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KENTUCKY KERNEL CELEBRATING 38 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009
Social network allows UK to monitor users By Laura Clark email@example.com
UK has created a Web site that mimicks Facebook in order to add a forum to gather students opinions about campus life.! The Big Blue Network, or NetworkBlue, is an exclusive online community created to moderate discussion about issues on campus in order to resolve them, as well as increase retention rates, said
Randolph Hollingsworth, provost assistant in Integrated Academic Services. An invitation-only e-mail was sent to freshmen and first-year transfer students, said the Online Community Manager and political science professor Christopher Rice. In the e-mail, Rice said NetworkBlue is not set up to spy on students, but students should abide by the university’s Student Code of Conduct.
Rice said the assessment data that is collected, including discussion topics and the number of hits on a certain group or page, are stripped of the students’ usernames. After being asked about betraying students’ privacy, Rice said he would add a clarifying statement on the front page of the NetworkBlue Web site by the end of the week. “We’re not following every single thread and storing it,” Rice said. “We want
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(students) to feel free to talk, to joke… All we’re looking at is data that helps us assess what is working.” Even though the comments and discussions are monitored, Hollingsworth said NetworkBlue is not a formal research project. “You can call that a focus group, or research, but the best way to describe it is as listening,” Hollingsworth said. “We’re making changes that improve the university
experience.” Hollingsworth said data is collected using web analytic solution programs such as Google Analytics and Webtrends. “(With the programs) you can see, in a big snapshot, where the activity is happening,” Hollingsworth said. “We’re going to have numbers of hits on pages and groups… that would help guide discussions.” Both Hollingsworth and
Rice agreed the site, sponsored by Provost Kumble R. Subbaswamy, was a risk. “The Provost is paying for this thing, so as a consequence, we have to ask, is it worth it?” Hollingsworth said. Leaders from various student organizations, such as K Crew and Student Government, were involved in the creation and design of the soSee Network on page A3
2009 BID DAY
By Katie Perkowski firstname.lastname@example.org
When students, new and old, go out to enjoy their first weekend back on campus, they may notice an increase in patrolling officers.! For the first few weeks of the semester, UK will see a rise in police presence in neighborhoods surrounding campus, Interim Police Chief Joe Monroe said. UK Police, Lexington Police, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Fayette Urban County Government’s Division of Code Enforcement will be working together to enforce an educational and enforcement campaign dealing with crime and safety, Lexington Police Lt. Gary Sennett said. The campaign enforcement will focus on areas from Dantzler Drive to Maxwell Street, across Maxwell toward Ashland Avenue, and in areas such as Aylesford Place, Transylvania Avenue and Kentucky Avenue, Sennett said. About 20 officers will patrol areas around campus from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., an increase from last year, Monroe said. This increase also includes more officers on bicycles. Two officers will be focusing solely on impaired driving between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Last year there was nothing to specifically target impaired drivers, Monroe said. No increase in undercover officers will be made, he said. “We’ll have more of a visible deterrence and presence in the campus community,” Monroe said. Kathryn Weinfurtner, a physical therapy graduate student who lives on Journal Avenue, said she has not noticed a significant increase in police patrol recently, but that it makes her feel safer knowing that police are patrolling areas. See Crime on page A10
PHOTO BY ALLIE GARZA | STAFF
The women of Alpha Gamma Delta cheer on their new pledge class who were walking back to the sorority house on Friday afternoon after receiving their bids.
Sorority recruitment down 125 By Laura Clark email@example.com
Despite the hundreds of students who flooded UK’s campus last Friday at the end of sorority recruitment, the number of women in white dresses actually decreased from last year. UK sororities finished the 2009 formal recruitment last week. Around 850 women participated in recruitment and moved into the dorms a week early. See Rush on page A9
Video and gallery of Bid Day 2009
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After receiving their sorority bids, the girls walk up the stairs of White Hall Classroom Building to learn cheers, meet chapter leaders and take the first steps inro becoming active members.
Buster’s, Cosmic Charlie’s highlight changing bar scene By Laura Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
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Russell Baker saws a kickboard for the stairs to the stage at Buster’s new location in the Old Tarr Distillery on Manchester Street. First issue free. Subsequent issues 25 cents.
Ten years ago, Clark and Jessica Case were UK students working in the basement of the Kentucky Kernel. Now, the two are helping to transform Lexington’s new music and bar scene. It is fitting that their first date was a concert. The Cases, both attorneys, are reopening Buster’s, now Buster’s Billiards & Backroom, whose original home was on the block that was demolished last year to make room for the CentrePointe project. The bar’s new home is now at the Old Tarr Distillery Warehouse, part of the Lexington Distillery Dis-
trict on Manchester Street. Clark Case called the new home “antique industrial.” “The old buildings (in the Distillery District) are fit for something new,” Case said. “It’s quirkier. It kind of rocks.” Construction on the new Buster’s began on July 1, and the Cases said the new 11,000 -square-foot Buster’s will be ready by the first week of September. But the new Buster’s has something the old one did not: live music. The old distillery warehouse space now offers a mid-sized music venue, something Lexington does not yet have. “We’ll be getting bands of
the same caliber (as Headliners),” Jessica Case said. “Instead of everyone going out (to Louisville), now they’ll be coming in. Lots of bands are rooting here first, and then going to Headliners.” The building is separated into a front billiards lounge and a back concert hall where shows, starting Sept. 4, will be open to ages 18 and up. “We were missing a huge demographic ... 75 percent of UK students are under 21,” Jessica Case said. Buster’s is not the only bar that is changing the Lexington scene. John Tresaloni, the owner of the Fishtank on Euclid AvSee Bars on page A8
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HOME ON THE RANGE
McSteamy's sex tape scandal Eric Dane and wife Rebecca Gayheart face embarrassment after a nude video of them with a pal hits the Internet. Before the start of the Grey's Anatomy August 17, creator Shonda Rhimes felt compelled to give the cast and crew of the ABC drama a pep talk. "She said she hoped everyone had a good weekend and that today was a new day and everyone should focus on the work," a set source tells Us. "But once we got started, things were awkward." No surprise there — given that an X-rated video featuring Eric Dane, 36 (a.k.a. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan), partying in the nude with wife Rebecca Gayheart, 38, and a longtime friend, former Miss Teen USA Kari Ann Peniche, 25, had been posted on the Web site Gawker.com earlier that day. "This was an extreme shock to everybody," says Peniche's rep. "This was a personal tape
that they made together in good fun." The Fallout It's still a mystery how this very private affair became public. Gawker claims the tape was obtained by the Hollywood vice squad as part of an investigation, without saying who leaked it. And while one source speculates it was Peniche herself — to promote her fall VH1 reality show Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew — her mom, LeAnn, strongly denies this, telling Us, "I can promise you she did not. She is not happy." As for Dane and Gayheart, they are focused on getting the video off the Internet and doing damage control. (Their lawyer lamely insists that "although the participants are nude, the tape is not a 'sex tape.'") Regardless, says the set source, "this is another cloud over Grey's, and they don't need any more negative publicity."
As I spent my entire summer shooting pictures for a newspaper in Buffalo, N.Y., I was hit with the shocking realization that I was a little homesick for Kentucky. The day I got assigned the Niagara County Fair was one of the happiest of my internship. I put on my cowboy boots and spent the day surrounded by hardworking country people and lots of livestock, who proved to be a heartwarming little piece of home away from home.
— BRITNEY MCINTOSH
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Horoscope To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 6 -- After searching far and near for a good investment, consider your own business. That looks like a pretty safe bet. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Mercury, for intelligence and communication, has gone into Libra, for creativity and negotiations. This will be fun. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 6 — Mercury, your planet, has gone into Libra, one of your favorite signs. Follow the rules, and you'll do fine. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — There are hurdles to be cleared, but all ends
well. Don't sweat the little stuff. An idea from afar brings success. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Follow the rules to a better idea. It might be that you don't want to play by those rules anymore. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — It's a mess all day, but it ends well. Through a roundabout way you find the right person to help with a tough task. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — You can afford technical assistance now, so investigate your options. You can get what you need inexpensively. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Amazingly, all turns out well. There are barriers but also a few lucky breaks, so it ends up a win for you.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 5 — There's just one thing after another, all day long. Amazingly, all ends well. Play by the rules. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Just when you've almost given up, along comes another great idea. This often happens to you in desperate times. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — You do well under stress. It pushes you toward new ideas. One thing leads to another and — voila! — problem solved. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Your partner helps you find a deal you can't refuse. There are stumbling blocks, but you can find a way around them. (C) 2009 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
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Fifth UK president leaves behind legacy of education By Matthew Stallings email@example.com
Former UK president Frank Graves Dickey, 91, died Aug. 7 due to complications from pancreatic cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. Dickey became the fifth president in UK’s history and the youngest after succeeding Herman Lee Donovan as president in 1956. Until 1963, Dickey oversaw a number of projects that initiated extraordinary growth within the university. The launch of UK’s medical school and the opening of the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center that houses the colleges of dentistry, medicine and nursing were seen to completion within his tenure. Several dorms were built and off-campus extension centers were opened, laying the foundation for UK’s community college system. The ChemistryPhysics Building and the UK Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce also opened its doors during his time. “Even though the Univer-
sity lost a historic figure today, UK and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky will never forget the legacy he left,” said President Todd in a news release. Dickey Hall was opened in 1964 in his honor by the UK College of Education. Dickey left the presidency to become the executive director of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. From 1965 to 1974, Dickey headed the National Commission on Accrediting of Colleges and Universities, was provost of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1974 to 1976, and became vice president of University Associates, an educational consulting firm in Washington, D.C., in 1976. Dickey was born Dec. 1, 1917 in Wagoner, Okla. He graduated summa cum laude from Transylvania College, majoring in English with a music minor in 1939. Upon graduating he served as a public school teacher while earning a masters degree in arts and sciences from UK in
1942. Dickey served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of master sergeant before his discharge in 1946. Dickey then returned to UK where he earned doctorate in secondary education in 1947. In 1965, Dickey was inducted into the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He was also inducted into the College of Education’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 1989. Dickey and his wife Elizabeth Drymon Dickey presented the College of Education with a new endowed scholarship for graduate students in 2002. In the same year, Dickey received Omicron Delta Kappa’s Laurel Crown Circle Award, the national collegiate leadership honor society’s highest honor. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Frank G. Dickey, Jr. of Lexington and Joseph Terry Dickey of California; and a daughter, Ann Elizabeth Haynes of Lexington. Services were held Saturday, Aug. 22, at Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington.
Even though the University lost a historic figure today, UK and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky will never forget the legacy he left.”
NETWORK Continued from page A1 cial networking site, and were among the first members of NetworkBlue, Ben Duncan, chief of staff of Student Government, said. Since NetworkBlue is hosted on a UK site, it should be assumed that UK is monitoring it, Duncan said. The student leaders were invited to help guide the Web site’s discussions, Rice said. Faculty and staff, such as college advisers, are also invited. All of the freshmen have received invitations, and some more than once,
— Lee Todd, UK president
Hollingsworth said. “I got almost 20 different e-mails, like one a day,” Morgan Flournoy, an undeclared freshman, said. Flournoy was not aware comments on NetworkBlue were monitored. “It’s kind of an invasion of privacy… what if you write something bad?” Flournoy said. Just like any other social networking site, abusive content, such as inappropriate pictures or threatening comments, is removed and the student who posted the content is notified, Rice said. Abby Puckett, a pre-nursing freshman, said she figured UK was monitoring the Web site since it was responsible
for its creation. However, the monitoring does not influence her reasons for not using the site. “It’s just not pertinent,” Puckett said. “You can do everything at once with Facebook, and be friends with people at UK and not (at UK).” NetworkBlue was not created to discourage students from Facebook, Rice said. “Facebook is focused on a lot of different aspects of your life, not so much on the university aspect,” Rice said. “NetworkBlue specifically focuses on building the community around the University of Kentucky with the goal of improving student access.”
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Bill could ease drug rules on loans By Carrie Wells McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — College students convicted of illegal drug possession could get federal financial aid for the first time in more than a decade under legislation aimed at overhauling the student loan system. The bill, which a House of Representatives committee approved recently and which the full House probably will consider after its August recess, says that those convicted of selling illegal drugs still would be barred from receiving federal financial aid. However, students convicted of possession would be able to get loans, grants and workstudy assistance. "People who have been convicted of a drug crime are punished through our criminal justice system, which is entirely proper," said Melissa Salmanowitz, a spokeswoman for the Education and Labor Committee. "Doubling a person's punishment — outside of our criminal justice system — by not allowing them needed financial aid to obtain a college degree is not only wrong, it's double jeopardy." The provision, estimated to cost $24 million from 2011 to 2019, would overturn a 1998 law authored by Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind. "I believe that students who are dealing or abusing drugs probably aren't making the most of their educations," Souder has said. "It's one thing if they are going to do it with their own money" — or if their parents pay — "but it's something else to ask the American
taxpayer to fund this kind of behavior." Supporters of the change have another argument: They say the current law unfairly targets minorities and hurts a person's chances of rehabilitation. "There's an overwhelming disparity towards convicting people of color," said Kris Krane, the former executive director of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, an advocacy group. "Plus, students of color tend to rely on financial aid more than white students." The law doesn't do anything to prevent drug abuse, he added. To Souder, however, the law is a deterrent. "A student who knows that his financial aid could be suspended if he's convicted of a drug crime will be less likely to use or deal drugs in the first place," Souder said. The new provision is part of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which passed the House Education and Labor Committee on July 21. It would increase the maximum Pell Grant, the primary federal needbased scholarship, and end the private sector's role in student loans. Instead, the government would be the sole provider of student loans. As of 2006, nearly 200,000 students who had been convicted of drug charges — about 1 percent of students across the country — had been denied student aid under the law. It's unclear how many students the change could affect. The Department of Education doesn't have a foolproof way of checking to see whether someone lied about a drug conviction on a financial aid application, and many students with drug convictions don't apply for federal aid.
Obama touts new GI Bill By Mark Silva Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday called a new GI Bill offering college tuition assistance to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan "an investment in our own country." The new law is expected to offer veterans $78 billion in benefits over the coming decade. It is the most comprehensive education benefit offered to veterans since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the original GI Bill for World War II veterans in 1944. The measure is "not simply a debt that we are repaying to the remarkable men and women who have served," Obama said at a ceremony at a state university campus in Fairfax, Va. "It is an investment in our own country. ''
The maximum benefit available under a law that took effect on Saturday will cover full tuition at a public college or university for four years for each eligible veteran, Reservist and National Guard member. It also offers a monthly housing stipend and up to $1,000 a year for books. For those attending a private institution or graduate school, about 1,100 schools are offering additional scholarships matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the new GI Bill, support is available for tuition that exceeds the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition. The Department of Veterans Affairs already has processed over 112,000 claims for tuition under the
new GI Bill. "While our discourse often produced more heat than light, especially here in Washington, they have put their very lives on the line for America. They have borne the responsibility of war," the president said at the ceremony. "And now, with this policy, we are making it clear that the United States must reward responsibility, and not irresponsibility," Obama said. Under the new law, service members who agree to serve four additional years in the military also can opt to transfer the tuition benefit to their spouse or children. It is anticipated that nearly a halfmillion veterans or family members could participate in the first year. More than 25,000 service members have applied for the benefit.
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Internships mean more than money, connections By Debra Karplus Young Money Magazine
Getting paid to learn, making important professional connections, and transitioning to your desired permanent employment are just a few of the reasons to become an intern. Government internships programs can offer you all those benefits and more. There are over two hundred federal jobs for interns plus numerous internships in each of the 50 states. Some programs are for undergraduate or graduate students, while others are for those who have already earned a degree. Pursuing an internship is not unlike applying for a job. Build an impressive resume. Demonstrate that your communication skills are a cut above the rest. Impress the agency with your ability to be both a leader and a team player; creativity and resourcefulness are also desirable qualities for interns. Proficiency in a language such as Spanish or Japanese is a real plus. Finally, being able to relocate will put your application near the top of the pile. There are several ways to find out about internships. Search the Internet and use key words such as “government” and “internships” to learn about specific programs, locations, and eligibility. There are many types of federal programs you can choose. The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) is a summer or short-term position where interns get paid. The Student Career Experience Pro-
gram (SCEP) uses interns in the United States Department of Defense. The Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP) is a two-year appointment for talented students — your individual talents must match their requirements. The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) is considered to be a very prestigious two-year program in Washington D.C. The program placed 792 students last year. The Washington Internship Program and the Washington Semester both offer college credit. Since federal government internship programs is decentralized, you may be smart to apply through the specific agency that interests you, such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). You then choose your subject of interest such as accounting and budgeting. For state internships, follow similar steps but use states and state agencies as key words. Before applying for an internship, be sure to ask questions. You will want to know about getting paid, transferable college credits, housing, transportation, licenses and background checks. If you know of someone who has done an internship with one of these programs, ask them to provide the testimonial that you need to help decide if interning is right for you and which program to select. In the end, an internship is as exciting as you make it. And if your timing is right, you could be around when history is made.
You only get one chance to ... impress By Jamie Fleming Young Money Magazine
Within 15-30 seconds of someone meeting you, he or she has already sized you up and decided the kind of person you are. What if the impression you’re making is not so good? It might be time to change how people see you by branding, or marketing, yourself differently. From job interviews to social networking sites, we all market ourselves. The way you promote yourself and how others view you could impact your success. “Branding is simply the representation of your authentic value,” says Melissa Johnson, CEO and President of
Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group, Inc. and author of Brand Me. Make Your Mark: Turn Passion into Profit. “These days, branding is essential for survival. Think about how many emails you get in your inbox, think about billboards, advertisements, things that clutter your attention every day,” Johnson says. “Branding is having that stopping power, that ability to make people pay attention and command respect.” Image and appearance matter. “We are often attracted to those things that get our attention,” Johnson says. “So no matter what you have, you always want to package it in the most attractive way. To pack-
age ourselves we need to ask, ‘what are our unique qualities and how do we leverage those in a way that attracts the right type of attention?’” Gloria Hill, a supply chain management analyst and entrepreneur, agrees. “When you don’t blend in with everybody else, it’s a psychological thing. When you see a person in a suit, you know they’re focused on whatever that initiative is.” Being authentic is probably the most important thing you can do when building your brand. Johnson encourages youth to be bold about who they are and what they value and to find creative ways to do anything they want. In short: create a path, be a pioneer, be innovative.
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Channel 50 gets new name, keeps same programming By Sarah Eisenmenger firstname.lastname@example.org
When you surf through the tube, you might notice a familiar television station moved down a channel. The UK student-run television station Channel 50 can now be found on channel 49 as Wildcat Student TV. The program was forced to move channels after Insight Communications decided they needed to move stations around to allow for additional ones and for future digital programming needs. Insight had originally arranged for Channel 50 to be changed to channel 69, a move that Channel 50 did not agree with. “We decided that channel 69 was not a good option for us, so we asked for something different,” Chris Thuringer, student media adviser of Wildcat Student TV, said. “Ultimately, the university agreed to give us channel 49 and they moved one of their channels to 69.” The staff at the station agreed it was content with the new channel. The switch gave them a chance to “rebrand”
themselves. Through an online poll, the station chose the new name “Wildcat Student TV.” “UK Athletics (at first) cited its rights to the Wildcat brand and name ... they stated that we would have to reconsider a new name for the station entirely, but then later they stated it was OK if we used the name as long as we inserted ‘student’ ... so Wildcat Student TV was born,” Justin Stewart, station general manager, said. The new name is meant not only to remind people the channel is produced and run by students, but also that the programming and information is geared toward them. Thuringer said even though you’ll be pressing different numbers, Wildcat Student TV hasn’t really changed. “It’s really the same as when we were Channel 50 in that our mission is to entertain, educate and inform the campus,” Thuringer said. “We entertain through showing movies ... we educate through specific programming ... and we inform through the campus announcements we air throughout each day.”
Along with their usual programming of new movies and shows, such as “Sports Zone” and “You Know Your SG,” the channel hopes to start filming live on location at events like DanceBlue. Stewart said the channel offers an outlet for student organizations to promote their efforts and gives Lexington businesses “an opportunity to come in contact with the UK campus community.” “We are looking to reach out to more students on campus in an effort to connect and entertain,” Stewart said. “We hope to be an outlet to help better connect the campus and connect student organizations to the student body.” Students can get involved with the station by attending the general interest meeting Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. in room 106 of the Student Center, where the show’s producers will be present to answer questions about the programs. For more information on the new Wildcat Student TV, including a full programming schedule, visit www.wildcatstudenttv.org.
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Colleges use Facebook to pair roommates By Megan Twohey Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — For Satit Koonopakarn, the gold dagger and book of chants were the first signs of trouble. His freshman roommate at the University of Illinois at Chicago pulled out the items on move-in day, explaining that he was a Wiccan and liked to practice witchcraft. Months later, Koonopakarn said, he awoke during the night to find the roommate standing over his bed casting a spell. "I was lying there thinking, 'Please God, don't let anything bad happen to me,'" Koonopakarn said with a chuckle. Like most colleges with residence halls, U of I-Chicago makes an effort to pair first-year roommates who are compatible, often taking into consideration personality assessments and lifestyle questionnaires, among other factors. But some matches still result in disaster. To minimize the horror stories, a small but growing number of schools are inserting online technology into the equation. They are setting up their own social networking sites, instructing students to create a profile and select a roommate for themselves — like Match.com for dorms. Assigned roommates have already seized on Facebook and Myspace as a way to learn more about each other. Colleges field complaints from students, and their parents, seeking roommate changes even before the school year begins. Loyola University recently heard from the mother of a student who pulled up a photo of her roommate's house on Google Maps and deemed it too shabby.
“Some students will leave a university if they have a poor experience.”
Southern Illinois University
While some schools are now trying to use the technology to their advantage, other schools are pushing forward with traditional matchmaking, insisting students need to branch out of their comfort zones and experience diversity. For the nearly 2.8 million freshmen heading off to college — one of the highest
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Danielle Sterczek, 18, of Palatine, Ill., left, and roommate Krysten Karns, 18, of Aledo, Ill., meet in person after meeeting on Facebook. numbers in history — the roommate relationship may have the single greatest impact on their college experience, studies show. Students dissatisfied with their roommates are more likely to feel negative about college and suffer lower grade-point averages and retention rates. "It can make or break a student," said Mike Schultz, director of university housing at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, who serves as president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International. "Some students will leave a university if they have a poor experience. I've also seen marginal students with great student relationships succeed with the extra support." DePaul University had used a lifestyle questionnaire when matching freshmen roommates, striving to pair early birds with other early birds, self-confessed slobs with equally messy classmates, and smokers with those who shared the habit. But eight years ago, the university scaled back the criteria, asking only which residence hall and type of room the student preferred, said Rick Moreci, director of housing services. "When we asked more questions, the students were even more upset when we made a bad match," Moreci explained. "With less factors at play, students don't have as much of a basis to complain." Starting next year, the college will take its hands-off approach further, allowing freshmen to select their roommate through an online networking site created by a company called Lifetopia. Lifetopia-designed sites allow students to post photos and details about their background and interests, then shop around for compatible classmates. Within the past several
years, the company has signed contracts with more than a dozen colleges, including San Francisco State University. The California school offers the Lifetopia network to students selecting roommates for off-campus housing and a similar in-house online networking program for those living in residence halls on campus. "We've found that there's less conflict when the roommates select each other," said Philippe Cumia, the school's associate director for administrative services. "Giving them a choice gives them a greater stake in the relationship and making it work." Even at schools without Lifetopia, some students are selecting their roommates through Facebook and MySpace. This summer, Danielle Sterczek, 18, of Palatine, Ill., and Krysten Karns, 18, of Aledo, Ill., received random roommate assignments from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. But once they discovered each other's profiles days later on a group of incoming freshmen formed on Facebook, they successfully sought a swap. Based on their profiles and online chats, it appeared they had a lot in common — including playing high school sports. As long as everyone, including the original roommates, was in agreement, the college approved. But many colleges insist that by selecting roommates online, freshmen miss out on the valuable learning experience that comes from living with people of different backgrounds. "The more diverse the mix, the more interesting the conversation, thoughts and experiences that will emerge," said Katie Callow-Wright, director of undergraduate housing at the University of Chicago.
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PORTRAIT BY BRITNEY MCINTOSH | STAFF
Cosmic Charlie’s owner John Tresaloni painted an eel on his bar in honor of the Fishtank.
evolving,” Tresaloni said. “The music scene is getting better; Buster’s is going to be huge, they’re going to get bands we can’t get. We’re going to draw music customers away from Cincinnati and Louisville and back into Lexington.”
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go ahead and let it go.” Although the Dame’s run has ended, Sprouse is working on opening his own booking agency in Lexington and will still be active in the music scene. Sprouse said Lexington is always changing, which is a good thing. “I’ve been going out in this town for a decade, things always change here,” he said. “I hate to say it, but if anything came out of Centre-
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THE DAME FINALLY LAID TO REST
Our fair lady couldn’t carry on at her new castle. After less than a year at its new location on Main Street, the Dame closed and probably will not reopen, said its talent buyer, Nick Sprouse. “I never really thought the place was the same after we moved because of the CentrePointe project,” Sprouse said. “The Main Street Live guys were great, but the Dame didn’t really fit in over there, so I decided to
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into a new bar called the Cathouse Music Club & Sports Bar that is scheduled to open in early October. Owner Rich DePaso operated the Triple Crown Lounge before its demolition along with the Main Street block last year, but held on to his liquor license just in case. Sure enough, Tresaloni, a good friend of DePaso’s, told him about opening Cosmic Charlie’s across the street, DePaso said. However, competition won’t be an issue. “There’s not one place in Lexington where you can stay in one area,” DePaso said. “All music bars are right next to each other ... all the owners are going to work together to create one big scene.” DePaso hopes bar patrons can eventually attend all three venues by wearing a bracelet that will allow them to see shows at both Lynagh’s and Cosmic!Charlie’s. These new venues opening in old spots have created a wave of change in Lexington. “The bar scene is just
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Continued from page A1 enue, is moving across the street — and taking his liquor license with him. Tresaloni said his lease was due, and after applying and unsuccessfully getting a new liquor license, he decided to open a bar that would sell both liquor and beer. Cosmic Charlie’s is set to open Sept. 1 with beer only. By Oct. 1, after the Fishtank’s closure, liquor will also be served. “Cosmic Charlie’s is going to have a larger capacity so we won’t have to turn people and bands away that wouldn’t fit in the Fishtank,” Tresaloni said. Tom Sandefur, a bouncer at Fishtank who will make the move along with Tresaloni, said even though people and bands were turned away because of size, he was sad to leave. “It’s bittersweet,” Sandefur said of the move. “This place has a lot of good memories.” From country to reggae, blues to rock, Tresaloni said Charlie’s will play live music seven nights a week at the old Lynagh’s concert space in University Plaza on Euclid Avenue. “It’s going to appeal to the masses,” Tresaloni said. “As much as I love college kids because they’ve helped me out so much, I want to expand and want everybody to come. I don’t want it to just be a college bar.” The Fishtank’s space, however, will be transformed
Point, it’s that a lot of people decided to open up bars — it’s a nice, kind of unexpected, side effect of all this.” When his booking agency starts up, Sprouse will be working with many of Lexington’s music venues, including Buster’s and Cosmic Charlie’s. “It seems like everything’s coming together,” Sprouse said. “Yeah, the Dame’s gone, but really it was gone when we were demolished.”
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PHOTO BY ADAM WOLFFBRANDT | STAFF
Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters cheer for the incoming recruits in front of their house on Rose Street on Friday afternoon. Many sororities played music and danced to welcome their incoming class.
RUSH Continued from page A1 Sororities at UK hosted fall recruitment for around 850 women who moved in a week early to participate. This year’s number of participants decreased from 2008’s recruitment by about 125, Susan West, director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, said. Some sororities still have openings, including Sigma Kappa; Alpha Omicron Pi; Delta Zeta; Ceres, the
agriculture sorority; and Phi Sigma Rho, the engineering fraternity. West said a sorority with low numbers is not in any danger of being removed from campus. “There’s no threat at all (of a sorority being kicked off),” she said. “There’s no minimum of girls.” One reason numbers decreased this year was because UK Campus Housing began charging students who would return to campus early, including those who participated in Sorority Recruitment or Marching Band. These students were charged $17 a night, according to the UK Housing Web site. The additional payment filtered
out the women who were not interested in the recruitment process and solely wanted to move in early, West said. Sigma Kappa President Mallory Theobold said she thought a lack of finances caused recruitment numbers to fall this year. “The economy had an effect on rush because people don’t have money to pay for sorority life anymore,” Theobold said. West also said lower numbers and withdrawals were to be expected this year due to a new Greek addition on campus. “We anticipated numbers could be down since (the new sorority) was coming on campus,” West said.
“We figured women might wait.” The newest sorority, Alpha Phi, was selected out of five sororities that responded to the UK Panhellenic Council’s call for expansion back in February. Alpha Phi participated in the open house round during formal recruitment, said Stephanie Nordstrom, manager of new development for the sorority. Nordstrom said Alpha Phi has wanted to be a part of UK’s campus for a while. Later in the week, the women who were interested in Alpha Phi were invited to the King Alumni House to talk to members of Alpha Phi from universities in surrounding states, including Indiana, Ohio and
Illinois. Interviews for the UK chapter of Alpha Phi will begin Sept. 11. The sorority owns a house on the corner of Rose Lane and Woodland Avenue, which is currently undergoing outside and inside construction. The house will be ready by October, Nordstrom said. The number of women interested in Alpha Phi is constantly changing, Nordstrom said. “Right now, we’re looking for quality opposed to quantity,” Nordstrom said. “These first women are going to be representatives of Alpha Phi on campus, so we’re going to take our time.”
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Ford of Clermont (Fla.) used an old car to lure people to their dealership for the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Lexington dealerships saw an increase in business because of the program, which ended Monday.
‘Cash for Clunkers’ program a local success By Nicole Hayes email@example.com
Local car dealerships saw a significant boost in business from the government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program, which ended Monday. “It was a blessing,” said Keith Purdon, general sales manager for Freedom Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Lexington. “It turned our business around completely.” Other participating dealerships also found the program increased business. Gary Settles, new Ford sales manager of Paul Miller
CRIME Continued from page A1 Matthew Deffendall, a Lexington resident who lives on Fox Harbor Drive, said he has noticed a concerted effort to start fresh instead of being reactive. “There is definitely a lot more police presence than
Ford in Lexington, said his business increased one hundred fold. “Ninety percent of the people coming through the door have a clunker,” Settles said. “It’s been a phenomenal program.” People with the money and credit to buy a car have used this program, Purdon said. Settles has seen customers both young and old participating in the “Cash for Clunkers” rebate program. As of last Thursday, the Car Allowance Rebate System, or CARS, recorded more than 457,000 transac-
tions worth $1.9 billion in rebates, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said ending the program on Monday would allow car dealers and buyers time to finalize purchases and submit applications for rebates from the remainder of the $3 billion provided by Congress. The only issue dealerships have expressed is being reimbursed by the government. “We’ve got a lot of money out there that we haven’t
gotten,” Purdon said. The Department of Transportation said at least 1,100 public and private sector employees were reviewing CARS transactions at the end of last week so they could be approved and dealers can be paid in a timely manner. Some students remain optimistic the government will follow though. “I think the government will reimburse them,” said nursing senior Natalie Lokits. “I don’t think they quite planned out as well as they should have. “It may take some time.”
there used to be,” Deffendall said. Code Enforcement kicked off the campaign by distributing about 1,500 flyers to residents on campus. Two different flyers were given out — one was a code enforcement door hanger that said what was and was not acceptable, while the other was a list of safety tips compiled by UK
Police. “We don’t want to have to go bust up parties. We just want everyone to be responsible and mature, that way we don’t have to get involved,” Monroe said. “You find students who are set in these neighborhoods where it has permanent residents and we want to make sure students know what the laws and ordi-
nances are.” Monroe said UK!Police is going to reevaluate the campaign in September. Depending on how the campaign goes, police might back off the numbers a bit, he said. “The campaign is ... an education process,” Monroe said. “What we’re trying to do is make sure the students are responsible neighbors.”
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Week welcomes students By Katie Perkowski firstname.lastname@example.org
K Week is the university’s traditional Welcome Week, full of activities for the freshmen to get to know campus and for those undergrads who want to get to know it a little more. From finding the best study spots to the world’s largest water balloon fight, K Week doesn’t sell itself short. Already halfway over, below are some of the larger events scheduled for the rest of the K Week. The rest of the week’s event can be found at www.uky.edu/KWeek. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 ! 7:30 A.M. – 3 P.M.: SUPER START Members of the Division of Student Affairs will be offering directions, answers and water to students on the way to their first day of classes. Super Start will also be offered on Thursday. ! 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.: THE HAPA PROJECT Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center, this national project is to raise awareness about the United States’ cultural diversity. Answer the question “Who are you?” and your answer and photo will be displayed in the HAPA Gallery on the MLK Center’s windows. The HAPA Project will continue for the rest of the week. ! 4 P.M. – 5 P.M.: HIDDEN SECRETS: THE BEST STUDY SPOTS ON CAMPUS Meet at Patterson statue outside of Patterson Office Tower to find out where you can go to study between classes, late at night or with friends. ! 5 P.M. – 7 P.M.: UK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WELCOME BACK COOKOUT At the King Alumni House, on the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue, students are invited to enjoy free food and music. The first 100 members of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow will receive a free Tshirt.
! 7 P.M. – 9 P.M.: UK’S AMAZING RACE Departing from the King Alumni House, teams of students are invited to participate in a campus-wide race using their K Books and a digital camera. ! 9 P.M. – 10 P.M.: RESIDENCE HALL MEETING Meet with your Resident Adviser for the first official floor meeting of the year. ! 10 P.M. – 12 A.M.: CHEAP SEATS OPENING ACT Sponsored by the Student Activities Board, Cheap Seats offers its first show, Opening Act, to students for free. Cheap seats will show movies for $1 every week during the school year. THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 ! 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: BAGELS & LOX FOR STUDENTS & DOX Sponsored by the University Health Service, students are invited to the open house in the new University Health Service building. ! 11 A.M. – 2 P.M.: STUDENT INVOLVEMENT FAIR Located at the walkway from Rose Street to the W.T. Young Library, students can visit tables and booths of organizations on campus. The event offers free Dippin’ Dots and drinks. ! 7 P.M. – 11 P.M.: FRATERNITY OPEN HOUSES The Intrafraternity Council invites students to walk around to the different houses to learn more about joining a fraternity. Visit www.kentuckyifc.com ! 8 P.M. GIRLTALK CONCERT Popular DJ artist, GirlTalk, will be performing at the Student Center Grand Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the Student Center Ticket Office. The concert is sponsored by the Student Activities Board. FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 ! 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.: LOG-IN ASSISTANCE FOR MATHCLASS.ORG Students who are registered for MA 109, MA 110, MA 113, MA 123, MA 162 and other intro math classes
can go to the Mathskeller in room 65 of Whitehall Classroom Bldg. (in the basement) to get help logging onto mathclass.org, a Web site used for homework in these courses. ! 7 P.M. - 10 P.M.: MIC CHECK...1...2 Held at the Cats Den in the Student Center, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are hosting this event where students can show off their music skills, poetry or dancing. Admission is free and open to all students. ! 11:55 P.M.: THE WORLD’S LARGEST WAT E R B A L L O O N FIGHT Held at the Johnson Center Fields and sponsored by Christian Student Fellowship, students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record with 100,000 water balloons and 3,000 people. Students can also turn in a completed passport from 11 P.M. - 12:30 A.M. to get a free K Week t-shirt and entered into a drawing for more prizes. The drawings will be done after the water balloon fight. The water balloon fight will begin at midnight. Go to www.ukcsf.org to see last year’s fight. ! 2 P.M. - 3 P.M.: TOUR DE LEXINGTON (BUS TOUR) Sponsored by the Office of New Student and Parent Programs, students can come to flag plaza on Euclid Ave. to take a tour of Lexington and learn abou the city. ! 9 A.M. - 2 A.M.: REALITY PARTY Students can come to the first reality party of the year and experience an alcoholfree house party. Check the Reality Party website at ukrealityparty.com for the night’s location. ! 12 A.M.: MIGNIGHT AT T H E K E N T U C K Y: THE HANGOVER Students can go to the Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington for a free showing of “The Hangover”. Students can meet to walk together at Stoll Field (by the Student Center) at 11:30 p.m.
OPINIONS Wednesday, August 26, 2009
KERNEL EDITORIAL BOARD Kenny Colston, editor in chief Melissa Vessels, manager editor Allie Garza, managing editor Wesley Robinson, opinions editor
Austin Schmitt, asst. opinions editor Ben Jones, sports editor Megan Hurt, features editor
The opinions page provides a forum for the exchange of ideas. Unlike news stories, the Kernel’s unsigned editorials represent the views of a majority of the editorial board. Letters to the editor, columns, cartoons and other features on the opinions page reflect the views of their authors and not necessarily those of the Kernel.
! KERNEL EDITORIALS
Big Blue Network masks true purpose If you had to get creative and think of innovative ways to help keep students in school, what would you come up with? Academic enhancement? More tutoring? Smaller classes? A!lot of effort is being put into coming up with ideas for retention, as retention rate is one of the major metrics a university uses to measure the overall quality of the university. Each university would obviously like to have 100 percent retention rates, but there are many things that factor into keeping students at the institution in which they begin their post-secondary education. The idea is to start reaching out to students early on in their academic career, providing them with all the necessary resources and monitoring progress so that students become more of an indi-
start to become a part of UK even before they set foot on campus. From the connections made via the Big Blue Network, the idea is to use commenting, banter and any other information on the Web site to interact with students on a level that is more familiar and then discover where retention could be helped. There’s only one problem. Most students don’t know their information is being collected. In one fell swoop, that little lack of disclosure turns a forward-thinking, bright idea into big brother prying where he shouldn’t be. The original purpose undoubtedly had the best interests of students in mind, but a system that uses student participation without their knowing is hardly a sturdy chair to stand on.
There’s only one problem. Most students don’t know their information is being collected. vidual than a class of many. Obviously there are circumstances that cannot be helped that land on both sides of the spectrum. From students who decided learning at a four-year university was not for them, to students who spent their entire time drinking, skipping class and devoting their studies to the opposite sex. With the way students now communicate, UK chose to look into social networking as a means to helping out with retention, specifically on the freshman level. With this in mind, the Big Blue Network was created. According to a Wednesday Kernel article, 2,200 of the roughly 4,500 incoming freshmen have signed on to the Big Blue Network. The goal is to have 75 percent participation in the network. Last fall, 81 percent of freshmen came back to UK — an alltime high retention rate. This year’s goal is 90 percent. With students signing up for the network before they get on campus, they can acclimate themselves with fellow students and
Even more startling tan the shaded privacy issues are the questions that arise from such a revelation. Would students be as candid if they knew they were being watched? Most likely not, but then the function of the network would be rendered useless. Can students be reprimanded for what they post on a social network? More often than not, students need to do a better job of monitoring what they put on the internet in any shape, form or fashion, but if a student can be punished for something they post believing it is done in confidence, only to find out that a representative from the university is following their information, something is wrong. All things considered, the university is trying to do something right. Reaching out to students in ways that meet their interests is always a great place to start fixing a problem. However, opening up an even bigger issue won’t solve anything. We may not want to hang out with dad, but we definitely don’t want dad spying on us either.
Stimulus program lifts clunky auto industry Ailing car industries across the around completely.” country received a much needed At the same time, though, the boost from a government program federal government needs to plan this summer. their programs more appropriately. The Car Allowance Rebate The cars targeted by the proSystem, also known as “Cash for gram would normally only reClunkers,” ended Monday, August ceive about $500 dollars on a 24 after exhausting all the funds trade-in, if that. “Cash for Clunkprovided by the government. ers” offered from $3,500 to The program was so success- $4,500 for a qualifying car. Who ful that clunker owners dried up wouldn’t want to take advantage the initial $1 billion appropriated of that? for trading in the cars in less than Car dealerships did their part a week. Excitement for the pro- to sell their cars and use the funds gram forced members of Con- appropriated by the government, gress to add an adnow the governditional $2 billion ment must hold up for clunker tradeend of the barInitial funds were their ins. gain. Sales manInitial funds supposed to last agers at dealerships were supposed to are now relying on until October of the government to last until October of 2009, but the govdeliver the rebates 2009, but the ernment didn’t anin timely fashion. ticipate the popular“We’ve got a government didn’t ity. lot of money out anticipate the Trading in gasthere that we guzzling cars for haven’t gotten,” popularity. new cars is a strong Purdon said. step toward reducing The federal harmful emissions to government needs the environment from older cars to process these rebates and reand giving a boost to the strug- turn the money in order to see gling car industry. the full effect of this program. If Local car dealerships are the government doesn’t follow thankful for this opportunity, as through, they will lose and so well. will the car industry. Gary Settles, new Ford sales At a time when the governmanager of Paul Miller Ford in ment is spending a lot of money Lexington, said that most of the on special programs, they should people approaching his car lot not have been stingy with this prohave a clunker to trade in, accord- gram. “Cash for Clunkers” had ing to a Kernel article. good intentions but ran out of Keith Purdon, general sales money too soon. The long term effects of the manager at Freedom Dodge Chrysler Jeep, said that the pro- program have yet to be seen, but gram gave his business a real any program that allows students boost, according to a Kernel arti- to trade in old cars to help both the environment while also putcle. “It was a blessing,” Purdon ting cash into their pockets can said. “It turned our business have its flaws overlooked.
WILLIAM KILUBA, Kernel cartoonist
Kernel remains best news choice
Within the last few days, hours, even minutes, chances are you’ve been bombarded with pitches aimed at satisfying any need for news. Despite the other opportunities, you still decided to pick up today’s issue of the Kernel. Maybe it’s the Sudoku puzzles, KENNY the sports articles COLSTON or this very opinKernel ions page, but columnist your choice of the Kernel makes one thing clear: For nearly 120 years, the Kentucky Kernel has been the best source for news concerning UK’s campus, its students, its faculty and the institution itself. Since the Kernel started, its mission has been simple: provide the best coverage of campus, while protecting students’ rights, serving as their voice and serving as the university’s watchdog. This year will be no different. Over the last few months, a lot has changed when it comes to how news is delivered to campus, who delivers it and who controls the message. Whether it’s the Southeastern Conference (of which UK is a member), UK Athletics itself, or the newly formed UKNow, a place for UK’s public relations staff to promote UK, cheerleading is increasingly trying to crowd the news market. But cheerleading doesn’t let
you know when 90 percent of campus is left without an emergency safety plan. Cheerleading won’t take a deep look into the growing, harvesting, selling and overall impact tobacco has not only in our state, but on our campus. It’s great to broadcast the good on our campus and in our lives; the Kernel won’t shy away from these stories or treat them any differently. But we’re leaving our pompoms at the door, because after a while, no one pays attention to the cheerleaders; they watch the game. The entire staff down here at the Kernel is dedicated to making this campus better for those currently using it and for those who will come after us. That means we’ll dig deeper than anyone else to find the story. We’ll hammer on issues important to students, staff and faculty. We’ll work to make this campus safer. Our focus won’t be just on our daily print edition. Our Web site, kykernel.com, has been upgraded to provide easier access and allow us to provide more blogs, videos, photo slideshows and podcasts to our product. The sports staff will provide full coverage of the football team’s attempt to return to a fourth consecutive bowl game. Rest assured, we will overturn every stone of John Calipari’s first year as head coach. And we challenge you to find better coverage of UK’s athletic teams
throughout the year, whether it be volleyball, baseball or soccer. Our features staff will give you more coverage of the local music scene, starting with the opening of Buster’s and not letting up after the doors have have closed for the night. And as always, our news staff will continue to provide the best news coverage on a daily basis, while also providing the in-depth coverage the Kernel has become known for. Have an issue that needs to be addressed? Unhappy with something on campus (or the Kernel itself)? Don’t hesitate to send a letter to the editor or contact our opinions editors to publish a column. Love something on campus? We’d like to hear about that, too. The Kernel is run by students, for students, faculty and staff and we’d love to get feedback from you. The Kernel understands the idea behind trying to twist the news to show the best side of the story. We just believe that in order to remain the best place for campus news, we’ll need to publish all facets of a story, not just the one that makes UK look the best. The Kernel will be doing just that this coming school year and hopefully for the next 120 years to come. Kenny Colston is a journalism senior and the editor-in-chief of the Kentucky Kernel. E-mail email@example.com.
Passion, variety key to publication
This semester will be key in building for the future, both for myself and the Kentucky Kernel. Personally, I have to lay the building blocks for graduation, a career and a life of learning that will cease only when I die. For the Kernel, we are beginning to move forward WESLEY with journalism as ROBINSON it rapidly evolves Kernel and takes on excitcolumnist ing new challenges. All of these things are welcome, but will be very different from what you normally see, so I have a few pieces of information and tips about the Kernel and the opinions page this year. I hope I speak for more than just myself in saying that the Kernel hopes to be even more open and transparent than ever. Our student newspaper wants to be the best paper possible, and that happens with concerned students, faculty and staff. Don’t just pick up the paper, but give feedback to provide us with unique and interesting story ideas by persistently keeping us honest. As far as the opinions desk goes, I would like to have as many voices represented as possible, from regular contributors, letters to the editor and even the Journalism 101 students that are seeking to get published for their semester requirement. We want to hear from you. If we only hear from a select few, then the discourse of the university inaccurately represents the population and skews the view of the landscape, and from that, nothing can be solved. With the Kernel
serving as the main campus recorder, it would be a good idea to get your song played. Yet, we don’t need excessively loud, profane or offensive music playing, so think of the opinions page like a residential neighborhood and your opinion as the song. There are certain songs you won’t play as loud as others, other songs may not be appropriate to play at certain times, and at times you may not need to play any music at all, and just listen to what is going on in your environment. A major change that needs to happen, not only at the Kernel, but in every way imaginable is more respect. We don’t plan on skirting the issues or being overly sensitive on issues, but there has to be more thought, reason and care put into opinions. One of the big problems plaguing our nation is an inability of our leaders to respectfully and honestly report facts. Agendas and special interests are getting in the way of the goals of the people and have led to some of the most ridiculous lies, rumors and innuendo being spread at the detriment of the American people, especially in the quality of discussion, we should be able to have. That is something we want to avoid on the opinions page. Being respectful of each other as students and understanding that international students, Greek students, homosexual students, minorities students, non-traditional students and any other grouping of students are all students and disagreement does not have to be disrespectful. Finally, a note to all of the aspiring journalists and writers: Remember that college serves as the backdrop for your professional life, take the time to come and visit the Kernel and write. I mentioned the Journalism 101 requirements for getting published over the course of
the semester, but that shouldn’t be the end of your participation. We always need new ideas, content and writers. I hope to only have a handful of regular columnists, because there are so many quality submissions coming to the opinions mailbox. But that will require effort from you to demonstrate that you want to be a writer. It’s one thing to say you want to do something and another to do it, and that takes persistence beyond sending in work and waiting to hear back from someone or submitting an interest form and disappearing off the face of the Earth. Specifically at the opinions desk, but for the paper as a whole we will do our best to go through individual pieces with our newer writers, so that the learning experience extends beyond the classroom and can be applied to future work. I hate to start the year off with more of a fluffy column, but I really want to stress the importance of reading, writing, commenting and any other necessary participation for the Kernel. I hear a lot of people complain about it, with me being one of the complainers in a past life, but the only way for the paper to get better is for us to know what you think. If you feel like the paper sucks and don’t say anything, the paper is going to look the same. That’s not to say detract for detractions sake, but if you have a serious point to make, feel free to make it. If you want to write, come and see us and we will help you out. At the end of it all, our paper is only as good as we all are willing to work. Reading is active. Wesley Robinson is a Spanish senior. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IDLE HOUR COUNTRY CLUB: Staffing Part Time Seasonal Positions AM/PM, Weekends, Holidays Required. BUSSERS, BANQUET and DINING SERVERS. Competitive Wages, Uniforms and Meals. Apply in Person Tuesday-Sunday. Immediate Interviews, 10am-6pm. No Phone Calls Please. 1815 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40502
9 – MONTH LEASES, Starting in Aug. Furnished 1BR & efficiencies. Util. paid, no pets, close to campus. 2666401 ASHFORD TOWNHOMES: Off Tates Creek Rd. Left on Rockbridge. First right. Open M-F 10-3pm. 2-3BR, garage & fireplaces, from $685. 272-0272
BRAND NEW & NEARLY NEW 4BR: ONLY 3 LEFT. VERY ENERGY EFFICIENT. Homes close to campus. 2 car garage, very, very nice. Showing daily. Call James McKee 859-2217082. View at www.lexingtonhomeconsultants.com
GREAT CAMPUS HOUSE: Avail. Oct. 1. 3BR, 2BA. Fenced back yard, offst. parking. Located on Oldham Ave. Walk to UK, downtown, Woodland
FAITH LUTHERAN PRESCHOOL PT job available. Childcare exp. Required. Contact Sarah at 268-0108. GENERAL HELP WANTED at the Lexington Ice Center. Call Sean @ 269-5681
GRANT ASSISTANT NEEDED. Duties include scheduling, budget manage-
RENTAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE SERVICES! Wayne Michael Properties specializes in property rentals and property maintenance. If you have property that you need help maintaining, we offer services in painting, construction, yard care, and general maintenance service. If interested call 859-513-1206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL EDUCATION, Education major needed to do afterschool daily activities with 8 yr. old girl. Email email@example.com. References & transportation required. STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM. Paid survey takers needed in Lexington. 100% FREE to join. Click on surveys.
THAI ORCHID CAFÉ Now Hiring! Walk from campus. Applications at www.thaorchidcafe.net. 288-2170
THE CHOP HOUSE is currently accepting applications for servers, greeters and chefs. Great pay, flex. hrs. Please apply in person M-Th. b/w 2-4 at 2640 Richmond Rd. 859-268-9555
WWW.PUNCHESTOWNSTABLE.COM. Beginner-advanced riding lessons. High quality leases and boarding. Local to AA horse showing. Close to campus-Tates Creek Rd. 859-9711485
MISS LEXINGTON’S 50TH Anniversary will be Oct. 3, 2009. Applications at misslexington.tripod.com
BABYSITTER NEEDED for middle school student for after school pickup. 3:50-4:30pm. M-F. Own transportation needed, references required. $15/day. Call 859-2738408 FACULTY COUPLE SEEKS afternoon (3-6 PM) caregiver for nine-year old child with mild Asperger’s syndrome. Applicants should have career interest in child development, previous childcare experience. To apply, send resume (including academic standing), references, and personal statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALES ASSOCIATE NEEDED at the Man O’ War Golf Pro Shop. PT position. Prior retail or golf experience preferred. Apply in-person at 1201 Man O’ War Blvd. Lexington, KY 40513.
TELLER POSITIONS AVAILABLE. Minimum of 15 hrs/wk. Call 859231-8262 x. 103
BABYSITTER NEEDED FOR after school. 2.5 hrs/day. Assist with homework, driving. Own transportation required. 859-536-3092. 859299-8881.
2BR, 1BA UPDATED kitchen. W/D included. $550/mo. includes all util. (H2O, gas + elec.) Avail. now. 859963-2956
PT ASSISTANCE NEEDED: 15-20 hours/wk. for Fall semester 2009. Computer skills, data compiling, accurate with attention to detail. Must have 2-3 hour blocks of time avail. between 8-5pm. Please contact Julie, Field Experience Office, 104 Taylor Education Bldg. 2577974
PT TUTORS & Instructors who can teach English and school subjects to Japanese people whose ages range from pre-school to adults. Degree required. Send resume to: Obunsha Bluegrass Academy, 2417 Regency Rd., Suite F, Lexington, KY 40503. Fax: 859-276-3120. Email: KKuroki@aol.com
WOODLAND STUDIOS, 1BR APTS. $475/mo. includes H2O. Call Jon 502-552-7216
A FARM JOB. FLEXIBLE hours. Cattle farm experience needed. Work with local owner, must also have tractor and equip exp. 272-8300.
PARKS & RECREATION NEEDS afterschool counselors M-F, 2-6pm. Call 288-2929
PT RECEPTIONIST NEEDED. Apply ay 860 S. Broadway.
RENOVATED DOWNTOWN STUDIO and 1BR Apts. Monthly lease, partial util. paid. Starting at $335/mo. 859245-0572
! BARTENDING! UP TO $250 a day. No exp. Necessary. Training provided. 800-965-6520 x-132
OFFICE WORKER NEEDED for print shop. Flex. hrs. Good pay, must have car. 859-231-0388
PT FRONT OFFICE ASST. M-F mornings or M-F afternoons. Email resume to email@example.com
BABYSITTER NEEDED for 2 year old. MWF from 8:30-5pm. Andrea_ooten@hotmail.com with references please.
2BR, 1BA: UPDATED kitchen, large basement, new paint. Located on Fontaine Rd. in Chevy Chase area. $750/mo. Call 859-269-7886
3-4BR HOUSES on campus. State St. Deck, new furnace, a/c, many extras, updated. 484-326-1954
NEW 4BR, 2.5BA townhome with deck, parking, eat-in kitchen, w/d included. Off Tates Creek Rd. Clean, painted, new carpet. $1000/mo. 278-0970
ment, regular email communication with individuals involved with program, and administrative duties. Previous work experience in administrative setting preferred. $10/hr. Position open for inquiries until September 1. Call 859-257-3780 for more information, or email interest/resume to Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATTENTION GRAD STUDENTS: Tutors/teachers needed to go to student homes, especially math. PT only. $18-20/hr. Must be avail. summers. Apply online. www.clubztutoring.com
2BR AVAIL. NOW. Close to campus and downtown with w/d. Dennis 983-0726 www.sillsbrothers.com
3 & 4BR TOWNHOMES for rent. Close to UK. $875-1000/mo. Call Sarah 859-621-3578
Park. Perfect for small family or students. Please call 859-967-8136 for more information
KENTUCKY CLASS NOTES is now hiring note takers. Apply at kyclassnotes.com LOOKING FOR AFTER-SCHOOL transportation for middle schoolers. 4-5 days/wk. $10/hr. Clean driving record. 859-230-5564
MISC. YARD WORK. Prefer someone Spring & Fall semesters. Reliability a must. 268-0433 NO GREASY FRIES or funny hats. Apply in person. Re-Kid, Idle Hour Center or Regency Center
NOW HIRING ALL POSITIONS. Friends Inc. 841 Lane Allen Rd. Apply from 3-5pm.
I PAY CASH for gift cards! Call Jim Mischner 806-1932
1 MALE ROOMMATE NEEDED for 6BR house on University Ave. Great location to campus, very nice house. Interested, call 859-689-2109 ROOM FOR RENT in large home on farm. Quiet study. $180/mo. Call 873-7276
LOST DOG: On Red Mile Rd. 08-23. Reward. Brown and white Jack Russell. 859-983-0737
ROOMMATE NEEDED for nice apt. close to UK. Available Now Call 9830726 www.sillsbrothers.com
CONFIDENTIAL PREGNANCY ASSISTANCE
Birthright 2134 Nicholasville Rd. 277-2635 suite 6 24-HOUR HOTLINE 1-800-550-4900
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