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Panda Express to open in Student Center By Jill Seelmeyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who love Chinese food will no longer have to travel off-campus to satisfy their cravings. The Chinese restaurant chain Panda Express is set to open in the Student Center during the spring semester, said Ray Schmidt, associate director of UK Dining Services. “Our goal is to open right around spring break,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt said Panda Express approached UK about opening a restaurant on campus about two years ago, and UK Dining Services signed a five-year contract with Panda Express this summer. “They were intrigued by the state of Kentucky,” Schmidt said. Panda Express had a location in the Covington Airport, which is currently closed due to construction, Schmidt said, so the campus location would be the only one in the state.
Panda Express is a California based company, but it has been successful at colleges such as Penn State, Schmidt said. He anticipates similar success at UK. “Part of what we really love about the concept is that the food is made right in front of you,” Schmidt said. “We are very optimistic that it will be well received.” A UK Dining Services advisory board performed polls and talked to students, administrators, faculty and staff as part of the decision-
making process to bring Panda Express to UK. “We’re trying to stay relevant to students,” Schmidt said. Menu items like the Panda Bowl, which includes an entrée and a side, are affordable and “travel-friendly,” Schmidt said. The new restaurant will have a sushi chef and its own dining area where students can sit. UK Dining Services is considering eventually adding weekend and evening
hours for Panda Express, Schmidt said. Currently, only Starbucks and the Quick Stop Convenience store are open on the weekends in the Student Center. Students will be able to use their Flex and Plus accounts at Panda Express and the restaurant will also honor the 10 percent discount offered to students at all UK Dining Services when they use these accounts. Panda Express will be located on the first floor of
the Student Center, where Café du Chat is currently located. Café du Chat will not reopen in a new location, Schmidt said. Zach Means, a civil engineering freshman, lives in Haggin and said the new restaurant would bring him to the Student Center more. “I’m excited,” Means said. “I normally eat Chinese whenever I can. (Panda Express) will definitely give me a reason to walk down here.”
Fire displaces students from off-campus home
By Patrick T. Sullivan
Site of fire
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The University of Kentucky basketball team holds an open practice for students and faculty in Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Head coach John Calipari stands with Stacey Poole during the practice.
Private practice Young team holds practice for students and faculty By Aaron Smith email@example.com
After the basketball practice was over, and the students had trickled out after their exclusive look at a John Calipari-led practice, Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones stayed on the floor. The two freshmen kept hoisting up three-point shots, honing their strokes, rebounding for each other. Knight and Jones, two highprofile recruits, were just a couple of players shooting around. At one point, a long
rebound got away from Jones, who chased it down at half-court. Walking back, he stopped around the infamous Tayshaun Prince spot – a foot or two inside the half-court line and the sideline – and launched up a three that banked in. Jones raised his hands in celebration, waving his arms to pump up an imaginary crowd. Memorial Coliseum stood silent all around them. *** Only minutes before, however, Memorial Coliseum had been filled with students
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and faculty who had come to watch the men’s basketball practice. This practice was the opposite of the first official practice of the year, Big Blue Madness – a thorough glimpse into the new UK team, stripped of all the adornments and adulation surrounding the annual hypefest of Madness. UK head coach John Calipari said at the conclusion of Madness that it was now time for business. He meant it. Calipari was at the helm of the practice, barking, blowing whistles, clapping, praising – teaching. Calipari directed the team through an array of drills, instructing the entire way. Stu-
dents and faculty were able to get a glimpse at the team during one of their earliest real practices. Brandon Knight showcased physical talent, leadership and work ethic. Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins looked like they were embracing the leadership role. Josh Harrellson was crashing the boards hard – and swatted a Jarrod Polson alley-oop attempt even harder. There was something to glean for almost every player. The crowd sat silent the whole time – after all, they were in Calipari’s classroom, as he said at the introduction – and watched the team work through offensive, defensive and rebounding drills. (Oh, See PRACTICE on page 2
Local kids got a chance to play festival games and be with UK students on campus Tuesday at Kitty Karnival, an event sponsored by the Student Activities Board. Student organizations set up booths with activities for children and gave away candy and other prizes. Many Greek organizations, music organizations, Students Today, Alumni
Tomorrow and other groups had booths. The event also had Halloween-themed music, cotton candy, a pie toss, face painting and a football toss. Rosie’s Ponies had a petting zoo for the kids. Many children arrived in costume since this year’s theme was “Where little ghosts and goblins come to play.” Beth Goebel, SAB Traditions Committee Kitty KarniSee KARNIVAL on page 2
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Four UK students were displaced from their residence after a fire Tuesday.
are working with the Red Cross, the fire department’s Community Services Division and the building’s landlord to find temporary housing, Griggs said. “The fire caused significant damage, but it was contained to the building’s back rooms,” he said. Griggs said that the smoke alarms not damaged by the fire were working.
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The remains of a house stands at the corner of S. Limestone and Conn Terr. after a fire damaged the house as well as a vehicle.
Debating the issues Mayoral candidates face off at UK by Drew Teague
By Gary Hermann
Four UK students are searching for housing after a fire ravaged part of their home early Tuesday. The fire damaged a three-story building at the corner of Conn Terrace and South Limestone that housed six people, four of whom were UK students, Lexington Division of Fire Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said. Firefighters responded to the fire at 5:41 a.m. Residents were exiting the rear of the building when the fire department arrived, Griggs said. No one was injured. Griggs said smoking materials placed in a plastic trashcan in the building’s rear caused the fire. One resident was awake when the fire occurred and alerted other residents. Smoke alarms also helped awake the sleeping residents. The fire destroyed an enclosed deck and damaged a vehicle parked near the building. The fire also caused smoke, fire and water damage inside the building, Griggs said. The building’s occupants
With the Election Day drawing closer, UK will help students learn about one of the races. UK will host a mayoral debate so students, faculty and the community can have a last chance to assess the candidates before making a final decision. Lexington Vice Mayor Jim Gray will be one of the two at the debate, along with his opponent in the race, current Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry.
Gray said it is important to make sure UK is included with the rest of the city and is able to host the candidates and give those voting a chance to see the candidates. “UK is an enormous part of the community and reaching out to the university community, demonstrating the candidates interest in the university and the way that the university and the city to work together,” Gray said. Gray said this debate will be open in terms of what topics will be discussed, and those present will have an opportunity to ask the candidates
questions. “From what I understand the debate is covering all the issues,” Gray said. “I am sure there will be some focus on the university.” Even though many people on campus are not registered to vote in Lexington, Gray said he thinks the event will have a good turnout. See DEBATE on page 2
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PRACTICE Continued from page 1 through offensive, defensive and rebounding drills. (Oh, and not to forget the hustle drills that opened practice, where players took a charge and then dove for a loose ball. It was indicative of the new business standard surrounding the team.) Near the end of practice, Calipari began dribble-drive motion drills. He broke down the spacing and movement for all the players, most of whom are probably brand
DEBATE Continued from page 1 “We had a good student representation in the primary,” Gray said. “I would hope that we will get a good crowd.” Newberry’s campaign is in agreement with Gray’s in that aspect, said Lance Blanford, Newberry’s Campaign manager. “With the Congressional race and the Senate race and with the mayoral race going on, I think people are really in tune with the elections this year,” Blanford said. “It will probably draw out a larger crowd than what it normally would.” Gray and Newberry had a debate on Tuesday night, said Walker Mattox, Gray’s communications director.
KARNIVAL Continued from page 1 val chair, said she was hoping to have 150 children attend in part because of the great fall weather. Jeb Jarrell, mechanical engineering junior, was with the Farmhouse booth that had a Halloween themed duckpond and a student in a gorilla suit. Kitty Karnival is “a good way to be involved on campus and do something good for children,” Jarrell said. The students were excited to welcome the young people to our campus.
new to the system. Then again, the learning may never stop. After an hour and a half, Calipari closed the practice with a team breakdown. “With 10 guys, I can’t practice 2 and a half hours,” Calipari said. “I’m trying to make them better, not kill them.” *** After practice, Knight and Jones continued to move around the three-point line, nothing but clangs and swishes as a soundtrack to their shots. They moved to the free-throw line for some practice – Knight with a fluid
two-bounce, spin motion and Jones with that lefty shot – and worked some more. After another round of three-pointers, Knight went in. Jones asked for one more. He took a shot, and missed. Took another, and missed. Knight went down the tunnel, leaving the one last UK player on the floor. Jones took three more shots, missed them all. Finally, Jones swished one. He left his arm up, wrist cocked. Letting the ball dribble across the floor, Jones finally disappeared into the tunnel. Even Terrence Jones has to leave on a make.
Gray said the topics that the students and faculty will bring up will be ones that are personal to them, like last spring’s student housing issue. “Traditionally the issues affecting the university and affecting the students are presented in debates,” Gray said. “We expect issues regarding student housing and city and university’s role in working with neighborhoods.” Blanford said the Newberry campaign is ready for the debate and wants to see what types of concerns the audience will bring up to the candidates. “We’re going to have a diverse group in the audience; we’re looking forward to a diverse set of questions,” Blanford said. “We hope we have the opportunity to answer questions that will be important to the citizens of Lexington, the students at UK and
others that are independent.” Gray knows how big athletics is to the university and said that this will probably be a topic discussed Wednesday night at the debate. “We’ll always have an interest in the athletics program and how the city and Rupp Arena have to work together,” Gray said. Blanford said he is happy the debate is being put on by the League of Women Voters and UK Student Government. “The debate is through the League of Women Voters and the University of Kentucky and it’s important for [them] to know the stance of both candidates,” Blanford said. The debate will be moderated by UK Student Government Vice President Kelsey Hayes and will start at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Small Ballroom and will last for approximately one hour.
“I think little kids like to be around teenagers,” said Ariel Danek, nutrition sophomore with Kappa Kappa Gamma. “It makes them feel important.” Kappa Kappa Gamma hosted the “Kappa Can Knockdown,” where kids had two chances to knock down cans and were given a prize. Praveen Chenna, a Pulmonary and Critical Care Doctor with UK Healthcare, brought his 2 and a half -yearold son. He joked his son may have been “flirting with the sorority girls.” Cheena was impressed by the location and atmosphere of the event.
“It’s a nice way for us as parents to be a part of UK in a way we wouldn’t normally be,” Chenna said. This year’s event built on the success of Kitty Karnivals in previous years. “It’s great to get all the organizations involved with Homecoming to put on an event to get the community together,” Goebel said.
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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 - Two kinds of effort are needed today. One is simple awareness of the possibilities. The other involves an attitude adjustment, rather than pressing ahead. Taurus (April 20-May 20) - Today is a 6 - Your feelings go in two different directions. Don't expect others to relate to that. Start from a practical point of agreement. Put personal desires on hold. Gemini (May 21-June 21) - Today is a 5 - Ideas fly back and forth between you and a partner. This is best in private. There's time to reveal the strategy later. Now is for speaking freely. Cancer (June 22-July 22) - Today is a 6 - Take extra steps to make sure everyone's comfortable in their own role. Talk
over requirements, and show how each person has a unique opportunity. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is an 8 - Career associates and friends could keep you busy all day, fulfilling their requests. Or you could steer them in another direction, and go on to your own work. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 7 - There's a strong desire to go outside and play. But you need to get your chores done first. Later you find plenty of fun without spending much. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 7 - You may feel at the end of your rope. Don't worry. There are handholds waiting, just out of view. Opportunity is everywhere, even if you don't see it yet. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - Apply your creativity to concrete problems with a sibling or neighbor. It's better to have a great plan than to rush forward without one.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - Your team has questions that keeps them from settling in to their roles. An older person has broader perspective, and makes excellent suggestions. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - Entertain yourself with an active dream. You have time later to respond to social commitments. Share loving words with everyone you meet. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - Today is a 5 - Your desire for coziness at home can be satisfied through group effort. You need help with the heavy lifting. If everyone contributes, it's easily managed. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) - Today is a 7 - Take a deep breath and relax. With imagination, you feel as if you're protected by angel wings. Others may argue, but it flows around you like water. MCT
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Controversial act to discuss ‘race, literacy and masculinity’ By Hope Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
An educated, accomplished, young black man will be throwing around the “N-word” Thursday night in the Black Box Theater. But he doesn’t want to stir up any conflict, he just wants to provoke an educated debate. Vershawn Ashanti Young, author of “Your Average Nigga: Performing Race, Literacy and Masculinity,” longtime educator and new UK faculty member, will put on a solo performance of his thoughts on gender, race and society. In “Your Average Nigga,” Young argues that forcing African-American students to give up their Black English
Vernacular to pursue the practice of speaking Standard English does not help them succeed as some might think. Language is ever-evolving, and if parts of the Black English Vernacular can be widely understood as a means of communication then there shouldn’t be such a strong push to change it, Young said. “When people see the word ‘nigga’ in the title, it sparks a controversy,” Young said. “Some people shy away, others are more pulled towards it. People seem to be either really interested in race or they want to ignore it… My book is about the title and the subject.” Young said his book started as his dissertation, and af-
ter three years of work, turned into something more. Every chapter is written through experience, and interwoven within each one are thoughts on what it means to be a black male and keep your heritage and your masculinity without changing yourself completely for society. The idea was born when Young found himself in a classroom with another black male who said had a more “ghetto” way of speaking, and he started thinking about language and how this particular way of speaking is commonly looked down upon and why. “Black English is fully compatible with Standard
English…We often exaggerate the differences,” Young said. “Teachers need to tell black students the way they speak is fully communicative and start teaching them how to negotiate prejudice.” Young related this prejudice to the popular reactions toward the way that people from Appalachia speak. Though some people from that region may say things a little differently, you can still understand them, and this doesn’t make their way of speaking wrong, Young said. This is an idea he plans to study more in the future. He spent his last eight years teaching at the University of Iowa. He also taught high school students and
A Canuck chastises Bieber Side effects of “Bieber Fever” may include violence towards children and blindness. But more so violence towards children. According to CBC N e w s , Canadian Nick Craddock triple-threat J u s t i n Bieber — he sings, dances and could probably act in a low-budget movie (maybe “Step Up 4: The Dancers Keep Stepping Up” ) — allegedly assaulted a 12-yearold boy in Richmond, British Columbia, Friday, at Planet Lazer, which is not a flashy night club, but a laser tag center. When Bieber, who is in B.C. for his Vancouver concert, found out that the 12year-old boy’s father was lodging a complaint with the police, I assume he broke into song: “Baby, baby, baby
ohhh,” followed by this presumed new lyric, “fudge.” Remarkably, my first question after learning of this news was not what compelled Bieber to allegedly assault a child, but rather, do celebrities actually play laser tag with the common folk? Scratch that “common folk” part of the question. Let’s start by questioning whether or not celebrities play laser tag. It seems a little unlikely, but if Bieber’s urge to shoot laser beams at another human being was overwhelming, surely he could have rented Planet Lazer for a private party to avoid a mess like this. I hear he’s not doing all that bad for himself. Or maybe he could have invested in a laser pointer; talk about hours of endless fun! The second question that comes to mind is why would you allegedly hit a 12-yearold? Surely there was a good reason, I thought, it’s all a
misunderstanding. According to the same CBC News report, apparently several patrons at Planet Lazer got word of Bieber’s presence and he became heavily targeted by the other players. OK, so that’ s maybe not the best excuse someone might want to use against assault claims. Still, he’s Canada’s boy wonder. He’s allowed to get frustrated at laser tag. It’s not every day a Canuck gets nominated for a People’s Choice Award, you know. Yet at the same time, this is not good for the image of Canadians and for that I say “for shame, Mr. Bieber.” Just when my column’s popularity is skyrocketing (off the charts, really) this public relations disaster occurs and discredits my people as a whole. Canadians pride themselves on non-violence. I am so docile that you could come up to me and pet me.
Thus, I’d never hit a tween, even though they tempt you with their backtalk and obsession with the Twitter and the YouTube. Darn kids (shakes fist in the air angrily)! Who knows? Maybe this incident marks the beginning of the end for “Bieber Fever.” He had a good run, especially considering the fact a bullet to my foot would be less painful than listening to the shriek of Bieber’s fans when they catch a glimpse of his oh-so-perfect bowl haircut (admit it, Tom Brady, you’re jealous!). I guess this means Canadians have to go back to being proud of Celine Dion’s celebrity. I don’ t like it anymore than you do, but my heart will go on.
served as an elementary school principal before landing at UK this summer. Young is an English professor who is currently teaching freshman and graduate students. He said he “absolutely loves UK” and is looking forward to becoming more involved around campus in the performance, racial, cultural and gender arenas. His performance will have only one performer – Young – who will play all the characters from his book and navigate the audience through his life and everything his experiences have taught him and driven him to ponder. “On the entertainment side, people can expect to see poetry, dance, different characters and music,” Young said. “But they can also expect a very intellectual conversation about language, race and gender.” The presentation, which is sponsored by UK’s AfricanAmerican Studies and Research Program and the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center, is the second of four annual events in the Carter G. Woodson lecture series. Dr. Sonja Feist-Price, AASRP director, said the goal was to provide an audi-
ence with a place to see new talent and exciting work. “We try to put on not only thought-provoking presentations, but also expand the knowledge base of our students, faculty and staff,” Feist-Price said. “This is a platform that allows us to showcase the knowledge of our faculty.”
If you go What: “Your Average Nigga” When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Where: Lucille C. Little Black Box Theater, rm. 102 of the Fine Arts Building Admission: Free Young’s performance-lecture will be at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Lucille C. Little Black Box Theater, room 102 of the Fine Arts Building. He will be available after the show to answer questions and sign copies of his book. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. “If you want to go deeper than the performance, buy the book,” Young said. “I know the title is in your face, but it doesn’t hurt.”
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UK, Georgia look to stay alive in East
Cats, Dawgs share similar story By Ben Jones email@example.com
UK football hasn't been compared to Georgia much over the years. Even though the Cats have split the last four meetings with the Bulldogs, Georgia still holds a 4912-2 record in the series. But going into Saturday's matchup, the teams have more in common than usual. After a four-game losing streak earlier this year, Georgia (3-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) has won its last two SEC games by a combined score of 84-14. Both the Bulldogs, sparked by the return of wide receiver A.J. Green from an NCAA suspension, and the Cats (4-3, 13 SEC), coming off a streakbusting win over South Carolina, are riding tidal waves of momentum into Saturday's game. Keeping that momentum into the home stretch of the season by coming out with a win would make a major statement for either team. "A loss would definitely set us back," junior defensive tackle Mark Crawford said. "Losing is not an option." Also, both teams have suffered a pair of close losses. The Cats fell to Ole Miss and Auburn by a combined 10 points, while the Dawgs fell to Colorado and Arkansas by a combined nine points. Trying to move past those losses presented challenges for both teams to overcome. Now, entering the second half of the season, UK and Georgia are both alive in the race for the division. "We both started off slow, but right now, there's six games left and we're both trying to go 6-0," Crawford said.
"I want to say we're both 1-0 right now and we're trying to go undefeated." Sophomore wide receiver La'Rod King said he can see a lot of similarities. This year, the game is just as much of a chance for Georgia to make a statement as it usually is for UK. "It's huge, it's huge especially for us," King said. "Three losses can win the SEC East. This is make it or break it right now. This will determine how the rest of our season will go. If we win this game, I'm pretty sure we'll win the rest of our games this season." Cobb apologizes Twitter controversy
Junior wide receiver Randall Cobb put all the questions about his Sunday outburst on Twitter to rest while speaking to the media on Tuesday, apologizing for his strongly-worded message to fans. "I want to start off by saying I made a mistake," an allsmiles Cobb said. "I messed up, and I take blame for everything I said. I know I was wrong. I was wrong for the fact that I took a small percentage of our fan base and lumped them as one. That's not how our fans are. 99.9 percent of our fans are great fans and they know that, they've been there supporting us through all the years. "I'm a man, I admit my mistake and I just want to let everyone know I'm sorry. I hope they can forgive me." Shortly after Cobb posted the tweets, which criticized UK football fans for their lack of support of the team at
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Sophomore wide receiver La'Rod King catches a pass for a touchdown against South Carolina's defenders on Saturday. times, he deleted them. Cobb said he immediately realized he was wrong to speak out on Twitter, and deleted the posts on his own accord before any UK staffers asked him to. Cobb repeatedly apologized for his words, and explained that he was hoping to let fans know the team takes notice of booing and the amount of support from the fans. "What I wanted to get out of it was to let others realize how we can tell what's going on," Cobb said. "We can hear you regardless of whether we respond. We know what's being said and it hurts sometime. It really does." UK head coach Joker Phillips also announced that after again considering banning his players from Twitter, he decided to let them keep their accounts.
UK junior defensive tackle Mark Crawford has 13 tackles and two sacks in six games this season.
OPINIONS Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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Clinton’s visit incites political awareness KERNEL EDITORIAL Having former president Bill Clinton on campus last week was one of the greatest honors this campus has enjoyed. Let's not get this confused, though. Bringing Clinton to campus was purely a political move, to bring in support for Jack Conway, a candidate in the midst of a heated senatorial campaign. Sure "Cats for Conway" played an important role in getting the former president in front of the Main Building, but if there were not an important election coming up, Clinton is spending last Monday afternoon elsewhere. Which begs the question: Was the university wrong for hosting such an event? Looking at the situation from a purely political perspective, detractors have a somewhat valid argument. UK did not endorse any candidate, but bringing a person of such stature for one man's cause definitely shows some level of bias. However, if a student group supporting Rand Paul was to attempt to bring in former President George W. Bush, it seems unlikely that the university would nix such a proposal. No university with any common sense is going to turn down brining in a former American president, politics or not. Anyone with any level of intelligence knew Clinton came for Conway and to help close the margin in the polls between he and Paul. Still, having Clinton, Bush or any other political luminary stumping for a candidate is a lot better than not having said individuals coming to campus at all. And at the end of the day, if you don't want to see it, you don't have to go.
New Power promises to keep Ky. proud LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2003 and am proud to be a Kentuckian. I am fortunate to have grown up in a strong, supportive community, received a high-quality education and have been able to make a living surrounded by my friends, family and the stunning natural beauty of this state. I believe many of us who have chosen to make Kentucky our home feel the same way. However, not all Kentuckians are so fortunate. Big coal companies are using and abusing the people and land of eastern Kentucky. While the companies get rich, the communities remain poor, their well water toxic, their lives threatened if they speak out and their children forced to abandon their hometowns to make a decent, safe living as adults. Yet political candidates continue fighting over which of them loves big coal the most instead of fighting for the rights of their constituents. We can change that right now. We can raise our voices together and let candidates know that it’s time for New Power. We can tell them that we will vote for candidates who will work for policies that create clean energy jobs, affordable renewable energy and healthy communities and that address the problems created by old power fossil fuels. Make our voices heard — visit (www.newpowerky.org) and sign the New Power Pledge today. Keep Kentucky a state we’re proud to call home. Jennifer Wurts 2003 UK graduate
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Kentucky horse culture, tailgating should not coincide with binge drinking What’s the big deal about betting on horses? This question has been asked to Kentuckians all across the Commonwealth during the Spring and Fall meets RACHAEL at WYLIE Keeneland. Contributing Usually, columnist a true Kentuckian answers this question with a weak knowledge of “the history of horseracing and how it’s impacted Kentucky’s culture.” Admittedly, I’m one of those Kentuckians who attempts to pretend I know something about horses in a weak effort to set myself apart from all those nonKentuckians who think Keeneland is nothing more than an excuse to drink excessive amounts of bourbon while gambling away our hard-earned money. Many people from Kentucky would gasp at the thought of turning Keeneland into some overglorified saloon — but isn’t this often times what we make it into? Keeneland is just as much (if not more) about
drinking and socializing as it is actually watching races and betting on horses. There’s nothing wrong with this in itself; however there does become a problem with it when Keeneland turns into a safe haven for binge-drinkers who are mindlessly throwing away sums of money that most of us, especially college students, don’t have. A poll taken by Students Against Drunk Driving in 2005 showed that nearly 7.2 million people between the ages 12 to 20 would classify themselves as “binge drinkers.” This statistic, though to some may be startling, isn’t that surprising when looking out onto the field of tailgaters at Keeneland. This same statistic applies to the thousands of college students that participate at UK tailgates during home and away games. On my last visit to a friend of a friend’s tailgate, I witnessed a group of college guys chugging cheap beer out of plastic baseball bats, and then spinning around in circles and hitting the can in the air after making themselves so dizzy, they could barely stand up. Now, aside from looking like complete idiots, these boys (as this seems to be the
only fitting term for them) were participating in an act that gives Keeneland and UK sporting events a cool undertone that doesn’t always sit well with people who have been negatively affected by the consequences of binge drinking. Binge drinking can lead to alcoholism, which in turn, can have devastating consequences, such as cirrhosis of the liver, drunk-driving related accidents and wrecked home lives. I bet the baseball bat-boys weren’t thinking about that. College is a very stressful moment in life and needs to be put on the back-burner and forgotten during the weekends. However, in order to erase school from our minds, we don’t need to become belligerently drunk and make life-altering mistakes that could have been avoided if only we put the eighth Natty Ice down and instead played a friendly game of Twister — or whatever else strikes your fancy. Keeneland, UK tailgaters and participants need to be reminded (every now and again) that alcoholism is a rampant addiction in this country that oftentimes starts because of a partyminded college culture that exalts making bad decisions.
It turns drunken mistakes into laughable moments that are many times at the expense of others’ inability to exercise a morsel of self-restraint. Drinking is not a bad thing. Chugging beer after beer, in hopes to impress the hammered sorority girl you’ve had a crush on all semester, is. We’re supposed to be the people that set the standard for the rest of society. We’re the college-educated ones who are supposed to go on and get respectable careers and set examples for everyone else. How are we supposed to do this if we let our most proud social events turn into nothing more than drinkingfests that are soon to be forgotten—probably by the next day to be exact? Keeneland goers and die-hard UK tailgaters, have a beer. Hell, have two beers (just for being able to stick out a rather bumpy football season), but don’t lose all control. Set good examples for those around you while keeping in mind that a good time never has to come at the expense of others or your own self-respect. Rachael Wylie is an English junior. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UK Police’s student ticket checks sidestep ‘real’ campus issues If I was a robber terrorizing UK’s campus, I know the perfect time to commit a robbery: during a UK football game. In all reality, though, the potential robber AUSTIN could strike SCHMITT campus at Contributing any mocolumnist ment and get away with it. However, for the sake of the next 500 or so words, let’s pretend this campus is actually safe. So a robber decides they want to commit a robbery. For all intensive purposes, this attempted robbery occurs during a UK football game. What do you think UK Police were doing during this “robbery”? Let’s start from the beginning. At the beginning of the game, UK Police were harassing students about their student IDs. I know there’s a big black market for fake student IDs going
around. So for any of you students who needs a new ID, you should look into it. During the game, UK Police then turned into ticket patrol. Two officers walked up to the student section during the second half of the game and started demanding students to prove that they had tickets. Some of the game attendees were actually forced to move seats and rows. Just to clear things up, this was in the second half of the game when a lot of the fans had already left the game and seats weren’t at a premium. After seeing that exhibition of police force Saturday night, I now understand why students are afraid to walk the streets of this campus. It’s because UK Police perform real police work like checking student IDs and tickets. Not that ensuring every patron is in the correct seat isn’t important, but when students are getting robbed at gunpoint on the other side of campus, ticket policing shouldn’t take priority.
This is the problem I have with this whole crime situation. Like I said two weeks ago, after it took five robberies for UKPD to address the issue, this situation should not be taken lightly. After five robberies, UKPD finally did address the issue. They said they would increase patrols and work more with the Lexington Police to give the illusion that safety was a priority. Increasing officers is a nice thing, but how long will this last? Like most incidents, the initial reaction will be a big push to get things “back to normal.” But, what is normal? Do five armed robberies amd multiple home breakins occur on a normal campus? It is obvious that this issue will not go away. The campus e-mail sent out on Monday listing multiple incidents over the past month is humbling, to say the least. To think that these things have been occurring and we as students weren’t made
aware of them until after the fact, leaves me with no confidence in the government department commonly known as, “the police.” UK always claims to have a good relationship with the Lexington Police so why weren’t these incidents reported earlier? Our right to know and ability to protect ourselves exceeds any other kind of motivation in this circumstance. I was wrong to think five robberies would actually be a wake-up call. After seeing the exhibition of police force on Saturday at the football game, students should be worried about walking around this campus. So here you go students, your police force has resorted to checking student IDs and making sure everyone is in the correct seat. Be on the lookout this Saturday when the Cats take on Georgia. You never know when you will be subject to a ticket check. Austin Schmitt is an accounting and finance junior. E-mail email@example.com.
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Brooks filling new role UK soccer’s junior transfer is fitting into a leadership position as the team rolls on By T.J. Walker firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK men’s soccer team isn’t lighting up the scoreboard like it did last season, but the Cats have a new member who is standing out. UK (4-6-3, 1-1-2 Conference USA) is considered one of the least experienced teams in the conference. Critics often link being a newcomer with being an inexperienced freshman, but one of the most efficient newcomers for UK isn’t a freshman. Junior transfer Sam Brooks came to UK after playing collegiately at the University of the Cumberlands, an NAIA school. He came to UK as a defender, but quickly left his print on the offensive side of the pitch and still wants more down the stretch. “I want a goal a game so I want at least five more goals this season,” Brooks said. Brooks’ most recent goal came last week versus conference-leading University of Central Florida. Brooks wasted no time burying the ball in the back of the net against the Golden Knights on a play even he thought shouldn’t have counted. “It happened really quick, inside three minutes,” Brooks said. “To be honest, I think it was a foul, but I’ll take it. I pushed him in the back and I carried on through and put it in the back of the net.” Brooks realizes he must use his 6-foot-2, 210-pound body to his advantage when it comes to scoring goals. “I have no pace whatso-
Sam Brooks UK soccer junior defender
ever, I’m a big lad 6’2” and I need to do that or I’m not going to get them any other way, so that’s what I’m going to have to do,” Brooks said. Perhaps an even bigger transition for Brooks from defense to offense was from his hometown to Lexington, Ky. Brooks was born in raised in Solihull, England. Brooks can attribute his big body to moving to America. “You Americans say you all gain the freshman fifteen but I weighed 185 pounds (coming in) and I gained 4045 pounds and it isn’t that we are eating more. It’s just a lot more fattening and greasy,” he said. But with the exception of the fast food, Brooks said the move to the states has been a move he has really enjoyed. “Coming to Lexington is similar to my town in England,” Brooks said. “But school is a lot different, the lifestyle is different, much more laid back in the state of Kentucky and everyone is a lot more friendly.” Brooks is the all-time leading goal scorer at his high school in England, so stepping up and being a leader isn’t a problem for Brooks. “(UK head coach Ian Collins) brought me in as a leader,” he said. “I saw my-
My letter to Mike (Hartline that is) yards, are averaging nearly 260 yards per game and have thrown 13 touchdowns to only three interceptions. Kernel You’re hitting your columnist throws on slant routes, corner routes, deep routes, the whole bit. Short, long, you name it. Dear Mike, In case you didn’t know, you Foremost, please excuse began the previous two games the informality of this note, as against Auburn and South I have never actually ad- Carolina completing 14-of-14 dressed any athlete via letter and 11-of-11 passes, respecbefore. Also, my letter-writing tively. I mean, damn. skills are generally rough anyYou’re already performway. ing leaps and bounds over I would first like to say I noticed you buzzed-cut your your recent outings, and that’s hair strikingly similar to mine rightfully deserved. At least a few of, if not (for those readers looking and my mug shot muttering “his all, your teammates share my hair looks nothing like Hart- sentiment. Said Randall Cobb folline’s,” relax, it’s not an updated picture). It is quite an lowing the South Carolina honor to be able to say the game: “I’ve been saying this UK starting quarterback, who for the longest time, Mike is is playing quite great, copied the best quarterback I’ve ever my hairstyle. Since you’re been around. Just the things significantly bigger than I am he is able to do, and now he is and have a team full of mam- finally getting that chance bemoths on your side, I’ll let it cause he has people around him who can help him out.” slide… this time. And Joker agrees. But I digress. “Mike Hartline is playing his tail off, please recognize that. He is playing like an SEC quarterback is supposed to play,” he said after the game against the Tigers. I’ve also noticed you haven’t let the negative scrutiny get to your head, which is RANDALL COBB something I admire. Coming UK junior wide receiver into the season, you were fighting an uphill battle — I On a serious note, you’re think you’ve won the battle. playing well, very well, in You’ve fought through adverfact. Not that the approval of sity and proved to yourself the media is what you’re and everyone watching you seeking, but it’s true. You are are the right person for the coming off a game that you job here at UK. Any remaining critics and Joker (Phillips) seem to agree was the best game of should be silenced. Keep up your career against the No. 10 the great work, Mike. (And I team in the nation in South dig the haircut). Carolina. Sincerely, I, as well as most Cats’ Chandler H. fans, am extremely impressed. Through seven Chandler is a journalism games (this part is more for E-mail the readers and less for you, sophomore. email@example.com or Mike), you’ve completed just over 68 percent of your pass- follow on Twitter @Kerneles, racked up nearly 1,800 Howard. CHANDLER HOWARD
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self on the bench a few games but I worked hard and coach always called me a leader, someone who would bring energy onto the field. That’s why I’ve started the last six games. “I do see myself as one of the leaders on this team.”
“I worked hard and (UK head coach Ian Collins) always called me a leader.” SAM BROOKS UK soccer junior defender
Brooks will need his leadership to translate to more goals for a team that has five goals less than they did at this point last season. Brooks is tied for the most goals on the team (three) with freshman forward Tyler Riggs, but Brooks leads the team in points thanks to his one assist on the season. Brooks admits that the season hasn’t gone how he expected, but he is optimistic that if he, and the team, can step it up, they won’t have problems reaching their goals. “Our record is definitely worse than what we expected, but we still have a lot of quality to have a winning season,” Brooks said. “We need to win our remaining conference games, get in the conference tournament, and I know we can win that and get into nationals, which was our goal at the beginning of the season.“
Basketball walk-on tryouts today The UK men’s basketball team will hold a walkon tryout meeting on Wednesday in the Memorial Coliseum media room at 2 p.m, according to a news release. It will be an informational meeting concerning the tryout, and the date and time for it will be announced. Those wanting to try out must be a full-time undergraduate student and have proof of a physical within the last year at the actual tryout. To access the media room, enter on the Rose Street side of Memorial Coliseum through the door marked “Media Entrance.” —STAFF REPORT