September 22, 2008


DPS upgrades its call systems

When walking on campus late at night, Anna Villereal said she finds safety in numbers.
“There are several nights of the week when I have to walk back to my dorm really late,” said Villereal, a freshman fine arts major. “I found the best way to deal with this is to walk back with people going to or where I am, this way I feel a little more protected.”
This year the Department of Public Safety has changed its emergency number to 911. For students like Villereal, who fear an attack while walking on campus, this change may be of little use – it only works for landline phones on campus.

Overcrowding demands creative solutions

With enrollment continuing to go up at the University of Louisville, students might soon be having classes in trailers to compensate for the lack of available space.
“The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education commissioned a space study last year of all public universities,” Provost Shirley Willihnganz said. “While space is at a premium everywhere, only two universities, U of L and Northern Kentucky, were deemed out of space.  

University copes with storm damage

Jessica Amin has had to resort to strange survival tactics in a week without power. The senior child psychology major found herself volunteering in Anne Northup’s campaign office on Wednesday for Internet access in order to finish a biology paper.
“Literally every single person I knew didn’t have power,” Amin said. “I had to come into the office to volunteer because even the two libraries by my house were without power.”

don’t say the f word

On June 20, 2008, federal investigators marched into the College of Education and Human Development, emerging hours later with boxes of information pertaining to the activities of former CEHD Dean Robert Felner. Felner is now under federal investigation for allegedly misappropriating approximately $694,000 of the college’s federal grant money.

Overflow: Students living in study lounges

A week after arriving at the University of Louisville, freshmen Britney Bent and Jessica Buckner packed up their belongings to prepare for a move to West Hall. Bent’s pillows and neatly folded blankets were laid on a bare navy blue mattress. Buckner’s plastics totes towered in the corner of their room. While others were getting adjusted to their dorm rooms, Bent and Buckner were living in the third floor study lounge of Threlkeld Hall.

Students cope with high gasoline prices

For students like Anthony Smith, a way around the spike in gas prices is almost impossible to find. 
“I have to go home almost every weekend for some reason or another,” Anthony Smith, a sophomore justice administration major, said. “The gas prices are killing me.”
This summer has seen Kentucky gas prices rise to an all-time high. Peaking at $4.27 a gallon on June 30, the average price of gas in Kentucky has since dropped to $3.65 a gallon.

U of L prepares new housing developments

For Housing Director Shannon Staten, expanding the resident population at the University of Louisville has always been the name of the game. Staten said that a year ago, Housing and Residence Life began strategizing about how they could build more residence halls.
“Our vision now is to add another 1,400 – 1,500 beds within the next 6-8 years,” Staten said. “We have begun meeting that goal by partnering with private developers to design and build new housing around campus.” ?

Going green: U of L works toward sustainability

Over the summer, the University of Louisville unveiled new sustainability initiatives meant to make the campus more environmentally friendly. According to President James Ramsey, it is up to higher education to take a leadership role and to continue to “raise the bar on what it means to be environmentally friendly.”?

Fee implemented for HSS classes

The budget crisis at the University of Louisville has claimed yet another victim.
Starting this semester, any non-Health and Sport Sciences major enrolled in HSS activity classes will be charged a $75 fee, which will be added to their tuition bill. According to Dr. David Britt, chair of the HSS department, the new fee has been implemented to produce more revenue in light of budget cuts.