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New student housing regulations proposed By Brandon Farmer news@kykernel.com

Overcrowding in student neighborhoods has the Lexington Town and Gown Commission considering changes in student housing regulations. At the meeting on Wednesday, the committee discussed the problem of converting single-family houses into numerous-occupancy apartment complexes. Because the streets were designed to house only light-density

homes, there have been problems with parking, garbage and noise amongst the non-student residents. Diane Lawless, 3rd District councilwoman, expressed her concern on the issue. “Density is one of the primary problems. … If there were three students in what would be a two-student home, as opposed to 12 or 14, then it wouldn’t pose a problem,” she said. Mark Meuser, a neighborhood representative and crafter of the Student Housing Task Force Report,

proposed implementing ‘buffer zones,’ or non-student residences between each student-populated house. “The goal is to never have students living next to each other; there needs to be a space for buffering,” Meuser said. “Students respond to how adults around them are acting.” Student Government President Ryan Smith disagreed with Meuser’s proposition, saying this plan only alienated students. “You’re pushing students further away from campus and there’s going to be a problem,” Smith said.

If you go What: City planning committee meeting When: Tuesday at 1 p.m. Where: Government Center at 200 E. Main St. in the council chambers The committee passed the motion to send their general support of the proposed update to the planning committee. The next meeting that

will be primarily concerned with the Student Housing Task Force Report will be held Tuesday. Andrew Smith, director of Alcohol and Health Education, attended the meeting to discuss students and alcohol consumption. He said he was approaching the issue realistically and wanted to ensure student safety when it comes to alcohol. “I don’t operate under the premise that I’m trying to keep students from drinking. … We want to make See Meeting on page 8

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks at Memorial Coliseum about sustainability on Wednesday night.

Kennedy urges Ky. clean-up Activist focuses on ending coal use By Roy York ryork@kykernel.com

The nephew of late environmentalist Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy attacked coal and other fossil fuels and called for an overhaul of the infrastructure and economic policy regarding energy production in the U.S. on Wednesday in Memorial Coliseum. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance, spoke on campus and cited numerous problems with the current methods of producing energy in America. New regulations for energy companies, a national electric grid and a free market economy were solutions he offered to help fight global warming. “It would cost $1.5 trillion to replace all carbon-based energy (in the U.S.),” Kennedy said. A complete reconstruction of the American energy infrastructure has been criticized by opponents who have said the overhaul would destroy the economies of states dependent on fossil fuels. Kennedy answered this opposition by comparing ending the use of fossil fuels to the abolishment of slavery in Great Britain 200 years ago. There was fear that abolishing slavery would kill the economy, but Kennedy said in the absence of forced labor, entrepreneurs appeared to fill the void. “Every nation that has decarbonized its society has experienced massive economic growth,” he said. See Kennedy on page 8

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Jenny Fitzpatrick teaches the A.C.E. participants a dance to a number from “Grease.” Fitzpatrick is the dance instructor and choreographer for Program Director Mary Joy Nelson's classes.

Students A.C.E. musical theater By Hope Smith news@kykernel.com

Young performers in Lexington have a new venue for honing their talents of singing, dancing and acting. A class offered by UK Opera Theater teaches its students what other performance classes don’t — how to improve while having fun. The Academy for Creative Excellence is a series of classes designed to train young individuals in the performing arts in a way that inspires growth through a positive, hands-on learning approach. “A.C.E. supplies the triple threat — singing, acting and dancing,” said Program Director Mary Joy Nelson. “It’s a way for students to train in all three areas and have the opportunity to branch out, where most classes just specialize in one area.” Nelson grew up in a small town in Canada, where singing was her passion, particularly opera. For five years she directed summer camps and workshops for children and then moved to Lexington to pursue her master’s degree Program Director Mary Joy Nelson warms the participants up with singing exercises. While Nelson is the director, she focuses on teaching the kids the vocal part of musical theater.

Lessening game day litter Group aims to reduce trash around stadium By Sara Nargessi news@kykernel.com

Football season brings thousands of fans into Commonwealth Stadium for hard hits and touchdowns, but once the game ends, cans, bottles and other trash cover the area. For its third year, the Game Day Task Force is hoping to curb the amount of litter left after games around the stadium and surrounding areas. At a news conference held Wednesday, the Game Day Task Force said it is working to keep the stadium area clean, but what-

ever trash is left over will be collected by inmates supervised by the Community Corrections. Diane Lawless, the 3rd District councilwoman, said the Panhellenic Council’s fraternities and sororities will also be participating in the clean-up process throughout the weekend. “On Sunday mornings they are going to go through the neighborhoods and clean up any trash or debris that has been left out, and we at the 3rd District really appreciate their work and volunteering their time,” she said. Erica Denoyer, a marketing senior, said the trash was a noticeable problem after game days, and she thought bringing in outside sources to clean was a good idea. “I have noticed the trash, especially after the games,” she

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said. “I think if the inmates come, it will definitely help out with picking up the trash and keeping our university looking nice.” The task force made additions to help control the amount of trash. New trash containers will be on the sidewalks around the stadium and Code Enforcement officers will give citations for trash violations. UK Interim Police Chief Joe Monroe said he was concerned about keeping the campus areas clean, and he hoped tailgaters would respect the campus and its rules. “Everyone take ownership,” Monroe said. “Treat areas as they were your own. … Fans, please manage your behavior for the sake of public safety. … See Litter on page 8

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Wilson pleads not guilty to fourth-degree assault By Ben Jones

a phone interview that Wilson struck the female victim in the face. Monroe said Wilson and the victim knew each Freshman linebacker Ridge Wilson other previously and both attended Central High School in pleaded not guilty to fourth-deLouisville. gree assault charges on The victim was treated for Wednesday in Fayette County minor injuries and was released District Court. from the hospital that same Wilson, 18, was arrested afnight. ter he turned himself in to UK Wilson has been suspended Police on Tuesday morning affrom the football team indefiter an altercation Monday night. nitely, UK head coach Rich He appeared before the court Wilson Brooks announced Tuesday. He in a video arraignment from the Fayette County Detention Center. His will not practice with the team and will not play in this weekend’s game. His bail is set at $3,000. UK Police responded to a call Mon- suspension will be evaluated as the situday at about 11 p.m. at the Kirwan- ation progresses, Brooks said. Wilson was one of five true freshBlanding Complex. UK Interim Police Chief Joe Mon- men to see action in the Cats’ season roe told the Kernel Tuesday evening in opener. He assisted on one tackle. bjones@kykernel.com

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Whitney Houston’s rocky comeback Houston, you have a problem. As Whitney Houston belted out four songs in NYC September 1 for ABC's Good Morning America — her first televised performance in seven years, which aired the next day — her voice sounded hoarse. The R&B diva, 46, even apologized, citing chatting and singing for Oprah Winfrey as a cause. "I'm so sorry. I did Oprah yesterday, and I was talking for so long," Bobby Brown's ex told the crowd of the tell-all special she taped for The Oprah Winfrey Show, set to air September 14 and 15. And while it's plausible ("Talking for two hours is pretty tough on your vocal chords," says NYC otolaryn-gologist Richard Rosenfeld), some imply the performance could have been worse. A show insider told Gawker.com that producers digitally "sweetened" the diva's vocals. Reps for both GMA and Houston had no comment. High note Regardless of her shaky showing, Houston's album, I Look to You, released August 31, is expected to sell more than 250,000 copies its first week and claim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. "This is a comeback," says Gail Mitchell, a senior editor at Billboard. Houston's mother agrees, saying her daughter has recovered since 2002, when she admitted she abused cocaine. "Whitney needed to take some time off," Cissy Houston, tells Us. "She's feeling and doing much better."

Katherine Heigl’s ‘Grey's’ hiatus

Fresh off the heels of bff T.R. Knight's departure, Katherine Heigl, 30, is taking a reported five-episode break from Grey's Anatomy to film the romantic comedy Life As We Know It. Is the series tired of the cast shake-ups? "This is how Grey's works," a show source says. "It's a true ensemble. It will be firing on all cylinders while accommodating the actors' needs." Indeed. Heigl's hiatus — which "will, of course, be explained through the story line" — will likely coincide with 39year-old Ellen Pompeo's maternity leave. Still, the source says, "Ellen will have as much time as she needs and wants as a new mom." A bright spot for fans? Three new cast members debut this fall.

Oh no, she didn't V for vile! Natalie Portman's thoughts on the recession? "I think it's kind of an exciting time. Everyone is cutting back," the A-lister, 28 — who recently paid $3.25 million for a home in L.A. — gushed to Interview magazine. "I've started to see people look more toward their own passions and what really excites them."

Kristin on Brody Jenner, 26, may have bragged about his bedroom conquests to Howard Stern, but Cavallari, 22, sniped in the new trailer for The Hills that sex with him "was very vanilla." COPYRIGHT 2008 US WEEKLY

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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 5 — Focus entirely on the job. Put your back into it. You may feel overburdened, but don’t complain. This is a test. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Your sweetheart is in a groove and can help make the job fun. Don’t get so carried away that you forget to finish it. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 5 — Domestic chores take priority. Tackle them with good humor. Make your house cozier by rearranging what you have. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — By going over your

figures, you’ll find another way to save money in a difficult environment. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 5 — You’re flooded with new assignments. You’ll have to hurry to keep up, but you can do that easily. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Prepare yourself a cozy nest where you can finally relax. Something you’ve worried about will fade away by itself. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Take care of business early in the day. Talk is cheap. Actions serve you better. Focus on harmony when you speak. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — Get off to a good start with the first person you meet. Nail down the details and save romance for tonight.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — Your energy is really raw today. Protect yourself with practical actions. Tact wins the day.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Try not to say everything that comes into your head. Stick to the issues. Diplomacy, diplomacy, diplomacy. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Your unique ideas need to be expressed. Take the time to find the right venue. Assess results later. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Whatever is in the back of your mind, bring it to the front. Take note when others speak. Give appropriate feedback. (C) 2009 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES


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got you covered Local business offers speedy condom delivery to campus area Lauren Frame lframe@kykernel.com

In the heat of the moment, things are bound to slip your mind. But in those moments (You know, those moments) when passion is close to getting the best of you, it’s still important to be safe.

For the times when getting yourself together, jumping in the car and running to the gas station isn’t really an option, there’s someone you can call. And this time it’s not your roommate. RubberRunners, LLC is there for you in your time of need, delivering condoms to the campus area in as little as five minutes. Inspired by a professor’s tale of a similar, albeit failed, business venture at Harvard in the ‘80s, management and finance senior Paul Goodman and management and marketing junior Jake Metz set the wheels in motion for their condom-delivery business toward the end of the Spring semester.

After a summer of hammering out the details, the two launched their business to favorable reviews on the first weekend of the fall semester. “Everyone we’ve talked to is really excited about it,” said Metz, chief operating officer. “We’ve been received really well. … People think it’s hilarious and people think it’s a good thing.” RubberRunners has your back Thursday through Saturday and, depending on your location, can deliver the condoms of your choice right to your door in as little as five minutes, though normal delivery times range from 10 to 20 minutes, according to their Web site (www.rubberrunners.com). Orders can be placed by telephone or via See Runners on page 4

Of all the conversation starters that occur at bars, the number one flirtation technique has to be that old stand-by: “Can I buy you a drink?” That line is classic, it’s cool, but it’s a concept that has become KATIE severely SALTZ warped for Kernel our generacolumnist tion. Over the past few months, I started observing people as they offered, rejected or accepted free drinks at bars. The results left me greatly disheartened. So here is a little bar etiquette I think we need to reclaim. I thought it would never have to be said, but clearly I was mistaken — proper pick-up etiquette demands that the words “how much?” never be used when flirting. Ever. Unless your target is in fact a prostitute, leave pricing out of it. A guy offered to buy my next drink at a bar over the summer, but before I could answer, he shocked me by pointing at my cup and saying, “Oh wait — how much does that cost?” Apparently $5.25 was a little steep for this fellow. I’m sure he moved on to find the girl who was downing the $1.50 PBRs.

I don’t exactly consider myself to be super-classy by any stretch, but I still know tacky when I see (or hear) it. I understand that times are tough and many of us are counting every penny. But if you don’t have the cash to pay for a shot of premium liquor, maybe you should use a different flirting technique. Like starting a conversation. I wouldn’t judge a guy for not offering to buy me a drink. So why pull that card out of your pocket when you have some self-imposed monetary restriction? Seriously — you might as well just say, “Hey there, can I order you something off the dollar menu?” or, “Baby, it’s happy hour and I’ve got a coupon — let’s get crazy!” While it is always nice to be offered a free drink, it’s really not necessary. And any girl who demands free booze before she will allow the flirting to commence probably isn’t interested, or worth it, anyway. Another touchy subject I’d like to bring to the attention of the male population — ordering for the girl. You may think it’s chivalrous, but it usually just pisses me off. Let the girl choose what she wants to drink. Don’t assume you know what she wants, because that sends the message you will probably be controlling in other facets of a relationship as well.

On that same note, ladies — don’t take advantage of the guy offering to pay for your next drink. Don’t order something ridiculously expensive just because it’s free, and don’t accept more than one drink if you know you have no intentions of pursuing this guy ever again. Abide by the rule, “If you accept a drink, you should talk to the person long enough to finish the drink.” It’s only courteous. Taking free stuff and then running back to your friends to laugh about the dude who just tried to hit on you is an uncool move, every time. Attempt a conversation first. If there is no connection, so be it. But don’t run up someone else’s bar tab when you have no intention of talking to them after last call. It’s a great ice-breaker to buy someone a drink, but with that deal comes a lot of strings. So fellows, don’t be cheap and don’t be assuming. And gals, don’t lead on a guy just for a free drink. Let this practice become something that it once was — a classic route for an introduction. Katie Saltz is a journalism senior. E-mail theheartbeat@kykernel.com.

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Warped Tour celebrates 15 years of punk culture By Alex Ruf features@kykernel.com

UK students have a new way to experience the Warped Tour this year. Instead of traveling over 100 miles to attend the tour, students can see the event right here in Lexington. Thursday, Cinemark Lexington Green and Regal Hamburg Pavilion 16 are the only theaters in the area playing the one-day showing of a special concert event presented by the Warped Tour. This movie celebrates the 15th anniversary of the original Warped Tour, highlighting the history of the tour and featuring a concert filmed for the movie. The concert was filmed in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, and features performances from both Warped Tour veterans like NOFX and Blink 182, and newcomers like Katy Perry and 3OH!3. The movie mainly consists of footage filmed at this year’s tour, but also contains interviews intermixed with the performances, detailing the long history of Warped Tour, said Kevin Lyman, the founder of Warped Tour. The idea for a Warped Tour concert movie was imagined by Lyman over four years ago. “I wanted to do something unique to celebrate (the anniversary),” Lyman said. Lyman is the driving force behind the movie; he produced it, put the lineup together and did some of the licensing and publishing himself. Lyman has been in the music industry for over 20 years, working on the original Lollapalooza tour where he met rapper Ice-T for the first time. Ice-T makes an appearance with his

former band from the ‘90s, Body Count, for the movie. In 1994, Lyman was inspired to start a tour near the music and skate scene in Southern California. Vans sponsored the second Warped Tour in 1995, merging extreme sports and punk rock culture. Since the sponsorship with Vans, the festival has grown into the massive tour it is today. Lyman said the Warped Tour is basically a “lifestyle country fair,” since it happens once a year, bringing such a unique experience. The Warped Tour is one of the largest tours each summer and one of the only traveling punk shows of its size. The Warped Tour also offers many ways for people to get involved with charities. The tour works with nonprofit organizations to help raise awareness for many causes, including animal rights, protecting the environment and homelessness. The movie itself raised $50,000 for the charity Music Cares. Music Cares' goal is to help fellow musicians with substance abuse by helping them obtain health insurance, along with other needs. Lyman is also the founder of the Mayhem Tour and the Taste of Chaos Tour. He plans on continuing with the Warped Tour as long as he can, and is starting an outlaw country tour next year. The Warped Tour 15th Anniversary Celebration movie is showing at 8 p.m. Thursday at Cinemark Lexington Green and Regal Hamburg Pavilion 16 theaters. For more information visit Warped Tour’s Web site www.warpedtour.com.


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Rap artist Kanye West performed a free concert for Chicago Public Schools students who had improved their grades this year in Chicago, Illinois, on June 11, 2009.

Kanye’s VMA outbreak not his first public misstep Kanye West’s relationship with the public has been anything but stellar and last Sunday he added another gauche act to his list. During Taylor Swift’s acceptance MATT speech for MURRAY ‘Video of Kernel the Year’ columnist at MTV’s Video Music Awards, Kanye West came on stage and stripped Swift of her microphone so that he could tell the public he felt that Beyonce had the best video of the year. Exiting the stage to a chorus of boos and a bewildered Taylor Swift, it was immediately obvious he had committed a major faux pas. Sunday’s outburst isn’t the first time West has committed an act many felt to be out of line. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, West participated in a broadcast to accompany a concert rasing money for the relief effort. On live television in the company of Michael Myers,

West made the bold claim that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Again, the reaction was almost instantaneous as Mike Myers looked speechless while the camera cut away. While this didn’t sit well with many, most were able to brush it off and move on. However, in June 2008, West took his prima donna attitude to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival . His original set was intended to take place at 8 p.m on the secondlargest stage, however , he requested he be moved to 2:45 a.m. on the main stage after Pearl Jam so that he could perform night show. West didn’t take to the stage until 4:22 a.m. due to delays in perfecting his massive space-age set. The delay pushed his show back nearly two hours, causing the sun to rise midway through his “Glow In the Dark” show. Poetic justice? The difference between Kanye’s previous outbursts in the past and what took place Sunday night is that his actions in the past weren’t directed at other artists. It’s one thing to question a politician or to be late to take the stage

but another to interrupt a humble new face to the music world during one of the highlights of her career. Beyonce offered some damage control, allowing Swift to finish her speech while accepting her own award. West apologized numerous times on his blog and on the Jay Leno show, however the damage had already been

It’s hard to imagine West’s antics will have any lasting effect on his career. Only time will tell. done and whether or not the apology was sincere became a bit of a moot point. Since Sunday evening West has been one of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter, a majority of the comments being negative. It’s hard to imagine West’s antics will have any lasting effect on his career. Only time will tell. Matt Murray is a journalism junior. E-mail mmurray@kykernel.com.

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Paul Goodman, management and finance senior and CEO of RubberRunners, LLC, left, gives marketing and management senior Andrew Goodale supplies before his shift as a runner on Saturday night. Goodale delivers condoms for RubberRunners by longboard.

RUNNERS Continued from page 3 e-mail and independent contractors stationed in each of four delivery zones ensure quick delivery, while longboards and bicycles offer the runners the fastest form of transportation, Metz said. “The zones are set up so we can get to pretty much anywhere in that zone pretty quickly,” he said. As long as a person is in a delivery zone, RubberRunners will accept their order, said Goodman, CEO of the company. “If they’re in a zone, it doesn’t matter who it is,” he said. “They need us, obviously, so we’re there. It’s almost like a public service, only it’s for profit.” Deliveries are made in a discreet manner, Goodman said, unless, that is, you order a condom-gram. “If somebody wants to call us up and have us deliver a condom-gram to somebody else at a party, we’ll walk in and say ‘Did somebody order a condom?’ and hunt them down,” he said. “It’s a little more in the spirit of joking around and the humorous side of things. As far as a normal, regular delivery, we are pretty discreet about that.” Metz said he is not opposed to campus deliveries, even if it might be a little weird. “I think that’d be funny,” he said. “I’d love to deliver to, like, Memorial Hall or something.” Goodman said they will “absolutely” deliver to dorms and he has gotten a positive re-

sponse from the resident advisers he has encountered. “I’ve actually had a couple of them ask me for a handful of fliers so they could put them up in their own halls,” he said. While the company does not currently accept Plus Account, Metz said they would be open to the idea in the future, “if enough people want to use it.” “Right now we do take credit cards and PayPal as well,” he said. “If we get big enough and the demand’s there, we’ll do it.” Along with delivering the goods, RubberRunners will also make sure you know how to use them. The company provides links to a variety of sexual health-related topics on their Web site, including information on proper condom use, sexually transmitted infections and relationship advice. “We really want to be a public health service,” Metz said. “We don’t want people to think that we’re encouraging people to do whatever it is that they’re doing. We’re more of ‘Be safe when you’re doing it.’ That’s why we wanted to have all that information up.” Even with all the health information, Goodman says he knows not everyone will agree with their business. “We’re simply recognizing that people are going to do whatever they’re going to do,” he said. “And we’re doing our best to make sure that campus stays clean, as clean as possible. There’s no sense in having rusty nails in a playground. If we can prevent a certain extra percentage of sexually transmitted diseases from occurring on campus, then we’ve done our job.”


SPORTS Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Clearly there's going to be a groundswell for Tebow, and we'll have to make that evaluation if we have a draft pick that's going to be anywhere near him.” — Wayne Weaver, Jacksonville Jaguars owner

Cards top Men’s soccer escapes with 1-0 win Freshman continues hot streak, Cats in gets best of Alabama A&M five sets By Clark Brooks

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Volleyball suffers first loss of season By T. J. Walker sports@kykernel.com

LOUISVILLE – Before Wednesday night, UK and Louisville hadn’t faced off in four years. Most of the 1,270 fans in attendance would agree the game was worth the wait. The Cards handed UK its first loss of the season winning 3-2 (25-19, 2325, 25-18, 22-25, 16-14) in their own gym. “If people didn’t get their money’s worth then I’m not sure what to put on the floor to get that money’s worth,“ UK head coach Craig Skinner said, “It was intense, exciting and Louisville made the plays. They made the hustle plays when it mattered, got the kills when they needed to in transition to make the difference.” The No. 16 Cats (10-1) faced a Louisville team ready for the challenge after a lull in the rivalry. Louisville won its sets by an average of five points but that was hardly an indication of the intensity of the rivalry. “It’s a tough environment but its fun,” senior libero and Louisville native BriAnne Sauer said. “It’s very loud, the people in the crowd are so close to you it feels like they’re yelling right there at you. It’s a really good atmosphere, if you’re on the other team.” Sauer’s six digs moved her into second place all-time in the UK career digs category. Sauer is four digs away from becoming the second player ever to eclipse the 1,200 digs mark. It appeared If people didn’t after the third set UK was get their going to fall, money’s worth but the Cats rallied to win then I’m not the fourth and a fifth sure what to put forced set. The fifth on the floor to set was back and forth with get them that Louisville (7money’s worth. 3) squeaking out a close CRAIG SKINNER win and bragUK head coach ging rights. UK was able to hang in the game thanks to junior outside hitter Sarah Mendoza. Mendoza led UK with 26 kills, a career high. Although Mendoza wasn’t particularly pleased with her effort, Skinner was. “She’s a fighter, she gets after it and she’s going to swing away until the end and she did,” Skinner said. Despite Mendoza’s efforts, the Cats never seemed comfortable. UK had 33 errors and nine service errors. UK will enter Southeastern Conference play on Sunday when the Cats travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face Louisiana State University on national television. This will be the first time this season the Cats will face a team coming off a loss. “It’s a new season, we start fresh,” Sauer said. “So starting tomorrow we’ll start practice and start preparing for LSU, and that’s what we need to focus on. We can’t think about this past game. We just have to move forward and get ready for SEC (play).”

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The No. 22 UK men’s soccer team came into Wednesday’s game heavily favored against Alabama A&M, and the Cats narrowly escaped with a 1-0 victory in a bruising game. Last year when the Cats played the Bulldogs, the game ended in a lackluster 0-0 tie in OT. But freshman Matt Lodge, who was suffering from a stomach bug, scored off a free-kick 30 yards out in the 25th minute to give the Cats an early lead. “I just tried to smash it,” Lodge said. “Luckily, I got a fa-

vorable bounce and it went in.” Lodge had already been on a hot streak. After scoring both goals in a 2-1 win Sunday, he was named to Soccer America’s National Team of the Week on Monday. “Since he’s from another country, he went unnoticed at the beginning of year,” UK head coach Ian Collins said. “His play though has brought him a lot of attention as of late.” Besides a yellow card issued to senior Marco dos Santos in the 37th minute, the first half belonged to UK. UK’s defense continued to be rock solid as it didn’t allow a shot on goal the entire half or let the

Bulldogs feel comfortable on the offensive end by playing tough and physical. “We like to press and create challenges,” Collins said. “A couple of their guys got hurt, but it’s the nature of the game sometimes.” Despite the lead going into the second half, UK didn’t let up on either side of the field and prevented any chance of a comeback. But there was still plenty of action. After a hard slide-tackle by Byron Vega in the 80th minute, Alabama A&M’s Moses Semakula almost swung on the young freshman. The two were separated before a fight ensued; Semakula was eventually given a yellow card in the 88th minute arguing a call. “I felt we should have scored on a lot more of our chances,” Collins said. “The first 20 minutes

and the last 20 minutes is when we stuck to our game plan; between then we played sloppy. But, the win is always the most important thing.” UK improved to 5-0-0 on the season, its best start since 1995. The Cats ran their school-record, consecutive game unbeaten streak to 15 matches in a row, which dates back to last October. “Though we won tonight, we need to step up our game,” Lodge said. “But, if we continue to work harder, we’ll keep winning games.” The Cats open up C-USA play Sunday at the UK Soccer Complex. “Hopefully, we can stick to our game plan,” Collins said. “We want to move the ball around and use our depth. We need to come out hungry.”

Secondary will be forced to step up to lock down Louisville receivers By Ben Jones bjones@kykernel.com

When UK’s defensive backs line up against Louisville’s deep receiving corps, junior cornerback Paul Warford won’t be worried about covering all the Cards. Senior cornerback and All-America candidate Trevard Lindley will line up on one side. Warford and sophomore cornerback Randall Burden will be on the other. “I think Randall is an excellent player,” Warford said. “He’s just as good as Trevard.” That’s especially high praise when you consider Warford won a heated position battle with Burden in fall camp to become the second corner. In the season opener, Miami of Ohio appeared to target UK’s defensive backs who lined up opposite of Lindley. Warford and sophomore cornerback Randall Burden will be counted on to shut down anyone who lines up opposite of Lindley. After sitting a year out, Warford expects to see plenty more passes thrown his way. “It’s going to be like that all year,” Warford said. “As long as Trevard is on the other side they’re always going to throw at us ... I already know they’re going to throw at me.” UK defensive coordinator Steve Brown doesn’t plan on matching any one corner against a particular receiver, barring something spectacular. He said the Cats will just have to cover Louisville’s receivers “as best we can.” Brown is expecting to see more play-action and longer passes from Louisville than he saw against Miami of Ohio. That could mean UK’s top safeties – neither of whom were full-time starters last year – will have more strain put on them. Warford said he’s already seen plenty of improvement from the safeties. He only expects them to get better as the season progresses. “It takes chemistry,” Warford said. “You have to get used to different safeties back there. They’re getting better each week.” Even with all the talent Louisville will split wide, Warford and Brown said they don’t plan on doubling any one player for the whole game. Much like how Louisville spreads its talent at receiver around, UK will spread its best cornerbacks across the field. “We have full confidence in all our guys,” Brown said. “Those are the type of receivers we’re going to have to face in the SEC.”

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Junior cornerback Paul Warford breaks up a pass against a Miami of Ohio receiver in the Cats’ season-opening win against the Redhawks.

As long as Trevard is on the other side they’re always going to throw at us. I already know they’re going to throw at me.” — Paul Warford, junior cornerback

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KERNEL EDITORIAL BOARD Kenny Colston, editor in chief Austin Schmitt, asst. opinions editor Melissa Vessels, managing editor Ben Jones, sports editor Allie Garza, managing editor Megan Hurt, features editor Wesley Robinson, opinions 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.

Program revitalization positive change for students ■ KERNEL EDITORIAL Within the next two years, UK is set to implement a revamped general education program. This move shows the university is not only making progress, but it is starting to look beyond meeting benchmarks and looks to improve the university overall. In an Aug. 30 news story, the Kernel reported the American Council of Trustees and Alumni gave UK a “C” on the strength of its 2008-09 core curriculum. The current University Studies Program has been in place for 20 years and needed drastic changes to bring UK up to more modern learning standards. Students learning from curriculum written roughly the same year

they were born is probably not the best idea. of students, there will be a two-year interim period where the university will have time to Perhaps the top-20 plan is working if UK is surpassing benchmarks and continues receive student feedback, and the program can acclimate to the to strive for improvement. university. AdditionalOften, the plan has been Perhaps the top-20 plan is ly, the teaching styles negatively attacked for classes will be not placing the needs of working if UK is surpassing for adapted so that stustudents first, but there benchmarks and continues dents can learn more will probably be a shift in and not opinion because of the to strive for improvement. independently be enslaved to a sylpositives in the plan. labus. While the entire proOne area of change that will hopefully gram adapation will not be in place until the 2011 fall semester, changes started during the benefit all Kentucky students is UK, along with other Kentucky schools, paying atten2009 summer session and will gradually be tion to the ability to transfer of courses added over that two-year period. So, instead among colleges. The most absurd part of colof dumping a brand new system on a bunch lege is paying for classes and not being able

Healthier campus goal of tobacco ban ■ LETTER TO THE EDITOR This is a response to Michael Kegley’s “Prohibition hardly stops campus smoking problem” letter which called for action regarding the Tobacco Free Medical Campus. I think a point of clarification is in order. Prohibiting smokers is not the goal of the Tobacco-Free Initiative. The goal is to promote a healthier environment at UK HealthCare and, as of Nov. 19, UK’s Campus. Tobacco users have many resources available to them to help them get through the day without using tobacco products if they so choose, or to help them quit smoking, which is the best decision a tobacco user can make for their health in their lifetime. If people choose to use tobacco products during their workday, the policy clearly states where these products may be used. Tobacco use is harmful to both the individuals that use these products and, in the case of tobacco smoke, to the health of those exposed who do not. The science is very clear on this. Nationally, 70 percent of

smokers want to quit. In a recent survey at UK, nearly 70 percent of those responding said they plan to quit or cut down on their tobacco use when the campus is tobacco-free. Living and working in tobacco-free environments makes this easier for them. Change comes slowly sometimes, but clearly a culture of acceptance of tobacco use promoted by the tobacco industry and marketed to youth must be changed. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to promote a culture which is accepting of avoiding tobacco use and exposure. With some of the worst tobacco-use rates in the nation, 22 Kentuckians die each day from tobacco-related illness and 107,000 Kentucky children under age 18 today will eventually die a tobacco-related death. Our social conscience must lead us on a course to a healthier UK and a healthier Kentucky. Audrey Darville Ph.D., candidate, UK College of Nursing

TV show explores social oddities The ultimate “antihero” will return as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returns for its seventh season on Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. Built like a reality show, it might be the epitome of real life, taking on issues from everyday interactions and dissectAUSTIN ing them. Armed HILL with only a pageKernel long outline for columnist the idea of each show, the actors do not use a script but rather adlib dialogue by putting themselves in real-life situations. Each season is centered on one general idea with many other stories branching out of the nucleus. Larry often finds himself in conundrums as a result of bad luck, his own deception or the victim of a misunderstanding. Season seven will feature the highly anticipated and much talked about “Seinfeld” reunion. All the characters excluding Michael Richards (Kramer) have made cameos, but this is the first time the gang will be back together. Richards himself has not appeared on any sitcom since his stand-up meltdown in which he launched into a racial tirade. “Curb” Creator Larry David, who is the co-creator of “Seinfeld,” plays himself, or at least by character name. He follows himself around a daily life placing himself in different situations that mirror real life. Much like “Seinfeld” the show picks apart socially-created laws by asking questions most peo-

ple think about but are too afraid to inquire on. For instance, how many times have you been in line somewhere that offered free samples of food? While the person in front of you takes multiple samples, and there might not be a sign prohibiting it, it is deemed socially polite to take one and move on. Most wouldn’t confront the person, but Larry does in season six. David knocks down classes and stereotypes by confronting them and exploring many of the racial things that divide us. Do black people tip? Are Jewish people frugal? Are white people oppressive with their ideals? There are no boundaries in his attempt to erase the lines we draw socially and help us understand we are all humans in the same world. David is a very imperfect person. He lies, he is rude at times, but, when the time comes to confront a situation that lacks in common logic, he explores it. He has a big heart. He befriends homeless people, he invites a convicted sex offender over for the holidays when others judge him, and he takes in an AfricanAmerican family from hurricane relief. Now he does many things as a result of his own personal interest, but don’t we all take ourselves into consideration when making decisions? Like everyone, he learns, both about himself and about the things he might normally avoid due to petty difference, in doing so. It is a show dedicated to randomness, but that is what life is really about. Have you ever asked yourself what a car and a

college textbook have in common? I have, and I know. They depreciate in value the moment you leave with one. Think about it. If you buy a sweater and it doesn’t fit when you get it home, you can return it with a receipt and get your money back. Now, you could have tried it on in the fitting rooms, but they don’t say that when you bring it back you get your money and move on. If you buy a new book for class and don’t have your syllabus and discover an hour later you got the wrong text, then, when you return it with your receipt, you have already lost money and will not receive a full refund but a portion. How does that make sense? Every day we see discrepancies in our social system. They stay with us in the back of our minds, and we resort back to them when they reoccur but generally ignore them. This is a man who says he is not a fixer but an improver and, in a world full of these moments, tries to understand their significance as they relate to bigger problems. When people prefer to turn a blind eye to hot button topics or the smallest misunderstanding, it does create larger issues. It is comforting to know there is someone who fixates on knowledge enough to find the answers for us all. It’s about breaking down our walls of comfort to see ourselves and our differences in the ugliest form using the catalyst of humor to bring us together. Austin Hill is an English senior. E-mail opinions@kykernel.com.

to use the credit if a student transfers, so it is commendable someone is looking into the problem at the state level. There are still a lot of questions as to the feasibility and overall value of the top-20 plan, but this change shows that passing benchmarks is not the sole goal of the administration and they do sometimes think about the students. There has been recent progress in academics, including filling open positions and hiring Associate Provost Michael D. Mullen, who is pushing the General Education Program improvement movement, and UK must continue the forward momentum for the betterment of the university on its own accord and not because of competition with other schools.

Pop culture overpowers society’s real issues It's not often an event in pop culture has as much effect as we have seen the past few days. Yet since Sunday, ringing from the villages of Facebook and the hamlets of Twitter was the news of Kanye West's blatant disrespect of Taylor Swift WESLEY at the MTV ROBINSON Video Music Kernel Awards. columnist Just in case you missed it, as Swift accepted the award for Best Female Video, Kanye took it upon himself to pop up and interrupt her victory speech to say that Beyonce had “one of the greatest videos of all time.” Kanye's actions have been the driving commentary from “The View,” to a conversation with President Obama. Tuesday on “The View,” the panel discussed the event and revealed that Kanye, even after claiming contrition for the event, he has yet to reach out to Swift. When asked about the situation in an off-the-record portion of an interview with CNBC, President Obama said that Kanye was a “jackass” for his actions. The audio was subsequently recorded by an ABC news employee and has been the subject of its own controversy. Entertainment is something everybody needs in one way or another and without belittling anybody's tastes, I understand why this was a big deal. Both artists are two of the biggest stars not only in their genre, but in popular music. Not to mention West's actions, while totally in character, were unprecedented in scope and were genuinely conversation worthy, just not to the magnitude that they have been. I am really happy for you Kanye, but this is the most insignificant moment of all time. He should have just kept his mouth shut, or used his platform to talk about something of greater importance because in the end, Taylor Swift beat Beyonce in a sub-category. Beyonce went on to win the award for overall video of the year, and Kanye's comments were wasted on a video that wasn't even that creative on an awards show that really doesn't matter. There's no way to do this, but I'd bet that had this incident not occurred, more than like-

ly this year's VMA probably would have missed most everybody's radar. I mean really, how irrelevant is a video music award show on a network that you have to go to their 76th channel to see videos, other than during the credits at the end each program. Tuesday's Kernel brought the reprint of an editorial written by David Hawpe. In the editorial, Hawpe questioned the value of a victory over a top-ranked Mississippi team after such turmoil as segregation, NCAA sanctions and players quitting the team because “total football” was the rule of the program. That idea of “total football” ultimately led to the firing of coach Charlie Bradshaw, leader of the football intensive movement, but it wasn't until the controversy and shame had been brought to the university that he was fired. While this situation is totally different in circumstance, the instances have the same elements of misplaced focuses that Hawpe discussed. People are putting way too much stock into casual, pleasurable events in life and not focusing on serious issues that have more bearing on day-to-day actions. People can tell you more about the death of Michael Jackson, UK football or the Kanye West/Taylor Swift debacle than they can tell you about the healthcare debate, the university budget crisis or anything else of importance. By no means am I saying everyone's ideals and interests should align with those of my own persuasion, but there is something wrong when a controversial award show trumps major issues. I like to be entertained, I love sports, but I also recognize that there has to be a balance between enjoyment and reality. I would love nothing more than to listen to and blog about music all day and with all 900 ESPN and Fox Sports Channels going at the same time. But none of those things would pay my bills, enrich me as a person or give me anything more than fleeting entertainment until my next fix. Not everybody can or should spend their time focused on life's tough questions and difficult problems but what's worth more: to follow the lives of others, or to lead a life of your own? Wesley Robinson is a Spanish senior. E-mail wrobinson@kykernel.com.

SG deadlines fast approaching, weekend game provides relief After three weeks of waiting, the weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. It’s time for in-state bragging rights to return to UK as the football team takes on the University of Louisville this Saturday. I hope you are all as excited as I am for RYAN what is sure to be SMITH Contributing an incredible game. columnist We have the best fans in the country, so we know Commonwealth Stadium will be rockin’. However, to reinforce our solidarity in cheering for the Cats, Student Government is partnering with UK Athletics to turn Commonwealth Stadium into a “Sea of Blue.” The formula isn’t calculus, it’s actually quite easy: Come early. Be loud. Wear blue. Enjoy victory! We encourage you to join Big Blue Nation in wearing solid blue to the game on Saturday so we can see blue

throughout the Commonwealth! And don’t forget, the game is our fifth TallyCats event, so swipe your Wildcard for a chance to win some free swag. We’ll have students set up with card readers at the student entrance and near the ramp to the upper level until the end of the first quarter. Be sure to stop by! After the game, head to www.tallycats.com and login with your LinkBlue ID to check your point totals and learn more about the program. The game isn’t the only source of excitement on campus this week, though. In case you haven’t checked it out already, this week has been full of DanceBlue events as a part of their newest fundraising campaign, “Blitz Week.” Dozens of DanceBlue representatives have been – and will continue to be – around campus if you are interested in getting involved. Just look for the yellow ribbon. Furthermore, all UK students are invited to the first ever DanceBlue Rave from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Cat’s Den on Friday night. Dance-

Blue is the largest student-run philanthropy event on campus, which supports the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic, and any event put on by the program is definitely something you don’t want to miss. This is also a significant week for SG. Applications for the Freshman Leadership Development Program were due last week and we’re conducting interviews this week. We have more than 140 well-qualified freshmen applicants from which to choose. That’s the largest turnout in the history of the program and almost doubles the amount that applied last year. It’s great to see so many of you have heard about the initiatives Student Government is offering and we hope you’ll continue to show such high interest as we work to provide you with additional opportunities to enact positive change on campus while developing your leadership abilities. Freshmen Senate applications are now available online and in our office in room 120 of the Student Center. For the freshmen, this is the

first opportunity to have a say in how SG represents our student body, and we hope you’ll take the chance to make a difference here at UK. Applications are open to any freshman who would like to run for Senate. There are four spots to fill and we are expecting a very competitive field for this election as well. Applications are due on Oct. 1 and the election will be held in mid-October. Be on the lookout for campaign signs and eager freshmen! Also, for any UK student with a child and has a need for financial assistance with daycare, Student Government Childcare Grant applications are due this Friday, Sept. 18. We know being a student is not easy – being a parent and student doubles that challenge. These grants, awarded each semester by SG, demonstrate our commitment to providing additional funding and resources to students that need assistance caring for their children while they attend class. The grants are limited in number and are awarded according to a demonstrated need by the student. Apply

by visiting www.uksga.org and clicking on “Applications” on the left-hand side. If there are any questions, please stop by our office or e-mail us at ukstudentgovernment@gmail.com. As you can see, we’re working hard to ensure the needs of students are met and we are always looking for students to help us out. If you have something you’re passionate about changing, stop by and let’s have a conversation about it. Our door is always open and we are here to advocate on your behalf. Let’s work together to ensure our community of 27,000-plus students has the best experience possible. I look forward to seeing you out this weekend, at the game, immersed in a “Sea of Blue,” throughout the rest of the semester at TallyCats events, and all of the other great events offered by our student organizations and university departments. Go Cats! Ryan Smith is a political science senior and Student Government president. E-mail opinions@kykernel.com.


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SG debates consolidation By Andrew Pillow news@kykernel.com

The possibility of combining two Student Government positions was presented Wednesday night during a full Senate meeting. Senator-At-Large Kara Osborne used senator’s privilege at the end of the meeting to introduce the idea of combining the vice president title from the executive branch and the Senate president position of the legislative branch. “We just wanted to interview vice presidents from the past to investigate making the vice president (also) chairman of Senate,” she said. The idea is not yet legislation, but would make the elected position of vice president the president of the Senate as well. Osborne said she thinks the change would create better collaboration between the

two branches. “I think in the past there hasn’t been open communication between the legislative and executive branches,” Osborne said. Senators discussed the notion but differed in opinions. Some senators pointed out there was a procedure already in place to foster communication between the two branches. “I think there are other options to go with before we combine the vice president with Senate president,” said Falon Thacker, College of Arts and Sciences senator. The Senate also approved $4,000 through a Senate special project for the Solar Car Team. “We are going to use it to build a new car and hopefully win a race,” said Brent White, a member of the team and presenter of the project. Senate President John

MEETING Continued from page 1 sure that our students are safe if they drink at higher levels,” he said. Another cause of concern brought up during the meeting were the policies surrounding football game days at UK. Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said police are prepared for game days this season and will have stricter parking enforcement and greater vigilance regarding alcohol in the stadium.

Whitt sponsored the project and is also the College of Engineering senator. He said he sponsored the project because the Solar Car Team represents the entire college. Whitt also used the opportunity to kick off his initiative of college senators being more loyal to their colleges. “I wanted to see senators, especially if they’re college senators, using their special privilege to give back to their college,” Whitt said. At the meeting, the Academic Student Affairs Committee introduced the idea of having a contest between marketing and communication students to create a pamphlet that could be given to event organizers who received iPods to make their events more successful. The Senate also unanimously passed minor changes in wording in the SG bylaws.

“The plan is to let people know that open containers are not allowed in the stadium,” Bastin said. “Our folks will be looking at intoxication levels of people who will be crossing our areas.” Bastin also said he was concerned with illegal parking around the stadium. The police chief said in earlier seasons illegal parking created great hazard to pedestrians and emergency vehicles. In the past, the officers would warn people and ask them to move, but this year may be different. “We’re going to be in those areas … we will be citing, we will be enforcing,” Bastin said.

MUSIC Continued from page 1 at UK. She went to Everett McCorvey, director of the UK Opera, with the idea to create a similar camp, and “Broadway Bound” was born. The summer camp, which just completed its third year, gives participants the training they need to excel in the performing arts at a high school level, and, hopefully, beyond. “We wanted to help transition kids into singing, acting and dancing, so that when they got to high school and wanted to perform, they would be ready,” Nelson said. A.C.E. is a new extension of this program that runs for two semesters, one in the fall and one in the spring. The program is currently holding “trial classes” for three Wednesdays in September, in which students are invited to participate in the same activities that they would take part in if they attend A.C.E. The courses focus on teaching students one particular piece per class in which they sing, act and dance. “I want the students to feel like they accomplished something, which is why our goal is to learn one single piece in each two-hour class period,” Nelson said. “I want the kids to go home and say to their parents, ‘Hey, look what I learned today.’ ” But the instructors strive to ensure that the students have fun above all else.

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Mariah Mowbray, 12, shows her "happy face" in an expressions exercise lead by Mary Joy Nelson. “You guys need to do two things for me: one is to have fun, but I also need you guys to put some style into your steps,” dance instructor Jenny Fitzpatrick said to the class while reviewing a section of the evening’s routine. Nelson and Fitzpatrick will be teaching the courses, as well as Tim Hull, who will specialize in drama. Their main goal is to provide a positive learning environment that leaves room for fun and for growth. “The teachers are so nice and relaxed,” said 12-yearold A.C.E. student Mariah Mowbray. “They always help you when you need it, and they’re never mean about it. I always try to practice my weaknesses more than my strengths.” Luke Pellegrino, 8, attended his first class Wednesday evening and said his favorite segment was acting. “I liked when I acted like I was eating fudge,” Pellegri-

KENNEDY Continued from page 1 Some students were not convinced that coal country would be able to escape a change unscathed. “I think it will be harder for Kentucky than a lot of states,” said Sandy Broadus, a natural resource and conservation sophomore. “But I think it's doable.” In America, Kennedy said the way to fight job loss when converting to green energy was to employ Americans to build a national energy grid to be coordinated by the national government. Kennedy said the funding would come from the money currently used to buy foreign oil and subsidies costs for domestic energy companies. After energy can be transferred across the country, Kennedy said the next step would be to build green power plants and encourage homeowners to modify their homes to be selfsufficient for energy. When homes produce surplus energy, a free trade market would allow consumers to sell the excess back to ener-

LITTER Continued from page 1 We don’t want anyone running onto the field to celebrate.”

no said. “I want to come back next week.” A.C.E. currently offers singing, acting and dancing, but the program has room to expand. Nelson hopes to offer courses on film acting, instrumentals, opera and other forms of self-expression in the future, and sees the program as a means for UK to branch out into the greater community of Lexington. “Part of (UK President) Lee Todd’s vision is to make the university more community-friendly, to make people and families more familiar with it, and this is a good way to do that,” Nelson said. Classes start Sept. 30, and sign-ups for both fall and spring semester are still open. Those interested can sign up in the Fine Arts Building Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. or Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Joy Nelson at ace.academy@uky.edu.

gy companies. “Every American becomes an energy entrepreneur and every home becomes a power plant,” Kennedy said. The U.S. coal industry receives more than $1 trillion in subsidies to offset costs, Kennedy said, and the American people pick up the tab on costs such as roads topped with 22 inches of asphalt to handle overloaded coal transports. But the costs are not limited to dollars and cents, he said. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, every fresh water fish in America contains unsafe levels of mercury, which can cause permanent IQ loss in children born to mothers with high mercury levels due to coal pollution. Kennedy said the problem stems from the fact that currently energy companies make more money with the more fossil fuels they burn. “They still want consumers to leave their lights on all night and their refrigerator doors open. “We're protecting (the environment) because we recognize that the environment is the infrastructure to our community,” Kennedy said.

Other task force members addressed safety and security concerns about game days. Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin discussed the balance between fans having fun and people acting inappropriately.

“Any behavior that puts people or property in danger is going to be swiftly dealt with,” he said. “Our goal is to give an environment where everyone can have the best time that they can, and we’re here to do that.”


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