Controversy has caused a mural at the University of Kentucky to be covered by a white curtain for the second time in five years.

Eastern Kentucky University professor John Fitch III, who is also an independent filmmaker, created a documentary exploring the racially-charged mural and the conversations surrounding the O'Hanlon mural.

The university kept the O’Hanlon mural cloaked from November 2015 to March 2017.

Fitch's documentary will have its world premiere debuted in O'Donnell Auditorium in the Whitlock Building at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. A reception begins at 6 and a short discussion will follow the film.

The documentary, titled "Painted in Stone: The Kentucky Mural," includes a discussion of public art, censorship and student activism, according to a release, as well as a short history of African American students at UK's university.

In his film, Fitch brings to the table interviews with student activists, artists, an art historian, cultural geographer and media scholars along with footage of the 2019 mural protest and images from the occupation of the UK administration building by student protestors.

A trailer of Fitch's documentary can be found by visiting vimeo.com/354927061.

In addition to Fitch's filmmaking skills, has an Master of Fine Arts in film and a PhD in educational policy studies and evaluation.

Berea Convocation

The public is invited to attend the 2019 Opening Convocation at Berea College this Thursday at the Seabury Center.

The theme for this year's opening convocation will be Berea Stories. The program starts at 3 p.m. and is free to attend.

“Berea consists of 1,600 great stories, stories of challenge, accomplishment and triumph,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “Every Berea student has a compelling story, as do all other Bereans — faculty, staff, alumni and retirees — who together constitute our wonderful community. Opening Convocation 2019 is a celebration of all those stories and how they connect and reinforce one another.”

For those who attend the annual event, they can expect remarks by Roelofs and representatives from Berea College community, including student, faculty, staff, alumni and retiree speakers. Taking to the stage, they will share their own Berea stories. Special music will be performed by Berea College students and faculty.

The convocation kicks-off a year-long series of lectures, symposia, concerts and performing arts productions. The series includes the Stephenson Memorial Concerts and offers outstanding scholars, artists and leaders that enhance the intellectual, aesthetic and religious life, and make important contributions to students’ educational experience at Berea College. Visit berea.edu/convocations for the schedule of all convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.

Money tips for students

As the college semester begins, expenses start to rack up quickly.

One way students can help pay the cost of education after high school is through a work-study program, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Plus, work-study can provide valuable experience that looks good on a résumé.

Federal Work-Study allows students to earn money to help pay the costs of post-high school education. Rules may vary some by school, but a student must generally be enrolled in an eligible program, be working toward a certificate or degree, have financial need and be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Students must be paid at least the federal minimum wage. Jobs may be on or off campus. Students who submitted the FAFSA will be considered for Federal Work-Study unless they asked not to be.

Many colleges have their own work-study programs. Students interested in a school’s program should check with the college’s financial aid office.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers Kentucky’s student financial aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). Its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), offers low-cost Advantage Loans to help students and parents pay for college or to refinance student loans. For more information about Advantage Loans, visit advantageeducationloan.com.

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

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