5 things to read this morning

5 things to read

Herald staff

1. WKU remembers ‘inspiring’ professor

To those who knew him, ‘inspiring’ is not a strong enough word to describe anthropology professor Lindsey Powell. Students and coworkers alike regard Powell, 47, as one of the most brilliant and caring people who have walked on campus.

One of his past students, Hallie Collins, went to India with him on a trip and was able to witness his cultured mind and creative personality.

“My first college class was with him in introduction to cultural anthropology,” she said.

“He was very quirky and different. He had an eccentric personality and he didn’t try to hide it, he was driven to be himself all the time.”

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2. WKU Theatre and Dance, Music Departments present “Curtains”

WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance will open its 2014 main-stage season on Feb. 28 throughMarch 2 with the Broadway hit, “Curtains.”

Sam O’Mara, a 22-year-old Maysville senior and one of the assistant directors of the show, describes “Curtains” as a whodunit based in 1959 at a Boston theater.

“Mysteriously, there is a tragedy that occurs on opening night of their previews,” O’Mara said. “The show is about how a cast and crew and a few detectives from the Boston Police Department work together to not only save a show, but save themselves from a murderer who has infiltrated the theatre.”

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3. Ky. Council on Postsecondary Education makes firm statement against Beshear proposed budget cut

The CPE unanimously approved a resolution to send to the state legislature and the governor, which expressed a continued need to avoid a sizable cut to public universities.

The resolution coincides with the WKU administration’s frequent commutes from Bowling Green to Frankfort to fight for funding.

“According to national data, 40 states in the current fiscal year have increased state general fund support for higher education,” the resolution stated. “Kentucky is not among those states.”

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4. Honors College construction to begin next month

A&K Construction was awarded an approximate $14.7 million contract to construct the building. The Paducah-based company served as the general contractor for Gary Ransdell Hall as well.

Bryan Russell, director of Planning, Design and Construction, said WKU is happy to work with the company again.

“We look forward to another successful partnership on this building,” Russell said.

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5. International Club hosts own version of Olympic games

Cheers, laughter and shouts of “take it off” echoed through Preston Center on Friday night.

WKU’s International Club hosted its own Olympic games on Friday, which included a relay that had team members put on extra clothes given to them, run down the track, and take off the clothes to give to their team member.

Louisville senior Valerie Farsetti, president of the International Club, was involved in all aspects of the Olympics from planning to giving out instructions for each game.

“Only strip the clothes we gave you,” Farsetti said.

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