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University of Louisville, Adidas strike new deal

By Annie Moore

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich together with Adidas executives announced on Thursday the University’s new contract with Adidas. The new deal extends the partnership between the two for another four years, through 2018-19.

The Portland, Or. based company will supply uniforms, footwear, and accessories for all 23 of Louisville’s athletic programs.

“It’s a very exciting day for us in the athletic department,” Jurich said. “The number one objective I had going into this, was how do we insure that our student-athletes have the premiere uniforms and apparel as we move forward, and this contract accomplishes all off those things.”

In addition to athletic outfitting, Adidas will provide ‘extensive investments in the the Cardinals’ athletic programs including advertising campaigns, equipment room expansion, digital/video technology, support for national champion spirit squads, a formalized sport administration internship program… and co-branding opportunities… including TaylorMade equipment within the UofL Golf Club.’ according to the press release issued from the athletic department on Thursday.

Louisville football head coach, Bobby Petrino was on hand as well, and excited about the new deal.

“This is a great thing for our players, to be able to have the top of the line uniforms, the materials that we’ll use, to keep them dryer, lighter, faster, and then the apparel,” Petrino said. “One of the things I’ve always felt is important is for your players to look good, feel good, you have a chance then to go out and play well.”

Petrino was reluctant to comment on whether the Cards would be unveiling on of its new five uniforms in the opening game against Miami on September 1, but instead said that it would be very fun to see what happens with the apparel down the road.

“I think you’re going to see  things on the cutting edge,” Petrino said. “New things that will be exciting for everybody, the players, the recruits and the fans. We’re going to be on the edge of the fence as far as the top of the line with the way you get to look, the way you get to dress and the attitude you play with.”

The deal will also benefit fans, with additions such as new spirit shirts for student season ticket holders and ACC inaugural year fan giveaways.

“It’s going to be fun now, get ready because it’s going to be fun,” Petrino said. “I can’t wait, to be honest with you.”

 

Micro-factory coming to campus

By Olivia Krauth–

U of L announced that a micro-factory will be opening on campus this summer.

The FirstBuild micro-factory will using manufacturing capabilities to “accelerate the introduction of the products consumers want, when they want them,” according to a press release.

“The micro-factory will be a place where engineers, researchers, design experts, students and members of the community can work together to create and refine appliances,” said John Karman. “The process is designed to be quicker and more cost-effective than typical mass production.”

The project will be co-funded by General Electrics, U of L and Local Motors.

“GE developed this micro-factory concept and is partnering with Local Motors and U of L,” said Karman. “Products developed at the micro-factory will be sold there. If those products find a market, they could be reproduced at Appliance Park.”

Taking over what used to be a university warehouse on Brandeis Ave., the micro-factory will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Anyone, including students, can sign up to be involved in the project by visiting Firstbuild.com.

“It is really good for the school,” said junior mechanical engineering major Drew Miller. “Not only does it get our name out to GE, but it gets our name out to other big businesses as a reputable school.”

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Incoming CEHD dean talks about the future

By Olivia Krauth–

After multiple rounds of interviews and approval from the U of L Board of Trustees, Ann Larson has been selected to be the next dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

Starting as an assistant professor at U of L in 1996, Larson has worked her way to her current position of Vice Dean of CEHD, which she has held for six years. Larson believes her experience at the university and as vice dean will benefit her when she starts as dean.

“I’ve learned a great deal about the academic affairs and programs side of the work,” said Larson. “I’ve learned a lot about working with central administration and the other associate deans on campus.” Larson says she also plans on using her knowledge of U of L’s strategic vision in her new role.

The CEHD is home to more than 3,000 students and six departments, which include the teacher education and health and sports science programs.

“We have a very good reputation with community engagement working in schools and community venues,” said Larson. “Our students get a lot of applied experiences with internships, practicum, and critical work. We’ll continue to build on that, that good work, that reputation that we’ve built.”

Larson will begin in the position on July 1. She says that having a strategic vision is important, and that she will work to develop one as one of her first acts as dean.

“We’ll be doing some strategic planning, building upon what we’ve been doing that has been working well, but adding some new priority areas.”

Specifically, Larson says that the CEHD will work on, “continuing to build our high-quality teacher and student service areas; working in authentic and engaged research; working in areas of diversity, sustainability, collaboration; and building on international opportunities for students.” She will also work with training new faculty and replacing retiring professors.

Larson cites nationwide budget cuts to higher education as the biggest challenge facing the CEHD.

“That can be a threat, but it can also be an opportunity to look carefully at what you’re doing and make sure that your programs are very strategic – that they fit in with the mission of the university, that they serve the community and the commonwealth,” said Larson, adding that the programs should be made “efficient and effective.

“With tuition increases, students want to know their program will be high quality. They want to know that they will be employed. They want to know that they will be successful in their employment and be able to compete for jobs.”

The strategic layout of the college is evident in the majors’ flight plans. Some education majors expressed discontent about not having a lot of room for electives due to their strict requirements for their majors. Larson cited both national and state accreditation standards for the lack of leeway.

“The reason for having a pretty prescribed curriculum is that it’s similar to medical school,” said Larson. “If you’re going to work in practice…there’s a certain knowledge base that you have to have. But we don’t see that as a negative.” Larson said that the college tries to assist students that feel like they need additional experience outside of their major.

Larson says that no immediate, drastic curriculum changes are planned, although the college is “always about continuous improvement.”

“The answer is, you’re always doing some of that, and that’s just part of the natural evolution of a unit,” Larson said on curriculum changes. “We want to do more with distance education. We want to do more with international experiences. We want to continue our focus on diversity equity, inclusion and access.

“It takes a little bit of time for a new dean to listen, and learn, and lead and so I look forward to doing that. In good time, I’m sure we’ll be making some changes, but not anything drastic at this point.”

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Construction at HSC to proceed despite funding cuts

By Simon Isham—

U of L’s medical school was recently denied funding for a new medical instructional building on the Health Sciences Campus, but Dean Toni Ganzel said this will not prevent the school from complying with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education’s verdict that the instructional facilities are inadequate.

“We didn’t depend on that to address our issue, because, quite honestly, when the LCME representatives left, they didn’t think our facilities were adequate to support a contemporary curriculum. And at that point, I said to our leadership group, ‘We are not going to get a new building in two years. It’s just physically impossible, even if they approved it today. So we really need to take a different approach. Let’s get our architects back in here and see if they can take a look at our existing building and see if we can do a major renovation in that building and accomplish the goals that we need to accomplish to really be able to support that kind of program,’” she said.

“It turned out that the whole north half of the building didn’t contain those load-bearing walls, and that allowed us to basically completely gut that on each floor, and build a wonderful new, contemporary educational space … The students had input into the design, and faculty had input, administration had input, and it was really a wonderful collaborative project. I think we are still going to need the other educational building, but I really see that now repurposed into an interprofessional educational building and conference center. But in order to meet the LCME requirements, the current renovation plan will do that.”

Ganzel said that the current renovation will be finished before students return to campus in August. The official timeline for the project has it finished by the end of July.

In March, the LCME informed the medical school that it would be placed on probation as a result of a visit by LCME reviewers in April 2013. The reviewers noted the following problems pertaining to the facilities:

  • “There were concerns with the student lounge and the library study environment. Upgrades to the student lounge were in progress at the time of the survey visit. There are plans to increase study space in the library.”
  • “… 22 percent of all students are dissatisfied with the library hours.”
  • “Both faculty and students note problems with the educational facilities. A significant proportion of the student body is dissatisfied with the lecture hall facilities due to the number of seats, an insufficient number of electrical outlets to support laptops, intermittent technology failures during educational sessions and environmental room control. Current auditoria seat 160 for (a first-year medical student) class of 164 … Faculty expressed concern about the adequacy of small group rooms.”
  • “… over 25 percent of third- and fourth-year medical students express dissatisfaction with storage space, with only 44 percent satisfied.”
  • “… only 57 percent of students were satisfied with the student lounge.”
  • “The main instructional building for the school was built in 1970 and last renovated in 2003. The team toured the facilities and concluded that the education facilities may not be adequate … The library was built in 1970 and has not been renovated since the initial construction.”
  • “The main instructional facilities for first- and second-year medical students are dated and do not provide adequate space to accommodate the entire current class size … Specific mention is made of crowding during examination situations and failed electronic facilities during class sessions. The ventilation of the anatomy laboratories is described as ‘substandard’ … The current audiovisual system frequently malfunctions.”
  • “The greatest collective concern, noted in the free text comments, regarding facilities, was the overall lack of cleanliness and maintenance, which includes excessive garbage, in study areas and restrooms, and poor maintenance of the hallways, labs, lecture halls and restrooms.”
  • “Several students expressed a desire that security surveillance cameras be placed in the instructional buildings for times of late-night studying.”

The Cardinal did not receive any of the many appendices to the report.

The Cardinal also placed an open records request with the university for any and all construction-related request for proposals for the Health Sciences Campus made the visit. An RFP is used to invite bids from contracting companies to complete specific jobs. The request yielded nine documents, two of which were related to classroom and study facilities.

HSC leadership plan to renovate the study rooms in Kornhauser Library and to construct classrooms in the School of Medicine Instructional Building. The Kornhauser RFP is dated Jan. 3, 2014. The Instructional Building RFP is undated.

In Kornhauser, the plan is to develop ”five new small group study rooms within the existing Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.” Prefabricated walls will be used to turn an open study area into the five rooms. Plans for electrical work for an 4,000 square foot open study area are also mentioned.

In the Instructional Building, the plan is to renovate “a portion” of the building. “This project will construct lecture halls and small group teaching space on the north half of the first and second floors. The total project is approximately 1,100 (net square feet) per floor.”

The RFP notes that the construction must operate on a tight timeline, from mid-May to the end of July, so that it coincides with summer class break.

Constructing an entirely new, 51,000-square foot instructional building on the HSC has been a high priority for the university for years. In its 2010-2012 plan submitted to the state legislature, the building was listed as the fourth priority and was estimated to cost $42.4 million, the full amount of which would come out of the state’s budget. The plan was denied that year, and the support requested from the general fund has only increased since.

In U of L’s 2012-2014 plan,  the building was listed as the second priority, and was estimated to cost $67 million. The size of the building had increased to 81,000 square feet, and the reason given for the increase in price was the addition of these 30,000 square feet and “inflation.” The summary of the construction, provided by the university, included:

  • The construction of two large lecture halls seating approximately 200 students
  • A series of smaller seminar rooms
  • Computer testing facilities
  • A new Gross Anatomy Instructional Laboratory, which will support an increase in class size in both the Medical and Dental schools, and will allow the display of MRI, computer tomography and x-ray images
  • An expansion of the existing instructional space, and renovation of smaller group spaces
  • “Modernization” of the Kornhauser Library

One planned renovation to the Kornhauser Library has already been completed.

Earlier this month, the most recent General Fund request said the project had grown to $71. 7 million, of which half would be provided from the General Fund and half would be provided by U of L. It was one of the first items cut from the budget by the Senate, though 166 other U of L-specific projects will be funded.

One of these projects was a new classroom building on the Belknap campus, the university’s top priority for funding. Ganzel hopes that the new HSC building will now be the top priority at the next biennial general fund budget session.

If built, the new building will be located between the current instructional building and Kornhauser Library. The building will replace some of the courtyard, with the fountain being removed.

Dr. Peter Hasselbacher, a former member of the U of L School of Medicine faculty, and a former member of its accreditation board, said he thought that the construction plans sounded as if they were heading in the right direction.

“The trend in medical education is going away from lectures to small group learning and self-instruction. And they just didn’t have the facilities for that. They need more places for students to study together, like law students do.  There’s a trend for that in medicine, and that’s another reason why the old facilities were inadequate, not just having enough seats for the behinds, not just having enough plugs for the computers. It’s a change in the way that medicine is being taught now,” he said.

Here are the links to the documents that the Cardinal obtained via FOIA request from the university, pertaining to the LCME’s decision to place the medical school on probation:

SGA President talks of year’s achievements

By Jacob Abrahamson–

Carrie Mattingly, SGA Student Body President, delivered this year’s state of the student body address on April 15. The address, which took place before a small crowd in the University Club, focused on the accomplishments of this year’s student government.

“Serving as SGA President has been both the greatest honor and the most valuable learning experience of my career as a student at the University of Louisville,” stated Mattingly, saying that the end of her term is “bittersweet.”

Mattingly stated that she began her term as President by revising the 2020 Plan in order to provide a “road map to accomplish student-friendly initiatives through 2020.”

After thanking those who worked with her over the past year, she discussed accomplishments including the opening of the Student Recreation Center. Mattingly thanked the students and administration for their role in the development of the SRC.

“Because they thought big, we now play host to the most state of the art recreational facility in Kentucky,” said Mattingly. “More and more students will get involved outside of the classroom as we continue to invest in infrastructure to benefit student life at the University of Louisville.” The SRC has an average of 2,000 swipes per day and 108 intramural basketball teams in its first six months on campus.

She also expressed pride in accomplishing the “number one goal:” the approved renovation of the old SAC gym. The renovated product will include meeting rooms and a convocation space which will seat 1,700 people. She says the renovation will allow big events, such as orientation and Greek recruitment, to remain on campus.

Mattingly also applauded increased student advocacy and involvement, including the Cards in Action program, which lobbied against statewide budget cuts to higher education, and the student committee on the University of the 21st Century Initiative.

Two executive SGA members received applause for their work. Grant Ford helped expand the 24-hour section of Ekstrom Library, while Morgan Jenny worked to create the taxi service coming to campus in 2015.

“We had the goal of expanding 24-hour space in Ekstrom Library to accommodate a larger off-campus population,” said Mattingly, encouraging students to advocate for the inclusion of a student library fee in next year’s budget.

Mattingly expressed excitement for U of L’s entry into the ACC, as well as hope for SGA’s future.

“The official Year of the Cardinal may have come to an end, but there is still so much to look forward to at U of L.”

Brief: SGA holds final meeting

By Jacob Abrahamson–

The SGA Student Senate held its annual banquet and final meeting of the year on April 15.

The evening began with the presentation of awards to various SGA members for their services this year.  Winners include Albin George as the best undergraduate Senator, Benjamin Leamon as best graduate Sentor, Brandon McReynolds for the Dean Mardis Award of Excellence, Drew Shever for Staff Member of the Year and Reachel Croley for the “Spirit of SGA Award.”

Graduating seniors were also recognized for serving with SGA.

At the end of the banquet, Chief Justice Ben Shepard swore the new Top 4 and the new SGA Senators into their positions for the 2014-2015 school year.

At the Senate meeting, held immediately after the banquet, the outgoing Top 4 shared their final updates.

“We have a lot to be proud of,” said Carrie Mattingly, the outgoing president, citing accomplishments mentioned in her state of the student body address.

Services Vice President Morgan Jenny also spoke about the launch of a student taxi service in 2015 and the gown recycling program which will be available at graduation.  This will allow students to return gowns to be reused next year.

Appropriations committee chair and Business President Albin George also spoke about the payment of SGA members, saying that members have an obligation to work hard because they are getting student money as tuition remission.  As a total, about $200,000 of the SGA budget goes towards tuition remission and stipend for senators and officers.

“At the last meeting, attendance was awful,” said George, to reinforce his point.

Other Senate business included the approval of six new RSOs and the approval of Arts and Sciences President Victoria Allen as next year’s Senate Speaker.  The next Senate meeting will be at their retreat on Aug. 23.

Full disclosure:  Albin George is a member of the board for the Cardinal.

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Schimmel, Slaughter, Taylor selected in WNBA Draft

Shoni Schimmel was selected eighth in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream on Monday night.  The 2014 All-American joins former Louisville star Angel McCoughtry, the two are the only two thousand point scorers in program history.

Antonita Slaughter was selected 35th by the Los Angeles Sparks, while Asia Taylor was selected 36th by the Minnesota Lynx.

Louisville is the only school in the 2014 WNBA Draft to have three players selected.

The three will debuted for their respective teams on Friday May 16, the opening night for the WNBA.

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Five quiet places to study on campus

By Simon Isham—

It’s finals season. You’re at the home stretch. For many of you, your ability to graduate is contingent upon you passing your finals. So we, the Cardinal staff, put our heads together, as well as our collective 64 years of college experience, to come up with a list of the best places to study on campus. We need you to pass your tests. And we need you to get out of here. Seriously.

5. Quiet Floors in the Library

This one’s a no-brainer — or it should be. In our non-scientific poll of U of L students, a discomforting number have not ever actually visited the library to study or research. Let us point out once and for all that the 3rd and 4th floors of the library are quiet study floors. There are desks and chairs around the periphery of the rooms, which are as great for studying as well as napping. Just be sure that if you are going to sleep in the library, you secure your belongings; put the strap of your backpack or purse around your leg before dozing off. We can’t tell you how much stuff gets stolen in the library because of inattention.

4. Bingham Poetry Room

Because who really likes poetry, anyway? No one — or at least, not many — which is good, because it means hardly anyone will be in there when you go in to study. Last semester, Cardinal writer Ginny Washbish lauded the Bingham Poetry Room as the best place on campus to take a nap when nothing is going on in there. From what we here, we imagine it would be pretty good for napping during the room’s regular programming, too. The room is located in Ekstrom Library, and is down the hall from the Media Desk, on the east side.

3. Music Library

The hustle and bustle of Ekstrom Library just too much for you? That’s because students from all majors tend to use it. Break away from the norm: check out your books from Ekstrom, then head over to the School of Music’s library. While you might think the audiophilic music majors might make this place a lot louder than it has to be, it’s actually quite peaceful. Then again, if music helps you study, you can probably check out some Brahms or Beethoven to make your study experience more enlightening.

2. Texas Roadhouse

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This is probably the most perplexing structure on campus. Modeled after the popular steakhouse, this shell of a restaurant does not actually offer food. Perhaps, at one point, it did, but I am too caught up in the bizarro mystery of it all to ask anyone who’s been here longer than I have. Texas Roadhouse is located in the basement of the School of Business, and is used by a few business students to study during the day. And this appears to be its sole purpose, besides perhaps subliminally hinting that you should go and get a cactus blossom instead of actually studying. And if you get the munchies or need to make some copies, there is a small room off to the side equipped with a microwave and a photocopier.

1. Speed School Spot

This took some shoe-leather reporting, because this started as a rumor. After walking through all of the accessible floors of the classroom buildings at Speed School, we determined that it probably referred to either the second or third floors of Vogt Hall. Largely populated by professor offices, this building is completely and utterly silent. In the third floor, just as you enter from the elevator there is a niche with a desk and two chairs that would work very well for a study session. In the hall, there is plenty of bench seating with beautiful views of campus. And — though we’re not sure if it’s available for student use, and assume no responsibility if it turns out it’s not — there is even a kitchen space at the far end of the hall. We can say that, on our visit, the door was propped open and nobody was around. Food for thought.

Bonus: The Louisville Cardinal Office

This is our personal place of choice to study for finals. Located in the basement of the Houchens building, it is just five minutes away from most of our classes, and from the SAC. Quiet? Check. Secure? Check. Count you in? Sorry, but you do have to be a writer or photographer for The Louisville Cardinal in order to use our office for study purposes. The good news? Anyone can write or take photos. We are always hiring, so feel free to drop us a line if you’d like more info about what we do.

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Will Gardner steps up to the spotlight

By Sam Draut

Waiting in the wings for the past two seasons behind Teddy Bridgewater, redshirt sophomore Will Gardner is now at the center of attention.

Replacing one of the programs greatest quarterbacks will be no easy task, but Gardner directed the offense well on his first big stage without the shadow of Bridgewater.

Gardner looked sharp and in control, completing 32-37 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns in the Spring Game on Friday night.

“It was good to see Will in command of the offense, I liked the way he carried himself, I like the way he took charge in the huddle,” coach Bobby Petrino said. “He looked comfortable in delivering the football and for the most part, he was very accurate with his throws.”

On the third play of the game, Gardner connected with sophomore wide receiver James Quick for a 62 yard touchdown pass down the sideline.

“That was exciting, we said in the huddle we wanted to set the tone early,” Gardner said.

Quick, who believes Gardner throws a harder ball than Bridgewater, reeled in a team high 152 receiving yards.

“He played a great game, he played a well-rounded game,” Quick said.

Quick wasn’t the only receiver Gardner targeted, seniors DeVante Parker, Gerald Christian, and Eli Rogers all had over 100 receiving yards.

“We have a lot of playmakers, it’s hard to get the ball to everyone because we have so many, and it makes the quarterback’s job easier,” Gardner said.

“We have a very good wide receivers corps. DeVante Parker is a very special player, and there’s a good deal of speed and talent around him,” Petrino said. “That’s really going to help our quarterback. He just has to know that the defense and reads are going to dictate who is open, and then he just has to get the ball to that guy and let him make a play.”

With receptions from seven different players, Petrino was most impressed with the way Gardner distributed the ball and went through his progressions.

But, even with his stellar performance, Gardner was hesitant to give himself praise, remaining humble after a dominating audition as the predecessor of Bridgewater.

“We had good pass protection and guys were getting wide open.  When guys are getting wide open, you can’t miss them,” Gardner said. “I put the ball where I can and they make plays.”

Despite delivering the ball well to receivers throughout the night, Gardner did have one mistake, overthrowing a crossing route that was intercepted by Chucky Williams midway through the second quarter.

Gardner was able to learn from his few mistakes and adjust throughout the game.

“He missed one early in the second half, he kind of forced the ball and threw it out of bounds, over DeVante’s head, and we had a guy open down the middle, but he came back in the second half and hit him twice,” Petrino said. “So, he learned as the game went on, and that is going to be important because he is going to have to learn as the game goes on and not make the same mistake twice.”

After an impressive performance to wrap up spring practice, Gardner’s individual improvement becomes critical as players split from the coaches until summer camp.

“I have to grow into the playbook, become more confident, hit the weight room, get bigger and stronger,” Gardner said.

So now, a quarterback that has appeared in just six games and completed 8 of 12 passes for 112 yards in his collegiate career takes over a lethal offensive scheme and a program headed into its first year in the ACC.

“Will Gardner is getting better. He’s getting his timing down and putting the ball where it needs to be more frequently, but we still have to get better there. He’s a very hard worker, he’s got a great attitude and he’s a natural leader, we just have to get him in the situations that he’s going to see in a game so that it’s not a shock for him,” Petrino said.

And as for being a quarterback without the shadow of Teddy Bridgewater looming in the starting spot, Gardner is ready for his time.

“It’s different, but I enjoy it, I have a great group of support around me, great teammates and they all support me,” Gardner said.

 

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Kevin Ware transfers to Georgia State

By Noah Allison

Junior guard Kevin Ware has found his new home and it’s in a familiar place. Ware will be returning to his home in Atlanta, Ga. to play for Ron Hunter’s Georgia State Panthers.

Ware, the six-foot-two guard, only played nine games in the 2014 season before reinjuring his leg against Missouri State.

Ware was granted a medical red-shirt and still has two years of eligibility left to play.

Georgia State is a member of the Sun Belt conference. The Panthers went 25-9 overall with a 17-1 in-conference record. They went on to lose to Clemson in the NIT.

Ware will be joining a number of prominent transfers on Georgia State’s current roster. Most notable is former Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow who along with Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter played as one of the best mid-major back courts.

Along with Harrow Georgia State got considerable contribution from former Virginia Tech transfer Manny Atkins who led the Panthers in rebounds. USC transfer Curtis Washington was second on the Panthers in rebounds.

Ware is starting anew among many teammates who also took the non-traditional college route.

The Panthers of Georgia State return a full roster of talented players who were able to compete adamantly in their respective conference.

The storybook ending to Ware’s story would have had him remain at Louisville, but nothing can be changed now.

Kevin Ware is now a Panther and will finish his collegiate career at Georgia State. After breaking his leg against Duke in the Elite Eight nobody wanted anything more than to bring Kevin home to Atlanta. Now he is home, and hopefully can get back to the court.

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