POWER, PRIVILEGE

& DEMOCRACY

POWER PRIVILEGE & DEMOCRACY

The Fleischaker-Greene Scholars of Spring 2016 at Western Kentucky University spent the semester examining "Power, Privilege & Democracy" — how race, money and privilege impact American politics and elections. Their research and reporting focused on four areas: the history of voting rights, voting trends, modern barriers to political participation and solutions. Meet the Fleischaker-Greene Scholars

HISTORY

Explore the history of U.S. voting rights with a video and an interactive, multimedia timeline.

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WHO VOTES

Who votes in U.S. elections? Learn about voting trends by race, gender, age and income.

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MODERN BARRIERS

Voter ID laws and other restrictions at the polls. The disenfranchisement of felons. The influence of money on politics. We examine modern barriers to participation in the U.S. political system.

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SOLUTIONS

How could we improve democracy and voting in the U.S.? A look at ideas from around the country and across the globe — including Kentucky's new online voter registration system.

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Fleischaker-Greene Scholars & Professors

HADDY BADJIE

Haddy Badjie, a graduating Senior originally from Banjul The Gambia, will graduate with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism on May 14th. Haddy has served as an interim morning news producer for WBKO, reporter and anchor for WKU News Channel 12, radio reporter for WKU Public Radio, and a competitor for the WKU Forensics Team. Following graduation, Haddy will move to New York to work as a radio reporter for WNYC. Haddy is pursuing a career in documentary storytelling, sharing stories of diversity and culture across the world. Email: haddymedia@gmail.com

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HOPE BRADFORD

Hope Bradford is a broadcast news major and psychology minor from Elsmere, KY. She will be graduating in May 2016 and is searching for career where she can exercise her journalistic and/or creative writing skills. Email: hbradford0510@gmail.com

BRIA GRANVILLE

Bria Granville, a graduating Senior from Georgetown Kentucky, will be receiving her bachelor's degree in Photojournalism and Sociology on May 14th. During her time at Western Kentucky University Bria has worked for USA Today College, The Chautauquan Daily, The Anderson News and as Multimedia Editor for the College Heights Herald. Following graduation Bria will be the summer intern for the The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization which was "established to meet the current and future needs" of the local community, where she will be creating photo and video stories. Beyond that, Bria would like to continue to use film and video as a storytelling format. Email: bria.granville@gmail.com

JAMES LINE

James Line, a junior at Western Kentucky University, is pursuing a degree in Political Science, with minors in Journalism Writing and History, and a certification in Political Communication. Born and raised in the Louisville area, he is active in the WKU and Bowling Green communities as chief of staff in the WKU Student Government Association and director of public relations for the WKU Student Coalition for Renters' Rights. Line will study Middle East politics for several weeks in Morocco and intern with the ACLU of Kentucky this summer. After graduating in 2017, he intends to pursue a career in political consulting and communication. Email: jamfredline@gmail.com

CAMERON LOVE

Cameron Love is a senior from Mt. Washington, Kentucky studying journalism and gender studies. Throughout the past four years at Western, he has held internships at The Huffington Post, Tampa Bay Times and Lexington Herald-Leader. Cameron was also the Editor-in-Chief of the College Heights Herald during spring 2015, and is currently on the editorial board of the Talisman yearbook. This summer he will finish up his degree by traveling to Amsterdam, where his studies will focus on gender, society and culture. Email: camlove12@gmail.com

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ALYSSA POYNTER

Alyssa Pointer is a graduating senior studying photojournalism and African American studies. Originally from Jonesboro, Georgia, she has made Kentucky her home for the last five years. Throughout her college career, Alyssa has been able to practice her visual storytelling skills with internships at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Atlanta's Creative Loafing and the Louisville Courier-Journal. Following graduation, Alyssa plans to relax and spend time with her family before joining the Chicago Tribune as a visual intern in the fall. Email: Pointer.alyssa@gmail.com

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BRIA GRANVILLE

Bria Granville, a graduating Senior from Georgetown Kentucky, will be receiving her bachelor's degree in Photojournalism and Sociology on May 14th. During her time at Western Kentucky University Bria has worked for USA Today College, The Chautauquan Daily, The Anderson News and as Multimedia Editor for the College Heights Herald. Following graduation Bria will be the summer intern for the The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization which was "established to meet the current and future needs" of the local community, where she will be creating photo and video stories. Beyond that, Bria would like to continue to use film and video as a storytelling format. Email: bria.granville@gmail.com

INDYGO RAY

Indygo Ray is a Political Science and English double major from Louisville, Kentucky. She will be graduating in May 2017. After graduating from WKU she hopes to attend law school. Ray has also studied abroad in Trinidad and Tobago and would like to do more traveling during and after law school. Email: indygoray@aol.com

AMARAH REED

Amarah Reed, a junior at Western Kentucky University, she is pursuing a degree in History with a concentration of Pre-Law. She is raised in Hodgenville, Kentucky the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Amarah is active within the national service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, an associate Justice of SGA Judicial Council member. She interned in the Canadian Parliament under Member of Parliament Larry Maguire. After graduating, Amarah wants to go to graduate school and pursue a Masters in Political science and pursue a career in lobbying. Email: amarah.reed94@gmail.com

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JAY TODD RICHEY

Jay Todd Richey is the current Student Body President and Student Regent on the Board of Regents at Western Kentucky University. He is a junior majoring in Political Science and Asian Religions and Cultures with a minor in Legal Studies. He is a member of the WKU Honors College. He is the Founder and Chair of the WKU Student Coalition for Renters' Rights, an organization that advocates for adequate legal protection for renters in the commonwealth of Kentucky, the YMCA College Youth in Government National Speaker of the House of Representatives, and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity. He hopes to one day dedicate his life to public service.

AMARAH REED

Amarah Reed, a junior at Western Kentucky University, she is pursuing a degree in History with a concentration of Pre-Law. She is raised in Hodgenville, Kentucky the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Amarah is active within the national service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, an associate Justice of SGA Judicial Council member. She interned in the Canadian Parliament under Member of Parliament Larry Maguire. After graduating, Amarah wants to go to graduate school and pursue a Masters in Political science and pursue a career in lobbying. Email: amarah.reed94@gmail.com

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MEGAN SPENCER

Megan Spencer is a political science major and gender/women's studies minor from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She will be graduating in May 2017. After graduating from WKU, Spencer hopes to attain her master's degree in social policy. Email: meganolivia3485@hotmail.com

CAITLIN STRONG

Caitlin Strong is a Criminology major with a minor in Legal Studies from Gallatin, Tennessee. She will be graduating from WKU in May of 2017 and aspires to attend graduate school and obtain her MBA. After graduate school, she wants to use her passion for fundraising and work as the Philanthropic Director of a Non-Profit. This summer, she will intern with the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and serve as their Fundraiser and Special Events Coordinator. Email: caitlin.ann.strong@gmail.com

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MARCUS STUBBS

Marcus Stubbs is a Family studies major and Minor in Child studies in Family & Consumer Sciences. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He will be graduating in December 2016.This summer, he will be studying abroad in South Africa for a service learning project. After he graduates his aspirations will be going to grad school for Higher Education Administration and have a doctorate in Divinity. Email: stubbsm12@gmail.com

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LINDSAY WHITTINGTON

Lindsay Whittington is a soon-to-be graduate from WKU's English literature and journalism department. Whittington moved to Kentucky from Marion, Illinois, in 2012 when she decided to study professional storytelling. She's now learning how to use storytelling in the corporate world of urban Kentucky. Email: lindsaywhittington12@gmail.com

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DR. SAUNDRA CURRY ARDREY

Dr. Saundra Curry Ardrey is chair of the Political Science Department and Director of the African American Studies Program at Western Kentucky University. She is also the only African American department head at the University. Dr. Ardrey specializes in voting and electoral behavior, conducts research on the political participation of women and minorities, and has made contributions to the extant literature through publications on the political beliefs and behavior of African Americans. Her areas of expertise focus on the impact of race on politics and the role gender plays in vote choice and participation.

AMANDA CRAWFORD

Amanda J. Crawford is an assistant professor of journalism in Western Kentucky University's School of Journalism & Broadcasting. Crawford is a creative non-fiction writer who spent almost 20 years covering politics for Bloomberg News, The Arizona Republic, The Baltimore Sun and other outlets.

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