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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011 • College Heights Herald • Vol. 87, No. 17 • Western Kentucky University
Tobacco ban a 'waiting game' Ransdell says total campus ban not realistic By KATHERINE WADE email@example.com
The decision of whether to impose a campuswide tobacco ban at WKU has become a “waiting game.” President Gary Ransdell said he is waiting for a consensus among the University Senate, Staff Council and Student Government Association before proceeding any further. Currently, all three governing bodies have a different stance on the issue. However, Ransdell also said he doesn’t think a campus-wide smoking ban is a realistic plan. “I go back to Saturday — it was Homecoming, thousands of visitors — how are you going to police someone who chooses to smoke a cigarette while tailgating?” he said. “You have to be realistic.” According to a University Senate resolution to Ransdell in Dec. 2010, the senate supports a tobaccofree campus by Spring 2012. SEE CAMPUS, PAGE 6 ILLUSTRATION BY JERRY ENGLEHART JR.
SGA official: Ban would infringe upon students' rights men and sophomores to live in dorms. Kaylee Egerer, speaker of the SGA Senate, said she never expects the Board of Regents to enact the SGA’s version of the proposed tobacco ban because the housing requirement is such a key factor. However, Egerer said
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The Sept. 13 Student Government Association decision to pass a resolution supporting a campus-wide ban on all tobacco products comes with a catch — WKU must first lift the housing contract that requires fresh-
the SGA needed to link the tobacco and housing resolutions together because it is “infringing on students’ rights” if it requires students who use tobacco products to live on a campus that is tobacco-free. “A tobacco ban is totally unfair and unrealistic,” Egerer said. “When the bill was
drafted, it wasn’t asking for cial situation. the housing requirement to be The financial model the lifted, but in order for there to Student Life Foundation adever be any support from the opted before renovating all of students for a tobacco ban, the dorms in the past decade then they can’t be required to requires them to be at capacity live on campus.” in order to repay bondholders, Brian Kuster, director of Kuster said. Housing and Residence Life, said the SGA resolution is impossible with WKU’s finan- SEE INFRINGE, PAGE 6
WKU tobacco ban timeline Dec. 16, 2010: University Senate passes a tobacco-free campus resolution
Feb. 9, 2011: Staff Council voted down tobacco-free campus resolution
Jan. 24, 2011: Bowling Green City Commission passes city-wide smoking ban
April 28, 2011: City-wide smoking ban in most public places went into effect
March 30, 2011: Political science students survey WKU students about tobacco ban
Sept. 13, 2011: SGA passed tobaccofree campus resolution with housing stipulation
May 3, 2011: SGA tabled tobacco-free resolution at last meeting of spring semester
Freshman stars in Justin Bieber, Chris Young videos By TABITHA WAGGONER email@example.com
When Bowling Green freshman Grace Wilson got the principle role in Justin Bieber’s “One Less Lonely Girl” music video, she wasn’t nervous at all. “I actually had no idea who he was,” Wilson said. “So he was just another 15-year-old guy to me at the time.” Although Wilson is a huge fan of country music star Chris Young, she said she still wasn’t nervous when she played the girl in the red hat and red car in Young’s new music video, “You,” which premiered on Country Music Television on Oct. 11.
“It all comes with the job, and when I’m there in the moment doing what I love that’s all that matters — there’s no time to be star struck,” she said. On campus, she is often recognized as the “one less lonely girl.” But it doesn’t feel like she’s famous. “I haven’t reached my goal yet, so to me, it’s just starting,” Wilson said. Wilson’s best friend, Bowling Green freshman Kayla Bartley, said that Wilson is “pretty much a pro” during auditions, even though Wilson said she is nervous beforehand because she doesn’t know what to expect. “She was more excited than anything to be fulfilling part of
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her dream,” said Deanna Wilson, Grace’s mom. “She knows that this is what she was meant to do.” Wilson gave many people credit for the success she’s had in her life, but she gave credit to God first, saying that her religion is her life. “God is the most important thing to me above everything else, and I give all the credit to Him,” she said. Before every audition, Deanna Wilson said that the family prays God will give her favor in the eyes of the casting director. “It helps, it really does — or it has so far anyway,” Grace said. SEE VIDEO, PAGE 3
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Guy Jordan gained an appreciation for history from museum visits with his grandfather. Jordan, now an assistant professor of art history, perused the civil war and art museums in Philadelphia and Baltimore. “As a little kid, I was interested in dinosaurs and science,” he said. Jordan started college at George Washington University majoring in international affairs, but early on he found out that his true passion was
for art and the history behind it. “I found myself cutting class to go to the museums,” Jordan said. He would spend countless hours in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., when he said he should have been in class learning about bureaucracy. Now, as a seasoned professor, Jordan is a connoisseur of art history without restitution. Jordan studies the history of objects because he said they are visual objects that can be used to understand the past. He finds himself drawn to visual
and popular culture. The Fine Arts Gallery and cor“They’re not just reservoirs of ridor on the second floor of FAC culture, but fountains of cultural features rotating exhibitions once a identity for a particular time and month. place,” he said. It currently houses an exhibit by Jordan said one of his favorite Christopher Olszewski called “The paintings, “The Heart of the Andes” Devil You Know,” which addresses by Frederic Church, captured the the issue of urban landscape. cultural identity of 1856. Jordan recommended that stu“For people of that time, it was dents take advantage of the librarians the equivalent of Avatar,” he said. who are here solely to make histori“People flocked to see it.” cal information available. Jordan, like Visual Remany historians, sources Lifinds it not only inbrarian Nancy teresting, but vital Richey said a to preserve history librarian should from the past. be a historian’s Martha Jenkins, best friend. a retired fashion “Historians professor and hisinterpret and torian, said that Each Friday, the Herald brings you present hisfashion is a retory,” she said. flection of what’s a story inspired by a letter of the “ L i b r a r i a n s happening in the collect it so alphabet. world. people can get “It includes not only clothes, but to it.” household textiles and architecture,” The Kentucky Library collects Jenkins said. “Most anything you artifacts dating back to the 15th centhink about has a fashion of the day.” tury, including diaries or pages from Jenkins likes to study the details the Quran. on fashion items to learn about the Richey said a lot of donations people that designed them. come from the community because She enjoys studying Dior and they believe it is valuable to the liGivenchy originals, but those aren’t brary and students. always available to study firsthand. “We have things that people Jenkins said students don’t need would throw away that students can a well-known museum to learn about use to study a time period,” she said. history. Richey said she is concerned “A lot of colleges and universities about how advancing technology have fabulous collections you can will contribute to preserving imporstudy,” she said. tant history. The Kentucky Library and Mu“People don’t write letters anyseum opened the exhibit, “Preserv- more and pictures aren’t printed ing the Past, Sustaining the Future,” out,” she said. “Family history that’s last Friday. on a floppy disk may be lost.” The exhibit is a quilt show that As a historian and librarian, her represents the 100-year history of mission is to capture information bethe family and consumer sciences fore it’s lost and transport it to new department. technology for younger generations. Jordan challenges students to visit Richey said she also wants to local museums and not rely on tech- break the mold of the typical librarnology to do historical research. ian. “Technology has opened up the “I don’t wear my hair in a bun realm of art to people who may not or go around shushing people,” she have ever seen a Rembrandt,” he said. “I absolutely love my job and said. “But it doesn’t take the place of I want to get students excited about the viewer in front of the art.” what we have to offer.”
CRIME REPORTS Reports ■ Daniel Padilla reported on Oct. 27 that his HP laptop computer was stolen out of the lounge on
the ﬁrst ﬂoor of Barnes-Campbell Hall. ■ Mitchell Wise reported on Oct. 25 that his iPhone was stolen in the lobby area of South
Campus. The cell phone, with an estimated value of $400 was later recovered by WKU police. Arrests ■ Joseph Moore was arrested on
Nancy Richey, a visual resource librarian, logs historical documents into the WKU archive. Richey has been an Assistant Professor of Library Special Collections at the Kentucky Library and Museum on campus for the last three years.
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Stevens brings administrative experience to Ogden By JOANNA WILLIAMS email@example.com
Cheryl Stevens, currently associate dean of Scholarship and chemistry department chair at Xavier University of Louisiana, was named the new dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering last week. Her selection comes on the heels of a search that lasted more than three months, starting when the current Ogden dean, Blaine Ferrell, announced his retirement in April. David Lee, dean of Potter
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Although sheâ€™s Californiaborn, Wilson grew up in Bowling Green and graduated from Greenwood High School. It all started after her fifth grade teacher saw her in her first play. â€œShe encouraged me to pursue it and got me to audition at the Public Theatre of Kentucky, where I fell in love with the art,â€? Wilson said. Wilson has played in a variety of productions ranging from â€œSnow Whiteâ€? and â€œFiddler on the Roofâ€? to â€œGreaseâ€? and â€œRomeo and Juliet.â€? She has been Snow White, Alice in Wonderland and Juliet. Her face is on the books, â€œStand By Meâ€? and â€œNever Been Kissed.â€?
College of Arts and Letters and head of the Ogden search committee, said Stevens brings with her a â€œstrong package.â€? Stevensâ€™ interpersonal skills, record in research grants and being student-orientated, as well as her administrative experience, all factored into her being selected as the new dean, Lee said. â€œI think Ogden College has a long history of science and achievement and I think she will build very skillfully on the foundation Blaine has laid,â€? Lee said. Stevens was not one of the
original four finalists for the position and was selected as a finalist after former candidate George Miller withdrew from the race. â€œIt all seemed to turn out very well,â€? Lee said with a laugh. Gordon Emslie, provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs, said the decision was not the â€œeasiestâ€? but he feels comfortable with his selection. â€œI feel good,â€? Emslie said. â€œI think the committee did well. I feel very pleased with the way the search went.â€? Ferrell, who will enter tran-
sitional retirement at the end of December, was not involved in the search, but said he hopes to see the college continue to grow and have its quality of education continue to improve. â€œTen years is long enough for me,â€? Ferrell said. â€œIâ€™m more of a sprinter, and Iâ€™ve been here for 34 years and I think itâ€™s the right time. And I think the college and faculty need new energy.â€? Stevens brings with her a strong record in securing grant funding. According to the WKU press release announcing her selection, Stevens has been in-
volved in more than $18 million in grant-funded projects since 1984. Stevens first joined Xavierâ€™s faculty in 1982 as a member of the chemistry faculty and in 2005 became chair of the chemistry department. In 2009, she was named associate dean of Scholarship. She also works as an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans and the Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Stevens is slated to start on Jan. 23, 2012.
Wilson grew up learning from â€œincredibly talented directorsâ€? at the Public Theatre of Kentucky. However, Mike Wilson, Graceâ€™s dad, is the one who introduced her to acting. â€œHe helps me push toward my dream every time I start to falter,â€? she said. Mike Wilson also enjoys acting; he did so in high school and in community theatre. Both father and daughter have been in plays together. From a young age, the Wilsons knew that she had a natural gift for acting. â€œShe knew her lines and she knew everybody elseâ€™s lines too,â€? he said. She will be cast in lead roles in the theatre and dance departmentâ€™s Reveusicals and also in
Public Theatre of Kentuckyâ€™s â€œOur Town.â€? She is enjoying the success from Chris Youngâ€™s video, and she may even be a movie double soon. Wilson said she feels like she has a tiny foot in the door but she wants more â€” she wants to get that one big break. â€œThere are times where things are really going great, and thereâ€™s times where thereâ€™s a dead period where thereâ€™s nothing. So it does get really discouraging, but I try to remember how good it feels when Iâ€™m performing and when Iâ€™m in a show, you know, how good those good times are â€” and itâ€™s worth it.â€? When Wilson is not acting, she enjoys hobbies such as bow hunting for deer. â€œIâ€™m actually a pretty good
shot,â€? she said. Wilson also is in Kappa Delta and said she never painted herself as a sorority girl, but said it has been â€œthe best college decisionâ€? she has made so far. â€œSheâ€™s not superficial,â€? Bartley said. Bartley said even through all of Wilsonâ€™s success, sheâ€™s still the same person. â€œHonestly, we donâ€™t ever talk about her video stuff,â€? she said. Wilson chose musical theatre as her major and would love to be in movies or to star on Broadway. One day she hopes that she will be Christine in Phantom of the Opera. â€œI think she gets faced with too many choices,â€? Mike Wilson said. Wilson said she gets overwhelmed just like other students.
â€œBut I love being busy. I love always having something to do,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s all worth it. Itâ€™s hard trying to do it all, but thereâ€™s nothing I want to cut out so for now itâ€™s going to be extremely overwhelming.â€? She advises her peers to follow their heart and do what makes them happy, no matter what others say. â€œIâ€™ve never been this happy just being able to do what I love,â€? Grace said. â€œAnd I know some people who come to college, and theyâ€™re like, â€˜Oh, thatâ€™s not practical,â€™ and so they do something else and theyâ€™re miserable. â€œEven if itâ€™s not practical, if youâ€™ve been given a gift, youâ€™ve been given that gift for a reason and I think you shouldnâ€™t ever waste it.â€?
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My idea of Thursday nights: Prison What would you say if I told you I studied, bonded and became friends with prisoners over the course of this semester? Oh, and I volunteer driving to Nashville every Thursday evening in order to do this. I bet you think I’m crazy, along with my classmates who study victimology once a week with incarcerated people at Lois DeBerry Special Needs Facility. I can’t lie; the first day of class apprehension overwhelmed me. In my mind all I could think of was, “I’m about to shake hands and take class with murderers, sex offenders and drug dealers. What have I gotten myself into?” But as the weeks have gone by, I’ve realized I got myself into a once in a lifetime, eye-opening class that will change me forever. Every week we sit in a relatively large circle in what is normally used as a visitation room for the incarcerated men. We study the relationships between offenders and victims, offenders and society and victims and society. Along with countless other academic studies talked about, we also share our own personal views with each other. Breaking down walls and talking about our own personal experiences didn’t take
long either. During one class session, two incarcerated men admitted that they were in prison for murder, and you’d think that every nerve in my body would’ve tensed. But I was shockingly comfortable and open to what they had to say. Every person in our class is human, SPENCER JENKINS despite Scribbled Words what you firstname.lastname@example.org and the rest of society might think. However, don’t get the idea that I’m condoning their crimes. Even though some people in our class have committed crimes that have given them life sentences, they are still people with real feelings and lives. You’d be surprised how much you could relate to someone who murdered or victimized someone because even though they committed crimes and live behind
bars, they still live their day-to-day lives with ups and downs just like us. One day, one of the incarcerated men announced that his mother had passed away. We couldn’t help but hurt for him, because we all know what loss is like. And like any classroom setting, there are mild disagreements about certain ideas concerning the topic of discussion, but in the end, we always respect and listen to one another’s opinions. Out of my years at WKU, this class has shown me the most about life and that anything can happen. You could become a victim when you least expect it, or you could get caught up being an offender. These men have also taught me to value my education as well. They’ve said that Thursday nights are the highlights of their weeks because they enjoy learning and taking a college course. It makes you step back and realize that sometimes we as college students can really take our education for granted. It’s extremely hard conveying the feelings and experiences I’ve received from taking this class because it’s so unique. But if you want to take the most interesting class of your life and it’s offered again, take it.
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'White privilege an ubiquitous problem' By KARL LAVES Assistant director of counseling and testing center
Long story short, privilege is a term often used to describe how things are easier for one group of people compared to another. I hope by now you have heard the term “white privilege,” because it is a ubiquitous problem that you cannot escape. Here is a less-than-courteous example of white privilege: white privilege is why a bunch of spoiled, irresponsible selfindulgent and self-destructive white kids can become immediate celebrities (those rascals from Jersey), but if they were Black, Hispanic, or Asian the show would bomb. Or, as Tim Wise once observed, white privilege is why Bristol Palin can have a child
out of wedlock and not be thought of as a deadbeat welfare mom. One of the biggest obstacles in deconstructing white privilege is the rather immediate fear among some white people that their sacred way of life will be destroyed. Another obstacle is the anger some whites feel about being accused of having privilege. You see, part of what makes privilege a privilege is that it tends to be invisible; people just accept it as is. Maybe white privilege would be less difficult to accept if we look at other types of privilege. Think about male privilege: all the ways that men might be given an advantage in life simply because they are male. Men don’t have to be selfconscious about their weight. Some are, some choose to be,
but we have the privilege to not think about it. If I am a male and I get angry, I am often thought of as being independent or assertive. If I am a female and I get angry, I am often thought of as being a bitch. Think about straight privilege: all the ways that straight people are less hassled and less challenged about their sexuality. If I want to make out in public with my partner, I can, as long as we keep our clothes on. If I am gay or lesbian, I don’t have that privilege — at least not in this town. A straight kid gets to watch, listen and learn about dating from the people around him, the television, literature, you name it. A gay kid has to imagine on his own what it must be like, or sneak information from trusted but rare sources. If I am white, which I am, I
can pretty much walk anywhere on campus at night and not draw suspicion from the police. I can cheer the election results in which “my” candidate won and not have people think “we” are getting ready to riot. If I am Hispanic, I have to put up with bean jokes; if I am Asian, I have to put up with math jokes, but if I am white I don’t have to put up with jokes about my race. Well, maybe the occasional “White people can’t dance.” Which is quite true for some of us. I know I can’t dance. But hey, I am a guy… I don’t have to be able to dance. Right? It’s called privilege. So what is my point? Sometimes I am not sure… but for now I am saying that privilege exists in many forms, and the point isn’t to feel guilty about privilege — just see how it
works against some people. And be aware that even people with privilege can be oppressed, denied or dismissed. Reverse discrimination often occurs as an effort to undo privilege (and no, two wrongs don’t make a right). You could even say that there are times when people of minority status have the advantage, though, honestly, this doesn’t happen often enough to offset the privilege of the political elite. Each one of us has probably been treated poorly due to someone else’s privilege. It’s time we see it for what it is and call it out. We all do it — some more than others — but it isn’t helping any of us in the long run. This commentary doesn't necessarily represent the views of the Herald or the university.
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COLLEGE HEIGHTS HERALD
OCTOBER 28, 2011
Students smoke socially at work, school By MACIENA JUSTICE firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Elizabeth Nethaway works at the Prince Hookah Lounge and has observed the habits of smokers. The Alliance, Neb., native said smokers wait to light up until they are next to someone who is also smoking. “It’s something you got in common,” Nethaway said. “‘Hey, can I bum a lighter? Sure, let’s talk about something.’ It’s a real good way to strike up a conversation and make new friends.” She added that she smokes the most when she is at work. Nethaway said that her parents smoke and she always felt comfortable around smokers. She started smoking last November because the people she
was around were smoking. “I tried one and liked it,” she said. The same social aspect of smoking can make it harder for a smoker trying to quit. “If you are around a bunch of smokers and trying to quit, it is harder,” Nethaway said. “If one person lights up a cigarette, everyone lights up.” Nethaway also said that she smokes more when she is around other people. “I don’t smoke much by myself,” she said. Nethaway, who is now trying to quit, said that she doesn’t smoke around her boyfriend at all because he isn’t a smoker. Louisville junior Jasmine Taylor started smoking when she was a senior in high school. “My friends smoked and that’s when we all started
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The resolution states that the senate believes a tobacco-free campus would be “in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of the WKU faculty, staff and students.” University Senate chair Kelly Madole said this is currently the only official senate position on the matter. In order for the issue to be reevaluated, Madole said a committee or individual senate member would have to bring it up. “If no one is interested in taking up the issue again, I don’t think the senate will have another resolution,” Madole said. Following the resolution from the senate, Ransdell said he requested a recommendation from the Staff Council and the SGA. Staff Council chair Diane Carver said the council voted in February against a smoke-free campus. Carver said they have continued to talk about the issue, but no other motions have been brought forth since February. Many members of the staff smoke, Carver said, and the council felt it would
drinking and those go hand in hand,” Taylor said. Taylor said that she isn’t a heavy smoker, going through a pack in two weeks. “There is definitely a social aspect, when there is nothing to do, people are like, ‘Oh you want to smoke a cigarette?’” Taylor said. Taylor said that she smokes more in a group and rarely by herself. Matt Whitman, a senior from Austin, Texas, said that he started smoking his freshman year of college. “Sure, I smoke more frequently when I’m around people,” he said. “I would say that if you talk to other people, I’d be willing to place money they say that they smoke more when other people are smoking.”
be going against their rights to ban smoking on campus, especially those who work from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can’t get away from campus. “I don’t see us changing it until possibly when SGA changes their views,” Carver said. “But each year we vote new members in and members go out. It could change.” SGA passed a resolution in September that would make WKU a tobaccofree campus only if WKU lifts the requirement for freshmen and sophomores to live on campus. Ransdell said if all three groups ever come together on a shared recommendation, he would be “happy to receive it.” However, Ransdell said he didn’t know whether or not the issue would go before the Board of Regents. “I’m not sure I want the Board approving a policy that is not enforceable,” Ransdell said. “I would have to see the recommendation and go from there.” Ransdell emphasized that WKU already has a smoking ban in all campus buildings. There is no timeline on the issue, he said, and he is just waiting for an agreement from the three groups. “It could be next month, or it could be five years,” he said.
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Louisville senior Zack Martin passes back the lighter he borrows from Lewisport junior Ilea Schneider outside of the Snell Hall. "There is nothing good about it," said Martin about social smoking. "I've only been smoking for three months. One turned into a pack." Schneider started smoking at age 15 because her dad smoked, but she wishes she could quit.
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“We have a $78 million debt on the residence halls, so we need to keep them full,” he said. “It takes money to do and upkeep the kind of renovations that we have.” Kuster also said WKU requires freshmen and sophomores to live on campus because it aids in retention. “We have research here of our own here at the university that students that live here on campus graduate at a higher rate than students that don’t,” Kuster said. “They stay in school at a higher rate than students that don’t live on campus, so there’s educational value to it.” President Gary Ransdell has said the passage of the tobacco ban would require approval from not just SGA, but the University Senate and Staff Council as well. Ransdell even visited the SGA meeting on Oct. 4 to clarify WKU’s position on the necessity of its on-campus housing requirement. Ransdell said WKU is taking steps to ensure that students who wish to live on campus — upperclassmen and underclassmen — can do so in the future. “What we’re doing is building more residence halls for upper-class students
which will open up beds for incoming new students,” Ransdell said in reference to future apartment-style dorms on Kentucky Street. Kuster said many of the complaints against the requirement should really be addressed to the students themselves, particularly upperclassmen holding onto campus housing contracts through much of the summer. “That’s why we end up in the summer time in a crunch because we’ve got students that say they’re going to live on campus and then decide not to at the last minute,” Kuster said. “We have more and more students that wait and make a decision later on and holding a space that we can’t give to an incoming student.” Though the SGA resolution does include the housing requirement, Egerer said the resolution was not intended to develop a position for or against the requirement itself. “We understand why that requirement is in place because WKU has a lot of ground to cover to reimburse the debt that comes from renovating residence halls,” Egerer said. “Students live on campus. It doesn’t make sense to tell somebody, ‘You have to live on campus for two years — you have to — but you can’t use tobacco when you’re of age.’”
Seniors Elmore, Williams looking to 'end with a bang' By LUCAS AULBACH email@example.com
WKU’s home matches this weekend against Denver and North Texas are more than just important conference matches. This weekend is the last time in Diddle Arena for the Lady Toppers’ two senior middle hitters, Tiffany Elmore and Lindsay Williams. “I’m just going to try and give it all I’ve got because it’s the last time I’m going to be able to play in Diddle,” Williams said. “I’m just going to do the best I can and end with a bang.” Elmore also said it’s
important for WKU (233 regular season, 10-1 Sun Belt Conference) to close its home season on a high note. She said she hopes to put on a show for everyone in the stands. “It’s my last time playing in Diddle, the last time I get to play with my teammates in Diddle, and the last time I get to play in front of the community,” Elmore said. “It’s kind of bittersweet.” Finishing strong is a top priority for the Lady Toppers. WKU is currently tied for first in the Sun Belt East Division with Middle Tennessee
State, who handed the Lady Toppers their only conference loss this season. The two teams will meet again in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Nov. 11, the last match on WKU’s schedule. Head Coach Travis Hudson said it’s important to get wins at the end of the year to finish strong. “We’re in a race for a conference championship,” he said. “We have to continue to pile on wins and hopefully make that match against Middle Tennessee in the end matter.” The matches this
weekend are also especially significant for Hudson. He stands just one win away from his 400th career victory. Hudson has compiled a 399-175 career record in his 17 seasons as WKU volleyball head coach and said the milestone is a credit to the athletes that have played for the school. “I’ve just been very fortunate to have great kids that have come here and done the right things and believed in what we’re doing,” he said. “You look up one day and all of the sudden you’re close to something like this and it’s a
pretty neat deal.” The Lady Toppers will take on Denver at 7 p.m. Friday and will face North Texas at noon tomorrow. Elmore said she expects a lot of crowd support during her final home matches. “We’ve had great community support and really great student support so I expect it to be live and loud and energetic just like it always is,” she said. Several home matches have had big crowds this season, including an attendance of 1,523 for a match against Florida International Oct. 15 dur-
ing Hilltopper Hystera. “There have been some large crowds in Diddle this year — crowds that I have not been used to seeing,” sophomore setter Melanie Stutsman said. “They’ve been great though.” Williams said she hopes the Lady Toppers step up during her last home matches this weekend. “We’re just trying to beat whoever comes at us,” she said. “It doesn’t really matter who it is or what they’re ranked, we’re just trying to give everyone the same kind of effort.”
IFC changes recruitment control bylaws By TYLER PROCHAZKA firstname.lastname@example.org
The Interfraternity Council passed, with 12 to 2 vote, a revision to its bylaws on Monday to shift the responsibility of recruitment patrol from the executive board to the judicial board. The revision was due in large part to complaints by fraternity members who said they were being unequally represented under the Executive Board’s oversight of recruitment patrol, according to Blake Lambert, the vice president of IFC judicial affairs. Only some fraternities have positions on the executive board, whereas every chapter has representation on the judicial board.
“Some fraternities thought we were picking on them,” Lambert said. IFC President John Hughes said the revision would help to build trust between the IFC and the fraternities, which he said had been strained over the last few years. “I feel like this is a big step towards establishing that connection,” he said. In September, Pi Kappa Alpha and Delta Tau Delta fraternities had Homecoming pairings revoked in a ruling by the IFC judicial board after being found guilty of throwing recruitment parties where alcohol was present. IFC bylaws call the presence of alcohol at recruitment parties a “major offense” and after a third violation, the issue
will be sent to the university Judicial Office. The new revision puts accountability into the hands of the fraternities themselves, Hughes said. Alissa Mansfield, the coordinator of student activities for Greek affairs, said the revision will not substantially change the implementation of patrolling. It is primarily meant to make sure the process is fair. “We want to make sure all of the fraternities’ interests are looked at,” she said. The new bylaws will go into effect in January before spring recruitment starts, Mansfield said. According to the revision, the intent of the patrol board is to “ensure the quality of recruitment for potential new
members and fraternal organizations.” The board’s task is to
meet once before and once after the recruitment process and will meet if the vice president of recruitment and vice president of judicial affairs calls the board. Lambert said memI want to show bers of the judicial board will now be tasked with people that patrolling parties based on tips from identified things can sources. Hughes said the change for the patrol board will have a particular set of guidebetter." lines and will attend every recruitment event. However, Hughes em—John Hughes IFC President phasized that the focus of the IFC is not to patrol the fraternities, but rather to help them in their goals. “patrol on and off cam“I feel like that’s been pus recruitment activi- lost over the years,” ties of fraternal organi- Hughes said. zations” and report any The revision states violations of the IFC that complaints will be bylaws. The board will handled as per IFC con-
stitutional procedures. In order to find a fraternity guilty, two IFC council members must witness the infraction, or there must be “sufficient” evidence to prove the infraction to be true, according to IFC bylaws. Members of accused fraternities cannot participate in the deliberations regarding their charges. Lambert said the revision is a positive development because it will prevent “blame games” by fraternities that are caught violating the bylaws. For Hughes, this revision is one of the first steps in fulfilling his reason for running for IFC president. “I want to show people that things can change for the better,” he said.
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“This is a great opportunity to see some outstanding runners,” Long said. “The Sun Belt is blessed. Everybody has somebody who is good. There should be some great racing on Saturday and some hard-fought battles.” Each of the 11 teams can run eight competitors, but teams only need to run five to score. “We want to go out there and meet our opponent,” freshman Peter Okwera said. “They could be strong and they could be good but we are going to run well.” Last year, the Trojans from Little Rock placed three runners in the top ten.
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Winchester, along with several other players on the red team, said they hope this type of an event becomes an annual outing, be it against UK players or just players from Kentucky in general. Rogers didn’t say for certain whether
COLLEGE HEIGHTS HERALD This year, WKU hopes to put up similar statistics. “We need a strong push by our top three and a very strong competitive effort out of the rest of our scoring positions,” Long said. “There will be five or six people in the lead pack and hopefully three will be ours.” The runners said they’re confident. “We want to win and we will,” junior Landon Taylor said. “Everybody has their mind right and their body right and it’s going to be a good day.” Long believes that if the runners concentrate on a great race, they will be successful. “Our people are looking to have quality races,” Long said. “If someone comes out and beats us, we want to make sure they’ve earned it.” or not he’d personally organize other similar events, but said this one ranked right up there with “The Shot” in his alltime memories at WKU. “Not just playing in the game, but these last few days getting to spend time with guys that we’ve been best friends there,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about to me — bringing all the guys back, even the guys that are older.”
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The unit has come a long way since Taggart called for improved offensive line play following WKU’s season-opening 14-3 loss to Kentucky. Junior tight end Jack Doyle said more onfield communication has led to better results for the offensive line. “It’s just talking out there out on the field,” he said. “We can regurgitate things in meetings, back to (offensive line coach Walt) Wells, but it’s just getting some play under our belt and talking and playing together.” There’s been a mix of veteran experience and new blood within the unit. On the veteran side, senior left tackle Wes Jeffries and junior right guard Adam Smith have been around the program for awhile. Jeffries, a four-year starter, was recently named a Midseason First-team All-Sun Belt selection by college football analyst Phil Steele. Meanwhile sophomore left guard Luis Polanco and redshirt freshman right tackle Cameron Clemmons have solidified starting spots early in their careers. Clemmons, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 291 pounds, has seen more playing time in recent weeks, filling a spot formerly held by junior Seth White.
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“It will show them that we deserve to go farther than the first round of the tournament and that we can beat them,” she said. “I think that will give everyone a lot of confidence going into the next game, showing them we can win and make it farther than we did last year.” Head Coach Jason Neidell has been stressing all year that the regular season
Sophomore center Sean Conway said he’s been impressed with Clemmons’ development during his first year on the field. “Cameron is a great player and he really knows the offense,” Conway said. “He still makes freshman mistakes, but we all have.” Clemmons and the rest of the Topper line will take part in a strength-on-strength matchup when they play Louisiana-Monroe (2-5,1-2 Sun Belt Conference) on the road at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. ULM gives up just 100.3 rushing yards per game, by far the lowest total in the Sun Belt. By contrast WKU rushes for 164.4 yards per game, the second-highest total in the league. “They’re fast and physical. It’ll be a great challenge,” Conway said of the Warhawk defense. “What we want to do is run the ball, as everyone knows. So it’s a great challenge to pound it to them.” A win for WKU would put the Toppers at 4-1 in Sun Belt play and just two wins from bowl eligibility. Conway said the Toppers’ front five aren’t concerned about an emotional letdown against ULM coming off last week’s home win. “Our offensive line, we just stay cool,” Conway said. “We never get too high or never get too low. We keep doing what we’re doing, stick to the game plan.” is there to prepare the team for postseason play. Now, with only one game left and a spot secured in the tournament, he said the team just needs to get a few things in order. “I think the team chemistry is a lot better (than past teams),” he said. “This team has been more consistent in its work ethic day in and day out in both training and in games. I think that if we finish the chances that we create we can go from a good team to a great team.”
■ SPORTS BRIEF WKU fares well in latest NCAA Graduation report WKU had six sports post a 100 percent graduation rate in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report, which was released Tuesday. The 15 sports programs at WKU combined for an 80 percent graduation rate — the second highest in the Sun Belt Conference, trailing only Denver. WKU’s six sports that posted a perfect 100% graduation success rate were men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s swimming, women’s soccer, and vol-
leyball. Additionally, WKU had a graduation success rate of 70 percent or better in 10 of the university’s 15 sports programs measured by the NCAA. The Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2001-02 through 2004-05. The NCAA calculates the rates based upon the number of athletes who graduate in addition to those who left WKU before graduating but would have been academically eligible to compete. — COLE CLAYBOURN
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COLLEGE HEIGHTS HERALD • Vol. 87, No. 17 • WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
BIG RED VS. BIG BLUE GAME
Off ensive line Alumni game welcomes home steps up during former men's basketball players winning streak By COLE CLAYBOURN
By BRAD STEPHENS
Tuesday night provided a walk down memory lane for those donning red in the “Big Red vs. Big Blue” alumni game at Diddle Arena. It was a chance for former WKU players to run through the tunnel and onto the floor in front of fans one more time. “I had butterflies the whole time — on my way over here, getting dressed, then running out there,” said former Topper and current Houston Rocket Courtney Lee. “Being under those bright lights in Diddle, it felt good.” It was a rare opportunity for fans to see past WKU players square off against past Kentucky players in a charity game that featured four NBA players and four starters from WKU’s 2008 Sweet 16 team. Former Topper Ty Rogers organized the event to benefit the WKU W-Club and Sharp Shooters Academy — a youth foundation he and former Topper Anthony Winchester help operate. Once the game itself started, the product on the floor resembled what fans might have seen during the 2008 season from the Toppers. Lee threw an alley-oop to Jeremy Evans early on in the first quarter to set the tone for a game that featured a lot of three-pointers and a lot of dunks — many of which came from Evans. Then Lee caught fire — much like he did throughout his career at WKU. He led all scorers with 36 points, including four made threepointers. Former UK star and 2011 NBA Lottery pick Brandon Knight, who was scheduled to play for the blue team until he suffered an ankle sprain in a charity game last night, coached the blue team. The red team walked away with a 112-97 win over the blue team. Lee was happy the players could provide some high-flying dunks and entertainment for the fans.
The WKU offensive line broke a self-assigned vow of silence Saturday after beating Louisiana-Lafayette. The group said before the season it wouldn’t conduct interviews with media until the Toppers broke a home losing streak that dated back to 2008. Head Coach Willie Taggart said the men up front have themselves to thank for ending that streak Saturday at Smith Stadium. The WKU line helped the Toppers rush for 234 yards that day in the 42-23 win. “Our offensive line played its best ballgame and I think that’s a big reason why we got the results we did,” Taggart said. Solid play up front has coincided with the team’s first three-game win streak since 2007, and a 3-1 league record at the halfway mark of Sun Belt Conference play. SEE LINE, PAGE 7
Former WKU guard Courtney Lee went up for a between-the-legs dunk Tuesday during the "Big Red vs. Big Blue" game at Diddle Arena. A group of former WKU players beat former Kentucky players, 112-97.
“In a game like this, that’s what they come to see — excitement, having fun,” Lee said. “We just wanted to get out there give (the fans) a good time.” Rogers said he was thrilled with the way the event came together after just a little more than two weeks of planning. “The greatest thing is that it seemed like a great experience for these fans,” he said. “Being with the guys that we were together with for four years — just being with them was a great experience. We all had a pretty amazing feeling when we ran out of that tunnel again. It kind of brings back all
kinds of memories.” One of those memories was Rogers’ buzzer-beater in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament which sent WKU past Drake and eventually to the Sweet 16. When asked if he and Tyrone Brazelton, who started for the red team, would consider recreating “The Shot,” Rogers said the idea of that had been brought up several times. “I think I only need to shoot that one once,” he said. “People need to remember that the right way.” SEE FORMER, PAGE 7
WKU favored to win Sun Belt championships By MERCEDES TRENT email@example.com
WKU’s cross country teams are the league favorites going into the Sun Belt Conference Championships at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kereiakes Park. Head Coach emeritus Curtiss Long said the teams aren’t doing anything differently to prepare for the meet. “We want to enter the meet healthy and we want to run well,” Long said. “If we have those two factors, the race will take care of itself.” The Lady Toppers are credited with the longest conference winning streak in the nation with 17 consecutive cross country and track titles. The men’s team is looking to capture its first cross country title since 2008. Slated alongside WKU in the top three are defending men’s champion Arkansas-Little Rock and Middle Tennessee State. SEE FAVORED, PAGE 7
WKU faces MTSU, hopes to improve seeding By AUSTIN LANTER firstname.lastname@example.org
With only one game left in the regular season, WKU has already secured its spot in next week’s Sun Belt Tournament. Now, the Lady Toppers look to improve upon their projected fifth seed. WKU will enter Friday night’s showdown with Middle Tennessee State one spot below the Lady Raiders in the Sun Belt Conference standings. If WKU wins, it will take MTSU’s fourth seed for the tournament. If the team loses or ties, they will more than likely still receive the fifth spot. Either way, it’s likely that WKU will play MTSU in the first-round of the tournament next Wednesday in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Last year MTSU beat the Lady Toppers twice, including a shootout victory in the semifinals of last year’s tournament. WKU is 2-4-5 lifetime against MTSU. This year, the seniors want to go out with a big win over their rival on their senior night. “I have a lot of emotion from the game
from last year,” senior forward Lindsey Goad said. “Just the feeling of revenge and not losing at home is really important to me for our last conference game.” The two teams will square off at 6 p.m. Friday at the WKU Soccer Complex. The Lady Toppers have never been defeated by MTSU at home. Seniors Libby Stout, Lindsay Williams, Lindsey Goad, Mallory Outerbridge, Kelsey Meyer, Kaylyn Pratt and Amanda Buechel will be honored before the game. For senior and midfielder Kelsey Meyer, the game Friday night is a way to get the team ready for the tournament and, more than likely, MTSU again. “The Middle game is just really important,” she said. “So just getting that first win will give us confidence for the second game against them.” Goad said the game on Friday will help to set the tone for the tournament. SEE CHANCE, PAGE 7
Senior forward Lindsey Goad practices at the WKU Soccer Complex Wednesday before the game against Middle Tennessee today. The women’s soccer team is 11-6-1 this season.