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Lambda Chi declared inactive By Patrick Sullivan

Lambda Chi Alpha’s nationals has declared the UK chapter inactive after UK Police cited the fraternity for underage drinking at its on-campus house in late August. According to a news release, the Indianapolis-based Lambda Chi Alpha headquarters intends to reestablish the chapter in the future. To do this, the chapter must comply with alumni, UK and the fraternity. No timetable was set for the chapter’s return. Because of its inactive status, the chapter is closed, and no member can represent the organization or conduct events in the fraternity’s name. UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said the department received an anonymous noise complaint after midnight on Aug. 22 for the fraternity house on Huguelet Drive. Officers issued eight citations for minor possession of alcohol, Monroe said. After the incident, headquarters placed the chapter on emergency suspension, meaning it could not participate in fall rush. Headquarters then worked with UK to investigate the incident.


William Stull (center), a Donovan scholar, molds clay in one of his classes at the Reynolds Building. Stull is a third-year Donovan’s fellow.

Scholars return to UK

South Africa class offered to students

Donovan Fellowship brings older students back to continue education By Taylor Moak

By Becca Clemons

Students craving a taste of international culture and wanting to add two hours to their schedules have the opportunity to register late for a unique class. “South Africa & Kentucky: Different Lands, Common Ground,” a course taught by arts and sciences special projects Manager Lauren Kientz, highlights the little-known similarities between the country and state and introduces students to cross-cultural opportunities on the UK campus. The course runs Sept. 23 to Dec. 7 and is accepting 200 students. “There are many parallels, surprisingly, between these two places,” Kientz said. “For instance, we both have issues about public health, both have issues with race in our past and we both love sports.” Beyond the similarities between these two places, the course's themes are important because all students will be entering a global marketplace, Kientz said. She said whether they're going into business or education, they'll be meeting and engaging in business opportunities with people from all over the world, from cultures with similarities and differences to ours. Different topics will be discussed throughout the course each week, from sports to making moral choices as a global consumer, Kientz said. Students will watch the seven-part documentary, “Have You Heard From Johannesburg,” which focuses on the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. Each week, special speakers will visit providing insight related to the class, Kientz said. Many of these speakers were directly involved with the antiapartheid movement. “[The course] is open to anybody who wants to learn,” she said. “It focuses on introductory skills that everyone needs to learn.” Students will reflect on the documentary through creative blog entries posted on the class website. Although the course is open to 200 students, much discussion will occur online in small See AFRICA on page 2


Donovan scholar Barbara Steinrock’s hands are seen molding clay in her ceramics class this semester in the Reynolds Building.

The ordinary college student is about 20 years old and takes classes to learn the skills preparing themself for life and a career. But not all students at UK fit this traditional mold. Some students already have a lifetime of knowledge and experiences and return to school to learn more. At UK, these students are known as Donovan Fellows. Founded in 1964, the Donovan Fellowship for Academic Students, allows students who are 65 or older to return to UK without having to pay tuition. The program was named for Herman Donovan, president of UK from 1941-56. Michael Smith, director of the Donovan Fellowship, said Donovan believed learning doesn’t stop with college. “(Donovan) had the wisdom to understand that even though age 65 retirement was typical then,

that curiosity never retires,” Smith said. “And that older adults could be a tremendous valuable resource to the community.” Around the same time the Donovan program was starting, William Stull was serving in Vietnam. He was there 31 months, 25 days and 10 hours. Now, Stull, a third-year Donovan’s fellow, takes a pottery class at UK. Stull has a masters degree in education from UK and worked on a doctorate degree, but he never completed it. Stull also served as a leader in UK’s ROTC for four years. However, Stull didn’t return to UK to complete his doctorate or to work with the ROTC program. He came back to learn pottery to teach his grandson, who he and his wife raise. “I had a little guy who said he loved ceramics,” Stull said. Stull said he takes the class “to See DONOVAN on page 2

Defensive woes overshadow offensive output against WKU By Nick Craddock

The UK offense might be humming two games into he season, but for the second straight week, defensive breakdowns displeased UK head coach Joker Phillips following his team’s 63-28 romp over in-state foe Western Kentucky. The UK defense has surrendered 601 offensive yards to two non-Southeastern Conference opponents this season; UK’s run defense, which has given up 377 of those 601 yards including several long runs, has been particularly suspect. “We have to wrap up, and

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we’ve got to gang tackle also,” Phillips said. “Today's backs are squatty, thick legged. It's hard to get your arms around them sometimes. We’ve got to gang tackle once we get them wrapped up. That's not happening either.” Squatty backs, such as WKU’s 5-foot-7 Bobby Rainey, who ran for a gamehigh 184 yards versus the Cats, haven’t seemed to be slowed down by UK’s inexperienced front seven. UK’s next game against the Akron Zips, from the Mid-American Conference, will be the final tune-up for the UK defense before facing No. 10 Florida in Gainesville

on Sept. 25. Although the Zips (0-2) come to Lexington on the heels of a 38-37 overtime loss to Gardner-Webb of the Football Championship Subdivision, they had two tailbacks, seniors Nate Burney and Alex Allen, each rush for more than 100 yards. “I think their offensive line is their strength, both in the running game and in the passing game,” said Phillips, who along with UK defensive line coach David Turner worked with Akron’s offensive line coach, Mitch Browning, at Minnesota. The UK offense has faith


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in their defensive counterparts to get up to speed before the conference games start. “We’re lacking experience (on defense) right now,” sophomore wide receiver La’Rod King said. “But those guys play hard, they go 110 percent and lay the wood down, but we had a couple missed assignments and gave up a couple of big plays. Please believe this week they’ll fix all that.” Phillips noted that he did think the defense improved from week 1 to week 2, but felt like the immaturity was the reason behind the defense letting up in the second half against the Hilltoppers. The defense’s goal this week is still clear, however. “Definitely, stopping the run,” Phillips said. “On kicks, too, I consider that stopping the run. Once the guy has the ball in his hand, it's no longer a kick, it's a running play.  We have to stop that.” Backup quarterback position still unsettled Mike Hartline’s backups,

be able to stay ahead of him.” Since Donovan fellows are UK students, they have the same grading options as other students: grade, pass/fail or audit. Stull said he either audits classes or takes them as pass/fail. “I don’t want to put pressure on myself or skew the class averages,” Stull said. Barbara Steinrock, another Donovan’s fellow in Stull’s ceramics class, said she had taken pottery classes as an undergraduate. “My work is a lot different than it was,” Steinrock said. Steinrock said the age of the Donovan’s fellows doesn’t affect their interactions with other students. “The age doesn’t make any difference at all,” Steinrock said. She also said age doesn’t mean she tries any less in her classes. “I do the same work they do,” Steinrock. “I don’t try to cop out.” Bobby Scroggins, professor of the Ceramics II class Stull and Steinrock are taking, said he has taught several Donovan’s fellows during his 21 years at UK. Scroggins said the fellows are a benefit to his classes. “They bring about a sense of stability and maturity,” Scroggins said. Around the time Stull was


Linebacker Ronnie Sneed attempts to chase down WKU’s running back Bobby Rainey during Saturday’s game. sophomore Morgan Newton and freshman Ryan Mossakowski, both got the chance to play and led scoring drives against WKU after Hartline exited the game late in the third quarter, but Phillips said he still hasn’t designated either backup as the No. 2 quarterback. Mossakowski redshirted last season, yet Phillips said that he hadn’t considered redshirting Newton because he’s “really not into redshirting guys that can help you, and (Newton) can help us win a game.”

Injury report Cornerback Martavius Neloms (groin) and safety Dakotah Tyler (ankle) are expected to resume practicing this week. Tailback Derrick Locke (elbow), cornerback Randall Burden, linebacker Danny Trevathan (hip) and tailback Donald Russell (ankle) are probable for the game against Akron. Tight end Nick Melillo and safety Taiedo Smith are listed as questionable again for this week.

AFRICA Continued from page 1 groups, Kientz said, emphasizing the importance of peer publishing, blogs and digital media for students pursuing any major. The class website displays a schedule that includes discussions, film screenings and a field trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati in its final week. This aims to explore similarities and differences between race issues in South Africa and Kentucky. Undergraduates' eyes may

serving in Vietnam, Dr. Robert French was beginning his residency at UK. After working at UK for nearly 40 years, French, 73, retired in 2003. Last spring, French returned to UK to take musical theory. Two things led French to take classes again. First, French said he has written a children’s song he would like to develop. The other is to finish a composition he first heard in a dream. French is taking the introductory music theory class that assistant professor in music theory Kevin Holm-Hudson teaches. As an introductory course, the musical theory class has a wide range of talent and knowledge. French said he doesn’t play piano but uses a keyboard as a tool to help him with scales and to visualize his work. “I don’t plan to write any symphonies,” French said. “So I’m trying to basically achieve the 6-year-old level of Mozart level, not the 8year-old. “In fact, I’d be happy to achieve the 5-year-old level,” French said. Holm-Hudson said the class teaches students the elements of music, including basic harmony, chords and scales. Holm-Hudson said he could think of two Donovan’s fellows, including French, who have taken music classes. He said the fellows don’t feel self-conscious, and they

motivate other students to do their best by being quick to answer questions and to do assignments. “The Donovan’s scholar program is wonderful,” Holm-Hudson said. “The students I’ve had from that program have always been a real asset to our classes.” Holm-Hudson said one of the first assignments he has his students do is create a CD with their favorite songs. He said French turned in a fulllength CD with recordings French had grown up with. Holm-Hudson said he appreciated the personal touch French brought to the class through the CD. With the three options for grading, French said he is taking the class for a grade. “Human nature being what it is, if you audit a course, you’re not going to work as hard,” French said. French said as he’s gotten older, he sees a “new form of procrastination.” “Whereas when you’re little you think, ‘If I could just put it off till tomorrow.’ And then you get older and you think, ‘No, I’ll do that next week.’ And then you think, ‘No, I better wait to next month to do that.’ But, you get to my age you think, ‘No, I better put that off till next year,’ ” French said. “And now I’m almost reaching the level where I think, ‘No, I’m going to need a new lifetime to do that.’ ”

also be opened to numerous “rich opportunities” on the UK campus through this course, Kientz said. Major themes of politics, activism, race and religion will be covered, as well as business, the role of segregated education, questions about poverty, crime and discrimination, and sports, which she said are very close to both Kentucky and South Africa's identities. “Also, we have very distinct regional identities in a large statehood,” Kientz said. Students with a passion for international government and relations would be espe-

cially interested in this course, but it is an opportunity for everyone to learn about a place that's very different but also connects to home, she said. Registration for course is available until the first day of class Sept. 23. Students must work with their advisers to register. The course outline is available on the class web page, ( The “Have You Heard From Johannesburg” viewing is also open to the public, not just those in the class, Kientz said.

Artists revive songs, music scene Musical reclaimation projects have been all the rage of late. Reaching back to Jack White's 2004 repositioning of Loretta Lynn as a grunged-up femme fatale for a new generation, Elvis Costello's recent embrace of New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint or T Bone Burnett and Elton John's forthcoming resuscitation of Leon Russell's lately-below-radar career, superstars and indie faves have made it fashionable to pay tribute to their heroes, while seizing a chance to step outside their own creative comfort zones. The latest of these albums, "You Are Not Alone," Mavis Staples' collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, steers clear of wholesale reinvention. While it's certain an entire demographic, who've likely never spun a single Staple Singers record, will pick up "Alone" based solely upon producer Tweedy's involvement, it also gives Staples more exposure to the discern-

ing, Starbucks-sipping crowd. (She previously ventured into this territory with 2007's Ry Cooder-produced "We'll Never Turn Back.") Aside from sharing a hometown Staples and Tweedy both hail from Chicago the pair also appear to share a similiar sensibility, in that gospel, folk and easy-going rock reside quite close to one another. Spirituality of the secular and non-secular varieties threads its way through the whole album, itself sprinkled with covers and a few originals, including the quietly powerful title track, penned by Tweedy. The Wilco frontman (who drafted bandmate Pat Sansone to contribute here, along with Neko Case's back-up vocalist Kelly Hogan and guitarist Rick Holmstrom) doesn't impose himself too much upon Staples, content to let her talent and passion carry the day. Alone isn't, thankfully, a case of a gospel/R&B legend being grafted

onto avant garde indie rock songs; rather, Tweedy keeps things spare and tastefully showcases the 71-yearold vocalist's stout, soulful pipes. Still, a handful of songs "Only the Lord Knows" or "Wrote a Song For Everyone" wouldn't feel out of place on a Wilco album. The gently rambling, folk-rock style is unmistakable, although it meshes well with Staples' often spot-on performances. Tweedy long ago cemented his place among the indie rock elite, while Staples has maintained a vibrancy and vitality well into her sixth decade in the music business. Even if this project is a one-off collaboration, its broad appeal marks as one of the year's more low-key delights. Like the best of these star-crossed efforts, "You Are Not Alone" renews appreciation for the student, as well as the master


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One hour makes a difference It is often said that the last thing we learn or study becomes our lens of how we view the world. As a second year marriage and family therapy graduate student, I find this to be FATIMAH inherently true. Since SHALASH the start of the program, I Kernel have a heightened sense columnist of the complex emotions others experience, as well as my own. And I have noticed that despite each person having a unique struggle, some of the same themes and feelings unite everyone: loneliness, pain and sadness. But the biggest challenge of all is finding the courage to share this pain with others. Society tells us to be fiercely independent and to “deal with” things on our own. We are taught to control our emotions and that sad feelings are bad and unhealthy to have. Getting help or going to therapy may reflect weakness or say you’re “crazy,” and medication is the quick fix. Through my own trial and error, I have quickly found the opposite to be true. It takes a stronger person to reach out and ask for help. It takes a braver person to reveal vulnerability to another. It is the harder thing to do, but as Lois Lowry says in the book The Giver, “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” It can be easier to put a smile on your face than have to explain to someone what you’re going through. He or she might not understand. He or she may judge you or might feel burdened. I know this, because I have had these very thoughts run through my mind. But during the past year, I have realized that constantly trying to control your emotions and hide them is exhausting. Sometimes to relieve sadness or painful emotions, we actually have to let ourselves feel it — and more importantly, to share it with others. As simple as that may sound, we have become adept at distracting ourselves from doing so, because we are either constantly moving from one thing to the next or are scared of what we may find. Slow down. Take time to be introspective; you may be surprised at how resilient you really are. The wise Aristotle said we cannot learn without pain, and I suspect he is right. My own struggles have given me a greater capacity to feel the good. Free and low-cost counseling resources are availabe on campus that offer you this opportunity. The Family Center is located in Scovell Hall and offers individual, marriage and family therapy. The Counseling and Testing Center in Frazee Hall offers free individual counseling to students. Take an hour each week and dedicate it to just you. You deserve it. Fatimah Shalash is a marriage and family therapy graduate student. E-mail

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President’s plans fall short of expectations Lee Todd failed. Plain and simple, Lee Todd failed to deliver on his word.


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He vowed to deliver a top-20 learning institution to the state of Kentucky, and he did not do it. Now, he is leaving the university confused, flustered and leaderless. Why now? Why don’t we have the premiere university we strived to attain for the last 13 years? UK’s lame duck President Lee Todd’s legacy will forever be deemed as a failure, which is a shame considering he was one of the truly great advocates for this institution. Google “Lee Todd” and you will read about the wonderful characteristics Todd possesses or the firsthand accounts of how he changed

a student’s life. All these are wonderful, but in today’s society, we ask ‘what have you done for me lately?’ So what has Todd done for me lately? Nothing. But before we throw Todd under the metaphorical bus, assess what he was charged with accomplishing. The Top 20 Plan was a nowin situation for UK and Todd from the very beginning. When Todd’s replacement is announced sometime later this year, that individual will be the third president to take on this wounded beast. In 1997, the Kentucky state legislature mandated UK become a top-20 research institution by 2020. Sure, sounds like a wonderful plan. Let’s just throw money at a cause and work toward it. The problem is, only one side kept its word. Under this compact agreement, the government vowed to support this plan. Unless yearly budget cuts fall under support, the government has failed its people

when it comes to education. The Top 20 Plan is a joke. A college education provides students the option of pursuing their dreams and life goals. To be obtained, though, these dreams must be realistic. Yes, I always wanted to play golf on the PGA Tour and make millions, but how realistic is that? My game is OK but nothing to brag about. The point is, goals and aspirations are essential building blocks to a successful life, but these objectives must be realistic. The Top 20 Plan is not a realistic goal for this university. Look around campus and you will see where this institution succeeds: health care and athletics. State of the art facilities exist for the athletes and future health care providers. But can you find one education building that we can deem “state of the art”? White Hall Classroom Building may have been ahead of its time in 1969 when it was built, but that was more than 40 years ago.

How can we have a top-20 institution when the average student is overlooked and underappreciated (and subsequently, underfunded)? The state legislature has been digging Lee Todd’s grave since the moment he took the job nearly 10 years ago. Since the Top 20 Plan was Todd’s baby, you have to deem his tenure as a failure. Yet, it wasn’t even his fault. Throw in the growing power and influence of the athletic department on this campus, and you have a genuine no-win situation for Todd. Todd will be remembered for taking a business approach to running a large public institution and being a staunch advocate for this university, yet on paper, he will have failed miserably. Just be sure to let the record show that his responsibility for the failure is essentially none. Austin Schmitt is a finance and accounting junior. E-mail

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Practical Self-Defense, Good Exercise, Life-long friendships. UK Chinese Karate Club accepting beginners, Mondays 6:30pm, Beull Armory,, 421-4335 Healthy Marijuana Users Needed for Behavioral Study. Researchers with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Science are recruiting healthy volunteers ages 1840 to participate in a research study to evaluate the behavioral effects of marijuana. Qualified volunteers will be paid for their participation. The study involves completion of 8 to 16 testing sessions and are run in a pleasant setting during daytime hours. Snacks, movies, video games and reading materials will be provided. Please call (859) 277-3799. Investigators will return your call to discuss eligibility. Or visit our website at Sky-Diving Instruction,, 502-648-3464 LOOKING FOR M & F Social drinkers 21-35 years of age with or without ADHD. Researchers at the University of Kentucky are conducting studies concerning the effects of alcohol. Volunteers paid to participate. Please call 257-5794

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Have hope, be realistic in love It’s junior year of high school, and my friend Kate and I are sitting at lunch. I’m complaining about boys we can’t have, and Kate is complaining about math. It was during this typical scene when Kate had the idea of the “Socahtoa.” Socahtoa is a term generally used in trigonomeLaura try to help Formisano with sine Kernel and cosine, columnist but the way Kate saw it, these equations were unsolvable much like the relationships (or lack thereof) with the boys we were lusting after. So, instead of using the term Socahtoa exclusively for her puzzling math homework, Kate decided the term could also apply to our equally puzzling boy situation. The term Socahtoa, used to refer to the boys we wanted and couldn’t have, was born. The Socahtoa. The person you want and cannot have, for whatever reason, being

out of your league, geographically distant, or part of a Montague and Capulet situation. You both like Matt & Kim, you both have never missed an episode of “Entourage,” and you both enjoy Twizzlers and Red Bull when you’re staying up late cramming for tests. It’s a match made in heaven because, in your mind, this person can do no wrong. But wait. Go back to my last sentence — the relationship is in your mind. And that, my dear readers, is why it’s the perfect relationship. My most successful and happy relationship is with my own Socahtoa because technically, it’s not happening. He’s off at college a couple of states away, and that’s why it’s awesome. He hasn’t gotten his grubby hands on it to mangle it, and he hasn’t gotten the chance to make me mad, let me down or break my heart. Hence the appeal and lure of the elusive Socahtoa. It’s the perfect relation-

ship because it can’t and doesn’t exist. Yet Socahtoa still fills you with hope. Whenever things head south with that cutie you were flirting with all semester in SOC 101, and he leaves the bar with a swamp creature instead of you, you need only turn to your Socahtoa (and okay, maybe another beer). See, not only does the Socahtoa offer an example of what could be the perfect relationship, he or she also contributes hope to the human race. A hope of something better in the world of stale beer, “Family Guy” quotes and “flavor of the week” hookups that we revolve around. While yes, I make light of Socahtoa, the hope of something better it can bring is something to be cherished. It’s important to keep that hope alive but also important to be realistic, because hope is just that — something we wish would happen. The ultimate loss of hope is disheartening. It’s confirmation that the potential to have the world’s greatest relationship doesn’t exist. It was truly what it was all along — just a figment of your imagi-

nation. A loss of hope like that, and sadly, I speak from experience, is quite hard to deal with. Yet, despite the fact that our hope is against all odds and there’s a chance we may get our heart stomped, the Socahtoa lives on. Because no one else can make a relationship quite like we can, right? While we may not get our imagined relationship with our Socahtoas, whoever they may be, why not turn our Socahtoas into something to aspire to, a relationship to base others off of? Maybe the person you're currently scoping out is much more attainable but isn’t the “Entourage” fanatic you are, but instead is a die hard fan of “Dexter.” Those are compromises that can be made. One day, maybe you’ll get your Socahtoa. I hope you do. A final word — if the miracle happens and you do get your “Socahtoa,” it will no longer be a perfect relationship. This can only mean one thing: time for a new Socahtoa.

Exhibit to show history of horses Hope Smith

In 11 days, Kentucky will absorb a giant surge of horse fans from across the globe, becoming the first state in the country to host the World Equestrian Games. UK’s Art Museum is hosting its very own equine first — an artistic, historical study of horses and their role in America. After gathering paintings, prints, photos and sculptures from more than 30 national institutions and private collections, the museum is presenting “Hoofbeats & Heartbeats: The Horse in American Art.” In grade school you might recall seeing images of George Washington in your history textbooks, often posed near a strong, white horse. This was a symbol of power in art passed down through the centuries. “A white horse set the generals apart from the rest of the troops during the Revolutionary War through the Civil War,” Janie Welker, UK Art Museum curator of collections and exhibitions, said.

“These are traditions of horses and poses based on older symbols and adapted for use in America.” The museum has three rare and distinct Washington renderings in the show’s first section, which is about the horse as a symbol of power. All three have their own behind-the-scenes historical context. In the second segment of the showcase, the horse is portrayed as a symbol of freedom, especially in the American West. “These pieces show people living life in an untamed landscape … where there’s a vast, open country to expand to,” Welker said. Everything from Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders to the everyday lives of Native Americans can be seen in the exhibit. In a George Catlin piece, the rarely depicted Native American equine dressage is available in vibrant view. This is one of the few pieces completed before the Native Americans started to disappear from the American landscape. The third section contains

works related to the theme of “horse power,” or horses as working machines. In one sculpture, man and horse become one as they work alongside each other, testing their respective strengths. Welker said horses were once so abundant in New York City that multi-tier garages were built to accommodate them, much like the garages we park our cars in today. Horses were used for transportation, construction and delivery, said Welker, and there were too many to house in flat lots. Horses used for the purpose of sport and pleasure can also be seen. Early racing champions like the famous “Lexington” are included, as well as pieces depicting people enjoying the pleasure of riding horses. “This exhibit is as much about the history of horses as it is about the history of America,” Welker said. About 50 pieces were borrowed from all over the country to compose “Hoofbeats & Heartbeats,” one of the largest exhibitions to hold so many creations on loan at


Volleyball prepares for conference play By Ethan Levine

The leaves are changing, and the days are getting shorter. For the UK volleyball team, that means it’s time for conference play, and the team is using its beginning nonconference games to prepare itself for the Southeastern Conference. UK finished the first portion of its schedule 6-4 in non-conference play, including winning two of three in the UK Invitational held Sept. 10-11. The Cats lost in five sets to No. 17 Florida State, then swept Virginia Commonwealth and beat Kansas State 3-1. “What we try to do is play the best non-conference schedule we can, because the SEC is so strong,” UK assistant coach Lindsey Gray said. “Playing teams from different conferences gives you the ability to see different looks and the speed of the game. It’s important to see how we match up. The preseason this year was very tough, but I think the strong schedule helps to build the confidence of the team.” The strong schedule also included opening the season with two games against top10 opponents in Nebraska and Iowa State. The Cats lost

both matches convincingly, managing to win a mere one set between the two matches. But with a team of youth and inexperience — UK has only two seniors — the early challenges allowed the Cats to improve. “We need to revert back to this when we see these teams again in the postseason,” Gray said. “We’re not going to hang our heads because of a slow start. It’s all about where we are at the end of the season.” A promising sign for UK’s future came in Saturday’s match against Kansas State when senior Blaire Hiler recorded her first career double-double. She paced the Cats to a five-set win with 16 kills and 14 digs, both career bests. Hiler’s improvement could indicate how much better UK can perform. And despite the lineup heavy on youth, UK is talented. Freshman Whitney Billings was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 3.28 kills per match in the Kentucky Invitational, including a 23-kill performance against Florida State. UK has also experienced paces of pressurized matches, which could serve them well in conference play. Five

of the 10 matches have gone to the maximum five sets, and UK has won three of those five matches. Playing in closely contested sets has helped prepare the Cats for the trials of an SEC schedule. “We couldn’t ask for a better schedule to start our season,” head coach Craig Skinner said in a preseason interview in August. “It’s a good chance to see where we are. There’s no better measuring stick.” The non-conference schedule was tough, but for this particular team it was exactly what was needed as the team continues to figure itself out. UK viewed the challenges as learning experiences, and while mistakes were made, it gives the Cats the opportunity to fix those mistakes in time for conference play. “We learned a lot about ourselves here in the preseason,” Gray said. “We made a lot of great plays and some dumb ones. But we found out we can battle, and while it may not always be pretty we can always come out of any match with a win. The future is very bright for us.”

one time. The show took more than three years to organize and prepare. “My favorite pieces are probably the William Herbert Dunton paintings,” Welker, who had never before seen Dunton’s work, said. “They have such a romantic fee. But this show has so much variety, there really is something for everyone.” “Hoofbeats & Heartbeats” can be seen at the UK Art Museum through Nov. 21.

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