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Request to change BOT speaking rules rejected By Laura Clark

In order to speak before the Board of Trustees, President Lee Todd, a committee and the full board must approve the request — all in a 30 hour time frame. The agenda does not become available to the public until 9 a.m. the day before the BOT meetings take place. The request must be approved by the time of the meeting the next day. After the Oct. 27 meeting, which decided upon the naming of the new Wildcat Coal Lodge, a large number of students and community members were denied a chance to speak due to the lack of permission.

The policy, Administration Regulation 1:2, has been in effect since September 1970. “It’s been in place for 39 years, so obviously it’s working,” said UK spokesman Jimmy Stanton. Since UK deals with a variety of issues that are placed on different levels of importance to different campus members, Stanton said all issues cannot be discussed. “Without something like this in place, the board wouldn’t be able to do regular business,” Stanton said. Finance professor Joe Peek attempted to revise the policy. His request was rejected. The request to revise the policy was sent to the president via e-mail and was answered by Barbara Jones,

general counsel in the UK Central Legal Office. In the response, Jones forwarded the request to the Regulations Review Committee, but warned Peek his request would have to go through several constituencies, including the University Senate, the Staff Senate and the Student Government Association, before a draft was sent to the President and the board. “It’s a big, black hole, why would you think they would do anything about it, because they don’t need to,” Peek said. “Why do you think they’d change? They’ve got a cozy situation.” In a later e-mail to Peek, Jones said everyone who wants to speak considers their personal or profes-

sional issue of utmost importance. Peek said the Wildcat Coal Lodge issue was not personal. “That was a bigger issue, it wasn’t about a person … it was of general interest (to the campus),” Peek said. Stanton and Jones said all board members are available by e-mail to the community. However, Peek said if the board and President Todd “disappear into the back room and hide,” they would not care about any other issues from the community. “The ones who proposed the new name … (are) the ‘Difference Makers,’ ” Peek said. “How would you refer to the trustees? The indifference makers. “Why is anyone going to care?”

Rules to appear before BOT ! Request submitted to president. ! President determines if subject matter is relevant. ! President refers matter to a committee appointed by a chairperson of the board. ! Committee will fix a time for petitioner to appear before the Committee. ! Committee reports conclusions to the full board. ! The full board will then determine if they will hear the petitioner at a set time and place.




A score keeper watches as a contestant cuts tobacco during the 28th annual Garrard County Tobacco Cutting Contest at G.B. Shell Farms in Lancaster, Ky., on Sept. 3.

Tobacco surrounds UK’s campus, whether it is the fields lining the streets into Lexington or the smokers lining the hospital sidewalks of South Limestone. Yet on Nov. 19, UK will turn its campus into a tobacco-free environment. No more smoke breaks behind

White Hall Classroom Building. No more strolls through campus with a lit cigarette in hand. No more late night smoke breaks outside Blanding Tower during a long night of studying. Tobacco will no longer exist on this campus.




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Forget the toothbrush: military gum fights plaque By Landon Antonetti

UK researchers have come up with a solution for those who have a habit of forgetting to brush their teeth — if they are in the armed forces. With the help of a chewing machine designed to mimic the pressure and pace of a human bite and simulate saliva, UK researchers have developed a gum that eliminates the need for soldiers to carry a toothbrush and toothpaste. The gum will reduce plaque on the teeth when normal oral hygiene is not possible. The gum holds its flavor for up to an hour. Since the chief developer of the gum, Patrick DeLuca, was elected president of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Abeer Al-Ghananeem, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UK, has been appointed principal investigator of the project. "Flavor is the easy part,” AlGhananeem said. "We want to make sure it’s effective."

The project known as "the military gum project" has been in the works since 2005 and is now ready for the phase one clinical trial, according to a College of Pharmacy news release. The gum acts as an alternative to brushing and flossing for soldiers who do not always have time to pay attention to their oral hygiene. It also combats a condition known as "trench mouth," which is a serious form of gingivitis that can cause infected, bleeding gums and ulcers, according to the Mayo Clinic Web site. The researchers chose to use gum for several reasons: it is distributed in army rationings already, is easy to store and ship and has a long shelf life. The data from the trials will determine whether the gum will be available over-the-counter or by prescription. Al-Ghananeem said the army is searching for companies to manufacture the materials for testing and eventually to distribute them, and the phase one trial will be completed in about two years.

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Hospital lands as top crime area By Laura Karr

According to UK Police reports from September through November, UK hospital and the W.T. Young Library see the most crime activity on campus. Areas with heavily-concentrated crime activity include UK Hospital on Rose Street, Commonwealth Stadium on University Drive and the W.T. Young Library on Hilltop Avenue. Most of these crimes are theft, suspicious activity and intoxication violations. The area of the hospital on South Limestone also sees a high amount of crime, according to the crime reports. Despite repeated offenses in specific areas, patrolling them is business as usual. Interim Police Chief Maj. Joe Monroe said in the highly-concentrated areas of crime, patrols are random and unchanged. “Police and security officers both conduct random patrols,” Monroe said. The majority of the reports are for theft, Monroe said.

At 330 Hilltop Ave., in front of Haggin Hall, five marijuana-related offenses were reported in October alone. Also on Hilltop, in front of the W.T. Young Library, the crimes most often repeated include suspicious activity, theft and criminal mischief. Devin Horton, security guard for the W.T. Young Library and has worked there for about a year, said the crimes he sees the most are thefts of laptop computers, which he said he sees about every two weeks. Security guards do routine patrols around the library’s premises, Horton said, and he tries to patrol about every hour. Other crimes reported most often include marijuana-related crimes and animal mischief. Horton said he has never seen anyone using marijuana, but said he has heard of animal behavior, or “student pranks.” “I had someone take two mice, put them in Dixie cups with parachutes and drop them all the way from the fifth floor,” Horton said. Staff reporter Katie Perkowski contributed to this report.


Most frequented crime areas In no specific order, the streets below indicate the areas where offenses are most often reported on campus. South Limestone Rose Street Hilltop Avneue University Drive


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Student Center hosts ‘Twilight’ blood drive, release party By Kate Carpenter


When greatest hits go bad You can tell a lot about a musical act by how it approaches one of pop music's worst inventions, the greatest-hits album. Britney Spears, for instance, issued a new best-of set last week, "The Singles Collection," and it's already her second such package. The girl has put out only two new albums since her previous anthology. Plus, she's only 27. At this Spears rate, by the time she's Cher's age, Britney will have more hits CDs than she does most-embarrassingoutfit photos. Never mind how "great" the hits might be. At least she can boast of being in the business for a decade now. Emo posterboy Pete Wentz's Brooks band, Fall Out Boy, issued its first major-label album in 2005, and it's jumping the gun with a retrospective out Tuesday titled "Believers Never Die." Never mind believers; fan bases die over things like this. The entertainment industry on the whole is too quick and overeager to look back these days _ to pat itself on the back in the name of lining its pockets. Hit TV shows now get put into rerun syndication

even before cast members leave to launch their sureto-fail movie careers ("The Office," "My Name Is Earl," "Grey's Anatomy"). Actors get invited onto Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" in less time than it took Marlon Brando to put on 20 pounds (Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler, Jude Law, Jason Bateman). And now we have the expanded 10-movie field for Best Picture at next year's Oscars, so more popular/populist titles can get into the running. (I'm personally pulling for "Role Models," "Drag Me to Hell" and "Anvil! The Story of Anvil." Why not?) The recording industry has been the worst offender ever since it went into a financial free-fall, which, by the way, started right about the time Garth Brooks retired (seriously, I think there's a correlation). Albums now get reissued as "classic" sets with bonus tracks when they're merely teenagers, such as Alanis Morrissette's "Jagged Little Pill" or Liz Phair's "Exile in Guyville." There are even new expanded editions of Taylor Swift's and Jason Mraz's 2008 albums. Greatest-hits collections are still the music industry's favorite quick-fix moneymaker. All a record company has to do is slap a new song or two onto one of these discs and act as if the artist has been hard at work, um, remembering.


Vampires love taking blood, but Wednesday is all about giving it. On Wednesday, the Student Center will be hosting a ‘Twilight’-themed blood drive. Following the blood drive, there will be a Twilight party. The blood drive and the Twilight party are hosted by the Student Activities Board and ProjectHealth. The Center for Community Outreach is the sponsor for ProjectHealth, which is a committee that focuses on health related services. The party is meant to celebrate the upcoming release of Twilight: New Moon at midnight on Thursday. “We were planning on having the Twilight Party around the same time New Moon would be coming out and it worked out great that we could have it on Wednesday and so that people could still go to the midnight show late Thursday night,” said Katy Hall, Pop Culture Director of the SAB. SAB felt the blood drive correlated perfectly with the vampire-laden series. “We had all of the party planned out and thought it would be a great opportunity to provide some service to the community as

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well, and the theme worked great with a blood drive,” Hall said. At the blood drive, there will be opportunities to win prizes as well as trivia games for participants to play. The event is a Tally Cats Event, so students who donate their blood can swipe their IDs for points. McDonald’s coupons will be distrubuted and students will be given a chance to win an Xbox 360 Elite. In addition, there is an opportunity to win a football signed by UK head coach Rich Brooks. However, Twilight is not the only thing to look forward to. The blood drive portion is actually a part of Big Blue Crush, which is an on-going competition between UK and the University of Tennessee. “This is a great way to have fun and get excited about the new Twilight movie, win a few prizes, and help give back to the community.”

If you go What: Blood Drive When: Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Room 206 of the Student Center Admission: Admission is free and open to the public

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— Today is an 8 — You have new ideas about how to allocate cash. Spend only if you must. Otherwise, save for later in the month, when you'll need extra. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — A partner provides everything you need to move ahead. Make hay early in the day. Dreamy moments occupy your evening. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Talent plus energy equals success. Apply both to a task that you might not have assigned yourself. (C) 2009 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

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Front line leading Cool Cats to success By Aaron Smith


Forward Tony Valerino handles the puck in the game against Kennesaw State at Lexington Ice Center on Friday, Oct. 30.

The Cool Cats front line is on fire. The trio of senior Tony Valerino, junior Taylor Vit and sophomore Billy Glass comprise a powerhouse unit that has helped lift UK to a 15-2 record. Together, the three have combined for 59 goals through 17 games, and all reside in the top 11 in total points in the nation. “(The front line) has been clicking all season long,” Valerino said. “We’ve played together for a while, we’ve been finding each other and good things are happening.” The UK starting lineup is expected to provide the bulk of the scoring, and Valerino, Vit and Glass have scored 42 percent of Kentucky’s goals. UK’s front line is the spark to the offense with all three members bringing their own separate style to add to the mix. There’s Valerino, the fan favorite who gets the signs that document the number of goals he has scored (31, which leads the nation) and who has his own signature announcement whenever he adds to that total. “He’s the face of the organization right now,” Glass said. “All the fans love watching him. Every game he can

get a hat trick and it seems like it’s just another game for him because he’s such a natural goal scorer.” Valerino, who was named to the Southeast Regional third team as a junior, is an assistant captain who provides not only leadership, but also productivity on the ice. Vit has shown he’s as capable of scoring a goal (17 on the year) as he is setting up a teammate with an assist (30, tied for second in the nation). Glass is the distributor of the line, dishing out 30 assists on the year. An adept puck handler with great vision, he’s the hockey equivalent of a point guard. “It’s gotten to the point where we can predict what the other person is going to do,” Vit said. “We all have a great sense of where the other is going to be on the ice, and that comes from playing together for so long.” Even with one puck, the Cool Cats have found a way to satisfy everyone. “They are a powerhouse line that can adapt quickly,” UK head coach Rob Docherty said. “They know more than one style of play, and that allows them to match up against any other first line from any other team. This line is one of the best, if not the best, I’ve seen come through UK.”

Cats denied bid to tournament, eye future return By Clark Brooks

There will be no dancing for the UK men’s soccer team. The Cats were not selected to receive a bid for the upcoming NCAA Tournament after falling short of team goals this season. The Cats’ goal coming into the season was simple: win the Conference USA Tournament and thus automatically earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. But like in years past when the postseason rolled around, the Cats were unable to accomplish that goal, losing 2-1 to eventual CUSA champion Tulsa on Friday night. “In past years, I felt we paid too much attention to what other people thought of us,” UK head coach Ian Collins said. “This year, I haven’t thought about making the tournament with an at-large bid. Our goal coming into this year was to win the C-USA and put the decision into our own hands. We just fell a little short.” It has been the formula for the past few seasons for the Cats: have a strong start, stumble in the middle of the season, then dig deep and make a run going into the C-USA postseason. This year

“Our goal coming into this year was to win the C-USA ... We just fell a little short.”

IAN COLLINS UK head coach

was no exception. “Every year going down the stretch, we always have our fate in our own hands,” senior captain and All-American defender Barry Rice said. “But, things never go according to plan.” The Cats started the 2009 season 50-0, tying a school record for best start, and improved their unbeaten streak dating back to last October to 15 games. But the Cats’ good fortune didn’t last long as they only won three of the next eight contests, including a skid where UK lost three straight. To keep their postseason hopes alive, the Cats needed to start winning games and fast, as UK only had one conference win on Oct. 17. Like something out of a fairy tale, the Cats, rallied with their strong senior class, won five straight games in clinching the No. 4 seed in the C-USA Tournament.

“A while ago the seniors talked to the rest of the team and wanted to turn things around,” said senior forward Tim Crone. “Since then, we have gone into training sessions more focused and determined. We definitely had our backs to the wall, and I feel that’s when we play our best.” When it seemed like things were going to go the Cats’ way, fate snatched hope away from them yet again with aid of a familiar culprit — the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. Tulsa had beaten the Cats in penalty kicks in the 2008 C-USA Tournament and had barely stolen a victory earlier this year, netting a goal in the 87th minute against UK. UK’s fortunes didn’t improve. On Monday night, the NCAA selection committee decided to not give the Cats the nod to get into the 2009 tournament. Returning for the Cats will be their top two goal scorers in Matt Lodge and Tyler Burns, leading assist man C.J. Tappel, All-C-USA defender Brad Walker, as well as a supporting cast of Cameron Wilder, Taylor White, Jacob Kemper, Josh McCrary and Josh Albers. “I’m sure next year’s team will keep making it a goal to win the C-USA,” Collins said. “We’re losing a lot of talent, but we’re a top program that can compete year in and year out.”

OPINIONS Wednesday, November 18, 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.

Tobacco ban helps UK, state’s health for future On a campus constantly rife with disagreement — usually between the UK administration and the students who attend classes here — the 800 pound gorilla on this campus is about ready to be uncaged. After months of preparation and anticipation, Thursday will be the day UK leaves tobacco behind. Since the ban went public, smokers have made

KERNEL EDITORIAL their frustrations clear as the rules have gradually changed. In the not so distant past, smoking was a deeply entrenched part of the campus culture. Forget smoking outside — people were allowed to smoke inside within the past decade. Much of the art department calls the Reynolds building, named af-


Two UK students smoke in a dorm when students, faculty and staff were allowed to smoke within the buildings on campus.

ter tobacco baron R.J. Reynolds from when the building was a tobacco warehouse, home, and many of the lofts near campus boast the same past. But with the ban, UK is no longer looking to the past, but to the future. In four or five years, only a relatively small number will remember what it was like to use tobacco on this campus. In that time, this year’s freshman class, the last one to see tobacco use at UK, will be on the way out. The fresh faces that will come after them will never know what they missed. Nor will they care. UK is responsible for the greater community. As the state's flagship university with so many resources and such a far-reaching influence, it must be a leader in the tobacco-free movement. The university and the state have obvious deep ties to the controversial crop. Historically, Kentucky has

been one of the most important tobacco states in the nation. Even now, the effects of tobacco are visible from UK continuing to benefit from a cigarette tax to many tobacco farmers still making a living from tobacco. Yet, UK's responsibility extends beyond providing people a place to smoke and promoting a habit for the sake of economics and history. UK now has to be creative and find ways to ensure the economically viable ways to use tobacco. While the ban may take away from one aspect of tobacco consumption, UK can be a leader in alternative ways to using the crop, such as textiles, cosmetics and even medicine. Additionally, UK must show its commitment to the health aspect of the ban. Devoting its resources to help quit tobacco and making those resources more accessible to students, faculty and staff will be necessary.

52 percent of people are against the tobacco ban

44 percent of people are for the ban

4 percent of people do not care about the ban






Graph based on 200 votes




With any measure of this magnitude, there will be initial backlash. As forward thinking as this historic ban is, it is clear that compliance will not happen overnight — but the objective is a longterm solution that will help cure Kentucky of one of its worst ills. Yes, the input of students, faculty and staff is something that needs to be crusaded for everyday on this campus. But 20 years down the road,

we’ll all look at this decision and realize its benefits. Sure, there will probably be disregard and backlash in the weeks following the ban. And students exercising a right to protest isn’t something to frown upon. The implementation hasn’t always been correct, but the solution is. Going tobacco-free is possibly the best decision UK has made all year.

Looking at news programs, opinions need more facts So much of who we are as people comes down to who we choose to listen to, whose advice and opinions we revere. In this day and age, we are inundated with personalities in the media with news option programs telling us what to believe. One such person, Lou Dobbs, left CNN this MATTHEW week. Let’s look at CHRISTY what Dobbs had to tell Contributing us during his time columnist there. Dobbs presented himself as a champion of the middle class, a man with your best interest at heart. While at CNN, Dobbs warned the middle class he so cherished about how illegal immigrants were responsible for an outbreak of leprosy in the U.S. — which it turns out never happened. He warned us about the international conspiracy to combine all the nations of North America into one entity, a step our government would take without consent to undermine our rights, for no apparent reason. Some would say there must be at least some truth in what he said because he was on CNN and surely had to present some kind of evidence. However, on his show, Dobbs used data from the white supremacist group the Council of Conservative Citizens to support his claims of a pending Mexican invasion. According to the mission statement on its Web site, the Council of Conservative Citizens believes, “the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character.” The group opposes, “all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people … ” The upshot is Dobbs is either a crazy person, a liar or lacks the intellectual depth to understand the difference between fact and fiction. He is certainly prejudice. In the end, his show can be remembered as a vehicle to slowly spread hateful lies under the guise of a news program, but he didn’t actually have a news program. He had an opinion program. This seemingly subtle semantic difference is responsible for the near complete loss of accountability in media. The money in news media comes

from spectacle and controversy, not news. Some tricks to keep news interesting are to be expected, like always getting two people who represent two extreme views to debate issues on air rather than finding moderates or slapping a breaking news label on something that has been going on for months and just hasn’t been covered yet. Opinion shows have taken it a step further. Dobbs had a show that looked like a news show. It had reporters and everything, but as an opinion show host, he could say literally anything and not have failed at his mission because it truly was his opinion — and it didn’t even have to make sense. The worst part is that he looked so legitimate. Dobbs leaving is what my mother used to call a teachable moment. Sure, he shouldn’t have been on a respectable network as long as he was, and sure, we shouldn’t have kept watching, but now that he is gone we can look back at what he stood for and realize how important it is to hold everyone dealing with the news accountable to the truth.

The upshot Dobbs is either a crazy person, a liar or lacks the intellectual depth to understand the difference between fact and fiction. We have to stop turning to opinion shows for news, because if it is not Dobbs telling you Mexicans are invading, it’s Glenn Beck telling you Obama will send you to jail for not having health insurance. When people watch opinion news shows, they might use the data presented to vote and they may treat other people differently based on what they heard. It affects their world view. Don’t let yourself fall into that trap. If someone is coming through your television and telling you what to think, ask questions and look for other sources to confirm what they say. Look for other sources to confirm what I just said. We have to be aware that just because something looks like news doesn’t mean that it has any basis in reality. Matthew Christy is a history senior. E-mail

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Students can make own decisions, do not need administration’s policy I have to admit that I am personally embarrassed by UK President Lee Todd’s proposed tobacco ban. Obviously, it’s no secret that I am vehemently against the ban but it’s not because I smoke (I don’t) or that I JACOB support “Big SIMS Tobacco.” As I Contributing have explained columnist to several individuals, I don’t really have a dog in the fight. As a side note, the proposed ban doesn’t technically change anything, for now. The way I understand it is that you can still smoke, dip, or however you use tobacco on campus. As of now, I don’t believe there is any enforcement. That is, unless they decide to fine students who violate their policy, like Parking and Transportation Services. Many students and I have tried —through several venues — setting up a public forum for the student population to ask questions to whoever they sent to represent the ban. They wouldn’t agree to it. As I touched on in my first column about the tobacco ban, a reasonable compromise would have been smoking sections. Of course, silly me. I should have known better than to assume the administration gives a damn about our opinions or even hearing what we have to say, as many have found out. To me, this ban and this paternal mentality is beyond the health concerns. We know that tobacco is bad. As I mentioned

in my first tobacco column, “These points have been hammered into our thick skulls since elementary school by our parents, teachers and the media. And just in case we completely zoned out in school and didn’t listen to our parents or the media, the Surgeon General places some form of warning on all tobacco products informing the public that ‘Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy.’ They also warn us that ‘Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes, cigars may cause lung cancer and heart disease,’ and that Smokeless Tobacco ‘may cause mouth cancer’ or ‘may cause gum disease and tooth loss.’ Surely to God, we get the point.” Using tobacco is our choice. It’s the same with food and other activities we choose to partake in. In my “Nanny State” article last year, I gave a great example of the way this mentality has been implemented: “One of the most comical bans is in Los Angeles, when they banned “Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs.” As Terrence Powell of the L.A. County Health Department stated, “Bacon is a potentially hazardous food.” And what is the consequence if you are found selling this “hazardous food”? The government charges a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail if you don’t go through the bureaucratic red tape of attaining three different permits and purchasing a $26,000 city-approved street cart. It’s a good thing L.A. doesn’t have to worry about crimes such as robbery, rape and murders, so they can focus on the bacon

dog offenders.” I don’t want to limit this to food because the scope of this mentality is way beyond food and tobacco. You name it and it has probably had a ban on it or at least been proposed. Gambling, prostitution, fireplaces, coffee on subways, trans-fats (chips, French fries, cookies), saggy pants, fruity alcoholic beverages, keg stands, beer pong at tailgates, table dancing, cussing, pit bulls, books with gay and lesbian characters, Skittles and pigeons are just a few examples. It’s a shame they couldn’t outlaw stupidity. As Will Rogers once famously stated, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” The same would apply to UK’s administration, I would imagine. The ban itself, as well as this “Nanny” mentality, has or normally has admirable intentions. However, beyond being embarrassing for the governed, it deliberately limits our freedom of choice. Using tobacco and where we use tobacco (assuming we followed the compromise of outside smoking sections) is a choice that is ours; not the administration’s. To me, it doesn’t make much sense that we elect individuals so that they can make laws to protect us from ourselves. Or in the case of the paternal administration, we don’t even have a say in the matter. It’s just a good thing we have Papa Todd and Mama Hahn to take care of us since we aren’t smart enough to know any better. Jacob Sims is a political science and history junior. Email

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Newton continuing to progress in offense By Ben Jones

UK quarterback Morgan Newton makes a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against Mississippi State at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 31.

For someone who didn't play in any of the first five games of the season, the UK coaching staff has been pleasantly surprised by how quickly freshman quarterback Morgan Newton has absorbed the team's complicated offense since being thrust into the starting lineup five games ago. “What he knew in the Auburn game wasn't very much,” said UK head coach of the offense Joker Phillips. “And every week we've tried to give him more.” Before being forced into the starting role, Newton said he needed to improve on everything before he could see the field. With that in mind, the coaching staff started him out with a few packages he would be most comfortable with. “We haven't changed the playbook or anything,” Newton said. “At the beginning, they just made it smaller and focused on certain things. Now, they're starting to widen it out, run some different stuff.” But as Newton continues to progress, the coaches are starting to feel more comfortable giving him a chance to make plays. UK head coach Rich Brooks said he'll expect more out of the passing game this week, and Phillips said UK's planning on throwing the ball down the field more against Georgia than they did against Vanderbilt. “I think it means we'll pass more than seven times,” Newton said. “More than I did this week. I think it's impor-


tant that we put the ball in the air. I know they're going to put eight and nine in the box with the way Derrick (Locke) and Randall (Cobb) have been playing.” While Newton has been adjusting to the intricacies of the offense, Locke and Cobb have provided enough punch to keep the Cats afloat. Locke had never rushed for 100 yards in a game before UK's win over Auburn, but he's done it three times since Newton became the starter. Cobb ran for over 100 yards in the Auburn game and finished with 99 yards against Vanderbilt. Even though UK is 4-1 with Newton as the starter and a limited playbook, Locke said the Cats will need to mix up the offense to continue winning. "I'm not going to sit here and say (our offense now is) not simple," Locke

said. "Our offense, a lot of things don't make sense, you just have to know it. Morgan being a freshman stepping in, I know he was in an easy offense (in high school) because he told me. To step in something so complicated where you have to make all these reads and checks and stuff, we try to simplify it down where you don't have to think as much." Phillips said he can see a difference in the way the freshman walks and talks from how he did a few weeks ago, and those changes have come as he has become more comfortable with the offense. With that confidence comes an opportunity to learn something new this week, and to show that with an expanded offense on Saturday. "I'm very excited," Newton said with a grin.


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