Elly Leonard: On course to be a leader

By Randy Burns

Elly Leonard: On course to be a leader

By Randy Burns

Sports Intern

The Louisville Women’s Golf team has received an enormous boost from an Indiana native throughout the first three tournaments of their season. She may only be a freshman, but she has golf clubs and she is not afraid to use them. And although it is early in the season, Elly Leonard has already made her presence felt among her fellow teammates and the competition.

She recently helped her team beat 13 other schools to win the Louisville Cardinal Cup in September after beating UNC-Greensboro by five strokes in the final round. She also finished a Cardinal best in fourth place with a final score of 227 (+11) at the end of the tournament to help send Memphis and Campbell University back home without the championship trophy. “After the first 36 holes we were in the lead, so we just hung on to win,” said Elly Leonard. “You always want to start out as best you can because that first round is always important. It sets the tone for the whole tournament.”

Leonard hails from an Indiana suburb named Zionsville, which is about 15 minutes outside Indianapolis. She was recruited by head coach Kelly Meyers and decided to attend the University of Louisville after her official visit to the campus. In addition to the coach’s personality, Leonard also liked every player on the team. “The team chemistry is so great,” she said. “They all have wonderful personalities.”

Leonard thought that Meyers was the best coach out of all the other schools she was considering at the time. The Cardinals home golf course, Cardinal Club, also persuaded her to make Louisville her collegiate home.

Leonard’s father taught her to play the game of golf and she picked up the sport during her freshman year of high school. After becoming involved in the sport, she began to admire professional golfer Davis Love III who plays on the PGA Tour. “I love his demeanor on the course,” said Leonard. “He has a great attitude and a great perspective on the game.”

As far as the game itself is concerned, Elly likes the putting and driving aspects because she normally hits fairways at a high percentage.

Looking back at her high school years, Leonard recalled her team then. “It’s a lot different to play on a college team than a high school team,” she said. “High school is more for fun and you only play 9 holes instead of 18. Only the high school state championship would come close to the amount of holes we play in a college tournament.”

When golf tournaments aren’t being played, Leonard, like many other golfers, practices each portion of the game every day of the week. She said the NCAA will only allow 20 hours a week for the players to practice together as a team. Individual players, however, are granted “academic days” in which they can practice on their own. That is how the coach works around the 20 hours the team is allowed. During practices Elly tries to focus on putting, chipping, and driving the ball while on the golf course. Qualifying for a tournament, on the other hand, is somewhat different from a simple practice session. “You want to make sure that you keep every aspect of your game under control because it can slip away pretty easily,” said Leonard.

Elly and the remaining 9 women on the golf team voted and ultimately elected senior Jessica Kell to be the squad’s captain this season. “She is a great communicator,” said Leonard. “She can be that middle ground between Coach Meyers and the rest of the team.”

Meyers is a person described by Elly as a ‘player’s coach.’ “She’s got a lot of experience and was a great player in college and after college, so she knows the game very well,” said Leonard. “She does so much for us, it’s hard to explain. She supports everyone 100%, she’s positive all of the time, and she is very encouraging.”

For each tournament, there are only five out of ten players on the team that can qualify and are allowed to travel to the host city. Leonard has used her talent to qualify and participate in all three tournaments the team has played this season. “I’m glad I qualified for the first three, which is really exciting as a freshman. Especially with all of the talent we have on this team,” she said. “And placing in the top ten in one of the first tournaments of the season is very exciting as well.”

She believes she has yet to perform to her highest potential and knows she can play better golf in the future. Despite becoming somewhat nervous before a tournament, she believes that in time her experience in playing the game of golf will eventually overcome her jitters. This was evident in the Lady Cards’ last tournament, which was held in Las Cruces, New Mexico in early October. Elly finished with a score of 84 in the first two rounds of this NMSU Collegiate Invitational. She rallied in the final round, however, with a score of 74. Leonard currently ranks fourth on her team in average score per round with 78.8, and she has already made appearances in every round of every tournament the team has played so far this season.

Although it is early in the season, Elly still has high expectations for herself as well as her team. “Every time we go out we’re going to try and win and at least try to be in the top three,” she said. “Personally, for me, I want to have more tournaments where I finish in the top ten. Every time I go out I try to win and every girl on our team does the same.” She believes there is widespread talent on this year’s team, but as a whole, they have a lot of room for improvement. “We have such high expectations and so much talent that we should be contending to win the Conference USA Championships in April,” she said.

Six record setting seniors say good-bye on Saturday

By Pk Bartley

Six record setting seniors say good-bye on Saturday

By PK Bartley

Field Hockey Writer

The six seniors on the University of Louisville women’s field hockey team are one of the main reasons why U of L is becoming a national powerhouse for the sport.

The group of Danielle Barr, forward Joanie Frame, goalkeeper Janina Perna, midfielder Pip Sanders, midfielder Susan Sattazahn, and midfielder/back Jen Welgosh are the six sensational seniors who have raised the Louisville field hockey program to prominence.

However, they all had a rough start to their college careers. In 1999, their first year, the Cards went 5-15.

“I think it was a lot harder for us that first year,” said Welgosh, “because most of us came from winning programs. And coming here and having so many close games and only winning five of them, it was hard to take.”

Since that first year, the team has improved dramatically with a record of 14-8 in 2000, and 16-5 in 20001. This year, with one of the toughest schedules in the nation, Louisville stands at 12-7, 6-3 in the MAC. The Cardinals played 10-games against teams in the Top-20 and managed to stay in the Top-11 all season themselves.

Even U of L’s head coach Pam Bustin is surprised at how fast the turn around has been, “I didn’t think it was going to happen in the four years that it has. Sometimes I have to remember that because once we get to a certain milestone I want to keep pushing through into the next one. Sometimes I think we have overachieved and maybe I’m pushing it too hard to soon.”

With the six players coming in together and staying together for the whole four years, they have grown together.

“I think we’re all different in our own ways,” said Sattazahn, “and bring us all together. When we can all be friends.”

Frame agrees. “They’re probably going to be five of my best friends for life.” With only a few games left in their college careers, all six will have to make the most of it.

“We were always so bad in the conference,” said Barr. “We were never expected to win, but this year we’re one of the hopefuls to win it.”

Despite all their accomplishments, this senior class does not think they have raised the bar for future classes. “We came in with the intention of building the program,” said Frame, “And for the next classes of recruits they’re here to carry it on.”

Bustin on the other hand seems to think that they have risen the standard, “It set the bar for what’s expected in heart and excellence, but the recruiting class that’s coming in will have to build on this. It’s not good enough we’re not satisfied yet. Eventually we want an NCAA tournament appearance, then a Final Four, then a National Championship.”

To Bustin, the six players have meant a lot to the program, “The six seniors have made the program so far. They’ve jumpstarted what it is that we want to become. When they came in and decided that they were going to become part of a program that went 1-19, I knew that they were special. They wanted to come to a program where they could help build it, and really not be afraid of the work that they were going to have to do. These six are my inspiration for my recruiting right now; I want to recruit a kid who has that work ethic. I owe it to them to go out there and find a kid who will continue with these guys that have started. I’m so proud of them. I can get really emotional. I hope we keep playing this year. The longer we get to play the longer we get to stay together, because once it’s done, its done.”

The six seniors have one final home game left this Saturday at 2 pm against Miami of Ohio. Their accomplishments will be celebrated after the game, and it is an honor in which they well deserve.

Indian Student Association to host Diwali celebration

By Jennifer Hanley

Indian Student Association to host Diwali celebration

The Indian Student Association is hosting “Diwali 2002: The Festival of Lights” November 2, 2002 in the Multipurpose room of the University of Louisville Student Activities Center starting at 6:30pm.

Diwali is perhaps the best known of the Indian festivals: it is celebrated throughout India, as well as in Indian communities. Diwali to Hindus is like Christmas to Christians. It is celebrated the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, which falls somewhere in October and November of every year. The word “Diwali” is translated to mean a row of lights and illumination is the major focus of the festival. Every home is alit with the orange glow of twinkling diyas (small earthen lamps) to welcome Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Multi-colored Rangoli designs, floral decorations and fireworks lend splendor to this festival which brings joy, mirth and happiness in the ensuring year. It is equivalent to the American New Year.

In the recent years, U of L’s Diwali festival has been a main attraction for Indian students and surrounding Indian community. Students put together displays of native dance, song, and dress, representing the cultures in each of India’s twenty-five states. Students their programs up on a first come, first serve basis that ends up in a two-hour celebration of culture and unity. The event has been growing steadily for years. Last year, six hundred people were in attendance making the event the largest RSO event. It is an event that everyone is invited.

This year’s theme is Fusion and there will be a fashion show of ethnic wear. The event starts at 6:30pm with Indian food, provided by local restaurant, Shalimar. The event is co sponsored by SGA and the International Center. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for non-students, and $15 at the door. For more information or tickets, contact Pankjai Sahastrabuddhe at (502) 500-5834, Asha Varghese at (502) 523-4463, or Aparna Shreeshankaran at (502) 767-3691. Visit the Indian Student Association’s webpage: www.louisville.edu/rso/isa.

Crushing the crush to save your sanity

By Venus Star

Crushing the crush to save your sanity

You have met your soul mate, the one you’ve been dreaming about since you were a child, and you two make the picture-perfect couple. At least that’s what you are thinking now. You have a crush, and they are all that you can think about. You analyze every word uttered, every movement, every glance, every single breath. It’s gotten to the point where you can’t function on a day-to-day basis because all you are thinking about is this other person. Your mind is racing with what to do next, your heart is pounding every time you think about their smile or their laugh. You spend hours on the phone with your friend talking about the latest run-in with this incredible person, no doubt boring your friend to death. WAKE UP!!

Do you realize what is happening here? Do you see what you are doing to yourself? Sure, you are in a better mood because the thought of that person makes you grin from ear to ear. And you’re smiling all the time because you can’t think of anything else. You can’t study, you can’t sleep, and you can’t focus on work. You are a walking zombie with a huge smile. This stage is always nice when you develop a crush on someone; it’s that peaceful stage where the world suddenly seems perfect.

After a few weeks, you are thinking about every single encounter you two have ever shared, wondering whether or not this person is into you. You just have to know what to do next. You can’t just sit around and wait for it to happen, because you have just spent the last two weeks thinking about this person nonstop. Not thinking about this person will make you feel like you have nothing in the world to do (sleeping, studying, and work are no longer important to you at this stage).

More than likely, a week later you have not made any big move on this person, but you are really close. You start thinking of things you can do together, how to approach asking, and then how to execute the plan… which means you are losing even more sleep, falling behind in class, and your boss is getting pretty peeved at your dwindling work ethics.

All the while you are driving yourself mad with these scenarios, the person of your affection isn’t even giving you one single thought. Sad, isn’t it? Once that thought hits you- and trust me, it will- you will just want to crumble up in a ball for a few days, or you’ll just sniffle out a few tears and then swear that you’ll never do this to yourself again. But you will; we all will if we are not already tied down with “the one.”

There are more important things that are going on around you that require your attention. So, just sit back, chill and let it happen. Take a chance or two if you want or feel compelled to, but afterwards, just let it happen. Whether you believe in choosing your own fate or you believe that there is already a destiny designed for you, you can’t control the other person’s fate or their destiny, so just let it happen. You will save your soul from much misfortune.

U of L announces plans for boathouse on Ohio River

By Eugene Vilensky

The University of Louisville is attempting to raise $1.5 million to build a new boathouse for the women’s rowing team, The Courier-Journal reported on Wednesday. The glass-and-brick building will be the new home of the women’s rowing team and will be shared in part with a program of the Greater Louisville Rowing Foundation.

According to the latest Louisville Rowing Club newsletter available online, once the new facility is constructed, the old boathouse will be used for GLRF high school programs and for LRC’s rowing activities.

Janet Lively, U of L’s assistant athletic director for development, told The Courier-Journal the fund drive is just beginning. She said there is no deadline, and private individuals, foundations, and businesses will be asked for the money. Lively said construction would not begin until all of the money was pledged. Construction is expected to take about a year.

Kathy Steward, secretary of the GLRF, told The Courier-Journal that new rowing center will give the organization’s program for disabled people and the high school rowing teams more space for boats and equipment.

The new rowing center was designed by Louisville’s Rowland Design Inc., whose president, Beth Brown, is a member of the Louisville Rowing Club, and was “involved in the project to make sure rowers’ needs are incorporated into all design and construction plans.”

The new facility is planned to include two boat bays for the U of L Women’s Rowing Team and an additional two bays for use by the LRC. The building will also house a workout room, a locker room with showers, office space, and a balcony overlooking the Ohio River.

The C-J reported the new rowing center will have three levels and 11,000 square feet of space; the current building has about 4,000 square feet. The new center will also include a 120-foot dock.

The expansion is part of Phase II of development of Louisville’s Waterfront Park, which “covers all areas from the eastern end of the park to just west of the Big Four Bridge.” It includes a significantly larger children’s playground, pleasure boat docks, and an amphitheater, in addition to the rowing center.

U of L buzzes in on quick recall

By Adam Hinton

U of L buzzes in on quick recall

This fall a group of students is taking the university where it has never been before: to the Kentucky Collegiate Quick Recall League.

The league, composed of almost 20 universities and colleges from the Kentucky and Ohio area, is similar to the Quick Recall section found in high school academic team competitions.

With eight tournaments planned for this season, each hosted at a different university or college, students will get the chance to compete academically with their peer group and earn bragging rights for not only themselves, but the university as well.

In the first event of the season, held on October 5 at Georgetown College, the rookie U of L team placed an impressive second place in Division 1, or Varsity, after defeating the likes of Murray State, Georgetown, Ohio University Southern, and Pikeville.

The students who competed on the team were Karthik Suresh, team organizer and math major; Suzanne Nichols, a physics major; and chemical engineering majors Matt Purcell and Todd Rickett. All of the students on the team are members of the University Honors Program.

As the season continues, the team would like to recruit more members, especially those from different majors. This strategy is an effort to diversify the knowledge of the team members so as to better tackle the gamut of questions the team faces in a competition.

When asked about why they started the team, Matt Purcell commented that he “heard about the league and were interested in showing others what we had to offer.” The team’s next tournament will be held at Pikeville College on November 9.

Presidential Search Committee names seven candidates

By Stephanie Smith

Presidential Search Committee names seven candidates

The committee charged with finding the new University of Louisville president has announced that there are as many as seven semifinalists in the search. However, there is still the possibility of additional candidates surfacing in the impending months.

During the October 21 meeting of the board, Bill Funk, national managing director with the Korn/Ferry International executive search firm of Washington D.C., spoke to the members by way of video from his office in Dallas. Funk told the committee that five contenders have agreed to interview for the position, but the interviews have yet to be scheduled. He also said that he is trying to coerce the two other candidates to interview; they were expected to decide by the end of last week.

Among the five candidates willing to interview for the presidency, all have worked at one time for one of the 61 U.S. schools that belong to the American Association of Universities, for research institutions that offer the widest array of doctoral programs and for schools in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Six of the candidates have experience at a major urban university.

Of the seven candidates, two are women and two are African Americans. Junior Bridgeman, co-chairman of the search committee, and Funk would not release the names of the semifinalists. The candidates were discussed in a private session of the board members.

Overall, there has been communication with more than 1,000 people concerning the position. Although only seven tentative semifinalists have been named, the board is still open to the possibility of other candidates entering into the search.

“There may be more,” Bridgeman said. “It’s not just ‘Let’s go with seven candidates.’…There may be other people who are interested in the job.” (Courier-Journal)

The committee contrived a provisional timeline this month concerning actions to be taken for the rest of the search period. On the timeline, interviews with prospective candidates are to follow through early next month. Deciding on which finalists to bring to the campus is to be done by early December, and those visits are to take place by mid-January. Finally, the board of trustees is expected to select a president in February.

Nevertheless, Bridgeman has continued to express that the most important aspect in finding a new president is finding the right one, not finding one speedily. “You don’t want to rush and make it happen,” he said.

Engineering conference brings Speed students national opportunities

 Engineering conference brings Speed students national opportunitiesBy Matt Morris

This past weekend, U of L was represented by eleven delegates who took part in the 2002 National Association of Engineering Student Council Leadership Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA. The event was hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, and forty-two engineering colleges from around the nation attended.

The conference gave students an opportunity to talk to the 58 employers on hand to discuss possible internship positions as well as job opportunities for upcoming graduates. Some of the companies present that might be recognizable included Honda, General Motors, Federal Express, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Security Agency.

In addition to hosting a career fair at the national conference, there was a chance for councils to attend a lecture by Purdue University students on tips for hosting a successful job fair. Each year Purdue University hosts a two-day job fair attended by approximately 300 companies. They shared some of their secrets of success to help other schools out.

Each student was also given the opportunity to attend several different informative lectures concerning different topics in engineering. Among the numerous lectures at the event, there was a lecture given by Dr. Eric Beckman on tissue engineering. There were also technology lectures, information on planning for small businesses, and professional services giving information on engineering licensure and FE exams. The navy was also there with information on their nuclear propulsion program and engineering opportunities within the program.

“The national conference wasn’t all business,” said sophomore electrical engineering major Ross Molle. “The Friday night dinner cruise was a great chance to relax and see the sights of Pittsburgh at night.” Also, there were late night activities each night after the day ended.

Many students were very impressed with the organization of the event. Planning was impeccable, and it seemed that everything ran as expected. There were only a few minor changes made over the course of the entire weekend, and it was nothing to take away from the experience of the conference.

The event was an experience that allowed schools to talk about their own councils and make suggestions for improvement as well as allow students themselves to learn about so many different relevant topics in the engineering realm. Greg Steeves, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, said, “It was a great chance to meet engineering students from around the country and by interacting with other councils, we were able gather information that will help improve our own coun

Conway campaigns at U of L

 Conway campaigns at U of LBy Stephen George

Conway campaigns at U of L

Jack Conway, the Democratic challenger for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, discussed key issues in his campaign with students at an open forum Friday at the Red Barn.

Conway, who is running against two-time Republican incumbent Rep. Anne Northup in one of the closest and hottest national races of the year, spoke on a number of issues, including social security, the environment, the current economic recession, prescription drug benefits for seniors, and education with the crowd of about 70 students, who were invited to ask questions of the 33-year-old challenger.

A moderate Democrat, Conway stressed that education in Kentucky is a top priority in his campaign. “If we’re going to change this community for the better over the next 25 or 50 years,” he said, “we’re going to have to focus on education. I challenge you today to be the leaders of that new thinking and the leaders of a new city.”

He then proposed a hypothetical situation based on statistics of graduation rates in Kentucky. Effectively, of twenty ninth-graders in Kentucky, fourteen will graduate from high school, eight or nine will pursue postsecondary education, and only three will receive some kind of postsecondary degree. Currently, 44% of Kentucky’s population is functionally illiterate.

While Conway did express a desire to increase teachers’ salaries at public schools, he focused primarily on postsecondary education. “You need a member of Congress who is a champion for the best rates you can get on student loans,” he said. “I think we need to champion student loans, federal assistance, grants for students to go to college. I think we need to create a society where any student who wants to go to school can afford it.”

Conway also praised U of L for its positive research and academic progression over the past several years, and said he plans to continue that progression. “We have to make U of L an even better university,” he said. “U of L has to become a magnet. We have to continue to build research excellence, teaching excellence, and all aspects of U of L. We have to invest in this institution because it’s going to be a driver.”

One of the polarizing issues between Conway and Northup thus far has been the environment. Northup’s environmental record in Congress has been “abysmal,” according to Conway. Northup has been considered part of the “Dirty Dozen,” a term for the twelve congresspeople with the worst environmental voting records. “You deserve better,” he said. “The environment is a big issue, but you have to make it relevant to people’s daily lives.

“It means an entire lifestyle agenda that’s going to be critical if Louisville is going to become the type of city we want it to be over the next 25 to 50 years,” Conway said. “That’s what it means to me.”

Although the third district race has again become venomous, Conway said he is enjoying the experience and the opportunity to vie for a seat in the U.S. House.

“It’s a slice of the American dream,” Conway said of campaigning. “I’m in it because if your heart’s in the right place, if you sit down and get to work, you can make a fundamental difference in your community over the course of a generation or two. And we need fundamental change here.”

The change Conway spoke of is from the current representation of Northup, whose party-line congressional voting behavior has many third district liberals disgruntled, to a more moderate and balanced pattern. Conway has said that he favors President Bush’s “War on Terrorism” and would have voted “yes” on HJ Res 114, which authorizes the president to use military force in Iraq.

So why vote for Jack Conway, especially considering the pork Northup has been able to bring to the third district?

“I’ll never demagogue you,” he said. “I’ll never tell you something just because I think it’s what you want to hear. I will always try to explain myself.”

“I think if you want change, if you want something better, if you think it’s high time that young professionals and students got involved in building the type of community that they want for tomorrow, then I need your vote. If you want better educational systems, if you want a better environment, you should vote for me.” Conway said his campaign will be accepting volunteers up until Election Day. Visit www.conwayforcongress.com for details and contact information.

Apparently, I’m a ho

 Apparently, I'm a hoBy Claire Parsons

Apparently, I’m a ho

Up to this point, I have lived in a self-deluded state of arrogance. I believed that I possessed a good sense of self and commanded the respect of my peers with my poise and strength. I believed that I had unimpeachable morals and a well-formed conscience. This Halloween, however, I will be proving the contrary. I have no dignity, my morals are questionable at best, and apparently, I’m a ho.

Yes, a ho. A vinyl-skirt, nonexistent-shirt-wearing, overly-made-up ho, complete with fishnet stockings and ass-ugly ratted hair. I will be casting aside my usually conservative dress code of jeans and a tee shirt to don the uncomfortable and unflattering apparel of a ten-dollar corner whore. Wouldn’t my mother be proud, and wouldn’t my father be pissed?

Surely there must be a good explanation for why such a devout former Catholic girl like myself would turn to pseudo-prostitution for my costume. There must be some liberal-minded reason why I, a woman who attended not one but two Lilith Fairs, would choose to dress in such a self-exploitative way. There is a reason, and if you ask me, it’s a damn fine one. My boyfriend asked me to accompany him to his friends’ “Pimps and Hos” Halloween party. To all of you radical feminists ready to burn me in effigy, I beg you not to judge me too harshly. I’m not just demeaning myself by dressing as a dirty hooker because my boyfriend/pimp told me to. Being the independent woman of the new millennium that I am, I have a much better reason. I was also informed that there would be free alcohol at the party. As someone who is not yet able to legally purchase alcohol, I felt morally obligated to attend, despite the damage to my dignity that will inevitably ensue.

Ironically, it is my belief that attending this party will be a good character-building experience. Movies, television, and popular music often downplay the hardships of the lives of hos today. Our society often incorrectly assumes that a ho merely provides sexual favors in exchange for money. While that is the main task a ho is supposed to fulfill, it is not the only one. After immersing myself in the ho culture, I have realized that the ho is the best surviving example of the multi-tasking woman. A ho not only has to please customers; she must also keep a usually overbearing and abusive pimp happy. She has to cater to the whims of her clients and feed her smack addiction. Most impressively, hos have to walk in four-inch-high heels and clothes that are so tight that they restrict her range of motion without falling over. I’m proud to dress as a ho, and I’m not just saying that because I want to rationalize going to a party with the intent of getting slobbering drunk without feeling guilty about it. Okay, so maybe I am.

So what’s my conclusion? Well, I’m going to go out there and be the best ho I can be. I really have no choice. I’ve been enlisted into indentured ho-titude for the evening of November 2, and if I don’t fulfill my agreement, Shorty the Pimp will smack me around. I’m going to mock one of society’s oldest social problems, and be proud of it. I’m going to stand tall in my four-inch heels so that my height rivals even the best drag queens. I’m going to “work it” as best I can, which probably means trying not to hang my head and laugh sheepishly at myself. I can only hope and pray that the other people attending this party look as stupid as I will. Happy Halloween! I’s a ho!