The Louisville Cardinal U of L's Independent Student Newspaper 2017-09-22T02:12:01Z http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/feed/atom/ WordPress http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/media/2016/05/cropped-lc-logo-1-32x32.png Shelby Brown <![CDATA[Neil Gorsuch addresses packed house of McConnell Scholars]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50951 2017-09-22T01:13:08Z 2017-09-22T01:06:51Z By Shelby Brown– Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch packed Comstock Hall Sept. 21 to speak about the court and constitutional originalism. He visited as part of the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Prior to the event, the McConnell Scholars had a private session with McConnell and Gorsuch. McConnell Scholar Nicole Fielder attended. “It was incredible,” […]

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By Shelby Brown–

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch packed Comstock Hall Sept. 21 to speak about the court and constitutional originalism. He visited as part of the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Prior to the event, the McConnell Scholars had a private session with McConnell and Gorsuch. McConnell Scholar Nicole Fielder attended.

“It was incredible,” Fielder said. “Getting to see that more personal side of him in a private setting was a real treat.”

Following in the late Antonin Scalia’s footsteps, Gorsuch is also a constitutional originalist. Gorsuch called it common sense.

“There’s a difference between what the law should mean and what the law does mean,” Gorsuch said.

There has been debate about updating the Constitution or reinterpreting it. Gorsuch said other interpretations force judges to make policy decisions. He believes the judicial and legislative branches should not mix.

If originalism is rejected, he said laws could be interpreted incorrectly.

“The constitution should remain the same as it was yesterday, today and forever,” he said.

Gorsuch said sometimes the good guy loses and the bad guy wins under originalism. He didn’t say all of the laws Congress writes are just. Judicial non-partisanship is key, he said.

Gorsuch said only the hardest cases make it to the Supreme Court. Of those, 40 percent of the time, the nine judges arrive at a unanimous decision.

“Judges should wear robes, not capes,” he said. “I don’t believe in red judges or blue judges, we wear black.”

Many students left feeling inspired. Senior Michael Knopf said Gorsuch was an inspiration to the McConnell and Harlan Scholars.

“It’s great to hear a justice speak, especially in the legal career path as we are,” Knopf said.

“It’s an extremely rewarding opportunity for students at U of L to have word-class and national leaders come in and talk to us about leadership and their vision of the United States government,” Senior Robert Gassman said.

President Greg Postel said the event allows for non-partisan conversation.

“We can have political figures here who can give messages in a peaceful environment and share their thoughts and we can all learn from each other,” Postel said.

Gorsuch paid homage to Scalia, who  died Feb. 13, 2016. His seat was open nearly a year before Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump.

Gorsuch was confirmed April 7, 2017.

The McConnell Center series has hosted dozens of Washington power brokers like Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

Photo by Arry Schofield/ The Louisville Cardinal

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Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[White nationalist flyers discovered on campus]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50955 2017-09-22T02:12:01Z 2017-09-21T20:19:01Z By Kyeland Jackson — Again, white nationalist flyers were found on campus this year. University spokesperson John Karman said the flyers, attempting to recruit university students to be a “U of L identitarian”, were found this morning. The Courier-Journal first reported the news. Similar flyers promoting the traditionalist workers’ party were found earlier this year, removed from […]

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By Kyeland Jackson —

Again, white nationalist flyers were found on campus this year.

University spokesperson John Karman said the flyers, attempting to recruit university students to be a “U of L identitarian”, were found this morning. The Courier-Journal first reported the news. Similar flyers promoting the traditionalist workers’ party were found earlier this year, removed from campus after students voiced concerns.

“For all those who feel alone in caring about the future of European people and the preservation of European culture, you are not alone,” the flyer read. “At U of L, political intimidation for caring about your own people may seem rampant, but no longer must you stay silent.”

In an email to the university, Interim President Greg Postel said the flyers concerned underrepresented people on campus.

“Groups that attempt to separate us have no place at the University of Louisville,” Postel’s statement said. “We have built a well-deserved reputation as a safe, welcoming home for all our students, faculty and staff, and we will continue to work to sustain that respect and support among our community.”

Karman said university police are investigating who posted the flyers. The incident follows another racially-charged allegation this July, when an effigy dressed in black was found hanging from a tree across the street from U of L’s social work school.

“The University of Louisville celebrates inclusiveness and diversity, and we won’t be fazed by outside forces that try to divide us,” Karman said today in a statement.

Kenny Brown, U of L’s Interim Chief of Police, was unavailable at the time of this post.

This story will be updated.

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Shelby Brown <![CDATA[SACS visit concludes at University Club]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50905 2017-09-20T23:38:56Z 2017-09-20T23:09:28Z By Shelby Brown– U of L wrapped up a two-day special committee visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges today. The committee will decide if U of L’s SACS probation should be lifted and accreditation continued. Interim President Greg Postel has said the university was ready for the visit. SACS […]

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By Shelby Brown–

U of L wrapped up a two-day special committee visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges today. The committee will decide if U of L’s SACS probation should be lifted and accreditation continued.

Interim President Greg Postel has said the university was ready for the visit.

SACS Vice President Michael Johnson told the Cardinal being placed on probation is less common for public institutions than private ones. Over the past year, U of L racked up nine possible violations with the accrediting agency.

Since that time, U of L administration has worked to address the problems cited by SACS. Johnson says trying is not enough.

“They’re not looking to see if an institution is trying to be compliant, they’re looking to see if the institution is compliant. Fixing to get compliant, isn’t compliant,” Johnson said.

If U of L is out of compliance on even one standard, probation could continue, possibly resulting in another committee visit next year.

Overseeing 800 institutions, SACS learns of the possible violations through the Chronicle of Higher Education or university self-reports.

After reviewing, SACS determines if an institution is out of compliance. SACS authorized a special committee to visit U of L earlier this summer.

The SACS board will review the committee report then decide U of L’s fate in December.

“At that time they have options other than “everything’s okay” (and) “you’ve lost your accreditation”—there are options in between. U of L isn’t at a point where those are the only two options,” Johnson said.

While Johnson wouldn’t comment on U of L’s chances of losing accreditation, he could think of only one public institution that lost accreditation. In June 2016, the City College of San Fransisco was reinstated as an accredited school after nearly five years of dispute.

Johnson said the duration of the committee’s stay is determined by how many people will be interviewed. The list of interviewees was not released.

Governor Matt Bevin was at the University Club this morning. Calls to Bevin’s office went unanswered.

“I think there’s a chance he may have spoken to the committee. I probably do (know what it was about),” Johnson said. He said a governor being interviewed for a public institution is not unique.

Johnson said SACS doesn’t want any university to lose accreditation.

“It ends up being one of those cases where it is what it is, and it’s the institution’s obligation to establish compliance and I know they’re working very hard towards that goal. All I do is wish them success,” Johnson said.

The committee returns to Atlanta Thursday, Sept. 21.

Interim President Greg Postel said earlier he believes U of L will have a good idea of where they stand today, but the university has declined any comment on the meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

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Megan Brewer <![CDATA[DeVos is right to replace the Dear Colleague Letter]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50609 2017-09-20T16:35:22Z 2017-09-20T16:35:20Z By Megan Brewer — On Sept. 7, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced she wants to replace the “Dear Colleague Letter” set in place by the Obama Administration in 2011. The  letter is  a set of guidelines that colleges must to recieve federal funding follow when a sexual assault is reported. The rules allow colleges to punish […]

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By Megan Brewer —

On Sept. 7, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced she wants to replace the “Dear Colleague Letter” set in place by the Obama Administration in 2011.

The  letter is  a set of guidelines that colleges must to recieve federal funding follow when a sexual assault is reported.

The rules allow colleges to punish a student accused of sexual assault without substantial evidence, making the investigation more of a he-said-she-said situation.

Colleges don’t have to perform a formal investigation that’s of the same standard as a police investigation. Even if the person isn’t convicted or arrested because authorities lack evidence, schools can punish an individual.

Schools can go as far as removing someone from the university.

There are also no rules on double jeopardy. This means an accuser can appeal if the university decides not to punish the perpetrator.

The rules always place universities on the side of the accusers during a trial.

DeVos hasn’t stated how she wants to change the rules but stated that the letter had “increasingly elaborate and confusing guidelines.”

According to National Sexual Violence Resource Center, over 90 percent of victims on college campuses don’t report their assault. In a room of 30 victims, that’s 27 not reporting their assault.

Staff writer for Time Magazine Eliza Gray wrote why students of sexual assault don’t report the crime based on a study done in 2007.

Gray stated that 21 percent of victims didn’t report the assault because “they didn’t think the police would take the crime seriously” while others felt that “police would treat them poorly.”

Gray reported that over 35 percent of victims weren’t sure if their assault was actually a crime.

Gray also said individuals don’t report sexual assault because they’re scared of a public trial hitting the media.

DeVos announcing to replace these rules is the best decision.

One problem we’re facing now is many students don’t know about the letter.

At U of L, much like a lot of campuses, most students don’t know who to go to report an assault.

Students on college campuses should have a trustworthy person on campus to turn to if they are sexually assaulted.

Students also need to be better informed about who they should report to.

On the other hand, accused individuals have  little chance under the current rules.

The other issue with the guidelines is that a college can have proof isn’t up to police standard, but still choose to remove a student from a class, living area or university as a whole.

When creating the letter, the Obama Administration was trying to protect victims and make sure they are heard, but there are too many issues that came along.

There has to be a middle ground to the rules with sound evidence before another student is handed a punishment.

The way to fix the rules is not by forgetting about them entirely, but learning from them and improving.

There needs to be a more thorough investigation performed by colleges for every case.

Once these new rules are set, they need to be talked about. Students need to be made aware of what their options are.

Students need to know they have a place and a person to go to if they’re sexually assaulted.

Students also shouldn’t feel like they can get kicked out of school just because someone accuses them of assault.

Universities need to work harder to make sure students are protected when they report an assault and that everyone is given a fair trial when being accused.

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Jordan Shim http://louisvillecardinal.com <![CDATA[No. 10 men’s soccer sweeps aside IUPUI 3-0]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50673 2017-09-20T03:08:23Z 2017-09-20T02:39:03Z By Jordan Shim– In a non-conference game, sanwiched between high-intensity ACC matches, the tenth-ranked men’s soccer convincing defeated IUPUI 3-0 at Lynn Stadium. Mohamed Thiaw, Tim Kubel and Cherif Dieye scored to improve the Cardinals to 5-1-1 on the year. Louisville dominated the contest with advantages in shots, 25-2, and corners, 15-2. “The focus was […]

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By Jordan Shim–

In a non-conference game, sanwiched between high-intensity ACC matches, the tenth-ranked men’s soccer convincing defeated IUPUI 3-0 at Lynn Stadium.

Mohamed Thiaw, Tim Kubel and Cherif Dieye scored to improve the Cardinals to 5-1-1 on the year. Louisville dominated the contest with advantages in shots, 25-2, and corners, 15-2.

“The focus was to get the shutout, and I was proud of the guys because we did. Jake (Gelnovatch) didn’t have much to do because of the guys in front of him,” coach Ken Lolla said.

The quality of Louisville showed early. Their high press forced an IUPUI turnover. Tate Schmitt came close to giving the Cardinals the lead in the 6th minute but sliced his shot wide.

Thiaw scored his third goal in four starts this season in the 19th minute. Off of a corner, Schmitt headed the cross across goal for the Lexington native to rise and give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Despite coming off a long layoff from injury over the summer, Thiaw didn’t need much time to regain his sharpness. Lolla is not surprised with the form the striker is in.

“He’s a goalscorer,” Lolla said. “He’s around it, he understands where to be and really efficient with his chances.”

The Cardinals had an abundance of chances, but the Jaguar defense didn’t break to keep it a one-goal game.

Louisville was awarded a penalty in the 50th minute. Kubel didn’t squander the chance, calmly placing his shot to the left post for his third goal of the season.

Dieye added to the Louisville lead with a precision shot to the right post in the 75th minute.

The Cardinal defense held the Jaguars to two shots, and Gelnovatch recorded his third shutout of the season.

“That was probably the least amount of work I had to do this season,” Gelnovatch said. “I still had to communicate with my backs. I had to come out for one, but that was really it. Great defending. Got to give huge credit to them.”

Louisville resume ACC play, hosting Boston College on Military Appreciation night Friday, Sept. 22. Kickoff against the Golden Eagles is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

You can follow Jordan on Twitter @tlcjordanshim.

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Madison Thompson <![CDATA[School of Music hosts Guitar Festival]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50733 2017-09-17T15:28:34Z 2017-09-19T15:00:44Z By Madison Thompson– The School of Music held the annual Guitar Festival, Sept. 14-17. This festival is open to the public, students, alumni, faculty and staff. The festival began in 2010 and has a plethora of events prepared for participants. “It includes concerts, master classes which are lessons open to the public, workshops and a […]

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By Madison Thompson–

The School of Music held the annual Guitar Festival, Sept. 14-17. This festival is open to the public, students, alumni, faculty and staff. The festival began in 2010 and has a plethora of events prepared for participants.

“It includes concerts, master classes which are lessons open to the public, workshops and a competition with three different divisions,” said Stephen Mattingly, Associate Professor of Music, Professor of Guitar and director of the guitar festival competition.

“They are the youth division, which would be performers under 17 years old, the collegiate division for undergraduate students, and then an open division for all ages called the solo artist division, which is the more elite division.”

One of the best features of the Guitar Festival is that it does not cost to attend or participate in any of the events.

“All of the concerts and workshops are open to the public. One doesn’t have to be a guitarist to come to this event. One doesn’t even need to have a background in guitar to begin enjoying some of the workshops because some of it is about the guitar,” Mattingly said.

As well as the competition, there are guest performers nearly every night of the festival. On the night of Sept. 15, Ricardo Cobo was the guest performer.

Large, upcoming events for the guitar department include a studio recital on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. and the Guitar Foundation of America competition in June, 2018. The Guitar Foundation of America competition will bring 700 to 800 guitarists each day to U of L.

Students interested in guitar and who want to involve themselves in the music school, there are a few options.

“If you are interested in the guitar, we do have a guitar RSO dedicated to the guitar. It’s called the Association of Guitarists at the University of Louisville. The officers of this RSO are currently organizing weekly events and monthly meetings,” Mattingly said.

“Another thing that interested people can do is we have a guitar class. We have class guitar for non-majors where students can take this class for credit. There are two levels of one credit hour and three credit hours. The guitar is not supplied, but can be rented,” Mattingly said.

 

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Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[Letter to the Editor: Presidential search will be fair, open to university input]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50860 2017-09-19T13:26:23Z 2017-09-19T13:23:37Z By Vishnu Tirumala — As Student Body President, one of my most important roles is serving on our University’s Board of Trustees. The Board is the highest decision-making body at the University; they approve University expenditures, set tuition & fees, approve our degrees and hire faculty and administrators. This last power is especially important now […]

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By Vishnu Tirumala —

As Student Body President, one of my most important roles is serving on our University’s Board of Trustees. The Board is the highest decision-making body at the University; they approve University expenditures, set tuition & fees, approve our degrees and hire faculty and administrators. This last power is especially important now that U of L is in a time of transition.

I learned in an honors seminar that one of the most important jobs for any Board is to select a President.  The University of Louisville needs someone who is not only an effective administrator but also a person with the integrity and stamina to lead our University through a challenging period for higher education.

Last year the Student Senate passed a resolution outlining what students are looking for in a new President. I’ll summarize some major points here:

  • a commitment to a high quality of education at a reasonable cost
  • a strong and unwavering commitment to diversity in all respects
  • at least 10 years of experience as faculty and a strong familiarity of University procedures
  • a drive to achieve the University’s goals as a premier metropolitan research institution
  • an appreciation for shared governance by empowering faculty, staff and student leadership
  • a commitment to transparency regarding the University, the Foundation and U of L Athletics
  • an advocate for sustainable construction and reducing our carbon footprint
  • a commitment to ensure access to affordable student housing in the community
  • a willingness to invest in valuable student services and projects even if they have a limited RoI

The full resolution can be found on the SGA website. These guidelines will serve as a framework to evaluate candidates.

In previous searches, the SGA President has appointed a small committee to advise him on the search. I have reached out to the Student Presidents of each college for a representative. These 12 students, along with the members of the SGA Top 4, will serve on this advisory committee. I have also instructed our executive team to plan a public forum on both the Belknap and Health Science campuses to address any additional student concerns. The Belknap forum will be held in early October.

This search process will be extensive as we reach across the nation to build a large applicant pool. The Board has moved towards maintaining absolute confidentiality of applicants to ensure we recruit the best candidate. However we – as trustees – will need input from the community on the qualities of a good President as well as the challenges they must address. In the weeks ahead, I hope community members take advantage of listening tours and nomination forms to provide the invaluable feedback that will make our endeavor successful. I am committed to ensuring that the process is fair – a poor decision will negatively impact students more than anyone else.

As a student, I am excited at the prospect of seeing leadership that can push and challenge our University to grow. As a student trustee, I am eager to hear from all of my fellow students about what they are looking for in the next President.

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Caroline Strack <![CDATA[Students shouldn’t carry guns around campus]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50650 2017-09-18T02:23:41Z 2017-09-19T12:01:00Z By Caroline Strack —  A college campus is no place for guns. I support the idea of individuals having the right to defend themselves, but there are other options for self-defense. Individuals often abuse guns and face the deadliest of consequences. I have my own weapon of choice, pepper spray, and I feel safer walking […]

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By Caroline Strack — 

A college campus is no place for guns. I support the idea of individuals having the right to defend themselves, but there are other options for self-defense.

Individuals often abuse guns and face the deadliest of consequences.

I have my own weapon of choice, pepper spray, and I feel safer walking around with it. My pepper spray acts as a form of self-defense but doesn’t carry the possible extreme consequences guns do.

I’m aware that not all people who handle guns participate in mass shootings but there is always that possibility.

The fact is, I would feel less safe suspecting the person behind me could be carrying a gun.

I support those who want to have carry and conceal licenses and keep guns in their homes and cars.

Even becoming more informed about gun safety and self-defense is a great idea.

Still, some students will not feel safe knowing an abundance of guns are being carried on campus by fellow peers.

Students at U of L don’t attend school to live in fear that someone could get upset and shoot up a classroom.

I respect the people brave enough to voice their opinions on this subject. I even encourage people to take classes to become more informed about gun safety.

However, a college campus is not the place for deadly weapons.

The threat of outside violence does not need to bleed into our campus.

We have our mace and other forms of self-defense along with U of L and Metro police.

Let’s let the professionals handle the guns while we handle becoming educated individuals who can feel safe in our classrooms.

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Briana Williams <![CDATA[Prime Grill offers burgers, fries and satisfied cravings]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50797 2017-09-17T14:51:42Z 2017-09-18T14:23:44Z By Laurel Slaughter– If you didn’t know of the SAC construction you may have had a minor freak-out when you walked in for the first time this semester and the first floor was completely different. There is a whole new section to the SAC that includes several new food options. In this brightly lit, miniature […]

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By Laurel Slaughter–

If you didn’t know of the SAC construction you may have had a minor freak-out when you walked in for the first time this semester and the first floor was completely different.

There is a whole new section to the SAC that includes several new food options. In this brightly lit, miniature food court, you can find foods ranging from Mexican and Mediterranean to classic Southern comfort food.

You can find the Southern hospitality at the Prime Grill, one of the new additions to the SAC. From burgers and fries to fried chicken and greens, the Prime Grill will satisfy your craving for a home cooked meal.

Kortney Johnson cooks at Prime Grill and has been working in the food services industry at U of L for over four years. He had nothing but good news for us about the opening of the new restaurant.

“Slowly but surely they’ll make their mark,” Johnson said about the first couple of weeks in business. “I think we should do some advertising, maybe a taste-testing, so that we can get the word out there.”

Johnson mentioned that lot of students think this area of the SAC is still under construction so not a lot of them know there are many new options for food. If you’re looking for something mouth-watering, Johnson recommends trying the Prime Grill’s double cheeseburger and fries.

The new section of the SAC officially opened Aug. 30 and since then more and more students are beginning to realize the new selections that are available.
With fair prices and delicious options ranging from the Southwest garden burger to the Buffalo turkey burger it seems like you couldn’t go wrong at the Prime Grill. As you order your food you can see your burger being grilled to perfection right in front your eyes. So, if you’re looking to satisfy your taste buds without breaking your budget, head over to see what Prime Grill has to offer.

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Janet Dake <![CDATA[Serial shoplifter arrested outside campus bookstore]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=50823 2017-09-18T02:10:24Z 2017-09-18T01:50:45Z On Sep. 13, a man suspected by campus bookstore employees as a recurring shoplifter was arrested outside the building. According to the ULPD report, a theft occurred at the Cardinal Authentic Store at the stadium of more than  $500 of merchandise. The alleged shoplifter was identified by police as Lee Jeffrey. He was recognized by […]

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On Sep. 13, a man suspected by campus bookstore employees as a recurring shoplifter was arrested outside the building.

According to the ULPD report, a theft occurred at the Cardinal Authentic Store at the stadium of more than  $500 of merchandise.

The alleged shoplifter was identified by police as Lee Jeffrey. He was recognized by university police, who reported he had been at the  Cardinal Authentic Store down Floyd Street then went north to the bookstore.

He matched the description of a man who took merchandise  from the bookstore earlier that month, and police charged him on both counts.

The bookstore operations manager said Jeffrey has been casing the store for months. Charlotte Sandifer said Jeffrey, along with another man not yet caught – is well known at the store.

“I started working here in February, and we’ve had sporadic issues with this gentleman and another gentleman,” said Sandifer.

Sandifer describes their behavior as similar, and said she has stopped both of them herself in some scenarios.

“He grabs everything that quick and easy,” she said.

Sandifer spoke specifically about a time when she prevented him from stealing a stack of U of L hats. “I came back around as was like, ‘Hey sir, were you wanting to check out?” She said he put down the hats and left.

“It’s not opportunity theft,” Sandifer says. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s coming in to steal.”

According to Wave 3 News, the football jerseys stolen from the stadium were worth $800, and the baseball jerseys stolen from the bookstore $750.

From what she’s heard, Sandifer says this is not an isolated incident at all.

“I’ve heard from different stores across campus that they’ve had issues with this same guy for years,” she said.

To take measures to prevent this in the future, Sandifer says her employees will simply improve customer service. She said the added attention usually deters potential shoplifters.

 

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