Constance Alexander: When in the wrong hands, words become deadly weapons

In 1948, when New Yorker magazine published Shirley Jackson’s now-classic story, “The Lottery,” scores of readers canceled their subscriptions. Irate letters to the editors and phone calls raised a tumult. Even Jackson’s parents added their own note of discord. “Dad and I did not care at all for your story,” her mother wrote. “It does seem, dear, that this gloomy kind of story is what...

Constance Alexander: Pink is for girls, blue is for boys … or is it? The discussion continues

  After a day of too many deadlines and not enough coffee, I was tempted to skip a campus event intriguingly titled “Loosening the Gender Girdle.” In the end, however, the promise of dessert lured me to Murray State University’s Curris Center Ballroom to meet Robyn Ochs, educator, speaker and award-winning activist. I was one of a diverse group of 80 people who showed up, and while I came...

EKU is chosen fourth in 2014 preseason OVC football ranking, Murray State ranked sixth

Jacksonville State was voted the preseason favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference for football. (Photo provided)   While Jacksonville State was the favorite, Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University both show potental in the preseason – at least according to the voters.   Jacksonville State has been picked the preseason favorite in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference football...

Everyday Heroes: Dale Faughn believes age
not a big deal – ‘it’s the way we perceive age’

This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2010 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #2.” Dale Faughn retired from the Caldwell County school system in 2011 after more than 60 years service as a teacher.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   It doesn’t occur to the energetic Dale Faughn that only a young person might arise from bed at 3:30 a.m. and jog three miles—all...

Murray State players Payne and Williams receive All-Ohio Valley Conference honors

Murray State’s Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams have earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in voting by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.   EKU’s Cameron Payne was named All-OVC Freshman of the Year. (Photo by Tab Brockman for Murray State) Payne was named the OVC Freshman of the Year and All-OVC First Team while Williams was named All-OVC Second...