The Louisville Cardinal U of L's Independent Student Newspaper 2016-06-29T17:29:07Z http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/feed/atom/ WordPress http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/media/2016/05/cropped-lc-logo-1-32x32.png Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[Bevin names new board of trustees]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36628 2016-06-29T17:29:07Z 2016-06-29T16:05:00Z By Kyeland Jackson — Governor Matt Bevin has named the new trustees for U of L’s governing body. The trustees are: J. David Grissom John Schnatter Sandra Frazier Nitin Sahney Bonita Black Douglas Cobb Ulysses Bridgeman Jr. Ronald Wright Dale Boden Diane Medley President James Ramsey commented on the appointments. “We appreciate Governor Bevin’s appointment […]

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By Kyeland Jackson —

Governor Matt Bevin has named the new trustees for U of L’s governing body.

The trustees are:

  • J. David Grissom
  • John Schnatter
  • Sandra Frazier
  • Nitin Sahney
  • Bonita Black
  • Douglas Cobb
  • Ulysses Bridgeman Jr.
  • Ronald Wright
  • Dale Boden
  • Diane Medley

President James Ramsey commented on the appointments.

“We appreciate Governor Bevin’s appointment of the new board. I have met with the three interim board members as well as the faculty, student and staff representatives and I plan to meet with the additional board members soon, Ramsey said.

“I look forward to working with this new board as we move the university forward.”

Bevin’s executive action, dissolving the board and announcing President James Ramsey’s resignation, has been questioned by U of L faculty and Attorney General Andy Beshear. Beshear filed a temporary restraining order against Bevin last week, attempting to stop the order.

Beshear issued a statement on the appointments, calling Bevin’s actions a threat to the university’s independence and accreditation.

“Our legal challenge is not about who will or will not serve on a board of trustees. It is to prevent Gov. Matt Bevin from asserting ‘absolute authority’ to control the board and the university by simply dissolving the board anytime he disagrees with it,” Beshear said in his statement.

“Such power would threaten the independence and possibly the accreditation of the university.”

The university has been in flux since Bevin’s announcement, prompting worries for accreditation, emergency meetings among faculty and staff, and reassurances by Ramsey that business is as usual. The faculty senate will meet to discuss events during an emergency session today at 3 pm. Ramsey and interim-provost Neville Pinto have been invited to the public forum, where members of the local American Association of University Professors plans to attend.

This story will be updated.

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Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[Ramsey meets with representatives; assures all is well]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36603 2016-06-29T00:47:07Z 2016-06-29T00:47:07Z By Kyeland Jackson  — After meeting with representatives and constituents, President James Ramsey assures the university will move forward. Ramsey’s statement came via a blasted email Tuesday. Ramsey said he met with the three interim board members appointed by Governor Matt Bevin and the board representatives for students, faculty and staff. He also said he’s talked to […]

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By Kyeland Jackson  —

After meeting with representatives and constituents, President James Ramsey assures the university will move forward. Ramsey’s statement came via a blasted email Tuesday.

Ramsey said he met with the three interim board members appointed by Governor Matt Bevin and the board representatives for students, faculty and staff. He also said he’s talked to the presidents of the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Based on the meetings, Ramsey affirms the university will use the spending plan presented last week. That spending plan includes a five percent tuition increase and “credit for credits” program. The program refunds the full tuition increase amount if students have 30 credit hours by the end of the year.

“Your university leadership team will continue to do everything we can, day-in and day-out, to work with you to continue to move forward during this period of transition,” Ramsey said in the email.

Fears on the endangerment of U of L’s accreditation came to a head when faculty members asked an injunction be filed against Bevin. Attorney General Andy Beshear allayed those concerns, filing a temporary restraining order against Bevin.  Ramsey has said plans to resign as president before the end of the next academic year. He has not detailed if he will remain as the university of Louisville  Foundation president, and foundation board members have publicly asked him to stay. 

Ramsey asks those with questions to respond to his email.

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Dalton Ray <![CDATA[Kelsi Worrell punches ticket to 2016 Rio Olympics]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36560 2016-06-28T12:30:44Z 2016-06-28T01:42:46Z By Dalton Ray– University of Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics for the United States. Worrell posted a 56.48 time in the 100-fly in the U.S. Olympic Trails finals. Her time is the second-fastest of the year in the 100-fly. Afterwards, Worrell was nearly speechless. “It’s a dream come true. I’m […]

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By Dalton Ray–

University of Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics for the United States. Worrell posted a 56.48 time in the 100-fly in the U.S. Olympic Trails finals. Her time is the second-fastest of the year in the 100-fly.

Afterwards, Worrell was nearly speechless.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m in shock for sure,” Worrell said. “I don’t even know what to say.”

Worrell faced off against seven other swimmers in the finals. The total field consisted of Dana Vollmer, Sarah Gibson, Cassidy Bayer, Kendyl Stewart, Hellen Moffett, Claire Donahue, Hali Flickinger and Worrell.

Worrell is the 2015 and 2016 national champion in the 100- and 200-fly. After a stellar career as a Cardinal, Worrell is quickly working on her Olympic career. The four-time national champion gives her teammates credit for her outing.

“It is really rowdy here because we have a huge team here. I did the C-A-R-D-S cheer with them, which is my favorite thing,” Worrell said. “It calms me that they are all here for me cheering and supporting me. There is no pressure here.”

Worrell is the second ever U.S. Olympian U of L has produced. Former women’s basketball Angel McCoughtry won a golden medal for the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics.

Photo by Wade Morgan  / The Louisville Cardinal 

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Briana Williams <![CDATA[Russ Smith becomes spokesman for Louisville-based app]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36573 2016-06-27T14:49:58Z 2016-06-27T14:19:14Z By Briana Williams — Former U of L Men’s Basketball player Russ Smith is pitching a new social app. Speaking in a video posted by the company, “Shortnotice” is an app designed to make quick plans and spontaneous adventures with friends easier. The company’s mission is “bringing people together as fast as possible.” Smith said the app […]

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By Briana Williams —

Former U of L Men’s Basketball player Russ Smith is pitching a new social app.

Speaking in a video posted by the company, “Shortnotice” is an app designed to make quick plans and spontaneous adventures with friends easier. The company’s mission is “bringing people together as fast as possible.”

Smith said the app “values real-life interactions way more than virtual interactions.”

The company was founded in 2013 by Louisville natives and brothers, Kush and Neil Nijhawan. Both graduated from Manual High School in 2012.

Not long after launching the app, the Nijhawan brothers recruited Smith as their brand ambassador. Because of his fast-paced lifestyle, the Nijhawan brothers believed the athlete to be a good fit as a spokesperson for the company.

Smith is promoting the app through word of mouth and social media. On Instagram and Twitter alone, he has tens of thousands of followers.

Along with basketball player, brand ambassador and philanthropist, Smith has also added writer to his many titles. On his website he writes journal-style entries with topics ranging from his time with Rick Pitino to his experiences in the NBA. His most recent entry, titled “Time,” is one in which he discusses his perception of time.

The beloved U of L alumni wears many hats and has always been open about his love for Louisville. Not only does Smith believe in the company, he also believes in the brand’s message and philosophy.

“Shortnotice embodies a philosophy of treasuring each moment to the fullest and counting memories instead of likes” said Smith.

In the video, Smith went on to say that the app “is an online tool to get you offline.” With thousands of users already on the app, it seems the company is on the right track of promoting face-to-face interaction and spontaneity.

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Dalton Ray <![CDATA[Ranking worst moments of 2015-2016 athletic year]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36326 2016-06-27T21:16:00Z 2016-06-27T14:00:10Z By Dalton Ray– As the 2015-2016 athletic season has officially came to a close, it’s time to look back at the year that was. As a whole, the past athletic year wasn’t exactly one to remember. On top of that, the year didn’t come close to the standard the university’s full 22 NCAA affiliated programs […]

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By Dalton Ray–

As the 2015-2016 athletic season has officially came to a close, it’s time to look back at the year that was. As a whole, the past athletic year wasn’t exactly one to remember. On top of that, the year didn’t come close to the standard the university’s full 22 NCAA affiliated programs has set over the past five years.

Although there were high moments during the year, see our best memories of 2015-2016, only acknowledging the good times is the perfect way to becoming a jaded fan. Recognizing the highs and the lows gives fans more appreciation of their favorite team, sport or university. With all that being said, let’s take a look at top five worst moments of Louisville athletics’ 2015-2016 year.

Honorable mention: Softball can’t make it out of the first weekend of NCAAs

The 2016 season for Sandy Pearsall’s team, on paper, wasn’t supposed to make much noise. Players such as Maryssa Becker, Brittany Sims and Hailey Smith were all known, established players but the remaining had their fair share of questions marks. The returning players Sidney Melton, Morgan Meyer and Jordan McNary all had great outings in the 2016 and added support to Becker, Sims and Smith. Combine that with newcomers Megan Hensley and Lillie Goetz bursting on to the scene, and all of a sudden Louisville softball was ready to compete with anyone.

Softball ended the year with a 34-14 record and finished second in the ACC standings in the regular season after being picked sixth to start the year. After defeating Syracuse in the first round of the ACC tournament, they were knocked out by Notre Dame. The Cardinals were one of the last teams selected to the NCAA tournament and had a rematch against top seed Nebraska. Pearsall and company dropped two games against Nebraska and BYU in the Columbia Regional. Just when the team had momentum late in the year, it was taken away moments later.

5. Lacrosse falls to Northwestern in the first round of NCAA tournament

The final game against Northwestern wasn’t exactly a heartbreaking loss or hard to swallow, it was just the way the lacrosse team ended the year. Kellie Young potentially had the best team she’s ever had at U of L in 2016. The 7-0 start was the best start in school history and the team defeated three straight ranked teams to hit that mark. Heading into April, lacrosse was 12-1 and atop the ACC standings. Seniors Kaylin Morissettee and Cortnee Daley were playing some of the best ball in the conference once again. The true difference maker on the team was goal keeper Brittany Read. The sophomore, statistically, was one of the best keepers in the country and ranked top five in save percentage.

The spiral started against North Carolina. U of L was simply outmatched in the game and UNC was leading by double-digits, but late in the game Read awkwardly planted her knee and came up limping. That was the last game of the year Read would play as she tore her ACL. Read was the team’s only keeper on the roster and Young had to reach out to Kelly Gielner, who left the team before the season started. Louisville dropped the last five games on the year including the 15-5 loss to Northwestern in the NCAA tournament.  With a year that had so much promise to end in the way it did is truly one of the most disappointing events of the year.

4. Football starts season 0-3

The 2015 football season had nothing but uncertainty around it. Louisville had questions at the two most important positions, quarterback and offensive line. Away from that, U of L had quality players in every other position. The Cardinals dropped the opener against Auburn 31-24 in the Georgia Dome. U of L had plenty of missed chances in the first half and the Tigers took advantage. Despite the 24-points in the second half lead by Lamar Jackson, Louisville was too far behind to take the win.

The next loss came in the home opener against Houston. Kyle Bolin replaced Jackson in the fourth quarter and the final 15 minutes was a complete shootout. Houston’s Greg Ward Jr found a open receiver in the corner of the endzone and Louisville couldn’t answer back. The third loss came against national runner-up Clemson at home. A relatively low scoring game picked up late. Trayveon Samuel ran back a 100-yard kickoff return to put Louisville within three. A holding call on second-down while U of L was driving to win or tie the game doomed the Cardinals. The start was a worst case scenario as U of L and really put the Cards behind the eight ball.

3. Women’s basketball drops NCAA Tournament game at YUM

After an extremely rough start to the year, U of L’s women’s basketball was able to recover and was one of the hottest teams in the nation. Following an unexpected loss against Syracuse in the second round of the ACC tournament, Louisville was awarded a three-seed in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals were fortunate enough to play their first two games on their home court because Louisville was the regional host. U of L handled Central Arkansas with ease in the first game with a 87-60 win.

Heading into game two, not many people knew about DePaul basketball or Jessica January but that would quickly change. January scored 25 points and with 15-seconds left, she hit one free throw at the line giving DePaul a 73-72 lead. With 1.7 seconds left, Myisha Hines-Allen was called for a charge during her drive to the basket and the game was over. Similar to the softball team, all the momentum that had been created late in the year was erased in seconds. Even worse, it was on their home-court and in front of their fans.

2. Baseball gets sent home by grand slam

Dan McDonnell truly out-done himself with his 2016 team. His squad had seven MLB draft picks and another handful that will be selected next year. The team started the year as the second-ranked team in the nation. They won their second-straight ACC Atlantic regular season title and were picked as the number-two overall seed in the NCAA tournament. The Cards hosted their second consecutive Regional and Super Regional games.

In the Super Regionals, U of L was matched up with Cinderella-team UC Santa Barbara. Louisville dropped the Saturday game after getting no offense. Game two on Sunday was an elimination game for the Cardinals. Louisville led nearly the whole game 3-0 and Zach Burdi entered the game in the eighth, the home crowd was certain they’d be back Monday for game three.

After Burdi allowed a single and walked two batters, the bases were loaded with one out. UCSB put in a freshman pinch-hitter and the worst scenario happened for U of L. Sam Cohen turned on a change-up and hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning. The swing left the crowd speechless and propelled the Gauchos to the College World Series. The loss will end up ranking as one of the worst losses in any Cardinal fan’s memory.

1. Self-imposed sanctions takes basketball’s postseason away

February 5th, 2015. That’s the date President James Ramsey, Athletic Director Tom Jurich, head basketball coach Rick Pitino and university-hired investigator Chuck Smrt held a press conference in Strickler Hall. The mass email sent out to media outlets alerting everyone hit like a cold gust of wind before a thunder storm rolls in. The calm before the storm came when Ramsey, Jurich, Pitino and Smrt entered the side door of the hall and silence followed them.

Then, Ramsey started his speech and all of his words ran together until he said, “After consulting with Director of Athletics Tom Jurich, we made the decision to withhold the men’s basketball program from all conference and NCAA postseason competition following the 2015-16 men’s basketball season.”

A noticeably distraught and nearly emotional Pitino, displayed a mix of anger and disbelief as Ramsey and Jurich gave their statements. This self-imposed ban literally stung the Cardinal faithful and created this sense of numbness. The 2015-2016 team was easily the most likeable in recent memory, which made it hurt even worse. Fresh off their best win of the year, 71-65 over no. 2 North Carolina, the Cardinals went from glee to anguish in a matter of four days.

Pitino urged the fan base to embrace the final nine games and the fans didn’t fall short. U of L’s pride and joy is basketball, hands down. So for something like this to happen to your prize possession, it’s simply hard to grasp. The announcement was one of the darkest times in program history. Cardinal fans are just hoping this nightmare is behind them and doesn’t pop up ever again.

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Dalton Ray <![CDATA[Louisville football position breakdown: running backs]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36553 2016-06-26T15:12:35Z 2016-06-26T15:15:41Z By Dalton Ray– The second week of TLC’s position breakdown for Louisville’s 2016 football team is here. Last week, we took a look at the quarterback position . In week two, we’ll analyze the running back spot. Under Bobby Petrino, in both tenures, U of L has always used multiple backs. Even when Petrino coached […]

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By Dalton Ray–

The second week of TLC’s position breakdown for Louisville’s 2016 football team is here. Last week, we took a look at the quarterback position . In week two, we’ll analyze the running back spot.

Under Bobby Petrino, in both tenures, U of L has always used multiple backs. Even when Petrino coached Michael Bush in 2006, one of the best backs in program history, the offense still used Kolby Smith and George Stripling. In the last two seasons, there have been eight different players that have had at least 40 carries on the year that aren’t named Lamar Jackson.

Jackson was the team’s leading rusher last year but the Cards return their top three returning running backs. Louisville has six running backs, four upperclassmen and two incoming freshman. This running back list will not include Reggie Bonnafon and Trey Smith, both can play the running back spot but have been moved to receiver.

Brandon Radcliff, redshirt senior

2015 Stats: 139 attempts, 634 yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 7 touchdowns

Radcliff is one of the few remaining players on the team that were recruited by former coach Charlie Strong. In 2014, Radcliff ran for over 700 yards and 12 touchdowns. 2015 was a dip in production for the Miami native and Radcliff only had three games with 70 or more yards. Entering his third year under Petrino, Radcliff is expected led the team in rushing and be a team captain once again.

At 5’9″, 215-pounds Radcliff is a strong, powerful tailback that averaged over five-yards per carry in his first two years as a Cardinal. What makes Radcliff so tough to bring down is his low-center mass while running. Once contact is made with the bowling-ball-back, his legs never stop running and he fights the whole way down. His style of running can wear on opposing tacklers.

Radcliff is a workhorse, on and off the field. His problem last year was simply his lack of speed behind a shaky offensive line. Petrino has been impressed with Radcliff so far this offseason.

“Brandon has really improved in the areas he’s needed to, which is catching the ball and pass protecting,” Petrino said.

Radcliff is closing in on being a 2,000-yard career rusher. He currently sits at 1,462 career yards and 20 touchdowns. If Radcliff rushes for 652-yards or more, he will be in the top ten all-time career rushing yards in program history. His 20 career rushing touchdowns places him ninth all-time, 19 away from all-time leader Bush.

Jeremy Smith, junior

2015 Stats: 60 attempts, 270 yards, 4.5 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns

2015’s third leading rusher came from their junior college transfer. The nation’s fifth-ranked JuCo back made a good impact with the team last year but like Radcliff, Smith struggled behind the offensive line. Smith is a change-of-pace back compared to Radcliff. Smith is a big and physical back that doesn’t necessarily break-away speed but does have good vision along with great feet.

Smith’s role should be expanded in 2016 and after averaging 4.5 yards per carry, Smith has proven that he can get yards when he has the ball in his hands. One aspect of his game Smith could expand on is developing in the passing game. Even though last year’s quarterback spot wasn’t consistent, Smith only had 19-yards on two receptions all year.

Smith had a great spring game in-which he led the game with over  a 100-yards and two touchdowns. Smith has the ability to lull you to sleep because all of his runs look the same and effortless then he’ll catch you slipping and take advantage. Petrino has said that Smith, “always has the biggest run in every scrimmage we have.” Petrino credited that to his great hips and big body that tacklers bounce off of.

LJ Scott, junior

2015 Stats: 38 attempts, 137 yards, 3.6 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns

Scott is also a Strong recruit and actually came in as a fullback. The junior easily made the transition to running back because of his athleticism and his great footwork. Scott is the most versatile returning back on the roster. Between taking the hand-off in the backfield and catching the ball in open field, Scott is the most flexible back and the best receiving back on the team.

Scott led the running backs last year in most receptions and yards despite touching the ball less than Radcliff and Smith. Petrino said that Scott had a really good spring.

“I think we’ve learned a lot about what LJ can do and how he runs with the football. He’s doing a better job of ‘hugging the wall (offensive line)’ and you can tell he’s noticing that,” Petrino said. “He’s a really good pass protector so he’ll be in a lot on third down and he has really good hands, he’s a great weapon.”

Scott’s biggest roadblock is the two backs listed just before him. Scott’s biggest advantage is that he excels in the area the previous backs don’t, the passing game. To get more field time, Scott will have to make the most of this.

Malin Jones, senior

2015 Spring Game stats: 7 attempts, 67 yards, 8.9 yards per carry, 1 touchdown

Jones came to Louisville as one of the five transfers brought in by Petrino in 2014. After committing to Northwestern in 2012, Jones was suspended “indefinitely” in November of 2013. He joined the Cardinals in the fall of 2014.

Jones hasn’t had much luck as a Cardinal and has been apart of a crowded backfield since being at Louisville. Not only has Jones shared the backfield with the three backs on this list, he’s also been behind Dominique Brown and Michael Dyer. Jones only had one carry last season.

Malik Staples, freshman

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Staples is coming into Louisville as three-star running back out of Georgia. At 6’0″, 210-pounds Staples is a good sized back but has the ability to be a power-back with above average speed. He is a downhill-runner who runs hard and doesn’t exactly have great speed but does have good acceleration with the ball. Staples is a similar back to Radcliff in his style and effort with the ball.

One of the things Staples will have to improve on, like most incoming frosh, is following his blockers and being a patient runner. Staples will be able to learn a lot from Radcliff as both backs have legs that never stop churning once contact is made. A lot of playing-time may not be on the table in 2016, but Staples will have the chance push for time if he can make progress in the weight room.

Dae Williams,  freshman

2015 high school stats: 267 attempts, 1,673 yards, 6.3 yards per carry, 19 touchdowns

Once again we run into another power back. Williams is athletic, big back that runs with swagger and his wide body makes it tough for defenders to get his arms around him. Williams is from Oklahoma and has played against good competition in high school, he has all the physical tools to become a great back. Williams is a smart runner that follows his blockers and is patient with the ball in his hands.

Some of the downside to Williams’ game would be his lack of elusiveness. He is a smooth runner that isn’t afraid of hurdling defenders but almost has heavy feet in terms of being shifty. Williams is a straight-line runner and has the ability to break through defenders coming in high and with arm-tackles. Williams will benefit greatly from a full season in Louisville’s strength and conditioning program. He potentially has the highest ceiling in the group and if Petrino’s staff can untap that potential, Williams can be a special back.

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Olivia Krauth <![CDATA[Brief: Constituency representatives to meet with Ramsey]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36557 2016-06-24T20:56:10Z 2016-06-24T20:56:10Z By Olivia Krauth– The three constituency representatives on U of L’s Board of Trustees will be meeting with President James Ramsey on Monday. SGA President Aaron Vance confirmed the meeting. Vance said they may be briefed on their role on the interim board of trustees. U of L spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests […]

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By Olivia Krauth–

The three constituency representatives on U of L’s Board of Trustees will be meeting with President James Ramsey on Monday.

SGA President Aaron Vance confirmed the meeting. Vance said they may be briefed on their role on the interim board of trustees. U of L spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment on what is on the agenda officially.

Other constituency representatives include Pamela Feldhoff, the faculty representative, and Angela Lewis-Klein, the staff representative. Lewis-Klein’s term is set to expire on June 30.

The interim board of trustees has had three members since Governor Matt Bevin announced its creation a week ago. Bevin’s proposed board reorganization has room for 10 governor-appointed trustees, with the three constituency representatives rounding out the 13-person board.

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Dalton Ray <![CDATA[Student reaction: Ramsey and BOT pushed out]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36550 2016-06-24T19:59:19Z 2016-06-24T17:36:03Z By Dalton Ray– One week ago today, news broke that University of Louisville’s president James Ramsey would step down as the school’s president. Along with Ramsey stepping down, the entire board of trustees would also be replaced. This was announced by Governor Matt Bevin and came as a shock. After a year, once again, filled […]

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By Dalton Ray–

One week ago today, news broke that University of Louisville’s president James Ramsey would step down as the school’s president. Along with Ramsey stepping down, the entire board of trustees would also be replaced. This was announced by Governor Matt Bevin and came as a shock.

After a year, once again, filled with scandals Bevin decided that it was time for a new page. Bevin said the shake up is to start fresh with U of L, saying the problems are academic, administrative and athletic.

Within the past week, questions of the legality began surrounding Bevin’s decision. Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office is investigating the legality of Bevin’s decision.

“Gov. Bevin took unprecedented actions directed at two important governing boards. Lawmakers mandated that these boards be independent. My office is therefore closely reviewing today’s actions,” Beshear said in a statement.

Since October of 2015, Louisville has taken quite a bit of negative PR. Starting with the Katina Powell scandal that provoked an NCAA investigation, then the Ramsey’s Halloween costume, followed by two U of L officials being investigated by the FBI over the potential misuse of grant money. But wait, that was only over three months.

2016 picked up right where 2015 left off. In February, Ramsey had a lawsuit brought on to him claiming he knew about the potential misuse of grant money. March began with multiple trustees discussing a vote of no-confidence in Ramsey. Soon after, Ramsey imposed a post-season ban against the men’s basketball team during the NCAA investigation.

With all this uncertainty swirling, what is it like being a student of the university? How do you react when you hear your president and board of trustees have been pushed out? Damon Quire is a junior computer information major said he can understand why Bevin pushed Ramsey to step down.

“My original reaction was that he made a sort of dictator type move. But after thinking about it, it may be for the best after all of the troubles surrounding the university recently,” Quire said. “We’ll have to wait and see if it truly benefits the university.”

Drew Miller graduated this past spring with a major in sports administration. Miller thinks the university hasn’t handled the latest scandals very well but believes the school will rebound.

“I believe that U of L has handled the last few PR hits rather poorly. The school has made rash decisions that seem to only hurt the university in the long run,” Miller said. “Their decisions have reduced faith in the university. I do believe the university will be able to bounce back from these hits and perhaps a change in leadership will help.”

U of L has had a bad year with decision making and Bevin’s latest move didn’t help. Bevin’s giving everyone the boot goes against the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools rules. The university is potentially facing sanctions or losing its accreditation if it can’t get its  stuff together by next January’s inspection.

A 2014 graduate of U of L, Christian Rick is very concerned and sees this issue as the biggest problem to date.

“This directly affects alumni and current students. By degrading the university’s accreditation, it’s practically degrading my degree every minute,” Rick said. “As if it’s not hard enough to attain a good job upon graduation especially the one you want, throwing this in the mix would make it even more difficult.”

If the recent scandals and forcing out of the president along with the board of trustees wasn’t enough to upset students, there’s more. The university announced it will raise tuition by five percent, again.

Senior Eric Palmer isn’t a fan of the school’s latest bump in tuition.

“I personally don’t like it, considering the fact their making people pay the SRC fee, and half the time they don’t go. On top of that, they make the commuters pay a meal plan that they don’t even plan on using,” Palmer said. “Outside all the other fees they make people pay, they still want to increase the tuition. And we don’t even have a president right now then they drop this on us.”

With everything that is going on with Louisville, saving its face on a national perspective is important. What’s more important is keeping the respect and faith from the locals.

Senior English major Bree Cameron, a Louisville native, doesn’t have an issue with the school itself but more with the people who are pulling the strings.

“I am proud of being a student at the University of Louisville because of the city of Louisville. Our city is thriving and constantly making moves to improve itself. Being a student at U of L often involves playing an active role in these goals, and I think that’s awesome,” Cameron said. “The people who run U of L though? Embarrassing, it makes me cover my face with my hand.”

In short, the vibe from current and former students is uneasy. The university is in the mist of uncertainty right now, waiting to be brought to the light so all of this can be put behind it. The school is in the early steps of fixing the mess it made.

It will take years to see if Bevin has made the right decision to shake up the university elites. For now, students will have to just take their classes and hope their degrees mean something after they walk across the stage.

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Conner Farrell <![CDATA[Houston Rockets select Chinanu Onuaku]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36545 2016-06-24T20:25:57Z 2016-06-24T04:24:49Z By Conner Farrell– Louisville Men’s Basketball player Chinanu Onuaku was selected 37th overall in the NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. The sophomore Center was projected to be picked 38th overall to the Milwaukee Bucks in the latest mock draft by Draft Express. Onuaku was the only Cardinal to be selected in the draft. Onuaku […]

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By Conner Farrell–

Louisville Men’s Basketball player Chinanu Onuaku was selected 37th overall in the NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. The sophomore Center was projected to be picked 38th overall to the Milwaukee Bucks in the latest mock draft by Draft Express.

Onuaku was the only Cardinal to be selected in the draft. Onuaku showed much improvement in his sophomore season averaging 9.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 1.6 APG. He is regarded as an intriguing prospect for NBA teams. Onuaku can provide help on the defensive side of the ball right away, averaging 3.4 BPG and 1.3 SPG in the last part of the season. He will need to develop his offensive game to be a viable role player for a franchise.

Onuaku will join former Cardinal Montrezl Harrell, who was selected 32nd overall by the Rockets in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[Bridgeman named U of L foundation chair]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=36531 2016-06-24T02:23:26Z 2016-06-23T18:43:08Z By Kyeland Jackson — Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman is now chairman of the University of Louisville Foundation. After the meeting, President James Ramsey commented on having no intention to be U of L’s president beyond next year. Asked when he plans to leave, Ramsey said it’s “a hypothetical.” “I don’t know when I’ll step down as university president,” Ramsey […]

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By Kyeland Jackson —

Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman is now chairman of the University of Louisville Foundation.

After the meeting, President James Ramsey commented on having no intention to be U of L’s president beyond next year. Asked when he plans to leave, Ramsey said it’s “a hypothetical.”

“I don’t know when I’ll step down as university president,” Ramsey said.

“It could be in a week. It could be two months. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Bridgeman’s position, previously held by Robert “Bob” Hughes, was opened after Governor Matt Bevin’s executive order Friday removed four ULF board members. Hughes approves of his replacement.

“I am pleased with Junior’s role on both the BOT and the Foundation,” Hughes said.

“You could not have picked a better person who is loyal, and he will put the best interests of the University first.”

Bridgeman is also part of Bevin’s interim board of trustees. Since the shakeup, concerns of what the interim board’s powers would be and how it will operate were raised. Bridgeman addressed those, saying he doesn’t know what powers the board would have and he was “not at all” informed of Ramsey’s plan to retire.

Regardless, Bridgeman and other foundation members say they support Ramsey and his intentions to leave U of L. Foundation member Salem George read a prepared statement of why Ramsey should remain president of the foundation, saying a foundation president does not need to be a university president.

“Jim needs to stay on as president of the foundation,” George said. “I’ve seen unbelievable accomplishments on this campus. No one can walk in his shoes.”

Hughes agrees, and said Ramsey should remain in the position, “for stability and to keep the Foundation’s goals and objectives moving forward.”

Bevin’s actions bring questions to U of L, which is without a full board of trustees, a president who has no desire to continue his tenure after next year and the possibility of sanctions against accreditation. Attorney General Andy Beshear has challenged Bevin’s order, filing a temporary restraining order to block the move. Bridgeman said he is not worried about the legal battle.

“Whatever is going to be, will be,” Bridgeman said.

This story will be updated.

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