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UK professor named poet laureate Walker state’s first black selection By Melody Bailiff

Frank X Walker, a professor and alumni of UK, who coined the term “Affrilachia”, has been named Kentucky's 2013-14 poet laureate. Walker, director of the AfricanAmerican and Africana Studies program at UK and associate professor in the Department of English, is the state's first African-American poet laureate as well as the youngest at age 51. The poet laureate is selected by the state to compose poems for special events and occasions. “I'm honored to be both the youngest and the first African American poet laureate. I've gotten a lot of congratulatory comments from people who really like what it says about Kentucky's progress and how it challenges some of the caricatures about our state,” Walker said. Walker coined the term Affrilachia when he noticed Webster's dictionary defined an Appalachian as “a white resident from the mountains.” Through his literature, Walker teaches that, contrary to popular belief, African-Americans contribute in many ways to Appalachian culture. He says that when the significance of oral traditions, music, food, family and front porches in both the white and African-American Appalachian cultures are considered, there is not much separating the two. Affrilachia is therefore “a way of thinking about the region with people of color in a way that challenges the definition that says you have to be See WALKER on page 2


Sophomore pitcher Chandler Shepherd fires a pitch in UK’s win over Murray State Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Cats won the home opener, 11-5.

Cats open the Cliff with a win After 3-hour delay, UK beats Murray State, 11-5 By Tom Hurley

A six-hit seventh inning fueled the UK baseball team to an 11-5 victory on opening day at Cliff Hagan Stadium Tuesday. Sophomore pitcher Chandler Shepherd pitched a career long 5.2 innings of two-hit ball to earn the win. “It always feels good to

get a win,” Shepherd said. “I’m just glad we got the crucial runs when we did. The defense played great. It was a good win for our club.” Freshman pitcher Kyle Cody had to wait through a three-hour rain delay before making his collegiate debut. When the game did get under way, both teams came out swinging.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, Murray State senior first baseman Mike Kozolowski ripped a two-out single through the outstretched arm of UK junior shortstop Matt Reida to score senior infielder Mike Wheeler from second base. An error on Cody when fielding a dribbler in the infield allowed senior infielder Noah Zipko to reach

base, scoring Kozlowski for a 2-0 lead. The Cats weren’t behind for long. In the bottom of the first, sophomore first baseman A.J. Reed hit a three-run homer over the right field fence to give UK a 3-2 lead. “He threw me a first pitch fastball so I jumped on it,” Reed said. The ‘Breds came right back in the second when junior left fielder Ty Stenson

Column: The art of the rain delay see page 4 stretched an RBI triple to tie the game at 3. Murray State exited the inning ahead 4-3 when a ground ball to third bounced See BASEBALL on page 2

Wiggins voted top high school player UK recruit will visit Wednesday for MSU game By Tom Hurley


The SG presidential candidates debated their plans Tuesday night at Memorial Hall.

SG presidential candidates square off By Nini Edwards

A heated debate between Student Government presidential candidates shook through Memorial Hall on Tuesday night with discussion of the best ways to meet students’ needs, a possible wet campus and improving parking. The candidates fired criticisms at each other, with vice presidential candidate Ryan Mosley calling presidential candidate Roshan Palli’s plan an “ill-advised bureaucratic scheme.” Mosley was referring to Palli and running mate Jake Ingram’s plan to create a Presidential Advisory Board, which would comprise student organization leaders to discuss campus issues.

Mosley and presidential candidate Scotty Stutts were concerned that the board would consist of leaders appointed by the SG president and would not be elected. Stutts and Mosley emphasized their plans to make UK a wet campus throughout the debate, using Notre Dame as an example of a wet campus that houses a campus pub where students can drink and socialize. Mosley consistently accused Palli and Ingram of changing their original statement to follow Stutt’s efforts of a wet campus. “The administration already has plans to address parking and there are already plans to address the wet campus,” Ingram said. The crowd often roared Ingram finished speaking.

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Mosley said that Palli and Ingram were “lying” about the changes being in progress by the administration. Palli emphasized the importance of campus safety, proposing installing cameras on South Campus and making sure students are getting quicker rides through SafeCats. SafeCats offers students a free safety escort service, offered to UK students. Stutts pointed out thathe wants to make campus wet for safety reasons. “The current rate of sexual violence on UK’s campus is one in three, the national average is one in five.” Palli and Ingram answered Stutt’s plan for parking and a wet campus by statSee SGA on page 2


claim the prize. Gordon is also being recruited by the Cats. Wiggins will be at Rupp Arena on Wednesday night to take in the Cats contest with Mississippi State. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Toronto native will be on campus for his official visit, which comes ahead of one final game in Kentucky be-

fore the season finishes. His Huntington Prep high school will take on Canadian side United Leadership Academy in Boyd County on Saturday. UK, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State are the final four teams being considered by Wiggins as he enters the final stage of the recruiting process.

Andrew Wiggins, who is being recruited by UK head coach John Calipari, has been awarded the Naismith Trophy, given to the top high school player in the U.S. each year. The news comes just before the top recruit in the class of 2013 is set to make his official visit to Lexington. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard are included among the names of previous winners of the Naismith Trophy. Quincy Lewis, head coach of Lone Peak HS (Highland, Utah) has been named Coach of the Year. Both Huntington Prep (W.Va) forward Wiggins and Lone Peak head coach Lewis will collect their trophies on March 19 at the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Awards Banquet. “The strong performances of Andrew and Quincy this season stood out for our voters among the thousands of players and coaches throughout the country,” Eric Oberman of the Atlanta Tipoff Club said to “The two are very deserving of the Naismith Awards, demonstrating the talent and will to succeed that we’ve come to expect from past award winPHOTO BY TESSA LIGHTY | STAFF ners.” Wiggins beat out Aaron Huntington Prep forward Andrew Wiggins runs down the court at Gordon and Jabari Parker to Scott County High School on Nov. 18, 2012.






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WALKER Continued from page 1 white to be Appalachian,” Walker said. Walker said he is always looking for ways to promote the celebration of Kentucky writers who historically have produced some amazing talent, such as William Wells Brown. Brown, who is a Lexington native, authored Clotel, the first novel written by an African-American. “The reality is that a true definition of the region makes room for Pittsburgh and Birmingham and Harlan, Ky. and all the African-American history and culture in between. Bill Withers, Nina Simone, August Wilson and Nikki Giovanni and other important names should be spoken within the same breath as the litany of others that are always associated with the re-

gion,” Walker said. Walker hopes that through his literature, college students will learn a lot of history they didn't know, especially Kentucky history. “It would be great if poetry taught them some of the bluegrass is black,” he said. Walker will be formally inducted on Kentucky Writer's Day at the Capitol Rotunda April 24.

BASEBALL Continued from page 1 off the base and away from junior third baseman Paul McConkey, giving Wheeler time to reach home. “The first two innings were really about throwing fastballs up and flat behind in the count,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “We didn’t do a good job of getting ahead, we didn’t do a good job of throwing the ball

down and when you don’t, college baseball players are going to get hits.” Witt knocked freshman catcher Greg Fettes home to tie things up in the bottom of the second, before the Cats took a 5-4 lead in the third thanks to Fettes’ sacrifice fly. A diving catch by sophomore right fielder Jeff Boehm and the pitching of reliever Shepherd helped UK hold the one run advantage until the Cats broke out with six runs

in the seventh inning. First, pinch hitting junior catcher Micheal Thomas sent a pitch back up the middle with the bases loaded to score two. Sophomore center fielder Austin Cousino then hit an RBI double, before Reed and junior second baseman J.T. Riddle were both hit by pitches with the bases loaded. The bases were loaded for the third time in the inning when sophomore designated

hitter Max Kuhn hit an RBI single to left field to make it 11-4 heading into the eighth. Shepherd left the game with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, after a careerhigh six strikeouts. Murray State then added a fifth run before the Cats wrapped up the 11-5 win. The Cats are back at Cliff Hagan tomorrow for a 4 p.m. game against Eastern Kentucky University. Freshman pitcher Ryne Combs will get the start.

solely because of the student government president. Parking officials said recently that the firm working on UK's master plan has made some recommendations regarding future parking structure locations, but no plans have been finalized. “We are going to see a

new parking garage,” Ingram said. “When you see a garage go up in the next couple of years it is not because one of our initiatives.” Ingram and Palli talked to UK Parking and Transportation Services, which told them it would cost a minimum of $30 million to

build a parking structure. This is more than the $1.5 million Mosley told the audience it would cost to build a structure. “Unless he is planning on building a parking garage on the moon I don’t see how it is possible to be $30 million,” Stutts said.

Fun Facts • Credits his inspiration to his mother • Avid bicycler and golfer • Has considered bicycling from Lexington to southwest Kentucky (a 3.5 hour car drive) to celebrate becoming poet laureate

SGA Continued from page 1 ing there are plans already in progress through this UK administration. Ingram reiterated throughout the debate that if a new garage and wet campus happen, it will not be

Pope alters selection process By Henry Chu Los Angeles Times

Global music sales up 0.3 percent in 2012, first increase in 13 years LOS ANGELES — When is 13 a lucky number? When it’s the number of years it’s taken for the music industry to post its first yearly increase in global recorded music sales, which is what happened in 2012, according to new figures from the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry. The group’s annual Digital Music Report, issued Feb. 26 in London, noted that overall music sales rose from $16.2 billion to $16.5 billion, or 0.3 percent, from 2011 to 2012, the first time in 13 years that worldwide sales didn’t decline. IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore said that indicates the long-suffering music business is “well on the road to recovery.” The increase, fractional as it is, reflects a greater availability of digital music services around the world, according to the IFPI report. Digital sales were up 9 percent in 2012 — from $5.2 billion to $5.6 billion — thanks to proliferation of such services in 100 markets last year, compared with only 23 markets a year earlier. Music subscription services also helped, growing 44 percent last year and now claiming 20 million subscribers around the world. Digital makes up more than half of recorded music sales in the U.S., Norway and Sweden, but for the rest of the world, physical CDs and other formats are still the

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dominant way people purchase and listen to music, the report said. Even with the increasing popularity of subscription services, IFPI reported that 70 percent of global digital revenues came from online retail sales through iTunes, Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Still it’s sobering to compare the 2012 revenue total of $16.5 billion to the industry peak in 1999, when sales hit $27.8 billion (adjusted to the 2012 exchange rate), as reported by the IFPI. The top-selling single around the world was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which sold more than 12.5 million copies, while Adele’s “21” was the biggest-selling album for the second year in a row, posting 8.3 million in 2012 after moving 18.1 million copies in 2011. “It’s clear that in 2012 the global recording industry has moved onto the road to recovery,” Moore said in statement included with IFPI’s report. “This has not come about by accident. As an industry, we have really changed and adapted our business models to meet the digital world,” she said, tempering her optimistic assessment with a warning against complacency in the future.

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brations beginning on Palm Sunday, March 24, and culminating on Easter a week later. The rule change is one of Benedict's final acts as pope. A Vatican spokesman also said Monday that Benedict would leave secret a muchspeculated-about report on the inner workings of the Vatican, which will be given to his successor to read but not to the cardinals. The report was commissioned by Benedict in the wake of the scandal over documents leaked by his personal butler, which showed infighting and corruption in the Vatican's upper echelons. Italian media have issued reports purporting to reveal the contents of the top-secret dossier, but the Vatican has dismissed the accounts as baseless.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI paved the way Monday for cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church to gather earlier than usual to elect his successor if they choose to do so after he steps down later this week. Benedict amended the Vatican's rules governing when cardinals are supposed to start meeting to select a new pontiff, usually between 15 and 20 days once the office becomes vacant. The new rules allow the cardinals to assemble earlier than that if all those eligible to vote for a new pope are present. The change could facilitate the naming of Benedict's successor in time for him to preside over Holy Week celebra-

tions leading up to Easter Sunday, which falls on March 31. The previous rule was designed mostly to give cardinals from around the world time to converge on Rome after a pope's death. But Benedict's surprise announcement that he would resign has allowed the "princes" of the church to begin arriving here before his papacy ends Thursday; most of the cardinals are expected to be on hand for him to bid them farewell on his final day. Some analysts expect the cardinals then to decide to open their conclave about March 10 so that they can try to agree on a successor to Benedict within a week and have the new pope installed March 17. (Papal installations traditionally take place on Sundays.) That would allow the next pontiff to lead cele-

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kernelsports Cats can’t afford to overlook Bulldogs Mississippi State enters Rupp losers of 12 straight By David Schuh

It’s rare that a college basketball team fighting for its tournament life has to worry about overlooking a conference opponent in late February. Oddly, that will be the case Wednesday night when UK hosts Mississippi State at Rupp Arena. The Cats, coming off arguably their best win of the season Saturday over Missouri, can ill afford to slip up to a team that has lost 12 straight games. Sticking with his overall tone of this season, head coach John Calipari is taking nothing for granted. “This team is capable (of beating us),” he said. “If we don’t have the maturity to understand, ‘One week ago, where were we?’ You can go right back to where you were if you don’t have maturity or toughness.” UK showed a resiliency in its win over Missouri Saturday that it hadn’t in the post-Nerlens Noel era. Led by graduate student Julius


Graduate student Julius Mays goes up for a layup against LIU Brooklyn at Rupp Arena on Nov. 23, 2012. Mays has been a critical part of UK’s last two wins, most recently scoring 24 points against Missouri.

Can the Cats catch UT? Hoops still has shot at SEC regular season crown ALEX FORKNER Kernel columnist

When LSU upset No. 10 UK Hoops last Sunday on the bayou, the Cats lost more than just the game. Also lost was the Cats’ control of the SEC regular season championship, which was coming down to the final game of the season in a marquee matchup against Tennessee on March 3. Now a full two games behind the Vols for the SEC lead, and surrendering the tiebreaker to Georgia in a home loss on Feb. 3, UK’s mission to repeat seems unlikely to be accomplished. But that doesn’t mark the season as a loss. The Cats still have plenty to play for on Sunday and in the coming weeks. 1. Border bragging rights UK is an inauspicious 849 against Tennessee. But, after Pat Summitt’s tragic early retirement, now could be the time for a shift in power in the SEC. The Vols are still talented under new head coach Holly Warlick, boasting a 22-5 record and ranked No. 8 in the country by the Associated Press. The Vols’ lone loss in the SEC came on the road at Missouri, 80-

63; a surprise considering Tennessee handled the Tigers 84-39 in Knoxville. Or is it surprising? With games at Texas A&M and UK still to go, the Vols’ scoring margin is significantly better at home (+26.3) than on the road (+4.1). Tennessee is no longer the juggernaut they were under Summitt. With the Vols vulnerable on the road, Sunday might offer a prime chance for the Cats to knock off their bitter rivals for only the fourth time this century. 2. Outside title shot I said the Cats repeating as SEC regular season champs is unlikely, not impossible. For the Cats to reclaim the trophy, Tennessee must lose at Texas A&M on Feb. 28. Georgia must also lose at least one game of its final two, at Mississippi State (410 SEC) and against Vanderbilt (8-6 SEC) in Athens, Ga. After all of that, UK must then win its final two games at bottom-of-the-barrel Ole Miss (2-12 SEC) and against Tennessee in Memorial Coliseum. If A&M also beats LSU on March 3, the Aggies, Vols and Cats will all sit atop the SEC with identical records of 13-3. UK would then hold the tiebreaker against the other two teams and would be crowned SEC

champs once again. Not impossible, just improbable. 3. NCAA seeding Beating Tennessee on Sunday would give the Cats another quality win over a ranked opponent and help secure a better seed in the NCAA Tournament. Right now, UK looks poised for a No. 3 seed. Beat the Vols and win a couple in the SEC Tournament — or the whole thing — and UK has a strong case for a No. 2 seed, meaning the Cats wouldn’t face a No. 1 seed until the Elite Eight. A No. 3 seed would likely mean playing a No. 2 seed in the Sweet 16. A deep run is still possible even without the confidence of winning a conference title. Consider Texas A&M in 2011. The Aggies, then in the Big 12, fell short of Baylor in the regular season and the conference tournament, losing 61-58 in the championship game. A&M entered the NCAA Tournament a No. 2 seed and met Baylor once again in the Elite Eight, claiming victory and going on to win the national title. If the Cats had to choose between a SEC title and celebrating in New Orleans after the last game of the season ... well, just ask UK’s men’s basketball team from last season how that feels.

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Mays’ 24 points and clutch plays late, the Cats got their biggest win when they needed it the most. “Even through adversity, we’re learning how to play without (Noel),” sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer said. “I think we’re a tough team even without him.” Mays has been one of the few steady producers for UK throughout this tumultuous season, particularly of late. He has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games, playing at least 32 minutes in all of those. “He’s a wonderful young man,” Calipari said. “He has taken on that role of holding people accountable … Thank goodness he’s on this team.” Another major, yet overlooked, key to the Cats’ backto-back wins has been sophomore guard Ryan Harrow. After a two-game straight where he didn’t score a point with just one assist (both losses), he has turned back into the quality point guard that Calipari envisioned in the offseason. In two wins last week,

Harrow averaged 14 points and five assists, while shooting 53 percent from the field. Mississippi State travels to Lexington after a 72-31 loss to Vanderbilt at home. They have scored 55 or fewer points in 10 different games this season. As a team, they shoot just 39 percent from the field, compared to UK’s 48 percent team shooting. Given the grand scheme of what has become a concise, pressure-filled, sevengame season, this game poses little stress to the Cats. However, given all that has transpired so far, the players know they would be foolish to overlook any opponent, regardless of stature. “We really know we can’t look past anybody,” junior guard Jarrod Polson said. “A lot of teams come into Rupp and go off … If a team starts hitting shots, it’s a totally different ballgame.” The game will tip at 8 p.m. Wednesday night and be televised locally on the SEC Network.


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Graffiti art appearing around campus By Ryan Schmieder

UK has become home to a variety of different graffiti art this semester, causing mixed reactions among students and faculty. At the beginning of the second semester, new graffiti was popping up almost every week behind White Hall Classroom Building, on the sides of the Chemistry-Physics Building, in parking garages all over campus and around W. T. Young Library. The tags seen most by students were “Phuck,” which can still be seen near the library and in parking garages

and “Jam,” which was formerly located on the Chem-Phys Building, but was recently removed. “Graffiti is about looking at a blank space and bringing life to it. Blank gray walls are boring and graffiti is an art form that everyone can enjoy,” an anonymous tagger said. Although some people enjoy graffiti, the idea of having it on campus is still too extreme for others. “The school should continue to enforce the rules on graffiti, because if not, the entire campus would get covered,” communications freshman Alex Patrick said. “Besides, these rules just add to

the spontaneity of it all, sometimes a beautiful piece only lasts a couple days which makes it even greater when you do see amazing graffiti.” Some students seem to believe graffiti definitely has the potential to be a beautiful form of art, but it has no place on UK’s campus. “In my opinion, a university should be graffiti free. It’s supposed to yield a prestigious atmosphere, but I don’t think it should just go unnoticed. It deserves attention in order to keep the university to uphold its esteemed reputation,” Molly McCollough, architecture freshman said.

Intermedia lecturer Sarah Wylie A. VanMeter sees graffiti as art, but there is an important distinction to be made between graffiti as art or vandalism. She went on to say laws and rules against graffiti are what make good street art so powerful. “Graffiti artists like Banksy, whose work even covers the wall dividing Israel and Palestine, push against the law and create a very real and meaningful conversation, and then that conversation becomes more than the art itself. This is when PHOTO BY ADAM PENNAVARIA | STAFF graffiti can reach its highest form, in my opinion,” Van- Graffiti artists have tagged many areas around UK, including behind White Hall Classroom Building and in various parking garages. Meter said.

Two new fashion stores come to Lexington Anthropologie and Ann Taylor LOFT add variety to shopping scene AMANDA POWELL Kernel columnist

The mall at Lexington Green is currently working on a major redevelopment to gear toward more fashion retail, according to mall manager Jennifer James. Anthropologie opened on Jan. 18 and Ann Taylor LOFT will open on March 8. Students seem to be more intrigued about the opening of LOFT and less enthused about

Anthropologie. But this is the first Anthropologie store in Lexington, so it’s more of an unknown brand. “People have been coming in just to check it out since it’s new to the area. People haven’t had the experience of being in the store even if they’ve been shopping online,” Alex Keiper, the home department supervisor at Anthropologie said. Dietetics administration graduate student Whitney Asher said she visited the store recently. “I went for the first time a few weeks ago and it’s so expensive, but I liked every-

thing in there. I couldn’t afford anything though,” Asher said. Anthropologie is a lot like a high-end Urban Outfitters, so the clothes are typically out of a college student’s price range. Asher, along with fellow dietetics administration graduate students, Brittany Murray and Laura Tincher, said they are strict sale and clearance rack shoppers. Collectively, the three of them said they shop at Gap, Old Navy, Target, DSW and Express. “I get a lot of workout stuff from Target and T.J.Maxx,” Murray said. They also like Francesca’s, where they feel merchandise is similar to Anthropologie, but prices are lower.

“It’s all about digging for the sales,” Asher said. “Buy your spring stuff in the winter; buy your winter stuff in the spring.” Pre-nursing freshman Mia Jackson said she shops at thrift stores, such as Street Scene, to save money. “I bought high-waisted pants and different button up tops and sweaters that were $2 or $3,” Jackson said. Jackson plans to travel for spring break and said she buys her bathing suits from Forever 21 because they’re pretty cheap. She said she typically spends around $12. Pre-nursing freshmen Jordyn Daws and Jenna Ferrante said they like shopping at J.Crew, Francesca’s and Bluetique. They hadn’t heard of An-

thropologie, but Daws said she goes to Ann Taylor LOFT, located in Hamburg, all the time. “I have tons of stuff from there, actually,” Daws said. Asher said she shopped on the clearance rack at LOFT last weekend, buying sweaters for around $10. “That’s somewhere I always say, ‘When I graduate, that’s where I’ll get my work clothes,’” Murray said about LOFT. James said White House Black Market and Chico’s will be coming to the Lexington Center sometime around June. She said they want to cater to women in general, not necessarily any specific age group. Worlds Apart, also located at Lexington Green, currently has some reasonable mark-

downs for sale shoppers, including some discounted BCBG items. And even though Anthropologie is pricey, I still suggest taking a look inside at the decorations. A giant, pink flower made from papier-mâché is currently at the entrance of the store. Sales associate Angie Aschenbrenner said, “My sisterin-law was head of the visual team and she’s from Milwaukee, Wis.. Another [team member] flew in from Philadelphia. They came from all over the country and they worked 14-hour days, ten days straight, non-stop.” Affording the latest trends can be tough, but with advice from campus fashionistas and sales around Lexington, you can stop breaking the bank.

The art of the rain delay NICK GRAY Kernel columnist

Two seasons ago, Clemson and Davidson put on a show for those in attendance during a rain delay by playing human bowling, red rover, and enjoying a danceoff. In 2009, South Florida and Connecticut organized their own dance-off in a video that was shown on ESPN the next day and has over 1.2 million views on YouTube since. Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic even acted out skits in one rain delay, moving around in their own invisible rollercoaster and fake fighting (presumably) inside a man-made circle. So what do UK baseball players do when the tarp is on the field and the rain is coming down during a rain delay? The 4 p.m. first pitch for the season opener between UK and Murray State morphed into a 7 p.m. first start after two waves of rain showers pushed the game time back three hours. Players from both teams finished their pre-game batting practice around 3:15 p.m. before

the tarp covered the infield. Neither team ventured out of the dugout for any special extra-curricular activities. The Cats had little reason to head into the rain with the air conditioned digs at their leisure. In the home clubhouse a player’s room is available to the team, complete with a pool table, ping pong table and big screen television. Couches are on hand as well for the players to put their feet up and wait for game time. UK head coach Gary Henderson didn’t find the opportunity to shoot pool or play table tennis too an enjoyable one. “It was really nothing exciting at all,” Henderson said of the rain delay. “I looked at the radar a bunch of it, too much.” Sophomore right handed pitcher Chandler Shepherd said he got some food and tried to relax and focus on the game while spending time with his teammates. “Our club likes to have a good time,” he said. “Most of us were in the barn outside … having fun,” Shepherd said. “We were having some fun. But we don’t get too carried away because we still have a game to play.” Sophomore first baseman and left handed pitcher A.J.

Reed used the three hour delay much differently than Shepherd. Before his first inning home run over the right field, which came against the wind, Reed said he spent the majority of his time in the Cats private all-purpose having fun with his team mates. “We were in the barn, and we had a couple guys messing around,” Reed said. “We acted like we were pitching (with their) opposite hand and guys acting like they’re swinging and having a good time waiting. I was one of those guys too. My right arm is going to be tired tomorrow.” Would Reed and his teammates ever post videos of their antics onto the Internet? “Probably not, “he said. “It’s pretty embarrassing. I can’t really throw right handed.” Reed may get the chance to work on his right-handed fastballs Wednesday with the 4 p.m. first pitch also in danger of the elements. The Weather Channel forecasts a 70 percent chance of some type of precipitation at the scheduled game time, with temperatures diving under 40 degrees. If only the all-purpose barn had a camera inside to PHOTO BY EMILY WUETCHER | STAFF broadcast the ambidextrous Cats. Sophomore Max Kuhn makes contact during UK’s win over Murray State Tuesday night.

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gary hermann | opinions editor |

letter to the editor

Kernel Editorial

Scotty Stutts explains his plans to improve campus My name is Scotty Stutts, and I am running for the office of Student Body President. Since 2011, I have been working on the Student Body Senate as a Senator at Large to improve UK and revise policies such as the alcohol policy, the fall break, parking, the ticket lottery system, vetScotty erans' affairs, adStutts vising, student safety and students' rights. I feel as though it is my time to seek the office of the President of the Student Body. Not because I am overly ambitious, or because I crave the power. I ask humbly for your vote because I feel I have the leadership capability, work-ethic, experience and tenacity to change the policies that have hindered students since my enrollment at this university. I ask humbly for your vote because my running mate and I will work harder than any other candidate to change these policies, day and night, until the job is done. I ask humbly for your vote because I believe in myself and my running mate as strong leaders of this campus, who will not talk softly about issues such as the wet campus, parking reform, ticket lottery, veterans' affairs, student safety, and students' rights like our opponents have done. Our opponents seek to create an “Advisory Board" to address these issues. I say, these issues have been addressed, and the consensus is clear, it's time to change them. Without a strong leader who has the guts to voice his opinion loud and clear on these issues, who has the work-ethic to get them done and who has the ideas that can reform these policies, not just a soft approach and an advisory board, we cannot change them. We want to build a new parking structure for students, cut out waiting at Memorial Coliseum for basketball tickets, extend programs that enhance

student safety, increase veterans' affairs here on campus and work hard as representatives of the student body to defend students' rights. We seek to increase campus involvement here at UK. We believe that this can only be done once the policies that are hampering campus life are changed. The social atmosphere of this campus is near nonexistent. Yes, large events draw crowds and do attract some life on this campus, but on a week to week and day to day basis, UK expresses very little social life on campus. Primarily, the alcohol policy must be changed, so that organizations on campus can host social events, in a positive and communal atmosphere, as opposed to the current unsafe atmosphere they are forced into because of the alcohol policy. You have to get students involved in this campus before they'll seek campus involvement. We also seek to reform student safety. Our student government and administration have done an excellent job thus far promoting student safety, but we believe that we can take this issue further. Reforms to the alcohol policy will prevent students from having long, vulnerable walks back to campus from off-campus party houses in unsafe neighborhoods. We also want to expand the Safe Cats program. We will work with the changes being made to the Cats Cruiser program already in place to cut down on drinking and driving on this campus. With an extension of Safe Cats, a new taxi service to replace the Cats Cruiser and a wet campus that promotes safe social events on campus, imagine how much the university could lower sexual assaults, robberies and

In tomorrow’s paper ... A student studying abroad makes his case for the Roshan Palli-Jake Ingram ticket.

drunk driving in the campus area. Additionally, we will build up on current ground-level parking lots to create a new parking garage for students close to North Campus. This task would not be as difficult as you would think. If the current Board of Trustees has proven anything, it's that they have a commitment to building here on campus. As president, I would raise parking concerns to the Board of Trustees and lobby them to secure construction funds to build the new parking garage. I would also like to make reforms to advising. I would push to fix APEX so that it would tell students which classes to take which semester, not just push a large list of classes at them. I would also like to push UK to create a new class for seniors called UK 401. UK 401 would solve as an extension of UK 101, but for seniors. It would be a multipurpose class for seniors to prep for graduate exams like the MCAT, LSAT, and GRE. It could serve as a writing lab for senior writing projects, and would also serve as a weekly job fair to help students find a job upon graduation. I have experience in the Senate and have a track record of getting things done. As president, I can get even more done to help the student body. As president, I will work hard to represent all students. My door will always be open, and from day one, I will start working to change this university into what the students deserve. Unlike my opponent, I will not be soft on issues that are near and dear to the student body, and I will not relent from pushing for reform to make UK a wet campus, build a new parking structure, fix advising, reform the ticket lottery, and make UK a safer campus for all students. It is up to you, the voters, to make this campus better by electing strong leadership. I ask humbly for your vote this Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you.

Palli-Ingram has best plan for UK The Roshan Palli and Jake Ingram ticket is the clear choice to best represent the students at UK for 2013-14. The Palli-Ingram ticket has a realistic view of what the Student Government president and vice president can accomplish and should focus on. They understand that it is their job to represent student views on issues to the administration and to work with student organizations on campus, and their ideas were realistic when it comes to representing students. The Scotty Stutts and Ryan Mosley ticket, at a forum with both tickets Tuesday, focused mostly on making UK a wet campus and expanding student parking. Stutts supports these initiatives as benefits to overall campus safety. Those stances are popular with and affect many students, but the next SG administration should not focus on making substantial changes to either independently. What the Student Government president should focus on is conveying student opinions to the UK administration about such initiatives. Palli seems to understand that a key function of Student Government is to reach out to students while working with other campus leaders. Palli and Ingram also acknowledged that parking and alcoholpolicy issues are already being addressed in the campus master plan being updated with the company Sasaki Associates. Ingram put it best in the debate when he said that he and Palli were about “so much more than just bringing alcohol back.” Palli and Ingram mentioned including as many students as possible in Student Government and finding ways to increase student involvement and retention rates. Those are realistic goals for an SG presidential administration, as well as important ones for student leaders to address. Their proposed Presidential Advisory Board, while not necessarily a perfect way to get in touch with all students on campus, is a good way to connect with non-SG campus leaders and gauge student opinions. Palli and Ingram discussed meeting with campus officials, such as the parking and transportation office and a safety consultant the university is working with, which shows they are committed to learning about and working with changes the university already has planned. Having prepared student liasions can help students understand how the changes affect them and give them a chance to voice concerns with their representatives. Ultimately, while the parking, alcohol and lottery issues Stutts and Mosley propose are important to students, an overhaul might not be ideal nor realistic. The next leaders of UK Student Government must be able to work with the large-scale projects UK is already involved in and make sure student voices are heard in the process and represented in front of the Board of Trustees.

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