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A “yuge” year: TLC’s biggest 2016-17 stories KYELAND JACKSON @KYELANDJ

It was a long year for the University of Louisville. Controversial elections, erased boards and accreditation threats were some of many events on and around campus. The Cardinal ranks what happened and how it affects students. Accreditation under threat Governor Matt Bevin’s executive orders restructuring U of L’s board of trustees in summer 2016 threatened U of L’s accreditation. The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, the university’s accrediting body, placed the U of L on probation in December and blamed Bevin, saying his actions could politically influence U of L’s governance. U of L has until December 2017 to reform or risk losing accreditation. Loss of accreditation spells disaster for U of L: university degrees would lose values, federal financial aid would not be available, credits could not transfer and U of L could not participate in NCAA sports. Since 2000, 12 private institutions accredited under SACS lost accreditation. U of L may be the only public institution to lose SACS’ accreditation if it’s taken. A February poll reported 70 percent of respondents worry about accreditation troubles. Concerns escalated after state auditor Mike Harmon published a stinging review of university governance, finding dysfunction and questionable practices between U of L and the University of Louisville Foundation. SACS reviewed the audit results, adding U of L possibly violated three more accreditation standards. The foundation manages U of L’s $835 million financial endowment, investing and allocating money for the university. Kentucky legislators responded to worries, enacting multiple bills. Though U of L’s Board of Trustees shuffled multiple times in a battle between Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear, Kentucky’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 12, creating a new board. That new board, now requiring the governor and Senate’s approval, is nearly identical to the board created by Bevin in summer

2016. The General Assembly also passed Senate Bill 107, granting Bevin sweeping powers to re-organize school boards which are deemed “dysfunctional.”

We have nothing to do with the screw up of the central administration. If we cut arts and sciences ... we’re going to cut everything about this university that’s important - Futrell SACS reviews U of L’s progress December 2017 and can lift probation, extend probation another year or revoke accreditation. U of L $48 million short for 2017-18 Responding to a $48 million deficit in the 2017-18 budget, U of L made changes to its budgets and revenue options. The deficit, partially created low clinical revenues, inflated budget numbers and unabated spending, was discovered in February. To fill the shortfall, the university tightened budgets and school management, fired some university personnel and instituted a hiring freeze. U of L also considered new revenue, planning to eventually increase student enrollment by 8,000. University administration said the deficit is manageable, though it expects $13.7 million less in foundation contributions. Suggestions to abate costs through parking rate hikes and siphoning distanced education met resistance. “We have nothing to do with the screw up of the central administration,” Communication Department Chair Al Futrell

said in a budget forum. “If we cut arts and sciences ... we’re going to cut everything about this university that’s important.” The leadership shuffle Changing laws, resignations and appointments kept U of L leadership in constant change through 2016-17. U of L’s Board of Trustees changed three times during battles between Beshear and Bevin, finalized by the General Assembly’s passage of SB12. Following former president James Ramsey’s resignation, former Speed School Dean Neville Pinto stepped into the role as interim. Pinto said he would not consider remaining U of L’s president and return to the Speed School after his interim presidency ended. Instead, Pinto accepted a job as president for the University of Cincinnati in February. Shortly before, U of L’s Chief Financial Officer Harlan Sands announced his departure for the University of Pennsylvania. Facing a widening leadership void, U of L’s Board of Trustees elected Greg Postel as interim president. Serving as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Interim President, Postel promised transparency from the university, denying deferred a compensation package promised to his position. His health affairs position earns Postel $950,000 annually, not including a $1,000 monthly car allowance for gas. Sands position was divided between Susan Howarth and Lee Smith, both temporary postions. The university began a search for a permanent president, expecting to find a replacement within a year. Coach Rick Pitino under fire

Following revelations of a sex scandal

within the basketball team, Pitino is defending himself. The NCAA leveled notices of allegations against the university, finding proof former basketball staffer Andre McGee paid for escorts to dance for and have sex with potential recruits and players. The NCAA accused Pitino of not actively monitoring the basketball program, prompting U of L to refute the allegation. But NCAA investigators reiterated their accusation, saying Pitino missed signs of foul play because he didn’t look for them. Confederate statue removed

After standing on campus for 121 years, the controversial Confederate statue moved to Brandenburg, Kentucky. After the removal was announced last spring, public debate ensnared the statue, drawing protestors, litigation to stop the move and verbal blows between advocates and detractors. Some called its removal an erasure of history. Located between Third Street and the Speed Art Museum, the statue was gifted to Louisville by the Kentucky Women’s Confederate Monument Association in 1895 and commemorates Confederate Kentuckians who fought and died in the Civil War. Brandenburg is popular for Civil War sites and reenactments. A time capsule, supposedly embedded in the statue, was loaned to the Filson Historical Society.








A year in protest: Activism at U of L SHELBY BROWN @BROSHEA91

U of L students’ hectic year was marked by activism. From die-ins to marches, students made their voices heard in Louisville. The Cardinal looks back on 20162017 student protests. Black Lives Matter More than 200 students clad in black held a “die in” for Black Lives Matter Sept. 29. Demonstrators silently lay on the SAC ramp for an hour to raise awareness of police brutality. A banner hung from the top of the ramp reading “#ItsBlackeningHere.” The line of students stretched to the Interfaith Center. Others held signs reading “I can’t breathe,” “End Police Brutality” or the names of individuals killed by police. President Donald Trump victory protest Louisville citizens poured into the

streets, shutting some down to protest Trump’s win on Nov. 14. Protestors marched with signs, chanting “not our president” and “black lives matter.” Election results sent shock waves through campus. Someone scribbled “Trump #buildthatwall” in chalk on the Thinker statue. U of L cheerleader Brynn Baker’s controversial election tweets resulted in her suspension from the squad. Hate speech protest Following the statue defacement and Baker’s tweets, students picketed around Bingham Hall Nov. 15. With signs listing marginalized groups, demonstrators sought to show hate is not welcome at U of L. Immigration rally Cold weather didn’t deter students from joining thousands at the Muhammad Ali Center Jan. 30 to protest Trump’s travel ban. Mayor Greg Fischer

Trump’s March visit Protestors congregated around Freedom Hall before the Trump rally March 21. Individuals attempting to speak out during the rally were promptly removed. Police attempted to separate demonstrators and supporters after the rally to avoid conflict. Take Back the Night Students marched through campus against sexual assault and domestic violence April 4. Before the march, organizations held a resource fair. Speakers addressed a standing-room-only audience and survivors shared their stories. Out of the Darkness Walk The second annual Out of the Darkness Walk drew more than 200 and raised more than $10,400 for suicide awareness April 9. Funds will pay for educational tools and be distributed to suicide prevention chapters across Kentucky.


Protestors at the immigration rally.

Picketers march around Bingham.

Black Lives Matter sign hung from SAC.

Protestor at Freedom Hall Trump rally.

spoke, openly opposing the ban. The executive order banned individuals from Muslim-majority countries and suspended refugee entry. The order has since been blocked by multiple U.S. district judges despite revisions. Defend My Degree rally State officials and students assembled in the Capitol rotunda, advocating for higher education Feb 13. Many said the Powerball promise, the tradition of giving money from the lottery to education funds, should resume. Governor Matt Bevin stopped the practice. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit Pence stopped in Louisville to plug the Affordable Care Act’s replacement March 11. While the Vice President met with Bevin and Harshaw Trane management, hundreds of protestors lined the sidewalks outside. U of L students and alumni participated.

Protest march following Trump’s election.

Demonstrators lining the sidewalks waiting for Pence.

Take Back the Night campus walk.

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SGA Resolutions on the horizon SHELBY BROWN @BROSHEA91

The SGA Senate meetings passed several resolutions pertaining to the student body. The senators met tirelessly drafting and revising the resolutions, sending them back to committees and brining them before the Senate for readings. The Cardinal recounts 2016-2017 resolutions and those to be on the lookout for in the 2017-2018 year. A Resolution Providing the Establishment of a Student Body Representative on the U of L Foundation Board of Directors Due to the impact the Foundation’s decisions have on student life, Senator Landon Lauder’s resolution asked for a student representative to have a permanent seat on the foundation. The resolution was passed. It allows the current SGA President full voting privileges to better “represent the students of the University of Louisville,” according to the resolution’s text. The student representative position changes at the expiration of the presidential term. Aaron Vance, the former

SGA president, passes his position to newly elected Vishnu Tirumala in summer 2017. Student Solidarity Act The act supports international students affected by the executive order President Donald Trump signed Jan. 27. Co-author Lily Assgari hopes the act will make students feel more comfortable and engaged on campus. The act, passed Feb. 14, acknowledged the diversity of U of L and the SGA constitution’s preamble’s promise to “to promote and protect student rights.” “I hope them knowing that they have the support of the students here will help them have the confidence to speak our when they feel wronged,” Assgari said. A Resolution to Bring Belknap Campus into ADA Compliance with Braille The act, authored by Kent School’s Keith Auspland says U of L is inconsistent in its accommodations for visually impaired students. These inconsistencies can result in disadvantages or injuries for students. Auspland said seeing students struggle to find their way on campus without braille was “heartbreaking.”

Auspland conducted much of his own research before presenting the resolution to the SGA Senate. He canvased the entire Belknap campus, checking inside each building for braille. “’Out of compliance’ is a difficult term to explain due to the number of “grandfather” clauses that exist in the law. Buildings built before the 1970’s are considered grandfathered due to their age. However; any NEW construction needs to be in compliance,” Auspland said. Auspland hopes that with older buildings being renovated they too will be brought up to code. Course Evaluation Diversity Resolution Current Arts and Sciences college President Jessica Morgan criticized the current format of course evaluations. The act said the current course evaluations method of collecting information lacks the benefits that a more inclusive environment provides. Morgan brought forth a resolution to adhere to U of L’s Vision of Diversity. “The student body...strongly encourages the University to include a component of inclusion and ability to facilitate the course evaluations of both the professors and courses at the close of each term,” the resolution said. Balanced Life Student Resource Act Author Natalia Bilchuk sought to create a “comprehensive online directory for student well-being.” The directory would include LGBTQ services, veteran services, services for students who are parents, help for disabled students and more. The Services Vice President will be in charge of the project. “The resolution for student resources was inspired by a noticeably higher attrition rate in students with more demands on their life balance and higher home-life stressors that impede their academic performance,” Bilchuk said. “While UofL has numerous resources, they are often difficult to search for when a student is in a difficult situation, and if all the available resources were provided on a single page (or) platform, all students would have to do is go to that page and search for the needs they currently have which could span anything from a counseling session about stress relief, to referrals to programs that can help them complete their degrees.” Addition of Gender Neutral Restrooms to U of L Authored again by Bilchuk, the resolution “strongly encourages the addition of gender-neutral restrooms to all university instructional buildings to

support the diversity and individuality of all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and guests.” The resolution echoes sentiments from the SGA, LGBTQ center and U of L’s Diversity and International Affair’s center. “With such diversity and support from the PEACC center and LGBTQ center at HSC for all our students, and given all the news and controversy on the matter in recent years, I thought it was an opportune time to bring up the gender-neutral bathrooms resolution,” Bilchuck said. The act says U of L’s students, faculty and staff are constantly trying to remove sexual or gender based discrimination. “It is my hope that UofL can continue to grow in its diversity and support of all of its students, faculty, administrators, and visitors,” Bilchuk said. Addition of Lactation Rooms to Instructional Buildings Act Bilchuk also noticed the lack of spaces available for those at U of L who were breastfeeding. The resolution said that “existing” spaces weren’t easily accessible, safe or nurturing. Multiple medical students brought this to her attention. “The dedication these women have to their education and their families is truly remarkable, and while the medical school had one space within the basement of our instructional building, it was not a place that many students felt comfortable and safe enough to be able to pump breast milk,” Bilchuk said. The resolution’s goal is to add “appropriate, well advertised lactation rooms” to all instruction buildings for those who breastfeed. A Resolution For the Preservation of SGA Democratic Electoral Integrity at U of L Before the 2017-2018 SGA elections, resulting in Vishnu Tirumala being elected president, several senators drafted a resolution regarding campaign funds. Lauder, Assgari and Senator Paul Thompson authored an act to prevent outside monetary contributions from aiding SGA candidates. “(I)t is the prerogative of the student body to hold all U of L Student Government Association candidates to a high moral and ethical standard, as they would represent student interests and only student interests if elected,” the resolution reads. The passed resolution denounces outside contributions to SGA candidates “local, state, or national, public or private,” according to the SGA Election Rules.




What’s next: SGA officials talk post-grad plans OLIVIA KRAUTH @OLIVIAKRAUTH

With commencement a month away, The Cardinal talked to graduating SGA officials about what’s next for them. Responses are lightly edited for length, clarity and AP style. President - Aaron Vance

Biggest successes in SGA: - Working to keep U of L affordable while not sacrificing any support services in tough budget times, freezing tuition, etc. Biggest failure: - I wish we could have done more work with our ACC partners on joint programming, policy initiatives and strengthening our ACC SGA coordinating body. What have you learned? - What haven’t I learned? This has been a year unlike any other and I think it is safe to say that no SGA President in the history of U of L or any other college campus have had experiences like I have had. That being said, I have learned about the passion, dedication and resiliency of our student body, and to me, that’s refreshing. That’s what always has and will continue to sustain this university. I think a lot of people lost sight of that and what this university is about; they weren’t upholding its values, and in the end, it has posed problems. It doesn’t matter what level, when you continue to prioritize your values and act on your commitments, there will never be anything to worry about, but when you don’t, you will run into trouble. This has been a hard lesson for some, but a reaffirmation for me after having been in this role for a year. What’s up next: Law school at Indiana University Executive Vice President - Amanda Nitzken

Biggest successes in SGA: - Diversifying elections for SGA. I have always dreamed of seeing competitive elections at U of L, and this year it became a reality. It was so exciting to see new faces on the ballot, from many different and diverse pockets of campus. This was definitely a step in the right direction in making SGA more representative of the student population and less exclusive. What’s up next: On June 9, I am leaving the US to go serve in the Peace Corps for two years. This has been a dream of mine since the start of college, and I’m so excited. I’m heading to Comoros, a small set of volcanic islands (archipelago if you want fancy terms) near Madagascar. For my 27 month commitment to Peace Corps, I will be teaching English at the secondary level, and working with an initiative called Let Girls Learn, a program designed to empower females of all ages and stages in education.

I have learned about the passion, dedication and resilience of our student body, and to me, that’s refreshing.

Biggest failure: - My biggest failure would probably honestly ironically be my fear of failure. I think that often times, I put off really taking initiative to make change because I was afraid that it might not go over well. It took me a little while to get over this but I definitely learned the importance of putting myself out there. In the end, I have the voice of students to represent and back me up if there is backlash. Luckily, it didn’t take me long to get over that and I was still able to enact change but I definitely would have been less timid to begin with looking back on last April and used that time to start working on my goals. What’s one thing you didn’t expect to learn from your time in SGA? - I never would have expected to have learned would be how to communicate on my toes. I knew that in this role I would be a voice for students but I never would have expected to be put on the spot to answer crucial questions. I’ve learned how to slow down and think about 22,000 other people in every answer I give because every decision represents every student and it is so important to properly represent them. Services Vice President - Lauren Greenwell

-Aaron Vance Academic Vice President - Meredith Cooksey Biggest success in SGA? -I was able to give the seniors the opportunity to park back in the “old” green lot (across from Reynold’s Lofts) for the spring and summer semester.

What’s one thing you didn’t expect to learn from your time in SGA? - I didn’t expect to gain the friendships that I have from it. I came into SGA wanting to meet new people several years ago, but I did not expect to leave with lifelong friendships. I know that the Top 4, COS and staff will all still be close in the upcoming years. I have learned an immense amount from these hard working people. These people push you to be the best that you can be. What’s up next: Teach for America in Indianapolis. I will be a special education teacher. Senate Speaker - Tyler Poteet Biggest success in SGA? - I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as Senate Speaker. I really feel like I’ve helped us have very efficient meetings, while keeping things productive and friendly and interesting. What’s one thing you didn’t expect to learn from your time in SGA? - I didn’t expect to learn so much from SGA. In all of my roles, I have learned so much about interacting with people, accomplishing large and small goals, communicating with large groups, staying organized, and so much more. SGA was without doubt one of the best overall learning experiences I had at U of L, skills that will serve me well in all that I do professionally and even personally. What’s up next: I will be leaving school to start my career, details on where TBD. I may return to U of L in the future for a MBA, but we’ll see. Chief of Staff - Jacob Abrahamson What’s one thing you didn’t expect to learn from your time in SGA? - I did not expect to become wellversed in U of L’s purchasing policies and procedures, but it has been a very useful skill. What’s up next: Law school at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Summer 2017’s top movies to see in theaters BRIANA WILLIAMS @_BRIANAYW

Summer is prime time for some of the best films to be released. From superhero blockbusters to small indie films, this summer will offer up movies that anyone can enjoy. Here are TLC’s top upcoming summer flicks: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” After the slightly unexpected huge success of the first movie, this sequel is one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan, the film continues the ever-growing Marvel universe. It will be released on May 5.

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” Charlie Hunnam stars as the legendary King Arthur in this action-packed fantasy film. This movie follows King Arthur after he picks up his iconic sword, Excalibur, and fights against an evil, tyrant king. “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is scheduled for release on May 12. “Snatched” For those more interested in comedies, “Snatched” is set to be one of the funniest films of the summer. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn are mother and daughter in this movie about the duo traveling on an exotic vacation. With numerous celebrity cameos expected, this movie is bound to make everyone laugh. “Snatched” comes to theaters on May 12. “Alien: Covenant” The cult classic “Alien” franchise is back again with its latest sequel. Set for a May 19 release, it stars Michael Fassbender and James Franco. After an underwhelming list of alien-esque movies released in the past two years, “Alien: Covenant” actually seems like it will thrill audiences everywhere. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” The “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is old. Dating back to 2003 with its original film, Johnny Depp has been the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow for far too long. However, this last chapter

seems like a decent addition to the franchise and hopefully a good end that’s long overdue. It hits theaters on May 26. “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot leads this film as the Amazon, Wonder Woman. After the release of the first trailer months ago, audiences were thrilled to see the newest adaptation of the warrior princess. Set for release on June 2, “Wonder Woman” has been dubbed the most highly anticipated film of the year.

taurant is another Louisville commodity that locals love. With an interesting menu that features everything from lamb burgers to fettuccine with bacon, it offers a lot of food that you won’t find at many other restaurants. Mayan Cafe: Located downtown, this restaurant offers authentic Mayan cuisine at an affordable price. The menu will force you to try something new every time you go there simply because everything sounds good. From the spaghetti squash toss to the Mayan burger, the Mayan Cafe is one of Louisville’s best. Wild Eggs: If you love brunch, this is the place for you. The banana foster pancakes will make you rethink all of your

previous breakfast choices. Plus, the omelets, to no surprise, put Ville Grill’s omelet station to shame. Hill Street Fish Fry: Good seafood is hard to find in Kentucky, but Hill Street reminds you that it is possible. The food is plentiful and the prices are affordable. Their catfish sandwiches are a favorite and the hush puppies are the perfect sides. If you’re looking for delicious seafood, Hill Street Fish Fry should be your go-to. Dairy Kastle and Dairy Del: Ice cream is the supreme summer treat, so why not have some options for getting the best scoop? Both Dairy Del and Dairy Kastle offer plenty of options from ice

tain America: Civil War,” so Marvel felt the need to make another movie. However, Holland may surprise audiences in this action drama. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will be released on July 7. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” From the director of “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy,” this adventure film is probably the most underrated of this bunch. Though it hasn’t been marketed too strongly yet, it could easily be one of the best movies of the summer. Starring Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, this sci-fi adventure film is based off of the book and features humanoid aliens and space missions. It’s set for release on July 21.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” What seems like the hundredth Spider-Man movie is probably going to be the best. People fell in love with Tom Holland as the spidey superhero in “Cap-

Louisville eats: Best restaurants in the city


When you’re no longer restricted to spending flex or meal swipes on campus, you can branch out and enjoy some of Louisville’s best restaurants. The city is filled with great places for any foodie, so here are TLC’s top picks. Feast BBQ: Any meat lover will love Feast’s hefty offerings of sandwiches, tacos and more. Their barbecue tastes unique and authentic and the restaurant has a relaxed and rustic atmosphere that only adds to the experience. If that isn’t enough to get you through the door, their salted caramel banana pudding should. Butchertown Grocery: This res-

cream flurries to banana splits. These restaurants are pretty much the embodiment of summer for Louisville. Hi-Five Doughnuts: If ice cream isn’t your dessert choice, definitely head over to Hi-Five Doughnuts. You won’t find a full-course meal here, but you will find doughnuts almost the size of your head. You can customize your own treat or pick from one of the restaurant’s many menu options. I recommend trying one with marshmallow glaze and cotton candy that will ruin any diet you have, but will be completely worth it.




Where to go in-state this summer


You don’t have to go the beach to have a good time for summer vacation. If you want to save money and still have fun, multiple local spots are just as great. The Big Four Bridge: Previously, this bridge was a railroad. Now, it’s a walkway and bike path going from Louisville to Jeffersonville. It’s a fun place to walk around for the afternoon and simply relax. The Jeffersonville side has the frozen

yogurt shop,“Pearl Street Treats,� which everyone should try. Waterfront Park: Waterfront Park is a local favorite. There are bike trails, walking trails, restaurants, swinging benches, playgrounds and a condensed water park. The Park Lands of Floyds Fork: These are a set of parks located by Floyds Fork. Plenty of activities - fishing, canoeing, biking, hiking - are available. Events and camps are also hosted here. Some-

times, free movies are played. Bernheim Forest: Bernheim Forest is south of Louisville. Not only is this a place to ride bikes and walk with friends, there are also art exhibits, natural areas and an arboretum. It is a wonderful day trip for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Shakespeare in the Park: Shakespeare in the Park this year will be performing Julius Caesar. Red River Gorge and the Natural Bridge: Located at Daniel Boone Na-

tional Forest in Stanton, Kentucky, Red River Gorge is a place for hiking, biking, walking and relaxing. It is a two hour drive from Louisville, but it’s worth the short road trip. Louisville Mega Cavern: The Mega Cavern features some of Kentucky’s coolest caves. Guests can zip-line, bike and take a historic tram ride through the caverns.

tive and pointed. Other tracks explore new sounds and ideas to huge success. “LOVE� is a beautiful, melodic track that is new territory for Lamar, while “FEAR� feels bleak and vulnerable. “PRIDE� is a spacey jam, glazed with distorted guitar strums and falsetto. These variations in sound and ideas are threads that tie the album together, but is ultimately a look inside Lamar’s head; an intimate study of what he believes his place in the hip hop scene is and the value of life. Lamar accomplishes so much so incredibly well. “DAMN� is a solid as bricks

in its structure. The final track, “DUCKWORTH� (Lamar’s real last name), rewinds itself to the opening lines of the record, suggesting an infinite cycle. Lamar takes on the rap industry and media perception while simultaneously exploring his own feelings on life, death, love and identity, all while shifting to new musical territory he has never explored before. And he makes it seem easy. In “HUMBLE� Lamar states that “If I quit this season, I’ll still be the greatest.� Whether intended to be taken as irony or not, he’s probably right.

Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.� could be best album of the summer AARON HARTLEY


Kendrick Lamar’s latest record begins with his death. The opener, “BLOOD� features Lamar being shot by a blind woman. The track sets the stage for “DAMN,� a cerebral, cryptic and heavy project, unlike anything the Compton rapper has made, while staying intelligent and introspective. The production on “DAMN� is trimmed and sparse, down to drum, bass and synth. Unlike the grandiose nature of his past work, “DAMN� feels compacted, as if it

takes place in a void. As a result, there exists an eeriness that pervades the album’s vibe. With Lamar shot in the first track, these could be a rush of thoughts through his head before he die. Apart from giving the album its own signature feel, the stripped-down production also makes the album much more accessible, but no less thematically varied. Bangers like “DNA,� which rockets off the opening track like a fist to the jaw, the lead single “HUMBLE� and “XXX� (featuring U2, no less) will more than satiate those looking for something to bounce to, but they are all introspec-


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College means infinite freedom and possibilities to be and do whatever you want. College can be an amazing time. Though it’s pretty great, there are a few things every freshman should know to ensure their college experience is as wonderful as they’ve imagined. Use your meal swipes. As a freshman living on campus, you’re required to have a meal plan. Often times, this meal plan is fairly limited on the flex points but it is full of meal swipes. Something no one ever explained to me was the difference between the two. Meal swipes are predetermined meals offered at every restaurant on campus. Flex points, on the other hand, are used just like real money. You can spend flex on nearly anything on campus, but meal swipes are specific at every restaurant. Thus, don’t go too wild with the flex, because it runs out fast. Meal swipes, however, are nearly infinite.



Don’t overkill the Ville Grill. Don’t get me wrong, the Ville Grill is great, but it can be a bit much for anyone to go to every day. The VG is basically the freshmen hangout and you don’t want to miss out on the many memories the VG harbors, so don’t burn yourself out those first few weeks!


Utilize your dorm. Freshmen have to live on campus housing their first year, which may seem awful at first. Although residence halls have their downsides, they can be one of the absolute best parts of the freshman experience. There are many students living in one place, meaning it’s one of the best places to make friends.


Go to class. You may have gotten by without trying in high school, but college is harder. You’ve got to actually try if you want to succeed. Go to class, take detailed notes, pay attention, do your homework and reach out to your

professors. Students are often scared to reach out to professors, but this can be the saving grace of your grade at the end of the semester.





Don’t procrastinate. You want to minimize stress and maximize the fun parts of college as much as possible. Procrastinating only makes the assignment more unbearable than it already is, so starting early can save you from the misery of spending a night at the library. Do research on your professor. Professors can make or break a class. Whether it be through word-of-mouth or going on Rate My Professor, picking the right one is crucial when scheduling time rolls around.


Take detailed notes. Whether it’s a notebook or a laptop, you’ll always want to take your own notes. Not all professors make study guides for their classes, so those notes may end up being your only study aid.


Don’t buy your books before your classes start. Wait until you go to class and see what your professor says you need. A lot of professors assign online articles or excerpts from books. Don’t waste your money on books if you don’t need them.






Get involved. U of L has over 400 recognized student organizations. Joining just one can help you find your niche in college and make for a better overall experience.


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How Governor Matt Bevin’s blunder saved U of L KYELAND JACKSON @KYELANDJ

Governor Matt Bevin single-handedly endangered the university in summer 2016, removing the board of trustees and negotiating James Ramsey’s resignation as president, landing U of L on probation with its accrediting body. He also saved the university. Don’t get me wrong, Bevin’s actions were reckless and disastrous. The Southern Association of Schools blamed Bevin for the university’s probation, his actions left a power vacuum and confusion across the university. Accreditation worries still persist as the university awaits SACS’ review by December and a permanent president is not expected for another year.

But changes were long overdue. The university had calculated budgets with inflated figures, overspent, made questionable investments and lacked transparency in governance. With SACS’ mandate for reform, U of L is on track to better itself. Without Chris Otts of WDRB breaking the story, no one would know of the dysfunction within U of L governance. Without Bevin’s hasty action and SACS quick response, U of L wouldn’t have reason to get its act together. The university will budget using actual figures, cut back spending, govern investments closer and institute more transparency measures. Revenue plans include increasing student enrollment by 8,000, matching U of L with similar universities. Increased oversight and

measures will make U of L better, instituting rules and guidance to make it a tighter, stronger university. The process will be hard for the university. Professors and staff have been

laid off, budgets cut and programs curtailed. But through the fire, U of L will rise stronger. And strangely enough, we have Bevin’s disastrous decision to thank.





Meet the incoming 2016-2017 staff of the Louisville Cardinal KYELAND JACKSON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

@kyelandj Major: Masters student in Communication


What is your favorite memory from working at The Cardinal?

Why should someone work for The Cardinal?

Covering Angela Davis’ campus visit. She’s one of my heroes.

Through TLC you not only connect to the campus community - you keep it empowered and aware.



@_brianayw Major: English and communication





Major: Graphic design


@jnny_chn Major: English with creative writing minor

Why should someone work at The Cardinal? Tell us a fun fact about yourself: I’ve done all my own tatoos.



Because why not? If they like journalism, The Cardinal. If they like to write about the truth, The Cardinal. Great atmosphere, great experience in doing something that’s potentially your career.

@dray5477 Major: Communication with a minor in philosophy

What is your favorite memory from working at The Cardinal?

Working for the Cardinal is literally the best way to get involved on campus. You get into games and events for free, and you get to meet all these new interesting people.

Getting to take photos and review the twentyone pilots concerts at the Yum Center


Major: Spanish and political science

Why should someone work at The Cardinal?

What is your favorite memory from working at The Cardinal?

@broshea91 Major: Communication

Covering postseason for men’s and women’s basketball, football, lacrosse and baseball.


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What summer movie are you looking forward to? I’m not much of a moviegoer, so I’ll probably sit at home and watch Requiem for a Dream sixteen more times.






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Seniors who can make the biggest impact in their final year DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

In any sport, the biggest jump in production typically comes from junior to senior year. The combination of being in the system for three years mixed with realizing they may never play their favorite sport again creates extra drive. Here are four seniors that can make the biggest impact to their team if they have a standout year.

Jeremy Smith, football

The running back rushed for 387 yards last season and scored eight touchdowns. With Brandon Radcliff graduating, LJ Scott transferring and Dae Williams tearing his ACL, the running back position has seen better days. With deceptive speed, Smith can break away from defenders when he finds a crease. If Smith can hit the 1,200-yard mark next season, some pressure will be taken off quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Tess Clark, volleyball

Clark has earned All-ACC Second Team honors in her three years at U of L. One of the best middle blockers in the ACC, Clark ranked seventh in the conference in hitting percentage (.336). Clark has a chance to flourish under the new coach. No one on

the team has played in more sets than Clark over her career, giving her a huge experience advantage. Louisville will look to avoid their first back-to-back losing season since the 1980s behind Clark.

Quentin Snider, men’s basketball

Snider is the first four-year hometown player since PRP’s Terrence Farley (2004-2007). The Ballard product has stepped up his production each year for U of L and was second in scoring last season. His controlled play and calm demeanor is the driving force for the Cardinals. No matter who the Cardi- Quentin Snider has 261 career assists. nals lose or don’t lose to the NBA draft, the Cardinals could have a successful season if Snider continues progressing.

Brittany Read, women’s lacrosse

A staple for Kellie Young’s team, Read has over 300 career saves and is the last line of defense for U of L. Any game can be make-or-break for the Cardinals depending on Read’s performance. Read could return to her 2016 form as five of six defenders return. The goalkeeper has final say on whether the ball goes in or not, but a synchronized unit in front of Read eases her trouble. If Read plays to the level she’s capable of, the Cardinals could be a difficult Brittany Read made her first start on Feb. 2, 2016. FILE PHOTOS / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL team to score on.

Incoming freshmen to lookout for in 2017-2018 DALTON RAY @DRAY5477

Every year, true freshmen make an immediate impact. For U of L in 20162017, field hockey’s Minout Mink, men’s tennis’ Parker Wynn, men’s soccer’s Cherif Dieye and volleyball’s Melaine McHenry made the list. Who makes the list in 2017-2018?

CJ Avery, football

Avery enrolled early and has been

practicing with the team since the spring. With the departure of Josh HarveyClemons and new defensive coordinator, one safety spot is open. Dee Smith is likely to get the first nod, but Avery isn’t going to let Smith have it easily. Avery has earned first team reps during the offseason and is impressive in workouts. Another advantage Avery has is his ability to play different positions or the hybrid position like Harvey-Clemons did

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last season. If defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon wants to have a 4-2-5 scheme without losing any run defense, he can easily plug Avery.

Malik Williams, men’s basketball

Coach Rick Pitino has been vocal about recruiting shooters in the past three years. More recently, he’s shifting that focus to front court players. Enter Williams. Playing right across the river in Indiana, Williams is a classic stretch-four and that can play the five if need be. Pitino is reluctant to play freshmen, but Williams may see the most time of any freshman since Chane Behanan in 2012 because of his impact on both sides of the floor.

Dana Evans, women’s basketball

Evans is the No. 7 player in the 2017 class according to ESPN, making her the highest ranked recruit since Asia Durr. Evans is a brisk point guard that uses her speed to blow by defenders at the high school level. From Gary, Indiana, Evans will likely have trouble adjusting in the beginning

but she is a dynamic player that will demand to be on the court. With Briahanna Jackson graduating, there is a spot open in the back court behind Durr and Arica Carter.

Maya Smith, women’s tennis

Speaking of highest ranked recruits coming to Louisville, Smith is Mark Beckham’s biggest pull since Aleksandra Mally in 2014. Smith is the No. 44 player in the country and hails from Texas. Smith is an aggressive player whose athletism allows her to control the court. She will push all returners for minutes next season.

Jordon Adell, baseball

The final player is a local product from Ballard High School. According to, Adell is the secondranked prospect in the 2017 class and will likely be taken in the MLB draft. Still with much-needed improvement, Adell should stick with the college route. Adell has top-notch raw ability with his arm, speed and size. He needs development at the plate but Adell is a player you put on the field and watch him go to work. With three seniors leaving the outfield, Adell will be in the mix for 2018.




Recapping 2016-2017’s games of the year STAFF


Every year there are games that are fun to watch no matter who you root for. The passion of college sports is what makes this level of competition untouched by any other form. Let’s take a look back at the best games from the last academic year.

Women’s basketball vs. Kentucky - Dalton Ray

Jeff Walz’s team lost to their rivals down the road in the last four match-ups. The Cardinals finally removed the thorn by their side last December by defeating the Wildcats. Tied late in the fourth, Louisville’s defense forced a turnover but the Cardinals couldn’t inbound the ball, giving the ball back to UK. The last-second heave for the Cats missed and the game went into overtime. Late offensive rebounds from Jazmine Jones gave Louisville a four-point lead with under 15 seconds to play. Kentucky responded by hitting a three with 9.8 seconds left to cut the lead to one. Trailing by two with four seconds left, UK couldn’t get off a final shot and U of L held on.

Football vs. Clemson - Jeff Milby

Facing off against Clemson, stakes were never higher for football, and a better game has seldom been played. It was a back-and-forth affair with Louisville overcoming an 18-point deficit. With the Cards driving into the red zone with victory in their grasp, James Quick fell yard short of the first down, and Clemson came away victorious on their way to national championship glory in January.

Men’s tennis vs. Notre Dame Conner Farrell

Men’s tennis beat Notre Dame 4-3, clinching the game with the final match. Sophomore George Hedley surrendered the first set 7-0, but came back in the second to tie the match at one-all. Trailing 5-4 in the final set with his opponent serving, Hedley overcame the deficit and won in a tiebreaker. Hedley’s late match heroics and the close outcomes from the other matches, make this match-up the game of the year worthy.

Football vs. Florida State - Micah Brown and Mike Gilpatrick

In ESPN’s College Gameday’s first-ever visit to Louisville, football beat No. 2 Florida State, proving that Lamar Jackson was more than capable of living up to his hype. After blowing past Charlotte in the season opener, Jackson put his name in the Heisman ballot by leaping over a

Football came up one yard short on the road against Clemson.

Asia Durr finished with 15 points in the victory over Kentucky

defender for a touchdown in the Cards’ next game against Syracuse. With the hype surrounding the Louisville quarterback, many questioned if he was capable Sean Donohue (pictured) and Parker Wynn won 6-4 in against the No. 12 of producing the same video-game num- doubles team in the nation while playing Notre Dame. bers against the second best team in the nation. Jackson rushed for four touchdowns and threw for one as the Cards blasted the Seminoles 63-20. Men’s basketball vs. Kentucky Matt Bradshaw Then-No. 10 Louisville defeated rival Kentucky 73-70 after UK winning the last four meetings. U of L out-rebounded Kentucky, shot over 40 percent from the field and Quentin Snider had a career-high 22 points. The Cards shut down Malik Monk as well, who had just dropped 47 points in a win against eventual National Champion North Carolina.

Men’s soccer vs. Notre Dame Jordan Shim

After a 7-9-3 season, men’s soccer was expected to be the bottom feeders of the ACC. No. 1 Notre Dame would gauge how good this Louisville team was. In a tight defensive contest with nine combined shots, Mohamed Thiaw burst onto the scene with a goal from midfield to upset the Fighting Irish. The Cardinals held off the late barrage from ND, winning 1-0.

Honorable mentions:

Field hockey vs. North Carolina - Erin McCrudden lifts the Cardinals past No. 3 Tar Heels with a second-half goal Women’s tennis vs. Georgia State Louisville can’t close against the Tigers and fall 4-3 Women’s soccer vs. Notre Dame - U of L’s upset hopes are ended by the Irish’s cross in overtime.

Football lit up the scoreboard against Florida State, winning 63-20. FILE PHOTOS / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL




Creating the dream year for U of L athletics



Obviously, the dream scenario for Louisville athletics is to have all varsity sports win championships in the same year. What if we can create a fantasy year? Let us step into the world of realistic imagination, though. A world where results seem a touch out of reach, but not too farfetched. Our imagination will run wild, but not too wild.


Spoiler alert: Losing the final three games of the year won’t make the cut. The Cardinals open the season with a loss to Purdue under Bobby Petrino’s prodigy Jeff Brohm. With expectations knocked down a touch, the Cardinals then kick off a six-game winning streak that includes beating Clemson during their “down” year. A top-five showdown with Florida State ensues, calling for ESPN’s College Gameday to cover the game for back-to-back years. Louisville wins on a pick-six from Alphonso Carter who is forced into action due to cramps from Jaire Alexander. With a No. 2 ranking and the nation’s attention, Louisville then falls on the road to Wake Forest, falling on their face once again. The Cardinals regain their composure after loss, unlike last year, and takes out their aggression against Virginia, Syracuse and Kentucky, winning by a combined total of 117 points. Playing in the Sugar Bowl, Louisville finally beats a SEC school not named Kentucky or playing with their fourth-string quarterback (Texas A&M). The Cards defeat Auburn 34-23 and Lamar Jackson declares for the NFL Draft during the post game interview at mid-field, initiating the Jawon Pass era.

Field hockey

Last season, six of the 14 teams in the NCAA tournament were ACC teams. In 2017, Louisville hosts the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals start off on fire. Minout Mink continues her hot freshman year and stays on pace to eventually become the second all-time scorer in pro-

gram history. Seniors Nicole Woods and Marigrace Ragsdale combine for 33 assists, creating one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. On the defensive side, Ayeisha McFerran leads the ACC in save percentage and records eight shutdowns. In the ACC tournament, Louisville is a two-seed and gets knocked out in the first round by seven-seed Boston College. The Cardinals answer back in the NCAA tournament and dominate in the first three rounds to face off against Delaware in the championship. Justine Sowry’s team avenges their loss from the 2016 tournament, winning in overtime from a Woods’ goal in front of their home crowd.

Men’s basketball

The season starts off with Ray Spalding tapping into his full potential, averaging 12.6 points and 8.7 rebounds a game through December. By January, coach Rick Pitino gets over Darius Perry’s offensive struggles and allows him to hound opposing guards on the press. Alongside Donovan Mitchell, the two will bring back the defensive backcourt Cardinal fans are used to seeing. Quentin Snider handles this situation with grace and uses it to motivate himself to his most efficient offensive year. By the end of the season Ryan McMahon joins the 50-40-90 club - 50 percent from the field, 40 from the 3-point line and 90 percent free thorw percentage - because 85 percent his shots are 3-point attempts. Louisville gets over the hump in the ACC tournament, defeating six-seed Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals but lose seven-seed Syracuse in the next round. Louisville downs Kent State, Nevada and Cincinnati in the opening rounds. Pitino then faces his son Richard and his Minnesota Golden Gophers with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Cards prevail against Minnesota after Dwayne Sutton replaces a fouled-out Deng Adel and scores eight points in the final 90 seconds. In their first Final Four since 2013, Louisville can’t get a defensive stop in the last 45 seconds and lose to the eventual champion Arizona.


Women’s basketball

Jeff Walz’s team enters the year with a No. 3 ranking behind Notre Dame and South Carolina. Louisville begins the year on an 18-game win streak and earns U of L their first-ever No. 1 ranking. Louisville loses at home to Florida State and in a top-five match-up the next month, Louisville drops a close game to Notre Dame. Arica Carter returns after a year removed from injuries and challenges Mariya Moore for the team’s assist leader. Asia Durr breaks her own made 3-pointer record and inches closer to becoming one of the program’s best all-time snipers. Myisha Hines-Allen extends her game to 18 feet and Moore records career-highs in points and rebounds. Kylee Shook’s stamina finally improves by the ACC tournament, but the Cardinals can’t overcome the Fighting Irish. Moving into the NCAA tournament, Shook is the difference maker to helps the Cards advance to the championship game. The Cardinals now have four players who can score from anywhere on the floor and become nearly unstoppable. Tied at 71 with Connecticut in the national championship, the Huskies are called for a five-second violation during an inbound. The ball is handed to the Cards and Shook finds Hines-Allen on a back-door cut to put Louisville up two with 1.7 seconds remaining to win the national championship.

Women’s tennis

The momentum from 2017 builds into 2018 as the four seniors help earn the Cardinals a top 50 ranking after a superb fall performance. The Cardinals boast one of the most complete doubles line-ups in the nation and rarely drop a doubles point, giving them a 1-0 lead in 24 of their 26 regular season matches. Aleksandra Mally locks down the first court, moving to No. 59 in the country after knocking off all rust from her injuries. Sena Suswan battles Abbie Pahz and Mariana Humberhg for the second court, but Suswan’s power gives her the edge. The Cardinals make their money on the remaining courts as Pahz, Humberg, Jes-

sie Paul, Ariana Rodriguez, Tiffany Huber and incoming freshman Maya Smith battle for the final four courts. U of L responds from taking three years of haymakers from ACC teams, finishing top four in the conference. Louisville demands the nation’s attention by reaching the ACC semifinals before falling to one-seed Duke. The magical season doesn’t end just there. Louisville advances to the third round of the tournament before being knocked out by Ohio State. Beckham is given a contract entension after the season after leading his team out of the ACC cellars.


The MLB draft has depleted Dan McDonnell’s team for the second straight year, taking another six players in the 2017 draft. The Cardinals are written off in the ACC after dropping to 13-9, having mainly inexperienced juniors and sophomores in the lineup. U of L’s bullpen carries the way to a 12-game winning streak, allowing an unheard of 1.31 ERA. The winning streak kicks off the new wave of Louisville baseball and the young, fiery Cards bring excitement to the game of baseball. By the season of the regular season, Louisville has captured its third Atlantic division title. Josh Stowers leads the Cards in batting average, putting up a .373 while Tyler Fitzgerald and Devin Mann aren’t far behind with .351 and .348. Freshman sensation Jordon Adell kicks off his career by stealing 42 bases, good for second most in a season. The youthful bunch of Cardinals are nicknamed “The Bandits” due to their 13 final-inning victories. Louisville secures the ACC conference tournament title after Riley Thompson throws 7.3 innings with 16 strikeouts. U of L uses their swagger to finally get past the first round of the College World Series. The Cards get all the way to the semifinals before facing TCU. The Hornfrogs are an experienced bunch, knocked out in front of their home crowd during 2017’s Super Regions. TCU crushes U of L en route to their first-ever national title.







Looking back at the year’s best photos

Devin Hairston slides into base.

Mo Thiaw sets his sights on the ball.

Deng Adel defends inbound pass.

Coach Rick Pitino looks on during senior night.

Cole Hikuitni and Reggie Bonnafon celebrating.





A fan is arrested after running on to the court mid-game.

Cole Hikutini stiff arms a Kentucky player.

Softball holds up their L’s during the anthem.

Quentin Snider goes for a lay-up against UK.

Jillian Balog pulls away from a defender.






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