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UK will reimburse employees’ late fees By David Schuh


UK will reimburse employees who incur late fees because of Friday’s payroll glitch, said Eric Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration, in a campuswide email Saturday. As of Sunday, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said 70 percent of employees had been paid. The remainder will see their paychecks by Monday evening. Blanton said he believes Monday most fees will be waived by the banks, but beginning Monday, the university will cover any that are not. The university won’t determine where the money will come from until it can gauge how much it will have to provide, Blanton said. On Friday, a glitch in UK’s payroll system caused more than 16,000 employees to not be paid, a glitch that PNC Bank spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel called a “human error.” UK employees notified the university on Friday morning that the biweekly direct deposits had not been posted in their bank accounts. Blanton said the university immediately contactSee PAYROLL on page 2


Jacob Shepherd, a UK sophomore, is fighting to help end marijuana prohibition. Above, Shepherd, age 4, and his mother the day after they saw his father killed.

Jacob Shepherd’s only memories of his father are from his death during a standoff over marijuana plants in their garden.

City braces for ice, snow

By Becca Clemons

By Matt Overing

BRODHEAD, Ky. — It was a Sunday morning in early August, the sun shining, glazing the fields of tobacco grown tall and nearly ready for harvest. The temperature was in the low 70s, and the sky was clear, until 4-year-old Jacob Shepherd felt his family’s trailer begin to shake. A state police helicopter circled, chipping branches and leaves off of taller trees. Jacob’s father, Gary, stepped outside and signaled for it to land in a field next door. His father knew why it was there. Behind the trailer, nestled in a backyard garden among tomatoes, corn and lettuce, were more than two dozen stalks of marijuana. “Are those your plants?” an officer asked, approaching Gary Shepherd at the chain-link fence around his home. “Yes,” Shepherd replied defiantly, explaining that he grew it for personal medical use. “We’re going to have to cut them down.”

“Over my dead body.” See SHEPHERD on page 4

Kentucky is facing the most widespread winter storm of the year, according to WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey. Winter storm Titan is expected to combine multiple forms of precipitation with temperatures dropping to the teens and wind gusts that could reach more than 30 miles per hour. Bailey expected up to a halfinch of ice and 3 to 8 inches of snow in Lexington as of Sunday evening. Check for updated weather forecasts and closings. The best scenario, Bailey said, is more sleet than any other precipitation. Rain on Sunday washed away any chance of preparing roads and sidewalks for the ice and snow, said John Bobel, a spokesman for the Lexington division of emergency management. “(Sunday) conditions hurt the pretreatment of roads and sidewalks,” Bobel said. “Any type of transportation needs to be careful. Even walking has the potential to be very hazardous.” See STORM on page 2





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Online petition urges UK to save garden, house

Student dies in car crash Nursing junior wrecked on Briar Hill Road By Morgan Eads

By Will Wright

More than 1,400 people have signed an online petition aimed at persuading the UK administration not to demolish the historic Mathews Garden and House when expanding the College of Law building. The property, on the corner of Washington Avenue and South Limestone Street, is a half-acre home to more than 300 species of plant, some of which can be found nowhere else on campus. “The university doesn’t care about the house,” said UK biology professor Jim Krupa, who created the petition. “They see the garden as a weed patch.” But UK hasn’t announced the house and garden will come down to make room for the $65 million law school expansion. UK spokesman Jay Blanton said a decision has not been made on what the renovated College of Law will replace. “That’s why no final decisions have been made and it’s why the dialogue will continue,” Blanton said. “We don’t always agree, but we are committed to that dialogue. And we are also committed to such efforts.” Krupa, who has maintained the garden for 14 years, suggested that the law build-

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Snow and rain were expected to stop falling in the late morning or early afternoon on Monday, but temperatures are expected to stay below freezing. “Roads could be hazardous for two or three days,”


Some worry the Mathews House and Garden will be demolished if the College of Law building is expanded.

ing expand into the parking lot that sits behind the adjacent Terrell Civil Engineering Building. The Mathews House was built around 1900 by Clarence Wentworth Mathews, chairman of the Department of Horticulture and first dean of the College of Agriculture. In addition to the historical significance, Krupa said UK will suffer the loss of an educational resource if the garden is eliminated. The dense variety of plants makes the garden a close place for students of multiple horticulture and biology courses to learn about and identify plants. But the wild and unkempt appearance that makes the garden unique may cause its downfall, Krupa said.

“It’s this attitude that green space … needs to be a mowed lawn, a couple of trees,” Krupa said. “It’s dense, lush and diverse. Of course that wild look is what a lot of people don’t like.” There is no way to maintain the biodiversity of the garden and make it look more conventional, he said. “Others within the university and scientific communities believe that the garden and the biodiversity represented there would be better placed in another context away from the heavily populated and large traffic area where it is now,” Blanton said. “... It is only natural that a conversation and dialogue take place. That's a good thing, not a bad thing. “

Bobel said. “State police are advising if you don’t have to go out, don’t. Low temperatures mean very little natural snow melt.” Bobel said the worstcase scenario is snow on top of ice. With wind speeds above 30 miles per hour, power lines, trees and even small structures could fall. Bailey said it could feel

like single digits outside at times during the coming days because of wind. “There could be wind gusts up to 30 to 35 miles per hour,” he said. “If there is ice on power lines and trees, that wind could knock them down.” UK spokesman Jay Blanton said UK is monitoring the situation closely.

A UK nursing student died in a car accident on Briar Hill Road late Thursday night. Taylor Ann Davis, 22, was driving when she lost control of her truck and hit a utility pole and two trees, said deputy coroner John McCarty. She died from massive blunt force trauma. The truck was traveling at a high spped when Davis lost control in a curve, said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts. Davis was with another woman, also in her 20s, when the crash occurred, Roberts said. The woman was taken

PAYROLL Continued from page 1 ed PNC, the bank that handles UK’s payroll accounts. Monday sent out several messages throughout the weekend updating the status of the glitch. Zwiebel said the problem originated with the bank, not UK. PNC’s risk management team delayed processing the payroll file on Friday morning out of caution. They didn’t, however, ensure that UK employees’ money still showed up in their accounts on Friday as planned, Zwiebel said. Staff trustee Sheila Brothers said while UK is actively doing everything it can to accommodate employees, the alert should have been issued sooner. “I understand that the university was trying to understand the depth and

to UK Chandler Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Mark Har-

vey said. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor, Roberts said. According to Davis’ Facebook page, she was a

barista at the UK Clinic Starbucks. “If she walked into the room, everyone was attracted to her,” said UK junior Marie Hoffman, who was friends with Davis. “She had this huge smile and an outrageous laugh.” Hoffman met Davis three years ago during their freshman year. They both lived in Blanding Tower. “She loved to go on adventures,” Hoffman said, adding that Davis would drive to Tennessee on a whim. “She is really hard to describe because she was like an angel on Earth ... and friends with everybody.” Judah Taylor contributed reporting.

breadth of the problem,” she said. “I just would have preferred an email went out much sooner.” Kayla Pickrell, a student manager at Starbucks in the Student Center and a former Kernel news editor, said employees were not notified when the money did not show up as it typically does on Fridays. “No one told us anything until (Eric Monday’s) email came out,” she said. Employees who bank with PNC Bank, UK Federal Credit Union, Fifth Third Bank, Central Bank, U.S. Bank, National City Bank, Members Heritage Federal Credit Union, Whitaker Bank or Community Trust Bank were paid by the end of the day Friday. “I’m sure there are people that are upset about it, and rightfully so,” said Jeffrey Spradling, the chair of the Staff Senate. “There are

students that needed their money. Anybody would.” Pickrell said she knew several employees who had rent due, as well as someone who couldn’t drive home to Louisville because her bank account was empty. In the meantime, distribution centers have been established to provide $250 prepaid debit cards for those with emergency assistance needs. The card will act as a credit card that can be used at most businesses, Blanton said. Employees can contact a university call center at 859-257-9254 for distribution locations and with other questions. The call center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, pending any weather problems. PNC Bank and Kentucky Bank will also cash personal checks for employees with UK IDs and photo IDs for up to $200.

If she walked into the room, everyone was attracted to her.” MARIE HOFFMAN Friend of Davis

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UK forward Julius Randle has drawn many comparisons throughout his first year in college basketball. Most of them are to NBA players. But his closest comparison happens to be a former Cat as well. Terrence Jones, now with

Jones and Randle share similar styles, statistics

the Houston Rockets, played two seasons in Lexington from 2010-12. His first season played out much like Randle’s. The stats are similar, but how they were reached is not. Randle is more of a traditional “power” forward. Jones arrived at UK with an expanded skill set. But it isn’t so much about their methods as much as their individual value to their team. They played on similar teams, ones that began with

high expectations yet struggled to win close games for much of the year. Similarities begin with their versatility. Both players can guard multiple positions. As athletic combo forwards, Jones and Randle excel in pick-and-roll defense. Despite the perception that Jones checked out for some games at UK, he was consistent during his first year. When the Cats entered SEC play, his production didn’t drop. And even in losses, Jones was never a glaring

reason for the team’s shortcomings. Regardless of the games you isolate, Jones excelled at a consistent rate. Randle’s freshman season is comparable. In SEC games, Randle’s points have dipped just slightly and his rebounding totals remain best in the league. And in UK’s eight losses, his numbers are nearly identical to his season average. Again, much like Jones, Randle’s statistics waver little in any way they are split.


Randle will be viewed as a better pro prospect than Jones was. He plays harder for longer stretches, giving a perception that he will have a more consistent pro career. Jones, though, has excelled in the NBA. With 49 starts in 54 games this season, he is averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He immediately showed how his versatility in college translated to the next level. Randle will be the same way. In the next few years, his outside jumper will get

*THROUGH 29 GAMES FROM FRESHMAN SEASON smoother. And when he parlays that with such a strong inside presence, he will become a skilled NBA forward. But at UK, the two players mirrored each other in many ways. As talented freshmen on young, inconsistent teams, they were stabilizing forces that produced each and every night. And if Randle is lucky, that production will allow his freshman season to last as long as Jones’ did.

Hoops escapes with win, Calipari to blame for collapse celebrates 4 seniors Cats secure 1st-round bye in SEC Tournament By Tyler Spanyer

The resurgence of senior forward DeNesha Stallworth helped lead UK Hoops past Vanderbilt University, 65-63, on Sunday. The win also clinched the four-seed in the SEC Tournament for the No. 12 Cats. Stallworth led UK in scoring with 18 points in the victory. “I feel like I’m back,” Stallworth said. “I have really been concentrating on my rebounding and playing hard for my teammates.”

Stallworth, forward Samarie Walker, guard Kastine Evans and guard Bernisha Pinkett were honored for Senior Day before the game. “I tried to hold it in but I got a little teary,” Stallworth said. “It was just tough to walk out on the floor and give a hug to Coach Mitchell and my family, and even though you want it to keep going, there’s always an end to everything.” Stallworth, Walker and Evans have been mainstays in the UK lineup the last two years and are tied for the winningest class in program histo-

ry, tallying up 105 wins, two Elite Eight appearances and an SEC regular season championship in 2012. “Senior Day at UK is really special because people care,” Mitchell said. “That’s why you want to win it so bad for those seniors. These seniors have contributed so much to this program, both on and off the court.” UK needed a win or a University of Florida loss on Sunday to clinch the fourth and final first-round bye in next week’s SEC Tournament. See HOOPS on page 7


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John Calipari has lost control of this team. He has run out of ways to energize his players, and UK’s eighth loss of the season on Saturday was a glaring example of the team’s abrupt collapse just when it should be surging into the postseason. For a team as talented as any you’ll see at the college level, UK’s development has abruptly stopped — and Calipari strangely stands at the center of its unraveling. For the first three and a

half months of the season, the Cats had one of the most efficient offenses in the country. They moved the ball, made open shots and capitalized on an elite rebounding advantage. But in the last three weeks, the whole team has reverted. On Saturday it was ugly to watch. UK made just one field goal over a 15:38 stretch, and it was goal-tended. The Cats made five field goals over the first 25 and a half minutes of the game. They look like a group of talented kids who have never played together. Every possession is random. The Cats played like they did in November. Now with three losses in five games, the players are

handling it better than their coach. Freshmen are saying the right things, commenting after a loss that they still believe they can turn it around, sounding hopeful for a tournament run. Calipari, on the other hand, is saying the same thing he said after Big Blue Madness. And maybe the problems are the same, but if they are, it’s not a player problem. The coach’s job is to develop players. Calipari’s best coaching asset over the years has been to mold superstars into a team concept. And with a group that seems so genuinely interested in doing that, the coach is at fault when it doesn’t happen.

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SHEPHERD Continued from page 1 Jacob Shepherd was just 4 years old, but he remembers the day he saw his father shot multiple times, in the head and chest, and killed on their front lawn. “I can vividly remember the helicopters coming, I can remember them shaking the trailer,” Shepherd said, recounting Aug. 8, 1993. He remembered it being a normal morning, the family eating breakfast together before the helicopter came. ‘We can’t be afraid of it’ Jacob Shepherd, now 24, sits in Room 169 of the Capitol Annex Building in Frankfort, where the House Health and Welfare Committee meets, prepared, if necessary, to defend the use of a plant he vehemently believes is safe and medicinal. This year could be a pivotal one for marijuana advocates nationwide, with debate over medicinal and recreational use reaching more than a dozen state legislatures, and the U.S. Department of Justice taking note of conflicts between state and federal laws. “Marijuana is not that dangerous,” Shepherd said. “It’s not the monster that we’ve been made to believe it is.” Shepherd has brown dreadlocks that he keeps tucked in Mary Jane Jones, the mother of Jacob and live-in girlfriend of Gary, said she felt isolated from her sura hat, and he sports Adidas shoes made of hemp, which rounding community for years after the shooting. She has spoken at rallies and traveled to Washington, were once banned because the federal government thought D.C., to speak with legislators about Gary Shepherd’s death. the word “hemp” would encourage teen marijuana use. He is a community and leadership development sophomore in family members and witnesses UK’s College of Agriculture. He hopes to grow hemp and said. cannabis on his own land someday, following in his father’s As the clock neared 6 Brodhead footsteps. p.m., the police made a move Lexington But the fear of marijuana kept advocates, for both medic- to negotiate. inal and recreational use, from getting a bill out of committee Shepherd did not have a in Kentucky after years of trying. phone, so they used a police Shepherd is starting a student organization, Cats for cruiser’s PA system: “Gary Cannabis, having enlisted about 25 potential members and Shepherd, we are the Kenstarted applying for official status. A strong anti-prohibition tucky State Police and we group on a campus of nearly 30,000 students could make a want to talk to you.” big difference, he said. Shepherd invited officers At the least, he said, it’s a step toward legalizing a drug to the fence. But before meeting them there, he retrieved his held.” Rep. Robert Benvenuti (Rwith a negative stigma — a stigma that has ravished individ- gun. uals and families across the country. “If they were going to be armed, he was going to be Lexington), a vocal opponent of the bill, said that marijuana was “We can’t be afraid of it and let our fears justify me hav- armed, too,” Jacob Shepherd said. ing to see my dad die,” he said. “If you’re in the Army, they tell you your gun’s your best not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and that friend, love it, sleep with it,” Jones added. sufficient research had not been ‘He loved Jesus, he loved people’ The next details have been points of contention between done on its effects. The trailer sits amid a swath of farmland in rural Rock- Shepherd’s family and law enforcement for years. “This is not a research bill,” castle County, not far off Interstate 75 in Central Kentucky, The police told Shepherd to put his arms in the air. His he said at Thursday’s hearing. encased by tobacco fields, patches of trees and rolling hills. right hand held his gun; the left arm was the one injured in “This is a bill that says that this About 300 acres of that land was once owned by Jacob Vietnam. Shepherd’s family. His great-grandfather used to grow hemp Jones, standing on the driveway just feet away, lifted one legislature will decide what’s a there. His father first grew marijuana there after he returned of her arms into the air and picked up her son in the other. Ja- medicine and what’s not. I PHOTOS BY EMILY WUETCHER | STAFF don’t believe we have the au- Shepherd spent eight months in 2011 and 2012 traveling around the country on the CannaBus to lobby for changes to marijuana laws. He has shared his father’s story with hundreds of people and many groups. from serving in the Vietnam War. cob put his hands up. “That’s where he discovered that marijuana is a mediShepherd was told repeatedly to drop his weapon. One thority to do that, and I think cine,” said Mary Jane trooper reported that Shep- any belief that we do have the Jones, the mother of Jacob herd responded “go ahead authority is arrogant, irresponther. In time, after many failed attempts, he got one to grow. and live-in girlfriend of and shoot me” several sible and reckless.” “You just knew that my father was a breeder,” he said, Legalizing medical cannabis, he said, would be a pathGary for six years. times, refusing the officers’ boasting of the quality of the seeds and the plants, even after way to recreational use. Gary Shepherd, who requests. Kentucky does not need more recreational drugs, he said. all those years. was 45 at the time of his Worried that a hostage But in summer of 2012, as Shepherd was trimming the death, returned from the situation might develop — “We cannot continue to put our young people, and our adults area around his six plants to give them more sunwooded for that matter, at risk for overdose, traffic fatalities. We must war with a Purple Heart, the deadly siege in Waco, light, he heard a familiar sound. his family said. Among Texas, occurred just four do the research first.” In the sky above his property was a helicopter. But Clark, the Senate bill’s sponsor, and others say that other injuries, a land mine months earlier — officers It lingered for a few minutes. Shepherd knew he could medical marijuana has helped change the lives of many padamaged his left arm, and a told Shepherd to think about not take any chances. He immediately went out back and tients, including young children. steel plate was implanted his young son. A survey of 1,082 Kentucky “It’s absolutely undeniable that cannabis is medicine,” killed his plants. near his elbow. He was unPolice say he aimed his “I knew the condition that would put my mom through,” able to lift it above his rifle at them in a threatening Clark said in a telephone interview. “The studies are in, the By Becca Clemons voters conducted for the he said. head. manner. His family, along research has been done.” The helicopter never returned, and no police came, but Several lawmakers from both houses “have recognized Lexington Herald-Leader, “He loved Jesus, he with witnesses who watched the scare served as a wake-up call. loved people, and he felt the shooting through binoc- that cannabis is medicine,” he added. Rep. Robert Benvenuti, the most vocal opponent of the WKYT-TV, and The Courier-Journal “I felt like I accomplished that part of my life, and I could He and Shepherd both cited polls indicating that medical like marijuana was his right, not only because he went to ulars, contend that he held it pointed into the air, and not at medical marijuana legalization bills in the Kentucky Legmarijuana has 70 to 80 percent approval among Kentucky not be a grower and I could focus on changing the laws,” Vietnam,” Jones said. “I was able to smoke a cigarette and he police. islature, is not the only one concerned about the growing and WHAS-TV in Louisville Shepherd said, “and I haven’t grown since.” wasn’t even able to smoke a joint, and that’s a medicine.” Regardless, he was hit with a barrage of gunfire from two voters. acceptance of what is still considered a Schedule I drug That number was 78 percent among more than 1,600 asked if they favored or officers. His autopsy revealed wounds to his head, face, chest under federal law. ‘How stupid it is’ Kentucky adults surveyed in a Kentucky Health Issues Poll ‘We want to talk to you’ and left shoulder. He had not returned fire. Benvenuti has called for more research on cannabis During the House committee meeting Thursday, Shepopposed the use of The only memories Jacob Shepherd has of his father are “A Vietnam veteran was shot with his hands in the air,” released last year. use, a sentiment echoed last week by Francis Collins, the A recent poll conducted for the Lexington Herald-Leader, herd sat stoically, patiently, observing the testimony and from that Sunday more than 20 years ago. Jones said, “over some plants growing in the garden.” director of the National Institutes of Health. medical marijuana. WKYT-TV and two Louisville news organizations put ap- discussion. He was peaceful, much like his father was in A review of hundreds of police documents revealed furCollins’ comments were regarding the legalization of proval of medical marijuana legalization at 52 percent. Op- the hours leading up to the shooting. He slipped out after ther details of Gary Shepherd’s seven-hour standoff with law A legislative milestone Percentages are rounded. marijuana in general, not just for medicinal purposes. enforcement, including Kentucky State Police and a special Twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized posed were 37 percent of the 1,082 registered voters polled; the vote, heading to his car in the Capitol garage to call his “I’m afraid I’m sounding like this is an evil drug that’s mother. response team that was called in for backup. marijuana for medicinal use, and nearly that number have de- 12 percent were unsure. going to ruin our civilization and I don’t While he is glad the bill is advancing, the moment was Among those ages 18-34, approval reached 60 percent. At about 10 p.m. the Friday before, the Rockcastle Coun- criminalized possession of small amounts of pot. Voters in really think that,” he told USA TODAY. “I think the voters are ahead of the politicians on this,” bittersweet. ty deputy sheriff received an anonymous phone call at his Colorado and Washington state approved marijuana for recre“But there are aspects of this that probably Not sure Most of the representatives now realize that medical Clark said. home. The caller told him that Gary Shepherd had “a heck of ational use last year. should be looked at more closely than cannabis patients should not be considered criminals, he said, a pot patch behind his house and in the garden,” according to Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville), has introduced a medical some of the legalization experts are willing but he wished it had not taken 20 years for that view to beA reason to rally the documents. Adding to nearly 30 plants in the garden, po- marijuana bill three years in a row, but it has yet to gain tracto admit.” come popular. “I just sort of felt like my father died for no Shepherd and his mother still live in the trailer in Rocklice found 15 growing against the back of the trailer, five next tion in the Republican-controlled state Senate. One study could examine if there are to the two-car garage, and a few errant plants in other parts of A companion House bill, introduced last month, has a castle County, and Shepherd makes the hourlong commute to reason,” Shepherd said. any links between marijuana and lung He knows his work is not over. Supporters at the hearing the yard, the documents show. better chance. Sponsored by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D- UK. Bullet holes from the shooting still pepper the side of the cancer, for example, he said. Benvenuti Officers with the Governor’s Marijuana Task Force were Louisville), the Cannabis Compassion Act became the first trailer. One made it through the side of the home and into the drafted a letter template (on green paper) to deliver to House The NIH in December released a surSpeaker Greg Stumbo’s office. By Thursday evening, Shepset to scour the area by helicopter that weekend, so the of its kind Thursday to make it out of the committee stage kitchen counter. vey showing that more than 60 percent of Inside, the neatly kept living room hosts a subtle shrine herd had taken to Facebook to urge others to join the cause deputy passed along the information. in the Kentucky Legislature with a 9-5 vote. (Also last 12th-graders do not view marijuana use as harmful, a rate Two days later, the helicopter landed near Shepherd’s week, a bill to allow for research involving cannabinoid oil to pot activism. The homages to cannabis culture include a and call their representatives. that has risen in the past two decades. More than before, “Even though his death has helped to get us here, clearly property. that is derived from marijuana was passed through a Senate nondescript bookshelf with literature on marijuana, hemp 6.5 percent, said they smoked marijuana daily. sacks with pro-marijuana slogans decorating the walls, and today I don’t think any of those committee members would “I don’t know why he said ‘Over my dead body,’ ” Jones committee.) “This is not just an issue of increased daily use,” Dr. said, “but he did.” But marijuana is still a tough sell in a state that, despite other pot-related knickknacks tucked into nooks and cran- support a veteran losing his life over his medicine, and it’s reNora D. Volkow, the director of the National Institute on ally sad for me to have to think about today,” he said. Shepherd sat in a chair in front of the house, his Ruger its Democratic traditions and history of growing hemp, often nies. Drug Abuse, said when the survey results were released. “I just realize now more than I really have before how Jones and Shepherd have amassed a collection of mariMini-14 .223-caliber rifle propped up between his legs. aligns politically and socially with the South. “It is important to remember that over the past two stupid it is that my father did have to die over this plant.” Throughout the day, he ignored the police presence around “I don’t want to give anybody false hope; I don’t be- juana novelty T-shirts, some of them made from hemp. decades, levels of THC — the main psychoactive ingrediMuch of the decor was acquired during an eight-month his property and went about normal activities. He soon left lieve this bill is going anywhere in this session,” said Rep. ent in marijuana — have gone up a great deal. ... Daily use the rifle on the porch and worked on his truck in the drive- Susan Westrom (D-Lexington), who originally passed when tour on the CannaBus, where Shepherd and other advocates today can have stronger effects on a developing teen brain Approve way for a bit. He supervised young Jacob in the sandbox, and the bill was being voted on, but then changed her vote in traveled to about 20 states educating the public about legalDisapprove than it did 10 or 20 years ago.” then the father and son played catch. He was peaceful, his favor of it. “But I do believe the conversation needs to be ization. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, levels went up from The son and mother weren’t always outspoken activists, 3.75 percent in 1995 to 15 percent in an average marijuana although there were times after Gary Shepherd’s death that cigarette, she said. Jones spoke at rallies, and even took a trip to Washington to The national organization Smart Approaches to Marimeet with legislators. juana, which says it seeks “a middle road between incarOthers took up the cause on the family’s behalf. ceration and legalization,” cites studies that say marijuana “We believe that Gary’s death illustrates the increasing use affects parts of the brain used for memory, learning, atmilitarization of the war against marijuana,” said Gatewood tention and reaction time. Other health harms from mariGalbraith, a Lexington lawyer and five-time candidate for juana, its members say, are an increased risk of heart atgovernor who championed marijuana legalization, at a metack and lung irritation, and a link with mental illness. morial a month after the shooting. Galbraith died in 2012. Despite polls showing that a majority of Kentuckians “It’s going to result in more of these tragedies. We seek to favor use of medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommenassure Gary Shepherd was the last victim of this misdirected dation, just 26 percent favored the use of marijuana for policy.” of those ages 18-34 approved recreational purposes, according to a Kentucky Health IsShepherd and his cousin, Stacey Theis, at the House Health and Years after the shooting and ensuing lawsuits, Jones’ outsues Poll released in May 2013. of medical marijuana legalization. Welfare Committee meeting last week. Theis owns the CannaBus reach remained stagnant. But in the past few years Shepherd Benvenuti, at Thursday’s House Health and Welfare and also is an outspoken advocate for marijuana legalization. took up activism himself, a personal fight to assure that “no Committee meeting, said a study showed that traffic fatalikid has to go through the shit I did.” ties in Colorado had increased 114 percent under its medicinal marijuana law. ‘This is a war zone’ The study, published in January in the American JourAmid the fired shots, a piece of shrapnel ricocheted off nal of Epidemiology, showed that the presence of marijuathe trailer and grazed the left side of Jones’ head. na in drivers had increased by 8 percent over the past “They shot me while I was holding my son,” she said. decade, although the study did not say marijuana use was Police told her to put Jacob on the ground, and they put the cause of the crashes. The drug also could be detected her in handcuffs while Jacob grasped onto her leg. in a blood up to a week after use, the study’s authors said. He was caked in his mother’s blood. Colorado highway patrol data shows that traffic fatali“I was 4 at that time and I was really just trying to underties there declined each year from 2007-11. The state stand it,” Shepherd said. “Like, this is a war zone.” passed its medical marijuana law in 2000. So much blood covered his small body that he thought he Benvenuti’s biggest cause for concern was that little was shot. research exists for possible benefits of marijuana. That’s U.S. jurisdictions (states plus D.C.) “I remember looking at my arms, looking for the especially true on the federal level, because getting the wound,” he said. have legalized medical marijuana. drug approved for use in a study can be difficult. “Rep. (Mary Lou) Marzian said marijuana ‘could possiPieces left behind bly’ help some people — ‘could possibly’ — and does not Lining the inside of the CannaBus are magnets from many of the In 2010, looking under the trailer one day, Jacob Shephurt anybody,” he said. “What FDA-approved research has Shepherd shows the spot where police shot his father, outside of his family’s trailer in Rockcastle County. Bullet holes are still visible states it traversed and signatures from supporters. A few police herd made a surprising discovery. been done to show that it can help people? Because we don’t on the outside of the trailer, and one went through the side of the home and into the kitchen counter. officers in Texas and Washington even signed their badge numbers. He found about 1,000 cannabis seeds, left over from his faapprove drugs in this country based on ‘could possibly.’ ”

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“I just sort of felt like my father died for no reason.”

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Now is the time for Ky. to end marriage discrimination It is no secret that Kentucky is often behind the times on social issues. Kentucky is a state that is often made fun of for its lack of forward thinking. And until recently, the state was lagging behind much of the country regarding same-sex marriage. But while things are starting to change, it’s coming from the courts.

Last month, a federal judge ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. But the ruling won’t affect a state Constitutional amendment that bans samesex marriages from being performed within the state’s borders. A federal judge recently ruled that a similar Texas ban on same-sex marriage

was unconstitutional. It’s one more sign that America is beginning to understand the discrimination in these laws. If the appeal fails, more than a third of states will allow same-sex marriage. Long-held discriminatory laws are under rapid fire across the country, and states on that side are feeling more pressure with each

new piece of legislation. Attorneys general in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nevada and Oregon have finally listened to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s advice and stopped defending their states’ bans on same-sex marriages, and that trend is not slowing down. Kentuckians shouldn’t wonder if same-sex mar-

riages will be performed in the Bluegrass, they should wonder when. It is not a religious argument any more. This is a legal argument that affects marriage in only the governmental sense. It’s part of the government’s job to protect its citizens, not discriminate against them. Now is the time to re-

define what marriage legally means in our state. Now is the time to fully strike down Kentucky’s amendment that bans same-sex marriage. Now is the time to realize it is unconstitutional and perpetuates inequality in the commonwealth. If Texas and 16 other states can do it, so can Kentucky.

Saluting my college years, Women do earn same as men How ‘equal pay for equal work’ manipulates voters good times and bad AMELIA ORWICK

Kernel columnist

Last Friday I picked up my cap and gown, browsed class rings and participated in a slew of other activities in preparation for graduation in May. My time at Grad Salute was one part entertaining, one part sad and three parts eyeopening, much like my entire college experience. I was scared when I entered the King Alumni House for Grad Salute: scared of breaking the news of my cap and gown cost to my parents, scared of being asked questions I didn’t know the answer to and scared because I was alone. On a lot of levels, it felt like the day I moved into Kirwan 3. But the nerves left quickly, and I began to recall the adventures I’ve had with all my new friends. College allowed me to have all the fun that I could never have had under my parents’ roof. I came in anticipating a lot of excitement, and got even more than I could have imagined.

However, there are memories that I wish I could leave behind. Like most people, I’ve made some mistakes and gone through some hardships in the past few years. A few relationships (and exams) were failed, my family faced struggles and other issues came up.

My views on politics, religion and life in general were all reformed in some way during my time here.” A certain feeling of sadness overwhelmed me at Grad Salute as I realized that my college experience wasn’t perfect, and that the time remaining for me to right all my wrongs is running short. Finally, as I walked through the line on Friday, I realized all that has changed over the past four years, and what will change upon my exit from the university. Four years went by fast,

but a lot happened during that span. On a national level, President Obama was reelected, several states legalized marijuana and several others became champions of gay rights. At UK, President Eli Capilouto came to town, Central Hall opened its doors and a national basketball championship was won. But most importantly, I grew as a person. It may sound cliche, but my views on politics, religion and life in general were all reformed in some way during my time here. And I expect the changes to continue as I transition into a new career lifestyle. Appropriately enough, Grad Salute represented my entire UK experience in just 30 minutes. Again, it wasn’t perfect, and I still left feeling somewhat scared of what the future holds for me. But for the most part, it was enjoyable. As I accept my diploma on May 10, I’ll be happy for it all, the good and the bad. Amelia Orwick is a managing editor at the Kernel. Email aorwick@

Do we help others just to raise our social status? EMILY MARKANICH Kernel columnist

It’s time to question the concept of genuine philanthropy throughout our campus. When we commit to give, we should ask ourselves what we’re really committing to. Are we giving away our time in an act of true, genuine charity, or are we doing it to raise our social status and view of self? It’s a tough question to ask, and sometimes even tougher to answer. While laying in bed, exhausted after participating in DanceBlue, I was mindlessly scrolling through Twitter and happened upon a tweet that at first shocked me, then brought up a question of philanthropic motive. The Colonel, a UK satirical publication, tweet-

ed something that made me contemplate, rather than giggle: “Ok, we get it. You think you’re Jesus Christ for participating in DanceBlue. No more Facebook statuses and tweets about it.” A little harsh, yes. But is it accurate? Don’t we feel so much better as a person after giving our time to others? I know I do. But how far is that view of self taken? While dancing during the marathon, I hit “the wall,” or the period of time where a concrete floor looks just as welcoming as a goose-feathered bed. My “wall” lasted three hours, and during that time I recall standing on the sideline, observing my fellow dancers stumbling in an attempt to keep moving. I thought, “Why can’t we just raise the money and skip the marathon?” I instantly realized how shallow that thought was and that there is so much more to this event than just the money. As the stereotypical poor

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college kids, in terms of philanthropic giving, the greatest gift we could ever give is our time because for us, time really is money. It’s the money we put into our studies and the money we hope to get back when we enter the workforce. When we give our time, we are giving a portion of our lives that we will never get back. What makes DanceBlue so time worthy isn’t the money we raise (though that helps), it’s the effort that we, as a community, put in to show that we care about something bigger than ourselves — others. Sometimes when we give, we tend to get a little caught up in ourselves and we start to forget the real reason for our charity. Remember that the whole point of charity is to help your fellow man and to show people that they are not alone. Emily Markanich is a journalism sophomore. Email opinions@


Kernel columnist

Truth empowers, truth liberates, and it’s time for a little dose of truth. “Equal pay for equal work” has become one of the most overused campaign slogans in this year’s elections. The statistic that women only receive 77 cents for every dollar a man makes has been used to manipulate voters to rally for candidates around the country. Here in Kentucky, the deception is repeated as well. The message is because you are a woman, you are discriminated against and are paid less than men. But this type of discrimination is not happening, and for candidates to suggest it means they want you to elect them based, in part, on a false premise. Nationwide, fact-checkers have already declared the claim that women do not receive equal pay for equal work is false. When women do equal work, they largely do receive equal pay. The pay gap comes

down to three major factors. First is the type of job in which women work. As Obama acknowledged in his State of the Union address, lower paying jobs like secretaries, teachers and retail are dominated by women, while higher paying fields like the military, construction and law enforcement are dominated by men. How much each field should get paid is an important discussion to have, but for equal pay, how much each field does get paid is all that is relevant. The fact is, women have (as an overall group) chosen lower paying careers. Second, men work more hours than women do, including overtime. Data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that nearly double the amount of men work 40-plus hour weeks when compared women. Because men typically work in higher paying jobs, working overtime compounds their earnings over that of an average woman, even when she does work overtime. The third factor is children. Many women choose to have children. While this contributes to working fewer hours than men, the larger issue is job tenure.

Like it or not, the traditional family structure still dominates in America, and women often work less to raise children while men work. Data shows, on average, that men, aged 45-54, have been at their jobs years longer than women in the same age range. This means more chances for raises and promotions. Other issues, such as paid maternity leave, need to be addressed, and could help women stay at their jobs longer. But currently they do not, and they do not get paid as much because of it. When these factors are controlled, women earn as much as men. In fact, women control 60 percent of the wealth in this country, and almost all income-gains in our generation have gone to women. Childless women in their 20s actually out-earn men. I wrote this column because a friend of mine told me she was afraid to ask for a raise due to this very reason. I gave her this information, and two days later she had a raise. Truth is power. Matt Young is a political science junior. Email opinions@

Student Government

needs a revitalization MICAHA DEAN

Guest columnist

Throughout this campaign many people have asked me, “What made you want to run for student body president?” Simple — I am hungry to see UK, and its students, succeed. This university has made me believe in myself. I am motivated by the opportunity to make our students’ voices heard, and the chance to empower them so that they begin to believe in themselves, too. UK students deserve a student body president and vice president who have a balanced grasp on our university’s needs. Evan Pulliam, who is running alongside me for vice president, currently serves SG as the Appropriations and Revenue Committee chair and is responsible for the team that allocates funding to our student organizations. Although I currently serve SG as the assistant to the chief of staff, it is my other involvements — the Student Activities Board, DanceBlue, the Homecoming Coalition, K Crew, the Honors Program — that give me the breadth of understanding for our university needed to

truly advocate for the student body. We released our vision for UK in January, but those ideas are not just from Pulliam and me. Our diverse and established team of senators, as well as students we have met with, have had a voice in that plan.

UK students deserve a student body president ... who (has) a balanced grasp on our university’s needs.” Our four pillar campus plan is a statement to our need to enact change. With a focus on maintaining current initiatives combined with unprecedented advancement, our framework is realistic and forward-thinking. With a plan to support the Big Blue Food Pantry, to pursue free higher education test preparation and better campus handicap accessibility, we are excited to address student needs during our administration. Since deciding to run, we have met with countless peers, sat down with Lexington community leaders and focused on one of our major

goals: to expand our reach from the SG office. Many students do not know who their student representatives are, and that is a problem. But it is a fixable one. Our solution? Oval Office 2.0, a program that sets up open office hours for us and our senators across various campus locations. By increasing accessibility, our hope is that more students will feel comfortable approaching their representatives and speaking with us. As part of our goal for “executive accountability,” we will have progress bars on our renovated SG website, allowing students to keep us accountable for our work in office. We want to be accessible — we are students too. Student Government needs a revitalization. To move forward, a fresh outlook on what SG currently provides students is necessary. Pulliam and I, alongside our passionate team, are confident that we can reach our goal of an inclusive UK community where our students are heard and advocated for. To learn more, visit us at and follow us on Twitter at @DeanPulliam2014. Micaha Dean is a integrated strategic communication and corporate communication junior. Email opinions@

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HOOPS Continued from page 3 The Cats had good news as just before tipoff the Gators fell to Texas A&M University, 82-73. In the first half, the Cats sprinted out to an early 11-3 lead behind Stallworth, Walker and Evans, who together scored the Cats’ first seven points. The Commodores did not go down without a fight, however, as they went on an 18-4 run to end the half. UK led 36-33 at the half. Down the stretch, UK utilized both Stallworth and Walker as the Cats punished the Commodores on the inside. “Their high-low is very hard to guard because we were so outsized,” said Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb. Vanderbilt pulled within one point with 13.4 to play. After UK junior guard Bria Goss made just one of two free throws, the Commodores had a chance to win. With 12 seconds to play, Vanderbilt sophomore guard Jasmine Jenkins drove down the court and missed a layup that would have tied the game. UK escaped with a win. The Cats will play in the quarterfinals game in the SEC tournament on Friday, and

CALIPARI Continued from page 3 But Calipari doesn’t take the fault. He says the players quit. He says they haven’t bought into his system. If he is committed to that system, his job is to figure this team out. They are just too good to play this badly. He must take responsibility for his team’s downfall.


UK Hoops forward Samarie Walker hugs her mother while being honored on Senior Day at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

could play the University of Florida. If UK wins, it could face the University of South Carolina, another team that swept the Cats. “Let’s cancel the trip,”

Mitchell said jokingly. “We will just take it day-by-day. I would welcome the opportunity to play (Florida) again, and I think our players would look at it the same way.”

Calipari has said over and over that the Cats are too “coach driven,” that he has to reiterate direction too much throughout games. That implies that the team needs him too much. Maybe he’s doing too much. After Saturday’s game where he got ejected following his second technical foul, Calipari said on his radio show that it may have been better that he wasn’t out there in the waning moments.

That sounds like a team that needs a little less of its coach. The Cats were on track. They were ready to take off. But Calipari has stunted their growth. UK is too good to see its season play out like this. Before it’s too late, John Calipari needs to find the answer. The Big Blue Nation can forget a national championship quicker than you think.

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