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Trustees discuss higher education’s future Board retreat focuses on strategic, master plans By Will Wright and Laura Shrake email@example.com
The UK Board of Trustees adopted a five-year strategic plan for academics on Saturday in addition to approving further aspects of the master plan for campus infra-
structure. At its annual retreat, trustees discussed the changing facets of campus and how they accompany a larger-scale changing education system. Among the changes are the introduction of massive open online courses, its
affordability for students, and how UK could implement the trend. Trustees also proposed ideas for campus, including a central campus student center, a pedestrian-only Rose Street and adding a gym to the current Student Center.
pact on the community. The committee will use scorecards to rate UK in those areas and then create a plan for improvement, which is scheduled to be completed and approved by the trustees in June. They want to address the public’s concerns in higher education like affordability, graduation rates and job placement after graduation.
“The board is hungry (for change),” board Chairman Britt Brockman said. A strategic planning committee, led by senior administrators, is underway to evaluate the university in six areas: undergraduate learning, graduate and professional education, research, infrastructure, environment for faculty and staff, and the university’s im-
“We are in a time where rapid change is necessary,” said David Attis, a practice manager for the Education Advisory Board. Attis gave a presentation to the trustees on trends in higher education. Many trustees said affordable education would be a big issue in the future. College tuition and fees See TRUSTEES on page 2
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Lexington firefighters gave hats to Alpha Omicron Pi sisters, who were painting a mural as a part of Homecoming’s Paint the Town Blue.
Students paint campus murals Paint the Town Blue kicks off Homecoming Week 2013 By Hayley Hansen PHOTO BY EMILY WUETCHER | STAFF
Lexington firefighter Jeremy Bruner helps paint a mural on the windows of Whitehall after putting out a fire inside Whitehall on Sunday.
Whitehall tablecloth catches fire 3 Alpha Omicron Pi sisters put flames out with paint water By Morgan Eads firstname.lastname@example.org
When three Alpha Omicron Pi sisters went to White Hall Classroom Building on Sunday to participate in Paint the Town Blue, they did not expect they’d put out a fire. But after a table holding heated catering equipment for Qdoba Mexican Grill collapsed during the Panhellenic Women’s Leadership Conference, the three women ended up using paint brush water to help extinguish a small fire. “The fire just started climbing up the table cloth at an incredible speed,” said journalism senior Taylor Carden. “I’d never actually seen a real fire that wasn’t just a bonfire.” Carden along with precommunication disorders sophomore Kealy Griffin and communication disorders junior Taylor McDonald said
they saw the table collapse and the fire spread through the window they were painting. A group of women were listening to Miss Kentucky Jenna Day speak when the folding table holding catering from Qdoba fell, said Susan West, UK director of sorority and fraternity affairs. As a long line of women filed out of the classroom building, Carden, Griffin and McDonald ran in carrying the water bottles they were using to clean out their paintbrushes. “We did what we could to take care of it. We didn’t really think, we just did it,” Carden said. “I don’t know what made us do that.” The three poured put out much of the fire, Carden said. An employee from Qdoba pulled the table cloth with the remaining flames outside
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Capt. Cameron Hudson of the Lexington Fire Department walks by a table in Whitehall after a tablecloth caught fire on Sunday.
and then used a fire extinguisher to ensure all flames were out, Carden said. Lt. Richard Carlin of the Lexington Fire Department said the oil in the food warmers caught fire when a table leg gave out. There was no real damage. Firefighters used large fans to air out the thick smoke in the hallway, he said. While the firefighters
Police investigate dorm fire UK police are investigating a fire on the 14th floor of Blanding Tower that happened around 10:30 p.m. on Friday. A student resident extinguished the fire after discovering a burning poster board near the elevator. The student reported smelling smoke from the elevator hallway, according to a UK Police Department news release.
The Lexington Fire Department was called to the scene, but the fire was put out by the time they arrived, said Major Edward Crews of the Lexington Fire Department. UK police are doing the investigation into who may have been responsible for the fire, Crews said. “Posters don’t generally just catch on fire,” he said. It is unclear how long the
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poster board had been burning before the student extinguished it or if there were any witnesses or suspects involved. No one was injured, according to the release. If anyone has any information regarding the incident, they are urged to contact UK police at 859-2578573. STAFF REPORT
waited for the smoke to clear out, firefighter Jeremy Bruner got up in a chair and helped Carden, McDonald and Griffin paint their carrousel. The firefighters gave the three women plastic firefighter’s helmets and said they could be honorary firefighters for the day. “We just happened to be at the right place at the right time,” Carden said.
Strokes and spatters of blue paint kicked off Homecoming Week 2013 this weekend with the Paint the Town Blue event. Campus organizations teamed up with local businesses to paint Homecomingthemed murals on storefront windows and campus buildings in hopes winning the title of “best mural.” “Paint the Town Blue is an opportunity for the Lexington community to see what UK’s Homecoming is really about,” said Aleigh Oney UK Student Activities Board director of traditions. “It is a collective effort in unifying Homecoming week for all students.” All student organizations were invited to paritipate in the event. The winning mural will be chosen based on how well the organization incorporates the Homecoming theme “Under the Big Blue Top.” Last year, Sorority Phi Sigma Rho took first prize. “Doing Paint the Town Blue shows how much we care about school spirit as a whole and really brings the
student body together,” said Allison Henshaw sophomore Alpha Delta Pi Homecoming chair. The paintings are an opportunity reach out to the Lexington community. “You have to have a certain level of school spirit for your school to strive and to get people motivated,” said Brenton Covington, the Student Center’s building manager . Covington said Homecoming made him want to support UK. With the murals around town, he said he would surely be “spirited.” The energy and spirit presented in Paint the Town Blue made passerbys stop and to observe the work. “Twenty years from now, students will look back on Paint the Town Blue and be proud of the work they did for the school,” Oney said. Judging will take place starting at 9 a.m. on Monday and winners will be announced later in the day. Homecoming Week continues Monday with the Pep Rally at 6 p.m., at the Wildcat Alumni Plaza off of Avenue of Champions. The event is free.
Race kicks off DanceBlue Nearly 900 runners compete to raise funds for event By Derek Bishop email@example.com
Runners in Halloween costumes competed in one of the first events of the DanceBlue fundraising season Sunday at the DanceBlue 5K. DanceBlue partnered with the UK Alumni AsClassifieds.............3 Crossword.............3 Horoscope.............3
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been raised from the preregistered participants, said John Graeber, the operations chair of DanceBlue. He estimated they could earn about $15,000 from the race after it is calculated. There were 807 preregistered runners, and orSee DANCEBLUE on page 2
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TRUSTEES Continued from page 1 have gone up 1,120 percent since 1975, Attis said. He noted there are many universities that are still affordable, though. The average net price for an in-state student’s tuition at a public university in America is under $4,000, taking into account financial aid and scholarships, he said. But one reason some universities are more expensive is that they, like UK, conduct research, said Jim Tracy, vice president for research. UK is ranked 59 in university research expenditures with $373 million as of 2011. Though the majority of research funding is federal, the board is looking to have a broader scope of research funds and applications.
Attis said it is important to create an environment where faculty will stick around and where research will be a priority. “We’ve got to invest in our people,” President Eli Capilouto said regarding the rate in which faculty leave UK for better opportunities. “We cannot be the farm team for other universities.” The board retreat wrapped up Saturday morning with concluding discussions of the previous day’s session and a regular meeting. Raising questions, but not necessarily giving answers, was what trustees agreed was the focus of this retreat. “What’s important (is that we) communicate the plan to the community,” said Student Government President Roshan Palli. “I really think our students will have a direction to work toward and to work in.” The need for balance was also discussed, and board member Irina Voro
cited the fine arts department as an example. “(We) bring attention to areas but neglect others,” Voro said. “Buildings are important, but people are more important.” Capilouto and the board agreed that the emphasis on students needs to be woven into their values, and creating a positive work environment for faculty and staff needs to be kept in sight. “We need to state in our values that students come first,” Capilouto said. “We do our best to universally improve our facilities as best and as fast as we can.” Capilouto supported this point, recognizing that those who are supporting the board expect accountability. “We won’t be able to measure every little thing we do,” he said. “But we should put into place over-arching goals to keep ourselves accountable.”
Monthly street festival celebrates Halloween Local vendors, students attend Night Market By Sarah Brookbank firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite the near freezing temperatures Friday night, Lexington residents and students came out to Bryant Avenue for the Night Market, Halloween Edition. The monthly street festival, just off of West Loudon Avenue, is in its third month and features live music, food from local restaurants and booths from local businesses. It is hosted by the NoLi CDC (North Limestone Community Development Corporation, or), collaborating with Kentucky for Kentucky, according to its Facebook page. One of the center’s goals is to “promote a vibrant and sustainable community” according to its website. Food science senior Brandon Pearson who attended both the September and Octo-
ber festivals, said this one had a good crowd. “There were definitely more activities this time,” she said. A ping pong table and photo booth engaged visitors and encouraged them to say longer in the cold weather, Pearson added. “It was a really fun atmosphere,” she said. The Halloween-themed market was decorated with pumpkins and hay bales that provided seating for customers ordering food from restaurants like the Thai Orchid Cafe or those watching The Young Heirlooms, a Cincinnati-based band. “I’m glad that it’s going on in Lexington,” said Lexington resident Luisa Trujillo. Trujillo, 28, has lived in Lexington for eight years and said she’s pleased Lexington has the space to have outdoor
festivals, regardless of the cold weather. LexArts Development Coordinator Emily Evans said the organization raised almost $300 at the last Night Market and want to keep coming back. The group sold prints to raise money for other organizations promoting the arts in the Lexington area. In light of the creepy, crawly Halloween theme, Bluegrass Greensource, a nonprofit organization focusing on waste management education and energy efficiency, promoted vermicomposting, an indoor compost system that relies on worms to breakdown food material. Schuyler Warren, outreach specialist at Greensource, said the group is working closely with North Limestone Community Development Corporation to
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turn the Night Market into “a zero waste event.” “(We are) generating community value through recycling,” he said. Among other booths, the Lexington Tattoo Project’s booth invited attendees to tattoo a pumpkin. Children and adults enjoyed special bright green doughnuts by North Lime Coffee & Donuts. The popular doughnut shop had two new treats for the event: a zombie doughnut with green frosting and marshmallow eyes and a Guinness dark stout chocolate doughnut with pumpkin frosting and sprinkles. “It’s cool to see our customers outside of our four walls,” said Joe Ross, owner of North Lime Coffee & Donuts.
DANCEBLUE Continued from page 1 ganizers expected a total of 900 participants, which doubled last year’s turnout, said Claci Ayers, the overall chair of DanceBlue. She said turnout may be due in part the new theme for this year’s 5K, by turning it into a costume run. “A lot of people have really taken the spirit of homecoming and are doing
the ... circus theme,” Ayers said. “So it’s worked well with Halloween themes and really gained the morale booster.” Many participants joined in on the circus theme by showing up in Halloween costumes. UK graduate student Jake Lewellen said this year’s 5K got him in the homecoming spirit. “When I see the costumes and people, it kind of gives a theme to it, which is nice,” Lewellen said.
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Cedergren ‘optimistic’ despite 4-1 loss By Andrew Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving toward the end of the regular season, UK men’s soccer lost to ConferenceUSA foe Florida International University on Saturday, 4-1. FIU was avenging a 5-1 loss in Lexington last season and its offense pressured UK's goal from the outset. The Panthers struck first during the 25th minute when freshman defender Marvin Hezel buried a short-range shot off a free kick by senior midfielder Gonzalo Frechilla. The Cats were able to penetrate the FIU defense on several occasions in the first half, but failed to attempt a
single shot-on-goal and closed out the half trailing 10. In the second half, the score remained unchanged until FIU junior forward Quentin Albrecht capitalized on a through-pass from junior midfielder Roberto Alterio in the 57th minute, his sixth goal of the season. The Cats struggled maintaining possession in the second half. FIU scored again in the 72nd minute when Alterio navigated his way through the defense and drilled a shot in from 12 yards out. UK attempted to slow FIU and generate some offense of their own with a
flurry of substitutions, but to no avail. Alterio scored again in the 78th minute with a bicycle-kick finish off a deflection by UK sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving. Despite a four-goal deficit, the Cats continued to attack and as a result scored their lone goal off the foot of sophomore defender Isak Krogstad from 25 yards out in the 89th minute. The goal, Krogstad’s forth of the season, dashed FIU sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Mion’s bid for a shutout and gave the Cats their first score since Oct. 16. UK attempted 12 shots and FIU attempted five shots
on goal. Second-year UK head coach Johan Cedergren was impressed with his team’s relentlessness after falling behind early. “We put ourselves in a situation that’s hard to recover from,” Cedergren said. “But I never got the sense that the guys stopped fighting.” Cedergren said the score was not totally indicative of who was the better team. “I don’t think it was as lop-sided as the score showed,” he said. FIU improved to 6-8-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the conference, while the defeat dropped the Cats to 4-8-2
overall and 1-3-2 in conference play this season. UK needs to win at least two of its next three conference matches in order to compete in the C-USA Tournament beginning on Nov. 13, Cedergren said. “I’m optimistic about the talent we have here, we just have to get better at winning games and putting opponents away,” he said. “We’ve got to squeeze out two conference wins in these last four regular season games.” The Cats will have a chance to pick up one of those conference victories at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 against riPHOTO BY MICHAEL REAVES | STAFF val Marshall University in Freshman Ryan Creel plays Huntington, W.V. against FIU on Saturday.
Volleyball defeats Alabama By Kyle Arsendorf email@example.com
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UK volleyball celebrates Sunday just before their win over Alabama.
The state of Alabama was well-represented on both sides of the court in the UK volleyball’s victory over the University of Alabama on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. UK senior middle blocker Alexandra Morgan, of Birmingham, Ala., and senior outside hitter Whitney Billings, of Helena, Ala., led the Cats against the Crimson Tide, as UK won in four sets, 25-17, 25-23, 18-25 and 25-20. Billings had 12 kills, with 11 coming in the final three sets, as Morgan led the team with 14 kills and a .619 hitting percentage. “(Morgan) stepped it up this game,” Billings said.
“She attacked the ball really well and her blocking was good, like always.” “(Sophomore setter Morgan Bergren) did a great job of distributing the ball,” Morgan added. “It allowed us to get a lot of great opportunities and keep the defense on their toes.” UK found itself in an early 4-7 hole to begin the first set, but clawed back to take an 11-8 lead behind a 7-1 scoring run. The Cats then took the opening set, 25-17, on the back of five first-set kills by Morgan. Billings notched her second kill of the match early in the second set to push UK ahead 7-5. Alabama knotted the score at 12-12, forcing a timeout by UK head coach Craig Skinner.
Alabama took one last lead in the set at 18-19 before an attacking error by Alabama sophomore Mattie Weldy gave UK set-point. Morgan propelled the Cats to a two-set lead with her seventh kill down the line. Alabama came out attacking in the third set, jumping out to a 14-8 lead and causing Skinner to call another timeout. The crowd reacted to a controversial out-of-bounds call on a kill by Billings that increased the Alabama lead to six, 9-15. The set remained just out of reach for the Cats, as they surrendered the third set to Alabama, 18-25. After numerous ties at the beginning of the fourth set, Alabama gained a twopoint lead on the Cats, 13-11.
Out of a UK timeout, Billings notched her 10th kill to pull the Cats to within one of Alabama, 14-15. With an Alabama attacking error, UK took the lead, 17-16. Alabama didn’t hold another lead as the Cats seized the set and the game behind an attacking error by Weldy. “I thought we went soft in set three,” Skinner said. “But to completely reverse that and play as tough as we did at the end says something about the character of this team.” UK will have the week off until Friday when they take on the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., before traveling to Columbia, Mo., to take on No. 7 University of Missouri on Sunday.
Women’s soccer bounces back with win over LSU By Kevin Erpenbeck firstname.lastname@example.org
After a 2-1 double-overtime home loss at the hands of the University of Missouri on Friday, UK women’s soccer bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Louisiana State University on Sunday. Much like Friday’s game against Missouri, UK had to play catch-up after giving up the match’s first goal to LSU. After a scoreless first half, LSU freshman midfielder Rebecca Pongetti scored in the 50th minute for the Tigers. It was Pongetti’s second goal of her career. UK responded 13 minutes later with a goal from junior forward Arin Gilliland
to tie the game at 1-1. Gilliland now leads the team in goals with 11 for the season. In the 71st minute, the Cats took the lead with a setpiece goal off a free-kick. The ball was played into the box, where it was kicked into the crossbar and bounced back into the box. UK freshman forward Zoe Swift then fired a shot past LSU senior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman on the rebound for the leadgrabbing goal. The goal was the eighth of the season for Swift. Freshman midfielder Kaitlin Miller was awarded the assist. Less than two minutes later, UK scored another set-
piece goal. This time, freshman midfielder Alex Carter put the ball past Kinneman off of a corner kick for the 31 lead. Miller was again awarded the assist, marking her first two assists of the season. UK head coach Jon Lipsitz, who said the Cats were “too soft” against Missouri, was impressed with his team’s physicality against LSU. “We had more physical presence today,” Lipsitz said. “When a game gets physical, you have to make a decision: Do you want to take it and let it interfere with your possession, or do you want to tackle harder and raise your
level physically? We possessed the ball more today, and I was very proud of that.” The Cats suffered two losses to their roster in the victory, however, as junior forward Stuart Pope went down with a possible knee injury early in the first half, and junior forward Emma Brown suffered a back injury in the second half. Pope was on crutches at halftime, while Brown did not return to the match. Pope PHOTO BY JOEL REPOLEY | STAFF is second on the team for Senior forward Caitlin Landis dribbles away from LSU players. goals scored with 10 on the season. behind Texas A&M UniversiUK (13-4-1, 7-3-0 SEC) South Carolina. The SEC tournament will ty (8-1-0 SEC) and the Uniwill finish the regular season on the road on Thursday, begin on Nov. 4 in Orange versity of Florida (7-2-0) in taking on the University of Beach, Ala. UK currently sits the conference standings.
letter to the editor
Catching the college curve
Beauty is transitory, selflessness lasts
Since President Eli Capilouto joined UK two years ago, the university has started to move away from its emphasis on research — which former President Lee T. Todd, Jr. focused on. This has translated into tangibile effects on campus for students while the Board of Trustees focuses on staying ahead in the higher education game. The largest change for students across the board? Tuition costs. The university must take account for the rapidly rising cost of college and the toll it is taking not just on students, but on enrollment as well. Taking a hard look at ways to keep tuition and housing affordable while also allocating enough money for merit-based scholarships are necessary to keeping the university ahead of the curve and thriving. One of the largest items on the docket at the Board of Trustees’ annual retreat this weekend was the changing landscape of UK’s campus.
One of the central focuses of Capilouto’s two-year tenure has been transforming many of the outdated facilities on campus. Already open is a new honors dorm and another is projected to be finished by the spring semester. With recent news that Jewell Hall will be demolished in January, Capilouto’s plan appears to be moving forward. The board is already discussing other facelift opportunities such as a new central student center. These efforts are essential not just for students learning today, but to keep students learning at UK in the future. Online education is rapidly becoming a viable option for students, and it’s beginning to threaten the stature of traditional schooling, not just UK. The online classroom revolution means that classes could be infinitely larger, and almost as convenient. There are positives and negatives in that. Students can learn on their own schedules, but
those who only take online courses will lose valuable experiences from their college years both academically and socially. As UK strives to transform its appearance and keep up with the changing face of higher education, it needs to find new ways to keep students learning in front of professors, rather than their computers. Former President Todd’s research initiative did great things for UK. The university became one of the top research institutions in the nation. But, the almost singular focus on research in his tenure put the university in a position in which it must now play catch up with its competitors to be a progressive, technologically-driven institution that provides an excellent undergraduate education. With the new ideas from the Board of Trustees, UK appears to be headed in a direction that will put the university ahead of the curve. Email email@example.com.
Nothing breeds insecurity quite like selfishness. When any person, regardless of age or gender, has too much time to think solely of themselves, they're prone to nitpick at every flaw they find — no matter how big, small or imagined. This breed of narcissism has only grown with the explosion of social media sites that allow people to become the center of their own online universe. The trend — as mentioned in Eleanor Hasken's Oct. 24 column headlined, “Pretty or ugly, abuse and respect both begin inside us” — is showing up in frighteningly young age brackets. While bullying is a major problem in today's society, the "am I pretty or ugly?" phenomenon leaves me wondering why these people are so self-centered
in the first place. Who cares? Why are children as young as 9 so self-absorbed that they need to post pictures of themselves as monuments to their beauty? Why aren't children cultivating hobbies and interests, or exploring the world around them? Why don't they have anything better to do than dwell on what others think of something as fleeting as physical appearance? The same goes for adults. While everyone feels the pressures of maintaining a certain standard of (unattainable) beauty every once in a while, it can only bother a person as much as they let it. If everyone focused more on serving others, the likelihood that they'd have time to worry about their physical appearance would
be slim. Some of the most beautiful people I know are so not because of how they look, but because of how they are. They are caring, kind, patient and selfless. They have crooked smiles, messy hair, thick calves and warm eyes. Beauty is transitory, but a lifestyle of selflessness lasts. Instead of worrying about what strangers on the Internet think of outward appearance, children should be learning to cultivate themselves as interesting, intelligent, compassionate people, and we should be setting the example, whether we're "pretty" or not. Morgen Wells is a print journalism and history senior. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.