Fans encouraged to wear black, however some choose not to go

By Gavin Lapaille

One of the most disappointing regular seasons in University of Louisville school history will end Thursday as the Cards take on Rutgers University in the final home game of the season.

The Cards who sit at 5-6 overall and 2-4 in the Big East, need to win in order to become bowl eligible for the tenth straight season.

Standing on the other sideline will be the Scarlet Knights, who ended U of L’s shot at a National Championship last season.

The Scarlet Knights come in with a 7-4 record after a 20-16 win over the University of Pittsburgh last week. In that game, quarterback Mike Teel suffered a thumb injury late in the first half but was able to return later.

“We were all a little bit concerned,” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano stated after the game. “He could throw but he didn’t feel good about it. He said, “coach I don’t want to risk it.” We talked at the beginning of the third quarter and he warmed up and looked okay.”

Rutgers is led by running back Ray Rice, who leads the Big East with 1,612 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Rice needs 182 yards to break his own Big East record for most rushing yards in a season.

Rice was recently named finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back.

“I just feel good that I’m doing my job,” Rice told the Daily Targum. “I’m playing for these seniors, they deserve it. I’m going to go out there every week and give it my best.”

Although the game does not have the magnitude of last seasons, there is still plenty on the line for both teams. Rutgers will be looking to strengthening their bowl position, while U of L hopes to avoid their first losing record since 1997.

After suffering the worst loss in 20 years with a 55-17 downer to the University of South Florida last week, some U of L fans were not hesitant to show their disdain for the team’s play this season.

“I’m very disappointed,” freshmen sports administration major Will Glover said. “I’m selling my ticket (to the Rutgers game). It isn’t worth going.”

Others were a bit more understanding.

“The season is disappointing, yes, but we have a new coach and it takes a while to learn a new system,” junior political science major Terrance Sullivan said.

Junior biology major Roger Dotsey and junior education major Sarah Brown agreed that fans should stick behind their team no matter what happens on the field.

“I’ll support them for life,” Dotsey said. “No matter what.”

The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and televised nationally by ESPN. The game has been designated as a “Black Out” game with fans encouraged to dress in all black.

Read, Irwin win annual Turkey Trot

By Craig Healy

Early last week, University of Louisville students across campus battled the frigid weather to compete in the 54th running of the Turkey Trot. The intramural 2.3 mile road race, the “Turkey Trot”, is a great tradition at U of L and is the oldest consecutively run road race in the state of Kentucky.

“I entered the event to support my fraternity’s Pi Kappa Alpha intramurals but also just for fun,” sophomore computer information systems major Patrick Read said. “I enter road races every now and then, and this race being on campus made it an easy choice.”

Read took the crown by finishing first in the men’s division while Emily Erwin of Delta Zeta took the crown for the women’s division. Earlier this year, Read suffered a stress fracture during training.

“It feels pretty good to win since I haven’t won many races since I started running, but in the bigger picture I’m just going to take it to mean that hopefully I’m in decent shape again,” Read said.

“I think it is fun just to get out there in the freezing cold and run through campus,” Sigma Chi member Harrison Rich said, who finished second in the men’s division behind Read. “I love competing against other guys. It gets the adrenaline going.”

Experience, training and determination is usually the key when competing in races. This can be said for this years Turkey Trot contestants.

“I have Physical Training every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:30 a.m,” sophomore Army ROTC and Sigma Chi member Peter Uthe said, who finished fourth in the men’s division. “I actually didn’t focus on the race more like I have been training for Army ROTC.”

The team to beat this year was Air Force ROTC which won the men’s overall division and tied for first in the women’s overall division with Delta Zeta. U of L student members involved in the armed forces showed what hard work and training can do.

“The only preparation you can do is to get out there and run on a weekly basis, to improve your overall health and fitness,” senior Air Force ROTC member Amber Helton said. “The Air Force ROTC participates in physical training four days a week. I am really, truly proud of the cadets who participated in the Turkey Trot and came out on top. We are all winners. We know that motivating ourselves and each other will help us complete any challenge handed to us.”

A great Thanksgiving tradition at U of L has past. All students can take notes from the contestants who participated in this years Turkey Trot to just get out their and stay in shape. Everyone who participated came out a winner.

Column: Wear black to funerals

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The athletic department is asking all fans to blackout for the game against Rutgers University. No, they haven’t come to the realization that getting blackout drunk is the only way to watch a 5-6 team play in sub freezing weather, instead they obviously know that black is the proper color to any funeral.

As we lay to rest this season of demise, we must be aware of the legacy that this senior class has left. In the season of Thanksgiving, allow me to give thanks to the seniors for all they have done.

I am thankful for…

Brian Brohm and Harry Douglas being the college equivalent to Indianapolis Colts duo Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.

Offensive guard Daniel Barlowe proving you can be both a student and an athlete by having a 3.96 GPA as a graduate student in exercise science while starting every game this year.

Art Carmody who will become the all time NCAA scoring leader with two points against Rutgers. I vow not to donate a cent to this school if that glorious #18 jersey is not retired.

Todd Flannery’s ability to live in the 10-foot shadow Carmody casts. It can’t be easy kicking alongside a legend.

Willie Williams not being like his namesake and eating marijuana. I prefer my Willie to be a run stopping defensive tackle rather than a convict.

Scott Kuhn having flowing blonde hair so that I always know when he is on the field. Similarly, I would like to thank linebacker Malik Jackson and safety Jon Russel for being two of 16 players with dreadlocks on the team. May this season be remembered as the year of outstanding hair.

Brandon Cox being the top rated defensive player for U of L on the NCAA Football 2008 video game. He wreaked havoc in many opponent’s digital backfields.

Preston Smith switching to linebacker. He was recruited as a quarterback, but leaves U of L a 6-1 220-pound hitman.

Deon Palmer stepping up as a starting safety. (Note: He was not in on UK’s final drive).

Patrick Carter being a quarterback for one play, when he threw the game clinching touchdown to Anthony Allen in the Orange Bowl… oh the glory days.

Tight end Gary Barnidge jumping over a man during a game this season.

Linebacker Terrance Butler and offensive tackle Breno Giacomini always playing with heart. They were a testament to how the game should be played.

All 16 of the seniors have started in at least one game this season. When we look back, I hope they are remembered for bringing U of L a BCS bowl victory and being the reason for a pending 20,000 seat expansion. These athletes don’t deserve a 5-6 record, they deserve a high-five.

Remember, a man is judged by the number of people that show up to his funeral.

So on Thursday, show up and show some respect by wearing black as we lay to rest the senior class.

SGA President Hoffman to address students

By Sarah Mcsparin

The rising cost of tuition will be the most important issue of tonight’s Student Government Association Student Body Address, according to President Brian Hoffman.

“Today’s student should also be concerned about the University [of Louisville] keeping the welfare of students at the heart of all decisions,” Hoffman said.

The senior political science major also said that recent actions by the university have compromised that notion.

Tuition is expected to rise over six percent next year, after U of L’s funding request, which included a 5.5 percent increase that was rejected by the Council on Postsecondary Education earlier this month.

Tuition may go up as much as nine percent if full state funding is denied, according to U of L’s 12-year business plan.

Hoffman said his speech should provide a clear and official message to the University population. He also said that by attending, students can gain a better understanding of what U of L’s main issues are, “why they are important, and what they can do about it.”

Another issue likely to be tackled is the SGA’s Student Health petition. A Facebook group with nearly 300 members was created earlier this month to decry the lack of student health services on Belknap campus.

According to the petition, U of L’s purchase of a health building several blocks away from campus illustrates “a clear departure from the expressed opinion of the student body, as articulated by their student government.”

SGA will again attempt to engage students with tonight’s address, but will the student body listen? The student groups’ influence on issues like tuition increases have been called into question.

“If the SGA is the only way students can enact change, we have no choice but to try to work within the system,” said sophomore undecided major Crystal Embs.

“However, it seems to me that this system is inherently weak,” she said.

Louisville’s panhandling ban may be doing more harm than good

By Stephen Kristmas

For anyone who has ever spent any amount of time in the downtown area, it is nearly impossible to have escaped the phrase, “Excuse me, do you have a few dollars or some change you can spare?” Before that comes disclaimers of all types, something of a general apology, followed by justifications of anything from bus rides to something to eat.

The heart skips a few beats. All kinds of ideas and mental images rush through the brain in fractions of seconds. That simple request causes feelings of fear and danger to compete with compulsions toward compassion and giving. They tangle and thrash in a fray of moral and instinctual dilemma, often ending in an all too familiar, “No, sorry.”

The Louisville Metro Council now has an ordinance before them aimed at banning any panhandling in the Downtown area. Barring the soliciting of money-giving on the street within 20 feet of an ATM, on private and residential property, as well as after dark and on all modes of public transportation. This essentially eliminates the practice as we know it.

Also targeted in the ban is what has been termed “aggressive behavior” associated with panhandling, defined primarily as any activity that hinders a person’s free passage on the street or the pursuit of a person once they have denied a request.

The city’s agenda is undoubtedly justifiable: besides being a common nuisance, the unchecked behavior can compromise the safety of the people of the city. Aside from this personal safety, streets filled with panhandling deter pedestrian and foot traffic and in turn detract from patrons of local business and attractions.

With that in mind, without the practice of panhandling, what direct contact does the average city-dweller or patron have with the homeless? The ban is certainly a practical step and has enough bad side effects to be seen as a bruise on the skin of the city.

A bruise has systems within the body that recognize it and it doesn’t simply disappear. Often a bruise, despite the initial shock of the skin’s discoloration, is all too easily forgotten about once its immediate pain goes away.

Is another consequence of this ban, though, the alleviation of the pain of a sore – the compartmentalization of a very real and living problem? What follows is, yes, a cleaner and more openly friendly downtown. Where does the dirt go?

Killing the immediate pain of the problem makes everyone feel better, but is the only way to achieve this end denying that there is a stoppage of blood flow? Is it reasonable, with all considered, to expect it to unclot itself and flow back into the general circulation; a circulation that looks to forget that it ever stopped its flow?

Give the film a chance

By Sarah Horsley

Religious groups and parents alike are up in arms again as “The Golden Compass” makes its way into theaters this Christmas season.

The uproar began after claims had been made that the author, Phillip Pullman, is an atheist. Pullman wrote a series of books entitled “His Dark Materials,” on which the film is based.

Claims continue alleging Pullman wrote the books in retaliation to C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia,” because he hates Lewis, who was also an atheist, until he searched for the truth, and in the process converted to Christianity.

This is where the slander begins, because as research shows, these words never came out of Pullman’s own mouth.

The inaccuracies continue with the claim that the film concludes with the children killing God so that everyone can do as they wish. These are pretty strong and quite inaccurate accusations.

Consumers should get their facts straight before judging a movie for its content. In the books, the children have souls in animal form that live outside of their bodies.

These animals change forms until adulthood where the animal takes one form and sticks with it, as children come into their own. In the end of the series the children witness the death of an old and senile god who ends up not really being a god after all.

Consumers need to keep an open mind, and if they do not like the ideas behind the film that they are protesting so strongly against, then they have the freedom to either support it or to let it bomb at the box office.

Undoubtedly, just because the Pullman is an atheist does not mean the film must have the same beliefs that the author holds as an individual.

Viewers hated the idea of “The Passion of the Christ” when it came out in 2004, criticizing the movie for being anti-Semitic. Many non-Christians were upset that there would be something so graphic in theaters.

However, once again, they had the choice whether or not to watch it. Many discovered after viewing the film that is was in fact the way that events unfold in the Bible and that nothing was added or taken away to suggest otherwise.

While understanding the incredible message that may or may not be present, this is not a good enough reason to try and strip individuals of their freedom of choice. If you do not agree with the movie simply do not go. If you do, feel free to spend your money on it. Just do not, under any circumstances, start taking away our freedoms as Americans.

Remember that in the same way the writers have freedom of speech, consumers have freedom of choice.

Editorial: Students’ age-old protest needs to put history behind us

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The large statue at the meeting of Second and Third streets is again under attack by a group of students at the University of Louisville.

The monument is dedicated to “Our Confederate Dead,” and wherever Civil War history may arise, there is bound to be controversy.

A number of students would like to see the statue removed because of all the negative connotations associated with the Confederate States of America, especially their legalized slavery. However, ignoring history is not the best course of action.

The Civil War has been, by far, the bloodiest of all American conflicts. More Americans died in the Civil War than in all other wars combined. Shouldn’t we remember these deceased?

Heading into the war, Kentucky was in the unique position of being a border state. While never seceding from the Union, citizens in Kentucky may have either fought for the Union or for the Confederacy. Additionally, Kentucky had a Confederate-sympathizing shadow government situated in Bowling Green. This is the history of our great commonwealth.

To view the Civil War as entirely slave-centric is a naive approach, it’s too easy. As with so many wars, there were many sides of the issue and everyone had a different reason to fight. Many Confederates weren’t fighting for their slaves, but rather for the America that they envisioned, an America in which states could secede from the larger whole. They fought for an idea, their idealistic America.

History is important, and forgetting about the past benefits no one. This statue can become a conversation piece, opening a dialogue about the past. Removing it really doesn’t help anyone. As George Santayana famously quipped, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

In fact, the university is working on a plan which would provide a more diverse view of the war. In 2002 a plan was approved which would build memorials to commemorate the role that Louisville played in the Civil War. U of L’s Vice President of Business Affairs, Larry Owsley, said that they wanted to incorporate the monument and other memorials to tell “a bigger story about the struggle for freedom.”

This plan, when fulfilled with private donations would surely satisfy everyone, and would allow for every side of the issue to be represented.

Meanwhile, it’s important to remember that the current statue is not a pro-slave statue, it is not depicting a slave auction; it’s in honor of many great Americans, who died 140 years ago. Isn’t it time we move on to some more relevant issues?

New fraternity at U of L gains popularity, members

By Brittney Bruner

Before graduating in the spring, Brett Batchelor, a senior physics major, is leaving his impression on the University of Louisville and its Greek Life.

Batchelor is president of the new Greek organization at U of L – the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Although Batchelor didn’t become involved in Greek Life until his junior year, he saw the U of L chapter of Phi Delta Theta as an “opportunity to start something different and guide an organization.”

Among the current 12 Greek organizations within the Interfraternity Council, Phi Delta Theta will be the most recent addition since Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which was chartered on March, 27 1999.

On Feb. 25, 2006, Phi Delta Theta received its status as a colony and on Sat., Nov. 17, the organization was recognized by the university as well as the Phi Delta Theta headquarters in Oxford, Ohio as a full chapter and received their official charter.

According to Batchelor, students were significantly driven to establish Phi Delta Theta at U of L because of its “strong alumni connections” in Louisville with a rough estimate of about 6,500 alumni living within a 100 mile radius of the city.

“I was thrilled when Phi Delta Theta was selected by our expansion committee and the IFC,” said Joni Burke, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Greek Advisor at U of L.? “They had clearly demonstrated the strongest alumni support during their campus presentation.”

Ultimately, the group of young men currently recognized as pledges in the fraternity are the “founding fathers” of the Phi Delta Theta chapter at U of L, according to Batchelor, and they started from scratch – writing their own by-laws and starting their own traditions.

There are currently 38 members and, of these, 13 of the original that participated in gaining “colony” status back in the spring. Phi Delta Theta achieved their membership primarily though rush week and various promotional activities.

“We are very pleased that they have already achieved great success in the area of scholarship.?This past spring the Phi Delta?colony members earned?a 3.231,?the ‘Highest Semester Average’ of all of our campus fraternities,” said Burke.? “I know they will continue to be an asset to the University of Louisville in the years to come.”

“We look for members who fit the fraternity’s principles of friendship, sound learning and moral rectitude,” said Batchelor. “We have a commitment towards academics and equality towards all members. Because everyone is new, there is no division between the old pledges and the upcoming.”

Affirmed within the context of their mission statement, Phi Delta Theta “teaches men that these areas of commitment, outlined in The Bond of Phi Delta Theta, are not to be viewed as separate ideals, but as areas of discipline for daily life. Developments intellectually, in leadership and human service (to name a few) are vital to the men of Phi Delta Theta. A member will support, and in turn have the support of, his brothers as these principles are lived out.”

“Each additional fraternity?that we invite to U of L offers a different perspective on how to run a fraternity, new philanthropic groups they choose to support and more opportunities for scholarships and leadership experiences that our students can take advantage?of,” said Burke.

The fraternity is also “Haze Free.” According to their web site, “Phi Delta Theta does not condone any form of hazing. It is contrary to the purpose of fraternity, let alone Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.”

“Bringing on a new Greek organization invigorates our entire Greek community as evident by the fact that our fraternities recruited the most new members this fall since 1980,” said Burke. “We look forward to working with the Phi Delta members and encouraging them to reach their potential on our campus.”??

With the spring semester on its way, Phi Delta Theta looks forward to rush week and gaining substantial status on the U of L campus.

“Now that we have our charter,” said Batchelor, “we can focus on becoming one of the top chapters at the university.”

U of L UNICEF to host special concert

By Toma Lynn Smith

University of Louisville’s Chapter of UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund) will be hosting what their president, law student Justin Clark, said he has never heard of any other college doing before.

This Saturday, Dec. 1, he and his members will be hosting the 2007 Concert for Peace featuring Guest Speaker Nick Clooney, an operatic performance by soprano Caroline Worra and conductor Scott Voyles, a U of L alumnus.

Clark said Kentuckian Clooney, a renowned journalist, activist and father of Oscar winning actor George Clooney did not hesitate to be a part of this event. His topic of discussion will be Darfur, Sudan, a violent infested region of Africa. Clooney along with his son have “given numerous presentations around the country in an attempt to raise awareness of the region’s complex political atmosphere and the effects of war on its people,” stated the U of L UNICEF press release.

Along with this Kentucky native will be Voyles, who will voluntarily be a part of the event. Voyles attended Indiana University for graduate studies and will be accompanied by another I U alumnus, 2006 Grammy nominated Worra.

They will be accompanied by the all-star Asyla ensemble, who will perform Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, arranged for Chamber Ensemble by Erwin Stein.

The location of St. Francis in the Fields in Prospect, Kentucky is about 20 to 30 miles from U of L. The organization is not being charged for using the space.

Clark said the church has a beautiful structure and “spectacular acoustics.” He added that being a part of UNICEF’s goal to help the disadvantaged of the world is something very special. “We are very lucky in this country.”

The UNICEF U of L members including junior communication major Roberto Felix and senior business management major Craig Smith have been putting this together since summer.

Clark said he has put in about 15 to 20 hours a week since then. Felix was responsible for getting the production of 500 tickets made. Felix said he is getting great experience by, “putting on a show like this.”

Smith stated via e-mail that, “The?opera concert is a good challenge?for?UNICEF?U of L to have.?It?has the potential to be a good event?that raises a lot of money for a good cause.” Clark said their goal is to raise over $10,000.

The group’s efforts are assisted by university and outside organizations including the Student Government Association, Student Activities Board and the United Nations Association.

In addition to this, Clooney is covering his expenses to attend this event. And Worra’s travel expenses are being paid at a reduced rate by the U of L organization.

In the past the group has been involved in a number of fundraisers. Last month for Halloween, they raised $2700 for medical and school supplies for children around the world. This was done with the help of children from four local elementary and middle schools.

While the kids did their trick and treating, they asked for donations with orange decorated boxes provided by U of L UNICEF. They raised more money than any other chapter in the nation.

“Membership entails joining a national initiative of like-minded college students focused on alleviating the plight of children throughout the developing world via fundraising, educating, and advocating,” is part of their mission statement.

With this event in Prospect, Clark said he hopes their members will continue to support those who are less fortunate.

Students protest, seek removal of Confederate soldiers statue

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To its supporters, it is a memorial to those who died. To its detractors, it is representative of hate and violence.

These disagreements came to head when a group of about 30-35 protesters gathered near the Louisville Confederate Monument along Third Street on the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus last Tuesday.

The protesters gathered around the monument and tied up posters and banners calling for an end to racism and bigotry.

Some of the protestors, including Camilla Jasis, a sophomore women’s and gender studies major, support the removal of the statue.

“I’m surprised the city hasn’t [removed] it already,” Jasis said. She cited the monument as standing for racism and hate. She wishes that U of L “had something that stood for diversity and progress instead.”

The Confederate War Monument stands at 75 feet tall with three Confederate soldiers cast in bronze and inscriptions to the fallen. It was donated to the city of Louisville in 1895 by the Kentucky Woman’s Confederate Monument Association and sits on city-owned land.

However, since 1895, the campus has grown to surround the monument and many students walk past the monument everyday.

“The monument is both an emblem of history and a reminder of hate” Ray Loranger, a sophomore chemistry major said. “It is our responsibility at this day in age to remember those who fought but to also remain sensitive to the affects and effects of that fight.

“We already fought one Civil War on the issue, and it would reflect badly on us if we cannot restrain our passions and approach this issue understanding the pains that surround it,” Loranger said.

However, plans have been underway since November of 2002 to include changes to Freedom Park, where the statue is located, in order to better represent the community.

According to University Archives, U of L’s Vice President of Business Affairs Larry Owsley and Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Dean Blaine Hudson, collaborated in late 2002 to make several additions to the park.

According to the plan, those changes include a plaza to be devoted to the “struggle for freedom,” one or more major statues, exhibits focusing on the Underground Railroad and other Civil War events in Louisville, a Civil War battlefield memorial featuring historic trees, use of The Playhouse for performances, lectures and other events related to Freedom Park and a Web site.

According to Owsley some of the aforementioned features have been added to the park, but the remaining features to be added are pending due to a lack of private funding. Owsley said that U of L has made grant requests in attempts to implement the changes before the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, which will be on Feb. 9, 2009.