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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.

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Campus hot spots everyone should know about

By Lee Cole–

If you’re wandering around U of L between classes, check out some of these cool places on campus:

1. The George J. Howe Red Barn houses a number of student events throughout the year and is also the location of LGBT Services office on campus. Established in 1969, the Red Barn hosts concerts, cookouts and dances, and can be reserved by students or student organizations. The Office for LGBT Services is located in the Intersection, a space where, according to their website, “LGBT and other students come together to explore social justice issues and work across their differences to support the university’s broadest vision for a diverse, welcoming campus.” The Red Barn is, in many ways, the heart and soul of campus life, always bustling with activity. Whatever part of the year it happens to be, students are sure to find something exciting going on there.

2. The Bingham Poetry room is a well-guarded secret in Ekstrom Library. I wouldn’t have even known of its existence if my search for a volume of poetry hadn’t led me there. It almost seemed like the library worker who told me how to find it did so begrudgingly, and I understand why: it’s an unspoiled, study oasis. Located on the first floor, down a long corridor to the right (if you’re entering from the quad), the Bingham Poetry room is a great place to study, away from the crowds in the rest of the library. You can even read poetry there (imagine that!), as most of the library’s poetry collection is housed there.

3. A haven for anyone seeking bodacious laser light shows with accompaniment from the likes of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, the Rauch Planetarium is something all new students should check out. In addition to laser shows, the planetarium also presents shows relating to astronomy. Tickets are relatively cheap and the shows feature music by older classic rock bands and newer favorites like Radiohead.

4. The Floyd Theater is the place to see cheap movies on the big screen for U of L students. Located on the 3rd floor of the Student Activities Center, the Floyd Theater shows films every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. and tickets are a mere $1.50. With ticket prices for new releases approaching $10, the Floyd Theater is a viable alternative for students who don’t want to break the bank.

5. Although not technically part of the University of Louisville, the city’s foremost art museum is located conveniently on campus – Speed Art Museum. If the beautiful, neoclassical architecture of the exterior isn’t enough to draw you in, then perhaps the treasures of artistic achievement on the inside will. Featuring works of art from Ancient Greece up to modern day, the Speed is sure not to disappoint. In the permanent collection, one can find works as varied as sculptures by Henri Moore, a giant abstract by Frank Stella, stained glass and tapestries from 16th century France and pottery from ancient China. Just a few strides from Ekstrom, the Speed Art Museum is not to be missed.

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Photo: Nathan Gardner/The Louisville Cardinal

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How to ball on a budget

By Michael Baldwin–

College can get expensive; tuition, meal plan and book are going to leave your bank account empty. With all these expenses how is one able to afford anything else? This article is here to ease the vice grip on your wallet. These are a few ways to be a baller on a budget.

Goodwill Hunting

No I’m not talking about that movie with Matt Damon. If what they say is true, and vintage is in, then Goodwill is a designer boutique. Second hand/thrift stores, like Goodwill, are filled with clothes that people have donated for various reasons. It may take some time, so search through the racks of apparel, but be very patient and diligent while looking as to not pass up a hidden gem. Shirts and pants cost only a few dollars. With most things in the store being under $5, this store is a must visit. Fashionable and frugal.

Share Netflix

Netflix is a great site to find all types of movies and television shows. Now with apps for phones and tablets, Netflixs can go anywhere with you. With a price tag set at $7.99 a month it’s affordable for one person, but if you and a roommate or a buddy get an account and share the password and payment it will be dirt cheap. With it being an online service the person you share it with doesn’t even need to be at the same school or country as you.

Cook

In college those dollar menus may look more like your daily food pyrmid than a menu, but resist the urge because this a trap to snare your hard earned singles. You can get more bang for your buck by buying things to cook. Pasta is a fan favorite to those trying to save money. For the same price as five double cheeseburgers, you could get enough food to feed you and 2 other people for the whole day. Some buddies and yourself could get some money and have a dinner party for cheap. Cooking for someone is also a bit romantic so perhaps this could even be used as a date idea.

Student ID

Your student ID isn’t just for accessing your meal plan, it can also get you a lot of things around the city. For example free transportation. The TARC allows students to ride for free. That’s right you can go anywhere in Louisville and southern Indiana with your student ID for free. One can also use it to get student discounts at certain places around campus and the city. If you’re not sure if someone has a student discount just ask them, the worst thing they are going to say is “no”. Some of these discounts can score you free drinks or 15 percent off your bill.

Free Stuff

Always be on the look out for the two best words in a college students life, no, not “class cancelled,” I’m talking about “Free Food.” These signs are everywhere the first couple weeks of college. Some group is always giving out free food, and not only is this a chance to get some free eats, you can also use this time to meet new people or perhaps, everndare I say it, learn something. At these events there sometimes are also free sunglasses, shirts or water bottles, so make sure to stock up.

Driving

With gas prices skyrocketing, its hard to save money while at the pump. However, there are several ways to save money when filling up, for example, Krogers has a reward system called fuel points. When you buy groceries you gain fuel points, and when you get enough fuel points you get discounts on gas. A quick and easy way to gain your points is to fill your prescription at their pharmacy; turn your illness into profit as each prescription filled there is worth 50 fuel points. Another way to save money is to make sure your tires are properly inflated. Many gas stations have the use of an air compressor for free, so find one and fill those tires up. Lastly, cut idling down to a minimum. If you have to wait longer than ten seconds somewhere turn off your car. This will save you a small fortune in gas. Not only that, it’ll help the environment which is also a plus.

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You are paying to use the meal plan so you might as well utilize every dollar of it. Even though the things in the Cards Nest are ridiculously marked-up there are a few ways to save money while using your meal plan. When ordering a Papa Johns pizza from the SAC, opt for the carryout option, this will save you about two to three dollars every time you order a pizza. Not only will you save in delivery fee, most of the time they have special carryout sales, so make sure to ask about those. When going to pick up the pizza, take the Cardinal Shuttle (free) over to Thrust Theatre and walk (free) to the Papa Johns. Over the year you’ll accumulate enough savings to have at least one free pizza.

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Photo Illustration by Michael Baldwin/The Louisville Cardinal

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Extracurriculars: Things to check out around campus

By Deepa Singh–

All of your time on campus does not have to be spent learning or studying. The Louisville Cardinal is here with 10 things you can do right on the University of Louisville’s campus during your free time or time between classes.

Go see a play and support the theatre department. Productions are held in two locations: the Playhouse and the Thrust Theatre. Tickets are available to students at a discounted price – $10 for musicals, $8 for regular shows and $40 for season tickets.

Volunteer at the Garden Commons. Located right by the Cultural Center, the Garden Commons is run by students and is always welcome to new members.

Attend a concert. The School of Music houses a talented faculty and group of students. Occasionally, shows are put on by students, staff and guests. More information can be found by going to louisville.edu/music and clicking on the Calendar tab at the top of the page.

Go watch a movie. The Floyd Theater in the SAC has movies nearly every week, ranging from classics to indie films. Some of the shows are free. More information can be found via their Twitter, at @TheFloydTheater.

The Ralph R. Wright Natatorium, located on the east side of campus, is an incredible facility available to all students. Take a swim there for free – with ID – during their hours of operation. For more information regarding hours, visit louisville.edu/athletics/natatorium/hours.

Strike up a friendly game of ping pong or pool. Located on the second floor of the SAC, the Cardinal Corner has ping pong tables and pool tables, as well as a TV lounge, available for students who present their ID. Hours of operation can be found at louisville.edu/intramurals/facilities/cardinalcorner.

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Photo: Nathan Gardner/The Louisville Cardinal

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Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity wins Student Organization of the Year

By Lee Cole–

U of L has been giving out student awards for 13 years, in a number of categories, including the Cardinal Award of Excellence – Scholar/Leader Award and the Harold Adams Award. Every year, one student organization at the University of Louisville receives the prestigious honor of being named Student Organization of the Year. This year’s recipient was the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Kappa Zeta chapter.

Established on Louisville’s campus in 1995, Pikes have been prominent community servants and student leaders for some time now. Pi Kappa Alpha won the same award in 2010 and won the Spirit of Service Award last year. In addition, they won the IFC Fraternity of the Year award both this year and 2010.

Pikes are also involved in Student Government. External Vice President and Junior chemistry major Austin Schwenker told the Cardinal, “Pi Kappa Alpha’s members strive to be active student leaders on our campus; while there always seems to be a few members involved in SGA, our members are diverse and well-rounded, leading not only the organizations that they have helped establish, but those that they connect with and have a passion for.” Schwenker went on to say, “We encourage our members to be involved on campus and to share their talents and leadership abilities not only to help better the university and their respective organizations, but to also help them grow as individuals — something I believe the selection committee recognized.”

Pi Kappa Alpha has been involved in numerous community service events as well as campus/student related projects. One community service event, called Street Academy, pairs a Pi Kappa Alpha brother with inner city youth in need of a role model. Members acted as big brothers to many of these kids, teaching by example and instilling them with the kind of values that led to their current, esteemed recognition.

President David Osborne, a senior in the Speed School, said of Pi Kappa Alpha’s community service: “Pike has members that volunteer at Cochran Elementary School as tutors and athletic coaches each week. Pike also directed parking during St. James Art Fair at Cochran Elementary School, which raised over $22,000 for the underprivileged school. Moreover, Pikes donated over 25 Thanksgiving Baskets to underprivileged families from Cochran. Throughout the 2011-2012 scholastic year, Pikes have also served as mentors in the Street Academy of Louisville program.” Pike’s devotion to community service was a major factor in receiving this honor, with over 3800 hours of volunteer work over the 2011-2012 scholastic year.

Dozens of organizations vie for the honor of Student Organization of the Year, and the competition is keen. Groups are considered in a number of categories, and while many excelled, Pi Kappa Alpha has come out on top as the most outstanding. With these accolades and merits, we can expect to see Pi Kappa Alpha taking home the award for many years to come.

Junior chemistry major Austin Scwenker and freshman engineering major Shelby LaFollette raises some L before performing PIKE90X at Fryberger 2012.

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Photos courtesy of Pi Kappa Alpha

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Scene and Heard 4.24.12

1. Calm Cafe Study Room
Are you looking for a quiet place to study because the library is way too crowded and loud? Stop by the Office of Health Promotion, located between Houchens and the SAC. The Office of Health Promotion will have a study room available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Heine Bros coffee, tea, snacks and 10-minute massages will also be available.

2. RSA Sustainability Day
RSA is hosting a sustainability day to celebrate green living. Take a break from all the final exam studying. Come to the Garden Commons from 12:30 to 2 p.m. for some fun, interactive and educational sustainability projects. There will also be free lunch. Guest speaker Justin Mog will give a short presentation about sustainability initiatives.

3. Baseball vs UK

Come to Jim Patterson Stadium to watch U of L baseball take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats. U of L previously beat UK 12-0 at Kentucky. Since the game falls on a Tuesday, this means it is also $1 hot dog night. The game will be a red-out, so be sure to wear your red Cardinal gear. Dr. Bizer’s Vision World will also sponsor T-Shirt Tuesday and fans can win free red-out shirts during in-game promotions and events. Come out and support the Cards!

4. The Fray in concert
The alternative rock band hailing from Colorado will be in concert at the Louisville Palace. Their third and latest studio album, “Scars & Stories” was released earlier this year. Ticket prices range from $44 to $57.

5. Lee Brice in concert

Country music star Lee Brice is performing a free concert on the Live! Stage on Thursday to kick off the grand opening of PBR Louisville: A Cowboy Bar! Brice’s new album, “Hard 2 Love,” is released two days before the concert as well. WAMZ 97 FM is sponsoring this free concert. The show will start at 8 p.m., and a legal guardian must accompany patrons under the age of 18 before 9 p.m. Those entering after 9 p.m. must be 21 and over.

6. James C. Nicholas at Carmichael’s
Carmichael’s is hosting author James C. Nicholson for a reading and signing of his new book “The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event.” Nicholson’s book will give an intriguing and thorough history of the Kentucky Derby. This event will be held at the Frankfort Avenue Carmichael’s location.

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‘Tucker and Dale vs. Evil’puts a new spin on the comedy-horror genre

By Nathan Douglas–

“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is like sitting down at the dinner scene in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and realizing everything was one big misunderstanding, literally.

This movie combines the entire spectrum of popular movie genres and delivers them wrapped in human flesh and tied with an intestinal bow. “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is essentially a horror-comedy that is not without enough gore to satisfy nearly anyone who is into that.

“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” begins with a group of fairly mindless college students ready to reach the pinnacle of existence and get very drunk in the woods. On their way, two apparently stereotypical hillbillies, Tucker and Dale, approach them and the fiasco begins.

Tucker and Dale are on their way to repair a vacation home near a lake in middle of nowhere, Appalachia. One extravagant misinterpretation after another leads the students to believe that Tucker and Dale are savage hill people, bent on torturing and murdering the group.

Many people perish throughout the movie; however, for the majority of the movie there is no apparent good or evil, just confusion. Though shocking, there is not one death in the movie that makes the audience feel bad about witnessing it.

“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” manages to spook the audience while still leaving them intact when the movie is through. There is something refreshing about a borderline horror film that does not cause you to tread lightly and check your closet before going to sleep.

If you’re one to look for lasting merit in movies, this movie has one. I can think of no commentary on stereotypes more entertaining than this. In addition to being potentially enlightening, it appears on the Netflix instant feed. That said, there’s nothing to lose by watching this if you have Netflix or if you have connections.

To all those who are looking for a movie but don’t know what to watch, “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is a hidden gem buried deep under a pile of garbage. If anything, this movie will leave you feeling good about life.

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‘The Cabin in the Woods’ will change the way you look at the genre

By Ben Nance–

Horror movies have operated under the same predictable formula for so long that the experience of watching them has become a gory equation of sorts, where the audience knowingly smirks as Teen Archetype A makes Stupid Decision B and is killed by Psychopath C. Wes Craven’s clever satire, “Scream,” picked up on the joke and expertly mocked the tired tropes of the genre, but did little to actually transcend it. This is where “The Cabin in the Woods” comes in to blow your mind.

Writer Joss Whedon, a television and comic book titan, co-wrote and produced “The Cabin in the Woods” with first-time director Drew Goddard. Together, the two have crafted something that is ingenious, hysterical and seriously next level. The term “game-changer” fairly applies here. What starts out as a premise unfolding just as you expect it would, turns into something completely different and unexpected. The TV ads might seem like they are giving a lot away but they don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what this film is really about and what it accomplishes.

The basic setup is familiar and simple: five young college friends take a getaway trip to an isolated summer cabin in the woods. After stumbling upon a cursed old diary, they accidentally awaken an undead family of “redneck zombies.” Or do they? Going in, we know everyone’s being spied on from what looks like a NASA control room. Why, exactly? How do the two locations connect? Giving the answer to these questions would almost completely ruin the fun of the movie. Having each left-field surprise hit you in the first viewing is too much of a treat to spoil. Let’s just say that like last year’s “Hugo,” “The Cabin in the Woods” is an irresistibly fun homage to the films that inspired its conception.

While this review must remain spoiler-free, it can be pointed out how Whedon and Goddard’s sharp script lets the actors make their potentially shallow characters wittier than they should be in this kind of film. Fran Kranz especially sticks out as the stoner who provides the voice of the eye-rolling moviegoer whenever someone says or does something highly irrational. When a game of truth or dare in the cabin is interrupted by the “WHAM!” of a cellar door violently opening on its own, someone casually says, “The wind must’ve blown it open.” Kranz’s character, perplexed by the idiocy of this statement, quips with, “And that makes what kind of sense?” Classic.

What makes “The Cabin in the Woods” so unique and enjoyable, on top of its desire to constantly entertain, is its unhinged imagination. You don’t have to like cabin horror movies to get a kick out of where the movie boldly ventures in its sensationally graphic third act. Remember that control room? There is so much more to it than you can possibly fathom.

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Religious Experience: St. Michael’s Orthodox Church

By James El-Mallakh–

The people walking into St. George’s chapel approach a pedestal and kiss an icon of the Life-Giving Spring of the Mother of God. This is a depiction of Mary holding the baby Jesus, blessing him while surrounded by two angels.

Kissing the icon is done on bright Friday, the Friday after Easter. Easter for the Orthodox Church comes on different days than the Roman Catholic Church. The congregation stands around the chapel and the service is commenced when Father Alexis starts to sing.

He turns away from the alter to face the congregation and holds up a white candle, or paschal candle. He makes the sign of the cross to the congregation and starts to sing. The candle represents Christ as the light of the world. The paschal candle is only used during Pascha, Easter in the Orthodox Church, and the 40 days following it.

Shortly after Father Alexis sings the passages, the Deacon sets out from behind the carved wooden altar holding a censer. He swings it back and forth before the icon of Mary then of Jesus. According to Father Alexis, incense is a way of honoring something in the church, as well as a way to transmit prayer to God.

The wooden archway serves as a barrier to the altar. Deacon Kyrill (left) swings incense at the icons of Mary and Jesus. Father Alexis stand behind him.

Before long, the small chapel is filled with a thin haze of smoke from the censer, as the Deacon has set about to bless the members of the congregation with the censer, swinging it at them. The smell of the incense is strong, its a very deep, pungent, woody smell.

The light at the beginning of the Vespers service remains low but everything seems illuminated because of how much color there is, especially gold leaf within the illustrations. There is detail everywhere in the chapel, and, according to Roy Fuller, the assistant professor in humanities in religious studies, “it kind of overwhelms the senses but that’s the point; the orthodox believe that the senses are a part of how we can relate to God.”

This is done through sight, smell and especially through sound. The singing in the service is especially impressive; the members of the choir and Father Alexis are well rehearsed. Nothing is spoken and everything is sung.

One of the most impressive choral parts is the ison, which is one low note with a melody on top of it. They are singing Biblical passages, sung in another language, the ison is mesmerizing, almost haunting. It has a full sound even though only two are singing.

To sing in multiple languages is common in Orthodoxy. When the ison is finished, Father Alexis shouts “Christ is risen” and the congregation responds “Truly, he is risen” in six different languages.

A congregation member kisses an icon of the Life-Giving Spring of the Mother of God.

“I saw Paraskevi and she’s Romanian so I made sure I said, ‘Hristos a înviat’(Christ is risen) and she said, ‘adevărat a înviat’(indeed he is risen),” said Father Alexis in an interview at the end of the service. He explains that during larger masses, he will say this in up to 12 languages:

“On Pascha night, I just say really as many as I can think of and it’s kind of fun, actually.”

In the Orthodox Church, Easter this year came on April 15.

The evening service is called Vespers and it’s held in the small chapel that’s a part of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church on Hikes Lane, one of two Orthodox churches in Louisville.

Orthodox Christians believe in essentially all the same things as Roman Catholics, and they are the second largest group of Christians in the world, though they are a small minority in the United States.

Fuller says that the split between Catholics and Orthodox in Christianity happened in 1054 A.D. due to a disagreement over the authority of the pope. The east and west sides of Eurasia had grown culturally different over time and in the western portion, churches obeyed the pope but in the east, churches were governed by patriarchs of different regions. When the two cultures could not agree on a final authority figure, “the pope, through some of his emissaries, paid a trip to Constantinople and they essentially excommunicated all the east.”

Along with the dispute of the authority of the pope, there was a debate over whether the Eucharist, or the mass, should be leavened or unleavened.

The Roman Catholics also changed the Nicean creed, which the east had a problem with.

“As far as eastern Christians were concerned they said, ‘well that matters. They changed the creed.’ It sort of suggested that the spirit was, you might say, lower,” said Fuller.

As the service comes to an end, Father Alexis holds a copy of a heavily adorned Bible and members of the congregation kiss the book, then his hand. They do this to receive blessing. A cross is normally used in place of the Bible, but during bright week, a Bible is used.

The entire service, though small, is highly devoted to the rituals in cycles through, one after the other. It’s obvious that they have done this many times before.

“It’s a beautiful service to end the day with,” said Mark Jacobs, a member of the congregation, “and it prepares you for the next day.”

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Photos: Eric Voet/The Louisville Cardinal

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The dirt on the dirt: organic composting at the University of Louisville

By Nathan Douglas–

Scraps from most foods can be composted, a process that turns organic material back into an enriched soil. Just about anything that is biodegradable can be composted. However, certain food products – meat, bones, pet waste and chemically treated substances, among other similar things – should not be attempted.

Quills, a coffee shop on Cardinal Boulevard, discards used coffee grounds into buckets for the campus gardening group, Garden Commons, to use in their composting bins. Having a container on hand for compostable materials makes composting much easier, as discarded materials can be added to a compost pile in bulk.

A student composts on the balcony of their apartment.

A compost heap can be turned every one to two weeks to speed up the decomposition process. Composting can be done virtually anywhere with adequate airflow.

These composting bins are repurposed dumpsters. They are apart of a campus-wide effort to recycle scrapped food waste.

With time, the waste will decompose and turn into compost. Students maintain the compost bins located off Bloom Street.

The finished product is used to supplement garden beds, mending the soil and aiding the growth of plants. The cyclical nature of composting enables a community to reuse otherwise wasted food.

The Garden Commons participates in composting, taking biodegradable materials from local businesses, like Quills Coffee Shop.

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Photos: Nathan Douglas/The Louisville Cardinal

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‘Professors vs. Zombies’ pits the academic community against the undead horde

Graphic by Baylee Pulliam/The Louisville Cardinal

By Lee Cole–

Run for the hills! Zombies!

‘Professors vs. Zombies’ pits the academic community against the undead horde.

Zombies have increased in popularity tremendously over recent years. Whether it’s AMC’s “Walking Dead,” more comedic zombie films like “Zombieland” or “Shaun of the Dead,” or zombie novels like those of Max Brooks, zombies seem to be here to stay, and Americans can’t get enough of them.

But what could account for the recent interest in zombies? This was one of the major topics at the “Professors vs. Zombies” conference held April 13 and 14. Professors from both the Louisville community and around the United States participated. U of L’s own Dr. Aaron Jaffe spoke on the recent popularity of zombies, showing a chart that depicted all the mentions of the word zombie in Google’s massive collection of archived print materials in the last 200 years. “Two hundred years ago, there were no zombies. Around 1900, there’s a little murmur.

There’s a bit more commotion in the mid-twenties, the stirring of interest in Haitian historical zombies, stoked by William Seabrook, Zora Neal Hurston. Hollywood takes over and thereafter, business is booming in zombieland.”

Several forms of zombies were discussed, from philosophical zombies to the run-of-the -mill brain-eating variety. Clips from Romero films were prevalent and “The Walking Dead” featured both the television series and the original comics. Even zombie dance moves were discussed, with emphasis on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and, more recently, Kanye West.

Film and television have been the primary catalysts for the growing zombie horde. But it should be made clear that no one on the conference’s panels believed in real zombies. Because the zombie is such a seemingly lowbrow figure, it was interesting to hear academics talk about the zombie as an abstract entity, considering its historical and cultural significance.

While the walking dead are devoid of life, the zombie as a meme is thriving. Many of the talks were concerned with how the zombie operates at a meme, and what, if anything, it can tell us about our society.
In a talk entitled “‘We are the walking dead’: The Undead Apparatus of Un‐essence,” Ph.D. student Seth Morton said “the zombie questions the constitutive structure of life,” and that it “makes life its theme, rewriting the terms through which something like life, or politics, can be talked about.”

Steven Pokornowski, a Ph.D. student from University of California, Santa Barbara, suggested that “the emergence of the zombie and the virus at the same cultural moment within America is more than a coincidence,” and went on to say that the zombie is an analogue for how we view the Other and a way of justifying contemporary geopolitical atrocities.

Most people wouldn’t think of zombies in these terms, but the panels and the discussions were dead serious, or maybe “undead” serious. Dr. Jaffe has taught multiple zombie-themed classes here at U of L, and the zombie seems to be picking up steam as a valuable and popular critical lens through which to view our modern situation. There has to be some reason why zombie literature and films have been so successful in the new millennium, and the speakers at this conference suggested that the zombie is so relatable because it fits so well into our current global situation. Indeed, the zombie has grown from being a localized phenomenon, found only in Haiti for most of the first part of the twentieth century, to become something recognized worldwide.

It’s unclear which side won out in the battle, but at least we know that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, our valiant professors will be ready to analyze the situation and inform the encroaching horde that they are personified symbols for existential angst, useful metaphors in bio-politics and analogues for the socially and culturally oppressed.

Cartoon illustration by Michael Layman/The Louisville Cardinal

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