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UK discusses possible new student center No timeline, but university conducts preliminary studies By Will Wright email@example.com
New residence and dining halls are expected to be on campus within the next few years, but the construction of
a new student center remains uncertain. This fall, the university is conducting preliminary studies such as how much a new student center will cost, said Bob Wiseman, UK’s vice
president for facilities management. UK has not released a timeline for construction of a new building, but some employees will give their opinions on what should be in-
cluded in a new building in a focus group on Thursday. “As our student body expands and becomes more active they’re going to need more space,” said Student Government President Roshan Palli. “Even now, we use almost all the space in the Student Center.”
From summer 2012 to summer 2013, more than 1.8 million people visited the Student Center, according to the Student Center annual report, which is almost a 20 percent increase from 20102011. “I think the Student Center we have now isn’t ade-
quately meeting students’ needs,” Palli said. “So we have to do something about that.” The Student Center had 11,325 room reservations in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the report. The number of reservations has See CENTER on page 2
Dorm to dust Simulation teaches fire safety
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Left: Fire consumes a makeshift dorm in a mobile trailer as part of a fire demonstration on Tuesday. Above: A crowd watches outside the Main Building as the room’s contents are destroyed within minutes.
Students took videos of a dorm fire simulation and then took a large step back as flames and thick black smoke billowed from the makeshift dorm room on Tuesday. The UK Fire Marshal’s office sponsored the demonstration in front of the Main Building to show students the importance of escaping quickly in case of a fire. The entire mobile trailer was engulfed in flames within five minutes. “We can replace stuff,” said Lt. Keith Smith of the Lexington Fire Department. “We can’t replace people.”
Sound, art feature of festival
Local artists share work at craft fair By Olivia Senter firstname.lastname@example.org
Quilts, homemade soaps, paintings and handmade jewelry were just some of the crafts on display Wednesday at the Kentucky Craft Fair. The UK Student Activities Board hosted the fair in continuance of Kentucky Pride Week where locals were able to present their works of art for purchase. Students had the opportunity to create their own art pieces, as tissue paper, sticker letters and other craft supplies were available for use. Trista Mudd, an art studio and art administration freshman, was on her way to study and eat at the Student Center during a break between classes when the craft booths caught her eye.
“I do love art and handmade things,” Mudd said. While creating a flower out of tissue paper, Mudd said she did not know about the event until she saw the booths set up on the patio, but was glad she came. Christie Durant, a fulltime nanny and owner of Sweet Peas Forever, was one of the vendors at the fair. She creates life-like, vinyl dolls after she lost her daughter five years ago. “It feeds my soul,” Durant said. Durant makes each doll with unique characteristics. She estimated that she has made about 400 dolls in the past two years. “I love to make something come alive,” she said. Another vendor, Tracy Crandall, owner of Collec-
Boomslang begins Friday
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Jerielle Hanlon works on a sign for her Kentucky Pop Art booth. tions by Tracy, makes original jewelry pieces. “I could never find a piece of jewelry that I liked in the store so I just made my own,” she said. Her collection contained a
wide variety of rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Crandall said she enjoys producing one-of-a-kind pieces and would like to make this hobby a career.
Boomslang is back this year for a weekend celebrating sound and art. The three-day, multivenue event, hosted by WRFL 88.1 Radio Free Lexington, will feature two mini-festivals: Queerslang and Doomslang. Queerslang will include documentary screenings and workshops and Doomslang is a metal show that will be at Embrace Church. The Thursday Night Kick-off Party will be Sept. 19 and will feature Amtrack, Ellie Herring and OK Deejays at Al’s
Sidecar. For more information, visit www.boomslangfest.com. STAFF REPORT
if you go What: Boomslang: A Celebration of Sound and Art When: Sept. 20-22 Where: Various locations in Lexington Admission: Tickets prices vary
Top players in Class of 2014 may come as a package deal Men’s basketball looking to add Johnson, Oubre By Brett Bibbins email@example.com
If national recruiting experts agree on one thing in the Class of 2014, it’s that this class is riddled with
more potential package deals than any recruiting class in history. UK head coach John Calipari has already received two commitments from the Class of 2014 in center Karl
Towns Jr. and point guard Tyler Ulis. Towns is the No. 6 overall player and the No. 2 center in the Class of 2014 and Ulis is the No. 38 overall player and the No. 8 point
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guard in the class, according to ESPN, listed UK, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan as his final five schools, according to his Twitter account. “I’m trying to get him to come with me,” Ulis said of
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Booker in an interview with Ben Roberts of NextCats. Okafor is the No. 1 overall prospect in the class, according to ESPN, and is listed at 6-foot-10, 265 pounds. “I talked to Jahlil when I was down there, trying to get See RECRUIT on page 2
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CENTER Continued from page 1 increased in the last five years when 8,269 reservations were made in 2007-08. Student-run groups like Late Night Film Series, The Cats Den, Student Activities Board and the Center for Student Involvement all operate from the Student Center. The Cats Den brought
about 6,400 students to the Student Center in the 2012-13 school year, and the Film Series brought about 17,000 viewers, a 74 percent attendance increase from the 2011-12 school year for the organization, according to the report. “I’m not entirely sure what the timeline is,” Palli said. “But it’s a priority for me and I think the administration recognizes that it is a necessity.”
Bye week will be valuable for Cats Young team needs time to practice
The bye week is like puberty for college football teams: Everyone has to experience it and it happens at different times. And while I’m cooking up strange similes, the bye week is also like FaceALEX book’s FORKNER stock: Its value is deKernel batable. columnist Two schools of thought prevail when it comes to bye weeks. They either come at much needed times or kill a team’s momentum. “We can certainly use this week to get better as a football team and not worry so much about game-planning as far as just getting better,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “I think it can help in that regard.” Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot perfectly summed up how the Cats want to use this bye week. “We’re always trying to stay ahead of the game, so we’re preparing for Florida but emphasizing on Kentucky,” Eliot said. UK has a lot to work on in house without having to worry about what Florida is doing. The Cats need to tighten all the screws and polish all the floors before turning their attention to landscaping. UK’s offense can clean up those dropped passes and missed blocking assignments. The defense can iron out alignment issues and work on tackling. Most important of all, UK can get healthy. Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith and senior defensive tackle Donte Rumph are nursing shoulder injuries. Were there a game on Saturday, they’d both likely be out. Smith hasn’t thrown a pass in practice this week and Rumph has sat out. Having the extra week is good medicine. But on the other hand, UK was making steady improvement in a lot of areas. Not having a game to prepare for could hinder that progression. “Sometimes you get a lit-
tle stagnant coming off of a bye,” Stoops said. “You’d rather just go all the way through and just keep on getting better.” Over the last 10 years, UK is 4-6 coming off the bye week. Four of those losses came to the University of Tennessee, who has been UK’s most common opponent after a bye week. The other two losses came against the University of Mississippi in 2005 and Vanderbilt University in 2003. UK’s wins came against Samford University last season, Jacksonville State University in 2011, the University of Louisville in 2009 and Mississippi State University in 2006. Scheduling bye weeks before softer competition like Samford and Jacksonville State is really wasting the potential of the time off. UK shouldn’t need extra preparation for such teams. Ideally, playing an FCS team should be a pseudo-bye week itself, where your starters can get healthy and you start to focus on more formidable foes ahead. So what’s the verdict on this bye week for UK? Having a bye week before the start of SEC play, where UK will face three straight AP Top 20 teams, is probably a good thing. A team as young as UK needs as much work on the practice field as it can get, working on fundamentals and mastering the schemes. Oddly enough, UK has another open date in a month, after hosting University of Alabama on Oct. 12 and before playing a Thursday night game at Mississippi State on Oct. 24. The Cats could be able to catch their breath after running a gauntlet and turn toward a stretch featuring some winnable games. As for whether he thinks it’s good or bad, Stoops knows all he can do is say hello to the bye. “It is what it is, anyway,” Stoops said. “I mean, we have the bye. There’s nothing we can do about it, so it really doesn’t matter what I think about that. So we just need to take this time to get better as a football team and help us prepare a little bit extra for Florida and help us get better in a lot of ways.”
RECRUIT Continued from page 1 him to commit,” Ulis said to Roberts. The three player package deal would sound ideal for the Cats, were it not for another package deal that has been in the works for far longer. Okafor has been in a package deal with point guard Tyus Jones, according to Okafor’s blog on USA Today last month. Jones is the third-ranked overall player and the No. 1 point guard in the class, according to ESPN. Jones and Okafor scheduled visits to Baylor, Kansas and Duke together, but their visits to Lexington are separate, with Jones visiting on Sept. 28 and Okafor having already visited on Sept. 9,
during the UK Alumni Game. Another package deal may be in the works with two players at the small forward position. The No. 12 overall prospect, small forward Stanley Johnson, and the No. 20 overall prospect, Kelly Oubre, according to ESPN, may be forming a package deal. Johnson is the No. 2 ranked small forward in the class, and Oubre is the No. 5 ranked small forward in the class, according to ESPN. Johnson has hinted of plans to attend college with Oubre at the same school. “If @K_Ctmd22 (Kelly Oubre) commits to UK it just betters the situation just making it clear,” Johnson said on his Twitter account on Sept. 17. The tweet has since been deleted, but he
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Stanley Johnson, right, is fouled by Jordan Bell at the CIF Southern California Open Division semifinal in California in March. clarified later that the tweet meant that a potential Oubre commitment to UK would help the Cats’ chances of landing Johnson as well. The package deals are
forming and falling apart by the day, and no one knows for sure where each will choose to take their talents as the next college basketball season approaches.
New certificate seeks to promote peace across disciplines Panel discusses goals, importance of new program By Laura Shrake firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace will be the focus of a new undergraduate certificate offered at UK. UK’s Undergraduate Education is adding a fifth undergraduate certificate program called Peace Studies to the university. “This is a really, really smart idea,” said Clayton Thyne, director of the Peace Studies Program. “People thought creatively to add to the undergraduate experience.” According to the undergraduate education website, this certificate will enhance students’ understanding of “personal, social, cultural and economic issues that reduce or promote prospects for peace.” Thyne said the program is intended to be an interdisciplinary effort to “package electives” into another certification. An undergraduate certificate is essentially a smaller version of an academic mi-
nor, he said. To earn a certificate, a student must complete between 12 and 15 hours in a variety of classes pertaining to peace, but also to the student’s primary area of study. On Wednesday, the new program had an inaugural event to raise awareness of PHOTO BY JOEL REPOLEY | STAFF the program and discuss how the program will be a spring- President Eli Capilouto, left, Student Government President Roshan Palli, board for campus communi- Kerby Neill of Central Kentucky Council of Peace and Justice and Mayor Jim Gray participate in a panel on Wednesday. ty involvement. Attending the event were President Eli Capilouto, LexNeill hopes to see this in the community. ington Mayor Jim Gray, Stu- “seedling” in undergraduate He also acknowledged dent Government President education grow into a minor the new learning space in the Roshan Palli, and Kerby and continue to find ways residence halls on campus Neill, a board member of the into the community, but not- and how the peace studies Central Kentucky Council ed that these steps must be program could one day be a for Peace and Justice. taken one at a time. part of the future student liv“We are looking for The overarching goal of ing spaces. ways to build bridges into the peace studies certificate Thyne said the Peace communities, and going in is to answer a student’s ques- Studies Program strives to and establishing relation- tion of “‘What can I do to give an overview of peace in ships (in these communi- foster peace?’ as an active general from many different ties),” Neill said. citizen or leader or in my perspectives. The panel discussed chosen vocation,” according “The idea is that a lot of their goals for the program, to the website. people are interested in including how the universiCapilouto said he was peace from different perspecty can grow and continue to “so glad to hear the words tives,” Thyne said. “(We develop in the area of com- and themes of peace and jus- want to) combine our intermunity impact and out- tice,” and emphasized UK’s ests across campus with difreach. responsibility to be involved ferent students.”
‘Duck Dynasty’ comes to Lexington Family to discuss faith to raise money for school By Anyssa Roberts email@example.com
The Robertsons of “Duck Dynasty,” A&E’s hit show, are coming to Lexington to discuss faith, their family and their business. Willie, Korie, Miss Kay, Sadie, John Luke and Alan Robertson will all be in attendance at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 in Rupp Arena for the Frankfort Christian Academy’s “Faith, Family and Ducks: A conversation with the Robertsons.” The Frankfort Christian Academy brought the family
to Lexington to raise money to renovate its school. Duck Dynasty airs on A&E, and on its fourth season, the show features the shenanigans of the Robertson family: a family, who despite their simple home in the backwoods of Monroe, La., has made a fortune on duck calls and hunting gear, according to the A&E website. The show shattered TV records by drawing in 11.8 million on the air of its fourth season this August, according to the TV Guide website. Kim Burgess, principal
at Frankfort Christian Academy, said they are looking to add a science lab, put heating and air conditioning in their new gymnasium and complete their new locker room. “This means a lot to our middle and high school students to expand the engineering, science, math and STEM programs,” she said. Burgess said the show carries and shares the message that family comes first, which connects with the school. “They are a great example of how to have fun and
be entertaining, and at the same time stay true to your values and share your faith,” she said. The “camo-clad” family gets over 600 requests for appearance per day, Burgess said. It took a small group of eager parents who were dedicated to raising this money in a creative way, she said. “For them to choose us, we feel very blessed,” she said. All of the proceeds will go to the Frankfort Christian Academy and its efforts to renovate its school. Tickets are being sold at Ticketmaster and at the Rupp Arena box office. Costs vary by location of seats.
Resolution needed to avoid shutdown By Lisa Mascaro Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT)
WASHINGTON — House Republicans united Wednesday around a plan to use the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, confident the American people are on their side. House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, yielded to his right flank by agreeing to attach the health care law repeal to a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past Sept. 30. A vote is expected Friday on a bill that would allow the government to stay open for the next few months. The measure is all but
certain to pass the Republican-led House, but faces rejection in the Senate, where the Democratic majority has shown little interest in undoing Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Without a resolution by Oct. 1, the start of the new federal fiscal year, the government will run out of money to keep federal workers on the job and provide basic services. Boehner and his leadership team had tried to avoid a prolonged battle over government funding, but the speaker saw no other option after the most conservative House members revolted last week. “Every member in this room is for defunding Oba-
macare,” Boehner told his colleagues in a private meeting in the Capitol basement, according to a source in the room. “We’re going to send it over to the Senate, so our conservative allies over there can continue the fight.” Top Republicans worry the party will be blamed if government services are interrupted, much the way the party suffered during the last shutdowns in the mid-1990s. They were hoping to hold off the fight over repealing the health care law until next month, when Obama may be forced to bargain in exchange for the administration’s request to raise the debt limit to borrow money to avoid defaulting on the nation’s bills.
But many rank-and-file Republicans believe stopping the health care law is their constituents’ top priority. “We’re doing what the American people are asking us to do,” said third-term Rep. Marlin Stutzman, RInd. “I think now is the time. You take the best opportunity that you have.” Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., among those leading the fight, said, “I think over the next 12 days there’s going to be a strong argument from the American people saying this is the path forward.” Polls show more Americans oppose the law, the Affordable Care Act, than support it, even as the online health insurance marketplaces are set to open Oct. 1.
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Offenses ahead of defenses in the SEC By Josh Kendall The State (Columbia S.C.) (MCT)
Last week, a reporter asked Steve Spurrier about the explosion of offenses in the once-stodgy SEC. “There are some big games coming up that are going to be interesting,” South Carolina’s coach said. “Alabama and (Texas) A&M are pretty good defensive teams. It will be interesting to see how many points happen there.” The Crimson Tide and Aggies combined for 91 points, barely showing any sign of defense on either side. Texas A&M gained 628
yards. Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel had 562 yards of offense by himself. It was the most yards surrendered by Alabama — and Texas A&M lost. The two years that have passed since LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in overtime in the biggest game of that season might as well be light years. “The SEC has always been known for defense, but now a lot of teams have these high-octane offenses, and they can put up a lot of numbers,” South Carolina defensive end Chaz Sutton said. “They have a lot of great guys at the skill positions that can fly and tear the top off a
defense.” After South Carolina fell 41-30 to Georgia in Athens two weeks ago, many Gamecock fans wondered what had happened to their vaunted defense. It’s not a thought that’s limited to the state’s borders. Almost every fan base in the conference is wondering the same thing. “I felt like our offense played well enough to win,” Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said after the game in Athens. “We have to make sure we play well enough on defense that (30 points) is definitely enough to win the ball game.”
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That might be an antiquated thought in the 2013 SEC. The conference’s three highest-ranked teams — No. 1 Alabama, No. 9 Georgia and No. 10 Texas A&M — have the 10th-, 13th- and 14th-ranked defenses in the conference, respectively. “I think this year has been the most unusual year because, in the past years, you had the Alabamas and the
LSUs and us, and we didn’t give up a lot of points, but you come into this season and a lot of teams are throwing the ball all over the place, got guys who can get down field and make plays,” Sutton said. “It’s different, it’s way different.” Last year, the Aggies led the SEC with 44.5 points per game, the second-highest total in league history behind
Spurrier’s 1995 Florida team that averaged 46.6 points per game. Spurrier and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who was Spurrier’s defensive coordinator at Florida, have spoken recently about the tilting scoreboards in the SEC, Spurrier said. “The more you look at it, the more you see that the offenses are difficult to stop, they really are,” Spurrier said.
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Dorm life poses challenge to some freshmen By Stephen Ceasar Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES — Soon after she settled into her new dorm room at Cal State Northridge, Brittany Brockman figured she should give her new roommate fair warning: She’s a bit of a neat freak. Her roommate, Leslie Rosales, 18, didn’t make much of the admission. But she didn’t know yet just how serious Brockman was. Brockman, 18, folds all of her clothes impeccably
and organizes them by color. She doesn’t like a dirty shower. And when the trash needs to be taken out, it needs to be taken out now. Inside a freshly decorated (mostly pink) room, her quirks began to show. And in thousands of other dorm rooms around the country last week and in coming weeks, a similar scene plays out. A teary-eyed parent, a final hug and then two or three or four strangers alone in a shoebox-size room. The collision of quirks
and emotions can cause strife and spark fast friendships — or make fast enemies. And as the first-week jitters blur into a stream of all-nighters, school stress compounds annoying habits and roommates must continue to coexist. “I’m a very clean and organized person; I like things where they belong,” Brockman said. “I guess I just have to learn to have more patience for messy stuff.” Colleges around the country have been giving
incoming students more freedom to find their own roommates. At California State University-Northridge, students can opt for the time-honored rite of rooming with a complete stranger or seek out like-minded freshmen by taking a survey offered by the university’s campus housing department. The survey covers sleeping, drinking and cleaning habits, among others. Abby Souza, 18, of Davis, Calif., was given the names of other incoming
freshmen whose survey answers aligned closely with hers. Armed with those names, she commenced her Internet sleuthing — a common way to gain a peek into someone’s life without actually meeting. She quickly found a blog page belonging to her future roommate. “I went through all her photos, read her posts — you know, to see what she’s like,” Abby said. They soon connected on social media, traded phone numbers and texted and
chatted with each other weeks before moving to campus. “We talked about our lives, boys, friends, TV shows,” she said. “We already knew each other before we got here.” Students who have a light Internet footprint can be left out of pre-college bonding, said Carolina Salguero, 18, of Los Angeles, who bonded online with two of her three roommates before arriving at school. The third roommate had missed out.
Time for Student Center overhaul Students, faculty and staff probably all agree that the university needs a new student center. What’s supposed to be a hub for students is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Built in 1938, the Student Center’s last major renovation was more than 30 years ago. Simply put, it is old and outdated. The space is no longer functional and doesn’t fit the needs of students and organizations that need to use it. With the add-ons and renovations over the years, the confusing layout is not conducive to fostering a strong student community, which deserves the utmost attention. The Kernel is looking forward to upcoming discussions about replacing the current building. It’s time to put a plan into action. It seems that every year, there is a plan to renovate and improve the Student Center. The funding the university can get always goes to repairs and upkeep, while the building continues to whither away with time. Though the Student Center is a campus landmark with immense
history, the Kernel, as well as most students, would like to see not just a renovation, but an overhaul. As the university studies what can be done with the Student Center, the Kernel hopes students will rally around the possibility of getting a new facility. Yet, a great deal of questions still remain. Where will the money come from? Should only part of the building be demolished and renovate the rest? Should the university consider two student centers, instead of just one on North Campus? These are just a few of the questions posed to the university while students anticipate a new chapter for the Student Center. After all, it is one of the most important buildings to students on campus. UK is on its way to a more attractive campus. The Student Center should be a part of the campus revitalization project, a priority right next to the new residence halls. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Is the GRE testing confidence or competence? I resist the urge to hyperventilate as I walked in the building. The girl sitting at the front desk asks in a calm voice “do you have your confirmation code?” With shaking hands, I ELEANOR reach into HASKEN my pocket Kernel and pull columnist out the piece of paper, praying it’s the right thing. She takes the paper and tells me I can go sit down. I choose a seat close to a kid obviously panicking. His flashcards are in his lap and his leg is bouncing up and down rapidly. I can hear him mutter under his breath “positive or negative x...” His panic rubs off on me and causes my heart rate to elevate even more. I wait until they finally call me back. A young man takes me to another room, separated with a glass divider. After asking me a few questions, the young man escorts me to the back room. He seats me at a computer and turns to leave. As the door closes behind him, I contemplate running away from the testing center and never coming back. I take a deep breath and turn to the computer and begin taking the Graduate Records Examinations, otherwise known as the GRE. Although above is my personal GRE experience, every college student who intends on furthering their education takes the GRE. I can’t help but ask, does the GRE actually prove anything? I’ve heard over and over that the GRE is simply a test to see how well you take the GRE. I find this statement invalid for many reasons. I do
not plan on having to use algebraic or geometrical equations at any point in my life. I will never have to know how to calculate percentages. If this need were to arise, isn’t that what the Internet is for? Upon researching reasons why the GRE is a mandatory test, I found zero gratifying answers. The Educational Testing Service, or ETS, the distributer of the GRE, says you should take the GRE to “get the power of confidence.” How will being forced to take a test over information I haven’t known for years give me confidence? If you continue reading the page it gives you seven reasons to register. The highlights include: “use the test-taker friendly design to do your best,” “you have access to FREE, official test prep software,” and “you’ll be a step ahead in the competitive job market.” The last one leads me to wonder, what job will ever ask for your GRE scores? I don’t anticipate my scores ever ending up on my professional resume. The last thing I expect to hear in an interview is, “Everything looks great, we’re just curious what you scored on your GRE.” On the flip side, I have to admit my own bias. In looking at graduate schools, I immediately dismiss any school that does not require me to have taken the GRE. This is due to two things. One: I expended so much time and energy taking the darn test that I don’t want all of that to go to waste. Two: I’ve fallen prey to the belief that standardized tests are an accurate measure of overall intelligence. For me, the worst moment of the GRE was not the anticipation of taking the GRE, but rather the surprise that came at the end of the test. The GRE is composed of six sections: two essays, two English sections and two math sections. After I had completed all the allotted sections, a seventh section appeared. In all of the
“Surviving the GRE” books I had read, none of them mentioned a seventh section. The panic that had subsided immediately rushed through my veins. Various explanations ran through my mind: I blacked out and actually hadn’t completed the exam. This was actually a nightmare and I was about to wake up. Or worst of all, I had done so poorly that the test couldn’t recognize any of my scores and wanted to give me an extra section to see how dumb I really was. After I worked through the section, I ran outside the glass room. The proctor had never heard of something like that happening. I was met with a blank stare and handed a costumer service number for the test distribution company. After calling ETS they gave me an incredibly unsatisfactory answer. “We do that sometimes,” the woman on the other end replied. She said this after having to ask over three other people why this would happen. All in all, as a college senior, I can testify that the GRE is one of the worst things you will go through. You will spend months studying things that your brain has successfully pushed out of your memory. You will print off hundreds of pages of free study guides. You will become enraged with ETS for not offering an electronic practice version of the test for Macs. You will lose several hours of sleep the night before the test. You will panic before you sit down for the test, and you may even be hit with a surprise added section. But most importantly, you will shake with joy as soon as you leave the building after completing the test. Eleanor Hasken is the assistant photo editor and editor of The Kentuckian. Her column appears every Thursday in the Kernel. Ehasken@kykernel.com
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