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Undergrad research available By Naomi Hayes

Research is not limited to just experts in white lab coats. The Office of Undergraduate Research offers many opportunities to students seeking real-life lab experience. Undergraduate research is available to all undergraduate students and can accommodate almost any major, said Diane Snow, the director of Undergraduate Research. Research can be done in the fields of science, liberal arts and even music. The office is “dedicated to providing coordination, leadership and support” for research, according to the office’s website. “Any time you have a burning question and you go back to original sources to answer it, that is research,” Snow said. She said she believes that as long as students are interested, research should not be limited. Students are matched to a faculty mentor based on similar interests. The student will then work together with the professor on his or her existing project. The website will help mentors and students become familiar with the different opportunities provided by the office, according to the office’s website. The partnership can be beneficial for both parties. Undergraduate research allows faculty members to interact with students. “It’s been rewarding,” said Adrian Centers, a lab mentor researching spinal cord and brain injury. “You don’t know how much you know until you’re teaching it to someone else.” He said he enjoys knowing that students come in wanting to really learn about the topic. Undergraduate research serves as a stepping stone for future academic prospects. It is popular among students pursuing medicine because it stands out on a medical school application. Azita Bahrami, a biology junior, has been doing undergraduate research at UK since she was in high school. She said research would benefit her because “it’s a good step to getting me to where I want to be.” Research has provided Bahrami with networking opportunities that could help her attain her goal of entering medical school. “It’s a good way of getting yourself out there,” she said. Fellow undergraduate researcher,


Coffea, a local cafe, expanded this summer to provide more room for customers. Steve Sawyer, the original designer of the shop, helped with its redesign.

Taking a Coffea break Local cafe expands, offers more room for customers to study, hang out By Coriá Bowen

Coffea, a Lexington coffee and tea shop on Rose Street, underwent an expansion to the building this summer. “Coffea is a play on the words coffee and tea,” Bill Lee, Coffea co-partner and general manager, said. Many students and locals frequent Coffea as a place to study, eat and converse. “We wanted a place off campus where students could come to relax and socialize, and that’s what we’ve done,” Lee said. Coffea serves as a unique landmark for many. “We’ve been making great coffee now for about six years,” Lee said. “That’s the key — it’s about great coffee and atmosphere.” Lee said Coffea offers various

types of coffee from all over the world, including Panama, Tanzania and Costa Rica. Items like smoothies, pastries, chocolate espresso beans and light sandwiches are also offered. With the large amount of guests each day, Lee said the extra space was needed. “Our business is really good and it keeps on growing,” Lee said. “So when the opportunity to expand presented itself, we jumped on it.” Lee said it is important to him that students can have a place to Part of the Coffea’s expansion includes a tunnel, which is located across from study. Polly Symons, a sustainable the service counter. agriculture senior, said she likes that there is more room for people Watermelon Patch shoe store in said. “We moved pretty quickly.” to spread out with the new space. The design of the expanded “I can study easier because it’s less than three months. “The space became available area adds new seating elements to quiet,” Symons said. The shop expanded into the ad- the first part of July and we opened See COFFEA on page 2 jacent space of what used to be the it up about two weeks ago,” Lee

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Students to elect 4 freshmen UK Student Government will begin the polls for Freshman Elections Wednesday morning, which will decide the newest and youngest members of the Senate. Freshmen can elect four senators out of the 13 who are running. Brittney Griffith, SG Elections board chair, is in charge of planning the elections, putting it on a timeline and informing those who are running. “These kids are really ... jumping into a really big role and taking a chance,” Griffith said. “They are showing they are good leaders.” Elections will be open Wednesday and Thursday online at, or freshman students can vote between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at White Hall Classroom Building or the Student Center near Starbucks. STAFF REPORT


Diane Kahlo, artist of a collection on femicide, speaks with a vistor at her exhibit Monday.

The “Wall of Memories” debuted on Monday night in the UK Tuska Center for Contemporary Art. In the exhibit, which runs through Nov. 4, artist Diane Kahlo depicted what she described as the “genocide” of Mexican women at the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso, Texas border that has taken place over the years. The exhibit includes her portraits of the women, jeweled skulls to represent unidentified remains and bedazzled, feminine coffins. Kahlo described the murders as “femicide.”

Teaching abroad provides an edge in job market By Mary Chellis Austin

For education majors, studying abroad may not seem necessary when they plan to teach in the United States. But for those who have taught in other countries, the experience has

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led them to gain skills they couldn’t learn elsewhere. UK alumna Lara L. Walker teaches eighth grade English at a rural Kentucky middle school. “I spent spring 2011 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, teaching English at an Afrikaans high school,” Walker said. “Because I’ve


lived in other countries, I almost daily share my global experiences with students; some of them have never left their country.” Alumna Holly Wooten taught abroad in Listowel, Ireland. “I feel as though I learned more about myself

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and my philosophies on teaching than I ever could have in the States,” she said. Education Abroad Director Anthony Ogden believes that experience abroad is important to all majors. “A B.A. isn’t enough,” he said. “You have to set

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yourself apart.” While time abroad may look good on a resume, it’s the skill set earned that allows students to thrive in the workplace, he said. For teachers, this includes a worldview unobtainable from Kentucky or even the See ABROAD on page 2


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ABROAD Continued from page 1 U.S. “Teachers need to learn to teach to a multicultural classroom,” Ogden said. “Our country was founded by immigrants and will always be diverse.” Education majors are required to do student-teaching assignments before graduat-

ing. Sharon Brennan, associate director of the Office of International Engagement in the College of Education, stressed the value of completing the assignment overseas. “Teachers can bring their experiences back to classrooms and help their students become globally oriented,” she said. Together, the College of Education and the Education Abroad office are working to

COFFEA Continued from page 1 the shop. Lee said they wanted to create a “wow,” aspect. “We knew what we wanted and we did it with the help of UK graduate, Steve Sawyer, a local artist and designer,” Lee said. “With his help, that dream became a reality.” Sawyer designed the original coffee shop space. “There are so many cool things about the area,” Lee said. “We added a big tunnel to the new area and put in special mirrors that make the tunnel look so much bigger.” The tunnel goes through the wall directly across from the service counter. “We added a water fall; people tell me its mesmerizing,” Lee said. The water fall is a central focus of the area. Aaron Brown, a computer technician, 28, said he spends a

see more students teach abroad, like Walker and Wooten have. “I’ve already seen my travel experiences impact one of my students who continually probes me about where I went to college and how I was able to travel so much,” Walker said. “She wants to go overseas to travel now, too.” Student teaching abroad has been available to UK students since the late 1960s, and today, through the Con-

lot of time at Coffea. “I’m happy they’ve expanded because I’ve come in here to read a book and it was smashed with the amount of people,” Brown said. “It still feels like its apart of the same coffee shop.” The layout of the original space has not changed. “We wanted the new area to look like the old coffee shop but still be nice,” Lee said. Barstools and upholstered furniture appear in the expanded area just as they do in the original space. Lee said love seats were also added to create a cozy space. “We added a corner booth so people could pick their favorite seat,” Lee said. A fire place and an area designated for acoustic performances are also features of the new space. Lee said he would like to see Coffea host acoustic performances on Friday or Saturday nights. With sliding doors separating the original space from the expanded area, the new space can be rented for private functions.

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By Vikki Ortiz Healy MCT

MADISON, Wis. — From the time he learned to read, Alex Avalos’ parents told him he would someday go to college to create a better life for himself. The first glimmer of that day arrived last week, although not in the way Avalos expected, as the 14year-old Addison Trail

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headlining concert tour (not rated, $16.98). “Twilight” series regular Kellan Lutz goes the action star route, playing a fight-to-thedeath warrior on a gladiator website run by Samuel L. Jackson in “Arena” (rated R, $26.99).” The BBC-TV series “Bonekickers” about a team of archaeologists who solve historical mysteries with modern forensics it’s been described as “The Da Vinci Code” meets “CSI” offers fantasy, action (sometimes violent and graphic) and suspense aplenty. The series comes from the creators of “Life on Mars” and “Ashes to Ashes,” two other fine shows. “Bonekickers” has been available on DVD and will be released on Blu-ray on Tuesday.

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undergraduate research. He said research was a good way to apply learned concepts in a real-world setting. Topics studied in class are easily forgotten, he said, but actually performing them in a lab solidifies the ma-

terial. New ideas and resources can also be used. “It’s a chance to explore the field,” Kulengowski said. “It opens up other doors, and you get exposed to higher end tools.” Kulengowski is currently researching spinal cord

terview offers. “I think that student teaching in Ireland showed my independence, flexibility and appreciation for diversity,” she said. Walker said she thinks it’s important to inform students about overseas opportunities. “Education majors, make it happen,” Walker said. “There is a huge world out there beyond the U.S. to explore, learn from and bring back with you.” and brain injury with Centers and Bahrami. Snow said the idea of “research” seems daunting at first, but the Office of Undergraduate Research tries to make it a great experience for all students, Snow said.

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give students more opportunities in their careers. “Where are the jobs?” Ogden said. “Big cities, the West. What are you doing now to give yourself an edge?” He said a position in his office is yet to be filled because graduates are overqualified in their education level but lack the skills that come from time spent abroad. Wooten said she returned home from Ireland to nine in-


Before Lady Gaga, there was another female singer who knew how to rock her glamour, glitter, fashion and fame. It was JEM, the outrageous animated pop star from the syndicated series “JEM and the Holograms.” JEM was the alter ego of Jerrica Benton, whose discovery of Synergy allowed her to transform into a rock star. She was known for pink hair, star-shaped earrings and really rousing musical numbers. Each show contained complete original songs. “JEM and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series!,” an 11disc box set, will be released Tuesday (not rated, $89.99). Fans of singer Taylor Swift will no doubt be interested in “Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless,” an onstage and behind-the-scenes look at the four-time Grammy winner’s first

sortium for Overseas Student Teaching, programs are offered around the world. Parker Fawson, associate dean for International Engagement at the College of Education, has helped facilitate a new eight-week program in Xi’an, China. “Students stay with Chinese families,” he said, “and they get exposure to the language, instruction style and culture.” Opportunities like these


can do it all. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — The day's picture perfect. Play with children or younger people for a regained sense of youth. Make sure to stretch before jumping for the moon. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Competition spurs you to pick up the pace. You've got the power, so pour on the steam! A new idea could work with help from a partner. Add your muscle to their passion. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 9 — You've got the energy and health, so put in the extra work to really get things moving. Your sweetheart wants your time (not your money). Balance your schedule. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — You have more vitality today. You're motivated to take action, so go right ahead. Declare your intentions, and dare to be assertive. Waltz with any changes. MCT

High School freshman visited the University of Wisconsin- Madison campus with 99 of his classmates. “This is like, my first experience,” Avalos said, pausing to snap a photo of Madison’s Lake Mendota on his cell phone before continuing on the group tour. “It’s cool.” While freshmen at other high schools may still be memorizing class schedules and locker combinations, first-year students at Addison Trail are piling onto buses for a mandatory college visit designed to inspire them from the beginning. Field trips at school districts everywhere may be getting slashed due to budget shortfalls, while teachers complain of increased pressure to keep kids in the classroom to prepare for standardized tests. But administrators at the west suburban high school — which saw dramatic growth in its Latino student population in the last 10 years — refuse to scale back the freshman tradition. “We just think it’s so important to put kids on a college campus and give them an experience so they can begin with the end in mind,” said Scott Helton, principal. The school uses grant money and a $20 fee per student to shuttle all 500

freshmen — 100 at a time — to the sprawling Wisconsin campus. They are greeted by college tour guides who answer their questions. During one of last week’s visits, these ranged from “How many classes do you have a day?” to “Where am I going to eat?” Addison Trail administrators tried to find a Chicago area university to host them for the day, but when they started the program in 2003, the local campuses they tried could not accommodate them, Helton said. The Addison students make up the largest group visit handled by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which requires extra staffing over the five days, says Jessica McCarty, visitor relations coordinator. “We don’t have anything else like this, not even in Wisconsin,” said McCarty. “To do their entire class every year, especially coming from out of state, we love it.” The tour covered everything from taking AP courses in high school to test out of college credits, to how to join student clubs and organizations. The lessons were eyeopening to the Addison Trail students, some of whom had never set foot on a college campus. “I thought college was just one building before,” said Elizabeth Martinez, a

14-year-old who had only left the state of Illinois once prior to last week’s field trip. Martinez said her mother, a school aide who is raising her daughter alone, was grateful when she heard about the trip because she wouldn’t have been able to take off work to bring her. “My mom tells me that she wants me to go to college to be successful in life so we can have a big house,” Martinez said. That is just what Helton had in mind when he got the idea for the annual trip in 2001. Helton was a new principal who met with a group of students to learn about the realities of their lives. Addison Trail High School is currently about 54 percent Latino and another 54 percent low-income. Only 18 percent of students’ parents have graduated from college, he said. As Helton brainstormed ways to best reach students and their families, a precocious student leader told him that his parents hadn’t gone to college and that he never would have known how to aspire to or apply for admission if he hadn’t watched older students. “Those words really stayed true to me: Give kids the exposure ... Our guidance is really important,” Helton said.

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UK must stop using coal Political partianship must to maintain appeal end, compromise needed letter to the editor

Dear Editor, We are all sick of the partisanship in Washington. I have heard many congressmen and women complain that the country is in trouble because the other side won’t go along with their plans. We saw it with the health care bill, the budget and, more recently, with the debt ceiling debate. The people of the U.S. see political leaders debate and insult each other over issues that are vital to the people. When did it become acceptable to encourage political leaders to take a hard line and not budge an inch on important issues? When did the unwillingness to compromise become an important virtue that people look for when voting? This country is called a “melting pot” for a reason. We have had all walks of life mingle together for more than 200 years. Somehow they managed to keep the country going strong well before the current political generation. Politicians that think that they can go to Congress and simply say “no” or refuse to work with the other party need to know that they are deluded. The American

people need to stand up and say with a strong voice that we need compromise. We need political togetherness. Politicians need to realize that just because something is good for one part of the country does not make it right for the whole country. We see examples of this on both sides. Republicans say that raising taxes on the rich is “class warfare” and “unfair,” and Democrats in response say that Republicans “protect the rich” and “take Wall Street over Main Street.” Neither side addresses the real issue. Why is one group of people paying more or less taxes than the other? Why will no one stand up and say if you want to raise taxes on the rich then raise taxes on the poor, too? Why will no one stand back and realize that instead of bickering over who should pay more taxes and who shouldn’t, it would be easier and far fairer for everyone to pay the same amount? This is not the only issue where compromise will solve the problem. Republicans are for spending cuts and tax reductions, and Democrats generally believe that we should raise taxes and increase the size of government. Both

parties need to realize that they cannot ask for something and expect the other side to agree wholeheartedly. Why will Republicans not come together and say we will agree to tax increases if Democrats agree to cut government spending by the same amount? Both sides get what they want: spending cuts and tax increases. This would only shrink the time it would take to pay off the deficit, both sides get what they want and the whole country is better off as a result. This current political climate of intense partisanship needs to come to an end. America is being split down the middle and becoming more and more divided. Instead of looking for someone who seems to be unyielding in their political views, look for someone who is flexible and can see from all angles. The American people need to come together and realize that we are not just Republicans and Democrats; we are Americans, and as Americans we need to work together. Jim Blackerby Jim Blackerby is an international studies senior. Email

CHRISTOPHER EPLING, Kernel cartoonist

As recent events have suggested, the administration of our university has decided that many on-campus facilities are in significant need of repair and renovation. This is an opportunity for the PATRICK university to show JOHNSON alumni, the current Contributing student body, faculty, columnist staff and prospective students that they are willing to make intelligent, sustainable decisions that will lead to a much healthier and cleaner campus. UK is one of nearly 50 schools in the U.S. to have a coal-fired power plant located on its campus. Besides the welldocumented environmental degradation that coal mining and, more specifically, strip mining have on the beautiful mountains and mixed mesophytic forests of Appalachia, this plant provides many hazards for students and faculty on campus. In 1977, a collection of amendments were made to the Clean Air Act. Among other things, it established a permitting program to ensure that every new plant meets the air quality standards established

in 1970. However, in a fateful policy compromise, existing power plants were exempted from the permit program — they were “grandfathered.” This amendment essentially has allowed toxic pollutants to steadily stream into local air supplies across the country. The plant on campus fits the bill as one of these “grandfathered” coal-fired power plants. This has allowed a lack of scrubbers and a lack of air-particulate pollution control. With the close proximity to the hospital, as well as the location on campus, thousands of people each day are subject to this plant’s pollutants. If UK wants to appeal to the next generation of prospective students, and if they truly care about the health of the campus, those in charge will make the decision to retire this extremely dirty energy source and begin the transition towards alternate, cleaner energy technologies. The argument that coal should continue to be combusted for energy on campus due to its inexpensive cost should hold no weight. Should saving money take priority over public health? I would certainly hope not. Patrick Johnson is a natural resources and environmental science junior. Email

Think twice about the pipe By Kirstie Kear Guest columnist

In recent years, smoking hookah has emerged as a rapidly growing trend among young adults around the world. What began as a Middle Eastern and Indian cultural tradition has spread throughout the U.S. and is now catching on in Lexington. A hookah is a water pipe with a smoke chamber, bowl, pipe and hose. Specially made tobacco is heated, the smoke is passed through the water and then drawn through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece. While hookah may be enjoyed as a relaxing way to go out with friends, general lack of knowledge has led to the misconception that it is safe. With a new hookah bar opening up in Lexington, which will be sure to attract college students, it is

time to expose the ugly truth about its health risks. Many people who have never smoked cigarettes wouldn’t think twice about trying hookah. Although portrayed as being safe and clean, research has found that smoking hookah is as harmful, if not more harmful, as smoking cigarettes. Unlike cigarettes, hookah is not usually a daily habit; however, during a typical 60 minute session, hookah smokers inhale the equivalent of 100 cigarettes or more, according to a Harvard Medical School report in 2008. Masked by alluring scents and flavors is tobacco smoke containing high levels of toxic chemicals, like carbon monoxide, tar, heavy metals and carcinogens, as well as enough nicotine to possibly lead to dependence. Scientists have linked smoking hookah to heart disease,

respiratory problems, and lung, oral, bladder, esophageal and stomach cancers. In addition, hookah bars may not properly sterilize or replace hookah mouthpieces after use, which could lead to infectious diseases. When it comes to health, students should be able to make informed decisions. As hookah use is becoming increasingly common, it is crucial that the associated risks not be brushed aside. Plain and simple, the dangers of smoking hookah far outweigh the benefits. Hopefully, knowing the truth about hookah will make students think twice about picking up the pipe. Kirstie Kear is a University Health Service’s iQuit Tobacco Program student peer coach. Email

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4 | Tuesday, October 11, 2011 sports

Cats need new approach on offense Pro-style offense can’t compete in tough conference LES JOHNS Kernel columnist

The eternally smug Steve Spurrier may have accidentally performed a favor for the UK football program by laying out the most lopsided loss in the Southeastern Conference in three years on Saturday in Columbia, S.C. The loss was so anemic, so dreadful and so soulcrushing that most understand massive changes need to take place. Likely everyone but head football coach Joker Phillips, that is. The Cats mustered just three total points Saturday, and those points were largely due to Gamecock charity. South Carolina fumbled the opening kickoff and the Cats were able to convert the turnover into a field-goal in the games first moments to take an early 3-0 lead. That was the last time the Cats sniffed the scoreboard. As it turns out, this is the worst conference loss for any team in the SEC since ... you guessed it ... the Cats lost to the Tim Tebow-led Florida Gators at the Swamp on Oct. 25, 2008. Despite the 63-5 final score on that fateful day in 2008, there were many more positives for that version of the Cats. That team, which was quarterbacked by both Mike Hartline and Randall Cobb, produced 17 first downs and 268 yards of total offense while only giving the ball away once. This year’s version of in-


Freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith has received playing time in each of UK’s first three SEC games, all of which were losses eptitude produced as many turnovers as first downs — six — while only gaining a total of 96 yards for the game. The Gamecocks are formidable opponents, but Navy gained 335 yards against them just three weeks ago and East Carolina gained 345 yards — including 260 through the air — in an early season loss. Somehow the Cats managed to have three different passers throw interceptions. Junior quarterback Morgan Newton was just 4-20 pass-

ing Saturday, with just 17 total passing yards for the game. The Cats have just finished a three-game stretch in which they have gotten outscored by a total of 13720. After six games this season, the Cats are averaging just 13 points a game. This team is catastrophically bad on the offensive side of the ball. Thankfully for the Cats, both the defense and special teams are holding up their end of the bargain. The UK

defense is anchored by two cant-miss NFL prospects in senior safety Winston Guy and senior linebacker Danny Trevathan, and is profiting from a more aggressive scheme with new co-defensive coordinator Rick Minter. Special teams has shown improvement as well, with the kicking game being especially consistent. The UK offense has been incapable of moving the ball, which has lead to the defense eventually wearing down and allowing their opponents exert their will against them. The good news? A good football team can turn this season around and still secure a bowl bid. The three SEC opponents who just pounded the Cats in successive weeks have a combined 15-3 record. The Cats have six games left on the slate five against SEC opponents with a combined record of 15-12 and a home date in two weeks against Jacksonville State, of the Football College Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA). The bad news? Right now the Cats are not a good football team — especially on the offensive side of the ball. The pro-style offensive system that this coaching staff has used over the past several years simply is not working with this team and must be scrapped to have any hope of securing four more wins. The Cats rank near the bottom of the entire FBS sub-division (Division I-A) in passing yards, rushing yards and total points scored. UK is arguably the

worst offensive team in Division I-A college football today. Phillips and his staff have just a couple of weeks to drastically change the face of the offense. One such change would be to introduce the spread option offense that has been used successfully at Auburn, West Virginia, Mississippi State and Oregon. This would be a run-first scheme that would effectively use a mobile quarterback to introduce misdirection as an offensive weapon. Another similar approach would be to break out the triple option offense, much like what is being used by the high-scoring Georgia Tech offense. This offensive scheme is also predicated on manufacturing defensive mistakes by using misdirection. The quarterback typically makes the decision during the play whether to keep the ball or hand off to one of two other potential play-makers depending upon the action taken by the defensive end. Changing the offensive scheme would most likely necessitate a change under center as well. Newton has not shown the in-game speed and quick decision-making skills that running either of these offensive styles would need. Many times, the most popular player on a struggling football team is the back-up quarterback. Maxwell Smith, however, is primarily a pro-style quarterback, who passed for about 2,500 yards in his senior high school season. He also threw just as many interceptions Saturday in Columbia as he threw that entire senior year in California.

The best person to help implement this new offensive scheme is likely the highlytouted, dual-threat prospect from Louisiana, freshman quarterback Bookie Cobbins. Cobbins was known as a bigtime play-maker in high school who was capable of breaking down defenses with his legs or his arm. Many compare Cobbins’ talent to those of former-Cat Randall Cobb, who is now showcasing his skills on Sundays for the Green Bay Packers. Inserting Cobbins in a run-first offensive scheme will allow the Cats to properly use the strength of freshman running back Josh Clemons and the speed of sophomore Raymond Sanders at the running back position. With so many running options, lanes should open up for quick slant passes to receivers junior La’Rod King, sophomore Brian Adams and senior Matt Roark. The Cats have just two weeks to make a dramatic change, with the season hanging in the balance. With Big Blue Madness just a few days away, interest in the football program is starting to wane and attendance at Commonwealth later this month is sure to be sluggish. The five-year streak of bowl appearances is in serious jeopardy. A minor tweak or slight alteration is not going to be sufficient. The current offensive scheme is beyond all repair. To turn this season around, the Cats must implement a new offensive scheme and take the redshirt off Cobbins. It's time to free Bookie. Les Johns is a journalism junior. Follow Les on Twitter @KernelJohns.


Kardashian accused of copying jewelry SHELISA MELENDEZ Kernel columnist

Kim Kardashian may be popular among the media, but she has recently found her way onto one famous designer’s bad side. For the past few years, the women of the Kardashian family have mastered the art of brand building; everything from shoes, fragrances, handbags, diet plans, books, clothing lines and wedding extravaganzas have kept the K’s — Kourtney, Khloe, Kim and “momager” Kris — in the limelight. In Monday’s issue of Women’s Wear Daily alone, a total of four separate articles featured the Kardashians, spotlighting the media hungry family. Adding a notch in her belt as a fashion mogul (I use that term very loosely), Kim’s new jewelry line, Belle Noelle, has been criticized for its very similar aesthetic to that of the jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, a Council of Fashion Designers of America awardwinner. In a New York Post article, while walking past the Dash store (the Kardashian’s boutique) in SoHo, Bittar said that he noticed a similarity between his pieces and those displayed in her store. According to the Post article, Bittar has loaned jewelry to Kim before, but has said he will not in the future. Bittar has no plans of suing. “I haven’t talked to Kim about it, the truth is she might not even know,” Bittar said to the Post. “She might be so far removed from it (the design process),

and her designers go shopping and knock things off. But we are definitely not lending to Kim anymore.” It is quite understandable for Bittar to refuse lending Kimmie anymore of his coveted designs, after unexpectedly seeing his pieces imitated while taking a stroll in SoHo. However, when is it safe to distinguish design inspiration from knock-offs? I have seen the Belle Noelle pieces juxtaposed to the Alexis Bittar pieces, and I will say there are similarities, but nothing so blatantly replicated. Hence the reason, I think, for no legal action being taken by Bittar. “She hasn’t ever noted any inspiration from Alexis Bittar’s pieces, so any similarity in design is pure coincidental,” a Belle Noelle representative said to the Post. However, this is not the first time Kim or her sisters have been accused of copying a famous designer’s designs. According to a Forbes article in August, the Botkier company issued a cease and desist order, accusing the reality TV family of knocking-off one of its handbags — the “Clyde” bag — and selling it under the Kardashian Kollection brand. In this case, Botkier pursued legal action; understandably so. The Kardashian Kollection handbag was almost an exact replica of the $600 Botkier “Clyde” handbag. Hopefully Kimmie will learn her lesson; she already has enough rumors about her fake assets to deal with. Shelisa Melendez is a journalism and merchandising, apparel and textiles senior, and is the fashion editor for the Kernel.

Agnostic and Christian debate launches religious symposium By Joy Priest

The compatibility of faith and historical events has been questioned by many scholars over the years. Science in religion, religion in state matters, and faith and reason remain controversial topics of discussion in our society. This was also the debate between an agnostic academic and a professor of faith as they opened the “On Religion in the 21st Century” symposium Monday night, presented by the UK Gaines Center for the Humanities. Bart Ehrman, a professor in the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said for him, personally, “history and faith are not compatible.” Ehrman, an academic who can easily be “Googled” to find he has authored more than 20 books, spoke about the introductory undergraduate course in New Testament studies he teaches at UNC.

“My students believe in ment of modern and classical the Bible more than they languages, literatures and know about it,” Ehrman said cultures, took the opposite at the beginning of his side of the debate as a person speech. He talked about the of Catholic faith. lack of knowledge of the He discussed faith as “a Bible students reveal in a particular way of looking at pop quiz they take on the the world,” saying faith and first day of his class every year. Ehrman said three steps led him to his curWhat: On Religion in the 21st Centurent position as an agnostic and away from ry: The 2011 Bale Boone Symposium being a fundamentalist in the Humanities Christian. When: Tuesday and Wednesday 6 “I was a fundamenp.m. talist,” Ehrman said. Where: Recital Hall of UK Singletary “No ‘fun,’ too much Center (Tuesday), Center Theater in ‘damn’ and not enough ‘mental.’” the Student Center (Wednesday) The three steps Admission: Free were his study of the early manuscripts of the Bible, his historical investi- unfaith were “different intergation of the Bible itself and pretations of reality.” his historical critical study Hunter began his discusoutside of the Bible. sion addressing the topic of “I could no longer be- whether faith and history are lieve that there was a loving, compatible. all-powerful God in control “Faith and reason can of this world,” Erhman said. never be in complete conDavid G. Hunter, a pro- flict,” Hunter said, giving fessor at UK in the depart- the explanation that they

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were of different perspectives. The 2011 Bale Boone Symposium in the Humanities, “On Religion in the 21st Century,” will continue on Tuesday with two speakers. Jonathan Miller, a senior adviser at Wellford Energy, will talk about “The Compassionate Community: How Universal Ecumenical Values Can Strengthen Politics,” and Ihsan Bagby, a professor in Arabic and Islamic studies at UK, will talk about “Islam and the Relation of Religion to State.” On Wednesday, the symposium will conclude with a debate similar to Monday evening’s called “Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?” featuring Jerry Coyne, an ecologist from the University of Chicago, and John Haught, a research fellow in science and religion at Georgetown University.

Conversation starters for dates By Scott Alden MCT

It can be awkward to run out of things to talk about on a date. It can be even more awkward to have the same conversations you’ve had on every single date you’ve ever been on. Here are 20 suggestions for conversation starters that haven’t been done to death. Use them, or let them inspire you to come up with your own. 1. What animal, besides humans, do you think would make the best world leaders?

2. If you could take a pill that made you never have a negative thought again, would you? 3. What’s your earliest memory of feeling wonder? 4. What would make this restaurant/bar/bowling alley/ice cream parlor better? 5. Is there a band that you used to love and can’t stand now? 6. What’s your biggest food-related triumph? 7. Do you think if you could get paid just to be yourself it would change the way you act? How? 8. Describe the best night

of your teenage life. 9. If you had a million dollars that you had to give to charitable causes, how would you spend it? 10. Do you think your name suits you? 11. What’s your least favorite word? 12. If a close friend told you that they had been abducted by aliens last night, would you believe them? 13. What movies have made you cry? 14. What was your biggest accomplishment before you turned 13? 15. You see on the news

that there is an airborne virus that is turning people into zombies. What’s the very first thing you do? 16. Do you have any weird crushes on famous people that don’t make sense? 17. Do you believe in ghosts? 18. What did you think was “cool” when you were around eight years old? 19. Do you have a “lucky” object or article of clothing? Does it work? 20. How would you pitch a reality show about yourself? To what network?

111011 Kernel in Print  

The pages of the Kentucky Kernel for Oct. 11, 2011.

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