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Sophomore Je’esha McCauley looks at photos of aborted fetuses at the pro-life display on campus Wednesday.

Demonstration attracts crowd Group shares anti-abortion message By Will Wright wwright@kykernel.com

Some students were startled at pictures of aborted fetuses and holocaust victims that were displayed outside White Hall Classroom Building on Wednesday. The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, a national antiabortion group that holds

many of its demonstrations on college campuses, set up signs and passed out pamphlets on UK’s campus at the request of the UK Students for Life. “WARNING GENOCIDE PHOTOS AHEAD” signs were placed along the walkways leading up to the demonstration to warn students of the graphic signage

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Junior Kiarra Yarbrough discusses her views on abortion with Mark Wolf, volunteer, in front of White Hall Classroom Building on Wednesday. ahead. The warning sign policy was required by the university so students could take an alternative route, UK spokeswoman Kathy Johnson said. “For so many people abortion is just a word,” said

Maggie Egger, project director for the Center for BioEthical Research. “But the pictures force them to realize that the unborn are people just like you and I, and abortion is an act that decapitates and dismembers them.”

UK Hoops dominates in first home game After starting the season with two road victories, No. 7 UK Hoops returned home Wednesday to defeat Georgia Southern University, 103-38, in front of nearly 2,000 Kentucky sixth-graders. The game was dubbed “Class of 2020 Day,” as the field-trippers comprised almost a third of the 6,287 fans in Memorial Coliseum. “The kids gave us a lot of energy,” UK senior guard Bernisha Pinkett said. “They were yelling and screaming, making us want to work even harder so that we could score more points so we can hear them yell and go crazy. I think it was fun, I just love kids.” UK forced 35 turnovers that resulted in 44 points for the Cats. It was the first time this season the Cats have forced more than 30 turnovers in a game. UK also PHOTO BY ELEANOR HASKEN | STAFF had 24 steals, getting more Guard Bria Goss goes up with the ball against Georgia Southern Uni- than 20 for the first time versity’s Sierra Kirkland at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday. since Nov. 25, 2012.

Coming off the bench, Pinkett scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. “Being able to go out there tonight and actually see my threes start to fall, I felt really good about it,” Pinkett said. “I think Coach is really proud of me for that.” UK junior center Azia Bishop recorded a doubledouble, grabbing 12 boards and tallying 10 points in just 15 minutes of action. “I thought that was a terrific effort from our team to come out on an important day where we have so many people and special guests on campus, who are getting to experience Kentucky for the very first time,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. On the offensive end of the floor, the Cats doled out 26 assists. “That was good to see See HOOPS on page 2

The images are, for some, too disturbing to be shown in the heart of a bustling college campus. “The pictures are far too graphic,” engineering sophomore Femke Onneweer said. “I feel like if you’ve had an

Proceeds will benefit Fayette Co. Special Olympics By Coleton Cuddy news@kykernel.com

Students and faculty will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” Thursday at the 2013 Polar Plunge. Participants will jump into icy cold water outside the Phi Sigma Kappa house to raise money for Special Olympics of Fayette County. The fraternity cooperates on a national level with Special Olympics to help raise funds to provide intellectually disabled children with yearround sports training and athletic competitions

Phi Sigma Kappa coordinator Tyler Skaggs said this is the third year the event has

close,” Skaggs said. “But we are hoping to reach $10,000 since we’re almost to our goal.” All that money goes toward helping kids with disabilities practice and do things they normally could not do or

It’s going to be cold, but it’s going to be well worth it.” Tyler Skaggs, Phi Sigma Kappa coordinator

been held on campus for UK students. “Our main goal is $7,000. We’re at about $6,000 right now so we’re getting really

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afford, Skaggs said. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and there will be music and an opening ceremony at 7:15 p.m. The plunge will

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commence at 7:30 p.m. The expected turnout is about 200 people, Skaggs said. Teams can sign up if they can raise a minimum of $30. Team members are also encouraged to wear a costume. Winners of the costume contest held before the plunge will receive a gift card and a golden plunger. After the jump, all participants who have been dunked will change clothes in a heated tent. When asked about the jump, Skaggs said the water is about 60 degrees. “I will be jumping in and so will everyone else in my fraternity. We have all raised money,” Skaggs said. “It’s going to be cold, but it’s going to be well worth it.”

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UK online class set to launch Students have new opportunity in free, non-credit courses By Anne Halliwell news@kykernel.com

New free courses are becoming available around the country that have no maximum enrollment and are conducted entirely online. UK will launch its first massive open online course on January 27, 2014. Courses of this kind are free, non-credit courses that outline the basics of a subject through online videos and instructions.

I think they’re a great companion for the university’s material. VINCE KELLEN

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abortion and walk past this it could give you nightmares.” Center for Bio-Ethical Research demonstrator Gary Johnson said the idea of disturbing people is not a legiti-

UK is offering a 10week advanced chemistry course that is designed to introduce college-level chemistry to high school students. “I think they’re a great companion for the university’s material,” said Vince Kellen, chief information officer for UK’s information technology department. Although UK does not offer credit for the free course, Kellen feels that many current UK students could benefit from the online material. “I think that the nice thing … is that students at the university who are also about to take the class can use it to go over (difficult

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concepts),” Kellen said. Faculty and instructional designers work together to locate vital course material and then translate it to the web, said Patsy Carruthers, director of the academic technology group. “A lot of thought goes into how students will access the material … They call them massive open online courses … we want to present it in as clean and easy a format as possible,” Carruthers said. The advanced chemistry MOOC is only the first of several proposed courses, she said. UK’s introductory psychology MOOC will become available in the spring, Carruthers said. Carruthers said a major factor in deciding which courses to translate into MOOC form was the ability of the faculty of each department or college to work on such an intensive project. “It might not be that the staff (of one department) is ready to take (this) step,” Carruthers said. “We found some people who were willing to take a jump into this new way of reaching out.” Difficulty of certain classes was also taken into account, Carruthers said. The advanced chemistry MOOC will include lecture, practice problem demonstration and experiment videos, as well as text, Carruthers said. “Right now we’re very focused on getting students ready and prepared (for college work),” Kellen said. Carruthers hopes that See MOOCS on page 2


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UK secondary faces tall task in Matthews Vandy receiver best in SEC By Matt Overing movering@kykernel.com

PHOTO BY EVE EDELHEIT | TAMPA BAY TIMES (MCT)

Jordan Matthews catches a pass in Gainesville, Fl., on Saturday.

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and we need to continue to be diligent in that area and try to become the best offensive execution team we can be,” Mitchell said of the as-

sists. The Cats will return to Memorial Coliseum on Sunday as they host the Central Michigan University Chippewas at 2 p.m. STAFF REPORT

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A student reaches up to catch a T-shirt during the UK Hoops game Wednesday. Nearly 2,000 sixth graders attended the game.

MOOCS Continued from page 1 the introduction of MOOCs as supplements to coursework could cause some increase in test scores. “I think that we’ll see small gains over time — not something huge or all at the beginning,” Carruthers said. “Those students that are motivated to become prepared to learn more and those students who need help who are already in those courses … that’s where we’ll see our first gains.” Kellen agrees MOOCs are a good alternative to large lectures, but also believes most students will still require a traditional classroom setting in order to reap the full benefits of ex-

perienced staff and understand complex ideas. “Small classes, lectures and labs … that would be difficult (to convert),” Kellen said. Kellen also pointed out the differences in classes and departments which may contribute to differing attitudes toward using MOOCs to convey information in the future. “The faculty in these departments and colleges have to make the last determination of how to teach these classes,” Kellen said. “Based on that, some of them might be more MOOC-oriented and some might look into other ways to incorporate technology.” For more information on this course and more, go to coursera.org/course/advancedchemistry.

UK will have to stop another prolific aerial threat in Vanderbilt University senior wide receiver Jordan Matthews on Saturday. The UK secondary struggled to contain University of Missouri sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham last week as he scored four touchdowns for the Tigers. Taking the field against the Cats this week, Matthews leads the SEC with 7.9 receptions per game.

UK head coach Mark Stoops praised Matthews in his Monday press conference. “They have the wide out that’s lighting it up, Jordan Matthews,” Stoops said. “He is one heck of a player.” The statistics back Matthews as one of the best wide receivers in the SEC. Matthews has 71 catches for 935 yards and five touchdowns this year. He has more career receiving yards than any other player in SEC history with 3,217. He’s second in SEC history with 221 career receptions.

Matthews is a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award given to the top receiver in the nation. As a junior, Matthews made the First Team All-SEC and Third Team All-American teams. The UK secondary may not be at full strength on Saturday, either. Junior defensive back Nate Willis and sophomore defensive back Fred Tiller picked up injuries against Missouri. Stoops would not give a definitive indication Monday about the injuries in the secondary. The UK defense gave up five passing touchdowns to Missouri last week. UK defen-

sive coordinator D.J. Eliot said the team altered its formations to cover Green-Beckham, sending safeties over to provide the cornerbacks coverage over the top. But GreenBeckham continued to make plays. “A 6-foot-6-inch receiver jumping over our heads plucking the ball out of the air, we can't change,” Stoops said. Matthews told Vanderbilt Athletics the team will treat UK as any other. “Kentucky is a football team just like us,” he said. “They are going to be hungry come game time. You never know a team's mindset when they come in.”

ABORTION Continued from page 1 mate reason to hold back. “A lot of churches don’t talk about abortion because they think there are women in the crowd that have had abortions and it might upset them. I think they need to talk about it,” Johnson said. “If the Christian people don’t stand up and stop this I don’t know who will.” College students were not the only ones to witness the demonstration. The presence of protestor Bryan McKinney’s one-year-old daughter made people realize the consequences of having an abortion, McKinney said. “Ironically, about 100 percent of people that get upset that my one-year-old daughter is by the display are the ones who think that killing babies inside their mother is alright,” McKinney said. “It makes them uncomfortable because they have to see that life is beautiful. They have to argue for killing babies when there’s a baby running around.” The images are not pleasant because the truth of abortion is unpleasant, said Stephen Gedney, faculty ad-

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Graduate student Jonghee Lee takes photos of the panel displaying photos of genocide Wednesday. viser for UK Students for Life. “These pictures are horrible to look at because they represent a reality that is horrible,” Gedney said. “It’s not a blob of tissue — a fetus is a human being.” UK Students for Life were able to reserve the location by White Hall Classroom Building because the images are not obscene according to U.S. law, Johnson said.

Registered student organizations are allowed to reserve that space if it is being used for recruiting or educational purposes. Journalism freshman Cally Lombardi said she does not think the group should be allowed to display those images in the middle of campus. “I think there should be a line drawn,” Lombardi said. “Students have other things to worry about.”

Computer science freshman August Basile said he thinks people have the right to raise their voice, even if some people find the message offensive. “They have the right to showcase whatever they want, graphic or not,” Basile said. “People are allowed to protest whatever they want.” The group will be back on campus with their wall of images Thursday.


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Seasonal Affective Disorder should not be taken lightly Although callings of “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” will ring over the next few months, for many these phrases will lack any semblance of joy. As nature’s ELEANOR palette beHASKEN comes deKernel void of colcolumnist or and snow begins to the blanket the ground, over 10 million Americans might begin to feel increased moodiness, Psychology Today reports. These winter months will affect many people; I have witnessed it first hand. Growing up, several of my friends all seemed to become the same person in the winter, someone who we’ll call Elizabeth. Elizabeth began to express a lack of desire to do anything. She wouldn’t leave her house, instead devoting her time to sleeping. After weeks of misery she decided to seek help. She had Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a condition that typically takes effect around October or November, peaks in January or February and tapers out in March or April. For Elizabeth, it would

affect her right after midterms and persist until finals the following semester. As the days shortened, SAD threw off her biological clock, which led to feelings of depression. For others the reduced sunlight can lead to a drop in serotonin, a brain chemical that affects mood. Like any health issue, there are risk factors that increase the likelihood of SAD being present. For my Elizabeth, several of these came into play. They include: being female (according to Psychology Today, somewhere between 60 and 90 percent of people affected by SAD are women), living far away from the equator, having a family history of depression and having clinical depression or bipolar disorder. The increased desire to sleep, lack of motivation to accomplish things and moodiness are common in college students going through finals. Elizabeth, became a different person, incapable of enjoying the winter season with her family and loved ones. Elizabeth’s desire to feel better opened up doors to treatments. The most common treatment is light therapy, which Elizabeth still uses. Due to the decrease of exposure to the sun’s rays, the body has to compensate in other ways.

It was enough to help her find happiness again. If this treatment ever stopped working, Elizabeth felt comfortable enough going back to counseling to find another solution. With winter encroaching at a greater pace than ever before, it is paramount to be conscious of your mental state. Elizabeth is not the only one on campus who is affected by SAD. Thankfully, she felt empowered enough to seek help at the UK Counseling Center. She sought help when many people feel like they can’t, and it made a difference. When anyone is dealing with SAD, it is important to keep in mind that you are not alone if you feel despondent and listless. You are not abnormal if you feel sad and alone. You are the same amazing person you have always been. Just because winter lacks the summer brightness, it doesn’t mean you have to lose your internal sunshine. Eleanor Hasken is the Kernel’s assistant photo editor and editor of The Kentuckian. Her Thursday column appears weekly in the Kernel. Email ehasken@kykernel.com

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Davis and other former Cats compete at high level in NBA NBA rosters riddled with UK basketball alumni UK IN THE NBA

By Brett Bibbins sports@kykernel.com

The 2013-14 NBA season is underway and league rosters are riddled with former UK players. A total of 22 former Cats have made their way onto NBA rosters this year. While some UK players are returning from injury, others are playing for new teams as each player attempts to establish himself in the league. From the Western Conference, Anthony Davis has started off hot in his second season for the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis is playing just over 36 minutes per game, averaging 20.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, 2.3 steals and 1.6 assists per game. Davis is shooting 86 percent from the free throw stripe and 46.8 percent from the field. He became the youngest player ever to have more than 30 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a game when he posted 32 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high tying six blocks in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 8. Students at UK are starting to notice Davis’ progression on the court. “I think he is on the verge of becoming a star in the NBA. Clearly, being a second year player he has a

lot to improve upon, but the numbers he is putting up so far this year demand respect from other teams every night,” mechanical engineering sophomore Connor McLaughlin said. Davis’ fellow former Cat DeMarcus Cousins has had a jump in numbers this season as well. Cousins is averaging 23.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks in 31.7 minutes per game for the Sacramento Kings. Cousins’ mental game and physical game seem to have improved since Shaquille O’Neal became a part-owner of the Kings, something UK students have noticed. “Cousins has developed his game and become a key contributor in Sacramento. He can model his game after the low-post dominance Shaq once had,” chemistry junior Bradley Bernhard said. Former UK guard Eric Bledsoe has been poised for a breakout season, as he has played the back-up role behind Chris Paul for the Los Angeles Clippers for the past three years. In this past offseason, Bledsoe was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he is a regular starter. Bledsoe is averaging 20.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 34 minutes per game. Continuing the trend of former UK players having breakout years is Enes Kanter of the Utah Jazz. Kanter had started a total of two games in two seasons with

the Jazz before this season. He has started all eight games this year with the Jazz, averaging 15.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.5 blocks per game. He is shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 90.5 percent from the free throw line. Kanter is also playing 34 minutes per game, more than double his average of 15.4 minutes last season. After missing almost half of last season due to injury, John Wall is reestablishing himself as a promi-

nent point guard in the Eastern Conference. Wall is averaging 17.4 points, 9.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game, while shooting 81.8 percent from the free throw line and 35.5 percent from behind the three-point line. Also playing in the Eastern Conference, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats is averaging 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 assists and 0.7 steals in the 29.6 minutes he plays per game.

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Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans blocks Victor Oladipo as he attempts a basket in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 1, 2013.

Soccer wins in C-USA tourney upset

UK men’s soccer defeated No. 27 Old Dominion University, 1-0, in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday. After a 90-minute stalemate, UK broke the tie in the 93rd minute when senior forward Tyler Riggs sent a through ball past Old Dominion defenders where junior forward Justin Laird received the ball and buried it

inside the far post. Laird entered the game as a substitute in the second half. UK sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving guarded the net for the Cats en route to his sixth shutout of the season. Irving recorded six saves, including a second-half penalty save, against an Old Dominion team that attempted 25 shots, including 11 by

Old Dominion senior forward Tim Hopkinson. UK head coach Johan Cedergren was impressed with the effort of his defense, especially Irving. “Everyone did well, especially the back four and Cally (Irving). I think Cally is one of the top goalkeepers in the country,” Cedergren said. The victory improved the Cats’ record to 7-9-3 overall,

while Old Dominion finished their 2013 season with a record of 10-5-1. The Cats will attempt to prolong their season in the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Transamerica Field. UK will face the winner of No. 3 seeded University of Alabama-Birmingham and No. 6 seeded University of North Carolina Charlotte. STAFF REPORT

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Vandy success good for UK Commodores show Cats winning in SEC is possible ALEX FORKNER

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Two seasons ago, UK football traveled to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt University. Both teams had four wins, both had bowl aspirations and the game would prove to be a crossroads for the two programs. Vanderbilt rode off into the sunset, while UK could only kick its tires. The Commodores stormed out to a 31-0 lead and eventually won 38-8. They would go on to play in the Liberty Bowl, while UK was left out of postseason play. The following year, Vandy would throttle the Cats 40-0 and hand Joker Phillips his pink slip. Vandy would finish 9-4, beating North Carolina State University in the Music City Bowl. UK, of course, totaled a paltry two wins last season. Once bedfellows in the SEC’s bottom bunk, the two teams were headed in different directions. Vanderbilt was proving that success was possible for non-traditional powers in the league. New hotshot head coach James Franklin injected life into a program previously content with being a zombie, scavenging the dregs for wins and getting drilled in the head by top teams. “We have great kids here and we have a really specific plan, and the kids bought into the plan right away and worked extremely hard,” Franklin said. “We worked really hard at having great chemistry and because of that, we’ve been able to do some good things. It really comes down to the chemistry we have as a coaching staff and the chemistry we have with the players. With that, we’ve been able to maximize their experience here.” It’s fair to say Vandy’s newfound success was at least one of the impetuses for UK’s boosted investment in the football program. It’s why the athletic department

looked for a motivated, first-time head coach, and why he assembled an energetic staff that will blaze recruiting trails and reel in commitments from highly rated prospects. And so far that’s going swimmingly. What isn’t going so well is the football games the Cats are playing this season. “We all want immediate success and we’re working extremely hard to get that done,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “But (losing this season) doesn’t get me down because I know I’ve been doing things right and trying to do things right for nine or 10 months, and teams we’re playing have

We all want immediate success and we’re working extremely hard to get that done.” MARK STOOPS UK head coach

been doing (things right) for nine or 10 years minimum or longer, right? “These teams are all doing the right things: recruiting right, coaching the right way. It’s a very competitive league and that’s where I have to show our team and show our players the silver lining and where we are improving and then the areas where we need to consistently grown and be more consistent.” After that crossroads matchup two years ago and the beat-down last season, the two teams meet again this Saturday, and not quite on even ground. Vandy is again on the cusp of a bowl berth and has wins over the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. The Commodores are a much more complete team than UK is right now. But in a couple of years, when UK is rounding into the type of team that Stoops wants to field, they’ll owe Vanderbilt a thank you.


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