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Student Center may get renovation $175 million plan to go to legislature

quest for agency bonds this legislative session, said UK spokesman Jay Blanton. For the “old and tired” student hub, Blanton said improvements are not just wanted, they are needed.

By Will Wright wwright@kykernel.com

The Student Center will see $175 million in renovation and expansion if lawmakers approve UK’s re-

“This facility has got to be advanced,” he said. If approved, the $175 million of agency bonds would be funded by the university via private donations and other sources of revenue. The funds may go to expanding dining options,

creating a workout center in Alumni Gym and adding parking spots. “I think (President Eli Capilouto) sees the Student Center as a way to increase retention,” Blanton said. “We’re talking about utilizSee CENTER on page 4

RENOVATED/EXPANDED STUDENT CENTER: - New workout facility in Alumni Gym, connected to the Student Center - More dining options - More space for activities

Capilouto rejects boycott of Israel

FIREFIGHTERS LEARN TO LEAD IN CAMPUS EXERCISE

President isn’t alone in position By Becca Clemons bclemons@kykernel.com

PHOTOS BY ELEANOR HASKEN | STAFF

Firefighters rest after lunch on Wednesday before a training exercise in Boyd Hall.

Empty Boyd Hall serves as real-life training ground By Morgan Eads meads@kykernel.com

Multiple fire engines and an ambulance from the Lexington Fire Department surrounded a smoke-filled Boyd Hall on North Campus on Wednesday, but it was not because of an emergency in the building. The exercise was part of the Lexington officers’ firefighting training. All of the participants in the exercise were up for promotions from firefighter to lieutenant, or lieutenant to captain. “It is fantastic. This is the hands-on, knuckle-dragging kind of way to learn these skills,” Lt. Gerald Evans said after an exercise had ended.

Advertising freshman Alexandria Gibson and biology freshman Diana Diaz stop to watch the training exercise.

The authenticity of the exercise was not lost on Evans who shouted to a fellow firefighter, “this is very real, this will happen,” when the smoke returned after the fire was thought to have been knocked out.

onto the second floor, where dense smoke from two barrels full of smoldering hay spilled from abandoned dorm rooms. “It is invaluable to have the ability to use a building like this, one that is still in-

This is the hands-on, knuckle-dragging kind of way to learn these skills.” Lt. Gerald Evans

The large group of firefighters hauled hoses up two flights of stairs in the decommissioned residence hall and

tact that we can go through with hoses and smoke up,” said Maj. Maria Roberts of the Lexington Fire Department. “You can’t do this at

the training station.” The doors, hallways and stairways of the residence hall enable firefighters to encounter real world obstacles that they would not see in a training simulation in a station, Roberts said. Maj. Chuck Bonta, who was helping with equipment, said the instructors try to make the exercise as full scale and realistic as possible. “A lot of them have fought fires, but they have just been at the nozzle doing what someone told them to do,” Bonta said. Now, the newly-declared and soon-to-be-promoted See FIRE on page 2

President Eli Capilouto joined more than 190 university presidents on Tuesday in denouncing a national organization’s academic boycott of Israel, arguing that such a boycott limits academic freedom. He voiced his disapproval with a resolution passed last month by members of the American Studies Association, a group of nearly 5,000 scholars in American studies departments around the world. They resolved to boycott Israeli academic institutions for what they say is discrimination against Palestinian scholars. There is “no effective or substantive academic freedom for Palestinian students and scholars under conditions of Israeli occupation,” reads the resolution, endorsed by two-thirds of the more than 1,200 group members who voted. But other groups of college professors and presidents have argued that restrictions on an entire country’s institutions also inhibit academic freedom. “Though honoring it can be demanding at times, our commitment to academic freedom, fostered in a safe and respectful environment, is at the core of our work in a university community,” Capilouto wrote Tuesday in a blog post. “It is who we are.” The American studies group has said its boycott is not intended to ostracize individual scholars. The organization would, however, refuse to formally collaborate with Israeli academic institutions, with administrators or other representatives of those institutions, or with representatives of the Israeli government, the group said on its website. “Regardless of your opinion of the Palestinian occupation ... limiting academic freedom and knowledge sharing is clearly a bad policy for the university,” said Evan Sweet,

Cats’ slump starts with scoring Decrease in points the difference in last 6 games for UK Hoops By Tyler Spanyer tspanyer@kykernel.com

After beginning the season with the second-best start in program history, UK Hoops has hit a series of roadblocks. The Cats have lost three of their last six games, and the scoring average in those six games has gone down by 19 points that UK averaged before its Dec. 22 game against Duke University. The Cats are averaging 14 more points from a year ago.

But, they don’t have a player who has scored to the bulk that A’dia Mathies did last seasons. Mathies averaged 16.1 points per game in her senior year and 15 points per game when she was a junior, two years where UK advanced to the Elite Eight and lost no more than three conference games. Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth is almost at an identical average to last year’s total. She has 12.8 points per game compared to last year’s 12.5

a geography senior and the co-president of the UK Hillel and Jewish Students Organization. He said his views do not necessarily represent those of others in his organization, as it is not a political group. The Jewish community in Lexington and at UK is relatively small compared with those in other parts of the country, Sweet added. Having relationships with Israeli universities and scholars is important to understanding different views and different values, he said.

Our commitment to academic freedom ... is at the core of our work in a university community.” ELI CAPILOUTO

Capilouto’s rejection of the boycott resolution sends a message “that scholarship should be valued over politics,” Sweet said. Supporters of the boycott, though, say it sends it an important message for the rights of Palestinians. “Israel, time and time again, it has shown as a state to be kind of racist and violent,” said Brock Meade, a Spanish junior who is a member of UK’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. “That’s not something that meets the University of Kentucky’s mindset and goals and ideology. It doesn’t align with the goals of the University of Kentucky.” Capilouto’s views appear to represent the university as a whole, Meade said, adding that the group hopes the president will reconsider his stance. See BOYCOTT on page 4

points per game. In the five games since Stallworth had arthroscopic knee surgery, no UK player has surpassed her scoring average. UK has been 2-3 in those contests. “We were getting good attacks and some good passes offensively, but we weren’t finishing anything outside or inside the paint,” senior guard Kastine Evans said after UK lost to Florida on Jan. 5. Junior guard Jennifer O’Neill is averaging 12.5 points per game, second on the team, but has the lowest shooting percentage on the team. PHOTO BY ADAM PENNAVARIA | STAFF She has put up 177 shots, the UK sophomore point guard Jennifer O’Neill springs past Mississippi State University’s sophoSee HOOPS on page 4 more guard Jerica James at Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 17.

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FIRE Continued from page 1 firefighters will have to learn to lead and be responsible for their unit when they arrive at a fire, Bonta said. “We’ve just got some of the best instructors working with us,” Evans said. “They are sort of passing the torch.” The UK Fire Marshal’s Office initiated the training by going to university administration and housing to ask permission for the training in Boyd Hall, said Assistant Fire Marshal Jason Ellis. They will continue training on Thursday. Ellis was a firefighter for 21 years before he began working at UK and said that in his entire firefighting career, he only had one opportunity for a real-time training

like the one in Boyd Hall. Firefighting is a “very intense job,” Ellis said. Firefighters have to carry hundreds of pounds of equipment, and the training helps the fire department be sure that officers are up to the task. “These are people training to be officers,” Ellis said. “If there is an emergency on campus, they will be calling the shots.” Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott said the UK Fire Marshal’s office was helpful in setting up the training in the building. “We work hand-in-hand with UK, especially the fire marshal’s office,” Wainscott said. “We often work as partners, we take advantage of their help and we help out when we can at events and things. It’s a great relationship, and it’s one that a lot of places don’t have.”

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Get more involved, seek opportunities ROSHAN PALLI Contributing columnist

After the extended break, it is great to be back in the swing of things. While a little time off is nice, by the second week I was more than ready to get back to UK. On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of welcoming some of our new students to campus. Some have transferred here from other schools, and some are entering college for the first time. While you may have found a comfortable routine and circle of friends, remember to make time for new relationships with new people. I am sure that every-

one will feel more than welcome here. It is what we do best. I advise most students to get involved on campus and to seek opportunities for growth inside and outside of the classroom. The number of organizations and individuals working to improve our community and get others involved is staggering. Student Government’s mission is to serve students in any way it can. If you are unsure of where to go to get help, you should think about paying us a visit. You can come and speak with me or someone in the Student Government office directly by visiting us in the Student Center (on the first floor next to Panda Express) or email us at info@uksga.org. If we cannot help you

with your specific problem, chances are we will know who in the university can. Toward the end of last semester, we worked to gather as many resources as possible in one place for the convenience of students. The “resources” tab at uksga.org can direct you to everything from Employee Services to the Academic Ombud service. UK, after all, is filled with departments and programs designed to assist everyone in this community, from students to faculty. Enjoy syllabus week, and good luck finishing those dreaded first week assignments. Roshan Palli is the student body president. His column appears every Thursday in the Kernel. Email opinions@kykernel.com.

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CENTER Continued from page 1 ing the same space to create a new Student Center. The $175 (million) is what we predict is necessary to make that happen.� Students achieve better when they live on campus, Blanton said, and the renovation of the Student Center plus new residence halls is meant to attract students to live on campus. The design phase can begin immediately if the bonds are approved, but designing can take about a year, Blanton said. Construction could take an additional two years. Renderings will be released shortly after April 2014 pending approval of the bonds, Blanton said, but the artistic designs will continue to develop as construc-

HOOPS Continued from page 1 most on the squad but three shots per game less than Mathies last season. O’Neill’s average includes her 43-point performance against Baylor University on Dec. 6. The current top three teams in women’s college basketball — the University of Connecticut, University of Notre Dame and Duke — each have three players averaging more than three points higher than the Cats’ leading

BOYCOTT Continued from page 1 “It really just comes down to us having these discussions more openly on a campuswide basis so we as a UK community come to terms on how we really feel,� Meade said. University of Louisville President James R. Ramsey

tion approaches. An increase in building traffic has created a need for improvements in academic and social aspects of the center, said Student Center Director John Herbst. “We’ve been in conversation and studying this for 10 years,� Herbst said. “We need to factually know what the students must have and what they’d like to have.� Part of the designs could include a workout center in Alumni Gym, which would be connected directly to the Student Center. With new residence halls opening on North Campus in the fall of 2014, Blanton said there will be more students wanting to a proper workout facility without having to walk all the way to the Johnson Center on South Campus. Herbst said students need a healthy lifestyle option on the north side of campus.

“Alumni gym is important for a number of reasons ‌ not only to maintain, but to advance that part of our history,â€? Herbst said. In addition, surveys and small discussion groups have shown that students want dining options expanded. “We want to offer more options in the Student Center for dining,â€? Blanton said. Although specific restaurants have not yet been selected, Blanton said the administration wants to combine retail dining options, like Subway and Panda Express, with residential dining, like that of the on-campus dining halls. On the social aspect front of the plans, Herbst said the Student Center needs more programs like the Late Night Film Series and the Cats Den. The $175 million could help advance existing programs, he said.

scorer. Stanford University, which is ranked No. 4, is led by senior forward Chiney Ogwumike, who averages 27.3 points per game. Her total is the third highest individual average in the country this season. Evans, who leads the team in minutes, is currently on pace to shoot the ball 8.8 times per game, much lower than Mathies’ average of 13.5 shots per game last season. In the Cats’ three losses this season, they have shot at or below 35 percent from the field, and have shot a com-

bined 10-45 from behind the arc in those games. In the Cats’ 80-69 victory over the University of Missouri last Sunday, UK shot 38 percent from the floor. “It is very difficult to play basketball with five people standing in the lane, and you are scared to shoot perimeter shots that you know you can make and have been making all year long,� UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said after Sunday’s game. “It is a mental toughness that you have to have at this point in time.�

said he opposed the boycott in a letter last week to the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities, which also came out against it. “Because of our view that the free exchange of ideas is paramount to academic freedom, we oppose any effort to boycott academic institutions regardless of the political systems in which they operate,� Ramsey wrote. Indiana University Presi-

dent Michael A. McRobbie said in a statement last month that the school planned to withdrawal its institutional membership from the American Studies Association. The American Association of University Professors, made up of more than 48,000 educators, opposes academic boycotts as a general rule and wrote a letter to the group last month urging it not to endorse the boycott.

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