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Attorney for Sherry Roark requests ‘correction’
CRIME WAVE Attorney for Sherry Roark requests ‘correction’
U of L TO STEP UP POLICE PRESENCE; HEROIN CITED AS CAUSE
ing near the HSC campus and a stabbing in Old Louisville have led to student concern for safety on U of L officials have announced a plan to increase campus. According to an email from the president’s security on the Belknap and Health Sciences campus- leadership team, the university is currently experies in response to recent criminal activity. The main encing a spike in crime. The email cited a growth in provision in the plan is the immediate addition of heroin usage as a driver of the crime wave. “The violent nature of recent crimes near campus four security and four police officers to patrol both (three) and on campus (one) caused increased concampuses. According to U of L spokesman Mark Hebert, “Pa- cern among university leaders and U of L police, trol concentration will be all over the two campuses prompting the immediate, proactive measures,” said but mainly next to the Ville Grill and the Cardinal Hebert. Towne area on the Belknap campus.” The plan is set HEROIN, PAGE 5 to cost $300,000. In recent months, violent crimes such as a shoot- IT SHOULDN’T TAKE A STABBING, PAGE 15
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Men’s soccer demolishes Duke 5-0 Louis, and, prior to that, a tie with Cornell, the Cardinals appeared to be refocused for conference play. Senior midfielder Will Vitalis scored the first Louisville’s men’s soccer team beat Duke 5-0 in goal of the game, and his personal first goal since Lynn Stadium on Saturday night in the squad’s first returning from the injury that sidelined him all of ever Atlantic Coast Conference game. The win imlast season. A pivotal leader on this team, Vitalis proves U of L’s record to 2-1-1 overall. After two quick goals within the first five min- helped set the tone in the preparation that led to utes, it was clear the Cardinals wanted to make a this explosive bounce back. good first impression. Coming off of a loss to St. SOCCER, PAGE 9
The Feb. 18, 2014 edition of The Louisville Cardinal contained an article entitled “IT accused of discrimination and financial mismanagement.” The article reported internal complaints involving employment practices at the University’s IT Department. The article referred in part to Sherry Roark, the Assistant Director of IT Information Systems who has served as the Interim Director of that department since September 2013. Roark previously filed a lawsuit against The Louisville Cardinal, claiming that certain statements in the article defamed her. Roark later voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. Through her attorney, Roark has requested a “correction” of the following statements that the article cited from the complaints: (1) that Roark is not qualified for her job; (2) that she has no leadership, technical or people skills; and (3) that she is a “henchperson” for Vice President of IT Dr. Priscilla Hancock. Roark’s attorney wrote that the job description for Roark’s position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and 10 or more years in related work experience and that Roark meets both of those requirements. The attorney wrote that Roark has received favorable job evaluations in her 20 years as an employee of the University’s IT Department, including favorable evaluations of her leadership, technical and people skills. Roark’s attorney also wrote that she has received extensive training in the field of Information Technology, including training in leadership, technology and people skills. According to the attorney, the term “hench-person” incorrectly described Roark because it suggested that she has performed unpleasant, wrong or illegal tasks for Dr. Hancock, and there is no allegation that Roark actually engaged in any discrimination or mismanagement on behalf of Dr. Hancock. The attorney also wrote that Roark was not involved in the IT department’s decision to use Oracle Managed Services and outsource a portion of PeopleSoft support to India.
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CAMPUS CRIME REPORTS SEPTEMBER 7
Sept. 7 - Sept. 9
Location: Province Apartments Incident: Theft over $500 - auto Disposition: Report - closed, no further action Comment: A university student reported stolen property.
SEPTEMBER 9 Location: Music School - outside Incident: Robbery II Disposition: Report - open case Comment: A university student reported stolen property.
Location: Center Hall - parking lot Incident: Criminal mischief III Disposition: Report - open case Comment: A university student reported damage to property.
Location: School of Education Incident: Theft over $500 Disposition: Report - open case Comment: A university staff member reported stolen property.
Location: TARC bus stop trash can (next to Minardi Hall) Incident: Fire Disposition: Report - closed, no further action Comment: A university police officer reported a fire. Location: Province Apartments Incident: Failure to notify owner of damage to unattended vehicle Disposition: Report - open case Comment: A university student reported damage to property.
Location: 1704 S Floyd - grounds storage yard Incident: Theft under $500 - bicycle Disposition: Report - open case Comment: A university staff member reported stolen property. Location: Jimmy Johnâ€™s restaurant - Cardinal Towne Incident: Theft over $500 - from auto Disposition: Report - open case Comment: A non-affiliate reported stolen property.
In accordance with the Clery Act, the department of public safety publishes all crime reports online at Louisville.edu/police/crimelog.
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GE FirstBuild open for co-creation LUBNA HINDI
It’s an adult-sized Legoland for creators. The GE FirstBuild Microfactory has only been open for a month, but has already been the source of numerous creations. It sits on Brandeis Avenue across the street from the softball stadium. It allows anyone to submit an idea online, where it is voted on by the online community. If the idea gets enough votes, the designer can come in and build a prototype to test it out. Everyone else can still come in and build a prototype, but must bring in their own materials. The factory is divided up into three parts: a showroom, a production room and a workshoptype room. The showroom has some recent products set up for viewing, including a slide-out oven rack and a self-filling water pitcher. It also includes some hands-on activities that anyone can come in and play with, like 3D printers and 3D pens. There is also a lounge area and a fullyworking kitchen. In the production room, you can find any tool you would need, along with work benches all around the room. The workshop area is where all the big machinery sits. “It’s fun, you go in and there are three sections. The offices are box cars, there is funky art and it’s just different.” said Phoebe Ward, who sits on U of L’s board. “When the director was asked how he
hired the people, he found many of the people who left GE because they couldn’t stand corporate culture. They are very innovative and they work in box cars and water cars.” The microfactory allows for co-creation with the use of the online community. The co-creation part of the website is set up like a Pinterest board where people from all around the world can go in and submit their ideas. Users can offer suggestions, comments, questions and more while voting on each idea. Right now they have a refrigerator with Wi-Fi in it, and have opened it to the community to see what they can use it for. “It’s beneficial for students because they can find out how to use prototyping machines and gain experience as an engineer.” said Sam Ellis, Mechanical
Engineering masters student working at the microfactory. “The engineers are willing to answer anyone’s questions so it helps promote STEM culture especially with high school and middle school kids.” GE FirstBuild has also held events to get the community to engage more in the project and plans to hold more. The planned events include workshops, such as 3D printer workshops, Rasberry Pi contests and more events with WaterStep. The events will be open to the public.
The interior of the GE FirstBuild Microfactory.
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The Grove receives Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, will be reinspected in October
Major donor’s company gets contract on garage
regarding its response to the university’s request: “On Friday, September 5, 2014, Campus Crest The Cardinal obtained a copy of the property’s provided the University of Louisville a compreTemporary Certificate of Occupancy, which is hensive response to several requests on a range of topics, including the status of the approvals dated Sept. 9, which was last Tuesday. A Certificate of Occupancy is a document is- for occupancy by the City of Louisville. As indisued by Metro government that allows people the cated to the University, Campus Crest obtained right to reside on a property. All residential lots all municipally-required approvals in advance of are required to obtain such a permit. A Tempo- permitting residents to move into specific apartrary Certificate of Occupancy differs only in that ment units. Any updates or progress reports from Campus Crest to the University of Louisville reit makes the property subject to a final review. Jessica Wethington, public information spe- garding this matter, or any others, will be providcialist for Develop Louisville, said that The Grove ed to the University as needed.” While this “comprehensive response” did anwas granted an oral Temporary Certificate of Occupancy on Aug. 22. This, together with the stick- swer many of the university’s questions regarding ers the inspector placed on most of the buildings, the property, it still did not include the Tempoconstituted the city’s official approval for students rary Certificate of Occupancy. University spokesto move into the structure. The only buildings person Mark Hebert was able to obtain the docuthat, according to the written certificate, were not ment on Sept. 9 through Metro Government. According to the document, the property will approved for move-in were buildings 4 and 5. need to be reinspected for a final time 30 days U of L imposed a deadline of Sept. 8 for Campus Crest to send the university a copy of the after the temporary certificate was issued. That Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, among oth- would mean that The Grove will need to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 9. But Wethington said er documents. Campus Crest, The Grove’s parent company, that The Grove would be allowed to request a rereleased the following statement to the Cardinal, inspection when they felt that the structure was finished.
NTS Realty Holdings will develop a new parking garage at The Nucleus. J.D. Nichols, a major U of L donor, is the chairperson of NTS. The Nucleus, the university’s entrepreneurial management and consulting arm, was renamed the J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship over the summer. Nichols is now the chairman of the board at NTS, but formerly helped grow the company to its current size. The parking garage will have 825 parking spaces and six levels. The structure will have a concrete and masonry façade with metal and glass accents, LED exterior lighting, glass-enclosed stair towers, electric vehicle-charging stations, bicycle storage, security cameras and entrance access control. Cars are expected to enter from Preston Street. Louisville-based general contractor, Sullivan Cozart, and Louisville architectural firm, Tucker Booker Donhoff, were also chosen to work on the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter and should take about a year to complete. Total development costs have not yet been determined.
WaterStep partners with U of L, FirstBuild “We have not worked with U of L as an entity before,” says Hogg, “but with smaller groups at U of L.” Seven hundred and eighty million Last December, a group of stupeople lack access to clean water – dents travelled to the Philippines that’s over double the size of the US after the devastating 2013 typhoon. population. Equipped with WaterStep filtration WaterStep, a Louisville-based systems, the students helped provide nonprofit organization, fights to re- clean water and hygiene education. duce this number. Their website feaThe University of Louisville’s tures this statistic, along with many chapter of Engineers Without Borothers, that force us to think twice ders, works closely with WaterStep about our five minute shower. as well. Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of “The goal of our organization is WaterStep, believes that Louisville to help communities in need, and is uniquely positioned to solve the we found an organization in Louworld’s water crisis. He envisions a isville, WaterStep, that has similar permanent working relationship be- goals specific to water,” says Michael tween WaterStep and the University Blum, treasurer of U of L’s chapter of Louisville. of EWB. “Louisville is the water capital of Mallory Allgeier, president of the world,” says Hogg. “For well over EWB, and three other EWB mem100 years (Louisville) has been a lead- bers travelled to Haiti with Waer in innovations that are applicable terStep and the American Water to safe water and used globally.” Works Association. WaterStep He lists the Louisville Water Com- trained the volunteers in health and pany, the Metro Sewer District, Gen- hygiene, Haitian culture and water eral Electric, U of L and the Speed purification. School of Engineering as great inno“WaterStep is incredibly orgavators in clean water. nized and efficient when it comes Through a partnership with GE to planning an international service and the FirstBuild factory, Water- trip,” says Allgeier. Step hopes to engage student innoWaterStep looks to increase stuvators at U of L.
dent involvement in solving the world’s clean water crisis. Thad Druffel, a senior research engineer in solar energy conversion, has teamed up with Hogg to bring the Student Water Initiative to campus. They hosted an information session dinner at FirstBuild on Sep. 3. “I think Thad was amazed that he would get so many applications, and I’m excited we are going to go through those,” says Hogg. The Student Water Initiative hopes to draw students from a variety of backgrounds – not just Speed School. “Whether you’re working with
an engineering mind, an economics brain, or you’re an entrepreneurial thinker or you’re interested in healthcare – all of these elements are important to work as a team to tackle this great problem,” says Hogg. Students recall very positive experiences with WaterStep and express an interest in the clean water crisis. “It’s absolutely worthwhile to work with WaterStep,” says Allgeier. “I’ve never worked with such selfless people who have such a clear vision and focused goal on how to make the world a better place, simply by giving people their most basic need.”
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SGA urges action on safety
According to Hebert, ULPD is more focused on the violent nature of the recent crimes. “The number of crimes is about the same as previous years, but the violence attached to them is what spiked concern from police, university leaders and the campus community in general,” said Herbert. The university has also provided information on crime prevention, and is set to begin a safety communication campaign. The Student Government Association played an active role in the security increase by advocating on behalf of students for more safety initiatives. According to the email, “(SGA) and the (ULPD) are identifying ‘L-Trail’ safe walking areas on our campuses that will be particularly well-lit and patrolled to enhance security along these routes.” It is unknown when these trails will be implemented. On Tues. Sept. 9, the Student Senate passed a safety resolution urging further action on security issues. According to the resolution, the Student Sen-
CRIME, FROM COVER ate “compels the Executive Branch to engage in discussions with relevant community partners, such as affiliated housing, Public Works and the LMPD, in an effort to address safety concerns near the Belknap and HSC campuses that fall outside the university’s immediate control.” The SGA Safety Committee, which was formed at the beginning of the school year, has been charged with naming the areas near campus which have the most security concerns. The SGA will then present a further action plan by Sept. 23. At this time, there are no specific plans for more increases in security, but administration officials will keep considering new initiatives as needed. “U of L administration, in conjunction with ULPD, is constantly looking at campus security to make sure it meets one fundamental goal – keeping students, faculty, staff and visitors safe,” said Hebert. “The Belknap and Health Science Center campuses are safe and we will do what takes, now and in the future, to make sure they remain safe.”
Bike traffic leads to overcrowding
campus, providing 432 spots. Mog also acknowledged that the university is aware of the problem, but the necessary funds are not availThe University of Louisville has more stu- able to complete such a project. dents than ever biking to campus, which has “A good bike rack costs us about $1,000, but led to a decrease in the availability of bike racks the installation is what raises the price to alon campus. most double.” The university installed new bike racks on Mog bikes to campus every day and said he the Health Sciences Campus and the Shelby does notice the problem. Campus four years ago. In 2011, new racks “I still think the best thing to do would go were added to the Red Barn plaza and the to the SGA and bring the problem to their atSAC west entrance. Later, in the spring of tention.” 2012, three new large racks were installed at Monali Haldankar, SGA president, said, the north entrance of Louisville Hall and one “With anything which requires funding, we covered rack at the west entrance of Threlkeld are more than happy to do so if we were able Hall. to do the research or obtain the research to Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sus- make sure the problem exists and there wasn’t tainability initiatives, said in August 2012, the another creative avenue of solving the specific Sustainability Council installed 66 new bike funding problem.” racks at various spots throughout the Belknap
Obama on ISIL
Sept. 10, President Barack Obama delivered an address to the people of the US about how the country would deal with ISIL. Here are the key points of his speech. “We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.”
1. American forces will conduct airstrikes while the Iraqi forces go on the offensive. 2. 475 service members will be sent to Iraq to aid the Iraqis. 3. In two weeks, the president will attempt to mobilize the international community at the UN Security Council. 4. Additional humanitarian assistance will be provided to the victims of ISIL and their attacks.
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U of L TRUSTEES HEAR 2015 PLAN
The Board of Trustees met Sep. 11 to discuss some revisions that were made to their goals for the 20142015 year. Some of the new goals include, adding the number of graduating masters students to measure educational excellence, raising more funding for cancer research and engaging more in the community. Ramsey has already asked for $30 million for the cancer initiative and stated willingness to raise $30 million more. As for the community engagement initiative, the Board of Trustees will be asking each unit on campus to have a diversity plan and a community engagement plan to increase the diversity in the university and the university’s role in the community. They plan to approve these decisions at the October meeting.
APPLE PAYS U2 $100 MILLION FOR NEW ALBUM
If you’re an iTunes user, it’s likely that the newest U2 album is already on your device. During their iPhone 6 event, Apple announced the plan to place the U2 album on all devices with an iTunes account. Apple bought the album from U2 and gave it away to users as a gift. The event also featured the announcement of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. Apple also announced Apple Pay, which will allow customers to access their payment information from their phone.
SCOTLAND AWAITS INDEPENDENCE VOTE Scotland heads to the polls on Thursday to vote if they want to secede or stay a part of the UK. It has been with the UK, which includes England and Wales, for over 300 years, but is seeking its independence. This move towards becoming independent started in 2011, with supporters arguing that Scotland now has the proper resources and economic power to be independent. The British government is promising new powers for Scotland in areas including taxes, spending and welfare if it votes to stay, but the possibility for an independence vote remains.
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Volleyball suffers 3-1 loss to Kentucky NOAH ALLISON
Louisville volleyball (5-4) suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of UK on Sept. 9. Despite a record crowd of over 5,800 fans in KFC Yum! Center, the Cards were not able to overcome 16-ranked Kentucky. “I’m really disappointed right now, because I think things started to slide last week. After we get a big win against Minnesota, I don’t think we practiced well enough. Hats off to Kentucky; they did a great job, and they are a well-coached team, and they put us in position to look like we were out of sorts tonight,” head coach Anne Kordes said. “I know our kids are competing, and I know they are working hard, and I appreciate that about them, but when it comes down to execution and being tactical in a match, we lost it tonight. It’s disappointing, and it’s not going to fly.” By the end of the match, Kentucky had eight blocks to Louisville’s four, 77 digs to Louisville’s 58 and 67 kills to Louisville’s 50. After a back-and-forth first set that went the way of UK, Louisville was able to come out and dominate the second set for their only win of the night. From that point on, despite the fight U of L put up, many of UK’s points came with ease. The Wildcats took advantage of lofty balls the Cards returned and easily defended U of L’s attempted kills. “We just kind of clinched up, got nervous and started putting the ball right in the places where they can dig; we weren’t aggressive at all with our swings,” Kordes said. Sophomore outside hitter, Maya McClendon, led the Cards in kills with 16 and was second in digs with 14. “I put a lot of stock in what Maya McClendon can do because she is a phenomenal kid, and I am so glad she is on this team. But we are trying to get her to carry a heck of a lot of the weight on this team, and when she goes away for a couple points, we can’t afford it. She is one of those kids that really can carry a team. I think for her, she has to understand the responsibility of what she can do,” Kordes said. McClendon was one of the few Cards that were able to take the fight to the other side of the net, but inconsistent passing led for too basic of an attack to stunt the Wildcats’ defense. “We are one dimensional, and we can’t pass; they know where we are going to go. They know we are going to go to Maya, they know we are going to go
Following the loss to Kentucky, the Cards went on the road and defeated Arizona State and Morehead State but have most recently lost to Northern Illinois. PHOTO BY AUSTIN LASSELL / THE CARDINAL to the pins, and that makes it an easy way to set up for defense,” junior setter Katie George said. With eight new players on the 15-woman roster, the Cards are still adjusting and learning to play as a team. “We just didn’t make enough plays on our end defensively. We certainly had our opportunities, but it comes down to making the most of those opportunities. We had a pretty good game plan going in; it’s just executing and being able to keep some composure when you are struggling offensively to be able to create some offensive opportunities out of your defense,” assistant coach Lee Maes said. Of the most basic problems the Cards faced was their inability to serve away from the libero, the consummate defender in the game of volleyball. The easy returns made for easy attacks for UK, and U of L’s poor passing led to a stagnant offensive threat for Kentucky to feast on. The Cards are currently on a twoweek road trip before returning home on Sept. 26 for their first ACC match against Boston College. “We showed that we have a lot of work to do,” George stated. “We have to mature as volleyball players and as a team. That definitely has to happen before we go into ACC play. We want to be able to compete for the ACC title, and what we just did here tonight, that’s not going to cut it.”
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Darrell Griffith teams with Healthy Hoops for asthma awareness react if their children have an asthmatic attack. The training with the doctors from U of L and the volunLouisville legend, Darrell Griffith teers from different doctors’ associais once again teaming up with The tions around do a good job of letting Healthy Hoops Kentucky Coalition the parents know if they are good to on Sept. 20, to offer a free asthma go.” awareness event for children from At the Healthy Hoops event, chilages 7-13. The event will be held in dren participate in a full day of health Moore Traditional High School from awareness, ranging from impor10:30 am to 3:30 pm. The workshops, tant asthma screenings to getting to that range from asthma screenings to learn the fundamentals of basketball basketball drills, are free and open to through various drills conducted by the public, and registration remains the likes of Griffith and volunteers open through Sept. 19. alike. “Healthy Hoops is a day of edu“We just teach them a lot of fun cation for parents and for their drills that they can interact and kids with asthma, have fun with. The to learn how to “A lot of kids with proper way to make play sports with asthma don’t think a chest pass, bounce asthma. We make pass, dribbling, sure they are tak- that they can play shooting, pretty ing their proper basic skills, but it sports. This is an meds and proper comes in handy if inhalants, and the opportunity to you don’t know,” parents are getting Griffith said. let the parents educated, because Griffith’s inthey need to know know that they volvement is statemore than the can play sports if ment enough of the kids so that they prevalence of this can have the ca- you do the things event and raising pacity to let them required, which asthma awareness. know what they Born and raised are doing right or is the first part of in Louisville, wrong,” Griffith Griffith was the Healthy Hoops.” described. “If you number one rated don’t do the right high school player things and try to -Darrell Griffith in the country complay sports, asthing out of Male ma can be detriHigh School in mental to you, and we want to make 1976. sure that they can have a healthy life He turned down contract offers to and do everything that people with- play professional basketball right out out asthma can do.” of high school, and instead, commitAsthma is the most common ted to Denny Crum and the Univerchildhood chronic disease. As com- sity of Louisville. The six-foot-four mon as it is to hear about growing guard went on to play four years at up, it can hinder a child’s ability to U of L, winning the school its first live a fully healthy childhood. Asth- National Championship his senior ma is the third leading cause of hos- year in 1980. pitalization among children, and Griffith also went on to be Louas of 2007, more than 700 children isville’s all-time leading scorer. His living in Jefferson County, KY were 48-inch vertical jump went hand in identified as asthmatic. hand with his all-time nickname, Healthy Hoops has been put- “Dr. Dunkenstein.” Griffith went on ting on this event for the past seven to be drafted by the Utah Jazz where years, and Griffith has been involved he averaged 16.5 points per game in since day one. his 11-year career in the NBA. “Mostly they learn about the difThe ultimate ambassador for U of ferent inhalants they can take and L, Griffith understands the importhe importance of not missing their tance of growing up healthy and bemedication,” Griffith said. “The par- ing able to participate in sports and, ents will learn the warning signs, most importantly in Louisville, bebecause they have to be prepared to ing able to participate in basketball.
Louisville legend Darrell Griffith is teaming up with Healthy Hoops KY on Sept. 20 for a free asthma awareness event. Registration remains open up until the day before the event.
PHOTO COURTESY / HEALTHY HOOPS KY “I just liked the game, liked the challenges of putting the ball through the hole. I grew up a football fan and then one day my dad put up a basketball goal on the back of our garage and everything changed for me,” Griffith recalled of his childhood days. “Basketball is everything to this city; it’s our sports backbone, and it’s what unifies everybody from all walks of life. You come and you cheer for your high school team; you cheer for the University of Louisville. Sport plays a major part in people’s lives and especially in this community.” Griffith could easily stay in his Bat Cave and live a calm retired life away from the attention that flocks to him, but that’s not ‘Griff’. Griffith
is the ultimate Louisville ambassador and does not shy away from the busy life of using his status and good character to promote a positive living environment in The Ville. While he can’t save the world and didn’t spare any backboards in his day, Griffith does what he can and keeps it one event at a time. Registration for The Healthy Hoops activity is still open, and any person with an affiliation of an asthmatic child can, and is recommended to, sign up. “A lot of kids with asthma don’t think that they can play sports,” Griffith said. “This is an opportunity to let the parents know that they can play sports if you do the things required, which is the first part of Healthy Hoops.”
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Former U of L basketball player, Gorgui Dieng, centered above, competed in the FIBA World Cup this past month for his home country of Senegal. Dieng was the third leading rebounder in the whole cup with his 10.7 per-game average. PHOTO / FIBA.COM
Gorgui Dieng carries Senegal in FIBA World Cup JUSTIN STEPHENSON
Dieng is a famous name in Louisville that was often pronounced, ‘Dang!’ after he made an emphatic dunk, crucial rebound or ferociously blocked a shot into the third row. This nickname also followed his silky smooth, 12-foot jumpers swishing through the bottom of the net, and it also occurred regularly throughout his prolific performance in Louisville’s championship run through the NCAA tournament. No matter how you said his name, it meant ‘Good’ in the colloquial language of Louisville basketball. Former U of L basketball center Gorgui Dieng averaged 9.1 rebounds per game and 2.6 blocked shots per game, and he set the single season record for blocked shots during his three-year career playing for Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville.
His legend inspired the ring of his name through the Yum! Center’s rafters many times in his day, and now, with his prolific performance in the FIBA world cup, the entire world is joining in. As the time comes to prove himself in the NBA this upcoming season, this charismatic center from Senegal is using his newfound leverage to do the one thing that he has always preached. “I want to go back home and give back,” Dieng said in a 2013 interview with Card Chronicle. Averaging 16 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in the FIBA World Cup, Dieng has done just that. Relying heavily on Dieng’s contribution, Senegal, a nation that FIBA had picked as the third worst team in the World Cup, was able to make it out of the group stages and advance to the knockout round where they fell to Spain. Dieng’s dynamic 27 point, eight rebound performance carried Senegal to
an extraordinary 77-75 upset over Croatia. A perennial, international basketball powerhouse, Croatia got introduced first hand to the big-game play Dieng carries onto the big stage. Drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dieng’s world cup performance has inspired confidence in his NBA coach Flip Saunders, who will rotate Dieng with starting center, Nikoa Pekovic, next season. Many basketball analysts point to Dieng’s dominant defense, 2.6 blocks per game last season and his work ethic as positive signs for his professional future. “Dieng is athletic and a good passer out of the high post; it will be fun to see him develop with the Timberwolves,” sports guru John Schumann said. Schumann is the authority who invented the NBA power rankings. Heading into his second year in the NBA, Dieng is ready to make a jump in
playing time and contribution. “His versatility has propelled him from being an afterthought role player to a potential full-time starter,” NBA columnist Zach Buckley said of Dieng. After nabbing three double-doubles and probing the paint in NBA summer play, Dieng seems to have left off where he started. His increased presence in the league has come with an increased commitment to his original mission of giving back to his native homeland. Through his work with Basketball Without Borders, the international organization which inspired him and several other players like Luc Mbah a Moute and Joel Embiid to achieve their basketball dreams, Dieng continues to help others achieve theirs. Only time will tell of the success in store for Gorgui Dieng, but his play in the World Cup is tell tale that he is giving it all he’s got.
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FROM SOCCER, COVER “During practice, we had a lot more intent this week … I think we went out there and did what we needed to do,” Vitalis said. Midfielder Ben Strong says the concentration behind the intent was all in the offensive pressure. “We pressured them hard all game. We talked about making hard runs and getting behind them … Our main goal was to come out the first ten minutes and get a quick goal. We did a great job of that, coming out hard.” Strong had two of the five goals of the night, the latter of which was a result of exactly what the team discussed all week prior to the game: making sharp runs to the goal. Moving forward, Strong predicts the focus to stay the same. “[We need to work on] just moving the ball, moving the ball and finding the spaces. Like I said before, we got behind them a lot today and put them under pressure, and we need to continue to do that.” Head Coach Ken Lola agrees. “It was the intent in front of the
goal of just being more focused and finishing off plays. The last two games, we did everything but finish off the plays.” Although the offensive effort shined, the defense created little to no opportunity for the Blue Devils to get inside the box. Duke had ten shots total, only four of which Louisville keeper, Joachim Ball, had to save. Coach Lola’s defensive strategy going into the game was, once again, all about putting on the necessary heat. “For us, it centers all on pressure. If we can get around the ball and re-pressure, especially once the ball is turned over, then we have a good chance to get it back early. I felt we did a good job of that again. I thought in the first half, once we got up a couple of goals, there were moments when we allowed them free service, and because the guys were athletic and big up top, it caused some pressure for us.” The 5-0 victory was certainly an encouraging first glimpse into ACC play, and only the season will tell if the first impression will be a lasting one.
The men’s soccer team started ACC play with a 5-0 win over Duke.
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Big-time commits round off top-notch recruiting classes ALEX THOMAS
to ESPN, with Durr, Jones and Cole ranked in the top 20. Louisville joins UConn as the only two schools with three top 20 players.
The past two weeks have been promising for U of L athletics, particularly on the recruiting trail. In Football that time, the football and men’s In addition to having early onand women’s basketball teams have all secured commits from major field success, Bobby Petrino has also made good impressions on prospects. the recruiting trail. In the past two weeks, Louisville football has Men’s Basketball picked up four commits vaulting Rick Pitino finalized his class the class to a rank of 27, according of 2015 last Thursday night when to Rivals.com, just ahead of archrifive-star shooting guard, Antonio val UK. Blakeney, verbally committed to The first commit came before the Cards. the season even started, from fourBlakeney was in town over the star quarterback Lamar Jackson. Labor Day weekend and attended Jackson is a mobile quarterback the home opener football game who is known for both his athletiagainst Miami. A few days later, he cism and his big arm. contacted Coach Pitino and let him This addition makes quarterknow he would be playing for the back a very secure position for the Cardinals. Cards, as Jackson is added to an Blakeney is considered one of already deep group. Although he’s the best shooting guards in his committed to Louisville, Jackson class, and he is known for both his will still take a visit to Nebraska athleticism and being a big time later this month. Pitino’s incoming class is currently ranked the top recruiting class in the scorer. He joins Louisville’s other Shortly after Louisville beat Micommits, Deng Adel, Raymond nation. PHOTO BY AUSTIN LASSELL / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL ami, the Cards picked up their 16th Spaulding and Donovan Mitchell, commit, Trey Smith, the son of making this arguably Rick Pitino’s former NFL wide receiver Jimmy best class at U of L. Smith. Scout.com currently has LouSmith played mostly running isville’s class ranked number one back at the high school level and overall and Blakeney as the 21 switched to quarterback for his seoverall prospect. Blakeney had ofnior season. It is unknown what fers from several other programs position he will play in college, as including Kentucky and North some are projecting him to be a Carolina. wide receiver. Smith is ranked as a three-star player, according to Women’s Basketball Scout.com. The women’s basketball team The next week, Louisville realso was able to pick up a key com- ceived a commitment from twomit when highly touted prospect, star wide receiver Paul Harris. Asia Durr, committed to the CarHarris started out at Tennessee, dinals. Durr is the number one rat- where he only caught one pass dured recruit in the class of 2015 and ing five games. He then transferred gives Jeff Walz one of the best re- to Iowa Western, a junior college, cruiting classes in the nation. and after the 2014 season, he will Durr was a key member for be eligible to play at U of L for two Team USA this summer when they seasons. won the gold medal at the FIBA Finally, the Cards landed AmonWorld Championships. She chose te Caban, a three-star linebacker the Cardinals over powerhouse from Alabama. programs such as Baylor, Duke, Ranked as the 12th best middle Maryland, Notre Dame and Con- linebacker in his class, Caban had necticut. offers from other programs such The Cardinals now have four as Clemson, South Carolina, Tencommits, including five-star guard nessee and Oklahoma. Caban is a Brianna Jones and four-star pros- powerful linebacker who is known pects Taja Cole and Erin DeGrate. for both his physical play and athAll four players are ranked in the leticism. top 60 of their class, according
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Walk in a Cardinal’s shoes MICHELLE MOLODYNIA NEWS@LOUISVILLECARDINAL.COM
Nearly 2500 miles: the distance Juan David Lopez Nieto traveled to reach his destination in Louisville, Ky. Lopez Nieto was a national swimmer in Bogota, Colombia before coming to the University of Louisville’s swim team as a freshman in 2011. Not only did he have to continue swimming fast in order to keep his scholarship, but he was also expected to deal with certain variables, which, for most Americans, are second nature. As an international student, while preparing to enter in to America, you are told the basics. You need to take your SAT and ACT, even though you have no idea what the words “sat” and “act” have to do with getting into college. You will also need to determine your cumulative GPA, something that many other countries such as Canada do not use in the grading system. Lastly, make sure you pack all your necessities you wish to bring with you over to Louisville — any clothes, wall decorations and small kitchen supplies that you want to pack. Try fitting those into your luggage without going over the 50-pound limit. You are then told anything and everything else can be bought once you settle in to your dorms. What your parents and future coaches fail to mention is that, going to another country with only a bag on your back and a duffle bag in your hand isn’t nearly enough to sustain you, even for just the first night. You need sheets to cover your bed, towels to shower and a dresser for your clothes. These are things you could bring with you if you lived somewhere where driving to college is an option. For someone like Juan, though, a drive to and from home was nonexistent. Aside from all the basic, smaller struggles of being an international student, Juan struggles with certain differences while trying to live an American life. One of his main struggles is connecting with his family and friends from home. “I think the hardest part is being so far away from family and friends is not being able to communicate properly,” Lopez Nieto said. Family, especially within Hispanic culture, is very important. Family time is especially treasured, and when a son,
PHOTO BY MICHELLE MOLODYNIA/ THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL brother or friend leaves to another country for four years, it can place a lot of stress on the relationships. Not everyone can call their parents or friends when they’re having a bad day. International students usually do not have the financial means to support their $30 phone calls per week. This leaves them with the choice to Skype or FaceTime — glitchier options. On top of having difficulty communicating with family and friends, the reasons why you want to talk to them in the first place can also be new. Juan was accustomed to 60 to 70-degree weather year-round until arriving to the United States. The weather was a difficult change for this swimmer. He had never experienced such cold. “I was not prepared at all for below zero,” Lopez Nieto said. “No one told me or warned me that it ever got this cold.” Mind you, some international students, such as myself, come from colder areas than Kentucky, but for those coming “up North,” snow and cold are a whole new concept. The life of a foreigner is exciting at times. Meeting new people from all around the world, learning a new language, a new political system and realizing how different our world is can be an unforgettable experience. At the same time, the challenges we face are not your ordinary stressors, such as test taking and late-night coffee runs, but are instead sometimes feelings of loneliness and isolation. So, the next time you see one of us on campus, give us a friendly smile or a heart-warming hello, because you just might be emulating the family and comfort we miss so dearly.
New conference to connect students with media professionals Sessions will include: Features writing and reviewing Investigative journalism Ever envision yourself as a hardMultimedia journalism hitting, dirt-digging journalist? A Social media social media-savvy showstopper? A Local politics and government silver-tongued restaurant reviewer? Data journalism Any seasoned communication professional will tell you that it’s half about what you know, and half Speakers will include: Toni Konz and Chris Otts of about who you know. WDRB Luckily, a new media conference U of L graduates Lyndsey coming to U of L this week will help Gilpin and Conner Forrest of you get both the knowledge you CBS Interactive need to succeed in this industry, Jennifer Day and Christopher and the connections you need to Borrelli of the Chicago Tribune get the work you need. Mark Wert of the Cincinnati The Louisville Media Institute, Enquirer organized by The Louisville Taylor Dungjen of The Toledo Cardinal and the student chapter Blade of the Society of Professional John Boel of WAVE 3 Journalists, will be taking over the Brendan McCarthy of the Kentucky Chao Auditorium from 9 a.m. to Center for Investigative Reporting 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Scott Jennings of RunSwitch “When we concocted LMI we PR polled students and professional Neil Budde of The Courierjournalists in the region about what Journal journalism skills are must-have in 2014. We have the answers,” said The conference is also sponsored Ralph Merkel, a communication by The McConnell Center and U of professor and one of the organizers of the conference. “LMI is dirt- L’s communication department. For more information about cheap and presents a calvalcade the conference, or to attend LMI, of high-profile experts whom visit Louisvillemediainstitute.org/ students will truly adore.” register-online
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| FEATURES Breakfast in bed brought to you by BizzyBee 12
Recently graduated student George Livingston has as solution to all of your breakfast problems, whether lack of skill, or lack of time. His solution is a breakfast delivery company called BizzyBee. People argue breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet according to the Huffington Post, 31 million Americans still skip breakfast every morning. Livingston and partner Eric Schieman hope to launch the business in October and will be waiting to take your
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order as early as 5 a.m. Livingston explained there will be a trained cook who will prepare the meals every morning. Those meals will range from savory to sweet. Items such as Livingston’s favorite, the French toast sandwich, which features two thick-cut French toast slices with fried eggs and bacon in between, will fill the menu. Another highlight off their soon-to-be-released menu is the stuffed cinnamon roll. The customer can choose between a variety of ingredients such as apples, raisins and pecans to have hand-stuffed and then baked into their cinnamon
roll. Buyers can even choose to stuff a cinnamon rolls with eggs and bacon, for the more adventurous breakfast enthusiast. Livingston also shared that the idea for this business actually started as a class project. BizzyBee was born in an entrepreneurship class, where it was one of the six group projects. Breakfast was one of the first meals Livingston learned to cook, and is still his favorite meal of the day. As the business grows, he hopes to begin using local produce and ingredients to support the community. He
also hopes to support jobseeking students. Livingston said he is looking for other students to come work for him.
ABOVE: We believe that Ron Swanson would be a fan of BizzyBee.
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FloydFlix reviews: ‘Maleficent’ MICHAEL REIKES
“Maleficent” does a good job at taking an older Disney villain and turning her into a heroine. For those who are unaware, “Maleficent” is the live-action prequel to Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty.” It follows the story from the perspective of the original’s antagonist, a mysterious witch named Maleficent, who almost randomly puts a curse on poor Aurora. This time, there is a method to her madness. Angelina Jolie puts on an excellent performance as the famed character, being able to bring the terror seen from the original as well as a humor and energy that makes the new adaptation fun to watch. While the other cast members are good, they are all eclipsed by Jolie. However, I
will give the portrayal of the king by Sharlto Copley of “District 9” fame an honorable mention for depicting a man who slowly loses his mind. Otherwise the casting is decent, including some notable child actors. The movie centers around the origins of Maleficent and the reason for her grudge against the king. The movie does a great job at making Maleficent human. Villain origin stories are hard to do but this movie pulls it off magnificently.The story eventually gets a little predictable but it is made up for by the fact that it is still fun to watch. It definitely improves on the original movie, which was boring, aside from some interesting animation and a intriguing villain. Visually speaking, the movie has a very distinct look. It clearly is paying
homage to the stories of Grimm, which pays off. It brings the story to life in vivid detail, whether in the majesty and dread of the forest or the size and scale of the castle. If there is some criticism that I do have, it is that it does a little too much in terms of rewriting the source material. To be fair, some of the elements are great, such as the rather humorously confused Prince Phillip and inept three fairies. Others are, at times, a little too inyour-face or go a step too far. While the movie has stunning CGI, it can get a little tiring and loses its novelty. The movie seems to be out of place in terms of tone. After leaving the theater, I PHOTO COURTESY/IMDB remember someone asking “who put Lord of the Rings in my Disney?” necessarily a bad thing, it is a And while I do not think that is little odd that the two are mixed.
Trumpeter Jason Crafton visits Comstock Hall SEILER SMITH
students in one-on-one practice sessions, lectured in classes and played The lights in Comstock Hall the free recital. lowered on Sept. 10, as Jason Crafton, Lynn, Crafton and Jason Doebel, a David Ball and Richard Masters took trumpet professor at the University the stage. Crafton played trumpet, of Kentucky, attended a university in Ball played trombone and euphonium Northern Texas, where they became and Masters played the piano for the friends. Lynn asked Crafton to visit U concert. of L for a day and play a concert that Crafton, a professor of trumpet at night. Virginia Tech University, performed The trio played two standard as a guest artist, per the request of pieces, or musical numbers that are Mark J. Lynn, a professor of trumpet commonly played at concerts, as well at U of L. He also worked with as three contemporary pieces, two of NEWS@LOUISVILLECARDINAL.COM
which were world premieres. The two premieres were “Exigencies,” written by Kent Holliday, and “Trio” for trumpet, trombone and piano. The two standard pieces were “Divertimento” for trumpet, trombone and piano, by Boris Blacher and “Cousins” by H.L. Clarke. The performers also played Eric Lyon’s “Grand Duo” during the hour-long concert. The concert had a very casual feel to it, despite the tailored suits Crafton and Ball wore. Before each piece, one
of the three would talk about it as if he were talking to his friends, not an audience. The performers seemed to enjoy themselves while playing, shooting smiling glances at one another, even though there were only around 40 people in the audience. After every piece, the artists disappeared backstage, and while it was not clear what they were doing, you could hear muffled discourse and jovial laughter trickle out to the audience.
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Hey ballas: The Commish explains fantasy football ALAN BRANCH
You’ve more than likely seen it on television advertisements, your boyfriend’s laptop or a sports television network and online website: fantasy football. Fantasy football is the perfect opportunity for football fans to create their own leagues with friends, assembling their own fantasy teams of the best professional football players. Participants play weekly head-to-head games against each other to see who can score the most points based on your players’ performance on football Sunday to be climatically-crowned as the fantasy football champion at the end of the regular season. It is a gentleman’s game fueled by the competitive spirit of football fans everywhere, but ultimately it’s much more than that. Fantasy football not only builds rivalries, but destroys friendships, stirs within you this nailbiting anxiety every Sunday during game time and lights a fire of burning pride in those who walk away from their league victorious, which in some cases results in winning prize money from competitors. On a much larger scale, fantasy football has now shaped the football world in a substantial way by giving fans an opportunity to experience the game at a personal level. Introducing the Commish You can call me the Commish. I’m currently going on my seventh year playing fantasy football as well as commissioning my own league with co-workers and friends. I can talk all day about the years I’ve outsmarted my friends on draft day — resulting in me taking their money at the end of the season — but first and foremost, I want to explain to you what it takes to be a fantasy football commissioner. As a fantasy football commissioner, you first have to set up a league. You start with creating your league on Espn.com/ffl or Nfl. com/fantasyfootball and selecting the number of teams you want to compete against. Whether it is eight teams or fourteen, it is essential to have enough to add a certain level of competitiveness, depending on the experience of your fellow team
owners, to draft the best players for your team. The more teams you have, ultimately the more competitive your draft and your league are. Also, being the commissioner, you are in charge of setting all the league’s rules as far as scheduling, scoring, draft time, location and so forth. The league is your own, so you are free to make it anyway you choose, or you can just stick to the basics and use ESPN’s standard scoring which I have used all my years of being commissioner. It’s easy and efficient, and calculates all your players’ stats week to week, auto-correcting every statistical mistake it may make. You can also make it even more competitive by charging an entry fee for every team owner in your league. Therefore, you’ll have an enormous pot of money that will be awarded to the eventual league champion. So once you finished setting up your league and have all your former friends who are now your competitors, it’s time for the moment of truth that separates the men from the boys: the draft.
enough to lead you to a successful draft.
All Drafters Should Know: 1. Draft running backs early and often. Due to the frequent injuries and in today’s pass-happy NFL and running back committee-styled offenses, running backs are the scarcest position. Therefore they are the Holy Grail and backbone of your team. 2. Be the first, if not, the last to draft your QB. Having Peyton Manning as your quarterback is nice, but anyone else outside of the elite three consisting of him, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers is worth grabbing later on in your draft. 3. Realize every pick matters. Your team will be built on your starting lineup and your bench players, so highly successful drafters are wellprepared, no matter what round it is.. 4. Trust your gut feeling. Above all else, go with what you know to be true rather than relying on what you heard on ESPN or having a conversation with a friend. The The Draft truth always lies within the stats and This is where those months of trends because numbers never lie. preparation pay off. Flash back to These aren’t all guarantees, but if the last week in June when you first there were a book of commandments opened those fresh pages of a brand for having a successful draft, I can new fantasy football magazine and guarantee all four of them would be instantly are overwhelmed by the in there. undeniable truth that the football season is only a summer away. The Team In short, the draft is sixteen Okay, so now you have your intense rounds of equipping your team, which I hope consists of a team with the best available player well-balanced starting lineup from for every pick. You can do an online top to bottom. When I say lineup, I draft on the league’s homepage, or mean your starting lineup that you make it even more entertaining by will compete week-to-week. It will having an offline draft where you consist of a quarterback, two running and all the other team owners come backs, two wide receivers, a tight together at a set location to hold the end, a defense or special teams unit, draft itself. The inevitable groans a kicker and a flex position which is you’ll hear when someone chooses open for a running back, tight end, the player they wanted, as well as or a wide receiver. The rest of your the unanimous ridicule you give players fall in your bench and will someone who tries to draft a player be called upon when one of your who has already been drafted makes starters has a bye week or an injury. an offline draft worthwhile. After evaluating your team, it’s The very last thing you want to always fun to get creative with your do is go into a draft unprepared. A team name. A team name typically cheat sheet of ESPN’s top 200 players contains one of your player’s names and your very own, customized, big within it, along with a catching board of desired players filled with and funny slogan or pop culture their statistical history and trends reference. (i.e. Wide Receiver Calvin you discovered from your months Johnson + Alvin and the Chipmunks of research and analysis should be = Calvin and the Chipmunks)
The Football Season Now with the league all set up, the draft completed and your starting lineups all set, all that’s left is for the regular season to begin. Throughout the season, it’s wise to make waiver acquisitions (picking up undrafted players that are not owned by a team owner within the league) as well as making trades between other owners along the way to sustain a strong and winning team. The truth is injuries are inevitable and players may not meet expectations. So it is absolutely crucial to stay up to date with everything going on in the NFL, such as injuries, trades, depth chart changes and so forth, as well as listening to fantasy football experts that actually get paid to give their opinions on based on highly intensive research and analytics. Typically the playoffs for your fantasy football league are played in the last weeks of the regular season. The best teams with the best record of wins and losses through the first 14 weeks go head to head in a playoff-seeding bracket until one is finally crowned the champion at the end of the regular season. The Debrief Alright, so there was your brief summary of everything you need to know about fantasy football and being a commissioner. And remember, it’s not too late to join a league or create your own on Espn. com/ffl or Nfl.com/fantasyfootball. I’ll be giving regular analyses of every game and matchup throughout the season, as well as giving you my best and most helpful tips and advice to ensure your success for the rest of the NFL season. So tis’ the season to all of you jolly fantasy football fans everywhere, and wish you nothing but the best for your fantasy football success this season!
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Outfits of the week
Freshman Sydney Gomes says Andrew Smith, a freshman, says he gravitates towards pieces that look scarves are her go-to accessory more vintage, and is most influenced because they can pull together an entire outfit. by the 80’s and 90’s.
Snail mail: Too sluggish for modern society? NATALIE MURPHY
Out of boredom, Olivia Cooley sat down on a sunny day and wrote a letter to a friend. This may seem like a simple task, but in today’s fast-paced world, traditional letter writing has become one of the leastused mediums of communication. College students typically have less free time and less money to spend, meaning “snail mail” isn’t a top priority for this demographic. In a survey of students of a 400-level communication class with a subject focus on social media, over half of the respondents believe personal letter writing will die out within the next 10 years. Out of the same pool, 85 percent said they care about the system. It appears a multitude of students predict the end is drawing near for letters, with or without their feelings involved. Lisa Hagan, senior anthropology major, doesn’t believe mail will go extinct due to those without access to modern technologies, along with those who prefer handwritten letters. In reality, the possibility of this communication medium dying out persists. “If it were to die out, which
I do not believe will happen,” Hagan said, “I feel that society as a whole will become even more detached and self-involved than it currently is, if that is even possible.” Chad Stephens, a biochemistry major, reminisced on his past experiences with snail mail. “As a child, receiving personal mail was absolutely one of the most exciting things,” he said. Today’s focus concentrates on getting tasks done using more efficient and less time-consuming methods. Personal communication, through paper mail, used to be a commonality, but today it is viewed as a novelty, as a result of newer, faster forms of connecting with people. Fewer people are willing to wait a week or longer for mail, when there are a multitude of instantaneous forms of contacting people. Fewer children get to experience the excitement of receiving a card or letter as Stephens once did, due to the decline of this practice. In the survey, the most preferred communication medium, with friends and family, was talking face to face, followed by texting. Cooley agrees with these results. “I do love letter writing, but I prefer face to face contact overall,” she said. “If someone
Rama Sanders keeps things lowFirst-year MA English student, Joanna Englert, adds a cozy cardigan key with jeans, Sperrys and a graphic to her outfit to suit the chilly weather. hoodie.
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PHOTO BY SARAH ROHLEDER / THE LOUISVILLE CARDINAL isn’t present, letters or phone calls are my next option. Since I’ve come to college, I’ve been emailing a lot as well.” Approximately 57 percent of students, who participated in the survey, found that once they began their college career, they received fewer personal letters. “If I were to receive a handwritten letter, I would most definitely reply with a handwritten letter and a phone call to thank the person,” Hagan said. She and other students respond similarly, by combining multiple forms of communication in their reply. Stephens had a different motive for writing, focusing on initially sending letters instead of participating
solely as a respondent. He takes advantage of the mailing system for furthering his education instead of personal communication. “At this point, any letter I write is most likely a letter for my research project to attain funds or for some research or study program,” Stephens said. Although some students hold onto the traditional form of communicating through personal letters, the majority of college-age adults have moved on to internet-centered, fast-paced mediums. Even so, those forms don’t reveal handwriting, an irreplaceable, individualistic aspect of a letter. But letter writing isn’t dead yet, although it may soon be.
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Editorial: It shouldn’t take a stabbing for U of L to ramp up security While crime continues to rise in and around the University of Louisville community, students are beginning to feel less safe than ever when simply walking across campus at the wrong hour of the day, or in-lessthan-perfect lighting. Students’ safety should have been a priority years ago, with measures being taken to protect us before the present crime wave rolled in. Should we compile the outrageous number of Rave alerts, which students have received in the past three months, this sudden increase in police presence seems alarmingly late and disturbingly unproductive. If it required a student to be stabbed, in order to get the attention of university administration, what does that say about the importance of the students who did not receive injuries? Safety should not be so generalized, that an actual threat of death is the only thing that makes the university act. While the university assures students that they are taking all possible
precautions, and that our well-being is of the utmost importance, we simply aren’t buying it. There has been a spike of crime in the past year and the university’s delay in action speaks much louder than their after-the-fact response. Kenneth Brown, U of L assistant chief of police, seems to be under the impression that a rise in heroin could very well be a part of the rise in crime. This assertion seems misinformed when we look at the types of crime reports that have come in. Instead, this seems to be a scapegoat for the fact that our university seems to have higher priorities than safety. Our safety is not only questionable on the Belknap campus, but also in student neighborhoods, communities around campus and simply the walk to and from our homes . We need a police force that will proactively protect and serve our student body, instead of one that waits for an incident to happen in order to come in for cleanup.
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Yik Yakkin’ comes to U of L ADAM FANIN
You’ve heard of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but have you heard of Yik Yak yet? Yik Yak is the latest form of social media that has caught on quickly. Yik Yak is essentially a virtual news feed where people can like or dislike what other people post, but here’s the catch: people can only post anonymously. Because of this key difference, between Yik Yak and other popular forms of social media, some psychiatrists are calling it the most dangerous form of social media that they have ever seen. A person can post derogatory statements such as “For all you men, yoga pants season is upon us!” and “Yoga pants are God’s gift to the earth” without having any obvious ties to the post. It seems as though mostly men are using the app since there are so many derogatory posts about women on it. Some people will even post about complete strangers, and other people around them can read the post,
since the app works by location, and make the connection about who the post is talking about. This is dangerous because it can make someone paranoid that at any given moment they are being talked about on Yik Yak. Even if they see a post that is obviously about them, they will be unable to tell who posted it, which in a sense makes them feel like the world is against them. Despite these dangers, Yik Yak can also be a fun source of social media. Light-hearted posts such as “Reading Yik Yak like it’s the daily paper” can bring a smile to someone that needed it. It can also build a sense of community when people are Yik Yakking about the same topic such as tailgating before a game. People also talk about events going on around campus and where you can find them.
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