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First Amendment celebrated By Shelby Leach


Two years after the campus-wide tobacco ban went into effect, it is not uncommon to see people smoking on campus, like these men Wednesday.

Struggle to be smoke free Officials and students weigh in on UK’s campus-wide tobacco ban By Chase Sanders


A student smokes while walking near the Grehan Journalism Building on Friday.

This week, the UK community is recognizing the two-year anniversary of its campus-wide smoke-free ban. However, there are a number of people who are not aware the ban exists and some who choose to ignore it. The policy was first integrated into the school bylaws on Nov. 19, 2009, and a number of events are scheduled to celebrate the occasion. “As the University of Kentucky approaches its second anniversary as a tobacco-free campus, we continue to see significant increases in the number of employees and students taking advantage of our tobacco cessation aid programs,” Jay Blanton, UK’s spokesman, said. UK’s administrators are concerned about the well-being of students and staff around the UK community, Blanton said. “Tobacco use causes far too many completely preventable deaths and health ailments in

Kentucky,” he said. “We should be proud of the fact that our flagship university has become a statewide leader in tobacco cessation regulations and treatment.” Last week, the UK College of Nursing sponsored the “Why I like a Tobacco Free Campus” snap-shot station in coordination with the Tobacco-Free Take Action initiative. Chris Parker, a College of Nursing instructor, said the event was set up with coordinated efforts from the College of Nursing and Tobacco-Free Take Action. In an effort to keep awareness of the policy on the rise, the College of Nursing will make “tobacco ambassadors” available to students and staff, Chris Parker, a College of Nursing instructor, said. “We’ve found that general education and peer support is providing a lot more compliance,” he said. Some students believe a high See BAN on page 4

Students may change major several times Statistics show more people graduating in 6 years, instead of 4 By Jill Novak

Choosing a major isn’t always easy for college students. This isn’t a huge shock to Theresa Mickelwait, a career

counselor at the James W. Stuckert Career Center. “With natural human development, students are still discovering who they are as individuals, as well as developing their personalities,” Mickelwait said.

For students facing the challenge of switching their major, the fear of having to start over or take on an extra course load is too unbearable. “Fear of that additional course work caused by switching late is what gets to most students,” said Ryana Conway, an academic adviser for the College of Education. “However as advisers, it’s our job to care about

the student’s life goals.” The pressure to graduate in four years has students questioning whether or not they can change majors. “Statistics are trending toward it taking six years for most students to graduate, contrary to the popular four years,” Conway said. Being exposed to different

An award-winning author, investigative reporter and journalism professor will deliver the sixth annual State of the First Amendment Address at UK on Tuesday. Mark Feldstein, whose book “Poisoning the Press” won critical acclaim and academic awards for research, is the featured speaker for the event, sponsored by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center and the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Feldstein graduated from Harvard and received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland. The purpose of the event is to teach how journalists serve as watchdogs to inform the public, said Mike Farrell, director of the Scripps Center and a journalism professor at UK. “This is a chance for the school of journalism to celebrate the great freedoms we have in this country,” Farrell said. Feldstein spent 20 years as an investigative reporter for CNN, ABC News and local television stations. He received the Edward R. Murrow broadcasting award and two George Foster Peabody awards for his work. For his work, Feldstein has been beaten up in the U.S., detained and censored by government authorities in Egypt and escorted out of Haiti by armed guards, according to a UK news release. Feldstein said his speech will explain the First Amendment, give some of its histoSee AMENDMENT on page 2

Stacey Poole to transfer Sophomore guard Stacey Poole, a former ESPNU 100 recruit who signed to play at UK before last season, has decided to transfer from the basketball program, head coach John Calipari announced on his website Monday. “Stacey and his family felt it is in his best interest to play somewhere else and I fully respect the family and their decision,” Calipari said. Calipari did not announce where Poole was headed, saying, “I want to wish Stacey nothing but the best in whatever and wherever he chooses to go.” In his one-year career at UK, Poole averaged 0.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and one assist per game in 16 games played. STAFF REPORT

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Cardboard Village simulates homeless life By Elyse Rectenwald

On any given night in Kentucky, more than 700,000 people may be reduced to sleeping on the street, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Development. The homeless are a part of every community, but few probably know what it is truly like to

be homeless. The Center for Community Outreach will host Cardboard Village starting at 5 p.m. on Friday at Haggin Field, where students will set up a makeshift shelter for the evening and stay until 10 a.m. the next morning. The event is a part of National Hunger and Homeless Week, is open to UK students who sign up in teams of five by Wednesday in

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the CCO. Students will be provided with cardboard and duct tape to construct what they will sleep in for the night. UK joins more than 500 universities for Hunger and Homelessness Week. Sara Antel, director of Education & Advocacy for CCO, said that there will be incentives for whichever student organiza-


tion has the most teams. Each participant will receive a $5 gift card to Kennedy’s Bookstore and the Student Organization will receive a gift card to Tin Roof Restaurant. “I think it’s the right way to end the week to emphasize what exactly it feels like to not have a home or bed to sleep in,” Antel said. See CARDBOARD on page 2

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UK’s Stacey Poole, seen here driving into an Indiana defender, has decided to transfer schools.


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from the front page AMENDMENT Continued from page 1 ry and convey its importance. He will also discuss his book and answer questions from the audience. “I am thrilled to visit Lexington for the first time,” Feldstein said, “and it is a deep honor to be invited to give this speech.” When asked about the importance of the State of the First Amendment Address,

MAJOR Continued from page 1 courses throughout a student’s college career can often spark new interests, leading students to want to switch. “Engineering has a lot of math and physics, so after two years of engineering and having absolutely no fun, I switched after my sophomore year to journalism,” said Stu-

Feldstein replied, “It’s surprising how many people that are not aware of the First Amendment and why it is important. Soldiers fought for our freedoms, and they are not to be taken for granted.” Our country is not just great because of our military, but also for the morals our country was founded on, Feldstein said. Along with hearing from Feldstein, Kentucky journalist Al Smith will be presented the annual James Madison Award for Service to the First

Amendment. The award is given annually by the Scripps Howard Center to a Kentuckian for outstanding service to the First Amendment, Farrell said. “Al has made numerous contributions in so many ways in championing the First Amendment in Kentucky,” said Beth Barnes, director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Smith is well known for producing and hosting “Comment on Kentucky,” a program on Kentucky Educa-

tional Television that allows journalists to discuss current issues within the state, Barnes said. He hosted the program for 33 years. “I hope students take advantage of the opportunity to hear from an active Kentucky journalist and to hear from Mark Feldstein,” Barnes said. The State of the First Amendment Address is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in room 106 of White Hall Classroom Building. It is free and open to the public.

art Hammer, a journalism senior, in an email to the Kernel. “I would not have made it in engineering, and even if I did squeak by, I would be hating every second of it.” The tough reality of finding a job that will correlate with a major has students concerned about their futures. “Social work is everything I wanted to do with psychology, except I will have a much greater chance of finding a job right out of college

with social work,” Eric Gresham, a social work junior, said. “If i could find a way to do something charitable and make it my line of work as well, then I can't imagine a more rewarding feeling.” Switching majors doesn’t have to be the terrifying ordeal it’s made out to be, Conway said. “If you’re willing to do those extra hours and shine through it, it will be worth it,” Conway said.

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Correction An article in Monday’s Kernel incorrectly stated the amount raised by the Free to Breathe 5K walk to be $1,500. The actual amount raised was $28,000. The Kernel regrets the error. To report an error, call the Kentucky Kernel at 257-1915 or e-mail

Musical lawsuits drum up interest NEW YORK — Sure, that Justin Bieber paternity lawsuit got everyone in an uproar, but that will likely die down once he takes his DNA test. Never fear! There are other musical lawsuits around to drum up interest. Here are our favorites: Pitbull vs. Lindsay: Lohan Lohan originally sued Pitbull in August over the line “I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan” from his hit “Give Me Everything,” claiming it did her “irreparable harm.” Pitbull tried to mend fences, even inviting Lohan to be his date to the MTV Video Music Awards. However, with Lohan’s suit proceeding, Rolling Stone reported last week that Pitbull has decided to countersue. His defense? Well, she has been in jail. Colwel Platinum Entertainment vs. Adam Lambert: Yes, on its face, it’s just another contract dispute over who owns the songs from a

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 — Clear out space for a new possibility. Sort, organize and give stuff away. Take time to appreciate where you've been, as you prepare for where you're going. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Keep the good vibes flowing at work and at home by continuing to adjust the infrastructure. Take some special alone time. Then you can care for others. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — List your blessings. Doing this will make you happy. There's money coming in (and going out). Go for balance. Success is knowing you've done your best. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Lose yourself doing something you love. Your have award-winning confidence. Move up a level at work.

songwriter who suddenly became famous. The juicy part, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is that Mr. Glambert may have been under contract when he auditioned for “American Idol,” making him ineligible to compete. Would that mean Danny Gokey would get the runner-up title? Hmmm. Rick tha Ruler and Monique Hines vs. Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island, et al.: The production team claims they wrote the music for the “Saturday Night Live” skits “Shy Ronnie” that featured Rihanna and Samberg, and “Like a Boss,” featuring Seth Rogen, but did not get proper credit or royalties, according to The Hollywood Reporter. We can only hope Rihanna gets to testify with a live performance of “Speak up ... OK, I'll take it from here.”

Synchronize schedules for upcoming plans. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Slowing down is not a bad thing now. Take your time to regroup, and consider the low hanging fruit. Study the details. Thinking it over reveals hidden pitfalls. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Pass on what you've learned. What goes around comes around, sooner or later. Keep dreaming new adventures, and share skills with those who would follow your path. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Think bigger. Your job here's not done. You have a lot to say and a lot to contribute. Allow others to show you your own blind spots. They love you more than you know. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Upgrade your personal environment with pleasing touches. Find them on Craigslist or Freecycle ... no need to spend. Save up for something big. Travel later.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Accept wellearned acknowledgment. Harmony infuses your efforts, and you make things look graceful and easy. You know the persistence it took to pull that off. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Negotiating a contract is easier now. Make a case for honest communication and clear listening. Begin a writing or recording project. Children spur you on. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Today you're a worker bee. Collect all the pollen that you can, as you do the dance that makes the flowers grow. Work as a team. Enjoy the honey later. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Nurture the love you have and make it grow. Step into a larger role in a project. Small, yet consistent actions taken over time can add up to big results. MCT

CARDBOARD Continued from page 1 Though students are allowed to bring blankets and dress warmly, they are asked not to bring any food. CCO volunteers will be simulating a real soup kitchen to make the experience more realistic, Antel said.

Kayla Nichelson, director of Helping Hands at CCO and a site volunteer for Cardboard Village said that volunteers have planned scavenger hunts and other activities to keep students interacting throughout the night. “This event is a great opportunity for students to put themselves in the shoes of the homeless,” Nichelson said.

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Examining the issue of the ‘useless’ degree DAVID BURNETT Contributing columnist

Why are you here? Don’t worry, it’s not a philosophical question. It’s a serious one. We’re a month away from wrapping up another semester. Assuming the stress of finals doesn’t kill you, you’ll be one step closer to that degree. The question is, what degree? And think carefully before you answer – it’s a bigger question than any of the finals you’ve had so far. Here’s why I ask: most of us are in college because we believe a degree is the key to the rest of our life’s ambition; it is some sort of golden ticket to the Wonka factory that sets us on the path to a good job, a happy marriage and a great lifestyle. Bull. Colleges have been busy selling this idea for a long time: “Education pays, get an education, be smart, learn to earn.” And it worked. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of adults holding college degrees has quadrupled since 1940. But now those degrees are too common. Colleges have inflated their own product (and its prices), leaving a lot of their customers sour in retrospect. Sure, it used to be true that you could get a degree and a good,

steady job — boom, winning. Not anymore. By the way, I’m speaking from experience. Like everyone else, I majored in “undeclared” starting out. I even contemplated some sort of degree called integrated strategic communication, which promised to qualify me for car sales and wedding planning. (Neither of which require a degree.) Colleges are hawking a lot of mostly-useless degrees, counting on you not to get wise and start asking where the jobs are. What are you going to do with a degree in English, history, art or sociology? Music majors, I love you guys but do you really think you’ll all make a living at it? Sorry to tread on toes here, but I’ve talked to way too many people whose declarations of these degrees sound more like confessions. I finally decided on law school. Why not? I like politics! Lawyers wear ties and make money and help people. So for my undergrad, I got a business degree. Can’t go wrong with business, right? How shall I put this…bull. When I finally graduated, I had a degree in business management and a minor in political science. The best job I could get was airport security. (True story, one of my favorite business professors came through the checkpoint, did a double-take, and asked why I worked there. Ouch.) I played chicken with law school twice, started a business, failed and got sued. I fell back on my business degree and got nowhere … all the

want-ads were for nurses. I even had a friend who considered removing her MBA from her resume because it

kept her from getting jobs. About this time, I realized law school was another trap. Maybe it

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was the articles from inconsequential fishwrappers like ‘The Economist’, ‘Forbes’ and ‘The Wall Street Journal’ about the scores of unhireable law grads. Maybe it was the congressional investigations. Or maybe it was the dire warnings from impoverished law graduates themselves. (Law people, don’t shoot the messenger. Do your own research.) Either way, bid farewell to my 80 percent scholarship and lifelong law ambitions, and now I’m back at UK for nursing. I’m taking microbiology and all those other “scary” science courses. And, loving it. (Guys, if the prospect of having a recessionproof job isn’t enough for you, maybe being in a class that’s 90 percent female will.) College education isn’t for everyone. Just ask Steve Jobs. Or Bill Gates. Or Michael Dell, Henry Ford, Julie Andrews, Rachel Ray and Steven Spielberg. If you’re using student loans to double-major in drinking and partying, please quit peeing in the pool the rest of us are swimming in. If you’re a serious student, then before you dig yourself a grave’s worth of student loans, maybe it’s worth reexamining your life’s goals, and asking whether or not the degree you’re pursuing is really the ticket to get there. See you at the chocolate factory. Good luck. David Burnett has earned a degree from the Gatton College of Business and Economics and is now a pre-nursing major. Email

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New Forever 21 store a hit at Fayette Mall SHELISA MELENDEZ Kernel columnist

Last week fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 opened its doors to the city of Lexington. The demand for a Forever 21 store in Fayette Mall has been present for the past few years and long overdue. In 2009, the Facebook group, “Petition to Bring a Forever 21 to Lexington, KY” was created, where many expressed their undying desire for the trendy retailer to bring its clothes closer than its nearest location in Louisville. On Friday, I went to the mall and decided to check out the new store. I must say it was bigger than expected and well laid out. Employees were everywhere. People were everywhere. I almost checked my calendar on my phone to see if I somehow managed to wake up on Black Friday.

The line streamed across half of the store in diameter; totally leaving some with the “I’ll come back tomorrow” attitude, despite heaps of clothes draped over their arms. Nonetheless, it was a Forever 21 store; everything the people wanted and then some, including a fully equipped bitesized men’s section. But, that’s no biggie. I don’t think the Fayette Mall location would attract many men anyway.

Although the store opened on Thursday, the grand opening was Saturday. Hundreds lined up before the store opened to guarantee their position among the first 200 customers, who received store gift cards ranging in value from $10 to $200. Also in celebration of the grand opening was a free

locket with a purchase of $75 or more — the store also had free engraving available. One store manager said there was a constant line from one end of the store to the other from 10 a.m. when it opened, until 9 p.m. when it closed. I can definitely understand the initial excitement of “fashionable pieces for less” at your fingertips — believe me I can, but, what’s next? Does this mean that girls are going to be walking around wearing the same outfits? Is everyone and their mom, sister and cousin going to begin shopping at the store that claims to keep those at the youthful age of 21? As much as I may hope otherwise, I believe this will in fact occur. However, I do applaud Fayette Mall and Lexington for bringing in such a “money maker.” Who knows, maybe H&M will be next. Shelisa is a journalism and merchandising, apparel and textiles senior.

from the front end BAN Continued from page 1 level of disregard for the policy continues to exist on campus. Natalie Srouji, a senior international studies senior, does not think the tobaccofree policy has been a reason for any UK smokers to nip their habit in the bud. “People are indifferent to the rule, because there aren’t any consequences,” she said. Srouji said the pressure of school adds to the amount of smoking on campus. “I definitely say that students tend to smoke at the library,” she said, “because it’s stress-related to studying for tests.” Amber Shobe, an English major, said she mostly ignores the ban. “As long as it’s outside, I think it’s an individual’s right to decide whether they want to smoke as long as it’s outside,” she said. The smoking ban is ironic, Shobe said. “The most people I see smoking on campus is outside

the hospital,” Shobe said. Shobe said she thinks the ban is a good idea. However, she doesn’t think UK should heighten enforcement because it could make the matter worse. “I think it’s good because

a lot of your top schools have a smoking ban,” she said, “but I think UK could be focusing on improvement in other areas. Drinking is a bit more of an issue than smoking and they enforce rules against it.”

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