Author: Zeynab Day

EKU restructures with budget cuts

The College of Arts and Sciences will now be split into two separate colleges in an effort to prepare for new metrics that will require Eastern to compete with other universities for a portion of state funding. The new performance based metrics were approved as part of the Kentucky state budget Friday, April 15.

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Lt. Gov. touts sacrifices of veterans

The Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, Jenean Hampton visited Eastern on Monday, April 4 for the 2016 Women’s Veterans Luncheon in the Perkins Building, where she talked about how her experience in the military helped prepare her for the workforce.

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The word Trump is now considered hate speech

Can simply saying or writing a name insight fear and intimidation? Students at Emory University in Atlanta, GA are saying it can, but their arguments bring up questions about freedom of speech on campuses. The idea is that certain words can cause individuals such psychological discomfort that they should not be used, in this case the words are “Trump 2016.” Agencies like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) have been speaking out about ever-growing problems regarding free-speech on campuses. Emory is just the latest in a line of controversy regarding stopping hate speech while maintaining freedom of speech on college campuses. Policies and responses from administration are teetering on a fine line at many universities and could put students’ rights at risk. Students at Emory University woke-up to sidewalk chalk messages in support of presidential candidate Donald Trump scattered all over campus benches, sidewalks and buildings on Monday, March 21. More than 50 students went to the office of Emory President Jim Wagner saying the drawings were more than a statement about a political candidate, rather they saw them as a threat. Students argued the words were written as a tactic to intimidate certain groups on campus, noting Trump’s recent racially charged rhetoric and the fact that the messages were written in the middle of the night. Wagner later released...

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Students unite to oppose proposed tuition freeze

Costs for higher education may be on the rise, but a proposed Kentucky Senate bill to freeze tuition is not the answer, voiced Eastern’s Student Government Association (SGA) after voting in mid-February to oppose the bill. EKU’s SGA is teamed up with eight other state institutions and EKU administrators to combat rising tuition costs and speak out against state legislation that could have a negative impact on both students and the university. “A bill like this would cripple regional colleges,” said EKU SGA President Katie Scott. “Senate Bill 75 only treats a symptom but doesn’t address the real problem—state budget cuts to higher education.” She said the rising cost of tuition is a concern, but a tuition freeze would only make the problem worse and doesn’t address the money lost due to state budget cuts. With the current 9 percent budget cut proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin, and with a 4.9 percent cut to the current budget, a tuition freeze could force the university to cut necessary programs, faculty or staff, Scott said. “The SGA decided to oppose the bill because the more research we did the more we realized that it was not the best for students in general,” Scott said. Senate Bill 75 was aiming to freeze tuition and residential fees for the next four years until Kentucky lawmakers could thoroughly evaluate the current cost of tuition...

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