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10:14 am
Thu November 14, 2013

WKU's Andrews Semifinalist for Award Honoring Nation's Best Running Back

WKU senior running back Antonio Andrews
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WKU senior Antonio Andrews has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best college running back.

Andrews leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with nearly 2,200 yards and ranks second nationally in total rushing yards.

Andrews is one of ten semifinalists being considered for the award. Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will next cast their votes for three finalists, who will be named November 25.

The winner of the award will be announced December 12.

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Sports
8:16 am
Tue November 12, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Drops Opener to Wichita St., WKU Women Lose at Vandy

The WKU men's basketball team dropped its season opener against Wichita State early Tuesday morning, as the teams played at midnight as part of ESPN's college basketball Tip-Off Marathon.

The Shockers, coming off a Final Four season, beat the Hilltoppers 66-49 in Wichita in front of a crowd of 10,506.

T.J. Price and Aleksej Rostov led the Hilltoppers with 12 points each. Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for Wichita State, which also had three others score in double figures.

WKU begins a three-game stretch at E.A. Diddle Saturday night against East Tennessee State.

WKU Women Lose, Too

The Vanderbilt women's team put together a big second-half run in beating the WKU Lady Toppers 85-60 Monday night in Nashville.

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Regional
3:43 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WKU Called One of the Nation's Best Schools for Military Veterans

A statue of a solider is part of the Guthrie Bell Tower on the campus of WKU.
Credit Kevin Willis

WKU is being recognized for its efforts in reaching out to military veterans.

The school was ranked seventh among all four-year schools in the 2014 "Best for Vets" report published by the Military Times. WKU was praised for having the state's only Veterans Upward Bound program, as well as a tuition discount for active duty military.

WKU Military Student Services Director Tonya Archey, a 10 year Navy veteran, says schools have to work to convince some veterans that they can succeed academically after being out of the classroom for many years.

"Speaking for myself, and many of my students, we can tell you that we've been out for a long time and we lack some of the confidence--do I have what it takes to make it through college? Many wonder since they've been out of high school so long, are they going to be really rusty on a lot of the basic stuff."

The "Best for Vets" rankings factored in a school's service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the G.I. Bill, and the presence of programs designed to help active duty and former military personnel.

Sports
2:14 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Team Opens Regular Season, Women Take on Vandy

The WKU men’s basketball team opens up its season in unusual fashion Monday evening.

Actually, make that Tuesday morning.

The Hilltoppers are on the road at Wichita State for a game that begins at midnight Tuesday morning. The unorthodox scheduling is a result of WKU’s participation in ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon, an event the network has billed as “24 hours of hoops.”

The WKU-Wichita State game is being televised on ESPN2.  

The WKU women’s basketball team is also kicking off its regular season, and  looking to win on the road against Vanderbilt for the first time in nearly 15 years. The Lady Hilltoppers play the Commodores tonight at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

The WKU women’s team won its season-opener Saturday against Austin Peay.

Regional
9:02 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Young Veteran at WKU Helps Other Military Students Navigate Maze of College Life

Kent Johnson, now a WKU senior, served as a U.S. Marine in As Saqlawiyah, Iraq.
Credit Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson's interview with WKU Public Radio

Monday is Veteran's Day, and all across our region and nation, people are taking part in parades and ceremonies honoring those who have served in the military.

With U.S. personnel still fighting in Afghanistan, and following eight years of fighting in Iraq that formally ended in 2011, we thought we would introduce you to a young veteran from our region who is now helping other veterans create new lives after leaving the active service.

Kent Johnson joined the U.S. Marines in 2004 after graduating from high school in Columbia, Tennessee. As a member of a Marine Corp Infantry Unit, Kent served two tours in the Middle East, including a combat deployment to a town outside of Fallujah, Iraq. He got out of the service in 2008.

Here are some excerpts from our interview with Kent:

What was life like for you after you got out of the Marines?

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Sports
8:11 am
Sun November 3, 2013

WKU Wins Big in Atlanta over Georgia State

Antonio Andrews rushed for 110 yards, Brandon Doughty had 206 yards passing and Keshawn Simpson ran for four touchdowns to help Western Kentucky and coach Bobby Petrino beat Georgia State 44-28 on Saturday.

Petrino made his first appearance at the Georgia Dome since abruptly resigning 13 games into his only season as Atlanta Falcons coach six years ago.

The announced crowd of 5,377 barely acknowledged Petrino in pre-game introductions. Over 69,000 fans were at his last game in Atlanta, a 34-14 Monday night loss to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 10, 2007.

Petrino shocked the Falcons with his sudden departure for Arkansas the following day. He went 34-17 with the Razorbacks, but was fired in April 2012 after acknowledging an extramarital affair.

Western Kentucky (5-4, 2/3 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak. Ronnie Bell had two touchdown passes for Georgia State (0-9, 0-4).

Arts & Culture
3:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

WKU's Hunley Puts Words at the "Forefront", Releases New Collection of Poems

WKU English Professor Tom Hunley
Credit Kevin Willis

Tom Hunley's interview with WKU Public Radio

Tom Hunley is out with a new collection of poems entitled Scotch Tape World. The associate professor of English at WKU was nice enough to stop by our studios Thursday to talk about what it’s like to get poetry published these days, why he chose poetry in the first place, and the inspiration behind Scotch Tape World.

Here are some excerpts from our interview:

Scotch Tape World was published as a chapbook. What is that, exactly?

"A chapbook is a sort of intermediary step for poets between publishing poems in journals and publishing a full-length book. So they're made in smaller print runs, and sometimes they're handmade."

What is it like trying to get poetry published in the year 2013?

"It's pretty difficult to get full-length books printed, in particular. Usually you have to enter contests that have reading fees. There's no such thing as an agent in poetry. You're your own agent."

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Sports
5:57 am
Thu October 31, 2013

WKU's Jackson Suspended for Georgia State Game

WKU head football coach Bobby Petrino has suspended star linebacker Andrew Jackson indefinitely beginning with this weekend's game against Georgia State in Atlanta.

In a written statement, Petrino said Jackson did not meet the expectations they set forth for all their players but, if Jackson meets conditions laid out for him, he'll be back on the team for next weekend's game against Army.

In an overnight tweet, Jackson apologized to fans saying he missed team meetings Monday morning. He said while that was unacceptable, he plans to learn from his mistakes and expects to play against Army.

Regional
11:02 am
Wed October 30, 2013

WKU, Warren County Communities Rally to Help Family that Lost Child, Home in Fire

The WKU campus community is rallying to support an employee who lost a grandson in a Bowling Green mobile home fire this week.

The fire broke out early Tuesday morning at the home of the WKU employee's daughter. Four family members and another male inside the home were able to escape, but 7-year-old Ethan Miller couldn't be rescued.

"There are two younger children. Any kind of clothing, any kind of kitchen items. They don't have any pots, pans, dishes, or anything like that,” said Jodi Southerland, with WKU Facilities Management. Southerland is helping spearhead an effort to get items donated to the Miller family.  

Southerland says other items that could make a difference are living room and kitchen furniture, towels, and linens. A fund for the Miller family has been set up at Monticello Banking Company on Wilkinson Trace in Bowling Green. Donations can be made to the Charles Miller Family Fund.

Here is a list of items that could help the Miller family:

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Sports
4:10 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

WKU Leads Early, Fades Late at Home Against Louisiana-Lafayette

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Alonzo Harris rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 37-20 victory over Western Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Terrance Broadway had a 1-yard TD run and also threw for a score for the Ragin' Cajuns (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt), who have won four in a row since a 48-27 loss at Kansas State last month. Louisiana-Lafayette had 198 yards rushing in the second half and finished with 254 on the ground for the game.

Antonio Andrews had 28 carries for 154 yards for the Hilltoppers (4-3, 1-2), who led 10-0 after the first quarter. Andrews, who had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, went over 1,000 yards for the season.

Western Kentucky committed four turnovers, including Al Riles' 99-yard interception return that made it 10-7 with 6:41 left in the second quarter.

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