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Junior forward Teeng Akol retreats to the locker room following WKU’s 81-66 loss to UK Thursday night at the Yum! Center in Louisville.
What a ride! WKU’s season ends with loss to No. 1 Kentucky
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LOUISVILLE — The unstoppable force that was WKU for the past few weeks finally ran into an immovable object on Thursday night. WKU’s unexpected postseason run came to an end at the hands of top-seeded Kentucky, 81-66, at the KFC Yum! Center. Head Coach Ray Harper said he couldn’t have been more proud with how his team finished the season. “It’s been quite a journey,” he said. “I’m just thankful I was able to be along for the ride. They’re terrific and you got to see a little bit about their character and their heart. They just wouldn’t quit.” Heading into Thursday’s game, fresh-
man forward Vinny Zollo said WKU (16-19) was “running on fumes.” A spirited WKU group finally ran out of fumes against a Kentucky team that was simply bigger and more talented. “They ain’t the No. 1 seed in this tournament for nothing,” freshman guard Derrick Gordon said. “We just sort of rushed things in the first half. We didn’t get back in transition defense, and that messed us up a lot. We were doing some things we’re not used to doing.” WKU dug itself a hole early by forcing shots and not making the open ones, allowing UK (33-2) to open the game on 10-0 run. But freshman guard T.J. Price scored 10 points in a 12-0 run to give WKU a 12-10 lead. SEE RIDE, PAGE 3
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Students looking to grab a quick lunch from Subway or replace their student IDs were in for a surprise when they returned from spring break. The first floor of the Downing University Center has temporarily shut down as renovation pre-project construction is set to begin next week. The $49 million DUC renovation, which is being partially funded through a $70-per-semester student fee, is expected to be completed in July 2014. Bryan Russell, director of Planning, Design and Construction, said two bid
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packages for the construction project have been awarded and contractors are set to start work Monday. The two bid packages are for selective demolitions of the first and fourth floors and for site utilities for the Avenue of Champions side of the building. Russell said a section of the Avenue of Champions in front of DUC will be shut down with a construction fence for a couple of months while the utilities are relocated to that side of the building. “It’s going to a be a fairly substantial tunnel put there, and I think there’s going to be sections of it that have to be dug about 16, 20 feet deep,” Russell said. SEE DUC, PAGE 3
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Freshman guard T.J. Price pushes around UK defenders during the first round NCAA tournament game. The Toppers' run of incredible comebacks fell short against No. 1-ranked UK.
Jerry of 'Ben & Jerry’s' to speak at WKU
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Ice cream superstar Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, will speak at the next installment of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series. Greenfield’s presentation is March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Meter Hall. Greenfield will share “his thoughts on entrepreneurial spirit, his sense of social responsibility and his innovative business philosophy.” The first 400 attendees receive free ice cream for the event, according to Cultural Enhancement’s promotional poster. David Lee, dean of Potter College of Arts and Letters and chairman of the
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Cultural Enhancement committee, said Greenfield was chosen for a number of reasons. “Firstly, he’s a very successful business man,” Lee said. “Secondly, he has a very distinctive approach to social responsibility of entrepreneurs… Not everyone will agree with him, but the questions he poses are interesting.” Lee said Greenfield is “a bit of a character” and hopes that students will be “challenged in some way” by the businessman’s ideas. “I hope students hear an idea they like, an idea they disagree with, an idea they’ve never heard before,” Lee said. SEE JERRY, PAGE 3
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Crestwood senior Matthew Lund said he chose the saxophone in seventh grade because of the neck strap. “I just thought it was cool,” he said. He tried the clarinet for a year until he decided to make the switch. Since then, Lund hasn’t looked back. Throughout the rest of middle school and high school, Lund said he threw himself into musical activities including marching band and other ensembles. It was during this time Lund discovered what he wanted to do for the rest of his life — music education. Lund said he realized he enjoyed teaching after he became the drum major of the Oldham County High School Marching Band. Taking a leadership role over his fellow band members sparked his interest, but another event made him sure of his path. “It was my senior year that really sealed
the deal for me,” Lund said. During the spring semester, he attended an all-state band workshop where musicians throughout Kentucky played in an ensemble and presented on the final evening. Lund said the band director’s passion for the music they were rehearsing was infectious. He was inspired to play with more emotion, and he knew he wanted to provide future musicians with the same experience. “I wanted to be just like that,” Lund said. When choosing a college, Lund said he was interested in WKU because of the music program and particularly one professor. He had heard of John Cipolla, an associate professor in the music department, who specializes in clarinet and saxophone. Lund said he contacted Cipolla, and the professor advised Lund to take a campus tour. “I took a tour and fell in love,” he said, “as most everyone does.” When Lund started attending WKU in the fall of 2008, he became immersed in the
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music community and began practicing six to eight hours a week. During his first months of college, he also met his current girlfriend. Kaitlin Keane, also a senior from Crestwood, said she knew Lund before WKU. “We went to the same high school,” she said. “But we didn’t really know each other.” Once they moved to Bowling Green, Keane said they broke ties with old high school friends and started hanging out more. Their friendship turned into romance, and now the two live together in an offcampus apartment. As a photojournalism major, Keane said she would spend many late nights working on assignments in the computer lab while Lund would practice saxophone during the daytime hours. Music education majors spend their last semester in classrooms student teaching. For Lund, this means less studio time for practicing. With school and other activities, Lund
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Crestwood senior Matthew Lund is a music education major at WKU. Lund is working to get his teaching certification for grades K-12 and currently teaches music to young students at several schools in Bowling Green.
now manages to get in about two hours of practice per week. Once Lund graduates in May, he hopes to get a job teaching music and to continue playing the saxophone. The Herald regrets the error. The College Heights Herald corrects all confirmed errors that are brought to reporters’ or editors’ attention. Please call 745-6011 or 745-5044 to report a correction, or e-mail us at editor@wkuherald. com.
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■ Sophomore Joseph Pillow, Keen Hall, and Freshman Shane Weddle, Keen, reported on March 14 that items were stolen from their room. The value of the theft was not reported. ■ Freshman Timothy Sivils, Pearce Ford Tower, reported on March 12 that his iPhone was stolen from the Preston Center. The value of the theft is $250. ■ Senior Nicholas Norris, Bowling Green, reported on March 12 that a trombone and case were stolen from the rehearsal room in the Music Rehearsal Hall. The value of the theft is $4,200. ■ Five flags were stolen from the International Center on March 12. The value of the theft is $250.
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As PDC plans for construction to begin, offices formerly located on the first floor have been moved to temporary homes. The Student Government Association has moved its office from the ground floor to DUC 310. In the fall, the entire Student Activities Office, including SGA, will move into the Cravens Graduate Center and Library. The Student Activities Office is currently on the third floor of DUC. SGA President Billy Stephens said SGA moved to the third floor so that it could remain with the rest of Student Activities until renovations begin on the third floor. “We can move out with them, be with them for the whole year and stick with them until we get removed back into DUC,” Stephens said. The WKU Store has started the process of moving to its new location in the Garrett Conference Center Ballroom, but their last day in DUC won’t be until April 6. Shawna Cawthorn, director of the WKU Store, said after the store
COLLEGE HEIGHTS HERALD in DUC closes, the store in Garrett will open on April 17. But there will be another location for the bookstore aside from the store in Garrett. “We’re going to have one portion of our store out on Nashville Road, and that’s primarily going to be spirit wear, clothes, gifts — things like that — it won’t have any text books or any kind of educational supplies.” The store on Nashville Road opens March 26. Cawthorn said both locations will be buying back textbooks. The SIFE Print Center also moved from the ground floor of DUC. The print center is now located in Garrett Conference Center in room 100A, which they share with Postal Services. Tia Ackzien, director of Postal Services, said the moving process was very smooth. The center has taken measures to get the word out about their new location — sending out a campuswide email, using Facebook and placing a banner in the window of the old office in DUC. Ackzien said she thinks the new location won’t be difficult for students to find.
“It’s, you know, right at the top of the Hill,” Ackzien said. “Right above the Garrett Food Court so it’s very accessible to students.” Tim Colley, district manager for Aramark, said WKU Dining Services now has its main office — which was on the ground floor of DUC — in Garrett. This space housed the catering offices, which have now moved to the Carroll Knicely Conference Center. Colley said there were signs in DUC and an ad in the Herald to inform students about the new office locations. Colley said because the DUC Subway is now closed, the Garrett Subway has extended hours. There will also be more deli options in Fresh Food Company. The Garrett Subway will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Construction on the Subway that will be next to The Bate Shop in the ground floor of Bates-Runner Hall has just started and will be completed by the fall semester. Russell said construction for Phase One of the project will begin in May after commencement is complete.
points to lead Kentucky, while center Anthony Davis and Lamb added 16. WKU made a run at the end to cut CONTINUED FROM FRONT the lead to 15, but it was too little too The first half proved to be a game late. The loss caps off a rollercoaster of runs. Trailing 20-17, forward Terrence season with a mid-season coaching Jones tallied a 3-point play to give UK change, followed by an improbable a 23-17 and the Wildcats spun off a run to win four games in four days to 14-2 run to go up 32-19 with just un- win the Sun Belt Conference Tournader seven minutes left to play in the ment and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009. half. The Toppers won seven straight Zollo and junior guard Jamal Crook sat out most of the half with two fouls, games after Harper had the interim tag leaving senior guard Kahlil McDon- removed on Feb. 19, with the only loss ald, Price and Gordon to run the of- in that stretch coming against the nation’s best team. fense. WKU loses just one Price did his best to player — McDonald keep WKU in the game — and returns a youthwith 16 first-half points, ful team that now has including two 3-pointplenty of postseason ers and going 4-of-5 on experience, including free throws. UK switched I couldn’t be two NCAA Tournament defenders on Price three games. times early in the half in happier going “It was a lot of ups an effort to contain him. back in the and downs,” Price said. Instead, UK answered “Sometimes, we didn’t on the offensive end with locker room always know if we 14 points from guard Docould get through it all ron Lamb and 15 points with those from forward Terrence guys. I’m going the way… But we came together as a team. We Jones. knew we were going Jones added a powerful back with the to stick together to get put-back dunk and Lamb through everything. drained a wide-open 3 right team." That’s how we made to get the Wildcat-heavy that big run that we crowd loud and on its feet —RAY HARPER did.” as UK took a 45-26 lead Head Coach Gordon said he exinto halftime. pects the returning That was a lead that players to keep workeven the Toppers, who have become known for their come- ing and end up in the Top 25. “It was a good run,” Gordon said of backs, couldn’t overcome. WKU allowed UK to get into the the season. “We had a big turnaround bonus with 8:31 left in the first half as far as the coaching change in the thanks to several fouls on the other regular season, then to win the conferside of the floor. The Wildcats cashed ence and up to now. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and getin by making 11 of 13 free throws. The Toppers were held to just 31.3 ting better and better. “The freshmen have three more percent shooting while UK shot 61.5 years, so we’re going to do big things.” percent. Harper said he’ll remember this WKU got little from freshman forward George Fant, the Sun Belt Con- year’s team by their “never-say-die atference Tournament’s Most Outstand- titude.” “We have a foundation — Derrick, ing Player. Fant was 0-5 from the floor in the first half but finished the game T.J. and George — you’re talking about three freshmen that just went up with 13 points. Price couldn’t duplicate his first against the No. 1 team in the country half production, scoring just five and they didn’t back down one step,” points in the second half, but he still he said. “As they go on in their college finished with a team-leading 21 points. careers, they can look back on this exJunior center Teeng Akol and Crook perience and really help any new guys combined for just five points, while that we have in the program about how Zollo and sophomore forward O’Karo we do things. “I couldn’t be happier going back in Akamune were held scoreless. Meanwhile, UK’s depth proved to the locker room with those guys. I’m be a difference. Jones finished with 22 going back with the right team.”
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“Something that gets them out of their own heads.” Mina Doerner, assistant to the dean of Potter College, expects a packed house for Greenfield’s presentation. “With all of the feedback we’ve gotten so far, I think he’ll be a big hit,” Doerner said. “Of course, it might have something to do with the free ice cream, too.” Doerner said Greenfield’s entrepreneurial background is unique to the Cultural Enhancement series. “We’ve had scientists, physicists, writers, performers, but we never really looked at a business person,” she said. “He also speaks about social responsibility, which is important to this university.” Greenfield isn’t the only presenter for this semester’s Cultural Enhancement series. Award-winning poet, novelist, and playwright Ntozake Shange is speaking on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Meter Hall. Shange is best known for her Tony award-nominated play “For Colored girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf.” The play inspired the 2010 film “For Colored Girls,” which included actresses Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Whoopi Goldberg. Doerner hopes that this semester’s guest speakers will continue the mission of the Cultural Enhancement series. “Our mission is to provide cutting-edge people and culture to a Bowling Green and WKU audience,” she said.
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Rooting for the other team? By the time you all read this, the WKU men’s basketball team will have already played the University of Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Of course I don’t know how the game turned out, but yes, I was one of those “delusional” Topper fans who thought our team could beat the mighty UK. JOANNA WILLIAMS I’m not going to go into the READING BETWEEN specifics of how miraculous this THE LINES season has been for the men’s firstname.lastname@example.org team or how proud I’m sure every Topper fan is. If you want to read that, you can head over to the sports section or a message board. No, I want to talk about how whenever it comes to UK athletics our school spirit dwindles faster than advertisers for Rush Limbaugh’s show. I didn’t grow up in Kentucky, so I wasn’t aware of the unconditional devotion so many Kentuckians have to UK basketball when I came here for college. But I’ve gotten the idea: you guys love UK basketball — a lot. That makes sense. I can admit they’re a powerhouse in college basketball. Still, I don’t understand the WKU students who continue to root for UK while they go to school here. I’ve had people — especially during this time of the season — attempt to explain it to me, but their logic is so unsophisticated that I honestly can’t follow. You mean to tell me you grew up loving UK basketball, but you came to WKU…to continue to root for UK? If your devotion to UK is as strong as you portray it to be, then wouldn’t you have been more comfortable there? It’s just something I don’t understand. Granted, no one is obligated to cheer on the school they go to, I understand that. Even I’ve cheered on Syracuse (my hometown) basketball these past few years, but if I loved them that much I would have looked into attending the school. What it really comes down to is respect. I’m not sure if that word has gotten into the head of such passionate fans, but it’s an important term to remember. Respect for your university and respect for the Hilltopper fans here. WKU athletic programs are in resurgence. You don’t have to look any further than the football team’s quick turnaround after Willie Taggert was hired or with the men’s team after Ray Harper was hired. Whether WKU won yesterday’s game or not, we have a lot to look forward to. But to make it truly special, the fans here have to believe in the program as well, and that doesn’t happen when we have half the school wearing blue on game day. I don’t know what the outcome of Thursday’s game is yet. I hope that I’m able to witness the biggest upset in NCAA and WKU history. But if that doesn’t come, then I at least want to see WKU students finally supporting the school they decided to attend.
TOPS to the men’s basketball team moving on in the NCAA tournament. BOTTOMS to playing the no. 1 team in the country — UK. TOPS to the beautiful spring weather.
BOTTOMS to midterms being after spring break.
TOPS to Izzi’s still being open.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Meal plans should roll over to the next week DUC on a Sunday evening — filled with students trying to use the last few meal swipes left at the end of the week. But tonight, students head to DUC with a week’s worth of swipes and gather more food than they can carry. However, the check-out clerk is prepared to crush dreams: “Sorry, you can only use four swipes a day.” No exceptions. For days like today, and other holiday weekends or breaks, students lose money… and there is no way around it. Tonight, a student with a 14-meal per week plan, using the allotted four swipes, ($3.45/ swipe) is out $34.50. For one with 21 swipes, $62.10… gone. College students are told to be money-conscious, but we have no control here because of the current restrictions: Four per day and leftovers disappear
at 11:59 p.m. each Sunday! I understand why there is a daily limit — it ensures students spread out their swipes over the entire week and helps keep campus dining locations stocked. A solution: Keep the four swipes per day limit but allow students to roll over their unused swipes to the next week, similar to how unused meal plan dollars roll over to the spring. We have a bit more freedom, and the dining locations don’t feel the heat. We still have to budget them so we aren’t losing money at the end of the semester but aren’t completely boned when we are given a week’s worth and told “Sorry, you can only use four swipes a day.” — Chelsea Martin Evansville sophomore
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Civil War Days for area schools, Kentucky Museum, 8:30 a.m. Bowling Green Gallery Hop, Kentucky Museum and Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, 5 pm. Concert: The Symphony’s East Meets West, Van Meter Hall, Tickets are $25 at door; $22 in advance; $5 for students with ID, 8 p.m. Visual Art Day For Girl Scouts, Kentucky Museum, 9 a.m. West Kentucky Flat Shod Sale, L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center, 10 a.m. Mid South Percussion Championship, Diddle Arena, 12 p.m. Softball vs. South Alabama, doubleheader, WKU Softball Complex, 1 p.m. Vocal Recital: Ben Goodwin (with pianist Joyce Goodwin) and Jessica Boeglin (with pianist Kimmy Stofer), Music Hall’s Choral Rehearsal Hall, Free admission, 7:30 p.m. Mid South Percussion Championship, Diddle Arena, 9 a.m. Softball vs. South Alabama, WKU Softball Complex, 12 p.m. Faculty Recital: The Music of Charlie Parker by Dr. John Cipolla, saxophone, Music Hall’s Choral Rehearsal Hall, Free admission, 3 p.m. Student Recital: William Pope, Music Hall’s Choral Rehearsal Hall, Free admission, 6 p.m.
Cultural Enhancement Series: Jerry Greenfield, Van Meter Hall, Free admission, 7:30 p.m. Baseball vs. Belmont, Nick Denes Field, 6 p.m. Last Lecture Series: Scott Taylor, MMTH Auditorium, 7 p.m. Performance: Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Downing University Center Auditorium, Admission is $7, 7:30 p.m. Faculty Recital: Mark Berry, percussion, Music Hall’s Choral Rehearsal Hall, Free Admission, 7:30 p.m.
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Events to promote sexual assault awareness By SPENCER JENKINS email@example.com
WKU is raising sexual assault awareness this month by hosting events that aim to stop sexual violence and encourage victims to feel comfortable telling their stories. Staff Counselor Elizabeth Madariaga said in an email that the Counseling and Testing Center has been working with Hope Harbor, a sexual trauma recovery center, in a collaborative effort to increase awareness of sexual violence in the community. “We work with them, as well as other community agencies, to show support to victim survivors,” she said. Madariaga said sexual violence affects both men and women and that one in three females and one in six males will be victims of some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. “It’s important to increase the awareness so that people know if this happened or happens to them that they are not alone,” she said. “They can be assured they don’t have to go through this crisis by themselves and that they are supported.
“These events also help to be a voice for those that might not be able to speak out for themselves until they are ready or can speak up.” Madariaga said people approach sexual assault as a taboo topic, and if it’s not talked about, then it doesn’t happen. “I’m hoping by talking about this, we allow comfort and courage for people to come forward and report these incidences,” she said. “I’m also hoping to increase awareness so that these incidences do not occur.” According to WKUPD police records, since Jan. 1, 2012, there have not been any sexual assaults on campus. Along with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, WKUPD also offers a Rape Aggression Defense program. Mandi Johnson, public information officer for WKUPD, said RAD gives women options to use if being attacked. “RAD teaches women how to assess possible risks, how to physically respond to an attack and overall gives them options,” she said RAD class numbers are around 10 students but have had classes as large as 33 before, Johnson said.
Kung Fu instructor Tom Pardue shows Scottsville freshman Roxanne McLean, left, how to use a self defense technique on Horse Cave freshman Shayla Marr, middle, during a kung fu class Feb. 22 at the Jones Jaggers Hall Gym. The class was held as part of sexual assault awareness month.
“We want female students to be educated in self-defense and risk awareness,” she said. “Not to say you will be a victim, but statistics say one in four women are victims of sexual assault.” Johnson said during Sexual Assault
Awareness Month it’s important to remind women that assaults can happen. “It helps survivors heal,” she said. “It helps educate those who are not aware they might be doing something wrong when it comes to sexual behavior.”
SKyPAC series to target local artists, younger audience By CHRIS RUTLEDGE firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowling Green senior Landon White was waiting tables at Montana Grille when he noticed two people walk in dressed in Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) shirts. White, a corporate and organizational communication major, had some ideas for the venue, so when the two unsuspecting visitors ordered their food, he delivered a pitch. White, now a programming associate at SKyPAC, told the employees about his idea for a concert series that would focus on the local music scene and would aim to draw a younger demographic to SKyPAC. The series, “Music in the Studio,” will kick off Saturday night with local rockers Canago. White said the idea came from his frustration with the lack of music venues for people under 21, and he hopes SKyPAC can bring the music away from the “bar scene.” “Everybody always complains around here about not having anything to do during the weekend,” he said. “The 18 to 20
year olds, which is probably the biggest part of the people that live in Bowling Green during the school semesters, don’t have anything to do — they can’t go to Tidball’s. There’s relatively no place to go to see live music, and this is a music town.” Canago will be the first band to perform in the Studio Theater at SKyPAC and the second act to play at the center since its opening last weekend. White said picking Canago to open the series was a deliberate decision. “I felt like Canago was a band I can rely on and trust,” he said. “They get a crowd dancing every time. I really feel like they are the band of the youth here in Bowling Green.” The Canago members are just as excited about playing as White is about having them. The band has been taking time off since December to work on new material. Vocalist Craig Brown said “Music in the Studio” will be the biggest show the band has played in 2012. To celebrate, the band is debuting some of the new material and inviting some special guests to play. Brown said fans of the band might be
surprised at how different some of the new material is. “We’re writing the songs that we want to write now and writing for a more patient audience who’s willing to listen to lyrics and get involved in a story,” he said. “We’ve even revamped a lot of our older material, so even some of our older songs have a new feel to them.” The music isn’t the only thing getting revamped. “Brandon Fish, our lighting director, has added a lot of new LEDs,” Brown said. “We’re going to be doing some maybe one-time unique aesthetic stuff.” Drummer Chris Smith said he expects a big crowd for the opening. “We’ve had a very good response on Facebook,” he said. “I’d be surprised if there weren’t 300 or more people there.” White said he wants the opening night to be as unique as possible, so he invited local artist Stephen Wells to paint during the show. “I want this to be a celebration of having this offered for the local community,” he said. Future “Music in the Studio” shows
include Lost River Cavemen on March 31, Austin Webb on April 14, and another band to be announced for May 5. White said he needs a summer internship to graduate and will no longer be involved in the series after May, but he hopes it continues. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge for anyone over 21 and a $7 charge for those 18-20. Visitors can park on the street or in the parking garage next door, and drinks will be served at the venue. For more information visit http:// www.theskypac.com/
If you go: ■ Who: Canago ■ When: Saturday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ■ Where: Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center ■ How much: $5 for 21+, $7 for 18-20
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HRL conference makes effort to open discussions on gender By MICHAEL McKAY
“The mission of the department is to ensure student success, and part of ensuring student success is to make sure they Housing and Residence Life is offering feel valued and comfortable, and accepted an opportunity for students to get a new as members of this campus community,” perspective on gender issues. Silliman said. HRL is hosting its second annual GenKat Michael, assistant residence hall der and Communication Conference to- director in Rodes-Harlin Hall, designed day in Grise Hall from and will be moderating a 3 to 7 p.m. followed by session called Gender and dinner in the Downing Sexuality. University Center CuMichael said it will be pola Room. a panel discussion with This is a unique The conference will students that will cover a include sessions such as topic on this spectrum of issues in sexu“Gender and Politics,” campus that is ality and gender from ste“Gender on the Job” and reotyping to the transgenothers about the ways very much in the der movement. gender affects different dark." “This is a unique topic aspects of people’s lives. on this campus that is very Blair Silliman, comuch in the dark,” Michael —Kat Michael said. ordinator of Student Assistant residence hall director Programs for HRL, said Michael said she wants the conference is about to give students a vocabuexploring diverse perspectives on gender lary to be able to understand and talk and helping students have a better under- about sexuality. standing of themselves. She said members of the Student Iden“We want to address the person, not tity Outreach will be on hand to talk to just the student, but the person as well,” students after the session. Silliman said. “So being able to offer proSilliman said her office would be able grams like these will force them to think to direct students to resources like SIO afabout who they are and how they identify ter the conference. themselves and interact with other peo“It’s more than just bringing these conple.” ferences together,” Silliman said. “We’re Silliman said she feels HRL is respon- talking about helping these students gain sible for helping students understand top- awareness about themselves and about ics such as gender. others as well.”
Bruce Kessler, associate dean of Ogden College, prepares to get pied Wednesday afternoon behind College High Hall for the “Pi(e) a Prof” event for Pi Day. For $1, students could pie professors and administrators. The event, put on by the math department, benefitted Barren River Imaginative Museum for Science.
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WKU seeks to make Fraternity KONY famous in 2012 men to 'Walk a Mile' By TYLER PROCHAZKA email@example.com
During spring break, WKU’s Invisible Children CoPresident Megan Murphy sat down at her computer to discover her Facebook newsfeed covered with the “KONY 2012” video featuring Joseph Kony. Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel militant group in Uganda, is finally famous. Murphy said she hopes this means justice can finally be served. “The only reason he’s continued to be powerful is because people don’t know who he is,” Murphy said. Invisible Children is a national campaign that began in 2004 to help aid in the capture of Kony as well as to provide awareness of the situation in Uganda. Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, is accused of forcing children into his army, sexual slavery, and terrorizing Uganda and the surrounding region. The latest video production from the group, “KONY 2012,” was uploaded March 5 and has already been viewed nearly 80 million times. The stated goal of the video is to ensure that the United States maintains its presence in Africa until Kony is captured. “(The troops) are only going to stay there if Americans show an interest in what’s going on in Africa,” Murphy said. Murphy said she has seen a dramatic surge in interest in Invisible Children at WKU. She said she expects the group’s next meeting to be a “packed house.” As with almost any social media campaign, though, “KONY 2012,” and Invisible Children have not gone without criticism. Some have been critical of the way that Invisible Children spends its donations, while others, including many Ugandans, have said it oversimplifies the issue. Chris Ford, WKU’s Invisible Children co-president,
said these criticisms should not stop people from volunteering for the group. “You shouldn’t dismiss Invisible Children out of hand just because someone posted something taken out of context,” Ford said. The criticism has not stopped Ford from continuing to appreciate Invisible Children. The group has helped him to broaden his horizons about global issues, something many other organizations on campus do not provide, he said. Ford said he believes that the “KONY 2012” campaign is critical because it “provides a face” to the ongoing conflict in Uganda and the surrounding region. “That’s the only time you get change to happen, is when everyone’s talking about it and when people can’t ignore it anymore,” he said. In order to further the goal of raising awareness, WKU’s Invisible Children plans to participate in the international “Cover the Night” event, which will begin April 20 at sundown. Murphy said the group will cover Bowling Green with flyers and materials about Invisible Children and Joseph Kony. “When the public wakes up they’ll see it and they won’t be able to avoid it,” she said. WKU’s Invisible Children Vice President Val Farsetti said that if Kony continues to feel pressure from these campaigns, he will be more likely to make mistakes that will lead to his arrest. However, she said interest in Invisible Children must continue for its ultimate goal to be achieved. “After nine years, we are finally getting the awareness spread that Invisible Children deserves,” she said. “I’m hoping we can keep the excitement going so we can finally catch Kony.” The group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in DUC 341.
WKU students prepare to show work at research conference By ANNA ANDERSON firstname.lastname@example.org
At an age where most college students are still deciding on a focus for their academic learning, 18-year-old Clarice Esch is already working in her chosen field. A former Gatton Academy student, Somerset junior Esch is currently researching alternatives to nitrogen fertilizers and will be presenting her findings at the WKU Student Research Conference on Saturday, March 24. “It’s great to talk to other people about their work,” Esch said. The 2012 WKU Student Research Conference will be held on Saturday, March 24 in Gary Ransdell Hall from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and is open to all WKU students. Esch’s presentation at the conference will highlight her work with gunnera, a tropical plant that is a self-fertilizer. She traveled to Costa Rica over Winter Break to examine gunnera in its natural habitat and is learning how to grow the plant in a lab. Based on the findings of her current tests, Esch hopes to use this knowledge to develop fertilizers that are developed naturally with little negative impact on the environment. “We have to learn to use the world in an efficient manner with minimal impact,” she said. Dr. Farley Norman, a WKU
psychology professor and chair of the WKU Student Research Council, said this is the 42nd annual conference. “It gets bigger and bigger every year,” Norman said. Within the past 10 years, the conference has grown from a small conference that mainly showcased students from the Ogden College of Science & Engineering and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences to an event that encompasses students from many different fields, Norman said. Jesse Hazel, a 23-year-old senior from Bowling Green, is presenting paintings at the conference. Hazel will graduate in May with Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Printmaking. “I like narratives and story-telling,” he said. “Painting for me is kind of story-telling.” Hazel is also currently pursuing an Asian Studies minor. He is involved with WKU’s Chinese Flagship program and has traveled abroad to China three times and to Korea once. Hazel said his work is often inspired by his knowledge of Asian cultures, particularly Korean music, art and film. A particular painting Hazel is presenting at the conference references a specific incident that happened within the Korean film and pop-culture community.
Hazel said the work is based on the suicide of the Korean actress Jang Ja-yeon after she was exploited and abused by her manager for years. Hazel said this occurrence wasn’t an isolated incident in Korea — women in the public eye often face similar situations. “They’re in a really easy place to be taken advantage of,” Hazel said. After he graduates, Hazel hopes to attend graduate school and continue to make art in China or Korea. The WKU Student Research Conference isn’t only open to undergraduate students. Jessica Holmin is a 26-year-old graduate student from Bowling Green pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology and is submitting work for the conference involving weight perception in adults. Holmin’s research catalogs how adults of varying ages perceive the weights of objects after holding and lifting them. Holmin started collecting data last fall and has been working steadily on the project for about a year and a half. Holmin said although she knew she wanted to major in psychology as a freshman at WKU, she was surprised about where her research led her. “It turns out I really like perception,” she said. “It never occurred to me that that would happen.”
By AMANDA YOUNG email@example.com
The men of WKU will hit the streets in high heels on Wednesday for the Interfraternity Council’s annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. About 40 men signed up to wear a pair of heels while walking a mile around campus to raise awareness about sexual abuse and violence against women. The walk will begin at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday on Normal Drive, near the Chi Omega house. “We want to raise awareness to stop rape, violence and sexual assault,” said Phil Korba, IFC’s activities chair. “The money we raise will go to Hope Harbor.” Hope Harbor is a non-profit organization in Bowling Green that offers support to women who are victims of abuse. “Walk a Mile is supposed to show women that guys care what is happening to them and that we’re making a stand against the guys who abuse them,” Korba said. Among the participants is IFC’s president, Bryan Hartzell. “I’m kind of nervous about walking in heels. I tried on the shoes the other day and it was very uncomfortable,” Hartzell said. “I think it will be a good event. I am excited to see 30 or 40 guys walking all at the same time.” The event isn’t just for men, however. IFC reached out to sorority women and asked them to buy t-shirts and walk with the participants. “We are also giving an incentive for the women,” Korba said. “Whichever sorority has the most supporters will get money toward their philanthropy.” Chris Hancock, IFC secretary, said he hopes to see Walk a Mile continue to grow. “I did it last year and it was a pretty good time,” Hancock said. “It was my first time last year and I wanted to see what it would grow into this year. Hopefully it will grow into something a lot bigger that everyone on campus will know about.” Because they had trouble getting men to sign up, IFC postponed the deadline for signing up several times. “We were trying to make this event bigger than last year,” Korba said. “This is out of the guys’ comfort zone. They don’t want to walk around in red high heels.” Korba said he hopes that the event will continue and that more and more men will participate. “I would like to double the participation each year. Or even just add 10 every year,” Korba said. “The more guys you can get to do this the more of an impact we can make.”
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Bado an 'anchor' in the Topper rotation By Kurt Carson firstname.lastname@example.org
It hasn’t been easy to find consistency in WKU’s starting rotation this season. Junior left-hander Tanner Perkins’ recent injury and sophomore right-hander Justin Hageman’s early season struggles, after beginning the year injured, has left the rotation a bit out of sync. But junior left-hander Tim Bado has been the one consistent strong point on the mound for the Toppers. Bado, a transfer from Crowder Junior College, has posted a 2.45 ERA in three starts and is averaging seven strikeouts per game — the lowest ERA and highest strikeout average of any WKU starter this year. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Toppers’ 1-2 punch in Perkins and Hageman, Head Coach Matt Myers said Bado has been a needed anchor while filling the role of WKU’s Sunday starter. “Our Sunday guy is pitching like a No. 1, which gives a lot of confidence to the team,” Myers said. “With what Tim’s been able
to do on the back-end has really anchored us down and let us know we’re OK.” Myers said it’s no surprise that Bado is pitching like a No. 1 since that was his role at Crowder Junior College. “In his mind he is a No. 1,” Myers said. “They don’t see it as Saturday, Sunday starts. They see it as their opportunity to go win that day. That’s how Tim does it.” Bado said he simply sees his Sunday role as his opportunity to win a game. “I kind of have a chip on my shoulder when I go out there because I’ve always been a No. 1 type guy,” Bado said. “I just challenge myself to pitch like Tanner and Justin always have.” Bado began the year with an injury that forced him to miss the opening weekend series against Toledo. After making his debut against Southern Illinois on Feb. 26, Bado recorded his most effective outing the following weekend against Kent State. With the series on the line, he allowed one earned run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings while issu-
ing no walks and recording eight strikeouts in a 2-1 victory. The victory earned Bado his first win as a Topper and clinched WKU’s first series win of the season. Bado said the performance against Kent State gave him a huge confidence boost and allowed him to embrace a leadership role in the clubhouse. “I’ve always tried to be a leader on teams and I felt like I had to earn the respect from the guys before I could do that,” Bado said. “I really felt like I gained some respect after that start.” Senior right-hander Ross Hammonds said Bado has had no problem earning respect and fitting in with the team in his first year at WKU. “He’s a great guy,” Hammonds said. “Everybody gets along with him. That’s what it takes to have a good locker room like we do and he just really fits in well.” Myers said even though he knew Bado was good coming out of junior college, he didn’t know how good. “It’s funny because when we signed Tim I knew he had the chance to be a weekend starter,”
Junior starting pitching Tim Bado pitches during WKU’s 11-1 loss to Western Illinois Sunday at Nick Denes Field.
Myers said. “But I thought he also might be a Tuesday starter or bullpen guy for us. “He’s gotten the opportunity to get his chances and it’s worked out great for him because he’s shown that he’s as good as anybody.” WKU will play its first Sun Belt Conference series of the season this weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn., against league rival Middle
Tennessee State. First pitch for the series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, and Bado’s next outing will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the series finale. Myers said he sees more solid performances in Bado’s future. “He’s a confident individual and he knows why he’s playing,” Myers said. “That’s why he’s successful.”
New Gen. Ed. policy aids transfers By CAMERON KOCH email@example.com
Students deciding to continue their education after attending community and technical college this fall may find the process easier thanks to new transfer policies. The new General Education Core, approved by the Council on Postsecondary Education last summer, allows students who receive a degree or complete certain general education requirements at a Kentucky Community and Technical College System school to count as also fulfilling the general education requirements of public four-year universities. KCTCS is made up of 16 two-year colleges throughout the state, including Bowling Green Technical College.
Melissa Bell, student success director with the CPE, said the previous general education core categories were more specific and required 33 hours. This caused complications for students attempting to transfer, as classes taken from the KCTCS school didn’t always match up with general education requirements at the four-year universities. Three levels for the certification exist — general education category certified, core certified and full certified. The category certification means a student has completed at least one general education category and must complete the remaining ones at the four-year institution they transfer to. Core certified means a student has fulfilled all requirements, while the full certification means a student has fulfilled those same
requirements and earned additional credits. “You don’t have to do course-tocourse equivalences,” Bell said. “If a KCTCS institution certifies you as full certification, then the receiving institution takes all of that, and it eases the process of transfer.” Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green, a member of the post-secondary education committee, said the intent of the legislation is to encourage more students to pursue further education after community or technical college. “That’s the whole hope, is that more people pursue their four-year degree,” DeCesare said. “A lot of people can’t get into a four-year university right after high school.” Brian Meredith, associate vice presi-
dent for Enrollment Management, said that transfer students benefit WKU. The university hopes to continue increasing transfer numbers by building a strong relationship with KCTCS, he said. “We have a good many transfers thanks to KCTCS, and that’s a good thing,” Meredith said. “I believe over time we will increase our transfers even more.” Bell said she hopes the new system will make the process of transferring easier for all involved. “This is a big step in basing learning on competencies,” Bell said. “When you base things off competencies, what the student is supposed to know and be able to demonstrate, it makes it easier to evaluate.”
ICSR to host free speech forum By SHELBY ROGERS firstname.lastname@example.org
WKU students have an opportunity to make their voices heard regarding the social media controversy that earned national media attention at the end of February. WKU’s Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility is hosting a forum entitled “#FreeSpeech? Social Media at WKU” at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Garrett Conference Center, Room 109. The forum is part of the ICSR’s monthly “Third Tuesday Tea” discussion series. The university’s monitoring of social media, along with a policy in the student handbook about “inappropriate” communication, led some First Amendment experts to say WKU may be on unconstitutional ground. WKU officials, on the other hand, said it is not the university’s goal to police Twitter, but to “offer some amount of protection” to students Terry Shoemaker, program coordi-
nator for the ICSR, said that the event is for “students and staff to have open communication on a contemporary topic.” “By choosing this topic, the ICSR does not have a view point on this issue,” Shoemaker said. “This is to give both students and faculty a chance to interact on this issue.” Shoemaker said the discussion panel has yet to be solidified and that ICSR is still in need of an administrative representative. So far, the panel consists of an SGA representative and faculty members. Jeffrey Budziak, assistant professor of political science, is one of the faculty panelists. “I am looking forward to the opportunity for all members of the university community to sit down together to engage in a constructive discussion of social media policies,” Budziak said. He said he hopes that this forum will provide “the opportunity to bring these two groups together to engage in an open dialogue [that] has been lacking.”
■ NEWS BRIEF Some campus clocks inaccurate due to outdated technology Punctual WKU students may find they’re running a little late due to clocks running on outdated systems. And the cost to fix the 60-year-old technology may be more than it’s worth. Several buildings across campus have at least a few hall clocks that do not work properly, with the Environmental Sciences and Technology Building and the Academic Complex being two of many that are out of order. Jim Hopwood, security service technician in the electronics shop, said the network runs on old signal generators that were installed in the 1950s. The old clock system was not made for use with the new high voltage switch gear, causing the clocks to be off time or not work, he said. “It is possible to make it compatible, but it costs too much,” Hopwood said. He said alternative corrections would cost anywhere from around $150,000 to $400,000 to put into place, and WKU has not wanted to spend that much. Most people have the time readily available by other means, such as phones and watches, so it has not been a priority for WKU to update the system, Hopwood said. Hopwood said there has been some discussion about taking the clocks down in the future, but for now they will remain in place. — Johnathon Hudgins
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WKU Equestrian Team freshman Taylor Anderson washes a horse before the team’s practice at the University Farm Tuesday.
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One of their strongest hitters, freshman Alyssa Linn, is batting .381 with nine RBI and five stolen bases. Junior outfielder Brittany Fowler is also making strong contributions for the team as she leads the team in RBI with 16 to go along with a .344 batting average. The South Alabama offense is impressive, but Head Coach Tyra Perry said she’s more focused on what her batters will do against South Alabama’s pitching staff. “They have a big lefty so we’re going to talk about keeping our hands inside the ball and going with the pitch,” she said. The big lefty that Perry
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A highly-regarded freshmen class wasn’t saving the day like everyone had assumed it would happen. An unassuming group of upperclassmen wasn’t doing much either. Fans were mad, or at least the ones that still cared. Harper, or whoever would become the permanent head coach, was going to need to work recruiting wonders to keep players from leaving, much less to bring in new ones, it was assumed. As for this season? Forget about it, just would play out the last two months and pick up the pieces. That easily could’ve happened. Ray Harper didn’t let it. He lit a fire under a Topper team which desperately
was referring to is Hannah Campbell, who has pitched 78.1 innings and has an ERA of 2.41 with a record of 8-5. Coming off of a disappointing loss to Louisville in which they were shut out 6-0, Perry said she wants to take the next two days as an opportunity to refocus the team and reinforce their offensive game plan. Perry also expressed confidence that her batters could perform against anyone — whether they were left-handed or not. Metoyer said this weekend will be a big chance for the Lady Toppers to defeat a team that gave them so much trouble a year ago. “I think we’re just ready for some revenge,” she said. needed some motivation. Harper had WKU players making his practices sound like Denzel Washington’s two-a-days from “Remember the Titans.” Run, run some more, and after you get done puking, run again. And the improvements didn’t all come at once. There were still some late game struggles, some bad losses, some moments of reverting back to McDonald-era ways. But Harper never gave up on his players, and in return, the administration didn’t give up on Harper. He was named permanent head coach on Feb. 19. Seven wins and one Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship later, WKU was playing the nation’s No. 1 team in the NCAA Tournament in front of more than 20,000 fans and millions more watching at home on national TV.
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“I tried the lottery, Ticketmaster and Stubhub, I even tried to bribe my friends into buying their ticket in the event they won the lottery,” Louisville junior Mackenzie Horton said on Wednesday. “In the future, they should consider setting aside more tickets for students.” Owensboro senior Callie Hobgood, who said she searched online and couldn’t find a ticket cheaper than $120, expressed similar frustrations. “It’s a shame that more WKU students can’t be there to support our school,” Hobgood said. “It’s not every day they get to play Kentucky.” Todd Stewart, senior associate athletic director, said “there’s no ironclad policy” for the percentage of a school’s tickets that are set aside for students. “Ten percent seemed to be, based
Any rider who receives a total of 36 points during the preliminary shows is able to go on to the IHSA regional competition. Five riders from WKU were eligible to compete at regionals, and two are proceeding to the national competition. Conner said her small team of 15 riders does well against bigger groups like Murray State. While holding their own in horse shows, the team is also in charge of training the horses owned by WKU. They also spend portions of practices in the barn performing routine maintenance on the animals and their surroundings. Dumeyer, who graduated from WKU in 2010 and now attends Auburn University’s veterinarian school, said these skills prepared her for her future.
on the information we got, a very fair amount comparable to what other people do or are required to do,” he said. The average student attendance at WKU home games in Diddle Arena this season was 700 fans, which equates to roughly 10 percent of the arena’s 7,326-seat capacity, Stewart said. Many HAF members and season ticket holders were also unable to buy the school’s tickets because of the high demand for a limited number of tickets, Stewart said. Springfield, Ill., junior Alex Fahnders made the trip to Dayton, Ohio, for WKU’s first-round win over Mississippi Valley State but didn’t win a ticket for the Kentucky game. “A system could be set up where the more home games people attend, the more chances they get in the lottery,” Fahnders said. “Some fans are just now showing up and getting tickets because the team is in the tournament.”
Head Coach Ray Harper motions to his players during the first round NCAA tournament game. After Harper was named head coach on Feb. 19 the Toppers finished the season on a 7-1 run.
After looking at what Harper managed to do with this year’s Toppers, it becomes clear it wasn’t a rebuilding project this program needed. It was revitalizing project. WKU needed a coach to stroll out of the Diddle Arena tunnel before every home game, left hand in
pocket, walking cooly to the bench as fans cheered. WKU needed a coach to inspire a sellout against chief rival Middle Tennessee State, lead the team to an upset then grab the microphone after the game and tell the crowd, “We’ve only just begun.” WKU needed a coach
“The horse experience I got here under Dr. Anderson and with the girls really bumped up my resume,” she said. Being a part of the team is not only teaching riders about horsemanship — it also offers them a chance to relax and focus on something else away from school. Calan Clifton, an 18-yearold freshman from Spring Hill, Tenn., said she’s been riding since she was little when her family lived in Mississippi. “My mom suckered my dad into getting a horse,” she said. “And she threw us up there and said, ‘Ride!’” After her family relocated to Tennessee, Clifton said she didn’t get to ride. As an incoming freshman, she spoke with her adviser about equestrian opportunities and quickly contacted Conner about joining the team. “I said, ‘I’m getting on this team,’” Clifton said. “I love it here.”
In the future, WKU will be able to accommodate more of its student body, Stewart said. “The unusual thing about this game is we’re playing Kentucky in Louisville, and because of the type of season that they had, being No. 1 in the nation, their fans had a pretty good feeling they were going to be a No. 1 seed and they were going to be in Louisville, so they bought up all the tickets,” Stewart said. “…If we’re in the NCAA Tournament next year, obviously the site may not be as close, but wherever we are it probably won’t be the perfect storm that it was this year in that you have UK, ranked No. 1 in the nation, playing a couple of hours from their campus, with probably the best fan base in all of college basketball.” In the end it came down to a high demand for a limited number of tickets, Stewart said. “There’s no magic wand to wave to make more tickets,” he said.
to shrug his shoulders when pestered with questions about his team being fatigued at the Sun Belt Tournament. WKU needed a coach to look at his players late in the Sun Belt Championship when they cut a 13-point North Texas lead to two points in the blink of an eye and joke that they were coming back too quickly. WKU needed a coach whose genuine dream was to coach the Toppers, not anyone else. They’ve found that man in Ray Harper. The Toppers may be done this year, but they’ll be back. Derrick Gordon, T.J. Price, George Fant, they’re all freshmen. They have three years left to get stronger, hone their skills and become more mentally adapted to Harper’s system.
Jamal Crook will have a whole summer to learn more of Harper’s system, and how to be a star Sun Belt point guard. Guys like Teeng Akol, O’Karo Akamune and Vinny Zollo will have six more months to get better. Other than Kahlil McDonald, who’s graduating, everyone else will be back. Under Harper WKU can go back to being a school that’s in the tournament every year, a team that wins 20-plus games every year and a team that can hang with squads like the Kentucky team it played on Thursday night. And if there’s a coach that can harness a team’s potential, it’s Harper. “We’ve still got three more years left,” Gordon said after the loss. “We’re going to do great things.” If this season is any indication, then they absolutely will.
Player of the week winner puts team first By HASANI GRAYSON email@example.com
With every at-bat a WKU player takes, the personalized chants and cheers of support for the batter can be heard by everybody in the ballpark. Junior infielder Amanda Thomas said she’s usually too focused to pay attention to exactly what her teammates are saying. “I don’t really hear them when I’m up to bat,” the Mesquite, Texas native said. But Thomas said the energy provided by the cheers has a greater effect on the teams they face. “Last weekend when we played (Florida Atlantic) we tried to be really loud and get into the other team’s head,” Thomas said. “And it worked. We could see how they reacted to our cheers and we used that as momentum to get us going.” During that series of games against FAU Thomas went a combined 6-for8 with six RBI. Her perfor-
mance during the games in Boca Raton, Fla., at the 2012 Buzz Classic earned her this week’s title of Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. Thomas said she was surprised to hear she won the award when it was announced on Monday since she wasn’t focused on her own performance. “The weekend before I had a pretty bad game, went 0-for-4, so I just tried to focus more on the team’s success and with that my own success came,” she said. Thomas’ own success came in the form of a series of strong plate appearances in which she batted .500 and had a slugging percentage of .652, with eight RBI with six home runs. Head Coach Tyra Perry was also impressed with the way Thomas helped her team to victory in all three games against FAU. “She’s a tough competitor and she does what the team needs to help the
team win,” she said. Perry said that there isn’t really any big difference in Thomas’ approach to the game compared to her first two years as a Lady Topper. Perry credits Thomas’ in-game experience with her strong start to this season. “She’s more experienced now so I think that experience has helped her become more comfortable with herself,” she said. “She’s always had the talent.” Along with her improved batting average numbers, Thomas has also been one of the top home run hitters on the team with six under her belt for the season. “Whenever we get in close situations and she’s coming up to the plate, we’re always excited about it,” Perry said. “We know she has the ability to change the game with one swing.” Though Thomas’ accomplishments at the plate may overshadow her defense, Thomas said she
Sophomore shortstop Amanda Thomas attempts to get an out during a game against Morehead State Feb. 25 at the WKU Softball Complex.
feels confident in the field as well. “I feed a lot off of my teammates for that,” she said of her defense. Thomas said she still doesn’t focus too much on her own performance and is more excited about what the team is capable of as a whole.
“I am 100 percent confident in this team that we can take this conference in regular season and win the tournament,” she said. Thomas said she and the rest of the Lady Toppers are hopeful after starting their conference schedule 3-0 and are looking forward to con-
tinuing their strong conference start as they face South Alabama at home on Saturday and Sunday. “We want to take each game one game at a time and not get too far ahead of ourselves,” Thomas said. “We haven’t won anything and we’re not gonna stop until we do.”
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Ray Harper was exactly what WKU needed
WKU Equestrian Team member Calan Clifton, a freshman from Springhill, Tenn., greets a horse before the team’s practice at the University Farm Tuesday.
LOUISVILLE — They finished 16-19. They didn’t get a single player on the top two all-conference teams. They didn’t hit a Ty Rogers buzzer-beater, didn’t get to the Final Four and they didn’t beat Kentucky. But what Ray Harper and the BRAD STEPHENS 2011-2012 Western Kentucky Upon Further Review University Hilltoppers did accom- firstname.lastname@example.org plish will be remembered for years in Bowling Green. We thought Harper had a rebuilding project on his hands when he was promoted to interim head coach on Jan. 6. He was handed the keys to a car full of a ragtag underachievers whose game was more YMCA than Division I under Ken McDonald. SEE HARPER, PAGE 11
Students learn horsemanship and compete nationally By ANNA ANDERSON email@example.com
The sound of stable floors being swept and the hiss of a water hose could be heard in the horse barn on the WKU Farm on Tuesday afternoon. These noises were the background music to the occasional horse whinny and the chatter of collegeaged women. The WKU Equestrian Team was busy. They were tending to the horses, cleaning the barn and completing other tasks around the stable. “It’s a full-time job — that’s for sure,” said Lynnville, Ind., junior Elizabeth Conner. Conner is the president of the team and works part-time at the stable. Her presidential duties include keeping the team up to date with practice times, handling money and coordinating the awards banquet. For her part-time work, she feeds the 40 horses on the premises, cleans their stalls and turns them out to pasture.
Students frustrated with ticket limits By JORDAN WELLS
Conner said that she spends between 20 to 25 hours a week at the farm, including weekends. The Equestrian Team is coached by Dr. Charles Anderson, an animal science professor. Erica Dumeyer, an alumna of the WKU Equestrian Team visiting during her spring break, said the team is unique because it has a lot of responsibility with the horses along with its competition schedule. Conner said the team competes five to six times per semester against other equestrian teams from Murray State University, Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee as a part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Before the shows, members of the team enter into categories based on their skill level. They are assigned to horses at random, and then the member is graded on how well they perform. The person who places first receives seven points. Second place receives six points and third place five.
WKU’s NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky gave Topper students a chance to see their school take on the nation’s No. 1 team. But the vast majority of those students were unable to attend the Louisville game due to limited ticket availability. WKU was allotted 550 tickets for Thursday’s game at the KFC Yum! Center, the same number allotted by the NCAA to all eight schools playing first-round games at the site. WKU awarded 10 percent of those 550 to students via a random lottery, resulting in a total of 55 tickets sold directly to students for $60 apiece. For a school that reports an official enrollment of more than 21,000 students, that means less than half a percent of the student body won the opportunity to buy tickets through WKU. The rest of the 495 tickets were awarded to season ticket holders, Hilltopper Athletic Foundation donors and the team itself.
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Lady Toppers get chance to avenge 2011 losses to USA By HASANI GRAYSON firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been almost a year since WKU played South Alabama, but the Lady Toppers are still bothered by how they played in their last meetings. WKU (18-8, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) was swept in its three-game set against the Lady Jaguars last year. All three games were ended by the mercy rule, with WKU losing by a combined score of 36-4 over the course of the weekend series. Junior outfielder Katrina Metoyer still hasn’t forgotten those games and is hoping the upcoming match ups against South Alabama (15-6, 3-0) on Saturday and Sunday can provide some redemption. First pitch is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the WKU Softball Complex. “We want to beat South Alabama so bad,” she said. “After last year they have it coming
from us.” In last year’s series, the Lady Toppers were only able to scratch out 11 hits, with seven of those hits coming in the series finale. Pitchers didn’t fare much better. Thensophomore pitcher Mallorie Sulaski gave up 11 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Metoyer said that South Alabama gave WKU’s defense a hard time with its offensive approach. “The girls were a lot quicker than we anticipated and they dropped a lot of bunts down that we didn’t field very well,” she said. “They got decent hits and strung them together.” Players and coaches have had positive things to say about the adjustments made to the infield defense this season. But WKU will have to play strong defense overall as they face a South Alabama team that has five regular starters who are CONNOR CHOATE/HERALD hitting above .300 on the season. Junior infielder Mallorie Sulaski makes an out at first base during the game SEE LADY, PAGE 11
against Louisville on Wednesday afternoon at the WKU Softball Field. Sulaski made 10 outs during the game. WKU lost 6-0.
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