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News Briefs – Students win a chance to study abroad

Library hosting Valentine’s Day events Calling all book lovers: celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Crabbe Library this year. The Main Library will have a plethora of events during Valentine’s Day including a photo booth filled with selfie stick and props, and a blind date program where students pick up a random book and see if it impresses them. Students can pick up their dates in Powell, and tag the library on Twitter (@ekulibraries) and Instagram (@eku_libraries) using the hastags #EKULibraries and #LibraryLove. Students can win cash with the 2017 Library Research Award Enter a research project in the 2017 Library Research Award for Undergraduates competition before March 20 for a chance to win a cash prize. Made possible by the Friends of EKU Libraries, this award recognizes undergraduate students whose research makes expert use of the services, resources, and collections of EKU Libraries to produce a scholarly or creative work. Visit Encompass Digital Archive for details and to view past submissions: encompass.eku.edu/ugra. Students win a chance to study abroad Hundreds of students signed up for a chance to spin the wheel and study abroad this semester, but only 13 students won. Originally capped at seven, President Benson, Provost Janna Vice and the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Science donated more trips. Trips ranged from South America to China as students’ futures were determined by President...

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Deck the Halls! Holiday Concert and Dinner

The holidays are upon us and EKU Choirs is celebrating by hosting Deck the Halls! Holiday Dinner and Concert Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Keen Johnson building. Deck the Halls! is a night full of dining and holiday music featuring live performances from the EKU concert choir, University Singers, Chamber Choir and Trombone Society. The performances include traditional and contemporary Christmas carols. The dinner is a three-course meal including an appetizer/salad, main course and dessert. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. each night with music in the lobby, and seating starts at 6:45 p.m. The event will start at 7 p.m. The choirs are set to perform a variety of holiday tunes. “Deck the Halls is always a fun experience,” said senior choir member Michael Beasley. “It is a joy to showcase the EKU Choirs and perform for our families and the community,” Reservations are required, as tickets are not available at the doors. Tickets are $30 and available for purchase at www.ekuchoirs.org or in Room 101 of the Foster Music Building. Hayley...

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Appalachian Studies Program to sponsor EKU Mountain Music Jam

The Appalachian Studies Program will sponsor EKU Mountain Music Jam 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Powell Building’s Jaggers room. The event is the third jam of the semester and is dedicated to old timey music such as folk, old time and bluegrass music. The event is free for students, faculty and staff. Attendees can get involved by playing an instrument or singing a song. Songs that were played at the last event include Going down the road feelin’ bad by Woodie Guthrie and Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Flatts & Scruggs.  Philosophy and religion association professor Matthew Pianalto said the event is more of a participatory event and students can be more involved. “At the event we usually have a discussion about the songs and where they came from,” Pianalto said.  All experience levels are welcomed. Students can come and just watch if they don’t want to participate. Due to the fact it’s dead week, Pianalto said this event is designed to help students have fun and unwind. It is also educational because those in attendance are learning about different types of music. Rondale...

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Participants prepare to march in annual Christmas parade

The City of Richmond’s annual Christmas parade will be Friday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m.  The parade will begin on University Drive and will pass through downtown Richmond. This year, the parade will have more than 65 participants ranging from local schools, businesses, organizations and clubs. Participants will show their antique cars and trucks, as well as horses. Due to construction in the Alumni Coliseum parking lot, parking for floats and registered groups will be limited.  Groups are limited to one float, a truck plus a trailer or a vehicle, per entry. Tractor trailers are not allowed. “I think that the parade this year will be great,” said Elizabeth Eversole, member of the parks and recreation committee for the city of Richmond.  “There are many new entries for this year’s parade and the whole city of Richmond is excited.”   Trevor...

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BCM to host event, help freshmen build relationships

Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) will sponsor “Abide Fancy Friendsgiving” Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the BCM building. Abide is a freshmen group that meets every Monday night, and “Fancy Friendsgiving” will be a freshman-only event. The multipurpose room will be decorated similar to a fancy restaurant, and freshmen attending are asked to dress up. Turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and many other dishes will be provided. There is no cost to attend. “Abide is used to build strong relationships between freshmen because they will be doing school and life together for the next four to five years,” said Austin McClanahan, Abide team leader. “That is why it is only freshmen.” For more information, visit the BCM Facebook page, www.ekubcm.org or email McClanahan at austin_mcclanahan3@mymail.eku.edu. Ashleigh...

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Greek dance fundraiser for Athritis Foundation

The Alpha Omicron Pi (AOPi) sorority will host Lip Sync Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Brock Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $3 for Greeks and $5 for non-Greeks. Lip Sync is an annual dance competition where the participating Greek chapters select their own theme and choreograph dances with the help of their AOPi coaches.  There are 11 fraternities and four sororities participating, but there can only be two winners: one sorority and one fraternity. Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) and Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) performances won the hearts of the judges last year with ATO’s doctor-themed “AnaTOmy” routine and ADPi’s “Proud to be an American” theme. All proceeds will go toward the Arthritis Foundation. For more information, contact Mary Claire Schneir at maryclaire_schneir@mymail.eku.edu. Ashley...

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SAC movie night to show summer blockbuster

Student Activities Council (SAC) Movie night will be Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in O’ Donnell Auditorium in the Whitlock Building. The event will feature the film Suicide Squad. The film first premiered Aug. 1 and is based on the DC Comics anti-hero team. The plot begins when the U.S. government forms a team of dangerous, incarcerated villains to complete a mission to take down a powerful entity that the government cannot withstand alone. In exchange for their amnesty, the team of super-villains must work together to defeat the evil forces. For more information about the movie night and future SAC events, students can check @EKU_SGA on Twitter. Caitlyn...

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ASLA hosts event to help students and community

The American Sign Language Association at Eastern hosts Silent Coffee every month on the second and fourth Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The next meeting is Nov. 10, at Purdy’s Coffee Shop on Main Street. Signers of all levels in ASL are encouraged to attend and develop their skills. Silent Coffee is a free event and is open to both students taking ASL classes or anyone with any skill level in sign. This event may count toward outside class activity for students in beginning ASL classes or homework specifications, depending on the professor. Bryan Bowen, an ASL Specialist III instructor, organizes this event to support the mission of the American Sign Language and Interpreter Education (ASLIE) department by increasing the understanding, respect and equality of deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people. Silent Coffee is not always guaranteed to happen, but for more information on the event or cancelations, contact Bryan Bowen at bryan.bowen@eku.edu. Austin...

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Movie themed musical to be at EKU

Audience members can enjoy Elf: The Musical at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, at the EKU Center for the Arts. Based on the Will Ferrell movie of the same name, the story centers around Buddy, an orphan that accidentally stowed away in Santa’s bag one night and came with him to the North Pole. Having lived his whole life as an elf, Buddy goes to New York City to discover who his biological father is, help people understand the true meaning of Christmas, and find out that if he’s not an elf, what is he? Tickets are on sale now at the Center for the Arts, ranging from $49 to $79. EKU students can purchase tickets for $15. Adam...

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Veterans to be honored at EKU event

The office of Military and Veterans Affairs will host a National Roll Call Reading of Names as part of the 2016 Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, Nov. 11 in Powell Plaza. The roll call will be from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where volunteers will read out the names of fallen service men and women. Each reader is assigned a 15-minute period with 240 names to read. The Veterans Day ceremony will follow immediately after. To volunteer for a time slot to read names, visit http://va.eku.edu/roll-call-volunteers-eku. Dan...

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Student organized event showcases student talents

SGA will sponsor Mic Check at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, in Underground Powell. Hosted by rapper Yung Racks, Mic Check is a student organized event that allows EKU students the opportunity to express themselves on campus. Yung Racks, 22, a music marketing major from Louisville, said the main goal of the event series has been to create a platform for students to show off any of their talents in a relaxed environment. Mic Check is a free and open event. Students interested in performing are encouraged to come early, as no sign up is required until the beginning of the event. Roman...

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Kentucky poet to speak at Eastern

EKU Appalachian Studies and EKU Libraries will host Live at Your Library with Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Main Library Grand Reading room. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Lyon is an author of children’s, teen and adult books with an emphasis on poetry. She is the winner of the 2010 Schneider Family Book Award, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices 2012 award and the Appalachian Book of the Year Award. Poetry of Witness includes poems and a song written in response to the current collective moment. For more information, contact Krista Rhodus, director of library advancement, at krista.rhodus@eku.edu. Kayla...

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Photographs representing life in former Soviet Republic to be presented

An opening reception sponsored by the EKU Department of History, Asian Studies, Women and Gender Studies and Libraries will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the main floor of the library. The event will present photographs taken from the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University by Zilola Saidova. The photographs represent everyday life in the former Soviet Republic. Noena...

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Rec Center to  host ziplines with zombies

Campus Recreation is hosting a Zips and Zombies event from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Challenge Course located behind the Stratton building. Students will be able to ride a zip line and hike a haunted trail. Booths for EKU’s Health Promotions will be set up and will have information on how students can have a safe and fun Halloween weekend. Free kettle corn and hot chocolate will be provided. The event is free and students are encouraged to dress up as long as they wear closed-toed shoes and do not have items hanging from them. Students can park in the Perkins lot and walk to the Challenge Course. No prior registration is required. For more information, contact Hannah Driver at hannah.driver@eku.edu. Kristin...

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