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Two debate benefits, downfalls of lowering age By Roy York



Computer science graduate student Kireet Polla receives the intranasal H1N1 vaccine from UK Healthcare nurse clinician Val Owens on Thursday at University Health Services. More than 1,200 of the 2,000 vaccines received by UK were given out at the free clinic.

First h1n1 clinic held for UK community a success By Chris Robbins

Bluegrass Community and Technical College medical assistant student Lesley Shaffer waits in line to receive the free H1N1 vaccine on Thursday at University Health Services.

They stood in a growing line stretching out the door and down the block. Young and old, staff and student. They were not waiting for basketball tickets, for Black Friday shopping deals or for their turn at the polls. Thursday morning, the University Health Services clinic began giving out vaccinations for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. UHS received an allotment of 2,000 doses of the vaccine on Monday, UK spokeswoman Amanda Nelson said. At 9 a.m., a line of UK students and employees began signing in and receiving their vaccinations — intranasal doses for the healthy and injections for patients classified with risk factors. By 10 a.m., the clinic gave out 255 doses of the vaccine, UK spokeswoman Julie Meador said. As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, the UHS had issued 1,212 vaccinations, UK spokeswoman Amy Ratliff said. “I have young children. They’re little, they’re exposed to it and I’m working in an environment where I can be exposed,” said

The alcohol debate has come to the heart of the Bluegrass. On Thursday, James Fell, senior program director with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and John McCardell, founder of Choose Responsibility and former Middlebury College President, squared off in Worsham Theatre in a debate concerning lowering the national drinking age and the effectiveness of the current under-21 law. McCardell cited shortcomings and unexpected consequences of the current system, while Fell cited statistics and argued the minimum drinking age has saved lives and reduced alcohol-related incidents across the board. McCardell said states have the power to lower the drinking age below 21, but if states do, they forfeit 10 percent of their federal highway appropriations under the Uniform Drinking Age Act, passed in 1984. McCardell said no state is going to risk the loss, and therefore no data can be gained from younger drinking age experiments in the U.S. He said today's problems have shifted to another issue prevalent on college campuses. “The problem of 2009 is binge drinking,” McCardell said. “The law has been effective at reducing drinking in public venues, but drinking is still taking place behind closed doors.” He said between 1993 and 2001, there has See Drinking on page 6

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Carl Harper, a nursery inspector in the College of Agriculture. Despite the long lines, patients were directed in and out of treatment rooms in an orderly fashion. “This is the largest lot of vaccine that we’ve gotten as a university,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, UK Healthcare Enterprise medical

director for infection prevention and control. “This is the first vaccine we’ve gotten for UK students. Before today, the vaccine has been given to mostly health care workers.” The front of Thursday’s line appeared


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Keeping the state warm UK students hold clothing drive to benefit Kentucky By Rick Burchfield

Winter is quickly approaching, but parts of southeastern Kentucky will be staying warm thanks to UK students. Wildcat Warmth, a student-organized charity project that has been going on for the past two weeks, aims at gathering used winter wear clothing such as coats, sweaters, jeans, hats, gloves and shoes. Those items will be transported to rural areas of the southeastern part of the

culture of drinking and driving and there is no indication that we are going to wake up and forget those changes.”

drinking age has been harmful. No data suggests (the law) increases alcohol poisoning, binge drinking or alcohol related injuries.”

Public health graduate students Jessica Jones, Greggory Dang, John Kim and Joe Bell sort through the clothes donated to the Wildcat Warmth project at the Reynolds Building on Thursday.

state, to be distributed to needy families. John Kim, a graduate student in the UK College of Public Health, formulated the idea for Wildcat Warmth last year when he learned that UK did not have a clothing distribution organization. Kim took inspiration from his mother, who used to collect articles of clothing and take them to Appalachian regions on her own. “The main goal of Wildcat Warmth is to let the community out there know that the students at UK care,” Kim said. “We’re privileged and fortunate to be here and we’re not just doing research and doing studies, we’re out to make a difference, too. “I feel through doing charity and communi-


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Shadow run pays homage to U.S. soldiers past and present By Nick Craddock

UK students will run at 10 p.m. on Friday. In Baghdad, where it will be 6 a.m. Saturday morning, so will U.S. soldiers. The Run for the Fallen shadow run on Friday was organized to honor all soldiers the week of Veteran’s Day. The event is intended to coincide with the 5K that over 700 soldiers currently deployed in Baghdad will run early Saturday morning. “We will show our support for our troops by running alongside them on Friday night at 10,” said

Stacey Martinez, the coordinator of the shadow run. Martinez’s fiance, 2nd Lt. Jeff Graham, died on Feb. 19, 2004 while serving in Iraq. “Jeff was one of a kind. It’s so hard to put his personality into words, as cliche as that sounds,” said Martinez, who was with Graham for five years. “He always had a smile on his face, and he just lit up a room. Very few people disliked him.” Though this run is the first time Martinez has organized anything of the sort, similar events exist, including one in which Martinez participated. In the summer of 2008, Martinez

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ran one mile in the Run for the Fallen campaign, in which one person ran one mile for each fallen soldier from the Middle East starting in California and forging east to Washington, D.C. However, Martinez emphasized the event is not just to remember fallen soldiers, but to remind people the service veterans have given to the nation. She said the run is not a fundraiser and the times of runners will not be logged. Capt. Joey Orr, the UK ROTC operations officer, said roughly 50 people are committed to the run, the bulk being UK students. Orr said

participation in the run is open to anyone and everyone. “I think word of mouth has helped this event, and I think Veteran’s Day this week really got some people motivated to remember the soldiers,” Orr said. Josh Lynch, a sophomore cadet in the UK ROTC program, will run on Friday. Just like Graham, Lynch is a Pershing Rifleman, a military fraternity, which is how Lynch learned of Graham. “I think this is a good way to remember Lt. Graham,” Lynch said. With all the support, Martinez said as long as the soldiers in Bagh-

If you go What: Run for the Fallen When: Friday at 10 p.m. Where: Commonwealth Stadium bus stop, University Drive Admission: Free dad continue to do their run, she would organize an event like this “in a heartbeat.” “(Without our soldiers) we wouldn’t be able to go run freely on a Friday night,” Martinez said.

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Holiday movie ‘intense’ in 3D


Featherston stunned by success of 'Paranormal Activity' DALLAS — Classmates looking for Katie Featherston at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, usually knew where to find her. "I spent more time in that drama room than I did at home in those years," she says. It was more of the same when she moved on to Southern Methodist University to study acting: "It was an amazing four years of wearing sweat pants and being trapped in the Meadows (School of the Arts) basement." So when it came time to star in the hit no-budget horror film, "Paranormal Activity," which unfolds in a claustrophobic suburban home, the 27-year-old actress was already more than familiar with working in cozy confines. In other words, she's not complaining. "We loved making the movie and we really believed in it, but we never expected this," Featherston says by phone from her manager's office in Los Angeles. "This is above and beyond what we could have even considered. I haven't even wrapped my head around it." "It" is a domestic gross closing in on $100 million, magazine covers including Entertainment Weekly and a "Blair Witch"-like buzz for a film that cost $15,000 to make. After a slow-trickle release through 13 college towns, Paramount gradually widened the screen count

to meet audience demands. "Paranormal" is now considered the most profitable movie ever made. Featherston credits the no-frills film's success to our fear of the unknown: "What's behind that corner, what's in the dark. Once you get finished watching a movie set in a normal everyday home, you have to go back to your normal everyday home. It's easy to bring that lingering fear with you." And she credits her own accomplishments to her time at SMU, where she graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in acting. It's no secret that Los Angeles is crawling with aspiring actors. Though Featherston agrees with the conventional wisdom that "you don't have to have a college degree to act in this town," she also knows her formal training at SMU gives her a leg up on auditions, including the one for "Paranormal Activity." "Having that root and that groundwork laid out for me put me ahead of people who didn't have that opportunity," she says. "The professors at SMU, the student theater productions ... I cannot say enough good things about my time at SMU." For Michael Connolly, one of Featherston's favorite professors, the feeling is mutual. COPYRIGHT 2009 MCT

Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” has been told in many different forms since the 1800s when it was written — stage, film or even cartoons. (Check Wikipedia’s listing of its many incarnations.) Ebenezer Scrooge (wonderfully voiced by Jim Carrey) is back once again with his “Bah Humbug!” rants denouncing the good name and nature of BRYCE Christmas in the 2009 aniBRADFORD mated version of “A Kernel Christmas Carol.” columnist Much like “Beowulf” and “The Polar Express,” director Robert Zemeckis brings this story to us in 3D and uses the film technique “Performance Capture,” the process of recording movement and turning the data into a digital model. This process is a new way to make animated films, and the story has never looked or felt more entertaining. Like all of the other versions, the film tells how the bitter and grumpy old man is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future (all voiced by Jim Carrey), which causes him to have a drastic change of heart about the holiday and himself. This classic story doesn’t change in the new version, so it really comes down to how it’s portrayed. The film’s special effects are amazing. Once Ebenezer is haunted by the first ghost, the movie experience becomes intense and never lets up until he learns his lesson. The hauntings jump off the screen into

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 an 8 — Use your energy for healing. Other people respond to emotional stimuli. Optimism grows. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Healing energy flows through your veins. Use it to help others. You feel better as well. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — Take time today to evaluate your diet. Boost your energy while reducing fat intake. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — You perk up after eating a healthy meal. Walking or yoga helps focus your thoughts.

the audience’s laps and the 3D effect makes you feel like you are with Ebenezer at every step in his journey to redemption. Carrey being cast as Ebenezer Scrooge and the other characters in the film is a touch of genius. He adds an unrecognizable humor and familiarity to the different roles. I thought he would throw an “Ace Ventura/The Mask” brand of humor, but surprisingly he stays true to each character. Even though this film is animated and casts the always funny Carrey, the story is portrayed seriously. Not concentrating on when the next laugh is makes the film more genuine, allowing the audience to feel more relatable to Scrooge. Waiting to see “A Christmas Carol” when it comes on video won’t do the film justice. Distributers sometimes try to put the 3D glasses with the rental so you can watch it on your own television, but it’s nowhere near the same. So while you get a chance to enjoy films like this in theaters, you should take full advantage of it. A bit of advice about watching 3D films: it’s natural for some to want to sit up close thinking they will have the best view of all the effects. But you have to let the screen breathe. Sitting at a decent distance will allow you to get those effects perfectly from every angle. Films like these in the 3D format are rare releases and have proven to be very impressive. I would advise everyone to check this movie out because it really is an adventure in the theater. I’m positive I will be checking the movie out again for myself. Bryce Bradford is an agricultural communications senior. E-mail

Take time for yourself.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Help someone else treat a small injury. You have a healing touch. Love cures all wounds. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Healing needs to occur. Take time to rest sore muscles. The work will still be there tomorrow. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Optimism grows today as you sort through new information. You have everything you need to accomplish your goal. Scorpio (Oct. 23--Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Expand your thinking in an area where a perceived limitation has held you back. Make optimism your best friend.

— Today is a 7 — Try not to run your legs off today as you check off agenda items. Leave something for tomorrow.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Soothe your bruised ego with comfort food. Be sure you have enough to go around, because others will want some, too. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Take a half-day off to go to the spa. The steam room relaxes your body. A focused workout relaxes your mind. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Check as many things off your list as you possibly can. Focus on your own work and leave others to theirs. You're jamming!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) (C) 2009 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES


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Senior tight-end Ross Bogue celebrates after scoring UK's only touchdown in the second quarter of Florida's 41-7 win over UK on Sept. 26.

Bogue, UK’s Heisman contender, takes in senior year By Neal Bassett

Senior tight end Ross Bogue is in Heisman contention. Bogue was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, formerly the Draddy Trophy, which is popularly known as the “Academic Heisman.” The William V. Campbell Trophy is awarded to the college football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance. Bogue’s competition for “Academic Heisman” includes 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and 2008 Heisman Trophy runner-up Colt McCoy. “I am honored and humbled BUY THIS PHOTO AT UKCAMPUSPHOTOS.COM PORTRAIT BY ADAM WOLFFBRANDT | STAFF to be nominated for an award Senior tight end Ross Bogue is a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the with names like Tebow and Mccollege football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field Coy,” Bogue said. “It’s been my performance. greatest achievement at UK.” Bogue earned a place on the


UK vs. Vanderbilt By Ben Jones

one playmaker at the position, which is more than the Commodores can say. Adv: UK


Offensive line

Mackenzi Adams has been less than impressive since relieving the injured Larry Smith for Vandy. Mike Hartline and Morgan Newton will both go for UK, and at least one of them should be effective enough to create a passing game. Advantage: UK

Last week you saw UK’s line create a running game with Alfonso Smith, Moncell Allen and Donald Russell replacing Derrick Locke. Their ability to create opportunities for plays should not go unnoticed. Adv: UK

Running backs

Defensive line

Both teams rely heavily on the running game to set up the offense. UK is led by Derrick Locke, while Warren Norman leads Vandy. Even though defenses load up on Norman, he’s averaging 5.7 yards per carry to Locke’s 4.8. Adv: Vanderbilt

Even though the defense looked better against Eastern Kentucky, it is hard to shake the image of the last SEC game. Anthony Dixon terrorized UK to the tune of over 250 yards on the ground. Until UK proves the line can stop the run again, they cannot win here. Adv: Vanderbilt

Wide receivers


UK’s receiving corps ranks near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference, but Vandy’s receivers are vanilla at best and rum raisin at worst. At least with Randall Cobb UK has

The linebackers have definitely been a bright spot for UK, with Sam Maxwell in particular making a splash. Adv: UK

Secondary Trevard Lindley got his feet wet last week after returning from injury. He gave up one big play, but he should be back to 100 percent this week. It has been a long time since UK’s secondary has been as healthy as it will be this week. Adv: UK

Special teams UK continued to have problems in the special teams game last week, giving up a touchdown on a fake field goal. The Cats do not have to be great here, but these negative plays cannot continue to happen. Adv: Vanderbilt

Overall Five of Vanderbilt’s eight losses have come by two scores or less. It is a scrappy team looking to salvage what it can from the season, but the Cats ought to have enough talent to beat them. Most of the Cats are healthy again anyway, which will help. Adv: UK

SEC Academic Honor Roll in the 2008-09 season and has continued his excellence in the classroom this year. Bogue is one of the football representatives for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and served as the director of the UK Student Lobbyist Corps, which represents the student body on legislative issues. Bogue has learned much from his father, a former football player at Georgia Tech, that has carried over to both the football field and the classroom. “He has taught me about work ethic and outworking everybody else,” Bogue said. “I apply that to the classroom, football field and organizations on campus.” Bogue has played in every game the past three seasons, and has rotated in and out of the starting lineup this season. Bogue made his first collegiate catch last season, an eight-

yarder against Florida. Continuing that trend, Bogue grabbed the first touchdown reception of his career against Florida on Sept. 26. “It was exciting. I grew up loving Florida,” Bogue said. “Against that team at home is a good feeling.” Like most athletes, Bogue knows there is life after sports. Bogue is already planning to work for a year and then return for graduate or law school. He has demonstrated how to mix athletics and academics in staying on track to earn his community leadership and development degree, and is excited for things to come in the future. Bogue said studying for an accounting exam is more difficult than the Cats’ playbook. “I’ve loved (the team) since the time I got here,” Bogue said. “The team was headed in a great direction. It was a great decision, and also an easy one.”

Calipari era hits the hardwood Friday night For over seven months now, John Calipari has earned his paycheck from UK. In those seven months, he’s built quite a reputation for himself and the university. He’s spent his time JAMES goodPENNINGTON building will for both Kernel self and school columnist all across the state, almost as if his post as UK coach were to go up for re-election every four years. Looking at it that way, he’s stopped just short of kissing babies and buying anti-Cardinal ads on Louisville-area television. Calipari has also spent time across the country and even as far off as China to put a new, energized face with the program’s name, which was getting a little old and stale not too long ago. As a result, the popular belief is that Calipari has turned

this thing around. A master recruiter, they say: He’s been to China, but he found the Great (John) Wall in North Carolina. Even more so, they say Calipari’s a marketing man: He can sell anyone on his product. He’s the Don Draper of college basketball — they even share that same penchant for fine suits and pristine hair. Lost in it all, though, is Calipari’s coaching record at UK. As in, he doesn’t yet have one. He’s spent all this time earning that paycheck, yet he hasn’t coached a single regular-season second on Rupp Arena’s floor, underneath all those banners and retired jerseys he’s promoted (almost ad nauseum) since his move to Lexington. But now there will be no more book signings in Ashland or daytrips to Manhattan. From Friday until March (or April, if all goes according to plan), it’s all about basketball. To prepare, practices have See Pennington on page 6

OPINIONS Friday, November 13, 2009

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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.

Trustees handled Coal Lodge poorly This semester has been an opinion columnist’s fantasy. We’ve had more controversies in the first three months of school than, to use a colloquialism, you can shake a ZAC stick at. KISER Contributing Not once this semescolumnist ter have I struggled to come up with a topic to write on; usually I have two or three in mind before I even sit down to write. But this column will not be so much as my opinion, as it is my analysis of a series of miscues by those individuals who run our university. Sometimes thought-provoking analysis fans the flames of discussion and discourse more than a ramrod opinion. Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock for the last 2 to 4 weeks, then you are fully aware of the “Wildcat Coal Lodge” controversy that has embroiled our university. It seems like everyone who is breathing has a strong opinion on this issue, and this columnist is no exception. However, I will refrain from actually giving my opinion on the situation, as I believe the issue to be too complex to tackle in the little space I am allotted. Instead, I would like to attempt to bring some civility to the conversation, and give my theory as to why this controversy has ballooned to smoking ban-size proportions. For the last 2 to 4 weeks I watched as what I will so unoriginally call “coal-gate” grew from three protesters outside Memorial Coliseum to the massively bloated behemoth that we are dealing with today. Yet, it was not until a dinner conversation earlier in the week with my girlfriend that I was able to pinpoint the detonation moment for coal-gate. No, it wasn’t the three protesters on the street or the pro-coal T-shirts passed out at the studentonly practice. The explosion point took place within the UK Trustees meeting, in a perfect display of the UK administration’s knack of having no idea how to interact or relate with its students. Sensitive issues like

coal-gate require a delicate approach from all parties involved. Delicate is the last word I would use to describe the UK Trustees’ handling of the situation. The UK administration could take away two lessons from this debauched scenario, and tuck it away for future reference. Lesson one being that when you are doing something controversial, don’t do everything you can to make it even more controversial. The UK Trustees’ refusal to allow students to speak at the meeting and their lightning quick exit after the vote from the meeting only made coal-gate seem more controversial. Any public relations firm will tell you that when a business or person makes a decision that falls on questionable moral ground, the last thing you want to do is act like you’re ashamed of the decision. Members of the UK Board of Trustees should have acted like this was a run-of-the-mill decision in a run-of-the-mill meeting. Lesson two is another no-brainer, but a little less of a no-brainer than lesson one. When you are going to make a decision without the input of the people you represent, at least act like you care about the opinions of the group you’re getting ready to disenfranchise. Not allowing supporters or dissenters to speak at the meeting in question again reinforces the idea that coalgate was a big, dirty thing the university was trying to sweep under the rug. You can only imagine how much listening to an opposing person or group will go toward disarming a tense situation. If a person or group at least thinks you care about their opinion, then the fact that you are completely disregarding their opinion becomes a little less obvious and a little easier to bear. In the end, it all comes down to the fact that a situation that should have been handled with “kid gloves” ended up being handled with a Chuck Norris-style roundhouse kick to the face. It is the public relations nightmare of UK’s own creation that I feel will stick around for awhile, or at least until Nov. 19. Zac Kiser is a biology junior. E-mail

WILLIAM KILUBA, Kernel cartoonist

Q&A with Anthany Beatty, Ellen Hahn Hahn

Part three: Tobacco-Free Campus Task Force leaders discuss tobacco ban


What is the timeline of removing disposal devices and posting signage? Beatty: It’s in process now. There’s several steps that have to happen. You have to come up with what type of retrofitting they need for the ash urns on the containers. The (physical) plant folks are working on that on which ones we will use and then when the decision is made, the switch out will occur. So it’s in process.

Q. Why do college students have a higher rate of tobacco use? Hahn: They are the new market for tobacco companies. In the early 2000s when the master settlement agreement occurred, that’s when the state’s Attorney General settled with tobacco companies so that they wouldn’t supposedly target young people. A lot of those ads were removed. At that time then, they switched their focus and now their focus is adults. For example, when you go into a bar, there’s a lot of promotion. Like, they take your driver’s license and swipe it and give you free stuff and you don’t have to be a smoker — although if you ask them, they say that, but you don’t

have to be a smoker. When you give them your driver’s license and they swipe it, they can give you free coupons and free trips out West and all that stuff. So while tobacco companies are there to make money, they are looking for the new market and your age group is the new market. And now, in particular with all these tobacco-free laws, there’s a growing trend with smokeless or snus — it’s that flat pouch of tobacco you put (inside of your lip). It’s spitless and then you end up with oral cancers and esophagal stomach pancreatic cancers and it’s not a pretty sight. But regardless, the companies have made a deliberate decision to really push that and since just 2006, in the country, a huge jump in use of smokeless tobacco and that’s no different here in Lexington. You just kind of look around and look at how this product is marketed and how the free giveaways happen and it’s mostly in bars and other places where young people frequent.


Is smokeless tobacco on the rise? Hahn: If you notice the tenor of the message, one of the things companies are do-

ing is for times when you’re on campus or in a smoke-free environment, this is a great alternative. But let me just tell you that before ‘06, all the research we did, there was no evidence that said people were switching. In other words, smoking cigarettes are still the nicotine delivery system of choice. But that’s very quickly changing and that is one of the reasons we’re doing the surveys. We want to see what kind of policy works on them, since it is a tobaccofree policy. And I think the jury’s still out on that because of the way the companies are really marketing their products differently. We will see different patterns.


Is it safe to say the tobacco ban is a “me” policy? Is that what the goal is? Hahn: Tobacco use has such a huge price tag in terms of lives and money. So I think when you think about institutions, not just individuals, but everybody as a collective, you think about how much money we’re spending treating sick users. There’s an economical reason, if for no other reason, and certainly we’re in a culture, environment where people are living, working and learning. So if we’re truly an institution


where we want to make others’ lives better and create a population that’s going to give back to Kentucky and be the next leaders of Kentucky, we need to go back to the reason why we’re doing it — to create a healthy environment. So it’s more than, again, a rights thing. We’re trying to say that tobacco products harm people and they cost a lot of money. To be really honest with you, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew have very severe health consequences. I think it is a myth, not a safe alternative to smoking. You’re right in that it doesn’t give off secondhand smoke. It still causes early cancers. They get cancer quicker than a smoker will. It’s all about health. Beatty: You and I bear the cost of that. We bear the cost of that. The treatment of $1.2 billion. It’s about a healthier environment for everyone. Hahn: The taxpayers are paying. That’s what a lot of people don’t get. I had a conversation one time about the tobacco tax and someone says, “It doesn’t affect me, I’m not a tobacco user.” Like heck it does. Yes, it does. You pay taxes, right? So those taxes are going to take care of people who are getting sick.

Lexington provides fun opportunities off UK campus As a National Student Exchange student from Winthrop, a small public university in South Carolina, I want to explore beyond the UK classroom and discover what makes Kentucky the unique state that it is. In getting the most out of participating in NSE, I have taken advice from fellow NSE student Taryn Pachuca, an elementary and TIMOTHY bilingual education Spanish KROBOTH and linguistics senior from Contributing New Mexico State Universicolumnist ty. “Go do silly, touristy things, eat the local foods and really become engaged in the culture which surrounds you,” Pachuca suggested. An experienced UK student had likewise advised me to take advantage of a local cultural attraction. During a K Week event back in August, men’s basketball senior Mark Krebs offered his opinion that UK students should visit Keeneland race track at least once during their time in Lexington. “Dress up and make a day of it,” Krebs said. Before coming to UK, I knew of Lexington’s reputation as the “Horse Capital of the World,” and I was eager to experience Kentucky’s thoroughbred culture. In the Carolinas, I had watched Triple Crown races on TV and had become familiar with several Keeneland jockeys, including Calvin Borel and Kent Desormeaux, but I wanted to experience the atmosphere of a well-known horse track for myself. So, on a gorgeous October afternoon, I

joined several friends and went to Keeneland. As we arrived, I could not help but marvel at Keeneland’s picturesque setting with its trees drenched in autumn color. As my friends and I made our way from the car to the track itself, I overheard a fellow Keeneland enthusiast tell his buddy, “I am going to pay the bills with my winnings today.” Being a first-time visitor to a horse track, I was less confident in my betting skills. A race was about to commence when we strolled into the trackside bleachers. “Which one are you picking?” I was asked. Quickly glancing at my program, I cluelessly replied, “Uh, the one with the checkmark.” Beginner’s luck was on my side. My checkmark choice was proven right as Rock Hard Candy crossed the finish line first. I was informed there are more educated methods for predicting winners at Keeneland. Between races, I walked out to the saddling paddock behind the grandstands, where spectators were scrutinizing horses about to enter the track. People-watching was equally entertaining as I observed the fans gathering for a quick look at the thoroughbreds before placing their wagers. The diverse array of individuals that had assembled at Keeneland amazed me. “People come here from around the world for the horse racing,” my friend said. Sadly, I returned home from my day at the races without having correctly predicted another winning thoroughbred. But overall, observing the workings of a well-known horse track on race day was a fun-filled cultural fieldtrip. Horse racing had finally come alive for me.

If you have not yet been to Keeneland, I highly recommend you go next April during the spring season, but Keeneland is not the only Kentucky locale I recommend to UK students. Why not visit Red River Gorge, Henry Clay’s Ashland estate or even the UK Art Museum? Although avid hikers and rockclimbers may readily assent to the Red River Gorge suggestion, I suspect you think voluntarily going to Ashland or the UK Art Museum is ridiculous. But how is it so absurd? Given that most college students visit historical sites and museums when they study abroad, why should UK students limit cultural exploration to Keeneland? Is being in a foreign country a prerequisite for cultural educational experiences? Education is supposed to prepare us for the world ahead, but how can we understand our world if we do not expand our education beyond the classroom? At Winthrop University, classroom credits are no longer enough to earn a degree. Winthrop now requires all graduates to have at least 18 approved cultural experiences. I am not advocating that UK add to its degree requirements: I do not want to become the least popular student on campus. However, can information learned outside the classroom not be just as valuable as class notes memorized and quickly forgotten after an exam? Kentucky offers diverse opportunities to expand our cultural understanding. Let’s take advantage. Timothy Kroboth is a political science and economics junior. E-mail

Henry Clay Ashland estate Guided tours daily. Tours begin on the hour and last one hour. Tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store in the mansion. Hours for house tours and Museum Store: 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. Sunday The last tour of the day begins at 4 p.m. Admission: $7 adults $4 children (ages 6 to 18), children 5 and under are free Information courtesy of

UK Art Museum Open: Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Closed: Mondays and university holidays Admission: permanent collection is free; special exhibit from Oct. 11 through Dec. 20: Exploring the American West: $8 general, $5 for senior citizens, free for all students, alumni, faculty and staff. Free for everyone on Friday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. Information courtesy of

Keeneland Keeneland's 2010 spring meeting opens Friday, April 2 and continues through Friday, April 23 with no racing on Monday or Tuesday or Easter Sunday (April 4) Gates open at 11 a.m. General admission is $5; children 12 and under are admitted free Post time for the first race is 1:05 p.m.; races are run approximately every half hour Information courtesy of

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H1N1 Continued from page 1 to be mostly staff. As the morning went on, a larger number of students entered the line to receive their vaccination. “I’ve had a lot of students in my classes out (with the flu),” said Katie Singleton, a Spanish and French education junior. “I figure with small classes

and close contact, it would be best to protect myself.” The wait for a vaccine was only around 45 minutes, said Wesley McSparin, a biology junior who entered the line at 9 a.m. McSparin was among several students who said they missed class in order to wait in line and get a vaccination. “I got the (intramuscular) injection because I have cystic fibrosis,” McSparin said. Patients with the H1N1 flu usually have symptoms no more severe than

normal seasonal flu strains, said Kristin Nordlund, spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control. Individuals with risk factors such as diabetes, asthma or other cardio-pulmonary illnesses are more likely to develop severe symptoms, Nordlund said. Dr. Nelson said if enough vaccine keeps coming, more clinics will be held for the UK community. “If we get another mass shipment of vaccine, we hope to do another mass vaccination,” Dr. Nelson said.

WARMTH Continued from page 1 ty work, to me that’s the best way to show that we actually do care about these people.” In a campus-wide e-mail sent Oct. 30, UK President Lee Todd encouraged students to participate in the clothing drive. “The Appalachian region is vital to Kentucky, a region rich in natural and scenic beauty, but also an area that ranks among the poorest in the nation economically,” Todd said. “UK is proud to sponsor this effort to help families in the region prepare for the upcoming winter season.” Support for Wildcat Warmth has spread out to different affiliations and institutions around Lexington, as well. Along with the College of Public Health, the UK Athletic Association and the Lexington Athletic Center placed collection bins at their establishments. Even a local Catholic elementary school heard about the program and made contributions to the drive Thursday on UK’s campus. UK students and Richard Crosby, chair of the Department of Health Behavior in the College of Public Health, transport the donations. Then, the items are distributed by Kentucky Home Place in Hyden, Ky., where community leaders from surrounding counties will bring

DRINKING Continued from page 1 been a 56 percent increase in binge drinking, and today 90 percent of alcohol consumed by underage drinkers is done so while binge drinking. “Our current approach to binge drinking is as effective as a parachute that opens on the second bounce,” McCardell said. “Alcohol is a reality in the lives of young adults. We have tried valiantly for the past 25 years to impose prohibition on that age group. It hasn't worked.” Refuting points asserted by Mc-



Public health graduate student Nick Gould tries on one of the sweaters donated to the Wildcat Warmth project at the Reynolds Building on Thursday. lists of items they need and give out the clothing to families in their respected areas. Nursing senior Chasity Gibson is originally from Knott County, Ky., which is close to Hazard, Ky., one of the places the donations from Wildcat Warmth will be distributed. Gibson said she looked around her house to find items to donate to the charity. “I also asked one of the faculty members at the College of Nursing to mention the program in our weekly

newsletter,” Gibson said. “It really wasn't much, but I thought if I could help, I would try.” Kim hopes to see the Wildcat Warmth program stay at UK after he graduates in May. “In the future it won’t be just for Appalachia, because there are other regions in Kentucky (that) need this too,” Kim said. “ … There are a lot of passionate people who are working with Wildcat Warmth who would love to see it continue, and I think it will.”

Cardell, Fell said there is no data to suggest that binge drinking is increasing. He said raising the drinking age has no effect on binge drinking, but rather young people learn binge drinking from parents. Fell cited statistics celebrating the successes of the current drinking law. He says the under-21 drinking age saves lives and reduces all alcohol-related incidents for those under and over 21. Fell said after the Uniform Drinking Age Act was passed, the U.S. saw a 13 percent decline in 30-day alcohol consumption. He said between 1982 and 2004, alcohol-related automobile fatalities decreased by 33 percent for persons

over 21, and decreased by 62 percent for persons under 21. To rebut those who say 18-year-olds are considered adults in other facets of life, Fell said many rights have different ages of initiation, such as renting a hotel room, renting a car or being elected president. Fell proposed strengthening drinking laws and better enforcement of current laws as solutions to keep students from drinking illegally. Fell said an increase in the tax on alcohol would also reduce underage alcohol consumption. “When the drinking age is lowered, problems increase,” Fell said. “The drinking age saves lives.”

Hartline, Newton will both play Saturday By Ben Jones

Junior Mike Hartline and freshman Morgan Newton will both play at quarterback in Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt, UK head coach Rich Brooks announced at practice Thursday. A starter will be determined just prior to the game. Newton had started the last four games since Hart-

line suffered a knee injury at South Carolina. There was still swelling in Hartline’s knee and Brooks said he was rusty at times, but Brooks said Hartline would be evaluated before the game. Hartline said the biggest obstacle for him coming back would be getting over the mental hurdle the first time he saw the field. “Obviously practice isn’t like a game,” Hartline said. “Once I get out in the flow

PENNINGTON Continued from page 3 been louder and more intense, said freshman DeMarcus Cousins. Calipari even instituted a few 6:15 a.m. practices, a time of day Cousins said he had hardly ever seen before. “It’s the greatest thing about being coach, I can do whatever I want,” Calipari said before a midday practice Nov. 5. “I can have them walk in right now and say, ‘I’ve decided we’re not practicing and I’ll see you tonight at 8.’ ” Said Cousins: “No more chill Cal.” After each of UK’s two exhibition games, Calipari came to the post-game news conference a totally different man than he had let Lexington see before: loosened tie, no jacket, reading glasses, his voice several tones lower than usual. He wasn’t pushing Fords for local

of things, they always say the first play, the first throw, the first hit, after that you’re fine.”

Brown not in contact with WKU Defensive coordinator Steve Brown said he has not been contacted by Western Kentucky University about its coaching vacancy. Brown’s name has been floated as a possible replacement for David Elson, who

dealerships or singing the praises of opening an account with Central Bank, which may be the only venue in which some Kentuckians have seen Calipari speak so far. He was just talking basketball. That’s not to say basketball season has kicked to the curb any trace of personality. In recent interviews, he’s barked like a dog, rubbed up against a scout from the NBA’s then-undefeated Denver Nuggets in hopes of stealing some of the team’s mojo, and referenced the infamous matchup between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals. But for the most part, November Calipari is a lot different than his offseason counterpart. As the season progresses, his practices will get more intense. Unlike his predecessor, Calipari lets his emotions show through his hands and his tone of voice — he credits his Italian roots —

was fired earlier this week. “Obviously it would be a great opportunity, but my focus right now is Vanderbilt,” Brown said. Brown did say he could be interested in becoming a head coach in the future. “Everybody would like to be a head coach, I think,” Brown said. “You’d like to be in front of a group of men and be their leader but time will tell if that will happen.”

and as the season goes on, the highs will be higher and the lows, lower. Before all that, though, he has to coach his first official game. He’s coached 585 games in Division I, but No. 586 will be different. He’s no longer coaching at schools like Memphis or Massachusetts, which have loyal fan bases. He’s now coaching at Kentucky, where the fan base is so endlessly devoted, the basketball schedule influences dinner plans, family vacations and even wedding dates. He’s now coaching at Kentucky, in a state I’ve heard has a population not of four million, but of four million basketball coaches. Now Calipari can really build his reputation. Now he can really earn that paycheck. James Pennington is a journalism senior. E-mail

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