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Interim Provost Dale Billingsley leaving the position SHELBY BROWN @BROSHEA91

Interim Provost Dale Billingsley announced at the April 4 faculty senate meeting he will leave the office June 1. Billingsley said he’s not retiring, but returning to the English department to teach again.

He said his decision to leave the position seemed like the right time. Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs Beth Boehm will replace Billingsley as interim this summer. Newly appointed President Neeli Bendapudi said she wants to begin the search for a permanent provost immediately. “Dr. Billingsley has been great to work

with as Provost,” SGA President Vishnu Tirumala said. “It was due to his support that we were able to push the academic feedback work through. Although I’m sad to see him go, I know his heart is in teaching and that he is keen to return to the classroom. I wish him nothing but the best and SGA looks forward to working with Dr. Bendapudi, faculty (and)

staff to hire a permanent Provost.” Billingsley was chosen by then-Interim President Neville Pinto to take the position in August 2016. Billingsley has been a professor at U of L for almost 40 years and has previously chaired faculty senate. He was also a member of the provost’s senior staff for more than 20 years.

SGA president becomes first student director of U of L Foundation JOSEPH LYELL @JOSEPH LYELL

For the first time in the U of L Foundation’s 48-year history, a student will serve as an ex-officio director on the board. SGA President Vishnu Tirumala, faculty representative Enid Trucios-Haynes and staff representative Will Armstrong will soon have non-voting roles at foundation board meetings. After their trustee terms end, the next constituency representatives will assume their roles. The foundation’s bylaws call for five trustee directors to serve on both boards with voting privileges. One seat is unfilled, and trustees John Schnatter, Nitin Sahney, Sandra Frazier and board chair David Grissom make up the remainder.

Previously, only four trustee directors were appointed to the foundation board. On March 29, by recommendation of board chair David Grissom, trustees amended the foundation’s bylaws to add a fifth trustee director. The fifth can be named after the amendment takes effect July 1. ULF Interim Executive Director Keith Sherman said inviting constituent trustees is indicative of a new chapter for the foundation. “The foundation is completely unrecognizable from what it was 18 months ago,” Sherman said. In a letter to Tirumala, Sherman said the foundation believes he is doing everything reasonably possible to support the university. “We believe your exposure to foundation issues will enhance the transparency

of our operations,” Sherman said. Tirumala said SGA has advocated for student representation for years because the foundation sometimes made decisions without consulting the university. “We have seen a lot less of that under Keith Sherman’s leadership but this will formally enshrine our role in the process,” he said. Tirumala said the other boards he serves on have listened to his voice as a student, so he expects the foundation board to do the same. “Although I lack a vote at ULF, I will still have a vote in the (board of trustees), ULAA and of course my voice as president,” Tirumala said. Incoming SGA President Jonathan Fuller will take over Tirumala’s role after his term ends June 30.





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Outsourced: Canon takes over printing, postal services JOSEPH LYELL @JOSEPHLYELL

As the university continues to outsource operations, 19 employees of print, design and postal services got pink slips April 5. On March 15, U of L’s Board of Trustees approved outsourcing their work to Canon. University spokesperson John Karman said the Canon deal will save $500,000 annually. The employees were told their jobs will be phased out by June 30. One print shop worker said they watched as their reduction in force (RIF) packet rolled off the printer in the Miller IT Building. The laid-off employees can apply for Canon jobs, but the work could be different. Compensation, hours and even responsibilities can change under the new management. Canon representatives were to meet with them April 10 to discuss specifics of the contract. Chief Operating Officer Joseph Han will attend the Canon meeting. Executive Director for Auxiliary Services Bob Knaster said Canon wants to hire back any university print shop or mail room employee that applies. He said their experience and familiarity with the

operations makes them the most valuable candidates. In a heated meeting April 5 with administrators about the layoffs, print shop employees were informed of the decision to outsource. “(Knaster) handed us our packets and said ‘I’m turning the meeting over to them,’” one print shop employee said. Postal employees met separately with Knaster and other administrators. “We begged for the meetings that were going on all along for us to be together so we could all hear the same message, and a different message was being relayed to both departments,” the print shop employee said. Knaster said one employee told him directly: “I will not be working for Canon.” He said he would expect them to change their mind if forced to choose between Canon and unemployment. “I am concerned for their wellbeing, understand this change is upsetting and will do everything in my power to ease the transition,” Knaster said. Employees still said the decision could still be reversed, but they don’t expect any changes. “The fix is in. (Knaster) can change that,” one print shop employee said.


Employees told The Cardinal they are still unsure of their options. Knaster said university programs can help them land on their feet, but it is the employee’s responsibility to use them. He said the university gives preference in hiring to employees in RIF programs, but will not specifically try to reassign the separated employees. Canon will move printing and mail services to the new SAC wing this fall. Knaster said the decision to relocate was opportunistic. Space in the SAC was


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freed up while companies like Xerox, Toshiba and Canon were bidding on the contract. Canon representatives will be visiting campus this week to develop a plan to house printing and mailing services in the new SAC wing. “It’s sort of going to look like Kinko’s on the front end,” Knaster said. He said the technology in both departments will be getting much needed upgrades in their new locations.

Graduating seniors: your name will not appear in the commencement program next month to save money. The program, a keepsake cherished by graduates and their families, costs around $12,000. A letter delivered to the Cardinal office said, “We play a lot to go to school here and I think it is terrible they would cut this to save money.” The director of student success said the university is slashing the program to do just that. Commencement programs have cost $25,000 between the spring and winter ceremonies. Joe Dablow said the university will save more than $10,000 each semester. Dablow said a small 4-8 page guide detailing the graduation ceremony will be printed. For comparison, the May 2017 program was 68 pages. He said he believes graduate studies and doctoral students will have a different book listing their names. “I think there will be some unhappy people this commencement, and then hopefully there will be less and less unhappy people if the university stays with this approach,” Dablow said. Though anticipating blowback from students and parents, Dablow said the

plan is to go forward with not printing names. He said depending on how much negative feedback the office gets and from whom, the course of action might change. In a Cardinal Twitter Poll, 73 percent of students said they wanted to see their names printed in the graduation program. Four percent said they didn’t want to see their names printed and 23 percent had no opinion. “Every year we print hundreds of students names in there that aren’t actual graduates of the university and that’s an interesting little converse of a problem associated with the program book,” Dablow said. Dablow said some student’s names are printed despite not having fulfilled all degree requirements. “The concerns are it’s just a practical matter with respect to the commencement budget. The cost of doing it at the KFC Yum! Center is pretty serious, and the fiscal climate of the university is tough. Now, that said, I’m not sure that reason flies either,” he said. The anonymous writer argued that something else could be cut to save money. “I am not donating back (to U of L) if decisions like this are made and students are kept out of the loop,” they said. The spring graduation is May 12 at the KFC Yum! Center.




Students feel female president is a step forward PHILLIP LENTSCH


The board announced April 3 they found a permanent president in University of Kansas’s Neeli Bendapudi. The reaction from students at U of L has been mixed. Many are commenting on Bendapudi’s experience as a professor and university administrator. She received several university and national teaching awards, like the Academy of Marketing Science Outstanding Marketing Teacher Award. SGA President Vishnu Tirumala said he believes the university made the right move by hiring Bendapudi. “With Dr. Bendapudi at the helm, I believe our university is turning a corner. I have observed that she is a person of great integrity,” Tirumala said on Twitter. Newly elected SGA President Jonathan Fuller is also optimistic. “I was immediately impressed with Dr. Bendapudi. I love the energy and enthusiasm that she has and brings to the university. She puts students first and recognizes the importance of student success. She expressed the importance of students feeling a sense of belonging on campus and within the community,” Fuller said. “I know she will work with everyone within the community to move forward

and to grow the university. I look forward to working with her throughout the next year and cannot wait to see the amazing things she is going to do.” Students said they felt good about her commitment to be here for the long term in a time of employee turnover. “She seems extremely qualified, and she mentioned how she hopes to stay here for a long time, and I think that’s what Louisville needs,” senior Reese Tannhauser said. “She seems like she is a woman of integrity, which is important to U of L now more than ever.” Some students, however, are apprehensive about Bendapudi’s experience outside the classroom. They are concerned with the university hiring an outsider, as well as the fact she hasn’t served on the administrative side of her former schools for very long. “Even though she hasn’t held a lot of administrative positions in the past, I think she’ll do well,” junior Cody Catlett said. “It didn’t sound like she had too much knowledge on the administrative side of universities, but she has a lot of experience teaching,” sophomore Noah Martin said. “Her awards are impressive, but I’m just unsure of how she’ll do right now.” Students also said they were hopeful about Bendapudi.

as Executive Vice Chancellor since May 2016. She was Henry D. Price Dean of the School of Business since 2011. University Daily Kansan Editor-inChief Chandler Boese agreed that Bendapudi was equally charismatic and personable at KU. “She introduces herself to every student she comes across, has conversations with them and usually remembers them when she sees them again. It’s kind of a rare thing at KU, so that’s something I’ve always appreciated,” Boese said. Boese said he didn’t think Bendapudi’s PHOTO BY ARRY SCHOFIELD / scholarship or fundraising systems were THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL perfect, but he thought it was important that she stepped up to take risks. “I definitely feel optimistic about hav“I think you should be guardedly oping a new president,” junior Neil Tarr timistic about having Bendapudi,” Boese said. “I don’t know much about her, but it said. “She will connect with students, she sounded like from that press conference will take action and she will put on an that she has her stuff together.” open front as an administrator. But I do Senior Kayla Roby said she was exthink that she can be a little bit of a policited the university finally hired its first tician, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she female president, signifying a step in the takes a while to make meaningful change right direction. at U of L, like she did as provost here. “I think it’s really exciting that U of L But, generally, I think you (U of L) could is finally breaking the mold by getting a have done a lot worse.” new president,” Roby said. “Our univerBoese said KU will be worse for losing sity needed a change and I believe our Bendapudi and hopes the administration first woman president was the way to do take the opportunity to find a new voice. it.” Bendapudi is expected to begin her Bendapudi previously served as Proterm May 15. vost at the University of Kansas, as well




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Meet U of L’s first female president: Neeli Bendapudi SHELBY BROWN @BROSHEA91

The University of Louisville hired a permanent president in former University of Kansas Provost Neeli Bendapudi. She is expected to begin her term May 15.

She’s not in Kansas anymore

Bendapudi served at KU as provost and executive vice chancellor since May 2016. Bendapudi, an Kansas alumna, returned to her alma matter in 2011, where she served as the Dean of the KU School of Business. Prior to KU, she taught business and marketing at Ohio State University and Texas A & M University. Bendapudi is a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

KU gives high marks

After Bendapudi’s hiring, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod released a statement regarding his colleague. “While this is a loss for KU, I am delighted for Neeli, who has served our university with passion for the past seven years and will undoubtedly do great work at Louisville,” Girod said. Girod said Bendapudi was integral to important KU initiatives. Girod said during her time at KU, she prioritized retention rates, graduation rates, diversity and inclusion. While teaching in the business school, Bendapudi helped raise $198.6 million for the KU Endowment, helped expand the school’s academic programming and kept the school in national ranks. During her time as business school

dean, Bendapudi increased undergraduate enrollment by 62 percent and improved undergraduate job placement by almost 25 percent. “Beyond these specific efforts, Neeli brought unmatched enthusiasm to her work — the kind of enthusiasm that was contagious and inspired those around her. She and her family are Jayhawks to the core, and their love and appreciation for this university knows no bounds,” Girod said.

A business background

Bendapudi not only teaches business, but she’s worked in business. She’s served in high ranks with companies, both stateside and abroad, such as Huntington National Bank in Ohio, Cardinal Health, Cessna, Cintas, Nationwide Insurance

and Wendy’s. Bendapudi’s business expertise has been sought out by CNBC, MSBNC, NPR and the New York Times. She gave a TED Talk in 2011 about customer relationships between employees, firms and brands. Her research has been published in numerous journals, such as the Harvard Business Review and Journal of Service Research. Bendapudi was named one of the “12 Women You Should Know” in the Ohio business community in 2007. She was also a leadership foundation fellow of the International Women’s Forum in 2008-09 -- one of 27 women chosen from around the world, representing 18 countries.


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Miss Black U of L talks confidence and how she won the crown EIMAN ZUBERI


Sophomore Mikaylah Clipper was crowned Miss Black U of L at the pageant in Strickler Hall March 30. Originally from Cleveland, Clipper moved to Louisville in middle school. This was her first pageant. “I’m usually reserved and shy,” Clipper said. “I needed a lot of confidence to walk across the stage.” That confidence got her through the five phases of the pageant and landed her the crown. The first part of the pageant, the private interview, was held a few days prior, in front of a panel of judges. Clipper said she missed the practice round that took place before, and was very nervous going into the room the day of the interview. “I’m witty when I’m nervous. So I just showed my personality,” she said. “I joked that it felt like ‘The Apprentice’.” Later came the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) portion, in which the contestants discussed a man or woman of color who has contributed to STEM and why they admire them. “My answer was Henrietta Lacks. I have always been inspired by her story, even before the pageant,” Clipper

said. The next section was the talent competition. With the help of a mentor, Clipper recited a portion of “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, a poet she greatly admires. She recited the poem entirely in American Sign Language, with a voice-over playing in the background. “I took American Sign Language 101 last semester. This semester, I am in 102. It is really a great class,” Clipper said. “It came out a lot better than I thought it would.” The final portion was the formal section, with an onstage question. Clipper joked about being “resourceful” and wearing an old prom dress, since contestants are expected to dress very formally for this last section. A judge asked her what she thought the most underrated profession was. “This was around the time of the teachers protesting, so I know people were expecting me to say that,” she said. However, Clipper wanted to give an unexpected answer. She explained how she wanted to encourage people to think outside the box, surprising them with her pastor answer. “I have a friend whose


dad is a pastor. I can see how hard he works, and it is inspiring,” she said. The pageant is an annual fundraiser hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at U of L. The Miss Black U of L’s goal is to expose NSBE to the Louisville community, as well as to raise money for the chapter and to spotlight the beauty, talent and achievements of young African American women. Clipper received an educational scholarship for winning. Youth in the community are invited to the pageant showcase their talents as guests. This year’s special performances included the Black Diamond choir and the Western Middle School Hardsteppers. “This year we made the decision to have the girls volunteer at the Family Scholar House to help fulfill our mission of positively impacting the community. We plan to donate a portion of the profit to the Family Scholar House,” Pageant Director and student Kendra Ford said. After winning her first pageant, Clipper said she has no plans to enter another pageant. She said she could potentially see a Miss Kentucky or Derby Princess title in the future, but she has time to think about that.


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Part two: U of L buildings of the past versus present day and Brigman Halls, and The Playhouse. All of these stand in their original home except for The Playhouse, which In the first part of U of L past versus was where Ekstrom Library now sits. It present, I previewed my predictions for was relocated between Second and Third the whole series. This week I’ll be taking Street. a tour into the first topic, buildings on Today there are over 80 residential Belknap Campus. halls, campus life, academic and adminI predicted buildings of present-day istrative buildings on campus. U of L were better, after researching the I have to argue, if we only had the topic I’ve decided to stick with this anoriginal eight buildings, U of L wouldn’t swer. be as great or as advanced as it is today. I didn’t find any significant change We have Ekstrom Library, which ofin 10 years, and let’s be honest, going fers students a quiet study space, and the SAC which is full of food and a great place for students to hang out. The other buildings on campus all aid in giving students the best experience on campus as well. Even if I had only gone back 10 years, Ford Hall is one of the oldest I’d still say that present day U of L build- buildings on campus. ings are better. “To me, the present campus is much features — has occurred,” Owen said. Comparing present day buildings at U improved over ten years ago. The oval, including the driveway pavers and Third of L to the past seems like a no-brainer. Street water feature, has been vastly up- Of course, the present is the best, but it’s graded, the adjacent Thinker statue re- great to know some buildings have stuck furbished, the Trager Plaza installed and around since we moved here. Check back in Fall 2018 for part three of significant campus landscaping — inthe series. FILE PHOTOS / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL cluding new trees, plant beds and other MEGAN BREWER @__MBREWER

back to 1925 sounds more fun. U of L moved to what we know today as Belknap Campus in 1925. “The trustees (at the time) seized on the availability of a city-owned home for delinquent, vagrant and orphaned young people that was merging with a similar Jefferson County institution located near Anchorage,” Archivist for Regional History Tom Owen said. Now, only eight of the original buildings are still here from that purchase. Those eight are Gardiner, Gottschalk, Ford, Jouett, Patterson, Oppenheimer

Megan’s brew: Is the sun shining for students this week? MEGAN BREWER @__MBREWER

I have three words for this week at U of L, “about time” and “why.” There’s finally some sunshine for students, but of course, there’s always some clouds. On the bright side, we hired a permanent president and now have student representation of U of L Foundation’s board. Unfortunately, this year’s graduates may not see their names inside a commencement program. Here’s the brew for this week:

Neeli Bendapudi

I have to start by saying that I was wrong, Interim President Greg Postel did not get the job as president. I’m happy to have been proven wrong, not because it’s not Postel, but because we instead got President Neeli Bendapudi, and it’s about time we did. If you listen to Bendapudi speak, you can tell she has U of L’s best interest in mind. She seems to really care and be a great fit for the university.

She’s also our first female president and our first person of color -- with this, I can’t wait to see what she does to keep pushing diversity on campus in the right direction. If you decide to do some digging on Bendapudi, you’ll find that while teaching at Ohio State University she received at 4.9/5 on Rate My Professor. Let’s just say, I’m excited for her to take over the position and I hope to see her do great things.

Student director of U of L Foundation

It’s about time, part two. For the first time ever, we have a student, SGA President Vishnu Tirumala, serving as ex officio director on U of L’s Foundation. Of course, this doesn’t mean Tirumala will have a vote with ULF, but the students will finally have a voice at the table. The university only exists because of students, so it’s important we have a voice on every board at U of L. This move by the university is another step in the right direction following the hire of


That’s my seat

It’s getting to be finals week here at U of L and we all know what that means -our peers we haven’t seen since the first week of class are showing back up. As they do, you wonder how they’re passing and why they’re sitting in your seat. We’re in college so we don’t actually have assigned seats, but we all have our unassigned assigned seat. It’s the seat you found in the first week and have sat in every class since. To those people that come in and take my unassigned assigned seat, don’t be upset when I ask you if I can have my seat back. You should’ve came to class.

Who graduated?

In the past, when students graduated from U of L, they received a program with their name and all of their peer’s names inside. This year that might change. Don’t worry graduates, you will get a program, it just won’t have your name in


it. It will still have your president’s name and all that other stuff that no one really cares too much about. The university wants to save some extra cash, and the way to do this is by cutting out the pages with all of the graduate’s names. I hope graduates don’t want that memorabilia this year or any year in the future, because it might not be something anyone gets. Who wants to remember graduating college anyway, right?


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Checking on men’s basketball roster DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

The hiring of men’s basketball coach Chris Mack has sent positive shockwaves through the fan base. Louisville potentially faces a large roster turnover heading into year one of the Mack Era. Let’s take a look at the current roster situation.

Pro or no?

Forward Ray Spalding said he would test the NBA waters after Louisville’s loss to Mississippi State in the NIT quarterfinals. The hometown kid announced he will hire an agent and stay in the draft on April 3. Forward Deng Adel is the next name fans are waiting to hear a decision about. Adel entered the

draft last year, but returned after getting feedback from NBA scouts. Spalding and Adel led U of L in both scoring and rebounding in 2017-18.

Staying put

Ryan McMahon and Darius Perry said immediately after the season they would return. Others stayed at bay when asked if they would return to the university with the unknown offseason ahead. Multiple said they would wait to hear who the next coach is and make a decision from there. With the arrival of Mack, several players -- including Jordan Nwora and Malik Williams -said they will return for the 201819 season.

New additions

Mack will likely have to tap into the graduate transfer route to bluster next season’s roster. Here are five names to look into: Albany guard Joe Cremo (6foot-4) -- 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds. Florida Gulf Coast guard Zach Johnson (6-foot-2) -- 16.1 points, 3.3 assists. USC Upstate guard Mike Cunningham (6-foot-1) -- 13.7 points, 3.0 assists. Texas A&M Community College guard Ehab Amin (6-foot-4) -- 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds. Fordham guard Joseph Chartouny (6-foot-2) -- 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds.




Women’s soccer team plants trees for Arbor Day DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

In honor of Arbor Day, the women’s soccer team planted trees near the northwest gate of Lynn Stadium. Greenscapes Landscaping assisted the team in planting and donated five trees. Redshirt sophomore Gabby Kouzelos said this gave the team the chance to make an impact. “It’s a great way for us to give back to the community,” Kouzelos said. “Every time we go to practice, we run through

these gates so we’ll a chance to see them. Our team lit up at the chance to help out.” The goal keeper said the team takes great pride in their stadium. “Not only is the inside (of the stadium) nice, but the outside looks just as beautiful as well. If we can help make the outside landscape look just as good as the field inside, we’re going to take that opportunity,” Kouzelos said. The Cardinals are 2-0-0 in the spring season.






Danielle Watson is falling into place in the record books DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

Softball entered 2018 with only one established pitcher in junior Megan Hensley. Coach Sandy Pearsall restocked the bullpen with four potential pitchers, and one has emerged in freshman Danielle Watson. “I just kind of fell into a role with me and Meg sharing time,” Watson said. While she calls it “falling into a role,” Watson is excelling. Her impact isn’t just noticed in the Louisville, but in the ACC. With a 13-7 record, she is tied for fourth in the conference in wins. Watson went from a high school star to an ACC standout in a calendar year. “It’s definitely a lot different,” Watson said. “You have to take it a pitch at a time. You can’t go inning-by-inning because everyone can hit the ball. You have to fine tune things better.” She spent her high school career at Penn in Osceola, Indiana. Watson racked up quite the high school career, earning three all-state first team selections as well as a USA Today All-USA high school team selection. The Indiana native had options to play at several schools, but Louisville provided the rare opportunity of playing close to home for a Power Five school. Despite the Cardinals not having an established pitching rotation, Watson wasn’t sold the idea of coming in and taking the lead pitching. Instead, she sees

her performance as an expectation. “That’s the goal no matter where you go. Even if that wasn’t something I was thinking about, it was in the back of my head that I want to play all four years,” Watson said.

Watson’s ERA of 2.53 is seventh in the ACC with pitchers with at least 10 wins. She is 10th in the conference with 90 strikeouts. The speed of the game the biggest difference from high school to college ac-


The Cardinals rely heavily on the freshman as she leads the team in starts and overall appearances. She is not only stepping up to the call, but excelling.

cording to Watson, which has been her biggest challenge. “(I have to) to slow things down and go one pitch at a time ... you have to real-

ize you’re in charge of the game, you’ve got the ball and go at your pace,” Watson said. The physical aspect of the game is also an adjustment for Watson. “You have to take a lot more time for recovery, which you have less time for in the day. So that’s something I’ve had to step my game up at,” Watson said. Watson’s confidence is instilled by the coaching staff and she has trust in her abilities as well as her teammates. Confidence can wavier as a freshman. With the new level of competition, changes to their daily schedule and everything else that comes with becoming a high-level student-athlete, it’s not for everyone. When those moments come along, that’s when the upperclassmen step in. “Jenna (Jordan) and Megan (Hensley) do a really good job of keeping me up and giving me good advice. They keep me where I need to be ... and allow me to get better,” Watson said. Hensley, who won 15 games as a freshman, knows the situation Watson is in. Having a player share the same experience with Watson as helped the freshman grow throughout the year. Louisville has a month left to play, but Watson already has her carved out in the record books. With 13 wins, she is tied for fourth-most wins as a freshman in school history. Caralisa Connell recorded 20 wins as a freshman in 2011.

Funke’s speed and power paint bright future for softball MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8

This season, softball features a potent mix of experience and young talent with an underclass-heavy team. Celene Funke stands out as one of Louisville’s most distinguished sophomores, pointing to a bright future ahead for No. 33. “Funke is a tremendous athlete,” head coach Sandy Pearsall said. “She’s going to be an incredible player as she continues to grow in this program.” Funke hails from Carmel, Indiana, where she played softball for four years at Carmel High School. She helped the Greyhounds to back-to-back MIC titles and garnered a 2016 All-State selection as team captain her senior year. During her freshman season with the Cardinals, Funke started twice and played in 33 games overall. “She has great speed and power,” Pearsall said. “We just had to harness that, and she had to learn the game more.” Funke made her time count as a pinch-runner with 12 runs scored and three stolen bases. “I really learned my role last year and

accepted being a pinch runner,” Funke said. “I took that full-force.” Funke’s stealing ability has flowered her sophomore year, as she leads the Cards with 13 total. “She’s certainly a huge threat on the bases with her speed,” Pearsall said. In addition, Funke has boosted her offensive performance. After switching from the right side of the plate to the left, she is now second on the team in batting average (.346), runs scored (24) and hits (37). “This past summer and fall, I worked my butt off to get where I am now,” Funke said. “Switching from the right side to the left was big, but I was able to make the adjustment.” Pearsall usually places Funke at the bottom of the Louisville lineup as the anchor. With the team’s fourth best onbase percentage, her speed and ability to get on base are crucial. “It’s a little more pressure, but I try not to think about it,” Funke said. “I know my team has my back, just like I have theirs. We’re a big family.” After defeating Virginia 14-7 on April

6, Louisville moves to 5-5 in ACC play. The Cardinals play the Cavaliers two more times at home before a seven-game road trip. “We definitely need to sweep this

weekend and move up in the ACC standings,” Funke said. “Then we need to travel well and steal some games while we’re out there.”





Mann’s winning culture steers the ship for baseball DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

Baseball’s junior Devin Mann has never been a part of a slow start during his time at U of L. In his first 15 games as a freshman, the Cardinals opened the season at 13-2. As a sophomore, they were 15-0 and this year, Louisville started 14-1. This season, that hot start didn’t roll over into the next chunk of the schedule, though. Louisville struggled, going 5-8 in their next 13 games. Mann only knows a winning culture. During his time, Louisville is 12335 with a Super Regional and a College World Series appearance, in addition to a pair of ACC Atlantic titles. Despite only knowing winning, Mann sees the bright spot in the early-season skid. “It’s good for us to experience some adversity, learn how to play from behind. It’s just going to make us better down the road,” Mann said. Louisville’s eight losses in 13 games didn’t come against cupcake opponents. U of L lost two games to No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 11 Clemson. They also dropped the first game in a two-game series against No. 9 Kentucky. The Cardinals have lost three ACC series this season, most of any season since joining the conference. A portion of the struggle can be pointed to the inexperience of players in the lineup. The typical starting nine has six to seven sophomores who played little to no action last season. With only two seniors on the roster, the Cards lean on their 10-man junior

class. “It’s good we have the guys like us that have been here for a while and can be counted on,” Mann said. “We know what’s going on, we just try to be leaders for the younger guys and mold them because they’re going to have to grow up quickly.” Louisville lost nearly their entire junior class to the MLB Draft last season, but that’s not uncommon for the Cardinals at this point. “My freshman year, we lost all those guys and (last year’s) junior class stepped

ers, coach the younger guys and make sure everyone is up to speed.” Mann said one of the shining sophomores is Logan Wyatt. It doesn’t come as a surprise to Mann, saying Wyatt simply needed the opportunity. Wyatt currently leads the Cardinals in batting average and RBIs. The best way to teach the younger players is setting the example on the diamond -- and Mann does just that. The second baseman is batting .283, which is a career-best with at least 100 at-bats. He has 27 RBIs and is on pace to


up. (Our class) just has to do the same thing,” Mann said. “We have to be lead-

match his 44 from his sophomore season. The defensive end is where Mann said

he feels the most progression. “I haven’t always been the strongest defensive player and I feel like I made a lot of strides in the offseason to bring me where I am now,” Mann said. While Mann has improved with the glove, he acknowledges offense is the strength of his game. As of April 7, Mann is a .279 career batter with 117 hits, 88 RBIs and eight home runs in his 132 games. Mann grew up in Columbus, Indiana, 67 minutes away from Louisville. He said being able to play at a major program so close to home during his career has been great. “I’ve always wanted to come here. It was one of my dream schools,” Mann said. “It doesn’t get much better than what we have right here.” Playing in one of the nation’s toughest conferences, Louisville’s schedule is never easy. Coach Dan McDonnell schedules challenging non-conference teams too, meaning the Cardinals compete with the best-of-the-best every year. Still, Mann’s favorite opponent is right down the road. “You got to love playing against UK because of that hype atmosphere,” Mann said. “You treat every game like it’s the same, but UK is one that sticks out on the schedule.” The Cardinals will have a chance to redeem their 8-5 loss to the Wildcats at home on April 17. U of L is 10-5 against the Wildcats in their last 15 battles. Mann and the Cards have a chance to right the ship on the season with No. 8 North Carolina State in town. Louisville opened the series with an 8-2 win, pushing U of L to 20-9

Baseball’s Wyatt explodes onto sophomore scene MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8

After losing key players to the MLB in 2017, baseball’s sophomore class dominates the current lineup. Among the six who usually make the starting nine, Logan Wyatt catches the eye with the imposing numbers he is posting this season. The underclassman displayed his skill in this weekend’s series versus NC State, when he led Louisville to a game one victory with his first grand slam as a Cardinal. “The mindset for me is to stay as relaxed as possible, not to try and do too much,” Wyatt said. “Get a run or two, not all four at once. So it felt great.” Wyatt reached base safely for 26 consecutive games. The streak ended with the Cardinals’ game two loss against the Wolfpack, but the record remains im-

pressive. “To be honest, it wasn’t in my head to this point,” Wyatt said. “But it happened, so it was nice.” With a .167 batting average through 18 games his freshman year, present statistics hark back to the Louisville native’s time on the high school field. Wyatt played at North Bullitt, twenty minutes from U of L. He helped the Eagles to a state runner-up finish in 2014 and received first team All-State honors 2014-16. The first baseman ended his prep career with a .420 batting average, while also becoming North Bullitt’s career leader in home runs and RBIs. Head coach Dan McDonnell started Wyatt once in 2017, as the freshman found himself on the bench behind heavy-hitters like Brendan McKay. Fast forward to 2018 and the sophomore hits in the clean-up spot for the Cardinals.

“I’ve always been a Louisville fan growing up,” Wyatt said. “It’s cool to be the clean-up guy so far.” Midway through this season, Wyatt leads his teammates in batting average (.359), slugging percentage (.563), hits (37), doubles (13) and RBIs (29). Improvement from his freshman season stems from hard work, according to Wyatt. “Everyone prepares in the fall and the spring,” Wyatt said. “I do the same, then come out here and do my thing.” Perhaps most notable is Wyatt’s ability to get on base. The 6-foot-4 lefty is ranked third in the nation in walks (31) and twenty-first in on-base percentage (.511). A player who gets on base over fifty percent of the time is someone for opposing pitchers to fear. Amidst his success at the plate, Wyatt stays humble and acknowledges there are

always avenues to improve. “I’d like to think there’s always stuff to work on,” Wyatt said. “Defensively, maturing as a player at first base.” Wyatt looks up to teammates Josh Stowers and Devin Mann the most. The pair may not be besting Wyatt’s offensive numbers, but they carry critical postseason experience. “Stowers and Mann are the leaders of the hitters,” Wyatt said. “They’ve had the most experience.” Over a month remains on baseball’s schedule, so time will tell whether Wyatt maintains his current level of play. After Louisville’s loss to NC State on April 7, the sophomore prefers to think one game at a time. “I just say we bounce back, not think about the loss too much and come out tomorrow ready to play,” Wyatt said.




Photo gallery: Recapping the weekend in Louisville athletics

Baseball defeated No. 4 NC State 8-2 in game one.

Women’s tennis fell 7-0 to NC State April 6.

The Cardinals gave up 19 total runs in games two and three -- both losses.

The Cards lost to No. 1 UNC 6-1 on April 8.

Softball defeated Virginia in games one and two with a total score of 30-8.

Louisville returns home April 20.

Sidney Melton had five hits and two RBIs in the series. PHOTOS BY TARIS SMITH / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL




Mack seasons basketball staff with new assistants


The University of Louisville placed its faith in Chris Mack as the new head basketball coach. Mack rewarded their confidence by getting down to work, filling his staff with three experienced assistants. Dino Gaudio, Luke Murray and Mike Pegues will be joining Mack on the sidelines for the 2018-19 season. Mack’s teams have participated in the NCAA tournament eight of his nine seasons as head coach. With each of the new assistants serving stints with Mack in the past, Louisville fans can expect a unified front leading the Cardinals behind the scenes.

Mack released a statement on each of his new assistants at “Dino Gaudio is a home run for us,” said Mack. “He’s trusted, loyal and a person that I have always looked up to in this professionl Not many head coaches

one-season improvement. During three seasons with Mack at Xavier (2015-18), Murray helped the Musketeers produce an 81-26 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance each year. He also played a key role as


Dino Gaudio has a plethora of college basketball experience, including work as a head coach, assistant coach and basketball analyst for ESPN. Gaudio’s time as a coach goes all the way back to 1982, when he served as an assistant under Skip Prosser at Central Catholic High School in West Virginia. The pair led Central Catholic to the 1982 state championship. The Ohio native made his foray into the college arena as an assistant at Xavier (1987-93). In six years, Gaudio helped the Musketeers to a 136-49 record, five 20-win seasons and five NCAA Tournament berths. Gaudio logged nine years at Wake Forest (2001-10), working as an associate head coach and three seasons as head coach. The Demon Deacons compiled a 187-99 record and six NCAA Tournament appearances during the span. It was at Wake Forest where Gaudio and Mack united as coaches for three years. Mack left to be an assistant at Xavier, but not before the two cultivated talents together like NBA point guard Chris Paul. Gaudio most recently worked as a basketball analyst at ESPN for eight years.


have the luxury of having a former head coach in the ACC on staff. Dino’s role on the floor coaching our players will be immense. Our players will benefit in ways that other staffs can’t duplicate. I’m excited to get him out of the studio and onto the basketball court where he belongs.


Luke Murray has worked on basketball staffs for the past 11 seasons at multiple Universities. The New York native coached two years at Rhode Island under current Connecticut coach Dan Hurley (201315). The Rams finished 23-10 in 201415 and tied for second in the Atlantic 10 conference. Before his stint at Rhode Island, Murray was an assistant for two seasons at Towson under Pat Skerry (2011-13). In 2012-13, the duo led one of college basketball’s greatest turnarounds as the Tigers set an NCAA record for the best


Xavier assembled three consecutive nationally-ranked recruiting classes. “Luke Murray is a superstar” Mack said. “No detail goes unnoticed with Luke. Whether its working with our perimeter players, scouting or recruiting, Luke excels. He’s one of the most organized, detailed and high-energy recruiters that I’ve ever been around. He carries

the role of recruiting coordinator on the staff and allows us to leave no stone unturned when searching for the next University of Louisville great.”


Mike Pegues had a standout collegiate career as an athlete for Delaware. The Washington, D. C. native is Delaware’s all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball history with 2,030 points. Pegues played professionally as well in Italy, New Zealand, England and Argentina, along with a season in the Continental Basketball Association. Before coaching with Mack, Pegues spent two seasons as an assistant for his alma mater. The Fightin’ Blue Hens finished 18-14 in Pegues’s final season there. During his six years at Xavier (201218), the Musketeers had a 142-67 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times. “Mike Pegues is one of the best post coaches in the country,” Mack said. “He does a terrific job of teaching footwork, positioning and understanding of the game. Having been with me for the past six seasons, it’s been impressive to see the development of big men during Mike’s tenure. Our players will love his energy, IQ for the game and his sincerity. His relationships with coaches around the country have allowed us to recruit from some of the best high school programs in the nation.”




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April 10, 2018, Vol. 92, Issue No. 27  
April 10, 2018, Vol. 92, Issue No. 27