October 13, 2020

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VOLUME 96 • ISSUE 8 WEEK OF 10.13.20

By Julianna Lowe julianna.lowe253@topper.wku.edu.


amison Moorehead was miserable in Barnes Campbell Hall. For 10 days, Jamison, a sophomore graphic design major, was quarantined in Barnes after his mother, Michelle, suggested that he refrain from quarantining with his parents in Greensboro, North Carolina, or his grandparents in Calloway County, Kentucky. If she had known what his experience would be like, Michelle would have advised her son differently. “Knowing what I know now, we would have done something different,” Michelle said. For Jamison, the morning of Sept. 9 was the furthest from what he expected. He thought he had been avoiding contact, but the headache that interrupted his day and the cough that came out dry told him differently.


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The facts about WKU’s response to COVID-19 By Michael J. Collins

By Laurel Deppen




* A1 infographic photo by JACK DOBBS: Kate Segrest, a freshman cheerleader

DAY IN THE LIFE By Lily Burris lily.burris203@topper.wku.edu Photos by Allie Hendricks In previous years, Sharon Hunter, assistant director for data analysis and research of Housing and Residence Life, could have been easily found in her office. However, in the year of COVID-19, it might be easier to find her going around campus on a golf cart, parked in front of Downing Student Union, HRL or Barnes Campbell Hall, trying to take care of students in quarantine as best as she can. A day in the life of Hunter probably isn’t going to be the same as the day before. However, here’s a look into her life on Friday, Oct. 9.

5:30 A.M. Hunter starts her mornings with a 5:30 a.m. wake up to get the day’s food order to Aramark by 6:00 a.m.

8:00 A.M. Breakfast arrives at the back door of Barnes in plastic crates with post-it note labels for each floor. The meals are delivered beginning with the sixth floor and down. Plates of pancakes and bowls of oatmeal or fruit are set out on tables, waiting for the residents to come get them. Most floors have water bottles in a cooler sitting out for the residents. Dinner leftovers from the night before are thrown away. Hunter said the amount of residents can change hourly, so she has to check meals. Sometimes, people just don’t get their food. A box of strawberry Pop-Tarts sits on the tables for students to grab as a snack.






When Executive Director for Housing and Dining Mike Reagle set out to prepare the campus for WKU’s fall semester, he knew there would be a learning curve for administration to overcome. “When you’re starting from scratch, there’s lots of mistakes that you’re gonna make,” Reagle said. “We got a lot of folks on this end that worked 24/7 for months at getting all this together and are trying to create an environment for [students].” Reagle and WKU’s administration wanted to provide a space for students to stay in order to avoid spreading COVID-19 to their families or hometowns. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines state that anyone who has been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days after their interaction, regardless of their own test result. As of Monday, 19 students are currently quarantined in Barnes Campbell Hall. Between Aug. 16 and Oct. 12, 193 students have been through on-campus isolation. In total, WKU has reported 718 coronavirus cases since July 1, and 662 of those were students. The cases are only counted through self-reporting and positive tests conducted from Med Center Health and WKU’s Graves Gilbert Clinic. Data from the Barren River Health Department is not included due to an update in the department’s contact tracing system. Without information from BRHD, WKU cannot provide an active case count. Before the semester began, WKU designated 334 quarantine beds in three on-campus locations: the cottages in the International Village, a wing of Bates Runner Hall and Barnes. Barnes was originally designated as “overflow” housing. Students with a private bathroom were initially allowed to remain in their rooms as long as they had a similar test result as their roommate. Administration realized this system


posed problems in food delivery. Some students experienced late deliveries and cold meals. “We were making about five stops [three times a day] in a golf cart and delivering all these meals up to a student’s room,” Reagle said. “You can understand why meals were colder at that point and you can also understand how it’s not sustainable.” Reagle said it was more efficient to relocate all quarantined students to a central location. Today, when students are designated to quarantine, Barnes is the default location, leaving the others for students with “significant health considerations,” who needed to be near professional staff, said Bob Skipper, director of media relations. Barnes, built in 1966 and renovated in 2003, was originally scheduled to be demolished this summer to make room for construction of the Freshman Village. The Herald spoke to seven students who quarantined in Barnes between Sept. 9 and the present, some of whom reported issues during their stay. Reagle said the building’s water system fluctuated between water being too hot and too cold before maintenance was able to correct it. Reagle said some students would leave to get food or supplies, possibly spreading the disease in the process. “We have found students that have left the building and we have dealt with it through the conduct process,” Reagle said. Reagle said an area was set aside for food deliveries for residents in quarantine as a way both to keep them in the building and provide some comfort. Students have also experienced intrusive sounds from the adjacent Freshman Village construction site. “We’ve got to continue to carry on with the construction projects that are there, and we try to do it being as user-friendly as we can since students are living in that building,” Reagle said.


“There are also other buildings around that site, they’re also having that.” Reagle said construction crews have been asked not to begin work until after 8 a.m. but some noise may still occur before as crews arrive at the site. David Oliver, director of environmental health & safety at WKU, said the university was advised on how to develop a safe quarantine space with help from the Barren River Health Department and information from the CDC. “[Barren River Health Department has] a specialized unit for communicable diseases that we work with daily,” Oliver said. “If we have a situation that is sort of unusual, we get the data, we will call them and have them provide us guidance on those cases. We don’t get, we don’t make judgment calls with this, this is strictly public health.” Oliver said that the communication between Barren River Health Department and the university has helped to guide administration in outfitting employees with appropriate personal protective equipment. “If somebody is highly symptomatic or if we had a medical emergency then we would also use a disposable gown and a face shield and we have those available,” Oliver said. “We’ve outfitted WKU police with both the N95, KN95 respirators and face shields for their officers who may have to assist medical patients.” Reagle said no official decisions have been made for quarantine housing for winter break or the following semester.

Lily Burris contributed with reporting

Michael J. Collins can be reached at michael.collins527@topper.wku.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @MJCollinsNews.

Laurel Deppen can be reached at laurel.deppen774@topper.wku.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @laurel_deppen.

Illustration by Alex Cox

8:18 A.M. “Good morning students,” a student assistant says over the hall’s intercom. “Your meals have been delivered.” The staff delivering meals is downstairs with the ordered food on the tables. If Hunter notices anything that needs to be fixed, she makes another trip upstairs. She has any conversations with students that she needs to. On the way out, Hunter points to the table in between the inner and outer doors. The table is for DoorDash deliveries, anything dropped off by parents and any sorority big/little gifts left for students.



A personal essay by Keilen Frazier

I didn’t think I would spend homecoming in Barnes Campbell this year. Quarantining isn’t the best way to commemorate the semester yet, perhaps it’s the most ideal due to how 2020 has been. I haven’t been here long, but all the hours seem the same. With every passing second this entire experience just feels like a long boring weekend in high school. Everybody has had those weekends when you don’t have any plans, friends text you randomly (or not at all), while you have a bunch of assignments that are sitting in the back of your mind just wondering if they will even be acknowledged. Even with hours of nothing to do, I

With every passing second this entire experience just feels like a long boring weekend in high school.

still don’t have the motivation to address the things in my life that have been hindering me the most. My first day here I met a guy that was one day away from finishing his second stint here. He gave me some basic

pointers: this sucks, the food sucks, DoorDash as much as possible and try not to die of boredom. He also warned me about the cameras on the first floor and told me there’s no point of wearing a mask on the floor at this point — if

you’re here, you’re already in hell. I did figure out fast that the food was not favorable, although the pancakes weren’t bad. The best way to spend time has to be the holy trinity of Netflix, snacks and Among Us. After 1,000 games, I can’t bear another pointless task at this point. The best way to cope has been to stay neutral. Any happy moment ends up ruined when I inevitably end up remembering how dull and draining this has been. As long as I stay at the right level of content, I can coast through my time here and get back to “normal,” if that’s even still a thing.

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8:55 A.M.

Hunter returned to her office to work on the other parts of her job and field phone calls. On her desk sits a plaque with a post-it-note altered phrase. “There cannot be a crisis this year my schedule is already full,” stated the plaque, with the word “year” written in all caps on a strip of sticky note over the original word. At her desk, Hunter worked through the tasks of the day. She cancelled meals for students who left quarantine, updated Environmental Health and Safety. One of her calls was about donating to all the students in quarantine. Hunter answered calls from students about different questions and requests throughout the afternoon. Hunter also provided information to Bob Skipper, director of media relations, on the number of students in Barnes, which she said would be wrong by the end of the day. “I better do that before Bob gets grumpy,” Hunter said. Hunter receives requests for anything from scissors and notebooks to tampons and towels. On Friday, she checked the rooms of students, the number of rooms with students in them, added rooms to the list to be cleaned and sent release paperwork to departing students. A student called about the food survey process. “You have to fill out one every night for the next day,” Hunter said. There’s something new about quarantine Hunter has to figure out every day. On the plexiglass at the front of her desk, there’s a sticky note to remind her to figure out what to do about voting for students in quarantine.

9:45 A.M. Hunter attended a video conference meeting about hiring someone to live in Barnes full time, a position that was previously filled for about a week at the beginning of the semester. After the meeting ended, Hunter prepared for the lunch run of the day. One of her coworkers popped into her office to ask about the golf cart she had been using all day.

How students in quarantine are receiving food By Julianna Lowe julianna.lowe253@topper.wku.edu.

A glowing email notification cuts through the evening darkness in Barnes Campbell Hall, lighting up the quarantine dorm for every student inside. Opening the email reveals a meal survey from the WKU Restaurant Group, warning students that their meal orders for the next day must be submitted early the next morning. First, students enter their name and WKU ID. They answer that they’re located in Barnes, enter their room number and then they’re free to select breakfast, lunch and dinner. The survey is divided into three subsections, every one beginning with the option to accept or refuse to place an order for that meal. Students then choose from a drop-down menu of breakfast, lunch or dinner options, then select the drink that they’d like to be delivered with the meal. Sam Padgett, an exercise science sophomore from Louisville, said that his meal survey was sent to him in an email every evening around 9 p.m. The survey offers several options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Padgett said, and the meals were delivered to him around 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. “With breakfast, the only edible things that they’d have were pancakes, and you pray that they’re not cold,” Padgett said. “Lunch, I usually would eat a salad just because there really wasn’t anything else that was quite good. Dinner, I’d have chicken fingers. The sides, normally, would be fries. I did not get a fry that entire week that wasn’t cold.” Padgett had no doubts about the proper preparation of the food but most of his concerns were with the time that the food had been sitting. “It looked like, tasted like it had been sitting out for a long time, and just, it probably takes a while for them to transport all those meals,” Padgett said. “I understand that, but like, there’s got to be a way they can put some insulation ... around the food, so that it doesn’t just automatically get cold that fast because it ruins the quality of it.” Broadcasting freshman from Louisville Chris Willis said that students are given six or seven meal options to choose from in the meal survey. “It was pretty good food,” Willis said. “They had like Papa John’s and stuff, but it just wasn’t — when you got food from ... Fresh, it just wasn’t hot, so it was kind of disappointing.”

At the beginning of the semester, meals would be brought in and left on the designated floor, and because there is no direct distribution of meals, if a student was to not pick up their meal, it would be cold, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Experience Ethan Logan said. “People were upset about when their meals were delivered and whether or not they were cold,” Logan said. “That’s where we put in warming cabinets, so we keep food


Sharon Hunter and a resident assistant, Hunter Gentry, go out to get the lunch delivery provided by Aramark on Oct. 9, 2020.

warm for a period of time after delivery.” Once the order comes through, WKU Restaurant Group prepares it and places it in a hot box to keep it warm as it is transported from DSU to Barnes. “WKU RG places the ordered food in a hot box to keep the food warm during transport,” a WKU Restaurant Group representative said in an email. “We load the hot box on one of our trucks at DSU and deliver to the back door of Barnes Campbell Hall. A representative from the Housing department then distributes the food to the correct student.” Within 30 minutes of preparation, the food is delivered to the student, the representative said. This short time span is accredited to delivering food only to Barnes. “Previously WKU RG was delivering meals to quarantine students at Hilltopper Hall, Bates Runner and Minton,” the

10:17 A.M.

Hunter started checking meal lists to see what the students were eating. She said that she can tell how a student is doing by how many meals they order and what they’re ordering. Hunter remembered a student who is vegan and was only ordering the humus and vegetables option for several days in a row. She reached out to the student and found out about their veganism. Hunter and the student worked with Aramark to get the student vegan food they enjoyed.


Meals are loaded into bins to deliver to the students quarentining in Barnes on Oct. 9, 2020. The meals are put into bins and separated by each floor so the people delivering them don’t have to revisit the floors.

Sharon Hunter, WKU Housing and Residence Life’s assistant director of data analysis and research, said in an email that HRL has continued to make changes to the meal delivery process as the semester goes on. “Our most impactful changes have been a partnership with Aramark Catering to change the containers for each meal and use a heated cart to deliver the meals to Barnes Campbell,” Hunter said in an email. “This permitted us to shorten the meal delivery time from an hour to under 15 minutes while providing hotter food for our residents. HRL was also able to install coolers of water and microwaves in central areas on floors in Barnes Campbell after new guidance came out from the CDC that transmission risk was low on shared contact surfaces.”

wrap with chips, whole fruit, cookies and a beverage. Dinner is preset to be either spaghetti and meatballs or chicken alfredo, and both of these options are then served with a breadstick, cookies, the vegetable of the day and a beverage. Sophomore paralegal studies major from Bowling Green River Carter said that there was a meal survey sent out every evening, yet some problems followed. “Sometimes what you ordered wouldn’t

representative stated in an email. “We are currently only delivering meals to Barnes Campbell Hall.” When students receive the meal survey, they are given options from Redzone, the Downing Student Union Papa John’s and Fresh Food Company. If students do not fill out the meal survey, they receive pre-selected meals, the representative said. “Should a student forget to order their meals for a day, we have preset meal options that we can send them,” the representative stated. “Should these menu options not fit with a students’ dietary restrictions or needs we do modify the meals to accommodate as needed.” The preset breakfast is a muffin, a breakfast bar, fresh cut fruit and a beverage. The preset lunch is a turkey-spinach

show up, it’d just be, like, random stuff,” Carter said. “Sometimes they didn’t even send you the survey. You just have these, like, automatic meals, and they took money out of my meal plan dollars for that. I don’t know why they took, like, 40 bucks out of that.” Logan said that students purchase their quarantine meals with their meal plan as they would on campus. “It’s based on your meal plan, also,” Willis said. “So you have to just go with whatever meal plan you got — that’s how your food would come.” On the weekends, Carter only received lunch and dinner. When food was delivered to her, she often had her mother bring her food. “I usually had my mom or someone bring me food because it was just not edible,” Carter said. The only snacks that Padgett ordered or received were brought to him by his mom. “I know for a fact that my mom brought me some snacks,” Padgett said. “Me and my roommate also ordered a pizza one of the nights. It’s just a matter of money, honestly.” David Oliver, director of Environmental Health and Safety, said there are a variety of other items that students can order from POD to be delivered. “There’s other items they can order, you know, just a variety of things that they can order for like the POD store and stuff and have those delivered as well,” Oliver said. According to Logan, the staff began to give each student a case of water when they were checked in following concerns of not having anything to drink. Aramark also put in an ice cream chest recently, Logan said. “It’s evolving,” Logan said. However, it is still unclear how students without meal plans are to receive quarantine meals. “I will do everything that I can to make sure that student is fed in quarantine,” Logan said. “So, if they have the dollars, perfect. If not, we figure out a way.” The Restaurant Group has begun providing students a welcome bag upon arrival to Barnes that includes chips, mints, a candy bar, Skittles, granola bars, tissues and bottled water. Refrigerators with bottled water and Pop-tarts have also been installed on three floors of Barnes, and ice cream is available on the first floor. Currently, the Restaurant Group has no plans to extend meal delivery beyond students that are quarantined in designated on-campus housing.

Community Page Editor Julianna Lowe can be reached at julianna.lowe253@topper.wku.edu. Follow Julianna on Twitter at @juliannamlowe.


Thirty minutes after having his nose swabbed, the voice on the phone from Graves Gilbert Clinic confirmed that his COVID-19 test had come back positive. With just one call to the WKU COVID-19 hotline, Jamison left his room in Southwest Hall. He stepped into room 224 of Barnes two hours after testing positive, surprised with the condition of his temporary residence. “My room was dirty upon arrival, and the windows were open as well, so there were some bugs that found their way in,” Jamison said. “Barnes is right next to the construction of the Freshmen Village, [so] there was loud construction some days that my windows did very little to prevent.” Considering that Jamison was instructed not to leave his room for isolation purposes, he was not given a key to his room when he arrived. Something about leaving his room unlocked while using the communal bathrooms, however, just didn’t sit right with him, he said. “If I had to go shower or use the bathroom, that meant my room was unlocked without me in it,” Jamison said. Along with not having a roommate, Jamison had little-to-no human contact throughout the course of his quarantine. The front desk was abandoned each time that Jamison passed by. There are no resident assistants in Barnes to avoid endangering staff. However, each student is assigned a case manager from the Barren River Health Department. Sharon Hunter, assistant director of data analysis and research of Housing and Residence Life, manages the dorm, which includes helping with meal delivery, prescription medicines and students’ checking in process. If a student quarantining needs help, they can call WKU’s COVID hotline or Hunter. “I never really felt like I was being cared

ghetti and meatballs or chicken alfredo with a breadstick. “Should these menu options not fit with a students’ dietary restrictions or needs we do modify the meals to accommodate as needed,” the Restaurant Group stated in an email. Because students pay for each meal with their meal plan, they have the ability to opt out of meal delivery. Michelle accompanied her son’s concerns about meal delivery. “There [were] two days that he didn’t get food delivered to him,” Michelle said. “Thankfully, he did have friends on campus that could let him know that they’re bringing him food and leave it outside the door.” Jamison ’s breakfast came at 9 a.m., his lunch came at 12:30 p.m. and his dinner came at 5:30 p.m. On these two occasions, Jamison reached out to his friends for a favor. The food that his friends brought him was left at the Barnes front door so that Jamison could pick it up shortly after, careful not to expose his friends to the virus that moved him to the building in the first place. When Jamison did order and receive food from the university, he had to leave his room unlocked to retrieve it once the meal was announced to him over the intercom. “Food was delivered on a table set up by the elevator on our floor, which each meal labeled with our names,” Jamison said. “Also, food was typically lukewarm or cold.” Jamison ’s occasional hunger ate away at him, so much so that he kept his parents in the loop about his new quality of life. Even though his mother was eight hours away from him, she was still connected to the conditions of the dormitory. “What happens if there’s another student that has left home, you know, three, four hours … and is a freshman and


“It would have been really bad. I really don’t know what I would have done in that situation. Honestly, my only option at that time probably would have been to call 911.”

for,” Jamison said. “I was never checked on directly by any member of HRL staff. No one ever knocked on my door to see if I was feeling okay or, frankly, to even see if I was alive.” In the absence of hands-on care and attention, Jamison received a wellness survey from his Barren River Health Department case manager every morning. Other than that, he was truly isolated, he said. “He’s pretty social,” Michelle said. “He’s pretty involved. Not to have any interaction with anybody — that was concerning for me just from a mom of him.” Jamison was incredibly ill at the beginning of his bout with COVID-19. If his symptoms had gotten any worse than they were, Jamison said he would have not known how to care for himself. “It would have been really bad,” Jamison said. “I really don’t know what I would have done in that situation. Honestly, my only option at that time probably would have been to call 911.” Michelle Moorehead lives eight hours away from her son. “The concern from a parent’s perspective, especially being eight hours away from him, is just, you know, you can’t really take care of your child in the capacity you want, given the situation,” Michelle said. “I felt like he was in a safe place and getting taken care of, even though, on the flip side, they missed two days completely of giving him food.” Of all of the Mooreheads’ concerns, the most impending ended up being the food service for quarantined students. Once it started to get dark outside his window, Jamison knew that the meal survey would be coming soon. Anywhere between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., the meal survey would appear in his email, and he would order three meals for the next day. “On some days, I was not sent a survey, and if this happened, I would have to directly email HRL,” Jamison said. “If you forget to fill out a survey, you’re supposed to still receive three meals that they choose for you. However, on the two occasions where I forgot to fill out a survey, I was not given any meals.” The WKU Restaurant Group has preset meals that students are to receive if they forget to order their meals for a day. For breakfast, the student is to receive a muffin, breakfast bar and fruit. Lunch is a turkey-spinach wrap with chips, fruit and cookies and dinner is either spa-

doesn’t know anybody, doesn’t have that availability to be able to depend on other people?” Michelle asked. “That’s probably mine and his dad’s major concern, is, what do these kids do who don’t have anybody when they don’t get any food for one day and they didn’t remember to pack snacks or anything like that.” Michelle said she quickly became concerned about the quarantine protocol shortly after it began. “It just doesn’t make sense,” Michelle said. “I don’t understand why Jamison had to go to a separate dorm with community bathrooms when he could have just stayed in his dorm with his own bathroom and not had to leave.” Jamison ’s roommate from Southwest returned home to quarantine for 14 days, leaving Jamison alone with an empty bedroom and a private bathroom. Jamison still had to be moved to Barnes. Executive Director for Housing and Dining Mike Reagle said student quarantines are streamlined to Barnes to ensure efficient meal delivery. Beyond the walls of Barnes, Jamison ’s COVID-19 diagnosis was carefully approached and attended to by his professors. “The bright side of quarantine was honestly how accommodating my professors were,” Jamison said. “Some days, it was really hard to be motivated to finish assignments or pay attention in class, and I fell behind sometimes. I was given deadline extensions and absence excuses by all my classes if needed, and my professors were all checking to make sure I was doing okay.” Jamison moved back to the comfort of his home, and his private bathroom, in Southwest on Sept. 20. “Overall, the experience was less than ideal,” Jamison said. “I was absolutely miserable towards the end of my stay, and I couldn’t wait to leave. There are definitely some changes that need to happen, because I couldn’t imagine having to relive that.”

Michael J. Collins contributed reporting. Community Page Editor Julianna Lowe can be reached at julianna.lowe253@topper.wku.edu. Follow Julianna on Twitter @juliannamlowe.






* Data from the Barren River District Health Department is not currently available.







By Michael J Collins michael.collins527@topper.wku.edu Colleges across the state had to quickly adapt to the changing circumstances surrounding the dangers of COVID-19. Most Kentucky colleges and universities were forced to transition to alternative instruction during last spring semester and continue to offer opportunities for online or hybrid learning this semester. In order to keep their communities up-to-date, many colleges have developed dashboards to display COVID-19 statistics in their respective regions. These statistics are usually tracked through both universities and local health departments. In the case of NKU’s dashboard, the total number of positive cases is not provided. Additional policies, such as changes to academic calendars, were gathered



through university websites or by contacting officials within the respective universities. Similar to WKU’s “Restart Plan,” many universities have outlines of their overall approach for the semester that explain how operations have changed amid the crisis. Each college has its own set of challenges in dealing with this crisis, depending on their enrollment size, campus-style and location. Here is a breakdown of the methods colleges have used to ensure students can safely return to campus.

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• No fall or spring break STUDENTS ENROLLED • Required students and faculty to show negative test results • Designated full residence hall as a quarantine space






STUDENTS ENROLLED • Kept fall and spring break • Required students and faculty to show negative test results • Designated specific areas in normal residence halls and local hotels for quarantine






• No fall break STUDENTS ENROLLED • Did not require students and faculty to test negative • Designated specific areas within normal residence halls for quarantine spaces • Restationed underutilized staff to enforce masking in common areas





• No fall and spring break STUDENTS ENROLLED • Requires temperature tests for special groups • Encouraged students to quarantine at home, designated specific areas within normal residence halls for quarantine spaces






STUDENTS ENROLLED • No fall break • Did not require students and faculty to test negative • Encouraged students to quarantine at home






STUDENTS ENROLLED • Kept fall break • Did not require students and faculty to test negative • Designated specific areas within normal residence halls for quarantine spaces

11:19 A.M. “Lunch is served,” came over the intercom. The student worker announced the end of lunch delivery.

12:28 P.M. Hunter prepared to take an additional lunch to Barnes for one of the students who had just moved in. She also brought a pair of scissors to a student who had called and requested them. “It’s like turning the Titanic,” Hunter said. “Everything is so front loaded.”


lily.burris203@topper.wku.edu Editor’s note: This story contains explicit language.

12:37 P.M. Hunter parked the golf cart in front of DSU and headed up to Fresh Food to pick up the additional lunch. Hunter said that about 30% of the time she has to go back for another lunch.

4:56 P.M. Dinner arrived at Barnes. Two student workers helped with the dinner delivery. During the stop on the third floor, Hunter walked around to check the room and hallways. Once dinner delivery was finished, Hunter told one of the student workers to announce dinnertime.

The walls of Barnes Campbell Hall are a familiar dorm-beige. There are room numbers missing from different parts of the walls. The noise comes from the construction site on the other side of the windows — a new dorm being built for next year’s freshmen. The populated floors of Barnes can be divided into COVID-positive and contact-traced. The COVID-positive students will need to spend about 10 days there after their first symptom or positive test. The contact traced students will need to spend 14 days in quarantine. Sharon Hunter, Housing and Residence Life’s assistant director of data analysis and research, calls students to ask if they’re quarantining in Barnes. “This is Sharon Hunter.” Her voice comes across the phone, followed by an explanation of procedures for moving into Barnes or going home. She’ll ask questions about how the student is and if they’re ready to move. Then, she’ll tell them when they’re going to move from one dorm to the next and that Environmental Health and Safety will be sending someone to pick them up if they can’t move themselves. She’ll also send them an email with a list of procedures, what to pack and an intake survey, asking things like when and where they got tested and who their emergency contact is. Another set of names and faces involved come from EHS. David Oliver, director of EHS and emergency manager, or Melna Wilson, an EHS/EM coordinator, could be the one to take them on a golf cart from their dorm to Barnes. They’ll all be working to get COVID positive or traced students into quarantine as fast as possible. “Our goal with this is to get them in quarantine faster because it takes public health a day or so to get the test results and to get back with them so we’re trying to work ahead to prevent the disease spread,” Oliver said.

Sam Padgett

5:08 P.M. “What is going on party people,” the helper said. “It’s your favorite neighborhood resident assistant Jonah speaking. It’s approximately 5:09 p.m., which means dinner has been served. One final reminder: I want all of you to have a fantastic day and go tops.”

6:20 P.M. After she returned home, Hunter received one more phone call from a student through the COVID-19 hotline who had missed dinner because they thought the voice on the intercom was a part of their dream.

A sophomore exercise science major from Louisville, Padgett was in Barnes from Sept. 17 to Sept. 26. He was told that he could get out on the 24, but thought that was too early and decided to stay a couple of days. Before his quarantine, Padgett had hung out with friends and heard one had COVID-19, so he went and got tested. This test came back negative. The next weekend he hung out with some friends in Lexington and started feeling bad after. He waited two days before getting tested. This test came back positive. Padgett was sent to Barnes the day after his positive test. “They sent somebody with a golf cart — took them forever to get here,” Padgett said. “They said they’d send someone before 1 and it was like 2 o’clock and no one had called us.” Padgett and his roommate both went into Barnes. His roommate was on the sixth floor because he was a contact trace for living with Padgett. Padgett described his time in quarantine as “probably one of the worst weeks of my life.” Padgett said his room had ants, he was woken up at the crack of dawn by construction noise and the water was hot in the toilets you could feel the heat rising out of it. He, like the other students in Barnes, did not receive a key for his room. “I was always afraid that someone might come into my room one day,” Padgett said.

Chris Willis

Chris Willis, a freshman broadcasting major from Louisville, was quarantined in Barnes from Sept. 17 to Oct. 2. His roommate tested positive for COVID-19,


Sam Padgett is a WKU student that was quarantined with COVID-19 in September 2020.

so Willis had to quarantine as a close contact even though he tested negative. Willis faced issues with a few days of cold water in showers and generally lukewarm food. He said they had no supervision but that students stayed in their dorms. “It was just kind of sit in your room being kind of bored, honestly,” Willis said. “It wasn’t the best experience because you couldn’t talk to anybody but it wasn’t the worst.” Willis described the experience as something he would never wish upon someone else. He said that it was hard to get food and the community bathrooms didn’t seem safe.

Parker Randall

A freshman entrepreneurship major from Lexington, Randall had “a quarantine and a half” according to Hunter. He started his quarantine as a contact and spent his first eight days in Barnes. He then went home to finish his quarantine. His parents had him tested again and it came back positive. Randall then had to spend 10 more days in quarantine. He returned to Barnes, where he encountered similar problems to other students. However, he faced an additional challenge of waking up from a nap to bees in his room. “The showers were either you’re burning and gonna die or you’re gonna freeze,” Randall said.

River Carter and Iyanla Shackelford (and Josie Elliott, who went home)

River Carter, a sophomore paralegal studies major from Bowling Green, had to quarantine at the same time as two of her friends. Iyanla Shackelford, a sophomore anthropology major from Louisville, and Josie Elliott, a sophomore psychology major from Corbin, were with Carter when they were all exposed to COVID-19.

Carter and Shackelford were exposed to COVID-19 by Elliott when helping her with some homework, they said. Carter and Shackelford went to Carter’s grandfather’s home in Monroe County. When they got retested, it came back positive and they decided to quarantine in Barnes. They were in Barnes from Sept. 16 to Sept 27. “We usually would yell out of our windows and talk to each other,” Carter said. Carter mentioned problems with the food being cold and the hot water going out during her stay. Carter also did not have a key to her room. Shackelford described difficulties with the process of moving into Barnes and getting help once in Barnes. She mentioned there was no resident assistant to help students out. “You’re very much left on your own,” Shackelford said. Elliott, who was the first to test positive, chose to go home for her quarantine. She tested positive on Sept. 9, but received a call about her positive case from Bowling Green’s health department at the beginning of October. “I understand that not everybody has that opportunity to do that,” Elliott said. For Shackelford, the guidelines and information about going into Barnes seemed overwhelming. The rules about staying in one’s room didn’t seem to make much sense because the bathroom and food was located outside the room. “Their aim is here to get a sense of normalcy back,” Shackelford said. “It’s like, f--- the sense of normalcy, we’re in a pandemic.”

Assignment Editor Lily Burris can be reached at lily.burris203@topper.wku. edu. Follow her on Twitter @lily_burris.


HERD TRAMPLES WKU Knox dominates once again in 38-14 win over the Hilltoppers


Marshall running back Lawrence Papillon (4) scores a 4th quarter touchdown against WKU on Oct. 10.

By Matthew Hargrove

matthew.hargrove426@topper.wku.edu It was a homecoming to forget for WKU (1-3), (1-1, C-USA), as the Hilltoppers were throttled by Marshall University (3-0), (1-0, C-USA) by a final score of 38-14. WKU will now have to face an arguably more challenging foe in last year’s Conference USA Champions, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (31), (1-0 in C-USA). UAB had their most recent scheduled game against Rice postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The third road game of the season for the Hilltoppers will be played at Legion Field next Saturday on Oct. 17. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. CT. The Blazers are led by senior running back Spencer Brown, who is ranked No. 2 in C-USA in rushing with 450 rushing yards in four games played. And speaking of dominant running backs, it was junior Brendan Knox who was the go-to guy for the Thundering Herd against WKU Saturday night. Knox had three touchdown runs while rushing for 107-yards. Thanks to a very strong beginning that they never looked back from, Marshall handed WKU their first conference loss of the year. This moves the Hilltoppers two games below .500. “As a head coach, the first thing I gotta do is look at me and say, ok how do I get better to help the football team,” Head Coach Tyson Helton said. “I didn’t see a lot of positives, I saw a lot of good men fighting and kept battling and tried to do their best.” Perfection is a word that wouldn’t be enough to describe how well the rainy

dark night began for the green side of the Moonshine Throwdown. Before the fans could even settle into their seats, Marshall converted a twoplay scoring drive in a matter of 48 seconds. Freshman quarterback Grant Wells found sophomore wideout Broc Thompson for a 30-yard pass, giving way for the talented Knox to find the endzone on a dazzling 45-yard carry. Looking to erase the goose egg off the board for his squad, graduate quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome coughed up his first turnover of the year that was recovered by the Marshall defense at their own 40-yard line. The fumble turned out to be costly, as that very next offensive drive for the Thundering Herd resulted in a fiveyard touchdown run for junior running back Sheldon Evans. Marshall led the Hilltoppers after the first quarter 14-0. It didn’t get any better for WKU in the second, as the Thundering Herd proceeded to put up another 14 points before the half, one of those scores once again coming from a fumble out of the hands of Pigrome. Both of the second-quarter touchdowns for Marshall came from Knox, who had a one-yard and nine-yard touchdown score. Within a blink of an eye, the Hilltoppers were heading into the locker room down 28-0. Towards the start of the third quarter, Pigrome again fumbled the football on a botched handoff to senior running back Jakairi Moses. The ball was picked up by senior linebacker Tavante

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Beckett and returned 38-yards to the endzone to increase his team’s lead to 35-0. Sophomore Kevaris Thomas took over the reins at quarterback after Pigrome’s third turnover of the ballgame. Thomas produced the only two scoring drives for the Hilltoppers, which were his 2-yard run to end the third quarter and a 26-yard pass to freshman tight end Dalvin Smith towards the end of the fourth quarter. That second-half spark from Thomas wasn’t enough, as Marshall played spoiler on what was supposed to be a celebratory night in Bowling Green.

“We had a very big talk about unity tonight before the game,” Thomas said. “We just said no matter what happens we have to stick together and that’s what I went in and did, stuck together with my offense.” WKU will play the role of underdog against UAB this upcoming week, in preparation to knock off one of the best teams in C-USA. Football beat reporter Matthew Hargrove can be reached at matthew.hargrove426@topper.wku.edu. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewHargrov1.


WKU Hilltoppers tackle Marshall running back Sheldon Evans (5) as he attempts a touchdown on Oct. 10.

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Travis Hudson is the G.O.A.T.

By Kaden Gaylord kaden.gaylord559@topper.wku.edu On Oct. 9, WKU Volleyball Head Coach Travis Hudson was inducted into the 2020 WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Hudson graduated from WKU in 1994, took over the volleyball program in 1995, and turned a rebuilding program into one of the best in the nation, which is why he is the greatest coach ever on the Hill. After finishing his first three seasons with a 7-26, 18-17 and a 9-22 record, the 1998 Lady Toppers posted a 26-10 record and haven’t looked back since. While playing in the Sunbelt conference, WKU won 10 regular season championships with a 215-59 record, including seven straight from 2000-2006 while also winning five conference tournament championships, five SBC coach of the year awards and two American Volleyball Coaches Association south coach of the year awards. Switching over to Conference USA in 2014 brought WKU into more on the mainstream media light as they dominated the conference right out the gate, winning five of their first six regular seasons and conference tournament championships. Hudson has led the Lady Toppers to multiple historic seasons including seven of the last nine seasons ending in more than 30 wins, but WKU’s 2019 campaign is arguably the best season in program history. It seemed like they were breaking a record every week. WKU led the nation with 23 sweeps while posting a school record of 28 straight victories. The Lady Toppers swept C-USA play going 14-0, winning the conference tournament for the fifth time, ending the regular season 31-1. If I wrote out all the awards and records this team broke, this column would take



up two pages of the newspaper. The season became extra special when it was announced WKU earned the 15th overall seed, making Diddle Arena the home of the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament for the first time ever. WKU made it to the second round, ultimately losing 3-2 to Louisville again that season; the Cardinals owned the only two losses against the Lady Toppers in 2019. But what made it so much more special was the crowd turnout, setting two attendance records on back-to-back days by bringing in 9,537 total fans — the fourth best in the country. Hudson turned and looked at the crowd and had tears of joy showing nothing but gratitude towards the Bowling Green community because all he’s wanted is to get the arena packed to capacity to support his girls. The thing about Hudson is he doesn’t just get it done on the court; he works his butt off putting as much effort into outside obligations and responsibilities as he does on the court. “Travis is a coach that genuinely cares about your future outside of volleyball,” former WKU star Alyssa Cavanaugh told me in 2017. “It isn’t all about winning on the court. It’s about creating an environment and principles that will take us to bigger things after volleyball.” And that has stood the test of time. Every single one of the women who have put on the Lady Topper jersey have walked across the graduation stage under Hudson’s tenure, and since joining C-USA WKU has had eight student-athletes make the All-Academic team. For 14 straight years, WKU has won the AVAC Team Academic Award, with a total of 18 times since 1999.






Head Coach Travis Hudson enters season 26 at the helm of the WKU Volleyball Program

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Friends of Jacolyn Foundation and of course Hope for Harlie. FOJ is a charitable, non-profit organization that strives to enhance and strengthen the support system built around children with pediatric brain tumors. FOJ connected WKU to Harlie Bryant in 2012 who was diagnosed with a brain tumor behind her eyes. Bryant was adopted as an official member of the team, wearing the No. 6 jersey ever since. Hudson has produced nine All-Americans and has coached women part of the USA Junior National and Collegiate National teams, respectively.

“I hear about the wins and the championships, all those kinds of things, but at the end of my career if I’m only known by wins and losses, that’ll be a shame because that’s not the reason I do what I do,” Hudson said in his induction speech. The man encapsulates everything that Western Kentucky stands for. He is indeed the greatest of all time.

Men’s basketball beat reporter & columnist Kaden Gaylord can be reached at kaden.gaylord559@topper.wku.edu. Follow Kaden on Twitter at @_KLG3.






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WKU men’s golf program continues to drive on this season By Nick Kieser



Graduate Christian Tooley playing a round at theBowling Green Country Club on Aug. 31, 2020.

After the first competition of the fall on Sept. 13-15 in the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at Louisiana Tech University, the WKU Men’s Golf program will compete at Middle Tennessee State University Oct. 12-13. Last time out, the Hilltoppers finished at No. 10 of 12 with co-captains senior Caleb O’Toole and redshirt senior Tom Bevington leading the way tying for 25th place overall. The respective upperclassmen have 220 strokes this fall, and heading into the Intercollegiate at The Grove, the Hilltoppers look to capitalize on their performance. “We definitely came back with a very clear picture of what we needed to do to prepare for our next event. What I am looking forward to this week is to see our

work pay off,” head coach Chan Metts said ahead of the second competition at MTSU. There have been 24 days between competitions for the Hilltoppers, and graduate Christian Tooley along with his team have been preparing to get back on the course. “Coach has really emphasized getting better on our par-five since that’s the statistic that stood out to us last time, so we’ve worked on our wedge game and scrambling,” Tooley said. The graduate added that the program knows what their best golf looks like ahead of moving forward with the season. Metts said two things the program can control moving forward are having the best short game in tournaments and hav-

ing the best attitude in the tournament. “If we do those two things, I feel really good about the direction we are heading in and what the next event will look like,” Metts said. “That’s how they are going to get their game the sharpest is to test it under those tournament conditions and play with those nerves and kind of see how their body and their game respond to those moments.”

Metts has been happy with his four freshmen on the team this season and how they have gelled with the other golfers on the team. “To see those guys come in and just fit right in with the family is something you want to see with every class you bring in,” Metts said. “That’s what some great programs are founded in, and I have been happy with that.” Entering into his third year at the helm of the program, Metts gives credit to the leadership coming out of Bevington, O’Toole and Tooley. “I think that a team led from within is always going to be better than a team that is solely led by a coach,” Metts said. Tooley is a Roundhill, Kentucky, native and played his first four seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He shot the lowest scoring average of 75.2, the lowest on that program in 27 years. Now one of the leaders, he returned to the Hill for his final year of eligibility helping hold the reins of this program. According to Tooley, it came as a surprise to be part of the leadership when coach Metts informed him of the decision. “The biggest thing I have helped some of our freshmen with is just attitude and course management and staying positive,” Tooley said. “The freshmen are a bunch of really good kids and they work hard and they have gelled really well with our program and they are definitely going to help out this program in the future.” Golf itself is a socially distanced sport, but the COVID-19 pandemic has still had an impact on the Hilltoppers this fall. Moving forward it looks different but the trainers have helped make practicing and playing possible for the program. “We have an unbelievable staff that have done so much and had to work so much harder this semester to ensure that we can have a season,” Metts said. “They have done an unbelievable job of putting protocols and things into practice for us and nothing looks that much different but they have been keeping us safe all through the season.”

Sports Editor Nick Kieser can be reached at nick.kieser036@topper.wku. edu. Follow Nick on Twitter at @KieserNick.

CRIME REPORTS October 5, 2020 1:57 a.m. A subject was arrested in Creason Lot for possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. October 8, 2020 11:35 p.m. A subject was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, disregarding a stop sign and careless driving on Chestnut. 1:05 a.m. A subject was arrested for alcohol intoxication in Alumni College parking garage. October 10, 2020 7:00 p.m. A subject was arrested for public intoxication on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house yard. 11:00 p.m. A subject was arrested for public intoxication on the corner of Center Street and 13th Street. October 11, 2020 12:57 p.m. A subject was arrested for public intoxication on Park Street and 13th Street. 1:31 p.m. A juvenile was cited for possession of marijuana during a traffic stop on University Blvd. Lot.


Sophomore Luke Fuller at the Bowling Green Country Club on Aug. 31st 2020.

CORRECTION A story which ran in the Herald last week with the headline “Math department head responds to demotion, reanalyzes model 41 days later” contained several errors in fact and language which the Herald identified as leading and misguided. Because of these reasons, the Herald removed the story from its website. We have been working to rewrite this story to address these errors, and it will be republished when it is ready. The Herald aims to deliver clear and accurate information and regrets this lapse in judgement.


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