October 31, 2017

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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

VOLUME 93, ISSUE 20

Professor’s use of funds investigated by FBI, WKU BY MONICA KAST HERALD.NEWS@WKU.EDU

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The Council of International Student Organizations hosted the annual Halloween “Nightmare on the Hill” Friday, Oct. 27 at the Zuheir Sofia-Dero Downing Building. Indian graduate student Krishna Patel experiences her first Halloween celebration with friends as CISO President Flavio Miranda greets newcomers.

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floor. The Council of International Student Organizations was created in 2016 to bring together different cultural groups on campus, according to the

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he Zuheir Sofia-Dero Downing Building transformed into an asylum, complete with cobwebs and tombstones on Oct. 27 for “Nightmare on the Hill,” hosted by the Council of International Student Organizations, or CISO. Around 50 students floated in and out of the house throughout the rainy night, taking turns dancing to songs by Taylor Swift and Imagine Dragons while eating candy in the smoke-filled room. Louisville senior Kijana Beauchamp said he came to the party partially because he is a member of the WKU Intercultural Club. He said he was impressed with the party’s turnout, especially because of the rainy weather. “Under the weather conditions and some other stuff going on, I would have said it’s going pretty cool,” Beauchamp said, standing on the dance

”I love that they have this house that’s open for international students.” Evansville, Indiana senior KATIE KRAFT

group’s webpage. Peru senior Flavio Chavarri, the chair of CISO, said the party was a chance to bring different cultures together to celebrate Halloween.

Chavarri said CISO’s executive board planned the party in two weeks and spent the day before the event decorating the house with cobwebs, tombstones and ghosts and setting up a smoke machine. “I wanted it to be like a ‘party’ party,” Chavarri said as he waited for guests to arrive. Chavarri planned several games throughout the night. The first involved guessing the number of candy in a jar. No one accurately guessed the correct number, 150, but Dharti Patel’s guess was the closest, and she won a T-shirt. Chavarri also interrupted the dance floor for the event’s second competition, a costume contest. Chavarri, dressed as Julius Caesar in a burgundy and white toga, introduced the three categories: best men’s costume, best women’s costume and best attendance of an individual student organization. The winners included Noah Blondheim, who dressed as a female, and SEE HALLOWEEN • PAGE A2

A civil engineering professor was placed on unpaid leave pending an investigation into misuse of funds and investigation by the FBI, WKU announced last Thursday, Oct. 26. Matthew Dettman, a professor in the civil engineering program, was placed on unpaid leave “pending the results of an investigation into the possible misuse of funds,” according to a statement from WKU. The statement also said “based on preliminary findings,” WKU has been in contact with law enforcement officials and the FBI. On Monday, Oct. 23, the College Heights Herald requested Dettman’s employment documents from WKU. According to those records, Dettman was placed on an “unpaid leave of absence” on Oct. 12. In an email to Dettman on Oct. 24, David Lee, provost and vice president for academic affairs, notiMatthew fied Dettman he would Dettman be removed from the James D. Scott ProCivil fessorship in Civil engineering Engineering, “effecprofessor tive immediately.” Lee also wrote that President Timothy Caboni had approved Dettman’s removal from the position. The James D. Scott Professorship in Civil Engineering is an endowed professor position in the Department of Engineering. According to Dettman’s employment records, he was the first faculty member at WKU to be selected for this position and has held this position since 2001. The Scott Professorship included a monthly stipend of $300 as part of the endowment, according to Scott’s employment records. Dettman was also the faculty adviser for the WKU concrete canoe team, a team for civil engineering students who build and compete in canoes made of concrete. Dettman was the adviser for the concrete canoe team since at least 2003, according to Herald archives. Dettman was hired at WKU in 1992 as an assistant professor in the civil

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Regents discuss drop in enrollment, diversity plan BY EMMA COLLINS HERALD.NEWS@WKU.EDU

A decrease in enrollment for the fall 2017 semester resulted in a 3 percent loss in tuition revenue, further straining WKU’s $10 million budget deficit, according to the preliminary 2017 fall enrollment report presented at the quarterly Board of Regents meeting. Enrollment dropped 3 percent and resulted in a loss of approximately $2.3 million for the fall semester, Ann Mead, senior vice president for finance and administration, said at the meeting on Friday. The $2.3 million does not include revenue from dual-credit courses, she said. Mead said the final loss of revenue is still unknown, but WKU could have lost more than the $2.3 million of tuition revenue. “Essentially we could end up $4 to $5

million short,” Mead said. President Timothy Caboni and the board discussed potential options to increase the rate of enrollment and retention and to prevent a further loss of revenue. Regent John Ridley said the loss of tuition revenue was concerning because WKU did not have the funds to replace the loss. “This is a pretty serious matter in my mind,” Ridley said. Caboni said WKU needs to consider whether students who can succeed academically are being admitted. He said WKU also needs to ensure assistance is provided to improve students’ success. Caboni said WKU may need to consider increasing efforts to recruit WKU students who participated in dual-credit courses in high school. WKU SEE BOARD OF REGENTS • PAGE A2

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Faculty Regent Barbara Burch attends the board of regents meeting held in Mass Media and Technology Hall on Friday, Oct. 27.


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HALLOWEEN CONTINUED FROM FRONT Krista Garrison, who dressed as a dead unicorn. The Indian Student Association won the prize for highest attendance. Evansville, Indiana, senior Katie Kraft attended the party dressed as a cat. Kraft said she enjoys attending events hosted by international student organizations. “It cool to see all the cultures,” Kraft said while taking a break from dancing. The Zuheir Sofia-Dero Downing Building was named after Zuheir Sofia, a former international student who graduated from WKU in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration, according to a webpage for the Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar.

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has 2,861 high school students enrolled in the dual-credit program for fall 2017, according to the enrollment report. The number of enrolled students has increased by 1,409 students since 2013. Caboni said recruitment efforts need to focus on making dual-credit students feel like a part of WKU while they are still enrolled in high school and encouraging them to attend WKU once they graduate. “I feel like there’s a crop of potential students that’s rich for us,” Caboni said. Chief enrollment and graduation officer Brian Meredith said dual-credit students do receive benefits from WKU, such as free entry to athletic games. However, Meredith said many of these students see themselves as taking college-credit courses instead of college-credit courses offered through WKU. The number of enrolled international students also decreased by approximately 29 percent. International students’ tuition was $26,160 for the 2017-2018 school year, and the drop in enrollment caused an additional loss of nearly $6 million, Meredith said. Chi-

INVESTIGATION CONTINUED FROM FRONT engineering technology program, according to a memorandum from former WKU president Thomas Meredith. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of associate professor and in 1998, Dettman was granted tenure, according to employment documents. In 2006, Dettman was promoted to the rank of professor, according to employment documents. In 2014, when a sinkhole opened up at the Corvette Museum, Dettman was one of several professors who helped

Sofia went on to have a successful career in finance and was inducted into the WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1998. He and his wife, Susan, donated $500,000 to support the Office of International Programs. WKU’s International Center was then renamed the Sofia-Downing International Center, also named after Dero Downing, WKU’s fourth president and a friend and mentor to Sofia while he attended WKU. Kraft said she appreciated the Dero-Downing International Center provided a space for international students. “I love that they have this house that’s open for international students,” Kraft said.

Reporter Emma Collins can be reached at 270-745-6011 and emma.collins399@topper.wku.edu.

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Noah Blondheim of Montgomery, Ala. (right) is cheered on by students at WKU as he wins the contest for best costume at “Nightmare on the Hill” on Friday, Oct. 27 in Zuheir Sofia-Dero Downing Building while his friend, senior Max Will of Shelbyville, Ky. gets runner-up (left).

na and Saudi Arabia, the two countries with the most enrolled students, both saw enrollment decrease by 34.8 percent and 29.5 percent, respectively. Meredith referred to the enrollment report as the “story of threes” because, including the total enrollment’s 3 percent drop, the enrollment of first-time, first-year students, full-time students and part-time students all dropped by around 3 percent. The number of enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors and master’s students also decreased by at least 3 percent each. Caboni said WKU must also work on its retention rate. The one-year retention rate for all first-time, first-year students from 2016-2017 was 67 percent, a nearly 3 percent drop from fall 2016, according to the enrollment report. WKU’s fall 2017 retention rate is lower than five out of eight of the state colleges in Kentucky. Only Kentucky State University’s one-year retention rate was lower, at 59 percent. University of Louisville and Eastern Kentucky University have not published their one-year retention rates from 2016-2017. Caboni said the rate provides WKU with a “tremendous opportunity” to increase retention. He said the increase in the number of students enrolled at WKU from Tennessee shows WKU is

“penetrating the marketplace” in surrounding areas. “Once they’re here we must do everything in our power to keep them here,” Caboni said of students from Tennessee. Faculty Regent Barbara Burch was honored during the meeting and thanked for her service to WKU. Regent Philip Bale, chair of the board, thanked Burch for her “undying love for this university” and passion for student success. “She has worn more hats in this university than probably any regent in history,” Bale said. During her time at WKU, Burch has served as a professor, provost, vice president for academic affairs and interim president. The meeting was scheduled to be Burch’s last meeting, but two inconclusive faculty regent elections prevented the swearing in of a new faculty regent. The board also authorized the creation of the Kelly M. Burch Institute for Transformative Practice in Higher Education. Kelly Burch, a WKU graduate, is the late daughter of Burch and her husband, Ken Burch. Interim vice president for development and alumni relations John Paul Blair said the mission of the Burch In-

stitute is to support research on initiatives related to the success of students. He said the organization’s goal is be “nationally recognized for its focus on research in the areas of retention, persistence to graduation and data driven best practices leading to student success.” A small portion of the meeting was dedicated to discussing the University-Wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan. The board approved the plan following two revisions, one involving updating information about graduate programs and one involving wording for future programming at WKU. The board also authorized WKU to assume ownership of three properties on Alumni Avenue, Normal Street and Nashville Road. Part of the property on Nashville Road was given to the WKU Foundation, a non-profit whose services include fundraising for WKU. The board spent the last portion of the meeting in a closed session discussing the potential discipline or dismal of an unspecified employee. Bale said no formal action was taken during the closed session.

“develop a plan for how to proceed and how to assemble a team to remove the Corvettes and repair the damage,” according to a release from WKU. Dettman was contacted for comment but said he was unable to comment at this time. Stacy Wilson, director of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was contacted for comment but did not respond in time for publication. Regina Allen, assistant director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, said she had “no comment” on grants Dettman may have received. In the statement released last week,

administrators said they “have no additional information to share and will not comment further on this matter until the federal investigation has concluded.”

Projects editor Emma Austin contributed reporting. News editor Monica Kast can be reached at monica.kast187@topper. wku.edu and 270-745-6011. Follow her on Twitter at @monica_kast.

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CORRECTION A story in last Thursday’s paper titled “SGA fails to pass resolution supporting Dreamers,” quoted Francisco Serrano as saying “The rescinding of the D.R.E.A.M. Act runs contrary to our ideals as Americans.” Serrano actually said “The rescinding of DACA runs contrary to our ideals as Americans.” The Herald regrets the error.

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International engineering student studies at WKU BY EMILY DELETTER HERALD.NEWS@WKU.EDU

The WKU Global Undergraduate Program, or UGRAD, is hosting its third student this semester from Pakistan. Bareera Nadeem Mirza, a 22-year-old civil engineering major, is from Karachi in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Mirza is the third student attending WKU for a semester through the UGRAD-Pakistan program. The two previous students, who were also women studying engineering, attended WKU during the Spring 2015 and 2017 semesters. International Student and Scholar advisor Ashely Givan said UGRAD is part of the United States Cultural Exchange program, which is done through the U.S. Department of State. It is administered under a nonprofit organization called IREX for the countries of Pakistan and Tunisia. “The students who are a part of [UGRAD] are very high achieving in their universities back home,” Givan said. “They demonstrate that they’re going to apply what they’ve learned to help their communities back home.” The program is free for students who apply, as it is funded by the state department and administered by IREX. Students like Mirza attending WKU have their housing, tuition and health insurance paid for. The 2017-2018 tuition for a full-time international student attending WKU is $13,080 per semester, according to the 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees Schedule. In Pakistan, Mirza attends Ned Uni-

versity of Engineering and Technology in Karachi. She is currently in her sixth semester studying to become a civil engineer. Mirza said she developed an interest in buildings, especially the Wonders of the World, such as the Great Wall of China and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. She said she hopes to be an engineer who contributes to make the best or most iconic buildings in the world. Mirza said the application process for UGRAD was very competitive, as only 200 of the thousands of students who apply each year are selected. “I was reluctant at first, but all my friends were applying for it and it’s a very good opportunity,” Mirza said. Mirza said she believed her civil service award, involvement with a debate team, community service and high GPA contributed to her acceptance into the program. Mirza was first placed on the shortlist of approximately 400 students, but eventually was fully accepted and placed at WKU. “When I first came to WKU a lot of people were shocked that I was studying civil engineering, like they had a concept that girls in Pakistan do not study at all,” Mirza said. “A girl studying in such a male-dominated field was very different.” According to the American Society for Engineering Education, 80.1 percent of engineering bachelor’s degrees in 2015 were earned by men, with just 19.9 percent of the degrees going to women. Out of that 19.9 percent, 22 percent of women studied civil engineering in 2015.

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Pakistani student Bareera Mirza dreamed of building skyscrapers as a child. Now, after earning a scholarship to study civil engineering at WKU, those dreams are coming true, Mirza said. “I used to say, even the sky is not my limit. I work for that. I’m not intelligent, I’m not smart. I work for it.”

“It has nothing to do with gender,” Mirza said. “It depends on potential. I work hard so that I stand shoulder to shoulder with men.” While attending WKU, Mirza is active in the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity. She said she chose the organization because she wanted to build and learn about building structures out of materials unfamiliar to her. At WKU, Mirza said she hopes to become more organized and patient and develop a better ear for listening to oth-

ers. She said she thinks her experience at WKU will help her to be a better leader who listens and values input from others. “If you are dedicated and have passion, you can do it,” Mirza said. “You can do anything you want.”

Reporter Emily DeLetter can be reached at 270-745-6011 and emily. deletter304@topper.wku.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @emilydeletter.

Students respond to controversial Halloween costumes BY REBEKAH ALVEY HERALD.NEWS@WKU.EDU

On WKU’s campus, Louisville freshman Lindsey Bobb said she has seen a few Halloween costumes that may be considered offensive to someone else’s culture. “Halloween is a time to have fun and express yourself,” Bobb said. “But not at the expense of other people’s culture or beliefs.” Controversy over costumes, team names and other depictions that could be perceived as offensive or insensitive towards a different culture have become prominent. Bobb said she feels Halloween costumes that depict a certain culture or imitate a ceremony makes those cultures and rituals less important and takes some of the seriousness away. Some of these costumes Bobb said she

has seen on campus included head dresses and “tribal” face paint. According to a Washington Post article, several universities throughout the country have taken action against potentially offensive costumes through announcements and student campaigns. Even though offensive costumes are not typically displayed prominently on campus and are often seen at parties, Bobb said the costumes can become divisive and cause tension between students. “There’s a lot of fun costumes out there that don’t impose or offend other people,” Bobb said. Brentwood, Tennessee, junior Presley Hill said she doesn’t think costumes are a big deal. “They’re costumes, no one is trying to offend anyone,” Hill said. Still, Hill said she understands how some people could be upset by recent costumes. One she said she has seen a

lot of controversy over was Moana costumes. According to an article in Variety, in 2016, Disney removed a costume for the Moana character Maui, which was a brown body suit featuring the character’s tattoos, after it received criticism for appropriating Hawaiian culture. Some critics also claimed the costume was an example of “brown face.” Chicago senior Connor Crowell said part of the controversy could be attributed to people making restrictions against costumes and creating conflict. He said if people keep bringing the subject up, people will continue to be offended and upset. Crowell said he believes if an issue is not directly impacting someone, people shouldn’t create an issue from it. In the case of sports teams with Native American mascots who have had controversy and a call to change names or logos such as the Redskins, Crowell said the mascots are just a symbol.

However, Crowell said there are cases of costumes that are purely disrespectful, such as blackface or dressing up as a terrorist. Crowell said some costumes do nothing but depict a “racist figure.” Ultimately, Crowell said if a person dresses up in a disrespectful or offensive costume it will show more about that person’s character. Springfield, Tennessee, sophomore Brianna Juarez said she hasn’t seen any controversial costumes on campus, but sees examples on social media. She said if people are made uncomfortable by the costumes, there should be action taken to create a better environment. However, Juarez said the costumes don’t bother her. “I just don’t let things like that get to me,” Juarez said.

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Wear these Alternative Halloween costumes BY KALYN JOHNSON HERALD.OPINION@WKU.EDU

Over the past week, there has been a photo circulating on Twitter of an individual wearing blackface to a Halloween party. What’s most upsetting about the photo is that I just wrote an article over insensitive Halloween costumes explaining why blackface is offensive, providing two examples of a student and a professor who thought it was appropriate to paint their face black for a costume. I can’t expect everyone in the world to read an article from a university newspaper or share it with their friends. But I thought it was common sense that we don’t paint over other people’s skin to make their costumes look authentic. But since it isn’t common sense, here are costumes that are appropriate in which you can paint your face: A Tiger: The tiger is a beautiful animal that is orange and black. Feel free to paint stripes across your face to look like that beautiful beast. Make it scary by adding a bit of blood around the mouth, or even more adorable by purchasing a headband with tiger ears. Blue Man Group: The Blue Man Group is the perfect costume if you want to paint your entire face a color just for a night. Grab a couple of friends and you can each be a member of the Blue Man Group. Pop Art Comic Book Character: Do you love pop art comics? Painting your face with a bunch of small dots and defining your cheekbone, jaw lines and upper lip with a black outline is the perfect way to showcase your love for comic books! “IT”: Stephen King’s book “IT” has been remade into a movie and is the perfect Halloween costume for those who would like to be scary, paint their face a color and not wear someone else’s skin color as a costume. A bit of white, blue and red and you’re on your way to being the scariest clown at any Halloween party! David Bowie: Arguably the easiest Halloween costume. The iconic red, black and blue lightning stripe across the right eye is a perfect tribute to the legend and a great way to show off your artistic ability. Obsessed with wanting to use the color black on your face? Not a problem! Going as a cheetah will allow your face to be covered in all sorts of beautiful black splotches. But if you don’t want to be alone, grab some friends and go as a few pups from “101 Dalmations.” It’s the best of both worlds: not wearing someone’s skin color as a costume and looking adorable all at the same time! Who would’ve thought that was possible? The main point I’m trying to make here is to show everyone that we do not have to paint our skin to look authentically like Beyonce, Aunt Jemima or even Michael Jackson. Let your skin be the color that it is, especially if the person you want to be for Halloween is darker than you.

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SPOOKY STYLE Every day we wear pink (or whatever you want) BY NICOLE LEONARD HERALD.OPINION@WKU.EDU

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n the iconic comedy “Mean Girls,” Lindsay Lohan famously said, “In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut, and no other girls can say anything about it.” The fact of the matter is that every day is a good day to dress however you want—no excuse necessary. The only difference between Halloween and every other day of the year is that you can pretend to be someone you’re not, and still no one can say anything about it. Clothing choices are an extension of a person’s self. Fashion is one of many mechanisms by which a person portrays his or herself to the outside world. Anything worn with confidence and the knowledge that you’re showing the world who you want to be should be acceptable any time. There is a multitude of societal standards that aim to stifle the creative styles that young girls and boys would otherwise cultivate and use to impart upon themselves an image of positivity concerning self-acceptance. It’s counterproductive to reinforce

rhetoric that imposes these outdated is difficult to find confidence in yourself dress codes in many areas of life, but when it feels as if everyone around you is critiquing your every decision, from the there are exceptions. color of your hair to the height of Professional expectations in your heels. Those voices in your this regard, though often dull head should be as quiet as the and notably devoid of personal voices of others hoping to drag expression, are understandyou down at whatever cost. able. The professional world Find pride in the creativity of will undoubtedly take longer to self-expression, and own who remove itself from the ties of you are. It’s time dress for yourtraditional conservatism as a self—and only for yourself. result of the hierarchy of gener- NICOLE When it comes to establishations that dictate its standards. LEONARD ing body positivity, the most baHowever, a cultural phenomsic place to start is with you. Unenon has found its foothold in Columnist derstand that you are the person many social media sites and for College you want to impress first and other media campaigns that al- Heights foremost, and the rest will come low women and men to practice Herald with time. self-love. It recognizes the shift This encouragement isn’t in the mindset of young people, a menality categorized by tolerance of corny or cliche. It’s necessary because it has not been the trend, historically. one another. Gender-specific fashion trends ar- It’s impossible to eliminate judgment, en’t as specific anymore. A few men are but it is possible to ignore it. Halloween is a good time to experidominating the makeup industry and wearing it themselves. They blend and ment with the image for which you curcontour in ways a lot of girls could only rently hold yourself accountable. Be indream of accomplishing, and that’s ventive and view yourself in a new light for the night. fine. Don’t discount opportunities to find It’s not our job to be in the business of shaming someone who has come to solace in the fact that you are whoever you want to be, and find a way to actualterms with themselves anymore. Body positivity should be encour- ize that for yourself. aged rigorously as often as possible. It Style is all about you. Own it.

HALLOWEEN HOROSCOPE

Spook up your life with help from the stars BY TAYLOR HUFF HERALD.NEWS@WKU.EDU

Back by unpopular demand, the stars are back with some predictions to help spook up your lifestyle. So carve up those pumpkins and pay your child support because it’s time for some spooky horoscopes. **DISCLAIMER: The award-winning College Heights Herald is not legally responsible for any misfortune that may befall you for adhering to these horoscopes. Did I mention that we won a Pacemaker?** Aquarius - It’s no secret that you have a deep, internalized fear of rejection, Aquarius. So, you should not

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attend any of your classes this week. Don’t want your professors to think you’re desperate. Pisces - You’re one of those people that says “Autumn” instead of “Fall.” I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that, but at the same time, I hate everything you choose to be. Aries - You bring a whole new meaning to “cuffing season.” Have fun in jail tonight, Aries. Taurus - According to the stars, you will turn off all the lights in your house and whisper the word “spoopy” three times while looking in the mirror. At this point, the ghost of a libertarian will appear and list all of the reasons why Gary Johnson could still win the 2016 election. Gemini - Don’t listen to the helpful advice from the haters. Prove your

toughness and overall lack of concern for your health by continuing to wear shorts in 30 degree weather. It’ll be worth it in the long run. Cancer - President Caboni? More like President Bad-to-the-Boni. *cue Seinfeld bass riff in the background* Stay in school, Cancer. Leo - Our Aramark overlords have decreed that calories no longer exist. Eat your heart out Leo. Virgo - The stars tell me you haven’t been to class since week two. I know those 12 credit hours are a real burden on you but maybe stop going out every night?? Libra - Number of Pacemakers won by “Stranger Things”: 0 Number of Pacemakers won by the College Heights Herald this year: 1 It sounds like you’d better cancel

your Netflix subscription and pick up another newspaper. Scorpio - The stars are telling me you need to give back to the arts community this week, Scorpio. Take a dance class, attend a local play, subscribe to my SoundCloud. The stars are never wrong. Sagittarius - If you find yourself at a party and are looking for love, some advice I can give you is to be as loud as humanly possible. Pant like a wild baboon if you have to. How is your true love ever going to notice you if they can’t hear you? Capricorn - It seems you have an unhealthy obsession with Krampus, the half-goat/half-demon figure based on Austro-Bavarian folklore. Maybe find a normal hobby like jogging or competitive knitting.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017 WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

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SPORTS Young Lady Toppers face tough 2017-18 schedule BY TYLER MANSFIELD HERALD.SPORTS@WKU.EDU

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Shelbyville, Ky., defensive back, DeAndre Farris (22) looks back after intercepting a pass during WKU’s game against Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, Oct. 28.

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Weaknesses snap 3-game win streak BY SAM PORTER HERALD.SPORTS@WKU.EDU

Western Kentucky’s hopes of three straight Conference USA titles took a significant blow this past Saturday in a 42-28 loss to Florida Atlantic. The Hilltoppers (5-3, 3-2 C-USA) now need the Owls (5-3, 4-0 C-USA) to lose two of their last four conference games and hope for a three-way tie atop the division to have any chance of playing for the C-USA title. “I hate losing. This program hates losing,” head coach Mike Sanford said Monday. “On the flip side of that, adversity and failure is exactly where teams, individuals and units grow. Looking back at the film of the FAU game, there was so much positive to take from it and it ended up being about 7 to 9 snaps of football shared across offense, defense and special teams that our mistakes ended up being the difference in the game.” In the loss, it was a tale of two offenses. The Hilltopper defense gave up a season high 368 yards on the ground while WKU’s trio of running backs garnered just 99 yards themselves. The 99 yards brings WKU’s rushing yards per game average to 83.3 yards per game, which ranks dead last in the nation at the FBS level. Through the air, redshirt senior

quarterback Mike White threw for 371 yards while the WKU defense held FAU quarterback Jason Driskel to just 93 yards and a 41.6 completion percentage. Of those 93 yards, 49 came on one play alone, meaning the WKU secondary allowed Driskel to go 9-23 for 44 yards and an interception outside of that one play. Redshirt junior defensive back Deandre Farris, who entered the FAU game near the top of the nation with 10 pass breakups, recorded a crucial interception in the first half. The interception was the ninth of the year by the WKU defense, which ranks third in C-USA. “We just come to practice every day and we all get coached hard and accept it,” freshman cornerback Roger Cray said about the secondary. “So, basically, with us being coached hard, it makes us play hard.” At the end of the day, sloppy turnovers and the lack of a rushing attack were the differences in the game. The Hilltoppers lost the turnover battle 4-1 and the Owls scored 22 points off those turnovers. With a 28-20 lead late in the game, White had the Hilltoppers on the move with a chance to put the Owls down by two possessions. After a sack set up 2nd and 23, White was intercepted by FAU’s Herb Miller. A 60yard rushing touchdown followed, and FAU set off a streak of 22 unanswered points to end the game. “I thought we had an opportunity in the fourth quarter to really put the fin-

ishing touches on that game,” Sanford continued. “When you watch the film, we’re up eight points and driving, running the ball effectively, and we take a 13-yard sack to bring up second and 23. We want to make a play and throw an interception, and the tides turn right there on that play.” For the first time all year, special teams had a significant impact in a WKU game this season, and not in the most ideal of ways. In the third quarter, the Hilltoppers drove 70 yards in 13 plays and were forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Ryan Nuss. Nuss’s kick was blocked, and WKU left the long drive empty handed. After FAU had taken a 35-28 lead, the WKU defense appeared to have gotten a huge stop with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter. Facing fourth down, FAU punter Ryan Rickel decided to keep it, running 22 yards before being forced out of bounds, setting up the final touchdown of the game and ultimately the dagger. WKU will play its final non-conference game this Saturday when it travels to Vanderbilt. With a win, the Hilltoppers will be bowl eligible. Last year, the Commodores defeated WKU 31-30 in overtime after falling 14-12 to the Hilltoppers the year before.

Reporter Sam Porter can be reached at 270-799-8247 and sam.porter270@ gmail.com Follow him on Twitter at @ SammyP14.

The WKU women’s basketball team has been doing a lot of preparing for a tough season as it gets ready to open its regular-season slate with a handful of games against strong opponents. Head coach Michelle Clark-Heard said she talks about the schedule with the team at every practice. “We tell the newcomers – and especially the freshmen – they’re in a very unique situation, and [we] try to put them in every possible position we can in practice, so they will understand and know that when we go to Iowa for the tournament and we step on the floor with a top-16 team in the country, we know what it’s gonna be like,” ClarkHeard said. WKU opens play in the 2017 Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, hosted by Iowa, marking its first regular-season contest of the year against Missouri on Friday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. The team will meet either Iowa or Quinnipiac the following day. After they return from Iowa, the Lady Toppers will return to Bowling Green for a marquee matchup against consistent Final Four contender Notre Dame on Tuesday, Nov. 14 inside E.A. Diddle Arena. The Fighting Irish, members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, are coming a 33-4 overall season that included a 15-1 mark in ACC play. Coach Muffet McGraw’s club won the regular-season ACC championship, the ACC Tournament championship and advanced all the way to Elite Eight before losing a 76-75 heartbreaker to Stanford in the 2016-2017 season. Clark-Heard said she respects McGraw and her Notre Dame team for working with her and WKU to schedule this season’s meeting between the Lady Toppers and Fighting Irish. “I am so grateful and thankful for Coach Muffet because there are a lot of teams that won’t come here and play us,” Clark-Heard said. “I set out every year to try to get the best here for our fans, our community and just for the game of women’s basketball. I hope on Nov. 14 that people really, really understand that this place should be packed. Notre Dame has been to five out of the last seven Final Fours and Muffet is a Hall of Fame coach.” After tilts in the Hawkeye Challenge and against Notre Dame, meetings at Indiana (Nov. 17) and in the Georgia State Tournament (Nov. 24-26) highlight the Lady Toppers’ loaded nonconference slate. The most significant storyline sur-

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WKU in dead pursuit of conference championship BY JEREMY CHISENHALL HERALD.SPORTS@WKU.EDU At the 2017 WKU basketball media day, the players and head coach Rick Stansbury made one thing clear: this year’s team is striving for a Conference USA Championship. The team was ranked sixth in C-USA’s preseason poll, but the Hilltoppers are striving to be at the top of the conference when it’s all said and done. “I say this all the time, if it’s not a championship effort, it’s not good enough,” Stansbury said. “We won’t let any type of things that’s happened be a distraction. Won’t be a reason for us not to compete for a championship. ” It’s not just Stansbury that made his championship hopes clear, but the players did as well. Senior forward Dwight Coleby said he wants to see his team ranked higher and wear championship rings. “We want to win a ring,” Coleby said.

“We need to be No. 1, so we just take Hollingsworth, forward Marek Nelson this as motivation, and we’re going to and guard Jake Ohmer. come out and compete every night.” Johnson commented on them as Senior forward Justin Johnson has well, saying Anderson is a “freak athchampionship aspirations as well. lete,” Ohmer shoots very well and NelJohnson was named to the preseason son plays harder than anyone. all-conference team, and while When talking about Hollinghe said it was a nice accomsworth, Johnson compared him plishment, he wants more. to a current NBA point guard. “My main goal is to try to win “I’ve referred him to Elfrid a ring this year,” Johnson said. Payton a lot,” Johnson said. “I “That’s the one thing I don’t came and watched Elfrid play have here. If I do that then my in this conference, and they recareer will be set here because Jeremy mind me a lot of each other. I that’s all I care about at this Chisenhall think even Taveion at this point point, is a ring.” shoots it a lot better than Elfrid And Johnson thinks he has Men’s did.” the teammates that can help basketball When they play together, this him get that done this year. class has incredible potential, beat writer “I think all these guys agree; Johnson said. we like our pieces, and we like “That group can be realour chances against anyone,” Johnson ly good in a couple years,” Johnson said. said. “They’re good right now, but that Those teammates Johnson likes in- group, if they stay together and keep clude the freshman class, comprised working and buy into what coach says, of guard Josh Anderson, guard Taveion the sky’s the limit for some of those

guys.” Johnson isn’t the only one that praised these freshmen. Coleby made it clear they listen and work hard. “The freshmen have been competing every day,” Coleby said. “They’re really athletic, and they just try real hard, and when you talk to them, they actually listen and want to learn.” Stansbury talked about the freshmen and how well they have developed so far during their time on campus. Hollingsworth and Ohmer, both Kentucky natives, have done everything asked of them, Stansbury said. He praised Ohmer’s ability to shoot and said Hollingsworth can score well but is still learning the other aspects of being a point guard. “When he learns to start getting a little vision, seeing some other people around him, with his ability to score, he’ll continue to get better shooting. he’s a better athlete than you think he SEE MBB • PAGE A7


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A7 WBB CONTINUED FROM PAGE A6 rounding that half of WKU’s schedule is that Clark-Heard has an incredibly young team full of new faces. The new-look Lady Topper squad consists of seven total newcomers – five freshmen, a sophomore and a transfer. With a roster full of new names, not including names like Kendall Noble and Micah Jones, WKU’s two veterans Ivy Brown and Tashia Brown both know how challenged they will be early. The two also understand how beneficial playing tough opponents can be. “I think it’s gonna be good for us,” Tashia Brown said. “It’s gonna prepare us for our conference and for every-

MBB CONTINUED FROM PAGE A6 He’s a better athlete than you think he is,” Stansbury said. “But what again sets him apart is all the things off the court. He’s been here since June, to my knowledge I don’t think he’s missed a class, a study table, been late for anything, breakfast or anything yet.” Stansbury also talked about Anderson, saying he’s a bit behind because he wasn’t on campus during the summer, but he’s very athletic. He also said there has been no word yet on Anderson’s NCAA eligibility, which makes

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reduce power-based personal violence. It began as a research study at the University of Kentucky funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whitley said Hope Harbor and other rape crisis centers then adapted the program for high schools. Hope Harbor has been implementing it at Warren East High School since 2010 and is expanding to Bowling Green High School. The program aims to educate students about sexual assault and its effects to help prevent cases of sexual violence perpetration and victimization. Whitley hopes Hope Harbor will get more people involved in sexual assault prevention and education efforts. “I think one of my hopes for our agency is to find more ways to get others involved in this movement of believing and supporting survivors and understanding that this is an issue that has to be discussed from a very early age,” she said. April Murphy, president of Hope Harbor’s Board of Directors and assistant professor in the department of social work at Western Kentucky University, has been on the Board of Directors for about three and a half years, and it is her second term as president. She said Whitley is passionate about her work and about helping victims. “I really think that Melissa is probably one of the most amazing women that I have ever met just in terms of her endless energy and passion, and just commitment to making a safer community for survivors or victims of sexual assault,” Murphy said. She said Whitley pours energy and passion into all her work with Hope Harbor, including writing grants, go-

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the same thing in a totally different way.” Julie Schuck described her art as focused on human connections. “I’m really interested in relationships that people form, but I like to represent them in nonhuman form,” Schuck said. The tour features work from many other artists, each of which specializing in something different. Mitchell Rickman, a potter, has participated in the tour for 21 years and will be doing a pottery demonstration. He described the other work that will be featured on the tour. “There’s everything from jewelry, to pottery, to paintings, to metal work… there’s all kinds of good stuff on the tour,” Rickman said. “You can actual-

thing else. Coach gave us a schedule to test who we are and to help us identify the types of things we need to work on early. It’s gonna be good for us.” “To be the best, you have to play the best and beat the best,” Ivy Brown added. “You want to play as many of those teams as possible to show yourself what you’re made of.” Prior to diving into those games, the Lady Toppers open their season with an exhibition against Union University (Tenn.) on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on John Oldham Court.

Women’s basketball beat writer Tyler Mansfield can be reached at (270) 9350007 and tylermansfield@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @_TylerMansfield. him currently ineligible. And for Nelson, Stansbury said he’s an “off-the-chart kid” and student. He’s athletic and lets the game come to him, Stansbury said. WKU is into its exhibition slate, as the Hilltoppers beat Samford 78-64 on Sunday. The team’s next exhibition is against Campbellsville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Diddle Arena.

Reporter Jeremy Chisenhall can be reached at 859-760-0198 and jeremy. chisenhall921@topper.wku.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @JSChisenhall. ing to community events, training volunteers and recruiting new volunteers. Murphy said though Whitley makes little money for the work she does, she puts in a lot of effort, and “that comes down to her character and integrity as a person.” Kim Wilson, who has been a member of the Board of Directors for five years, said Whitley helps survivors with perseverance and passion. “She remains passionate for survivors after all these years,” Wilson said. “I’ve worked for the state, I’ve worked in different capacities, and for all of us, it’s really easy to somewhat lose the intensity of what you’re working for, and she never has.” She said she has not heard Whitley complain while she does any of her work, no matter what it is. “She can clean the bathroom or speak at a fundraising dinner and be glad to do any of it,” Wilson said. “I don’t know that I’ve ever heard her complain.” Wilson said Whitley makes sure Hope Harbor’s therapists are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a practice for trauma victims. Although training is an extra expense for the organization, Wilson said Whitley believes it is important to make sure therapists are well-trained to work with victims. Wilson said she respects Whitley’s view of sexual assault. “I think one of the things I respect about Melissa is she really genuinely views sexual assault as a community problem, and so she takes every opportunity to speak to any size group to educate the community and be a presence in the community,” Wilson said.

Reporter Olivia Mohr can be reached at 270-745-6288 and olivia.mohr564@ topper.wku.edu. ly meet the artist and talk about their process.” Rickman described his passion for the tour and its significance. “This is the single biggest art event in Bowling Green and probably the surrounding counties each year,” Rickman said. “Anyone who is interested in art should go.” Christmas emphasized the importance of the studio tour. “I think that we’re carrying on a tradition just by continuing to have this for 22 years,” Christmas said. “I think it makes Bowling Green kind of unique.” The studio tour will take place Nov. 4 and 5. Additional information and an interactive map can be found at www. worldsgreateststudiotour.com.

Reporter Laurel Deppen can be reached at (270)745-2655 and laurel. deppen774@topper.wku.edu.

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Christmas begins hanging up paintings for the upcoming studio tour which will take place around downtown Bowling Green. The annual tour will allow people to meet local artists and tour their homes.


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Melissa Whitley is the executive director of Hope Harbor, a non-profit organization which provides support services to sexual assault and abuse victims.

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HOPE GROWS Executive director of Hope Harbor discusses her role in the organization BY OLIVIA MOHR HERALD.FEATURES@WKU.EDU

Prior to her work as executive director of Hope Harbor, a sexual trauma recovery center, Melissa Whitley, 39, did fundraising and development for another nonprofit organization called Christian Care Community. She discovered that she enjoyed working for nonprofit organizations. “I liked working in the nonprofit world,” she said. “I liked having a mission that I was passionate about.” Whitley was born in Columbia, Kentucky in 1977. She became executive director of Hope Harbor in April 2007 after a friend suggested that she pursue the position. Before she became executive director, she was familiar with Hope Harbor because she took part in some of its events and had friends who were involved. She said the

passion the staff had for their work and the fact she had friends who had been affected by sexual assault inspired her to pursue the position of executive director. “I think a lot of it had to do with meeting a lot of the staff during some of those events and seeing the passion that they had for the work that they did, and then just having friends and others that had been touched by sexual violence played a big role in that as well,” Whitley said. Hope Harbor provides services for victims of sexual assault including education and prevention, mental health and counseling services, legal advocacy, a 24-hour crisis hotline and emergency advocacy. It serves the Barren River Development District, which consists of Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren counties in Kentucky. Because it is a nonprofit organiza-

tion, it receives much of its funding from federal, state and local grants. Whitley does much of the grant writing so Hope Harbor can continue to offer its services for free. She also helps with the 24-hour crisis line, makes sure staff and volunteers receive training, with long-term strategic planning, with community education about sexual assault and providing information and support for survivors of sexual assault. As executive director of Hope Harbor, Whitley said she also represents Hope Harbor on a state level by serving as a board member for the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs. Through the state organization, she is part of the decision-making on a state level in efforts against sexual violence. “It’s something that I get so proud of, and I enjoy doing a lot,” she said. Whitley said one of the biggest challenges Hope Harbor faces is with fund-

ing because it is not always consistent, and she said the agency has not grown as quickly as she hoped. One of Hope Harbor’s challenges has been a large increase in the employer share of the Kentucky Retirement System over the last 10 years, Whitely said. “I had to make difficult decisions when hiring where positions were transitioned to part time, but with the increase of federal grant funds, we have been able to grow the staff despite the hardships,” Whitley said. Whitley said Hope Harbor now has the largest staff they’ve had in 10 years, and she said she is glad to have a staff that is “so passionate about their work.” Whitley said she believes one of the biggest achievements Hope Harbor has made in her time as executive director is its involvement in the “Green Dot” primary prevention program to

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Local artists to open their studios to the public BY LAUREL DEPPEN HERALD.FEATURES@WKU.EDU

Paintings lined the tables in a bright art studio on Main Street. Artists rushed in to set up their work and excitedly greeted each other. In the local art community, this feeling of anticipation can only mean one thing. For the past 22 years, local artists from the Bowling Green and Warren County area have opened up their work spaces to the public as a part of the World’s Greatest Studio Tour during the first weekend of November. Started in 1998 by the late Marsha Heidbrink, the World’s Greatest Studio Tour aims to bring the Bowling Green community closer to art. The tour features over 30 artists at 17 locations. It offers art-lovers the opportunity to meet artists, learn about their creative processes, and see art demonstrations. Part of the tour takes place in Art Matters, an art studio and gallery in

downtown Bowling Green. Teresa Christmas, the studio owner and an artist, explained the importance of the tour and what it does for the community. “It’s funny how people don’t realize what they have in their own backyard,” Christmas said. “I’m guilty of that too. [You] go to some other city and think, ‘Wow, this is just great,’ and not take advantage of some of the greatness right here at home. This is an opportunity to do that, to become a little more educated about your local art scene.” Christmas’ work will be featured in the Art Matters studio along with two other artists, Alla Gilbert and Julie Schuck. Alla Gilbert described her work as a study on how different people view things. “Each one of us has their own perceptions based on who they are,” Gilbert said. “It always amazes me to see how two different people will look at SEE STUDIO TOUR • PAGE A7

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Teresa Christmas, owner of Art Matters, teaches people of all ages in her local art studio. “There are an awful lot of people who let me know that its very important to them...like little kids who are totally identifying that I am an artist...that’s very important for their self-esteem.”