NOVEMBER 3, 2010
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CELEBRATING 39 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
Rand slide Republican Rand Paul wins Kentucky U.S. Senate seat, touts ‘Tea Party tidal wave’ See page 3 for full stories
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Rand Paul raises his wife's hand, Kelly, after his victory over Jack Conway for the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, at the Sloan Convention Center Bowling Green on Tues. Nov. 2, 2010.
Chandler declares Gray defeats Newberry in mayoral election victory, Barr objects By Nicole Schladt and Brian Hancock firstname.lastname@example.org
In what was perhaps Kentucky’s most tightly-contested election of the evening, Republican Andy Barr lost Tuesday night to Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler in the state’s Sixth Congressional District
race. “According to the Secretary of State’s website, we have won this election,” Chandler said to a crowded room at the Barrel House in Lexington Tuesday evening. The announcement prompted high fives and handshakes from his supporters, who watched the margin of votes be-
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Rep. Ben Chandler (D) claims victory for the U.S House of Representatives senate race at the Barrell House, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.
tween Chandler and Barr decrease over the course of the evening. In the end, Chandler narrowly held the lead with a margin of about 600 votes over Barr, according to the Associated Press. While the race remained close throughout most of the evening, Chandler’s support base maintained its optimism. “I believe Chandler will prevail,” said Kentucky State Senator Kathy W. Stein (D). “My hope now is that (Chandler) will speak out forcefully as a Democrat in the House.” Many other people gathered at the Barrel House held high hopes for the future of Kentucky with Chandler in the House. “(Chandler) is good about helping out Kentucky families,” said UK senior Hunter Kendrick, technical coordinator for the Fayette County Democratic Party. “Keeping (Chandler) in his seat will do a lot to help the national Democratic Party.” Despite the results, Barr did not give a concession speech at See CHANDLER on page 2
By Drew Teague and Becca Clemons email@example.com
Lexington now has a new mayor running the city. Jim Gray defeated incumbent mayor Jim Newberry in a clear- cut victory Tuesday night. At 7 p.m. Newberry came on the stage at his campaign headquarters at the Lexington Center and spoke to the gathered crowd to concede the mayoral race to Gray. “The people voted and the city lost big,” Newberry said. He said his campaign did not have the funding to compete with Gray’s. With a full stage of staff members, family and friends, Gray’s treasurer Linda Breathitt introduced the next mayor to the crowd at Busters Billiards and Backroom on Manchester Road. “It is a wonderful night for Lexington and the state,” Breathitt said. As Gray began, he seemed to be shocked by the
turnout of the crowd cheering him on and the quickness of the returns. He let the citizens of Lexington know he will begin in the morning. “Wow,” Gray said. “Your fresh start begins tomorrow.” With the election over, Gray is looking forward to his role as the next mayor. “Now that the election is
over we’ve all got to work together to make Lexington a better place,” Gray said. “I would like all of our citizens to roll up their sleeves and join me in making tomorrow brighter.” Gray went on to let citizens know he will hold true See GRAY on page 2
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Jim Gray was elected mayor on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. He addressed his supporters at Busters in Lexington, Ky after his victory was announced.
CNN’s O’Brien to speak at UK on diversity By Taylor Moak firstname.lastname@example.org
One of country’s prominent journalists will be at UK Wednesday to discuss diversity. Soledad O’Brien, anchor and correspondent for CNN/U.S., will speak on behalf of the Student O’Brien
Activities Board Leadership Speaker Series, Jasmine Whitlow, SAB Multicultural Affairs Committee director said. O’Brien has produced several documentaries for CNN, including “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” According to CNN’s website, O’Brien also covered the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. The website said she has received
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numerous awards for her reporting. SAB President Sarah Ausmus said SAB wanted to bring O’Brien to UK because of her work in the media. The media plays a huge part in the way people view the world, Ausmus said, and O’Brien’s lecture will help students become more informed about the processes of the media. Ausmus said O’Brien demonstrates the necessary
skills of a journalist and how to have integrity as a journalist. Rebecca Comage, SAB Multicultural Affairs Committee adviser, said the event is an opportunity for students to learn. In an e-mail to the Kernel, Comage said O’Brien is a trailblazer who “believes educating people about the state of America and current events is what it takes to create and sustain global citi-
zens.” The event is completely SAB planned and has been on the radar for a semester and a half, Ausmus said. Tickets can be picked up at the Singletary Center Box Office. Whitlow said O’Brien has shown strong work in the media through her documentaries, and said she is excited to have O’Brien come to campus. “(O’Brien is) a good ex-
ample of leadership and asking the hard questions that surround diversity in America,” Whitlow said.
If you go What: O’Brien lecture When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. Where: Singletary Center for the Arts Admission: Free for students with ID, $5 for faculty, staff and general public
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Women’s soccer in SEC battle By Brandon Thomas email@example.com
After being backed into a corner, the UK women’s soccer team came out clawing on senior night against Vanderbilt. The team not only earned its seniors one last victory at home but also clenched a birth to the Southeastern Conference tournament. With the win on Friday, UK (10-7-2, 4-5-2 SEC) finds itself as the seventh seed and
GRAY Continued from page 1 to his campaign promises. “Now while I can’t wave a magic wand, I promise you I will listen carefully and my commitment is to work hard every day to improve this city,” Gray said. “I am ready to work for you.” Gray said that while he has a plan for the city, he is letting his constituents know that his plan is flexible. “Our plan for putting Lexington back in business is
will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Cats faced South Carolina earlier this season on Sept. 26 and lost to the Gamecocks 5-1 in Lexington. Despite having lost to South Carolina earlier in the year, UK head coach Jon Lipsitz likes his team’s chance of advancing in the tournament. The recent offensive firepower is one reason the Cats
hold high hopes for the quarterfinal match against South Carolina. In the past two matches, UK has netted 11 goals while allowing only two to be scored. Conversely, South Carolina has only registered one goal in the past two matches while giving up one. The winner of the UKSouth Carolina match will face the winner of the LSUTennessee game on Friday at 5 p.m.
like a roadmap,” Gray said. “Like any good plan, it’s not etched in stone.” Gray said that the city will be heading in a better direction under his guide. “We are at a crossroads,” Gray said. “Yes, these times are tough, but the human spirit we know triumphs during times of adversity.” Gray also addressed overcoming adversity to better Lexington and lower the unemployment of the city. “We can take advantage of this economic cycle, plan better, more imaginatively,” Gray said. “We can get those
out of work back to work.” In Newberry’s concession speech, he discussed the creation of jobs and improvements to the community brought on by his administration, including parks and renovation of South Limestone. “As a result of the work we did together, Lexington is on the move,” Newberry said. Newberry’s supporters saw the World Equestrian Games as a success during his term, and Newberry said he was confident the games were hosted in a way the community and the world will remember.
Hollywood in for big summer LOS ANGELES — Jon Favreau has seen Hollywood's future — at least as far as summer 2011 — and it looks a lot like "Saving Private Ryan." "It's Omaha Beach, it's going to be a bloodbath," the filmmaker said of next year's crush of big special-effects films, remakes and sequels. "There's never been a summer like this next summer. It's going to be bloody (for filmmakers and the studios). As we were sticking thumb tacks in a calendar we realized that this is going to be looked back upon as Omaha Beach." Favreau's track record and the cast make "Cowboys and Aliens" a movie to pay attention to, but Favreau knows he is going up against
some titans of the popcorn sector. "Do you know the list? It's pretty staggering," Favreau said. It is a deep roster: There's the huge finale of the "Harry Potter" franchise, Johnny Depp's return to his signature role with a new "Pirates of the Caribbean" installment from Disney and a third "Transformers" film, which is Michael Bay's follow-up to the 2009 mechamovie that pulled in more than $836 million worldwide. Also arriving are proven animation powerhouses, such as Pixar's "Cars 2" and the DreamWorks sequel to "Kung Fu Panda," as well as a new "Winnie the Pooh" feature film that goes old-school bear with hand-drawn animation. Why don't studios spread the wealth? The simple rea-
son is that the summer months mean big box-office; young people are out of school and willing to make repeat visits to their favorite new silver-screen adventure. More than that, Favreau said, there is a deep anxiety in Hollywood that home-video retail is headed for a cliff. "People will download on a subscription basis, and the industry model that allowed me to make independent films (such as 'Swingers' and 'Made') and approach the limited theatrical release as a way to market the homevideo products, that's going away as home-video dries up rapidly. Everything soon will be about what you take in at the box office."
everything in a positive direction. Make time to take care of this person today. Leo (July 23Aug. 22) Today is a 6 Challenge yourself to use materials already at hand, instead of buying new. This has many advantages: it cleans the workspace, stimulates imagination and recycles. Virgo (Aug. 23Sept. 22) Today is a 7 Prepare yourself to spend money on creative projects for home. You may be surprised at how little you spend, especially if you do some of the work. Libra (Sept. 23Oct. 22) Today is a 5 You may want to be nice today, but you need to take a stand, even if not everyone likes it. Speak from the heart, and keep one eye on personal values. Scorpio (Oct. 23Nov. 21) Today is a 5 You'll want to look your best for a public appearance. Listen to a partner concerning what to wear. Boost your confidence by repeating, "I can do this."
Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21) Today is a 6 An older person challenges your concept of personal power. You discover that age doesn't necessarily diminish intellectual strength. Learn from a master. Capricorn (Dec. 22Jan. 19) Today is a 7 Your desire to be in the spotlight bumps up against practical problems. Prepare your acts carefully, as well as your costume. Practice makes perfect. Aquarius (Jan. 20Feb. 18) Today is a 7 Energy shifts from dramatic to more harmonious interaction. As the balance shifts, take charge and persuade others to move forward. More possibilities emerge. Pisces (Feb. 19March 20) Today is a 6 What seems like a challenge today is actually a golden opportunity. Your work with a female develops into a potential longterm partnership.
To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21April 19) Today is a 7 A partner or friend shows you how to research a topic quickly and easily. You gather facts and at the same time understand the theory. Get practical later. Taurus (April 20May 20) Today is a 6 Connect with an older coworker, as you gather necessary information. You need a strong visual message to convince distant people. Challenge yourself. Gemini (May 21June 21) Today is a 6 Your internal sense of balance indicates the need for change today. You don't have to revolutionize the universe. A shift in direction pleases two people. Cancer (June 22July 22) Today is an 8 An older family member feels out of balance today. Your energy shifts
CHANDLER Continued from page 1 Lexington’s Crowne Plaza Resort. “This race is not over,” he proclaimed at 10:35 pm. “This race is too close to call.” Barr thanked his supporters who donated time and money
to his campaign. “I want to thank the tens of thousands of people who have supported our effort to make Washington more accountable,” he said. Barr’s supporters expressed their regret at the immediate results, but said the close call signaled positive things for both their candidate and the state of Kentucky. Barr’s UK base showed equal resolve and dedication to-
wards his platform and values. “I’ve never really seen anyone work as hard as Andy Barr,” said UK College Republican Chairman Brian Rose. “At the same time, it’s hard to go up against the Democratic incumbent.” Barr adamantly declared he would keep fighting. “We look forward to continuing the campaign tomorrow,” he said.
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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: Jack Conway gives his concession speech at Marriott Downtown in Loisville, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Rand Paul high fives a supporter at the Sloan Convention Center Bowling Green on Tues. Nov. 2, 2010. Jack Conway embraces a supporter before giving his concession speech. Andy Barr gives a speech proclaiming that he will continue to pursue the U.S House seat, won by Ben Chandler. His election party was located Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.. Jim Gray was elected mayor on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. He addressed his supporters at Busters in Lexington, Ky after his victory was announced. He is seen receiving a thumbs up from a supporter while being interviewed by the media. PHOTO BY LATARA APPLEBY | STAFF
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Paul handily takes Senate seat By Patrick Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowling Green, Ky--Riding a wave of support from the conservative Tea Party movement, Republican Rand Paul won Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race by beating Jack Conway Tuesday by over 100,000 votes. Paul, a Bowling Green native and son of 2008 presidential contender Republican Ron Paul, used his father’s name recognition and fund-raising, criticism of President Barack Obama and a message of small government to out-duel Conway, a Louisville native and the commonwealth’s current attorney general. “We’ve come to take our government back,” Paul said. “Eleven percent of Americans approve of what the government has done. Tonight the Tea Party tidal wave is sending a message.” The Tea Party is a pop-
ulist, conservative movement that started in 2009 with a series of organized protests against large government. Paul helped fuel the movement in May when he beat Republican favorite Trey Grayson in the primary. He said Tuesday that America’s government does not make the country great, but the people do. “America is exceptional, but not inherently so,” he said. “It’s exceptional because Americans embraced freedom, enshrined freedom into its documents and lived for the principle. America will remain great if we remain proud.” The race, which was for a seat former Sen. Jim Bunning left vacant when he decided not to run for reelection, was marked by hard-hitting ads that attacked the platforms and personal lives of both candidates “I think a little distance and time will make us forget
UK attempts to forget road woes By Ethan Levine email@example.com
Memorial Coliseum has been kind to the UK volleyball team this year. The Cats post an 11-3 record at home so far this season. The road, however, has been tough sledding for UK, which is 28 outside the state of Kentucky. This weekend, the Cats look to improve their road record and boost their resume for an NCAA tournament bid with road battles at Mississippi State and Alabama. UK defeated both teams just three weeks ago and now looks to put on a repeat performance on the road this weekend. “We did really well against them two weekends ago, but we still want to improve,” junior Becky Pavan said. “We want to go out there and show them what we are made of again and show them that we are Kentucky.” UK head coach Craig Skinner echoed Pavan’s thoughts. “Each team is going to be a little bit more familiar with each other going into this weekend, so it’s important to be efficient and execute well,” Skinner said. “Even though they might know what you’re doing to you still need to score points. Also, we can throw in a couple new things that maybe they haven’t seen before. We just have to keep getting better.” UK is coming off another successful weekend at home in which the team defeated Southeastern Conference rivals Georgia and Auburn without dropping a set. The Cats (13-11, 7-7 SEC) have six games remaining in their regular season, three of which are on the road. If UK wants to earn a spot in the postseason, it will need to go on a
run to finish its season, and that includes winning on the road. “I think we have to do a better job of focusing on what we are supposed to be doing right now,” Skinner said. “Too many times we get caught up in thinking about what just happened or ‘if this happens or if that happens,’ but the only thing you can control is what’s happening at the present time. Staying in the present needs to be a factor for us.” UK played solid defense in both of its victories over Georgia and Auburn. Against Georgia, UK racked up 15.5 blocks in only three sets and followed that performance with another 11.5 blocks in three sets against Auburn. To win on the road, UK will look to continue its defensive success and control the net. “Our team typically enjoys blocking a lot so I think they get motivated when they do start to block more,” Skinner said. “We do commit to working on blocking every day. Blocking is a very difficult skill to master and if you don’t work on it every day then you just can’t do it at a high enough level to compete, so we have committed to working on it and it paid off over the weekend.” The Cats’ biggest asset when competing on the road this weekend may be their speed. UK has positive energy, and to compete with top competition on the road in the SEC it will need to use its speed to its advantage. “We have really been focusing on playing fast,” Pavan said. “We can play a lot faster than most of our opponents and we have really started using that to our advantage and working on it in practice every day, so I think the speed has really helped.”
that,” Paul said after receiving a call from Conway. During their campaigns, both candidates garnered support from nationally known politicians. Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Conway at UK Oct. 11 and at the University of Louisville Monday. Paul received support from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Paul faced a statistical uphill battle, with registered Kentucky democrats outnumbering registered republicans1,618,011-1,044,872, according to the state election board’s primary election statistics. Pre-election Gallup polls only showed an advantage for Paul, however. Paul led Conway by nine percentage points in a Courier-Journal poll published Oct. 28, four days before the election.
Conway at Paul’s disposal By Kelsey Caudill and Taylor Moak firstname.lastname@example.org
A teary-eyed Attorney General Jack Conway thanked his supporters and a crowd gathered in Louisville Tuesday after losing the race for Kentucky U.S. Senator. News agencies like CNN called the race in favor of Conway’s opponent Rand Paul, Republican eye surgeon from Bowling Green, shortly after polls closed in Western Kentucky. Conway said he called Paul to congratulate him. “(Paul) is our senator and I think we all ought to wish him well…as he tries to do right by our state,” Conway said. Conway said he told Paul that he is willing to work together to better Kentucky. “I just told him on the phone that if he finds issues where we together can move the Commonwealth forward
and better the lives of the people who are hurting right now, then this Democrat is at his disposal,” Conway said. Allison Haley, Conway’s press secretary, said Conway’s loss will not keep him from continuing to serve Kentucky. “ It’s been a long, fun ride,” Haley said, “and I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Jack Conway.” Conway supporters were discouraged by his loss. Kate Bringardner of Louisville said the loss was “disappointing but not surprising considering the national trend.” Conway said he wanted those in attendance and those watching on camera to know his campaign’s platform. “I want you to know that we were fighting for what we believed in,” Conway said. “We were fighting for senior citizens. We were
fighting for students. We were fighting for veterans. We were fighting for a more inclusive society, and we were fighting for the women of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We were fighting to move ourselves forward.” Conway said that though he and his supporters campaigned heavily, it was not enough to secure the Senate seat. “We fought hard, and though we came up short tonight, one of the reasons… is we were outspent by outside money five to one,” Conway said. Conway said he would continue to fight for issues affecting Kentucky as long as he has the opportunity. “If you’re fighting for those issues, if you’re fighting for those groups that I just outlined… put me in the cavalry with you, and I’ll fight with you every time,” Conway said.
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Salsa spices up campus By Shannon Frazer email@example.com
Students don’t have to leave campus to learn a few dance moves and improve their health. “Salsa Your Way to Better Health” will take place Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Student Center Grand Ballroom. The program is a collaboration between event sponsor Student Wellness Ambassadors, UK Dance Ensemble and the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center Salsa Club. Jermey Taylor, a Student Wellness ambassador and member of UK Dance Ensemble, said he planned the event to showcase Salsa Club members’ dancing skills and to encourage healthy activity on campus. “As a wellness ambassador, I decided to use dance as a means of promoting physical and mental wellness,” Taylor said. The Student Wellness Ambassadors program began this fall. Previously called “The CAUSE” (College Alcohol Use Student Educators), the group decided to expand its focus beyond alcohol. Nicole Hayes, a broadcast journalism junior and president of Student Wellness Ambassadors, said ambassadors now act as peer educators and focus on broader subjects relative to student health and wellness. She said “Salsa Your Way to Better Health” will help students “gain helpful information and an awareness of Student Wellness Ambassadors.”
“It will be a fun event,” Hayes said. “Students can learn how to dance or improve skills. We will also be playing popular music and we will hold a dance off. Best of all, there will be free food and giveaways.” In addition to learning salsa moves, Taylor said attendees can expect to see presentations from on-campus and area dance groups. “We have invited UK Dance Ensemble, the MLK Cultural Center dance group, as well as The Dance Place to provide guest performances,” Taylor said. “The dance routines will vary from salsa, to Afro-Latin, to belly dancing.” The Dance Place co-director Reena Tobo said Taylor contacted her about having participants from The Dance Place at “Salsa Your Way to Better Health” after he saw some of the studio’s performers at this year’s downtown Festival Latino. Tobo said The Dance Place focuses on teaching culturally diverse dances, some of which will be showcased at the campus event. “Six people will be doing a short salsa and chacha,” Tobo said. “It’s by Celia Cruz, so really familiar music to a lot of people.” Tobo said she hopes the UK community will appreciate the benefits of various dances. “I hope that they will take away culture,” Tobo said. “It’s good for health, body and mind. With dance, it ignites all of those things.” Students and the rest of the Lexington community are welcome to attend the interactive event to enhance dancing
skills and to learn about the healthy opportunities that the UK campus offers, Taylor said.
If you go What: Salsa Your Way to Better Health When: Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. Where: Student Center Grand Ballroom Admission: Free and open to the public “The audience will be actively participating throughout the program,” Taylor said. “A salsa dance lesson will be given at the beginning of the program…Throughout the program, different campus organizations pertaining to health and wellness will briefly present on what their organization is about and the resources they offer. They will also have booths set up in the back to hand out information or to answer questions students may have.” Attendees don’t need to have any salsa experience. Taylor recommended participants bring dancing shoes, though, as they will be dancing for the majority of the event. Taylor said he hopes students will develop interest and appreciation for the healthy initiatives available on campus. “I hope students will not only have fun at this event, but understand that staying physically and mentally healthy is important for success in college and in their future careers,” Taylor said.
A Canuck’s take on elections NICK CRADDOCK
Kernel columnist Before the end of election season, commercial breaks were beginning to become a tad much for my liking. In the span of one minute, I learned that Jack Conway and Rand Paul were both right and wrong for the state of Kentucky, that candidate X was socialist scum, while candidate Y seemed like a good American because he/she shook a lot of old people’s hands and made a baby smile in a family-owned hardware store. These political commercials usually focus on an opponent’s perceived personal flaws and sound bytes rather than actual issues. After all, who needs to focus on issues when candidate X is acting like such a socialist? Just act like less of a socialist than candidate X and people will vote for you. I question the effectiveness of these mudslinging and seemingly irrelevant commercials during campaign season, especially considering the two-party system that is employed in America.
It’s like going to Baskin Robbins only to arrive and find two flavors to choose from instead of 31. Still, you’ve decided to put pants on this day, you’ve waited in line and so you’re most likely going to get ice cream. Likewise, if you’re keen on voting, you’ll most likely vote for either the Republican or Democratic candidate, whether you really like them or not, because options are limited. Needless to say, I prefer the parliamentary system found in Canada, among other countries, because of the broader range of political parties to choose from (four major parties in Canada) and also because the individual is less valued during campaigns. The Canadian parliament consists of two houses, just like you, Congress! The Canadian Senate is appointed by the Queen of England’s representative, the governor general, because I don’t think we want to cause a fuss with England, which was nice enough to grant Canada independence after my people patiently waited for it (unlike a certain neighbor to the south…). However, the Canadian House of Commons is elected by the populace, which votes for parties rather than individ-
uals. So during a federal election, the leader of the political party that wins the most seats in the House of Commons becomes prime minister (aka president). In a parliamentary system, campaigns are also much shorter partly because elections can be called quite abruptly, whereas every two years in the U.S. it’s going to be a big election day on the national level. With election dates set so far in advance, it seems the hardest part about being a member of Congress is not helping run the country, but creating attention-grabbing commercials that will help you retain your job. Bipartisanship becomes difficult also, following political slugfests when you’ve slammed your opponent and the ideologies he or she shares with his or her political party. In short, American political campaigns are all a tad much for my liking. I’m glad I can’t vote.
Could barbeques save the earth? By Katherine Butler MCT
Backyard cooking usually invokes a cloud of smoke hovering over both barbeque and cooker, hardly presenting an image of eco-friendly earth practices. But The Guardian reports barbecues can in fact help flight climate change with just a few simple steps. Recently, climate change expert Durwood Zaelke pointed out that barbecues can be rigged to generate rather than consume energy, all through the use of biochar. Biochar is an extremely stable type of charcoal that is made from heating crop wastes, wood or other biomasses. It creates energy instead of consuming it, as it releases more combustible gases than needed to produce heat. In some parts of the world, a special stove creates biochar, turning it into a charcoal that can be mixed into
soils to boost crops. This process allows the captured carbon in the biochar to “sequester” for thousands of years in the soil. In the meantime, it boosts crop productivity. Biochar contains microscopic pores great for housing helpful bacteria and fungi for soil nutrients. Zaelke, who is president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, believes that these outdoor ovens could be applied on a large scale throughout the westernized world. As he told the Guardian, “Done on a wide scale, this could help people of all political persuasions to painlessly do their bit to tackle climate change, at the same time as adding to the productivity of their gardens.” Zaelke focuses his efforts on reducing the quick-warming chemicals that go into our air. Black carbon, methane tropospheric ozone and hy-
drofluorcarbons all warm the planet much as carbon dioxide does. But unlike carbon dioxide, which is warming the planet over a thousand years, they do so in short bursts and then cool down. As Zaelke points out, cutting them out from the atmosphere may promote cooler temperatures more quickly. Further, using a biochar barbeque would in fact help suck CO2 out of the air and return it to the soil, where it could enhance crops. While it would be on a smaller scale, experts believe that if sufficient amounts of biochar were produced, the planet could reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. In the meantime, crops would be enhanced to the point of increased food production. And as Zaelke points out to the Guardian with a wink, “It would help make sure my environmental friends don't criticize me when I'm grilling my steak.”
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ElBaradei shakes up election in Egypt This piece is part of a weekly international series. In Egypt, there is a saying that the Sphinx is more likely to move from its position than President Hosni Mubarak from his. It certainly seemed that way on Oct. 21, when a top National Democratic Party official unambiguously stated that Mubarak would be the ruling party’s presidential nominee for an unprecedented sixth term in 2011. However, social, economic and political forces are at play that call this perceived stagnation into question JAMES and hint at possible changes in the notCHAPMAN too-distant future. Guest I am currently studying abroad in columnist Cairo at Cairo University, one of the oldest and most respected universities in the Arab world that has educated generations of Egyptian leaders for years. Over the course of my studies at UK, I fell in love with the Middle East — its people, culture, languages, cuisine, sights, sounds and experiences — and its political, economic and social importance to the United States and the international community fascinated and intrigued me. On Nov. 28, I will witness an Egyptian parliamentary election for the members of the lower house. This election will serve as a key test to anticipate next year’s highly discussed presidential election. I will also witness the beginning of the presidential campaign and the initial attempts to field a viable candidate against Mubarak, who has governed Egypt for nearly 30 years. Egyptians have lived under the permanent application of emergency law since Sadat’s assassination, and constant perceived “threats to the state” have allowed Mubarak to govern Egypt as a democracy in name only. The U.S. has supported this regime’s stability and subsidized Mubarak’s police state, at the cost of nearly $2 billion per year of American taxpayer money, in return for generally favorable policies in the region and continued peace with Israel. A grassroots online movement appears to be happening, especially among the youth in Egypt, to recruit Mohamed ElBaradei, the former inspector general of the International Atomic Energy Association, to run for the presidency amid accusations that Mubarak is readying his son, Gamal Mubarak, to inherit the presidency. ElBaradei has created a sense of excitement in a usually rather apathetic political atmosphere (for instance, my political system of Egypt professor has never voted in his life) by challenging Mubarak’s legitimacy. ElBaradei’s wave of youth support is coming from those who had previously shunned politics as a hopeless enterprise because the prospect for change has seemed non-existent, since Mubarak has been president literally their entire lives. Most of the Egyptians I encounter, from my fellow students and my professors to regular citizens I have met, express an intense sense of cynicism about
political life in Egypt. ElBaradei’s run for the presidency is improbable, however, for many reasons. Chief among them is that the current government is unlikely to recognize his newly organized political movement, the National Association for Change, as an official party. He would therefore be ineligible to stand as a candidate for president. Unless his party is recognized, ElBaradei is calling for a boycott of the upcoming election, calling it the most effective way to delegitimize the Mubarak government. One especially interesting variable is the position the Muslim Brotherhood will take; the organization remains illegal in Egypt, but its candidates, running as independents, made large gains in the 2005 parliamentary election.
This election will serve as a key test to anticipate next year’s highly discussed presidential campaign and the initial attempts to field a viable candidate against Mubarak, who has governed Egypt for nearly 30 years. Amid these circumstances, on Oct. 24, the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt handed down a ruling banning state police forces from Egypt’s universities, most notably the university I attend, Cairo University. Mubarak’s reaction to and enforcement of this will be critical to judge whether he and the Egyptian government will be willing to make advances in democracy and human rights over the coming months and years. All the Egyptians I have met are kind, generous, graceful, religious people who love their children, who want to live an honest and fulfilling life, and who want what most people want everywhere in the world: peace, stability, freedom, governmental accountability, reliable infrastructure and good lives for themselves and their families. From my experiences in Egypt so far, from the conversations I have had and from my understanding of the dynamics of the political reality here, the government is exactly the opposite: a repressive force, stifling dialogue and progress. Perhaps ElBaradei, acting as “an agent of change and an advocate for democracy,” as he recently described his role in Egypt, is exactly what this country needs. A selfgenerated movement for democracy, not imposed from the outside, harnessing the power of new communication technologies and Egypt’s large youth population to protest the government will eventually effect change. Then, perhaps, Egypt’s political Sphinx may find the sands shifting beneath him. James Chapman is an international studies and political science senior. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR While it is nice to see that the lowercase “c” “cats” are not looking past Saturday’s game, it’s a shame that the Kernel apparently looked past Tuesday’s election. As a former Kernelite, I was shocked and disappointed that the only Election Day material was a short Kernel editorial with a cartoon on page 3, and that instead articles on UK sustainability and Miss Kentucky ran on the front page. I recognize that eliminating an article about UK basketball would cause complete anarchy. Why would one assume that the changing of the Kentucky political guard would be more important than a Kentucky basketball guard? That’s just silly. I appreciate the coverage in Monday’s Kernel, but, of course, that was Monday. Tuesday is the big day, guys. Perhaps the lack of coverage was because the paper was only four pages — it happens — but no space limitations are on the Internet. I even asked a few of my classmates what they thought of the Kernel today, and several replied with “Did the Kernel forget it was Election Day?” To mimic a familiar campaign slogan: Yes, it did. Forgetting the embarrassing mistakes (thank you, journalism professor Buck Ryan, for the terminology) in the front page headlines, the Kernel’s biggest error on Tuesday was not running Election Day coverage on Election Day. Hopefully tomorrow will have election results coverage, but then again, I’m sure we need a front-page article on UK basketball or football practice. I’ll check the HeraldLeader. Whitney Waters Second year law student
LETTER TO THE EDITOR To those of you who have walked by the Student Center recently (even if you have not, you have likely encountered them before), I would like to apologize for the campus preachers in the free speech area. As a Christian (i.e., a person who follows Jesus Christ), I can honestly say the display embarrassed me and I hate the negative impact these preachers bring to campus. So let’s clear some things up: These “preachers” are NOT Christians. To be a Christian (by definition, “little Christ” or “like Christ”), one must follow the teachings and sayings of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught in his famous “Sermon on the Mount,” “Do not judge, or you too will be judged...Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7) Standing in the middle of campus and telling college students they are going to hell is not following Jesus, and it’s certainly not Christian. Please do not be deceived. Unfortunately, campus preachers are not the only ones claiming to follow Jesus but falling so short. Although we all “fall short,” there is something to be said for blatantly living outside of Jesus’ teachings in life. Sadly, many American Christians fall into the same disease of forming Jesus into whatever they desire. I am not here to try and sell you on any version of Jesus. I only ask that, before dismissing Christianity as judgmental (and I agree — it often comes off this way), you will take the time to see what Jesus Christ (not a local church or campus preacher) himself taught and believed in: ideas such as helping the poor, justice for all and loving everyone, regardless of who they are or what they have done. That includes loving homosexuals, people of a different race, criminals and...that’s right, Jesus even loves campus preachers. Derek King Political science and history junior
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PAGE 6 | Wednesday, November 3, 2010 sports
UK intensifying practice Pikeville performance will lead to changes in team’s routine By Aaron Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
UK head coach John Calipari saw too many rebounds go ungrabbed, too many drives conceded and not enough fight in the exhibition against Pikeville College. So Calipari intends to amp up the practices. “I've said I've got to make these practices rougher,” Calipari said. “We have to get more physical—physical without fouling—but we got to get more physical. Guys got to accept it.” DeAndre Liggins sounded like he expected it after the performance against Pikeville, a game which UK won 99-66 but looked exactly like it should: a talented, but young, team. “I think there is going to be more fight in practice tomorrow,” Liggins said. “Let’s try to be more scrappy, tough. We need more fight.” Calipari continued circling back to toughness, physicality and conditioning as problems evident in both the Pikeville game and the
team in general. “The biggest thing is, are we in shape? I'm not sure we are. Are we physical enough? I know we're not. We're not tough enough. We don't play vicious enough. Do we find each other on the court? We don't,” Calipari said, before coming back to perhaps the redeeming factor that plays into all this. “Are we skilled enough? Yeah, this is one of my more skilled teams, no question about it. They should be playing together better.” The coach’s calling out of the energy levels was a welcome criticism to freshman Doron Lamb, who apparently has not been mentored by Allen Iverson. “I listen to that and just want to get better,” Doron Lamb said. “We will just work on it tomorrow. I see why he was upset because we just didn’t play hard and play to the best of our ability.” Despite the fact UK was getting its first chance to play against an outside opponent, in front of Rupp Arena, UK came out flat. Calipari used a timeout with the score tied 4-
4 after two defensive breakdowns, and UK trailed 13-11 with about five minutes elapsed in the game. “Our intensity wasn’t where it should be today and we didn’t play as hard as we thought we should have,” Darius Miller said. “We have to work on that and make it a habit by going at it everyday.” The lack of intensity at the start of the game undermined the small lineup Calipari used to start the game. Terrence Jones, Darius Miller, Liggins, Lamb and Brandon Knight were the starting five at tip-off, with the 6-foot-8 Jones playing center. “Small lineup wasn't particularly good today,” Calipari said. “I mean, if there's no energy, you can't play small guys. Doesn't work.” With freshman Enes Kanter still unable to play, the idea of using a smaller lineup has been considered. But for the majority of the Pikeville game, UK used either Josh Harrellson or Eloy Vargas as a center. “We were better with one of those big guys in there with the smaller guys, and one of them has to come off the bench,” Calipari said. “That's just how it is. Unless
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UK guard Doron Lamb shoots the ball against Pikeville College at Rupp Arena on Monday night. they really want to go in there and fight and go crazy, you can play that (small) lineup then.” It’s early. Calipari said he stressed to the team that as long as they didn’t make ex-
cuses and acknowledge their shortcomings, things would work out. “What you have to have is a player understanding that it's one of two things: He outworks me or I outwork
him,” Calipari said. “This isn't about cool. This isn't about style points. Either he outworks me or I outwork him. So now we got to go to practice and make it that way.”
Late bye gives Cats more than headaches By Ben Jones email@example.com
When the UK football schedule was released, most fans likely glossed over this weekend’s game against Charleston Southern and checked it off as a win before examining the last two games of the season against Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Charleston Southern’s resume as an FCS (formerly Division I-AA) opponent does little to dispel the notion that it was scheduled as anything other than a probable win to boost the Cats’ bowl chances. The Buccaneers (26, 0-4 Big South) are on a five-game losing streak. Their only wins this season have come against North Greenville University (in Tigerville, S.C.) and Mars Hill College (enrollment 1,237). But as valuable as a win would be, the real value in the game might be a break for the team. The Cats (4-5, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) have played nine
straight games, including six straight in the SEC. Their only bye week comes just before the final game of the season. Several players are nursing nagging aches and pains. “Everybody’s whipped a little bit,” UK head coach Joker Phillips said. “We’ve been through a grueling sixgame stretch but you couldn’t tell it by the effort they gave us (in practice) today.” Last season, with its bye week after the first game, UK scheduled Eastern Kentucky late in the season to break up the SEC schedule and give the Cats some key time to recover before their last three games. Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb both sat the 3712 win out with injuries before returning to finish out the season. Locke has missed the last three games, but returned to practice Tuesday, wearing a red “no contact” jersey. Locke was unavailable to speak to the media, and is still considered day-to-day. Senior quarterback Mike
Hartline said Locke will probably be able to play Saturday, but could still sit out to make sure he’s entirely healthy for the rest of the season. “No disrespect to the team we’re playing, but obviously we’re looking forward to finishing out the rest of the conference schedule,” Hartline said. Senior defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin said every program in the country has players with nagging aches and pains by this time of year, but the Cats have fewer players missing time with serious injuries than before because of strength coach Rock Oliver, who joined the program after Phillips took over in January. “Guys are beat up,” Lumpkin said. “It’s just mental. If you can push through it, you have to push through it and fight through it.” Having an oddly-timed bye week can make for a challenging stretch of the season, and scheduling an opponent like Charleston Southern
can relieve some of the pressure. In a perfect situation, Hartline said, he’d like to see some schedule tweaks, but he thinks the Cats will be able to find motivation without any issues.
“Maybe I’d like to see a bye week earlier in the season, but this is good,” Hartline said. “You have one of these games like this, it really tests your true colors and how your team finishes a sea-
son with adversity. There have been a lot of upsets this year with college football with smaller teams beating bigger teams. It’s not necessarily an easy road.”