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KENTUCKY KERNEL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
CELEBRATING 38 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
Report: Violent crime, sexual assaults down in 2008 By Laura Clark email@example.com
UK Police crime statistics from 2008 were released Tuesday, reporting a decrease of most violent crimes and an increase in drunken driving arrests. The decrease in the violent crimes, including domestic violence and sexual assault, are attributed in part to more student vigilance, said UK Interim Police Chief Maj. Joe Monroe. “If you look across the nation, in most areas, violence has gone down, especially on college campuses,” Monroe said. “Since Virginia Tech, people are more aware of their surroundings, and are quicker to contact police.” The number of assault cases have alternated between rising and falling each year. From 2007 Since Virginia Tech, peoto 2008, assault cases rose from ple are more aware of their 30 to 36. The resurroundings, and are port cited an increase from 119 quicker to contact police. arrests for DUI in MAJ. JOE MONROE 2007, to 215 arUK interim police chief rests in 2008. Alcohol intoxication fell from 238 to 213, as well as minor in possession of alcohol arrests, from 54 to nine. Domestic violence, sexual assault and rape fell in numbers. Monroe said the partnership between UK Police and the Violence, Intervention and Prevention Center contributed to this decrease. “We work closely together and share information,” Monroe said. “Some people go there for resources to make sure reports get filed … it seems to be successful.” Auto theft increased from eight arrests in 2007 to 20 in 2008. Theft from autos remained the same at 52 arrests. Traffic citations also increased from 2007-08, from 1,412 to 2,352. Monroe said more students are reporting activity and crimes before they happen than in previous years. “This gives us a chance to intervene and be more proactive,” Monroe said.
Enforcement of tobacco ban to be same at Commonwealth By Katie Perkowski firstname.lastname@example.org
Enforcement of the tobacco ban at the Nov. 28 UK football home game will rely on the same method used on every other part of campus — self-compliance. Anthany Beatty, vice president for public safety, said the university would rely on every member of the community to report violations of the policy, and punishments would be no different than on any other part of campus. Police will be instructed to approach people who are violating the ban, but they will not be more involved in enforcing the ban than anyone else at the stadium, Beatty said. “Remember again, this is not a criminal offense so our police officers will not be involved in this unless it becomes a public safety issue,” Beatty said. Brendan Space, a finance sophomore and smoker, said the ban would not stop him from smoking at the stadium and does not think it will be possible to enforce the ban. “They can’t stop underage drinking so how are they going to stop smoking?” Space said. Beatty said if an employee were found to be violating the ban, Human Resources would handle the matter. If a student violated it, the matter would be taken care of through the Code of Conduct. Visitors violating the ban could be asked to leave the campus if they do not comply. Hilary Caballero, a marketing sophomore and nonsmoker, said the policy further encourages her to never start smoking. “It’s just going to make me not want to do it even more,” Caballero said. At the game in November, student and employee groups will hand out literature and information about the policy, its implementation and campus expectations, Beatty said. “The approach will be again just everyone informing those who are offenders that tobacco products and smoking is not allowed on the property,” Beatty said. Beatty said people would continue participating in cleanup efforts the days after games to take care of discarded cigarette butts in and around the stadium.
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Ryan Smith, center, Grant Mills, right, Sam Gillespie and George Kington, far left, are all members of Sigma Chi.
Chain of command
Year after year, fraternity fills top Student Government positions By Laura Clark
Kington, is currently not considering involvement in SG, Sigma Chi recruitment chairman and SG senator-at-large Sam Gillespie is considering taking a higher step into student politics. What some may see as a dynasty may be seen as a coincidence by others, especially by those involved. “It is kind of funny how it happened,” said Mills, Sigma Chi chapter president in 2007-08 and vice president of SG alongside Tyler Montell in 200809. “I think it was by happenchance that it happened to be this way.” “It’s coincidental, it has nothing to do
Dynasty is a word commonly used to describe the UK men’s basketball team. What about Sigma Chi? From 2007 to present, three former Sigma Chi presidents have held some of the highest positions in UK Student Government. Sigma Chi’s UK chapter, Lambda Lambda, has seen members Nick Phelps, Grant Mills and Ryan Smith rise to power in campus politics. Even though the current fraternity president, George
with being a Sigma Chi,” said current SG President Smith. “It completely happened out of the sky … some people believe it, and some people don’t.” “People raise eyebrows, but it’ll come and go,” said Phelps, 2006-07 Sigma Chi president and 2007-08 SG president. “There has been something special going on through Sigma Chi the last few years. But it can change with the next pledge class.” Gillespie attributed the draw of SG to wanting to make a difference on campus. See Sigma Chi on page 6
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pressure to run, or if I did run, I wouldn’t see any strong negative.”
one direction, a lot of guys that get involved have that same passion.”
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pened. I think it was by happenchance that it happened to be this way.” GRANT MILLS
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“There has been something special going on through Sigma Chi the last few years. But it can change with the next pledge class.” NICK PHELPS SG president 2007-08
Ale-8-One or not, rally against new coal plant draws Greenthumb to protest in Cheapside Park By Garrett Wymer email@example.com
More than 30 cups and bottles of water, soda and Ale-8 were raised in a toast to clean water and energy at a rally in Cheapside Park on Tuesday evening. The rally was a part of the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club’s nationwide day of action: “Coal is a Dirty Business.” The original rally, “Don’t Contaminate our Ale-8,” was scheduled to focus on the impact a potential new coal-fired power plant and coal-ash holding would have on the Lexington community — including the Ale-8-One factory, near where it would be located, said Lydia Courtright, a sociology senior and co-coordinator of UK Greenthumb. However, when Ale-8-One did not condone use of its company name for the rally, the local Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra See Rally on page 6
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OLD FASHIONED Sometimes I miss the romanticism of classic photography. I saw this camera on an antique show and went out hunting for it that afternoon. I visited nine antique shops in one day, and finally found one. I haven't even been able to find film for it yet, but I like just having it as a reminder of where photography started. — EMILY REMY
My family’s incest horror As half sister Mackenzie goes public about a 10year affair with their father, singer Chynna Phillips tells Us her side of the story. Chynna Phillips' life changed in 1997 when she was between flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York City and received a phone call from her half sister, actress Mackenzie Phillips. "She said, 'I don't know why, but I just really felt the need to call you and tell you something that I think you need to know,'" recalls the former member of Wilson Phillips (whose debut in 1990 was the best-selling album ever by an all-female group). "And she went on to tell me that she had had an incestuous relationship with our dad [John Phillips, founder of seminal '60s group The Mamas & The Papas] for about 10 years." When the affair began, John was married to his third wife, model Geneviève Waïte. Chynna's reaction, naturally, was complete shock. "Somebody could have dropped a piano on my head and I probably wouldn't have felt it," the singer, 41, tells Us. "But I knew it was true. I mean, who in their right mind would make such a claim if it wasn't true?" Now, 12 years later, the family's dark secret has become public. Mackenzie, 49, has released her memoir, High on Arrival, detailing her long history of cocaine and heroin abuse and her sexual relationship with their father, which she says began when she was 17. At the time, she was starring as teenage daughter Julie Coop-
er on CBS's comedy One Day at a Time, a role she played from 1975 through 1984. Chynna's husband of 14 years, actor Billy Baldwin, tells Us, "I honestly thought that I had seen and heard it all, until Chynna shared with me the painful truth of John and Mackenzie's disturbing and disgusting relationship." Chynna, like others in her family, is less than pleased with the book's publication. "I wish I had been made privy to the information that she was writing this book beforehand so that I could at least have had a say and that my brothers and sisters could have had a say," the mother of three (to daughter Jamison, 9, son Vance, 8, and daughter Brooke, 4, with Baldwin, 46) says. "The repercussions of a book like this, they don't just affect Mackenzie." John isn't around to address the claim (he died of heart failure in 2001 at age 65), but other family members actually question the memoir's validity. Chynna's actress mom, Michelle Phillips (John's second wife and former member of The Mamas & The Papas), tells Us of Mackenzie (a product of John's first marriage, to socialite Susan Adams): "You should take with a grain of salt anything that's said by a person who has had a needle stuck in their arm for 35 years. The whole story is disgusting."
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 7 — The work will get done. You’ll make sure that happens. Get help from a partner who already knows how to do the job.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 5 — Let a partner deal with some of your worries. Settle back into your regular routine; it’ll be relaxing.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — You’re doing well at keeping the details together. If you don’t feel up to the challenge, hide out and wait.
Cancer (June 22-July 22) COPYRIGHT 2008 US WEEKLY
— Today is a 6 — More family time
Buy photos online. All photos that appear in the Kernel are available at ukcampusphoto.com. is required. Listen to a shy person. It’ll take a while, but you’ll learn a lot about this person. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Your genial attitude makes you easy to be around. If you really want them to mind you, however, be a bit more strict. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Continue to proceed with caution. Follow through with the things on your list. It’s OK to start new projects, too. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Whatever worked yesterday won’t work today. Take a practical view. By the end of the day you’ll be back on top.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — You thought you knew exactly what the score was ... and you were wrong. Now, take charge and fix your mistakes.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8— You have to say what’s on your mind several times. You’re the only person who’s bored. Others need to hear it.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 5 — You tune right into what others need. Once you get started, helping them is easy. Assert yourself as needed.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — If you’re sure that you’ll care about the issues next week, hold your ground. If you don’t care, don’t cry.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Look into your heart before you make a commitment. You’ll waffle during the day. By tonight you’ll have decided.
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SPORTS & FEATURES Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Midfielder Lee Hagedorn attempts to block a kick by Kentucky's Chris Jumalon Tuesday evening at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers won 3-0. PHOTO BY ALEX FARRIS IDS
Cats annihilated by Indiana By Metz Camfield firstname.lastname@example.org
For the UK men’s soccer team, Tuesday was an opportunity missed. The No. 13 Cats (7-2, 0-1 Conference USA) traveled to Bloomington, Ind., for a premier nonconference match against No. 9 Indiana (5-2-1, 1-0-0 Big Ten Conference). When the final whistle blew however, the Cats were humbled to a tune of 3-0. Entering the season, the talk of the team was consistent and passionate: now is the time. After being “snubbed” by the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three years, the Cats went into the 2009 campaign looking to show they were worthy of dancing at the end of the season. Indiana came out strong in the first half and took it to the Cats, out-shooting them five to one, with all but one of their shots being on goal, and the Cats’ lone shot, a header by senior defender Barry Rice off a corner kick, sailing over the cross bar.
Missing for the Cats was freshman midfielder and leading goal scorer Matt Lodge. Lodge sat out with a right ankle injury. Indiana got on the board 30 minutes into the match with a goal from junior forward Andy Adlard. It was only the second first-half goal UK had allowed all season, and it was Indiana’s first, first-half goal of the season. In the second half, the Cats came out more aggressive and created more attempts to score. It proved to not be enough, however, as Adlard netted his second goal of the match. Three minutes later, Indiana freshman midfielder Nick Blevins found the back of the net from just inside the 18-yard box. The game was seen as an opportunity for the Cats to make a statement to the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. Instead, a 3-0 defeat against one of college soccer’s most prestigious programs will leave the Cats going back to the drawing board. The Cats will hit the pitch again Sunday at home against the University of Alabama-Birmingham at 2:30 p.m.
Three keys for UK to challenge Alabama on Saturday By now, it’s out there that UK head coach Rich Brooks lost sleep over how his team played against Florida on Saturday. After that first quarter, wouldn’t you? Now the question is: What can Brooks do to make sure he doesn’t lose sleep after this Saturday’s game against Alabama? Not much separates No. 1 Florida from No. 3 Alabama JAMES (although a literal PENNINGTON man may argue No. 2 Kernel Texas does). It’s hard columnist to say which team is better because the two teams have such different identities. Florida’s spread offense is one-ofa-kind; maybe not necessarily in idea, but certainly in execution. Despite how much film UK may have watched, and how many plays UK may have run in practice, nothing was going to fully prepare them for how Tim Tebow and his band of brothers ran Urban Meyer’s offense. The challenge Alabama presents is more conventional, but no less challenging. Instead of running every play out of the shotgun and letting Tebow run, Alabama is far more prone to line up in a power formation and smash the ball forward. Either way has proven fairly effective. Combine that with Alabama junior quarterback Greg McElroy’s SEC-lead-
ing quarterback rating of 175.2 with at least 31 attempts, and it’s easy to justify Alabama’s ranking. In order to challenge Alabama, or at least make sure Brooks can get a few hours of sleep Saturday night, here’s what the Cats have to do. Please read the following through the lens of “easier said than done”: 1. Make plays in the air. I’m not on the bandwagon to ditch junior quarterback Mike Hartline, and I never have been. Poor play against Florida’s all-universe defense isn’t going to book my ticket to the bandwagon, either. But if UK wants a shot against Alabama, far more opportunities will come through the air. Florida’s run defense was staggering on Saturday. The Cats rushed for 86 yards, slightly below Florida’s pergame average of 92.8 rushing yards surrendered. The bad news: Alabama’s run defense gives up just over 47 yards per game. Success is not going to come on the ground for UK. Hartline and Randall Cobb are going to have to connect like they did against Louisville, and junior college transfer Chris Matthews will have to turn in his biggest performance yet. 2. Don’t give McElroy time to think. Perhaps UK’s most glaring weakness is its pass rush. Perhaps Alabama’s most shimmering highlight is its quarterback. Not necessarily a recipe for UK to succeed. As a result, UK defensive coordi-
nator Steve Brown is going to have to get creative in how he draws up this week’s plan. Through three games, UK has seven sacks, two of which have been recorded by non-linemen. If the Cats want to fluster McElroy — just a firstyear starter — it will have to bring heat from not just the front four. Good luck. Alabama has surrendered just one sack this season to a non-lineman. 3. Move the chains. Sounds elementary, but UK didn’t do it until well into the second quarter against Florida. In fact, the Cats are last in the league in first downs averaged per game. Because UK isn’t moving the chains well, it’s limiting Lones Seiber’s field goal attempts. He’s just 1-of-2 on attempts, and that’s a direct indicator of the field position UK consistently leaves itself in. The problem isn’t kickoff returns, because Derrick Locke seems to have a pretty good grasp on that area. The problem is once UK gets the ball, the offense isn’t getting first downs. If UK concentrates on just moving the chains — maybe through short passes, like Louisville quarterback Justin Burke did to tear up the Cats — points will be far easier to come by, whether it be in the three-point or seven-point variety. If it doesn’t happen, Brooks may be looking at another long, sleepless week. James Pennington is a journalism senior. E-mail email@example.com.
Lexingtonian uses ‘toxic’ subjects for laughs By Hope Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Comedy can often be a part of the remedy for the grief and strife of everyday life. Comedian Roy Haber uses his standup to break down political, religious and social barriers and even to help himself and others through tough times. Haber was born in Israel, but raised in Lexington, where a friend urged him to take a Haber shot at stand-up just after high school. “My first performance was at Comedy Off Broadway on open-mic night, and it was pretty nerve-wracking,” Haber said. “But afterwards I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” He then moved to Virginia Beach, where he began writing his first bits and trying them out at various venues around town. With his shorter stature and unusual background, he often found ways to poke fun at himself rather than audience members. His battle with Crohn’s disease helped him develop new
material, and his humorous outlook helped him recover from surgery. “I like to talk about pain, about real-life stuff,” Haber said. His routines blend character-driven humor with jokes about law, politics and religion. When approaching potentially controversial segments of his act, Haber likes to neutralize the situation by taking stabs at all sides. “I like to start out by making sure the audience knows I find both sides toxic,” Haber said. “But people can believe whatever they want.” Haber said the highlight of his career thus far has been participating in a tour for troops in Latin American and Hawaii last year. “I think the best way to support our troops is to speak out against the politicians, because the troops really can’t do that. They simply volunteered to serve,” Haber said. He has been performing comedy for about ten years, and is looking forward to shows at larger, more dynamic venues in the future. Haber said what makes his comedy enjoyable is his honesty. “I try to keep my comedy really honest,” Haber said. “Some people like to ‘kill,’ I just like to connect.” Haber will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Cats Den. Admission is free and open to the public.
OPINIONS Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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.
Proactive students will hinder H1N1 ■ KERNEL EDITORIAL In recent weeks, the university has made many efforts to prevent an outbreak of H1N1 on campus. By the end of the first week of classes, if students were not aware of the pandemic waiting to sweep the halls of the White Hall Classroom Building, they received the memo loud and clear in the many H1N1 Policy additions to some of their class syllabi. UK has made its stance known and hopefully students have taken the subtle hints: use common sense. The university is using many of their resources in both the health and planning departments to ensure the campus remains a safe, healthy environment where students can come to learn each day without the fear of catching a threatening disease by merely running their hands down the railing of Funkhouser. With a campus of nearly 30,000 students, it is only logical the university is taking such precaution. Inciting a small sense of fear may be the healthy decision: why not make students paranoid? Turn them into obsessivecompulsive hand-washers. Better than having half of COM 101 missing class for a week due to the flu. But with this newfound paranoia comes another issue: overcrowding at the health clinic. Already, the clinic is inundated with students complaining of sore throats, the chills and other flu-like symptoms. This is where accountability comes into play. Providing hand sanitizer in “high-traffic” areas around campus, taking proactive measures by reminding students with friendly posters to cover their cough and washing their hands (a lesson many should have learned in elementary school) and advis-
ing students to stay home if they have a fever. The threat of H1N1 has this campus on edge. While it may unnerve many who live in on-campus housing, the idea of isolating sick students isn’t foreign. In an article that ran in the New York Times this summer, many summer camps had to quarantine their campers due to the flu. Sure, it wasn’t arts, crafts and archery all day long, but in places where there is a large number of people in a small area, keeping the flu contained will help stop the spread of disease. What it comes down to is simple: Be proactive, be smart and be aware. UK can only do so much to prevent the spread of H1N1. It’s up to students to remember not to pick their noses, rub their eyes and cough in their hands and wipe what could be swine flu all over White Hall Classroom Building. Don’t take advantage of being sick to skip class, but the fear and dread of missing a class or two shouldn’t push you to infect your classmates by showing up with a fever. Stay home. See the doctor if you’re running a fever, have the chills, body aches, a sore throat, are vomiting or have diarrhea. The clinic is going to be busy this year, so be patient. Don’t be social while you’re sick. Take the time to catch up on class reading and some extra rest. Besides, who wants to be quarantined with a bunch of other sick college students? If campus is proactive now, what might be a critical situation in the future could turn out to just be a big scare everyone will look back on and laugh about a few years down the road. H1N1 is an important issue, so take it seriously.
Provide full funding for UK VOX program ■ LETTER TO THE EDITOR UK VOX, Voices for Planned Parenthood, acknowledges that abstinence is the only guaranteed way to prevent pregnancy. However, as an organization that promotes safe sexual practices, we also acknowledge that many people across time and space have chosen to forgo a 100 percent guarantee for the ability to express their sexuality in a variety of ways. Engaging in sexual activity is something most of us will choose to do at some point in our lives and UK VOX believes we all deserve access to information that will keep us healthy and safe. Comprehensive sexuality education doesn’t promote sexual activity. In fact, one of the four primary goals of comprehensive sexuality education is to help young people exercise responsibility, abstinence and how to resist pressures to become involved in sexual intercourse prematurely. Unfortunately, under the previous administration, comprehensive sex education was defunded and replaced by abstinence-onlyuntil-marriage programs. Many abstinence-onlyuntil-marriage programs perpetuate prejudices based on gender, sexual orientation, family structure and pregnancy options. These programs resort to fear tactics in place of factual, comprehensive information about sexual behavior. Instead of instilling in students the confidence to choose how and
when to become sexually active, abstinence-only-untilmarriage programs rely on shame to further their definition of “normal” sexual activity. Beyond the problematic moral structure of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, it has proven to be ineffective in reducing rates of teen pregnancy around the U.S. In 2008, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services estimated Kentucky received over $3 million in federal funds for abstinence-only programs. Unfortunately, Kentucky still has the eighth highest rate of teen pregnancy in the U.S. Nationwide, teens that had comprehensive sex education were less likely to become pregnant than teens who had no sex education or who were in abstinenceonly programs. The time has come for a commonsense policy and real funding to address a preventable health care crisis among our nation’s youth. That’s why Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and UK VOX is urging everyone to participate in our Week of Action and to join our call to fully fund sex education. UK VOX will be tabling Wednesday, Sept. 30 in White Hall Classroom Building and Thursday, Oct. 1 in the Student Center. Stephanie Hopkins and Alecia Fields VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood
MATTHEW STALLINGS, Kernel cartoonist
Undercoverage a product of health plan This past weekend in a wave of pink ribbons and running shoes (and pouring rain), the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure raised awareness and money for breast cancer reMATT search. As FEINBERG the spouse Contributing of a breast columnist cancer patient, I applaud this important and necessary work. What I can’t applaud is how easily a sea of pink ribbons masks pervasive problems in our health care industry’s approach to breast cancer. If you think this is a national issue, or that you’re too young to worry about a serious illness, please keep reading. It is important for students to know that the Aetna Student Health plan only minimally covers the surgical procedures that provide life-saving treatment of breast cancer (I’m talking $10,000 out of $50,000). I raise this issue because it speaks to the larger problem that the Aetna Student Health plan has extremely low benefit limits for outpatient surgery ($10,000) and leaves many students exposed to financial jeopardy in case of serious injury or illness — the very thing that a plan should be “insuring”
against. So, as the national healthcare reform conversation swirls around in the media headlines and the conversation too often devolves into partisan blather, it is important that students take a minute to connect this broader conversation to the concrete details of the plan that UK offers and (in many cases) provides to students. Many undergraduates on campus may still find themselves covered under their parents’ coverage, and other students may have the resources to pay for private insurance or insurance through their spouse. For many of us here at UK, our only affordable option is the Aetna Student Health plan offered by the university. This list includes primarily fully-funded graduate students, some undergraduates and some unfunded graduate students. This plan is intended to work in conjunction with the services offered at University Health Services to cover students and their dependents for treatment of serious injury or illness. If we read the plan carefully though, we note that the inpatient hospitalization benefit limit is set at $500,000. This means if you are hospitalized (more on this term in a minute), then you will have, it seems, fairly substantial coverage. This all sounds great up to this point. Reading more closely, it is
important to note the current plan offered by Aetna Student Health and UK provides a mere $10,000 limit for outpatient surgery for students and their dependents. If you didn’t fall asleep when I mentioned “inpatient hospitals,” then stick with me. Let’s put these numbers into context. According to the American Hospital Association, from 1980 to 2004 outpatient surgeries have shifted from being 16 percent to 63 percent of all surgeries. On Jan. 29, 2009, USA Today corroborates this data by citing a report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting they are nearly 66 percent of all surgeries. So what, you might ask? Haven’t the benevolent actuaries at Aetna and the bureaucrats at University Health Services created a plan that will actually cover me if I get seriously ill? Yes, and no. This depends on whether your stay in the hospital is considered inpatient or outpatient. For example, the very serious procedure of mastectomy, used to treat breast cancer, is typically done on what is called a 23-hour release (i.e. an outpatient procedure). Women arrive for the mastectomy and leave within 23 hours of the surgery having never technically been admitted to the hospital (though
they may spend the night). Often, people come to the hospital for outpatient procedures and stay for much more than 23 hours and are never actually admitted to the hospital. According to Ed Erway, the director of the Office of Revenue at UK Healthcare, in July 2009, 144 patients stayed at UK Chandler Hospital for over 24 hours, and were administratively and clinically considered outpatient cases that entire time. Even more significantly, there were two cases where individuals spent over seven days in the hospital and were never officially admitted to the hospital. Though the Aetna Master Policy states that 18 hours in a resident bed will get you inpatient status, I can tell you personally that it will take a barrage of letters and phone calls for Aetna to recognize their own policy. So, for those of you that have the Aetna Student Health Plan, read the fine print and be sure that you either don´t get sick or you get very, very sick. Just hope that you don´t need an outpatient surgical procedure, because when you get the bill you’ll realize that UK decided that (under)coverage was good enough for the students at a top-20 research institution. Matt Feinberg is a hispanic studies grad student. Email email@example.com.
How to evade faulty U.S. justice system It only took 30 or so years, but the other shoe finally dropped. Since fleeing the U.S. in 1977 to avoid the penalty after pleading guilty to “unlawful sexual intercourse with TIM a minor,” RILEY famous Contributing movie dicolumnist rector Roman Polanski has skirted U.S. law and continued making films in France until this week. While attempting to enter Switzerland, Mr. Polanski was detained by the country’s police because of his outstanding U.S. warrant and could be subject to extradition for his crime. The extreme circumstances of the case raise a number of valid questions about our judicial system and society in general. Most important among these is the issue of justice and proper penance. It has long been debated what the purpose of the punishments criminals receive is. There is the widely held idea that the goal of the justice system is to punish wrong doers, but many also believe its purpose is to rehabilitate those
who commit wrongs against society. In the U.S., a balance seems to be struck between the two, more often than not. The extreme criminals withstanding, most punishments seem designed to dole out the proper anguish onto the accused while simultaneously providing some good for them or society in general. A criminal sentenced to five years in prison receives his just reward for his actions, but in our nation there are also often ways for him to improve himself while incarcerated. When it comes to Mr. Polanski though, how do we as a society decide how to properly punish him? Clearly, he has suffered because of his attempt to subvert U.S. law. Because he has not been able to enter the U.S. without being arrested in the last 30 years, he was not even able to accept in person his 2002 Oscar for Best Director; however, those are self-imposed pains. He was welcome to return to the U.S. and face the court again whenever he pleased. Obviously, the U.S. court system frowns upon fleeing the country to evade charges, but how exactly does one separate what happened 30 years ago and all that has transpired since? If the goal
of our justice system is to simply punish the accused, then the book should be thrown at Mr. Polanski, given the chance. He should face all the damages of the crime he originally plead guilty to, plus the penalty for fleeing justice so many years ago. If rehabilitation and behavior correction is the goal, though, how exactly should such a situation be treated? Mr. Polanski has lived 30 years since he committed his crime. The person who committed those crimes is effectively dead. This entire aspect of the process of U.S. law would be seemingly as pointless as reprimanding a grown man for stealing from the cookie jar when he was 5 years old. The balance of criminal processing breaks down in situations such as this. It is tough to dispute that society is still owed a debt for Mr. Polanski’s actions, but how exactly can all the factors involved in this highly convoluted system balance out to create equality for all? The long arm of the law does not forgive the convicted and unpunished, but logic and fairness to the felon must have some say in the argument. The harmed party is still owed their rightful retribution against Mr. Polanski, and so-
ciety is owed for the strain Mr. Polanski put upon it with his antics over the last 30 years. The main overriding consideration at this point can only be those two things alone. A fair evaluation of his debt must be assessed and extracted upon him given the opportunity. Even through all the confusion, an eye must be kept on that fact alone. The circumstances of his flight do not bear consideration in this instance. His status as a Hollywood icon means nothing to the justice owed to a woman forever stained by his heinous actions. But at the same time, he does not deserve undue hardship because of those same extenuating factors either. His time for rehabilitation and re-entrance into society is rather moot at this point, but his unique positioning opens up other avenues for him to pay the societal portion of his debt instead of his personal improvement covering that ground. Roman Polanski did his crimes, and it is far past time he did his time; however, he does not deserve to suffer the consequences for societies struggling to bridge the justice gap. Tim Riley is a business grad student. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For 52 years, Austrian-born professor has enjoyed life at UK, working in two different colleges By Paige Taylor
degrees … and the birds were singing. I called my wife and said, ‘We’re coming (to Kentucky).’ ” After taking the position at UK, Gesund A lot happened in 1958. The first U.S. satellite launched into orbit, Elvis Presley remained in the Army Reserves. When the began his military service and Hans Gesund Vietnam War began, Gesund was not only unsure of the U.S.’s involvement, but also joined UK’s faculty ranks. his own. In his 52nd year at the “I was ready to go to university, Hans Gesund is Vietnam if called to active a professor of architecture duty … but I didn't volunteer and engineering in the colto leave my wife and kids,” leges of Design and EngiGesund said. “My feelings neering. about U.S. involvement were Originally from Austria, mixed. I didn't want us to Gesund and his family support a corrupt regime, but moved to the U.S. when he condemning millions of peowas 12 years old to leave ple to life under a communist the somber spirit of the dictatorship by running away country. also didn't appeal to me.” “I didn’t like the atmosSince starting at UK phere after Hitler took it I was ready to go when it only had 8,000 stuover, or my parents didn’t,” to Vietnam if called dents, Gesund has served as Gesund said. a joint appointee to the facGesund grew up in New to active duty ... but ulty of the College of ArchiHaven, Conn., and after high school, attended Yale I didn’t volunteer to tecture and the faculty of the College of Design’s Historic University in 1946 and leave my wife and Preservation Department, earned a bachelor’s degree where he continues to serve. in four years. After serving kids. Gesund does not teach any in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Gesund reHANS GESUND of the Historic Preservation Department’s courses, but Architecture and engineerturned to Yale to work on has directed a number of ing professor his doctorate and teach full master’s students’ projects. time in the university’s civil Gesund also participated engineering department. in the launch of the Civil Gesund, who married in 1951 and has two children, was offered a Engineering Department’s doctorate projob at UK while finishing his doctorate at gram. Yale. For almost 52 years, Gesund has stayed When traveling to Lexington for his in- at the university. However, he said his reaterview in April 1958, Gesund took a train son for staying includes more than the from Connecticut because no planes were buildings that stand on campus. flying out of a storm that had dumped 22 “It’s the students … I enjoy my stuinches of snow. dents, my faculty and staff colleagues,” “Nothing was flying, not even the Gesund said. “I don't believe in messing birds,” Gesund said. “But here, it was 70 with what works.” firstname.lastname@example.org
SIGMA CHI Continued from page 1 Phelps said Sigma Chi’s leadership initiatives drove members to student politics. A deep appreciation for the university was Smith’s reason for taking both presidential responsibilities. But each one of them, including Kington and Mills, used the words “being involved.” Tyler Montell, a former non-Greek SG president, said Sigma Chi was a different kind of fraternity. “When I was a freshman, there wasn’t much precedence at all on campus involvement,” Montell said. “Now, there really has been … real results, and cause for so many Sigma Chi’s being involved in student organizations in leadership. “They stress (members) to make a difference not only in fraternity, but all over the place.”
STUDENT GOVERNMENT AND THE GPAC Toward the close of each academic year, SG introduces a new president, vice president and administration to the ranks. The student body can vote for their candidates of choice through an online-voting system. Before these online elections take place, the UK Greek Political Action Committee endorses an SG candidate after a candidate debate scheduled just before elections. GPAC chooses the candidate based on how well they will represent the interests of the Greek community, said Ben Duncan, SG Chief of Staff and president of the UK Interfraternity Council. However, Duncan said a candidate being in a fraternity or sorority has no influence on the GPAC endorsement decision. “The only thing that matters when they walk into that debate is how good their ideas are and how practical they are,” Duncan said. The GPAC consists of representatives from the IFC and the Panhellenic Council, as well as the recently added National PanHellenic Council, who joined the committee before the 2009 SG elections. Duncan said the number of council votes each group has depend on the size of each organization within the three councils. Before the most recent election, Duncan said the GPAC decided to only allow each fraternity or sorority chapter president to represent the Greek organizations at the debate to reduce the “politics” of each chapter choosing one representative. Duncan said almost 40 organizations were represented and around 80 votes were cast at the 2009 GPAC debate, where Smith, along with vice president Kelsey Hayes, were endorsed. In a March 2009 Kernel article, Smith said 18 of the last 19 SG presidential candidates who won the GPAC endorsement went on to win the election. Smith also said the endorsement not only spoke to the Greek community, but to the students and their desire for progress in SG.
SIGMA CHI Phelps said being president of the fraternity was more difficult than being SG president. “(Being Sigma Chi president) was great preparation for being SG president,” Phelps said. “That preparation was ideal, and it’s
one reason you see such a correlation. Sigma Chi takes a leadership role … and other students recognize that.” Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Susan West said the UK Lambda Lambda Chapter of Sigma Chi is the largest fraternity on campus with more than 120 current members. The fraternity is also the highestranked fraternity in average GPA, which is calculated by dividing the number of members by the number of credit hours taken, West said. Although the fraternity scored a 3.307 average GPA, West said that is the only way Greek organizations are ranked. “We don’t rank the chapters,” West said. “They are only ranked by GPAs, not by best chapter because they all have different strengths.” Other fraternities who followed Sigma Chi in GPA rankings included Phi Kappa Tau and Pi Kappa Phi. Pi Kappa Phi’s chapter president, Alan Herbst, said there exists a “huge connection” between Greeks and SG. “Many are Greeks, but it’s not the rule,” Herbst said. “Honestly, it’s just involvement. Guys who join fraternities have a desire to be involved … eventually (some) have leadership in their fraternity, too.” Kington said Sigma Chi prides itself on recruiting leaders and offering leadership workshops for members. “Between encouraging guys to get involved and producing value-based leaders … that’s what has helped us develop the leaders we’ve had on campus so far,” Kington said.
HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF? Whether or not the Sigma Chi-Student Government correlation is coincidental or conspiracy, it is noticeable. “Sigma Chi has really blossomed in the last five or six years,” Phelps said. “We’re seen as leaders ... But we’ve had great opponents, it’s not like we’re just walking into these things. It’s just credit of development of Sigma Chi.” Even Montell’s younger brother, Hunter, is currently pledging Sigma Chi. “Tyler told me the one thing you want to do is you want to rush,” Hunter said. “(He said) hang out with Sigma Chi, but don’t let that be a bias.” Hunter said the possibility of running for a future SG position was definitely a possibility. His father is a state representative for House District 58 and his mother used to work in state government. “I come from a family of politicians, it’s in my blood,” Hunter said. “But then again, I enjoy being around people and making a difference.” Kington has no plans to run for SG as of now because he said he wants to focus on the fraternity. “I personally have not felt any pressure to run, or if I did run, I wouldn’t see any strong negative,” Kington said. Gillespie said running for SG president was something he was considering, but said the position was a “lot of responsibility and a big undertaking.” However, he said while the fraternity was not pressuring him to run, Gillespie said Sigma Chi naturally attracts leaders. “(There was) no pressure by any means, but it’s just kind of the culture,” Gillespie said. “Once you get the ball rolling in one direction, a lot of guys that get involved have that same passion. You kind of attract that kind of persona.”
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Michael Gasser, a biology freshman, gets a flu vaccination from a University Health Service nurse in between classes in White Hall Classroom Building on Tuesday.
Flu shots offered on campus University Health Services gave 260 seasonal influenza vaccination shots Tuesday, and is offering shots the during the next week at various locations. On Wednesday, the seasonal flu vaccine will be offered at White Hall Classroom Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Thursday at W.T. Young Library from 5:30 to 8 p.m., on Friday at the Kentucky Clinic across from Big Blue Deli from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at
RALLY Continued from page 1 Club had to modify the rally, Courtright said. The rally instead focused on the impact of the plant— and coal in general—on Lexington’s and UK’s water supply. According to a Sierra Club flier, the proposed East Kentucky Power Cooperative boiler, Smith Power Station, would be located in Clark County, Ky., near the Kentucky River. The purpose of the rally was to spread the no-coal message and to support clean water and healthy people, said Courtright, who held a sign that read “Clean Coal is a Dirty Lie.” Courtright and 10 other
the Student Center Bookstore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students with a UK or BCTC ID can receive a shot for $10, paid with cash or check. Employees and all others can receive a shot for $20. Aetna student insurance is accepted.
Greenthumb members took part in the event at Cheapside Park to help increase “public awareness of this important issue taking place,” Courtright said.
“After all, it’s our future; it’s our economy — it’s our environment.” LYDIA COURTRIGHT Co-coordinator for UK Greenthumb
“Coal’s such a huge issue,” she said. “It’s an important time for action.” Lauren McGrath, associate regional representative for Sierra Club’s National Beyond Coal Campaign, said the rally’s greater goal was three-fold.
— KATIE PERKOWSKI
“We want to stop the new proposed coal plant, retire old coal and stop the devastation it causes,” McGrath said. McGrath said the local rally was part of Sierra Club’s nationwide effort to “move America beyond coal.” Another focus of the rally was mobilizing grassroots support and energizing initiative behind the anti-coal movement, McGrath said. “When politics fails, it takes direct action,” said physics graduate student Martin Mudd. Courtright said she felt it was Greenthumb’s duty as an environmental and sustainability advocate to take part in the event, and students’ duty to speak out on the issue of coal. “After all,” she said, “it’s our future; it’s our economy—it’s our environment.”
Published on Sep 30, 2009