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A member of a church in East Bernstadt, Ky., hugs Cassie Gray, whose daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Wayne Allen, died in a tornado the night before. Gray is sitting where the Allens’ home used to be.

In the wake of the storm Kentuckians emerge to clean up, comfort one another LAUREL COUNTY


Families comb through the rubble By Becca Clemons


Businesses and homes lie in shambles in downtown West Liberty, Ky., after being hit by a tornado on Friday.

Town takes ‘time to grieve the losses’

EAST BERNSTADT, Ky. — Carol Rhodes and her family waited in her home off Little Arthur Ridge Road, listening to reports of tornadoes close by. They wouldn’t go to the basement, though. They were stubborn. Rhodes’ husband, Don, was especially so. But moments later, he was the first to spot the tornado traveling toward them across the ridge to the west. “We were reluctant to go down the stairs,” said Tammy Tackett, the Rhodeses’ daughter. But her father insisted. “He said, ‘I say get down there.’ “We barely made it.” Don Rhodes was the last one down. The twister managed to suck the sock and shoe off one of his feet before he hunkered down with his family. ‘It happened so fast’

By Taylor Moak

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. — The last text Doris Shuck received before the tornado hit on Friday was at 5:58 p.m. It was from her 19-year-old son, Austin, and read, “Mom, take cover.” Shuck, a pharmacy technician and director for retail company Thirty-One, hurried to the basement of her home. She used a chair for protection as the winds swept over the hill in front of her house. At 6:04 p.m., her mother texted her, “Are you OK?” And at that time, Shuck emerged

with scrapes and bruises to find her house completely blown away. “It had gone through that fast,” Shuck said, watching as her family picked the hillside for any salvageable belongings on Saturday afternoon. A fire truck from across the road had blown through the home, said Anita Chaffin, Shuck’s sister. Over the hill, debris from the home now rested on top of the truck. After finding her home destroyed, Shuck said she was taken to the hospital, which is less than a quarter mile from her home, by volunteer firefighters. That was where her husband, See WEST LIBERTY on page 4

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around 7 p.m. “It happened so fast that we didn’t have time to think,” Tackett said. Three were reported dead in the county by Friday night, and by late Saturday morning two more deaths had been reported. At least 21 had been killed around the state as of Saturday evening, and at least 39 lives had been claimed from Alabama to Indiana. The tornado damage in Laurel County was in its northern part, in areas just outside East Bernstadt, which has fewer than 800 people. Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement Saturday that the devastation around the state was unlike anything he had ever seen. Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Sen. Tom Jensen assessed damage in East Bernstadt Saturday morning, where deaths occurred on Hensley, Little Arthur Ridge and Old Hare roads. A total of 41 people in the

The number of deaths reported nationwide after Friday’s storms, from Alabama to Indiana. The number of deaths reported statewide after Friday’s storms, as of Sunday afternoon.

county were sent to the hospital — most in London, Ky., but six were taken to UK Hospital, said Trooper First Class Don Trosper, the Kentucky State Police spokesman in London. More than 300 have been injured statewide. On Little Arthur Ridge Road Friday, Rhodes and her family were praying in their basement as the tornado engulfed their home. “All we could do is lay there and pray,” she said about their final moments leading up to the tornado. “There ain’t no way we’re gonna have time to make things right with God.” Richard and Pat Adams, Tackett’s in-laws from Letcher County, were told afterward that Tackett’s daughter, Destiny, “barely got there.” “They thought she was gone,” Pat Adams said. Destiny Tackett called the scene “horrifying.” “I really don’t remember anything,” she said. “We just held on to each other and we See LAUREL on page 5

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The average number of tornadoes for all of March. The number of reported tornadoes during Friday’s storm.

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Governor says death toll at 21 after Friday’s storms

‘It Gets Better’ Project creator coming to UK

Beshear requests federal disaster declaration

Dan Savage began project to help gay community

Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news briefing Sunday afternoon that the Kentucky death toll from a series of tornadoes Friday has reached 21. Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration from the White House. “The damage I saw yesterday was the worst I’ve seen,” he said. “It was total devastation in West Liberty. It looked like a bomb had been dropped in the middle of town. It was a war zone.” He said that as of 8 p.m. Saturday, search and rescue efforts had been completed across the state. However, officials at the Kentucky State Police post in Morehead said search and rescue efforts were still being conducted in West Liberty as of 4:40 p.m. Sunday. Only emergency personnel were allowed to enter the city. The state is now moving into a cleanup, recovery and assessment mode, Beshear said. “I’m reminded once again of how resilient

our people are in Kentucky,” he said. “Already, communities are working together to provide shelter, food, clothing and a listening ear. We may be down, but we are not out.” He said communications remain “spotty” in some affected areas, but “we are in full communication with these communities.” Cellphone towers remain down in many areas. Beshear urged people trying to locate missing family members to register their information at (the link is located on the right side of the Web page). The information will be sent to local emergency management teams. He also told people to stay away from storm-damaged areas to allow emergency personnel to work. More than 400 National Guard troops have been dispatched across the state, Beshear said.


By Tessa Lighty

The creator of the “It Gets Better” Project, Dan Savage, will be coming to campus Tuesday to talk about his project and how it applies to the UK community. In September 2010, multiple cases of bullying led to suicide among the adolescent gay community. Savage, along with his husband, Terry Miller, decided to do something about it. That September, the pair created the “It Gets Better” Project, which showcases videos made by gay adults telling youth that the struggle against bullying and adversity gets better. Soon after its creation, the idea went viral. Today, the project has its own website with more than 2,500 videos and its YouTube channel has more than 3 million views. The project started in the U.S. but has spread to other countries, including Australia, Sweden, Denmark and coun-

tries in Latin America. In an attempt to make the gay community feel welcome at UK, the Student Activities Board, along with Wildcat Student TV and many other UK organizations, created its own “It Gets Better” video. “We had seen other schools create videos ... we wanted to show that hate isn’t something we will tolerate at UK,” said Sarah Jones, SAB director of engaging issues. SAB wrote letters to 40 prominent student leaders and well-known faculty to get others involved in the video. The

if you go What: “It Gets Better” Dan Savage lecture When: Tuesday at 7 p.m. Where: Memorial Hall Admission: Free and open to the public. Tickets can be picked up at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Center Ticket Office.

letters explained the project and what the groups hoped to accomplish in making the video, Jones said. Gay and straight members of UK’s community appear in the video, encouraging students to remain hopeful in their pursuit against adversity. Savage is the editor of “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living,” and will speak against hate aimed at the LGBT community, according to a news release. He also will talk about the project’s importance to UK’s community and campus. While the project was started to raise awareness, it has now grown to inspire hope for the future of LGBT youth, Jones said. Following the lecture, there will be a question-andanswer session with Savage, as well as a book signing. “Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are,” Jones said. For more information, visit

Tornado drill set for Tuesday

Show’s squabble goes to court LOS ANGELES — It started as normal Hollywood friction an actress who wanted better lines and a writer annoyed by her suggestions. But the squabble on the “Desperate Housewives” set four years ago took an unusually nasty turn that led Thursday to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Actress Nicollette Sheridan told a jury that series creator Marc Cherry slapped her in the head during a rehearsal after she repeatedly questioned him about deleting what she considered to be a particularly funny line for her character. “It stunned me,” Sheridan said of what she described as a “nice wallop” to her temple. Her face reddening and her eyes filling with tears, she told jurors, “It was unfathomable to me that I had just been hit by my boss.” The actress, 48, is suing Cherry and Touchstone Television Productions for wrongful termination and battery. She contends that after she complained about Cherry's conduct, he retaliated by killing off her character, the promiscuous real estate agent Edie Britt. By her lawyer’s estimation, departing the

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A statewide tornado safety drill will be held on Tuesday at approximately 10:07 a.m. UK Alert, the campus emergency notification system, will send out a notification as a test. Since March has been designated as Severe Storms Awareness Month, Kentucky Emergency Management had scheduled the drill before Friday’s tornadoes had occurred.

In an email sent to campus, UK Police asked everyone to review tornado and severe weather procedures and the building’s emergency action plan. “In the event of pending or inclement weather, the drill will be rescheduled,” the email said.


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UK Hoops falls in SEC Tournament Deep NCAA run still possible for regular-season champs By Les Johns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A final-second 3-pointer missed the mark, sending the 2011 Texas A&M women’s basketball team to its third loss of the season to Baylor — this time in the Big 12 Conference Championship game. Despite the loss, three weeks later the Aggies were cutting down the nets as national champions. UK Hoops suffered a disappointing SEC Tournament weekend, but history proves a deep run in March is still possible. The Cats battled back from a 14point first-half deficit Friday in the second-round game against the Florida Gators. UK head coach Matthew Mitchell changed the direction of the game early in the second half when he inserted senior guard Amber Smith into the lineup. “We just told her she needed to go in and make some plays,” Mitchell said of Smith. “I thought she played probably her best game of the year.” Smith, along with senior Keyla Snowden and junior guard A’dia Mathies fueled a 71-67 comeback victory. “I’m not sure exactly how we won the game,” Mitchell said. “For us to overcome poor shooting and find a way to win is something I’m proud of the players for doing.” The Cats had another slow start Saturday in the SEC Tournament semifinal against LSU, falling behind 10 points after allowing a 10-0 Tigers first-half spurt. LSU dominated the glass, outrebounding the Cats by 15 for the game. The Tigers confused UK with a zone defense and kept the lead in double-digits for most of the second-

half. “We weren’t able to get the ball inside, attacking the gap,” Mathies said. “It was mostly our fault. We wasn’t attacking when we should have.” LSU outscored the Cats by 28 points at the free-throw line, taking advantage of the 30 team fouls called on UK, and won the game 72-61. “You lose by 11, get outscored by 28 at the free-throw line. We clearly fouled too much. You’d like to see the free throws a little bit more even,” Mitchell said. “We had a chance to win today — just couldn’t get it done.” Mitchell said he was disappointed with the team’s performance but pleased with what they had accomplished thus far. “I think we have a really good team. For whatever reason we didn’t play very well,” Mitchell said. “To win the tournament, you have to play well for three days, and we didn’t do that.” Mitchell recognized his team for winning the first regular-season conference championship since 1982. “I think it’s a great accomplishment to play the best over a 16-game schedule,” Mitchell said. “I’m real proud of the team for being the champions of the regular season. It’s something we should draw some confidence from.” The Cats can also gain confidence from recent history. Last year’s Final Four in Indianapolis featured two teams that lost in their conference tournaments, including national champion Texas A&M. Additionally, SEC regular-season champions tend to fare well in the Big Dance. Seven out of the past 10 years, the SEC regular-season champion has advanced to the Final Four. Mitchell said he believes the

strength of the SEC will help his team be ready for the tests it will face in the NCAA tournament “I think we will be very much battle-tested going into the tournament,” Mitchell said. “It makes you even prouder to be the champions of the regular season when the conference is so strong.” The Cats (25-6) will next play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 17 or 18. Their seeding, opponent, region and location will be decided and announced March 12. The latest ESPN “Bracketology” has UK penciled in as a No. 3 seed, playing the Des Moines Region, with first and second-round games taking place in West Lafayette, Ind. The Cats will not idly wait for the announcement. They plan on taking advantage of the off time to regain some lost confidence from a less-than-stellar performance in Nashville. “We need to get in the gym and get some shots up and get confidence back,” Snowden said. “I think a lot of people are lacking confidence in their shots — their abilities right now. The main thing is we just got to play together.” Mitchell agreed with Snowden’s assessment. “I think Keyla put it well there. We at times this season had a real dedicated group getting into the gym,” he said. “They’ll have a lot of time this week as we await and see where our destination is in the tournament.” Mitchell said he is pleased with what the team has done but believes it can achieve more. “We’re already a special team. We’ve done something that hasn’t been done in 30 years,” Mitchell said. “We have to decide how special we want to be. We have a lot left to accomplish.”


LSU’s Taylor Turnbow blocks freshman Azia Bishop during the SEC Women’s Tournament semifinals Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. UK lost 72-61.

Cats savor SEC perfection, look for greater feasts GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This team has bigger things on the horizon. An SEC Tournament is three days away, and the tournament to win it all is just beyond that. But stop, for now, to savor this finale. UK took what was supposed to be a difficult matchup — playing a true road AARON game against a team SMITH ranked in the AP poll for the first time all Kernel columnist year, on Florida’s Senior Day, in a building that had yet to see a No. 1 team come to town — and handled it with customary ease, winning 74-59. Terrence Jones lived up to his potential to be one of the “top five” players in the country, as head coach John Calipari deemed him after the game, with 19 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals. “If he plays that way for us, we’re not just good,” Calipari said. “We’re real good.” Anthony Davis, surrounded by posters mocking his unibrow and taunted by chants of “one and done,”

showed the Florida fans that the only thing that matters happens on the court. He scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots. “The way we’re going to win this game is through you,” Davis said he was told him at halftime by assistant coach Kenny Payne. “We need you to play. That’s what I tried to do.” Jones succeeded and pulled UK to a win that capped an extraordinary regular season. With the win, the Cats obtained 30 regular season wins for the first time ever. There aren’t many more “firsts” the Cats can accomplish at this point in their storied history, but they just did. Their undefeated conference season was the first time since 2003 a majorconference team has done so (that last time was UK, as well). No matter how weak the SEC may have been this year, that’s a giant accomplishment, even if Calipari is already moving past it. “I’ve had a couple other teams do it, so we weren’t worried about it,” Calipari said. “I told the team, it was a nice thing, hasn’t happened that often, but that’s not why we’re playing.” One shot in the final seconds at Indiana way back in December handed the Cats their only loss on the season.



UK freshman point guard Marquis Teague attempts to maneuver his way around Florida forward Patric Young for a pass.

It’s a shot that, although months removed, lives on through an ESPN commercial advertising its mobile platforms. Out of 30 wins, the sports network selected that moment from UK’s season to use. “I want to thank ESPN. They’ve done one of the greatest services for our program by having that advertisement,” Calipari said. “Every time they show it, our players get mad.” Mad enough that Jones joked about wanting to sell his iPhone every time he sees it. Although he retained his technology, he also retained his bitterness over Christian Watford’s arcing shot. “I turn the TV off,” Jones said. “Every time. I don’t watch it.” Even if ESPN doesn’t show them, there were so many other moments this year to remember: beating Kansas in Madison Square Garden to get the season going, Davis’ clutch block against North Carolina, throttling Louisville in Rupp Arena, crushing nearly every team in conference play and coming back against those they didn’t obliterate. Jones can watch those instead. And, the way UK is playing right now, there will be plenty more moments to watch in the coming weeks.








Sunday’s UK win over Florida made these Cats the third UK team in the modern era to finish the SEC regular season undefeated. Alabama also went without a loss in 1956.

Cats defeat Gators for 16-0 conference record By Sam Rothbauer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UK (30-1, 16-0 SEC) secured a 74-59 win over Florida (22-9, 10-6 SEC) Sunday at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla., to earn a perfect SEC record for the first time since the 2003 season. “(The Gators) are good,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “That’s as good as we’ve played all year.” In claiming its first 30win regular-season in school history, the Cats also became the only No. 1 team to play in the O’Connell Center.

“It’s a great accomplishment just because I feel we did it together,” sophomore forward Terrence Jones said. “Every player that played contributed and played with confidence.” Jones scored the Cats’ first eight points to give them an 8-2 lead. Three minutes in, Doron Lamb buried a three to bring the Cats’ lead to 11-4. “(Jones) came out very strong,” freshman forward Anthony Davis said. “I think if Terrence played like that every game, I think it’d be very hard for anyone to beat us.” But the Gators strung together a 10-2 run to give

Florida its first lead of the game, 14-13, with 13:56 to play in the half. UK’s deficit didn’t last long. The Cats immediately reclaimed the lead, scoring six straight points to make the score 19-14. Later UK pieced together a 9-4 run to lead 2818 with 7:44 to play in the first half. The Cats continued to maintain control of the pace, leading 36-22 with five minutes to play in the half. Jones counted for 15 points in the first half and ended the game with 19 points, four rebounds and two steals. “If he plays that way for us, we’re not just good,”

Calipari said. “We’re real good.” UK went into the locker room at the half with an eight point lead at 40-32. Florida came out attacking at the start of the second half. The Gators strung together a 12-6 run to close the lead to 46-44 with 16:31 to play. While the Cats were defending the perimeter throughout the first half, Florida found a way around it and attacked down low to score from all angles. “Florida played well,” Calipari said. Patric Young, a Florida sophomore forward, ended the game with 21 points and

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nine rebounds, performing on pace with Davis, who recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds. “They couldn’t get their threes up because we are long, but Patric Young is a beast. If Patric Young plays like that,

they’re fine in the postseason,” Calipari said. But the Cats matched Florida in scoring. Davis pulled up for a 3-pointer — his second of the season — and Jones made a three to give UK a 64-55 lead with 7:41 to play. As the SEC tournament approaches next week, UK prepares for New Orleans to kick off postseason play, and the idea of the potential help a loss could bring is not in the players’ minds. “We don’t worry about losing,” Davis said. “We just try to go out here and play as hard as we can and try to get better.”


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Above: People leave West Liberty on Saturday. Authorities only allowed emergency personnel into town. Top right: Wood sticks out of a tire in the parking lot of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital in West Liberty. Bottom right: Though damaged by the tornado, the hospital was still treating emergency room patients.


Morgan County

West Liberty

Continued from page 1 Richard, found her. People at the hospital heard him yelling her name while he searched for her in the rubble. Richard Shuck and their daughter, Lindsey, had waited out the storm in a friend’s basement. Austin Shuck, a sophomore at Morehead State University, was at school when it hit. Doris Shuck said the losses were hard for 11-year-old Lindsey. Austin Shuck hadn’t seen the damage yet. She had taken her laptop, an iPod and her phone with her to the basement, and that was what she walked out with. She said the family had found some CDs with photos on them and were searching for an external hard drive. Chaffin said Shuck had volunteered after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “It’s a lot easier being on the other end of this,” Shuck said. Looking at downtown Sarah Fannin stood at a vantage point on the hill by the hospital where Shuck was taken,


looking down at what was left of West Liberty. Most buildings downtown had been destroyed or badly damaged by the tornado. “We love our little town,” she said. Fannin is UK’s extension agent for agriculture in Morgan County, where West Liberty is located. She pointed out what was left of the extension agency, which lost half its roof. She said she could see the blinds blowing out of her office window. But, even though the office was destroyed, Fannin said it’s hard to be concerned when standing with someone who lost a home. When UK dismissed all university employees at 3 p.m. Friday, Fannin said she thought the weather might be bad and headed home after leaving work. Other businesses, though, did not close, and many people were in town since it was

the beginning of the month and they had just received income checks. She said town was crowded at the time the storm struck. Officials had not released the number of known deaths as of late Sunday. Only emergency personnel were allowed into downtown while house-to-house search and rescue was performed over the weekend, according to the Kentucky State Police post in Morehead. “We’ve not been allowing general public in since (Friday) night,” said Sgt. Greg Watts, a fish and wildlife conservation officer who was working a checkpoint into the city Saturday. Many people were visibly upset about not being allowed into town to check on family, friends or businesses, but Watts said it was to prevent confusion during the rescue effort. He said officials are worried about volunteers turning into victims because of unsafe conditions inside the town. Disasters like these call for different measures, Watts said. As of Sunday afternoon, Kentucky’s total death toll was 21 people, and more than 300 were injured in Friday’s storms, state officials say. Morgan County had been hit by a different storm earlier in the week, Fannin said, which had produced a smaller tornado. “It’s a leap year, so I figured it wouldn’t happen for another four years,” she said. “Never dreamed it would be another couple of days.” She said the extension agency had been helping farmers who had been affected by the earlier storms, but Friday’s storm would limit

the agency’s ability to help. “Now, we aren’t going to be able to do what we normally help out with,” she said. Of the six people who work in the extension agency, Fannin said four had been accounted for. “Not being able to contact them,” she said, “you just don’t know.” She said two people from her church, Woodsbend Church, are believed to be two of the state’s casualties after Friday’s storms. Fannin said the town would do what it needed to get back on its feet. “We’ll take time to grieve the losses and hopefully start rebuilding,” she said. Driving home Blake McCowan is a first-year pharmacy student at UK. A native of West Liberty, he said he returned home late Friday to check on everyone. McCowan lives about a mile outside of town and said he had to walk part of the way home because the storm had left debris behind. His house had some trees down, but for the most part was OK. After driving around on Friday night, he said he could tell West Liberty was a different story. “We knew it was bad,” McCowan said, “but we didn’t know it was this bad.” He said no news was certain about West Liberty, as most information was transferred by word of mouth. “As far as what’s going on in town, it’s all rumor.”

We knew it was bad, but we didn’t know it was this bad.” BLAKE MCCOWAN, a first-year pharmacy student

Left: This home by the hospital was destroyed on Friday. Forest Gillespie, an HVAC mechanic who lives nearby, said the area "was a beautiful neighborhood." Below: The tornado went through the main part of West Liberty, said Anita Chaffin, whose sister lost her home in the tornado.

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A man from East Bernstadt, Ky., rests during cleanup on Little Arthur Ridge Road, where five homes were destroyed and two people were killed. Officials blocked off the road from the public all day Saturday.

LAUREL Continued from page 1 made it out eventually.” Tackett, a 16-year-old attending North Laurel High School, said she never thought something like this would happen to her and her family. “It’s unbelievable,” she said.

Laurel County East Bernstadt


“It took me and my husband 47 years to get it together,” Rhodes said, “and in five minutes …” She trailed off, surveying the damage Picking up the pieces again and again. “You see it on the TV,” said Becky Lewis, Around noon Saturday, Rhodes’ purse was Rhodes’ sister who arrived Saturday morning found in a pile of wrecked belongings in the from Benham, Ky., “and you just don’t think middle of what used to be the home across the about it being yours. street. Her IDs and cards were still inside her “You see all those it touched and they’re wallet. alive. That’s a miracle in itself.” Piles of framed photographs with broken In early afternoon, a group of the Rhodes’ glass made their way to her front steps as the family and friends succeeded in prying Tony day went on. The concrete steps, like some of Tackett’s truck from underneath a camper and the belongings weighing them down, were the pontoon boat. only major part of the house left intact. To their surprise, the engine started and Parts of the foundation were crumbled. In- the truck was soon being driven around the sulation, a jar of sugar, perfume bottles — disaster area. Friends and family of those who lived on Little Arthur Ridge Road helped clean up, starting at dawn everything a house can hold — were sprawled However, losses drastically outnumbered Saturday. The tornado swept many belongings off the ridge toward the east. across Rhodes’ yard and those of her neigh- what could be kept. bors. Many of their belongings had blown The Rhodeses’ neighbors directly across the the storm. Concrete blocks and debris in the lice and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Departdown the hill off the ridge. street, Wayne and Debbie Allen, were killed in distance were all that remained of their home. ment closed or set up checkpoints at roads Debbie Allen’s mother, Cassie Gray, sat leading to the most damage. Residents were on one of the blocks, crying. In addition to the allowed in Saturday morning to look for any death of her daughter, her grandson, Eric, and belongings. “We’re here just to support the communihis fiancée were hospitalized. The pastor from a nearby church tried to ty,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Matlock with the Kentucky National Guard on U.S. Route 25 console her with prayer. When she gathered the energy to stand up, near Bentley Road. “If they’re not residents of Gray eventually made her way to a black car the community, we don’t let them in.” Trosper, the KSP spokesman, said a reastill sitting upright on her daughter’s property. She was helped inside and closed the door to son to close the roads was to prevent people from rubbernecking or going to a disaster the rest of the world as minutes passed. The Rhodeses, meanwhile, were gathering scene just to view damage. Off Bentley Road, homes were without belongings in boxes amidst the hum of Pike Electric Corporation’s truck setting up power roofs and trees were uprooted. Some houses on a new light pole. The company had been and trailers were gone altogether, diminished working on Little Arthur Ridge and nearby to piles of rubble. Damage could be seen from the lanes of Interstate 75 North, which runs hills all day. “You can only restore to whatever’s left,” parallel to Bentley, and traffic was slowed for said Roy Wilburn of Pike Electric. “It’s hard miles behind the scene while people looked. “I saw a trailer flipped upside down, a to say because it’s all so bad. But the good thing that came out of it is they still got their house completely collapsed,” said Jacob Andes, a North Laurel High School senior who family and their health.” The Rhodeses were thankful for that. Still, volunteered with the Red Cross. He said he brought food to the National Guard at around little was salvageable in the destruction. “I don’t think they even know what 4:30 a.m. Saturday and saw trees standing verthey’re going to do,” Tammy Tackett said, tically inside houses and no power whatsoevAbove: Carol Rhodes sits on the front steps in front of what used to be her home on Little Arthur Ridge er. Road. Rhodes and her husband, mother, daughter and granddaughter barely made it to their basement in “because they don’t have insurance.” Police, firefighters and guardsmen contime. Most of the home was dislodged from its foundation. ducted searches throughout the day, starting Securing the scene Below: Members of a local church try to console Cassie Gray, whose daughter and son-in-law died in with the morning light. Friday’s tornado. Her grandson and his fiancée were taken to UK Hospital with severe injuries. The Although many were without power — National Guardsmen, Kentucky State Pogroup is gathered in what used to be Gray’s daughter’s home, which was completely flattened. and some were without homes — the Red Cross shelter at the Laurel County Fire Department wasn’t getting visitors Saturday morning. “No one showed up all night,” said Red Cross volunteer Danita Andes. But “we got some calls this morning of people wanting to know about the shelter.” A caring community Carol Rhodes and her family arrived back at her destroyed home as soon as sunlight hit Saturday morning. As time passed, more and more community members arrived with residents to help sort through the rubble and console their neighbors. “It’s hard,” Rhodes said. “It’s really hard.” But her family and friends were helping them get everything sorted out. “It’s just hard to believe,” Pat Adams said after arriving. “We would always turn at a barn to get to my son’s house. That barn’s gone. I’m not going to know how to get to his house anymore.” In a few weeks or months, much of the mess on Little Arthur Road will be gone, too, as residents work to clear their properties. But for now, families like the Rhodes’ must continue to gather what they can and pile it on those untouched front steps. “Compassion is what it takes,” Tackett said, addressing the support her family has received from friends and neighbors. “God took care of us,” Carol Rhodes said.

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Paisley plays for ‘Lexington rednecks’ Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry open show LUKE GLASER Kernel columnist

There were boots, cowboy hats and an American flag here or there: all traditional pomp and circumstance for a country concert. Brad Paisley brought his Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 into Lexington Saturday, playing to a packed house in Rupp Arena. Scotty McCreery, the winner of the 2011 season of American Idol, opened the concert. Although the tour was highlighted by Paisley’s name, a few attendees were there for something entirely different. “The Band Perry,” Kacy Rhoades, an interior design sophomore, said. “They’re one of my favorite bands.” ‘The hottest band in country music’ Hailed as rising stars in country music and nominated for “Best New Artist” at the 2012 Grammys, The Band Perry opened for Paisley with songs almost as recognizable as those of Paisley himself. The trio began with a love song dedicated to Kentucky called “All Your Life.” Kimberly Perry displayed an incomparable ardor for her music, belting every note in a voice tinged with a country scratch, yet saturated with passion. Touted by Paisley him-

self as “the hottest band in country music,” The Band Perry continued with the songs that made it famous. The arena shrank into darkness for the solemn elegy “If I Die Young,” and the band cleverly introduced their “You Lie” with Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie.” Look for The Band Perry to be one of the premiere bands in country music soon. Until then, they played an excellent opening for Paisley, offering a main attraction before the main attraction. Virtual reality There was no grand announcement for Paisley’s long-awaited arrival. He snuck onto stage, catching the audience by surprise. Perhaps intentionally, as he opened with one of his more recent hits, “Camouflage,” and welcomed the crowd saying, “All you Lexington rednecks sure look good in camouflage.” The audience took it as the most flattering of compliments. Where Perry displayed her passion through voice, Paisley did so through his guitar. He picked, played and improvised his way through the night, often going down to his knees, eyes closed, focusing entirely on the chords emanating from the guitar. At one point, he played an interlude using a Bud Light bottle as a guitar pick. The Virtual Reality tour was named so because country music is reality, Paisley said.

Country music also helps fans get through tougher times. “Between our music and beer, it oughta be easy,” Paisley said. He continued with “Ticks,” “Online,” and “This is Country Music,” a cool tribute to the genre that gave Paisley his name. He made fun of the famous with “Celebrity,” and continued to poke fun at the Kardashians for the rest of the evening (including a humorous video short featuring William Shatner). “I’m Still a Guy” was briefly paused for Paisley to give some advice to the audience. “This is not funny. We have a problem. Women, yes women, it’s your fault,” Paisley said. “See you take a man, he’s tough, he’s rugged, and you shine him up like he’s some new car.” The evening was not all humor. Paisley’s fond and nostalgic tribute to his teenage years, “Letter to Me,” was sung in the back of the arena, to the “cheap seats.” His “Whiskey Lullaby” was sad and solemn, dramatically enhanced by Perry’s reappearance for a chilling duet. Paisley also thanked the crowd for its generosity. In light of the storm that ravaged parts of the state Friday, volunteers from the American Red Cross stood outside the ticket gates with donation cans. “We had some tornadoes,” Paisley said. “A lot of you gave at the door and texted to donate.” Paisley thanked the


Brad Paisley performs during his Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 at Rupp Arena on Saturday. Paisley began the show with his song “Camouflage.” crowd and offered words of solace. “I know this community will come together and get through this,” he said. The only flaw brought a digital Carrie Underwood on to sing “Remind Me.” Although the duet was beautiful, Underwood’s digital image, designed to look as real as possible, came off as foolish and unnecessary, though the crowd cheered as if Underwood were really there. ‘It’s so great to be back in Lexington’ Paisley returned for an encore, finishing the night with “American Saturday Night” and “Alcohol.” The concert was almost a pre-game for the party that was the finale. The Band Perry returned to the stage, with

Kimberly Perry, lead singer for The Band Perry, opens for Brad Paisley. Perry and her two brothers played favorites such as “You Lie.” some VIP fans armed with infamous red Solo cups. “I’ve never had so much fun at a concert,” said nursing sophomore Caitlin Byron. “I loved all the bands, and sang along to pretty much everything. My family

came down, and it was great just listening to the music and being with them.” The musicians could not have agreed more. “Here’s to country music for bringing us all together,” Perry said.

Steele’s Reels: ‘The Artist’ Feels like watching a film from 70 years ago DAVE STEELE Kernel columnist


Director Michel Hazanavicius poses with his Oscar.

Set in Hollywood during the roaring ‘20s, “The Artist” is a silent film — about silent films. Superstar George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is relishing his fame and fortune in the industry. Crowds line the block to see his latest pictures. After the flashy premiere of his latest film, a beautiful and giddy fan hoping for an autograph crosses Valentin’s path. When he sees her, he graciously offers an opportunity to pose for pictures. Unable to contain her excitement, she kisses him on the cheek just before the press snap the pic-

ture. With the entire film industry pondering the identity of this girl, the driven Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) takes it upon herself to use the buzz as a springboard for her acting career. With the advice and connections of the famous Valentin at her disposal, Miller rises quickly in the silent movie scene. However, during the peak of their fame, the new technology of sound begins to take Hollywood by storm. Miller embraces the new direction, while the arrogant Valentin refuses to change his style. The two actors head in completely opposite directions in terms of success when Miller’s career begins to completely overshadow Valentin’s. When “The Artist” began, I was completely immersed in the time period it portrayed.

The older 4:3 aspect ratio, combined with the black and white film immediately set the tone for that authentic ‘20s feel. The film’s silence was such a different experience because the story’s delivery relied entirely on how the exaggerated facial expressions of the actors flowed with the speed and intensity of the orchestra’s score. This pulled me into a completely new state of “attention to detail,” because I was forced to focus on this different method of delivery. The result was truly incredible to say the least. It opened up so many doors of appreciation that today’s movies have suffocated with special effects and over-production. Director and writer Michel Hazanavicius certain-

ly did his homework. It truly felt like watching a film that was made 70 years ago. The fact that this film was made in 35 days makes him more than worthy of the Best Director Oscar. The performances by Dujardin and Bejo also earned them the well-deserved nominations of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards. Dujardin’s performance was so convincing that it earned him the Oscar. In the end, the authentic delivery of the times through the acting and production made this the most enjoyable movie of the year for me. The Academy had a similar experience with the film and awarded it Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards. I highly recommend seeing it at The Kentucky Theater while it is still in its re-release. I’m so glad I did. Steele’s Reels: 5/5 Stars


UK baseball sweeps weekend series, moves to 11-0 By David Schuh

The UK baseball team took on the University of Illinois-Chicago in a three-game series this weekend at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington. The Cats’ first got on the board in the fourth innng of game one. An RBI ground into double play by freshman Austin Cousino scored a run, but thwarted a big inning.

UK struck again in the fifth. Sophomore J.T. Riddle singled and scored on a freshman A.J. Reed double. The Cats led 3-1. An insurance run was added in the sixth for a 4-3 UK win. In game two, the Cats exploded in the bottom of the third. UK had bases loaded with no outs, but, unlike earlier in the day, they would take advantage.

Senior Thomas McCarthy singled to left field to score sophomore Matt Reida and Cousino. Three batters later, a sacrifice fly gave UK a 5-1 lead. Three more runs in the seventh finalized the win for UK, 8-2. Junior Jerad Grundy got

the win on the mound, his second of the year. “The starters are giving us really good starts,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “They’re pounding the strike zone and keeping the walks to a minimum.” Sunday’s series finale

was all UK from the start. After scoring three runs in the first, junior Zac Zellers hit a two-run home run over the left field fence in the second. UK added six in the third, two in the sixth and seventh, and five in the eighth, cruising to a 20-0 victory. Cousino continued his hot start, going 7-14 with five runs scored on the weekend. “I’m just doing the little

things,” Cousino said. “I’m seeing the ball well out of the hand and squaring up. I’m not going to switch anything up right now.” UK is one of three undefeated teams left in Division I. The Cats are tied for the best record in the country at 11-0, riding their best start since 2008. The Cats play Tennessee Tech at Cliff Hagan Stadium at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

editorial board members: Editor-in-Chief Taylor Moak, Becca Clemons, Aaron Smith, Eva McEnrue, Sam Rothbauer and Luke Glaser

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eva mcenrue | opinions editor |

Day after reveals perseverance

kernel editorial

Kentucky stands united If you’re from Kentucky, you know that there’s a strong sense of community here. In happy times and in sad, Kentuckians stand by each other. No statement has been more true since Friday, when tornadoes devastated areas of Kentucky and many other states. We at the Kentucky Kernel felt that bond with our fellow citizens in covering the aftermath of tornadoes in West Liberty and East Bernstadt. Members of surrounding communities, along with people hundreds of miles away, traveled to help friends, family and strangers clean up the damaged areas. And while we were part of that group of strangers entering their lives during a difficult time, those affected treated us with kind words and outstretched arms. Our thoughts go out to the people across Kentucky whose families and homes were destroyed by Friday’s tornadoes. But we know that with such a strong support system here, they will rebuild. Gov. Steve Beshear said it well during a briefing Sunday: “I’m reminded once again of how resilient our people are in Kentucky. Already, communities are working together to provide shelter, food, clothing and a listening ear. We may be down, but we are not out.”

Daybreak the day after a disaster is a time of shock. Once the sun rises, the debris and remains of what was before are exposed, and devastated people are left to pick up the pieces. Saturday was the “day TAYLOR after” for West Liberty, Ky., MOAK a small town about 80 miles east of Lexington that was Kernel largely destroyed by tornacolumnist does Friday. Before daybreak on Saturday, I left Lexington with Kernel photographer Brandon Goodwin to travel to West Liberty. News reports from Friday showed the town leveled and said many people had completely lost their homes. Others were reported to have lost their lives. I couldn’t sleep on Friday night thinking about the story I was covering the next day. I kept mulling nervously over the questions I would ask and how I would approach people whose lives had been radically changed in a matter of minutes. By sunrise, Brandon and I arrived in West Liberty. When we tried to get into town, we were turned away, but we were told we could see the tornado’s path on the hill beside the hospital. So that’s where we headed. Before we rounded a bend that gave us a full view of the town, we could see the damage, but I wasn’t prepared for what we would find. I almost cried when I stepped out of my car. The whole hillside looked like it was covered in toothpicks, the insides of what had once been homes. Over the hill, all of West Liberty was in view. No building downtown seemed untouched. Many businesses and houses were completely flattened. Others were still standing, but only partially, with roofs and walls gone. Cars looked liked miniature Hot Wheels that had been run over. “This is the worst disaster we’ve ever had in the county. Ever,” said Jerry Stacy, a resident who lost his home.

Throughout the day, Brandon and I met and talked to more people than I can remember. Forest Gillespie, an HVAC mechanic, rode out the storm in a Jeep. The windows were busted out, and the car had been picked up by the wind and turned 180 degrees, but Gillespie was fine. “It was a smack in the face — real quick,” he said. We also met Doris Shuck, who had a fire truck go through her house. Shuck took shelter in her basement and emerged to find only her front porch still standing. “My kids have to have a mom,” she said. “That’s how I got out of here.” From early until mid-afternoon, Brandon and I kept observing, kept asking questions, but most importantly, kept listening. We were trying to understand the immensity of what we were witnessing. One woman walked by me crying and just shook her head. She didn’t need to use words to

tell me she was feeling pain and disbelief. At one point during the day, Brandon and I walked to the tallest point on the hill to see everything. As we walked, we stepped over items that used to be in people’s homes — an old family portrait, a painted sign with the name “Julie,” a bar of soap, salt and pepper shakers. As journalists, we were surprised to see a newspaper had survived the storm and was lying in the rubble. It was a Lexington HeraldLeader from Sept. 12, 2001, the day after 9/11. Brandon and I noted how odd it was that of all the days it could have been, the paper was from the “day after” one of the most memorable disasters in this nation’s history. And for residents of West Liberty, Friday’s tornado will not be forgotten; neither will the days after, as the town begins to rebuild. Taylor Moak is a journalism junior and the Kernel’s editor-in-chief. Email

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When you’re standing up there, and we see those numbers, it makes it all worthwhile.”


DanceBlue public relations chair

the efforts DanceBlue raises $834,424.57, marathon shortened to 12 hours By Rachel Aretakis

The time was cut in half, but the enthusiasm was doubled. Dancers and organizers of DanceBlue 2012 didn’t care they were only dancing for 12 hours. What mattered more was raising money to help children with cancer and their families. With a grand total of $834,424.57, DanceBlue raised around $160,000 more than last year. “Just because of the weather, cancer doesn’t stop,” said Madeleine Jung, an arts administration junior who danced for Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. As intense storms whipped across the state Friday, the DanceBlue team announced the 24hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon would be postponed until 8 a.m. Saturday. It was initially delayed until 10 p.m. on Friday. Jung, like many other dancers, decided to still stand and dance for the 24 hours, though the marathon was cut short. Organizations such as AOPi and Kappa Kappa Gamma held dance parties throughout the night. Jung didn’t give in to sitting, even at the beginning when the DanceBlue team gathered dancers to sit. Along with others, she squatted

on the ground. Her attitude reflects that of many dancers who were disappointed they couldn’t dance the full 24 hours. DanceBlue had to make a PHOTOS BY ALEX LOVAN | STAFF Facebook announcement telling Mason, 7, celebrates after singing to "Break Your Heart" during the talent show at DanceBlue Saturday. This year’s Dancepeople to not rally at Memorial Col- Blue raised $834,424.57 for the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic and the Markey Cancer Center. iseum on Friday night. Throughout the day, hourly For The Kids. Since its inception in 2006, chance, especially with such a wonChildren and their families DanceBlue has raised $3.5 million derful program,” he said to the themes, such as Rave, Derby and for the Golden Matrix Fund, which crowd. “I’ve been blessed. I’ve Grand Ol’ Opry, kept dancers moti- joined in on the fun, playing games vated. Dancers played American and dancing with participants. goes to the UK Pediatric Oncology grown up to be healthy.” Edwards said that today, chil- trivia, Family Feud and a life-sized Dancers piggy-backed kids around Clinic and the Markey Cancer Cendren with Leukemia have about an game of Candy Land to pass the Memorial Coliseum, let them draw ter. on their faces and helped them with The clinic helps families whose 85 to 90 percent chance of surviv- time. ing, which has increased so much At every hour, DanceBlue pre- arts and crafts. children have cancer. “I can’t even put it into words,” “It’s such an amazing because of new technology funded sented a donation from various organizations, and every three hours said Logan Sparks, the public relaprogram. It all goes from events like DanceBlue. “It is about the money. It is dancers ate food catered by local tions chair, about the success of this straight to the hospital,” year’s DanceBlue. She said the said Trey Edwards, a UK about the technology,” Edwards restaurants. One of the most notable distrac- chairs don’t even know the final junior who was diag- said, but “it’s all about the attitude.” He said having a positive atti- tions of the day, though, was when amount until it is revealed. nosed with Leukemia In its seventh year, DanceBlue when he was 8 months tude makes all the difference when the men’s basketball team made a going through treatment and Dance- surprise visit. has come a long way. old. Excitement spread from dancer From 180 to nearly 720 dancers Edwards, who danced Blue provides support to the chilto dancer as everyone realized the and 30 student organizations to 120, with his fraternity, Phi Delta dren and their families. Edwards wanted the families team popped into the 10-minute line DanceBlue has consistently increased Theta, spoke in front of other its numbers since the first year. dancers and supporters during Cele- whose children have cancer to know dance. that like him, their children can Basketball players, especially Just from last year alone, the bration Hour. Terrence Jones and Eloy Vargas, proceeds increased by 23.8 percent. Like the children helped by grow up healthy. “This isn’t the end,” he said. danced as if they had been there the “When you’re standing up there, DanceBlue, he also went through Though most people were upset whole time, getting in to the routine and we see those numbers, it makes treatment at UK’s hospital. When Edwards was diagnosed, they couldn’t dance for the first 12 just as much as the veteran dancers. it all worthwhile,” Sparks said. But as the day wore on, dancers “I think we did twice as hard for he said he had a 50 percent chance hours, Jung said that attitude didn’t remembered why they were there: half as long.” of surviving. He wasn’t even sup- carry over to the marathon. posed to make it to his second birthday. But when he was 2 years old, he went into remission. “There is hope. There is a

Above: Dancers participate in the final line dance at DanceBlue on Saturday. Below: Kelsey Connor, a speech pathology senior, is pied in the face by Ade Ighodaro, a biochemical engineering senior, during the carnival hour of DanceBlue.

Awards 2012

Golden Matrix Cup: Alpha Gamma Delta sorority Adopt-A-Family: Kappa Alpha Theta sorority Ultimate Dancer: La’Rod King Overall Spirit: ROTC Morale Cup: Morale Team 12 Small-team fundraising: NAPS Medium-team fundraising: UK Pre-Pharmacy Large-team fundraising: Delta Gamma sorority

Previous DanceBlue fundraising totals 2006: $123,323.16 2007: $241,514.64 2008: $424,855.86 2009: $600,888.82 2010: $636,638.58 2011: $673,976.60 2012: $834,424.57

Caleb, 7, dances with participants during the line dance and flexes his muscles. He is celebrating five years in remission this weekend.

120305 Kernel in Print  

The pages of the Kentucky Kernel for March 5, 2012.

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