5 things to read this morning

5 things to read

Herald staff

1. WKU community remembers fight for equality

Saundra Ardrey was just 10 years old when she first marched in the streets of North Carolina.

“My Dad was involved in the Civil Rights Movement,” Ardrey said. “It was just part of what I did as a child.”

While activists in the South campaigned for equality in schools and fair use of public places and facilities, people up North fought for equal job and housing opportunities.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or race in hiring, promoting, and firing. President Lyndon Johnson signing the legislation was a major victory for the Civil Rights Movement.

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2. New Works Festival begins this week

The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance will present its New Works Festival April 10-13 at the Gordon Wilson Lab Theatre.

Nashville junior Anna Lee McFadden is the dramaturge for the New Works Festival.

McFadden, who is also stage managing a spoken word piece and directing a stage reading, said the New Works Festival includes 12 total projects with six shows per night.

“I think everyone should come — not only to see new, original work produced by people here at WKU, but also to support the arts,” she said.

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3. Miss Omega pageant to return to WKU

This Saturday, Omega Psi Phi fraternity will host a pageant meant to show that all shapes and sizes are beautiful.

In its seventh year, the Miss Omega pageant aims to help plus-sized women gain self-esteem and confidence. The pageant will take place at Downing Student Union Auditorium on April 11 at 7 p.m.

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4. Greek feud tests knowledge of Greek community

Greek Week is rife with excitement and challenges to honor the individual organizations and celebrate philanthropy. Sunday introduced Spring Sing, Monday kicked off a week-long blood drive and Tuesday tested knowledge of each sorority’s and fraternity’s knowledge of all things Greek and WKU.

Greek Feud, held in the Downing Student Union on Tuesday night, was highly anticipated by all members of the Greek community. The lobby outside the auditorium filled with Greek letter tees over an hour before the event began. Shortly after the doors opened, the place was packed, as girls greeted one another and guys found their brothers.

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5. Former WKU athlete makes history

Read the Herald’s 2011 profile on Derrick Gordon, who recently made national headlines by being the first openly gay Division I basketball player. Gordon transferred to the University of Massachusetts after his freshman year at WKU.

Read the profile here