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Lawsuit pits state law vs. UK regulations By Katie Perkowski

One UK student is facing off against the university when it comes to his right to bear arms. State law will weigh against university regulation in the case of one UK graduate student who is suing the school. Michael Mitchell, an epidemiology graduate student

and former UK Hospiof pending litigation. tal employee who filed If an individual is a lawsuit against the in possession of a reguniversity last week, istered firearm and argues that because keeps the weapon in Kentucky law says he his or her vehicle and can possess a regisdoes not remove it, Mitchell tered firearm, UK canthen that individual is not regulate him carrynot guilty of a crime, ing one in his personal vehi- according to the provision ticle. tled KRS 527.070. UK spokesman Jimmy However, according to Stanton said the university UK administrative regulations could not comment because passed in June 2007, any stu-

dent or faculty member, even if he or she possesses a permit to carry a weapon, is prohibited from carrying it on any campus-owned or leased property including parking lots. Christopher Hunt, Mitchell’s attorney, said he and Mitchell are arguing that UK’s rights are limited. “We’re arguing that (their

Did You Know To apply for a concealed deadly weapon in Kentucky the applicant has to go through a process, including the following: ■ Be a resident of the state for at least six months before filling out the application or a member of the Armed Forces on active duty who at the time of application is assigned to a military posting in Kentucky ■ Be at least 21 years old

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■ Not be under indictment for, or have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term of more than one year ■ Not be a fugitive from justice ■ Demonstrate competence with a firearm by successfully completing a firearms safety or training course


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FUN Drama-free Cats hold off the Rebels By Ben Jones

field) from somebody who typically doesn’t even start? Maybe the Rebels would’ve caught it in the War and Peace edition of the scouting report. Then again, Ole Miss may have needed a mole to figure out some Grade A dirt on Dodson. He’s shooting 39.2 percent from deep on the year, but he’s taken it upon himself over the past week and a half to work toward improving that. He said he’s put in extra time either before or after practice to put up an extra 200 or 300 shots. Not just 3-balls; midrange jumpers, too, and from dif-

Freshman guard John Wall had 17 points — and said he was back to having fun. Junior forward Patrick Patterson had 12 points — and no Facebook messages for fans after the game. Freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins had his fifth consecutive double-double — and avoided any temper tantrums and serious foul trouble. The No. 4 Cats (21-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) used a balanced scoring attack to stave off repeated comeback attempts by the Mississippi Rebels (16-6, 4-4 SEC). Four Cats finished in double figures. UK never trailed and there were no ties. “It feels great to have the fun back,” Wall said. “Being frustrated, it puts a lot of pressure on you and you want to tune everybody out.” UK led by as much as 18 in the first half, but slowly relinquished the lead. Twice in the second half, the Rebels cut the lead to three points. The Cats would let them get no closer. “They responded,” UK head coach John Calipari said. Cousins’ team-highs of 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks were a source of consistency for the Cats. In front of about two dozen NBA scouts, he became the first UK player to have five straight double-doubles since the early 1970’s. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy called

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Freshman guard John Wall celebrates after making a dunk at the end of the first half of UK's win over Ole Miss on Tuesday evening.

Dodson an unknown to opponents A Southeastern Conference assistant coach and a smart agent could squeeze more out of his salary with one seemingly innocent clause in his contract: Incentives for writing the scouting report when (inJAMES school PENNINGTON sert here) plays Kernel Kentucky. columnist These scouting reports must be turning into fulllength novels.

Obviously, any scouting report will first address John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson. One is considered a frontrunner for National Player of the Year, one is earning praise as the best big man (college or pro) in years, and one isn’t playing to his potential, yet is still widely considered a top-10 draft pick in a few months. Mississippi head coach Andy Kennedy admitted after his team lost to UK on Tuesday, the scouting report is clogged up pretty heavily at the top. But after those top three, the scouting report doesn’t slow down. At least, it shouldn’t. But

opponents are running out of players (and fouls to give) to play to those other handful of spots on the list. These reports should be long enough to slap a glossy picture on the front and sell at the local Barnes and Noble for $20 a pop. Tuesday, the man responsible for stepping in from just outside the radar was Darnell Dodson. He hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range (hitting his first four) and finished with 14 points. He earned his third career start, stepping in place of Darius Miller. Still, Dodson only played 16 minutes. Fourteen points in 16 minutes (shooting 80 percent from the

Ky. lab to bridge technology gap By Hope Smith

Video games may show UK the way to its top-20 spot. UK College of Education Dean Mary John O’Hair introduced the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab plan Tuesday morning in Frankfort alongside UK President Lee Todd and other Kentucky education leaders. The P20 Innovation Lab will bring together individuals throughout the community to improve classroom learning environments in new ways with the hope of preparing students for higher education and for future careers more adequately. “It’s all about innovation,” Todd said. “And this is the right time to talk about this here at UK.” Educators around the country have realized children today are growing up in a digital age, but many classrooms do not cater to

Ticket sales low for benefit concert Volunteers use creative promotions By Melody Bailiff



UK President Lee Todd speaks at the announcement of the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab in Frankfort, Ky., on Tuesday. UK College of Education Dean Mary John O'Hair, left of Todd, introduced the plan to improve learning environments. students with new technology. The P20 Innovation Lab is one way to introduce new methods of teaching and learning to Kentucky schools, starting at the preschool

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Students wanting to rock out for a good cause still have ample opportunity to do so Thursday night, all the while helping to save a child’s life. A large number of tickets remain available for the Eric Hutchinson concert, a benefit cosponsored by the Student Activities Board and UK DanceBlue. Hutchinson, an American singer and songwriter, is best known for his song “Rock & Roll,” the lead single from his debut album, “Sounds Like This.”

If You Go What: Eric Hutchinson concert When: Thursday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Where: Student Center Grand Ballroom Admission: Tickets cost $15 and are available at the door, at the Student Center Ticketmaster window or at He is the highest-rated new artist on Media Base’s Triple A Year End chart, according to his Web site. All proceeds from the concert will go toward DanceBlue to help children at the UK Pediatric OnSee Concert on page 3

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Comedic duo hopes to tickle UK’s funny bone By Emily-Kate Cardwell

Winter TV hunks Yes, it's cold out, but Us has eight more reasons to stay inside. First? Josh Holloway, whose dimples have been Lost far too long!

he met six years ago in his pre-acting days. "We complement each other," he tells Us. "And she's smarter than me."

Josh Holloway — Lost

Mark Valley — Human Target

Why he's hot - Let's be honest: Lost would be far less fun without nickname-coining, biceps-baring James "Sawyer" Ford. "When I read the pilot, I was like, This guy's such an a-hole. I gotta figure out how to stay alive!" Holloway, 40, tells Us. Clearly, he succeeded, as he's entering the drama's sixth and final season. Say aloha - The Georgia native, who has a 9month-old daughter with wife Yessica, feels bittersweet about closing this chapter and putting his Lost experience in Hawaii behind him. "I've had epic moments here," he says. On the bright side? "I might get a mohawk now!"

Why he's hot - The West Point grad and Persian Gulf War vet, 45, is an easy fit as charismatic bodyguard Christopher Chance on this new action series. The selfdescribed voracious reader even does his own stunts: "The most fun was flying down an elevator shaft headfirst!" Stolen moments - His greatest feat, however, may be scheduling dates with his wife, Fringe star Anna Torv, 31. Though both shoot in Vancouver, "she has demanding hours," the New York native tells Us. "It's tough."

Jesse Williams — Grey's Anatomy Why he's hot - In his brief tenure as a brash new surgeon at Seattle Grace, his Dr. Avery has already ratted out one doc and planted a kiss on another. "My life is full of opportunities now," says the Chicago native, 28, who moved from Brooklyn for the plum gig. "It's exciting. I even go to the beach." Wedding on the way - Williams is also prepping for his I do's with a real estate agent named Aryn, whom

Paul Wesley — The Vampire Diaries Why he's hot - Who doesn't love a sensitive, sexy bloodsucker? But lest you think this good-guy vamp has lost his bite, Wesley, 27, tells Us, "Stefan is also capable of a dark side." Take it outside! - With a role on 24, he's doing double duty, but the New Jersey native says, "I don't watch TV." (No Jersey Shore? "The curiosity level is killing me!") Instead, the single Wesley plays ice hockey. COPYRIGHT 2008 US WEEKLY

Two performers are set to give UK students a one-two set of punchlines. Kris Shaw and Josh Copen will perform in the Cats Den as part of the Comedy Caravan on Wednesday. Shaw has performed at church functions, corporate gatherings, casino boats and military shows, and he hopes to make students laugh as he adds UK to his list. At the age of 5, Shaw found his knack for comedy at his grandmother’s beauty salon. Shaw said his grandmother gave him a book of jokes, riddles and puns he used on many customers. “They were stupid jokes,” Shaw said. “But I knew at

Horoscope To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — Success today is not measured by what you finish. Instead, it depends on the creative efforts you apply. Enjoy the process. Laugh at yourself. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — A perceived power struggle is really about what you want or need, and less about others. Write your own script today. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 — Your high energy level communicates itself in emails and conversations. This enthusiasm fires up team members to get the work done early. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 6 — Listen to the silence whenever you get a chance. You may have to spend time in seclusion to make this

that point that I wanted to be an entertainer.” Shaw said his material is inspired by his everyday life and people he encounters on a daily basis. “It’s easier to tell a story about things I’ve seen than the quick-witted stuff a lot of comedians come up with,” Shaw said. “I just want to tell my story.” Copen will also perform Wednesday with Shaw. The West Virginia native said he was excited to be performing at Rupp Arena. When he discovered he wouldn’t be performing there, Copen joked he wasn’t so excited anymore. College campuses are among Copen’s favorite venues because of the small crowds and intellectual audi-

happen. Do it for peace of mind. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is 7 — Let go of judgments for more power in leadership. Tone down your message and consider more creative possibilities. Own your decisions and actions. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Take time for yourself. Get a workout without going to the gym. Lift each grocery bag two or three times. Dance while doing the dishes. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is 7 — Take a ride on the romance train. You can punch your own ticket if you remember what you thought up yesterday and then run with it. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — As long as you keep your game plan in mind, you can race ahead to the finish line with all your projects. Keep your mind on work ... when you're at work.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

If You Go What: Comedy Caravan When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. Where: Cats Den Admission: Free ences, but he is also fond of the ladies. “I like college shows because it gives me the chance to be a creeper without the chance of being caught,” Copen said. “The girls have to look back at me because I’m on stage.” Copen said his trip to Kentucky is complete because unlike many Kentuckians, he has conquered the pronunciation of the word “Louisville.” Admission is free and open to the public.

— Today is an 8 — Members of an important group choose very different approaches to new data. Some say not to touch the project, while one member wants it to go forward. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Business factors require that you curb your personal desires and seize an opportunity to satisfy others. Benefits include improved cash flow and wider distribution. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — No force is needed to accomplish what you and your partner desire. You have plenty of enthusiasm and great ideas (more than you can possibly pursue). Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Use your creative talent to address a business matter. Although sometimes you resist using your skills, now is the time to show others their true range. (C) 2009 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

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Group’s goal to go beyond coal By Shannon Frazer

In a state where the tradition of coal runs deep, a group of UK students are hoping to change history. The Sierra Club and Sierra Student Coalition held its kickoff meeting Monday to discuss plans to revolutionize the way UK receives energy. The coalition aims to make UK coal-free by 2015. Sierra Club intern Lydia Courtright said her organization was prompted to target the Lexington area after a 2008 New York Times article listed Lexington as #100 on its list of top 100 metropolitan cities with the largest carbon footprints. The Sierra Club’s first course of action was to close 112 of the 150 coal plants President George W. Bush planned to build across the U.S. by 2005. The second phase, called “Campuses Beyond Coal,” began in 2009. Courtright said the transition away from coal is necessary if UK President Lee Todd wishes to see his top-20 dream realized. “UK’s Top 20 Business Plan is not going to be possible without this transition,” Courtright said. With the issue’s proximity to UK’s campus, several student interns are excited to work toward ending Kentucky’s coal dependency. Laura Peot, UK Beyond Coal faculty intern, has several goals to accomplish.

“I want (people) to be aware this is going on, to understand the harmful effects coal is having on the community and state,” Peot said. “I want people to know the truth.” UK Beyond Coal Media intern Lynelle Fowler said being visible is essential to achieving the group’s mission. “The only way to reach thousands of faculty, thousands of alumni, thousands of students is to go toe-to-toe with the media,” Fowler said. “By the end of the semester we want to have a sit-down meeting with President Todd.” Many of the interns have large-scale goals, but UK Beyond Coal’s Alumni Coalition intern Ali Greer remains realistic. “Our ultimate goal is to start small and go big — start on campus,” Greer said. Students who attended the meeting were supportive of the group’s proactive initiatives. Darlene Kipphut, an English and political science junior, said just because Kentucky has a tradition with coal doesn’t mean we are tied to it forever. “Just because it’s a part of history doesn’t mean it shouldn’t change,” Kipphut said. “If we’re mining it, it doesn’t matter the purpose, it is harmful. Students have the power to start change.” Students interested in learning more about UK Beyond Coal can visit the group’s Web site: to track future events.

If You Go What: UK Beyond Coal students will attend the Smith Plant hearing to stop the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Kentucky When: Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Where: Winchester, Ky. What: UK Beyond Coal will hold its first “die-in” where students will lie on the lawn to represent the 82 lives lost per year to coal When: Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 10:45 to 11 a.m. Where: Outside White Hall Classroom Building What: Love Mountains Day When: Thursday, Feb. 11 Where: Students will rally in Frankfort against mountaintop removal What: Mountain Justice Spring Break When: March 13 through 21

NeW group on campus helping women gain their voice in society By Courtney Chaffin

Women looking for their voice on campus have the chance to find it in a new student group. The Network of Enlightened Women, also known as NeW, is an organization that meets regularly to help college girls learn new ways to gain their voice and to represent themselves in ways they believe women should be represented in a college environment. Elementary education sophomore Rachel Bradley, president of UK NeW, started the chapter this past fall. The group began at the University of Virginia in 2004 as a book club. Bradley said the idea of having a group of women concerned with the important

issues facing them rapidly took off. Along with the chapter at UK, there are currently 19 other chapters in the U.S. Bradley contacted the president and founder of NeW at the University of Florida to help her get the group off the ground at UK. “I believe that it is important to educate women about conservatism,” Bradley said. “When I say conservatism, I am speaking more about being culturally conservative, as in respecting yourself, making responsible decisions and not only representing yourself well, but representing women well as a whole.” Bradley said NeW gives an outlet for college women, especially since they face specific challenges in every day life.

“NeW is also a wonderful place to talk about issues that are going on around campus, such as the hook-up culture, peer pressure, etc.,” she said. “Also, I really want to spread the new wave of feminism, which I strongly believe in … We believe that being a feminist does not exclude getting married, having children and overall, we encourage expressing our femininity.” NeW meets every other Wednesday in the Fine Arts Building where they discuss the book they are currently reading along with other topics that are important to the culturally conservative women in attendance. The group is currently reading “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism” by Carrie Lukas.



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tween digital natives and digital immigrants,” O’Hair said. O’Hair is referring to those who grew up with todays technology and those who are just now learning how to “tweet” and “skype.” “We want to look at digital, game-based learning, physical activity and wellness,” O’Hair said. “We need to build the leadership capacity to support and sustain innovation in schools.” The program will host studies and promote change in Kentucky’s schools to accommodate all levels of learning, including examination and improvement of how the future teachers of the country themselves are taught. It calls for a transformation in the way we look at research, teaching and service, O’Hair said. “The classroom of the 21st century has to have an innovative teacher,” said Phillip Rogers, executive director of the Education Professional Standards Board. “We need an army of teachers that can teach every student.” The P20 Innovation Lab will partner with We need to build Kentucky schools, busithe leadership nesses and government to make these necessary capacity to changes and continue to make room for the evosupport and lution of new teaching sustain innovation methods that will keep students raised in this in schools. digital era engaged. While yearly stateMARY JOHN O’HAIR testing Dean, College of Education standardized measures the educational capabilities of students, the average ACT score of a school’s incoming freshman class cannot solely measure the level of success, Todd said. “That’s not what makes a flagship institution,” he said. “We need to increase (test scores) across the state.” Instead of changing learning environments and education programs gradually over many years, the P20 Innovation Lab strives to make changes more quickly and efficiently after research determines what works best. “We cannot reach the goals and needs of students … by making decisions every decade,” Rogers said. “We need to make these decisions daily.” The program is based on the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center, which was previously under O’Hair’s leadership. It will receive $1.5 million in funding from UK over the next three years. Students involved in the program can receive college scholarships and will continue to help with the program throughout their college career no matter what major they choose, making the P20 Innovation Lab a full-circle process. “Why do we use the word ‘lab’?” O’Hair said. “Because this is a place to come together and turn ideas into concrete practices.”

cology Clinic living with cancer. As of Thursday, at least 300 tickets were sold, leaving at least 1,000 available. Stephanie Fisher, manager of the Student Center ticket office, said plenty of tickets remain and there is no fear of selling out before the show. Fisher said the ticket office will maintain usual business hours on Thursday and re-open at 6:30 p.m. to sell tickets until the concert starts. Justin Linne, DanceBlue programming chairman and a Kernel designer, said students should attend because the concert is a double package. “While you are watching the show and having a good time, you have made a difference in a child’s life,” Linne said. DanceBlue Chairwoman Kelsey Webster said February is typically a hard month to sell concert tickets and SAB usually waits until spring to plan a concert, but selling out the concert is not Webster’s main concern.

LAWSUIT Continued from page 1 right to regulate) is restricted to some extent by this other statute,” Hunt said. According to the regulations, university employees who violate the weapons policy are subject to corrective action, including termination of employment. Mitchell said a fuzzy line exists in the campus regulations when university-affiliated students or faculty come from other locations in their car and cross campus property. “Is that telling me that I have to stop at the border and toss my gun out the window?” he said. “The argument is, ‘does UK’s policy go above state law?’” After UK Police responded

If You Go What: Network of Enlightened Women When: Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Niles Gallery in the Fine Arts Building Admission: Free Elizabeth Shemo, an integrated strategic communications sophomore and vice president of NeW, said UK women are welcome to come and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the meeting. “We are all about getting new members,” Shemo said. “The meetings are very laid back. We have snacks and drinks and it is such a good way to meet new girls who share our similar values.”

“Our main initiative is raising money for the kids of the oncology clinic,” Webster said. “Any amount we gain from the show is well worth it, because it is for such a great cause.” Linne said because of a student survey, which said about 2,000 students would like to see Hutchinson in concert, he expects ticket sales to pick up this week. To promote the event, DanceBlue is setting up on campus this week to give away concert tickets. Students following DanceBlue on Twitter and Facebook will see daily updates with the posted locations. The first student to arrive at the posted location of the day will receive two free concert tickets. Monday began DanceBlue Spring Blitz Week. Students will have the opportunity to listen to Hutchinson’s music on iPods at DanceBlue tables set up on campus. Kara Sutton, campus marketing chairwoman for DanceBlue, said DanceBlue members will be giving away prizes, including basketball tickets and an iPod, at the concert.

to an anonymous claim that Mitchell had a firearm in his locker and did not find one, Mitchell told police he had a registered gun in his car, kept at K-lot. According to court reports, police escorted him to his car and were ordered to confiscate the weapon and Mitchell cooperated. After the incident, Mitchell said his supervisors told him he was being suspended and about a week later he was fired. Hunt said he and Mitchell agree that UK can restrict the possession of firearms, but the right is limited in certain areas. “… And we’re saying that we’re in one of those areas,” Hunt said. Colleges have the right to regulate the possession of concealed weapons on universityowned properties, according to the Kentucky State Police Web site.

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Study abroad program thrives in poor economy The economy has been the cause of a lot of broken dreams, but for students desiring to study abroad, finances aren’t stopping them from taking off-campus learning to a new level. This report comes as welcome news to a campus desiring to increase its study abroad program to match that of its benchmark institutions. According to a Feb. 2 Kernel article, Interim Director of International Affairs David Bettez said the number of students who study abroad each year has increased by about 10 percent in the past four years when about 600 UK students went abroad in 2009. Even with “Those who are intent on going abroad find a scholarships, grants way to do so,” Bettez said. and other programs giv“There are pockets of money around, you just ing money, not every have to look for it.” For UK students, to willing student can value the experience of afford the up-to being in a foreign country is definitely positive. Even $25,000 per-semester with grants, scholarships and other programs giving cost, depending on the money, not every willing program. student can afford the upto $25,000 per-semester cost, depending on the program. Between $50,000 and $80,000 is given annually in scholarships for study abroad programs, but for UK to grow the program and offer assistance to willing, yet needy, students, financial aid must increase. To be a leading institution in study abroad, UK must have a comprehensive program that all students can access during tough or prosperous economic times. For UK to ascend to that point, the visibility of the school’s study abroad must grow and having students as ambassadors is a step in the right direction.

Paul perfect candidate to lead Kentucky Last weekend, while you were likely trapped indoors because of the snowstorm that swept the Bluegrass state, over 800 supporters gathered in Louisville to watch Congressman Ron Paul (RTexas) campaign for his freedom-fighting son, Rand Paul. Though, it’s not as if he needed the help. Surging in the polls with a double-digit lead over his primary contender and leading each of his prospective Democratic opponents, Rand Paul is quickly becoming the most popular person not named John Wall in this state. So who gets the credit for this rising popularity? Could it be the stalled healthcare bill that Democrats can’t seem to detach themselves from fast enough? Is it the spiraling national debt that Washington can’t seem to print its way out of fast enough?

Maybe it’s just the common sense that a nation can’t be sustainable while it incessantly spends more than it makes. Rand Paul’s mantra is moderation. For more than a generation, we’ve listened to empty rhetoric about the calamity of capitalism. The State, always with a capital S, like Santa Claus gratuitously gives from its bottomless bag of goodies, limitless joy and prosperity. But now we suffer under the agony of the welfare state. We’re finding out the hard way: Santa’s not real. As the nation begins to wake up to the truth of these cradle-to-grave fairy tales, Kentucky gets a chance to take a leadership role in Washington. Rand Paul wants to bind government with a budget. Let’s give him that opportunity.

BRETT HATFIELD, Kernel cartoonist

Renowned author was one of a kind If you will forgive me a sentimental indulgence, I would like to take a moment to talk about the passing of J. D. Salinger. Salinger, best known as the author of “Catcher in the Rye,” died last week of natural causes at the age of 91. I can’t help but feel that the world is a MATTHEW little less special withCHRISTY out the presence of the Kernel long-silent author. columnist Men of brilliance and mystery are a dying breed. When I first skimmed “Catcher in the Rye,” I did so in high school English class and I hated it just as much as any other book I skimmed to finish an assignment. When I first sat down and seriously read “Catcher,” it was one of those moments that opened my eyes to the multitude of ways that exist of looking at the world and conducting a narrative. For publishers, Salinger was at best obtuse to work with. His Howard Roark-esque, my-way-or-not-at-all attitude toward his work stood in the way of him becoming a prolific author.

For readers, he was beyond comparison. Generations read his work and found a hero in Holden Caulfield, the narrator of “Catcher in the Rye.” More importantly, readers found in Holden someone with whom to identify. Salinger was eventually featured on the cover of “Time” magazine, but he disliked the fame it brought him. He took great efforts to build a quiet life away from the public where he could write, not because the public told him to, but because he loved to. With celebrities going to rehab for sex addictions and people staging their children as trapped in flying saucers to get on television, the idea of someone choosing to dissolve into obscurity to live out the rest of their days alone with their passion is refreshing. As I matured, I realized the line between people doing their best and the phonies Holden saw around him was at times nonexistent. I became one of those phonies, which I guess is just part of growing up. As I did, some of my admiration for Holden was passed onto his creator. I discovered that Salinger was both a brilliant and deeply troubled man. There are questions that will never be answered regarding the extent his selfprofessed troubled adolescence, his reputation as an anti-Semite and his

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time in the Second World War (he fought at D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge) which left him scarred. Even after Salinger’s death, the details of his personal life remain obscured. His sanity has been questioned over the years, at times with good reason. Although some of what is known about Salinger could generously be called cautionary tales or eccentricities, we tend to forgive him purely out of appreciation for his work and the themes he was able to personify. The more I watched the world change and lost my innocence, the more I admired an author who said what he wanted and exited the stage, leaving fame and fortune behind and remaining true to himself the entire time. Mature hero worship is the art of finding not an individual, but a characteristic within him or her that can act as a guiding light. When you compare Salinger’s life to our cultural tendency to display our every action publicly (for profit if at all possible), his legacy can be called anything but phony. While Salinger wasn’t perfect, I believe there is much to be gained from his memory now and in the future. Matthew Christy is a history senior. E-mail

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Students should use exchange program to follow dreams The Cats have not let me down. I understand you are still disappointed. Coach Cal and his Cats took 19 games to claim the top ranking in the country, only to squander it away in one game. But for me, being a student at any university while its men’s TIMOTHY basketball team KROBOTH has been ranked Kernel No. 1 already has columnist been a dream come true. You may recall from my columns last semester that I am a national exchange student at Winthrop, a small public university in South Carolina, and that I came to UK this year through the National Student Exchange program. Although NSE includes nearly 200 member universities and colleges in the U.S., including beachside schools in Hawaii and the Caribbean, I picked UK as my NSE destination. As a life-long college sports fan, I wanted to attend a college that not only fit me academically, but competed in the realm of major college sports as well. However, as a high school senior, the dream of going to a major sports school faded when I

decided Winthrop University was my best option educationally. The Winthrop Eagles compete in a Division I conference, the Big South, and its men’s basketball team went to the NCAA tournament eight times between 1999 and 2008, but Winthrop definitely is not a sports school. Winthrop football is still undefeated, but only because there has never been a football team. And the Winthrop teams that do exist hardly generate any excitement among the 6,000 students. This is understandable because the biggest home games are typically men’s basketball matchups with the likes of East Carolina and Charlotte. Although I appreciate Winthrop’s academics- and sociallyappealing small school environment, I knew I was missing something in my college experience. I was willing to sacrifice a year on the tight-knit campus that I have grown to love. So, when I applied for the NSE program, I knew what I was looking for: a member institution of the greatest sports conference in America, the Southeastern Conference. And UK has not disappointed. At Commonwealth Stadium, I attended all seven home games during the 2009 season. I witnessed two Heisman Trophy win-

ners: the 2009 winner, running back Mark Ingram, and the 2007 winner, quarterback Tim Tebow. I saw the defending national champions, the Florida Gators, and the eventual national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, display their dazzling talent against the Cats. I watched nail-biting classics as the Cats held on late against Louisville, as Anthony Dixon rushed for 252 yards to rally Mississippi State and as Tennessee’s Montario Hardesty sprinted into the end zone to end a drama that had gone into overtime. The UK basketball experience has been just as memorable. Attending games at legendary Rupp Arena, regardless of opponent, has been a special experience. I was there when the Cats beat the defending national champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels, 6866. From front center of the eRUPPtion Zone, I witnessed John Wall hit a jumper in the closing seconds to beat Miami of Ohio in his first official college game. And I was at Rupp again when the Cats blew out Arkansas 101-70 to claim the top ranking. Tuesday’s loss cannot diminish what I have experienced as an NSE student at UK thus far. I have been living a dream.


Tim Kroboth came to UK to experience a university with major college athletics. The UK men’s basketball team is currently 20-1 and ranked No. 4 in the nation. Did you have dreams of college that you let go when you came to UK? You may have wanted to attend a beach-side school in Hawaii. Or perhaps you wanted to study elsewhere for a semester but found study abroad to be prohibitively expensive. But with NSE’s nearly 200-member institutions,

there are many opportunities to fulfill that dream at the same cost as UK tuition. Don’t let your dreams die. Visit UK’s NSE Web site at Timothy Kroboth is an political science and economics junior. Email

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Signing Day not just about the stars By T.J. Walker

Like a book, college football recruiting classes can’t always be judged by the cover. First-year UK head coach Joker Phillips’ incoming recruiting class might not have the glisten of UK head basketball coach John Calipari’s, but with Wednesday being national football signing day, UK fans shouldn’t be disappointed. “It’s a good class, Kentucky has a pretty specific way they recruit and (Phillips) has continued that,” said college football recruiting analyst Barton Simmons. “They are Phillips not going to recruit the highest-ranked guys, but they find guys they really like and find guys that fit what they’re trying to do, and they have a pretty good track record with those guys panning out, and this is another class like that.” Since Phillips has taken over, the 2010 recruiting class has been a roller-coaster ride with its fair share of commitments and decommitments, but with the jury still out on a few recruits, UK’s recruiting class should be exactly what Phillips is looking for. According to, UK has 22 commitments. Two have signed and the other 20 are expected to sign Wednesday. UK still has three scholarships available and is right in the thick of things with two 3-star recruits from Kentucky. Linebacker Tim Patterson and running back Miles Simpson have UK in their final two choices. Most experts will rank UK 11th in the Southeastern Conference. While the low ranking might indicate a poor class, college football recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg said it’s more of a testament to the conference. “It’s deceptive because of how well the league does as a whole from top to bottom, five teams in the top 10 (nationally),” Newberg said. “You’re talking about a year of coaching transition, but overall it’s a solid group that could make a lot of noise over the next 24 hours.” Newberg said the defensive line is the strong suit for the Cats, including 3-stars Tim McAdoo and Mike Douglas. If the Cats can pull in 4-star defensive tackle Mike Thornton from Stone Mountain, Ga., (a city from which UK already has three commits) Newberg said it would be “the icing on the cake.” The Cats won’t headline ESPN on Wednesday night as one of the nation’s top classes, but Phillips and UK are making strides and selling UK football across the country. “Ten different states they’ve gone to, they’ve always done well in Georgia, they are expanding in the region and I think they should finish up the class strong,” Newberg said.

BASKETBALL Continued from page 1 Cousins the complete package and said he was playing as well as any post player in college basketball. But the highest praise came from Calipari. Asked if he had ever coached a player as good as Cousins, Calipari had a surprising answer. “Not a big man,” Calipari said. “Including (when I coached) in the NBA … You’re talking about a skilled 6-11 player that can make free throws, can pass, has a great mind for the game, and is emotionally growing day by day by day. I’ve never had a player come this far this fast.” The star freshman found himself surrounded by Rebels when he got the ball in the post and took 10 foul shots during the game. Cousins said players would push or slap him to try and stop him and he found a large cut on his back after the game that he said “was burning.” “I think I might be the next Shaq,” Cousins said, referring to the strategy in which NBA teams foul star center Shaquille O’Neal in an effort to slow him. “I just wish I was the referees sometime just to see what they see so I could



Senior forward Perry Stevenson makes a dunk in the first half of UK's win over Ole Miss on Tuesday night. understand. I wish they were in my shoes.” Cousins called the Cats the best team in the country after the game. Freshman guard Eric Bledsoe was the only UK starter to not finish with double figures, but he paced the Cats on both ends of the court with eight assists and four steals. Sophomore guard Darnell

Dodson hit four 3-point attempts to finish with 14 points. Kennedy said he considered Dodson to be the most important player in the game. Calipari suggested that for UK to learn to put teams away, they might need to lose one or two more close games that come down to an unnecessary turnover. But after another win, Calipari was just happy to

get contributions from so many places on the team. “They’re maturing,” Calipari said. “All the things, when they screw up, it’s the best lesson for them. I don’t get mad about it, I just deal with it. I don’t put my head in the sand, but I sit them down and explain that this is a great life lesson for you. This is a lesson for five years down the road.”

PENNINGTON Continued from page 1 ferent angles and release points. “I definitely see it paying up,” said Dodson, who is 8-of-13 from deep over the past week since he started the program. “I just have that deeper comfort level out there on the wing, that when I release it, it’s going in.” And when Dodson’s shot is going in, unprepared defenses have to adjust. And when that happens, life down low gets far more comfortable — at least for UK. Both Cousins and Patterson said Dodson’s shotmaking greatly affects the defense focused in the paint, especially because it may get buried a bit in even a sensible scouting report. But how can any defense keep Wall out of the lane, Cousins from dominating around the rim, Patterson from stretching the floor, all while keeping a hand in Dodson’s face?

Junior forward Patrick Patterson fights his way to the net in the first half of UK's win over Ole Miss at Rupp Arena on Tuesday evening. PHOTO BY BRITNEY MCINTOSH STAFF

It may take six men on the floor to do that. Even then, someone named Eric Bledsoe is sure to do any number of uber-athletic things like he did Tuesday. “(Dodson) makes a huge difference,” Patterson said. “We know that he is a good shooter and whenever he is able to knock down those shots, it provides more points for us and easy baskets on easy

plays.” Easy baskets on easy plays make for easy wins. And they surely make for tough scouting reports to write. That being the case, maybe an SEC school should start looking not for the next Wooden, but the next Hemingway. James Pennington is a journalism senior. E-mail


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