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The Features section caters to everything you need to know about culture on campus and the Louisville community. Here we explore the arts, student events and the latest trends that make U of L unique.


U of L parking overflow causes problems at The Province

Very few parking spots can be found a The Province since the implementation of the overflow lot.

By Tyler Mercer–

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2013, the University of Louisville’s new student recreation center has begun construction. This construction has directly affected residents of both University of Louisville Properties housing and those of the Province. Students, who would normally have parked in the lot next to Kurz Hall, are now being forced to park in a new student parking lot that was opened this semester at the Province.

Students must now use the Province’s bridge to access their vehicles and because of this, safety has become a concern for both sets of residents. Amanda Puckett, a freshman psychology major at the University of Louisville, said, “I always feel a little bit weary when I have to walk over to my car. I would think that a lot of students feel that way. In the back of their minds, I’m sure there is some worry that something will happen to them or maybe even their car if it’s parked off campus.”

A representative from the University of Louisville housing department reported that there are blue lights stationed in the new lot along with a security guard near the pedestrian bridge and walking security guards in the parking lot itself.

With this increase in foot and vehicle traffic, residents of the Province are noticing more activity in their own neighborhood. Commuter students, who normally would have to park a good distance from campus, have started to use the Province’s parking lot because it is not patrolled.

“No one checks these lots for passes so students can park here for free without fear of a parking ticket,” said Jessica Bartlett, a resident at the Province, “I don’t feel safe when I have to park a building or two away at night when the lot at my building is full, and I have to struggle back to my apartment with my backpack and groceries.”

Bartlett also voiced concerns about her personal safety at the Province. “Someone was robbed at gunpoint in my good friend’s building. I know these things can happen regardless of the new parking, but with the new lot there are more people in and around the complex.”

Students from U of L, who now park at the Province, should keep this information in mind when deciding when they travel to their vehicles and what exactly they feel safe leaving inside them.

“I probably wouldn’t walk around alone at night,” says Grace Thoeny, a resident at the Province, “but I wouldn’t do that anywhere in Louisville.”

The safety of everyone involved is very important. For questions about safety while living here at U of L, contact University Police at (502) 852-6111. In the case of an emergency, call 911.
Photo: Rae Hodge/The Louisville Cardinal


SAC fills for RSO fair Tuesday and Wednesday

On Tuesday and Wednesday students fille dthe area around the Students Activites Center to participate and learn about Recognized Student Organizations at the annual two-day RSO fair. Representatives from UofL RSO’s set up booths and displays on a number interests, including snowbaording, language studies, video games, cultural heritage groups, Greek life and others. The Louisville Cardinal showed up to capture the fair in action.


Young the Giant stomps on Louisville

By Anna Meany–

Louisville hosted Young the Giant for the first time in a most unusual venue: the Kentucky State Fair (a place that I’m familiar with as housing cows and award-winning tobacco). Lucky for us, the boys were on their way to a wedding on the east coast, and stopping in Louisville on the way seemed like a good idea.

With accents and last names from all across the world, a group of guys came together in California more than 7 years ago and evolved into Young the Giant, now including Payam, Sameer, Eric, Jacob, and Franҫois. I sat down Jacob Tilley and Payam Dootszadeh in the humid Kentucky weather (which their Californian selves couldn’t have enjoyed) for a brief chat.

It’s probably the first thing I noticed about them – and you should, too – these boys are not putting on a show. They’re dressed rather plain and still look so cute that I could scream. Nothing about Payam and Jacob (including his British accent) seems fake – they’re in t-shirts and pants sporting absolutely no jewelry and no visible tattoos. To sound stereotypical, I get the vibe that they’re really serious about producing and sharing good music – more so than other hipster-savvy bands and musicians lost in our warped version of talent.

It’s safe to say that Young the Giant is also serious about spending quality bro-time both on and off the road – having just moved into their “fourth of fifth band house” in the LA area without plans to separate anytime soon. When I asked about the home’s dynamic, Jacob chuckled and matter-of-factly stated “we just like jamming together” and let’s hope they stay best friends. With plans to release an album next year (and crossing fingers that it will be finished by December of this), Payam wants to let the music “mature and develop” as the year passes.

In regards to their mainstream success, Jacob and Payam are quick to defend the band’s decision to manipulate means of exposure that others would have turned down. I mentioned their musical feature on Glee, when the cast covered “Cough Syrup”.Of course, they’re already too familiar with the Cobain-inspired psychology – a belief that good music shouldn’t be exploited by the mainstream media. The threat of being called a sell-out could damage an indie-rock band’s career and rep, but it’s clear that Young the Giant’s hipster mentality is small. “It’s different now…10 or 20 years ago people were ridiculed more for  selling out…but now it’s kind of bread and butter for most bands” Jacob says in defense of other lesser-known bands willing to permit their music to commercials or TV shows for the exposure.

Payam even adds “we were happy we did it…it had a meaning and we all really connected to it”, even citing the amount of Gleeks that they wouldn’t have reached without that deal. (So the readers know: it was played during an emotionally intense episode that featured an attempted suicide).

The group released a self-titled debut album in October of 2011, but it was after the two singles “Cough Syrup” and “My Body”, the group saw major success. On winning MTV’s PUSH artist of the week and getting the opportunity to play at the Video Music Awards alongside artists like Lady Gaga and Kanye West, Payam and Jacob acknowledge how rare that opportunity is – especially for an indie-rock band. Although their resume even includes a pat-on-the-back from Morrissey, it’s obviously not the titles that give them satisfaction.

Payam recalls the night they played at Pacific Ampitheater in Costa Mesa, California to 12,000 fans. “Playing a sold-out amphitheater in your hometown is so meaningful – more so than the VMAs – and I just thought ‘wow, we’re really doing this’”.
Photos: Eric Voet/The Louisville Cardinal


AT THE HITE: University students showcase their artworks on campus

By Anna Meany–

Rebecca Denflip

The University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute (located in Schneider Hall) will display the work of Rebecca Denflip beginning August 23 and ending September 30. Her collection, named 5 ft. Interruption, is a display that includes interactive works and performance art. Her next performance at the Hite will be on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The Hite Institute is open daily on Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jesseca Ferguson

Jesseca Ferguson’s artistic talent will be displayed in a unique way as the Hite Institute showcases her work in pinhole photography running from August 20 to September 29. The Hite will host a reception to celebrate her work on September 18 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Ferguson finds mystery in the mechanics of pinhole photography because it has no actual lens, and uses this characteristic to drive her collection.
Photos courtesy UofL Hite Institute

RIP “janky lot:” Students lose value parking lot

By Nathan Gardener–

Last Monday morning as I was driving to campus, I began to whip my whip into its usual parking space only to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting a new chain linked fence. I wondered how many returning commuters, like myself, had a miniature panic attack right there in the driver’s seat as I wondered where the hell I would park.

For the last several semesters, I, as well as quite a few other students, have utilized the student commandeered makeshift parking lot on the corner of Floyd Street and Cardinal Boulevard, otherwise known as, “The Janky Lot,” to avoid having to pay for a parking permit.

As I arrived on the first day of the fall semester, I had to park nearly three blocks from campus and walk my lazy butt to class, breathing heavily when I arrived.

As I sit here in disappointment that my beloved parking spot will never feel my truck tires again or that an unsuspecting “poor parker” will receive multiple notes on their windshield suggesting self-inflicted harm, I feel it is my duty to provide a proper farewell to the Janky Lot; a place where cheap, lazy, students could not so safely park their vehicle for free. The janky lot was one of the campuses best kept secrets, with just a short walk across the railroad bridge to campus. The only reason we haven’t mentioned this gem before is because half of The Louisville Cardinal staff benefitted from the Janky Lot, and we weren’t willing to publicly announce its awesomeness.

So, to the janky lot; we will miss you, and our tired legs will miss you (or our empty wallets if we decide to purchase a purple parking permit). We will miss the constant mud on our vehicles, or the time I slipped on the icy railroad tracks high above Cardinal Boulevard for everyone to see and busted a hole in my new Banana Republic jeans, or the risk of receiving death threats for a job not well done, all in the name of thriftiness and laziness.

Good-bye janky lot, you are gone, well not useful for us at least, but not forgotten.
Photo: Nathan Gardener/The Louisville Cardinal


Remembering the State Fair

By Anna Meany–

The 2012 Kentucky State Fair brought crowds of thousands to enjoy the food, entertainment, competition and fun during the last two weeks of August. Of the most memorable items on the menu are the deep-fried Girl Scout cookies and the infamous pork-chop sandwich – two foods that are very accessible throughout the grounds. Alongside the countless stands selling deep-fried goods were stands that sold lemonade and beer – the latter becoming a much more popular drink towards the end of the day. The south wing of the fair featured informative displays, including booths from numerous counties of Kentucky, as well as educational demonstrations from law enforcement and health officials. The Midway brought many young adults entertainment – including two ferris wheels and scream-inducing rides. Overall, the fair showcased the talents of Kentucky and offered a wide variety of entertainment for the crowds.
Photos: Tricia Stern/The Louisville Cardinal


Biking across America: Red Bull athlete visits campus to display talent

See the tricks in action.

By Ryan Considine–

Fresh off the plane from Innsbruck, Austria, world famous trail biker Thomas Oehler stopped by the University of Louisville Thursday on his Red Bull Back to School Tour. The tour features college campuses all across the Midwest and is scheduled to last for about two weeks. Hosted by the Bellamy, the event featured a special performance by DJ Ryan Coxx and free hot dogs and Red Bull.

Oehler is originally from Linz, Austria and has been riding bikes his entire life. He has been featured in over 180 shows worldwide and his greatest achievements include: Bike High Jump: New World Record – 3 meters, and several first place titles at world and European championships. The Louisville Cardinal caught up with Oehler for a brief interview before his performance.

Q: If you were to pick one place you wanted to ride the most, where would it be?

A: Well, that’s a good question. The place that I enjoy the most is home. I live in Innsbruck in Austria, which is right in the middle of the Alps, and you have everything there. You have the mountains – real mountain biking, real skiing and snowboarding in the winter. We have so many spots outdoors for riding trails as well. That’s probably my favorite place in the world. Other than that – in America, San Diego is a really cool place to ride because you have downtown, which is not too big and there’s so many spots with fountains right next to hotels and other buildings. It’s so much fun to ride there.

Q: What is the name of your tour? How many schools are you touring to?

A: (It’s called the) Red Bull Back to School Tour. I flew in two days ago and it’s the fourth year now, so last year I was in the states for five weeks hitting … thirty something campuses. So in total, I’ve probably seen like fifty or sixty. It’s two weeks this year, so its not too bad.

Q: You mentioned that you like riding in Austria a lot. Is there anywhere other countries or places that you like to ride?

A: In general, America is a really good place to ride, except police and security issues. We get kicked out of campuses pretty often, but as long as you get to ride a little bit you’re fine with it. It’s an odd thing to happen.

Q: You don’t set it up with campus officials so that they know?

A: Never! Because it makes things more complicated, and we want everything nice and easy.

Q: How did you feel after you broke the high jump record – would you consider it one of your greatest achievements?

A: Yeah, I guess so. You get the regulations from Guinness World Records because there was a record before that, so I had to break that record, and there are certain rules. We got really short time for the actual tent, so I didn’t really have time to test it and train. So, in the tent it was actually the first time I tried that height. I was super stoked. We tried like ten inches lower and we couldn’t do it, but then the world record attempt went so smoothly. It was really cool.

Q: What does being a Red Bull athlete mean to you?

A: It’s good to be chosen. It’s really hard to get into Red Bull. Red Bull is known for sponsoring the best athletes in the world. So, I feel kind of fortunate to be on the team, and Red Bull has given me a lot of opportunities as well, like tours and a lot of traveling. I’ve seen the world with Red Bull, so it’s pretty awesome. Red Bull is a good sponsor for sure; they take care of all their athletes.

Q: How would you describe your lifestyle in three words?

A: Travels, searching the world. Home, which stands for like being at home and being with your friends or whatever. And trials, trials of life.
Photos: Nathan Gardner/The Louisville Cardinal


Residents move into new Rustin Community

By Noor Yussuf

University Tower Apartments, UTA, now houses a new living learning community with a social justice theme named after the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

This year the 8th floor of UTA houses students who are interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) issues as well as other social justice programs, “We are a social justice themed housing that provides a safe, affirming environment for students of all identities,” said Molly Eames, a senior at the University of Louisville, who is the resident assistant of the community.

The floor is named after Bayard Rustin, a famous civil rights activist who is one of the organizers of the march on Washington, and also marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and other prominent civil rights activists. Rustin, himself, was a gay man who faced many challenges. However Brian Buford, the director of the LGBT office, hopes Rustin’s role in social justice issues will inspire students, “he is, in my mind, the embodiment of everything we hope students will learn about social justice, and he’s the inspiration that we will build things on,” Buford said.

While the program is mainly concerned on LGBT issues, it is open to all other students who have interest in all social justice issues, “We love allies and it’s not just queer-focused at all, we talk about myriad issues in the social justice realm, we have something to offer everyone,” said Eames.

Jana Hockersmith, a freshman, who graduated from Eastern High School is among the residents who live at the Rustin community. She also believes that this will help her transition to college, “I think this community will really help me become more active on campus and make my transition from high school to college much easier.”

Though the Rustin community has been operating now for only two weeks, Hockersmith already enjoys the program, “I have made a lot of friends quickly, and our resident assistant has been nothing, but supportive, and she is really a big part of what makes living here so great,” she said.

Although this is the first year the social justice themed housing is started, Jacob Jones, a sophomore majoring in Justice Administration, hoped that this community was there during his freshman year, “I was so terrified of being placed with a random roommate when applying for housing, but knowing that my potential roommate had similar interests as I do and a fair-minded sense of being would have made me feel a lot more comfortable when making the transition,” Jones said.

While there’s another living learning community for those interested in Leadership at Center Hall, programs like these boost students’ academic performance, “we know that participation in a community like this one has been linked to academic success, retention and an overall sense of connection to campus life,” Buford said.

The program is created through a collaboration between the office of LGBT and the University of Louisville Housing and Residence Life, “My office will lead the programmatic aspects of the community, and the residence life folks will handle all the other important aspects of housing,” Buford said.

Among the major programs the group is looking forward to will be held on October 4th, during Pride Week celebrations. They have invited Rustin’s surviving partner Walter Naegle and national activist Mandy Carter to lead a celebration.
Photo: Nathan Douglas/The Louisville Cardinal


LGBT Film Festival: a colorful, moving showcase

By Lara Kinne–

The Floyd Theater was in rainbows last weekend as Louisville’s LGBT Film Festival returned to campus in its second consecutive year. Presented by the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, thirty-seven film entries were showcased over the course of four days. Film series were divided into two-hour sessions, many of which included Q&As with the directors and stars of those featured.

Spanning from comedies to dramas, shorts, documentaries and a music video, the festival lineup provided an inspiring set of local and international talents. Highlights of the festival included an appearance by country singer Chely Wright and “Wish Me Away,” a biopic about her experience coming out to the public and her family.

Sunday morning isn’t the ideal time to catch a flick, but it’s a rewarding experience. Almost everybody missed the 10AM series.

“This Shining Night” opened the day with a digestible short. Two father are concerned about their oldest daughter who is drawn to a ghostly woman she sees at night. One dad witnesses her behavior after hours, but decides to let her be. He saw that she was safe and joyful. Perhaps recalling his own struggle with feeling strange at a young age, he reacts with nonchalant understanding and love.

“The Wedding Dance,” an excerpt from a TV series project, was funded for about three minutes of play with enough time to introduce a newly bound family and an endearing first dance.

In the series feature, “Unfit: Ward vs. Ward,” a lesbian mother fights custody of her daughter against her ex-husband. The court ruled she go to the father despite his prior conviction for the murder of his first wife. Overwhelming public support could not sway the voice of the judge who said the child should live in a non-lesbian world. It’s is a significant reminder of why LBGT organizations (and events such as the LGBT Film Festival) exist—so everybody can live in a lesbian world.

As any new and upcoming annual event goes, attendance numbers will increase as support from the community continues to grow. The future of Louisville’s LGBT Film Festival is a promising one.
Photo courtesy LGBT Film Fest