A new plan is set to go before the Board of Trustees regarding the renovation of Stansbury Park, which sits across Third Street from Ekstrom library. The proposals include an amphitheater, a sculpture garden, and an eatery, as well as improvements to the existing sports facilities.

It is certainly encouraging that the university continues to improve its main campus for students, faculty and staff. However, new proposals for the renovation of Stansbury Park may be ignoring some of the more glaring problems facing the university community.

While student interaction is integral to student life, it is difficult to imagine that anyone would walk to a park on the periphery of campus to congregate. The worst case scenario is a revamped, expensive Stansbury Park that students and the community use as little as they do the current one. Plans for an amphitheater in the park might draw more people to arts events at the venue, but still the place would see little use outside of the summer season when most students aren’t even on campus.

Likewise, the lack of amphitheaters and sculpture gardens on campus generally fail to top the list of student complaints about the university. The lack of dining options, however, is higher up on that list. Plans to add a new cafeteria-style venue or other hub for the hungry may make the renovations worthwhile, and should be considered by students before turning their noses up at the project altogether.

Still, students who are concerned about the proposed use of the valuable real estate should be heard. It is no secret that Belknap campus is landlocked, and the only ways to expand are by building up our buying out.

Though not the most aesthetically pleasing option, at least some of the land occupied by Stansbury Park might make a nice home for a new parking lot or garage. This would help the parking problems that have long plagued the campus and daily send students circling the full Floyd Street garage in search of open parking spaces. Perhaps a new garage would mean students who pay for green parking passes could actually park on campus all the time instead of being booted to the stadium when the current garage is full.

Whatever those spearheading the park project decide to do, they should make sure to include students in their decision. U of L students are the ones who will bring business to a new restaurant, live in a new dorm or attend events at a new amphitheater, and without student input on the project, the plans are just a gamble at new venues’ success.

Students, on the same note, should make sure to attend forums or contribute their ideas when the beautification committee and others involved in the park project offer the chance to do so.

Cheerleader should have been respected in article

By David Simpson

I wish to address your handling of a student that has left the university of her own will. Your paper ran the story about a young woman who had made some poor choices when it came to the use of her cell phone camera.

While this individual’s information was stolen and posted without her knowledge, it is a shame that everyone who has access to your paper now has access to some of her information as well.

To simply broadcast this woman’s name to the general public is an outrage.

Instead of running her name through the mud publicly you should have taken the proper high road and simply left her name out of the article and stated her as a “former cheerleader.”

She should have been treated with some respect, like a rape victim. She left campus and the squad out of shame and embarrassment; I could [it being worse] had she remained on campus after this story you ran.

I hope I am not the only student on campus that realizes the harm you have done to this individual. If a woman on this campus was raped… would you again blast that person’s identity as well?

I hope your publication takes this letter to heart and re-evaluates

its policies.

-Senior David Simpson

English/Humanities major

‘The Good German’ lacks development

By Kevin Koeninger

“The Good German” chronicles the story of United States war correspondent Jake Geismer (George Clooney) as he attempts to the Potsdam Peace Conference, held in Berlin shortly after the conclusion of World War II.

Geismer, who once managed a news bureau in Berlin, struggles to come to grips with a ravaged city whose inhabitants are desperate to survive by any means necessary.

Geismer’s driver, Corporal Tully (Tobey Maguire), ultimately reunites him with a former flame, Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett).

After a surprising turn of events, it becomes apparent that Geismer is the only person interested in discovering truth and his search leads him not only into the thick of a chaotic, postwar metropolis, but also closer to Brandt.

Director Steven Soderbergh was compelled to create a film that meshed stylistically with the time period in which it was set, and he succeeded masterfully.

By using near antique film and production techniques, he was able to generate the look and feel of 1940s film classics, although the content is definitely straight out of the 21st century, in regards to dialogue and sexual material.

Sadly, though, with so much focus being placed on the visual aspects of the film, character development suffers.

Recent movies such as “Sin City” and “Good Night and Good Luck” have drawn a hard line towards more stylized, “artsy” film endeavors, and “The Good German” certainly heads in this direction.

While it is tempting to stop and stare at the eye candy, substantial flaws in other aspects of the film prevent it from succeeding on every level.

Could it have been Soderbergh’s intention to revive the feelings associated with classic cinema through imagery and casting?

“The Good German” will not find itself as revered in the long run, and is more of a pleasant experiment than anything else.

Saving money good for now, better for later

By Toma Lynn Smith

Having money saved can help with financial plans and the unexpected.

Rhetoric and Composition Ph.D. candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant Carrie Wright said she has no money saved currently. She did at one time and used her savings for her wedding last fall.

Whether it be for yourself or for you and your mate, money saved can make a sudden financial emergency, or a large financial expense easier to deal with.

Wright’s husband, Kristopher Anderson, a communication senior and program assistant within the English graduate department, has both personal savings and a 401(k) which “is a type of retirement plan that allows employees to save and invest in their own retirement,” according to Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company.

Anderson is enrolled in the University of Louisville 401(k) plan and they match his contributions. This money is taken from gross pay before taxes are deducted. Fidelity stated, “The federal government established the 401(k) in 1981 with special tax advantages, to encourage people to prepare for retirement.”

Most U of L students may not have been here in 1981, but this program is worth joining for the new generation.

Mark T. Lamkin, founder and owner of Lamkin Wealth Management and a former competitor in the popular reality show “The Apprentice” in 2005, said, “Make it automatic.” Deductions from your paycheck can be set up automatically to put money into a 401(k), and he said you won’t miss it. If a company does not offer a 401(k) program, one can be set up at a financial institution such as a credit union.

Like Anderson, who in addition to putting money into his retirement plan by his employer, also has a personal savings, which may be more realistic for a college student to have.

Many banks allow you to open a savings account with as little as $50, such as National City Bank. Lamkin said it is imperative to save early. He started saving and investing at 21 years of age, and is presently living very comfortably at age 37.

On the front cover of Money Magazine, the January 2007 issue stated, “Are You On Track?”

The article by the same title explains how many people are not where they want to be financially while offering statistics as well as suggestions for what needs to be done to get ahead financially.

It stated that a person, who starts at the age 40, would have to save $2,164 a month with a 6 percent return in order to be a millionaire by age 60. Not that everyone’s goal is to be a millionaire by this, or any age for that matter, it may be needed as inflation increases and the sources of income decrease, from lack of good paying jobs.

For example, “Money” stated that in 1976, a million dollars could buy 26 homes and now it can buy four-and-a-half homes. It pays to save now to have money for the future, as funds may not stretch as much as they did before.

Pat Rudolph, an investment representative with Brecek & Young Advisors Incorporated, said, “Many think Social Security may help them when they become elders, but it was never meant to be the only income for those who reach the golden years.”

Toma Lynn Smith is a junior majoring in English. E-mail her at features@louisvillcardinal.com.

Bush offers greener alternatives

By Brad Atzinger

A short portion of the State of the Union address, delivered by President George W. Bush last Tuesday, outlined a set of uncharacteristic proposals aimed at diversifying the nation’s energy supply. Bush called for a 20 percent decrease in American oil consumption over the next ten years.

At the University of Louisville, the attitudes towards the president’s new environmentally friendly initiatives were mixed.

“It is in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy supply ñ and the way forward is through technology,” Bush said. “We must continue changing the way America generates electric power.”

Among Bush’s proposed alternatives were clean coal, solar and wind energy, nuclear power and bio-diesel fuels made from agricultural wastes. The president said these measures will help the U.S. cut 75 percent of the imported oil from the Middle East, effectively lowering dependence, which “leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes and to terrorists.”

Senior Greg Bird, a justice administration major, said he felt that the energy proposals were “too little, too late. I wish they were stronger,” Bird said of the energy policies, “and that they had come much earlier in his presidency.

“We like to blame presidents and praise presidents for being able to enact a change – like weaning us off of foreign oil,” said political science professor Dr. Gary Gregg, “but the reality is that presidents can do very little in that area.”

“The American people’s demand for oil is going to have to change, and the president can’t do anything about that,” Gregg added. “When major economic changes come about like this, it’s usually because of some dynamic force in the market.”

A concession Bush may have made to the 110th Congress was the omission of any push for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, an issue that Bush supported throughout his presidency.

“Maybe [Bush] has finally realized that the American people don’t support drilling in the Refuge,” said Crystal Embs, a freshman undeclared major. “But Bush has a problem of contradicting himself, and it’s a bit cowardly of him to not support what he has believed in until now.”

Bush suggested alternative sources to energy including ethanol and other fuels made from agricultural wastes.

Speed School freshman Jared Hatfield responded positively to Bush’s remarks about hybrid technology for cars and nuclear energy for power plants. Hatfield felt that since auto builders are now turning a better profit on traditional cars, the government should support research to help ease the auto companies’ transition into more eco-friendly cars.

“I am for nuclear power too, though I wouldn’t want a plant in my backyard,” said Hatfield. “It would make Einstein happy.”

All aboard?

By Deanna Tran

Neighboring and cutting through the Belknap Campus of the University of Louisville are miles of train tracks used by heavy locomotives and countless railcars that pass by on an hourly basis.

Just two weeks ago in Bullitt County, a train hauling toxic chemicals derailed and caught fire, forcing the county to declare an emergency. Nearby residents were evacuated and Interstate 65 was shut down.

Just two days before the hazardous crash in Bullitt County, two locomotives in Estill County were struck by multiple railcars, resulting in a fire and chemical spill that led to a limited evacuation.

Immediately after hearing news of the Bullitt County train derailment during a biology class on the day of the accident, sophomore Neesha Patel said she rushed back to her apartment to call her family who lives in Bullitt County to see if they were alright. Fortunately, her family was unharmed, but Patel said that one of the evacuated families was being housed at a hotel owned by her family.

“It’s really rare when things like that happen,” said Patel, a biochemistry major, “but I think it’s possible. They come by like every hour, you know?”

For almost two years, Patel has lived in Bettie Johnson Hall which is located between Fourth Street and a line of railroad tracks. Patel said she feels safe living in the vicinity of the tracks but also admitted that she would not know what to do in the case of a train derailment.

“I generally know what to do for fires and tornados, but anything besides that, I don’t think anybody has a clue about [what to do],” Patel said.

“I would probably run the other way, away from the tracks. It’s not like we go through train derailment drills,” she added.

And she is right. Dennis Sullivan, Assistant Director of U of L’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety, said that the university focuses its emergency training and drilling only for faculty, staff and the Department of Public Safety.

“It’s not efficient to train students because you never know a student’s duration at the university, whereas training a faculty or staff member who is grounded to the university,” Sullivan said.

“That doesn’t make any sense,” said Patel. “It’s going to be more chaotic if students aren’t informed. We don’t need drills, just a flyer or some sort of plan communicated to us in case.”

Sullivan said that DEHS has given out approximately 10,000 Faculty and Staff Emergency Procedure Handbooks to students and staff and has placed the handbooks in every building on campus. The leaflet contains emergency telephone numbers and instructions for 13 emergencies ranging from severe thunderstorms to terrorism threats.

But some students insist that they have yet to see the handbooks.

“For the four years that I’ve been on this campus, I have never seen one of those,” said senior sociology major Duy Ho. “I think it would be very helpful, especially with all this news about trains derailing and spilling chemicals in Kentucky.”

Patel also said she has never seen the emergency handbooks. “I’ve never seen it, I’ve never come across that at either the Life Sciences or chemistry building,” Patel said. “They should put them in the mail boxes of residential halls.”

Sullivan said that at every single building, there is an assigned emergency coordinator. According to Sullivan, DEHS has worked with every building on campus to create individualized emergency action plans that outline designated locations and people during an emergency. These plans are updated and reviewed annually, and faculty and staff are regularly drilled using table top exercises.

Today, DEHS will run through a table top exercise with DPS concerning train derailments.

“The railroad tracks on campus are a potential danger,” Sullivan said, but held that the possibility of a train derailment occurring at the magnitude of that in Bullitt County is small. “The trains that run through campus go 10-15 mph on relatively straight tracks. The chance for derailment is not high, and if railcars were to fall over then the impact will be absorbed considering the low speeds,” he said.

There has also been no history of a train derailment at U of L, according to Sullivan.

But if the university was ever to encounter a significant derailment on campus grounds, Sullivan said that the university has an emergency management plan and is prepared.

In the case of just a derailment, DPS has been instructed to immediately notify the Louisville Fire Department to protect the campus from any resulting fires.

But if a chemical leak transpired, then DEHS will broadcast the emergency to the campus, city residents and city officials via weather radios stationed in each building, the news media and university and city Web sites.

“There are no means for notification for 100 percent of the university, but current layers of communication are sufficient,” said Sullivan.

“I feel bad that there’s no way, unless we staple instructions to everyone’s wrists,” said Sullivan. DEHS is currently working with U of L’s Student Government Association to add text messaging as an instrument for broadcasting emergency announcements.

“Our job is to do the most we can for the most people, but inevitably there’s no guarantee that everyone will be notified,” Sullivan stated.

Depending on the wind current and computer analysis of the plumb area, DEHS will determine whether to execute one of two plans: shelter in place or a campus evacuation.

If analysis indicates that the chemical cloud will pose as a hazard for one to two hours, then the shelter in place plan will be enacted.

During a shelter in place, emergency coordinators will instruct staff, students and campus visitors to stay inside buildings until the leak alert has ended and all air handling units will be turned off.

“But eventually, buildings breathe after a couple of hours,” said Sullivan, and if areas of the campus are foreseen to remain in the path of a chemical cloud for more than two hours, then Sullivan said that DEHS will signal a campus evacuation.

In a campus evacuation, the campus has been divided into three segments – east, west, and south. The area in which the chemical leak took place will be evacuated first and then buildings and students in the remaining segments will be instructed to evacuate away from the hazardous scene. DPS and physical plant workers will direct traffic.

“The biggest problem is finding a place for 3,000 students to reside,” Sullivan said. “We have multiple options for providing space for residential students like at hotels or dormitories of other universities,” but if students are instructed to be kept from their dormitories and residential halls for at most 24 hours, then they will have to stay at the fair grounds. “It would only be for a day, it’s not right to cram 3,000 students,” Sullivan said.

EMS will handle any injuries relating to the derailment, Sullivan said, emphasizing the partnership between DEHS and Metro Louisville for emergencies.

During and after the evacuation from the campus, Sullivan said that there will be increased patrol conducted by DPS along boundaries deemed safe, in order to ensure the security of the campus and people from returning.

When it is deemed safe to return to campus, Sullivan said that DEHS will make public announcements through the public information office, which is responsible for notifying the public.

An exact day and time will be chosen by DEHS for when students and faculty can return to campus. “We control when and how many people can come back on campus,” said Sullivan.

“It’s definitely reassuring that U of L has an emergency plan ready for us,” said Ho, “but they should do more to let students know about it. It will really help everyone in the end.”

Patel also said she was glad to hear of the university’s extensive emergency plan but also suggested that DEHS disseminate the plan more often and in more visible places. “I want to know, I want to know more about this stuff. They should post a sign on every door,” she urged.

“The more things we can do in advance to minimize the situation, the more lives we can save,” said Sullivan. Saving lives is the number one priority of DEHS, he said, followed by saving facilities and then mitigation and precautionary planning.

Sullivan said that students can access emergency action plans and read up on the latest monthly safety articles on the DEHS Web site at http://louisville.edu/admin/dehs/emergen.htm. Students can also visit or call the office at 852-6670. Their office is located at 1800 Arthur St.

Students call on legislators

By Sarah Mcsparin

In a move to further promote the Feb. 7 rally for higher education taking place in Frankfort, the Student Government Association of the University of Louisville hosted its annual “Listen Up Legislators” event on Jan. 24 at the Red Barn, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hundreds of students voiced their opinions on the need for more funding in higher education by making calls, sending e-mails, writing letters, and even taking surveys on Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Web site.

In addition to this, students had the opportunity to register for the “Skip Class 2-7-07″ rally in Frankfort.

Weyeneshet Lake, a freshman who attended the event, said, “Students need to be considered more. They should be able to go to school in-state for a reasonable amount of tuition.” Many students came to the event ready to deliver similar concerns to their legislators.

Students first began by locating their local state representative and state senator. From there, students were able to proceed to one of four stations where they were given the option of being able to leave a voice message or a written message.

At the mailing and e-mailing stations, students signed or typed their names on a pre-written letter composed by SGA that informed legislators of the U of L’s need for full funding and a plea to reduce the unequal distribution of funding that the university receives compared to other state schools.

Students also left voice messages to legislators, using cellular phones provided by Cricket Wireless.

And at the final station, students filled out a survey that ranked the importance of where state funding was spent.

“This event was a good idea. If there’s going to be any kind of effort here, there has got to be student involvement and every little bit helps,” said Matt Peyton, a junior music education major.

Members of SGA deemed the event a success with an estimated 400 students coming out for the occasion.

The student attendance at the rally in Frankfort also looks to be improved, with already 144 students registered to attend.

SGA also held an alternate event for students at the Health Sciences Center the next day. Two hundred additional students attended the event, totalling over 800 students participants in this year’s Legislator events.

“Events like these show our legislators that the University of Louisville community is united in its effort and that funding higher education is a serious issue that needs to be addressed,” said SGA Director of Outreach, Rudy Spencer, a sophomore political science major.

“We’ve done very well this year,” said SGA Services Vice President Justin Tooley, a junior studying political science.

“People that came were people that SGA has never reached before. I saw a lot of non-resident, upperclassmen coming in today and that makes sense because they are usually the ones that the impact of rising tuition impacts the most.”

Ultimately, the event not only helped to bring greater awareness to funding higher education, but also showed students how to get politically involved, “College students should know their officials, they need to know who to call. Today was a success because we had students taking part in a political issue. That is the American dream.” said Tooley.

The next area on campus that SGA hopes to tackle rising tuition is at residence halls.

Spencer explained, “We are currently coordinating with RSA representatives to bring a smaller version of ‘Listen Up Legislators’ to the dorms and we are also trying to bring some members of the Kentucky State Senate and House to the campus to speak with students.”

More information on how to contact local legislators can be found on the Skip Class link on SGA’s Web site at www.louisville.edu/sga.

To register for the rally or sign up for transportation, students should go visit the Student Life or student government office located in room W301 in the Student Activities Center on the Belknap Campus.

news briefs


Cancer program to speak on HPV

The Kentucky Cancer Program is holding a program to educate women on cervical cancer and HPV. The session will take place at the Red Barn on the Belknap campus Feb. 6 from 4-5 p.m. This program kicked off at halftime of last Wednesday’s women’s basketball game by U of L athletes and Lt. Governor Steve Pence.

Band member appears on Oprah show

University of Louisville marching band phenomenon and Spanish major Patrick Henry Hughes was Oprah Winfrey’s guest on her show on Fri., Jan. 26 on WHAS-11. Hughes garnered national attention after ESPN featured him before the Orange Bowl.

College dems host candidate Steve Beshear

U of L College Democrats will allow students to get to know their gubernatorial candidate Wed., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chao auditorium in the Ekstrom Library. Former Lt. Governor Steve Beshear will address students and answer questions on the 2007 election.

Progressive Simon Rosenberg to speak at Brandeis

Simon Rosenberg, founder of the New Democrat Network, will speak at the U of L Brandeis Law school on Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. The NDN and its think-tank, the New Politics Institute, are progressive political organizations, and Rosenberg was a candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2005.

Int’l banquet to hold auditions

Auditions for the Mar. 9 International Banquet will be held in the Bingham Humanities Building Rm. 100 on Sat., Feb. 10, 2:30-5:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb 11, 12-3 p.m. For more information, please call Anshu Anand at 852-0019.

U of L leadership conference to pave the way

On Feb. 17, the University of Louisville Freshmen L.E.A.D. Program will host a leadership conference, “Paving the Road to Leadership.” The day long conference includes multiple speakers and lunch.

Register at http://campuslife.louisville.edu/leadership/studentleadershipconferences, or visit W310, SAC.

Putting a lid on SGA salaries

By Ashley Jennings

The monthly stipend received by the vice executive officers of the University of Louisville Student Government Association is expected to be relinquished effective 2007-08, by vote of the student senate. Rising tuition was cited as one of the chief reasons for the likely salary cuts.

SGA vice presidents currently receive full state tuition and a monthly stipend of about $260 for their services. And because students enter upon these offices generally with other scholarships covering tuition, the salary of each vice president for one-term can total $7,000. Furthermore, there have been talks of adding another vice president to the staff, which already contains three vice presidents – executive, academic, and services.

Senate resolution 12, which was introduced to the senate on Jan. 16, aims to eliminate the monthly stipend. The resolution was sent to the appropriations committee for further deliberation and is expected to be re-introduced at the next senate meeting.

It was drafted by College of Arts and Science Student Council President Josh Campbell, a senior majoring in business administration and chemistry, College of A & S Senator Joe Elliott, a junior political science and economics major, and College of Business Senator Justin Faith, a junior finance major.

Campbell said his concern was that yearly increases in tuition have raised the salaries of officers. “The more tuition goes up the more that they are paid,” Campbell said. “I feel that a yearly 10 percent increase in pay in a student leadership position is inappropriate.”

With the advent of a possible double digit increase in tuition, Campbell estimated that each vice president will earn around $11,000 a year from now. And SGA senators, he said, get paid $100 a semester.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” said junior Brittany Barnes, an employee at commuter student services.

“I work for campus in the computer labs and devote a lot of time to the school, but I don’t get tuition remission.”

But SGA President Darrell Messer said that being a student government officer was like a “regular job” but “with more responsibilities.”

Craig Magruder, a junior communications major, said that “most students have full time jobs that equal the responsibilities of SGA, if not more, but we don’t get help with tuition. If I would have known that I could have saved $20,000 on tuition, I would have run for student government.”

Messer, a senior computer engineer major, said, “For me personally, if I didn’t receive compensation, I wouldn’t be able, financially, to serve as SGA President,” adding, “I have a full tuition scholarship, in addition to the tuition remission and monthly stipend,” he explained, “but when you spread that out to cover rent, food, gas and other needs for survival, it really isn’t that much,”

Messer went on to say that he does, however, foresee the resolution being passed.

A & S Senator Maggie Lorenz said she was initially against the cut in salary, fearing that potential office holders may not be to handle financial commitments without the monthly stipend.

However, “The point was made at the senate meeting that the vice presidents are not above taking out student loans like most students at the University of

Louisville do,” said Lorenz, a senior majoring in women and gender studies and liberal studies.

And although Lorenz said she appreciates the work that SGA executive officers do, she asked, “But at what point are they getting too much to come to school?”

If the resolution ends up passing, Campbell said that the money saved from the pay cuts should be redistributed to better support needs of students.

According to Campbell, SGA’s central budget of $600,000 finances executive salaries as well as the operating costs of the Student Activities Board, all the student councils of each college, and other student projects relating to SGA.

The next senate meeting is on Feb. 6, in the Floyd Theatre.

Freedom Hall court renamed


Basketball fans can expect to see a familiar name encrypted on the court of Freedom Hall come Feb. 7.

Denny Crum, the former University of Louisville menís basketball coach, will be honored at a ceremony before the Feb. 7 game between the Cardinals and Georgetown University.

The ceremony will be highlighted by the naming of the court to be “Denny Crum Court,” effective immediately.

“If it wasnít for Denny Crum, Louisville wouldnít be what it is today,” said Nathan Daniel, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice.

“It’s a fitting tribute to honor him with this unique distinction for his success and years of hard work in guiding our men’s basketball program consistently on a national level,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich.

Current U of L coach Rick Pitino said, “We are very excited in the basketball program to have Coach Crumís name on the court.”

Pitino was hired after Crumís tenure ended in 2001.

“Coach Crum is Louisville basketball. He’s built an unbelievable tradition. I am very honored to carry on his tradition,” said Pitino.

“The time is now for Coach Crum,” said former U of L player Darrell Griffith.

Named an NCAA All-American in 1980, Griffith led the Cards to their first national championship that same year. After his career at U of L, he played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Utah Jazz.

Griffith, or as many refer to him as “Dr. Dunkenstein.” He said, “There’s no other coach’s name that should be on that court, but Coach Crum.”

Although plans for the new downtown arena are underway, many believe the ceremony needs to take place at Freedom Hall.

“It needs to be at Freedom Hall, because thatís where it all started,” said Pitino. “[Denny Crum Court] symbolizes excellence; symbolizes someone who built this great tradition here.”

Officials confirmed that “Denny Crum Court” will carry over to the new downtown arena.

Some fans think more should be done, including Ed Major, who works at the Cardinal’s Nest. “I think it’s a good idea, but I think it should be called Denny Crum Arena instead of Freedom Hall.”

“I think we had an outstanding 30 years,” said Crum. “My love for this university grew as time went on and I’m deeply honored that I’m receiving this award.”

Crum coached the Cardinals from 1970 until the end of the 2000-2001 season, accumulating a 675-295 record, including two national championships and six Final Fours.

“You know the head coach gets all the credit, but you have to understand that this kind of thing would never happen on its own,” said Crum. “I had great support from this university. I had great assistant coaches, great players and it takes all of that working together to get anything accomplished.”

“Even the fans deserve a part of this one because without their support, none of this would have ever happened,” said Crum.

Crum told of how he came to U of L and how he chose not to leave for other opportunities, such as the head coaching job at his alma mater, the University of California at Los Angeles.

“When I took this job, my intention was to prove that I could be a successful head coach,” said Crum. “And then when Coach [John] Wooden retired, I’d go back and take his job and carry on with my alma mater. But I couldn’t make myself leave.”

Crum asked himself, “Why would you want to leave a place that you really enjoy, where you have a legitimate chance to be successful, and so many people that care about what youíre doing?”

“I can honestly tell you, this is a lot better place to live, right here,” Crum said.

At the age of 69, Crum currently works as a Special Assistant to U of L’s President, Dr. James R. Ramsey. He also co-hosts a radio talk show with former University of Kentucky head coach, Joe B. Hall.