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U of L’s Foundation board shaken KYELAND JACKSON @KYELANDJ
The University of Louisville Foundation’s board implemented a major shakeup Friday. James Ramsey, former U of L president, resigned as president of the foundation. Ramsey’s resignation letter praised the university’s progress. “While I appreciate the foundation’s support, Jane and I have decided to continue with our initial plans - retirement,” Ramsey said. “Jane and I are both grateful for the unique opportunity we had to serve this great university and community. We’ve moved from a regional urban university to one that is now nationally recognized. I am proud to have been part of the university’s growth and development.” Ramsey said he wanted to stay on the foundation board after he resigned from the university. That $690,000 buyout of his contract was negotiated by the short-lived board of trustees named by Gov. Matt Bevin but disbanded by a Franklin Circuit Court judge. Foundation funding soared under Ramsey, jumping $115 million between 2002 and 2015. But a Courier-Journal article reveals foundation performance stalled 10 years ago, dropping ULF’s rank as a nonprofit endowment manager. The foundation attributed losses to bad market investments, university needs and decreasing state appro-
priation, but local universities outperformed regardless of the state economy. Foundation shakeups extended to the board too, as foundation chair Bob Hughes was replaced by Brucie Moore. Hughes, a vocal Ramsey supporter, has served on the foundation for 11 years and plans to continue serving as a foundation member. “I think it’s a very positive day today,” U of L Board of Trustees Chair Larry Benz said. “We outlined several pathways, or a strategy, to restore the confidence of the public to the foundation. And several of those steps were taken today.” The new foundation officers are: • Brucie Moore - chair • Joyce Hagen - vice chair • Margaret Handmaker - secretary • Junior Bridgeman - treasurer Moore, an eight-year-veteran of the foundation board, said U of L and ULF have troubles, but will move forward regardless. “This university’s been here over 200 years. Yes, we’ve been rocky....but all major institutions that grow like this university has grown encounter some of these issues,” Moore said. The shuffling comes days after Benz mandated the foundation make major changes. One mandated Kathleen Smith be placed on administrative leave, stripping her involvement with the foundation. Smith retired
from the university Thursday, but will remain the foundation assistant secretary. “Kathleen Smith is an exceptional lady,” Hughes said. “She’s served 45 years here at the university...she’s raised an excess of $165 million dollars....she’s exceptionally valuable and whoever knows Kathleen needs to be fair and respectful of that.” Other mandates include hiring a forensic, internationally-recognized group to audit the foundation and documents on a $38 million loan be disclosed. The university loaned the $38 million to the foundation during Ramsey’s tenure with U of L. The university’s board of trustees say they were not informed about the loan, and Benz’s open records request on its details have yet to be fulfilled. To alleviate requests, the foundation will hire up to four more staff members. “It’s a flood of records...It’s not that we’re avoiding trying to provide that information, it’s just technically impossible with the staff that we have,” Hughes said. Ramsey denounced reports of the $38 million loan the university made to the foundation, calling the reports false and damaging. Ramsey’s involvement as president of both the university and foundation drew ire and criticism from Benz and others. While the foundation presidency could still be taken by a university president, Moore, Benz and Hughes emphasized a need for autonomy between organizations.
The accused lack of transparency has kept the foundation in the crosshairs of various groups. Thursday the Kentucky Center for Investigative sued the foundation, citing struggles with obtaining records. The board of trustees threatened to sue the foundation for lack of transparency, prompting Benz’s mandates for ULF to avoid litigation. Meanwhile, two major donors threatened to pull funding from the foundation as the university’s accreditation hangs in the balance. The Southern Association for Schools and Colleges, U of L’s accrediting body, confirmed worries a month ago. SACS President Belle Wheelan said executive orders by Bevin may place the university in conflict with SACS mandates. Thursday, former SACS employee Patricia Cormier testified that Bevin’s acts threaten U of L’s accreditation. While the violations may not warrant U of L losing accreditation, it could lead to financial sanctions against the university. The next board of trustees meeting is Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.
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U of L students are on edge after multiple armed robberies and sexual assaults were reported in Old Louisville last week. A Twitter poll of The Cardinal’s followers found 60 percent of responders do not feel safe on and around campus after the incidents. Eighteen percent felt safe and 22 percent said they were not concerned about the situation. The first case, near Third Street and Gaulbert Avenue, involved a non-student. The victim was allegedly carjacked and sexually assaulted before she was told to leave the area. The male assailants stole the car. In the second case, a U of L student was allegedly abducted, robbed and sexually assaulted blocks from campus. According to Louisville Metro Police reports, the student reported being forced into a car outside of The Bellamy apartments around 4 p.m. Wednesday. The female victim was reportedly robbed and sexually assaulted at an off-campus location before being told to leave the area. The vehicle stolen from the first victim was the same used to abduct the student near campus Wednesday. Police reported the vehicle was set on-fire after the crime. Thursday afternoon, two females were allegedly robbed at gunpoint near Second and Lee Streets. LMPD Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell did not know if the victims were U of L students. Police believe the same men are responsible for the first two cases. The suspects were described as two black males with a handgun. Mitchell did not comment on if police believe Thursday’s report is related to Tuesday and Wednesday’s cases. “Student safety is our top priority,” U of L Police Chief Wayne Hall said in an statement after the first two reports. “The U of L Police Department has sent an email to all our students about this issue, including recommendations to help
keep them safe. In addition to working with LMPD on this case, we are increasing patrols in the area and have alerted affiliated housing and any associated courtesy officers about these crimes,” Hall said. A double shooting near Cardinal Village this summer left one victim in critical condition, and a store clerk was fatally shot blocks away from campus in February. According to ULPD’s crime log, there’s been 30 reported thefts this semester. Seven of those were valued over $500. SGA Services Vice President Lauren Greenwell vowed to address safety this year, saying she plans to extend the L Trail, streamline safety apps, address campus lighting and increase police presence on campus. ULPD’s recommendations: • Walk with a group of people. If walking to a parking lot, do not the leave the area until everyone is safely in their vehicle. • Remain alert and watchful for suspicious activity. • Be alert for anything suspicious, especially two or more people just hanging around. • If you sense something wrong, leave the area immediately. • Utilize the university shuttle system. • Utilize the university escort system from dusk to dawn. • Use the L-Trail when on campus. • Use the CardGuard app (available at louisville.edu/ cardsafe) • Call ULPD at 852-6111 or 911 for all emergencies. What to do during and after a crime: • Observe what the suspect looks like and develop a mental picture so that an accurate description can be given to the police • Don’t chase or follow the suspect • Protect the crime scene. Leave everything as it is.
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A&S Dean says pay raises due soon PHILLIP LENTSCH @PHIL_D_LENTSCH
U of L Arts & Sciences Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard delivered the state of the Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will report income and tax college address to a packed faculty assembly information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, meeting Sept. 16, touching on the salary equity catch-up funds for university faculty and students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income and tax staff. information rather than their 2016 income and tax information. Please use the Kempf-Leonard said the $2 million budIRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA. get increase should mostly go to A&S because they are the most off-the-median salaries in Below is a summary of key dates for submitting FAFSA depending on when you the study. These raises will come in Novemplan to attend college: ber paychecks once the equity fund is distribPlan to Attend College You will You can submit the FAFSA from Using income and uted across the university. from submit tax information Back in June, one of the last provisions this from former President James Ramsey left at U of L FAFSA was the creation of an incentive-based budget July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 2016-17 January 1, 2016- June 30, 2017 2015 plan that would combat the 4.5 percent anJuly 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 2017-18 October 1, 2016- June 30, 2018 2015 July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 2018-19 October 1, 2017- June 30, 2019 2016 nual budget cut in state appropriation. According to the provision, U of L “would be the only university in the state that creIt is important for students to submit their FAFSA as early as possible after the atively returns tuition funds to support sturelease date as some programs award financial aid on a first come first serve dent success while simultaneously protecting the economics welfare of its faculty and staff.” basis. “Due to a change in federal law, we have For any questions regarding filling out your FAFSA please contact the Student had to reclassify some faculty and staff posiFinancial Aid Office by phone at (502) 852-5511 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. tions at U of L, but the money will come in by the November deadline,” Kempf-Leonard said. Despite Governor Matt Bevin’s efforts to deplete budgets from higher education across the state, Kempf-Leonard said that U of L’s financial commitment to A&S remains strong.
“Our state is not unique in having political leaders that suggest a liberal arts education is frivolous, even un-American,” Kempf-Leonard said. “Today, we are seeing a national presidential campaign where one particular candidate is tapping into the uneducated populous to garner support.” “Governor Matt Bevin – who apparently doesn’t understand accreditation for universities – says there are more incentives for an electrical engineering degree than a French literature major,” Kempf Leonard said. “This view runs contrary to my own. The notion that the only goal of a college education is earning potential is damaging to our country’s educational system.” Kempf-Leonard was also keen to touch on A&S’s prominence within the U of L community, noting the multiple awards and grants the department has garnered. A&S raised more than $38 million in research in the past five years, taught nine of the last 11 SGA Presidents (including Aaron Vance) and stands as the largest departmental body at U of L. “Despite the less-than-desirable press and funding that we have received in the past several months, I am happy to say that A&S continues to welcome the best and the brightest to U of L,” Kempf-Leonard said. “We continue to be the heart of this university.”
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Vance to U of L Foundation: “Enough is enough”
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On behalf of the student body, enough is enough. Students are worried. Donors are talking about pulling out. The trajectory of the university has been called into question. And most concerning, it seems like nothing has been done to remedy it by the University of Louisville Foundation board. Let’s be honest, no one believes that a fire can be put out from inside the house and no one believes that the foundation board will be the first to prove that old adage wrong. Even if you could, it doesn’t seem that any effort has been put forward in remedying the many addressed issues in the past; nor does it seem like that commitment is forthcoming. While I wasn’t on this board of trustees before Governor Matt Bevin’s intervention and its subsequent return, it was often considered divisive. The divisiveness isn’t gone, and it had taken a new form with one party fleeing the ring instead going back to its corner after the fight. Many have opted to sacrifice debate and refuse to face the challenges of leadership when something proves unpopular, paving the way for a free and unchecked reign over an organization where transparency doesn’t exist. It seems that the interests of our university have been held hostage to the demands of an entity that works under the auspices of it but refuses to be held accountable by it. Students
have every right to be concerned. I have to answer to 21,000 students through every action and across every single day, so why shouldn’t the foundation board do the same? An institution of higher education, specifically one that prides itself on facilitating and developing the critical thinking skills of its students, can’t just simply write off their questions and concerns when things don’t seem to be adding up. All of this further begs the question, is the foundation actually concerned with the student experience? The outside community, the administration, the faculty, the staff and the student body have all spoken and all of us have demanded accountability. It’s not very often you will find us all on the same page, but when you do that alone should speak volumes to the magnitude of the situation. Engage with the Board of Trustees. Take up their recommendations. They’re more than reasonable. Will it solve every problem? No, and there will be challenges in implementing them. Leadership changes are hard, but sometimes they are necessary. I can guarantee, however, that these recommendations put forward by the board will do more than any PR firm or internal action would do to restore the image of the Foundation. More importantly, they are the first steps to restoring trust in the Foundation.
In 1994, Begany transitioned to a new roll as the director of financial aid at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Begany increased customer service within the financial aid office by enhancing visibility with the family through inperson counseling and phone contact. From 1996 to 2005, Begany held both positions of associate dean of enrollment management and director of institutional research and director of financial aid at Marietta College. He implemented strategies to maximize revenue by introducing new strategies targeted to areas showing low yield and high revenue potential. Increasing enrollment through analyzing low yield cells that offered the highest benefit. Upon leaving Marietta College, Begany hopped from the executive director of enrollment management position at Medical University of South Carolina to Indiana University of Pennsylvania within two years. While employed at IUP as associate vice president for enrollment management from 2007 to 2011, Begany oversaw admissions, financial aid, ca-
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U of L hires new vice provost
Acting President Neville Pinto selected James Begany as vice provost for strategic enrollment and student success. Begany hails from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he served multiple roles, including vice president for enrollment management and communication, from March 2007 until now. Begany began with a bachelor’s degree in geography from Ohio University, then to Penn State University for a graduate certificate in applied statistics, Marshall University for a master’s degree in computer information systems and finally to Northwestern University, where he enrolled in a master’s program in predictive analytics. Begany began his career in financial aid as the assistant director of financial aid for Hiram College out of Hiram, Ohio in 1992. During the next two years he managed the student loan program, certifying loans and providing loan counseling.
reer development, advising and testing/orientation. His accomplishments include: • Admits up 20 percent • Deposits up 20 percent • Developed an enrollment model for projecting revenue over the next five years • Developed statistical models to assign project scores to potential students • Developed a projection model for student retention, used to assign peer mentors He held various executive level seats, including member of University Senate and Marketing Officer. The office Begany will hold at U of L fills Acting Provost Dale Billingsley’s old position. Asked how Begany will fit into the university’s goals, Billingsley said he will help “to shape and implement a strategic plan for the university’s enrollment to meet the goals of the 2020 Plan and the 21st Century Initiative for student success.”
McConnell Center celebrates Constitution Day ZACKARY JUNE
Unknown to many, Sept. 16 is National Constitution Day. To commemorate, the McConnell Center hosted the third and final debate in their “MVP of the Founding” series. This debate featured two accomplished professors and authors, Michael Federici and Richard Bernstein. While most people prepared for the football game, these men readied themselves for a different kind of battle. The debate’s question was simple: who was the MVP of the United States’ founding? Federici proposed that Alexander Hamilton was the most valuable player, while Bernstein defended that John Adams deserved the title. The two were to challenge each other’s knowledge and rhetoric, and the audience would decide who the most valuable player was. The auditorium was full when the debate began, and the audience was eager and attentive. Many attended the previ-
ous debates and were excited to see the conclusion. The opponents debated in theatrical fashion. Both burst into passionate character, with Bernstein even debating from the first person view of Adams. He adopted Adams mannerisms in an entertaining, humorous and convincing way. At many points the debate intensified to near confrontation. Bernstein shouted, while Federici grinned smugly. Both were visibly frustrated by the other’s argument at times. It was obvious both debaters were passionate about their candidate. After nearly two hours of strong debate, the two made their closing statements. Fedreici noted Hamilton’s extensive success in politics, from chartering the national bank to serving as Washington’s personal aide. Bernstein decided to focus more on Adams character, modeling him as a man of constitutional principle - unlike the aristocratic Hamilton. The debate ended professionally with a handshake between the two.
Afterwards, the two teamed up to answer questions from the audience. In constitutional fashion, a vote was held to determine the winner, to be announced on Sept. 19. This debate was one of the many events the McConnell Center hosts. The Center was founded 25 years ago to promote the U.S. Constitution and knowledge of American history. Its programs help students develop leadership abilities. For more information on the McConnell Center, visit its offices in the Ekstrom Library or online. You can find Federici and Bernstein’s publications at major bookstores.
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Pokémon Go becomes Pokémon gone KENDALL RABENECK @THECARDINALNEWS
All summer, U of L experienced unusually high foot traffic due to the popular app, Pokémon Go. Campus consisted of Pokéstops and gyms which allowed players to stock on items to fuel their addiction. Less than eight weeks later the game debuted, the popularity of the Pokémon Go app has steeply declined. While the app seems dead, select students still hold on to the app’s potential for entertainment between classes. Senior Marshall Ferguson plays the augmented reality game. “Over the summer if you saw anyone on campus, you knew exactly what there were doing. Now that classes started, the people blend in,” Ferguson said. “Everyone stares at their phones, so it is harder to pick up on them. ”Gamers can still be spotted catching Pokémon when they stop randomly in their route or choose not to cross the road right
away. Individuals can also be spotted near Pokemon gyms like the statue by the business school. Before declining, the game was thought to greatly impact the traditional atmosphere of campus. Andre Rochet, a junior who adapted later to the trend, expected campus culture to be dramatically changed from pervious years. “Honestly it was a surprise to play it on campus.” Rochet said, “I thought it would be popping and now people barely play.” Most individuals no longer hold the app as a priority. “I mainly leave my phone in my pocket, so I can get the points,” Ferguson said. “I am just not willing to run into people to play the game.” The peak of popularity surrounding Pokémon Go occurred during an incomplete version of the game. Characteristics such as trading, battling, legendary Pokémon and a proper tracking system have yet to reach the consumer. The app continues to fight for a position
in the top ten gaming apps. Recently, developers decided to push the concept further to keep players interested. On Sept. 8, the Pokémon Company confirmed that Pokémon Go Plus will launch in certain countries starting Sept. 16. The change will allow gamers to use the game without the app open. Niantic also announced the Apple Watch will contain an app alongside the game. The potential for Pokémon Go to storm U of L’s campus remains a reality. Once the app becomes the full version, people could return for refined gameplay. “The game has a lot of fixing before people would come back and play again. If they can fix these, the game would be fantastic again,” Rochet said. A resurgence in Pokémon Go’s popularity during the school year will be drastically different from the summer. Students playing behavior could affect their own and other students’ college experience.
“Traffic around the university would be worst,” Ferguson said. “The gyms would be a huge choke point, where walking to class would be difficult. We already have to deal enough with skaters and cyclers.” The app’s second start might also spark the exercise and social aspect the game was founded on. “Campus would be awesome. Lures would be everywhere,” Rochet said. “People would be enjoying the app with rare Pokémon on campus. People would interact on campus now, instead of us being lone wolves.” Still in the early stage of the game, it will be up to Pokémon Company and Niantic to renew the image of their app. The initial concept of the game has the diehard fan base patiently waiting on the game’s return to main stream culture. Trends will decide if students catch them all once more.
Career Development Center holds majors fair ROYA FATHALIZADEH @THECARDINALNEWS
The Career Development Center held a Fall Majors Fair on Sept. 14. Over 200 students were in attendance. The fair was originally designed to help the hundreds of undecided students find the best major for them. Over the years, more and more students have come to learn more about their own majors and possible career opportunities. “The Majors Fair is designed to provide students with an opportunity to meet with faculty and professional advisors to discuss potential majors and minors,” Program’s Coordinator Charles Delp said. “We also want to connect students with relevant campus partners to support them along the way.” The event aims to help students come up with a list of what interests them and to correspond those interests into a possible career. “I am double majoring in psychology and sociology with a minor in political science,” junior Black Gerstner said. “I wanted to study how people think and feel to eventually help people, sociology seemed intertwined with that, and I have always been very government-oriented.” Gerstner praised the Majors Fair for helping students find their way in college. “The Majors Fair is a wonderful place for students to come and see what they’re interested in and to find the career they’re looking for,” Gerstner said.
The majors fair is a wonderful place for students to come and see what they’re interested in. -Black Gerstner The fair also featured several alternate opportunities and programs that aid in the cost of tuition. “Metropolitan College is a great program to help students pay for school,” Student Development Counselor Chelsea Wightman said. “Students work third shift at UPS and receive up to 100 percent in-state tuition paid per semester, up to $65 is course book reimbursement and up to $500 per semester in bonuses for grades earned.” The CDC offers workshops and appointments to aid in figuring out the path students will take through the college years and beyond. “Talk with your academic advisor,” Delp said. “They can help you think through variables and questions you might not have thought of yet. They have experience in dealing with these questions over the years, and they want to see you succeed.”
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“Don’t Breathe” - A cinematic breath of fresh KYELAND JACKSON @KYELANDJ
This week, I witnessed a masterpiece. Maybe it’s my growing age, but horror movies have become a droll affair. Whether it’s another remake, a recycled camp-horror or another paranormal encounter, the genre repeatedly belches unoriginal themes. But “Don’t Breathe” defied the norm, it was nothing short of genius. A proverbial diamond-in-the-rough, the movie boasts no big acting names and a director who’s spearheaded seven films in 16 years. But director Fede Alvarez delivered, capitalizing on his success with the “Evil Dead” remake. For “Don’t Breathe,” Alvarez introduces an original plot and makes it shine by not trying too hard.
What made this plot excel was not explosions, half-naked women or fast cars. It was patience and simplicity. The movie organically introduces characters and plot along the way, respecting audience interpretations. The film finds a perfect balance of plot time
between characters and premise, giving the story its due time. That may seem underwhelming, but the fast-paced plot of recent movies gives plots no room to breathe (pun intended). Haphazard plot lines thrown into horrors like “The Other Side of the Door,” “The Forest” and “Insidious 3” took away from the essence of the films. Instead of focusing where we need to, we’re given unnecessary side plots, jump scares or lost plot opportunity. “Don’t Breathe” recognizes this, establishes character backstory and plot, and makes room for the main event.
The music oozes eerie. Hosting a symphony of soft undertones and sudden crescendos, the score parallels the movie beautifully. Original and not reliant on popular songs, the music will pull your attention to the big screen.
That patient, minimalist approach to the plot shows in the characters. The backstory of the characters organically establishes their persona and justifies their actions in the film.
That’s not to say the characters lack depth. Characters defy their stigmatized roles and evolve through the film, beautifully incorporating character development. This is most evident in the antagonist. He’s not evil “just because,” and brings legitimate backstory and motivations into his dastardly acts. His deep, conflicting persona makes him all the more human and all the more terrifying.
Normally I’m not someone who says “you need to see it in theaters.” That being said, you need to see this in theaters. The full immersion of “Don’t Breathe” is something to behold, and simply can’t be replicated from the seven-inch screen of your phone. It’s not about being a cinephile, there’s legitimate reasons why the experience changes drastically in a theater-like setup. First, there’s the darkness. The high contrast of light and dark within a dark theater puts you right into the movie experience. Fear of the unknown, discomfort in an alien environment and an overwhelming feel of being hunted sets audiences in the movie. Couple that with a claustrophobia reminis-
cent of “Alien” or “Dead Space,” and you have a severely unsettled viewer. Then, there’s the sound. If you don’t understand the premise of the movie, the short synopsis is a blind man with almost superhuman senses tries to kill the protagonists in a cat-mouse game. The emphasis on sound strangles and screeches at audiences. One moment you feel you’re with the protagonists, unable to move or breath for fear of revealing your location to the killer. Next, you’re blindly stumbling through a hallway, voiceless. The killer fires his gun and with every bang you’re shellshocked. While rampant fear rings with every shot, salvation lurks as you’re now hinted towards the killer’s location. This film is a no-nonsense horror movie that revitalizes the genre. With so few, but outstanding, films under his belt, Alvarez should bring refreshing movies for years to come. Watch “Don’t Breathe” and see what I’m talking about. Be sure to bring a friend who’s seen you afraid. You’ll thank me later.
September Netflix picks to watch JACQUELINE KELLY @THECARDINALNEWS
With school well underway comes stress and one of the best ways to handle that stress is Netflix. Here are a few Netflix suggestions to watch for the month of September.
“Amanda Knox”-- This documentary explores the case that first made headlines around the world in 2007. Knox was twice convicted and acquitted of the murder of her roommate while studying abroad in Italy. “Audrie and Daisy”--Examining the effects of family, friends, community and social media, this documentary focuses on two American, teenage girls in the aftermath of sexual assault and harassment. “Audrie and Daisy” comes to Netflix Sept. 23.
Music and dance:
“Footloose”-- In this 1984 fun film, a city teenager moves to a small town where music and dancing have been banned. While it lacks actual dancing, this movie is great for those who enjoy a classic tale of teenage rebellion and a bit of cheesy romance. “The Get Down”-- Set in 1970s New York City, “The Get Down” is a Netflix original series that captures the essence of early hip-hop by following talented youth of the South Bronx.
“Stranger Things”-- After premiering in July, “Stranger Things” quickly received a strong following. Months later, the buzz around the show hasn’t ceased. The Netflix original is set in 1980s Indiana, where a young boy goes missing. “The Walking Dead”-- Season six of the series will be on Netflix Sept. 15, and
season seven will premiere on A&E in October. Now is the best time to catch up on the zombie apocalypse-based show before everyone starts spoiling it for you later. “Jaws”-- These classic films will satisfy anyone’s action and suspense needs. All four “Jaws” movies are currently available on Netflix and will make any weekend movie night fun.
“Songs My Brother Taught Me”— This indie drama revolves around a high school senior who is forced to reevaluate plans of leaving the reservation after his father’s death leaves him responsible for his 13-year-old sister. “Tallulah”-- This film focuses on three different stories of motherhood, beginning with a homeless young woman who kidnaps a baby from a negligent socialite. The melodramatic premise is balanced out by its ability to avoid simplistic conclusions and clichés about motherhood.
Crime and drama shows:
“Narcos”-- A drama series based on the life of the infamous Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, this series is critically acclaimed and binge-worthy. The series follows Escobar and his fight against the Colombian government and U.S. DEA. Season two is now available on Netflix. ”666 Park Avenue”-- This horror drama is the perfect show to watch casually. Its suspenseful plot is interesting, but with only one season it won’t take up too much of your time. This series will leave Netflix on Sept. 30.
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Discouraged citizens still need to vote SHELBY BROWN
Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump will go head to head on Nov. 8 for the Oval Office. Some voters are unsure of who they will vote for this November—or if they will vote at all. “You find that negative approval of both candidates is high and that’s not a good thing,” political science professor, Dewey Clayton said. “It’s become the lesser of the two evils.” Chances are you know someone, conservative or liberal, who is planning to sit out this election. Maybe you are that person. Some conservatives are unsure that Trump will honor traditional Republican values. Democrats who initially supported Sanders have considered Clinton to be untrustworthy. Third party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are also campaigning. Voting Green or Libertarian may let Kentuckians vote with their consciences but there is the stigma that voting third party equates to throwing your vote away. It gives the impression that your vote
doesn’t count—a toxic belief held by a generation that already feels like their voices aren’t heard. So why is it important to vote? “Voting is truly important,” Clayton said. “If you look at our constitution, much of it has dealt with expanding the right to vote. That’s the essence of a democratic society. When you talk about a government by the people and for the people— you are talking about people having the right to vote.” If citizens feel like they have no voice, not voting ensures their silence. Throwing in the proverbial towel leaves you with no choices. In an election as crucial as this one, silent protest cannot be afforded. “It’s your civic responsibility to vote. Especially women, we had to work for that right. Even though people may think it’s just one vote, it does make an impact because every single vote counts,” freshman Layne Wegenast said. There are many reasons citizens choose not to vote: time constraints, balancing family and work responsibilities, transportation,
feeling uninformed, their candidate didn’t get the nomination, or the most disheartening, they feel their vote does not count. “I did support Bernie Sanders and I liked his ideas, but I also like Hillary Clinton. I know people who were such advocates for Sanders, but now they’re not voting at all because they’re so he didn’t win,” Wegenast said. While not having the choice of your ideal candidate, not exercising your right to vote ensures one less vote for the candidate who still shares your beliefs. Being uninformed or unsure about the issues in an election can be difficult as well. This digital generation has access to endless information sources, some varying in degrees of accuracy. The search for credible information can be exhausting and overwhelming. But for a task as large as helping choose the next president, thorough research seems like a good idea. Clayton is an advocate of younger generations actively participating in elections and politics.
“I would strongly encourage young people to realize that every vote counts and you can say ‘my vote doesn’t count’ and if you don’t vote it clearly won’t count. But if you do vote, you’d be surprised at the power you can have,” Clayton said. Clayton brought up points about issues that were once completely off the table, like same-sex marriage and transgender bathroom use. These issues of equality were brought to the attention of politicians by the people, young people specifically. There’s a feeling of diffusion of responsibility when one chooses not to vote. We think that someone else will take care of it for us. That is not the case. Your vote represents you and what you believe in. That is monumentally important. When you vote, politicians are listening, and that affects change. “That’s how people get elected: with that one vote,” Wegenast said.
U of L Free Store “Where’s the Beef?” opens for students Campaign promotes ERIC MATTHEWS
A store just opened on campus that’s definitely in your price range. The U of L Free Store opened for the semester on Sept. 14. All members of the campus community can shop for clothes, office supplies, small home furnishings, dinnerware, electronics and other items free of charge. The Free Store gets all of its stock from donations. Members of the U of L community can drop off their unwanted items in a bin next to the entrance, but a donation is not required to shop at the store. The store is run by Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions, a student organization dedicated to addressing environmental concerns on campus. The store supports that goal by helping to waste not, want not. “The mission of the Free Store is to pull
out as much as possible from the waste stream in terms of clothes and dorm necessities,” GRASS president Austin Putty, said “They can come here and get things they might need for free, instead of having to find them elsewhere for a worse price.” The Free Store began four years ago under the leadership of fellow GRASS member Laura Krauser, who graduated in May. Her vision was to help students through the financial hardships of college life while also helping the planet. The idea caught on and the store continues to do a steady business. Junior Shelby Hatfield stopped by the store for the first time on Wednesday, snagging some vintage clothing and a drink coozie. Always on the lookout for a bargain, Hatfield said she was drawn to the store because of its gratis goods and convenient hours. Hatfield looks forward to returning in the future. “Having the Free Store on campus is important to the U of L community because it’s an easily accessible way to obtain clothing and other home items that would normally be full price at a department store,” Hatfield said. “It’s a great way to practice sustainability and learn about the importance of saving money.” The Free Store will operate 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays until the end of the semester, reopening in the spring with new hours.
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The Student Activities Board held the “Where’s the Beef?” event on Sept. 15. The event was created to raise awareness for animal rights, vegetarianism and veganism. Many RSOs and on campus facilities were present, including the Health Promotion and U of L Sustainability Council. Common Table and U of L Dining were also in attendance to offer tips and information on how to be a vegetarian or vegan when living on campus. Both companies provided free vegan and vegetarian food options including veggie wraps, caprice pasta salad, veggie rolls in rice paper and vegan brownies. Easy vegetarian and vegan recipes for students to make were also given. Health Promotion brought their office’s
bicycle smoothie maker. When a person pedaled, the wheels turned a crank which powered the smoothie maker. The smoothie samples were handed out while students learned of the services offered. A petting zoo was provided. There were ducks, Silkie Bantam chickens, goats, a miniature pony and a llama. The petting zoo was provided by Honey Hill Farms, a family owned company with several locations in Kentucky and Ohio. “There are more people than expected,” event coordinator, Jonathan Fuller, said. About 100 people attended the event last year. This year, over 200 members of the U of L community learned about the importance of animal rights and healthy lifestyles.
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Louisville thrashes Florida State in front of record crowd
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ESPN analyst Lee Corso said he was torn picking between Louisville and Florida State, ultimately choosing “his head over his heart” when he picked Louisville to win. Just over three hours later, Louisville embarrassed Florida State 63-20. A new record 55,632 fans packed Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The university paid tribute to Louisville native Muhammad Ali throughout the game and the Cardinals embodied his spirit on all sides of the ball. The Cardinals came out punching on offense, defense and special teams. U of L dominated the Seminoles for 60 minutes.
Lamar-velous Jackson is the nation’s most exciting player
People might be getting tired about Jackson, but it’s just getting started. Entering the game he was labeled the favorite for the Heis-
PHOTOS BY NANCY HANNER / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL man. After the showing against Florida State, he only created more separation. Jackson, against the second-ranked team in the nation, went for 362 total yards and five touchdowns. After somewhat of a slow start, Jackson warmed up quickly. His two scores in the first came on short runs and in the air Jackson completed just four of his seven attempts. Fast forward into the fourth quarter and Jackson has over 200 passing yards and over 140 rushing yards, with five touchdowns. The FSU defense is considered as one of the nation’s elite. For Jackson to go out and make the Seminoles’ feared defense look like Syracuse is truly remarkable.
up different schemes and blitzes to rattle the young gunner. Deondre Francois and Dalvin Cook simply ran into a buzz-saw. U of L ended with six sacks and held Cook, one of the best backs in the nation, to 64 yards on 16 carries. Constant defenders flew to the ball every time FSU’s No. 4 touched the ball. Stacy Thomas, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Keith Kelsey and James Hearns all came up big in the team’s victory. Louisville also dominated on third down once again only allowing two first downs on 12 attempts. Louisville forced the Seminoles into multiple second- and third-and-long situations.
When a freshman quarterback makes his first road start, opposing defenses light up with anticipation. The coordinator cooks
One of the school’s weaknesses over the past few years, special teams made a huge impact in the win. Jaire Alexander took back a
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69-yard punt return during the third quarter and blew the game open. Just when fans expected FSU to make their classic comeback, Alexander suffocated what life Florida State had remaining. While the Cardinals did miss a 49-yard field goal, they didn’t allow any big plays from FSU. The Cardinals needed all aspects of their game to click and that’s exactly what they got. On the offensive line, Louisville competed with the Seminoles all 60 minutes. A huge question mark beforehand, the line might of erased all sense of doubt after the great outing against Florida State. Louisville out-rushed FSU 314-171 and only allowed one sack. Louisville had the entire nation watching and performed at the highest level. The win is the biggest since the 2013 Sugar Bowl and the biggest at home since the 2006 victory of No. 3 West Virginia.
SPORTS Louisville fans embrace ESPN’s College GameDay 10
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ESPN’s College GameDay made its debut at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, where No. 10 Louisville dominated No. 2 Florida State 63-20. Cardinal fans buzzed all week about the importance of this game premiering on the national stage. The overwhelming discussion among fans at GameDay was Lamar Jackson and the success of Louisville football. Louisville sophomore Austin Fertig believes ESPN GameDay puts Louisville football on the map with other powerhouse programs. “I think that other teams don’t respect us.
We’ve been viewed as a joke, until now,” Fertig said. Louisville fans welcomed Seminole fans to PJCS with respect and class. FSU fan Jason Greer was fascinated with the cabooses on the backside of PJCS. “Those are pretty cool. We’ve never seen anything like that before,” Greer said. Drew Polter, a Seminole fan, said Louisville’s sport complex is impressive. Polter said, “The ACC is really top-heavy with Florida [State] and Clemson. You can just see the excitement of the fans here in Louisville.” Jordan, 8-years-old, was extremely excited to be at College GameDay and hoped Jackson gets ten touchdowns. His only concern: “I
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haven’t got on camera yet.” William Mullins, a fan with a few more years under his belt, has been waiting on this forever. “You know you’ve made it when GameDay is here,” Mullins said. “The crowd has been great and our tailgating is always good.” Chuck Brian, a ticket season holder since PJCS opened, has never seen an atmosphere like this. “ESPN College GameDay has electrified Cardinal football. This is great. The energy here is amped up times ten,” Brian said. Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali, The Champ and Cardinal fan, was honored during the game. A butterfly design was show-
cased beyond the north end zone and displayed on the Cardinal helmets. “The Muhammad Ali tribute today is huge. The whole country is going to see this. It could be really good for us,”Louisville native Gary Hume said. This win is arguably the biggest in Louisville history. Zach James and his brother Brandon put their Cardinal-Wildcat rivalry aside for the game. “The Sugar Bowl was probably our biggest game so far,” Zach said. “And with us winning that game and a few others, we want more. It’s different now. We expect to win.”
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How high can the Cardinals fly?
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U of L fans are currently at an all-time high. One year removed from feeling the misery of a 0-3 start, the Cardinals are now 3-0 and are ranked No. 3 in the nation. Players and coach Bobby Petrino said, after the Florida State game, they’re taking every team seriously and taking everything a game at a time. But, the question is still there: how far can this team go? Will U of L derail before the season is over? Will the Cards drop one game against a lesser opponent and fall just short of a conference championship? Or, is the first Louisville football team to ever be crowned a national champion? The Cards are one of the hottest teams in the nation, next to Alabama. The play of quarterback Lamar Jackson has lit a fire in the fan base. The players around Jackson are making plays, the defense is smothering opposing offenses and U of L is lighting up
2. scoreboards. The offense has finally reached the expectations that have been placed on Petrino since his return. Through three games, the offense is averaging 65 points a game, which leads the nation. The 2,038 total yards on offense also ranks first in the country. U of L’s 91 first downs is second-ranked of 128 teams. Jackson is currently averaging 459 total yards and six touchdowns per game. While Jackson is the leading Heisman candidate, he’s not the only Cardinal stepping up on the offense. Brandon Radcliff has 296 yards on 27 carries, 11 yards per carry. The senior has back-to-back 100-yard games and is a large reason why Louisville is second in the nation in rushing yards. Receivers Jamari Staples, James Quick and Jaylen Smith are averaging over 20 yards per catch. On the defensive side of the ball, Louisville has simply been lights out. The Cardinals are only allowing three yards per carry on the ground, despite just playing one of the
nation’s best running backs in Dalvin Cook. Opposing quarterbacks are only completing 48.6 percent of their passes, 14th highest in the nation. The secondary has provided great pass coverage but has been given great support from the Cardinal’s pass-rush. Louisville’s 13 sacks are fifth in the nation with James Hearns leading with 3.5. The U of L’s leading tackles are Chucky Williams (24), Keith Kelsey (20) and Josh Harvey-Clemons (18). The trio are constantly around the ball and fly all over the field. One of the biggest keys to success for Louisville so far is the damage they’ve been doing on first and second down. Todd Grantham’s defense has done a great job of creating negative-yardage plays or short gains, forcing teams into third and long situations. Opponents are 12-for-49 on the year on third down, only 24.9 percent Louisville is playing with the perfect mix currently. The offense is creating explosive plays and lighting up the scoreboard. The
defense is causing havoc and getting off the field, keeping the ball in Jackson’s hands. Even special teams is clicking for U of L. How long Louisville can keep up this performance is the question. One thing is certain: Louisville is one of the most dangerous teams in the nation.
1. Hearns reacts after dropping the easy interception. 2. Cardinal players celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown. 3. Jackson runs to daylight during the second quarter against FSU. 4. Cole Hikutini braces for the hit from the Seminoles’ defender.
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Men’s soccer bests top-ranked Notre Dame
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The Louisville men’s soccer team upset No. 1 Notre Dame 1-0 at Lynn Stadium. Louisville (5-1-1, 2-0) remains unbeaten in conference play, while Notre Dame (5-1-0, 1-1 ACC) suffered their first loss of the season. Scoring chances were not frequent in this ACC clash. The big game atmosphere affected the Cards early. “I thought we were a little bit nervous to start the game, there was a few jitters,” head coach Ken Lolla said. “Once we got past the 15th minute, we started playing, and I thought we ended the first half pretty well.”
A bit of magic by forward Mohamed Thiaw gave Louisville the lead in the 25th minute. Joey Kunkel crossed the ball up the field to Thiaw, who turned a Notre Dame defender, spotted goalkeeper Chris Hubbard off his line and chipped a shot from 40 yards. Hubbard stretched in the attempt to save, but the ball fell just under the crossbar for Thiaw’s fourth goal of the season. “I looked up and saw the goalie off the line, so I gave it a try, and it went in,” Thiaw said. Notre Dame pressured Louisville in the latter stages of the game, but the Cards stayed
compact and made it difficult for the Irish attack that averaged just under three goals-agame. Jon Gallagher almost equalized in the 85th minute, but Cleveland made a leaping save to his left to preserve the 1-0 lead. “It seems Stefan needs to come up with at least one save each game,” Lolla said. “He was huge on that late shot. He was good all night, but that one in particular.” The victory was the Cards’ fifth, and third consecutive shutout. The Cards were outshot for the first time this season, 6-3, but limited the Irish to less than half of their season aver-
age of 16 shots. “The defense has been the ones that kept them out,” Cleveland said. “I don’t think I’ve made more than three saves in a single game. Everybody’s working. All of the shutouts go to them; I’m just there to clean up what’s behind.” Notre Dame’s Gallagher and Thomas Ueland led the way with three shots each. Thiaw led Louisville with two shots. The Cards travel and take on Saint Louis in their next match. Their next home game will be another ACC showdown against Virginia on Sept. 24.
No. 2 Duke defeats field hockey 2-1 COURTESY PHOTO - MICHELLE HUTCHINS / LOUISVILLE ATHLETICS
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Second-ranked Duke handed Louisville field hockey their first loss of the season in U of L’s conference opener. “This was our ACC opener and we prepared all week, but we were on the back foot from the beginning of the game,” coach Justine Sowry said. “It was very disappointing.” The first half saw Duke scoring quickly off a corner to gain a 1-0 lead. The Blue Devils controlled the game early on, and the Cards
were hard-pressed to fight back and make chances of their own. “In that first half they out-hustled us, outworked us and wanted it more,” Sowry said. Despite falling behind, Louisville had their opportunities. The Cardinals had the edge over Duke with shots (5-3) and shots on goal (4-2). Sowry’s team created chances, but were not able to convert. Duke goalie Sammi Steele had four saves and reigned in the Cardinal offense.
In the second half, both sides struggled to gain the upper hand. The Cardinals managed to tie the game 1-1 off a corner at 51:10 on Taylor Stone’s second goal of the season. “It was pleasing that we came out a little stronger in the second half,” Sowry said. “We changed our line-up to ignite some attack. But Duke is a good team, and you have to play for all 70 minutes.” After Stone’s goal, teams exchanged back and forth play. At 62:10, Hunter Bracale of
Duke netted a goal to give the Blue Devils the lead once again. With only six minutes left to play, the Cardinals were not able to make another comeback and ended up falling short 2-1. “This one hurts no question. We have to get back to playing our game and our identity,” Sowry said. Louisville responded with a 2-1 victory over Ohio State, Sowry’s 50th win at home. The Cardinals are now 7-1.
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Volleyball falls to UK, downs Lipscomb DALTON RAY @DRAY5477
Kentucky volleyball came into the KFC YUM! Center Sept. 15, in front of a packed crowd, and defeated Louisville 3-0. The Wildcats won in straight sets and held the lead the majority of the match. Kentucky dominated the stat line as the Wildcats kept a comfortable distance from the Cardinals all night. UK lead in kills (46-26), digs (45-33) and blocks (9.5-4), forcing U of L to fight an uphill battle. COURTESY PHOTO - MICHELLE HUTCHINS / LOUISVILLE ATHLETICS Coach Anne Kordes says the team has some growing pains. “I told the team we’ve got a lot of growing to do within the group and how painful it is depends on how fast we grow up. We’ve been dealt a tough hand with injuries, but so what? We have to go out and compete,” Kordes said. “This game is now in the past and we have to move on from here. This left a bad taste in our mouth so we need to come back out tomorrow and fight.” Kentucky won the first set 25-15 as the Cardinals had multiple early errors. Ripping COURTESY PHOTOS - JEFF REINKING / LOUISVILLE ATHLETICS
off a string of points unanswered, UK took advantage of Louisville’s mistake. Starting in the second set, UK jumped up early but Louisville fought back. After Louisville’s back-toback blocks brought the Cards within two, UK kept their pace. Kentucky led 20-17 and called a timeout after Louisville started to develop momentum. The Cats finished off the second set on a 5-1 run. The third set started off competitive and Louisville even led early on, yet ended in Kentucky’s favor. Kentucky led 5-4 and ended on a 20-5 scoring run as the Cardinals couldn’t get anything right. Despite having three starters out, Kordes couldn’t blame the loss on injuries. “It’s hard for me to give an excuse for a performance like that. We’re young and were thrown into a big environment, but it’s about competing and playing hard. I just wanted us to come out, let loose and compete,” Kordes said. “I don’t know if it was the players were nervous, stressed or whatever, but we’ve got to come out and
have fun.” Kentucky’s height played a huge role in the victory. Without Jasmine Bennett, 6-foot-2, and Janelle Jenkins, 5-foot-11, the Cards had a hard time matching with UK’s size. Kordes says the loss to a rival is tough, but gives Kentucky credit. “It’s heart-breaking to lose this game, and it’s heart-breaking to lose this game in front of so many great fans. You’ve got to learn from this, let the feeling burn and make sure you don’t experience it again,” Kordes said. “They’re really big and they served us well. They isolated an attack then put a huge block in front of it. They put us in tough situations.” Kordes wanted her team to respond in their next game, and they did just that when they defeated Lipscomb 3-2. The Cardinals are now 5-5 and only have conference games remaining. Louisville has two ranked team on the schedule, No. 8 North Carolina and No. 13 Florida State. Notre Dame is the first conference game on Sept. 23.
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Kaepernick’s stance is not un-American, demoninizing him is RYAN HILES
Love it or leave it. It seems many Americans feel that way. And, on its face, I get it. It’s not ridiculous that we should appreciate the privileges afforded to us by this country. I also believe that “love it or leave it” is a specious, frustrating, red-herring, even harmful argument. Never have I been more firm in that belief then in the immediate aftermath of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest against racial inequality in America. If you thought someone would be indignant or supportive, they probably were. The loudest voices in the room denounced Kaepernick as an un-American, anti-military, treasonous troublemaker. These criticisms took many forms, but you could boil them down to “well if things are so bad here, why don’t you go somewhere else.” This boils down to ignorance. Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney was asked about Colin Kaepernick’s protest. And while there were many spit-take in-
ducing responses to the question, Swinney’s answer shows whats’s wrong with the “love it or leave it” response to social activism. “Everybody has the right to express himself, but…” Swinner said. This phrase has become the preferred preface of the jingoistic. It’s a way of acknowledging every person’s right to express their opinion, before attempting to undercut that very right. He then discusses the importance of unity and the need for universal compassion, all through a Biblical framework. More importantly, there was a jarring change of tone somewhere about halfway through his remarks. “I go to a church that’s an interracial church. Those were only dreams for Martin Luther King. Black head coaches. Black quarterbacks. Quarterbacks at places like Georgia and Alabama and Clemson. For Martin Luther King, that was just a dream. Black CEOs, NBA owners, you name it. Unbelievable,” Swinney said. He then said people who complain about racial inequality: “Some of these people need to move to another country.” Two very different outlooks. First of all, “I go to an interracial church”
isn’t something that you get to brag about in 2016. But, past that, Swinney perfectly employs one of the greatest fallacies surrounding the debate on racial inequality in America: just because there are black people in positions of power, racism must be dead. It’s a point of view that ignores nuance in favor of a myopic view of the concepts of power and equality. Is it a sign of progress that we’ve twice elected a black man president of the United States? Absolutely. But let’s also consider that one of our two major parties just nominated for his replacement the man that made it his mission to delegitimize, on purely ethnic grounds, the first black man ever elected president. Read the Department of Justice report on police practices in Ferguson, Mo. or Baltimore, then try to say with a straight face that systemic racism is fiction. The reason Kaepernick’s protest has kicked up such a storm is two-fold. First, we tend to believe that athletes should be faceless, emotionless, cyborgs whose backgrounds simply evaporate when they step on the field. “We like to pretend that when an athlete
puts on a jersey, they lose all sense of cultural background,” said U of L graduate student, Camara Douglas. “When an athlete steps out on their own and actually expresses themselves without being prompted, fans tend to lash out.” Players speaking out is controversial only when they make people uncomfortable. “Love it or leave it” is nothing but a defense against ideas that make us uncomfortable. We’ve got to stop demonizing people as anti-American for simply presenting fair, reasoned criticisms of America. One of my favorite things about this country is that I can criticize it. Not because I hate America, but because I want to make it better. Maybe your conception of “better” doesn’t line up with mine, or Colin Kaepernick’s, and that’s fine. But to claim that this difference in opinion is treasonous is downright un-American. Colin Kaepernick, or the litany of other athletes following his lead (all the way down to the high school ranks), might not always love it, but that for d*** sure doesn’t mean they should leave it.
Recent crime spikes make campus commute an edgy task KATELYN HOGAN
Every morning, I wake up at 7:00 a.m. and walk to work from my Old Louisville house. A few weeks ago, I learned about an eighth grader bringing two guns (one loaded) into his middle school - the school I walk past every single day on my way to campus. Normally I get a weekly lecture about how I need to be more careful and aware of my surroundings from my mom. After receiving another Rave alert a few weekends ago, I understand the importance of safety. There are nice parts of Louisville, but there’s also a lot of crime. I should feel safe attending my university, even if I’m just a few
miles off campus. When my phone buzzes and I get a notification about an armed robbery near campus, I feel the farthest thing away from safe. Even though I do appreciate the Rave alert system, I think it is U of L’s responsibility to update us on these dangerous situations, and give us more details. Flash forward to a week later. I was scrolling through Twitter when I came across an article: “Women urged to be vigilant after two sexual assaults near U of L.” I soon found out that two women, one being a student at U of L, were held at gunpoint and sexually assaulted; one at Third Street and Gaulbert Avenue on Tuesday and the
other at Seventh Street and Shipp Avenue on Wednesday. There are many things wrong with this scenario. This is a vulgar act of violence - no one deserves to be treated that way. I live two blocks away from Third Street and Gaulbert Avenue. Crime is happening too close for comfort and too close to campus. There was no Rave alert sent out, no warning to avoid areas, absolutely nothing. Thursday night I received an email from the university issuing a crime notification that this incident occurred on Wednesday. They also, so ever kindly, provided tips on “what to do/not do during and after a sexual
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assault or burglary occurs” and “suggestions that may help prevent you from becoming the victim of a sexual assault or robbery.” Increasing crime in Louisville, whether its gang- or drug-related, is honestly irrelevant to me. What is relevant, however, is that I do not feel safe. I do not feel safe walking through campus, walking home, walking through parking lots, and even getting out of my car in a public place alone. I have common sense: I avoid the sketchy areas that young women like myself should not be in. What happens when these areas become where I live, where I work and where I learn?
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BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO 9/22, 7:45 P.M. SPEED CINEMA LAWN
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo Directed by Sam Firstenberg Breakdancing, hip-hop, rap, and a good time are the main stars of this standard teen movie. speedmuseum.org