5 things to read this morning

5 things to read

Herald staff

1. WKU’s 1971 Final Four team remains in a league of its own

Read sports editor Elliott Pratt’s long-form narrative of WKU’s first basketball team to reach the Final Four in the NCAA tournament. 

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2. In My Skin: Transgender student hopes for Broadway career

The lightbulbs above reflect off London Chanel’s glossed pink lips, acting as a stage light that illuminates her world as she speaks.

It’s a world of cheek bones graced with blush, eyelashes coated in coal-black mascara and feet clad in stilettos. A world of bold printed fabrics, sparkles and smooth leather purses. A world that was metamorphosed through the gift of a dark brown wig.

She pays no mind to the disapproving gazes cast by the narrow-minded and she chuckles at the seemingly difficult, yet rewarding, future. All the while, she remembers the past which shaped her.

One day, she will be London forever. For now, she is also Tyler Chandler.

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3. Ky. General Assembly approves 1.5 percent budget cut, funding of TCCW

After 18 hours of yelling matches, impassioned debates and give-and-take ideas, Kentucky legislators finally approved a budget that gave some financial concessions to state universities.

The new 1.5 percent budget cut to state universities and colleges will ease WKU’s financial difficulties $750,000, taking the whopping $1.8 million lost under Gov. Steve Beshear’s 2.5 percent cut to $1.05 million.

The biennial state budget has been a high-stakes game for WKU since it was laid out in late January in the governor’s budget address. With so much at risk, President Gary Ransdell said the budget’s progress over the weekend was tracked closely.

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4. Greek Week starts Sunday

The culmination of a semester filled with hard work all comes down to one week for the Greek community at WKU. Greek Week will kick off with Spring Sing on Sunday, when fraternities and sororities show off their best moves and vocals at Diddle Arena.

Throughout the week, organizations will compete in Spring Sing, Greek Feud, a blood drive, Events Day and Tug. The week will come to a close with Philanthropy Day on Saturday followed by a convocation on Sunday.

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5. Spring sports clubs prepare for season

It’s a Wednesday evening in the spring and the Hattie L. Preston Intramural Sports Complex is buzzing with activity. Intramural sports fill some of the fields but on one particular field, the WKU Women’s Field Hockey Club is hard at work.

The team is running drills and conditioning for their already progressing season. They work together as a group of friends, teaching new members how to play the game and improving the skills of the others.

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