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BARTENDING MEETS BROADWAY Bartenders compete for top spot in Lexington See POP on Thursday
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Textbooks rank third on industry complaint list By Katie Saltz email@example.com
Students using online stores for their textbook needs may be more likely to complain about something in the process. In a list compiled by the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky, textbooks ranked third in a list of the top 10 mostcomplained about industries in 2009. This was the first year textbooks appeared on the list, falling between auto dealers at No. 2 and Internet services at No. 4. The list was based upon the number of complaints received in the 64-county area this chapter of the BBB serves, which includes
Fayette County. Heather Clary, communications director for the BBB, said one of the textbook stores responsible for a large number of complaints was eCampus.com. eCampus representatives did not respond to phone calls by press time. According to the BBB Web site, eCampus received 372 complaints over the past three years. While Clary said the store has a generally good record of resolving the complaint, that is not always the case. The reason for the complaints ranged from difficulty reaching the company to difficulty receiving the promised amount when selling back textbooks.
Carol Behr, owner of Kennedy Bookstore, said it hurts all textbook stores when a few have practices that disappoint customers. “It’s not acceptable at all,” Behr said. “Unfortunately it lumps all bookstores together.” Kennedy has not received any complaints through the BBB over the past three years. Behr said local bookstores might have a lower complaint rate because they are focused on one certain area of students and can give extra attention to their campus demographic, as opposed to Internet-based book sellers who operate nationwide. “90 percent of our effort is on the University of Kentucky; eCampus is trying to do that all over the
country,” she said. “On the other hand, we all live and breathe UK. We have more of a relationship 200 with the customer and we’re not com 9 To just looking to make a nickel.” pl p 5 busained- most Clary said just because a 1. H ines abo Rep ome business has a large number ses ut 2. A air C Impr of complaints does not al3. B uto ontra oveme ways mean that business is New ooks Deale ctors nt/ troublesome. It might be 4. I & U – Te rs 5. nter sed xtboo because that business has Au net ks to more consumer activity. Rep Servi c a ir & es “eCamSer vic pus is up e there because they have a Sugges high volume tions
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Budget forecast gloomy
UK 89, FLORIDA 77
Faculty trustee suggests using UK athletics funds By Roy York firstname.lastname@example.org
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Freshman guard John Wall and junior forward Patrick Patterson embrace after beating the Florida Gators 89-77 on Tuesday night in Gainesville.
NO LONGER BAIT Win at Florida is first since 2004 By Metz Camfield email@example.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The will to win made its way to the South. After letting a 15-point lead with 14:30 to go in the game dwindle to a tie, the Cats used a 10-1 run to put away Florida 8977 in front of a hostile home crowd. "Again, you get up 15 and all of a sudden we're tied," UK head coach John Calipari said. "At some point this season we've got
to get people that will keep them down or you're going to be losing games and you'll go on a run and not lose one, you'll lose two, three and four." The Cats (17-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) struggled to find their shot early in game, not getting on the board until 4:09 into the game on a coast to coast drive from freshman guard Eric Bledsoe. The Gators (11-5, 0-2 SEC) weren’t clicking on all cylinders either, and couldn’t get a convincing lead on UK early. The Cats finally found their offensive stroke midway through the first half after a stern talking See Cats on page 7
Bledsoe keeps Cats undefeated GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For a while, it looked like UK wanted to get out of Gainesville on Tuesday faster than Lane Kiffin got out of Knoxville, JAMES PENNINGTON Tenn. After a 15Kernel point UK lead columnist turned into a tie game in the
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second half, UK looked ready to tuck its tail and run. Then, as Eric Bledsoe said, they got an extra boost. Hard to believe that now ,17 games into the season, Tuesday’s win over Florida was just the Cats’ second true road game of the season. Both road games so far have been played in two of college basketball’s most notorious environments: the first at Indiana, and Tuesday’s at Florida. Whether the Cats were dealing with the Hoosiers’ odd tradition of floating heads in the end zones or the Florida students’ painted-on black eyes in homage See Pennington on page 8
Down for the count: Boxing event canceled By Kenny Colston firstname.lastname@example.org
The fight is over. After months of struggling to become sanctioned and a three-month postponement, Fight Night has been canceled, said George Kington, president of Sigma Chi fraternity. Originally scheduled to be held last November, the event was postponed due to safety concerns. New rules were set in place, including required training with USA Boxing approved gyms and trainers. Sigma Chi partners with Alpha Delta Pi sorority to put on the annual amateur boxing event that grew in popularity its first two years. But Kington said the pullout of USA Boxing, the entity that usually sanctions Fight Night, doomed the two-night
boxing tournament. “I think it was a whole bunch of political drama,” Kington said. After USA Boxing pulled out, event coordinators turned to the Kentucky Wrestling and Boxing Association for sanctioning. But that association meets only twice a year and currently cannot sanction amateur events, Kington said. That could change, as the association is writing new regulations that would allow it to sanction amateur fights, including next semester’s Fight Night in November, Kington said. This year’s event was scheduled to take place downtown at the Lexington Center, an upgrade in space from the previous two years in anticipation of larger crowds.
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On Friday, UK President Lee Todd foretold a grim financial future for the university in the next two years warning faculty, staff and students that the coming months could bring wage and hiring freezes, tuition hikes and possible layoffs. Todd sent a campus-wide email saying UK had fared better than many other agencies in Kentucky in the face of budget cuts. Yet in handling the $25 million reduction in appropriations since December 2007, Todd said, “The easy decisions have already been made.” Todd said the current allocation from state funds to UK's budget is $310 million,
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Social work senior and UK boxing club member Jamyle Cannon works with undeclared junior Matt Garnick to train for Fight Night before it was canceled.
Coldstream director retiring in February Decision was “long-term plan,” not tied to success By Roy York email@example.com
Tina Carpenter, executive director of UK's Coldstream Research Campus, is planning to retire at the end of February after a three-year term in the position. “It’s been my long-term plan to retire after 25 years with UK,” Carpenter said. Carpenter’s duties included managing the entire Coldstream campus. Len Heller, UK's vice president Carpenter for Commercialization and Economic Development, said in a statement that Carpenter “has accomplished a great deal because of her strong work ethic, professionalism and commitment to UK.” See Carpenter on page 9
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Keep your resolution on track
NBC struggles to salvage mess it made on ‘Tonight Show’ Johnny Carson routinely turned missteps to his advantage with uncommon grace and skill, becoming an enduring icon of late-night TV on NBC's "The Tonight Show" partly because of what Dennis Miller has described as a "Houdini-like ability to extricate (himself) from the bad joke." Carson's gone, but they're still making mistakes at NBC, especially around "Tonight," and only making a bad joke worse. First in trying to keep Conan O'Brien from leaving, then in trying to keep Jay Leno from leaving and now in trying to keep affiliates burned by those first two moves from open rebellion, Carson's old network has found it can't wriggle out of its straitjacket. Forget about the shackles, the locked trunk and swimming to the surface. "The Tonight Show" is a television institution of more than 55 years. Yet the people running NBC Universal are battering it rather than burnishing it. It's emblematic of how, even before the cable guys take over, they're allowing their once-proud, once-dominant network to wither and fray. And with its inability to take quick, decisive action regarding two men who have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for it over the last decade and a half, NBC Universal is treating Leno and O'Brien with no more dignity than the attention-hungry White House gate-crashers hoping to stay on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of D.C." That said, if NBC can't talk Leno and O'Brien into
going along with some kind of face-saving compromise, the already costly mistakes of moving Leno to prime time to accommodate O'Brien's move to "Tonight" will cost the company millions more in contractual penalties. It's about this point when Carson would do a humble little soft shoe as Doc Severinsen and the band played a few bars of "Tea for Two." Where did everything start to unravel? One could argue it was when Leno was named over David Letterman to host "Tonight" after Carson left in 1992. That's because Letterman's defection enabled CBS to establish a viable late-night franchise while Leno learned the job. But the latest sequence of staggers and stumbles started when Leno was cruising along at No. 1 in latenight in 2004. NBC was fearful it would lose O'Brien and promised him Leno's "Tonight" job in 2009. Leno only got stronger in the intervening five years, however, meaning NBC was at risk of putting the toprated late-night host on the open market. Dumb. Staving off a move by Leno to ABC, NBC blew up its prime-time schedule and gave Leno a nightly show. It was cheaper, so it wouldn't have to have high ratings to do all right for the network economically, the execs said. At worst, they figured if Leno bombed, rival networks wouldn't want him. COPYRIGHT 2009 MCT
Work out more, drink less, quit smoking. Thousands of people are making promises just like these once a year, only to b r e a k them within a couple MATT of weeks. MURRAY However, Kernel there are columnist ways to help keep your New Year’s resolutions on track. The most important tip for anyone trying to set a goal is to start small. For those planning on trying to get into shape this year, one shouldn’t aim to lose 30 pounds by February or to look like Vin Diesel by swimsuit season. Trying to change your habits
is already challenging enough. By attempting to reach targets that are overwhelming, people only become discouraged and are much more likely to give up on their resolutions.
For those planning on trying to get into shape this year, one shouldn’t aim to lose 30 pounds by February ... Along those same lines, it’s important to work in increments. If you wish to save a specific amount of money by the end of the year, you can’t put it off until July and hope to reach your goal in the final six months. Instead you should create a plan to save a
set amount each month, or if you are willing to be even more disciplined you could aim to set aside an amount each week. Working with small portions of your resolution at a time will allow you to keep yourself in check and ensure that your target isn’t getting out of reach. Stick to one resolution. The more you try to juggle, the more likely you’re going to drop everything you’re trying to keep in the air. The more you can focus on that one specific goal, the more likely you’re going to succeed. A new approach may be the difference between bailing on your pledge in January versus feeling good in December about sticking with your pledge for a full 12 months. Matt Murray is a journalism junior. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.kykernel.com 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 — You accomplish great things today, but be prepared for subtle changes in the following days or weeks. Keep the plan flexible. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 5 — Have fun today! Even if you accomplish nothing at work, you'll feel like you've made progress. Expect practical changes from a superior. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 6 — Feelings get in the way of logical effort today. Your usual tactics stall. Reconsider, and wait until tomorrow. It will all work out. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Go ahead and let your imagination run away with you.
You needed a vacation anyway! There will be plenty of time tomorrow to deal with practical details. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — You want to get down to business early, but others don't. Their emotions are scattered. Give them time early, then use words to start anew. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 —You can't say "I love you" too often. Today you realize just how important it is to remind yourself and others that you care. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — By day's end, you're glad to have a couple of people on your side. Change becomes difficult now, and revising work will take several days but produce great results. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — Open your heart to all opportunities. Today enriches with beauty, confidence and optimism. Forward movement? Not so much. But that's all right.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 —You probably have to retrace your steps. Don't let this depress you. Reviewing recent activities lets you know what's needed. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Your heart wants to go on a long-distance trip. Your mind is looking closer to home. If price is no object, take the most imaginative route possible. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — Find a better way to get what you need. Spending more may not help. Repurposing something you already have will work just fine. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — The information on the grapevine says "take a chance now; you could come up a big winner." Test the strength of the data before acting.
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I am so fired up to be here today ... It’s really almost dreamlike for me.” — Pete Carroll, on coaching the Seattle Seahawks
Phillips takes the reins after two-year wait By Ben Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
After a seven-year stint that started with a bumpy ride through losing seasons, Rich Brooks stepped down as head football coach after leading the Cats to four consecutive bowl games, the longest such streak in school history. Brooks told his team and the media he would likely not return for another season after UK’s 2113 loss in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 27. He reached his final decision the next week, and officially announced his retirement on Jan. 4. Joker Phillips, previously head coach of the offense for UK, was introduced as head coach on Jan. 6. He had been named head coach in waiting in January 2008. Phillips becomes the second black head coach in Southeastern Conference history. His hiring also means that all three FBS schools in Kentucky hired black coaches this offseason. Louisville hired Charlie Strong and Western Kentucky hired Willie Taggart.
One of the focuses of the UK coaching staff under Phillips will be recruiting. Phillips earned a reputation earlier in his career as a tenacious recruiter, and said he will try and gear the program toward attracting the caliber of players needed to compete in the SEC. “We will begin with what I’m calling ‘Operation Win,’ ” Phillips said at his introductory news conference. “This means continuing to strive for excellence in every single area related to the Kentucky football program. This is not about Joker Phillips, this is about we.” Brooks said he received pleas from several friends and players to return to UK for one more year but didn’t feel it would be in the best interest of the program to return. “The more I thought about it, I just felt it was right to make the change,” Brooks said. “The losses take their toll; it’s very, very frustrating to be close to something and not be able to grab it. I didn’t want my frustration to See Football on page 4
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Joker Phillips was introduced as UK’s head football coach on Jan. 6 after Rich Brooks announced his retirement. Phillips said he will strive for excellence and focus on recruiting for the program.
UK Hoops charges into SEC after winning streak ends during holidays By Nick Craddock email@example.com
The UK women’s basketball team and the winter temperatures in Kentucky share one trait: They have dipped — albeit to different extents. While cold weather led to freezing temperatures in many parts of the country during winter break, the Cats cooled off after their torrid 11-0 start. UK’s record is currently 13-2, including a 1-1 mark in Southeastern Conference play.
“I told the team that (the 11-0 start) is significant because they have answered every challenge that was put in front of them..” MATTHEW MITCHELL UK head coach
When students left following finals, the Cats’ record stood at 9-0 with a game against archrival Louisville looming. The Cats routed the Cardinals 101-67 on Dec. 20 to set the record for best start in team history. Then, in their final game before Christmas, the Cats destroyed an injury-ravaged Tennessee-Martin team 8747, a game which saw junior
forward Victoria Dunlap attempt and miss a dunk. “I told the team that (the 11-0 start) is significant because they have answered every challenge that was put in front of them,” said UK head coach Matthew Mitchell after the Tennessee-Martin victory. “We feel good about it, but we don’t want to let that define us at all. We want to know what our formula is and that starts with being enthusiastic about playing at Kentucky and being committed on the defensive end every day in practice.” Mitchell warned his players of the challenge that would greet them when they returned from their winter break. The Cats had to hit the road for a Dec. 28 clash with Middle Tennessee State and came out sluggish, committing a season-high 29 turnovers and scoring a season-low 51 points. “Although we played with some tenacity to get back in the game (after the Cats trailed by 13), I’m disappointed that we turned the ball over so many times and it resulted in a loss for us,” Mitchell said after the Cats’ first defeat. However, the Cats rekindled their passion for defense on New Year’s Day, forcing Mississippi Valley State into 40 turnovers, a school record for UK, en route to a 93-48 win. The win over MVSU was the last nonconference
Junior forward Victoria Dunlap has continued to perform well for the Cats this season. She is the team’s leading scoring, averaging 18 points and nine rebounds per game. PHOTO BY SCOTT HANNIGAN STAFF
game for the Cats. UK’s critics were anticipating the rigors of the SEC schedule, which would serve as the litmus test that would finally reveal the true ability of the team. On Jan. 7, UK took No. 8 Georgia to overtime before falling 61-60 in their first SEC game. The Cats led 6056 in overtime but surrendered the final five points, including a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left. A win for the Cats would have meant beating a top-10 team for the
first time since 2006. Despite the loss to Georgia, UK rebounded to topple No. 17 Vanderbilt on Sunday, breaking an 11-year drought against the Commodores after trailing by 10 in the second half. Junior guard Amber Smith’s careerhigh 20 points sparked the comeback. Smith was also UK’s leading scorer in the SEC opener. “It all starts with (Smith),” Mitchell said. See Women on page 4
Cool Cats enter second half of season riding four-game losing streak By Aaron Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior forward Taylor Vit chases down the puck during a game. After losing four games in a row, Vit said winter break came at the right time for the Cats. PHOTO BY SCOTT HANNIGAN STAFF
There were presents, the year-end countdown, snowballs and time to relax. There was no hockey. The holidays gave the UK hockey team (17-6) a much-needed break from the in-season grind of midnight hockey double shifts. “We needed it,” head coach Rob Docherty said. “They got to go home, relax, and take some pressure off. Everyone feels a little burnout after a semester, and it helps to kind of get away from it for a while.” The timing of the break appeared to be giftwrapped for UK. After a successful first half that included a blistering 17-2 start, the Cool Cats dropped their last four games, including two to Ohio State. “It came at the right time,” junior forward Taylor Vit said. “We got a chance to clear our minds, take a step away from some pressure we had been feeling.” Now the break is over, and Docherty feels the batteries have been fully recharged. “We had one good semester and we’re ready to come back for another good one,” Docherty said. “We are prepared to take a run at where we want to be.” Where UK wants to be is deep in postseason play, and it will take a solid, but not necessarily spectacular, second half of the season. See Hockey on page 4
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Cats continue winning ways By Metz Camfield email@example.com
The UK basketball team didn’t have much trouble staying hot over the break. The Cats overcame a few obstacles and created some lasting images that will help define their season. It started Dec. 19 with a home game against Austin Peay and finished with Tuesday’s road contest against the Gators in Gainesville, Fla. In between was a milestone victory, a record performance, a hard fought rivalry game and an opening conference game that turned out to be much more difficult than originally perceived. Here’s a recap of the biggest storylines:
UK 88, Drexel 44 Confetti rained down from the ceiling of Rupp Arena and history was made. The Cats became the first team to reach 2,000 victories. The Cats jumped out to a quick 153 lead less than five minutes into the game. By the 13:39 mark, Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint had called two timeouts and the lead had stretched to 28-7.
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DeMarcus Cousins celebrates with the Wildcat mascot and teammates after UK defeated Drexel for its 2,000 win. The Cats were the first to the 2,000 win milestone. “At the beginning of the game we got to them,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “It’s really the first game this year that we got an opponent down and just kept going.” In only seven minutes of playing
time in the first half, DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. For the game, the man they call “Boogie” scored 18 points and See Basketball on page 5
FOOTBALL Continued from page 3 change the direction of the program.” UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said Phillips still has his full support two years after he and Brooks decided to name Phillips head coach in waiting. “Two years ago when we introduced (Phillips) as head coach in waiting, a very unique deal at that time,” Barnhart said. “Regardless, we’re at a spot where we had hoped to be two years ago, with the same characteristics of a guy that we truly believe understands and wants to carry Kentucky football to another level.” Staff writer Nick Craddock contributed to this story.
Heggins, Petri not retained for 2010 Phillips has already made moves to shake up the coaching staff. Multiple media outlets reported late last week that offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins and defensive line coach Rick Petri will not return to the team for the 2010 season. Heggins had been UK’s offensive line coach since 2005. He arrived in Lexington after coaching various positions at Florida State since 1986. Petri coached the defensive line since 2005 and helped produce NFL talent in players such as Myron Pryor and Jeremy Jarmon during his time at UK. Mike Summers, previously the offensive line coach at Arkansas, is expected to be named as Heggins’ replacement. David Turner, formerly the defensive line coach at Mississippi State, is expected to be Petri’s replacement. The moves are considered to be part of Phillips’ attempts to improve recruiting within the program. It is not known if any other assistants will not be retained for 2010. Phillips will also likely have to hire a wide receivers coach to fill what had been his own position on staff. An official announcement on the future of the rest of the UK coaching staff is expected sometime this week.
UK falls to Clemson 21-13 in Music City Bowl The end of the Rich Brooks era coincided with the end of UK’s schoolrecord 18-game nonconference winning streak. UK fell to the Clemson Tigers 21-13 in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. The Cats opened the game with a long touchdown drive capped by a 17yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Morgan Newton to junior wide receiver Chris Matthews, but the
WOMEN Continued from page 3 “She’s our energy player.” Aside from Smith, the usual suspects have performed for UK. Guard Adia
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Junior tailback Derrick Locke announced he would return to UK for his senior season after the 21-13 loss to Clemson in the Music City Bowl. offense wouldn’t find the end zone again. “We just didn’t execute when we had opportunities,” senior left tackle Zipp Duncan said. Clemson chipped away at the UK defense as senior tailback C.J. Spiller piled up 172 all-purpose yards and a rushing touchdown while earning game MVP honors. Senior kicker Lones Seiber kicked two field goals for UK to finish his career with 305 points, the most ever at the university. After the game, Brooks said the 2009 season was filled with disappointment for him. “We would have liked to extended our nonconference winning streak and won four straight bowl games,” Brooks said. “There are not a lot of the teams in the country that have been able to do that. … It’s a disappointing season, but we were still able to do some good things, but not as much as we wanted to.”
Locke to return for senior season Junior tailback Derrick Locke an-
Mathies continues her solid rookie campaign as UK’s leader in minutes played and second leading scorer. Dunlap remains the team’s leading scorer, almost averaging a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds per game. Also, transfer guard
HOCKEY Continued from page 3 “It’s still a tough schedule we have,” sophomore Billy Glass said. “Lots of the teams we play will be fighting for their playoff lives and will be tough to beat no matter what ranking they might be.” UK will count on veteran leadership down the homestretch. “We have lots of seniors and lots of players here for the long run,” Docherty said. “They know what it’s like to be in the tournament, what it takes to knock off teams, and they want to get
nounced after the Music City Bowl that he would return to UK for his senior season. Locke had previously filed paperwork to have his draft status evaluated for the 2010 NFL Draft. “I’m coming back for my senior season,” Locke said. “Definitely.” Locke spoke with his family before deciding to return to UK for Locke his senior year. He’ll be able to graduate on time. He was considered a fringe prospect in the NFL Draft, expected to either be picked in the final rounds or go undrafted. Locke ran for 907 yards and six touchdowns in 2009. He also had 23 receptions for 195 yards and two scores. He has 1,731 career yards, 10th most all-time at UK. Locke entered fall camp third on the depth chart after spending most of the offseason recovering from a knee injury, but became the starter early in the season.
Crystal Riley, who became eligible to play against Louisville, has bolstered the Cats’ depth. Collectively, UK’s pressing defense has helped the Cats rank near the top of the NCAA in turnover margin. After tripping up during
“We have lots of seniors and lots of players here for the long run. They know what it’s like to be in the tournament ...” ROB DOCHERTY UK head coach
back. They’re our driving force.” The changing of the calendar year will also bring changes to UK’s lineup. Docherty said he toyed around with different ways to juggle UK’s lines every day over the break. Starting this weekend, a new look will be on display for
the holidays, the Cats seem to have stable footing once more. “I have no idea why (UK was) picked (to finish) 11th (in the SEC) and I wouldn't have picked them 11th,” said Vandy head coach Melanie Balcomb.
at least one line. “We had some lines playing too individual,” Docherty said. “There was too much talent on one line and they were clashing. They just weren’t clicking, and we’ll try some new looks.” The team came back from break sharp and ready to go. Docherty said he was impressed at how well the team skated the first day back in a loose, unorganized practice. While the players enjoyed the break, they are geared up for the second half of a promising season. “We look at this like it’s another season,” Vit said. “We’re ready for another great stretch of hockey.”
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Freshman guard John Wall drives into the lane for a layup against Louisville on Jan. 2. He finished with 17 points to help UK to a 71-62 victory.
BASKETBALL Continued from page 4 grabbed 13 rebounds while shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul stripe. Calipari told the crowd after the game that this win was just one step in what they were trying to do this season and that they were making him proud. “This is one of those things that separates this program from all others,” Calipari said.
UK 104, Hartford 61 On UK’s first defensive possession against the Hawks, John Wall chased after a loose ball on the baseline and flung it behind him without looking. He jumped over two rows of cheerleaders seated on the floor, a row of media members in chairs, and landed on his feet on a table on press row almost 10 feet out of bounds. That was just the beginning. In leading UK to a 10461 rout of Hartford, he broke the single game assist record at UK with 16 dishes to his teammates. “It’s a game where he could have tried to have 30 points and he chose not to,” Calipari said. “He chose to pass to his teammates.” UK legend Travis Ford held the previous record with 15 in a game in 1993. Freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and no fouls. Sophomore guard Darnell Dodson drained six 3-pointers while scoring 19 points. Wall sat most of the second half out before re-entering the game just to break the record. “I normally don’t do it, but they told me he needed two more for the record and I stuck him back in and ran everything I could to get him to pass it to someone to get the two,” Calipari said.
UK 71, Louisville 62 Cousins scored 18 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and led the No. 3 Cats to a physical, and heated 71-62 victory over Louisville in
Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino talks with freshman guard Eric Bledsoe after UK’s win. Bledsoe had 12 points, making all six of his free throws in the game. front of a record crowd at Rupp Arena of 24,479. “(The rivalry) is pretty intense,” Cousins said. “I guess you could say it’s a strong hate, but I mean the
“It’s a game where he could have tried to have 30 points and he chose not to.” JOHN CALIPARI UK head coach
game was fun.” Calipari and Cousins said they believed Louisville intentionally singled out Cousins because of his emotional nature on the court. Cousins said afterward that was the only way Louisville could have beaten him and that “(their) plan didn’t work.” With all of the pre-game hype, the electric atmosphere for the showdown between the two intrastate rivals, and the trash talking, bumping and shoving before and during the game, Cousins said the win felt good. “This win feels real good,” Cousins said. “They came out talking, all the comments before the game,
trying to get physical with us and we beat them physically and it felt good.”
UK 76, Georgia 68 The Cats could never establish a convincing lead against a Georgia squad that refused to go away, but finally pulled out a 76-68 win thanks in part to the play of Cousins. “Well, I guess that’s welcome to the SEC,” Calipari said. “… They never quit playing and that’s what happens in this league and that was at home, I can’t imagine how that will be on the road … My hat is off to them because we were fortunate to get out with a win.” Cousins helped ice the game for UK with a layup with 36.8 seconds remaining to put the Cats up by four. On the ensuing possession Cousins grabbed a rebound off a missed Georgia 3pointer and got it to Wall to finish out the game. “Again, our will to win at the end showed,” Calipari said. “You know what? If they hadn’t turned it over so much we would have been down 15 at halftime. They turned it over. That’s the only reason we were in the game.”
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CATS Continued from page 1 to from UK head coach John Calipari. The Cats took a 1513 lead before Florida went on a quick six-point run to prompt a Calipari timeout. Out of the break, the Cats went to their two freshman guards, Bledsoe and John Wall. The tandem scored four straight baskets to give the Cats a four-point advantage and force Florida to call timeout.
Freshman forward Daniel Orton finished with two points, nine rebounds and four blocks, injecting himself on the defensive side of the ball.
“Daniel Orton, if he’ll do the things he did today, it’s hard to beat us ... The other guys are all what they are. You are the guy.”
PHOTO BY ALLIE GARZA STAFF
JOHN CALIPARI balls flying into the stands. UK head coach, on the difference freshman Daniel Orton made.
Freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins picked up his second foul with 4:04 to go in the first half. 23 seconds later, Wall picked up his second foul on a charge call, but the Cats hardly lost a beat. Similar to the Cats’ only other true road game on the season, a 90-73 win over Indiana, Bledsoe found his shooting stroke and led the Cats on the offensive end of the floor. Bledsoe scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half. With Cousins also sitting on the bench, fellow freshman forward Daniel Orton filled in. The 6-foot-10 big man blocked three Florida shots within a 12-second span that brought the UK bench to its feet and the nearby fans to duck basket-
"(Orton) was probably the difference in the game," Calipari said. "Daniel Orton, if he'll do the things he did today, it's hard to beat us ... I hugged him after the game because it's what I've been begging, begging him to tell him that you are the difference in our team. The other guys are all what they are. You are the guy." Cousins picked up his third foul just 1:35 into the second half after the Cats began the half with their original starting lineup of Cousins, Bledsoe, Wall, Darius Miller and Patrick Patterson. Orton came back right where he left off though, and picked up a rebound and altered numerous Florida shots before picking up a third foul of his own. Florida sophomore guard Erving Walker tried to get the Gators back in the game, scoring eight straight points for the home team in one
minute. Walker’s spark fueled an 11-4 Gator run that trimmed UK’s 15-point lead to six. Walker wasn’t done there. After the Cats stretched the lead back to nine, Walker responded with back-to-back 3-pointers and a near full court pass to junior forward Vernon Macklin for the breakaway jam to cut the UK lead to 68-66 with eight minutes to play. After exchanging baskets on the next four possessions, Macklin tied the game up at 72 with an easy layup. The Cats found their killer instinct shortly after that though, going on a 12-1 run to ice the game. "We just like — 'What happened? Where are we? Why did that happen all in the last three or four minutes?' " Calipari said. "We just have to figure out how we can tap into that and say 'This is who we have to be, and how we have to play.' "
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Freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins fights through a pair of Florida defenders. Cousins finished the game with four fouls. PHOTO BY ALLIE GARZA STAFF
PENNINGTON Continued from page 1 to the DeMarcus Cousins incident against Louisville, the No. 2 Cats now have enough data to prove a trend that playing on the road won’t be easy. And we now have enough data to prove another trend: UK thrives on the adversity. After the Gators played UK close well into the second half — and the crowd was still rocking — UK pulled away because of any combination of its size, strength, speed or general basketball advantages. The same thing happened in Bloomington, Ind., a month ago. Aren’t a bunch of freshmen supposed to do otherwise on the road? Instead, the freshmen responded positively. So much so, they were the difference in the game. Daniel Orton’s defense (three of his four blocks came on one Mutombo-inspired possession) and John Wall’s steady point play — although his 19 points seemed as quiet as 19 points can be — set the pace for Bledsoe to do his thing. Bledsoe scored 25 points, shooting a staggering-for-a-guard 10-of-13 from the field. “Can you imagine that? He’s a freshman,” UK coach John Calipari said. “He has no idea what he’s doing, and he goes for 25.” Through two road games, Bledsoe is averaging 24 points. He said it wasn’t a direct result of playing on the road and feeding off the adverse atmosphere; rather, both the
Hoosiers and the Gators focused defensively on keeping the ball away from Wall, allowing Bledsoe to have more time running the point and more freedom to drive to the basket. Wall has proven that one man isn’t enough to stop him. With only five guys on the floor, something has to give. Like Indiana coach Tom Crean, Florida’s Billy Donovan paid extra attention to Wall. “What Billy was doing was saying, ‘We’re going to make this hard for John and make these other players make plays,’ ” Calipari said. I’m-in-Control Bledsoe is a much different player than Wall’s-in-Control Bledsoe. The two play great together; otherwise, UK wouldn’t be undefeated. But Bledsoe’s three highest-scoring games so far at UK have been against Indiana, Florida and Morehead State (during Wall’s suspension). After the game, a beaming Bledsoe didn’t read into anything playing out of Wall’s shadow. “Anything to help the team win,” he said. He did admit, though, that he does enjoy playing on the road. Feeding off that negative energy directed toward him — well, maybe not directly at Bledsoe, but at least at his team — gave him a little extra boost. Said Bledsoe: “It kind of seems that way, doesn’t it?” He and his teammates are going to need to feel that extra boost fairly often this year if the Cats want to keep winning these close games on the road. If that boost doesn’t come, they’ll want to get out of town even faster than Kiffin did. James Pennington is a journalism senior. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Update to FAFSA provides easier options By Katie Perkowski email@example.com
Filing for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form just got simpler. As of last week students now have the online option of allowing FAFSA officials to retrieve IRS information instead of asking families to provide income and other information that may be unclear when a student submits the form. David Prater, associate director of the Financial Aid Office at UK, said getting information directly from the IRS could provide more accuracy. Prater has worked in financial aid at UK for about 40 years and said when families supply their information, it is not always completely accurate because they may not have filled out their taxes yet. Because the FAFSA is filed in March, the tax information may be different come April. Prater said this is a timing issue with no perfect resolution. Julie Stewart, a first-year special education doctorate student has filled out the form in both the paper and online
CARPENTER Continued from page 1 According to its Web site, the Coldstream Research Campus houses more than 1,000 employees and is a combination of biotech, pharmaceutical and equine-related businesses and university research centers. Coldstream currently comprises 58 companies, 33 of which joined under Carpenter’s leadership. Carpenter said this growth was one of her most important accomplishments despite the trou-
BUDGET Continued from page 1 down 7.5 percent from December 2007. Todd expects state appropriations for the 2010-11 fiscal year to be at least $306 million, of which $21 million comes from federal stimulus money. But Todd warned that $21 million would not be available for the 2011-12 year. In addition to losing the stimulus money for 2011-12, Todd estimated the cost of running the university would increase $17.4 million next year, including an additional $8 million to fund to health care and other benefits for employees and retirees. Todd said it would take about a 9 percent tuition increase to cover the $17.4 million, but he is reluctant to recommend such a raise in the face of economic hardships already faced by Kentucky families. “Increasing tuition (a significant amount) is among the least likely possibilities,” said UK spokesman Jimmy Stanton. Todd said lay-offs are a last resort to balance the budget because a significant faculty reduction would have severe consequences for UK in both the short and long term. He did not completely rule out faculty and staff reductions, however.
versions. Stewart said online updates allowed her information to be saved and made the process simpler and quicker for her. “All I had to change was my address and put in the stuff for my last tax return,” Stewart said. “That makes it really simple.” Stewart said the ability to skip certain sections not applying to her, such as family and banking account information, was convenient too. Because she has had the same PIN number for about 10 years, Stewart said the last time she filled out the form took her about five minutes. “If somebody’s renewing it, it’s really simple,” she said. Prater estimated that about 60 to 70 percent of UK students have filled out the form and said the state hosts workshops to help parents learn how to fill it out. Prater said the FAFSA form intimidates some parents because it looks like a tax form. “(We) don’t have a lot of students complain about the form because they are computer savvy ... but parents have more trouble,” he said.
Prater said the past year has brought minimal changes to the form, but in the upcoming year Congress is proposing to eliminate many questions from the form and find other ways to simplify it. “But in the past, every time Congress has tried to simplify it, they make it more difficult it seems,” he said. Staff writer Katie Saltz contributed to this story.
bled economy. “I don’t want to keep using this as an excuse, but the economic downturn has hurt everyone,” Carpenter said. Heller praised Carpenter’s success in the face of adversity as a testament to her value to Coldstream and said she understood the research mission at UK. “(Carpenter) has been very helpful creating a culture for companies to come together and work together and that helps companies feel like a part of the Coldstream family,” Heller said. “She has helped make Coldstream a top-tier campus in the Midwest.” Heller said he and his team are working to set the criteria for a new ex-
ecutive director. He said the replacement would be announced in the next two to four months. “She set a new standard,” Heller said. “Coldstream has been very inactive for the past 20 years. This is a major step forward.” Carpenter’s days at Coldstream, however, are not completely over. She is founder and president of Enventis Solutions, a company that provides business services to small businesses and is a part of the Coldstream conglomeration. “I really believe in Coldstream and what we do there,” Carpenter said. “I still want to be a part of Coldstream.”
“Everything will have to be on the table for discussion as we build the university’s budget for next year,” Todd said. Ernie Yanarella, a UK Board of Trustees faculty representative, said he appreciated the president's frank and candid budget message, but said he would like to see more options explored as UK tries to replace disappearing funds.
cult to add a recurring expense of that magnitude given substantial increases in fixed costs and the prospect of no additional support from Frankfort.” Yanarella said he understands the burden will have to be shared throughout the university but he expressed frustration over how much the faculty has been asked to absorb including the prospect of two more years without salary increases. Yanarella offered a solution for the president and said the UK Athletics Department should be asked to give additional money to the UK general fund to help shore up the deficits since the athletics program is consistently in the black. “It seems to me when you have a successful sports program that continues to increase its budget — by virtue of its successes to be sure — it should be tapped to help shoulder the burden,” Yanarella said. Gov. Steve Beshear will make his budget recommendations to the Kentucky General Assembly on Jan. 19, and Todd said he and his staff would be working to convince lawmakers to continue funding UK without major cuts. “We will do our very best to convince Kentucky’s policy makers that their investment in us — even in these most difficult of times — is essential to Kentucky’s long-term success,” Todd said.
“... When you have a successful sports program that continues to increase its budget ... it should be tapped to help ...” ERNIE YANARELLA Faculty trustee
“If the options for dealing with the looming budget problems are as narrow as President Todd has framed them, furloughs are not just an option. They're inevitable.” Yanarella said. Todd's message also squelched hopes that the wage freezes in place for UK employees for the past two years would be lifted even though Todd said raising salaries remains one of the top priorities concerning the budget. “A 1 percent salary increase would cost the university’s general fund $3.6 million,” Todd said. “But it is very diffi-
FIGHT NIGHT Continued from page 1 Despite the cancellation, Kington said he does not expect the popularity of Fight Night to subside. “I hope it doesn’t hurt the popularity,” he said. “I hope it will be a bigger event next year. With a year off and a change in location, it should help the popularity.” The cancellation also affects the charities that benefited from the proceeds Fight Night raised. Last year’s event raised $14,000 from ticket sales alone, with nearly 2,000 people attending each night. Last year’s proceeds were donated to the Ronald McDonald House and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. “It really stinks, we’re really disappointed we can’t donate all that money to our charities with ADPi,” Kington said. “It’s a shame a little piece of paper ruined all this.”
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sible.” Wildcat Textbooks is another Lexington textbook store that received no complaints through the Continued from page 1 BBB in the past three years. David of business in (the Central Ken- Wade, manager for Wildcat Textbooks, said local stores may have tucky) area,” Clary said. Because eCampus serves cam- better service records because they are in competition puses other than with each other to UK, Behr said it is probably difficult Sometimes we make keep students happy. for them to process “I think UK is complaints, where mistakes but our policy unique because at a local store she is to fix it as soon as there are different can deal with a stores to provide possible. complaint immedicompetition,” Wade ately. CAROL BEHR said. “We try to “We try very Owner, Kennedy Bookstore work with people hard to have on returns. If someevery price right body gets the for the class,” she said. “Sometimes we make mistakes but our wrong book, we try to work with policy is to fix it as soon as pos- them.”
OPINIONS Wednesday, January 13, 2010
KERNEL EDITORIAL BOARD Kenny Colston, editor in chief Wesley Robinson, opinions editor Melissa Vessels, managing editor Ben Jones, sports editor Allie Garza, managing editor Matt Murray, features editor
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Fixing old problems key to new year The funny thing about coming back from a planned break is that things generally are the same as they were before the intermission. For campus, there isn't much of a difference as the major issues that prevailed last semester will undergo another semester of scrutiny. The student housing debate promises to remain one of the high-priority issues for UK. And as the debate continues to develop, UK must take the necessary steps towards improving the situation for its students. It may take more effort or a cooperative partnership with the city on the issue, it may take UK creating a department that assists students with off-campus housing the way many other campuses do — but whatever it is UK must step up its effort. Even if Lexington is having trouble enforcing its own code and zoning the city, UK must make the situation as palatable as possible for the people that make the university run. South Limestone construction continues to be a big, visible infection festering on the edge of campus. When the work is done, the street should look and function better than ever, but for now some of UK's best hangouts and off-campus businesses are suffering. According to the last update at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Web site devoted to the construction, the construction was a week ahead of schedule, as of Oct. 10, 2009 that is. The city must not only do its best to expedite the process, but also give adequate updates of the progress. Academically, the proposal of a split finals week will decide whether or not there will be a bit of a break in between the hustle and bustle of the end of the semester finals students have come to dread. Under the proposed plan finals would begin on Thursday and end on the Tuesday of the next week, giving students an extra weekend to prepare and spread out the stress of finals, something students definitely need. With the whole country still in the midst of tough financial times and the state suffering its own dire budgetary crisis the price of higher education will stay in the headlines. According to CollegeBoard’s 2009 “Trends in Higher Education” Series, tuition has increased 4.9 percent annually, beyond general inflation, since the 19992000 academic year. But as bad as things are, it would not be surprising if more institutions had to utilize tuition as an avenue to make up for the lack of funds. Finally, most important for those who work for the university is President Lee Todd's dedication to not freezing salaries for another year. "Our highest priority is trying to find a way to have salary increases for faculty and staff," Todd said in a September sit-down interview with the Kernel Editorial Board. Todd must stick to this dedication and ensure that employees don’t effectively take another pay cut as prices rise and wages stay the same. Ringing in 2010 only means UK must work even harder to address the issues that affect campus and there must be renewed dedication to ensure that the various issues are addressed and reach necessary solutions.
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Academic success hinges on preparation Remember December? Finals Week certainly was fun, wasn’t it? Do you recall anything from that all-nighter you pulled to study for your geology final exam? Or was it gerontology? How could you have discerned the difference with so much Starbucks coffee running through your TIMOTHY veins anyway? KROBOTH Cramming a seKernel mester’s worth of columnist course material in one night is as impractical as it is painful, particularly if you wish to retain and apply the course material after taking the final exam. After paying the university thousands of dollars for your education last semester, was it really worth the cost if you forgot everything soon after handing your exam to the professor and exiting the classroom? As you abandon your workout and dieting New Year’s resolutions, why not make a few resolutions for this semester so that when Finals Week returns in May, you understand the course material and are ready for your exams instead of dreading them? Going to class is one resolution you can easily keep. Classes can be so torturously boring that you wonder if they violate the Geneva Conventions, but they can be the best opportunities to learn. Courses in which professors do not take attendance may tempt even the most dedicated students to skip class. However, professors who teach courses in which the grading does not appear to emphasize attendance usually offer valuable extra credit opportunities in class or rely heavily on their lecture material when writing tests. Thus, attending almost any class consistently will reward you. You may protest that your time is
too valuable to attend class, but consider that a week has 168 hours. If you carried 15 credit hours and went to every class, you would have 153 hours left to do whatever you wantGo to ed every week. Is having class & 154 or 155 hours left don’t s kip! worth skipping class? If you go to class, Focus make it worth your (Get o time. Do not waste it ff Fac ebook)! on Facebook as you pretend to take class notes. Instead, ask Particip ate in c clarifying questions lass! and meet good students to form study groups. Read EV ERY as Even if your prosignmen fessors do not ent! courage in-class participation, lecDon’t p rocrast tures combined inate! with note taking are an excellent audiovisual learning combination to improve your chances of retaining information. Rely- read ing solely on textbooks or online Pow- them. Thus, you will reinforce your understanding of what you heard erPoint slides is a not a good learning during class and will already be familgame plan. iar with the textbook passages so that Another resolution is using your time spent reading is not time wasted. textbooks. I am not unreasonable An additional useful resolution is enough to suggest that you should read to review your class notes regularly. every page a professor assigns. Few How many times have you waited until things are more frustrating than readthe night before the first test to look at ing a dry textbook and then closing it them and then realized you had comand realizing you have no idea what pletely forgotten everything you had you just read. Even worse is when the written? If you read through your notes professor decides to skip the assigned once or twice every week, your memoreading after you have already read it. ry will have a harder time losing the However, never opening your textmaterial, and night-before cramming books is not a good choice. Why pay will become unnecessary. for something you never use? Instead, Will you resolve to be ready for Fiwhen you return from class, skim nals Week? through the textbook and search for Timothy Kroboth is a political scikey terms and concepts discussed durence and economics junior. E-mail ing the lecture. After you have firstname.lastname@example.org. mined which passages are relevant,
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Steroid issue introduces larger topics to discussion I love baseball. It’s one of the few things that I have no trouble expressing my passion for, and one of the few things I long to learn more about at any cost. Direct me to any piece of information, history, stat, whatever and I will make sure that at some point WESLEY I try to wrap my ROBINSON mind around it. Kernel Even though at columnist times I may love basketball more, there’s just something unquantifiably great about baseball that gives it that special feeling. So when someone with the baseball stature of Mark McGwire comes out and talks about his steroid use, it definitely cuts deep at the integrity of the game, as it would with any other player. As an Alex Rodriguez fan from his days with the Seattle Mariners, I had a hard time coping with his exposure as a steroid user, but have lost a considerable amount of respect for his integrity. I understand that steroid and other illegal performance-enhancing drug use was prevalent in baseball culture over the past 20 or so years, and more players than anyone
would care to acknowledge have fallen prey to the potential benefits. Specific to McGwire, I am extremely familiar with the debilitating state his back and other body parts that could have led him to taking steroids, but at no time is it right or should be acceptable. However, yesterday as the news broke, there didn’t seem to be much criticism, only sympathy and understanding. Hell, there was more scrutiny for McGwire after he was hired as hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals than there has been for hiring a guy who finished with a career .263 batting average and was mostly known for one kind of hit. Again, no matter how serious his condition, he knew it was illegal and it was wrong. One ridiculous statement McGwire made that has been used as justification came from an interview with Bob Costas for the Major League Baseball Network: “I was given a gift to hit home runs ... I believe I was given this gift. The only reason I took steroids was for health purposes.” McGwire added that adjustments at the plate and studying his competition led to more home runs, not performance enhancing drugs. Yes, McGwire had to make contact to hit the ball a country mile,
but to keep his body in the necessary condition to play major league baseball, he needed an added extra illegal boost. Not to mention, adding strength to his already hulking frame probably turned quite a few of the would-be warning-track flyballs into home runs. Part of the reason I am so sensitive to this issue beyond my love of the game is the way it’s being handled. It may be hard to do, but let’s imagine Barry Bonds came out with the exact same explanation for steroids as Mark McGwire. Do you think the talking heads at ESPN and in the major sports media are going to be as understanding? Would ESPN headlines read “Bonds took PEDs, but not for HRs”? I highly doubt it. All of my uncles grew up watching, playing and loving the game of baseball. Some of the older uncles were around to watch the color barrier break. For us, it is a bridge between the generations for sure, but it’s also a symbol of pride. Two of my uncles in particular are fans the San Francisco Giants. One lives in the Bay Area and the other is an old Willie Mays fan who is naturally a fan of his godson Barry Bonds. One of the issues we always bring up when discussing the Giants and Bonds is how he’s gotten
a raw deal out of it all. Sure, he isn’t the nicest guy, but even the most surly person doesn’t deserve to have his incredible skills overlooked to such a level. The witch hunt that has followed him is so far ahead of the next most prominent steroid user, not named Roger Clemens, who was innocent until the court of public opinion had the overwhelming level of evidence submitted against him and he threw his wife into the needle.
It may be hard to do, but let’s imagine Barry Bonds came out with the exact same explanation for steroids as Mark McGwire. Prior to the clear supersizing Bonds underwent, when he tried to challenge Kevin Mench for the largest head in baseball, Bonds was a Hall of Famer. Before 2,000 when Bonds’ physical size started to match his ridiculous ego, he notched over 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases. As an officially retired player in the clubhouse for good, he now leads the league in home runs, walks and intentional walks, and is the only member of the 500 home-
run, 500 stolen-base club, a feat he would have accomplished easily without steroids. When and if there is ever any admission of guilt about his steroid use, will the world be so forgiving? Could Bonds cite his knees as a reason for using steroids and get away with it? I doubt it. As a black male, I’m very cognizant of the decreasing amount of black players in the league, something one of the game’s premier center fielders Torii Hunter often discusses and fights to change. Hunter is a nice guy and a good player, but he is nowhere near as talented as Bonds and has nowhere near the cultural impact Bonds does. Which brings about the question: Why would minorities of any kind desire to engage in certain activities when there are at least clearly perceived and often very visible double standards and issues? Bonds, as one of the best of all time, probably cheated the game, but guys with lesser status did too and they’re met with compassion and understanding. Something isn’t right with that picture. It’s true that neither one of them were right, but in the end they should be treated the same and I just don’t see that happening. Wesley Robinson is a Spanish senior. E-mail email@example.com.
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