5 things to read this morning

5 things to read

Herald staff

1. Students able to take master class with Jim Cooney

On Saturday, WKU Dance students were able to attend a master class with Jim Cooney, an award-winning choreographer who has taught jazz, tap and musical theatre across the world.

Clifton Brown, WKU Dance’s coordinator and associate professor, played a role in making Cooney’s visit become a reality.

“I was invited in December 2013 by Bonnie Erickson, director of educational programming of Broadway Dance Center (BDC), to their annual winter concert in New York City,” Brown said. “I was so impressed with the caliber and professionalism of their work and what the professional program had to offer, I knew I had to bring them to WKU.

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2. Student continues to work toward peace after sexual assault

Putting one foot in front of the other, Londa Stockton walked the five miles home from a night she’ll never forget. After consuming copious amounts of beer and hooch at a high school graduation party in 2009, Stockton found the nearest bedroom and quickly fell asleep. Hours later, she awoke face to face with a male classmate with his skin against hers, raping her.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice, Stockton is one of the 89,000 women affected by rape nationally. In 2012, Kentucky legislature, KRS 510.010, defined rape, or “deviant sexual intercourse,” as “any act of sexual gratification involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another; or penetration of the anus of one person by a foreign object manipulated by another person.”

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3. CAB-OOM canceled due to lack of funds

Students looking to unwind before finals week will need to come up with another method to do so because CAB-OOM, an annual event sponsored by the Campus Activity Board that brings a carnival atmosphere to WKU, has been canceled due to a lack of money. 

Charley Pride, director of Student Activities, said the amount of money left in CAB’s budget would only have paid for a scaled-down version of the event. Pride said CAB decided not to hold the event at all, as a smaller version would not hold students’ interest.

Read the news brief here

4. Blind student lives life to the fullest at WKU

When Sam Moore arrived to the Hill in 2006, he had more things on his mind than just who he would eat lunch with or what parties he wanted to go to. The incoming freshman faced one problem that very few others had to deal with— he was blind.

To say he didn’t let that stop him would be an understatement. Moore said that he was anything but nervous as he took this next step in his life.

“In some cases it was scary, but it was also exciting,” he said. “I knew I was lucky to be here.”

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5. Marsupial Awards

Read who won an award in the Herald’s annual year-end editorial. 

Read the editorial here