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Thursday, January 23, 2014

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University to adjust pay equity for faculty, staff ADMINISTRATION MOVES FORWARD WITH PHASE TWO OF PLAN TO REVAMP SALARIES ZEYNAB DAY zeynab_day@mymail.eku.edu A new employee compensation program at Eastern aims to address currents imbalances within faculty and staff pay. President Benson approved phase two a three-phase, multi-year Comprehensive Compensation Program for faculty and staff. Phase Two of the program is aimed at addressing employee equity issues for both groups. University officials said the process is in-depth and may take some time. The program focuses on internal equity problems of inversion and compression, said Gary Barksdale chair for the staff com-

pensation committee and director of human resources. He said inversion is when a current employee with more experience make less than someone newly hired due to market changes. Compression is when an individual with more experience is paid equal of close to the same amount as someone with less experience or qualifications. Barksdale said they are targeting the most egregious of errors initially and will address milder issues as funding becomes available. The implementation of phase two, the Internal Pay Equity Program (IPEP) is intended to be a multi-year process and will be addressed in increments as funding opens-up, said Provost Janna Vice. Benson’s office sent an email Tuesday, January 21, to all faculty. The email said $5 million in recurring funds will have been

allocated to phase one and phase two at the end of implementation. About $3.7 million of those funds allocated to phase one of the program, which was the 2.5 percent pay raise for all employees implemented on Oct. 1, 2013. Benson said administration understands $1 million may not be enough to currently address all equity adjustments and will be allocated to both faculty and staff in a percentage of the available funds. “If the total cost for both the faculty and staff equity adjustments is $4 million and we have $1 million in recurring funds to allocate, each employee identified for an equity adjustment would receive 25 percent of the identified need,” Benson said in the email. Phase two is the Internal Pay Equity Program (IPEP) and is split into two sep-

arate initiatives, the Faculty IPEP and the Staff IPEP. Benson appointed two advisory groups, one for faculty and one for staff, to oversee the developments of the plans. Barksdale said the faculty and staff required individualized plans because the way pay is evaluated for faculty falls under different criteria than that of staff. Faculty’s primary duty is teaching and research and evaluation of pay requires a look at education and academic experience within the field while Staff are comprised of administrative officials, clerical, supportive and service jobs and pay evaluation can vary drastically. He said the faculty and staff initiatives will produce numbers reflecting their individual needs and the totals will be combined to evaluate the overall need. “I think the important thing to clarify is

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Classes were canceled after 3 p.m. Tuesday due to inclement weather. A two-hour delay followed Wednesday as a result of the frigid temperatures and icy roads.

Campus copes with frigid, slick conditions MEN’S BASKETBALL SLAMS OVC-LEADING BELMONT, B6

COOKOUT ENJOYS LONG LINES AS NEW HOT SPOT, B1

By BRIANNA WHITE progress@eku.edu As Eastern students made their way to the campus Tuesday around 11 a.m., word started going out from the Public Relations office that the university would be closing early at 3 p.m. Academic and department offices closed early at 3:30 p.m. along with the Library and EKU Gurus locations. Food remained available on campus at the Fresh Food Company in Upstairs Powell until 8 p.m. and the Fountain Food Court in Downstairs Pow-

ell late into the night. The University announced a two-hour delay for all campuses and Model Lab School for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Marc Whitt, associate vice president for Public Relations and Marketing, said the delay on Wednesday was because of the frozen precipitation on campus and near zero temperatures in the morning. The cancellation of classes after 3 p.m. Tuesday was made because the weather was more severe than what the university

was anticipating, Whitt said. not want to travel home in the The roads were clear early in risky weather. Students were ofthe morning and Whitt said any fered the opportunity to stay in decision to delay Keene Hall while “We have a list of would have placed faculty were told everyone traveling priorities, but some through the univeremail that if when the heaviest days it seems like sity’s they needed a place snowfall was occureverything is a to stay, to report ring. to the front desk at The deterioratpriority.” Telford Hall. ing road conditions across camKenna MiddleDavid Williams pus and across the Director of Facilities Services ton, director of unistate prompted a versity housing, response by University Housing could not be reached for comto offer accommodations for fac- ment. ulty, staff and students who did

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Chautauqua explores bond between US and Japan

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By DARIEN MCLAREN progress@eku.edu

Students getting ready for a class trip to Chicago over winter break were a little apprehensive when they learned how they’d be traveling—entirely by Greyhound buses. The trip was a part of the students’ Sidewalk U. class, which studies migrations and movements of people to North America from their native countries, people who often fled for political, religious or work-related reasons. Jennifer Wies, associate professor of anthropology and co-professor of the course, said one of the main objectives of the class was to help students see from the perspective of the people they were studying, letting students experience what it’s like, at least on some level, to be an immigrant. Wies said Chicago was a great place for their trip because The Great Migration and migrations from Appalachia both took place there. The Great Migration was the movement of African Americans from the South, scattering around the United States until the late 1900s. “I thought it would be cool to see other cultures,” Mikulcik, 18, a freshman math and computer sciences major from Murray said. He linked the trip to studying abroad without actually going abroad,

The Chautauqua series returned from its own winter break with a talk from Japanese Consul-General Motohiko Kato. Kato detailed the culture and icons of Japan, its relationship with the U.S. and the Japanese economy his talk titled Beauty through Balance: Integrating Tradition, Technology and Community to Move Japan Forward. Michael Rich, assistant professor of Japanese, introduced Kato and the importance of the relationship between two of the top economic producers in the world. “Japan consists of over 40 percent of all foreign investments in the state of Kentucky,” Rich said. As Consul-General, Kato works out of Nashville, Tenn. to promote Japanese business and culture, as well as protecting the interests of Japanese companies and its citizens residing in the south-

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Students from the Sidewalk U. during down time as they explore Chicago. The trip took place Jan. 4-9.

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POLICE POLICE BEAT BEAT

vated on the 19th floor. After investigating, firefighters found smoke coming from a heating unit with a burnt motor. Facilities Services responded and disconnected the burnt motor.

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 Eastern Police and the Richmond Fire Department responded to the 15th floor of Commonwealth Hall after a fire alarm activated. An officer entered an unoccupied room and it was filled with smoke. Richmond Fire Department couldn’t find any hot spots that may have caused the smoke. Facilities Services arrived and determined the room heater malfunctioned.

 An Eastern Police officer travelling on University Drive at 1:10 a.m. noticed a group of people walking toward the Ravine. After losing sight of the people, the officer drove down the access road toward the amphitheater stage. The officer lost sight of the people and stopped to check the doors, when he heard a door open after walking around the amphitheater. The officer stopped Jerry King, 18, from Elizabethtown after he walked out of the basement. Troy Lewis, 22, from Lexington, Justin Griffith, 18, from Crestview Hills, Angelina Bender, 18, from Elizabethtown, and Marquis Kennedy, 18, from Radcliff, also walked out of the basement and the officer stopped them. The officer noted in police records that the basement room was filled with the odor of marijuana. The people consented to a search and the officer was unable to locate any illegal substances. All were advised they had no business trying to enter the amphitheater. All were cited for criminal trespassing. Lewis and Griffith were permitted to return to McGregor Hall, while King, Bender and Kennedy were escorted off-campus.

Jan. 17  An Eastern Police officer responded to Keene Hall after it was reported there was an intoxicated individual on the first floor. Upon arrival, the officer identified Jeanna Friend, 31, from Lexington and said she smelled of alcohol. EKU Dispatch advised Friend had an active warrant from Estill County District Court. Friend was transported to the Madison County Detention Center.

Jan. 18  Eastern Police and the Richmond Fire Department responded to Commonwealth Hall at 10:19 p.m. after a fire alarm acti-

CAMPUS BRIEFS Welcome Back Bingo moved to Monday night The Office of Student Life is hosting Welcome Back Bingo Monday, Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. in Powell Underground. The time was originally moved from Tuesday, Jan. 21 because of adverse weather conditions that forced the university to close at 3:30 p.m. Bingo will consist of 10 games with a chance to win prizes. An Eastern student ID is needed to participate.

Eastern approved as site for 2014 Global Game Jam Students, faculty and staff that have ever had the urge to create a game now have their chance by participating in the 2014 Global Game Jam. Contestants will have from 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 until 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 to submit a completed digital, board or card game to the competition website. It is an-

ticipated that more than 17,000 game developers will be participating simultaneously. Eastern’s group will be working over the weekend in Wallace 452. Food will also be provided for contestants. The event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Computer Science and the EKU Gaming Institute. For more information, contact George Landon at 622-3184.

Want to send a postcard to home? Eastern’s Libraries are allowing students to send a postcard to home Thursday and Friday, Jan. 23 and 24. There will be three different designs to choose from inside the main lobby and the Library is covering the postage.

ColonelSmart teaches students how to use Google Scholar Eastern Libraries are hosting a ColonelSmart workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. to teach students how to use Google Scholar. The workshop will cover basic searching techniques, interpreting search results and accessing full-text via library databases. For more information contact Clay Howard at 622- 3068.

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7 p.m. 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Banquet Keen Johnson Ballroom

1 p.m. Tennis (W) vs. University of the Cumberlands Richmond

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Noon Tennis (W) vs. Indiana Bloomington, Ind.

7 p.m. Basketball (W) vs. Tennessee State Nashville, Tenn.

5 p.m. ColonelSmart: Google Scholar for Beginners Library 204D

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7:30 p.m. Sid the Science Kid Live! EKU Center for the Arts

3 p.m. Watkins/Sparks Joint Percussion Recital Gifford Theatre

9 p.m. Welcome Back Bingo Powell Underground

9 p.m. Amazing Race: Commonwealth Edition Commonwealth Hall

7:30 p.m. Travis Richter Faculty Voice Recital Gifford Theatre

8 p.m. Basketball (M) vs. Tennessee State Nashville, Tenn.

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Eastern’s online programs mark high in U.S. News rankings By LEXI WALTERS progress@eku.edu Eastern’s online degree programs recently earned high marks in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of U.S. universities, placing in the top 100 in three different categories. Eastern’s online program was ranked in the top third of all schools in three categories. Eastern ranked 77th among Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, 79th among Online Graduate Nursing Programs and 93rd among Online Graduate Education Programs. According to the U.S. News & World Report, around 1,000 schools participated

EQUITY CONTINUED FROM A1 that we cannot commit until we know how the money is to be distributed,” Barksdale said. Barksdale said several emails and forums were used to inform staff and give them a chance to ask questions about the equity plans. The detailed plan and question and answer sheets were made available on Eastern’s human resource webpage.

LECTURE CONTINUED FROM A1 eastern region of the U.S. Currently, Japan maintains its place as the third largest economy in the world, behind China and the U.S. However, Japan did not emerge from the recession unscathed. “Japan was in a bad place due to inflation,” Kato said. Under the command of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese economy has increased by 50 percent in the past year, with Japanese people gaining confidence in their global investments, Kato said. Recently Japan began the construction of the Shinkansen bullet train, with a top speed of 200 mph, which will connect most major city’s with its capital Tokyo, with the planned completion by the 2020 summer Olympic Games, hosted by Tokyo. The nation is also developing a maglev train that uses magnetic levitation to propel cars, Kato said. Japanese auto producers are making strides in the mass automation of vehicles, Kato said. “Automobiles will become a robot in

in the ranking process, with approximately 350 schools meriting ranking. This is the third year that U.S. News has ranked online programs. Important factors for selection include student engagement, as well as a student’s access to their instructor. Eastern’s online degree programs are housed under the Office of e-Campus Learning, which started in the summer of 2011. What started as four programs has now snowballed into 21. Tim Matthews, executive director of the Office of e-Campus Learning, said he believes it’s a great result for such a young program. “It’s really a tribute not just to this office, but the collective spirit that everyone has embraced,” Matthews said.

The Office of e-Campus Learning has been particularly successful drawing in older students, with the average student age of 34. Matthews said a lot of students want a mix of online and on-campus classes, to see which suits their needs the best. Students who enroll in Eastern’s online program are assigned advisers, just like on-campus students. Matthews said online courses offer many different benefits to students. Online discussions between students are used as a way to encourage student interaction and debate, while also strengthening their understanding of a given subject. “The student who is motivated to be successful will be successful,” Matthews

said. Education is evolving, and Matthews said that online education is becoming an important component in educating students. It affords students the time to educate themselves, while also drawing in new students who otherwise wouldn’t have the time or wherewithal to go back to school, he said. “Online education is a vital part of helping us to fulfi ll the EKU mission,” Matthews said. “It brings us a diversity of students that enhances the educational experience for everyone involved.” For more information regarding Eastern’s online degree program, visit ekuonline.eku.edu.

Vice said a similar campaign is underway to provide details about the Faculty IPEP. Vice sent out an email Jan. 17, which announced college-wide meetings within various colleges. The meetings run through Friday, Jan. 24. Vice said faculty are welcome to attend a meeting with another college at the university if they are unable to attend a meeting at their own. Vice said each department will make its own determinations as pay and professional qualifications vary from one academic concentration to another. The completion of the fi rst wave of the Staff IPEP will be in March and the Faculty IPEP is

set for late March or early April. The pay will be retroactive to Jan. 1, Vice said. Benson said he helped implement a similar equity pay changes in his former presidency at Southern Utah State. He said the plan there helped to close the equity pay gap from 85 percent to 94 percent in four years. Benson said the changes made at Southern Utah State greatly boosted morale and employee dedication and he feels he is already seeing a similar response at Eastern. “When people feel valued and appreciated they work harder,” Benson said. Phase three of the plan is a merit pay

system. Benson said administration is working on policy for the program. “It’s a way to single out those employees that are doing a great job and award them monetarily,” Benson said. Benson said the initial waves of the Comprehensive Compensation Program can be attributed to funding realized through Eastern’s 2013 reallocation process. He commended the Reallocations Task Force for making tough, sound decisions. “We are now reaping the benefits of some of the difficult choices we made,” Benson said.

the near future,” Kato said. “We are also the largest brand group in the U.S. with the best sales in alternate fuel vehicles.” Kato explained that modern Japan is drastically different than in previous decades, the modern nation has transformed into, part of a modern pop culture, Kato said. The US maintains a security treaty with Japan, which demilitarized after the end of WWII. The United States maintains multiple bases thought the region. After the tsunami that devastated a large area of Japan, in 2011, the U.S was the fi rst to respond in operation Tomodachi sending more than 15,000 people to assist the region, Kato said. “We are very grateful,” Kato said. “(The response of the United States is) proof of the enduring strength in our alliance.” Japan is facing a major demographic age shift that appears to be a larger issue than that of other countries, Kato said. “There is now a shrinking population, so businessmen are trying to globalize business; while Japanese women are becoming more job oriented, and the government is making enormous efforts towards establishing daycares,” Kato said.

“The country is divided among half the population stating homogony is the only way to keep its unique culture.” In recent years, many Japanese companies have moved from China, towards other opportunities, in what is known as the China plus one strategy, with the goal of hedging against China’s rapid advancement in the global market. “Our relation with China has deteriorated, so Japan has begun to look elsewhere for business,” Kato said. Kishore Acharya, project administrator, and professor in computer science from Nepal, said he learned more than he expected during the lecture. “The U.S. needs to learn from Japan on how to grow its economy, and its relationship with the U.S. seems to be admired by the Japanese,” Acharya said. Eastern students who attended enjoyed the presentation as well, including Symone Purcell, 19, a pre-med major from London. “I enjoyed the information, and have been exploring studying abroad in Japan,” Purcell said. “It was a wonderful presentation and more students should attend these, they would learn a lot.”

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Motohiko Kato spoke to a large audience at O’Donnell Hall in the Whitlock Building Jan. 16. The lecture touched on many topics ranging from economics to cultural exchange.

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Correction:

The Progress published the incorrect map for the South of Lancaster Avenue pilot program in the Jan. 16 issue. The correct map is published to the right and the schedule has been republished above. The Progress regrets this error.


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Campus dining process requires policy changes, greater transparency A recent Aramark dining survey points to dissatisfaction from a large number of Eastern students, faculty and staff with the food in Downstairs Powell (DSP) and the options it provides. Charity Bradley, an Aramark Dining Services representative, said it is too early to publish exact data from the survey but received a great deal of student feedback thus far. Bradley added the online survey sent to students, faculty and staff is only the first in the oncoming change with Eastern’s dining. The survey was sent out on Dec. 4, 2013 asked questions including the price people are willing to pay for a combo, whether campus would prefer another restaurant replace Zoca and what restaurant should replace Zoca. A good question indeed: If a change is implemented, what restaurant would replace Zoca? As of now, DSP offers Subway, Chick-fil-A, Zoca, Grille Works and Jump Asian Express. The survey suggested restaurants with pizza, quick tacos, made-to-order burritos, smoked meats, sushi and made-to-order salads as possible replacements. Dining surveys are administered by Aramark biannually, which means students have been asked for input before for several years. But to what extent has their input made a difference? Up to this point, there haven’t been many major changes in the DSP food lineup. The most recent change of any magnitude happened in the fall semester of 2012 students returned from summer break to find Quiznos had been replaced by Subway. The Progress could not reach Aramark for comment at that time. Other changes notable include extending hours at student’s requests from a 2007 survey. However, it’s not really with DSP that there have been problems or complaints, historically. In recent years, some of which have been addressed in past Progress issues, are toaster problems, limited vegetarian/vegan options and poor food quality. It seems to be that problems are with the Fresh Food Company in Upstairs Powell. Aramark, however, has made changes to Upstairs Powell, such as adding made-to-order pasta last semester, in an effort to get more students to eat there, but there needs to be more changes along with more student feedback on surveys so Aramark knows how they can improve and better serve the students. If students are willing to take time out of their day and complete a survey, the fair response would be to for Aramark and the university to make the changes students want. Obviously neither party can give students everything they want. That isn’t financially responsible or good for the wellbeing of students who would choose late-night pizza, burger and burrito runs

over balance and healthy eating. But that’s no excuse to continue to raise prices and ignore the concerns of the people being served. Behind the scenes SGA is working with dining services to create some change. SGA has conducted its own survey separate from the dining survey emailed to students early December. SGA’s survey asked students what they liked about Eastern’s dining, what they disliked and what suggestions/comments students could offer. Results varied but SGA’s Executive Secretary Ryan Conrad, whom also takes part in the Dining Advisory Committee, assured that moves were being made to give students what they desired. “They’ve [dining company] expressed to me a lot of interest in having the students’ input,” Conrad said. “I think a lot of times students just get overwhelmed and they complain to each other instead of actually going to a source that can actually make a change. That’s what they’ve expressed to me: they want to change.” But how much change can they want if students have to come up with a separate survey to address the issues? Aramark provides dining services for Eastern and is present in more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America. The company has a contract with Eastern, which was just renewed to last through 2017. Within the contract, it is stated that voluntary and mandatory meal plan rates shall increase by a rate to be mutually agreed upon by Aramark and Eastern in each operating year. All that is to say, Aramark is here to stay the whole time most of us are here. If the relationship is going to work, the company and the university must be more transparent in efforts to provide the best service. Lifestyle choices for college students have the potential to be agonizing. With the notorious “freshman fifteen” seeming to always be looming over students regardless of age, it becomes ever more important to consider healthy options. But this campus lacks many of the healthy options students request. Some students look to make healthy foodintake habits and/or active workout routines. But it’s common knowledge that making the correct choices to keep our stomachs full and pleased may not always come easy. Especially when the options provided on campus are not the most desired. This is but one of the problems we see students commenting on with no clear resolution. Regardless of the concerns among the student body regarding food options on campus, rest assured, change seems to be heading our way. Let’s make sure the changes benefit the students and not the bottom line.

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Christie latest presidential hopeful surrounded in scandal Daniel Klapheke Contributing Columnist

As the 2016 Presidential Election draws nearer, the field of potential candidates is becoming increasingly defined. Several big names in Washington have voiced their interests and begun campaigning. The news has been headlining the likes of Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz -each having their own slew of supporters. It seems that in every election there is a candidate so immersed in scandal early on he is almost immediately forced to drop out of the running. In 2008 there was John Ed-

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wards, who had an illegitimate child behind the back of his dying wife. In 2012, Herman Cain’s campaign was reduced to shambles in wake of his numerous reported sex scandals. As for 2016, New Jersey governor Chris Christie has already stirred a great deal of controversy in this presidential election and is the early leader to have his campaign ended by missteps. Christie and his scandals have taken hold of the media for the past two weeks, and things keep looking worse for the presidential hopeful. The issues began with the uncovering of Christie’s possible involvement the closing of two of three lanes of traffic on a major Hudson River bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. that caused massive traffic jams. It is speculated that Christie made the order in retaliation against Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich’s refusal to endorse the governor’s reelection in September. Christie has denied

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involvement with the bridge, but the issue has nonetheless tarnished his political future. The New Jersey governor’s aspirations have been further damaged since the claims made by Hoboken, N.J. mayor Dawn Zimmer. Zimmer said that Christie had threatened to withhold hurricane Sandy relief funds if she did not approve a renovation proposal by the Rockefeller Group. Because of these to these allegations, Christie has been spending more time defending himself than promoting his campaign. The “bridge gate” scandal and others like it have made the world of politics appear more money oriented than people oriented. The job of a politician is to do what is best for his constituency, regardless of personal interest. This past year, congress had one of the lowest approval ratings of all time, in part due the month-long government shut-

down in late 2013. Instead of getting to work on solving interior problems like unemployment and national debt, Washington and the political elites are often more concerned with personal endeavors and the affairs of other nations. In the next election, take the time to think about who you want running our country. Regardless of popularity, a man shrouded in as much controversy as Chris Christie should not be making decisions for the entirety of the US. America needs a true leader to pull itself out of the darkness that has been the last several years, a person who reflects the qualities of the Roosevelt presidents. Our country does not necessarily need to be the most powerful, but we certainly have some shaping up to do. Daniel Klapheke is a criminal justice sophomore . Email progress@eku.edu.

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Tobacco ban will increase overall health, provide cleaner air Maya Johnson Contributing Columnist

Writing has always been a way for me to express myself. Creating worlds and characters, bringing new perspectives to the public. Over time, a question rose in my head that made me look back at the path I had chosen: how did I come to discover my talent at writing and the dream to write books? As a child, we all have different dreams and goals. We say we wanted to be astronauts, ballerinas, doctors, nurses, cowboys, etc. At one point, I said I wanted to be a basketball star. I tried out for my middle school basketball team, but didn’t make the cut. Then I said I wanted to be a scientist and be the one to find the cure for cancer and claim the Nobel Prize. But sadly, I found out quickly that science was not one of my strong subjects.

I first found my talent for writing in elementary school. We had a writing assignment to create a device we would invent for the future. I wrote in detail about how I would invent a small cube that would turn anyone’s room into a movie theater with all of the latest movies. My inspiration came from me getting in trouble and my punishment was not going to the movies after school. My teacher was very impressed and said mine was one of the best entries in the class. Still, it wasn’t until the 7th grade that I realized writing was my talent. I think it was just a simple reading and writing class, but I remember we had a fun in class assignment to take our favorite TV show or movie, rewrite the script and insert ourselves in it. For mine, I chose my number one favorite SpongeBob Squarepants episode: Pizza Delivery. I knew the entire episode by heart. I spent an hour writing my story. When it was finally it was time to share. I was the first one to read mine aloud. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure how the class would react to it. As I read it, everyone, including the teacher began to crack up at the

plot. My nervousness faded as I continued on. Inside I felt a spark turn into a burning fire that burned brightly as I heard the class cheer and applauded at my story. It was then that I realized my talent was writing stories. My passion for writing also came from reading the Harry Potter series. That series was the first real chapter book I read in middle school. I was fascinated by the plot and the structure of the book that it was hard to put it down. The more I read it, the more I thought to myself, maybe I should think about writing books like J.K. Rowling. I not only read Harry Potter because it was an amazing series, I also used it to study story structure, sentence structure and character development. The first real novel I thought of didn’t come to me until my sophomore year of high school. It was about a girl from the future going back to the year 2006 to find a boy that was the key to saving her world. I let several of my friends read what I had come up with and they all thought it was great. Everyone had told me I had a serious talent for story-telling. I also got to test

my writing skills in my high school creative writing classes. My favorite project was when our senior class made up a world and we had to make our own characters. We made a town called Billiumsburg. Throughout the semester we had to write three stories involving our characters in Billiumsburg and use each other’s characters in the story. It was so much fun to collaborate with my friends and their characters. Looking back at the path I had to take to discover my talent, I can see how much I have grown and also how close I am to reaching my goal. I also think about all of the people who helped me get to where I am now: My mom for teaching me how to read and write, J.K. Rowling, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, authors of the House of Night series, all of my English teachers in middle school and high school, and of course my Journalism professors at Eastern. Every time I get a flashback at how I got started on this amazing path, it is hard to see me doing anything else. This is my one true passion. Maya Johnson is a journalism senior. Email maya_johsnon215@eku.edu.

Campus Sound Off Do you have a meal plan? Why is it important?

“I have a meal plan this year, I think the main reason is because of my class schedule. It’s kind of hecc and having a meal plan is the easiest opon for me. If you live on campus having a meal plan is a really good opon.”

“Yep, I think it an easy way to eat.” Andrew Hellman Hometown: Campbellsburg Major: Elementary educaon Year: Freshman

Jake Garrison Hometown: Manchester Major: Biology Year: Sophomore “Yeah, it save you money and keeps you from going off campus to get food.” Troy Rison Hometown: Crestwood Major: Psychology Year: Senior

“I don’t have a meal plan. I think it might be important for people to have one because they may starve to death.” Jonathan Grindstaff Hometown: Lexington Major: Social Work Year: Senior

“I do because I don’t have to go to the store every week.”

“Yeah it makes it easier to live on and a good sense of comfort and stability.”

Mary Wagner Hometown: Louisville Major: Pre-occupaonal science Year: Junior

Stewart Zdrodowy Hometown: Frankfort Major: Undeclared Year: Freshman

“I got a meal plan for my first two semesters here, but now all I have is flex. I feel like Powell is not worth the $7-8 a meal that we have to spend on it.

“I have $600 flex because the next meal plan above that costs $1250 and you don’t get as much flex, so I would rather have a cheaper meal plan and more flex so I can get beer food!”

Zack Hollins Hometown: Harlan Major: Biology Year: Sophomore

Chrisan Nelson Hometown: Hawesville Major: Aviaon Year: Sophomore


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Bitcoin forum examines pros and cons of new digital currency By WESLEY ROBINSON wesley_robinson28@eku.edu Ready for the digital currency of the future? It’s called Bitcoin, and it’s already a major player on the Internet. More than 50 people braved adverse weather conditions to attend a seminar “Bitcoin 101: Revolution or Craze?” The event took place at BCTC’s new campus in Lexington. The forum was hosted by TechBase10, a branch of the Kentucky Innovation network, which houses offices at several of the state’s colleges and universities, including at Eastern and its Innovation and Commercialization Center. The bulk of the time was devoted to explaining what Bitcoin is and its possibilities as a gamechanging system of money management. Bitcoin is a digital currency transferred over open source software using cryptography and is called a cryptocurrency, said Lamar Wilson of the application and web development company 212ths. It works over open source software anyone can see and is verified by successive chains of code that go into transaction. Wilson said if the code does not match with Bitcoin’s records a transaction cannot be processed,

making fraud extremely difficult. “It’s something new and it’s something that is going to change the way we do business,” Wilson said. “It can be a revolution, but right now it is crazy.” Wilson described Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer payment system that cuts out the middle man, i.e. governments, banks, clearinghouses and credit card companies. Because there are a finite number of Bitcoins, the value should be more stable than traditional fiat money, Wilson said. “You’re not going to have any government compressing your dollar to death,” Wilson said. He noted government’s ability to print money at will using Zimbabwe’s $1 trillion bill to fund war as an example. Governments are working to regulate the digital currency, including the U.S., China and India, said Jim Francis, a patent and trademark attorney who also spoke at the forum. Francis said these governments are unfriendly to Bitcoin because of its ambiguity, questions on taxation, whether its an asset and tracing its owners. “It’s really ambiguous and fluid,” Francis said. “It’s akin to a stock and currency subject to speculation different banks will say that. We’re kind of at the very beginning of this

thing. Regulation has been a nightmare thus far.” Wilson also addressed media coverage of Bitcoin and its ties to illegal activity on the Silk Road website to buy drugs. Bitcoin can be difficult, or nearly impossible to trace with its “laundry systems. While it has been used for illegal activity, it is less “funny money” than people have been led to believe, Wilson said. Francis spoke on the legal ramifications of Bitcoin’s “laundry” services that scrub user data and spread the money out making it virtually untraceable. Francis said this is what governments and financial institutions are threatened by, and one of the chief reasons China has prohibited Bitcoin transactions. “Bitcoin disables the safety net they’ve had, to track money and where it’s coming from and who it belongs to,” Francis said. Francis said the International Monetary Fund may get involved in helping regulate Bitcoin. Wilson took a more optimistic outlook on Bitcoin. He said rather than having fees go to fraud protection, finances charges, fees and CEO salaries, the money stays with the Bitcoin users. “I still want to marry this technology with my finance back-

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Jim Francis, a patent and trademark attorney explained Bitcoin from a legal perspective at the Bitcoin 101: Revolution or Craze? forum.

ground,” Wilson said. “There’s so much value in moving your money, to someone else with little cost.” He said Bitcoin could lead to “potluck capitalism” where people invest in Bitcoin coops where people invest and continue to spend their money using the digital currency to cut the corporation out of their finances. “I love a potluck,” Wilson said.

“We have the means to become democratic in everything we do. We can create something that everybody benefits from.” Whether or not Bitcoin makes it, Wilson thinks it is the start of a new trend. “If Bitcoin doesn’t make it, there are other virtual currencies out there,” Wilson said. “Cryptocurrency isn’t going anywhere.”

PREP CONTINUED FROM A1 Some of the preparation for Tuesday’s snow and ice actually began in late October, as soon as Facilities Services started checking their equipment and products to ensure they were prepared for the winter season. As preparations are finalized, a small crew of around half a dozen arrives on campus at 5 a.m. ready to do any prevention work against the threat of snow and ice any day throughout the season. Unfortunately, many snow events begin in the middle of the night leaving conditions such as black ice for the morning rush. Although classes on campus may be cancelled or delayed, road crews are essential personnel and still required to work to keep the campus safe. Days like Tuesday can be hectic for the workers such as David Williams, director of Facilities Services. “We have a list of priorities, but some days it seems like everything is a priority,” Williams said. Areas around the Maddox Building, Model Laboratory, and Gentry Building are high treatment priorities during times of severe winter weather. For road treatment, Williams said the campus uses four snowplows, two trucks that distribute salt, and one truck that distributes a fine, limestone chip gravel. The gravel is used as a traction support for vehicles when temperatures reach an extreme low and when the rock salt does not affect the ice. If Facility Services are certain the weather will only be snow, rather than rain and snow, the sidewalks can be pretreated with a brine liquid. However, Williams said it is not always easy to assume what will happen. “Every event is different, so we have to attack them based off the timing and how the temperatures are moving,” Williams said. Public Safety notifies Facilities Services when conditions become slippery, beginning a chain of calls to numerous people to being preparation for the weather. If conditions become too severe, the cancellation or delaying of classes becomes a group decision between Janna Vice, provost, Barry Poynter, vice president for Finance and Administration, and Whitt. Each individual contacts different sources to obtain viewpoints of the severity of the situation. If a decision has been made to cancel or delay classes, Whitt pulls together his staff in Public Relations and assigns each member a specific media outlet and geographical area to relay information. All radio and TV stations are contacted within a wide range, from Cincinnati to the north and Knoxville, Tenn. to the south, from Lebanon in the west to Hazard in the east. Decisions to cancel or delay are made as early as possible, but often times can’t be made until 5:30 a.m. The information for cancellations and delays will also be posted on the university home page and social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as more than 100 other media outlets the campus contacts. Students can also call 622-BADW (622-2239) for up-to-date announcements on the campus schedule. No matter what the condition, Whitt said the university staff cares deeply about student and faculty safety. “Safety is always the priority, and that is the bottom line for the decision we make,” Whitt said. “Even when we are in session on a regular schedule, we tell people to make wise decisions.” In addition to the campus’s preparations for winter weather, many students are preparing themselves for the worst. Hats, gloves, scarves, boots, thick coats, and layered clothing are crucial at this time. To some students, this winter weather isn’t as bad as it seems. “Winter weather here isn’t like what it is at home,” said Bethany Jones, 19, a sophomore nursing major from Fishers, Ind. “Weather here seems like baby stuff from what I’m used to seeing. I’m used to things like this.” Whether a student is from here or not, safety is the main priority this winter season. Using best judgment, cautioning your actions, and dressing to fit the weather rather than the latest fashion trend, are the best pieces of advice to follow until the spring blooms come again.

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Wintry conditions cleared campus early Tuesday late afternoon. Snowy conditions persisted Wednesday morning.

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TRIP CONTINUED FROM A1 because the city of Chicago offered such a broad diversity of cultures and lifestyles different from those they encounter in Kentucky. Wies said the Sidewalk U. course is different every semester, but a trip to some pre-established place is a central part of it. Students had class in the game room of the hotel or the library in Chicago. They also took miniature trips to places that would have been sanctuaries to the immigrants who moved to Chicago such as a GreekOrthodox church in Greektown and the Hull House, a settlement house where many immigrants in the early 1900s went for community or to learn. Students visited the Haymarket monument in Forest Home Cemetery which marked the death of many people, immigrants included, who lost their lives while on a labor strike. The trip took place the week before classes started at Eastern, from January 4 through January 9, the same week temperatures in Chica-

go dropped to -16 degrees Fahrenheit. According to students the blustery cold caused some delays along the way of the 11-hour bus trip. Departure from Chicago was delayed for about half an hour and there was also a layover in Indianapolis. Wies said that in our society so many people are used to traveling by car or air but public transportation is the main way the majority of people in the world get around. Traveling on the Greyhound buses to Chicago was part of the learning experience for the students. “It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” Mikulcik, said. He was not sure what to expect because he had never been on public transportation before, but he as hear a lot of gossip about it. Each student on the trip was given a real immigrant’s narrative they were expected to read. The immigrants came from different places around the world, different backgrounds and different time periods. Spencer, 21, a junior pre-med biology major from Hazard, said the narrative she was given was written by

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a young Jewish girl who traveled to Canada after World War II because of the discrimination she faced in her Polish homeland. Spencer said, as a child, she would have been able to relate to the young Polish immigrant. Moving away from somewhere so familiar would be a difficult change. “She could not imagine her life outside of her community,” Spencer said. The Sidewalk U. classes have been available to honors students for about three years now. Aside from the trip, the Sidewalk U. class only meets a couple times a semester. The students are responsible for writing a research paper about migration which they will discuss with professors in subsequent classes. Students will also host an advocacy project on campus, the subject of which has not been determined yet. The students said they are sure to remember the unconventional way in which they learned about the world around them. “It was a very hands-on experience,” Spencer said. “It really showed the epitome of honors community.”


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Cookout off to a hot start despite cold temperatures By COLIN COMPTON progress@eku.edu A new restaurant in the Richmond area has drawn in massive amounts of attention. More of a phenomenon, The atten Cookout has Eastern students flocking Coo to it’ it’s doors. ““The Cookout” is one of the newest restaurants in the Richmond area locatresta ed on tthe Eastern Bypass. If you go there around lunch or dinner time; the line will most likely stretch to the doors with people waiting to order. Outside, a two-lane drive-thru gives customers the chance to look over menus before it’s their time to order. It allows for quick service and helps more people get their th food faster. The fast food restaurant h has cheap prices and a wide variety of cookout favorites from tradi traditional cheeseburgers, corndogs and barbecue they also serve non non-traditional cookout food like bacon wraps and quesadillas. Most single items are less than 3 dollars. Cookout has more then 30 3 different types of milkshakes and you can get up to 10 different flavors in one cup. Cheer wine is a soft drink featured at Cookout that you can’t get at any other Richmond restaurant. “My favorite thing on the menu is the corndogs shakes,” said Grace Sneed, 19, a sophoand their shak more from Louisville Lou The menu o option isn’t the only reason why the Cookout is one of students’ top choices. The prices unbelievable. are unbelievab meal is $4.69 which as an example can A combo me

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include a cheeseburger, quesadilla, and chicken nuggets. “I like the cheap food, you can get a lot of it for not so much money,” said Eric Kuertz, 21, a public relations junior from Villa Hills. The Americana theme is another original aspect to the restaurant. The log cabin like interior gives the feeling of a southern ranch. Western art hangs on the walls alongside Eastern jerseys and blankets. Many of the tables are unique; some have solid logs for legs, while others are just plain booths. “It’s a chill atmosphere.” Said Dustin Munts, 20, a junior from Somerset “It’s like I’m going in a saloon when I walk in the door.” The Cookout also plays Christian music, which you don’t see very often in fast food chains. “I like the Christian music they play, and they have a cool selection of seats,” said Amber Lee, 21, a senior from Frankfort. Munts is a regular at “The Cookout” and says he goes about twice a week. “I like the amount of food you get for your money,” Munts said. Students and locals alike find themselves returning to this restaurant time and time again for good food and quick service at a fair price. “I think it’s so popular because it’s different. There is no other restaurant that has the atmosphere and the selection they have,” Lee said. The newest place in town has definitely made a name for itself, and anybody who goes there can see why. “I saved so much money the first time I went there I came back the next day,” Munts said. “It’s a never-ending cycle.”

Celebrating 100 years of service By COREY BOWLING progress@eku.edu

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Andrew Rice, Eastern graduate, practices at the shooting range during one of last year’s events.

By MAYA JOHNSON progress@eku.edu Bang! Bang! Bang! A student club is now offering an outlet for legal pistol enthusiasts. The idea for the club was brought to Professor Scott Rockwell of the Fire and Science Engineering Technology program by a group of students who wanted to shoot and thought Eastern should have a club for gun/weapon fanatics. By joining the Pistol Club, members will have a chance to become more proficient, accurate and fast shooters. They will also learn safety methods that come with owning a weapon. “We will hold discussion seminars about safely storing fi rearms, mental health resources and fi rearms ownership, safe handling of fi rearms and appropriate

training of children and fi rearms,” said Rockwell. The seminars will be held in Stratton 233. The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) helped get the EKU Pistol Club started. According the club’s handout, they provide liability coverage, discount ammo and a discount on 9mm fi rearms. The SPP also hold the National Pistol Competitions. The President of the Pistol Club, David DeVinney, 21, Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology junior, said their goal is to enter the Collegiate National Championships in Fort Benning, GA on March 15, 2014. “The fi rst SPP competition is this week and then another is in July,” DeVinney said. “We would enter the one in July as

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If students are looking for a place to dress up, make friends and dance the night away, plan on attending the Royal Blue and Pure White Ball this Friday. The fifth annual Royal Blue and Pure White Ball on Friday Jan. 24 in the Stratton Café from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Zeta Beta Phi and Sigma Phi Beta, also known as the blue and white family, will host the semi-formal event. The event celebrates 100 years of service for the two organizations. “This event won the Overall Best Nonalcoholic Greek Social Event in 2010,” said Benjamin Dunn, Graduate Advisor for Phi Beta Sigma from Winchester. Dunn said anyone is welcome to attend the event. “It’s a social event, but it is open to the public.” Dunn said, “What makes it more distinct from other formals, is that it is actually open to the public and we welcome the public. There will be music, people will dance and eat. We usually have plenty of food. It’s also a more formal attire event. People can dress up and mingle with different people and just be social in general, ” There will also be a photographer present to allow couples the opportunity to pose in front of a backdrop, which is also new to this event. The Royal Blue and Pure White Ball serves as a fundraiser for each

organization’s philanthropy. The American Cancer Society is the fraternity’s philanthropy and March of Dimes is Zeta Phi Beta’s. At the Royal Blue and Pure White Ball there will be an opportunity to donate to March of Dimes specifically by putting spare change into empty bottles throughout the venue. Dunn said this is one of the most popular events for the fraternity and members from different universities attend. “Zeta’s and Sigma’s come from around the state to celebrate this event, “ Dunn said. This is the event to be at and celebrated. I’m expecting at least anywhere from 50 to 75 people and at the most maybe two or three hundred. Stratton Café couldn’t hold any more than that,” Dunn said. He also encouraged people to come out and get a look at Greek Life if you they had any curiosities. “The ball was a celebration of 100 years of culture for service, service for humanity,” said Priscilla Norfleet, sophomore criminal justice and police studies major from Ratcliff, and Zeta Phi Beta chapter president, said Tickets can be purchased in the night of the event for 10 dollars for single and 15 dollars for couples at the door. For more information, contact Benjamin Dunn at Benjamin_ du n n16@my ma i l.eku. edu or Priscilla Norfleet at Priscilla_norflee1@mymail. eku.edu OR tweet them @EKUSigmas1977 or @EKUZetas


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Wine-ding down your migraine By MEGAN LOY progress@eku.edu

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Indie game suprises DETECTIVE GRIMOIRE IS A MYSTERY GAME FEATURING POINT AND CLICK GAMEPLAY. By MICHAEL EMERSON progress@eku.edu Starting the year off with gaming’s best foot forward, the Indy title Detective Grimoire came out to a great deal of expectation and a little bit of surprise. Developed by SFB Games, Grimoire is their fi rst big gaming venture funded by Kickstarter, a crowd funding campaign that helped raise more than $29,000 towards a $25,000 goal. Detective Grimoire is a mystery game featuring point and click adventure gameplay in the same vein as old Lucas Arts titles such as Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle. You play as the titular detective who is investigating a murder in a tourist trap located at the heart of Boggy’s Swamp. The interesting part is prime suspect who is a mythical swamp creature that no one’s seen before. The game has a beautiful presentation, as characters are drawn and animated in a fluid style that gives each one a great deal of personality. Their personality is then doubled by voice acting led by Edwyn Tiong of VGCat. Breathtaking background art accompanied by soft, well composed music give the game a great sense of atmosphere that will engage the players as they explore the swamp in search of clues to solving the strange case. The game boasts a new feature where sometimes the player must challenge each interrogated character by putting together thoughts like a Madlibs puzzle. Talking to the suspects allows for the greater character development, which offers a good deal of comedy in the dialogue. While the game seems perfect, there are a couple of things that keep it from being an immediate purchase. For starters while the game isn’t expensive it is relatively short and like other games in the genre it can boil down to a matter of trial and error. These miniscule nitpicks don’t detract from the fact that this is a great game and hopefully the start of an amazing franchise. Detective Grimoire is available on PC, Mac, Linux, Android and Apple products for $6.99.

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Red Wine has been known to treat a variety of ailments. Unfortunately some people experience migraines the day after drinking. Before the solution was to take some Tylenol and hope for the best but as of late there are some new discoveries about how the chemicals within red wine actually cause migraines. Studies show that ingredients like tannin, which come from dried plants, are the cause of the migraines. Italian wine maker Veglio Michelino e Figlio wanted to create a red wine that wine lovers could enjoy without fearing the terrible migraines that may follow the next day. So that is exactly what he did. The new wine that doesn’t include the headsplitting causing ingredients was formed so people can indulge in a glass at dinner without the side effects. The migraine headaches are induced by the tannins in red wine but also in the histamines used to create many red wines. According to migrainepolice.com the histamines induce an allergic reaction or a food intolerance which lead to the migraine. Other side effects of the allergic reaction to histamines include rashes, diarrhea and nausea/vomiting. MigrainePolice created a partnership with Figilio around 2007 in order to work fi rsthand with wine producers and laboratories. The partnership created a wine named after Figlio himself. It became the fi rst wine to have little to no migraine inducing histamines found within the grapes. The wine has made its way to the shelves of Di Vino Wholesalers located in Richmond and is distributed by Eastern’s applied engineering management professor Sergio Sgro. Sgro began growing his distribution business in 2007 after Monty’s Spirits in Richmond let him set up a wine tasting. Sgro wasn’t entirely sure how to begin selling the wine but had learned from his father, Gesino Sgro. Sgro Senior is an Italian immigrant who owns Bacco Wine and Spirit in Lancaster, Pa. He began to import wine as a way to bring his home country of Italy into the United States. He has been importing wine for about 10 years and currently imports wine from eight different vineyards and wineries. Suffering from the occasional red wine migraine himself, Sgro and his wife tried the wine upon receiving it. They felt nothing the next day. “It’s been really exciting. We feel like we are actually helping people,” Sgro said. “They are able to drink without worrying about the migraines that might come the next day. It’s kind of cool.” Another popular wine that Sgro distributes is called a Stick Wine. The wine bottle has a stick with a piece of vine attached to it that came from the vineyard where the wine was produced. The attached stick allows consumers to see the livelihood that is behind the wine and understand the craftsmanship that created the bottle of wine. There is a wine tasting at Kroger this Friday, Jan. 24, showcasing the Stick Wine and the Veglio Michelino e Figlio Wine as well. The Veglio Michelino e Figlio Wine is sold at Liquor Barn and Kroger Wine and Spirits shops.

PISTOL CONTINUED FROM B1 well, but no one will be here.” DeVinney became the Pistol Club’s president last semester. Devinney said it is the club’s fourth year. Eastern has given the Pistol Club $1,000 this semester, which will probably be used to go to nationals. It will cover the club’s housing and travel. DeVinney and Rockwell are working to get practice time at the Blue Grass Sportsman League, where the members will learn to shoot moving targets as well as handle their fi rearms. They are also looking for a treasurer, secretary, vice president and possibly an ammo officer. Members pay a $20 fee and must be 18 or older, have

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a license to carry a fi rearm and own their own fi rearm and ammo supply. The club will not provide weapons to members. The next meeting will be Monday, Jan. 27 in Begley 156. Club dues will be collected at that time. However, DeVinney stated that he and Rockwell are trying to move their meetings to Stratton. Members will be notified via e-mail of any changes. For more information on the Pistol Club, contact David_DeVinney@mymail.eku.edu. To join the EKU Pistol Club, login to Orgsync.com and search EKU Pistol.

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Acapella group prepares pitch perfect sound for showcase THE TREBLEMAKERS PERFORMANCES COVER POPULAR MUSIC By KAYLA LASURE progress@eku.edu With movies like Pitch Perfect or reality television shows such as The Sing Off, acapella singing has taken off these last couple of years. But Eastern’s own female acapella group got the jump on both, arriving on campus back in 2008. The all-female group, called the Treblemakers, recently completed their spring semester round of auditions to decide how many new members they would add to the team. “Acapella is singing that should be done without instrumental accompaniment of any variety,” said Shawna Poore, a 22-year-old graduate student from Burnside who serves as the group’s musical director. “This includes things like live or video recorded, conventional or unconventional instruments.” Dana Leigh, a 21-year old Molecular/ Cellular/ Microbial Biology major from Crab Orchard, serves as the administrative director for the group. “Pitch Perfect is one of my favorite movies,” Leigh said. “But it isn’t entirely accurate. There’s a lot more that goes into what we do. Although, it did get people interested in us, after it came out we had more people audition than ever before.” The six members of the Treblemakers welcomed seven new members Thursday, Jan. 16 to bring their group total to 13. The girls wasted no time to start rehearsing and had their first practice in the Foster building as a

team Monday, Jan. 20. Leigh said that they usually practice twice a week, but they have a showcase coming up at the end of February called Voices in Harmony and will have three practices a week to prepare. They are preparing the songs Some Nights by FUN and Hide and Seek by Imogene Heap. Leigh said the hardest part of acapella singing is understanding how sounds are made and to learn to do the sounds like an instrument would but with voice. Outside of group rehearsals, Poore and Leigh encourage the other girls to use www.noteflight. com to brush up on their skills. This website allows Poore to post the music they are working on, and the girls can use it to break the song into parts based on what range they sing and which parts of the song they sing. This also helps them to understand how and when to make a certain sound when trying to sound like an instrument. Poore said in choral ensembles women’s voices can fall into range of soprano- a higher pitch, or altoa lower pitch. The Treblemakers go a little beyond that and have variations of these two groupsAlto groups one and two and Soprano groups one and two. “Singers in the alto one group usually can’t sing extremely high or low with ease,” said Poore. “They fill out the harmony. Alto two’s sing very low which provides the foundation of the sound. Soprano one singers have the ability to sing the highest pitches with ease They usually have a bright sound that shines Often the melody of a piece is found within this group. Soprano two’s don’t sing quite as high as soprano one’s, but equally they do not have a strong low range. They work with alto

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Last semesters Treblemakers after their performance at a music department concert hosted in December.

one to provide the harmony.” The group plans to enter into the Voices In Harmony showcase again this year at the Lexington Catholic High School where both high school and college acapella groups come together. The Treblemakers have entered this competition only once before, but this year they are not competing, but rather just performing as a showcase of their talents. “That is the only competition we have ever done since I’ve been here,” Leigh said. “Competitions for our type of singing are hard to find locally that aren’t expensive. We don’t really receive funds for that.” Leigh said even though they do not do competitions often, they

have done concerts for the university before. “We sometimes do concerts where we don’t charge for admission,” Leigh said. “We do ask for donations though and give the money to funds for Juvenile Diabetes or Ovarian Cancer charities.” Leigh said her favorite ensemble the group has done since she has been a part of it was last Spring when they did a mash up of the song Pricetag by Jessie J and Where is the Love by The Black Eyed Peas. “I’m really sad to leave the Treblemakers since I’m graduating in May,” Leigh said. “I encourage people to join things like the Treblemakers. It has given me confi-

dence and you’re not as afraid to participate as much in class or voice your opinion.” Poore said she is excited to start the semester with this group of ladies. “I feel like everyone is good natured and ready to work which makes me ecstatic,” Poore said. “I have a positive gut feeling about this group and what we are going to achieve.” Poore said she encourages people to come out and watch them perform when they do concerts for the university and to look in the EKU Students Today emails for upcoming events.

Eastern sorority takes icy plunge for Special Olympics fundraiser By WYATT MADDEN progress@eku.edu There are many different ways to donate to charity, but at Polar Plunge 2014, participants will really feel the chill of this winter season when they jump in waters with chilling temperatures. Polar Plunge 2014 is a fundraising event directed by Special Olympics Kentucky where donations to the event allow for the Special Olympics to take place. All proceeds go towards special needs athletes who want to compete for gold. Eastern’s Service Sorority, Kappa Delta Tau (KDT) will be participating in the Polar Plunge as a part of their service project. “I watched my dad do it when I was a kid, around seven maybe and I’ve always wanted to do it,” said Allison Crouch, 19, a nursing major sophomore from Louisville, and a member of KDT. The Polar Plunge first came to Lexington 16 years

ago, making Polar Plunge 2014 the fifteenth anniversary of the Polar Plunge in Ohio and Kentucky. KDT has made Polar Plunge their main philanthropy ever since it came to Lexington. “It’s a great cause and you can have fun while giving to a cause that actually deserves it, “ said Stevie Rowe, 21, a broadcasting and electronic media senior from Somerset, and president of KDT. According to the website, at the end of the event awards will be given out such as King of the Plunge, Queen of the Plunge, and Top Overall Fundraising Team. One Polar Bear (participant) will win a travel certificate courtesy of AAA Travel. Anyone who is interested in joining the Polar Plunge can register online, but that’s not the only way to register. Pre-registration will be at the events location Feb. 6, and tents for registration will be set up before the event Feb. 8. Registration is not only

limited to one individual. “You can register online as a group, meaning you jump together,” Crouch said. “Or you can go online and donate individually.” Not only can you donate individually or as a group, anyone can sponsor you no matter the distance. Upon registering, you can make a donation webpage where you can ask for donations online “People can donate to your individual page,” Rowe said. “If you have family that live across the country, they can donate for you online. It’s a lot easier.” Polar Plunge 2014 will take place in six locations throughout Kentucky. Lexington’s event is scheduled for Sat. Feb 8, at Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Road.

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Sports B4 The Eastern Progress, Thursday, January 23, 2014

Colonel Corner Mariah Massengill By MATTHEW CRUMP mahew_crump3@mymail.eku.edu

Freshman Mariah Massengill is a guard for Easternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native went to Silverdale Baptist Academy and is a business management major. Q: What made you interested in basketball? A: I tried to play select softball and basketball, but my schedules would clash. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to be in South Carolina for a softball tournament then rush to Georgia or Ohio for basketball. I picked one because I got burned out on softball. I found myself wanting to learn new moves. In softball, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catch, hit and throw. Basketball has a lot more moves. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more interesting to me. Q: What is your favorite non-basketball sport? A: I like watching volleyball. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a football fan because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand it. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like watching softball, but I like playing it.

Mariah Massengill

Q: What is your favorite part of a sandwich? A: The meat. Without any meat, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no sandwich. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just bread, lettuce, tomato. Q: If a movie were made about your life, what actress would play you? A: Jennifer Lopez. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my favorite actress. Q: If you had a me machine, what me would you travel to? A: I think I would go back to two places. World War 2, when Hitler was there. Just to see what life was like. I love history, learning about what happened before my time. The more fun part of me would want to be back in the late 80s, early 90s. I was born in 1995, but I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t old enough to dress how they dress, act how they act. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to have the time of my life like they did. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched shows from then, like Kenan and Kel, All That. Q: If you could trade places with anybody for a day, who would it be? A: Lebron James or Chris Brown, because I love them both.

WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BASKETBALL CONTINUED FROM B6 free throw f rom senior Marie Carpenter put the lead in Easternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands for the remainder of the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like we felt we had it in the bag,â&#x20AC;? Walker said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though it was still kind of close.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore Jasmine Stafford said the aggressive offensive rebounding was a skill the team continuously worked on in practices leading up to the Jacksonville game. Carpenter led the Lady Colonels with

22 points. Walker followed with 19, Harper added 10 and Stafford came out with 9. Carpenter and Stafford each made 7-7 from the charity stripe in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She [Stafford] was big down the stretch for us,â&#x20AC;? Roberts said. Eastern outrebounded the Gamecocks 44-30. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew we were going to have to grind it out for 40 minutes,â&#x20AC;? Roberts said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, I tell them all the time, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;to get this thing done itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to have to be a team effort.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The Lady Colonels (10-6, 4-1 OVC) continue conference play at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Belmont University.

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The Eastern Progress, Thursday, January 23, 2014 Sports B5

Colonels fall to nationally ranked Kentucky, Tennessee in opening weekend By MATTHEW CRUMP matthew_crump3@mymail.eku.edu Eastern’s men’s tennis team served a fault after being swept twice by two ranked teams in the opening weekend of the indoor tennis season. The Colonels fell 7-0 to No. 9 University of Kentucky and No. 6 University of Tennessee. “You can lose a match and still do things right, to the best of your ability and leave with something positive,” coach Rob Oertel said. “There was a lot of competitive games, points, matches. We competed better, harder.” The Colonels faced Kentucky in its opening match Jan. 17. Junior Juanjo de la Llera faced No. 68 Tom Jomby in the No. 1 singles match. Jomby took the

match 6-4, 6-4. Sophomore Alex Alvaro won the opening match at the No. 2 spot 2-6 but couldn’t stay ahead, losing the next two matches 6-3, 6-2. J u n i o r Daridge Saidi fell 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles spot. Eastern’s only senior, Joao Maio, dropped his set 6-2, 6-0. S o p h o m o r e JUANJO DE LA LLERA Florian Graskamp lost 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 5 match and freshman Diego Asis couldn’t hold back his opponent in the No. 6 match, losing 6-0, 6-2. Eastern lacked luck in the doubles as well. De la Llera and Alvaro dropped the No. 1 dou-

bles match 6-3 while Asis and Saidi fell in the No. 2 spot 6-1. A 6-3 loss by Graskamp and Maio in the No. 3 doubles match fi nished the match.

Eastern 0 University of Tennessee 7 Tennessee brought two nationally ranked players to the match against Eastern on Jan. 18 and the Colonels could not bring them down. “As a coach, you hope every player will compete hard and leave their hearts out on the court when it’s said and done, no matter the score,” Oertel said. “We competed very hard against Kentucky. We left our heart and souls out on the court. For whatever reason, against Tennessee, we didn’t.”

Meddles, Chevillard highlight for Colonels at Kentucky Invitational By MATTHEW CRUMP matthew_crump3@mymail.eku.edu Senior Wade Meddles was the highlight for Eastern’s Track and Field team after placing second in the men’s mile Jan. 18 at the Kentucky Invitational. The event was the opening indoor event for both the men’s and women’s teams. Head coach Rick Erdmann said the event was used to gauge the fitness of both teams. “It showed them what they need to be competitive,” he said. Meddles ran with a time of 4:08.82 against 39 other runners. Sophomore Chafik Oussemgane also competed in the men’s mile, finishing 10th with a time of 4:17.13. Two runners competed in the men’s 3,000-meters race: freshman Ambrose Maritim and sophomore Amos Kosgey. Maritim placed seven out of 40 with a time of 8:34.22 and Kosgey placed 10th with a time of 8:37.20. Sophomore Cecile Chevillard was the standout for the women’s team. Chevillard placed fifth in the women’s 5,000-meters with a time of 10:06.48. Senior Una Britton was right on Chev-

BELMONT CONTINUED FROM B6 “They are as good as it gets offensively.” With less than two minutes to go in the second half, Walden was called for his fifth foul on a charge. Belmont then took the ball and scored to cut the lead to seven, 66-59. After Cosey broke the Belmont press, he found Lewis for a rim-shaking baseline dunk in front of the student section. “It felt great,” Lewis said of his dunk. “Getting back to my old self, it’s a real high percentage shot for me, so just the fact that they went down is good.” Neubauer said the game wasn’t a must win, but knew how important the game was in the grand scheme of the conference. Walden and Lewis said they both agreed that it was an important game, but that every conference game is a must win.

Eastern 60 Jacksonville State 56 Eastern avoided a let down Saturday night, defeating Jacksonville State in a close game at McBrayer Arena. The Colonels (13-6, 4-2 OVC) shot just 36.8 percent but managed to grind out a

illard’s heels, finishing less than a second behind with a time of 10:07.04. Sophomore Ashley Svec and seniors Natalie Field and Hannah Miller also competed in the women’s 5,000-meters. Svec finished 12th with a time of 10:13.46, Field placed 36th with a time of 11:21.37 and Miller finished 39th with a time of 11:38.31. Both teams also found success in field events. Sophomore Adam Howard placed sixth in the men’s long jump with a leap of 22-5 and junior Zach Hill placed eighth in the men’s high jump with a jump of 6-5. Sophomore Ashley Woolum finished 10th in the women’s high jump with a 5-3 jump. The event took place at the E.J. Nutter Fieldhouse in Lexington. The Colonels competed against teams like Ohio State University, Arkansas State University and host University of Kentucky. Eastern will split the teams into two for its next event. Some runners will be competing on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington and some will compete at the Indiana Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.

win behind the play of junior Eric Stutz. He fi nished with 20 points and 9 rebounds; he was also a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line. “I’ve played aggressive the past couple games, just trying to play as hard as I can, and I think that’s carried over to my offense and all around I think it has helped me out,” Stutz said. With Walden and Cosey shooting just a combined 3-16, Stutz had to step into more of a scoring role than he usually does. “I just got confident in the second half,” Stutz said. “I was hitting my free throws. I knew I had to get to the line because they were a lot of fouls this game, so I knew I could get to the line easy.” Neubauer gave credit to Jacksonville State head coach James Green for giving the Colonels’ offense trouble Saturday night. “He is one of the best defensive coaches in the country,” Neubauer said. “He has been doing this a long time, and at several different levels. He knows how to teach defense.” Eastern will play again at 8 p.m., Jan. 23, at Tennessee State University and then make a return trip at 8 p.m., Jan. 25, at Belmont.

The match started with De la Llera and Alvaro facing the No. 1 doubles team in the country. No. 16 Hunter Reese and No. 34 Mikelis Libietis picked up their 50th doubles win after taking the match 6-2. Asis and Saidi dropped the No. 2 doubles match 6-3. Graskamp and Maio played in the No. 3 doubles match, where both of the players they faced stood at 6 feet 5 inches or higher. The Colonels lost 6-1. De la Llera faced Reese in the No. 1 singles match and fell 6-1, 6-0. Alvaro fared a little better against Libietis in the No. 2 match, losing 6-4, 6-1. Saidi only managed to win five games in the No. 3 match, falling 6-3, 6-2. Maio dropped the No. 4 match 6-2, 6-1, Graskamp

DEVERIN CONTINUED FROM B6 tle rivalries that most people don’t think about. For example, a lot of players were recruited by and even received scholarship offers from these other teams. And it means a lot more to win those games and maybe make a little statement. One of my teammates, Glenn Cosey, actually accepted an offer to attend Tennessee Tech. His offer got rescinded after they thought they found a better player to replace him (the joke’s on them now). Every time we go out and play Tennessee Tech now, although he doesn’t say it, you can feel that chip on his shoulder to go out and prove to them that they made a huge mistake (which obviously they did.). Now with the conference adding Belmont, there are even more small rivalries

fell 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 5 match and Asis lost 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 6 match. Oertel said playing back-toback matches was a weakness of the team last year, a weakness that they will have to get past. Despite the losses, Oertel said he still has high hopes for his team. “I expect nothing less, and it’s the only reason why I’m here, is to win the conference title,” he said. “That’s what we’re here for. We just have to keep growing and working hard as a team.” Eastern will play the fi rst home match of the season at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Greg Adams Indoor Tennis Center against Xavier University.

budding. They’re a team that has been to the NCAA tournament for six years straight, including winning its inaugural season in the OVC last year. The team came into the conference with a lot of respect and a lot of teams wanting to do what they had done in terms of success. Our recent game at home against Belmont was a huge stepping-stone for us. It was the first time since they joined our conference that we beat them. What made it even better is that it was on national TV in front of a great home crowd. (Thank you all who showed up. You all were great.). The great part about conference play is that victories are short lived because you usually have to get ready to play the same team again just a few weeks later.

OLYMPIAN CONTINUED FROM B6 came open. After a couple years as a bobsled athlete, Robinson was picked to be a member of the U.S. Olympic team. Robinson will compete as a push athlete on the USA II four-man sled with driver Nick Cunningham, Justin Olsen and Johnny Quinn.

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Senior Marcus Lewis contributed 8 points and 4 rebounds in the game against Belmon on Jan. 16.


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

B6

Colonels quell Belmont’s conference dominance

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Senior Marcus Lewis (center) closed the door on Belmont after a baseline dunk in front of Eastern’s student section. The game was broadcasted on ESPNU and had more than 5,200 in attendance.

EASTERN DEFEATS BELMONT 74-63, STOPPING BELMONT’S FOUR-GAME OVC WIN STREAK By TYLER PHILLIPS tyler_phillips33@mymail.eku.edu With the largest crowd this season behind its back, the Colonels picked up its biggest win of the season to date after defeating Belmont University 74-63. Junior guard Corey Walden led the team in scoring with 18 points. He also led a tough Colonel defense that forced the Bruins to a season-high 20 turnovers. Walden didn’t come out of the

game until he fouled out with a little less than two minutes to go. “That was the most fun I’ve ever had in a game in my life,” Walden said. During the second half, Walden started to cramp in his legs, but waved head coach Jeff Neubauer off and refused to come out. “There was no way I was coming out of that game,” Walden said. “I was having too much fun.” The crowd, especially the student section, impressed both the players and coaches, who said that it fueled them during the entire game. More than 5,200 people showed up to McBrayer Arena to watch the game.

Senior Marcus Lewis had a gamehigh 4 steals and a couple baseline dunks that made the more than 1,200 students explode. “It was crazy,” Lewis said of the atmosphere. “Crowd wise, probably the best game since I’ve been here.” The atmosphere helped the Colonel defense stifle and confuse the Belmont offense that was in the top 40 in the country in offensive efficiency, and scored more than 80 points against both North Carolina and Kentucky. “Their offense is as efficient as anyone in the country,” Neubauer said.

› SEE BELMONT, PAGE B5

Senior Glenn Cosey struggled shooting against Belmont and Jacksonville. Eleven of his 17 points against the Gamecocks came from free throws.

Late-game rebound gives Lady Colonels drive to win EASTERN PUSHES PAST POOR FIRST-HALF SHOOTING TO DEFEAT JACKSONVILLE STATE 68-61

Conference play brings a whole new level of competition

By ASHLEY OWENS ashley_owens46@mymail.eku.edu

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Senior Pilar Walker (2) added a career-high 19 points against Jacksonville State on Jan. 18.

Eastern’s women’s basketball team rallied late in the game to defeat conference foe Jacksonville State University on Jan. 18 at McBrayer Arena. The 68-61 victory marked the seventh win out of the past eight games for the Lady Colonels. The Lady Colonels started with rocky shooting in the first half but capitalized on offensive rebounds to keep up with Jacksonville (6-14, 2-5 OVC). Both teams entered half time tied at 28 points. “We held them to 28 points, we just couldn’t put the ball in the bucket,” head coach Chrissy Roberts said. “We struggled scoring. A lot of times that will take a lot out of you but I was proud of how we kept digging and kept in it.” With a 10-2 run, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks rushed past Eastern in the second half. But, a game-changing offensive rebound from sophomore Shelly Harper after a missed free throw by senior Pilar Walker gave the Lady Colonels the push it needed. A jumper and

› SEE WOMEN’S BAKSETBALL, PAGE B4

Former Colonel earns spot on US bobsled team for 2014 winter Olympic games STAFF REPORT progress@eku.edu Dallas Robinson, Eastern alumnus and former sprinter for the track and field team, will be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as a member of the U.S. bobsled team. Robinson won six OVC titles, broke school records and was named the 2005 OVC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year while at Eastern. After graduation, Robinson tried twice to train for the Olympics. After an injury took him out sprinting in 2008 and a rugby bid for 2012 didn’t pan out, Robinson will finally compete as a member of the U.S. bobsled team. Robinson became a bobsled athlete after a former student of his convinced him to join when a spot be-

› SEE OLYMIPIAN, PAGE B5

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Dallas Robinson was a sprinter for Eastern’s track team and graduated with a degree in communications.

DEVERIN MUFF

The second most exciting time of the year (behind March Madness) is upon us: Conference season. Conference season is so exciting because it renews old rivalries and every game counts. In the OVC, the top four teams with the best conference records get byes into the next rounds. That means everyone is fighting every game because that extra day or two of rest is essential to winning the conference tournament and earning a bid to the national tournament. What makes conference season so interesting is that literally no game is guaranteed. Wins were difficult in non-conference play, but they get especially more difficult to pick up now. In conference, every team knows each other. These players and coaches have gone up against each other for years. We know every single one of each other’s tendencies. In non-conference play, you can win game based solely on the plays you run. In conference play, however, it’s a completely different ball game. We all know each other’s plays for the most part. It’s about how crisply you can execute these plays and your game plan and, quite frankly, who just wants to win more. Conference games also mark the most brutal time of the season because the competitiveness of every team goes to a whole new level. Every game is a battle because you know in the back of your mind the team you’re playing against that night wants to go to the tournament that only one team can go, and that means you are in each other’s way. Every night is a “two may enter, one may leave” type of night. Another thing that makes conference season so interesting is the lit-

› SEE DEVERIN, PAGE B5


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