By Joey Yazell–
The 2012-2013 year has been filled with events and activities of all sorts with something for everyone. With the work of the Student Activities Board and sports programs, U of L had moments and experiences throughout the school year that those in attendance will always remember. As the semester wraps up, U of L will hold a special place in some hearts. Memories of epic moments this past year will not be forgotten, and will be a benchmark in the schools history. We can look back to see how far we’ve come, as students, as men, women, and most of all Cardinals.
On Thursday March 21st 2013 rappers Kendrick Lamar and School Boy Q. performed a mesmerizing show at the Palace Theatre in Downtown Louisville. “Kendrick was dope, the Palace knows how to turn up!” Said Austin Smith
Carnival! Mardi Gras
In the Bingham humanities Quad, Smiles, Culture, authentic food, live performances, and diversity all came together to celebrate Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras.
Sleep Rock thy Brain
An exceptional performance of “Sleep Rock Thy Brain” by the U of L Theatre Department, the play was a collaboration between Actors Theatre as a part of Humana Festival of New American Plays, and ZFX Flying effects. Both Actors Theatre’s and U of L’s performances were performed at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School. The collaboration was the first of its kind and is raising the bar for New American Theatre and Universities.
The Buried Life
The cast of MTV’s “The Buried Life” visited campus April 11th to talk to students about thinking in different ways. Their motto is “Before I die I…” The cast gave a heartwarming inspirational speech and discussion and invited the crowd to share some of the things on their bucket lists. The cast got the audience thinking and gave them a purpose and reason to keep going.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Nobel Peace Prize Winning Activist Aung San Suu Kyi spoke in Comstock Hall in October. Speaking on the topic of her homeland of Burma, politically known as Myanmar, about its government. Suu Kyi is known around the world for speaking out about the authoritarian Burmese government, and the Democratization process. This talk was inspirational and left an impact on campus. Suu Kyi spoke for a total of nine minutes and answered questions for over an hour.
The University’s annual drag variety show in the SAC Multi purpose room in March this semester, and drew quite a crowd. Held by the LGBT center, the show benefitted the LGBT Centers Study abroad program, which is the first one in the south. PINK is U of L’s Longest running fundraiser and has been going since 1997 and plans to keep it rolling into the future.
A Lion Named Roar, The Kicks, and Caleb Performed live music in front of the red barn for a concert held by the Student Activities Board called Barnaroo. The show Rocked late into the night and gave away free t-shirts for the first 100 people there. They also provided free ice cream and food for the audience.
International Fashion Show 2013
Beautiful By Design was this years Motto for the #IFS2013. A Classy evening in the SAC multi purpose Room filled up quickly while flashes bombarded the red carpet outside. The crowd erupted when emcees Brina Joiner and KT Kennedy strolled the runway to kick off the night. The nights line up consisted of different cultural groups showing off native clothing and dances. The event drew a lot of well-deserved attention. It was an unforgettable experience.
Kerri Walsh Speaking to UofL VolleyBall Team
Kerri Wash is a Three Time Olympic Gold Medalist who spoke with the volleyball team in November. She spoke one on one with the team talking to them about what it takes to get to the level they want to achieve. She spoke on topics such as camaraderie and controlling competitive anxieties. This was a beneficial point for the volleyball team this year. It boosted their confidence and helped them finish out the season with a record of 30-4 winning the Big East regular season title and Big East Tournament.
Noah Efron on Iraeli Politics
In October this year Noah Efron visited U of L to speak on Israeli Politics and social justice. Being in the Israeli Army, Efron explains “Occupy Israel” and the decline of the natural.
Photos by Rae Hodge, Jessica Knebel, Nicholas Linares, Tricia Stern/The Louisville Cardinal