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Welcome to the Hill

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You’re about to launch on an incredible journey, and the College Heights Herald will help you get a great start on your career at Western Kentucky University. The Herald’s annual View of the Hill issue in your hands now will introduce you to all things WKU, and help prepare you to arrive on campus. Once you get here, the Herald will keep you plugged in, in print every Tuesday and Thursday, on the web 24/7 at, and on your mobile device with the WKUHERALD apps for Apple and Android phones and tablets. Welcome to WKU, and we hope you find the Summer 2013 View of the Hill helpful.


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Letter from the President Traditions on the Hill Soccer Schedule Volleyball Schedule Football Schedule Preston Center Greek Life Global Reach Alumni Center Downing Student Union Diversity Programs Editorial Opinion

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Hilltopper Spirit Suicide Prevention WKU Debit Card Academic Help Study Places Friends Useful Things Free Stuff Map-Works Service Scholarship Dorm Life Five Things Campus Lighting Freshman Goofs


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Welcome Class of 2017!

Let’s do the math—15 hours a semester for 8 semesters equals the required 120 hours to meet most WKU degree requirements. So commit now to graduating on time with your class in four years! In between now and then, you will choose your major and our faculty will prepare you well in your chosen discipline. You will learn what it takes to be a leader. You will learn about and internalize the WKU Spirit—a spirit of self-confidence, energy, and self-esteem. You will develop the instincts to think, reason, and make good decisions. You will achieve your full potential! I hope you will explore studying abroad. I hope you will be fully engaged in a broad range of campus experiences. I hope you will know and love the WKU campus as passionately as the 125,000 students who have preceded you since 1906. This is now your university. It is your higher education home. These are your traditions. This is your WKU Experience. Make the most of it! I look forward to sharing it with you!

Go Toppers!

Gary A. Ransdell President


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Christian Faculty The Christian Faculty and Staff Fellowship would like to welcome you to a great year at WKU. Among the many valuable resources you may have here at WKU are spiritual resources. The faculty and staff listed below are just a few of the many Christian educators at WKU. We invite you to use your college years as time to explore and deepen your spiritual life as well as your intellectual and social lives.

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Traditions on the Hill Big Red Everyone’s favorite Hilltopper was actually created by WKU student Ralph Carey (‘80). Since then, Big Red has been named one of USA Today’s Top Mascots and frequently appears on the annual Capital One AllAmerica Mascot Team. Big Red was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007, one of seven college mascots now in the hall. Big Red is one of the most well known college mascots in the nation. WKU students can find him at athletic events and games dancing, eating people’s heads (for fun!) and being his jolly ol’ self. Big Red poses with an American flag to promote the 2012 Homecoming theme- “Red, White, and WKU.” The 2013 theme is “Bright Lights, Red City.” Photo by Dorothy Edwards

The Red Towel It began innocently enough as a cloth to wipe off sweat. It became a trademark of Edgar Allan Diddle, one of the nation’s most successful basketball coaches. Now it is the symbol of athletic tradition at WKU. Diddle clutched the red towel through 1,062 Hilltopper basketball games - 759 of them victories. Like most legends, this one can’t be traced back to the beginning. The stories are as numerous as the storytellers. Each can vividly recall how the red towel got its start. But each version varies just enough to give the proper mystique to the legend. Red towels hang in the gift shop inside L.T. Smith Stadium during WKU’s Homecoming game. The Red Towel tradition was started by basketball Head Coach E.A. Diddle, who waved the red towel during the teams victories and losses. Photo by Brian Powers

Fight Song Stand up and cheer Stand up and cheer For dear old Western For today we raise The red and white Above the rest Rah-rah-rah! Our boys are fighting And we’re bound to win the fray We’ve got the team We’ve got the steam For this is dear old Western’s day!

WKU cheerleaders lead on the crowd during a break at the men’s basketball game against Arkansas State in Diddle Arena. Photo by Kreable Young

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Alma Mater

College Heights

Originally written by 16 year-old schoolgirl Mary Frances Bradley as a poem to be entered in a contest on WKU’s campus in 1924, “College Heights” was first performed by Bradley at a chapel assembly in Van Meter Hall in 1925. There is notation on the music that the song, composed by Bradley’s father, is dedicated to WKU’s first president, Henry Hardin Cherry.

College Heights, on hilltop fair With beauty all thine own, Lovely jewel far more rare Than graces any thone! College Heights, we hail thee; We shall never fail thee Falter never, live forever, Hail! Hail! Hail! College Heights with living soul And purpose strong and true Service ever is thy goal Thy spirit ever new.

Guthrie Bell Tower

College Heights, we hail thee; We shall never fail thee Falter never, live forever, Hail! Hail! Hail!

The 125-foot bell tower near South Lawn honors Sgt. 1st Class Robert Guthrie, killed during the Korean War, as well as all those associated with WKU who lost their lives in service to their country. The Lowell Guthrie family funded the project, completed in 2002. The surrounding courtyard, featuring benches and a garden, was named in honor of Lowell Guthrie’s wife, Judith Carolyn. The cupola the tower resembles that of Cherry Hall, and the bells ring out songs such as “Edelweiss” and “America the Beautiful.”

College Heights thy noble life Shall e’er our pattern be, Teaching us through joy and strife To love humanity College Heights we hail thee, We shall never fail thee, Falter never, live forever, Hail! Hail! Hail!

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WKU’s budget staff is moving forward now that decisions have been made regarding budget cuts for the coming fiscal year. The cuts were announced in an email from President Ransdell on Wednesday. Ann Mead, vice president for Finance and Administration, said in an email that “no budget reduction, small or large, is easy.” “After a series of budget reductions, our choices of where to make cuts, given a goal to protect positions, have become even more limited,” she said. “Administrative council discussed proposed budget reductions and recognized that there

are pros and cons to each of the reductions. However, as a package of reductions, it’s a reasonable response to our financial challenges.” She said she believes these cuts are final. Mead also said they tried to present the cuts in a straightforward manner. “What may not be as clear is in some circumstances funding for a specific program or activity is being reduced, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to a reduction in the program or activity,” she said. Approximately 91 percent of the budget reductions have been identified and will be implemented

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Eliminate the Center of Excellence in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

$80,000 Merge the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility with the ALIVE Center


Reduce recurring funding for computer replacements

Reduce food expenditures for guests at Parents and Family Weekend

$202,000 $15,000 Combine WKU switchboard operations and the Welcome Center at the Augenstein Alumni Center

Eliminate budget for Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET)

Funding for new academic initiatives eliminated CAMERON KOCH

Eliminate duplicative funding for the EdD stipends.

Redirect savings in the Utilities budget resulting from energy efficiencies achieved

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$100,000 $50,000

Reduce recurring funding for the Quality Enhancement Program

$93,000 Reduce funding for the Talisman yearbook and achieve additional efficiencies in Student Publications

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Reallocate tuition from DELO to Central Budget



Reduce institutional subsidy to Athletics (excluding student aid) by 5% ($132,000) to be achieved over five consecutive budgets

Close Radcliff Center in Hardin County with services being maintained at other Hardin County Sites

Eliminate budget increases based on the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) Athletics, student technology, Student Government Association/Student Programming, Health Services, Student Centers

Operating reductions achieved in nonacademic divisions

$19,000 Reduce centrally funded institutional memberships

$91,000 Eliminate budgeted positions which have been vacant for 5 consecutives years

Three WKU players sign with NFL Teams ELLIOTT PRATT





Reduce the budget for Research and Creative Activity Program grants


Eliminate recurring funding for the Provost's Initiatives for Excellence Awards






ABOVE: Tight end Jack Doyle pulls in a touchdown catch against Louisiana-Monroe. Doyle signed with the Tennessee Titans over the weekend. RAE EMARY/HERALD BELOW: Defensive end Quanterus Smith was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Regents OK land purchase, discuss CPE’s tuition decision

It took 10 years for it to happen, but a WKU player’s name was called during the 2013 NFL Draft over the weekend. Defensive end Quanterus Smith was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round with pick No. 146. Smith became the first Topper since Jeremi Johnson in 2003 to be drafted. Johnson was a fourth-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. Although Smith was the only one of the 254 play-

ers selected in the draft, former Topper tight end Jack Doyle and offensive linemen Adam Smith also landed shots to make an NFL roster. Doyle agreed to sign as an unrestricted free agent with the Tennessee Titans just minutes after the draft concluded Saturday night. Adam Smith received his call Sunday morning from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Doyle won’t move far from WKU — the Titans’ facilities are located in Nashville, just an hour south of Bowling Green. SEE DRAFT PAGE A3





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The Council on Postsecondary Education’s decision to cap the in-state, undergraduate and face-to-face student tuition increase at 3 percent was a point of discussion at last Friday’s Board of Regents meeting. At the meeting, President Gary Ransdell discussed the roughly $2.5 million deficit this 3 percent cap presents. After the meeting, he said this is the only discussion he’s had with the board about it. “I think the board is looking to me and our administration to address the budget reduction in a thoughtful way,” he said. The board authorized the purchase of 1580 Normal Drive for $240,000 to make way for the future Honors College and International Building. They also approved the authority of the university to procure property at 1590 Normal Drive, including the use of eminent domain if necessary at the meeting. These two pieces of property are currently the Chi Omega sorority house and an apartment complex, Ransdell said. “The board affirmed that that is the preferred site and then endorsed the acquisition of both pieces of property,” he said. Faculty Regent Patti Minter and Student Regent Cory Dodds voted against these approvals. Minter said one of the disappointing things about the CPE’s decision to cap tuition is that it forces some hard choices. “But the other thing that bothers me after the Board of Regents meeting on Friday is that at the same time that we’re talking about cuts because we didn’t get our 5 percent tuition increase, at the very same time we’re purchasing more property and we’re getting ready to initiate a taking of property by eminent domain to build an Honors College and International Center that while it is definitely a want, it is absolutely not a need,” Minter said. To build the $22 million Honors College and International Center, WKU has to sell agency bonds, which means that the university will be paying off the debt on the building, not the state. Minter said this is something WKU can’t afford right now. “So the CPE’s decision not to give us 5 percent has tremendous repercussions for this campus, but it’s also going to force us to think very carefully about every dollar we spend, SEE REGENTS PAGE A2


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Out of a $2,139,000 budget reduction, $315,000 will come from eliminating recurring funding for the Provost’s Initiatives for Excellence awards. The cut to the program is the single greatest item reduction proposed by cost. PIE allows academic programs to submit proposals for new initiatives and then receive funding from the Provost’s office to see the initiatives through. Money used to support the Provost’s Initiatives for Excellence comes from numerous sources, including Academic Quality Phase I and II Funds, CPE Action Agenda Funds, Grant Incentive Funds SEE ACADEMIC PAGE 2

Less than 24 hours after news broke about the $93,000 in reductions to the Talisman yearbook budget, students took action. Tweets bearing the #SavetheTalisman hashtag have been sent at a breakneck pace, while the Save The Talisman Facebook page totals 261 likes as of Thursday night. The Talisman’s operating budget has been slashed as part of the more than 2 million dollars cut in WKU’s proposed budget. Charlotte Turtle, current Talisman adviser, said the students have dictated the movement. “They created the tagline, it was totally a student SEE TALISMAN PAGE 2

The university budget cuts announced on Wednesday are affecting various departments and programs on campus, and the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board and leadership programs are no exception. These three groups usually get an automatic budget increase, due to the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI), an inflation index that calculates potential financial waste at colleges. Charley Pride, director of Student Activities and SGA’s adviser, said now the programs won’t be getting those increases. This will save the university $8,000. SEE SGA PAGE 2


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sing it out

Greek Week begins with Spring Sing JACOB PARKER


Greek Week kicked off when 19 different Greek organizations busted a move at Spring Sing. The Greek community gathered in Diddle Arena on Sunday to support each other during performances, which included singing and dancing to a chosen soundtrack. The theme this year was “When I grow up…” Erica Sturgill, Spring Sing coordinator and Lexington senior, said she and her co-host, Michael Bjoralt, came up with about 30 different “jobs””that could be chosen for a routine’s theme. “We sent the list out, and they picked their top three,” she said. “Then they all got to pick a number out of a hat, to decide which organization got to pick their job first.” After allotting different job themes to the organizations, the organizations were challenged to come up with a dance routine and soundtrack. The soundtracks included compiled songs that relate to the jobs chosen. Kappa Alpha’s scientist routine, for example, included the song “Toxic,” by Britney Spears and Alpha Gamma Rho’s bodybuilder routine incorporated “Work Out” by J. Cole. The jobs ranged from being a casino worker, an astronaut, a reality TV star, a travel agent to a newscaster. Sets included a triad of cardboard backdrops, props held behind the dancers, and in the casino routine, enormous wood dice. Sturgill said she was impressed by the creativity.


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Alumni celebrate the opening of the Augenstein Alumni Center MITCHELL GROGG


Alumni have a new place on campus to celebrate their Hilltopper pride, one alumni and administrators say will help both current and prospective students. The Augenstein Alumni Center had its grand opening celebration on Friday, and Dale Augenstein, the WKU alumnus for whom the building is named, was in attendance. “This building is going to be such a catalyst for the university for the next hundred years,” Augenstein said. “It’s really setting on the cornerstone of the future development of the campus as it grows north.” The new facility features a ballroom, living room, theatre and meeting facilities. It is set to offer students meeting space and a place to engage with alumni, according to Kathryn Costello, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and CEO of the WKU Foundation. “The building is spectacular,” she said. “It represents the very best of the university and I think it really forecasts the future for young people.” It will also be the place where all campus tours will begin, starting in the summer. From its front door, the alumni center gives a view of other prominent campus buildings, including Cherry and Van Meter Halls. President Gary Ransdell said days like this are special for universities. “It defines our personality,” he said. “It nurtures our traditions and allows our alumni to be a part of this university family, and they are, and they’ve SEE ALUMNI PAGE 2

“Everyone was really creative and did great at thinking outside of the box,” she said After seeing the performances initially two weeks ago during preparation, Sturgill said seeing them on stage was amazing. “When I saw everyone come out with their costumes and backdrops, it was surprising,” she said. “Everyone turned out 100 percent.” Sturgill said the night was the perfect way to kick off Greek SEE SING PAGE A2

Alumni Association President Dale Augenstein, President Gary Ransdell and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kathryn Costello cut the ribbon to officially open the Augenstein Alumni Center on Friday. BRANDON CARTER/HERALD

LifeSkills Run for Autism exercises awareness KAELY HOLLOWAY


TOP: Louisville senior Becky Morris cheers for her Kappa Delta sorority sisters as they perform their dance “Scientist” during Spring Sing on Sunday at Diddle Arena. CASSIDY JOHNSON/HERALD ABOVE: Morganfield sophomore Chelsea Fromm performs as the “Mad Scientist” during Kappa Delta’s Spring Sing performance at Diddle Arena on Sunday. KD‛s theme was “Scientists.“ PEYTON HOBSON/HERALD

Board of Regents to discuss CPE’s 3 percent cap on tuition increases TAYLOR HARRISON


The Board of Regents newest member will attend his first meeting on Friday, where the board will discuss the Council on Postsecondary Education’s recent decision to cap a tuition increase at 3 percent for nononline, Kentucky resident and undergraduate students. Phillip Bale, who was appointed to the board on Feb. 26, said he’s excited to get SEE REGENTS PAGE A2

Faculty, administration disappointed over tuition decision CAMERON KOCH


While some students may be rejoicing at the news of having to only pay for a 3 percent tuition increase, both the administration and faculty are concerned. President Gary Ransdell and WKU urged the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to approve a maximum tuition increase of 5 percent for all public Kentucky universities. Despite those efforts, the CPE approved a maximum 3 percent tuition increase for face-to-face, Kentucky resident and undergraduate students, resulting in what will be a budget reduction for WKU. Discussions began Monday

among the vice presidents as Ransdell called upon them to begin thinking about and making their recommendations for the budget reduction. He emphasized that every effort would be taken to protect employees and jobs. Before the CPE decision was made, Faculty Regent Patti Minter composed a statement to the CPE on behalf of the university with the support of Ransdell, SGA President Cory Dodds, and Board of Regents Chairman Freddie Higdon, stressing the need for the income a 5 percent tuition increase would bring. “WKU faculty and staff have made great progress towards improving academic quality, retaining students and graduating students within six years, and all three of these missions





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would suffer greatly without the five percent increase to fund fixed costs and nothing more,” Minter wrote in the statement. “To use a medical analogy, we are not cutting any fat or even soft tissue — we are now down to bone.” Minter said as a collaborative effort between herself as a faculty leader, the Board of Regents and SGA, that the statement accurately represents the opinion of the university as a whole. “Of course, I’m very disappointed that the CPE chose not to listen because this is obviously going to be very damaging to the university that we have to deal with 3 percent instead of 5 percent,” Minter said. CPE member and Eastern Kentucky University faculty member SEE CPE PAGE A2



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While many spent their Saturday mornings relaxing, more than 300 runners, walkers and volunteers participated in the fifth annual LifeSkills Run for Autism, hosted by the Kelly Autism Program. KAP sets out to aide those diagnosed with a form of autism, ranging in age from seven to adulthood, as well as their families. Their mission is to provide a supportive environment for those diagnosed with a form of autism to achieve their full potential. The run, starting at the Bowling Green Ballpark and looping back around through parts of WKU’s campus and the greater downtown area, consisted of a four-mile run and a one-mile family walk. Lacey Williamson, a graduate student

from Princeton, had run the four-mile race twice before, making this her third time. “There’s good atmosphere here and it’s a really good way to support the community,” she said. She and her friend, Erika Thompson, a graduate student from Fort Wayne, Ind., were running it together. This was Thompson’s first experience with the event, and the girls decided to alternate between running and walking. “It’s all for a good cause,” Thompson said. There were also autism informational booths, KAP craft booths, children’s stations and a silent auction. Items in the silent auction ranged from Yankee Candles, to basketballs signed by the WKU basketball teams and coaches, spa packages, sporting event tickets and more. All proceeds collected went Brodie Rich walks during the Run for Autism event with the help of his sister Sydney Rich and SEE RUN PAGE 2 his school teacher Allison Hahn. KATIE MCLEAN/HERALD





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2013 Soccer Schedule

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Friday, Aug. 16 Sunday, Aug.18 Friday, Aug. 23 Friday, Aug. 30 Sunday, Sept. 1 Thursday, Sept. 5 Sunday, Sept. 8 Friday, Sept. 13 Sunday, Sept. 15 Friday, Sept. 20 Sunday, Sept. 22 *Friday, Sept. 27 *Sunday, Sept. 29 *Sunday, Oct. 6 *Friday, Oct. 11 *Sunday, Oct. 13 *Friday, Oct. 18 *Sunday, Oct. 20 *Friday, Oct. 25 Sunday, Oct. 27

Tennessee-Martin (Exhibition) Morehead State (Exhibition) Utah Rice Indiana State Austin Peay Memphis Western Carolina Tennessee Belmont Lipscomb Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana-Lafayette Texas State Troy South Alabama Arkansas State University of Arkansas at Little Rock Georgia State Evansville

Home Morehead Home Home Home Home Home Cullowhee, N.C. Knoxvile, Tenn. Nashville, Tenn. Home Home Home San Marcos, Texas Home Mobile, Ala. Jonesboro, Ark. Little Rock, Ark. Home Evansville, Ind.

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2013 Volleyball Schedule Date




Friday, Sept. 27 Saturday, Sept. 28 Wednesday. Oct. 2 Friday, Oct. 4 Saturday, Oct. 5 Friday, Oct. 11 Sunday, Oct. 13 Friday, Oct. 18 Saturday, Oct. 19 Friday, Oct. 25 Sunday, Oct. 27 Friday, Nov. 8 Sunday, Nov. 10 Wednesday, Nov. 13 Friday, Nov. 15 Sunday, Nov. 17

Troy South Alabama Georgia State Texas State University of Texas at Arlington University of Louisiana at Monroe Louisiana-Lafayette

Troy, Ala. Mobile, Ala. Atlanta Home Home Home Lafayette, La. Little Rock, Ark. Jonesboro, Ark. Monroe, La. Home Home Home Home Home Home

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Arkansas State University of Louisiana at Monroe Arkansas State Louisana-Lafayette University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Georgia State South Alabama Troy

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2013 Football Schedule Date




Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 3 Oct. 15 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 23 Nov. 30

Kentucky Tennessee South Alabama Morgan State Navy University of Louisiana at Monroe* Louisiana-Lafayette* Troy* Georgia State* Army Texas State* Arkansas State*

Nashville, LP Field Knoxville, Neylan Stadium Mobile, Ala., Ladd-Peebles Home Home Monroe, La., Malone Stadium Home Homecoming Atlanta, Georgia Dome West Point, N.Y. San Marcos, Texas, Bobcat Stadium Home

6 p.m CT TBA 6 p.m. CT 6 p.m. CT 6 p.m. CT 7 p.m. 7 p.m. CT 3 p.m. CT 1 p.m. CT 11 a.m. CT 6 p.m. CT 3 p.m. CT

*Conference Game

**times subject to change Photo by Jon Hernandez

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Homecoming on the Hill Story by Joanna Williams and Elliott Pratt - Photo by Jake Pope Ask nearly any WKU student and they will admit there isn’t a time on the Hill quite like when Homecoming rolls around. Homecoming, the annual celebration that brings alumni back to campus to celebrate WKU, will be Oct. 26 this year.

“Red, White, and WKU” was the theme for 2012’s Homecoming. The 2013 theme is “Bright Lights, Red City.”

The Homecoming committee selected the theme out of nearly 30 ideas, alumni programming director Ginny Hensley says. “Bright Lights, Red City” will be the theme for Homecoming 2013, which Hensley said incorporates football’s new theme, “It’s Show Time.” “It really ties in to our football theme for the season.” Hensley said. “Our goal every year is to paint this entire town Hilltopper red. So you’ll see anything from big city themes to Broadway shows, to Hollywood – this could be taken from a lot of different angles.” Homecoming weekend includes several activities such as the homecoming parade, a pep rally, the football game at which the homecoming queen is announced, the step show in Diddle Arena the night of the game, luncheons and special breakfasts. Hensley said students and alumni can expect the Augenstein Alumni Center to have a lot involvement in homecoming festivities. “We’re going to have more activities associated with this new building,” Hensley said. “There is going to be more tailgating. There are going to be special alumni member activities on game day and everyone will have the chance to purchase burgers outside. The atmosphere will be up here at the Alumni Center as well as near the stadium.” WKU will face Sun Belt Conference opponent Troy in the Homecoming football game at 3 p.m. Oct. 26.

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Preston Center offers wide variety of services for students Story by Christian Marnon - Photo by Emily Free Football, basketball, racquetball, kayaking, scuba bike mechanics, massage therapists, people who teach Zumba diving, massage therapy, Zumba, yoga and rugby — if at and group exercises, people who like officiating and even least one of these activities peaks a student’s interest, look summer camp counselors.” no further than WKU‘s There are close to Raymond B. Preston 150 students currently Health and Activities employed at the Preston Center. Center, Bartlett said. The Preston Center “We’re always hiring is a one-stop spot for new employees,” he said. recreational sports, health To be eligible to work and fitness, featuring a on campus, you do have broad range of services to fill out a FASFA and and opportunities for narrow down where you students. want to be working, he Luke Bartlett, assistant said. director of programs at the Lancaster student Ernest Preston Center, said the Atkinson said he enjoys the facilities’ services run the Preston Center’s variety. gamut. “You can go swimming “We try to get everyone on a cold day or, if you involved, whether you like need a massage, you can participating in athletic do that,” he said. “There Clay Smalley, a Group X fitness instructor, teaches a Cardio Craze at the Preston Center. events, exercising, or you are so many good things want to go out backpacking,” he said. in Preston, but a lot of it is underused.” Students can participate in a wide variety of recreational Bartlett also touched on underutilization. sports through clubs and intramural tournaments. “We’re here for the students, so come use it.” There are 22 active sports clubs at WKU and the Preston Center upholds a no-tryout policy, which ensures all students are able to join clubs and participate in intramurals. Intramural Coordinator Sean Sherwood said there are between 25 and 30 intramural events every year. “The intramural program was basically created to give people who don’t play collegiate sports a chance to be social and active,” he said. “It’s a fun way for students to go out, have fun and participate.” Examples of the intramural selections are a softball mini league, doubles badminton, putt-putt golf, four-onfour football and a soccer league. In addition to sports, the Preston Center offers a multitude of instructional programs and services. Group X includes Zumba, yoga and Cardio Craze. Massage therapy provides five different massages, including deep tissue and myofascial release. The Outdoor Recreation Adventure Center, also known as ORAC, offers adventure trips, skill clinics, equipment rentals and even a bike shop, to name a few. Bartlett said student job opportunities are as equally varied as the sport and service options. “We’re one of the largest employers on campus, with probably three dozen different job positions,” he said. “We employ graphic designers to make our publications, we’ll have sport club supervisors, people who run outdoor trips,

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Get ready, get set, go Greek Story by Sarah Stukenborg - Photo by Rae Emary Formal recruitment is the main process that the National Panhellenic Conference and the Inter-Fraternity Council at WKU use to recruit members. Fraternity recruitment will begin Monday, Aug. 26, and conclude with Bid Day on Friday, Aug. 30. Sorority rush begins on Aug. 20, and ends on Aug. 25.

Sisters from each sorority lined up chanting in the Mass Media and embraced each other, excited about being chosen for the same sorority. Hopkinsville student Jennifer Hanks, a new member of Chi Omega Technology Auditorium on a Sunday last August. These women, known as “Pi Chis” to disguise affiliation with sorority, transferred to WKU from another school. “My favorite part of rush week any sorority, led the 434 recruits has been getting my bid card and around during recruitment week , making new friends,” Hanks said. and shouted the chants of all eight One sorority, Alpha Xi social sororities that participated as Delta, conducted its first formal a way to end the week. Recruits had been handed bid recruitment since rejoining WKU’s greek life. cards by Pi Chis earlier in the day Even with the addition of before signing with a sorority. AXiD, Mansfield said all eight Alissa Mansfield, coordinator social sororities met their quota of student activities for Greek for members. affairs, said 285 women signed a Louisville student Amanda bid. Heim, a member of Alpha Delta The new members were Pi sorority, was a Pi Chi during gathered in Mass Media to recruitment. celebrate and meet the rest of their “I loved being able to meet and new sorority sisters. become friends with girls in other The ceremony began with sororities,” Heim said. an opening statement by Paige Omega Phi Alpha sorority during Homecoming Louisville student Olivia Pardue, Panhellenic Association Guelda, a new member of Alpha Gamma Delta, said she’s glad she recruitment chair, wishing the new pledges well with their sorority. decided to rush. “I’m so happy you all have found your place,” Pardue said. “Sorority rush week gave me a way to meet new people and step The pledges spent time taking pictures with other new members, many holding up sorority signs with their fingers. Some of the girls outside of my comfort zone,” Guelda said.

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WKU to celebrate different countries each year starting in 2014 Story by Jacob Parker - Photo courtesy of Nate Hovee The Office of International Programs Faculty will undergo training for the modify courses based on their research and at WKU is introducing a new program to internationalization as well by attending experience in the chosen country. Cheney focus on internationalizing campus life and a seminar led by other faculty, who have said this is to encourage students further to curriculum. extensive experience within the chosen think about traveling abroad. Beginning with the International Year country of the year. In addition, as an investment in the of Ecuador in the 2014-2015 school year, To better internationalize the students, experience for WKU, any office that spends the program will help to integrate different Cheney said, the faculty should be more funds to incorporate the given country will countries, one per academic school year, experienced as well. In order to do this, be matched on a one-for-one basis from the into campus life. in addition to the seminar, faculty are Office of International Programs. In the two years following This way, Cheney said, the Ecuador, the countries will be full integration of a chosen South Africa and South Korea. country into curricular and Every academic and nonnon-curricular activities will academic office on campus help to internationalize the main will get to decide how Ecuador campus. relates to their particular Craig Cobane, chief department. international officer, said Andrea Cheney, coordinator the program provides an in the Office of International opportunity for students who Programs, said she thinks this is don’t travel abroad, which is the beauty of the program. about 97 percent, to become “The idea is to give the more culturally enhanced. WKU campus and community “You enter into college as a an opportunity to connect with freshman, and you have four a country or region,” she said. years ahead of you,” he said. Students study abroad in Paris for a collaborative journalism class in June 2012. Cheney said the “That’s four different cultures internationalization of campus that you’ve been fully immersed life will be co-curricular, allowing students encouraged to propose a course plan that in upon graduation.” to learn as much as possible about the would incorporate aspects of Ecuador. Cobane thinks this will be a fantastic country. “We’re targeting faculty members way to internationalize students and faculty. More than 15 different departments who haven’t had a lot of international “It’s going to be a great program,” he have already submitted ideas, which are experience,” she said. “The idea is for the said. “It’s really all about internationalizing currently in the works, and a chef is in the faculty to go and explore the country, to our campus.” early stages of talks with Aramark to offer work and to develop professionally.” Ecuadorian foods on campus. Ten to 12 faculty members will then

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New Alumni Center a space for all Story by Mitchell Grogg - Photo by Brandon Carter Alumni have a new place on campus to celebrate their Ransdell called the new facility a home for alumni. Hilltopper pride, one which alumni and administrators say will “For the first time in 106 years, they have a home,” he said. help both current and prospective students. “They have a place they can call theirs.” The Augenstein Alumni Center had its grand opening Ransdell also commented on the alumni donations that made celebration in April, and Dale the center possible. Augenstein, for whom the “The alumni did this in and building is named, was in of themselves, and it’s just great attendance. to see this university family come “This building is going to be together like this,” he said. such a catalyst for the university The day was also special for for the next hundred years,” Ransdell not only as a member Augenstein said. “It’s really setting of the university family as an on the cornerstone of the future alumnus, along with his wife, Julie, development of the campus as it but as an administrator as well. grows north.” “It’s so rare to be in this job, be The new facility features a an alumnus and to be in this job ballroom, living room, theater and at your university,” he said. “And meeting facilities. that’s what we feel very fortunate, It is set to offer students Julie and I, to be able to do….I’d meeting space and a place to be here celebrating and highengage with alumni, according to fiving even if I wasn’t president.” Alumni Association board member Dale Augenstein, WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell, and Vice President Kathryn Costello, vice president Augenstein noted it was a for Development and Alumni Relations Kathryn Costello for Development and Alumni bit tough to see his name on the Relations and CEO of the WKU Foundation. building. “The building is spectacular,” she said. “It represents the very “It’s certainly very exciting to see the building, and to be honest best of the university and I think it really forecasts the future for with you, it’s a little challenging to see your name on a building young people.” that’s going to be there forever,” he said. It will also be the place where all campus tours will begin, starting in the summer. From its front door, the alumni center gives a view of other prominent campus buildings, including Cherry and Van Meter halls. President Gary Ransdell said a building like this is special for a university. “It defines our personality,” he said. “It nurtures our traditions and allows our alumni to be a part of this university family, and they are, and they’ve come together to fund this project.” For alumni, including Nashville resident Gef Cherwak, donating to help build the center was a way to give back the university. “I grew up in Bowling Green,” he said. “Western’s always been a part of my life and now I’m, of course, an alumni. Western gave me so much in my life that I feel lucky that I had an opportunity to give back.” Bowling Green alumna Heather Rogers felt the facility could help the nonprofit organization she works for host events. She was also glad to see something built that had previously simply been an idea. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I was speechless, really, to walk in and see this beautiful facility. I was on the alumni board several years ago when this was just a dream and to now actually see it come to fruition is just absolutely awesome.” The dedication ceremony also brought alumni from places further away than Nashville and Bowling Green. “It’s really a pleasure today to see hundreds, literally hundreds upon hundreds, of alumni come from all over the country,” said Augenstein, who lives in South Carolina.

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Phase one of DSU renovations to be complete by the fall semester Story by Jackson French - Photo by Carrie Pratt to the temporary building on South Lawn that housed The fall semester marks another set of dramatic changes Topper Café during 2012-2013. for the Downing Student Union renovations. Russell said the DSU renovations are being made in two Bryan Russell, director of Planning, Design and phases. Construction, said the Fresh The construction of the Food Company will move Starbucks, the Fresh Food from its location in Topper Company and the WKU Café on South Lawn back Store are all part of phase to DSU. one, which is primarily He also said other new focused on the side of the features for DSU that will be building that faces the ready by the start of the fall Avenue of Champions and semester include a WKU is scheduled to be complete Store on the ground floor, prior to the start of the 2013 a Starbucks and a balcony fall semester. overlooking the Avenue of “The construction that’s Champions. going on is predominantly “It is a full-blown phase one work, but also Starbucks with outside they have also been able to balcony,” he said. start early on a lot of the Though DSU is gaining Downing Student Union is scheduled to be completed in 2014. things, and the second and Fresh Food Company, it third floor,” he said. will lose RedZone and its food court. Phase two, which PDC’s Assistant Director Ben Johnson During the fall semester, Chick-fil-A, RedZone, Izzi’s said will take place mostly over this school year, includes and the other restaurants that occupied DSU will relocate the construction of Night Class, a 24-hour study hall and a recreation area, as well as renovations to the food court. WHAT IS INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES? The second phase mainly deals with renovations to the IDST is a flexible program that allows the creativity to develop a personalized side of DSU facing Minton Hall, as well as the second and degree pathway. It is probably the best way for people who haven’t found a third floors of the building. major that excites them to create a program they can be fully satisfied with. This phase also includes the construction of offices for the Student Government Association on the second floor, OUR MISSION STATEMENT: a new grand staircase and a skylight in the building’s Our mission is to offer interdisciplinary programs and courses that common area. provide students with the tools for academic success and the flexibility “One of the nice things is we’ll have three high-speed to design a degree path that enhances their learning experiences and elevators that will be installed in the building, which is a career opportunities. real plus,” Russell said. “Obviously, you’re not going to be able to utilize them except for the ground to the first, but I ADVERTISING think those are to be installed.” COMPUTER SCIENCE The auditorium on the first floor of DSU and the Learning Center on the second floor will remain open. SOCIAL WORK Johnson said he expects the second phase of the DSU PSYCHOLOGY renovations to be finished before the start of the 2014 fall FINANCE semester. During that time, the second and third floors, as well ASTRONOMY as the side of DSU that faces Minton Hall, will be under MARKETING construction. CHEMISTRY Once the renovations are complete, Johnson said, “Topper Café will be taken down and South Lawn will be JOURNALISM returned to its previous open condition for green space.” GEOGRAPHY

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Diversity programs aim to help minority students succeed Story by Quiche Matchen The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is helping students of color achieve success in college with programs like The Come Up and Project Class. The Come Up program was started in the fall of 2008 by Veleashia Smith, former Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion assistant director of student development. Louisville graduate student Brandyn Bailey, graduate assistant of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, was in the initial The Come Up program. Bailey said the program is meant to help males of color in areas such as academics, career building, financial responsibility and etiquette. The program is a 12-week competition, and the candidate that has the most significant change will be the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. The program is aimed at students, with rough backgrounds, struggling students and primarily minorities. Bailey said the program shines light on things students have heard about and know about, but haven’t really practiced. “If you’ve never had to make a budget before and when you get out of college, you have make your first budget,” he said. “We’d rather you do that now than having to do that on your own.” He said he also administrates day-to-day activities with the program along with WKU faculty and staff, and conducts interviews.

Bailey said the reason for this is so they don’t get one person that is way beyond the others’ mental capabilities. A program similar to The Come Up is Project Class, the female version of that program, which offers the same scholarship. Project Class is a six to 10 week program that aims to help females of color. Project Class and a Half is also offered, as a shorter version of Project Class. Andrea Garr-Barnes, the director, said this is the first year for Project Class and a Half. Louisville student Keira Martin, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion specialist, was in Project Class her freshmen year. “These programs help you to be successful... because it teaches you things that maybe you didn’t learn at home and even if you do, you can never hear things enough so you can instill that in your values,” Martin said. Martin said she hopes people benefit from the program like she did. “It gives you balance of what’s right and what’s wrong and how to make it in college personally. I hope people get what the program is intended to give you, which is success in college,” she said.


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Revived LGBT Safe Zone is a good move Story by the College Heights Herald Editorial Board, Fall 2012 The purpose of college is black and white: students come to college to learn and earn a degree. This will ultimately give them the knowledge and skills that will help them be more marketable to employers when they are seeking a job. Yet anyone who has attended or graduated from college will attest that the path to graduation, or even the end of the semester, is a gray one, full of surprises, trials, and life-changing occurrences. For students who fall into the sexual minority category, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered, or LGBT, this gray area can become especially murky for a number of different reasons. This unfortunately may impact their schoolwork as well as their well being. While every gay or transgendered student is different, with various support systems and mindsets, the potential for their inner world to be disrupted can be mostly the same. The WKU Counseling and Testing Center recognizes this, and for the second time, has started the LGBT Safe Zone program. The sessions last one hour and offer a certified counselor leading discussions that help faculty and staff better understand students who are struggling with issues related to their sexual or gender identity. When they have completed the training, participants receive a Safe Zone sticker to hang in their office that lets students know it’s a safe space.

The initiative is not only commendable, but also one that should be praised as it could be a potentially life - or academic - saving program. Each student has different circumstances that require different sensitivities, and LGBT students on a campus in south central Kentucky may not always feel welcomed. There are a number of issues that arise, including loneliness, depression or something more serious. This unfortunately may interfere with their academics. The better equipped professors are at dealing with issues that may develop, the more successful they can help the student become. The Herald urges faculty and staff to get involved so that the program is ensured for the long term. Also, the more people who participate, the better the program works. As mentioned earlier, this isn’t the first time the sessions have been offered. The first time it died out due to lack of participation. Many of the people who it looked to serve were too busy to attend the sessions. While we understand faculty and staff are busy individuals, this is a good program to make time for. As professors look to educate as many students as they can, they should understand that personal problems happen. If they are equipped with the tools to help them, there is no telling how a student’s academic standing may improve.

This editorial represents the majority opinion of the Herald’s 14-member editorial board.

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Perfect Timing Story by Elliott Pratt - Photo by Jabin Botsford If you ask Hilltopper fans where they were and what they were doing when they heard Bobby Petrino had been hired as the 18th football coach of WKU, most of them will recall it like it was yesterday. I remember a cold, cloudy day walking to class when my phone buzzed with news of Bobby Petrino’s presence on WKU’s campus. I, like a lot of people, believed it to be just a rumor. But that rumor was made reality when Petrino followed athletics director Todd Stewart up a podium in a press conference to be named the new football coach at WKU. That was the day the game changed for WKU sports. And for new students arriving on campus, you showed up just in time for the big show. It’s not just football, but all sports here are on the rise, or have risen, to national prominence. Men’s basketball is coming off back-toback Sun Belt Conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances. And in case you missed it, they almost pulled off a huge upset against the No. 1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks, losing a close game by just 7 points. Women’s basketball coach Michele ClarkHeard returned to her alma mater last season and made the biggest turn-around for any program in Sun Belt history by winning 21 games in the regular season when the year before the team lost just as many. WKU volleyball has dominated the Sun Belt for many years, but the team won its first NCAA Tournament game last season in Palo Alto, Calif., before falling to No. 2 Stanford in the second round. Softball’s historic year came with a 43-18 record, a conference title and its first NCAA Tournament win before a loss to defending national champion Alabama.

Topper quarterback Kawaun Jakes is congratulated by his teammate defensive lineman Jamarcus Allen after winning their game against the University of Kentucky.

And football earned its first FBS bowl berth after only three years in Division I. Add all that in with a move to Conference USA next year, and you couldn’t have picked a better time to become a Hilltopper. The university has backed its athletics and has made every move to put students in the stands at every event. Filling the seats has been an issue for many years now, and it’s up to you to decide whether or not to change that. And why wouldn’t you? You’re in college now, so get out there and tailgate, wave your red towel, let out a “Go Tops” once in a while, and enjoy every second while you have it. Enjoy the product that Stewart and his staff have worked towards in gaining national exposure to WKU. The Hilltoppers are set to host a nationally televised game on ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 15, against Louisiana-Lafayette, the first time either of the two has been on this campus. If the entire country is tuned in and sees an empty L.T. Smith Stadium, what will that say about the WKU student body? What will that say about you? This school has taken every step it possibly can to ensure that these programs grow on the national stage. They need you to give them a reason to keep moving forward. This is only the beginning of what is expected to be some exciting times with sports at WKU. If you get involved now and soak in what athletics has to offer, you will look back one day and proudly say you were a part of an unforgettable era of sports on the Hill. I remember where I was when WKU made a move that changed the game and as a new student to WKU, the ball is now in your court to decide whether you will remember your days too.

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Seeking help the first step in suicide prevention Story by Cameron Koch

The third most likely cause of death for a person between ages 15-24 is suicide, resulting in 4,600 deaths annually, according to 2010 Center for Disease Control data. An even larger number of attempted suicides that do not result in death, approximately 150,000 happen every year, according to CDC data. A national study conducted by Harvard University states that about one in 25 teens has attempted suicide. About one in eight, according to the study, has thought about it. On WKU’s own campus, a Cook County, Ill., freshman, died on Dec. 18 2012, from injuries sustained after jumping from the sixth floor of Pearce-Ford Tower on Dec. 15. The numbers highlight a problem among college-aged students — one that can be prevented. Karl Laves, assistant director at the WKU Counseling and Testing Center, said lowering the number of suicides and attempted suicides is as simple as asking for help and talking about the subject. Laves said many suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts refuse to seek counseling, as they view seeking help or receiving medication as admitting defeat. “People don’t seek the help they need in our society,” Laves said. “The most important thing we can do is to encourage them to seek help.” Numerous aspects of college life can lead to depression and, in extreme cases, suicide, Laves said.

College students, especially freshmen, are on their own for the first time with all the stress and responsibility that comes with having to think for one’s self, Laves said. Relationship problems are also a leading cause of depression among college-aged students. As relationships fail, some students view it as the ultimate failure, rather than a natural part of the dating process, Laves said. Laves said there are many kinds of free help available for those who are thinking about suicide, from counseling to medication. All they have to do, he said, is to seek it. Students ages 18-25 who attend college do tend to have lower suicide rates than people of the same age who do not attend college, said Laves, thanks to what he believes is the natural connections and support groups that come from the college experience, as well as available counseling resources. Free counseling sessions are available to all WKU students at the Counseling and Testing Center located on the fourth floor of Potter Hall. Laves said the stigma attached to suicide in American culture is a major prohibiting factor for those who need help. As a result, people refuse to talk about the subject, even though studies have shown that talking about suicide to a person with suicidal thoughts does not increase the risk of acts of suicide. “We are our brother’s keeper,” Laves said. “You have to speak up; you have to talk about it.”

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WKU Debit card: more than meets the wallet Story by the Herald Staff - Photo by Charlotte Turtle The WKU Debit Card allows a paperless method for the university to return money to students. From residual money to student employee wages, it’s an efficient way to get your money without receiving a paper check. Students have the option of using the free account associated with the card or having the money transferred to their own bank. Commonly asked questions about the card: How do students get the WKU Debit Card? The cards are mailed to students after they are registered with the university. Students should contact the WKU Debit Card office at (270) 7455551 or stop by Potter Hall, Room 208, if there are any issues receiving the card. Are there any fees for using the card? The only fees that students need to worry about are the overdraft charges and ATM fees. The card comes with a free checking account that has no service fees.

How can students get a replacement card? Students should contact the WKU Debit Card office, and the staff there will help determine the best way to receive another one. They should also be contacted if the card needs to be reactivated. Do students have to use the card or are there other ways to get their money? Students need the card to access their money. Refunds and wages are handled through Options include putting the money on the card or getting it deposited directly into a bank account. What are the benefits of the card? The card can be used anywhere that accepts MasterCard just like a normal debit card. Parents can send the student money online using Higher One’s “Send Money” feature. Mobile alerts can be set up to keep tabs on the card’s balance from a cell phone, too. For more information:

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Help when you need it Story by Joanna Williams and Elliott Pratt

On a campus full of academics and scholars, the Academic Advising & Retention Center at WKU is specifically designed to help students when they need it. Whether it be tutoring, a learning center or seminars, many of the programs are designed to help students succeed when they are having difficulties with classes. The center has been under new administration with the addition of Dr. Russell Curley as the new director of AARC. Curley, former assistant vice president for Records and Institutional Effectiveness at Minnesota State University Moorhead, officially began his new role June 3. “There’s a lot of good things going on here,” Curley said in a Herald article. “You get the feeling right away that there is a positive feeling, and not all institutions have that feeling. I love it here, I really do.” While at MSUM, Curley oversaw enrollment management functions that included developing the academic calendar, course registration, class restrictions, and drop/add scheduling arrangements. Before serving at MSUM, Curley spent time at the University of Cincinnati and North Iowa Area Community College. At Cincinnati, he served as director of the Transfer and Lifelong Learning Center and the Office of Educational Services. While WKU president Gary Ransdell has not had the chance to thoroughly discuss retention plans yet with the new director, he

said Curley will help to continually improve those plans. “That is a very important job,” Ransdell said. “He will play a critical role in helping us improve our consistency in retention numbers and a higher percentage in students that graduate.” Curley said in his first week at WKU, the work environment is much different than from his previous employers. “I think there is a positive morale here that some of the other places I worked at – not so much,” Curley said. “It seems to be very student centered. While at other places I worked at, the students were important, they seem to be a priority here. We have a lot of concern about their success and making sure they’re prepared and ready for classes.” Curley said his previous jobs didn’t allow him to work very closely with students. As director of AARC, he is looking forward helping students on a daily basis. Located in the Student Success Center within the Downing Student Union (DSU), the AARC provides a wide range of academic services to undergraduate WKU students to support their academic journey. While at WKU, until 90 hours are completed and an Application for Graduation is on file with the Office of the Registrar, students must meet with their academic adviser. The Learning Center (TLC) is a service within AARC. TLC provides tutoring, workshops, and outreach services to WKU students.

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More study spaces available Story by Quiche Matchen and Sarah Stukenborg - Photo by Seth Fischer Students are getting more and more places to study on campus Academic Affairs, and Connie Foster, dean of Libraries, hope to use with two new academic commons locations opening this past year the Commons as a way to lure prospective students to the Hill. in the Fine Arts Center and in “We think parents will just be Cravens Library. wowed when they walk into this The Academic Commons in place,” Emslie said. FAC is open Monday through The new Commons area Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. includes 28 lab computers, email and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 stations, wireless capability, p.m. collaborative booths and more. Jennifer Markin, student “A library is an essential place services coordinator, said the new where knowledge unfolds,” area is a resource for all to use. Emslie said. She also encouraged everyone Emslie feels that students will to come back and take advantage be drawn to the Commons at of the Academic Commons area. Cravens more so than the old “If you’re a Potter College space because of the physical student and you’re looking to appearance and resources have this place reserved, we do available. — we reserve it out in two-hour Guatemala student Andrea Gatton student Linda Cruz, a Carrollton senior, has four tests, a presentation and a paper all due on “hell week,” blocks…,” Markin said. the colloquial Gatton term for the week before finals. Hell week brought her more work than finals week, Natalia Fuentes Rodriguez agreed where she would only have to study for tests. She then opened the floor to that the new space is much more David Lee, dean of Potter College. inviting. “One of the things that has been a hole for us at the Fine Arts “It looks nicer and makes me want to be here and do my work Center is that we’ve not had a space like this,” he said. here,” Fuentes said. Lee said students have told him that they needed a computer lab The Commons at Cravens has both areas for students to in FAC, but he thinks that Markin had the right idea because the independently study or collaborate in groups. Foster said she believes Academic Commons is a much more flexible space than a general that this new area will be very beneficial to students. purpose computer lab. “All of this has been done for the students,” Foster said. “If you have your laptop, you plug it in; if you need a quiet place to study, it’s right here,” he said. “If you need to do group work, it’s right here.” Lee said a whole range of students’ needs can be answered at the A New International Film Series Academic Commons. “It’s a commons, and I really like that term because it’s meant to be a place where students in particular, faculty and staff certainly are welcome, but students in particular can kind of convene to address whatever they need attended to today,” he said. Students said they liked the new study area. Irvington junior Andrea Stith said she’s glad to see the space used as a place to study. A Simple Life Kahaani The Lives of Others “It’s a good space for students to hang out, and I really like the (China) (India) (Germany) Sept. 20 • 6:30pm Nov. 15 • 6:30pm Oct. 18 • 6:30pm student artwork,” Stith said. She said she will probably use the study area, since she’s always at FAC and has huge gaps in between classes. Another student that liked the new area was Louisville student J. Morgan Shaffo. “It’s really nice and a quiet place to do homework and charge your laptop,” Shaffo said. At the Commons at Cravens official opening in the spring First Grader Whale Rider A Separation semester, WKU President Gary Ransdell thanked all of the people (Kenya) (New Zealand) (Iran) April 11 • 6:30pm who worked together across campus to plan, design, and create the Feb. 21 • 6:30pm March 21 • 6:30pm new space. Faculty House • Swipeable Event “What’s really cool about this project is the teamwork,” Ransdell Free Food • Film Discussion said. Sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services, The Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences Institute and WKU Libraries and Student Activities Information Technology, along with many others, put a lot of effort into creating the area. Ransdell, Gordon Emslie, provost and vice president for ©2013WKU. Printing paid from state funds, KRS 57.375, Western Kentucky University is an equal opportunity

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Friends can make your college experience Story by Quiche Matchem - Photo by Peyton Hobson Making friends has always been a must, whether in grade school or even in college. Friends are a great way for people to get more involved on campus. Student Natasha Maddix, from Nashville, said her college friends are important to her. “I have a good group of friends,” she said. “They all are very motivated to succeed in life, which helps me to stay motivated as well.” Maddix said her friends were there in her time of need. “When my best friend died, they were all there for me,” she said. “They comforted me and talked to me about it.” Maddix said it is best not to lose sight of old friends just because you’ll make new ones in college. “If I didn’t have my friends, I would probably be lonely and in my room all the time,” she said. College is all about making long-term friendships and long-term bonds, Maddix said. Lexington student Nish Jackson agrees with Maddix that college is all about making friends. She said since her freshman year, she has kept some friends, some “fell off,” or moved away.

Jackson said one of her best friends is from her hometown and has been her friend throughout her college career, but they didn’t know each other before they came to college. “She has helped me mentally with anything that goes on with my car or finances,” she said.

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“I talk to her, and she’s always there to help me out.” Jackson said her friend is the type to always be there when you call, and that’s important in

a friendship. “College is where you actually make lifetime friends,” she said. Akron, Ohio, student Kim Wright said her friends give her “crazy support.” “I can always talk to them no matter what and no matter where,” she said. Wright said her best friends don’t attend WKU, but go to school in Michigan and Ohio. “My friends here are my friends here,” she said. “There is a difference from the ones of six or seven years, because they’re my new friends.” Wright said as far as making friends in college, it’s important to find a friend who complements your personality. “Because they’re going to be the friend that fits with you, and you will fit with them,” she said. Louisville student Jonathan Burrell said if it wasn’t for his friends, he wouldn’t be at WKU this year. “They made me feel like home was here,” he said. “We love each other, and help each other with homework. They’re annoying at times, but I still love them.”

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Before you forget Story by Joanna Williams During my freshman year of college, my RA said to me, “I hope you brought rain boots because, when it rains, here it pours.” Not giving that ultimately useful piece of advice any time of day, I didn’t think much of my first rainy day on campus. That soon changed as I made my trek up the Hill. By the time I got to class my sneakers were shredded through with water all the way up to my ankles. I’m writing this for you all so that you don’t end up in the same wet situation as I did. While you have looked at countless lists that tell you all the things you should bring with you to college, here are a few things you don’t know that you need until you arrive: • Rainboots/Rain gear (see above story) • Cooking utensils: All dorms on campus have a kitchen on each floor. For the nights you want to bake cookies or have nothing else to eat, cooking will come in handy — just make sure you have something to cook with. • A deck of cards: You never know you need some until you’re with a group of friends, it’s late night and you all realize a good game of Rummy would be fun. This goes interchangebly with a deck of UNO cards. • Quarters: Eventually you will need to do laundry (many of you within the first few days of being on campus), and the only way to pay is to use quarters or Big Red Dollars. Make sure you always have some on hand and not to become dependent on coin/ vending machines. You’ll end up getting robbed for your dollar more times than not.



• Slippers: Because most dorm floors can’t be trusted, make sure to have something to cover those feet. • Extension cord: There is always that one outlet in a dorm room that is impossible to to get to. Save yourself the trouble and bring an extension cord. • A safe: No matter who told you not to bring valuables to your dorm, the truth is most people will do it. There is nothing wrong with that, however, as long as you have a secure place to stash away your goods. A strong safe with a lock is the best way to go. Bonus points if you get one that blends in with your dorm decor. • Extra Earphones: Just in case yours break or you loan them out, its good to have an extra pair for study time or if you want to block out that annoying roommate.


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Free Stuff Compiled by By Zirconia Alleyne and Taylor Harrison The stereotypes of college students are that we are broke and are always on the look out for a deal. Well, it is true. Here are a few things on campus that you get absolutely free simply because you are a WKU student. Topper Transit: WKU’s free bus service provides transportation from the perimeter parking lots to academic buildings on the main campus, connects main campus and South Campus, provides evening service between main campus, South Campus and off-campus shopping areas and service along parking lots and buildings along the north side of main campus. Paratransit service is available as an on-call service for disabled faculty, staff and students. For transit schedules and the NEXTbus tracking system, visit http:// Talisman yearbook: The Talisman, founded in 1924, is the official yearbook of WKU. Students can reserve their free copy on TopNet under Student Services. The Talisman is distributed in the fall. College Heights Herald: The student newspaper is the main source of news at WKU. The print edition is published every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year, and the website,, is updated regularly. Both provide the latest on news, sports and campus events. The newspaper is available in racks at the front entrance of most academic buildings across campus. For updates follow @wkuherald on Twitter and wkuherald. Another source for news is the free WKU Herald mobile app for iPhone/ iPad and Android, available on iTunes and the Google Play Store. Tutoring services: The Learning Center, located in Downing Student Union, provides students with free tutoring and help with study skills. Students can make appointments for oneon-one or group tutoring or drop in for assistance. TLC is open more than 60 hours every week and is located on the top floor of the Student Success Center, DSU A330. There are also branches of TLC at Pearce Ford Tower, Keen Hall and McCormack Hall. South Campus features a Learning Assistance Center, according to WKU’s website.

Computer Labs and printing: Six computer labs can be found on the main campus. There is also a Student Technology Center at South Campus and each of the regional campuses. The lab in Mass Media and Technology Hall is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week when classes are in session. Students will need their WKU account information to log in and their WKU ID card to print. Full-time undergraduate students are allowed 1,500 pages, which is $75 worth of free printing, during the school year. Part-time students receive $50 worth of free printing. Career Services Center: The Career Services Center is located in Downing Student Union, Room A230. The office assists in job placement, career exploration, career engagement and academic career guidance. Movie rentals: The University Libraries’ Visual and Performing Arts Library is located on the second floor of Cravens. The collection includes CDs, LPs, leisure DVDs and VHS tapes and they are all available for check out. A WKU ID is required to check out any library materials. The loan period for audiovisual materials is seven days. Items can be renewed on the website for an additional seven days. Some reserved items are not allowed to be renewed. Wireless: WKU Information Technology provides full wireless coverage across campus. Students, faculty and staff can use their WKU login information to log in, but campus visitors can access a separate wireless network as a guest. Bike rentals: Big Red Bikes is a bicycle lending program free to WKU students, faculty and staff. The bikes are available for checkout weekdays from the Office of Sustainability located at 503 Regents Avenue, beside Gary Ransdell Hall. Bring your WKU ID with you at the time of check-out. Escort Service: The escort service is an on-campus service provided for the protection of students, faculty, staff and visitors. The escort will be provided by either a student police Explorer or a campus police officer. For an

escort or more information, call the WKU Police Department at 270 745-2548. Email: For students new to WKU, their TopperMail email account will be accessible 24-48 hours after registering for classes. It’s important that students maintain and check their WKU email account regularly as teachers often use this as a form of communication. Students can access their WKU email through the WKU Portal or Technology equipment rental: The Technology Resource Center in Mass Media and Technology Hall, Room 257, is a hands-on digital media facility for students and faculty. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are highly recommended to ensure students get what they need when they need it. Laptops, cameras, audio recorders, microphones, tripods, projectors, adapters and cables are available, among other items. TRC can also convert DVDs and VHS tapes as well as tapes and CDs. They also help students edit video and photos. Athletic events: Students get free access to all WKU athletic events with their WKU ID card. Scantron forms: The Student Government Association provides free Scantron forms and Blue Books while supplies last in the SGA Office. IT Helpdesk: The IT Helpdesk, 270-745-7000, can assist with problems such as accessing the Internet, web accounts (TopNet, Blackboard, email, etc.), registering game consoles and general hardware and software troubleshooting. Regular and summer operating hours can be found on WKU’s website. WKU App: The WKU mobile app, called iWKU, can be downloaded for free. It provides an event calendar, a campus directory, athletics, a bus schedule and other items that can help WKU students.

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Map-Works survey open for all students Story by Shelby Rogers What used to be a survey for only freshman students has now become a student-body wide endeavor. Sharon Hunter, coordinator of College Readiness, said the change came about to identify students having difficulties, regardless of year. “We are surveying all students in support of our focus on degree completion,” she said. “We want to identify any student who may be experiencing difficulty in completing his or her degree goal and provide assistance whenever possible.” Developed by Joseph Pica of Indiana’s Ball State University, MAP-Works surveys identify at-risk students and inform administration involved with the surveys how best to meet those students’ needs. “MAP-Works’ retention effectiveness blends sound student theory with proven research, powerful data analytics and years of experience,” the survey’s home page says. “It combines the power of real-time analytics, strategic communications, and differentiated user interfacing, with integrated statistical testing and outcomes reporting.” The survey questions range from rating a student’s stress levels to things like fraternity/sorority involvement. Hunter said the answers from surveys will go to administration

involved with WKU’s retention efforts, including Housing and Residence Life, advisors, departments, colleges, and even back to students. “We’re able to talk to students to prevent their leaving WKU as well as get information and outreach to address any risk indicators,” she said. Hunter said it’s important to help students overcome barriers between them and graduating from WKU. “I’m sure students have heard Dr. (Gary) Ransdell and Dr. (Gordon) Emslie say that ‘WKU doesn’t want students to come to WKU, we want them to come to WKU and graduate with a four-year degree,’” she said. Louisville student Elizabeth Gribbins, a political science major, said she felt like the survey was a waste of her time. “I think they’re mostly a waste of time because I try to answer them as accurately as possible, but then I never see an outcome that really helps me,” she said. “I haven’t seen them try to change anything based on what we’ve said. So what’s the point? They’re just really annoying.” Gribbins said she completed the survey at the encouragement of her residence hall director and for the prize incentives. Other institutions that use the surveys to track retention include Harvard, Baylor, Yale, Duke, Bellarmine, Kentucky and Louisville.

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New 4-year scholarship for service oriented freshman Story by Kaely Holloway - Photo by Connor Choate The ALIVE center, with help from WKU, has recently $1,175 or more, which can go toward paying off college started a new scholarship program, incorporating the debt, existing fees or for other educational purposes. community into college education. “Students are getting something back from the experience The Bonner Leadership Scholar Program offers students, and getting tangible benefits as people, and as professionals, both incoming and currently as they go through the enrolled, $3,000 toward program,” Ashwill said. school in exchange for Bonner scholars choose completion of at least eight to their respective places to 10 community service hours complete their required per week, all four years of community service hours. enrollment. They seek out the place, This program was created based on personal interest or by the Corella and Bertram experience, and report back F. Bonner Foundation in the the place they have chosen. early 1990s, and was tested Lee Calvert, a graduate out first at Berea College. student from Charlotte, Since then, the program has N.C. who is working as the helped over 2,000 students program’s coordinator, then pay for school. Next year, sets up an initial, face-tothe ALIVE center and WKU face meeting to tour the WKU students volunteer at the Bowling Green Humane Society. hope to have 10 Bonner location and describe the scholars. Three have been awarded this semester. program. Bowling Green student Mernisa Hrustanovic is one of “I keep in contact with people at the organizations those three students. She fulfills her community service students are working at and make sure everything is requirements through the Center for Courageous Kids running smoothly and hours are being completed,” Calvert in Scottsville, Ky. The Center works to aid children and said. “This program is beneficial because students can get a families living with medical challenges. college education, and money to help, but also learn about “In the beginning, I didn’t care where [I volunteered], I their community, not just live in it.” just knew I wanted to work with kids,” Hrustanovic said. “This was one of the places that needed help at the time and we’ve developed a good relationship together.” Those applying must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, dedicate at least eight to 10 hours a week to community service and be a Kentucky resident. First generation students and those with higher needs for financial aid will be preferred. Leah Ashwill, director of the ALIVE Center, says the biggest benefit of earning this scholarship is the financial assistance in paying for school, although the community service required is also very beneficial. “Requiring a service component takes the student out of the classroom to where learning is occurring in the real world,” Ashwill said. Students who earn the Bonner Scholarship also have an opportunity to apply to earn an AmeriCorps education award. This award can grant a student financial aid of

The ALIVE Center at WKU seeks to facilitate campus and community partnerships with students and others in the community. For more information go to their website

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The role of dorm community in a college career Story by Cameron Koch - Photo by Jeff Brown When I look back on my college years, some of my most what you are up to and feel welcome to drop in and chat. I vivid memories will be from living in a dorm, memories which met many of my best friends while living in the dorms. How include but are not limited did we meet? Truthfully, it was to: Nerf sword fights, the just dumb luck. They lived on awkwardness of community the same floor as me, and after showers, practical jokes, stumbling into one another a playing board games in the few times, we discovered we hallway and musical elevators. had similar interests. If I had Dorm life has played a huge never left my room or hadn’t role throughout my college been friendly and willing to career — so much in fact that meet my floormates, I very as a senior, I still live in one. likely wouldn’t have met my Some may call me crazy, but now lifelong friends. there is just something about Last but not least, enjoy the community they provide dorm life while you can. that can’t be found by renting Embrace the absurdity and an apartment or living in a shenanigans. In a few short house. years, your college life will be Sienna Moore and Victoria Tinkle are roommates in Gilbert Hall. Sure, there are plenty of over. Believe me — it goes way things you can’t do in a dorm, and living in the equivalent of too fast. But thanks to all the friends I’ve met, the life lessons a small box with an incompatible roommate can make your I’ve learned, and more importantly the fun I’ve had in my room feel like a prison. But living on campus in a dorm offers various dorms, I can fondly look back and say those four years so many conveniences. You don’t have to worry about parking on campus were very well spent. woes, a great variety of food is within walking distance, and (my personal favorite) you can wake up 10 minutes before class and not be late. Never again will you live in a massive building surrounded by such a diverse group of people. I’ve met a huge variety of people from different states, different countries, different majors and different religions. However, we all share one unifying feature — we are all students. We are all in the same boat, with many of the same struggles and circumstances. We all have tests to study for, relationships to maintain and awkwardness to overcome. It’s a built-in community where everybody knows exactly what you are going through, because they are going through it too. There is nothing quite like it in the real world. So how can you make the most of your dorm experience? My advice: Get involved. Your dorm will routinely host community events. GO TO THEM. Not only can they be fun, entertaining, and a good way to snag some free food, but it’s also a great way to meet new people. Meeting new people leads to making friends. Making friends leads to meeting even more new people, which leads to getting involved with groups and activities on campus. You may have to step out of your comfort zone, but you will be glad when you do. It’s all a big chain reaction, and it all starts by taking that first step. My second piece of advice goes hand in hand with the first — get to know your neighbors. A great way to do this is to simply leave your door open while you’re relaxing in your room. With a propped open door, people walking by can see

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Five things I should’ve known as a freshman Story by Michael McKay

I was a freshman in 2010, when the world was young and full of promise. The Facebook guy was the person of the year. Angelina left the Jersey Shore house and would later be replaced by Deena. There was a Winter Olympics that year. I hope you’re getting that not much has changed in since then — except for the huge metal structure in front of the Preston Center. Still, when I first came here, there were a few changes I had to make on my own that no one warned me about. Here’s my friendly advice for all of you incoming freshmen.

1. Stay out of your room as much as possible.

It will be much easier for you to make new friends if they can actually find you. The temptation to stay in your room and call home or Facebook-stalk an ex will be much higher in the first couple of weeks. WKU has a really nice campus. If you’re bored or homesick, just walk around. I still do this.

2. Don’t wait for people to make the effort.

During MASTER Plan, I sat by myself at lunch the first day until two people I had never met sat down with me. I’m still really close with both of them. But don’t sit around alone like I did. Go introduce yourself to as many people as you can — even if you don’t want to. While you don’t have to be best friends with everyone you see, meeting a lot of people makes a huge campus like WKU seem much smaller.

3. You’re not going to be friends with everyone.

If you’re a new student, you are going to meet a lot of new people whether you want to or not. You aren’t going to like all of these people, and that’s OK. Don’t try to force a connection that isn’t there. There are thousands of people here. Thousands.

4. Your roommate is not here to entertain you.

Even if you’ve known your roommate since third grade, you’re sharing a room now. Give each other space — don’t crowd them because you’re bored and need a ride. Your roommate can be the best friend you’ve ever had or a dirty, annoying jerk — I’ve had both. Just be respectful. You’re both adjusting to sharing a small space, so maybe put that bag of Doritos in the trash can instead of the bottom of your closet, OK?

5. Don’t wear your lanyard.

The moment I remember most vividly from my first month here was a conversation with an upperclassman over those fashionable I.D.-carrying strings. “Wearing a lanyard is like a freshman wearing a bullseye,” he said. “What’s the point of those things anyway?” I stopped wearing mine immediately. I think my friend had a point, though. By October, only a handful of people are still going to have lanyards around their necks.

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New lighting to be added to campus areas to improve safety Story by Jackson French

WKU will be a more luminous place during the coming school year. Bryan Russell, director of Planning, Design and Construction, said his department plans to add more light fixtures to the area between the Colonnade and the Fine Arts Center and revamp the lighting along Normal Street and State Street over the summer. The Student Government Association had a part in this as well. “Every year, we do a campus walk with the SGA and there was an area of interest for improving the lighting,” Russell said. For this campus walk, Russell said the group meets around 7 or 7:30 p.m. and waits for the lighting to come on across campus. “And then we literally, as a group, walk the entire main campus, a perimeter walk and an interior walk, looking at areas that could be improved,” he said. Elizabethtown student Mallory Chaney, chair of SGA’s Campus Improvements Committee, coordinated the walk. “It was us and then we had some Western officials that we invited to come out and help us go through and look at things that needed to be fixed,” she said. Russell said PDC’s plans to put lights between FAC and the Colonnade were made after last year’s walk.

“We have a project based upon that walk that we’ll be implementing to add some lighting in that area to make it a more brighter space,” he said. On this year’s campus walk, which took place on April 2, it was decided that the walkway between the Music Rehearsal Hall and FAC could also use more light. Russell said he wants to add lights to this area over the summer, though the decision to do so has not been reached. “That little corridor there now is a little darker than I think what you would say is comfortable,” he said. “It would be nice to have a few lights there.” Chaney said SGA and PDC found nothing else that needed improvements during the walk, except for a few lights that had gone out. “We didn’t find a whole lot that actually needed to be improved just because our officials are really on top of it,” she said. Russell said in addition to building lights between FAC and the Colonnade, PDC will also improve the lighting along State Street and Normal Street over the summer. He said there are currently 18 cobra head lights, which are adequate for traffic, along that stretch of road, but PDC plans to replace them over the summer with 38 Holophane Washington-style lights, which Russell said are brighter and better suited for pedestrians.


This Hill, this uncommonly beautiful place, weaves itself into the lives of those of us who are part of the Western Kentucky University family. From the commanding view of the Barren River valley at the summit of the Hill to the lawns and groves that wind throughout this campus, there is something extraordinary about this place. There is no other place quite like WKU and our Hill. It is the essence of what Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry meant when he coined the phrase, ‘The Spirit Makes the Master.’ And it is part of our soul – part of the fabric that gives the WKU family a beautiful spirit.

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Getting through ‘lighthearted embarrassments’ of freshman year Story by Kaely Holloway - Photo by Sarah Keene accept that mistakes will be made, the smoother and less Though my fellow freshmen might not see it this way stressful freshman year will end up. now, your freshman year is always one you look back Think back to your on with a bit of lighthearted freshman year of high school. embarrassment. Being stuck at the bad end You’re not familiar with the of the social totem pole, you social norms of campus life, didn’t know your way around, or Bowling Green life. You’re didn’t know your teachers and slightly lost on where exactly might not have even had all of Snell is located. And you’ve still your friends go to school with got five meal plans left to use by you anymore. But, you learned, Sunday. Did I mention it was made new friends and before Saturday? you knew it, four years passed Speaking as a girl “fresh” off and you were top dog again. her freshman year, I can say all Your first year of college is of those were characteristic of kind of like that, except that my first year on campus. you’re living on your own (in a Freshman year is made for dorm) and most upperclassmen that, though. It’s made for the really won’t and don’t care that little mistakes, and the big ones, Big Red crowd surfs through a crowd of over 2,300 freshman during the 3OH!3 concert. you’re a freshman. Realistically, you make as you progress down most of them probably won’t even realize you are until the Hill-ish road of your college career. It’s not that it’s a bad thing; it’s just something that you come right out and say it. In the same sense though, freshman year is a little has to happen. I can easily advise that the sooner you intimidating, but don’t be afraid. The Hill may be steep, but there’s nothing scary about it. Take a few hours the day before classes start and just walk around campus. Find the buildings your classes will be in, and figure out how you’ll get from class to class. Venture even further and take a walk down to the square downtown. Have your first cup of Spencer’s coffee and explore. You’ll be surprised how quickly you learn your way around campus, and around town. Most importantly, don’t be afraid of getting lost. On my first solo driving venture through Bowling Green, I was desperately wanting a nice cone of soft serve from Chick-Fil-A. I walked to my car, opened a low-rated GPS app on my phone and set off. Twenty minutes later, I ended up at the parking lot of Beech Bend, miles from my desired destination. My mom may or may not have gotten a frantic phone call or two when that happened. It was the first (and thankfully last) time I got lost, but it happened and it happens to the best of us. You might be a little lost. You even might be a little clueless, but you figure it out and make memories out of those embarrassing times. Basically, don’t let freshman year scare you. You might be the small dog on a big campus, but so are so many others and pretty soon, you’ll be able to laugh about those embarrassing memories of your freshman year.


Tips to help you go far — literally Story by Leah Catherine Turner - Photo by Naomi Driessnack

I never wanted to go to college. When I was around 8 years old I told my dad that I wasn’t going to go. He was making a sandwich and I was seated at the kitchen table. Without turning he replied, “Oh, you will go. I will see to that.” That was it; I had to go. I decided that I may as well try my best in school so that when the time came I would be prepared and be able to succeed. After graduating from high school, I was accepted into WKU and the Honors College, and have been doing well ever since. I share this anecdote because I think it is akin to how many people feel about traveling abroad — they are afraid. I did not want to go to college because I was terrified of failing. Studying abroad is far larger than anything you may have been able to do in your life before. Even though you may have conquered your fears of college, you definitely have not conquered the world. Living in an unfamiliar culture with an unfamiliar language is a challenge. In my experience, challenges scare people. If you are interested in seeing new places, new people, or having an adventure, do not let fear, uncertainty, or self-doubt stop you. Take the plunge; it may be the only chance you get. You won’t regret it. Not only are study abroad opportunities an excellent way to broaden your mind, but also to get a leg up in the work force. Studying abroad shows that you have the initiative, courage, and education to feel comfortable in being in the middle of a culture unlike your own. Employers are looking for

all of these qualities, and any chance to make yourself look more desirable for a job in today’s economy is a pro. Although it is a tedious process, applying for scholarships and/or grants is invaluable to study abroad. Travel is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but there is money to be had in this quarter if you know where to look. Case in point, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, Study Abroad and Global Learning will be hosting a Study Abroad Fair in the Mass Media and Technology Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity to gather information on study abroad programs, scholarships, and to meet staff from different organizations within WKU as well as affiliates. There will be info regarding WKU study exchange partners, Office of Scholar Development staff, financial aid office staff, WKU faculty-led program providers, members of Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), and the list goes on. Studying abroad could be a once in a lifetime experience, so stop by the study abroad fair on Sept. 18 so that you can more fully understand opportunities open to you, and the people who can help make those happen. Go somewhere — anywhere! — and open your mind. Rejoice in strangeness. Revel in the unknown. Conquer your fears. Embrace adventure. The world is yours when you’re young. Go get ‘em, Toppers!

*A version of this column appeared as a commentary in the Sept. 25, 2012, issue of the College Heights Herald.

Rebekah Huffman explores England’s Harlaxton Manor gardens during the first snowfall. “Studying abroad my last semester of undergrad was the cherry on top of my WKU experience,” Huffman said.

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Accreditation ushers in new era for Health Services Story by Christian Marnon - Photo by Carrie Pratt Only 5 percent of college health facilities nationwide have been The ‘government’ standard of AAAHC required Health Services to accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, establish a governing body, Rosa said. and WKU Health Services has joined their ranks. “In order to ensure every area was covered, we have established five As of Nov. 8, 2012, Health Services achieved accreditation from the new areas of expertise...” she said. “This led us to hire new people and AAAHC, marking the end of a three-year application process. to shift existing employees into areas where they were best equipped.” The AAAHC is an organization which develops standards and offers Ann Mead, vice president for Finance and Administration, said that voluntary surveys for outpatient health care facilities. Health Services has had to adapt to growth. The survey AAAHC provides “No one expected Health is a comprehensive checklist which Services to grow by 40 percent in ensures facilities are maintaining four years,” she said. “Our whole high standards. focus has been managing growth Vicky Rosa, executive director for a $2.5 million business with now of Health Services, said she keeps the over 30 employees.” AAAHC survey in a large binder on The AAAHC suggested Health her bookshelf, which contains over Services continue expansion, Rosa 100 pages of requirements. said. “The binder is representative “We’re trying to grow our of how hard we have worked for faculty and provide more services accreditation,” Rosa said. while considering cost efficiency for The AAAHC Accreditation students,” Rosa said. Handbook requires the applicant Mead said that the Health to be compliant in eight standards, Services building also needs an some of which include quality extension. management and improvement, “We already have had facilities and environment, several preliminary meetings Health Services is located at 1681 Normal Drive. patient rights, government and with Planning, Design and administration. Construction to discuss our Rosa is proud to have met these standards, but said there is still much options,” Mead said. work to be done. “Health Services has been a tremendous success over the past four “The accreditation process resets every three years and new standards years because students like the convenience,” she said. “We have to are added annually,” she said. “Starting this summer, we have to look at understand patient needs, consider what services campus wants and what’s required by AAAHC for 2013 and 2014.” address alternative health care options.”




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PTS announces loss of spaces, permit change for fall 2013 Story by Cameron Koch - Photo by Joshua Lindsey Permit eligibility is determined by employment status for Main campus will be losing over 140 parking spaces over the faculty/staff members, and residency status for students. Ownership summer as construction on new student apartments begin. The Student Life Foundation gravel parking lot on Kentucky of permits is not transferable. A permit purchased from an outside source may have been lost, stolen Street has been removed to or forged. make way for a new Housing To purchase your permit and Residence Life apartment online: complex. Main campus will lose • Have your student ID 141 parking spaces as a result. number and email password. In an email to faculty • Have your vehicles make, and staff, WKU parking model, year, color and license and transportation services plate number announced the current Campbell • Log into your online Lane parking permit will be parking account using your discontinued and replaced with WKU NetID and password. a South Campus permit that will • Select “Purchase a Parking be honored on both Campbell Permit” from the menu. Lane and South Campus parking Don’t have a car? There are lots. The permit will cost $50. In general, a WKU parking Dale Blair, a campus parking enforcemnt officer, writes a ticket for a car left in the Creason “Egypt” parking six shuttle routes provided by lot after the designated lot closing time. Topper Transit that take you permit is required to park on the Bowling Green main and south campuses, Monday through Friday. around campus and Bowling Green.

HOL@S club provides place of unity for WKU Latino students Story by Kristina Burton With thousands of students here at WKU, it’s easy to feel left out of the crowd sometimes. This is especially true for minority groups. Latino students decided to come together and change that for themselves with the HOL@S Club. Valeria Carlin, a 31-year-old Bowling Green student and HOL@S club president, said that it was started in 2011, but didn’t really take off until 2012 when an email was sent out to all Latino students at WKU. “I got the email towards the middle of September that year,” Carlin said. “I had been to a few of the 2011 meetings, but they hadn’t sparked my attention, so I decided to give it another try.” After meeting everyone, Carlin said it made her really want to be a bigger part of the club, so when election time rolled around, she threw her name in for the presidency. Carlin motivates club members through their educational journey here at WKU. “There are about 400 Latino students at WKU, but not all of them graduate,” Carlin said. “We felt that with gatherings, social events and unity, it can encourage more Latino students to join the organization and also graduate.” These social events and gatherings have

included things like Salsa Nights and Winter Fiestas. The HOL@S Club also recently made a trip to Frankfort to speak to Congressmen about immigration reform. Nashville student and HOL@S Club vice president, Jonny Garcia said that he’s always willing to help out the club’s president. “Supporting Valeria is my main job,” Garcia said. “She does everything and does it very well. I’m just her right-hand man for whenever she needs me.” Garcia is also in charge of reserving meeting places and event locations. He said that he really enjoys the connection that the group has when they come together. “We’ve gone to Nashville as HOL@S just to eat and have fun,” Garcia said. “The bonding makes it feel like a family.” Allan Moreno, also a Nashville student, agrees that the club provides a united environment. “Coming from a very diverse high school, this was different for me because the students are mostly white,” Moreno said. “This is a place for me to relate to people.” Somerset student Lendee Sanchez had a similar feeling of not being properly represented when she first came to WKU.

“I grew up in California surrounded by Hispanic family and white Irish family,” Sanchez said. “I always had that part of me there, but when I moved to Kentucky it wasn’t represented, and I missed the multicultural and vibrant life I used to have.” This led Sanchez to be one of the founding members of HOL@S during her freshman year. “We wanted a place for people to come to when they missed that part of life,” Sanchez said. “People that wanted to be surrounded by others like them but different in certain ways.” Carlin explained the “@” sign in the club’s name, saying that it represented the O in Latino and the A in Latina as one. Carlin invites any WKU students, Latino or not, to come out and experience the HOL@S Club. “We are a Latino organization, but just because you’re not Latino doesn’t mean you can’t come,” Carlin said. “We welcome anyone who wants to know more about Latino students or encourage unity. Also anyone wanting to do social and community events and fundraisers.” The HOL@S Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Garrett Common Area above Subway.

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Financial planning should start now Story by Angela Oliver I’m not so well-versed in money matters. But I am frugal, and I do know irresponsible spending when I see it. Therefore, my fellow collegians, I’m calling you out. Sure, we all want the freedom to spend as much and as frequently as we’d like. And with money and materialism being the focus of much of our popular music, the idea is hard to escape. But if we’d snap back to reality and find comfort in the typical college student life, we’d be OK to disagree with Puff Daddy’s 1996 proclamation that “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.” When residual checks come, I noticed that some students loosen the grip on their wallets. And when I hear decadent spring break plans and shopping sprees hinging on the phrase, “When I get my residual ...” I wonder how many among them even consider saving their money. By some divine miracle, scholarships and family support have funded my education. And I realize that isn’t possible for everyone. But I’d assume most college students have heard horror stories of others being in debt after graduating or even paying student loans well into their 40s. So why not save? A couple hundred dollars here and there won’t hurt you. Especially if it’s coming out of thousands. And if your bank offers interest, it’ll grow a little over the years. For most, loans are the only option, but it is possible to get just enough to cover your academic expenses, and no, that doesn’t include trips or expensive clothes. Furthermore, there are federal loans, such as Pell Grants and other need-based state grants, that do not have to be paid back.

Also, companies like FedEx and Chick-Fil-A have scholarships exclusive to their employees. You may even stumble upon scholarships through churches or other small community outlets. The point is, money for college is out there if you look hard enough. If loans are the only option, be sure to comparison shop and know what kinds of loans you’re getting. has a great article titled “Six Things to Know Before Taking Out a Loan” that may help you plan. And according to an Alliance Bernstein Investments survey, those who graduated with debt were more likely to postpone marriage, buying a house, medical procedures and also suffered depression, spousal arguments and compulsive spending at higher rates than those who graduated debt-free. Remember, dear peers, we’re just a few steps from “the real world.” If we can’t manage our money now, we’ll be up the creek when it comes to paying mortgages and supporting families. So don’t be afraid to take a vow of poverty for the next few years. You don’t need the newest Jordans or the latest iPad. I encourage you to shop with coupons and have no shame in buying generic brands - Great Value tastes the same, I promise. Plan your budget at the beginning of each week, check your bank account often and frequent the clearance aisles or thrift stores. Their stuff is more original anyway. Whatever you do, don’t blow your residual checks. If you must spend them, spend wisely and only on necessities. Wealth will come, but your degree has to come first.



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Longboarding rolls to WKU Story by Mary Anne Andrews - Photo by Jabin Botsford Sliding down streets and weaving around obstacles, longboarders looking for a group with common interests. He said he is happy to claim a unique mode of transportation. Now, WKU boasts its own have others to ride with. longboarding club. Wilkerson, an audio engineer, said his longboard, or “burger White House, Tenn., student Caleb Nobles, the mastermind fetcher,” is a great way to get around. behind the club, said everyone is welcome. The group currently has “I can just ride down to the store and get a hamburger and kick about 27 members. back,” he said. Nobles, began longboarding a Comparing longboarding few years ago and wanted to create to music and candy, Wilkerson a community of longboarders said he likes it because it’s fun when he came to WKU. and relaxing, not because it’s A longboard has a wider important. wheelbase and more weight Like Wilkerson, WKU than a skateboard. Nobles said swimmer Loui Little longboards longboarders flow with their to relieve stress. environment and get great exercise. The Melbourne, Australia, student said he uses his longboard The group, called the Hill to replace his surf board, and the Bombers, mostly rides at night hills of Bowling Green to replace when there is less traffic. They the ocean back home. practice on slopes, at the skate “It feels great,” he said. “The park, downtown and in parking wind in my hair, it’s almost structures. surreal. It helps my sanity, chasing “I really enjoy how you can WKU student Caleb Nobles has started a longboard club at WKU called the “Hill Bombers.” those concrete waves.” cruise, like surfing on concrete,” Although there is some risk involved, Little said he is careful he said. “You can easily get lost in it.” Boarders often kick off and keep themselves going by carving, or about how steep the hills are and how fast he goes. He also said longboarding is the least dangerous of board sports. “flexing,” the board back and forth. Little met Nobles one day while longboarding and eventually Fellow longboarder Ryan Wilkerson said riding allows him to see helped form the club. He said they are happy to teach new members a lot of things he would miss in a car. and share boards. “It’s a more intimate way of seeing the city,” he said. “Come one, come all,” Little said. Wilkerson attended WKU before moving to California. When he moved back to Bowling Green a couple of years ago, he started

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Fiji 5K inspired by The Color Run Story by Sarah Stukenborg - Photo by Naomi Driessnack Phi Gamma Delta fraternity hosted Bowling Green’s first “Color Run”-inspired 5K run in Kereiakes Park, where participants saw more than Fiji purple.


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The Color Run uses chalk-like paint to throw at runners during the run. For “A Run to Remember,” Fiji mixed corn starch with food coloring to make “paint” to throw on the runners during the race. Many Greek members, WKU students and local residents came to join the race benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. Louisville student Kyle Stewart, a Fiji member, played a large part in putting the event together. “A lot of our brothers have been impacted by Alzheimer’s, so they’re really passionate about the cause,” Stewart said. The fraternity has hosted many events in the past to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, including last summer’s bike expedition, Bike4Alz. Evansville student Tyler Wittmer, a Fiji member who participated in the biking event, said the group was able to raise more than $70,000. “This cause is really close to our hearts,” Wittmer said. To get the word out, Fiji mainly used social media routes such as Facebook and Twitter and called local radio stations to make announcements. Louisville student Jordan Kassel, a Fiji member, said he was happy with the way the day went. “I’m excited about the turn out,” Kassel said. “It’s been a great day for it.” Early registers received a T-shirt, and all participants received water and bags of color powder at the end. Murfreesboro, Tenn., student Kacey Shepherd, a member of WKU’s cheerleading team, said she had a great time running. “I came out because I have a lot of friends that are Fijis, and my grandmother is currently battling Alzheimer’s,” Shepherd said. “I wanted to run for her.” The 5K run is one of the many philanthropy events that fraternities and sororities at WKU host. Kappa Delta sorority’s Shamrock Shoot-out basketball tournament, Omega Phi Alpha sorority’s St. Baldricks, Omega Psi Phi fraternity’s Miss Omega Pageant and Sigma Chi fraternity’s Fight Night are just a few of the many events WKU’s Greek community use to raise money for charity.


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WKU students help community through class project Story by Anna Roederer

One hundred dollars does not go far today unless it is one of The $100 Solution projects, a service learning project where students are required to partner with an organization in the community and ask what they can do to help and implement a solution limited to no more than $100. The $100 Solution is based on five guiding principles with a goal of impacting lasting change in the community. For WKU biology major Paige Hughart, working with plants is more in her comfort zone than working with children. Yet Hughart decided to challenge herself and work with kids for her group’s $100 Solution project. “This was totally out of character for me. I would have normally picked something with farming,” Hughart said. The $100 Solution projects are implemented by students in groups of five who choose their project based on a common interest. In Hughart’s case, the group’s interest was helping kids so they partnered with the Parker Bennett Community Center. The group discovered that only three people are available to actually watch the nearly 60 children ages 5 to 12 in the after school program. Many of these kids struggle with reading. At first, the group wanted to set up a system for more volunteers but realized they did not have enough time to process the paperwork. Their next solution was to involve the kids in one competitive reading activity each week. Omar Rogers, supervisor of Parker Bennett Community Center, worked with the students to discover a solution. “I think what they do is a good thing,” Rogers said. For Hughart and others in the group, working with kids was a new activity for them. “A lot of us in the group had never worked with kids

before,” Hughart said. “I went to Omar and told him I don’t know how to talk to kids.” Not only was interacting with kids a new experience for Hughart, but working with a group proved to be challenging at first as well. “I learned a lot about myself and group members,” Hughart said. While Hughart learned about working with kids and group members, she also discovered the value of serving others. “I like it because the learning experience comes full circle,” Jennifer Mize Smith, an assistant professor in the communication department, said. Like many college students, Hughart’s top priority was getting a good grade at the beginning of the class. As the semester progressed, however, the importance of the class changed from achieving a letter grade to impacting many lives. “At first I felt so far removed from it, but after meeting the kids, I then realized I was doing something important,” Hughart said. Smith agrees that the key for gaining students’ interest in the project is through their interactions with the people that they are helping. “The students interacting with the people they are helping makes a huge difference,” Smith said. “Their eyes are opened to why it is worthwhile.” In the class, Smith stresses the importance of focusing on making a difference in one person’s life so that it does not become too overwhelming. “The guiding philosophy is that making a difference for one person has exponential consequences we will never know,” Smith said.


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Women’s club rugby team fosters sisterly bond Story by Mary Anne Andrews - Photo by Rae Emary

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For three WKU students, a team turned we have a position for you,” she said. into a family. Corbin student Christina Bradley is the Laura Amari, Christina Bradley and team captain. Like Amari, Bradley came to Mackenzi Poehlein came to WKU searching WKU looking for a place to fit in. for friends and a place to belong. They found “I was just walking around during rugby and each other. MASTER Plan week and rugby looked cool WKU’s and different,” club rugby she said. “I fell team’s in love with commitment it on my first holds strong day.” on and off Bradley, the field, as 22, said rugby they refer to is not just a each other as sport but a family rather culture. than simply “The teammates. people I’ve The met will friends spend be my best more than friends till the six hours day I die,” WKU Rugby players Mackenzi Poehlein, Laura Amari and Christina Bradley carryout a ruck, or a rugby union. each week she said. throwing and catching the ball, and tossing “You meet people from all over the nation each other into the dirt. and you have an immediate connection with Strongsville, Ohio, student Laura Amari is them. I could go anywhere from New York president of the team. to California and if I meet a ‘rugger,’ we have Amari, 21, said she was bored when she that mutual connection.” transferred to WKU as a sophomore, so she Last semester, the team won against searched for an activity where she could make the Nashville Women’s Rugby team at a friends. tournament to benefit cystic fibrosis. Bradley “I moved seven and a half hours away from said this was the highlight of her time on the home and didn’t know anyone,” she said. team so far. “Rugby made it a lot better. I had only ever “It showed how much hard work we had heard of rugby. I thought it sounded really put in,” she said. “We really deserved to win.” interesting, lifting people up in the air.” Bradley said another thing that makes the In high school, she played golf and was a team close is the learning process. diver on the swim team. Growing up playing “About 95 percent of the girls have never baseball and football in a neighborhood of played before, so everyone starts together,” she boys, Amari said she adjusted to team sports said. quickly, but rugby isn’t an easy sport to learn. Shelbyville student Mackenzi Poehlein was “You don’t understand it at all until your also exposed to rugby at MASTER Plan when first game,” she said. “You will get yelled at.” Bradley handed her a flyer last year. Despite being yelled at, Amari said the other Poehlein, 19, broke her wrist in three places players explained everything about rugby and during her second game. she fell in love with the sport. “But, I didn’t quit,” she said. “I was hooked That teamwork is also alive off the field. already. It’s an incredible high.” “I have a small family situation with them,” Poehlein also found a niche on the team she said. “We support each other. We have that made her feel at home at WKU. family dinners. It’s been great.” “Coming to college is really difficult,” she Amari said the team is always looking for said. “After my first week of practice, I just new recruits. realized I had a ready-made family. That means “It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, a lot when you’re so far away from your own.”

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Freshman 13 By Maciena Justice 1. Buckhead Cafe 760 Campbell Lane Buckhead is a “fast casual” restaurant, meaning that it provides the high-quality food typically found in casual dining but with faster service. Buckhead also accepts Big Red Dollars. 2. Anna’s Greek Restaurant & Bar 535 Three Spring Road Anna’s is known in Bowling Green for its Greek cuisine, which includes a long list of Greek salads, pastas and other entrees. Perfect for a date night. 3. Hilligans 1265 College St. Hilligans has food and football close to campus. The sports bar has 13 high-definition TVs, three pool tables and two “fully stacked” bars. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner for dine-in, carry-out and delivery. 4. Spencer’s Coffeehouse 915 College St. From handmade soups to signature sandwiches, Spencer’s offers a quick, delicious and affordable menu. Spencer’s coffee is 100 percent organic and 100 percent free trade. 5. Mellow Mushroom 1035 Chestnut Street Mellow Mushroom provides an eclectic collection of salads, pizzas, calzones and hoagies. The restaurant also includes a bar, occasional music performances, and “the best margaritas in town.” 6. Stakz Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt 1945 Scottsville Road Stakz offers 12 flavors of frozen yogurt, including sorbet and tart, swapping out one of their flavors for a new one each week. Stakz lets you pick from 50 toppings and fresh fruits to stack on your yogurt. 7. Great American Donut Shop 901 U.S. 31-W Bypass This 24-hour doughnut shop can be a place to get a quick breakfast or a late-night hangout. GADS has doughnuts sprinkled, glazed and jelly-filled. Be sure to bring your cash unless you plan to eat a lot of doughnuts. GADS asks that you spend at least $5 if you pay with a card.

8. Shogun Bistro 761 Campbell Lane An authentic Japanese steakhouse that offers a unique dining experience with a contemporary atmosphere. Shogun offers seafood, steak and sushi.

9. Overtime Sports Bar and Grill 773 Bakersfield Way Overtime has regular specials, daily happy hour and a full menu. The sports bar has weekly karaoke. Other entertainment includes corn hole, pool tables and NTN BuzzTime trivia.

10. Gigi’s Cupcakes 760 Campbell Lane Gigi’s cupcakes are baked fresh daily and the menu changes each day. You can also order them online and pick them up.

11. Double Dogs 1780 Scottsville Road This restaurant/sports bar’s menu includes wings and doggie-themed treats, including Pickled Paw Prints, Beg Please Chili Cheese Fries and Sit, Heel & Peel Shrimp. Double Dogs also serves up karaoke on Friday nights.

12. Griff’s Deli 1640 Scottsville Road Griff’s offers fresh, made-to-order deli sandwiches, paninis, salads, and mega spuds. Griff’s offers the freshest ingredients and a unique dining experience for those visiting Bowling Green.

13. El-Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant and Cantina 600 US 31W Bypass El-Mazatlan, or “El-Maz” for short, serves authentic Mexican food and steak and pork specialities as well as vegetarian combinations.

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Bowling Green’s Best of 2013 By Joanna Williams

Though you will probably hear the term “Boring Green” thrown around a few times during your time on the Hill, that does not have to be the case. Here are some of the best spots and hidden gems around town. 1. SKyPAC – Quickly becoming one of the most popular places downtown, the most recent addition to the area is appealing to all age groups. SKyPAC, is located between Sixth and Seventh avenues on College Street, offers a wide variety of events and shows. 2. Chaney’s Dairy Barn – Located at 9191 Nashville Road about nine miles south of Bowling Green on 31-W, Chaney’s Dairy Barn and Restaurant is best known for its homemade ice cream. Chaney’s also serves lunch and dinner and there’s a calender of events on its website, 3. Fountain Square Park – The park in downtown Bowling Green is reinventing itself with restaurants, bars, a coffee shop, and a variety of shops and boutiques as well as banks and professional offices. Downtown redevelopment is taking off as new plans are popping up regularly. 4. Jackson’s Orchard – Considered a “must-go” destination by many, it attracts the most visitors in the summer and fall when the peaches and apples are available. It’s about four miles north of campus off KY 185 (Richardsvile Road). Among the special events are the Apple Festival, Labor Day Weekend, five weekends of fall and the Pumpkin Festival. 5. National Corvette Museum – Located on 350 Corvette Drive, NCM is recognized by its spaceage design, with sweeping lines that match the sport car it honors. More than 80 Corvettes of every era - some production and some one-of-a-kind concept vehicles - are displayed. The museum is about four miles north on I-65, at Exit 28. 6. Mammoth Cave National Park – Mammoth Cave preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. 7. Lost River Cave & Valley – Lost River Cave and Valley is home to the only underground boat tour in the state and a seasonal butterfly habitat. It is located at 2818 Nashville Road. There are walking and biking trails, too. 8. Bowling Green Hot Rods – The Hot Rods are Bowling Green’s minor league baseball team. A farm team to the Tampa Bay Rays, they are sure to offer to a good time to college students as well as families. 9. Beech Bend Park and Splash Lagoon – 798 Beech Bend Road. According it’s website, Beech Bend gets it name from the rolling hills in Bowling Green which are covered with beech trees and bounded by the Barren River. The park offers a variety of events such as mini-golf, go-carts, amusement rides and water slides, as well as live entertainment. 10. The Kentucky Museum – The Kentucky Museum, on WKU’s campus, houses history, arts and culture, with an outstanding quilt and textile collection, extensive archeological and ethnic holdings, and fine and decorative arts. Award winning, hands-on programs for school classes and educational workshops for adults, lectures, and festivals round out the offerings at the Kentucky Museum.

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Sometimes finding your purpose comes with not looking for it Story by Joanna Williams What are you going to do with your life? Oh, man. That question. The biggest thing that worried me when I changed my major was whether I was going to get a job once I graduated. The economy was (and still is) poor and I had no clue what I would do with my life if all I could do was write at length about things like Epicurean theory of knowledge and perception acquisition once I graduated. I knew that my love for journalism was wavering, at best, and I knew that philosophy was something I would really enjoy. Still, Yahoo! had just published an article that morning saying my soon-to-be major had the distinction of being one of the most unemployable. I sat down and asked myself some hard questions: Do I take the risk of studying something I enjoy but possibly ending up on the poverty line five years from now? Do I graduate with a degree that I’m proud of but a job that pays me in dirty, copper pennies — not even the nice shiny ones? How am I supposed to afford that General Tso’s chicken I love so much? In short, I began to freak out.  Ultimately, I did change my major to philosophy, and I am much more at ease about my decision, even though my future isn’t laid out on a pretty cobblestone road.  Yet, for a lot of college students, they haven’t taken comfort in the unknown, and they spend way too much time stressing about it. The thing that irks me the most about college is the fact that so many people in college (and outside of it) expect you

to have your life planned out once you get here. Granted, there are a few lucky souls among us who are absolutely sure of what they’re going to do until the day they retire. (Kudos to you all. It’s nice, isn’t it?) However, I can say confidently that the majority of people here at WKU and colleges across the country have no clue what they are going to do once they graduate. But we’re constantly told that we need to come up with something — and soon, because the “real world” isn’t too kind to indecisive people. Even worse than the pressure to have a plan is that people fully believe this. And in turn, it causes unbelievable pressure and stress on the student’s part. Yet, these outside voices are completely wrong. Yes, this is an incredibly stressful time for all of us. We’re paying thousands of dollars each semester; we don’t know where we’re going to be living in the next five years, what we are going to be doing, and if we are going to be happy. Not to mention that test we have in the morning. So we all are under intense pressure — I would be out of touch with reality to say otherwise. But I believe we should be as unsure as we want. If you don’t know what you’re going to do after college, then that’s fine. Although I don’t believe that “college is the best years of your life” mantra, I don’t think college should have anyone developing frown lines and severe anxiety. So don’t. Calm down. Find out whatever you enjoy doing and make the most of it. Use this time to try a few new things and step outside your comfort zone. Who knows — maybe that may lead you to discovering the career you were first worrying about.

WKU-ISMS When you begin college at WKU, you’ll hear many phrases that will sound strange to you. Don’t look clueless by not knowing some common WKU lingo. BSA - Building service attendents. These are the men and women responsible for keeping your residence halls, academic buildings and campus clean. CAB - Campus Activities Board. One of the largest student groups on campus, CAB plans concerts, carnivals, and other events on campus during the school year. Centennial Mall - the green space and sidewalks near the center of campus. Colonnade - Bleachers near the Fine Arts Center, the old football stadium. DSU - Downing Student Union. This building is currently undergoing massive renovations and is schedule to fully open the fall of 2014. DUC - The other name for DSU, the Downing University Center.

Eygpt - Creason Street parking lot near the WKU softball field. Gets its name from the distance it is from campus and how big the lot is. FAC - Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center. Gare Bear Hall - Gary Ransdell Hall where the College of Education is located. It’s nickname is derived from President Gary Ransdell, who students occasionally refer to as Gare Bear. Herald - College Heights Herald, WKU’s student-produced, award winning newspaper and website, Hilltoppers - Nickname for WKU’s sports teams since 1927, or Toppers for short. Kissing Bridge - Bridge at the top of the Hill. Israel - Normal Street parking lot. Mass - Mass Media and Technology Hall, 24/7 computer lab. The Nick - Nick Denes baseball field.

PFT - Pearce-Ford Tower, residence hall and the tallest building on campus. SGA - Student Government Association. South Campus - Campus located on Nashville Road, home to Commonwealth School and the Knicely Conference Center. South Lawn - Green space between DSU and Preston Center. Topper Cafe is currently occupying most of the lawn until DSU renovations are complete. Talisman - WKU’s student-produced yearbook. TopNet - Section of WKU’s website used for maintaining student accounts. TopperMail - The email address that all WKU students are given. The Valley - Area between RhodesHarlin, McCormack and Gilbert Halls. Red Statue - Statue in the Centennial Mall.

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Names you should know Gordon Emslie

Gary Ransdell

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

WKU president

Ransdell has been the face of WKU since he became president in 1997. Achievements during his tenure include the creation of Kentucky’s only independent Honors College and rebuilding WKU’s campus through construction projects.

Keyana Boka

Student Government Association President

The provost is the chief academic officer for the university. As provost Emslie is responsible for setting goals for the university’s academic missions, which includes instruction, research and community outreach.

Howard Bailey

Vice-President for Student Affairs

The SGA president serves as the chief executive officer of the SGA and is the official representative of the student body, including representing students on WKU’s major decisionmaking board, the Board of Regents.

Todd Stewart

Bailey oversees several hundred student employees in eight departments. He is the primary student advocate for more than 20,000 students and looks after their general welfare outside the classroom.

Michael McKay

Athletics Director

Herald Editor-in-Chief

The athletics director is responsible the planning, management and administration of WKU’s athetics department. Since his hire Stewart, has been successful in moving WKU to Conference USA and hiring football coach Bobby Petrino.

The Herald editor oversees WKU’s student-run newspaper, the College Heights Herald, published on Tuesdays and Thursdays in print. The website,, is the digital edition of the Herald where readers can find breaking news and stories.

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I-65 getaways Clermont

Bernheim Forest, 90 miles This scenic arboretum and research forest, on KY 245, has more than 35 miles of trails, woodland roads, lakes, gardens and a canopy tree walk. It offers places to fish, bike and picnic. Horse Cave Kentucky Down Under, 40 miles Visit with kangaroos, wallabies and emus at 3700 L and N Turnpike Road. This attraction also offers a chance to learn about aboriginal culture. Take Exit 58 near Horse Cave. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13 - Sept. 9 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10 - Oct. 31.


Churchill Downs, 115 miles Check out the museum, some thoroughbred horse races during the spring meet season, Downs After Dark or the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. The track is located 700 Central Ave. and has several ticket options, including the infield, which costs between $25 and $40.

Louisville Slugger Museum, 120 miles Not only does the Louisville Slugger Museum display some of baseball’s great pastime players and artifacts, visitors can also take a tour into the factory to see how MLB bats are made today. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is at 800 W. Main St. Fall hours are Monday to Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Time and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. There is no bat production on Sundays, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving, or Christmas. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Muhammad Ali Center, 120 miles Located in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center at 144 N. Sixth St., is a cultural attraction and international education center inspired by the ideals of hometown hero Muhammad Ali. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Time TuesdaySaturday, noon- 5 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday.

Mammoth Cave Mammoth Cave National Park, 35 miles From Bowling Green, take I-65 to Exit 48 (Park City Exit). Turn left onto KY 255 and follow 255 as it becomes the Park City Road into the park. Follow Park City Road until it joins the Mammoth Cave Parkway; turn left. Follow the Mammoth Cave Parkway to the Visitor Center. The cave is the world’s longest known cave, according to the Web site. It offers tours, campsites, hiking, horseback riding trails, canoeing and kayaking. Summer season hours are from 8 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. daily.

Opry Mills Mall 433 Opry Mills Drive,, 55 miles. The Opry Mills Mall is a favorite destination for outlet mall shoppers. Regular mall hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Ryman Auditorium 116 Fifth Ave. N, 67 miles One of the most famous concert halls in the history of country music, Ryman Auditorium still hosts live music events. It is rated the top attraction in Nashville by

Gaylord Opryland Resort, 55 miles The famous resort at 2800 Opryland Drive has reopened with new restaurants and bars after flooding last year closed the complex. It’s home to the famous Grand Ole Opry, where various concerts are performed.

Centennial Park 2600 West End Ave., 65 miles. Centennial Park has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in the middle of it. The Parthenon is also an art museum. Hours — 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Special summer hours during June, July and August are also from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Country Music Hall of Fame 222 Fifth Ave. S., 66 miles Interesting for non-country music fans, but amazing for those who love it describes the Country Music Hall of Fame. New exhibits are being added.

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Numbers you should know Academic Advising and Retention 745-5065

Division of Extended Learning and Outreach 745-1900

Registrar 745-5432

Academic Affairs 745-2296

Downing Student Union 745-5793

Student Disability Services 745-5004

Admissions Toll Free Phone: 1-800-495-8463 Office: 745-2551

Gordon Ford College of Business 745-6311

Athletics 745-3542 Billings and Receivables 745-6381 or 745-5370 Campus Post Office 745-3093 College Heights Herald 745-2653 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences 745-4662 College of Health and Human Services 745-2425 Counseling and Testing Center 745-3159 Dining Services 745-2416 Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion 745-5066 Potter College of Arts & Letters 745-2344

Graduate Studies & Research 745-2446 Health Services 270-745-4752 Honors College 745-2081 Housing and Residence Life 745-4359 Human Resources 745-5360 IT Helpdesk 745-7000 Intramural-Recreational Sports 745-6061 International Programs 745-5334 Ogden College of Science and Engineering 745-4449 Preston Health and Activites Center 745-6060

Student Financial Assistance 745-2755 Talisman 745-2653 Ticket Office 1-800-5-BIG-RED or 745-5222 WKU Police 745-2548 WKU Store Toll Free: 1-800-444-5155 1-800-745-2466 University College 745-4092 University College Commonwealth School 780-2550 WKU Alumni Association Toll-Free: 888-WKU-ALUM WKYU-FM 745-5489 or Toll-Free 1-800-599-9598 WKYU-PBS 745-2400 or 1-800-599-2424 WWHR-FM 745-5439

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WKU Media – Keeping you informed and up to date

College Heights Herald

The College Heights Herald is WKU’s twice-weekly student newspaper. It’s published on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. The newspaper is delivered to about 60 campus and off-campus locations. It is produced by students through the Office of Student Publications. The newspaper’s website, wkuherald. com, provides breaking news and special features of interest to the campus community. Visit the Herald online at The WKU Herald phone app can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play. For the latest on WKU happenings, you can also “like” the Herald on Facebook (facebook. com/wkuherald) and follow the Herald on Twitter @wkuherald.


The Talisman is WKU’s official award-winning yearbook. There is no charge for the yearbook for all full time students. Go to TopNet to reserve a book. Arrangements can be made for mailing if you won’t be on campus when the book arrives in the fall. Website:

WKYU, 88.9

WKYU-FM, 88.9 is WKU’s award-winning public radio station providing music, news and public affairs programs 24 hours a day to two-thirds of Kentucky, northern Middle Tennessee and southern Indiana. Website:


WKU’s Public Television Service, WKYU-PBS, provides a variety of informative and education programs. Channel 24 also broadcasts Hilltopper and Lady Topper basketball games. The offices and studios are located in the Academic Complex. Website:

Revolution 91.7

WWHR-FM, 91.7 delivers a commercial-free mix of progressive music that follows the national charts of the College Music Journal and then expands the rotation to address local tastes. Revolution 91.7 recalls the founding artist of college radio while exposing the contemporary underground. In addition, WWHR-FM features news, sports and genre specific programming. The station is also streamed online at The station is managed and staffed by students with a professional genral manager. Website:

WKU Media Relations

The office of Media Relations is the primary link between WKU and the news media. Information from this office is available in a variety of ways: WKU on YouTube: WKU News: Facebook: Twitter: To recieve emergency text alerts from WKU Police, log onto TopNet and update your personal inforamation to recieve them.

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