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Inconsistencies main problem of Fine Arts security By Katie Perkowski
UK Police Chief Joe Monroe could not be reached for comment. Arts administration and art history junior Eli Gross’ viola was stolen during the first break-in a few weeks ago. Gross said since then she has not heard anything from the administration about security improvements. “What I think is funny is the students don’t seem to care, because two days in a row the students have tried to prop the door open,” she said. “So I thought that was an interesting reaction to the break-in.” Gross said students need to be more conscious of who they let into the building. Geraldine Maschio, associate dean of
At approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday, about a week after the second break-in in the Fine Arts Building, the building door facing Rose Street was propped open, and the entrance facing the Singletary Center was unlocked. The College of Fine Arts uses a 24-hour security system, and the building is locked at 10 p.m. every day, according to the college’s Web site. If students need access to the building after hours, they can have their ID card added to a swiping system allowing them access to the doors facing the Singletary Center.
the College of Fine Arts, said the administration has put in a work order to upgrade and improve the swiping system but did not know for certain when the upgrade would occur. She said all other doors should be locked by a certain time. Maschio said the department is taking steps to improve the security of the building, but because people are constantly entering and exiting the building, it is difficult to secure. “Quite frankly, one of the problems is that some students prop open the doors. So it doesn’t matter how elaborate the security system is,” Maschio said.
Students have been propping open doors to the Fine Arts Building late at night, leaving instruments at risk. Two breakins occured within two weeks at the building. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ADAM WOLFFBRANDT STAFF
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Getting down to raise money By Katie Saltz email@example.com
This weekend Greeks will throw on some glitter, turn up the music and dance their best steps in a competition to walk away with a grand prize. At the end of the night, however, there will be only one winner. Her name is Lauren. She is 16 years old and living with ovarian cancer. Greek Sing, the annual dance competition for UK fraternities and sororities, takes place this Saturday to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that helps grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. This year, Chi Omega and Sigma Alpha Epsilon are hosting the event to help send Lauren and her family on a vacation to Hawaii. Kaelyn Query, Greek Sing 2010 Chi Omega co-chair, said at the end of fall semester Greeks are given a packet with the rules for Greek Sing. What they do from there is all up to the dancers. “As far as dancing they can do whatever they want,” Query said. “With the fraternities, it’s funny to watch. Not everybody can dance so it can be entertaining.” In a series of four-minute routines, each group chooses its own theme. Past themes include “Disturbia,” Candyland and a Battle of the Boy Bands, complete with a brawl between fraternity members doing their best Justin Timberlake impression. Query said UK basketball fans should not fear if they want to attend Greek Sing because the event should conclude in time for Cats fans to race home and watch UK take See Greek on page 6
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Robert Mock Jr., the last candidate for the position of vice president of Student Affairs, speaks at a forum for students and staff Thursday afternoon at the Student Center.
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In what remains a wide-open search, Robert Mock Jr. thinks he would be “a good fit” for UK. The fourth and final candidate for the position of vice president of Student Affairs spoke Thursday to students and faculty on the importance of raising the awareness of Student Affairs, and how students can take advantage of what he called an underutilized resource. The only candidate coming from a Southeastern Conference school, Mock said his “familiarity with a public land-grant university” makes him the right candidate for the job. Mock addressed some of the key issues surrounding UK’s campus today, such as the smoking ban. He
said he is capable of dealing with the controversy because he is coming from a school that has encountered the issue. “The University of Arkansas was the first school in the SEC to develop a tobacco ban on campus.” Mock said. “I am very familiar with this issue, and realize its importance, but this is something that will take time.” Mock said he wants UK to follow in Arkansas’ footsteps. “We gave the people a year to get used to this plan,” Mock said. “It’s going to take time. We are just now entering year two of the smoking ban, and we will begin to write sanctions. Ultimately, there will be a financial dollar attached to the penalty.” Mock also addressed the impor-
UK offers shuttle to ESPN GameDay STAFF REPORT
Students needing a ride from campus to Rupp Arena for ESPN College GameDay events and the UK vs. Tennessee men’s basketball game Saturday can take advantage of UK’s shuttle service. Beginning at 7:55 a.m., shuttles for GameDay will begin picking up students from the Greg Page Laundry area and the Euclid Avenue side of the Student Center. The first shuttles will depart at 8 a.m. and proceed to pick up passengers from the KirwanBlanding Complex sidewalk at the intersection of University and Huguelet drives.
GameDay shuttle pick-up times Bus 1 Student Center 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m.
Bus 2 Greg Page Laundry 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m.
Shuttles for the game will depart from the same locations one hour and ten minutes prior to the start of the game, and no later than 45 minutes before tip-off. The cost for riding the shuttle will be $3 per person for all events. The shuttle driver will provide
First issue free. Subsequent issues 25 cents.
Bus 1 & 2 University and Huguelet 8:25 a.m. 9:25 a.m. 10:25 a.m. 11:25 a.m. 12:25 p.m. 1:25 p.m. 2:25 p.m.
Bus 1 & 2 Civic Center 8:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. 1:45 p.m.
a voucher to each rider that must be presented for the return trip. Failure to present the voucher will incur an additional $2 fee. Return trip shuttles will leave from the Vine Street exit at Rupp Arena and will depart 30 minutes after the end of the game.
Did you know? The vice president for Student Affairs oversees the Student Conduct Office, the Disability Resource Center and the Alcohol Education Office. tance of Greek life on campus and said he is involved with the Greek community at Arkansas. “We must understand that we are recruiting future alumni,” he said. “The campus will look to Greeks for direction. “It’s important for the Greeks to demonstrate a leadership role for not only the campus but also the community.” Alex Brewer, a sophomore and member of the Alpha Tau Omega
Fraternity said he attended the forum because he is concerned with future communication between Greeks and Student Affairs. “The most important issue to me is how he views Greek life, and how available and committed he will be to working with us,” Brewer said. Having had athletic success in the past at Arkansas, Mock said this provides a unique situation for the university in regards to alcohol consumption. With the success of the UK men’s basketball team, Mock stressed the importance of alcohol awareness because of the number of students who celebrate the team victories by drinking. “In March, when this university experiences a possible Final Four apSee Forum on page 6
Reading the label: Ky. restaurants may have to reveal calorie content By Anna Hawthorne email@example.com
Counting calories could become easier if Kentucky passes a bill requiring restaurants to post nutritional information next to each menu item. State Rep. Kelly Flood (DLexington) and Sen. Denise Harper Angel (D-Louisville) filed “Consumer Menu Education and Labeling” on Jan. 13 to help make citizens aware of the food they are consuming. “Menu labeling will mandate that all chain restaurants with 20 or more locations nationwide post the calories of all items on their menus and their menu boards, including fast
food restaurants,” Flood said. “This would give consumers nutritional literacy.” Flood said it has been law since 1990 for all packaged food products to display nutritional information, and she believes restaurants should be required to do the same. “Right now it’s just a guessing game,” Flood said. “All of these major chain restaurants have this information, it’s just getting them to post it.” Stephen Perry, food and nutrition science lecturer, said menu labeling is needed because Kentucky is ranked as one of the most obese states, and people are eating at restau-
rants more than ever. “About 75 percent of food is consumed outside of the home now,” Perry said. “People should be given the nutritional information in order to make the best choices for themselves.” Flood said menu labeling has been a success in cities that have made it mandatory, such as Nashville, Seattle and New York City. “Cities where labeling is the law of the land show 78 percent of consumers use this information and use it to reduce their caloric intake by getting meals that are 100 caloSee C-Meal on page 6
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‘Avatar:’ Taking a look back
‘Valentine’s Day’ goes green LOS ANGELES — The star-studded romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" is expected to generate plenty of green at the box office this weekend. But it's green of a different kind that could set "Valentine's Day" apart in Hollywood. The Warner Bros. movie, directed by Garry Marshall and featuring a raft of stars including Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Alba, took "green filmmaking" to a new level, according to people involved in the project. The film — which follows the interwoven lives of a group of characters coping with romance and heartache over a single Valentine's Day — was shot entirely in Los Angeles and features such landmarks as the Beverly Wilshire hotel, Los Angeles International Airport and University High School on the Westside. Most notable, however, were the lengths to which producers went to reduce their "carbon footprint" through extensive use of solar-powered and biodiesel generators, reusable water bottles, hybrid vehicles and composting of food waste, among other steps. Warner Bros. is even creating a video documenting the practices in the hopes that it will spur green standards for future productions.
"There's no doubt that, with the exception of solar panels, these practices can be implemented on a majority of our films," said Jon Romano, sustainable production manager for Warner Bros. Pictures. Warner Bros. says it's impractical to expect each of the green practices used on "Valentine's Day" to apply to all productions, given solar-powered lighting isn't always feasible nor composting available at every locations. But, Romano said, "It's certainly going to be a model." Hollywood, of course, has a long way to go before it can tout its environmental record. The industry's routine use of use carbon-belching private jets to ferry stars, for example, doesn't comport with a green mandate. Still, some producers are paying more than lip service to the hype, prompting equipment suppliers, vendors and film crews to change how they operate. Most studios have taken steps to reduce energy costs and some, such as Warner Bros., have hired environmental managers who work with productions to help identify and carry out sustainable practices. COPYRIGHT 2010 MCT
“Avatar” is more than a one night stand. Aside from being a testament to the impact of the film on American culture, “Avatar’s” continued publicity is proof that people are still jostling James Cameron’s allegory and its messages around in their heads. “Avatar” redefined the term “epic,” and tore across our country like a cultural tidal wave. “Too-big-to-ignore” proved to be a fitting COLIN tagline, and the proof lies in WALSH the myriad of adverse reacKernel tions toward the film. I columnist have read twice as much criticism about “Avatar’s” messages than about its cinematic conventions and storyline. The film appeared in the news every day for nearly two months, and not merely for the much-anticipated box office results. Headlines such as “Post-Avatar Depression” and “Vatican attacks James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ for nature worship” have not been uncommon. So what do these reactions mean? Cameron took a stance on certain issues and gave it a face nobody could ignore, including its opponents. We have seen backlash come from capitalists, religious organizations, antismoking groups, supporters of the Iraq war and many others. That is not to say that
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 — Rally your best friends behind you early today. You need support as you reveal your plans. Face opposition squarely and with full disclosure. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Build on past experience and effort now. You see ways to get more mileage from the energy you expend. It's all about working smarter. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 — Bring all your talents to the table as you forge ahead with a new task. But don't push so hard that you exhaust your body and mind. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Fresh figures land on your desk for consideration. Verify that they mesh the data
Cameron was necessarily trying to offend these people (anti-smoking groups?), but some of the more fanatic public figures just couldn’t stand the film’s impact. It seems that every time “Avatar” took a stance on any political or sociological issue, it rubbed someone the wrong way. Would it be fair to say that some people fear this movie? Moreover, are these potent reactions also a testament to the power of visual effects? Would the Vatican have had anything to say if Cameron had delivered his allegory in 2-D cell-shading rather than groundbreaking motion-capture 3-D computer-generated imagery? In a high-tempo society where people are reading less and watching more, Cameron thrusts in our faces an allegory of epic proportions via 3-D brilliance. Is this what we needed to notice the issues that “Avatar” brings to light? “Avatar” touches on environmentalism and imperialism, but another layer exists. Some have criticized its storyline for its similarity to other movies, but everyone should identify “Avatar” as a fresh and much-needed reminder of art’s influential power. So when you meet a beautiful movie like “Avatar,” remember that true beauty is more than screen deep, and don’t let it be the one that got away. Colin Walsh is a journalism and English junior. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
you already have. Check a team member's work carefully. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Revive an idea that you put on the back burner long ago. Now is the time to look it over, test its validity and restore it to active duty. Talk it up now. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Use quiet time early in the day to formulate a plan. Written communication stimulates movement and documents your input. Keep the goal in sight. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)— Today is a 6 — There is tremendous power electrifying the home environment. Someone has an idea that cannot wait to be put into motion. Use tools with caution. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Everything points toward a vacation. Even if you travel for work, it provides the break you need from the routine. Surprisingly, you're also very productive. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
— Today is an 8 — Logic takes over. You've been held captive by the desires of others. Now it's time to make your wishes known. No need to argue. Just ask for what you want. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Put the finishing touches on a document, e-mail or other correspondence. Today you find just the right words, and they fit the available space. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — It's not too late to change your tune. Co-workers may demand an explanation. But you have one ready, in the form of a new dream that everyone can embrace. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — A passionate discussion could easily become an argument if you allow it. You might need a referee. Plan your strategy ahead of time and stick to your agenda. (C) 2010 MCT
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The UK men’s lacrosse team practices at Goodbarn Field on Wednesday. The Cats will play in the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference this season.
Lacrosse team seeks to charge forward By Chandler Howard firstname.lastname@example.org
The instant Eric Oberst first grasped a lacrosse stick, slid on pads and donned a helmet, he knew the sport would become his passion. Oberst, a human nutrition senior, initially had aspirations of emerging as a star lacrosse player after being a stranger to the sport only eight years before. He began his lacrosse career playing for the club team at Trinity High School in Louisville. Although nobody told him to play, he found the sport and developed the desire to play it on his own time. “I really wanted to be involved in a contact sport,” Oberst said. “I was looking for something to occupy my time, and lacrosse just seemed like something I could get into. I instantly fell in love.” After taking a year off from lacrosse during his freshman year in college, Oberst quickly found himself yearning to be part of the sport once again. In his sophomore year, Oberst joined the UK lacrosse team and began evolving into his current role as the Cats’ team leader. He now
serves as the men’s lacrosse club president in addition to his playing duties. In his time, he has seen a tremendous re-structuring of both the league and the subdivision in which the team competes. For years, the team performed extremely well in the National Collegiate Lacrosse League. At the beginning of the 2008 season though, the Cats became part of the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. The team struggled with the switch initially but has high aspirations this season. The team describes the new conference to be a more challenging environment where they must come together to succeed. In the past, practices and workouts seemed trivial, somewhat unmotivated and unproductive, Oberst said. But Oberst spoke highly of the talent and maturation the club has developed this off-season. “Maturity has been much more of a factor because of the competitive conference we are now playing in,” Oberst said. “Everybody has been stepping up and putting in their best efforts. Now the competition is there.
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Physics sophomore Nate Bussard (front) and mechanical engineering freshman Eddie Alvarez fight for a loose ball during the lacrosse practice at Goodbarn Field on Wednesday. So the drive within us is there.” The noticeable boost in team morale can be credited in part to
fourth-year head coach Jacob Knight and the positive influence he provides the 27-man roster. Knight,
Cats need more production from Miller for a championship It’s Miller time. No, I’m not talking about the Miller you’re thinking about. This Miller was once named Mr. Basketball in one of the most-crazed basketball states in the nation. This Miller was touted as the returning player from last KENNY year’s squad who COLSTON could master the Kernel dribble-drive ofcolumnist fense quicker than the rest. This Miller was going to launch into the skies as a scorer — he just wasn’t going to be stopped. But this Miller, as in sophomore Darius Miller, has yet to show up. In four of the last five games, Darius Miller has failed to score. This Miller was a starter. Darius Miller, as of now, is not. “I really just try and come out and play the same way,” Miller said on Feb. 5, a day before the Cats faced Louisiana State. “I really don’t look too much into it. We’re still winning games. So I’m happy.” You see, the Miller everyone expected at the beginning of the season wouldn’t have said that. Or at least we
didn’t think he would. Is it the politically correct, public relations answer? Yes, but if Miller had any fire in his belly or any desire to be a better basketball player, then he would have voiced his displeasure with being benched. There is no doubt that this UK team is good. But it is truly missing what Miller should be providing — double-digit points and over five rebounds per game and lots of hustle plays. Darnell Dodson is a lot of offense, but a defensive liability. Starting DeAndre Liggins, known more for his defense and hustle (lump Ramon Harris in the same boat), is a gamble because he usually lacks offensive production. All three are role players who should provide their specialities off the bench. Ideally, Miller should have the fifth starting spot. He can score, he plays solid defense and he rebounds well. But Miller isn’t playing up to par. He’s not progressing and it could be argued that he is actually regressing. As UK plays more tournament-bound teams, the lack of Miller time is going to be a larger problem. So what’s the fix to Miller’s lacking contribution? “Some of it you have to be a tough hombre and you got to work your way
through it,” Calipari said of Miller after UK’s 66-55 win over Alabama. “You have to get in the weight room, you have to spend extra time, you’ve got to get on the court, you have to get with your coach and keep saying, ‘Coach, I’m telling you, I’m going to be fine.’ You have to convince yourself and get in there and do it.” Maybe Miller is just biding his time, letting the Big Four (DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Patrick Patterson and Eric Bledsoe) carry this team to the NCAA tournament and then exploding. That’s what the Miller with the boatload of expectations would do. As the former Mr. Kentucky, he is the one kid on this team who has a real shot to go from a Kentucky high school to the NBA. Maybe Miller is experiencing what’s commonly referred to as the sophomore slump. So far, UK has been able to withstand the slump with minimal damage. But if this team wants to win a National Championship, it’s going to need five well-rounded starters. Miller would be that fifth guy. Time to break out of the slump, homegrown kid. And declare it Miller time. Kenny Colston is a journalism senior. E-mail email@example.com.
a former UK lacrosse player from Louisville, presents his team with new strategies, training routines and motivational techniques that keep the athletes interested and eager to succeed. “Seeing the team mature from what it used to be when I was a member to what it is now in the more competitive league is great,” Knight said. “I am proud to say that I was part of the change.” The club boasts a unit comprised of three senior members, and an abundance of talented first-year players, Oberst said. As the young Cats gain experience and knowledge of the new conference layout, they hope to become increasingly more dangerous come tournament time. UK starts its season this weekend with back-to-back competitions against Clemson and Tennessee. Both games will be played in Knoxville, Tennessee. The club is keeping their poor preseason ranking in mind when the season begins. “We have our motivation,” Knight said. “We are out for respect and we are out to show the rest of the league that we are to be taken seriously.”
UK 64, GEORGIA 48
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Junior Victoria Dunlap takes a shot in the first half of UK's game against Georgia at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday evening.
Go to kykernel.com or bluenationblog.com for complete game coverage of UK’s 64-48 win over Georgia on Thursday night.
OPINIONS Friday, February 12, 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 The opinions page provides a forum for the exchange of ideas. Unlike news stories, the Kernel’s unsigned editorials represent the views of a majority of the editorial board. Letters to the editor, columns, cartoons and other features on the opinions page reflect the views of their authors and not necessarily those of the Kernel.
Safety forum key for students to attend
It took three years before this university had an official chief of police. Three years without a definite leader. Three years without someone to listen to the students’ voices and three years of disconnect between this campus and its police. It was three years too long. On Feb. 24, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe (formerly interim chief), will hold a forum to receive student feedback and bridge the gap between students and police. Made up of 15 students, the committee is planning to focus on UK Police’s student vision. It’s about time. When this edit board says it’s about time, by no means is it a declaration of frustration against Monroe. When he was named permanent police chief in November 2009, Monroe said he wanted the UK Police Department to be one of the top departments in the nation. His plan: improve communications with the university. Monroe planned on being open with the students to create a dialogue between police and campus. It’s laudable that Monroe has kept his word. Now it’s time for students to use this opportunity to better their lives on this campus. Yes, it means getting up before noon and walking to campus. But with that little bit of exertion, having the opportunity to let our police department know your concerns, be it from campus safety or game day patrol, is something for which this campus has waited a long time. Don’t wait any longer. It took this university three years to instate a permanent police chief. It took Monroe three months to follow up on his word. It will take you two hours to be part of making this campus a better community for us all. The forum will be held at least once a month at the Student Center. To attend the first meeting on Feb. 24, go to room 203 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided — honestly, how can you turn this down? — and anyone who is interested to apply to be on the committee should visit (http://www.uksga.org).
LETTER TO EDITOR
Bunk’s burger not worth the hype In a Feb. 9 Kernel article, Dallas Rose said, “I’m pretty confident in saying that we have the best burger in Lexington.” I can’t resist a good burger — what red-blooded American can? As such, I walked down to Two Keys Tavern and bought myself a burger. I am the kind of person that will always get the “original” first and move from there — so I ordered the “classic” with Cheddar cheese. In case you’ve never been, this burger is dressed with lettuce, red onion, tomato and what I can only describe as a fancy spiced mayo. You know, it’s just a classic burger. Just the same, I paid $6 and waited for 15 minutes. My first impression was based solely on presentation. The burger was smashed; the bun was clearly sporting an uneven char on the top. Maybe taste made up for it? My thoughts after eat-
ing? The burger tasted a little overdone — but I’ve always been one who liked a little pink in my burger — and the burger was definitely juicy. The bun was way too sweet, overpowering the burger and other ingredients entirely if too much of the bite was bun. The amount of onion was minimal, but with red onions being stronger than yellow, this was expected. Overall, I was unimpressed. Maybe it’s not the same “gourmet” mix of meats in their ground beef, but for $3.23 you can get a Tolly Ho with Cheddar cheese. That’s after tax. If you want a burger in town, you’ve got options. For me, Bunk’s is not option number one. Maybe if I’m chilling in Two Keys and I get a little hungry — but let’s face it, by then, I’m drunk. Nicholas Aden material science and chemical engineering junior
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Canada will deliver a great Olympics When you think aboot Canada, what comes to mind? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is probably a) nothing or b) a cartoonish moose playing hockey NICK with a beaver CRADDOCK chugging Guest columnist maple syrup in an effort to stay warm in frigid temperatures. After all, it’s common knowledge that igloos have poor heating systems, but utterly ridiculous that moose possess the motor skills necessary to play hockey. Such stereotypes and lack of reverence for my home and native land pain me to the core. However, I urge all of you who have yet to appreciate Canada’s (obvious) greatness to follow the Vancouver Winter Olympics. This is the third time Canada has hosted the Olympics, following the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and
the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta — but who’s counting? Starting Friday, these games will serve up a chance to see athletes hidden from the public eye for three years and 11 months at a time. Apolo Anton … who? Oh, that speedskater with a soul patch who is sponsored by Gillette. That’s counterintuitive, but I digress. Not only will the games showcase the drama of sports and bring many nations together in the competitive spirit, but it is my hope that people will be reminded of what makes Canada the remarkable nation that it is. Canada, America’s “little brother” and/or “hat” as you probably know it, should be given its props, or propers if you don’t like the vernacular. Having lived in Vancouver for four years, I can attest to the beauty of the landscape, which offers a scenic backdrop for the games to take place. From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, a more picturesque scene
could not be painted. Unless, of course, the artist painting said scene happened to be Canadian. The beauty of Vancouver extends into more residential areas, too. Instead Cracker Barrels and Waffle Houses, Tim Hortons coffee and donut shops will provide many a tourist in Vancouver a tasty lunch. Timbits (please, Google this word) for everyone! As some of you may know, the weather in Vancouver has been unseasonably warm recently, and only half of last year’s amount of snowfall was present at the Cypress Mountain venue. I used the past tense in the last sentence because Canadians are skilled problem solvers. Get this: We put hay down for a non-melting foundation and transported snow from other mountains. Dare I say genius? But, enough about aesthetics; the sports, including curling, speedskating, skiing, snowboarding and so on remain the main attraction. I think it should be clear that Canada will lead the medal standings, and by
“lead” I mean finish somewhere just above midtable. Of all the sports, hockey is what I, and millions of other Canadians, look forward to the most. I’d like to think Canadians helped avoid their hockey-crazed stereotype by temporarily renaming the primary hockey arena GM Place to Team Canada Place. Looks like corporate sponsorship ran into a buzzsaw of Canadian patriotism. If I were a contestant on “Jeopardy!” with Canada’s favorite son and the show’s host, Alex Trebek, and the category was “Excellent Host Countries of the Olympics,” I would reply to every clue: “What is Canada?” I hope this column didn’t seem too pro-Canada. In fact, I shouldn’t even be writing for the opinions page because it’s very non-Canadian of me to push my thoughts on others. But surely, if you don’t already, by the end of the Olympics you’ll admit Canada is pretty cool, eh? Nick Craddock is a journalism junior. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stimulus bill misinterpreted, getting bad rap Right-wing fringes of America are intentionally maligning of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, colloquially known as the Stimulus Bill, going on right now. We college students understand what’s going on in the world since we are the people who will be SEAN running it soon TAYLOR Contributing enough. So let’s set the record straight. columnist The usual route employed to trash the Stimulus Bill is just to call it nothing more than wasteful spending, a mere useless bailout of corporate fat cats. These are all dishonest arguments. Actually, the bill usually coupled with the term “bailout” is a completely different bill altogether, passed under a completely different president. George W. Bush, in the waning hours of his presidency, signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to alleviate the fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis. Most of this money went to the same corporations that caused the financial meltdown of the crisis, to keep them from taking the rest of the economy down with them. President Barack Obama signed the ARRA into law a year ago. Let’s take a look at what’s actually in the bill: aid to low-income workers, the unemployed and retirees $82.5 billion. This money extended unemployment benefits and food stamps to those who had lost their jobs during the recession. It also gave a one-time tax break of $250 to those on Social Security. Around $4 billion were allocated to job training programs and $150 million to food banks for the poor.
In regards to tax cuts, $237 billion in tax cuts were made for American families, one of the largest in American history. Included in this part of the bill were tax cuts for $14 billion in tax credits for college students for their expenses in 2009 and 2010. Education wise, $90.9 billion were allocated mostly to school districts to prevent massive layoffs, and to college students in the form of Pell Grant increases and other programs. For health care, $147.7 billion were allocaed to help states avoid catastrophic cuts in their state health care budgets. This includes $86.6 billion for Medicaid, which provides health care for the impecunious, and $24.7 billion to subsidize COBRA benefits. This program extends health care to the unemployed, who had health insurance previous to losing their jobs. Also, $1 billion has been allocated to fund health care for our nation’s veterans coming home from war. Investments to infrastructure totalling $51.2 billion for roads and bridges, an electric smart grid to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability, high-speed railways and other public transit projects were also part of the bill. The city of Lexington has received $23 million from this part of the stimulus bill alone. How else do you think the city could afford to do all this road construction going on around town? Moving forward with energy, $61.3 billion went to upgrade federal buildings and automobile fleets, making them more energy efficient and saving taxpayers money in the process, and also to help clean up toxic waste sites like the Army Depot in Richmond, Ky., where deadly nerve gases are stored just downwind from Lexington. Other initiatives include $8.8 bil-
lion to help state government budgets which would otherwise collapse; $4 billion for state and local law enforcement agencies; $1.7 billion to help airports and ports of entry upgrade the security features that keep us safe from terrorists; $210 million to build and upgrade fire stations; $50 million for the National Endowment of the Arts; $198 million to right the horrible injustice done by the American government in passing the Rescission Act of 1946. These are only the main areas of investment in our country provided by the ARRA. And while some cynics might point out that this investment, in tandem with the TARP passed by Bush and Congressional Democrats, has not returned us to the pre-recession unemployment rate we enjoyed before our Wall Streetinspired economic house of sand collapsed, it is important to understand that as this recession began, our nation was losing 750,000 jobs a month. Now, we are — albeit modestly — headed back into positive territory on jobs for the American people. Moreover, the financial systems we all rely on to conduct business from day to day have been brought back from the brink. The stock market has vigorously returned to health, banks are lending, you’ve got your scholarships and student loans. The Great Recession’s fever, which once threatened to throw the planet into a depression the likes of which we haven’t seen since the 1930s, is breaking. The fact that you aren’t forced to survive on lard sandwiches, like my grandmother as a little girl once did, is because President Obama and, to his credit, former President Bush acted quickly to preserve our way of life. Sean Taylor is a chemistry junior. E-mail email@example.com.
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GREEK Continued from page 1 on Tennessee on Saturday. SAE co-chair Will Decker said the event should finish at least 30 minutes before tip-off. Instead of holding Greek Sing at 7 p.m. as it has been in the past, doors will open at 4 p.m. and the show will begin at 5 p.m. Greek Sing is open to anyone who wants to be entertained, Query said, but before fans rush out to catch the game, she hopes students will take the time to experience Greek Sing and its unique offerings. “There are several costumes, big glittery props — people (in the past) have spent hundreds of dollars on glitter,” she said. Last year the event raised $100,000 for Make-A-Wish. This year the goal is $115,000. Decker said he is glad to partic-
C-MEAL Continued from page 1 ries less,” Flood said. Many students think posting nutritional information on menus would help them determine what meal to order. “It would be nice to have that information,” said Whitney Burnic, an agriculture biotechnology senior. “I think a lot of people just don’t know about it. If it doesn’t happen I’m probably going to continue to eat like crap.”
If you go What: Greek Sing When: Doors open at 4 p.m., show begins at 5 p.m. Where: Memorial Coliseum Admission: $12 in advance at the Student Center Ticket Office, $15 at the door ipate in Greek Sing because of the impact it has on a deserving organization. “We are able to raise so much money for Make-A-Wish,” he said. “It shows some of the positive work (Greeks) do on campus because sometimes we get a bad rap.” While there will be music, fun and good-hearted competition, Query said helping sick children fulfill their wishes is why they are all on stage. “It’s a competition, but in the end Lauren is the one winning,” she said. “We need to remember that.”
Yet other students say they would not use this information because they think it is controlling and useless. “I think it’s overbearing, plus there is going to be cost associated with it,” geography senior Josh Pascua said. “And things aren’t always cooked the same. The caloric content could be different each time the meal is prepared.” Flood said legislation is not interested in controlling what people eat, but wants to help consumers. “This bill is not about becoming the food police,”
BREAK-INS Continued from page 1 Maschio said she is aware of discussions to install cameras in one of the building’s rooms, and said the administration sends out occasional e-mails reminding students to keep doors closed and to make sure lockers are locked. Maschio said she believes an officer from UK Police does periodic loops throughout the building nightly, but she has not been around during those hours
Continued from page 1 pearance, I expect to see the number of alcohol-related crimes to increase,” he said. Mock said he was involved with the local police department and understands the importance of surveillance cameras in highly populated areas. In regards to the gun policy on campus, however, Mock said he is, “not a fan of having weapons on campus.” Mock said he was dedicated not only to his students and faculty, but also his country. At 37, Mock joined the military and reported to basic training after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Mock felt it was his duty to his country, and said he proudly wears his military pin on his jacket.
Flood said. “It’s about transparency for the food we eat.” However, Sandra Bastin, associate extension professor and foods and nutrition extension specialist, said it will take more than posting calories on menus to make people healthier. “I think it’s important when you’re talking about this to also have a physical activity plan,” Bastin said. “Eating healthy is also embracing physical activity, like walking the dog or going outside and kicking a ball. I think we need to look at that together.”
to verify. Gross said since her instrument was stolen, she has kept it at home. “I was used to putting it in my locker after orchestra, but I always make a point to drop it off at home,” she said. Michael Braun, associate professor in arts administration and undergraduate adviser, said the Fine Arts Dean’s Office had been working on the security problem prior to the recent break-ins, but the building is particularly difficult to monitor because students in ensembles and theatre productions enter and exit the building at
Perry said although this bill is a start, more than nutritional information is necessary for people to develop healthier lifestyles. “We know that giving people information does not change behavior,” Perry said. “But giving the information is the first step.” Flood said the bill’s approval will not be immediate, but supporters will be patient. “It’s not likely to pass this year,” Flood said. “But in other states where it has passed, it’s taken a while. We’re going to keep trying.”
all times. “So how you come up with a good security system to keep them safe and keep the building accessible, it is a challenge,” Braun said. The College of Fine Arts Web site instructs students not to leave doors propped open and to ensure doors are securely shut after leaving the building. For security inquiries, students can contact the Dean’s Office at 257-1707. To gain access to the card swiping system, fine arts students can take their UK ID to room 202 of the Fine Arts Building, according to the Web site.
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Nichole Wickens, 21, picks out food while waiting for her groceries she got from the Michigan State University food bank on campus in East Lansing, Michigan. The food pantry is run by students for students.
College students turn to food pantries By Patricia Montemurri Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — Michigan State University student Nichole Wickens never imagined standing in line to get staples from a food pantry. But that’s what the 21year-old is doing this night at MSU's Olin Health Center, where the student-run food bank has seen a 25 percent jump in need from the 200708 school year. In three bags, Wickens carries away boxes of instant mashed potatoes and dried pasta, a loaf of bakery bread, applesauce and a box of shredded wheat cereal. At retail, it’s only worth about $20 _ but it makes a big difference to Wickens. “My student account was in stocks, and stocks were hit hard,” Wickens said. “And I'm the oldest of five.” She has a part-time job on campus as a night receptionist, and gets some financial aid for tuition. “But I’m paying for a car, phone, computer, rent and everything else,” she said, “so coming here really helps. It’s a resource to students.” College campuses aren’t places where you expect to find a food bank. But students are turning to collegesponsored food banks for
help because of ever-increasing tuition costs, the loss of financial aid programs like state scholarships and financial support from home being cut-off or diminished because parents have lost jobs. “This perception that students, because they’re going to college, have money isn’t accurate and never was,” said Dennis Martell, the MSU health education services coordinator and the food bank’s faculty adviser.
‘Eat or pay bills’ Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., opened a food pantry last April, following a suggestion from student Susana Villagomez-Barajas. “One of the girls I worked with ... told me she never had food — that it was either eat or pay bills,” said Villagomez-Barajas, 20, of Grand Rapids, Mich., who is majoring in clinical lab science. “I heard my friends talking about the same thing and students in my classes, so I came up with that idea.” Vi l l a g o m e z - B a r a j a s talked to the director of GVSU’s Women’s Center, who put together a task force of school counselors and financial aid officials, who confirmed that a food pantry
would be beneficial to students. The GVSU food pantry has helped more than 200 students since it opened, said Rachael DeWitt, who runs the food bank while pursuing a master's degree in social work and public administration. “Students feel the brunt of tough economic times,” said DeWitt. “Their parents were able to support them before, but now their parents have lost their jobs.” The GVSU pantry is supported by cash donations and food that's donated. DeWitt posts items she needs on an electronic bulletin board. “If I say we’re in need of toiletries and peanut butter, people respond to that,” she said.
Peanut butter, tomatoes, corn
Earlier this month, 256 people lined up at MSU's Olin Health Center, where the food bank operates biweekly, to haul away bags filled with peanut butter, canned tomatoes and corn. Michigan State University students have run a program for needy students, fueled by cash and food donations, since 1993. On this pick up day at MSU, about 30 student volunteers packaged food,
stocked shelves and served customers, who range from undergrads to students pursuing graduate degrees while raising families. Many of those in line were international students. Kateryna Ananyeva, 28, from Kiev, Ukraine, is a doctoral student in crop and soil sciences. She picked up a box of Cocoa Pebbles cereal, a favorite of her 1-year-old son, Mark. Her husband, Dmytro, also is a graduate student. “If you’re totally alone, or if you have a child or dependents, it’s really tight,” Ananyeva said. Lauren Jones, 21, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is a senior studying communications and hospitality. She has a part-time job on campus and said the food bank “helps you get from one paycheck to the next.” Her father, who works in a business clearing land for construction, has seen his hours cut, and “you don’t want to ask them for money.” Director Kristin Moretto said the MSU food bank’s budget is about $40,000. The food bank purchases items in bulk from the Mid-Michigan Food Bank, which is operated by the American Red Cross. Retailers sometimes donate perishable items, such as milk or baked goods.