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Sexual assault awareness month sheds light on important issue BY CASEY DOWNEY LIFE@WKUHERALD.COM March is sexual assault awareness month in Kentucky. In conjunction with Hope Harbor, a sexual trauma recovery center, WKU is putting on several events where all students are welcomed to become part of the dialogue. Elizabeth Madariaga, staff counselor at WKU, works as a coordinator for the sexual assault services. She said it is important for universities to spread awareness of this issue. “Women ages 16 to 24 are four times more likely than any other age groups to be assaulted,” said Madariaga. "Alcohol can play a significant part in sexual violence and SEE AWARENESS PAGE A2
WKU students climb an 80-foot wheat silo covered in ice during a weekend trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Feb. 7. The group included seven students and three ORAC leaders. ORAC graduate assistant, Ben Phaneuf, of Brownsville, Texas, says that the ORAC has been offering this trip since 2005, which makes it a unique staple to WKU's campus. ALYSSA POINTER FOR THE HERALD
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SGA releases budget report BY LEAH BROWN NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM The Student Government Association released its 2013-2014 budget on Tuesday. The organization budgeted $125,000, and has a surplus amount of $46,883.62 leftover. “Our budget hasn't changed that much since last December,” administrative vice president Nicki Seay said. The budget allocates a certain amount of dollars to the legislative and executive branches, to public relations, to various programs and for supplies. “We’re doing pretty good on funds,” Seay said. “I definitely have a lot more funds to allocate back out to the student body.” Since SGA doesn't have Aramark SEE SGA PAGE A2
ORAC helps students explore outdoors
partment of Intramural-Recreational Sports. It gives
BY AARON MUDD NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM
students opportunities to go on trips, featuring events
tudents looking for a break from their stud-
such as backpacking, rock-climbing and even white-
ies and a different kind of education might be
interested in the Outdoor Recreation Activity
London senior Matt Martin first got involved with
Center, an organization that offers students weekend
the Outdoor Recreation Activity Center after a friend
trips to learn wilderness skills.
told him the organization needed more help. As sev-
ORAC is an organization associated with the De- eral students graduated, they found the need for more SEE ORAC PAGE A2
Sigma Chi aims to beat cancer with annual Fight Night BY LEAH BROWN NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM
Bowling Green sophomore Chase Proctor shadow boxes around the track at Bowling Green High School in preparation for Sigma Chi Fight Night. Proctor is one of several WKU students who will be fighting tonight at the Blue Dome in Lampkin Park. IAN MAULE/HERALD
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ENDING WORLD HUNGER ONE GRILLED CHEESE AT A TIME PAGE B1
NEW EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL ARTISTS PAGE B3
Boxers will be taking the blow for cancer this Thursday and Friday night. Sigma Chi fraternity will be hosting their philanthropy event “Battle of the Greeks” to raise money for cancer research. The proceeds will go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The competition, also known as Fight Night, is a boxing tournament that takes place over two nights. The championship match will be held on Friday night. Greek organizations sponsor boxers to represent them in a boxing match. This year 24 boxers will compete in the tournament. Sigma Chi's philanthropy chair Alex Neihoff said in the past, the event raised around $11,000. This year's goal is $20,000. The event will take place at the Jaycees
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Pavilion, or the Blue Dome, in Lampkin Park beginning at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets for the two nights are $25 for two and $15 for one. Tickets are being sold at Downing Student Union and will also be sold at the door, but are limited. The event sold out last year. Neihoff said ticket prices increased in order to donate more money to the institute and cover more costs. The Blue Dome holds around 1,5002,000 people. Over 1,500 people are predicted to attend. The tournament is open to the public. Fight Night is not only popular among Greek students, but all WKU students as well. Students from other schools even travel to Bowling Green to watch and compete in the event. “Fight Night gives the Greek community and the entire WKU student body an opportunity to have fun regardless of what letters you wear on your chest,” SEE FIGHT PAGE A2
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CONTINUED FROM FRONT Sigma Chi sophomore Chris Peege said. Shogun will be selling food at the event. “I'm excited to watch guys box at Fight Night and hope that Alpha Xi Delta’s representative wins again this year,” Louisville junior Laurel Morris said. Kyle Dahl won last year’s Fight Night as well as three previous years. Fight Night is the last event of the
CONTINUED FROM FRONT people to lead trips. Martin accepted the job. Martin said the easiest way for students to get involved is to sign up for a trip. “We offer them every weekend almost,” he said. “Once you come on one trip, you'll wanna come on a bunch more too.” Martin's first experience leading a trip was last August. Martin said it was challenging for him. “I was nervous before I went,” he said. “But after I was out there and had met everyone and saw how nice everyone was, it kind of went away.” The trip took Martin and other students to Georgia for white-water rafting on the Ocoee and Hiswassee rivers. Martin recalled another trip he took last fall. “Before Thanksgiving break we hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail,” he said. “That was probably my favorite trip because you got to spend the most time with the participants and you got to learn more about them and hang out with them more.” This semester Martin continues his involvement with ORAC. Although he traveled to other states to backpack or rock climb, Martin looks forward to an upcoming trip right here in Kentucky. The organization plans to take a group and hike around the Cumberland Falls, an area close to Martin’s hometown. Perhaps ORAC’s most popular trip this semester is its spring break journey to Moab, Utah. Ben Phaneuf, from Brownsville Texas, works with ORAC as its coordinator while attending graduate school at WKU. Phaneuf said that the trip was the first one in the semester to fill up. “It’s in a desert environment, some-
FEBRUARY 27, 2014 week for Sigma Chi's Derby Days. Other events that took place during the week included a trivia night, a dinner at Linzie’s and a Derby Darling pageant. All money raised from this week will go to their philanthropy. Follow @SigmaChi_WKU for updates about Fight Night. “I’m excited to see all the hard work our chapter has put into making this event possible,” Peege said. “As men of good character, we strive to put on the best event on campus not for ourselves or to represent our fraternity, but to raise money for the well-being of others.”
thing that’s super humbling,” Phaneuf said. “If you climb a mountain, you’re inspired. You sort of feel built up. Whereas in the desert, if you spend any time out there, you’re humbled time and time again.” Phaneuf remembers climbing up a frozen grain silo in Iowa, which isn’t as dangerous as it sounds, he said. Climbers inch up the icy silo by creating ledges with special picks while pushing themselves up with their feet. Phaneuf said that ice climbing is a lot like rock climbing. “I think they’re both really good sports for just giving people a crash course in being creative with things and thinking things through,” he said. “Rock climbing and ice climbing are actually very safe sports. There’s a lot of fear in people’s mind and it’s pretty much all mental.” Harrisburg Ill. freshman Chloe Carr also took the chance to go ice climbing in Cedar Falls, Iowa which she said was a once a year opportunity. Carr rode up to Iowa in a van with other students and played word and board games to help pass the time. She said she wasn't afraid to try ice climbing. “I was the first to volunteer to go up and do it,” she said. Carr said she would recommend getting involved with ORAC to anybody. “Just be open and be ready to do things.” Phaneuf said that safety is the organization’s top priority when planning adventure trips and that the members try to design trips for beginners. He points to his experience and the presence of a wilderness first responder on every trip as the two factors that keep adventure trips safe. For Martin, the value outweighs the risks. Leading trips is something he gets a lot out of. “It’s definitely helped with my leadership and my patience,” he said.
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Sisters Milana (7, left to right), Sophie (5) and Presleigh Elkins (3) sample some cookie dough made by aspiring chef Zane Hawkins (9) during the Hospice Chocolate Festival Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. MIKE CLARK/HERALD
CONTINUED FROM FRONT credit, Seay said all catering costs will come straight from its budget. Seay said a few new things added to the budget are Healthy Days, organization bills, plastic bins and stock photos. SGA had to spend almost $100 in the executive discretionary budget on plastic tubs to move items from its office in Cravens because of the flooding. SGA allocates $54,000 to the legislative branch to spend on things such as organizational aid and grants. In his report, student affairs council chair Barrett Greenwell said the library will soon provide hard-copy study materials for the MCAT, LSAT and CLEP tests. Hannah Neeper, Elizabeth Gribbins, AJ Stewart and Ratlale “David” Mokone were approved for presidential
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important to increase the awareness of this issue. It’s important to let our community know that we take this seriously and encourage our students to report and receive help so they can go on to be productive and successful community members. " Madariaga said it's time for people to put full blame on assaulters, and quit making excuses for why or how it happened. “Society puts a lot of blame on the victim, questioning what they were wearing, why they were (there) and if alcohol is involved, why they were drinking,” said Madariaga. "We put the responsibility on the victim to reduce their risks instead of putting that responsibility on perpetrator to not commit the act of
appointments. Neeper, Gribbins and Stewart were all appointed as senators, while Mokone was appointed to the position of student research committee representative. Seth Church said in his judicial council report that six new senate seats are now open. SGA passed Bill 3-14-S which allocates money to various organizations on campus. SGA suspended its bylaws to pass Resolution 3-14-S which supports WKU in administering the Campus Pride Index, a nonprofit organization. The Campus Pride Index's goal is to improve the quality of life for LGBT community and help campuses become more LGBT-friendly. “It helps administrators and staff understand what they’re not doing for queer students,” author of the bill Andrew Salman said.
sexual violence. “We've got to talk about this openly, expressively and show support for the victim and intolerance for the perpetrator.” Campbellsville senior Farrin Marlow said in order for victims of sexual assault to talk about their experiences there needs to be a more welcoming climate for discussion. “Whenever you say something about being sexually assaulted, you're either going to be met with one or two types of responses,” said Marlow. “Either ‘that didn't happen,’ or ‘there's something wrong with you now.’” Marlow said people aren't able to heal until they can talk about their experiences. “The reality is that it's happened to so many people that (it just takes) a couple people to stand up and say it's okay for this to have happened to you,” said Marlow. “You will get through it, and you're capable of doing something.”
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events Self defense class
March 3 at 7 p.m. on the 27th ﬂoor of PFT.
The Clothesline Project March 4 between 2 and 5 p.m. at Preston Center This is where women use shirts they decorate as vehicles for their voice. The Clothesline Project will also take place on March 5 between 10 and noon in Glasgow, and March 18 between 10 and noon at the Centennial Mall.
‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ March 18 at 10:45a.m. at Centennial Mall. For this event, men and women slip into pairs of red high heels before marching through campus.
‘The Vagina Monologues’ March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Russell Miller Theatre in the Fine Arts Center.
‘Love the Way You Lie’
March 25 at 7 p.m. in the DSU auditorium. The evening will feature a speaker from Hope Harbor.
‘Take Back the Night’ March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Bowling Green Justice Center.
Crime report • Police arrested Christopher Lamar Jones on Chestnut Avenue and Regents Street on Feb 25 on a Jefferson County E-warrant for failure to appear.
Visit wkuherald.com for an interactive crime map
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Bonner scholars provide books for youth BY ANNA LAWSON LIFE@WKUHERALD.COM WKU is no stranger to service projects. Students and staff alike participate in everything from environmental projects to food drives. However, students have recently taken initiative on a different front. Jillian Weston, an Indianapolis junior, is teaming up with other Bonner Scholars to spread the word about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Bonner scholars are students who are dedicated to giving back and working on service projects. They each set aside 10 hours a week to give back to their communities. Once accepted into the program, they work to develop philanthropic and leadership skills to help them in the future. Together, they leave long-lasting impacts on the communities they serve, according to the Bonner Scholar official WKU website. Dolly Parton launched the Imagination Library in 1996. It was originally meant to assist the people in her home county in East Tennessee. Parton wanted to help kids find a love of reading at a young age by providing them with a new book every month. According to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s official website, Parton wants children to witness the “magic,” that a book can bring, regardless of the family’s income. Since its inception, the organization has mailed nearly 40 million books to children. Bowling Green is currently one of the 1,600 communities that are working through Imagination Library to provide children with new books every month. That’s where
Weston comes in. Weston and her team will be going to different schools over the semester to sign kids up for Imagination Library. They will also be advertising in grocery stores and churches. “If we are not reaching enough children in these ways, we will start going door to door in neighborhoods in order to get children signed up to receive a free book every month until the age of five,” Weston said. Lejla Mehmedovic, a Bowling Green freshman works with Weston. Mehmedovic grew up in Bosnia, and moved to Bowling Green 2001. “When I was 5 years old, I did not have these kinds of opportunities. I really wish that I would have,” she said. “I think that I could have learned English much faster if I would have had books to read. This would be great for the refugee families because their children could start reading and learning much faster.” Being in college, many students may not realize how important it is to just learn how to read. However, Weston realizes that this is how all people build a foundation for their futures. “Youth should be empowered at an early age to realize their potential and accomplish their goals. As the saying goes, ‘Knowledge is power.’ When we have the knowledge, then we can learn to apply it,” Weston said. “Without an intelligent generation following us, our future is grim," she added. "I am attempting to help youth grow into productive members of society so that Bowling Green can not only survive, but thrive.” However, the students are not the only ones benefiting from Imagination Library, Weston said she will
Jillian Weston, Indianapolis junior
My heart is set on getting at least 150 children registered for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library by the end of the semester.” gain something from the experience as well. “I am hoping to learn how to enable our youth and in turn motivate myself to be a better member of society,” Weston said. “My heart is set on getting at least 150 children registered for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library by the end of the semester.” The group is currently targeting refugee children in the Bowling Green area. “Since we have so many refugees and international kids, we thought it would be a wonderful idea to enforce something like this at a younger age,” Mehmedovic said. “Our main focus is preschool and younger kids because this is the age group to which the Dolly Parton program donates books.” Mehmedovic’s biggest goal for the program is that in years to come she will hear that this really did make a difference for a young child. “Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like seeing a child at a young age reading?” she said. “I hope that this will keep going in the preschools and churches. Hopefully the word will spread to the entire community so that people with young children can take advantage of such a great opportunity.”
Women recognized for their contributions to campus BY JOHN CORUM NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM Women across WKU’s campus are too often unrecognized for their feats of character and tenacity. The second annual Women Everywhere Rock Awards Banquet, sponsored by the undergraduate Zeta Phi Beta sorority chapter, seeks to change this. Crystal Hardeman, coordinator for Student Activities for Leadership and Volunteerism and faculty advisor for the undergraduate Zeta Phi Beta chapter, said the banquet aims to celebrate women and their contributions to society. “What it’s intended to do is to highlight the accomplishments and the things that women do on this campus or in the Bowling Green community, but specifically on this campus,” Hardeman said.
Hardeman said this recognition helps women further pursue their identity by affirming their value. “The whole purpose in doing this is to uplift. Sometimes as women we forget how valuable and precious we are,” Hardeman said. Women on campus often overcome tremendous adversity in the pursuit of their dreams, Hardeman explained. The banquet aims to remind them of those accomplishments. “We carry a lot on our shoulders, between taking care of our families and having a career. But being able to do that with grace…sometimes I’m in awe by how strong women are when it comes to pursuing the things they want to do,” Hardeman said. Zeta Phi Beta student representative Keira Martin said the banquet is an opportunity to reward and encourage women on campus.
“It gives recognition to the women who do so much on campus. It shines a light on them,” Martin said. The banquet accepts nominations of potential award recipients beforehand. Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty members and university associates are all eligible for consideration. Out of over 20 nominations, eight will receive recognition at the banquet next Thursday.
IF YOU GO What: Women Everywhere Rock Awards Banquet Where: Faculty House When: 7:00pm Thursday, Feb 27. Cost: Free
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AND THE WINNER IS...
Tops & Bottoms TOPS to the baseball team's win against Vanderbilt.
The 86th Academy Awards will be televised this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) on ABC. Columnists Ben Conniff (The Reel) and Ryan Pait (The Remote) watched, criticized and discussed the major categories' nominees and are here to present their Oscar predictions.
BOTTOMS to the cold baseball weather
PICTURE: “12 YEARS A SLAVE” CONNIFF: Though not my favorite film in the field (that distinction goes to “Gravity”), there’s no denying the visceral power of “12 Years a Slave.” It’s already taken home BAFTA, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards as the year's best movie. I anticipate “12 Years” to head home with Oscar gold as well. “American Hustle,” my least favorite of the nominees,
is the only real competition in this category. PAIT: “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” are neck and neck in this category, but “12 Years” may have the advantage. “12 Years a Slave” is a true ensemble piece, filled with striking performances that all connect, while “Gravity” is largely a one-woman show. The achievement of “12 Years
TOPS to the Oscars this weekend
a Slave” also feels more historical when compared to the technological breakthrough of “Gravity.” The Academy generally tends to prefer historical drama to sci-fi, so I expect the difference will be split between the two: “12 Years a Slave” will get Best Picture, and Alfonso Cuarón will get Best Director for “Gravity.”
BOTTOMS to the fact Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aren't hosting.
ACTOR: MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY THE REEL: Having dropped 45 pounds for his role as Ron Woodroof, McConaughey fully commits to the finest performance of his career. That commitment, thus far, has not sent him home empty-handed.McConaughey has been recognized with Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and Gotham award wins as the year’s fin-
est leading man. He’ll only need to keep an eye on fellow nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor from “12 Years a Slave.” THE REMOTE: The McConaissance is in full swing, and will likely end with Mr. McConaughey nabbing the Best Actor trophy on Sunday. McConaughey’s always had talent, but hasn’t always put it to good use.
2013, however, saw him take on a pack of interesting projects — “Mud,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Dallas Buyers Club” — and succeed in all of them. His enigmatic performance on HBO’s “True Detective” will also keep him fresh on voters’ minds. This is all but a lock unless Chiwetel Ejiofor of “12 Years a Slave” pulls an upset.
ACTRESS: CATE BLANCHETT THE REEL: Sandra Bullock’s arresting performance in “Gravity” would normally have my vote, but I grudgingly make my judgment here based on merit. I've done my homework. It will be hard to deny Blanchett the Oscar when she’s been cleaning up the other major awards in her category, including those from the
National Society of Film Critics, Golden Globes, BAFTA, SAG and Critics’ Choice. THE REMOTE: Another race with a clear frontrunner, but Blanchett has held that title since “Blue Jasmine” premiered in July. Sustaining that kind of momentum for basically seven months is no easy feat, but
Blanchett has pulled it off with aplomb. This is a loaded category, but her work in “Blue Jasmine” is astounding. It’s a performance that at first seems superficial, but there’s a wealth of hidden depth and power to it that Blanchett delivers like no other.
SUPPORTING ACTOR: JARED LETO THE REEL: Like his co-star McConaughey, Leto gives his all to a transformative role that simply outmatches the competition. I laughed and cried on all the right beats while watching him as Woodroof’s feisty assistant and fellow patient, Rayon. With nods
from the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG, this looks to be a one-horse race come Oscar night. THE REMOTE: Leto’s return to the world of film (his last big role was in 2009) has received wide praise, and he and McConaughey elevate “Dallas Buyers
Club” with their performances. Leto has snatched up basically every possible award for his role as transgender woman Rayon on the awards circuit. Unless the Academy experiences some latein-the-game Leto fatigue, he’s got this locked up too.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: LUPITA N’YONGO THE REEL: The beautiful N’yongo shows us the ugly side of plantation life in “12 Years a Slave.” This young unknown showcases a broad range of emotion and makes the audience sympathize with her in a way that no other actress in this category
has all year. N’yongo proves she belongs on the A-list and already has the Critics’ Choice and SAG brass to boot. THE REMOTE: Nyong’o’s also a frontrunner here, but just barely: she faces tough competition from returning champ Jennifer
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Kirshnik Ball known as“Takeoff,” smokes and drinks right after a performance during a Migos concert hosted by I65Nation at the Compound in Bowling Green on Saturday. Around 2,000 people showed up for the concert — I65Nation's largest turnout to date. Migos are an American hip-hop group from Gwinnett County, Ga.
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Korey Jones from Lexington flaunts his gold teeth during the concert. The group recently released its new mixtape, “No Label 2.”
Aaron Huffman of Startin5ive dances and socializes on stage during Migos' performance. The hip-hop trio has collaborated with a number of artists such as Drake, R. Kelly and Wiz Khalifa.
High heels and bottles of alcohol decorate the venue following the group's setlist on Saturday.
A couple talk as people drink and dance during the concert. Migos’ single, “Versace,” went viral in 2013 and peaked at No. 99 on the Billboard Hot 100.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
WKU FeelGood works to end world hunger BY KRISTINA BURTON LIFE@WKUHERALD.COM
Spotsville native, Joseph Crafton, measures out chemicals in his Quantitative Analysis class at Thompson Complex Center Wing on Tuesday. Crafton is in his final semester at the Gatton Academy and hopes to study chemistry at Vanderbilt after graduation. “I don't mind being labeled a Gatton kid,”Crafton said. “No one asks most of the time. I usually fit right in.” After college and grad school, Crafton's ultimate goal is to become a trauma surgeon. LUKE FRANKE/HERALD
CHEMICALLY Gatton student finds community at the academy
BY KRISTINA BURTON LIFE@WKUHERALD.COM hen Joseph Crafton showed up for movein day at the Gatton Academy, the math and science school's seniors swarmed
Crafton's family car to help him with the move-in process. They carried all of Crafton’s belongings upstairs, and he and his family unpacked to organize his room before making a last-minute Wal-Mart trip to get groceries. Crafton, a 17-year-old high school senior, and his family spent the rest of the day exploring campus and his new
“My parents were obsessed with taking pictures of me,” Crafton, a Spottsville native, said. After a meeting with all of the new students and their families, it was time to say good-bye to his own. “My mom and dad said they’d never seen me happier than when I was around other academy students, so they knew it was the best place for me to be,” he said. The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s only state-supported residential high school for students interested in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. SEE GATTON PAGE B3
In the center of campus, flanked on all sides by students bustling through campus, WKU FeelGood aims to help end world hunger by running a grilled cheese deli. Helen Heines, a Shepherdsville junior, is the president of WKU FeelGood. “FeelGood is a non-profit organization that’s set up among campuses all across the United States,” Heines said. “We set up grilled cheese delis each week and raise money for our partner organization, The Hunger Project.” Heines said WKU FeelGood donates their proceeds so all money the organization earns is profit and goes to The Hunger Project. “[The organization] works with people to put a sustainable end to world hunger — not by giving free handouts, but by breaking down barriers that are keeping people from accessing the food or materials they need to better themselves,” Heines said. Claire Bellar, a Nashville sophomore, is the membership and education chair of WKU FeelGood. “I wanted to be a part of something that gives back and I also wanted to get involved on campus,” Bellar said. “It’s cool to be a part of something on campus that has a global effect.” Lindsay Whittington, a sophomore from Marion, Ill., is the treasurer of WKU FeelGood. “It’s a great community where we’re all just working together, having fun and helping the world — all at the same time,” Whittington said. Whittington said a highlight of working at the WKU FeelGood deli is seeing someone eat their first grilled cheese. “We’ve had a lot of that recently with the international students,” Whittington said. “It’s so great to see their faces and that expression when they eat their first grilled cheese. They’re just so happy and full of cheese.” Whittington said FeelGood’s goal for this semester is to raise $2,000. Heines said she enjoys meeting new people while working at the WKU FeelGood deli and encourages students to become a part of the FeelGood community. “There can’t be FeelGood without both customers and volunteers,” Heines said. Bellar said any donation of time or money to WKU FeelGood helps the cause. “Anything you can do to contribute helps in the long run on a
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Bring the runway to your wardrobe BY KAE HALLOWAY LIFE@WKUHERALD.COM
Fashion month is wrapping up in Paris and with it comes the much anticipated readyto-wear lines of designers like Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel) and Phoebe Philo (Céline). With all of that going on, the cliché question to end all cliché questions is posed again: can you actually wear what’s on the runway? The answer to this timeless question is simple: yes. You most definitely can, but it requires a bit of a creative spin and, at times, a lot of pursuing. To start with something simple, let me bring up Pringle of Scotland’s line for London’s fashion week. The 24-piece collection featured a lot of white and off-white knitwear, paired with black pants and skirts. A few pops of dark red and bright orange offset the dull pairing of the black and white, but all in all it is a very wardrobe-adaptable line. For everyday life, department store sweaters and black pants
can evoke the same simple and sleek look achieved in this line. The graphic print looks incorporated into lines such as Preen, MSGM and Ostwald Helgason are also simple to adapt to your wardrobe. I must point out Preen in particular, though. Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton brought a not-so-subtle “hint” of science fiction to their fall ready-to-wear line, shown in London a few weeks ago. Many of their blouses and dresses were emblazoned with none other than Sith lord Darth Vader. If there’s one thing I can argue and give advice on, it’s the simplicity of incorporating Vader and any other Star Wars reference into your daily style. Retail stores such as Forever 21 and Old Navy almost always have clothes from a galaxy far, far away in store or online. Now there are some lines that, despite their tag of ready to wear, are not easily worn. Take Jeremy Scott’s debut SEE RUNWAYPAGE B3
This week Kae is showing readers how to adapt runway trends to their wardrobes. Top: Urban Outfitters, watch: Urban Outfitters, bracelet and earrings: Forever 21. DEMETRIUS FREEMAN/HERALD
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
COLLEGE HEIGHTS HERALD
Anorexia survivor speaks on eating disorders BY WHITNEY ALLEN LIFE@WKUHERALD.COM
Elizabeth Aldrich, public speaker
National Eating Disorders Week is a week dedicated to the education and the prevention of eating disorders. The WKU Counseling and Testing Center sponsored “Stories of Hope from an Eating Disorder Survivor.” Elizabeth Aldrich is a survivor of an eight-year struggle with an eating disorder. Aldrich opened up to students about the bullying and self consciousness that built up to her eating disorder as well as her three year long journey to overcome this disease. She described the beginning of her recovery as a time in which she learned to lie re-
I was miserably comfortable. I was in such misery but I was so comfortable with that, it was all I knew.” ally well. “All this time I didn’t want to let go of my eating disorder,” Aldrich said. “I was miserably comfortable. I was in such misery but I was so comfortable with that. It was all I knew.” From an illness that began in middle school, Aldrich said she never fully recovered until her senior year of college. Now she has turned that struggle into strength. Aldrich is pursuing a Mas-
ter’s in Social Work at the University of Tennessee at Nashville, with hopes to help others overcome the same battles she once fought. Betsey Pierce, a counselor at the WKU Counseling and Testing Center added that eating disorders are more common than people may think. The theme for National Eating Disorder Week this year is “I Had No Idea.” “That’s why I love this week
has now been at WKU for two years. “It’s an all-around good match — acaCONTINUED FROM LIFE demically and socially — for me.” Paul Hudson, a 17-year-old Benton Instead of spending their junior junior in high school, said the Gatton and senior years in traditional high Academy community is a driving force schools, 121 students take all their for everyone there. coursework through WKU with tradi“We’re almost one of the biggest clubs tional college students. For academy on campus, you could say,” Hudson said. students, tuition, housing and meals “We’re all really close and can all help come at no cost to them or their fami- each other. Even if we get stuck, there’s lies. always someone here that Crafton knew about the can help.” Gatton Academy before Crafton said he’s never the first class of students had a bad experience with moved into Florence any of the older college Schneider Hall. students he’s been in class “One of our fam- In My Skin is a weekly fea- with here at WKU. ily friends’ eldest daughter ture series that looks to tell “I always try and get was in the first academy the stories of diverse stu- to know the people in my class,” Crafton said. “My dent populations at WKU. classes, so whatever judgfamily has always been ment anybody has on me really involved with being proactive in is based on how we interact in class — gifted education, so it was definitely on not the label I have as an academy stuthe radar from a very young age.” dent,” Crafton said. Crafton said he wasn’t really being Crafton said the highlight of his challenged at his hometown high school. academy experience thus far would be “I was maxed out in classes I could his research. take at my level by the end of my “All of last year and a bit over last sophomore year,” Crafton said. “I re- summer I did microbiology research ally didn’t have much else to do there.” with bacteriophage,” Crafton said. “It Crafton said the Gatton Academy was taught me a lot about myself, biology a place in which he felt comfortable. and also got me lab-certified so I can “I didn’t really fit in at home, but I serve as a TA or work in a lab.” fit in here really well,” Crafton said. He Crafton said he got to present his re-
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global scale,” Bellar said. “It doesn’t matter if you can’t put in much time. Anything helps.” Meetings for WKU FeelGood are Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in Mass Media and Technology Hall Room 232. “Anyone is welcome to join and come learn more,” Whittington said.
CONTINUED FROM LIFE line for Moschino. The majority of his 48-piece collection is borderline unwearable. While the line was adventurous in adapting symbols of modern culture, it’s not practical to try to adapt a ball gown into your wardrobe with a giant nutrition label printed on its pleats. For the most part, though, anything you see on the runway can somehow be adapted to your daily wardrobe with enough creativity and patience to find similar pieces
“We’re always looking for more hands to help.” The WKU FeelGood deli is set up in Centennial Mall on Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. For updates on WKU FeelGood, like the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wkufeelgood, follow it on Twitter @WKU_FeelGood or send an email to wkufeelgood@ gmail.com to get on the organization's mailing list.
for less. Stores like Zara and H&M are fantastic if you're trying to copy the runway. Both take ideas from various lines and incorporate them into affordable pieces for their stores. Zara will cost you a bit more than H&M at times, but the quality of the clothes are a testament in itself. Fall is far away, fashionistas. There’s plenty of time to take what’s been on the runways all of February and infuse them into your wardrobe. To see a gallery of the styles and trends I’ve referenced in this article, check Dry Clean Only out on the Herald’s website.
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because I think doctors need to become more aware of it,” Aldrich said. “Because I think eating disorders go unrecognized in hospitals just because doctors don’t really know or don’t know how to talk to somebody about it. I think a lot of education in the hospitals needs to happen.” One of the purposes of National Eating Disorders Week is to address the stigma surrounding eating disorders as well as increase awareness about eating disorders. Bowling Green freshman Brianna Moore attended this event for her Developmental Psychology class. “I thought it was really great that she went through that and she can come and talk about
it,” Moore said. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Aldrich expressed that eating disorders aren’t something that are easy to recognize in others. She encouraged anyone who may know someone with an eating disorder to approach them about it in a compassionate and understanding way. Pierce said anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder should go to the Counseling and Testing Center or to Health Services. “You can get through it. I think sometimes people think when they’ve struggled for years and years they can’t get out of it, but you can,” Pierce said.
Joesph Crafton, Gatton senior I always try and get to know the people in my classes, so whatever judgment anybody has on me is based on how we interact in class — not the label I have as an Academy student.” search twice with undergraduate and graduate students. “People were really interested in what I was doing and reciprocated interest whenever I was interested in what they were doing,” he said. Hannah Weber, an 18-year-old Alexandria Gatton senior, said pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zone can be really rewarding. “The relationships I’ve made here will last forever,” Weber said. “It’s all worth it in the end—taking chances and challenges and having them turn out great.” After graduating from the Gatton Academy, Crafton said he wants to attend Vanderbilt, Duke or Washington University in St. Louis. “I am definitely considering staying at WKU, but my dream schools are all private institutions,” Crafton said. “I’ve loved Vandy and Duke for a very long time, and my decision for post-Gatton education depends solely on scholarships.”
Crafton said if he doesn’t attend one of those three universities, he will likely attend the University of Kentucky and finish his undergraduate degree. “I plan to double major in chemistry and mathematics or chemistry and biology,” Crafton said. “I’m also pre-med at the moment, so post undergrad, I want to enter an MD Ph.D. program and become a trauma surgeon.” Crafton said coming to the Gatton Academy has not only helped his mind grow but has helped his social skills as well. “Whenever you’re at the academy, you’re in contact with all these people who have all sorts of titles, so you have to know how to carry yourself and represent the school well,” Crafton said. “By being here and being proactive, you benefit yourself in more ways than one, but also the academy, because it lets people know what this is and what it stands for.”
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Olympic boxing coach to speak at WKU BY SHELBY ROGERS NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM
In celebration of March’s Women’s History Month, WKU’s Gender and Women’s Studies assembled an eclectic lineup of nationally recognized speakers and presentations. Olympic boxing coach and WKU alumna Christy Halbert will talk about the 2012 inclusion of the sport on an international stage in her presentation, “The Debut of Women’s Olympic Boxing.” “I think [women’s boxing] is long overdue,” Halbert said in an NPR interview. “We made our case for many, many years…I guess you could say women boxers have been training for about 105 years now for the right to get back to the Olympic podium.” Jane Olmsted, department head of
Diversity and Community Studies, said Halbert briefly taught at WKU in the mid-2000s. She kept in touch with Halbert after she left the university, and thought having Halbert share her experience would be timely given the recent finale of the Sochi Winter Olympics. “I think anytime you hear about an area of the world that you don’t normally experience, your eyes are opened,” Olmsted said. “I think students will hear about the event and think ‘Oh wow, women’s boxing?’. Exposure to new ideas broadens their world views just a little bit more.” Halbert graduated from WKU in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. She currently serves as the director of the Boxing Resource Center, located in Nashville. Her groundbreaking research became the first
published regarding social experiences of professional famale boxers, according to the Boxing Resource Center’s webpage. In 2011, Halbert received the US Olympic Committee’s Olympic Torch award for her work in developing and advancing the sport to an international stage. The 2012 summer games marked the first time in Olympic history where women athletes participated in every sport. Activist and poetry-slammer Staceyann Chin preceded Halbert with “The Other Side of Paradise” on Tuesday. The department's will next present “The Vagina Monologues” at Russell Miller Theater on March 20. Molly Kerby, associate professor in Diversity and Community Studies, said the events will really connect with students, particularly Chin’s.
“My event of the semester, as always, is the Vagina Monologues,” Kerby said via email. “We have been doing the Vagina Monologues for years. It used to be a project of one of our gender and women’s studies core courses but we opened it up to all of our minors and friends a few years ago.”
IF YOU GO What: "The Debut of Women's Olympic Boxing" Where: Faculty House When: Wednesday, March 5, 11:30-1:00 Cost: Free
‘Celebration of the Arts’ Exhibit opens March 1 BY TREY CRUMBIE NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM
US Bank and the Kentucky Museum will come together once again to celebrate the arts. For the next month, the US Bank Celebration of the Arts Exhibition will showcase more than 400 pieces of art created by over 200 artists in the Kentucky Museum. The artists in the show come from within a 65-mile radius of Bowling Green.
Donna Parker, exhibits curator for the Kentucky Museum, said the annual event has been going on for more than 25 years. Timothy Mullin, head of the department of library special collections, said the show allows everyone to see the artistic talent around the region. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the general public…,” Mullin said. “There’s something for everyone there.”
Parker said there are two levels of competition: amateur and professional. Each level will contain eight separate categories of different art mediums for judging. This year a new category, mixed media, was added to the show. An awards ceremony and opening reception will occur tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Museum. A cash prize for first, second, and third will be given out during the ceremony. Ad-
ditional honors such as ‘Best of Show’ and a ‘Merit’ award will also be given out as well. The judging is done by a committee of one and is picked by the art department. The judge is someone outside of the community so that they are free of bias. Parker encourages all to come. “I think everybody will enjoy it,” Parker said. The show begins on March 1 and will end in early April.
WKU libraries to help facilitate used book sale BY JOHN CORUM NEWS@WKUHERALD.COM Enthusiasts of literature craving a new read need not look farther than the Warren County Public Library this weekend. The Southern Kentucky Book Festival Partnership is hosting its annual Macy’s Used Book Sale fundraiser on the weekend of Friday, Feb. 28. Held at the Warren County Public Library’s Bob Kirby Branch, the fundraiser will offer hardcover and softcover books, DVDs and vinyl records
for discount prices. Warren County Public Library Director Lisa Rice said this year’s sale will be the partnership’s biggest yet. “This year, we were very fortunate that the owner of the Book Rack, which closed recently, donated all of their inventory to the book sale. So we’ve got more books than we’ve ever had before available for sale,” Rice said. The event is made possible by the teamwork of the Book Festival Partnership, a coalition among WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Libraries and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
“Our mission is to grow reading throughout our area, so we’ve combined forced to bring literary events to our community,” Rice said. WKU Literary outreach coordinator Kristie Lowry said the community which the partnership aspires to serve extends beyond just Bowling Green. “Our mission is to promote literacy and a love of books in our region and in our state,” Lowry said. As Lowry elaborates, the role of the fundraiser is to spread appreciation of the value of literature. “Our projects are all geared
Kristie Lowry, WKU Literary outreach coordinator
Our mission is to promote literacy and a love of books in our region and in our state.” toward promoting literacy, getting people to read, and impacting lives through the written word,” Lowry said. The sale is to take place on Friday, Feb. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday’s portion of the sale will be a “bag day,” where customers can fill up a bag of items for a set price. Rice advises all book lovers to stop by for a good time. “It’s always a lot of fun when you have that many people who love reading coming together,” Rice said.
Students interact with TOMS founder BY QUICHE MATCHEN LIFE@WKUHERALD.COM WKU’s National Society of Leadership and Success convened a live broadcast with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS, Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Gary Ransdell Hall auditorium. Mycoskie began the discussion with an anecdote about how he traveled to Argentina and saw firsthand children who would have to walk miles to go to school without shoes. He thought of starting a business for profit that could help those children in need. Mycoskie’s business model is founded on the concept of equivalent exchange: for every pair of TOMS that are sold, a pair are sent to a child in need
of shoes. TOMS started in 2006 and has since provided more than 10 million new shoes to children in need. Mycoskie not only helps children that need shoes, but he also helps those who need eyewear. Students were able to interact with Mycoskie in a few different ways. Students could tweet their answer to his trivia questions, take a poll on Facebook or tweet questions to Mycoskie, which he answered during the broadcast. Campbellsville senior Ashyya Robinson, NSLS vice president, said she liked Mycoskie’s story and how he started out helping people. “Look how one little thought turned into a multimillion dollar company,” Robinson said.
Robinson said she hopes that people realize that if they have a dream that they should go for it. “Don’t let anyone stop you from that,” Robinson said. Franklin, Tenn., senior Laura Tiedt, a member of NSLS said she also liked Mycoskie’s story and it was cool to learn about the founder of TOMS. Tiedt said she didn’t know the whole story about TOMS, but she does own a pair. She said she had been to previous broadcasts that NSLS has had, but this one was the best. NSLS president Amira Bryant, a junior from Kileen, Texas, said this was the organization's first live broadcast. Last semester, the organization
Amira Bryant, NSLS president
This organization focuses on future success leaders, such as thinking outside the box.” broadcast the rapper Common, but it wasn’t live. Bryant said she hopes people get a clear sense of hard work as well as leadership from the broadcast. “This organization focuses on future success leaders, such as thinking outside the box,” Bryant said. “Having ideas to better your vision for the future.” Bryant said the broadcasts they have are about people who have stood out
and followed their vision and get to share it with students. Mindy Johnson, assistant director of student activities leadership and adviser of NSLS, said she looks forward for students to come and find out what their organization is all about. “I encourage students to at least come out and try it,” Johnson said. “It’s just to enhance your leadership skills. You can’t lose. It’s a win.”
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Lady Topper track and field take Sun Belt crown BY JONAH PHILLIPS SPORTS@WKUHERALD.COM The WKU women’s track and field team captured its seventh Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field title in nine seasons Tuesday evening at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala. The victory was a landslide, with the Lady Toppers beating out second place by 48 points with an over-all score of 169. The men’s team brought forth one of its best efforts as well, combining for 149 points and winning 5 different events. They finished with runner-up honors after Sun Belt newcomers UT Arlington snagged gold with 185 points. Coach Erik Jenkins now claims 24 Sun Belt Conference Championships between cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field since taking the program reigns in 2008. “We knew going in which teams were aiming for their team score versus one’s who were focusing on individual ath-
letes, but we were able to do a very good job across the board putting up national caliber numbers,” Jenkins said. Senior thrower Jessica Ramsey secured her third-straight shot put crown with a Sun Belt and WKU record heave of 54 feet (16.47m). She also took first place in the weight throw with a toss of 63-feet-7 inches. Ramsey’s shot put clip ranks 17th nationally, yet the competitor in Ramsey isn’t quite finished. “I’m not happy with the way I performed, but I am thankful to come out on top,” Ramsey said. “It feels good to come so far. I learned the weight throw in less than a year and I came out on top. I’m very happy about that." Fellow senior Lexia Robinson earned runner-up honors in the shot put and Satrina Oliveira placed second in the weight throw. The Hilltoppers were led by senior sprinter Elvyonn Bailey, whose two individual wins in the 200 and 400-meter dashes would spark inspiration
amongst his teammates. Bailey successfully defended his 400-meter dash title with a time of 47.19, all the while teammate Chris Chamness was second at 47.51. Bailey nabbed his first 200-meter dash crown with a speedy 21.18 clocking and was also part of WKU’s 4x400-meter relay that set a conference championship record in the relay with a clocking of 3:11.87. Sophomore sprinter Ja’Karyus Redwine broke the 60-meter dash record he set in the preliminary round Monday night, finishing second with a time of 6.71 seconds. Derrick Hill’s high jump leap of 7-feet1 ¾ inches was good for the high jump crown and a school record. Hill’s leap ranks 20th nationally this season. Junior pole vaulter Karleigh Parker won her second-career Sun Belt pole vault title with a school record vault of 12-feet-11 ½ inches (3.95m). Senior Gelela Cooley came up big in the 400-meter dash, winning her first-career
400-meter crown in 54.91 after finishing runner-up the three previous seasons. The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship linger in the distance. By March 4, all conference championship totals will be tallied, and WKU will find out which Toppers and Lady Toppers get an invite. “The Sun Belt Conference ended a week early,” Jenkins explains, “so we still have a weekend to compete and improve our times to qualify for NCAA’s. We are still looking for a meet we could compete in this upcoming weekend." Jessica Ramsey, Elvyonn Bailey, Derrick Hill and the Hilltoppers 4x400meter relay all currently rank Top 20 nationally in their respective events. Typically, the Top 16-18 marks in the nation receive the invite. “Mentally, I’m there” Ramsey said in regards to prep for this final weekend, “I can visualize myself doing it perfectly, I just have to do it. I know I have it in me, no doubt. No question.”
Toppers prep for Sun Belt tour in Texas BY TYLER LASHBROOK SPORTS@WKUHERALD.COM The last time WKU played the Lone Star tandem of Texas State and UT Arlington, it resulted in two home wins. This time, it'll be on a two-game road trip with stops in San Marcos and Arlington. On Feb. 1, the Toppers (18-9, 10-4 Sun Belt) beat the Bobcats in a grind-it-out kind of game. Junior forward George Fant led all scorers with 21 points. “You're going to get the best out of those guys,” Fant said. “They're fighting for survival. We just have to be ready to come out there and let them know we got them beat right from the jump, throw the first punch and keep throwing them.” WKU started off slow in its first outing against Texas State (8-19, 4-10 Sun Belt) and found itself down three, 30-27, at halftime, before grinding out 23 free throw attempts in the second half. “Last time we played them we didn't
come out our strongest,” Fant said. The Bobcats are just ninth in the conference, but, for the most part, they've stuck with their Sun Belt opponents thanks to the league's best scoring defense. “They're playing very well right now,” WKU coach Ray Harper said. “If you look at their games, they lost on the last possession to Lafayette, pretty much the same thing the other night at Arkansas State, they had the game right there to win it. It's a desperate basketball team: one that's fighting for their lives to get in the tournament.” Harper was asked if Texas State's desperation will fire a “nothing-to-lose” attitude coming into Thursday's game against WKU. “They've got a lot to lose,” he said. “If they lose they’re probably going to find themselves out of the tournament.” But he added that he thinks the Toppers are just as desperate. “We're desperate if we have any hope of finishing second and we need to
ONLINE COVERAGE The Topper and Lady Topper basketball teams are in Texas for games against Texas State and UT Arlington. Due to press time, results for the Lady Topper's game at Texas State were not published in this edition of the Herald. The men play at Texas State tonight at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at UT Arlington at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Toppers play UT Arlington Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Visit WKUHerald.com for game recaps throughout the weekend. Follow @wkuheraldsports on Twitter for LIVE updates.
win,” he said. “We need to win out. We control our own destiny.” WKU is second, behind Georgia State, in the conference but is just one game up on Arkansas State, a team that has won three straight and handled the Toppers on Feb. 10 in Jonesboro. Like Harper said, the Toppers control their destiny. After a two-game Texas road trip, they come back to Diddle to host a talented Louisiana-Lafayette squad before finishing regular season play in Atlanta against Georgia State, the league's best team. Winning out would at least keep WKU in second place and would allow it to challenge for first place, depending how Georgia State finishes up the last part of the season. The incentive for finishing at least second is that it guarantees the Toppers a two-game bye to the Sun Belt semi-finals, per new league tournament rules. WKU has defied all odds the last two conference tournaments, winning four
games in four days en route to twostraight improbable, guaranteed NCAA tournament bids. But winning out the rest of the season finishing second would make that route a whole lot easier. That starts with Texas State Thursday night. Harper said the Bobcats “present some problems because of how fundamentally sound they are on the defensive end.” “They're probably as good as there is in the league and I think the statistics would back that up,” he said. After that, it's on to UT Arlington (12-14, 7-7 Sun Belt) Saturday night. The Toppers handled the Mavericks at home, but they have slipped up in conference play, losing three of their four losses in Diddle Arena. “We put our own selves in this situation with some of the home losses that we've had,” Harper said. “Fortunately we have played well on the road and hopefully we can continue that this weekend.”
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
GOING FOR TWO
New names emerge in big roles for WKU basketball BY LUCAS AULBACH SPORTS@WKUHERALD.COM
No, T.J. Price was no problem for the Topper basketball team in its win over Louisiana-Monroe last weekend thanks to big-time contributions from some lesser-known players, but WKU won’t always be so lucky as it starts its stretch run to the Sun Belt AULBACH Columnist Conference Tournament. On Saturday it was Daouda Soumaoro, WKU’s little-used sophomore forward, who came out of nowhere for the Toppers. I must’ve misspelled Soumaoro’s name at least five times that night but his surprise start, eight-rebound performance and guarantee from coach Ray Harper for more playing time has made it clear that he’s got a name we’ll all SEE COLUMN PAGE B4
WKU sophomore right-handed pitcher Josh Bartley launches the ball toward home plate during the Toppers' game against Southern Illinois on Feb. 15. PHOTO COURTESY OF WKU ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS
WKU upsets No. 4 Vanderbilt
“Our team has loads of confidence and a win like this
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boosts it even more,” Bartley said. “All my pitches were
osh Bartley has a habit of pitching good games against good opponents. As a freshman last season,
the South Warren High School product helped to beat Louisville once and Kentucky twice last season. Tuesday on the road at No. 4 Vanderbilt, Bartley picked up right where he left off. The sophomore pitched a career-high three strikeouts in six innings as the Toppers upset the undefeated Commodores, 3-2.
working. I kept them off balance and I trusted my pitches.” Bartley held Vanderbilt — a team that averages seven runs per game — to just two runs after six innings. Vanderbilt’s No. 4 ranking by the NCAA makes it the highest ranked team WKU has ever beaten. The Toppers have now defeated eight top 25 teams since 2008, five of which have been top 10 teams.
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Three Toppers participate in NFL Combine BY HERALD SPORTS STAFF SPORTS@WKUHERALD.COM
Three former WKU football players competed in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and All-American running back Antonio Andrews and AllConference defensive members Jonathan Dowling and Andrew Jackson become the first Toppers since 2002 to attend the combine. Dowling clocked in as the fifth fastest safety, clocking in at 4.52 in the 40-yard dash. Dowling also jumped 33.5 inches in the vertical jump test, 118 inches in the broad jump, and recorded 4.24 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. Andrews, the first WKU offensive player at the combine, clocked in a 40-yard dash time of 4.82, 20 reps on the bench press, a 29.5 inch vertical jump and 106 inch broad jump. The NFL Draft takes place May 8-10 in New York City.
Softball anticipates strong competition in Spring Classic BY AUSTIN LANTER SPORTS@WKUHERALD.COM
After completing the sweep in last weekend’s Hilltopper Spring Fling, the WKU Lady Topper softball team will once again play host to five teams in this weekends Hilltopper Spring Classic. Over the course of last weekend, WKU (9-4-1) went a perfect 4-0, only allowing three runs in those four games. The team is looking to build off that success in the upcoming weekend. “Everyone hit really well,” junior outfielder Shawn Sadler said. “Everyone came together really well, our dugout was up. Our defense went well. It was just a good weekend overall.” Senior pitcher Emily Rousseau said that over the weekend the team found out some good things about themselves. “Just knowing that we can come out and be on top of a game and knowing that even fighting from behind we can come back and win,” Rousseau said. However, there are still things that can be improved upon that the team saw over the course of the weekend. “Things to work on is just continuing to shut the door and continue trying to shut out the teams,” Rousseau said. There will be challenges for the team in the games this weekend. According
to Tudor, the teams this weekend will be heavier competition than last weekends. Two of their opponents have played teams ranked in the top 25 and one of those teams, Northern Iowa, has come out on the winning end. Northern Iowa (8-5) beat No. 25 Texas earlier this season. At the time Texas was ranked 10th in the nation. The Panthers also played No. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette, a team WKU will face later this season in conference play, and lost in extra innings. “I feel like UNI is going to come in with a heavy hitting team,” coach Amy Tudor said. “(They’re) very well coached and it’s going to be one of the teams to beat.” Also on the slate for WKU is Indiana State, who is currently 5-3. Despite its 0-5 record, Wright State played the No. 1 team in the country at the time, now No. 3, in the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee is still undefeated and beat Wright State 10-2 on Feb. 16. Sadler said it will be good to play teams that have competed against good competition so far this season. “It helps tremendously because playing teams that aren’t as good don’t really prepare you for the teams that are really good,” she said. “So playing teams
WKU junior outfielder Shawna Sadler strains to hit the base before Canisius junior second baseman Robin Kenneryas can tag her out. Sadler successfully stole second base, and WKU went on to win 8-1 Friday at the WKU Softball Complex. JEFF BROWN/HERALD
that are either the same or better competition compared to conference really helps you prepare. It helps a lot.” The last two teams in the tournament this weekend is Green Bay and IUPUI (5-6). Green Bay has yet to play a game this weekend and WKU will open
the weekend with a game against them on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The Lady Toppers will play another game on Friday, two games Saturday, and one on Sunday. All games will be held at Michael O. Buchanon Park on Nashville Road.