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Students narrowly avoid additional debt: interest rates remain low

By Rae Hodge–

On Friday, Congress passed legislation preventing student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1. Rates on subsidized Stafford loans will remain at 3.4 percent for an additional year.

The $6 billion cost of keeping rates at 3.4 percent was fully paid for through a combination of pension fund reforms and by limiting Stafford loan eligibility to 6 years. Without the passage of the legislation, the interest rate hike would have resulted in an increase in $1,000 of debt for every year of school for more than 7.4 million low- and middle-income college students.

“Students already face unprecedented student loan debt and adding an additional $1,000 more would not only crunch individual borrowers, but would have further weighed down the recovering economy. We applaud Congress for coming together to pass this much-needed legislation,” said  Rich Williams, U.S.  Public Interest Research Group Higher Education Advocate.

The House of Representatives passed the legislation with a bi-partisan vote of 373-52, while the Senate passed the bill with a 74-19 vote. The student loan provisions were included in House Resolution 4348.

Graduate students are still expected lose their eligibility for subsidized Stafford loans under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

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U of L breaks ground on $31 million road project


By Rae Hodge–

On Monday, U of L officials dug their first shovelful of a $31 million property development on the Belknap campus. The project will includes a new road and two bridges which will provide access to a 39-acre area called Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provided nearly $25 million in funding for the project, which will be available July 1.

The U of L Foundation, which provided over $6 million in funding, said they hope to start construction in the fall and complete it in 2014. U of L President James Ramsey said that the research park may take 15-20 to fully develop.

“This road project will ultimately lead to jobs and an expansion of research,” said Ramsey in a release from the university. “It will be like opening a door to a huge area on the Belknap Campus that is ripe with potential.”

“The Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Park is precisely the kind of project that will grow and develop innovative technology applications that will shape our future economy, and I’m looking forward to the positive impact it will make in the region,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “We are proud to invest in this project.”

Situated between the J. B. Speed School of Engineering on the north and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on the east, much the area U of L was formerly owned by Kentucky Trailer. The property was purchased by the University of Louisville Foundation in 2008.

Preliminary plans for the research park include providing additional facilities for the J.B Speed School of Engineering and offices for researchers. Private companies that want to build a partnership with the engineering school will also be provided with offices.


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U of L Kentucky Cancer Program to offer free cancer screenings

News Brief

By Rae Hodge –

The University of Louisville’s Kentucky Cancer Program will be offering free skin cancer screenings on Tuesday, June 19. The screenings will be administered by volunteer dermatologists at the Rite Aid pharmacy at 8014 Bardstown Rd. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will also receive free sunscreen samples, coupons for skin care products, free copies of Fitness magazine and information from the Kentucky Cancer Program.

For more information, visit, or contact the Kentucky Cancer Program at 502- 852-6318



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Four inches of flood damage, an ounce of prevention

By Rae Hodge– 

After May 29 flooding caused substantial damage to the campus Chemistry building’s basement and flooring, University of Louisville spokesman Mark Hebert estimated that the cost of repairs and man hours could be up to $175,000.

Damages from May’s four inches of rain may cost less than the $20 million worth of damages that occurred during the 2009 flood of the Belknap campus, but U of L is prepared to go the extra mile in preventing damages from another deluge.

“We’ve been working with MSD since 2009 on ways to improve water drainage,” said Hebert. Since 2009, U of L has invested $1.5 million in a variety of systems to stem the tide. Methods include draining water off rooftops and into the ground instead of into the old sewer system, while targeting build up areas where water seeped in in 2009 such as the Fairfax and Business buildings.

Hebert testified to the challenges in preventing area flooding, saying that, “The area around Brook and Warnock is prone to flooding when there’s a lot of rain in a short period of time. The antiquated sewer system isn’t big enough to handle the water from UofL, the Fairgrounds, PJCS [Papa John's Cardinal Stadium], the airport and all of the areas around us where there’s a lot of blacktop and all the water goes straight into the sewers.”

“We are still learning better ways to manage rain water on campus,” said Hebert, “and it continues to be a priority.”

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By Rae Hodge– joins LinkedIn and eHarmony in recent security compromises to social networking sites across the web. The music networking site began sending out emails on June 8, at approximately 4:00 PM to users, urging them to take action to avoid further security risks to their private information.

We are currently investigating the leak of some user passwords. This follows recent password leaks on other sites, as well as information posted online. As a precautionary measure, we’re asking all our users to change their passwords immediately. has not revealed how the compromises occurred, though speculation exists that a method known as brute-force cracking may have been used in both the and LinkedIn data leaks. Users can follow password security updates through the official site.

President James Ramsey

President Ramsey announces layoffs at U of L



by Rae Hodge–

University of Louisville President James Ramsey has announced the coming layoff of 10 to 15 employees of the university, citing a 6.4 percent cut in state-wide higher education funding as the cause. Ramsey says the 6.4 percent cuts are equal to a $9.7 million dollar loss for the school.

Ramsey says that individual department heads will be making the decision about who will leave, and said that, ”We’ve made the decision that we’ll do everything we can to minimize layoffs and jobs loss, but it’s tough.”

This announcement follows on the heels of a decision by the University of Louisville Athletic Association to approve the largest athletic budget in the schools history at $71.5 million, which some university students and Louisville residents have publicly denounced in light of recent tuition increases.

The ULAA also voted to contribute $2 million in athletic endowment money for university-wide staff raises.



Cardinal athletics breaks BIG EAST Conference titles record


By Baylee Pulliam–

With 10 league titles, the 2011-2012 season has been one for the University of Louisville’s athletic record books.

The tenth title sets a new school record for most league titles earned during season play. That tops the 9 earned in 2008-2009, according to U of L Athletics.

Men’s baseball secured the tenth title in their May 19 match-up against Pittsburgh – their third BIG EAST title in four years. Video of them celebrating here. 

2011-2012 season titles:

  • Baseball (co-champions)
  • Football (co-champions)
  • Women’s soccer (North division champions)
  • Softball 
  • Volleyball

2011-2012 post-season titles:

In their seven-year history in the BIG EAST Conference, the Cardinals have claimed 50 league titles – a number that puts them second to only Notre Dame, which has 64. Only seven of the 16 teams in the conference have championship totals in the double digits, U of L Athletics says.

U of L is also the only university in 2011-2012 to appear in a bowl game and score NCAA tournament wins in women’s basketball, volleyball, both men’s and women’s soccer. And then there’s men’s basketball’s appearance in the NCAA Final Four, which fans celebrated around the city.

Student tickets for the 2012-2013 season go on sale starting Tuesday, May 29. Students should receive an email with instructions on how to purchase online. Or, purchase in-person at the Ticket Office.



Kentucky State Fair announces free concert lineup

By Baylee Pulliam–

The Kentucky State Fair Board announced their free concert lineup Tuesday. All free concerts are included with paid fair admission.

Free concerts are at the old Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Gates open around 6:30 p.m. and concerts start at 8 p.m.

  • Thursday, August 16 -- Cinderella with Sebastian Bach
  • Friday, August 17Keith Sweat with Robbie Bartlett
  • Saturday, August 18Hot Chelle Rae with Twenty One Pilots
  • Sunday, August 19Oak Ridge Boys with Jimmy Fortune
  • Monday, August 20Newsboys with special guest Sanctus Real
  • Tuesday, August 21Ronnie Milsap with special guest BJ Thomas
  • Wednesday, August 22Jake Owen with Florida Georgia Line
  • Thursday, August 23 — Happy Together Tour with Turtles, Grass Roots, Gary Puckett, Buckinghams and Micky Dolenz
  • Friday, August 24Young the Giant
  •  Saturday, August 25 — Justin Moore with Colt Ford


Eastern Parkway near Reynolds Lofts.

Storm floods Belknap campus, sets Province ablaze [WITH PHOTOS]

By Baylee Pulliam and Rae Hodge–

The Belknap campus is flooded and several student rooms at The Province are fire-damaged due to this morning’s storms.

The university sent out RAVE alerts this morning cancelling morning and afternoon classes and warning students to “please stay off campus.” The Early Learning campus is also closed.

Classes beginning at or after 4 p.m. will be held as scheduled.

Sam Davenport, a second year Speed School of Engineering student, commutes from his home in LaGrange, Ky. Today his only class was cancelled– after he’d already come to campus.

“It’s unbelievable. The campus is just a big bowl for all of this water. It pools so easily when it starts coming in,” Davenport said, wading into high waters at the Old Eastern Parkway underpass.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey said in a release those high waters damaged several cars and university facilities, including Strickler Hall and the Chemistry, Houchens and Theater Arts buildings.

Over at the Province, a lightning strike caused a fire that could leave as many as 36 students displaced. There were no injuries.

According to U of L spokesman Mark Hebert, at least a dozen student suites were damaged badly enough to force students out. Another 12 single-bed units were severely damaged, and management is worried about electrical problems in another 12.

“Some of those students may have lost just about everything in their apartments,” Ramsey said.

Hebert said the Province should have enough space to house the displaced students. Those students met with officials from the Province, Student Affairs and Student Housing this morning to have their questions answered.

Ramsey said the Student Affairs Office is working with The Province’s management, the American Red Cross and private insurance companies to help the students who suffered losses.

Student Affairs is also making assistance available through the Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund. You can donate here.

PHOTOS: Belknap campus flooding, fire at The Province

Photos by Rae Hodge/The Louisville Cardinal

baseball expansion

Expansion would make Patterson stadium biggest in BIG EAST

By Baylee Pulliam–

A new expansion to the Jim Patterson baseball stadium would make it the largest in the BIG EAST conference.

The expansion would double the number of backed chairs to 3,000, for a total stadium capacity of 4,000.

“The completion of this expansion project at Jim Patterson Stadium will solidify our baseball program as one of the nation’s elite,” said head coach Dan McDonnell in a release.

In addition to the increased capacity, the expansion would add 6,400 square-foot terrace above the backed seating, add a locker room for visiting teams behind the third base dugout, double the size of size of the media and hospitality areas and add an 8-foot-tall

Donors will sign baseballs to be displayed in the Cardinal statue on the main concourse.

Cardinal bird statue on the main concourse.

According to the release, construction is slated to begin on June 15 of this year and run through February 2013.

Most of the funds for the expansion come from Jim Patterson and his wife and some other contributors. The Cardinal Athletic Fund is trying to raise funds to make up the difference.

Hundreds of donors would have the opportunity to sign a baseball at the ribbon cutting ceremony, and have it integrated into the Cardinal Bird sculpture on the concourse.

Donors who give $300 will earn a baseball in the red section of the statue, and donors who give $1,000 will have their ball placed in the gold section. The donation form can be found here.


Photo and rendering courtesy The Cardinal Athletic Fund.