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Clinic prepares cyclists Wildcat Wheels offers free bicycle maintenance By Sam Morrison firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring cleaning comes early this Monday, Thursday and Friday, as the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library and Repair Shop holds a threeday bicycle maintenance clinic to get cyclists’ wheels rolling. Free to all UK students, faculty and staff, the one-hour clinics will be held at 4 p.m. at the shop, located between Blazer Hall and North Hall on UK’s north campus. “The winter beats up bicycles really bad,” Scott Beckmeyer, manager of Wildcat Wheels, said. “Come spring, a lot of people get on their bike for the first ride of the year and realize that it doesn’t work like it used to.” The winter cold has a habit of claiming the lives of assets left outside, bikes being one of the most frequent casualties. “The ‘Spring Clinic’ will teach people how to defeat rusty chains, fine-tune their shifting, get their brakes working and learn to clean and maintain their bicycles in the upcoming months,” Beckmeyer said. PHOTO BY QUIANNA LIGE | STAFF
A girl named Gracey runs under a parachute during the fifth annual DanceBlue event, held in Memorial Coliseum Friday and Saturday. Dancers raised nearly $674,000 for the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic’s Golden Matrix Fund.
If you go What: Wildcat Wheels Spring Clinic When: Monday, Thursday, Friday at 4 p.m. Where: Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library and Repair shop Admission: Free to UK students, faculty, and staff For more info: http://www.wildcatwheels.org
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UK mascot Scratch participated in the line dance with DanceBlue dancers. The line dance was performed every hour on the hour from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.
A conga line of dancers filled the dance floor late into the second half of the annual event held at Memorial Coliseum. More than 700 danced for childhood cancer, a new record for the event.
The clinic is open for any and all bikes regardless of the brand, style or size. As well as providing all participants with a free patch kit for flat tires, the clinic gives people the chance to bring their already broken bikes and apply what they have learned from the clinic. “Half of what Wildcat Wheels does is educational maintenance,” Beckmeyer said. Whether it’s for exercise or the casual ride, bicycles can provide off-campus students with a reliable means of transportation, making their upkeep vital. “After moving off-campus to live, I rely on my bike even more, and this winter has been especially brutal,” Collin Watkins, a psychology junior, said. “I am looking forward to learning self-repair and maintenance techniques.” Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Shop is open Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. each week for those unable to attend the clinic. More information can be found online at http://www.wildcatwheels.org.
Law students offer Suicide Prevention Week caters to GLBT students free income tax assistance By Alissa Hayward firstname.lastname@example.org
A serious issue is being brought to light this week, especially for one group of students. UK’s Midwinter Suicide Prevention Week will focus on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community and on improved training for health professionals. The goal of Suicide Prevention Week is to spread awareness about suicide among college students, discuss risk factors for GLBT students and educate professional students, Julie Cerel, social work professor and child clinical psychologist,
said. The University of Kentucky Increasing Networks for Campus Awareness to Suicide Emergencies (UK-IN-CASE) made the decision to make the GLBT community the focus for the Midwinter Suicide Prevention Week after reviewing data from a survey by UKIN-CASE and OUTsource in spring 2010. “We need to bring awareness to the needs of the GLBT community,” said Campus Suicide Prevention Coordinator Carrie Schurtz. “It’s very timely with the recent increase (in) public awareness (of) people committing suicide to identify
themselves as GLBT.” The weeklong event beginning Monday, co-sponsored by UK-IN-CASE and the Counseling Center, features speakers and a community fair showcasing groups that assist with suicide prevention. University of Rochester Professor Vince Silenzio will start the week with a free talk entitled “Suicide Prevention, Sexual Minorities and Social Networking” at 4 p.m. Monday in room 206 of the Student Center. Silenzio is a doctor, researcher and advocate specializing in suicide prevention among GLBT youth.
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The UK College of Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin helping students and the community with their 2010 income tax returns on Monday. VITA is a national program established by the IRS, intended to assist individuals and families that earn less than $49,000 a year with income tax returns for free. About 20 years ago, UK law professor Douglas Michael took the initiative to begin a branch of the program in Lexington when there was no similar service
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available. “People were paying hundreds of dollars for private tax preparers in order to receive the benefits … so the IRS started this program in order to get volunteers to help low-income people file their taxes,” UK tax law professor Jennifer Bird-Pollan said. Bird-Pollan is currently acting as director of the VITA program while Michael is teaching overseas in London. Bird-Pollan equates the importance of the program to the generous benefits that low-income individuals can receive. They are often deterred from obtaining these credits due to having to file taxes in order to be eligible
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for them. She mentioned that some credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, are “potentially worth thousands of dollars for a family.” The VITA program currently has 45 volunteers, and is comprised of undergraduate, graduate and law students. The volunteers are required by the UK College of Law VITA program to pass three certification exams from the IRS: Basic, Intermediate and Foreign. “It is a nice way (for students) to practice skills that they are learning in class,” Bird-Pollan said. “People are also very grateful; this is a service people would normalSee TAX on page 2
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SUICIDE Continued from page 1 “Dr. Silenzio’s talk should be interesting because of the role social networking has played in the recent high-profile deaths of gay teens across the country,” Tina Bryant, a senior staff psychologist at the UK Counseling Center, said. A Campus and Community Resource Fair will follow
Silenzio’s speech, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Student Center room 206. The fair will feature groups and resources that can help with suicide prevention. The UK Counseling Center’s Consultation and Psychological Services, UKIN-CASE and the UK College of Medicine have joined forces to provide free mental health screenings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the entryway of the William T. Young Library.
David Hanna, the chief clinical officer for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health Board, is giving a talk entitled “Identifying and Working with Patients at Risk for Suicide” from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in room 223 of the MultiDisciplinary Building (the old College of Pharmacy Building). The talk is geared toward UK health professional stu-
dents, so only students in medical, pharmacy, nursing and physician assistant programs may attend. Hanna will address recognizing risk factors for suicide potential, simple strategies for discussing suicide risk with patients and resources available for someone considering suicide. “I hope people realize that they can act and help each other and their loved ones,” Bryant said.
If you go What: “Suicide Prevention, Sexual Minorities and Social Networking” When: Monday at 4 p.m. Where: 206 Student Center
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What: Free mental health screening When: Wednesday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: William T. Young Library entryway
Those interested in receiving assistance from the program should schedule an appointment online, on the UK College of Law website, where available hours are listed. Participants will also be required to bring their Social
Security card or ITIN, all income documentation and the prior year’s tax return, if available. The UK College of Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will run until the IRS deadline of April 18.
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 - There may be conflict with partners today. You can definitely work it out. Put yourself in their shoes. Others appreciate this and ask you for advice. Taurus (April 20-May 20) - Today is a 6 - To avoid feeling neglected, surround yourself with friends that truly love you. In the face of intensity, keep your calm. Cultivate your own peace. Gemini (May 21-June 21) - Today is a 6 - Even when your heart's broken, you can still enjoy simple pleasures, like the miracle of a raindrop or a falling star. Find beauty in small things. Cancer (June 22-July 22) - Today is a 7 - If you can telecommute to work, today is the day. You feel inspired and full of
there’s growth in listing merengue. Use it to add phrases you perhaps didn't think about, or to see how you can stand out (or better fit in) against the trends. With every skill there's an “add” button that makes it easy to pop the phrase into your profile. The tool also shows some of the most popular professionals and companies tied to that skill, and suggests related groups you might join. Viveka von Rosen, who makes a career out of coaching others on how to use LinkedIn, said the tool could be more useful if the site were more detailed — and I agree. “I think there's a huge potential here, but I still don't quite understand how they get their ranking,” von Rosen said in a phone interview. I'd like to see the location
tool focus more tightly on how the skill ranks in a particular region. Instead of showing me that California has many iPhone developers, I would like to see what cities near me breed those jobs. And searching for a generic skill (video, office management) is pretty much useless. I typed in “writing,” and it told me the top Writing Professional on LinkedIn was Barack Obama, and top writing-related companies included Cisco, Google and Microsoft. No print publishing agencies even came up! It will be interesting to see how this tool evolves, but for now, use it as encouragement to update that profile. Prune the lifeless terms, join some groups and read up on the leaders in your industry. It's no use being on LinkedIn if you don't give your profile some love now and again.
ideas. You could share them through many channels. Your productivity increases. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 - If you've wanted to write a novel and you haven't started yet, now is a good time. Let the words flow. Don't worry about form or grammar. That comes later. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 - Don't be too harsh on yourself. Acknowledge any mistakes and learn from them. They may provide opportunities for making income, if you look. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 - Get in communication with a client. Make sure to get plenty of attention at home. If you feel ignored, kindly ask for what you need. Use your words. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) - Today is a 6 - You demand attention, and yet it doesn't seem enough. Perhaps it's time to hang alone and rest. The lack you perceive may be perfection in dis-
guise. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 7 - Plans for your future may hit some bumps today, but don't worry. You have a bigger team behind you that you even know. Look for them and try again. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 7 - There may be some conflicts at work. Don't pay too much attention to the details, and focus instead on long-term goals. Remind others, if necessary. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - It's a great time to sign contracts or write a business plan. Don't let work keep you from spending some time outdoors, though. This inspires. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) - Today is a 7 - Don't rely on an unstable source. There may be confusion in communication. Figure out the costs. Discover you're worth more than you thought to someone.
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Employers visit UK Those looking for a job or a head start in the professional world can find what they’re looking for at the James W. Stuckert Career Center’s Spring Employer Showcase. The showcase will feature more than 120 employers on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Student Center Ballrooms, according to the Career Center’s website. Tuesday will feature employers in technical fields, such as engineering, computer science and information systems. Wednesday’s fair will include employers from non-technical fields such as health care, business and government. The Career Center website says that students who attend a fair as early as their freshman or sophomore years see increased confidence in interacting with employers. National as well as local and regional companies will be represented at the fair, including private companies, government agencies and non-profit groups, a news release said. Lenroy Jones, associate director and manager of corporate relations for the Stuckert Career Center, said in the release that students should prepare for the fair by researching companies and preparing a 30 to 60 second introduction. The showcase will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. A list of attending employers is available at the Career Center’s website, http://www.uky.edu/careercenter. The site also includes tips on preparing for a career fair. --Staff Brief
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Professor talks cheap, green energy Research targets long-lasting, environmentally friendly materials By Emily Cornett firstname.lastname@example.org
Forty-four football fields of solar panels in Denver and an electric car going from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds are not environmentally friendly solutions to Amy Prieto, an assistant professor of chemistry at Colorado State University. In a lecture Friday, with
an audience of more than 60 people, Prieto discussed her search for materials to create a green solution for solar energy and lithium ion batteries, research with which UK students will be involved. “Instead of making the best, we’re trying to make the cheapest,” Prieto said. The car with quick acceleration, the 2009 Tesla Roadster, has a price tag of $36,000 for replacement bat-
teries alone, she said, but the batteries only last a couple of years, making it unrealistic for people to drive. Her solution for the combustion engine comes in the form of copper foam, which would replace the anode in traditional batteries. According to Prieto, there is enough antimony, the element needed to make the copper work as an anode, in the world to power every car in use. Prieto has researched only products that can be produced without heavily processed or toxic chemicals.
“My personal interest is in the environment,” Prieto said. The solar panels in Denver pose another challenge that Prieto is trying to crack. The panels spanning the length of 44 football fields only cover 2 percent of Denver International Airport’s needs. Prieto is researching the possibilities of copper zinc tin sulfate as a more efficient means of collecting solar power. The efficient use of nanowires is a next big step in both her battery and solar
‘Love Your Body’ events strive to promote positive self-image By Kayla Williams email@example.com
To improve the way students view themselves, UK will host the “Love Your Body” campaign. The weeklong event, previously known as National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, brings to light the millions of men and women struggling with body image. This year, UK Health Services teamed up with the UK Student Dietetic Association to revamp the week’s theme. The campaign this year comes from a positive angle and focuses on accepting one’s body the way it is. By changing the name, the
two organizations want to recognize not only eating disorders, but also those who are at risk or know someone who is at risk of developing a disorder, or those who have a negative body image. “We felt the title ‘Love Your Body’ would reach a greater audience and help to keep the focus on inner beauty,” University Heath Service coordinator Jill Kindy said. The National Eating Disorder Association reported that 80 percent of women are dissatisfied with their bodies. “We hope to see a greater awareness on our campus of the obsession our country has with unrealistic beauty,” Stu-
dent Dietetic Association President Amy Camenisch said. “Our goal is to encourage a positive body image among students, male and female alike.” Several events will be held in support of the awareness week: Mirrorless Moments, where all week mirrors across campus will be painted with positive images; a screening of the documentary “America the Beautiful,” about the country’s obsession with beauty, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the William T. Young Library Auditorium; and Be U!, a booth near Starbucks in the Student Center on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
P.S. We love you: Chick flicks win the hearts of both genders MARTHA GROPPO
I love chick flicks. They aren’t always my favorite movies, but chick flicks are the comfort food on the daily cinematic menu. I realize you might not share my love, but frankly, my dear, I don’t give a … you know what I mean. I’ll explain my love for the movies, but you have to promise you won't fall in love with me (yes, I fully intend to pepper this column with more chick flick quotes than Meg Ryan has had chick flick roles). It’s a truth universally acknowledged that people mock the chick flick genre a lot. Take the name, for instance. It is usually uttered with an attitude of contempt or flippancy. “Oh, that’s a chick flick,” people say. How often do you hear people criticize a movie for being geared toward men? Not that often. We live in a cynical world. Most chick flick haters say that the genre is utterly unrealistic. This is true. Love isn't like some enchanted evening, it isn't a fairytale or even love at first sight; that isn't real life. But the idea of Russell Crowe killing 500 men with an ax or Sylvester Stallone taking that many punches to the face is also less than utterly believable. Movies involve suspending belief — although really, is it that hard to believe Reese Witherspoon would want to kiss Josh Lucas anytime she wants? There are worse things to believe in than true love. Where did our love for chick flicks come from? They had us at hello. Was it the corny lines? The gorgeous men? The women who consistently blow it but still end up with the gorgeous men? Somewhere early on we were exposed to Disney — baby’s first chick flick. We grew up and relegated our love for the mocked genre to girl-only gatherings, but it wasn’t over; it still isn’t over. Any chick flick lover will tell you that the genre can be a bit much; the fervor with which some adhere to a film can be terrifying. Cough, cough, Edward Cullen. And I’ll probably receive death threats for publishing that. It’s OK to love your chick flicks, but a grasp on reality is vital. Nothing beats cuddling up with a cup of tea and watching Audrey Hepburn fall in love, but if you religiously grow a love fern, insist on a ring from Tiffany’s, only eat brown M&Ms or keep an AOL account so that voice can tell you “You’ve got mail,” you may have taken your love of chick flicks a bit too far. They are often ridiculous and sometimes even embarrassing, but a life without chick flicks? Inconceivable. Martha is a journalism and history junior. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @kernelgroppo.
After last week’s supposedly sappy V-day topic, I’ve been assigned to again channel the female psyche. This time, we explore the mystical romantic comedy genre so pleasantly referred to as “chick flicks.” I’m not angry about this assignment, nor am I angry with myself for not being angry. Honestly, I love these movies. What used to be a nuisance slowly transformed into a guilty pleasure, and now I’m to the point where arguing pro-chick is somewhat regular. Worry not, silent friends, I’ll take the heat for this one. Most guys will bluntly tell you how dumb they find it to trail some woman and her issues through a not-so-dramatic maze of irrelevant emotion. That nothing ever truly happens and that these hourlong (exaggeration, I know) fantasy clips only serve to fill the already overly complex female mind with false expectations. Get over it. I’m well aware of the lackluster effects department. I too feel the disappointment in an avoided gunfight or a high-speed chase in second gear. I even get a little nauseous when everything falls seamlessly into place at the end of each monstrous conflict. Still, something about them manages to yank me into a sedated daydream every time. Hear me out. And do keep in mind that my love of chick flicks generally applies to those of the more modern persuasion. I really don’t care “when Harry met Sally.” The first thing that grabs my attention is the lavish setting. It never fails that our characters spend their nights in some of the most ridiculous apartments I’ve ever seen. Take “The Ugly Truth,” for example. (I just watched that one the other day.) We get that this girl is living it up in the big city, but her courtyard alone is nicer than anything I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The glamour doesn’t stop there. Naturally, if they are to afford the address they must also have a job that fits accordingly. You rarely see these characters working day to day at a job where as an audience you just have to say, “well I certainly don’t envy you.“ Instead we get a glimpse of the most creative, fun jobs out there. Those agency positions do me in every time. And who doesn’t look for a happily ever after? No one. Guys may go out of their way to be bored by it all, but don’t believe it. We secretly wish ourselves into those situations. I dare you to find one guy who doesn’t want to end up with the girl of his dreams, regardless of what it may take. You never know; maybe all it takes is being a little more sensitive. Andy is an integrated strategic communication senior. E-mail him at email@example.com.
If you go What: Mirrorless Moments When: All week Where: Campus-wide What: “America the Beautiful” documentary screening When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Young Library Auditorium What: Be U! booth When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday Where: Outside Starbucks in the Student Center
power research. Talk about these possibilities drew faculty members and students to the lecture.
“Instead of making the best, we’re trying to make the cheapest.” AMY PRIETO Colorado State chemistry professor
Beth Hudak, a chemistry doctoral student, liked how
Prieto was not looking to make the best, but the most useful materials. Another chemistry doctoral student, Chang Yao-Jen, was baffled by the Tesla Roadster and the potential to make even better batteries. “How can a battery generate such a big power?” YaoJen said. Chang and Hudak will work with Prieto through Beth Guiton, an assistant professor of chemistry at UK. Guiton worked with Prieto on imaging some of her current research and invited Prieto to speak at UK.
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Rupp’s fate affects UK, Lexington Lexington has a decision to make: out with the old and in with the new, or add on to what’s already there. According to a Jan. 31 Kernel article, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is considering the possibility of renovating and redesigning Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center. Gray didn’t rule out the option of building a new arena, the article said. “As the primary tenant of Rupp Arena, the university is very interested in being a part of the planning process,” UK President Lee Todd Jr. said. “We would encourage every idea to be considered, including the concept of a new arena.” That’s right: Todd and Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart favor either building an entirely new arena downtown or one near or on UK’s campus. Gray held a conference Jan. 25 to announce his plans to conduct a study to look into renovation feasibility. The proposal document, obtained from the Lexington Fayette Urban-County Government website, said that should renovating be the choice, $45 million would be required improvements and $30 million would be requested from the state. The current Rupp Arena can seat more than 23,000 people; the proposed renovations would take away about 4,000 seats from season ticket holders. The space would be reallocated to luxury suites and meeting rooms, meant to compete with the new Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Since the number of seats would be decreased, it would cost Lexington more money in the long run because fewer fans could attend the games and less tickets could be sold. UK students most likely would benefit more from a new Rupp, but unless city and university officials can agree, the arena's fate will remain unknown. Considering the arena has endured since the 1970s, this decision has several decades of history riding on it. Lexington and UK will see the impact for decades to come.
No ‘Jobs’ leads to shrinking cubicles A mind is an expensive thing to buy, and as college students we seem to mindlessly purchase. We jump at the chance to stand hours in line and sell our souls for the newest smart technology, yet we rarely match this same intensity when it comes to the effort we put into our futures. Students who fret, fight and foam at the mouth over the latest wave of Apple products may not find a job like Steve Jobs’ attainable. As participants in a university setJOY ting, we may put an exceptional amount PRIEST of time and money into institutional eduGuest columnist cation, but often with no true results. We don’t value our skills enough and sometimes lack the general ambition required to get to the level of the techno-moguls that sit at the head of the technological empires we so admire. This lies in a lack of preparation. According to a recent CNN report, the once-abundant office cubicle is shrinking in size and in some companies being eliminated all together.
The more technology we consume, the more cubicle space will decline as manual labor and space become less and less important. Since 1994, the size of an office cubicle has shrunk from 90 square feet to 75 square feet due to technological advancements and a lack of need for cubicle space that once housed oversized office apparatus. Technology is purging the need for employees to stay at a desk all day to complete work assignments, according to the report. The more technology we consume, the more cubicle space will decline as manual labor and space become less and less important. Being savvy about the latest technology isn’t a crime. In fact, it’s important to stay up-to-date in an ever-evolving economy. But let’s focus more on being the inventors and controllers of said technology and landing above a cubicle position after college transit. Not far from days thick with economic turmoil, we as the latest class awaiting deployment into a real market battlefield must train more for the role of producer rather than consumer. With major company CEOs stepping down, leadership revolutionizing and employee office spaces shrinking, we must take a proactive role in preparing for post-graduation. I know far too many degree-holders that sit, day after day, in these “shrinking cubicles,” letting the world and advancing technology pass them by. This isn’t the outcome we spend so much time and money to achieve. As undergrads, we need to be thinking up the next inventive, technological contribution, preparing to land a post-grad position past the dwindling cubicle and focusing more on having a job like Jobs. A mind is an expensive thing to buy. So let’s make the best of our investment. Joy Priest is a journalism senior. E-mail email@example.com.
EXPLICIT MATERIAL: Media, Kernel portray sex, sexuality inaccurately Media get it wrong. Society doesn’t need more discussion about sex; it needs more understanding of sexuality. It’s a common misconception that for media to be more open about and accepting of people’s sexuality they must put more images of sex in front of us, their audience. But the general population already has a distorted sense of what sex and sexuality are. These additional images only validate SHANNON what is already misconstrued and twist it even more. FRAZER Take the issue of abortion, for instance. Kernel columnist No matter where you land on the political spectrum, it’s often assumed that the girls and women who visit abortion clinics to have the procedure done are loose, dirty and “had it coming to them.” Abortion isn’t about sex; it’s about the stigma surrounding those who bear the price of sex (pregnancy), but don’t go through with it. Part of why rape is seen as a taboo topic by media is because of the unspoken policy to treat rape stories with as much anonymity as possible. The trouble is, though, anonymity and sensitivity are completely different. Media may assume women don’t want to be recognized or for their aggressor to be identified because “that’s how it’s always been” and it might be “easier,” but what good is that to those women? And people wonder why some of these rape victims feel ashamed to go anywhere near an abortion clinic. Overt sexual presentation is just as detrimental. Consider MTV’s newest series, “Skins,” for instance. The show condones sexual activity among 17-year-olds, playing it off like it’s the norm. Some media critics have gone so far as to call it primetime, underage porn. Similarly, recent columns in the Opinions section about the openness with which college students view sex perpetuate that notion. That’s not how every college student thinks, nor is it what every student should use as an example. Sex isn’t all about “snarky comments” or the whole wink-wink, nudge-nudge act. It isn’t and shouldn’t be an un-
spoken, yet widely understood joke. This flippant attitude is not only inaccurate; it’s irresponsible and exclusive. U.S. media are too stringent with their heterosexual lens that they omit homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals and others from the conversation completely. Media’s efforts to incorporate people who are labeled within these groups — which oftentimes is limiting in and of itself — into more visible roles in sitcoms, news and movies are restricted by these overarching conservative motivations. Here’s more irony for you: The same producers who bring shows like “Desperate Housewives” and “Sex and the City” to television screens everywhere, overloading viewers with heterosexual sexual imagery, are hesitant to present similar and equal programming for the aforementioned groups. Instead, this population are often the butt of and example against the sharing of sexual content. Those who don’t support that alternative lifestyle tend to be the same ones who don’t accept and understand it. But to be fair, look at the strides media has made to include and present these people in a positive light. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Hawaii joined five other states and the District of Columbia in approving a bill to allow for civil unions between same-sex couples. According to Reuters, Great Britain proposed last Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage. (Media outlets had only been expecting an announcement on the end of civil union partnership ceremonies in places of worship.) And on Friday, CNN reported that Facebook now offers users the option to classify a relationship status as a “civil union” or “domestic partnership.” While you may or may not agree with recent columns about sexual topics, take into account how the media has permeated into your own views of sex and sexuality. As a news venue, the Kernel is no exception to this. Although the newspaper isn’t the conventional source for this topic, add to the conversation. Don’t let media dictate what you believe. Shannon Frazer is a journalism senior. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fact-check before abortion assertions LETTER TO THE EDITOR While reading “Abortion act limits women’s reproductive rights,” I was disappointed by the lack of hard facts in the article. With an issue as controversial as abortion, fact-checking becomes critical and opinions must be carefully reasoned out and expressed. This article had more than a few striking problems. First, the columnist implies that current legislation will keep women from getting abortions in circumstances such as rape or health risk to the mother. These assertions in the column are not only alarming, they are completely false. After researching the two bills referred to in the column (H.R.3 and H.R. 217) myself, each makes specific exceptions for incest, rape and possible harm to the mother. Before making inflammatory comments such as, “I see no respect in letting women die under the guise of ‘protecting life,’” one should read the bills at www.govtrack.us. But even more shocking than this obvious manipulation of fact, the columnist excluded half of America’s population from the discussion. In an editorial section, exactly where people exercise freedom of speech, Huddleston manages to devalue the en-
tire male population’s opinions on abortion. She characterizes the writers of these bills as “men who . . . do not trust women to make their own choices. It is a clear attempt to . . . reduce women to the ‘life-bearing vessels’ these representatives view them as.’” Whoa, whoa, whoa. If a man is against abortion, does that automatically mean that he views women as nothing but “life-bearing vessels?” Is a woman allowed to be pro-life because she “understands the reproductive issues,” while pro-life men are marginalized as ignorant and ill-informed? Even further, let’s look at who actually contributed to the writing of these bills. Once again, let’s fact-check. Contributors to H.R. 27 include Rep. Sandy Adams, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Anne Marie Buerkle and the list goes on and on. Check this extensive list yourself also on govtrack.us. I love open discussions, especially about an issue as important as abortion, but before we continue let's learn to check our facts. And while we’re at it, let’s also realize that facts, even on abortion, don’t have to come just from the female population. Emma Scott Biology and Spanish junior
‘Hook-up culture’ not for everyone LETTER TO THE EDITOR As a junior at UK, I would like to say I have never been more aggravated nor disturbed with our student body and the Kentucky Kernel than I have been in the past week. Look at what has been brought up for the opinions on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 and you will find “Abortion act limits women's reproductive rights,” “Candy and Condoms: the Perversion of Sexuality” and “Open relationships arise among college students.” Although all three columns have fairly substantial information, is it all consistent with the rest of the student body’s thinking? Also, is it fair to assume that everyone is in this “have sex, not relations” mentality? I must admit, Ms. Murphy’s arguments about selling sex were very agreeable — why must the media do this to college students — but I must refute the other two columns. Abortion and Planned Parenthood go hand in hand. I was surprised to see Opinions allowed the publication of Ms. Huddleston’s article whenever half of the information in her article was very misleading. Even the average pro-abortionist should know where Planned Parenthood gets most of their funding, the government, and what their mission is, but I suppose the Kentucky Kernel and Ms. Huddleston did not do their research before this article was published. If you wish for me to explain,
look at the comments at the end of Ms. Huddleston’s column online. This coincides directly with the idea behind Mr. Gibson’s article on open relationships. If these relationships didn’t happen, our tax dollars would not go to waste by supporting the operations of Planned Parenthood. I agree with the fact that this is what our culture has come to, the “hookup culture,” however, I don't agree with his ideology. Is it right that our culture has come to this decision of the hook-up and get it over with mentality? I believe most students want something more than just sex; passion and emotional relationship are vital in a relationship, specifically for women, as proven in several different experiments on college relationships in psychology. The fact that the abortion article and the open relationship article were published back-to-back leads me to believe that the Kentucky Kernel only cares about what the pop culture says and not about what the rest of the student body has to say on this situation. If only the paper would ask for opinions from other students, maybe those affiliated with groups with values, then there would be less ignorance. For this reason, I am ashamed to call the Kentucky Kernel my school newspaper. Forty years of being in print? That’s something to be proud of whenever opinions such as those mentioned above are always printed. Sean Brune Psychology junior
Barnhart’s pay raise cheats campus LETTER TO THE EDITOR Am I the only one who is completely baffled by the [Athletics Director Mitch] Barnhart pay raise? As UK continues to not give thousands of its highly qualified campus employees standard raises for the third straight year (my family members and myself among them) professionals have zero incentive to go to, or stay at, UK. As my expenses as a student continue to rise, with rising tuition and other fees, future and current students have less
of a reason to attend UK over other schools in the region. Structures like the Reynolds building are about to collapse on students and are an embarrassment to our university. Yet we throw another $100,000 a year onto our sports director’s salary. In times of such budget hardships, this sort of behavior is not only irresponsible; it’s downright disrespectful to the thousands of students, staff and faculty of UK. M. Nolan Gray Philosophy and political science freshman
Monday 02.21.11 page 5 DANCEBLUE Continued from page 1 But five seconds later, the 700 dancers in the sixth annual DanceBlue were once again on their feet, dancing to the tune of $673,976.60 fundraised for the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic. This year, DanceBlue broke its record for most dancers as well as the most money raised, surpassing last year’s total by more than $37,000. Though each DanceBlue has consistently grown in numbers, Brittany Peskind, DanceBlue public relations chair, said that the money is not what is important to her and the other chairs. “We don’t want to do it for the money, we do it for the kids,” Peskind said. To kick off DanceBlue 2011 on Friday, cheering supporters formed a human tunnel between Stoll Field and Memorial Coliseum. Among the supporters were UK President Lee Todd and First Lady Patsy Todd, who both clapped and high-fived dancers as they ran in. “This generation of students wants to do things to help others,” Lee Todd said. “It’s just one of those highlights to see the energy and dedication (of the dancers).” Dancers spent the first hour of DanceBlue learning the “line dance” that they performed at the top of every hour. The 10-minute dance consisted of new and old songs mixed in with popular YouTube video clips. Songs, games and the staff members’ costumes were based off of the theme of every hour. Some of the themes included beach, rave, Lady Gaga, back-to-school and military. The money raised from DanceBlue benefits the Golden Matrix Fund, which aids the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic. The clinic provides services to children with cancer and their families. One child that benefits from DanceBlue is 5-year-old Dusty
Ashmore, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in February 2009. A little over one month later, he went into remission because of “intensified treatment,” his mother, Leila Ashmore, said. She said the clinic has supported her family financially and emotionally, and they have made her other two daughters feel welcome because they are “just as affected.” “People have the perception of college students as partiers,” Ashmore said. “If they were here tonight, they’d see that (college students) have given a lot of time, effort and money.” Peskind also talked about the perception of college students and how they are often labeled as lazy. “Events like this help keep all the students grounded,” she said. “It’s a really good way to get people together and change perceptions.” The phrase “For The Kids” is a reminder of what the event is about and what motivates dancers. To keep dancers’ minds off their fatigue, they could eat snacks, get on Facebook, and play games such as Family Feud, putt putt golf and cornhole. As the sun came up on Saturday morning, senior Abby Clark said it was the hardest hour of the marathon because it was only halfway over. “As much as it hurts, the end makes it worth it,” she said. This was her third time dancing on Delta Gamma sorority’s DanceBlue team. Around 17 hours into DanceBlue, Joey Carbajal, a 22-year-old osteosarcoma survivor and UK student, offered encouragement to the crowd. “I learned that life is something you can’t take for granted,” Carbajal said. “I
just want to applaud you guys — you are here on your own, raising money for childhood cancer, saving lives. You don’t realize how many lives you’ve touched. You guys push us, you guys give us strength, the determination to live our lives.” Carbajal said the clinic has supported him and was like his family. “(DanceBlue) has such a profound effect on the university,” Carbajal said. “It shows the kind of people that are out there — they are not being selfish. I can’t put into words what it means to me for them to be out there.” First-time dancer and freshman Derrick Lewis participated with the Mathletes and said he is dancing because he is “all about the kids.” Around 1 p.m., Lewis said he was exhausted but “got a second wind,” and after listening to Carbajal speak said he was reminded of why he was dancing. “It made it more real that a student our age was one of these children,” Lewis said. As the final hours approached, children and staff from the clinic put on a talent show for dancers. Acts ranged from princesses singing and telling jokes to boys shooting marshmallows into the crowd with a bow and arrow. Following the talent show, “Memorial Hour” brought tears to many dancers’ and spectators’ eyes as they listened to parents tell their children’s cancer stories. A slide show honored those children who have lost their battle with cancer. Pat and Darren Collins, whose 8year-old daughter Kennedy battled leukemia and has been in remission for five years, said that DanceBlue has been there to support them. “DanceBlue is a part of our family. It is not just tonight; its yearlong,” Darren Collins said. Pat Collins said that DanceBlue is constantly a part of their lives and that they will always come back to DanceBlue. “It takes a village to raise a child, and DanceBlue is our village,” she said.
This generation of students wants to do things to help others. -Lee Todd, UK president
PHOTO BY BRANDON GOODWIN | STAFF
Morale Team 17 races by onlookers in a NASCAR-type activity during the “Honkey Tonk Games Hour” of DanceBlue in Memorial Coliseum Saturday.
PHOTO BY BRANDON GOODWIN | STAFF
DanceBlue participants cry while the mother of Jillian Smalley gives a speech about her daughter, who died of cancer in June.
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6 | Monday, February 21, 2011 sports
Cats rout Gamecocks behind Miller’s career day By Aaron Smith email@example.com
The opposition had some idea UK would score. But they really weren’t prepared for that type of overwhelming performance. “My biggest concern heading into the game was Kentucky’s ability to score in general,” South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn said. That was after UK (19-7, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) scored, and scored some more, in a 90-59 victory over South Carolina (13-12, 4-8 SEC). It was an utter dismantling from the start. South Carolina didn’t score for the first five minutes as UK opened up a 15-0 lead, an immediate deficit that stunned UK’s opponent. “Just keeping them to zero for so long means we were really defending, and that’s where it starts off, “Terrence Jones, who wore a pair of 1995 Air Jordans on the way to 19 points and 12 rebounds, said. Jones only took two shots from outside, largely avoiding allowing the three-point success of the team to infect him. His teammates did all the work from outside. Darius Miller made his first six on the way to 75 percent shooting from the perimeter. UK followed suit, shooting 47 percent on twos and 55 percent on threes. “After I hit a couple, I was feeling it a little bit, so I just let it go,” Miller said. “You kind of get in a zone where you’re knocking down shots.”
“After I hit a couple, I was feeling it a little bit, so I just let it go.” DARIUS MILLER UK junior guard
Miller scored a careerhigh 22 points, besting the 20 he scored against Wake Forest in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Must be something about South Carolina; his second-highest point total this year was 18, when UK played the Gamecocks the first time.
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UK’s Sean Wittman takes a shot in the Cats’ Friday night victory over Akron. UK and Akron split a pair of games over the weekend as the Cats closed out the regular season.
Cats clinch playoff berth By Gary Hermann firstname.lastname@example.org
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Darius Miller rises for a shot over a South Carolina defender. Miller led UK with a career-high 22 points against the Gamecocks. “I think it’s a joke people refer to those two guys (Miller and DeAndre Liggins) as role players. Role players don’t score 22,” Horn said. “He hit everything he threw up. One was right in front of me. He didn’t even have his feet set.” And Miller showed solid play in the other facets of the game, collecting nine rebounds and blocking three shots. Miller’s defensive performance was part of a good night by UK as a whole, who limited South Carolina to 21.6 percent shooting in the first half. Much of that was keyed by Liggins, who harassed Bruce Ellington into 1-for-11 shooting. Liggins came off the bench for the first time all season after a couple lackluster performances — he said he was tired and stressed out around the Mississippi State game because of classes,
practices and a newborn son — and was informed at practice a day before South Carolina. “Me not starting gave me a different perspective on what they were doing,” Liggins said. “I came off the bench last year. It doesn’t mean anything to me.” Five UK players scored at least 11 points, including Doron Lamb’s 18 and Brandon Knight’s 12, to go along with a career-high nine assists. The rest of the bench all saw game time, as well. Eloy Vargas, Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson saw their customary minutes, and Stacey Poole played for the first time in over a month. Sometimes it’s the simplest quotes that sum up the game. “We played great defense and Darius’ shooting was unbelievable,” Jones said.
Miller lives the ‘High Life’ from beyond the arc NICK CRADDOCK Kernel columnist
You needed to have a thesaurus on hand during UK’s 90-59 shellacking of South Carolina to find as many synonyms as possible for the word “dominant.” Really, aside from some lulls by the Cats’ in the second half thanks to the Gamecocks’ press and an inability to replicate a John Wall-like bounce pass for a dunk, the Cats didn’t do much wrong the entire game. One particularly dominant UK player was junior guard Darius Miller; however, “dominant” hasn’t necessarily been the word most associated with Miller throughout his UK career. You’d be better suited to look for the antonyms of “dominant” in the thesaurus when trying to describe Miller. However, it was Miller, the same player who many thought would stop his tendency to fade in-and-out of crucial parts of games following an 18-point performance against the Gamecocks in Columbia on Jan. 22, who victimized South Carolina once more, this time for a careerhigh 22 points. “Darius Miller was unbelievable tonight,” South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn
said. “I don’t know any role player that goes for 22.” Going for 22 was as easy as one, two, three, four, five, six, for Miller, who hit his first six 3pointers before finally missing on his seventh attempt from beyond the arc. The unassuming Miller was even doing it on the glass and on defense: He registered nine rebounds against “a good rebounding team,” according to Calipari, and recorded more first-half blocks (three) than the entire South Carolina team (two) had in the first half in helping UK to a 29-point lead at the intermission.
“Darius Miller was unbelievable tonight.” Darrin Horn South Carolina head coach
Although nearly perfect, Miller was not without his flaws on the court. “I thought Darius Miller had one stretch where I wanted to choke him,” Calipari said. “He’d played so well, so strong, so aggressive. Why would (he) go for two minutes and revert?” Calipari didn’t resort to pulling a reverse-Latrell Sprewell-P.J. Carlesimocoach-player-choking-situa-
tion, but late in the game, Miller began playing softer on the defensive end; his coach let him know about it (angrily, of course) from the sidelines and then after the game, too, Miller said. “I kind of expect that from (Calipari) though, so it’s nothing different,” Miller said with a laugh. Miller may know what to expect from Calipari, but it’s still difficult to determine what to expect from Miller. After all, Miller’s reversion to his nonchalant playing style occurred only one game after his last stellar performance against the Gamecocks, a stretch of four games in single-digit scoring, before he rekindled his form as of late. The major question is how can Miller sustain the effort he displayed Saturday afternoon (or even just half of that effort)? Because when Miller transforms from a role player to a primary scorer, the Cats revert to their winning ways. “We just got to stay focused and totally dedicated to basketball,” the veteran Miller said. “Every single day has to be about basketball; we’re coming to the end of the season, and if we really want to be successful and be a championship team, that’s what we’re going to have to do.” Nick Craddock is a journalism senior. Contact Nick at email@example.com or on Twitter @KernelCraddock
UK ice hockey split a weekend series with the University ofAkron at the Lexington Ice Center in its final regular season games before regional play begins. Friday night, the McLaughlin brothers took control of the game early. Junior forward Sean McLaughlin started off the scoring for the Cool Cats at the 14:11 mark in the first period. At the 13:17 mark, freshman forward Gray McLaughlin added another goal, putting the team up two. “I hadn’t scored since my first game,” Gray McLaughlin said. “It was good to get back on track.” Junior forward Billy Glass added another goal for UK later in the period. The first period ended with freshman defenseman Jeremy Schmidt serving a seven-minute penalty (five for a cross check and two additional minutes for hooking). After Akron scored early in the second period, Schmidt returned from the
penalty box and quickly put the Cool Cats back up by three. Sean McLaughlin added his second goal and senior defenseman Jay Morgan also scored in the second to put UK up 6-1. Akron and UK would each score two goals in the third period making the final score 8-3 in UK’s favor. “There were some good things and some bad things,” Gray McLaughlin said, “but we played all right.” Saturday night was senior night for the Cool Cats. Goalies Jim Borgaard and Derek Steinbrecher, forwards Josh Knicker and Sean Wormald, defenseman Morgan and team captain Andrew Serres were honored before the game. Junior forward Michael Getz got UK on the board first, a little over two minutes into the game. However, Akron scored a goal of its own in the first period, and the teams went into the first intermission tied. Akron took the lead less than a minute into the second period. “It took us a while to get going,” Gray McLaughlin
said. Glass then tied the game after UK kept Akron from extending its lead despite giving them a two man advantage. Later in the second period, a questionable call erased a goal for Sean McLaughlin, but Serres officially put the Cool Cats in front 3-2. Akron scored two more goals before the second intermission giving them a 4-3 lead. At the 11:03 mark in the third, sophomore forward Dylan Rohar deflected a shot from junior defenseman Hunter Lyons into the net, tying the score 4-4. Akron scored at 7:35 taking a 5-4 lead, which stood for the remainder of the game. Gray McLaughlin said the difference between Friday and Saturday was, “We played a better game overall.” Despite losing on Saturday, the Cool Cats’ spot in the regional tournament was secured before this weekend’s games. “Our dreams are really realistic now,” Getz said.