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Facebook launches program to bring campus into social networking

By Michelle Eigenheer–

In a throwback to its roots, Facebook is creating an exclusive program that will bring college campuses into the virtual world.

This application, Groups for Schools, allows current university students and professors with .edu email addresses to interact with their school within the Facebook universe.

In a Facebook blog about the feature, Facebook engineer Michael Novati said, “You can join a group for your major to discuss classes, for your sorority to plan upcoming events or for your dorm to share photos.”

Each university, U of L included, can have its own page that links a user to virtually everything around their college. Classes, dorms, sports teams, student organizations and more will have their own pages linked off of the main university page. Students can access these without necessarily having to join, and they can get in touch with people without having to clog up their friends list with people who they don’t know or like – Groups for Schools employs a more lax privacy policy that allows people to send messages to others without being their “friend.”

Members can also share files. According to the Facebook FAQ, “With Files, you can share lecture notes, assignments, schedules and many other file types with members of a school group. Anyone in a school group can upload and download files within that group.”

This new programs have the potential to offer both the positive and negative.

It allows students to better involve themselves with the university, keep up with their classes, and promote greater professor accessibility. Facebook is already a place where college students spend a great amount of time and by incorporating their schoolwork, it puts the life of a college student all in one place.

Savannah Buckey, a freshman medical engineering major at Vanderbilt University said, “It’s very convenient because you’re able to communicate with everybody all at once. Most people do it to do things like sell concert tickets and schedule cabs to go to airports… A lot of people use it for school projects to conduct surveys. Also, if you lose something, you just post it on there and somebody finds it.”

However, Groups for Schools will have less strict policies than the regular Facebook experience. Contacting people will be easier through the university page and student lives will be even more transparent in terms of where they live and work.

There is also a general concern that Facebook will become a place for file sharing and MP3 downloads. Facebook has announced that they will monitor their Files feature in order to prevent the site from becoming a mecca for online pirating and has limited file-sharing abilities to 25MB per file.

Groups for Schools was tested at Brown and Vanderbilt in December of 2011 and has since spread to other universities across the U.S.

The University of Louisville group was open late last week. It had over 900 members on Sunday.

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News briefs 4.24.12

School of Law dean stepping down

Brandeis School of Law Dean Jim Chen will resign effective June 30, in advance of the fall 2012 term. Chen will take one year of administrative leave, but remain a law faculty member. Chen has been dean since 2007 and is responsible for increased fundraising and the establishment of a legal clinic at the school.

Advisers awarded for exemplary service

Three advisers were awarded for their exemplary service last week. Provost Shirley Willihnganz awarded undergraduate faculty adviser Kandi Walker, graduate faculty adviser Kathy Baumgartner and senior academic counselor Matt Bergman for their commitment to “integration of academic advising with career and life planning goals” and other requirements, according to a release. All three advisers earned a paid trip to the National Academic Advising Association conference in fall.

Derby Festival road closures, parking changes

Access to the Belknap campus will be limited on Saturday, April 28, due to street closures for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini-Marathon. Major roads leading to campus will be closed, including 2nd, 3rd and 4th Streets, parts of Central Avenue and Eastern Parkway, and Southern Parkway. U of L students who have finals on that day should park in the Floyd Street garage, or parking lots on Floyd Street, Brook Street, the Red Barn, Speed School or College of Business.
There will also be shuttle service between Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and select bus stops along Floyd Street

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Tuition increase set for next academic year

By James El-Mallakh–

Tuition costs for students will go up again next academic year.

Students attending the University of Louisville will face a 6 percent-increase on the existing cost of classes for the academic year 2012-2013.

Graph by Nate Malchow/The Louisville Cardinal

The Council on Postsecondary Education is in charge of setting tuition rates. The maximum increase allowed for research universities in Kentucky, which includes U of L and UK, is 6 percent. For other non-research universities in Kentucky, tuition will go up 5 percent.

Starting in the fall, it will cost a resident, full-time undergraduate student double what it cost in 2003-2004. For non-resident full-time undergraduate students, the cost of college for one academic year will increase from $21,650 to $22,949 in 2012-2013.

“Even with the estimated $45.1 million that will be generated with the new tuition and fee revenue, campuses will be faced with a net operating deficit of $79.6 million for FY13,” a CPE press release stated.

On top of tuition increases, the state has also reduced the money it gives to higher education institutions. This year, Governor Steve Beshear proposed a spending budget for Kentucky that would reduce state funding for universities by 6.4 percent. The budget passed on Friday, April 20.

“The biggest impact [of the reductions] is what we are not able to do,” said President James Ramsey in an interview with the Courier-Journal. “We should be hiring more faculty, we should be hiring more researchers, and all of that is off the table.”

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Ramsey runs the numbers on state cuts, 12-13 budget

By Marianna Michael–

On April 19, 2012 the Floyd Theatre was filled with about 100 faculty, staff and students attending President James Ramsey’s budget forum. This was a forum in which President Ramsey discussed the budget in the face of the 6.4 percent cut to higher education at the state level. This cut would be the second largest recurring cut in the past 13 years, though it has not yet been approved by Governor Steve Beshear.

The anticipated 6.4 percent cut to higher education would remove about $9 million from the University of Louisville’s operating budget.

When Ramsey explained the budget he said that there have not been any final decisions made on it. The Board of Trustees financial committee will receive the budget in May. They will then send the budget to the full board in June, where it will be finalized.

At the request of the university, many people have sent in suggestions about how they think the university could save money. According to the university’s financials information webpage, some of the suggestions ranged from implementing furloughs to fining people who smoke on campus.

In an effort to make the budget transparent, President Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz have been meeting with different organizations including the Arts and Sciences Council and the Student Government Association.

President Ramsey noted that many of the important budget documents could be found online by going to the budget and financial planning webpa on the universities webpage.

President Ramsey highlighted reasons why the university must function as it does. In 1997, the state of Kentucky declared, “The University of Louisville is to be a Premier Nationally Recognized Metropolitan Research University.”

This law is the reason that the 2020 Plan was devised. The 2020 Plan is the driving force behind budget changes, as it outlines what the University of Louisville must do in order to achieve the mandate set by the state.

Though, due to the financial concerns that the university is facing, only so much of it can be followed with the funds that the university has.

Junior Jake French, a civil engineering major, said that one of the things he would like to see the university improve upon is the parking options. He suggests that, “They can spend money to make parking lots bigger because there are times where I pull into the green lot and can’t find a spot.”

One of the questions submitted to Ramsey during the forum was regarding how athletics was funded. President Ramsey explained that the athletic department covered their own tuition and salaries, among many other things.

Another question he answered was how many layoffs and furloughs there are going to be. President Ramsey reported that there would not be any university-mandated layoffs or furloughs. However, the University of Louisville did enact a hiring freeze of all new employees, which was done in anticipation of the state’s reduction in funding to the university.

He went on to explain that unit managers may layoff some of their staff, which does not include faculty, but this is most likely due to performance rather than budget.

According to the current plans, approximately 12 to 15 people will be laid off from approximately 6,000 people.

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Exit interview with SGA President Kurtis Frizzell

By James El-Mallakh–

Student Government Association President Kurtis Frizzell will be graduating this year with a degree in political science and a minor in social change. Frizzell took office last year after beating out presidential candidates John Weber and Travis Gault. He has since overseen a number of developments at the University of Louisville.

Some of these achievements these include implementing university mobile, a texting service, along with overseeing the Senates’ resolution of support for the expansion of Greek row. He also oversaw the Senates’ resolution to not support the sale of the SAC fitness center to U of L Athletics.

He has also been engaged with initiatives that span over several administrations such as eliminating the diploma fee and continuing the project of the upcoming student recreation center which will begin construction in early May.

Frizzell will be taking a year off of school but is considering law school. He will be succeeded by incoming president, Justin Brandt.

The Louisville Cardinal conducted an entrance interview with Frizzell after he first took office one year ago. Now, at the end of his term, The Cardinal joins Frizzell once again to reflect on his service as Student Body President.

Q: Name some of your greatest successes as SGA President.
A: The greatest successes I’d say definitely the diploma fee. Getting rid of the diploma fee saved students $85,000 a year on this campus. Another great success was our bill in Frankfort [the College Affordability Resolution]. We’re the first SGA that’s ever done that. I think the other great success we’ve had is all the new programming, whether it’s the K-help or tax service or the president’s council or starting the building our nest.”

Q: What have been some of your greatest failures as SGA President?
A: I think we’ve had two failures in SGA this year. The first one was since we had to start a lot of new programs. Some of them weren’t as successful as we’d hoped: the president’s council, we had maybe ten members show up regularly. That’s supposed to be a body of 300 RSOs. Obviously, we got to talk to all of them in the beginning, but it kind of dwindled over the year. The other one is I wish that SGA had a little more messaging to students than we do.

Unfortunately, since we are a subsection of the university, we have to abide by university policies. That’s always going to be a failure for SGA until we completely have control over messaging to students.

Q: Looking back on your administration, what would you have done differently?
A: Looking back, I would have approached a couple things differently. One, I would have tried to utilize the Board of Trustees a little bit more. I didn’t utilize it as much as some of the past presidents. I wish I would have made a little more connections with the Board of Trustees and helped them see a lot of what SGA does. The only other thing I would have approached differently is staff. I think there were some areas where we needed some other types of [SGA] staff members and I think there were areas that maybe didn’t have enough work for certain staff members as well.

Q: Is there anything that Justin [Brandt] is working on that you’re passing on?
A: He’s going to continue a lot of things, but he’s also got his own agenda as well and I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of the things he wants to do. He’s different than me in a way that he focuses on some of the details a little more than what I did, so he’s going to be focused on things like more outlets in the library, some of the smaller things that students have asked for and requested, whereas I’ve been focused on dealing with Frankfort, decisions about the SAC and those kinds of things. We’re different but he’ll make a great president.

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U of L administration break ground on new recreation center

By James El-Mallakh–

Twelve shovels scraped into the dirt laid out in the parking lot of Billy Minardi Hall. University of Louisville students and administration tossed the dirt over the mound and the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new student recreation center was complete.

“It’s something that our university desperately needs,” said SGA president-elect Justin Brandt when discussing the upcoming recreation center that is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013. “When you look at the current SAC space and Humana gym, they’re out of date and overpopulated.”

The ceremonial groundbreaking on April 18 between Kurtz and Minardi Halls was attended by many members of the university’s administration. Members of SGA from current, upcoming and past administrations also attended the event and President Ramsey commended student government for their initiative in overseeing the projects approval:

”It was our students and the leadership of student government over a number of years, not just one group of student government leaders but really over a period of over four or five years that said, ‘we’ve got to have this. If we’re going to be a premier institution, we need a premier student rec center.’”

One year ago, the U of L board of trustees approved the construction of the 128,000 square-foot recreation center between Bettie Johnson and Minardi Halls, along with the $98 semester fee on incoming students to help cover the cost. The rest comes from private funding.

The upcoming rec center will offer more space for physical activities than what is available in the SAC. The SRC will include an exercise and weight facility, six basketball courts and an indoor turf field, among other features.

Official construction on the recreation center is set to begin on May 7 or 8.

Some of the concerns raised by students about the new recreation center are the construction and how it will affect parking.

Director of Housing and Residence Life for U of L Shannon Staten said that there will be minor disruptions, “[the construction workers] are not going to be doing loud, loud stuff late at night. It will be more affecting to [students] early in the morning when they’re trying to sleep.”

In regards to parking, Larry Owsley, the vice president of business affairs, said, “We’re working on a lease that would provide 750 spaces to recover the displaced parking on this site, so that’s being finalized and will be in place for the fall term. During the summer months, we’ll have sufficient parking to cover that period of time.”

Many students feel that more space beyond what is offered in the SAC is needed as complaints of overcrowding have become commonplace.

“During certain seasons like the first week we come back after winter break or during intramural sports basketball games, times like that it gets packed,” said freshman communication major and SAC fitness center staff member Cecili Carter.

Abby Jacob, a sophomore psychology major and a supervisor at the intramural office, thinks the new expansion of space in the upcoming recreation center is needed, “The facilities here are great but they’re definitely lacking. We need to expand to accommodate for our students so I think it’s definitely necessary and I’m really excited about it.”

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News briefs 4.17.12

Ekstrom will open on dates before finals

The east wing of the Ekstrom Library will stay open until 2 a.m. on the following day: Wednesday, April 18; Thursday, April 19; Sunday, April 22; Monday, April 23; Thursday, April 26.

Budget forum with James Ramsey

President James Ramsey, along with other university officials, will hold an open budget forum to discuss matters about U of L’s budget and the budgeting process. The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 1 p.m. in the Floyd theatre of the SAC. Students are encouraged to come and ask questions.

Employees eligible for class action suit

Up to 55 University of Louisville employees may be eligible to participate in a class action suit regarding the College Retirement Equities Fund that has been filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

According to the University of Louisville website, U of L Today, “The suit alleges that CREF delayed the processing of account transfers or withdrawals from October 2005 through March 2008 due to a system conversion, but then disbursed funds based on account values as of the date of application, rather than the date of disbursement.”
The university is not a participant in this action.

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U of L decides not to extend academic school year

By Baylee Pulliam–

Last semester, the University of Louisville considered adding class time or crossing through fall break to meet a new requirement from its accreditation board.

But don’t cancel your fall break plans just yet.

“The short answer: no change for now,” said Vice Provost Dale Billingsley in an e-mail.

Under authority of the 2008 reauthorization of the 1965 Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools said in June 2011 it would set a minimum of 2,250 minutes of class time for a three-hour course, per semester.

That’s about 50 minutes of in-class time and two hours of out-of-class work per credit hour, over the course of 15 weeks.

Now, U of L operates on a 14-week semester schedule, equating to a two-week deficit for the academic year. It’s the only Kentucky public university in non-compliance.

To meet the standard, some suggested adding Saturday classes, adding five minutes to every class or eliminating some days the university would normally be closed, beginning in fall of 2012.

But that might not be necessary.

The Provost’s office points to a clause in the SACS mandate, that says schools can have a shorter semester, as long as they meet the 2,250-minute requirement “over a different amount of time.”

According to U of L’s revised Policy for the University Academic Calendar and Awarding of Course Credit, the university will fall in step with the SACS standard with a few tweaks:
Course catalog descriptions should clearly state the calendar and credit hour requirements, and both the catalog and course syllabi should list expectations for out-of-class instructional activities. The out-of-class activities requirement will jump to two and a half hours per week, per credit hour, to make up the missing class time.

Syllabi also need to stipulate “valid, assessable course learning outcomes.”

After hashing out the details with the faculty senate and other U of L campus leaders, the Provost decided “course objectives were being met under the present calendar,” Billingsley said.

According to a memorandum circulated to U of L Executive Cabinet, the current calendar lets students “move efficiently through their degree requirements” and allows ample time for summer terms, residence hall maintenance and a fall term break.

SACS will conduct a check of U of L in 2013, but current academic leadership expects to stay the course, Billingsley said.

In the interim, “we do have time to make a change if necessary,” he said.

For now, SGA president-elect Justin Brandt said, “Students should be glad with the decision made by the University administration to not make this change before they absolutely have to.”

“With that being said, students should also prepare for a change,” when and if it comes.

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Love is color blind: In relationships, race is less and less of a factor

By Cailtyn Crenshaw–

When Ashton Dowell started dating her boyfriend, who happened to be of a different race, in high school, she said her parents were “really supportive,” and “once they met him, they really just fell in love with him.”

And when college students go looking for love, they see race less and less.

In 2010, the number of interracial relationships reached an all-time high, accounting for 8.4 percent of all marriages, compared to 3.2 percent in 1980.  Interracial relationships are becoming increasingly accepted in society and, more specifically, in college.

Dowell, a freshman dental hygiene major, said, “It has really enriched my view of the world and seeing different people for something other than what their skin looks like.”

As the millennials approach ages where dating and marriage are part of life, the occurrence of interracial relationships has the pote

In 2010, 8.4 percent of all relationships were interracial, a 5.2 point increase from 1980.

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According to the 2011 census data, an estimated 4.5 million married couples in the country are considered interracial.

Alexi Lyninger said, “I’ve had interracial couples in my family ever since I was a little kid, so I’ve always seen it as a little more acceptable.”

Lyninger, a senior Spanish major, said, “I don’t think that it turns heads like it used to.”

Interracial couples may not turn heads as in the past decades; however, these couples still face obstacles in their relationship solely due to their different races coming together.

Dowell said the biggest challenge “was my parents.” Unlike Lyninger, who has experienced interracial relationships in her life before adolescence and college, “no one in my family had gone against the norm of society,” said Dowell. With time, Dowell’s parents accepted Dowell’s relationship. She said, “They saw that he treated me well, and we really get along well.”

As college students enter interracial relationships, with or without the blessing of their families and friends, the definition of a relationship is developed individually.   College students “might be willing to accept cultural differences and not have the same stereotypes… the same stigmas,” said Lyninger.

Also, students, while developing their academic abilities, “are developing their own independence and thoughts on what a good relationship is,” said Dowell.

Since coming to U of L and coming to the city, Dowell has experienced less turning heads due to the contrast in skin color between her and her boyfriend, Kevin.

“The main thing is just discrimination more of when I was in my hometown just for the simple fact that they weren’t used to it.  They thought that it was betraying the norm,” said Dowell.

“An interracial couple might face some of the challenges as say an interfaith couple,” said Lyninger.  The differences seem to be weighted equally in the minds of younger generations.  Lyninger said, “I think that more people are more accepting particularly from a younger demographic.”

With a widened view of the world and increasing tolerance from millennials in interracial relationships, the coming generations have the potential to build on the tolerance and acceptance that has begun to take root in society regarding interracial relationships.  Dowell said, “Not to look at the person from the outside but from the inside is what I really hope [my children] gain.”

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U of L community brought together during Relay for Life

By Josephine Lee–

There is probably nothing more moving than seeing over 600 participants start the first lap in Relay for Life. Relay for Life took place for 12 hours, starting at 7 p.m., on Friday, April 13 on the Lutz Hall lawn. The theme of the event was appropriately titled Scaring Away Cancer, since the event fell on the superstitious date of Friday the 13th. Relay for Life executive board members encouraged teams to incorporate this theme into their campsite decorations and also included various relay games and competitions that pertained to the theme.

Men’s soccer coach Ken Lolla gave the opening speech that preceded the ceremonial Survivors Lap. Lolla compared the first diagnosis of cancer to a completely dark campus and importance of channeling positive energy in order to help fight back against cancer.

“In the midst of all that panic, that fear, that distress, when all the light suddenly disappears and nothing is visible, if someone brings out a small LED light, just bright enough so we can begin to see each other again…we wouldn’t be as confused, we wouldn’t be as disorientated, we wouldn’t be as scared. A little bit of life diminishes a lot of anger and a lot of fear when we’re dealing with darkness,“ said Lolla.

Thirteen cancer survivors were in attendance, as well as many more “virtual survivors,” who were honored with pictures at every campsite. Cancer survivors and caregivers walk the first lap of the evening in order to celebrate the lives of those still with us and to honors those who have passed on.

The second ceremonial lap was the Luminaria ceremony, which takes place after dark. This ceremony is in remembrance of those who have lost their battles with cancer. White bags are lit with candles and stay lit the rest of the night to remind relay participants of their purpose at the event. Participants walk the track together with the unifying all.
Sophomore Maggie Ising gave the Luminaria ceremony speech and explained why she relays.

“I’m relaying for my parents and my other family members, because they no longer have this opportunity. This is our chance to fight back and show cancer who’s boss,” said Ising.

The final ceremonial lap is the Fight Back ceremony, which is held at the end of Relay events. The final lap is symbolic of a cancer patient fighting back against cancer since Relay participants are often exhausted toward the end of the event, but still continuing on toward the end.

Between the ceremonial laps, there were various activities to keep participants involved. Each campsite sold an item to go toward their fundraising goal. Some campsites also sponsored a spotlight activity. Spotlight activities were competitive events that were done at certain times throughout the night that were meant to bring individuals from different campsites together.

Together, the participants in Relay for Life were able to raise over $40,000, the record amount in school history. This money will go directly to the American Cancer Society, but the experience taken away from this relay will bring more hope to those fighting cancer.

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