Asian studies hosts 4th annual Lang Seminar

By Simon Isham―

Four academics — three professors and one researcher from the United States Congressional Research Service — formed the panel for the 4th annual Lang Seminar, an initiative by U of L’s Asian studies department to promote discussion on topics related to modern Asia.

“We’re proud to have all these esteemed speakers from other universities and the Congressional Research Service with us to present their research,” said Dr. John McLeod, professor of history, who hosted the event. “We are also happy to have four faculty members from the University of Louisville with us to comment on the presentations.”

McLeod also thanked Helen Lang, founder of Crane House, an institute in Old Louisville dedicated to the study of Asia. It is after Lang and her late husband, Calvin, that the Lang lecture is named. The Langs also gave generously to the university to support their Asian studies department. The Center of Asian Democracy also provided resources to make the seminar possible.

Dr. Alice Ba of the University of Delaware specializes in Southeast Asia. Her presentation was titled “Asia’s Shifting Constitutional Landscape: ASEAN, China & the United States.” ASEAN refers to a conglomerate of independent southeast Asian nations that band together in order to increase their political impact against China, Japan and South Korea.

“The Southeast Asian is usually the last one on the panel,” said Ba, who presented first, alluding to the relative dominance of economically booming  countries in academic discussion.

Ba presented a comprehensive historical analysis of ASEAN from its beginnings to its modern place in the political landscape, in addition to its strengths and weaknesses.

Michael Martin, of the US Congressional Research Service, was the next to present. His presentation was titled “Regional Implications of the Globalization of the Chinese Currency, the Renminbi.”

“(It) is globalizing faster and farther than expected,” he said.

Martin’s presentation was the product of a very detailed analysis of the spending and banking habits of Asians — not just Chinese — who use the Renminbi as a currency, both inside and outside of China. He discovered that many millions of Renminbi are sitting in offshore accounts, indicating that people have confidence that the currency has resiliency and growth potential.

Rina Williams of the University of Cincinnati discussed the upcoming Indian elections by summarizing the platforms and recent history of the parties currently campaigning for power.

Williams noted that the Indian elections are the largest in the world, with over 814 million voters. Unlike in most countries, most of these voters are rural and uneducated.

Update: Williams successfully predicted the outcome of the elections, with Modi winning the vote on the BJP ticket, despite not having released a party platform until the day of the elections.

Dr. Samit Ganguly of Indiana University talked about “Indian Views on the Responsiblity to Protect,” or humanitarian intervention. He observed that it “has not always been unwavering,” but “at other times, it has been quite robust.”

The seminar was held today from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Ekstrom Library. Complimentary breakfast and lunch were provided to attendees.

SGA confirms new chief justice

By Jacob Abrahamson–

SGA Senate confirmed Ben Shepard as the next Chief Justice of SGA Supreme Court after only one person dissented his election. His term began immediately after the vote went through.

SGA President Carrie Mattingly announced the nomination at the March 18 SGA Senate meeting, saying she felt most comfortable nominating someone with experience on the court.

“He is the most experienced out of the justices, and he is very knowledgeable on SGA precedent,” said Mattingly. “I am very confident in Ben’s ability to lead the Court ethically and effectively as Chief Justice.”

“So I’m now officially the Chief Justice of the SGA Supreme Court, which is exciting,” said Shepard. “It’s certainly an honor to have made it to that position.”

SGA Supreme Court is responsible for drafting election rules, hearing disputes related to elections and settling disputes related to SGA and Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs).  According to the SGA Constitution, the “Chief Justice shall preside over all Supreme Court functions, and is responsible for assigning the writing of any opinion.”

Shepard is a second-year law student at the Brandeis School of Law, with undergraduate degrees in political science and history. He has spent five years as an associate justice on the Court.  He has also been selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the U of L Law Review.

In his new head role, Shepard hopes “to first of all fill the mandate of the Constitution of what I’m required to do.”

“We are the branch that is supposed to be above politics and above reproach,” said Shepard.   “When we are called to come in and adjudicate a case … we can do that in a dispassionate way and in a way that doesn’t create a perception of bias.”

Shepard’s appointment comes at the heels of the resignation of former Chief Justice Brandon McReynolds earlier this semester. At the time, there was a discussion of impeachment, leading McReynolds to leave his position.

“He is nothing but, in my experience, an individual of integrity,” said Shepard on McReynolds. However, he wants to clearly define his role to prevent similar situations.

His philosophy as an SGA Supreme Court Justice seemed to be derived from the U.S. Constitution, calling the system “somewhat of a mirror of the way that things are conducted in real life.” Shepard believes that the Supreme Court best shows that parallel.

“One day I’d love to be a federal judge which is why the student government system is of such interest to me,” said Shepard.

Shepard’s involvement in SGA began with him as Co-Chair of the A&S Freshman Council.  He then worked his way up from Task Force Freshman to the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President.  At the end of his first year, he was appointed to a vacant spot on the Court, holding an associate justice position since.

During his term, Shepard has worked on changing the election codes for SGA, which he saw as difficult to interpret.

“The form that the election rules take today really is my responsibility,” said Shepard. “I divided the elements and codified them into the chapters and sections that they’re in now. Beyond being involved with the drafting of the election rules, I have tried from time to time to persuade the Chief Justice and my colleagues to see about getting the election rules sent back as something that the Senate is responsible for doing.”

Shepard claimed that the court’s task of interpreting election rules becomes difficult when they wrote the rules.  He believes that the court should only be in charge of interpreting and executing the rules.

Shepard’s initial nomination was unanimously approved by the Executive Board on March 25. However, some expressed concern that his workload as U of L Law Review Editor-in-Chief, law student and Chief Justice may be too much.

“In terms of time management, it’s really never been a problem for me,” said Shepard. “Prioritizing work over play was a lesson that my father taught me very early on.”


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Brief: Ann Larson named CEHD dean

By Olivia Krauth–

Ann Larson has been chosen as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

Larson currently serves as the vice dean of the college and has been at the University for 19 years.

“I’m truly excited about the opportunity to lead and serve as the next dean for the college,” said Larson in a press release from U of L. “We have built some incredible momentum and I can’t wait to get started.”

Larson becomes dean on July 1.

Photo courtesy U of L

Louisville falls to Maryland 76-73

Despite a heroic effort by Shoni Schimmel in the final thirty seconds, Louisville fell to Maryland 73-70 Tuesday night at the KFC YUM! Center.

Down 70-62, Schimmel hit her first of three three-pointers to give the Cardinals a final shot at a chance to go to the Final Four.

After Alyssa Thomas connect on her second free throw to push the Terrapin lead to 76-73, Maryland coach Brenda Frese took a timeout with 3.5 seconds left, allowing Louisville coach Jeff Walz to draw up a final play for Schimmel.

Needing to go the length of the floor, Sara Hammond inbounded the ball to Asia Taylor near half court, who then found Schimmel streaking to the wing for final shot, which bounced off the back iron.

“We perfected it, the ball just didn’t go in. The one that didn’t go in was the last shot I wanted. But it just didn’t fall. Nothing much you can do about that,” Schimmel said.

Schimmel finished her final game in a Cardinal uniform playing all forty minutes and scoring 31 points.

After trailing 41-34, their largest deficit of the night, Maryland responded with an 18-4 run, which included an eight minute scoring drought by the Cardinals.

Maryland stretched their lead to 12 with two minutes left, but Louisville continued to fight back into the game.

The Terrapins were 25 of 28 from the free throw line, including 9 of 10 from freshman guard Lexie Brown.  She finished with 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

Thomas was named the Region’s Most Outstanding Player, collecting her 27th double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Louisville took a 36-32 lead into the break after scoring 14 points off turnovers and 12 steals in first half.

Antonita Slaughter scored nine of her 16 points in the first half.  Taylor added 12 points and eight rebounds.

For the Cardinals, who finish the year 33-5, the program’s second most wins in a season, came up short of their season long pursuit.

“It’s no question our goal was to get to Nashville, and unfortunately we fell a game short,” Walz said.

Brief: armed robbery reported at The Province

By Olivia Krauth–

A non-U of L student reported an armed robbery at his apartment at The Province Tuesday around 3:30 p.m.

According to police reports, four suspects entered the student’s apartment, allegedly stealing his cell phone and other items. One of the suspects had a handgun.

The suspects are described as four black males, all “very tall,” with facial hair. The suspect with a gun wore a gray shirt. If you have information, contact campus police at (502) 852-6111.

This is a developing story. 

#BadRoommate: Cardinals share their bad roommate stories

“My best friend and I were roommates at one point. He is a pUKe fan. I came home from work one evening to everything UL in my room had been removed and replaced with UK crap. Everything was changed: my blankets, my posters, even the wallpaper on my laptop was changed, all to UK crap. That was definitely a bad roommate in my book.”

“You know how we had those single digit temperatures all winter? Yeah, my roommate refused to keep the heat on at all.”

“Okay, I walked in on my roommate watching pornography and masturbating, and saw everything. I left and didnt come back until two days later! The worst part is we never even said anything about it. I just left it alone.”

“My roommate last semester was very attaching towards people and since we lived together she was very attached towards me. But a little too attached.  The worst thing was she had sex while I was in the room literally like all the time. I counted 32 times while I was AWAKE. Most nights I’d sleep elsewhere even though she said “she doesn’t mind when people watch.” After this it went down hill. I had a big final test in the morning that I was studying for and she was having sex with some girl. I got so mad that I said she needed to leave if they were going to do that. It got so out of hand we had to call a RA to keep her calm. Then the last day I lived with her was because she came up to me and said ”I LIKE YOUR SKIN” literally scariest thing ever. I told my RA and she had a week to move out.”

“I had a roommate who liked to pretend that she never farted or pooped. So whenever she would audibly fart she would pretend it was something else, like her bed or her chair.”

“My old suitemates used to have their ‘male company’ in the shower, and I would often hear it as it was happening. But what made it worse was the fact that one day as I was showering I reached for my shampoo and noticed some gooey white stuff all over it. When I looked closer at the area where my shampoo had been I then realized that the white goo wasn’t shampoo, conditioner, or body wash, it was penis vomit.”

“I live with a group of filthy f**** who refuse to clean up after themselves.  Trash piles up and dishes stay in the sink for weeks with food on them. The apartment smells like someone died pretty often. I have started throwing away their dishes if they stay in the sink for more than a week.”

“I have this like pumpkin spice air freshener. My roommate hates it and sometimes passively aggressively yells at me because it smells too much like cinnamon. Like, what?”

How to: decorate your dorm

By Olivia Krauth–

When I came to Louisville, I went all out when it came to my dorm; everything had to be perfect. With a recently implemented freshman live-on policy, many new students were, and still are, in the same boat. Navigating the world of dorm decor can be quite the process, so here are some tips to hopefully make it a bit less stressful.

Check out Pinterest. This should be slightly obvious. With thousands of real-life examples, color schemes and checklists, you’re bound to find something you like. It’s also a good place to store all of your ideas in one area.

Make everything match. I’m not an interior designer by any means, but I think it’s a general principle that a room looks better when the colors go together. Try having a main color and two accent colors.
Go on a crafting spree. Crafts are good for dorms for several reasons. They tend to be cheaper than store bought stuff, they’re more likely to match what you already have, and they are much more personal. Pinterest has tons of DIY ideas that you can try out.
Cooperate with your roommates. If you have roommates, try and contact them before the semester starts to see if you can decide on a color scheme (and who is bringing the mini-fridge, TV, microwave, etc.). It’ll help your room look more cohesive, because just because all of your stuff matches doesn’t mean that the room will look good if it clashes completely with your roommate’s stuff.
Don’t go overboard. Moving out and living on your own (kind of) is exciting, don’t get me wrong. But keep everything in check. Chances are, you won’t need multiple bulletin boards, a mini blender, and a 40-piece tupperware set. Remember you can buy stuff in Louisville if you need to (we have Targets here).
Pack in seasons if possible. While you’ve heard this about the clothes you’re bringing, you might not have heard it for decor. If you plan on celebrating holidays via decorations, there’s no need to bring your mini Christmas tree with you when you first move in in August. You’ll just have to store it until December, taking up valuable space.
Lists lists lists. Keep a list of all of your ideas, as well as the things you need to get. Without a list, you’re more likely to forget that you need or already bought something, causing you to go without or with way too much.
Leave room to grow. You’re going to make friends here. You’ll take pictures, go to events, make memories. You’ll want to remember them. If you immediately cover the walls when you move in, you won’t be able to show off your new memories. Definitely keep this in mind when deciding how much you want to decorate, and what exactly you want to decorate.
Don’t forget bathroom stuff. Miller, Threkheld, and Unitas residents: this doesn’t apply to you. To everyone else: you most likely have your own bathroom, or at least one you share. Don’t forget to bring a shower curtain, bath rug, etc. so your bathroom doesn’t totally look like a prison.
Think of the walls. Fun fact: dorms are tiny. Even if you’re lucky enough to be in a single room, they’re still pretty cramped. Try thinking up when looking at storage and decor options. Also remember that some dorm walls are cinder blocks, which command hooks have a hard time sticking to, making decorating difficult.

Student group hosts Islamic Awareness Week

By Jacob Pleas–

Last week,  the U of L Muslim Student Association (MSA) celebrated Islamic Awareness Week. The group hosted events designed to educate campus about Islam.

“Many religion classes teach about Islam, but teachers and students of those classes would like to see Islam beyond just studying the religion,” said Obieda Atiyani, president of MSA.  ”MSA brings Muslims and non-Muslims together to learn about the religion of Islam and clear up some misconceptions about the religion.”

The week started with Fast-A-Thon. All members of the campus were invited to try fasting from sunrise to sunset.  The fast was then broken as a group with a Mediterranean meal.  Dr. Kia Jahed discussed the fourth pillar of Islam, fasting, at the event.

Additional events in the week included a converts panel, a lecture on women in Islam and a lecture on the prophetic character. Friday prayer rounded out the week.

“I had a history teacher along with her class attend our Friday prayer service during Islamic awareness week,” said Atiyani. “They were very happy to observe Muslims practicing the prayer and also asking questions about the religion.”


Documentary sparks conversation about industrial hemp

By Lubna Hindi–

A screening of the pro-hemp documentary “Bringing It Home” allowed campus to discuss the legalization of industrial hemp and its potential impacts.

Linda Booker, director and producer of the documentary, attending the screening on March 25 to talk about her work.

After reading a news story about Anthony Brenner, a father whose daughter was born with a genetic disorder that caused seizures from chemical exposure, Linda Booker and friend Blaire Johnson were inspired to explore the versatility of hemp and create a documentary.

“This was going to be a film that we wanted to really reach into communities, get it to farmers, builders, consumers, and legislators, the policy makers.” Said Booker. “Hemp offers so much in the way of being able to create thousands of sustainable and environmentally friendly products.”

In the documentary, Booker presented the uses of hemp. Some uses included fabric and clothes, building supplies for toxin-free homes, even a topping for things like yogurt and ice cream.

“The film was extremely insightful into the multiple uses and benefits, both environmental and economical.” said junior finance major Daniel King. “I had already been a strong advocate for the legalization of industrial hemp, the documentary simply reaffirmed this stance.”

Many states throughout the U.S. have already proposed the legalization of hemp, Kentucky being one of them. Many argue that legalizing hemp will create jobs and provide farmers with a product that is versatile.

Industrial hemp is currently legal in Kentucky, and state Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer believes farmers are preparing their fields for the first season for industrial hemp. State legislature is currently working on regulations for growing the plant.

Photo by Austin Lassell

Lacrosse defeats Georgetown

By Derek Brightwell

The University of Louisville Lacrosse team opened up their Big East schedule with a 14-13 upset victory at No. 14 Georgetown on Saturday, improving their record to 7-3 on the season.

The Cardinals were led in goals by junior Faye Brust, who had five, three coming in the second half including the Cardinals final two goals. Her 34 goals on the year are just six less than her total from her first two seasons, with six games still remaining in the 2014 season.

The victory marks the first time in eight games that the Cardinals defeated the Hoyas and was the second win over a Top 20 opponent this season.

Senior Nikki Boltja increased her team high point total with three goals and two assists in the game, giving her 52 points on the year, 40 of which are goals.

One of the biggest keys for the Cardinals all year has been sophomore Kaylin Morissette’s draw control ability; she tied her own school single-game record 11 in the win over Saturday to put her season total at a school record 82.

Despite Georgetown (3-6, 0-1) only having the lead for a total of 15 seconds in the game, Louisville was never able to pull ahead comfortably until Brust gave them a three goal lead in the final 12 minutes that the Hoyas couldn’t overcome.

Louisville continues their five game road trip in Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats on Sunday, Arpril 6th. They’ll return to home to close out their season with three straight home games on April 17th against UConn.

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