby Sparks, Sinister, Frankenweenie, The FiveYear Engagement

10. Argo: In case it wasn’t it clear by now, thee Affleck is back, baby. And honestly, better than ever, ver, flexing direcectorial mususcles that he strengthened with his last two efforts, particularly The Town. Argo is stunning not just for its historical accuracy, but also for the way it fully realizes even its smallest roles. This is partly due to what might be the finest ensemble cast of the year, but it’s also thanks to its excellent tight script and a solid vision from Affleck. An exciting, rousing (and funny!) historical drama for the ages.

9. Flight: Don’t let the trailer fool you; Denzel Washington is no hero in Flight. In fact, I would say that this is the feelbad b movie of the year. Washington is in rare form, playing a commercial plane pilot who saves the lives of his passengers in a pinch, but turns out to be a bad guy in real life. Do we love him? Do we hate him? I don’t know, but great supporting performances by John Goodman and Kelly Reilly make Flight a funny, heartbreaking and inspiring piece of b work. Though you may never w want to put yourself through it w again, it’s definitely one of the best movies of the year. 8. Looper: The best original sci-fi film in years. Period. That’s a bold claim, but Looper warrants it with its fantastic cast (including a better-thanever Joseph Gordon-Levitt), its twisty, though-provoking premise (JGL has to kill his future self played by Bruce Willis for his job and his life) and its thrill-






10. Quantum Conundrum: An expansive and addictive puzzle game that allows you to take control of four different dimensions to alter reality and the environment in order to solve your way through a labyrinth mansion. Also having the narrator, be voiced by John de Lancie (Q from Star Trek), keeping you company adds a hilarious atmosphere that deserves a look. 9. Scribblenauts Unlimited: A game that truly has unlimited outcomes. The latest in the Scribblenauts series allows you to add adjectives, as well as some Nintendo copyright, to create whatever you want in order to complete the myriad of missions.

8. Skull Girls: A frantic and fun entry into the fighting game genre that keeps up the challenge of long standing competitors without failing. Take control of several beautifully hand drawn animated sprites each with their own unique and entertaining fighting styles. 7. The Walking Dead: From comics to television and now finally the game system this franchise is one of the most prolific stories in the zombie genre. Favoring point and click over run and gun, this game survives with its engaging and organic narrative that keeps the player engaged to the last episode.

6. Dishonored: A game parallel to the original Bioshock in almost every way, and



By CHRIS BUNDY The iPhone 5 is the most revolutionary nary iPhone yet. The ad line is simple, yet says ays everything it needs to. People do not go out looking to buy the best tablet or the he best smartphone; they go out to buy the he newest iPhone/iPad. Just like the iPod d before them, born with genes of cool ol and now, people settle for nothing less. These devices are recession proof because Apple has implanted into our minds what is cool. The iPhone 5 is the very best iPhone ever made, and in saying so, is the best smartphone ever made. Instead of talking about the iPhone like a smartphone, many tech journalists and reviewers have only been able to rave about how the phone feels like a polished gem — a work of art. The iPhone 5 has transcended the smartphone plain and became art. Is there anything too magnificent about the iPhone other than the pristine fit

ing action. Writer-director Rian Johnson is a very clever man. Let’s hope he has the freedom to explore more loopy ideas in the future.

7. Moonrise Kingdom: Indie movies are a thing now, a big thing. And this little indie flick is creating quite the Oscar buzz. Moonrise Kingdom is the anthem for bullied, taunted, misunderstood, parents-don’t-care kids who just want to run away, what do kids actually expect when they run away from home? Well, we get a lot of laughter, tears, shock, and awkward moments. Wes Anderson’s story of two young lovers who escape their oppressive home lives in a small New England community yields more concern than they expect from the adults in their lives (played by Bill Murray, Frances Mc-



ways that’s always a hing. good thing. People will or a be wary for new IP but Bethesda, creators of the Elder Scrolls series, bring a new story to enjoy and it allows you to experience a stealthy or bloody play through as gamers make their way through the city of Dunwall.

5. Assassin’s Creed 3: While the majesty of the crusades and the beauty of the renaissance were nice, it’s finally time for America to shine. The American Revolution is as interesting a setting as can be. While the mechanics seem shaky this time around, prepare to live out your pirate fantasy and experience a history lesson you’ll want to stay awake for. 4. New Super Mario Bros. U: Nintendo

10. Cruel Summer - G.O.O.D. Music: It’s no secret a lot of criticism was thrown at Cruel Summer, but if you throw away all of what you’ve heard — all your previous thoughts and take under consideration the themes and the wide range of different artists that were compiled, this is a great work. The images and sounds painted on this album are some of the most creative, risky tracks of the year. Kanye West has shown once again what he’s best at doing with Cruel Summer, and that’s setting the standard. Remember the single “Mercy” from this album? Well, that was kind of a big deal for pop music.


may as well keep its title as the greatest videogame company of all time for this entry in the Mario franchise is the first time we see the mushroom abusing plumber in HD. The solid gameplay combined with beautiful visuals keeps Mario’s tried and true formula as fresh as ever.

Kid Cudi attempted a very rock-influenced album this time around with Dot Da Genius, combined to form the duo WZRD. The album was heavily criticized for its generally positive song themes so radically different from Cudi’s last release, Man on the Moon II. Despite the criticism it’s still one of the best collection of songs we’ve seen this year.

3. Borderlands 2: From the comic art style to the infinite amount of weapons, this game is the prime example of what a videogame sequel should be. It keeps the original spirit and cranks it up to eleven. Some of

The Boss has still got it. Instead of slowing down in his increasing age, Springsteen has only become more prolific, writing and releasing new material at a rate that would’ve made his perfectionist younger self scoff. That sense of urgency to has carried over both to his


No, it simand finish? ni provides a largply p that was er screen sc made with watchmad ing movies without borders and still being able to text with one hand mind. The iPhone in mi will not win the most outrageously high performance parts, but it will par in the eyes of design and use. In si all honesty do al people really pe need a monster truck in their pocket or Rolls Royce that simply gets them where they need to go? When the Nokia Lumia 920 was announced in September, I wrote a previous article covering the details; though there are a few details that stick out about this particular device to make it worthy of this list. Nokia did an amazing job filling out the technical specification sheet on this device: NFC (aka tap-to-share and used for mobile payments), wireless charging, lowlight camera that actually performs better

8. Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen

than the human eye, rock solid construction, and the ability to use the phone even if you have boxing gloves on. All of these features are not normally additions to a smartphone and If the Lumia 920 were called the iPhone, people would call it revolutionary. Instead it has been seen as just as flagship device for a fledgling platform. The HTC One X was announced back in February debuting with AT&T back in April. When the phone was announced for the international market, the phone was listed with a quad-core processor. The chip announced for the phone was the nVidia Tegra 3, a chip that had been put into a tablet form factor 3 months prior. This was a really big deal because it meant that not only could phones use the same chips as tablets (which they had been doing for quite some time), but also they could be released within the same timeframe.

live act, which is still the longest and very best show you can see. His latest album Wrecking Ball is his most political album yet, is Occupy E Street. It’s not entirely subtle, but it is certainly rousing, and filled with several more classic anthems to add to his already untouchable discography.

7. Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel Miguel’s talent really shows on Kaleidoscope Dream. Receiving generally positive reviews, it shines by not being a traditional R&B album. It’s very psychedelic and will almost put you in a trance at first listen. The whole album just sounds really good. Like really, really good.

6. Control System - Ab Soul With more of a political approach, Ab Soul offers something with a little more substance than his Top Dawg Entertainment label counterpart, Kendrick Lamar. While it’s less of a concept album, it still has a lot of structure that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s well composed and lyrically honest; it’s one of those albums that digs deeper into one’s current self-interpretation.

5. Port of Morrow - The Shins James Mercer reunites The Shins after a five-year hiatus, and the result is another slice of indie-pop perfection that made


The other significance of this chip being in a phone is the very nature of it being quad-core. Quad-core processors are at the pinnacle of desktop processors these days, very few hexa-core and octo-core chips are available for the consumer market. Keep in mind that just because they have the same core count, doesn’t mean the cores are of equal caliber. What does mean though is that we are the closest we have ever been to having our personal computer in our pockets. (Please note that the initial One X that came out on AT&T was not quad-core because Tegra 3 did not support LTE.) Due to the lack LTE support HTC went with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip to satisfy AT&T. The recent refresh to the One X, the One X+, does however have the Tegra 3+ chip that supports LTE. The One X+ began shipping last month.



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By ELISE SVOBODA The holiday season is upon us. With all the hustle and rush of the holiday season, we know what malls and radio stations are playing: Christmas music. For my family, we start listening to it the moment we get our tree down during the first two weekends of November. Since I was a little girl, my parents made sure I listened to a variety of Christmas music. From country to jazz, I listened to every genre possible. Since there are so many Christmas CDs out there, I have taken some time and have decided that I would make a top five list of the Christmas CDs you may have heard of, but never listened to, from 2002-2012. 5. Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Volumes 1-3-Glee Cast (2010-2012) Each year since December 2010, Glee, the musical drama/comedy on Fox that follows a glee club in Lima, Ohio, has had a Christmas episode. For me, I have enjoyed

the music because it is a unique, musical twist on Christmas classics I know and love along with songs I have never heard of until I heard them on the episode. For example, I had never heard the Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmastime at All? until I heard it on Glee. While the newest volume of the series will not be released until Tuesday, Dec. 11, the list of songs is already up and the temptation not to preorder is great. Some of the songs on Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album, Volume 3 include “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” which is one of my all time favorite songs and “White Christmas,” a movie and a classic my mom would always listen to and sing while I was growing up. Whether you are a Gleek or a music lover, these holiday CDs should be worth checking out. 4. Merry Christmas II You-Mariah Carey (2010) All I want for Christmas is You: if I did not start with that, it would do an injustice to this album review. While the song was recorded originally in 1994 for Carey’s Merry Christmas, it has stood the test of time by becoming a radio classic. Merry Christmas II You is a follow up to her 1994 Merry Christmas album. While both CDs have great music on them, I enjoyed listening to the newest one better because it includes Christ-

25 Days of Christmas By ELISE SVOBODA The holiday season is upon us and between the gift giving and the shopping, there is a lot to do. With finals are right around the corner one way to find a little stress relief or just to unwind after some shopping look to ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas to do the trick. One of the biggest television events of the year, the 25 Days of Christmas offers a wide array of holiday specials and premieres for viewers to enjoy. Everyday will offer viewers unique opportunity to see timeless favorites and unwind from the day-to-day stresses of life. Some of the premieres include the network television premiere of Disney’s A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey as multiple characters on the movie including Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 6. The lovable minions of Despicable Me come out to play Saturday, Dec. 8. Sunday, Dec. 9, marks the premiere of the new ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones

starring Tori Spelling of Beverly Hills, 90210. A week later on Sunday, Dec. 16, Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will premiere. Another ABC Family premiere that occurred was Fred Claus on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Besides the new premieres, holiday classics will continue to be featured, including the tradition of the holiday classics marathon on Dec. 24. One thing I really like about the line up this year is how The Santa Clause Trilogy starring Tim Allen will air back to back. No matter what day you tune in, ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas is sure to brighten your holiday season. For official scheduling, go to ABC Family’s web site. Some highlights to look forward to include: Disney’s A Christmas Carol-Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 Despicable Me-Dec. 8 Holiday Classic Marathon-Dec. 15 and 24 The Santa Clause Trilogy-Dec. 22 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-Dec. 21 and 25

mas classics, new songs and the hit song of “All I Want for Christmas is You” rerecorded. No matter which Mariah Carey CD you choose, you will not go wrong this holiday season. 3. On this Winter’s Night-Lady Antebellum (2012) I am not a big country fan at all. While coming up with this list a friend suggested I listen to this CD. From the moment I heard the first few songs, I liked the CD. The CD is modern country mixed with classic songs I know and love. Even the songs I had never heard were great and I caught myself humming on the way to and from class. Whether you are like me and dislike country or you are a hardcore country music fan, this CD is sure to brighten your day and put you in the holiday spirit. 2. Noel-Josh Groban (2007) Of all of the CDs and artists on this list, the last two were the toughest for me. Noel features Groban’s rich vocals and great guest vocalists such as Faith Hill and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Since I gave my mom this CD a few years ago, she has enjoyed it a lot and she had never heard of Groban until I gave her the CD. Since then, I hear it constantly whenever I


CONTINUED FROM B1 the best shooting mechanics coupled with a hilarious and engaging plot make this a must play.

2. Guild Wars 2: Regarded as the best massively multiplayer online game to date and for good reason. An expansive world and a completely user friendly interface and gameplay all for a one time price. No subscription fee means you can keep playing every glorious bit of every quest till your heart’s content. 1. Mass Effect 3: A finale to rival all finales, this game is the epitome of a franchise that had a rough start, great run, and satisfying conclusion. Nothing else could be seen as the proper ending to a franchise, and while it seems to be a mixed bag, it should leave just about everyone satisfied.

am home. This CD is a must listen whether or not you are a fan. 1. Christmas-Michael Buble (2011) I have always been a Michael Buble and when I saw he had a Christmas CD I knew I had to get it for my mom because of her huge collection of Christmas music. When I gave my mom this CD last year, she played it all day long on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Even when I call her, I hear the CD in the background and I laugh because it made her happy and she enjoys it. I love the rich jazzy vocals Buble provides for this album, which has a mixture of new songs and holiday hits I know and love. Even if you are not a fan, I highly recommend this CD as a holiday must listen to.

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CONTINUED FROM B1 Dormand, Bruce Willis, and Edward Norton) and hilarity ensues. Moonrise Kingdom is one of the most seriously funny movies of 2012.

6. Skyfall: Right from the start, you can tell that the long wait for the 23rd installment of the Bond series was worth it; and Adele singing the theme song only solidifies that statement. Skyfall sees Bond fighting a villain who is after his home turf and the head of MI6 herself, ‘M.’ Without giving too much away, the special twists and turns as well as surprise characters are a nice touch to the new feel that the Daniel Craig films have given us. Javier Bardem works his bad guy persona again to provide us with a master class in villainy (and just plain creepiness). A late addition to the year, but an instant classic for Bond fans and critics alike. 5. Wreck it Ralph: An incredibly fun film made for gamers that breaks the expectation of a reference dump and instead a great film that people of all ages can enjoy. The best part of the movie isn’t the two minutes of Bowser but the engaging story, likeable characters and creative world that has endless possibilities and imagination and is without a doubt the best videogame movie to date. 4. The Cabin in the Woods: The Cabin in the Woods may seem like the average teen slasher flick, but it is so much more. Writer Joss Whedon manages to turn the stereotype on it’s head by creating a world where completely normal college students transform into the hapless pawns in a game to save the world from impending doom. Okay, that may sound a little dramatic, but the point is: this movie is some of the best horror has to offer and definitely a must-see for 2012. If you think you know the way horror movies always work, you will enjoy The Cabin in the Wood’s sarcastic twist on that formula. 3. The Dark Knight Rises: Its critics would

not be silenced. How is Bane a worthy follow up to the Joker? How could it possibly live up to the instant-classic The Dark Knight? The answer is it couldn’t, and that was never Nolan’s intention. Instead, he made something much more interesting than a straight follow-up: A massive, dark, political, ambitious and even slightly flawed conclusion to what will stand as one of the best film trilogies of all time. It might not have been the ending we needed or expected, but it was definitely the one we deserved. Now, RISE.

2. Lincoln: Movies at their very best transport you into their world, let you walk around with their characters, breathe in their surroundings and always leave you wanting more, another few minutes to live in that reality. That is perhaps what Lincoln does best. It is the closest you’ll get to a time machine taking you back to 1865 to live and walk beside our greatest and most iconic president, Daniel Day-Lewis. Or Abraham Lincoln. Frankly, DDL’s performance is so incredibly immersed it is impossible to separate him from the president himself. For all intents and purposes, he IS Honest Abe. That the film takes place during one of the most divisive and defining moments of our nation, the Civil War and abolishing of slavery, doesn’t hurt. Neither does the phenomenal cast. Or Spielberg’s classical direction. Most likely to nab Best Picture in a few months. 1. The Avengers: 2012 was chock-full of superhero movies, and topping this list was Marvel’s The Avengers. Perhaps that is because there were more superheroes in this movie than there have ever been in any other movie. This blockbuster could have crashed and burned considering each individual franchise hasn’t proved to be as successful as Iron Man alone (I’m looking at you, Hulk!), but clever writing and a fun cast made for an action movie befitting it’s comic book roots. The Avengers manages to capture that rare combination of critical acclaim and commercial success, to the tune of grossing over a billion dollars worldwide! Here’s to hoping they don’t ruin it with the sequel!


CONTINUED FROM B1 the band famous. Port of Morrow is possibly their most polished and produced album yet, and easily their most electronic. This is not a deviation, but rather a natural evolution of the band’s sound, and several tracks (“September” and “It’s Only Life”) stand with the best tracks the band has ever recorded. Mercer has long been in search of the perfect pop record; he may have found it with Port of Morrow.

4. Vows - Kimbra

To say Kimbra’s album Vows was impressive would be an understatement. The sound quality is amazing as Kimbra takes some risks and succeeds with every single one. If you even slightly liked her work on Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” then you’ll be amazed as well. The best part of the album is that it has pop, jazz and soul influences blended together epically to make something of a fairy-tale.

3. The Carpenter - The Ave Brothers

These folk-pop brothers seventh studio album may be their best yet. Following the breakthrough mainstream success of I and Love and You, The Carpenter reprises the role of its hit producer Rick Rubin while also serving as a return to the band’s roots. Transitioning seamlessly from country to rock to doowop and back again, this is genre defying music and songwriting.


CONTINUED FROM B1 HTC’s Droid DNA for Verizon just recently hit store shelves. The DNA is a standout device for one particular feature, a 1080p display is a first for smartphone hardware and is the first device to truly go above and beyond Apple’s retina display technology found on the iPhones 4-5. The DNA is also notable for its Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core chip and 2GB of ram, both are also firsts for a Verizon flagship device. Finally LG/Google Nexus 4 makes the list for one of the most important deciding points of smartphones: price. The mobile industry has come to a turning point. We have seen the top of the mountain for penetration in the


It is the best alternative rock record of the year.

2. good kid m.A.A.d city Kendrick Lamar

Compton’s finest, Kendrick Lamar allowed our ears to bear witness to a theatrical story that won’t be forgotten. Every song from beginning to end has a purpose, making it one of the best concept albums of the year. Kendrick’s cadence and experimental sound really keeps the story rolling. The shocking part was that this one Kendrick’s debut studio album; we’re already excited for more.

1. channel ORANGE Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean from Odd Future was special guest on last year’s Watch The Throne album and this year he put together the best album of the year. The summer classic that is channel ORANGE features everything from amazing song writing, creative direction, and impressive vocal ability that falling nothing short of classic. Perhaps Frank Ocean released the best album of the last few years? One thing’s for sure, channel ORANGE is pretty damn hard to beat. Honorable Mentions: The Lumineers - The Lumineers, Babel - Mumford and Sons, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance - Patterson Hood, Celebration Rock - Japandroids, Blunderbuss - Jack White, Boys & Girls - Alabama Shakes.

most prosperous markets. The next fight will be over the remaining six billion and how to get a smartphone into their hands. This is where the Nexus 4 is breaking new ground. At $299, the Nexus 4 is the most affordable flagship smartphone to launch-to-date. Google is essentially selling this phone at cost. Coming stocked with a quad-core chip, 2GB of ram, and the latest version of Android version. No other smartphone has better performance specs that the Nexus 4, they can only match it, but with a two-contract or priced at $600+ off-contract. Google is paving the way for third world nations, and hold outs from the first world to join the always-connected lifestyle. For Google, this is the best way to grow its business because if you are searching the web or tapping on ads.

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Great coaches do not win titles by coddling their players Chris McGee SONYA JOHNSON/PROGRESS

Senior Mike DiNunno goes for a layup during a game against Western Carolina on Saturday.

The world of college basketball lost a true legend Saturday with the passing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Majerus. Upon further investigation, I learned Majerus was known to berate and verbally abuse his players. This fact coupled with the recent ack University of Kentucky coach John Calipari received over a verbal exchange with one of his players gave me pause : Why do we give coaches so much grief over a little push to a player or a heated verbal exchange with a player after the player has been benched for not producing on the court or on the ďŹ eld? The Calipari incident was tame in my view compared to some of the things Bobby Knight became infamous for during his tenure as coach of the University of Indiana. Af-


with the comeback. The Colonels passed the ďŹ rst of six road tests by defeating North Carolina Central 63-57. Once again Glenn Cosey and Mike DiNunno led the team in scoring with a combined 31 points, seven rebounds (all by Cosey), 5 assists, 6 steals and 4 turnovers. Eastern was outrebounded again (ranked 335th by ESPN in RPG), but the defense stepped up causing 22 turnovers (only giving up 10) while outscoring the Eagles 32-14 o turnovers and only allowing 14 percent shooting from behind the three-point line. This eight-game win streak is the longest since the 1964-65 campaign when the “Maroonsâ€? had a 10 -game win streak. Eastern’s next game is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 against Chattanooga.

ter all, Calipari has never thrown a chair across a basketball court or choked a player. Coaches don’t become great or legendary and receive Hall of Fame status by coddling their players. Would UCLA have won their numerous championships if Coach John Wooden had spoon fed them instead of being ďŹ rm and berating them when they needed it? I would have to say no. If a player can’t handle criticism or being benched for not producing in a game, then maybe he/she shouldn’t be playing the game to begin with. Coach Wooden once said, “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.â€? Coaching and subsequently the job of a good coach is to tell his players what they are doing wrong and how to improve it. Conversely, it’s also a coach’s job to praise a player when he/she has performed well. But sometimes a player is very stubborn and hard-headed and the instruction the coach is trying to give doesn’t sink in. This is when a


CONTINUED FROM B6 season of ďŹ rsts and all time highs. The team went into the NCAA Tournament ranked 17 in the country, and ended up placing 24 out of 31 teams. Also for the ďŹ rst time, Eastern had two runners earn All-American. Longtime coach, Rick Erdmann had a ďŹ rst for himself, after being awarded the Southeast Region Coach of the Year award. The team’s future looks great, with all of their top runners returning for the fall 2013 season. Eastern’s club showings had some rocky moments. The club baseball team had a successful inaugural sea-


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coach has to be a little more ďŹ rm, sometimes to the point of berating if the player still isn’t seeing the point. Calipari didn’t do anything any other great coach before him hasn’t done. I believe it only made news because Kentucky is a high proďŹ le college basketball program with a very storied tradition. Coaches don’t become legendary and Hall of Famers by being soft on their players. A good coach, like a good friend, tells you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Because Coach Knight was so hard on his players, his record at Indiana is quite impressive. He was 662-239, a .735 winning percentage. Additionally, he had 22 seasons of 20 or more wins and in 24 NCAA appearances, his teams won 42 of 63 games. I believe one of Knight’s many quotes on coaching sums up the attitude a good coach should take and how a coach becomes a legend and a Hall of Famer. “People want national championship banners. People want to talk about Indiana being competitive. How do we get there? We don’t get there with milk and cookies.â€?

son and there was support for the club hockey team, but hazing allegations made against the club rugby team led to its suspension. The rugby team appealed its suspension, but was denied, this will have an aect on future rugby players. Hopefully no other club sport is unoďŹƒcially penalized for the alleged actions of a few people. With the success of Eastern’s athletics program this fall, I can’t help but be excited for the spring. In January many award-winning cross-country runners will be running indoor track, in February baseball OVC champs return and both men and women’s tennis teams return to action in late January. There is even a women’s golf match to come, although we’ll have to wait until April to see them play. When you combine these sports with the two successful basketball teams; Eastern’s near future looks bright.



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Soccer team has winning season on field and in classroom


The soccer teaam had a winning season in and out of the classroom. The team posted a 3.0 team GPA for the eighth consecutive year. The Colonels were one of 504 teams recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The team was undefeated at home this season in addition to having three players selected to the All-OVC team. By LANE TAYLOR Eastern’s soccer team recently won an award for its academic achievements after posting an overall team GPA of 3.15. The team was one of 504 teams recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for academic achievement. This is the eighth straight year the team has had a team GPA of a 3.0 or higher. “We are proud of our team’s performance in the classroom this past academic year,” Head Coach Lindsay Basalyga said. “It shows the individual commitment that each player has to their own academic success as it relates to the team.” Basalyga is entering her eighth season as coach of the Colonels, a position she has held since the program was established. But Basalyga insists that it’s not just about academics. “It’s not just about keeping high standards in one area, but keeping standards high throughout the entire program.” Basalyga said. She also notes that not only was this the eighth straight year of having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher, it was also the team’s fifth consecutive trip to the OVC tournament. “We set the bar high and then give the players the tools to reach it,” she said. While the coaches push players to achieve their best and motivate them on a daily basis, it’s the individual player’s commitment to excellence that makes this award possible. “To have a GPA of a 3.15 is an honor,” says senior Deja Tennon, “[It] shows how hard we work off the field.” Tennon, a defender,

started all 20 games this season for the Colonels. She said playing four years for a program that has such high academic standards is rewarding. “To be a part of a program that has continued to carry a 3.0 is an honor,” says Tennon, “To know you contributed to that feels good and it’s good to have a goal every year to maintain this expectation for future EKU soccer players.” The award comes in a year that saw the Colonels have one of their best seasons in program history, posting a 10-7-3 record, while going undefeated (8-0-1) at home. “This season was a history making year,” Tennon said. “The success on the field shows how much success a program can achieve and only be 8 years old.” In the eight years since the program has been established, the Colonels have placed themselves among the elite in the OVC, both on and off the field. Coach Basalyga said off the field the players will need to continue to be committed in the classroom and seek out support from their professors, tutors and the staff at the Bratzke Center (Student Athlete Academic Success Center). “On the field, we will continue to work on our training mentality, fitness standards,” Basalyga said. “And again, individual accountability in the team’s overall success.” Basalyga summed up the academic accolades very succinctly. “The off the field success shows how we continue to work hard and the reason we all chose EKU; it isn’t just to play soccer but to get an education and graduate,” she said.


Senior Deja Tennon started all 20 games this season. Tennon has been one of the cornerstones of the soccer team’s defense . She will be graduating with fellow senior Hayley Wright in the spring.



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Womens basketball team stays undefeated at home, knocking off Jackson State and Presbyterian


Senior Alex Jones blocks a shot by a Jackson State player during the Colonels game on Saturday. Eastern takes its 5-3 record on the road for two weeks and will return home Dec.18 By TYLER PHILLIPS The Lady Colonels topped both Presbyterian College and Jackson State to win the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational at Eastern. Eastern beat Presbyterian College 61-43 Friday night then turned around and beat Jackson State 64-56 Saturday night after the Lady Tigers beat Marshall University on Friday. The Lady Colonels never trailed in either game, but were pushed by both teams on both nights. Eastern (5-3) was led in

both games by seniors Alex Jones and Raechele Gray. Jones was named MVP of the Invitational after back-to-back dominant performances. Jones and Gray both made the All-Tournament team and Jones posted career highs Saturday night in both points (15) and rebounds (14). Friday night the Lady Colonels were pushed by Presbyterian College in a turnover-filled game. A total of 45 turnovers were called, 26 from Presbyterian and 19 from Eastern, but the Lady Colonels put the game away midway in the second half on a 3-point basket by Gray that pushed

the Lady Colonels lead to double digits. The Presbyterian zone troubled the Lady Colonels after having only one day to prepare for it, but held the Blue Hose to just 29 percent shooting and 3/10 from 3-point range. After the Lady Colonels finished off the Blue Hose Friday night, Head Coach Chrissy Roberts had high expectations for her players on Saturday. “This crew is hungry,” said Roberts. “We will be fired up and ready to play.” And they were. The Lady Colonels had another big performance down the stretch from their se-

Undefeated Colonels continue finding ways to pull out wins

nior point guard Raechele Gray. Gray shut down any hope of the Lady Tigers making a comeback with back-to-back 3’s that stretched Eastern’s lead to 9. Eastern’s defense was a major part of its success in both games. After holding Presbyterian to 29 percent shooting Friday, the Lady Colonels shut down Jackson State’s offense. The Lady Tigers shot just 27 percent Saturday night, making just 18 of 70 shots. The Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels are now 5-3 and will take a two-week road trip and will return home to play West Virginia State on Dec. 18.

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Sophomore Eric Stutz goes up for a shot against Western Carolina on Saturday. The Colonels won the first game of six-game road trip Tuesday to remain undefeated. Eastern will return to MacBrayer Arena on Jan. 3, 2013. By ANDREW DAY The men’s basketball team is off to its best start since the Truman administration thanks to two time OVC newcomer of the week Glenn Cosey and a last second layup by senior leader Mike DiNunno. Glenn Cosey was awarded his second OVC newcomer of the week after an impressive performance against Delaware State posting 21 points (19 in the first half ) and draining four shots from be-

hind the arc, with the team making 8-of-18. Delaware State took an early 2-0 lead, and that was the only lead change during the game, Eastern dominated Delaware State shooting 36-64 from the field, 1126 from the three-point line, 5-9 from the free throw line with the help of one of the best defenders in the conference Corey Walden, and at one point the Colonels led by 35. Eastern defeated Delaware State 84-51. The Colonels continued their winning ways against the Cata-

mounts of Western Carolina on Dec 1. The lone senior on the team Mike DiNunno hit the biggest shot of his career with 3 seconds left to give the Colonels the two point lead and the win. Cosey scored a little less than his average and put up 15, DiNunno reached his average at 14, the two combined for 29. DiNunno also led the game in assists with 7 and 2 steals. The Colonels outshot the Catamounts 52.7 percent to 30 percent in the second half to help


This fall was a fantastic season for Eastern’s athletics. I’d like to reflect on some of the achievements and letdowns of the fall sports teams this year and look ahead to the future. Starting with the teams whose seasons are just getting under way, the men’s basketball team has made an impressive showing this fall. They are currently undefeated at 8-0, and off to their best start since 66 years. Junior, Glen Cosey has been picked as the “OVC Newcomer of the Week” twice in a row. The women’s basketball team hasn’t seen as much success as the men’s, but so far has still come out on top with a 5-3 record. Over the Christmas break, both the men and woman’s team have a string of games to play, so hopefully I’ll have plenty of wins to report on when we come back in January. If there was one team that really needed a successful season, it was the soccer team. This fall marks the first time in the program’s eight-year history that they ended with a winning record. The team went 10-7-3 but had a disappointing ending after they lost in the first round of the OVC Tournament. Three players earned AllOVC honors and will return next year, but the team

is still losing two talented veteran seniors, Deja Tennon and Hayley Wright. The football team had a successful season, despite not making the FCS playoffs. The team went 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the OVC, giving the team their best record in four years. Five Colonels were named first team All-OVC, and 13 Colonels earning All-OVC honors overall. Only five of the 13 All-OVC members are coming back for the next season, but hopefully the team will be able to rise up and keep the success going this year. The volleyball team had a down year after having a losing record of 9-19 and missing the OVC tournament. One of the best results of the season was junior Ashley Edmond making the All-OVC team. Both the men and women’s golf teams had a pretty mediocre fall, with only a few strong showings early in the semester after facing tough competition. Both teams return in late February/early March, so hopefully they will be able to find more success in the spring. Both cross-country teams were champs this year, but the men’s team really showed what they could accomplish. It was a


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