Summer 2020 Vol. 94 No. 24

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U of L plans to furlough some employees and cut the pay of others ELI HUGHES @ELILOVESHUGS

President Neeli Bendapudi announced in an email April 9 the University of Louisville plans to furlough some employees and reduce pay for others due to the financial effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear how many employees these measures will affect but they are expected to stay in place until at least June 30. “As of today, the university is projecting a nearly $40 million negative impact

between now and the end of the fiscal year unless we take immediate, strategic and necessary steps to resolve it,” Bendapudi said. Some of the other steps the university will take include: instituting a hiring freeze, encouraging departments to limit expenses to only essential items, prioritizing student recruitment and retention, prohibiting travel and possibly making temporary changes to retirement benefits. The changes to retirement will not affect health or life insurance benefits.

The pay reductions will depend on the total compensation of each employee. The reduction will be 10 percent for those earning $300,000 or more, 5 percent for those earning between $200,000 and $299,999 and 2 percent for those earning between $100,000 and $199,999. Bendapudi, Provost Beth Boehm, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation Kevin Gardner and all of U of L’s senior leaders have also agreed to reduced pay until at least June 30. “U of L is a great place to learn, work

and invest that is uniquely positioned to provide our current and prospective students the experience they need to fulfill their full academic and personal goals,” Bendapudi said. “To be clear, the measures we are taking to resolve this short-term financial issue created by the COVID-19 global health crisis require all of us to sacrifice a little now, but this will not impact our commitment to deliver on our noble purpose.”

School of Medicine Dean named vice president for academic medical affairs MATTHEW KECK @THECARDINALNEWS

The University of Louisville named Toni Ganzel, School of Medicine dean, vice president for academic medical affairs March 30. “I’m pleased to announce that School of Medicine Dean Toni Ganzel has agreed to take on an additional role in leading our Health Sciences Center,” said President Neeli Bendapudi. Ganzel will be taking on the role of vice president for academic medical affairs while also remaining the School of Medicine dean. Her duties as vice president will include overseeing research activity at the Health Sciences Center, diversity and inclusion, faculty development and student health. She will report activity to Bendapudi and provost Beth Boehm.

Alongside U of L Health CEO Tom Miller, Ganzel will be in charge of making sure teaching and researching are successful at U of L Health. “Dr. Ganzel has done an excellent job as dean of the School of Medicine,” said Bendapudi. “I value her expertise and her leadership and look forward to continuing to work with her in this new role. She and Tom Miller are a great team to lead medical education, research and care in our community.” Ganzel has served as the School of Medicine dean since 2012. She joined U of L in 1983 as an assistant professor in otolaryngology and has held other various roles with the school since. Bendapudi said she wishes Ganzel well in educating U of L’s health professionals of tomorrow. PHOTO COURTESY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

U of L researchers using computers in schools MATTHEW KECK @THECARDINALNEWS

University of Louisville researchers are using computers from schools across Kentucky to aid their search to find a drug that fights COVID-19. These computers are a part of DataseamGrid, which was developed to support research, education and workforce development in these schools. Deputy director of basic and translational research at U of L Health - James Graham Brown Cancer Center, John Trent is helping conduct this research. By using virtual screening on the DataseamGrid, Trent and researchers are able to identify drugs that can potentially fight COVID-19. “We’re applying all of the methods we use for cancer drug discovery to the new COVID-19 proteins that have been dried recently,” said Trent. He said that they have retooled their research to target these new proteins. Trent and his team began this research in mid-March to help identify drugs and compounds that could help in

treating or preventing COVID-19. Up to 80 percent of the computation used for the research comes from the DataseamGrid. Their first approach in this research is to test 2,000 drugs that are already on the market currently. In addition, they will be testing 9,000 investigational drugs and nutraceuticals that have been tested and may be the most effective against the virus. “We take a library of small molecules and we see individually on a computer, which one fits into the place where we want to block particular activities,” said Trent. The molecular part of this research involves screening 37 million molecules to see which ones target the protein in SARS-CoV-2. This testing could help develop a new drug to treat COVID-19, but would have to be approved by the FDA. “For the immediate approach, we are testing drugs that already are approved by the FDA or have been tested in humans. If we find activity with those

drugs, we could get them into patient trials a lot quicker,” Trent said. “However, these drugs obviously were designed for something else and they may not have the same efficacy of a very selective drug.” They have identified 30 potentially effective drugs that may treat the virus. These drugs are being tested in the U of L Center for Preventive Medicine

for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (CPM). If any of those drugs are found to be effective at CPM, they will be moved into the next phase of testing.





Bookstore will allow mail-in rental returns and buybacks VICTORIA DOLL @THECARDINALNEWS

The University of Louisville bookstore will accept rental returns and textbook buybacks online because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Even though the U of L campus bookstore is temporarily closed to the public, there will still be on-site processing and shipping during the closure. Rental return dates have been extended by 15 days to give customers enough time to mail back their books. The bookstore is also offering free shipping for textbook returns to promote social distancing practices in the midst of the pandemic. According to the campus bookstore website, “The store is already extending free shipping, with no minimum purchase, to the entire campus community to fulfill any academic needs that may arise.” The free return shipping label and packing slip can be found in your U of L email or through the campus bookstore

website. The bookstore is encouraging people to regularly visit their website for updates, as store hours are changing often. The bookstore will continue to buy back textbooks but with slight changes. According to the bookstore website, books can be bought back online through the “Sell Your Textbooks” link in the site footer. In addressing these changes, the campus bookstore emphasized that, “Our highest priority is the health and welfare of our campus community and our store staff.” They also said they are following the health protocols given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. For any other questions regarding the bookstore’s response or changes in policy, please refer to their website or call 502-852-5913.


President Neeli Bendapudi praises U of L community for COVID-19 response ELI HUGHES @ELILOVESHUGS

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi praised faculty, staff and students for adapting to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. “Everyone has been asked to make significant sacrifices and I could not be more proud of how the U of L community has responded with resiliency and compassion,” Bendapudi said. In the email, she highlighted how students and faculty successfully transitioned to online classes and how staff have continued working from home or on campus. Bendapudi also gave a shout-out to U of L researchers who have tackled problems related to the pandemic. Researchers across campus are currently working on treatments for COVID-19, swab-kits for testing, masks for healthcare professionals and more. She also praised the healthcare workers that are working on the frontlines of this outbreak. She pointed out how they are continuing to treat patients and limit the spread of the outbreak while potentially putting themselves and their families in harm’s way. Bendapudi went on to say that U of L has been able to respond to the challenges introduced by the virus quickly and that she is proud to say the university

will be fine. She also provided opportunities for people to give back to those most affected by the outbreak. Those interested in helping students financially can donate to the Student Emergency Fund. Donations to help staff financially can go to the Staff Help Assistance Relief Effort. Bendapudi also recognized the people who were still on campus, working to keep the university operational. “While the majority of our team is working remotely, there are still employees who must work on campus and I want to extend my gratitude to those individuals in physical plant, custodial, housing, dining and more who have kept things running,” Bendapudi said. “As we learn more about the virus and its effects on individuals and society as a whole, we will continue to adapt. We do not know what lies ahead,” Bendapudi said. “But I can promise you this: together, we will continue to carry out the mission of our university.” She went on to remind the community to take care of themselves. Updates regarding the university’s response to this outbreak can be found on U of L’s official COVID-19 web page.



Department of Communication launches #CardsCovered campaign ELI HUGHES @ELILOVESHUGS

The University of Louisville Department of Communication launched the #CardsCovered campaign April 9 to encourage the U of L community to wear face masks and donate to the U of L COVID-19 emergency response efforts. Those who want to participate in the campaign can do so by making a face mask, taking a selfie with it on and posting the picture to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CardsCovered. Participants should tag @UofLCOMM and three friends that they want to challenge to post their own pictures. “#CardsCovered is a campaign to encourage each other to connect virtually, support one another, and protect our community in public settings by wearing a face mask,” said Kandi Walker, acting communication department chair. “We hope that by seeing other Cards


wearing face masks, we can increase the number of people staying safe and showing that Cards care.” Students are encouraged to be creative with their posts because the selfie with the most shares will be featured in The Louisville Cardinal. Those who want to participate without posting a selfie can choose to donate to U of L’s Student Emergency Fund. The money from that account will be used to help students who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 crisis. Information on donating can be found on U of L’s COVID-19 support page. Further guidance on face masks can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.



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ASST. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF What are your favorite hobbies?

I write poetry, listen to Lana Del Rey on repeat and watch bad horror movies for a good laugh.

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FEATURES What to expect at 2020 Welcome Week Juniors reflect on what they would say to their freshman self 8





It is that time of the year where the semester is close to ending. Of course, we did not expect to wrap up the semester off campus with online classes due to the coronavirus. However, students and staff are staying strong and persevering. Although we have our concerns, quarantine is giving students a chance to slow down and reflect. One of the things for juniors and seniors to think about is advice to their freshman selves. University of Louisville juniors, Biology major Alex Mindrup and English major Becca Smith, decided to share their advice. Mindrup said, most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. He said, “Even if you are a fantastic student, we all need help from time to time.” He said to use the tutoring and student services that U of L has to offer, said that this will help make you a more confident student and relieve stress. Secondly, it is ok to go home and leave campus regularly. He said, “Don’t feel pressured to stay

on campus all the time. College is a marathon, not a sprint and we all need time to rest and charge.” Last but not least, get to know your professors. “Whether it is shaking their hand on the first day of class or emailing them after the semester is over, they are dedicated to helping us,” he said. As Mindrup continues his studies this fall, he will take his advice and wisdom with him. Smith took a more emotional approach on her advice. She would tell her freshman self, “Your failures are not the sum of who you are, but they are a part of who you will become and the choices you’re going to make.” Smith said that she wishes that she would have known that sooner, but she would not have become the person she is today because of it. This advice could apply to everyone whether they are about to start their freshman year.

Whether you’re a freshman or transfer student, stepping onto a new campus can be a bit overwhelming. The potential of not knowing many familiar faces, where everything is and the new life ahead can seem daunting. But rest assure, the University of Louisville’s 2020 Welcome Week will wipe all of those fears away. Aug. 13-16 new U of L students, and those returning, can expect a week filled with events to get themfamiliar with campus and make new friends. From the Cardinal Kickoff to Student Outreach Uniting Louisville, there is a plethora of events for new students. No event is mandatory, but there are a number of events that freshmen specifically are expected to attend. These are called “signature events.” The first signature event offered for students is the Cardinal Kickoff on Aug. 13. This is the first event of the week, and here you get a free meal, gifts and the chance to start building new relationships. The next day of Welcome Week, you’ll get a chance to spend time with your Cardinal Crew for another day full of events. Time spent with your Cardinal Crew is valuable because that’s when you can ask your burning questions. It’s also a great time to just be able to talk with new friends you’ve made in your group. To round out the signature events is

Student Outreach Uniting Louisville. For this event you’ll learn about all of the service and leadership opportunities U of L has to offer. Between all of these signature events are a multitude of other events. But with the uncertainty of when things will be back to normal because of COVID-19, the 2020 event list hasn’t been released. Events that students can possibly expect during welcome week include: Late Night Pancakes, Field Day, Latinx Student Welcome/Open house, Night at the Museum: Speed Museum After Hours, Welcome Week Yoga. All of these events were offered last year during Welcome Week and are likely to return if things get back on track. With Welcome Week always comes the skeptics: Why should I go to any of these events you may ask And that’s a valid question but here’s why you should This will potentially be the only time you ever get to do any of these events; you get free food quite a bit, and free gear; and this is the perfect chance to meet new friends. Welcome Week isn’t just U of L’s way of introducing you to campus, rather it’s our way of showing why it should be your home for the next four or so. Start your college career off on the right foot and make the most of Welcome Week 2020.

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Bidding my farewell: Editor-in-chief leaves the Cardinal MAGGIE VANCAMPEN @THECARDINALNEWS

If you have ever met me or worked with me at the Cardinal, you know my favorite parting phrase is, “Make good choices.” I’ve gotten some teasing and pushback for it, but it is the best farewell I could ever think of. When I took Comm 302 in the fall of 2017, Professor Katherine Taylor encouraged me to take Comm 463 with Professor Jenni Laidman. I made the choice and took the class in the spring of 2018. As the semester came to a close, Laidman emailed me asking if I wanted to apply for the copy-editor position at The Louisville Cardinal. She understood though if I was taking the online version of the class because I lived in another state. I chose to apply. Working third shift at UPS, Sunday morning’s were hard at first. I maybe got three hours sleep every Saturday night. However, all great opportunities come with a sacrifice. I made the choice to forego sleep so I would have the opportunity to practice and improve my editing skills even if journalism isn’t the end goal. Editing has always been my passion, even back in high school at Assumption

High School. I loved doing peer-reviews on my classmates’ essays and leaving red marks all over them. Even to this day I still use red ink when editing. True to form, my start with the Cardinal had to be different than past editors, so my exit has to be different. With the COVID-19 pandemic happening I haven’t been able to meet with my amazing staff to put together a newspaper in over a month. We’ve been doing newsletters, and while that helps pay the bills and staff, it isn’t enough. Coming out with newsletters doesn’t create memories with the staff, like quoting Vines and Tik Tok’s or listening to Lana Del Rey’s latest album on repeat. Or helping host alumni events that solidified more friendships and connections within the Louisville area. Or becoming such good friends with my second Editor-in-Chief, Sam Combest, that I’m now going to be in her wedding. Yes, I’m a little bitter that the end of my tenure at the Cardinal got interrupted, but I’m making the choice to not dwell on the negatives. I certainly didn’t have the normal route through the Cardinal, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. “Make good choices.” Are the choices I made conventionally good?

For me they are. What might be good for me might not be good for someone else. It was a good choice to leave the business school, become a Communication and English double major, take Laidman’s editing class and accept the Editor-in-Chief position.

It is my wish to all I meet that they make the best choice for them and to do it confidently. Go out and make good choices. Don’t dwell on the past. And do it with enough confidence that people’s heads will snap in your direction in awe.



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Vote for a better future, not the candidate BEN GOLDBERGER


Bernie Sanders brought the 2020 presidential election back to the forefront of Americans’ minds after he announced the termination of his presidential campaign April 8. This paves the way for the democratic nomination for Joe Biden and almost guarantees we will see a Biden versus Trump battle for the presidency. Sanders spoke to many of the underlying issues in society today that affect a vast amount of people, and built a strong base of young, diverse supporters, especially college-age voters in the process. Many Democrats are devastated by his resignation, seeing their two choices return to the norm for American politics: old, rich, white men. This disappointment is leading many of Sanders’ supporters to either vote third party in the presidential election or not vote at all. While this frustration with the current political system and democratic party is valid, voting third party or restraining from voting will only further the systematic struggles that Sanders’ fought so hard to combat. Let’s be honest, a third-party candidate will not win any election in the current political scene, especially the most important presidential election in recent history. The two-party dominant political system is not the best system by any means, and third parties allow for vaster representation in politics, but this is not the election to protest this system. While it is easy to look at the two major-party candidates for this election and find issues with them both, this election is about more than just the candidates. For starters, it is likely that at least one or two Supreme Court seats will open up within the next four years. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, a Supreme Court Justice known to lean democratic in her decisions, has faced multiple health complications throughout this year. Along with fellow Justice Stephen Breyer, also over 80 years old, are likely to resign in the next coming years. This means that whatever party is in charge could change the balance of the Supreme Court for years to come. Another issue to consider is the rapidly decreasing health of our planet. In October 2018, the Intergovern-


mental Panel on Climate Change released a report that said if the global temperature does not decrease by 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2040, the Earth will reach past the point of return, leading to a state of inhabitability. The current administration has not made saving the environment a priority, enacting or removing laws in order to benefit businesses over sustainability. The next administration to take office will set the tone for how this country acts towards environmental justice and will either start to make progress that will keep this planet livable or worsen the situation and decrease the time until Earth is no longer habitable. 2040 may seem far away, but it is much closer than it feels. Children who started kindergarten last fall will be seniors in high school in 2032, only eight years until the point of no return. This is an extremely pressing issue, and this election will decide the fate of the planet, and the fate of future generations. Despite all of this, many supporters of past democratic candidates cannot bring themselves to vote for Biden, because they see the similarities between him and Trump. While voters should not condone his past behavior by any means, they also should not let the disappointing choices of candidates deter them from what this election is truly about. This election is not about one candidate or the other. It is about which party gets control over the Supreme Court for upwards of 25 years to come, altering decisions like reproductive justice, LGBTQIA+ equality, transgender rights and racial justice to name a few. It is about making a larger effort to save the environment before it is too late. It is about making a greater life for the upcoming generations. Even if neither of the two dominant candidates represents voters’ beliefs entirely, people should vote for the candidate who will pass the most policies that they agree with. Biden is definitely a step back into traditional politics, but if Sanders supporters want even a speck of what Bernie stood for to become a reality in the next four years, they should put their personal pride aside and vote for the democratic candidate. Baby steps will still move us forward.



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Previewing the football team for the 2020 season



Cardinal fans have much to look forward to as the 2020 football calendar rolls around in the spring. Louisville’s 2020 recruiting class consists of two four-star recruits and 25 three-star recruits. There is plenty of hype surrounding Louisville’s football program after the Cardinals finished the 2019 season with an 8-5 record. With Coach Scott Satterfield at the helm, the Cardinal’s victory over Mississippi State at the Music City Bowl proves promising things are to come in the 2020 season. Junior Micale Cunningham was a standout player for the Cardinals in 2019. Cunningham, the most improved player at the quarterback position in the ACC, threw for 2,061 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2019 while only tossing

five interceptions. In 2020, the Cardinals will look to Cunningham to navigate the offense as effectively as he did in 2019. Louisville will be replacing both their punter and kicker in 2020. Seniors Blanton Creque and Mason King will be graduating. This opens the door for some friendly competition among the potential Cardinal kickers. Touted-kicker Brock Travelstead, from Atworth, Ga., signed to join the Cardinals in the offseason. Junior Ryan Chalifoux also has the potential to take the spot of starting placekicker for the Cardinals this year. More than anything though, the Cardinals will look to improve their defense in the 2020 season. Louisville’s ACC competitors got the best of them with the size and strength of their offenses. With fresh faces join-

Cardinals basketball wins Twitter Virtual National Championship JOHN MCCARTHY


In any case, it’s not a real tournament, but with March Madness canceled, this was the closest we could get to the real thing. Louisville won as a virtual No. 4 seed against the virtual No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks 74-69 for the virtual national title. Virtual junior Jordan Nwora led the way with 17 points, virtual freshman David Johnson scored 11 points and virtual senior Dwayne Sutton added 10 points and six rebounds in the fictitious victory. Shively Sporting Goods is selling a tshirts in celebration of the victory.

With live sports have been suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an emergence of esports. These simulated games help fill the void of traditional sports leagues now on hiatus. ESPN took advantage of the opportunity and aired 12 hours of esports which included a Madden NFL20 tournament, a F1 Virtual Grand Prix, the Rocket League World Championship and an NBA 2K players tournament. Along with these events, Madden has also run a Greatest of All-Time tournament featuring the best players from every team. The tournaments utilize advanced algorithms to run the simulations. One Twitter user, @2020NCAASim2020, used a similar method to run a simulation on the 2020 March Madness Tournament, and the University of Louisville came out on top to win the virtual National Championship on April 6. The bracket was based on the final projections from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. The twitter handle, who is not associated with the NCAA, said “the use of advanced statistical algorithms” helped create the GRAPHIC BY SHYLA KERR/ simulation.


ing the Cardinals’ defense in the spring, there is only room for improvement. The Cardinals are also welcoming a widely-skilled recruiting class for the 2020 season. The class is led by four-star offensive tackle Trevor Reid. Reid, a junior college transfer student from Georgia Military College will add depth and experience to the Cardinals’ offensive line. Reid is also the 16th ranked recruit in the country and ranked second at his positon. Other strong defensive players coming from Georgia Military College is defensive end Yaya Diaby. He is ranked 42nd in the nation as a recruit and third at his respective position. Outside linebacker Marvin Dallas will also being joining the defense as a JUCO transfer. He is the 43rd ranked recruit in the nation and the fourth ranked oustide

linebacker in the country. Louisville will also be welcoming freshman Ja-Darien Boykin to campus. Boykin is a defensive tackle from Jones County High School in Gray, Ga. Boykin will aid the Cards struggling defensive line in the spring. A couple of local recruits signed with the University of Louisville as well. Butler’s Jordan Watkins signed on as an athlete and is ranked 48th in the nation as an athlete. Evaluation by national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu discussed Watkins’ exceptional speed and does a nice job making contested catches. Ballard’s Josh Minkins Jr. signed on as a safety and is ranked 72nd at his position. Minkins Jr. received Special Teams Player of the Year for Ballard last season. He also snagged three interceptions during his junior and senior year.

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