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A Woman’s Perspective: The International Honor Quilt comes to U of L

By Jonathan Sieg–

As the disciples were reclining on the table next to Jesus, John, the one whom Jesus loved, stood up and asked him, “Lord, why are there no women here?” At which time, Judy Chicago, internationally renowned feminist artist, said, “They have been doing the cooking.”

Underrepresentation such as this was the impetus behind the making of the International Honor Quilt. Consisting of over 600 distinct quilted triangles made by various people and organizations from around the globe, the quilt serves to honor the achievements and contribution of women throughout history as well as personal female role models.

Among the colorful geometry are familiar names such as Emily Bronte and Queen Elizabeth II, but also more obscure names inspired by local heroines.   However, every triangle symbolizes the struggle for gender equality and memorializes those women who defied the patriarchal order of society.

Having travelled through dozens of countries and being appreciated by millions, the International Honor Quilt has found a permanent home at U of L in the Hite Institute for Fine Arts. Judy Chicago was among the attendees, providing insight into the significance of the quilt not only for U of L, but also for society at large.

“We plan to use the power of [the quilt’s] creation by hundreds of women to reach out to the public across the university community in collaborative ways that further its impressive educational impacts,” said Provost Shirley Willihnganz.

Chicago agreed, saying, “[UofL] is the absolute perfect place” to house the quilt because “Institutions transmit culture.” Chicago hopes students will understand the cultural impact and potential of women through this fabric kaleidoscope. The struggle for gender equality is ongoing, and the International Honors Quilt serves not only as a memorial to champions of the past, but as encouragement to the feminist movement of today.

The quilt was donated by the Chicago-based nonprofit art organization Through the Flower with coordination help from the Kentucky Quilt Project Inc. founder Shelly Zagart.

Zagart noted the appropriateness of Kentucky, a state rich with quilt-making heritage, being the final resting place for the piece. It will be displayed in one of the four art galleries operated by Hite. Exact details have not yet been confirmed.

 

Photo by Austin Lassell

Louisville men’s basketball defeats UConn on the road

By Sam Draut

The Cardinals did not get caught up in the emotions Saturday night in Storrs Connecticut, and instead, walked out with their first signature win of the season.

The eighteenth ranked University of Louisville men’s basketball team defeated Connecticut 76-64.

Midway through the second half, while in the act of shooting behind the three point line, Connecticut forward Niels Giffey was bumped by Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear, but no call was made, as the ball was deflected out of bounds.

The apparent no call enraged Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie, who was quickly charged with a technical foul, and seconds later, received a second technical foul and ejection.

“I lost my composure. And I told my guys that. In the heat of the moment, you can’t lose your composure,” Ollie said. “I just thought it was a foul. We were down by nine, and Niels is a pretty good shooter.”

While Connecticut was fuming, 16-3 U of L quietly extended its lead to 16, leading 54-38 with less than 11 minutes left to play in the second half.

Connecticut came out resilient to start the second half, going on a 6-0 run in the first eighty seconds to tie the game, but Louisville responded with an extended eight minute 20-4 run.

Russ Smith scored 23 points and hit 12 of 15 free throws, scoring ten points in the final four minutes to close out the game.

Montrezl Harrell commanded the low post, scoring 18 points and adding 13 rebounds.  Luke Hancock added 13 points and five rebounds.

With guard Chris Jones out with a hip injury, freshman guard Terry Rozier played extended minutes, contributing with five points, seven rebounds, and two assists.

Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatwright were the only two Huskies who scored in double figures.  Napier finished with 30 points, hitting five 3 point field goals.  Boatwright added 10 points.

The victory over Connecticut marks the Cardinals first win against a team in the RPI top 25, Louisville was previously 0-3 in match ups against teams rated in the RPI’s top 25.

“We’re really starting to play good basketball. Our defense has picked up, our rebounding has picked up,” U of L head coach Pitino said.

U of L will continue its road trip when it faces South Florida in Tampa Wednesday night at 7:00.

 

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Spread holiday cheer for a fraction of the price with these thrifty suggestions

By: Regina Deveary

The holidays are coming and the shopping madness has begun. You rush to the malls to find these perfect gifts for people, but the biggest shocker is when you see the price tag. The good news is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on gifts this year. You can find the greatest items for less than $10. The main thing you need to do when bargain hunting is go to unexpected places.

Consignment shops are amazing. They have moderately priced items. In consignment shops you can find anything from antique items to clothing and accessories of all kinds. I have found things such as U of L apparel, furniture, dresses, and jewelry. I even bought my Derby hat at a consignment shop. Even expensive brands can be found at a great price.

Another great place to find holiday items is Goodwill. All the items are extremely cheap. Even though it is all about luck at Goodwill, there are so many great finds when you take the time to search. I found a $5 cashmere sweater at Goodwill near the east end of Louisville. Take your time and browse. What you find might surprise you.

The last stores that are on my list for holiday shopping are TJMaxx, Marshals, and Home Goods. These stores are part of the TJX Companies. They claim to be the largest international apparel and home fashions off-price department store chain in the United States. This means great brands at an even better price.

When I am really tight on cash I go for the homemade gifts. Pintrest and Google are my main inspiration for all my gift ideas. Iron-on clothing is a cheap fix for a plain shirt. Homemade gifts are much more personal, as well. When you take the time to create something it becomes more special to you and the person you give the gift to.

Holiday shopping can be very expensive, but with the right knowledge you can find great things at a great price. Even unexpected items can make the best gifts. Just remember to change up your plan. Go to unexpected places, take your time, browse the isles, and remember to be creative.

 Photos courtesy of MARGARETSCONSIGNMENT.COM, LOUISVILLE.COM, GOODWILLKY.ORG 

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Beatrice Rana

By: T. Dylon Jones

The crowd lights go down, the stage lights go up and the crowd goes silent fast enough to make a ring. It’s like the last haunting chord of an orchestra concert, but with disparate voices instead of beautiful instruments. The mesmerized crowd stares as 20-year-old Beatrice Rana glides to the solitary grand piano.

The 2013 silver medalist of the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Rana is a young star in the dusty world of classical music. After graduating from the conservatory of music in Monopoli, Italy, Rana won the Montreal International Music Competition for piano. She was 18.

The young Italian is a virtuosic pianist, but her technical skill does not overshadow her artistry. She wades into the waters of Schumann where most would dive, her touch light and unassuming. But she’s soon submerged, luring the crowd into the depths of the Romantic Period like a siren, but without the jagged rocks. Her playing is anything but jagged. “She was particularly eloquent with her [soft] playing,” said University of Louisville piano faculty member Krista Wallace-Boaz.

Rana’s playing proves that physical age doesn’t always correlate to mental age. Her playing is careful, her interpretation fresh and her phrasing smooth. She soars through 13 of Schumann’s etudes, lingering at every tense moment. Her right hand sweeps through blazing arpeggios as her left hand plays a melancholy melody. There is an intermission after the Schumann pieces, and the crowd is slow to settle. There is too much talking; the audience is excited.

Rana doesn’t wait for the crowd to stop applauding when she returns to the stage. She sits, and dives into the challenging harmony of Prokofiev’s “Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Opus 82.” Most pianists would try to wade.

Her interpretation of Prokofiev is illuminating; the cryptic, contemporary work makes sense as Rana plays. Her delicacy turns to ferocity. She bends over her hands in concentration, and she looks like she’s in a trance. The audience is in a trance.

It is broken only when Rana rips her hands away from the keys. The audience hesitates, bewildered, and then jumps to its feet. They cheer at Rana until she returns for an encore. Twice.

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