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Liberals should check their message at the door

Every poll leading up to last Tuesday had Clinton up 5 or 6 points and was almost a lock for the White House. Some radically left pundits thought Trump might not win a state, or at least very few. The big, dumb, white rednecks living in their trailer parks in the deep South couldn’t possibly outnumber the progressive intellects in this country and all the minorities that of course can only vote Democrat, right?

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Construction is ruining vibe on campus

Overall, most EKU students would probably agree that the mass amount of construction on campus is excessive and annoying. It may be improving campus overall in the long run, but it could have been done piece-by-piece, instead of at one time. Not only is it hurting the atmosphere and the beauty of campus, but it has depleted housing and parking spaces on a major scale.

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Budget cuts always seem to target staff rather than faculty

No staff can use their real name when addressing any issue related to faculty; it is too risky-we will be eliminated so quickly… For the last several years, every budget cut has been to staff: The RIF (reduction in force) saw some departments lose 20+ staff (IT and Facilities) and the second RIF white boxed and gray boxed more staff. The most recent student success RIF saw all staff eliminated. The two faculty that had staff positions went back to being faculty. Vacation accrual impacted only staff. The current RFP out impacts only staff. Even athletics has cut staff positions.

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Super Smash Bros. eased my transition to college

Then I discovered the Game Cave in Powell. I didn’t know it was there at first, but being the huge video gamer I am, I was drawn to it. I could either bring my own games to play, or rent games out, or try out games I’d been meaning to try like DOTA 2 and League of Legends. I was in there a lot, usually playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and that’s when it happened.

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Are Horoscopes Meaningful or Disposable?

Kori Hinkley: Cancer. No, fortunately, I do not have it. It’s my astrological sign. Anyone born June 21 – July 22 can relate. We’re stubborn, emotional, loyal people who can also be known to be manipulative, moody and suspicious. Although, I do read my horoscope every day, I don’t worship astrology. Astrology is “the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.” It can be seen as a scientific explanation, connecting celestial objects to beings on Earth, which is pretty much the premise of horoscopes. Contrary to what pessimistic “rational” thinkers of the world say about how irrelevant this side of astrology may be, I for one, think it’s awesome. People are vulnerable, we have emotions. We have bad days and good days, and wide ranges of imagination. A daily horoscope can be uplifting. Everyone loves reassurance, no matter how much of a realist you are. Today my horoscope reads, “An amazing blend of luck and perfect timing may soon help you make a dream come true.” This could probably apply to every single person on this planet, but why question it? I mean who really knows what is in store for the future? Well, except for psychics, but don’t get me started on those amazing beings of supernatural human existence. Seriously, though, the future is questionable. It’s not even promised, we...

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Student group hosts events to spread awareness of modern day slavery

By STEPHEN MCFERRON progress@eku.edu Eastern’s Stop Human Injustice Enslavement and Exploitation (SHINE) organization had their annual SHINE week April 13 through 16. SHINE week is dedicated to educating students about, and taking action against, modern slavery. “Our goal is to educate our campus about the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking,” said SHINE president Halle Graham. The week started off with a documentary viewing of The Dark Side of Chocolate at Eastern’s Baptist Campus Ministry building. This gave viewers a view at the exploitation of African children in cocoa plantations on the Ivory Coast. SHINE then hosted a...

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Panel discusses impact of cuts to higher education funding

By JACOB BLAIR jacob_blair50@mymail.eku.edu The economics of higher education was key discussion for this year’s legislative forum Monday afternoon in the EKU Center for the Arts. About 15 faculty members attended the panel consisting of Will Hatcher, associate professor of political science; Richard Day, chair of Faculty Senate; State Rep. Rita Smart; State Sen. Jared Carpenter; State Rep. Arnold Simpson, chair of the budget subcommittee on postsecondary education; and Bob King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. David McFaddin, executive director for government relations, was the moderator. “It has been very easy, too easy, to cut higher ed,” King said. “We will pay the price long-term in the state of Kentucky.” From 2012 to 2016, the state’s general fund revenue increased 9.2 percent, but spending on higher education went down 7.2 percent, King said. Since the 2007-2008 fiscal year, there has been an almost $900 million cut to education from the general fund. “The cuts we’re expecting are having an impact on our campuses,” King said. Student debt and low college completion rates are the problems in Kentucky’s higher education and Simpson said the long-term solution is to create a workforce that has more bachelor’s degrees and higher paying jobs to create more tax revenue for the state. Smart concurred. “When you have these high-paying individuals, it gives you an increase in payroll tax,” Smart said. The...

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The third times the charm for The Vagina Monologues

By HEATHER STEPHENS progress.eku.edu After two delays this semester due to inclement weather, the 12th annual Vagina Monologues took place March 18 through 20. The Vagina Monologues is a performance celebrating V-Day, Feb. 14, which is a global movement to stop violence against women. The cast gave a variety of performances that ranged from serious to hilarious. Crooked Braid was a monologue that emphasized the struggle that Native American women face with abuse. Six cast members performed the monologue, each telling a different story. They Beat The Girl Out of My Boy…Or So They Tried was another monologue performed by five members of the cast. This monologue told the stories of transgender women, who faced abuse from everyone, only to rise above it all. Other monologues, such as The Flood and The Vagina Workshop lightened the mood with funny stories of experiences from people who were interviewed for the original play by Eve Ensler. Sheri Gordon was part of the cast and is an Eastern alumnus. This was her third performance in the monologues. Gordon, being a last minute addition to the cast, said she practiced for her monologue for about two months before the performance. Gordon’s monologue was titled My Angry Vagina, which was a humorous piece about the struggles that women face with uncomfortable doctor’s visits and products. “I’m really happy because I got to do my...

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Theater student makes a statement with vintage and self-made clothing

By LEXI WALTERS alexia_walters29@mymail.eku.edu In the first grade Jonathan Hibbard was asked to come to class dressed as his favorite storybook character and tell the class a little about the respective book. He chose Peter Pan and decided to dress as the infamous Captain Hook. His mother asked why he didn’t choose to dress as the book’s hero, Peter Pan, to which young Jonathan replied, “Captain Hook has the better costume.” His early appreciation of style and love for literature, later developed into a love for theatrics. Hibbard, 20, a sophomore theater major from London, said he has known that the theater is where he belonged since he was very young. Hibbard said that by age 4 he could probably recite every line of the Wizard of Oz. This interest continued to grow as Hibbard read more and looked at more pictures. “I learned because I had an interest in it,” Hibbard said. As Hibbard continued studying, he soon discovered that he had a passion for the 18th century. Not only did he enjoy the revolutionary ideas and the influential philosophers of the time, but also the rich fashion. Hibbard said he loves the bold colors and fabrics, the textures and the layers. In addition to enjoying clothes from this time, he also collects antiques. In high school, Hibbard had an opportunity to create fashions like the ones he admired...

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