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Campus phones have delay when calling 911 By Drew Teague

People expect to be quickly connected to 911, but in an emergency, 12 seconds can be a long time. The Kernel found that when calling 911 from a campus phone, callers have to wait 12 seconds until they hear the ring in their ear. A problem was identified with the digital card line, a component that allows two-way calling at the UK Police Department, UK spokes-

woman Kathy Johnson said. The Kernel brought it to the attention of Johnson, who then contacted UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. Monroe then contacted UK communications about the problem. The one-way voice failure was fixed on Monday evening, but there was still a delay of 12 seconds until the caller heard a ring, Monroe said. “That’s when (communications) started doing some investigation that there was an actual card here in the server

that went bad on one-way communication,” Monroe said. “If there is a complete failure, then an alarm is sounded to Windstream and Windstream dispatches someone to replace it.” UK’s Chief Information Officer Vince Kellen said that communications had put in a request with Windstream to quicken the repair and see how they can shorten the delay. Kellen said the delay in the line depends on how the phone system was made, but

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the 12-second delay has been shortened. Windstream is still working to decrease the delay time. The delay also depends on how the system was installed, dealing with how the phone system detects the number the person is dialing, Kellen said. “It’s related to how the switch architecture works to detect what you are trying to dial,” Kellen said. “The last I heard today (Tuesday), Windstream was looking at a fix to see if they should shorten that. When they fix it, then

you’re going to get a much faster call to 911.” Kellen called the Kernel at 9:44 p.m. on Tuesday and said Windstream had found the problem and was able to cut five seconds off of the 12-second delay. Kellen said communications will continue to monitor the system to see how it is working. As of 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday when the Kernel called 911, there was a seven second delay. See DELAY on page 2

Faculty honor Finney Recognize professor for book award By Joy Priest


Freshmen Elizabeth Nieves, a food science and dietetics major, and Meghan Wolken, pre-communications disorders, played with Candy, a Beagle, in the Commons Complex.

The dog days of Dead Week UK University Health Service partnered with the Lexington Humane Society to bring animals in to play with students, like these seen here playing with a 9-year-old Beagle named Candy. The event provided a welcome stress relief during Dead Week for the students and extra play time for the dogs. This is the first time UK has done this, and it hopes to continue the event in the future. The dogs are all adoptable. Contact the Lexington Human Society at (859) 233-0044 for more information.

Music fraternity plays carols on campus Performs in front of White Hall, performs Christmas songs By Joy Priest

While walking to class on Wednesday, students might have noticed a four-piece tuba and euphonium orchestra playing Christmas carols in the snow outside of White Hall Classroom Building. It wasn’t a coincidence. Four UK music majors — Jason Schubert, Mike McMahon, Jacob Williams and Matt Proffitt — decided to get together to play everyone’s favorite holiday tunes on the first day of snow. “(Proffitt) said, ‘Next time it snows, let’s play Christmas carols,’” said

Williams, a senior music education major, after playing a rendition of “The First Noel.” The four friends are a part of an all-men’s music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, whose mission is to keep music alive. “I actually did my undergrad here and me and a bunch of guys started doing this in my second year (2006),” said Proffitt, a master’s student in the new music therapy program. The two-tuba, two-euphonium orchestra moved around campus on Wednesday, starting out at the corner of Euclid See CAROLS on page 2

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Matt Proffitt, a master’s student in the new music therapy program, performed Christmas carols on campus Wednesday. Proffitt performed with three other students, as part of a music fraternity.


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When Nikky Finney’s name was announced as the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry on Nov. 16, cries of victory rang out all over in the living rooms of members of the Kentucky Writers’ Corp, UK’s College of Arts and Sciences faculty and probably UK students. All of these people were on-hand Wednesday night in the star-studded art gallery at the historic Lyric Theater, as the College of Arts and Sciences and department of English held a special reception for Finney and her book “Head Off & Split.” “This is amazing … there are probably fewer National Book Awards, in the whole history of these awards, awarded than the number of Academy Awards given out in one year,” said Mark Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The reception was filled with people who had come to celebrate Finney and her work, and to express “appreciation for having her in Lexington,” Kornbluh said. “She’s a treasure. One of the brightest treasures we have at the university.” The night of Nov. 16 is infamous for “The Speech,” as people across the nation have referred to Finney’s acceptance since, but Wednesday was all about people making speeches for Finney. Among the people who said what came to mind on behalf of Finney were UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy, Kornbluh, Interim Dean for the Department of English Marion Rust, faculty member Vershawn Young, Finney’s partner and awardwinning novelist A.J. Verdelle, among many others. “English is my third language,” Subbaswamy said as he stood in front of the room, triggering laughs from the audience. “Some people are honored by a title, and some titles are honored by a person,” he said. “And let me just say Nikky Finney honors the title of ‘Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor.’” See FINNEY on page 2


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have to be a bad leak; if it’s dripping and it’s coming in hitting the right spot.”

Long Delay The Cause A leak in the roof of the UK Police Department’s building, on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Rose Street, was the cause of the problem, Monroe and Kellen said. Monroe said UKPD did not know of the leak until the problem was reported. He said there had been a history of water leaks in the building, but said no mold damage had occurred due to the leaks. The severity of the leak that caused both the one-way voice failure and the lengthened delay are unknown, but Monroe said the digital line card has been fixed. However, there is still a delay. “It had to have let water in, so any time you’ve got the roof letting water in it’s not good,” Kellen said. “It doesn’t

When the Kernel needed to call for EMS for a student in the basement of the Grehan Journalism Building, they called from several campus landlines in the building, but hung up because they did not hear a ring. No dispatcher tried to return the calls from the basement of Grehan. Other phones were tested across campus, all of which were hung up on before hearing a ring, and had no return call from dispatchers. Paul Linnee, a 911 expert who works for Emergency Communications Strategies, has worked with 911 systems for more than 40 years. Linnee refered to the callsetup-delay, which is the time between when the caller dials the last 1 of 911 and the time they hear a ring back in their

ear. He said it is normally nine or ten seconds. “Twelve seconds is not impossible; it is not good,” Linnee said. “I mean that is nothing that they’ve done wrong, but it’s not good.” Linnee said most calls from a landline to another landline have a call-setupdelay of one to two seconds before the caller hears a ring. The length of the wait causes some 911 callers to hang up because they think the call is not going through, Linnee said. “Well, unfortunately that first call they dialed is still in the process of being delivered to the 911 center,” Linnee said. “The general advice people should have is that calls dialed to 911 will take longer for a ringback to come to their ear than a typical call and they should be more patient.” Linnee said that universities should tell students, faculty and staff of the longer delay,

because it could cause 911 callers to hang up before the completion of the call. Bob Krause, who works with Emergency Services Consultants, said there is not an industry standard for the call-setup-delay, but that it depends on the type of system set up. Monroe said Windstream is working on the phone system, which they think is causing the 12-second call-setupdelay, and he thinks they will have it fixed soon. “From how I understand it, it is the analogue system they are still working on today,” Monroe said. “That’s the phones that are having the 12 second delay. That isn’t normal, so they are trying to track down what that problem is.”

New Campus Phones Kellen said there are two types of phone systems currently on campus: one with

CAROLS Continued from page 1 Avenue and Rose. “This is excellent; it directly relates to our purpose of ‘advancing music in America,’” said Tristan Root, president of the fraternity at UK, about the outdoor caroling. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia participates in various musical endeavors throughout the year, Root said, most notably the “Mills Music Mission.” The Mission, which is named after the fraternity’s

the old analogue system and the one that is replacing it. The new analogue system, voice-over IP system, will take time with the nearly 20,000 phones across campus. “(Voice-over IP phones) operate a little differently,” Kellen said. “Right now we are about 50 percent voiceover and 50 percent analogue. Each year we keep converting the old phones to new phones. Probably in the next few years here we will be through all of them.” The project to change the analogue system to voice-over IP will cost the university millions, but it will be spread over a longer time period. “We spread it out over time because one, it is safer to do that, than to do everything at once and introduce a whole bunch of potential problems,” Kellen said. “Two, some units need it more than others, so we get there faster. And then three, also to make sure you don’t spend too much money

too quickly.” In terms of how on-par UK is with the phone systems compared to other universities, Kellen said most universities have some voice-over IP systems on their campus, but it depends on the university funding as to how quickly they will have their entire campus converted. “Just about all organizations, universities have some form of voice-over IP,” Kellen said. “Now, we are probably a little more advanced in the adoption of it than other universities.” Kellen said that the new phones should have a faster call-setup-delay than the current 12 seconds it takes. Kellen said he also hopes that when communications configures the new voice-over IP system, they will make it so when someone calls 911 from their cell phone, they can get a location, like with the current E-911 technology offered by many providers.

founder, is to go around to nursing homes and children’s hospitals “where there’s not much light,” and bring music to light up the atmosphere, Root said.

On Saturday, the fraterni-

ty will hold a benefit concert at St. Paul Catholic Church in Lexington, along with Sigma Alpha Iota, the all-women’s music sorority. Money from the concert will be donated to DanceBlue and to the Sinfonia Education Foundation, which gives money to local arts programs to “try to keep music in the schools,” Root said. As for the on-campus caroling … “We’ve done this every year, just not at this spot,” said McMahon, a senior music education major, who assured campus that they would continue the tradition.

who was once a student in Finney’s advanced poetry course two years ago, read an original poem about Finney called “Lock Butter.” “I look up to Nikky Finney in all ways, as a woman, as a black woman, a poet, a teacher,” Johnson said. “Her winning the national book award, it feels as if I have won too … It feels as if I am seeing an

older self, someone I can follow in the footsteps of.” As Finney got up to give final remarks in front of her room full of supporters, this time unprepared and “from the heart,” she echoed Johnson’s sentiments. “That’s the best part of winning the national book award,” Finney said, “that I did not win by myself.”

if you go What: Holiday Benefit Concert When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Where: St. Paul Catholic Church, 501 W. Short St. Admission: Free, donations accepted

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Singer Dobie Gray dies at 71 “Gimme the beat, boys, and free my soul / I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n’ roll / And drift away ...” So sang Dobie Gray nearly 40 years ago, exposing a little-known, quasi-spiritual song from 1972 that, coming from the hearty voice of the Texan believed to have been born Lawrence Darrow Brown, would rocket to No. 5 the following year and become a staple of classic-rock radio ever since. Gray, who died Tuesday at 71 from causes that weren’t mentioned in his website’s announcement, wasn’t the first person to cut a version of the tune written by Mentor Williams, brother of the more famous ‘70s star Paul Williams. Nor would he be the last: everyone from Roy Orbison and Rod Stewart to Waylon Jennings and Michael Bolton has remade it. And then came Kid Rock affiliate Uncle Kracker’s 2003 revival. With Gray on its final verse, it rose to No. 9 on the Billboard singles rundown and spent an unprecedented 28 weeks atop the adult contemporary chart. But Gray’s warm, moving rendition is the one that made the song a standard. A chin-up country-soul anthem that evokes memories of campfire singalongs and lakeside nights for some, overcoming the worst of times for others, “Drift Away” is the sort of life-affirming recording plenty of people would like to have played at their funeral.

Gray’s greatest hit is also the perfect soundtrack for his eulogy. Dobie Gray made other records, of course. He started out under a variety of names: Leonard Ainsworth (some insist that was on his birth certificate), Larry Curtis, Larry Dennis. Eventually Sonny Bono stepped in, guiding him to the independent Stripe Records, where Gray’s lasting moniker was acquired by cribbing it from then-popular TV comedy The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He broke into the Hot 100 in 1963 with his seventh single, “Look at Me,” but really hit it big two years later with his recording of “The ‘In’ Crowd,” which climbed to No. 13 and would soon spawn an equally popular jazz/soul crossover version by Ramsey Lewis. But apart from that and “Drift Away,” Gray would lodge only one more minor hit, “You Can Do It,” which eked into the Top 40 in 1979. During the ‘80s, he ventured further into country music with the same slight success, before eventually fading from view _ until Uncle Kracker called him up eight years ago. Rock history books may forever brand him a prime example of a one-hit wonder. But oh what a hit it was. (And what strange timing, to die just days after another largely forgotten soul star, Howard Tate.) MCT

Other patrons of the evening kept the tradition of “The Speech” by including a poem in their remarks about Finney. Hope Johnson, who graduated from UK with a bachelor’s in English and opinions

Bill of Rights anniversary a time to learn your freedoms LATARA APPLEBY Kernel columnist

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 — There could be elements to the puzzle that are hidden from view. Because of this, avoid expensive purchases or big decisions today. Those elements get revealed later. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — When you're feeling good, it's possible to lose perspective of the world around you. Be considerate of others. Spread the love and the good fortune. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 5 — A lucky hunch could turn quite profitable. You have the confidence to make your plan work: Put your back into it! Try again at something you failed at before. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 6 — Find a trustworthy friend to help you solve any dilemmas. Don't take it all so

seriously. Not everything that glitters is gold. Inject a sense of humor. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Stifle your crazy side for a moment. Complete unfinished business (and impress others in the process). Attention to detail comes in handy. Figure out what you really want. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 9 — The adventure continues, and there's more work on the way. Don't be misled by fantasy. Check your oil and tire pressure, and bring a sack lunch. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Business interferes with fun. Don't goof off! Plan a trip, and research the best tickets. Then focus on productivity to pay for it all. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Respect the people that helped you get where you are, and show some appreciation. Be careful not to lose what you have in order to

get more, even if you're busy. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — As you get lost in the maze today, don't forget your goal. Don't be afraid if you don't know the way. Use your network: Call someone whose view is wider. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 9 — Don't worry about the money. Conserve resources anyway. There's plenty to keep you busy, and more work coming in. Stay focused. It all works out. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Make sure what you build is solid. Fantasies fade in the sunlight. Romance is a growing possibility. Choose substance over symbolism, and have fun. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 ——Today is an 8 -Don't let anyone push you. It's your life. Get into a homebody phase. Think about your roots, and where you came from. You choose where you're going. MCT

What do you consider uniquely American? The journalist in me would probably say the freedom of speech, my family from Texas may say the right to bear arms and some of my less law-abiding family members might say the guarantee of a prompt trial by a jury of their peers. All of the aforementioned rights, along with several more, have one very important document in common: the Bill of Rights. Our Founding Fathers fought to get us where we are, and they did it without Google or Twitter feeds keeping them constantly up-todate with the outside world. Our country’s earliest politicians debated for days at a time in the sweltering summer heat before they could agree on a new Constitution. Even so, an additional document was needed before all of the delegates could agree. Given the way the document even came to exist, it almost seems appropriate that it would have taken a few hits along the way.

There is no better example right now than the Occupy Wall Street movements taking place across America. Perhaps one of the best examples of the protesters’ rights being trampled on occurred in California, a liberal protesters’ haven. Students at the University of California, Davis, were peacefully assembling when campus police approached them with pepper spray and began spraying. The students calmly sat with linked arms while the police doused them in burning chemicals. In the case of UC Davis, I applaud the students not only for standing their ground, but for calling out the police on their dishonorable actions and yelling “shame on you” as they carried students away. These students obviously know their rights. The other millions of college students all across America on the other hand … them, I worry about. It does not surprise me that a young group of protesters would be at least somewhat aware of their constitutional freedoms, considering it appears to be a topic they care about and are willing to be arrested for. But what about the average college student? What about Joe Smith?

What does he know about the very document our country was founded on? I don’t think anyone would be shocked to find that many people in their early to mid-20s would not be able to pass a U.S. citizenship test. All too often, I overhear a disgruntled peer complaining about how someone has wronged them. Maybe in honor of the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights on Dec. 15, I will build up the courage to turn around and ask them this: “How can you expect to be awarded the protections of a document when you don’t have the slightest clue what your rights really are?” We are fortunate enough to have constitutional rights; we should at least have some comprehension of what they are. Without this understanding, nothing is stopping future incidences of police brutality, and other infringements on our rights, from happening again. What would our first 10 amendments be without knowledge? Well, that may just be a “Bill of Wrongs.” Latara Appleby is a journalism senior and Kentucky Kernel photo editor. Email

When showing new students around campus, UK tour guides make sure to stop at the James Kennedy Patterson statue because much of UK’s history lies within the bronze monument of the university’s founding president. “It’s such a tradition, especially because we always tell them to rub the foot for good luck,” said Katherine Weiss, a tour guide for the visitor’s center. It is tradition to rub Patterson’s visibly tarnished right toe for good luck before finals, Weiss said, which makes sense because Patterson had a reputation for being a staunch academic and was not very popular among the student body. “He actually was not well-liked by students on campus when he was president and was subject to pranks,” Weiss, a sophomore, said. One of the most memorable pranks played on Patterson on record is the infamous painting of his horse. Frank Stanger, a reference archivist at UK’s Special Collections library and a biographer of Patterson, describes him as a “stirring disciplinarian” and confirmed this tale. “There are documented stories of students playing pranks on him and he didn’t react to them well,” Stanger said. “He lived in a house on campus, which was where the east end of the classroom building is now … he kept a horse and one night a bunch of students came and painted his horse green.” Stanger said Patterson’s second-floor class, in what is now the Main Building, was interrupted when the students came strolling in with his horse painted green. Although student lore holds that Patterson didn’t have the best personality, history tells a bit of a different story. “(Patterson) was instrumental in saving the university financially,” Stanger said. “He put some of his own money forward for supporting the school when the legislature refused to enact a statute for establishing a tax for money to support the school.” It is also true that the longest tenured president in UK’s history (Patterson was president from 1869 to 1910) was also responsible for increasing enrollment from five or six students in 1866, when it was the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, to 1,000 at the time of his retirement in 1910, Stanger said. “He kept the university going,” Stanger said, and according to Weiss, he “donated his life savings to the university” upon his death. So, next time you plan on pulling off a prank on the Patterson statue, or stand in front of it wondering why his face is so surly during one of those brilliant icebreakers that your professor has decided to pull on the class, remember, if it wasn’t for Patriarch Patterson, UK might not have survived. “The true past departs not,” reads the statue.

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Local boutique goes ‘All Cats Everything’ By Alexis Gray

Sitting on the “stoop” at 287 S. Limestone and watching UK fans head down to Rupp Arena on game days in a sea of blue has been a common occurrence for the past three years at Oneness clothing boutique. The urban clothing store team, which has marketed its original apparel to the diehard bleed blue fans of the Wildcats, can now see its own merchandise in the blue crowds. “We’ve been designing and selling our own Kentucky gear for the past two years,” said Joe Staley, co-owner of Oneness. “We want to make clothes that are different from the standard UK apparel.” The phones have been ringing off of the hook ever since former Wildcat John Wall wore the “All Cats Everything” T-shirt, which Oneness released almost a year ago, at the televised 2011 Big Blue Madness

scrimmage, Staley said. “We have a bunch of celebrity friends that are helping us spread our brand ... it’s all about growth and timing,” he said. “The ‘All Cats Everything’ tee has caused a buzz all over the Internet and locally,” said Lexington disc jockey Warren Edwards — also known as “WarrenPeace” — who works at the boutique. “It’s a dope concept, simply original,” said Edwards, who described it as “just enough urban to appeal.” Reactions to the T-shirt reached Twitter instantly after fans spotted the shirt on Wall, but Oneness has even more UK-themed apparel. “We’ve sold a ton of “CATS” hats, it was the first Kentucky-themed piece we designed,” Staley said. Staley said after its release to the public, the “CATS” hat has been copied by local UK brand distributers and also chain stores, but it’s easy to spot an authentic.

Recently, the “All Cats Everything” design was even copied by a chain store, Staley said. “It’s going to happen,” Staley said. “Now, we’re starting to do more intricate designs in our gear.” The difference between the original Oneness “CATS” hat and a fake one is an authentic “CATS” hat has “Oneness” stitched across the back and the others do not. Staley said that “All Cats Everything” and UK apparel will be, “much more than a one and done,” and fans can expect to see more from Oneness in the near future. He said, specifically, fans can look forward to designs that will include hand-drawn cartoon styles and something for the infamous UK v. U of L rivalry matchup on Dec. 31.


Oneness clothing fashion boutique is located at 287 S. Limestone St.. The owners say customer like their UK-themed apparel, which offers a twist on Wildcat clothing.

12.08.11 • UK Hoops take on Duke, but this time in Rupp Arena! Tip-off takes place at 6 p.m. Students receive free admission with a valid student I.D. • Get your grub on with Commons for “Winter Frost”. Nine dollars for all-you-caneat buffet including salmon, shrimp scampi and turkey. 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. • Don’t let Dead Week get you down. William T. Young Library is hosting “Chillax,” an event to provide you with stress management tips, some healthy snacks and a massage while you’re on the go. In the Keeneland room, 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Oneness employee and UK sophomore Jewan Clay stands in the “All Cats Everything” tee outside of the Oneness boutique on South Limestone Street.


A trickle of events for the next week. 12.09.11 • Last day of classes! • The women’s volleyball team continue their NCAA tournament streak against Texas. Get to Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. for all the action. • Moon Taxi at Cosmic Charlie’s. 18+.

12.10.11 • 2011 Lexington Christmas Parade. The parade will travel on Main, between Midland and Broadway at 10 a.m. • Kentucky Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker”. Tickets start at $15. The ballet takes place at 2 p.m. in the Lexington Opera House. • Silent Disco with Wick-it the Instigator at Cosmic Charlie’s. 18+.

12.11.11 • Free holiday shopping

shuttle! Buses run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Schedule your pickup by emailing your contact info to • Matthew Mitchell leads his women’s basketball team against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 1 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. • Woods at Cosmic Charlie’s. 18+.

12.12.11 • Crunch Brunch! Join UK SAB for UK’s biggest annual study break! From 9 p.m. to midnight, enjoy hot breakfast food, tons of activities and get a famous Crunch Brunch T-shirt. Located in Memorial Coliseum.

12.13.11 • Free Winter Break shuttle to Blue Grass Airport. Pickups are every two hours, starting from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. Schedule your pickup with


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UK Hoops to face Duke Thursday First women’s game played in Rupp Arena since 2007-08 season By Les Johns

The UK Women’s basketball team will face a Duke Blue Devils squad with an imposing front line Thursday night at Rupp Arena. UK (8-0), ranked No. 10 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, will take on No. 5 Duke. The 6 p.m. matchup will be the first clash in Lexington between teams ranked in the top ten since 1983. “Duke has an outstanding team,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said, “and we have worked hard to get prepared for the game as they pose some real challenges for our basketball team.” Much like the Cats, the Blue Devils are a team that features balanced scoring — they have four players averaging double-digits. They are led by freshman Elizabeth Williams, who is averaging close to a double-double, with 11.9 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. “They have a lot of depth and a very imposing front line,” Mitchell said. “It

would concern me greatly if we get into a slow, grind-itout-game. They are very powerful.” Duke has a size advantage, starting three players more than six feet tall and having four more players at least that tall coming off the bench. The Cats’ lone starter more than six feet is junior center Samantha Drake. “If we don’t get a lot of pressure on the ball, they can just throw it in to their interior players,” Mitchell said. “We will have a tough time winning the game.” The Cats will hope to neutralize Duke’s size by making it an up-tempo game and forcing turnovers. The Cats have forced an average of 34.5 turnovers per game this season. Duke has handled the ball well this season, turning the ball over 15.7 times per game. “They can handle the ball,” senior point guard Amber Smith said, “but they haven’t seen the pressure that we’re going to apply.” The women’s team has not played in Rupp Arena since the 2007-08 season, and


UK Hoops sophomore forward Samantha Drake dribbles the ball during the second half of the women’s game against Northwestern University on Nov. 17. UK plays Duke University in Rupp Arena on Thursday. holds a 20-12 record in the facility. The largest crowd to watch a UK women’s game there was on Jan. 26, 2006, when 13,689 witnessed the Cats defeat No. 1 ranked Tennessee. “I’m excited to play in Rupp,” Smith said. “We love

Memorial, but to play in Rupp is just a great opportunity to get more people out to see us.” The Cats have practiced at Rupp Arena the last couple of days and feel as though they will adjust well come game time.

Kidd-Gilchrist has ‘courage’ By Sam Rothbauer

Being an 18-year-old, freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the youngest player on this year’s UK basketball team. But normally people wouldn’t guess judging by his style of play. He has been described by head coach John Calipari with similar playing styles as 2010-11’s DeAndre Liggins, but Calipari said he was at the level Liggins left upon entering

college. “I’m going to tell you this,” Calipari said. “If we need a free throw late in the game, I’m giving him the ball and letting him shoot it. He will make a free throw late because he’s got that kind of courage.” Calipari has also said that even when Kidd-Gilchrist isn’t playing particularly well, he still has the ability to pump up his teammates with his attitude. “I’m the youngest on the team, you already know,”

Kidd-Gilchrist said. “I was just real hyper.” But he also has respect for his teammates, especially for senior guard Darius Miller, the second oldest on the team, whom KiddGilchrist’s competes with for a starting spot on the lineup. But he sees it as a brotherhood. “He (Miller) is my big brother,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “So I want to thank him for that, for real. He’s taken me under his wing.”



Darius Miller goes for a lay up against Transylvania University on Nov. 2. Miller has spoken well of freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

John Calipari said freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, seen here dribbling against Transylvania, is the “greatest kid.”

Syracuse coach won’t face state charges in sex abuse case SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said sex abuse charges cannot be brought against former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine because the statute of limitations has long passed.

Fitzpatrick, who held a news conference at the county courthouse on Wednesday morning, said he found the claims of two of Fine's accusers — Bobby Davis and Michael Lang — to be credible but, in essence, the state's hands are tied.

Miller has also spoken of Kidd-Gilchrist’s influence on the team. “We really feed off his energy,” Miller said. “He does a great job of playing 110 percent every time he’s on the court.” During UK’s matchup with UNC, Kidd-Gilchrist accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds, making him both the top scorer and rebounder in that game. “He is unbelievable,” Calipari said. “He’s the greatest kid.”

Fitzpatrick said had his office been told about the allegations in 2005, Fine would have been arrested on child molestation charges. MCT

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“We have trouble shooting from time to time at Memorial Coliseum,” Mitchell said. “I don’t know that Rupp Arena will be any better or any worse.” Advance tickets for the game are still available at the Joe Craft Center on Thursday

from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $1. Tickets for $1 will not be available at Rupp Arena, but will be available at normal prices. The game will also be televised live on the CW in Lexington and on a delayed basis on Fox Sports South at 10 p.m.

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Writing Center teaches skills, critical thinking

Facebook doesn’t distract you from finals, you do KELSEY CAUDILL Contributing columnist

As I sat at my desk Friday night trying to collect my thoughts about social networking — while everyone else was out having a social life, might I add — I found myself mindlessly minimizing Microsoft Word to log into Facebook. I have to admit, I felt unloved and overworked as I skimmed pictures of my friends out on the town and read everyone’s status updates about going out, while I violently clicked back and forth between a blank document and my incessantly changing news feed. But the pity party didn’t stop there. Prolonging my procrastination, I creeped my ex-boyfriend’s wall, only to find that the recent college dropout (who is now working at a gas station) is pursuing an 18-year-old Hooters employee. What ensued was a night full of sad country ballads free from academic progress. So I did the unthinkable. Unable to put my personal issues aside to focus on my studies, I deactivated Facebook. While I felt immediate satisfaction when so many friends asked me why they could no longer find me on the world’s largest social network, I’m quite certain I’m not the only college student who is regularly distracted from her studies. A 2011 study found that 96 percent of college students use Facebook, according to Of that figure, 20 percent of students who Facebooked while studying received lower grades, although 79 percent of students do not believe a correlation exists between the time they spend on Facebook and their grades.

Perhaps student views are reflective of a 2010 study titled “Predictors and Consequences of Differentiated Practices on Social Network Sites,” which found no correlation between students’ grade point averages and the amount of time they spent on six social networking sites, including Facebook. Researchers concluded that “neither (Social Networking Sites) usage intensity nor social practices performed on these sites exhibit[ed] a systematic relationship with academic performance.”

Whether or not not Facebook is jeopardizing my grades, it’s testing my sanity. While I do not denounce the results of this study, I would like to suggest that the unit of measurement researchers examined leaves room for error. Although grade point average is an accurate measurement of student performance, it cannot account for the mental or physical strain Facebook places on students. Sound confusing? Let me break it down. I am an avid user of Facebook. I log in every night while working on my homework, and I have the Facebook application downloaded on my iPhone. Regardless of the countless hours I have spent on Facebook over my college career, I have maintained a 3.89 GPA. The variable is not my grades; it’s my study habits, my ability to focus on assignments, my tendency to procrastinate and my lack of sleep caused by the extended amount of time I am studying and Facebooking — simulta-

neously, of course. I will do whatever it takes to get an A, even if it means staying up all night working on a paper because I couldn’t stop refreshing my news feed, subconsciously looking for ways to avoid my assignment. So whether or not Facebook is jeopardizing my grades, it’s testing my sanity. Statistics show that I am not the only student who spends more time studying her friends’ lives than her homework assignments. “Facebook addiction” is searched online 350 times more than “cigarette addiction,” according to Clearly, the inability of students to separate their social lives from their studies is becoming a problem. When I search the corridors of William T. Young Library looking for a place to study, for example, the majority of the students I pass have Facebook pulled up on their laptops. Not to mention most of us have the application on our smartphones. Really? It’s not enough that we can like, tag, comment and post with just the click of a mouse? Apparently not. Why else do we receive texts messages notifying us of our Facebook activity if this is not the case? Why do we also receive e-mails with these same notifications? The entire system is so repetitive and self-absorbing. If I had the answer to questions like these, then perhaps Facebook would not be distracting college students. Maybe Mark Zuckerberg will create an application in the future that helps students get their study on while Facebook stalking. Until then, I suppose I’ll go reactivate my Facebook while I contemplate further solutions. Kelsey Caudill is an English and journalism senior. Email

By Judith Gatton Prats

The UK Writing Center has been helping UK undergraduate, graduate and faculty writers for nearly 30 years. We have a long and proud history of committed service to everyone at UK who wants to improve their writing, including undergraduates at all levels and abilities. This semester, we have added innovative visual and multimedia presentation services (, and we offer group consultations for students in courses requiring small-group composition and communication projects. Students can make appointments online at or walk in to the Center (on the 5th floor of the William T. Young Library) to see if a consultant is available. In most cases, a consultant is open for students who drop in, but near the end of the semester, consultant slots fill up with appointments and walk-in students. So we encourage our clients to schedule online or to call us (859-2571368) if their time is limited. Writing Center consultants include peer tutors (gifted and trained undergraduates), graduate students and faculty from the Division of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Media. Consultants tailor each session to the individual needs of the client. The consultants engage their clients in a conversation about their writing and visual designs, asking productive questions and teaching them strategies for revising their own writing. Often, the consultant works as much on a client’s critical thinking as on their writing skills (in fact, we find that these skills are closely aligned). Sometimes we model effective strategies of reading and analyzing a topic; sometimes we work on sentencelevel revision. If a writer needs help with proofreading or grammar, then our consultants address those issues, too. Consultants encourage writers to return to the Center so that they can continue making progress — and many writers become regulars. Our goal is to

provide all our writers — but particularly the undergraduates who come to see us — with a solid foundation for lifelong learning and practice in writing and design. At times, our idea of what we do at the Center and how we go about doing it may be different from what a faculty member or student expects. Writers who are new to the Center sometimes expect us to proofread their work for them. If our clients want a proofreader or an editor, we refer them to a proofreading service. We view our role as helping writers improve their own writing. That’s why we clarify our role as consultants by explaining — in positive and thoughtful ways — how we can help and why we work the way we do. The truth is that anyone at UK who needs help with any writing issue, including learning how to proofread, will find help at the Writing Center and will learn how to become a better writer. The UK Writing Center’s 30-year record of serving students is only the beginning. We have launched new services (face-to-face and online) to consult with students on multimodal composition and communication projects across the curriculum. And we are always looking for ways to improve. The Writing Center consultants meet together regularly to talk about the feedback we receive, so we encourage anyone who has a concern or an idea to contact us. Write me and I will respond to your messages. My email address ( is included on our UK Writing Center website (, on our online scheduling home page ( and on our Facebook information page ( I want to hear what you have to say, and I am interested in all kinds of ideas for making our Writing Center the very best resource it can be. Judith Gatton Prats is the UK Writing Center director. Email

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Pardon the Interlude: An Alternative X-mas ALEX SARDAM Kernel columnist

So this is it. Pardon’s last column of the semester. Gone by fast, eh? My editor suggested I write about Christmas music. But, since I’m half-Jewish and I know there are many other boys and girls out there who spin the dradle, celebrate Kwanzaa and others who might even be atheist, I’ve decided to ditch the holiday jib-jab and talk about a classic band instead. A band that’s my favorite band of all time. A band that’s unlike any other, that regard-

less of denomination, you’re bound to worship. The Grateful Dead. What’s not to like about Jerry Garcia and the boys? They single-handedly paved the long, winding road of never-ending creativity for bands like Phish, Widespread Panic and other improvisational jam bands today. Nothing was set in stone with the Dead. They did what they wanted and played how they felt. Their 20-minute jams would ignite from a lone riff Jerry strummed, or a drum beat Rob “Pigpen” McKernan would play around with, and then effortlessly drift into this whimsically constructed whirlwind of badass sound. Garcia’s humble voice

had so much emotion, so much power. Everything that followed musically, beautifully fell into place with such ease and grace. There is nothing but pure happiness seeping out of Jerry’s guitar, whether it’s the sunburst Stratocaster with Brazillion rosewood fingerboard, or the simple black Gibson he burns up. It’s in their music that you find the celebration of life. As we part ways over these next few bitter weeks, enjoy your time at home. Relax and take in the snow. Build a snowman! And if you’re really lost, just listen to the Dead. “If you get confused just listen to the music play.” – Franklin’s Tower, The Grateful Dead

111208 Kernel in Print  

The pages of the Kentucky Kernel for Dec. 8, 2011.

111208 Kernel in Print  

The pages of the Kentucky Kernel for Dec. 8, 2011.