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Police use internet to report crime New system allows citizens to post online By Jarrod Thacker


Josh Harrellson cheers for teammate Brandon Knight in the first half of UK’s game against Georgia on Jan. 29. Harrellson, who averages 6.6 points and 8.9 rebounds, will play his last home game Tuesday against Vanderbilt.

Long journey to Senior Night From Twitter to jorts, Harrellson remembered for more than just basketball By Aaron Smith

When Josh Harrellson played in China over the summer, he couldn’t fit all his jean shorts into one travel bag, so he had to use some extra space in teammate Steffphon Pettigrew’s bag to bring all of them. Some haven’t made it back to Harrellson yet. “I text him all the time saying I need my shorts back,” Harrellson said. “It’s getting to be summer, it’s time to wear them again.” Harrellson loves his “Jorts” nickname. It identifies him. But he’s also completely serious about his love of denim. He makes a point to explain that he doesn’t cut off regular jeans to make his shorts. He buys them fresh from the store every time

he sees some he likes. He’s up to 10 or 11, by his estimation. Before this season, Harrellson was known far more for his fashion tastes than for his basketball game. During UK’s preseason trip to Canada, he wasn’t doing anything to change that perception. “If any of you thought after watching us in Canada that he would have an impact on this season, then you needed to be drug tested,” head coach John Calipari said. That same trip, Terrence Jones was getting his first look at the older players as much as they were getting a first glimpse of him. He wasn’t impressed. “I was like man, I hope Enes (Kanter) can play,” Jones said in December. The shadow of the now-ineligible freshman loomed over Har-

Career Academy helps in job hunt By Blair Helwig

Some college students assume they will find jobs as soon as they graduate, but that’s not always the case. However, a new program called the James W. Stuckert Career Academy is serving as a preparation for students seeking jobs in their specific job markets. UK students seeking informaton on how to obtain a job prior to graduating can commit five hours of their time to attend the presentations. Senior Career Ambassador Josh Albers said the Ca-

rellson since the start of the season. Fans largely overlooked the senior center who offered steady serviceability for the first-year talent who offered immediate dominance. Although the first play of the entire season was a designed post-up to him, it seemed as though Harrellson was starting at the center position by default. He wasn’t featured on the team’s preseason poster, which showed two juniors instead. The exclusion hurt. But the fans were there to support Josh, calling in to the basketball office to ask why he was left out. An 11-yearold, whom Harrellson had befriended after stepping on the kid’s leg and breaking it during a summer camp, pasted a picture of Harrellson on the poster to give to him. Then the infamous Twitter

incident occurred after the bluewhite scrimmage, which led to 30 days of mandatory conditioning that gave way to 90 days of voluntary extra work. The handle @BigTyme55 disappeared. But the real-life No. 55 emerged. “He had a choice between beating it, getting out of here, or changing it,” Calipari said. “And he’s changed. I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a player that has gotten more out of his body and his skill level and his athleticism than Josh Harrellson.” And then, Harrellson started steadily improving, making his mark on the team. He might not be able to post up and create points with regularity, but he sets up to crash the offensive boards — often getting them. Scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds See HARRELLSON on page 2

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reer Academy teaches students how to be the employee companies must have. Students can learn how to stand out and communicate productively. All the presentations are based on conducting a job search, resume writing, researching an organization, interviewing and professional correspondence. Theresa Mickelwait, assistant director of the Career Center, said the resume and interview process are both important aspects of receiving a job. Mickelwait said students won’t get an interview without a resume that stands out, and See ACADEMY on page 2

The Lexington Division of Police embraced the digital age during a press conference on Monday, announcing a new online method to report crime. The system, called the Citizen Online Reporting System, is a law enforcement records management program developed by Coplogic, Inc., which enables citizens to submit nonemergency police reports through an online database. To be eligible to use the system, the reporting party must be 18 or older, have a valid e-mail address and the incident must have occurred in Lexington/Fayette County, Ky. The situation must also necessitate that there is no known suspect. Officer Paul Stewart explained that there are six offenses that can be reported using the new system; harassing communications, fraudulent use of a credit or debit card, property lost or mislaid, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief and larceny from auto less than $500. Citizens can access the reporting system by visiting, filling out the form data and providing the required information. “After submitting the report, the citizen receives a confirmation email indicating that we have received the report that they had filed, and that it is pending approval,” Bureau of Administration Commander Alan Martin said. “The report is routed to an administrative officer who reviews the report and approves the report or request additional information from reporting party.” Martin further explained that once an approval is provided, typically taking up to two business days, an e-mail is sent to the reporting party indicating that their report has been approved. The e-mail provided information on how they can receive an official copy of that report by either online or in person at the Division of Police. This step also makes the data immediately available for law enforcement investigation. The new program is expected to be both a benefit to the Lexington Division of Police and to the citizens of Lexington, by allowing higher priority reports to be processed more quickly and improving customer relations. “The ease and the functionality of this particular application is very intuitive for your novice computer user, it was designed with simplicity in mind,” Martin said, “and to be as convenient as possible for the reporting party.” In addition to this technological advance, Public Information Officer Sherelle Roberts said the Lexington Division of Police could soon be making an appearance on Facebook, to further improve its lines of communication with citizens.

Will also read passages from new book By Allison VanderHorst

One UK professor will be a featured speaker at an event celebrating the contributions AfricanAmericans have made to Appalachia. The UK College of Arts and Sciences is hosting the Affrilachian Symposium on March 9 and 10. Nikky Finney, a creative writing professor at UK, and poet who has made many contributions to Appalachia, will discuss her involvement with Affrilachian poets and read from her newest book, “Head off & Split.”

“Head off & Split” is a collection of poems that was published at the beginning of February. It is Finney’s sixth book and fourth book of poems. Finney’s publisher said this collection of poems was “breathtaking.” “Artful and intense, Finney's poems ask us to be mindful of what we fraction, fragment, cut off, dice, dishonor or throw away, powerfully evoking both the lawless and the sublime,” Triquarterly Books said. Finney credits her childhood in South Carolina with the inspiration for the title of her book. As a See POETRY on page 2


Commander Alan Martin reviews citizenreported non-emergency issues online.

New supplement courses help students transition to college classes By Ally Rogers

Over this past year, one UK program has undergone a major overhaul and now offers more communication to students. The Academic Enhancement Program assists students with writing, reading and math classes to bridge the gap between high school level

and collegiate level instruction. Formerly considered remedial courses, academic supplement classes are available to struggling students. The classes are useful in helping students understand the basic ideas, rules and advanced concepts of a subject. “A developmental education course typically runs a full semester,” Randolph Hollingsworth, the assistant

provost for Integrated Academic Services, said. Developmental courses, which at UK are designated by course numbers below 100, also allow students to work at their own pace and on their individual level, rather than alongside the average standards in a general course. “There are a variety of factors related to how prepared a student is for college,”

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Karin Lewis, director of Academic Enhancement, said. Two reasons for the gap are state educational differences and learning disabilities, Lewis said. “Often in high school the reading and writing is different than college,” Lewis said. “(This program) helps to get them acclimated to college classes.” On average, 300 UK students are enrolled in developClassifieds.............3 Features.................4 Horoscope.............2

mental courses, Lewis said. A student may later test out of the class to enroll in higher-level courses or may choose to stay enrolled in the supplemental course, Hollingsworth said. The developmental courses are not always credit-baring. While all classes show as credit hours, the supplemental class hours are used to show enrollment for financial aid, Opinions.............3 Sports..................4 Sudoku................2

but these do not count toward a degree path. “We have to acknowledge that there is a wide variety of students coming in and we have to (accommodate) for them,” Hollingsworth said. Once admitted, students are notified of what supplemental courses they will be enrolled in, “so they know exactly what they are committing to,” Lewis said.


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HARRELLSON Continued from page 1 against Louisville was an official line of demarcation that denoted Harrellson has become a legitimate piece of UK’s success. Twitter was the launching point. But the starting point was a long time ago. Harrellson’s entire basketball experience as a kid was playing HO-R-S-E in his driveway with his parents; he didn’t play or-

POETRY Continued from page 1 young girl, it was always her job to go pick up the fish for her family’s evening meal. Before she took it home, the fishmonger always asked her one question: Head off and split? In the fish market those words simply were to ask if he should cut off the head and fillet the fish for her, but in her career, those words took on new meaning. “As a poet I started thinking about this phrase and how it had shaped me as a girl,” Finney said. “This collection of poems, born under this extended metaphor, is about what we

ganized basketball until his freshman year of high school. He had to stay after practice to work on making a lefthanded layup. “Then I started making left-handed layups, and I forgot how to make a righthanded layup,” Harrellson said. He slowly progressed over the years, went to Southwest Illinois College for a year, and then came to UK. He worried he might have to find another place when Calicut away as human beings, what we dismiss, and deny, what we hand over to other people to do that we should do ourselves.” Vaughn Fielder, associate director of the Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference, met Finney when she was a presenter at the Conference in 2009. After working together on a project, Finney asked for Fielder’s help in launching “Head off & Split” and Fielder was unable to pass on the opportunity. “I could not ignore the chance to work with the words, photographs and videos that Nikky was providing,” Fielder said. Currently, Finney is being featured on the cover of

pari came, but that didn’t happen. Instead, he sat the bench and played the role of team joker, whispering during Calipari’s teachings in practice and keeping the team loose. Harrellson said he misses the bench sometimes, misses being able to joke about the players and wave his towel in celebration. But he is grateful for his increased playing time, and he learned when to joke and when to be serious. “Big, goofy Josh,” was the March/April edition of Poets and Writer’s Magazine. The magazine is doing a profile story on Finney and her new book. “I hope to keep writing, teaching and being on the front lines of all the things that matter in our community and world; politics, the environment, and how we continue to evolve and communicate as diverse human beings who share the same planet,” Finney said. Finney’s upcoming Lexington appearances include the official Kentucky launch of “Head off & Split” on March 4 at the Carnegie Center, the Affrilachian Symposium on March 9 and the Holler! Poets Reading Series at Al’s Bar on March 30.

Real housewife role now reality By Valerie Kellogg McClatchy

REASON TO WATCH: Watching Bethenny Frankel squirm as she becomes a real housewife. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: “The Real Housewives of New York City” dropout is struggling to find a place for her latest ventures being a new mother and a newlywed in her megalomaniacal universe. This does not go unnoticed by her docile husband, Jason Hoppy. As the Manhattan businessman chills out after a presumably long workweek, Frankel asks him to make her Skinnygirl Margaritas brand his “big thing.” Pointing out that he has a full-time job, he protests, “There are going to be times when I'm going to be, like, ‘Enough Bethenny today.’” MY SAY: While Frankel’s accomplishments are laudable, the way she treats others leaves something to be desired. The tearful moments

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 7 — There's a time to be nurturing with your friends, and a time to be alone and focus on yourself. You can have both. Trust your instincts. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Express the love you have for your community. It's a good time to plan a neighborhood garden exchange or block party. Embrace change: It brings you luck. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 — Love is triumphant again. It's time for an expedition to a faraway land, or to your artistic side. Paint, draw, play with colors, even if unsure. Explore. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Be thankful for what you've got. The end of one idea can represent the birth of

here are not when poor, poor Frankel cries about not feeling loved by parents, but when her in-laws show how desperate they are to have as much face time as possible with their first grandchild. Instead of appreciating how much they adore her and wanting to encourage that bonding, Frankel pushes them away, pointing out that she needs family alone time (even on holidays) and, by the way, that she might be moving the family to California to pursue new opportunities. It all plays out in Hazelton, Pa., where the Hoppys live. The small city is two hours from Manhattan, yet Frankel cannot get over herself long enough even in front of the cameras to point out how backward everyone, everything and every place is. Nice. BOTTOM LINE: Frankel’s repartee may make it seem as though she's missed her calling as a Borscht Belt comedian, but underneath it all she really has no sense of humor.

another. Clear your thoughts with some quiet time. It all works out. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 9 — Accepting other people's differences allows for amazing partnership. There's always something to learn. Pay attention to your surroundings to chart the terrain. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Love is the game and the prize. Work also holds both the game and the prize. Learn to balance both today. Friends are impressed by this and admire you. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Check in with a favorite friend or sibling. Try a new art or practice today: abstract painting, veggie roasting, karate kicking — the possibilities are endless. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Follow mom's advice to win. Home is where the heart is, especially today. Pay attention to the ghosts of the past, then make your own decision.

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how Jon Hood, who has an adjacent locker, described him. “He’s still as goofy as he ever was, but once he gets in between the lines, he changes. He’s more business.” Harrellson knows he changed his habits late. Hopefully not too late — he plans on trying to make it in the NBA next year, and if that doesn’t work out he wants to play overseas. But he sounded regretful when reflecting on whether it was a mistake

not committing to change earlier in his career. “Yeah, definitely,” Harrellson said with a sigh. “It does bring wonders to me how good I could have been my first couple years if I had been in the shape I am today.” Regardless of how it might have turned out, his UK career is coming to a close. His time at Rupp Arena culminates Tuesday against Vanderbilt. His brother shoepolished his entire car with

ACADEMY Continued from page 1 the interview happens when employers know the candidate is the right person for the job. Students who have completed the program have improved communication skills to employers in written and spoken words, as well as learning to relate to experiences during a behavioral base interview, which demonstrates how they would react to a specific case and problem. Albers, who has attended the program twice, said he has seen an increase in confidence when he tested his new skills at the Career Fair, landing several interviews. “The Career Academy is for any student who wants experience because this process can be used while searching for internships as well,” Mickelwait said. The academy also brings in guest speakers for students attending the sessions, to give an

Senior Day decorations to the point where he could barely see out of the window. Harrellson said his eyes might get watery when he walks out, alone as the only senior, but he was adamant he won’t cry. Harrellson said he’s been thinking more and more about how it’s the official close to his home career, but he’s ready to celebrate it. “Let’s have a Jorts day,” Harrellson said. “And then end it off with a good night.”

outside perspective of the job searching process. In a session coming up, the program will host Frank Patton. a representative from First Investors Corporation. Albers said he expects the next few sessions to be full while the end of the semester draws nearer and students are still without jobs. After completing all the sessions, students will get a completion certificate and special recognition to the employers who recruit on campus. Students must register online for the program through Wildcat CareerLink. Any UK student may sign up and students are instructed to bring a previously critiqued resume and cover letter before attending the program. “The program usually has a session once a month, but we hope to offer more in the future semesters,” Mickelwait said. The next session is scheduled for March 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Tighter coal regulations maintain accountability, safety, environment LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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A recent letter gave three reasons why we should “leave coal alone.” The first reason was that coal is an important part of Kentucky’s economy. It is indeed a necessary component of our current energy economy. It won’t be replaced soon. But this does not exempt the coal industry from criticism. The author claimed that the mining regulations are arbitrary. But they are not. They are intended to ensure that coal is mined safely, and that it doesn’t damage the environment. I hope we all agree that these are worthy goals. Regulation is an awkward way to achieve this. It would be far better if the coal companies did it right in the first place, or if the coal industry would police itself. Most of the damage to health and the environment is local, so you would think that local entities would be more proactive and effective in requiring proper procedures. On the other hand, having regulation done at the federal level has the advantages that it affects all coal producers equally (whereas a state that sets high standards puts itself at an economic disadvantage) and it protects people who are well downstream and downwind. Requiring safe and environmentally proper mining does raise the price of coal and electricity, but this has to be weighed against the cost of injured miners, dirty water and unclean air. Setting regulations entails finding the balance between cost and benefit. They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; cleaning up a polluted stream or treating a miner with black lung disease is hard, and preventing these things is easier, but apparent-

ly people have to be told to do this. The third point was that “the more control government has of an industry, the more prone to corruption politicians will be.” If government really is that easily suborned, “political science” is an oxymoron. But actually the argument goes the other way. If corporations are going to try to corrupt government, they can’t be trusted to do the right thing on their own. And while there are frequent stories in the newspaper about government officials on the take or bending the rules to favor friends, the point is that they have to leave a paper trail showing what happened, which greatly increases the likelihood that they will get caught. There aren’t many stories about coal companies behaving illegally because there is no public record to inspect (except what the regulations create), and thus no way to bring them to justice. For example, coal companies are required to submit reports to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, reporting on the quality of the water of streams that drain the sites they are mining. Last fall an environmental group looked at the reports that had been submitted and discovered 20,000 violations of the Clean Water Act, including instances of falsified entries. Apparently, no one at the cabinet noticed. The result is sure to be more rigid rules on reporting, since both the coal companies and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet were failing to do their duty. They will complain about the increasing number of “arbitrary regulations,” but it is a consequence of their own actions. Joseph P. Straley Physics and astronomy professor

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Awards in mediocrity: Oscars don’t reflect culture COLIN WALSH Kernel columnist

The telecast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony was an example of extreme mediocrity. From who won, to the skits and acceptance speeches; it was a cut right down the middle between good and bad. James Franco and Anne Hathaway were respectful and talented hosts, but most of their material, from the Alec Baldwin opening skit to Franco putting on a dress for an awkward minute, was clunky and often not funny at all. The best moments seemed to be ad-libs. Franco’s relaxed, almost THC-

laden, quips about sexually suggestive movie titles — “How to train your dragon? That’s disgusting” — were probably the best comedy of the night. That and Kirk Douglas’ witty antics. And that’s saying a lot if you count up all the lengthy skits. Addressing the awards: The story of the night is that David Fincher and “The Social Network” was snubbed by the Academy in three categories many believe it should have owned. I am one of that crowd, and I truly believe that it deserved the award for editing, best picture and best director. “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” are about as opposite as you can get on the culturally relevant scale, and it’s almost as if the Academy is once again making a statement about what kind of movies they val-

ue — the (slightly) portentous, British kind. Social media was abuzz with some pretty outrageous statements after the final award was given out. One of my favorites was one disgruntled viewer remarking, “King's Speech Oscar wins build compelling case against letting old people vote on things.” And how about the movie montage at the end before the award for Best Picture was announced? I think it’s a bit curious that Colin Firth from eventual winner, “The King’s Speech,” was narrating it. The night was all but predictable, especially after the film editing award went to “The King’s Speech.” And who didn’t know Colin Firth was getting that award? Even fellow nominee and co-host Franco acknowledged that Firth was going to win.

Where the Academy didn’t fail was in its recognition of “Inception,” which took home four Oscars for technical prowess (cinematography, visual effects, sound editing and sound mixing). Speaking of which, there were several instances where the technical aspects of filmmaking were acknowledged, and I’m sure that many in Hollywood were happy about that. One is left wondering if the tone of this mellow, reserved and ultimately mediocre night, which ended with a public school choir gleefully reciting “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” had anything to do with Ricky Gervais’ train wreck at the Golden Globes. Or maybe it’s just the Academy trying to distance themselves from what modern American entertainment, and communication, has become.

Event brings eight years of laughter By Jen Taylor

The Cat’s Den has been making students laugh for eight years now. The free Comedy Caravan shows, held every Wednesday at 8 p.m., have basically kept the same format. A student host will open the show by introducing the comedians and maybe doing some stand-up of his or her own, then three professional comedians will follow. The most well-known, the headliner, closes the night. There is no doubt about it; comedy nights at the Cat’s Den are R-rated. Adult themes are a consistent topic of comedy. “Everyone is 18,” Steve Pearce, the current event host, said. “There’s nothing in the show that an 18 year old can’t listen too.” The Comedy Caravan got its start in 2003, with the idea from a student named Ross Duncliffe. He had aspirations of becoming a professional comedian and worked with

the Student Center to create a place where UK students could watch great comedians and even have a chance to try a little stand-up themselves. The show has come a long way since then, doubling its budget from $500 a week to $1,000 a week. The size of the crowd at most shows has also grown. This year, a small crowd is about 30-50 people, an average crowd about 70 and a good crowd 100 or more. Pearce is a marketing and advertising senior who recently celebrated his year anniversary with the Caravan. He said he may want to someday combine his marketing degree with his love of comedy and become a screen writer. Pearce said one of the greatest benefits of doing stand-up is the general improvement in self confidence that you get. You have to become unafraid of failing on stage and taking it in stride. Pearce is occasionally paid to perform at Buster’s Billiards & Backroom and has performed at Comedy Off Broadway’s open mic night.

Comedy Caravan posters are hung every Tuesday to promote the show. These posters always have a picture of a different city in the background, along with the headshot of the headlining comedian. Keep up with the Comedy Caravan on Facebook through its fan page. By liking the fan page, students are not sent notifications every week, but can view the page for upcoming show information. The posters on campus advertising the Comedy Club feature facial close-ups of Pearce. He said the idea started out as a joke, then turned into reality when Rob Theakston, assistant director of event marketing and student programming for the Student Center, thought it was a way for the Comedy Caravan posters to stand out among all the other activity posters. Pearce said, “It was kind of weird sitting in a classroom in Whitehall and seeing my face above the chalkboards,” but that no one “has ever said anything to me about my face being


Cool Cats’ season ends with 6-4 loss in Regionals By Gary Hermann

The UK ice hockey team fell to Liberty 6-4 in the first round of the Regional Tournament in Philadelphia, ending a successful season for the team. “I felt like we played really hard,” freshman defenseman Matt Kinman said. “The effort was there. There’s no reason to be hanging our heads.” The Cool Cats took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Liberty came back to outscore UK 6-3 in the final two periods. “We knew our potential, but some injuries and sickness set us back in our last game,” senior defenseman Andrew Serres said. The game trend was fitting of the Cats’ up and down season. “We had a pretty good season, but I’m not happy with the way we had to lose.” senior goalie Jim Borgaard said. The Cool Cats finished the season with a 20-12-1 record. “It was great the way we came together,” Borgaard said. “This was the best team chemistry since I’ve been here.” Freshman forward Gray McLaughlin said there were games where the team was “blown out of the water,” but team members kept the bigger picture in mind. “We’d always be focused the next weekend,” Gray McLaughlin said. “We’d for-


Danny Graham handles the puck against Bowling Green State on Nov. 7, 2010. UK concluded its season Saturday, finishing 20-12-1. get about (the loss) and come ready to play.” This season, the upperclassmen made it a priority to help the new players. “I was the new guy to the team and I had a really good time,” Kinman said. “It’s sad to see the seniors go.” The Liberty game was the final game in the UK career of six seniors. “I'm going to miss a lot of the seniors, especially Serres and (forward Josh) Knicker,” Gray McLaughlin said. Serres was a two-year captain for the Cool Cats. “I had a great time here at UK,” Serres said. “I got a good education and met some great people.” Also leaving the team will be goalies Borgaard and Derek Steinbrecher, defenseman Jay Morgan and forward Sean Wormald. “Hopefully we get some freshman who can replace

them,” Gray McLaughlin said. “At least try to replace their skills, not their leadership.” Borgaard said his experience with UK hockey was “unbelievable.” “I’m going to miss going out and having fun in front of all those fans,” Borgaard said. The Cool Cats will return with many skilled players including Kinman, Gray McLaughlin, freshman defenseman Jeremy Schmidt, and junior forwards Sean McLaughlin and Michael Getz. “We’ve got a good group of guys coming back,” Kinman said. “We’re going to add a few new assets and have a really strong team.” The Cool Cats hope to build on this season’s success for next year. “We should go back to Regionals, possibly even further.” Gray McLaughlin said.

on a poster. I like to think that people notice and just don’t say anything.” Past performers at the Comedy Caravan have included Torian Hughes, seen on Comedy Central and a former writer for MadTV, Roy Haber, who opened for Dave Chappelle, and Kris Shaw, who opened for Mitch Hedberg.

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