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UK Family Weekend.
Oct. 5-7. Students and families invited to attend. Highlights include check-in and resource fair, Keeneland’s Fall Meet, a pregame tent party before the UKMississippi State game and Sunday brunch at Spindletop Hall. (859) 2576597. www.uky.edu/FamilyWeekend.
Football: UK vs. Mississippi State.
12:21 p.m. Commonwealth Stadium. www.ukathletics.com.
Reel World String Band and Nikky Finney: Benefit for the New Opportunity School for Women.
7:30 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts. $10 students, $19 adults. (859) 257-4929. www.singletarycenter.com.
Flu Shot Clinic.
5:30-8 p.m. W.T. Young Library, Gallery Room. $10 with student ID or free with UK Academic Health Plan Student Insurance card, $20 with UK staff ID. www.facebook.com/ Ukstudenthealth.
Beta Theta Pi and Kappa Delta present “Beta Bring It On!” 7:30 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts. $6. (859) 2574929. www.singletarycenter.com.
Poetry Open Mic.
7:30 p.m. Student Center Cats Den. Free. Minimum of two poems. Prizes for winners. (859) 257-2017.
WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYING 2 ROAD GAMES
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Horses work out together Thursday morning in preparation for Keeneland’s Fall Meet this weekend.
Campus-Wide Worship Service: featuring Brittany Buchanan as speaker and Black Voices Gospel Choir. 5-6:30 p.m. Memorial Hall. Free. www.thewarmovement.com.
Chamber Music Society: Paul Galbraith.
7:30 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts. Free for full-time UK students, $6.50 students, $22 adults. (859) 257-4929. www.singletarycenter.com.
9 p.m. Buster’s Billiards & Backroom, 899 Manchester St. Ages 18+. $27.50-$32. www.bustersbb.com.
Red Barn Radio: Laurel River Line.
7:30 p.m. W.T. Young Library Auditorium. Free. (859) 257-7049. www.wuky.org.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Presented by the UK Theatre Department.
7:30 p.m. Guignol Theatre. $10 students, $15 adults. (859) 257-4929. www.singletarycenter.com.
UK women’s soccer begins a four-game road swing Friday as it looks to get back to winning ways. Following a 2-2 double overtime tie with Texas A&M, the Cats rounded out last weekend with 2-1 OT loss to Alabama. Head coach Jon Lipsitz’s Cats face No. 15 Missouri at 7:30 p.m. Friday, before facing Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon. Lipsitz knows his team will need to be back to its best to improve its 8-3-1 record. “We know (Tigers head coach Bryan Blitz) will have his team ready to go for us, and we will be ready to go as well,” Lipsitz said in a UK Athletics news release. Read a full story online.
VOLLEYBALL HEADED TO OLE MISS, FLORIDA
The UK volleyball team (9-6, 3-2 SEC) returns to the road this weekend with a threegame winning streak in hand and two games in three days. The Cats travel Friday to Oxford, Miss., to face the Ole Miss Rebels (8-6, 2-3 SEC) at 8 p.m., then face a day of rest and travel before a Sunday matchup in Gainesville, Fla., with the No. 11 Florida Gators (11-2, 5-0 SEC) at 3 p.m. UK enters the Ole Miss game riding high after victories at Texas A&M, on national television vs. then-No. 25 Tennessee and a solid performance against Auburn. Junior Whitney Billings was named the SEC’s Player of the Week for her consecutive double-double performances against the Volunteers and the Tigers. Billings earned 29 kills and 31 digs over those two matches, including an error-free attacking performance Wednesday. Read a full story online.
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR
So you asked a classmate for a pencil and as she hands it over, she sneezes on the transaction. Yikes! Cold and flu season is starting up and — with all the audible sniffles — class may feel like an incubator for sickness. Read the full health column online.
Cats Den Concert: Belle Histoire, Canoes. 8 p.m. Student Center Cats Den. Free. (859) 257-2017.
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For UK, it’s battle of the QBs
Harrisons to UK
Touted twins will likely give Cats top-rated backcourt in 2013
TOM HURLEY AND NICK JONES email@example.com
Andrew and Aaron Harrison have officially announced they will attend the University of Kentucky. In a live broadcast on ESPNU Thursday, the twins revealed they will accept UK head coach John Calipari’s scholarship offer, ending months of speculation. “We want to win and knew we could win as soon as we get there,”Aaron Harrison said. The twins’ commitment solidifies the likelihood the Cats will have the top-rated backcourt in the country next fall. It will be difficult for any other team in college basketball to match the talent UK now has at the guard positions in next year’s class. “Coach Calipari presented a challenge for us ... he would push us every day. We just want to be better players,” Andrew Harrison said. He also said that the twins “felt like rock
stars” during their UK visit. With the twins secured, Calipari can now turn his attention to padding out the rest of his roster. A strong backcourt at the college level instantly propels UK into 2014 Final Four contenders, despite having just three players confirmed for the 2013-14 season. The Harrisons join Mt. Washington, Ky., native Derek Willis on next year’s squad. With close connections to Maryland’s school sponsor Under Armour and family residing in the Baltimore area, it would not have been a huge surprise if the twins had elected to head to College Park. Instead, they will soon call Lexington home, for a year at least, in news that will please Cats fans and commits alike. Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Willis gave an insight into how he was feeling in the lead up to the Harrison twins’ decision being made public. “Just as anxious as you are,” he said Monday.
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Twins’ commitment could impact other recruits TOM HURLEY AND NICK JONES firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that word is officially out that topfive recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison are heading to Lexington, you can already place your bets on UK being labeled favorite for the 2014 NCAA national title. Of course, any team with the best package deal backcourt in college basketball would instantly become No. 1 contenders for a championship, but UK head coach John Calipari isn’t done with this recruitment class yet. In fact, he’s just getting started. Julius Randle, James Young, Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Lee and Aaron Gordon are just some of the big names Calipari is working on having join the Harrisons and Mt. Washington, Ky., forward Derek Willis in uniform at Rupp Arena next season. Randle and Young have both visited campus in recent weeks. Wiggins and Lee will be in Lexington on Oct. 12 for Big Blue Madness, and Gordon is planning on 4 | weekend timeout | 10.05.12
making an official visit to UK in the coming weeks. Young, the top-10 guard out of Rochester, Mich., shares the same position as Aaron Harrison, but his godfather believes the two can co-exist on the same team. “Wherever he decides to go, he really wants to have a legitimate opportunity to win a national championship,” Sean Mahone said to Ben Roberts of Lexington Herald-Leader’s Next Cats. “He looks at (the Harrison twins) as giving him an opportunity to achieve one of his goals,” Mahone said. “Because wherever he decides to go, he really wants to have a legitimate opportunity to win a national championship. And you can’t do that unless you have quality players around you.” Although Young could likely move to a reserve role, he would likely have the same type of effect on the 2013-14 squad as UK all-time leader in games played Darius Miller had on the 2011-12 national championship team.
Freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow (13) will share the position with fellow freshman Patrick Towles.
Randle’s recent decision to cut Duke The twins’ commitment should have no and North Carolina from his list of potential effect on current 2014 class member Anschools came as a surprise to many recruitdrew Wiggins’ decision to reclassify. ing observers. The Canadian forward is the top player The two powerhouses were thought to in the country regardless of class and not be in contention for the even players as talented as Randle’s services, but the Harrison twins are after his recent official likely to play a role in visit to UK for the that decision. Any team with the best Sept. 15 alumni game, However, if he were he has scratched them to make the jump to the package deal backcourt in from the radar. 2013 class and pick UK, With the 6-foot-9 he would be the center college basketball would power forward cutting piece of possibly the best instantly become No. 1 his list to six, it is recruiting class in college thought by many that basketball history. a for contenders UK has jumped out as In fact, if this year’s the leader in his reteam, led by Nerlens championship, but ... John cruitment. Alex Poythress and Calipari isn’t done with this Noel, UK’s chances of Archie Goodwin, are able acquiring the Plano, to give Calipari his secrecruitment class yet. Texas, big man may ond national title in as now have been boosted many years, the potential by Calipari’s ability to for a three-peat is definitely gain commitments from the top two guards in the cards if Wiggins, Randle and Young in the 2013 class. join the Harrisons in 2013.
ETHAN LEVINE email@example.com The Edge runs every Friday before a UK football game. It breaks down two key matchups between UK and its opponent, then gives an overall Edge to one side or the other. UK quarterback Jalen Whitlow vs. UK quarterback Patrick Towles With Maxwell Smith out of the lineup for an indefinite amount of time, potentially the entire season, UK will be splitting its quarterback duties between these two freshmen. Both have their pros and cons, but it certainly won’t be easy for two freshmen to be sharing the job against a ranked opponent.
The races are on
Whitlow holds an advantage in experience, though it is slim. He played virtually the entire game last week against South Carolina and saw some time at the end of UK’s week four matchup against Florida. The first-team offense may be somewhat familiar with Whitlow, but there are still kinks to work out. The downside to Whitlow is that however athletic he may be, and however strong his arm is, the offense is not catered to a player of his nature. It is designed around Smith, a pocket passer in a short-pass, spread offense. That kind of scheme would benefit Towles, another pocket passer, much more than Whitlow, a player who creates opportunities with his athleticism and not his ability to throw a wide receiver screen. Towles is a highly touted recruit who fans have called for since Morgan Newton’s embarrassing performance in the Swamp. Phillips said he would not remove the freshman’s redshirt unless he was going to play, and with Smith out he now has a chance to play. That being said, Towles has been limited to running mostly the scout team offense in practice and has never taken live snaps at the collegiate level. Neither candidate will have a firm grasp of the playbook by Saturday, and should UK fall behind like it did in the second half against South Carolina, it will be tough sledding for the Cats’ quarterbacks. Edge: Who knows? No one has ever really seen either play, with Whitlow having played essentially one game and Towles sitting with a redshirt thus far. The two bring opposing styles to the table, which could conflict with the players around them at times, but can
also keep a defense off balance. The Bulldogs do not know what is coming just as much as UK doesn’t, and Phillips addressed that very advantage in his press conference Monday. Don’t expect UK to be operating on all-cylinders against Mississippi State, but it will be intriguing to see if UK can put together any strong scoring drives and who the quarterback will be if it happens. UK defensive front vs. Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins UK now has a few games under its belt in its new 4-2-5 defensive scheme, and weakside linebacker Bud Dupree had arguably his best week at his new position last week against South Carolina. Dupree recorded nine tackles including one and a half sacks. With he and senior defensive end Taylor Wyndham on the field at the same time, UK has a large defense anchored by Dupree and middle linebacker Avery Williamson. Freshmen linebackers Pancho Thomas and Khalid Henderson are beginning to see more and more playing time as the season progresses, a sign that Phillips is seeing more confidence in his young players. At this point, the head coach has little to lose. Defensive tackle Tristian Johnson was in on six tackles a week ago against the Gamecocks and will likely start again in place of junior Mister Cobble, who is still recovering from an infection stemming from flu-like symptoms. Johnson and fellow defensive tackle Donte Rumph caused disruptions in the South Car-
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What: Keeneland Fall Meet opening weekend. When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First race at 1:05 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. Where: 4201 Versailles Road. Admission: $5 for general admission. PHOTO BY TESSA LIGHTY | STAFF
Horses practice at Keeneland on Thursday morning. The Fall Meet starts this weekend, with the first race at 1:05 p.m. Friday.
UK among 20 programs with rights to perform ‘Phantom’ ERIN GRIGSON firstname.lastname@example.org
UK’s Opera Theatre program will be among the first colleges to perform “Phantom of the Opera” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Everett McCorvey, director of the program, has been trying for 10 years to get the rights to perform “Phantom of the Opera.” In November, McCorvey heard wind of Rodgers and Hammerstein releasing the rights to a number of top college opera programs, so he applied once again. Because UK is ranked in the top 20 opera programs in the nation, it, along with the other 19 schools, received the rights to perform
“We applied last November. When we found out we got the rights, it was still six months before the contract was final,” McCorvey said. “The main thing we had to do was show that all the performers would be university students.” In May, during finals week, more than 150 students auditioned for the cast. “We had so much interest and so many great vocalists that we ended up having three casts. Add in the two orchestras and more than 200 students are involved,” McCorvey said. Jacob Brian Waid, a vocal performance junior, is among the men playing the role of the Phantom. At 20, he is the youngest per-
son to play the role. “I feel a great responsibility, but I also feel a lot of freedom with it since I am so young. I can truly make the role my own and not feel the influence of those older,” Waid said. Rebecca Farley, a vocal performance major, will be among three women playing Christine, the lead female role. “This experience has opened me up to more genres and helped me be more versatile,” Farley said. “The thing about ‘Phantom’ is that everyone has a huge range. I really learned how to tap into my low range.” Elliot Lane, a vocal performance senior, is among the Raouls, the opposer of Phantom and Christine’s childhood sweetheart. “For me, musical theater sits so well,” Lane said. “I never really paid attention to ‘Phantom’ because it didn’t seem to be in my grasp, and now here I am.” “Phantom of the Opera” is the longest running musical on Broadway, having celebrated its 10,000th performance in February. “When I first came to UK, I did a poll of the audience of one of the productions we put on. On the back of the program, I asked them to write what their favorite opera was and hand it back in,” McCorvey said. “The
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Number 1 response was ‘Phantom of the Opera.’ “I used to correct people and say, no, that’s a musical, but at a certain point, I realized that ‘Phantom’ is as close to an opera as a musical can be. Even on Broadway, the vocalists playing the lead roles are operatically trained.” Although all the performers are students, the technicians are professionals. The set and production is intricate, so professionals are necessary. Marc Schlackman, the director of production, has worked with Broadway’s production of the show. “Marc was a stage manager on Broadway and his expertise has been fantastic. He went to New York recently and met with the technical staff to see what they do and how they do it,” McCorvey said. “There are absolutely higher expectations for this. Everybody wants to see it and remember how it was performed when they saw it on Broadway.” Performances will be Friday, Saturday, and Oct. 10, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday, and Oct. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. at the Lexington Opera House, 401. W. Short St.
cerns, but don't let them stop you. Breathe. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Spend money to make money, and shop carefully. Your obligations may seem way too heavy, but your team is gaining strength. You can get whatever you need. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 5 — You're in a practical, yet creative mood. And you'll be even more intelligent than usual for the next three weeks. You can get more done than you thought. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Spend on home and family, and treat all with respect. New ideas come in odd moments. Put in extra effort for financial reward. Keep it under your hat. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Put promises and bold declarations down in writing. Walk the beaten pathways and discover a treasure hidden in plain sight. Everyone's happy when you're happy. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — For the next few days, review topics you've researched previously and find new results. Wrap up old business. Only purchase bargains. Standardize and increase earnings. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Your friends like your ideas, too. For about three weeks, renew old bonds and traditions. There's no shortage of money today and tomorrow. Use what you've kept hidden.
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15 tax preparers needed for local tax offices. Tax classes and internships available. Call Jackson Hewitt at 1-866-554-1040 for info or to inquire about positions for experienced tax professionals. Are you looking to make quick money in a fun environment either Bartending, waitressing or selling shots? If so, we have got the place for you with flexible schedules around school. Now hiring: bartenders, waitstaff, and shot girls. Apply in person. 1101 E. New Circle Rd. Lexington, KY 40505. (859) 2269516. Attention: Math/Education Majors! Lexington Kumon Center seeking assistants to help students with math skills. $10-$12/hour. Must be available Mondays & Thursdays, 38 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org. Child care center needs PT assistants for afternoons after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thurdsays. Call (859) 253-2273.
Columbia Steakhouse, 201 N. Limestone, now hiring servers, busser and dishwasher. Apply in person, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or after 4:30 p.m., or call 253-3135. Do you love fixing things that are broken? Do you love sharing your excitement about technology with others? Come work at LaptopXchange on Nicholasville Rd! 685-7439. General retail and warehouse work needed. Several positions available. Close to campus, on Angliana Avenue. Flexible Hours. Visit www.teakcloseouts.com/ukjob for more information. Healthy occasional smokers needed for research studies. Researchers with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Science are recruiting healthy non daily tobacco users between the ages of 21 25 to participate in ongoing behavioral studies. Qualified volunteers will be paid for their participation. Studies involve completion of up to 4 testing sessions that are run in a pleasant setting during daytime hours. Snacks, movies, video games and reading materials will be provided. To apply visit our website at: http://rrf.research.uky.edu. Healthy volunteers needed for behavioral studies. Researchers with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Science are recruiting healthy volunteers ages 18-50 to participate in ongoing multiple research studies that evaluate the behavioral effects of prescribed FDA approved medications. Qualified volunteers will be paid for their participation. Studies involve completion of 1-47 testing sessions depending on studies for which you may qualify. Studies are run in a pleasant setting during daytime hours. Snacks, movies, video games and reading materials will be provided. To apply visit our website at: http://rrf.research.uky.edu.
Monkey Joe’s Children’s Entertainment Center accepting applications. FT and PT. Fun, friendly environment. Flexible hours. Apply in person, 1850 Bryant Rd. Now hiring PT general labor and clean-up worker. Valid driver’s license a must. $9/hour. 8-5 p.m. M, W and F. (859) 2761200. Now hiring PT leasing consultant and FT maintenance tech for apartment community. Experience required. Submit resume to email@example.com. Prep yourself for a career as an advertising executive with the Kentucky Kernel. Student positions available and offer flexible hours, upward mobility, real world experience, a creative and fun environment and earningsbased pay. Stop by the Kentucky Kernel business office in the Grehan Journalism building or contact May May Barton at 257-2872 for more information. PT caregiver needed for handicapped elderly lady in home. $8/hour. Call (859) 309-0081. PT tutors and instructors who can teach English language and school homework to Japanese people whose ages range from preschool to adults. Degrees required. Send resume: Obunsha Bluegrass Academy, 2417 Regency Road, Suite F, Lexington, KY, 40503. Email: KKuroki@aol.com. PT/FT positions available at Rite Aid. Excellent pay based on experience. Very flexible hours. Apply in person at Rite Aid, 878 E. High Street. Radio Eye, a non-profit radio reading service, is in need of a PT intern to start immediately. Call Chelsey at (859) 422-6390.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky are looking for individuals 21–45 years of age who have received a DUI in the last 2 years to participate in a study looking at behavioral and mental performance. Participants are compensated for their time and participation is completely confidential. For more information, call 859-257-5794. Researchers at the University of Kentucky are conducting studies concerning the effects of alcohol and are looking for Male & Female Social Drinkers 21-35 years of age. Volunteers paid to participate. Call 2575794. Seeking PT help. Responsibilities may include any/all of the following: clerical, assembly, customer support, engraving. Flexible hours. Apply at Crown Trophy, 2680 Wilhite Dr. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Student teaching interns needed for 20122013 school year. $1,000 scholarship per semester worked for Education Majors. Working with middle school students. Contact Mandy Otis at email@example.com. Tomo Restaurant now hiring FT/PT servers, hostesses and kitchen staff. Call (859) 2699291 or apply in person at 848 E. High St.
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$ Bartending $ $300/day potential. No experience necessary. Training provided. 1800-965-6520, ext. 132.
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olina backfield for much of the first half, on both passes and runs. Perkins will prove to be another difficult test for the Cats’ defense. In four games, Perkins has rushed for 389 yards, averaged 6.8 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. In a week two win over Auburn, Perkins rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown to help Mississippi State secure its first conference win of the year. Edge: Perkins. The defense may be able to contain the junior running back early, but much like Marcus Lattimore a week ago, expect Perkins to wear the defense down. Considering the Cats’ troubles on offense, this defense has the potential to be on the field for a vast majority of this game, exhausting a young defense with very inexperienced depth. Lattimore and Florida’s Mike Gillislee got their usual numbers against UK, but did so rather quietly; expect Perkins to do the same. Overall Edge: Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are UK’s third consecutive ranked opponent, and the team’s lack of a quarterback does not make the task any easier. This team played with pride last week and showed more emotion on the field and on the sideline than it had this season. Fans also are intrigued by Towles and Whitlow, and the crowd may
once again play a factor, something few expected for the Cats at this point in the year. It won’t be embarrassing, but Mississippi State’s talent level will prove to be as much of a challenge as South Carolina’s and Florida’s were. Final score: Mississippi State 31, UK 7.
FANS VS. KEENELAND, WEATHER UK football attendance dwindled below 50,000 for a home game for the first time since 1996 Saturday when the Cats lost to the Gamecocks. The Cats hosted Vanderbilt in November 1996 in front of 33,000 fans. A 12:21 p.m. kickoff during Keeneland’s opening weekend will most assuredly not improve matters. The forecast may also play a factor, as weather.com predicts a 50 percent chance of rain with a high temperature of 58 degrees. Cats fans coming to Commonwealth Stadium for the game will get a chance to see freshman quarterback Patrick Towles take his first career snaps. Overall Edge: Keeneland and the inclement weather. — LES JOHNS
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