The Louisville Cardinal U of L's Independent Student Newspaper 2016-05-03T18:55:38Z WordPress Olivia Krauth <![CDATA[Student suit against Powell dismissed]]> 2016-05-03T18:55:38Z 2016-05-03T18:55:38Z By Olivia Krauth–

A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by U of L students against Katina Powell today.

Kyle Hornback and other students sued Powell, the author of “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” in November, claiming Powell’s allegations damaged the value of a U of L degree and hurt their chances of finding a job after college. The suit aimed to be class action status to represent all U of L students.

Judge Mitch Perry ruled the students have no standing.

“A current or future student could potentially bring a claim against a university for virtually any negative assertion which has a real or imagined impact on that student’s education,” Perry said, adding that continuing the suit would expand civil liability in the state.

In addition to the students, some women mentioned in Powell’s book were a part of the lawsuit. These women claimed the book defamed them via statements and photos. Perry allowed this part of the suit to continue.


Sam Draut <![CDATA[Women’s golf prepares for NCAA Championship]]> 2016-05-02T21:24:07Z 2016-05-02T19:06:17Z By Sam Draut–

After six top-five finishes including victories in the Cardinal Cup and Battle of the Bluegrass State, the  women’s golf team was selected for its third consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. Louisville is one of 18 programs competing in the three-day, 54-hole tournament hosted by Texas A&M. Tenth-seeded Louisville will begin play on May 5 and compete against six top-25 programs.

With five freshmen on the roster, consistent play of seniors Laura Restrepo and Katie Mitchell helped the team to reach the program’s ninth NCAA appearance. Restrepo has a team best 73.10 stroke average and five top-10 finishes while Mitchell follows with a 73.90 stroke average and four top-10 finishes.

After finishing seventh in the ACC Championship, head coach Courtney Trimble gave the team some time off to finish up classwork and finals before beginning to prepare for the upcoming tournament. Trimble said the team worked on its “short game and fine tuning things” on the days leading up to the trip south.

“We have put an emphasis on our short game,” Trimble said. “Also, on our long irons and hybrids.”

With a long but successful fall and spring season behind them, Mitchell said the team has practiced smarter, putting an emphasis on quality instead of quantity.

“A lot of times at this point in the year, teams go really hard because they’re trying to overprepare,” Mitchell said. “We’re trying to prevent that.”

The Jack Nicklaus-designed course will be the longest course Louisville has played this year. Trimble expects the course to be wet and has worked to prepare the team for the par-72, 6,373-yard course’s specific characteristics.

Mitchell said the roster comprised of five freshmen, one sophomore and junior and two seniors have looked at images of the course to get a feel for what they will play. She also noted the amount of bunkers and expects the wind to be an element as well.

In the practices leading up to the tournament, Louisville has played longer tees to simulate the lengthy course. Trimble isn’t overly concerned about her golfers playing the longer course differently than they usually would, but she has talked to players about “keeping in mind” expectations of how well the ball will be hit.

“Coach has really emphasized not playing outside of your talent,” Mitchell said. “A person shouldn’t try to hit further based on the course, they need to work on what they are better at.”

Once the Cardinals arrive in Texas, the team will spend a day before the practice round primarily chipping and putting.

After struggling in the first round of the ACC Championship, Louisville tied for the fourth-best final round score and Mitchell carded the school’s third-best score by an individual at a conference championship in program history with a three-under-par. Louisville finished ahead of 19th-ranked Florida State and 37th-ranked Notre Dame in the conference tournament, but the sluggish start prevented Louisville from finishing any higher than seventh.

To be one of the six teams that advance from the Bryan Regional to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon, Louisville must get off to a good start against the competitive field.

“Certainly can’t win the tournament on the first day, but you can lose it, so you want to get off to a good start,” Trimble said. “We will be in the mindset that we want to go out on the first day and put ourselves in the position to win the tournament.”

With a good start in mind, Trimble doesn’t want her players to “go for broke” on the first day. She will rely on the vocal leadership of her two seniors, both who have NCAA tournament experience.

“They will do a great job once we get down there,” Trimble said. “We try to treat this like any other tournament. Obviously everyone knows what the stakes are. If you don’t play well you go home. We try to keep everything as normal as possible so they aren’t putting more pressure on themselves. I think Laura (Restrepo) and Katie (Mitchell) carry themselves that way and that’s important.”

While Restrepo and Mitchell have been stalwarts in Louisville’s five-member team sent out during tournaments, Trimble has rotated the other three spots to give the younger golfers experience. Junior Louise Oxner has played in the past four tournaments and sophomore Molly Skapik competed in the previous two. Freshman Ellen Kehoe finished 37th in the ACC Championships and ranks third on the team with a 75.53 stroke average.

Mitchell told the younger players “anything can happen.”

“Even if we’re down 15 or 20 shots, we can make that up in one round. My freshman year we made a tournament and came back on the final day,” Mitchell said. “We overcame a 15-shot deficit and won. Keeping our hearts in it and never giving up and it’s never over until it’s over.”

Photo by Sam Draut / The Louisville Cardinal

Sam Draut <![CDATA[Editorial: Moving statue does not erase history]]> 2016-05-03T00:56:50Z 2016-05-02T09:41:43Z By Sam Draut–

I’ll preface all this by saying I’m white and privileged. I grew up in a classic suburban setting, void of racial degradation and prejudices directed toward me.

As a I child, I went on occasional trips to the Speed Art Museum with my family. And every time we went, we would drive past the towering 70-foot monument honoring Confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

Yes, the same Confederate soldiers who fought to protect their “right” to enslave an entire race and continue a culture of heinous oppression.

Thirty years after the Civil War ended, the monument was erected on Third Street around the southern outskirts of downtown Louisville. It stood there until Friday, when U of L and city officials announced that city workers would begin to remove it and place it in a more appropriate location.

When I first heard the news, I was relieved. The three Confederate soldiers that ominously look northward, almost as a way to contest the Union’s victory, now 150 years ago, had no place being anywhere near a college campus that prides itself on diversity and progressive thinking.

Are we erasing history? No, there is a clear difference between destroying historical accounts and honoring our past tendencies of oppression. Slavery is America’s greatest gaping wound, and the glorification of the protection of that undeniable part of the country’s history isn’t going to be forgotten.

Text books still include all accounts of the Civil War, and U of L’s history department offers a bevy of courses on American history that will include the full scope of Antebellum America, the Civil War and the Reconstruction era.

After the announcement, I spoke with a friend (who is also white) about it. She was quick to diminish it, believing  “it wasn’t a big deal.” To her, it might not be, but for countless African-Americans who have passed the monument over the years, the statue was a symbol that their ancestors weren’t seen as equal and shackled in slavery for years on end. It was reminder that we honor the fight for that abominable lifestyle.

We wouldn’t expect to go to Germany and see a dedication of the Nazi Party and its dissemination of the Jewish race. The Holocaust is part of history, and so is slavery, but honoring the larger ideals behind that part of history doesn’t seem right.

Simply put, the Confederacy aimed to protect and continue slavery.

What exactly were we even holding onto by keeping the monument in such a prominent place for so long? There are Confederate cemeteries across the South, like Louisville’s Pewee Valley Confederate Cemetery, a much more appropriate place for the statue. We aren’t hiding our past, and we aren’t dishonoring the men who died to protect their beliefs, but we are trying to move away from a reminder of our dark past.

The monument that I cringed seeing when I was younger will soon be gone, but it’s still 120 years too late.

Photo by Sarah Rohleder / The Louisville Cardinal

This piece reflects the opinion of The Louisville Cardinal staff. 

Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[Judge halts Confederate statue removal]]> 2016-05-02T20:31:18Z 2016-05-02T06:38:36Z By Kyeland Jackson —

A Jefferson County judge temporarily blocked the removal of the Confederate statue at U of L via a restraining order signed this morning. As of Monday afternoon, workers were still at the site, but did not appear to be touching the statue.

Republican congressional candidate Everett Corley filed the suit Monday against the removal of the statue. Corley called the statue’s removal a “political version of book burning,” and filed on the grounds of irreparable harm to himself and the community.

Mayor Greg Fischer and U of L President James Ramsey announced plans for the statue’s removal Friday morning. That night, protesters gathered around the statue to protest its removal.

“History is being erased,” Mark Morgan, a protester and former army sergeant, said near the monument. “Soldiers don’t fight for political reasons. We fight for the men and women around us.”

The monument has been the site of multiple protests and disagreements during its 120 years on campus. Pan-African Studies Chair Ricky Jones wrote an opinion piece advocating the removal of the statue, saying he and staff have worked for 20 years to remove the statue from university grounds.

Ramsey spoke on U of L’s responsibility to a diverse campus. “Just bringing a monument down doesn’t change behavior,” Ramsey said after the announcement. “We’ve still got more to do as a campus community. We want to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk in terms of embracing diversity of thought, diversity of race, religion and all forms of diversity.”

The statue is presumed to be moved into a museum, but it will be put into storage until an opportune place is found. The area where the statue stands now will be made into a new driving lane to relieve traffic near the renovated Speed Art Museum.

A hearing on the suit will be held Thursday.

Photo by Sarah Rohleder / The Louisville Cardinal

Sam Draut <![CDATA[Protestors form around Confederate monument]]> 2016-04-30T03:27:01Z 2016-04-30T02:43:51Z By Sam Draut–

Hours after U of L and city officials announced the removal of the Confederate monument on Third Street, a handful of protesters formed around the statue in the night.

One protester held a poster reading “Racist Ramsey,” while another posted a Confederate flag and upside down American flag on the fence protecting the monument.

Former Army Sgt. 1st class Mark Morgan stood in protest saying “history is being erased.”

“Soldiers don’t fight for political reasons. We fight for the men and women around us,” Morgan said. “These men were the same way.”

City workers began work to move the monument to storage on Friday around noon. U of L President James Ramsey said it was a good time to remove the 70-foot statue because of the conclusion of the spring semester and departure of on-campus students.

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Photo by Sam Draut / The Louisville Cardinal

Sam Draut <![CDATA[U of L and city to remove Confederate monument]]> 2016-04-29T20:47:13Z 2016-04-29T15:13:52Z

By Sam Draut–

City workers began dismantling the highly controversial Confederate monument on the north end of U of L’s Belknap campus Friday. The 70-foot monument faces north and commemorates Confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Completed in the 1895, the monument has stood for 120 years on Third Street, but will be relocated.

U of L President James Ramsey said the time was right for the monument to be taken down and followed “the example of civil rights leaders.” Though the statue is not owned by U of L, campus and city officials worked together for the removal of the monument. Ramsey said there was movement from faculty and staff in the past year to begin the process.

U of L’s Diversity Committee of faculty, students and staff listed the statue as one of their highest priorities to improve on-campus diversity.

Ramsey said U of L has a “responsibility to our students to provide world class education and share our views we hold so dearly.”

“This monument has no place in this city,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “It is a testament to our citizens that we can make this happen.”

Fischer said it was unclear of who owned the statue, but the university, city and state came together to remove it.

“It is another step of progress for everyone to come and feel welcome here in our city,” Fischer said. “There are reasons for this monument to not be here on public property.”

Until an appropriate historical location is selected, the monument will be held in storage. The statue was donated to the city by the Kentucky Woman’s Monument Association in 1895 to honor the Kentuckians who fought for the Confederacy.

After the statue is removed, the median in between second and third street will be replaced with a new lane to help traffic flow to the Speed Art Museum and campus access.

Last week, the Courier-Journal published an op-ed written by Pan-African Studies Chair Ricky Jones that demanded the removal of the monument. Jones said he and other on-campus officials have worked for 20 years to remove the statue.

Construction of the monument's removal began on Friday. Chairman of Pan-African Studies Ricky Jones looks on. Mayor Greg Fischer speaks before construction begins. Around 50 people gathered to listen to Ramsey and Fischer. Mayor Greg Fischer announces the removal of the monument. U of L President James Ramsey talks to the crowd. Vice Provost for Diversity Mordean Taylor-Archer speaks.

Photos by Sam Draut & Sarah Rohleder

This story will be updated. 

Sam Draut <![CDATA[Rankins selected in the first round of NFL Draft]]> 2016-04-29T19:16:44Z 2016-04-29T01:57:29Z By Sam Draut–

Sheldon Rankins, one of the key contributors in U of L’s top-25 ranked defense, was selected 12th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft. The defense tackle/defensive end is the fifth Cardinal selected in the past three years and the 13th first round pick in program history.

Rankins was a prominent part of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme, playing multiple positions along the defensive line. The 6-foot-1 Georgia native combined athleticism, speed and strength to become one of the best and most versatile lineman in the country. Rankins had 26.5 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks in his final two seasons at Louisville.

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said Rankins “is the best three technique defensive lineman” in the 2016 draft class.

Photo by Austin Lassell / The Louisville Cardinal

Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[Bevin allows university representatives a vote on BOT]]> 2016-04-30T00:59:26Z 2016-04-28T17:19:19Z By Kyeland Jackson —

Fixing an error in legislation, Governor Matt Bevin signed a bill allowing U of L constituencies to vote on the position of board of trustees chair. The Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and Student Government Association representatives could not vote on the position last year, a violation of board policy.

“The Redbook clearly states all members of the board have equal voting rights on all matters coming before the board,” President James Ramsey said in a statement.

“We applaud the Governor and General Assembly…Our administration’s goal is to make this university community more inclusive, and to recognize constituency representatives have full rights as trustees is an important step in that direction.”

Constituency members have gathered opinions from their departments after a vote of no-confidence was scheduled for April 20. The vote was canceled because there was not an accurate racial representation on the board. Bevin is tasked to appoint the members necessary to fix this.

Pamela Feldhoff, representative of the Faculty Senate, was told a majority of departments were in favor of her voting for no-confidence during a senate meeting. SGA, during their last meeting, decided to hire an outside firm to gauge student opinion on Ramsey from now until January. The decision was made after a ULink poll on the vote received responses from only three percent of the student population. Outgoing SGA President Victoria Allen told the group that student opinions matter and a vote of no-confidence should not be taken lightly.

The next board of trustees meeting is scheduled for June 21. If racial representation is still not made by then, discussion on a vote of no-confidence may be pushed back again.

Sam Draut <![CDATA[Lightning strikes and softball falls to Kentucky 2-1]]> 2016-04-28T02:41:53Z 2016-04-28T01:08:11Z By Sam Draut–

The U of L softball team hosted its final home game of the regular season against 11th-ranked Kentucky on Wednesday at Ulmer Stadium. Louisville allowed two unearned runs in the seventh inning and Kentucky rallied for a 2-1 win over their in-state rival.

Lightning strike: At approximately 7:45 p.m. lightning was seen near the Louisville area, forcing the game to be suspended for 30 minutes and the stands cleared of fans. The delay lasted 54 minutes. Before the delay, Louisville had runners on second and third with no outs, leading 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth.

After the delay, the Cardinals were unable plate either of the runners. Maryssa Becker returned to the circle in the top of the 7th inning and got the first out of the inning before Katie Reed reached base on a single. Sylver Samuel fouled out third baseman Hailey Smith for the second out, but Becker ran into trouble. Sidney Melton fielded a ground ball and tossed what would have been the game ending force play to second baseman Brittany Sims, but the senior infielder dropped the ball as she moved toward the bag. Then Abbey Cheek singled in Katie Reed for the game-tying run. Brooklin Hinz followed with a single up the middle to score Nikke Sagermann for the go-ahead run.

The circle: Maryssa Becker pitched a complete game, but dealt with runners on base throughout the night. She allowed 11 hits and 2 unearned runs while striking out six hitters. The junior’s record fell to 19-7 on the season. With only one run of support, Becker pitched well in a tight game, a good sign for coach Sandy Pearsall as a series against Notre Dame and Florida State loom ahead.

Double plays: Louisville’s infield flashed some leather in the early innings, turning consecutive double plays in the second and third frames. In the second inning, Cardinal first baseman Sarah Lopesilvero caught a line shot and stepped on first base to end the inning.

In the third inning, with runners on second and third with one out, shortstop Sidney Melton field a ground ball and checked the runner at third base before throwing to first for the first out. Kentucky runner Katie Reed left for home after Melton’s throw, but Lopesilvero quickly turned and threw to home. Jenna Jordan received the throw and made a nice tag for the final out of the inning.

Power trip: More known for speed, Jordan McNary hit a ball to deep right-centerfield that scored Brittany Sims to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The triple in the second inning was McNary’s third extra base hit this season.

Swipe streak stunted: Louisville leadoff Sidney Melton reached first base on an infield single in the first inning and attempted to steal second base during Becker’s at-bat. Melton was thrown out, the first time she has been caught stealing this season. The sophomore had been a perfect 15 for 15 on stolen base attempts.

Photo by Sam Draut / The Louisville Cardinal

Dalton Ray <![CDATA[Lacrosse’s Morissette and Daley earn All-Conference honors]]> 2016-04-27T23:16:59Z 2016-04-27T20:45:24Z By Dalton Ray–

Seniors Kaylin Morissette and Cortnee Daley have been selected to the 2016 All-ACC Women’s Lacrosse Team. Morissette was awarded with first team honors and Daley was named to the second team. The league’s head coaches voted on team members.

The midfield duo have combined for 71 goals, 27 assists, 61 groundballs and seven game winners so far this season. Morissette is third on the team with 34 goals and second with 17 assists, Daley is second in goals with 37 and third in assists with 10. The pair are work horses for Kellie Young’s team.

Morissette has been one of the most dominant players in the country at draw controls. She is second in the nation with 143 and holds the school record with 561. The Ontario native also has seven hat tricks on the season. Over her four year career she has 164 goals. This is the second straight year Morissette has been named to All-ACC first team.

Daley has been one of the most consistent players on the 2016 team. She’s the only player to score in every game this season and her 18 caused turnovers leads the team. Her .416 shooting-percentage is second on the team for a player with at least 20 attempts.Daley has tallied eight hat tricks this year and has scored 151 career goals.

The postseason begins as the team faces off against three-seed Notre Dame Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Round two will take place on Friday with the championship on Sunday. All games are played in Blacksburg, Virginia on Virginia Tech’s campus.

Photo by Wade Morgen / The Louisville Cardinal