Music leader Maria “Djembe Queen” Hall leads a group performance at the heritage stage at the Bowling Green International Festival on Saturday. (Photo by Eli Randolph)

GALLERY: Blood Drive, football and a celebration of cultures

From student-created plays to defeating WKU’s fierce athletic rival, week six on the Hill was a packed one. The Talisman photographers were there to document it all.

Students wait to donate blood at the 100 Miles of Hope blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The blood drive is a competition between WKU and MTSU to see who can donate the most blood before their football game each year. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
Evan Thomas, a freshman business management major, donates blood for his first time at the 100 Miles of Hope blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 26. “I just feel really light headed,” Thomas said. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
WKU President Timothy Caboni cuts the ribbon celebrating the grand opening of the new 11,000 square foot soccer and softball complex on Thursday, Sept. 28. The complex will serve as a space for dedicated locker rooms, offices and training facilities for both programs. (Photo by Eli Randolph)

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Chandler England sings and plays his guitar on the Colonnade on Wednesday, Sept. 27. England is a nurse practitioner lead working for Rivendell Behavioral Health in the rehabilitations unit. Chandler plays his guitar for the young kids that are in the rehabilitation unit when he can. “The kids always ask me if I have my guitar, or when I’m going to play again,” England said. (Photo by Preston Jenkins)
The WKU Steelband played a concert on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the fine arts center recital hall. (Photo by Preston Jenkins)
Mark Berry shows off a steel drum to the audience on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Fine Arts Center recital hall. (Photo by Preston Jenkins)
Michael Cecil (left) and Nate Nash smile as Mark Berry plays a piece on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the fine arts center recital hall. (Photo by Preston Jenkins)
The crowd gives the steel band a standing ovation as the final song of the night ends on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Fine Arts Center recital hall. (Photo by Preston Jenkins)
Lea Schenk and Tori Lewis share a moment in “She Who Flew Too Close” by Annie Zander during the “Turning Points: Three Short Plays” hosted by WKU’s Theater Department hosted in the Gordon Wilson Lab Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 28. (Photo by Connor Marchant)

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On Thursday, Sept. 28, Jonathan Sutphin and Connor Thrasher star in “Most Likely to Succeed” by Sean Ryan during the “Turning Points: Three Short Plays” hosted by WKU’s theater department in the Gordon Wilson Lab Theatre. (Photo by Connor Marchant)
A cheerleader lands a backflip during a practice performance before the WKU vs. MTSU kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023. WKU beat MTSU 31-10. (Photo by Adin Parks)
WKU’s defensive line attempts to block MTSU’s special team on Thurday, Sept. 28. MTSU scored the field goal but ultimately lost to WKU 10-31. (Photo by Adin Parks)
WKU running back Elijah Young gestures to the Big Red Marching Band during warmups before WKU’s game against MTSU on Thursday, Sept. 28. WKU beat MTSU 31-10. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
WKU wide receiver Moussa Barry goes for a catch during WKU’s game against MTSU on Thursday, Sept. 28. WKU beat MTSU 31-10. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
WKU scores a touchdown by running the ball from the 1-yard line during its game against MTSU. WKU beat MTSU 31-10. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
WKU students cheer on Big Red as he attempts to use a kendama toy from one of the students. Most of the students pictured also participated in the Big Red Rush event held for freshmen every year. WKU beat MTSU 31-10. (Photo by Eli Randolph)

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Running back Davion Ervin-Poindexter somersaults midair after being knocked over by an MTSU defender on the line of scrimmage in the third quarter of the WKU vs. MTSU game on Thursday, Sept. 28. WKU beat MTSU 31-10. (Photo by Adin Parks)
Offensive lineman Mark Goode (76) Celebrates Davion Ervin-Poindexter’s (3) touchdown after he hurdled a MTSU defender to score the fourth touchdown of the evening for WKU on Thursday, Sept. 28. WKU beat MTSU 31-10. (Photo by Adin Parks)
Music leader Maria “Djembe Queen” Hall leads a group performance at the heritage stage at the Bowling Green International Festival on Saturday. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
A member of the Sankofa African drum and dance group hands out drumsticks to people in the crowd so they can participate in the performance at the Bowling Green International Festival on Saturday. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
A young audience member watches a performance enthusiastically at the Bowling Green International Festival on Saturday. The group performing, Yapa, played a variety of traditional cumbia and original songs. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
Three girls participate in a demonstration by the Sankofa African drum and dance group at the Bowling Green International Festival on Saturday. The group performs traditional dances along to drums and vocals from various parts of Africa. (Photo by Eli Randolph)
A boy sits and eats a type of shaved ice traditionally found in Italy at the Bowling Green International Festival on Saturday. Shaved ice can be traced back almost 4,000 years to ancient Greece and Rome. (Photo by Eli Randolph)