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What’s your story?

WKU Journalism students feel your story is newsworthy. Each of the writing pieces below captures the story of an individual and puts a spotlight on their life, the lessons they learned, and the importance of sharing within a community. Some of the writers even open up about their own personal experiences. 

Recovery: WKU student fighting for a healthy body, mind

By Ally Griggs Seven. Zero. Zero. Start. Inside the microwave, a fairly large sweet potato sits centered on a revolving plate. Turning back to the stove, placing one hand around the arm of the skillet and using the other to grasp the spatula, 21-year-old Hillary Bacon...

Restoring the fifth sense

By Austin Rutland Mylan Larsen, sporting a black “Deaf and Loud” t-shirt, darted his eyes back and forth between the Applebee’s waiter and his friend, Rebekah Thompson, as he tried to keep up with Thompson’s sign language interpretation of what the waiter was saying....

Finding a home at Trendy me

By Abby Ponder When Susan Simmons receives a new shipment of clothes at the Trendy Me boutique in Glasgow, Kentucky, she instantly reaches out to her customers. She’ll pull out her phone, snap a quick picture or two, and send a message. “A lot of times, new...

Hijab boutique is American dream

By Alexandria Clark A small white building sits beside Hobby Town on Russellville Road. Inside, Emina Hotilovac sits in an elegant gray fringed chair. Her small boutique is filled with jewelry, clothing, and various pieces representing her Muslim culture. A large rack...

Nursing student found calling raising sick child

By Savannah Pennington Two days after giving birth, Nicole Pendino watched as her son became stiff as a board and turned blue. “He was pretty much dying in my arms,” Pendino said. Her son, Clay was rushed to Kosair’s hospital and given emergency heart surgery. He was...

From the Hill to the Times

By Shelby Bruce A small house that sits feet away from Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, holds remnants of memories for Nikita Stewart of her grandmother. As a place where home cooked meals were constant, the Bowling Green Daily News was...

WKU student connects with Chinese heritage

By Alexandra Sandefur On almost any given Sunday afternoon during Angie Willemsen’s childhood, one could find her and her family at China One, a buffet-style Chinese restaurant in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Angie’s parents, who are Caucasian, started...

Faith in Science

By Justin Turner The small sanctuary of Franklin Presbyterian Church comes alive with music and chatter in the time between Sunday school and the start of the service. Two young girls twirl their dresses as they skip up and down the aisles, winding between the adults...

Boxing with Care: Daughter Finds Purpose Fighting Parkinson’s

By Brandon Killian Jill Steffey has been around Parkinson’s Disease her whole life. Her grandfather David Steffey had Parkinson’s Disease. Growing up, Jill watched her grandmother and her aunt as his caregivers. Now Jill is a caregiver to her father, Reese Steffey,...

Chi Chi Danger Squirrel: It’s all in the name

By Joseph Barkoff Photos by Mike Ko of Silicon Valley Design and Gregg Rich of Gregg Rich Photography In roller derby you either pick the name of your alter ego, or it is chosen for you. When I began skating at my “fresh meat boot camp” I had no idea as to what my...