Feature Maddie Blankley

Music For Life

Teacher brings her love of voice into the classroom

By Maddie Blankley

Heather Lawson

Heather Lawson works as an adjunct professor at Campbellsville University, all while developing the younger music community through vocal and piano lessons and still performing in shows.

Lawson’s life has been filled with music in different ways since she was born, which is what made her want to pursue a career in it.

Feature Kiki Wagner

Gettin’ Wiggy With It

Behind the scenes with a rising costume design major

By Kiki Wagner

Raegan Calvert puts the finishing touches on car crash victim Thomas Yehling

“Wigs flying in the air,”, “sweaty seven-second costume changes,” and “backstage adrenaline rushes” are only some of the thrills of being a wig and makeup design major, according to Raegan Calvert.

Behind the curtains, Calvert and her wig designer run around backstage with the “actors’ sweaty shirts and jackets like mad men.”

“As dorky as it sounds, I get such an adrenaline rush from working backstage,” Calvert said. “It’s not as glamorous as being in front of the curtains, but it’s equally as important.”

Feature Meredith Neltner

Python Perfect

WKU student thinks outside the box with her new pet

By Meredith Neltner

McCall Ponzer

After two years in the dorm, it was finally time for McCall Ponzer to move into her first apartment and more importantly, get her first pet. It couldn’t be a boring, high-maintenance pet.
It needed to be interesting, yet easy to take care of despite her busy lifestyle.

“I saw one of my high school friends post a picture of her snake on Snapchat, and I thought it was so cute. That’s when I decided to do some deeper research,” Ponzer said.

Turns out ball pythons are gentle snakes who require feeding once a week. For someone who describes themselves as irresponsible, like Ponzer, this seems more manageable than a more high-maintenance pet like a dog or a cat.

Feature Miles Schroader

Making limestone a lifestyle at Mammoth Cave

By Miles Schroader

According to the U.S. National Park Service, more than 318 million people visited the 58 national parks across the country in 2018. But only about 20,000 get the pleasure of making a career out of the National Park Service.

People who get a job in the park service may be from different walks of life, but most of them will tell you they got into the job for a similar reason to Jackie Wheet of Bowling Green, a park ranger and tour guide at Mammoth Cave National Park.

“I know you’re not making the big bucks; you don’t see park rangers driving new Corvettes,” Wheet said.

Feature Laurel Deppen

Women carve out a place in STEM at WKU

By Laurel Deppen

Women make up just 37 percent of the students in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, as opposed to Western Kentucky University as a whole, where 59 percent of undergraduate students are female, according to the WKU Fact Book 2018.

The statistic mirrors a global trend. According to a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization report, around 30 percent of women in higher education are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ebony Cox Enterprise Story Feature Long Reads Trend

Single mothers pave way for their children

By Ebony Cox

Angel Shoemake, 25, of Bowling Green was not always a single parent and didn’t always attend Western Kentucky University.

Enterprise Story Feature Griffin Fletcher Long Reads Profile Small business

The reality of dreams

By Griffin Fletcher

It’s late afternoon on Saturday at Paradise Point Marketplace in Scottsville, nearly a 40-minute drive from downtown Bowling Green, and the smell of steaming hot dogs mingles with the warm April air.

Enterprise Story Feature Lora Sparks Profile Quick Reads

Love as steady as a rock

By Lora Sparks

Larry Cushenberry, 74, is a retired health teacher who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease six years ago. The disease affects his posture, walk, balance, and hand movement.

Christine DiMeo Enterprise Story Feature Long Reads Profile

A Sketch of a Hero

By Christine DiMeo

Pinned to the door of the sculpture studio in Western Kentucky University’s Fine Arts Center, a wide horizontal flier depicting a cloud of muscled, mostly female superheroes gazing triumphantly into the sky flaps its corners at the warm spring breeze every time the nearby exterior door opens.

Autumn Wheeler Enterprise Story Feature Quick Reads Trend

Plant-based diets: trend or lifestyle?

By Autumn Wheeler

Hayley Burgett, an animal studies major at Eastern Kentucky University, decided to start pursuing veganism almost two years ago. Burgett said that what made her decide to start a plant-based diet was when she made the comparison between her pet dog, Finn, and animals that people consume.