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Men’s rush changes prove beneficial By Brandon Goodwin bgoodwin@kykernel.com

Days before classes started, Whitehall Classroom Building was already full. Hundreds of young men found seats in the auditoriums, waiting to learn about brotherhood, leadership and character. The speaker turned to the crowd and began. “Welcome to rush, everybody.” Among the seated men was

Daniel Carson, a political science freshman. For him, rush was critical. “I’m from Connecticut,” he said. “I don’t know anybody, so getting to know people would be helpful.” Carson and his classmates sitting around him were the first to test the new fraternity rush system, featuring two “preview nights,” where groups of potential pledges toured all 18 of UK’s rush-eligible fraternities.

The “preview nights” were about 15 to 17 minutes each, said Interfraternity Council President Kelsie Willett. “The fraternities have an opportunity to sell themselves and tell them what makes them different than the other 18 fraternities on campus,” Willett said. Willett said disappointing retention rates prompted the change. “If you look at national research, generally, 70 percent of

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people are on the fence if they want to join,” Willett said. “We were looking for a way to better reach that 70 percent.” After the short presentation, the men were divided into groups. Carson ended up in group 15. The group consisted of more than 20 men and their group leader, the Gamma Guy. The first afternoon, the group PHOTO BY BRANDON GOODWIN | STAFF

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SOAKING THE HISTORY BOOKS

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Two groups of UK’s Information Technology departments will be restructured, resulting in layoffs and new positions in the next four months. UK’s Chief Technology Officer Doyle Friskney said 13 employees will be laid off as the Web group site lab and the distributing computing group will no longer be a part of UK’s IT department. “We studied our strategic direction, and determined the kinds of departments we needed to move forward in technology,” Friskney said. “Once we did that, we evaluated all the departments we had and looked at each one to see if they complemented that strategic direction.” Friskney said different aspects of each group will be used to form a new group focusing on applications for new portals, mobile devices and workflow. “We determined not to have those two groups, but instead use a series of skills from them to come up with 12 or 13 new jobs to See IT on page 7 PHOTO BY BRITNEY MCINTOSH | STAFF

5,976 people showed up at the Johnson Center fields Friday night to particiapte in what became the world’s largest water balloon fight.

Students move out after move-in By Patrick Sullivan psullivan@kykernel.com

When music performance sophomore Yunjung Lee moved into her apartment Aug. 18, she expected to live there for the duration of the school year. Ten days later, UK officials forced Lee and 11 other international students to vacate their apartments after a routine inspection revealed electrical problems.

“I don’t want to move, but I didn’t have a choice,” Lee said. “I had just gotten organized, and now I have to move again.” Crumbling insulation surrounding electrical wires forced out students living at an apartment complex at 404 Linden Walk, said Ben Crutcher, associate vice president of Auxiliary Services.

“We had maintenance reports of strange things happening with the lighting,” Crutcher said. “We talked to the UK fire marshal and decided there were safety concerns.” To accommodate the displaced students, UK has rented rooms at a hotel for the weekend and will have units available at Cooperstown Apartments, Shawneetown Apartments and Commonwealth Village. Students See MOVING on page 4

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Splash into new record By Garrett Wymer news@kykernel.com

As late Friday night turned into early Saturday morning, nearly 6,000 UK students and members of the Lexington community gathered on the Johnson Center Fields to take back what once was theirs. The only casualties were 153,497 latex balloons. Officially, 5,976 people participated in what was touted as—and, according to the Guinness World Records, what has become—the world’s largest water balloon fight. The Christian Student Fellowship worked for months to fill up all the bal-

loons for the fight, CSF director and campus minister Brian Marshall said. “We even filled up an extra 70,000 balloons this past week,” he said. “Once we get going, we could fill up several thousand in a day.” But what took many months to prepare took mere minutes to destroy. Between 19,000 and 22,000 water balloons each minute were reduced to scraps of rubber on the muddy grass. There were nearly 26 balloons for every one participant in the fight. Guys in bikini tops, people covered from head to toe in garbage bags, boys baring their chests in the breezy night See SPLASH on page 4

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A participant in Friday night’s water balloon fight at the Johnson Center fields reacts to getting hit by a water balloon.

Workers break ground on Flight 5191 memorial By Drew Teague news@kykernel.com

Workers broke ground Friday afternoon for a memorial for Flight 5191 as friends, family and local leaders came together to remember those who died on that fateful flight. Comair Flight 5191 crashed on Aug. 27, 2006, after taking the wrong runway at Blue Grass Air-

port, killing 49 of the 50 on board. Those in attendance were happy to see such care and love from the community and to begin a memorial for their loved ones four years after the crash. “The level of giving and the pouring of love at the time of the tragedy by the community and the state remains unabated today, four years later,” said Gerry Van der Meer, co-chair of the 5191

Memorial Commission and commissioner of State Parks, in his opening remarks. Gov. Steve Beshear attended and said the day was marked by something more than honoring the lost souls because he too knew people on board the flight. “It’s so very appropriate to be here in such a beautiful place on such a beautiful day to honor and remember 49 beautiful souls who

in a tragic instant were torn from this world and set free four years ago,” Beshear said. “But today is about more than bittersweet memories; it is about taking a step forward in something hopeful.” Lois Turner, wife of Larry Turner, who died on the flight, said the service was more than just 7honoring the lost love ones. See 5191 on page 4

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Jimmy Fallon to host Emmys LOS ANGELES Jimmy Fallon has the perfect perspective for his role as the host of "The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards." "You just want to keep them moving and keep it fast and tight. And so I think we're all with the same goal in mind even the people in the crowd. There's just like, 'OK. I already lost. Let's get this over with.' I want to keep it moving and keep it fresh and fun and respectful too," says the "SNL" alumnus and talk show host. Fallon calls being the ringmaster for the salute to TV's best a dream job because the show is watched by millions and he can make fun of his peers to their faces. He's no rookie to award shows, having done a stint as host of the "2005 MTV Movie Awards." What makes him giddy as a "gleek" at a Chris Colfer sighting in this past TV season? "It is a crazy good year for TV with the new shows like 'Modern Family' and 'Glee' and 'Parks and Rec,' Fallon says. "And then the old shows going away, 'Law & Order,' '24,' 'Lost.'" At the mention of the ABC drama about time-travel-

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 6 — Apply your best effort to care for an older person. Balance is needed. Compassion is the key ingredient. Make that your top priority. Taurus (April 20—May 20) — Today is a 7 — Previous efforts pay off big time today, as a senior team member approves the overall plan and direction. Now get moving! Gemini (May 21—June 21) — Today is a 6 — Characters and symbols from last night's dream support romantic or recreational endeavors. Use them also to complete necessary work. Cancer (June 22—July 22) — Today is a 7 — Use all your imagination and talent to develop a list of options. The group leader will appreciate concrete

ing airplane crash survivors, Fallon gets a bewildered look on his face. "(I'm) still trying to figure out what happened on 'Lost,'" he says. "I don't know even know. Were they dead the whole time?" Fallon has got some guilty pleasures when it comes to TV. He loves all of Bravo's "Housewives of ..." shows and "Jersey Shore." "Don't tell me what happened. I missed it last night," he says. Fallon doesn't want to reveal too much about Sunday's Emmy telecast, but he hints there will be a Twitter element and that "Glee" has had an affect on the awards show. Translation: Look for musical numbers. "I like people to get surprised and see what we're doing," Fallon says. That could even mean some guitar playing by Fallon as long as it doesn't slow the show.

choices. Leave nothing to chance. Leo (July 23—Aug. 22) — Today is a 9 — You have tons of work today, and plenty of energy to accomplish your priorities. Stick to your own plan as much as possible without causing problems for others. Virgo (Aug. 23—Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Apply all of your intelligence to enjoying this day. Worries about work dissolve when you allow others to be comfortable with their decisions. Libra (Sept. 23—Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Situations demand formality today. This doesn't mean tuxedo and diamonds. It's more about your respectful demeanor. Use good manners. Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Dreams really can come true today. All you need to do is apply your energy in the right direction, and you already know what that is.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22—Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Get down to practical matters as early as possible. Others want to chat and drink coffee. Steer them back towards a purposeful priority. Capricorn (Dec. 22—Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Today you discover that you truly love your work. Imagination and practicality play together. You especially love the free time ahead. Aquarius (Jan. 20—Feb. 18) — Today is a 9 — You're comfortable at home today, so remain there if you can. You need the down time, so reassert your independence. Take a personal day. Pisces (Feb. 19—March 20) — Today is a 9 — Get back into the swing of things this week by applying creative images from dreams or meditation. They come together logically.

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Campus promotes attire awareness By Eric Ferreri MCT

On the first day of class, everything N.C. Central University junior Ricky Magwood wore was much too big for him — from a billowy white T-shirt to the gold chain dangling nearly to his waist. But it's hot out, Magwood argued. And he's an art student, so he's going to get messy anyhow. Ricky: Your chancellor would like a word with you. NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms thinks eye-catching outfits — whether risque or just-plain sloppy — are obstacles to learning. This fall, he's put in motion a subtle campaign to eliminate everything from pajama pants to plunging necklines. "Suggestive, revealing clothing, by men or women, should not be worn in a classroom," Nelms said recently. "And you shouldn't be wearing pajamas to class!" Nelms' concerns are echoed across America's college campuses, where students routinely file into lecture halls in pajamas, baggy clothing or skirts better suited for a night out on the town. Universities are fighting back; some have imposed strict dress codes, others softer guidelines. While the sloppy American college student isn't specific to historically black colleges, those institutions place a particularly heavy emphasis

on appearance, said Marybeth Gasman, an education professor at the University of Pennsylvania who studies historically black institutions. "Many people look at one African-American and see him or her as representative of all blacks," Gasman wrote in an e-mail interview. "People don't do that to whites — they are seen as individuals. The stakes are higher for AfricanAmericans. I understand that many HBCUs want to make sure that their students are seen in the best light and that they look professional when they go into the workforce." At NCCU, Nelms is softpedaling his message by urging professors to talk about appearance. It is part of an ongoing series of initiatives Nelms has put in place since taking over at NCCU in 2007 to raise expectations. Graduation and retention rates must rise. Employees are expected to be more respectful and responsive. And students should be presentable. "Please dress appropriately for class," reads the syllabus for literacy enhancement, an undergraduate course enrolling 400 students in 20 class sections. "Men should not wear do rags or hats inside the classroom. Ladies should not wear mid-riff tops, miniskirts or short-shorts in class." There's plenty of skin on display these days on college campuses. Young women are

more likely to dress provocatively — a shirt too tight, a skirt too short — many students say. "I look at it like a fashion show," NCCU freshman Chelsea Gorski said. "You want people to notice you, but you don't want to be flashy." Gorski hit the campus cafeteria one recent day wearing a lime-green top stretched over a lacy black camisole. "It's like this top," said Gorski, nodding toward her chest. "I'd wear this without a cami if I was going to the club, but going to class, I wear a shirt under it." The male offenders lean toward the disheveled, such as Magwood, whose first-day-ofclass outfit also included baggy shorts and an Orlando Magic hat with the brim flipped up. Public universities in North Carolina don't have formal dress codes, but some private institutions do. Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, for example, prohibits hats, do rags, bustiers, halters, pajamas, bedroom slippers and "Daisy Duke" shorts. At NCCU, the issue can be dicey. There are no hard data to prove clothing can distract, just anecdotal evidence from professors. Administrators can't order students to buy new clothes, and they are wary of stifling free expression. And what's OK to wear? Bernice Johnson, dean of the University College, uses

common sense. "If there's a student with a dress so short people are whispering about it, that's a distraction," she said. But not all students go to class dressed for a night of clubbing. Some well-dressed student leaders led a counterrevolution of sorts last year, handing out information cards defining terms such as "business casual" and noting what sort of dress was and was not acceptable. And in some corners of campus, students and professors take it a step further. On the first day of her senior-level career management course, business professor Shirrell McNeill led her students in a detailed discussion of acceptable dress. McNeill's discussion hit on everything from appropriate skirt length to the proper colors for men's neckties. McNeill's class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, the business school's designated "professional attire" days. That means students are to come to class dressed for a job interview _ suits and ties for men, smart business suits for women. And keep the cleavage hidden. "I don't want to see everything falling out of your blouse," McNeill told her students. "That is really, really, really inappropriate."


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Students compete in ‘minute’ challenges By Hope Smith hsmith@kykernel.com

UK students transformed themselves into gravity defying, yo-yo slinging, back-flipping chocolate unicorns on the Worsham Theater stage Saturday. “Minute To Win It,” only one of the hundreds of K Week events this year, brought students into the spotlight to do unconventional things with conventional objects. Participants were called to the stage by ticket number to watch a short clip of their wacky challenges, and then given only one minute to complete the task. On NBC’s version, participants who successfully complete tasks within the time limit win $1 million. Whenever a UK student completed

a challenge on Saturday, the crowd was showered with tshirts, frisbees and stress balls – not quite as nice as a suitcase of hundred dollar bills, but almost as good to a group of college students. The first contestant had to snatch up a pile of pencils, balance them on the back of his hand, flip the pencils up in the air and catch them all in his hand, all while on stage in front of the screaming crowd. With every new stack, the number of pencils doubled. This tough task was not completed in one minute, but the participant still won a prize. Another number was called by the energetic K Week Crew hosts, and a young man had to shake his stuff with a yo-yo tied to his waist while attempting to use it as a mini wrecking ball to knock over

stacks of empty soda cans. When pre-vet freshman Joey Burton was called to the stage, he attempted a challenge he had seen on NBC before, the “Dizzy Mummy.” He had to unroll an entire roll of toilet paper by spinning around in circles without using his hands or ripping the toilet paper. He put the end of the roll in his mouth and starting spinning as fast as he could. Burton was close, but not close enough. He ripped the paper when a large loop caused part of the roll to get caught under his foot. “That was definitely not as easy as the show makes it look,” Burton said after the challenge. One student tried to stack seven round, chocolate snack cakes on her forehead while standing onstage, but could

not balance quite long enough to become a “Chocolate Unicorn.” “I thought my challenge was going to be easy,” Amy Allen, secondary education and mathematics freshman, said. Allen had to keep three balloons in the air at all times for the “Defying Gravity” challenge without letting them touch the ground, but as tensions rose and Allen hustled back and forth across the stage to keep all the balloons up at once, they got out of control and hit the floor. Only a few challenges were successfully completed. However, almost everyone in the crowd left in high spirits with some free stuff, providPHOTO BY BRANDON GOODWIN | STAFF ed by the Office of New Stu- Undergraduate Studies freshman Valerie White balances cupcakes dent and Parent Programs. on her head during a ‘Minute to Win It’ challenge.

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Must-see movies of the fall

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Students wait to audition in the Briggs Theatre. About 40 people came out to audition for the seven plays of the fall season.

Acting Out By Britney McIntosh bmcintosh@kykernel.com

Some students wet their pants. Others side-swipe bears. Funny and embarrassing stories like these filled the Briggs Theater in the Fine Arts Building Thursday night as more than 40 students auditioned for the festival of seven plays set to kick off the fall theater season. Each student that auditioned for a part in one of the upcoming plays had only a few minutes to make an impression on the directors and stage managers by telling a story. Directors and managers were regaled with tales about everything from lost love to major accidents. “My grandpa thought it would be a great idea to drive off,” psychology sophomore Britany Geoghegan said. “And there I was, left on the side of the road peeing, with my pants around my ankles.” After about two hours of

a steady stream of auditions, the four directors broke to decide who they wanted to call back for interviews. “Remember, give as many people a chance as you can,” said Nancy Jones, chair of the Theatre Department, as she left the directors for the evening. “Even if they are just third spear carrier from the left, get them involved. Keep the love alive!” About every other year, the Theatre Department starts the fall semester with a festival to celebrate student work, which means that plays are written, directed and acted out entirely by students, Jones said. She said festivals like these raise the interest, enthusiasm and passion of the students. This fall, however, the festival is slightly different because of the magnitude and fast production of the plays, said stage manager and theatre senior Lindsay Warnick. Each of the four directors

1. Machete, Sept. 3 The original trailer for “Machete” was actually a joke. It appeared in the B movie double header homage “Grindhouse” in 2007. Director Robert Rodriguez thankfully recognized the fact that this film needed to be made. A powerhouse movie cast will overshadow a likely pointless and certainly violent plot about a renegade Mexican Federale. The cast includes Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba and Robert De Niro.

Psychology sophomore Britany Geoghegan tells a story during her audition in the Briggs Theatre. only has two weeks to cast and produce their plays before opening night on Sept. 9. “The next two weeks we are going to be busting it out of the park,”director and theatre junior Michael Baird said. “I’ll be having rehearsals for hours every day. It’s going to be so hectic but at the end, I know it will be worthwhile.” Theatre freshman Do-

The film industry is apparently recession proof. Whether or not we're buying more tickets because we want a cheap night out in this bad economy is irrelevant.Because - and COLIN don't lie and WALSH say you Kernel won't go see columnist it again J a m e s Cameron is re-releasing "Avatar" (extended by 17 minutes) and will undoubtedly make another $100,000,000. Many of -you will be partaking in America's other favorite pastime this semester. Big blue people aside, the big screen has plenty to offer in the coming months. Here are five notable selections.

minique Luster, who will be doing the lighting for all seven of the plays, said it will be a challenging but fun way to balance her first semester of college. “I’m really excited for this festival,” Luster said. “I know that the workloads going to be a lot, and I’m going to stay reSee AUDITION on page 6

2. Freakonomics, Oct. 1 Based on a bestseller by the same name, “Freakonomics” looks like the most exciting documentary in recent memory. Just like the book,

“Freakonomics” uses economical research techniques to objectively study subjects ranging from cheating in sumo wrestling to the socioeconomic patterns of naming children. If it’s anything like the book, “Freakonomics” will challenge conventional wisdom and reach unsettling conclusions. 3. Jackass 3-D, Oct. 15 Johnny Knoxville and company are back to make people laugh at their own expense. Though it might be the last movie that “needs” 3-D treatment, it’s getting it anyway. The third installment of the franchise that was founded by the marriage of idiocy and hilarity is a sure-fire bet. 4. Due Date, Nov. 15 A goofy Zach Galifanakis and skittish Robert Downey Jr. road-trip film is a can’t-miss flick. Galifanakis invented a breed of humor with his “The Hangover” character, Alan, and since then directors and film makers have been chasing him for it. The trailers hint that Galifanakis will bring his signature humor back for “Due Date” as well. 5. Red Dawn, Nov. 24 In 1984, the Cold War was coming to a close, but that didn’t erase the ingrained cultural fear of the Red Army in the minds of Americans. Filmmakers jumped at the opportunity to exploit that fear with “Red Dawn,” an action film about a group of American teenagers saving their rural town from a Russian invasion. It’s not going to help foreign relations, but this remake, which replaces the Soviets with the Chinese, looks intriguing and exciting.


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MOVING Continued from page 1 will be charged the same rate they paid at the Linden Walk complex, Crutcher said. “We’re going to look at the cause and get estimates,” Crutcher said. “We just don’t want students in any kind of danger.” Although moving to a safer home, Lee, who will be at Cooperstown Apartments, will miss the luxury of being close to her classes. “It takes me two minutes to walk to the Fine Arts

SPLASH Continued from page 1 air—even Gumby showed up for the opportunity to be part of the hulla-balloon. In the back of the melee, voice performance freshman Chloe DePriest said she tried to stay dry, but to no avail— thanks to her friend. “We were breaking them over each other’s head,” her friend Sarah Moore, a prephysical therapy freshman, said.

RUSH Continued from page 1 walked to half of the fraternity houses and listened to presentations. “I think the previews were good,” Carson said. “A lot of fraternities get promoted by what people say. This gives you a chance for them to tell you what they stand for.” Willett said the idea for the preview nights came from Florida State University, which has a similar policy that includes the traditional “open house" alongside a more formal recruitment method. IFC spoke with many universities in the South, and they all had implemented similar policies, Willett said. Given the positive opportunities, Carson said the previews were pretty much what he expected, and most were about fraternities' histories.

Building,” Lee said. “Now it will take at least 15.” The move will also hinder Lee from practicing for the upcoming Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra Auditions. Lee said she hopes to be prepared for the tryout, but moving and reorganizing will cut into her practice time. Although inconvenienced, finance sophomore Pin Chen lauded UK for its efforts in accommodating the displaced students. “They gave us a free hotel and a free truck to move,” PHOTO BY BRITNEY MCINTOSH | STAFF Chen said. “They’ve been re- Music performance sophomore Yunjung Lee moves out of her housally helpful and friendly.” ing on Linden Walk due to poor electrical wiring.

One participant, pre-management freshman Jeff Trau, insisted the blue team won, based on the fact that “we’re not as wet as them.” “We were in the very front, but I got wet mostly from friendly fire,” Trau said. For many UK freshmen, it was the most memorable event of a busy K Week packed with different events each night. Marshall attributed much of the water balloon fight’s success to the organization’s partnership with K Week. “Partnering with Jared

Willett said not to expect anything more formal during his time as IFC president. He said formality similar to sorority recruitment would be difficult, because men don’t move in early, and the number of men rushing is a fraction of the number of women. Willett said IFC’s goal was to get 300 to 400 men to rush. More than 900 women participated in sorority rush this fall. “The logistics of sorority recruitment is pretty vast, and they have spent a long time perfecting that," he said. "We are certainly not going to jump into that during my time here.” Because of the voluntary nature of fraternity rush, group 15 ended the second preview night with only six of the original 23 potential pledges. "A lot of guys didn’t know what to expect on preview night, realized it was just 15 minute presentations and then decided not to come back," Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity

Tippets and K Week was great,” Marshall said, adding that the event’s promotion helped boost attendance. But the water balloon fight was not just about reclaiming a world record. For CSF, the event was about outreach without pressuring students, Marshall said—outreach by example. “We say we want to live out and spell out the Christian life,” Marshall said. “Living free and fun.” The title of “World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight” has been part of an ongoing

saga for UK and CSF, who sponsored the event for the third straight year. Last year, 3,902 people threw 119,411 balloons, capturing the world record. Since then, however, Utah’s Brigham Young University broke UK’s original record in July when 3,927 participants threw 120,232 balloons, prompting the fight on Friday night. The Christian Student Fellowship at UK first attempted to break the record in 2008, but fell short by 110 participants.

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A member of Kappa Sigma fraternity greets a rushee August 22. member Alex Kingsbury said. "Or they found the house and fraternity that they liked and didn’t need to come back.” Although participants were scarce at the second preview night, Kingsbury said he liked the new addition to rush. “I think it was definitely beneficial,” Kingsbury said. “A lot of guys saw us on preview

night and then just kept coming on throughout the rest of rush.” Other fraternity members also found the restructured rush to be helpful. “I think our numbers will not only increase, but we’ll be more diverse,” said Ralph Hollmeyer, agriculture economics senior and PIKE member.


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KERNEL EDITORIAL BOARD Matt Murray, editor in chief Cassidy Herrington, opinions editor Wesley Robinson, managing editor Chandler Howard, sports editor Katie Perkowski, managing editor Martha Groppo, 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.

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Bookstores offer rentals, savings are marginal With the recent upward trend of textbook rentals, bookstores may be left searching for a solution on how to achieve comparable profits to the buy-only business they once knew. Students, on the other hand, have less to worry about. Rental prices slashed dollars off textbook prices. Additionally, the end-ofsemester burden of selling textbooks back to the store for a mere fraction of the original price is no longer an unavoidable reality. With rentals, returning books is as simple as paying a fee for your books and sending them back five months later. Renting books is an elementary concept and is surprising it was not demanded sooner. That being said, the new option for renting books still isn’t drastic enough. Even the rental prices are not “cheap,” by student’s standards. Semester rental prices at UK Bookstore, Kennedy Bookstore and similar stores are comparable to the purchase prices at the cheapest online retailers. Purchasing textbooks online trumps local options, yet again. For renting a book only five months, the price should be significantly lower than the retail price. Students can simply illafford to purchase textbooks each semester, especially when new editions are released seemingly annually. This often leaves desperate buyers out of luck when browsing the web for the cheapest books. According to an Aug. 26

Kernel article, Sally Wiatrowski, the director of retail operations at UK Bookstore, claims students saved more than $6 million at the 27 book rental pilot stores. The numbers could be monumental on a larger national scale, because textbooks have historically been the largest hidden fees of attending college. But bookstores may not be losing as much money as they expect by lending out textbooks one semester at a time. As the idea takes shape and becomes the traditional way to acquire books, stores will bring in more money. Less buyers will be forced to rifle through website upon website and instead turn to their nearest book rental program, thus stimulating the income of those stores. Students looking for uncommon or niche textbooks are still left hopeless, considering the UK Bookstore rents only one-third of its entire book collection, most other stores even less. Once stores offer their entire stock for rent, equilibrium will be reached. In the same Aug. 26 Kernel article, local business spokesmen say the rental business is doing very well and acknowledge the benefits it brings to students. It does appear bookstores appreciate the relief they bring students with textbook rentals, but it is uncertain whether sellers will be able to provide all books in that fashion. Hopefully, as the rental trend becomes the norm, lower prices will too.

Senior reflects, reality sets in KATIE PERKOWSKI Kernel columnist

About four months are left in 2010, and then it will be the year I graduate college — shucks. This reality hit me the other day as I took a stroll through South Campus to get to the luxurious Commons with my roommate (we got lucky when her brother had some swipes he needed to use). It was the first time I had made the walk from the “90” since my freshman year, and as I looked up at my place of residence my freshman year, Kirwan Tower, I became jealous of the hundreds of students who live there this year and get to start college from the beginning. I remember growing up, my family members would always tell me, “College will be here before you know it,” and, “Those four years are the best of your life,” but now that I’m actually in college and my days as an undergraduate are dwindling, what am I supposed to look forward to? The public programs people growing up to think of college as the best time in a person’s life, but what about after? I’ve never heard any of my friends say, “I can’t wait to get a real job and work a 95 everyday and then go home to cook for my family.”

Which reminds me: I am expected to act like a grown up — not someone who rolls around in a T-shirt and shorts Monday through Thursday as a part of the college species — and have colleagues and a boss? I know my life won’t be over when I graduate, and it will be nice not to have to give an excuse about why I don’t want to go out on a weekend night, but I guess I’m just trying to figure out where the last three years have gone. I always seemed to be doing something, but what? I joined a sorority that I became involved in and as I got into my upper level journalism classes, I became involved in the Kernel; and I had the opportunity to study abroad twice this summer, but I could have done more. I think I’ve only been to one K Week event (and it was in my freshman year), and I know a million other organizations and activities exist that I never even looked into. Now here comes the lecture part. I know I still have a whole glorious year of college left, but freshmen, don’t let your four years at UK go by in a blur without making an effort to experience different environments and activities. A whole list of them is on UK’s website, and different events are always being advertised on campus that you could check out. Just don’t let yourself get to my point and wonder what else you could’ve done. Katie Perkowski is a journalism senior. E-mail opinions@kykernel.com

MATTHEW STALLINGS, Kernel cartoonist

“Awkward” silence proves advantageous: making the most of a pause CASSIDY HERRINGTON Kernel columnist

Our generation is socially inept, particularly in handling a normal conversational device: the pause, better known as the “awkward” silence. The signs of discontent with the pause are obvious: sweat stains, nervous fidgeting and uneasy glances. Even an eloquent speaker replaces the pause with flimsy filler words such as, “umm,” “so” and “yeah.” These are useless and make an exchange more awkward. The awkward silence is no stranger to conversation, but with the communication shift toward texting, e-mail and social networking, the silence is more apparent. Electronic communication is an easy way to avoid the pervading pause. Through texting and email, conversation is not in real-time, and the facial expressions are concealed. Such dialogues are artificial — they lack the natural, unavoidable pause. As a result, we do not know how to respond to a break in conversation. Awkward silence is misjudged and needs to be embraced as a natural element to a dialogue. NBC news correspondent

Bob Dotson addressed the awkward silence during a keynote speech for a convention of journalists in Sydney, Australia last month. “Silence makes most of us uncomfortable,” Dotson said. “But it can help you get a better story more quickly.” Dotson cited an interview he conducted in the aftermath of a tornado. After a victim described the catastrophe, a silence ensued between Dotson and the tornado victim. The man bent over, and unearthed a “hunk of pink goo” from the rubble. This pink mass, the man’s dentures, produced the most memorable sound bite: “"Well, the tornado got my teeth, but it didn't get me!" Rather than stumble for the next question and avoid the pause, Dotson embraced the break and let the silence build a passionate response. Dotson’s story is just one example proving that suppressed silence is an opportunity wasted. This summer I interned for the World Affairs Council, an organization funded by the State Department. The WAC brings international leaders to the U.S. to learn about a topic relating to their field. In essence, these leaders build relationships between nations and increase understanding. In June, a panel of Iraqi leaders spoke at an open discussion in the Louisville mayor’s office. After the Iraqis answered questions

posed by the audience, the Iraqis extended questions to the audience. Ahmed Mahmood Abdulmunen Abdulmunem, the mayor of the Hit district, was one of the first to speak. Hit is an area of concentrated fighting between U.S. forces and foreign insurgents. Consequently, Abdulmunem observed the brutality of the war in the proximity of his neighborhood. Upon visiting the U.S., Abdulmunem met a contradicting persona to his initial perception of Americans.

The awkward silence is no stranger to conversation, but with the communication shift toward texting, e-mail and social networking, the silence is more apparent. Abdulmunem stood and posed his question. The translator transmitted the words into the microphone, and the question still rings in my ears. “Why?,” was his question. Over and over, Abdulmunem asked. After experiencing hospitality and generosity during his visit to the U.S., he could not understand why there was so much violence, by the same people, in his country. No one in the audience replied. Abdulmunem’s barrage of “why” became fervent pleas. Finally, his last “why” echoed the auditorium, and a

Letter to the editor College is about two things mainly: academics, and learning how to take responsibility for one's own life. I think issues related to eating choices fall squarely into the latter category. I'm sorry to say this, but this whole argument is weak. The writer drops the fact that 68 out of the 257 K Week activities offer free food of any kind as if it's a particularly impressive figure, and then suggests that this Sodom and Gomorrah of free food will train college students to be bottomless pits.

The writer is clearly ignoring the fact that no American young adult is innocent of passive, or ever [gasp] social eating and K Week's free food will hardly be a game changer between a healthy BMI or early death because of obesity. Even if the reader decides to go along with this delusion, he/she cannot escape the fact that ultimately these incoming students are adults who aren't going to be mollycoddled. Mary Johnson is an English graduate. E-mail opinions@kykernel.c

pause engulfed the room. Nearly a minute went by. Finally, in response to this silence, a woman stood up to answer the Mayor Abdulmunem’s cry. Her response could not have been more suitable. “That day [the U.S. invasion of Iraq], we opened the newspapers and asked ourselves the same question,” she said. “We don’t know why.” Like a queue of dominoes, audience members stood up one by one and responded to the question,

each response more eloquent than the previous. In this situation, the “awkward” silence ignited a peaceful dialogue between two battling nations. Contrary to its empty, unfilled connotation, silence is productive. Silence incites reflection and thorough response. The “awkward” silence is misunderstood. Rather than dodge an uncomfortable pause, particularly with a stranger, embrace the silence. Cassidy is a journalism and international studies junior. E-mail cherrington@kykernel.com

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Monday, August 30, 2010 Page 6

Chandler Howard Sports Editor Phone: 257-1915 choward@kykernel.com

Evans leads young line By Aaron Smith asmith@kykernel.com

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Sydney Hiance is four saves away from 200 in her career, and is fourth on UK’s all-time shutout list. She had eight saves in Friday’s game.

Women’s soccer wins 2-0 By Matt Levine sports@kykernel.com

The UK women’s soccer team (2-0) continued its strong start with a 2-0 win against Indiana. UK jumped on top early after junior Natalie Horner netted a goal in the third minute. With the Cats on a breakaway, Horner teamed up with Taylor Parker and Jenna Goobie to open the scoring. “That might be goal of the year,” UK head coach Jon Lipsitz said. “It was brilliant.” Lipsitz said the goal was a key moment in the game. “It was really important to score that early,” Lipsitz

said. “We were a little flat in the first half and to get an early goal changes how you feel about a poorly played half.” Despite the goal, UK was not playing its best soccer in the first half. The Cats only took one shot in the first half, while the Hoosiers attempted eight. Still, UK’s lone shot was a goal, while all of Indiana’s attempts came out empty. Even with the Cats playing flat, they were able to keep the lead because of senior goalkeeper Sydney Hiance’s strong play. She saved eight shots of the night — which brought her career total

to 196 — and posted the second shutout of the season. She attributes the two performances to the defense. “The common goal for the whole team was to keep the ball out of my hands,” Hiance said. Even though the Cats were winning by a goal going into halftime, Lipsitz expected better play from his team in the second half. “I challenged them during half time,” Lipsitz said. “I told them it’s up to you, not me.” Lipsitz noticed that they played with a lot more fire during the second half. In the first minute of the second

half, junior midfielder Kelsey Hunyadi took a shot that Indiana’s goalkeeper saved with her fingertips. “We started the second half as the better team,” Lipsitz said. The Cats were looking tired in the middle of the second half, when Hunyadi scored a superb goal, her third of the year. Hunyadi dribbled past Indiana defenders on the Indiana end line and blasted a shot with almost no angle that deflected off Indiana’s goalie and went in. Lipsitz said the goal made it easier for the tired team to finish the game strong.

The defensive line produced one of the biggest highlight-reel plays for UK last season – Taylor Wyndham’s concussion-inducing knockout of former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was one of the signature images of the season. But that one famous hit wasn’t indicative of the season’s performance, as UK ranked last in the Southeastern Conference in sacks with 16. Wyndham, fellow sophomore Collins Ukwu and senior DeQuin Evans bookend a defensive line that wants to apply heavier pressure on quarterbacks this year. Evans, as the top returning player on the line, is going to be the driving force for the front four. He led the team with 6 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. Named to the preseason All-SEC second team, he’s looked at as a leader and is being counted on to produce again this

year. “I have to embrace it,” Evans said of his leadership role. “If I don’t embrace it I’m not taking pride in what I do. It’s a huge year for me, probably the most important year of my life.” Evans has heard the doubts about whether the front four has what it takes to be the basis of a solid defense. “We want to show we’re not an average defense,” Evans said. “We haven’t been practicing like one; we haven’t been lifting like one.” While the defensive end position seems solidified, the defensive tackle spot appears shaky. Faced with having to replace NFL third-round pick Corey Peters, the interior of the line is deep on bodies, but short on proven production. Only one player, senior Ricky Lumpkin, has any starts at defensive tackle, but See FOOTBALL on page 8

Quick Hits: Defensive Line Probable Starters Defensive ends: DeQuin Evans, Taylor Wyndham/Collins Ukwu Defensive tackles: Ricky Lumpkin, one of several options

Who To Keep An Eye On Donte Rumph: After finally becoming academically eligible, Rumph will look to make an impact on inexperienced D-line.

Biggest Question Can the D-line create enough pressure up front to ease the pressure for the other two tiers of the defense?


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5191 Continued from page 1 “We are here today to remember them, to honor them,” Turner said. “And on this day there is also a feeling of gratitude. We are grateful for the privilege of sharing our lives with the loved ones we have lost. “ Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry came to support the memorial. He said the memorial has an excellent location and will bring the city closer to the memorial for those who died. “Whenever we come to this spot in the future I hope the closeness of our community … reminds us all of the closeness our community felt as (we) comforted each other in the days and weeks following the loss of those 49 lives,” Newberry said. Matthew Snoddy, member of the Flight 5191 Memorial Commission and son of Tim Snoddy, a victim, compares the day of the crash to other meaningful events in recent history.

“Much like the moon landings, President Kennedy’s assassination or the terrorism of 9/11, many in our community remember exactly where they were or what they were doing when they heard about the crash of Flight 5191,” Snoddy said. Douwe Blumberg, a Kentucky artist, designed the sculpture. Newberry was impressed that the sculpture will include a separate bird for each of the victims, all in an upward spiral motion and a special inclusion from each family. “The individuality of the 49 silver birds serves as a distinct reminder of each of those whose lives were lost,” Newberry said. “And the inclusion of personal mementos in each figure will provide families and friends with a strong attachment to this sculpture for decades to come.“ Snoddy talked about the mission of the Flight 5191 Memorial Commission and their focus for the past few years while working towards getting a memorial ready. “There isn’t a playbook or set

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Attendees of the ground-breaking ceremony gather at the UK arboretum. of guidelines on putting together a memorial like this,” Snoddy said. “The wishes of the family members have always been the driving force (of the commission).” Beshear was mindful of those who died four years ago, and said

he felt they were watching down on the groundbreaking. “I have a feeling that 49 beautiful souls are looking down on us today, who are also saying their thanks to the committee,” Beshear said.

invest in for the future,” Friskney said. ”We laid off everyone in those two departments and allowed them to resubmit their applications.” The IT department will start hiring in about a month and a half, aiming to have the new jobs filled in the next three or four months, Friskney said. None of the 13 IT layoffs were students. Friskney listed the growing importance of mobility in the internet as a primary reason for the new group. “We are trying to make sure that the information everyone needs will be available on mobile devices such as laptops, cellphones and iPads,” Friskney said. “We are making sure the new jobs created will meet the needs of the difference in mobility coming to give students and staff what they need for the future.”

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AUDITION Continued from page 3 ally busy, but I’m excited.” In addition to celebrating the hard work of veteran theatre students, it is also meant to reach out to incoming freshmen. With the large amount of plays and parts to fill, they have a much better chance of being casted in a role, said theatre senior Alex Koehl, who was also auditioning. “It is important to get them involved and show them that student work really does get showcased here,” Koehl said. “It will be really good for them to pace with us and to see how we work as well.” It is important for the incoming freshmen to see that

students of all grades and experience levels have to audition the same way as equals, Koehl said. Theatre freshman Chandler Hostin was one of many freshmen to come out for auditions, and he said he’s anxious to start building his theatre skills early in his college career. “I love to do theatre so I’m just trying to get involved as quickly as I can,” Hostin said. Baird said the directors were shocked with the turnout of students, both new and veteran. “With the turnout we had it was very easy to put people in every place we needed them,” Baird said. “We didn’t have to fight for people like we usually do, and we had someone for every role.” Students who throw their

inhibitions aside after just being on UK’s campus for a week, stand alone on a stage and proclaim to a room full of strangers that they talk to squirrels or had dollar bills shoved in their bra, are the people who really want to be involved, Jones said. Those are the students that need to be in the program, she said. “If you are truly passionate about something, you will excel. You will be driven by your passion and your zeal,” Jones said. “And now is a perfect time for us to find those who are truly passionate.” Whether they hit a black bear or pooped in their pants at a bar, these student actors have used their life hiccups to find a place for their passion in this semester’s festival of student work.

FOOTBALL Continued from page 6 he isn’t a proven difference maker after recording just 26 tackles and no sacks last year. Junior Mark Crawford and senior Shane McCord both have experience as reserves but haven’t locked up time in the rotation. “We know what everyone says about us,” Lumpkin said. “This line has a lot of doubt, but I don’t think people should be worried about it. We have great coaches, we have great talent, we have the energy, we have great players.” When redshirt freshman Mister Cobble was ruled academically ineligible, it made an already-thin line even thinner, and defensive tackle suddenly became a pressing issue. “We were counting on (Cobble), there’s no question about that,” UK head coach Joker Phillips said. “He’s going to be a well-conditioned player when it’s all over with.” But the concerns were eased with two new additions to the line. Donte Rumph,

who originally signed with UK in 2008, had been waiting two years to qualify academically. Elliot Porter, a three-star tackle who originally signed with LSU, chose UK when there weren’t enough scholarships for him to play for the Tigers. Both will try to crack the rotation for the tackle spot opposite Lumpkin. Fitted with a nickname of “‘Bout Time” for finally becoming academically eligible at UK, Rumph is not young, but he is inexperienced. “Depth wise, I think we’ll be okay inside, I really do,” Phillips said of the tackles. “Rumph comes in at a position of need and experience. He’ll bring some maturity to that position.” The criticism of the big men in the trenches has reached the ears of the defensive linemen, but they remain focused on not talking about whether they can get it done but showing that they can. “I like to hear things like that,” Evans said. “It makes us work harder. I like being the underdog. I like to surprise people.”

Gators begin life after Tebow By Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times

Some thought this day would never arrive, but Florida finally starts a quarterback who is going to impress scouts at the NFL combine. No more questions about throwing motion, taking snaps under center or whether the Denver Broncos blew a perfectly good first-round draft pick. Tim Tebow, the Gator in the china shop, is gone. John Brantley, the new guy, is 6 feet 3 with a beautiful release on his passes. So why is everyone, including the coach, fighting back tears? Because, unlike the NFL, the college game is still more about "the spread" than the spreadsheet. It's about innovation and inspiration and not putting cookie-cutter parts into a machine. Tebow may or may not make it in the NFL. He might not be Steve Young, but he left Gainesville with one Heisman Trophy, two national championship rings and a postgame speech for the ages, and was an in-

spiration to kids and many grownups. The thought of losing Tebow made Coach Urban Meyer sick. That had to be the source of an ailment that forced Meyer to resign the day after Christmas, only to change his mind the next day. Right? Doctors finally found the source of Meyer's pain — esophageal spasms. Months later, the shock of Post-Tebow Syndrome appears to be waning. After a short sabbatical, Meyer is back, well-rested, chewing out reporters, eating more than one granola bar a day and ready to go nuts with Brantley. "Last season, I walked in with my third year of dealing with some pain that was undiagnosed," Meyer reflected in July. "It's been diagnosed." Carlos Dunlap, the catquick passer rush? He's gone too, along with defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, the new head coach at Louisville. Meyer, though, didn't get to 57-10 at Florida by flunking intelligence tests, and most in Gainesville are confident Brantley will do a rea-

sonable job replacing King Gator. Start with the speed combo of juniors Jeffery Demps and Chris Rainey. Demps has averaged 7.6 yards per carry in his career and Rainey averaged 7.5 last year. Em-

manuel Moody, the former USC tailback, has not developed into a superstar but has contributed 795 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons. The schedule is typical Florida: the Gators don't

leave the state for nonconference play. They open with home games against Miami of Ohio (Sept. 4) and South Florida before a key SEC opener at Tennessee, not nearly as interesting now with lightning rod Lane Kif-

fin having moved on to USC. What, no parting reaction to Kiffin's new team getting placed on probation? "I'll let the commissioner handle that one," Meyer quipped. "No comment. Sorry."


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