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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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Babylon Garden: familiar Richmond restaurant new and improved

By ERIKA KHAIR progress@eku.edu Visitors to Babylon Garden are greeted by the faint smell of spices, the sound of Mediterranean music playing in the background and a hearty “Welcome” from the staff behind the counter. There are plenty of visitors. Though Babylon Garden has only been open since the third week of January, the staff estimates over 50 people come in daily for lunch. Babylon Garden is located on Second Street, in what used to be a BP gas station. Suleiman Khdair, the restaurant’s owner, leased the property three years ago and originally operated it as an international market. But to operate the market, he had to stock a lot of inventory, which wasn’t moving fast enough to make a profit. So he changed the concept. Running a buffet had been Khdair’s goal since moving to Richmond from Wisconsin six years ago. His first restaurant, Babylon Gyro, didn’t have a big enough kitchen to accommodate cooking for a buffet. However, the Second Street location offered a larger kitchen and dining area and more parking. Babylon Garden offers a $7.99 all-you-can-eat buffet that includes two drinks. A typical menu gives customers plenty to choose from. There are at least five salads, including Greek, mint and tabouli salads. Hummus, stuffed grape leaves and baba ghanoush, a dip made out of eggplant that’s eaten with pita chips,are also available. Heartier fare includes lentil...

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Fraternities and sororities portray award shows at this year’s Greek Sing

By CAMILLE SEARS progress@eku.edu Big hair, bold makeup and one of a kind costumes could all be seen on Friday, March 20 at Eastern’s annual Greek Sing. Sororities and fraternities were paired together to sing and dance for a packed house in Brock Auditorium. The theme for this year’s dance competition between the Greek organizations was “Award Shows.” The Billboard Music Awards started off the night with dancers from Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Pi and Zeta Phi Beta dancing to popular songs from the early 2000s like Chris Brown’s Run It and Ke$ha’s Tik Tok. Chi Omega, Beta Theta Pi and Lambda Chi Alpha showcased their love of America’s favorite pastimes with the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (ESPYS). Kappa Alpha Theta, Sigma Chi and Alpha Kappa Alpha brought back unforgettable moments from the MTV Video Music Awards. Hard work paid off when the audience was reminded of the time when Britney Spears wore a snake as an accessory; Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift and when Lady Gaga wore a meat dress. “There were many long practices, but it was all worth it when it came time to perform,” said Travis Odom, 19, a health service administration sophomore of Sigma Chi. Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Sigma represented the Tony Awards, while dancing to popular songs from Broadway hits like Rent and The Lion King....

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