Category: News Briefs

Chautauqua lecture to feature filmmaker in honor of Appalachian Studies Week

By Samantha Tamplin The Chautauqua Lecture Series will feature Sally Rubin this Thursday, October 5, in O’Donnell Hall. Rubin will be speaking in honor of Appalachian Studies Week. Rubin is a filmmaker and will be speaking exclusively on her new documentary Hillbilly. Rubin, the co-director for Hillbillies along with her partner Ashley York, has been making and editing documentary films for the past 15 years. The film focuses on Appalachia’s local assets and regional complexities such as their mountainous terrain, reliance on the coal industry and their “boom and bust” economy. Most prominently, Appalachia has its stereotypes. In her film, Rubin delves into the stereotypical hillbilly and how poor, rural, white Americans are portrayed in media. The film itself focuses on the “double standard” of the belittlement of rural residents and the societal tendency towards hypocrisy when claiming to be socially just.   “The very same people who would never say the “N” word, or other slangs aimed at disadvantaged groups, took pride in putting down poor, rural folks,” Rubin stated in an article by www.under-main.com. Rubin said she sees this as an injustice and utilizes this documentary as a chance to show her audience how life is really like for the “hillbillies” in rural Appalachia. In addition to her new documentary, Rubin has also recently completed two other films, Deep Down and Life on the Line. Both films...

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KANSAS celebrates 40 years with final tour, performs at EKU

By Alex Wilburn To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their album, “Leftoverture,” KANSAS has launched its final tour. KANSAS will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, at the EKU Center for the Arts. KANSAS will be performing hit songs such as “Carry on Wayward Son,” “The Wall” and “What’s on My Mind,” as well as songs from their latest album “The Prelude Implicit.” Tickets for the show are $50, $60, $70 or $95, and there is an option to join the center for dinner before the show for an additional $30. For additional information, call the box office at...

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EKU HSAC host volunteer event for students to clean up highway

EKU Honors Student Advisory Council will be hosting a highway cleanup event on Friday, September 29. This is one of the group’s many highway cleanups. The Honors Student Advisory Council (HSAC) is a student-run branch of the EKU Honors Program that is focused on developing and executing several service and volunteer opportunities for Honors students on campus and in the community. Each semester, HSAC gathers together a group of honors students and cleans up a highway that they have officially “adopted.” The students work together to pick up trash on the side of the road in addition to beautifying the area in order to create a more pleasing environment for the community. HSAC said they do this in order to help the community which has given a lot to the university. While the highway cleanup is one effective way to give back to the community, HSAC and other service-oriented organizations offer many more volunteer opportunities for students around campus. Volunteer opportunities include serving at the Colonel’s Cupboard food pantry or working at the blood drive. There are many ways for students to become involved on campus. Students can visit the Orgsync website, which displays all upcoming opportunities and events. Samantha...

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‘Art Around the World’ event to celebrate cultural diversity through art

The Richmond Area Arts Council’s Arts Gala, “Art Around the World,” will occur Friday, September 29, in Keen Johnson. The Gala will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $65 per person. The price also includes two drink tickets. Heavy Hors D’oeuvres will be catered by Mother and Daughters Catering. Music will be provided by Paladin. Attire for the event is business casual. International students are encouraged to dress in attire from their home country. In addition to the gallery, the event will also host a silent and live auction. Volunteers are needed to assist with busing tables, cleaning up the area after the event, taking photographs and assisting artists. Volunteers can sign up through www.artsinrichmond.org/contact/us. Shuttle services will be provided to Keen Johnson for the event. Parking attendants will be on site to assist as needed. Emily...

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EKU Theatre performs ‘Ajax in Iraq’

EKU Theatre will begin the 2017-18 season with a performance of “Ajax in Iraq.” Opening night will be Friday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. “Ajax in Iraq” will be performed September 28 to 30 at 7:30 p.m.  each day with the final show on Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m. “Ajax in Iraq” is a play written by Ellen McLaughlin about the classic tragedy Ajax in the modern-day war in Iraq. The narrative compares Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, who were both betrayed by a commanding officer. EKU Theatre warns that “Ajax in Iraq” is not suitable for children and contains mature language, content and other subject material that may not be suitable for all ages. Tickets for the show are now available and can be purchased online through www.theatre.eku.edu or at the box office located in the Campbell Building. Box office hours are from 12 to 4 p.m. September 25 to 29, and one hour before each show. Noena...

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EKU continues Latino Heritage Month celebration with Latino Street Fair

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, the Department of Languages, Cultures and Humanities is hosting a Latino Street Fair on Wednesday, October 4, at Powell Corner. The event will begin at 11 a.m. The fair is one of the many events that have occured throughout campus to encourage students to celebrate the month. Latino Heritage Month began September 15 and will be until October 15. The Latino Street Fair will conclude at 2 p.m. For questions about the event, contact 859-622-2996 or email languagescultureshum@eku.edu. Noena...

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EKU to host annual ‘City Fest’ in new location

By Noena Zerna The annual event City Fest will be hosted on EKU’s campus Thursday, September 21, beginning at 5 p.m. at a new location on campus. City Fest will now be at the Ravine, which is located near University Drive and is often referred to as “EKU’s version of Central Park.” City Fest is hosted by EKU Conferencing and Events in partnership with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. It is also sponsored by Soft Shoe. The event allows local businesses to market their products to the EKU community and Richmond residents. City Fest is free and open to everyone until 7:30 p.m. For more information about City Fest, visit richmondchamber.com or contact EKU Conferencing and Events at...

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Renowned keynote speaker to visit EKU

By Noena Zerna Tish Norman, award-winning speaker, will be speaking to EKU first-year students on Tuesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at EKU Center for the Arts. The event is called “Stay on Track with Tish Norman.” Norman received her bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University and a masters in education from Pepperdine University. Additionally, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. and The Links, Inc. Norman is the founder of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc. Additionally, Norman is a former educator and a co-author of the empowerment book From Mediocre to Magnificent. Norman has also had articles published in Connections Magazine and The Future Business Leader Educational Journal. “Tish’s greatest passion is using humor, music, energy and stylish motivation to deliver keynotes that offer audiences practical information and positive strategies,” Norman’s Facebook page states. The event is required for all first-year students to attend. For more information visit firstyear.eku.edu/first-year-experience-events or contact...

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EKU Public Safety director to meet with organizations due to noise complaints

By Noena Zerna Richmond is known to be a small college town. The proximity of EKU to the city is beneficial for students and residents alike. However, recently EKU received noise complaints from the Richmond residents due to student behavior off-campus. The behaviors mostly include loud noises during parties and are usually unrelated to campus events. Executive director of public safety and risk management, Bryan Makinen began meeting with various organizations on Monday, September 18, to discuss the issue with them. Makinen said he is trying to inform and encourage the organizations. “We want to encourage all members to be good neighbors,” Makinen said. Makinen said the university is not trying to tell anyone they can’t do anything, but they want to remind everyone to be aware of the community around them. The meetings are more of a public service announcement, Makinen said. He added that he began speaking with Greek Life organizations because of how the organizations’ meetings lined up with his calendar. “[This is] not a Greek issue,” Makinen said. “It’s not any one group or any one organization.” Makinen said he plans to speak to every organization on campus and it will more than likely take him the next couple of months to be able to meet with all of them. He said the best way to communicate the university’s message is with face-to-face conversations and...

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Relaxation and meditation group open for EKU community

By Alex Winburn It’s the fourth week of school, and the onset of stress has begun. The Counseling Center will be hosting a Relaxation and Meditation event from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, in Whitlock 568. All students, faculty and staff are welcome. Yoga mats, pillows and blankets will be provided. No experience is necessary in order to join, and no appointment is required to attend. The only request is that attendees show up at least five minutes prior to the beginning of the event. For more information visit...

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Farmer’s market provides fresh and local products for all of Richmond residents

By James Fernandez A Farmer’s Market will occur Thursday, September 14, in Irvine McDowell Park beginning at 10 a.m. Being a collection of local farmers, the market is home to many fresh, organic products. Visitors can find jars of organic jelly and preservatives to go on organic bread. Some of the vendors have a variety of vegetables, such as fresh green beans and succulent snow peas. Others are approaching the time for various types of squash and pumpkins to be sold, although there might not be much at this week’s venue. The prices are reasonable – a jar of fresh, organic preservatives, will be about $5; while purchasing a pound of fresh tomatoes might be $6. All vendors have electronic scales which are tested every week. Most vendors are also willing to bargain with customers. However, it’s suggested to purchase products at the full...

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EKU partners with UK to commercialize innovations within the universities

By Caitlyn Rahschulte EKU has teamed up with the University of Kentucky in order to help the state’s economy grow using research and intellectual property to drive the project. Tom Martin, of EKU’s Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET), and Ian McClure, of UK’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), agreed to the partnership with full support from EKU and UK presidents Michael Benson and Eli Capilouto. According to a news release, Benson said with UK’s organization and resources, EKU will have the help it needs to commercialize all innovations made by the university. “This partnership creates a research corridor between UK and EKU, leveraging their individual strengths for the benefit of all Kentuckians,” Benson’s statement read. With the partnership, the universities hope to help some of Kentucky’s challenges, Martin said. Referring to them as the “Kentucky uglies,” he said some of the challenges the partnership hopes to solve are the high rates of lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, smoking and obesity in the state. Aside from solving those problems, the collaboration will also help the universities with innovation and helping future inventors, Martin said. UK’s OTC will be a partner and service provided to EKU. Services such as helping EKU assess the potential value of an invention, assisting in market research and building a stronger EKU network are just a few examples of how the OTC will help...

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‘Gilmore Gang’ hosts second meeting

By Noena Zerna The Gilmore Gang will be having their second meeting of the semester Thursday, September 14, at 8 p.m. in Library 204G. The meeting’s focus will be to meet new members and discuss ideas for the semester. The group encourages anyone who loves the show The Gilmore Girls to join. For more information contact Brigid Wilson at...

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Rock band to perform at EKU

The Doobie Brothers will be performing at the EKU Center for the Arts Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. The band has sold more than 48 million albums and won four Grammy Awards. Southbound, their latest album, features the band’s iconic hit with some of country’s biggest stars. Their performance will include special guests JD and The Straight Shot. Tickets can be purchased through EKU Center for the Art’s website. For additional information contact...

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