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The president of Western Kentucky University says the school will work in the coming weeks and months to improve its outcome in the next two-year state budget.

In a statement to media Wednesday, Timothy Caboni said the budget outlined Tuesday night by Governor Bevin would amount to a $4.6 million funding reduction for WKU.

The spending plan also eliminates $750,000 that is used to fund the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.

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Update:

Visitation and funeral arrangements have been made for the man known as the “Voice of the Hilltoppers.”

Wes Strader passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 79.

He was the play-by-play voice of the WKU football and men’s basketball teams for 36 seasons.

All arrangements are being held at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

Visitation will be held Monday from 2 to 8 pm, with funeral services at 1 pm on Tuesday.

The burial will be private.

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The Western Kentucky University football is going to its fourth consecutive bowl game.

The Hilltoppers have accepted a bid to the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, where they’ll take on Georgia State Saturday, December 16.

The AutoNation Cure Bowl describes itself as a celebration of women who are living with breast cancer, and has donated more than $2.3 million dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in its first two years.

WKU heads into its bowl game with a record of 6-6.

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Western Kentucky University is increasing the number of opportunities to earn certificates in response to a recent executive order by Governor Matt Bevin. That order provides scholarships to those seeking a certificate without pursuing an associate degree. 

Certificates are credentials that lead to a workforce job and can be earned with a degree or as a stand-alone credential. Those wanting a certificate must complete a minimum of 12 hours of classes.

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The Western Kentucky University volleyball team won’t have to travel far for their first-round NCAA tournament.

The Lady Hilltoppers will face Notre Dame Friday at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.

It’s the fourth-straight year WKU has made the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Lady Toppers are 30-3 on the season, and got an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the Conference USA postseason championship.

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The Western Kentucky University Track and Field team is mourning the loss of assistant coach Willie Johnson, who passed away early Sunday morning.

He was 34 years old.

The team held a candle light vigil in memory of Johnson Monday night at the WKU Track and Field Complex.

Wednesday was National Philanthropy Day and Western Kentucky University celebrated in a big way.  The school announced a $1.3 million gift from George and Cynthia Nichols to support the school’s diversity initiatives. 

Cynthia Nichols said she and her husband were both first-generation college students.

"I had no clue what I wanted to get involved with, and really didn't know how I could afford it.  I credit Western Kentucky University and this entire community that wrapped their arms around us and took us forward, stated Nichols.  "What's also important about going to college is sustainability. Once you get them here, how to you engage them to keep them here?"

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The Intercultural Student Engagement Center Academy is accepting a $20,000 grant which will help aid the 2018 cohort of students.

ISEC Academy is a Western Kentucky University initiative that supports students who are first generation, underrepresented and Pell grant recipients.

The program provides participants with upperclassmen mentors, a living learning community and weekly study hours to help guide students to a four-year graduation.

Overall enrollment at Western Kentucky University is stagnant from this time last year, which has helped create a nearly $15 million budget deficit.  Members of the Board of Regents expressed concern at their quarterly meeting Friday.

The current student population is 20,267, only ten fewer students from fall 2016.

Overall, the numbers are flat, but excluding dual credit and Gatton Academy students, there’s a three percent decline in the number of students on campus.

Sobering and serious were how some regents described the enrollment picture.

Here's What Life is Like for a WKU Student in the U.S. on DACA

Oct 18, 2017
Ambriehl Crutchfield

Western Kentucky University student Angel Enriquez is one of an estimated 700,000 people who are uncertain of their future after the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

DACA temporarily defers deportation and allows work permits for those brought to the U.S illegally as children.

It was created as an executive order by President Obama in 2012. President Trump has cancelled DACA, putting pressure on Congress for a permanent resolution.


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The “Radium Girls” were a group of young women who, nearly a century ago, unknowingly put their lives at risk working in factories where they painted watch faces with radium.

Now, a production by the Department of Theater and Dance at WKU, explores their story and how they sought justice in a play called “These Shining Lives”.

“This actually took place in a few different places; there were a few different companies, this is the story of the women in Ottawa, Illinois who were able to successfully sue the company and help change laws in terms of worker protection,” said Dr. Michelle Dvoskin, assistant professor for WKU's department of theater and dance. 

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Mourners will gather at Western Kentucky University Monday to pay respects to Hilltopper basketball great Jim McDaniels.

The Scottsville native passed away last Wednesday at the age of 69.

The public is invited to Monday’s visitation at E.A. Diddle Arena on WKU’s campus from 1-8 p.m.

Free parking is being provided in the parking structure next to the arena.

McDaniels’ funeral is Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

WKU Football Falls at Illinois for First Loss of Season

Sep 10, 2017
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Illinois' young defense held Western Kentucky's high-powered attack in check Saturday and freshman running back Mike Epstein rushed for 111 yards on the way to a 20-7 win.

The Illini (2-0) scored their first touchdown of the night on an interception return, and held the Hilltoppers (1-1) to 244 yards of offense. Western Kentucky didn't score until the fourth quarter.

Hilltopper quarterback Mike White averaged 311.6 yards a game last season, but Saturday heavy Illini pressure limited him to 28 of 43 pasing for 238 yards and an interception. He also ran for a score.

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Western Kentucky University is mourning the loss of own of its most famous athletes.

Basketball legend Jim McDaniels passed away Wednesday night in Bowling Green at the age of 69.

McDaniels was a 7-foot center from Scottsville who led the Hilltoppers to the 1971 Final Four, and finished his career tied with the most points ever scored by a men’s player at WKU.

He’s one of eight former WKU players to have their jersey retired and hung in the rafters at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU Opens Season With 31-17 Win over EKU

Sep 3, 2017
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Mike Sanford's head coaching debut was anything but the razzle dazzle style that has become the norm at Western Kentucky.

Save for a 66-yard touchdown strike from Mike White to Lucky Jackson, the Hilltoppers' offense was rather conservative. Sanford, who was Notre Dame's offensive coordinator last season, actually wanted it that way.

There's still a lot more to show in Western Kentucky's playbook.

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