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Police on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University are investigating an attempted burglary on campus that caused a campus-wide alert.

EKU officials say the call came in around 2:30 yesterday (Sun) morning of a person trying to break into the Grand Campus apartments at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Barnes Mill Rd.

A safety alert was sent out telling students to stay in place and seek shelter.

A few minutes later, another alert was sent out saying a person tried to break into the apartments with a gun, then threatened to shoot through the door before leaving.

EKU Senior Serves on Higher Ed Policy Group

Oct 4, 2016
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An Eastern Kentucky University senior from Hollywood, Florida is making his mark on Kentucky’s higher education policy organization.  The political science major is serving on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Madison Students Schooled in Financial Reality

Oct 4, 2016
Stu Johnson

A large group of Madison County 8th graders have been schooled in adulthood budgetary decision making.  Monday brought a dose of reality at the ‘Reality Store’ at Eastern Kentucky University.

The students are assigned a profession and then set about making decisions about everything from a car purchase to daycare to groceries, based on estimated earnings. 

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Educators at Kentucky’s Community and Technical Colleges and universities are establishing a new strategy for incoming freshmen with below-benchmark academic achievement scores. Officials from Kentucky schools gathered last week at Eastern Kentucky University.

Participants at the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education conference focused on corequisite course work. A corequisite is a course of study required to be taken simultaneously with another.

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Various positions regarding ‘concealed weapons’ have been discussed at Eastern Kentucky University Friday, during the first Campus Safety Summit.

Repairs Underway on EKU Pedway

Sep 15, 2016
Stu Johnson

Reconstruction work is progressing on a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. A contractor hopes to see the affected roadway reopen next week.

A commercial truck with a raised hydraulic lift plowed into the overhead walkway Friday.  Danny Price is Vice President of Contractor E.C. Matthews. He says removal work this week will hopefully pave the way for re-opening a portion of Lancaster Avenue next week.

EKU Regents Consider Suspending Academic Programs

Aug 19, 2016
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This year's tight financial situation is causing Eastern Kentucky University officials to consider suspending a total of 21 academic programs.  Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost Janna Vice brought the matter before the Board of Regents during a special meeting Thursday.

The proposed cuts are only recommendations at this point.  The discussion is, in part, due to a $7 million budget reduction planned for the 2017/18 fiscal year.  Any decision to suspend the academic programs would not affect current students. 

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As faculty and staff prepare for the Fall Academic Term, Eastern Kentucky University’s President gave his annual convocation address yesterday. Dr. Michael Benson projected an upbeat attitude about the school’s present and future.    

Lexington Jail Staff Respond to Questions About Work Environment

Jun 20, 2016
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Over 90% of Lexington’s sworn jail staff have been quizzed about their work environment at the detention center.  Council committee members were briefed last week.

School Resource Officers Say Social Media Issues Loom Large

Jun 14, 2016
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School Resource Officers from across Kentucky are meeting at Eastern Kentucky University.  They are being briefed on everything from constitutional rights of students to social media trends.

National Environmental Health Director Comes to EKU

Apr 19, 2016
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The director of the National Environmental Health Association believes one day many pollutants from fossil fuel combustion will be greatly reduced.  Dr.

New EKU Student Group to Hear from Violence Survivors

Apr 4, 2016
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A new student-based organization at Eastern Kentucky University is looking to hear from survivors of violence. Organizers of Students Against Violence at EKU, or SAVE, are staging their first meeting Tuesday night. Sierrah Anderson, EKU sponsor for the student group, says it’s about increasing awareness and involving students in changing the campus climate. 

EKU 2015 Freshman Class One of School’s Largest

Aug 21, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus is overflowing with new faces. Friday is move-in day for what is expected to be one of EKU’s largest incoming freshman classes ever.  Don Garza of Springfield, Kentucky says his brother, already an Eastern student, encouraged him to enroll. Garza says he knows it will be a brand new experience.  “Meeting some new friends, just hanging out, different experience from high school, grow up a little bit,” said Garza.

Neubauer Leaves EKU to Take Head Coaching Job at Fordham

Mar 30, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball coach is taking a new job at Fordham University.  Jeff Neubauer exits EKU as the second winningest coach in the school’s history.

Neubauer came to the Richmond school in 2005 and in his second season guided the Colonels to an OVC crown and NC double A birth.  EKU returned to the Big Dance in 2014, losing in an opening round game to Kansas.  The 80 wins over the last four years at Eastern are the most ever during that period of time in school history.

A change of plans from the originally-scheduled topic, which we will be re-scheduling at a later date. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us to discuss how the university handles "snow days," terroristic threats and other matters.

Send your questions, comments or stories by email to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or call 859-622-1657 and leave a comment.

In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear called for passage of a statewide workplace smoking ban. Already, cigarettes have already been snuffed out in many businesses, restaurants and campuses across the Bluegrass State and on this week's Eastern Standard, we'll talk smoking bans.

Logan Riley

This week's show is an encore from Sept. 18, 2014. 

Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the developer of the popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On this week's show, we'll discuss the video game industry and the Commonwealth's first academic program dedicated to video game development at Eastern Kentucky University.

On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.

Send your questions or comments in advance to wekueasternstandard@gmail dot com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for the “live” show Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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A diverse group of people marched and rallied Wednesday night in downtown Lexington in recognition of the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality.

Participants gathered first near Lexington's William Wells Brown Elementary School.  Among them, Molly Van Zant, who wore a front and back corrugated sign of names from across the country.  "I am wearing a list of some of people who have been killed by law enforcement recently, men and women," said Van Zant.

Logan Riley

Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the developer of the popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On this week's show, we'll discuss the video game industry and the Commonwealth's first academic program dedicated to video game development at Eastern Kentucky University.

    

KARLA WARD / Lexington Herald-Leader

An exchange of gunfire in Richmond over the weekend left one man dead and a Lexington police officer with minor injuries.  The incident near the campus of Eastern Kentucky University caused officials to issue a “shelter in place” alert. 

Students, faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University received an alert by email, text and telephone Saturday at 9:54 pm.

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Stu Johnson

Universities must comply with numerous laws, regulations and policies. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says there are federal reporting requirements for everything from financial aid, to accounting, to on-campus crime statistics. 

John Hingsbergen / WEKU News

An Eastern Kentucky University student is in custody on charges stemming from an armed robbery in a campus dormitory.  University police say they are unable to release some details since they are still investigating. 


EKU Head Counts Fiscal Blessings

May 12, 2011

After a couple years of recession and state budget cuts, the president of Eastern Kentucky University says some bills are coming due.  Two new buildings are going on-line at EKU and President Doug Whitlock must figure out how to pay for their operation and maintenance. The state once provided funds for such expenses, but, now schools like Eastern must pay those bills.