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UK revisiting ‘dry’ campus alcohol policy Off-campus effects, safety issues part of discussions By Taylor Moak

UK is revisiting its alcohol policy after discussions with campus and community members about the effects the policy has on and off campus. President Eli Capilouto will make a recommendation

to the Board of Trustees this fall on what the future of the policy should be, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said. Robert Mock, vice president for student affairs, said many groups, including city and campus officials, and the community are involved in the discussions about the policy and “those groups are

not always on the same side.” UK’s campus has been designated “dry” since 1988, but Mock said it would be disingenuous to say that UK is completely dry. He said “not wet” is a more accurate description. “There are no dry campuses,” he said, because hav-

ing a policy in place does not ensure that it is followed. Under the current policy, UK prohibits the use, serving and sale of alcohol on campus property and at university events, except at a few locations, such as the Boone Faculty Center, suites and leased spaces at Commonwealth Stadium and in the Main Building. Mock said the labels used to describe college

campuses — wet, moist and dry — fall on a long continuum. Mock came to UK from the University of Arkansas, which is a wet campus. He said he is comfortable with Arkansas being a wet campus, just as he is comfortable with UK as a dry campus. He said that he could “have it either way,” but the decision depends on the school because each institu-

tion has different culture and traditions. No matter the recommendation that is made, Mock said it would take years for UK to adjust to what the new normal could be. Before the change in 1988, UK had an unwritten policy that banned alcohol in residence halls but allowed it See ALCOHOL on page 4

Johnson to vist UK Feb. 23 Latest 2013 committment will see Cats host Missouri By Nick Jones

Dakari Johnson, UK’s latest committment to the 2013 recruiting class, will take his official visit to UK on the weekend of Feb. 23 when the Cats hosts Missouri on ESPN’s College Gameday. Johnson began this season at Montverde (Fla.) Academy as a member of the 2014 class. However, on Dec. 19 he made the decision to forego an extra year in high school and make the jump to the 2013 class. “It was a family decision to reclassify,” Johnson said in an interview with the Kernel. “Montverde has made me a more mature person and I feel like I was just ready to take that next step in my development. I have great grades and athletically I was ready.” With the move to the 2013 class, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound big man instantly became the No. 1 ranked senior at the center position. But the decision to call UK his college home, according to Dakari, was more difficult than many assumed. “It was really difficult, but the process was really draining for me,” said Johnson. “But at the end of the day I felt that UK was the best choice for me because coach Cal will develop me as a player.” Joining the highly respected 2013 class put to-

gether by UK head coach John Calipari comes with a great deal of expectations from big blue fans. There have been mentions that this year’s recruiting class may be the greatest of all time at first glance. But Johnson, who will hold down the painted area for the 2013-14 squad, downplayed all the hype. “It is a great recruiting class, but we haven’t done anything so we can’t really say we are the best or anything yet,” Johnson said. “But I am excited to play with those guys. They are all great players and it is going to challenge me in practice.” In terms of practice, there is the possibility Johnson will have a couple of talented big men to go up against on a daily basis should current freshman Nerlens Noel or Willie Cauley-Stein decide to pass on the NBA draft after this season. “That is fine with me,” Johnson said. “That is just going to make me a better player.” Johnson has been keeping a close eye on the 201213 UK team. “I actually watch them a lot,” the New York native said. “They are a real good team, but they are still young so it’s kind of a process. They are struggling at times, but I think they are going to get it together before the end of the year beSee DAKARI on page 3


Material science and engineering senior Kirk Norasak watches the USAS protest in front of the Main Building Wednesday.

Students protest sweatshops that produce UK apparel USAS rallies on campus By Morgan Eads

Approximately twenty students gathered under an overcast sky Wednesday to make students and faculty more aware of the conditions in which their collegiate apparel is made. A student organization called United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS)

held a rally in front of the Main Building before meeting with President Eli Capilouto to discuss how UK could work to further workers rights. USAS has been working since early December to convince UK to affiliate with the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC), an organization that would closely monitor the working conditions in compa-

nies that produce university merchandise, anthropology senior and USAS member Alli Sehon said. Those involved held signs, chanted and sang in hopes of catching the attention and concern of passersby. Communications junior Chelsea Moore was one of many students standing near the rally. “I was a little confused when I saw it, but it’s interesting,” she said. “This will probably be effective to the

president. I’m sure he will probably make a difference if this continues.” Many who passed were wearing UK gear, including accounting sophomore Brett Johnson. Looking at his own UK sweatshirt, Johnson was unsure if it was a product of sweatshop labor. “It’s Nike, I don’t know if they use sweatshops,” he said. “But I’m sure it’s possiSee PROTEST on page 4

Noel forging his own path In a season of high expectations, the star freshman is exceeding his By David Schuh


Freshman center Nerlens Noel poses on photo day on Sept. 17.

One of the most difficult things in sports is trying to live up to expectations. Fan’s lofty goals for their athletes, particularly at UK, can be enough to make the most talented players wilt under the overbearing pressure. Luckily for Cats fans this season, freshman center Nerlens Noel has had no such trouble. 20 games into the season, Noel has 95 blocks, two ahead of the torrid pace Anthony Davis set last season when he broke the NCAA freshman record with 186. The comparison between

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the two big men has been unavoidable. UK head coach John Calipari has said over and over that it isn’t fair to Noel to compare the two — he is his own player with his own set of skills. And that resistance has caused Noel to go slightly unnoticed. Given the remarkable defensive numbers he’s posting, one would think he would be getting mountains of national praise. But, for various reasons, he’s not. “We’re not winning like we were,” Calipari said. “If we were winning like we were last year, he’d be getting all the praise.” At this point last season, UK had lost one game. They

were ranked No. 1 in the country, and Davis was being heralded as the best player in college basketball. This year’s team has lost six games. They’re not sniffing the Top 25 and have widely been considered a question mark for the NCAA Tournament. As a result, even in putting up such gaudy defensive numbers, Noel has seen he and his team fly under the radar for three months. Tuesday’s win over No. 16 Ole Miss on national television, however, may have changed that. In the Cats’ first win over an RPI Top-50 team, Noel shattered the UK single-game record for blocks with 12. He scored only two points (both on free throws) yet had as big of an impact as anyone on the court.





“He was the difference maker in the game,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “I think we can all agree with that. An incredible defensive presence.” Even while averaging 4.75 blocks per game, Noel is the first to admit how much he has progressed since he got to Lexington. “Coming in, you want to block everything there is to block and I was very anxious at the beginning of the season,” Noel said. “We have worked on it and I have come to be more relaxed on defense and anticipate things better.” That improvement has come to fruition of late. In seven SEC games, Noel has 49 blocks, a rate that has made him the national leader in total swats. See NERLENS on page 3


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UK to host Miss UK/Lexington Friday Top two contestants will go on to compete for Miss Kentucky By Colleen Kochensparger

Delta Tau Delta will host the annual Miss UK/Miss Lexington pageant Friday in the Singletary Center for the Arts. The pageant will benefit the Chlidren’s Miracle Network and the Makenna Foundation, as well as provide scholarship opportunities to two of the twelve contestants who will go on to compete for the title of Miss Kentucky. “It’s a preliminary for the Miss Kentucky pageant that will happen in June this year and it’s in the Miss America system, but it’s more of a scholarship system,” said last

year’s winner Ramsey Carpenter, a special education/LBD senior. Contestants can compete for the title of Miss UK if they are current UK students or for Miss Lexington if they are non-students from the Lexington area. Both Miss UK and Miss Lexington will go on to compete at a state level, said event director Dana Peddicord. Miss Kentucky will spend the year after winning the crown touring various schools and “promoting mostly self-esteem” and related issues, Peddicord said. “It’s important for girls who are competing to keep in

mind that it’s not just a crown, you basically work as a service to the state,”she said. “It’s kind of a job.” In order to win the title of Miss Lexington or Miss UK, contestants will take part in a swimsuit round, an evening of private interviews with the judges, a round of onstage questions, an evening gown round and a display of a particular talent, said Thomas Bardenwerper, a finance and marketing sophomore and Delta Tau Delta member. Bardenwerper is the promoting and marketing director for the event. “I really like the talent part because some of these girls, when they get on instruments, it’s amazing,” Bardenwerper said. In order to become a competitor, one must have a specific philanthropic plat-

form. “I had to write an essay on my platform; mine is prenatal care (and) what we can do to prevent premature births,” said current contestant Hope Zils, a pre-nursing sophomore. “At this level, everyone’s required to raise a hundred dollars” for the Children’s Miracle Network in order to compete, Zils said. The required donation is increased for all Miss Kentucky competitors to compete, and again at the national level. The Miss America pageant system “joins forces with the Children’s Miracle Network on a national level” to raise money and awareness for the charity, Peddicord said. This particular level of the pageant will also be rais-

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Students have alternate way to pay for DanceBlue By Morgan Eads

‘Shameless,’ ‘Ripper Street’ and three more series get renewed

Horoscope To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is an 8 — There's more room for love. If you've been thinking about it, now's a good time to pop the question. Reality clashes with fantasy. Choose wisely. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Accept the gift of laughter from a loved one or a child. Relaxing helps you work. Balance your job and your family. Launch a new project now. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 9 — Unexpected confrontation and beauracratic delays interfere with your plans. Use the tension to make something beautiful. Look at the problem with a child's perspective. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Your mind moves more quickly than you can. This work is fun, really. It's not the

son will move into the 1890s. The series debuted in Britain in late 2012, with BBC America airing the episodes three weeks later. The second season of eight episodes will debut in 2014. “Banshee” is executive produced by “True Blood” creator Alan Ball and stars Antony Starr as an ex-con and thief who moves to the town of Banshee, Pa., and assumes the identity of the town sheriff while continuing his criminal activities and doing battle with the gangsters he betrayed years before. “Shameless” just began its third season on Showtime. The series is an adaptation of a British TV series that ran for 125 episodes. “House of Lies” recently began its second season. Star Don Cheadle this month unexpectedly won the Golden Globe for actor in a comedy series for his “Shameless” role.

time to throw your money around. Entertain outside opinions. Postpone travel. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Something works gloriously. Stop for a minute, and let it soak in. It's easier to concentrate. Don't speculate with love or money. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Learn from a master of finances, and continue improving your net worth. Don't let it slip through your fingers. Be logical and creative at the same time. Postpone travel for now. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Follow your heart, and take on a leadership role. Abundance is available, but don't let your friends spend your money ... especially what you haven't earned yet. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — Don't rush it, more work will come soon enough. But don't procrastinate either, as there's not time for that. The situation may be con-

The contestants visit children in hospitals during pageant week to cheer them up and provide support. Despite all the fundraising, tough questions and “dreaded swimsuit round,” the pageant is far more rewarding than it is stressful, Carpenter said. “It’s kind of stressful but, honestly, not so much that it isn’t fun,” Carpenter said. “It’s not just based on your looks, it’s your personality and your platform.” “The best part of each event is the talent; each girl has the opportunity to showcase a talent or craft, something they’ve really honed and worked on, there’s lots out there but you usually see singing, dancing, girls playing piano,” Peddicord said. “It’s a way to see who these girls really are.”

Dancers can pledge money

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LOS ANGELES — It’s a big day in TV renewal land with the news that five cable series are getting new seasons, in addition to the renewal of CBS’ entire daytime lineup. The five series that are continuing on are Showtime’s “Shameless,” “House of Lies” and “Californication”; BBC America’s “Ripper Street” and Cinemax’s “Banshee.” The trio of Showtime series have already been on the air for a season or more (“Californication” is airing its sixth season), the BBC America and Cinemax shows just debuted this year. “Ripper Street” is a co-production of BBC America and BBC One in Britain. It stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg as investigators in Victorian England, patrolling the crime-ridden streets of London’s East End just six months after the last of the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders. The first season is set in 1889; the second sea-

ing money for Delta Tau Delta’s philanthropy, the Makenna Foundation, which is also of the Children’s Miracle Network. “We have a couple of sponsors — Miss Priss, ecampus, Kennedy’s, Cane’s, Whitaker Bank, and a few others — that are getting spots in the program and a shout out from the emcees,” Bardenwerper said. The sponsors helped pay for flyers and other aspects of hosting the pageant, so all ticket sales will directly benefit the Makenna Foundation, Bardenwerper said. “The Children’s Miracle Network is important because it’s hospitals spread out across the nation for kids who are going through a really tough time medically; there’s actually one on UK’s campus,” Carpenter said.


fusing. Trust your intuition. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Collect old junk at home and give it away, in a clean sweep. Consider replacing it with something you've long wanted. Ensure it doesn't become tomorrow's junk. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Offer encouragement to others and to yourself. Then start studying the next subject. Balance career and family like a pro. Travel does look good now. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — A great adventure lies ahead. Inspire those who love you. The trick is to balance work and fun; get your homework done before getting sucked into video games. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — You're entering a two-day transformative cycle. Go for the gold. Consider your plan well. Friends help you find the best partner. MCT

Those interested in dancing in UK’s annual DanceBlue marathon that have been unable to raise the required funds may be able to join the event after all. Since DanceBlue started, there has been a little used option of payment that could open doors for some dancers. Team members who were not able to fulfill their fundraising requirements can pledge a monetary amount on DanceBlue’s website. ( Family science senior and fundraising chair for DanceBlue Tressa Neal explained the pledge system for the event. “A pledge is essentially an IOU, you pledge a donation and you pledge you will pay for it at a later date,” Neal said. Not many utilize this method, Neal said. “Not a lot of people use it because they don’t fully understand it,” Neal said. ISC junior Haylei Benton would not have been able to dance in the upcoming marathon if it weren’t for the pledge option. “I wasn’t able to get the donations that I needed, but now I know I can dance and

pay it back,” Benton said. Elementary education sophomore Katie Ballew said she would not have considered doing DanceBlue if it were not for the pledge option. “I actually wasn’t planning on dancing until I found out about pledging,” Ballew said. “I think pledging will make it easier to raise the money.” The fact you can choose to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly will help students hoping to dance, Ballew said. “I think with college kids it is hard to ask for large sums of money,” Ballew said. “We get money through our jobs slowly and blow it quickly.” Benton also said that spreading out the payments will ease the burden on the pocketbooks of university students. “It’s a good way for people who can’t afford it right now to be able to dance in a way that is better for their budget,” Benton said. The real advantage will go to the beneficiary, DanceBlue KCH Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, Benton said. “It makes it so people can donate as much as they want and be able to pay it back,” Benton said. “It doesn’t matter how much, even if

it’s five dollars, every little bit helps.” Some teams have gotten corporate sponsors this year and the pledge system will help those sponsors bring in more money for the cause, Neal said. “The companies often have to wait to donate the money because of technicalities,” Neal said. “This wouldn’t be possible without the pledge option. Though some may think issues could arise with people not fulfilling their pledges, Benton doesn’t think it will be an issue. “People know what they are doing when they pledge,” Benton said. “It explains it really well and you choose how much you want to pay at a time. It shouldn’t be any problem.” Neal said she hopes it will not be an issue. “We definitely want to stress that it is something you are expected to fulfill,” she said. “It is a financial contract.” The pledge system could be very advantageous to the clinic and to those hoping to dance, Neal said. “We think it’s an awesome system that can really benefit teams,” Neal said. “But this is for the kids so we want everything to be fulfilled and for it to go straight to the clinic.”

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UK Hoops set for their own Super Bowl


UK senior guard A’dia Mathies dribbles the ball up the court in the second half of the Cats game against Marist Dec. 30.

When the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens meet in New Orleans this Sunday for something called “The Super Bowl,” UK Hoops will have its own marquee matchup to worry about. The Georgia Bulldogs, ranked No. 13 in the AP Top 25 and No. 14 in the USA ALEX Today FORKNER Coaches Poll, will Kernel enter Mecolumnist morial Coliseum sporting an impressive 17-3 (5-2) record, pending the result of their Thursday night rematch with Alabama. The Bulldogs beat the Crimson Tide 95-83 in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 10. The Cats, coming off a week where they lost at No. 15 South Carolina, surrendering their first SEC game and ending a 17-game winning streak, and battled to survive a tough LSU team at home, dropped to No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the USA

Today poll. The ramifications of Sunday’s game will impact the SEC picture dramatically. As of now, five teams are crowded at the top. No. 9 Tennessee leads the conference with a 9-0 record. A half-game behind sits UK at 7-1. No. 16 Texas A&M is next at 6-1, followed by South Carolina at 6-2. Then comes Georgia. With UK’s pseudo-bye week (no game on Thursday), all these teams can be expected to pick up another half game on the Cats, with the exception of the Gamecocks, who are also off on Thursday. Thus, the matchup with Georgia becomes magnified. Should UK stumble, not only does its 34-game home win streak come to a halt, its position in the SEC ranks becomes compromised. UK would sit at 7-2, two and a half games back of Tennessee, who should win twice this week. The Cats would also fall behind A&M should they beat Vanderbilt and LSU. UK would also be knotted in a tie with South Carolina, which

Scouts: 2013 draft pool is weak NBA scouts say many teams will look to trade their picks By Rick Bonnell The Charlotte Observer (MCT)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The 2012 NBA draft was good, not great. It had one can't-miss prospect (New Orleans big man Anthony Davis), another quick-emerging star (Portland point guard Damian Lillard) and a bunch of guys who'll be solid contributors with lengthy careers. If two NBA scouts who travel the country each college basketball season are right, the 2013 draft won't come close to that. The Charlotte Observer consulted with two long-time scouts (neither connected to the Charlotte Bobcats) as conference seasons commence in the college game. Each works for a team likely to have a top10 pick. Each spoke on condi-

NERLENS Continued from page 1 But, it’s not just blocks that make Noel special. The 6-foot-10 center is also leading the Cats in rebounds and steals. His effort level has been one of the few constants Calipari has been able to rely on this season. “I just told him … take other people with you,” Calipari said. “I don’t care that

DAKARI Continued from page 1 cause I really think they are a better team than people think they are.” The five-star center said he has learned from the early struggles of the current Cats so next year’s team will be sure to reach their lofty goals. “We can’t get sidetracked,” Johnson said in reference to his predecessors. “But the guys I am coming in with are all winners. We all want one thing and that is a national championship, so we just have to stay focused.” Speaking of national championships, Johnson’s Montverde Academy team boasts a 21-2 record this season and has positioned itself to compete for a championship on the high school level. Montverde’s most recent

tion of anonymity because neither is authorized by his employer to speak publicly on draft prospects. While the two conversations were separate, each conveyed the same conclusion: This isn't the year a franchisechanger will emerge from the draft process "I don't think this is a good draft," said one scout. "This is the year you should consider trading your draft pick – no matter where it is." At their current place in the standings, the Charlotte Bobcats would avoid turning their 2013 pick over to the Chicago Bulls to complete the Tyrus Thomas trade. Also, the Bobcats could end up with an extra first-round pick if the Portland Trail Blazers selection is outside the top 12. It sounds unlikely the Bobcats or any other lottery-

bound team would find a difference-maker in 2013. "The draft lottery was always supposed to be about exceptional players going to the worst teams," said one of the scouts. "We've eroded the concept of 'exceptional' – exceptional doesn't really exist anymore." The problem is while this is better than kids turning pro out of high school, you're still using high picks on players a long way from finished products. The days when a Tim Duncan, Grant Hill or Chris Mullin entered the NBA, with a clear understanding of how those players would fit, are long over. To describe this dynamic's effect, one scout mentioned UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad and projected him with the Bobcats. He mentioned that while Muhammad will be a high pick, he is flawed and inexperienced and would be redundant to much of what Michael KiddGilchrist already provides the

you’re doing all this and stuff’s good, take some other guys with you … Let’s all play well.” This week could be the turning point. Noel has been the catalyst, Calipari’s example, for the change he’s worked tirelessly to incite in his young team. Coming off a big win on Tuesday, the Cats are about to hit the meat of their conference schedule, a time when they have to show the country they are worthy of

the tournament seed they expect. The expectations for the team and Noel were lofty. So far, the team hasn’t necessarily lived up. Noel, on the other hand, may be exceeding them. And still, as good as he played, he knows how far he has come and where he wants to be. “I think I have come a long way,” Noel said. “And I still have progress to make.”

loss came against the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Findlay Prep (Nev.) on Jan. 21. “That was a good game, and they are a real good team,” Johnson said. “But it is kind of hard thinking about it now and knowing that you almost had the game and lost on a buzzer beater.” Johnson remains hopeful that his Eagles will be awarded another shot to redeem the heartbreaking loss at the end of the season. “We were just two great teams going at it, and hopefully we can play again at the end of the year.” But before he turns his attention to the potential season finale, Johnson will look forward to multiple weekends spent in Kentucky over the next month. After his official visit he will also make a trip to UK on March 3, when his Montverde Academy team takes on Huntington Prep (W.

Va.) and the nation’s No. 1 ranked player, Andrew Wiggins. “Our high school team is ranked No. 2 in the country right now, so we are going to take that game hard,” Johnson said. “They are a top team, too, though. They are a great team, so we are just going to be ready for that game.” The game will be a part of the Red State Blue State Series hosted at Freedom Hall in Louisville. As for playing in front of the nation’s most passionate fan base for the first time in his young career, Johnson will use the experience to prepare next season. “I heard it is crazy out there, so I can not wait to play in front of them and get used to what I am going to be doing next year with the fans,” Johnson said. “So it will be a good experience.”

Bobcats. "That's what we all do," the scout concluded. "We draft guys who are a lot like the ones we already have, only the guys we already have are better at least right now. "But these guys are younger, so we get excited in the moment. And then you come to realize you haven't changed much with your high pick."

plays Auburn on Sunday, and Georgia, which would have the toughest portion of its schedule in the rearview. On the flipside, UK is entering a stretch of tough games, including back-toback road games at Arkansas and Vandy, a home matchup with South Carolina on Valentine’s Day, a trip to College Station for a rematch with A&M on Feb. 18 and what should be a titanic struggle against Tennessee to close the SEC season on March 3. So far this season, three of the Vols’ four losses are to teams currently ranked in the AP Top 4 (No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 UConn, No. 4 Stanford). If UK wins, the Cats are 8-1 and in prime position to defend their SEC regular season title. If both Tennessee and UK win out, with UK taking the head-to-head matchup, the two would share the title. Should the Vols drop a game before

then, most likely to the Aggies on Feb. 28, UK will retain its crown. Perhaps more important to head coach Matthew Mitchell and his team is their NCAA Tournament seeding. Winning the tough SEC, both regular season and tournament, and the Cats are a lock for a No. 2 seed with an outside shot at a No. 1. Win one or the other, Mitchell’s squad is looking most likely at a No. 3 seed with a shot at a No. 2, depending how other conference races shake out. Win neither, and the Cats slide to a No. 4 or No. 5, making their road to the Final Four much more treacherous. So it’s safe to say super bowl parties and Beyonce’s halftime show won’t be the first priorities for Mitchell and the Cats this Sunday, especially when the SEC, and potentially their NCAA fate, hang in the balance.


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news ALCOHOL Continued from page 1 in fraternity houses if members were 21 or older. But the adopted policy was the first formal statement by the university banning alcohol in residence halls, even for those 21 and older. Fraternity house policies were then up to the individual organizations until an additional policy was passed in 1998 that banned alcohol use there. Diane Lawless, Lexington’s 3rd District councilwoman, said the decision to take alcohol off campus created a less than ideal situation for UK and the Lexington community. “I think having alcohol on campus is much safer than the way it is now,” she said. By not allowing alcohol on campus, the university has no oversight, Lawless said. When alcohol was on campus, students and UK had a “safety net,” she said, and the university could intervene if students were developing problems with alcohol. Once the university changed its policy to prohibit alcohol, some students moved off campus to create party houses, she said. The resulting situation is dangerous for students and the community, Lawless said, and a tension exists in the neighborhoods because a small number of students create a bad name for university students as a whole. In 1998, UK changed its alcohol policy to include fra-

ternity and sorority houses. At the time, community members expressed concerns over what the change in policy would mean for surrounding areas. “UK did not want to take the responsibility for the students,” said a 1998 resident in a letter published in the Lexington HeraldLeader. “Instead, the problem has been placed in the lap of Lexington homeowners.” Lawless said she is “absolutely” for a change in the policy that would allow alcohol back on campus. “Let’s face it, students are going to drink,” she said. UK is in the process of updating its master plan, and university officials have heard from community members who want the university to re-examine its existing alcohol policy, Blanton said in an email to the Kernel. Concerns have been expressed on all sides of the isSTAFF FILE PHOTOS sue, Blanton said. Some President Eli Capilouto is revisiting UK’s alcohol policy, which was approved in 1988. He could make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. think a no-alcohol policy is the best approach, while oth- cent years have tried to find louto have an ongoing coners have suggested that the the right balance between versation about “town and university change the exist- student and community safe- gown” relationships. ing policy out of concerns ty and the way the university “And that policy is a part about the impact off-campus acts as a neighbor to sur- of that,” she said. drinking has on neighbor- rounding areas. Student Government hoods. Lexington Mayor Jim President Stephen Bilas said “President Capilouto be- Gray has been involved in he has gone back and forth lieves he has a responsibility the discussions with Capi- on his feelings about UK’s to examine the issue in all its louto about UK policies that alcohol policy during his complexity and, ultimately, affect the neighborhoods sur- time as a student at UK. make a recommendation to rounding campus, including He said he thought the our Board of Trustees this its alcohol policy, said Susan university should explore alfall about any changes, if Straub, the mayor’s spokes- ternatives, but he is not sayany, in the policy,” Blanton woman. ing the university should said. Straub said the mayor is commit to either being a wet, UK is not alone in re-ex- interested in the update of moist or dry campus. How UK’s policy affects nearby areas is a concern, and community amining its policy, he said. A the university’s master plan, “It’s a lot more compli- members have suggested re-examining the policy. “Let’s face it, number of institutions in re- and that the mayor and Capi- cated than that,” he said. students are going to drink,” Councilwoman Diane Lawless said. Group established by President to review alcohol policy, recommend changes. Impetus was a desire for residence halls for 21+ students where alcohol could be consumed. Group recommended no changes be made to the policy.

Alcohol policy adopted. All residence halls are alcohol-free with fraternity and sorority houses specifically excluded.





Alcohol policy changed to include fraternity/sorority houses as alcohol-free residences.

Alcohol policy changed to more specifically state the places on campus where alcohol could be served. Changes also outlined procedures under which departments could host functions with alcohol.

— Information according to UK public relations

PROTEST Continued from page 1 ble.” Elementary education freshman Sara Thompson was disturbed to learn UK may be selling products that came from sweatshops. “It’s emotional. It’s not something that you want to hear,” she said. “Obviously it’s good that they’re doing something about it. I’d like more information. I had never heard of that before.” The protestors shouting through the drizzle were adamant their efforts are worth it. “It’s really important that we support people everywhere, not just locally,” fourth year psychology graduate student Jessica Peters said. “We are connected by the things that they create and that we buy.” When asked why this issue was so important, Peters said it was more a matter of the impact those rallying could have. “It’s just one of the issues that I am concerned about,” she said. “But this is a huge issue that we can really do something about, if we can make a change that is doable, why not do it?” USAS member and anthropology senior Alli Sehon agreed that much could be gained from targeting the collegiate apparel industry. “The market for collegiate apparel is enormous, you can look around campus and see that everyone wears it,” Sehon said. “We want to impact the largest group possible.” USAS member and engineering graduate student Rohith Jayaram was optimistic before the meeting with Presi-

dent Capilouto. “I think we’ve got a diverse coalition of groups to come together to support this which will make us more effective,” Jayaram said. Members of other student organizations such as the Muslim Student Association and the Environmental Society were there to support USAS’s efforts. After the meeting with Capilouto, Sehon expressed gratitude for the opportunity to speak with him on the issue. “He was very sympathetic and appreciative that students were getting involved and speaking up,” she said. Public relations and marketing director Jay Blanton said Capilouto enjoyed speaking with the students. “The president was very appreciative of the time with students today,” Blanton said. “He was very impressed with their commitment to this issue and the thoughtful approach they are taking to it.” This is not the only group Capilouto has taken the time to meet with, Blanton said. “It’s one of the things he enjoys most about his job,” Blanton said. “He wants to hear the things they are pleased with about the university. He also wants to hear their concerns.” There was not a specific timeline of action Sehon said and Blanton confirmed. “Overall we are really pleased with the cooperation that we got, but we plan to keep pushing forward to see results,” Sehon said. USAS will stay in contact with Capilouto and the university about the issue. “It is not done,” Sehon said. “It is never done, but particularly with this campaign we are not done yet.”

The Staves cover of ‘Songbird’ is one of a kind Others, however, may be better It's been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. But is that true in regards to all facets of life? And of music? In this week's column, Pardon the Interlude brings forth some of the ALEXANDRIA most SARDAM thoughtful, sweetly Kernel produced columnist pieces of musical homage to the classics-and some new tunes-covered by solo acts and full bands alike. After feverishly skipping consecutive covers on the Rumors Revisited album that came free with British rock magazine, Mojo, I finally found some solace in the song, "Songbird" as performed by The Staves. Yet that moment of relief was more than solace, it was more like a moment of, this is actually quite breathtaking. While Fleetwood Mac is no stranger to being covered by everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Sister

Hazel, The Staves took their feminine, gentle wrath and spun out one of the most glorious Fleetwood Mac covers to date (Sit down Dixie Chicks). While sticking to their original harmonies and acoustic warmth, The Staves captured the 1977 song from a rejuvenated perspective, fashioning the song into something that didn't quite sound like the original-in the most non-jarring way. The Staves version of "Songbird" gets the award for most creative cover. Well done ladies. Unfortunately, it's common for artists to reproduce exactly what they hear when performing covers, but for Thom Yorke’s cover of “After the Gold Rush” by Neil Young it's not exactly like that– even though it might sound that way. Whenever Radiohead or soloist Yorke covers Young, especially in songs like "After the Gold Rush" that display a higher falsetto, Yorke simply nails it with freaky precision. The timbre in Yorke's voice when it climbs with the piano mirrors Young's hopeful vibrato entirely. Yorke's musicianship in the way he covers artists is

more of an honorable emulation than a form of interpretive expression. Few artists can actually perform another musician's work, do it justice and still remain an original artist by performing it in the most pure, untouched sense. Hats off to that crazy, little English dude for getting it oh so right. In a response to what draws him to Young's voice, Yorke said, "It was just his attitude to the way that he laid the songs down. You know, not just ‘After the Gold Rush’ but everything was all about capturing a particular moment and saying what's on his mind but putting it in a way that is semi-abstract. At the time I was listening to lots of R.E.M. and that semi-abstract thing identified with Neil Young, but obviously it was a completely different technique. But it doesn't matter what era, it's always that thing when you're laying down in your head, wherever you're at at the time, staying completely true to that and no matter what it is, staying true to that. And the temptation-especially when people start listening to what you're writing-is to worry, agonize about how things sound or how it's coming across. And it strikes me that Neil Young

has never worried about that. He's always completely stayed true. ‘Needle and Damage Done’ the only way that you could possibly write a song like that is, it just comes out of you. It's like a force of nature and I guess all good songs are like that." Finally, we have Elton John’s "Rocket Man" as performed by My Morning Jacket. In this cover, Jim James lets the leisurely ease of his voice carry the song. James swaps out the piano for his guitar and while you'd imagine an Elton John song sans the piano would be like a PB&J sandwich without the peanut butter, it actually works beautifully. The only thing that remains hanging over the lyrics is the veil of echoing hypnosis in which the song is played. With the occasional hint of slide guitar, this classic cover is recreated, brilliantly showing how less can often be more. My Morning Jacket's rendition of "Rocket Man" performed at the Forecastle Festival this summer was one for the books. Not satisifed with these three? Check out the covers that made PTI's favorite list at

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Game of Thrones fans longing for Season 3 Principal photography for the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones just wrapped up a few weeks ago, and fans of the series have a whole lot to be excited about. Anyone who’s read the books knows that this season will be the best season so far, if not the best of the entire series. “A Storm of Swords,” the third book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series on which the show is based, is in many ways the “Empire Strikes Back” of the series. JUDAH It has major battles like on Hoth, major TAYLOR reveals (like who’s Luke’s father), a little bit Kernel of incest and a whole lot of people dying. columnist Fans can be excited because they’re going to be seeing a whole lot of what’s “beyond the Wall,” in the north. Kit Harington’s character, Jon Snow, goes on a quest above and below the Wall that is simply gut-wrenching. Some fans might have their

work cut out for them trying to figure out where Jon’s loyalty lies, a la Severus Snape. What some readers consider one of the best parts of the book, and probably the show, will be Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) following in her dragon-riding ancestor’s footsteps. Those three baby dragons of hers won’t be large enough for her to ride in this season, but that’s not going to stop her from showing a little bit of Aegon the Conqueror’s blood. The real selling point of this season will be the conflict between the Starks and the Lannister’s. Fans are going to get to see some battles and scenes that are going to make Ned’s fate in the first season and the Battle of Blackwater Bay in the second seem like a warm up. The proverbial poop is going to hit the fan. Much of the horrors of war will be seen through the eyes of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as the both wander the war-torn Riverlands trying to avoid death and reunite themselves with their fami-

lies. But, like everyone else in a Game of Thrones, their fates are less than certain and less than happy. They are more than exciting though. Perhaps the most exciting news to come from HBO regarding the series is that the infamous Red Wedding scene has already been filmed. It’s hard to tell you why you should be excited about this wedding, without spoiling it. But, suffice to say that a lot of couples are going to get married in this season. And one of them is going to end badly. This is the scene that led HBO to put out a casting call for hundreds of amputees. The events of this wedding are expected to leave fans in such uproar that author George R.R. Martin said he might leave the country for a few months after that episode airs. When the third season premieres on March 31, expect to have your hand over your mouth for an hour every Sunday night. Judah Taylor is the Kernel’s assistant opinions editor. Email

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