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WKU students hope to empower kids through art

SGA resolution for DUC name change going up for vote By TAYLOR HARRISON


Glasgow senior Jameson Price reacts Thursday as Paducah alumna Raeanne McKendree is called up to perform with the TrebleMakers during Art Feeds’ event at Stakz. McKendree was a former member of the Treblemakers and performed a solo during the event.


Paducah senior Katie Knecht said she has always loved to draw, write and “be crafty.” So when Knecht heard about the program Art Feeds, she was immediately interested. The program was founded in Joplin, Mo., and has grown to become a nation-wide campaign. Its goal is to empower children through creativity by providing children with art educational opportunities that they otherwise might not receive in school.

They both have such a passion for helping people that it's infectious." —Danielle Clifford Radcliff senior

“Sometimes there’s not much interest in art in schools,” Knecht said. “Those are usually the programs that get cut.” Knecht said she was first inspired to help introduce children to the arts after she attended a Joshua Radin concert in Nashville. “He called kids up on stage and showed them some of the basic strings of the guitar,” she said. Knecht heard about Art Feeds from her roommate, Radcliff senior Danielle Clifford, who worked with the sister of the original founder of the program, Lindsey BourneGreen. “She was just so passionate about the work her sister was doing,” Clifford said. “I couldn’t help, but look into it. They both have such a passion for helping people that it’s infectious.” Clifford helped spread the word about Art Feeds in Bowling Green on WUHU 107.1 and through the Bowling Green Daily News. She said that she and Knecht would spend nights in their room bouncing ideas off each other. “Katie honestly did most of the work,” she said. “It’s incredible how much she believes in Art Feeds.”

The Student Government Association will vote tonight whether to support a resolution that would change Downing University Center's name. If passed, the resolution calls for DUC to be changed to Downing Student Union. The resolution’s author, Campus Improvements Chairperson Keyana Boka, said this is a positive change. Since benchmark universities have “student unions” rather than “university centers,” Boka said it is important to name WKU’s building accordingly. The new term will “show it’s for us,” Boka said of the student body. The reason SGA is voting on this resolution is because the DUC renovation process has been “student initiated,” and the original resolution to support the renovation also came through SGA, Boka said. “It’s been really interesting — it initially caused a lot of debate in my committee,” Boka said. Boka said she expects there to be a debate during the vote tonight. People have told her they are going to speak up and voice their opinions. SEE DUC, PAGE 6

The program recently held its first benefit event at Stakz Frozen Yogurt last Thursday night, with two WKU a cappella ensembles, the Redshirts, and the Treblemakers. A magician was also there to entertain patrons. The group was taking donations and 10 percent of all sales made that day went to the program. Knecht, Clifford, and Knecht’s boyfriend, Louisville senior Clay Simpson, also made about 40 bracelets to sell at the event. By the end of the event, she said, there were only 10 left. “I found out that people are really generous,” Knecht said. “There were so many people there you could hardly move. There was a whole crowd there that I didn’t really expect.” The proceeds made from the event will help pay for supplies the group will need for next semester. Knecht said the group wants to start this process as soon as possible, so they’ll be ready to talk to elementary schools about projects as soon as possible.

Student interns promote Reduce Your Use contest




The Green Campus Network Program and Reduce Your Use collided last month to increase sustainability and energy awareness. The month, promoted and run by Green Campus interns this year, is framed around the Office of Sustainability’s competition among dorms to determine which can reduce energy the most from Oct. 3 through Oct. 31. Bowling Green junior and Green Campus Intern Ashley McCloughan said many of the interns saw October as their best chance so far this year to reach students. “As Green Campus interns, it’s our job to promote efficient energy use on campus, so Reduce Your Use kind of gave us the perfect opportunity to educate people on how they could reduce their use,” McCloughan said. “We created flyers, we sent out emails, and we tried to partner with as many different sustainable causes on campus as we could.”

Atlanta senior pursuing fashion career By MONTA REINFELDE

Born and raised in, Atlanta, Ga., senior Derek Malveaux, said he has been around fashionable people for all his life. The marketing major and design, merchandising and textiles minor said the big-city atmosphere where everybody wanted to stand out made him want to be a part of it, and he’s since pursued a career in the fashion industry. When Malveaux came to Bowling Green three years ago, he said he was surprised. Most of the people were dressed very similarly, and there was no creativity in their looks, he said. Over the years, Malveaux

grew used to the way people thought of fashion at WKU. However he never lost his own style of dress and love for fashion. One way Malveaux helped keep his passion alive was by modeling in a fashion show last Thursday night hosted by Henderson senior Raemia Higgins and in collaboration with his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. Malveaux said this wasn’t the first time somebody offered him the chance to model. However, this was the first time he actually went through with it. “It was pretty good experience,” Malveaux said. “I actually went to job interview for Abercrombie and Fitch one time. They wanted me to be a model. I was not really interested at a TUES. 76˚/ 58˚



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time, so I kinda turned it down, but I might go in that one day.” Higgins, who is good friends with Malveaux, said he has always had incredible style. “He’s suave, always 10 steps ahead of the fashion scene in Kentucky, and very comfortable in whatever extreme outfit he may be wearing,” she said. “That is a combination that is very rare in our area.” Malveaux said he is concerned when people say they can’t see a man taking part in the fashion industry. He said the mindset is wrong when people think only gay men are involved in the fashion industry. SEE FASHION, PAGE 3


Hopkinsville sophomore Sherria Hester gets her makeup applied on Thursday before hitting the catwalk during the Alpha Kappa Psi Fashion Show in the Garrett Conference Center Ballroom.

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NOVEMBER 8, 2011

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Refugees from Burma and WKU students walk around the Bowling Green Buddhist temple Saturday in a procession during the Kathina robe-offering ceremony with money offerings that hang from wood posts.

The offering of Kathina robes can only happen during a onemonth period between the full moon in October and the full moon in November. The robe-offering happens during this period of time because it is a formal act of the


■ Donavan Harris, Southwest Hall, reported on Nov. 6, that someone flattened three of the tires on his gray Acura Legend

the recipient of five benefits, which include being free from four of the rules in the Vinaya, until the next full moon in March. The Vinaya, or Buddhist monastic disciplinary rules, is the equivalent of the Bible for Christians.

Since Candobhasa was the only monk present at the ceremony, he will keep all the robes that were donated to him during the Kathina robe offering. Other important aspects of the ceremony are to pay homage

to the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha through ritual prayer. During this ceremony, a group of WKU students were present to observe the procession, offering of the robes and partaking in the feast of traditional food from Burma.

while parked in the Minton Circle Lot. They also stole his license plate, Kenwood CD Player, seven CDs and a pair of yellow and purple Air Max

tennis shoes. ■ Chris Kinney, Pearce-Ford Tower, reported on Nov. 4 his Apple iPad stolen was stolen from his dorm room.


almost falling on Chestnut Street. ■ David Anthony Price, Minton Hall, was arrested on Nov. 6 for alcohol intoxication in a public place.

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■ William Jacob Morrow, Glasgow, was arrested on Nov. 6 for alcohol intoxication after being observed staggering and

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Sangha. The Sangha is the monk or group of monks that have attained enlightenment and the bodily example of the Buddha at a local temple. The further importance of the robe offering is that the monk is

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3 New NOVA center home to rare Microscope NOVEMBER 8, 2011



WKU’s recently opened NOVA Center in the Center for Research and Development houses a rare breed of microscope, making WKU the only university in North America with access to such equipment. WKU acquired the microscope partly by chance, said NOVA Center Director Edward Kintzel and Gordon Baylis, vice president for Research. The Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope (LCSEM) featured in the NOVA Center was originally the property of Y-12, a national security


McCloughan said Housing and Residence Life was one of the biggest sustainable partners. Bates-Runner Hall won the Reduce Your Use Competition this year and received an ice cream social with President Gary Ransdell. Bates-Runner Hall, which reduced its energy consumption by 13.9 percent, started the competition in seventh place but suddenly reduced its energy consumption by 100 percent on Oct. 11, helping to lift the dorm to the front of the pack. Jeff Long, hall director for Bates-Runner Hall, said he couldn’t account for the

complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Kintzel was conducting postdoctoral research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory when he found out that the LCSEM was being made available for donation to non-profit entities. Kintzel jumped at the opportunity and claimed the technology for WKU. However, once the piece of equipment was secured, it needed to be transported, and a facility to go to. The federal and state governments, as well as the university, helped pay for the costs of moving the equipment and building the new facility, which began construction in the fall of 2009.

sudden decrease in energy use but that it inspired many of the residents. “Once we jumped into the lead, it was sort of like, ‘Hey, we’re in front. Let’s not let anybody overtake us,’” he said. “I think once the students saw we were leading, they really took charge.” But the month was about more than just turning off lights and unplugging unused outlets, said Cody Wooten, a Glasgow junior and a Green Campus intern. “Our main focus was to get the students more informed and educated,” Wooten said. “We try stuff like dinners and scavengers hunts to try and get other students involved.” Events ranged from a Topper Transit Scavenger

“The thing about luck is you have to be prepared to take advantage of it,” Baylis said. “We were lucky. We took advantage of it. “Half a million dollars later we got a free thing,” Baylis added jokingly, though according to Kintzel, the microscope was purchased by the government in 2005 for use at Y-12 for $3 million. The Nondestructive Analysis (NOVA) Center is located at the Center for Research and Development on Nashville Road and allows researchers to analyze large samples with microscopic precision without breaking down or destroying the sample itself.

“We can do everything that conventional microscopes can do, but we can do more,” Kintzel said. Kintzel provided examples for the types of samples the LCSEM could analyze that other microscopes couldn’t, such as one-of-a-kind pieces of art or large expensive parts that would be too costly to break down and analyze. By using the LC-SEM’s suite of instruments, much can be learned about the individual samples, ranging from surface analysis to elemental composition. Researchers can also analyze large groups of small samples at

once because of the LC-SEM. Dave Tatman, General Motors Corvette Plant Manager, talked at the NOVA Center's opening ceremony about how already researchers at the Corvette plant are working with Kintzel on looking at paint quality. Starting with local business such as the Corvette plant, Kintzel said they will work their way towards building relationships on the state and national level once it becomes known what the center is capable of. “The great thing,” he said, “is that nobody else in the U.S. can do these kinds of measurements that we can do.”

Hunt to a Local Vendor Day in Fresh Food Company featuring products from Chaney’s Dairy Barn and Jackson’s Orchard. McCloughan said she hopes to see Reduce Your Use grow even bigger next year. “UK and U of L actually already challenged us to a campus competition this year but we didn’t want to take it on because we wouldn’t have had enough time to promote it and get everything ready,” she said. “We might try to tackle that next fall. We don’t know yet. “We’re trying to gauge if students would be up to taking on UK and U of L to reduce their use against them instead of doing the dorm or possibly on top of that.”


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“It is something people have to get used to,” Malveaux said. “Without having a stereotype that he is a gay because he is modeling, or he is a gay because he has those wild clothes on. It is fashion. People might like some things and not like other things. It all comes with it.” Most of Malveaux’s friends are interested in fashion as well. Not all of them are studying fashion or want to pursue it as a career, he said, yet they stay up to date with current trends and news in the industry. However, Malveaux said he has experienced moments when his friends were teasing him about his passion for fashion as well. “There have been some jokes here and there,” he said. “But it comes with it. It’s not bad at all.” Malveaux said he is always trying to find

ways to express himself in fashion. Currently, he and his friend Louisville senior Jordan Pitney, a design, merchandising and textiles major, are working on a T-shirt line that they are planning to sell in the near future. “We are trying to collaborate on T-shirt line right now,” Pitney said. “We are in the process. I am sketching up designs now and he is sketching as well.” Pitney said he is glad to be working together with Malveaux. “He is a really talented person,” he said. “He has the ability to translate ideas into images and it is hard to do.” Malveaux’s friends said they are sure that he will have a bright future in the fashion industry with whatever path he will decide to take. “Fashion is the third largest global industry in an all aspects,” said Pitney. “I mean textiles, home linens and clothing, so there is fashion for everybody. Derek will fit in fine. He will find his niche.”

■ NEWS BRIEF Ransdell becomes first person in BG to lease Volt

In another step towards going green, President Gary Ransdell became the first person in Bowling Green to lease a Chevrolet Volt as of Friday. “We at WKU are constantly looking for ways to be more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint,” Ransdell said in a WKU press release. The Volt is capable of providing gas-free electric driving for typical daily commuting and has a total driving range of up to 379 miles. The Volt can drive gas-free for the first 35 miles using the battery. When the battery runs low, the gasoline engine kicks in, accord-

ing to the press release. Ransdell said the Volt was ideal for his daily commute to campus and that he likes driving an American-made vehicle. “I believe in setting an example and when I had the opportunity to lease an electric car with an extended range, I thought this would be a great way to show my commitment to our planet,” Ransdell said in the release. In 2010 and 2011, WKU was named to the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges, and has also been named a Tree Campus USA. In the press release, Ransdell said energy consumption at WKU has decreased 15 percent since 2005 despite campus growth.

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It's about time WKU's fanbase fills Smith Stadium to capacity THE ISSUE: Four straight wins turned out to not be enough for WKU fans. Despite the athletic department’s best attempts to fill Smith Stadium last Saturday for the Toppers’ game against Florida International, announced attendance ended up barely above WKU’s average this season.


Announced attendance at Smith Stadium last Saturday was 15,293, far from the athletic department’s hopes of reaching a capacity crowd of 22,113. The difference between expectations and reality, in fact, was 6,820 fans. WKU averaged 15,284 at its four Smith Stadium home games entering Saturday.

POLL Why do you think fans aren't filling Smith Stadium?

ERNEST ATKINSON Lancaster freshman

OUR STANCE: What’s it going to take for Smith Stadium to fill to capacity? Since the Toppers have started what’s now a five-game winning streak, they’ve snapped an 18-game home losing skid. Football games have become entertaining and a provided a renewed sense of pride for WKU fans. But people still aren’t filling the stands. Smith Stadium hasn’t sold out since 22,297 fans showed up for the Toppers’ 50-9 win over Murray State on Sept. 20, 2008 — the first game played in the renovated facility. And the highest attendance rate since then was 20,772 fans on hand to watch WKU fall 38-21 to Indiana last Sept. 18 in Taggart’s home head coaching debut.


“I guess fans aren’t as loyal as they used to be.”

MORGAN KIDWELL Hustonville sophmore and cheering on the Hilltoppers.” The Herald doesn’t understand why fans aren’t showing up to support the Toppers. Their current run marks the longest winning streak the team has had since a five-game stretch in 2004. Isn’t that something to celebrate, recognize and reward by showing up?

Bjork sent an open letter to fans on Oct. 31 with a “22,113 them,” encouraging them to fill Smith Stadium to capacity when WKU played FIU.

Smith Stadium should have been packed last weekend — partially because FIU was the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason league favorite and also because of the stakes. With the win, WKU remains in contention to win the conference and make a bowl game.

“We are challenging all of you in Hilltopper Nation to fill this stadium Saturday!” the letter read. “We cannot do it alone, and this team needs you to be here wearing your WKU red

The Toppers won Saturday! What happened to fans rushing the field and congratulating the team? Where did the school pride and spirit go?

Something is wrong with the picture of Casey Tinius making last weekend’s game winning kick in front of a small crowd. Maybe nobody knows what it will take to fill the stadium, but one thing is for sure: WKU has a football that’s outgrown its reputation as a punchline around campus. The Toppers are succeeding week after week, and WKU’s campus and community should be supporting them as much as possible. After all, what is a university without a winning football team? Not exactly what officials envisioned before WKU transitioned to the Football Bowl Subdivision. This editorial represents the majority opinion of the Heraldʼs 10-member editorial board.


“Despite our fives wins, I don’t think the stadium is filling up because we haven’t won in such a long time, and we’re looking for something more than just ‘Five wins! Holla!’”

JORDAN CAMPBELL Mt. Sterling junior

“I think it’s gonna take longer than five wins to reinstate enough pride in the team to where we get over 15,000 spectators.”

Wondering why the 18-25 age group isn't voting When it comes to “getting things done,” I can’t really say that our generation is the best one for the job. That being said, it is no wonder that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is predicting one of the lowest voter turnouts in history this upcoming Nov. 8. Despite the fact that this election will determine the state’s new governor, as well as several other state officials including attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer — there are predictions that only 25 percent of registered voters will turn out to the polls. To me, this is particularly surprising due to the condition of the economy. Usually in the instance of a recession, Americans are angered into action, and the most immediate form of action is at the poll

box. P o litical education and involvement is imperative for the sucHUNTER STEVENS cess of Greensburg senior a democratic form of government; high school civics classes and college campuses have been attempting to drive home this point for the past decade. However, it seems to be going in one ear and out the other as fewer and fewer individuals register to vote when they turn 18, and should they happen to register, they fail to cast their

vote when the time comes. I can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but I’d hazard a guess that it falls somewhere between apathy and plain old fashioned laziness. According to the Secretary of State’s office, Kentucky has more than 2.9 million registered voters and the traditional turnout level is made up of those individuals that are aged 40 and older. My peer group, those who are 18-25 are rarely seen bombarding the polls. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone around WKU’s campus say, “I honestly just don’t care,” when it comes to politics and candidate elections. You don’t have to be a political science major to take a little interest in the future of your state or country. If nothing else, you

should realize that as a college student, these members of state and federal government are the ones setting tuition rates for the public universities that you attend. Every time that you receive a loan or grant, they had some hand in the matter. Yes, I realize that you’re probably going to pass over this commentary for the same reason that you pass over the campaign ads and CNN, FOX or MSNBC — because you have better things to do with your time. Better things like watching “Jersey Shore” or “Teen Mom.” And perhaps I seem overly critical, and maybe a tad harsh toward my fellow 1825 year olds, but something’s got to give. College is a time to put off adulthood while you can, right? Go celebrate our youth and lives

free from responsibility. But maybe this Tuesday we could celebrate by putting forth a little effort. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, though I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t put in a plug for my good old GOP, I’m just going to ask that you go. Pull a lever, push a button, and get that spiffy “I voted” sticker as a memento. One more thing: Williams and Farmer for Governor and Lt. Governor, Todd P’Pool for Attorney General, Bill Johnson for Secretary of State, KC Crosbie for Treasurer, John Kemper for Auditor, and Jamie Comer for Agriculture Commissioner. I just couldn’t help myself. This commentary doesn't necessarily represent the views of the Herald or the university.

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VP Costello enjoys dance, storytelling By KATHERINE WADE

If Kathryn Costello had her way, she would spend most of her free time dancing, writing and spending time with her sons. As vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, Costello said she is often too busy for the things she loves to do. However, she still occasionally finds time for her biggest passion — exercise. Costello does pilates three times a week, takes daily walks, and does a little tai-chi. But her favorite form of physical activity is dance. Costello said she likes to do all kinds of ballroom dancing, especially rhythm dances such as swing and Latin dances. “I like music and movement,” she said. “It’s just a lot of fun.” As a child, Costello took ballet and tap lessons and got into dancing during college. After that she took a few lessons and met other people who loved dancing. They would get together on weekends and dance for three or four hours. Costello said she hasn’t been able to do as much dancing since she moved to Bowling Green, but she’d like to get back into it. Costello came to Bowling Green when she was offered the job as vice president by President Gary Ransdell. The two have been friends since working together at Southern Methodist University in the 1980s. Ransdell said Costello is “a pro.” “She’s terrific,” he said. “I’m pleased she is devoting this portion of her career to us.”

I'm pleased she is devoting this portion of her career to us." —Gary Ransdell WKU President

Moving to Bowling Green has given Costello the opportunity to spend more time with her two sons, who live in Bowling Green and were born in Paducah. She said they have been doing a lot of sight-seeing around the area. “We’re just kind of exploring this part of Kentucky,” she said. “It’s kind of a walk down memory lane.” John Costello, one of Kathryn Costello’s sons, said they have been to Lost River Cave and COSTELLO Mammoth Cave. “We’ve been having a good time checking out the local stuff,” he said. “It’s just a beautiful part of the country.” John Costello said having his mom in town has been great. “For more than 10 years my brother and I both lived on our own and my mom was working in New York, and it was difficult because we didn’t get a chance to see her very often,” he said. “But she’s so much fun to be with. We’re kind of momma’s boys.” Kathryn Costello, who was raised in Jasper, Ga., said she likes to write and collect stories about the South. “I think most Southerners are storytellers,” Costello said. Costello’s father was a small-town doctor. Over the years, she learned many stories about his patients and other people with who he interacted. She also recently discovered the letters he wrote to her mother during World War II. “I’ve been putting together some stories for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many of whom never got to know him, about what the war was like through his eyes,” Costello said. Costello also collected memories from her mother, who died last year. “She was just a really wonderful, interesting person,” Costello said. “She went to Berkeley for graduate school, and that was a pretty radical thing for a girl from Georgia to do at the time.” Costello said she doesn’t expect her stories to get published, but she enjoys writing and wants to preserve the memories for her family.

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Student Affairs Chairperson Natalie Broderick worked closely with Boka while drafting the resolution. Broderick said she fully supports the possible DUC name change. As the head of student affairs, Broderick said she felt it was essential to be part of this process. “I’ve found it important to be involved in a controversial issue that so many students have chosen sides on,” Broderick said. While many people are worried about tradition, many buildings have been changed and move along fine, Broderick said. “It’s the final touch on renovating everything about DUC,” she said.

But not all SGA senators support the name change. SGA senator Poorvie Patel said out of all the buildings on campus, DUC has the most name recognition and that DUC will already undergo so many changes. “It just seems completely unnecessary to change the name,” Patel said. As far as keeping up with other universities, Patel said she doesn’t think students will look at benchmark universities and not choose WKU simply because it doesn’t have a “student union.” “We don’t have to conform to what other universities do to get students to come here,” she said. Patel also said students should voice their opinions, whether they agree or disagree with the proposed DUC name change.

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WKUHERALD.COM ■ NEWS BRIEF Yates, WKU veterans to be honored Friday

Veteran’s Day events

WKU will honor 1st Lt. Eric Yates and other military service members as a part of Veterans Day events on Friday. Yates, a 2008 Army ROTC WKU graduate, was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 18, 2010. Yates was a fire support officer for Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell. A new granite panel at the Guthrie Bell Tower will be unveiled honoring Yates at a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. He will then be inducted into the WKU ROTC Hall of Fame at 11:45 at the Kentucky Museum, alongside Lt. Col. Thomas Hightower of Bowling Green. The ceremony and induction will be attended by members of the Yates family and 85 members of his unit from Fort Campbell. Yates’ unit, along with 200 other people from campus, the community and the Hilltopper Battalion, will take part in a 5K run at 6:30 a.m. with proceeds benefitting the 1st Lt. Eric Yates Memorial Scholarship. Also taking place on Friday will be the Remembrance Day National Roll Call at Mass Media and Technology Hall. During the event, more than 6,000 names will be read.

6 a.m.: Wreath placed at Guthrie Tower. 6:30 a.m.: 5K Unit Run from Diddle Arena auxiliary gym to downtown Bowling Green and back to Diddle Arena. 9 a.m.: Remembrance Day National Roll Call at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. Names of Kentucky soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan will be read beginning at 3 p.m. 11 a.m.: Veterans Day ceremony at Guthrie Tower. Program will include remarks from WKU President Gary Ransdell and LTC Jason Caldwell and the unveiling of the Yates etching. 11:45 a.m.: ROTC Hall of Fame induction at Kentucky Museum. Program includes the induction of Eric D. Yates and Ken Hightower.

— Tessa Duvall

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For Guo, one of the biggest cultural differences has been American students’ individualism. “Americans are not afraid to speak their mind,� Guo said. Across Kentucky, the Confucius Institute provides 23 teachers from kindergarten to postgraduate levels. This number is up from 11 Chinese teachers last year. Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, Confucius Institute coordinator for education and community outreach, said she hopes to expand this number to 50 teachers next year. Based on the first year, Kirby-Stokes said the program has been a success. “(The schools) loved it. Every school wanted the teachers back,� she said. Denise Reetzke helped bring

The WKU Confucius Institute is now in its second year of implementing volunteer teacher programs which aim to bring student teachers from China to teach at Kentucky schools — three of which landed at WKU. This is part of the Confucius Institute’s broader initiative to help spread Chinese language and culture. Of the teachers at WKU, one is teaching a language class and two are housed within the Confucius Institute to teach community-learning classes and provide tours to guests. Tian Xiaolin and Guo Shanfeng, both graduate students from China, prepared for three months in Beijing before coming to America.

the program to an elementary and high school in Franklin this year. After her daughter had participated in WKU’s China Flagship program, which offers students an accelerated Chinese course and opportunities to study abroad, Reetzke pushed to get Chinese teachers locally. “The young (elementary) students have totally embraced them. Walking down the hallway, if the Chinese teachers are there, the kids are saying ‘Nihao,’� she said. In Franklin, the teachers are introducing students to Chinese culture and language, Reetzke said, adding she hopes to increase the number of Chinese teachers next year from three to four. The Chinese teachers, who have been in Franklin for six

â– NEWS BRIEF Shuttle to Nashville airport to start tomorrow

There are also plans for the Institute to host trips to China for high school and WKU students during the summer. “China is the second largest economy and an important business partner. It’s important for the US and China to understand each other,� KirbyStokes said. “The Confucius Institute provides the opportunity for understanding.� Tian and Guo began teaching the classes on Sept. 18. In China, people had told them they would get “all you can eat KFC� because they were going to Kentucky. Even though they do not eat KFC, they both have a positive view of the country so far. “Americans are very friendly and polite,� Tian said. “Drivers stop when you are crossing the road.�


take place Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Downing University Center courtyard. During this time, the shuttle will be available for tours and representatives will be on hand to answer any questions. The service will be available to students, faculty, staff, departments and affiliated organizations. The shuttle

WKU Parking and Transportation Services will begin offering shuttle service to Nashville International Airport tomorrow thanks to a partnership with InShuttle Transportation, a Nasvhille-based company. A launch party will

weeks, have already been “embraced� by the community, Reetzke said. The teachers have been taken to a baseball game, a concert and even taught how to ride bikes. “I love that these three girls are going to go back to China say what a wonderful time they had,� Reetzke said. “They are going to take a good picture of America back.� The Confucius Institute is a program established by Hanban, China’s Ministry of Education. WKU established the first Confucius Institute in Kentucky after going through the process with Hanban two years ago. The institute is also hosting a music club and plans to partner with other departments to bring workshops related to the program to WKU.

will leave campus four times a day and will have six return services to WKU. The cost is $50 per student, $70 per employee and $63 for departmental groups of five or more for a oneway shuttle ticket. Reservations can be made online 24 hours in advance at — Tessa Duvall


Hudson said while she is an important piece for the team on offense and defense, the wins over the weekend can be attributed to the solid play of everyone on the team. “Everybody played well this weekend,� he said. “That’s really what you hope for at this point in the year.� Skinner said the experience gained by playing for a full season has helped WKU get noticeably better. “I can’t really put my finger on one thing we’ve really improved at, but you can just tell by watching that we’re a better team now than we were at the beginning of the year,� she said. In beating two more Sun Belt teams, the Lady Toppers continued their streak of dominance in the conference. WKU hasn’t lost a Sun Belt match since Oct. 4 against Middle Tennessee State, and has swept every conference opponent since then. Other than an Oct. 4 loss and a 3-2 win over Arkansas-Little Rock in September, the Lady Toppers have swept all 13 other Sun Belt matches this season. Senior middle hitter Tiffany Elmore said the Lady Toppers have been working hard to improve and, like Skinner said, you can see the results. “We’ve really been focusing on improving on our side of the ball,� she said. “It’s reassuring to be playing the way we are at this point.� The Lady Toppers will play their final


Eventually, Knecht hopes to have a local art day next semester on campus for elementary school children. “We want to get a lot of volunteers who are creatively inclined and set them up with students for a day,� she said.

It’s reassuring to be playing the way we are at this point." —Tiffany Elmore Senior middle hitter

regular season match of the season on Friday against MTSU, a familiar foe. MTSU is the only team to beat WKU in Diddle this season and is the only Sun Belt team to beat WKU. Hudson said while the stakes are higher on Friday, there’s nothing special the Lady Toppers are going to have to do to win in Murfreesboro. “We’re going to come into practice this week and continue to do what we do,� he said. Elmore has yet to win a Sun Belt regularseason title in her time at WKU, and a win on Friday would do it. She said winning is going to take a big effort from the Lady Toppers. “We’re tied for first with the regular-season (title) on the line, so we’re really excited going in,� she said. “We want to put our best effort out there and come back with a win.�

Knecht said that people should keep an eye out for upcoming events. Louisville senior Jill Meredith said she’s a friend of Knecht’s, and found out about the Art Feeds program from her after she came and talked to the art-related departments on campus. “She encourages children to creatively express themselves,� Mer-

edith said. Meredith was also present at the fundraiser on Thursday night and hopes that the funds will make Knecht’s dream program a reality. “Statistics show that people expressing themselves tend to lead better, happier lives,� Meredith said. “We want to give children that opportunity.�

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Lady Tops end season with loss to FIU in SBC final By AUSTIN LANTER

Despite not allowing a goal in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, the Lady Toppers returned home with a second place finish. For the third straight season, WKU lost in the tournament off penalty kicks. This year it was Florida International that sent the Lady Toppers packing after winning the shootout 4-3 to claim the championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. “We played the game as two halves,” Head Coach Jason Neidell said. “We were talking about the first 45 minutes being its own game, the second 45 being its own game. We didn’t play well in the first half, but we were tied 0-0. We had a fresh start, a new game in front of us.” WKU ended the season with an overall record of 13-6-3 and an appearance in the Sun Belt title game for only the second time in program history. FIU held WKU to zero shots in the first half, but the second half told a different story. The Lady Toppers outshot their opponents 13 to two in the half and 19 to eight for the game. Neidell said the Lady Toppers played a tremendous second half, claiming that the team was “magic.”

“I’m really, really proud of our team,” he said. “We played our best soccer of the season when it mattered most, which was during the second half and overtime. We can’t ask for anything more. We put it all out there and just came up short.” Four Lady Toppers were named to the All-Tournament team after the match — senior goalkeeper Libby Stout, senior forward Mallory Outerbridge, senior midfielder Kelsey Meyer and junior defender Ali Stahlke. Having played her last game in a WKU uniform, Stout said her career here has meant “everything” to her. “My best friends are on the team,” she said. “The coaches have been amazing. They brought me here to this school. It’s been a great ride. It would’ve been great to go out with a ring on my finger, but you take what you get.” Stout said she really enjoyed how the team came together this year, and how they made it about the team and not individuals. “We kind of started off as a team just getting to know each other,” she said. “We didn’t play the best at the beginning, but we gradually got better and better. Our best soccer was this game right here.” For senior midfielder Lindsay Williams, this season was a dream.


Senior goalkeeper Libby Stout is comforted by her teammates Saturday after Florida International scored a game-winning penalty kick, giving the Golden Panthers the Sun Belt Championship. Stout didn’t allow a goal during the conference tournament.

“We really played well and our goal was to improve as the season went along,” she said. “We definitely had our ups and downs along the way, but the overall trend was improved playing. This season is something to be proud of.” It was also a dream come true for her

to even play soccer at the collegiate level. “It was my dream since I was a little girl to play Division I college soccer,” she said. “I just appreciate so much the chance I got from the coaching staff and for them seeing something in me and believing in me.”

WKU to face ‘minor league NFL team’ LSU By BRAD STEPHENS

A 10-9 win over Florida International Saturday gave WKU its fifth consecutive win. What stands in the way of the Toppers stretching that streak to six? Just dozens of future NFL players, 2007 national championshipwinning Head Coach Les Miles and 92,400 fans that have seen their home team go 44-1 in Saturday night home games since 2002. That’s what WKU will be facing when it walks into Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., at 6 p.m. Saturday to take on Louisiana State, the nation’s No. 1 team.

Head Coach Willie Taggart referred to the Tigers Monday as “that minor league NFL team we’re playing this week.” “It’s not fair that we have to play an NFL team. I thought this was college football,” Taggart said smiling. “But it’s a great opportunity for our football program and for our guys to go up and see how far we are from being the No. 1 team in the country.” LSU secured its No. 1 ranking Saturday night with a 9-6 overtime road victory over then-No. 2 Alabama. In that game the Tigers came away with two drive-killing fourth quarter interceptions and held the

Crimson Tide scoreless on their lone overtime possession before kicker Drew Alleman sent LSU back home a winner with a 25-yard field goal. It was another notable win for the Tigers, who have also knocked off Oregon, West Virginia, Florida and Auburn this year. Taggart said LSU’s quality of talent across its entire roster separates the Tigers from other teams it’s played. “A guy can go down and then someone can come in,” he said. “If they didn’t have (different) numbers on, you couldn’t tell the difference.” Though WKU is currently in

the thick of the Sun Belt Conference championship race with a 5-1 league record, Taggart said he won’t be looking to prevent injury Saturday by resting starters. “That’s not football. That’s not competitive,” he said. “That’s basically saying you don’t have a chance and you might as well not play.” Taggart said he had encouraged the Toppers to avoid listening to people telling the team to just make it out of Tiger Stadium alive — including his own mother. “I told my mom I wasn’t talking to her this week because I’m sure she’ll tell me that too,” he said. “I’ll talk to her after the game.”

Saturday will be the first meeting between the two schools and the first time ever WKU has faced a Football Bowl Subdivision No. 1 team. The Toppers have also never defeated a Southeastern Conference opponent. Junior tight end Jack Doyle said he’s fine if no one gives WKU, currently 41-point underdogs, a chance to beat the Tigers. “Of course no one’s going to believe that,” Doyle said. “They can say what they want, but when it comes down to it, I’m 21 years old, they’re 21 years old, they grew up just like I did. Why not just go play football with them?”


But last season Tinius was just 6-of-15 and lost his job temporally to backup Monte Merrick. Taggart declared the kicking spot an “open competition” during fall camp, and Tinius won that competition over both Roy and Merrick. Then Tinius underwent his early season struggles, Merrick went down against Florida Atlantic with a hip flexor, and suddenly Roy became the team’s starter. Just one week prior to the FIU game Saturday, Roy had kicked an overtime game-winner against Louisiana-Monroe. Though the freshman had taken Tinius’ role, Taggart said the senior kept an upbeat attitude and became “the biggest cheerleader” on the Topper sideline. Taggart said it was Tinius’ attitude during times of adversity that made his game-winning kick even more special. “Couldn’t wish for anyone else to win that game for you than Casey,” Taggart said. “He’s been in a rut for whatever reason it was, now hopefully this is a start of a new beginning for him.” Taggart confirmed Monday that Tinius will be WKU’s starting kicker this Saturday against LSU. Making a kick against the BCS No. 1 Tigers would be a big moment in Tinius’ career, but he said it will be tough to unseat last Saturday’s game-winner as the biggest kick of his life. “It’s way above No. 2, very far above No. 2,” Tinius said. “I’ve never had one that meant this to me, that meant this much to our team.”

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The 6-foot-1 Detroit native also stayed on the floor for 21 minutes after averaging 12.8 minutes per game in 2010-11. “You’ve got to give credit to Keisha for knowing what her physical presence and her size can do for her,” Cowles said. “She has a level of quickness for her size that’s really unfamiliar with bigger post players like her, and give her credit for knowing that.” Owens and Mosley had to lead WKU back from behind against a pesky Panther team. KWC used an effective half court offense to stay with the Lady Toppers for much of the first half and led 31-29 just three minutes before halftime. But WKU finished the half on an 8-0 run to take a 37-31 lead to the locker room. The Panthers hit a threepointer to begin the second half, but the Lady Toppers followed with an 18-3 run that gave them a commanding

COLLEGE HEIGHTS HERALD 18-point lead. Mosley scored six points during that stretch. Cowles said she expects those kinds of performances from Mosley to be a theme this year. “Keisha has matured and I think she’s more comfortable in knowing, ‘This is what my team needs out of me,’” Cowles said. “I think we’re going to see a lot of positive things coming on a consistent basis from Keisha Mosley this year.” Owens and Mosley were joined in the WKU starting lineup Sunday by senior forward Teranie Thomas, senior guard Vanessa Obafemi and sophomore guard Chaney Means. The Lady Toppers’ seven freshmen all also saw playing time, most notably forward Chasity Gooch and guard Alexis Govan. Cowles said she thought the freshmen played “phenomenal” in their first time at Diddle Arena, but expected them to have to overcome the same jitters Saturday when



Senior forward Keisha Mosley drives to the basket for two of her 20 points in WKU’s 84-59 win over Kentucky Wesleyan. Mosley shot 9 of 12 from the field and was flanked by senior forward LaTeira Owens’ game-high 26 points.

WKU opens its regular season against Towson. “To be honest, Saturday will

be an unknown (for the freshmen) because it’s in the winloss column,” Cowles said. “All


“I think they did good,” he said. “A bunch of young guys, a lot of true freshmen. They did real good — played hard. I think they all put in a good amount of work.” Of the seven newcomers who played, six scored and totaled 50 of WKU’s 73 points. Along with Gordon, Snipes and Price, Kahlil McDonald was the other Topper in double figures with 11 points. The balanced scoring is

of us have to be extremely patient with these freshmen but they’re here for a reason.”

something Ken McDoanld said he hopes to see the rest of the season. “If everyone can contribute, I think everyone’s going to be happy,” he said. “There’s different ways to contribute — some might be scoring, some might be rebounding, some might be a defensive presence.” Sophomore forward Stephon Drane and junior guard Caden Dickerson both sat out Saturday. Drane is still recovering from a hyper-extended knee, while Dickerson was nursing a sore shoulder that he hurt in practice last week.

Dickerson is expected back this week and ready for WKU’s season-opener against St. Joseph’s on Friday. Until that game, Ken McDonald said there are a few things for the Toppers to work on. “Our post defense needs to get significantly better,” he said. “I thought our perimeter defense was pretty good, but now we just can’t allow the ball in the post that easy. “We’ve got to make a big jump in the next week and continue to work on that, but this is a good starting point.”

■ SPORTS BRIEFS WKU falls short on #wku22113 campaign Athletics Director Ross Bjork wrote an open letter to WKU fans Oct. 31 encouraging them to sell out Smith Stadium’s 22,113-seat capacity. Throughout the week, hashtags of #wku22113 accompanied tweets from Bjork, Taggart, players and other athletic department personnel. But the announced crowd came out to 15,293 — well short of the Toppers’ sellout goal. “It was disappointing, but not discouraging,” Associate Athletic Director Todd Stewart said of the crowd. “We’re certainly happy about the people that did come out. We certainly appreciate their loyalty and obviously for those that didn’t come out. We just have to keep engaging them. “We had great fans that came out. We’d just like to see more of them come out.” WKU has averaged 15,285 fans through five games this season at Smith Stadium. — Brad Stephens

Swimmers prove mental toughness over weekend The WKU swim team didn’t let the challenge of having meets on back-toback weekends get them down physically or mentally. The men’s team (2-1) and women’s team (3-1) both added two wins to their résumé Friday after sweeping Atlantic Coast Conference schools Georgia Tech and Clemson.

Head Coach Bruce Marchionda said he never doubted his team would be ready physically. He said he was just concerned about the mental aspect. However, Marchionda said his team proved their mental toughness. “One of the main things I was very concerned about was could they emotionally get back up as well as they did the previous weekend against Kentucky,” Marchionda said. “They did a very nice job controlling that. We’re very young with a lot of freshmen and a lot of new faces, and so for them to handle something like that, I was extremely pleased.” Marchionda said while he found out a lot about the potential of the freshman during the recruiting process, it’s still been exciting to see their mentality through each meet. He also praised the leadership of his upperclassmen. “The freshman class has been able to step in and have an immediate impact in what we’re trying to do here,” Marchionda said. “They’re excited about what’s going on. That’s a big part. “Right now it’s just a really good blend of leadership from the upperclassmen and new blood from the freshmen that’s producing really good chemistry.” Marchionda said that type of chemistry is what produces championships, which he said is the ultimate goal. “Right now I think we have a chance to win the Sun Belt Conference championship the way we’re swimming now,” he said. “It’s early and we have a long way to go, but we will be competitive and we will challenge for that title.” — Kurt Carson


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Lady Tops look to clinch SBC regular season title Friday By LUCAS AULBACH


WKU players gather around Senior Casey Tinius moments after he kicked a game-winning field goal Saturday in the Toppers’ 10-9 victory over Florida International. Tinius hadn’t made a field goal since WKU’s season opener against Kentucky.

'A long time coming' Former starter Tinius wins job back with game-winner By BRAD STEPHENS

Casey Tinius said he had always been mentally ready to go in if his time came. The senior kicker, 1-for-8 on field goal attempts this season coming into Saturday, had seen his job taken by freshman Jesse Roy and hadn’t kicked since Oct. 15. But when Roy missed two field goal attempts Saturday against Florida International, Head Coach Willie Taggart told Tinius to warm up. His first and only attempt of the day came as the Toppers trailed 9-7 with four seconds left, needing to make a 34-yard kick to win the game. Taggart walked around the sidelines as Tinius trotted on to the field, telling his team to believe the former Bowling Green High School standout would kick WKU to its fifth straight win. “I went by and asked them all, ‘Why do you look nervous? He’s going to make this,’” Taggart said. “’He’s going to make this kick.’” Tinius proved his coach right, put-

ting the kick through the center of the uprights and into a crowd of celebrating fans standing in the grass area behind the end zone. An emotional Tinius was lifted by players and paraded around the field, his kick securing a 10-9 win. The victory gave WKU a 5-1 Sun Belt Conference record and put the Toppers one win away from bowl eligibility. “That had kind of been a long time coming for me,” said Tinius, named the starter for this weekend's game against Louisiana State. “When you really stop and think about it, that should be a kick that there’s no hesitation for him to send us out there to try. “That should be a kick made at least 90 percent of the time for a college kicker. I’m just glad I could do it for these guys.” Tinius’ kicking struggles had dated back to the 2010 season. A sophomore in 2009, he was one of the best kickers in the Sun Belt that season, going 14-of-19 for a winless WKU team. SEE TINIUS, PAGE 8

The Lady Toppers had no troubles during their final regular season road trip over the weekend. Now the stage is set for a match this Friday with the Sun Belt East division on the line. It was business as usual for WKU (27-3, 14-1 Sun Belt Conference) as it swept South Alabama on Friday and Troy on Saturday. The wins increased the Lady Toppers’ most recent winning streak to six matches and pushed their total to 27 — the most in the nation. Head Coach Travis Hudson said while his team wasn’t perfect, he saw some things he liked during the matches in Alabama. “We played well,” he said. “We could have played better, but in the end it’s always exciting to get a couple of wins on the road.” Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner was a big part of WKU’s success. She led the Lady Toppers in kills and digs in both matches and recorded two more double-doubles, bringing her season total to 17. SEE TITLE , PAGE 7


Frontcourt stars in Lady Toppers' exhibition win By BRAD STEPHENS

LaTeira Owens and Keisha Mosley didn’t have much trouble in the post Sunday against Kentucky Wesleyan. The two senior forwards combined to score 46 points in leading WKU to an 84-59 exhibition win over the Panthers at Diddle Arena. “We have a good post game,” Owens said. “And that’s what we rely on because it will open up for our guards.” Owens was selected in October to the All-Sun Belt Conference second team, the only Lady Topper to make any of the three all-league teams. She notched a double-double against KWC, grabbing 26 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting and 10-of11 on free throws. “LaTeira, going (to the line) 11 times and making 10 of them, that’s a big time opportunity to gather some points for our team,” Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said. “Hopefully that will continue to be a consistent piece to our offensive game plan.” Meanwhile Mosley, a former transfer from Purdue, shot 75 percent in scoring 20 points. SEE COURT, PAGE 9


Newcomers impressive in first game as Toppers By COLE CLAYBOURN

Before the question could even be completed, freshman Derrick Gordon laughed about how nervous he was heading in to Saturday’s exhibition game against Xavier (La.). “First college basketball game — I believe every freshman goes through it. I had butterflies,” Gordon said. “But once I got my first bucket and got the crowd involved, I fed off the crowd.” It was the first chance for nine newcomers to play a game in front of the Diddle Arena crowd. After a slow start, WKU — which started three freshmen — outlasted Xavier for a 73-61 victory.

Freshman forward Nigel Snipes said he too felt some “jitters” when he took the court. Head Coach Ken McDonald said that’s natural for young players to feel that way. But he said he didn’t see nerves affecting the young players like he expected. “There were a couple times when it was all freshmen on the court and you think you’re going to see some really sloppy basketball,” he said. “But we’re going to throw these guys in the fire. Everyone knows it. Everyone knows they’re going to play.” Snipes and Gordon both said once the game got going, out went the nerves. Snipes posted a double-

double — 11 points and 11 rebounds — while Gordon led all scorers with 17 points to go along with three rebounds and three steals. Freshman forward George Fant and freshman guard T.J. Price started alongside Gordon. Fant scored seven points and pulled down five rebounds while Price scored 12 points. Gordon played 36 minutes — the most of any player on the floor. Senior guard Kahlil McDonald praised Gordon’s stamina as well as Snipes’ double-double and said he was impressed by how well the newcomers played their first time out. COOPER BURTON/HERALD


Freshman forward George Fant, left, and freshman guard Derrick Gordon gather to shake hands with Xavier (La.) players after WKU’s 73-61 exhibition win in Diddle Arena. Gordon led all scorers with 17 points, and Fant added seven in the players’ debut.



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