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College of Business names new dean Will take begin next semester if Board approves By Amelia Orwick aorwick@kykernel.com

The UK Gatton College of Business and Economics named a new dean who should be approved for the position at the December Board of Trustees meeting. David Blackwell, associate dean for graduate pro-

grams at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, will take over as the college’s dean next semester. Trustees will vote on his approval Dec. 13. “I am very excited and energized about becoming dean at the Gatton College,” Blackwell said in a UK press release. “Gatton is a strong

business school that is well positioned to raise its level of accomplishment and profile.” Blackwell has held leadership positions at Texas A&M for nine years. During this period, the Mays Business School MBA programs have consistently received high rankings from the Wall

Street Journal and other publications. Blackwell has also written several research publications and is the co-author of two books. Blackwell, who graduated from Fort Campbell High School, said he is happy to return to Kentucky. “Those three years gave me an opportunity to see just how important the University of Kentucky is to the people

of the state,” Blackwell said in the release. “UK is a catalyst for not only educating the citizens of the Blackwell commonwealth, but for helping to drive and improve its economic vitality.” Many UK community members are hopeful that

with Blackwell’s expertise, Gatton College will reach new heights. Students, such as marketing sophomore Bridget Mahorney, are enthusiastic. “I am really excited to see what kind of developments the new dean has,” she said, “and look forward to being a part of the business school as we experience its growth and improvement.”

Gap year may benefit students By Jarrod Thacker jthacker@kykernel.com

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Kenneth Schanzer, retired president of NBC Sports, speaks during the “Gidel/Lombardo Lecture in Sports Communication” Monday.

Speaking on sports Kenneth Schanzer, retired president of NBC Sports, said he has had two consuming passions in his life — politics and sports. During the “Gidel/Lombardo Lecture in

Some can alter race information Opportunity for some on campus to update race, ethinicity data

Sports Communication” held Monday, Schanzer discussed the role of sports in America. “Sports continue to play an important role in the American mosaic,” he said.

Worker-fair brand available at UK Alta Gracia offers clothing line, growing in popularity at bookstore By Mary Chellis Austin

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An email was sent out to faculty, staff and some students Tuesday, letting them know they have the opportunity to change their race and ethnicity information. This is a one-time opportunity where people can update their information by having the option to select more than one race. It will be open for the next two weeks for employees who began working at UK before August 2008 and students who started at UK before fall 2010. These individuals were “not given the opportunity to select more than once race on their application forms,” the email said. UK is now offering these individuals the

chance to change their information in UK's administrative system. According to the email, the U.S. Department of Education required educational institutions to adopt new guidelines for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity information. The new guidelines require the use of a two-question format, according to the email. The first question asks if the person is Hispanic/Latino, and the second question asks if the person belongs to one or more races from the following list: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White. See RACE on page 2

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Alta Gracia, a collegiate apparel brand that pays its workers a living wage, can now be found at the UK bookstore. Owned by Knights Apparel, the brand has made a commitment to their workers that exceeds the legal limit. Though no student group from UK has requested the brand, students have come back in and asked for the line, said Andrea Bailey, UK bookstore general manager. Currently, the bookstore carries men’s and women’s T-shirts and sweatshirts labeled with the Alta Gracia logo and brief information about the brand. Alta Gracia is named after the town in the Dominican Republic where the factory is run. Its workers have seen many changes in their

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lives from better wages. After adding up expenses, like food, shelter and health care, the company found out an actual living wage was three-and-a-half times what workers were making at minimum living wage, said Rachel Taber, Alta Gracia organizer. In addition to providing a living wage, the brand is committed to other standards. “The factory is union monitored on a bi-weekly basis and holds top notch health and safety standards,” Taber said. And the brand is selling well at UK. “We have doubled our commitment to future orders compared to last year,” Bailey said. She said from the start, customer reaction has been positive. “People like the message and quality of the line,” Bailey said. One of the Alta Gracia employSee CLOTHING on page 2

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Taking time in between graduation and graduate school may be a good option for students. UK students learned about the positive benefits of a gap year Monday, at the James W. Stuckert Career Center presentation on gap years. A gap year refers to the period of time in between the completion of secondary education and higher education or professional development, said Theresa Mickelwait, the Career Center senior assistant director. During the presentation, Mickelwait discussed with students the various reasons one would need a gap year. Attendees talked about many examples, which involved gaining versatile types of experience and clarifying life objectives. Reasons that Mickelwait provided included: establishing residency in another state for tuition savings, becoming more fiscally secure, preparing for graduate school entrance exams, volunteering locally and internationSee GAP YEAR on page 2

‘Hooking up’ may be exaggerated By Anne Marie Sanderson news@kykernel.com

The term “hooking up” is often used among college students. But the phrase is used more than the actual number of “hook ups,” according to a recent study. “Hookups” is a term used when referring to intimate encounters outside of a dating relationship, according to a study by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The study surveyed 300 University of Montana students to find how social networks impact the amount of hookups individuals have throughout a school year. “The term ‘hooking up’ is very explicit and broad,” said Amanda Holman, graduate student at UNL and lead author of the study. “More people think college students participate in hookups more than they actually do because of the subculture.” The study showed a large percentage of the students claimed to have spoken about hookups to peers regarding themselves and others in their social networks. Though the percentage of students talking about hookups was high, the actual number of hookups was 54 percent of the students that participated in the study. According to the study, 54 percent of participating students said they had one hookup during the school year. Of that percentage, 63 percent were male and 45 percent were female. With that, 37 percent of the participating students said they had two or more hookups with one school year. The study also showed 90 percent of participating students estimated a “typical” student would have two or more hookups See HOOKING UP on page 2

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Continued from page 1 ally, and simply having fun. Ashlei Hardin, a nursing senior, reflected on the gap year concept before the presentation began. “I just want to work for a year,” Hardin said. “I can use that time to study for the GRE, take the GRE and then apply. I feel like it’s really difficult to do all that your senior year and still worry about taking your own tests.” Other students voiced their opinions about taking a gap year. “I just want to see the options that are available,” Corinne Price, an international studies senior, said. “Because now all I’ve really thought of is grad school, working or teaching abroad … so I just want to see if there is anything else I haven’t thought of.”

ees, Maritza Vargas, told CBS news she feels blessed her son can now go to college and she’s building a nicer home that supplies the family with water. “Now I can buy ketchup,” she said. “Before having ketchup was like reaching for the stars.” So how much do the salaries of Vargas and other workers cost the customer? “It’s not a penny more and it’s quality cotton,” Taber said. Taber said the higher wages only add a dollar more per shirt, but the consumer doesn’t pay. Alta Gracia covers this cost. The brand “nets a healthy profit because students ask their bookstores to bring more Alta Gracia to campus because of its powerful social impact,” Taber said. Alta Gracia “gains in volume what it eats in increased labor costs per item,” Taber said. Because this product actually fuels the local economy of Altagracia, “it’s not just another fair trade or philanthropic product,” Taber said. “It adds a whole new layer of meaning to school pride.” Though the brand was a reaction to the United Students Against Sweatshops, Taber said others have shown support. “There’s been a broad range of groups including faith-based groups, Dominican groups and business groups,” she said. She said people are saying “this is how business should be done.” Joe Bozich, the CEO of Knights Apparel said, their vision has finally become a reality. “We believe doing good can translate into good business,” Bozich said. “You can change a life by buying a Tshirt.”

HOOKING UP Continued from page 1 per year. Holman said the definition of “hooking up” varied among students. Yet, the most common definition given was unplanned sex. According to some students across UK’s campus, the idea of a student’s social status could provide

Business management senior Lee Hundley’s words resonated the same idea. “I want to take some time off,” he said. “I want to exhaust all of my options before I make my decision. I just want to make sure I’m doing the right thing.” UK students also considered the Catch-22 paradox of going straight from the undergraduate level to the graduate or professional level. “What I’ve noticed about some grad school applications is that some of them want you to have two to three years’ experience, but the jobs that give you the experience want you to have the degree,” Price said. “It’s like being stuck in the middle.” Callie Thomas, an accounting and Spanish junior, added to that saying she wants to learn about her options because law schools prefer students with more than

just undergraduate experience. The group closed on the topic of issues that would prevent students from doing a gap year and the fears associated with it. They also discussed ways to prepare that would avoid the problems. Mickelwait suggested techniques that deal with summarizing goals into an action plan, where one could control the important variables at work, like housing, transportation and budget. Above all else, students should be deliberate in their actions in regards to their academic or career plans, regardless of their plans, said Lenroy Jones, the Career Center associate director for employers/corporate relations. UK Students interested in career consultations can visit the James W. Stuckert Career Center on Rose Street for assistance or go to uky.edu/careercenter.

them with more hooking up opportunities. Being involved in certain groups exposes students to a higher amount of people rather than the average student. “There are more opportunities for students that have an active social life to participate in hookups,” said Katelyn Hawkins, an animal science senior. Kameron White, a University Health Service Sexpert and a UK

sophomore, said there is not a hookup rate for UK, but after looking at this study, she didn’t think the hookup rate would be drastically higher or lower. She said she didn’t think a student’s social status would necessarily influence hookups. “Social behaviors and their personal definition of having fun can affect the number of hookups thay have a year,” White said.

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New movies tap into times NEW YORK — It’s always exciting when Hollywood finds a way to tap into a zeitgeist. Watching a movie that reflects our collective mood can feel like a validation: Like the song says, there’s something happening here. What’s happening is a groundswell of anger aimed at America’s rich and powerful. It’s a bipartisan anger, too, radiating from liberals, conservatives, tea partyers, occupiers. That means a potentially big audience for any movie willing to address the issues. One is “Margin Call,” which opened at theaters during the last couple of weeks. It’s a drama about the 2008 financial crisis, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto and others. In this telling, an unnamed firm (Lehman? Goldman?) foolishly places too many bad bets, then saves itself by dumping its paper and dooming the economy. The credits roll before anyone starts mulling a bailout

Horoscope To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — Take care of the basics, and plan an escape as early as you can with someone dear to you. Even if it's just to catch up over coffee, you appreciate the heart-to-heart talk. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Everything turns out, thanks to your wisdom and charm. Don't get distracted from what's important. Surround yourself with people who adore you. You may not always agree. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 — Tell your people how much you appreciate them. Don't worry about huge productivity or results today. Put greater focus on human resources. Spread the love around. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Study the histo-

— but we’ve already seen that ending. “In Time,” a sci-fi flick starring Justin Timberlake, was released Friday. It takes place in a future where time is money and only the rich can live forever. But isn’t that much like the present, in which the poor really do die younger than the wealthy? Like most dystopian movies, “In Time” offers some glib systembucking rhetoric, but it also gives new urgency to the phrase “cost of living.” Then there’s the release this Friday of “Tower Heist,” in which Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy attempt to steal back money from a Madoff-like con-man (Alan Alda). It’s a comedy directed by Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour”), which doesn’t exactly suggest trenchant commentary. Nevertheless, a clear theme is developing. Perhaps we really are living in interesting times.

ry before making a decision. Patience. Adventures and travel are better in discussion and planning than actuality. Plot the itinerary. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Romance and artistic creativity provide the context this month. Who could you invent yourself to be? What could you create? What fun? Make a glorious mess. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Beware of stifling your ambition by burying yourself in busywork. A stroll around the block or on a trail can revive. Breathe deeply and take peaceful breaks. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Your communication is at a peak until about the end of the year, while Mercury and Venus are in your third house. Take advantage. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — It's a good time for home remodeling, but don't spend more than you need to. Use what you have, with a dash

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of imagination. Get chores done, and play outside. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Allow yourself to play with what you have, and don't take any loans. Venus and Mercury enter your sign today, giving you an extra oomph in love and interaction. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 9 — Seeds gestate deep in the ground. Privately prepare. Five minutes of meditation can increase your output. Enjoy time at home. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — You might talk about distant places or write about them ... just don't go very far, if you can avoid it. Enjoy simple luxuries like a hot shower. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — You may like the idea of travel or discovery, but getting moving is another thing. Diligence and thrift serve you well now. Write, and plan for tomorrow. M CT

RACE Continued from page 1 Roger Sugarman, the director of Institutional Research, said UK wasn't required to resurvey its faculty, staff and students. “I think the Department of Education was interested in changing their race/ethnicity categories, along with much of the federal government, to respond to the growing tendency on the part of individuals to report one or more race or ethnicities,” he said. These individuals were provided with a link to update their information. Sugarman said one person contacted him about the cut off point for determining race. He responded saying the guidelines are similar to what they were before because it is up to the individual to decide for themselves. “So there is no cutoff point or guidelines that ask a person to give detailed information about making judgment,” he said. Overall, Sugarman said he thinks a number of individuals will chose to update their information. “I'm pleased that we can give students and employees the opportunity to update their race/ethnicity information,” he said.


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Roark returns to relevance in offense After slow start, wants to build on career game By Ethan Levine elevine@kykernel.com

UK wide receiver Matt Roark’s senior season was not going the way he hoped. With the departure of former UK receivers Randall Cobb and Chris Matthews, Roark slid up the depth chart and looked like a vital piece to the Cats’ passing game in 2011. But Roark dropped a slew of passes in UK’s first two games, including a certain touchdown against Central Michigan in week two, and found himself benched in his final game against instate rival Louisville in week three. In UK’s five games since, however, Roark has blossomed into a dependable target for the Cats’ quarterbacks junior Morgan Newton and freshman Maxwell Smith. After recording just two catches in the team’s first three games, Roark has 23 catches for 161 yards since, including 13 catches for 116 yards against Mississippi State. “It says a lot about Matt Roark,” UK head coach Joker Phillips said, “because what he did, he did get yanked in a couple games, but you saw how he responded. And you always want to look how kids

are going to respond, because you do things in this business to see how they’re going to respond, too, sometimes.” The 13 catches are a team high in 2011 and tied for the second-most in a single game in UK history, along with Cobb’s 13 catches against Tennessee on Nov. 27, 2010. His 116 receiving yards are also a team high for the year, and Roark’s 100-yard performance was the first since junior wide receiver La’Rod King did it in the Central Michigan game. “It was kind of a surprise for me to go back in the way I did, I think I started, but it was a shock to me,” Roark said. “(I’m) glad they did it and glad I could prove to them they were right by doing it.” Roark’s road back was a long one. It began as a member of UK’s special teams units, something the senior has taken pride in doing his entire career. Roark stayed focused and earned his time on special teams, until eventually his number was called again with the offense. “Matt Roark went into special teams and he’s on every special team,” Phillips said. “You very seldom see a wide receiver that’s on every special team, and he’s one of

those guys that went about his business the way he normally does, with full-speed effort. He prepared himself doing special teams. Then he got the opportunity to go back in the game as a wide receiver and made a few plays for us.” While Roark was excelling on kick coverage for the Cats, he was working with UK wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Tee Martin to get back on the field. When questions surrounding Roark’s play arose after he was benched for the Louisville game, Martin stood by the senior and said we would see him perform again this season. Martin called Roark’s issue of holding onto the football a mental problem, explaining that as he got more reps and got his confidence up, people would see the same player that impresses the coaches in practice each week. One month later, and Martin was proven true. “It says a lot about Matt,” Phillips said. “It also says a lot about Coach (Tee) Martin and his belief in Matt Roark and (special teams) Coach (Greg) Nord that all these guys that said we’re going to need Matt Roark before the

season is over.” anyone else on the Cats’ of- the program’s sixth straight “(Tee) was just getting fense, leading to Roark’s big bowl game. on me and never stopping,” day. Roark has never beaten Roark said. “Some coaches “He kept going to the guy Tennessee, and has never will just be like, ‘This guy is that was his first read, and missed a bowl game in his done, we’re just going to fo- Roark was his first read,” career. Now back in form, he cus on the younger guys and Phillips said of Smith. will look to help end the first develop them. He’ll be gone Phillips is now holding an streak and continue the secnext year so forget about open competition at quarter- ond for the Cats. him,’ but he just kept push- back for UK’s next game “I just try and make it a ing me and pushing me and against Ole Miss. Should point not to get down on getting on me and making Smith get more chances un- myself,” Roark said. me push myself more and der center, Roark could be- “There’s not a benefit from hold myself more account- come a cornerstone of the being down on yourself no able.” passing game for the Cats’ as matter what it is, so I just try Roark also credits the team reaches for its re- and stay up and people Phillips’ secret punishment maining goals for the season: around me try and help me for dropping balls in practice to beat Tennessee and reach stay up.” as a reason for his improved play. “The punishment for dropped balls, it helps a lot,” Roark said. “But sometimes, whatever the punishment is, we’ll do that ourselves without it being a punishment. So just doing all that extra catching, a couple hundred balls a day, that always helps.” The senior later revealed that catching a couple hundred balls after practice was indeed Phillips’ punishment for drops in practice. Roark reached the pinnacle of his climb back into the passing game Saturday when Smith replaced Newton at quarterback after Newton suffered a right ankle and right shoulder injury in the first quarter. Phillips said Smith PHOTO BY BRANDON GOODWIN | STAFF made Roark the first read in UK wide receiver Matt Roark misses a catch during the second half his progression more than of UK’s season opener against Western Kentucky.

UK Hoops ranked nationally in preseason By Les Johns ljohns@kykernel.com

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UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell gets frustrated in the second half of UK Hoops’ game against Hampton on March 19.

Head coach Matthew Mitchell's UK Hoops team was ranked No. 18 nationally in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll. This is the first time in program history that the team has been ranked in the preseason polls in consecutive seasons. Mitchell was not impressed. “You couldn’t find a less interested coach in our preseason ranking,“ said Mitchell at UK Hoops Media Day Tuesday. “It means nothing. It has no bearing on this group now or what they can become.” Mitchell did soften his stance later. “We would rather be well-thought-of than not,” Mitchell said. “We want to be considered one of the top teams in the country year-in and year-out.” The Cats face six teams

UK begins exhibitions against Transylvania By Aaron Smith asmith@kykernel.com

After three weeks of playing each other, UK finally gets a chance to play someone else. It’s been non-stop blue vs. white, but now it’s time for some new faces. “We finally get to jump on someone else,” freshman Marquis Teague said. “I’ve been waiting to do this since high school, playing here.” That would be an historic exhibition game against Transylvania, whose players will march to Rupp Arena — a route that, according to Google Maps, will take nine minutes to traverse the 0.4 miles — for the first meeting between the two Lexington teams in 100 years. “And if they beat us,” UK head coach John Calipari said, “it will be another 100 before we play again.” It isn’t likely. While the Division III Pioneers were picked to win its conference, it has only one player taller than 6-foot-6, and that player is 6-foot-8. While Calipari understands the importance of the meeting, he said he would prefer to scrimmage them behind closed doors. That would allow him to stop the game when he saw something he didn’t like from his team and coordinate with the other coach to go over different situations. While these “secret” scrimmages aren’t rare for teams — Jeff Goodman of CBS

reported more than 100 private scrimmages were happening this week around the NCAA — they are impractical for UK. Not when Rupp Arena fills up for the preseason, cross-town matchup. Not when UK makes about $700,000, according to Calipari, from the game. So they will play. Calipari said the team still has the same issues exhibited in the BlueWhite scrimmage last week. He specifically cited pick-and-roll defense, low-post defense and defensive rebounding as areas he would be keeping an eye on in the first exhibition of the season. “He just pretty much told us, pick it up or he’s going to make us run,” Teague said. The exhibition games will also provide insight into who will be the starting lineup once the regular season rolls around. Calipari has long held UK has seven starters. He said he hasn’t figured out who the five will be, but the next two games will help determine that. “I think what will happen is we’ll play a couple exhibition games and everybody will know,” Calipari said. “It will be obvious.” For some, coming off the bench — both against Transylvania and later in the year — will be an adjustment. “We’ve all been the stars of our high school teams, but we're all just looking forward to the opportunity to play,” Kyle Wiltjer said. “Whatever our roles are, we all want to play them so we can win.”

in the AP Top 25, including two of the top three. UK will play road games against No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 13 Georgia and No. 21 LSU. Memorial Coliseum will serve as host for a matchup against No. 9 Louisville. The team will also host No. 7 Duke on Dec. 8, with that game taking place at Rupp Arena. The Cats will play perennial SEC favorite and No. 2 Tennessee twice, once in Knoxville and once in Lexington. “We have some very good teams on our schedule,“ Mitchell said. “That motivates us as players and coaches to get prepared.“ Although fans may be looking at the marquee matchups later in the season, the team seems focused on the immediate schedule. “We are taking this one game at a time,” freshman Bria Goss said. “Our main focus right now is Coker.” The Cats will host their

only exhibition at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday against Coker College. Admission to that game is free. After opening the regular season on the road against Morehead State, the Cats begin the regularseason home slate on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Jacksonville State at 11 a.m. The Cats will feature a deep and talented roster, returning four starters from last

year as well as another top-10 recruiting class. Point guard Amber Smith, who missed all of last season because of injury, will also return for the Cats. “This is an exciting time of year,“ said Mitchell. “We have assembled a talented group of players. “Now the challenge is to see if we can form those players into a team.”


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Breaking Bad: 3 areas to improve in week 10 Showed flashes of solid play last week CODY PORTER Kernel columnist

Coming off yet another loss last week, this time to Mississippi State, the Cats actually improved in some areas that had been recently plaguing them. The passing game managed to complete passes to eight different receivers. Senior wide receiver Matt Roark alone had 13 catches for 116 yards, a career high. After junior quarterback Morgan Newton was hurt early in the game, freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith stepped up to the challenge and was efficient in leading the Cats down the field on multiple drives. He had struggled earlier this season in game against South Carolina and Lousiana State, but looked like a completely different player, as he went 26 for 33 and 174 yards. His ability to find his receivers and make a couple of

tough throws while being pressured were qualities that stood out. For the offense, it was the second-best performance of the season, behind the game against Jacksonville State. Still, some areas still need improving. 1. Offensive Play Calling With the blackout having the fans and players as excited as they may have been all season, UK head coach Joker Phillips decided to take a chance on a fourthdown punt in the first quarter. The ball was snapped and Ryan Tydlacka sprinted toward the right side of the field and up the sideline, picking up the first down in the process. It seemed that weeks of frustration by the fan base was going to change with that play. It was one of the first big risks that Phillips has taken during the season. But the ensuing drive failed to deliver a touchdown and was a energy killer. Two other decisions, when he elected not

to go for a first down on a fourth-and-six in the third quarter and when he passed up going for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, would also prove to be head scratchers. These type of choices are some of the main reasons UK has failed to take advantage of situations during games that could have improved their record. When your record is lacking wins, taking some risks is what can at least get the fans back on your side, win or lose. 2. Defensive Pass Coverage Following practice on Monday, junior linebacker Ridge Wilson said the defense was un-prepared for the passing game that was thrown at them by the Bulldogs. This happened because Rick Minter’s defense focused on the successful Mississippi State running game led by Vick Ballard, who still managed 18 carries for 90 yards on Saturday. The combination of Mississippi State’s Tyler Russell and Chris Relf completed 15

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The Lukewarm Truth: Phantom of Memorial Former student lingers, interferes with classes He’s there inside your mind, dear readers. Monday, coincidentally Halloween, all six chandeliers in Memorial Hall purportedly fell to the ground during a PSY 100 lecture. Screams erupted, but fortunately no one was killed and only a scarce amount of eyewitnesses think they saw a shadowy figure in the rafters of the cathedrallike room. This is only the latest incident in a handful of “accidents” to occur in Memorial Hall. LUKE A slide show for a sociolGLASER ogy class would not load, forcing students to endure an Kernel unbearable hour of verbal columnist lecture. WiFi went amuck, forcing hundreds of students to stare blankly at their notes, while the more desperate ones had to resort to minesweeper. A Powerpoint lecture froze, while switching to the next slide, playing Rebecca Black on repeat. All incidents have been blamed on the ambiguous “Phantom of Memorial Hall,” a mystery that has never fully been explained. Legend has it that a senior, mere weeks from graduation, cracked under pressure during an Econ final and used the exam to give himself severe paper cuts, horribly disfiguring his complexion. Ashamed and monstrous, he fled to the catacombs amd hid

from the world. Repulsed by all learners who enter the hall, starry-eyed and ready to learn, the Phantom has sworn vengeance upon all those who wish to graduate. These incidents would be tolerable, if the enigmatic Phantom did not constantly sing opera. “It’s really annoying,” said one freshman girl. “You’re trying to take notes on the corpus collosum with an insufferable tenor belting out Don Giovanni.” One student, convinced she could see through to his good side, stood up in the middle of a psychology class and sang to the Phantom in a lovely soprano melody, before being promptly shut up by a psychology textbook to the face. No, dear readers, students are content to live and let live. The Phantom will purportedly calm his actions once basketball season starts (once a UK student, always a UK student). Professors also are forced to live in symbiosis with the Phantom, and all hope he will one day return from the shadows to graduate. The Phantom purportedly does not wish to do so, as the current job environment for outgoing college students is particularly grim. And that, dear readers, is the Lukewarm Truth. Not quite hot, but definitely not cold. The editors of the Kentucky Kernel neither confirm nor endorse the ideas expressed in this column, because, really, who in his or her right mind would?

SAB to screen ‘Waiting for Superman’ Documentary focuses on public education in US By Danielle Kaye features@kykernel.com

Education is an everyday reality for UK students, but many may not realize the frail state that the public education system currently faces. UK students can learn about the state of America’s public education system with the showing of the critically acclaimed documentary “Waiting for Superman” Wednesday night in Worsham Theater. The Student Activities Board is hosting the event in response to a recent all-student survey. “I hope that students get enlightened on where Ameri-

ca is with our education system and where we can go,” SAB President Chris Goodale said. The documentary follows five children — Emily, Anthony, Francisco, Daisy and Bianca — on their journey as they compete for the opportunity to attend charter schools. The journey of these five children explores the issues present within the public education system. It also gives insight into the obstacles that some individuals face throughout their lives in regards to receiving an education. One issue the documentary exposes is the scarce opportunities available to

underprivileged children in areas like the Bronx, East Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. “Considering my role on the board, I’m excited to give students the opportunity to learn about a topic of interest and relevance,” said Christen Nation, SAB’s director of Market Research. Students attending the event will learn about topics in education they can then expand upon Thursday during Diversity Dialogues with Steve Perry, Nation said. “Waiting for Superman” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Worsham Theater. The event is free and open to all students and the public.

of 21 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Those totals amount to 75 more yards on 14 fewer completions than that of the Cats. The fact is, it wasn’t just Saturday night that the passing coverage has struggled. Fortunately for the Cats, they could get a break against upcoming opponent Ole Miss. The Rebels have struggled to find consistency in their passing game over the past week weeks, making it potentially their best opportunity before season’s end to solve their problems in pass coverage.

3. Running Game The Cats running game hasn’t been bad. They have used an assortment of ways to move the ball on the ground and it has been their most viable option on offense. However, I don’t know why we aren’t seeing junior running back CoShik Williams become the feature back considering his recent success. He has shown that he should be the main threat on offense. Against a difficult Mississippi State defense, Williams was well on his way to rushing for the centu-

ry mark when, all of a sudden, Jonathan George began getting the hand-offs for the remainder of the game. Where Williams went, I haven’t a clue, but if they choose to mix it up with a different back, that would be fine. I expect that once Newton returns, his duties will primarily be to run out of the shotgun formation. That could made the defense susceptible to the pass, which is the likely solution to the offensive problems, in addition to the newfound potential found in Smith.


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Alternate energy will not make Middle East irrelevant By Matthew Longacre opinions@kykernel.com

This letter is a response to an Oct. 26 article titled “Energy alternates make Middle East irrelevant.” In an Oct. 31 column, several arguments were made as to how investing in alternative energy and extracting more oil from the U.S. would make the Middle East irrelevant. The author of the said article fundamentally misunderstands the nature of energy markets, international politics and world instability. It is nearly impossible to sum up the many fallacies of this piece in 500 words, but I will focus on the most significant offenses. First, the author fails to understand the nature of energy markets. He suggests that we simply need to “stop buying oil.” Oil operates on a world market where prices are set by manipulated supply in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Simply increasing U.S. oil drilling, which would only allay about 3 percent of our foreign energy needs, would do almost nothing to world oil demand and price. The moment we cut off oil imports, our Strategic Petroleum Reserve would last about 60 days. Beyond that, including offshore oil, there are at least 23 billion barrels of oil under U.S. territory (that we know of). Even if the U.S. could some-

how get its hands on all of that oil in one fell swoop (which is impossible) and add to the 700 million barrels in the reserve, we could only sustain our current rate of consumption for about three years before running dry. Additionally, to believe that alternative energy research will produce a meaningful alternative to oil within the next 50 years to such an extent that the U.S. no longer imports oil is a laughable statement.

To believe that alternative energy research will produce a meaningful alternative to oil within the next 50 years to such an extent that the U.S. no longer imports oil is a laughable statement. At best, analysts simply hope to produce enough alternative energy to last the impending “energy slump” where traditional fossil fuels run out and new technology must be developed to extract heavy and shale oil. Second, the author seems to suggest, by eliminating U.S. dependence on foreign oil, we will

somehow prevent transnational terrorist organizations from receiving funding and causing harm abroad. What he fails to understand is that the biggest difficulty of developing such an organization is not finding funds (Qassam rockets, improvised explosive devices and AK rifles are cheap and readily available), but rather finding recruits. Deliberately destroying an economy would create the type of instability that allows despotic organizations like Al-Shabbab to take control. A more appropriate response to transnational terrorism is a combination of counterinsurgency policy, economic diversification and empowering of civil society. The author only seems to leave us with two policy options. We either make a gradual transition over the course of the next century, or more off foreign oil to alternative energy and shale oil, with Middle East economies responding with various pricing strategies and an eventual transition to a new source of revenue. Or we attempt to forcibly end our imports of oil, destroying the U.S. and world economy and killing millions in the ensuing economic crisis. Neither will eliminate terrorist organizations — and neither will make the Middle East irrelevant. Matthew Longacre is a Patterson School of Diplomacy graduate student. Email opinions@kykernel.com.

In days of divorce, gay marriage on sidelines no more After reading an article on Kim Kardashian’s divorce, I found myself incredibly angry. Here is a woman who in her quest for fame, ANNIE fortune and overHUGHES all attention, entered into a marKernel riage based apparcolumnist ently on nothing but the likelihood it would earn higher ratings for her television show. To those of you who argue against gay marriage, behold the people who represent what you stand for.

America is undeniably the country of opportunity and advancement. No one should be denied the right to live with and take part in a union with those they love. Every day, gay Americans are told that their unions are an abomination and that, should they be allowed to ever enter into marriage, it would ruin the sanctity and ideology of it. And yet, it seems to hold little value for so many. Here we sit, with one heterosex-

Global warming will cause ‘freakish’ weather, heat waves By Tyler Hess opinions@kykernel.com

A soon-to-be-released report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that freakish weather disasters are striking more often as a result of global warming. According to The Associated Press, the new IPCC report says scientists are “virtually certain” that the world will have more extreme spells of heat and fewer of cold. Heat waves could peak as much as five degrees hotter by midcentury and even nine degrees hotter by the end of the century. In other climate news, a prominent skeptic of global warming has admitted

that climate change is real and now says the rising levels of greenhouse gases could have a disastrous impact on the world.

Heat waves could peak as much as five degrees hotter by mid-century and even nine degrees hotter by the end of the century.

Richard Muller, who works at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, said he spent the last two years studying the climate data. He found that the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. Muller’s change of heart has made headlines in part because of who funds his research. One-quarter of the $600,000 research funding he receives came from the right-wing Charles G. Koch Foundation. All of this information was compiled by the daily news program, “Democracy Now!.” Tyler Hess is a sustainable agricultural junior. Email opinions@kykernel.com.

ual couple after another divorcing at incredibly and impossibly short rates. In a nation where even the most minuscule human rights are defended with fervor unknown to any other country, we still are unable to accept that one particular lifestyle is not the precedence for every other. I clearly do not know Kardashian. She very well could have had legitimate reasons for the disillusion of her marriage, but I cannot pass up an opportunity to use her as an example. Marriage is a basic human right: the right to spend your life with whom you love and partake in the sense of security and union that comes with it. To deny this right to such a large number of successful, contributing citizens because whom they love is not accepted by a few, is not only a travesty, but a basic moral injustice. America is undeniably the country of opportunity and advancement. No one should be denied the right to live with and take part in a union with those they love. Gay marriage does not represent the end of the idea of marriage; it represents its rebirth. So the next time you read of a famous starlet divorcing her husband after a month, remember this: in a day when marriage seems a trivial concept to so many, the few who have been denied it for so long may just be the ones who can finally re-introduce us to its importance. Annie Hughes is a political science senior. Email opinions@kykernel.com.

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Newton vs. Smith: let the battle begin

PHOTO BY BRANDON GOODWIN | STAFF

Junior quarterback Morgan Newton throws a pass during UK’s game against Louisville.

CODY PORTER Kernel columnist

PHOTO BY BRANDON GOODWIN | STAFF

Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith passes during UK’s game against Mississippi State.

Poole could possibly transfer By Aaron Smith asmith@kykernel.com

Stacey Poole Jr. could potentially transfer from UK, according to multiple outlets. In an interview with The Louisville Courier-Journal, Stacey Poole Sr. said he was the one who is initiating the process of weighing his son’s options. Poole Sr. said his son likes Kentucky and is “not thinking about leaving,” but Poole Sr. said he is unhappy for his son about his lack of playing time. Poole Sr. told the Courier-Journal that “at the end of the day, I’m going to make the call. He’s 20, but he’s still a kid.” Poole Sr. also said he’s been talking to his son about potentially transferring for weeks and will fly up from Florida this weekend to discuss the issue with his son. Poole Sr., who was a standout player at Florida, told CBS he “can’t confirm the rumor at this time.” Poole Jr. averaged 2.8 minutes per game last season, second-lowest on the team. His playing time is unlikely to increase this season with three returning high-impact players and four heralded freshmen. At the beginning of the season, Poole Jr. was upfront in acknowledging his disappointing freshman season. “I didn’t play last year,” Poole Jr. told the

Kernel in mid-October. “It’s something I think about, and it motivates me every day to come in here and do what I have to do. ... It’s tough. But you just have to keep your head up. Keep working and keep pushing to be one of those guys who can contribute. Make sure I’m one of those guys to stay on the court.” PHOTO BY LATARA APPLEBY | STAFF

Stacey Poole Jr. could potentially transfer, according to his father. Poole averaged 2.8 minutes per game last season and scored just four total points.

It’s decision time. Freshman Maxwell Smith and junior Morgan Newton will split practice reps this week, and a final decision won’t be reached until Friday at the earliest, UK head coach Joker Phillips said. With four games remaining, the question is who is going to help reinvigorate the program?

Morgan Newton

Maxwell Smith

Coming into this season, the offense was thought to have only one clear leader: junior quarterback Morgan Newton. As the season has progressed, he has had his ups and downs, many that can be contributed to receiving little help. It seems Newton’s confidence has officially been lost. Smith’s amount of completions during the game Saturday exceeded by three Newton’s combined amount going back to UK’s game against LSU, so it seems that it wasn’t just the receivers that had become the problem. While we will never know if he could have made the same reads as Smith on Saturday from his unfortunate shoulder and ankle injuries, it seemed early on that Newton was preferring to move the ball on the ground. His decision to do so led to each of his injuries and early game fumble. The circumstances are eerily similar to how Newton received the starting job during his freshman campaign, but the following year Mike Hartline regained control of the offense and played to a level that far exceeded expectations. For now, though, it seems with the season nearly a wash that Newton needs to heal from his injuries and try to do what his predecessor did by finding himself as a team leader and league-leading quarterback. He may not want to hear it, but there is always next year. He will have the receivers. It’s just a matter of him getting them the ball as opposed to risking harm in being devoured by a massive SEC defensive line. I’m confident in saying that a clear answer will probably not show through, at least for these next four weeks. Once Newton is fully healed, I suspect Phillips will use them both according to their strengths; Smith with his passing and Newton with his ground and pound rushing attack. But Newton’s time may be up for this season.

As freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith sat down for his interview session on Saturday following the game, he already seemed to be more confident than Newton has shown through both his play and actions following games all season long. It was confidence that he should have shown following his 26 for 33 game in which he threw for 174 yards against a top 30 defense. “I thought I played pretty well,” Smith said. Smith had seen spot action in two games. “I feel a lot better, a lot more relaxed,” Smith said. “Having that experience in those first two games where I didn’t play well at all, it was huge.” Head coach Joker Phillips praised Smith’s ability to compose himself following some early game struggles. “He took some big hits, picked himself off the ground, came back in, stood in there and made some other big throws,” Phillips said. One of the biggest influences of Smith’s play was his ability to get senior wide receiver Matt Roark involved in the offense. Roark, who has struggled to make a play much of this season, had 13 catches Saturday, more than he had in the 2010 season. If Smith can consistently get Roark to be another threat on offense to compliment junior wide receiver La’Rod King and the running game, that alone will help shift the offense into that next gear they have failed to find this season. With that said, I do believe that Smith will be the starter on Saturday against Ole Miss, and deservedly so. Even with the recent loss, there seemed to be a sense of relief from some of those in the program, which can be attributed to Smith making some tough passes while moving the ball. If a win is going to happen before season’s end, it will be from the spark of confidence Smith has provided for this team.

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