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Defense key in Cats’ Elite Eight game against Oklahoma By Nick Craddock

March is known for its madness, but the Kansas City Regional is starting to experience downright lunacy. On Sunday night, secondseeded Notre Dame fell to third-seeded Oklahoma (267), and top-seeded Nebraska lost to fourth-seeded UK (287). The respective results set up an Elite Eight matchup between two teams that have become more accustomed to the role of underdog all sea-

son. “We’ve been talking about how we are the underdog this whole season, but (UK) comes in thinking that they are more of the underdog for tomorrow night’s game,” said OU junior guard and leading scorer Danielle Robinson. UK is making their first Elite Eight appearance in the modern format of the NCAA Tournament, whereas the Sooners have established themselves as a legitimate contender in head coach

Sherri Coale’s 13-year tenure. OU has two Final Four appearances this decade, including one last season, and has familiarity playing on the biggest stage with a berth in the NCAA Tournament every year this decade, too. However this season, OU finished in third place in the Big 12 behind Nebraska and Iowa State and posted a 2-6 record against teams that finished in the top-five of the conference making this tournament run anything but a shoe-in.

Likewise, UK didn’t fair much better against its toptier conference opponents with a 3-5 record vs. top-five Southeastern Conference schools. Yet at this point, each team’s regular season play seems to have taken a backseat, and both teams could hardly be considered an underdog, especially given their close seeding. Still, UK will be in for yet another test from a team


Junior forward Victoria Dunlap and the UK hoops team’s defense See Hoops on page 6 will have their hands full when they face Oklahoma on Tuesday.

TOMS founder to visit campus By Cassidy Herrington


Joker Phillips was introduced as the new head coach of the UK football program on Jan. 6. Phillips is the fifth UK alumnus to be named head coach of the football team.

New spring, new start Joker Phillips ready to begin first year as UK football head coach By Ben Jones

Joker Phillips was introduced as UK’s head football coach on Jan. 6 after spending two years as head-coach-in-waiting. Now, as the Cats prepare to open spring practice on Wednesday, Phillips sat down with the Kernel to talk about his expectations for the team and his time as head coach to this point.


Now that you’ve had a couple months to settle in, what has been the biggest change for you since taking over as head coach?


All the non-football stuff has probably been the biggest change. The speaking requests, fundraiser requests, autograph re-

quests, all those things have probably been the biggest things. It takes you away from the football stuff that I’m used to doing.

Q. What kind of changes do you think the players will see from previous seasons?

A. One thing that we’ve tried to stress in

this off-season is that we’re trying to take it to the next level. Our goal is to take the next step. It’s being able to consistently beat the Floridas and the South Carolinas and the Tennessees. So we’ve upped the intensity, there’s no doubt about that. The intensity level is up, the accountability is up. We’re holding them accountable to get to where they’re supposed to be, meaning See Joker on page 6


Joker Phillips wants the Cats to “take the next step.” To do that, Phillips said the players are being held more accountable.

UK medical school graduate fights obesity one snack at a time By Kellie Doligale

calories per one-ounce bag, no trans fat or cholesterol and is gluten-free and made of kosher ingredients. “It’s a great source of protein,” he said, Kentucky has become notorious for high obesity rates, and one UK medical school “Without all the fat, calories and sugar.” For students on the go and away from graduate is looking to change that. Steve Snodgrass, who graduated from home for the first time, Pro-Bites is a snack they can rely on to fill their stomachs UK’s College of Medicine in 1984, and give them energy, Snodgrass has worked to develop a product he said. believes is an opportunity for Ken“We‘re all familiar with the tucky to work together to fight obesi‘Freshman 15,’ ” he said. “You’re ty and help a lot of people. studying more, not as active; you’re Pro-Bites, a convenient, high… eating a lot of snacks and late at protein snack, is intended to give night. You’re used to eating snacks consumers a healthy alternative to the snacks Snodgrass believes make Snodgrass like this, but you’re not used to eating snacks that are so good for you.” a large contribution to obesity and Many people, including students, skip further health complications. “First and foremost, I’m a surgeon, and breakfast, which is known as the most im[I] noticed when I was operating how over- portant meal of the day, Snodgrass said. weight and obese they [my patients] were,” Skipping breakfast can lead to obesity over he said. “ … the common thread was that time, he said. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture they just seemed to be snacking all the time said that 52 percent of Americans skip on unhealthy snacks.” Snodgrass believes Pro-Bites are the perSee Pro-Bites on page 3 fect kind of food. The snack contains 120

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Imagine creating five businesses and competing in the CBS series “The Amazing Race” all by the time you turned 33. For one entrepreneur, this is his reality, and he — and his shoes — will be on UK’s campus Tuesday. Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, Inc., will discuss his philanthropic business of helping the barefoot, one pair of shoes at a time. TOMS Shoes, Inc. is a philanMycoskie thropic business, and with every pair of shoes sold, another pair is given to a child in need, according to its Web site. Many children in developing nations are forced to grow up barefoot, and according to the TOMS Web site, they are at risk for soil-transmitted diseases, penetrating the skin through bare feet, cuts and sores, and some cannot go to school because shoes are required as part of the uniform. After visiting the developing country Argentina, Mycoskie saw children suffering from not having shoes to wear and decided to start a business to combat the problem, according to his Web site. The Engaging Issues Committee of the Student Activities Board is putting on the event. Jill Baranowski, director of the Engaging Issues Committee, said Mycoskie was selected to speak because of the positive impact he has made, and because members on the executive board wear the shoes themselves. Since 2006, TOMS has See TOMS on page 3

Cats Den hosts mayoral forum with Twitter twist By Melody Bailiff

UK students will have the opportunity to use their Twitter accounts for something other than status updates Tuesday night. The Cats Den and Student Government are hosting a forum featuring the four mayoral candidates — Mayor Jim Newberry, Vice Mayor Jim Gray, former mayor Teresa Isaac and Skip Horine — and the audience will respond to their debate responses via Twitter. A screen will broadcast the Twitter comment feed and questions as the candidates speak. “Students need to realize this is an interactive debate. As long as they have a Twitter account they can be part

If you go What: Mayor forum When: Tuesday at 7 p.m. Where: Cats Den Admission: Free and open to the public of this,” said James Davidson, public relations and special events coordinator for the Cats Den. “If they agree or disagree with something that is being said (they can) post a comment or send in a question.” Four questions have been prepared for the candidates. Two were given to them ahead of time, and two will be on-spot. Additional questions will be from the Twitter feed.





“I expect the debate to focus on the issues that are most pertinent to UK students, and how the Lexington community can co-exist with UK should be See Forum on page 3

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Russian bombing latest blow in war By Megan K. Stack Los Angeles Times


Warner Bros. revives ‘Titans’ Here we are, back at the end of the world in 2012. Only this time it's 2012 BCE, as the gods of Olympus set out to take "man" in the form of early Greek civilization back to the stone age in a fit of Olympian pique. Warner Bros. has revived "Clash of the Titans," the ultimate '80s "sword and sorcery" epic, as a vehicle showing off the state of movie special effects in 3D. The new film even references and scoffs at one of the puppet-animation characters (the mechanical owl) from the original 1981 film, as if to say, "Look what we can do now." What we can do now makes for a sometimes fun ride, a digital bastardization of Greek mythology with digital eagles, giant scorpions, wraiths and a Kraken — the sea beast to end all sea beasts. What hasn't improved is the silly, archetypal story, or the stagey arguments among the gods of Olympus — Liam Neeson is Zeus, in chrome armor that glows in soft focus. Men from the island of Argus are rebelling against the gods, burning temples, tearing down gigantic statues. And since the Olympians live on prayers from the faithful, Zeus looses Hades (an almost unrecognizable Ralph Fiennes) upon them. "You are specks of dust beneath our fingernails," Hades hisses. Olympic trash talk.

Hades wants a sacrifice — the lovely Andromeda (Alexa Davalos). But not if Perseus (Sam Worthington) has anything to say about it. He's a demi-god. Zeus tricked his mom into Olympic sex. He's grown up knowing Pete Postlethwaite and Elizabeth McGovern are his adoptive parents, though he has wondered about that ageless beauty, Io (Gemma Arterton), who looks over him from the shadows. And like the demi-gods of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," he's got daddy issues. Perseus sets out on a quest — to consult with witches, visit Medusa in Hades and find a means to defeat the Kraken and keep Hades at bay. Worthington is emerging as the new Charlton Heston — an actor big enough to fill a big screen with his bigness. But he plays every role the same — always a crewcut Marine, here battling beasties in the distant past. His out-of-place haircut and unflattering hemline do the "Terminator" / "Avatar" star no favors. The guy who really chews the "Titans" scenery is Mads Mikkelsen, the Dane who made a meek Bond villain ("Casino Royale") but who makes a fierce warrior, Draco, who prepares Perseus and escorts him on his journey. MCT

MOSCOW — The suicide bombs that roared through Moscow subway cars on Monday were almost certainly the latest salvo in a slow-moving war of attrition between the Russian government and militants in the restive, mostly Muslim republics of the Caucasus. On Monday, two female suicide bombers climbed into packed subway cars in Moscow's bustling downtown in the middle of rush hour and blew themselves up, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens more. It was the first such attack to reach Moscow in six years, raising the specter of violence creeping back into the heart of Russia. Investigators said they had identified one of the bombers, and were hunting for two women who were seen on surveillance camera footage accompanying the attackers to the doors of a Metro station in southwest Moscow, law enforcement sources told Interfax. Some of the suicide attackers' remains were found in the bombed trains, and were sent for forensic identification. The remains included the head of a woman believed to be a bomber, unnamed investigators told Russian news agencies. "Probably it was a reply to some injustice or atrocity done to their fathers or brothers, whoever, but it's only the end of a tentacle,"

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said Sergei Arutyunov, chair of the Caucasus department at the Russian Academy of Science. "And the tentacles converge in a large, loose body of separatism and pseudo-Islamic fanaticism." Women have been responsible for a number of past attacks by Chechen militants, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's bombings. Amid increased fighting and instability in Chechnya, as well as neighboring Ingushetia and Dagestan, Russia has stepped up abductions and assassinations of Islamist leaders. The Islamists, in turn, have vowed to visit bloodshed on cities in the heart of Russia. Now Russians are watching keenly to see how Moscow will respond. The public has largely ignored the rampant killings, disappearances and torture that plague its southern flank _ until it spills suddenly into Moscow. "If you follow Russian events, you note that almost every such attack was exploited and taken as a pretext for restricting democratic freedoms in Russia," said Andrei Piontkovsky, a political analyst with the Russian Academy of Science. "It's the usual paradox: It shows the weakness of the government, but at the same time, they may use it to get more power." The Monday morning carnage piles extra pressure onto a government already struggling to tamp down public discontent over economic woes.

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PRO-BITES Continued from page 1 breakfast,” he said. “And they need protein, iron and Vitamin C. If you eat a bag of French toast Pro-Bites with a cup of orange juice in the morning, you’re at least getting a good start to your day.” A 2008 study of state obesity rates by the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 29.8 percent of Kentuckians are considered obese, and a study titled “County-Specific Diabetes and Obesity Prevalence, 2007” found that about 81 percent of counties in the Appalachian region have high rates of diabetes and obesity. Most students do not realize lax eating habits during their college years can have serious consequences later in

life, Snodgrass said. “Life expectancy can be less than that of (students’) parents because of obesity,” Snodgrass said. “You’re looking at diabetes, heart disease. Obesity is associated with at least 12 different types of cancer, most commonly breast, colon and prostate. ... Obesity has dire health consequences that for the most part are preventable.” Since creating Pro-Bites,



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discussed,” Davidson said. “UK is a main artery of Lexington and should be treated as such, it has been said there is a disconnect between Lexington and UK.” Expected topics include the clean coal debate on UK’s campus, the student housing resolution and connectivity between UK and surrounding communities. The forum will be Tuesday at 7 p.m., and students can join the Twitter feed by using the hash tag #lexmayor. Laptops will be located in the Cats Den for students to post comments.

sponsored “shoe drops” in Argentina, South Africa, Ethiopia and most recently, Haiti. Additionally, TOMS donated shoes domestically in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. “We want to show others that you can have a successful business and leave a positive impact at the same time,” Baranowski said. “Everyone has the

Snodgrass has directed his attention toward athletes. The snack is the official snack of USA Volleyball — something he is proud of. “We had Olympic athletes eating our product,” Snodgrass said. “Since then, I have done many applications of the product. … They’re perfect for athletes because protein builds lean body muscle mass.” Pro-Bites can be purchased at

If you go What: Blake Mycoskie speech When: Tuesday at 8 p.m. Where: Student Center Grand Ballroon Admission: Free and open to the public power to make a change.” Mycoskie’s speech will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Grand Ballroom and is free and open to the public.


Cats will remember ‘brothers,’ season By Metz Camfield

For a season which tipped off with a dance that swept the Commonwealth and an inaugural address that reenergized the Big Blue Nation, a locker room filled with tears and mourning was not what the UK men’s basketball team (35-3, 14-2 Southeastern Conference) had in mind as the final chapter. The Cats won their first 19 games of the season, were a part of the program’s 2,000th win, earned a No. 1 national ranking, won their 44th SEC regular season crown and their 26th SEC Tournament Championship. But after the Cats’ 73-66 loss to West Virginia in the East Regional Finals, the Cats were only left thinking about what could have been. “It hurts, and the part that hurts the most is that we’ll never get a chance to play with each other again,” freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins said. “That’s the part that’s killing me the most right now. I’ll never be able to play with my teammates, my brothers, again.” One year ago, the Cats were at home wondering who their next coach would be following a loss in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. Today, they’re sitting at home following a loss in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, but the only thing they’re wondering is what the team will look like next year with expected early departures from multiple players. Freshman guard John Wall sat out the season opener, the second game of a twogame suspension handed down by the NCAA, but made his presence felt in his first game. With the game tied, Wall hit a 15-foot fadeaway jumper with .5 seconds left to give the Cats a twopoint victory over the upsetminded Miami of Ohio RedHawks. His legend at UK was born there, but may have finished on Saturday night


John Wall and Eric Bledsoe both said the part they will miss the most about the season is the comraderie of the team. against West Virginia when he fouled out for the first time in what many believe will be his final game as a collegiate athlete. Wall, and many others, said he wasn’t thinking about the future, but instead was remembering the season. “It’s one of the worst feelings I’ve ever had,” Wall said. “It’s not like losing somebody in your family, but it’s something close to it. We’re all brothers, we all look out for each other, no matter whether it’s off the court or on the court.” The Cats came a long way from that thriller on Nov. 16, winning their next 17 games, earning the No. 1 ranking in the country and a congratulatory phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama for their efforts in helping raise more than $1 million for Haiti relief. The freshman-laden team proved doubters wrong the entire season, winning games big, from behind and in tight situations.

They did so around the country against small teams like Miami of Ohio, and big teams like North Carolina. They did so in intimate settings like the hotel ballroom/makeshift basketball court in the Cancun Challenge, and on one of the biggest stages of them all, Madison Square Garden. “We’re a terrific team, everybody came together as brothers,” Eric Bledsoe said. “I’ve never seen a team like that, so talented, without too many egos, coming together as one. I guess we did that.” Patrick Patterson and Ramon Harris were two players who got to see the good, the bad and the ugly during their years at UK. The junior and senior said the 2009-10 season was the best of their respective careers. “It’s the best year that I’ve had,” Patterson said. “It’s the (most fun) year that I’ve had. It’s the most enjoyable year that I’ve had. “I’ve had my ups and

downs, but like I said, this is the most fun that I’ve had since I’ve been in college,” said Harris with bloodshot eyes. Despite the wins, the records and the rejuvenation of a program that was in a slumber, the Cats could only talk about each other and the good times they shared throughout a long, five-month season. After the loss to West Virginia, Harris said he felt like “crap.” Bledsoe said it was the first time he had ever cried following a basketball game. Cousins said he just wanted to wake up from a bad dream. “I’ve never had this much fun in my life,” Cousins said about the season. “I wish we could have ended on a good note. For Ramon, Mark Krebs, Perry (Stevenson), Patrick, some of them have been through hell the past two seasons. I just wish we could have ended on a good note.” Labeled as one of the greatest freshman classes in program history, Wall, Cousins and Bledsoe declined to comment on their futures after the loss, but Bledsoe did say not making the Final Four would influence his decision on whether to return or not. Patterson was also noncommittal after the loss, saying he had a lot of time to make his decision. The players said Calipari told them he was proud of the team and to keep their heads up. It’s exactly what Calipari did to a fanbase that had grown anxious after two years of eccentric basketball. While a program has been reborn, blue is back in the Bluegrass, and UK basketball is relevant again on a national level, the eighth national championship banner will have to wait. “You’re happy that you put the program back on the map, and we won a lot of games,” Wall said. “But you’re disappointed that you didn’t reach your goals that you had as a team, and that’s winning a championship.”

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Lecture series must be start to continuing dialogue Palestinian activist and legislator Hanan Ashrawi spoke to the UK community March 23, and her welcome was much warmer than that of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert when he spoke last October. The evening served as the second installment of an effort to educate students about the conflict in the Middle East and makes positive strides in sparking discussion of global issues on a college campus. However, more balance needs to be achieved over time with regards to the types of speakers presented for each side. Olmert is a former Israeli prime minister, yet he has also been charged with war crimes. On the other hand, Ashrawi is an activist and an advocate for peace. While the two may claim peace as an ultimate goal, their differing histories surely had some effect on the differing receptions from their respective audiences. When tackling an issue as complex as the conflict between Israel and Palestine, it is necessary to foster further discussion. Hosting these speakers is a step in the right direction, but assuming that hosting speakers from each side of the controversy qualifies as a complete discussion would be irresponsible. For this reason, it is necessary to ensure the dialogue doesn’t stop here. Both speakers have been completely qualified to discuss the topic, but it is time to deal with the issue beyond lectures. This isn’t to say UK necessarily needs to spend more money to bring in an array of speakers from each side, but that other tactics may be used to ensure discussion continues. Forums could be held where the topic could be further discussed by students and faculty, in a more intimate setting. In addition, qualified professors and/or people from the Lexington community could lead campus events and discussions to ensure awareness of the conflict doesn’t fizzle out. Whether or not the event is a success will be dependent upon whether or not discussion continues. Hosting a pair of speakers and proceeding to letting the dialogue fall to the wayside would be a disappointment to the initial goal of the university, which was to not only expose campus to “global newsmakers” but to spark discussion among students.

Withholding endorsement correct decision A staple of the Student Government elections was altered, and it’s quite possible only UK students in Greek organizations noticed. According to a March 24 Kernel article, the past 19 of 20 candidates for SG President and Vice President have all been endorsed by the Greek Political Action Committee. However, this year, the GPAC announced it will not endorse a candidate. “We wanted candidates to get their ideas out there and let students make a decision for themselves,” Interfraternity Council President Kelsie Willett said. “And there had been trouble in the past with how endorsements had been done.” GPAC’s sole purpose is to organize a debate for SG presidential candidates to express their platforms. In the past, the InterGreek Programming Assembly weighed the debate and decided from

there who to endorse. In this case it was whether or not to endorse at all. While it probably is a good idea to forgo the endorsement altogether, it begs the question, why now? Is it because there are two Greek candidates or is it because it is the right thing to do? There has been a great deal of conflict surrounding endorsements in recent years, and the solution may very well be to abolish the practice completely, but for this to be a principle-based decision, the GPAC must continue to withhold endorsing candidates. SG elections often come down to the most visible candidate anyway, and there is no need to promote one candidate over another based solely on one debate. Without a GPAC endorsement, Greeks, and non-Greeks, can decide for themselves who to vote for without the influence of talking heads.

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Conservative agenda being overlooked Before reading this column, I want every one reading to know three important things about me: I am not a health care expert, have not read all 3,000-plus pages of the health care bill, nor do I claim to personally be able to fix the broken health care system, and I am conADAM servative and believe in a conservative point FRENCH of view to fixing our Kernel columnist country’s woes. This does not necessarily mean “Republican,” it means “conservative,” so I am not playing that particular trumpet when I write this. Let me define “conservative” for my more liberal readers: being conservative does not mean I don’t care about the environment. It does not mean I ignore poor people. It does not mean I am a warmonger. It does not mean I have oil with my Cheerios. It does not mean I kick kittens for fun on Sundays. Being conservative — which matches how a vast majority of Americans think, whether they know it or not — means being frugal and fiscally responsible with our money. It means being realistic, transparent and common-sense based with our solutions to fixing America’s woes. It means supporting state sovereignty. It means being efficient with our government — if that means a “smaller government,” than so be it. It means offering a “hand-up” as opposed to a “hand-out.” It means protecting our country against enemies. It means being wary of anything that resembles socialism. It means believing in a market-driven economy. It means promoting capitalism and business success, both big and small. It means holding people accountable for themselves, and it means protecting America’s status as a world power, both now and in the future. It means taxing people as fairly and as minimally as possible while still providing for their basic needs. That pretty much sums up the reason I think the way I do. That platform is how I make my voting decisions, how I live my life, and how I desire our country to be run. It is a bit idealistic, and I realize

that, but it is also the school of thought for a vast majority of hard-working, flag-waving, taxpaying Americans whose hearts do not bleed for those who do not hold themselves accountable and have found it easier to accept a handout rather than empower or enrich themselves. The trillion-dollar question in Washington right now, as I see it, is where did that school of thought disappear to among our nation’s leaders? Why is it the conservative approach has disappeared among our policymakers? We conservatives knew our viewpoint was endangered when President Barack Obama took office and the more liberal of the two parties took control of the House and Senate. However — and contrary to what the serpent-tongued liberals say about us — we gave it a chance because that’s what the democratic system of government that we so greatly believe in dictates for us to do. We gave them a chance to bring about the “change” that got them all elected, and they certainly have “changed” an awful lot. But they completely forgot about us. Sure, we have some representation in Congress but not enough to make a difference or have input, which makes us beholden to their leftist agenda. As such, our vast constituency has been alienated, our approach has been ignored and the results are so far away from what we believe in that I’m scared for what the future of our country has in store for itself. I am not saying we are always right, but shouldn’t our viewpoint at least be considered, as so many Americans feel the way we do? Shouldn’t there be some type of check or balance to an entire federal leadership team that is of the same school of thought? The only things I have agreed with Obama on were his picks to win the NCAA Tournament each year. Other than that, most all of his “change” has gone against the grain of conservative America. Bailing out failing businesses? Definitely against the idea of a marketdriven economy. Throwing money around and diluting our currency to the tune of trillions of dollars? Not something we can get behind — a short-term boost that sets up a long-term problem. Passing a health care bill that ig-

nores the real problems of predatory pricing by hospitals, doctors and insurance companies (as well as the outlandish malpractice litigation that leads to this) that will again cost our government more than a trillion dollars and permanently entrench them in our health care system? Like I even need to comment. Welcome to socialism. Manipulating the rules system in place for bringing the bill to a vote? Zesty. While granting health insurance access to 32 million uninsured Americans is a good thing and will hopefully lead to an end of the practice of bill-paying patients footing the bill for the uninsured, this is an expensive endeavor without a clear idea as to its return on investment and a borderline “handout.” Passing a 3,000-plus-page bill touching every single American without hardly any of them understanding how it will truly affect them? Great! I’m sure we’ll all benefit; we’ll just take your word for it, Mr. Half-milliondollar-photo-op-of-Air-Force-One-flying-over-Manhattan-and-causing-9/11flashbacks man. Making states totally against this legislation enact it — 13 states have entered litigation to block it; seven of eight Kentucky federal delegates were against it, and so on — pretty much kills the states’ rights way of thinking. Oh, and while we’re at it, great job, Obama, in putting America’s AAA bond/credit ranking on the “watch list.” That whooshing sound you hear is President Reagan spinning in his grave. What I’m saying is the policies and “change” of the Obama tenure have totally ignored the conservative viewpoint, have made no effort to include it and will continue to alienate voters like me who are more than eager for Election Day 2012. In the meantime, we will grin and bear it and hope the midterm elections allow for a Republican majority in at least one of the houses of the legislative branch, so the conservative viewpoint that so much of America is centered around can at least be considered in these very important decisions that our country is forced to make in these turbulent times. Again, I’m not saying our viewpoint is always right — I just think it needs to be considered. Adam French is an MBA graduate student. E-mail

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4BR 2BA homes. All appliances, off street parking. Walking distance to campus. $1,280.00 – 1,400.00/month. 859-351-9473. 4 BR, 3 BA, all electric. FP, 2 miles from campus. 2973 Candlelight, $900.00. 229-8515 4BR/2BA Cute House. 125 Westwood Dr. Electric Heat. 2 Kitchens, Large L,R, Clean, Nice! $360/ea. 509-2227. 4 BR 2 BA new homes by campus. Huge rooms, awesome yards/deck, ample parking, all appliances, all electric. Won’t Last. $325.00/person/month. 859-559-7594.

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5 Bedroom

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3BR apts. DW, W/D. Close to campus. E. High St and Richmond Ave. Dennis 859-983-0726,

3BR, 2BA. Walk to campus. W/D, d/w, elec. Util. Energy efficient, private parking. Going fast! Call Adam 859-338-8243 3 BR, 2 BA. WALK TO campus. $850/mo. Large master w/ Bath & walk-in closet, a/c, All appliances incl washer/dryer. Low util. No smoking/pets. 510-6087676, Greg 859-225-3334 x. 101 3 BR (2 Keys apts.) Across from UK. Hardwood, laundry room, security, on-site mgmt. $1,200.00/month, includes all utilities. 859-230-3072 Luxury Heatherwood Town home, Chevy Chase(near UK) 3BR, 3.5 BA, 2054 sq. ft. living rm, deck, loft, washer/dryer, 1 car garage. 859-983-8377. $1350/mo. + Deposit. 4Bedroom

2BR avail 5/16/10. Near UK all utilities pd, parking. $575/mo. 859-489-3371.

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3 Bedroom

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4 BR, w/d connections, central air, covered porch, basement, off-street parking, 1000/mo + utilities. 859.338.7005.

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4BR, 339 Aylesford. Large, Beautiful. $1,480.00. 5231066, 494-9075.

4 BR/2 BA - 3/4 mi from campus; 2200 sq ft; W/D included; $1400/month + utilities; 468 Bob O Link Dr; large deck & basement. Call 502-649-0032.

3 bed, 2.5 bath townhouse for rent off Red Mile, call 859-533-7575 for more information

2 Bedroom

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Quiet 4 BR, 2.5 BA unit with washer/dryer, garage, deck. Available now or for fall. 4 units available. Big Bear Lane off Tates Creek. $1,000/mo. 278.0970

222 University A. 3BR, Porch, Hardwood floors, basement. $1050.00 +, Call 619-8988 or 619-9462.

1 Bedroom - 2 blocks to UK! Starting at $395.00. Pets, a/c, 523-2363 or

1 - 6 Bedroom Apartment/Houses available in May and August. Dennis (859) 983-0726

Leasing Consultant – Part-time. Are you a star performer? Are you results oriented? Would you like to determine your own income potential? We are seeking a driven Leasing Consultant to join our team of professionals. We offer a respectful, friendly and team-oriented environment with a competitive base pay of $8/hour, plus excellent commission opportunities. Hours needed are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, averaging 20 hours per week. Previous sales experience, reliability and an outgoing personality are most successful in this position. Please send resume to, and visit our website Seeking Weekend and Summer Nanny for our daughters ages 7, 12, 14, and 16. Responsibilities include cooking for children, transporting them to activities, monitoring backyard pool safety, creating and implementing an engaging, educational, daily schedule for the girls. Applicant must have their own reliable transportation to work; they must know how to swim with lifeguard or CPR certification a plus, non-smoker. Starts immediately, $10 per hour, apply in person Saturday from 11:00AM to 4:00 PM at Jean Farris Winery & Bistro 6825 Old Richmond Rd Lexington, KY 40515.

BRAND NEW 4 BR: VERY ENERGY EFFICIENT. New & nearly new homes close to campus. 2 car garage, very, very nice. Showing daily. Call James McKee 859-221-7082. View at

Efficiency - 2 blocks to UK! Starting at $325.00. Pets, a/c, 523-2363 or

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5BR State St, Large front porch, parking, W/D, D/W. Avail 8/01. No Pets. $1950/mo. 859-333-8307. 5BR Houses. Walk to campus. Front & Back porches. W/D. NICE! 859-539-5502. HOUSE FOR RENT, 360 Woodland Avenue. 2 story 5 br.2, Stove/fridge/w/d hookup. $2,400 mo. Modern Property Management, Inc. 859-388-2000. 5BR house for August call 255-4188 5 Bedrooms - 2 blocks to UK! Starting at $1,875.00. Pets, a/c, w/d, 523-2363 or 5 BR 3 BA new homes by campus. Huge rooms, awesome yards/deck, ample parking, all appliances, all electric. Won’t Last. $350.00/person/month. 859-559-7594.

2-3-4 BR, 5-10 min to campus, Tates Creek area, garage/off street parking, avail. April-Aug., all electric, $699 – 875/mo. or call 859219-0184

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KEENELAND is seeking applicants for part-time Seasonal Gift Shop Sales Associates to work during its Spring Meet April 2-23. Flexible hours. Please contact Kristi Barrett, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at 859-288.4190. PT teaching assistant needed. Mon-Fri, 2-5:30pm. $9/hr. call 255-4056 SERVICE ADVISOR NEEDED: Looking for enthusiastic students that like working outside, enjoy talking with people presenting our services. Flexible hours. $12-15/hr. If interested, email University Club Golf Course hiring cooks, bevcart girls, cartboys. Apply in person 4850 Leestown Rd.

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Continued from page 1 believing it has been battle tested by the rigors of conference play and thus, can adequately deal with UK’s pressure defense. “Well I think we have a pretty good guess (of what to expect from UK’s defense) because we play in the Big 12 South. If anything can prepare you for that, it is that,” said Coale, who likened UK’s defensive pressure to Texas A&M’s, an opponent OU faced three times this season. Coale added, A&M boasts more length than UK will, but UK is the quicker PHOTO BY BRANDON GOODWIN | STAFF team “if that’s even humanly Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale compared UK’s pressure defense possible.” Just as he has done all to that of Texas A&M, but said UK is quicker. year, UK head coach Matthew Mitchell empha- OU’s offense has been click- who has relished the role of sized UK’s defense to the ing in their past three games. underdog her entire career bemedia present at the pre- The Sooners have shot better cause of her height, viewed game news conference, as than 40 percent from the field the matchup with Robinson he echoed Coale’s senti- in five of six halves they’ve as more than a dual between ments. played so far in the tourna- two individuals. “I look at (this) as an “I think (the game) will ment. be won for us on the defen“I do think our (offensive) opportunity, and I mean, sive end, and we will have to rhythm is good,” Coale said. we’re just going to play do a good job,” Mitchell “I think we’re sharing it, and (Robinson) like we have said. “The reason we have I think that begins with been playing everybody else, and we’re going to progressed, and we’re in the Danielle Robinson.” Mitchell called Robinson pressure her,” Smith said. position we are now is because (we) never grew weary a taller version of his own “We’re going to pressure of the (defensive) fundamen- point guard, junior Amber the whole team … it’s a great opportunity, and Smith. tals.” Smith, the smallest player we’re going to take adAs good as UK’s defense has been in the tournament, on UK’s undersized roster, vantage of it.”

JOKER Continued from page 1 class on time, meaning workouts on time. We’re definitely holding them accountable and we’re also making it a more intense atmosphere and a more competitive atmosphere.

Q. Were you surprised at all when Rich Brooks retired?

A. I was. I thought he’d go

at least one more year. But you also have to be expecting it to (happen) when you’re the head-coach-in-waiting. You don’t want to get caught not ready. There was a little surprise that it happened then, I thought it would happen the following year. But we were ready.

Q. How do you feel about

your staff? Have the new assistants had smooth transitions?


They’ve been great. They really have. The thing about it is two of the guys, I had followed a long time — (defensive line coach) David Turner and (offensive line coach) Mike Summers — so I knew what they were about. And watching (wide receivers coach) Tee Martin handle himself in public and in recruiting, he’s exactly what I thought he was. He’s a standup guy. When he walks in the room, you feel his presence. He’s exactly what we were looking for.


Have you decided who’s going to call the plays on offense this year?

A. The offensive coordina-

tor, Randy Sanders, will call the plays. The head coach always can veto, and I’ll definitely try to stay out of the way but there are some things I see too. There are some things I’ll see that I want called on both sides of the ball. As head coach I want to make sure our schemes are sound, make sure fundamentally we’re sound, and make sure we’re playing with effort in all three phases.


Another addition to the staff most people might not know about is strength coach Rock Oliver. What does he bring to the staff?


He’s the intensity. He brings the intensity to our program. He’s holding our kids accountable. The strength coaches are the guys who spend more time with them, especially this time of year, than the assistant coaches or the head coach. So it’s so important that he holds them and gets them mentally tough, and that’s what Rock’s doing to our football program.

Q. He’s quite the charac-

ter. How would you describe him to people who have never met him?

A. He’s a ball of fire, he is.

He’s really passionate about what he does, passionate about where he is. This place means a lot to him. He really cut his teeth here too back in the day with (former UK head basketball coach Rick) Pitino, so this place means a lot to him and we feel his passion about this place.


Here’s a question all the fans want to know: Who’s your quarterback next year? A: That’s a fair question. I don’t know at this point. I think we’ve got three really good options. We’ve got two guys who have won games in this league, in Morgan Newton and Mike Hartline, and a third young guy (Ryan Mossakowski) is as talented as any we’ve been around, so we’re really looking forward to a great competition — and it will be an open competition in the spring. The thing we have to do is try to find out who the top two are early and work those two. It becomes tough to work three quarterbacks, so one thing we have to do is try to find out who those top two are early.


Speaking of the passing game, a lot of fans had hoped for a more aggressive offense last year. Is that something you’re hoping for this year?


Yeah, but we have to know who we are, too. We weren’t an offense that we could feel comfortable with throwing the ball all over the yard. We threw the ball a little bit more with Mike (Hartline) in there. … We were throwing the football, and we’re trying to be aggressive in the throwing game, but what happened is we inserted a freshman quarterback. And he is a talented guy, there’s no question about that, but he was definitely limited in what he could convey on the field. It became tough, trying to create a throw game last year with a freshman quarterback. You look across the country at places where freshmen quarterbacks played, like (Southern California). USC won seven games, maybe eight. They hadn’t won seven or eight in a long time, they’d always been at 10 or 11. The reason why? Freshman quarterback. … We had to protect Morgan Newton, I won’t make any bones about that. Morgan might not think that we should have done that and the fans might not think that also, but I would hate to be sitting here with a Morgan Newton who threw 12 or 15 interceptions and seeing his confidence level in the dirt. Now, Morgan Newton’s confidence level is sky-high because he went to Georgia, he went to Auburn, he went to Vanderbilt and came out a winner. If we had tried to throw the ball all over the yard with Morgan Newton in those games, I don’t think the outcome would have come

out the way it was.

Q. You talk about ‘Oper-

ation Win’ a lot. How would you define ‘Operation Win?’


Well, ‘Operation Win’ for our players is winning in the classroom, and that’s getting the best possible grades you can get. We want to win in the community by doing community service. We want to get this community to embrace this football team and let this community know this is their program. The third thing is winning on the field. Winning on the field, doing everything in your power in the classroom, the weight room, and on the practice field to win.


And for the coaches, part of that has to be recruiting, right?


No question about that. Winning is recruiting, for fans it’s pumping positive energy into the program. Everybody has a part in what we’re calling ‘Operation Win.’ The first phase of ‘Operation Win’ is recruiting, we finished up recruiting on a positive note. The second phase of ‘Operation Win’ is the off-season, and Rock has done an unbelievable job of getting our team mentally tough and stronger also and well-conditioned. And the third phase will start on Wednesday with our spring practice.


Is there going to be any change in recruiting philosophy from years past?


We’ll be more aggressive in the areas I’m more familiar with. The reason why? Those are the areas where my contacts are, so we have to be more aggressive in those areas, the Georgias, the South Carolinas, in Kentucky, one of my stronger areas has been Miami. We’ll be more aggressive in those areas while still working in the areas that we’ve been doing. We’ll be more aggressive in Cincinnati, an area that I’ve coached in and recruited there a few years. It’s only an hour away from here, so we feel like we have to treat Cincinnati like it’s in-state.


When talking about taking the program to the next level, you’ve often said “Why not Kentucky?” What do you mean?


When I say “Why not Kentucky?” every year you see a program rise to the top and come out of nowhere and surprise people. And we’ve been close. We’ve been in the SEC race, we just haven’t been in it for a long period of time. Last year, if we win our last game, we’re second in the East. So we want to stay in that race longer, for as long as we can. The way we get there is continue to get better players and continue to develop the players we already have mentally and physically.

Bullpen holding leads for Cats By Aaron Smith

The scoreboard after nine innings is what matters, but for UK, the scoreboard after six is almost as important. When the Cats hold the lead after six innings they are 14-1, largely in part to an improved bullpen that has been able to hold onto a lead. “Coming into the season, coach told the bullpen that our job was to take the lead and get the win,” junior reliever Matt Little said. “It’s our job, and we’ve established ourselves as being able to do that. Everyone can have confidence in us to hold the lead.” One of nine relievers named to the National Pitcher of the Year list last week, Little has thrown 21 innings in relief, picking up four saves. The bullpen is complemented by Nick Kennedy, who has returned from an injury to post a 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched. Jordan Cooper, Braden Kapteyn, and an array of other arms, round out the bullpen. “It’s a great trait to have,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “It’s a good characteristic for the club to have. We play pretty good when we’re up in the late innings with Kennedy and Matt Little in the bullpen.” The bullpen’s effectiveness helps out the starters, the ones who got them the lead. “A starter knows he doesn’t need to go seven or eight before he hands it off to our guys,” Little said. “They have confidence


UK is 14-1 when leading after the sixth inning. Junior Matt Little said they can have confidence in the bullpen holding the lead. handing the ball off to us.” That one loss when leading after six, however, occurred in the most recent game. Against Vanderbilt, UK held a 7-0 lead after four innings and still saw a 7-3 lead after six innings. However, with Little and Kennedy on the mound for the final three innings, Vanderbilt staged a rally that culminated in Kennedy walking home the walk-off run with the bases loaded. “We let that one get away from us,” Little said. “I hadn’t struggled with my command all year and I did that night. But you have to expect that to happen eventually, and you have to have a short memory and get ready to throw again at the next opportunity.” To get to the seventh inning with the lead, though, requires an offense that can score early and often. On the season, UK has outscored its opponents 122-81 in the first

six innings. Getting on the scoreboard first and staking a claim to the lead is also something UK’s offense has found itself quite capable of doing. The Cats are 9-2 in games when they score the first run. “You have to be aggressive from the start of the game,” sophomore outfielder Chad Wright said. “You have to be mentally prepared from the first inning, ready to swing at good pitches.” Conversely, UK is just 17 when trailing after six innings. While it’s impossible to come back every time, Henderson wants to see improvement when UK is trailing. “We have to be able to fight, scratch and claw when we’re down two,” Henderson said. “We have to play (with) just as much fire, just as much intensity when we’re down. And we have to get better at that, clearly.”

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The pages of the Kentucky Kernel for March 30, 2010.