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DUC -- The $49 million renovation project has moved many services it used to house to other buildings on campus. The DUC Annex will stay open during the entire renovation process.







GARRETT -- The conference center now houses the ID Center, WKU Store, Post Office and Students In Free Enterprise.





TOPPER CAFE -- The new structure houses the Fresh Food Company this year only. After the completion of the DUC renovation, the structure will be turned back into green space.

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WKU transforms campus with construction KAYLA SWANSON NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM

Students returning to WKU may feel like incoming freshmen as construction projects started over the summer have seemingly turned WKU’s campus into a different school. Despite the changes, John Osborne, vice president for Campus Services and Facilities, said WKU did most of the construction during the summer to limit the disruption to students. Renovations of Downing University Center progressed throughout the summer. Students will not be able to see most of the construction in DUC, due to a barrier that blocks the side where Fresh Food Company was located. “Most of it will be behind closed doors,” said Bryan Russell, director of Planning,

Design, and Construction. The DUC renovation project began on June 26 and is set to finish on July 15, 2014. Russell said the contractor, Whittenberg Construction, has completed steam and utility tunnels on the Avenue of Champions side of the building. There was also demolition work during that time. Russell said most of the interior has been demoed, but some demolition work is still taking place. He said the demolition process for DUC is different than others in the past because a goal for the building is to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. A LEED certified building promotes SEE CHANGES A2

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DUC construction forces tailgaters to spread across campus KAYLA SWANSON NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM

South Lawn won’t be the center of tailgating for game day like in years past. The Downing University Center renovation project and new Topper Cafe site have taken up most of the lawn. WKU Athletics Director Todd Stewart said the game day experience over the next two years will be different while construction takes place. “There will be some tenting and some tailgating in the South Lawn area, but certainly not as much as there has been before,” Stewart said. Stewart said most tailgating activities are going to move up Avenue of Champions, closer to the student tailgating area. There will also be a greater fan presence on Grise Hall lawn. William Skaggs, the director of Annual Giving for WKU, previously tailgated on South Lawn, but will now get ready for the game on McCormack Hall lawn. “Mainly it’s a location change obviously, but we’ll still have the same group of friends and

fans,” Skaggs said. The university plans to use more of the parking lot space than they have in the past. “Campuses throughout the country tailgate on parking lots,” said Howard Bailey, vice president for Student Affairs. “We’ve got wonderful locations and a lot of other grassy areas beyond the South Lawn.” President Gary Ransdell said he hopes students and fans are going to take advantage of the entire campus on game days. “Any place on campus, just have at it, and make the campus, all of the campus, come alive on game day,” Ransdell said. Bailey said the mentality that tailgating has to occur in only one area will have to change. “These next two years we’re going to take it as an opportunity to expand tailgating and hopefully get our students and other fans to understand that you don’t have to be in direct sight of the stadium to tailgate,” Bailey said.




Bi-term proposal aims to help students graduate sooner


recycling and sustainable practices. “The demolition contractor has to come in and they have to separate materials,” he said. “They’ll put the metal together, they’ll recycle the ceiling tiles, they’ll take out the stone, they’ll take out the steel, and all those things go into different bins that has to be measured and accounted for.” Achieving LEED certification is a requirement for new construction projects at WKU. WKU is seeking a silver level LEED certification for DUC. There is still access to DUC on the Avenue of Champions side of the building, through the Annex. The DUC Food Court is open during the renovation, accessible only on the Minton side, but Fresh Food Company has moved to Topper Cafe on South Lawn. According to Tim Colley, Dining Services director, Fresh Food will be in Topper Cafe for the next school year until it moves back to DUC. The DUC Food Court and Red Zone will replace Fresh Food in the Topper Cafe for the 2013-2014 school year. “So far the reaction to Topper Cafe has been very positive,” Colley said. “It’s different from what you anticipate when you see it from the outside. That’s what everybody has said.” Topper Cafe owner, Mike Murphy, of Scott, Murphy, and Daniel Construction Company, will remove the facility and South Lawn will again be green space. In addition to the DUC renovation, construction of Subway and Provisions on Demand at Bates-Runner Hall and Panda Express at Garret Conference Center also happened during the summer. Subway, which opened on August 19, and Provisions on Demand, or POD, will be combined. POD is scheduled to open the first week of classes. Panda Express was delayed from opening at the start of the semester. It is now scheduled to open on September 23. “There are always opportunities in construction projects for them to run late and this one has just run a little behind,” Colley said.


WKU is exploring the option of emphasizing more bi-term courses instead of full semester classes. The proposal was made public at Friday’s faculty convocation, entitled “An Increased Emphasis on Biterm Learning at WKU?” Written by a small committee, the initiative was headed by Gordon Emslie, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “This idea is very much a ‘work in progress,’” Emslie said in the proposal. Emslie said the earliest draft of the bi-term idea involved a full transition to bi-term courses. The most recent proposal focuses on exploring bi-term classes. Of the roughly 2,800 course offerings listed on the university website, 5 percent are bi-term classes, according to the proposal. Under the proposed system, students would take

only two or three classes lasting seven weeks, half of WKU’s traditional 14-week semester. After the first biterm, students would then select another two or three classes for another sevenweek period. The proposed bi-term scheduling would also change tuition payments to paying per-credit hour. One of the biggest benefits touted in the proposal is the ability for students to easily graduate in three years instead of four. “With this, you can take a full-time load with biterms plus a summer or winter course and graduate in three years,” President Gary Ransdell said of the plan. Ransdell said these were “plans we have some degree of confidence in, but they’re not absolute.” Student Government Association President Cory Dodds said he strongly disapproves of the current

proposal. “I just don’t see this proposal being good for students,” Dodds said. “One of the pros the administration was trying to push off this schedule is that they would be more flexible, but I don’t see how that’s possible.” Dodds said he’d be okay with seeing more general education classes offered as bi-terms, but believes not all full-semester courses could adequately be taught in seven weeks. “The scary part of what they’re proposing is that this academic calendar change is paired directly with per-credit hour tuition billing,” Dodds said. “That is very detrimental. I think it could have far reaching consequences for recruiting students, for revenue, for almost everything.” Currently, Dodds is planning a resolution in SGA that opposes the proposal, particularly the per-credit hour billing.

WKU engaged in 9 on-going lawsuits SHELBY ROGERS NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM

case is currently pending before the court. •

WKU is currently involved in nine lawsuits, said Deborah Wilkins, chief of staff and general counsel. Despite having some of the cases extend further than she anticipated, Wilkins said she’s confident WKU will come out fine when the court makes its rulings. •

Junlian Zhang v. WKU – Filed Nov. 26, 2007 Zhang, a former WKU employee, claims she was fired because of discrimination regarding her gender and pregnancy. The jury rendered a verdict in favor of WKU in September 2010. Zhang has since filed two appeals in December 2010. The first appeal was based on the summary judgment’s dismissal of several of Zhang’s claims. The second appeal was based on the trial judgment. Wilkins said both appeals will be consolidated so the case can proceed in a unified manner. •

Elizabeth Esters v. WKU – Filed Oct. 6, 2009

Joe Martin v. WKU, Sodexo – Filed Feb. 10, 2011

Martin claimed WKU and Sodexo — a food and facilities management service WKU uses — terminated his employment in retaliation for Martin filing a workers’ compensation claim. WKU filed a motion for summary judgment. The case remains pending before the court. •

Marilyn Gardner v. WKU – Filed May 24, 2011

Gardner claimed WKU discriminated against her on the basis of disability and retaliation. This case is currently pending. •

Amy Eckhardt v. WKU – Filed July 11, 2011

Eckhardt claimed WKU violated the Kentucky Whistleblower Act and Kentucky Open Records Act. She also claims invasion of privacy and libel in relation to her termination from WKU on April 2011. The case remains pending before the court. •

Arianna Petty v. WKU – Filed Dec. 16, 2011

Elizabeth Esters, who voluntarily retired from the university, claims WKU breached her employment contract. Both parties involved have agreed to submit briefs and accept a judge’s review and ruling, meaning a jury will not hear the trial. The case is pending.


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Former student Arianna Petty claimed she suffered physical and emotional damage from a fight with another female student. Petty also claimed WKU was negligent by not preventing the fight. WKU has filed a motion to dismiss the case based on lack of jurisdiction. The Kentucky • Gina Brown v. WKU – Filed March 19, 2010 Board of Claims heard Petty’s claim and it granted a motion for dismissal on March 5. The court Brown was fired from the university in Janu- gave Petty until May 21 to file an amended comary 2009, and complained of a hostile envi- plaint. This claim is being held until the Circuit ronment based on her gender and race, and Court case is resolved. disparate treatment based on gender, race, age and retaliation. The case was set for a jury • Cheryl Lewis-Smith v. WKU – Filed Jan. 30, 2012 trial on May 15, but Brown’s attorney moved for it to be postponed. Former employee Cheryl Lewis-Smith filed a • Raymond Elms v. WKU – Filed Nov. 10, 2010 civil suit claiming WKU eliminated her position due to her race, age and as a result of retaliation Elms claimed his termination from WKU in for bringing discrimination concerns to the uniOctober 2010 stemmed from age discrimina- versity’s attention. No other developments have tion. The discovery process is proceeding. The occurred as of August 24. CRIME REPORTS Arrests •Bowling Green senior Jordan Danridge was arrested on Aug. 26 for reckless driving, DUI and no operator’s license. •Versailles junior Logan Vance was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place on Aug. 25. Reports •Brentwood, Tenn. freshman Slade White was served a criminal summons for assault and menacing through WKUPD on Aug. 26. White also received a citation for possession of alcohol by a minor. •Justin Lee McDole, Barnes Campbell, freshman, reported his Garmin GPS stolen from his vehicle parked in Creason Lot on Aug. 26. The estimated value of the GPS is $200.




Summer scholarship boosts enrollment TAYLOR HARRISON and vice president for hour of tuition. NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM Academic Affairs, said Somerset

Enrollment saw a boost this summer, thanks in part to the new summer scholarship program. Alicia Bingham, coordinator for Summer Sessions and Winter Term, said because of the scholarships, the head count for students was up this year. “We feel like it helped a lot of students," Bingham said, “especially undergraduate seniors to be able to afford summer school.” Gordon Emslie, provost

the number of undergraduate seniors that took six or more hours in the summer grew by 40 percent in 2012. Total summer session enrollment went up by about 1 percent, Emslie said. The summer scholarships offered one free credit hour for undergraduate students who were taking at least six hours and had a 3.0 GPA or higher. This scholarship gave the 1,100 students one

junior Lendee Sanchez received one of the scholarships, but said she still had to take out student loans. Sanchez said she took classes on campus rather than online because she wanted to be more hands-on and get back to WKU after studying abroad in the spring. “It was my first time in summer classes and I loved it,” Sanchez said. “They were very laid back, and the fact that I had one at a time over

three months made focusing on the work easier.” WKU Summer Sessions reported 6,569 students took classes this summer, an increase of 56 additional students signing up this year. Emslie said more students are signing up for summer sessions and they are taking more courses. “When we ran the numbers, we found a lot students were here during the summer and were taking one

course,” Emslie said. “And we said, ‘Well, why not take two?’” “So we said, if you take a second course, we’ll give you one hour of credit, essentially as a scholarship.” The funds for these scholarships came from the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s budget. Emslie said the enrollment increase was enough to cover the costs. Bingham said that while summer sessions can help students grad-

uate faster, obtaining financial aid in the summer is getting harder. “So, we were just trying to come up with something to help our students with that financial burden because we do know that it’s well worth it,” Bingham said. Emslie also said that there will be summer scholarships again next year. “We’re very pleased that it contributed to summer enrollment and student success, and so it’s a good thing,” Emslie said.



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New design one of many changes to Herald THE ISSUE: As the Downing University Center renovations continue, our campus is in the midst of a major change and with that has come major construction, building swaps and confusion. OUR STANCE: The College Heights Herald has made changes, too, and has undergone a reconstruction of our own — all in the name of bringing better news and visuals to students. By now students have arrived onto campus, into their dorms and settled into their apartments. Classes are under way and “syllabus days” are coming to an end. It is time for work, and if there is anything apparent looking around campus, it’s that there is a lot of work going around. Construction is the biggest topic coming into the semester. The Herald is going through major changes, too. Many may notice that our paper has been redesigned into a bolder, more expressive format. The new front page allows for more color and more previews of inside content. Our masthead has been rebranded, and we are looking to make the paper appear as fresh as ever. The redesign, however, is not the only change. This semester we will be implementing a Friday political page to keep students up to speed and informed on the 2012 presidential and state elections. The page will contain campaign news, an expert's corner, weekly student

face-offs on each topic, and all the info we can fit onto a newspaper page. Students can continue to share news and opinions online as we urge you to use the #chhpolitics hashtag to tweet how you feel about the upcoming elections. The political page is not the only new introduction for the paper, as the other sections of the papers will be implementing new changes as well. The news section will be branching out from hyperlocal news to bigger issues and national happenings. Our diversions staff has expanded as well with a fashion column, financial column and movie reviews. The staff will continue to feature students doing unusual, extraordinary, and interesting things. This semester, we also look to cover more topics that relate to the lifestyle of a college student. Our photo staff is looking to gain a stronger online presence with deeper stories. We will also be increasing multimedia video pieces that bring a new dynamic to the storytelling that takes place on our campus. Our sports staff will continue to bring you quality game coverage, of both home and road games. We will feature more of our WKU athletes and implement “Toppers in the Pros” that will cover and keepsup with Hilltopper athletes as they continue their professional sports careers. Overall, the Herald looks to be more responsive, with more range,

and more depth. We look to utilize our online presence even more with polls, Storified Twitter stories and a new commenting section on our website. Comments on our website have been connected to Facebook so that users no longer have to log on to the site to share their opinions with us. We are a paper run entirely by students with our own editorial independence. Our mission is to cover as much of WKU’s campus as possible with the most accurate and relevant news. However, it is a two-way street. We will strive to bring news to WKU students and we hope that you

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Take advantage of everything WKU has to offer On behalf of the Student Government Association, I would like to welcome you to the Hill! Whether you are just beginning your journey or returning for the last time, I wish you the best this year. Your time in college is, in addition to other things, a time of growth. The Hilltopper experience provides many opportunities for you to grow not only academically, but in other areas as well. I urge you to take advantage of the opportunities presented to you on the Hill. Reach outside your comfort zone and try something new. Since the next four years is a time for you to grow, my hope is that you achieve your full potential by taking an active part in student

life. My executive teammates and I have several goals for the SGA this year. However, my biggest hope is that you choose to get involved with student government. As an organization, SGA has the opportunity to have a substantial impact on campus policy and issues that concern our students. However, without your voice and your concerns, we are losing out on valuable opportunities. The decisions that are made within SGA both contribute to Western Kentucky University today and help safeguard the Hilltopper experience for future students. If at any time you have an issue or concern

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native who has separated himself as a solid No. 3 back in camp and been praised by players and coaches this fall, will join them. Allen wasn’t allowed to talk to the Herald for this story, per a WKU football policy which prevents freshmen from talking to the media. Simpson was listed as the the Toppers' No. 1 running back on the team depth chart released Monday at the team's weekly media luncheon. However that doesn't mean only Simpson will play, coach Willie Taggart said. "We'll have a rotation when we go in there, and as the game goes on we'll adjust," he said. Andrews thinks Allen, along with the rest of WKU’s running backs, gives the Toppers great depth at the position. “Coach Taggart’s been trying to pound that into the system for the longest time — a running back by committee,” Andrews said. “Going through this fall camp, it’s starting to show that we’ve got a one-two-three punch, and even a one-two-

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three-four punch if more guys step up.” The running backs have had three weeks to prove themselves to the coaching staff. Players reported to fall camp on Aug. 5 and practiced almost every day until camp concluded on Saturday. Those three weeks have given all of the running backs time to work together, and Andrews said he and Simpson share a strong bond with the rest of the running backs. “At the end of they day, we’re all best friends when we step out here on the field,” he said. “We’re all competing for the first spot, but we’re teammates. “Me and Keshawn have been going at it since I’ve been here so it’s always great competition.” Rainey won’t be scoring touchdowns for the Toppers this year, but Taggart thinks the example he set remains a strength for WKU. “They played with Bobby and I think it gives them some motivation knowing that they can play with an NFL-caliber player,” he said. “They can see that Bobby went out and did something and it’s on them to go out and do something now.”

SOCCER BRIEF The Lady Toppers rolled past their opponents to go undefeated in the Ball State Tournament this weekend in Muncie, Ind. The first game was a 3-0 win over Xavier on Friday. WKU (3-1) had possession for most of the game and took 25 shots against its opponents. “I really liked the way we played,” coach Jason Neidell said. “Our girls came out and had two goals for the game. “One was to win the possession battle and the other was to win 50/50 battle. I thought we did a terrific job possessing the ball.” The first goal came in the 29th minute when sophomore Allie Auscherman converted a pass from senior Amanda Buechel. Later in the game, an opponent took Buechel down in

the box when she was looking toward the goal, which resulted in a penalty kick. Senior Ali Stakhle converted the kick. Freshman Lauren Moats scored the third goal in the 83rd minute, putting the ball in the corner of the net. The second game was a 2-1 win over Northern Kentucky on Sunday. Buechel scored both goals, the first coming in the fifth minute when Buechel was at the top of the keeper box and put the ball in off a pass from Auscherman. In the 71st minute, Buechel faced a one-on-one situation with NKU’s keeper, and shot the ball from the left into the right corner of the net. WKU returns home on Sept. 9 to play Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. — Natalie Hayden





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the deCONTINUED FROM SPORTS fending Sun Belt Player of the Year, said the WKU will have to final match against defend Hillary Ply- Morehead State was bon, who was named the game they knew to the Memphis All- they had to win to set Tournament team the tone for the year. after posting 44 kills “On paper the other this weekend, averag- teams (University of ing 2.93 kills per set. Louisville and Penn Ashley Potts, the State) were supposed Sun Belt Conference to win,” Skinner said. preseason Defensive “We knew that the Player of the Year en- Morehead game was ters the match look- the one we really ing to add on to her had to win. I think already impressive we came back from start to the year as those two losses, she leads the defense did what we had to with 48 digs, 4.80 per do and played really set. hard.” Austin Peay will be The Lady Toppers the second straight dominated the Lady Ohio Valley Confer- Eagles from start to ence opponent for finish in the shutout the Lady Toppers, (25-19, 25-16, 25-17). who earned their first Ashley Potts led the win of the season defense with 17 digs, against Morehead followed by Skinner, State, 3-0, on Satur- who posted a double-


double, with 13 kills and 11 digs. Skinner now has 26 double-doubles in her WKU career. The Lady Toppers showed improvement from Friday night’s Louisville matchup when they played No. 3 Penn State on Saturday afternoon. Penn State, the highest-ranked team on WKU’s schedule, used its height to sweep the Lady Toppers 3-0. That loss came after WKU lost to in-state rival Louisville 3-1. “Right now it’s all about building your team this early in the year,” Hudson said. “I thought we built some great momentum against Penn State, and it carried over well in the Morehead State match.”

May 25 — WKU baseball’s Sun Belt title hopes ended with a 5-3 loss to South Alabama at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Toppers finished 25-33, the team's worst since 2006.

Aug. 3 — Swimmer Claire Donahue became the first former WKU athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. She swam the butterfly leg of the 4x100 medley relay prelims in 58.05 seconds.

way into the press and perhaps even lose perspective,” Policy said. “He found the right way to get across to these young athletes who needed coaching so badly in that particular area.” But Stewart’s career was altered when owner Randy Lerner released Stewart and the Browns’ other vice presidents in 2004. His next job came in the college ranks as associate commissioner of communications with the Sun Belt Conference, a role he held from 2005-2008. During that time, one Sun Belt school stuck out to him, Colin Stewart said. “We were discussing the conference and its teams and I remember him explicitly saying

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June 24 — The NCAA denied WKU transfer Michael Bradley’s request to play in 2012-2013. Bradley, a 6-foot-10 forward, will play at Vincennes University.


So what was he makDuring his time with ing when the Colts cre- the Colts, he served as CONTINUED FROM SPORTS ated a full-time posi- a handler for quartertion for him in 1991? backs Jim Harbaugh “My starting salary and Peyton Manning. expectations for evBut Larry Hall, Colts erything and they ex- was $15,000,” he said. “That’s not probably VP of ticket sales, said pected excellence,” he said. “That’s when it what you think about much of Stewart’s impact came not in his became crystal clear going to college.” But the fact Stewwork with stars, but to me that that’s what I art was doing what he in “shepherding” less wanted to do.” loved made salary less heralded players who From there he sent important, he said. had never worked with resumes and cover letters to each NFL, NBA Someone’s going to have and MLB team, along to pay serious money to with the pro golf and tennis tours. even talk to him He finally landed a — President Gary Ransdell seasonal internship with the Indianapolis “I wasn’t doing it for media. Colts. the money, I was doing He did similar work it because that’s what in Cleveland, Policy 'In my heart' was in my heart and said. that’s what I enjoyed “He started explainTodd Stewart re- doing,” he said. ing that even the comceived six years of Stewart worked for ments you make to education at two ma- the Colts from 1991- your barber or your jor universities. He'd 1999, writing press friend who lives next worked in an SEC me- releases, marketing in door can find their dia relations depart- the community and ment at UT and as a conducting interviews Colts intern. and press conferences.


Aug. 9 — Former WKU running back Bobby Rainey made his NFL preseason debut with the Baltimore Ravens. Rainey ran 12 times for 36 yards and caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta.

that Western Kentucky had the most successful programs,” Colin said. “I think he was very impressed with the quality of people he met at WKU.”

'Don't settle, be proactive' When Stewart was hired by WKU AD Wood Selig in 2008, one of the first places he looked at was Smith Stadium’s press box. The football Toppers were making the transition from Division I-AA (now known as the Football Championship Subdivision) to Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision). WKU was still I-AA when it came to the press box, Stewart said. “When you walked in that press box, it

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didn’t say I-A,” he said. “We needed to paint it. We needed carpeting. “We needed new chairs, we needed new countertops, we needed some signage and some logos up there… Dress it up.” The press box renovation led by Stewart was one of the projects that put him in line for a promotion to senior associate AD in 2010. Then when Bjork left for Ole Miss Stewart became interim replacement. It was that probationary period when Stewart earned the full-time job, president Gary Ransdell said. “I took my time with that search process on purpose,” Ransdell said. “Once I made Todd the interim AD I wanted sufficient time to observe him.” “…I could see a difference in our athletic department.” Ransdell spoke with some other candidates but didn’t invite any to WKU for formal interviews, instead sticking with Stewart. His five-year contract grabbed attention because of the $1 million buyout that must be paid should he leave before the end of the deal. On the buyout, Ransdell said, “I should’ve done that with Ross (who stayed for two years)." “I want Todd to knock ‘em dead and I want people banging at the door to come after him,” Ransdell said. “I think we can keep him, but if for whatever reason he does get lured away, someone’s going to have to pay serious money to even talk to him.” Stewart said he was fine with the buyout, saying his wife, Rebecca, and son, Blake, 12, are happy at WKU and in Bowling Green. As for his vision for the department, Stewart has placed signs throughout Diddle Arena's athletic offices that read “Don’t settle, be proactive.” Greater postseason success across all sports, sold out stadiums, perfect graduation rates, NCAA compliance and continual facility improvements will be priorities for Stewart’s department, he said. “Yes, we’ve had a lot of success and yes, we’ve achieved a lot, but don’t be content,” Stewart said. “There are things that we haven’t achieved that we can achieve and that’s really what we need to be focused on now.”



Running backs have a chance to be '1-2-3-4 punch' LUCAS AULBACH SPORTS@WKUHERALD.COM

You might not recognize the WKU backfield when it takes the field on Saturday against Austin Peay, but the loss of Bobby Rainey doesn’t mean the loss of the Topper running game. As Rainey, WKU’s all-time leading rusher, continues playing for a Baltimore Ravens’ roster spot, WKU will trot out a full stable of running backs this season to replace the hole he left

in the offense. Two players in particular have gotten the majority of the carries during practice — juniors Keshawn Simpson and Antonio Andrews. Both backs bring a different skill set to the field. Simpson considers himself a power running back, while the lighter Andrews believes his agility and finesse are his strongest attributes. “We’re all really competitive,” Simpson said of the backs. “We’re all just trying to get more reps and lock up that starting spot.”

Simpson and Andrews haven’t spent the last two years riding the bench behind Rainey. Both saw action on the field last year — Simpson finished the season with 134 yards in eight games, while Andrews saw action at running back and as a kick returner, ending the year with 590 total yards. In addition to running the ball, Andrews will probably see time as a kick returner for the Toppers this season as well. Freshman running back John Evans, who is no longer with

the team, joined them in the backfield last season. Simpson said he and Andrews both learned a lot playing behind Rainey. “I’m really proud of him,” Simpson said. “He taught me a lot while he was here, and I know every guy on this team is rooting for him to do well up in Baltimore.” While neither has been named as the starter for the first game yet, both will probably see time in every game this year. Freshman Leon Allen, a Miami SEE PUNCH A5


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Carmen Policy said it wasn’t a typical new team 'love affair' when he took over the Cleveland Browns in 1998. The Browns would be coming back to the NFL in 1999 after a former owner moved the original Browns to Baltimore in 1995. Despite the Browns' comeback, there was still 'saltiness' among fans and local media over the original move, Policy said. So Policy, a former Super Bowlwinning executive, looked for a communications director to handle the delicate situation. He hired Todd Stewart, then one of the top media relations men with the Indianapolis Colts. Policy said it was one of the best moves he made in Cleveland. “He was engaged in combat duty, so to speak, every day of the week and he just handled it with tremendous aplomb and maturity that seemed to be way beyond his years,” Policy said. A decade and a half later, Stewart,

46, is back in the public eye, as he became WKU’s 15th athletic director on May 9. Stewart had already been named interim AD in March after Ross Bjork left for Mississippi. In the four years prior, Stewart had overseen WKU’s athletic media relations office and become No. 2 in the athletic power structure. While his selection was an internal promotion rather than an external hire, he doesn’t want his employees “putting it on cruise control,” he said. “Sometimes when someone gets promoted from within, there may be a feeling among some that the status quo is great and the status quo is acceptable,” Stewart said. “It’s not… There are things we can achieve that we haven't achieved before.”

A coach's son Todd Stewart’s career in athletics began early in childhood. His father, Colin Stewart, was an assistant basketball coach at Aus-


tin Peay for three years in the early 1970s. Todd, who was in elementary school, went with his father on recruiting and scouting trips. “He was really a joy sitting with coaches and keeping shot charts and statistics and seemed to have an understanding and a background of the game for a very young boy,” Colin said. Todd also traveled with the Austin Peay team to nearby games, including those at WKU, as the Governors and Toppers were Ohio Valley Conference rivals then. Being in locker rooms around college coaches and players also gave him “a foundation” for his future career, Colin said. “He not only heard our discussions but sensed there are some ups and downs in this business,” Colin said. Colin got out of coaching after Austin Peay and Todd, his younger brother, Mark, and his parents moved back to Cincinnati, their hometown. He grew up cheering for the Big Red Machine-era Cincinnati




Reds of the mid-1970s, playing the part of his Reds heroes like Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose during backyard baseball games. Todd played basketball and baseball while a student at Cincinnati’s Sycamore High School, though not with the success of his idols. “I loved to compete and loved to play, but the scouting report would probably say ‘Stewart's very average,’” Todd said. While Todd wasn’t the team star, Colin said sports brought out qualities in his son that would pay future dividends. “You couldn’t tell if he went 3-for-4 or 0-for-4," Colin said. “He was more interested in how the team did and he was very interested in his teammates. Their success seemed to supersede anything he would do.” Todd went to Miami (Ohio), majoring in communications before earning a master’s at Tennessee. The UT experience set Todd on his career path, he said. “…They had such high

LOUISVILLE — After opening the season on the road, the Lady Toppers will come home to Diddle Arena for the first time on Tuesday night. WKU will welcome the Austin Peay Lady Governors at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in Diddle Arena. The Lady Toppers head into this match up coming off a 1-2 start to the season after playing in the Active Ankle Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center over the weekend. The Lady Govs enter Diddle at 1-3 after playing in the Memphis Invitational. Lady Topper coach Travis

Hudson said his team will focus on identifying its own game heading into the home opener. “We’re probably not even going to mention Austin Peay in practice,” Hudson said. “It’s early in the year so we’re really going to focus on us. We’ll watch some film and work on the things we need to fix from this weekend.” Senior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner echoed her coach’s thoughts. “At this early in the season it’s more about playing your game,” Skinner said. “We have to figure out the kinks and everything about us rather than worrying about what the other team is going to do.” SEE VOLLEYBALL A7





Sisters from each sorority lined up chanting in the Mass Media and Technology Auditorium on Sunday. These women, known as “Pi Chis” to disguise affiliation with any sorority — who led the 434 recruits around during recruitment week — shouted the chants of all eight social sororities that participated as a way to end the week. Recruits had been handed bid cards by Pi Chis earlier in the day before signing with a sorority. Alissa Mansfield, coordinator of student activities for Greek affairs, said 285 girls signed a bid. The new members were gathered in Mass Media to celebrate and meet the rest of their

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new sorority sisters. The ceremony began with an opening statement by Paige Pardue, Panhellenic Association recruitment chair, wishing the new pledges well with their sorority. “I’m so happy you all have found your place,” Pardue said. The pledges spent time taking pictures with other new members, many holding up sorority signs with their fingers. Some of the girls embraced each other, excited about being chosen for the same sorority. Hopkinsville sophomore Jennifer Hanks, a new member of Chi Omega, said she just transferred to WKU from another school. “My favorite part of rush week has been getting my bid card and making new friends,” Hanks said. SEE BID DAY B2

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In its ninth year, students are still lining up for Big Red’s Blitz. The MASTER Plan event rounds up students to go out and volunteer at different organizations around Bowling Green. Students met at 9 a.m. Thursday and President Gary Ransdell encouraged them as they left to volunteer, reminding them of the importance of volunteering. Some of the volunteer organizations participating this year were Baptist Campus Ministry, the Bowling Green Humane Society and Helping Others Through Extended Love In the Name of Christ, or HOTEL INC. At Bowling Green Humane Society, a popular volunteer location, students bathed animals, as well as walked and groomed them. Lawrenceburg sophomore Caroline McDowell, chose to volunteer there because of her love for animals. “Getting into this program showed me that there is always something that needs to be done in the community,” McDowell said. Elizabeth Cooper, an adoption counselor for the Humane Society, said her work with the shelter started when she adopted a special needs cat five years ago. “I’ve always loved animals and everything that the Humane Society stands for,” Cooper said. Cooper said she spends 40 hours on the clock and 20 hours off at the Humane Society.


“It’s very rewarding knowing that you’re making a difference in their lives,” Cooper said. At HOTEL INC, incoming Louisville freshman Shavonne Salazar said she made collages so that the place would be homier. HOTEL INC is a Christian organization that helps needy or homeless people in the Bowling Green community. “Volunteering here has taught me more about the services that they offer to the

homeless,” Salazar said. “I was homeless my senior year, so it’s definitely important because everyone has a story.” Salazar said she’s already made plans to continue volunteering at HOTEL INC. Rhondell Miller, executive director of HOTEL INC, sent a big thank you to all of the WKU students who volunteered their time. “I would like students to know that they are welcome here to get their service hours or even if they need this service,” Miller said.





One sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, conducted its first formal recruitment since rejoining WKU’s greek life last year. Even with the addition of AXiD, Mansfield said all eight social sororities met their quota for members. Louisville senior Amanda Heim, a member of Alpha Delta Pi, was a Pi Chi during recruitment. “I loved being able to meet and become friends with girls in other sororities,” Heim said. Louisville freshman Olivia Guelda, a new member of Alpha Gamma Delta, said she’s glad she decided to rush. “Sorority rush week gave me a way to meet new people and step outside of my comfort zone,” Guelda said. IAN MAULE/HERALD MERCER, TENN. JUNIOR, JENNY SUTHERLAND, CHEERS WITH HER CHI OMEGA SISTERS OUTSIDE MASS MEDIA DURING BID DAY.

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Freshmen, on behalf of the College Heights Herald staff, welcome to Western Kentucky University! On a personal note, welcome to the best four years of your life. You may think I’m kidding or being sappy, which may be true, but the closer I get to graduation, the more I value my experiences here on the Hill. The Hill isn’t the same as it was three years ago. Believe it or not, when I came here in the fall of 2009, South Lawn extended all the way from Downing University Center to the front of Preston Center. DaVinci’s was brand new, the food court at the bottom of campus had ice cream and the fitness center inside Preston didn’t exist. Gary Ransdell Hall was just a

drawing, we were begging for a third parking structure and apartmentstyle housing was something we could o n l y dream of. All of these are now a reality, and t h e y ’r e HERRINGTON part of the reality that you’re living. The Hill is changing and growing, much like you will throughout your stay here. You’ll find that nobody here is going to force you to do anything. You must realize that it’s up to you to get up and go to class, do your homework and find time to eat. Professors here will push you to be your best. They won’t hold your hand while you

cross the proverbial street into college, but if you ask, they are known to go out of their way to help a student who desires success. Nobody on the Hill can force you to make wise decisions, though we may have plenty of advice to offer. Go to class. Get involved with a group. Don’t sit in your dorm room all day. Do your homework. Take those lanyards off your necks. Go to Great American Donut Shop at 3 a.m. (GADS is open 24/7, so feel free to go at any hour, really.) Shower. Please, oh please, shower. Study — not just the night before the test. Take your classes seriously. Ask for help when you need it. Get to know your RA and the people on your floor. Don’t use Facebook during class. Explore Bowling Green. Take the purple and yellow bus lines

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Students who study abroad typically only go for one semester, but Paintsville native Nate Hovee has made the trek abroad three times and is preparing for his next adventure. The Honors College student and fifthyear senior took his first trip abroad to Harlaxton College in spring of 2010. “I was doing the history class that is required, and I could actually travel to these places,� Hovee said. “I could see Roman ruins. I could go out and see St. Paul’s Cathedral, take a tour. I could go to the National Portrait Gallery and see the pictures

a textbook. And that made it more interesting.� The following year Hovee attended Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. Hovee, 23, is a broadcasting major concentrating in television/film production and is a selfproclaimed nerd. So being where “The Lord of the Rings� was filmed, was special for him. “I auditioned for ‘The Hobbit,’ I went to a casting call,� he said. “I didn’t get in, but it was just really exciting to be in the culture capitol of New Zealand.� In June, he traveled to Paris with Kerry Northrup’s col-

Hovee said he fills out scholarship and grant applications daily to fund his travels. He’s able to find things to apply for by working with advisers in his department along with the study abroad office, financial aid and the office of scholar development. This fall he will spend time in Istanbul. “I’m customizing my education to really make the most of my experience at Western,� he said. “It may have taken me five years to get through it, but those five years were spent doing so many things out of the box. I’m only investing in myself.�








downtown. As my daddy says, “Don’t be stupid.� Play intramural sports, or just go watch. Don’t spend your weekends at home. Go to the football games. And soccer. And softball. And basketball. Don’t stress out. Don’t be the person who fries eggplant for Valentine’s day, sets off the smoke alarm and locks people out of the building for an hour. (True story.) Use your meal plans wisely. If you have leftover meal plan dollars, use them to buy snacks for breaks. Invest in the milkshakes in Redzone — combine caramel and chocolate and you will never go back. Don’t stress out over classes. Decorate your room. Get a photo with Big Red (take your hat off first). Avoid doing laundry on the weekends. Don’t wear your lanyard around your neck...did I already say that?


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I know this is a lot, don’t try too hard to impress anyone. Be yourself. If you don’t like your major, change it. If you don’t like your hair, change it. If you don’t like your attitude, change it. If you don’t like the people you’re hanging out with, change friends. The people you meet here will be the ones who carry you through the ups and downs of becoming an adult. College is all about change — embrace it. The campus you see today won’t be the campus your friends and family visit for your commencement ceremony. More importantly, you won’t be the same person you are today. The Hill is what you make it, so choose to make it the best. So, to the Class of 2016, welcome to the Hill. But more importantly? Welcome home.

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Greetings, freshmen, and welcome back, returnees, to another round of the highs and lows that fit the definition of college life. I hope you all enjoy your stay. As you’re all well aware, we’re living in tumultuous times, and the future is looking pretty bleak. The national unemployment rate has been steady this year at around 8.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Once some of you graduate you’ll be part of the new norm of alumni who have to return home because the jobs associated with their four-year degree will either offer a paltry salary, bar you from entering because of lack of experience, or have dried up. Scary thoughts, huh? But there’s no need to panic. It can get better. All it takes is a better understanding of the financial world so you can be the architect of your own financial destiny. That’s what this column is designed to do. After graduating from WKU with a journalism degree in 2005, I bounced between newspaper and radio work for five years. I finally decided to return to WKU in 2011 to pursue a bachelor’s in business administration.

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will always be unexpected costs creeping around the corner, so plan for them. Set some emergency money aside for whatever disaster or surprise expense may come your way. You’ll be glad you did. With these tips in mind, I hope you’ll become more aware of how to better spend your money. But this is merely scratching the surface. With the personal finance world • Budget your money being so vast and my knowledge Like I said, your money has to in it being so limited, I’ve asked Dr. last, and the best way to do that Harold Little, an associate profesis to grocery shop outside of sor at the Gordon Ford College of campus. The food inside Garrett Business, and Financial Planning Conference Center and Downing Program Director Andrew Head to University Center is great, but it’s assist me in getting to the heart of also very expensive. As an alterthe topic. native, go to Kroger with a shopI’m going to ask you, the readers, WINKLEMAN per’s card. You’re able to get a lot to do something as well. If you have CASH CONSCIOUS of the food you want at budget any questions regarding your own prices. For even bigger savings, finances — it doesn’t matter if it’s as shop the in-store brand name instead of the simple as interest rates or the many flavors of popular brand. It’s virtually the same food but annuities — please send them to diversions@ cheaper and I’ll try to answer them in future columns. After all, the more you know • Plan for the unexpected about your money, the more you’ll be able to Whether you think it’ll happen or not, there keep in your pocket.

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