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Interviews denied after walk-on story reported By Becca Clemons firstname.lastname@example.org
A decision involving UK Athletics and a Kernel editor brought the First Amendment into question Monday. Kernel basketball writer Aaron Smith’s media access to a set of men’s basketball team interviews was revoked Monday after he was said to have violated UK Athletics’ policy on interviewing student athletes.
The Kernel, an independent student newspaper, reported Monday morning that two walk-ons had been added to the basketball team — information that Smith had uncovered after looking up the two players’ cellphone numbers in the directory on UK’s website and calling them. The names of the players, Brian Long and Sam Malone, were first released on Twitter Sunday night by UK freshman basketball player Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) and also
reported on Kentucky Sports Radio just after 9 a.m. Monday. UK Athletics has not officially announced the two players as walk-ons. Long and Malone confirmed to Smith that they are on the team but declined to be interviewed further. Smith was to receive access, along with other select members of the media, to oneon-one interviews with members of the basketball team on Tuesday, but lost that “reward”
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when he attempted to interview the two athletes, said DeWayne Peevy, UK’s associate athletic director for UK Media Relations. Peevy said that Tuesday’s interviews are “a reward to, basically, a preferred group of people to give them special access.” He said there has to be “some sort of trust” between UK Athletics and any reporter given access to this round of interviews because information received during them is supposed to be embargoed until Oct. 1. Peevy, who has been at
UK since 2008, said this was the first year the Kernel was invited to these interviews since he has worked for athletics, and no other student media has been involved either, to his knowledge. Peevy said that he did not have a problem with Smith reporting the news, but once Smith found out Long and Malone were student athletes, he should not have attempted to interview them without first contacting Media Relations. Peevy said UK Athletics’ policy is for reporters to contact Media Relations if they want
to talk to a player. After Smith was alerted to the information on Twitter, Peevy said it was public record that they were on the team, but, “In a perfect world, Aaron should have called me to confirm.” “I can’t be upset with you because you have that right,” Peevy said, of calling the players using phone numbers from the directory. “Going along with that policy is by choice. But I can choose not to reward you.” Jon L. Fleischaker, a Louisville attorney who repreSee KERNEL on page 2
KEENELAND HALL RENOVATIONS
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A Lexington group is striving to make a big impact with a few helping hands. Seedleaf, created four years ago, is an organization that aims to provide the community with sustainable food sources. Since it’s inception, Seedleaf has created fifteen gardens across Lexington. Ryan Koch, executive director for Seedleaf, helped structure the group in 2007. “These gardens help feed the homeless in the community,” Koch said. The primary goal is to teach locals about sustainability and gardening, a skill that they can practice in their own backyards. Seedleaf provides volunteers with opportunities to practice gardening and cooking fresh food. Volunteers from Seedleaf host cooking education workshops in community churches to teach young adults how to make use of fresh produce and eat healthy. Soups On! is a monthly event hosted by Seedleaf where volunteers gather at Woodland Christian Church to cook soup using the vegetables picked from the community gardens. The soup is then donated to a local feeding organization. Seedleaf’s partnerships with local churches allow the organization to become involved with the youth of Lexington as well. “Seedleaf is tailored for volunteers,” Koch said. “We do our best to accommodate them.” A newer addition to Seedleaf is its composting system. Seedleaf takes pre-consumer organic waste from 14 Lexington restaurants and kitchens. This waste is then deposited into nine of Seedleaf’s compost sites, and eventually generates free compost for learning gardeners and Seedleaf’s own veggie patches. Mellow Mushroom, a pizza restaurant close to UK’s campus, is one of the fourteen partners. “Anything compostable that is used in kitchen prep is saved for composting,” said Sam Reed, manager at Mellow Mushroom. “Seedleaf’s system here is awesome.” For more information, visit Seedleaf.org.
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Students sit in the lobby of Keeneland Hall, which is now home to A&S Wired, a community designed to keep freshmen interested in UK.
Students get linked in By Justin Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK Arts and Sciences department has beefed up their program. Keeneland Hall is now home to A&S Wired — a program designed to create a living and learning community for nearly 200 first-year students. At the beginning of the fall semester, freshmen A&S stu-
dents living in Keeneland Hall received an iPad as part of the program. Centered around new technoology, two classrooms have been constructed for the program, with an interactive digital bulletin board and a movie screen. Courses offered to students include an eight-week interdisciplinary Wired course and a first-year writing course. Adrienne McMahan, assistant dean of undergraduate af-
fairs in the College of Arts & Sciences, said the new technology will hopefully appeal to students. “We hope that this technology will keep freshman interested in the university so they will come back for their sophomore year,” McMahan said. Students are welcoming the technology-driven program. “This is a great leap forward because this enables students to use and familiarize
College poses certain risks Theft, substance abuse and bedbugs are three to watch out for By Adrienne Braudis email@example.com
Students returning to UK for the fall semester should be aware of risks surrounding college campuses. One major problem on campus is theft, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said. When asked why he thought students are victimized, Monroe said, "Students have false sense of security." One tip he gave to help students avoid risky situations is to keep personal belogings hidden, since these are "crimes of opportunity.” Monroe suggests having a picture of personal items. This and other information about an item can help in the recovery of stolen possessions, he said. For overall safety, Monroe recommends that students pay attention to their surroundings. Another risk college students face is sub-
stance abuse, including Adderall. Adderall is a drug prescribed to patients with ADHD, but is often taken by students to increase their energy levels and help them stay awake longer. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, non-medical Adderall use doubles with full-time students between the ages of 18 and 22. "People are very nonchalant about these things," Dr. Matthew Neltner, a physician with University Health Services, said. He added that Adderall is a schedule II narcotic that "elevates the blood pressure and the pulse,” so it can be dangerous if use isn’t carefully monitored. Neltner's prescription for avoiding stress and subtance abuse problems is time management. "Sleep deprivation is hazardous to your IQ,” Neltner said. Additionally, bedbugs have been found in communal living areas around campus, such as
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apartments and dorms. Before classes started this semester, there was a bedbug incident in the Student Center. There have also been some occurrences in the dorms. Last year, Madison Shiner, a pre-nursing student, experienced a bedbug problem in her dorm room. She described the incident as "terrifying" and "embarrassing.” Sarah Nikirk, associate director associate of Auxiliary Services, said to not be embarrassed or to panic and that it is not an epidemic on UK's campus. They don't carry disease or viruses, Nikirk said. Nikirk dispelled the myth that a person gets bedbugs because they are "untidy.” She called bedbugs the "perfect hitchhiker,” because they will cling to clothes or backpacks and then transport from one area to another. "If you think you have a problem with pests, contact our FIXIT office immediately," Nikirk said. "Bed bugs are challenging to get rid of but not impossible if you follow the right procedures." Classifieds.............5 Features.................3 Horoscope.............2
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themselves with this new method of learning,” Michael Powers, an A&S freshman, said. “The A&S wired classroom setting in Keeneland Hall is a really innovative idea that gives everyone, not just students living in this building, a chance to experience what learning will be like in the future of the university,” Erik Garrard, a secondary mathematics education major, said.
2 walk-ons added to UK team By Aaron Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Long and Sam Malone each confirmed via phone Monday morning they are walk-ons on the UK men’s basketball team. This followed Anthony Davis' tweets Sunday night that Malone and Long would be playing for UK this season. “Follow my boy (Sam Malone) he is playing for UK this year,” Davis tweeted first, then in a subsequent tweet, “Follow my boy (Brian Long) he is playing for UK this year.” Long is the brother of former Memphis player Travis Long. Malone played for Scituate High School in Massachusetts.
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KERNEL Continued from page 1 sents the Kentucky Press Association, of which the Kernel is a member, called UK Athletics’ decision “inappropriate.” “The very fact that they don’t like the way you’re exercising your First Amendment rights does not give them the right to deprive you of an opportunity you would otherwise have,” Fleischaker said. He said the university should not have taken action just because Smith did not contact the players in the way the university preferred. Adam Goldstein of the Student Press Law Center agreed that UK Athletics officials should not revoke access they had already given Smith, and that since reporters do not agree to a contract with UK regarding media coverage, “The university doesn’t have the ability to punish people for reporting the news.” When the Kernel asked Monday afternoon if the policy was written, Peevy said UK Athletics officials do not have any written policies saying a reporter must contact them first when trying to access players but seasoned beat reporters know that is the preferred method. After the Kernel posted this story online, Peevy tweeted a picture of the policy, saying it was “written in every media guide. No one signs it or anything, but it’s real.” Peevy responded to several journalists and fans on Twitter after the story was posted
Monday night. Smith said this is the first time he has tried to contact a player without going through Media Relations, but at the time he had made the phone calls, it was not confirmed that Long and Malone were student athletes at UK. Smith was the basketball reporter for the Kernel last season, as well, and is one of this year’s managing editors. “I had had nothing but a positive relationship for a year, and I feel like this is a minor violation,” Smith said, “and (Peevy) even said that, too.” Smith said in that sense, he felt like UK Athletics’ action was “excessive.” In regard to the revoking of Smith’s access being a possible First Amendment violation, Peevy said, “If you see it that way, it’s fine.” He did not say that he was considering changing his mind about his decision. Smith said he asked Peevy if he could gain access Tuesday to all the players except for Long and Malone, as a sort of compromise, but Peevy denied that request. UK Athletics might have handled the situation correctly, said Stephen Dittmore, an assistant professor of recreation and sports management at the University of Arkansas. Dittmore said that from a public relations perspective, one way to issue retribution for a reporter’s action would be to give an exclusive to a competitor, such as the Lexington Herald-Leader. “I think sports organiza-
tions, from a PR perspective, need to be careful about how they issue retribution to organizations that cover them on a regular basis,” said Dittmore, who also co-authored a book on sports public relations. He said it is important that organizations write down their policies, even if just in the media guides issued each year for basketball and football programs. Dittmore said also, though, that the situation involving calling students using phone numbers that were publicly available constitutes good reporting. “I’m not suggesting anyone should penalize a journalistic organization for good reporting,” he said. The policy exists, Peevy said, in the interests of protecting student athletes’ privacy. For basketball players, he said, “the requests that we receive alone are so much that a student wouldn’t be able to be a student.” “We give them an opportunity to be a student first, not a professional athlete,” Peevy said. Kernel Editor-in-Chief Taylor Moak said she understands why that policy is in place, but she still thinks Smith acted appropriately. “These sources were not confirmed as walk-on players,” Moak said, “and Aaron was just trying to confirm if they were, in fact, walk-ons, and he found the numbers in a public directory, which is open to anyone.” She said the players were not yet confirmed as UK ath-
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scenes from the third-season premiere will also be included. As for the time-slot change, Margulies had this to say to The Hollywood Reporter when the move was announced: “At first, I was taken aback, because you always think a move is a bad sign, and then I started thinking about it, and this was all in the span of five minutes. I was like wait, Sunday nights at 9, that was ‘The Sopranos” spot. That’s my favorite time to watch television. Hold on a minute, this opens up a whole door to the kinds of people that we want to attract to our show — a younger audience and an older audience, because younger people can stay up at 9, and older people can stay up at 9.” The show’s new season launches Sept. 25.
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letes, and it was not as if Smith was trying to contact directly a known member of the basketball team. “He was just trying to confirm the story on his own, which is a sign of strong journalistic work,” Moak said. Peevy said that when bloggers from Kentucky Sports Radio called, he did not confirm to them whether Long and Malone were on the team. Peevy has gotten into public disagreement over coverage and credentials before. In July, CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish published a story saying Davis, the freshman who tweeted about the walkons, would have to face questions about his recruitment. Peevy replied to the story on Twitter, saying, “I guess we now know one media seat that will be available at Rupp this year. BBN don’t give them what they want, your clicks! #WeAreUK.”
Peter Baniak, editor and vice president of the Lexington Herald-Leader, said the newspaper had an access issue with UK Athletics officials when they held invitation-only access to events and invited one specific Herald-Leader reporter over another. He said the newspaper declined to attend. “Ultimately, we determine which reporters cover which stories,” Baniak said. “The newspaper makes assignments.” A situation similar to the Kernel’s has not occurred with the Herald-Leader before, though. “UK has never threatened to take away the HeraldLeader’s credentials over coverage,” Baniak said. The updated list of media allowed to the one-on-one interviews Tuesday includes three print media, five television outlets, five websites and a marketing firm. Peevy said
one of the media replaced the Kernel’s spot, and none of the remaining outlets are student media organizations. He refused to name the outlet replacing the Kernel. Kernel editors have not decided whether they will pursue legal action for violation of First Amendment rights. Goldstein also said that athletics programs and players have obligations to the NCAA, but reporters do not. “It’s media relations and the institution that has the obligations, but they can’t seek to enforce those obligations by violating civil rights,” Goldstein said. “They don’t own your civil rights to contract them away to the NCAA. “Nothing you can do — no contracts the university can enter into with anyone on the planet — can empower it to punish students for reporting the news.”
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Columnist to reveal the ‘naked’ truth By Taylor Riley firstname.lastname@example.org
School is back in session and maybe you’ve discovered you have an awkward roommate with weird habits, or a loud overly social chatterbox. Whatever the case, Student Activities Board is bringing in an expert. Author and columnist Harlan Cohen will speak to UK students Wednesday about his book, “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College.” Cohen, a nationally syndicated advice columnist, speaks to young adults about their issues through his column, “Help Me, Harlan!” His national bestseller, “The Naked Roommate,” spotlights tips to newly estab-
lished college students with advice in several topics such as student organizations, residence halls, classes, dating and money, according to www.nakedroommate.com. The book also gives real life interpretations of college students’ experiences in many of these categories. Cohen uses humor to give tips on quite serious issues that many new students have anxiety about before attending their first day at college. He also dispels many myths on subjects such as “hookups” and STIs on college campuses. “Cohen provides a lot of encouragement for these new students, which is very helpful because they have a lot of uncertainties about coming into college,” said Sarah Jones, director of engaging issues for SAB.
if you go What: The Naked Roommate When: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Where: Memorial Hall Amphitheater Admission: Free
Cohen’s speaking style includes a sort of “live show” experience with popular music, and engages the audience, according to Jones. “I had the opportunity to attend Cohen’s national conference in St. Louis, and he seems to genuinely be interested in students,” Jones said. “So it was a no-brainer to bring him here to UK.” Jones said advice from Cohen is delivered in a
down-to-earth way that students can understand. "Relax. Have fun. Enjoy it all,” Cohen is quoted as saying, on his website, in many of his lectures. “Your job is simple: be your best, meet lots of people, make new friends, make smart decisions, possibly find a career, possibly find love and take risk after risk after risk so that you can figure out what you love and what you don't love. If you do this, you'll leave college with more than a degree. You'll leave knowing what it takes for you to be happy,” Resident Advisors are also highly encouraged by Jones to attend. Cohen does RA training sessions across the country, as well, and the discussion could be used as a resource to advise and mentor their
College asks about sexuality Application asks students to identify sexual preference By Annemarie Mannion MCT
CHICAGO — Something new at 140-year-old Elmhurst College made senior Ally Vertigan very proud when she learned of it. A question on the undergraduate admission application for the 2012-13 school year asks: “Would you consider yourself a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community?” The college is believed to be the first in the nation to
ask about sexual orientation on its admission application. The question is optional for potential Elmhurst students filling out the application. But officials at the private college say their goal in asking it is to increase diversity and give them a better understanding of LGBT students. Diversity, according to the officials, is an important mission of the school, which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. “I’m so proud of my college. I think this is a great step contextually, within the
nation,” said Vertigan, who noted that she “identifies within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community.” Gary Rold, dean of admissions, said the college will get a better handle on what LGBT students want from their college experience. He said students’ interests affect greatly what the college offers, including majors and extracurricular activities. “Football players wouldn't come here if we don’t have a football team,” he said. “This has greater emotional charge to it. But it’s in the same continuum.” Rold said the college began thinking about how to increase enrollment of LGBT students after they were ap-
proached by the school’s chapter of Straights and Gays for Equality, which wanted to have a college recruitment fair. Shane Windmeyer, of Campus Pride, a non-profit national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer college environments for LGBT students, said the college’s decision “sends a message of acceptance.” Elmhurst students questioned last week generally embraced the college’s decision to ask the question. “If it’s optional that’s all right,” said Lauren Grimm, a sophomore. “If it was mandatory, that would be ridiculous.”
younger students, said Jones. Harlan Cohen will discuss “The Naked Roommate”
on Wednesday, at 7:30 in Memorial Hall Amphitheater. Admission is free to all students and faculty.
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Running backs hope talent can overcome inexperience By Ethan Levine email@example.com
When former UK running back Derrick Locke went down with an injury midway through the 2010 season, Cats fans were given a sneak preview of the team’s depth at the position. Two freshmen, Donald Russell and Raymond Sanders, shared the load in Locke’s absence, showcasing talent that head coach Joker Phillips and his staff hoped would keep their running game energized for years to come. Following the 2010 season, Locke graduated and Russell transferred, leaving the position for Sanders to lose. With the season opener just days away, Sanders has maintained his role as the team’s starting running back and will take the bulk of the carries Thursday night against Western Kentucky. “You just got to come out and keep working hard,” Sanders said. “I can’t never get satisfied with anything I do, there’s always someone out there who is trying to take your job. I just got to keep working, and I’m not going to be the bad guy and not teach those guys, I want to do whatever helps the team win.” Behind Sanders lies a wealth of athleticism at the position, coupled with a general lack of experience. Second on the depth chart sits Josh Clemons, a freshman from Fayetteville, Ga., who was named the 2010 Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year in the state of Georgia. Whether or not that ability will transfer with Clemons from the high school level to the SEC remains to be seen, but being listed as UKs’ second-team running back to begin the regular season shows that the coaching staff has faith in the freshman to positively impact the team. “Josh and Darren (Warren, the team’s starting fullback) are both true freshmen, so we will see how they handle it,” UK running backs coach Steve Pardue said. “I’m excited
key departure: Derrick Locke UK's leading rusher for each of the past two years, Locke will try to overcome nagging injury problems and turn his immense speed into an NFL career.
x-factor: Raymond Sanders Sanders has more career carries and rushing yards than any other running back on UK's roster. He is likely to start the team's season opener against Western Kentucky.
top newcomer: Josh Clemons The 2010 Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year in the state of Georgia as a high school senior, Clemons will start the year as the second-team back and should impact UK's offense early in 2011. about what both of them do, and all the kids, they’ve had a great camp and they’re excited about getting going.” The third-string running back, junior CoShik Williams, only carried the ball 24 times last season, but scored four touchdowns, proving himself a reliable red zone threat. With Williams expected to see more of the field in 2011 rotating into the backfield for Sanders and Clemons, Phillips and Pardue hope Williams will not only show progression on the field, but off the field as well as a veteran teacher and leader. “After Wednesdays, me and Jonathan would always try and get the young guys to go over all the plays and try to do a few steps and try to teach them the ropes, try to get them ahead of camp,” Williams said. “We really just going at stuff a different way this year, trying to go at things a better way trying to already know who we got on certain plays, certain blocks, who we got. We’re going to try to do that better this year.” After Williams, the only other UK running back with in-game experience is sopho-
more Jonathan George, who has nine carries for 25 yards in his career, an average of 2.8 yards per carry. Fellow freshmen Brandon Gainer and Marcus Caffey will also try and work their way up the depth chart into roles where they can produce for the offense, but will start the season buried on the depth chart, mostly seeing time with the special teams. With one of the sturdiest and most experienced offensive lines in the country in front of them, UK’s inexperienced running backs will look to learn on the job and improve on UK’s solid running attack in 2010. “Those guys are all really great guys, strong runners,” junior guard Larry Warford said. “Raymond is a great guy, he’s really fast, really quick, agile. (Brandon) Gainer and all those guys are going to be real great.” “We have to have that confidence that we lost great guys but we also have great guys,” Sanders said. “This is what we were recruited for, and everyone just has to have that mentality that I’m not going to get outworked and I’m going to go out there and make plays.”
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VMAs focus on the bizarre, not on the music
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The MTV Video Music Awards show has come and gone, and per usual, everything and nothing happened all at once. Yes, we now know Beyonce is preggers! Lady Gaga was up to her standard jawdropping tricks, Odd Future won an award that could potentially alienate them from some of their skinny-jeanwearing fans and Katy Perry accepted the award for “best video” with a block of cheese on her head (an award which should have gone to Rebecca Black). So okay, things did hap-
pen. But, the VMAs played out as poorly scripted as a shelved episode of Jersey Shore. Are these really the things we want to watch and talk about? It isn’t about music at all — and hasn’t been for while — it’s about pageantry, spectacle and look-at-me, remember-this-ness. The VMAs are the pinnacle of celebrity worshipping in this country. And yes, I realize the show’s whole niche is to be “shocking.” But people, are we all so infatuated with Beyonce that we blow up the blogosphere and other social media outlets blabbing about the pregnancy announcement? Personally, I’d like to see Megan Fox announce she is pregnant at the next Academy Awards ceremony. Talk about social media chaos.
And Lady Gaga’s, um, Jo Calderone’s performance was impressive and devoted. But this Lady GuyGuy took it a bit far by remaining the entire evening as the Calderone character (you can see her next to Kanye West and Jay-Z during Beyonce’s performance). So, that’s weird, right? Not shocking, just odd. And you know the she-he had to feel a bit outplayed when Beyonce forever altered human history with the unveiling of her pregnancy. The VMAs used to mean something, long, long ago. And there was once an underlying seriousness beneath all of the shock. Now, it’s about something different, something predictably unpredictable. We no longer watch to cheer on the music we love. We watch in hopes
of witnessing a controversy. And what’s most troubling about the VMAs is how more people are talking about Beyonce and Lady GuyGuy than about the music videos themselves. The VMAs is an award show that is hardly about the music, the craft, the art, but rather about shock and “celebritism.” And it’s like this because this is what sells. Young adults should stop watching the VMAs, stop caring about people’s unborn children so much, stop viewing the fledgling “shock” moments performed to sell more advertisements, and instead seek some form, any form, of real cultural enlightenment. Eva McEnrue is a journalism senior. Email email@example.com.
Gov. Perry dismisses climate change By Andrew Dessler MCT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry stirred up controversy on the campaign trail recently when he dismissed the problem of climate change and accused scientists of basically making up the problem. As a born-and-bred Texan, it's especially disturbing to hear this now, when our state is getting absolutely hammered by heat and drought. I've got to wonder how any resident of Texas can be so cavalier about climate change. As a climate scientist at Texas A&M University, I can also tell you from the data that the current heat wave and drought in Texas is so bad that calling it “extreme
weather” does not do it justice. July was the single hottest month in the observational record. I know that climate change does not cause any specific weather event. But I also know that humans have warmed the climate over the last century, and that this warming has almost certainly made the heat wave and drought more extreme than it would have otherwise been. I am not alone in these views. There are dozens of atmospheric scientists at Texas institutions, like Rice and Texas A&M, and none of them dispute the mainstream scientific view of climate change. This is not surprising, since there are only a handful of atmospheric scien-
tists in the entire world who dispute the essential facts, and their ranks are not increasing, as Gov. Perry claimed. And I can assure Gov. Perry that scientists are not just another special interest looking to line their own pockets. I left a job as an investment banker on Wall Street in 1988 to go to graduate school in chemistry. I certainly didn't make that choice to get rich. I went into science because I wanted to devote my life to the search for scientific knowledge. and to make the world a better place. That's the same noble goal that motivates most scientists. This is just one of the many reasons it is inconceiv-
able for an entire scientific community to conspire en masse to mislead the public. In fact, if climate scientists truly wanted to maximize funding, we would be claiming that we had no idea why the climate is changing. The economic costs of the Texas heat wave and drought are enormous. The cost to Texas alone will be many billion dollars, and these costs will ripple through the economy so that everyone will eventually pay for it. Gov. Perry needs to squarely face the choice confronting us; either we pay to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, or we pay for the impacts of a changing climate. There is no free lunch. Economists have looked
at this problem repeatedly over the last two decades, and virtually every mainstream economist has concluded that the costs of reducing emissions are less than the costs of unchecked climate change. The only disagreement is on the optimal level of emissions reductions. I suppose it should not be surprising when politicians like Gov. Perry choose to shoot the messenger rather than face this hard choice. He may view this as a legitimate policy on climate change, but it's not one that the facts support. Andrew Dessler is a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yard/Garage Sales HUGE “BACKYARD” SALE UNDER A TENT! 3030 Windermere Road, Lexington, KY (off Tates Creek & Albany Rd) Starts, Thu., Sept. 1, 2, 3, & Mon., Sept 5th (Closed Sun.) Open 8AM – 7PM. Over 35 Years Household Accumulation. Many Handtools, Glassware, Dishes, Household & Kitchen Items, Books, Instruments and Hi-End Audio Equipment, Collectible Toys, Crafting and Scrapbooking Items, and much more!
For Rent 1 Bedroom Great location! Great security! 1BR/1BA and pool. $625/month including all utilities. Call Brad 859-983-0434 Studios $395. Call 368-7317. Four miles from campus. Mention ad & get 5% Student Discount. 1BR/Eff, stunning renovation in historic home at 663 Headley Avenue consisting of eat-in kitchen, living room/bedroom combination and bath and features exposed brick, new kitchen and bath, new lights. Smoke free. PET FRIENDLY. Available now. $460 plus. Contact Allyson at 859-552-3793 or PVHProperties@Insightbb.com
2BR/1.5BA Town home, 15 minutes from Campus. New floors, new fridge, washer and dryer, $800/month. Call 859-492-1122 if interested! 3 Bedroom 251 Simpson Avenue #221, 3BR/2BA, $900/month. ½ off first month’s rent. Lexingtonrentalhomes.com. 859-576-1927 or 859-278-7752 (Office). Campus Downs #203, 3BR/2BA, $925/month. ½ off first month’s rent. Lexingtonrentalhomes.com. 859-576-1927 or 859-278-7752 (Office).
Help Wanted Cleaning Lady/Receptionist needed part-time. Flexible hours. Apply in person @ Yasmine’s Hair Salon, 545 Euclid Avenue, directly across from 5/3 Bank or call 859-335-1324.
3BR/1BA House, $850/month. W/D, D/W, Large backyard, Parking, Storage, Central Air. Hardwood floors, 413 Gibson. 859-421-0054
NEW and Nearly NEW 4BR HOMES – Current place not what you expected? Only a few left, very nice. Close to campus. View at lexingtonhomeconsultants.com. Showing daily. Call or text James McKee, Builder/Broker 859-221-7082
New 4BR/2.5BA Townhouse with deck, parking, eat-in kitchen. W/D included. Off Tates Creek Road. Clean, Painted, New Carpet. $1,000/month. 278-0970 4BR/2BA HOME, $1200.00/MONTH. FACULTY OR STAFF ONLY. 15 MINUTES FROM CAMPUS IN VERSAILLES. MAJOR APPLIANCES INCLUDED. CALL KEVIN, 859-421-5687
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Part-time help wanted. Small family owned retail business. Approximately 20 hours per week. Saturdays a must from 10am - 4pm. Looking for outgoing & motivated person. Apply in person at: Oreck, Idle Hour Shopping Center, 2121 Richmond Rd., Ste# 115, Lexington, Ky 40502 Looking for three people to work with autistic teenage boy. One to be trained as ABA Interventionist and work 3 hours per week. Two as respite providers to work as needed. Prefer Special Ed, Ed or Psych majors. Must have own insured transportation. 859-2199111 Club Scientific Bluegrass is looking for energetic college students to teach after-school science clubs to elementary-age kids. Part-time position with good pay and great resume’building skills. Apply on-line at www.clubscientificbluegrass.com or call 859-899-3343.
1-9 Bedroom Listings 344 Aylesford Place, 7BR/4BA, $2,200/month. ½ off first month’s rent. Lexingtonrentalhomes.com. 859-576-1927 or 859-278-7752 (Office).
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2BR/1BA near campus. Pool and laundry on site. Electric & water included. $900/month. Call Jon @ 502-552-7216
Parking Spaces Available, $295/Semester, 423 Aylesford PL. Check out google maps to see amazing Location, Call 859-270-6860 Anytime
Chili’s is looking for High Energy, Team Oriented, Rock Star Servers! Apply now at Man O War or Richmond Rd. Chili’s now accepting UK’s Plus Account.
Columbia Steakhouse downtown, 201 N. Limestone, now hiring servers, host/hostess and kitchen help. Apply in person 11am-2pm or call 859-253-3135 BLUEGRASS ORGANIC GROW SHOP, 125 Quinn Drive, Nicholasville KY. Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. 859887-0677 Afternoon Nanny/Tutor Needed. Pickup kids from school. Start homework. Must have safe car. Knowledge of Algebra and Geometry a Plus. 859-333-1702 Specialty Foods/Kitchenware/Deli needs enthusiastic individuals with good customer skills. Please apply @ Mouse Trapp/Gourmet Specialist, Landsdowne Shoppes, Tates Creek Road.
A Farm Job. Flexible hours. 20 hours/week. Experience necessary. In Lexington. 859-2291873
LOOKING FOR M & F Social drinkers 21-35 years of age with or without ADHD. Researchers at the University of Kentucky are conducting studies concerning the effects of alcohol. Volunteers paid to participate. Please call 257-5794
Body Structure Medical Fitness is hiring for One Full-Time PT Technician and One PartTime PT Technician. Please call Jay @ 859268-8190 Visually-Impaired Lady needs personal assistant. 859-269-8926
Office Help at Champion Window Company, corner of Winchester Road & Fortune Drive. Tuesday evenings 3:00-7:00, Saturdays 9:005:00. $9/hour. Email resume’ to Sue @ Lexington.email@example.com or call 859-277-9150
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No experience needed. Open availability. Some 9-5 shifts. 885-9490
General retail and warehouse work needed. Close to campus. Flexible Hours. Visit www.teakcloseouts.com/ukjob for more information.
Vendors Needed!!! Work UK football games selling various items. Make commission on each item sold. $50 bonus if you work every game (7 total). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 803-4068. First game September 10th.
1BR/1BA Apartments on Woodland Avenue. $495-$600/month, includes utilities. Please call 552-4147.
4BR/2BA Historic house at 319 Grosvenor Ave. with first floor apartment that has recently undergone extension renovation. Hardwood floors, tall ceilings, large bedrooms, beautiful mantles and fireplaces (inactive), colorful antique mantle tile work, new kitchen updated baths. Off-street parking and laundry facilities are on-site. SMOKE FREE. PET FRIENDLY. Aug. 1. $1,395 plus. Call Allyson at 859-5523793 or PVHProperties@Insightbb.com.
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Carino's Italian, 135 Rojay Drive, is now hiring for hosts, servers, and carry-out attendants. Please apply in person. Lexington law office seeks part-time receptionists/clerks. Total work hours and shifts can vary according to student’s schedule. Professional demeanor and attire/grooming is required. Qualified applicants should e-mail resumes and available weekday work hours to Lauren@kwryanlaw.com.
Value City Furniture has Part-Time Warehouse positions available. Applicants must be available for some days, nights and weekends. Background check and drug testing required. Please apply in person at 2321 Sir Barton Way in Hamburg
Person(s) needed to help exercise and train foxhunting horses. Experience foxhunting, eventing, or show jumping preferred. Great opportunity to ride, no pay. Farm 30 minutes from campus. 421-6987. www.iroquoishunt.com Pharmacy Tech @ Wal-Mart in Nicholasville.
UK Team Shop now hiring for Retail and Warehouse Workers. E-mail resume’ to firstname.lastname@example.org Become A Bartender! UP TO $250 per day. No experience necessary. Age 20+ okay. Training courses available. 800-965-6520 ext-132 Kentucky Class Notes is now hiring note takers. Visit KYClassNotes.com to apply.
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