Category: News Briefs

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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Boil water advisory placed on Palmer and Commonwealth

By Leonard Combs Palmer Hall residents and those in the Commonwealth Building are advised to boil their tap-water due to a break in the water main until further notice. The main broke Monday, September 11, during the construction of the new recreation center where Todd and Dupree Halls used to stand. Paul Ganoe, interim associate vice president of facilities services and capital planning, said the main needed to be moved.  It is advised that only water to be consumed or used for brushing teeth needs to be boiled. Bottled water is currently being provided to Palmer Hall...

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Power outage at Business and Technology Center

By Leonard Combs The Business and Technology Center experienced a power outage Monday, September 11, after the breaker that powers the building’s chiller died. Since then, the power has turned back on, but the air conditioning’s cooling system will remain off until the old breaker is replaced. Interim associate vice president of facilities services and capital planning, Paul Gannoe said a new breaker has been ordered and should arrive in the near...

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Student Judicial Committee searching for applicants

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is recruiting students for the new Student Judicial Committee. Applications are being accepted until Tuesday, September 12. The Student Judicial Committee is comprised of students, referred to as advocates, who “wish to make a positive change on campus.” Their roles include hearing alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct while advocating for students. The office requires students to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and they must be registered for a minimum of 30 credit hours. The Student Judicial Committee is a yearlong commitment with two committees that meet weekly. One committee will meet on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and another will meet on Thursdays at 3 p.m. To apply, contact Laura Kearns at Laura.Kearns@eku.edu or visit www.studentconduct.eku.edu/eku-student-judicial-committee. Noena...

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Café Burrier opens for fall semester

Café Burrier will open Thursday, September 14, at noon. It is located inside the Burrier Building third floor. The menu will include black bean and corn salsa with homemade tortilla chips, breaded pork chop with mustard sauce, bacon mac n’ cheese, steamed zucchini and summer squash and chocolate mousse. Café Burrier is operated and managed by dietetic students as part of the Quantity Foods class. Chef Sangwook Kang supervises the students. It costs $10 to participate and eat a three-course meal. Online reservations can be made up to 24 hours before each meal. Reservations can be made through www.fcs.eku.edu/cafe-burrier. Reservations are required, to inquire about additional seating call 859-622-3445. Noena...

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Event honors World Suicide Prevention Day

Eastern Kentucky University Suicide Awareness and Focus on Education (EKU SAFE) is hosting “Artvention” on Thursday, September 13, beginning at 4 p.m. in Noel Studio. “Artvention” is to help honor World Suicide Prevention Day. The event focuses on individuals whose lives were affected by suicide – either as suicide attempt survivors or those whose lives were lost due to suicide. The event brings awareness to the issue of suicide, but also showcases artwork to help those attending express the pain of suffering, loss and change and understand the problem. “Artvention” is open to anyone, but they must register by contacting Judy van de Venne at judy.vandevenne@eku.edu. The first 50 attendees to register will receive “Artvention” t-shirts. Noena...

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EKU hosts events in honor of 9/11

Events commemorating the tragic events of 9/11 wil occur throughout campus Monday, September 11. The 9/11 Memorial Service will begin at 8:30 a.m. located at Memorial Plaza, outside of Powell Student Center. The Memorial Service is sponsored by the EKU ROTC and will include remembrances offered by university officials and local leaders. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. there will be a Blood Drive at Powell Student Center. The Blood Drive is sponsored by the Kentucky Blood Center and EKU Student Life. Students can sign-up at https://my.kybloodcenter.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/60010. The annual Memorial Stair Climb will be held at Keene Hall, with registration for the first climb beginning at 4 p.m. at EKU Center for the Arts and the climb beginning at 5 p.m. Registration for the second climb will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the climb immediately following the Memorial Service. The Memorial Service will be at EKU Center for the Arts beginning at 7:45 p.m. The Memorial Stair Climb is sponsored by the College of Justice and Safety, EKU Housing and the EKU Center for the Arts. Emily...

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Departments organize EKU Unite Rally to celebrate and promote campus diversity

EKU Unite Rally will happen Wednesday, September 6, beginning at 12 p.m. in the Ravine. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to join the event. The event is hosted by the AFA Club alongside the departments of African and African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Asian Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Latino Student Association, Languages, Cultures and Humanities, Honors Society, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Social Work Program and Students for Social Justice. The rally focuses on promoting campus unity while celebrating the diverse community EKU has. For more information, contact Ogechi Anyanwu, ogechi.anyanwu@eku.edu, Minh Nguyen, minh.nguyen@eku.edu, and Kelly Smith, kelly.smith@eku.edu. Noena...

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Campus Rec to host open archery tag event along with their back to school bash

Campus Rec will host a Back To School Bash Thursday, August 31, beginning at 5 p.m. The event will be on the Intramural Turf Field. The first 100 students to attend will be given free T-shirts as well as food and other prizes. Starting at 6 p.m. there will be an open archery tag followed by an archery tag tournament. To be able to participate in the tournament, sign up through imleagues.com. For more information, visit campusrec.eku.edu or call 859-622-6751. Noena...

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