The Louisville Cardinal U of L's Independent Student Newspaper 2017-05-25T01:39:34Z http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/feed/atom/ WordPress http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/media/2016/05/cropped-lc-logo-1-32x32.png Dalton Ray <![CDATA[Is Pitino gambling by not bringing another addition for 2017-2018?]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48625 2017-05-25T01:39:34Z 2017-05-25T01:04:56Z By Dalton Ray– With all the attention surrounding the men’s basketball program, it now seems to be simmering down. With Deng Adel announcing his return, the final domino has fallen. Coach Rick Pitino said he “probably” wouldn’t bring in any more players if Adel returned. Pitino brought in two transfers to workout  — Mark Alstork and […]

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By Dalton Ray–

With all the attention surrounding the men’s basketball program, it now seems to be simmering down. With Deng Adel announcing his return, the final domino has fallen.

Coach Rick Pitino said he “probably” wouldn’t bring in any more players if Adel returned. Pitino brought in two transfers to workout  — Mark Alstork and Waseff Methnani — but said the two weren’t “good fits” for U of L.

Louisville will have to replace nearly 50 percent of points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals. Of the seven returners, four played major minutes, two played situational minutes and one sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

The Cards bring in a five-player recruiting class with four on scholarship. With little returning depth, newcomers will be forced on to the court — and all Louisville fans know Pitino’s history with freshmen.

Louisville’s strength last year, depth, has shifted to their weakness in a matter of two months. Pitino knows his team better than anyone, but his strategy for 2017-2018 is unlike what he has done in the past.

The question now is, how big of a gamble is Pitino taking by not bringing in another player?

The expected starting line up is Quentin Snider, Adel, VJ King, Ray Spalding and Anas Mahmoud. The bench is riddled with question marks and the most experienced player is Ryan McMahon.

What hurt the Cardinals the most this off-season aside from Donovan Mitchell going to the NBA Draft is Jaylen Johnson’s exit. By declaring for the draft, Johnson leaves the front court thin and will force U of L to play small-ball at times.

If Pitino expected Johnson to leave, he presumably would have looked to replace Johnson’s production with an experienced player. Louisville now lacks a physical presence in the post, which will likely hurt the Cardinals.

Forward Malik Williams was expected to play this season, but will receive even more minutes with the thin front court. Lance Thomas was expected to be a project-player, but now will have a chance to play immediately.

Pitino has dipped into the graduate transfer pool in the past seasons. The writing on the wall looked the same in regards of needing an experienced player to come in. Did Pitino simply not want to bring on a player, or was he just late to the party to land a quality player?

Photo by Nancy Hanner / The Louisville Cardinal

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Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[U of L moving 13,000 email accounts in money-saving, optimizing effort]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48619 2017-05-24T18:06:06Z 2017-05-24T14:12:00Z By Kyeland Jackson — As the university’s expected budget approval approaches, another cost-saving effort comes from its emails. U of L will swap its email service for Office 365 Outlook, a cloud-based version of its current service. It’s a big project, affecting approximately 90 servers, 80 terabytes of data and 13,000 email accounts within 18 months, […]

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By Kyeland Jackson —

As the university’s expected budget approval approaches, another cost-saving effort comes from its emails.

U of L will swap its email service for Office 365 Outlook, a cloud-based version of its current service.

It’s a big project, affecting approximately 90 servers, 80 terabytes of data and 13,000 email accounts within 18 months, and it’s underway. The university has systematically notified departments, swapping accounts days after notifying users. Keith Stevenson, an interim assistant director for U of L’s Information Technology department, said the migration is a good move which avoids $120,000 normally spent upgrading email servers.

“Combining the email systems will allow students and faculty to use the collaboration tools built-in to Office 365,” Stevenson said.  “This is a good move for the university.”

But the large undertaking brings risks.

Mailboxes may be slow migrating and messages could be lost in transition. Computer Information Systems professor Andrew Wright advised people listen to directions, citing experience from the College of Business which he said completed the email migration with few problems.

“People must follow the directions precisely and stay out of the e-mail system entirely during the overnight migration or there is a risk that some messages won’t get migrated,” Wright said. “The accounts are moving from local exchange servers to cloud-based Office 365 accounts (just as cardmail already resides), so Microsoft’s tools fully understand both sides of the migration and have been used on organizations much larger than U of L. As I understand it, this move will improve things especially for the e-mail archives.”

For precaution, U of L hired tech consultant Data Strategy to deter risk. Representatives from Data Strategy were unavailable to comment at the time of this post.

U of L expects the project to finish by early 2018.

Information about the program and how to prepare is here.

This story will be updated.

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Dalton Ray <![CDATA[Takeaways from Rick Pitino’s conference on Adel’s return]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48647 2017-05-24T13:17:37Z 2017-05-23T17:29:16Z By Dalton Ray– The men’s basketball program received great news when Deng Adel announced he will return for his junior season. The wing is expected to step into the star role on next season’s team, averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds as a sophomore. Coach Rick Pitino held a press conference to discuss the big […]

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By Dalton Ray–

The men’s basketball program received great news when Deng Adel announced he will return for his junior season. The wing is expected to step into the star role on next season’s team, averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds as a sophomore.

Coach Rick Pitino held a press conference to discuss the big news. The Hall of Fame head coach addressed everything, from Adel’s return to why Russ Smith can’t make an NBA team. Here are some highlights:

Adel running the two

This was expected from most fans if Adel returned. In the press conference, Pitino said Adel will play a lot at the two-guard spot because of his abilities with shooting and defense.

With the anticipated emergence of VJ King, Adel will likely step into the starting line-up. His length will give him an advantage against opposing players, but his handling ability will need improvement for him to thrive in the position.

Dwayne Sutton saga?

Last season and all off-season, people around the basketball program preached Sutton’s skill in practice. One of the main reasons fans have calmed about Donovan Mitchell leaving is because of how much people have hyped up Sutton.

Ready for the bombshell? Pitino said Sutton’s not ready to play yet. Sure: it’s summer and he’ll have time to grow, but Sutton went from the practice star to not ready to play within months. Pitino added that Sutton is the most physical player on the team, but needs to play like it.

Pitino doesn’t want to touch the Jaylen Johnson situation

The biggest news out of left field this off-season is Johnson staying in the NBA Draft. The junior forward isn’t expected to be drafted, and will likely need to battle his way onto an NBA team through the G-League (formerly known as the D-League).

When asked if he expected to lose Johnson, Pitino took a long pause and said, “I thought it was best, what he did.”

This was Pitino’s shortest response during the conference. His answer makes it seem Johnson and Pitino didn’t have the best parting of ways. Johnson has yet to sign an agent, and this response questions whether Johnson would return to Louisville if he backs out of the draft.

“Freshman may start next season”

This is in quotes for a reason. Pitino said freshmen will be forced to play next season, which is expected after the Cards lost eight players. He continued that some freshman, namely Malik Williams, could start for U of L.

Pitino has a history of being hard on freshman because of his play style and emphasis on defense. It’s easy to say incoming freshman may start in May; but once the season rolls around, expect to hear a different story.

The rest

Pitino said Anas Mahmoud is nearly 230 lbs. His playing weight goal is 235 lbs.

According to Pitino, Mangok Mathiang is a second round draft choice and a great “11th or 12th player on any professional team.”

Pitino also said Russ Smith will make an NBA team if coaches can live with his mistakes.

Photo by Nancy Hanner / The Louisville Cardinal

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Dalton Ray <![CDATA[Deng Adel will return for junior season]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48643 2017-05-24T13:03:14Z 2017-05-23T13:48:31Z By Dalton Ray– Basketball’s Dang Adel announced he will withdraw his name from the 2017 NBA Draft. The junior-to-be averaged 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds last season. Adel’s return is huge for U of L, as the Cards lost Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson to the draft already. Adel said he wants to be a […]

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By Dalton Ray–

Basketball’s Dang Adel announced he will withdraw his name from the 2017 NBA Draft. The junior-to-be averaged 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds last season.

Adel’s return is huge for U of L, as the Cards lost Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson to the draft already.

Adel said he wants to be a lottery pick, which led to his return. He worked out with several teams, including the LA Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-7 wing is expected to lead the team with senior Quentin Snider.

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Shelby Brown <![CDATA[University responds to opinion piece]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48622 2017-05-23T15:47:11Z 2017-05-22T21:59:35Z To the editor: John Drees, Interim Senior Associate Vice President Communications and marketing The editorial “Students bear the burden of foundation overspending” contained several errors and exaggerations. Most important, the writer made an inaccurate and unfair allegation that in addressing the university’s current budget shortfall, the Board of Trustees is willing to “throw the burden […]

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To the editor:


John Drees, Interim Senior Associate Vice President
Communications and marketing

The editorial “Students bear the burden of foundation overspending” contained several errors and exaggerations. Most important, the writer made an inaccurate and unfair allegation that in addressing the university’s current budget shortfall, the Board of Trustees is willing to “throw the burden onto students.”

I’d like to make a few points about the proposed budget and about efforts by the Board of Trustees and by the university administration to limit any burden on our students:

  • Overall, nine trustees participated in budget workshops. All trustees had a chance to review and ask questions before last week’s full board meeting. And all trustees will have further opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback before the board votes on the budget at its June 15 meeting.
  • UofL tuition is not increasing in 2017-18. In fact, UofL is the only public university in Kentucky that is not raising tuition.
  • Factoring in the Credit for Credits program, which will kick in this fall, many students will actually pay less in tuition in 2017 than they did last year.
  • The board pushed President Greg Postel and the budget office to find a way to hold tuition steady for the next year or two. While making no promises, Postel and interim chief financial officer Susan Howarth agreed to explore ways to make that happen while continuing to advance the university.
  • The proposed housing increase is 3 percent, or anywhere from $23 to $92 per semester, depending on the hall and the plan. This increase is to address expected hikes in utilities, maintenance and operational costs.
  • If approved, parking for most students (purple permits) will increase $2 per year. Resident parking permits will increase $19 per year.
  • President Postel laid out the university’s effort to address the $41 million shortfall. It includes operational cost reductions, efficiencies in the university’s procurement processes, faculty/staff/administrator attrition and one-time funds from KentuckyOne Health. Increased costs to students played no role in meeting the shortfall.

Higher education is expensive, and students are right to be concerned about rising costs. As shown at last week’s meeting, the university and its Board of Trustees are working hard to keep costs down.  For the Cardinal to suggest otherwise is inaccurate and irresponsible.

 

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Dalton Ray <![CDATA[McKay, Hairston and McDonnell take home major ACC honors]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48616 2017-05-23T01:15:10Z 2017-05-22T19:30:33Z By Dalton Ray– Days before the start of the ACC baseball tournament kicks off in downtown Louisville, the conference released their yearly awards. Coach Dan McDonnell earned his third straight ACC Coach of the Year award. Brendan McKay took home the ACC Player of the Year while Devin Hairston claimed the Defensive Player of the […]

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By Dalton Ray–

Days before the start of the ACC baseball tournament kicks off in downtown Louisville, the conference released their yearly awards. Coach Dan McDonnell earned his third straight ACC Coach of the Year award. Brendan McKay took home the ACC Player of the Year while Devin Hairston claimed the Defensive Player of the Year.

The Cardinals also littered the All-Conference teams with seven players making the cut. McKay earned a first team mention as a designated hitter/utility player and a pitcher. Third base man Drew Ellis and pitcher Lincoln Henzman join McKay on the first team.

Catcher Colby Fitch earned second team honors while Hairston, Kade McClure and Nick Bennett made the third team. Bennett is also a member of the All-Freshman team.

Louisville’s weekend starters and go-to closer — McKay, McClure, Bennett and Henzman — earning All-ACC honors make the Cardinals the only school with four pitchers selected. McKay (8-3), McClure (7-2) and Bennett (5-0) all have ERAs under three and combine for 254 strikeouts, led by McKay’s conference-leading 116. Henzman has 16 saves with a 1.16 ERA.

Hairston has assisted on 22 double plays and only committed two errors all season. At the plate, the shortstop is batting .314 with 47 RBIs and three home runs.

Ellis exploded on the scene this year, leading the team in batting average (.387), RBIs (51) and home runs (16). Fitch has shinned in his first year as a starter, putting together a .262 average with 40 RBIs and 11 home runs. In conference, the catcher has a .311 average with 26 of his RBIs and nine of his home runs.

McDonnell has led the Cardinals to a 46-9 record, including a 19-game winning streak to start the year. The Cards’ used their 23-6 to secure their third straight ACC Atlantic regular season title as well the top seed in the ACC tournament.

The Cards take on Notre Dame on May 25 at 7 p.m. and Florida State May 26 at 3 p.m.

Photo by Dalton Ray / The Louisville Cardinal

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Micah Brown http://louisvillecardinal.com <![CDATA[Miscues haunt baseball, Cards drop third straight]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48603 2017-05-20T20:29:47Z 2017-05-20T20:29:47Z By Micah Brown– After dropping games against Indiana and game one against Florida State, baseball looked to right the ship before entering the ACC tournament. The Seminoles (35-20, 14-14) took advantage of the multiple defensive miscues by the Cardinals to win the game 8-2. The three-game losing streak is the longest of the season. U of […]

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By Micah Brown–

After dropping games against Indiana and game one against Florida State, baseball looked to right the ship before entering the ACC tournament. The Seminoles (35-20, 14-14) took advantage of the multiple defensive miscues by the Cardinals to win the game 8-2. The three-game losing streak is the longest of the season.

U of L (46-9, 23-6 ACC) committed multiple errors for the fourth straight game, leading to four unearned runs for FSU. Louisville has committed 13 errors in the last four games after committing just 16 in the previous 25 games.

On the mound for the Cards was junior Kade McClure, who surrendered just three runs in seven innings of work, striking out five and walking two.

Junior Devin Hairston and sophomore Devin Mann produced offensively, both connecting for two hits for the game. Junior Brendan McKay and senior Colin Lyman recorded the RBIs for the Cards. Despite being outscored 8-2, Louisville out-hit Florida State 8-7.

After trailing the Seminoles 3-0 in the seventh, Colin Lyman cut into the lead with an RBI-single, which scored junior Drew Ellis from first. FSU got all the insurance runs they needed in the ninth inning, lighting up freshman Adam Elliot for four hits. The Noles scored five runs, all but putting away the game.

The Cards will look to salvage a game from this series as they face Florida State again on Saturday. Prior to the game, the Cardinals will honor their senior class with a pregame ceremony.

Photo by Nancy Hanner / The Louisville Cardinal

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Shelby Brown <![CDATA[Athletics’ revenue grows, proposes bigger budget]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48579 2017-05-20T20:43:23Z 2017-05-20T19:02:16Z By Shelby Brown– While the university is pinching pennies, the U of L Athletic Association presented its 2017-18 budget today asking for an eight percent increase in funds. ULAA proposed a $104 million budget for 2017-18, $8 million more than 2016-17. Revenue is up by four percent from 2016-17 according to Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Kevin Miller. […]

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By Shelby Brown–

While the university is pinching pennies, the U of L Athletic Association presented its 2017-18 budget today asking for an eight percent increase in funds.

ULAA proposed a $104 million budget for 2017-18, $8 million more than 2016-17.

Revenue is up by four percent from 2016-17 according to Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Kevin Miller.

Miller explained the football program makes up 38 percent of the department’s revenue and men’s basketball accounts for 28 percent.

“The biggest increase there is is on the television revenue side,” Miller said.

Marketing of floor seating has also increased revenue.

“We were able to sell more seats this past year and have more commitments in place for the current year,” Miller said.

In April, ULAA outlined plans to build a TV production studio and a soccer practice facility.

Funds in the proposed 2017-18 budget include $800,000 for the studio and $50,000 to leasing the soccer fields.

Prof. Jerry Tolson expressed concerns over the possibility of departmental cuts with the studio construction.

“There’s been no discussion that you need to cutback on your budget or anything like that,” Miller said.

The presentation showed an increase in financial aid for student athlete tuition of 4.4 percent from 2016.

Miller’s presentation also included ULAA’s projected debt services. Miller said savings were created after refinancing PJCS.

Interim President Greg Postel pointed out that donations helped pay for the expansion of PJCS, but aren’t reflected in the debt services.

“It might be helpful to expand out our chart here on debt service and have that inclusive on all sources of donation, even those that are time limited for the expansion,” Postel said. “One thing that we want to make sure that we do is make sure we have this budget line up as understandably as possible with the budget that becomes incorporated with the main U of L budget. I think it would help to tell the story a lot more easily.”

This article will be updated.

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Kyeland Jackson <![CDATA[Students bear the burden of foundation overspending]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48601 2017-05-20T02:39:15Z 2017-05-20T02:39:15Z By Megan Brewer– U of L’s Board of Trustees had three different budget discussions the week of May 14 to find ways to fill the $48 million shortage in 2017-18, but not all of the trustees showed up to at least one of them. U of L is in the midst of a hiring frost, trying […]

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By Megan Brewer–

U of L’s Board of Trustees had three different budget discussions the week of May 14 to find ways to fill the $48 million shortage in 2017-18, but not all of the trustees showed up to at least one of them.

U of L is in the midst of a hiring frost, trying to drive up enrollment and attempting to fill the gap in funding, but the full board didn’t even show enough concern to show up to the workshop May 16.

The options presented to fix the $48 million gap aren’t going to do much. The board is considering putting more financial burdens on U of L students with increased parking and housing prices.

Is it fair to push the problems onto the students?

For the Board of Trustees, probably so, because it’s easy. Making students pay higher prices for parking and housing is an easy way for the university to get more money out of students.

Students have to park and live somewhere, so going after those things seems like a simple win for U of L. The problem is this doesn’t even lessen the $48 million shortfall much. The parking price hikes would only bring in $157, 400.

U of L is already losing students to financial problems, so raising prices for parking and housing would only increase the issue. For U of L to make a significant impact in the shortage while simultaneously pushing the burden on the students, these prices will continue to rise.

The board’s willingness to throw the burden onto students concerns the future for students at U of L.

Will increased and extra fees visit students every year? Will this cause U of L to lose more students from year to year? Why is the board not finding more sufficient ways to fill the $48 million gap?

The answers: most likely “yes,” “yes,” and “who knows.”

U of L’s Board of Trustees seem to be off in space somewhere disregarding the university financial issues and pretending they’re actually coming up with solutions.

They don’t seem concerned about the fact increasing prices will drive more students away rather than bring more in. They also don’t seem concerned how this will effect students currently enrolled at the university.

As a student, I’m nervous for what’s going to be coming out of my pocket to attend U of L in the future.

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Jeff Milby http://louisvillecardinal.com <![CDATA[Baseball’s Colby Fitch overcomes slump at the right time]]> http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=48554 2017-05-19T20:47:16Z 2017-05-19T14:10:10Z By Jeff Milby– It’s an often said truism that baseball is a long season. That’s especially true for a catcher. The grueling day in, day out work behind the plate – the constant crouching, cat-quick reactions to wild pitches and foul-tip ricochets to the face – can wear on a player. Louisville’s Colby Fitch, though, […]

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By Jeff Milby–

It’s an often said truism that baseball is a long season. That’s especially true for a catcher.

The grueling day in, day out work behind the plate – the constant crouching, cat-quick reactions to wild pitches and foul-tip ricochets to the face – can wear on a player. Louisville’s Colby Fitch, though, relishes his laborious role.

“It’s fun,” Fitch said, having played in 53 games this season, all but one of them starts. “Last year I could stay up a little bit later here or there and didn’t have to worry so much about it. Now, having to catch every day, it’s great.”

This season hasn’t been all fun for Fitch, though. A mid-season lull saw the junior’s batting average drop to .233 at one point, following a 2-for-36 stretch over the course of 10 games. Fitch never lost confidence though, finding solace in his faith.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time reading my Bible at night,” Fitch said. “I came to the conclusion that I just need to relax and have fun.”

Since that slump, Fitch’s change in mindset has paid off. On May 15, Fitch won the ACC Player of the Week Award, the first award of his career. In an undefeated week for the Cardinals, Fitch went 7-for-14 at the plate, with three home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored.

“I’m not playing for myself, I’m playing for the guys next to me,” Fitch said.

Before a 0-for-4 performance against Indiana, Fitch went 12-for-22 in total during a six-game hitting streak.

Having won the ACC Atlantic Division title, Louisville is setting its sights on the postseason. With the ACC Tournament at Louisville Slugger Field nearing, the pressure of hosting will be squarely on the shoulders of the Cardinals. Needless to say, Louisville is glad to have Fitch swinging the bat, and he is happy to help.

“To come out and start feeling good at the plate – to regain the confidence and everything, it feels really good, especially heading into the postseason,” Fitch said.

Photo by Dalton Ray / The Louisville Cardinal

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