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University braces for governor’s budget cuts SHELBY BROWN @BROSHEA91

U of L’s budget is under the ax again after Governor Matt Bevin announced Dec. 28 Kentucky is facing a projected $156 million dollar shortfall in 2018. U of L will take a one percent cut, just over one million dollars, as post-secondary institutions across the state lose $11 million collectively. “Since it’s a mid-year cut, its effect will be even more severe,” Interim President Greg Postel said. University spokesperson John Karman said mid-year cuts are severe because they are taken against the current year’s budget, which has only

six months remaining. “The cut cannot be spread over a full year,” Karman said. Postel is confident, however, in U of L’s preparation to face future financial troubles. “The reduction is substantial, but the efforts we undertook to address our financial issues earlier this year have prepared us well,” Postel said. According to Postel, the university is performing against budget, developing a plan to address the cut and working to ensure limited student, FILE PHOTO / faculty and staff impact. THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL Bevin’s executive order includes cuts are for the current fiscal year, 1.3 percent budget cuts for all three ending June 30. Funding for K-12 edbranches of state government. The

ucation, prisons, commonwealth and county attorneys and other agencies remains in place. Last year, projecting a $200 million dollar shortfall, Bevin proposed a budget cut of 17.4 percent to state agencies. At the time, Bevin made suggestions for universities to cut out some academic programs not traditionally workforce driven. “We recognize the challenges the governor and legislators face in dealing with Kentucky’s pension crisis. But we will continue to remind our leaders that, despite the challenges, higher education must remain a priority for the commonwealth,” Postel said.

U of L’s Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation retires @BROSHEA91

After 32 years of service under his belt Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation Bill Pierce is retiring Jan. 31. Pierce held the title of executive vice president for eight years, recalling his time at U of L with fondness. “I have been proud to be here this long and have really enjoyed it,” Pierce said. Pierce acknowledged the changes at U of L and the “turbulent” times, however he believes the university will be stronger for it with support from the campus and community. “Dr. Pierce’s retirement will be a real loss, as he has had a great impact on this university, its students, the community and his profession,” Interim President Greg Postel said in an

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email. According to U of L spokesperson John Karman, Pierce has been contemplating retirement for many months. Pierce stayed on to aid in support and assistance while administration handled the SACSCOC accreditation issue. “With the university well positioned for the future, Dr. Pierce decided now is a good time to make his retirement official,” Karman said. Professor Robert Keynton will take over as interim to Pierce, and a search for a permanent replacement is currently underway. Along with teaching in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Keynton is the Lutz Endowed Chair of biomechanical devices of the department of bioengineering at the university. “I think he will do a fine job, he’s

Professor Robert Keynton. PHOTOS COURTESY / U OF L

board of trustees, the research foundation board, alumni board of directors and the athletic association. “Bill has been a great colleague for many years. I appreciate the calm demeanor, steady guidance and sense of humor he has shared during the past year as we have resolved several issues facing the university,” Postel said. While Postel said the search for — Bill Pierce a permanent replacement will begin immediately, Pierce’s departure leaves U of L with another interim. good, he’s a very smart guy and he’s In central administration interim positions include president, provost, creative,” Pierce said. Postel said he is also confident in chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Keynton as interim. Joseph K. Han was hired as COO Pierce returned to his alma mater in 1985 to teach pharmacology, toxi- in December and Jonathan Pruitt as cology and chemistry. Pierce oversaw the next CFO in November. Listengraduates, postgraduates, profes- ing tours for the presidential search sional and undergraduate students in are scheduled for Jan. 17 and 18. eight of U of L’s colleges. Pierce also served as a faculty senate chair, on the

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New winter session hailed a success MEGAN BREWER @__MBREWER

For the first time, U of L offered classes during 2017 winter break. The winter session was three intense weeks, with all of the courses being online. The session had an enrollment total of 548 students with 39 courses. The professors who taught over break said winter session is repeatable. “My class went completely smooth. I lost maybe three or four students in the first day or so but everyone else kept up,” communications professor Gina Firenzi said.

Humanities professor Michael Hagan said he’d encourage students to take winter courses, as well as administration to keep offering them. Some professors found it difficult to finish the winter session grading while preparing for the spring semester. “While it was difficult to ramp up for teaching another class right on the heels of finishing up with the fall semester, I think the winter session class went really well,” education professor Elizabeth Patton said. “The students in my class did as well as the top 25 percent of my nor-

mal semester class. The downside is that I am wrapping the winter course grades now, while also loading my spring course for Monday,” urban and public affairs professor David Simpson said. Communication professor Richard Slawsky said his students were motivated since they dedicated their break to schoolwork. “It was definitely a marathon for all involved. I think some students struggled with doing so much work in such a short time, but others did just fine,” English professor Dawn Heinecken said.

Overall, the first winter session offered did not have any major issues reported. “There were very few calls to the help desk so we believe that students were able to access everything they needed while the university was closed for the holidays,” Associate Provost and Executive Director Gale Rhodes said. A survey will be administered to students and faculty that participated in the session. In the month following the survey, there will be a meeting for administration to review and discuss the winter session.

Campus reminds students of cold weather procedures MEGAN BREWER

American Red Cross suggested keeping cold water dripping in fauAs the spring semester begins and cets to prevent pipes from freezing the winter weather rolls in, there are overnight. Along with this, it’s improcedures for inclement weather. portant to keep temperatures in the Severe weather can cause frozen home the same during the day and at pipes and U of L sent an email with night, and not turning the heat lower tips from American Red Cross list- than 55 F if no one is home. ing ways to prevent this. Students should prepare themThe tips include keeping garage selves for walking to classes in the doors shut if there are exposed pipes cold weather. Preparing for the and keeping cabinet doors with pipes weather means checking the weather open so the pipes are exposed to the before leaving the house and dressing warm air. appropriately. @__MBREWER

In some cases, students should choose to wear layers and boots if possible. If long-term exposure to the cold or water happens, there are symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite that should be watched for. The symptoms of hypothermia according to American Red Cross include dizziness, confusion, exhaustion and severe shivering while the symptoms of frostbite include skin discoloration that’s white, gray or yellow, numbness and waxy feeling skin.

If morning classes are canceled or delayed the notice will be sent out by 5:30 a.m. and evening classes by 3 p.m. via text or email from U of L Rave alerts. Information can also be found on the university website, by calling 502852-5555 and on U of L’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Issues involving severe weather can be reported to campus housing at 502-852-6636. For emergencies contact ULPD at 502-852-6111.





What you missed over winter break JOSEPH LYELL @JOSEPHLYELL

Here are the big campus stories since the Nov. 28 issue: Dec. 12: Water main break floods Shelby Park neighborhood A Rave alert warned students that a water main break near the intersection of Oak and Clay would affect water pressure for both the Belknap and Health Science Campus campuses. During repairs, the Louisville Water Company told the university it had inadvertently shut off water pressure to the SAC and Threlkeld Hall. The next day, another Rave alert issued a boil water advisory for those two buildings. The following day, the advisory was lifted and facilities were permitted to return to normal use. Dec. 13: U of L files lawsuit against Rick Pitino A federal lawsuit filed by the U of L alleged that Rick Pitino’s negligence and wrongful conduct dur-

ing his time as men’s head basketball coach has harmed the school’s image and reputation. The NCAA violations committed by the program under Pitino include the Katina Powell escort scandal, and most recently, the school’s NCAA corruption case, which is still being investigated by the FBI. The lawsuit is seen as a counter to Pitino’s own suit against the university, which claimed his contract was breached in his dismissal. The school’s case seeks the return of “any bonuses and other compensation wrongly paid” to the former coach for any appearances in NCAA tournaments. Dec. 14: Board of trustees meet for the last session of 2017 At the meeting, it was announced the board will allow eight constituency group representatives to meet with finalists in the presidential search process. They will then provide feed-

back on behalf of their constituents to the board, which will take their thoughts into consideration when making their decision. The constituency representatives will speak for their respective groups, which will be composed of students, staff, faculty and deans. It was also announced at the meeting the university will not pursue legal action against the foundation for its mishandling of the school’s $785 million endowment. The Alvarez & Marsal audit, published in June, described how the university’s foundation overspent, hid transactions and tried to obscure public information from the media. Chairman of the Board of Trustees David Grissom said suing the foundation would be akin to the university suing itself. “The university and the foundation have not closed the book on future litigation,” Grissom said, though he

would not comment on specific parties the litigation committee may be looking at. Dec. 19: Police investigate second shooting at the Arch Apartments in four months LMPD Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said the victim of a Dec. 19 shooting at the Arch is expected to survive his injuries. Witnesses to the scene said the man appeared to had been shot in the chest before he was taken by ambulance to U of L Hospital. U of L spokesperson John Karman said the victim was not a U of L student. This shooting came less than four months after another shooting at the Arch wounded another non-student resident. Karman said the university will be contacting management at the Arch to discuss ways to ensure residents’ safety in the future.

Schnatter donated no cash to U of L last year KYELAND JACKSON @KYELANDJ

John Schnatter, former Papa John’s CEO and a trustee on U of L’s board, may be sending a message with his money. Between him, his wife and his company and foundations, Schnatter donated $47.8 million to the university in 2016 according to donor records obtained by the Cardinal. Nearly half was from Schnatter himself. It’s unclear how the university spent said donations. Last year, Schnatter donated U of L and its Foundation nothing. His companies have only donated $117,182. He also curtailed donations to the U of L Foundation, giving nearly a million in 2016 and personally donating nothing last year. Eric Kelderman, a senior reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education, says the slash in donations defies schools’ national trends and could be personal. “Typically, people have relationships with universities (and) maintain those ties over a number of years, and unless they run out of money, or there’s some breach in the relationship, those ties tend to remain

strong,” Kelderman said. “This is probably a sign of dissatisfaction, frankly, with (James) Ramsey’s leaving and the way things have played out with the audit of the foundation and some of the revelations about the misbehavior and potentially fraudulent and criminal activity.” But Schnatter was more gracious with U of L’s athletics, donating the athletic department $30,000 last year and pledging $400,000 for “stadium expansion football.” He also donated $40,480 for executive suites at the basketball arena this season. Since he was named a trustee on U of L’s board in January 2017, Schnatter has questioned university practices. Schnatter lambasted the U of L athletics’ leadership as a trustee on their board, saying the lucrative program is “invisible” and “sucking the lifeblood” of U of L. He later resigned from athletics’ board before criticizing policies and pay for University of Louisville Foundation administrators. But Marcus Owens, a Washington, D.C. attorney who’s represented nonprofit organizations, said Schnatter may not be sending a message. Owens

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said yearly donations change depending on donors’ wealth and whether they gave assets instead of cash gifts. “There’s not much you can really infer from just the variation in the contributions,” Owens said. “Some people give more in one year and less in another for reasons that have nothing to do with anything the charity’s doing or should do. Or they decide they don’t care for the charity quite as much.” Schnatter has consistently declined to comment.

U of L Interim President Greg Postel and the ULF Interim Executive Director Keith Sherman said donors would likely return following transparency efforts like the Alvarez & Marsal audit. Donors signaled the return in August 2017, fronting the $2.2 million tab to further investigate the foundation. Donor support is often indicative of faith in a university. “I think if you saw a decrease in more than one donor, that would indicate that this were part of a bigger statement about the university,” Chronicle reporter Kelderman said. As reported in the ULF’s June meeting, the number of donors decreased last year. In the meeting, the foundation reported a $32 million drop in donor gifts between 2016 and now. By December, donations to the university were nearly half what they were two fiscal years ago. Justin Ruhl, the foundation’s director of accounting operations, says the decrease was inflated by a onetime $20 million gift in 2016, the year Schnatter donated more than $20 million to U of L.


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Smells like the ‘90s are making a comeback


The year is 2018 and all ‘90s kids are officially adults. ‘90s kids are setting new trends everyday, and bringing some from their childhood with them. The early 2000s brought back trends from the ‘80s like acid washed jeans and plastic bracelets, but now the ‘90s is coming back with a vengeance. Cardi B and Bruno Mars hopped on the bandwagon with the release of “Finesse,” reminiscent of the “In Living Color” days. Even U of L is on board with bringing back memories by hosting a ‘90s themed homecoming. Want to relive the ‘90s? Here’s how: Mom jeans Once exclusive to thrift stores, mom jeans are making their way back to commercial retailers. Jeggings and lowwaisted jeans have been left in the past, while high-waisted, rugged and loose fitting jeans are taking their place. Stores

like Urban Outfitters, ASOS and American Eagle are hopping on the trend.

Scrunchies The days of frying your hair until your room smells like burned popcorn are

over. Now, casually throwing hair into a ponytail with a scrunchie has made its way into the mainstream. Skate brands Skate culture is resurfacing as well with popular brands like Thrasher and Vans. In the past few years, Vans heavily marketed their Old Skool line. “In 1996, it was one of the best shoes offered by Vans and has really stood the test of time,” James Jebbia, creator of Supreme, said. Neon windbreakers Are they a meme or a fashion trend? Is it possible that an article of clothing can be both? It’s 2018, of course it can. Neon windbreakers have taken the internet by storm, often paired with bright colored pants and obnoxious sunglasses. Flannel The grunge classic. Everyone owns one, but no one really knows where they came from. Worn as a casual jacket, or

tied around the waist, there’s no doubt flannel will be in for a while.


African-American theatre to celebrate MLK Day and Black History Month YASMINE GOODNER @THECARDINALNEWS

With New Year’s festivities officially behind us, two other major celebrations are fast approaching, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month. The University of Louisville is doing its part to pay tribute to the late civil rights activist, as well as other great black leaders who have impacted history with its annual presentations by the AfricanAmerican Theatre Program. MLK Program This year, the MLK celebration will be held at The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third St., January 15 at 1 p.m. and will feature a reading of Troy Johnson’s “Free Lunch,” as well as music, theater and dance. The event is free to the public. In addition, to celebrate Black History Month, the African-American Theatre Program will present “Fabulation or the Re-education of Undine,” directed by Jacqueline Thompson. “Fabulation,” written by Lynn Nottage, is a social satire that follows Undine, a successful black woman living in Manhattan. After her husband embezzles all of her money, a pregnant Undine is forced to return to her childhood home in Brooklyn and face a harsh new reality.

The play will be held in the Thrust Theatre Studio Arts building, 2314 S. Floyd St., and will begin at 8 p.m. on Feb.

23 and 24 and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25. It will resume at 8 p.m. March 1-3 and at 3 p.m. on March 4. Tickets are $8 for U of L stu-

dents, $12 for other students and alumni, faculty, staff and seniors and $15 for general admission.





A step-by-step guide to adopting a furry friend HANNAH REID


Furry companions can bring joy to lives, but are a responsibility. The first step is figuring out if you’re allowed to have a pet or not. Many campus-affiliated properties have started allowing pets with a fee and increased rent. Off-campus housing has its own obstacles as well. Consult the landlord or property manager to see if any additional charges will be added to rent or what animals are allowed.

the roommate(s). Be sure to ask if they’re okay with a pet, what type of pet would be most appropriate, if they’d be willing to help out and any other concerns that may arise.



Also, keep in mind about enough space for an animal and a stable environment. Once you have permission, consider

Next, think about finances. Consider any fees added to rent or upfront animal fee, veterinarian fees and adoption fees. For shelters, these fees normally don’t exceed $115. You will also need to buy bedding, food, toys, collars and leashes for your furry friend. “I adopted my dog and I love him to

pieces, but he ended up developing elbow dysplasia and it was a $4,000 surgery. And it wasn’t covered by pet insurance. So just be aware of cost as a college student, there are things you can’t control with adopted pets,” alumna Danielle Backes said. One of the most important aspects is the time commitment. As college students, we are very busy attending class, working and studying. If you aren’t able to be home to take care of your animal then it is unfair to them. This is especially important if your choice is a dog or a puppy. If this is an issue, opt for a lower maintenance choice like a cat or a small pet, or reconsider getting an animal. “Get it over the summer so you can have time to train it. Get on schedule for pottying and feeding ASAP. (This) helps get them potty trained faster,” student Morgan Mann said. With all of these steps covered, you can finally start looking for the perfect pet. Adopting is the best option for college students due to lower fees and animals already being vetted for the first time. Some local adoption options are Kentucky Humane Society, Metro Animal Services and Shamrock Foundation. Breeders can be an option, but they’re very pricey and can be inhumane. If you

go this route, make sure you’re prepared and do your research. “Make sure you’re willing to shop around, pound, store or possibly Craigslist. Make sure you’re happy with the breed before committing to a cute puppy and then not wanting the dog when it’s grown out of the cute stages,” student Josh Bruggers said. Whether you choose an energetic puppy, a senior cat or anything in-between, having a pet can have many benefits. Just make sure to be ready for the commitment. They’re called “fur babies” for a reason.


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Make more manageable resolutions for 2018



The new year is here. It is a time for new beginnings. It’s also a time for the traditional New Year’s resolution. While Forbes says about eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions, goal-setting is still a popular motivator for the new year. Resolutions range from academics, spending time with family and friends and personal health. They serve as reminders for what is important and where we need to focus.

Making resolutions doesn’t need to be limited to once a year. Setting up one large goal and fulfilling it for the entire year can be a daunting task. It’s relatively unrealistic and sets up participants for failure. Celebrating New Year’s resolutions is like celebrating Valentine’s Day. It should be done every day, but one particular day is set aside as a reminder. It is better to set up small goals

throughout the year. Incremental goals can seem more manageable and amount to a larger goal. Instead, the community should seek monthly goals instead of New Year’s resolutions. For example, I intend to begin meditation as a way to evaluate the activities of the day. The schedule will not begin with meditating every day. Instead, I will try two or three times a week and gradually work up to every day.

The same thing applies to other goals. Start out with a smaller, routine schedule and allow time to adjust. Work your way up until you meet your end goal. Diving in head first works for some people and doesn’t work for others, which is alright. It is important to know what works best and how to implement it. Regardless of whether or not you participate in annual goal setting, the best of luck is with you.

Pension in peril puts university at risk pension fund, as well as various rainy day funds and potentially secure a The Kentucky pension reform pro- halt in the state debt. Currently, Kenposal is scheduled to take place Jan. tucky’s state pension is among the 16. The budget proposal entails many worst funded pensions in the United budget cuts, as well as suggestions for States, according to tax reform and revenue boosts. The debt is a problem we have The pressing question resides in known about for many years. Rather the obvious. How will this affect stu- than addressing it, previous adminisdents at U of L? trations have ignored it. Regardless of There is a section within the released proposal about funding for universities shifting to “outcome based funding.” This means funding will be distributed based on performance criteria. U of L’s fiscal year budget shows funding decreases across nearly all departments. This could mean tuition increases and additional fees. Such cuts are unfortunate, especially for certain departments. When budget cuts come down the pike, the arts are usually the first to suffer. This is evident in the university announcing in fall 2017 they were pulling advertising funding for The Louisville Cardinal, the independent school newspaper. The budget cuts from the Kentucky pension reform proposal, which will total $158 million across the three branches, will undoubtedly have more impacts on the state. These cuts, though concerning, are crucial to manage Kentucky’s state


political affiliation, the problem cannot be solved by ignoring it. The debt cannot be solved by spending more money than is available through tax revenue. For example, let’s say you make $500 a week at your full-time job. If you spend more than $500 every week, then you will not have any money to survive. This is grossly simplified, but serves as an

example nonetheless. At any rate, something done now can aid our future. Either the system will collapse or its demise can be altered. Ignoring the issue will not make it go away, and neither will throwing money at it. It is time for us to tighten our belts and hope the solution presented will work.



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Lamar Jackson to enter the NFL Draft


One of the greatest student-athletes to ever play at the university, junior quarterback Lamar Jackson has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. Jackson tweeted his decision. “My time in Louisville has produced some of the best memories of my life. I have had the pleasure of being in the presence of some of the best professors, coaches, advisers, training staff, athletes and fans, in the nation,” Jackson’s statement said. “After much discussion with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to take the next step in my career and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.” Jackson’s decision comes just days after a report came out saying he was “inclined to

return” for his senior year. His final appearance wasn’t a typical performance through the air -- 13-for-31 with 171 passing yards, touchdowns and four interceptions -- but that doesn’t take away what Jackson has done in his career. The lone Heisman winner in program history, Jackson owns 42 school records and has a host of trophies. He ends his collegiate career with 9,043 yards passing, 69 passing touchdowns, 4,132 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns. “It has been nothing short of an honor to be a member of #CardsNation and to play for this university,” Jackson’s statement said. “No matter what the future holds, one thing remains true #GoCards!”


What happened in sports over winter break? DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

Unfortunately, winter break is over. Students have to get back in the swing of going to class after a month of sleeping in, staying out late and drinking -- only the ones of age, of course. So, what happened in the world of sports over the break? Let’s take a look.


Junior quarterback Lamar Jackson has announced he will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. The decision isn’t a shock by many as he has one of the most electrifying careers one could ask for. Jackson will be joined by fellow juniors cornerback Jaire Alexander and offensive tackle Geron Christian. Alexander announced his decision on Dec. 22 and sat out the bowl game. The Cards were also without senior linebacker James Hearns, who sat out the game to prep for the NFL Draft. On the field, the team came up just short against Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Louisville led 21-17 at halftime, but a 14-point fourth quarter from the

Bulldogs gave them the edge they needed. In the 31-27 loss, Jackson totaled 371 yards and three touchdowns, but threw a career-high four interceptions. The Louisville defense couldn’t stop the run, allowing 277 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Louisville ends the season at 8-5 and is now 1-3 in bowl games during coach Bobby Petrino’s second stint.

Women’s basketball

Coach Jeff Walz has the best team on campus and they keep rolling. The nation’s third-ranked team is 18-0 and have the best start in school history. The 18-game wining streak is also a program-high. The Cards won eight games in December and had an average winning piece of 23. U of L recorded one of the biggest wins (54 points) in program history when they defeated Middle Tennessee 80-26 on Dec. 8. Included in their wins last month, the Cardinals defeated rival Kentucky on the road 87-63. In their first victory of 2018, U of L defeated No. 17 Duke 66-60 for their fourth win over a ranked op-

ponent. Louisville’s margin of victory has slimmed since entering ACC play (5.6) but the Cards are tied for first place (3-0) in the league with No. 2 Notre Dame and Virginia.

Men’s basketball

While the women’s team is established and knows their identity, the men’s team is just the opposite. Through the month of December, acting head coach David Padgett’s team went 6-2. The Women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz. month started with a last-second PHOTO BY KAREN NGUYEN / loss against then-No. 17 Seton Hall THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL at home. Louisville responded with a sixgame winning streak, including a pair of wins over Indiana and Memphis. The Cardinals traveled to Lexington to take on rival Kentucky and the No. 16 Wildcats ran U of L out of the building. Winning 9061, Kentucky recorded one of the biggest wins in the rivalry in 20 years. Louisville bounced back with a 26-point win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 2, but lost an overtime game Acting men’s basketball coach David Padgett. on the road against No. 25 ClemPHOTO BY LAUREL SLAUGHTER / son. THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL




What to look for in U of L athletics for the 2018 spring semester

Women’s basketball’s Arica Carter is averaging 6.8 points per game. PHOTO BY DALTON RAY / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

The new year is here and it’s time to look to the adventures the Louisville athletic program will go on in the coming months.

On the hardwood

The women’s basketball team opened the season with 18 straight wins, bringing them to No. 3 in the nation. The team is rolling, but the competition is heating up. Make no mistake, the women’s team hasn’t played a soft schedule -- four wins over ranked opponents -- but ACC play kicks in. In what could be the biggest game in women’s college basketball to this point, the Cardinals host No. 2 Notre Dame on Jan. 11. Then a month later, Feb. 12, U of L travels to top-ranked Connecticut. The women’s depth is what makes them such an imposing threat. If the Cardinals keep it up, they are likely looking at a one-seed in the NCAA tournament. On the men’s side, the Cardinals are still searching for their identity. Louisville’s four losses are against ranked opponents. Against Seton Hall and Purdue, Louisville had the lead but lost it late. Against Kentucky, the men were simply embarrassed in the 29-point loss. The biggest item to keep an eye on for the men’s team is if junior Ray Spalding can keep up his aggressive play. In the last four games, Spalding is averaging

14.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting 53 percent from the field. Spalding is a difference maker for the men’s team.

On the diamond

Baseball starts their season on Feb. 16 in Charleston, South Carolina in the Charleston Crab House Challenge. The Cardinals will start their season ranked towards the lower half of the top 25, currently No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball. Coach Dan McDonnell restocks his deck after losing potentially the greatest college baseball player of all time, Brendan McKay. Along with McKay, baseball lost six other players in the 2017 MLB Draft. Of the juniors taken were Lincoln Henzman (NCBWA Stopper of the Year), Devin Hairston (ACC Defensive Player of the Year), Drew Ellis (CBN First Team All-American) and Kade McClure (All ACC Third Team). McDonnell has had 14 players taken in the last two MLB Drafts. Baseball will have a full crew of fresh faces after reaching the College World Series in 2017. Softball must replace one of the best players they’ve had since 2010 in Maryssa Becker. Coach Sandy Pearsall has six seniors on the 2018 team. The Cardinals will rely heavily on junior Megan Hensley this season. Injuries plagued the Kentucky native last season, leading to a drop of production on the mound and at the plate. Pearsall introduces eight freshmen,

Softball’s Nicole Pufahl batted a career-high .366 in 2017.

Baseball’s Josh Stowers had a .313 batting average as a sophomore.

four being from Indiana and one from Louisville’s Ballard High School. Softball starts their season on Feb. 9 in Orlando, Florida, participating in the UCF Softball Invitational.

Bringing the racket

Men’s tennis went from 15-17 in 2015 to 22-10 in 2016. A lot of credit goes to coach Rex Ecarma for bringing in immediate impact players such as transfers Nicolas Rouanet and Ciro Lampasses and freshman Parker Wynn. The 2018 season appears to have even more promise after losing just one senior from the 2017 team. Led by a strong junior class and Wynn, expect the men’s team to crack the top 25 this season. Their season starts on Jan. 18 as they host University of Toledo. The women’s tennis had their first winning season since 2014 with a 1513 record last year. Plagued by inexperienced players in a brutal conference, coach Mark Beckham finally has his team together. With four seniors and two juniors, Beckham has his deepest team in four years. The women won a match in the ACC tournament for the first time last season before falling 4-2 to Wake Forest. Their season starts on Jan. 20 with a double-header against Wright State and Dayton.

New coach, same results?

Women’s lacrosse will have a new coach for the first time in program history. Former coach Kellie Young, the pro-

gram’s first and only coach, was fired on Nov. 6 due to on-going issues surrounding players leaving the program. Coach Scott Teeter is replacing Young, after spending 16 years at Canisius College. When Teeter took over, the program had 11 wins in seven years. By 2005, he was named MAAC Coach of the Year after turning the program into a winning team. From 2011-17, Canisius won six conference titles under Teeter. He leaves the MAAC as the conference’s all-time winningest coach. Teeter is a proven winner, taking a bottom-feeder team to consistent NCAA tournament team. He faces a challenge with a team depleted by transfers. The 2018 team will field 19 players, with 11 being freshmen. How quickly this team learns on the fly in the ACC will be a sight to see.

Puma time

Football’s Lamar Jackson has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. This means the much awaited time for Jawon “Puma” Pass is here. A highly-touted recruit, Pass has been sitting behind Jackson for the past two seasons. Redshirting his freshman year, Pass played in garbage time this season. At 6-foot-4, 220 lbs., Pass completed 23-of-33 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. The hype around the big-armed quarterback will grow this spring. Get used to hearing about how good he could be for the next nine months.

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Freshmen roundup: Reviewing the men’s basketball freshman class

Guard Darrius Perry.

Forward Jordan Nwora (Left).

Forward Malik Williams.




Men’s basketball is now 15 games into the season and expectations could not be anymore unpredictable. The inconsistent play has been a theme throughout the last two months and seems to be here to stay. With rotations still being ironed out for the acting head coach David Padgett, it is clear that anyone on Louisville’s roster can play at any moment. This has been especially evident with the sporadic interchanging between the four members of the 2017 recruiting class. Let’s take a look at how these four frosh have fared:

option off the bench. Perry’s minutes and shooting numbers have dipped with Ryan McMahon’s return. The freshman averaged 12 points in the first three games, but has only scored eight points in the last eight games. Although the offense has not been there, the defense has been where Perry has the opportunity to play. “(Perry) hounds the ball. He’s got quickness we haven’t had here in a long time, it’s tough for opposing players to go by him,” Padgett said following the team’s 86-60 victory over Siena on Dec. 6.

out of sorts. This could be due to the undiscovered rotations for the club, which result in Nwora playing out of position. Nevertheless, Nwora must find his shooting touch again, only netting 16 points in the Cards last seven bouts. “Jordan Nwora and I were laughing, two years ago he was our top recruit. Well, he got better. He’s really coming. He’s a real offensive threat. He’s like Jared Dudley to me in the NBA,” Siena coach Jimmy Pastos said following their game against Louisville.

high offensive IQ. Unfortunately, offense is just one side of the game. On the defense end, Nwora has looked

Williams is 7-of-26 from three. On defense, the 6-foot-11 Fort Wayne native has shown a streak of toughness this team sometimes lacks.

Forward Malik Williams- 3.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 37.3 FGP Williams has been the Cards’ one true

Forward Jordan Nwora- 4.9 big man off the bench this season. Front court depth has been the biggest pitfall Guard Darius Perry- 3.18 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 45.1 FGP Much like Perry, Nwora raced off for the team. points per game, 1.0 rebounds to a hot start for the team, notching 66 Williams is a finesse big man who per game, 29.4 field goal per- points in first eight games. The 6-foot-8 plays on the perimeter on the offensive centage forward has a sweet shooting touch and a end. With a shooting touch from deep, Perry emerged early in the season as a crowd favorite. Playing tenacious defense and with pace on the offense end, the 6-foot-2 guard looked like a viable


Williams must become a better rebounder, as he is seventh on the team with 42 in 149 minutes. “It just goes to show if you practice hard, and you practice well, it usually correlates in the game. Malik is a kid, a really tough kid, plays hard every day in practice,” Padgett said following the team’s 77-51 victory over Pitt on Jan. 2.

Forward Lance Thomas- 2.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 63.6 FGP

Thomas hasn’t received the same amount of playing time as his fellow freshmen, only notching 35 minutes this season. The 6-foot-8 forward is still a work in progress, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in his seven appearances. “(Thomas) just continues to work every single day and get better. The improvement he’s made from the first day he got here in the summer to now has been remarkable, so this will be good for his confidence,” Padgett said following the team’s 102-59 victory over Bryant on Dec. 11.


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Five former Cardinals to enter U of L Athletics Hall of Fame MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8

The U of L Athletics Hall of Fame will induct five former Cardinals on Feb. 2. The inductees include Keola Calderon (softball), Adrian Cann (men’s soccer), Sharon Bellamy Richardson (women’s basketball), Reece Gaines (men’s basketball) and Jessica Javelet (field hockey). “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome back and honor these five terrific individuals who are legends in each of their respective U of L sports programs,” interim athletic director Vince Tyra said. “All five have made lasting contributions to Cardinal Athletics that now culminate in their induction to this prestigious hall of fame.” Calderon (2000-03) was part of the class of freshmen who started the softball program in its inaugural season. She was a four-time All-Conference USA selection and honored on the Conference USA All-Decade team. The California native did not miss a game her entire collegiate career and started in all but one. Calderon is ranked in the top five in career games played, games started and doubles and holds a spot among the top 10 leaders in all-time hits, triples, RBIs and walks.

Cann (2000-2003) was an All-American second team selection as a senior in 2003 for men’s soccer. The twotime Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year started and completed 76 matches for the Cardinals. After his collegiate career, Cann became the men’s soccer program’s first ever Major League Soccer SuperDraft selection in 2004, going 16th overall (first round) to the Colorado Rapids. Bellamy Richardson (1995-99) helped women’s basketball win regular season Conference USA championships in 1997 and 1999. She ranks ninth all-time in school history with 1,577 points and led the team in scoring her junior and senior seasons. Her 851 career rebounds rank third all-time and she is fifth with 25 career double-doubles. Richardson helped the Cardinals produce a combined 78-43 record and earn three trips to the NCAA Tournament in her four years. Gaines (1999-2003) ranks fourth on the U of L career scoring with 1,945 points. He was a finalist for national player of the year awards and scored double-figures in 31 games as a senior and in 99 games throughout his career. Gaines is third in career 3-point goals

at U of L with 225 and his 475 career assists rank seventh. Gaines was the 15th selection overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2003 NBA Draft first round and played three seasons in the league. He is currently an assistant men’s basketball coach for Eastern Kentucky University. Javelet (2003-06) was the field hockey program’s first three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association AllAmerica selection (2004-06) and earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. The three-time allconference team member is the most prolific scorer in program history with season and career records for goals and points. Javelet was just as successful in the classroom, graduating in 2007 with a 4.0 GPA in marketing as the valedictorian of the business school. Following her career as a Cardinal, Javelet was selected to USA Field Hockey’s Under 21 team in 2005 and trained within the national team program until 2009. Javelet competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics as a member of the USA Women’s Rugby Sevens team. The inductees will be recognized at halftime of the Cardinals’ Feb. 3 men’s basketball game against Florida State.


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Jan. 9, 2018; Vol. 92, Issue No. 14  
Jan. 9, 2018; Vol. 92, Issue No. 14