5 things to read this morning

5 things to read

Herald staff

1. Parking changes finalized, commuter spaces cut

After losing approximately 500 parking spaces over the last two years, WKU has finalized the parking changes for next semester.

Jennifer Tougas, director of Parking and Transportation Services, unveiled the parking changes on March 25 during a Student Government Association meeting.

Tougas said the biggest change is that commuter parking passes on the main campus will now be limited. The commuter parking passes will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. 

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2. Regents approves all items in Friday committee meetings

WKU administrators are keeping a close eye on the budget for next fiscal year.

The Board of Regents committee meetings convened Friday morning in the Cornelius A. Martin Regents Room located in Mass Media and Technology Hall.

The Finance and Budget Committee approved all items on its agenda, including acceptance for filing the 2013-2014 second quarter statement of revenues and expenditures and personnel actions. 

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3. FAC classes to resume Tuesday morning after power outage

Students and faculty who had classes in FAC were informed last Thursday that their classes were cancelled due to a power outage that occurred Wednesday night. Power was restored early Monday morning and the building reopened later that afternoon.

Charles Harrison, maintenance services manager, sent out an email stating the power outage was due to electrical system failure in the distribution system.

Dale Dyer, plant operations manager, said the electrical system failed due to old age.

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4. Take Back the Night returns to WKU

Live music, cheering and high spirits filled the parking lot of the Justice Center on Thursday night. A diverse group ranging from ages and genders gathered on the cold, rainy evening to show its support for the fight against violence.

The annual event, Take Back the Night, consists of a rally, march and vigil that serve as a protest of sorts for sexual assault. Due to weather, the vigil wasn’t held, but participants continued to march on.

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5. Student selected for prestigious NASA scholarship

Many students eagerly search for internships to advance their career aspirations. Some joke that they are shooting for the stars. For others, however, such a statement is reality.

Victoria Hampton, a Metcalfe County junior, recently received an internship with NASA called the 2014 NASA Student Airborne Research Program. The meteorology major has had a passion for science her whole life.

“I have always had an interest in weather since I was little. I never thought of it as a career option until I arrived at WKU and learned about their awesome meteorology program,” she said. “It was then that I explored some of the meteorology classes and decided it was the path I needed to take.”

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