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SGA Senate passes SAC renovation resolution ADELINE WILSON


SGA student senators saw the first visual representation of what a newly renovated Student Activities Center might look like at Tuesday night’s SGA meeting. Dean of Students Michael Mardis, along with a representative from Hastings and Chivetta architectural firm, attended the meeting as promised six weeks ago. After nearly an hour of discussion, senators unanimously voted to approve their resolution to direct further action regarding the SAC renovation. The three-dimensional animations of the SAC were put together at what Mardis called an “aggressive timeline.� SGA President Monali Haldankar urged student senators to keep an open mind throughout the presentation, as the artistic depictions represented the first drafts of the renovation plan. The plan in the renderings, what administrators are calling “option A,� is estimated to cost $32 to 38 million. Mardis told senators funding negotiations were still ongoing. He listed the student building fee, Sodexo, Barnes and Noble, U of L Athletics and the University of Louisville as potential sources of funds for the project. “Option A� depicts a SAC with a facade inspired by the Student Recreation Center’s facade. The design is modern, with natural light and open space. One defining feature is the removal of the SAC ramp. A project goal is to create a “living room for campus." Services Vice President Morgan Cooksey

said the SAC and SRC will become “bookends� for the campus. A newly renovated SAC, she says, will cater to the needs of growing U of L campus life. “Considering the future of the university, we need to think about our transformation as a school,� said Cooksey. Many of the designs for the SAC will be finalized over the summer months. SGA’s resolution re- Students wait in line in the SAC for their lunch. One goal for the new SAC renovations is to offer garding the SAC students more space for dining during the busy lunch hour. PHOTO BY RACHEL ESSA / THE will hold student LOUISVILLE CARDINAL leaders accountThe architectural firm tasked with the Tim Moore, director of student activities able when they sit on SAC renovation ad- project, Hastings and Chivetta, has worked at and the SAC, declined a request for copies of visory committees this summer. The reso- over 207 campuses across the country. The the architect’s renderings at this time. He says lution requests that, if plans for “option A� architect who visited U of L mentioned ex- that a more definitive depiction of the renofall through for any reason, the original $9.4 perience with multiple student centers, in- vation plan would be available by fall 2015, million SAC East plan be continued without cluding a recent design for the University of after the advisory committees meet this sumdelay. Alabama at Birmingham. mer.

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Board of Trustees suspends art history Ph.D program ROBERT MUDD


Due to a lack of enrollment and demand for doctoral degrees in the art history department at U of L, the Board of Trustees voted April 2 to discontinue the program, unless interest for the degree increases in the next five years. College of Arts and Sciences and faculty from the Department of Fine Arts talked with President James Ramsey before a recommendation received enough votes for suspension of the program. The suspension will begin this summer, but students currently enrolled in the program will still have the opportunity to finish their degrees. “During these next five years, we will consider reconstituting a new program which will be more inclusive, which may be able to attract more students and allow more faculty to be involved,” said Ying Kit Chan, chairperson of the department of fine arts. “We still have the M.A. and B.A. programs. We are only suspending the doctoral program in art history.” Of the fine arts, art history has taken the biggest hit in terms of decreased enrollment and student activity. The program has seen its greatest drop in enrolling students, which

has been a reoccurring theme for decades. “Provost Shirley Willihnganz said only 19 students have graduated from the art history doctoral program in the past 25 years with a significant drop off in the past three or four years and the costs can’t be justified,” said university spokesperson Mark Hebert. In the meantime, art history faculty will continue helping current students prepare their doctoral theses until the five year mark. Financial support as well as scholarships will still be granted to enrolled students. Although art history has seen a decrease in demand, the art program has been unaffected, as well as the bachelor and master levels in art history. A statement prepared by Chan also reports, “The Fine Arts department has formed an ad-hoc faculty committee to study the feasibility of reinstating a Ph.D program at the departmental level by broadening the areas to include art history, visual studies, curatorial and critical studies and studio practices.” As the only place to receive a Ph.D in art history in Kentucky, this broadening may be a deciding factor to ensure a future for the program at U of L.


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The neighborhood of El-Arish was shaken last Sunday as bombs exploded near the entrance of the police barracks, killing one civilian, three soldiers and a police officer. 30 others were injured. The Sinai Province Group claimed the attack, stating on an affiliated Twitter account, “An armored personnel carrier for the army of the apostates was destroyed...killing and wounding all aboard.” The Egyptian army has been sent into the region to search for the militant group.

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After being rebuilt due to construction on Spaghetti Junction and the Ohio River Bridge Project, the Louisville Extreme Sports Park will be opening a new section as well as getting a new name this Monday. Named after the supporter of the park, former Mayor Dave Armstrong, the park has been renovated to now house a street course, a snake portion and a new deep bowl.


pretty useless place to go for the theater and food. Everything else Why do we need SRC?

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Live music, commemorations and aerialists acts dotted the Big Four Lawn at Waterpark Front Saturday as Louisville celebrated its fifth annual GonzoFest. The festival, originally set to honor the late writer Hunter S. Thompson and his personal-meetsfactual style of journalism in the 1960s and 70s, looks more into the artisitic, weirder side of Louisville. Local poet Ron Whitehead, friend of Thompson, was emcee for the event.

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What should the United States do about Gitmo? TC KLUSMAN


Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community has a primary goal to help students who face interpersonal violence of all kinds. LaMont Johnson, the student programming and outreach coordinator, would like to add a sub-goal to PEACC: “Social justice dialogues through pro-

gramming.” Many of these programs take place around campus in the evening and are open for all to attend. They are intended to make students think about bigger issues involving the state and nation. On Wednesday evening, PEACC finished The Gray Area program, where they “talk about the iffy stuff.” Forty students packed into The Avenue

The discussion part of PEACC’s “Grey Area” series. Student panel (left to right): Allison Krebs, David Payne, Aaron Young and Jordan Adams. PHOTO BY BAILEY THOMAS / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL

Seven auditoriums to receive $1 million renovations DALEN BARLOW


Seven Arts and Sciences auditoriums are scheduled to receive a facelift. President James Ramsey recommended the auditorium renovations at this month’s Board of Trustees Meetings. The start date on the project has not been determined at this time. The $1.1 million project will affect three buildings on campus: Davidson, Humanities and Strickler. The recommendation includes electrical, technological and other minor improvements, along with total seating replacement. “These Arts and Sciences auditoriums are among those with the highest usage on campus which, frankly, has worn them out. They need a facelift which will give students a more comfortable, technology-friendly place to learn,” said university spokesman Mark Hebert. While spending at the university always seems to be under scrutiny by students, opinions on this issue could go either way.

“I agree that some of the auditoriums could use some minor changes here and there, but I don’t see why the changes should cost so much. None of the auditoriums are that bad,” said Lisa Hagan, an anthropology major. English major Trever Campbell agreed. “None of the auditoriums need that much work. There’s nothing that wrong keeping students from learning. That much money does not need to be spent on something that’s in relatively good condition.” Both Campbell and Hagan agreed that the money could be used elsewhere on campus. Hebert also said that it is not yet known which building will see the renovations first. For students interested in the university’s spending, there will be a budget forum on the 2015-2016 budget held on April 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Floyd Theatre in the SAC.


room at Cardinal Towne to discuss whether Guantanamo Bay Prison, or Gitmo, in Cuba should remain open or shut down. The discussion included a lead panel, and members in the audience also joined in the discussion. The panel consisted of graduate and undergraduate students, including Allison Krebs, David Payne, Aaron Young and Jordan Adams and was moderated by the student leaders of PEACC. The first question dove right into the messy subject and asked if Gitmo detainees should receive the same rights as United States inmates. “Tough question because they are not citizens of the US,” Adams stated. Krebs argued if America did not treat the detainees the same, it “puts us on the same level” as the terrorists. The next question asked where the detainees would go if Gitmo closed. The panel seemed to like the idea of having an international prison for war criminals and terrorists. The crowd, however, believed Gitmo should remain open and felt the United States needed to continue to run the detainee prison, even if it is not on United States soil. It costs America $400-500 million a year to keep Gitmo running, and students discussed whether the amount is justified. Young said, “It sounds like a lot to us, but

the government has trillions of dollars. It’s just a drop in the bucket.” As the discussion began to wind down, the questions became even grayer: Should the United States be able to detain American citizens indefinitely and without trial if they are connected to a terrorist attack? Young spearheaded this questions, saying, “If there is enough evidence to be detained, then there should be enough evidence for a trial.” “You can’t pick and choose who has rights,” echoed Krebs. The room seemed to also want a trial for citizens, but a different one than average United States citizens have. They felt a military tribunal would be more suitable for terrorist activity than the same trial one gets for a DUI. This feeling even continued for terrorists who were not citizens of America. The overwhelming majority believed it to be a basic human right to have a fair trial. Most preferred the military tribunal or some variation of it, but a trial nonetheless. The final question took a poll: Should Gitmo stay open? Only one person in the room felt it should be closed while a handful of others thought it should stay open. The rest of the room felt it was a loaded question and had too many layers to be addressed with a simple yes or no answer.

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day-to-day For a day out, keep it cool with light dresses and rompers, or rolled up sleeves. Dani’s look could go from day to night by adding jewelry and heels. George is set for any weather—because we all know Louisville weather is unpredictable—by layering a light denim shirt over a muscle tank. His white Chucks make the outfit summer-specfic. Tram topped off her leggy romper with a felt hat. ON DANI TACKETT: patterned dress | Pitaya leather booties | General Eccentric ON GEORGE NICHOLS: Denim button-down | Established Premium Goods Moss muscle tank | Established Premium Goods Publish five-panel hat | Established Premium Goods ON TRAM NGUYEN: bird-printed romper | Bermuda Highway felt hat | Bermuda Highway wedges | Bermuda Highway PHOTOS BY SARAH ROHLEDER / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL

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70s-inspired fashion The 70s are back—which means the high-waisted jean trend takes on a flare leg, and boho lovers can rejoice. Ladies, score a pair a closedtoed, leather sandals (bonus points for color-stained leather) at the flea market. Fellas, add bold floral prints to your wardrobe in your button-ups or ties. ON SERENA HAMING: feathered felt hat | Acorn Aparrel mini tube top | Acorn Aparrel loop bracelet | Acorn Aparrel leather belt | Acorn Aparrel light-wash flare jeans | Acorn Aparrel faux snakeskin purse | Acorn Aparrel leather sandals | Old Soul’s Vintage ON ALEX WEBER: patterned tie | Acorn Aparrel PHOTO BY SARAH ROHLEDER / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL

50s-inspired fashion Channel your inner Pink Lady for this summer trend. Subtle patterns like polka dots and gingham are perfect with pastels and neutrals—50s staples. Taylor Swift has taken hold of this trend with ultra-matchy tanks and high-waisted capri pants, just like model Shelby Hatfield. Fit-and-flare skirts or dresses are on the radar, too. LEFT ON SHELBY HATFIELD: polka dot tank | Acorn Aparrel polka dot pants | Acorn Aparrel pink saddle Oxfords | Vintage Banana ON BRIANNA BRYANT: navy polka dot dress | Vintage Banana pink flats | Vintage Banana pink handbag | Vintage Banana pink sunglasses | Vintage Banana ON HANNAH MCGHEE: off-white ruffle tank | Old Soul’s Vintage brown polka dot skirt| Acorn Aparrel pea green sunglasses | Acorn Apparel pink Asian scarf | Acorn Aparrel white gloves | Acorn Apparel RIGHT ON BRIANNA BRYANT: plaid tank | Old Soul’s Vintage yellow gingham skirt | Vintage Banana black shades | Old Soul’s Vintage




FESTIVAL FASHION Whether you’re headed to Tennessee for Bonnaroo, North Carolina for Hangout, or just making the short trek to the Waterfront for Forecastle, music festivals are the place to show off your coolest, hipster-approved outfits. Go for the rocker vibe with leather accents like Keyonte and Kendra, the Bohemian look like Mahogany, with a flowy off-theshoulder top, or rock your budget like Shelby did by doubling a maxi skirt as a tube dress.



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Women, toss out your waist-line belts—loosely fitted dress are on the up for uptown style. Pair with chunky heels or booties and socks, preferably over-the-knee. Opt for a felt hat and and stacked necklaces, but be sure to throw a choker in the stack. Men, go for bold prints in deep colors for your night out. Swap your Levi 505s for a pair of fitted jeans, and cuff them for extra style. RIGHT LEFT ON DANI TACKETT: fringe dress | General Eccentric

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Lacrosse’s ACC growing pains prepare Cards for postseason D EREK BR IGHT WEL L SPORTS@LOUISVILLECARDINAL.COM

Junior Kaylin Morissette storms down the field against second-ranked North Carolina on Senior Day. Morissette is one of Louisville’s most important players and top scorers with 39 goals on the season. PHOTOS BY WADE MORGEN / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL better. We won’t face anybody tougher come tournament time,” Young said. Things don’t get easier for Young’s squad, either. The next two games on the schedule are against No. 7 Syracuse and No. 13 Notre Dame. They’ll be playing without senior captain Faye Brust who’s season ended with an ACL tear at the beginning of the loss to UNC. Brust currently leads the team in scoring with 45 goals and 55 points. “She’s a leader. Her mental strength is shining right now,” Young said of her senior captain. “But this is a potential career-ending injury so we’re trying to stay positive and hope for the best but prepare her for what might come.” Even without Brust, Young believes that

her team can compete with the top-tier teams they will be facing in the remaining three games and into postseason play. “We still have three great shooters and it’s empowering them to fill those roles and we’ve been working this week on feeding opportunities to involve other players. I feel better now,” she said. “We’re playing top-10 and I’m always nervous whether we have Faye or not,” she added with a small chuckle. However, it’s still been a successful season for Louisville in its first season in the toughest conference in the country. The program cracked the top-10 for the first time in its brief history. “The future of Louisville lacrosse in the ACC is a partner and no longer the new kid on the street. We’re excited about it,” Young said. The team is also returning most of the starters next year, and almost 70 percent of its scoring output from this season, including juniors Morissette (39 goals), and captain Cortnee Daley (37 goals) and sophomore Hannah Koloski (44 goals). Most of the defensive unit will also be coming back for the Cards’ second year in the ACC. “(The defense has) I believe one senior in that unit and three sophomores. So the experience that all of them are gaining really puts us in a very stable position going into the future,” Young said, adding that the team has to keep focusing on this year. “Let’s get over being young; you’re now experienced. How do we get you ready to believe you belong and that these are games you should be winning? Not could be winning.” Koloski has come into her own as an offensive threat this season, totaling 45-49 points, compared to five last season. While from the outside her burst of offense may

have come as a surprise, it was something that those inside the team had seen growing in the offseason. “I feel like by the end of last year, my confidence had started to grow. I think I found my spot on this team, like what my job was,” Koloski said. “As the season started, I saw my teammates’ confidence in me grow.” “It’s been incredible. Her confidence has definitely grown,” Morissette said of the sophomore. “She’s so fast, so quick, seeing her grow like that, for her to be that big of an impact in the ACC for our team. I can’t wait to see what she’ll be like next year.” “I think UNC is such a shining example of who Hannah has become because she left her heart and soul on that field,” Young added. “The next two plus years of her are going to be pretty remarkable.”

Despite a 9-5 record, Louisville is the 11th ranked team in the country. Their five losses are to five of the top six ranked teams in the country and three of those losses were by a combined five points. Above is senior Anna Kopeka.

Let’s get over being young; you’re now experienced. How do we get you ready to believe you belong and that these are games you should be winning? Not could be winning.

The first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, unquestionably the best women’s lacrosse conference in the nation, has been a challenge for the 11th ranked Cardinals. While they have a 9-5 record on the year, they are only 1-4 in ACC play. The record reflects what has been a brutally tough schedule for Louisville, with their losses coming against five of the top six teams in the country. “We’re trying to find our groove, find where we fit in,” junior Kaylin Morissette said of the conference after a lopsided loss against second-ranked North Carolina. “This being the toughest year we’ve faced, not including today, we’ve done pretty good. We’re just looking for our first big top-five win.” They have done well against the best in the country, though. With the exception of the Senior Day loss to North Carolina and Saturday’s loss at Virginia, the other three losses (against third-ranked Duke, fourthranked Boston College and fifth-ranked Northwestern) have only been by a combined five points. “It’s so frustrating and one of the things we talk with our team about is what is the unknown factor that’s creeping doubt into their minds,” head coach Kellie Young said of the close losses. “It’s frustrating. It’s not even pride anymore because everyone keeps saying, ‘You’re just right there’ but I don’t want to be just right there anymore, I want to win,” Morissette said. The tough competition the Cards have faced so far should prepare them for the postseason this year. By the end of the year, Louisville will have faced seven teams currently ranked in the top-13 in the coaches’ poll. “Competition-wise, you can’t play any

— Coach Kellie Young




Women’s tennis Senior Day puts tough season in perspective DAL TO N RAY SPORTS@LOUISVILLECARDINAL.COM

The Louisville women’s tennis team has finally let its tough schedule set in on them. After starting the year 9-1, the Cards have dropped 12 of their last 14 matches and fell to 11-13 after the 4-1 loss against Florida State this past Friday. The game against the Seminoles saw the two seniors get acknowledged for their careers with U of L, Manuela Velasquez and Rebecca Bodine. Coach Mark Beckham had mixed emotions on Senior Day as he saw his veteran seniors participate in one of their last matches at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. “Both of those girls are the definition of competitor, they’re warriors. With Becky, she could have played this year if I pushed her but I just couldn’t do it. Last year she was in pain so much, yet whenever I would ask her ‘How are you feeling?’ she would always say ‘I’m good coach, I’m good’ and that’s the kind of person she is. Manuela has always been the same way. She’s been a little dinged-up, but when it’s match time she’s ready to go and her effort would always put her in a position to win. I’m forever grateful to have two girls with that kind of attitude on my team.” Despite an emotional day due to festivities, Beckham still has a straightforward way at looking at their games. “Our margin for error is so small right now, one of our better players has been out so when you have that it makes it even tougher. We get negative a little too quickly, a lot of these teams are very good but we

should still be able to beat some of the teams we’ve played.” The No. 69 ranked Noles would jump up early on the Cardinals and wouldn’t let up. The doubles team of Daneika Borthwick and Yukako Noi would take down U of L’s Manuela Velasquez and Elle Stokes 8-1, followed by Mia Vriens and Kerrie Cartwright defeating Cassie Pough and Jessie Lynn Paul 8-2. The doubles point would go to FSU. Stokes and Velasquez would both face off against ranked opponents in No. 69 Borthwick and No. 89 Cartwright. The lone victory from the day came from Velasquez as she knocked off Cartwright 6-3, 6-2. Afterwards, she spoke about her victory and advice for the underclassmen for next season. “It felt great today knowing that I could do my part for the team and for my coaches because they’ve done nothing but support me,” says Velasquez. “Also, it was for my teammate Becky who wasn’t able to finish out her senior year. It was bitter sweet but it was for them. “Being mentally tough is huge for the girls next year. I don’t think they see how crucial it is just yet. It doesn’t matter how talented you are. If you have the hard work and mental strength, you can beat anybody and they’ll end up seeing that.” As the season winds down, the experience the younger players have gained is something they can’t get anywhere else. With one of the toughest schedules in the nation, the team has seen firsthand how good the ACC is and what they have to do to achieve wins. While

it hasn’t been the greatest year, Beckham isn’t discouraged at all. “The one thing I will say about this group is that they don’t give up. They put in the effort at practice and do whatever I put them through. That’s the reason why I know this team is going to be really good, the overall talent is some of the best I’ve had here.

“The freshmen don’t know how to get through these type of situations yet. When Manuela was a freshman, she was fortunate to have older players to help her through. With the girls now, there’s only one senior so it’s a little tougher, right now it may not be great for them but they’ll be able to look back and see how much this helped them.”

Senior Manuela Velasquez was the only senior to compete this year. She was also the only player to win a match on Friday against Florida State. PHOTOS BY WADE MORGEN / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL

Coach Mark Beckham meets with two players in the middle of the meet.

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Most tenured coach on campus reflects on 25 years of growth and success

The first time Rex Ecarma stepped on to Louisville’s campus he was a teenager. His older brother played for U of L’s tennis team, and Ecarma was nice enough and eager enough to contribute. “At that time, they played at the park (Stansbury) across from the law school. There weren’t any water fountains, so when my brother and his teammates got thirsty at practice they’d just throw an empty tennis ball can over the fence,” Ecarma said. “My job was to run and go get it. Cross that busy street (third street) as fast as I can. Go to the law school because they had a real cold water fountain, fill up that can, get back across that street and get that water to the players without spilling it. So that’s how I became associated with the Louisville tennis program. I don’t think I was elevated to team manager. I was just the water boy.” Few could have guessed that some thirtyfive years later that young water boy would be Louisville’s most tenured and winningest coach. In his 25 years as head coach of the Louisville men’s tennis team, Ecarma has racked up over 400 wins. He has produced countless competitive teams and multiple conference championship teams. He’s been Conference Coach of the Year in the Big East and Conference USA. In 2007, he was inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame. He’s had top individual competitors and this past fall he helped senior Sebastian Stiefelmeyer win a national championship and earn the ranking of the nation’s top Division I singles player. But long before Ecarma made his home in Louisville tennis, he had a home in the city of Louisville. His father moved to Louisville from the Philippines and at an early age introduced tennis to his children. “I got tired of being left at home. When my dad and two older brothers went to play tennis I just said, ‘Hey I’m going to go with them and see what this is all about.’ And that’s how it all started with me. Just wanting to hang with my dad and brothers at the tennis court.” While it began as a simple leisure activity for father and sons, the Ecarma boys started to take the game seriously. By the time they got to Doss High School they were some of the best young tennis players in the state.

I’ve been on this campus as a student, a studentathlete, or a head coach since fall of 1983. It’s been an unbelievable experience, I couldn’t imagine coaching at any other place. — Head Coach Rex Ecarma

“One brother, Roehl, he was my practice partner and Reggie practiced with me but also coached me. I kind of had my own team at home, so I was very advantaged with that,” Ecarma explained. “My first year in high school, my brother Reggie won the singles regional championship to qualify for the state and me and another guy on the team won the doubles. So it was being at the state high school tournament as a freshman and regional champion that I first really started to think of tennis as more than a hobby.” Rex followed his older brother Reggie to U of L to play tennis for the Cardinals. At that time there wasn’t the Yum! Center and there were no multi-million dollar complexes on campus. As a freshman at U of L in 1983, Ecarma was hardly afforded the luxuries his current freshman class has. “From what we had, playing at a public park, our indoor practices were 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm every night at a local club. Could you imagine that, finishing practice at midnight every night, but those were the only courts they could spare for us. So we really over achieved in my opinion from what was invested in us,” said Ecarma. “But we still really competed very hard and had a lot of pride about U of L even though we were kind of a fledgling program.” Ecarma was one of the best players still to date that the U of L tennis team has ever had. To this day he is ranked second in the school’s career doubles wins list with 92. In his junior season he totaled 58 wins in singles and doubles play combined. A mark that is

Ecarma was a member of the tennis team from 1983-87. His junior year he won the second most combined matches in a singles season still to date. He also still has the second most doubles wins in program history with 92.

Rex Ecarma addresses two of his players in the middle of a meet. This season, he reached his 400th career win as coach and continues to add to the total. PHOTOS BY AUSTIN LASSELL / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL still the second highest win total in a single grown up quite a bit. He has a full family and season at Louisville. doesn’t draw a line between his family and His success as a player launched him into his career. As large a role as his family played coaching. And just two years after graduating in his early tennis career, his current tennis from U of L, he was hired as U of L’s head career plays a large role in his family. coach. At 23, he was the youngest Division I “My Dad, my brother, my kids, my wife, head coach in the country. my nephews, nieces, they all come out to the “I graduated in ‘88 and worked, travelled, matches and its great to have them there. went into the mission field and in 1990 was “My kids, my two boys, are serious tennis hired as the head coach. I never even had any players now and they learn so much from college assistant type position, so I went from these college guys. They’re friends with player to coach very quickly. Sebastian and all those guys; it brings my “It was tough; I was only like a year older family and my tennis family all in one. It’s a than my senior,” Ecarma described. “One really good feeling, you know? Sometimes thing that helped, though, was a lot of the when my kids play tennis matches here at U kids were local. A lot of them saw me play in of L for a tournament, the U of L players stop the higher age groups, so they kind of knew in and watch them play. So it’s really neat.” me from a distance. It wasn’t just bringing You would think that after spending in some 23-year-old, they knew who I was, multiple decades at the helm of a program, and that helped. But that only helped in the Ecarma would seem worn down, but it’s the beginning, I had to earn their respect after exact opposite. He is still enthusiastic, spry that.” After that, he has been earning the respect of a lot of people, including current athletic director Tom Jurich. Upon Jurich’s arrival to U of L in 1997, additions and changes have been made to every single athletic program. In other words, Jurich has hired the coach for every single team, except for men’s tennis. Ecarma is the only coach at U of L that predates the Jurich era. In that pre-Jurich era, Ecarma played an instrumental role in the building of the award winning Bass-Rudd tennis complex. “You have to think, imagine U of L with no sports complexes. We had like 20 sports; the first one that gets their facility is tennis,” Ecarma said. “So I appreciate Sunny Bass, Mason Rudd and William Rothwell. They got behind a 23-year-old coach and just said ‘Hey, what are your dreams?’ I told them and those guys made the decision that they’re going to make it come true and they’re not going to wait. And tennis became the first sports facility on the campus of U of L.” — Rex Ecarma Since becoming head coach, Ecarma has

I graduated in ‘88 and worked, travelled, went into the 1990 was hired as the head coach. I never even had any college assistant type position, so I went from player to coach very quickly.





and from what you can tell, doesn’t need to dye his hair. But at this point of his long career he gets the surreal experience of seeing his former players as adults, with families and lives of their own. “Its funny, my first senior that I was telling you about, when I was 23 and he was 22, his daughter and my son train together. She’s one of the top kids in the Midwest and she comes over from Southern Indiana to play practice matches with my son,” said Ecarma. “I see so many of my players, and their families and their children. It’s pretty overwhelming just to see the growth of all those guys. I look back and I say one of my mission statements in life is to grow the next generation of leaders. I look around and there are so many of my players from the past, whether they are in sport, law, medicine or business, a lot of them are leaders. So I feel really good about kind of planting leadership

seeds in them and hopefully role modeling good leadership traits in front of them when they were here.” Back in March, Ecarma’s team defeated then tenth-ranked North Carolina. The win marked his 400th career victory as head coach at Louisville. With the program as good as its ever been with a permanent home in the ACC, the long time companion of Louisville tennis took a moment to take it all in. “I just had a sense of appreciation for the players’ effort. Playing so hard for Louisville and so hard for me in such a dedicated way. I was reflecting on that,” Ecarma said. “Really, outside of three or four semesters, I’ve been on this campus since 1983. I’ve been on this campus as a student, a student-athlete, or a coach since fall of 1983. It’s been an unbelievable experience, I couldn’t imagine coaching at any other place.”

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Athletic Director Tom Jurich arrived to U of L in 1997. Since, he has made changes and advancements that have thrust Louisville athletics into the forefront of national prominence. Of Louisville’s 21 athletic programs, Jurich has hired the coaches for 20 of them. The only job that was set in stone before his arrival was the men’s tennis head coaching position. Filled and taken care of by none other than Rex Ecarma. Q: Mr. Jurich, what went through your mind when Coach Ecarma reached his 400th career win? A: Very proud of him, first of all. Rex has been just a great coach, not only on the court but also off the court. He is a wonderful ambassador for the community and I think the entire community at large, not just the tennis community, really thinks the world of him. He’s everything you would want in a head coach. He cares so much about his student athletes, he cares for the program, he’s very competitive, which I like, and he’s somebody that’s very progressive. And you don’t find that all the time, you don’t find that mix in one person all the time. I’ve sure enjoyed my 18 years here with him and I hope we have another 18 together. He’s just one of a kind. Q: In the spectrum of athletics that you’ve been a part of, have you ever met someone with as stable of a career as Ecarma? He went from water boy, to playing for the school to almost immediately coaching here at U of L.

Ecarma and Sebastian Stiefelmeyer hold up his Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Championship trophy that he won this past fall. PHOTO COURTESY / INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS ASSOCIATION

A: Well, I think that’s a unique situation, but that’s a credit to him that he had the persistence to do that and that he could persevere through the downsides of it too. When your young there is not a whole lot of

downsides to anything, so there aren’t as many obstacles. But any obstacles there were, are just speed bumps to Rex, because he eats problems up like they’re candy. It’s just a credit to see the longevity in his career, and I think that he’s just scratching the surface now that we’re in the ACC. I think it’s going to give him an unbelievable platform to work from. From a recruiting stand point and a competitive standpoint, I think he is going to be one of the elite coaches in this country if he isn’t already there. Q: I’m sure you have some perspective on it, but how tough must it have been for him when he began coaching? He was 23 years old, coaching college kids just a few years younger than him. A: That’s something him and I have a lot in common. I was the youngest Division I athletic director in the country, and still am to this day when I was given the job at Northern Arizona University at 29 years old. So, it was probably a lot of the same challenges that he had. The only difference is I had it for an entire athletic department. A lot of that you have to do by the seat of your pants and you have to go from your gut. Make a lot of decisions from your gut and there’s nobody I would have trusted more to make those decisions at that age then Rex. Q: What has set Rex aside, considering you’ve hired a head coach for every sport here except men’s tennis, because he already had that taken care of? A: Well he’s great. It’s just been great to watch him grow and I want him to stay here for a long, long time. He’s terrific and I think attrition happens on a natural basis a lot of times and a lot of times you have to make changes. For him I think he’s found a great home here and we love having him, so it’s a great match for both of us.

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“My junior year, we won the National Championship (in men’s basketball). “After Milt Wagner hit those two free throws, everybody came to U of L’s campus. You’ve got to remember there was no social media then, there weren’t cell phones then,

but everybody gravitated to U of L’s campus. And I remember for hours all we did was run around the University like six or seven-yearold kids running around an open playground. “We didn’t know where we were running to, what we were doing, everybody was just running and screaming. People were climbing up on light poles, anything that could be climbed, someone was climbing

it. There’s people on top of trees, buildings, then people are running around buildings, it was chaos! And it was a real commuter school then, there was only five or six dorms at that time, but everyone drove to U of L and started running around and climbing everything. “It was crazy, we didn’t get home until like three or four in the morning. We got hungry, we got tired, I’m thinking, ‘man, I’ve run

around Ekstrom Library twelve times now. I’m hungry!’ “It was a real good time. When my brother got here in 80’ they won the National Championship, then in 82’ Final Four, 83’ Final Four, 86’ National Championship. It was a crazy time. If you didn’t have Louisville in the Final Four in your bracket, then you were an idiot.”



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The ins & outs of owning a pet in college SA MA NTH A SCHAEFE R EDITOR@LOUISVILLECARDINAL.COM

Sometimes the transition from high school can be difficult - especially if you’re a freshman or coming from out of town and have to make new friends. So why not get a cute little puppy or kitten? Though it may seem like a brilliant idea at the time, it may not be so smart afterall. The first thing that needs to be taken into consideration is the cost. With tuition, housing, food, recreational activities and other responsibilities, you need to ask yourself: Can I even afford a pet? First, you have to actually adopt or purchase the pet. After that’s done, it costs around $30-$50 per month to properly care for your average dog or cat. Not to mention, you’re likely to be replacing certain furniture or household items if you plan on getting a young and untrained pet. The second and most important thing to take into consideration is the care. The hours you put into making your pet happy is essential. Even if you can afford a pet, do you have enough time to properly care for the pet? This doesn’t just mean coming

home from school to let the dog out every six hours. Neither does it mean leaving your cat at home alone all day, because it can take care of itself. All of us can agree that pets need love, friendship and someone’s voice in their ears on a daily basis. Not only do you need to be a good friend to your pet, but you need to be a good

owner. This means teaching your pet good behavior. If not, have fun with all the torn up couches, pillows and shoes. This can be difficult with 12-15 hours of school each semester, homework each night, plus a job. Are you ready for that? If you’re still convinced owning a pet as a college student is something you want to

take on, a great alternative to remember is the smaller animals which can be kept as pets, such as birds, hamsters, rabbits and fish. Though these creatures also need a considerable amount of care, they’re definitely easier to maintain on a daily basis and are much more affordable. Now, for those who think they’re capable of taking on a cat or a dog, always keep in mind adopting from shelters. Some adoption centers near U of L include the Animal House Adoption Center, The Humane Society and the Animal Care Society. Nobody wants to be that person that rescues a pet, thinking it will be easy to take care of, and then a couple months later drops it back off at a shelter because it’s too much for you. Instead of putting your pet back into the same situation you found them in, know from the get go what you’re getting yourself into and be responsible. Lastly, if you do choose to adopt, think about spaying and neutering. There are several places around campus that snip for a cheap price, and there are even some freebie opportunities from time to time. Keep your animal clean and keep the amount of






Could Andrew Jackson’s time of the $20 bill be coming to a close? “Women on 20s,” a nonprofit organization, is fighting for a women to be the face of the new $20 bill. Over the last year, the organization has been petitioning to put a woman’s face on our paper currency. After thousands of possible candidates were submitted online, the group has finally announced the final four: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. According to Women on 20s website, their mission is to make sure that when the new face of U.S. money is chosen, it is decided by We the People in a widely publicized online referendum from a slate of candidates who embody the values, ambitions and ethics upon which this country was founded. The hope is that the petition to the government will make a change by the year 2020, which is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. “There are so few reminders in our every-

day lives of great women who’ve contributed to the shaping of our nation,” Susan Ades Stone, the group’s executive director, said in a news release Monday. “It’s time to correct that, and putting a woman on a $20 bill is like having a little pocket monument.” Some U of L students gave their input on the petition. “Seeing a woman on paper money is just one of many positive actions towards total equality for women,” says sophomore student Katie Connor. “I think seeing a woman amongst males on money also symbolizes a true aspect of the feminist movement.” Women on 20s has not yet set a deadline for the online voting but will know within a few weeks. “It will be interesting to see who obtains the spot,” Connor continued. “However, it is still sending a conscious or unconscious message to everyone that women are just as impactful on society as men.” Almost 300,000 votes have been cast, and there is still time to cast yours on Women on 20s website.

Sometimes, as a student journalist, you have to sit through meetings that last forever or deal with subjects that, while important, lack a certain element of excitement. This is all part of the job of bringing news to students, and deep down, we all like sitting through long meetings if it ends up with good reporting. But sometimes, as a student journalist, you get to do an assignment that’s really cool. These assignments include sitting in the press seats at the Yum! Center, interviewing Montrezl Harrell, seeing a rally with Hillary Clinton and, in this case, hearing the President of the United States speak. As most people who were stuck in traffic that afternoon know, President Barack Obama came to downtown Louisville for a brief tour of tech company Indatus and some brief remarks recently. The Cardinal was one of the lucky publications to be invited to be a part of the extended press pool, mostly made up of local outlets that are only covering the President due to this special visit. It is important to note that covering anything involving the Secret Service is not nearly as glamorous as people would like you to believe. It involves getting there hours early, waiting in security lines and mostly waiting around for things to start. However, this is obviously all very important for security reasons and is made completely worth it by the end experience. One of the cool parts of all the waiting around is getting to meet other journalists. We all seem to like each other. The number of journalists in the room also meant that the place was abuzz, as everyone was hoping to be the first to figure out when the President was actually going to make it to Louisville. World peace had ended up delaying the President’s trip, and everyone was anxious for his arrival after watching his

address on the Iran talks in the Rose Garden. (Side note: It’s pretty mind-blowing to see the President speak about a major world event in the Rose Garden and then be in the same room with him, hundreds of miles away, within about four hours.) Eventually, he arrived. He brought some Kentucky leaders and about 20 members of the press with him, so the room was fairly full by the time he made an appearance. With all the stresses of the job, one of the perks of being President has to be the ability to get an entire room on its feet and starstruck simply by walking in. I will admit that even as a journalist, who is supposed to be unbiased, I caught myself clapping when he came into the room. It’s almost a natural reaction.

As far as actual reporting goes, there wasn’t a lot of new material to cover. He announced a tech jobs program and made some funny jokes, but no one in the room was surprised by anything he said. The reason everyone in the room was there is much simpler than that: It’s cool to be in the same room as the President. And when people watch the news or pick up the newspaper, they’ll read that story because they think it’s cool that the President came to their city. Because, as I can admit, it is cool. And I am extremely happy that The Cardinal got a chance to be a part of it all.







Whether you were stuck in traffic for an extra hour or saw Air Force One fly over campus, many of us are aware that President Barack Obama paid us a visit here in Louisville a couple weeks ago. As the afternoon passed on April 2, and the president’s conference discussing technological job opportunities here in Louisville seceded, roads all across the city were flooded by record amounts of rainfall in the following hours. Shortly after, the rain began to slow


down, many residents within the city were shocked to find out that a six-alarm fire was taking place at GE’s Appliance Park Friday morning, leaving an enormous mushroom cloud of smoke to loom over the city. Over the duration of the weekend, many people slowly but surely drudged back into the norm of their lives, leaving the hectic scenarios around the city behind. Unfortunately, some were not ready to move on with their seemingly uneventful lives and decided to take their frustrations surrounding the fire, flood and traffic out on Obama himself. Adhering to the phrase “Thanks Obama”,

the president is no stranger to the blame game, and of course paid no attention to the ignorance of those particular individuals within the city that decided to point fingers at his visit. Jokes are jokes, and it’s obvious the correlations drawn by those blaming Obama are supposed to be taken light heartedly. That being said, to those who think it’s a good idea to write generic posts on Facebook or Twitter blaming the rainfall and fire on the president’s visit, this is a friendly reminder: It’s not. So just a heads up, next time you try and ruffle up a band full of laughter from one

of your Facebook posts, you have a better chance sharing how uneventful your day actually was, rather than post an overused joke about the president on social media. Regardless, if you’re a supporter of Obama or not, have some respect for the social image you display of yourself on Facebook or anything social media platform at that matter. Louisville is known for a lot of memorable things. Let’s just try and keep those things in a more educated light rather than a light that shines on overkilled jokes and illadvised Facebook posts that leave bad tastes in everyone’s mouth.



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April 14, 2015: Volume 89, No. 28  
April 14, 2015: Volume 89, No. 28