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Program helps at-risk youth accomplish college dreams

By Noor Yussuf–

U of L is helping area students live their dreams of graduating college through Go College Louisville, a program that aims to increase the number of minority, first generation and low-income students attending college.

The program is an initiative that provides students the necessary tools in order to succeed in college. It was born as a partnership between Jefferson County Public Schools and U of L, as well as other organizations and initiatives.

“It is important because it provides guidance, encouragement, practical knowledge on preparation for college, the admissions process and guidelines, and because of the commitment required to succeed towards earning a two-year or four-year degree,” said Joe Goodman, one of the academic coaches for the program.

In order to achieve its goals, the program uses “College Coaches,” a group of professionals who work with the students to help them along the way.

“Coaches are on the frontline with the high school students,” explained June Demus, the program manager. “They make that first impression of letting the students know they care, the first impact of what they can do and what life has to offer the promise and exposure to life beyond high school.”

The coaches also recruit outside tutors for the program by “contacting college students who are interested in becoming informal mentors as well as assisting high school students in subjects such as math, science, English and history,” said Goodman.

“Regarding math and English, improvement in levels of motivation and confidence occurs through meaningful interaction with tutors who help students maximize areas of strength and overcome any academic challenges which may exist,” said Goodman.

Working with tutors also provides opportunities for Go College participants to interact with individuals to whom they can relate. They also receive added encouragement when tutors share their own stories of how they overcame academic or life challenges.

In addition to helping students grow academically, Go College helps them with some of the logistics of college, including selecting the right college and learning about the admissions process at each school.

Go College Louisville began in 2010 as a five-year multi-million dollar grant from the US Department of Education to the Council for Opportunity in Education. Three Louisville high schools, Moore Traditional High School, Shawnee High School, and Fern Greek High School, are involved in the program.

The long-term goal for the GO College Louisville program is “to continue to show the positive results and impact of our coaches working with students; therefore increasing the number of students that not only enter college but also graduate,” said college coach Jessy Rosenberg.

Photo courtesy Go College Program. 

Louisville defeats EKU in home opener

By Annie Moore

The Cardinal baseball team opened play at Jim Patterson Stadium with a 13-1 victory over the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels. Homeruns from senior catcher Shane Crain and junior shortstop Zach Lucas highlighted a stellar offensive outing for the No. 7 Louisville team. Lucas had a career-high four rbis, leading the team. The Cards had 12 hits in the game, while the Colonels had just four.

EKU struck first in the top of the first inning. With runners on second and third, the Colonels’ designated hitter Bryan Soloman grounded out to short,allowing Nowlin to score from third to put EKU up 1-0 early. But it was all Louisville from there.

In the bottom of the second, sophomore first baseman Danny Rosenbaum singled to center on the first pitch he saw. Lucas followed that with a single to left to put runners on first and second. Junior centerfielder Mike White hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, and the Colonel’s starting pitcher, Matt Lynch walked Crain to load the bases. Senior third baseman Alex Chittenden hit a 2 RBI single to left field, scoring Rosenbaum and Lucas. Just like that, the Cards were up 2-1.

Later, in the bottom of the third, there were runners on first and second, when senior left fielder Jeff Gardner came up to the plate. Gardner knocked an RBI single to left to add to Louisville’s lead. EKU Head Coach Jason Stein took a trip to the mound and replaced Lynch with  RHP Brian Mroz. But, Mroz too would struggle against the high-powered Cardinal offense.

The first batter Mroz saw was Rosenbaum, who walked, and then Lucas who hit a sac-fly to score junior second baseman Grant Kay. Then White hit an RBI double to score Gardner. But the final blow of the inning would come from Crain. Crain launched a three-run homer over the left field wall, for just the second homerun of his career. After the first homer, the Cards were safely ahead 8-1. The six-run third inning was the highest-scoring frame of the season for Louisville.

In the bottom of the sixth, following RBI’s from Kay and freshman Nick Solak, Lucas launched the second three-run homer of the game, to put Louisville on top 13-1, where it would stay for the final three frames.

“We put together big innings,” said Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell, “We hit those homeruns,[and had] a lot of good at-bats. A pretty complete game today I thought, we made a lot of great plays out in the field. From pitching, to defense, to offense, this was a pretty complete game.”

Louisville continues play at Jim Patterson Stadium Friday to kick off a three-game series against Western Michigan.

Photo by Austin Lassell

Louisville defeats Missouri State, senior’s career ends

By Sam Draut

Last Tuesday night, senior forward Antonita Slaughter collapsed on the bench during the first few minutes of a 91-49 victory over Missouri State at the KFC YUM! Center.

Slaughter was suffered what appeared to be a seizure like episode and was carted off by paramedics to Jewish Hospital where she underwent tests to diagnose the problem.

Doctors determined it was cardiac incident caused by a blood clot in her lung.

It was announced Friday that Slaughter would miss the remainder of the season and would take blood thinner medication for seven to eight months.

“We are very grateful to the arena staff, the medical staff and all the doctors who have been working diligently to figure out what happened Tuesday night. Our number one concern is to make sure Antonita is taken care of,” U of L head coach Jeff Walz said. “Her teammates have been very concerned for her and are saddened to know that Antonita will no longer be able to finish out the season with them on the court. As a team we will be there for Nita and make sure she knows we are there for her at all times.”

In nine games this season, Slaughter averaged 9.3 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game.  She had the highest three-point field goal percentage on the team with 37.1 percent.

Last season, she was the third leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game.

Now, Slaughter will continue to support her teammates, she attended the 99-40 win over Wright State on Saturday night.

“It is not easy for her right now but I have really been impressed with how she has handled all of it. You go from being in college playing ball and going to class and you think everything is great; to being in the hospital having 100 different tests run on you,” Walz said. “She has really been good, and I think that is what has helped our team. She is at the game, she is smiling and cheering and encouraging everyone. She still has some more tests in front of her. We are still trying to figure out what is going on with her heart.”

“Well, it is definitely a sad thing that happened. We’re all going to miss her of course, but we all know the season goes on. She is there at practice and everything being her normal self. It is good to have her around. Our goal is still to go to Nashville no matter what. These are games where we have to come out and just dominate from the tip,” Asia Taylor said.

 

 

 

 

 

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Athletics creates new rules for basketball attendees

By: Michelle Lewis

University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team opens regular season play Nov. 9 when they host College of Charleston. The defending national champions have earned the support of the student body but not all student ticket holders can be bothered to show up on time – or even at all.

When the Cards opened exhibition play against Kentucky Wesleyan this past Tuesday, only 352 of the 1442 student season tickets were put to use according to an email sent out to students Oct. 31. That’s just 24% of the tickets sold being used for the team’s first game against outside competition since the title game in April.

In an attempt to increase attendance, the athletics department is changing the rules. After implementing a change to a “first come, first served” system where students are issued a wristband as they enter the stadium for home football games during the 2012 season, the athletics department implemented the same system for basketball during the 2013-2014 season.

Now, they’re making a few changes hoping that to increase the number of students not just at the game but at the game before the team takes the court. Starting with the upcoming exhibition against Pikeville College, undergrads that show up at least 30 minutes before tipoff will still have priority for lower level general admission seating but those who arrive late may be penalized. Student season ticket holders who arrive later than 30 minutes before a given game’s start risk being sent to the upper level while graduate students who arrive more than 30 minutes before tipoff may be rewarded with a chance to move to the lower level student section.

This is intended to encourage students to arrive early and help create an energy and atmosphere in the arena that will make the KFC Yum! Center more intimidating for visiting teams and give the Cardinals an increased home court advantage as the university prepares to move to the ACC, home to some of the most legendary student sections such as Duke’s “Cameron Crazies.”

Students are also encouraged to transfer tickets for any home game they can’t attend to another U of L student so that the Cards play in front of maximum capacity crowds every night. This can be done by logging into your Student Cardinal Account and selecting “manage my tickets” after logging in. The school has also worked out arrangements allowing students to park in the Humana Waterside Garage at the corner of Washington and Brook Street for $5 for any home game.

The Cards are back in action Wednesday night against Pikeville before opening their 100th regular season on Nov. 9 when they host College of Charleston.