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Residents of Minton Hall load their belongings into trucks to be relocated on Friday. All 348 residents had to move out after multiple reports of mold growth inside the building surfaced.

More than 500 mold reports on campus in year Pearce-Ford Tower

111 Reports of mold


Bemis Lawrence Hall

100 Reports of mold



Rodes Harlin Hall

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t’s in every dorm even Hilltopper Hall. It can grow quickly and spread even faster. If left untreated, it can make you sick. It grows in vents, on ceilings and on clothing and furniture. In the past year, according to an analysis by the College Heights Herald of maintenance requests, there have been 524 reports of mold in WKU buildings — 473 in dorms. Following the university’s announcement on Nov. 7 that it would relocate all 348 students living in Minton Hall for the remainder of the semester to combat mold, the Herald combed through more than 2,700 available web pages of maintenance requests, with 10 requests per page, for all buildings on campus to find out how widespread and how far back WKU’s mold problem had grown. The analysis of InSite — the maintenance request database portal available to students, faculty and staff at WKU — showed the first request mentioning mold in the period analyzed was on Nov. 17, 2017. The latest reports were made as recently as Monday: four requests to remove mold in four different dorms. Over the five-day period during which the Herald searched through InSite, the total number of pages of requests fluctuated between 2,752 and 2,731. Multiple phone calls to Housing and Residence Life officials were either not returned or referred to media relations director Bob

Minton Hall

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348 Minton residents spend weekend relocating BY EMILY DELETTER & NICOLE ZIEGE HERALD.NEWS@WKU.EDU

Last weekend, 348 students moved out of their dorm rooms in Minton Hall and relocated to various residence halls across campus. With just five weeks left in the semester, many stuTIMELINE ON PAGE A5 dents were upset by the news and process.

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WKU to continue Saudi scholarship between countries BY EMILY DELETTER HERALD.NEWS@WKU.EDU

Colleges and universities around the United States that receive money for programs from the Saudi Arabian government are re-evaluating arrangements following the recent death of a journalist in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey. WKU is not one of them. Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The details surrounding his death have sparked fierce debate. Although WKU is one of the schools that receives students participating in the King Abdullah Scholarship Program, it doesn’t receive any money from the Saudi government to fund programs. Associate provost for global learning and international affairs John Sunnygard said many schools are rethinking the grants received in case they are associated either with motivation or the perceived motivation to murder Khashoggi or the war in Yemen. John “The scholarship Sunnygard program is neither of those,” Sunnygard Associate said. “That’s a very provost important distintion. for global learning and WKU does not curinternational rently have any reaffairs search grants from the Saudi government.” KASP is ministered through the Saudi Arabian Culture Ministry and has been in place since 2011. Through KASP, qualifying Saudi Arabian students attend a college

or university in a foreign country. The scholarship covers their full academic tuition, medical and dental coverage, round trip tickets for students and family, academic supervision and a monthly stipend for the students, their spouses or their children. According to SACM’s website, more than 71,000 Saudi students studied in the United States in 2012. Students are encouraged to study programs that would contribute to Saudi Arabia’s growing “knowledge-based” economy, Sunnygard said. This includes engineering, computer science, business, polit-

“The students are learning the value of an open economy, a free press and human rights.” Associate provost for global learning and international affairs JOHN SUNNYGARD

dents enrolled at WKU, 202 males and 37 females. Sunnygard estimates that 99 percent are funded to study through KASP. “[International students] contribute $40 million a year to the Bowling Green economy,” he said. “They also pay a higher tuition than out-of-


Manees Alshehry speaks on being an international student at a student panel hosted by the international education week program on Nov, 7th. Alshehry is the president of the Shadi Students Organization in Bowling Green and has been studying in America for three years.

ical science, education and majors that fall under public health. “There isn’t a dime of WKU money that goes into it,” Sunnygard said. There are currently 239 Saudi stu-

state students.” According to WKU, international students pay $39,894 to attend during the 2018-2019 year. Manees Alshehri is a Saudi Arabi-

an student studying at WKU through KASP. Alshehri will graduate from WKU in 2018 with a degree in political science and international affairs. He said, along with other students, he was shocked to initially hear the news of Khashoggi’s death. “If you look at the history of the Saudi government, they haven’t done something like that before to kill one of its citizens if they agree or disagree with the government,” Alshehri said. “It was a shock in the beginning, but we’re just waiting for the results right now. It takes time.” Alshehri said he has noticed animosity since arriving in the United States in 2012 but does not blame those feelings on the majority of Americans. “Some people completely believe what the media says,” he said. “Some see us and are reminded of the bad things that have happened, which is unfortunate.” Sunnygard said KASP is important because it is helping to educate “an entire generation of people who will be leaders in their country.” “The students are learning the value of an open economy, a free press and human rights-things the U.S. stands for-and the Saudis are investing in that,” he said. “They’re investing in their students, and they’re investing in us.”

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ROTC celebrates 100 years at WKU, honors veterans BY EMILY DELETTER HERALD.NEWS@WKU.EDU

In honor of 100 years on the Hill, WKU’s Army ROTC held several events throughout the fall semester to celebrate its milestone. The Army ROTC was established in October 1918 when several

instructors were sent to WKU to train as a response to World War I. By January 2019, the Army was fully established and still continues to train and commission Army officers. In recognition of 100 years, a tailgate was held during Homecoming week with alumni which featured a cake cutting and memorabilia. LTC Michael Kenney was also inducted into the WKU


WKU Army ROTC Cadet Avery Duvall of Elizabethtown prepares his Swiss seat for the one-rope bridge event during the annual Ranger Challenge Oct. 19 in Fort Knox. The Swiss seat is a way to tie one rope sufficient to support a climber for-an ascent or descent. The Cadets are timed as a team to gear up with their home spun harness, 35-pound rucksack and helmets before executing passage between two trees with one rope and all the gear.


Freshmen ROTC member Peter Fields of Erlanger practices a fall while rappelling off the side of Parking Structure 1 as part of the curriculum for his Military Science 101 class Wednesday. “This is my first time rappelling. I’m actually afraid of heights, so this is a fun learning experience, overcoming fears,” Fields said.

ROTC Hall of Fame, which is “the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the ROTC program at WKU,” according to a statement from ROTC. During WKU’s Veteran’s Day service on Sunday, ROTC was also recognized for its 100th anniversary. ROTC program coordinator Beth Dillon said joining WKU’s ROTC offers many benefits to students. “They’re able to be here on campus, which is very military friendly,” she said. “Students can serve their country while still attending college, which is completely paid for. There’s also wonderful support from leadership and great alumni who are still very involved.” There are currently 150 students enlisted in WKU’s ROTC. Students interested in joining ROTC begin as freshmen and compete to earn a position in the program by maintaining physical training requirements and keeping their grades up. Once they meet these standards, they are contracted into ROTC. Students graduating the ROTC program are commissioned in the Army as second lieutenant and can choose to serve in Active Army, Army Reserves or serve in the National Guard. Bowling Green senior Trae

Cardwell originally enlisted in the Army in 2015 but said he realized during basic training that he wanted to be an Army officer. Cardwell enrolled in WKU and joined ROTC, a decision he said has been “very enlightening” for his career. “I’ve met good people here and learned a lot as far as leadership goes,” Cardwell said. “As a senior, I’m able to have leadership positions that help me prepare to be an officer after I graduate.” Cardwell said he is guaranteed a National Guard scholarship after his graduation but is still awaiting placement at a branch school from the Army. In the meantime, he plans to get a job using his minor in finance. “I think ROTC has a good perception from the rest of WKU,” he said. “Anytime I’m in uniform, people will go up to me and thank me for my service, and my professors are very welcoming. I’ve also had people offer to buy me food using meal swipes when I’m on campus. We always get along with other programs when we have to work together.”

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What appears to be mold hides behind a ceiling tile above Carson Roberts’ bed in Minton Hall on Wednesday. Roberts, a Louisville freshman, uncovered her ceiling tile and told WKU Housing what she found on Tuesday. Roberts was told she needed to move for the mold to be removed.

WKU freshman Kirsten Pride of Elberfeld, Indiana, waits to hear from Barnes-Campbell Hall coordinator in the lobby before moving into her new dorm room on Friday. Pride’s boyfriend gave her the stuffed gorilla that sits by her side.







McLean Hall

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Southwest Hall

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Hugh Poland Hall

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Douglas Keen Hall

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Northeast Hall

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Skipper, who did not respond to inquiries before the print deadline. On Friday, Skipper said HRL recently switched from a paper system to the digital format. Skipper didn’t know of an exact date or reason for the switch. More than 8 percent of requests from the period analyzed were marked as “completed” or “closed” on Sept. 13, 2018, some of which dated back to 2017. The first request found in the period on Nov. 17, 2017 was one of the 45 requests that was given a completed or closed status on Sept. 13. On Sept. 11, freshman Adriana Qehaja tweeted directly to President Timothy Caboni a video and photos of her HVAC unit coated in mold inside Bemis Lawrence Hall. On Sept. 17, the Herald reported on Qehaja’s complaints of mold, which she said led to multiple throat illness diagnoses and high medical costs. Of the 100 mold-related maintenance requests from Bemis, 22 were resolved with a completed or closed status on Sept. 13. Additionally, the Herald compiled a list of the physical location of mold in each report and organized them and their specifics by building. The dorm with the most reports was PearceFord Tower with a total of 111 maintenance requests reporting mold as of Monday. Bemis Lawrence Hall had the second-most with 100, followed by Minton with 46. Hilltopper Hall, which opened in August, had 14 reports of mold. Ten of the reports mentioned mold in bathrooms above the sink. In the reports, there were more than 280 mentions of mold on or inside air conditioning units or vents, which was the most common area of reported mold. Furniture, including chairs and mattresses in dorms, was the next most common area affected with 71 reports of mold. Exposure to moldy environments can cause an array of negative health effects both long and short-term, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. People with mold allergies can have more severe symptoms and more serious, long-term effects can include chronic lung illnesses and asthma. The relocation of Minton Hall residents is not the first time individual students and faculty have been moved out of their dorms or classrooms because of an intense mold outbreak. In 2003, the Herald reported six students were moved out of their dorm rooms in Florence Schneider Hall because of mold. The Herald reported in 2015 that faculty members were being relocated from Helm Library, Tate Page Hall, Cherry Hall and Jones-Jaggers Hall. In the same year, mass amounts of mold were discovered in PFT after a student tweeted at HRL. A 2002 Herald editorial urged the university to “come clean” about the mold issue. The 2002 Herald staff submitted an open records request asking for information relating to mold on campus, specifically if faculty had been moved due to mold and other accommodations made to those impacted. The university responded and said it had no records or knowledge of faculty being moved to other buildings because of mold. The Herald had discovered specific faculty members who had been relocated due to health issues with mold, according to the article. Sixteen years later, WKU’s mold problem continues.

News Editor Rebekah Alvey can be reached at 270-745-6011 and rebekah.alvey660@topper. wku. Editor-in-Chief Evan Heichelbech can be reached at 270-745-6011 and


The following people contributed to the research and analysis for this story: Emma Austin, Emily DeLetter, Matt Stahl, Jeremy Chisenhall, Jack Dobbs, Mason Davis, Laurel Deppen, Eleanor Tolbert, Kelley Holland and Abbigail Nutter.








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Wednesday, November 7 8 p.m. - Freshman Lily Breitenstein gathered with other residents of Minton Hall for a mandatory meeting. Neither the residents nor resident advisers knew what the meeting was about. Lily, a nursing major from Louisville, said WKU Housing and Residence Life informed them that due to mold, the building would be closed starting Sunday for the rest of the semester to complete maintenance repairs. Residents were reassigned to new residence halls and often given new roommates. Minton will be reopened Jan. 19, 2019.

Freshman Lily Breitenstein carries her pillows and stuffed bear down to the laundry room of her new residence hall after having to move from Minton due to unsafe air quality. Breitenstein was told to wash all clothing and bedding she owns while in Minton but said she “didn’t have time to wash it all there.”


“I was sort of shocked at first, and everyone else was too,” she said. “None of us had any idea what to expect, and we’re so far along already in the semester. I have a few exams coming up that I really need to study for, but this has been really stressful.” Lily said she was worried at first about staying with her initial randomly assigned roommate Alecia Hatfield. She said the two of them had grown close during the year. She said they would watch movies, sing “dumb” songs loudly and spend time just talking. “Once I got to know Alecia, everything was great,” she said. “It was fun having a friend in the same room. It was a lot like camping, but for a really long time.”

Thursday, November 8 12 p.m. - Minton residents were

6 p.m. - Lily received notice

told they could access their new residence hall assignments and roommates through the WKU Housing Portal by the afternoon.

that her new residence hall and roommate had been posted. She had been moved to Rodes Harlin Hall across campus, a place she had never been to prior. She was placed with a new roommate.

“[Rodes] is far away from some other people, but it’s all right, I guess,” she said. “I am closer to Snell, which is good because I have a lot of classes there.”

Lily disassembles her dorm room after being told Thursday she would have to evacuate Minton. Lily said she was concerned as to how or where she and her friends were going to hang out together after each was placed in a different dorm.

Friday, November 9 1 p.m. - Lily returned to Minton after her classes and began to pack her room. Hatfield was assigned to Pearce-Ford Tower and had already moved out. The two “shared custody” of a betta fish named Ellie whom Lily would be taking to her new room in Rodes. Lily said she was excited to

meet her new roommate, Amanda Lindsey. The two had communicated after the room assignments but had yet to meet face-to-face.

2 p.m. - Lily continued packing. She lived on the ninth floor in Minton, but elevators that day were moving slowly due to the number of residents moving

out. The building’s lobby was crowded with students, parents and HRL employees. Procedures for move-out began Friday and lasted until Sunday. All 348 students were placed in other residence halls around campus. HRL provided large cardboard boxes and dollies to residents to help with the move.

Lily and her mother, Jill, attempt to unpack and organize Lily’s clothing after she was given a new room assignment.

Saturday, November 10 tank last of all other items in the room. Jill waited in the lobby next to two large cardboard boxes containing everything from her room.

8 a.m. - Lily began to do laundry. All Minton residents were instructed to wash everything: clothes, bedding, pillows or anything else that could carry mold spores to their new spaces. HRL told residents that free laundry would be provided in Minton and their new residence halls. Lily said the laundry room was packed. It took her about four hours to wash everything she needed.

12:40 p.m. - Lily turned in her key to the front desk and completed checking out of Minton. An HRL staff member explained that her boxes would be loaded on a truck and transported to Rodes. They said they would call her cell phone when her items arrived.

12 p.m. - Lily’s mother, Jill Breitenstein, arrived in Bowling Green after driving down from Louisville to help Lily with the move. Jill, a teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools, originally planned to go on a camping trip but canceled to help her daughter. Jill said the move was not what she was expecting for Lily’s first year at WKU.

12:55 p.m. - A WKU “It’s not what we were expecting for her at all,” she said. “I’m glad [Minton] is going to be cleaned and better when they come back. I keep telling Lily that it’s just for a little while.”

12:30 p.m. - Lily packed the fish Lily is one of the 348 Minton residents whose weekend was disrupted by the relocation to a new residence hall around campus. Louisville freshman Matthew Quinn

golf cart transported Lily and Jill from Minton to Rodes. Lily rode in the back clutching the fish tank. Lily unpacks her clothing into her new dorm with her mother, who has driven from Louisville to help with Lily’s move across campus on Saturday Nov. 10th. Lily says she worries about her eating schedule due to “not being next to DSU and as close to food.”

had a private room on the seventh floor of Minton Hall. He received the news about the mandatory relocations on Wednesday night, and his parents were unable to come down to help


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him move out due to the short notice. He relocated to a private room on the third floor of Bemis Lawrence hall. Quinn said a lot of the frustration he and other students felt was because of the timing of the relocations. “Why are we having to move with four weeks left in the semester?” Quinn said. “It throws everyone off their game at a crucial point in the semester. If we had extra time to prepare for this, it would have been better.” When Louisville freshman Paxton Vaughn heard about the relocations, she said she was upset about being separated from her roommate, who originally influenced her to come to WKU. “I was just stressed because I knew my roommate really well,” Vaughn said. Vaughn moved from the fourth floor of Minton to the 23rd floor of PFT. Vaughn’s parents were unable to help her move because of the short notice. “The stress of moving is definitely the hardest part for me,” Vaughn said. Richmond freshman Sophie Austin returned from soccer practice on Wednesday night to her dorm room on the ninth floor of Minton Hall and said she was shocked to hear the news of Minton’s closure. Austin said some girls on her floor were crying after hearing the news, while others were angry.

1 p.m. - Lily and Jill arrived at Rodes. Lily checked into her new room on the sixth floor. The first thing she did was plug in the tank. Second, she lifted the ceiling tile above her bed to check for mold. Nothing.

1:30 p.m. - Lily got a call that her items arrived. Jill and Lily went down to the lobby, pushed the cardboard boxes to the elevator and began to unpack and organize her new room.

2:25 p.m. - In order to fit her mini fridge in the new space, Jill suggested Lily change the position of her desk. Lily seemed unsure about the change. “It’s only for a little while,” Jill said.

2:40 p.m. - Lily went down to the laundry room to finish drying pillows and a stuffed animal that were not completely dried in the Minton dryers. She said laundry would be free in this building, but she still had to pay $1.50.

“This is what happens when you have to pack up everything and move,” she said. “The last couple of days have been pretty chaotic.”

“At first, I didn’t think it was true,” Austin said. “We had heard rumors about it. It’s just really stressful to have to move into a new dorm when we also have classes and other things.” Austin said she and the other residents had to sign up for a check-out time to move out on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Austin was relocated to the 22nd floor of PFT. Regarding her schoolwork, Austin said she had a paper due on Friday in her honors class. Her professor extended the deadline to Sunday evening after learning about the situation. Austin said she also had to study and complete other homework assignments on top of now having to move out of the building. Austin said her friends and her parents were able to help her move her belongings to PFT. “When I called my parents and told them about it, they were shocked,” Austin said. “They couldn’t believe it. We were all upset because it was so sudden.”

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NON-BINARY Proposal disregards science, harms non-binary rights BY EDITORIAL BOARD HERALD.OPINION@WKU.EDU

The Issue: The Trump administration has proposed a new definition of gender which requires gender to be determined by genitalia at birth. Our Stance: If the administration successfully redefines gender under these parameters, it will erase the identities of non-binary people under the law and will unjustly rob them of their civil protections. The LGBTQ community has experienced major strides in recent years: same sex marriage was legalized and gender expression was expanded under federal law. But the Department of Health and Human Services could roll back progress and deny rights to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people if its latest proposal goes into effect. The Trump administration is considering legally redefining the definition of gender under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits gender discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funding, according to a memo leaked to The New York Times in October. Under this policy, gender will be decided explicitly by genitalia at birth. Though the proposal comes from the HHS, the revised definition is expected to be picked up by other agencies. Since then, transgender activists and LGBTQ allies have protested the proposal, and scientists have condemned the reasoning behind it. The administration has been quiet about the memo since it was leaked to the press, and the fate of transgender rights remains in question. This new definition narrows gender expression and defies sex science, requiring “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” effectively rendering gender unchangeable by law, according to The New York Times. This definition attempts to guise the administration’s decision to erase the rights of trans and intersex people under the pretext of science. But scientists who specialize in gender and sex have long understood that gender and sex are separate entities and should thus be treated as such by law. In response to the proposal, over 1,600 scientists signed a letter calling the Trump administration’s suggestion a matter of pseudoscience and saying, “Though scientists are just beginning to understand the biological basis of gender identity, it is clear that many factors, known and unknown, mediate the complex links between identity, genes, and anatomy.” The letter also says that no scientific test that could readily determine gender or sex exists. Sex relates to biology, and gender refers to the performance of social norms such as a person’s portrayal of masculinity or femininity. By conflating sex with gender, the administration is disregarding



the lived experiences of 1.4 million trans Americans. Not to mention, a binary system does not accurately reflect the full spectrum of sex or gender. The relationship between sex and gender confuses a lot of people largely because the two are so often perceived in the same vein. For instance, a person with male anatomy and hormones will often ascribe to a masculine identity, and a person with female anatomy and hormones will often ascribe to a feminine identity. But that’s not always the case. Expression of gender is not as black and white as the administration would like to legislate. Gender is alterable, and it directly correlates to dominant social narratives and stereotypical portrayals of men and women. Masculinity and femininity are neither mutually exclusive nor immutable. Additionally, the proposal’s requirement that the “sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence” would require genetic testing to legally determine an alteration to a person’s gender identity. This intrudes on individual privacy and overestimates the accuracy of chromosomal makeup as a proper indicator of sex and gender. Intersex people, those born with

sex characteristics such as gonads, genitals or sex chromosomes that do not appear to fit in the binary definitions of the male or female sex, constitute one in every 1,500 births and are unaccounted for under the administration’s umbrella definition of gender and sex. In an article for Time, Elizabeth Reis, a gender and bioethics professor at Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York and the author of “Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex,” explains that a person born with female genitalia who has XY chromosomes, which are typically attributed to males, may be raised as a woman and present as a woman despite her chromosomal makeup. This is because both genitals and chromosomes are sometimes inaccurate markers for gender expression. Trans people may also undergo hormone replacement therapy or gender-affirming surgeries (though they do not necessarily have to do this to identify as trans), which would also complicate the fidelity of the revised definition. “To legally enforce an artificial binary based strictly on chromosomes is scientifically unsound,” Reis wrote. The binary system of sex and gender the Trump administration is proposing we adhere to is manmade and lacks scientific founda-

tion. The adoption of such an oversimplified conception of gender does not account for the lived experiences of many Americans, and it unjustly reinforces harmful gender stereotypes. A move to further dissemble the rights of the LGBTQ population is not particularly shocking coming from an administration that has attempted to ban transgender people from the military, tried to remove questions regarding gender identity from the 2020 census, and has “withdrawn Obama-era policies that recognized gender identity in schools, prisons and homeless shelters.” It also is not shocking that the proposal relies on false science as a means to justify an end. The LGBTQ community at WKU and around the country has been repeatedly targeted by the Trump administration’s prejudiced policy proposals, and this is no exception. We cannot stand by and allow our fellow Americans to have their inalienable rights stripped away from them. Non-binary people are not pawns that can be used and thrown out to justify any administration’s agenda. WKU Forensics Showcase: “Queer and Here: A Night of LGBTQ+ Performance” occurred on Monday night in DSU.



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JaMarvin Durham watches his students at Warren Elementary School as they practice their spelling exercise on Sept. 4. Many of the students struggle with their reading and writing skills.

TEACHING DIVERSITY JaMarvin Durham, 36, is a second-grade teacher at Warren Elementary School in Bowling Green. Durham is the only male teacher of color. For Durham, he sees having more black male elementary school teachers as a necessity. “I think that just the mere presence of a black man being in front of the classroom, that’d be enough to tell those young men, ‘You know, I can do it. I can be successful’,” Durham said. PHOTOS BY MICHELLE HANKS HERALD.PHOTO@WKU.EDU



Durham helps his student, Sahara Ibrahim, 7, with her spelling exercise on Sept. 4. Durham said he prefers teaching elementary over middle and high school. “Middle schoolers, they are like high schoolers,” he said. “High schoolers, nope, don’t want to teach them ‘cause they’re like adults. And elementary school, I want to get them right at the specific point where they know right from wrong.”

Durham yells to his son, Telan, “Be great!” as he drops him off at Warren Central High School on Sept. 4. In addition to spending every other weekend with his son, Durham picks up and drops him off at school every day. Telan said he and his father are close, but his father can also be hard on him.



Durham helps Warren Elementary kindergarten teacher Fayetta Hall with her classroom technology on Sept. 3. Durham is the only black male teacher out of the 29 teachers at his school.

Telan, 14, waits for his dad to finish coaching little league football on Sept. 4. Telan lives with mother and spends every other weekend with his dad. JaMarvin said he worries greatly about his son as he gets older. “I know his 14th year as a young black male is a whole lot different than my 14th year as a black man,” he said. “I’m just so afraid for him because there’s all these things out there in this world that he can get into.”




Review: ‘Hair’ and the call to freedom and expression BY JULIE SISLER HERALD.FEATURES@WKU.EDU


The Big Red Marching Band marches down the street to the stadium before the Hilltoppers game again Rice on Sept. 1, 2016 at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

IN FORMATION WKU’s band marches through football losses BY KELLEY HOLLAND HERALD.FEATURES@WKU.EDU Season after season, game after game, and even loss after loss, the Big Red Marching Band stands tall, ready to promote the Hilltoppers on gameday. The Big Red Marching Band plays a crucial role in sporting events at WKU. It performs for all home football games, select away games and provides pep bands for basketball, volleyball and a variety of other sports and campus events. No matter what the score ends up being, the band remains supportive. The band has seen impressive growth over the years, increasing from 118 members 10 years ago to its current 284 members. Despite a sizable hit to its operating budget and staff last spring, the band has persevered and even grown in size. Members of the band represent a variety of majors, but they all come together in sharing the common goal of showing school spirit and a love for music. “The Big Red Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus, the largest college band in Kentucky, and the definition of inclusion and diversity as student members come from all colleges and every corner of campus,” Scott Harris, the head of the WKU Department of Music, said in an email. Along with the cheerleaders and dance teams, the Big Red Marching Band provides songs and crowd support throughout games. “We hope the band helps encourage the team to play their best, to not get

discouraged, and to always push a little harder,” Harris said. “While we all hope for a win, the fundamental goal is an outstanding college experience for all participants.” Students in the band said they genuinely enjoy being a part of the experience, wearing their red colors in support of their university. Manuel Pacheco, a sophomore from Mayfield, marches in the band and plays sousaphone. He said he enjoys his commitment to the band. “Being here in a big band full of great people is my favorite thing,” Pa-

Before the performance even began, the stage was filled with actors lounging around in character, bright colors and vibes of “flower power.” WKU’s production of “Hair” kicked off with high energy, beginning with a chill-inducing rendition of “Aquarius,” one of the show’s most famous songs. The cast’s unity in both movement and sound pulled the viewer in until they were suddenly immersed in the world of the hippie movement of 1968. “Hair,” a concept musical, debuted on Broadway 50 years ago. Senior Hunter Mayfield, who plays Berger, the sassy, de-facto leader of the tribe, said “Hair” is an important production for a number of reasons. “‘Hair’ was the first musical to successfully integrate rock music into it, and because of this, the music plays an integral part of our show,” Mayfield said. Mayfield said the show is relevant today, even though it was written about very specific events occurring 50 years ago. “Even though this show was written in 1968 about the themes and issues in America during that time, a lot, if not all, of the issues mentioned are still issues we are fighting for today, 50 years later,” Mayfield said.

Recently, the band traveled to Middle Tennessee State University to support the WKU football team. It worked alongside the MTSU band to perform a joint halftime tribute in honor of Veteran’s Day. A video of the two bands “It’s a conceptual musical, playing “God Bless the USA” has been viewed over 73,000 times and shared meaning there isn’t really over 11,000 times on Facebook. a plot.” “Given our current political climate, it’s quite powerful to see these two Senior schools, red and blue, stand side-byHUNTER MAYFIELD side supporting our school, celebrating our country, and sharing great muWith its release, the show stirred sic,” Harris said. controversy, as it still does, due to its rampant drug use and a scene depicting nudity. “The band still approaches every game with the same “It’s about freedom,” stage manager Emma Cox said about the director level of enthusiasm towards supporting our players and cast’s decision to include nudity and creating a good atmosphere for the games.” in WKU’s performance. “Theatre is not Sophomore sousaphone player meant to follow the rules. Art is here so MANUEL PACHECO we can talk about these issues that we normally wouldn’t. We’re talking about what freedom is to us, even if that’s checo said. “But I also enjoy cheering Harris said he recognizes the hard taking off your bra or deciding not to on the sports teams.” work put in by the band throughout the take anything off.” Pacheco said that even if the band year. In the rain, cold, extreme heat, The show itself depicts a group of knows the season isn’t going well, its and even when the outcome of games self-proclaimed hippies that call thementhusiasm doesn’t change. isn’t desirable, it can be hard to keep selves a tribe. This tribe has taken over “The band still approaches every up good energy. an abandoned church to create a space game with the same level of enthusi“That doesn’t change the impor- where they can be free to be themasm towards supporting our players tance of what the Big Red Marching selves and work through their own isand creating a good atmosphere for the Band does,” Harris said. “As the music sues. games,” Pacheco said. department head I couldn’t be more “It’s a concept musical, meaning Gary Schallert, the director of bands, proud of our students and their direc- that there isn’t really a plot,” Mayfield said he hopes the band has a positive tors. I can’t say it enough: the Big Red said. “It’s mostly a compilation of impact on all of the sports teams. Marching Band is the definition of the scenes and songs that portray themes “We love our Tops,” Schallert said. Spirit of WKU.” and ideas that all relate to each other.” “We want to see all of our sports teams This lack of a defined plot creates do well, and if they’re struggling, or if new opportunities for the audience the score is not how we want it to be, Features reporter Kelley Holland can members to dive deeper into individuwe’re there to support them—good or be reached at 270-745-6291 and kelley. SEE HAIR • PAGE B2 bad. I think that’s our role.”

Fresh worker brings positivity to students to brighten their day BY MAXIS L. BRYANT HERALD.FEATURES@WKU.EDU Almost every day, Tony Page stands at the front counter of the Fresh Food Company ready to greet and welcome the hungry students of WKU. Many students who visit Fresh know Page for his generosity, kind words and positive small talk. Those who have passed Page always have something nice to say about him, and he always has something nice to say in return. “I love people. I love everybody, man,” Page said. “Everybody has a heart, and everybody has good in them. Sometimes you give love, and sometimes you just have to let them bring it to you.” Page was born in Bowling Green and was raised in Franklin, Kentucky. Page said he lived in Franklin, moved to Florida for a while after suffering from an injury from his time in the Army and moved back to Bowling Green,


Tony Page, greets each person coming to Fresh Food Company in DSU for lunch on Nov. 7.

where he lives now. Page was released from the Army after six years because both of his wrists

were cracked after falling off a military tank. Page has been working for Aramark,

a food service provider that hosts WKU restaurants, since last June and previously worked as a cashier at Chick-fil-a and a cook at Fresh. Page now currently works as a cashier at Fresh four hours a day. Page worked in communication careers in the past. He worked as a condo salesmen, U.S. Army soldier, a public speaker, customer service associate and as a sports coach for middle schools. Page said these careers taught him to be able to read people and their body language. Page said he uses this to help those who might be having a bad day or might need some help. People will always remember moments of kindness, Page said, and he believes that those who receive kindness will also give it, especially at work. “Whatever is going on in life, you leave it at the front door when you go to work,” Page said. “I’m only here four




to parties and play football together.” Hampton described Page as an overall good guy. He said they still hours a day. If I can’t make somejoke around like they did in the 80s. one laugh or someone feel good, Hampton said after high school, then I don’t need to be there.” he joined the Marines while Page Page said he always takes extra joined the Army. time to talk to others and give them When Page worked as a football a sense of place. coach, he wanted to help children “Everybody’s human,” Page said. build confi dence in themselves. “Everybody has feelings. Everybody Page said he didn’t like dealing has good in them. Just because with coaches who were often versomebody looks a certain way, you bally harsh on kids whenever they don’t judge that. You find out what’s messed up. on the inside.” “When people are upset, you While working at Fresh, whenhave to let them know—it’s OK, ever he has a feeling a student is things happen,” Page said. “Nostressed, Page said he tries to rebody perfect, but once you get it in mind them the next day will always your head that you’re going to drop be better. the next one, you will. I believe in “I treat everyone how I want to building a kid’s confi dence.” be treated—like family members,” BRENNA PEPKE • HERALD Page emphasized the importance Page said. “I always try to treat peoTony Page is an employee at Fresh Food Company in DSU. Page has been working for Aramark, WKU’s food of making a good fi rst impression ple with respect because that’s just service provider, since last June. “I try and talk and be nice to everyone because you know everybody got wherever you go, because you nevhow I was raised.” a heart.” er know who’s watching. By being Dave Fenwick, a supervisor at kind and generous to total strangFresh, often works with Page at the ing. school and played against Page in footers, one can generate opportunity by front counter when large crowds of stu“People enjoy being around him,” ball. Page went to school in Franklin dents come through the doors. Page Fenwick said. “[He] seems to genuine- while Hampton went to school in Rus- impressing the right people, he said. has been working with Fenwick for ly care about the customers.” sellville. Features reporter Maxis L. Bryant can about a month. Charles Hampton, a sous chef at “I hadn’t seen him for 30-something be reached at 270-745-6291 and maxFenwick described Page as outgo- Fresh, has known Page since high years,” Hampton said. “We used to go



HAIR CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 al aspects of the show. Though the plot is not spelled out for the audience as it is in other shows, “Hair” brings to life a new sort of storyline, which allows the audience to focus less on the story and more on each individual song and the message it conveys. This also enables the audience to look more closely at each character, their struggles and their beautifully portrayed emotions. Mayfield said the production was different characters sharing their ideas and stories from their pasts. Through this style, audience members are introduced and intimately acquainted with tribe members, pulling them deeper into the musical itself. Through the tears, laughter and in-

tensely powerful acting, each character on stage becomes more than just a character in a musical, but a person that audience members come to relate to and care for.

songs. “I’ve found that it’s so much deeper than one might think, and I’ve found that it’s about love, acceptance and searching for the truth in a world that’s

“I’ve found that it’s so much more deeper than one might think, and I’ve found that it’s about love, acceptance and searching for the truth in a world that’s hard to find that in.” Stage manager EMMA COX Through all of this artistic sequencing and a lack of a standard plot line, the larger theme can be lost if one doesn’t look for it. Cox admitted that at first, it was hard to find the deeper meaning within the collection of seemingly assorted

hard to find that in,” Cox said. “It’s about trying to find the good in something that seems really bad.” Mayfield said the musical relates to the world and how we interact with it. “We have fought and will continue to fight to make the world a place where

we can feel free to be ourselves,” Mayfield said. This is beautifully exemplified in the cast’s breathtaking rendition of “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In).” The cast members were visibly shaken as some members wiped tears from their eyes while others clung to their fellow castmates for physical support, all while singing a loud, powerful piece that left audience members with goosebumps on their arms and tears in their eyes. “Hair” will leave you touched and ready to go fight for whatever social movement you connect to and is showing November 13th and 15-18th in the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available online or at the box office.

Features reporter Julie Sisler can be reached at 270-745-6291 and Follow Julie on social media at @julie_sisler.

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‘Come On in Yall!’: new local deli keeps it southern BY GRIFFIN FLETCHER HERALD.FEATURES@WKU.EDU

With a name like Southern Legends, home-cooked, freshly baked and made-like-your-grandma’s comfort food is a given. Since its grand opening on Oct. 29, Southern Legends Deli & Bakery & Catering has served up everything from hot ham and cheese paninis to banana nut muffins and more in the heart of downtown Bowling Green. The moment Elkton native and Southern Legends owner Drew Farlow laid eyes on the building now home to Southern Legends, which operated as a Subway restaurant until spring 2018, he said he knew it would be a prime spot for hungry students and businesspeople. With the help of his family, Farlow bought the location and refurbished its interior during the summer. Farlow said he and his father styled the restaurant to feel like home. “Whenever you come in the restaurant, that’s all work that we put in to make the place feel like it does,� Farlow said. From the “Come On In Yall!� sign stationed right outside the front door to the family photos of various Southern Legends staff members hanging along the restaurant’s walls, Southern Legends does its best to make its patrons feel like family. Farlow said he makes an effort to greet and get to know everyone who walks through the door. “My number one is customer service,� Farlow said. Southern Legends aims to do this by updating its menu regularly, serving up different homemade offerings on a weekly basis. However, one thing’s for certain—whether it’s beef goulash or ham and white bean soup, it’s made with local ingredients and in-house every day. “Whatever we make, it’s from scratch,� Farlow said. “Homemade cooking’s our passion.� In support of other local businesses, Farlow said Southern Legends is committed to buying local produce and farm-raised meat whenever possible. “If I can keep it as local as possible, I try to do it,� Farlow said. “I want to help people out.� Above all, Farlow said he hopes Southern Legends might serve as a home away from home for everyone in


Chef and owner of the downtown square’s newest restaurant, Southern Legends Deli & Bakery, Drew Farlow, 22, from Elkton, prepares a sandwich during the restaurant’s second week open in Bowling Green.

need of a home-cooked meal. He said making first-time customers into regulars is one of his top priorities. “They’re coming in to eat, and we’re the ones to feed them,� Farlow said. “That’s our primary target—to keep people coming back.� Farlow said he got into the food industry during culinary school while operating a small catering business alongside his friend, classmate and current Southern Legends managing partner Tina Barron. Barron, a Glasgow

mid-2000s, Barron said she was determined to start fresh. “My whole life, I have cooked for my family, for my friends,� Barron said. “That’s always been a passion that I’ve had. The Lord gave me a second chance at life, so why not follow my passion?� Barron made her dream possible by attending culinary school at 48 years old, graduating at 50. Barron said she never saw her age as an obstacle. “It’s never too late to achieve your

“It’s never too late to achieve your dreams, so, you know, that’s what I did.� Southern Legends co-manager TINA BARRON native, said she and Farlow decided to start their own business during one specific catering opportunity. “We were doing a catering event, and actually, I looked at him and I said, ‘We need to expand this. We need to do a little more,’� Barron said. “He looked at me, and he was like, ‘I have an idea.’� Despite working as a cosmetologist in her previous career, Barron said the restaurant business has always been a dream of hers. After battling and overcoming thyroid cancer around the

dreams, so, you know, that’s what I did,� Barron said. Though Barron and Farlow both live outside of Bowling Green, she said they believe Bowling Green is perfect for the kind of food Southern Legends has to offer. “If you look around, there’s really not a place where the lawyers and the small businesses on the square to actually go for a hot lunch,� Barron said. “I was like, ‘This might be the ticket, here, to provide for the community.’� The community seems to approve.

Southern Legends has maintained stable business since its grand opening, Barron said, especially during lunchtime. Dan Harbison, a Bowling Green resident, is the president and CEO of Farmers National Bank. During his first visit to the restaurant around lunchtime, Harbison tried soup, a dish he said he loves during the fall and winter. Harbison said he lives very close to the square and enjoys supporting family-run businesses. “I’ll take that every day over a chain on Scottsville Road,� Harbison said. Colin Ritchie, a Bowling Green resident and regular patron, said he attended culinary school with Farlow and Barron. He said he enjoys going to Southern Legends because of its cute atmosphere and downtown location. Given his preexisting relationship with the owners, Ritchie said he knows the restaurant will always be clean and the food good. Along with Southern Legends’ $10 hot-plate lunches every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which feature a meat, two vegetables and a cornbread muffin or yeast roll, Barron said she hopes customers know Southern Legends serves breakfast every day from 7-10 a.m. Daily offerings include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and breakfast meats like bacon and sausage. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and caters during the weekend and certain weekday evenings. Barron said catering occasions can be arranged by contacting Southern Legends in store or by phone. For anyone in search of southern comfort and friendly faces, especially WKU students stuck on campus and gearing up for the semester’s end, Barron said Southern Legends is here to stay. “We’re right here for the Western students that can’t get home or aren’t able to cook for themselves and want a home-cooked meal,� Barron said. “We’re right here. Come see us.�

Features editor Laurel Deppen contributed reporting to this story.

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Lady Toppers face another tough test against Iowa BY DRAKE KIZER HERALD.SPORTS@WKU.EDU

After coming up short in its first two regular-season contests, WKU women’s basketball will return to Diddle Arena on Tuesday night looking for a victory against Iowa. The Lady Toppers, who trail the alltime series 4-3, lost their last meeting with the Hawkeyes 104-97 last year. In that contest, WKU was able to endure a Big Ten road environment, finishing four quarters knotted with Iowa 93-93. In overtime, the Lady Toppers were outscored 11-4 and ultimately lost a hard-fought game. Iowa returns four of its five start-


Lady Topper sophomore Sherry Porter (22) attempts to shoot as she is defended by Louisville forward Junior Kylee Shook (21) during the Lady Toppers’ 102-80 loss against Louisville on Tuesday in Diddle Arena.

HILLTOPPERS CONTINUED FROM PAGE B6 That’s Horton. I like that. He plays with emotion.” Point guard play and second half performances will have to be the top issues Stansbury addresses heading into the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Second half play was a problem even before the regular season started. In the second half of WKU’s final exhibition game, the Hilltoppers allowed Division II Kentucky Wesleyan to match its scoring output of 41. Stansbury was clearly frustrated with his team’s second half after the game. It carried over to the season opener. WKU lead the Huskies 36-27 at the half, only to allow 12 straight coming out of halftime. The Hilltoppers never managed a healthy lead again and the Huskies outscored the Hilltoppers 46-19 in the half. WKU did make progress against UTM, however. Sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth and graduate transfer forward Desean Murray sparked a second half run that put the game out of reach, and WKU outscored UTM 39-34 in the half. Point guard play has also been an issue for the Hilltoppers. Sophomore Josh Anderson has been entrusted with the lead guard role since the graduation of Darius Thompson. The early returns haven’t been great. Anderson was held scoreless at UW and had only one assist and four turnovers. He played better against UTM, with seven


“You’re talking about a young lady that’s just larger than life,” Hudson said. “Just to see where she was at in her life and what she had ahead of her. This was something that stopped her and everyone in her world in their tracks.” Driving up to visit Cavanaugh in the hospital for the first time after learning of her diagnosis, Hudson said he coached himself up the whole way, knowing he can be an emotional person. Hudson said his preparation lasted four words before his voice began to crack and his former player, laying in a hospital bed, stopped him. “She said we’re not doing that,” Hud-

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ers from last year’s squad, a team that finished 24-8 and received an atlarge bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes, ranked No. 13 in the preseason AP Poll, claimed their season opener over Oral Roberts 90-77 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 9. Senior forward Megan Gustafson led the way for Iowa with team-highs in points, rebounds and assists. Prior to WKU’s first regular-season contest against No. 5 Louisville, head coach Greg Collins said he did not expect redshirt junior forward Dee Givens to do great every night, but he did expect her to give great effort. “With Dee, the biggest challenge in the past wasn’t having great games, it was consistently putting together great game after great game,” Collins said. “[Bringing a more consistent effort] is something that she’s worked on … in practice, and I hope that we’ll see that on the floor.” The Lady Toppers got that and more from Givens: she scored 18 at home against the Cardinals before establishing a new career-high in points with 21 on the road against the Sooners. After scoring only five points in the first three frames against OU, Givens hit four 3-pointers in the fourth period to keep WKU within striking distance until the end. Despite the efforts of Givens and her teammates, WKU fell to U of L 102-80 on Nov. 6 and OU 90-83 on Friday. The difference in both of the Lady Toppers’ losses this season was transcendent performances from opposing players. Against the Cardinals, senior guard Asia Durr, an AP preseason All-American, poured in 33

points in only 21 minutes. The story was the same in Norman, Oklahoma, as sophomore guard Shaina Pellington scored a career-high 33 points for the Sooners. WKU’s fortunes against Iowa will hinge on preventing senior forward Megan Gustafson, a 2017 Second-Team All-American, from having a similar outing. Gustafson led the country with 25.7 points per game a year ago, scoring a game-high 35 points in WKU’s loss to Iowa last season. On the offensive side, the Lady Toppers will look for a much more consistent performance. WKU has suffered extended scoring droughts in each of its first two contests, which has caused its opponents’ scoring runs to prove especially deadly. Half-court sets have also been an issue, which Collins spoke about after the U of L game. “I made a decision early on that we were going to become a good running team,” Collins said. “Then we would develop our half-court offense next. And we’ve been working on it, but that’s still not our strength yet.” One positive so far this season has been the ability of different Lady Toppers to step up when needed. Redshirt junior guard Alexis Brewer scored 22 points against the Cardinals but managed only seven against OU. Conversely, freshman guard Meral Abdelgawad followed a four-point outing against U of L with a 17-point outburst against the Sooners. “I feel like it makes it really hard for people to be able to guard us,” senior guard Sidnee Bopp said before the U


Lady Topper basketball coach Greg Collins takes a moment during WKU’s 102-80 loss against Louisville on Tuesday in Diddle Arena.

of L game. “You never know who’s going to go off … it doesn’t matter what night it is, it’s just whoever we need to step up does it.” Collins said the Lady Toppers are focused on themselves and becoming more cohesive as a unit so that when February and March roll around, they will be ready. “I think that we’re trying to get some experience here,” Collins said after the U of L game. “We’ve got a good team and we have good chemistry. I think once we get some experience, we have a shot to be pretty competitive” Collins is still seeking his first career regular-season win. He will look to lead the Lady Toppers to victory over the Hawkeyes at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Diddle Arena. The game will be available on ESPN3 and WKU PBS.

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points and three assists, but Stansbury said he expects better. Freshman point guard Dalano Banton has not scored yet this season and only has four assists despite playing 28 minutes. Stansbury wants more out of Anderson going forward. “Maybe I expect too much out of Josh,” Stansbury said. “That’s where I’m at with him. I expect a whole lot more. It’s not where it needs to be. As a point guard, Josh needs to get some enthusiasm and energy about him other than scoring.” The Hilltoppers face a tough test in their opening game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Valparaiso scored 121 points in its season opening win against Concordia-Chicago. If WKU wins that matchup, the Hilltoppers will play the winner of West Virginia and Monmouth. West Virginia lost to Buffalo on Friday, but the Bison have NBA talent and an experienced team that has played in the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia’s up-tempo style of play and full court press will be a real challenge for the struggling point guards. Regardless of the opponents, three games in four days will be a challenge on this inexperienced group. WKU will square off with Valparaiso at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The game will be available on ESPNU.

Reporter Alec Jessie can be reached at 270-745-6291 and alec.jessie226@ Follow Alec on Twitter at @Alec_Jessie. son said. “She’s just had this determination about her, this positivity about her that’s really been…I went up there to lift her spirits and she ended up lifting mine.” Hudson said he doesn’t believe anything happens by accident. When he did finally manage to muster his voice again in the hospital room, he told Cavanaugh that he’d always wondered, throughout her time as a player, why she had been so stubborn. Now he knew. “She fought me throughout her career here,” Hudson said. “She was so stubborn, and now I know it’s gonna be the same stubbornness, that same fight that girl has deep down inside her, that will be why she ends up winning this.” It’s this willingness to fight when knocked back that Hudson said separates people. Hudson said he has always been the type of person to get back up and joked that it might be his only talent. “I’m not an overly talented person,” Hudson said. “I’m not an overly talented coach. But I’m a person that refuses to say no, refuses to stay down. There’s no bump in the road that’s too big. We’ll beat this thing.” Hudson is no stranger to battles and hardships of cancer, being a melanoma survivor himself. On Easter weekend this past year, Hudson suffered a


WKU forward Desean Murray (13) attempts a shot over UT Martin center Jeremy Joyner (42) for a score on Saturday night. Murray totaled 18 points in the Hilltoppers’ win in Diddle Arena.

life-threatening heart attack that the coach said has impacted his decision to offer this scholarship. “I spent my life trying to be the helper, but in a matter of minutes, I was laying on the other of side of that thing, and in a hospital bed, and my life was in the hands of the human beings around me,” Hudson said. “It’s a pretty surreal deal and I think it’s really been impactful.” WKU athletics associate director of media relations Jessica Leifheit said that hearing about Hudson’s offer came with little surprise to those that work with him. “You almost expect it,” Leifheit said. “This is the kind of person Travis is. It’s not just about winning matches, winning volleyball games for him. It’s about making sure these student athletes are successful and they’re set up to have great lives after WKU.” Leifheit said his support expands beyond his own team, saying Hudson’s support reaches across other teams and everyone else on campus.Hudson has been a great resource for the university, Leifheit said. To begin the process of finding a bone marrow donor for Cavanaugh, doctors first started by testing her family for potential matches although 7 out of 10 patients do not find a match within their family, according to Be

The Match’s website. The Cavanaugh family, in partnership with WKU Athletics and Be The Match, then moved to signed up donors across four different WKU sporting events in four days last week. Hudson said he now wants to take the search campus-wide, and if the match isn’t found there, he’ll keep going. “We’ll take it city-wide,” Hudson said. “We’ll take it across every school in Conference USA. I don’t know where we’ll stop. When someone tells me there’s a match out there for her, and it’s a matter of finding it, what else do you need to know? It’s just digging in and getting people to sign up until you find that person.” Students can sign up at Be the Match’s website to be added into the registry or scan the QR code found in the paper with their phone. Once entered into the registry, the person will receive a swab kit in the mail, swab their cheek, and return the kit and sample. “In times like this, I think we see there is a strength here that maybe doesn’t exist everywhere else,” Hudson said. “I think this is when we shine our brightest.”

Reporter Casey McCarthy can be reached at 270-745-6291 and casey.





“I miss out on some things because of the job and the travel and the hours, but by the same token, they get to be involved in some things that are unique and special, as well.” On his role as athletic director

Stewart compared his job to a “traffic director on Times Square” and said the hardest part of his day-to-day work is trying to efficiently manage the volume of needs he is responsible for. Stewart said his support staff is full of dedicated people who take a lot of pride in their work. “I’m fortunate in that I have really good people around me,” Stewart said. “If it was just me, yeah, there would be enormous pressure but … I am not in this by myself.” Stewart said he is a competitor and likes to win, but to him, winning at the collegiate level covers a lot more than what happens on the field and court. While team success is obviously im-

portant, Stewart said he and his staff also have a responsibility to help individual student-athletes achieve their goals and grow as people while they are attending WKU. On the success of WKU sports programs WKU’s athletics budget ranks 12th out of 14 C-USA schools, which Stewart said makes maximizing resources important. Stewart said he feels good about the fact that 12 different sport programs have won conference championships during his tenure. “I have always believed that a rising tide lifts all boats,” Stewart said. “I do not believe that one program’s success comes at the expense of another one so … any time any of our programs succeed it shines a greater spotlight on the entire campus … and elevates everybody.” WKU has been tasked with replacing numerous campus legends across all sports over the last few seasons, but Stewart said great coaches, facilities, traditions and the fact that WKU is now outfitted by Nike have helped each pro-

gram recruit high-level athletes to reload their rosters. On WKU football Stewart said although the team’s performance so far this season reflects what WKU is right now, he does not believe it is an indicator of what it will be in the future. Former head coach Jeff Brohm led the Hilltoppers to new heights prior to his departure, but Stewart said it was not likely the program could have ever continued performing at that level indefinitely. “We all got spoiled from 2014 to 2016,” Stewart said. “I mean that threeyear period was probably the best three-year period in the history of our program … when you look at it from a standpoint that we won three straight bowl games at the highest level, we won two conference championships and were ranked in the top 25.” Stewart said the dramatic drop-off in wins this season was unexpected, but he has not lost faith in head coach Mike Sanford’s ability to win games for the Hilltoppers in years to come. “I believe in Mike, I believe in his

staff, I believe in our players,” Stewart said. “We have a lot of young players playing a lot of key roles. Everyone’s hope is that the growth that they are going through this year leads to many victories in future years.” On WKU men’s basketball Stewart said all the credit for the team’s rise goes to head coach Rick Stansbury and his players. Last year’s squad, which won 27 games and beat opponents from four of the five Power 5 conferences, created momentum that Stewart said has carried into this season. “When Rick took over a little over two years ago … he said, ‘There’ll come a time when you won’t be able to get a ticket, so you need to get it now,’ and that has proven to be true since we are actually sold out of our season tickets for every single game this year,” Stewart said.

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FAU runs over WKU defense in sixth straight loss BY MATT STAHL HERALD.SPORTS@WKU.EDU WKU’s 34-15 loss featured FAU running backs that managed to dominate the second half, as each outrushed WKU’s entire offense by themselves. The Hilltoppers came face-to-face with one of the best players in Conference USA history, junior running back Devin Singletary. Singletary ran at will against the WKU defense, accumulating 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the win. With the two touchdowns, Singletary moved into a tie for sixth place all-time in Football Bowl Subdivision rushing touchdowns. Singletary is now tied with former Indiana running back Anthony Thompson and former Texas running back Cedric Benson with 64 career rushing scores. “Throughout the game, we knew we was pounding them,” Singletary told the media after the game. “We knew they was breaking down. In the fourth quarter, that’s what we do. We’ve got to

finish, so we handled business.” Singletary wasn’t the only running back the Hilltoppers had an issue with. His backup, redshirt junior Kerrith Whyte, rushed for more yards than Singletary, as he finished the game with 163 yards and two touchdowns of his own. “I think the second half, that’s when they really broke out,” WKU sophomore defensive lineman DeAngelo Malone said in a video by the Bowling Green Daily News after the game. “They’re some pretty good backs, but we just had to tackle them better. That’s something we didn’t do.” WKU head coach Mike Sanford said the inability to stop the run was a major factor in the loss. “I think the difference in the game is we got outrushed,” Sanford said in a video by the Daily News. “That was going to be a big part of the game, we knew that was their strength, but to get out-rushed by, you know, over 150 yards, obviously that’s going to be what’s going to cost you in the end.” This is the second week in a row the

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Hilltoppers have struggled against the run. Last week against Middle Tennessee State, running back Chaton Mobley went for 198 yards in the Blue Raiders’ win. Sanford spoke of how falling behind a team with such a good rushing attack made a comeback difficult. “Devin Singletary’s an outstanding back, Kerrith Whyte’s a great back, and I thought their quarterbacks played well, particularly Chris Robison I think played particularly well,” Sanford said. “They were a little bit more balanced until the explosive run at the end of the game.” Redshirt freshman running back Joshua Samuel played very well offensively for the Hilltoppers, finishing with 101 yards, including a 61-yard rush. Samuel became the first player to rush for over 100 yards in a game for the Hilltoppers during the Mike Sanford era. “We knew we could run the football,” Samuel said. “The line’s been getting better every week. They did their job tonight. We just couldn’t finish.”

The lost dropped WKU to 1-9 (0-6 C-USA). It was the Hilltoppers’ sixth straight loss. The Hilltoppers will finish up their home slate of games next week against Texas-El Paso, who also comes into the game 1-9 (1-5 C-USA). The game starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and will be WKU’s senior night.

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Freshman running back Garland LaFrance (14) gets tackled by FAU defender Tim Bonner (45) during the 34-13 loss at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, on Saturday.




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WKU volleyball head coach Travis Hudson was passing out t-shirts with his team at a WKU basketball game last weekend in support of former player Alyssa Cavanaugh’s continued battle with leukemia when an idea came to him. “As I watched people walk in this building, I just had this overwhelming feeling in my heart that there’s 20,000 of those people walking around campus, and it’s so easy to find out if you’re a match,” Hudson said. “It’s so simple.” Thinking of the multitude of people on this campus with the chance to save Cavanaugh’s life or someone else’s on the donor registry list, Hudson said he began trying to think of a way to shake the student body. He thought of promotions and fundraisers he’d seen before, half-court shots to win a semester’s tuition at basketball games. Then it hit him. “If anybody on this campus — if any

student on this campus who will take five minutes to register, and it comes back, and they happen to be the match for Alyssa Cavanaugh, their next semester of tuition on the Hill is on me,” Hudson said. “That sounds like a pretty good gig. I was a poor college student at one time.” Hudson said, in his heart, he knows this is what he wants to do. If a WKU student is a match and goes through the donation process, they’ll get their next semester of tuition paid for. Realizing the time involved in this process, Hudson ensured if the student is no longer still on campus when the match comes back, he will pick up the tab for the last semester the student was at WKU. “I don’t know if that person is on this campus, but I know if they are and I walk by them every day, I want to know they’re gonna be there for Alyssa,” Hudson said. Born in Louisville, Cavanaugh led her high school to four straight state titles before coming to WKU in 2014. The Conference USA Freshman of the Year in her first season, Cavanaugh became the first All-American in the program’s history and was a two-time

C-USA Player of the Year. She finished her career with the second-most kills in program history and finished her senior season with the second-best hitting percentage in the country. Hudson summed up his former player’s time at WKU with one word: struggle. As a coach, Hudson said he doesn’t coach for All-Americans or to win games, but to try and help young kids. When Cavanaugh first arrived on the Hill, her coach said she wasn’t perfect and that her first few years on campus involved a real struggle at times. “To see what she turned herself into, again, forget about the volleyball, to see what she turned herself into as a human being is one of my favorite stories of my entire coaching career,” Hudson said. “She’s a strong, confident young woman who came here thinking about herself and walked away from here impacting everyone around her and I think that’s pretty cool.” Hudson said the sickening feeling he felt in the pit of his stomach upon first hearing about Cavanaugh’s diagnosis in early September has never left him.

WKU athletic director Todd Stewart has led the Hilltoppers to unprecedented sucess during his six-year tenure on the Hill, capturing 36 total conference championships. Stewart is thankful for his success, but he said he is still a husband and a father above all else. Stewart, who is originally from Cincinnati, has worked for 30 years in both the collegiate and professional sport industry. Prior to his arrival at WKU in 2008, Stewart worked exclusively in communications and media relations. By 2010, Stewart had risen to WKU’s senior associate athletic director, and on May 9, 2012, he was named WKU’s athletic director. According to WKU’s budgeted salary information, Stewart will earn a $195,576 base salary in 2018-19, which is also what he earned in 2017-18. Stewart has guided WKU to 24 conference championships since the



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an athletic director is having the flexibility to include his wife and son in his work. “A neat aspect of this job is that I can involve [my family] in what I do and they get to be a part of it,” Stewart said.


2014-15 season, which is twice as many as any other program in Conference USA. Stewart said that while his prior experience helped him tremendously, his competitive nature drives his success at WKU—on the field and in the classroom.

Stewart said the most vital part of his career development was the 15 years he spent working in communications and media relations with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. He said operating “in a fish bowl” under intense scrutiny prepared him for his current role. “Sometimes here we try to recruit publicity, but in the NFL, you manage it,” Stewart said. “You’re getting it whether you want it or not.” Stewart also credited former WKU athletic director Ross Bjork with helping him realize that he wanted to become an athletic director, something Stewart said he never aspired to be. Family is important to Stewart, and he said one of the best parts of being

”We’ve made some inroads, but we’re not where I’d like for us to be.”

USA Freshman of the Week to open the year. Stansbury said he is pleased with his star big man but acknowledged he needs to improve. “He was good,” Stansbury said after Saturday’s win. “Lot of areas he’s got to get better at. Defensively he’s got to get better. He’s a very good passer, a willing passer. He’s going to keep getting better.” Bassey is not the only freshman post player making early strides. Now fully recovered from his foot injury, Tolu Smith has emerged as a key reserve Stansbury can turn to on the bench. Smith only played five minutes against the Huskies but broke out against UTM. In 12 minutes, Smith scored six points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a shot. With Smith healthy, Stansbury sees his potential and how he can best contribute to the team. “I have a lot of confidence in him,” Stansbury said. “Thursday and Friday were his first full practices this fall. It showed in his play. I’m talking about Galen Smith. He’s a guy I know can really add too. I’d like to get to a point to where we can throw him and Charles out there together some.” Stansbury also liked what Matt Horton did on Saturday, with two points and three rebounds in just five minutes. “There’s another guy that comes off of that bench,” Stansbury said. “Everytime he comes in, he adds something.

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A WKU men’s basketball team with high expectations has certainly shown potential through two regular season games, but the Hilltoppers are also showing they have room to improve as they get ready to take on tough competition at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. After surrendering its first half lead and falling to 25th-ranked Washington, WKU got its first win of the season against UT Martin Saturday. The Hilltoppers showed an improved second-half effort and looked more cohesive at full strength after getting all their players back from suspension. “We’ve made some inroads,” Stansbury said. “But we’re not where I’d like for us to be. We’ve got to work everyday in practice. We’re going to keep getting better everyday.” WKU’s post players have been good for Stansbury in the early stages of the season. Including exhibition games, freshman Charles Bassey registered a double-double his first three games as the team’s starting center. Even in a tough matchup with Washington senior Noah Dickerson, Bassey scored 11 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Bassey has also made his impact felt on the defensive end with six blocks in the first couple regular season games. The freshman phenom even dished a couple of assists in Saturday’s win. For that effort, he was named the Conference

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