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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

WKU Grad Climbs To New Heights For 'Time' Magazine Cover

The Time magazine cover photo taken by WKU alum Jonathan Woods from the top of One World Trade
Credit Time

A recent assignment for WKU alumnus Jonathan Woods took him to the very top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  Woods is a Senior Editor for Photo and Interactive for Time Magazine.  He graduated from Western Kentucky’s award-winning photojournalism department in 2007.

Woods says his interest in photographing the new One World Trade Center building began when he was working for NBC News’ website during the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks in 2011. Then, he ventured on an eight-month process of negotiating with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow access to the 405-foot spire on top of the 1,776 foot tall building known as the Freedom Tower.  

He and a staff member from the GigaPan company climbed the ladder to take a series of photos that eventually make up a sweeping panoramic look at the Manhattan skyline.

“We were putting a camera in a place that we couldn’t go scout.  It was on top of a 405-foot tall spire, which had a 405-foot tall ladder that we were not allowed to climb until the day we went up there,” said Woods.  “So we had to work off of blueprints to create something to put a camera in a place that didn’t exist.”

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Education
3:05 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WKU Mourns Loss of Agriculture Faculty Member

Dr. David Coffey (left) on a recent WKU Study Abroad trip in Ecuador
Credit Jerry Barnaby

The WKU campus community is mourning the loss of a faculty member who taught at the school for over 30 years.

WKU Agriculture Professor Doctor David Coffey passed away this week in Bowling Green.

Colleagues are remembering Coffey as an outstanding teacher who led students in several Study Abroad  trips, including visits to the rainforest in Ecuador.

Visitation and funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Arts & Culture
1:20 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Author Chronicles Story of 1980s Kentucky Teenage Death Row Inmate

Credit Neverland Publishing

A novel called "The Killing Jar", by author Gloria Nixon-John, is based on a true story from rural eastern Kentucky in which an incredibly gifted, but mentally disturbed 15-year-old named T0dd Ice is convicted of murdering his neighbor’s 7-year-old daughter and assaulting the neighbor in 1978.

The main character – named Ted Lynch in the book – spends several years as the nation’s youngest person on death row until his murder conviction was thrown out on appeal. During a re-trial he is convicted of manslaughter and winds up serving 15 years in prison before being released to a mental institution and then a halfway house.

Before his initial trial, Todd (Ted) was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic.  He would die in 2010 at age 47 after a dramatic weight gain, partially blamed on the medications he was prescribed.

The book is a novel,  but the author says she started the project as a non-fiction presentation of events. She says 95 percent of book is based on factual documentation.

She will speak at Barnes and Noble in Bowling Green tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Kentucky Live! Series, presented by WKU Libraries.

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Health
5:54 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

WKU to Seek Private Operators for Campus Health Services

The new WKU Health Services facility was built in 2008.
Credit WKU

WKU is seeking to privatize the on-campus Health Center that serves students, faculty, and staff.

In an email to WKU employees Wednesday afternoon, President Gary Ransdell said he and Vice-President for Finance and Administration Ann Mead met with WKU Health Center staff to inform them of the decision.

Dr. Ransdell said the school could realize $1 million in savings by allowing a private operator to run the health center. He also said private sector medical providers could operate WKU Health Services in a more efficient manner, and offer "enchanced services" for students, faculty, and staff.

Dr.Ransdell described the WKU Health Center staff as “terrific”, and said the school would encourage the successful bidder to continue to employ current workers. However, the WKU President acknowledged that couldn’t be guaranteed.

Regional
4:13 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Lady Toppers Appear Undaunted as Preparations Continue For Matchup with No. 2 Baylor

Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard with the Sun Belt Conference trophy Wednesday
Credit Emil Moffatt

The WKU women’s basketball team has made a habit of coming back in games this season.

A big rally last week against Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference championship propelled them to an NCAA tournament appearance on Saturday.  The Lady Toppers will travel to Waco, Texas to face No. 2 seed Baylor.  WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard says her team can’t afford to fall behind against the Lady Bears.

“They can put up numbers fast,” said Clark-Heard.  “If you can’t withstand that first four minutes, it’s going to be crucial for us.  It becomes very crucial that we continue to have the confidence that we had. It’s going to be a different atmosphere, but the floor is going to be the same length and the rim is going to be the same height.”

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Sports
10:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

WKU Women to Face Baylor Saturday in Waco, Texas

The Lady Toppers celebrate their win Saturday in the Sun Belt Conference championship game
Credit WKU Athletics

The WKU women's basketball team will head to Waco, Texas on Saturday to take on No. 2 seed Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Saturday's game is at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Ferrell Center.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The Lady Toppers earned a spot in the tournament with a comeback win in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday against Arkansas State.

It is their 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, but the first since 2007-08.

Education
9:55 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Theoretical Physicist, Author Dr. Michio Kaku Visits WKU

Dr. Michio Kaku
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Dr. Michio Kaku has devoted much of his life to studying the human brain. He's a co-founder of String Field Theory. He says the new brain mapping project, when complete, will be the most important scientific study since the Human Genome project.

The theoretical physicist and author was the featured speaker at WKU's Cultural Enhancement Series Monday night.

Dr. Kaku says the new revelations about the brain could help doctors treat mental illness and restore memories to those with Alzheimer's  Disease. He says technology now exists to record the dreams and thoughts inside someone's head. 

His latest book, The Future of the Mind, was published this year.

Sports
8:05 am
Sun March 16, 2014

It's Elizabethtown Vs. Butler for Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 Championship

The Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 will crown the next state champion Sunday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
Credit WKU Athletics

The No. 1 ranked Elizabethtown Panthers will take on the No. 2 ranked Butler High School of Louisville Sunday afternoon for the 2014 Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 title.

Elizabethtown beat George Rogers Clark 71-56 in the semifinals Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Butler won Saturday against Ashland Blazer 62-50.

Elizabethtown sophomore Erin Boley scored 20 points and had eight rebounds against GRC Saturday. Three other Panthers scored in double figures.

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Sports
8:05 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Eight Teams Set for Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 Quarterfinals Friday

Update at 9:54 p.m.:

Here are the results of the other three quarterfinal games played Friday in Bowling Green:

Butler 62  Lafayette 50

George Rogers Clark 45  Marshall County 37

Elizabethtown 58  Anderson County 37

Update at 2:05 p.m.:

Ashland Blazer is advancing to the Saturday semifinals of the Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 basketball tournament after beating Danville 64-55.

Original post:

The Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 field has been cut in half. The remaining eight teams play Friday in four quarterfinal matchups at WKU's E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here is the Friday lineup:

Ashland Blazer vs. Danville at 12:00 p.m.

Butler vs. Lafayette at 1:30 p.m.

Marshall County vs. George Rogers Clark at 6:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown vs. Anderson County at 8:00 p.m.

All times are central.

Four teams will play Saturday in the semifinals, with the state champion crowned Sunday afternoon.

Sports
4:43 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Three Lady Toppers Receive Postseason Honors

WKU Lady Tops coach Michelle Clark-Heard

WKU junior Chastity Gooch has been named the Sun Belt Conference "Defensive Player of the Year" for the second consecutive season while freshman Kendall Noble was named the league's "Freshman of the Year".

Gooch was also named a First-Team All Conference selection, Noble a Second Team selection and sophomore guard Micah Jones a Third Team All-Conference choice in a survey of the league's coaches and media members.

This is the first time since 2004-05 that WKU has had three players selected as All-Conference selections when Crystal Kelly, Tiffany Porter-Talbert and Leslie Logsdon were honored. It's only the tenth time in program history that it's happened.

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