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Swim and Dive senior day hosts UK

By Dalton Ray

Saturday, Jan. 25 was Senior Day for the University of Louisville’s swim and dive team. The Cardinals hosted in-state rival University of Kentucky in Ralph Wright Auditorium. Despite the increased emotions of the rivalry between the two schools, U of L was able to sweep the visiting Cats.

The men’s swim and dive won 212.5-87.5 and the women as well with 193-107 score. The men were led by seniors Kameron Chastain, Joao De Lucca, juniors Caryle Blondell, Evan Noble and sophomore Pedro Coutinho who all posted multiple victories. On the women’s side efforts from junior Tanja Kylliainen, sophomore Kelsi Worrell, seniors Krissie Brandenburg and Breann McDowell all carried the team to a victory.

The women’s 200 medley-relay team of Brandenburg, McDowell, Worrell and Andrea Cottrell would post a winning time of 1:41.00. For the men’s 200 medley-relay team of Blondell, Noble, Coutinho and Chastain would combine for a 1:28.34 time that won the event. In the 1000-free events Louisville sophomore Bryan Draganosky would take first place in the event with a 9:18.63 time and junior Abigail Houck would finish second for the ladies.

In the women’s 200-free, UK’s Kristen Wilson had a time of 1:50.42 just beating out Andrea Kneppers who finished at 1:50.61. Joao De Lucca posted an NCAA B-cut time with a 1:36.05 finish in the 200-free, with Cardinal freshman Matthias Lindenbauer finishing second at 1:39.8.

The Louisville women swept the 100-back with Mackenzie Buss, Krissie Brandenburg, and Erica Belcher placing first, second and third.

In the men’s 100-back, U of L’s junior Evan Noble went under 50 second with a 49.15 for the win. Freshman Josh Quallen finished second with 50.01 and Aaron Greene finished third with a 50.21 time. In the women’s 100-breaststroke, Andrea Cottrell posted an NCAA B-cut time of 1:02.46 in the win and Gisselle Kohoyda was fourth for the Cards with 1:05.41 in a wild rush to the wall.

In the men’s 100-breast, Chastain cruised to a win with a time of 54.60. Once again the Cards swept the event. Freshman Brennen Berger was second with 56.24 and red-shirt junior Thomas Dahlia was third with a time of 56.61. Junior Tanja Kylliainen won the 200-fly for the women with a time of 1.56.95, the only competitor to finish under two minutes. In the 200-fly, senior Juan Lopez took top honors for the men with a time of 149.74 and sophomore Nolan Tesone was second with 1:50.80.

There were multiple members on each side who stepped up for the men and women. In a very tough environment for some of the young members of the squads they came together and both sides dominated their in-state rivals. For the men this is their sixth straight win against the Cats, the women have won the past four.

There were over 200 people from all over the state of Kentucky at Tuesday's rally.

The view from the Capitol: U of L construction, alcohol consumption and student protests

By Rae Hodge–

Universities took action this week in the state Capitol. President Eli Capilouto of the University of Kentucky acted as spokesman on behalf of six of the state’s public universities, while students chanted in halls and knocked on the doors of legislators in a grassroots citizen lobbying effort.

New concerns about alcohol arose as Kentucky legislators wrestled with old notions of intricate, historical liquor laws, and technological advancements changed the conversation about drunk driving prevention efforts.


Cash in hand

The University of Louisville now has approval to begin construction on the new $9.6 million Student Activities Center, after the state legislature passed a law allowing six of Kentucky’s public universities to use bonds to finance projects. The decision to allow state universities to use their own funds was the first bill signed into law during the 2013 legislative session.

The law allows universities to use more than $300 million in bonds for projects ranging from dorm and academic building renovations to new athletic arenas. The University of Kentucky was approved to use  $110 million to improve Commonwealth Stadium.


June goals

After receiving a $5  million donation from Mark and Cindy Lynn, construction of the new campus soccer stadium at U of L could begin as early as June, says the university.

The stadium is estimated to cost $17.5 million, seat over 5,300 people, and include an attached training center. The university needs $3 million more to turn what is now a parking lot on Floyd Street into a stadium by  projected completion in September 2014.


Fairness rallies students

There were over 200 people from all over the state of Kentucky at Tuesday’s rally.

The Fairness Coalition drew student groups from all over the state to the Capitol rotunda in the renewed battle against discrimination at school, work, and home.

The 200-plus group of activists spent the morning knocking on the office doors of legislators who are key to the passage of three particular bills. Two bills — House Bill 171 and Senate Bill 28 — are identical bills that would forbid landlords, real estate agents, and employers from discriminating against tenants or employees on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The third bill, House Bill 377, known commonly as the Anti-Bullying Bill, would create additional language in Kentucky’s current school anti-bullying law to protect children who are being bullied because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

None of the bills have yet received a hearing before a committee.


Stop and blow

Getting stopped for DUI could mean having a breathalyzer installed in your vehicle before being allowed back behind the wheel.

A new bill would allow judges in Kentucky to substitute the Hardship License Program — that allows some suspended drivers to go to work and back — with the Interlock Ignition Program. The driver blows into the Interlock device, it analysizes blood alcohol levels, and if the driver is drunk, the engine won’t start.

Once the engine is started, the Interlock device requires drivers to periodically blow into the device to check for intoxication. If the driver fails, the engine shuts off.


Milk, bread, booze

Those hoping to pick up their Maker’s Mark in the same place they get their milk, may be disappointed this year.

When a group of Kentucky grocers sued last year to be able to sell wine and liquor in their stores, a federal judge threw out the law that was against them, and ruled that they could. This year, a new bill has been put into motion that would re-establish the block against grocery stores selling liquor and wine.

The bill says that a minor may not enter any place where wine and liquor are sold unless accompanied by a parent. If a convenience store or a dollar store sold wine, a teenager wouldn’t be able to enter those establishments. The bill’s main proponents are a group called Fighting Alcohol Consumption by Teens, who also represent the interests of stand-alone liquor stores.

Photo by Rae Hodge/The Louisville Cardinal

Coaches Rick Pitino and John Calipari direct their teams during the first matchup between the Cards and Cats from Dec. 31, 2011.

Basketball preview: University of Kentucky

Coaches Rick Pitino and John Calipari direct their teams during the first matchup between the Cards and Cats from Dec. 31, 2011.

By Haley O’Shaughnessy–

When Dana O’Neil, an ESPN college basketball analyst, said, “John Calipari is a great salesman, but it’s an easy sale,” she was referring to UK fans and the rest of the basketball-watching world being sold on the upcoming season living up to the past one.

The Big Blue Nation’s favorite time of the year has come again, and UK sports fans have come out of hibernation to cheer for their basketball team. This year, like every year, it seems like instead of the “Big Blue Nation,” the Cats should be deemed the “Big New Nation.”

Like always, Calipari has a brand new set of players on the court – something the BBN has become accustomed to. Coach Cal lost his five top scorers from the previous year to the NBA draft: Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis and Marcus Teague. His projected starting five for this season consists of two sophomores, Kyle Wiltjer and Ryan Harrow, and three freshmen, Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin.

Leading the new dogs – er, Cats, is 6’2” point guard Ryan Harrow. Harrow is a sophomore transfer from NC State, making this Calipari’s first non-freshman point guard in six years. The transfer practiced with UK last year, which allowed him to get used to the way Calipari does things, and also let him compete against Marcus Teague.

Last fall, Calipari said, “Harrow should be in the best position of any point guard I coached in that he’s got a year to be tutored without the pressure of having to play.”

Now, Harrow does have the pressure, but he also has a team behind him to divide its weight. Starting alongside Harrow is freshman Archie Goodwin, who is expected to be UK’s leading scorer this season.

Next to Goodwin is another freshman – the number one recruit in the country, Nerlens Noel. The 17 year-old center is a serious threat defensively, from standout shot blocking to quick defensive recovery. With more muscle and experience, Noel’s offensive instinct will catch up to what he has shown on the other end of the court. He is not exactly lacking there, either. Noel scored 17 points in the first UK exhibition and 15 in the second, and he is constantly improving.

“The guy that’s working the hardest in our practices right now, in my opinion right now, is Nerlens. Is it showing? It’s showing. He’s excited about being coached this way, (being) challenged and pushed,” Calipari said after the exhibition game.

Even with Noel and the rest of the team’s hard work, the road to March will be bumpier for the Cats than last year. But coach Calipari is ready. He said, “And now, I just got to get a team full of guys accepting the fact that you got to let us define your game a little bit.”

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Photo: Nathan Gardner/The Louisville Cardinal

UK and UofL

U of L, UK collaborate to research fuel alternative

By Caitlyn Crenshaw–

With the rise of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, especially in the last ten years, the race to find, produce and sustain cheap, clean energy is on. The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have teamed up to face the challenge.

The collaboration between Kentucky’s two largest research universities has been made possible through the National Science Foundation’s Offce of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program, from U.S. Department of Energy funding.

According to the National Science Foundation, the program is a partnership program intended help attain the NSF statutory function “to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.”

Graduate students and professors at UK and U of L are working on a project that investigates the utilization of sunlight to generate hydrogen from water.

“The research has the potential to have huge effects,” said Chandrashekhar Pendyala, a U of L graduate student who is working on the project. Pendyala said because pure hydrogen gas is not naturally abundant, it must be generated by releasing it from compounds, such as water.

“The goal of the project is to try to produce hydrogen from using water,” Pendyala said. “What we want is to try to find a way… where all you have to supply is sunlight.”

The eradication of carbon emissions is a main goal of the U of L and UK collaboration. Instead of capturing released carbon from combustion gases, the project allows carbon to never even enter the cycle.

“The problem with hydrogen now is getting rid of the carbon, and in this there is no carbon anywhere in the cycle, which has major implications,” Pendyala said.

Since this process is completed without the presence of carbon anywhere throughout the cycle, it seems to be a solution to the immense carbon emissions released in coal- red power. Carbon reduction goals have become a major issue in the world, national and state political systems.

According to Kentucky’s department of energy and environment, more than 90 percent of Kentucky’s energy is currently from coal- red power. Although coal power is Kentucky and the United States’ predominant source of energy, the carbon emission it produces poses a threat.

Because the research is so advanced and cutting edge, Pendyala said there have been benefits of working alongside UK.

“Having the collaboration allows us to make the materials and study the properties at the same time,” Pendyala said.



The consequences of free speech

By Anna Meany– 

The University of Kentucky Athletics Program requires all members of the press to contact players through Media Relations. And apparently, attempting to interview them otherwise will result in complete loss of interviewing privileges. Aaron Smith, writer for UK’s college paper, the Kentucky Kernel, contacted two walkon UK basketball players and asked for interviews, unknowingly jeopardizing the publication.

UK Athletics temporarily repealed the Kernel’s access to basketball interviews, which were being offered to them for the first time ever this basketball season. His off-the-record tactics may have penalized the paper, but it’s attracting attention nationwide. The infringement of first amendment rights is a topic sensitive to reporters.
The freedom of speech and press may not be clearly defined in the constitution, but that doesn’t give private groups the right to define it themselves.

Like most journalists, I despise the strict regulations of the press. At the Louisville Cardinal’s office, we must also make arrangements through the Athletic Director to interview sports players. It’s not uncommon for athletic offices to have this policy; however, I completely disagree with their intent. It’s true that attaining an interview with a basketball player, especially a very talented one, is something that every reporter wants.

While I think Smith did not use his best judgment in trying to get the interview by avoiding the media relations office, I believe the athletics department’s decision was much more unreasonable. It angers me that, if I saw a basketball player on the street, I couldn’t ask him a few questions about the game coming up. What kind of sketchy athletic office won’t let their players talk freely?

What if the Louisville Cardinal was punished like that? We’re certainly not trying to lose our privileges.

Denying a student rights to interviewing basketball players, especially since basketball is so important to UK students, is unjust to the supposed crime.

The UK Associate Athletic Director of Media Relations, DeWayne Peevy, called the interviews a “reward, basically, a preferred group of people to give them special access.”

And because of Smith’s innocent attempt to attain an interview, this “reward” was been taken away.

Illustration by Michael Layman/The Louisville Cardinal