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50 tweets of Grey

By Genevieve Mills–

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve probably heard of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey.” And chances are, you’ve also heard a joke about it. A couple months ago, I decided that in order to make fun of “Fifty Shades” with authority, I should actually read the book. Part of me was saying, “No, don’t do it! Everyone says it’s horribly written and you are too much of an English junkie to handle that without a mental breakdown!” and “It started as ‘Twilight’ fan-fiction! No good can come of ‘Twilight’ fan-fiction!” But most of me was curious. I figured I might as well give it a try. How bad could it be?

Very bad. So bad that I managed to stop banging my head against the keyboard — it was the kindle version because I can’t have people see me reading this nonsense — every time I saw a grammatical error or ridiculous word choice and started to laugh at the antics of Anastasia Steele, the protagonist — a term I use loosely, as it usually describes a character with an actual personality — of the novel, and her sex buddy Christian Grey, a man who James describes — several times, in case readers haven’t gotten the symbolism in the title yet — as “fifty shades of f—ed up.”

While laughing slightly hysterically — I might’ve injured myself on my keyboard — I figured I’d share my laughter/pain with my friends via Twitter, and someone — who will probably get a demotion after it prints — decided these tweets were worth sharing via the newspaper, and so here we are. It’s a book review, kind of.

And yes, I did read “Twilight” too. I was a freshman in high school. It was a dark time in my life; I’m not proud of it.

Ekstrom Library.

Continuing studies at U of L: The Cardinal talks to Betty Neurath and Callie McCrocklin

Betty Neurath, 71, grew up in Portland in Louisville’s west end.

By Harry Jacobson-Beyer–

As explained in part one of this series on the Continuing Studies Program at U of L one group of Continuing Studies students are adults 65 years of age and older. These senior students attend the university tuition free and are not interested in obtaining a degree. They attend classes for the challenge of learning something new.

In part two you met Don Stern and Al and Anita Golden. Today meet Betty Neurath and Callie McCrocklin.There are 53 senior adults enrolled in this program and 5 of them spoke to the Cardinal about their experiences at U of L and shared some of their life stories.

Betty Neurath, 71, grew up in Portland in Louisville’s west end. She attended Shawnee High School and the University of Louisville. After graduating college she worked as a medical technologist. Her husband, Sonny, also from Louisville, was a dentist and Betty worked in her husband’s dental practice part time.

Betty started auditing classes at U of L when she was 48 years old. Some senior friends of hers who were Continuing Studies students at U of L got her interested in the program. “I had a degree already and I just wanted to sit in on the classes. I didn’t want to take tests. I didn’t do the homework. I paid for classes just like regular students….I just enjoy going in and listening to the lecture.…I like these courses as much or more than anything I’ve ever done.” she told the Cardinal.

In college Betty majored in Medical Technology and had a lot of science classes. As a result her interest now is history. She has taken some classes several times under different professors. She explained that each professor emphasizes different aspects of the subject.

“The interesting thing is if you take a different professor teaching the same course you’ll have a completely different experience. I’ve taken Revolutionary war 3 times under 3 different professors and everyone of them has been different,” she said.

In addition to her history classes at U of L Betty attends lectures at the Filson Historical Society on 3rd Street in Louisville.

Like the other seniors interviewed Betty’s experiences with her fellow students has been positive and interesting. When asked about her experiences with her younger classmates she related how she came into class early one day and struck up a conversation with an undergrad who wanted to know if she was minoring in the subject. She told him she was auditing. He didn’t know what that meant and after telling him he couldn’t believe she wasn’t getting a grade. “He was there just to get his grade,” she said.

Betty has an interest in sports. When she was younger. She played volleyball, tennis, baseball and basketball. She and her husband also liked to hike, ride bicycles and sail. She doesn’t do these things anymore but she still works out with a trainer at the Louisville Tennis Club’s fitness center where she has been a member for 30 years. Betty gets her sports fix when she attends the U of L women’s basketball and volleyball games at the KFC Yum Center.On another occasion Betty was in McDonald’s and met a lady there who had been in one of her courses. The woman said to her “You know, I just really admired you for taking that course.”

In her spare time Betty volunteers at the Neighborhood House in Portland.

Callie McCrocklin, 82, grew up in New Hampshire and attended Wheaton College where she received a BA in the Classics in 1952.

Callie McCrocklin, 82, heard about the Continuing Studies program from Al and Anita Goldin whom you met in part two.

Callie grew up in New Hampshire and attended Wheaton College  where she received a BA in the Classics in 1952. She then attended a Business Administration program at Harvard/Radcliff where she received a Certificate of Completion (women were not eligible to  receive advanced degrees in Business Administration at that time). In 1955 she graduated from the Wharton Graduate Division at the University of Pennsylvania and was in the first group of women to receive MBAs there.

Callie’s husband is a surgeon and grew up in Louisville. She met him while he was a resident at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. After residency and a stint with the Air Force at the Strategic Air Command Base in Thule, Greenland he returned to Kentucky and started a surgery practice at a small hospital in Carrolton, KY.

Because her husband needed a nurse Callie attended the Spalding College (now Spalding University) School of Nursing and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and and then worked as his assistant. “I was like a nurse practitioner today,” she said.

She and her husband purchased a farm in Carrolton and Callie managed it while assisting her husband in his practice.

After they retired from medicine and sold their farm in the early ’90s, Callie and her husband moved to Louisville and started taking history classes at U of L. Her husband is no longer able to attend the university.

Callie also regularly attends lectures at the Filson Historical Society on 3rd Street in Louisville with Betty Neurath.

When asked about her younger classmates Callie said “It’s fun being there with the young people. People ask me why don’t I go to Veritas (a program for seniors run by Bellarmine University)? I say no because I like the whole atmosphere at U of L.”

During the course of her conversation with the Cardinal Callie mentioned that she reads the New Yorker on her iPad. She also has a computer and a cell phone. When asked about her use of technology she said, “I grew up with them (computers). I put the first computer system for industry in this town at Anaconda Aluminum, in their corporate office.”

In her spare time Callie does pilates, walks every day and she is writing an online cookbook.

This is the third installation in a four-part series on the continuing studies program.

Read on:

Pt. I: Continuing studies: Students 65+ enrolled at UofL

Pt. II Continuing studies at U of L: The Cardinal talks to Don Stern, Anita & Al Goldin

Pt. IV: My UofL experience: The campus life of a  continuing studies student

Harry Jacobson-Beyer is a Continuing Studies student who qualifies for tuition remission. He can be reached at


Review: ‘House at the End of the Street’

By Rebecca Timberlake–

Coming off the success of “The Hunger Games”, Jennifer Lawrence has been acquiring roles very different from that of Katniss Everdeen in an attempt to avoid typecasting. “House at the End of the Street”, her first film released since playing Katniss, is definitely a different genre.

The movie plays on every big city teen’s biggest fear-moving to the middle of nowhere without any friends or shopping malls nearby. And, of course, the gruesome murders in the house at the end of the street, coincidentally next door to Elissa, Lawrence’s character, and her mother’s new dwellings, is no perk, either. Between the morality-lacking citizens of the town and Elissa’s poor relationship with her single mom, who is played by Elisabeth Shue, she’s in a pretty rough spot in life when the audience first encounters her.

Still, to truly fulfill the scary element, rumor has it that the murderer, a deranged and brain damaged teen girl who killed her parents, is living wild in the woods between the home of Elissa and the house the murders took place in. The house happens to be inhabited by Ryan, the son of the murdered and brother of the murderer. To complicate things, the town hates Ryan and shuns him for what his sister did; however, Elissa cannot help but feel sympathy for the handsome outcast with a troubled past.

For most of the film, the plot seems jumpy and sporadic. There are seemingly large holes in the story line, and at times it becomes difficult not to hate how commanding Elissa comes off,  especially for a new girl in town. However, it is Ryan, played by Max Thieriot, who makes Elissa more likeable and agreeable. At the same time, it’s aggravating that halfway through the scary movie the best part is the romantic elements, which is the easiest sub-plot to follow.

Then, the twist happens. Suddenly, entire chunks of the film begin to make sense, and the story becomes intriguing nearly two-thirds of the way through. Though it still lacks anything truly scary, at least now there is something going on.

Despite the overwhelming desire to hail Lawrence’s performance as her best yet, it isn’t. Although she portrayed the character well, there was an inability to rationalize how her character, who is from Chicago, could be so naïve in social gatherings, yet so smart as to MacGyver her way out of what would have undoubtedly been a deadly situation. Elissa came across as socially awkward in some situations where it was possible that the character was meant to seem indifferent, or even cruel. No doubt most of these issues have more to do with the script that Lawrence’s acting, which at its worst is still better than most.

It is, however, very easy to see why Elissa falls for the charming, handsome Ryan. Max Theriot is almost unrecognizable with dark hair and a much more mature look for the role. He makes Ryan easy to sympathize with, as well as likeable as the older boy next door. By all accounts, he is how Elissa sees him—respectable, wounded and misunderstood. However, when the scene called for Ryan to be cause for concern, namely the first scene when he appears mysteriously in a car and offers Elissa a ride to her house, Thieriot gives Ryan just enough edge to make the audience groan when Elissa accepts.

If Lawrence was only two-thirds the actress she normally is in ‘“The House at the End of the Street”, then the supporting cast was just plain dull. Shue and Gil Bellows, who played the sheriff, seemed hollow in their characters, once again an issue most likely to blame more on the script than the actors themselves. It seemed that when the sheriff showed up, it was only to satisfy the need to get Elissa’s mom away from the action. He was the stereotypical backwoods sheriff, hitting on the new mom in town, always hanging out at the local hospital or high school and being overprotective of the ‘black sheep’ of the community. Shue’s performance was very much like Lawrence’s in that the name brings excitement to the viewer because she is known for her talent, yet it was as if she only gave it part of the effort she normally would. Still, Shue was not given much to work with; her character is the stock role of the mom that really wants to be the mother she was never able to be before, but in doing so becomes far too overprotective that it drives the daughter away. If she isn’t nagging Elissa, then it is probably because she is at work, or too busy not understanding who her daughter is on a personal level.

At the end of the movie, the plot evolves into a decent story. Though it lacks anything really scary and takes time to grab the audience’s attention, it ends on a very fascinating and disturbing note – which surely means a sequel is already in the works. Although it falls short of the claims it makes in its advertising, “The House at the End of the Street” is an entertaining flick to see with friends, particularly ones that enjoy providing their own commentary on how Elissa should clearly see what’s coming her way.
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By Kassie Roberts

Undocumented: Jose Antonio Vargas shares his story

Jose Vargas inspires UofL students with his story of coming out at the Red Barn on Oct. 3.

By Simon Isham–

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and advocate for immigration reform and LGBT rights, was asked to speak on the “intersection of identity”, the theme for this year’s U of L Pride Week. He delivered his speech on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the Student Activities Center.

Brian Buford, who is the Director of the Office of LGBTQ Services on campus and who introduced Vargas, described the speech as “fabulous.” Buford stated that Vargas was surprisingly easy to book for a speaking engagement, but that “two weeks after we booked him, he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. I suspect he would have been much harder to book if we had tried to do it then.”

Vargas’ keynote was peppered with supplementary multimedia elements such as videos and still photographs of his life and work.

One particularly telling video dealt with Vargas’ recent trip to Birmingham, Ala., where a modern civil rights movement is still evolving. The words “Is this Alabama?” appeared on the screen. The shot cut to Vargas sitting at a café table adjacent to that of a man and woman, both of whose faces had been digitally blurred to mask their identities.

The scene broke in the midst of a spectacle that had already been going on for some time. The man was yelling in a thick southern accent, bellowing to Vargas rather than at him, his profanity-ridden opinions on undocumented immigrants to the U.S.

After listening to the belligerent rant for a minute, Vargas calmly asked, “And what if I told you I am one of them?”

Without missing a beat, the man replied, “You don’t have your papers? The you need to get the f— out.”

Vargas learned that he was undocumented at the age of 16, when he went to his local California Department of Motor Vehicles to register for a learner’s permit. When he approached the counter to hand the clerk his identification, she informed him that it was a forgery, and warned him not to return. At first, he thought it was a joke, but the clerk was serious.

On the way back to his house, he went over what he knew about himself: he had been born in the Philippines and had lived there until age 12. In an attempt to provide him with a better quality of life, his mother had sent him to live with his grandparents in Silicon Valley in 1993.

Upon arriving at home, he confronted his grandfather about the situation. Rather than engaging Vargas with the compassionate demeanor that Vargas had anticipated after having been kept out of the loop, his grandfather chose to address the situation by interrogating his grandson as to why he would have taken such a big risk in the first place.

But Vargas wasn’t done coming out, wasn’t done “taking risks”; there were portions of his being which had yet to surface.

“I just couldn’t live with two lies,”  said Vargas.

Just one year after the incident at the DMV, at 17, Vargas’ publically admitted that he is gay for the first time, after his class had watched the Oscar-winning documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk.”

One quote in particular stood out to Vargas from that film. On Nov. 17, 1977, Milk made a tape recording in which he said, “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” Almost one year later, on Nov. 27, 1978, Milk was assassinated in his office.

At the conclusion of the film, the class entered into a period of discussion about the film when Vargas raised his hand, blurted out a few comments on the picture and then came out to his class. “Then I ran out in the hallway (to calm down),” said Vargas.

His grandfather, working for minimum wage, had saved up $4,000 for the day when Vargas married a woman and started a family. The fact that Vargas was uninterested in the lifestyle that his grandfather had hoped to prepare him for caused some tension between the two of them.

“He kicked me out of the house,” said Vargas. “But sometimes the ones you love the most are the ones who hurt you the most.”

These early events contributed, years later, to Vargas’ decision to found, a site built to help undocumented immigrants tell their stories and to take responsibility for their identities.

Vargas has also made a pet project out of purging the phrase “illegal immigrants” from the journalistic lexicon.  Although he was unsuccessful in convincing the powers that be at the Associated Press and the New York Times, he did receive affirmative responses from NBC, as well as several college newspapers, including the Louisville Cardinal.

“… I am not illegal,” Vargas said. “Because human beings are not, and cannot be, illegal.”

Although his passionate coverage of immigration issues makes his articles likely to go viral, he tries his best to remain true to the cause for which he is fighting. Becoming a celebrity was simply not on his to-do list. To illustrate his point, he held up a copy of the Oct. 3 LEO Weekly, which features a dominant photo of Vargas and the headline, “Out of the Shadows.”

Brian Buford, director of LGBT services, introduces Vargas.

“I’m a little uncomfortable with this,” he said, “I told the guy who interviewed me not to make my photo this big. I don’t want this to become ‘The Jose Show’.”

Vargas also recognized that no matter how well known his face becomes, he and other undocumented immigrants could not win their fight alone; they would need support from American citizens.

He concluded his thoughts by encouraging his audience “to become a part of the conversation.”

Katie Keeling, an freshman who is considering a major in fine art, is a resident at U of L’s LGBTQ-themed Rustin Community, said: “It’s a lot easier to be accepting of undocumented immigrants when you hear their stories and realize that it’s not as simple as we (might want to) think it is…We (at Rustin) live by nonviolence principles, and you can tell that Jose (Vargas) has made a lot of progress by using nonviolence principles. He reaches a lot of people through the media, not through violence.”

The Office of LGBT Services also hosted an after-party at Amicí Café, where the discussion continued. Any who attended were able to meet Vargas face-to-face and ask any questions that they had not had answered.

Ben Sollee, Louisville native, performed two nights in a row at Headliners Music Hall.

Ben Sollee: A Half-Made Man

Ben Sollee, Louisville native, performed two nights in a row at Headliners Music Hall.

By Zach Adams–

Activist, entertainer, family man and poet are just a few words that describe Kentucky native Ben Sollee. For those of you who don’t know, Ben Sollee is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, who is a major figurehead in the Louisville music scene. He is an environmentalist who speaks out against mountain top striping, especially in the eastern parts of Kentucky. To raise awareness for the cause Ben Sollee has released an album entitled “Dear Companion” in which he collaborates with another Kentucky musician Daniel Martin Moore. On his tours he “ditches the van” and transports instruments and equipment via bicycles to support more bikeways and to reinvigorate the bike as an assessable mean of transportation. Sollee primarily plays the cello, which he was introduced to in band during junior high.

Coming from a musical family, Sollee taught himself how to use the cello for purposes other than just playing classical music. As a revolutionist to the art, Ben Sollee’s music stems from a blend of r&b, rock, folk, and Bluegrass. 2012 has been a busy year for Mr. Sollee. He has embarked on a nationwide tour and made his presence known at various music fests, such as the legendary Newport Folk Festival and Louisville’s own Forecastle music festival. This past September, Ben Sollee released his third studio album “Half-Made Man”, which was recorded right here in Louisville, Kentucky and can be found on i-tunes.

“This album is all about portraits”, he states, giving the album a personal sense of who he is and who we are. The phenomenal album took only two weeks to record and features native Kentucky musicians.

Over the fall break I had the luxury to catch a Ben Sollee show for two nights here in Louisville at Headliners Music Hall. Before the show Ben could be seen walking around the venue chasing his young son who was dressed as a ninja turtle, obviously quite ecstatic for the upcoming Halloween season. As he chased his young one around, Ben took the time to talk to fans and thank them for coming to the show; something that you don’t see much in today’s music business. Persons of all ages and races were in attendance to witness such an event and as the crowd began to form; I saw that there was a wide demographic coming to see Ben Sollee. This was my first Ben Sollee show and I can say that I was not disappointed. Sollee connects with the crowd and never allows a dull moment.

“This is an independent business, there is no big record label behind this, it’s just you and us”, Sollee states on stage Friday night. With a connection like this to a fan base, it creates something special and keeps the music sincere. Ben Sollee’s electric performances deem him a must see in concert.

“Although I live in Lexington, I call Louisville my home”, he confesses at the show.

From your fans Ben, we say, “welcome home.”

To learn more about Ben Sollee, his music and his cause, you can find him on I-tunes and visit his website:
Photo: Zach Adams/The Louisville Cardinal


Pride Week shows campus-wide tolerance

Brian Buford, detractor of LGBT services, introduces a key note speaker for Pride Week.

By Aimee Jewell–

Pride Week, an annual celebration of the LGBT culture around the University of Louisville campus took place Sept. 30 to Oct. 5. The first week in October was packed with festivities that encouraged students to be free to celebrate their sexuality – gay or straight. Beginning the pride week festivities, LGBT members and allies alike attended the Pride Week worship service that took place on Sunday, Oct. 30. A Pride Week Cookout happened the following Monday afternoon and was put on by common Ground, providing food, fun, and Pride t-shirts for those who attended. Here, LGBT sponsors were also invited to show support for members of the community, by setting up tables and telling students of their involvement in the LGBT society.

Later Monday night, there was a film screening and answer segment, followed by an important seminar, “Learning to Reduce, Prevent and Cope with Stress,” in which Dr. Stephanie Budge and the Counseling Psychology Trans LGBQ Lab on Tuesday afternoon.  Tuesday night, common Ground and PFLAG dedicated the evening to students, parents and friends who wanted to share stories and experiences about having a son, daughter or friend in the LGBT community. Listeners also provided advice for those who shared.

A “Lunch and Learn” took place on Wednesday afternoon, giving students an opportunity to learn about the role white voters have in the upcoming election, focusing mainly on immigration and how oppression can be stopped. Wednesday evening, the keynote speaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, took stage, discussing his work as a Pulitzer Prize winner, founder, an openly gay man and an immigration reform activist. Vargas was the topic of a recent Time article, in which he stated not only his opinions on immigration laws and how they needed to be changed, but also admitted to being an illegal immigrant. Vargas shared with a smaller student audience earlier in the afternoon about his extremely successful background, but also the scary reality that he could be taken from this country one day, despite his overall achievements. Clay Berry, a senior at UofL and former president of commonGround said that this was the most exciting event of the week.

Berry, who came out a little over five years ago, went on to say that it was the best thing he’s done for himself. “Pride Week allows us to be loud and proud and not afraid to show people who we really are.”

Thursday afternoon, a luncheon featuring Mandy Carter from the National Black Justice Coalition took place in the Cultural Center, followed by the UofL LGBT Alumni Association Reception at the University Club. A film viewing and discussion on the movie, “Brother Outsider”, took place Thursday night, where students and faculty were invited to converse about the life of Bayard Rustin, an activist and March organizer for gay rights.

Rounding out the week, LGBT Services hosted a seminar discussing smart sex. “Let’s Talk About (Safe) Sex,” hosted by the LGBT Services Ambassador, Marissa Sparkman, and the Office for Health Promotions urged students to make educated choices when taking part in sexual behavior. That night, the intersection ambassadors in the Red Barn put on a Pride Dance.

“The Pride Dance was really nice because you got to see people, who are typically really shy or a little self conscious around others, let loose and know that they could have fun and not be judged for it,” stated sophomore intersection ambassador, Jacob Jones. “It’s just reassurance that I picked the right university. It gives me a sense of belonging to know the university is supportive of me”.

Get Involved: Every 1 Reads program helps young students

A result of the Greater Louisville Inc.’s Education Task force, the Every 1 Reads program was outlined in the 2003 Report on Education. The program is described as “a community-wide effort to have every child in JCPS reading at grade level by 2008. The program is still running and requesting volunteers. “The number of children reading below grade level is now approximately 8.5 percent – down from nearly 20 percent before the Every 1 Reads initiative started.” Get more information by visiting: To easily register to volunteer to read with JCPS students visit:


St. James Art Fair kick-off slideshow

By Rae Hodge–

Pedestrians poured into the streets of Old Louisville for the 56th Annual Saint James Art Show on Friday. Armed with canvas totes and giant sunglasses, the art-seekers milled through dozens of vendors who hawked their latest creations from within their booths along 4th and Magnolia streets. The Louisville Cardinal has an early-bird slideshow for those who want a preview of this weekends events, and a heads-up on the most interesting artists.


The Cordwainer, custom leatherwork

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Joe Huber’s farm brings pumpkins to the barnyard for those that don’t want to pick their own.

Editors’ Choice: Five fun things to do this October

The fountain at St. James Court.

By Simon Isham–

St. James Court Art Show: Oct. 5 through 7

From exhibitions by the best of the DuPont Manual High School’s Visual Art students to 60-year veterans, the St. James Court Art Show welcomes all ages to participate, all united by their talent and passion for art. More than 750 North American craftspeople gather annually to share, sell and judge each other’s artistic creations. The show is five decades old and held in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood, the largest contiguous collection of Victorian homes in the country. The show has been consistently rated the best art show in the country by professional panelists for the trade journal Sunshine Artist and is an excellent way to start to see a variety of art from all over the continent in a beautiful and secure setting. The art show’s profits have in the past benefitted the preservation of the neighborhood—notably the court’s iconic fountain—to the great pride and honor of many of the court’s residents.

Oktoberfest: Ongoing

Celebrate your German heritage—or just the influence of a global culture—with Louisville’s Oktoberfest. The German community in Louisville takes it very seriously; however, the festivities are somewhat piecemeal. Despite this, there are quite a few Oktoberfest activities that can give this month a taste of the Old Country. The Original Butchertown Oktoberfest is one of the most cherished Oktoberfest traditions in Louisville, despite vanishing completely for almost a decade before making a surprise comeback in 2010. This year, it will be held in the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot on Oct. 6. Over 10,000 attendees are expected. The festival happens rain or shine, but outside alcohol is prohibited, as are pets. On Oct. 13, the Belle of Louisville will be offering a special three-hour Oktoberfest cruise complete with German music and a buffet. It ends at 3 p.m., which should give you just enough time to head over to the German-American Club for Dave Van Tassel’s performance at 4 p.m. Schnitzelbank is the official caterer of Louisville’s Oktoberfest-ivities, so any time during the week you find yourself craving German food, they are always available. Finally, the Bluegrass Brewing Company created a beer some years back, which bears the label “Oktoberfest”. It is quite highly rated among local connoisseurs, so for those old enough to drink, it might be worth a try. The German-American Club is located at 1840 Lincoln Ave. and Schnitzelbank is located at 393 3rd Ave. in Jasper, IN.

“Historic Houseparties”: Oct. 14, 27 and 28

Ever wish you could experience the early 1800s in all the wealth of a grand estate? This October, you have two opportunities to do just that! The first occurs on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Farmington, the historic mansion in the Highlands where the influential Speed family made their home. Today, their legacy survives on U of L’s Belknap campus in the dedications of J.B. Speed School of Engineering and the Speed Art Museum. Farmington’s annual Harvest Festival includes such activities as shopping for traditional crafts, listening to local music, participating in an archaeology program, dining on local food and, of course, touring the house and grounds. Admission is $5, and the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Farmington is located at 3033 Bardstown Road. The second opportunity is at Locust Grove, the home of Major William Croghan, on the Oct. 27-28 weekend. The Market Fair takes place every year as well and allows visitors to watch popular entertainment of the period, observe mock-skirmishes, shop for replica military and household items, eat traditional cuisine and converse with early-American reenactors. The house is also open for tours. Admission is $6, and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. over both days. Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Ln.

Joe Huber’s farm brings pumpkins to the barnyard for those that don’t want to pick their own.

Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant: Ongoing

Joe Huber’s Family Farm is a place that all native Louisvillians find themselves at some point, whether for a family reunion picnic or a solo trip to get away from it all. Each October, if you’re in need of a jack-o’-lantern for your home, dorm or Halloween party, Huber’s lets you pick your own pumpkin from the vine and purchase it in their general store. Be advised that the biggest pumpkins go the quickest, so it is in your best interest to get up to the farm ASAP. If you start feeling peckish after tromping around in the field, Joe Huber’s Restaurant is a good place to enjoy farm-fresh, country-style lunches and dinners. Once again, though, October is one of their busiest times of year, so making a reservation is recommended. Those of you who are 21 and over can pay a visit to Huber’s Vineyard and Winery, which stocks several Starlight, Indiana exclusives, for a tasting. Those of you who are not yet of age can purchase homemade ice cream, go through a corn maze, shop for rustic and seasonal home decor, hitch a hayride, pick your own produce, or just sit back and enjoy the open space. Huber’s will be open every day this October. Joe Huber’s Family Farm is located across the river at 19816 Huber Rd. in Starlight, IN.

The actors at the 7th Street Haunt strike a pose.

7th Street Haunt: Every wknd. through Oct. 28

The 7th Street Haunt is a brand new haunt in Louisville; the owners gained access to the warehouse space just this June and have been spending all of their free time building the attraction, auditioning actors and getting the necessary safety checks. According to Ryan Coomer, a junior theatre arts major at U of L who is also a makeup artist and actor with the 7th Street Haunt, it is rife with fresh new ideas and scares. Ryan shared the haunt’s backstory with the Cardinal. Sometime in the 1960s, “Dr. Harmon, a scientist in Transylvania, has created a machine that makes people hallucinate and see their greatest fears. Each room in the (13,000+ square foot) haunt makes the hallucinations stronger and stronger.” But that’s not the only thing the haunt has to offer. There is also a photo booth, an indoor line–which is to say, ‘a course that is open rain or shine’, a concession stand and a casket ride that lets you experience your own funeral and burial. How creepy is that? General admission is $20, but you can get a five-dollar discount if you bring a 7th Street Haunt Flyer. There are also student discounts if you bring your student ID. It also holds the distinction of being the only Louisville haunt that is fully handicap accessible. It is located, obviously, on 7th Street, right next to the Expo 5 Center.

Laureate Maureen

Axton Reading Series brings Poet Laureate Maureen Moorehead to campus

By Genevieve Mills–

This year’s Axton Reading Series started with Kentucky poet laureate Maureen Morehead. Morehead is a U of L graduate who has written four books of poetry, and taught at the nearby Manual High School for over 30 years. In Ekstrom’s Chao Auditorium, Morehead read both older and most recent poems from her various books.

As Sena Naslund, U of L’s Writer in Residence, said in her introduction, Morehead’s poems are “full of color.” Ranging in topic from tsunami survivors to teaching, Morehead manages to create vivid images without many words. All her poems were rather short, but very descriptive.

In the first poem she read, titled “A Woman Remembers Hiroshima” is from the point of view of a Hiroshima survivor, a girl who wrote her name on her arm because she thought she was going to die and wanted people to be able to recognize her body. Morehead writes that the moment the bomb dropped “I winced, looking/and then my father was gone/ and the garden also/ and then there was nothing/ but light and pain.”

Morehead read her poems in a conversational tone. She explained how studying literature shows in her poetry, and how teaching English has affected her poetry as well.

For example, in “Daniel Gray”, which is  written  from  a teenage boy’s point of view, the title character has to write an essay on Hemingway for class so Moorehead slips imagery from Hemingway into the poem.

Her poems are written in many different points of view, but in a way that is unmistakably Morehead’s. Her language is often simple but creates strong images and feelings. In “The Test” she writes about her students taking the ACT, but manages to give a deeper meaning to the simple event, “In a silent room/ with fluorescent sun/ to win what armors/ can be won.”

After she read from her poems, there was a question-and-answer session, as with every Axton reader. When asked how much time daily she dedicates to writing, Morehead answered that it’s just something she does when the spirit moves her, but she says this is horrible advice for aspiring writers, and anyone who wants to write should schedule time for it every day. She said she often writes in the family room where she “can see the trees” and raising children she has learned to write with noise around her.

The Axton reading series continues Oct. 13th at the Writer’s Block Festival with Anis Mojgani. He’ll read from one of his two poetry collections at 6 p.m. at the Cressman Center.

The next reader at U of L will be Mary Reufle, a winner of the William Carlos Williams award and author of multiple books of poetry and prose. She’ll read Nov. 8th, 7:30 p.m. in Ekstrom’s Bingham Poetry Room. The next day she will host a master class in Humanities room 300 from 10 a.m. to noon.
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