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Getting to the heart of Heartbleed

By Olivia Krauth–

A new bug called Heartbleed was discovered this past week, and it may have been in computer software for two years. However, professionals are unsure if it has affected anyone yet.

“Heartbleed is a recently discovered vulnerability in a common software toolkit used by many web servers to encrypt sessions between the website and the end user,” explained Andrew Wright, a computer information systems assistant professor at U of L.

Wright said that Heartbleed “creates a serious vulnerability” in sites that do not have the most current version of OpenSSL project software. Attackers can have access to user data on the affected sites.

“This data could include user ids, passwords, and even the server’s own keys that could be used to impersonate the web site or potentially decrypt sessions with end users that are supposed to be secure,” said Wright. “While the bug has existed for two years, it is not thought that hackers knew of its existence until earlier this week. Attacks are very likely against unpatched servers in the coming days and weeks.”

U of L’s IT department sent students an alert email about the issue on April 10. The email warned about the power of Heartbleed, and suggested students change all passwords to online accounts. The email also said that IT had “identified and patched the affected enterprise systems” prior to the sending of the email. Wright noted this, saying, “Most of the major web sites on the internet are moving quickly to install updates, as well.”

As the bug may be found in sites that use the open source toolkit in OpenSSL project software, anyone can be a target. Several popular sites, including Facebook and YouTube, use the software. Some sites, including Amazon, do not use the software, therefore not affecting users. Wright suggests that students check out lists online to see which sites have protected themselves and their users against the bug.
Wright does not believe that college students will be more affected by the bug than the general community.

“This vulnerability affected so many popular sites, it is likely that most of us will have to take action to protect ourselves after these sites have been patched,” said Wright.

“Heartbleed is a vulnerability in web server software, so end users won’t have to install any updates on their own computers to address it,” said Wright when asked about prevention of Heartbleed. “However, once a vulnerable site that you’ve logged into in the last two years is fully patched, you should change your password on that system. If you’d used that same password on other systems, you should consider them at risk and change those, as well.”

Wright believes that fake emails will be sent out in attempt to “prey” on users. “This may be confusing to users because they will also be receiving legitimate requests from affected sites asking them to reset their passwords after the sites have patched their web servers,” said Wright. He recommends going straight to the site to change your password as opposed to following links in emails.

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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

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.

The Grove faces worries, prepares for incoming residents

By Olivia Krauth–

The newest off-campus student housing option, The Grove, is preparing for it’s first year on campus – and with residents.

With nearly 600 students being forced out of on-campus housing due to the housing lottery last fall, demand for off-campus student housing is growing. The Grove noticed, responding with 252 rooms and the ability to house 654 students beginning in August.

“Based on our research of Louisville, we identified a significant shortfall in the availability of purpose-built student housing in the area,” said Hayley Cook, a media relations representative for Campus Crest, the student housing developer in charge of The Grove.

Students are taking advantage of the new option. “My roommate for next year didn’t get the on-campus housing lottery, so we had to live off campus,” said freshman Ann Wood. Wood says she picked The Grove based off of prices and availability.

Sophomore English major Emily Klein said she fell in love with The Grove after taking a tour. “I just felt like I could really call it home,” said Klein. “I also loved that it was brand new and that it was really eco-friendly.”

Although students are signing leases at the new complex, it is far from ready for move in day. While construction is visible at the future spot of The Grove on Fourth Street, the building is incomplete.

“We are pleased that construction is going according to plan and The Grove at Louisville is on track to be complete by the start of the 2014/2015 academic year,” said Cook. 

While The Grove may be confident in their construction progress, some students are concerned that their room won’t be ready before the scheduled move-in day of August 23, the Saturday prior to the first day of classes.

“Yeah, I’m kind of worried,” said Wood when asked if The Grove’s construction progress bothered her. “My parents are worried about it, too.”

“If it’s not done by move in day then where are all these people going to live?” asked Klein. 

Cook noted that this timeline excludes any inclement weather, as well as any other events that may hinder process, leading some to wonder where residents would be placed. At  the time of press, no back up plan had been presented to future residents or the Cardinal. When asked if this bothered her, Wood replied, “I mean it does worry me, but I remember when they were building the SRC and it didn’t look like they were going to get it finished on time, but they did.”

For more information on The Grove, visit their website at Gogrove.com/louisville or visit their leasing office in West Hall.


U of L medical school placed on probation

By Simon Isham & Olivia Krauth–

The body that accredits U of L’s medical school last week placed it on probation, a step just short of withdrawing accreditation. Incoming and current medical school students told The Cardinal that it does not change their perception of the school.

“I am confident that our school will address all issues being cited,” said Matthew Woeste, president of U of L School of Medicine’s class of 2017.  “Our leadership will be very active over the next year working closely with the LCME to ensure we come into full compliance. Many of the necessary changes are already in place, which mitigates my initial concerns. This probation will be a catalyst for positive change at our university. I would choose my medical school again and again.

“The cost of medical education is undoubtedly high. I consider it one of the greatest investments I can make. I also realize our tuition is most appropriately invested into our educators and clinical experience. Both of which I would argue are the best in the state.”

One future U of L medical school student said she isn’t alarmed by the probationary status, despite the fact that the school may lose its accreditation in 2015.  “It reassures me that they’re going to be up-to-date on curriculum changes and they’ll have their new facilities,” said Megan Parker, sophomore psychology major and participant in U of L’s Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School (GEMS) program.

The medical school emailed admitted students about the probation and told them what changes the school plans to implement in response.

Dr. Toni Ganzel, dean of the U of L School of Medicine, says that the school is still a quality institution.

“If you look at our student performance and outcomes, oh, we have a great story to tell,” said Ganzel. “Our numbers are better than ever.” She said U of L medical students perform above the national average in several national medical licensing examinations, including a 99 percent pass rate on step one of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.


Administration knew of problems that led to probation

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits all American medical schools, pointed out nine changes U of L must make within two years. Despite the probationary status, the university remains fully accredited.

A press release from the university said it will have to make nine policy changes to be restored to good standing. According to LCME regulations, medical schools are required to notify their students and faculty about probationary status, but not when given a warning. LCME does not comment on its warnings.

Ganzel said the school has two years to correct some specific areas that are part of the 131 LCME standards.

Specifically, the nine unmet standards were:

Not having enough active learning

Differing performance measures across sites

Needing more written feedback for students

Needing more integration across disciplines

Not having enough seats for students

Needing more reviews of their curriculum

The lack of academic affiliations with healthcare providers

A lack of lockers for all students at clinical sites

A need for more interaction between faculty across sites

The dean said the unmet standards boil down to two areas of concern:  the condition of the preclinical instructional building and pace of preclinical curricular change. The LCME noted overflowing lecture halls and cramped student study spaces.

Woeste explained that each lecture hall currently holds 160 students, with an “overflow room that streams live classroom events.” He also noted that many classes utilize Tegrity, leading to independent learning for some students.

More than three-fourths of medical students reported to U of L in April 2013 they are pleased with the study spaces available to them saying they were satisfied or very satisfied. LCME found issues with these study spaces, and Ganzel said they will be renovated soon.

The building was cited as a challenge in an April 2013 Institutional Self-Study Report, prepared by U of L for the LCME. The building was described as “adequate, but not state-of-the-art,” and it said that the lecture halls “have been updated as much as possible within the constraints of the physical structure and building codes…”

Ganzel told the Cardinal that the LCME had pointed out the inadequacy of the preclinical instructional building in earlier inspections. “They had cited us on that last time,” said Ganzel on the last LCME inspection in 2006. “We tried to make the case, at our visit a year ago, that although the building was not optimal, but it was adequate,” said Ganzel. “But the site visit team, in their judgment, felt that the building was not adequate.”

Two months ago, Ganzel gave a presentation before the Greater Louisville Medical Society in which she mentioned the inadequacy of the medical school’s facilities.

According to a U of L press release, the new building will have “two large interactive lecture halls, small group learning labs and classrooms, a new student lounge and private study areas” when completed. Architects were brought in to “completely redesign” the instructional space. Ganzel said construction has begun and the renovations are expected to be complete when students return to class this coming August.

The medical school was switching from a discipline-based curriculum to a more integrated one when Ganzel saw other schools being cited by the LCME on curricular matters.

“It’s a huge, time-consuming process,” said Ganzel about revamping curriculum. “Usually, it takes about three years and I said, ‘We’re going to have to blitz and really work to do this.’” The new curriculum will roll out this summer.


Timing of LCME report not to

U of L’s advantage

The LCME visited the university in April 2013. Ganzel, who was then interim dean of the medical school, said that many of the changes recommended in April of 2013 have already been completed, and that others are on the way.

“We are really disappointed with the probationary status, but I’m glad that the changes they are requesting that we make are things that we already implemented this year or are being implemented this coming year,” said Ganzel. Although she said several of the recommended changes were implemented in the time since LCME’s 2013 visit, LCME cannot consider them in a reevaluation.

The medical school will submit an official action plan in August, which will be considered at LCME’s October 2014 meeting. Ganzel anticipates a follow-up visit from LCME in July 2015, with a final decision on probation in Oct. 2015. A consultant from LCME will assist the medical school during the period.

“They’re holding schools to a level of accountability on the specific details of those standards that has really increased over the past few years,” said Ganzel.

When asked if LCME’s standards should reflect more on student performance, Ganzel said, “Outcome is really important. Process is important, but outcome is really key.

“They’re the ones that make the standards, and I, and other deans I know, share that vision of quality. Whatever those standards are, we will do everything we need to insure that those needs are met.”

Former professor speaks out

Dr. Peter Hasselbacher, president of the Kentucky Health Policy Institute and a former professor at U of L’s medical school, posted an entry on the KHPI’s blog the day after the school was officially placed on probation. In the post, he suggested that the nine areas of improvement Ganzel spoke about were not complete or specific.

“I have the greatest respect for Dr. Ganzel. I think she’s one of the more honest, good people at the medical school,” he said. “I think she outlined some of the major areas (from the LCME report), but most of the major areas can circumscribe everything that a medical school does … The LCME would not have pulled the trigger for minor things, things that were unimportant, so I’m assuming that there was more. It’s not her job to air all of the school’s dirty laundry.”

Hasselbacher said he believes that “the nine, not-too-terrible sounding” reasons detailed in the “Business First” article are not the sole reasons for the probation, and that there were many pages more to the report than the summaries shared with the media. He said he believes there is more to the story.

Hasselbacher said: “There are things that the school doesn’t like to talk about, like its relationship with Kentucky One Health and Catholic Health Initiatives. That was obviously a problem for the (LCME) reviewers. It’s a sensitive subject over there. When the reviewers read the contract, the affiliation agreement with Kentucky One, they thought that it invalidated many other affiliation agreements. But it may be that that agreement was rewritten, and I believe Dr. Ganzel implied that it was.”

The Cardinal has made an open-records request for the LCME report and letter, which is currently pending.

“I’ve sat on the accreditation committee for the medical school, years ago, and I know what a lot of the issues are,” said Hasselbacher. “I like to think that I can read between the lines and see just what it is that bothers the LCME.”

“I’m disappointed, ashamed, embarrassed. Members of my family went to U of L. I worked there for almost 20 years. But I must say, I’m not entirely surprised; things have not been going well for the medical school in the last few years. There have been many warnings. It may have lost its focus on the academic programs there. I think the school has denied that fact, but it’s hard to deny it now.”

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Polar vortex season proves costly for Physical Plant

By Olivia Krauth–

As winter ends, the university’s physical plant is facing a serious financial hit from the treacherous winter.  Some estimate snow removal alone could balloon to four or five times more  spent in years past.

Larry Detherage, associate vice president for facilities, estimates that they have spent around $230,000 on snow removal. The figure includes salt, workers, equipment maintenance and a stand-by contractor in case the weather requires heavy equipment.

“This has been a bad year,” said Detherage.


Money, money, money

Physical plant does not budget for snow removal. Instead, it takes money out of its general $27.5 million annual budget.

According to Melissa Shuter, chief of staff for the office of business affairs, the budget comes from a “general fund” of about $496.5 million. Student tuition makes up 55 percent of the fund, with the remaining 45 percent coming from other sources.

Detherage is unsure how the increased amount spent on snow will ultimately impact his budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.

“We’re probably going to ask for some budget relief because of this,” said Detherage. “Our budget situation the way it is, the overall budget situation, I may not get it, so something will get cut back, but what that is, I don’t know at this point.”

Despite the increased amount of snow and ice removal this semester, the department has not hired any temporary workers, instead having regular workers work overtime to meet demands.

“Guy and gals are working long hours on both campuses,” said Aaron Boggs, assistant director of physical plant maintenance for the Belknap and Shelby campuses. “Some of our salaried people put in long shifts to make sure that we manage the hourly crews as best as we can during the events.”

While physical plant had to pay for many aspects of the snow removal process, it could have been much more. While several cities had difficulties with a high demand on salt and rising salt prices, U of L did not have as much trouble.

“The entire nation is suffering from a salt shortage, and it’s a mined product out of the ground, so you can only mine so much at a time,” said Boggs.

“Everybody is using a lot of salt. We have a quota every year that our salt company gives us, and once we use that quota, we usually don’t have a lot of other options to go to. This year we stockpiled plenty of salt early on, and we still have plenty of salt on hand to take care of many more storms here.”


Preparing for the storm

“A lot of people think it is just putting a shovel on the ground and plowing,” said Boggs. “There is a little more science going into it.” U of L’s preparations for brutal winter weather start days prior to the storm.

“We are constantly monitoring the weather to try to figure what it’s going to do. Is it going to snow at seven o’clock or 10 o’clock? We try to monitor that,” said Boggs. He explained that they coordinate with other city authorities, including JCPS, to decide the best course of action.

“We’re in this big email stream together, talking days in advance of the storm. We try to take some lead from them, they have been on it, they’ve been watching it, they have time to dedicate to it much more than us,” said Boggs.

Three to four days out, Boggs begins to work with his counterpart at the Health Sciences campus, Glen Todd, planning pretreatments and adjusting plans due to rain.

“We typically try to coordinate operations so whatever I’m doing, Glen is doing and vice versa so we can build some consistency in our operations,” said Boggs.

“We call the staff in whenever we feel like it is time to start deicing and pushing snow,” said Boggs. The grounds workers then begin to plow sidewalks and parking lots, as well as lay down salt chosen based on the temperatures and weather conditions.


The people behind it

Those responsible for snow and ice removal are the grounds workers at each campus. Belknap has 21 grounds workers when fully staffed, and the Health Sciences campus has three, with five or six people who volunteer to help when needed as well as a foreman. In some cases, additional help is needed.

“When we get three or four inches, like we did in this last storm, we have a contractor who we can put on standby,” said Boggs. “We have always got them available in case it gets too much for us to deal with.”

Detherage also noted that building custodians are responsible for clearing building entrances out 25 feet.

“Yeah, they’re a big part of the team,” said Todd on the custodians.

For the grounds workers, the key this season was to remain flexible and available. “I think one of the main things is remain flexible because it’s the weather,” said Todd with a laugh.

Provost Shirley Willihnganz described some of the workers’ times in a February email to U of L employees, referring to their efforts as “simply heroic.”

“Some of them actually have spent the night on cots in our steam and chill water plant because we weren’t sure they could get back to campus to begin clearing snow and ice at 4 a.m.,” wrote Willihnganz.

“People sometimes forget that they have to get out on the road and figure out a way to get here,” said Detherage. “They’re coming in at times when the roads have not been plowed or salted.”

“A lot of them will come in in advance because they know it’s coming,” said Boggs.

Boggs also spoke highly of all workers that helped keep campus clear in the face of bitter single-digit temperatures and heavy snow and ice.

“Our men and women who are charged with snow removal really take it personally,” said Boggs. “We take it personally when people fall and get hurt. We don’t want to see that.”

Photo by Sasha Perez / The Louisville Cardinal.

President James Ramsey

Ramsey warns of future tuition hikes, students react

By Kylie Noltemeyer & Olivia Krauth–

President James Ramsey visited Frankfort this past Thursday to warn lawmakers of the potential side effects of their proposed 2.5 percent budget cuts. While nothing is set in stone, Ramsey said that there would be no way to avoid tuition increases and layoffs if the budget passes in April.

“We’ll continue to do everything we can to move forward, but with the proposed cuts, tuition is going to go up more than we would like for it to go up,” Ramsey said. “We’ll continue to have reductions in employment, and the worst case scenario would be layoffs.”

Ramsey did not say how much he speculates the tuition increase could be.

If the tuition increases do take place, students will not be happy. Here is how some students reacted to the news:

“I feel like if college is so important, why do they keep increasing tuition and making it harder for everyone who wants to get an education to be able to pay for it?” -Avery Davenport, sophomore biology major.

“Are they going to increase scholarship opportunities to compensate then? Because that is what I would be expecting.” -Carmen Keehn, freshman nursing major.

“If they are going to increase tuition, that should also mean they have to offer better professors and facilities for us. I think as long as they do that, it’s fine.” -August Schoenbaechler, sophomore psychology major.

For more information on the proposed budget cuts, check out our story at Louisvillecardinal.com/2014/02/proposed-ky-budget-hits-hard/

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Brief: classes dismissed early

By Olivia Krauth–

U of L will be closing at 2 p.m. today due to impending weather.

All classes beginning at or after 2 p.m. are canceled and staff will begin to leave campus at 1 p.m. All planned student activities for tonight will be canceled as well.

All campus eateries, with the exception of the Ville Grill, will close at 4 p.m. The Ville Grill will close at 8 p.m. The SRC will close at 1:45 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff were alerted of the early dismissal via Rave alert shortly before noon, with a follow-up message at 12:25 p.m.



Meet the A&S dean finalists

By Olivia Krauth–

Five finalists are being considered for the position of the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The final five will be spending time on campus within the next month, meeting with committees and holding an open forum for students and faculty to present questions.

According to U of L’s website, the A&S dean “shall be responsible directly to the Executive Vice President and University Provost for the administration and efficient conduct of the educational programs of the College.” They are responsible for creating the college’s budget and yearly report, as well as “acting as the advocate for the College within the University and within the larger community.” The spot is currently filled by interim dean John Ferre, who was not named as one of the finalists.

If you cannot make it to the open forums, have no fear. The Cardinal combed through the finalists’ curriculum vitae to create this cheat sheet to fill you in.

Judith Grant

Education: Ph. D., Rutgers University.
Current position: Chair of Political Science, Ohio University
Research, teaching and presentation topics: Political and social theory, feminist theory, politics and popular culture.
Open forum: Feb. 26 and 27. Time to be determined.

Kimberly Kempf-Leonard

Education: Ph. D. in criminology and criminal law, University of Pennsylvania.
Current position: Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Research, teaching and presentation topics: Criminal and juvenile justice theory; crime specialization; social control theory; race, ethnicity, and gender.
Open forum: Feb. 24 and 25. Time and location to be determined.

Robin Roberts

Education: Ph. D. in English, University of Pennsylvania.
Current position: Professor of English, University of Arkansas.
Research, teaching and presentation topics: women and gender studies, English, science fiction.
Open forum: Feb. 13.

Paul Taylor

Education: Ph. D. in philosophy, Rutgers University.
Current position: Head of the Department of African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University.
Research, teaching and presentation topics: African American studies, philosophy of race, race theory, aesthetics.
Open forum: Date and time to be determined.

Kecia Thomas

Education: Ph. D. in psychology, Pennsylvania State University.
Current position: Interim associate dean, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia.
Research, teaching and presentation topics: Industrial and organizational psychology, race and gender, diversity readiness and resistance.
Open forum: Feb. 17 at 2:15 p.m. in Chao Auditorium.

Full CVs and itineraries for each candidate can be found at Louisville.edu/provost/faculty-personnel/searches/administrative-position-searches.html.

Photo by Austin Lassell

Gender inequality: A student journalist’s struggle

By Olivia Krauth–

It’s about 9:30 PM. I’m standing in a huddle of 20 sports reporters, photographers and videographers outside of the men’s basketball locker room after a tough loss to University of Cincinnati. Including myself, there are only five girls in the crowd, but I don’t notice.

I have a folded up stats sheet in one pocket and my dead phone in the other. My bright orange press pass is securely attached to my belt loop. The locker room door opens and I begin to follow the sports editor into the locker room.

And then I’m yanking aside by a security guard, kind of like how Lindsey Lohan’s character in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” got pulled aside by a bouncer at Sidarthur’s concert.

“Who are you? Who are you with? Why haven’t I seen you before?” Apparently, having a press pass didn’t exactly mean clearance into the locker room.

I explain that I’m legit, I’m simply new to sports coverage, as the remaining members of the media file past me and into the locker room. Two of those members were female, prompting the guard to say, “Who are all of these girls?”

“Can I go in now?” I was expecting a simple yes or no, but I got something more.

He explained how they are worried about girls sneaking into the men’s locker room, and since I wasn’t carrying a notebook or a camera, he was concerned. He let me go into the locker room, and continued to ask another guard who all of these girls were. Remember, there were five girls, which is apparently a cause for concern.

But why is that a cause for concern? Are girls not allowed to be interested in sports? Are they not allowed to cover sports for the media? Why was I plucked out of the crowd, even though I had credentials displayed, simply because I was in the minority? I was barely allowed into the KFC Yum! Center without a press pass.

Simply put, it shouldn’t be a concern. Once I finally gained access to the locker room, I watched the females fight to the front of the herd around Montrezl Harrell. They were doing the same things as the male reporters, but on many occasions, they were in front of the males. They were simply doing their jobs, so why where they judged for that?

I was told to never write when I’m angry. After waiting nearly a week to write this, I’m not angry. But I am still shocked. I had an idea that females would be judged in what is generally a male-dominated profession, but I had no idea that someone so used to dealing with members of the press would be that judgmental.