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What’s the future of higher education?

Trustees discuss higher education’s future Board retreat focuses on strategic, master plans By Will Wright and Laura Shrake

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


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

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


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

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

sociation  on  Sunday  to host  a  5K  at  Commonwealth  Stadium  to  benefit the  Kentucky  Children’s Hospital  Pediatric  Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The  event  helps  raise funds  for  the  annual  24hour  dance  marathon  to help sick children.  About  $13,000  has

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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

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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Who should play role of Christian Grey? As a part of a new feature called “UK speaks out,” the Kernel wants to know what students are thinking about various topics on campus. This week, students commented on which actor they think should play the role of Christian Grey in the movie version of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Kernel reporter Adrian Swain asked students for their thoughts. Have an idea? Email

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Cedergren ‘optimistic’ despite 4-1 loss By Andrew Adkins

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


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

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.

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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

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

Kernel in Print — Oct. 28, 2013  
Kernel in Print — Oct. 28, 2013