Campus Times receives awards from state press association

Staff Report

 A year ago Tomomi Sato knew very little about digital cameras but wanted to be a photographer for the Campus Times.

She now has a first-place award from the Kentucky Press Association for Best Picture Essay.

Her award was for photos taken of “Almost Maine” presented by the theater department in late February of 2016. Four photos taken by her were published on two pages of the March 23, 2016 Campus Times.

“Best photos and presentation of photos of all entries,” judges said. “I’m envious.”

Sato graduates in May.

Rachel DeCoursey, who graduated last May, and Stan McKinney, adviser to the paper, shared a second-place award for Best Picture Essay.

DeCoursey’s photos were of the campus covered in snow, and McKinney’s were close-up photos of hands.

“Nice photos, giving an artist’s touch to a routine winter event,” judges said of DeCoursey’s photos. There were no comments about McKinney’s photos.

McKinney also received a second-place award for Best Front page.

“Clean, clear front page layout,” judges said. “Good job.”

Three front pages were required for the contest. McKinney’s entries were from October 2015 and February and April of 2016.

McKinney last semester did not lay out the Campus Times. That task was completed by Kasey Ricketts, editor of the paper who graduated in December.

This semester the newspaper will be laid out by Josh Christian, editor, and Brittany Rippy, assistant editor.

“I know all three of them are capable of winning comparable awards next year,” McKinney said.

The awards were enough to earn the Campus Times third place in General Excellence.

“I am very pleased for Tomomi and Rachel,” McKinney said. “These are professional awards and clearly show the caliber of work the two can perform. To win third place in General Excellence is just icing on the cake.”

The awards were presented during the KPA’s annual convention in late January. The Campus Times competes in university newspapers with less than 5,000 circulation. The contest year ran from September of 2015 to October 2016.


Campbellsville University athletic complex catches fire

By Josh Christian, Editor
 Under a grey sky, fire rippled across the top of the H&W Sport Shop Ronnie Hord Fieldhouse on the campus of Campbellsville University.

Four large trucks, an array of police cars, and EMT vehicles crowded around the athletic building in an effort to put out the fire that had already done extensive damage to the buildings infrastructure on the rescue crew’s arrival.

The fire began around 1:00 pm on Feb. 8, 2017.
Crowds of students, faculty, and staff watched as smoke billowed from the top of the building.

 “I am not exactly sure what happened, at the moment,” Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University said, while he watched fire crews work to put out the fire.

“I do know that the fire began on the far, back side of the athletic building,” Carter said.

“I am hearing two stories. We think the fire began in the laundry area. It was sparked either by a water tank or a drier."

Carter did say, however, that Adam Preston, head coach of the men’s soccer team at Campbellsville University, was on site when the fire began. After a failed attempt to put out the fire, alongside of the soccer team’s assistant coach and two students, Preston made the 911 call.

The extent of the damage is still unclear, but Carter suggests that the building will be ‘totaled’.

“Flames were across the top of the building,” Carter said.

 “I need barriers put at both ends of Tiger Way,” Kyle Davis, head of campus security at Campbellsville, shouted while walking up and down the street.

 Students watching as the events unfolded were ushered back in order to give the rescue crews plenty of space to work.

 “I was walking to my dorm and saw the sirens. I couldn’t believe there was a legit fire, though,” Aaron McKinley, student at Campbellsville University said.

 “Someone streamed the scene live, on Facebook, and I had to come and check it out myself,” McKinley said.

 “I left Chick-Fil-A, saw the smoke, and began walking to class. It was cancelled soon after, and that’s when I found the fire,” Amber Wright, student at Campbellsville University said.

 Although, the extent of the damage is still unknown, Carter did suggest that it shouldn’t affect class schedules for classes in the Powel Athletic building or in the Hawking’s Athletic center. Both buildings stand in front of the H&W Fieldhouse.

“Upon arrival firefighters found heavy black smoke coming from the entire building,” Chris Taylor, chief Campbellsville Fire-Rescue, said in a statement issued after the fire had been extinguished.

“The fire had spread through the attic and heavy fire and smoke conditions was encountered inside the structure. There was extensive smoke, fire and water damage throughout the entire structure,” Taylor said.

“No injuries were reported,” Taylor said.

Seven apparatuses and twenty-six firefighters were on scene. Local Campbellsville departments were on campus. Campbellsville University security was also on scene, according to Taylor.

The H&W Fieldhouse is dedicated to longtime supporter Ronnie Hord. Hord, the former owner of H&W Sport Shop in Campbellsville, Ky., started a partnership with CU in 1969. H&W Sport Shop has been a corporate sponsor of Campbellsville University for many years.

A note from the webmaster

The print version of the Campus Times in a headline and cutline incorrectly refer to the Ronnie Ford Fieldhouse. They should have said Ronnie Hord Fieldhouse. The stafff of the paper apologizes for the mistake.

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