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Staff Trustee election to be held

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By Anyssa Roberts

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One of the highest levels of university governance has opened its doors to the 2013 election of the Board of Trustees Staff Representative. The Staff Trustee is the voice of the staff in UK’s Staff Senate and only one position is held for the role. The election began Wednesday with Staff Trustee 101, a meeting for staff hoping to run in the election to hear from past trustees and get an overview of the role of trustees as well as details on the election process. The nomination period will run from March 6 to March 20 and the campaign period will then run from March 28 through May 1. This will include a candidate debate April 11 during the regular meeting of the Staff Senate at 1 p.m. in W.T. Young Library. Voting will be conducted online from April 17 through May 1. “We look for someone understanding of staff issues, can communicate at a high level and is dedicated,” Staff Senate Chair Mike Adams said. As the representative body of UK’s staff, the Staff Senate’s mission is to “strive to open lines of communication among all segments of the staff, as well as between staff, faculty and students of the university,” according to the staff senate website. The Staff Senate has assisted staff at UK by designing and co-establishing programs such as the the Crisis Relief in Situations Involving Staff (C.R.I.S.I.S.) Program. The aim of this program is to help staff members expriencing personal hardships with temporary financial assistance, according to the program’s website. Among the efforts and plans made to better staff relations at UK, See SENATE on page 2

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The sunset casted an orange glow over the Lexington sky Wednesday night above campus.

UK Hoops ready for a ‘heated’ rivalry Cats travel to No. 18 South Carolina Thursday By Boyd Hayes bhayes@kykernel.com

There is a new rivalry cooking in the SEC pot. The chefs: head coaches Matthew Mitchell and Dawn Staley. The main ingredients: their teams, No. 4/5 UK Hoops (18-1, 6-0 SEC) and No. 18 South Carolina (16-3, 4-2 SEC). “I think that this is really becoming one of the most hotly contested rivalries in our conference,” Mitchell said. “We play South Carolina two times every year and as you go back and review the history of these games over the past five or six years, it’s two teams that really, really play hard and get after each other.”

The teams match up like two heavyweights, punch for punch. Both have been known for their guard play and tight defense, and that continues to be true this season. Playing each other twice per year has familiarized the two opponents. “It appears that the players have great respect for each other and play real hard and compete really hard,” Mitchell said. One player South Carolina will recognize is UK senior guard A’dia Mathies. The SEC veteran has been on fire lately, scoring a combined 45 points in the Cats’ last two games. Even more impressive, she shot 60 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from three-point range during

that stretch, stats that helped her get SEC Player of the Week honors. Mathies doesn’t under estimate South Carolina, however. “Every year we play them, I know they have great guard play. They remind us a lot of ourselves,” Mathies said. “They’re very quick. They’ve got good post players, good rebounders. They’re an overall good team and a great coach.” The two teams will pit their strong defenses against each other. The Gamecocks have held 18 of their 19 opponents this season to fewer than 60 points, landing them at first in the See HOOPS on page 2

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Junior DeNesha Stallworth drives past a Middle Tennessee State defender on Dec. 9 at Memorial Coliseum.

Gold: Bilingualism reduces Alzheimer’s risk By Morgan Eads meads@kykernel.com

A UK researcher is receiving nationwide attention for his study on the effects of lifelong bilingualism on the risk of Alzheimer’s. Brian Gold, a cognitive neuroscientist in the depart-

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ment of Anatomy and Neurobiology affiliated with the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and a team of researchers found bilingualism can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s later in life. “There is evidence that being bilingual from an early age affects cognitive con-

trol,” Gold said. “As you get older the ability to switch between tasks declines, but there is evidence that bilingual people don’t decline as much.” Gold’s study has been covered by news programs of ABC and NBC as well as being featured in reports by

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Fox News and the Today Show. So far, the study has only found evidence that people who have been bilingual since early childhood and who use both languages everyday reap the cognitive benefit, Gold said. When asked if people

who pick up a second language during adulthood would lower their risks of Alzheimer’s, Gold said the answer was unclear. “If you keep it up it might, it’s really unknown,” Gold said. “It won’t hurt.” See GOLD on page 2

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Students, faculty and community members welcomed former comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), David Walker, to UK Wednesday in the Recital Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts for his speech on fiscal responsibility. The program entitled, “The US Fiscal Cliff and What it Means to Your Future,” was hosted by the Kentucky Business Roundtable and the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. The televised program began with Walker’s presentation of statistics and facts, observing the fiscal trend from the 1912 expansion of the government to today’s loss of control of the budget. Walker’s presentation pointed out the decline of the dollar’s value. “The dollar is not as good as gold any more,” Walker said. “Expenses go up and revenue goes down and that’s a double whammy.” Walker said as the government got bigger they lost control of the budget and less money was spent on seniors and young people. “We should do a better job of understanding what the fiscal cliff is. We need to educate ourselves because with all of the debt piling up it will fall on us.” 3rd year Ph.D. student of Public Policy and Administration Pete Jones said. Walker is Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative to promote fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public to achieve solutions to America’s federal, state and local fiscal issues. “The United States Federal Government has grown too big, spent too much and waited too long to restructure, but it’s not too late,” Walker said. Walker served ten years as the chief auditor for the federal government and warns against falling into the fiscal abyss as a result of tax cuts and increased spending. During the panel discussion involving Walker, Brad Cowgill, Chair of the Martin School Board of Visitors and Charlie Owen, Chair of the Kentucky Business Roundtable, fiscal questions were discussed in depth. Owen mentioned how important it is for students to understand the gravity of America’s financial situation. “We are beginning to reform our nation’s most serious challenges, and students are going to be the most affected by it,” Owen said. Those in attendence had the opportunity to ask Walker questions regarding topics such as possible solutions to the fiscal crisis. Kentucky is ranked as the 46th most owing , Walker said. “You can’t grow your way out of debt. The longer you wait, the greater the risk of a debt crisis,” said Walker. “If we don’t do anything, See WALKER on page 3


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SENATE Continued from page 1 filling the position of staff trustee is the current focus of the Staff Senate. The staff trustee serves a three-year term. To be eligible to run and serve one must be a regular full-time staff member with no relatives working at the university and have served for at least one year of continuous employment. Staff are encouraged to

GOLD Continued from page 1 Gold went on to say he would be interested in researching further the benefits adults could gain from picking up a second language. He also expressed he would like to look further into lifelong bilinguals who use one of the two languages with less frequency. “We would like to understand if you do it less frequently, if you speak two languages, but not every day, does that help you?” he said. French TA Perrine de Seze said this conclusion does not surprise her at all. “When I first moved here I would get headaches,” Seze

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We look for someone understanding of staff issues, can communicate at a high level and is dedicated.” MIKE ADAMS Staff Senate Chair

take part in the election process. For more information on Staff Senate, the Official Staff Trustee election and the staff nomination form visit the official Staff Senate

website, uky.edu/staffsenate, email Kean Ashurst, Staff Senate Election Chair, at kean.ashurst@uky.edu or Holly Jones Clark, Staff Senate Office Coordinator, at hclark@uky.edu.

said. “Everyone was speaking English all the time.” Seze went on to say that as someone who is bilingual she could definitely see the difficulty of switching between the two languages. Psychology professor Gregory Smith said the study was interesting and he would like to look further into it. “Kids raised bilingual have different experiences,” Smith said. “I’d be interested to see if it is the language training or other aspects.” The unique thing about this study was the fact researchers used MRI technology to image the brain while participants switched between tasks, Gold said. Researchers studied how bilingual people, both young and old, compared to mono-

lingual people of both age groups in a series of activities. These activities included switching between identifying different colors and identifying different shapes. The bilingual participants of both age groups performed better than the monolingual participants. “How this all looks in the brain is important as well,” Gold said. “What is the brain basis of this? What’s going in brain?” The MRI imaging will help it be understood what exactly can be gained from bilingualism and how it helps prevent Alzheimer’s, Gold said. “It is important to understand that this can help seniors age more gracefully,” Gold said.

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'Mad Men’ to premiere in April LOS ANGELES — April may be a little less cruel this year for “Mad Men” fans as the highly acclaimed period drama is set to return for its sixth season Sunday, April 7. Creator and executive producer Matt Weiner made the announcement to a handful of journalists Tuesday afternoon, with the information embargoed until Wednesday morning. Fans looking for hints about where the AMC show's penultimate 13 episodes may be headed will be disappointed, however. Weiner, who said he was in the middle of writing this season's eighth episode, was characteristically tight-lipped about details. “I'm not really prepared to talk about the new season specifically right now,” he said. “The show will be advancing in time. I can't say how much. It will be more than a week.” But the show runner of the four-time Emmy winner for best drama still had plenty to add. “We ended up with a story this season that seems very related to what our anxieties are right now,” he said. “The show seems to tap

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into an internal state that is based on anxiety, a loss of national self-esteem, an alienation that has been created from technology and a turning inward from the things you can't control to the things you can.” The show will have a special two-hour premiere, which Wiener likened to a movie. “It has a lot of foreshadowing,” he said. “It will answer a lot of questions of where we left off last year. I'm really very proud of its mood.” Weiner confirmed that after this season there will only be 13 more episodes before the series ends. It's still unclear whether those final 13 episodes will be aired consecutively or split into two parts. AMC broke up the last 16 episodes of Vince Gilligan's hit drama “Breaking Bad” into two abbreviated seasons. Its final eight episodes are to air this summer. “If they split it up, I will write it like Vince did,” Weiner said. “I'm not against that.”

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Continued from page 1 SEC in opponent scoring at 47.6 per game. The Cats, on the other hand, lead the nation in turnover margin at +10.47. The difference is that the Gamecocks, though able to keep their opponents’ scores low, have been struggling to score themselves, only scoring 61.2 points per game. Conversely, UK is having one of its best offensive seasons to

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date, placing second in the SEC at 79.3 points per game. “I just think we’re more gifted offensively this year,” Mitchell said. “Our starting five, when you have those five kids on the floor, all five of them can put the ball in the basket.” Whether it comes down to whose defense plays the toughest or who can pull in the most rebounds, this game is certain to continue a rivalry that grows more contentious with every meeting. The two

similar teams may prove who is tougher. “This will be a real test for us,” Mitchell said. “One of the toughest defenses we’ve gone up against in quite some time. We will have to put everything we can into this one and play extremely well to earn a victory at South Carolina tomorrow night.” The Cats and the Gamecocks will tip at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and the game will be televised on Fox Sports South.


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David Walker answers additional questions after his discussion of fiscal policy Wednesday night.

You can’t grow your way out of debt. The longer you wait, the greater the risk of a debt crisis.” DAVID WALKER

WALKER Continued from page 1 the government will ask for more, do less, state local government will be adversly affected,” Walker said. “Charitable organizations will be more important, in-

dividuals will be more responsible for their own futures.” The program will be televised Feb. 4 on KET at 9 p.m. For more information on David Walker and the Comeback America Initiative visit KeepingAmericaGreat.org.

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Beyoncé’s reported lip-synch causing stir Star may have pre-recorded inauguration anthem What seems to be on everyone's lips—that is except for Beyoncé's—is the recent reviews of her national anthem performance at the presidential inauguration this Monday. No, the performance w a s n ' t cringe-worthy like Lana Del R e y ' s ALEXANDRIA dreadful SARDAM 2012 SNL Kernel performcolumnist ance, nor did a nip "accidently" slip from Justin Timberlake's innocent yet aggressive grip. On the contrary, the performance by the mighty Beyoncé was nothing short of spectacular, packing that diva-licious punch that she time and time again seems to glamorously deliver. Beyond the hideous moments that have wound chattering lips in the past, the inflamed factor that has everyone hissing is that the performance lacked one fairly key component—Beyoncé's voice. Reports said Beyoncé decided moments before the performance to go ahead with her recording and the U.S Marine Band confirmed that the musical accompaniment had in fact been previously recorded. They went on to say, "there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event." It is still unclear if Beyoncé solely relied on the recording, merely moving her lips in time or actually sang with/over the recording-and people are frantic.

While this technique is said to be a standard preforming practice, it has caused such a stir within the musical community and those intertwined in it. For a lady who seems to only receive golden feedback, why would powerhouse Beyoncé put herself in such a sticky situation with fans and critics alike? The Marine Corp later recanted the spokeswoman's statement, saying that they have no way of verifying whether or not Beyoncé actually sang it live or not. Capt. Gregory A. Wolf said the corps had decided against a live performance because the Marine Band didn't have enough time to rehearse with the leading lady. Wolf went on to say that all of the music during the inauguration is pre-recorded in case of freezing temperatures. So where does everyone stand on this issue? According to an online Essence poll, 20 percent of you care that Beyonce lip-synched while a whopping 80 percent do not. And while the true fans seem to have Beyoncé's back, posting countless articles to Facebook and Twitter declaring their love, chart-topper and soul singer, Aretha Franklin has since joined team Beyonce. "She wanted her performance to be what she wanted to be and she realized it wasn't going to be the way she wanted it to be or she was going to be running a risk, " said Franklin. While that wasn't the most clear of defensive statements, if the true queen of soul, Mrs. Aretha Franklin is ok with Beyoncé's decision, shouldn't we all be? PEOPLE's music critic, Chuck Arnold spat his opinion saying, "Surely there wouldn't be the same controversy about Beyoncé had she

been hoofing across the stage performing ’Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’ on one of her tour stops. But this was the presidential inauguration, the national anthem, and there was no choreography involved." Arnold added, "Some things have to remain sacred, and for ’the land of the free and the home of the brave,’ this was one of them." While I will say that the Star Spangled Banner is the nation's true anthem, one that deserves respect and honor, I wouldn't go as far as blatantly insinuating that Beyoncé disrespected the song or our country by not singing it alone. If we are truly focusing on keeping things scared, we should focus on the plans the president has for the future of this country. I mean, this song was performed for the presidential inauguration, signifying the commencement of a new term for the leader of our glorious nation, am I right? Basically, at the end of the day, we need to remember these three important things when it comes to this big debacle with Beyoncé and lipsynching: 1. Whether or not we agree with what the singer did, Beyoncé can, in fact, sing. She has proven this before while, "hoofing across stage." There's no mystery to her talent. Disagree? Discuss that with her fan base, Forbes or the Illuminati...just kidding. 2. Lip-synching is not going anywhere. 3. Now we can all thank Beyoncé for giving the media something to talk about besides the Manti Te'o scandal. Check out my Pardontheinterlude Kernel Facebook page for this week's Beyoncé Spotify playlist.

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Trinity DE spurns USC, may choose UK Stoops has several recruits visiting this weekend By Nick Gray ngray@kykernel.com

UK head coach Mark Stoops and his staff filled their schedule this week with inhome visits with targets and their families. But, the most important events in the week for Stoops and company were four de-commitments, including a high profile in-state recruit who was slated to go across the country. Four star defensive end Jason Hatcher (6-2, 240, Louisville, Ky., Trinity HS)

announced on Twitter his decommitment from Southern California, after being committed to the Trojans since July. Hatcher visited UK Jan. 12, then made the cross country trip to visit USC in Los Angeles on Jan. 18. Hatcher plans to visit Louisville Feb. 2 before National Signing Day. Three recruits who committed to Joker Phillips’ staff last year decided to open up their recruitments Wednesday. Three-star wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey (6-2, 200,

Atlanta, Ga., Mays HS), three-star athlete/tight end Darren Dowdell (6-4, 224, Atlanta, Ga., Grady HS) and three-star offensive tackle Ander Bodkin (6-5, 276, Marianna, Fla., Marianna HS) all de-committed from the class of 2013, opening up three scholarships on the prospective roster for the coaching staff to use. Several recruits will visit UK this weekend in the last big official visit weekend for the coaching staff. Four-star safety Marcus McWilson (6-

0, 195, Youngstown, Oh., Cardinal Mooney HS), a Nebraska commitment, will visit, along with four-star junior college defensive tackle Jarran Reed (6-4, 302, Chatham, Va., East Mississippi C.C.), who is committed to Ole Miss. Four-star inside linebacker and Florida commit James Hearn (6-3, 235, Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln HS) will join the group visiting in Lexington. Four-star athlete Marquez White (6-1, 175, Dothan, Ala., Northview HS),

a Florida State commit who will likely play in the defensive secondary in college, will also visit Lexington. Three-star outside linebacker Keith Kelsey (6-2, 216, Gainesville, Fla., Gainesville HS), three star defensive end Corey Smith (6-7, 245, New Orleans, La., O Perry Walker HS) and three star offensive guard Nick Haynes (6-4, 285, Niceville, Fla., Niceville HS) will all travel to Lexington for official visits. Kelsey has visited Louisville and South Florida this month, while Smith has visited Tulane and Arizona State and is sched-

Men’s tennis takes down IU

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Freshman Kevin Lai returns a ball vs. Marshall at Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington on Jan. 20.

Following a weekend sweep of NKU and Morehead State, the ninth-ranked men’s tennis team went on the road and beat the No. 22 ranked Indiana Hoosiers 52, moving to 3-0 on the season. In the doubles matches, the Cats won two of three, as juniors Alejandro Gomez and Ryuji Hirooka won 8-5 and junior Grant Roberts and senior Anthony Rossi won 8-6. The No. 35 ranked doubles team of junior Tom Jomby and freshman Kevin Lai lost 8-6, their first defeat of the season. After winning the doubles point the Cats held strong in singles. No. 94 Rossi won 6-4, 6-1 and No. 15 Jomby won 7-6, 6-4 to give the Cats the clinching point in the victory. Roberts gave the Cats a 5-0 lead after defeating IU freshman Chris Essick 6-1, 7-6. “We didn’t start this match the way we wanted to,” senior captain Anthony Rossi told UK Athletics. “But, we had the courage and determination to turn

things the other way. After the doubles, we had the momentum in our favor and we just used it the best we could to close out the match.” Head coach Cedric Kauffmann, who got his third win at UK, was pleased with his team’s victory. “This is a very good win for us today,” he said. “This is a tough place to play and Indiana is a team that could have beaten us. It was a good learning experience for us today.” The Cats will next take the court Friday afternoon at the opening day of action for the 2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend. They will play host to Texas, South Carolina and Michigan State. UK will face off with the Spartans at 1 p.m. Friday followed by Texas vs. South Carolina at 5 p.m. The winners will face off Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. preceded by the third place match at 1 p.m. STAFF REPORT

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Junior Tom Jomby serves the ball against Tulsa on Jan. 28, 2012 at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center in Lexington. Jomby won the clinching point to beat IU Wednesday.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The long and sometimes strange University of Miami investigation took another turn Wednesday afternoon. This time it could be positive for the embattled athletics department. The NCAA launched an internal investigation into the tactics its enforcement staff used while investigating the Miami football and basketball programs. An angry NCAA president Mark Emmert on Wednesday afternoon addressed the “shocking affair” that could bring the entire investigative process into question. It will delay the anticipated notice of allegations from the 22-month long investigation into Miami’s compliance and recruiting practices. The internal investigation is expected to take no longer than two weeks, and Miami won’t hear any details about the formal charges it faces until that step is completed. All aspects of the investigation will be addressed, but it’s the method used to gain testimony that’s at the center of the problem. NCAA enforcement staff members allegedly worked with the attorney of former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro to obtain information during his bankruptcy case. Shapiro, who’s jailed on an unrelated Ponzi scheme, claims he was behind eight years of NCAA violations committed with help from various coaches then employed by Miami. Because the NCAA does

not have subpoena powers, enforcement staff had access to information it couldn’t otherwise obtain. “That is obviously improper conduct completely contrary to our policies and procedures,” Emmert said on a hastily called afternoon teleconference. “It’s something for me, and for everyone, (that) is deeply disturbing.” The attorney and NCAA investigator were not named Wednesday, but Elena Perez was reportedly the Shapiro lawyer involved in the depositions. “One of the questions that has to be answered, unequivocally, is what was the nature of that contractual arrangement and what was all the activity that that individual was involved with,” Emmert said. Details of this strategy have been published several times during the past few months, but Emmert said red flags were raised only when NCAA billing documents were filled containing questionable expenses for a Shapiro attorney. “I’m concerned by behavior that I view as grossly inappropriate that we can’t tolerate,” he said. The University of Miami was swift in its response to Wednesday’s news. President Donna Shalala released a strongly-worded statement reiterating the school’s cooperation throughout the investigative process that began nearly two years ago. “I am frustrated, disappointed and concerned by President Emmert’s announcement today that the integrity

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NCAA president Mark Emmert is under fire after his own investigation is being questioned. of the investigation may have been compromised by the NCAA staff,” the statement read in part. “As we have done since the beginning, we will continue to work with the NCAA and now with their outside investigator hoping for a swift resolution of the investigation and our case.” The NCAA president quickly said any talk of throwing out all charges against Miami is “premature.” In his two-year tenure with the NCAA, Emmert said he’s never seen anything like this alleged misstep in the investigative process. The NCAA hired Kenneth L. Wainstein, the former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, to conduct the probe. “He will conduct an investigation that involves interviews with all of our people as well as those outside of the NCAA who have been involved in this case and anything dealing in particular

conduct,” Emmert said. “They player Shabazz Muhammad will have a broad enough were leaked. News of this large-scale scope of the investigation that they can look into any issues investigation into Miami’s that they deem appropriate athletics department dropped in August 2011. Shapiro, and related to this matter.” That would include alle- who’s serving a 20-year gations of ultimatums sent to prison sentence for his informer Miami athletes alleged volvement in the Ponzi of wrongdoing. Published re- scheme, had turned on the school he’d ports indicate always supthese indiported. viduals were told to coopThat is obviously p u bAl i sstory hed erate or any by Yahoo! allegations improper conduct Sports dem a d e tailed his against them completely contrary to claims of would be our policies and improper viewed as proecdures.” dealings, fact. recruitment This is MARK EMMERT and accomjust another NCAA president modations black eye for more for the collethan 100 giate athletmostly forics governing body and its enforcement arm. mer Miami athletes and reIt fired an investigator in De- cruits from 2002-10. The officember after details of a case cial NCAA investigation beinvolving UCLA basketball gan months earlier.

No. 1 Duke loses big Miami dominates Devils at home

NCAA to investigate own actions By Michael Casagrande

uled to visit Louisville on Feb. 2. Three star athlete Ryan Timmons (5-11, 180, Frankfort, Ky., Franklin County HS) will announce his decision on Feb. 5 at 1 p.m., the day prior to National Signing Day. Timmons was treated to an in-home visit from Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman Tuesday and was offered a scholarship. Timmons plans to visit Florida Feb. 2, who offered him Sunday. Former UK head coach and Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips has been recruiting Timmons for the Gators.

CORAL GABLES, Fla.— Miami crushed No. 1 Duke, 90-63, in an atmosphere fitting for Cameron Indoor Stadium. It wasn’t the outcome that was surprising as much as the method. It was a massacre. The losing margin was the worst in at least 15 seasons for Duke. The 42-19 halftime deficit was the fifthlargest in school history. Miami (14-3, 5-0 ACC) led by as many as 34 on the shell-shocked visitors who never found a shooting rhythm. The No. 25 Hurricanes, meanwhile, couldn’t miss. A 25-1 run put UM up 42-17 just before halftime. The numbers were staggering. ACC-leading Miami shot 56.9 percent Duke finished 22-for-74 (29.7 percent). The Blue Devils went eight minutes without a field goal in the first half while shooting only 22 percent. Miami never looked back after making six of its first 10 shots from 3-point land. Scott and Kadji each added nine points apiece in the run that sent the packed house into a frenzy. Four Hurricanes scored in double figures, led by Scott with 25 points. Chants of “overrated” started early as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski appeared powerless to stop the slide. Duke never got closer than 23 in the second half as the night got progressively worse for the top-ranked Blue Devils. The only ones having a worse night than Krzyzewski’s players were the few fans decked out in Duke gear sitting in the middle of the Miami student section. It was one highlight after another for the can’t-miss ‘Canes. Transition 3s, follow dunks, everything was hitting for Miami. The sheer magnitude of the beating overshadowed the surprise return of center Reggie Johnson. He ended up missing just a month, much shorter than the six to eight weeks he was expected to miss due to an injury. Just two days earlier, coach Jim Larranaga gave no indication he’d be back. Rasheed Sulaimon had a team-high 16 for Duke (162, 3-2) who had four scorers in double figures. The only poor stat for Miami was a familiar one. The second-worst free-throw shooting team in ACC play made just 55.6 percent (15for-27). The big games keep coming for the Hurricanes. Archrival Florida State comes to the BankUnited Center for a 6 p.m. Sunday tip.


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letter to the editor

A student in defense of marriage equality The author of the letter to the editor in the Jan. 16 issue of the Kentucky Kernel recycles many outdated arguments against the right of LGBT couples to marry. All of them have been refuted in other forums, and I intend to refute them here as well. The author’s first argument states that social justice is fundamentally grounded on religious principles, and since religion is opposed to gay marriage, gay marriage is invalid. This is wrong for two reasons: first, it is patently false that marriage for LGBT couples is a religious issue. It is the government — a secular institution — that grants marriage licenses, not a religious authority. Marriage licenses often coincide with, but are still distinct from, a religious marriage ceremony. If the government cannot dictate to the clergy who they can perform religious ceremonies for then neither can the clergy dictate who the government can grant marriage licenses to. Secondly, the author assumes all religions are opposed to gay marriage when in actuality there is a plethora of opinions on the issue. To say gay marriage is wrong because religion is against it ignores the opinions of many religious adherents.

Moreover, the author quotes the “religious” principle of “loving your neighbor and doing to others as you would have them do to you,” but doesn’t find it ironic he would deny his LGBT neighbors the right to marry when he would undoubtedly not like them to deny him the same right. The author goes on to state that the gay community has never been unfairly oppressed. This is blatantly wrong. What does he call the approximately 1,293 federal hate crimes attributed to antiLGBT bias in 2011 if not oppression? What about Matthew Shepard, Paul Broussard, Gwen Aranjo, Sakia Gunn, Rebecca Wright or any of the other poor souls murdered because of their actual or perceived orientation? And how about all the LGBT individuals who are denied housing or fired simply because of their perceived orientation? As for the statement, “no state or federal judge has ever sentenced someone to prison, death or even community service just for being homosexual,” the author is woefully ignorant of the sad history of sodomy laws and bar raids in the United States. The author’s secular argument against gay marriage

hinges on the inability of LGBT couples to procreate, since the purpose of marriage is apparently to increase the state’s population through procreation. In that case, why is the state giving marriage licenses to elderly couples, infertile couples and couples who simply don’t intend to have kids? Should couples be contractually obliged to produce children within a certain period of receiving a marriage license? And what about adoption? I suppose the author would prefer that the 114 thousand children in the United States waiting to be adopted just stay in the orphanages as opposed to having two moms or two dads. The author fails to realize that the reason many LGBT couples are fighting so hard for marriage equality is because they want a stable committed union in which to raise a family. In his closing paragraph the author iterates that he doesn’t believe that homosexuals should be discriminated against. However, I would argue that the exclusion of LGBT couples from marriage amounts to exactly that — discrimination. Tyler Denham is a biosystems engineering junior. Email opinions@kykernel.com

CHRISTOPHER EPLING, Kernel cartoonist

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