Author: Emily Vinson

Feel like you’re drowning? Here’s where to get help

The first few days on the Big E campus as a first year student is exciting and, at times, overwhelming. There is a lot that college has to offer, but it can get difficult. Many first year students struggle with the adjustment of living away from home and balancing class, work, sleep and a social schedule. Even if you are faced with challenges this year, there are plenty of resources to help you.

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SGA changes funding for three student groups

Eastern’s Student Senate met Tuesday, March 1, for its weekly meeting. Among the items discussed were: ·Senate redistributed money to the final three student organizations in last week’s appropriations meeting. At last week’s meeting, one organization was denied funding after it was discovered that the sponsoring senator was also serving as the representative, which was at the time believed to be a violation of the Student Senate rules for RSOs. However, after review, the Student Senate confirmed that neither the Student Senate’s by-laws nor the appropriations packet explicitly stated that a senator couldn’t serve as both sponsoring senator and...

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Students offer free tax preparation for residents

Eastern students won’t have anything to dread this year when it comes to doing their tax returns—all thanks to the help of some accounting students. That’s because students enrolled in an accounting class, ACC 322s: Tax I, are offering free tax preparation services for anyone—students included—who made less than $54,000 last year. The class taught by Trish Isaacs, an associate professor in EKU’s Department of Accounting, focuses on income tax preparation during the first half of the semester to get students up to speed before tackling the tax returns in late February. Part of the class’ preparation requires students to complete IRS training and certification, Isaacs said. “The students are nervous before they do their first return,” Isaacs said. “When I ask them what their biggest concern is, usually they worry about getting it right.” Isaacs said she will take an additional measure to ensure that students do get it right—they work in pairs and she personally checks all returns before they’re processed. The students will offer four separate tax preparation sessions during February and March, which draws a mix of both students and Madison County residents, Isaacs said. She said the sessions fill up fast, and she advises anyone who’s interested in utilizing the free tax service to make an appointment in advance. Appointments can be made online at or by calling Isaacs at (859) 622-1590. Each...

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EKU donations on the rise

By now, most students have noticed the constant construction projects happening across campus. However, what some don’t realize is that many of these revitalization efforts are the direct result of donations to the university. Donations to Eastern have risen steadily in recent months. The first half of this fiscal year the university hauled in its best numbers since 1998, bringing $3.2 million in donations. Donations range anywhere from small and large monetary gifts to specific items. Nick Perlick, Vice President of development and alumni relations, said philanthropy will not replace the general restrictive budget of the university, but it can have an impact on specific projects. The university’s ambitious revitalization project has different sources of funding, and philanthropic gifts are one of these. Gifts are often earmarked specifically for some of these efforts, including EKU’s new gateway known as Turner Gate, donated by Craig and Madonna Turner because of their interest in campus beautification. The recently constructed Noel Reading Porch, attached to the Crabbe Library, was also a donor-funded project. Development and Alumni Relations anticipates donor support for other revitalization projects that are in consideration, such as a new alumni welcome center, the Carloftis Gardens and new athletic facilities. But the spike in donations is not just a stroke of good fortune. Perlick attributes the rise to a “donor-centric culture of philanthropy.” The giving cycle begins with strong alumni...

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Couple donates $1 million for EKU student programs

A Louisville couple made a significant donation toward Eastern’s fundraising efforts last week: a $1 million package that includes money for a variety of academic and student programs. Maribeth and Louis Berman vowed to support EKU by donating to a series of university and student projects that will be chosen with consideration from EKU administrators and other university leaders. Their gift will contribute to the university’s annual fund and also includes the donation of a twin-engine plane to EKU’s Aviation program. The Bermans have supported EKU in the past through gifts to the Model Laboratory School and the Colonel...

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Faculty senate talks budget cuts, Blackboard replacement

On Monday, 75 faculty members from departments across Eastern gathered in a hot and stuffy Keen Johnson for the monthly Faculty Senate meeting. Among the issues discussed: Betina Gardner, dean of libraries, presented a timeline regarding Eastern’s search for a new learning management system that could replace the current Blackboard system. Teams of six to 10 EKU faculty members will conduct pilot studies with the various software platforms, both with online classes and face-to-face courses. A final decision will be made summer of 2017. Senate member Randall Swain from the Department of Government raised concern about Eastern students who are selling their class notes to online websites that then turn around and sell those notes to other students. Senator Swain suggested that the senate look into creating a policy that would deter students from skipping class and resorting to online notes. Provost Janna Vice, who is chair of the Counsel on Academic Affairs, said she will take the proposal up with the Policies Academic Integrity Committee and will report back at the next Faculty Senate meeting. In Richard Day’s chair’s report, he updated the Faculty Senate on Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent budget proposal. Day said EKU President Michael Benson was absent from the Faculty Senate meeting, away in Frankfort where he was meeting with the governor to discuss the state budget cuts. Bevin announced last week that state funding...

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