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Provost not chosen for Iowa job By Taylor Moak


UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy speaks in Morrill Hall on Iowa State University's campus Thursday at an open forum.

4 Singletaries score perfect on ACT, SAT

UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy was not selected as Iowa State University’s next president. Roger Underwood, co-chair of the search committee that recommended the two finalists to the Board of Regents, said Subbaswamy will stay at Kentucky. Underwood said that Subbaswamy and his wife were warmly embraced at Iowa State, and Kentucky is lucky to have him as provost. “It is a bittersweet day for us at

UK,” said President Eli Capilouto in an email to the Kernel. He said that Subbaswamy would have been an outstanding president at Iowa State “without question.” “At the same time, we are excited that he will be remaining with us as UK’s chief academic officer, where he will continue his critically important work in helping lead our university during challenging times,” Capilouto said. “I look forward to continuing the close partnership we are building together.” Underwood said before the selection that Subbaswamy had been received as

an engaging leader and that he “interviewed very well.” Subbaswamy spoke highly of his relationship with UK and with Lexington, Underwood said. Subbaswamy addressed the Iowa State campus in a forum Thursday and spoke before the Board of Regents early Tuesday afternoon. The Board deliberated over the two candidates in closed session. The other finalist was Steven Leath, the vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was chosen unanimously by the Board of Regents for the president’s position.

Apartment catches fire

By Brandon Goodwin

Less than 1 percent of students who take the ACT or SAT receive perfect scores. The same statistic can be said for UK freshmen who receive the Otis A. Singletary scholarship. But four UK freshmen received both. Roshan Palli and Manasi Malik scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT, and Bradley Bernhard and Matthew Graham Wilson scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. These four students with perfect scores were also awarded the Otis A. Singletary Scholarship, the largest four-year scholarship available to UK students. The scholarship provides tuition, room and board, and a yearly stipend of $1,500. They are part of the university’s most academically accomplished incoming class in history, with more than 450 students scoring higher than a 31 ACT or SAT equivalent score, according to a press release. Wilson, an economics student and a graduate of Christian Academy Of Louisville, said he was in shock when he saw he had a perfect ACT score. “I just stared at the (computer) screen,” Wilson said. “Then my friend came over, and he just started screaming, telling everyone to come look.” His key to success on the test: focus, but


No residents were hurt in an attic fire at Bluegrass Commons apartment complex on Virginia Avenue Tuesday afternoon. By Becca Clemons

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Banned Books Week kicks off with contest By Sean LaPlaca

An apartment complex fire closed a section of Virginia Avenue Tuesday afternoon and led to a seven-vehicle collision on Limestone. Virginia Avenue was still completely closed at 4:40 p.m. from Winnie Street and Press Avenue to South Limestone Street because of a fire at the Bluegrass Commons apartment complex. The building’s address is 165 Virginia Ave. The fire was in the building furthest west in the complex. Police and fire departments arrived on the scene after getting a call around 2:40 p.m., said Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Harold Hoskins. A hole was visible in the roof on the right side of the building. No cause has been determined for the fire, Hoskins See FIRE on page 3


Virginia Avenue was completely closed between Winnie Street and South Limestone for hours Tuesday afternoon. Cleanup and investigation continued into the evening. No cause has been discovered.

The banned-book best food design contest kicked off Banned Books Week Tuesday, celebrating the freedom to read any literature. The importance of Banned Books Week is to make unpopular viewpoints in books available to read for everyone. The contest was held for entries with the best food-made design of a banned book cover. The winner of the best overall entry received a $20 Amazon gift card. Coordinator Stephanie Reynolds said parents should be able to choose if they want their children to read certain literature. “Every kid is different,” Reynolds said. “If you remove the access to read, it may not turn them into a reader.” Reynolds understands how important literature can be for anybody, for example, the book “Where the Wild Things Are” was challenged and banned for certain readers because it was said to be too scary. “It is more difficult to challenge a book today, since the requirement is to actually read the book, rather than picking something small from what they read or heard in the book,” said Amber Surface, a graduate research assistant in library and information science. Books can be challenged at any time, but the list of challenged books is located on the See BOOKS on page 3

House framework being built at Commonwealth UK’s Habitat for Humanity will begin construction on Lexington home, students welcome to help out

Gatton school, others accept both GRE, GMAT By Melody Bailiff

By Kelly Adams

Kentucky students will come together this weekend for an on-campus house-framing event for Habitat for Humanity. The build is being put together by the UK Habitat for Humanity chapter, the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. Construction will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday behind Commonwealth Stadium, at the corner of University Drive and Alumni Drive. “It actually worked out really great. The campus chapter has been wanting to do this for a long time, but needed the man power to

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pull it off,” said Dan Wavering, president of UK Habitat for Humanity. “It was the same with Seth (Fortenbery) from IFC, so combining, along with Panhellenic, worked out great to have the amount of people and resources to fundraise and actually make this happen.” Together, the three groups have raised $42,500 for this event, making it completely sponsored by UK students. The partner family for this build also has a UK connection; DaShanda Player works for UK and will be living in the house with her children. “It is important for us to be involved around the Lexington community because it See HABITAT on page 2

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Business graduate schools across the nation are now beginning to accept the GRE in addition to the GMAT as an entrance exam. In October 2009, the UK Graduate Council approved the Graduate Record Exam as well as the Graduate Managment Admission Test for UK’s graduate business program. Kaplan Test Prep recently reported that a majority of top business schools now accept the GRE as an admissions alternative to the GMAT, according to a news release. Kaplan’s survey, which was conducted in July and August of 2011, reported that 52 percent of top business schools have the See GRE on page 3

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HABITAT Continued from page 1 helps students remember that they are a part of something bigger than just this campus,” said Anna Epley, community service chair of Chi Omega sorority. “It will be fun to get a bunch of students out there to really make a visual difference in our community.” Chi Omega is one of the sororities that will be working on the build.

SCORES Continued from page 1 don’t get nervous. He said he works well listening to music, so he listened to his favorite study music before the test. “Then, when you are taking the test, those songs are just stuck in your head,” Wilson said. Wilson said he is a fourthgeneration UK fan, but Vanderbilt was his first choice. Receiving the Singletary scholarship was the motivator that brought him here. Palli graduated from Paul

On Saturday and Sunday, students will begin building the main framing of the house. This includes the walls, door and window jambs. The house will then be moved to 745 Breathitt Avenue, where the build will be completed. Students who are not members of these groups are still welcome to get involved with this project. “This is a UK-sponsored build so we want anybody that wants to help fundraise

or build to come out,” Wavering said. “I think it is important to show students at UK that although Lexington is a nice area, there are still problems to be addressed and getting involved is a great way to start. Plus, you feel great after you do it.” For those who can’t make it this weekend, students will be building onsite through the entire month of October. For more information, email Dan Wavering at

Lawrence Dunbar High School in Lexington, and said his decision to enroll at UK was easy because of his strong ties to the university. Palli’s father is an entomology professor; plus, he said he recognized the opportunitites available on campus. A large number of students from Dunbar come to UK, Palli said, as do participants in the Governor’s Scholars Program, which he attended. He said all these connections allow him to meet more students, which could help him in his election run for freshman senate.

He doesn’t credit an SAT guidebook for his perfect cumulative score of 1600, he said. Instead, he credits his mother, Rekha Palli. “Instead of amusement parks, I took them to educational things,” Rekha Palli said. She said she was a stayat-home mom until her son was in the third grade. During that time, she tutored him in everything from social studies to mathematics and English. She admits she played a part in his early years, but she said as Roshan got older, he pushed himself to succeed. “It is really rare to see that in a teenager,” she said.

‘Happy Endings’ features ensemble LOS ANGELES — Some actors have egos so big, they have to star in whatever production they’re doing. Not Eliza Coupe. The blondhaired beauty, who can be seen in ABC’s “Happy Endings” when it returns for a second season Wednesday, says she loves being part of an ensemble. “I feel like when you are the lead of a show, there is this straight person and a bunch of wacky characters around them. I like being part of a group because you can bounce off other people,” Coupe says. “Also, we are all side characters who go together to make one big character.” The other actors in “Happy Endings” include Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Polly, Damon Wayans Jr. and Casey Wilson. They play friends who have had to deal with the breakup of two members of their group on their wedding day. Coupe came to “Happy Endings” after two other ensemble shows: “Scrubs” and “Scrubs:

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 an 8 — Love is the game and the prize, and you're playing marvelously. Stick to the rules, and acknowledge other players. Get stuck in one view, and you can't find a balance. Open up. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — A slow morning allows for focus. Your fortunes increase as you set juicy goals and meet them. Meet with important people for a mutually beneficial plan. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — Get something you've always wanted, and discover a new true love. Line up your plans in this new direction. A brilliant idea puts coins into your pocket. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Elders are in a good mood. Settle into a cozy spot with a cup of tea and a nice view to handle practical tasks.

Interns.” The 28-year-old is a New Hampshire native. These days she’d never have to buy her own drink at a bar, but she says that wasn’t the case in high school. “I wasn’t unpopular in high school but I definitely wasn’t popular. I wasn’t one of those cool girls. I was a very interesting looking adolescent who had no friends. I went to the prom once with a date and once by myself,” Coupe says. “I got brutally made fun of and so the comedy was my way of dealing with it. “I decided I would make fun of myself before anyone could make fun of me.” Now she’s getting the last laugh. The first season of “Happy Endings” on DVD has just hit stores. Coupe also can be seen in the feature film “What’s Your Number?” opening Friday.

Practice frugality. The rewards of diligence are sweet. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Stick to common sense. You're gaining status. An authority communicates a transition. Reassess the situation. Work smarter, not harder. Find another source of revenue. Home feeds your spirit. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 9 — Accept money with grace. It's time to put the pedal to the metal, but don't stress about it. Count your blessings. You get more than you asked for. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Go ahead and take pride in your accomplishments. Make sure that you show the team your appreciation. Together, you can weather any changes. Celebrate. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Although there's plenty of room for miscommunication today, use your intuition to avoid it. Keep your word, first of all. Apologize if necessary, and stay active.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Set long-range goals to be the best. Why not? Changes remind you of the impermanence of life. Honor successes and failures, joys and sorrows, all with good friends. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Get into your research, and use it to revise your plans. Distant interaction might be delayed. You're exceptionally cute now. This is good, as there's a party ahead! Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Conquer new territories through discipline and focus. Breakdowns could occur with sending signals. Accept a partner's suggestion. Pay back a debt. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — Conflict abounds. You could run away from it, or confront it and gain wisdom and experience. Replenish energy with good food and trusted friends. MCT

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FIRE Continued from page 1 said. No residents were hurt, he said, and everyone had self-evacuated before the fire department arrived. The fire was located in the attic with “nothing but wood to burn,” he said. Police directed eastbound traffic from Virginia onto Winnie Street and Press Avenue and westbound traffic from Huguelet Avenue to South Limestone. Some lanes remained closed Tuesday evening. Nursing senior Kody Reed lives about four apartments behind the affected apartment. He said he was

GRE Continued from page 1 GRE option. UK’s benchmark schools have moved toward accepting both standardized exams, and UK has decided to follow the trend. Merl Hackbart, interim dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics and a professor, said part of the reason is many applicants of the Master of Business Administration program are students of engineering, social sciences and other majors. With the change, these students now will not have to take the GMAT for business school in addition to the GRE for other graduate schools. “This would be the practical reason of accepting both exams,” Hackbart said. “It be-

sitting in his apartment studying for a Spanish exam when he smelled smoke, which he first thought was from someone else’s burnt food. A neighbor came to his door and told him to evacuate. He didn’t hear any smoke detectors go off. “We beat on the door where the fire was; no one answered,” Reed said. He said he saw fire “jetting out the side of the building” from a vent that had melted. Hoskins said the smoke detectors might not have sounded because the fire was located in the attic of the building, not a living area. “I feel bad for the people

who live there because they’ve got to get up and go to class,” the day after, Reed said. He said a lot of students live in the complex, especially medical students because of the apartments’ proximity to the UK hospital. Psychology graduate student Tim Deckman, who lives in the building that caught fire, was standing across the street with his two cats Tuesday afternoon. After the flames were contained, he told firefighters that his cats, Assassin and Simba, were still inside. He said they brought the cats out to him about five minutes later. Hoskins said the fire de-

comes costly to pay for both and by allowing the student to take the GRE, it encourages students to look at all their options when completing their undergraduate degree.” The costs of the test range from $200 to $250. Hackbart said that this will benefit the graduate school’s Project Connect program, where students work in fivemember teams for 25 weeks with executive mentors on three projects. “This is a win-win for both students and the graduate program,” said Harvie Wilkinson, director of MBA programs for the Gatton College of Business. “The student now has more options and with that the business school becomes more diverse; with different backgrounds working together better projects are able to be produced.” Accounting junior Will

Robertson said there is an obvious correlation between the GMAT/GRE and ACT/SAT tests in that the GMAT has a stronger math section and the GRE is stronger in English. As a student planning to go to business graduate school, Robertson said the GMAT is a better indicator of ability to succeed in business school. “I think the GMAT is better at calculating how good you are at relationships between numbers, and the math is more difficult so I don’t feel the GRE is a proper gauge at how you are going to do in business,” Robertson said. He said it is a benefit to be more diverse, but “there is a bare minimum aptitude of math you have to have for business, and this may be a shameless plug to get test scores higher.”

BOOKS Continued from page 1 website. Ashley Izzo, a graduate research assistant in library and information science, said she understands issues with literature. “But it should not be dictated because everyone in life has a personal choice of what

they want to read,” she said. Rachel McGuire, a second year graduate student in library and information science, agreed. “If you are a parent, you’re supposed to take care of your own child, not to make decisions by banning books for everyone else’s child,” she said. Banned Books Week will continue through Saturday and will emphasize the harms of censorship.

partment got lucky, because a fire was reported around the same time in the 1300 block of Nicholasville Road that turned out to be nothing. The responders at the other fire were able to arrive on Virginia quickly. He said about 50 firefighters were on the scene. At around 3:50 p.m., fire officials reported a firefighter had fallen through the

floor and suffered what they thought was a minor ankle injury. Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said a seven-vehicle collision occurred on Limestone after traffic was snarled from Virginia’s closing. The section of Virginia was still closed as of 4:40 p.m. Officials turned off the electricity in the entire build-

ing, and Hoskins said he does not know when residents will be able to return permanently. He said around 4 p.m. that those in the left side of the building should be able to go in and retrieve their belongings “fairly soon.” Four apartments were damaged, and Hoskins did not have any estimates on the cost of damage as of Tuesday afternoon.


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Fire simulation in Baldwin tests preparedness By Nini Edwards

Baldwin Hall filled with smoke Tuesday night, as students rushed out of the building. Fire alarms went off and sirens sounded from fire trucks that approached the

scene. Lexington fire and UK units conducted a planned fire exercise in order to educate students on fire safety and test the university’s emergency response procedure. “I was on third floor when the alarms went off,”

said Lindsay Griggs, an engineering freshman. “I don’t know what to do during a fire, so I just walked out.” Griggs had received an email before the mock fire informing her that there would be a drill, but she was unaware the time.


A firefighter attends to a student who faked injuries during a planned exercise at Baldwin Hall. Jason Ellis, the assistant fire marshal for UK, said this is practice for the fire department and for students.


The Lukewarm Truth: UK institutes frowning ban LUKE GLASER Kernel columnist

Put on a smile, dear readers. After the remarkable success of the dry campus and smoking ban, UK is taking it one step further in its quest to become the best. On Tuesday, the Highly Exalted and Grand Council of the 18th floor of POT unanimously approved a measure effectively banning frowning on campus. The frowning ban, which encompasses grimacing, glaring and scowling, was met with widespread support from campus optimists. Those annoying people, always beaming and talking in the elevator and appreciating the small things like a warm mug of cocoa, can hardly wait to help us all turn that frown upside down. The ban takes effect next

month, and will be enforced on the entirety of campus, from Maxwell Street to Commonwealth Stadium. Students who compose their lips anywhere below a horizontal line, regardless of that last test grade, that heartwrenching breakup or the ninth straight year without a snow day, will be warned and are subject to citation. Don’t fret, though, dear readers. For one, you are not allowed to anymore, and for two, the university will be offering assistance to those looking to quit frowning. University Health Services will be providing complimentary balloons, funny pictures of cats and statistics from last weekend’s football game to keep students laughing. Many students, however, are upset about the ban. Already there are massive protests being planned. Students will stand in POT plaza giving everyone the angry eye and harsh insults (which makes sense when you look at the pissed-off ex-

pression that Mr. James Patterson has been wearing for decades). This will effectively ensure that all unwary passers-by have just as terrible a day as they are. Protest or not, the ban is coming. Frowning was originally not allowed within a 30-foot radius of any campus building (except for ChemPhys, because who can really smile around that?), but the university decided to take it to the next level. And it may not stop there. Should the frowning ban be as successful as its predecessors, UK will take steps to institute a ban on all bad things, including hurtful comments, rainy days and UGG boots. And that, dear readers, is the Lukewarm Truth. Not quite hot, but definitely not cold. The staff of The Kentucky Kernel neither confirms nor supports the opinions in this article. Because, really, who in his or her right mind would? It’s the Lukewarm Truth.

Sidewalk Series brings Kentucky band to play By Joy Priest

As you were walking to class this semester, you may have heard the sound of a band just playing live, right on campus. In case you were wondering, you were witnessing the launch of a new Student Activities Board program called Sidewalk Series. Sidewalk Series is a sixact concert series that will feature local and regional artists. The SAB website describes it as a “free concert on your way to class.” SAB, which always provides students activities for free, thought it would be a good idea to spice up the outdoor atmosphere on campus. “It adds something unique to your day; it breaks it up,” said Seth Murphy, SAB’s Concert Committee director. “Going to class all the time gets monotonous.” Murphy said getting the event approved was a big hurdle. “We definitely have to be respectful to all the classes and the faculty,” he said. “We had to be selective with the artists we picked. They definitely had to tone it down. But we’re real lucky to get some artists to help make the event a success.” Murphy said he got the

idea for Sidewalk Series, which is an outdoor concert, from a program WRFL held a few years back. “They had it during lunch outside WRFL studios and I took it one step further,” Murphy said. “We have it at a different location every week so students who are used to a certain area can see it. I want all students to be able to experience it, even if it’s just five or 10 minutes while walking to class.” All of the groups do an on-air interview on 88.1 WRFL on campus before the concert around 11:30 a.m. Groups so far have included The Vespers, Deas Vail and Ford Theater Reunion. This week The Dirt Daubers will be live on the Student Center patio next to the free speech area. “This week the group is from Kentucky and they’ve actually put out a new album in the past month, and its actually listed in the top 10 on the Billboard Americana charts,” Murphy said. The Dirt Daubers, from Paducah, Ky. is a three-member band that produces “an eclectic mix of music ranging from Appalachian ragtime to hot jazz standards,” according to SAB’s website. Next week, Gentlemen Hall, which has performed

if you go What: Sidewalk Series: The Dirt Daubers When: Thursday at 1 p.m. Where: Student Center Patio Admission: Free with LMFAO and has already grabbed a Billboard award, will jam out in the South Campus courtyard, and the following week a hip-hop concert featuring Lexington’s own Devine Carama and Emmanuel Webb will take place outside K-Lair. “It’s a different approach than anything SAB’s tried to do in the past, as far as concert series,” Murphy said. “Part of the college experience is not limited to going to class, it’s about experiencing new things each day … if that happens then I’d say I’ve accomplished my goal as concert director.” As for the series’ future, Murphy said it’s up in the air. “We haven’t passed it yet, but we really want to continue it,” he said. “We really want suggestions from students as to what artists they want to get. We have a limited budget but we definitely have a local and regional focus.”

“We are treating this as a real fire,” Jason Ellis, the assistant fire marshal for UK, shouted to the Baldwin residents. The fire department was also unaware of when and where the drill was going to be, in order to test its preparedness. “This is practice for the fire department as well as the students,” Ellis said. “We do what we have to do to protect our students.” Firefighters came to the aid of the 11 actors who stumbled out of the building, coughing with fake smoke stains and burns covering their bodies. A firefighter even performed CPR on a dummy body. “They make it seem so real,” said Destiny Harris, a pre-dentistry freshman. She said she knows how to “stop, drop and roll,” but she too just walked out of the building when the alarms went off. Although this was a prac-

tice fire, firefighters still had to go into the building and escort non-actors out of the fake-smoke-filled building who ignored the alarms. “Through this complete chaos, everybody did an outstanding job,” said Greg Williamson, the fire marshal for UK. Williamson said he would like to see this mock fire happen every year to educate incoming students. He has been fire marshal for four years at UK and this is the first fire exercise he said he has performed at the university. Williamson said there is a lot that goes into creating a drill. “We have about 30 firemen here tonight,” he said. Preparing for the drill involved multiple groups, including Lexington Fire Department and UK groups such as UK Police, Housing and Residence Life.

“Every experience is different when we are putting out a fire. Always expect the unexpected,” Ellis said. Before he worked for UK, Ellis said that a fire drill was conducted on campus where 51 out of 55 students walked through the heavy smoke instead of crawling. Ellis’ goal is to spread the knowledge of fire safety to as many college students as possible.

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Value of UK stars over other players analyzed Defense faced, efficiency, court dominance, time played accounted for AARON SMITH Kernel columnist

John Wall. DeMarcus Cousins. Brandon Knight. They were all good players for UK, to say the least. But just how much value did each have? Over the summer, John Pudner, a political consultant in Alabama and Marquette fan, created a formula to assign a value for just how valuable players are compared to a hypothetical “replacement” player. Much in the same way baseball

has the advanced statistic of WAR, Pudner created “Value Add,” which measures how much more offensive output a player provides, percentage-wise, in comparison to a baseline eighth or ninth man on a basketball roster. Pudner first published results of Big East players on his blog, Cracked Sidewalks, before expanding the research to all of Division I. Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated was the first to publish the results in a national spotlight. The formula factors in the following components of a player’s output: Average defense faced: Pudner adjusts for the defensive

strength of schedule for every team. Efficiency: The more efficient a player, both in terms of scoring and avoiding turnovers, the better. Measured by offensive rating. Court Dominance: Pudner weighs how large of a role a player had in the team’s offense during his time on the court. Measured by possession percentage. Time on Floor: Pudner weighs how many minutes a player averaged, because the longer a player is on the floor the more impact he has. Measured by the percentage of a team’s total minutes a single

player played. Pudner has a database created for every player for last season; he shared his results with the Kernel. I then did some reverse-engineering calculations to figure out some values needed for the 2009-10 UK team and computed the Value Add for every player on that team. Value Add heavily weighs efficiency (Offensive Rating). That’s how three of the top four players each had possession percentages of less than 20 percent but scored high overall. Patterson, Lamb and Harrellson made up for their lower usage rates by being highly efficient scorers. Cousins, despite playing less than 60

‘Value add’ for UK players of last two years NAME Patrick Patterson Doron Lamb DeMarcus Cousins Josh Harrellson John Wall Brandon Knight Darius Miller 10-11 Terrence Jones DeAndre Liggins 10-11 Darius Miller 09-10 Eric Bledsoe Darnell Dodson DeAndre Liggins 09-10 Eloy Vargas Perry Stevenson Daniel Orton Ramon Harris

VALUE ADD 5.78 % 4.42 % 4.25 % 4.23 % 4.07 % 4.03 % 3.74 % 3.18 % 1.96 % 1.87 % 1.31 % 1.14 % 0.70 % 0.41 % 0.27 % 0.18 % -0.08 %

OFFENSIVE RATING 128.7 121.2 113.1 130.8 108.0 106.7 116.9 104.6 105.5 113.1 99.7 108.6 108.7 105.5 107.7 94.8 89.5

% POSSESSION 17.5 19.1 31.3 13.8 27.3 26.8 17.3 27.9 16.0 15.3 20.5 18.7 13.0 13.8 9.0 16.1 13.6

% MINUTES 81.8 70.7 58.2 71.0 83.9 89.4 77.2 78.4 78.8 52.4 73.1 33.0 29.0 19.1 16.9 32.7 25.7


At an April 23, 2010, press conference, Patrick Patterson announced he would be entering the NBA draft after three years at UK. percent of UK’s total minutes per game, made up for it with his outrageously high possession percentage and solid offensive rating (which, again, shows just how much better he could have been had he been able to stay on the floor at a more normal rate, such as 70 percent). But it it sometimes easier — in terms of grading out with this stat — to be a high-efficiency role player than a high-volume player expected to anchor the team’s offense. There was a clear division between who are portrayed as major players (Cousins, Wall and Patterson from ‘09-10; Lamb, Harrellson, Knight, Jones and Miller from ‘1011) and the others, with a drop-off of more than one percentage point between the top eight players and the bottom eight. Perhaps the most interesting player: Eric Bledsoe, who had a lower-than-expected value of 1.31 percent. Why? He scored less than one point per possession (only ahead of Daniel Orton and Ramon Harris in this sample) but also controlled a sizable amount of possessions (one in every five went through him while

he was on the floor) and took up a lot of minutes. An inefficient, high-volume player is not all that valuable, and his rating suffered accordingly. Also of note: the jump players took in a second season. Miller and Liggins more than doubled the value add ratings from their sophomore to their junior years, as they each increased their usage and maintained solid efficiency scores. Their significant jumps in production were similar to what Pudner found happened in the majority of instances for returning players. This formula should not be taken as gospel. It is not a stat that will revolutionize college basketball analysis and spawn a movie starring Brad Pitt. But it does provide some great context for players’ performances and an extra layer of perspective from which to think about these players. The list is in order, from highest to lowest, of the value that player added over a hypothetical “replacement” player. (Stats used in the calculations are listed on the right side.) Later this week, we’ll look at the entire SEC.


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Breaking bad: 3 areas of improvement for week 5 If passing improves, Newton would be key in an unlikely UK win CODY PORTER Kernel columnist

The 48-10 final score from Saturday wasn’t a pretty one, but with the negatives also came some positives much to your surprise, I’m sure. Turnovers may have gotten the best of them, but the no-huddle offense that was run around 80 percent of the time, according to offensive coordinator Randy Sanders, helped the Cats get into scoring territory on more than one occasion. On the defensive side of the ball, it was the ability to stop the run early in the game that impressed me. With time, though, the Cats tired and Florida’s speed and strength won the battle in the trenches. Overall, their performance wasn’t nearly as bad as the numbers indicate due to the amount of time that they were required to be on the

field. With the No. 1 team in the country waiting to try and pounce on the Cats, there are still a few areas of concern that made a dramatic comeback against the Gators.

1. Offensive line Against Florida, the Cats didn’t have as much of a problem containing the pass rush, but the Gators didn’t blitz to the magnitude of the Louisville Cardinals of the previous week. Whether that is the case or not, LSU is a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Simply put, the Tigers’ defense is a force. If the UK offensive line does a poor job of protecting Morgan Newton, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Big Blue Nation may see Max Smith getting thrown into Death Valley as fresh meat for the Tigers defense to prey on.

2. Butterfingers If the ball isn’t caught


UK quarterback Morgan Newton falls in the second half of UK’s home game against Louisville on Sept. 17.

by the receivers or securely tucked away, LSU will seize the opportunity to turn the mistake into a big play, possibly resulting in six points. After having a good outing against Louisville, everyone except La’Rod King returned to early season form on Saturday with a case of the butterfingers. There were fumbles lost and short passes dropped after being bobbled around for a few moments. I’m not one to talk as I struggle to catch passes when just playing around, but I would like to think that these players here on scholarship shouldn’t have

that excuse. In adding to my earlier statement, even the simplest of drops can be turned into a touchdown with the type of playmakers that the LSU defense has on the field.

3. Passing Oct. 13, 2007, was a monumental day in the history of UK football. This was the day the Cats knocked off No. 1 LSU. The starting quarterback that day for UK was Andre Woodson, who, despite his two early interceptions, was able to rebound and lead the Cats back. For the Cats

to replicate that day, they need for Morgan Newton to show flashes of his mentor. On Saturday, against West Virginia, LSU gave up more than 400 yards of passing to the Mountaineers’ Geno Smith, showing that there is an aspect of the Tigers’ defense

that is vulnerable. If the inability to catch the ball can become a thing of the past, Morgan Newton in the nohuddle can look like a quarterback that the fan base has yet to see this year and is probably what will be required to escape Death Valley with a win.

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eva mcenrue | opinions editor |

UC Berkeley bake sale The ‘American Dream’ highlights reverse discrimination LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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BRIAN HANCOCK Kernel columnist

By Alicia Maynard

This letter is a response to a Sept. 27 letter to the editor titled “Liberty and justice ... for all?” I still believe in the American Dream. Even though the idea is battered, I still believe America is the land of opportunity. I’d sure rather be here where I am free to study what I want than in a communist country where I’d be told what I’m doing with my life. I know that there is a large discrepancy between the rich and the poor here. But can you name a nation where there isn’t? I’d rather be poor here than poor in, say, Haiti, because here I have a chance to work my way up out of poverty. There are jobs here. There are grants and venture capital here. There are laws that protect our private property and prevent the tragedy of the commons. Are the rich “bad guys” just because they are rich? What about trickledown economics? Without big business, where would our jobs come from? According to the Small Business Administration, 0.3 percent of American businesses fall into the category of “big business,” and yet create a whopping 35 percent of all new jobs. They are also responsible for higher paying and more stable jobs, and without some kind of cash flow backing research, innovation in our country would come to a standstill. Sure, they shouldn’t be above ethics because of the power and money they hold, but they shouldn’t be disbanded, either. Where would we be then? Most of the products we use every day would no longer be readily accessible if all big businesses shut down. I would personally rather not go back to an agrarian, subsistence society.

And just because the poor are poor doesn’t mean they have been victimized. Yes, there are many that have been born into disadvantaged homes, but that doesn’t entitle them to a handout from someone rich. If it did, then no one in our society would have the drive to make money because they’d just have to give it all away. We need the right to be rewarded for our own hard work. I know that many families in poverty are minorities. But that doesn’t mean that America is racist. I know plenty of minority families who are very well off. Have you ever considered that correlation doesn’t imply causation? Maybe some of those minority families are in poverty because they don’t speak English, so it is harder for them to get higher paying jobs because they cannot communicate clearly. Or maybe it’s the simple fact that minority families in general tend to have more children (according to the March 2002 U.S. Census), so they tend to stay in poverty. I am personally thankful for the opportunity presented by living here and the “big business” that got my dad out of poverty. You see, he grew up in rural Eastern Kentucky, where coal mining was one of the most sought after and highest paid professions. It was his coal mining job that helped him earn enough money to move away from that poverty-stricken area, and I am so glad I have been able to grow up in a better place and have had the opportunity to go to college, something that is a more difficult feat to achieve over there. I still believe in the American Dream because my family is a prime example of it. And I am so thankful to live in a land of such opportunity. Alicia Maynard is an accounting junior. Email

How much would you pay for a cookie? College Republicans at the University of California Berkeley made national news this week after creating a bake sale designed to protest California Senate Bill 185, which states that a college or university may consider race, gender, ethnicity and national origin during the admissions process. Republicans at UC Berkeley priced baked goods at $2 for white customers, $1.50 for Asians, $1 for Latinos, $0.75 for black customers and $0.25 for Native Americans. In addition, all women got $0.25 off. The event was designed to protest reverse discrimination, which may result from the bill, as it gives priority to minorities. Many have condemned the bake sale, including Robert Birgeneau, the school’s chancellor. Shawn Lewis, president of the Berkeley College of Republicans, said he had received warnings that protestors would buy cupcakes, only to subsequently hurl them back at the College Republicans. “We agree that the event is inherently racist, but that is the point,” Lewis said. I am a proponent of this bake sale. Though it may make some students uncomfortable, it brings about both political awareness and addresses a larger issue, one that has plagued many students in recent years. As a junior in high school, I applied to be a part of the Governor’s Scholars Program. For those of you who don’t know, GSP is a

five-week-long summer program on three college campuses in Kentucky, where students take different classes and meet other seniorsto-be from around the state. Free in-state tuition to most Kentucky universities is given to all those who complete the program. I went to Trinity High School in Louisville, and we had a very competitive application process. After making it past the first round of cuts, my application was ultimately rejected in the second and final round. One student I knew who did make it past the second round was a minority. I had known this individual for many years and considered him my friend. We both grew up in the same area, attended the same grade school and finally went to the same high school. I took higher classes than this individual throughout high school, however, and had better test scores.

We both had the same background and an equal opportunity to excel. Albeit, I was more advanced and more involved than him, but ultimately had my application rejected. I believe this occured because I was white. Had I been a minority, I may be getting free tuition here at UK. I understand that many minorities grow up in worse economic situations than I did, and many times this type of preferential treatment is necessary to give them an equal chance. Nevertheless, in many instances, priority given to minorities just because they are minorities is simply unfair and unjustly punishes students who work hard their whole lives. This issue of reverse discrimination must be addressed. Brian Hancock is an English junior and the Kernel’s assistant opinions editor. Email

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UK basketball fans started lining up Tuesday night across the street from Memorial Coliseum in anticipation of Big Blue Madness tickets. Some were waiting as early as Monday to get tickets on Saturday.

Ready for madness Fans can camp out for Big Blue Madness tickets starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday outside Memorial Coliseum. Control cards will be issued to those camped out on Friday at 2 p.m., and tickets will be available on Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows and online at and Tickets are free, with a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a service fee attached, with a limit of two tickets per household. See more logistics information at


Fans, like those in this 2010 photo, camp out every year for the free Big Blue Madness tickets. The event kicks off the basketball season.

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