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Owsley Brown Frazier dies at age 77

Owsley Brown Frazier


By Michelle Eigenheer –

Owsley Brown Frazier, a Louisville legend whose generosity was often targeted toward the University of Louisville, was laid to rest on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Frazier died on August 16 after a long fight with illness. He was 77 years old.

Frazier was born May 19, 1935 as the grandson of the co-founder of Brown-Forman, distiller of Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Woodford Reserve and other brands. According a release by Brown-Forman, Frazier served as an executive with the company for 45 years and a member of the board of directors for 40 years.

Beyond his career, Owsley Brown Frazier was known for his extensive philanthropy. Over his lifetime, Frazier donated over $500 million to charity. Last year alone, he gave a donation of $25 million to the University of Louisville.

“He was so generous, some joked at one time Owsley wrote such a big check in a cause in which he believed, the bank would bounce,” friend Bill Stone said. “Owsley had a heart as big as the Grand Canyon.”

In addition to the University of Louisville, Frazier donated to Bellarmine University, Kosair Children’s Hospital, Metro United Way and the Frazier Rehab Institute, founded by his mother. Frazier also founded the Frazier History Museum located in downtown Louisville.

Frazier was an avid Cardinal fan. At his funeral, his grandson, Cordt Huneke said, “He taught us the importance of giving back to the community, but he was also the kind of man who would’ve missed his own funeral if the Cards were playing.”



Man arrested on first day of classes

By Michelle Eigenheer–

A man arrested at the University of Louisville on Monday is being charged with driving under the influence, two counts of reckless disregard,  fleeing and evading, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without insurance, according to a report from the Courier-Journal.

Jason R. Tennant hit a car around 1p.m. on the first day of classes and left the scene of the accident. While attempting to flee down Brook Street, Tennant drove head-on toward an approaching police car before being apprehended.



Campus police have your back (but you should too)

By Michelle Eigenheer–

When choosing the University of Louisville, a lot of parents worry that their newly collegiate children will not be safe on a campus in the big city.

Many have their minds set at ease when they see the dorms with limited access, the well-lit sidewalks and the abundance of emergency calling posts. In addition to this, the U of L Department of Public safety keeps students and parents informed with RAVE alerts – e-mail and text messages that let readers know information about crimes and inclement weather.

However, U of L administrators can only do so much to keep their student body safe – much is left up to the individuals who live on or around campus. In order to prevent becoming a victim, students must take their safety into their own hands.

“There’s something about college students that makes them more prone to victimization,” said Ted Hughes, Director of U of L’s Southern Police Institute and Associate professor of Justice Administration. These things that make college students easier to victimize include lifestyle choices and accessibility.

Check the door before you open it
Some of the RAVE alerts from the past year have been to tell people about home invasions of tenants being forced to the ground while their stuff is stolen. Don’t answer your door for someone you don’t know. Ask who it is and look through the peep hole. If you don’t think that person has any business in your home, don’t let them in. If they persist, it’s okay to call the police.

Lock up your stuff
Crime experts agree that crimes of opportunity are definitely some of the most common. A burglar is more likely to steal from a car with an unlocked door than bust out the window of a locked one. Lock your doors, close your windows, and don’t keep valuables in plain sight, if at all. Dorm rooms are also a place where things can be stolen. While you might feel that you can trust your roommate, there are other people who can gain access to your room. Lock your door or hide your valuables – even if you’re just taking a quick trip to the bathroom.

Prepare for the night out
Set up a designated driver. If nothing else, save the campus escort’s number in your phone (502-852-6111). Be sure that you go out with people you know and trust – ones who’ll do their best to make sure that no one tries to take advantage of you. The main thing to remember while in college is that, while there are plenty of opportunities to have fun, you must always be responsible.

Use the campus escort service
The escort service provided by DPS is in place as a way to protect students and staff. If you find yourself studying in the library later than expected, take advantage of the service instead of walking across campus alone and unprotected.

Check out the CardSafety App
The CardSafety App is a tool that provides information on what to do in case of an emergency. It covers crises from fires and floods to active shooters and earthquakes. The app also contains an extensive collection of campus maps, tips on how to prevent crime, and links to call for DPS or escort services.

The University of Louisville and the Department of Public Safety work to promote a safe environment for its community, but, ultimately, the individual is most responsible for their own welfare. While going to college is exciting for students fresh out of high school, it’s important to remember that this is the real world now and the big city is a lot different from any hometown.

Photo: Caitlin Williams/The Louisville Cardinal


Facebook launches program to bring campus into social networking

By Michelle Eigenheer–

In a throwback to its roots, Facebook is creating an exclusive program that will bring college campuses into the virtual world.

This application, Groups for Schools, allows current university students and professors with .edu email addresses to interact with their school within the Facebook universe.

In a Facebook blog about the feature, Facebook engineer Michael Novati said, “You can join a group for your major to discuss classes, for your sorority to plan upcoming events or for your dorm to share photos.”

Each university, U of L included, can have its own page that links a user to virtually everything around their college. Classes, dorms, sports teams, student organizations and more will have their own pages linked off of the main university page. Students can access these without necessarily having to join, and they can get in touch with people without having to clog up their friends list with people who they don’t know or like – Groups for Schools employs a more lax privacy policy that allows people to send messages to others without being their “friend.”

Members can also share files. According to the Facebook FAQ, “With Files, you can share lecture notes, assignments, schedules and many other file types with members of a school group. Anyone in a school group can upload and download files within that group.”

This new programs have the potential to offer both the positive and negative.

It allows students to better involve themselves with the university, keep up with their classes, and promote greater professor accessibility. Facebook is already a place where college students spend a great amount of time and by incorporating their schoolwork, it puts the life of a college student all in one place.

Savannah Buckey, a freshman medical engineering major at Vanderbilt University said, “It’s very convenient because you’re able to communicate with everybody all at once. Most people do it to do things like sell concert tickets and schedule cabs to go to airports… A lot of people use it for school projects to conduct surveys. Also, if you lose something, you just post it on there and somebody finds it.”

However, Groups for Schools will have less strict policies than the regular Facebook experience. Contacting people will be easier through the university page and student lives will be even more transparent in terms of where they live and work.

There is also a general concern that Facebook will become a place for file sharing and MP3 downloads. Facebook has announced that they will monitor their Files feature in order to prevent the site from becoming a mecca for online pirating and has limited file-sharing abilities to 25MB per file.

Groups for Schools was tested at Brown and Vanderbilt in December of 2011 and has since spread to other universities across the U.S.

The University of Louisville group was open late last week. It had over 900 members on Sunday.

Photo courtesy Facebook


Followers of ‘Stop Kony’ lose motivation

By Michelle Eigenheer–

Two months after the Kony 2012 video went viral, the hype has died and Twitter feeds have since calmed down. Why is it that such a seemingly important humanitarian effort only mattered to people for a month or two?

There are a few reasons, the first being that the majority of people are followers, not doers. When a call-to-action video like the one produced by Invisible Children is released and goes viral, a lot of people watch it and want to be involved. However, the majority of these people are not self-starters. They won’t initiate action, and Invisible Children really didn’t offer that much in terms of offering ongoing help. You could share the video and buy the kit – that’s about it. So, of course people forgot about it. Whoever’s doing the PR for Invisible Children must not have really thought in terms of a future.

On top of this is that, while Invisible Children may very well be a heroic effort to reduce world problems, it’s still one of those organizations that survives on the fact that it’s “cool” to be involved with them. Like ‘To Write Love On Her Arms’ – a program with a great cause – this organization’s following is greatly made up by kids who want peace in Darfur but can’t point out the country on a map; they just know that it’s what everyone’s talking about. Don’t get me wrong, there are legitimate, caring, concerned people in these groups, but they are not the majority. Big campaigns are exciting to this group of followers, but they lose interest quickly as the fad moves on.

It probably doesn’t help the cause that Invisible Children is under some serious scrutiny as to what their funds actually work to achieve. A lot of people are criticizing the organization because they concentrate on making people aware of problems and don’t actually do anything to solve them. Also, viral videos of the founders of the company doing some questionable things came to light after the Kony 2012 campaign launched. One was of co-founder Jason Russell running through the streets of San Diego naked, vandalizing cars, masturbating in public while possibly under the influence of something. (I sure hope he was.) The San Diego police department arrested him, evaluated him and decided that he was in need of some medical aid.

Later, a statement was released by Invisible Children, explaining that he had been suffering from exhaustion, malnutrition and dehydration, triggering his meltdown.

Two weeks after this incident, a video emerged of Invisible Children’s Director of Idea Development, Jedidiah Jenkins, taking swigs from a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and bragging about how the organization had just won a million dollars and, “Here’s $100,000 for Haiti and $900,000 extra for me… Join the bandwagon.” While they later released a statement explaining that it was a “silly and unfortunate joke,” the video does lend some credibility to those who claim that Invisible Children mishandles their money.

Invisible Children may arguably do great things, but their 15 minutes of fame seems to be up. Did you know that they released a sequel to the Kony 2012 video? They did, but a significantly lower number of people seemed to care. The second installation has approximately 86 million fewer views than the original – everyone knows that the sequel is never as good.

Cartoon by Michael Layman/The Louisville Cardinal

Photo courtesy KONY 2012


Judge rules U of L student cannot collect damages

Photo courtesy WLKY

By Michelle Eigenheer–

A federal judge has ruled that a former University of Louisville student will not be able to collect damages cited in her lawsuit against U of L.

Nina Yoder, a former nursing student, sued the university in 2009, claiming that her rights to free speech and due process had been violated.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III ruled that Yoder waived her rights to free speech when she signed an honor code that included a non-disclosure requirement.

Yoder was expelled from the nursing school after the university learned of a MySpace blog post she had made that described, in detail, a live birth that she had witnessed.

“At last my girl gave one big push, and immediately out came a wrinkly bluish creature, all Picasso-like and weird, ugly as hell, covered in god knows what, screeching and waving its tentacles in the air,” Yoder wrote. “15 minutes later it turned into a cute pink itty bitty little baby girl.”

The university found this to be in violation of the nursing school’s Honor Code and confidentiality agreement that was signed by Yoder. This agreement mandated that Yoder was to only share her observations with her professors, not with the public.

Initially, Yoder won the lawsuit against the university and was able to return to school and graduate. However, on appeal by U of L, the decision was overturned and sent back to district courts. These courts have just ruled against Yoder, saying that the Honor Code and confidentiality agreement that she signed are not unconstitutional; therefore her rights were not violated.

“Certainly, that was information about the mother’s pregnancy and health care, and it was presented in written form on a publicly-accessible internet site, rather than ‘only’ to Yoder’s instructor,” Judge Simpson III wrote in his decision.

According to Yoder’s attorney, Dan Canon, Nina Yoder will be appealing this decision.

“It is definitely a surprise,” Canon said. “As far as I know, no court in the country has ever approved this degree of control by a university over its students’ speech.”

Photo: Nathan Gardner/The Louisville Cardinal

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Employers ask job seekers for login information, evokes backlash

By Michelle Eigenheer–

With the rise of social media has come a warning to the working public – be wary of what you put online. Numerous companies have begun to judge their prospective employees by what they see on Facebook walls. Risqué photos, evidence of drug and alcohol use and offensive language or content found on social media sites may be enough to deter a company from hiring an applicant.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Justin Bassett, a statistician in New York, was applying for a job when his interviewer tried to view his Facebook profile but couldn’t due to his privacy settings. The interviewer then asked Bassett for his login information and password. Bassett refused and withdrew his application, citing that he didn’t want to work for a company that would seek such personal information.

Now, reports such as these have become widespread enough that Facebook issued a statement chiding the practice and threading legal action, “We’ll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policy makers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges.”

These reports have been widespread enough to elicit a reaction from lawmakers who have also scorned the practice, Two Democratic Senators, Charles E. Shumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, have called upon the Justice Department – via Attorney General Eric Holder – and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to begin an investigation on the matter. Their main concerns, shared with many people across the U.S. and even the United Kingdom, include whether or not this is a violation of privacy and of federal employment law.

Federal employment law prohibits a company from turning down an applicant based on their race, gender, religion or association with a group such as a political party. By accessing a person’s Facebook account directly, prospective employers can potentially uncover private information that can lead to a biased review of an applicant.

Further, sharing login information is against Facebook’s privacy policy. On March 23, Facebook threatened legal action against employers that request Facebook passwords. Facebook considers this sharing to not only be a privacy concern, but a security risk.

“In an age where more and more of our personal information — and our private social interactions — are online, it is vital that all individuals be allowed to determine for themselves what personal information they want to make public and protect personal information from their would-be employers. This is especially important during the job-seeking process, when all the power is on one side of the fence,” said Senator Schumer in a statement.

On March 27, House Democrats proposed an amendment to a Federal Communications Commission reform package that would call on the FCC to prohibit employers from this activity. This bill lost in the House by a vote of 236 to 184, but may appear later as separate legislation.

Photo Illustration by Caitlin Williams/The Louisville Cardinal


Apartment do’s and don’ts

By Michelle Eigenheer–

Going to college at a metro university such as the University of Louisville can pose a challenge when it comes to student housing. Boxed in on all sides, it’s hard for U of L to spread out and build more student housing accommodations. Old Louisville, pushing against Bettie Johnson and Cardinal Towne, offers alternative housing options for students.

However, Cardinals looking for their own apartment must remember that the people who rent to students are running businesses and looking for profit. There are many things to look for to ensure that signing a year-long lease doesn’t turn into a year of residential hell.

Cartoon illustration by Michael Layman/The Louisville Cardinal

Here are some things to look out for when you rent:

If you’re renting from a management agency, check out their reviews.

Finding out the reputation of a property management company is important if you want to avoid stress in the long run. How fast does their maintenance team respond? Do they like to drop in unexpectedly? Do they have any questionable business practices? These are all important questions.

Consumer report websites such as angieslist.com will give you both good and bad opinions from real clients.

Angie’s List has a fee, but $2.75 will get you a month’s worth of review – Enough time to find your new home. You can also ask around and find some stories from people at U of L – Try posting something on Twitter or Facebook.
Flush the toilet.

Also, run all of the faucets, turn on the shower and check the electrical.

By running all of the faucets at the same time, you can make sure that the water pressure is good and you won’t have to deal with conditioner in your hair because your roommate decided to do dishes in the middle of your shower.

The electrical should be checked to be sure that it’s in good shape. Otherwise, you may have to deal with flipping a breaker every time someone tries to blowdry their hair, or even dealing with electrical fires from inadequate wiring.

Watch out for mold.

If you walk into an apartment and it smells musty, there might be a mold issue. A lot of the spaces in Old Louisville are just that – old. These houses have had decades to let mold settle into the walls and ceilings. If you see any discoloration in the drywall, you may want to steer clear. Be sure to check around any water sources: sinks, toilets, and especially showers. The ceilings are important to check, too. In multi-story buildings, leaks can occur and settle into the beams, creating a breeding ground for mold. You don’t want to spend a year breathing in spores that can not only aggravate allergies, but become toxic as well.

Check the sex offender registry.

Cities are dangerous places, and the University of Louisville is no exception. It’s important to set yourself up in the safest situation possible, so checking a sex offender registry should go on your to-do list so that you don’t end up living right on top of a convicted rapist. Websites like familywatchdog.us and kspsor.state.ky.us allow you to enter an address and view all registered sex offenders within your area, even labeling them by offense.

Don’t give out your bank information.

Many management companies offer deals to tenants if they sign up for a direct payment system, allowing the company to pull rent money directly from their bank accounts. While this may seem like a great idea, it’s not. You should never hand out access to your bank account. Doing this opens a do that may allow the company to scam you or take more money from you when your lease is up. If you do sign up for this service and something goes wrong, contact your bank immediately – they have ways of retrieving your money from the company.

Being on your own for the first time is a big step for some. It’s important to know what to watch out for when finding a new place to call home. Don’t let a good first impression trap you into a bad living situation.

Photo/Flickr: Zepfanman


Final Four tickets revoked, after students purchase before link goes live

By Michelle Eigenheer–

After the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team won their way into the Final Four, students across campus jumped at the prospect of obtaining one of 710 student tickets that were slated for release on March 26 at 10 a.m.

However, due to technical difficulties, the link to the ticket site was not posted to the Internet as the Student Government Association had announced. At 10:13 a.m. the student body was informed, via Twitter, that the link had been posted to the U of L Athletics website. Several minutes later, another tweet informed UofL that the link had actually not been posted, telling students to instead go to SGA’s website for access to ticket sales.

This entire event has sparked controversy and conspiracy theories among many disgruntled Cardinal fans. In a letter released on SGA’s Facebook page, the Student Government Association addressed the fact that ticket information had been released early, some students receiving an unfair advantage over the rest of those who wanted the discounted student rates. According to this letter, one An intern working in the athletics department e-mailed the ticket link to a family member who informed another student. All-in-all, and a total of eight students gained access to the link before the rest of the student body.

The response to this letter was filled with criticism of SGA and accusations of corruption. SGA informed readers that these unfairly obtained tickets had since been revoked and resold.

Photo courtesy Final Four


‘Stop Kony’ video: Trending human rights groups

By Michelle Eigenheer–

The non-profit organization Invisible Children returned to the activist spotlight last week when their 30-minute video, released on March 5, went viral, seeming to instantly become a huge global movement. The video raised awareness of Joseph Kony, a man who spends his life kidnapping Ugandan children who are then forced to become child soldiers or prostitutes. The outrage at such a disgusting idea has pushed Kony into a place of infamy – #stopkony is trending on Twitter and the thirty minute film, called ‘Stop Kony,’ is flooding Facebook across the world.

Invisible Children’s website for the movement, kony2012.com, encourages people to join the movement and raise awareness. The website even contains links to directly tweet celebrities and prominent politic figures about Kony, without having to do any work – Just click ‘send’.

Invisible Children is an organization that deals mainly with advocacy and raising awareness in today’s youth. That’s great – It’s good that an organization wants the current up-and-coming generation to get involved and make the world a better place. Seriously, this generation needs more of that and social media alone tells us that the Kony 2012 campaign is having an impact. Friends and followers alike are calling for action from U.S. leaders in order to put an end to Kony’s war crimes.

However, a large number, if not the majority, of these new activists are the same people who have spent the last 10 years screaming at the government for their involvement in the Middle East. For several years, people, like former president George W. Bush, have been openly criticized and attacked for trying to piece together devastated countries, such as post-Hussein Iraq. Opposition has repeatedly questioned why the United States is devoting money, tim, and military to help other countries when “there are big problems here.”

Well, sure, there are big problems here. There have been for a long time. Why, then, has this standard changed with the Kony movement? There are still a large number of unemployed people in the US, still a War on Drugs, still street violence and prostitution, still illegal immigration and child abuse. Did domestic problems become less important because an organization that appeals to young people launched a movement that says, “Stop at nothing??”

One of the “Policymakers” that Invisible Children urges supporters to contact via Twitter is George W. Bush himself. Why is it okay to ask this man, who has been openly criticized for his actions overseas, to advocate for another overseas endeavor? If I were Bush, I would have more than a few choice words for someone who badmouthed my name because of my action in the Middle East, only to turn around and ask for my help for a similar matter.

It is not at all a bad thing to want Joseph Kony to be apprehended by the International Criminal Court, who has been after him since 2005. Joseph Kony deserves to die a horrible death, preferably at the hands of his victims – That’s what Saddam Hussein got. But it is not okay to have a double standard when it comes to issues such as this. People like to forget that conflict in Iraq took place to overthrow a leader who killed his own people based on which kind of Muslim they were and to establish a government that would never again let that happen.

Tragedy happens all over. How can this genocide be more important than another one?

Photo courtesy Kony2012