Author: Noena Zerna

Campus parking problem in numbers

Students who commute to campus say they have to leave hours before classes if they’re to find a decent parking spot. Even students living in residence halls say they don’t leave campus because they are afraid to lose their space. The university, however, says the issue is overblown, pointing out that several lots frequently have rows of empty spots.

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New system, same shuttles

In an effort to make campus more pedestrian friendly, EKU has revamped the shuttle services, now known as the Big E shuttle, and opened more lots for commuter parking. Mark Jozefowicz, director of parking and transportation, said the shuttle schedule has changed to help students parking in lots on the outskirts of campus, like the Vickers and Ashland lots. The Vickers lot, located next to the soccer fields, is now available for commuter parking. Jozefowicz said that in the past the buses were used to help students go from one class to another, but parking accommodations are now the main priority. Although the shuttles have been at EKU for years, most of the routes are fairly new and still being tested. There are pilot routes, like the “Green Route,” that are moving from the new Vickers Lot to Whitlock, but are evolving daily. “They are basically the same buses,” Jozefowicz said, adding that they are just rebranded. During the day, three shuttles run four different routes around campus and one shuttle runs through the evening. “Most transits begin their routes at 7 a.m., but not all start at the same time,” Jozefowicz said. “They will stop at the 16 designated stops on campus.” The night bus, called the “Black Route,” is the only transit that doesn’t start until 6 p.m. and services end at 12:45 a.m. Students can check...

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Asbestos to be removed in Wallace

Asbestos is used to help with the acoustics and soundproofing of a room and can be found in older buildings on campus. However, at the end of the current semester contractors will begin removal of asbestos in certain areas of the Wallace Building.

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Dance Theatre: From Happy Feet to flamenco

Skirts twirled, hips swayed and music blared as the EKU Dance Theatre performed opening night on Wednesday, April 13, in O’Donnell Hall. Students, parents, faculty and EKU alumni gathered to watch their favorite dancers flow with the songs selected for their dances. Prior to the dances, the director of EKU Dance Theatre, Marianna McAdam spoke a few words about what the audience should expect. She encouraged the audience to allow the dancing to speak to their hearts and try to not overthink what’s happening on stage. Shortly afterwards, Kelsey Sutherland, a senior broadcasting and electronic media major, recited a...

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Faculty Senate wants EKU to hire ombuds

Eastern Faculty Senate conducted a survey on March 7 to allow full time faculty members to describe how they feel about shared governance at Eastern. Due to the results of the survey, the Faculty Senate Rights and Responsibilities Committee provided recommendations, such as EKU hiring an ombuds. Faculty Senate’s report defines an ombuds as “a confidential, impartial, independent resource to mediate and discuss issues in response to faculty’s expressed concerns in the interest of promoting civility, mutual respect and ethical conduct.” EKU, as well as other universities nationwide, describe the position with the term “ombuds” rather than the more traditional term “ombusman” to avoid gender-specific language. EKU Provost Janna Vice said the university has had an ombuds before, but she said didn’t know the circumstances for why it went away. Vice said with the current budget circumstances, the best choice is to hire an ombuds who is already familiar with EKU. Vice said an ombuds is not a role of authority or a member of administration, and he or she must keep in mind that the overall goal is to help faculty and administration work together on open communication. “An ombuds is a neutral sounding board,” Vice said. Vice said the ombuds would be a mediator who is impartial and unbiased as well as able to make recommendations to the administration. John Fitch, co-chair for the Faculty Senate Rights...

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Super Tuesday protesters get rowdy at Louisville rally

Eastern students attended presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s rally March 1, also known as Super Tuesday, in the Kentucky International Convention Center located in Louisville. According to the students, there were many people in attendance. It was split between supporters, protesters and those who were curious to see what a Trump rally is like first hand. Clarissa Baker, 18, a freshman public relations major from Mt. Sherman, said she noticed that a vast majority of the people inside the center were supporters and the protesters were standing outside. “It was scary to watch how they treated protesters,” Baker said. Baker...

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Commuters have more hurdles

Finding a parking spot is a difficult challenge all students face. EKU likes to brag and say that there’s plenty of parking for residents, commuters and employees, but they forget that we are a growing campus. With over 16,000 students and numerous employees it’s difficult to find a decent spot to leave your car for the day. This is especially tough for commuters. Students who live in residence halls fail to realize how lucky there are. If a resident were to wake up 10 minutes before his/her class, he/she would be able to grab some clothes, clean up and...

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Conference to feature gaming designs and ideas

Interested in video game design? If so, you won’t have to go any further than the Perkins Building when Eastern will host Kentucky’s first annual game design conference. The conference, called Vector, is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, and will feature a handful of game design workshops and a chance to talk with game designers from both indie companies and larger industry leaders, such as Sony. The event will begin around 9 a.m., in the Perkins Building on EKU’s campus. The conference is hosted by EKU Gaming Institute, a segment of EKU’s computer science program that focuses on the...

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RAs will have roommates beginning next semester

One of the perks of being an RA (resident assistant)—namely, having a complimentary room to oneself—will go away next semester as the university scrambles to find room for students with Martin Hall being torn down and a new dorm being built. Beginning fall of 2016, RAs will be required to share their dorm room with another student, meaning they too will have roommates. Jillian Faith, assistant director for residence life, said the changes will affect all RAs on campus, including Greek floor leaders. Aside from the roommate change, the benefits RAs receive will now otherwise remain the same: They’ll still receive free housing, a stipend and the ability to work at the front desk of residence halls. RAs also will have the ability to choose their roommates, and see a $500 increase to their stipend. Those RAs who do take on a roommate will also receive an additional $500 per semester to their stipends. “We want our staff to love where they work,” Faith said. April Barnes, assistant dean of students, said the changes are necessary because the university’s residence halls are full. She said she wants every student to have the opportunity to live on campus, which compelled housing to find extra space. “To make this decision we took into consideration what other schools around the nation were doing,” Barnes said. “We want to reflect our mission statement...

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